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I love New York, but my heart has a Caribbean beat. It pulsates to the traditions of my people. Attuned to the rhythms of this City, I stay West Indian to the bone. I reflect. I analyze. I speak my mind. ~ I Keep it Irie ~

Archive for the month “February, 2013”

“What Is A Lil Wayne?”

I’ve been very angry very frequently of late. I reason that the frustration of the job hunt and effects of being unemployed are getting the better of me. Or, maybe it’s because as a native Caribbean girl who loves sunshine, the wintry weather of New York – even after almost a decade of living here for – chills my spirit. Or, perhaps, it’s the fact that I remain a patriotic daughter of the soil even though I’ve been so far away for so long from my homeland Barbados and I’m far from impressed by the candidates its two major political parties are contesting in general elections on Thursday, Feb. 21. I’ve been closely monitoring the election campaign and based on their childish banter, rehashed and unrealistic promises, and flawed manifestos, I find it hard to believe that most of these politicians are serious about leading the country toward a better Barbados. I weep for my island.

A few of my friends have concluded that my stress build-up is tied to my vow of celibacy, “You need to get some,” they’ve humored. I counter by saying in time I’ll fulfill my best-laid plans. Constantly being on edge is against what I’ve always strived to be and what people have come to know about me – that I’m usually “cool under fire”. Even in the midst my most turbulent trials, I’ve remained hopeful and maintained my sense of humor. As often as I’ve been angry recently, I’ve welcomed every opportunity for a laugh. One can therefore imagine that with this combination of agitation and a thirst for laughs, I was in no way amused when I read this past week about Lil Wayne rapping disrespectfully about Emmett Till. Read more…

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The Jamaican Revolution: How the Jamaicans brought the 100 metres back to life

The Jamaican Revolution: How the Jamaicans brought the 100 metres back to life

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The 100 metre race is and has always been the prime event of the Olympic and athletics World Championships events, there is no doubting that, but there was a time when the race seemed to be losing its fandom and was…

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How I Celebrated My Birthday

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Celebrating my birthday with my friends Toni-Ann and Svet at Negril Village.

A week after celebrating my birthday on January 30, I don’t feel a day older than the first time turned 25! This past week has been a profound reminder that I am loved and I’m left feeling beyond grateful and totally inspired. Since moving to New York almost a decade ago, I’ve seldom had a happy birthday. The last two found me miserable, at home alone, homesick and in tears. This year, however, my birthday was beautifully spent.

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The lovely birthday card I got from my one of fave Jamaican “bredren”.

My day got off to cheerful start thanks Read more…

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