Grace Jones’ Dad Disowned Her Due To Religious Beliefs
The iconic Grace Jones has many music fans, but her Father isn’t one of them. You see, Grace was raised in Jamaica in a very strict, religious, Pentecostal family and when she and her brothers, Bishop Noel Jones (of “Preachers of L.a.”) and her older brother, Christian, moved from their Grandmother’s Jamaican home to go and live with their parents in New York, ALL HELL broke loose!
Here’s a quick summary of why things fell apart. Grace has said this about growing up in a Jamaican Pentecostal family:
[pull_quote_center]”Growing up in Jamaica the Pentecostal church wasn’t that fiery thing you might think. It was very British, very proper. Hymns. No dancing. Very quiet. Very fundamental. You might see some rastas going by on their bicycles but you were taught to run and hide under your bed if that happened. They were demons, devils. You had to wear a hat to go to church. We weren’t allowed to straighten our hair. We couldn’t wear jewelry, nail polish, open backed shoes, skirts above the knee… trousers were forbidden because male apparel on a female was not Godly.”[/pull_quote_center]
She didn’t like living such a restricted lifestyle and after getting to N.Y. she saw a whole new world that her parents didn’t approve of. It started with her parents disapproving of her older brother, Christian, because they thought he walked, in Grace’s words, “too swishy,” meaning too feminine. Grace took her brother’s side and that caused tension. Then she rebelled.
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