Jamaica Update, June 11, 2021: Shelly-Ann runs like the wind, George Wright makes a cameo appearance, and Mark Golding does TikTok

I have had a long hiatus from my weekly updates. Life has been a little overwhelming. “Tempus fugit.” I am scraping the surface here, but will go more in depth next week and will try to stick to a Friday/Saturday update! Environmental stories will follow in due course and there is much to report; however, … More Jamaica Update, June 11, 2021: Shelly-Ann runs like the wind, George Wright makes a cameo appearance, and Mark Golding does TikTok

Rastafari Coral Gardens Elders Home established in St. James, Jamaica

The terrible events of “Bad Friday” in 1963 in Coral Gardens, Montego Bay, have not been forgotten. Back in April 2017, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness made a formal apology in Parliament, on the anniversary of the persecution, torture and killing of Rastafarians in Coral Gardens. At the opening, Member of Parliament Dr. Horace Chang … More Rastafari Coral Gardens Elders Home established in St. James, Jamaica

ICYMI in Jamaica, August 25, 2020: COVID-19, Elections, COVID Parties, and Laura

Last week was an anxious week. The pandemic has infiltrated every aspect of our lives now, both at a personal, local and national level. And there’s more than a dash of politics, to give it some spice. Tropical Storm (now Hurricane) Laura gave us a rough time as it passed by. And we are now … More ICYMI in Jamaica, August 25, 2020: COVID-19, Elections, COVID Parties, and Laura

The Reggae Film Festival: An Update and a Gracious and Grateful Ending

My dear readers, as you may recall earlier this year (January 5, to be precise) I wrote about the Reggae Film Festival. Well, the bad news is that it will not take place this year, as planned. Here is a message posted by the Festival’s founder (filmmaker/writer Barbara Blake Hannah) on Facebook last Saturday: “I … More The Reggae Film Festival: An Update and a Gracious and Grateful Ending

The Steady Path, You Can’t Run a Health System on Charity…and Nesta’s Rock! Tuesday, January 6, 2015

It’s been an interesting and thoughtful start to the year on many levels. There are some major challenges ahead this year, but Jamaicans are getting back to work quietly. We have to put our best feet forward in 2015! Politicians and the social media minefield: Social media is still proving a major headache for some of … More The Steady Path, You Can’t Run a Health System on Charity…and Nesta’s Rock! Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Film is a Living, Breathing Thing: The Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival, June 2 – 6, 2015

I recently took tea with Barbara Blake Hannah, cultural activist and consultant, filmmaker, writer, former Senator, blogger, mother, devout Rastafarian. Yes, all of the above! Barbara speaks in a low voice. She sips her tea. We commiserate with each over our lingering “chik v” pains. She has an air of quiet dignity, but just under … More Film is a Living, Breathing Thing: The Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival, June 2 – 6, 2015

Corruption, Religious Marches and Indomitable Women of the Press: Sunday, September 14, 2014

As usual, political issues are threatening to swamp much of our media coverage. But there is a lot more going on that gets relegated to the back pages… “Fighting corruption is a national priority”: So says Finance Minister Peter Phillips. I am sure his supervisors at the International Monetary Fund were glad to hear these words. … More Corruption, Religious Marches and Indomitable Women of the Press: Sunday, September 14, 2014

Marcus Garvey’s Birthday, Kentucky Kid, and a Radio Tower: Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy birthday, Mr. Garvey! Celebrations have been taking place at our National Hero’s former headquarters, Liberty Hall on King Street. It’s been an edgy sort of week. No rain fell in Kingston this week. The drought has returned, and so has the heat. The holiday mood is steadily evaporating. One thing that has not returned is … More Marcus Garvey’s Birthday, Kentucky Kid, and a Radio Tower: Sunday, August 17, 2014