Marcus Garvey must be turning in his grave. All his years of hard work and obstacles teaching Black people to see beauty in themselves, beauty in their melanin, beauty in their pigmentation seems to be falling short and it is falling short in his birth country of Jamaica.
After a few SHENYENGs crowned dancehall superstar, Shenseea, as the most beautiful female artistes in the history of Jamaican music, we got curious to find out if Jamaicans in general held that same sentiment. To our surprise, most Jamaicans who responded to the post on our Facebook page agreed that she was.
What was even more shocking, of the small amount of Jamaicans who did not agree that Shenseea was the most beautiful artiste in the history of the music, they disagreed because they thought either Tessanne Chin or Tami Chin is the most beautiful.
These responses coming from Black Jamaicans were difficult to fathom at first until you think back about the two Jamaicans who appeared on The Voice singing competition a few years ago. Jamaicans supported the Chinese Tessanne Chin 200% and were so proud of her and quick to tell their coworkers, classmates and strangers in the streets that she was a Jamaican. However, when the Black Jamaican, Anita Antoinette, appeared on the same competition, you could have heard a pin drop from these same Jamaicans.
In a country that is 99% Black and produce a genre of music where the artistes are also 99% Black, most of the people in the country believe that the most beautiful female to ever grace the genre is a choice between three ladies of Asian descent and none of African descent is worthy for such title. If that is not a true definition for mental sickness then Bob Marley, not Leonard P. Howell, is The Gong who started the Rasta movement.
The truth is, if Black Jamaicans really feel like Shenseea, Tessanne and Tami are the most beautiful artistes in the history of Jamaican music then they should say exactly what they think, that Blacks in Jamaica are the least beautiful of all the other ethnic groups that make up about one percent of the island.
Every Jamaican should start reading the speeches of Marcus Garvey, the other option is to remain brainwashed and spend a lifetime singing: “Mi love mi car, mi love mi bike, mi love mi money and thing but most of all mi love mi brownin.”