The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence


What a fascinating headline that is! Quite a combination, all adding up to a week of empowerment for youngsters from stressed communities, along with teachers, caregivers, and youth workers.  This week is Trafficking in Persons Week in Jamaica. I am not sure if many Jamaicans have fully grasped the meaning, depth, and significance of this … More The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence

Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?


July 1 was International Reggae Day. What did it mean to Jamaicans, in Jamaica? It has been said, over and over ad nauseam, that Jamaica does not sufficiently tap into the deep wellspring of its creativity. And it’s true. We tend to tinker away at it – the “potential” of it – puff ourselves up and … More Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?

Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh


My friend, the quietly dynamic publisher Tanya Batson-Savage of Blue Banyan Books sent me this information on three great authors for young adults, who will be traveling to the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer. I reviewed the novel “Children of the Spider” by Guyana’s Imam Baksh two years ago, here. It was a … More Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh

Reparations 101: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask


The Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles was scheduled to appear at today’s special congressional hearing on H.R.40 – as a long-time lobbyist – in the United States. This is my friend and blogger Dr. Anne C. Bailey’s take on “Juneteenth” and the start of a series on her Baileyblog … More Reparations 101: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton


Politicians and others always talk about “the environment” as if it is separate from ourselves, without realizing that everything is connected (and so are we). So, whatever we do to the environment will affect us, sooner rather than later. and vice versa. And by the way, drought, floods, storms, air pollution, sea pollution and so … More Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton