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: http://amzn.com/1507600453
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
Nuh matter the culture (it does not)
We a full joy we self
You have Rasta talking
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
We have jerk chicken
Festival, rice, Bammy
Fry and steam fish
Come enjoy we cultural dish
Go back a your country
Tell every boy and girl
Say Jamaica nice
We know say crime and violence
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
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
- 1⁄4cup dark rum (optional)
- 10 ice cubes
- A dash of ground nutmeg
- A dash of ground cinnamon.
- Peel the mango and dice into ice cube sized chunks. Place in a plastic bag and freeze for an hour.
- Remove the mango chunks from the freezer and place in a blender container.
- Add yogurt, honey, ice cubes and rum (if you are using it).
- Juice the oranges (with a juicer or by squeezing) and pour juice and pulp into the blender.
- Blend on high for about 1 minute or until smooth. Add the nutmeg and cinnamon on top. Stir.
- 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 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.
Shades of the Same Skin is Available at the following Retailers:
Create Space: www.createspace.com/6171447
Creative Talents Unleashed: www.ctupublishinggroup.com/anthologies.html
100% of all proceeds from this book are being donated to the “Starving Artist Fund” to assist writers in becoming published authors. Purchasing this book can help a writer become a published author!