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Falling Asleep Under Flannery O'Connor

I’ve been reading a biography of Flannery O’Connor over the last few days. She’s a bit of a hero of mine; one of my all time favourite writers. 1,671 more words

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Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Chicken Chop Suey

The Chinese played an integral role in the development of Jamaican culture and cuisine. Dishes like the Chop Suey and Sweet and Sour Chicken are popular dishes all over the island, and can be found in almost every Chinese restaurant. 248 more words

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[caption id="attachment_5818" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Jamaican Chop Suey dish Jamaican Chop Suey dish[/caption] The Chinese played an integral role in the development of Jamaican culture and cuisine. Dishes like the Chop Suey and Sweet and Sour Chicken are popular dishes all over the island, and can be found in almost every Chinese restaurant. Today we give you a tasty recipe to create your own Jamaican Chop Suey dish. Check it out below.

Miss Jamaica World Stirs Racial Debate

On Saturday, July 12, 2014 Laurie-Ann Chin was crowned the 2014 Miss Jamaica World, and almost immediately there were some Jamaicans who voiced their dissatisfaction with the winner of the pageant. 861 more words

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[caption id="attachment_5813" align="alignright" width="300"]Miss Jamaica World Stirs Racial Debate - Laurie-Ann Chin Miss Jamaica World Stirs Racial Debate - Laurie-Ann Chin[/caption] Reblolgged from Dimitri Lyon On Saturday, July 12, 2014 Laurie-Ann Chin was crowned the 2014 Miss Jamaica World, and almost immediately there were some Jamaicans who voiced their dissatisfaction with the winner of the pageant. Although I did not view the pageant, I gathered from the vitriol posted online that the dissatisfaction stemmed not from how Laurie-Ann Chin conducted herself in the pageant, but rather her perceived ethnicity. A few seem dissatisfied that a contestant with a darker complexion was not chosen. Some argued that there was an underlying prejudice within Jamaica towards darker skinned individuals. While others indicated that on many occasions a person of 100% black decent is the least likely to win the aforementioned competition. While I do not disagree that some amount of racial prejudice exist in Jamaica, it is difficult for me to not see the irony of those expressing dissatisfaction at the winner solely based on her complexion and ethnicity. Laurie-Ann is a true representation of our motto, Out of Many, One People. For us to not embrace her as one of our own, is denying the credence of the motto we seem to hold in high regard. It is indeed ironic that many Jamaicans, if not all, seemed to have supported Tessanne Chin throughout her journey on NBC’s musical competition, The Voice. No one exclaimed (at least to my knowledge) that Tessanne Chin was less deserving of exposure because of her complexion or ethnic heritage. Why then are some Jamaicans so critical when a fellow Jamaican excels in a competition such as Miss Jamaica World? Is it possible that in some way those ridiculing Laurie-Ann Chin may feel inferior and seek to counter that sense of inferiority with an alleged notion of discrimination? Could it be that Jamaicans of color sense that they are mistreated by a system that allegedly marginalizes the most afro-centric of our society? If so, we must be fair in our assessment. As Jamaicans we must be careful to not counter discrimination by perpetuating discrimination against others. For some to allege that they feel Laurie-Ann Chin does not represent Jamaica, is to deny Laurie-Ann her rightful designation as a member of our diverse populace. Perhaps we need to focus on self-hate within the black community. Why do a number of people within our diverse society choose to bleach the color of their skin? Why do we refer to people as having “good hair,” and “bad hair.” Why is it that we accept as common practice to call every person of Asian descent “Mr. and Mrs. Chin?” Why do we call those of indian descent “Mr. and Mrs. Singh?” Why do we use terms such as “Blaka,” to refer to an individual, almost derogatorily? When we stereotypically label a person we negate their individuality. We instead cast them into a group and label them as others; doing so is dangerous practice. Hate only begets more hate. We need to examine the fabric of our culture that allows us to continuously tear down each other, instead of uplifting our fellow country men and women....   Reblogged from http://dimitrilyon.com/2014/07/15/miss-jamaica-world-stirs-racial-debate/

Dominica PM says no to same-sex marriage

The Dominica Government says it will not accept same-sex marriages, insisting the island will not follow other countries in doing so, Jamaica’s Observer reports.

“I will make it clear that there are some things that this Government will not accept and we will never allow for the state to recognise same-sex marriage in our country. 212 more words

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[caption id="attachment_5798" align="alignright" width="300"]Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit[/caption] The Dominica Government says it will not accept same-sex marriages, insisting the island will not follow other countries in doing so, Jamaica’s Observer reports. “I will make it clear that there are some things that this Government will not accept and we will never allow for the state to recognise same-sex marriage in our country. If other countries want to do it, that’s a matter for them but there are certain guiding principles that we must follow,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said. The local group, Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom), has been calling on the Government to re-examine the Sexual Offence Act of Dominica as it relates to buggery, claiming that the legislation “discriminates against people because of their sexual preferences. “We are just asking that everybody be treated equally,” the group said, adding that it was still awaiting correspondence from Prime Minister Skerrit on the issue. But Prime Minister Skerrit said while he is willing to meet with MiriDom to discuss issues, concerns and recommendations. “I don’t think any one group should impose any views on any other group.

LTUE 32: Friday

Doing the last of my LTUE summaries instead of talking about the craft this week and next week, because they are quite a bit about the writing craft.   286 more words

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My soul feels this way today & the snakes start to sing.

I’ve lost the plot again
Tell your friends to sharpen their teeth
There’s a few quid to be made…

And my soul’s a sorry state… 396 more words

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Book of the Week: Drawing out the Dragons

(So a note about my book of the week posts: they’re not meant to be reviews.  They’re more about what I’ve gotten out of the books as a writer.   299 more words

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