SPARK-ENT OCT 18, 2012


For the most part the media thrives on sensationalizing negativity.  Jamaica, a small island with the impact of tsunami never fails to impress worldwide.  When I got a hold of this story I felt it imperative to make it the lead story in my blog, not only because she is a good friend of mine, but because she has crossed many rivers and brings to the fore that you can be an Ambassador anywhere and anytime for Brand Jamaica if you point your mental energies in the right direction; allow me to introduce to you Dr Hume Johnson.

Most recently The University of Waikato in New Zealand appointed her for the 3 rd year in a row, Honorary Status as an Associate in The Political Science and Public Policy Programme.  What this means is that The University still sees her as member of the community.  She will continue to do good will on its behalf. As a successful alumn, she is used as part of marketing for the Faculty of Arts and Social Science and in other ways, she continues to spread goodwill.

She also, most recently also wrote a recommendation for her former Doctoral Supervsior in the Politics Department, Dr Priya Kurian,  for a University wide Award for which she is nominated.

PROFILE:  Hume Johnson

Doctor of Philosophy Degree, political science and public policy

Assistant Professor, Media and Communications and Public Relations

Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, USA

Dr Hume Johnson travelled from her home country of Jamaica to study for a Doctor of Philosophy degreee at the University of Waikato. New Zealand. But for Hume Jamaica was never far behind. . Studying political science and public policy in New Zealand was to provide Hume with the knowledge and expertise she needed to continue to make a difference to Jamaican society.

“My degree in political science and public policy formed the basis of my professional and academic career. It gave me a deeper and more sophisticated theoretical and practical understanding of the dynamics of politics and governance especially across the developing world. It particularly opened my eyes to the extraordinary challenges – economic, social and political – that they are grappling with, but also how to look for possible solutions..”

Hume is now an assistant professor of media communications and public relations at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, United States. She is also a Political Analyst with the Jamaican media and author of the book ‘Challenges to Civil Society: Popular Protest and Governance in Jamaica’.

She spends much of her day doing research, preparing and researching her lectures, grading and giving feedback on students work, and attending meetings with students and faculty. Hume also spends a lot of time working on her second book  which will address communication and media relations in crisis, writing papers and book chapters, and keeping up to date on what is happening in the area of civil society and governance in Jamaica.

Although currently employed overseas (America and Austraia, previously), Hume’s heart is still in Jamaica. Using the knowledge from her doctorate, Hume continues to contribute to Jamaican governance and civil society and the development of its citizens. “My political Science degree gives me the opportunity to participate in the national discussions and debate in my home country as a political consultant within the policy environment and on the media as a political commentator”.

She also  operates a blog entitled ‘Talking Politics’, and is regularly tweeting to influence national conversations in Jamaica. She is also working on a civics book, which she hopes will be added to the Jamaican school curriculum, especially given the recent re-introduction of the teaching of civics in schools in Jamaica.  The book explores what it means to be a citizen of Jamaica. Another goal of Dr Johnson is to help to advance Brand Jamaica. For Hume, Jamaica’s brand is much more music and sport, but anchors also on the policies of the Government of Jamaica and the behaviour of Jamaican citizens. She hopes to be an ambassador with a focus on public and cultural diplomacy.

Asked why she choose to study at the University of Waikato, Hume confessed looking at other New Zealand universities, but chose Waikato because she felt at home straight away.  “The  Faculty and staff were extremely receptive and helpful. I felt truly welcomed. It was also incredibly reassuring to have all the resources I needed to complete my degree. What I most enjoyed about Waikato was the amazing camaraderie among students, and between students and lecturers. As a doctoral student I felt included and fully embraced as a member of the Department. Of course the expert academic guidance I got from the Faculty in Politics in a gregarious atmosphere played no small part in the quality of my experience at Waikato.”

So what advice would Hume give to students considering a degree at  the University of Waikato? “I had a fantastic bulous time at Waikato. I was heavily involved in the Waikato community.  I presented at academic conferences, gave talks, participated in international student activities. I very involved in a range of student activities and even travelled around the country emceeing student shows at various NZ Universities. I also had a part time job at the Performance Arts Academy and really enjoyed the amazing performances put on by the Centre.”

“The University of Waikato is a superb place to study. It is  has a beautiful campus,  with quiet surroundings that create a great environment for academic study, and it’s easy to make new friends. I enjoyed the fact that Waikato is a multicultural environment and constantly abuzz with activity. I would advise students to cCome with an open mind and a good attitude, and get involved because a great experience awaits you at Waikato.”



JAMAICAN DOING POSITIVE THINGS: Sandra Peart of The Canadian Consulate Inspires Girls in Tacolcy Center, Liberty City, to Dream Big

Born in Jamaica and a graudate of St Jago High in St Catherine, JAMAICA, Sandra Peart from The Canadian Consulate in Florida, was a Role Model Speaker at the Tacolcy Center in Liberty City. They work with girls who are in elementary school and aim to unite technology with life lessons and experiences. Sandra shared her life story with the girls – she showed them her home as she was growing up and then her home as a successful female technologist!  The girls were impressed.  The girls asked questions about Canada and how she was able to do so well for herself.  Sandra was upbeat and yet delivered important and tough messages about always doing the right thing and thinking before you act, as your actions will stay with you for a lifetime.  At ITWomen they believe that you have hit a home run when you can impact one girl at a time – well Sandra impacted many and at the end of her presentation she received several big hugs from these young girls.

Sandra – thank you for your wonderful story and for taking the time out of a busy schedule to spend time with 25 young girls who now have a real live Role Model to look up to, to respect and to emulate!!  We so appreciate your time and your heart!!!

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Tiana is Jamaica’s Top New Artiste – 3B ENT Awards

The Princess of the Dancehall Tiana aka the Duchess was one of the many winners at the 2012 3B Entertainment Industry Awards held at the Club House, Templehall Estate over the weekend.

This award was given to artistes/producers for their outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s Entertainment Industry both locally and even more so on the international scene.

Last year top winners were Mavado, I-Octane and Gyptian.

According to the Dancehall Duchess Tiana“I will always remember this moment; accolades like these motivate me to work harder”.

This year has definitely been a good year for Tiana with her video Dem A Bawl hitting the screens of MTV Africa while it’s still riding high in the top ten of all the major charts in Jamaica such as being in the #1 spot on TVJ’s Video Alley chart hosted by Suzie Q … #8 on Tempo’s Pree Dis Chart … #8 also on Richie B’s Jamaica Music Countdown Top 25 Dancehall chart … #10 on Hype TV’s Top 20 Chart and #9 on the OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles chart (MDTV Flow 393)Dem A Bawl was also the #1 video in Kenya for 4 weeks on Rebel Liberation Top Ten Chart.

Betweeen now and the next two weeks a total of four new tracks will be released … Wine Up Mi Body, Think Yuh Bad ft Shae both on the Hot Pursuit Riddim produced by OutAroad Production, Mad Ova Me on theSoak Riddim produced by Inna Mi House Music … My Man Love Me on theSmear Bass Riddim produced by New York based Studio Vibes.

Tiana was recently in Miami shooting two new videos; Dont Stop which was shot and directed by Rick Ross’ famed director Shutah Films and Mad Ova Me shot and directed by OutAroad Pictures.



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