Meghan Markle, despite her privilege as ‘white passing,’ has likely been perceived for only her Blackness during her life. Moving in spaces beyond “social norms,” that is, things and/or positions which are perceived to be of a higher social standard, we are often seen for our Blackness first and will undoubtedly be reminded of “our place.” How dare a Black woman lead a happy and privileged life?!

The racist media assault on Markle has been relentless long before Prince Harry put a ring on it. To some credit, earlier on in their relationship, Buckingham Palace released an unprecedented statement in…


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The year 2020 brought us many things, the good, the bad and the ugly. Of the good, is the first official celebration of National Jerk Chicken Day! Yup, Jerk Chicken has its very own day on our calendar — October 25, as recorded by the USA National Day Archives. In Jamaica however, jerk chicken is king and queen on any given day. Jerk chicken and Jamaica are like the flowers and the bees. It’s so much a part of us that it nurtures and evolves over time and along regions. …


For a small island with an accent as the official “language,” the popularity of Jamaica’s dialect, patois (patwa or patwah), and usage spreads far beyond its borders. For Jamaicans abroad, it’s a way for us to recognize and connect with each other — it’s the same for imitations of the dialect. The fascination with Jamaican patois is altogether cringe worthy, amusing and at times adored — that’s until it’s not done properly. We love being seen, but please do it on our terms. …


Jamaica is truly a special place. The island is popular for many things, but especially for its dialect, Patois (Patwa or Patwah), which is an English-based creole language. Patois, for the most part, is a spoken language, but its written phonetic elements have piqued interest over the years. Personally, I try not to be in the habit of writing in dialect because in some parts of my life, I’m still learning English. My second year in college I took English as a second language as an elective to better unlearn patterns of the dialect that would spill over into my…


My older sister’s dogs, “Hershey” and “Peppa,” a year apart, are both cocker spaniels breed and the two couldn’t be any more different. Hershey is a rambunctious outdoorsman, while Peppa enjoys the comforts and delights behind closed doors. My brother-in-law has this running joke that one is “the African” and the other, “African American.” We don’t need to ask him which is which, we already know the stereotypes being thrust upon these adorable pooches.

I’d hoped to take a week off to rest, read, restore and completely disconnect, but it’s 2020 — thus, forget about “plans.” Then a nice White…


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HBO series “I May Destroy You” spoilers ahead

After months of dealing with a stalled kitchen renovation, one holiday weekend, in my temporary hold up I found myself scrolling through Twitter. Post after post in my timeline suggesting that HBO’s newest series, “I May Destroy You,” is a must-watch.

To be honest, I had not planned on viewing this series. I am binge-watch fatigued and I just couldn’t afford to add to an already long list of series to follow. …


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When I think of Jamaica the first things that come to mind are home, family, sun, beach, food and joy. However, whenever a non-Jamaican learns that I am Jamaican or a tourist visiting Jamaica, the top three things mentioned are Bob Marley, ganja and the beaches. Ganja doesn’t miss a beat. Okay, Jamaica is known for marijuana, weed, ganja, spliff etc. This is ironic because it wasn’t apparent to me until after I left Jamaica. I won’t deny that it isn’t prevalent, but I also wouldn’t know where or how to obtain the product. Even more shocking, I’ve never been…


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I overheard once that there are three things that terrify Jamaicans: green lizards, a flying cockroach and white chicken. I cannot stress enough how accurate a blanket statement this is. I do not know the origin of such fears, but I’ve seen remnants of this belief or false truth- in at least four family generations. Green lizards and flying cockroaches are common in Jamaica and a part of the natural habitat, so one can only imagine the burden of fear weighing down an entire country. The white chicken however, can be fixed and for this, we choose browning. Browning is…


For all of us, 2020 has been a year and some and we haven’t even officially made it halfway through. At the beginning of the year I’d embarked on the adventures of a plant-based diet for numerous reasons, but mainly to be kinder to animals. In the process I’ve been reintroduced to a childhood favorite, Jackfruit. Sadly, jackfruit gets a bad rap, first because it’s labor intensive to consume and second, the aroma. This leaves a slim reward-to-effort ratio and therefore, it’s often overlooked. Growing up I enjoyed eating jackfruit, as it is absolutely delicious. Though, I will not deny…


“Shop,” Jamaica’s “bodegas” and “the fabric of our lives” (no pun intended). COVID-19 revealed that there are 10,000 registered bars in Jamaica. The keyword here is “registered” because there is not a single Jamaican who is not related to someone who owns a shop (source: Me, myself and I — prove us otherwise). The term “bar” is also used loosely as it is considered an establishment with a liquor license. However, unless it is designated as a dine-in with entertainment, most bars sell other goods and facilitate functions aimed at the community’s needs. …

Colleen Hall

Founder and director of Jamoji App LLC. I write about Jamaica.

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