Category Archives: Jamaican

TOP 10 Jamaican Celeb Image Makeovers @duttyberryshow


It has been said that there’s only one thing in life that remains constant and that is change. These ten well known Jamaicans have, for various reasons, altered their appearance. Some for the good and others for the bad.  I’m sure they all wish that they could erase the embarrassing pics, but hey, they can’t, so I’m here to remind you just how much their image has enhanced or worsened.

10)  Leftside

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Craig ‘Leftside’ Parks is a talented dancehall artiste.  He gained local recognition as part of the dancehall duo (Leftside and Esco) for the hit song ‘Tuck Een Yuh Belly’ in 2005.  Since then, the medium built entertainer has transformed himself into a buff, heroic looking figure.  Seems as if being part of a duo was holding him back from his true physical potential.  These days, he is the star of his own empire, managing his own label, KeepLeft Records, as well as songwriting and producing.

9) Keiva

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Keiva Hibbert is proof that pregnancy isn’t always bad for a woman’s body. Have you seen her lately? This is the best she has ever looked.  Her hips, her thighs and her derriere have all been super-sized and it’s definitely a welcomed blessing.  Keiva, during the early years of her incredible career sported very borderline tomboy image but these days the dancehall diva has morphed into a sultry vixen.  What else is there to say? If you got it flaunt it.

8) Veronica Campbell-Brown

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Veronica Campbell-Brown, such beauty, such poise and such a stunning lady.  However, this was not always the case.  Do you remember her medal ceremony at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens?  I’m sure after looking at the clip she made a vow to herself never to look like Nanny of the Maroons again. Now, she has invested in a good weave, quality makeup and exquisite clothes.  So, these days when she graces the track she looks like true sprinting royalty. Go VCB Go!

7) Craigy T

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Craigy Thompson, is 1/4 of popular dancehall group T.O.K.  The deejay, since the genesis of the group, has been overweight but it wasn’t until a few years ago, he emerged back onto the local scene with renewed energy, a new image and a much slimmer physique.  Time has surely been kind to you Mr. Rising Stars judge.

6) Stacious

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If yuh a goodaz and yuh know it clap yuh hand“.  Stacious with this ‘remixed’ body that you have developed, I think your entire body deserves a round of applause combined with a standing ovation.  The voluptuous star’s weight has fluctuated throughout her career but a year ago she finally decided to vehemently focus on her weight loss goals.  At present, she is 40 pounds lighter with a banging body that even Nicki Minaj would envy.   I bet she doesn’t have to beseech anyone to come into her room anymore,

5) Christopher Martin

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Do you remember the skinny, innocent and saintly Christopher Martin on Rising Stars back in 2005? Now fast forward to 2013.  He has changed a lot, right?  His confidence has peaked. He has now become one of the island’s top performers and in case you have not been noticing, he isn’t a little twig anymore.  After winning Rising Stars, Chris seemed to have focused primarily on ensuring that he was as marketable as possible and luckily he succeeded.  He now sports a super ripped body the he flaunts everywhere.  Let’s hope Cecile isn’t the jealous type.

4) Cecile

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“Changes I’ve been going through cause I wanna be with you. Baby don’t you wanna be with me?”. Cecile has certainly been like the Jamaican Madonna in terms of constantly reinventing herself.  She has always had the lyrical content but lacked a proper image that would really propel her to the next level.  At the start of her career she was often compared to the Bride of Chucky and I guess eventually she got tired of it and decided to make some ‘changes’.  After a short hiatus, she returned in 2006 with the music video for ‘Hot Like That’, showing off her brand new look and ‘bad gal’ image. Since then she has become one of the the industry’s most fashionable women. Oh, by the way Cecile, I sincerely hope that you got the with the person you made these ‘changes’ for.

