November 2007 Archives

Plenty Parking for 'Welcome To Jamrock' Crowd

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By: Elizabeth Smith
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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As we swing into the "Silly Season" - rightly labelled for its overwhelming busyness, reggae music lovers are advised to pull out their calendars as there are hosts of fun having possibilities right across Jamaica and of course the reggae world. Kingston is riddled with cars and people at this time and at the 'Welcome To Jamrock' launch it was announced that there will be plenty parking for patrons attending the show this year.

The night of December 21, 2007 will be a scorcher, when Bentspear Entertainment presents the 3rd staging of Welcome To Jamrock at the Constant Spring Football Club.





 

Armed Man Holding Two Hostages At Hillary Clinton

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senatorclinton.jpgWhat in the world is happening... Yardflex came across this story on mtv.com An unknown, armed man went into presidential-hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Friday afternoon (November 30), with what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his chest, according to CNN. Two campaign workers are reportedly being held hostage inside Clinton's office, and police snipers and cruisers have surrounded the premises in an attempt to negotiate with the man, who is described as in his 40s. Clinton is currently in the Washington, D.C., area. "We are in close contact with state and local authorities and are acting at their direction," Clinton said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "We will release additional details as appropriate."

CNN reports that police were called to the office at about 1 p.m. and surrounded the offices by 2 p.m. A woman and her baby were said to have been released by the hostage-taker, and one witness, Lettie Tzizik, told the news outlet she had spoken with the woman soon after she was released and fled for cover in a nearby store.





Akon Will get charged for tossing minor

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What's wrong with Akon. You would think he would learn from his mistakes!

Akon has been charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment in connection with a controversial concert this summer in Fishkill, New York, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. He is reportedly due to be arraigned in a local court on Monday.

During the show, which took place on June 3 and was caught on fans' cell phone cameras, Akon allegedly threw a 15-year-old fan into the crowd. According to the Journal, a small object sailed by Akon's shoulder as he was about to start performing a song onstage, which prompted him to say, "Oh, wait a minute. What was that?" He then urged the crowd to "point him out, point him out. Who is he?"

Audience members identified the alleged culprit, after which a security guard asked Akon if he wanted the boy brought onstage. Akon responded, "So go get him. Bring him out to me."

As the fan was brought to the stage, Akon removed his shirt and chain and then grabbed the boy, tossed him over his shoulder and threw him into the crowd, saying, "Now we can start the show, y'all ready." A moment later, Akon looked down at the crowd and said, "He's OK, he's all right," then shortly later chastised the audience for a perceived lack of support. "See, now you got me feeling by myself," he said in the cell phone video footage. "I thought I had fans and support." According to TMZ.com, after the child was thrown, he fell on another teen who later said she had been diagnosed with a concussion.





High Tech "Invisible" African American

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By: Elizabeth Smith

dr.mark_dean.jpgWhy wait on focus months or days to delve into our history and celebrate the achievements of those from the African Diaspora? Yardflex caught onto the fact that Dr. Mark Dean, who most of you have never heard of, was not recognised for his achievements at a recent IBM 20th anniversary celebration; when in fact this African American helped to initiate a digital revolution.

Having more than 30 patents pending, Dr Dean is not only a Vice President with IBM, he also is the architect of the modern-day personal computer. As the holder of three of the original nine patents on the computer that all PCs are based on, Dr Dean is featured in the National Hall of Inventors. In fact his ingenuity helped to start an era that created people like Bill Gates and Dell Computer's Michael Dell; millions of jobs in information technology can be traced back to him.

So what is the reason that his praises are not sufficiently lauded you ask, when in fact Dr Dean helped to shape the landscape of our society.? It is the consequence of a systemic poison known too well to "African Westerners" who are still denied substantial and meaningful representation in mass media.

Not the first to be treated like a mere footnote, Dr. Dean joins the ranks of other prestigious African American inventors who have been blatantly overlooked. John Stanard, inventor of the refrigerator, George Sampson, creator of the clothes dryer, Alexander Miles brought us the elevator and Lewis Latimer – the electric lamp.

None of these great inventors should be allowed to go quietly unnoticed. They are important and serve as great inspirations for particularly African American youth.





RDX's "Everybody Dance" slips into the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


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01 4 7 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (1wk@#1) U-3
02 3 12 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 U-1
03 1 16 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-2
04 2 17 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
05 7 11 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon U-2
06 5 21 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-1
07 8 10 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
08 6 16 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-2
09 9 9 Me and My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G NM
10 12 7 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-2
11 13 4 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
12 14 3 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-2
13 10 13 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-3
14 11 19 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1) D-3
15 18 2 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-3
16 15 16 Take My Place – Munga – Don Corleon(pp#6) D-1
17 16 17 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-1
18 17 10 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14) D-1
19 - New When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love
20 19 31 Tease Her – Anthony B – Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1





Mystic Vibes TV up for Chicago Music Award

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By: Jaide

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Mystic Vibes TV – Channel, the Chicago based cable television show that has for 12 years provided the best in world music entertainment was nominated in the category of Best Video Show for the upcoming Chicago Music Awards. "Today is a proud day for Mystic vibes, we work very hard to bring the best in roots and culture to our audiences and to be recognized this way is very special," Executive Producer, Zezel McKenzie, said.

The nominations were announced this week at a press conference by Ephraim Martin of Martin's International Culture Inc., the CMA producers, who have set the gala award ceremony for Sunday, January 27 at the Park West Theatre.





HIV-positive and still sexy

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aids_logo.jpg"You can have your sexuality...you don't have to lose it because you have HIV"

People tend to think that contracting HIV can spell the end of their sex lives, but HIV-positive Africans of all ages are now being urged to reclaim their sexuality and live healthy, normal lives.

"I got this [HIV] through sex, so [I thought] my sexuality was gone and I felt I needed to stop dressing attractively and wait to die," Florence Anam, 28, an information officer at the Kenya Network of Women with AIDS, told IRIN/PlusNews.

Anam said when she first revealed she was HIV-positive, many men avoided her, believing she was out to infect them; she herself had no interest in sex for several months after she was diagnosed. However, she has since discovered she can continue having and enjoying sex, despite being HIV-positive.

"My take on this is that you can have your sexuality ... you don't have to lose it because you have HIV, you just have to be responsible," she said, adding that sex "has to be good or I'm not having it".

At a recent workshop by the Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre (ARSRC), at its Sexuality Institute in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, participants heard that there was a need to rethink sexuality in the context of disease, particularly chronic infections such as HIV.

"HIV as a condition is highly moralised; people face stigma because they are perceived by society to have been sexually immoral," said Richmond Tiemoko, director of ARSRC.

"Women are particularly affected by this type of stigma because they are expected to be the keepers of society's morality, so contracting HIV is seen as a great failure on their part." He said it was important that people living with HIV recognised and claimed their right to sexuality and sexual intercourse.





Rodney King shot!

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rodney_king.jpgRodney King, famous for a videotaped beating from Los Angeles police back in 1991, was shot and wounded on a San Bernardino street corner late Wednesday.

According to tmz.com King called Rialto police just before midnight to report the shooting. According to Sgt. Don Lewis, King was struck in the face and arm with what appeared to be pellets or birdshot. When
police arrived at King's home, they reported that King and others inside appeared drunk. The man got shot in the face -- he deserves a drink!

King was taken to a local hospital, and his wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.





Junior Reid in legal tussle

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junior_reid.jpgSongs of Salvation CEO, Glenford Bryan and international singer Junior Reid is now embroiled in a legal tussle. According to Bryan who is represented by legal firm Sandra C Johnson and Company he had to take the matter further as efforts to get Junior Reid to pay him what is owed to him has been abusive and futile.

Even after Reid received a letter and follow up communications from his lawyer he has been stiff-necked and according to Bryan instructed his (Bryan's) lawyer not to call him again.

The whole drama started in February 2006 when Reid entered into a contract with Bryan for the sale of various musical equipment which amounted to over JA$700,000. After agreeing to pay in installments this broke down after a couple payments according to the receipts Yardflex has in its possession, six payments were made with the largest being JA$190,000.

In a letter sent out by Bryan's lawyer on October 5, 2007 the sum of JA$322,777.77 was being requested to be paid in 30 days time. The letter implied that if Reid failed to make the court's intervention would be sought.





Hot it Up – full of hits

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By Joan Wilson

mr.vegas.jpgYardflex got its hands on a copy of Vegas' new album "Hot It Up" and all we can say is that it's worth the effort of listening.

Hot It Comes with a lot Vegas chart topper and makes the experience an enjoyable cruise into listening land.

The album kicks off with the emotion puller "Do You Know" yes, that same track that shows Vegas sensitive side as he takes a trek into the emotional roller coaster that's called postpartum depression. This song rode every local chart and created havoc on the international scene.

Track two "Tamborine" is meant to take you out of that mood and bring on a more festive vibes. The soca-laced song is just the thing to do it too.

You should be sweating now and ready to really go into a full workout and track number 3 is just the thing to do it "Hot Wuk" needs no introduction. It is still maintaining a dominant presence on the scene and even made its way to the Billboard Hot R&B chart.

The dancing vibes continues with you track number 4, "Tek Weh Yuhself" another song that is creating mad vibes in the dancehall.

This song is showing no sign of fading in the background any time soon.





Brandy almost off the hook

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brandy.jpgWill lady luck smile on Brandy? Well any day now the R&B diva could find herself off the hook as time is winding down the the L.A. City Attorney's Office to file criminal charges against Brandy, who was involved in a multiple car crash that killed Awatef Aboudihaj, the mother of two boys. The first anniversary of the accident, December 30, is fast approaching, but Brandy has not been charged.

According to TMZ the City Attorney's Office plans to make a decision at the very last moment. If charges aren't filed, chances are the public wouldn't notice over the holidays and the case would quietly go away.

The website had an exclusive chat with Bill Sayed, lawyer for the victim's husband, Marouane Hdidou. Sayed questioned the delay, saying, "There is a death and obviously reckless driving involved, which is
enough evidence for an involuntary manslaughter charge. As to why the City Attorney has taken this long? I think we would all like to know."





Men and shopping

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgWell, in my last article I spoke about what a hopeless case women are when it comes to dealing with car woes...but if you think they are bad check out men and shopping!

No woman in her right mind will want to send her man to the market...it's an experience she won't soon forget. Living in Jamaica you done know how you have to juggle to make ends meet and going to market is a battle of wits and looking for the best deals.

Feeling sick one week, the husband was left with the job. The same money that would see me coming home with a bag full of goodies saw him heading through the door with a handful of things looking rather pleased with himself too!

"A wha dis?" Can you believe it, the man had the heart to brag how
the lady gave him a sweet deal on the yam and few sick looking bananas after she charge him an arm and a leg for it too!!!

Honestly, if he wasn't so willing and meant well all now I would still be cussing!





Oh No, not again R. Kelly!

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r_kelly.jpgThat's it, we are convinced that R. Kelly just have a thing for the young ones. Following a story posted on mediatakeout.com where R Kelly's publicist Regina Daniels abruptly quit working with him after 14 years. Regina's husband, music legend George Daniels also cut all ties with the R&B legend.

Initially, it was thought that R Kelly physically assaulted Regina. But it now appears that he did something much worse!!!

According to the website some faithful readers gave them the real 411 on the situation.

Many assumed that Kelly hit or sexual assaulted Regina. But word on the street is the real reason George and Regina quit, is because R Kelly allegedly slept with their 21-year-old daughter [Maxine].





Is Marco Dean a Davis?

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beenie_angel.jpgBeenie Man has not yet collected the results of a paternity test he did recently to determine whether or not he is the biological father of Marco-Dean.

Reports are that the deejay was to collect results today. In a recent television interview, Beenie Man said there is a possibility that the child is not his, and if it turns out that way, D'Angel would have to repay the entire child support money that he had been paying.

In a press release issued yesterday, D'Angel accused Beenie Man of being fully aware of the DNA results at the time when he made these comments on the television interview.

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YardFlex Calender Competition - Contest #1

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

HELP US CHOOSE THE BEST IMAGES FOR OUR 2008 YARDFLEX CALENDAR

Please vote for either Contestant A or B. Both are vying for a spot on the 2008 Yardflex Calendar.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

A tally of all the votes appearing in the comments will be done and the winner will be posted on December 1, 2007.

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Ashleigh The Real Island Girl

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Name: ASHLEIGH NICOLE

D.O.B: 12/10/1985

Height: 5'5"

Weight: 135

Nationality: Chinese/Jamaican/Indian

Location: Coral Springs, Florida.

Career Goal: Well I'm in school for Advertising and Marketing, So I plan on working with a major magazine company in the near future as a Project Manager for Organizing AD Campaigns.





Lyrics: "Me Love" - Sean Kingston

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[Chorus]
Uh uh uh uh oh ooh
why'd you have to go-oh
away from home
me love.

Uh uh uh uh oh ooh
why'd you have to go-oh
away from home
me love.

[Verse 1]
See the first time me look inna your eyes
me did tell you, you want a guy like me -guy like me
we use to ave gud times on da evening
me and you chilling on da beach -on the beach

We use to kiss and caress an trust me
girl it feels so sweet -feels so sweet
den one day you move
now im feelin kinda blue
cause me hear say you leave -you leave

I feel like im drownin in da ocean
somebody come and take me away

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
Now im sittin in a chair wit no one here
and im feelin all alone -all alone
thinkin to myself like
damn why my baby up and gone -up and gone
its like im missin her and i know she's missin me- missin me
its been two years an a half in july will make it three. -make it three

I feel like im drownin in da ocean
somebody come and take me away





D'Angel Breaks Her Silence!!!!!!!!!!

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This release is to break the silence on matters concerning my relationship with my husband Moses Davis a.k.a. Beenie Man. In recent times I have restrained myself from discussing the breakdown of our marriage in interviews as I was always of the view that it was a family matter and private.

Over the past five months I have been vilified and maliciously maligned by the lies and comments of Beenie Man and after recent comments made by him in connection with the case in Court I feel I need to speak out and make the public aware of the facts so that this matter will come to an end with the truth.

On the Programme Onstage broadcasted on CVM TV on November 24, 2007, in an interview with Winford Williams the host, Beenie Man made comments which were misleading to the public concerning matters pending in Court.





Like parents, like daughter!

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bobbi_kristina_brown.jpgSay it ain't so! Yardflex came across the information on mediatakeout.com that Bobbi Kristina daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown could be headed down the same road as her parents!

According to the website the 14-year-old was caught smoking what looked to be illegal stuff. And that's not all. The person who sent the photo claims that Bobbi Kris is on a downward spiral. Tells the family friend, "I'm worried she'll go through what [her parents] went through...Please get the word out so that someone can help her."

Oh no save her please!





Lyrics: "Hate That I Love You" - Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo

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And I can't stand you
Must everything you do make me wanna smile
Can I not like you for a while - no
But you won't let me
You upset me girl and then you kiss my lips
All of a sudden I forget that I was upset
I can't remember what you did

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Girl I hate it - you know exactly what to do
Still I can't stay mad at you for too long - that's wrong
Girl I hate it - you know exactly how to touch
So I don't fuss and fight no more
Said I despise that I adore you

Chorus
And I hate how much I love you girl
I can't stand how much I need you
And I hate how much I love you girl
But I just cant let you go
Girl I hate that I love you so





HIV Scare following Doctor's Misuse of needles

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aids_logo.jpgNew York state health officials notified 628 former patients of a Nassau County anesthesiologist that they need to seek testing for HIV, Hepatitis and other blood borne diseases, because between 2000 and 2005 the medical practitioner in question reused syringes when injecting patients with more than one drug, New York Times reports.

Investigations into the practice of anesthesiologist Harvey Finkelstein of Plainview, N.Y. began in 2005 after two of his patients contracted hepatitis C. According to the Times, Finkelstein would use a new syringe for each patient. However, Finkelstein told investigators that in 2000 he began using the same syringe to draw medicine from more than one vial when giving a patient more than one type of drug by injection, which caused the potential contamination of multidose vials.

The blood of a patient with one virus could, by backing up through the needle and entering the vials, be transmitted to another person when that vial of medicine was reused.

Investigators in 2005 notified 98 of Finkelstein's patients who had received epidural injections in the three weeks before, during and after his two patients were infected, that they should seek testing for blood borne diseases. Of the 84 who were tested, no other cases of infection were traced to Finkelstein. The state then expanded its investigation to examine records from 2000 to 2005. New York Health Commissioner Richard Daines in a statement released this week said that "the department identified all 628 patients who had received injections between Jan. 1, 2000, and Jan. 15, 2005, after a thorough review of medical records at all sites where this physician practiced" (Vitello/Kershaw, New York Times, 11/16).





In the News

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Asylum chief says 'sorry'

brian_chung2.jpgBrian Chung, owner of the Asylum Night Club is apologizing for the premature end to the club's 10th anniversary celebrations, held at Mas Camp on Saturday.

Proceedings reportedly came to an unscheduled end when a generator in the building went dead.

During an interview today, Mr. Chung explained, "We had two generators at the venue, one for the sound system and the other for the lights. At around 4:00AM Sunday morning the generator for the sound burnt up and we were unable to fix it in time which resulted in the abrupt end to the celebration."

Further, he revealed that Shaggy and Sean Paul who were the surprise acts of the night were unable to perform due to the technical glitch.

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Beenie, Angel, Bounty and Barbee Claymation

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Nikki Z Birthday bash sell off!

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nikkiz_posters.jpgNikki Z birthday bash held over the weekend in Portmore at Sugarman's Beach was a real star-studded affair with many of the radio diva friends coming out to celebrate with her.

Attractively decorated, it was a welcomed sight to those who made their way on the beach to enjoy some first class performances and all other attractions that were on offer at the bash.

The bash saw some good performances from the likes of Junior Reid, Deva Bratt, Future Fambo, Erupt, Tifa, Delishus, Esco, Natural Blacks and many others.

The place was ram packed with party goers and the vibes was great.





Asylum 'Last Lap' suffered blackout

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By: Jaide
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Last Saturday night, Asylum Night Club had their 10 year anniversary bash, "...But we should have gone to Nikki Z's Birthday bash instead," was the general consensus amongst some patrons after the whole thing ended behind a power surge and slight crowd disruption.

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Mas Camp was the spot where Asylum hosted this culmination of events, wrapping up a solid week of celebration. Brian "Ribbi" Chung, owner of Asylum, who once ran its now defunct sister club, Cactus, delivered on his promise to provide the very best, but unforeseen circumstances aborted the fun.

Sound System, AreaCode 876, really rocked the Mas Camp revellers in the early hours and party people were well tuned in to his smooth selections to which they responded with loud approval. When Yardflex arrived at about 1:30AM selector Blade was ripping through the crowd with cutting sounds.

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Interspersed with the handing out of $10,000 cash door prizes to holders of winning tickets, the stage show included amazing comedic talent from Itty, Fancy Cat and Pretty Boy Floyd. The comedians' job was to not only call people up to compete for the B-Mobile phone and gift basket prizes, but also to add an extra hilarious spin to it all by coming up with the (often ridiculous) criteria for the mini competitions.





Mighty Crown takes World Clash 2007

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mighty_crown.jpgMighty Crown is the champion! And only just as they took the 2007 title by a narrow margin from Bass Odyssey.

According to reports the two sounds were going at it 'neck and neck' with both boos and forwards!

Ninja Man started off his segment on a high note getting huge forwards as he in his own inimitable style ridiculed Rodigan who came out dressed in a red and white Elvis Presley outfit.

Rodigan was not out for the count though, cause with his change in another outfit came a change in gear as he stepped up the pace and drew some of Ninja's own clash specials on him!

After a really tight and exciting segment, Rodigan got the edge of Ninja as he drew two wicked selections that completely done the place. Even Ninja Man had to concede defeat but not without a warning, Mi a guh stop deejay and tun selector fi kill yuh Rodigan!" It
was however done in a friendly way and patrons didn't take it as a 'real clash'.





By: J. Koni

Shirley_caesar.jpgGospel singing legend, Shirley Caesar has released her 43rd album in her 40th year in music. The album is entitled, "Still Sweeping Through the City," a compilation of 12 of her favorite songs.

The album will feature the classic song, "Hold My Mule," that was released in 1987 and became a number one hit. It stayed on the Billboard Gospel Album Sales Chart for a 110 weeks.

"Hold My Mule was number one for 52 weeks on Billboard," she confesses. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do that again with the new CD? We're just gonna wait and see what God is going to do."

Shirley revealed that she dusted off some of her rarer classics from the 1970s such as "Faded Rose" and a medley of "Peter Don't Be Afraid," "Nobody But You Lord" and "Teach Me Master." Also from that period is the heart-rending "How Many Will Be Remembered?"





Meet Bronx-based gospel artiste Dunamis

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By: Joan Wilson

Dunamis_gospel-artiste.jpgNow here is a gospel singer who has truly seen and done it all and is now on fire for Jesus. Through his mistakes he is now imparting the words to others so that they can avoid the same pitfalls.

Neil Hall aka Dunamis is on a mission to reach the world with the transforming message of the Power of God.

Born in Bull Bay, St Andrew he left Jamaica at the age of 10 then got "shipped back" to Jamaica on a one way ticket by my single mom who was out of her elements with his street activities of robbing and possessing and selling guns.

After returning to Jamaica he attended Kingston Technical for three years.

Strange as it might sound inspite of his street life on Sundays he would be in church and in the summer at church camp. He actually made an attempt to serve Christ in 1993 when he accepted the Lord as his
Saviour.

That didn't last he backslid the same year and lived the life of the prodigal son with riotous living as he says.

"My crew and I use to throw big sound parties and running women."

Soon Dunamis started taking an inward look at his life and realized it wasn't as fulfilling as he thought. That's when he asked the Lord to give him another chance to go back to the States and he promised to dedicate his life to Him.





Sunshine Girls Retain Bronze Medal

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

edit_sunshine_girls.jpgJamaican netballers "The Sunshine Girls" performed creditably at the just concluded world netball championships when they maintained their third place ranking by defeating England in a tight finish 53-52.

Earlier, in the tournament the girls won their zone to qualify for the semi-final with the big three Austrailia, New Zealand and England.

However, despite playing competitively against New Zealand in the semi-final The Sunshine Girls could not withstand the strong challenge from that country's "Silver Ferns" and succumbed to a 59-49 defeat.





Diabetes Part II...test yourself

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diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgThe Canadian Diabetes Association suggests those at high risk for getting diabetes get tested at least every three years. If you answer yes to any of the questions below you are considered to be at high risk for type 2 diabetes:

● Have you had gestational diabetes?
● Does an immediate family member have type 2 diabetes?
● Are you overweight?
● Are you over 40?
● Do you have high blood pressure?
● Are you of aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian or African decent?





Lyrics: "Conscience" - Baby Cham

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Fi di yute dem! Seen! Yo!!!

Verse 1:
Wah coulda possess a man?! Fi tun a AK-47 pon a young woman?!
And have di heart to fi send har go to neverland mi have a question
When oonu kill off di ooman dem weh oonu fi do, F man!!!?
Eh! Wah coulda possess a yute?! Fi lick dung a baby modda and har likkle yute
Look how she beg him and plea but him still a shoot
And come back pon di corna and a laff and a tink seh it cute
Nah mon dem bredda ya mad
Jamaica when yuh read di news it nuh mek yuh sad
Man a shot up all church den a soh dem bad
Hold on now mon, weh yuh try fi tell mi seh, gunman nuh rate God?!
Government weh oonu ago do?! Yuh see it look inna mi eyes did I tell oonu?!
Some man a talk bout dem a shotta dem a iddi poo
A must a cow push dem out cau mi caan believe dem have a modda too





Passa Passa

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radio_station.jpgYardflex came across one angry cop who is vowing to one day get the chance to serve that summons on the radio host who absolutely refuses to take care of his children.

"Him just a go round and a have up dis bag a pickney and di mother dem haffi a come to wi fi serve summons fi get him fi mind dem," the cop ranted.

But what gets to the security personnel is the fact that this same personality can be heard on the air hitting out at men who don't mind their children.

"Di last time mi hear him a lick out fi up a di station and a wait fi him, but the station manager look like him warn him off and him nuh come a work dat day," the cop related to Yardflex.

Well Mr. show host remember, you can run, but you can't hide forever and so save the cop the trouble and start mind yuh pickney dem...shame pon you man.





Good start on the Reggae road to South Africa

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

reggae_boyz.jpgThe Jamaican Football team "The Reggae Boyz" made a successful return to the National Stadium - "The Office," when they won their two international friendlies against El Salvador and Guatemala under the new Jamaica Football Federation Administration with Captain Horace Burrell at the helm.

In the first game on Sunday November 18 against El Salvador the Theodore Whitmore coached team won 3-nil in an encouraging but not overwhelming performance by the Boyz. This all took place under the watchful eyes of approximately18,000 spectators clad in their gold, green and black our traditional "Yard" colours.

On this occasion the team was captained by Ricardo "Bibby" Gardner who plies his trade in the English Premier League for Bolton Wanderers. The goal scorers were Captain Gardner and Rudolph Austin.

