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

Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

I confess, I have been preoccupied by family matters and rather low key. This World Environment Day I found it hard to focus; the issues are crowding in. In particular, climate change weighs heavily. I looked up the hashtag on Twitter, finding more and more semi-hopeful messages, “we’re doing something” videos, and “let’s do something!” … More Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

Celebrating Oliver

They do say that you should always celebrate and show your appreciation for people while they are still “trodding this Earth.” In other words, don’t take the great human beings you know for granted. Shower them with praise and love while they are still around. Not that I am expecting Jamaica’s “King of Comedy” Oliver … More Celebrating Oliver

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

ICYMI in Jamaica, August 25, 2020: COVID-19, Elections, COVID Parties, and Laura

Last week was an anxious week. The pandemic has infiltrated every aspect of our lives now, both at a personal, local and national level. And there’s more than a dash of politics, to give it some spice. Tropical Storm (now Hurricane) Laura gave us a rough time as it passed by. And we are now … More ICYMI in Jamaica, August 25, 2020: COVID-19, Elections, COVID Parties, and Laura

Standing on the Shoulders of Miss Lou and Our Elders: Blog Post by Dr. Anne C. Bailey

Emancipation Day and Independence Day are just around the corner now, and I thought it was appropriate to share this blog post from Dr. Anne C. Bailey, a Jamaican-born writer, historian, and professor of History and Africana Studies at SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York). As her blog notes, “Dr. Bailey is committed to a … More Standing on the Shoulders of Miss Lou and Our Elders: Blog Post by Dr. Anne C. Bailey

Sometimes The Face of Depression Is In Your Mirror: An Article by Wayne Campbell

I wrote around the time of World Health Day on its theme, Depression: Let’s Talk. Now my friend and fellow blogger Wayne Campbell has had time to catch up on this topic, which is also dear to my heart. This is his excellent blog post, which explains depression very clearly and puts everything in perspective. You can … More Sometimes The Face of Depression Is In Your Mirror: An Article by Wayne Campbell

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 U.S. Embassy and 51% Coalition Invite Jamaican Youth to View First U.S. Presidential Debate

The U.S. presidential election campaign (and what a strange one it is) is now in its “tun up” phase – to use a current Jamaican phrase. The first Presidential Debate is tomorrow evening, and the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica is partnering with the 51% Coalition, and Panos Caribbean as implementing partner, for a live viewing … More The U.S. Embassy and 51% Coalition Invite Jamaican Youth to View First U.S. Presidential Debate