Celebrate Jamaica: Diane Browne, Kellie Magnus, and Sean Paul
In The Happiness Dress Jamaican children’s author Diane Browne tells the story of a special present for Carolyne from Aunt Inez. The Happiness Dress is delightful, fun, and vivid. I easily imagined Carolyne wearing her pretty dress and…nope! Go read the story! For her work, Ms. Brown earned the 2011 Commonwealth Foundation Special Prize in the “Story for Children” category (scroll to the end of the page). Thanks @kelliemagnus for tweeting this wonderful news. Kellie is also an author. She writes the Little Lion series of books and often tweets about book, publishing, and literacy issues in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Actually one of the first books about Jamaican life that my oldest nephew received was Kellie’s “Little Lion Goes to School.” And, of course, I also gave him “Little Lion At Bat“…cricket, lovely, cricket!
Yay for reading…and yay for Sean Paul! SP seems to be back with “Got 2 Luv U” featuring Alexis Jordan. Him fin’ it! It’s been a little while since SP had an international hit so it’s good to see this song making waves and be accompanied by a hot video. My favourite Sean Paul will always be “Babygirl” and his earlier chunes were vital for my college survival but this latest one is pretty good too. By the way, SP didn’t always have a mohawk (which is growing on me) or canerows…check out @DJAutograph‘s recent piece about SP’s first music video appearance.
p.s. thanks to my personal graphic designer for helping me with the pix for this post