Happy Independence Day, Jamaica! Our health officials have been trying to press home the need for social distancing and the wearing of masks, as our local transmission numbers for COVID-19 and the numbers of those hospitalized who are suspected of the virus continue to climb. As of today (August 6) we had eight new cases … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: Another Community Quarantine, Electioneering, and Irresponsible Behavior
As we know, at any one time there are many thousands of Jamaicans living or staying temporarily in the United States. I believe around one third of Jamaican immigrants to the U.S. (who total close to one million) live in New York, and about one quarter in Florida. But there are also thousands of seasonal … More A Digital Town Hall for Jamaicans Living in the U.S.
Music, education, youth, environment…This partnership has so much going for it! I am excited at this news and wish Andrew Taylor every success. Here is the press release from the Alpha Institute – an institution with a tremendous history. I hope they will keep us updated on this lovely initiative. (By the way, if you … More Alpha Institute Partners with Lonely Whale and Ghetto Youths Foundation in a New Scholarship Initiative
Digicel Foundation, as I have noted from time to time, is engaged in an extremely worthwhile project to strengthen institutions large and small that focus on Jamaicans with special needs. Last Thursday, March 12 the Foundation officially opened a Special Olympics Basketball Court and sports complex in Kingston. I was not able to go to … More Digicel Foundation and NBA Legend Rick Fox Open First Special Olympics Basketball Court in Jamaica
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a band of the 21st century, founded in 2000 and still going with the greatest of verve. Their lead singer, Karen O, was born in South Korea: her Ma is Korean and Pa is Polish. Although I think of the YYYs as a typical edgy New York band, Ms. O … More Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (HD Official Video)
We met a man on the second day of the Monterey Jazz Festival, a wiry Californian wearing a Jimi Hendrix T shirt – Jimi’s face with striking rays of sunlight beaming out from it. When I told him I liked the T shirt, he told us, “Jimi left us forty years ago today.” Forty years! … More Jimi, Ritsuko and Trombone Shorty