Growing Out,Black Hair & Black Pride in the swinging sixties,Barbara Blake Hannah,9781906190286


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In an insightful autobiography, Barbara Blake Hannah, Britain’s first black television journalist, recalls her time in Britain during the 1960s and her encounters with ‘swinging London’ and ‘flower power’.

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BARBARA BLAKE HANNAH is an author, film maker and cultural consultant, who has lectured on Jamaican culture at Texas Christian University, USA; the University of Vienna, Austria; New York University Graduate School; Florida International University; University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix; University of the West Indies – Guyana & Jamaica campuses, and at the World Archeological Congress, Curacao. Mrs. Blake Hannah trained as a journalist working under her father Evon Blake on his SPOTLIGHT and NEWDAY magazines. She emigrated to London, England in 1964 and trained as a Public Relations practitioner, working as PR Executive for the Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaican Government with Michael Rice & Co. Ltd. She has worked in the film and television production industry for more than 50 years, beginning in Jamaica with JBC-TV and continuing in Britain, becoming the first Black TV journalist in a job as a current affairs reporter and interviewer on THAMES TV daily evening programme “TODAY with Eammon Andrews”, “ATV TODAY”, Birmingham, and as producer on BBC-TV weekly current affairs programme “MAN ALIVE” including a documentary on the Cannes Film Festival. In 1972 she was appointed International Public Relations Officer for the 1972 launch of the Jamaican film “The Harder They Come” in Jamaica, London and at the Venice & Cork (Ireland) Film Festivals. She returned to Jamaica in 1973 and continued her career as a journalist. In 1984 she was appointed an Independent Opposition Senator in the Jamaican Parliament, serving until 1987. She continues to work in the film, music and communications industries as organizer of the first Jamaica Film Festival from 1974-1977 and continuing as organizer of the Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival from 2008-2013. She has also produced and participated in several Jamaican and international television and radio programmes, interviews and films on Jamaican entertainment and culture. Mrs. Blake-Hannah is the author of 5 books and producer of 8 films. She has received several national and international awards, including the United Nations Peace Medal (1974) and in 1999 was awarded the Gold Adowa Medal by the Ethiopian Crown Council for her services to the Rastafari community and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Mrs. Blake-Hannah is the mother of 1 son, Makonnen, whom she home-schooled and who was appointed Youth Technology Consultant to the Jamaican Government in 1998 at the age of 13 years

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