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The Caribbean's Best All-Inclusive Resorts For Families

Oyster | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Oyster

You won't find a more kid-friendly resort on the island of Turks and Caicos than Beaches. With 10 pools, a beautiful beach, a water park, an Xbox Games Garage, a Sesame Street kids' camp, and even a DJ-spinning academy, the hotel is determined to rule out any inklings of boredom.

Hope Lives Here: Art and Nature Breathe New Life Into Downtown Kingston

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Fleet Street is now an oasis in a place, which would otherwise seem desolate. Inspiration lies in the simplicity of this beautiful concept. It is hoped that the projects will continue to progress to other at-risk communities -- continuing to break down barriers while transforming lives.

Former Westboro Member Travels To Jamaica To Document Homeless LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices

In an unlikely turn of events for the Westboro Baptist Church, a former member -- and daughter of the infamous Shirley Phelps -- just made a massive s...

Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World

Ella Jameson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Ella Jameson

We know we should be trying to save the ancient ecosystems that support over half of all wildlife on earth. But how much do we actually understand this? How much do we fully grasp the magnitude of what will actually happen when the last of the forests vanish for good?

This Right-Wing Legal Powerhouse Wants to Make Gay Sex Illegal

Carlos Maza | Posted 11.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Carlos Maza

While the group prefers to talk about its "religious liberty" work when in the media spotlight, ADF is actively working to promote and defend anti-sodomy laws that criminalize gay sex.

Long Island Rail Road Moments That Tug at the Heartstrings

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 11.03.2014 | New York
Brian Patrick Harmon

For four years, I spent over three-and-a-half hours a day riding the Long Island Rail Road to work in Brooklyn. For those who pick their heads up from their smartphones now and then, there are plenty of feel-good moments to be seen and heard.

Examining The 'Intolerable Levels Of Violence' Faced By Gay Jamaicans

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequent...

The 5 Best Clothing-Optional Resorts In The World

Thrillist | Posted 12.10.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

While the world has a lot of beautiful beach resorts where sunscreen's more important than pants, they -- like their naked guests -- come in all shapes and sizes.

Out of Many, One Synagogue

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

When we host visitors at the Kingston synagogue, one of the questions they almost always ask is if there were ever other synagogues on the island. They are amazed to hear that there were several other Jewish houses of worship in Jamaica.

Hurricane Hideaways: 9 Beachfronts to Brave This Hurricane Season

Oyster | Posted 11.02.2014 | Travel
Oyster

For many East Coasters, a quick trip to Southern neighbors where the sands are still toasty and the waves still refreshing is dampened by the threat of Mother Nature's finest beast: The Hurricane.

Jamaican Gay Activist Drops Legal Fight Because His 'Loved Ones Are Under Threat'

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law...

LGBTI People Face Harsh Laws in Both Free and Unfree Countries

Freedom House | Posted 10.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Freedom House

Supporters of LGBTI rights should not overlook the democracies that continue to exclude some of their citizens from the equal protection of the law.

Sexy Outdoor Showers: Wash Away Your Inhibitions

Oyster | Posted 10.21.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Maybe it's months of this summer heat that's getting to us, but lately we've been loving the idea of showering outdoors. We guess we've just decided that there's no better way to cool down and wash away inhibitions than with an outdoor scrub down. Here's a list of 10 of our favorite hotels that have private outdoor showers -- some even have outdoor baths!

Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: 'Every Human Life Is Worth The Same'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact

Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes,...

In Celebration of Jamaican Independence: The 7 Greatest Things About Jamrock

Karen Fragala Smith | Posted 10.07.2014 | Black Voices
Karen Fragala Smith

Pop open a Red Stripe, break out the reggae and fire up a "birthday candle" in honor of Jamaica's 52 years as an independent nation. It has not been an easy road since Jamrock's 2 million citizens saw the Union Jack flag lowered for the last time.

Kid-Friendly Summer Vacations: Our Top Tropical Picks

Oyster | Posted 10.02.2014 | Travel
Oyster

What's the secret to a great family vacation? Finding a location that allows everyone to explore and have fun -- at their own pace. A spot where the kids (most likely bursting with energy) can have a blast while you enjoy a relaxing massage and a margarita... or several margaritas.

Your Hotel Room Can Do WHAT?! Super High-Tech Amenities

Oyster | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Although summer vacations are traditionally meant for getting away and unplugging, we can't help but love these super high-tech hotels that boast some of the coolest geek-friendly amenities we've ever seen.

What City Is Your Music Soul Mate?

U.S. News Travel | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

As tunes have evolved, some cities have garnered more of a reputation than others for preserving music's narrative.

Maxi Priest Hits His Groove at B.B. King's Blues Club

Dwight Brown | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

At age 53, 26 years after his career began, his dreads are almost floor-length (the ladies were pulling on them all night), his face is fuller and he has over two decades of hits to sing.

Protected Natural Area for Sale

Robin Moore | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Robin Moore

Following its rediscovery the iguana became a flagship for conservation in the West Indies, and the focus of an international recovery program.

Taboo Yardies, a Documentary and a Call to Our Humanity

Atim Oton | Posted 06.22.2014 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

Taboo Yardies is an insightful documentary film on the pain and human rights violation of Jamaican people that shows that Jamaica is not ready to deal with this human issue.

9 Gorgeous Hotel Villas In The Caribbean

Oyster | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Owning a private vacation home sure sounds nice, but people fantasizing about their own beachside property often forget that owning also means cleaning, maintaining, fixing, the list goes on... and it can end up being less of a vacation and more of a job!

On the "A" w/Souleo: "Taboo...Yardies" Doc Challenges Homophobia in Jamaica

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

These days when Selena Blake thinks about her native land, Jamaica, there are no images of pristine beaches and sunny skies that come to mind. Instead, she sees the ugly face of homophobia and transphobia that continues to stain Jamaica's image.

Invasive Lionfish On The Decline In Jamaica

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on...

13 Super Luxe Stays in the Caribbean

Oyster | Posted 06.10.2014 | Travel
Oyster

The islands boast everything from intimate boutiques in hidden, tranquil locales to expansive resorts that wow not only in breadth, but style.