Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons

Three Jamaican short films are on the agenda of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, which opens in Toronto on September 5. The two I have reviewed below will be screened on September 19, along with The Incursion (which I will review separately) and Kaneal Gayle’s film Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, a short documentary which you will find reviewed elsewhere. Kinto … More Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons

A Jamaican Connection to the Parkland Shooting, and A Letter to the Students

The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is haunting us all in Jamaica, as well as across the United States and around the world. We are so close (geographically, and otherwise) to that particular state that we feel touched by anything that happens there. There are over 200,000 Jamaicans living … More A Jamaican Connection to the Parkland Shooting, and A Letter to the Students

Support Young Women in STEM! The Blue and Gold Project

  Just a quick bird note: I have been in touch with Aliya Hosein, who is a Trinidadian and a Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Fellow. Aliya holds a BSc in Biology and MSc in Sustainable Development and Conservation in the Caribbean (with Distinction) from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. She … More Support Young Women in STEM! The Blue and Gold Project

The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, by Anne C. Bailey

Dr. Anne C. Bailey is a Jamaican-born academic – an author, writer and historian. She is Professor of History and Africana Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton. She still maintains close links with Jamaica; we first met when she visited Jamaica during Black History Month. I had the honour of organising her visit … More The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, by Anne C. Bailey

The Diaspora Matters. But Should We Engage in a Different Way?

There is much ado about the Jamaican diaspora this week, with the launch of the biennial Diaspora Conference tomorrow (April 4th) at the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica House. However, the Canadian Delegation (the Jamaican Diaspora Canada Foundation) has decided not to attend the Conference, because of the short notice and a change of date. … More The Diaspora Matters. But Should We Engage in a Different Way?

Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the UK Responds to Media Reports on Deportations

The Jamaican public often gets confused over the deportation process. It’s an emotive topic in many ways, and sometimes sensationalised – but there IS a process and it is often complex. The deportation of a group of Jamaicans from the UK recently has sparked some questions: How many were deported? Were they all actually Jamaicans? etc. … More Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the UK Responds to Media Reports on Deportations

Belly Full! Lend Your Support for an Upcoming Book on Caribbean Food in the UK

Today is World Food Day. It seems just the right day to tell you about a very interesting new venture: a cookbook/storybook in the making that tells the stories behind Caribbean restaurants, bars and food places across the United Kingdom. There are, of course, solidly established West Indian communities in areas such as Harlesden, North … More Belly Full! Lend Your Support for an Upcoming Book on Caribbean Food in the UK

Jamaican Heads IFC Operations in English-Speaking Caribbean

Congratulations are due to Jamaican Judith Green on her appointment to head IFC, an important player in development financing in the region. Here is today’s World Bank press release. In Washington, DC: Vanessa Bauza Phone: +1 202-458-1603 E-mail: VBauza@ifc.org In Kingston, Jamaica: Gerry McDaniel Phone: 876-260-3329 E-mail: gmcdaniel@worldbank.org   IFC Appoints New Head for Jamaica … More Jamaican Heads IFC Operations in English-Speaking Caribbean