I want to tell you a little bit about a non-profit organization, the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), which seeks to uplift, inspire and support our seniors (50 years and over) in Jamaica. I am a member and volunteer. Founded by Jean Lowrie-Chin in 2010, CCRP’s mission is: To work towards ensuring that the … More CCRP and the Living Legacy Awards
It’s Earth Day and Easter Monday, April 22. How can we get the message across that our Mother Earth (we don’t use that expression much anymore) is in deep trouble, and that we humans must bear some responsibility? Here are my thoughts, links to click on, and resources. There is Music: Jamaica’s Voices for Climate … More (Mother) Earth Day Notes and Quotes
While the politicians and others are enjoying the launch of Reggae Month today, we know – we know – that music is in Jamaica’s DNA. It goes without saying really. The recent designation of Reggae Music on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO (belatedly) underscores this. However, I would question … More Compelling Voices for Climate Change
This is a story of stories. African stories, with just an occasional touch of Jamaica. But where and what is this Africa? It’s an Africa of our dreams: a continent we may be familiar with, and yet, something else. It is a technicolour tapestry of legend, landscape, history and humanity. When woven together with threads … More Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Jamaica’s cultural calendar is a year-round phenomenon, and it’s expanding. While this is not the only aspect of our creative industries, it is gratifying to see more support for reggae music evolving. Digital media entrepreneur Tyrone Wilson (who celebrated a decade in business last year) is busy again, breaking new ground. Over Christmas last year, … More More Support for Jamaican Music Festivals
Four days ahead of Christmas Eve, I am wondering if we are actually going to celebrate the holidays this year. Now, I personally am not particularly keen on Christmas (we don’t go to church, and we haven’t had a Christmas tree in years) but now I find myself longing for some Christmas cheer. Why is … More Help! We Need Christmas! Now!
I have done a lot of celebrating in the past week or two, as we move down towards Christmas. One project that I am proud to have been involved with (in a small way) was the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre’s (WROC) Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project, implemented in collaboration with National Integrity Action … More Women’s Empowerment Group Graduates From Integrity and Advocacy Programme in Style