Nalo Hopkinson, writing her way into history
By Dana Malcolm
February 27, 2023 – Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1960, Nalo Hopkinson is a multi-award-winning science-fiction author and is the youngest and first Black woman conferred with the title of Damon Knight Memorial Grandmaster.
Known for her use of Caribbean lure and stories in fantastical Science Fiction and fantasy novels the author grew up in Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad, and eventually settled in Canada. Thanks to her father’s position as a writer she rubbed shoulders with authors like our Black is Beauty Caribbean Connection pick, Derek Walcott.
Undeterred by her diagnoses of ADHD, and nonverbal learning disorder, the author says this time this has fueled her craft. Inside her stories, you’ll find signs of the much-feared Caribbean Rollin’ Calf, clever Anansi and more regional legends.
“I write science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction; call it whatever you want, my novels and stories are full of the unreal, the futuristic, the unlikely, the impossible,” she muses.
She has produced books like Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, Skin Folk, and more which have won her dozens of awards.
In 2021 she was named the 37th Damon Knight Memorial Grandmaster, an award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, for lifetime achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy. The award puts her in the company of legendary authors like Ursula K Le Guin (Earthsea) and Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451).
Hopkinson holds a British Fantasy Award for ‘People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction’; a Nebula Award for ‘Sister Mine’; an Aurora Award, a Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and Sunburst Award, an Octavia Butler Memorial Award and many many more.
Hopkinson now teaches at the University of California Riverside.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
JAMAICA: 12,362 Seniors Registered Under New Social Pension Programme
#Kingston, March 28, 2023 – There are currently 12,362 seniors registered under the Government’s new Social Pension Programme.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda, made the disclosure during the sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House on March 2, at Gordon House.
The initiative targets all Jamaican citizens 75 years and older who are not currently in receipt of a pension (overseas or local) or any other retirement, old-age or disability benefit or regular income, and are not living in a government institutionalised care facility.
“We are evaluating the manner in which we qualify persons to go on the programme. This is a discussion we will have to have, as some people fall through the cracks simply because they might have a refrigerator, or they might be lucky enough to have a television at home,” Mr. Samuda said.
“The direction in which we are heading, to have those things, does not move you from poverty to prosperity. So, the Government has an obligation to do everything possible to improve their quality of life, and so we will be looking at that,” the Minister added.
Mr. Samuda said between March 2022 and January 2023, the programme disbursed $446 million.
To register for the social pension programme, persons may visit any of the Ministry’s parish offices islandwide.
They will be required to complete a social pension application form, accompanied by their Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) card, and proof of age in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.
They should also take along a valid identification (ID), such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter’s ID, proof of bank account and any other document that may be required to process the application, for example, proof of citizenship.
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