Remember those days when you walked around barefoot?
You might have done this as a child and the reason may have been more humble than the focus of this article. Growing up in Jamaica, I walked barefoot throughout my yard and by extension my community, mainly because I had but two pairs of shoes – one primarily to be worn to school and the other for all other outings. We spared our shoes because we did not have the luxury of multiple pairs of shoes. Well, I quite enjoyed those days and I actually did not feel more healthy or more in tuned with nature and all forces in the environment. Those who know what I am talking about, can identity very well with the facts I am about to reveal in the up-coming paragraphs.
Scientists are finally catching up to us and have acknowledged what we have known all along walking barefoot in nature on a daily basis improves your overall well-being. It’s incredible to think that merely walking barefoot on the earth can heal disease.
When bare feet connect with the ground, there is a transfer of free electrons from the earth through the skin. These electrons are the most powerful antioxidants known. By scavenging and neutralizing free radicals in the body, antioxidants help to ease inflammation as well as cell and tissue damage. Remember, inflammation is the bane of health — contributing to everything from heart disease to cancer to diabetes. Free electrons have a negative charge while free radicals are positive — they cancel each other out.
The foot contains an intricate (and sensitive) network of nerves and acupuncture points. Because of this, the feet are especially adept at picking up free electrons. The potential benefits from the earth's energy on the brain, heart, muscles, immune and nervous systems — and in turn the whole body and the aging process — are massive.
Have a look at the perks of tossing those shoes and connecting with the earth and with so many benefits and very little cost, you just may never wear shoes again.
· Improves sleep
· Lowers stress
· Improves energy
· Heightened clarity
· A calm nervous system
· Accelerated healing from injuries
· Cardiovascular health
· Enhanced immune system
· Reduced PMS symptoms
· Increased energy
· Reduction in inflammation
· Elimination of jet lag
· Reduce chronic pain
· Lessens hormonal and menstrual symptoms
· Accelerates recovery from extreme athletic activity
· Protection against electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
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born Winston Rodney is a Jamaican roots reggae singer and musician. Rodney, bass singer Rupert Willington and later tenor Delroy Hinds formed the group Burning Spear in 1969 which was originally named after a military award given to Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime Minister and President of an independent Kenya. Burning Spear is a Rastafarian and one of the most influential and long-standing roots artist to emerge out of the 1970s. Read More.............
is a reggae producer, one of the most successful of the digital era. He worked with such renowned artists as Freddie McGregor, Delroy Wilson, Marcia Griffiths, and Tenor Saw, Buju Banton (who under Germain had more Jamaican number one singles than any other artist), Mad Cobra, Cutty Ranks, Morgan Heritage, Wayne Wonder, and Beres Hammond.
born James Hubert Lawrence is an English-born Jamaican professional footballer and former manager of Southern League side Ashford Town. He is currently signed as a player for Tooting & Mitcham United. His debut for Jamaica came in a 1–0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago on 28 February 2001
was a Jamaican ska trombonist and composer. He was one of the original members of The Skatalites, and composed many of their tunes. In 2013, a ballet telling the story of Drummond's life was performed by the National Dance Theatre Company. Created by Clive Thompson, the ballet is titled Malungu.
In 2013 a comprehensive biography of Don Drummond was published by McFarland Publishing. "Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World's Greatest Trombonist" by Heather Augustyn, features a foreword by Delfeayo Marsalis
is a dancehall reggae singer from Tawes Pen, St Catherine. Chevelle hit superstar status when she teamed up with Beenie Man to sing the theme song for the movie "Dancehall Queen" shot in Jamaica. Song was an instant hit in Jamaica and overseas. Like so many artists of the 90s (Lt Stitchie and Papa San) Chevelle has since become a christian and now sings gospel reggae music.
is a Jamaican reggae singer whose early career was nurtured by Bob Marley. She went on to become a successful dancehall artist in the 1990s.
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Onandi Lowe - International Soccer Player
• Born Onandi Lowe in 1974
• Also known as “Nandi”
• Best known as a prolific forward.
• Scored 27 goals in 65 international appearances and was known as a free-kick specialist.
•Caribbean Cup winner: 1998
• Appeared at the 1998 FIFA World Cup Lowe played the entire 90 minutes in an historic win over Japan (2-1), as well as the opening loss to Croatia (3-1).
• A-League champion: 2000 with Rochester Raging Rhinos
• Football League Third Division champion: 2002–03 with Rushden & Diamonds (hitting 49 goals in 90 league games for the club).
• Also played for the following teams/clubs, Harbour View, Montreal Impact (Canadian), Richmond Kickers (American), Kansas City Wizards (American), Port Vale (English) and Coventry City (England).
• Arrested in 2005 by British Police on drug charges. He was later cleared of the charges, dismissed for lack of evidence
• Arrested and charged in St Catherine in December 2007 for possession of marijuana for which he paid a small fine.
