The Invisible Aliens Say…

Is this the best time in history to be poor?

3 months 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 Life of a Jamaican Ghetto Statistic

4 months 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?

6 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

6 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?

6 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

6 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

6 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 Weird World Of Charity

6 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

Are Africa and Jamaica being colonized by China?

6 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

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

7 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

The fall of Bill Cosby complete. (Almost)

7 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Bill Cosby appeared in court on charges of sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for allegedly drugging and violating Andrea Constand in 2004. She is one of dozens of women to have put her name to accusations of sexual abuse, harassment and attempted abuse against Bill Cosby. The comedian and his lawyers have long denied the allegations, Read More

Manuel Noriega (The Real Noriega) Is Dead – An Obituary

7 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Thugganomics In 2017, when we live in an era that surges with new monsters, fanatics and tyrants, the former Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega, who died in a hospital last Monday, at the age of 83, seem an almost quaint throwback to another time. Noriega had been all but forgotten by the world since his Read More

The Invisible Aliens Endorse Jeremy Corbyn

8 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Theresa May’s plan to hoodwink the British public has not been going so well in recent weeks. The Prime minister who called a cynical election to “strengthen her hand in the negotiations” may end up watching them from home. Strong and Stable! Psssh “The Tory ‘strength and stability’ message has been undermined throughout the campaign. The Read More

The Sixteen-Step Immigrant Survival Manual (Steps 5-8)

8 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
Steps 5-8 This is a series of sixteen survival steps that all immigrants must know and embrace. They will be released in four articles over four weeks. Welcome to week two. You can read part one here.     Step Five                              Read More

In the Aftermath of Islamist Terror…

8 months ago Ricardo Hylton 0
In the aftermath of last week’s terrorist atrocity in Manchester, my mind drifted to September 11, 2001. I was in Jamaica. Specifically, I awoke in Kingston, Jamaica that fateful morning, on Preston Hall on the University of the West Indies. I had a politics 101 lecture. Someone turned on the TV and before long my friends and Read More

An Ode To The Power Of A Stepfather

8 months ago Ricardo Hylton 4
“Braaaap!’ we would all jump off the sofa. The sound emanating from the ether would seemingly shake our small wooden house. You would move lastly, an expression of shock etched across your face. ‘It’s a rat!’ you would shout. ‘Watch out!’ My brother and I would scamper with our trembling feet out the house. Of Read More

The Sixteen-Steps Immigrant Survival Manual (Steps 1-4)

8 months ago Chad 1
Steps 1-4 This is a series of sixteen survival steps that all immigrants must know and embrace for their survival in distant lands. They will be released in four articles over the next four weeks. Study up!   So you’ve barely survived the lashings of the great waves and the gnashing teeth of sharks that Read More

A letter to my Bi-racial (cough), mixed-raced children

8 months ago Chad 2
Selena, you are only four years old and you say the cutest things. For example, you always say when I tell you I’m a strong black man: ‘but dadddddeeee, you are not black, you’re brown.’ When I ask you what’s mummy’s color then if daddy is brown, you are always stuck, and we both keel Read More

Is it a Good Time to be a Girl? Where Class and Gender Intersect.

8 months ago Chad 5
Is it a great time to be a girl? I’ve heard this answered in the affirmative by various experts on the matter? Gender inequality is dead. Look at all the women in starring roles, they claim, wide-eyed and incredulous that anyone would claim otherwise. Women are now Presidents and Prime Ministers; engineers and company directors. Read More