Later this month, Miss Lily’s of NYC joins us to celebrate traditional Jamaican street food at Desert Gold, our annual music and arts festival during Coachella at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Miss Lily’s is a multi-faceted gem covering all the bases from a record shop to a radio station, juice stand, restaurant, DJs and events, with a strong activist sensibility. A portion of proceeds from Miss Lily’s goes to the Rockhouse Foundation, the brainchild of Miss Lily’s co-founder Paul Salmon, who also runs the Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica. The foundation supports the building and maintenance of libraries and schools in Jamaica for school-age children. Watch and learn, and we’ll see you in a couple weeks.


Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence today. One of the exemplars of the challenges and triumphs of post-colonial existence, Jamaica has much to celebrate and much to consider as it grows into full blossom as an independently-governed people. Sadly, homophobic crime in Jamaica is the highest in the world, and Jamaicans experience some of the most dramatic economic inequality internationally. Of course, Jamaica is also the motherland of some of the most influential, creative and robust cultural, artistic and musical movements in history, and both residents and members of the diaspora can attest to the incredible social strength and industrious intellect of the country. Join us in toasting and talking tonight in the lobby as Matthew Werth of RVNG Intl. spins music by Jamaican musicians and producers. 

Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence today. One of the exemplars of the challenges and triumphs of post-colonial existence, Jamaica has much to celebrate and much to consider as it grows into full blossom as an independently-governed people. Sadly, homophobic crime in Jamaica is the highest in the world, and Jamaicans experience some of the most dramatic economic inequality internationally. Of course, Jamaica is also the motherland of some of the most influential, creative and robust cultural, artistic and musical movements in history, and both residents and members of the diaspora can attest to the incredible social strength and industrious intellect of the country. Join us in toasting and talking tonight in the lobby as Matthew Werth of RVNG Intl. spins music by Jamaican musicians and producers. 


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