Sunday, October 23, 2016

Khajeel Mais and Rule of Law in Jamaica

The crown found the will and impetus to pursue Adidjaheim Palmer with vim and vigour to the ends of the earth... yet, I somehow suspect it lacks the same zest and conviction it did in this Khajeel Mais case. One also has to ponder if the 'Crown' represents justice and the will of the Jamaican conscience and unbiased objective legal acumen of our collective intellect! The crown's stamina in the never ending battle for truth and justice, to me has been called into question since it lacked the cojones to pursue the JLP MP named in the Miami Herald.

I seriously doubt that we will have a happy Law and Order UK ending in this Khajeel Mais  case... No the DPP and the crown will not cleverly unearth evidence of corruption and bribery in this case... I suppose the primacy of law shall prevail, rule of law as they say... The rule of law upheld slavery then, and it still does under the 13th Amendment of the American constitution... In my time in law school one thing I have learned well is that lawyers believe in the law...

They believe either authority comes from vested and recognized bodies of men or some may think God, but they both neglect the Marxist and legal realist view that law is the will of the ruling class, lawyers will forever believe in the rule of law and words to regulate man's behavior... Like letting man abide in slavery... Like legally forcing one to be a slave... But I don't believe in the rule of law... But an international morality... Not law but morals... And His Imperial Majesty did say if the dream of world citizenship and international morality remains a dream or fleeting illusion then everywhere it shall be war. 

What is it when we see this crime but an unstated civil war. The war that cost us Mario Deane, a war and blind justice that will sacrifice and sentence the deaf and mute Damion Cargill, a war that has cost us Khajeel Mais... Mi nuh care who waan talk pretty if Jamaica nuh mek the moral decision then WAR! It shall come to the house of Parliament, to King's House, to King's street, to Kingston, to Belmont Road, to your houses to your doorsteps...

Are we going to watch as wealth buys justice? Are we going to watch the main witness lie and shrink in cowardice and say nothing?

Will we watch as a judge uses law to bludgeon a victim's family into subjugated silence?

Will we watch the police murder the witness should he ever grow the balls to speak the truth?

Will we watch as sloppy police procedure botch another case in Jamaica in front of us?

Does #blacklivesmatter only sometimes in Jamaica?

Are we going to continue to wish for the police to use brute force and intimidation instead of forensics and proper investigation?

#mariodeane #damioncargill #khajeelmais

The Way Forward for Social Media Jamaica

So yow when we going to come to grips that Facebook Jamaica is not the real Jamaica, where proudjamaica and I am a Jamaican and Jamaicans.com is who we are in theory and who we want to be, what we aspire to be, even what some of us are... Jamaica isn't all small intimate communities, isn't all exotic locations, photo filtered and photogenic Rastas in rich textured backgrounds, isn't pretty beaches and sunset... Because between those pretty shots of multicolored fruits is sweat tears saltiness saltness bomboclaats and million hard and inconvenient truths. After the exquisite video shoot is a reality not captured and backdrop noise put on mute. And granted we live in the age of poverty porn and stark vivid 4k humanism, there are still things people will not want to behold... Still lives that politicians can't wipe off with their handy sanitizers andeyels. Things that don't let us sleep so well, thing that compel us to our self lies tell, like those who suffer or are poor are just lazy or crazy. And though the zinc fence and rust add grit and movie like finesse to our pics and social media antics and academics... I find it hard to believe we cannot channel our social media reality into a constant energy and vision and economics that transfers that reality that ethos that we are projecting online more tangible on the ground in Jamaica... Make communities safer more comfortable. Can we find away to make the diaspora realer, to twin communities abroad with yard to set up systems of empowerment, exchange and distribution... Why does twinning only occur on a municipal level with cities and towns, set people free... We use to have penpal from pen and paper days and people made links and connections and discovered ideas... So how has this not quickened with drastic impact with WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram... Why has nobody that left Norwood and in a foreign community joined a citizens association abroad and adopted their home community, pumped some resources into local community associations, sponsored education vigorously... Why no local community Church and foreign church linked up for robust community outreach, live stream shared sermons? Can we only post pretty pics and quasi roots, semi deep stuff to satisfy our egos that we are good parents, push away our insecurities with a 1000 likes... Jamaica can be Earth's first utopia, I am certain... But we have to be bolder, braver, stronger and do MORE! Communities supposed to be linking like new neural networks, social and sustainable action and activism supposed to fire off everyday like neurons, the spiritual people, the philosophers, the creative among us are our third eye, they vision the future for us, they are our visionaries, luminaries, let the technocrats link let the artists artisans and architects be about building the visions of the visionaries, lend strength and impetus to all and any positive action... Forget Trump forget Clinton, Jamaicans are and have always been the Earth's leaders and only we can show them how it is done... So make we turn all this social media into our real social lives... Because should Facebook ever have a feature live all the while or constant throughout our lives, when the seo metrics come in and show we spent our lives posting the Jamaican dream than being about letting it actually be...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Summer Lightning

It was a mango time,
That my stars aligned,
The Sol and Mercury were in my sign,
Season of Simeon and Levi,
Twins of the Gemini.