• Played for Portmore United, Miami FC, and Arnett Gardens before he retired in 2008.
• His son, Damian Lowe, following in his father's footsteps played at Camperdown High School and for Harbour View in Jamaica before coming to the US to play at the University of Hartford and Reading United, one of the top feeder clubs in the PDL.
• After three years at the University of Hartford, Damian was drafted eighth in the MLS Super Draft in 2014, one of three Jamaicans chosen in the first ten selections.
Rachel Stuart - Former Ms Jamaica Universe
Terror Fabulous - Popular 90s Deejay
Jody Annne Maxwell - Spelling Bee Champian
• Born Jody-Anne Maxwell in 1986
• Winner of the 1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee at age twelve.
• Made history as the first non-American to win the competition.
• Maxwell qualified for the Scripps competition by winning Jamaica's National Spelling Bee Championship that same year.
• Her sister Janice Maxwell had also won Jamaica's National Spelling Bee Championship in 1990.
• Later went on to host the local Jamaican program The KFC Quiz Show.
• Was a contestant on Nickelodeon's game show “Figure it Out” in 1998.
Nadine Sutherland - Child Superstar & Musical Icon
Children who complete their education in Jamaica are often ahead of the American School System. The curriculum is so advanced that when an average primary school student from Jamaica enters high school in America, they are often ahead of the class. An average child in Jamaica will complete high school education between the ages of 15-16 years, since the average Jamaicans is admitted to high school at age ten.
After emancipation the West Indian Commission granted a sum of money to establish Elementary Schools, now known as All Age Schools. Most of these schools were established by the churches. This was the genesis of the modern Jamaican school system.
Early childhood – Basic, Infant and privately operated pre- school, age cohort 2 – 5 years. However, children who are potty trained early is allowed to enter the basic school program before age two. The basic school system in Jamaica is heavily geared towards early education, it is not a typical daycare environment.
Primary – Publicly and privately (Preparatory) owned schools, ages 5 – 12 years. The Caribbean based exam (GSAT) is administered to students from age 10-12, if successful students are able to graduate and attend the secondary school of their choice. Therefore a large percentage of students actually enter the secondary school level at age 10.
Secondary (High) – Publicly and privately owned. Ages 10 – 18 years. The high schools in Jamaica may be either single-sex or co-educational institutions, and many schools follow the traditional English grammar school model used throughout the British West Indies. Due to a large percentage of students entering secondary school at age 10, the average age that students graduate from High School in Jamaica is age 16. However, the student can opt to re-enter high school (sixth form) and complete an additional two years of college level classes, commonly referred to as advanced level (A Level) courses.
Tertiary – Community Colleges, Teachers’ Colleges with The Mico Teachers' College (now The MICO University College) being the oldest founded in 1836,The Shortwood Teachers' College (which was once an all-female teacher training institution), Vocational Training Centres, Colleges and Universities – Publicly and privately owned. There are five local universities namely: The University of the West Indies (Mona Campus); the University of Technology, Jamaica formerly The College of Art Science and Technology (CAST); the Northern Caribbean University formerly West Indies College; the University College of The Caribbean and the International University of the Caribbean. Typical student will enter college at 17-18 years. Bachelor degrees in the arts, social or natural sciences average 3 years, therefore a typical full time college student would complete a degree by age 20-21.
There are many community and teacher training colleges. Education is free from basic to primary level. There are also opportunities for those who cannot afford further education in the vocational arena through the Human Employment and Resource Training-National Training Agency (HEART Trust-NTA) programme and through an extensive scholarship network for the various universities.
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh greeted by school children in Jamaica in 1953 Jamaica was still a British colony when the Queen visited in 1953.
The emancipation of the slaves heralded in the establishment of the Jamaican education system for the masses. Prior to emancipation there were few schools for educating locals. Many sent their children off to England to access quality
was born in The Bronx, New York City, the daughter of Valerie, a professor and educational consultant, and Earl Washington, a real estate broker. Her father's family is African American, from South Carolina and Brooklyn, and her mother's family is Jamaican American, from Manhattan; Washington has said that her mother is from a "mixed-race background but from Jamaica, so she is partly English and Scottish and Native American, but also descended from African slaves in the Caribbean". She is related to former secretary of state Colin Powell through her mother.
is of Jamaican and Bahamian ancestry and has three older brothers. He has five children from four previous relationships. On July 19, 2008, he married then law school graduate Kristin Thompson in Dallas, Texas. She is the mother of his sixth child.
was born in Streatham, South London, the daughter of Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris. In accordance with her mother's wishes, Campbell has never met her father, who abandoned her mother when she was four months pregnant and was unnamed on her birth certificate. She took on the surname Campbell from her mother's second marriage. Her half-brother, Pierre, was born in 1985. Campbell is of African-Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family name Ming.
