Friday, August 31, 2012

More Than Enough

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Olympic Pride!

As the Olympics conclude the caribbean nations are celebrating one of their best showings ever! There were several memorable moments and great achievements. One of the leading stories from the 2012 London Olympics was the finals of the mens 400 meter run. Kirani James won the first ever medal for the island nation of Grenada, and it happens to be gold! Kirani led an all-caribbean sweep of that race, which included the silver medal going to the Dominican Republic. Felix Sanchez, also representing the DR, had an emotional gold medal win in the 400 meter hurdles after having a lack-luster showing the past few years. Usain Bolt of Jamaica proved once again that he is the fastest man alive by winning gold in both the 100 and 200 meter sprints and setting an Olympic record in the process.

Here is the overall medal count of the caribbean nations: Bahamas 1, Brazil (who hosts in 2016) 17, Columbia 8, Cuba 14, Dominican Republic 2, Grenada 1, Jamaica 12, Puerto Rico 2, Trinidad & Tobago 4.

The video clip below shows the excitement of caribbean natives living in South Florida.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Real World St. Thomas

The current season of The Real World was filmed in beautiful St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. While the show is full of the usual antics and predictability of youth it does have nice eye candy as well. It is also great to see the diversity of the island and some of the culture it offers. I'm already planning a vacation.

You may watch The Real World on Wednesday evenings on MTv. Airtime is 9 p.m. ET.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Jamaica Celebrates!

I first visted Jamaica when they were celebrating 25 years of independence. It was my initial venture out of the U.S. and it is where I first fell in love with all things caribbean. I was just getting out of school and had traveled there to tour the country with a community theater group. We performed in Ocho Rios, where we visited the great open-air market and Dunns River Falls. We then spent several days in Kingston visiting the Bustamante Children's Hospital, the University of The West Indies and being received by local sponsors and the Governor General.

The Jamaica I remember was welcoming and kind, unlike the homophobic terror it is portrayed as today. We were instructed then not to venture into parts of the city of Kingston due to high levels of crime in general, as opposed to today where having a perceived lack of a certain swagger might cause suspicion of homosexuailty, therefore bringing threats of beatings or death.

I haven't fully jumped on the bandwagon of the Boycott Jamaica movement, though I realize the human rights violations are severe and numerous. I can't seem to ignore the many anonymous gay faces who work in the tourist industry, who study at the universities to make a better life and a better Jamaica, who toil in the bauxite mines alongside unsuspecting coworkers while dreaming of a different way of life.

Each time I wrap my leftovers in aluminum foil I count my blessings that I have more than enough and I remember that I am providing work for that anonymous face in the bauxite mines and I pray that his Jamaica becomes the one that is welcoming and kind for ALL people.