INVISIBLE ALIENS

Is this the best time in history to be poor?

4 weeks ago Ricardo Hylton 0
On the day this article appears, you will probably learn about the shocking hunger in some forgotten pocket of Mumbai, the dearth of mosquito nets in Zambia, or some vicious act of violence in Kingston. Whether it’s the Donald threatening nuclear holocaust or the war in Syria, there’s bad news everywhere you look. Somewhere in Read More

The Curious Case of Colin Kaepernick, Kanye West and being black at work

1 month ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. (Thomas Edison)   The whips and shackles have been transferred from our backs and ankles to our tongues and minds, it seems. The logic of capitalism has made it imperative that each and every one of us makes feeding Read More

The Life of a Jamaican Ghetto Statistic

1 month ago Ricardo Hylton 0
I’m trapped in a hell with whom society decrees to be the worst of living and better off dead. Robbers, rapists, child molesters, carjackers, murderers, and dope fiends who would spend their mother’s monthly rent for a quick fix. And here I am, amongst them. As much as the mere thought disgusts me, I am Read More

China in Africa: Neo-colonialism or Development?

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
(This is part two of a two part series. Last week we focused on Jamaica and the Caribbean. This week we’ll examine the Chinese in Africa).   Addis Ababa has a surprise in store for those who haven’t visited in a few years. Cutting through the heart of this booming city, where construction cranes are Read More

The Donald and Black America

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Once upon a time we inhabited a self-proclaimed post racial world. Let’s call that era 21 Trump B.C.. The white lilies of the field cohabited with the princes of darkness. No longer just the Jay-Zs, the Janet Jacksons and the Idris Elbas, black people were bursting through corporate and professional glass ceilings, leaving shattered crystal Read More

Are we just awaiting death?

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
The Elysian Field is a conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults. Initially separate from the realm of Hades, admission was reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the Read More

Jamaica, Africa, we need to teach creativity in schools

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Creativity: the process of having original ideas that have value.   Two of my classmates in secondary school are now medical doctors in Jamaica. Run of the mill stuff, fixing and treating injuries. Another one is a bank manager, counting money and keeping the balance sheet…well, balanced. I’m approaching the higher reaches of the education Read More

Christianity in the Black World

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 2
Take whole heap a religion to keep we as di sufferer Who call god di most? You no see ah di sufferer…  Bounty Killer featuring Wayne Marshall     Only the curious have something to find…   Back in the mid1990s on a warm midsummer day, the sun dipped low in the blue sky and Read More

The Anatomy of a Song: The Story of O.J.

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
What were you doing in the summer of 1996? Perhaps you were watching Merlene Ottey and Michael Johnson burn up the tracks in the Atlanta Olympics. Or if you were lucky you were wearing out your thumbs on the latest game console, the Nintendo 64. If you were a hip hop head, you were nodding Read More

The Weird World Of Charity

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
This is part two in a four part series on foreign aid and the charity sector to be published over the next four weeks. Read Part one on foreign aid here   Charity: (n) the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need. Breast Cancer. Starving Ethiopians. Abused Animals. Climate Read More

The Minimum Wage Con

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Cue the celebrations in parliament. The backslaps. The self-congratulatory fist pumps. What is all this revelry and merriment for you ask? Has someone passed legislation to build more ‘affordable’ houses for people on low incomes? Is there an initiative to make university students leave without choking on an indigestible mountain of debt? Or perhaps some clever Read More

Forget Trump and CNN: Football Transfer Rumors are the Real Fake News

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Morning all. It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the tumbleweeds are tumbling … and oh, someone somewhere calling himself or herself a journalist is peddling a false story about a football transfer. Did you ever wonder where they came from, that constant stream of transfer rumours? Were the top journalists Read More

Are Africa and Jamaica being colonized by China?

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
(This is part one of a two part series. This week we focus on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Next week we’ll examine the Chinese in Africa).   Caribbean Confidential Over the space of a few short months in 2013, the president of China was in the Caribbean. He had a checkbook. A month earlier, the Read More

Taxing Robots and The Universal Basic Wage: the Jobless Future?

4 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
In the opening scenes of Blade Runner, IRobot, or any futuristic dystopian film where humans are set to confront robots as the future rule makers and breakers of planet earth, we are often introduced to a context where robots are ubiquitous: they fill the landscape, they are the main protagonists, they are the new lovers, Read More

The Mesmeric Art of the Political Lie

5 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Most people think that when they place an X in the polling booth that they are voting for a politician, a political party and the particular values they espouse; the views expressed in a manifesto or the ones that fly from their esteemed lips on the stump. Political voting is a particularly personal decision, which Read More

Brexit! If You’re An Immigrant From Beyond The EU, What’s Not To Love?

5 months ago Ricardo Hylton 1
The Invisible Aliens were watching The Daily Politics from a few days ago, and was taken aback when a lady with a distinctly Jamaican accent bemoaned the UK’s exit from the European Union. We were flabbergasted. Whilst the native white British moaned and wringed their hands over the supposedly impending financial apocalypse caused by Brexit Read More

Grenfell Tower Burned: The Ramifications

5 months ago Ricardo Hylton 1
The incineration of Grenfell Tower on June 14, the deadliest fire in Britain in more than a century, is now a national tragedy. The London police on Friday blamed flammable materials used in the facade for the spread of the blaze and said the investigation could bring charges of manslaughter. Hundreds of families were evacuated Read More

The Icon Series: Reevaluating The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln and Slavery

5 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
“I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I cannot remember when I did not so think, and feel.” There is no reason to doubt the sincerity of Abraham Lincoln’s emphatic declaration, written in April 1864, three years into the American Civil War. But as with so much of his early Read More