Where I Belonged: What Is For You - Part 25 - Tale of a Jamaican-Canadian student in Jamaica for a one-year exchange program As could be expected, even though we'd talked, or pretended to talk, about the silence between us, that night made things no better. In fact, it made it worse. We went from being too quiet around each other to being incredibly fake and excessively chatty around each other. We would each babble away to each other daily about superficial things, like what we'd seen on television, what we'd eaten for meals, what pieces of gossip were going around campus. Not that we hadn't always talked about that stuff, but before, we'd also talk about our feelings, our thoughts, our emotions..
Pre-Business Marriage Communication Problems – Memoirs of An Illegal Alien Part 99
Everything was coming together. I let Genie out the lease only taking 50% of the penalty. I needed her at the wedding so I was very lenient. Juliet moved in a week after Geanie left. She did not have a lot as she had sold some of her items before moving. The arrangement was great. We stayed out of each other's way like roommates. We talked mainly in the evenings as she was a night owl when it came to studying. With Juliet now living with me, the next step was to call my family and tell them the news.
5 New Poems
We added 4 new poems by Maxine Foster: He Promise, Empress , Folk Song, I Am Love,I Love HIM- The Most High God, and Just Like My Father.
Jamaican Joke: Where is the Bus Going?
On a bus from Half Way Tree to Red Hills a girl sitting close to me phone rang, she answered, "Barry Honey, I'm in a bus going to Clarendon for the burial...
Dealing With Distance: What Is For You - Part 24 For the rest of the week, I couldn’t stop thinking about my future with Kevin. My remaining time in Jamaica was getting shorter and shorter, and I was dreading the moment when things ended between us. How was he going to end things with me? Would he act like nothing was wrong as he saw me off at the airport, then just never return my calls or emails? Would he sit me down one night and tell me that it had been fun but that it was over? And how would I react? Would I keep my cool, or would I cry and grovel like a fool?
Pre-Marriage Demands – Memoirs of An Illegal Alien Part 98
I was scared of making the call. This was going to be another awkward conversation. I had not heard from Juliet in 6 weeks. I had been patiently waiting for an answer on my business marriage proposal
but could not wait any longer. The immigration debate in congress gave me a new sense of urgency about my situation. I wanted an answer quickly so I could move on to the next "business marriage" candidate.
BOARDLANE TV BROADCAST: WILL JAMAICANS PULL THE THREAD ON THEIR WEAVES? (Jamaican Spoof)
Customs Commissioner, Major Richard Reese recently announced that the Customs Department will be collecting taxes on the import of human hair weaves. According to recent reports, weave imports have reached JM$1 billion and now the government wants a bigger piece of the pie. Boardlane TV took to the streets to find out how local hairdressers and customers feel about the imposed tax on this commodity.
Tears At A Wedding: What is For You - Part 23 The next afternoon, Kevin arrived to pick me up for his cousin’s wedding just seconds after I had finished doing my hair, my final step in getting ready. “You look great, as usual,” he greeted me with a kiss.
Jamaican Nicknames: The Twelve People You Meet On The Way Home from School
My school days at Alpha Academy were the most unforgettable because they were colored by some of the most interesting and memorable characters. On days when I had to stay back for extra –curricular activities , my friends and I would opt to walk home approximately four miles. If it was extremely late and about to get dark, we would take the bus home , however, this activity earned me the nick name of “Madeeks”…Why you may ask?
Barber Shop Meets Illegal Immigration – Memoirs of An Illegal Alien Part 97
It had been three weeks since I met with Juliet about the business marriage. I still did not have an answer to my proposal. I was tempted to follow up with her but did not want to be too aggressive. There was a new immigration debate heating up in Washington. A few Senators were proposing a bill that would provide illegal aliens with amnesty. That bill was also adamantly opposed by some members in Congress and they a proposed a law to counter any amnesty bill. The law would deport all illegal aliens and change the way employment verifications were done by companies.
