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The Real 'Gay Heroes'

Katie Sgarro | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

Tom* is a hopeful LGBTQ asylum seeker from Jamaica. In Jamaica, sexual activity between men is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and hard labor. Openly gay people are ostracized, beaten and even murdered. For Tom, coming out would most likely be met with ridicule and death threats.

10 Exotic Places You Can Visit on $10 a Day or Less

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
GOBankingRates

Off the beaten tourist path, visitors can immerse themselves in new destinations without spending a fortune. Before planning your next global trek, read on to find out how these travelers saved money while vacationing around the world.

4 Reasons Jamaica Is the Best Caribbean Escape for Summer

MiniTime | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
MiniTime

Here are even more reasons for you to stop putting off your Jamaican vacation and scratch it off your family bucket list this summer.

How Having a Bigger Purpose Can Help You Become Debt-Free

Tajci Cameron | Posted 04.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

In our lives, we almost always have to deal with money. Lack of it, plans for it, worries about how best to use it, negotiations for more of it. It's ...

The Favorite Hotels of the British Royal Family

Oyster | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
Oyster

In honor of the second child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, we've rounded up up the favorite hotels of the British royal family -- from the spot where Kate spent her wedding eve, to the Queen's go-to Caribbean getaway.

Groups Come Together at "Connect with Nature" Event to Help Restore Historic Miami Area

Michael Sainato | Posted 04.14.2015 | Miami
Michael Sainato

The Virginia Key Beach Park was the only beach open to African Americans in the Miami area during the segregation period. By 1982, the park was closed due to high maintenance costs.

Remembering Coral Gardens: Rastas Wanted Dead or Alive

Suzanne Persard | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Suzanne Persard

In the red, green, and gold posters adorning college dorm rooms and the global image exported about Rastafarianism, a narrative of the horrific incidents of 52 years ago is lost.

Doug's Dozen: 12 Fox News Headlines for that Obama Rainbow Photo

Doug Molitor | Posted 04.12.2015 | Comedy
Doug Molitor

You've seen the picture, no doubt a simple case of atmospheric phenomenon meets quick-fingered White House photographer. Or is it?

How to Make Authentic Jamaican Jerk at Home

Steven Raichlen | Posted 04.10.2015 | Taste
Steven Raichlen

Jamaican jerk is simultaneously a dish, a cooking method, and a way of life -- a noun and a verb.

9 Budget Beach Hotels That Are Really, Truly Cheap

Oyster | Posted 04.10.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Finding an acceptable beach hotel on a shoestring budget is no mean feat -- and it can be all the more frustrating when recommendations from well-meaning friends leave you wondering whether they understand what "budget" really means.

Homophobia, Death Threats and Government Complicity: Jamaican LGBT's Under Attack!

Nicholas Snow | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

The criminalization of homosexuality in Jamaica dates back to the 1864 Offences Against the Person Act, which calls for a punishment of up to 10 years of hard labor for those convicted of the "abominable crime of buggery."

President Obama Visits Jamaica, But What Is His Government Doing to Jamaica's Economy?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Jamaica has become a terrible example of what can happen when creditors, led by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), are able to impose harsh austerity on a trapped nation in an attempt to collect on an uncollectable debt. Since the U.S. Treasury Department decides what the IMF does in the Western Hemisphere, Obama himself can claim responsibility for this failure.

6 Hotels With Super Disturbing Pasts

Oyster | Posted 04.07.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Here we bring you six hotels with pasts that are kinda creepy. Still, it didn't stop us from visiting them all! And a couple of them are some of our favorite hotels ever, so don't let their buried secrets keep you away.

15 Blissful Photos That Show What Kids Can Teach Us All About Life

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents

Photographer Adrian McDonald lives next door to a large extended family in a the rural Jamaican parish of Westmoreland. About five months ago, he was ...

Jamaica Is Banking On Jewish Tourism To Help Fading Community

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — It's Saturday morning at Sha'are Shalom, but there aren't enough Jews gathered in the dim light of Jamaica's only synagogue...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Shaggy Is the Real 'Mr. Worldwide'

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Talk to reggae icon Shaggy for three minutes or less, and you'll realize three things: A) he never stopped making music despite terrestrial radio in the states cutting his airplay B) his charity work will always come first, and C) he doesn't care about "A."

Online Resources Help Black Families Of Caribbean Heritage Trace Their Roots

Anne Thornley-Brown | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Anne Thornley-Brown

It can be challenging for black families of Caribbean heritage to trace their family trees beyond a few generations. Now, thanks to a number of online resources, that journey has become easier and the world of genealogy is opening up for Caribbean families and African American, black Canadian and black British families of Caribbean heritage.

Breathe Easy With Lots of Island Puppy Love in Jamaica!

Wendy Diamond | Posted 05.03.2015 | Travel
Wendy Diamond

This island even features award-winning restaurants. Who wouldn't want to bask in all of this culture? The answer is no one! Are pets permitted on the island? Unfortunately not; Jamaica is a rabies free country. Foreign dogs and cats aren't allowed to enter Jamaica unless born and bred in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland.

You Won't Believe These 17 Photos Are Real (But They Are)

Oyster | Posted 04.26.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Looking for a cliffside massage with a dramatic view? It's going to be tough to top this spa palapa at the Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica. The lush, laid-back Rockhouse is a holistic haven, with gourmet dining, morning yoga, cliffside loungers, a premium spa and no kids under 12

Jamaican Senate Says Yes To Marijuana On Bob Marley's Birthday

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

Jamaica took one step closer to decriminalizing marijuana and it couldn't have happened on a more fitting day -- the birthday of Jamaican reggae super...

Songs of Freedom: Celebrating Bob Marley on his 70th Birthday

Rock Paper Photo | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Rock Paper Photo

In an arc stretching from Kingston, Jamaica, to Birmingham, England, our photographers captured many special moments with the reggae master Bob Marley, born 70 years ago this Feb. 6th.

Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

No Kids Allowed: 8 Adults-Only Hotels in Secret Spots

Oyster | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Oyster

We suggest heating things up this winter with a visit to a sexy, sandy, and secluded adults-only hotel. Whether you need a spot for the long Valentine's Day -- er, we mean Presidents' Day -- weekend, or a remote locale for a romantic rendezvous this spring, one of these eight is sure to get you in the mood.

Jamaica May Soon Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's Cabinet has approved a much-anticipated bill of drug law amendments that would decriminalize possession of small ...

The Seven Most Amazing, Surprisingly Affordable Beach Destinations

Oyster | Posted 03.10.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Unfortunately, a mid-winter or spring break getaway can get quite pricey, especially because so many travelers have just the same idea, thereby creating a price spike among hotels and flights. But, fortunately yet again, there are some beach locales that aren't inordinately expensive.