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Ellen DeGeneres on Usain Bolt August 19, 2016
Ellen’s Innocuous Racism

After Usain Bolt won his first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, an iconic photo of the track & field superstar surfaced and the meme games began. Ellen (DeGeneres) jumped on the bandwagon and photoshopped a picture of herself on Usain’s back along with the comment “This is how I’m running errands from […]

Jamaican Flag Marijuana Leaf February 8, 2015
Green Gold: Can Jamaica Really Profit from Marijuana Legalization?

In late January, the Jamaican Parliament passed a bill that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana (less than 2 ounces). This is a really surprising, but timely move by the Jamaican government. In spite of marijuana being so intrinsically tied into Jamaican culture, thank to the Rastafarians, the laws of the country have prohibited […]

Kingston Jamaica August 7, 2014
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 […]

Young Gifted And Black June 30, 2014
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 […]

Tessanne Chin January 13, 2014
Tessanne Chin: An Example Of Successful Unconventionality

Tessanne Chin was awarded the Gold Medal of the city of Kingston, Jamaica yesterday. This is just one more of the many accolades Ms. Chin has received since first appearing on the TV show, The Voice in September of 2013. In hindsight, her success may seem logical. But the weight of uncertainty and risk is easy […]

Bob Marley December 25, 2013
Marketing Mr. Marley

In the music business, people may assume that identifying the target market for your brand (the performer) is a no-brainer. However, there are quite of few examples where a band or a musician developed a following among a surprising demographic. Or maybe it is just surprising to some of us… When I was growing up […]

Marie Laveau October 18, 2013
Historical Inaccuracies In American Horror Story: Coven

First of all, I just love American Horror Story. The show is amazing…simply put. If Jessica Lange doesn’t win every eligible award out there, than the establishment is just incredibly out of touch. Ok, so enough with that. This is not what this blog post is about. It is about something that I heard in […]

April 4, 2012
An Indo-Caribbean Spawn In Diaspora

  Growing up as a child in Southwestern Pennsylvania, I only had a vague notion of my family’s background in Jamaica; even though I was born only 2 short years after they arrived in the U.S. Perhaps that is the exact reason why I was told so little; my family was too focused on settling […]