Jamaican gender activist Linnette Vassell tells older women: “Step out of fear”

I have a mental gathering of “Jamaicans I admire” in my head. They never cease to inspire me. They are young, and older, and in between, and in all walks of life. Linnette Vassell is one. This quiet afternoon – the first in three days of COVID-19 lockdown – I listened to a short interview … More Jamaican gender activist Linnette Vassell tells older women: “Step out of fear”

Jamaica Update, June 18, 2021: The city’s hottest day, Trench Town blues, and an Uber surprise

Phew! What a week. We have been under a stifling blanket of Saharan dust for the past couple of days, and endured our hottest day ever in Kingston (June 12). The best thing to do is hide indoors in the daytime and come out to exercise etc. after dark. It has been an exhausting week. … More Jamaica Update, June 18, 2021: The city’s hottest day, Trench Town blues, and an Uber surprise

CCRP urges Jamaican political representatives to help rural elders get vaccinated

We might assume that many Jamaicans over 60 who have not yet been vaccinated are hesitating or unwilling to get their first dose. However, our senior citizens face many practical challenges these days – none more so than those who are living in rural areas. The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) is worried that … More CCRP urges Jamaican political representatives to help rural elders get vaccinated

Vaccination Time for Jamaican Seniors

This morning was an interesting experience. My dear husband, who falls in the over-75 bracket, received an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. This is the much-discussed AstraZeneca, which is the first vaccine that Jamaica has received, to date. By the way, Jamaica was the first Caribbean country to receive vaccines through the World Health Organization’s … More Vaccination Time for Jamaican Seniors

African Caribbean Institute Focuses on Storytelling for Black History Month

We are aware of the legacy of the oral tradition that Jamaica inherited from West Africa. Unfortunately, the storytelling tradition is often only wheeled out on special occasions and for cultural events, with only a handful of practitioners keeping the tradition alive. I recently heard renowned actor Oliver Samuels talking about his childhood in St. … More African Caribbean Institute Focuses on Storytelling for Black History Month

ICYMI in Jamaica, November 14, 2020: The Breakaway Edition

Well, the past week has been, to say the least, pretty intense. The ever-evolving Eta, as expected, turned around after wreaking havoc in Central America, and passed along to the west of us this time. Our already battered and bruised island had suffered enough. So now, roads have split in two, there is a major … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 14, 2020: The Breakaway Edition

Celebrating Oliver

They do say that you should always celebrate and show your appreciation for people while they are still “trodding this Earth.” In other words, don’t take the great human beings you know for granted. Shower them with praise and love while they are still around. Not that I am expecting Jamaica’s “King of Comedy” Oliver … More Celebrating Oliver

ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition

We could also call this the “U.S. Election Edition,” since many Jamaicans have been nervously following that particular emotional rollercoaster. Why are Jamaicans so engaged? Well, as people say, “When the U.S. sneezes, we catch cold.” We are geographically so close and many of us have family there. South Florida is nicknamed “Kingston 21” – … More ICYMI in Jamaica, November 3, 2020: The Illegal Party Edition

CCRP Jamaica Expresses Concern at COVID-19 Outbreak at Golden Age Home

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has expressed grave concern at the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Golden Age Home in Kingston – the largest such facility in the English-speaking Caribbean. Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton gave an update on the situation at this evening’s press briefing… You may well recall that … More CCRP Jamaica Expresses Concern at COVID-19 Outbreak at Golden Age Home