Eulogy For Dr. Shirley McLean

A year ago, my friend Shirley McLean died at the age of 91. This is my tribute to her. The original Shirley McLean!  That’s how Dr. Shirley Richards McLean mischievously loved to describe herself.  And, as you will clearly see in this glamorous cover girl pose, Shirley’s film star namesake had nothing over her.  The... Continue Reading →

Craven Choke Puppy Dog

Two spelling systems are used for the Jamaican language below. The first, which I call ‘Chaka-Chaka’, is based on English spelling. The second, ‘Prapa-Prapa’, is the specialist system designed by the Jamaican linguist Frederic Cassidy. It has been updated by the Jamaican Language Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona. After the two... Continue Reading →

Time Fi Fire Missis Queen

Look from when wi claims seh wi ‘independent’ an Missis Queen still a rule wi!/ Luk fram wen wi kliems se wi ‘independent’ an Misiz Kwiin stil a ruul wi!/ Look how long we've been claiming that we're ‘independent’ and the Queen of England is still ruling us!

British Monarchy a Royal Pain

The most disturbing revelation in the interview was Harry’s fear that history could repeat itself. His wife seemed to be destined for the same fate as his mother: alienated from the royal family and hounded to death by the relentless media.

Pikni Learn Dem Muma Language Inna Belly

Every pikni inna Jamaica must an bound fi get di chance fi learn inna fi dem muma language. A dem human right./ Evri pikni ina Jamieka mos an boun fi get di chaans fi lorn ina fi dem muma langgwij. A dem yuuman rait./ All children in Jamaica absolutely must be given the chance to learn in their mother language. It’s their human right.

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