On my recent trip to Pittsburgh I visited the Phipps Conservatory which had a fabulous display of gargoyles, winged griffins and other mythical creatures spread out amongst the various garden rooms in the Conservatory. The stunning glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly are also on display as well as the largest pink hibiscus blossoms I've ever seen. Enjoy the slideshow!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
I'm so excited to hear the new sounds of the Jolly Boys - one of the original Mento bands from Jamaica. They're taking the world by storm! Go dey Jolly Boys!! Big Ups Bredren!
See the new Jolly Boys website here.
See the new Jolly Boys website here.
"I Am Jamaica" is a worthy new initiative with the following mission:
The “I AM JAMAICA” campaign, an initiative inspired out of the Jamaican Diaspora, calls on persons throughout the Jamaican community, at home and abroad, celebrities, community leaders, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs and others to encourage a sense of personal responsibility for each other and to inspire each other in embracing our talents and resources as a burgeoning global community, for the upliftment and prosperity of our youth, and to evoke an emotional connection of hope, positive vibes, prosperity, oneness, and all other core qualities of Brand Jamaica among Jamaicans worldwide.
The campaign encourages Jamaicans to elevate their level of communication and collaboration in addressing issues of national interest. The campaign also encourages the support of law and order the society and implores a sense of personal accountability for re-socializing the mindset of the nation, at home and abroad.
The spine of the campaign is a Declaration for Positive Action and Accountability which supporters are asked to sign, uphold and share with others. An official “I AM JAMAICA” theme song, featuring reggae veterans Hopeton Lindo, Shaggy, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Courtney John, Peter Gee, Sophia Brown and Anthony Cruz, has been produced to convey the message of the campaign and mobilize the community. We realize that music moves people.
Accompanying the theme song is the official “I AM JAMAICA” music video. The video, directed by Lukkee Chong and Max Earle of Frame by Frame Productions, was filmed in various locations throughout south Florida and Jamaica and features the contributing vocalists, scenes from the Jamaican landscape and people of the Diaspora supporting the mission of the campaign.Visit the I Am Jamaica website and get involved!
The official I Am Jamaica Press Release:
i Am Jamaica Press Release Final 7.16
Friday, July 2, 2010
“Most people think when they come to Pittsburgh that they’re going to see soot, smoke and steel mills. They don’t know how beautiful the city has become with the Pittsburgh Renaissance.” The Pittsburgh Renaissance began in the 1970s when the steel mills closed and the city began redeveloping tracts of industrial land. BK noted that “the days when men had to change their shirts at noon because of the soot are long gone.”
Phipps Conservatory, a must-see attraction for plant lovers and gardeners. This amazing botanical garden dazzles with its designated “rooms,” each devoted to some particular botanical treat: a butterfly forest, a palm court, an orchid room, a tropical fruit and spice room and an Amazon rainforest room.
I was delighted to find Kaya, where I ate one of the best Caribbean meals I’ve had in North America. Located in the hip Strip District, where old industrial warehouses have been converted into restaurants, nightclubs and the site of several outdoor markets, Kaya’s island cuisine takes its inspiration from the Caribbean, the Hawaiian Islands, the South Pacific and South America. From Jerk Wings, to Tuna Poke, Kaya is island fusion at its best!
And then there’s the unique “Pittsburghese.” I’m used to people telling me that I “talk funny.” So I was glad to find a city where they revel in their own completely distinct dialect and pronunciations! Dahntahn (Downtown), Da-Boat-a-ya (the both of you), Da Burgh (Pittsburgh), Yinz (you all/ people from Pittsburgh), Meet yinz at cordada four (meet you at quarter to 4), sammitch (sandwich), Ahia (Ohio), City Chicken (veal and pork cubes breaded and fried), Kennywood's Open (Your fly is unzipped).
I’ll be in Pittsburgh for the next three weeks, taking advantage of the great medical care at UPMC. Blog postings will resume asap. See you Yinzers soon :-).