She's 26yrs Old With Jamaican Roots From Miami FL. Keyshia Has Done Styling Work For Hip Hop Celebrities As Well As MTV & BET. But Her Big Break Came From The Lead Role In Timberland's "Say Something" Music Video Featuring "Drake". She's Also Done Videos For Young Jeezy "Loose My Mind" & Gucci Mane "911". 2010 Was A Wonderful Year For Keyshia & Ended Being Crowned XXL Magazine's Eye Candy Model Of The Year. 2011 Has Kicked Off With The Launch Of Her New Lip Stick Line Called "Secret Kisses". Keisha Is Definitely Staying Relevant & On Her Grind So Look For Even Bigger Things To Pop Off For Her.
From the hit series Prison Break is of multiethnic origin: his father is of African-American, Jamaican, English, German, Jewish, and Cherokee background, and his mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry. He has stated, "My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, at times, caught between two communities."
SHE BEGAN HER CAREER on The Cosby Show at the age of four, and since then she has never looked back. Music star Alicia Auguello Cook, better known as Alicia Keys, was born on January 25, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City. She is of mixed ancestry and ethnicity. Her father, Craig Cook, is a former flight attendant of African American and Jamaican extraction, while her mother, Teresa Augello, a former paralegal and part-time actress, is of Italian, Scottish and Irish background.
Junkanoo is a street parade with music which occurs in many towns across The Bahamas every Boxing Day (December 26), New Year's Day and, more recently, in the summer on the island of Grand Bahama. The largest Junkanoo parade happens in Nassau, the capital. There are also Junkanoo parades in Miami in June and Key West in October, where the local black American populations have their roots in the Bahamas. In addition to being a culture dance for the Garifuna people, this type of dancing is also performed in Jamaica on Independence day and other historical holidays.
The origin of the word "junkanoo" is rather obscure. Some people believe it comes from the French "L'inconnu" which means "the unknown," in reference to the masks worn by the paraders. Junkanoo may have West African origins, as the costumes and conduct of the masqueraders bear similarities with the Yoruba Egungun festivals.
It is believed that this festival began during the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves in The Bahamas were given a special holiday around Christmas time when they would be able to leave the plantations to be with their family and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music, and costumes. After emancipation, this tradition continued, and junkanoo has evolved from its simple origins to a formal, more organized parade with sophisticated, intricate costumes, themed music, and incentive prizes.
Parades in Nassau are judged in various categories; A (or Major) Category, the B Category, Individual costume, and fun groups. The A category groups involved in the Nassau Junkanoo include The Valley Boys, The Music Makers, Roots, Saxons, One Family and The Prodigal Sons. Groups of the past include The Vikings and Chippie and the Boys. In the B category, groups include The Redland Soldiers, Colours Entertainment, Fancy Dancers, Original Congos, Conquerors for Christ, and Body of Christ Crusaders. Fun groups include The Pigs, Sting, and Barabbas & The Tribe.
The Obeah is a West Indian religion of folklore and magic. Obeah (sometimes spelled Obi, Obea or Obia) is a term used in the West Indies to refer to folk magic,sorcery, and religious practices derived from West African, and specifically Igbo origin. Obeah is similar to other African derived religions including Palo, Vodou, Santería, rootwork, and most of all hoodoo. Obeah is practiced is Suriname, Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Guyana, Barbados, Grenada, Belize,The Bahamas and other Caribbean countries. Obeah is associated with both benign and malignant magic, charms, luck, and with mysticism in general. In some Caribbean nations, Obeah refers to folk religions of the African diaspora. In some cases, aspects of these folk religions have survived through syncretism with Christian symbolism and practice introduced by European colonials and slave owners. Casual observation may conclude that Christian symbolism is incorporated into Obeah worship, but in fact may represent clandestine worship and religious protest.
The History of The Obeah ...
The term 'obeah' is first found in documents from the early 18th century, as in its connection to Nanny of the Maroons, but discussion of it becomes more frequent after it was made illegal in Jamaica after Tacky's War, in which an obeah man provided advice to the rebels.
In 1787 a letter to an English newspaper referred to "Obiu-women" interpreting the wishes of the dead at the funeral of a murdered slave in Jamaica: a footnote explained the term as meaning "Wise-women".
A continuing source of white anxiety related to Obeah was the belief that practitioners were skilled in using poisons, as mentioned in Matthew Lewis's Journal of a West India Proprietor. An anti-Obeah law passed in Barbados in 1818 specifically forbade the possession of "any poison, or any noxious or destructive substance". A doctor who examined the medicine chest of an Obeah man arrested in Jamaica in 1866 identified white arsenic as one of the powders in it, but could not identify the others. The unnamed correspondent reporting this affirmed "The Jamaica herbal is an extensive one, and comprises some highly poisonous juices, of which the Obeah men have a perfect knowledge."
