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Should Jerk Chicken or Jerk Pork be protected under UNESCO?

Baguette to be protected under UNESCO.


The French President Emmanuel Macron wants the baguette to be protected under UNESCO.

In an interview Friday with Europe 1 radio, Macron said that "the baguette is envied in the whole world."

"We need to preserve its excellence and know-how. This is why it needs to be (classified) as heritage," he said.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

One would be surprise to know that the United Nations seem to be bothered with what foods are affiliated with what country, but surprisingly it does. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations which is based in Paris. UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and communication/information. 

Turkish Coffee

Among the foods protected by UNESCO under the Cultural Heritage are Turkish Coffee, Belgian Beer, Japanese Washoku and Pasta from Italy.     

 Do you think the Jerk Chicken or Jerk Pork should be submitted for Jamaica to be protected under UNESCO Cultural Heritage Cuisine?

UNESCO has a list of 38 elements which are part of its Intangible Cultural Heritage for safeguarding. Instituted in 2009, this list has an eclectic mix of different cultural elements including dance, music, food and crafting~

Belgian Beer Culture

Japanese Washoku

Italian Pasta

Urban Princess. History in the making

Jan 9. 2018

 In some cases, when one associates Urban with people of colour it is seen as a slight. In this case, however, it is cool, popping and trendy. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in Brixton-let's be honest, there will always be cheering crowds whenever the royals shows up. But this time it was different. Not only because Brixton has a huge black population, but it was the reaction from the people. You could see black faces with the eyes and emotion that says "we are happy to see you". They were shouting and screaming her name. They were telling Meghan, "WE LOVE YOU". You could literally hear the people shouting her name, MEGHAN, MEGHAN, as if they know her personally.


 Since Princess Diana, the royal family is not seen publicly involved in any Urban Initiatives. After a visit to Angola in 1997, Diana became an anti-landmine activist. She advocated for a worldwide ban on landmines. She famously took photos with Angolans whom had lost limbs from landmines. She championed causes of HIV, AIDS, and Leprosy which affected people from India, Nepal, and Zimbabwe. The bottom line is she was an advocate for issues that affected people of colour. Princes Willian and Harry made it clear they wanted to continue their mother's work. So to see Harry and Meghan showing up in the Urban Mecca of Brixton, in her first royal engagement, reignites the Princess Diana phenomena.  



This is history in the making. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited an urban radio station run by black British. They went to the studios of Reprezent 107.3 FM in Brixton. It is an underground music station and the only one in the UK presented by people under 25 years old. They listened to music and traded urban handshakes. One of the DJ at the radio station was comfortable enough to give Harry his business card and offered to play at their wedding-come on now! How much urban can that get?! LOL. An urban wedding at Buckingham Palace. 

One particular woman that made the news is Helen Wiltshire. She is a 69 years old woman from Crawley, West Sussex. She was overcome with emotion and broke down in tears as she thanked Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for their visit. She told Meghan she 'loved her'. The woman clasped hands with Miss Markle and Prince Harry when they left Pop Brixton. She explained she has a special connection with the Royal Family which dates back to the early 20th century.

Helen Wiltshire told MailOnline: 'It just means so much. In 1900, my grandfather signed the 1900 Uganda Agreement with Queen Victoria. Because of the royal connection we've always felt close to them”. You could see the emotion coming from the lady as she wept as she held their hands and told Meghan: “Thank you, thank you for all you've done.”

This is an historic milestone for the royal family. This event will go into the history books that after more than a thousand years the royal family welcome its first black princes. Meghan Markle, so early in the royal family, one could argue, has found her calling. She not only made the connection to the urban community in Brixton but garner the intrigue of many black people who want to see what her role will be within the royal family. Finally, black people see someone in the royal family that looks like them. Meghan Markle’s mother is black but her father is white. Nevertheless, her black presents is dominant. 

In a time when the Royal family is arguable becoming outdated, this will be a good look for them. It will bring new energy to the royal family-an urban energy. Meghan Markle could be the breath of fresh air the Palace is looking for. Ms. Markle and Prince Harry could not only join forces to continue his mother’s work but add urban initiatives to her Royal Duties. 

Jamaica Live Persons of the Year December 31, 2017


Daniel Thomas made headline in November 2017 when he took on the Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness over the implementation of the impending National Identification Card.

The most famous debacle is when he squared off with the Prime Minister at the Town Hall Meeting. This was the first time the Jamaican public had seen the Prime Minister in what some would describe as a compromised emotional reaction. The Prime Minister is known to be eloquent, modest and well reserved and controlled in his communication with the public.

Daniel Thomas is the President of the Love March Movement. He is a past Ardenne High School graduate and doing his Bachelor in Medicine at the University of the West Indies. 

Daniel Thomas caught the eye of the Jamaica Live Team with his passion, intelligence and fierce unrelenting and unfearful motivated spirit to stand up to the Jamaican government. Additionally, one of  the Motto of the Love March Movement is for young people to see government in an objective, unbiased and non-partisan manner: which has not been seen in Jamaica since the beginning of its existence.

In the past few weeks you can find Daniel Thomas on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica strongly advocating and rallying people to stand up to the government against the NIDS.  For this reason Daniel Thomas is the Jamaica Live Person of the Year. For more about Daniel Thomas please visit:

Colin Kaepernick is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Kaepernick played college football at the University of Nevada, where he was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year twice and became the only player in NCAA Division I FBS history to amass 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career. After graduating, he was selected by the San Francisco 49ersin the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Colin Kaepernick is an inspiration not only to the Jamaica Live Team but to many around the world.

