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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

29 April 2017

Despite Some Ambivalence, the Expanded Jamaica Carnival of 2017 Was a Hit

Jamaica Carnival is still considered an import from Trinidad and Tobago, but that doesn't mean that Jamaicans haven't been embracing the festival and its economic benefits.

7 April 2017

Jamaican Prime Minister Apologizes to Rastafarian Community for 1963 Killings

On April 12, 1963, eight Rastafarians were killed in a state-sanctioned attack; over 100 more were rounded up, beaten and humiliated by having their dreadlocks forcibly cut.

5 April 2017

If the Caribbean Wants to Grow Economically, ‘We Must Embrace the Women’s Perspective’

In an effort to “democratize finance” in the region, one Caribbean businesswoman introduces crowdfunding and urges community building for women to truly progress.

4 April 2017

Ugandan Races in Jamaican Competition, Raising Questions About Patriotism, Team Loyalty

A Ugandan born runner, now living in Jamaica, was allowed to compete in the country's long-standing and highly lauded 'Champs' secondary schools meet, sparking much debate in the Jamaican blogosphere.

4 March 2017

As Starbucks Mulls Entry Into Jamaica, a Look at Coffee Culture (or Lack Thereof) in the Land of the Blue Mountains

Jamaica produces one of the world's highest quality coffee brands -- but does the country itself have enough of a coffee culture to support an international chain?

3 March 2017

Vybz Kartel Supporters Threaten Former Jamaican Culture Minister Over Remarks About Dancehall's Violent Lyrics

"I pray that Jamaicans who value common decency will push back against this new normal and defend Jamaica’s true culture. If we lose this battle, we will have lost Jamaica."

13 February 2017

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Looks Back at Achievements, Challenges After 25 Years

"We're 25 years old, but we are trying to stay true to our founding principles: equality, preserving human rights and dignity."

7 February 2017

‘Tambourine Army’ Gathers Recruits as Jamaicans’ Anger Over Child Sexual Abuse Grows

"I want a different kind of Jamaica for women and girls. And I hope the #TambourineArmy will create that different Jamaica that is needed."

17 January 2017

Writing to ‘Dismantle the Silence’ Surrounding Sexual Exploitation of Poor Young Women in Jamaica

"...for the first time, Jamaican women see their stories of sexual assault and questions of self-worth being tackled on the page without it demonizing them or portraying them as caricatures."

29 December 2016

In the Social Media Age, How Should Jamaica’s Head of Government Communicate?

"Jamaica’s Prime Minister [uses] social media. To imply that the press is asking hard-hitting questions that only they are capable of asking, is negating the opinions of the public."

20 December 2016

Domestic-Murder Spree Clouds Christmas in Jamaica

"The system of patriarchy continues to socialize men into a false belief that they have the right to control women. Consequently, gender-based violence [...] seems almost ‘normal.'"

12 December 2016

The Rape of a Teenager Raises Concerns About How Jamaican Police Respond to Gender-Based Violence

"Many girls (and boys) find themselves in cycles of sexual abuse. It is a horrendous rite of passage for many young persons in Jamaica."

3 December 2016

Dancehall Directory? A New Yellow Pages Cover Stirs Controversy in Jamaica

"When [they] attacked the Yellow Pages for their representation of this aspect of our culture, they didn’t just attack a genre of music…they attacked an identity, a way of life."

25 November 2016

Yet Another Report on Extrajudicial Killings Backs Up Jamaican Human Rights Defenders’ Calls for Police Reform

Amnesty International's new report explores the abuse of power by Jamaican police and the fraught, protracted path to justice for victims' families.

23 November 2016

Despite Challenges, Volunteerism is Giving Young Jamaicans Hope

"Volunteers make our communities safer; they stand up for human rights and lobby for positive change [...] Their collective efforts can make Jamaica a more vibrant, healthy country."

5 November 2016

Jamaica Plans to Give a Historical Pardon to National Heroes and Freedom Fighters

Jamaicans applaud draft legislation aimed at expunging the criminal records of freedom fighters and other national heroes, saying the move is long overdue.

14 October 2016

From London to Kingston, British-Jamaican Artist Mike Stanley Speaks the Language of Paint

"The environment affects you. [...] This annual trip, from Jamaica to the UK, made me recognize the huge difference in the light. The way you see color changes."

8 October 2016

Jamaica Escaped the Wrath of Matthew — But Hurricane Preparedness Is a Tricky Business

Caribbean nations still grapple with how best to prepare for the potential disaster they face each hurricane season -- Jamaican netizens observed a few hiccups in preparing for Hurricane Matthew.

2 October 2016

Jamaicans Get Fired Up About the U.S. Presidential Contest and a Popular Singer's Shock Endorsement

"After all that brouhaha, all the rage — it is time now to forgive the woman. For all the good she has done and sung, we owe her that…"

30 August 2016

Unbothered by Tabloid Scandals, Jamaicans Stay Devoted to Superstar Sprinter Usain Bolt

Saucy photos that would possibly force most politicians from office can't dent the love Jamaica feels for iconic sprinter Usain Bolt.

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