Stories about Jamaica from March, 2008
“Behind the images of hedonism in Jamaica, the specter of AIDS has overshadowed the glitter and garish of the Tourist Board commercials,” writes Geoffrey Philp, as he blogs about Hope: Living and Loving with HIV – a multi-media reporting project which he says “is not just an extended essay with...
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp blogs about MiPOesias Magazine's newly released issue, which he says “showcases the work of poets of Cuban descent who live in the U.S…no matter the subject, these poems blend the romance and sorrows of the past with a crisp view of daily life.”
Abeng News Magazine reports that “Air Jamaica's flight attendants returned to work late Tuesday after a sickout that caused the airline to cancel several flights”, while Jamaican Lifestyle looks at the issue from the underdog's perspective.
“What beauty contests say about women is still an open and now tired debate, but what it says about race, particularly in a country like Jamaica is still up for grabs”: Marlon James explains.
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp thinks that Barack Obama “has a deep understanding of America and that he offers a transcendent vision of America that we haven't had in a long time”, while Notes from Port of Spain quotes Obama's “race speech”: “‘I am the son of a black man from Kenya...
Living in Barbados blogs about Easter traditions in the Caribbean.
“Apparently the crime rate in the region is the highest in the world for teens ages 15-17″: Jamaican Francis Wade links to an article that gives the details.
Jamaican Marlon James blogs about tunes he must have on his iPod.
Barbados Free Press weighs in on reports that an estimated 20 percent of Jamaica's murders are committed by police officers.
Francis Wade is left without words after reading a recent article in the Jamaica Gleaner that deals with US politics, “Jamericans” and race.
The recent Global Reggae Conference, held at the University of the West Indies, has Agostinho Pinnock blogging about whether or not dancehall music is Jamaica's “solution to civil society”.
“Although the controversy still rages in Jamaica about English vs patwa or ‘nation language'…from as early as 1958, Felix Morisseau-Leroy was writing plays and poems in Kreyol”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp pays tribute to the Haitian writer.
Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle links to an article that proves “that the Jamaican worker is right — rudeness has been found to be correlated with productivity.”
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp blogs about five songs he must have for his iPod.
“Bigga Haitian hails from a ‘fiery land,’ often characterized with turmoil. The general decline of political ‘correctness’ in Haiti sometimes seems to be so tragic, that all good news associated with the country is refreshing”: YardFlex.com blogs about the latest Haitian musical sensation.
“What’s at the crux of such bigotry? Our homophobia can be so extreme that a man who has only one woman is suspect. And there in lies the subtext, that our Homophobia is not really homophobia at all but a crisis in manliness”: Marlon James dissects the issue of homophobia...
Montego By Day By Day blogs about the national fruit of Jamaica.
Gallimaufry was “taken aback” to discover that the US State Department's 2008 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report ranks Barbados as the second highest abuser of marijuana in the region.
“Here in the Caribbean, there has always been this tendency to want to meet someone before doing business with them”, but Jamaican Francis Wade believes “in this new era, business-people MUST become comfortable doing business with people they have never met, will never meet and who may not even speak...
Barbadian blogger Gallimaufry reports that “Jamaican policy-makers are considering legalising marijuana” and comments on the possible fallout.
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp blogs about “art for art's sake and the reggae aesthetic” by examining West Indian writer Roger Mais’ book Brother Man.