A Conversation with Jamaican Young Adult Author, Melanie Schwapp
Melanie Schwapp was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Two short migrations at two key stages of her life opened Melanie’s eyes to the cultural and social discriminations in society, and thus began her quest for understanding through writing. At the age of five she moved to England with her family, where she was awakened to the nature of color prejudice, and then during her late teens and early twenties she attended the University of South Carolina, where the subtle traits of discrimination cemented her interest in the social repercussions of theses prejudices
12 Questions for an Expat in Jamaica - Jennifer Tickle from the United Kingdom
We are continuing our Expatriate living in Jamaica series with a conversation with Jennifer Tickle an international school teacher who moved there in August 2014 . Jennifer tells us about her experience living in Jamaica, including advice to other expats who may consider moving to the island. What is the funniest thing that happened to Jennifer while living in Jamaica? What are Jennifer’s likes and dislikes about Jamaica? Find out in our conversation with Jennifer Tickle.
A Conversation with Jamaican Young Adult Author, Suzanne Francis-Brown
Suzanne Francis-Brown writes both fiction and non-fiction relating to Jamaica’s history and heritage. A journalist by training and more recently a historian, she has published several books. Children’s fiction titles include The Mystery of the Golden Table
(Arawak 2000); Searching for Pirates: A Port Royal Adventure
(Arawak, 2001); Marcus Garvey
. An Illustrated Biography (with Jean-Jacques Vayssiers, IRP, 2007); The Mermaid Escapade
(eBook, SFB Publications, 2013). She also has stories in the Treasure House series by Macmillan Caribbean, and in the Government of Jamaica’s Literacy 1-2-3 series. Her non-fiction publications include: The Iron Bridge. Spanish Town, Jamaica
(with Peter Francis, Caribbean School of Architecture, 2005); and Mona: Past & Present. The History & Heritage of the UWI Mona Campus
(UWI Press,2004). Dr Francis-Brown is Curator of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Museum at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Mona, Jamaica.
A Conversation with Jamaican Young Adult Author, Carol Dunn
Carol Dunn was born in the garden parish of St. Ann, where she spent her early childhood amidst a lush and textured landscape that gave wings to her imagination. Having been brought up on adventure books, bedtime stories and fairy tales, she used to envision buried treasure in hollowed out tree trunks, and goblins hiding amongst the leaves. Carol’s educational path took her to St. Andrew High School, the University of the West Indies, the Mico College and Mount Saint Vincent University (Canada), and along the way she picked up a bachelor's degree, a diploma in teaching and a master's degree in adult education. She writes narratives, feature articles and educational materials of varying kinds. Carols says “In essence, I am a writer who educates, and an educator who writes.”
5 Questions with Jamaican Formula Race Car driver, Jason Bedasse - Out of Many, One Driver
This week we have a conversation with Jamaican Formula Race Car driver, Jason Bedasse. He inspires to be the first Jamaican to race in the Indy 500 by 2017. Currently the only Jamaican and black driver on the Indy tour Jason Bedasse is making history every time he steps on the track.
A Conversation with Jamaican Young Adult Author, Gwyneth Harold Davidson
Gwyneth Harold is a Jamaican novelist and short story writer, and is an experienced public relations practitioner. She currently specializes in YA realistic literature. Her manuscript Island of the Lost Boys is listed in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) 50th Anniversary Speech Anthology. Her novel Bad Girls in School (2007) Harcourt Education, Caribbean Writers Series is widely read in Jamaica.
Exquisite and Classy—A Conversation With Mateo Bijoux, a Jamaican-born Designer of Fine Jewelry
A luxury jewelry brand, Mateo Bijoux is the brainchild of Jamaican-born designer Matthew Harris. Matthew (Mateo) started his company in 2009 in New York City, priding himself on creating wearable art that is exquisite and classy. Originally from Montego Bay, Harris’ childhood memories, his travels, architecture, and his new home, New York City, lend inspiration to his collections. Since its launch in 2009, Mateo Bijoux has garnered the attention of the world’s best publications, such as Vogue, French Vogue, Russian Vogue, W Magazine, Elle,
and Harper’s Bazaar
. In this conversation, we learn more about his roots, his inspirations, and his future endeavors.
