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The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration and feed the needy and homeless during a cultural celebration slated for Medgar Evers College on Dec. 22.

The latter event begins at 2:30 p.m. when the Collective hosts a community acknowledgement of the cultural period which adheres to seven principles to live by.

Food will be served and clothing and children’s gifts will be distributed.

The Kwanzaa celebration will feature spoken word, song, and dance performed by Shanto, Kow Teff, Imani Dance & Drum Ensemble and Wayne Russell.

A fashion Show by Lama will showcase culturally-appealing designs.

The Saturday event will also spotlight a special tribute to Queen Mama Dr. Mary Umolu. Vendors will be present to provide an array of affordable items that might be appropriate for holiday gift-giving.

Slated to be held at the Carroll Street Gym (1150 Carroll Street), guests should arrive at 5:00 p.m. for the latter event.

For more information, please contact: Akeem @718-270-4902; akeem827@yahoo.com

NYU CREDITS MARLEY/REGGAE IN COURSE STUDY

Students yearning to broaden their knowledge about the Caribbean’s first global, superstar will be able to register for a three-week intensive course focusing on reggae legend, Robert “Nesta” Marley.

Taught by Vivien Goldman, a reggae insider, “Topics in Recorded Music: Bob Marley & Post-colonial Music’ begin Jan. 7 and ends three weeks later on Jan. 26.

According to a statement from the university, Goldman will look at how Marley overcame personal challenges and social prejudice “to become a musical and revolutionary leader of the 20th Century.”

The course will also attempt to “examine the history of Jamaica, its culture and connection with Britain; Marley’s evolution as a writer and musician; his creative partnerships with artists such as The Wailers and dub-master Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; his lifelong battle to control the business of his music; and his commitment to Pan-Africanism and Rasta as a way of life.”

Goldman previously developed and taught courses for the Clive Davis Department.

They included: “Topics in Recorded Music: The Island Records Story;” “Topics In Recorded Music,” “Punk Rock;” “Topics in Recorded Music: Jamaica,” and now “Topics in Recorded Music: Bob Marley.”

She also taught: “Punky Reggae Party,” “The Aesthetics Of Punk” and “Get Up, Stand Up: Bob Marley’s Revolutionary Legacy.”

Born in London, England, Goldman is acclaimed as a writer, broadcaster, adjunct professor and post-punk musician.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Black Book, the UK Observer and New Statesman.

She has written five books, among them two focusing on Marley -- “Soul Rebel — Natural Mystic” in 1981 and “The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Album of the Century” in 2006.

Throughout her career, she has worked as a publicist for Island Records, the label which launched the careers of the iconic musician. At that time, 1970s, she had only just completed college studies.

Goldman also covered the British punk scene working with several independent magazines as well as rock bands. Allegedly she shared lodgings with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and maintained a strong link with the reggae-focused record label that promoted a diverse roster of acts, which included Grace Jones, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Steel Pulse, Third World, Aswad, Burning Spear and U2.

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