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Homophobia in Jamaica (Part 1)

IslandPen

Media lies, batty man naah dead in Jamaica its just the cruel i wicked foreign media These are the types of ridiculous and callous banners broadcasted by ignorant people when gay and Jamaica are mentioned.

By now any and every resident of our beautiful mother Earth has heard of Jamaica and its issue with homosexuality. These issues are often present in the strong anti-homosexual themes in Dancehall(different genre from Reggae) lyrics. So one may ask where is the love? why are so many Jamaicans like that? how can the international community “help”? Homosexuality in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world has always been put in this singular frame with little attention paid to how we got to this point.

Factors that have affected the Jamaican perception of homosexuality are Christianity, the Jamaican government, the British and colonialism.

Leviticus 20:13 “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be…

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The Lost Story of Islam in Jamaica

via The Lost Story of Islam in Jamaica

IslandPen

Were our West African ancestors actually Muslim?

Dr. Sultana Afroz a Bangladeshi academic who has been living in Jamaica for 25 years says yes they were. Dr. Afroz has been apart of the University of the West Indies, Mona Department of History for a while now and before she leaves destined for her first home, she leaves Jamaica with the though provoking piece: Invisible yet invincible – the Islamic heritage of Maroon and enslaved Africans in Jamaica.

In the book Dr. Afroz posits several claims which deals astonishing blows to contemporary historical and cultural discourse in Jamaica. One of the most crucial of them is that several of Jamaica’s treasured leaders against the colonial tyranny  like Cudjoe, Nanny of the Maroons, Sam Sharp, Paul Bogle etc. were in fact Muslims and followers of the Islamic faith. This is oceans away from what I was taught in school.

African Muslim…

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#BlACKGAYSLAY: Dennis Carney ON THE FRONT LINE

Imagine that

BlackGaySlay showcases, celebrates, and pays respect to Black Gay Men whose work elevates the LGBT community and Black Gay Men specifically.  For more than 30 years Dennis Carney has been on the physical and a metaphorical Front Line doing this work.

Born in Manchester in 1962, Dennis has been a Londoner since 1982 with most of those years spent in Brixton. As many BlackOut readers know, the ‘Front Line’ is the name given by the local community to Railton Road; the line behind which the community sought refuge against the racist ‘sus’ laws used by some cops to brutalise the neighbourhood in the 80s that erupted in the Brixton uprisings. Dennis, reflecting on the changes he’s seen in Brixton joked;

I’ve never seen so much blonde hair or pedigree dogs in all my days in Brixton; and on the Front Line! You know things have changed when drunk White women in…

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#42 – Racionais MC’s – Negro Drama (2002)

Parabens

Brazil 70 Translation Project

from Nada como um dia após o outro dia (Cosa Nostra, 2002)

Original lyrics:

Negro drama
Entre o sucesso e a lama
Dinheiro, problemas
Inveja, luxo, fama

Negro drama
Cabelo crespo
E a pele escura
A ferida, a chaga
À procura da cura

Negro drama
Tenta ver
E não vê nada
A não ser uma estrela
Longe, meio ofuscada

Sente o drama
O preço, a cobrança
No amor, no ódio
A insana vingança

Negro drama
Eu sei quem trama
E quem tá comigo
O trauma que eu carrego
Pra não ser mais um preto fodido

O drama da cadeia e favela
Túmulo, sangue
Sirene, choros e vela

Passageiro do Brasil
São Paulo
Agonia que sobrevivem
Em meia às honras e covardias
Periferias, vielas e cortiços

Você deve tá pensando
O que você tem a ver com isso
Desde o início
Por ouro e prata

Olha quem morre
Então veja você…

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Irreconcilable Anti-Blackness and Police Violence w Dr. Frank Wilderson

So sweet

Dr. Frank Wilderson was back with The Killer Bs (Drs. Jared Ball, Todd Steven Burroughs and Hate) recently to discuss police violence within the context of anti-Blackness.  We discussed the on-going crisis of police brutality and particularly how that persistent violence explains a larger and permanent “social death” imposed on Black people in the U.S. and around the world.  Wilderson also made strong and challenging points about how this anti-Blackness disturbs attempts at solidarity with others most often associated with allied struggles for civil and human rights.

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People Having Sex On Stage!!

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Travel With Zoe

I made a couple of Jamaican friends while I was there, and I had nothing to do one evening so I went to the bar where one of these friends, Jody, works, also in the mountains near Ochi. Her bar is really small so it often closes early, like midnight. She said she wanted to go out after it closed and I said I was down for that, but we had no way of getting there (taxis are more rare and expensive at night), so we were hoping some nice men would appear at her bar, say they were going out, and we’d join them.

We almost gave up then a nice car pulled up and two men got out. They bought Coolie (Jody’s friend) and me a drink straight away, so we knew there was a chance they’d take us out with them after. Jody fluttered her eyelashes and…

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Shades Nightclub: a night to remember … or forget?!

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kate and kayla

Parental Advisory!! Moms (Audrey and Yvonne): please be forewarned that this post involves your daughters going to a strip club.  Continue at your own risk.  Oh!  And it gets worse…

It all started on a Tuesday in July, on our second trip to Jamaica.  We had left Breezes Resort with some friends and were chillin up in the hills of Old Road … the friends we were hanging out with told us (half jokingly) that we should go to Shades later that night, telling us it was a night club in Ocho Rios.  We said we were up for whatever, but they told us they didn’t think we were ready for it just yet.  We returned in September, and again started hearing about Shades – this time we discovered that, while yes, it is a night club, on Tuesdays they have “freaky night” … including a live sex show ……

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Looking back at the (Trinidad) Carnival…

Caroline Taylor

It’s been a week since the reign of the Merry Monarch came to an end.

I grew up just outside Port of Spain, to a Carnival-avoiding papa and a pan-loving, mas-playing, culture-crazy mama, with access to the home of an adopted grandmother who lived right on Ariapita Avenue (opposite where the popular Corner Bar now is).

In other words, I’ve always been a Carnival baby, and apart from last year where I did the 3canal show up to Carnival Saturday and then slept through J’Ouvert and Carnival, I have never been in the country and not in costume or at least crashing any band that I passed.

I’m not a big partier, but I do love soca and calypso and mas-making and all the artforms that come to the forefront of the national consciousness during these remarkable few weeks that we call the Carnival season. It’s also my favourite time…

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Looking back at the (Trinidad) Carnival…

Caroline Taylor

It’s been a week since the reign of the Merry Monarch came to an end.

I grew up just outside Port of Spain, to a Carnival-avoiding papa and a pan-loving, mas-playing, culture-crazy mama, with access to the home of an adopted grandmother who lived right on Ariapita Avenue (opposite where the popular Corner Bar now is).

In other words, I’ve always been a Carnival baby, and apart from last year where I did the 3canal show up to Carnival Saturday and then slept through J’Ouvert and Carnival, I have never been in the country and not in costume or at least crashing any band that I passed.

I’m not a big partier, but I do love soca and calypso and mas-making and all the artforms that come to the forefront of the national consciousness during these remarkable few weeks that we call the Carnival season. It’s also my favourite time…

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