Conversation with Leo Gilling, of the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force, on Camp Summer Plus & Education in Jamaica
Leo Gilling, a self driven individual, born in Stewart Town, St. Mary Jamaica, grew up in Oracabessa with his parents and three sisters. Presently, Leo is the Jamaica Diaspora Board Member for West/Midwest U.S.A., Agency Principal of Allstate Insurance in Florida, Board member of BACE (Broward Alliance for Caribbean Educators) and Leading the Charge for Advancing Education for Jamaica through the JDETF (Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force). Improving Education and Health in Jamaica are high on his priority list.
"Fashion: It's Who I Am." A Conversation with the Dazzling, Distinguished Designer of House of D'Marsh
While most children his age fantasized about becoming professionals in the quotidian fields of medicine, law, and civil service, Jamaican-born designer, Glenroy March, was sketching designs for couture pieces that would one day be the hallmark of his House of D’Marsh collections. March’s scrupulous editing and meticulous designs easily reflect the influence of the great designers of all time. This Jamaican designer has come to take over the fashion world, one couture design at a time.
Melissa Rowe, PCC: Everyday People - Highlighting Jamaicans who are doing extraordinary things in the world.
Melissa Rowe, PCC, MSW was born in Beeston Spring, Westmoreland in 1945. At the time of her birth, she became number seven of what would eventually be fourteen siblings in her family. As the middle child of an abusive father, she experienced and saw tremendous trauma. Although she left Jamaica with a sixth-grade education, Melissa is now a counselor and bestselling author, whose passion is helping women find their power to overcome obstacles in their lives. A part of her life story is depicted in the bestselling book, Pebbles in the Pond
. Having grown up in a rural area where extreme poverty persisted, her story of overcoming and achieving unprecedented obstacles is one that will move and inspire you. We sat with her a few days shy of her 70th birthday to discuss her life, her book, and her upcoming projects.
10 Questions with Marlon Hill, Partner on delancyhill joining Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, L.L.P
Marlon Hill and Michelle Delancy, who were the main principals of the law firm delancyhill, are now partners at Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel. This week we speak to Marlon Hill about the recent merger and the benefits to the Caribbean Diaspora.
12 Questions for an Expat in Jamaica - Spaniard Marta Lamolla
We are continuing our Expatriate living in Jamaica series with a conversation with Spaniard Marta Lamolla who moved there 9 years ago. Marta tells us about her experience living in Jamaica, including advice to other expats who may consider moving to the island. What is the funniest thing that happened to Marta while living in Jamaica? What are Marta ’s likes and dislikes about Jamaica? Find out in our conversation with Marta Lamolla.
Conversation with Sweetie Confectionery CEO, Patria-Kaye Aarons
This week we have a conversation with Sweetie Confectionery CEO, Patria-Kaye Aarons. Sweetie Confectionery is one of only 2 candy making companies in Jamaica; and the only one in the Caribbean producing authentic Caribbean flavoured confectionery like jackfruit, mango, guava, pomegranate and june plum.
12 Questions for an Expat in Jamaica - Australian Rosanna Swarts talks about living in Jamaica
We recently had a conversation with Australian Rosanna Swarts, about living as an expatriate in Jamaica. Rosanna tells us about her experience in Jamaica, including advice to other expats who may consider moving to the island. What are Rosanna’s likes and dislikes about Jamaica? Find out in our conversation with Rosanna Swarts.
5 Questions with Glen Laman Author of the book, Jamaican Entrepreneurship
This week we have a conversation with Jamaican author, Glen Laman. He recently wrote the book, Jamaican Entrepreneurship a review of the characteristics, traits and ideas of some of the island’s most accomplished entrepreneurs. We ask Mr. Laman about five things he learned about Jamaican Entrepreneurship while writing the book.
