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.
Conversation with Michael Williams from the Jamaican Ski Team - The road to 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
This week we have a conversation with Michael Williams from the Jamaican Ski Team. Michael is hoping to represent Jamaica in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Michael has been a member of the National Alpine Ski Team since August 2011. He represented Jamaica in the Participated in World Alpine Championships in Schladming, Austria. Michael is former Track & Field star and played American Football player in Europe. Here is our conversation with Michael.
Conversation with Nadine Drummond, Director/Producer of "The Children of Zion" documentary The Children of Zion
is a documentary about the pioneering Jamaicans who built the oldest Rastafari settlement in the world. Located in Shashamane in southern Ethiopia, it’s the religious and spiritual home to about 800 men, women and children. It is unique in Africa in its longevity but in a world where Bob Marley is an instantly recognizable figure, Shashamane the city that Rasta’s built remains largely unknown. Against the odds the Children of Zion have survived but in order to thrive they must overcome multiple threats to their existence.
Conversation with Dr. Delroy Brown - A Son of Jamaica’s Dry Harbour Mountains Returns to the Soil…in Brooklyn!
Dr. Delroy Brown's successful dentistry practice is a few blocks away from the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Central Brooklyn. In our conversation, he discusses his roots in the Dry Harbour Mountains of St. Ann, his transition to the United States, the impact of thoughtful and caring mentors on his life, his responsibilities as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, his lens on the practice of dentistry, and lessons he imparts to his children. Over the years, Dr. Brown has contributed countless hours of his expertise to Jamaicans on island via volunteer medical missions. He recently added a new priority to his already diverse portfolio: he is now working with his daughter to support her start-up businesses.
Conversation about the "Reggae Girls" with Lavern Deer, President of the Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD) Lavern Deer
This week we have a conversation with Lavern Deer, President of the Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD). She is an advocate for the Jamaican Women's Football team, the Reggae Girls. JIFFD has held several fundraising events for the "Reggae Girls" as they make a push to qualify for the World Cup. Here is our conversation with Lavern.
A Conversation with "Sex, Drugs and Jerk Chicken" book author, Marcus Bird
Marcus Bird was born in Jamaica and received his degree in Film Production from Howard University in Washington D.C. He has written for Comedy Central in New York, the Jamaica Observer, several online publications and had two short stories "Gaijin Girl" and "Sleep" published in the 2010 and 2012 editions of Japanese literary journal Yomimono. He loves traveling, dabbling in languages and having great conversations.
Conversation with Jamaican actress, Marsha Campbell
Jamaican actress Marsha Campbell plays the role of young wife Donna in Aston Cooke’s latest romantic comedy “Internet Affair”. A graduate of Ardenne High School and the University of the West Indies, Marsha has twice represented the island at the Caribbean Schools’ Drama Festival in Guyana and St. Lucia. Marsha caught the attention of theatre audiences and critics alike when she appeared in Hall Anthony Ellis’ epic drama “1888”. She also appeared in Minnette Shield’s Trapped and played roles in Cooke’s “Concubine” and “Me and mi Chapsie”. Here is our conversation with Marsha Campbell.
Conversation with Andrew Newell Jamaica’s top Lawn bowls player
Meet Andrew Newell Jamaica’s top Lawn bowls player. Born in London to Jamaican parents, Andrew wants to represent Jamaica in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. His dream is to get Jamaica and inspire Jamaicans to take up the sports of Lawn bowls.
Conversation with Judith Falloon-Reid, the co-producer & screenplay writer of Jamaica's first Gospel Movie, "Just Another Friday"
This week we have a conversation with Judith Fallon-Reid, the co-producer and screenplay writer of Jamaica's first Gospel Movie, Just Another Friday. The film recently won the award for Best Jamaican Feature Film at the International Reggae Film Festival. Along with her husband, Michael Brown, they own and operate BarriVision Productions, the company that partnered with Jamaica Youth for Christ to produce the movie. Judith has over 30 years professional writing experience in a wide range of genres, from poetry and plays to news reporting and books. Judith is a marketing consultant, television producer, published author of four books, Time and Seasons, Full Circle, Here's a Hundred Dollars…Buy Yourself a Life! and Are Mirrors Cleaner in Paradise? Here is our conversation with Judith
Conversation with Jamaican singer/songwriter/actress/dancer, Toni "Bella" Blair
This week we have a conversation with Jamaican singer/songwriter/actress/dancer, Toni Blair. Many of you know her as “Bella Blair” whose popular video skits have gone viral. She has been doing music since grade school, singing in the choir and doing individual pieces in the Jamaica Development Cultural Commission (JCDC) festival competitions. She has been a successful entrant in the JCDC festival every year for the past 15 years, winning several medals & trophies in drama, music and dance.
A Conversation with Storm Saulter, Producer/Director of “Ring di Alarm” & Writer/Director “Better Mus’ Come”
This week we ask do 10 questions with Storm Saulter, Producer/Director of “Ring di Alarm” & Writer/Director “Better Mus’ Come”. A graduate of the Los Angeles Film School Storm Saulter is passionate about his work and hopes to see more films being produced regionally and a stronger integrated focus for the success of film making in the Caribbean. Storm Saulter’s “Ring di Alarm” is currently being shown at film festivals around the world and will be premiering in Jamaica soon. The film features seven short stories that show multiple facets of the Jamaican reality. The film is an anthology whereby through communal effort it was produced by six Directors and Writers each bringing their own flair to the project. We caught up with Storm on a very busy day when he was in Jamaica.
