Shades of the Same Skin: Christena AV Williams

Christena Williams. Introducing Christena AV Williams

From and currently resides: Jamaica

Poet and Author of Pearls among Stones.

I am from Portmore, otherwise known as “sunshine City.” The place I am from is everything you can experience. It is a unique place indeed from the mountains, food, music, people, dance, language, sports, politics, nature’s paradise everything culture.

 I am what is consider mix breed, as the history of slavery and colonization have given birth to people like me. While these are bitter times in history, there is slight appreciation and this has shaped the person I am today couple with life experiences as a child of father abandoned and poverty-stricken. “Whey mi come from” This is called patois or Creole I am from the melting pot of cultures where sun kisses the beaches magnificently and while music soothes your soul.

We run fast and we rock rhythms, and we culturally expressive and yes, not ashamed to share violent and aggressive, but do not hold it against us. It is deep rooted warrior spirit that fought our oppressors brewing inside of us, as many are from the Ashanti tribe. We are Africans in The Americas.

 This will that we have to fight can be seen on the tracks, which amazes the world, and our ability to survive harsh conditions in a country that is economically depleted by poor management and exploitation of our past oppressors. This will you see, displayed in our music and sports are in our DNA, and are unexplainable to some but a lot is to do with our history. I could go on and on about this place and give you everything great and bad but I am from “welcome to Jam rock by Junior Gong Marley would sang it” Jamaica.

Christena’s page:

Out of Many, One People

Beat the Congo

Blow the horn

Wave your hand

Out of many one people

What a vibration

In a this little island

Even though we cannot live as one

But when a party time

We unite

Nuh matter the culture (it does not)

We a full joy we self

You have Rasta talking

Christians praying

Bay song playing (in the context Bay means a lot)

Smiles on everybody faces

Out of many one people

So come the Chinese, British, Syrians, Americans, Indians

Every Caribbean and rest of the world

Come to Jamaica

And feel alright

Listen some Bob

Do not carry any jewelry

Because you will get rob

But come and eat

Have a feast

Enjoy we beach


Energy a shot

Dink a cold beer

Relax under the coconut tree

Feel free

We have jerk chicken

Curry goat

Festival, rice, Bammy

Fry and steam fish

Come enjoy we cultural dish

Food galore

Go back a your country

Tell every boy and girl

Say Jamaica nice

We know say crime and violence


A plague

But don’t let that stop you

Cause everybody welcome

Nuh matter taste (It doesn’t)

Come in a haste

Cause we have a celebration

Jam dung vibration

Me a tell the politician

Say me a send out a special invitation

But first we yard need renovation

Build up Jamaica

And education

Cause we live in a paradise

Black, green and gold

We proud and bold

As we motto say

Out of many, one people.

The Great Reggae Legend


Born Robert Nesta Marley on February 6, 1945

In nine mile, St.Ann

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none

Ourselves can free our mind

I grew up on that prophetic message and philosophy

It never left my soul or mind

You have left a legacy


This dreadlocks man left his mark


I believe you were before your time

I was not yet born

When you departure

As your music was my friend

I was built on your roots

Something music lacks today

Your words emanate so powerfully

That builds faith and tear down injustice

It inspire greatness

I remember the man who chants words of ball of fire

Hitting beyond anyone’s imagination

Or comprehension of his God given talent

He has touched hearts from Jamaica to America

Europe to India to Africa all over

His music is worldwide

It is like a life’s guide

Whether ball head or Rasta man

Bob Marley music lives on

I have yet to see someone like him

His legacy continues with his sons and daughters

With every Jamaican

His message was deep, spiritual and philosophical

To the soul and mind.


The Great Reggae Legend.


Jamaican Recipe for Mango Smoothie



  • 2 ripe mangos
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 cups yogurt (plain or flavored – vanilla or orange are both good)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 14cup dark rum (optional)
  • 10 ice cubes
  • A dash of ground nutmeg
  • A dash of ground cinnamon.




  1. Peel the mango and dice into ice cube sized chunks.  Place in a plastic bag and freeze for an hour.


  1. Remove the mango chunks from the freezer and place in a blender container.


  1. Add yogurt, honey, ice cubes and rum (if you are using it).


  1. Juice the oranges (with a juicer or by squeezing) and pour juice and pulp into the blender.


  1. Blend on high for about 1 minute or until smooth. Add the nutmeg and cinnamon on top. Stir.


  1. Divide into glasses and garnish with spears of mango or thin slices of orange. SERVES 2-3


Recipe Credit: Winsome Murphy

Shades of the Same Skin Cover

Shades of the Same Skin is an anthology of culture. The world is in need of a vigorous seasoning and it is why the poets in this book are willing to share their ethnicity. Each one will give some insight into their culture, music, clothing, food, traditions, and even share a few recipes. Some will engage in unique stories and folklore. Others will take us back to their childhood days and compare it to the experience of children today. A few will even welcome us into their homes to share items from their heritage.

This is also a book of unity. Its purpose is to show that without diversity, the world would be a boring place. Each poet in this anthology has a unique style because of where they came from, their experiences, and who they are. Their words are printed on these pages to inspire why we belong. We are all vital ingredients for the recipe to keep the world stirring.

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