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ALRIGHT LISTEN UP

Available for the first time to watch in it’s entirety online is the fantastic short documentary, The Bull and the Bass, from London-based filmmaker Becca Hyman.

When I first met Becca she had a photo of her Grandfather, Frederick Roy, on her wall. It was his BBC photo card pass, and the first indication that this man lead this totally fascinating life.

Roy emigrated from Jamaica to Britain in the 1940’s. He was an RAF engineer, a Jazz musician, an actor, a businessman, a Father and, despite the fact that he passed away many years ago, he co-created this film. With the discovery of 16mm footage Roy shot over a number of years, Becca was able to piece together clues about his life, restoring the footage on a traditional Steenbeck machine. Karen, Roy’s daughter fills in the gaps with intimate narration.

This is an AMAZING film, seriously, it’s such a tender look at this relationship between a man who had so many ideas and plans but was met with all these obstacles, and the daughter he loved, but forbade from following the same path. It talks about community, family, identity and what life was like for a Jamaican immigrant living in 1940’s and 50’s Britain. PLUS jazz music, really cool restored footage and the most tender closing moments of a documentary you’ll ever see.

In summary, you HAVE to watch this film. It’s available on youtube (see above) and it’s only 18 minutes long, well worth the watch. Support British filmmakers, support women filmmakers, support black filmmakers. Watch this film, tell your friends.

That is all.

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O SEGUNDO OSBOURNE MAIS BACANA

Ozzy Osbourne é conhecido como o príncipe das trevas, vocalista do Black Sabbath, o marido da Sharoooooooooooooooooooon, o idealizador do Ozzyfest e responsável por acontecimentos históricos dentro do metal. Pra quem é mais jovem, Ozzy é o cara engraçado de uma série que rolou no começo da década 2000 na MTV chamada The Osbournes. O reality show escancarava a vida do roqueiro e de sua família. 

Sharon Osbourne é a mulher que salvou Ozzy das drogas, bebedeiras e outros malefícios que estão sempre na estrada dos músicos. Ela não só tirou o rapaz da lama, mas transformou Ozzy num caça-níquel ambulante e um bom pai para as suas quianças. 

Kelly Osbourne deu calafrios nos fãs do pai quando tentou fazer algo na música. Por mais que os seus dois discos venderam mais que galão de água em São Paulo, a crítica caiu de sopapos em canções como Shut Up e uma releitura do clássico Changes. O acerto de Kelly foi falar sobre moda em um programa chamado Fashion Police, exibido no E!

Jack Osbourne era um verdadeiro babaca. O gordinho Osbourne torrava a sua mesada em drogas e garotas de programas que viviam cambaleando pela mansão de seu pai. Num belo dia, o rapaz acordou e decidiu não viver mais esta vida loka. Perdeu peso, começou namorar uma guria, estudar e trabalhar.

Qual é o segundo Osbourne mais bacana?

Se você chutou Johnny Osbourne, uma das lendas da música jamaicana, acertou em cheio! Apelidado de “padrinho do dancehall”, Johnny Osbourne contribuiu para levar o reggae da comunidade jamaicana para o mundo.

Uma sequência de hits que datam do final dos anos 70 até a década de 90 define a longevidade de Johnny e sua habilidade artística, entre eles, “Come Back Darling”, gravado com sucesso pelo grupo britânico UB40, além de “Truths & Right” e “Little Sound Boy”. Seu clássico “Warrior” foi sampleado por lendas do reggae como Bunny Wailer e Marcia Griffiths.

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Miss Universe has a race problem — and it’s time we talk about it

In the 63-year history of the pageant, the overwhelming majority of the winners have been white or white-passing women. And only one truly dark-skinned woman has won within the past decade.

Crowd-favorite Miss Jamaica, Kaci Fennell, was fourth runner-up, and her snub elicited a chorus of boos. She was also the only contestant in the top 15 hailing from a nation predominately filled with black or African people.

Coincidence or pattern?

Jamaica is about to decriminalize marijuana

(RawStory) The island nation most closely associated with marijuana in the popular mind is about to decriminalize it. The Jamaican cabinet Monday approved a bill that would do just that, as well as allow for the creation of medical marijuana and hemp industries.

The bill, the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2015, goes to the Senate tomorrow and will be debated there next Friday.

It would decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of ganja; allow its use for religious, medical, scientific, and therapeutic purposes; prohibit smoking it in public places; and provide for the granting of licenses for the development of a legal hemp and medical marijuana industry.