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 […]

Brushy One String

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/24/468014624/brushy-one-string-tiny-desk-concert tiny desk Artists shine given restrictions and limitations. Subtlety and nuance are more easily found in minimalism than excess. That’s the beauty of Brushy One String, whose sound is made by one big fat E-string and a voice so rich and full, all it wants is a bit of rhythmic and melodic underpinning. Brushy […]

Forty yearz ago, the CIA had itz eye on Jamaica—and Bob Marley got shot

by: Citispotter David Cupples Two nights before a much awaited national show, two carloads of armed men drove into Marley’s Hope Road yard and shot up the place. Whether the CIA was connected to the attack is unclear. But Marley was stirring up the populace with lyrics of resistance and revolution, inciting the people to […]

The Black Pantherz’ Lessonz for Jamaikanz on Police Violence

By: Ajamu Nangwaya The Black Panthers’ militant, assertive and courageous pushback against the police’s violent class and race containment practices should be replicated. Amnesty International’s recently released report “Waiting in Vain: Jamaica: Unlawful police killings and relatives’ long struggle for justice” documents the murderous and violent behavior of the police within the island’s African working-class communities. […]

Photoz from Inside Jamaica’z Most Violent Slumz

This article originally appeared on VICE France. Serbian photographer Boogie lives in the United States, but one of his favorite places in the world is Jamaica. The island is beautiful, but it’s also an extremely violent place, with one of the highest murder rates in the world. Boogie went to Jamaica once to visit a […]