In the second encounter on Wednesday November 21 against Guatemala, the Reggae Boyz kept their composure and eeked out a comprehensive 2-nil victory, under soggy conditions in front of a similar size crowd.





Baby Cham's Conscience still in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 15 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 16 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
03 7 11 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 U-4
04 9 6 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 U-5
05 4 20 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-1
06 5 15 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-1
07 8 10 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon U-1
08 10 9 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-2
09 10 8 Me And My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G U-1
10 6 12 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-4
11 11 18 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1) NM
12 14 6 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-2
13 15 3 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
14 17 2 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-3
15 13 15 Take My Place – Munga – Don Corleon(pp#6) D-2
16 12 16 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-4
17 16 9 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14)D-1
18 - New Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill
19 19 30 Tease Her – Anthony B – Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) NM
20 18 8 No Man – T.O.K – Don Corleon (pp#12)D-2





News Brief

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Maia_Campbell.jpgActress Maia Campbell in mental institution.

Popular actress Maia Campbell, who has starred opposite LL Cool J in the TV series 'In The House' is currently staying in a mental hospital in California.

According to Mediatakeout.com word is that the hospital diagnosed her as bipolar and schizophrenic and is holding her for treatment.

Well Yardflex hopes Maia bounce back like a champion from this little setback.





Live Wyya Sacked

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By: Joseph Cunningham

live_wyya.jpgJust months after being named the official backing band for Jah Cure, Live Wyya has been fired.

Reports are that band members were presented with a letter that suggested their services were no longer required, shortly after returning from a performance in The Bahamas with the singer.

"This is very shocking," says Earl Edwards, the band leader. He added, "In the letter it was suggested that we were fired on the grounds of having a minor in our hotel room. This is untrue."





Celebrate as "Exodus" Turns 30

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By: Janice Dayle

bob_marley_exodus.jpgThirty years ago the album, "Exodus" was released by Island Records and this masterpiece from Bob Marley and The Wailers has been lauded by many and even labeled, "the album of the 20th century," by Time Magazine.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this album's release Island Records has released Exclusive Exodus Music and Memorabilia that includes a Special Edition CD/DVD combo; "Live At The Rainbow Concert," and a new hardback book. College tours of the screening of, "Live At The Rainbow," will also ensue across the US. Exodus was released on Friday June 3, 1977 while Marley was in a self imposed exile.

In December, 1976 Bob Marley, his wife and manager suffered gunshot wounds after an assassination attempt at their Hope Road residence. Injured and bandaged Bob Marley and his wife joined the rest of The Wailers at a scheduled concert in Kingston shortly after the attack, performing - despite the lurking danger.





Hot Ne-Yo dropped from R. Kelly tour

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By: J. Koni

neyo_r' kelly.jpgNe-Yo has been dropped from R.Kelly's Double Up tour, and the official reason is that there is a contractual dispute. However, a representative from Ne-Yo's camp believes R.Kelly is afraid of the competition! "R.Kelly fired the singer because he brought too much heat for him to compete against."

"He's written hit songs for Beyonce ("Irreplaceable") and Rihanna ("Unfaithful"); spending a combined 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100," Ne-Yo's business partner and manager, Tango, said in a statement. "He's written songs slated to be on Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, and Enrique Iglesias' new albums. The fans were really feeling his performances. He's good; maybe he's too good – that's the problem."





Macka implicated after shooting incident

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By: Joseph Cunningham

macka_diamond_2.jpgMacka Diamond and her management are disgruntled at reports that insinuate she may have been involved in a shooting incident at the home of her former publicist, Ray Alexander.

Yardflex learnt that on Tuesday night unidentified persons alighted from a vehicle outside the gate of Mr. Alexander's home and aimed gunshots towards the house. A number of bullet holes bare witness of the attack.

Director of marketing Lisa Larmond, of Macka Diamond's company, DIAMOND DISTRICT J.A., says the deejay was taken aback when she heard of the insinuations. She adds that for Macka Diamond to be involved is impossible as she is busy doing her music videos, shows, tours and book promotion.





Sean Kingston home for Grammy Christmas

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Sean_kingston.jpgSean Kingston is booked to perform in his native land, Jamaica for the first time on Christmas Day, December 25.

Billed, Grammy Christmas, the event is being hosted by Tropical Vibes Promotion at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios.

Show promoter, Garwin Davis revealed that he recently confirmed the singer through a contractual agreement, adding that negotiations had been ongoing for sometime. Sean Kingston into the international limelight with his hit, "Beautiful Girl."





Kanye comes clean about chart battle

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50_and_kanye.jpgSeems as if our local DJs are not the only one enjoying popularity after their so-called feud. According to a story posted on another website, the rapper told all in the December issue of GQ.

Kanye West has revealed his chart battle with rap rival 50 Cent was a publicity stunt he dreamed up to sell records. The pair went head to head in September (07) when both of their albums were released on the same day. West won after a frenzied media battle he now claims he created.

The multi-platinum hit maker comes clean to GQ (December '07 issue) magazine, stating, "It was a complete publicity stunt. It was my idea. I knew it was going to take off as soon as we were going to come out on the same date. Think about it - you got the two biggest sh*t-talkers in rap history. There's no-one in rap history known for talking more shit than me and 50. That's something I will stand on." He adds of 50 Cent's vow to retire if he lost the battle: "Oh man, he sold so many more records by saying that. Man, 50 is really one of my favorite rappers, too. I almost feel bad (about beating him)." Although, West hammered 50 cent with sales in the U.S., it was 50 cent who sold more albums worldwide than his play-play rival.





Blessings

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Happy Earthday to the Queen of Reggae Sister Marcia Griffiths O.D.

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Yardflex wishes you all the best on your special day.

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Yardflex Calendar Competition

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ARE YOU A HOTTIE?

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Attention! Attention! Attention! Hot Girls, Sexy Girls, and Models Needed for Yardflex Calendar Competition.

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Submit your pics by email to debracole.yardflex@gmail.com and your best photos will be entered giving you a chance to be featured as one of the top models of the month.

The winner of the competition will participate in an all expense paid Yardflex Photo Shoot in Jamaica.





"Bembe"...new name for Thursday

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By: Kaylia Williams & Janice Dayle
Photos By: Kaylia Williams

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Bembe Thursday started October 12th last year and it has evolved into a dancehall ritual held at Weekenz every Thursday. The regular steamy dancehall session was initiated by the group Bembe Squad, alongside Weekenz manager. Comprised of a group of top selectors, The Bembe Squad is: Richie Feelings, Tony Matterhorn, Jigsy, Penny Bling, Rolexx, Razz and Biggy.

The name Bembe originated with group member Richie Feelings, who said, "Bembe is an outstanding marble that is big and that's why I chose the name cause out of the twenty four marbles that come in the pack the Bembe marble is the biggest." Biggy a member of the group was the one who came up with Bembe Thursday.

Razz explained that the owner of Weekenz approached the group about a dancehall night the club was planning to start. Richie asked the group what they should call the sessions and Biggy came up with Bembe Thursdays. Richie feelings said, "Mi like it, it different it ago work!"





50 Cent, Ciara to spend Thanksgiving together

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50_ciara.jpgBusted! Rapper 50 Cent and Ciara's quality time plan has been discovered. According to Mediatakeout.com Ciara is traveling across Eastern Europe with 50 Cent as he tours. And word is, she's not traveling as a performer - but as 50's companion.

And there's more. Ciara and 50 are so serious, that she's spending Thanksgiving with him - and not with her family in Atlanta.

Don't believe us, you should see the photo showing Ciara in Brastislava outside 50 Cent's hotel (with 50's tour manager). Why else would she be in Slovakia - it ain't exactly a tourist spot...









Publicist's house shot up

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gunshootholes_in_house.jpgEntertainment publicist Ray Alexander received the shock of his life last night when unknown assailants shot up his house.

When Yardflex spoke with Alexander he was still shaken up as he fired, "it happened around 8:45 last night. I heard the sound of gunfire but I couldn't believe the attack was on me. My first thought was, I have not done anyone anything, so who would want to hurt me?" he explained.

According to Alexander he later learned that the car drove about 200 meters from his home, then two men got out, one stocky and another slim built, they walked up to the gateway pushed the gun through the gate and fired several shots towards the bedroom area.





Wayne Marshall taking it to another level

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Wayne_marshall.jpgWayne Marshall, one of the hard working members of the Alliance is currently effectively burning candles at both ends as he perfects not only his second solo album but also an upcoming Alliance release with Bounty Killer, Mavado, Busy Signal and Bling Dawg.

After dominating airwaves with the blazing sounds of his 2007 hits, "Cocky," "Astronaut," "Who & Dem," "Smoking" and his most recent release, "Potholes," Marshall is on a roll that is keeping him at the top.

Both albums are slated for a 2008 release, however the first single off of his yet to be titled solo effort is already on heavy rotation at radio stations. The song, "Keeping it Gangsta," will undoubtedly thrust this solo effort into higher heights. Expected to initiate the rise of a new more focused Marshall, the album is described as being filled with more potent crossover tracks that will help boost the hit-maker's career.





Tuesday 'catchup'

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beenieman@2.jpgBig night for dancehall

Bwoy goose bump nearly kill mi Sunday’ night when a watch Junior Reid, Chacka Demus & Pliers and Beenie Man a do dem tings with Alicia Keys. Can you imagine, a whole heap a million a people all over the world a pre fi wi culture. Big up and unno notice how Beenie Man did dress up nuh puss foot?

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Spice_2.jpgSting buzz

Mi hear nuff people a chat pon di road sey dem caan wait fi Spice teck di stage a Sting cause dem know sey she have di remedy fi Macka Diamond and all odda woman out deh whey feel like sey dem caan come teck har on inna har own backyard. Mi nah tell nuh lie still Spice a gwaan hard out deh and if mi haffi bet den a she mi a put mi money pon.

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Panthers Bash a Hit

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rolexx_bembe_selector.jpgThe highly anticipated Panthers Birthday Bash was a success. The event which was staged at Main Street in Christiana, Manchester, was characterized by a number of sound systems and artistes on show.

Freddie Kroger, Fire Links, Jazzy T, Black Kat and Grammer Zone, Stone Love, Adonai, Bass Odyssey and World Talk Selector provided a steady flow of music.

Entertainers who performed were Capleton, Twins of Twins, Tony Curtis, Jigsy King, Macka, Fantan Mojah, Disturb, Lady G and Easy Wayne.

Sadly though, Rolexx of the Bembe Squad, who was on his way to the event met in a motor vehicle accident. Raz and Biggy and a few others billed for the event went to the hospital with Rolex instead.

Reports coming from Keita, the mother of his child, explained that the selector got a nasty chop in is head and was unconscious for a while. She added that he is currently recovering and will be out of the hospital soon.





New Look to Jamaica Festival 2k 8

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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In an effort to increase the number of persons entering Jamaica Festival 2008, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), made several changes to the previously existing syllabus.

This will include the expansion of eligibility rules, which will allow more people to enter the various categories of competition, increasing the probability of more items making it to the National Finals.

The new rules of the competition will now allow for highest-scoring gold medalist in each age class and category at the parish level to be eligible for recommendation to the Nationals, and other finals.





Reggae Explosion 2007

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By Olimatta Taal

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Despite a shoot out at inside a local Fort Lauderdale Club a few weeks ago, Reggae Explosion 2007 held at Gold Coast Skating Rink still brought out loyal fans to a show organized by Drop Di Bass Records, Red Square Productions, and Kalonji Records. Early juggling began with music from Bambino Sound Family, Swatch International, D-Nice, Daniel, and Super Sound.

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The show began with a magnificent and energetic performance by the original dancehall king, Yellow Man. He deejayed a number of hit tunes like I'm getting Married, BlueBerry Hill, Zunguzung, and tribute song to orphan children with a similar experience. He performed with Sagittarius Band bringing live music that had the club rocking.





Shaggy shares "Intoxication" with Florida fans

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By: Janice Dayle

shaggy.jpgLike a tattoo, Shaggy has marked the world with his infectious sound and Mr. 'Order of Distinction' continues in that vein with his current promotional tour for "Intoxication," the album that is loaded with soulful and driving rhythms.

On November 16 Shaggy brought his upbeat new disc with its dancehall rocking fusions that blend well with the Shaggy pop style to Florida's Saw Grass Mills Mall. FYE Music hosted this southern USA unveiling of "Intoxication," and Shaggy demonstrated why he is indeed one of Jamaica's most celebrated cultural figures.

Accompanied by Rik Rok, Shaggy hung out with his fans; and he not only signed CDs but was also well-disposed to all requests for photo opportunities. One fan commended Shaggy's warmth that was brought more to light, she said, as she observed his genuine interaction with a disabled young fan.





By: J. Koni

jillcscot_dianaross.jpgTalented American R&B, soul and jazz singer Jill Scott has been booked to perform at the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz And Blues Festival.

Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia, reading her own poetry. She was heard by a drummer in the band, Roots, who invited her to join their band in studio. The result was a co-composition, "You Got Me," that became a Top 40 pop hit in 1999.

Subsequently, she collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith and Common, and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent.

Signed to Steve McKeever's newly formed Hidden Beach label, Jill released her debut album, "Who Is Jill Scott." Words and Sounds Vol. 1, in July 2000. "Experience: Jill Scott 826" appeared the following summer and it came hot on the heels of the "A Long Walk" single.





Sanchez gives hope to the youth of Standpipe

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sanchez.jpgReggae singer Sanchez is definitely on a mission. And it is one that could very well be called Project Standpipe. It's all about the empowerment of the youth through music, and many persons who are close to the singer have expressed the view that this project is now Sanchez' guiding light.

Always in demand to do recordings and stage shows around the world, Sanchez recently took a little time to really chill out in the section of Liguanea, known as Standpipe. While there, he convene an informal musical conference with the youth of the area, and, as expected, the feedback was excellent. They all agreed that music was an important influence and they would welcome the opportunity to get involved with any musical project spearheaded by Sanchez.

For starters, weekly talent shows were staged to unearth the potential rising stars. The talent that emerged from the community was awesome and the youth were so grateful for the opportunity that they came
out in their numbers to audition.

"When I realized that there was so much talent here, I just decided to chill and put the effort into building a studio right here in the community and play my part in uplifting the youth," Sanchez said in an
interview with Yardflex.





Britney did it again

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spears&k-fed.jpgWhat else can go wrong for Britney Spears. The latest report comes courtesy of TMZ that Britney Spears can't drive with her kids in the car.

The move was made after a court hearing yesterday, during which Mark Vincent Kaplan, K-Fed's lawyer, officially informed the judge that Brit blew a red light with her kiddies in the car last week.

According to the website Commish Gordon issued the sealed order, as stipulated by lawyers for several of the issues.

Hmn it's really "oops she did it again!"





Kids & HIV/AIDS; Don't Hate – EDUCATE

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jenna.jpgJenna Bush, daughter of the president of the United States, who has written a book chronicling the life of a young Latin American girl born HIV positive; also spoke briefly about the discrimination facing children living with HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. Inspired to write the book, entitled "Anna's Story; A Journey of Hope," following a UNICEF internship in Latin America and the Caribbean, it was the Jamaican response to HIV that seemed harshest, in all of the young Bush’s analogies.

Bush, 25, spoke of HIV positive children in Jamaica who told her they would never disclose their HIV status to anyone in their neighbourhood. The children's reason was a very real fear that someone in their village would stone them to death, she said. This speaks to the single most crippling aspect of HIV/AIDS; that is Stigma and Discrimination.

Talking about children with HIV/AIDS Jenna's book documents the life stories of the kids she encountered during her study/work experience. At a book signing session recently Jenna encouraged people to become mentors, teachers, tutors and volunteers for affected children in need of help and to educate themselves about the crucial issues facing children like, HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse and other like issues, the Tampa Tribune reported.





News Brief

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edit_janadams-booking-photo.jpgDr. Adams who performed the cosmetic surgery on Kanye West's mom failed to show up for a hearing today in court. According to TMZ.com the L.A. County Superior Court judge has issued a warrant for Dr. Adam's arrest.

Lori Ufondu sued Dr. Adams and won a judgment in excess of $100,000, after he left a sponge in her following surgery. Ufondu's lawyer told TMZ Dr. Adams hasn't paid.

Today, Dr. Adams was ordered to appear at 8:30 AM in San Pedro, California, for a "judgement debtor" examination hearing, in order to establish where he had assets. The doctor was a no show, and the judge
issued a $30,000 civil warrant.





Women and cars

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By Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgFor the next couple of articles I will be exploring women and men's responses to any given situation. Both have their strong points and their weak points and that's what drives each other crazy.

Now having said that I will go into a topic that certainly doesn't leave most of us women in a favourable light. And that's how we deal with car ownership.

It's a drama observing three quarters of my friends when they have a puncture to deal with...honestly they don't have a clue about changing tires!

One of my home girls shamelessly confessed that "I just come out of the car, 'panker around' and sure enough a kind Samaritan stop to help."

Another of my home girl said she came out of the car, looked absolutely helpless and a guy stopped and "sorted her out!"

For myself now the personal grief comes in trying to buy car parts. Oftentimes you give the make and year of the car and the sales person throws a question at you like "what size engine is it, what kind of battery does it use?" Poor me, I thought battery was battery!





Baby Cham's Conscience in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


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01 2 14 Conscience – Cham - Don Corleon (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 15 Give It Up - Beenie Man feat. Barbee - 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 19 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga - Casper Productions (1wk@#1) NM
04 6 10 Nah Go A Jai l- Busy Signal - Jam 2 U-2
05 4 14 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle - Daseca D-1
06 7 9 Dem A Sissy – Assassin - Don Corleon U-1
07 5 11 Bubble Like Soup - Timber-Lee - Ward 21 (pp#5) D-2
08 9 8 Tell Dem Don't Follow - Buju Banton - Heart of Love U-1
09 13 5 Everybody Dance - RDX - Apt 19 U-4
10 10 7 Me and My Dogs – Mavado - Baby G NM
11 8 17 The Days - Busy Signal - Daseca (4wks@#1) D-3
12 11 15 Love Is Wicked - Brick & Lace - 180 Entertainment (pp#5)D-1
13 12 14 Take My Place - Munga - Don Corleon(pp#6) D-1
14 17 5 Pick It Up & Drop It - Sean Paul - Birchill Records U-3
15 19 2 Empire Army - Vybz Kartel - Big Ship U-4
16 14 8 Crab Inna Barrel - Shane-O - Iceman D-2
17 RE - Squeeze Har - Mavado - H20
18 15 7 No Man – TOK - Don Corleon (pp#12) D-3
19 18 29 Tease Her-Anthony B - Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
20 20 26 Back It Up - Beenie Man - 357 Records (5wks@#1) NM





Don Gorgon for peace

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By: Joseph Cunningham
NinjaMan2.jpgDesmond "Ninja Man" Ballentine, the self-proclaimed "real badman" is using his influential image for a positive cause. He is lobbying for peace in his childhood community, Marl Road, which is close to Waterhouse in Kingston.

During a radio interview he revealed that he is currently funding a community development project, which will be characterized by the painting the sidewalks, fixing potholes, cleaning of the streets and finding a trade for the youths of the community.

"I was so impressed by the interest members of the Community showed in my initiative to quell the crime and violence in the area, and that is why I have decided to go into my pocket to fund this," the philanthropic Don Gorgon stated.





Booyaka! For Jamaica's Reggae Legends

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Honour your fathers and mothers that your days may be log upon the earth. That is the idea behind, "Booyaka", a show being planned to pay homage to deceased icons of Reggae music; artistes, producers and musicians.

In the Jamaican context, the word Booyaka signifies positive acknowledgement, or respect. It will be a phenomenal occasion for music and history, at Mas Camp in New Kingston, on Saturday, December 1.

On that night, Jack Scorpio, Merritone, and Kilimanjaro will "serve up" music originally released by those to be honoured on this year's Wall of Fame. Forty-four reggae icons will be recognized this year. Photographs and other historical information will be on display.





Beenie, Barbee to walk red carpet at AMA

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When the celebrities walk the red carpet to attend the America Music Awards on Sunday in California Beenie Man and Barbee will be among them.

Yardflex had a chat with the sultry singer and she was very excited about it.

"It's cool and I feel honoured going to the awards with her," Barbee gushed.

But that's not all the two will have their moment in the spotlight also as they have remixed Alicia Keys' red hot lead single "No One" from her just released album "As I Am."

The remix all came about because one of Alicia Keys' producers approached Barbee about the project and from what we hear of the single it is destined to be just as popular as its predecessor.

At Alicia Key's "As I Am" album launch held recently in New York, the remix of the lead single "No One" was played and Barbee could not be more pleased at the response. "It was crazy vibes at the party...they all loved it."





By: Elizabeth Smith

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgYesterday, November 14, was World Diabetes Day and it marked the first time that this monumental vehicle of "Diabetes Awareness," travelled across our globe - spurring on efforts of prevention as well as heightening perceptions on what can be done to control the disease; preventing or delaying life threatening complications.

Diabetes currently affects 246 million people globally. This historical day was especially for all of them and the many millions more at risk,

On this first United Nations (UN) observed World Diabetes Day, Diabetes communities got together to celebrate the long awaited existence of a day that recognises the severe risks posed by Diabetes and urged understanding of the disease overall.

The result of a UN landmark resolution of December 2006, November 14 has become a United Nations observed day. Marking the date of Frederick Banting's birthday who along with Charles Best first came up with the notion of insulin in 1921, November 14 will bolster a major global awareness campaign from now on.





'Burnin'_(Wailers_album).jpgAudio recordings are selected annually by the United States Library of Congress for all time preservation in the National Recording Registry. These selections are made, based on the historical, cultural or artistic value of the recorded piece to our society. "Burnin," the classic album released by The Wailers in 1974; that followed the igniting release, "Catch a Fire," was chosen to be preserved by The Library of Congress.

"The album "Burnin" was a work by prophets," Mrs. Rita Marley said in an interview with Ben Manilla for the National Public Radio programme, "All Things Considered," that will itself be preserved in the Library of Congress as well.





Passa Passa

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merciless.jpgYardFlex came across this article..."Merciless Found!"

Hmm, according to partyspree.com the whereabouts of deejay Merciless, has now been ascertained.

Gadaffi, the deejay's manager confirms that he has finally made contact with Merciless, whose real name is Leonard Bartley, who was believed to be incarcerated.

According to Gadaffi Merciless deh a road now "Leonard deh a road. It wasn't fi him case, di person he was driving with, the police wanted and they held both of them," Gadaffi said.

"I saw his (Merciless) brother the other day an him did a sey him hear sey Merciless inna lock up, but dem nuh sure what's happening either," he had said.

While Gadaffi said he was still unclear as to the full details surrounding Merciless' arrest and subsequent release, he says he is sure of one thing: "Merciless will be in Jamaica soon."

Who knows he might put in an appearance at Sting...well...we'll see.

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By: Joseph Cunningham

baba_roots.jpgIn a rush, the drink has become a huge favourite, and, in a rush, William "Baba Roots" Wilberforce Webb has become one of Jamaica's most successful entrepreneurs.

Yes! He is the man behind what is arguably the most popular herbal energy drink in Jamaica – Baba Roots - and its popularity is soaring throughout the wider Caribbean and the world. As a result, it is the most requested drink consumed by dancehall's world renowned artistes, before they ascend the stage.

Baba Roots told Yardflex that the drink increases sexual energy and alertness as well!

It is marketed in Jamaica as a home-grown and natural alternative to Red Bull and is considered an ital food product. The drink has been mentioned in several songs including "Stand Firm" by Bounty Killer.

A perpetual entrepreneur, Baba has come up with something new and exciting; the "Rush Hour Night Club" located on Pines Plaza, Junction, St. Elizabeth. The club opened last Saturday night with guest appearances from Ninja Man and Bling Dawg. Comparable to many top class night spots, Rush Hour Night Club could be mistaken for a major club in any of the world's metropolitan centres. It is fully air-conditioned and cozy; with a lounge area covered in leather, a huge dancing area, psychedelic lights and a nice stage. There is also a gazebo provided for persons who do not wish to party at the bar.





The Reggae Boy's Train rolls again...

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

reggae_boyz.jpgJamaica's senior Reggae Boys will entertain El-Salvador and Guatemala at The Office this Sunday, November 18. Then on Wednesday the 21st the teams will come together once again to participate in international friendlies, arranged by the new Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell.

Burrell chose former Reggae Boy Theodore Whitmore, who captained his team at the 1998 World Cup in France, to be the interim coach for these two games with Bradly Stewart holding down the post of assistant.

However it has been said in the media and many a football circle that the president's intention is to re-introduce Brazilian Rene Simoes, the coach who took Jamaica's Reggae Boys to World Cup in '98, as the one who will take over at the helm.





Macka Diamond takes ‘Bun Him’ to the World

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MackaDiamond.jpgMacka Diamond's Diamond District Ja. takes new novel, "Bun Him", on tour

Macka Diamond has a full schedule for the rest of the year. Between her book tour, voicing singles and shooting music videos and running her recently started company her calendar is full for the rest of the year.

