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The Author Profile: Gregory Stephens is Visiting Instructor in English at the University of South Florida, teaching Film, 20th Century Literature, and Popular Culture. From 2004-2008 he was Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Film at the University of West Indies-Mona (Jamaica). At UWI he earned a Masters in Spanish literature, with a thesis on Zapatista discourse. His writings on Latin American literature have appeared in journals such as Latin American Literary Review and Confluencia. Stephens is the author of On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley [Cambridge UP, 1999].

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Brown Boy Blues




(excerpted from the chapter in Authentic Blackness/”Real” Blackness: Essays on the Meaning of Blackness in Culture and Literature, ed. Martin Japtok & Jerry Rafiki (Peter Lang, 2011).) “No one screams about Babylon more than a brown boy.” (Participant in an on-line forum about Damian Marley & “brown boys” in Jamaican culture). My father used to […]






The “Real Revolutionary’s” Guide to Bob Marley’s Star




First published in 2001, this piece was written by Gregory Stephens for Jahworks.org. On the anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth, it made sense to re-publish. Twenty years after his death, Bob Marley is being embraced by the mainstream American entertainment industry. On February 6 (his 56thth birthday), Bob gets his star in Hollywood; on February […]






A “Second Emancipation” Transfigured? Reflections on Bob Marley at 60




JahWorks.org is a web-based project dedicated to portray Caribbean and African-based music and culture with accuracy and integrity, while upholding the values of truth, equality, justice, honesty, and tolerance.











Coleccion Romantica: Translating Juan Luis Guerra’s Language of Love




JahWorks.org is a web-based project dedicated to portray Caribbean and African-based music and culture with accuracy and integrity, while upholding the values of truth, equality, justice, honesty, and tolerance.











Forever Milking Bob, Continued




FOREVER MILKING BOB, CONTINUED A review essay by Gregory Stephens Rita  Marley with Hettie Jones, No Woman No Cry: My Life With Bob Marley (Hyperion, May 2004) Hank  Bordowitz, ed., Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright: The Bob Marley Reader (Da Capo Press/ Perseus, July 2004) Reading these latest additions to the burgeoning library about […]






Projections and Erections




JahWorks.org is a web-based project dedicated to portray Caribbean and African-based music and culture with accuracy and integrity, while upholding the values of truth, equality, justice, honesty, and tolerance.











Coffee Table Bob Marley – Two New Views of Bob Marley and the Wailers




    BOB MARLEY & PETER TOSH, Get Up! Stand Up! (Diary of a Reggaeophile) by Fikisha Cumbo [Brooklyn: CACE International, 2002] One Love: Life With Bob Marley and the Wailers Words & Photographs by Lee Jaffe; Introduction & Interview by Roger Steffens [New York: Norton, 2003] Two new books about Bob Marley and the […]






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Gregory Stephens is Visiting Instructor in English at the University of South Florida, teaching Film, 20th Century Literature, and Popular Culture. From 2004-2008 he was Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Film at the University of West Indies-Mona (Jamaica). At UWI he earned a Masters in Spanish literature, with a thesis on Zapatista discourse. His writings on Latin American literature have appeared in journals such as Latin American Literary Review and Confluencia. Stephens is the author of On Racial Frontiers: The New Culture of Frederick Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and Bob Marley [Cambridge UP, 1999].

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