Kaepernick has pioneered in our time to kneel in protest. In the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement and many protest around the United States against police brutality Kaepernick against all odds decided to kneel in protest. He began to kneel after losing millions in endorsement. He also lost his job at the National Football League (NFL) which in turn losing an income. Despite many harsh criticism from president of the United States, some of his teammates in the NFL and NFL bosses and millions of Americans, Kaepernick continued to kneel. 

Nonetheless, he inspired many around America to kneel, veterans, schools student and many citizens. Kaepernick without doubt forced a national debate in the NFL about police brutality, the American flag and the American Anthem. Today still without a job at the NFL, Colin Kaepernick continued to work with charities and donate money and time to many underprivileged communities in America and in Africa. For this reason Colin Kaepernick is a Jamaica Live Person of the Year.


Afro Punta. Junior Alvarez talk about his music

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Lordes feat Dermaco and Busy Signal - Royal (Medley)

Time Square with Karen and friends

Time Square behind the scene testing

 When the cold a bite but you still have to go Live 

Happy birthday with Bree

Jamaica National Heroes

 HELP US SALUTE OUR FORMIDABLE FIERCE LEGENDARY ANCESTORS...Jamaica's National Heroes Queen Warrior Nanny of the Maroons. Paul Boogle. Marcus Garvey. Sam Sharpe 

Queen Nanny of The Maroons

 Nanny was a leader of the Maroons at the beginning of the 18th century. She was known by both the Maroons and the British settlers as an outstanding military leader who became, in her lifetime and after, a symbol of unity and strength for her people during times of crisis.

Ballad of 65 - by Alma Norman

Paul Boogle: Jamaica National Hero

Ballad of 65 - by Alma Norman Paul Boogle: National Hero

   The roads are rocky and the hills are steep
  The macca scratches an the gullies deep
  The town is far, news travels slow
  And the mountain men have far to go

  Bogle took his cutlass at Stoney Gut
  And he look at the small heap of food he'd got
  He shook his head and his thoughts were sad
  "you caan wuk like a mule but the crop still bad."

  Bogle got his men an he led them down
  Over the hills to Spanish Town
  They chopped their way and made a track
  To the governor's house but he sent them back

  As they trudged back home to Stoney Gut
  Paul's spirit sank with each bush he cut
  For he thought of the hungry St.Thomas men
  Who were waiting for the message he'd bring to them

  They couldn't believe that he would fail
  And their anger rose when they heard his tale
  Then they told Paul Bogle of Morant Bay
  And the poor man find their yesterday

  Then Bogle thundered, "dis ting is wrong"
  "They think we weak, but we hill men strong."
  "Rose up yourself, we'll march all night
  to the Vestry House and we'll claim our rights

  The Monday morning was tropic clear
  As the men from Stoney Gut drew near
  clenching their sticks in their naked hands
  To claim their rights in their native lands

  O' many mourned, and many were dead
  That day when the Vestry flames rose red
  There were chopping and shooting and when it dun
  Paul Bogle an his men knew they had to run

  They ran for the bushes where they hoped to hide
  but the soldiers poured in from Kingston side
  They took their prisoners to Morant Bay
  Where they hung them high in the early days

  Paul Bogle died, but his sprit talks
  Anywhere in Jamaica where freedom walks
  Where brave men gathers and courage thrills
  As it did in those days in St. Thomas hills.       

  Claude McKay, 1889 - 1948 

If we must die—let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursed lot. If we must die—oh, let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! Oh, Kinsmen! We must meet the common foe; Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow! What though before us lies the open grave? Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!  

  Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889[1] – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo (1929), Banana Bottom (1933), and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem which remained unpublished until 2017.[2] McKay also authored collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, Gingertown (1932), two autobiographical books, A Long Way from Home (1937) and My Green Hills of Jamaica (published posthumously), and a non-fiction, socio-historical treatise entitled Harlem: Negro Metropolis (1940). His 1922 poetry collection, Harlem Shadows, was among the first books published during the Harlem Renaissance. His Selected Poems was published posthumously, in 1953.  

 Claude McKay was born in Nairne Castle near James Hill in upper Clarendon Parish, Jamaica.[5] McKay referred to his home village as Sunny Ville, a name given to the area by locals.[6] He was the youngest child of Thomas Francis McKay and Hannah Ann Elizabeth Edwards, well-to-do farmers who had enough property to qualify to vote. His parents were also active and well-respected members of the Baptist faith.

 If We Must Die was written as a response to what is now called the Red Summer of 1919. During this summer, there was a rise in hate crime, race riots, and overall violence towards the black community. The three most violent episodes occurred in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Elaine, Arkansas. The violence included fighting and rioting that led to many black families losing their homes and multiple deaths. 

  There is a story which connects Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The story goes one of two ways. The first posits that Churchill quoted McKay’s “If We Must Die” to the United States Congress in order to spur the country into joining World War II. The second version has Churchill quoting it in an address to his own countrymen during World War II at the House of Commons     

  It would have been very controversial at the time for Churchill to use a known Negro activist whose words were against the racist white system which he Churchill himself represents.  Also, to rally a group of known racist using the words of a Negro writing against those racist.

 It was either Churchill so mesmerised by the writings or he did not know who the author was.  There is no evidence or cited source of Churchill speech using McKay’s words. All must have either been removed or omitted now it is open knowledge of who McKay was.

 In fact, there is no evidence that Churchill cited the poem in any speech. No reference can be found in Hansard (Parliamentary Debates) or the Congressional Record. Nor could the quote be verified by the Churchill Archives Centre or The Churchill Centre. The author Gore Vidal opined that it is very unlikely Churchill, assuming he knew the poet’s identity, would have quoted the lines before a Congress controlled largely by Southern racists.      

Highlights of the 50th West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn New York