Stories about Jamaica from July, 2007
“Email messages here in the region can often sound abrupt, sharp and even downright rude. How do you adjust the tone of an email?” Jamaican Francis Wade has a few suggestions.
“This is what I feel writing and self-publishing has given me the right that I was born with–permission to speak.” Forrest Gump helps Jamaican blogger Geoffrey Philp understand the meaning of freedom.
Faced with the responsibility of tending to an ailing parent, Dennis Jones at Living in Barbados shares his thoughts on caring for the aged in the Caribbean.
Instead of getting caught up in Potter-mania, Andre Bagoo has “fallen prey to the wonderful tone of White Teeth, a book I had avoided reading for years because of its bulk. Blake, my favorite poet, is also fashionable these days and I finished Jean Rhys’ gem A Voyage in the...
“Yes, this is my water bottle atop the trig marker on Blue Mountain Peak–for a few minutes last Sunday, it was the highest water bottle in Jamaica.” Nicholas Laughlin posts some photos of his hiking expedition.
With elections facing the nation possibly as early as October, Barbados Free Press wants to stimulate discussion on the voting process, while Living in Barbados says, “Spending a few days in Jamaica right now is interesting” as the island gears up for elections on August 27.
It's all about you – or is it? Jamaican blogger Geoffrey Philp posts the Top Ten Things Every Writer Should Know…
Why hasn't the Caribbean appeared on the Seven Wonders of the World list? Bajegirl at the Cheese on Bread blog lists the “Seven Wonders of the Caribbean”.
“It took Spike Jones to push Horace Ové into second place in a new ranking of iconic Black directors.” As the Caribbean Beat Blog reviews the results of the 100 Black Screen Icons poll, it pays homage to some of the people who have contributed to Caribbean film.
“You are just a body waiting for the undertaker if you are not a good thinker.” Byron Skitta Mesquita at The Inmate Diaries shares a few lessons that the Jamaican prison system has taught him.
Summertime inspires Geoffrey Philp to write a poem…
As Jamaica's elections draw closer, an atypical newscast gives CityGirl hope “that the supposedly uneducated are finally wising up, no longer willing to sit idly by while the politicians use them as baits…”
A poem by Ricardo Paulwell at The Inmate Diaries compares corruption to “an open grave”.
“One of the implications of this nexus between Rastafari and the work of songwriters such as Burning Spear, Bob Andy and Bob Marley was their insistence in giving voice to the plight of the dispossessed by using the prophetic discourse of the Bible.” Jamaican Geoffrey Philp explains.
The Inmate Diaries features a poem written for a rape victim.
As the world anticipates the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows this weekend, Geoffrey Philp wonders whether there could ever be a similar series from the Caribbean: “While it is possible to write a children’s book using the nature religions of Great Britain, it is unthinkable to write...
“You might think that the position is so blighted that no one wants it, or you may think it just odd that only one name apiece was tossed into the circle for the posts of president and vice-president of the West Indies Cricket Board.” Vaneisa Baksh at CaribbeanCricket.com weighs in...
“The violence is so entrenched in our political culture I just don't see it changing anytime soon.” Stunner returns home from vacation to find himself in the midst of Jamaica's “mad season”.
“How is the large black woman represented in both literary and popular venues? How is she perceived? How do her race, size and gender intersect in her representation?” Geoffrey Philp features Jamaican author Andrea Elizabeth Shaw in her own words.
In the wake of reports of violence in the lead-up to Jamaica's general elections, Jamaica Elections 2007 Blog links to a TV advertisement by the Electoral Office of Jamaica which states, “It's foolish to fight over elections.”
“Brooklyn sometimes feels like it is part of the Caribbean,” writes Caribbean Beat Blog, reporting on an upcoming exhibition of contemporary Caribbean art at the Brooklyn Museum.