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The Upfull Live Cast series is the currently-growing initiative created by Carla “MooreMayhem” Moore. Her IG bio describes her as an artist, academic, activist and alchemist. Her interactions with her guests and viewers in the comments have facilitated a safe space that generally sees over 100 people viewing each week. The themes chosen speak on many wide, varied topics that affect the average Jamaican today.
I don’t quite know how to describe this series since I’m not sure the words “Sunday Online Therapy Sessions” do any justice, so I’m going to present some parts of my favourite conversations between Carla and her guests. Please be sure to go to her IG Page to enjoy and partake in all the content posted so far.
“Power and the Politics of Beauty” – Deonne Caines (@jamaican_msfit):
“…from maybe high school, I have been staring at myself in the mirror every single day. Honestly. I don’t know why I started, but I just looked at myself in the mirror every single day; and without knowing it, I think it was a very smart thing to do because the more you’re exposed to something is the more you’re gonna accept it.”
“Power and the Politics of Beauty” – Renae Green (@renae_green1):
“…I think it’s the same way in how men don’t see that they are privileged, and it’s the same with some white people who say that, oh, white privilege doesn’t exist…Some people just aren’t able to see the privilege that they have, and they aren’t aware of how they help to reinforce certain stereotypes that cause people distress and cause people to want to even go as far as to self-harm; and that also puts people at risk for certain mental health disorders.”
“Power and the Politics of Beauty” – Ibrahim Konteh (@ibkonteh):
“Whenever I step into a boardroom or meeting, or a group of people, them just hearing my accent – like, it changes everything. They’re like, “Oh, you’re from the islands, you from Jamaica!”…I always find it so weird when people say, “No, you need to have that American accent”, etc. when you stand out! You not only stand out because of your cultural heritage (you know, Bob Marley or Usain Bolt), but also they automatically think that this person is gonna add value to this workplace because every Jamaican I know is a hard worker.”
“Life in the Aftermath of Slavery” – Davey (@jtpg.davey):
“…is like, people romanticize poverty and you feed into this narrative that if I can get out of it, everybody else can get out of it, and because everybody else can get out if it, it’s ‘your fault for being poor; you choose to be poor.’ I’m like no, n-n-no, like, the SYSTEMS in Jamaica doesn’t allow us to elevate. We think it is easy…”
“Life in the Aftermath of Slavery” – Marai Larasi (@jusmarai):
“One of the things that colonization did to us is that it created the conditions by which Black folk (African heritage folk) were defined as beasts, as animals, as work units, as less than human. The conditions were dehumanizing and they continue to be dehumanizing… A black body on the ground being harmed can almost in a weird kinda way, for some white folk, be titillating and there’s a way that we also have to tell the truth about that. ”
Tune in today at 11 A.M. Jamaican Time for the fourth installment in the series: “Justice VS The Law”.
Blessings in abundance!