The mixed-race population is among the fastest growing in Britain and is already the largest ethnic group among under-16’s. Data from the 2011 census, released tomorrow, will suggest there are now more than one million people born to parents in interracial relationships.
The entertainment industry tops the list of industries with the largest population of multiracial individuals.
The world’s ‘melting pot’ in the new millennium is the true embodiment of that centuries-old phrase.
Born in Liverpool, but spending the first two years of her life in Huyton, Ferguson was no stranger to the difficulties in life. The older of two siblings, a younger brother, she became a teen mom, and moved around quite a bit as a child and was very young when her parents separated.
Determined to become a star at a young age, Ferguson has said her family supported her ambition throughout, even to become a professional singer and helped her through two previous X-Factor auditions.
She later commented: “when you have kids, you become a mum and forget about you as a person so I put my dreams of singing aside. There is only so long you can chase the dream when you are a mum. I wanted the kids to see me do well and be a better role model. They were always seeing their mummy fail. That was why I started college.”
Although she failed at several audition initially, which include P Diddy’s Starmaker, X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, she was determined to make her dream of becoming a star a reality.
“I also tried out for The X Factor but it did not turn out too well, maybe because I did not have the confidence. I thought I would try Britain’s Got Talent or The X Factor again and if that did not work out, I would have to think about what I was going to do.”
Her determination and perseverance eventually got her a record deal with Epic Records and the rest is history.
- Jamaica is the 4th largest island nation of the Greater Antilles
- The indigenous people, the Taíno, called it Xaymaca in Arawakan. meaning the “Land of Wood and Water” or the “Land of Springs”.
- It achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962.
- With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada.
- Kingston is the country’s largest city, with a population of 937,700, and its capital. Jamaica has a large diaspora around the world consisting of Jamaican citizens migrating from the country.
- According to the 2001 census, the majority of Jamaica’s population is of African descent (referring to those who have origins mainly in Africa).
- The most common ethnic groups among all Africans taken to Jamaica were the Akan (known as the “Coromantee“) from present-day Ghana and the Igbo from present-day Nigeria.
- Multiracial Jamaicans form the second largest racial group many of whom also have some Irish ancestry although most mixed-race people on the island self-report simply as “Jamaican”.
- Jamaicans of Indian and Chinese ancestry, form the next largest racial groups after multiracial Jamaicans.
- Lebanese, Syrian, English, Scottish, Irish, and German Jamaicans make up a smaller racial minority but are still very influential both socially and economically.
- The official language of Jamaica is English. Jamaicans primarily speak an English-African Creole language known as Jamaican Patois, which has become known widely through the spread of Reggae music.
10 things you didn’t know about Rebecca Ferguson:
- The X Factor star, 26, who is of Jamaican and Caucasian British ancestry, lives in Surrey with her children Lillie, 8, and Karl, 6.
- She was “bullied as a child because her family was poor and she never had the right clothes or toys.” Even though people laughed, Rebecca was adamant that one day she’d be a pop star.
- She was a contestant on the X-Factor UK – Series 7. After the final, it was announced that Ferguson had been signed by Syco Music in a joint record deal with Epic Records.
- Her favorite perfume is Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia. She even wears the matching body cream. Everyone comments on it when I wear it.
- She’s been hugely inspired by the songwriting of Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman. She’s quoted as saying: “on their albums they really tell it like it is”. Growing up, Rebecca spent a lot of time in care because her mum suffered from depression so she’d listen to Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman’s music to ease her pain.
- A photograph of her children Lillie and Karl on vacation in Cyprus is her favorite. The photograph was taken on her first break after the release of her album ‘Heaven’.
- She loves Giuseppe Zanottis and Christian Louboutins shoes. In Liverpool where she grew up wearing heels is normal, but in London people say: ‘How the hell is she walking in those?’
- She’s a big fan of ‘Gone With the Wind’ and there’s a certain mirror she bought in Harrods in her home, that reminds her of that era. It now sits in my bedroom.
- She fell in love with this Rolex not long after The X Factor so she bought herself one for her 26th birthday present.
- She owns a bronze-leather YSL bag that has been brushed to look like animal hair. It is probably the most expensive bag she owns.
Download Rebecca Ferguson’s latest album ‘Heaven’ on iTunes here!
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