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SONIC JOY Records are glad to present „JAMAICA ME HAPPY“, the brand new Single of „TROPIC FORCE“, our multi-cultural FUN & SUMMER project by producer & songwriter John Meisel.

For JAMAICA ME HAPPY our jolly winged friend “DJ PARROT” shares his favorite impressions of his holiday trip to the island of JAMAICA.

This homage to Jamaica proofs that this famous Caribbean paradise has so much MORE to offer than the cliché of being a dope eldorado. It  features a wild, multi-lingual mix of various Tropcial & Carribbean Styles…enJOY!

The mandate of LBCE & CHI, is to: “Maintain the Memories and Legacy of Eric and Louise Bennett Coverley Alive”

Louise Bennett, with husband Eric Coverly

In order to achieve this mandate, LBCE/CHI have come together, to produce and create a “Coffee Table Book” to celebrate the life and legacy of the Coverleys.  The coffee table book will bring to life a spirited narrative that documents the formative impact, the Coverleys and their contemporaries had and have on Jamaican heritage and the outsized influence our culture has had on the world.  The narrative will follow a thread that leads from the transformative cultural work they did with our language and the arts in the middle of the century to the rise and internationalization of Jamaican culture as evidenced by its influence on cultures. 

Miss Lou Statue GT Sep 2018

The Coverleys had impact and influenced many of us. We are hereby soliciting your help in  the creation of the “Miss Lou Say So” Coffee Table Book.  We invite you to submit snippets of your memories/thoughts of them and interactions with them by commenting on this Post,  (individually and together) along with your contemporaneous impressions of their work as you first experienced it.  Your memories and impressions will be  included as annotations to the glorious images in the “COVERLEY’S Coffee Table Book.

Eric Chalk Talk

Tek Time, and Tenk U,  Walk Good

Fabian Coverley B.T

The 37th Annual Induction ceremony was held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Jamaica New York. Honored and inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame on this day were the distinguished records of Dave Cameron (President of CWI), Councilman Alan Maisel (NY Councilman), Jimmy Adams (Fmr. West Indies Captain), Richard Staple (Fmr. USA Captain), Trevor Walke (well-known NY cricketer), Shah Zafar (cricket administration Canada), Rudy Persaud (President Eastern American Cricket Association), Byron Chambers (Founder, Cornwall Cricket Club, NY), John Mitchell (Pioneer Cricket Club NY), John Melbourne (NY Radio Announcer), Leonard Chambers (Jamaica & West Indies Rep.), Fitzroy Hayles (Fmr. President USA Cricket Umpires Assn.), and Curtis Clarke, (Fmr. President, Connecticut Cricket League). (more …)

The East Bay Coast Guard Spouses Club would like to invite the high-school
graduating class of 2018 to apply for a $1,500 scholarship, sponsored in
partnership with First Command Educational Foundation. The applicant must be
a military dependent (active duty or retired), submit the enclosed
application, and complete a quick online financial course provided by First
Command, detailed in the application.

Interested students must send their completed application package no later
than May 25, 2018.

Packages should be submitted in PDF form to or a
printed copy sent via standard mail to: East Bay Coast Guard Spouses Club,
P.O. Box 5022, Alameda, CA 94501-8522. All packages must be received by May
25, 2018 to be eligible.

A presentation ceremony will be held at an installation dinner in June. The
recipient must be present to accept the award. We look forward to learning
about all the bright young adults in our extended family.



2018-Scholarship-Applicaton FORM

Semper Paratus!
East Bay Coast Guard Spouses Club

Calico Challenge 2018

Annual Fundraising Drive

Jamaican University Student Internships

The Palisadoes Foundation collaborates with Jamaican universities, businesses, and other non-profits to create a globally competitive technology workforce. In 2018, our annual Calico Challenge summer internship program aims to double our goal to US$25,000 to assist 16 engineering students in Jamaica. Donate with Razoo this Holiday Season. 

Calico students work on Open Source software summer projects with a Jamaican flavor under the guidance of an industry mentor. A full US$1,500 stipend is paid upon achieving defined goals. Graduates gain augmented skills that will help them in the job market, making Jamaica technically stronger.

Learn more about Calico and our work with the JPS Foundation on Palisadoes News where you will see profiles of past recipients.

The GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme is designed to reconnect 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaicans living in the USA, UK and Canada to their proud Jamaican heritage.


  • GraceKennedy will host 4 university students for a one month Internship  
  • Candidates must be 2nd/3rd generation Jamaicans who have never lived in Jamaica (‘lived’ – not in Jamaica for a period exceeding 6 months)
  • Programme will focus on cultural as well as professional education


The GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme is a cultural and professional internship geared at highlighting all aspects of Jamaican life while furthering the career goals of the selected candidates.  It is a programme that will give successful candidates a well-rounded Jamaican experience.

The Internship:

Selected candidates will work in a GraceKennedy subsidiary linked to their field of study, therefore granting them hands on experience in a wide range of industries.  This internship will benefit the candidate in a variety of ways, including practical experience and mentorships. GraceKennedy will provide airfare from major airports, housing, ground transportation and stipend for the selected candidates.

