Dreams, Dons & Dancehall

It's really hard for me to paint an unbiased and objective portrait of Tivoli Gardens. For a bunch of reasons. But let's see how this goes. My grandfather opened a drugstore in July of 1945 on Spanish Town Road, which was and still is, one of the main arteries in downtown Kingston. A block or…

Presidential Protocols

So Christopher "Dudus" Coke, past student of Ardenne High, Don of Western Kingston has been sentenced to the maximum term of 23 years. The President will not be in the residence at any point in the near future. West Kingston and eventually the greater Jamaica will come to terms with what this absence will mean…

Death, Lies and Videotape

The events leading up and subsequent to the May 24, 2010 Tivoli incursion taught me many things about Jamaicans and Jamaica. Some of them were sad confirmations of things that I had long suspected but would never have dared to verbalize in good company. One of the things I confirmed was that a significant number of…

Passa Passa Memories

This is a guest piece written by a good friend of mine @dalveyG .  It sums up a lot of the sentiments of those of us who know what Passa Passa really was about and were able to experience some of the nuances and personalities that make it one of the most interesting events in…