Growing Out: Black Hair and Black Pride in the Swinging Sixties, by Barbara Blake Hannah

If you would like to hear Barbara talk about her book and more, tune in to Radio Jamaica tomorrow (Sunday, September 11) at 1:30 p.m. on Gerry McDaniel’s show “Palav,” where she will be special guest. A young, middle-class Jamaican woman, tired of the limitations of island life, arrives in London, England, to seek her … More Growing Out: Black Hair and Black Pride in the Swinging Sixties, by Barbara Blake Hannah

Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica Wins Two International Muse Creative Awards

I have always enjoyed the Broadcasting Commission’s ads. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica is the regulatory body with responsibility for radio, television and cable services in Jamaica. In their ads (online and television) serious messages about the way we use media are very much out there – but always with a delightful twist of  humour. … More Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica Wins Two International Muse Creative Awards

Monday Morning with Alvernia’s Authors

Benjamin Franklin, a no-nonsense fellow, once observed: Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. A blunt pronouncement, indeed! So when a friend proudly told me about her son Daniel’s love of writing as a member of his school’s Authors Club, I couldn’t resist inviting myself to meet him and his fellow writers … More Monday Morning with Alvernia’s Authors

The RJR/Gleaner Media Merger: Commentary by Marcia Forbes (Part One)

As I noted in my last blog post, Jamaica’s two oldest and most powerful media houses, RJR and the Gleaner, announced their merger last week – subject to the approval of their stakeholders and the Jamaica Stock Exchange, where both are currently traded. I expressed concern at the prospect of the newly merged entity’s dominance of … More The RJR/Gleaner Media Merger: Commentary by Marcia Forbes (Part One)

Violence Against Women, Part 1: How Much is the Media to Blame?

November 25 is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. As such, it is always recognized by the Jamaican Government with a major event, hosted by the Bureau of Women’s Affairs. For many reasons, this is a topic very close to my heart; and it is an area of such burning … More Violence Against Women, Part 1: How Much is the Media to Blame?

Media heat

The summer is a slow burner.  The bright Kingston sky dazzles like new paint in the morning, and turns to a brassy glow in the afternoon.  The evenings are slow to cool, and the grass on our lawn is becoming slightly crisp underfoot, again.  The occasional passing thunderstorm or careless shower brings that humidity that … More Media heat