This novel for young adults, set in Trinidad, opens with a homely scene – immediately interrupted by a jarring, somehow banal incident of domestic violence. This takes place while seventeen-year-old Kayla is doing the washing up before her mother comes home, while keeping an eye on her two younger sisters. Life for a young woman … More “Off Track”: My Review of a Novel by Tamika Gibson
As I have mentioned before, I have acquired quite a taste for young adult novels (although Jamaican author Diana McCaulay says she doesn’t quite see her book “Daylight Come” as a “YA novel,” it has the feel of one, direct and emotional). I have read and reviewed several other Caribbean offerings besides Diana’s on this … More Run! With This New Caribbean Young Adult Novel, “Off Track”
Well, a young Jamaican I greatly admire has just got another gold star from me! Not a medal, although I expect him to get one or two of those in Rio soon. Our speedy sprinter Usain Bolt has just joined UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, and I am so pleased and proud of him for doing … More Usain Bolt Joins the HeForShe Campaign
A small and rather weak tropical storm named Danny is trundling its way into the Caribbean. We might get some rain, and we do need more – much more, to ease the drought. But Kingstonians generally seem less miserable than they did last week (or perhaps it’s just me, as I am feeling better physically … More Athletic Distractions, Living in Sewage and the Mysteries of the Hub: Sunday, August 23, 2015
It is less than a week since the Olympic Games ended in London, and I promised myself that I would pay tribute to some of the incredible human beings – from Jamaica, the Caribbean and elsewhere – who gave us so much joy (and sometimes, sadness) during those exhilarating competitions. Before the sunset afterglow starts … More The London Games: Jamaica
If you are Jamaican with blood running through your veins, chances are that you will have become infected with “Olympic Fever,” a highly contagious disease for which there is no known cure. After the month of August, the symptoms are expected to abate considerably. Until then, like those stricken with dengue fever, you will just … More Why Are Jamaicans So Amazing at Running?
On the occasion of Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey‘s 52nd birthday, it seems appropriate to look at the Jamaican obsession with “track and field” (it’s really the track part we are interested in). How does this play out in the context of celebrity, youth, and money? I was prompted to write this partly because there was … More Gold, Silver and Bronze