Tanya Hamilton’s “Good Country People”

Last week I attended a showing of three short films directed by women: Good Country People, Not Another Word (funny and not at all unique to the Jordanian experience it depicts), and Half of Her (about the traditions we carry with us when we leave “home”…it’s really hard to watch and it may surprise you … Continue reading

Of Nutraceuticals and Pharmaceuticals…Healing Plants

Recently I’ve taken to referring to Mommy as a Bush Woman. Why? Because I can’t even think of clearing my throat before she starts diagnosing and recommending which food, bush, fruit skin, herb, or mix up I should take. And, of course, she’s often right (there, Mommy, I said it!). Even Grandpa is in on … Continue reading


On Monday night I saw the new documentary about Bob Marley as part of the 2012 DC International Film Festival.  So important is “Marley” that it was introduced by the Tony Gittens, founder and director of FilmfestDC.  Marley’s director and producers specifically chose Filmfest DC for a pre-release screening; the film had only screened at … Continue reading

Caribbean Film on Display at the 2012 DC International Film Festival

A couple of weeks ago fellow blogger Mamachel told me that Jamaican film Better Mus’ Come would be shown at the 26th Annual DC Film Festival (aka Filmfest DC from April 12 – 22). Yeeesss! I’ve been dying to see the film that so many audiences have loved. Last year I attended the festival — … Continue reading

Guest Post | Dancehall, Jamaica, and Me

Not long after I became an active tweeter a young lady using the handle @spyasamy started following me.  She immediately started interacting and soon I followed her.  It was clear that Yasmine loved Jamaica and Jamaican music and she really loved Jamaican superstar Sean Paul (@duttypaul).  It was heartwarming to see, and to honest, it made … Continue reading

Celebrate Jamaica: The Alpha Boys’ School

Growing up I didn’t know much about The Alpha Boys’ School.  I do remember Grandma making mention of it once as a music video by Leroy Smart played on the television.  She mentioned that he went to the school and that the school was known both for its music training and for the success its … Continue reading

Winston Riley Died

Without me knowing it at the time, Winston Riley was responsible for the deep falling in love moment I had with Dancehall.  It was a summer vacation and I was in New York…and not New York City but upstate New York.  Faaaar!  My cousin had a walkman and a cassette with Dancehall on it and … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Dancehall, Ah Wah Gwaan?

Today I could not hold back the Twitter rant about some “fresh” Dancehall to which I exposed my ears. »» I was heated. HEATED. Wait did I say I was done? Nope. My poor ears.  Where did I hear the offending “music”? On Federation Sound‘s weekly podcast, specifically the May 6, 2011 edition (#199). No … Continue reading

Celebrating Jamaica

Eric Donaldson’s “Land of My Birth” 1978 Jamaica Festival Popular Song Contest winner.  Listen while you read! O how I wish I never had to leave The Rock’s shores but I did and that’s that…but mi neva run weh and mi nah and nevah fling no stone back ah mi! Now for my own piece/peace … Continue reading