Jamaica

Adwela & the Uprising: A Message in the Music

Words by Genice Phillips A thunderstorm was brewing on a humid July night in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Despite the impending storm, I made my way to one of the oceanfront’s music hotspots, Shaka’s Live, to interview Adwela and the Uprising, an up-an...

What Bella Wants

Words by Sassy Ross Toni ‘Bella’ Blair is nothing like the characters she portrays in her comedy skits on RETV’s Bella’s Bizarre World and on her eponymous YouTube channel. Articulate and thoughtful, confident yet somewhat shy, she chooses her words...

The Rise of Dancehall Culture in Japan

Words by Kristal Roberts When you think of patois-speaking people slow grinding or fast whining to dancehall grooves, you most likely picture Jamaica, but you may be surprised to learn you can find a similar scene in Japan. While genres like J-po...

Chef Brian Lumley: Feeding a Passion

Words by Lisa Collins-Haynes Brian Lumley, aka Chef Extraordinaire as many have called him in the past, is circumventing around a culinary pinnacle. At the ripened age of 26, Chef Lumley has carved out his signature style and been recognized locally...

Jamaica’s Organic Agriculture Movement

Words by Nneka Samuel In the early days of the organic food movement, the “O” word was not only met with confusion, but equated with higher prices at the market. But organic food, a term that can refer to how food is grown, handled and processed, is...

Peace, Love, & Bianca

Words by Sassy Ross The first time that Bianca Bartley walked into Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury goods department store on Fifth Avenue in New York City, she had a vision: one day Bergdorf’s would carry her jewelry line. The owner and designer of Pea...

It’s Not Hot Sauce. It’s Pepper Sauce. Done Talk.

We ate it on everything – from roti to doubles, to pelau and mango chow. Pepper sauce was the staple growing up in Trinidad. Without this topping your meal was just missing something. Across the islands it’s red, yellow, even slightly orange. But the...

Jamaica Decriminalizes Marijuana Use in Small Doses

Jamaica becomes the first Caribbean nation to decriminalize the use of marijuana by passing legislation allowing the possession of the drug to be a ticketed infraction rather than a criminal offense. The 38-year-old Dangerous Drugs Act was amended...