There is no denying we are out of many one people, so for crying out loud, whenever the discourse arises on our representation on the international scene as to ‘depiction’ and even locally, just draw brakes……………… Simmer down, keep it real and go into the archives to the present and note if there are any changes. Not perception, changes. Come on man, talk di tings and ease off the offensive bench.
Dark and beautiful are hardly words we often hear in reference to Jamaican people. I am not touching the ‘race card’, I am speaking specifically to ‘yard’ and the article below. Our definition of beauty is based on the ‘hue’ ideally referred to as the ‘browning’. We have become wider in our classification picking up some adjectives from the North, who we admire to the point of foolery. The hair is the heart of our women, Jamaican no different. Though the hair in its natural form is still not accepted by the majority who are considered movers and shakers on the Roc. You still hear in conversations, ‘mi hair a bad hair, it nuh good’ hence natural will never be for me. The weave, wigs are not only worn as changing up your look but as a total replacement to what you were born with.
As I watched a reality show just on the scene, the words coming out of the mouth of a beautiful black woman was astounding. Yes she is strikingly beautiful, also her sisters, so much so that one of the other cast members (white) asserted that her beauty was due to her being a ‘mullato’. That did not sit well with the black beauty as she classified herself as being black and took offense to the term ‘mullato’. A term I must say many would love to own on the Roc. After all, she was the third wife of an African plastic surgeon whose hue was no denying his gene pool. She therefore refers to herself as black, her children a representation of dark skin. Her words were, ‘no I do not swim or go into the water. My weave, my weave. Don’t you know black women stay away from the water because of our weave’? I am paraphrasing, however, it is as close to her words. What a PITY!!!!!! The black woman cannot put the weave aside, adorn the natural hair whether relaxed or otherwise with a view to enjoying the pool, ocean, or getting splashed all over from both sidelines, either in and out of the water. Despite her obvious beauty, the hair issue resonates with the belief of ‘black hair’, nuh good. I will emphatically state, this is purely a generation curse which has become a stronghold that many still refuse to break.
I make no apologies when I read and see Dewieght Peters comments, his work and declare; it is about bloody time ‘out of many one people’ is truly represented. You have to be open, look and you shall find. We have the baddest, hottest, sexiest women on planet earth hailing from the Roc regardless of their ‘hue’. They must be celebrated, taught to love themself in their own skin and truly overcome the voices that want to say you are less than because of………….
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Deiwght Peters: Taking brand Jamaica to the world
(Loop Jamaica Sunday 28 May 2017)