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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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If JAMAICA were an Actual Woman, she would be… #JamaicaIndependence51



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Happy 51st birthday Jamaica! Woot! Woot! Yaay! Rae! Woi! Lawd! ‘CD Master di real blaster’, Pull Up! So now that I have celebrated my country’s independence and showcased my patriotism in true Jamaican style, I shall now ‘stookie’ my way into why I felt the need to blog about Jamaica.  I love my country with all my heart and I guess I just wanted to contribute something to her today. I decided why not personify this little island. So, here goes.

1) She would be extremely sexy

Have you ever looked at Jamaica on a map before? Isn’t Jamaica curvaceous? Especially wid da likkle curly part deh rite a Clarendon.  Jamaica would have an hour glass figure. Not even Kim Kardashian could compete with her.  Small waist, broad hips, thick legs, full breast and a bootyllicious derriere. Oh, how could I forget her ‘kitty’ wuda be so turnt up till all Portia wuda tax it.

2)  She would be a bit ratchet or at least have a ratchet side to her

Jamaica’s facebook name would probably be ‘Jamaica Stay-Good Bristish’ or at least something close to that. Once a song a give instructions she willing fi dweet. If a 6:30 she can do dat, kotch, jump, siddung or bruk it down she is more than capable to execute. She wuda frighten fi foreign man wid a passion. Sad to say, there is a huge possibility that she would be extremely ‘HYPE’. She would probably be attending Dream Weekend right now courtesy of a loan she attained. In other words, she wuda spend money weh she nuh av, jus fi floss and wen she go home bawl bout hardlife. Not even gonna address the heap a people she wuda owe.

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3) Jamaica would have a ‘warm’ personality

She would be charming, vibrant, essentially the life of the party. Not to mention, hardworking, determined, passionate, street-smart and a avid patois user.

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4) Would be the Queen of Chores

Jamaica would be a neat freak, constantly tidying up around the house.  Taking care of her children. Cooking, cleaning, washing and still finding the time and energy to ‘dashout’ in the bedroom.

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5) She would have 14 children

No need to explain this one.  Her favorite would be James.

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6) Would be overly religious

She wuda mek Betty-Ann Blaine look like she naah try.  Front row at church would be her second address.  Grace Thrillers would be played each Sunday morning as she prepares breakfast in the kitchen.

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7) Would love to gossip and enjoy ‘excitement’

Each situation would be seen as an opportunity to use the words ‘Rae, woi, and lawd’

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8) Would be committed to a rasta man.

Yes, Jamaica would want a “natty on her frontline.”

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9) Would be multi-talented

Jamaica would excel in track and field, agriculture, beauty pageants, dancing, deejaying etc

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10) Would be violent

Just picture a Jamaican Madea. Cross, angry, miserable! Naah tek nuh tuff chat from nuh boy, nuh gal, no day!

 

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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.”