Looks vs. libido

Could you date someone you didn’t find attractive but you knew was great in bed? Shabba Ranks (below), who celebrates his 49th birthday today, has long been ridiculed for his looks, with many dubbing the dancehall star unattractive. Shabba’s looks were perhaps most famously teased by US comedy actor Marlon Wayans, who parodied the deejay’s…

Ever been on a bad blind date?

Sunday funny – Jamaican style! Ever been on a blind date that didn’t work out so well? Hopefully it wasn’t this bad! Check out this video and have a laugh. And remember, if you want to land a date with a potential new mate, join http://www.dates4us.com today.

Sean Paul: hair raiser

Dancehall star Sean Paul, who celebrates his 42nd birthday today, has sported a few different styles throughout his career. Bald, braided, bold mohawk – which is your favourite look on the Jamaican deejay? Tell us what you think. And remember, if you’re looking for your own stylish suitor, join http://www.dates4us.com today.

Name that tune!

Monday fun! Can you name the song these lyrics are taken from? Your clues: 1. It was released in 1964 and was an international smash hit for the Jamaican-born artist who sang it. 2. It helped to bring ska music to international prominence. 3. It is widely regarded as the first major hit for the…

A slice of romance: Remembering Claude McKay

A beautiful poem from celebrated Jamaican writer Claude McKay, who would have celebrated his 125th birthday today. Enjoy…   Romance by Claude McKay To clasp you now and feel your head close-pressed, Scented and warm against my beating breast; To whisper soft and quivering your name, And drink the passion burning in your frame; To…

What reggae classic are these lyrics taken from?

With a career spanning over 40 years, the artist in question boasts a smooth and soulful voice and is celebrated for a plethora of romantic reggae love songs – including the classic hit that these lyrics (below) are from.     One of Jamaica’s best-known and most respected crooners, said singer was awarded the Order…

Mad about manners: who made this statement?

Charismatic and fun-loving, he’s loved the world over. Often the centre of attention, he knows how to work a crowd with entertainment, but knows how to focus when it’s time to do what he does best.   Arguably his country’s current best-known export, he exudes confidence; isn’t shy when it comes to celebrating a victory;…

Which black hero made this statement?

Born in 1887, he created a movement that is still celebrated to this day. A national hero in his country of birth, he is regarded as one of black history’s most influential figures and made this statement (below) as part of an essay titled An Appeal to the Conscience of the Black Race to See…

Name the Jamaican jingle…

Today (August 6) marks the 52nd anniversary of Jamaican independence – so here’s a bit of fun to mark the occasion: The following lyrics are from a song by a popular Jamaican reggae artist. Can you name the artist, name the tune and identify the missing word? Here goes: “I don’t mind when you say…