With the release of "Bun Him", Macka Diamond's critically acclaimed debut novel, she has been on the road, locally, regionally and internationally, making promotional appearances and signings. "I can't get anything done around here! Reading the book and loving it! It's a great story and very very, very believable!" exclaimed Lady Cham from Virginia Radio.

Macka is not however, neglecting her die-hard Dancehall fans, so she has recorded new tunes to keep the party going, including "Laptop", produced by Damion Morsby on the Laptop riddim for the D'Ice label. However, in December, she will be shooting a new music video for another single, 'Dandy Shandy', under the direction of the very esteemed, Jay Will.





Is Fantasia knocked up again?

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edit_fantasia_pregnant.jpgAmerican Idol winner Fantasia could be making it child number 2. According to mediatakeout.com Fantasia Barrino is likely to be pregnant!! And there's more, the child reportedly belongs to Atlanta rapper Young Dro.

According to a show insider, Fantasia has been talking openly to the cast about her new condition. The insider explained, "She told [one of the cast members] that she's pregnant and she's really excited ... Apparently Young Dro, the baby's father, is happy about it also."

And the insider claims that while Fantasia isn't showing yet, she's definitely acting pregnant. Our tipster told, "She's walks with her hand on her hip and all of a sudden she's taken to chewing ice."

Well as we say in Jamaica...it ain't something going, it's something coming so we'll see.





Flex to settle the score at Sting

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flex_deva.jpgIt will be a lyrical showdown at this year's staging of Sting with one of the wickedest lyricists in the Alliance camp, Flex going at Deva Brat from The Portmore Empire.

The showdown comes in response to the endless name calling by Deva Brat and now Flex is hoping to end it all on stage.

Deva Brat has recorded a new track in which he calls up Flex's name.

Yardflex spoke to Flex, questioning him about the current tension between himself and Deva Brat. He said, "It is time fi a man jus stop di name calling like seh him wear Stay-free. If him want a war him mus just say that!"

Flex added that he is convinced that Deva Brat has been calling names in order to get attention. "A buss some bwoy waan buss and cyaan buss. It look like seh some bwoy suh desperate dat him wi even mek man [sex] him," Flex continued.





west_adams.jpgMedia reports have surfaced that Kanye West's mom may have fallen victim to a surgeon with a shady past. According to tmz.com the tummy tuck and breast reduction performed on her by Dr. Jan Adams took eight hours, which is twice as long as such a procedure warrants.

According to TMZ just weeks before Donda West died, a plastic surgeon refused to perform procedures on her because of a health condition that could have led to a heart attack.

If only Donda had listened to the voice of wisdom that came to her in the form of a Beverly Hills physician, TMZ reports. Dr. Andre Aboolian, reportedly refused to perform the surgery for her until she was cleared by an internist who he recommended. West never went for that clearance and changed doctors completely.

An autopsy on Dr. West is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday. The Los Angeles Coroner stated Monday that Donda West, 58, died Saturday because of "possible complications due to surgery."





Passa Passa

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foota-hype.jpgFoota Hype try nuh guh a jail again.
Foota Hype we a warn yuh if yuh nuh waan guh a jail again, yuh affi behave yuhself. Yardflex cum across certain information weh yuh gwaan wid and it nuh sound good at all. If yuh do it again, this time we a guh talk up di tings dem. Memba Foota sey everybady have rights even baby maddas. Wi nuh back foolishness, kip yuh cool and kip yuh head...meck di whole a we stay pon friendly terms...nuh do it again! Caan sey wi neva warn yuh.





Gay Jamaican Secures Asylum in US

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GayMaleLogo.jpgVenn Messam, a gay Jamaican man who sought asylum in the United States on the grounds that he feared persecution – because of his sexual orientation - if forced to return to Jamaica, was granted asylum by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on November 8, 2007.

Messam enlisted assistance from students at Columbia Law School's Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and since September of last year, four students provided legal assistance in preparing their client's application for asylum. Simrin Parmar '08, Jennifer Stark '09, Jonathan Lieberman '08, and Eileen Plaza '09 spent many months conducting interviews, drafting affidavits, researching country conditions, filling out necessary forms, accompanying their client to the New York asylum office, and providing assistance during his interview.

Columbia Law School's report on this breakthrough for Messam, speaks of the climate in Jamaica for homosexuals, bisexuals and trans-gendered (GLBT) people, as being shrouded in danger that gets worse daily. Citing incidents specific to Messam, such as his own declaration that, "My life in Jamaica was constantly in danger, with angry mobs carrying machetes, stones, knives, and guns, threatening to kill me because I am gay," as well as uncovering a rampant rumour that hostile groups in Jamaica are plotting the social cleansing of hundreds of gay people by year's end, the report categorises Jamaica as being 'far from a tropical paradise.'

"Within just the last month, gay Jamaicans have been murdered and the government has not intervened...this Caribbean nation continues to imprison and kill its gay citizens with relative impunity," the report from Columbia Law School added.

Reportedly relieved at this life saving event, Messam stated, "I am grateful to the United States government for saving my life."





Steel Pan music to replace dancehall!

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patrick_manning.jpgIn an article in the Trinidad Express Prime Minister of Trinidad Patrick Manning at the official launch of the steel band Divine Echoes expressed the hope that it would replace their desires for music forms such as reggae/dancehall, hip-hop and other popular genres which in his opinion "do not result, in the kinds of directions that we consider ideal for the young people of Trinidad and Tobago."

The T&T PM is hopeful that the recently launched band, Divine Echoes, will sway the youth away from illicit living by turning them on to a more pristine form of music as opposed to the fare they are presently exposed to via the mass media.

Just how one will convince the young people to turn away from their cherished Jay-Z, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Soulja Boy, Munga, Fiddy, T-Pain and others of such ilk for the "Green Green Grass Of Home", none including Manning have yet explained.

Well, from where Yardflex stands he has his job cut out for him!





Gays and dancehall music

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buju_bounty_beenie.jpgJamaica was the topic of hot discussion on doughty.gdbtv.com. Among the topics looked at were, 'Is Jamaica the most homophobic country in the world?', 'Does Jamaican reggae/dancehall murder music contribute to anti-Gay violence?', 'Should concerts by murder music singers be canceled?'

Examining these questions were Stop Murder Music campaigners, Dennis Carney of the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group, and Brett Lock of the Gay human rights group OutRage!

There were eight leading dancehall artistes in the hot seat among them were Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man who the group claimed have released songs openly advocating, encouraging and glorifying the murder of queers. They have never apologized or expressed a word of regret. On the contrary, they have defended their exhortations to "kill queers."

In an article written by Peter Tatchell for gayrepublic.org he didn't hold back any punches as he claimed the issue is not about mere homophobia. According to him it concerns incitement to murder.





Beenie Man saves the day

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Beeniman2.jpgAll hell broke loose at "Full Clip" last Saturday at the Puerto Seco Beach. We are talking bottles and stones raining in all directions and patrons jumping into the sea to get away. But what was causing all this? It was 4 am Sunday morning and still there were no big named acts to grace the stage.

Mavado, one of the advertised acts was busy hosting a show in Old Harbour and he didn't leave that venue until about 3:30 am, Macka another advertised name Yardflex understands was in England and Bounty Killer it is alleged had issues with the promoter because he was working on tracks while Beenie would be working with his band.

The melee was temporarily averted when Ninja Man went on stage and took command like a pro. He distracted them from their grouse and the place was nice again...until Ninja eventually left the stage, then bottles and stones reigned again!





Jay - Z Vegas Party

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Well.........it was all about the Real Big Man Jay - Z, who had a party over the weekend in Vegas.

The party Sell Off!!!

YardFlex was able to get a hold of some exclusive photos.

Here they are:


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Kanye West's mom dies at 58

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kanye-west.jpgKanye West's mother and former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, 58-year-old Dr. Donda West died suddenly last night reports have confirmed.

According to multiple sources, West was in Los Angeles and her death may have been the result of complications from a surgical procedure; Patricia Green, Dr. West's publicist, told CNN on today, Monday (November 12) that the surgery was cosmetic but did not provide further details.

According to AllHipHop.com, a representative from family issued the statement, "The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief."

Kanye West chronicled his love for his mother in 'Hey Mama', a song from his 2005 album Late Registration.

In the song, Kanye raps, "(Hey Mama), I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you / Let me tell you what I'm about to do, (Hey Mama) / I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm goin back to school /I appreciate what you allowed for me, I just want you to be proud of me (Hey Mama)."

West eventually performed the song in front of his mother and Oprah Winfrey on the TV host's highly rated show.





Half Pint's cup is now full!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Half_Pint.jpgHalf Pint has signed a distribution deal with the big label - Universal Music Group.

The deal is characterized by a release of the singers music catalog.

Half Pint's recording company, Essential Media Group LLC, will soon release "No Stress Express," a new album with entirely new material. Distribution will be conducted by Universal.

In addition, Essential intends to release the entire Half Pint catalogue on CD, which, will be availability through I-Tunes and all major digital outlets.

Half Pint's diminutive stature belies not only his vocal capabilities but also camouflages his huge on-stage presence, often described as no less than explosive and dynamic.

Born Lindon Roberts, but affectionately called Half Pint, he is a product of the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community which has produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Toots Hibbert and a host of other international Reggae superstars.

All these names are revered worldwide, and, Half Pint continues on his winning streak as a member of 'this reggae icon club.'





Prodigal_son.jpgLike is the case with many young Jamaican males, his grandmother was his guardian, but when she died he "broke out".

Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son was educated in the admonition of the Lord by his grandmother, and she insisted that attending church was a way of life for him. Young Calvin accepted Christ at age 5, and continued through to age 13.

That was the age at which his grandmother died, and from thereon things went downhill for him...Prodigal's became rebellious and developed a 'don't care' attitude. It was no wonder with that attitude he relocated to Rema in Kingston, one of Jamaica's toughest inner-cities. In no time he was involved in gang and gun violence.

As Calvin put it, "I found protection and family in the gang."
Interestingly, the gang was called the "Fatherless Crew". Fortunately, he developed a longing for his heavenly father. He became convinced that the Lord loved him, when he realized that many of his "ragamuffin" colleagues were dying by the gun, but, he was still
alive.

After recommitting his life to Christ in 1998, he adopted his name after the biblical prodigal son and decided to use the gift of music God had given him to reach out to others.

Things looked up for him when he met musical genius and producer, Danny Browne who became not only his producer, but mentor and friend.

Prodigal Son has developed, and is now accepted as one of Jamaica's most prolific Gospel artiste.





OUTSTANDING GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD WINNING GROUP.

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GROUP SHAZE.jpgThe group SHAZE emerges with their landmark release album called "Praise Him" live at The Open Bible Community Church, 2610 N.W. 119th Street, Miami. The release features song like: "Every Nation," "Praise Him," "Blessed" and "Show Him."

Christian/Reggae/R&B recording artistes – SHAZE, the Outstanding Gospel Music Award winning group, is also recipient of the 2007 Hopeton Lewis Caribbean Gospel Music Award for Best Singing Group of the year. They were nominated for two outstanding music awards: Top Gospel Singing Group of the year and Top Gospel Song of the Year .

SHAZE brings a unique sound to the music industry with their Jamaican background. Under the spiritual influence of God, they spread the word through music. The uniqueness of their style draws many people to them. With many years of experience under his belt, producer and songwriter, Maurice "Brian" Gregory has influenced the group towards the success of their album. The album was inspired by the need to praise God regardless of life's circumstances.





Beenie Man Meets Cambridge High School Queen 2007

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Story and Photo By: Alan Lewin

Beenie Man meets Miss Cambridge Queen Monique Lawson.jpgBeenie Man and Taurus Riley were on the scene to congratulate Monique Lawson who was crowned Miss Cambridge 2007 Queen at the finals held at the Cambridge High School in Montego Bay on Saturday November 3, 2007.

Competing against five other contestants Lawson, wore the sash Miss Anya's Maternity, was made an early favorite from her introduction. In addition, to winning the crown she won other sectional prizes such as most talented and most congenial.

First runner up was Carla Doeman, Miss Dependable Hardware, who also won prizes for best smile and best figure, with third place going to Shauna Kaye Chin, Miss Sonny Ranking Promotion. The show saw several artistes from Montego Bay appearing on stage doing performances. They were Mikey Ranks, Sheriff, Mixing Lab, T.Q., White Night and Lt. Elmo.

Special guest artistes were Taurus Riley and Beenie Man. After the show which was courtesy of Lagga Promotion, D.J. Beenie Man congratulated the 2007 Queen Monique Lawson and met with his loyal fans and took several photographs with them.





By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

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Jamaica secured a record 57 medals at the 12th Special Olympic World Games In China in October, shattering the previous best of 37 garnered in Ireland in 2003.

The Jamaicans participated in eight sporting disciplines. They were: Track and Field, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Bocce, Badminton, Swimming and Roller Skating.

Virtually lighting up Shanghai, the Jamaicans developed a cult like following ....never mind the peas bread, and the vegetarian goose with blended carrot Yangzhou style.

That 13 hour flight across the Atlantic only served to rev up the Black Green and Gold delegation of 55 Athletes and 11 coaches.

The Special Olympic Reggae Boys took China by storm, in living up to Munga Honourables, 'Bad from mi Baan', beating everything in front of them. Led by Sydney Manyan and Rocky Lindsay, they wrapped up a memorable sting with a five nil win over China, in the final.

Jamaican Swimmers secured 11 Medals in their splash led by Kadian "good like gold" Ingleton, who secured 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.





Fashion Shows at Pier One

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Story and Photograph By: Alan Lewin

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Pier One Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay is currently staging a weekly Wednesday Night Fashion and Talent Show. Dubbed 'Star Truck,' the event sees successful and talented D.J.'s and singers emerge.





Happy Birthday Marco Dean

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Beenie Man's son celebrated his first birthday today, November 9 and the worst part of it is that the doc could not even get to give him as much as a kiss!

According to him because of the injunction taken out against him he could not visit. He tried to call D'Angel and as soon as she heard his voice she hung up the phone. You could hear the grief in his voice as he spoke with Music News. Boy Beenie, what else can go wrong in his life.





By: Joseph Cunningham

moneyO.jpgThis news has reached Yardflex just weeks after the deejay had cut all ties with her former booking agency, Khool Booking Agency.

She explained the reasons motivating her move. "I won’t even get into what happened between me and Mr. Alexander, because what's done is done. I wish him all the best and thank him for all he did for me, but this is a new day, same book but a new chapter, and right now I see it as only fitting to take charge of my career in an official way, because to tell the truth, I have never had a manager, I have always handled most of my own affairs, so all I am doing is making it official now."

"None of what I am about to do is new to me, because all of us as entertainers have done it before, and as time goes on, we learn the more professional approach, and can deal with things more in depth because of the passion what drive we, because at the end of the day, this is our careers, not our managers or publicists."





Queen Ifrika - "Below The Waist"

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Toots Hibbert's sunshine has come...Vintage singer to

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By: Joseph Cunningham

toots_fats.jpgLegendary Jamaican singer, Toots Hibbert is now reaping the fruits of his hard work and dedication to the business. It was a big boost for his career when he made an appearance on the NBC Today Show in New York city. The occasion was a live performance with Fats Domino of the song, "Let The Four Winds Blow", which is to promote the 2 disk tribute CD to Fats Domino called "Going Home".

Toots is not the only one featured on the CD. Other top calibre artiste performing Fats Domino's songs are Paul McCartney, Elton John, Willie Nelson, John Lennon, Tom Petty, BB King, Lenny Kravitz, Norah
Jones, Ben Harper
and more.

Sales from the CD will benefit victims of hurricane Katrina.





"Give It Up" - Continues to hold down the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


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01 1 14 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 13 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-1
03 2 18 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions(1wk@#1) D-1
04 5 13 What I'm Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-1
05 6 10 Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21 (pp#5) U-1
06 7 9 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2 U-1
07 8 8 Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon U-1
08 4 16 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca (4wks@#1) D-4
09 10 7 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love U-1
10 11 6 Me and My Dogs-Mavado- Baby G U-1
11 9 14 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace-180 Entertainment (pp#5)D-2
12 12 13 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon(pp#6) NM
13 13 4 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 NM
14 15 7 Crab Inna Barrel -Shane-O-Iceman U-1
15 14 6 No Man-TOK-Don Corleon (pp#12) D-1
16 16 19 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab(pp#5) NM
17 18 4 Pick It Up & Drop It - Sean Paul-Birchill Records U-1
18 17 28 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
19 - New Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship
20 19 25 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-1





Passa Passa

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beenieman@.jpgBeenie beg fans to stick with him.
Bwoy Beenie wi know sooner or later yuh woudda bruck dung emotionally...but memba sey yuh fan base still strong - straight!

At Early Mondays a Standpipe di floodwater buss as Beenie Man teck di mic and start to tell the crowd sey a di wuss year fi him.

Him sey him lose three brothers, him owe government and pon top a it him haffi dash weh him woman. Massa, di DJ put dung a piece a bawling fi bout five minutes. Him beg him fans dem fi stick wid him but from how dem react to di doc in tears...dem nah guh no weh lef him! Beenie yuh safe.





Jay Z cheating on Beyonce

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jayzandbeyonce.jpgHmm, Beyonce's away touring in Asia and her fiancé Jay Z is wasting no time in seeking female attention!

According to website mediatakeout.com they have exclusive information which points to the fact that the hip hop superstar has struck up an intimate friendship with a biracial exotic dancer.

The young woman, who dances part time at an upscale New York gentleman's club, has been spotted all over town with Jay Z in recent weeks. And word is that she's officially on Jay Z's payroll.

We spoke with one of Jay Z's colleagues at Def Jam who told us all about the label head's new gal pal. The insider told MediaTakeout.com, "It's shameless. [Jay Z] takes her to [promotional] events like she's one of the team. No one here even knows what she does... well we know what she does, but we don't know what she does for [Def Jam]." The insider added, "If you're going to sleep with that stripper then fine - but why do you have to bring her into your business. That's just plain dumb."

Well I guess the real hottaclaps will take place when Beyonce returns and gets wind of all the gossip...but then again we never did see what she saw in him.





J-Lo finally comes clean

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anthony_lopez3.jpgJ-Lo really takes people for idiots. Like duh...her tommy getting bigger everyday and she thinks that people can't figure out what's going on.

At a concert in Miami last night she made the announcement "Marc and I are expecting."

"Wow tell us something we didn't know!" According to news on the internet after her announcement, Anthony kissed Lopez's belly and said: "I didn't know she was going to talk."

Lopez, 39, did not say when she was due to give birth.

Her expanding tummy has been at the centre of much attention in recent times, but until now she had kept mum on her impending arrival.

It was, of course, the worst kept secret in Hollywood, but now the singer's quickly expanding bump is fuelling new rumours she is expecting twins.

Lopez is wrapping up the final days of her hectic US tour.





Gi mi back mi ….!

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgHey girls this one is for you and the only way a can tell this one is in straight patois...it caan phrase no odda way, trust me. For all you foreigners whey nuh understand di language meck smady translate...cause it hot.

Yeah man one woman contact Yardflex and beg mi fi chat bout dis ya one and fi tell you di truth a nuh really my style but fair is fair...mi open to any topic unno want and just because mi tink it too strang fi mi stomach, dat nuh mean sey mi nah go talk bout it.

Da one ya called teck back yuh f—k. Trust mi peeps, di woman email sound strong and mi coulda pick up di vexation from how she write. Mi nuh know whey di bredrin do har, but she waan back deh piece weh she
gi him bad!

Yuh eva si a man, tink him is all dat and let off the sweet sweet punash pon him. Mi a talk kack up, lizard lap, foot pon shoulder, spoon and saucer and helicopter...yes, di same ting weh Lady Saw a talk bout any style yuh want, you know you can get it!

Bottom line yuh really guh all out fi please di damn man and a few months later yuh si him and wonda wha did teck yuh. Smady must did gi yuh a rhatid lick inna yuh head fi yuh all go sleep wid smady like dat.





Veronica Campbell marries Omar Brown

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

veronica_brown.jpgWorld Olympic gold medalist, Veronica Campbell exchanged vows with Olympian and commonwealth gold medalist Omar Brown at St Augustine's Anglican Church in Coral Gardens, Montego Bay on Saturday November 3.

Also attending the function was Olympic and World Championship Legend, Merlene Ottey as well as IAAF World triple gold medalist Tyson Gay and Olympian Aileen Bailey [Capleton - the Fire Man's sister]





Queen Ifrika lashes out at her detractors

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Ifrika.jpgQueen Ifrika has lashed out after learning that there are plans by "media powers" to ban her current hit, "Daddy Don't" from prime time air-play.

The singer said during a live interview that she was told that a ban of her song is being contemplated. However, she argued that she needs a logical explanation as to why such a positive and educational song should be banned.

In relating news there are talks in the pipeline for Queen Ifrika to be a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show. The talk show host has a history of child advocacy, which is motivated by her consistently documented past as a victim of child molestation

She leaves the island tomorrow for a performance in Virginia featuring Morgan Heritage and others.





Passa Passa

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Some promoter nuh easy at all

But a whey some promoter teck tings fah sah? Afta him kip big show a Atlanta and it sell off – place cork till people couldn't even find place fi walk and den him tun round nuh waan pay di top artistes dem.

One a dem haffi chant some righteous fire fi collect and di odda one vex and leave but him beg smady fi collect fi him own.

But di hotterclaps nuh done deh suh, him rep go a di promoter restaurant and mi dear no cloth nuh lef fi di wife string dem up wid.

In di end dem haffi page di promoter fi meck him come to him senses cause him seem fi teck big big artiste fi fool.

Bwoy it sad dough, it shouldn't haffi come to dat...artiste wuck and wuck good...pay dem di money!





Jamaican frenzy in Africa

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Big up the black, the green and the gold! Nerissa Irving was in total control at the Miss Tourism of the Millennium Pageant, held in Ethiopia last Saturday.

Sponsored by K.O.K International, she was the first Jamaican to have won the Miss Millennium Queen of the Caribbean. The sash is awarded to the most elegant contestant, one who is most knowledgeable of her country, and who interviews the best for media. The pageant was one of many events held during the Coronation celebrations of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I.

The 21 year old Jamaican born migrated to the United States of America as an infant, and has been living there since. She is currently based in Miami.

"It was a pleasure to have represented Jamaica," she told Yardflex from her Ethiopian hotel room early Tuesday morning. Further, Irving said she was extremely popular in Ethiopia. "I recall being in the hotel room and started hearing a lot of noise outside. I was surprised when members of the security personnel told me that people from nearby communities were crowded outside, asking for an opportunity to meet Miss Jamaica!"





"I'm back, wicked than ever" – Spice

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By Joan Wilson

Spice2.jpgSpice is back! She is making no bones about it either. Pregnancy might have slowed her down, but definitely didn't hamper her progress on the dancehall scene.

Now that she has her precious bundle of joy, Spice is even more determined to eat a bigger slice of the pie out of dancehall and according to her, "I'm back, wicked than ever, all dem gal weh tink dem a run di place...watch out..." was the ominous warning from the lyrically sharp DJ.

Those are no idle threats considering she has pitted her deejaying skills against the very energetic DJ Elephant Man at Sting 2002 and that contest was just too close to call. She has the respect of other top male DJs who has seen her in lethal action.

And to think that the sexy, almost shy DJ once contemplated a career as a Chartered Accountant!

"Yup I was doing business in school and I passed eight subjects...was gearing up for sixth form at St. Catherine High and decided I couldn't deal with all those numbers for the rest of my life," Spice confessed.

After that Grace Hamilton aka Spice enrolled at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts to do voicing and drama...during that time she also joined the group Ashe.

Outstanding performances are not strange to Spice as while a student at St. Catherine High she entered the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (J.C.D.C) festival competition year after year in the singing category, all the time earning for her school 5 gold medals in total.

Spice finally got the break she was seeking in 1999 to sing when she went on Nuffy's programme called "Many Moods of Nuffy" which featured her Portmore community.

After that her friends started encouraging her to pursue a career in singing, but Spice soon found out that she much rathered the effect she had on her fans when she deejayed!

It was that side of her that impressed Supreme Promotion's Heavy D who took her under his wings and gave her, her first big performance on Sting 2000. Spice earned for herself four encores...she had arrived!





Busy… busy with charity

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By: Joseph Cunningham

busy_signal.jpgBusy Signal made good on his pledge to assist accident victims, Onieka Taylor and Ransford Roper recently. The two, students of St. Jago High School suffered from a case of extreme bowlegs as a result of the unfortunate occurrence.

Before his presentation Busy Signal performed in front of an auditorium packed with students. He then presented cheques to each of the two students to assist with medical expenses. The crowd of students erupted in cheers and chants, screaming Signal's name as he made the presentations.

Oneika was unable to attend the concert as she is still in hospital but her mother collected on her behalf. She requires reconstructive surgery on one leg and the other requires two surgical pins. Ransford walked on stage proudly as he collected his cheque which will assist in purchasing correctional braces for both legs.





