David Cameron heralded his visit to Jamaica last week with plans to build a prison. But the natives were restless, and wanted reparations for slavery instead. The British Prime Minister adroitly sidestepped the issue with his stiff upper lip, offending many Jamaicans. That we got one and no promise of the other was not lost on social media users:
Last week the PNP and JLP took their party politics online. PNP’s Dayton Campbell claims that the slogan used by the JLP, “Poverty To Prosperity” was originally his, while the JLP claims it was actually used by former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding in 2011.
The Emmys last night honoured Viola Davis as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. As the first black woman awarded such, Viola invoked Harriet Tubman and the few opportunities for black women in Hollywood. Her moving acceptance speech brought the audience to tears:
Snapchat will feature Jamaica as a Live Story today! Jamaicans are exicted and are sharing hilarious and serious opinions about what should be featured.
A Live Story is, in Snapchat's words: "a curated stream of user submitted Snaps from various locations and events." Today the location is Jamaica.
Jamaican standards of beauty are paradoxically affected by both Eurocentric and Afrocentric influences. We praise the slender (often light-skinned) woman with straight or curly hair, but also embrace the voluptuous dark-skinned woman. The rub comes because the Eurocentric standard of beauty is often heralded as somehow better than the Afrocentric. And because western stakeholders control pageants like Miss Universe, their standards of beauty are upheld.
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