During the mid 19th century the appearance of a comet in the sky became the focal point of an outbreak of religious fanatical millennialism among the Myal men of Jamaica. Spiritualism was at that time sweeping the English-speaking nations as well, and it readily appealed to those in the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, as spirit contact, especially with the dead, is an essential part of many African religions.
During the conflict between Myal and Obeah, the Myal men positioned themselves as the "good" opponents to "evil" Obeah. They claimed that Obeah men stole people's shadows, and they set themselves up as the helpers of those who wished to have their shadows restored. Myal men contacted spirits in order to expose the evil works they ascribed to the Obeah men, and led public parades which resulted in crowd-hysteria that engendered violent antagonism against Obeah men. The public "discovery" of buried Obeah charms, presumed to be of evil intent, led on more than one occasion to violence against the rival Obeah men.
Laws were passed that limited both Obeah and Myal traditions but due to the outrages perpetrated by the mobs of Myalists, the British government of Jamaica sent many Myal men to prison, and this, along with the failure of their millennialist prophecies.
The Origin of The Obeah ...
In parts of the Caribbean where Obeah existed, slaves were taken from a variety of African nations with differing spiritual practices and religions. It is from these arrivals and their spiritualisms that Obeah originates. The theory of origin that is most accepted and is supported by the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute database traces obeah to the dibia or obia (Igbo: doctoring) traditions of the Igbo people. Specialists in Obia (also spelled Obea) were known as Ndi Obia (Igbo: Obia people) and practiced the same activities as the obeah men and women of the Caribbean like predicting the future and manufacturing charms. Among the Igbo there were oracles known as ọbiạ which were said to be able to talk. Parts of the Caribbean where Obeah was most active imported a large number of its slaves from the Igbo dominated Bight of Biafra. In another theory, the Efik language is the root of obeah where the word obeah comes from the Efik ubio meaning 'a bad omen'. The last theory of the origin of Obeah lies with the Ashanti who called their priests (or Obayifoɔ) practices Obayie(Akan: witchcraft). There is also evidence of Akan names among Obeah men of the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries.The Akan origin of Obeah has been criticised by several writers with an Igbo origin thought to be more likely. However, in colonies where Bight of Biafra slaves were less represented and Akan were plenty (Suriname and Guyana), Obeah is thought to be more of a mixture of Akan beliefs. aincorporated various beliefs from the religions of later migrants to the colonies it was present. Obeah also influenced other religions in the Caribbean, e.g. Christianity which incorporated some Obeah beliefs.
Obeah in Trinidad and Tabago ...
One aspect of Obeah that is familiar to Trinidad and Tobago, though not all other nations where Obeah is practiced, is the Moko-Jumbie, or stilt dancer. Moko was a common word for Ibibio slaves. In the Trinidad and Tobago Obeah tradition. A Douen is a child who has died before being baptized, and is said to be forced to forever walk the earth at night in English-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Jewelry is made from deadly toxic red and black seeds called jumbies, jumbie eyes or jumbie beads (seeds of Abrus precatorius containing the lethal AB toxin abrin) in the Caribbean and South America. By contrast, the moko-jumbie of Trinidad and Tobago is brightly colored, dances in the daylight, and is very much alive. The moko-jumbie also represents the flip side of spiritual darkness, as stilt-dancing is most popular around holy days and Carnival.
Has Black Magic Become So Common That Anyone and Everyone Is Trying It?
The Obama White House is abuzz with talk of witchcraft by first grandmother, 72-year-old Marian Robinson, who lives in the White House residence. A close friend of Michelle Obama says the president is furious at his mother-in-law after learning that she was practicing Santeria, an African spirit cult, in the White House.
Gather All Your Ingredients Before You Get Started
1 whole chicken (about 2.5lb - 3lb) or chicken parts its up to you
* I prefer legs its much easier and less time consuming to clean.
6 tablespoons of Jamaican curry powder
* Get a good coating on it
* You can opt not to add the potatoes till the end, I find it sucks up allot of the gravy.
1.5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
* Make sure you have enough oil to shallow cook, no need to submerge your meat because you are not deep frying you are browning the meat
2 cups water
* You will need this to help stew it down later
* I like allot so it depends on your taste and size of meal you intend to make.
3 stalks scallion
5 sprigs fresh thyme
4 cloves garlic
* Minced garlic is good to use also
2 hot peppers (ideally scotch bonnet)
* Optional, this is very hot so use it sparingly or just use allot of black pepper to minimize the heat.
2 teaspoons salt
* Jamaican Brand or season salt
2 teaspoons pepper
* Use according to how hot you want it
Cleaning Your Meats
Wash your meat(s) in lime, lemon juice or Vinegar to kill any germs or potential meat bacterias.
Chopping Your Chicken
Chop your chicken up into small pieces, bones and all. The Bones in any meal while stewing gives it more of a deep seasoned taste.
Cut up some potatoes to add to the meal, I find if you add the potatoes later it wont suck up the chicken's gravy so much before serving.
