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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.

Shaggy and Friends: Creating Smiles and Saving Children's Lives

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Through numerous partnerships, Shaggy has managed to amass a level of support that is somewhat puzzling given various socio-economic circumstances on the island. He clearly believes in collaboration, as his philanthropic model embodies the idea that we will get further together.

11 Gorgeous Swim-Up Suites (PHOTOS)

Oyster | Posted 04.05.2014 | Travel
Oyster

If you love lazing away the day in the hotel pool, you can't do much better than staying in a swim-up suite, where it's possible to dip into the water right from your back door. Who wants to walk when you're on vacation in a tropical paradise?

7 Beach Destinations You Haven't Tried Yet

Oyster | Posted 04.05.2014 | Travel
Oyster

When going to a new destination, many of us stick to the beaten path; we'll go where the other tourists are going for the first time around. We love these seven underrated beach destinations; they're rarely a traveler's first choice, but perhaps they should be.

Jamaica, We Have A Bobsled Team. Here's All You Need To Know About The Olympic Duo.

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.24.2014 | Sports

There's a new chapter in the ultimate Olympic underdog story of the Jamaican athletes who captivated the world by competing in a traditional alpine sp...

Hoist the Jolly Roger! -- 10 Must-Read Pirate Books

Scott DiMarco | Posted 03.23.2014 | Books
Scott DiMarco

Pirate-mania is all the rage these days. Luckily for us, there is a virtual treasure trove of pirate books. Here are some classic tales of piracy to keep your ship afloat.

They're Going To Sochi!

AP | TIM REYNOLDS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports

Get ready, Sochi: The Jamaicans are coming, and they're bringing their bobsled again. Jamaican bobsled pilot Winston Watts and the nation's Olympic C...

Why Gay Tolerance Might Be On The Rise In Jamaica

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2014 | Gay Voices

By Aileen Torres-Bennett KINGSTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Prince Jones says he will never go back to Jamaica, not even to visit. ...

Nuh Linga! Get Down to Jamaica

Fathom | Posted 03.17.2014 | Travel
Fathom

Where will you be staying? What you should probably do is stay in a house that enterprising Jamaicans open up to vacationers. Because when you're successful and you live in paradise, isn't every home a vacation home?

Does Umbrella Bed Refill or Rehash 2 Tone Ska?

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.10.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

It wasn't until the '90s that the third wave of Ska achieved commercial success. This begs the question: Does Umbrella Bed, a 2 tone band from Minneapolis, move Ska into a new wave, perhaps the fourth, or has the sound remained the same?

When It Pays to Change: How Two High School Kids Earned Seed Funding for Learning How to Refine Their Business

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.22.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

While most high school students worry about prepping for finals in December, the student entrepreneurs behind these businesses were prepping to ask for thousands of dollars of additional seed capital to grow their ventures.

What the World Can Learn From the Youth of South Africa

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Despite the distinct contrast in delivery, their perspectives had a few things in common, world leaders need to take the younger generation more seriously, young people need to be more pro-active in challenging leadership and enacting change.

'Covering' Female Sexual Desires

Jacqueline Bishop | Posted 02.09.2014 | Women
Jacqueline Bishop

It started to dawn on me that what might have caused the problem was the self-contained world that the women inhabit; how the girls reference each other for an understanding of their bodies and their sexuality.

Stumped By What to Get Your Older Children for the Holidays? Here's a Solution That Will WOW Them!

Laura Wellington | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Laura Wellington

There are moments in all parents' lives when they just can't figure out what to get their children and leaning on a big name retailer to pull a rabbit from a hat for them only adds to the frustration despite the helpful lists these retailers strive to provide.

Reggae According to Keyser Soze

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Why would a Reggae band from Reno, Nevada (of all places) call themselves Keyser Soze? Anyone familiar with the ghost-like demonic character in the film, The Usual Suspects, might find this perplexing, since the album is anything but dark.

In Jamaica, Hanukkah Means Freedom

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

As Jamaican Jews, we have been enormously appreciative of the religious freedom that we have been granted on this glorious tropical island.

Five More Things You Should Do in the Caribbean Before You Die

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

Bring back more than a tan from your next Caribbean vacay. Try one of these uniquely Caribbean experiences and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Bob Marley, the Messenger

Suzan McDowell | Posted 11.07.2013 | Miami
Suzan McDowell

Walking through the Bob Marley Messenger exhibition I was moved by the ordinary origins of this prophetic soul who transcended race, culture, class and heritage.

Taekwondo Fights Its Way to Become One of the Top Sports in Jamaica

Christina Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Christina Brown

If the Jamaican team realizes its potential, black, green and gold colors may someday signify not only speed but also excellence in taekwondo.

Destination Weddings: Big Business in Kingston, Jamaica

Chie Davis | Posted 12.16.2013 | Weddings
Chie Davis

Travelers to the bustling cultural mecca of Kingston, Jamaica will immediately notice certain things.

Crocodiles Disappearing As Dinner In Jamaica

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 10.07.2013 | Green

CASCADE, Jamaica -- CASCADE, Jamaica (AP) — Crocodiles were once so abundant along the salty rim of southern Jamaica that images of their toothy jaw...

For Jamaican Writers, New Place of Opportunity Is in Brooklyn

Christina Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Christina Brown

The smell of Jamaican patties and jerk chicken and the sounds of the West Indies Patois were very much in evidence during the annual Brooklyn Book Festival.