International Women’s Day 2018 in Jamaica: Time Is Now


Thursday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, 2018. The theme is a great one: Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives. I am going to celebrate some Jamaican women here now, a little ahead of time. There are many more whom I admire. These are just a few… I am just using a … More International Women’s Day 2018 in Jamaica: Time Is Now

An Introduction to Nothing Matters a collection of haikus poems and other writings by DJ afifa


Originally posted on amedjafifa:
One?of the poems in the nothing matters collection is called earthseed. A reflection? on growth life learning and change. and thenyou get to a placemaybe an agewhereyou realizethat life is also living through change. ?I am living through change. I have been brought into a more intimate relationship with life. What…

Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church


I am sharing another perspective here from two activists and educators, Afifa Aza and Georgia Love. There are many societal problems, buried deep in the story of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls by senior church members (which is still unfolding). Afifa and Georgia have their own concerns, and they are asking some pointed … More Reflections on the Sexual Abuse of Our Children: 2 – Concerns About Rural Poverty, Education and the Church

Did “Boom Bye Bye” Ever Go Away? A Gleaner Article, and a Response from “It”


I am re-publishing below an article from the “Jamaica Gleaner,” and a response to it from one of the “things” referred to in this article. Yes, “things.” This is how the writer, Mel Cooke, refers to his fellow Jamaicans, whom he happens to self-righteously disapprove of. Clearly he has written this to create a stir … More Did “Boom Bye Bye” Ever Go Away? A Gleaner Article, and a Response from “It”

Journey to the Land of Look Behind: Tonight (May 20, 2015) in Kingston


If you are in Kingston, I am recommending that you go along this evening to III (3 Stanton Terrace, Kingston 6) – a regular “plein air” venue for local, foreign and indie films in the city. The film will start at 7:00 p.m. (come early!) Admission is J$500 and drinks and snacks (including chick pea doubles!) … More Journey to the Land of Look Behind: Tonight (May 20, 2015) in Kingston

Afifa Aza: There’s More to Life Than Just Getting By


“People are leaving here, because it’s not livable. I want to make it livable.” I often see Afifa Aza in our favorite café in Kingston, perched at a table with headphones on her ears. She has a self-deprecating smile and tufty hair. She is an artist – an artist who is also an activist. She … More Afifa Aza: There’s More to Life Than Just Getting By