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Caribzone Round Up

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New York Times names Kingston a must visit for 2017

New York Times has designated Kingston as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017, much to the delight of tourism partners and stakeholders.

New York Times, one of the leading newspapers in the United States, made the announcement today, listing Jamaica’s capital at number 24.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) described the designation as an “enviable” one, saying in a news release Wednesday that it comes on the heels of the first anniversary of Kingston being named a UNESCO Creative City of Music.

In highlighting the attributes of Kingston, the New York Times article cited the city’s cultural offerings such as the One World Rocksteady Music Festival, the newly opened Peter Tosh Museum and the dub club music parties.

The article also named local spots Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records and Chateau 7 Gourmet Jerk Centre as must-go places to eat, while Courtyard by Marriott and Spanish Court Hotels were recognised as ideal places to stay…

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Help Caribbean Immigrants, Coalition Pleads With US President

Outgoing US President Barack Obama is being urged to draft policies to assist Caribbean immigrants before he leaves office this month.

Cities for Action, a coalition of over 100 mayors and county executives from across the United States, is calling on Obama to commit to further protections for Caribbean and other immigrants in their communities.

In a letter to the American president, they recommended that his administration strengthen support for young immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by accepting early DACA renewal applications.

The programme permits young immigrants who are brought to the US illegally as children to remain in the country without threat of deportation and also to work legally.

The letter was signed by mayors from cities in Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, Rhode Island, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Colorado, and Washington.

“As local government leaders throughout the country, we know that immigrants make our communities stronger economically, culturally and socially,” said the leaders…

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What We Really Mean When We Say “Woke”

From the head nod to the dap, from regional vernaculars to the English Creole once known as Ebonics, black folks share in (and create) an ever-evolving, living English that is at once coded and complicated, simple and straight-forward. The manipulation of language is black folks’ birthright: a vital part of our culture as former Africans and, now, as black Americans—we got it honest. Our words strengthen our ties to each other, establishing familial love across the boundaries of blood relation, across state lines and city boundaries, from hoods to projects to suburbs, and even beyond oceans. Our speech gives meaning to the shared complication of navigating American society in a black body—the dual consciousness of being black and being American, but never seen as both, in spite of our contributions to the creation of this country, in spite of our humanity. In this way, African American Vernacular English, or AAVE, is nothing short of living innovation…

Woke is a coming of age, and to be woke is a specific sort of awareness, inextricably tied to the challenge of navigating America in a black body. Woke can also be a specific moment: when you are denied a job or loan because of your “black-sounding” name, when your white partner introduces you as “a friend” or doesn’t introduce you at all, or maybe when a police offer kills another black person in cold blood and you watch society defend the death of someone who could have been you, your mother, your father, your brother, your sister. Woke happens when one becomes conscious of these frameworks and works toward sustaining that consciousness over a lifetime…

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