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The 10 Prettiest Open-Air Hotel Rooms In The World

Oyster | Posted 07.29.2015 | Travel
Oyster

It can be particularly nice to find a hotel where open-air rooms benefit from the breeze as well so you can enjoy it around the clock. Numerous hotels have rooms with an al fresco leaning, but here are the 10 prettiest we've ever seen.

11 Places to See the World's Hottest Sunsets

Trippy | Posted 07.24.2015 | Travel
Trippy

There's nothing better than a not-to-be-believed sunset, so the travel community at Trippy.com shared where they've seen the best ones on their travels. Here's where they go to see the sun go down!

Jennifer Hudson's Body-Positive Mantra: 'Love What Skin You're In'

RaVal Davis | Posted 07.23.2015 | Style
RaVal Davis

"You've got to embrace yourself. Love what skin you're in," says Jennifer Hudson. "It's not about what other people think. It's about what you believe about yourself, so own it."

From Junkanoo to Brukdown: A Booty-Shakin' Tour of the Caribbean

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Don't get me wrong. I love Jamaican reggae music. Ditto for its two predecessors, rocksteady and ska, and before that mento and old-time calypso. But down in the Caribbean you'll hear all kinds of other booty-shaking rhythms.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Sun and Adventure

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Dwight Brown

The hilly town of Ocho Rios sits on the north coast of Jamaica, at the base of the St. Ann Mountains. The former fishing village, now a tourist destination, is as noted for its resorts and beaches as its mountainous terrain and natural wonders.

I Am The Real Rachel Dolezal

Amanda Oliver | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Oliver

In college, I was turned away from attending a trip to work with youth in Jamaica because I was told I was "too white" to attend. In law school, different black student groups reached out to me to participate in their activities -- until they realized I was "white."

What Makes Jamaicans So Dominant at Track and Field?

Quora | Posted 06.10.2015 | Sports
Quora

I used to coach sprints alongside Donald Quarrie, four-time Olympic medallist for Jamaica -- including a gold medal in the 200 meters in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

The Real 'Gay Heroes'

Katie Sgarro | Posted 05.29.2015 | 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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.20.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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.