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

Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music


Late last year, the cultural arm of the United Nations, UNESCO designated Kingston, Jamaica as a “Creative City.” The then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment lobbied hard for this, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund reportedly put up J$3.4 million in support of these efforts. So, this is all good stuff. It’s a good selling point. … More Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music

African Postman: Mogadishu’s Artistic Rebirth


This article describes the hope and sense of renewal in the city of Mogadishu, Somalia, which is emerging from decades of civil war. Even when violence and conflict tear our communities apart, it is hard to destroy the cultural heart of a city. It goes on beating. Although we have not experienced the horrors of … More African Postman: Mogadishu’s Artistic Rebirth

Cool Art


We escaped San Francisco‘s heat wave (lasted three days, and everyone complained)…and escaped one day into the cool, dark grey marble atrium of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  We relieved ourselves of shopping bags, rested awhile, and then visited… “75 Years of Looking Forward: The Anniversary Show” – described as “works from SFMOMA‘s … More Cool Art