Last night after a very busy day I got home to hear the last half of an absolutely delightful interview on National Public Radio’s show On Point with Tom Ashbrook; the interview was with Jamaican novelist Marlon James — who I first read about in the blogosphere from YardEdge. James’s new novel, The Book of Night Women, is an intriguing story out of our island’s past … Continue reading Jamaican Novelist and Discussions of Race
I love blogging here alot, yet recently I wonder if I have been engaging in self-censorship since about Thanksgiving of last year. It is a complex thing — I am a highly positive person who thrives on positivity. I-and-I am normally smiling, regardless of the trials and travails of life in our 21st century because when people ask How’s life?; the best and most elucidating … Continue reading Ban Spring Break!
Equal rights and justice Is our everlasting song. Unity and progress Will make our nation strong. Stand up for your rights when you hear the bell, Stand up for justice – Hear the freedom bell. Remember Bustamante, He served you well – Stand up Jamaicans – when you hear the bell Stand up Jamaicans – when you hear the bell. First verse lyrics and chorus … Continue reading Stand Up for Justice
Had a conversation today where an old friend of mine from Jamaican schooldays made a point that if Usain Bolt had been caught smoking a bong — a la Michael Phelps — then the media in America would be bemoaning and lamenting his fall from the top; wondering how long his sponsors have before they’re forced to drop him, and generally be bashing Usain Bolt … Continue reading We’re So Special : UPDATED!
I had a bad feeling about walking home on that road. It was nearing 11pm, and I wanted to stop at the only open restaurant I knew where I could grab something light to eat at that late hour. I worried only of never having traveled down that way so late, but decided to chance it on the strength of faith alone. In hindsight, I … Continue reading Ice, ice, baby
Bad luck is reputed to be worse than obeah, but seeing the way that things are working out for the JLP in office I’m not sure recent events can be chalked up to bad luck alone. Some kind of obeah or “science” may provide a more convenient scapegoat for the series of unfortunate events that is befalling members of the Jamaica Labour Party, it is … Continue reading With Friends Like These…
Imagine my surprise when as I recently read a New York Times article about a Kenyan priest who has been ministering in the American Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky. Apparently, the priest had been born and trained in Kenya and had become a priest in Jamaica, prior to moving on to the United States. According to the New York Times (all emphasis is mine): In Kenya, … Continue reading Dirty Laundry