State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. is in the UK on a “diaspora trip.” As I am sure you know, the “diaspora” is that large, but often scattered community of people of Jamaican descent living overseas, whatever their citizenship status. There are several Jamaican Diaspora … More On Windrush Concerns, Texan Cages and a Racist Census: A Terrible World
Four years ago, I wrote a tongue in cheek post about World Cup 2014. The tournament was full of mishaps, humour and witty comments from my Twitter friends, and this year is shaping up to be much the same… As an avid football fan, I am going to find it very hard to tear myself … More My Apologies: A World Cup Football Break Has Begun!
I have read two books recently that reflect on the complex relationship between the Caribbean and what we like to call our “big, powerful neighbor to the North.” They are both written by Americans, but that is where the similarities end. This book is published by Ian Randle Publishers and is written by Debbie Jacob, … More Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]
It was an unusual morning in the Lewis household. Just as the birds were stirring, we were blundering around the house, eyes blurry, trying to sip tea and put on socks. The dogs seemed to be raising their eyebrows at us, in a doggie kind of way, as we threw ourselves into the car. “What on … More The 5K Experience
The street is lined with the razor-wired walls of factories and warehouses, downtown. Not far away, two long-necked cranes on the wharf lean into the sun. Trucks rumble down the road. I arrive at a heavily secured gate. The setting is a little forbidding. But the gate is shaded by a mango tree, and the … More The God of Second Chances: Voices for Jamaica Today Foundation Supports Inner City Youth
I have always enjoyed the Broadcasting Commission’s ads. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica is the regulatory body with responsibility for radio, television and cable services in Jamaica. In their ads (online and television) serious messages about the way we use media are very much out there – but always with a delightful twist of humour. … More Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica Wins Two International Muse Creative Awards
Smile Jamaica is a song by Bob Marley, which I really like. “Smile” is the topic for this week’s Photo Challenge. The song is rather low-key. It sounds like a conversation between Bob (who is “feeling out, feeling down”) and someone who is telling him to smile, because he is in Jamaica: Soulful town, soulful people: … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile Jamaica