Today was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States. Jamaica: On New Year’s Eve (I was just reminded just this evening) I heard an eruption of fireworks, from people’s yards. There was a curfew, so there was no public display downtown. What I also heard was the insistent pumping, the flat thump of … More Martin Luther King Day in Jamaica: The Dark Cloud of Violence
It’s 2021, and everything seems to be happening at once. It’s hard to keep up. Education, health, crime (crime!!), travel and tourism – and more – all seem to be “hot button” issues. The new year is already shaping up to be quite crowded; we need to wrap our heads around some fundamental issues, and … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 12, 2021: The “Heartware” Edition
The name “Trench Town” is almost legendary, with strong links to music (Bob Marley, of course, and many others), sports and more. But have you ever been there? Now is your chance to see and find out so much more about the community, which has struggled through difficult times and continues to face challenges. But Trench … More Kingston Creative Takes You to Trench Town – Tomorrow
July 1 was International Reggae Day. What did it mean to Jamaicans, in Jamaica? It has been said, over and over ad nauseam, that Jamaica does not sufficiently tap into the deep wellspring of its creativity. And it’s true. We tend to tinker away at it – the “potential” of it – puff ourselves up and … More Why Can’t We Have a Reggae Hall of Fame in Kingston?
I have done a lot of celebrating in the past week or two, as we move down towards Christmas. One project that I am proud to have been involved with (in a small way) was the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre’s (WROC) Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project, implemented in collaboration with National Integrity Action … More Women’s Empowerment Group Graduates From Integrity and Advocacy Programme in Style
It’s Good Friday, and someone posted on Twitter: Nuh bodda drive and kill unuself over d Easter enuh, guidance* This is really the essence of the National Road Safety Council’s holiday press release, fearing an increase in road accidents over the four-day holiday. The NRSC sent out an appeal yesterday. This reminds me of an … More Nuh Bodda Drive and Kill Unnuself Over Di Easter Enuh!
Last night I attended the première of a short documentary produced by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), highlighting three communities that have benefited (and remain involved with) the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica programme. (Kudos to Enola Williams and the team at Redbones Blues Café in Kingston for their support and cool drinks for the audience!) The fact is … More Please Let Us Save Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica! A Plea from Jamaica Environment Trust
Do you know Trench Town? Do you know Boys’ Town? If so, you know Collie Smith Drive. But do you know who Collie Smith was? This is an interesting (although rather sad) story. Next week, however, there will be an unveiling ceremony celebrating Mr. Smith, with a very famous Caribbean cricketer doing the honours. (N.B. … More Sir Garfield Sobers to Unveil Collie Smith Statue at Boys’ Town
First of all, I wish the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) a Very Happy 35th Birthday! The community-based organisation was established on International Women’s Day, 1983. On that day this year – March 8 – WROC paid tribute to those women who have worked hard over the years to uplift and support the residents of the Lyndhurst/Greenwich … More WROC Honors the Women of the Lyndhurst/Greenwich Community
This partnership seems like a perfect match to me: The Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC), which is based in Lyndhurst/Greenwich and surrounding communities in Kingston, and the anti-corruption lobby group National Integrity Action (NIA) are collaborating on the Strengthening a Culture of Integrity in Jamaica project. This initiative seeks to address some of the challenges young … More WROC, NIA Empower Young People to Speak Out Against Violence and Corruption