Hear! Hair!

Fingall knocks myths of good tweed and clear skin

There is no such thing as good hair and bad hair. And, an individual with a lighter complexion being better than another whose skin is darker is false.

So, just be proud of who and what you are, and be the best you can be.

This was the advice of outspoken educator and activist MacDonald Fingall to Christ Church Foundation students this morning as he delivered the keynote address at the launch of the school’s African History Month activities.

“Let me tell you something, the hair that grows out from your head has to be good hair, because it is growing from you; and you are good. So, when you get there putting on somebody else’s hair, imitating white people, you are telling me that you are not satisfied with yourself; you don’t like yourself,” Fingall said to loud cheers from the students and spirited drumming from members of the Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church, who participated in the service.

Members of the Sons of God Apostolic Church drumming away.
Members of the Sons of God Apostolic Church drumming away.

“The clear-skinned people are mixed up. Their great-grandmother got raped and that is how come that they got that clear skin. The blacker you are, the purer you are,” he added.

Fingall noted that while slavery had been abolished many years ago, some Barbadians still appeared to be suffering from it. On that point, he urged the students that as they leaned towards and grasped the concept of the culture of other ethic groups and countries, they must first love and appreciate their own heritage.

He encouraged them to acknowledge, most importantly, the achievements of black men across the world and not to be mentally enslaved.

“You must always walk with confidence and talk with confidence, and believe that you are just as good as everybody else.”

“We accept that Americans are the best in the world; we accept that Canadians are the best in the world. Jamaicans understand that they are the best in the world. How comes we can’t understand that we are the best in the world?” the educator asked, suggesting that Barbadians were “just as good as anybody else in the world”.

Fingall also told the students that the future was merely an expectation and for them to benefit from it they must have a bright present through acquiring an education. He warned them to follow their own paths in life, especially as it related to choosing careers and to be the best at whatever they became.

“God knows what He is doing. He made all of us with different talents and different abilities. He made some of you that you would be engineers; some would be mechanics, teachers . . . . If we were all of the same intellect, the world would be confused,” Fingall argued.

Bishop Malcolm Babb of the Sons of God Apostolic Church lead a team from that organization that delivered the service.

Bishop Malcolm Babb of the Sons of God Apostolic Church in prayer.
Bishop Malcolm Babb of the Sons of God Apostolic Church in prayer.

Past student and guitarist Ian Alleyne was announced as ambassador for the month which has been themed Rising Above Our Ethnic Challenges: Our Skin, Our Hair And Our Future.

Christ Church Foundation School principal Edward Cumberbatch (right) presenting award to guitarist and past student Ian Alleyne for his contribution to music.
Christ Church Foundation School principal Edward Cumberbatch (right) presenting award to guitarist and past student Ian Alleyne for his contribution to music.

Alleyne was also rewarded by Christ Church Foundation for his contribution to the music industry.


21 Responses to Hear! Hair!

  1. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman February 3, 2015 at 11:01 am


  2. Kecha Forde
    Kecha Forde February 3, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Well said Fingall, mek dem know, be confident in your own skin!!

  3. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks February 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    That’s right Mac they know they going to only get the truth from you, so acknowledge it and suck it in. Be proud of your self

  4. Myha Woods
    Myha Woods February 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Good job well done

  5. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali February 3, 2015 at 1:25 pm


  6. Sharon Ellis
    Sharon Ellis February 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Could not have said it any better Fingall be proud of who you are.

    • wayne.dread February 3, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Could have said it better… he went too far to claim that light skin was a product of rape… that appears to be a definite inclusive statement. It would have a greater impact if he had addressed the social and cultural aspects eg.even today we tend to marry up,and we are led to believe that eurocentric is advantageous over afrocentric. Many house slavex willingly gave themselves to the masters with the belief that their offspring would have a better chance.. i agree you are very insensisitive and racist. And to think that you will share this with our next-generation of leaders. DISGRACEFUL

      • Kait February 4, 2015 at 10:20 am

        Agree with Wayne. He could have said it better. The blacker you are the purer you are. What utter nonsense is he preaching. It is racists and putting false thought/information in those impressionable children heads. If is offensive to fairer skin black persons as I am sure many of those children there were. Two child in a family, one fair and one dark having the same mother and father and you are going to be telling the darker one that he/she is purer. Purer of What? He could have addressed more issues but to be honest I stopped reading after that comment.

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    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series February 3, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    In 2015 you have to tell people that?

  8. Tête La
    Tête La February 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    only yesterday a woman told me she got to buy some remy so she could look beautiful this weekend when she got to go out. I told her, but what’s wrong with you? you are beautiful just how you are, the woman asked me if i ignorant or something…

  9. seagul February 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    The conclusion of anthropologists proves that we all descended from black people in eastern Africa where humanity has evolved. The European people are of African descent who migrated north from Africa between 100 000 to 200 000 years ago and lost their colour through mutation. The biblical garden of Eden has been geographically and historically proven to have been in Ethiopia. Let them know Fingall–the divine beauty in us all..Deeper Soul.

  10. Rawle Agard
    Rawle Agard February 3, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Do you really think that all persons of light colour are the product of rape?

    • Samud Ali
      Samud Ali February 3, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      So nowhere in all of Africa would you find a lighter skinned negro???

  11. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley February 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    dahs was always de ting in BIM brown skin soft curly hair and who you know….

  12. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley February 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    FALSENESS IS FASHION FOR BLACKS AND PEOPLE MAKE MILLIONS OFF WE CAUSE We are not proud of who we are….WE want to be WHITE BUT YET WE CUS DEE WHITES. Fix up and face reality be wan a natural selves …..

  13. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams February 3, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    My late grandmother had a wig. Check any elderly person’s home and you are likely to find a wig or two. Our women have been hiding their natural hair for a very long time. Mac may be the right man but do we have a woman who can inspire other women to believe in themselves?

  14. Allison Aimes
    Allison Aimes February 3, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    You couldn’t have said it any better!

  15. Sue Barrow
    Sue Barrow February 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Thats so true mac thays why i dont care what people say about me i am who i am black proud and beautiful

  16. C. Louis King February 4, 2015 at 8:18 am

    The rape story was somewhat exaggerated, and historically incomplete. A lot of the ethnic inter-mixing was consensual. Some was coerced and therefore, technically, rape, admittedly. Some was hero worship however misplaced, though no less joyful. Some racial integration was tinged with elements of prostitution, but MOST was seduction, which cut both ways, and continues to this day.
    There is no accurate record of the number of whites who came or were sent to Barbados, not as landowners but as servants, but it was considerable. Many of them found it easy to get consensual sex from the overwhelming number of black women who surrounded them. Conversely, many of the white children of the white servant class crossed over the racial divide out of love and their lighter skinned children walk among us today.
    Finally, not all of these paradoxically “light-skinned” blacks think of their light color as advantageous. Many go to extremes to highlight their black heritage, because of the prejudice they have encountered from both sides of the divide.

  17. jr smith February 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    bleaching is the order of the day, women black last year , bleach and look like a new breed of Albinos , where is the culture, all gone. Sad , very sad.


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