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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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Canadian based Jamaican visual artist Garfield Morgan interviewed iNSIDE his studio by Akeem Pierre-Johnson 



Jamaican Herb Robinson is one of 14 photographers in the Whitney Museum’s exhibition, Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop. The show chronicles the early work o

Camille Chedda has won a Stay Home Artist Residency, a five-month program that supports 24 cultural practitioners, artists and creative entrepreneurs.

The Windrush generation is in vogue again. Now a walkway on the Tilbury Bridge that they used on arrival in the UK, has been turned into an art installation to honour them.

Unbroken, the docu-film based on amputee Laron Williamson’s attempt to qualify for the Jamaican Paralympic team, won Best Documentary Short Film at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

To commemorate the Windrush generation, Hackney will unveil two sculptures next year.