Season and let sit
Chop the onion, scallion, pepper and garlic in to small pieces. Rub all of the ingredients (apart from the potatoes and water) in to the chicken and allow to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours or you can let it sit for 12 to 48 hours for maximum flavor.
Shallow Fry Your Chicken
Always remember to shallow fry and not submerge your chicken you are not making fried chicken. Fry the chicken until the chicken brown and sealed (5-10 minutes). Try to remove all the access seasoning, ie onions scallions while frying and reincorporate them back to the chicken once you being the stewing process. You don't want to burn them while frying.
Stewing Down Your Chicken
Add the potatoes (still optional) and water to the pan. This is why you do not use allot of oil. If there is too much oil in the pan after frying just take some out. You will need the oil and base to your stewing process. Cover and allow to simmer until the sauce has a thick consistency (about 1 - 2 hrs)
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Dennis Emmanuel Brown
(February 1, 1957 – July 1, 1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer. During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a sub-genre of reggae. Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer, dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae"....
Dennis Morales Francis
(born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1 February 1957) is a comic book creator, artist, and writer. He created the Jax and the Hellhound and Major Lancer and the Starlight Squadron comic series that were published by Blackthorne Publishing Inc. He also worked in advertising, film and television including Late Night With David Letterman
(born 3 February 1932) is a cultural theorist and sociologist who has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1951. Hall, along with Richard Hoggart and Raymond Williams, was one of the founding figures of the school of thought that is now known as British Cultural Studies or The Birmingham School of Cultural Studies. He was President of the British Sociological Association 1995–97. Hall is credited with playing a role in expanding the scope of cultural studies to deal with race and gender, and with helping to incorporate new ideas derived from the work of French theorists.
Ralston Milton "Rex" Nettleford, OM (Jamaica), FIJ, OCC (February 3, 1933 - February 2, 2010), was a Jamaican scholar, social critic, choreographer, and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the leading research university in the Commonwealth Caribbean.
Marlon Nathaniel Samuels
(born 5 February 1981) is a West Indian cricketer. Samuels made his Test debut in Australia in 2000, and his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka in Nairobi during the ICC Knockout Trophy in the same year. He is primarily a right-handed middle order batsman. He is the younger brother of Robert Samuels, also a West Indian Test and one-day cricketer.
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley
Born (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae band Bob Marley & The Wailers (1963–1981). Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafari movement to a world.
(born Clive Bright, Kingston, Jamaica, February 11, 1966, died August 1988, Houston, Texas, United States) was a prominent dancehall singer in the 1980s, and one of the most influential singers of the early digital reggae era. His best-known song was the 1985 hit "Ring the Alarm" on the "Stalag 17" riddim. Bright was raised in the Payne Avenue district of West Kingston.
(born 11 February 1983 in Kingston) is a Jamaican sprinter, who specializes in the 100 metres. Brooks represented the Jamaica at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 4 x 100 metres relay together with Shelly-Ann Fraser, Aleen Bailey and Veronica Campbell-Brown. I
(born February 12, 1976) is a film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Kirk Fraser's first documentary film, The Life of Rayful Edmond: The Rise and Fall, Vol. I was released on July 12, 2005. In 2006 Fraser teamed up with Lil' Kim and Tracey Edmonds to develop a reality series, Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lockdown on BET. It was the highest debuting series in BET history with 1.9 million viewers.
(14 February 1931 – 1 January 2008) was an actor. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he was a character actor and comedian who appeared in numerous films and television shows, beginning in the 1960s. After making his movie debut in the 1965 film A High Wind in Jamaica, Hyatt had notable performances in the films Crossplot (1969), Club Paradise (1986), Milk and Honey (1988),The Mighty Quinn (1989), Cool Runnings (1993) and Almost Heaven (2005). Hyatt was the recipient of Jamaica's national honour of Order of Distinction (OD), and was awarded the Institute of Jamaica Centenary Medal and the silver Musgrave Medal.
(born February 15, 1970 in Saint Mary, Jamaica) is a Jamaican sprinter. Her accomplishments include winning the silver medal in the 4 x 100 m relay at the 2000 Olympics and the gold medal in the same event at the 2004 Olympics. She also won the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 200 m race. Beverly McDonald is the sister of Michael McDonald.
Michael Anthony Holding
(born 16 February 1954) is a former West Indian cricketer. One of the fastest bowlers ever to play Test cricket, he was nicknamed "Whispering Death" by umpires due to his quiet approach to the bowling crease.
(born Bernardo Constantine Balderamus, 17 February 1952, St Catherine, Jamaica) is a rocksteady and reggae artist. Ruffin got his start singing with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires briefly, before in 1967 joining The Techniques, one of the more successful rocksteady vocal groups of the late 1960s.
(born Horace Hinds on 19 February 1951) is a roots reggae songwriter and singer, known for his distinctive vocals and hit songs such as "Government Land", "Angel", "Five Man Army" and a cover version of "Ain't No Sunshine".