New date for Diamond Rush return showcase to be

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MUNCHI.jpgThe much anticipated relaunch of the Diamond Rush Label which was slated to be held at the Asylum Nightclub on Thursday, November 1 did not materialize, but Angella 'Munchie Lue' Phillips has assured Yardflex that it will definitely happen.

"We wanted everything to be right and with the rain and other factors...we decided it would be best to postpone it until a later date," 'Munchie Lue' explained.

"I also want to apologize to Asylum and Hitz FM, our two main sponsors, for the relaunch...but it will be worth the wait," she stressed.

Currently the label has a talented roster of new artistes to unleash and all this is being coordinated by Munchie Lue who will be looking to launch out in the recording arena too.

Having been around her brother Garfield 'Sampalue' Phillips in the early days of Diamond Rush, plus with her father Philprat still producing out of England, she developed a passion for singing.

Still, with an over-protective brother like Sampalue and helping to manage the day-to-day activities of the label, Munchie Lue had to put that desire on hold.





Phone Sex can be great fun

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgYeah yeah, this one is not for the prim and proper out there. It's for people who just love excitement and like doing something different. How you think I keep my man happy...cause whether him beside me or out of the country...him get him pleasure same way!

So this one is for all the lovers who have to separate from time to time and straight up you have no desire to cheat, here's a good alternative.

Well, who says sex between both of you can only happen when you are physically in the same place. Why not eliminate the distance by taking the excitement to your lover?

The next time he calls you on the phone, just blow his mind. Let him know you are missing him like crazy and that you are burning up and need some satisfaction.

Remember, this is not for those who are shy; you have to open up and come on as tantalizingly and seductively as you can, or else this will never work.

Make sure you are alone in your room with no distractions, then set the play in motion. If you don't have a vivid imagination, this might not be as successful.





Big celebrity matey war!

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gabrielle_dwayne_siohvaughn.jpgBasketball star Dwayne Wade's wife is hanging onto him for dear life...so much so that she literally took the fight to her matey actress Gabrielle Union.

According mediatakeout.com Siohvaughn Wade recently traveled to Miami to physically confront Dwayne's latest fling - Gabrielle.

The website tracked down one of the more colorful members of the Wade family who told them all the details of Siohvaughn's recent Miami excursion. The tipster explained, "Dwayne and Siohvaughn have been trying to work out their marriage, but it's hard to do that when there are so many thirsty women all up under him."

And according to the insider, Dwayne's intimate relationship with actress Gabrielle Union was one of the main impediments to the couple's reconciliation. Siohvaughn's kin explained, "You have to understand, those two were friends. For [Gabrielle] to now be dating [Siohvaughn's] husband is just plain wrong...So [Siohvaughn] packed her bags and went down [to Miami] with two of her girlfriends from the Chi and they were ready to get crazy."





Queen Paula ready to ‘Dismiss’ her detractors

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Queen_Paula.jpg"Mi hot again!" says female DJ Queen Paula whose career is on an upward swing and is ready to lyrically done the place and it just can't get any hotter on the music circuit for the rejuvenated artiste.

She is one of the featured acts on Ward 21's latest rhythm "Dem Gal Sitt'n", which sees her coming with a very provocative single titled 'Dismiss'. Queen Paula rides the rhythm like a jockey in a saddle.

Other acts featured on the rhythm are the 'first lady of the dancehall' Lady Saw, the thought provoking Ce'Cile, the most consistent female veteran of dancehall Lady G and Macka Diamond, among a few upcoming acts that include the promising Tifa.

Since returning to the dancehall from a relaxation period, Queen Paula has been moving full speed ahead in terms of her recording and live
performances.





Is Rihanna Straight or Bisexual

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Speculations have been made for months regarding the
true status of Rihann's sexuality. Is she straight or
bi? Well mediatakeout posted a photo that looks very
suspicious...check it out.





Why was "An So" seeking out Barbee's ex

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edit_d'angle_rootsvibes.jpgWhooii, a wha really a gwaan inna di place. Yardflex hear from dem New York contact dat An So turned up at Barbee's former boyfriend business place a seek him out. Mi hear sey when di man get wind of the fact him
just run go upstairs and tell one a him worker sey fi tell har sey him nuh de bout.

Suh di big question everybady a ask now, is whey "An
So" did really waan...it deep, it really deep.





Wise patrons will see stars in the east

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MorganHeritageGroup250px.jpgEast Fest is back! After taking a break last year, the charity event staged by Morgan Heritage will be held this year, on December 29.

Yardflex spoke with lead singer for the band Gramps and he assured us that, "Plans are well on the way, and patrons can expect pure niceness."

He said that they decided to take a break last year because of their extensive tour schedule added to the fact they had to deal with a death in the family.

The event is usually staged in St. Thomas, however, no confirmation of a venue has been given as yet.

The last staging of the event ended prematurely, when patrons hurled bottles and stones unto the stage, after it was announced that headline act, Bounty Killer would not be performing.

This year, Capleton, Busy Signal, Munga Honourable, Freddie McGregor and Chuck Fendah are just a few of the entertainers slated to perform at EAST FEST 2k7.





JAMAICA WINS KFC ONE DAY TITLE

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

jerome_taylor.jpgJamaica led by captain Chris Gayle who also represents the West Indies, won the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Limited 50 overs against Trinidad and Tobago, played in Barbados at the 3W’s oval.

With first strike, Jamaica made a score of 230 from their allotted 50 overs with the top scorer Brenton Parchment with 52. When Trinidad and Tobago replied, they could only muster 202 all out from 49.3 overs - their top scorer being Lendl Simmonds with 64.

The top pick of the Jamaican bowlers were Jerome Taylor 3--37 and Chris Gayle 3--32. "Man of the Match" was awarded to West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor. Jamaica now will focus their attention to the four day series against the other Caribbean teams in the region in early 2008.





Steelie Bashment still New York's Champs

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steelie_bashment2.jpgSteelie Bashment has been New York's champion sound for 17 years and they've worn that city's "Sound of the Year" crown for more than 7 years. As a major forerunner in the rich culture of reggae music in New York, Steelie Bashment has developed over the years, becoming a brand identified by its Caribbean flavored music, media and entertainment.

No longer just a sound system, Steelie Bashment also created 'Waah Gwan Internet Radio' and the annual Steelie Bashment birthday/anniversary celebrations have also become a much anticipated event. Since its inception in 1990, Steelie Bashment's mission has been to not only spin the cutting sounds in the dancehall, but to also be a leading force in Caribbean entertainment internationally.





Vybz Kartel's baby mother has had enough

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vybz_kartel.jpgThreats and abuses have caused Sherika Todd, the mother of deejay Vybz Kartel's child to be contemplating an end to their four-year relationship.

Todd has made a report to the Runaway Bay police, the station closest to her home. "I made the report Monday of this week and I called them [the police] this morning again because he [Kartel] sent me another text saying he's on his way, obviously to my house and he has no reason to come here, he knows that much," Todd told reporters.

According to Todd, "everything has been on and off, we argue every now and then and I told him that I don't want us to be together anymore and that's when he started to threaten me that he was not going to take care of the child and like him going kill mi, cause him a sey me know wa him capable of, cause mi deh roun him long enough."





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Barbie and Beenie have just wrapped up their video shoot in New York and no one could be happier about it than the sultry singer. In an interview with Yardflex she bubbled with enthusiasm.

"I'm excited about the out come of the video because it shows a different side of me compared to the first video entitled'Missing You' feat. Junior Kelly. My family, friends and the dollets were involved and it's a colorful, sexy, yet playful video. I find this song to be one of my favorites cause it promotes females to be confident and the beat shows both sides of my culture Jamaican and Nigerian," she stressed.

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According to Barbee the video will definitely be something to see and she can't wait until it is premiered in about two weeks time. Then she
acknowledged the rest of the world will get to see and love it too.





richard_branson.jpgVirgin Atlantic's billionaire boss, Sir Richard Bronson was in Jamaica this week to tighten up loose ends as he prepares for next week's inaugural flight between London and Jamaica. In keeping with a new code-share agreement between Air Jamaica and Virgin Atlantic, the UK based airline is taking over from Air Jamaica on its UK - Jamaica flights.

On Tuesday, October 30, Sir Bronson visited Tuff Gong Studios where he recorded a version of 'One Love' that will be used as a tool to attract millions to Jamaica's shores. The collaborative effort with Stephen Marley and the I Threes was just one of several planned events to set off this new and exciting venture.

Strawberry Hill also became a hub of excitement as a press conference hosted there welcomed 19 journalists from Europe, who accompanied the Virgin Atlantic team, as well as hosts of Jamaican based media. Fab 5, Chris Blackwell, Marcia Griffiths and Copeland Forbes were among those present.





selassie.jpgNational Geographic reported that in 1930, as the dawn cleared in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 2, it met everyone getting ready for the special historical event to take place that morning - The Coronation of The Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

Together with his Empress, His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I spent the night before in prayer and devotion at the most high alter. During the morning chanting of praises resonated and dancing priests with pulsating drum rhythms joined in. Ancient Jewish rites which were in use at the time of King David, were re-lived right there before the ark of the covenant, the report stated. The Coptic Church in all its impressive might and splendor evoked biblical rituals that seemed to roll the centuries back.

As the time came for this coronation, which is the most important event in the Rastafarian Calendar today, His Imperial Majesty entered the ceremonial hall attired in white silk. He was escorted by aides and clergy and was preceded by waving incense burners.





Vegas gets real with Yardflex

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By Joan Wilson

mr.vegas.jpgVegas has been in the business for twenty years now and there seem to be no stopping this talented, versatile performer.

Ever since he impacted big time on the scene with 'Heads High' that's just what he has been doing holding his head high above the rest of the pack.

Yardflex caught up with the busy singjay who is now in New York promoting his latest album 'Hot It Up' and in particular the single 'Teck Weh Yuhself'.

"Well I am doing a lot of radio and newsprint interviews, the vibe is just right and everything is going great," Vegas shared.

But even with all that positive energy surrounding him, there are still a lot of challenges the singjay has to deal with – his major headache being working on track.

"Promoter want you to do a full 40 minute show on tracks and it's a different thing from bands. It's even harder for you when big named artistes are doing it, so some of the promoters will ask "who are you to insist on a band?"

Vegas went on to talk about his kind of songs being enhanced with a good band and on the other hand being hampered when he works on tracks.

"I have to turn down some shows cause I don't want to short change the fans. That's the biggest obstacle in the biz, plan on doing less shows, less work and less money fi government tax," he joked.





Signs your woman is cheating

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By Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgHomegirls don't cuss me out but fair is fair. The guys seem to think I am unfair and they wanna know the signs to look for when their woman is cheating.

Honestly this one here is real tricky cause women are just good like that. They could be giving you the whole bakery and it would be hard to notice anything amiss!

Still as good as they are, sometimes, just sometimes they slip up...but guys, you had better make sure it's not a case of you being too darned paranoid before you go accusing the poor woman of giving away the goods.

Here are eight (8) signs to look out for that will arouse
suspicions:

1. You know how you guys just love to refer to us as 'madda miserable'? Think back when last did she nag you about something you failed to do? Honestly, chances are some guy is being sweet to her which has taken the focus totally off you...watch it!!

2. Don't give a damn – Yup something is definitely amiss when she starts going all out in her appearance and if you criticize saying you don't like a certain outfit and she shrugs it off! Hello...it doesn't matter again what you think about how she looks...hmm, someone is happy elsewhere with that new look.





By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


beeni_rastingle.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 13 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 17 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions(1wk@#1) NM
03 3 12 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon NM
04 4 15 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca (4wks@#1) NM
05 6 12 What I'm Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-1
06 5 9 Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21 (pp#5) D-1
07 9 8 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2 U-2
08 8 7 Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon NM
09 7 13 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace-180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-2
10 11 6 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love U-1
11 14 5 Me and My Dogs-Mavado- Baby G U-3
12 10 12 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon(pp#6) D-2
13 17 3 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 U-4
14 12 5 No Man-TOK-Don Corleon (pp#12) D-2
15 16 6 Crab Inna Barrel -Shane-O-Iceman U-1
16 13 18 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab(pp#5)D-3
17 15 27 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-2
18 19 3 Pick It Up & Drop It - Sean Paul-Birchill Records U-1
19 18 24 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-1
20 - New Squeeze Har- Mavado-H20





madonna.jpg"She wanted to have Tupac Shakur's baby"
Madonna begged Tupac Shakur to have a child with her, it has been claimed. The Hung Up singer is said to have briefly dated the rapper a year before his death in 1996, and was desperate to start a family with him.

Lucy O'Brien claims in her new book "Madonna: Like an Icon," "In her mid-30s Madonna desperately wanted children and had various relationships with unlikely men, in the hope she would conceive."

But Madonna, now 49, was allegedly dumped by Tupac for not fitting in with his bad boy rapper image. The Music singer's friend, Alison Clarkson, claimed, "She was going out with him but homegirls were saying to him, 'I can't believe you're going out with a white girl,' so she got dumped!"





Michael Jackson shoots cover for EBONY Magazine

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By: J. Koni

Michael_Jackson2.jpgMichael Jackson shot a cover for Ebony magazine in Brooklyn, New York, as the magazine will honour his record-breaking album, "Thriller’s" 25th anniversary in its November edition.

Persons present at the shoot reportedly said the mega-star was very "sweet" and asked various questions about the lives of crew members on set.

"He did go on and on about kids though, saying how much he loved them," according to a reporter.

After the shoot, Jackson posed for photographs with the crew while on location at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.





Bounty Killa's creates ultimate storm in Barbados

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By: Joseph Cunningham

rihanna_bounty.jpgBounty Killa performed recently at a show in Barbados, and it's a performance which has been creating a lot of excitement!

Yardflex caught wind of the news in the streets, and has since viewed clips of the Killa's explosive set. However, not only the performance has been creating a stir, as it has been rumoured since the event that the 'Warlord' and Barbadian sensation Rihanna are an item.

Reports in the media have been that Rihanna who was a patron at the show, was well-pleased by Bounty's performance, and invited him to a club later in the night. The two are said to have entered the club "hand-in-hand!"

However, when contacted Bounty's Manager Julian Jones-Griffith has described the relationship between both superstars as a mere friendship.





Lyrics : "Ghetto Gladiator(Traitor)" - Bounty Killa

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When Sting draws near the usual suspects appear in war mood. Bounty Killa has been in a tussle with Beenie Man, D'Angel and Vybz Kartel since last year. Is the Warlord finally getting the edge? Hold a meds on these tunes. He is cross, angry miserableeeeee!!!

edit_bounty.jpgmaggi the bleacher
yu nuh have nuh career
yu nuh have nuh character
yu nuh have nuh image
no impact

yu look like a bleach out face gal inna a tin frock
kaboom, bang bang,
little you
bullet blood and tears
that we cry fi years
yow none a them cannot take alliance shares
by the bible the bullet or the gun
them can't take nothing from miss ivy son
the world is my own
bullet

I been through ..........
still I'm sitting at the top
them wanna see mi fall
alliance will never drop
I don't know why but a my career them want stop
when i was a likkle yute a seaview mi get shot
so a keep ma spikes out
like a soarsop
condition my mind i'm like a fuc***g death trap

to make sure I'm effective i don't move without my strap
so tell a little rat weh a yap a bag a crap
if yu dis yu skull a drop
yu head inna yu lap fi yu life yu a cap
no traitor no judas boy nuh gi mi chat
them a spy them fi die from ninety few mi say that
kaboom

I will always be the ghetto gladiator
and you will be remembered as the fuc***ing traitor
who try to run me over like a navigator
my bullets left you looking like a fu****ing grater





Bounty Killa - 'Raffle'

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Is this song a shot at D' Angel?........Who Knows!!!!!





Da Brat charged with aggravated assault

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da_brat.jpgFollowing a dispute with a waitress at a nightclub northeast of Atlanta, 33-year-old Da Brat was arrested early Thursday (November 1).

Shawntae Harrie aka Da Brat was charged with aggravated assault according to DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish.

Officers answered a call to Studio 72 at 1:20 a.m. about a "brief pushing sort of thing," Parish said.

Police couldn't say whether the nightclub is the one that Jermaine Dupri opened earlier this year, but the street address is the same. Club owners couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The police report indicates Harris and a 24-year-old waitress at the club got into a squabble after the waitress bumped into her. At some point, the waitress walked away and moments later was hit in the face with the bottle of rum.

According to the police spokeswoman the waitress, who sustained a deep laceration to the cheek and some swelling on the forehead, was driven to a hospital by a friend.

Harris' address is listed as Chicago. It wasn't known why she was in the Atlanta area.

Harris was the first female rapper to have a platinum-selling album. She has appeared on VH1 reality shows "Celebrity Fit Club" and "The Surreal Life."





News Brief

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da_brat.jpgFollowing a dispute with a waitress at a nightclub northeast of Atlanta, 33-year-old Da Brat was arrested early Thursday (November 1).

Shawntae Harrie aka Da Brat was charged with aggravated assault according to DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish.

Officers answered a call to Studio 72 at 1:20 a.m. about a "brief pushing sort of thing," Parish said.

Police couldn't say whether the nightclub is the one that Jermaine Dupri opened earlier this year, but the street address is the same. Club owners couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The police report indicates Harris and a 24-year-old waitress at the club got into a squabble after the waitress bumped into her. At some point, the waitress walked away and moments later was hit in the face with the bottle of rum.

According to the police spokeswoman the waitress, who sustained a deep laceration to the cheek and some swelling on the forehead, was driven to a hospital by a friend.

Harris' address is listed as Chicago. It wasn't known why she was in the Atlanta area.

Harris was the first female rapper to have a platinum-selling album. She has appeared on VH1 reality shows "Celebrity Fit Club" and "The Surreal Life."

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Beenie Man apologies to JLP government

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Beeniman.jpgInternational dancehall recording superstar, Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis has offered his humble apology to the Jamaica Labour Party for recent comments made, after his alleged tax evasion case on Monday, October
29.

The apology came after Beenie Man was asked by someone in court, not knowing the person was a reporter, if he thought he was being targeted because of his political affiliation. The dancehall artiste – without giving it proper thought - immediately responded, saying that he believed he was in fact being targeted, and that it is being strongly said around the music circles.

Jamaica Labour Party
General Secretary Karl Samuda sent out a press release dismissing the allegation as "misguided, mischievous and absurd."

In a statement issued through Davis' publicist Ray Alexander of Khool International, on Wednesday, October 31, Beenie Man apologetically said, "After deep reflection and investigation it has come to my
attention that the information and the sources around me were not credible and that my statements were grossly inaccurate.





 

Akon Will get charged for tossing minor

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What's wrong with Akon. You would think he would learn from his mistakes!

Akon has been charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment in connection with a controversial concert this summer in Fishkill, New York, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. He is reportedly due to be arraigned in a local court on Monday.

During the show, which took place on June 3 and was caught on fans' cell phone cameras, Akon allegedly threw a 15-year-old fan into the crowd. According to the Journal, a small object sailed by Akon's shoulder as he was about to start performing a song onstage, which prompted him to say, "Oh, wait a minute. What was that?" He then urged the crowd to "point him out, point him out. Who is he?"

Audience members identified the alleged culprit, after which a security guard asked Akon if he wanted the boy brought onstage. Akon responded, "So go get him. Bring him out to me."

As the fan was brought to the stage, Akon removed his shirt and chain and then grabbed the boy, tossed him over his shoulder and threw him into the crowd, saying, "Now we can start the show, y'all ready." A moment later, Akon looked down at the crowd and said, "He's OK, he's all right," then shortly later chastised the audience for a perceived lack of support. "See, now you got me feeling by myself," he said in the cell phone video footage. "I thought I had fans and support." According to TMZ.com, after the child was thrown, he fell on another teen who later said she had been diagnosed with a concussion.





High Tech "Invisible" African American

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By: Elizabeth Smith

dr.mark_dean.jpgWhy wait on focus months or days to delve into our history and celebrate the achievements of those from the African Diaspora? Yardflex caught onto the fact that Dr. Mark Dean, who most of you have never heard of, was not recognised for his achievements at a recent IBM 20th anniversary celebration; when in fact this African American helped to initiate a digital revolution.

Having more than 30 patents pending, Dr Dean is not only a Vice President with IBM, he also is the architect of the modern-day personal computer. As the holder of three of the original nine patents on the computer that all PCs are based on, Dr Dean is featured in the National Hall of Inventors. In fact his ingenuity helped to start an era that created people like Bill Gates and Dell Computer's Michael Dell; millions of jobs in information technology can be traced back to him.

So what is the reason that his praises are not sufficiently lauded you ask, when in fact Dr Dean helped to shape the landscape of our society.? It is the consequence of a systemic poison known too well to "African Westerners" who are still denied substantial and meaningful representation in mass media.

Not the first to be treated like a mere footnote, Dr. Dean joins the ranks of other prestigious African American inventors who have been blatantly overlooked. John Stanard, inventor of the refrigerator, George Sampson, creator of the clothes dryer, Alexander Miles brought us the elevator and Lewis Latimer – the electric lamp.

None of these great inventors should be allowed to go quietly unnoticed. They are important and serve as great inspirations for particularly African American youth.





RDX's "Everybody Dance" slips into the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


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01 4 7 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (1wk@#1) U-3
02 3 12 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 U-1
03 1 16 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-2
04 2 17 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
05 7 11 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon U-2
06 5 21 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-1
07 8 10 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
08 6 16 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-2
09 9 9 Me and My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G NM
10 12 7 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-2
11 13 4 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
12 14 3 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-2
13 10 13 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-3
14 11 19 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1) D-3
15 18 2 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-3
16 15 16 Take My Place – Munga – Don Corleon(pp#6) D-1
17 16 17 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-1
18 17 10 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14) D-1
19 - New When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love
20 19 31 Tease Her – Anthony B – Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1





Mystic Vibes TV up for Chicago Music Award

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By: Jaide

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Mystic Vibes TV – Channel, the Chicago based cable television show that has for 12 years provided the best in world music entertainment was nominated in the category of Best Video Show for the upcoming Chicago Music Awards. "Today is a proud day for Mystic vibes, we work very hard to bring the best in roots and culture to our audiences and to be recognized this way is very special," Executive Producer, Zezel McKenzie, said.

The nominations were announced this week at a press conference by Ephraim Martin of Martin's International Culture Inc., the CMA producers, who have set the gala award ceremony for Sunday, January 27 at the Park West Theatre.





HIV-positive and still sexy

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aids_logo.jpg"You can have your sexuality...you don't have to lose it because you have HIV"

People tend to think that contracting HIV can spell the end of their sex lives, but HIV-positive Africans of all ages are now being urged to reclaim their sexuality and live healthy, normal lives.

"I got this [HIV] through sex, so [I thought] my sexuality was gone and I felt I needed to stop dressing attractively and wait to die," Florence Anam, 28, an information officer at the Kenya Network of Women with AIDS, told IRIN/PlusNews.

Anam said when she first revealed she was HIV-positive, many men avoided her, believing she was out to infect them; she herself had no interest in sex for several months after she was diagnosed. However, she has since discovered she can continue having and enjoying sex, despite being HIV-positive.

"My take on this is that you can have your sexuality ... you don't have to lose it because you have HIV, you just have to be responsible," she said, adding that sex "has to be good or I'm not having it".

At a recent workshop by the Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre (ARSRC), at its Sexuality Institute in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, participants heard that there was a need to rethink sexuality in the context of disease, particularly chronic infections such as HIV.

"HIV as a condition is highly moralised; people face stigma because they are perceived by society to have been sexually immoral," said Richmond Tiemoko, director of ARSRC.

"Women are particularly affected by this type of stigma because they are expected to be the keepers of society's morality, so contracting HIV is seen as a great failure on their part." He said it was important that people living with HIV recognised and claimed their right to sexuality and sexual intercourse.





Rodney King shot!

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rodney_king.jpgRodney King, famous for a videotaped beating from Los Angeles police back in 1991, was shot and wounded on a San Bernardino street corner late Wednesday.

According to tmz.com King called Rialto police just before midnight to report the shooting. According to Sgt. Don Lewis, King was struck in the face and arm with what appeared to be pellets or birdshot. When
police arrived at King's home, they reported that King and others inside appeared drunk. The man got shot in the face -- he deserves a drink!

King was taken to a local hospital, and his wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.





Junior Reid in legal tussle

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junior_reid.jpgSongs of Salvation CEO, Glenford Bryan and international singer Junior Reid is now embroiled in a legal tussle. According to Bryan who is represented by legal firm Sandra C Johnson and Company he had to take the matter further as efforts to get Junior Reid to pay him what is owed to him has been abusive and futile.

Even after Reid received a letter and follow up communications from his lawyer he has been stiff-necked and according to Bryan instructed his (Bryan's) lawyer not to call him again.

The whole drama started in February 2006 when Reid entered into a contract with Bryan for the sale of various musical equipment which amounted to over JA$700,000. After agreeing to pay in installments this broke down after a couple payments according to the receipts Yardflex has in its possession, six payments were made with the largest being JA$190,000.

