Kingston Jamaica

The Jamaican Business Landscape of the 21st Century

52 years ago today, Jamaica gained independence from British rule. Since then, things have not always been easy for the Caribbean island. But things have not been all bad either. The reason for Jamaica’s economic woes are complex, and if you are ever able to see the documentary Life And Debt, it will really open…

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From Where Do You Get Your Opinions On Israel?

This is going to be a difficult post to write. For the past month, there’s been a lot of frightening news coming out of Israel. It all began with the kidnapping of three Israeli teenage boys, which ended badly. Hamas was blamed…and (more) rockets flew. My own personal relationship with Israel is complex. Like many…

Young Gifted And Black

Embracing the Version – Reggae Cover Songs

A few months ago, I casually mentioned to a friend that there were so many great reggae versions of popular songs. I boastfully stated that I could probably come up with at least 100 songs. She casually mentioned back that she would like to see such a list. So I began an endeavor of listing…

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Should Your Politics Interfere With Your Career?

A couple of days ago I saw friends on Facebook encouraging a boycott of Firefox/Mozilla due to their appointment of Brendan Eich, a man who publicly opposes gay marriage. When Eich resigned a day or so later, there were some fist pumps and celebration across social media. I however stayed quiet. I didn’t see any…

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A Black History Month Hat Tip to The Beatles

A few years ago, it became a little bit of a buzz when the Beatles performance contract from 1965 specified that they could not be forced to perform in front of a segregated audience in the US. John Lennon is quoted as saying: “We never play to segregated audiences and we aren’t going to start…