Jamaican leaders, citizens must “act firmly” on violence against women – enough talk

Case closed. The Jamaica Constabulary Force put out a statement on Friday (April 16th) that it cannot continue investigations into a violent episode that took place in a parking lot ten days earlier, because the two people involved (a man and a woman) are not willing to press complaints. Also, the JCF said, the quality … More Jamaican leaders, citizens must “act firmly” on violence against women – enough talk

Ending violence against Jamaican women in the context of HIV and AIDS

Following up on International Women’s Day, I sat in on an excellent session organized by Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) and funded by the European Union in Jamaica. Sadly, on such occasions the issue of violence against women is a recurring factor. We have to confront it, again and again. And so, yesterday, we … More Ending violence against Jamaican women in the context of HIV and AIDS

African Caribbean Institute Focuses on Storytelling for Black History Month

We are aware of the legacy of the oral tradition that Jamaica inherited from West Africa. Unfortunately, the storytelling tradition is often only wheeled out on special occasions and for cultural events, with only a handful of practitioners keeping the tradition alive. I recently heard renowned actor Oliver Samuels talking about his childhood in St. … More African Caribbean Institute Focuses on Storytelling for Black History Month

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 29: The Sam Sharpe Day Edition

Well, Christmas is over. We tried to make the best of it. Apart from a young man who insisted on riding his noisy motorbike up and down our street, Christmas was also quiet – perhaps because of the 7:00 p.m. curfew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, in some places the illegal parties continued … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 29: The Sam Sharpe Day Edition

Roll-out of Relief Programme from PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Begins

Last week, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) provided an update to the public on the progress of its COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund, a partnership with the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), United Way of Jamaica (UWJ), American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) and others. It is a carefully targeted fund that aims to provide resources … More Roll-out of Relief Programme from PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Begins

On Trees That Feed…and What Feeds Them

The Prime Minister made an announcement about a major tree-planting programme on September 27, 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly. We are waiting to hear details, although I hear that the programme is still in its planning stages. Still planning? Was the announcement a little premature? In recent years, the Government’s tree-planting programmes have … More On Trees That Feed…and What Feeds Them

National Library of Jamaica Discovers Miss Lou Treasure

This news from the National Library of Jamaica (headed by the awesome Beverley Lashley) cheered me up quite a bit! June 18, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: National Library of Jamaica Discovers Miss Lou Treasure Kingston, Jamaica: A signed copy of one of the first books written by the late Hon. Dr.  Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley OM, … More National Library of Jamaica Discovers Miss Lou Treasure

BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme

Latoya West-Blackwood is a hard-working Jamaican woman with a special energy. She pays attention to everything. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a few projects. Now, as Chairperson of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, she has been invited to visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland in August. I am … More BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme

World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too

It’s well known that we Jamaicans are hooked on poetry. But this year, we will have an official World Poetry Day celebration, with the Governor General’s endorsement. It is a result of the close co-operation between the National Library of Jamaica and our Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison. There is also a new prize for young … More World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too

All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women

Wow. What a combination! Poetry and martial arts. However, the healing power of poetry and the strength and focus of martial arts do actually compliment each other. It’s a two-pronged approach to dealing with the issue of gender-based violence. As the summer winds down, it’s good to look back at some of the many – and … More All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women