Christmas in Jamaica
It Christmas time again and there is nothing like a Jamaican Christmas. Check out our Christmas recipes including Jamaican fruit cake, red sorrel and white sorrel. We also have some great articles, poems and music on Christmas in Jamaica.
4 New Poems
We added 4 new poems: Quarrel, In honor of Sai Baba, A Heart Of Gratitude and You Never by Maxine Foster
Duppy know who fi frighten
Memory: days of visiting country, rolling calf, and DUPPY! A brief memory of my journey to the country side from Kingston
Politricks: What Is For You - Part 22 Three weeks after the robbery, I was finally starting to feel less anxious and more like myself again. Miss Bettie’s words had struck a chord with me that evening. Jamaica was a rough place, a hard place, and I didn’t think it was a place that I could live in anymore, but it had still hurt me to hear her suggest I would forget all about it, just like it had hurt me when Adrianne said I wasn’t a Jamaican.
VOICE TOP 10 PERFORMS: JAMAICANS WEIGH IN.(Jamaican Spoof)
The Voice’s final 10 singers assembled for a live two-hour battle last night. The night was punctuated by a “cameo” appearance from Olympian Usain Bolt. When it was her time, Tessanne Chin gave another powerful rendition of “If I was your woman.” With nine other contestants who performed, Boarlane TV is Live in Portmore, Jamaica to obtain feedback from the viewers of the show.
This Cursed Place: What Is For You - Part 21 Adrianne knew how stressed out I had been about the robbery, and how stressed I now was about the Colin phone fiasco, so in spite of being really busy with her internship, she took the time out to come visit me a few days later. I had been lying on my bed, wallowing, so I was delighted when I got the call from the gate saying that she was there. She could always cheer me up. “How yu look like that?” she asked me as soon as she saw me, screwing up her face.
“Is Tessanne Chin really Jamaican” - 5 Things to tell your Non-Jamaican Friends When They Ask
Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin has “wowed” the world, while “tearing” up the competition on The Voice. As a Jamaica living abroad your non-Jamaican friends and co-workers are now going to ask questions. It is the typical questions you hear when their perception of what a Jamaican should look like is challenged. Here are some examples of the questions your will be asked: “Tessanne Chin does not look Jamaican. Are there really Asians in Jamaica?” “Where did the Asians in Jamaica come from?” “Are there other Chinese entertainers in Jamaica?” “Why do you call Tessane a Chiney girl?”. Well we have prepared 5 great responses that will make this a teachable moment on Jamaica and our diversity.
JAMAICANS TURN UP THE VOTES FOR TESSANNE CHIN: Live Broadcast. (Jamaican Spoof)
The Voice finally went live on Nov 4th, with Team Adam and Team Blake giving performances throughout the night. However, the NBC show saved the best for last. The Jamaican songstress, Tessanne Chin, absolutely stole the show with her mind-blowingly soulful rendition of Jimmy Cliff‘s “Many Rivers To Cross.” With the voting round now open, Boardlane TV wanted to get insights on how Jamaicans showed their support for Tessanne Chin.
Will you “Business” Marry Me? – Memoirs of An Illegal Alien Part 96
I found the perfect “business” marriage candidate
, now it was time to propose to her. How would I do it? I could not do it on a date as Juliet could get the wrong impression if I asked her out. I needed to do it in a private setting. My bigger fear was her saying no.
Jamaican Street Dance History
Jamaica's street dance culture dates back to the late 50's early 60's. In anticipation of Jamaica gaining independence from Britain, the late 50's brought about a new found spirit of nationalism. Inspired by this, local jazz musician and pioneering producer "Coxsone" Dodd was driven to create a uniquely Jamaican dance sound. This music was called Ska and fused American jazz and R&B with Jamaican mento, and featured a strong bass and drum rhythm section, guitars, keyboards and brass. Rocksteady, and later, reggae eventually evolved from ska in the late 1960's.