The Cultural Component:

Selected candidates will be taken on a variety of weekend programmes called Heritage Pathways, which will expose them to the Jamaican heritage by immersing them in our historic sites, natural and human resources, and of course, our beaches!


  • Candidates must complete an application form online
  • Along with the application form, the candidate will be required to include:

          –  A passport sized photograph

          –  His/her official transcript

          –  Resume

          –  Educational and character references

          –  Certified copies of his/her birth certificate AND his/her Jamaican parent/grandparent

          –  An essay: “Jamaica is diverse and culturally rich. How has your Jamaican heritage inspired you                and influenced you as a person?”


  • Pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above (i.e. a  ‘B’ average or higher)
  • Provide proof of Jamaican parentage/grand parentage
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 25 years old
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and active involvement in the Diaspora



Office of the Press Secretary


May 31, 2017


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      National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Caribbean Americans and our long, shared history with the peoples of the Caribbean.  We are grateful for the culture Caribbean Americans have shared with our Nation and the many contributions they have made to our society.  

      Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have helped create and maintain the strength and independence of our Nation.  Alexander Hamilton, who came from poverty in Nevis, was a key contributor to our Constitution and the first Secretary of the Treasury, helping to establish our modern financial system and to create the United States Coast Guard.

      Every day, Caribbean Americans help make America more prosperous and secure.  Our Nation is particularly grateful to the many Caribbean Americans who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces, protecting our Nation, and promoting freedom and peace around the world.  Today, more than four million Caribbean Americans live in the United States and continue to contribute to a vibrant culture that enriches our Nation. 

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  I encourage all Americans to join in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


                            DONALD J. TRUMP


Last week, Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna almost broke the internet. After annihilating over 30 of the most acclaimed chefs from around the world to win prestigious international culinary competition the Events DC “Embassy Chef Challenge”, the emotional Facebook Live video she posted went viral, racking up over 200,000 views in its first 24 hours online. She was joined in the clip by Food Network Extreme Chef Terry French, who sat on the floor next to her and her golden pineapple trophy, showering her with praise and adulation.

Read the announcement here

Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier (2005, 47 min.) is a film documentary about the internationally exhibiting artist Christopher Cozier. Fung will screen Uncomfortable at the Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco) on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m. After the film is shown, Richard Fung will discuss the film with Christopher Cozier via Skype.


The Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street (at Third Street), San Francisco, CA 94105. The museum is accessible. See:


Richard Fung (born 1954, Port of Spain, Trinidad) is an award-winning, internationally recognized artist and film director. He now lives in Toronto, Canada, where he studied art and earned a Master’s degree in Sociology and Cultural Studies. Fung is also a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design and an activist.

Christopher Cozier (born 1959, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) is the child of Grenadians who migrated to Trinidad in the 1960s. He’s a contemporary artist who was trained in Trinidad and in the US (Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting from Rutgers University). Cozier is also a curator, writer, and critic. Please see: 

The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever! This year, we have over 900 vacancies at 30 U.S. Government agencies. The 309 projects available this year can be found here. Students can apply between July 2 – 22 on USAJobs to their top three projects.

VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance. Selected applicants will contribute up to 10 hours per week from September 2016 through May 2017 working on projects from a U.S. Mission abroad or a domestic government office. As eInterns, students will play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, housing and other essential initiatives. Together, we can create a more effective, efficient, and smarter government that takes advantage of an engaged and participatory citizenry.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad. Last year, we had students in programs ranging from undergraduate to PhD levels, both full and part-time, taking courses in person or online. A resume, transcript, and statement of interest are required as part of the application process. Interviews may be conducted in August. eInternships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel.

Jun 13, 2016

Press Release

WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today praised passage in the House of Representatives of his legislation to strengthen United States engagement with Caribbean countries.  The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939), which Rep. Engel introduced with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), would require the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to submit to Congress a multiyear strategy focused on enhancing engagement with the countries of the Caribbean and enhancing outreach to diaspora communities in the United States.  The legislation puts particular emphasis on energy security, countering violence, expanded diplomacy, and other priority areas.

“We spend a great deal of time focusing on challenges and opportunities in faraway places.  But it’s important that we never lose sight of our interests closer to home.  Indeed, we should be working to strengthen our ties with countries in the Caribbean,” said Rep. Engel on the House floor. “That’s the aim of this bill, which would prioritize U.S.-Caribbean relations for years to come.”

The legislation requires the State Department and USAID to:

  • Identify agency efforts to prioritize U.S. policy towards the Caribbean;
  • Outline an approach to broaden outreach to the Caribbean diaspora community in the United States;
  • Outline an approach to partner with governments of the Caribbean region to improve citizen security and reduce drug trafficking;
  • Establish a comprehensive, multi-year strategy to improve energy security and increase access to diverse, reliable, affordable and sustainable power;
  • Outline an approach to improve diplomatic engagement with governments of the Caribbean region; and
  • Develop an approach to assisting Caribbean countries in the diversification of their economies.

