YouTube Sensation Becomes Jamaica’s New Obsession

Within the last week we have realized the far-reaching impact of brand Jamaica. While many of us are cognizant of the fact that our culture permeates geographical as well as cultural boundaries, we are still amazed when we receive tangible evidence of its impact. Allow me to introduce you to Lucas Dipasquale, a native of Markham, Ontario who recently uploaded a cover of the dancehall song Ravin, originally song by Andre Sutherland , otherwise known as Popcaan.┬áLucas’ rendition done in acoustic format has since generated thousands of views and continues to take the social media world by storm. Continue reading “YouTube Sensation Becomes Jamaica’s New Obsession”

It’s a Matter of Life and Death

Death is a reality we will each face. Death represents the finality of our earthly experience; it is the end to life as we know it in the flesh. What pains us is the realization that each lived experience will one day have an end. Depending on your belief, many of us will acknowledge that there is an afterlife, a life lived through our spiritual self, yet one very different from our human interactions. Continue reading “It’s a Matter of Life and Death”

Building a Better Jamaica

The following is a response to the previous blog entry titled Jamaica Is No Paradise:

The response to my Jamaica is no Paradise article has been overwhelming. It is evident that the message has resonated with many, and others have taken issue with some aspects of what was said. The article was initially written in 2011 at a time when I had lost a close friend to gun violence. Therefore my emotions at the time were unfiltered. Although the article is a few years old, I do believe that it is still pertinent to current day Jamaica. I appreciate the feedback I have received and will attempt to address some of the concerns raised.
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Attack of the GPS – How my GPS tried to kill me!

In ten miles, turn left onto Oak Street, then keep right. Rerouting! What? I just did what you said you idiot! The preceding sentence is an example of the types of conversations I typically have with my navigation system. Needless to say we get into a lot of arguments. As a university recruiter I drive thousands of miles each month, and being directionally challenged I rely heavily on my GPS which I affectionately call Chin-Chin. Continue reading “Attack of the GPS – How my GPS tried to kill me!”

The People’s National Party and Porita Simpson-Miller – Jamaica’s recipe for disaster

A day after the conclusion of the 75th annual convention of the Peoples National Party, I am still trying to comprehend and rationalize the antics that were on display. I unfortunately subjected myself to listen to Prime Minister’s speech which consisted of a few sentences intermixed with dancehall music. At the end of the speech I came to realize these facts: Continue reading “The People’s National Party and Porita Simpson-Miller – Jamaica’s recipe for disaster”

Jamaica – The Land of my Birth – 51st Independence Day Celebrations

Jamaica, a nation that through adversity has demonstrated that we can excel even when the odds are against us. Today we celebrate our success as a people. A country so small that it would appear irrelevant on the world map has impacted the world we live in today beyond what anyone could ever imagine. Our historical footprint demonstrates that the determination of Jamaicans has surpassed racial, social and geographical boundaries. Continue reading “Jamaica – The Land of my Birth – 51st Independence Day Celebrations”

How to Commit Suicide – My Search for ways to end it all

Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Ironically, I have examined my life on many occasions and determined that my life was not worth living after careful examination. There were times I looked at my past and examined the struggles I faced on a daily basis. Doing so left me without hope and a desire to bring an end to it all. Continue reading “How to Commit Suicide – My Search for ways to end it all”