10 Questions with Sharifa Grant, Social Media Specialist, for the Sunday Dinner Project
Do you remember Sunday dinners in Jamaica with your family? This week we have a conversation with Sharifa Grant, Social Media Specialist for The Sunday Dinner Project. The project aims to strengthen Caribbean families and communities across the globe through food starting with a “Sunday Dinner” where families can sit down together and reconnect. Here is our conversation with Sharifa.
Conversation with Jessica Phoenix, the organizer of the 2014 Fiyah Dance Weekend New York Fundraiser
This week we have a conversation with Jessica Phoenix the organizer of the 2014 Fiyah Dance Weekend New York fundraiser for veteran Jamaican dancehall dancer, Mundo. He is in need of a kidney transplant. Jessica recently returning from another trip to Jamaica, she continues to meet Jamaican dancers, choreographers and prominent figures in the scene and experiences the authenticity and history of Jamaican Dancehall
Five Questions with Dr. Janice Barrow, the President of the newly formed Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta
The incorporation of the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, Inc. (aka JAMCHAM) was announced this past August at the Atlanta Jamaican Association’s Independence Ball. The nonprofit organization's main mission is to provide businesses, associations, and professionals the access, voice and empowerment necessary to succeed in a competitive environment. This week we speak to the chamber's president, Dr. Janice Barrow.
Five Minutes with Tampa Bay Fashion Pioneer and Jamaican Native: Lacey B.Smith
A five minute interview with business and fashion entrepreneur, Lacey B. Smith of Tampa regarding his annual fashion show, "Haute Accessories Week".
Conversation with Dancehall Choreographer, Blacka Di Danca
One of the most popular and innovative choreographers of today’s dancehall scene in the USA is Brooklyn-based Blacka Di Danca. Blacka has already performed at stage shows, festivals and carnivals across the United States, Europe, Canada and Hawaii. He has been on multiple tours, domestic and international with Collie Buddz as well as a brief tour with Major Lazer. He recently choreographed Major Lazer's latest music video "Lose Yourself" featuring Moska and RDX in Kingston, Jamaica. Blacka currently tours as a choreographer throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States teaching dancehall workshops. Over the summer of 2013, Blacka was featured as a choreographer on cablevision's FUSE TV for the television show "The Hustle After-party". Blacka's photo was featured on the Beats by Dre website, and he has been featured in magazines and billboards in Siberia as well as newspapers in Jamaica. Blacka continues to add new projects and endeavors very often. Here is our conversation with Blacka Di Danca.
5 Questions with Newly Elected Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Representative, Attorney Wayne Golding
Jamaican-born attorney Wayne Golding was recently elected as the new representative on the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board for the Southern United States. He will serve as a facilitator and community diplomat for the Jamaican Diaspora in the Southern USA region covering 13 states. Here is our conversation with attorney Wayne Golding about his new role and the Jamaican Diaspora.
Conversation with Jamaican Fashion Blogger, Natalia Oh!
Natalie Outar is the founder and voice behind the popular Jamaican fashion and lifestyle blog, Natalia Oh. The blog exploded onto the Jamaican fashion-blog scene in August 2012 and won the Jamaica Blog Awards for the Best Beauty and Fashion Blog in 2012. The blog is a representation of what real women face in the world of fashion: understanding how to dress for their body types, understanding the do’s and don’ts of fashion while staying on a budget. Natalie lives in Mandeville, Jamaica and is the proud single mother of two adorable boys. Recently, she took time out of her busy schedule to give us some insight on her style, the fashion trends she loves, and how she became a natural at modeling. Keep reading for the scoop on Natalia Oh…
Caribbean Diaspora Weekly Crowdfunding Discussion with Calibe Thompson Jamaicans.com recently asked Calibe Thompson, host and producer of television show The Caribbean Diaspora Weekly, about the show’s latest endeavor - to begin broadcasting on South Florida mainstream television. This is what she had to say.