In a letter sent out by Bryan's lawyer on October 5, 2007 the sum of JA$322,777.77 was being requested to be paid in 30 days time. The letter implied that if Reid failed to make the court's intervention would be sought.





Hot it Up – full of hits

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By Joan Wilson

mr.vegas.jpgYardflex got its hands on a copy of Vegas' new album "Hot It Up" and all we can say is that it's worth the effort of listening.

Hot It Comes with a lot Vegas chart topper and makes the experience an enjoyable cruise into listening land.

The album kicks off with the emotion puller "Do You Know" yes, that same track that shows Vegas sensitive side as he takes a trek into the emotional roller coaster that's called postpartum depression. This song rode every local chart and created havoc on the international scene.

Track two "Tamborine" is meant to take you out of that mood and bring on a more festive vibes. The soca-laced song is just the thing to do it too.

You should be sweating now and ready to really go into a full workout and track number 3 is just the thing to do it "Hot Wuk" needs no introduction. It is still maintaining a dominant presence on the scene and even made its way to the Billboard Hot R&B chart.

The dancing vibes continues with you track number 4, "Tek Weh Yuhself" another song that is creating mad vibes in the dancehall.

This song is showing no sign of fading in the background any time soon.





Brandy almost off the hook

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brandy.jpgWill lady luck smile on Brandy? Well any day now the R&B diva could find herself off the hook as time is winding down the the L.A. City Attorney's Office to file criminal charges against Brandy, who was involved in a multiple car crash that killed Awatef Aboudihaj, the mother of two boys. The first anniversary of the accident, December 30, is fast approaching, but Brandy has not been charged.

According to TMZ the City Attorney's Office plans to make a decision at the very last moment. If charges aren't filed, chances are the public wouldn't notice over the holidays and the case would quietly go away.

The website had an exclusive chat with Bill Sayed, lawyer for the victim's husband, Marouane Hdidou. Sayed questioned the delay, saying, "There is a death and obviously reckless driving involved, which is
enough evidence for an involuntary manslaughter charge. As to why the City Attorney has taken this long? I think we would all like to know."





Men and shopping

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgWell, in my last article I spoke about what a hopeless case women are when it comes to dealing with car woes...but if you think they are bad check out men and shopping!

No woman in her right mind will want to send her man to the market...it's an experience she won't soon forget. Living in Jamaica you done know how you have to juggle to make ends meet and going to market is a battle of wits and looking for the best deals.

Feeling sick one week, the husband was left with the job. The same money that would see me coming home with a bag full of goodies saw him heading through the door with a handful of things looking rather pleased with himself too!

"A wha dis?" Can you believe it, the man had the heart to brag how
the lady gave him a sweet deal on the yam and few sick looking bananas after she charge him an arm and a leg for it too!!!

Honestly, if he wasn't so willing and meant well all now I would still be cussing!





Oh No, not again R. Kelly!

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r_kelly.jpgThat's it, we are convinced that R. Kelly just have a thing for the young ones. Following a story posted on mediatakeout.com where R Kelly's publicist Regina Daniels abruptly quit working with him after 14 years. Regina's husband, music legend George Daniels also cut all ties with the R&B legend.

Initially, it was thought that R Kelly physically assaulted Regina. But it now appears that he did something much worse!!!

According to the website some faithful readers gave them the real 411 on the situation.

Many assumed that Kelly hit or sexual assaulted Regina. But word on the street is the real reason George and Regina quit, is because R Kelly allegedly slept with their 21-year-old daughter [Maxine].





Is Marco Dean a Davis?

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beenie_angel.jpgBeenie Man has not yet collected the results of a paternity test he did recently to determine whether or not he is the biological father of Marco-Dean.

Reports are that the deejay was to collect results today. In a recent television interview, Beenie Man said there is a possibility that the child is not his, and if it turns out that way, D'Angel would have to repay the entire child support money that he had been paying.

In a press release issued yesterday, D'Angel accused Beenie Man of being fully aware of the DNA results at the time when he made these comments on the television interview.

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YardFlex Calender Competition - Contest #1

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

HELP US CHOOSE THE BEST IMAGES FOR OUR 2008 YARDFLEX CALENDAR

Please vote for either Contestant A or B. Both are vying for a spot on the 2008 Yardflex Calendar.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

A tally of all the votes appearing in the comments will be done and the winner will be posted on December 1, 2007.

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Ashleigh The Real Island Girl

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Name: ASHLEIGH NICOLE

D.O.B: 12/10/1985

Height: 5'5"

Weight: 135

Nationality: Chinese/Jamaican/Indian

Location: Coral Springs, Florida.

Career Goal: Well I'm in school for Advertising and Marketing, So I plan on working with a major magazine company in the near future as a Project Manager for Organizing AD Campaigns.





Lyrics: "Me Love" - Sean Kingston

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[Chorus]
Uh uh uh uh oh ooh
why'd you have to go-oh
away from home
me love.

Uh uh uh uh oh ooh
why'd you have to go-oh
away from home
me love.

[Verse 1]
See the first time me look inna your eyes
me did tell you, you want a guy like me -guy like me
we use to ave gud times on da evening
me and you chilling on da beach -on the beach

We use to kiss and caress an trust me
girl it feels so sweet -feels so sweet
den one day you move
now im feelin kinda blue
cause me hear say you leave -you leave

I feel like im drownin in da ocean
somebody come and take me away

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
Now im sittin in a chair wit no one here
and im feelin all alone -all alone
thinkin to myself like
damn why my baby up and gone -up and gone
its like im missin her and i know she's missin me- missin me
its been two years an a half in july will make it three. -make it three

I feel like im drownin in da ocean
somebody come and take me away





D'Angel Breaks Her Silence!!!!!!!!!!

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This release is to break the silence on matters concerning my relationship with my husband Moses Davis a.k.a. Beenie Man. In recent times I have restrained myself from discussing the breakdown of our marriage in interviews as I was always of the view that it was a family matter and private.

Over the past five months I have been vilified and maliciously maligned by the lies and comments of Beenie Man and after recent comments made by him in connection with the case in Court I feel I need to speak out and make the public aware of the facts so that this matter will come to an end with the truth.

On the Programme Onstage broadcasted on CVM TV on November 24, 2007, in an interview with Winford Williams the host, Beenie Man made comments which were misleading to the public concerning matters pending in Court.





Like parents, like daughter!

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bobbi_kristina_brown.jpgSay it ain't so! Yardflex came across the information on mediatakeout.com that Bobbi Kristina daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown could be headed down the same road as her parents!

According to the website the 14-year-old was caught smoking what looked to be illegal stuff. And that's not all. The person who sent the photo claims that Bobbi Kris is on a downward spiral. Tells the family friend, "I'm worried she'll go through what [her parents] went through...Please get the word out so that someone can help her."

Oh no save her please!





Lyrics: "Hate That I Love You" - Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo

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And I can't stand you
Must everything you do make me wanna smile
Can I not like you for a while - no
But you won't let me
You upset me girl and then you kiss my lips
All of a sudden I forget that I was upset
I can't remember what you did

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Girl I hate it - you know exactly what to do
Still I can't stay mad at you for too long - that's wrong
Girl I hate it - you know exactly how to touch
So I don't fuss and fight no more
Said I despise that I adore you

Chorus
And I hate how much I love you girl
I can't stand how much I need you
And I hate how much I love you girl
But I just cant let you go
Girl I hate that I love you so





HIV Scare following Doctor's Misuse of needles

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aids_logo.jpgNew York state health officials notified 628 former patients of a Nassau County anesthesiologist that they need to seek testing for HIV, Hepatitis and other blood borne diseases, because between 2000 and 2005 the medical practitioner in question reused syringes when injecting patients with more than one drug, New York Times reports.

Investigations into the practice of anesthesiologist Harvey Finkelstein of Plainview, N.Y. began in 2005 after two of his patients contracted hepatitis C. According to the Times, Finkelstein would use a new syringe for each patient. However, Finkelstein told investigators that in 2000 he began using the same syringe to draw medicine from more than one vial when giving a patient more than one type of drug by injection, which caused the potential contamination of multidose vials.

The blood of a patient with one virus could, by backing up through the needle and entering the vials, be transmitted to another person when that vial of medicine was reused.

Investigators in 2005 notified 98 of Finkelstein's patients who had received epidural injections in the three weeks before, during and after his two patients were infected, that they should seek testing for blood borne diseases. Of the 84 who were tested, no other cases of infection were traced to Finkelstein. The state then expanded its investigation to examine records from 2000 to 2005. New York Health Commissioner Richard Daines in a statement released this week said that "the department identified all 628 patients who had received injections between Jan. 1, 2000, and Jan. 15, 2005, after a thorough review of medical records at all sites where this physician practiced" (Vitello/Kershaw, New York Times, 11/16).





In the News

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Asylum chief says 'sorry'

brian_chung2.jpgBrian Chung, owner of the Asylum Night Club is apologizing for the premature end to the club's 10th anniversary celebrations, held at Mas Camp on Saturday.

Proceedings reportedly came to an unscheduled end when a generator in the building went dead.

During an interview today, Mr. Chung explained, "We had two generators at the venue, one for the sound system and the other for the lights. At around 4:00AM Sunday morning the generator for the sound burnt up and we were unable to fix it in time which resulted in the abrupt end to the celebration."

Further, he revealed that Shaggy and Sean Paul who were the surprise acts of the night were unable to perform due to the technical glitch.

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Beenie, Angel, Bounty and Barbee Claymation

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Nikki Z Birthday bash sell off!

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nikkiz_posters.jpgNikki Z birthday bash held over the weekend in Portmore at Sugarman's Beach was a real star-studded affair with many of the radio diva friends coming out to celebrate with her.

Attractively decorated, it was a welcomed sight to those who made their way on the beach to enjoy some first class performances and all other attractions that were on offer at the bash.

The bash saw some good performances from the likes of Junior Reid, Deva Bratt, Future Fambo, Erupt, Tifa, Delishus, Esco, Natural Blacks and many others.

The place was ram packed with party goers and the vibes was great.





Asylum 'Last Lap' suffered blackout

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By: Jaide
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Last Saturday night, Asylum Night Club had their 10 year anniversary bash, "...But we should have gone to Nikki Z's Birthday bash instead," was the general consensus amongst some patrons after the whole thing ended behind a power surge and slight crowd disruption.

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Mas Camp was the spot where Asylum hosted this culmination of events, wrapping up a solid week of celebration. Brian "Ribbi" Chung, owner of Asylum, who once ran its now defunct sister club, Cactus, delivered on his promise to provide the very best, but unforeseen circumstances aborted the fun.

Sound System, AreaCode 876, really rocked the Mas Camp revellers in the early hours and party people were well tuned in to his smooth selections to which they responded with loud approval. When Yardflex arrived at about 1:30AM selector Blade was ripping through the crowd with cutting sounds.

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Interspersed with the handing out of $10,000 cash door prizes to holders of winning tickets, the stage show included amazing comedic talent from Itty, Fancy Cat and Pretty Boy Floyd. The comedians' job was to not only call people up to compete for the B-Mobile phone and gift basket prizes, but also to add an extra hilarious spin to it all by coming up with the (often ridiculous) criteria for the mini competitions.





Mighty Crown takes World Clash 2007

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mighty_crown.jpgMighty Crown is the champion! And only just as they took the 2007 title by a narrow margin from Bass Odyssey.

According to reports the two sounds were going at it 'neck and neck' with both boos and forwards!

Ninja Man started off his segment on a high note getting huge forwards as he in his own inimitable style ridiculed Rodigan who came out dressed in a red and white Elvis Presley outfit.

Rodigan was not out for the count though, cause with his change in another outfit came a change in gear as he stepped up the pace and drew some of Ninja's own clash specials on him!

After a really tight and exciting segment, Rodigan got the edge of Ninja as he drew two wicked selections that completely done the place. Even Ninja Man had to concede defeat but not without a warning, Mi a guh stop deejay and tun selector fi kill yuh Rodigan!" It
was however done in a friendly way and patrons didn't take it as a 'real clash'.





By: J. Koni

Shirley_caesar.jpgGospel singing legend, Shirley Caesar has released her 43rd album in her 40th year in music. The album is entitled, "Still Sweeping Through the City," a compilation of 12 of her favorite songs.

The album will feature the classic song, "Hold My Mule," that was released in 1987 and became a number one hit. It stayed on the Billboard Gospel Album Sales Chart for a 110 weeks.

"Hold My Mule was number one for 52 weeks on Billboard," she confesses. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do that again with the new CD? We're just gonna wait and see what God is going to do."

Shirley revealed that she dusted off some of her rarer classics from the 1970s such as "Faded Rose" and a medley of "Peter Don't Be Afraid," "Nobody But You Lord" and "Teach Me Master." Also from that period is the heart-rending "How Many Will Be Remembered?"





Meet Bronx-based gospel artiste Dunamis

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By: Joan Wilson

Dunamis_gospel-artiste.jpgNow here is a gospel singer who has truly seen and done it all and is now on fire for Jesus. Through his mistakes he is now imparting the words to others so that they can avoid the same pitfalls.

Neil Hall aka Dunamis is on a mission to reach the world with the transforming message of the Power of God.

Born in Bull Bay, St Andrew he left Jamaica at the age of 10 then got "shipped back" to Jamaica on a one way ticket by my single mom who was out of her elements with his street activities of robbing and possessing and selling guns.

After returning to Jamaica he attended Kingston Technical for three years.

Strange as it might sound inspite of his street life on Sundays he would be in church and in the summer at church camp. He actually made an attempt to serve Christ in 1993 when he accepted the Lord as his
Saviour.

That didn't last he backslid the same year and lived the life of the prodigal son with riotous living as he says.

"My crew and I use to throw big sound parties and running women."

Soon Dunamis started taking an inward look at his life and realized it wasn't as fulfilling as he thought. That's when he asked the Lord to give him another chance to go back to the States and he promised to dedicate his life to Him.





Sunshine Girls Retain Bronze Medal

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

edit_sunshine_girls.jpgJamaican netballers "The Sunshine Girls" performed creditably at the just concluded world netball championships when they maintained their third place ranking by defeating England in a tight finish 53-52.

Earlier, in the tournament the girls won their zone to qualify for the semi-final with the big three Austrailia, New Zealand and England.

However, despite playing competitively against New Zealand in the semi-final The Sunshine Girls could not withstand the strong challenge from that country's "Silver Ferns" and succumbed to a 59-49 defeat.





Diabetes Part II...test yourself

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diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgThe Canadian Diabetes Association suggests those at high risk for getting diabetes get tested at least every three years. If you answer yes to any of the questions below you are considered to be at high risk for type 2 diabetes:

● Have you had gestational diabetes?
● Does an immediate family member have type 2 diabetes?
● Are you overweight?
● Are you over 40?
● Do you have high blood pressure?
● Are you of aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian or African decent?





Lyrics: "Conscience" - Baby Cham

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Fi di yute dem! Seen! Yo!!!

Verse 1:
Wah coulda possess a man?! Fi tun a AK-47 pon a young woman?!
And have di heart to fi send har go to neverland mi have a question
When oonu kill off di ooman dem weh oonu fi do, F man!!!?
Eh! Wah coulda possess a yute?! Fi lick dung a baby modda and har likkle yute
Look how she beg him and plea but him still a shoot
And come back pon di corna and a laff and a tink seh it cute
Nah mon dem bredda ya mad
Jamaica when yuh read di news it nuh mek yuh sad
Man a shot up all church den a soh dem bad
Hold on now mon, weh yuh try fi tell mi seh, gunman nuh rate God?!
Government weh oonu ago do?! Yuh see it look inna mi eyes did I tell oonu?!
Some man a talk bout dem a shotta dem a iddi poo
A must a cow push dem out cau mi caan believe dem have a modda too





Passa Passa

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radio_station.jpgYardflex came across one angry cop who is vowing to one day get the chance to serve that summons on the radio host who absolutely refuses to take care of his children.

"Him just a go round and a have up dis bag a pickney and di mother dem haffi a come to wi fi serve summons fi get him fi mind dem," the cop ranted.

But what gets to the security personnel is the fact that this same personality can be heard on the air hitting out at men who don't mind their children.

"Di last time mi hear him a lick out fi up a di station and a wait fi him, but the station manager look like him warn him off and him nuh come a work dat day," the cop related to Yardflex.

Well Mr. show host remember, you can run, but you can't hide forever and so save the cop the trouble and start mind yuh pickney dem...shame pon you man.





Good start on the Reggae road to South Africa

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

reggae_boyz.jpgThe Jamaican Football team "The Reggae Boyz" made a successful return to the National Stadium - "The Office," when they won their two international friendlies against El Salvador and Guatemala under the new Jamaica Football Federation Administration with Captain Horace Burrell at the helm.

In the first game on Sunday November 18 against El Salvador the Theodore Whitmore coached team won 3-nil in an encouraging but not overwhelming performance by the Boyz. This all took place under the watchful eyes of approximately18,000 spectators clad in their gold, green and black our traditional "Yard" colours.

On this occasion the team was captained by Ricardo "Bibby" Gardner who plies his trade in the English Premier League for Bolton Wanderers. The goal scorers were Captain Gardner and Rudolph Austin.

In the second encounter on Wednesday November 21 against Guatemala, the Reggae Boyz kept their composure and eeked out a comprehensive 2-nil victory, under soggy conditions in front of a similar size crowd.





Baby Cham's Conscience still in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 15 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 16 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
03 7 11 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 U-4
04 9 6 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 U-5
05 4 20 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-1
06 5 15 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-1
07 8 10 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon U-1
08 10 9 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-2
09 10 8 Me And My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G U-1
10 6 12 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-4
11 11 18 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1) NM
12 14 6 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-2
13 15 3 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
14 17 2 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-3
15 13 15 Take My Place – Munga – Don Corleon(pp#6) D-2
16 12 16 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-4
17 16 9 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14)D-1
18 - New Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill
19 19 30 Tease Her – Anthony B – Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) NM
20 18 8 No Man – T.O.K – Don Corleon (pp#12)D-2





News Brief

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Maia_Campbell.jpgActress Maia Campbell in mental institution.

Popular actress Maia Campbell, who has starred opposite LL Cool J in the TV series 'In The House' is currently staying in a mental hospital in California.

According to Mediatakeout.com word is that the hospital diagnosed her as bipolar and schizophrenic and is holding her for treatment.

Well Yardflex hopes Maia bounce back like a champion from this little setback.





Live Wyya Sacked

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By: Joseph Cunningham

live_wyya.jpgJust months after being named the official backing band for Jah Cure, Live Wyya has been fired.

Reports are that band members were presented with a letter that suggested their services were no longer required, shortly after returning from a performance in The Bahamas with the singer.

"This is very shocking," says Earl Edwards, the band leader. He added, "In the letter it was suggested that we were fired on the grounds of having a minor in our hotel room. This is untrue."





Celebrate as "Exodus" Turns 30

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By: Janice Dayle

bob_marley_exodus.jpgThirty years ago the album, "Exodus" was released by Island Records and this masterpiece from Bob Marley and The Wailers has been lauded by many and even labeled, "the album of the 20th century," by Time Magazine.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this album's release Island Records has released Exclusive Exodus Music and Memorabilia that includes a Special Edition CD/DVD combo; "Live At The Rainbow Concert," and a new hardback book. College tours of the screening of, "Live At The Rainbow," will also ensue across the US. Exodus was released on Friday June 3, 1977 while Marley was in a self imposed exile.

In December, 1976 Bob Marley, his wife and manager suffered gunshot wounds after an assassination attempt at their Hope Road residence. Injured and bandaged Bob Marley and his wife joined the rest of The Wailers at a scheduled concert in Kingston shortly after the attack, performing - despite the lurking danger.





Hot Ne-Yo dropped from R. Kelly tour

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By: J. Koni

neyo_r' kelly.jpgNe-Yo has been dropped from R.Kelly's Double Up tour, and the official reason is that there is a contractual dispute. However, a representative from Ne-Yo's camp believes R.Kelly is afraid of the competition! "R.Kelly fired the singer because he brought too much heat for him to compete against."

"He's written hit songs for Beyonce ("Irreplaceable") and Rihanna ("Unfaithful"); spending a combined 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100," Ne-Yo's business partner and manager, Tango, said in a statement. "He's written songs slated to be on Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, and Enrique Iglesias' new albums. The fans were really feeling his performances. He's good; maybe he's too good – that's the problem."





Macka implicated after shooting incident

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By: Joseph Cunningham

macka_diamond_2.jpgMacka Diamond and her management are disgruntled at reports that insinuate she may have been involved in a shooting incident at the home of her former publicist, Ray Alexander.

Yardflex learnt that on Tuesday night unidentified persons alighted from a vehicle outside the gate of Mr. Alexander's home and aimed gunshots towards the house. A number of bullet holes bare witness of the attack.

Director of marketing Lisa Larmond, of Macka Diamond's company, DIAMOND DISTRICT J.A., says the deejay was taken aback when she heard of the insinuations. She adds that for Macka Diamond to be involved is impossible as she is busy doing her music videos, shows, tours and book promotion.





Sean Kingston home for Grammy Christmas

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Sean_kingston.jpgSean Kingston is booked to perform in his native land, Jamaica for the first time on Christmas Day, December 25.

Billed, Grammy Christmas, the event is being hosted by Tropical Vibes Promotion at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios.

Show promoter, Garwin Davis revealed that he recently confirmed the singer through a contractual agreement, adding that negotiations had been ongoing for sometime. Sean Kingston into the international limelight with his hit, "Beautiful Girl."





Kanye comes clean about chart battle

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50_and_kanye.jpgSeems as if our local DJs are not the only one enjoying popularity after their so-called feud. According to a story posted on another website, the rapper told all in the December issue of GQ.

Kanye West has revealed his chart battle with rap rival 50 Cent was a publicity stunt he dreamed up to sell records. The pair went head to head in September (07) when both of their albums were released on the same day. West won after a frenzied media battle he now claims he created.

The multi-platinum hit maker comes clean to GQ (December '07 issue) magazine, stating, "It was a complete publicity stunt. It was my idea. I knew it was going to take off as soon as we were going to come out on the same date. Think about it - you got the two biggest sh*t-talkers in rap history. There's no-one in rap history known for talking more shit than me and 50. That's something I will stand on." He adds of 50 Cent's vow to retire if he lost the battle: "Oh man, he sold so many more records by saying that. Man, 50 is really one of my favorite rappers, too. I almost feel bad (about beating him)." Although, West hammered 50 cent with sales in the U.S., it was 50 cent who sold more albums worldwide than his play-play rival.





Blessings

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Happy Earthday to the Queen of Reggae Sister Marcia Griffiths O.D.

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Yardflex wishes you all the best on your special day.

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Yardflex Calendar Competition

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ARE YOU A HOTTIE?

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Attention! Attention! Attention! Hot Girls, Sexy Girls, and Models Needed for Yardflex Calendar Competition.

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Submit your pics by email to debracole.yardflex@gmail.com and your best photos will be entered giving you a chance to be featured as one of the top models of the month.

The winner of the competition will participate in an all expense paid Yardflex Photo Shoot in Jamaica.





"Bembe"...new name for Thursday

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By: Kaylia Williams & Janice Dayle
Photos By: Kaylia Williams

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Bembe Thursday started October 12th last year and it has evolved into a dancehall ritual held at Weekenz every Thursday. The regular steamy dancehall session was initiated by the group Bembe Squad, alongside Weekenz manager. Comprised of a group of top selectors, The Bembe Squad is: Richie Feelings, Tony Matterhorn, Jigsy, Penny Bling, Rolexx, Razz and Biggy.

The name Bembe originated with group member Richie Feelings, who said, "Bembe is an outstanding marble that is big and that's why I chose the name cause out of the twenty four marbles that come in the pack the Bembe marble is the biggest." Biggy a member of the group was the one who came up with Bembe Thursday.

Razz explained that the owner of Weekenz approached the group about a dancehall night the club was planning to start. Richie asked the group what they should call the sessions and Biggy came up with Bembe Thursdays. Richie feelings said, "Mi like it, it different it ago work!"





50 Cent, Ciara to spend Thanksgiving together

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50_ciara.jpgBusted! Rapper 50 Cent and Ciara's quality time plan has been discovered. According to Mediatakeout.com Ciara is traveling across Eastern Europe with 50 Cent as he tours. And word is, she's not traveling as a performer - but as 50's companion.

And there's more. Ciara and 50 are so serious, that she's spending Thanksgiving with him - and not with her family in Atlanta.

Don't believe us, you should see the photo showing Ciara in Brastislava outside 50 Cent's hotel (with 50's tour manager). Why else would she be in Slovakia - it ain't exactly a tourist spot...









Publicist's house shot up

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gunshootholes_in_house.jpgEntertainment publicist Ray Alexander received the shock of his life last night when unknown assailants shot up his house.

When Yardflex spoke with Alexander he was still shaken up as he fired, "it happened around 8:45 last night. I heard the sound of gunfire but I couldn't believe the attack was on me. My first thought was, I have not done anyone anything, so who would want to hurt me?" he explained.

According to Alexander he later learned that the car drove about 200 meters from his home, then two men got out, one stocky and another slim built, they walked up to the gateway pushed the gun through the gate and fired several shots towards the bedroom area.





