On August 4, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze joined the ancestors. She is certainly not done. Death will not silence her song. And her rainbow promise will not fade. Breeze has left a legacy of poems, short stories, scripts for theatre and film as well as numerous recordings of her vibrant performances that will, indeed, endure.
Di said same queen weh gi wi independence a rule we same way. Wa kind a independence dat?/ Di sed siem Kwiin we gi wi indipendens a ruul wi siem wie. Wa kain a indipendens dat?/ For quite a long time, both political parties have been saying that it's time for the Queen of England to no longer be Jamaica's head of state. The politicians know we're forming the fool pretending that we are truly independent. The very Queen who gave us independence is ruling us just the same. What kind of independence is that?
Costly high-rise apartments in Kingston 6 are not likely to solve the housing crisis in the city. Many will remain empty for a long time, waiting on wealthy investors.
On Sunday, September 9, 1906, The New York Times published a story with the headline, "Bushman Shares a Cage With Bronx Park Apes".
The British Government paid a total of £20 million in compensation to plantation owners for the loss of enslaved labour. That sum was one quarter of the national Budget!
The newly arrived Chinese were supposed to be permanently at war with black people. But what shortsighted cynics like Gloster did not anticipate is the fact that some barriers can be easily overturned, given the right motivation. The sex drive is a powerful social leveller.
Soon, Cayman will be almost completely overrun by foreigners. They will be the primary beneficiaries of development. For Caymanians, the price of 'development' will be loss. Loss of land, loss of social place, loss of identity.