SAY YEAH WITH KRIS JOBSON

SAY YEAH WITH KRIS JOBSON

My latest MNI Alive article on Jamaican performing artiste Kris Jobson

Dwayne ‘Gully Queen’ Jones….outed as a transgendered woman at a party (by a woman), beaten, shot, chopped and body disposed on the roadside by people at the party in Irwin, St. James here in Jamaica……I’ve been unable to shake my mind’s questions about how this savagery unfolded. I pause to acknowledge his life, his murder and pray for his family and friends. Sometimes, too often, the worst of Jamaica(ns) erupts and emerges in visceral hate that seeks and succeeds to annihilate, dismember, slaughter and erase Jamaicans who have been declared with righteous religiosity and branded with the broad strokes of bilious bias, as useless pariahs, pernicious others, disposable…….

Dwayne ‘Gully Queen’ Jones….outed as a transgendered woman at a party (by a woman), beaten, shot, chopped and body disposed on the roadside by people at the party in Irwin, St. James here in Jamaica……I’ve been unable to shake my mind’s questions about how this savagery unfolded. I pause to acknowledge his life, his murder and pray for his family and friends. Sometimes, too often, the worst of Jamaica(ns) erupts and emerges in visceral hate that seeks and succeeds to annihilate, dismember, slaughter and erase Jamaicans who have been declared with righteous religiosity and branded with the broad strokes of bilious bias, as useless pariahs, pernicious others, disposable…….

YOU MAKE ME FEEL MIGHTY REAL: SYLVESTER

  • Image2 nights ago, I was the Unsung feature on Sylvester: it filled me with pride, joy and sadness, rekindled my awe and fascination with this ground-breaking, trail-blazing, out-lout-proud DIVA! Today, I am thinking about him…Sylvester James, I speak your name with love, grace and respect. I celebrate your immense talent, courage and stlye. I thank you, I bless you, I love you…always!

Calabash 2012 reflection….

i am grateful for Calabash/Jubilation 50, grateful for having my sisters there with me, grateful for the overwhlemingly positive response to my open mic reading, grateful for the blessing of having poems in 4 of the books being sold in the Calabash/Novelty Traders bookstore, grateful for the God-ideas/visits from The Muses that give me more to write about….GRATEFUL!!

Calabash 2012 moment #2

standing beside Olive Senior and having her say: “I thought I recognized you, you performed at the launch of Shell (her book) at Philip Sherlock! You were very good then and I really enjoyed your open mic reading here”. (picture me grinning from ear to ear and thanking her profusely)

Calabash 2012 moment #1

glimpsing Linton Kwesi Johnson, tracking him down, getting him to sign my copy of So Much Things to Say and telling him about using his poem in the book during a dub poetry session I facilitated at Contacting the World in Manchester, England in 2010. He was so gracious and accommodating 😉

DASH OUT BOYZ (Episode 1)

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i am really proud to have been the Creative Consultant/scriptwriter/director for this MSM safer sex project for The Grata Foundation

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i turned 45 today…..

I turned 45 today. At midnight, I turned off my radio, sat on my bed and gave thanks to God for my life thus far, every aspect of it, in totality. I then gave thanks for what is to come. I affirmed my highest good and good for other, in fact, all others. I asked to be blessed and committed to be a blessing. I gave thanks for love and its power, for being able to feel it, give it and receive it and committed to be a source of it. I gave thanks for my talents and as they have manifested thus far and for their unfolding in the future. I claimed peace, joy, health, and prosperity for myself and those in my life, but also for others who I do not know. Then I read today’s message from my Daily Inspiration for Better Living. The topic was I Can Do All Things. I expressed gratitude again, then sat still, silent for a while…..a feeling of peace filled me. I realized I have all I need to make my birthday special. I smiled….I’m still smiling…

And so it is!

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHERINE FOR MNI ALIVE

MY INTERVIEW WITH CHERINE FOR MNI ALIVE

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