It was a time my reflection in the mirror,
Showed the future,
The past buried behind glass,
It was a month of moments,
When moths like Maat,
In Jamiekah they call them bats,
Flitter on uncertain paths,
From the bath... room
And round my bedroom.

I worry about them pointlessly,
The bother of croaking lizards,
And nibbled wings,
Oh where is my cat?
I miss my cat,
And not...
Because of the returned rats.

And sudden lightning landing,
Over head at Overton,
The alarm cannot be avoided,
But what joy to sit in the season,
And see overseas,
Dark clouds churning electricity.

As I count the remains of the day,
What can one say,
About the big gains,
Niggling nagging pains,
And alas...
The loss of little things,
The loss of so many things!






Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Epidemic that is Violence in Jamaica

Jamaica is violent let us not get antsy and make up clever story like Anansi just true a white woman said it on CNN... Also is violence defined strictly by murder and or violent crimes.... isn't violence broad and we meet it in many scopes and spheres... Yow mi live fi see man chop off man hand, people tripe spill on ground after abdomen stab, man march through Paradise with rifle in a umbrella and kill Zuggy, I have a host of friends that I grew up playing basketball with in Albion n Glendevon, a portion of them dead, so many dead friends from Gulf inna Norwood, around 2004 mi usually go dead yard weekly, and funeral like a social event... man did usually all a ask a who fah dead yard dis week, who fah funeral we a roll out pon yah now, mi all go a mi breddrin yard an look on his mirror an haffi ask "don a only funeral u an yuh ooman go" since 2004 mi see Gully dead a Paradise, Radeeka, Froggy, Delano, Buju, Jobe, Jucky, Shorty, Baboo, Kerry-Gaye... And that is just down the road, mi nah talk bout mi wider circles... We say as part of our religion spare not the rod or spoil the child... Didn't we have the 3rd highest murder rate with the most churches per square mile... Violence is inculcated here, men glorify gun an equate it with their penis, Kartel a major icon is in jail for perpetuating violence, many popular songs are violence Fyah 105, play "a bwoy shoulda dead but di Berretta jam, scheme hot today mi a di weather man," no amount of euphemism can not make not feel the evil chill when he says that so many time mi live fi see man come fi man an gun stick, 9 milli jam.. Man get way an ppl a scatter, mi feel robbed of normalcy in Jamaica... Carla Moore said in a long a go article seh we are victims of an unsaid Civil war in Jamaica, a shell shocked citizenry, we live with a numbness to violence, some time we n'even can see how violent we are. Which country you know man hail dem one another as dawg, johncrow, pussy hole, batty man, how ugly man come yah, come yah yuh ole bombo ole a long time mi nuh see a dutty raas like you. We hail in deep gutteral basal voices. Camara Brown and Thura once schooled me on the theory of "culpability" and Jamaica's penchant for violence. Yuh fuck with me I beat u up, mi fuck around police beat mi up, mi beat mi gal if shi slip, mi beat yute if him chat, slave master beat mi fi work Bible seh mi fi beat, So as Kartel said... Beaten beaten dats why mi doah bow or go prayer meeting... So now tell mi why we Vex over the violent speech, we deh pon spike TV splendidly for our women's use crates to beat each other, we on vice TV fi crime, we name shower posse abroad fi deh kill ppl in showers. I have grown immune to callous expressions like suck yuh ma... If so if so... How are we not vile? How we find cause to pretend... We have great qualities but we must come to terms with the dark aspects of our collective Jamaican personality! If Jamaica's violence is in pockets as Fae Ellington proposes in her defense of Jamaica and violence, those that think in such way best know then that it is then literally in every one of our collective pockets, pants pockets and all!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Musings on Identity!

Identity... In community life and wider Montego Bay l was Ms. Thompson grand son, during various stages of school life I was Dax brother, with the advent of my Dawta, the new ID is Kee-kee Faada... Did Yannick Pessoa ever exist???

Do you know him? I don't think anyone has ever really employed that name... It seems a vague thing I hold dear for some reason I forgot. I know I am called Yaneek by the average Jamaican, Johnick by caucasians, a Hebrew name lost in so many translations, I am the oldest birth certificate holder in the island with that name, maybe one or two women inspired me with the way they said it in my ear, I am Yanni to many in Paradise, Yanni-man to another section of Paradise, Jesus to quite a few in Paradise, my mother calls me 'come here mi big son or handsome son', my grandma said 'maah-yan' and 'Maas yan' that one would kill school mates who bore witness to it in use, it was one I was terribly afraid of people discovering, I am Yannicky-pooh and pooh bear can you believe that to the most serious and morose spirit on earth my father, my sister says 'nick', at least that one seemed cool, bin Laden's to my uncle Tommy, yan to my wife... Yah Neck when she upset, Piss power to Camara Brown who would discover that name I received in 7th grade... Trooper and troops to Dax, Poppy, Thura... No no no mi nuh sure mi ever meet Yannick Pessoa!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Jovexx Paradise Acres Accapella

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Let your dreadlocks down!

