Stories about Jamaica from September, 2006
Jamaica: When Yardies rock
Marlon James explains why Jamaicans can't rock.
Jamaica: “Calabash poem”
Geoffrey Philp writes about a poem of his that's been “roundly rejected” by several publishers, and offers us a chance to read it.
Jamaica: Dub poet
Geoffrey Philp posts the latest in his series of “Five Questions” interviews with Caribbean authors. This week his interviewee is Jamaican dub poet Malachi.
Jamaica: Ooh, Jamaica
Geoffrey Philp recounts his encounter with various stereotypical ideas about Jamaicans on another Caribbean island, and asks the question: “what are we doing now to promote well-rounded images of Jamaica and the Caribbean.”
Jamaica: How to succeed in politics
Jamaica and the World offers four techniques sure to guarantee success in Jamaican politics.
Jamaica: Recording artists — wise up!
A recent dispute between a songwriter/performer and a record label prompts Yardflex.com to say — in good Jamaican patois — that Jamaican recording artists need to get smart about the business side of entertainment.
Jamaica: Philp book meme
Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp takes up the challenge of a book meme. Among the things he mentions is an e-book dedicated to bashing his first collection of short stories!
Jamaica: Hormone plot?
Afflictedyard posts two curious photos of slogans spray-painted on walls in Kingston, Jamaica, referring to what would appear to be a plot involving hormone therapy. “Hormone imbalance cause cancer and gay-ism lesbianism,” reads one of the signs.
Caribbean, USA: West Indian Day Parade
Will, a Dutch student newly arrived at New York's Columbia University, takes in last Monday's West Indian Day Parade: “A giant Caribbean parade which takes place in Brooklyn on the Labour Day Holiday . . . . The first part of it was made use of by American politicians (Congressional...
Jamaica: 5 Questions with Kwame Dawes
Geoffrey Philip publishes the second in his “Five Questions with. . . ” series on Caribbean writers. This week he interviews Ghana-born, Jamaica-bred poet Kwame Dawes.
Jamaica, USA: Writers’ retreat
Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp pays homage to a writers’ retreat in Seaside, Florida where he once spent a month living “what is every writer’s dream: waking up in a windswept villa by the sea, writing, having breakfast while watching whitecaps, then writing some more after lunch. . . . “
Caribbean: West Indian Day Parade
TrinidadJunction attends the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York on Labor Day: “every single island in the Caribbean is represented. Each island typically has their own truck and/or band and can choose to ‘parade’ anyway they see fit. Some islands, like Trinidad and Barbados, choose to bring...
Jamaica: Helping deportees
A newspaper report about a group devoted to helping convicted criminals who are deported back to Jamaica inspires Francis Wade to try and get involved.