Scans - George and Olivia at the Venus and Mars party held by Paul, Linda and Wings aboard the Queen Mary II, docked in Long Beach, California, on 24 March 1975 (image two posted previously in full here).
Photos: Harry Benson
“There is no way of going around grief, I think it’s better to just go right through it. In fact, I probably torture myself a bit because I love listening to his voice, I love watching our home movies, I love listening to his music and reading about him. For half of my life, I heard his voice every day, so to not hear it is very strange.” - Olivia Harrison, The Telegraph, 2005
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“Olivia [Harrison] says that, towards the end, when he [George Harrison] knew he was dying, her husband would comfort her by saying: ‘Olivia, you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine.’ And is she?
‘Fine is OK, but it is not really good enough, is it? But George was right, I am fine and I am OK, although I will miss him until my dying day. But he walked his road and now I have to walk mine.’” - The Telegraph, 24 January 2005 [x]
Black People from Caribbean countries also get told we have no culture, because whether you’re from french caribbean, spanish caribbean , dutch caribbean or the english caribbean countries your culture is viewed as a immitation of a great more prominent culture. Your culture is hardly viewed as an independent culture of its own. “Its not really a culture you created yourself, its really british/spanish/french culture.”
Black People from the caribbean don’t know where in Africa we from either. We are not more knowledgeable or more conscious than you. Alot of us went through or is still going through that phase where we distance ourselves from anything african. Some of us will die not accepting our ancestry because anti-blackness & anti-africanness is world wide. Try telling a Jamaican, Bahamian or Guyanese etc their african and watch them freak out…” Mi nuh one of ‘em”
Black people from the caribbean go through “melting pot” bullshit, yep. The caribbean is a lot more diverse than the media lets on. The caribbean has a quite sizeable chinese, white, latino (i know its inclusive of alot of ethicities) and indian population, with a small indigenious population also. So black people who are noticibly mixed with any of these races think their a black of a better quality.Trying to find a Miss Jamaican/bahamas/trinidad/barbados etc who isnt mixed is a challenege, because that still considerated the height of beauty. Becuase even though black people makeup the majority of the caribbean, blackness is still hated and looked down upon. White people who stayed behind after slavery still have the most money, they make up like less than 10% of the caribbean and they have 90% of the wealth.
Black people from the caribbean also go through colorism. The lighter the skin the more you are considered beautiful, inteligent, wealthy and capable being in charge. Yes the majority is dark or medium toned skilled but being “high yellow” or “brown” is still what many strive for; i know you’ve heard the songs about it. People will mixed up batches of dangerous chemicals that consist of hair perm (lye) & actual bleach to lighten their skin.
Black people from the caribbean have different accents/dialects and these accents are actually hated. We don’t all speak the quasi-jamaican rambles that you’ve seen portrayed on tv and in movies. If you’ve been there long enough you can actually hear the differences in how we speak. These accents are looked down upon and considered low class, when i came to america my mom begged we to pick up the accent because it sounded more ‘proper’ even the AAVE. When i got to go to an american school everyone who didnt make fun of me for speaking jamaican actually thought my accent sounded cool which is something i wasnt used to. “I chat bad,” was ingrained in me. Alot of us don’t even speak a variation of english. Completely different languages are spoken in the non-english speaking countries. We hate each other: Though we for the most part are all black people who went through relatively the same struggles of colonialism, slavery, labour riots, racism, lack of representation in politics, we cant agree for nothing. Most of the caribbean can’t stand jamaicans or atleast have a negavity view of jamaicans “ too violent, too loud, too proud.” Barbadian and Jamaicans hate each other. People from the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas think they’re better than everybody. Everybody and they mama look down on haitians. etc, its a whole mess and we practically the same people with the same history. Its all dumb as fuck. West indians are so hard headed.
We contributed to african american culture: Yeah, either directly as immigrants or indirectly through the media. yeah alot the afroecntric movement of the 60s and of the 90s was from caribbean influences. I aint even gone talk about Bob Marley’s contribution, its been said. If you look in the wikipedia of alot of legendary African American actors, musicians and celebrities alike you’ll see that either they immigrated or their parents immigranted from the caribbean. We actually go through alot of the same issues you go through regarding race. I like to think we’re “central americans”, kinda too american for non americans but not enough for actual americans.
(Confession) Reasons why I don’t watch Latoyaforever on YouTube no more because she is very ignorant like for example her “husband” is from Africa and he told her that he wants her and their child to go and to Africa to see his family and she gives him a no look and then says Ebola.Another time (before her baby arrived) she was saying how she hopes that her baby is light skin with “good hair” and recently in the comments she said that they reason that Miss Trinidad didn’t make the cut because she didn’t look “exotic” like whattttt I can’t believe never noticed how ignorant this girl is!
The answer comes in the middle of the latest episode of the Don’t Be
Scared podcast while Campbell-Martin is talking about the age old debate
regarding Martin’s greatest episode: ‘Suspicious Minds’ or ‘The
Romantic Weekend,’ also known as ‘Chilligan’s Island’ or ‘The CD Player’
episode. She never casts her vote in that discussion — the answer is
‘The CD Player’ episode, by the way — but she does reveal the answer to
the show’s biggest looming question without provocation.
At about the 26:18 mark she tells the story:
I’ll give you a hint. Mrs., the woman I was going to
fight, she was Martin’s teacher, Mrs., not Cunningham… okay, but you
know who I’m talking about. Beverly Johnson played her. So, it’s in that
episode, that’s the first time you hear about Tommy’s job. The second
time you see Tommy’s job is in the Christmas episode when he brings us
to speak to children and Martin calls the little boy waterhead.
(Trinidad. Miss. Trinidad.)
So, Tommy talks about, him being in the Boys and Girls Club and he
was a counselor at the Boys and Girls Club. That’s what Tommy does for a
So, there it is. Tommy was not a pimp, drug dealer or whatever else you
imagined. He was a counselor at the Boys and Girls Club. Wow.
This whole time the answer was in our face and none of us noticed it. That’s crazy.
Ever since I was a child my mum encouraged me to laugh and dance through every situation, whether it was good or bad, maintain your joy. Never allow anyone to have that amount of power over you to control your happiness. Today I woke up, I prayed, I mediated, I drank water, I danced and I laughed and now I feel I can concur anything.