Tag Archives: Black history

Black, Deaf, Jamaican-born, and Amazing

It was 2014 when I first met Claudia Gordon, Esq. She had come to Jamaica to do a talk at the University of the West Indies. I was a student of interpreting, come to witness the event, and act as … Continue reading

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Not all samurai were Japanese

In 1579, a young man arrived in Japan from Mozambique. He was the servant (or slave) of an Italian Jesuit who had been appointed Visitor of the “Indies” (East and South, and East Africa). Where exactly this young man was born is lost … Continue reading

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How Jamaican Creole became a language

It’s been a month since my last blog post, and I apologise for that. Life has been hectic, to say the least. Anyway, I thought I’d restart my regular weekly posts by giving a possible answer to a question I raised … Continue reading

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Thoughts spring from Roots

After hearing my mother refer to the 1977 mini-series Roots as a child, I felt a strong pull towards the History Channel’s remake that premiered this year. About a month ago, I sat with my friend to watch every high and … Continue reading

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African Influences on Jamaican Creole

Jamaican Creole is, well, a creole language: a language that was born not out of simple evolution, but out of a situation in which non-native users of a language (English) were placed (forced, in this case) to use another language, and … Continue reading

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Meaningless?

Centuries ago, Africans were taken from their homes and placed on this tiny island, where they were forced to work, and live. And to forget. Continue reading

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