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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

15 August 2017

Three Generations of Jamaican Textile Artists Reflect Strong Women's Voices

“Unresolved injustices are not acceptable […] With this exhibition, I chose to focus on creating a space for healing, of sanctuaries for those to whom justice has been unrequited.”

12 August 2017

Jamaica Police Review Absolves Officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

The Jamaican Constabulary Force's assessment of its actions during the 2010 state of emergency is being interpreted as "defensive and dismissive in a manner that is not appropriate or useful."

6 August 2017

Firing His Last Bolt — Jamaica's Superstar Sprinter Comes In Third To An Old, Unloved Rival In His Final Race

"His bronze medal proves his humanity [...] It is highly unlikely that those of us living now will ever see the likes of him again."

25 July 2017

This Jamaican Scientist's Marijuana-Based Anti-Cancer Drug Has Been Approved by the FDA

Should Dr. Lowe try to launch the drug himself if he can raise the funding? And what of the Jamaican government's role in taking the lead regarding ganja?

24 July 2017

Jamaica's First Woman Prime Minister Retires Amidst Praise, Criticism — and a Contentious Battle to Succeed Her

"Portia Simpson came to representational politics at the parliamentary level in 1976 when political tribalism and its ugly pickney, political violence, were on the upswing."

16 July 2017

Jamaican Dancehall Star's Instagram ‘Diss’ of Cultural Icon Sparks War of Words

"I feel like this discussion sparked by Ishawna's comment will morph into what aspects of culture/history we should/shouldn't celebrate."

14 July 2017

After Media Revelations, Jamaicans Ask Why Their Finance Minister Cannot Manage His Phone Bill

"@AudleyShaw not a good recommendation for your Ministerial position if you cannot manage the economics of a phone."

30 June 2017

Slimmed Down Garvey Sculpture Gets Thumbs Down From Jamaicans

Ambivalent — and often dismissive — about public statuary in general, Jamaicans turn their ire towards a bust of national hero Marcus Garvey that they say needs "more identity".

19 June 2017

One Last Bolt: Jamaicans Party at National Stadium After Usain's Last Run on Native Soil

The man who redefined athletics has run his last race on home soil; the stellar lineup of athletes reflected the growing stature of Jamaican track and field.

29 May 2017

A Jamaican Cultural Landmark Gets Some Much-Needed Tender Loving Care

"My first time putting foot inside the much touted #WardTheatre.... and immediately a sense of history dawned upon me..."

24 May 2017

New Database Aims to Track Rights Violations of Caribbean's Most Vulnerable Communities

The Caribbean has just launched its first online database aimed at tracking human rights violations and providing data to assist advocacy work.

23 May 2017

Flooding Washes Up Jamaica’s Poor Planning and Environmental Practices

Changing weather patterns, poor planning and development, inadequate drainage, and careless waste disposal converge to create disaster zones in Jamaica after just three days of heavy rains.

5 May 2017

Jamaica Furthers Its Missing Child Prevention and Recovery Efforts With Facebook Alert System

A new Facebook initiative in conjunction with the Jamaican government, the first of its kind in the region, aims to make it easier to identify and hopefully find missing children.

30 April 2017

Police Raid on Kingston Dub Club Puts Noise Pollution Issue on Replay

One of Jamaica's "music/tourism gems" gets shut down by police after neighbours complain about the noise levels. But is there a compromise to be had?

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."

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