Dis is such a maaaaad song, and I never knew it!! Busta Rhymes ft. Vybz Kartel - Wine & Go Down
Sarah Palin visits Jamaica. Larry King Interviews. Maaaaaaad #Jamaica
'Bike Back' - Vybz Kartel (Explicit Content). I dislike him because as much as I try not to like him, he strikes again and makes the girls wine, which makes me wine on dem. It kinda maaaaaaaaad still!!! Di gal dem ago DASH OUT!
Flava of Love look out. Ray J, watch yu back…It’s Addi di Teacha, and he’s looking for a Teacha’s Pet. Mi cyaan manage, but I def want to tune eeen!
M.E. on Jamaica: Bleaching
Skin Bleaching, as we popularly call it in Jamaica, refers to the practice of using chemical substances in an attempt to lighten skin tone or provide an even skin complexion by lessening the concentration of melanin.
The above link will take you to a Wiki page which explains all the different chemicals that have been used for this skin-altering process, but that is not my focus today. Without giving a history lesson, as a Jamaican I can speak on what I refer to as ‘Internal Racism’, which I describe as discrimination within a race based on complexion or skin tone. I’m sure it links strongly to a time of slavery, and to the association of lighter colour being more superior, and that perception has remained over the years. In this day and age it is always hard to really measure how significant these scars of slavery are, but the presence of skin bleaching in 2011 is a sign that all is not well.
White is better than brown is better than black, has been the driving force behind the cultural phenomenon of skin bleaching. Lighter skin means a better job, a cleaner finish, and probably even a ticket out of the ghetto. The exact psychology of a skin bleacher has never been completely clear to me, but there is a dislike for how one was originally created, and a need to at least externally be more like something else.
Here is a small lesson on terms commonly used in Jamaica to describe different complexions:
Browning - This is a lighter skinned black person. The actual term browning is more commonly used for females, but occasionally for males. Men tend to be called variations such as ‘brown man’ etc. The term has been popularized by dancehall songs such as ‘Browning’ by DJ, Buju Banton.
Black - In a population where about 90% or more are black, the use of the term black refers to a dark skinned black person, as oppose to the entire race of black people.
Red - Within the spectrum of brown comes certain hues, of which we have the ‘Red’ person e.g. ’ Red man’. Commonly associated with persons from a parish called St. Elizabeth, where many Germans once settled. This is a very light skinned person, but with a red hue. Some are often mistaken as white, but they are not.
Yellow - Another common hue of the browns, and as the name implies the skin tends to be of a more yellow hue than a red hue.
All of this may seem ridiculous to some, but this is what we live in JA on a day to day basis. They can be viewed as simple descriptive words, but many have tied great significance to each of these words and how it has affected their lives in good or bad ways, so no wonder some people may think it necessary to ‘make it better’ and make their skin lighter.
This phenomenon currently is being popularized by Jamaican DJ, Vybz Kartel, who has bleached his skin and speaks openly about it (not to mention his new hair extensions, which have been the rave in Jamaica these past few weeks). He has a significant amount of impact on the youth, and they look up to him, and they think it is ok to do the same…this bothers me.
In concluding I will say that I don’t believe in skin bleaching. I also have issues with persons of influence and intelligence inspiring the lesser educated youth to follow suit. And especially since I have a deeper knowledge of the side effects of these agents, I know this is not a natural or healthy process, and the damage is way worse than the cosmetic benefit.
"I am happy to be as I was born. This is how I was created. This is how I was meant to be." - M.E.
Yu cum from mi tek off yu panty
Kartel, the man, the artist and much more. Seriously intrigued!