Conversation with Jamaican-American Artist, Andrea Cauthen
This week we have a conversation with Jamaican-American Multi-Media Artist and Photographer , Andrea Cauthen. As a photographer Andrea's goal is to capture images in the hopes of communicating the realities of our ever changing world. Her approach is to always photograph with honesty and integrity respecting the image in front of the lens. Andrea is currently develop-ing a body of work studying religious practices in Jamaica...
12 Questions with Arlene Laing, the creator of the first Jamaican Website on the Internet
Arlene Laing is a pioneer when it comes to Jamaican internet websites. She created the first Jamaican website online in 1994 and was an inspiration for us starting Jamaicans.com in 1995. Here is our conversation with with Arlene.
Conversation with Jamaican blogger, TV host and social media maven, Chelan Smith aka Mamachel
She is described as odd & peculiar. Never one to back down from a challenge. This week we have a conversation with with Jamaican Blogger, TV host and social media maven, Chelan Smith aka Mamachel. Her popular website and video blog, "The Adventures of Mamachel", chronicles her escapades. Here is our conversation with Mamachel.
10 questions with Jamaican Francine Bethune, co-founder of the Atlanta Carnival Band "We Kinda Ting".
This week we have a conversation with Jamaican Francine Bethune, co-founder of the Atlanta Carnival Band "We Kinda Ting". They have members from Trinidad, St Vincent, St Lucia, U.S., Montserrat, and Jamaica. We Kinda Ting has won band of the year from 2007 to 2013 in the Atlanta Carnival. Here is our conversation with Francine.
Conversation with Jamaican-British, Lisa Jackson, the woman behind the life character, Patty Dumplin
This week we have a conversation with Nottingham born writer, actress, and comedian, Lisa Jackson AKA mon0lisa - out of one woman many voices . She is the Jamaican English woman beneath larger than life character, Patty Dumplin.
Conversation with Marcia McDonnough Organisor and Coordinator the Jamaica Epicurean Escape Festival
With an MBA from the University of New Orleans Marcia has over 30 years of experience in the travel, tourism, hospitality and entertainment industries. Her strengths lie in management and marketing with emphasis on event management. As sponsorship and marketing manager for the two largest Festivals in Jamaica (Reggae Sumfest and Jamaica Jazz and Blues), she developed important relationships with the major corporate decision makers in the local community as well as some key international players. Marcia's experience and love for events makes her an ideal candidate for being the overall organisor and coordinator of the Jamaica Epicurean Escape.
A Conversation with Howard Allen, owner of Maroon Sausage Company
As a designer and creative director, Howard Allen has worked within some of the largest brands in the world. As a consummate foodie, Howard decided to stretch his creativity into a new venue in 2013: the kitchen. As a huge fan of jerk chicken and Jamaican food in general, he decided to create a new version of Jamaican fast food—the jerk chicken sausage. After perfecting his recipes for spicy, mild and roasted pineapple jerk chicken sausage, he used his expertise in marketing, branding and design to create an experience that goes beyond just your taste buds. His commitment to social responsibility has prompted Maroons Sausage Company, to dedicate a portion of its proceeds to stop forced labor and human trafficking around the world.
10 Questions with Dr. Sue, author of "The Ode to Miss Lou"
This week we have a conversation with Dr. Sue, author of the book "The Ode to Miss Lou". Influenced by Hon. Miss Lou, the book is a compilation of 50 poems documenting significant moments throughout the years, culminating in her 50th birthday jubilee and Jamaica's 50th independence. Susan Lycett Davis fondly know as Dr Sue worked as a Professional Actress and an esteemed Arts Administrator. Dr. Sue performs internationally and among other roles, aptly depicts that of Jamaica’s “Miss Lou” or “Auntie Roachie”. She has been a panelist for the past four years at the annual Louise Bennett-Coverly Reading Festival. She is a sought after Keynote Speaker and event MC. Dr. Susan Davis is a university professor, a devote Christian, active church member, and a woman who has found her purpose in life. Here is our conversation with Dr. Sue.