Listen to 8. Monkey Nation (Requiem) by Lij-Tafari #np on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/lij_tafari/8-monkey-nation-requiem

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunset

Going on a 1038 mph evening run,
Like Wally West chasing the sun,
I nuh want sunset done...
A the only time I feel at one.


poem by Yannick Pessoa

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Horoscope!

Hi, here is my horoscope: Mood: The planets point out some irregularities relationship-wise. Blame the Moon-Uranus sextile. You will lack self-control. Love: Planetary aspects point to a rather complicated love situation. You are not in a good state of mind. Your emotions take precedence over things that you don't like. You will not be able to manage two things at the same time. You will not talk about it right now. Be careful, staying quiet could be a mistake. Think! Work: Today is a good day overall! You pursue the goals that you set for yourself. Health: Your energy levels are low. You will make an effort to not make it noticeable. Others believe you are invincible.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Marvel's Netflix Series Reviews

Well as I wait to watch Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War... I thought I'd review the Netflix Daredevil Series and Jessica Jones. I'll start with DD...

Firstly let me say... The shows are HOT! To me Daredevil scores major points for many things. 1. It's Law and Order UK, Sopranos and Super hero rolled into one. It makes you believe Superheroes can happen if you allow yourself to suspend belief for the notion that a little boy can get heightened senses once blinded by chemicals. The legal wrangling ties into the grimey New York world of Hell's Kitchen crime belly, that wreaks of Soprano-ness, with a robust Kingpin performance, though I wish it explored the court room and legal concept a little more if only philosophically if not flesh out the legal academics. But greatest of all is the rendition of Daredevil... Compelling... A good intentioned liar and lawyer trying to win in and outside the court house. Daredevil stands alone as an edgy yet artful, dark and gritty ensemble drama that have elevated the superhero origin story in a similar fashion to HBO’s “True Detective” and how it ratcheted up crime procedural.

2. Cinematography and fight choreography... Off the chain. The series that has some teeth to it. Rich in a textured pulp story telling style,crime noir and brutality. The tale is so powerful it could really serve as a metaphor for how the agencies of power and power brokers operate in the USA. Matt Murdoch a legal figure, employing torture, lies, spying(heightened hearing akin to NSA) and deceit as tools shows the dual diversity in the series. At the same time a vivid and a higher sense of realism (I'm wondering if it is those new 4K cams and newer), which is counter-balanced by the unreal and somewhat surreal notion of a blind superhero, a handicapped Spider-man if you would who skitters up walls and employs Batman-esque tools like grappling hooks and martial arts. As usual Marvel's heroes serve as human interest pieces from various psychologically nuanced angles.

3. World Building and Community. Something that hooked me was the world creation that I am more used to seeing in Sci-Fi and Fantasy films of the J. R. Tolkien type order or James Cameron maybe. The show also has a sense of theater or stage-like community, from the scenes and setting to the cast... something that reminds me of that old Brit comedy 'Allo Allo' and 'Dr. Who'... The Brit transfer hasn't gone so well for Dr. Who's Rory and Legends of Tomorrow over in the DC Universe camp, I have a leaning to British actors and film and independent foreign film, so for me Charlie Cox's depiction is epic, articulate, intelligent and nuanced. I am not a fan of comedic foils, the cliché  silly sidekick, but Foggy is a witty, sarcastic counter point to some of the arguments that are expounded throughout the series, he plays the voice of reason, doubt and conscience, hence the humor is more real, as to me life can be sardonic in certain ways, and it makes perfect sense to me that a successful blind man would be more gregarious than loveable but fat and frumpy fudddy duddy. Foggy and Matt have a very credible emotional dynamic in what other actors, writers and directors would possibly have crafted as campy or didactic even stilted scenes.

Deborah Ann Woll's secretary worked as well. Some people and less feminine in-tuned minds may contend that the Karen character is weak combo of too gullible to be true, improbably competent in her 'investigation' and like a bastion on issues of 'morality and ethics'. I however have had experience with a lot of women who are both intelligent & flaky, genius and neurotic, brilliant but psychotic, slutty looking catholic mathematicians who are astute calculative, yet who are shy and caught up in complex religious mores and beliefs, will party yet won't have sex! Women can be that multi-layed and I think she some up some of that.

All in all I say it's a hot series... I am in the middle of Season 2 and just starting Jessica Jones... I recommend you check em out... Piratebay or Netflix... anyone!