On the heels of her valedictory address yesterday at the University of the West Indies (Mona) where she attained first class honours in Law, radio broadcaster Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hylton sent a strong message to women living a lifestyle of dependency.
“It can’t be all about prostitution and nakedness,” she declared.
Hylton wants her latest academic feat to inspire others – especially women. “If I can do it, so can you – and you can even do better,” she said.
She indicated that her advocacy for women empowerment was not learned in a university classroom. “From I entered this [media] industry, I have always wanted to make a difference to show women that we can make it by the sweat of our brow and noweh else pon wi body nuh haffi sweat. We are good enough to get the high pay; we are good enough to hold prime time radio; we are good enough.”
The broadcaster further stated that her mother, Marjorie Hylton, who attended the graduation ceremony yesterday, has been a big motivation in her life.
“My mom, she deserves everything. And when I can see her proud and happy, mi want her know seh her money never waste, her time never waste, her investment never waste… I want my mom to always know – for all the sacrifices that you’ve made, it was all worth it,” Hylton further said on social media.
She explained that time management was crucial during the pursuit of her Law degree, considering that she has a full-time job and works on shows such as Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall.
“You have to try to prioritize and you just have to be willing to make the sacrifices…” she posited. “There are many nights when you would want to sleep early; you can’t sleep early… You have to have a plan; you have to surround yourself with good people and people of like minds.”
Meanwhile, Hylton, in the valedictory speech she presented on behalf of the Faculties of Social Sciences and Law, noted that she was not alone in the struggle for self-actualization.
“Many of you (other graduates), like myself, often slept in the library, burning the midnight oil so as to actualize our dreams and the dreams bestowed upon us by our parents, our families and our communities,” she said.
Hylton lauded the university, through its lecturers, for preparing the graduating class for the world. “You made us better – not just better students, but persons generally – individuals who are ready to take on the challenges not just of Jamaica but of the entire Caribbean – and I daresay the entire world. The world is our oyster and we are poised pearls.”
Hylton, who will pursue further studies to qualify as a lawyer, hails from Duhaney Park in St Andrew.