Paradise By Design: A Conversation with Negril based designer Sophie Eyssautier
Ever thought about taking a time-out from your everyday life, discarding your fears and embracing your cares to embark on your quest for your perfect little piece of paradise? Could you courageously leave behind the familiar in order to fulfill the desire to experience something a little different than maybe the sometimes spiritually cloistering routine of a 9 to 5?
Conversation with "Born in Trench Town" film director, Greg Pond
This week we have a conversation with "Born in Trench Town" film director Greg Pond. "Born in Trench Town" is a documentary about the interwoven social, political and architectural histories of one of Jamaica’s most famous districts. The documentary traverses the length of the original blocks of Trench Town, the same the course traveled by Natty Dread in Bob Marley’s song. The film take you on a tour from First to Seventh Street through the maze of holes made in the walls that separate the yards, created when it was too dangerous to walk on streets. They stop along the way, interviewing the people in order to consider the conditions that created the Trench Town of today.
Is this the future for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz? - A conversation with Craig Butler co-founder of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy
Is there hope for the Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz”? This week we have a conversation with Craig Butler co-founder of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy which many see as the “farm” for future “Reggae Boyz”. The Phoenix All Stars Football Academy’s main goals are to develop football players to make it professionally and secure football scholarships to colleges & universities
Interview with Monica Foderingham and Sharon Robinson, Organizers, Anancy Festival Atlanta
This week we have a conversation with Monica Foderingham and Sharon Robinson, organizers, Anancy Festival Atlanta. The Anancy festival in Atlanta is on June 15th, 2013. Here is our conversation with Monica Foderingham and Sharon Robinson.
Interview with Dr. Kerri-Ann Smith and Trinia McDonald, Organizers, Anancy Festival New York
This week we have a conversation with Dr. Kerri-Ann Smith and Trinia McDonald, Organizers, Anancy Festival New York. The Anancy festival in New York is on June 15th, 2013. Here is our conversation with Dr. Kerri-Ann Smith and Trinia McDonald.
Wanted ”Dread & Alive‘ — A Conversation with Creator, Nicholas Da Silva
An in-depth interview with Nicholas Da Silva. A complex man of many talents. Learn about the man behind the comic book series "Dread & Alive" and find out where the passion to create and to help the Children of Accompong Town comes from. Tink Diffran!
Interview with Ruth Wade Kwakwa, Organizer, Anancy Festival Accra, Ghana
This week we have a conversation with Ruth Wade Kwakwa, Organizer, Anancy Festival Accra, Ghana. The Anancy festival in Accra, Ghana is June 8th, 2013. Here is our conversation with Ruth.
Conversation with upcoming Jamaican sculptor, Dvane Cunningham
This week we have a conversation with a young upcoming Jamaican sculptor, Dvane Cunningham. The past student of Spanish Town High School has won several visual arts awards including from the JCDC and Spanish Town Homecoming. His impress sculptures make him one to watch in the future.
Jamaicans in Business: Rachael McDonald, CEO, Fundaciones El Centro and Fundaciones
Fundaciones started in 2008 as an opportunity for children of all ages to learn Spanish in an after school setting. Conceived and birthed by the dynamic and energetic educator, Rachael McDonald, Fundaciones is Spanish for ‘foundations’ and describes perfectly what students learn at their centres. Here is our conversation with Rachael McDonald, CEO, Fundaciones El Centro and Fundaciones.
Jamaicans in Business: Gordon Swaby, CEO, EduFocal
At 14, Gordon created his first major website, and at 15, he created, perhaps the largest gaming website in the English speaking Caribbean, the now defunct advance-gamers.com. Gordon is the CEO and Founder of EduFocal.com. EduFocal is an interactive learning community. The company is focused on using technology to enrich the learning experience outside of the classroom as well as to help ideate and innovate the way we move forward with technology in education.
Jamaicans in Business: Souad Lawrence, co-owner of the YEBO
Souad Lawrence is co-owner of the YEBO brand which is a signature Jamaican product. Souad and her cousin Natallie Moncrieffe, had mutual passion for handbags started YEBO in 2010. Their focus was on two varieties of bags; Totes and Clutches. Since then they have introduced fashion jewelry. There business is run primarily through their Facebook page.
Jamaicans in Business: Kirk Allen, founder of Slang Teez
This week we speak with Kirk Allen, founder of Slang Teez, a Jamaican bases T-Shirt company. Slang Teez produces custom T-shirts with the latest Jamaican slangs. Kirk came up with the idea to start putting slangs on shirts as Jamaican teenagers were always using them to communicate with each other while texting, tweeting and updating their facebook status. Slang teez has been in existence since Feb 28, 2012 and has grown rapidly over the past year. Here is our conversation with Kirk Allen.
A Conversation with the 2012 International Reggae Poster Contest Winner - Alon Braier
Recently we caught up with Alon Braier a 28 years old freelance illustrator based in Jaffa, Israel. He is the winner of the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012. Here is our conversation with Alon.
Respec’ Bossman: An Interview with Erik Nicolaisen, the Star of The #GetHappy VW Superbowl Ad. - The Man with the Jamaican Accent
“Don’t be no cloud on a sunny day!” If you have not yet seen the Superbowl #Gethappy commercial featuring a chipper, young corporate guy from the “Gopher State,” you are missing out on your dose of happiness for the week. Actor Erik Nicolaisen, a self-proclaimed “reggae head” took great care to play the role of Dave Johnson a white man from Minnesota whose mission for a day is to spread Jamaican love to his fellow officemates. A commercial, voice over, and stage actor, Erik Nicolaisen’s work extends from lead role in Shakespeare’s Romeo to the voice of a character in a PlayStation game. He is also a seasoned artist who occasionally sketches, doodles, and paints.