Leslie Alphonso Laing
(born February 19, 1925) is a former Jamaican athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x400 m relay at the 1952 Summer Olympics. Born in Linstead, Jamaica, Leslie Laing previously competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics, where he finished sixth in 200 m and was eliminated in the heats of 100 m. He probably missed a medal, when Arthur Wint pulled a muscle in the 4 x 400 m relay final. At the Helsinki Olympics, Laing was fifth in the 200 m and ran the second leg in the Jamaican 4x400 m relay team, which won the gold medal with a new world record of 3:03.9.In 2005 he was inducted into the Central American and Caribbean Confederation Hall of Fame.
(born 21 February 1964, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican singer. She is best known for her 1985 hit "Girlie Girlie," which reached number one in Jamaica, and was also a Top-10 hit in the UK. Her other Jamaican hits include "Lazy Body," "It Burn Mi Belly," and the duet "Ain't No Meaning"; all four songs appeared on her ten-song 1986 album, Fresh.
(born Devon Eugene Malcolm, 22 February 1963) is a former English cricketer. Malcolm was one of England's few genuinely fast bowlers of the 1990s. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he settled in England, making his first-class debut for Derbyshire in 1984, and qualifying to play for England in 1987.
Bertram Oliver "Bert" Fraser-Reid
(born February 23, 1934) is a synthetic organic chemist who has been widely recognized for his work using carbohydrates as starting materials for chiral materials and on the role of oligosaccharides in immune response. Fraser-Reid was nominated in 1998 for a Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on oligosaccharides and immune responses. The Institute of Jamaica awarded Fraser-Reid the 2007 Musgrave Gold Medal for his work in chemistry, noting that during his career he co-authored over 330 peer-reviewed publications and supervised 85 post-doctoral fellows and 55 Ph.D. students.
(born Sydney Roy Crooks, February 24, 1945, Westmoreland, Jamaica), also known as Sidney Crooks, Sidney Roy, Luddy Pioneer, Luddy Crooks and now Norris Cole, is a Jamaican singer and record producer, and a member of The Pioneers since 1962. Crooks was born in Westmoreland and after moving to Trench Town aged 17, entered the music business in 1962 first as a member of The Spectaculars.
Ce'Cile, born Cecile Charlton
(24 February 1977 in Manchester Parish, Jamaica), is a musician from Kingston, Jamaica. She is among the best known current dancehall artists. Ce'Cile grew up in Jamaica in Porus and Mile Gully, and spent most of her youth in Mandeville, where her grandfather had previously been mayor.
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(born 25 February 1951) is a former Jamaican athlete, one of the world's top sprinters during the 1970s. Don Quarrie competed in five Olympic games. He has received recognition both on and off the field, a statue of him is proudly positioned at the entrance to Jamaica's National Stadium. There is also a school (Donald Quarrie High School) that bears his name in Eastern Kingston.
aka my baby's father (in my mind) was born February 26, 1976. Ky-mani is a Jamaican actor and reggae artist whose East African name means Adventurous Traveler. The only child of table tennis champion Anita Belnavis and reggae icon Bob Marley.
(born Jennifer Wolfe, February 26, 1974) is a national correspondent for NBC's Today, and the co-anchor of their Weekend edition , and had once substituted on the NBC Nightly News. From 2004 to 2007.
Sandra Denton "Pepa" was born in Kingston, Jamaica, Her family moved to Queens, New York when she was a child. In 1985, while studying nursing at Queens Borough College, she met Cheryl 'Salt' James. They began rapping together. In 1986, they formed 'Salt-N-Pepa'. Sandra made her debut that year, along with Cheryl, an album called 'Hot, Cool, & Vicious'. In 1988, Deidre 'Spinderella' Roper joined Salt-N-Pepa, as their D.J. Sandra, Cheryl and 'Dee Dee' made their second album, 'A Salt with a Deadly Pepa' in 1988.
Bushwick Bill was born under the name Richard Stephen Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica. The. Geto Boys most successful album, both creatively and in sales, 1991's We
Can't Be Stopped. Bushwick Bill can also be heard on the album The Chronic by Dr. Dre. He appears in the video of “Dre Day” as one of Eazy E's fellow rappers, as well as in the introduction and concluding parts of “Stranded on Death Row,” which was performed by Kurupt of tha Dogg Pound, RBX, the Lady of Rage, and Snoop Dogg. His 1998 album No Surrender…No Retreat was dedicated to his friend Gil Epstein, a Fort Bend County prosecutor who was shot dead in Houston, Texas, in 1996. Bushwick Bill also appears on the first season of "Martin" playing Trey. As of June 2013, Bushwick is touring with the Geto Boys and finishing up a new album, which he hopes to release sometime during the summer.
