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Jamaican-born model turned actor Michael Ward, stars in the new film Lover’s Rock, an official Cannes selection for 2020. Ward and co-star Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn (her screen debut) find young love and experience the rise of “romantic reggae” in the UK that influenced British bands such as The Clash, Culture Club, Police, and UB40. The film explores the social, political, and racial tensions of the period.

Ward is perhaps best known for his role in the 2019 Netflix reboot of Top Boy, his breakout role that earned him a BAFTA Rising Star Award this year. In 2019 he was also cast as Marco in Blue Story, a London gang drama, and he has appeared in Brotherhood and The A List.

Lover’s Rock co-writer, Sir Steven Rodney McQueen of critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, is also of Caribbean descent. This year he has two Cannes Film Festival official selections. He was one of only two black filmmakers among more than 50 directors and he dedicated both films to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement against racism.


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A 97 year old Jamaican is featured in Migrant Stories, an exhibition at the Market Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Jamaican artist Garfield Morgan, who has done work for Panmedia, is one of the artist featured in When Big Man Talk, an exhibition that opens February 3 in Montreal at the Jamaica Association Arts

Before he died last year businessman Michael Campbell, founder of Island Car Rental, asked his close friend former Prime Minister P.J.

Former Prime Minister P J Patterson says it’s time for  The University of the West Indies, Mona to create a Faculty of the Creative Arts, with linkages to the Faculty of Humanities.

UK artist Joy Gregory, born of Jamaican parents, and the Whitechapel Gallery are recipients of the 2023 Freelands Award.

Get a final look at Ancestral Nourishment, curated and conceived by Seema Shakti Choudhary at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY, United States, N