want to be' - Barbara Gloudon
SEEMS so familiar that many Jamaicans feel they know Barbara Joy Gloudon.
The renowned journalist, playwright and cultural activist comes into our
homes almost daily through radio station RJR's day time talk show, Hotline.
Gloudon divides her time between the Little Theatre, where she is the
chairperson, Hotline, and her communications business. We asked her about
her favourite aspects of Jamaican culture.
chicken would be her last meal, if she had a choice, although she doesn't
really have a favourite dish. Oh, but pudding would definitely have to
be part of that last supper.
ROGER MAIS WRITING
and his stories capture the Jamaican culture as it is. However, she doesn't
have a favourite author, says Gloudon in response to the question about
her favourite local writer.
I've written over the
years - all of them are my favourite but I would say 'Anancy Come back'
stands out because of the African heritage it represents.
KUMINA IS THE STRONGEST...
of our traditional
folk dances in terms of the ancestral statement it makes coming from slavery
IF I WERE TO LEAVE
THE COUNTRY TOMORROW...
a chance to pass on one folk song to someone special it would be 'We ancestors
them were kings and queens'. It tells of who we are and where we are coming
PAUL BOGLE'S WALK
FROM MORANT BAY TO SPANISH TOWN...
to the Governor, although he knew that it could've cost him his life,
is one of the memorable incidents in Jamaican history, says Gloudon. He
did it for the sake of his people.
I LOVE ALL OF LOUISE
piece in particular, 'Miss Mary Turkey dead' reminds me of an incident
that happened to a close family friend.
I LIKE THE PLACES...
deep country and hilly.
THERE IS NO WHERE
want to live. I like to know that I can open my doors or windows and keep
them open but if you live in the States this is not so, the doors will
have to be closed. I want to know that I can live where I can be free.
A Tribute To Miss Lou