May 25, 2021 in Culture

Rasta Irish boy

Rasta Irish boy

I was at a cocktail party on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 1981.  The little get-together was to welcome a family coming in for a vacation from Ireland. As is common in those kind of events, there was a lot of polite conversation, joking about the rainy Irish weather, about the pubs in Dublin and so on.  The family

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May 27, 2020 in Culture

Gil Bailey: Godfather of Reggae Passes

Gil Bailey: Godfather of Reggae Passes

On a day when Caribbean diasporans reflect the nostalgia of growing up on sunny islands and the tradition of celebrating Easter Monday, the passing of Gil Bailey, Jamaica’s revered ‘Godfather of Reggae” shattered the silence of another day of quarantine from the COVID19 afflictions in New York. Resonating with sadness and grief that only a few will be able to

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December 27, 2019 in Culture

Celebrating Reggae Month 2020

Celebrating Reggae Month 2020

Writer: Camille Simms  Whether It’s The Repetition Of The Number ‘2020’ Or For Some Other Personal Reason, We All Have, In One Way Or The Other, Vowed To Make This Year A Special One.  For The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), 2020 Marks 10 Years Since February Has Been Dubbed Reggae Month. Throughout The Years, Reggae Month Has Attracted An

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