3) Pepita

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Former Intense host, former Rising Stars Chill Room host, Tastee Talent host and now actress, Pepita is well on her way to becoming the nation’s next Denise Hunt. The 22 year old is quite a mini media mogul.  In her five years in the industry she has accomplished more than many twice her age in the field.  However, over the space of five years, the gorgeous media personality’s weight has not been consistent.  Initially, she had a naturally slim and curvy body.  In 2011 she gained a bit of a weight, then in 2012 she appeared at the Youth View Award revealing her extremely thin new figure.  Let’s hope that all is well with her and that she’ll return to her bombshell figure once more.

2) Buju Banton

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The years have not been kind to Buja Banton.  The reggae superstar was one of the 1st dancehall acts to successfully make the transition from hardcore dancehall to reggae.  At the start of his career he sported a low cut but after crossing over to the Rastafarian faith in the late 90s he began to assume a more unrefined appearance.  He is only 41 years old but looks a lot older.  It’s definitely not an easy road Buju.

1) Vybz Kartel

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Cool like me wash mi face with the cake soap“.  Adijah Palmer, is arguably the most controversial artiste the Caribbean has ever seen. In 2011, Kartel ignited the social media world after posting a pic of himself rocking a completely different skin tone and image.  He discarded the thug image and adopted a more ‘mainstream’ one.  This sparked island-wide discussions as to whether or not cake soap could actually bleach the skin and needless to say, bleaching among the male population increased. I hereby declare Vybz Kartel the dancehall chameleon.

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7 Lessons We Can Learn From The Jamaican Athletes in Moscow @duttyberryshow


Welcome to the DuttyBerryShow blog! As I watched the Jamaican team compete during the 2013 World Championships, I couldn’t help feeling inspired.  Athletics to me isn’t just a sport. It represents a physical exhibition of passion, determination, talent and courage.  By taking a closer look at these events, several life lessons can be attained and hopefully utilized to enhance our ability to react and understand many of life’s challenges.

  1. Life is a b*t*h

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Have you ever felt as if you were cursed?  I’m sure we all have felt that way at one point in our lives.  Sometimes, we aspire towards a goal but for some unknown reason, we keep hitting into hurdles.  Kaliese Spencer came into the championships as one of the favorites in the 400m hurdles.  Sadly, she was disqualified in the heats and just as a window of hope appeared in the 4*4 relay, the team acquired a disqualification.  Can you imagine how devastated she must feel?  Some may blame it on obeah, others will simply term it as bad-luck, while the optimist will view it as ‘just a phase’.  Whatever you term it, we can all conclude that life is full of ups and downs.  Failure is inevitable. So the question is, will you dwell in your negativity or visualize yourself clearing the other hurdles ahead?

 2)  Sometimes our best isn’t good enough to get us to where we’d want to be

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You must have seen Stephanie McPherson running her heart out in the 400m final or Kimberly Williams acquiring a new Personal Best (14.62) in the triple jump, just missing out on the bronze medal or even Nickel Ashmeade being denied the bronze medal by Curtis Mitchell in the 200m final.  Performing at your very best, despite falling short, should never be overlooked.  It’s imperative that you learn that doing your best, won’t always make you a ‘winner’ but you should still be proud of your efforts. So big up all the athletes who represented us well, whether you medalled or not!

3) Always trust God 

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4) Never give up. Don’t simply dream.., chase,hunt and capture your goals

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That final leg by Javon Francis will be a story we share to our grandchildren when we are old and grey.  The Jamaican 4*4 relay team, despite losing one of their fastest sprinters due to injury, refocused and prepared themselves to execute.  Not only did they prepare well, they ran vehemently to attain the silver medal.  This goes to show how powerful the mind is. If you can believe it, you can achieve it. Never place your dreams in a cabinet for it to remain unused and remain stationary.  Pursue your goals like a cheetah in the wild searching for prey.

5) Be an Inspiration to others

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Too whom much is given, much is expected.  Always try to motivate those around you, especially when you discover that they may aspire to be like you.  Usain Bolt, as accomplished as he is, seems to always ensure that he contributes by building the confidence of those around him.

