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Category: Opinion

Dear Jamaica: Living Abroad Has Changed My Views About Race

Having the “race talk” with people who’ve never experienced it is like telling someone whose mother has died that you understand. “Did your mother die, Susan? No? Then you don’t understand!” ​I made a...

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5 Things I miss most about Jamaica

I’m homesick. It’s my second time living abroad and more than two years since I’ve set foot on my island home. Over the past few months, I’ve had to wrestle with the overwhelming urge...

Dear Jamaica: I Miss You More Than Ever

47. That’s how many times I bowed during the ceremony to mark the beginning of the school year in April. Each time I leaned forward and lowered my head, I counted silently for the 45...

Murder, Mayhem and Fake News

Let me first say that I’m no lawyer.  Most of my knowledge about the laws of the land comes mainly from my experience covering court cases as a journalist. But recently, when I saw...

​Why I quit making resolutions

I gave up on making resolutions a few years ago. In years past on the 31st of December, I would sit in a corner with some type of alcoholic drink and make insanely grandiose...

Dear Jamaica: I’m a black woman in Japan!

They say that the normal reaction to someone smiling at you is to smile back. But I’m living in rural Japan and nothing about my daily life here is normal by western standards. So...