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Barbara Blake Hannah

Barbara Blake Hannah

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Who is Barbara Blake Hannah

Barbara Makeda Blake Hannnah is a Jamaican author, music journalist, film-maker and public speaker. More info: Jamaica Media Productions.

In 1968 she made history as the first Black TV journalist on British television at the start-up of Thames TV and later worked with BBC-TV and Channel 4.

Returning to Jamaica in 1972, and her real love of writing, she wrote newspaper articles, one of which led to her writing and publishing Rastafari - The New Creation in 1981, the first book on the Rastafari religion written by a a member of the faith, now in its 5th edition.

In 1992 she self-published Joseph - A Rasta Reggae Fable, a novel about a reggae superstar based losely on the life of Bob Marley (whom she knew) but mainly to give an insight into what life was like in the 70s when reggae and Rasta started going international. It has now been re-published by MacMillan Caribbean in 2006.

Barbara Makeda has lectured at the University of the West Indies, the University of Vienna, Austria; New York University; Florida International University; the University of Guyana; the University of the Virgin Islands, and the World Archaeological Congress Pre-Conference in Curacao. She was a delegate to the UN World Conference Against Racism in 2001.

She is producer/director of 6 documentary and 2 TV feature films, organised Black film festivals in Jamaica and represented Jamaica at film festivals in the USA, Cuba, West and (the former) East Germany and Iraq (yes she met Saddam Hussein and says he was quite cool!).

Appointed an Independent Senator in the Jamaican Parliament (1984-87), she was presented with the Ethiopian Crown Council's Adowa Centenary Gold Medal in 1997, and the United Nations Peace Medal in 1974. She home-schooled her son Makonnen, who was appointed Youth Technology Consultant to the Jamaican government in 1998 at the age of 13 years.

Latest articles from Barbara Blake Hannah

Born in Trench Town
On Sep 17th 2012 - 27378 views
New Jamaican Documentary.
Reggae Film Festival 2011
On Jun 26th 2011 - 6584 views
Barbara Blake Hannah, Festival Director, report on the event.
In The Spotlight: Bizot Bar Opens, RIDDIM speaks, LEGENDary Eats
On Feb 27th 2011 - 6720 views
Last week in Jamaica: Chris Blackwell, Bizot Bar, Radio Nova, Riddim Magazine and Legend Cafe

Latest news from Barbara Blake Hannah

Reggae Film Festival 2009: Call for entries
On Nov 25th 2008 - 6564 views
The second Reggae Film Festival will be held in 2009 for the Reggae Month

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