6) Never Allow yourself to be intimidated by others

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Am I the only one who found it funny to hear Warren Weir state his intent to beat Bolt? Did you watch the post race interview with Kemar Bailey-Cole complaining and blaming himself for not getting a medal? Bear in mind that Bolt, Gatlin and Carter ran faster all season yet he still believed that he was good enough to gain a medal. These two young men are very confident in their abilities and are fearless.  This is the sort of character that makes one a champion.

7) Your failure is sometimes necessary to create an opportunity for someone else

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In 2008, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce addition to the Jamaican team prevented Veronica Campbell-Brown from competing in the 100m at the Olympic Games in Beijing.  At the time Shelly was an unknown talent and many people felt Veronica should have been selected instead of Shelly. As fate would have it, Shelly went on to become the first Caribbean woman to win 100m gold at the Olympic Games. Similarly, Nesta Carter’s 1st individual medal was alot easier to attain with Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Tyson Gay, three of the fastest men in 100m history, out of the picture.  To be honest, I believe that Carter was most deserving of the opportunity to compete in the 100m in Moscow. So as weird as it sounds, in some strange way, your fall might just be destined to allow someone else a chance to rise.

25 CRAZY JAMAICAN WAYS TO DIE @duttyberryshow


Welcome to the DuttyBerryShow blog, I hope that you have been enjoying the blogs thus far and I thank you for the support. Now dat mi get all a dat decent stuff out di way, let’s get to the meat of the matter.   As I sat in my couch watching the news I thought to myself what would be some funny and crazy Jamaican ways to ‘kick the bucket’. After consulting with my friend Courtney, I came up with these 25 ways. Enjoy! Live and laugh!

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1) You disrespected a police officer and somehow a bullet from the officer’s gun ends up in your head.  The police, after conducting a few seconds of investigation will conclude that a shootout ensued and that the other members of your gang escaped in nearby bushes.

2) You decided to ‘tek a gal man’ and she found out and decided to ‘daaab yuh wid acid’ while you were getting your hair done on Princess Street Downtown.

3) You were so hot, that it became unbearable to stand in one spot. As you walked off to wine, Roger Clarke fell from the sky and smashed you to pieces.

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4) You were disobedient at a street dance. You did not raise your hands when the selector yelled, “All a di man dem from yuh know seh yuh straight put yuh hand ina di air.”

5) You followed Kartel’s advice and took penis because you thought it was easy.  The penis was enormous and caused your vaginal walls to erupt.

6) You told a badman to go and ‘labba juice’ (suck) his mother.

7) You tried to follow the bus conductor and skillfully ‘bail out’ of the coaster bus. You missed a step, tripped and slammed into the ground.

8) Your mother finally decided to carry out her favorite threat to you. For example,”Mi a go knock out yuh brain ino pickney.”

9) Cliff Twang told you that “nobody can cross it” but you ignored his warning, tried to get across, and got washed away in ‘many water like Hellshire’.

10) You saw Lisa Hanna up close and her awesomeness was just too overwhelming to handle.  Just as you had a little hope of survival she whispered in your ears with her Toni Braxton like voice and you just fainted and died.

11) You went to buy a cheese patty.  The worker told you that the patties would be ready in 3 minutes. Two hours later, the worker returns to tell you 5 more minutes. You fall to the floor. The autopsy revealed that you died of starvation.

12) You decided to cut your expenses by attempting to ‘bridge’ light. While doing so a bolt of lightning struck you. Involuntarily causing you to do the Harlem shake before collapsing.

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13) Upon receiving your JPS light bill you got a sudden heart attack because it was just so high.

14) While at a dance you heard your jam playing and felt compelled to transform into a sketel and jump from a speaker box and land in a split. However while jumping, you lost your balance and landed head first.

15) You went to the ‘Gully-Side’ and spray painted the wall “FREE WERL BOSS”

16) You wore your PNP shirt on the wrong lane in Mountain View during election season.