Wayne Marshall taking it to another level

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Wayne_marshall.jpgWayne Marshall, one of the hard working members of the Alliance is currently effectively burning candles at both ends as he perfects not only his second solo album but also an upcoming Alliance release with Bounty Killer, Mavado, Busy Signal and Bling Dawg.

After dominating airwaves with the blazing sounds of his 2007 hits, "Cocky," "Astronaut," "Who & Dem," "Smoking" and his most recent release, "Potholes," Marshall is on a roll that is keeping him at the top.

Both albums are slated for a 2008 release, however the first single off of his yet to be titled solo effort is already on heavy rotation at radio stations. The song, "Keeping it Gangsta," will undoubtedly thrust this solo effort into higher heights. Expected to initiate the rise of a new more focused Marshall, the album is described as being filled with more potent crossover tracks that will help boost the hit-maker's career.





Tuesday 'catchup'

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beenieman@2.jpgBig night for dancehall

Bwoy goose bump nearly kill mi Sunday’ night when a watch Junior Reid, Chacka Demus & Pliers and Beenie Man a do dem tings with Alicia Keys. Can you imagine, a whole heap a million a people all over the world a pre fi wi culture. Big up and unno notice how Beenie Man did dress up nuh puss foot?

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Mi hear nuff people a chat pon di road sey dem caan wait fi Spice teck di stage a Sting cause dem know sey she have di remedy fi Macka Diamond and all odda woman out deh whey feel like sey dem caan come teck har on inna har own backyard. Mi nah tell nuh lie still Spice a gwaan hard out deh and if mi haffi bet den a she mi a put mi money pon.

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Panthers Bash a Hit

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rolexx_bembe_selector.jpgThe highly anticipated Panthers Birthday Bash was a success. The event which was staged at Main Street in Christiana, Manchester, was characterized by a number of sound systems and artistes on show.

Freddie Kroger, Fire Links, Jazzy T, Black Kat and Grammer Zone, Stone Love, Adonai, Bass Odyssey and World Talk Selector provided a steady flow of music.

Entertainers who performed were Capleton, Twins of Twins, Tony Curtis, Jigsy King, Macka, Fantan Mojah, Disturb, Lady G and Easy Wayne.

Sadly though, Rolexx of the Bembe Squad, who was on his way to the event met in a motor vehicle accident. Raz and Biggy and a few others billed for the event went to the hospital with Rolex instead.

Reports coming from Keita, the mother of his child, explained that the selector got a nasty chop in is head and was unconscious for a while. She added that he is currently recovering and will be out of the hospital soon.





New Look to Jamaica Festival 2k 8

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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In an effort to increase the number of persons entering Jamaica Festival 2008, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), made several changes to the previously existing syllabus.

This will include the expansion of eligibility rules, which will allow more people to enter the various categories of competition, increasing the probability of more items making it to the National Finals.

The new rules of the competition will now allow for highest-scoring gold medalist in each age class and category at the parish level to be eligible for recommendation to the Nationals, and other finals.





Reggae Explosion 2007

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By Olimatta Taal

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Despite a shoot out at inside a local Fort Lauderdale Club a few weeks ago, Reggae Explosion 2007 held at Gold Coast Skating Rink still brought out loyal fans to a show organized by Drop Di Bass Records, Red Square Productions, and Kalonji Records. Early juggling began with music from Bambino Sound Family, Swatch International, D-Nice, Daniel, and Super Sound.

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The show began with a magnificent and energetic performance by the original dancehall king, Yellow Man. He deejayed a number of hit tunes like I'm getting Married, BlueBerry Hill, Zunguzung, and tribute song to orphan children with a similar experience. He performed with Sagittarius Band bringing live music that had the club rocking.





Shaggy shares "Intoxication" with Florida fans

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By: Janice Dayle

shaggy.jpgLike a tattoo, Shaggy has marked the world with his infectious sound and Mr. 'Order of Distinction' continues in that vein with his current promotional tour for "Intoxication," the album that is loaded with soulful and driving rhythms.

On November 16 Shaggy brought his upbeat new disc with its dancehall rocking fusions that blend well with the Shaggy pop style to Florida's Saw Grass Mills Mall. FYE Music hosted this southern USA unveiling of "Intoxication," and Shaggy demonstrated why he is indeed one of Jamaica's most celebrated cultural figures.

Accompanied by Rik Rok, Shaggy hung out with his fans; and he not only signed CDs but was also well-disposed to all requests for photo opportunities. One fan commended Shaggy's warmth that was brought more to light, she said, as she observed his genuine interaction with a disabled young fan.





By: J. Koni

jillcscot_dianaross.jpgTalented American R&B, soul and jazz singer Jill Scott has been booked to perform at the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz And Blues Festival.

Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia, reading her own poetry. She was heard by a drummer in the band, Roots, who invited her to join their band in studio. The result was a co-composition, "You Got Me," that became a Top 40 pop hit in 1999.

Subsequently, she collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith and Common, and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent.

Signed to Steve McKeever's newly formed Hidden Beach label, Jill released her debut album, "Who Is Jill Scott." Words and Sounds Vol. 1, in July 2000. "Experience: Jill Scott 826" appeared the following summer and it came hot on the heels of the "A Long Walk" single.





Sanchez gives hope to the youth of Standpipe

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sanchez.jpgReggae singer Sanchez is definitely on a mission. And it is one that could very well be called Project Standpipe. It's all about the empowerment of the youth through music, and many persons who are close to the singer have expressed the view that this project is now Sanchez' guiding light.

Always in demand to do recordings and stage shows around the world, Sanchez recently took a little time to really chill out in the section of Liguanea, known as Standpipe. While there, he convene an informal musical conference with the youth of the area, and, as expected, the feedback was excellent. They all agreed that music was an important influence and they would welcome the opportunity to get involved with any musical project spearheaded by Sanchez.

For starters, weekly talent shows were staged to unearth the potential rising stars. The talent that emerged from the community was awesome and the youth were so grateful for the opportunity that they came
out in their numbers to audition.

"When I realized that there was so much talent here, I just decided to chill and put the effort into building a studio right here in the community and play my part in uplifting the youth," Sanchez said in an
interview with Yardflex.





Britney did it again

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spears&k-fed.jpgWhat else can go wrong for Britney Spears. The latest report comes courtesy of TMZ that Britney Spears can't drive with her kids in the car.

The move was made after a court hearing yesterday, during which Mark Vincent Kaplan, K-Fed's lawyer, officially informed the judge that Brit blew a red light with her kiddies in the car last week.

According to the website Commish Gordon issued the sealed order, as stipulated by lawyers for several of the issues.

Hmn it's really "oops she did it again!"





Kids & HIV/AIDS; Don't Hate – EDUCATE

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jenna.jpgJenna Bush, daughter of the president of the United States, who has written a book chronicling the life of a young Latin American girl born HIV positive; also spoke briefly about the discrimination facing children living with HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. Inspired to write the book, entitled "Anna's Story; A Journey of Hope," following a UNICEF internship in Latin America and the Caribbean, it was the Jamaican response to HIV that seemed harshest, in all of the young Bush’s analogies.

Bush, 25, spoke of HIV positive children in Jamaica who told her they would never disclose their HIV status to anyone in their neighbourhood. The children's reason was a very real fear that someone in their village would stone them to death, she said. This speaks to the single most crippling aspect of HIV/AIDS; that is Stigma and Discrimination.

Talking about children with HIV/AIDS Jenna's book documents the life stories of the kids she encountered during her study/work experience. At a book signing session recently Jenna encouraged people to become mentors, teachers, tutors and volunteers for affected children in need of help and to educate themselves about the crucial issues facing children like, HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse and other like issues, the Tampa Tribune reported.





News Brief

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edit_janadams-booking-photo.jpgDr. Adams who performed the cosmetic surgery on Kanye West's mom failed to show up for a hearing today in court. According to TMZ.com the L.A. County Superior Court judge has issued a warrant for Dr. Adam's arrest.

Lori Ufondu sued Dr. Adams and won a judgment in excess of $100,000, after he left a sponge in her following surgery. Ufondu's lawyer told TMZ Dr. Adams hasn't paid.

Today, Dr. Adams was ordered to appear at 8:30 AM in San Pedro, California, for a "judgement debtor" examination hearing, in order to establish where he had assets. The doctor was a no show, and the judge
issued a $30,000 civil warrant.





Women and cars

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By Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgFor the next couple of articles I will be exploring women and men's responses to any given situation. Both have their strong points and their weak points and that's what drives each other crazy.

Now having said that I will go into a topic that certainly doesn't leave most of us women in a favourable light. And that's how we deal with car ownership.

It's a drama observing three quarters of my friends when they have a puncture to deal with...honestly they don't have a clue about changing tires!

One of my home girls shamelessly confessed that "I just come out of the car, 'panker around' and sure enough a kind Samaritan stop to help."

Another of my home girl said she came out of the car, looked absolutely helpless and a guy stopped and "sorted her out!"

For myself now the personal grief comes in trying to buy car parts. Oftentimes you give the make and year of the car and the sales person throws a question at you like "what size engine is it, what kind of battery does it use?" Poor me, I thought battery was battery!





Baby Cham's Conscience in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


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01 2 14 Conscience – Cham - Don Corleon (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 15 Give It Up - Beenie Man feat. Barbee - 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 19 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga - Casper Productions (1wk@#1) NM
04 6 10 Nah Go A Jai l- Busy Signal - Jam 2 U-2
05 4 14 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle - Daseca D-1
06 7 9 Dem A Sissy – Assassin - Don Corleon U-1
07 5 11 Bubble Like Soup - Timber-Lee - Ward 21 (pp#5) D-2
08 9 8 Tell Dem Don't Follow - Buju Banton - Heart of Love U-1
09 13 5 Everybody Dance - RDX - Apt 19 U-4
10 10 7 Me and My Dogs – Mavado - Baby G NM
11 8 17 The Days - Busy Signal - Daseca (4wks@#1) D-3
12 11 15 Love Is Wicked - Brick & Lace - 180 Entertainment (pp#5)D-1
13 12 14 Take My Place - Munga - Don Corleon(pp#6) D-1
14 17 5 Pick It Up & Drop It - Sean Paul - Birchill Records U-3
15 19 2 Empire Army - Vybz Kartel - Big Ship U-4
16 14 8 Crab Inna Barrel - Shane-O - Iceman D-2
17 RE - Squeeze Har - Mavado - H20
18 15 7 No Man – TOK - Don Corleon (pp#12) D-3
19 18 29 Tease Her-Anthony B - Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
20 20 26 Back It Up - Beenie Man - 357 Records (5wks@#1) NM





Don Gorgon for peace

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By: Joseph Cunningham
NinjaMan2.jpgDesmond "Ninja Man" Ballentine, the self-proclaimed "real badman" is using his influential image for a positive cause. He is lobbying for peace in his childhood community, Marl Road, which is close to Waterhouse in Kingston.

During a radio interview he revealed that he is currently funding a community development project, which will be characterized by the painting the sidewalks, fixing potholes, cleaning of the streets and finding a trade for the youths of the community.

"I was so impressed by the interest members of the Community showed in my initiative to quell the crime and violence in the area, and that is why I have decided to go into my pocket to fund this," the philanthropic Don Gorgon stated.





Booyaka! For Jamaica's Reggae Legends

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Honour your fathers and mothers that your days may be log upon the earth. That is the idea behind, "Booyaka", a show being planned to pay homage to deceased icons of Reggae music; artistes, producers and musicians.

In the Jamaican context, the word Booyaka signifies positive acknowledgement, or respect. It will be a phenomenal occasion for music and history, at Mas Camp in New Kingston, on Saturday, December 1.

On that night, Jack Scorpio, Merritone, and Kilimanjaro will "serve up" music originally released by those to be honoured on this year's Wall of Fame. Forty-four reggae icons will be recognized this year. Photographs and other historical information will be on display.





Beenie, Barbee to walk red carpet at AMA

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When the celebrities walk the red carpet to attend the America Music Awards on Sunday in California Beenie Man and Barbee will be among them.

Yardflex had a chat with the sultry singer and she was very excited about it.

"It's cool and I feel honoured going to the awards with her," Barbee gushed.

But that's not all the two will have their moment in the spotlight also as they have remixed Alicia Keys' red hot lead single "No One" from her just released album "As I Am."

The remix all came about because one of Alicia Keys' producers approached Barbee about the project and from what we hear of the single it is destined to be just as popular as its predecessor.

At Alicia Key's "As I Am" album launch held recently in New York, the remix of the lead single "No One" was played and Barbee could not be more pleased at the response. "It was crazy vibes at the party...they all loved it."





By: Elizabeth Smith

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgYesterday, November 14, was World Diabetes Day and it marked the first time that this monumental vehicle of "Diabetes Awareness," travelled across our globe - spurring on efforts of prevention as well as heightening perceptions on what can be done to control the disease; preventing or delaying life threatening complications.

Diabetes currently affects 246 million people globally. This historical day was especially for all of them and the many millions more at risk,

On this first United Nations (UN) observed World Diabetes Day, Diabetes communities got together to celebrate the long awaited existence of a day that recognises the severe risks posed by Diabetes and urged understanding of the disease overall.

The result of a UN landmark resolution of December 2006, November 14 has become a United Nations observed day. Marking the date of Frederick Banting's birthday who along with Charles Best first came up with the notion of insulin in 1921, November 14 will bolster a major global awareness campaign from now on.





'Burnin'_(Wailers_album).jpgAudio recordings are selected annually by the United States Library of Congress for all time preservation in the National Recording Registry. These selections are made, based on the historical, cultural or artistic value of the recorded piece to our society. "Burnin," the classic album released by The Wailers in 1974; that followed the igniting release, "Catch a Fire," was chosen to be preserved by The Library of Congress.

"The album "Burnin" was a work by prophets," Mrs. Rita Marley said in an interview with Ben Manilla for the National Public Radio programme, "All Things Considered," that will itself be preserved in the Library of Congress as well.





Passa Passa

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merciless.jpgYardFlex came across this article..."Merciless Found!"

Hmm, according to partyspree.com the whereabouts of deejay Merciless, has now been ascertained.

Gadaffi, the deejay's manager confirms that he has finally made contact with Merciless, whose real name is Leonard Bartley, who was believed to be incarcerated.

According to Gadaffi Merciless deh a road now "Leonard deh a road. It wasn't fi him case, di person he was driving with, the police wanted and they held both of them," Gadaffi said.

"I saw his (Merciless) brother the other day an him did a sey him hear sey Merciless inna lock up, but dem nuh sure what's happening either," he had said.

While Gadaffi said he was still unclear as to the full details surrounding Merciless' arrest and subsequent release, he says he is sure of one thing: "Merciless will be in Jamaica soon."

Who knows he might put in an appearance at Sting...well...we'll see.

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By: Joseph Cunningham

baba_roots.jpgIn a rush, the drink has become a huge favourite, and, in a rush, William "Baba Roots" Wilberforce Webb has become one of Jamaica's most successful entrepreneurs.

Yes! He is the man behind what is arguably the most popular herbal energy drink in Jamaica – Baba Roots - and its popularity is soaring throughout the wider Caribbean and the world. As a result, it is the most requested drink consumed by dancehall's world renowned artistes, before they ascend the stage.

Baba Roots told Yardflex that the drink increases sexual energy and alertness as well!

It is marketed in Jamaica as a home-grown and natural alternative to Red Bull and is considered an ital food product. The drink has been mentioned in several songs including "Stand Firm" by Bounty Killer.

A perpetual entrepreneur, Baba has come up with something new and exciting; the "Rush Hour Night Club" located on Pines Plaza, Junction, St. Elizabeth. The club opened last Saturday night with guest appearances from Ninja Man and Bling Dawg. Comparable to many top class night spots, Rush Hour Night Club could be mistaken for a major club in any of the world's metropolitan centres. It is fully air-conditioned and cozy; with a lounge area covered in leather, a huge dancing area, psychedelic lights and a nice stage. There is also a gazebo provided for persons who do not wish to party at the bar.





The Reggae Boy's Train rolls again...

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

reggae_boyz.jpgJamaica's senior Reggae Boys will entertain El-Salvador and Guatemala at The Office this Sunday, November 18. Then on Wednesday the 21st the teams will come together once again to participate in international friendlies, arranged by the new Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell.

Burrell chose former Reggae Boy Theodore Whitmore, who captained his team at the 1998 World Cup in France, to be the interim coach for these two games with Bradly Stewart holding down the post of assistant.

However it has been said in the media and many a football circle that the president's intention is to re-introduce Brazilian Rene Simoes, the coach who took Jamaica's Reggae Boys to World Cup in '98, as the one who will take over at the helm.





Macka Diamond takes ‘Bun Him’ to the World

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MackaDiamond.jpgMacka Diamond's Diamond District Ja. takes new novel, "Bun Him", on tour

Macka Diamond has a full schedule for the rest of the year. Between her book tour, voicing singles and shooting music videos and running her recently started company her calendar is full for the rest of the year.

With the release of "Bun Him", Macka Diamond's critically acclaimed debut novel, she has been on the road, locally, regionally and internationally, making promotional appearances and signings. "I can't get anything done around here! Reading the book and loving it! It's a great story and very very, very believable!" exclaimed Lady Cham from Virginia Radio.

Macka is not however, neglecting her die-hard Dancehall fans, so she has recorded new tunes to keep the party going, including "Laptop", produced by Damion Morsby on the Laptop riddim for the D'Ice label. However, in December, she will be shooting a new music video for another single, 'Dandy Shandy', under the direction of the very esteemed, Jay Will.





Is Fantasia knocked up again?

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edit_fantasia_pregnant.jpgAmerican Idol winner Fantasia could be making it child number 2. According to mediatakeout.com Fantasia Barrino is likely to be pregnant!! And there's more, the child reportedly belongs to Atlanta rapper Young Dro.

According to a show insider, Fantasia has been talking openly to the cast about her new condition. The insider explained, "She told [one of the cast members] that she's pregnant and she's really excited ... Apparently Young Dro, the baby's father, is happy about it also."

And the insider claims that while Fantasia isn't showing yet, she's definitely acting pregnant. Our tipster told, "She's walks with her hand on her hip and all of a sudden she's taken to chewing ice."

Well as we say in Jamaica...it ain't something going, it's something coming so we'll see.





Flex to settle the score at Sting

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flex_deva.jpgIt will be a lyrical showdown at this year's staging of Sting with one of the wickedest lyricists in the Alliance camp, Flex going at Deva Brat from The Portmore Empire.

The showdown comes in response to the endless name calling by Deva Brat and now Flex is hoping to end it all on stage.

Deva Brat has recorded a new track in which he calls up Flex's name.

Yardflex spoke to Flex, questioning him about the current tension between himself and Deva Brat. He said, "It is time fi a man jus stop di name calling like seh him wear Stay-free. If him want a war him mus just say that!"

Flex added that he is convinced that Deva Brat has been calling names in order to get attention. "A buss some bwoy waan buss and cyaan buss. It look like seh some bwoy suh desperate dat him wi even mek man [sex] him," Flex continued.





west_adams.jpgMedia reports have surfaced that Kanye West's mom may have fallen victim to a surgeon with a shady past. According to tmz.com the tummy tuck and breast reduction performed on her by Dr. Jan Adams took eight hours, which is twice as long as such a procedure warrants.

According to TMZ just weeks before Donda West died, a plastic surgeon refused to perform procedures on her because of a health condition that could have led to a heart attack.

If only Donda had listened to the voice of wisdom that came to her in the form of a Beverly Hills physician, TMZ reports. Dr. Andre Aboolian, reportedly refused to perform the surgery for her until she was cleared by an internist who he recommended. West never went for that clearance and changed doctors completely.

An autopsy on Dr. West is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday. The Los Angeles Coroner stated Monday that Donda West, 58, died Saturday because of "possible complications due to surgery."





Passa Passa

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foota-hype.jpgFoota Hype try nuh guh a jail again.
Foota Hype we a warn yuh if yuh nuh waan guh a jail again, yuh affi behave yuhself. Yardflex cum across certain information weh yuh gwaan wid and it nuh sound good at all. If yuh do it again, this time we a guh talk up di tings dem. Memba Foota sey everybady have rights even baby maddas. Wi nuh back foolishness, kip yuh cool and kip yuh head...meck di whole a we stay pon friendly terms...nuh do it again! Caan sey wi neva warn yuh.





Gay Jamaican Secures Asylum in US

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GayMaleLogo.jpgVenn Messam, a gay Jamaican man who sought asylum in the United States on the grounds that he feared persecution – because of his sexual orientation - if forced to return to Jamaica, was granted asylum by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on November 8, 2007.

Messam enlisted assistance from students at Columbia Law School's Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and since September of last year, four students provided legal assistance in preparing their client's application for asylum. Simrin Parmar '08, Jennifer Stark '09, Jonathan Lieberman '08, and Eileen Plaza '09 spent many months conducting interviews, drafting affidavits, researching country conditions, filling out necessary forms, accompanying their client to the New York asylum office, and providing assistance during his interview.

Columbia Law School's report on this breakthrough for Messam, speaks of the climate in Jamaica for homosexuals, bisexuals and trans-gendered (GLBT) people, as being shrouded in danger that gets worse daily. Citing incidents specific to Messam, such as his own declaration that, "My life in Jamaica was constantly in danger, with angry mobs carrying machetes, stones, knives, and guns, threatening to kill me because I am gay," as well as uncovering a rampant rumour that hostile groups in Jamaica are plotting the social cleansing of hundreds of gay people by year's end, the report categorises Jamaica as being 'far from a tropical paradise.'

"Within just the last month, gay Jamaicans have been murdered and the government has not intervened...this Caribbean nation continues to imprison and kill its gay citizens with relative impunity," the report from Columbia Law School added.

Reportedly relieved at this life saving event, Messam stated, "I am grateful to the United States government for saving my life."





Steel Pan music to replace dancehall!

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patrick_manning.jpgIn an article in the Trinidad Express Prime Minister of Trinidad Patrick Manning at the official launch of the steel band Divine Echoes expressed the hope that it would replace their desires for music forms such as reggae/dancehall, hip-hop and other popular genres which in his opinion "do not result, in the kinds of directions that we consider ideal for the young people of Trinidad and Tobago."

The T&T PM is hopeful that the recently launched band, Divine Echoes, will sway the youth away from illicit living by turning them on to a more pristine form of music as opposed to the fare they are presently exposed to via the mass media.

Just how one will convince the young people to turn away from their cherished Jay-Z, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Soulja Boy, Munga, Fiddy, T-Pain and others of such ilk for the "Green Green Grass Of Home", none including Manning have yet explained.

Well, from where Yardflex stands he has his job cut out for him!





Gays and dancehall music

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buju_bounty_beenie.jpgJamaica was the topic of hot discussion on doughty.gdbtv.com. Among the topics looked at were, 'Is Jamaica the most homophobic country in the world?', 'Does Jamaican reggae/dancehall murder music contribute to anti-Gay violence?', 'Should concerts by murder music singers be canceled?'

Examining these questions were Stop Murder Music campaigners, Dennis Carney of the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group, and Brett Lock of the Gay human rights group OutRage!

There were eight leading dancehall artistes in the hot seat among them were Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man who the group claimed have released songs openly advocating, encouraging and glorifying the murder of queers. They have never apologized or expressed a word of regret. On the contrary, they have defended their exhortations to "kill queers."

In an article written by Peter Tatchell for gayrepublic.org he didn't hold back any punches as he claimed the issue is not about mere homophobia. According to him it concerns incitement to murder.





Beenie Man saves the day

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Beeniman2.jpgAll hell broke loose at "Full Clip" last Saturday at the Puerto Seco Beach. We are talking bottles and stones raining in all directions and patrons jumping into the sea to get away. But what was causing all this? It was 4 am Sunday morning and still there were no big named acts to grace the stage.

Mavado, one of the advertised acts was busy hosting a show in Old Harbour and he didn't leave that venue until about 3:30 am, Macka another advertised name Yardflex understands was in England and Bounty Killer it is alleged had issues with the promoter because he was working on tracks while Beenie would be working with his band.

The melee was temporarily averted when Ninja Man went on stage and took command like a pro. He distracted them from their grouse and the place was nice again...until Ninja eventually left the stage, then bottles and stones reigned again!





Jay - Z Vegas Party

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Well.........it was all about the Real Big Man Jay - Z, who had a party over the weekend in Vegas.

The party Sell Off!!!

YardFlex was able to get a hold of some exclusive photos.

Here they are:


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Kanye West's mom dies at 58

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kanye-west.jpgKanye West's mother and former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, 58-year-old Dr. Donda West died suddenly last night reports have confirmed.

According to multiple sources, West was in Los Angeles and her death may have been the result of complications from a surgical procedure; Patricia Green, Dr. West's publicist, told CNN on today, Monday (November 12) that the surgery was cosmetic but did not provide further details.

According to AllHipHop.com, a representative from family issued the statement, "The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief."

Kanye West chronicled his love for his mother in 'Hey Mama', a song from his 2005 album Late Registration.

