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BIG UPS fi Jamaica- Some of my favorite things

In Jamaica, “big ups” is an expression used in the same way as “shout out” or “give yourself a pat on the back” in the US. 816 more words

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Gomes No Gone No Weh

Two spelling systems are used for the Jamaican language below.  The first, which I call  ‘chaka-chaka’, is based on English spelling.  The second,  ‘prapa-prapa’, is the specialist phonetic system designed by the Jamaican linguist Frederic Cassidy.   1,726 more words

Jamaican Culture

Men Who Have Sex With Men and Women

There’s a very vulnerable group of women who don’t seem to be on the agenda of Dr Carolyn Gomes and her Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) Coalition. 871 more words

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'Man To Man Is So Unjust'

I recently heard an alarming interpretation of the first line of Bob Marley’s song Who the Cap Fit.

The proverbial statement, ‘man to man is so unjust’, is now being decoded as a condemnation of male homosexuals. 825 more words

Jamaican Culture

Honesty Stings- Jamaicans say it straight up

Mawnin’ brothas and sistahs!

Welp, June is winding down. After Sunday, I’ll have officially been at site for one month. That was fast! Despite the fact that it’s late June, school here in Jamaica won’t end until the first week of July. 408 more words

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"Soon Come," the laid back Jamaican way

Two blog posts in one week! I know, totally unheard of.

Today, I want to talk about this Patwa phrase that comes up a lot: … 306 more words

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