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17) After watching the All Angles bleaching documentary, you opted to emulate Bobbette and ‘rub off’ your first, second and third layers.  Because your cream was so powerful your skin began to ‘buss’ until your body combusted.

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18) In Half Way Three celebrating Jamaica’s 4 *100 meter win. The crowd got a bit too excited and you got trampled in a stampede.

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19) Having sex to ‘Dye Dye’ and upon your 51st orgasm after you got twisted, you stopped breathing because you body was not used to such extreme pleasure.

20) You tried to end a relationship with a policeman.

21) You went to St.Thomas and offended an Obeah man.

22) You died of old age waiting on the Reggae Boyz to qualify for another World Cup.

23) Running towards the scene of a shootout and a bullet ‘bax yuh cross yuh face’.

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24) As an amateur in the kitchen, you tried to prepare the national dish and  ‘di ackee poison yuh’ because you forced some open.

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25) You followed too many of RDX’s instructions. Jumping, ‘kotching’, ‘broading out’ and bending over. One day, as you proceeded to bend over and ‘touch toe’ you pulled a muscle, cricked your back, crashed to the floor and had a slow and embarrassing death.

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Top 30: Jamaican Public Figures Who Age Well


In other cultures, public figures are often slaves to the cosmetic industry.  A little nip tuck here, a little botox there and enhancements everywhere and anywhere in between.  However, in Jamaica, people pride themselves on being able to ‘look good’ and age gracefully while remaining as youthful as they possibly can.  These 30 Jamaicans seem to have found the fountain of youth and are maturing like fine wine.

# 30) Neville Bell

IMG_8697You have been waking up to him on Smile Jamaica for years.  His career in media started over two decades ago and yet somehow he has managed to look pretty much the same. Guess all that football playing is paying off.

#29) P. J. Patterson

Hon__PJ_Patterson_photoLargeCan you believe that he is 78 years of age? Mr. Patterson served as the sixth prime minister of Jamaica and led the country from 1992 to 2006.  This man became the face that this generation associated with politics, and to honest, he looks exactly as he did during the 90s.

# 28)   Michael Lee Chin

1297417217201_ORIGINALMr. Chin is money in motion.  At 62 years old, he can retire now and just focus on remaining youthful.

# 27) Kerlyn Brown

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The day Kerlyn leaves CVM TV is the day that station should come off air.  She has been the face of the 8:00 pm news since the 90s and she gets hotter and hotter each year.

# 26) Lady Saw

Lady-Saw-2013The Queen of the dancehall, Mumma Saw, at age 45 is looking sexier and more refined than most of the emerging dancehall ladies half her age.

# 25) Amelia Milk Sewell

192768_10151142098514492_421906747_oDid you know that Milk has been involved in the local entertainment industry from as early as 1998?  Fast forward to 2013 and she still ‘stay good’.

# 24) Sean Paul

Sean_Paul_Sue_Susanne_Persson_girlfriendDancehall superstar, Sean Paul at the moment could pass for a 29 year old, but if you were to check his birth paper you’d discover that he is a 40 yrs old…. Buju Banton is the same age. See the difference?

# 23) Beenie Man

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# 22) Ken Boothe

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#21) Fae Ellington

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# 20) KD Knight

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#19) Dorraine Samuels

brrMiss RJR, now Miss Prime Time News. She is as gorgeous and she was at the beginning of her career.

# 18) Michael Anthony Cuffe

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Y’all remember in the 90s when he used to host the morning show on CVM TV?

# 17) Mazie Miller/Dorothy Lightbourne

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 Mazie Miller aka Miss Creative Cooking has been hosting that show for over two decades. Dorothy on the other hand, has spent her life in politics.  I still cannot believe that she is 76 years old.

# 16) Delano- Renaissance

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 The Renaissance sound system has been around for years yet Delano’s appearing younger than many of the new disc jocks. Weird isn’t it?

# 15) Cindy Breakspeare

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58 and still looking as fab as she did back in 1976 when she won the Miss World crown.

