Jamaica: 30 years on, critique still holds water

The latest installment in Geoffrey Philp's “In My Own Words” series, which focuses on Caribbean writers, is a critique of the Caribbean's failure to give recognition to the arts written 30 years ago by Jamaican poet/playwright/screenwriter/journalist Olivier Stephenson. Geoffrey kicks off the comments with the words: “Although it’s sad that something you had written over thirty years ago is still timely, thank you for your contribution. . . “

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  • […] Jamaica: 30 years on, critique still holds water – The latest installment in Geoffrey Philp’s “In My Own Words” series, which focuses on Caribbean writers, is a critique of the Caribbean’s failure to give recognition to the arts written 30 years ago by Jamaican poet/playwright/screenwriter/journalist Olivier Stephenson. Geoffrey kicks off the comments with the words: “Although it’s sad that something you had written over […]Jamaica: New year crime spree – Jamaica experiences a spate of murders just as the new year begins, six of the victims police officers. Leon is outraged that the government seems more concerned about solving the crime problem for the sake of protecting the country’s tourist industry than for the well-being of its citizens, and expresses support for capital punishment. Jamaica: ?Dem too tief? – Francis Wade looks for the rationale behind what he perceives to be a tendency among Caribbean consumers to “when confronted with what seems to be an unreasonable price, . . . .claim that the person selling it is a thief.” Barbados, Jamaica: Two ways of reporting – Barbados Free Press compares newspaper reports from a Jamaican and Barbadian newspaper of an incident in which a young Barbadian man allegedly stabbed a young Jamaican man to death during an argument in Jamaica. The two young men are both sons of prominent Caribbean citizens. Jamaica: Farewell, Charles Hyatt – Leon pays tribute to the Jamaican actor and comedian Charles Hyatt, who died on January 1. Hyatt appeared in several films, including Cool Runnings, The Mighty Quinn and Club Paradise. […]

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