Monday, February 28, 2011

3 Years in the Making

Negasi is 3 today-yay!! Can you imagine? It's been 3 years since he was re-introduced to the world (still trying to figure out what he was doing here before.)

Negasi celebrated his day at school having treats with his friends.

I'll share with you some photos of Negasi's progression since he was 'unearthed' until today...

True Pisces..notice the fish tail.

2 of Negasi's favorite cartoon characters.  Concerned? Just a tad.

He's awoken to a celebration.  No, his excitement level didn't increase much more than this.

His class of mainly boys.

Trying to handle the ice cream situation (it's always a 'situation' when it comes to ice cream.

That's young Shawn at the head of the table. He and Negasi are good friends.  I admire Shawn for his level of maturity.  He opted not to wear a party hat because of the discomfort it caused him, nor did he want an ice cream cone. He said it was too messy.

Peace and Love.

Friday, February 25, 2011

What to make of "RastaMouse?"

The BBC has got a hit on its hands with the new children's cartoon, "RastaMouse."  The main character is a Rastafarian mouse who fights crime...what do InI think??? Reinforcing stereotypes or instilling cultural pride?  Feedforward please!!

Also, check out this post on Repeating Islands, a blog I follow for a look at how the individual who plays the main character's voice perceives the show's concept and message.

Here is a link to the official RastaMouse website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jamaican Resort's Idea of Entertainment Strangely Reminiscent of Sensationalization Surrounding African Women's Sexuality circa 18th Century Slavery -

We visited a beach on Jamaica's resort town of Ocho Rios a few weeks ago.   Who did the hotel hire to entertain the shiploads of tourists?  See below.  Any thoughts?  Oh, there was a minstrel-like man performing, as well.  Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of him.

Peace and Love (amidst the madness)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rastafari and Resistance (Giving thanks to Horace Campbell for the title)

The past few weeks since I last blogged have been beautifully busy...Beauty & in the business being handled. (Sigh) I digress.  What I mean by this is I've been flanked by guests for the past 3 weeks- an old friend, my sister, Darise,  and Negasi's Dad once more.  Also, research has been moving along in a "healthy" manner.  I've begun a second course related to my work here in Jamaica entitled Rastafari in the Global Context, and with each Rastafarian artist I meet and interview I am introduced to at least another.  Good stuff.

Negasi and I sealed this past weekend up by attending the Rastafari Youth Initiative Council's monthly general meeting, which was held in the community of Shanti Town in Linstead, St. Catherine this month.  A group of close to 20 RYIC members all boarded a chartered bus this Sunday leaving from Country Farmhouse in Vineyard Town heading to Linstead.  We hadn't made it far before the bus was pulled over for a "routine" stop by armed policemen. The stop was made in downtown Kingston close to Coronation Market ( I am uncertain of the exact road we were on when stopped.)  Upon being stopped the driver paused the music of the Nyabinghi drums and Rasta chanting that played from a CD provided by one of the members.  After reviewing the driver's documentation, the police officer decided to issue a ticket to our driver for failure to wear a seat belt and for not having a badge, which I believe is a requirement for drivers of coaster buses in Jamaica.  In the ten to fifteen minutes it took the police officer to contemplate whether or not he even felt like issuing a ticket, then actually write the ticket for our driver, some members on the bus began to chant [down Babylon.]  Watching as the police officer began to catch on to the words of the chant and quickly become incensed, I became uncertain as to how the whole ordeal would end.  It wasn't long before we were all ordered off the bus for a "routine" search.  So, with Negasi asleep in my arms, I disembarked with the others to allow the police officers to "do their job" (of disrupting a busload of peaceful individuals who, on that very afternoon, were headed to carry out the urgent task of empowering and mobilizing Jamaica's marginalized communities.)  What ensued was a blatant act of discrimination against Rastafari- threats to arrest, accusations made by the officers of possession of ganja, and, of course the knowledge that a busload of Christian churchgoers would not have been dealt with in the same manner.  To make a long story short opinions (stereotypes) were exchanged, voices raised, and warnings issued (one of the officers warned that my taping of the ordeal was an offense- he'd do well in the NYPD! :D) before we were allowed to enter the bus again and continue on our journey...

Intimidating, no?
Outside of the bus after being ordered off to allow for a search. Nothing was found.

Police officer as he searches ones' belongings left inside the bus. 

View video of part of the whole exchange below.  Followers, PLEASE post feedforward on the issues that arise in this video, spoken and unspoken, into the "comments" section of this post.  


Anyway, a little negativity couldn't sabotage what we set out to do.  The meeting was an immense success, positive vibes all around.  Issues such as the dangers of medical vaccinations that we are often required to give our children, the importance of eating ital, repatriation and reparations were addressed. Ras Tyehimba of was the guest speaker for the meeting.  Here is a group photo of the gathering. 

PEACE & One Perfect LOVE, always...