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Fakin’ the Jamaican: The difference between accent and dialect

Last March I was fortunate enough to visit the island of Jamaica for vacation. I find myself using the word FORTUNATE quite a bit lately. I am FORTUNATE to be able to travel to the places that I do. For example, right now I am most FORTUNATE to be writing this entry from the sea view of Massouri on the Greek island of Kalymnos, as I wait in my hotel to get on a bus that will take us to the larger town of Pothia, where we will board a boat that will take us to the larger, more popular party destination of Kos.… Read More

#TheConfederationsCup and #WorldCup2014 Relocation

THE CONFEDERATIONS CUP
The Confederations Cup Tournament has ended in Brazil, but the work has just begun. Brazil handled Spain astonishingly too easily, with intangible help; as many of the referee’s calls went their way. The match was owned by the home side from the very beginning, and they opened the scoring in the second minute.… Read More

#WriteItDownMakeCoolShitHappen

Make a list of all the good things you are going to do. Post a photo + Tag your post with:

​#WriteItDownMakeCoolShitHappen​

Lets get people to inspire each other. Below is an Instagram gallery that is updated every time you use this tag.… Read More

Honor System Tshirt Mailing

When I launched Rootfire, I received requests for T-shirts. Rather than offering the shirt for sale traditionally, I instead tried an experiment and sent out tshirts under the honor system.  In total 54 packages were sent around the world, and donations were collected to pay for the costs.  … Read More

VIBRATION KINGS: African hardcore

VIBRATION KINGS: African hardcore

All in all I spent four and a half months in Ghana, W. Africa.  It was a short trip that would influence a lifetime. This was in the spring of 2003. September 11 had come and changed the world.… Read More

#TheBeautifulGame and #TheUglyGame

Everyone, listen……Last week, Jonathan Tehau scored a goal for Tahiti.
It does not matter how many goals Tahiti conceded, it only matters that they appeared and scored.

As we enter the second week of the 2013 Confederations Cup, the civil unrest in Brazil has surpassed the events on the pitch.… Read More

Feel it in the One-Drop

“Feel it in the One-drop”   -Bob Marley  

Somewhere in a conversation recently I said to Seth, “I am so happy that our lives revolve around the one-drop”.  I was listening to the Rootfire 004 mix tape and loving how all of the tunes were historically linked to some other part of reggae history that has influenced my life. … Read More