In addition, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office to produce two key reports:

  • An evaluation of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and a breakdown of CBSI assistance provided to each country; and
  • An evaluation of U.S. diplomatic engagement with the Eastern Caribbean.


Oriki Theater’s Rites of Passage (RoP) special summer program for incoming African American freshmen boys schedule:

(all sessions conducted at Mount Pleasant High School)

7/14 3 PM – 6 PM – Opening Session with Special Meeting for Parents

7/16 10 AM – 1 PM

7/21 3 PM – 6 PM

7/23 10 AM – 1 PM

7/28 3 PM – 6 PM

7/30 10 AM – 1 PM – Closing Ceremony

Access the application form at

Space for fifteen (15) students

A Climate Corps Bay Area (CCBA) Fellowship gains fellows 10 months of experience implementing climate change resiliency projects with community partners, along with extensive personal development and training. The fellowship will start in late August 2016 and end in late June 2017. Most fellowships are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis: apply as soon as possible in order to receive priority placement consideration.

To learn more and apply to all opportunities: (For any questions not addressed on the website, please contact

Alameda County General Services Agency CCBA Fellowships

  • The Climate Associate will engage government employees in new programs that reduce the environmental footprint of County operations, expand the green events program, and track overall progress on a sustainability dashboard.
  • The Communications Associate will support the redesign of the County’s internal sustainability website, develop engaging outreach materials, and support sustainable purchasing – helping shape the green marketplace.
  • The Green Child Care Coordinator will strengthen Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council’s recycling and waste reduction work with dozens of preschools and educate students and teachers on the benefits of composting.
  • The Sustainable Transportation Associate will reduce the County’s climate impact by engaging employees on clean commuting, including through an internal network of clean commute champions.
  • The Sustainable Energy/Transportation Associate will support the expansion of zero-emissions vehicles in the County fleet through energy conservation projects.
  • The Waste & Recycling Associate will roll out the County’s new composting and mixed container recycling programs and engage employees in zero waste efforts.

To learn more about Alameda County opportunities:

The Foundation for Osteoporosis Education and Research (FORE) offers free bone scans as part of a training program for the densitometer students, and next weekend, (April 30th & May 1st) they have some appointments available. Available appointment slots are below.

Why bone density tests are  important:

  • Osteoporosis and low bone mass are currently estimated to be a major public health threat for almost 44 million U.S. women and men aged 50 and older
  • The 44 million people with either osteoporosis or low bone mass represent 55 percent of the people aged 50 and older in the United States
  • Osteoporosis affects more women than breast cancer, uterine cancer, and colon cancer combined

Available time slots:

Saturday, April 30th

4/30/2016 12:30 PM
4/30/2016 2:15 PM
4/30/2016 2:45 PM
4/30/2016 3:00 PM (2 slots)

Sunday, May 1st

5/1/2016 10:30 AM
5/1/2016 2:45 PM
5/1/2016 3:00 PM (2 slots)

If you would like to make an appointment for a scan, please contact Emely at the number below.

Emely Wendell  |  Executive Assistant 
American Bone Health   |  FORE

1814 Franklin Street, Suite 620
Oakland, CA 94612

 510.832.2663 x1011  | f  510.208.7174 
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The Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators (SCCABE) is hosting its 27th Annual Recognition Ceremony for African-American students and community leaders this spring. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the San Jose State University Student Union. We are requesting your assistance in identifying deserving students and community members. Superintendents and administrators, please share this information with your staff. 

Please help us in identifying and recognizing deserving individuals. All nominations must be received by March 18, 2016. Submissions can be made on-line at:

The Alliance will recognize students promoting from: K-5 or K-6 elementary sites/middle or junior high school 8th graders/ and 12th grade graduating seniors. A Nominating Statement is required for each submission. Students must meet the nominating criteria and Grade Point Average in each category as shown in the award descriptions. The criteria and descriptions for Student Awards are on the SCCABE website.

In addition to giving recognition to students, we will also honor African-American community leaders with the LaVerne Owens Community Service Award and the Hank Hutchins Award. See our website for details.

This annual event is held to encourage student achievement, affirm the dignity of African-American students and to recognize the support of family and community in the lives of our children.


  • READ Across Jamaica – Community Reading Party
    (Gaithersburg, Maryland)  March 26, 2016
  • Every Woman Can – Women’s Herstory Month
    (Brooklyn, Maryland)  March 26, 2016
  • NAJASO Reads @ Marcus Garvey El. School
    (Los Angeles, CA)  March 28, 2016
  • READ ACROSS JAMAICA DAY – May 3, 2016 (Jamaica, WI)

Contra Costa Community College District is hiring 57 new faculty persons. Looking for diverse male faculty. Ten year instructional (documented) experienced PHD Faculty entry salary is $87,970.00.”Full Time Faculty”, $150,000 potential salary! If interested please contact Professor Silvester Henderson at Contra Costa Community College District, College of Alameda, Los Medanos College.