THE NOD

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A subtle lowering of the head to another black person in an overwhelmingly white place. Meet Musa Okwonga A poet, author, sportswriter, broadcaster, musician, public relations consultant and commentator on current affairs, including culture, politics, sport, race, gender and sexuality. He contributes opinion pieces to Al-Jazeera America, and has been featured on BBC,… Read more »

ADVENTURES IN TEACHING ABROAD

*** ‘Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This how you see the world. This is how you grow.’ *** I saw that quote while scrolling… Read more »

PATRICE J. WHITE – REAL, RAW, UNCENSORED

Patrice’s Instagram and Facebook accounts combined describe her as a wife, a mom, an educator, an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, a bar/cocktail/spirit consultant and a lifestyle and fitness coach. She’s not lying. There are pictures, various articles, and print & television interviews to support every claim. Yet, as I scrolled… Read more »

Jamaican In Japan

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Hello. You don’t know me. I’m a black woman living here in Japan. I am writing to tell you that you have an amazing country. It’s peaceful. Your trains are among the most punctual in the world. Your customer service is remarkable. And at the end of a class when… Read more »

A Jamaican Tale From Poland – Part 2

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“Why do you want to date me?” That was the question she asked after 10 minutes into the conversation. Normally she wouldn’t be here talking to him. But, she figured, why not? There weren’t many black men in these parts and the few she’d ran into held onto their non-black… Read more »

A Jamaican Tale From Poland

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“Marry me.” That’s what Terry’s boyfriend said when he found out she was leaving. “Marry me. You can move into my family house. I will work and send you to college.” Maybe another 18-year-old would have jumped at the opportunity to marry bae and spend the rest of her life… Read more »

Jamaicans ‘Jaminating’ Japan

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Beijing, China #Jaminate #jaminate #TeamJamaica. I smell GOLDSSS!!! *** Alia Atkinson has done Jamaica proud #Jaminate *** Marlon James wins the Man Booker prize 2015 #jaminate *** #TeamSanneta #TeamJamaica #Jaminate #MissWorld2015 The tweets above are a great illustration of how Jamaicans dominate on and off the track. It cannot be… Read more »

Terry’s Tale

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Meet Terry. At 15 years old, she left Jamaica and went to America with the simple hopes of making a better life for herself. Two months in, New York proved that it was not going to do her any special favors. The bipolar weather didn’t care that she was from… Read more »

True Love & Other Fairy Tales

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Someone once said: “Jamaicans don’t read.” Lies!!! Judging from the spike in subscribers to my last blog, I am here to tell you Jamaicans do read. But, I am left wondering if people subscribed because of the ‘fairy tale’ or because of the ‘love’ part of the story. Let’s examine this… Read more »