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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The University of Southern California announced Thursday that it will phase in free tuition for students from families with an annual income of $80,000 or less, and home ownership will not be used to determine a student’s financial need.

“We’re opening the door wider to make a USC education possible for talented students from all walks of life,” USC President Carol L. Folt said in a statement. “This significant step we are taking today is by no means the end of our affordability journey.”

The changes will be phased in beginning with first-year students entering USC in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021, the university said.

Clinton Global Initiative endorses the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network and Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance Tree Planting project as a CGI Commitment to Action

The Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN) and the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance’s (CariPhil) –  Tree Planting project received a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action Award at the CGI Action Network Post-Disaster Recovery meeting in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, February 18, 2020. The award was presented on stage at the event by former United States President Bill Clinton.

The  Tree Planting Project seeks to plant 1 MILLION trees in the Caribbean and at least 100,000 in Jamaica – under the colloquial moniker – Plant Nuff Tree. Additionally, the Jamaica tree planting project will not only address climate resilience but also food security by targeting fruit-bearing trees. This is a monumental opportunity for Jamaican Farmers who will receive the trees for free thanks to a partnership with the Trees that Feed Foundation, a Jamaican run organization based in Chicago. Being part of the CGI Action Network, will allow JDTAN and CaraPhil will tap into CGI’s vast network of global partners and experts.

Leo Gilling, JDTAN Chair said  “This is a monumental opportunity for Jamaican Farmers. This project will help us to strengthen our farmers by opening access to new value-added markets and we are going to target female Farmers as well.”

Plant Nuff Tree Jamaica is part of  Jamaica Week of Action  2020 (WOA) which will be held May 31-June 5. Jamaicans in the Diaspora are invited to return home with Jamaica Diaspora Taskforces to execute projects intended to address crime and climate resilience. Anyone can support the project by pledging at

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Kimone Gooden

A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Coding
Sunday, February 23, 2020
3:00 PM EST

About the Virtual Workshop: A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching Coding, K – 12
The future of our world is digital…. as more jobs require coding skills, schools will need to address the increasing demand for coding as a core topic in K-12. It’s a subject students need to know in order to better understand and live in our increasingly tech-focused world.  This webinar will serve as an introduction to the subject of coding.  Teachers will be able to integrate coding into any of their subjects fostering creativity and enhancing critical thinking skills.
About the Instructor: Korene Stuart
Korene Stuart is from Miami, FL.  She was raised by Jamaican immigrants hailing from Kingston and Westmoreland.  She has a BS in International Relations from Florida International University.  In 2016, she became a self-taught coder and went on to earn certificates in computer programming from Broward College in 2018 and software development from LaunchCode in 2019.  She is currently the Technical Lead Instructor for Black Girls Code Miami and serves on the Broward County Schools S.T.E.M Task Force.  She is also a public advocate for the fields of S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and is actively engaged as a public speaker for various organizations and events.

· Class size is limited, access will be granted on a first come first serve basis
· All others will be added to the waiting list
· Register Online:
1. This is a video conference – video is required
2. Plan to join 15 minutes early to ensure you can log in successfully
3. The class will close 5 minutes after the start time 
4. An assessment must be completed within 24 hours after the class
A course completion certificate will be issued, within a week after class,  to all attendees who fulfill the requirements above.

Ortavia Manning-Dixon M.Ed.

JAMINAR Director


JAMINARS are virtual professional development workshops, delivered by volunteer Instructors in the Diaspora. To volunteer to teach a JAMINAR sign up at the following url:

Daphne Muse is a Bay Area writer, poet, and cultural broker.  Her collection of more than 3,700 handwritten and typed letters dating back to 1898 resounds with the voices of activists, writers, artists, actors, world leaders, and media innovators who shaped movements, created new artistic visions, and drove the intellectual, philosophical and cultural discourse for civil rights, human rights and liberation for the 20th and the early years of the 21st century.

Wednesday, May 23 • 7:30PM • 9:15PM
Friday, May 25 • 7:30PM
Black Mother
Oakland • Starline Social Club • Tickets • Facebook

About the Film (from Khalik Allah): 
“I’m depicting the undepicted. I’m taking what I did in Field Niggas, and multiplying that times ten. My artistic vision is to weave a wild tapestry of intimate words, sounds, and obscure portraiture into a cohesive energy that will penetrate the heart. During “triangular-trade” only the “wildest” Africans were thrown off onto Jamaica because their captors feared they would be the most rebellious and unbreakable slaves. This is part of the reason why Jamaica is so strong and so wild, and why such a tiny island has had such a huge impact on the world. This isn’t going to be a music documentary, a “talking-head” documentary, or a religious documentary. In the end it will be a spiritual diamond crystal of a film. I’m using film as a prism to depict the island’s inner light through.”

Special Guest Speaker – DORKA KEEHN

SF Arts Commissioner

Dorka Keehn is a San Francisco Arts Commissioner and award-winning artist. She chairs the Visual Arts Committee that commissions all the city’s public artwork and also works with developers on their public art requirements. Dorka is the co-founder of Sites Unseen, which brings art to neglected alleys in the Yerba Buena neighborhood.

The Artists
Jackson Shuri
The sensational Jamaican immigrant artist Jackson Shuri.

A multimedia artist and U.S. Army veteran who traveled the world and lived in Germany for a while before returning to the U.S.A. M.O.A.L is a graduate of the Florida Atlantic University.

Philip (Felipe) Pasqualino 
Between design-build and custom fabrication, Philip (Felipe) Pasqualino has been experimenting in Artistic Mechanix, specifically investigating the world he imagines as complex, tension filled interactions.

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Berkeley Talks with Marlon James
Wed, March 1, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall
Tickets just $5

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About Marlon James;

Jamaican author Marlon James, whose monumental latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, earned him the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Praised for his “vaulting ambition and prodigious talent” (The New York Times), James will discuss his writing process, as well as the themes that underlie his celebrated works of fiction: the colonial history of the Caribbean, race and gender in the US and UK, and hip-hop and reggae youth subcultures. The Berkeley Talks series brings intellectuals, public scholars, creators, and innovators to the Berkeley campus to engage in dialogue with Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks on distinctive and timely issues. 

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