January 14, 2013

"Jamaica Talk" with Amina Blackwood- Meeks

SaturdayFeb.2nd, 2013 
2:00-5:00 p.m.
South. Regional -Broward College Library,
7300 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, Fl. 33024
Tel: Office: (954) 201-8834 

The L.B-C Reading Festival is proud to present the eminent folklorist, story-teller and cultural icon, Amina Blackwood-Meeks at the 6th Annual celebration of the Hon.Louise Bennett-Coverley's life and contribution to our society. This is an opportunity to see hear and inter-act with, one who has been touted as one of Miss Lou's "heir-apparents", and should not be missed.

This year's topic is -“Jamaica Talk" - (Speaking Jamaican-Talking Farrin) 

The keynote speaker , prominent Jamaican storyteller, Amina Blackwood- Meeks is an  alumna of the University of the West Indies, who has done post-graduate research in Cultural Studies “reaping stories from her every experience.”  Widely acknowledged as the leading female storyteller in the Caribbean, Ms. Blackwood- Meeks has been instrumental in the renaissance of the art-form of traditional Caribbean storytelling in the region.  She strives to entertain her audience while relating direct messages about politics and culture of the Caribbean and worldwide.

She is also a St. Andrew's High School Alumna, and her educational background includes government, theatre and education, from which she draws much of the material in her varied performances.

She has been referred to as "One of the most dynamic and charismatic proponents of storytelling; a special and rare talent"; and  is the founder of "Ntukuma" - The Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, founder/artistic director of Likkle Story Fest- a storytelling festival for children; is a workshop facilitator and motivational speaker.

The event moderator will be Dr. Susan Davis (Dr.Sue) and will include entertainment by the Jamaican Folk Revue Singers and the Tallawah Mento Band

Please share this information with family, friends, business associates, church and community groups - all who have a healthy curiosity about the true nature of our language -"speaking farrin" - communicated in the tradition of the African griot. 

As is customary, we are seeking the support and sponsorship of our local Jamaican companies, Alumni Associations and associates. 

For information and sponsorship opportunities, please call/contact Valrie Simpson - (954)-201-8834; Bridget Edwards (305)879-3942;or any of the Committee members listed above, before Jan 19th, 2013, for acknowledgement in promotional material and program.Norma Darby - anansigyal@bellsouth.net).


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