The kind word and gentle spirit can achieve so much more. Jamaica’s men are boxed into the image of a rugged, callous personality that does not bend. What do we do to make sure that we break that image? Owen “Blakka” Ellis gives his advice to correct the label.
A real hero never wears a cape or costume. We interact with heroes every single day. We now need to acknowledge them while they are still here with us. We also need to accept that, for some people, we are their heroes. Look at the people around you; are their spirits looking toward or away from you?
Being a victim of sexual assault is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone. You are not alone. Support is available for your recovery. Reach out for help. Most of all, understand that you are never at fault. The criminal who did this to you is at fault.
There is something about a father’s love. Daddy carries the power in his words that can change a person’s life. Dads should not take this ability lightly. It should be used wisely and measured. Your children do more than listen to what you say. They pay close attention to your actions, as they speak louder than words.
We need a friend during life. Some of are lucky to have more than one true friend. We need to know that friendship might have parameters but there should be no boundary for honesty. It should be the one characteristic we continuously don’t compromise on.
It is our Maroon mindset that sets us apart from others. We understand that we may be underdogs but never bow to that reality. We see injustice as fuel to march on and right the wrongs. We see neglect as a purpose to pay attention. We are wholesome people who demand respect and defend the weak. We are proud Maroons. Take note and govern yourself accordingly.
It is our personality that makes us the power-filled human beings that we are. Our skin is the wrapper of all our energy. Never, ever be ashamed of your black skin. It carries centuries of dignity and pride. Stand tall little princess.
We are a people with an eclectic past and present—the melting pot of the Caribbean of cultures to make one. Our Mother Tongue is Patois. It is a language wrapped in English, French, Spanish, and languages throughout the African continent. Where is your allegiance?