April 19, 2005

Documentary Sheds New Light on Emile Griffith

Emile Griffith is in the news a lot lately. Here is a story from the Source about one very interesting St. Thomian:

     April 18, 2005 B Five-time world boxing champion Emile Griffith is 67 and long out of the fight business. Despite this, the aging champ has gotten more press in the last month than Mike Tyson.

     The Virgin Islands native son is subject of a documentary, "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," which airs on the USA Network Wednesday at 9 p.m.

      Directed by Dan Klores and Ron Berger, the film was acclaimed at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary details the 1962 fight in which Emile beat Benny "Kid" Paret into a coma before a live audience on national television. Paret died 10 days later.

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There is also an excellent feature article about Griffithh on Sports Illustrated.com - "The Shadow Boxer"

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February 18, 2005

Legends abound on Buddhoe's role in 1848 uprising and emancipation

ST. CROIX - Much of what has been written about Moses "Buddhoe" Gottlieb, the free black who led the 1848 slave rebellion on St. Croix, is shrouded in controversy, but historians agree the Emancipation Proclamation that followed stands as a seminal point in Virgin Islands history.

According to historical accounts, the uprising by St. Croix slaves, particularly on the western end of the island, began on the evening of July 2, 1848, with hundreds of slaves assembling outside Fort Frederik, Frederiksted. The slaves declared they would not be working the next day and shouted for their freedom.

By the next morning thousands of slaves had gathered. Some 2,000 of them marched into Frederiksted from the northwest and north coast estates, joining others from Ham's Bluff and other estates along Centerline Road. According to historical accounts, by 10 a.m. about 8,000 slaves had gathered in front of the fort demanding their freedom.

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February 09, 2005

 Film to focus on Denmark's colonial past in V.I. By AESHA DUVAL

From the Daily News:

ST. CROIX - A documentary film on the shared history of Denmark and the Virgin Islands is in the works, and local historians and experts are expected to play a major role in providing content for the film.

Dutch filmmaker and screenwriter Anker Li is on St. Croix to scout filming locations, conduct research and compile a list of V.I. history experts to interview for the film.

Li said the documentary will tell the story of Denmark's colonial past from the Virgin Islander's point of view and explore the effects of slavery and colonization on the Danish West Indies. The Virgin Islands and Denmark share more than 180 years of history; the islands were under Denmark's rule from 1733 to 1917.

Until now, Li said, most historical accounts of St. Croix and Dutch influences have been based on European views and may have left out details about what life was like for slaves.

"I saw the value of a documentary that relies on the voices and the viewpoints of the Caribbean people," Li said Monday.

Li said the goal of the film will be to enhance the relationship and understanding between Dutch people and Virgin Islanders.

"Our hope is to bridge the past and the present between the Virgin Islands and Denmark," Li said. "In Denmark, much of this period of colonial ruling in the islands is very subdued and is not commonly taught in schools or mentioned in history books. The purpose of this is to bring back the knowledge of what happened in the past. If you are not aware of that, you are missing important tools that can guide you into the future."

One of Li's interviews will be with Shelley Moorhead, chairman and founder of the African-Caribbean Reparations and Resettlement Alliance.

The alliance is a diverse and broad-based group of international organizations that advocates reparations for crimes against Caribbean people.

The group sponsored round table discussions in November that were aimed at developing legislation to establish a commission to study the possibility of reparations for Virgin Islanders.

Moorhead said the group decided to hold the discussions after "looking at the deplorable state of our society and all the social ills that plague us - a result of slavery and colonization."

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November 08, 2004




On Saturday evening, November 20th at 8:00 pm, UBS in conjunction with Steve Simon Productions, proudly presents JAZZ IN THE MOONLIGHT’S 4th season opening concert under the stars at The Westin Resort St. John.

The world renowned JAZZ IN THE MOONLIGHT concert series’ opening night stars the exciting and legendary Jazz trumpeter Eddie Russell and his band.

Known throughout the world as “the heart and soul of Caribbean Jazz”, Eddie Russell, a native Crucian, is one of the most well known and talented Jazz artists in the entire Caribbean. Eddie has played with such music legends as Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Jimmy Garrison, Sam and Dave, and the Mighty Sparrow.

Eddie Russell, who hails from a very musical family, began playing trumpet professionally at the age of 15 when he formed his first group, Eddie and the Playboys in 1964. Eddie’s daughter Diane Russell is a well known flautist and attorney on St. Croix and his brother Ronald Russell is one of the top Jazz guitarists in the Caribbean in addition to being a lawyer and a Virgin Island's Senator.

Also Appearing is Jazz singing sensation Cat Bratton and her band.

Admission is $20 at the door, dress is island fancy and full beverage service and a light menu will be available all evening.

Round trip ferry service from Red Hook to the Westin depart Red Hook at 7:15 pm, returning to Red Hook at approximately 11:00 pm and will be $5 each way.

For further information please contact Steve Simon at stevesimon@jazzinthemoonlight.com or at 693-8120.

JAZZ IN THE MOONLIGHT would like to thank UBS, Grand Marnier, the USVI Department of Tourism and Cape Air, the official airline of JAZZ IN THE MOONLIGHT, for their continued support.

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