Archive for December, 2020

Dr Allan Cuningham, the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council Rep for the 13 southern states in the USA, is convening a presentation on a review of the Jamaica Diaspora in the year 2020. The event will be headlined by major movers and shakers in the past year such as David Mullings, dynamic and charismatic CEO of Blue Mahoe Capital and Oliver Mair the energetic and groundbreaking Consul General for the government of Jamaica. This virtual presentation occurs on Wednesday the 30th of December 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Rosalea Hamilton will be the guest speaker. Hamilton is an internationally renowned speaker and the founder and CEO of Jamaica’s Institute of Law & Economics at the University of Technology, Jamaica. She is also the Chairman of LASCO Chin Foundation. Others joining the discussion include former Mayor of Broward County, Dale Holness, Bishop Henry Fernandez and noteworthy speakers from the states of Georgia: Tony Gray (President of the Atlanta Jamaica Association), Arizona: Daniel England, South Carolina: Dr. April Taylor, Florida: the aforementioned David Mullings, Texas: Damitri Lyon and Tennessee: Daniel Gordon.

2020, as everyone can attest, has been a uniquely challenging year for the entire world, which includes the Jamaica Diaspora. These great minds will not just reflect on a strange 2020, but will share their vision for the future. Mullings with his initiatives for Blue Mahoe, Consul General Mair with his hyper engagement with the Jamaica Diaspora

community and Gray with his leadership creativities have given us a glimpse as to how we can move forward after the upheaval of 2020.

According to Dr Cunningham this virtual event will be “a platform for broadening Diaspora engagement.” Join the Zoom meeting on Wednesday, December 30th at 7pm, meeting ID: 831 3027 1067 Passcode: 111553.

The virtual event is sponsored by Blue Mahoe Capital, People Profile, Jamaican Men of Florida, Jamaican Women of Florida, Turn Two Electric, Attorney’s Title Partners, Supa Jamz Radio, 103.7, West Palm Beach and the newly launched Jamaica Diaspora Magazine-World!

In response to the ongoing need to provide Jamaican children with electronic devices such as tablets and laptops for distance learning, Consul General Oliver Mair will host a Christmas fundraising initiative.  The event titled “Mek di Pickney Dem Smile” will feature a Virtual Concert and Telethon, to be held on Sunday, December 20th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This will be streamed on PBCJ-TV; irietimes.com; www.IrietimesTV.com and www.Jamaicans.com.  

​Consul General Mair is appealing to patrons, including charitable groups, business community and individuals across the Diaspora to support the ongoing education drive.  Personswishing to donate can visit the American Friends of Jamaica at www.smileja.org or www.smileja.com.  Also, checks can be made payable to the Consulate General of Jamaica and mailed to the Consulate General of Jamaica 44 West Flagler Street – 4thFloor, Miami, FL 3130.

He extended appreciation to the several alumni chapters in the Diaspora who have already responded to the cause through donations of equipment as well as financial to their individual alma mater.” Our goal is to raise US$20,000 to purchase the electronic devices in Jamaica, in order to acquire the specific equipment that works best for the Jamaican virtual learning experience,” said Consul General Mair. “

​Donations will continue through January end, next year.  

The three-hour entertainment package will feature live and recorded performances from both International and locally-based artistes including renowned reggae fame Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Junior “One Blood” Reid, Mikey Spice, and Kashief Lindo.   Viewers will also enjoy a Christmas musical specials from Jamaica’s musical giant, Michael Harris; dub poet, Malachi Smith; opera/classical singer, Rory Baugh; tenor Steve Higgins; and the Tallawah Mento Band.  

The support for the educational online learning process in Jamaica themed “A Device for Every Child – Bridging the Digital Divide” was launched in October, by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams. According to the Minister, this initiative is part of Government’s commitment to provide quality education to every student by ensuring that no child is left behind as a result of the unprecedented challenges related to the COVID pandemic.

This programme was to ensure that all our students have access to a laptop or tablet. 

The Consulate has partnered with several organizations including the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), the Bob Marley Foundation and the Kiwanis East Pines- Miramar to effectively manage the collection and dissemination of donations. So far, the education drive is being supported by Jamaica alumni associations, corporate entities and philanthropic organizations, and individuals.

