Today = The First Day of the Rest Of My Life

The day job I’ve talked about endlessly on this site, finally comes to an end today. So excuse me if I’m a little extra bubbly, bellas and fellas! I’ve put in four and a half solid years of employment, and today I graduate from the Village Voice Media family. I will sincerely miss my co-workers […]

5 Valentine Day’s Reggae Jams

I don’t know how many roots reggae fans actually read these posts and listen to all of the songs. For me, this is blogging at its most self-indulgent. But you know what — maybe there are more of you than I think! And if you’re not yet a reggae fan, maybe I can be your […]

The Moral Of This Blogger’s Story

I took some heat on my Chris Brown/Rihanna post, particularly from two commenters who took issue with my opinion about the issue. One regular reader that I like and respect quite a bit, accused me of being “one sided” and not neutral about cultural differences. Another reader went ahead and expressed disappointment in me as […]

5…Classic Christmas Covers

Christmas is here, and a whole new passel of singers are taking on the holiday classics we grew up listening to. Because who needs Donny Hathaway’s This Christmas when we’ve got… Chris Brown! I say SACRILEGE. Some Christmas classics need to stay classic. Still, there are some great updates on the Bing Crosby and Nat […]

5 …very random Caribbean Christmas songs


My husband and I have very different ideas about appropriate Christmas music. He grew up in the snowy Midwest, always with a real pine tree, wood crackling in the fireplace, Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. I grew up in Trinidad, always with a lifelike but fake plastic tree, bright sunshine and cool breezes on […]

Rest in Peace, Odetta

Sad news this morning — the queen of American folk music, former Afrobella of the Week, Odetta, has passed away at the age of 77. The New York Times obituary was truly touching, and Time Magazine has written a beautiful obit, which reads in part: “Her death on Dec. 2 in New York City at […]

Sparrow Sang For Me


Almost exactly a year ago, I had the interview of a lifetime. The all time calypso king of the world, The Mighty Sparrow was set to come to Miami for a special show at the Arsht Center called Calypso at Dirty Jim’s. Non-Caribbean readers, let me explain how big this was for me. Sparrow is […]