Dwight Errington Myers was born May 24th, 1967 in Mandeville, Jamaica. The son of Eulahlee Lee, a nurse, and Clifford Vincent Myers, a machine technician. In the early 1970s his family moved to Mount Vernon, New York where he was raised. Heavy D & the Boyz were the first group signed to Uptown Records, with Heavy D as the frontman and only rapper. Eddie
F was his business partner in the group, DJ, and one of the producers. The other two members, T-Roy and G-Wiz were the dancers. Their debut, Living Large, was released in 1987. The album was a commercial success; Big Tyme was a breakthrough that included four hits. Dancer Troy "Trouble T. Roy" Dixon died at age 22 in a fall on July 15, 1990, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dixon's death led to a tribute on the follow-up platinum album, Peaceful Journey. Pete Rock & CL Smooth created a tribute to Trouble T. Roy called "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" which is regarded as a hip hop classic. Heavy D gained even more fame by singing the theme song for the television program In Living Color and also MADtv. Heavy D performed the rap on Michael Jackson's hit single "Jam" as well as sister Janet Jackson's hit single "Alright." Heavy D then began focusing on his acting, appearing in various television shows before returning to the music charts with Nuttin' But Love. After appearing in the off-Broadway play Riff Raff at Circle Repertory Company, Heavy D returned to recording with the hit Waterbed Hev. In 1997, Heavy D collaborated with B.B. King on his duets album Deuces Wild, rapping in the song "Keep It Coming." Heavy D was referred to in the song "Juicy" by the Notorious B.I.G., and appeared in his music video for "One More Chance."
While still an artist at Uptown Records, Myers was instrumental in convincing
Andre Harrell to originally hire Sean “Diddy” Combs for his first music business
gig as an intern. Then, also to his credit, in the mid-1990s, Myers became the
first rapper to head a major music label when he became the president of Uptown Records. During this time, Myers also developed the Rhythm and Blues boy band Soul for Real, and was the executive producer and principal writer of several songs on the group's breakout album, Candy Rain He later became senior vice president at Universal Music. He fathered a daughter in 2000 during a relationship with chef Antonia Lofaso, a contestant on Top Chef.
Heavy D performed at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards on October 29, 2011. It was his first televised live performance in 15 years and would be his final live performance. Myers died just 10 days later, on November 8, 2011, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 44.
Beverly Grace Jones is a Jamaican singer, actress and model. She was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and raised by her grandparents. When she was thirteen she and her siblings moved to her parents' in Syracuse, New York. Jones started out as a model, initially in New York, then in Paris, working for Yves St. Laurent, Claude Montana, and Kenzo Takada, and appearing on the covers of Elle, Vogue, and Stern working with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer
In 1977, Jones secured a record deal with Island Records. In 1980 Jones, with the aid of Compass Point All Stars moved into New Wave, scoring Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart, with "Pull Up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", "Private Life", "Slave to the Rhythm" and "I'm Not Perfect". Her albums include Warm Leatherette (1980), Nightclubbing (1981) and Slave to the Rhythm (1985). In America she appeared in some low-budget films in the 1970s and early 1980s. Her work as an actress in mainstream film began in the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 1985 James Bond movie A View to a Kill. In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 film Boomerang with Eddie Murphy. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film, Wolf Girl.
In 1983, Jones's One Man Show was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long-Form Music Video next year. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honoured with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists, including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Brazilian Girls Róisín Murphy, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx.
Roger R. Cross was born on October 19, 1969 in Christiana, Jamaica. He is an actor, known for X-Men 2 (2003), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and 24 (2001). He was born in Jamaica and he lived there for the first 11 years of his life. He then moved to Vancouver B.C., Canada, with his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers. He graduated with a degree in Aviation and General Studies from Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. He also took drama in school but in 1990 whilst waiting for a flying job he took extra work as a stunt man. After that he began studying acting at Breck Academy. The first film he was cast in was "The International Rescue" which filmed in China, Vietnam and Burma.
Martine Beswick was born to British parents in Port Antonio, Jamaica. She did some brief modeling and pageant entering before seeking a career in films. She allegedly once won a "Miss Autoville" contest and won a car only to sell it in order to move to and study acting in London. A minor break for her occurred in the James Bond film series. She played a gypsy girl in From Russia with Love (1963) and then later appeared again in Thunderball (1965). After playing in the well-tanned minority ranks for years, Martine finally got noticed after catfighting with Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. (1966). She become part of the Hammer Studio horror assembly line for a time, which usually had her in various stages of undress. In the 1970s, she went to Hollywood and other than playing Xaviera Hollander in The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) and several television series (Fantasy Island (1977), Hart to Hart (1979), The Fall Guy (1981), Buffalo Bill (1983), Sledge Hammer! (1986)), this fetching, second-string goddess has managed to continue working in the outer fringes.