# 14) Shaggy

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Mr. Boombastic , at 44, looks younger than many of the current dancehall acts,

# 13) Tony Matterhorn

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Yes, Tony Matterhorn is actually 41 years old. Surprised?

#12)  Audrey Reid

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Popular Jamaican actress, Audrey Reid , at 43, doesn’t look any different than she did when she played the sassy role of Marcia in Dancehall Queen. I guess black really doesn’t crack.

# 11) Carlene Davis

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God is really working on this woman because age 60 never looked this good.

# 10) Ian Boyne

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For over 25 years, Ian Boyne has been interviewing people on his popular television show Profile.  I dare you to find an old Profile video and compare it to how he looks presently.  Time has been good to him.

# 9) Merlene Ottey

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 Sprint Queen and Jamaican treasure, Ottey is the epitome of determination. Oh and by the way, she is 53 years of age.

# 8 ) Professor Nuts

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“You are only as old as you feel” and this 51 year old dancehall veteran not only feels young, he looks it.

# 7) Marcia Griffiths

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Over six decades on this earth and she is still glowing. Sweet reggae music must be the reason.

# 6) Kiprich/Ding Dong

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These two men somehow have no intention of aging any time soon.  Both began their professional careers over 15 years ago.

# 5) Portia Simpson-Miller

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Portia is just three years shy off 70. Just look at her.

# 4) Jenny Jenny

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 Media personality, Jenny Jenny, at 37 just keeps looking better and better.

# 3 ) Cham

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 Does Cham look like at 34 year old? Nope. I guess that’s what happens when your wife ‘Tun up, Tun up’.

# 2) Denise Hunt

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 I have a feeling her face will remain like this for the next thirty years.  Did y’all know she had a role in How Stella Got Her Groove Back?

# 1) Lisa Hanna

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 Lisa Hanna, Oh Lisa Hanna.  Why must you age in reverse? “No primples, no mosquito bite”. Miss World 1993 must be on some vampire diet because not many people can say they look better now than they did when they won a world title. Lisa Rene Hanna at 37, you are a timeless… ageless beauty.

Forced Out: Story of a Gay Jamaican Teen


Strikingly bold yet sedate eyes move frantically around the room seemingly fishing for something missing.  His clothes stretch across his noticeably altered skin.  He glides towards the door as his hands caress his fastidiously braided hair.  He is not the stereotypical Jamaican male.  He doesn’t want to be.  He is a courageous young man clutching to a relationship with his family while learning to adjust to the consequences of having an unpopular identity.

At 19, Keive Dyre is a humble, hopeful, humanistic Jamaican homosexual.  In a country in which males are easily and openly rejected for any public portrayal of a perceived ‘deviant’ lifestyle, he is somehow brave enough to reject social norms and embrace his ‘true’ identity.

Born and raised in Salem, a relatively small community in St. Ann, Keive grew to appreciate family life and develop a sense of independence and responsibility from an early age.  His mother, Carlene Moodie, has five children; each with a different father.  With no stable father figure present, Ms. Moodie had to assume the role of a single parent.  “She had to struggle to make ends meet especially being a mom with five kids. Dad assisted financially but not always,” explained Keive.

In 1999, five year old Keive experienced his first major dramatic incident.  The place he had called home was burnt to the ground, forcing the family to move to his grandmother’s house.  To this day the cause of the fire is unknown.  The family stayed there for approximately three years until his mom was able to stand on her own again.  Ms. Moodie stated, “I did have to stay till I could buy back few furniture and find a new place to rent…Wen mi lef grandma him a did bout eight”.

During his childhood, Keive remembers sharing wonderful moments with his family.  “I was a jovial and outspoken child…I lived like the average child.  I played nuff games and had a free spirit,” shared Keive.  He adds that the only thing he did that may be considered ‘different’ was to participate in ‘female’ games such as dolly house and dandy shandy.  He maintains that his gender bending behavior was never seriously addressed by his mom.  “Mommy did jus laugh wen mi gwan like girl and stuff…she and my sister found it entertaining,” revealed Keive.  His father, on the contrary, was never amused by it.  He recalls a conversation he had with his dad in which he asked his father to purchase additional underwear.  His father replied “panty or brief”.  Keive laughed.  “I distinctly remember him telling me dat mi gwaan like too much gal and dat any day him hear seh mi gay him a go kill mi,” disclosed Keive.

