Andrea Dempster Chung is one of those determined Jamaican women who sticks to their vision, remains focused, and makes it happen. Kingston Creative – that blossoming of the arts in downtown Kingston – is her brainchild and a shining example of the amazing potential of Jamaica’s creative industries. My favorite memory of the pre-COVID days … More Kingston Creative partners with IDB Lab to enhance global market access for Creative Entrepreneurs
“And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.” ― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias How arrogant we humans are, in the edifices we … More Climate change and COVID-19: We humans are not in control, and we know it
Jamaica has confirmed one more case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 13, as of this evening (March 17). This case is linked to “Patient 1” (formerly called “Patient Zero”) who traveled from the UK on March 4 for a family funeral, and linked to the Bull Bay area now under quarantine. Five results were … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information
The Christmas season has arrived in Jamaica, and the weather is mild and calm. Nights are a little cooler, and poinsettias are blooming. ‘Tis the season of goodwill. But the busy bees of Kingston haven’t had time to appreciate all of this yet. They are rushing up and down like crazy on what might be … More Gran’ Market: The 2019 Edition
Where do we find the First 50? Who are the pioneering organizations that are supporting the pioneers? Kingston Creative is an ambitious vision. The goal is to build, steadily build, an art district downtown. After all, Kingston is a UNESCO Creative City – with a focus on music, but there is much more besides to … More Kingston Creative Gathers Momentum
Today is the 132nd birthday of the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, ON, who was born on August 17, 1887 in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. Unfortunately, I am not an early riser in general. I confess I did not get up in time to attend the floral tributes at his grave in National Heroes Circle, … More Happy Birthday, Mr. Garvey
July 1 was International Reggae Day. What did it mean to Jamaicans, in Jamaica? It has been said, over and over ad nauseam, that Jamaica does not sufficiently tap into the deep wellspring of its creativity. And it’s true. We tend to tinker away at it – the “potential” of it – puff ourselves up and … More Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?
I learned this week that Mercury is in retrograde from July 26 to August 18. It’s a time when there will be a lot of disagreements and misunderstandings. We are cautioned also to keep a low profile and not make any big decisions, because they may backfire. Actually, this could explain a lot about happenings … More Mercury in Retrograde, Mistakes of the Past, Modern-Day Slaves: Jamaica on Saturday, July 28, 2018
The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) presents the Kingston Book Festival (KBF) 2018! There is something for everyone… readers, writers, publishers and more. It is coming up fast, opening on March 4. Are you ready? The Festival has been endorsed by Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams and it has what is called a “stellar lineup” … More Hurry, Book Lovers…Kingston Book Festival is Just Around the Corner!