The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent

One humid afternoon just before Christmas, we drove down the hillside from the busy junction of Papine, descending into the valley of Elletson Flats, just where the hills meet the city. Smoke curled from the trees and a sound system played somewhere. A game of football was in progress in the yard of the Sir … More The Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute: A Much-Needed Focus on People of African Descent

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Sweet Honey In The Rock Celebrate Black History Month in Jamaica: Friday February 27, Emancipation Park

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica has, for close to twenty years, presented a free concert in celebration of Black History Month on the last Friday in February at various locations in Kingston. The annual – FREE – concert has been, without exception, an expression of joy, relaxation and delicious self-indulgence in the wealth of African-American … More Sweet Honey In The Rock Celebrate Black History Month in Jamaica: Friday February 27, Emancipation Park

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Poetry Note #1: Happy Birthday, Mr. Hughes

Today is the first day of Black History Month and also the birthday of Langston Hughes, the African American poet and social activist. Google has given him a doodle today, which is really nice. Also on February 1, 1960, four black students began a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. But that’s … More Poetry Note #1: Happy Birthday, Mr. Hughes

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Women’s Leadership: Transforming Self, Community and Country

U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela E. Bridgewater gave this lecture on June 6, 2013 at the University of the West Indies. I thought I would share it with you. You can also find it on the U.S. Embassy website at http://kingston.usembassy.gov/sp_06062013.html. Good evening and my thanks to the organizers of this evening’s forum: The Mona School … More Women’s Leadership: Transforming Self, Community and Country

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The Gods are Smiling

Well, it’s now five days into the Olympic Games 2012, and I am hooked, line and sinker. This despite my declarations that I was already weary of the excitement and “hype” surrounding the Jamaican track team.  The football World Cup was, I asserted, a much bigger item on my personal sports calendar than the Olympics. … More The Gods are Smiling

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Running a World Away

The Petchary was recently kindly invited to a film show at the Canadian High Commission.  The film was called “The Mighty Jerome,” and was selected to recognize Black History Month.  (Now, Jamaicans too recognize – or half-recognize – this month.  Paying lip service to the need to understand one’s roots.  Commenting sourly, “But it’s an American … More Running a World Away

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