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

Labour Day in our neighbourhood: Trash, trucks – and teamwork!

I confess that I used to be rather cynical about Labour Day. It seemed like a bit of a PR stunt for political leaders, who pose from various angles while planting a tree, or painting a wall for five minutes. Well, on Monday, May 23 we still had some of that. Both Prime Minister Andrew … More Labour Day in our neighbourhood: Trash, trucks – and teamwork!

A Caribbean woman causes a stir at the United Nations

Caribbean people love speeches. I have sat through so many speeches in Jamaica; most have been at least ten minutes too long. I have even written quite a few myself. Yes, Caribbean people know how to “talk the hind leg off a donkey,” as the saying goes. Some political leaders have been famous for it. … More A Caribbean woman causes a stir at the United Nations

DK Duncan: A Passionate Politician For Over Fifty Years

If there is one thing many Jamaicans are passionate about, it’s politics. And Dr. DK Duncan was a practitioner of the business (by the way, a dentist by profession) who was nothing if not passionate. The news broke this morning that “DK” (Donald Keith), as he was simply known, had passed away from COVID-19, at … More DK Duncan: A Passionate Politician For Over Fifty Years

Ross Urken is in Kingston to Launch His Book, “Another Mother”

Heads up for book lovers – and all the many people who I think would be so interested in this book! Ross Kenneth Urken is in Kingston and getting ready to launch Another Mother, on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Redbones Blues Café(a place that has moved quite a bit, but now … More Ross Urken is in Kingston to Launch His Book, “Another Mother”

The Lie that is Emancipendence

I am sharing a couple more perspectives on Jamaica’s Independence Day (August 6), which merges with Emancipation Day (August 1) to become “Emancipendence.” Here is the first one – a very jaded view from a young Jamaican, who is looking for so much more… Source: The Lie that is Emancipendence

Wednesday Night is Politics Night

Political junkies! Tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 19) could be your night, whether you are focused on home or abroad. Firstly, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Government, in association with Ian Randle Publishers and National Integrity Action (NIA) will host a Symposium on Political Leadership, including the official launch of Michael Manley: The … More Wednesday Night is Politics Night

Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

A part of this review appears in today’s Sunday Gleaner – incomplete and wrongly attributed to the author! The newspaper also does not mention the excellent local publishers, Ian Randle Publishers (IRP). Here is my review (yes, I wrote this!) in full.  In the context of today’s strife within the People’s National Party, the timing of this … More Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016

After an unpleasantly dry and hot month, the rain arrived in Kingston yesterday, and there’s the promise of more rain, perhaps. The past few days have been quite dramatic , although not always the kind of drama you really welcome. But, there it is. Innocent baby: I apologize, but I have to start on this tragic … More The Death of Demario, Bolt and the Tabloids and Glowing Recommendations: Jamaica, Friday, August 26, 2016

Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French

I am a little late sharing this, but for those of you who have not yet read it – it’s a provocative read. Now, since the article was written immediately after the elections, the reference to the results in the first paragraph is now dated, as the seat count remained at 32 – 31. However, … More Portia in the Balance 2016: Opinion Piece by Joan French