For the past few days, I have been wrapped up in social media posts – looking at photos and videos of broken buildings, ravaged landscapes and water – water everywhere – whether salt or fresh it is hard to tell, and likely a mixture of the two. Even in Kingston, Jamaica – well outside the … More Hurricane Irma: Will the Caribbean Ever Be the Same?
Wow. What a combination! Poetry and martial arts. However, the healing power of poetry and the strength and focus of martial arts do actually compliment each other. It’s a two-pronged approach to dealing with the issue of gender-based violence. As the summer winds down, it’s good to look back at some of the many – and … More All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women
On Thursday, August 17, 2017 Jamaica will celebrate our National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey’s 130th birthday. A few things will be happening: As always, there will be an official floral tribute in National Heroes Park by Minister of Culture, Entertainment, Gender Affairs and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange. Liberty Hall, at 76 King Street in downtown … More Thursday, August 17 is Marcus Garvey’s 130th Birthday
At this time of year, we are all supposed to be going through “Summer Reading Lists” (fellow blogger Susan Goffe knows all about these!) and I’m going to step up my reading, too I think. In the past I have really enjoyed reading and reviewing Young Adult titles (although I am rather an Old Adult, … More Summer Reading: Two Caribbean Young Adult Novels from Blue Banyan Books
Well, I skipped last weekend. I was out of town, attending a wedding that only happened in fits and starts. I might write an account of it; it truly was an experience. The good thing is I have started journaling (thanks to Susan Goffe!) so I might remember things in more interesting detail in future. … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 15/16, 2017
Foodies, at home and abroad! Here’s some good news for you… Do you remember my post last year about the planned book Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK? Well, the crowd-funding was successful and the book is now out, published by Tezeta Press. Check out the website here for details. It looks fabulously yummy. Go … More Belly Full! Book on Caribbean Cooking in the UK Now Published
Dr. Anne C. Bailey is a Jamaican-born academic – an author, writer and historian. She is Professor of History and Africana Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton. She still maintains close links with Jamaica; we first met when she visited Jamaica during Black History Month. I had the honour of organising her visit … More The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, by Anne C. Bailey