High Time Fi Woman Bishop

Mi no understand wa mek it so hard fi Christian see seh man an woman supposen fi have di said same rights. / Mi no andastan wa mek it so aad fi Krischan si se man an uman supuozn fi av di sed siem raits. I don't understand why it's so hard for Christians to accept that men and woman are supposed to have equal rights.

A Tale of the Magical Calabash

The twelfth staging of the Calabash International Literary Festival, a month ago, was dubbed 'globalicious' by Kwame Dawes, the programmer for the event. And it certainly was both global and delicious. The calabash was full to the brim and running over with both literary and musical delicacies

Dutty Tribal Politics

The JLP equivalent of 'dutty Labourite' is 'classist PNP'. Unfortunately, in the tracing match of tribal politics, 'classist' just doesn't have the sting of 'dutty'.

Sexual Falsehood Top To Bottom

Perhaps I’m expecting too much of Jamaican men. But I think a self-confident man could have acted far differently to the outing of Dwayne. A real man could have made a joke of it. He could have just said, “Bombo claat! Di bwoy good! Im ketch mi fi true!” And even though Dwyane didn’t have a bombo, the profanity would have been enough of a judgement.

JTA Bark An Bite

Inna Jamaica, daag-mongrel an man-mongrel a two different kind a mongrel. Daag-mongrel a di bad-breed mongrel weh no got no pedigree. . . . Man-mongrel now, dat a one different-different story. Dem deh mongrel a di high-class mongrel. A dem run tings inna Jamaica./ Ina Jamieka, daag-mongrel an man-mongrel a tuu difran kain a mongrel. Daag-mongrel a di bad-briid mongrel we no gat no pedigrii. . . . Man-mongrel nou, dat a wan difran-difran tuori. Dem de mongrel a di ai-klaas mongrel. A dem ron tingz ina Jamieka./ In Jamaica, canine mongrels and human mongrels are very different breeds. Canine mongrels have no pedigree. . . . Now, human mongrels are a completely different story. They are high-class breeds. They are the elite of Jamaican society.

Every Hoe Have Dem Stick A Bush

A no no problem fi me if di stick an di hoe dem join up ascorden to fi dem preference. Mi no business. A fi dem business. Di big problem a when di stick an di hoe hitch on pon one anodder an dem no match. / A no no prablem fi mi if di stik an di uo dem jain op azkaadn tu fi dem prefrans. Mi no bizniz. A fi dem bizniz. Di big prablem a wen di stik an di uo ich aan pan wan anada an dem no mach. / It’s not a problem for me if sticks and hoes connect however they choose. That’s not my business. It’s theirs. The big problem is if the sticks and hoes get stuck and they're not compatible.

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