The relaxed and fun relationship Keive had with his mom was something his other siblings envied.  “They laughed like best friends. They were inseparable. If dem di any closer dem wuda be conjoined twins,” shared Keive’s eldest sister, Michele.  “I rememba dis one time me and mum did a chat dis woman from down di road bout how she smell bad.  Fun times,” shared Keive.  In addition to conversing about trivial subject matters he remembers discussing with his mom his dreams, getting out of poverty and developing a strong sense of self.

At 13, while attending Ochi Rios High School, Keive’s sexual identity began to develop.  He started having feelings for other boys and desperately tried to come to grips with his emotions.  “I liked girls enuh but my heart was never really with any of them,” revealed Keive.  As he progressed through high school, he met other gay teens, gained friendships and started dating.  He states that he would often regret having feelings for boys.  “I would never even wish this life on my worst enemy…jus coming to terms with yourself is extremely draining,” stated Keive.  He argues that he never viewed himself as a misfit.  He simply wanted to function as a normal teen. His only concern was disappointing his family and having to deal with people’s reactions.  Losing his mother’s support was never a primary issue.  “I know my mom.  I knew if she found out her greatest problem would be others harming me,” divulged Keive.  On the flipside, he vehemently worried about his father knowing of his sexuality.  “Mi kno seh if he found out, he would stop financing me”.  So as a precaution, he masqueraded as a heterosexual around his family and community members to avoid scrutiny.

However, this did not end up happening, as things took and unexpected turn.  After returning from church one day, his mother greeted him at the door with his diary in hand.  He was speechless.  His diary held captive his daily activities, tales of all his relationships and confirmation of his sexuality. That night the closet crumbled leaving him open to the world.  “Da night deh, I’m not gonna lie I was upset…Mi did always have a feeling but just seeing di proof like dat…I just wasn’t prepared,” revealed his mom.  Keive added, “My mom and sister were very upset. They yelled, cried and mom even threatened to tell my father if I didn’t stop being gay”.  Not once during the confrontation did Keive speak.  “Him jus stand up wid dis sad look pon him face,” shared Michele.  It wasn’t until bedtime that tears rushed from his eyes as he recapped the day’s events.  After a few tense days, life at home returned to normal the following week.  “Wi jus reason wid him and tell him we love him sameway and wi soon realize dat he was the same lazy boy,” shared Ms. Moodie.

Now that he and his mom had regained their relationship, the only other person to confront was his father Raymond.  After leaving high school, gaining employment and moving out of his mom’s home, Keive prepared to break the news to his dad who had just migrated to the United States.  He decided to send him a text message.  “I jus got up and sent him a three word text “I am gay,” stated Keive.  In less than a minute his father responded, “Thanks for the truth”.  Understandably, Keive was quite surprised by his father’s seemingly positive reaction.  Never in a million years would he have expected such a sincere answer.

Today, Keive enjoys a harmonious and honest relationship with his mother and siblings.  “We are the closest we have ever been,” expressed Keive.  He mentions that he communicates with his mother daily and for the first time, is able to discuss his relationships with her; something he finds a bit cumbersome.  Contrastingly, he is yet to develop such a bond with his father.  “My father never calls.  We speak like every six months or so and I’m the one who always calls,” shared Keive.  He describes the conversations as brief and forced.  Still he wishes to have his father’s support.  He shares, “I know it must be hard for him to deal with having a gay son but I would love to have him in my life.  I don’t need society to approve of me; I would rather to have family. I’m not a rapist or some demon child… I just want him to see that I’m an intelligent and ambitious young man who wants nothing more than to make him proud.”