The True Story of Rastafari

by Lucy McKeon David McFadden/AP Images A mural of Leonard Howell in Tredegar Park, near where the first Rastafari community was formed in the 1930s, Spanish Town, Jamaica, January 4, 2014 In the postcard view of Jamaica, Bob Marley casts a long shadow. Though he’s been dead for thirty-five years, the legendary reggae musician is easily […]

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

Hillel Academy, a private school in an upscale area of Kingston, was at the centre of a recent debate over a history assignment for Grade 9 students which asked students to create a model for the punishment of a slave. The wave of online anger began on Facebook, then graduated swiftly to Twitter, where a […]

Pan-Afrikanism: The Real Afro-Futurism

Black Panthers and Africa: “I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.”    Kwame Nkrumah “The fortunes of the African revolution are closely linked with the world-wide struggle against imperialism. It does not matter where the battle erupts, be it in Africa, Asia or Latin America, the master-mind […]

That John Danger coup at Fort Augusta

by BY SHALMAN SCOTT TOUSSAINT L’OVERTURE … signed peace treaty Long before the Jamaica Defence Force headquarters at Up Park Camp, during British slavery around the world, including Jamaica, Fort Augusta in St Catherine was the ultimate and final national military defence location in Jamaica. It was at that location in 1808 that the blacks in the […]

To Be Black, Brown and In Between in 2017

by Jessica Floyd and Nina Vázquez Jessica Floyd is the daughter of Gregory Floyd. Jessica Floyd (2018; Politics and Government with minors in Africana Studies, Communications and Sociology) and Nina Vázquez (2019; Criminal Justice and Politics and Government with a focus in Race and Ethnic Inequalities) are students at the University of Hartford.   Many […]

‘My Freedom Is Mine’ — Caribbean Netizens Discuss Emancipation Day

Redemption Song Statue, Emancipation Park, Jamaica. Photo by Mark Franco, used with permission. On August 1 each year, several Caribbean territories — including Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica — commemorate Emancipation Day in honour of the day in 1834 when the British emancipated enslaved Africans. The day sparked passionate dialogue on the holiday’s meaning and the manifestation […]

First Patois-Speaking Doll Aims to Spread Jamaican Culture

“I always said to myself that if I should ever have a daughter, I would want her to have a doll that looks like her, especially for her own self-esteem,” said Jackson. Toya, the first Patois-speaking doll, is making an international stir thanks to the inspiration of one Jamaican-born, U.K. immigrant, who while on maternity […]

Here’z What $20 Worth of Marijuana Lookz Like—In Jamaica

Ganja goes for dirt cheap in the land of reggae and Rastas. By Phillip Smith / AlterNet Photo Credit: Jared Shomo / Shutterstock.com   Ah, Jamaica. Just a hop, skip, and jump from Miami, the Caribbean island nation is a prime tourist destination. It’s got gorgeous beaches, breathtaking mountains, throbbing reggae beats, its own delicious […]