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By Hume Johnson, PhD At the corner of Chestnut and Pine Streets, in a quiet area of Downtown Providence, Rhode Island, a massive Jamaican flag hangs from a solid brick building, flapping with pride, billowing warmth in the frigid New England air. At first, the name ‘Fat Squirrel’ plastered in large letters across the building catches us off guard but on closer approach, a black, green and gold signage (reminiscent of the… Read More

By Hume Johnson, PhD and Sabrina Caserta ‘My goal isn’t to win, it is to develop, and cultivate a career that can allow me to empower others to live out their dreams’. This is how 25 year old Jamaican born singer-songwriter Anita Antoinette described her journey on the popular American talent competition, The Voice, when The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project caught up with her for a brief chat recently. For the second year… Read More

By HUME JOHNSON, PHD ‘Who owns Jamaica’? This was the BIG question forming the backdrop of Anthony Bourdain’s recent ‘Parts Unknown’ programme on Jamaica aired on CNN on Sunday November 16, 2014. It is a profound question, and the answer was clear. Wealthy hoteliers and business tycoons buying up properties to service the formidable tourism sector that underlines much of their wealth. Bourdain called it for what it is – ‘Locking tourists… Read More

The following is an excerpt of the PUBLIC LECTURE made   by Chairman and Founder of the Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, Dr. Hume Johnson at the Jamaica High Commission in London, June 17, 2014.  In her lecture, Dr. Johnson argued that Jamaica holds a strong position globally in terms of symbolic and cultural narratives yet remains poor. In short, the impoverishment of Jamaica is out of sync with its fame.  She asks how can this… Read More

BY SABRINA CASERTA Founder and Chair of The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, Dr Hume Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the fourth biennial Jamaican Diaspora UK (JDUK) national conference to be held June 13-15, 2014 at the Centennial Centre in, Edgbaston Birmingham. The conference, to be staged under the theme, ‘Our Heritage, Our Legacy: Working to build a Sustainable Diaspora Movement’, will focus on reciprocal linkages between Jamaica and its diaspora in… Read More

At just 15 years old, Jamaican Gordon Swaby was already an internet entrepreneur. He created one of the largest video gaming resource websites in the English speaking Caribbean, founded a concept and design company called IconiTouch and was building websites for companies such as the Press Association of Jamaica (PSOJ), Coastal Steel Construction, the largest steel company in Northwestern Ontario, and the Bethune Dubois institute,  a non-profit organisation focus on the education… Read More

BY: SABRINA CASERTA  Born in the small district of Little London, in the parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica, Stacey Nembhard is the author of the self-published book, ‘The Jamaican Linguist: I Remember When’. An Educator at Antelope Valley Union School District, California, and a graduate student in the MA/PhD program Human Development And Education, Stacey Nembhard is looking set to become the next great Jamaican storyteller. Connect with Stacey Nembhard: Twitter Facebook Website… Read More

Randy McLaren is a 20-something Jamaican creative dynamite. He is at the forefront of a vibrant resurgent modern movement that employs a genre of poetry called dub-poetry – to protest conditions in his native Jamaica and mobilise support for various causes. An award winning performing artiste; actor, youth activist and creative social entrepreneur, Randy delivers provocative spoken word performances and dub poetry. He is the 2013 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Youth… Read More

By  Simon Anholt The following blog post was reproduced from Simon Anholt’s Places Blog. Anholt is the leading theorist of nation brand, considered to be the father of the nation and place brand revolution now taking root around the world.  In November 9, 2007, he singled out Jamaica for mention in his blog stating that there are few countries that has a brand worth protecting. Click on the link below for the… Read More

‘It is impossible to get staff to work like the Jamaicans work once you train them’. So said international hotel mogul and founder of one of the world’s top hotel chains, Sandals Resorts, Jamaican Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart in mid March 2013. Jamaica Stewart declared has the best workforce in the Caribbean region. And he should know. Sandals is a massive employer of Caribbean workers, with 90% of workers in his Jamaica properties being… Read More

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