And The First Color is Orange: Beyond Sixteen Days of Activism


I seem to be fixated on colors at the moment. One of those in the rainbow spectrum is orange – the color that represents the Sixteen Days of Activism following International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (except in Jamaica). I discussed earlier the dilemma of Jamaican activists – many of whom wanted … More And The First Color is Orange: Beyond Sixteen Days of Activism

Marley Visits the Museum: A Kingston Tourist Attraction With Forced Singing


Tourists in Kingston are a different breed from the kind you see on the north coast. They are not quite as horribly sunburnt, are less skimpily attired and tend to exhibit more variety in their clothing, demeanor and indeed their place of origin.  As we waited for our guide at the Bob Marley Museum to … More Marley Visits the Museum: A Kingston Tourist Attraction With Forced Singing

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

An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015


“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Well, it has been a windy week and our yard has filled with crackling dry leaves. It’s hard to find anything good blowing for anybody, just at the moment. A terrible tragedy: Everyone has run out of adjectives to describe the murder of three schoolboys and a … More An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jamaica’s Poet Laureate to Lead Second Annual Writers’ Retreat in Lime Hall, St. Ann


Last summer I participated in The Drawing Room Project’s first retreat led by Christine Craig, along with poets from Jamaica, the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It was an extraordinarily fruitful and enriching experience, and I wrote about it in this blog. This year, the Retreat will be led by our very own Poet … More Jamaica’s Poet Laureate to Lead Second Annual Writers’ Retreat in Lime Hall, St. Ann

Wheels Up: President Obama Leaves Jamaica Under a Rainbow Arch


President Barack Obama is no longer with us. It is almost as if we are picking up the pieces now. Today will be a normal day. It’s too early perhaps to say whether President Obama’s just under 24 hour visit will have lasting impact. Is the euphoria of the last couple of days already starting … More Wheels Up: President Obama Leaves Jamaica Under a Rainbow Arch

Wheels Down: The President Arrives, and We Are Floored


Air Force One has landed on our little island. At 7:31 p.m. this evening President Barack Hussein Obama of the United States arrived at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport, where media representatives gathered on a platform. On Twitter, excitement had been mounting, with most of the journalists tweeting photos and comments. I thought I would … More Wheels Down: The President Arrives, and We Are Floored

Singing Redemption: Jamaica Day Part 1


Yesterday, by a strange but happy coincidence, I heard two versions of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” The first version was at a special Jamaica Day celebration on Friday, February 27 at the Abilities Foundation in Kingston. I was invited to be guest speaker; I read some Jamaican poetry. They especially enjoyed “Eve” by Mervyn Morris, … More Singing Redemption: Jamaica Day Part 1

Listen Mi! Trench Town Children Celebrate Bob Marley at Seventy


Last Thursday, February 5, the children of Trench Town Reading Centre had special visitors. The Digicel Foundation brought Jo Anderson-Figueroa and Listenmi Caribbean to host an exciting interactive reading and learning session for the children in honour of Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, which was the following day. The visitors also kindly brought books and other … More Listen Mi! Trench Town Children Celebrate Bob Marley at Seventy