For further information contact the Consulate General of Jamaica at 305-374-8431 or 954-559-3955; info@jamaicacgmiami.org or visit the website at www.jamaicacgmiami.org

Contact: 

Cheryl Wynter (954-559-3955)

Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami.

by Jamarah Amani

Movements in Black MidwiferyThere are a lot of traditional birthing customs that were lost throughout the years. Not only did we lose a part of our culture during slavery, but we lost a lot when our foremothers, grandmothers, and our great grandmothers started having their babies in the hospital. The mother wit that would normally be passed down discontinued because our grandmothers, forced with spinal taps or twilight, no longer had a story to tell.”Iya Sarahn Henderson, Community Midwife

In March of 2020, as the brutality of two pandemics, Covid-19 and police violence, were devastating Black communities across America, I thought about how midwifery models of care offer deep mother wit and wisdom to answer the problems facing society. It occurred to me that if everyone had the opportunity to sit at the feet of those who have dedicated their lives to “catchin’ babies,” how profoundly and beautifully we could begin healing this world. And now, with the development of Legacy, Power, Voice: Movements in Black Midwifery, an upcoming docuseries that will break new ground, everyone will have that chance.
Making a documentary about Black midwives has been a dream of mine for several years. This is a special project to me because I am a midwife and I also had three of my four babies with midwives, including two home births after a traumatic hospital birth. I know from both sides how deeply midwives impact families and communities. With Legacy, Power, Voice, I am producing my first documentary and working with talented director and videographer, Karyl-Lyn Sanderson. The film is the project of National Black Midwives Alliance, which I co-founded with Haguerenesh Tesfa in 2018. 
We have managed to assemble an amazing team of people who are helping to tell the stories of many Black midwives. We have interviewed eight midwives and three client families so far; this is just the beginning. I am excited to grow mentally, professionally, and spiritually with my team in this way and to add my name to the short list of midwives who also make movies. 
Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 7pm EST, National Black Midwives Alliance will showcase a short segment of the forthcoming documentary and feature a panel of grand midwives who will share the wisdom of their experiences with the audience. There will be live entertainment, a tribute to some of the esteemed elders, and a silent auction to raise money for the completion of the project. This is a virtual event that will help us to engage the community, build awareness, and raise funds to support the self-sustainability of the project; all are welcome.
Legacy Power Voice: Movements in Black Midwifery intimately explores the evolution of Black birthing traditions in America by giving voice to the traditional caretakers of the Black community. The film focuses on Georgia and Florida, as states where Black midwives have flourished even while enduring intense legal battles with the state and medical community and repression by their white peers. By highlighting the voices and stories of these powerhouse midwives, viewers witness the racial, political, and cultural contexts that have shaped midwifery movements in the South. This documentary acknowledges the devastation of medical abuse, provokes conversations about bodily autonomy and self-determination and expands our collective understandings of reproductive health and birth justice. 
Centering Black midwives means shifting from a narrative of abuse to focus on the wellness and resilience of Black women and families. Obstetric violence is rooted in the minds and bodies of Black women through the legacies of ancestors like Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy—the involuntary “mothers of gynecology.” Physicians such as J. Marion Sims used Black bodies for experimentation, in the name of medical advancement and often to the detriment of his patients such as Anarcha, who was subjected to over 30 surgeries with no anesthesia.
In post-slavery America, there were many barriers to accessing medical care and there was also significant distrust of doctors and the medical establishment. Midwives were systematically removed from Black communities by white doctors like Sims and their powerful allies, in favor of reducing the birth experience to a sterile biological event that can only happen in hospitals. Becoming a mother/parent is about more than physiology. Midwives understand the importance of people-centered education, participatory health care, holistic health and nutrition, intergenerational family healing, and autonomy over one’s own body. Traditionally, midwives have represented a safe place for Black families, literally holding the community’s future in their hands.
There are so many untold stories about midwifery in African American communities. Foremothers like Lucrecia Perryman,Biddy Mason, and Gladys Milton served as both conduits for the transmission of cultural practice as well as for innovation in the interest of survival. The practice of Sankofa—reclaiming our story and carrying our ancestors forward with us—is a collective responsibility. In doing this vital work, Legacy, Power, Voice is a grassroots labor of love.
The website for the documentary is www.legacypowervoice.org. Check out the trailers on the homepage: “Behind the Scenes of Legacy” and “Grand Midwives of Georgia.” Your energetic investment is as important as your monetary one to help us bring this film to life. You can purchase tickets for the Saturday, December 12 screening and fundraiser at www.legacypowervoice.org/tickets. Tickets are $25 general admission, $100 VIP.


For more information visit: https://blackmidwivesalliance.org