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Stories about Jamaica

22 August 2016

A Jamaican Company's Offensive Olympic Tweet Offers a Lesson in Social Media Responsibility

A derogatory tweet about Omar McLeod after his gold-medal win in hurdles could have cost one Jamaican company "way more brand equity and real loss of dollars".

6 August 2016

On the Eve of Independence Celebrations, Jamaicans Delight in the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony

From Rio's green theme to the pomp and circumstance of the Parade of Nations, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games inspired a sense of national pride for Jamaicans.

5 August 2016

Jamaicans Are Excited About Their Athletes and a Little Nervous About Rio

"Why the so-called developed countries don't stop hating on #Brazil and allow the rest of us to enjoy the @Olympics? Goodness gracious!"

4 August 2016

Feminism Is a Difficult Battle for Black Caribbean Women

Standing up for women's rights is tough enough without being poor, black, or marginalised. One blog will speak out for Caribbean women at the upcoming Black Feminisms Forum in Brazil.

23 July 2016

Amidst Soaring Road Fatalities, a Tragic Accident Spawns Strange Jamaican Tales

A tragic accident on a dangerous but historically significant bridge leads Jamaicans to discuss road safety options -- with a few ghost stories thrown in for good measure.

22 June 2016

A Jamaican Children's TV Show Promotes Respectful, Caring Communities

"If we don't invest in the youth, we will never grow. They need our hands, our wisdom, our support, our investment. Let's have a collective vision."

15 June 2016

Jamaica's Attorney General Condemns the Orlando Massacre, But Thinks the Rainbow Flag Goes Too Far

Her tweet saying it was "disrespectful of Jamaica's laws" for the US Embassy to fly the rainbow flag sparked a discussion on Twitter of LGBT rights in Jamaica.

2 June 2016

Zanj Radio: Jamaica's Online Music Station With a Social Message

"This is not just another media entity. It is a solution."

17 May 2016

Prepare for Pushback If You Call Jamaica Violent (Even Though It Can Be)

"These pockets of violence [...] are not as insignificant as we think. We have not begun to uncover the various forms of violence [...] in our society. Violence is pervasive."

29 April 2016

Meet the Anti-Discrimination Non-Profit Behind the Jamaican Version of a ‘Privilege Walk’

"We believe that everyone, no matter who they are, is deserving of respect. [...] This is necessary in changing the course [of] human rights development in Jamaica."

23 April 2016

Jamaica's Christian Conservatives Point Fingers at International Agencies Over Comprehensive Sex Education

"How can [...] advocates and health practitioners who understand the real world and people of faith [...] reach a point of common understanding for the benefit and welfare of all?"

Goodnight, Sweet Prince: The Caribbean Bids Farewell to the Consummate Artist

"Going to wear assless pants and eyeliner out of respect. I guess this is why Doves Cry. ‪#‎Prince‬."

22 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Priorities, Anyone?

This week we take you to China, Mexico, Jamaica, Macedonia and Uganda, where we speak to Prudence Nyamishana who tells us why Ugandans are peeved at their government's priorities.

17 April 2016

Jamaicans Aren't Feeling the Neighbourly Love From Trinidad and Tobago's Airport Border Control

There is supposed to be free movement of CARICOM nationals throughout the region, but Jamaicans keep getting denied entry -- particularly in Trinidad.

9 April 2016

Young, Deaf Entrepreneurs Are Brewing Coffee With a Purpose in Jamaica

"We're not ‘disabled’. Everyone has their own talents." "We want the whole world to know about us, to know that we are just like any other person."

7 April 2016

West Indies Fans Rally Against the Region's ‘Corrupted’ Cricket Board After T20 Victories

"The historic victories didn't come from bureaucrats of the WICB, it came from the players they clearly want to muzzle."

5 April 2016

In Jamaica’s Televised School Quiz, Adults Were the Sore Losers

"Who would have thought that an unfavourable end to a high-school competition would have coalesced so many of Jamaica's brightest minds and stirred up such venom in people?"

29 March 2016

Meet the Jamaican Entrepreneur Who Found a Way to Make ‘Going Green’ Fulfilling, Socially Responsible, and Even Profitable

How did one Jamaican entrepreneur help water-challenged families in Flint, Michigan? Jovan Evans proves that developing eco-friendly ideas can benefit both people and the planet, while being profitable.

25 March 2016

Hot Cross Buns, A Caribbean Easter Tradition

"Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns!" The Caribbean loves this delicious Easter tradition.

18 March 2016

Jamaicans Adopt a ‘Wait and See’ Approach to New Political Leaders

The new Jamaican voter is keeping a keen eye on the government to ensure that issues are addressed and public officials are held to a higher standard.

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