In the song, Kanye raps, "(Hey Mama), I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you / Let me tell you what I'm about to do, (Hey Mama) / I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm goin back to school /I appreciate what you allowed for me, I just want you to be proud of me (Hey Mama)."

West eventually performed the song in front of his mother and Oprah Winfrey on the TV host's highly rated show.





Half Pint's cup is now full!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Half_Pint.jpgHalf Pint has signed a distribution deal with the big label - Universal Music Group.

The deal is characterized by a release of the singers music catalog.

Half Pint's recording company, Essential Media Group LLC, will soon release "No Stress Express," a new album with entirely new material. Distribution will be conducted by Universal.

In addition, Essential intends to release the entire Half Pint catalogue on CD, which, will be availability through I-Tunes and all major digital outlets.

Half Pint's diminutive stature belies not only his vocal capabilities but also camouflages his huge on-stage presence, often described as no less than explosive and dynamic.

Born Lindon Roberts, but affectionately called Half Pint, he is a product of the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community which has produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Toots Hibbert and a host of other international Reggae superstars.

All these names are revered worldwide, and, Half Pint continues on his winning streak as a member of 'this reggae icon club.'





Prodigal_son.jpgLike is the case with many young Jamaican males, his grandmother was his guardian, but when she died he "broke out".

Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son was educated in the admonition of the Lord by his grandmother, and she insisted that attending church was a way of life for him. Young Calvin accepted Christ at age 5, and continued through to age 13.

That was the age at which his grandmother died, and from thereon things went downhill for him...Prodigal's became rebellious and developed a 'don't care' attitude. It was no wonder with that attitude he relocated to Rema in Kingston, one of Jamaica's toughest inner-cities. In no time he was involved in gang and gun violence.

As Calvin put it, "I found protection and family in the gang."
Interestingly, the gang was called the "Fatherless Crew". Fortunately, he developed a longing for his heavenly father. He became convinced that the Lord loved him, when he realized that many of his "ragamuffin" colleagues were dying by the gun, but, he was still
alive.

After recommitting his life to Christ in 1998, he adopted his name after the biblical prodigal son and decided to use the gift of music God had given him to reach out to others.

Things looked up for him when he met musical genius and producer, Danny Browne who became not only his producer, but mentor and friend.

Prodigal Son has developed, and is now accepted as one of Jamaica's most prolific Gospel artiste.





OUTSTANDING GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD WINNING GROUP.

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GROUP SHAZE.jpgThe group SHAZE emerges with their landmark release album called "Praise Him" live at The Open Bible Community Church, 2610 N.W. 119th Street, Miami. The release features song like: "Every Nation," "Praise Him," "Blessed" and "Show Him."

Christian/Reggae/R&B recording artistes – SHAZE, the Outstanding Gospel Music Award winning group, is also recipient of the 2007 Hopeton Lewis Caribbean Gospel Music Award for Best Singing Group of the year. They were nominated for two outstanding music awards: Top Gospel Singing Group of the year and Top Gospel Song of the Year .

SHAZE brings a unique sound to the music industry with their Jamaican background. Under the spiritual influence of God, they spread the word through music. The uniqueness of their style draws many people to them. With many years of experience under his belt, producer and songwriter, Maurice "Brian" Gregory has influenced the group towards the success of their album. The album was inspired by the need to praise God regardless of life's circumstances.





Beenie Man Meets Cambridge High School Queen 2007

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Story and Photo By: Alan Lewin

Beenie Man meets Miss Cambridge Queen Monique Lawson.jpgBeenie Man and Taurus Riley were on the scene to congratulate Monique Lawson who was crowned Miss Cambridge 2007 Queen at the finals held at the Cambridge High School in Montego Bay on Saturday November 3, 2007.

Competing against five other contestants Lawson, wore the sash Miss Anya's Maternity, was made an early favorite from her introduction. In addition, to winning the crown she won other sectional prizes such as most talented and most congenial.

First runner up was Carla Doeman, Miss Dependable Hardware, who also won prizes for best smile and best figure, with third place going to Shauna Kaye Chin, Miss Sonny Ranking Promotion. The show saw several artistes from Montego Bay appearing on stage doing performances. They were Mikey Ranks, Sheriff, Mixing Lab, T.Q., White Night and Lt. Elmo.

Special guest artistes were Taurus Riley and Beenie Man. After the show which was courtesy of Lagga Promotion, D.J. Beenie Man congratulated the 2007 Queen Monique Lawson and met with his loyal fans and took several photographs with them.





By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

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Jamaica secured a record 57 medals at the 12th Special Olympic World Games In China in October, shattering the previous best of 37 garnered in Ireland in 2003.

The Jamaicans participated in eight sporting disciplines. They were: Track and Field, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Bocce, Badminton, Swimming and Roller Skating.

Virtually lighting up Shanghai, the Jamaicans developed a cult like following ....never mind the peas bread, and the vegetarian goose with blended carrot Yangzhou style.

That 13 hour flight across the Atlantic only served to rev up the Black Green and Gold delegation of 55 Athletes and 11 coaches.

The Special Olympic Reggae Boys took China by storm, in living up to Munga Honourables, 'Bad from mi Baan', beating everything in front of them. Led by Sydney Manyan and Rocky Lindsay, they wrapped up a memorable sting with a five nil win over China, in the final.

Jamaican Swimmers secured 11 Medals in their splash led by Kadian "good like gold" Ingleton, who secured 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.





Fashion Shows at Pier One

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Story and Photograph By: Alan Lewin

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Pier One Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay is currently staging a weekly Wednesday Night Fashion and Talent Show. Dubbed 'Star Truck,' the event sees successful and talented D.J.'s and singers emerge.





Happy Birthday Marco Dean

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Beenie Man's son celebrated his first birthday today, November 9 and the worst part of it is that the doc could not even get to give him as much as a kiss!

According to him because of the injunction taken out against him he could not visit. He tried to call D'Angel and as soon as she heard his voice she hung up the phone. You could hear the grief in his voice as he spoke with Music News. Boy Beenie, what else can go wrong in his life.





By: Joseph Cunningham

moneyO.jpgThis news has reached Yardflex just weeks after the deejay had cut all ties with her former booking agency, Khool Booking Agency.

She explained the reasons motivating her move. "I won’t even get into what happened between me and Mr. Alexander, because what's done is done. I wish him all the best and thank him for all he did for me, but this is a new day, same book but a new chapter, and right now I see it as only fitting to take charge of my career in an official way, because to tell the truth, I have never had a manager, I have always handled most of my own affairs, so all I am doing is making it official now."

"None of what I am about to do is new to me, because all of us as entertainers have done it before, and as time goes on, we learn the more professional approach, and can deal with things more in depth because of the passion what drive we, because at the end of the day, this is our careers, not our managers or publicists."





Queen Ifrika - "Below The Waist"

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Toots Hibbert's sunshine has come...Vintage singer to

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By: Joseph Cunningham

toots_fats.jpgLegendary Jamaican singer, Toots Hibbert is now reaping the fruits of his hard work and dedication to the business. It was a big boost for his career when he made an appearance on the NBC Today Show in New York city. The occasion was a live performance with Fats Domino of the song, "Let The Four Winds Blow", which is to promote the 2 disk tribute CD to Fats Domino called "Going Home".

Toots is not the only one featured on the CD. Other top calibre artiste performing Fats Domino's songs are Paul McCartney, Elton John, Willie Nelson, John Lennon, Tom Petty, BB King, Lenny Kravitz, Norah
Jones, Ben Harper
and more.

Sales from the CD will benefit victims of hurricane Katrina.





"Give It Up" - Continues to hold down the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


beeni_rastingle.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 14 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 13 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-1
03 2 18 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions(1wk@#1) D-1
04 5 13 What I'm Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-1
05 6 10 Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21 (pp#5) U-1
06 7 9 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2 U-1
07 8 8 Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon U-1
08 4 16 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca (4wks@#1) D-4
09 10 7 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love U-1
10 11 6 Me and My Dogs-Mavado- Baby G U-1
11 9 14 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace-180 Entertainment (pp#5)D-2
12 12 13 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon(pp#6) NM
13 13 4 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 NM
14 15 7 Crab Inna Barrel -Shane-O-Iceman U-1
15 14 6 No Man-TOK-Don Corleon (pp#12) D-1
16 16 19 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab(pp#5) NM
17 18 4 Pick It Up & Drop It - Sean Paul-Birchill Records U-1
18 17 28 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
19 - New Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship
20 19 25 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-1





Passa Passa

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beenieman@.jpgBeenie beg fans to stick with him.
Bwoy Beenie wi know sooner or later yuh woudda bruck dung emotionally...but memba sey yuh fan base still strong - straight!

At Early Mondays a Standpipe di floodwater buss as Beenie Man teck di mic and start to tell the crowd sey a di wuss year fi him.

Him sey him lose three brothers, him owe government and pon top a it him haffi dash weh him woman. Massa, di DJ put dung a piece a bawling fi bout five minutes. Him beg him fans dem fi stick wid him but from how dem react to di doc in tears...dem nah guh no weh lef him! Beenie yuh safe.





Jay Z cheating on Beyonce

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jayzandbeyonce.jpgHmm, Beyonce's away touring in Asia and her fiancé Jay Z is wasting no time in seeking female attention!

According to website mediatakeout.com they have exclusive information which points to the fact that the hip hop superstar has struck up an intimate friendship with a biracial exotic dancer.

The young woman, who dances part time at an upscale New York gentleman's club, has been spotted all over town with Jay Z in recent weeks. And word is that she's officially on Jay Z's payroll.

We spoke with one of Jay Z's colleagues at Def Jam who told us all about the label head's new gal pal. The insider told MediaTakeout.com, "It's shameless. [Jay Z] takes her to [promotional] events like she's one of the team. No one here even knows what she does... well we know what she does, but we don't know what she does for [Def Jam]." The insider added, "If you're going to sleep with that stripper then fine - but why do you have to bring her into your business. That's just plain dumb."

Well I guess the real hottaclaps will take place when Beyonce returns and gets wind of all the gossip...but then again we never did see what she saw in him.





J-Lo finally comes clean

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anthony_lopez3.jpgJ-Lo really takes people for idiots. Like duh...her tommy getting bigger everyday and she thinks that people can't figure out what's going on.

At a concert in Miami last night she made the announcement "Marc and I are expecting."

"Wow tell us something we didn't know!" According to news on the internet after her announcement, Anthony kissed Lopez's belly and said: "I didn't know she was going to talk."

Lopez, 39, did not say when she was due to give birth.

Her expanding tummy has been at the centre of much attention in recent times, but until now she had kept mum on her impending arrival.

It was, of course, the worst kept secret in Hollywood, but now the singer's quickly expanding bump is fuelling new rumours she is expecting twins.

Lopez is wrapping up the final days of her hectic US tour.





Gi mi back mi ….!

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgHey girls this one is for you and the only way a can tell this one is in straight patois...it caan phrase no odda way, trust me. For all you foreigners whey nuh understand di language meck smady translate...cause it hot.

Yeah man one woman contact Yardflex and beg mi fi chat bout dis ya one and fi tell you di truth a nuh really my style but fair is fair...mi open to any topic unno want and just because mi tink it too strang fi mi stomach, dat nuh mean sey mi nah go talk bout it.

Da one ya called teck back yuh f—k. Trust mi peeps, di woman email sound strong and mi coulda pick up di vexation from how she write. Mi nuh know whey di bredrin do har, but she waan back deh piece weh she
gi him bad!

Yuh eva si a man, tink him is all dat and let off the sweet sweet punash pon him. Mi a talk kack up, lizard lap, foot pon shoulder, spoon and saucer and helicopter...yes, di same ting weh Lady Saw a talk bout any style yuh want, you know you can get it!

Bottom line yuh really guh all out fi please di damn man and a few months later yuh si him and wonda wha did teck yuh. Smady must did gi yuh a rhatid lick inna yuh head fi yuh all go sleep wid smady like dat.





Veronica Campbell marries Omar Brown

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

veronica_brown.jpgWorld Olympic gold medalist, Veronica Campbell exchanged vows with Olympian and commonwealth gold medalist Omar Brown at St Augustine's Anglican Church in Coral Gardens, Montego Bay on Saturday November 3.

Also attending the function was Olympic and World Championship Legend, Merlene Ottey as well as IAAF World triple gold medalist Tyson Gay and Olympian Aileen Bailey [Capleton - the Fire Man's sister]





Queen Ifrika lashes out at her detractors

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Ifrika.jpgQueen Ifrika has lashed out after learning that there are plans by "media powers" to ban her current hit, "Daddy Don't" from prime time air-play.

The singer said during a live interview that she was told that a ban of her song is being contemplated. However, she argued that she needs a logical explanation as to why such a positive and educational song should be banned.

In relating news there are talks in the pipeline for Queen Ifrika to be a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show. The talk show host has a history of child advocacy, which is motivated by her consistently documented past as a victim of child molestation

She leaves the island tomorrow for a performance in Virginia featuring Morgan Heritage and others.





Passa Passa

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Some promoter nuh easy at all

But a whey some promoter teck tings fah sah? Afta him kip big show a Atlanta and it sell off – place cork till people couldn't even find place fi walk and den him tun round nuh waan pay di top artistes dem.

One a dem haffi chant some righteous fire fi collect and di odda one vex and leave but him beg smady fi collect fi him own.

But di hotterclaps nuh done deh suh, him rep go a di promoter restaurant and mi dear no cloth nuh lef fi di wife string dem up wid.

In di end dem haffi page di promoter fi meck him come to him senses cause him seem fi teck big big artiste fi fool.

Bwoy it sad dough, it shouldn't haffi come to dat...artiste wuck and wuck good...pay dem di money!





Jamaican frenzy in Africa

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Big up the black, the green and the gold! Nerissa Irving was in total control at the Miss Tourism of the Millennium Pageant, held in Ethiopia last Saturday.

Sponsored by K.O.K International, she was the first Jamaican to have won the Miss Millennium Queen of the Caribbean. The sash is awarded to the most elegant contestant, one who is most knowledgeable of her country, and who interviews the best for media. The pageant was one of many events held during the Coronation celebrations of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I.

The 21 year old Jamaican born migrated to the United States of America as an infant, and has been living there since. She is currently based in Miami.

"It was a pleasure to have represented Jamaica," she told Yardflex from her Ethiopian hotel room early Tuesday morning. Further, Irving said she was extremely popular in Ethiopia. "I recall being in the hotel room and started hearing a lot of noise outside. I was surprised when members of the security personnel told me that people from nearby communities were crowded outside, asking for an opportunity to meet Miss Jamaica!"





"I'm back, wicked than ever" – Spice

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By Joan Wilson

Spice2.jpgSpice is back! She is making no bones about it either. Pregnancy might have slowed her down, but definitely didn't hamper her progress on the dancehall scene.

Now that she has her precious bundle of joy, Spice is even more determined to eat a bigger slice of the pie out of dancehall and according to her, "I'm back, wicked than ever, all dem gal weh tink dem a run di place...watch out..." was the ominous warning from the lyrically sharp DJ.

Those are no idle threats considering she has pitted her deejaying skills against the very energetic DJ Elephant Man at Sting 2002 and that contest was just too close to call. She has the respect of other top male DJs who has seen her in lethal action.

And to think that the sexy, almost shy DJ once contemplated a career as a Chartered Accountant!

"Yup I was doing business in school and I passed eight subjects...was gearing up for sixth form at St. Catherine High and decided I couldn't deal with all those numbers for the rest of my life," Spice confessed.

After that Grace Hamilton aka Spice enrolled at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts to do voicing and drama...during that time she also joined the group Ashe.

Outstanding performances are not strange to Spice as while a student at St. Catherine High she entered the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (J.C.D.C) festival competition year after year in the singing category, all the time earning for her school 5 gold medals in total.

Spice finally got the break she was seeking in 1999 to sing when she went on Nuffy's programme called "Many Moods of Nuffy" which featured her Portmore community.

After that her friends started encouraging her to pursue a career in singing, but Spice soon found out that she much rathered the effect she had on her fans when she deejayed!

It was that side of her that impressed Supreme Promotion's Heavy D who took her under his wings and gave her, her first big performance on Sting 2000. Spice earned for herself four encores...she had arrived!





Busy… busy with charity

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By: Joseph Cunningham

busy_signal.jpgBusy Signal made good on his pledge to assist accident victims, Onieka Taylor and Ransford Roper recently. The two, students of St. Jago High School suffered from a case of extreme bowlegs as a result of the unfortunate occurrence.

Before his presentation Busy Signal performed in front of an auditorium packed with students. He then presented cheques to each of the two students to assist with medical expenses. The crowd of students erupted in cheers and chants, screaming Signal's name as he made the presentations.

Oneika was unable to attend the concert as she is still in hospital but her mother collected on her behalf. She requires reconstructive surgery on one leg and the other requires two surgical pins. Ransford walked on stage proudly as he collected his cheque which will assist in purchasing correctional braces for both legs.





New date for Diamond Rush return showcase to be

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MUNCHI.jpgThe much anticipated relaunch of the Diamond Rush Label which was slated to be held at the Asylum Nightclub on Thursday, November 1 did not materialize, but Angella 'Munchie Lue' Phillips has assured Yardflex that it will definitely happen.

"We wanted everything to be right and with the rain and other factors...we decided it would be best to postpone it until a later date," 'Munchie Lue' explained.

"I also want to apologize to Asylum and Hitz FM, our two main sponsors, for the relaunch...but it will be worth the wait," she stressed.

Currently the label has a talented roster of new artistes to unleash and all this is being coordinated by Munchie Lue who will be looking to launch out in the recording arena too.

Having been around her brother Garfield 'Sampalue' Phillips in the early days of Diamond Rush, plus with her father Philprat still producing out of England, she developed a passion for singing.

Still, with an over-protective brother like Sampalue and helping to manage the day-to-day activities of the label, Munchie Lue had to put that desire on hold.





Phone Sex can be great fun

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgYeah yeah, this one is not for the prim and proper out there. It's for people who just love excitement and like doing something different. How you think I keep my man happy...cause whether him beside me or out of the country...him get him pleasure same way!

So this one is for all the lovers who have to separate from time to time and straight up you have no desire to cheat, here's a good alternative.

Well, who says sex between both of you can only happen when you are physically in the same place. Why not eliminate the distance by taking the excitement to your lover?

The next time he calls you on the phone, just blow his mind. Let him know you are missing him like crazy and that you are burning up and need some satisfaction.

Remember, this is not for those who are shy; you have to open up and come on as tantalizingly and seductively as you can, or else this will never work.

Make sure you are alone in your room with no distractions, then set the play in motion. If you don't have a vivid imagination, this might not be as successful.





Big celebrity matey war!

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gabrielle_dwayne_siohvaughn.jpgBasketball star Dwayne Wade's wife is hanging onto him for dear life...so much so that she literally took the fight to her matey actress Gabrielle Union.

According mediatakeout.com Siohvaughn Wade recently traveled to Miami to physically confront Dwayne's latest fling - Gabrielle.

The website tracked down one of the more colorful members of the Wade family who told them all the details of Siohvaughn's recent Miami excursion. The tipster explained, "Dwayne and Siohvaughn have been trying to work out their marriage, but it's hard to do that when there are so many thirsty women all up under him."

And according to the insider, Dwayne's intimate relationship with actress Gabrielle Union was one of the main impediments to the couple's reconciliation. Siohvaughn's kin explained, "You have to understand, those two were friends. For [Gabrielle] to now be dating [Siohvaughn's] husband is just plain wrong...So [Siohvaughn] packed her bags and went down [to Miami] with two of her girlfriends from the Chi and they were ready to get crazy."





Queen Paula ready to ‘Dismiss’ her detractors

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Queen_Paula.jpg"Mi hot again!" says female DJ Queen Paula whose career is on an upward swing and is ready to lyrically done the place and it just can't get any hotter on the music circuit for the rejuvenated artiste.

She is one of the featured acts on Ward 21's latest rhythm "Dem Gal Sitt'n", which sees her coming with a very provocative single titled 'Dismiss'. Queen Paula rides the rhythm like a jockey in a saddle.

Other acts featured on the rhythm are the 'first lady of the dancehall' Lady Saw, the thought provoking Ce'Cile, the most consistent female veteran of dancehall Lady G and Macka Diamond, among a few upcoming acts that include the promising Tifa.

Since returning to the dancehall from a relaxation period, Queen Paula has been moving full speed ahead in terms of her recording and live
performances.





Is Rihanna Straight or Bisexual

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Speculations have been made for months regarding the
true status of Rihann's sexuality. Is she straight or
bi? Well mediatakeout posted a photo that looks very
suspicious...check it out.





Why was "An So" seeking out Barbee's ex

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edit_d'angle_rootsvibes.jpgWhooii, a wha really a gwaan inna di place. Yardflex hear from dem New York contact dat An So turned up at Barbee's former boyfriend business place a seek him out. Mi hear sey when di man get wind of the fact him
just run go upstairs and tell one a him worker sey fi tell har sey him nuh de bout.

Suh di big question everybady a ask now, is whey "An
So" did really waan...it deep, it really deep.





Wise patrons will see stars in the east

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MorganHeritageGroup250px.jpgEast Fest is back! After taking a break last year, the charity event staged by Morgan Heritage will be held this year, on December 29.

Yardflex spoke with lead singer for the band Gramps and he assured us that, "Plans are well on the way, and patrons can expect pure niceness."

He said that they decided to take a break last year because of their extensive tour schedule added to the fact they had to deal with a death in the family.

The event is usually staged in St. Thomas, however, no confirmation of a venue has been given as yet.

The last staging of the event ended prematurely, when patrons hurled bottles and stones unto the stage, after it was announced that headline act, Bounty Killer would not be performing.

This year, Capleton, Busy Signal, Munga Honourable, Freddie McGregor and Chuck Fendah are just a few of the entertainers slated to perform at EAST FEST 2k7.





JAMAICA WINS KFC ONE DAY TITLE

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

jerome_taylor.jpgJamaica led by captain Chris Gayle who also represents the West Indies, won the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Limited 50 overs against Trinidad and Tobago, played in Barbados at the 3W’s oval.

With first strike, Jamaica made a score of 230 from their allotted 50 overs with the top scorer Brenton Parchment with 52. When Trinidad and Tobago replied, they could only muster 202 all out from 49.3 overs - their top scorer being Lendl Simmonds with 64.

The top pick of the Jamaican bowlers were Jerome Taylor 3--37 and Chris Gayle 3--32. "Man of the Match" was awarded to West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor. Jamaica now will focus their attention to the four day series against the other Caribbean teams in the region in early 2008.





Steelie Bashment still New York's Champs

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steelie_bashment2.jpgSteelie Bashment has been New York's champion sound for 17 years and they've worn that city's "Sound of the Year" crown for more than 7 years. As a major forerunner in the rich culture of reggae music in New York, Steelie Bashment has developed over the years, becoming a brand identified by its Caribbean flavored music, media and entertainment.

No longer just a sound system, Steelie Bashment also created 'Waah Gwan Internet Radio' and the annual Steelie Bashment birthday/anniversary celebrations have also become a much anticipated event. Since its inception in 1990, Steelie Bashment's mission has been to not only spin the cutting sounds in the dancehall, but to also be a leading force in Caribbean entertainment internationally.





Vybz Kartel's baby mother has had enough

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vybz_kartel.jpgThreats and abuses have caused Sherika Todd, the mother of deejay Vybz Kartel's child to be contemplating an end to their four-year relationship.

Todd has made a report to the Runaway Bay police, the station closest to her home. "I made the report Monday of this week and I called them [the police] this morning again because he [Kartel] sent me another text saying he's on his way, obviously to my house and he has no reason to come here, he knows that much," Todd told reporters.

According to Todd, "everything has been on and off, we argue every now and then and I told him that I don't want us to be together anymore and that's when he started to threaten me that he was not going to take care of the child and like him going kill mi, cause him a sey me know wa him capable of, cause mi deh roun him long enough."





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Barbie and Beenie have just wrapped up their video shoot in New York and no one could be happier about it than the sultry singer. In an interview with Yardflex she bubbled with enthusiasm.

"I'm excited about the out come of the video because it shows a different side of me compared to the first video entitled'Missing You' feat. Junior Kelly. My family, friends and the dollets were involved and it's a colorful, sexy, yet playful video. I find this song to be one of my favorites cause it promotes females to be confident and the beat shows both sides of my culture Jamaican and Nigerian," she stressed.

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According to Barbee the video will definitely be something to see and she can't wait until it is premiered in about two weeks time. Then she
acknowledged the rest of the world will get to see and love it too.





richard_branson.jpgVirgin Atlantic's billionaire boss, Sir Richard Bronson was in Jamaica this week to tighten up loose ends as he prepares for next week's inaugural flight between London and Jamaica. In keeping with a new code-share agreement between Air Jamaica and Virgin Atlantic, the UK based airline is taking over from Air Jamaica on its UK - Jamaica flights.