10 questions with Jamaican Dog sledder Newton Marshall
Everyone knows that Jamaica has a bobsled team, but did you know they also have a dogsled team. They have been completing in the Iditarod race since 2010. If you are not familiar with Iditarod, it is a growling dog sleigh race through the snow. This week we speak to Newton Marshall as he prepares for the Iditarod in March 2013. Here is our conversation with Newton.
VIDEO: Ten Things You Didn't Know About Tessanne Chin
As part of our extended interview with Tessanne Chin, we got the skinny on a few interesting facts straight from the diva herself. Here are ten things you probably didn’t know about Tessanne Chin.
5 questions with Devon Harris, former Jamaican Bobsledder & current liaison to the 2014 Jamaican Bobsled Team
The Jamaican 2-man bobsled team has qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. We speak with Devon Harris, a former Jamaican Bobsledder and one of the original members of Jamaica's first bobsled team. He is currently a liaison to the current team.
Conversation with Jason Daye, president of the Jamaica Floorball Association
Meet Jason Daye president of the Jamaica Floorball Association. The Jamaica Floorball Association was formed in 2011 and last year participated in the world biggest floorball tournament (Storvreta Cup, Uppsala Sweden). This January the team will participate in the World Floorball Qualification Games in Canada. Here is our conversation with Jason Daye.
Conversation with Trephene Andrea, a Jamaican personal chef and owner of "Stir It Up" in Denmark
This week we have a conversation with Trephene Andrea, a Jamaican personal chef living in Denmark. Trephene’s interest in cooking stated at an early age and since high school she has had her own small business. At the end of 2007 she relocated to Sweden where she worked at Caribe Creole and Bloom in Malmo. Trephene moved to Copenhagen, Denmark several months later and in 2010 she launched Stir It Up by Trephene, a personal chef service.
A Conversation with Jamaican Video Blogger, Russhaine Berry aka DuttyBerry from The Dutty Berry Show
This week have a conversation with popular Jamaican Video blogger Russhaine Berry aka DuttyBerry. Many of you have seen his popular commentary after each Tessanne Chin performance on the NBC The Voice. Dutty Berry's video blogs are funny and always seems to have a pulse on what's happening with Jamaicans. Russhain is an easy going, goal oriented individual who enjoys reading, listening to music and interacting with people. He attended Excelsior High and Meadowbrook High school after which he went to the University of the West Indies to pursue a degree in Language and Communication. Many of you may be surprise to know that he was never involved with with the performing arts until he started vlogging. Here is our conversation with "Dutty Berry".
Conversation with Jamaican fashion designer and entrepreneur Ayanna Dixon
This week we speak to Jamaican fashion designer and entrepreneur Ayanna Dixon. From a very young age Ayanna has maintained an avid interest in the fashion industry. The aspiring designer and entrepreneur began her career as a fashion model, signed to Pulse Model Management, the largest modeling agency in the Caribbean. She shone on the runway, gracing the catwalk for Caribbean Fashion Week alongside top fashion models from around the world. Although she enjoyed a successful run as a Pulse model, she soon left to pursue her real passion, fashion design.
Revitalizing Jamaican Farming - Conversation with Farm Up Jamaica Project founder, Neil Curtis
This week we interview Neil Curtis founder of the "Farm Up" Jamaica project. The "Farm Up" project has a goal of starting a 5 acre non-GMO, organic onion farm to stem the importation of onions in Jamaica. A successful real estate investor and author (“NO GOD? KNOW GOD!”) of New York, with a family history in Jamaican farming, Neil has decided to take the “bull by the horns” and help tackle the current economic problems that Jamaica is facing. Understanding the family tradition of farming-to-live, Neil knows the issues being faced by Jamaica and its farmers.
Interview: Five things you did not know about Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
We caught up with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the 2013 Hot Trot Jerk 5K Run/Walk in South Florida. She was the Grand Marshall for the Run/Walk. Shelly’s infectious smile and warm personality drew people to her. She signed autographs and playfully interacted with everyone. Here is our conversation with Shelly-Ann.