Tu 12/11: BloomScreen & AWNP present: The Story of Lover’s Rock

Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 pm

Join BloomBars and the Africa World Now Project as we celebrate Caribbean-American heritage…

The Story of Lover’s Rock (2011, 97 min), by Menelik Shabazz – Lovers Rock, often dubbed ‘romantic reggae’ is a uniquely Black British sound that developed in the late 70’s and 80’s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems.

Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance – known as ‘scrubbing’ – at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40). These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with London-born Jamaican veteran journalist Barrington Salmon. Mr. Salmon currently freelances for several publications, including The Final Call, Atlanta Black Star, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and The Washington Informer.

*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support both the Africa World Now Project and BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.

BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts, and other guests.

Directions: The location is a 7 minute walk from Columbia Heights METRO, and parking garages at Target and at Giant. Street parking available on 11th St and Kenyon St – next to Tubman ES.