Tallawah is not an appropriation of any other culture but Jamaica. It is a testament to who and what underlies a vibrant Caribbean history. Tallawah, tallawah, TALLAWAH!
TALLAWAH: “1. Sturdy, strong, not to be underestimated; tough, stubborn.”Dictionary of Jamaican English; second edition edited by F. G. Cassidy and R. B. LePage; Cambridge University Press 1967, 1980; page 436.
ALTHOUGH Chris Gayle’s Jamaica Tallawahs are aptly named, Jamaica’s historical performance in the IAAF World Championships demonstrates the essence of the word tallawah. This uniquely Jamaican word depicts an individual of small stature exhibiting prowess way beyond his/her size, and one who must never be underestimated.
With the 15th World Championships only days away, we can reflect on the rich past of little Jamaica in this world event and recognise that our track stars — and, of course, cricketers — have given Jamaica and Jamaicans a stellar reputation. Look at Jamaica’s performance compared to the approximately 200 countries and 2,000 athletes that attend this biennial event which started in 1983.
At 6’1″, he does not have ideal size and certainly is not a pure point guard by any means, but Lyons can attack the basket, keep the defense off balance and penetrate to set up teammates. If he can cut down on some of his turnovers and improve his decision-making (passing and shot selection), Mark Lyons could convince an NBA team to draft the senior Wildcat in the second-round.
This article covers a long standing debate among professional Africans in America. It is not class that determines race-based behavior but the inherent racism in our systems. It is sadly evident that few of those researching the statistics cannot put aside their hubris long enough to realize that they are also counted in that number. It took a concerned medical physician to shine the light on ivory tower race-based thinking.
Despite being home to many notable Black Americans and being the location of a great deal of Black American history, Lexington, Kentucky has never been seen as having a reputation of being a hospitable place for minorities. Much of this reputation is rooted in the city’s ties to slavery.