“Right now I have done what I wanted to do so I don’t need to worry about motivation at this point,” says six-time Olympic gold-medallist Usain St. Leo Gold, referring to plans for his post-London chapter. “When I set my next target I will figure out how to motivate myself. I have done what I came here to do, so there are no more goals right now.” Meantime, noted British journalist and host of CNN’s Piers Tonight, Piers Morgan, has extended an invitation to Bolt to appear on his show. Morgan, who recently chatted with Veronica Campbell-Brown, presented the offer via Twitter after Bolt’s stunning gold-medal run in the 200M last week at the Olympics. Will Bolt accept? Given his superhectic itinerary, who knows? But I think he should do it.
Twenty-first-century Jamaicans, are we truly a nation united as “one” as our motto informs? Nope, argues cultural studies professor Dr. Carolyn Cooper in her latest Sunday Gleaner column (“Out of Many, One Problem”). Emphasizing that a plethora of deep-rooted contradictions continue to plague our society – but especially those pertaining to skin colour and social standing – Cooper says “we’re still afraid to confront the issue of race and that’s why we continue to take comfort in our deceptive national motto.” Point taken. The inconvenient truth is, while we all belong to the cabinet labeled “Jamaicans,” that same little cabinet remains riddled with rungs and compartments.
It’s almost time! In less than a month from now, beauty queen and Smile Jamaica hostess Yendi Phillipps will end her reign as the hottest pregnant woman in Jamaica as she brings her first child into the world. So exciting. And of course, I’m wholly looking forward to being a godfather. Such a huge responsibility!
Introducing Dr. Portia Simpson-Miller. Jamaica’s hard-working prime minister on Sunday served as the keynote speaker at the Graduation ceremony for the Northern Caribbean University’s Class of 2012 in Manchester. During the ceremony, Simpson-Miller was conferred with an honorary doctorate, bestowed in recognition of her decades in Public Service. Hearty congratulations to Sista P.