Thea's Jamaican Childhood : Short Cut Draw Blood
Growing up in Jamaica as a youngster can be a wonderful experience yet challenging. Step into the lives of Mich and Nicky as they explore both the good, bad, and the ugly as two adventurous 11 year old girls. But their innocence was almost snatched away by a perverted man when the girls decided to take a short-cut home…Read on…
Granny Gheeta Story: Waiting for the Blistering
In Jamaica, no decent child was ever spared a scolding. No matter how cool your parents were considered, when it came time to doling out punishments, they were slow but often sure.
The Night Everything Changed: What Is For You - Part 20 “Hi! Where are you off to this evening?” asked Arlene from my doorway. She had just come home from visiting a friend on Irvine Hall and when passing my room, had been surprised to see me all dressed up and putting make-up on. I had told her earlier I had no Friday night plans since Kevin was studying and I wanted to take a break from doing work. “What hot date you and your man have tonight?”
Thea's Jamaican Childhood - Granny wid de magnet
RIP Granny Ivy (1919-2011) was a wonderful lady who was serious about her garden among other things. Take a brief path down memory lane of Sunday evenings of men playing soccer but not so easy if the ball landed in my grand-mother's garden...
Candidates for a Business Marriage – Memoirs of An Illegal Alien Part 95
It was over 9 months ago when I promised myself that I would get my green card by any means necessary. Doing a business marriage was the only option I saw to getting a green card. I had been busy gathering a list of potential business marriage candidates.
Tessanne Chin Storms The Voice: Jamaicans React. (Jamaican Spoof)
Jamaicans woke up to a natural high after witnessing Reggae superstar, Tessanne Chin, dominated night two of The Voice’s blind auditions. Tessanne, who really had the judges going all-in, sang “Try” by Pink. The Jamaican had all four judges turned around by the time she hit the song’s chorus. Today Boardlane TV gets reaction from Jamaicans in downtown Kingston.
Feeling At Home: What Is For You - Part 19 It seemed like the year was getting off to a good start for everybody in the romance department! Adrianne had met a guy at Kevin's party that she'd had some good dates with, and even Jomo and Arlene had started spending more time together recently. I was sure one of them would make a move soon enough.
Jamaican Joke: Old Age
During a visit to a Jamaican doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old-age home?"
Babysitting at Work: The Homewrecker and the Stripper - Memoirs Of An Illegal Alien Part 94
I knew being a manager would be difficult, however, I never expected it to be this hard. I was now a babysitter, referee, time clock, protector and relationship advisor. The latter happened due mainly to me starting to be extra friendly to the ladies at work. I was on the lookout for a "wife" so it made sense for me to be nice to them. There were times I wished I was still on the night shift as a regular employee. There was less drama. I went from being someone who anyone barely noticed to being one that everyone needed to do something for them.
Jamaican Joke: Him ago live long!
A group of Jamaican people were in church for a 10 o'clock funeral. Up till 2:30 di body hadn't arrive and mourners starts to vent their anger.
Romance All Round: What Is For You - Part 18
The ongoing story of Jamaican-Canadian, Nadiya Foster, and her year at UWI.
Top 12 Jamaican festival songs in the past 51 years
Jamaican festival songs can take many forms, from call to actions, celebration of Jamaica’s achievements, Jamaican culture, Jamaican food and current events. Going through the list of songs
and narrowing it down to 12 was a challenge for our editorial team. On this list, you'll find songs that we believe have a strong message celebrating Jamaica’s Independence. So here is our list top 12 Jamaican festival songs about our beautiful country...Jamaica.
Top 20 Names You Know Are Jamaican Men
If you live outside of Jamaica there are certain names you hear and you know that person has to be Jamaican or of Jamaican descent. We have compiled a list of the top names that probably says they are Jamaica or of Jamaican descent.
Racial Profiling & The Illegal Alien Code Of Conduct – Memoirs of an Illegal Alien Part 93
The group of 5 black teenage boys were whispering to each other and looking around as they walked in the store. I followed them from a distance and observed there actions. They were joking around like typical teenagers.