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Out of Many, One Synagogue

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 08.02.2014 | 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.

The In-Between Places of Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow's Visual Art Practice

Jacqueline Bishop | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Jacqueline Bishop

Migrating shore birds, hybrid flowers, transience and ephemerality, the in-between places that are not fixed -- indeed, mobile -- are at the center of the work of this interdisciplinary artist.

Sonos: 'Ring di Alarm'!

Marlon Regis | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Marlon Regis

It's been just over a year since I -- amongst many other insiders, fans and lovers of music in L.A., have been witness to some of the most magnifice...

Growing Up Gay and Jamaican: As if Being Gay Wasn't Enough

Donovan Thompson | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Donovan Thompson

I remember getting nauseous whenever the topic came up around family. I thought they'd be able to see my inner gay, jumping up and down in the pit of my stomach with a muzzle over his mouth.

Ditch The Flip Flops

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.09.2014 | Travel

Over winter and ready to hit the beach? Us too. As a coping mechanism, we've compiled a list of the best places to beat the heat. Here are a few sp...

New Orleans Band the Plum Magnetic: Fruitful and Alluring

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The Plum Magnetic's most recent record, Terra Animata, sounds larger than their four members. Infusing sonic sounds of classical Hindustani with American roots music, their vibe has a calming effect. They have weaved a tapestry together of classical tracks.

America Fares Well, Through the Message of Jamaica, Farewell

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Alyson Renaldo

Debra Ehrhardt reminded me of something important the other day. Who is Debra Ehrhardt, you ask? Figuratively she is your neighbour, co-worker, a friend... and, at the moment, someone who provoked my reflection upon immigration reform.

Ode to Rastafari: Stop Eviction of Rastafari from Pinnacle Ancestral Grounds!

Jasmine Rand | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Jasmine Rand

As the epicenter and birthplace of the Rastafari faith and movement, Pinnacle provided refuge and promoted self-reliance to Blacks in Jamaica at a time when they were relegated to second-class citizenry.

Exporting Hate: When Anti-Gay Activists' Efforts Fall on Deaf Ears at Home

Padraig McCoid | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Padraig McCoid

Gay people in the U.S. can find comfort in knowing we are fast approaching equal rights in our country. The danger that international gay people face, however, is that our anti-gay activist losers are providing the rhetorical fuel to ignite more animus toward the LGBT community.