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Emma Lewis

London-born, Oxford graduate, living in Kingston, Jamaica for 29 years. Writer, blogger, social media activist. A passion for human rights, the environment, climate change and issues affecting Small Island Developing States. Formerly Public Affairs Specialist at U.S. Embassy Kingston (16 years) and worked in publishing/retail book business (8 years).

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Latest posts by Emma Lewis

26 February 2019

A ‘digital nomad’ from the UK advocates for solar power in all island nations

"The Caribbean is no different from other parts of the world. Most people do not think about where their electricity is being generated. The big difference is its phenomenal cost."

10 December 2018

Buju Banton, controversial dancehall star, comes home — but is Jamaica ready?

"In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love."

16 November 2018

Guyana's transgender community celebrates the overturning of an archaic cross-dressing law

Activists called the ruling “a clarion call to engage state actors on how the law engenders social and economic exclusion of disadvantaged groups”.

14 November 2018

Jamaican dancehall artist hits a nerve by ‘bleaching’ her skin — did fans get the message?

"I wanted to create awareness of 'Colorism' and it was ... done intentionally to create shock value so that I could ... deliver the message in my music," Spice said.

13 November 2018

The Caribbean Court of Justice loses again — this time with voter apathy and distrust

"People do not trust the power institutions, the hierarchies in the region — and that's not going to change for a long time to come."

18 September 2018

At the peak of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Jamaicans remember ‘Wild Gilbert’

Jamaicans can't recall a storm worse than Gilbert in 1988 -- and as this year's Atlantic hurricane season gets active, they hope they won't have to.

10 September 2018

Jamaica finds new appreciation for beloved cultural icon and language activist, ‘Miss Lou’

"Underneath her wily comedic style, she forced the society to face unpleasant truths. But it is the unapologetic championing of the Jamaican language that so endeared her to many Jamaicans."

12 June 2018

Could Jamaica's Data Protection Act shield politicians from journalistic scrutiny?

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"This Bill [...] does not adequately distinguish gathering ‘data’ for journalistic activities from gathering data for regular commercial purposes [which] may have a chilling effect on press freedom."

5 June 2018

A social entrepreneur with ‘a pebble of an idea’ is taking on the Goliath of Jamaica's plastic pollution

"It's about being aware and ‘awake’ — becoming sensitive to environmental impacts. We are detached from nature; we are no longer a part of the ecosystem. It's a national problem."

7 May 2018

‘Get involved in your communities': An American woman who fought for justice urges stronger activism

"I think the police need to be held accountable. Without accountability, there is no justice. That’s the biggest problem, no one is ever accountable."

1 May 2018

The woes of Britain's ‘Windrush generation’ are deeply felt in the Caribbean

"The British bring us to the Caribbean to do unpaid labour. Take us to fight in WW2. Take us to England to rebuild it. Then they have us deported."

16 April 2018

School history assignment stirs up a storm in Jamaica over how slavery should be taught

"Now to the assignment at hand, would Hillel have asked on an assignment about World War 2 to come up with ways for Nazi Germany to annihilate the Jewish people?"

14 April 2018

Jamaican Reaction to Trinidad Buggery Law Ruling is Predictably Mixed

"It is easier to break the chains of the law than those of the mind. Bigotry is Herculean."

Jamaican Dancehall Star Buju Banton's Impending Release from Prison Sparks Renewed Controversy

"If Banton[...]retracted his hideous views on homosexuality and sought to amend the damage he has done to men and women across the Caribbean, he would be worthy of a platform."

4 April 2018

‘It Is Sad to Realise That When Police Officers Are Sued, the Victims Are Judged Instead’

"His case was not an exception. Every day, black young men are killed by the police in favelas and other marginalised areas."

28 March 2018

A Journey for Justice in the Americas, Part 1: Three Women Tell Their Stories in Kingston, Jamaica

"To stop [my activism] would mean that I am giving another police officer permission to kill another of my brothers, or anyone else for that matter."

19 March 2018

A Respected Ceramicist and a Skilled Novelist: Jamaica Loses Two Much-Loved Creatives in Two Days

"Jamaica, we mourn the passing of sculptor Gene Pearson and writer Garfield Ellis. But we will celebrate them always."

9 March 2018

Pastor's Reduced Sentence for ‘Sex With Minors’ Casts Cloud Over International Women's Day in Jamaica

"Disgraced Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke got a slap on the wrist...He egregiously breached the trust and confidence of the people who look to him as a man of the clergy..."

8 February 2018

As the World Celebrates Bob Marley Day, Reggae is Changing and So Are Its Fans

"Consciousness and liberation are some of the messages we expect from Rasta, unfortunately, it [appears] Rasta has lost its value locally and as an agent of change in our society."

3 February 2018

It Is Not Only LGBT Jamaicans Who Welcome the Government's Ban of Controversial U.S. Preacher

"The Caribbean region has had a long history of oppressive teachings in the name of church and evangelism. We now need to facilitate healing and protection from further division [...]"

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