Stephen Hopkins was born in 1958 in Jamaica, raised in England and Australia. He is a producer and director, known for Lost in Space (1998), Predator 2 (1990) and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996). Stephen has been n nominated nine times for Emmy and other awards and won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries of a Movie or a Dramatic Special "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (2004).
Peter Williams was born on December 31, 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is an actor and writer, known for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Neon Rider (1989) and Stargate: Continuum (2008).
David Rivers was born on November 24, 1958 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is an actor and producer, known for Poseidon (2006), High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) and Jump In! (2007).
Evan Parke was born on January 2, 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica as Evan Dexter O'Neal Parke. He is an actor and producer, known for King Kong (2005), All My Children (1970) and Planet of the Apes (2001).
Frank Silvera was a highly successful black actor/director in the 1950s and 1960s who - because of his light-skinned appearance - transcended race and ethnicity in his performances. In motion pictures, Frank Silvera was cast as black, Latino, Polynesian and "white"/racially indeterminate (due to black + white film stock's lack of discernment when rendering light-skinned African-Americans). He was actively engaged in the Civil Rights Struggles of the 1950s and 1960s and called on all of his associates in the theater and film world to support the efforts of Black Americans during this watershed in American history. The Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop Foundation, Inc. was founded by actor/ director Morgan Freeman, playwright/director Garland Lee Thompson, director/ actress Billie Allen and journalist Clayton Riley in 1973.
Sanya Rachel Hughes was born on October 3, 1982 in Kingston, Jamaica as Sanya Rachel Hughes. She is an actress, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Women of Island Paradise (2004).
Patrick Ewing was born on August 5, 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica as Patrick Aloysius Ewing. He is an famous basketball player and actor, known for Senseless (1998), Space Jam (1996) and The Dream Team (2012). Attended Rindge and Latin High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Graduated from Georgetown University. Was the first ever "lottery pick" in the NBA draft. Named one of the 50 greatest players in 1996. Played for the Seattle Supersonics in 2000-2001. Two-time Olympic gold medalist in men's basketball, in 1984 in L.A. and 1992 in Barcelona (as part of the celebrated original Dream Team). Prior to his final NBA season, he had started in every single game he ever appeared in (1118 total) in 15 NBA seasons, 14 with the New York Knicks, and one with the Seattle Supersonics. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 (first year eligible). His son, Patrick Ewing Jr. (b. May 20th, 1984), was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2008 (43rd overall), but on August 29th, 2008, was traded to the New York Knicks, his father's original team in the NBA. Retired as a player and accepted position as an assistant coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards. [September 2002]
Roxanne Beckford was born on November 17, 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica. She is known for her work on Something's Gotta Give (2003), Bewitched (2005) and Father of the Bride Part II (1995). She has been married to Bob Hoge since July 6, 1996. They have four children.
Jenna Wolfe was born on February 26, 1974 in Kingston, Jamaica. She is a journalist and actress, known for Weekend Today (1987), Today (1952) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). Began her on-air career in 1996 as a news and sports reporter for WICZ, the FOX affiliate in Binghamton, NY. Two years later, she joined WUHF in Rochester where she was the weekend sports anchor before joining WPHL in 1999. When she joined Today (1952), it was for the second time in her career; she served as a summer intern at the program during college.Joined NBC News in August, 2007 as a Today (1952) correspondent. Came to NBC from WABC, New York where she spent three years as a sports reporter and anchor.
Alrick Brown Recognized as one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces to Watch and an Emerging Film Maker in Vanity Fair, Alrick Brown is an award winning writer, director, and producer. His collective works have screened in over 65 festivals worldwide, earning numerous awards and honors. His first feature, Kinyarwanda premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win several awards including the World Cinema Audience Award for best dramatic film at both Sundance and AFI Fest. It was also nominated for three NAACP Image Awards and was listed as one of the top 10 best films of 2011 by Roger Ebert.
Alrick's other honors include the HBO Life Through Your Lens Emerging Filmmaker Award for the critically acclaimed documentary Death of Two Sons, which he produced. In 2004 he was one of four NYU students featured in the IFC Documentary series Film School; produced by Academy award nominee Nannette Burstein.
Alrick began his career as an educator, but found his true calling after visiting the slave castle of Elmina, in Ghana, during two years of service with the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village, and his overall experiences in West Africa, informed his creative expression. An expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. Since then Alrick's work has been described as cinematic archeology because of his vision to unearth stories that otherwise would not be told. His commitment to revealing the heart of and world around a story is what draws audiences, peers, and clients to his work. Other projects in play from Brown include directing the feature Somebody to Love, which was accepted into Tribeca All Access (2011). He is also co-writing and producing Treble; an IFP 2011 Emerging Narrative honoree. Beyond film, he recently made his small screen debut directing an episode of ABC's Final Witness. The series aired in July 2012.
Alrick graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters of Education, where he taught an undergraduate course on the African American image in cinema. He received his MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he later taught various courses to both undergraduate and graduate film students.