We invite you to imagine a beautiful, sprawling countryside where hills run into sea; where Rastas meet you with holy spliffs and wide grins; where the jelly man cleanly slices up a young coconut like no other. A place where the sea is as beautifully lit under a full moon as it is under a hot sun. A place where Peter Tosh rode his unicycle up and down the wall overlooking Belmont Beach. Here, we walk barefoot on sandy roads and up rocky hills where music can be heard ’til wee hours of the morning. We reason at small bars, usually lit by one or two bulbs of light. We drink our rum white and eat our patties between coco bread. We roast breadfruit to perfection and eat it with freshly-picked ackee and salt-fish.
This is Bluefields, a small community nestled in the Westmoreland Parish of Jamaica. These are the people I met while there.
Ireashia Monét is an emerging writer, photographer, and multimedia artist currently based in Trenton, SC. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. While earning her degree, she worked for the Chicago Reader as a photo intern and Frank Magazine as a staff writer and photographer. An interest in black global life and culture has motivated her to document issues and movements within the black diaspora—from socio-political and economic issues to music and art.