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Proverbs are brief didactic statements forming an important element in the oral culture of Jamaica. Not only do they give spice to everyday conversation but they also serve as an educational and social function, assisting children to learn the norms of the society.
Although originating from two main cultures, West Africa
and Europe, some proverbs are purely Jamaican and
reflect the wit, wisdom and vitality of the cultural mix.
Unlike Memory Gems that are moral or Christian based, Proverbs are simply sayings or statements of fact. They can be used to influence the behaviors of others, suggesting a course of action, passing judgment through criticism, ridicule, warning, or defiance. ‘Island talk’, like Island food is well spiced"
“What a Celebration” This week Backyardlabrish will reflect on the Independence celebrations all over the world..
Many of us in the Diaspora realize that we will not be here to celebrate Jamaica’s next 50th.Independence . We must therefore do all we can to leave a legacy for this generation of Seniors who can trace their success to the lessons taught to them by their Seniors.
So, please join the ‘Labrish’ as we get together In the ‘Backyard’ 8:00PM Thur: 8/23/12 as we reflect on the past 50 year and leave our nuggets of wisdom for the future for a stronger, more successful Jamaica: ‘Land We Love;
Fulfilling the Backyardlabrish passion to ‘Enlighten & Preserve’ we are delighted to bring you yet another of Dr. Joy Lumsden’s discoveries.
Moneague, in the Parish of St. Ann, has been home to intermittent lakes that have brought both joy and sorrow to residents of that area. This phenomenon was documented as far back as 1810.
This week we will reveal interesting information collected from various sources describing the activities in and around the 'Lakes and Ponds', as they were sometimes called. Learn about the impressive Moneague Hotel, built in 1890. If you or someone you know have stories about Moneague, please join us and share.
Our mission is to Celebrate, Enlighten and Preserve the rich diverse culture of Jamaica: 'Land We Love' Please visiit our web site and tell us what you would like to hear about the old time Jamaica.
"We could have our individualities: we could have our race pride, certainly, and the religion of our race etc," Mr. Josephs said, "but it is no good fencing up ourselves with barbed wire
entanglements so that we do not come into contact with the
races of the world, the races of the people around us”. Presented at Twenty-Seventh Conference of Caribbean Historians 1995: (Dr. Joy Lumsden)
Hector Joseph, K.C, Attorney General of British Guyana, 1925-1936
Thanks to Dr. Joy Lumsden, this week Backyardlabrish will continue to bring to life the accomplishments of this rather unique but little known Jamaican of the past.
"The problem of identifying Black participants in public life has, I believe, led to a continuing underestimation of the role of the Black middle-class intellectuals in Jamaica in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, since comparatively few of them have, in fact, been identified. Hector A Josephs is one of the most prominent of these 'invisible' Black Men".(Dr. Joy Lumsden)
Hector A Josephs is the son of schoolmaster; Matthew Josephs, recently featured on the 'Labrish', who had outlined his ancestry in an autobiographical preface to a book of verse, "The Wonders ofCreation", London, in 1876. Hector A. Josephs ESQ., B.A., L.L.B., K.C, his son, attended law school at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and was called to the bar in 1896. On his return to Jamaica his career went from strength to strength, from occupying
a seat on the Jamaica Legislative and Privy Councils, to being welcomed at King's House along with his fellow graduates from Oxford and Cambridge.Join us this Thursday 5/24/12 at 8: PM as we continue to help Dr. Lumsden bring visibility to theJosephs family's contribution to our history and culture.
Who was:Robert Lindsay? (1840-1904)
‘…men of the Robert Lindsay type, men whose service has sweetened and enriched life and made the world better.’Daily Gleaner, August 1936
In my on-going research into Jamaican history I am continually struck by how many important people in that history have been overlooked, forgotten, and perhaps discarded. Some are remembered for a while, but then disappear from memory, often that of the academic community……. I spend much of my time trying to restore
some of these lost Jamaicans to recollection; Robert Lindsay is an important member of this lost community. (Dr. Joy Lumsden)
Backyardlabrish is excited to join Dr. Joy Lumsden in her effort to restore the lost community of Jamaicans of one hundred years ago, and ask you to visit with us this Thursday 5/3/12 at 8:00PM. We will be sharing information
discovered so far about this ‘teacher extraordinaire’ who is a testament to the accomplishments of the Jamaicans of the past of whom we can be proud. We hope you or someone you know can help to expand their stories.
It will be another interesting Labrish 8:00PM Thurs. 5/3/12 in the Backyard where we Celebrate, Enlighten & Preserve the rich diverse culture ofJamaica: ’Land We Love’.
