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Vybz Kartel lectures as a guest of the Department of Literatures in English and the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies. The topic — ‘Pretty Like a Colouring Book: My Life and My Art’. The venue — Undercroft of the Senate building at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. When? March 10, 2011

  1. 11 March, 2011 at 21:39

    I would have liked to hear his presentation but the audience noise is just too distracting. I clicked on the links about skin bleaching instead. I try to live and let live but this just really, really upsets me whenever I hear about it. Malcolm X says it best.

    • 12 March, 2011 at 0:39

      forgot to put that warning up… from reports it seemed that many of the students werent really paying attention to him…

      thanks for the comments… in this video the audio may be ‘cleaner’

      • 12 March, 2011 at 13:36

        Thanks Bandi,
        I listened to it and among other things, found his comments on skin bleaching amusing,

        “Skin alteration has nothing to do with self hate or opposition to blackness and Garveyism”

        and then trying to compare bleaching of skin to changing responses over time to males wearing earrings. ??? Apples and oranges.

        I haven’t seen this level of determination to employ chemicals to change skin colour in T&T but I do know that the problem in Jamaica has been well documented. The “browning” syndrome or as I like to call it the “naseberry” syndrome is alive and well despite the health risks. Here are just two of the many links available:

        Women bleach at their peril.
        In Jamaica, Shades of an Identity Crisis.

        I focus on Jamaica only because the topic here is Vybz Kartel but it happens in other parts of the world.

        India, for example:

        In India, Skin-Whitening Creams Reflect Old Biases.

        All the foolish and unnecessary and sometimes downright dangerous tampering with our hair textures, body shapes, skin colour, etc…

        I probably represent a minority because I find people are most beautiful when they are natural.


        • 12 March, 2011 at 19:46

          gotta love humans…

          we have VICCO Tumeric Vanishing Cream available in Trinidad & Tobago at least two decades… so it does have a market for bleaching here… probably hasnt taken off yet coz the masses only know about Cake Soap… through Kartel and dancehall music…

          PS… i in the minority with you

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