“The vast majority of French-speaking settlers arrived in the Island in the late 18th century as refugees fleeing revolution in what was then the French Colony of St. Domingue, the defeat of the French there by black and coloured forces leading to the establishment of the free Republic of Haiti” Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage (Olive Senior)
Join us as we share interesting facts about theHaitian Presidents who lived in exile on the Island as well as the contributions made by French arrivals of different races, class and political persuasions and the institution that united them.
I will be an enlightening 'Labrish'. Check it out!.
Robert Campbell was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 7, 1829. His mother was the child of Stephen Wood, an Englishman holding the position of Deputy Marshall in the city, and a woman of pure African ancestry, whose parents were both born in Africa. Dr. Joy Lumsden ‘History Month 2007’.
Here is another documented story supporting the diversity of Jamaica and the strength of the English education system. Mr. Campbell attended the Government Teacher Training College in Spanish Town where English, Latin, Greek, mathematics and geography were well taught.
Shortly after moving to the USA in 1852, he became an Assistant Principal of ICY (now Cheney University of Pennsylvania). His adventures took him to the United Kingdom and on ‘expedition’ to West Africa.
Join us as we share interesting details of the life and travels of this pioneering and noteworthy Renaissance Man of color. It will be another interesting Labrish 8:00PM Thurs. 4/12/12 in the Backyard where we Celebrate, Enlighten & Preserve the rich diverse culture ofJamaica: ’Land We Love’
Apha Boy’s School is a vocational school in Kingston, and a major contributor to the past and current success of Jamaica’s popular musical achievements. Its founder
Justina Ripall was born in Kingston of aPortuguese father and aFrench mother in 1852. (Out of Many One People)She worshiped at the Holy Trinity |Cathedral Catholic Church and was an active member of the Ladies of Charity.
This week we celebrate the accomplishments of this establishment started as an orphanage by Justina and two friends, which produced world renown and famous Jazz and Reggae musicians. Join us as we share this interesting and inspiring story about these dedicated and passionate women of the past.
The Labrishis live 8:00PM Thur:3/8/12in the Backyard where we Celebrate, Enlighten, & Preserve the rich diverse culture of: Jamaica‘Land We Love’.
Most senior Kingstonians may know him as Registrar of Births and Deaths. In that position, Jim Russell had a chance to encounter everyone in the parish, in joy or sorrow, and as Civil Registrar of Marriages he met in his Church Street office an endless stream of couples representing every section of society. However, did you know of his theatrical career?
Thanks to the dedicated work of Dr. Joy Lumsden, this week’s ‘labrish’ will highlight his theatre connection before the Pantomime.
Daily Gleaner, January 2, 1937
“A rollicking company of artistes brought in the New Year right merrily for a goodly sized audience at the Ward Theatre concert yesterday forenoon. There was music, comedy and dancing and a very enjoyable two hours was spent by those who were wise enough to attend. Mr. Jim Russell, the promoter, and his artistes are to be complimented on a very fine show”
If Eric Coverley, Blanche Savage, Granville Campbell, Hugh Ricketts, Louise Bennett, Archie Lewis, Toney Abbleton, and George Moxey bring back memories,be sure to join the Labrish at: 8:00PM Thur:1/26/12 in the Backyard where we, Celebrate, Enlighten, & Preserve the rich diverse culture of: Jamaica ‘Land We Love’.
Dance has always been an important part of Jamaica’s rich diverse culture. This week we are privileged to have a very special guest, Mrs. Cynthia Gittens (nee Lee), who was a personal friend of Ivy Baxter (1923 -1993) “Mother of Jamaican Modern Dance".
Ms. Cynthia, now 88 years young, is vibrant and still passionate about dance. She is excited to share her story of being part of the original Ivy Baxter Dance Group. Backyardlabrish is honored to preserve this piece of our history and invites you to join us in welcoming this very special senior.
If you or someone you know have memories to share, be sure to join the Labrish at 8:00PM Wed. 1/18/12inthe Backyard where we, Celebrate, Enlighten &Preservethe rich diverse culture of: Jamaica‘Land We Love’.
'Being Brown' - A Very Public Life!: By Rosemary Brown
Backyardlabrish is thrilled to again celebrate Rosemary Brown, PC, OC, OBE., the first woman of color to be recognized on a Canadian Stamp in Feb 2009.
The labrish this week will feature excerpts from ‘Being Brown’ A Very Public Life, Rosemary’s autobiography. Published in 1989,‘Being Brown’ paints a picture of the Jamaican family life many of us in the Diaspora can relate to. Born in Kingston, Rosemary Brown nee Wedderburn, attended Franklin Town Elementary, Westwood (a private girl’s boardingschool) and graduated from Wolmers High School. In her book she shares interesting details of the principles and ideals of the people who molded and shaped her character, resulting in her unparalleled success. Her fascinating stories will take us for a beautiful walk down memory lane during the days of her youth.
Come join the labrish and share your story!