On Tuesday, October 30, Sir Bronson visited Tuff Gong Studios where he recorded a version of 'One Love' that will be used as a tool to attract millions to Jamaica's shores. The collaborative effort with Stephen Marley and the I Threes was just one of several planned events to set off this new and exciting venture.

Strawberry Hill also became a hub of excitement as a press conference hosted there welcomed 19 journalists from Europe, who accompanied the Virgin Atlantic team, as well as hosts of Jamaican based media. Fab 5, Chris Blackwell, Marcia Griffiths and Copeland Forbes were among those present.





selassie.jpgNational Geographic reported that in 1930, as the dawn cleared in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 2, it met everyone getting ready for the special historical event to take place that morning - The Coronation of The Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

Together with his Empress, His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I spent the night before in prayer and devotion at the most high alter. During the morning chanting of praises resonated and dancing priests with pulsating drum rhythms joined in. Ancient Jewish rites which were in use at the time of King David, were re-lived right there before the ark of the covenant, the report stated. The Coptic Church in all its impressive might and splendor evoked biblical rituals that seemed to roll the centuries back.

As the time came for this coronation, which is the most important event in the Rastafarian Calendar today, His Imperial Majesty entered the ceremonial hall attired in white silk. He was escorted by aides and clergy and was preceded by waving incense burners.





Vegas gets real with Yardflex

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By Joan Wilson

mr.vegas.jpgVegas has been in the business for twenty years now and there seem to be no stopping this talented, versatile performer.

Ever since he impacted big time on the scene with 'Heads High' that's just what he has been doing holding his head high above the rest of the pack.

Yardflex caught up with the busy singjay who is now in New York promoting his latest album 'Hot It Up' and in particular the single 'Teck Weh Yuhself'.

"Well I am doing a lot of radio and newsprint interviews, the vibe is just right and everything is going great," Vegas shared.

But even with all that positive energy surrounding him, there are still a lot of challenges the singjay has to deal with – his major headache being working on track.

"Promoter want you to do a full 40 minute show on tracks and it's a different thing from bands. It's even harder for you when big named artistes are doing it, so some of the promoters will ask "who are you to insist on a band?"

Vegas went on to talk about his kind of songs being enhanced with a good band and on the other hand being hampered when he works on tracks.

"I have to turn down some shows cause I don't want to short change the fans. That's the biggest obstacle in the biz, plan on doing less shows, less work and less money fi government tax," he joked.





Signs your woman is cheating

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By Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgHomegirls don't cuss me out but fair is fair. The guys seem to think I am unfair and they wanna know the signs to look for when their woman is cheating.

Honestly this one here is real tricky cause women are just good like that. They could be giving you the whole bakery and it would be hard to notice anything amiss!

Still as good as they are, sometimes, just sometimes they slip up...but guys, you had better make sure it's not a case of you being too darned paranoid before you go accusing the poor woman of giving away the goods.

Here are eight (8) signs to look out for that will arouse
suspicions:

1. You know how you guys just love to refer to us as 'madda miserable'? Think back when last did she nag you about something you failed to do? Honestly, chances are some guy is being sweet to her which has taken the focus totally off you...watch it!!

2. Don't give a damn – Yup something is definitely amiss when she starts going all out in her appearance and if you criticize saying you don't like a certain outfit and she shrugs it off! Hello...it doesn't matter again what you think about how she looks...hmm, someone is happy elsewhere with that new look.





By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


beeni_rastingle.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 13 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 17 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions(1wk@#1) NM
03 3 12 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon NM
04 4 15 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca (4wks@#1) NM
05 6 12 What I'm Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-1
06 5 9 Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21 (pp#5) D-1
07 9 8 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2 U-2
08 8 7 Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon NM
09 7 13 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace-180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-2
10 11 6 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love U-1
11 14 5 Me and My Dogs-Mavado- Baby G U-3
12 10 12 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon(pp#6) D-2
13 17 3 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 U-4
14 12 5 No Man-TOK-Don Corleon (pp#12) D-2
15 16 6 Crab Inna Barrel -Shane-O-Iceman U-1
16 13 18 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab(pp#5)D-3
17 15 27 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-2
18 19 3 Pick It Up & Drop It - Sean Paul-Birchill Records U-1
19 18 24 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-1
20 - New Squeeze Har- Mavado-H20





madonna.jpg"She wanted to have Tupac Shakur's baby"
Madonna begged Tupac Shakur to have a child with her, it has been claimed. The Hung Up singer is said to have briefly dated the rapper a year before his death in 1996, and was desperate to start a family with him.

Lucy O'Brien claims in her new book "Madonna: Like an Icon," "In her mid-30s Madonna desperately wanted children and had various relationships with unlikely men, in the hope she would conceive."

But Madonna, now 49, was allegedly dumped by Tupac for not fitting in with his bad boy rapper image. The Music singer's friend, Alison Clarkson, claimed, "She was going out with him but homegirls were saying to him, 'I can't believe you're going out with a white girl,' so she got dumped!"





Michael Jackson shoots cover for EBONY Magazine

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By: J. Koni

Michael_Jackson2.jpgMichael Jackson shot a cover for Ebony magazine in Brooklyn, New York, as the magazine will honour his record-breaking album, "Thriller’s" 25th anniversary in its November edition.

Persons present at the shoot reportedly said the mega-star was very "sweet" and asked various questions about the lives of crew members on set.

"He did go on and on about kids though, saying how much he loved them," according to a reporter.

After the shoot, Jackson posed for photographs with the crew while on location at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.





Bounty Killa's creates ultimate storm in Barbados

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By: Joseph Cunningham

rihanna_bounty.jpgBounty Killa performed recently at a show in Barbados, and it's a performance which has been creating a lot of excitement!

Yardflex caught wind of the news in the streets, and has since viewed clips of the Killa's explosive set. However, not only the performance has been creating a stir, as it has been rumoured since the event that the 'Warlord' and Barbadian sensation Rihanna are an item.

Reports in the media have been that Rihanna who was a patron at the show, was well-pleased by Bounty's performance, and invited him to a club later in the night. The two are said to have entered the club "hand-in-hand!"

However, when contacted Bounty's Manager Julian Jones-Griffith has described the relationship between both superstars as a mere friendship.





Lyrics : "Ghetto Gladiator(Traitor)" - Bounty Killa

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When Sting draws near the usual suspects appear in war mood. Bounty Killa has been in a tussle with Beenie Man, D'Angel and Vybz Kartel since last year. Is the Warlord finally getting the edge? Hold a meds on these tunes. He is cross, angry miserableeeeee!!!

edit_bounty.jpgmaggi the bleacher
yu nuh have nuh career
yu nuh have nuh character
yu nuh have nuh image
no impact

yu look like a bleach out face gal inna a tin frock
kaboom, bang bang,
little you
bullet blood and tears
that we cry fi years
yow none a them cannot take alliance shares
by the bible the bullet or the gun
them can't take nothing from miss ivy son
the world is my own
bullet

I been through ..........
still I'm sitting at the top
them wanna see mi fall
alliance will never drop
I don't know why but a my career them want stop
when i was a likkle yute a seaview mi get shot
so a keep ma spikes out
like a soarsop
condition my mind i'm like a fuc***g death trap

to make sure I'm effective i don't move without my strap
so tell a little rat weh a yap a bag a crap
if yu dis yu skull a drop
yu head inna yu lap fi yu life yu a cap
no traitor no judas boy nuh gi mi chat
them a spy them fi die from ninety few mi say that
kaboom

I will always be the ghetto gladiator
and you will be remembered as the fuc***ing traitor
who try to run me over like a navigator
my bullets left you looking like a fu****ing grater





Bounty Killa - 'Raffle'

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Is this song a shot at D' Angel?........Who Knows!!!!!





Da Brat charged with aggravated assault

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da_brat.jpgFollowing a dispute with a waitress at a nightclub northeast of Atlanta, 33-year-old Da Brat was arrested early Thursday (November 1).

Shawntae Harrie aka Da Brat was charged with aggravated assault according to DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish.

Officers answered a call to Studio 72 at 1:20 a.m. about a "brief pushing sort of thing," Parish said.

Police couldn't say whether the nightclub is the one that Jermaine Dupri opened earlier this year, but the street address is the same. Club owners couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The police report indicates Harris and a 24-year-old waitress at the club got into a squabble after the waitress bumped into her. At some point, the waitress walked away and moments later was hit in the face with the bottle of rum.

According to the police spokeswoman the waitress, who sustained a deep laceration to the cheek and some swelling on the forehead, was driven to a hospital by a friend.

Harris' address is listed as Chicago. It wasn't known why she was in the Atlanta area.

Harris was the first female rapper to have a platinum-selling album. She has appeared on VH1 reality shows "Celebrity Fit Club" and "The Surreal Life."





News Brief

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da_brat.jpgFollowing a dispute with a waitress at a nightclub northeast of Atlanta, 33-year-old Da Brat was arrested early Thursday (November 1).

Shawntae Harrie aka Da Brat was charged with aggravated assault according to DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish.

Officers answered a call to Studio 72 at 1:20 a.m. about a "brief pushing sort of thing," Parish said.

Police couldn't say whether the nightclub is the one that Jermaine Dupri opened earlier this year, but the street address is the same. Club owners couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The police report indicates Harris and a 24-year-old waitress at the club got into a squabble after the waitress bumped into her. At some point, the waitress walked away and moments later was hit in the face with the bottle of rum.

According to the police spokeswoman the waitress, who sustained a deep laceration to the cheek and some swelling on the forehead, was driven to a hospital by a friend.

Harris' address is listed as Chicago. It wasn't known why she was in the Atlanta area.

Harris was the first female rapper to have a platinum-selling album. She has appeared on VH1 reality shows "Celebrity Fit Club" and "The Surreal Life."

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Beenie Man apologies to JLP government

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Beeniman.jpgInternational dancehall recording superstar, Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis has offered his humble apology to the Jamaica Labour Party for recent comments made, after his alleged tax evasion case on Monday, October
29.

The apology came after Beenie Man was asked by someone in court, not knowing the person was a reporter, if he thought he was being targeted because of his political affiliation. The dancehall artiste – without giving it proper thought - immediately responded, saying that he believed he was in fact being targeted, and that it is being strongly said around the music circles.

Jamaica Labour Party
General Secretary Karl Samuda sent out a press release dismissing the allegation as "misguided, mischievous and absurd."

In a statement issued through Davis' publicist Ray Alexander of Khool International, on Wednesday, October 31, Beenie Man apologetically said, "After deep reflection and investigation it has come to my
attention that the information and the sources around me were not credible and that my statements were grossly inaccurate.





 

High Tech "Invisible" African American

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By: Elizabeth Smith

dr.mark_dean.jpgWhy wait on focus months or days to delve into our history and celebrate the achievements of those from the African Diaspora? Yardflex caught onto the fact that Dr. Mark Dean, who most of you have never heard of, was not recognised for his achievements at a recent IBM 20th anniversary celebration; when in fact this African American helped to initiate a digital revolution.

Having more than 30 patents pending, Dr Dean is not only a Vice President with IBM, he also is the architect of the modern-day personal computer. As the holder of three of the original nine patents on the computer that all PCs are based on, Dr Dean is featured in the National Hall of Inventors. In fact his ingenuity helped to start an era that created people like Bill Gates and Dell Computer's Michael Dell; millions of jobs in information technology can be traced back to him.

So what is the reason that his praises are not sufficiently lauded you ask, when in fact Dr Dean helped to shape the landscape of our society.? It is the consequence of a systemic poison known too well to "African Westerners" who are still denied substantial and meaningful representation in mass media.

Not the first to be treated like a mere footnote, Dr. Dean joins the ranks of other prestigious African American inventors who have been blatantly overlooked. John Stanard, inventor of the refrigerator, George Sampson, creator of the clothes dryer, Alexander Miles brought us the elevator and Lewis Latimer – the electric lamp.

None of these great inventors should be allowed to go quietly unnoticed. They are important and serve as great inspirations for particularly African American youth.





RDX's "Everybody Dance" slips into the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


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01 4 7 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (1wk@#1) U-3
02 3 12 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 U-1
03 1 16 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-2
04 2 17 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
05 7 11 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon U-2
06 5 21 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-1
07 8 10 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
08 6 16 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-2
09 9 9 Me and My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G NM
10 12 7 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-2
11 13 4 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
12 14 3 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-2
13 10 13 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-3
14 11 19 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1) D-3
15 18 2 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-3
16 15 16 Take My Place – Munga – Don Corleon(pp#6) D-1
17 16 17 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-1
18 17 10 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14) D-1
19 - New When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love
20 19 31 Tease Her – Anthony B – Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1





Mystic Vibes TV up for Chicago Music Award

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By: Jaide

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Mystic Vibes TV – Channel, the Chicago based cable television show that has for 12 years provided the best in world music entertainment was nominated in the category of Best Video Show for the upcoming Chicago Music Awards. "Today is a proud day for Mystic vibes, we work very hard to bring the best in roots and culture to our audiences and to be recognized this way is very special," Executive Producer, Zezel McKenzie, said.

The nominations were announced this week at a press conference by Ephraim Martin of Martin's International Culture Inc., the CMA producers, who have set the gala award ceremony for Sunday, January 27 at the Park West Theatre.





HIV-positive and still sexy

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aids_logo.jpg"You can have your sexuality...you don't have to lose it because you have HIV"

People tend to think that contracting HIV can spell the end of their sex lives, but HIV-positive Africans of all ages are now being urged to reclaim their sexuality and live healthy, normal lives.

"I got this [HIV] through sex, so [I thought] my sexuality was gone and I felt I needed to stop dressing attractively and wait to die," Florence Anam, 28, an information officer at the Kenya Network of Women with AIDS, told IRIN/PlusNews.

Anam said when she first revealed she was HIV-positive, many men avoided her, believing she was out to infect them; she herself had no interest in sex for several months after she was diagnosed. However, she has since discovered she can continue having and enjoying sex, despite being HIV-positive.

"My take on this is that you can have your sexuality ... you don't have to lose it because you have HIV, you just have to be responsible," she said, adding that sex "has to be good or I'm not having it".

At a recent workshop by the Africa Regional Sexuality Resource Centre (ARSRC), at its Sexuality Institute in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, participants heard that there was a need to rethink sexuality in the context of disease, particularly chronic infections such as HIV.

"HIV as a condition is highly moralised; people face stigma because they are perceived by society to have been sexually immoral," said Richmond Tiemoko, director of ARSRC.

"Women are particularly affected by this type of stigma because they are expected to be the keepers of society's morality, so contracting HIV is seen as a great failure on their part." He said it was important that people living with HIV recognised and claimed their right to sexuality and sexual intercourse.





Rodney King shot!

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rodney_king.jpgRodney King, famous for a videotaped beating from Los Angeles police back in 1991, was shot and wounded on a San Bernardino street corner late Wednesday.

According to tmz.com King called Rialto police just before midnight to report the shooting. According to Sgt. Don Lewis, King was struck in the face and arm with what appeared to be pellets or birdshot. When
police arrived at King's home, they reported that King and others inside appeared drunk. The man got shot in the face -- he deserves a drink!

King was taken to a local hospital, and his wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.





Junior Reid in legal tussle

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junior_reid.jpgSongs of Salvation CEO, Glenford Bryan and international singer Junior Reid is now embroiled in a legal tussle. According to Bryan who is represented by legal firm Sandra C Johnson and Company he had to take the matter further as efforts to get Junior Reid to pay him what is owed to him has been abusive and futile.

Even after Reid received a letter and follow up communications from his lawyer he has been stiff-necked and according to Bryan instructed his (Bryan's) lawyer not to call him again.

The whole drama started in February 2006 when Reid entered into a contract with Bryan for the sale of various musical equipment which amounted to over JA$700,000. After agreeing to pay in installments this broke down after a couple payments according to the receipts Yardflex has in its possession, six payments were made with the largest being JA$190,000.

In a letter sent out by Bryan's lawyer on October 5, 2007 the sum of JA$322,777.77 was being requested to be paid in 30 days time. The letter implied that if Reid failed to make the court's intervention would be sought.





Hot it Up – full of hits

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By Joan Wilson

mr.vegas.jpgYardflex got its hands on a copy of Vegas' new album "Hot It Up" and all we can say is that it's worth the effort of listening.

Hot It Comes with a lot Vegas chart topper and makes the experience an enjoyable cruise into listening land.

The album kicks off with the emotion puller "Do You Know" yes, that same track that shows Vegas sensitive side as he takes a trek into the emotional roller coaster that's called postpartum depression. This song rode every local chart and created havoc on the international scene.

Track two "Tamborine" is meant to take you out of that mood and bring on a more festive vibes. The soca-laced song is just the thing to do it too.

You should be sweating now and ready to really go into a full workout and track number 3 is just the thing to do it "Hot Wuk" needs no introduction. It is still maintaining a dominant presence on the scene and even made its way to the Billboard Hot R&B chart.

The dancing vibes continues with you track number 4, "Tek Weh Yuhself" another song that is creating mad vibes in the dancehall.

This song is showing no sign of fading in the background any time soon.





Brandy almost off the hook

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brandy.jpgWill lady luck smile on Brandy? Well any day now the R&B diva could find herself off the hook as time is winding down the the L.A. City Attorney's Office to file criminal charges against Brandy, who was involved in a multiple car crash that killed Awatef Aboudihaj, the mother of two boys. The first anniversary of the accident, December 30, is fast approaching, but Brandy has not been charged.

According to TMZ the City Attorney's Office plans to make a decision at the very last moment. If charges aren't filed, chances are the public wouldn't notice over the holidays and the case would quietly go away.

The website had an exclusive chat with Bill Sayed, lawyer for the victim's husband, Marouane Hdidou. Sayed questioned the delay, saying, "There is a death and obviously reckless driving involved, which is
enough evidence for an involuntary manslaughter charge. As to why the City Attorney has taken this long? I think we would all like to know."





Men and shopping

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgWell, in my last article I spoke about what a hopeless case women are when it comes to dealing with car woes...but if you think they are bad check out men and shopping!

No woman in her right mind will want to send her man to the market...it's an experience she won't soon forget. Living in Jamaica you done know how you have to juggle to make ends meet and going to market is a battle of wits and looking for the best deals.

Feeling sick one week, the husband was left with the job. The same money that would see me coming home with a bag full of goodies saw him heading through the door with a handful of things looking rather pleased with himself too!

"A wha dis?" Can you believe it, the man had the heart to brag how
the lady gave him a sweet deal on the yam and few sick looking bananas after she charge him an arm and a leg for it too!!!

Honestly, if he wasn't so willing and meant well all now I would still be cussing!





Oh No, not again R. Kelly!

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r_kelly.jpgThat's it, we are convinced that R. Kelly just have a thing for the young ones. Following a story posted on mediatakeout.com where R Kelly's publicist Regina Daniels abruptly quit working with him after 14 years. Regina's husband, music legend George Daniels also cut all ties with the R&B legend.

Initially, it was thought that R Kelly physically assaulted Regina. But it now appears that he did something much worse!!!

According to the website some faithful readers gave them the real 411 on the situation.

Many assumed that Kelly hit or sexual assaulted Regina. But word on the street is the real reason George and Regina quit, is because R Kelly allegedly slept with their 21-year-old daughter [Maxine].





Is Marco Dean a Davis?

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beenie_angel.jpgBeenie Man has not yet collected the results of a paternity test he did recently to determine whether or not he is the biological father of Marco-Dean.

Reports are that the deejay was to collect results today. In a recent television interview, Beenie Man said there is a possibility that the child is not his, and if it turns out that way, D'Angel would have to repay the entire child support money that he had been paying.

In a press release issued yesterday, D'Angel accused Beenie Man of being fully aware of the DNA results at the time when he made these comments on the television interview.

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YardFlex Calender Competition - Contest #1

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

HELP US CHOOSE THE BEST IMAGES FOR OUR 2008 YARDFLEX CALENDAR

Please vote for either Contestant A or B. Both are vying for a spot on the 2008 Yardflex Calendar.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

A tally of all the votes appearing in the comments will be done and the winner will be posted on December 1, 2007.

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Ashleigh The Real Island Girl

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Name: ASHLEIGH NICOLE

D.O.B: 12/10/1985

Height: 5'5"

Weight: 135

Nationality: Chinese/Jamaican/Indian

Location: Coral Springs, Florida.

Career Goal: Well I'm in school for Advertising and Marketing, So I plan on working with a major magazine company in the near future as a Project Manager for Organizing AD Campaigns.





Lyrics: "Me Love" - Sean Kingston

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[Chorus]
Uh uh uh uh oh ooh
why'd you have to go-oh
away from home
me love.

Uh uh uh uh oh ooh
why'd you have to go-oh
away from home
me love.

[Verse 1]
See the first time me look inna your eyes
me did tell you, you want a guy like me -guy like me
we use to ave gud times on da evening
me and you chilling on da beach -on the beach

We use to kiss and caress an trust me
girl it feels so sweet -feels so sweet
den one day you move
now im feelin kinda blue
cause me hear say you leave -you leave

I feel like im drownin in da ocean
somebody come and take me away

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
Now im sittin in a chair wit no one here
and im feelin all alone -all alone
thinkin to myself like
damn why my baby up and gone -up and gone
its like im missin her and i know she's missin me- missin me
its been two years an a half in july will make it three. -make it three

I feel like im drownin in da ocean
somebody come and take me away





D'Angel Breaks Her Silence!!!!!!!!!!

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This release is to break the silence on matters concerning my relationship with my husband Moses Davis a.k.a. Beenie Man. In recent times I have restrained myself from discussing the breakdown of our marriage in interviews as I was always of the view that it was a family matter and private.

Over the past five months I have been vilified and maliciously maligned by the lies and comments of Beenie Man and after recent comments made by him in connection with the case in Court I feel I need to speak out and make the public aware of the facts so that this matter will come to an end with the truth.

On the Programme Onstage broadcasted on CVM TV on November 24, 2007, in an interview with Winford Williams the host, Beenie Man made comments which were misleading to the public concerning matters pending in Court.





Like parents, like daughter!

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bobbi_kristina_brown.jpgSay it ain't so! Yardflex came across the information on mediatakeout.com that Bobbi Kristina daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown could be headed down the same road as her parents!

According to the website the 14-year-old was caught smoking what looked to be illegal stuff. And that's not all. The person who sent the photo claims that Bobbi Kris is on a downward spiral. Tells the family friend, "I'm worried she'll go through what [her parents] went through...Please get the word out so that someone can help her."

Oh no save her please!





Lyrics: "Hate That I Love You" - Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo

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rihanna_neyo.jpg1st verse
And I can't stand you
Must everything you do make me wanna smile
Can I not like you for a while - no
But you won't let me
You upset me girl and then you kiss my lips
All of a sudden I forget that I was upset
I can't remember what you did

Pre
Girl I hate it - you know exactly what to do
Still I can't stay mad at you for too long - that's wrong
Girl I hate it - you know exactly how to touch
So I don't fuss and fight no more
Said I despise that I adore you

Chorus
And I hate how much I love you girl
I can't stand how much I need you
And I hate how much I love you girl
But I just cant let you go
Girl I hate that I love you so





HIV Scare following Doctor's Misuse of needles

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aids_logo.jpgNew York state health officials notified 628 former patients of a Nassau County anesthesiologist that they need to seek testing for HIV, Hepatitis and other blood borne diseases, because between 2000 and 2005 the medical practitioner in question reused syringes when injecting patients with more than one drug, New York Times reports.

Investigations into the practice of anesthesiologist Harvey Finkelstein of Plainview, N.Y. began in 2005 after two of his patients contracted hepatitis C. According to the Times, Finkelstein would use a new syringe for each patient. However, Finkelstein told investigators that in 2000 he began using the same syringe to draw medicine from more than one vial when giving a patient more than one type of drug by injection, which caused the potential contamination of multidose vials.

The blood of a patient with one virus could, by backing up through the needle and entering the vials, be transmitted to another person when that vial of medicine was reused.

Investigators in 2005 notified 98 of Finkelstein's patients who had received epidural injections in the three weeks before, during and after his two patients were infected, that they should seek testing for blood borne diseases. Of the 84 who were tested, no other cases of infection were traced to Finkelstein. The state then expanded its investigation to examine records from 2000 to 2005. New York Health Commissioner Richard Daines in a statement released this week said that "the department identified all 628 patients who had received injections between Jan. 1, 2000, and Jan. 15, 2005, after a thorough review of medical records at all sites where this physician practiced" (Vitello/Kershaw, New York Times, 11/16).





In the News

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Asylum chief says 'sorry'

brian_chung2.jpgBrian Chung, owner of the Asylum Night Club is apologizing for the premature end to the club's 10th anniversary celebrations, held at Mas Camp on Saturday.

Proceedings reportedly came to an unscheduled end when a generator in the building went dead.

During an interview today, Mr. Chung explained, "We had two generators at the venue, one for the sound system and the other for the lights. At around 4:00AM Sunday morning the generator for the sound burnt up and we were unable to fix it in time which resulted in the abrupt end to the celebration."

Further, he revealed that Shaggy and Sean Paul who were the surprise acts of the night were unable to perform due to the technical glitch.

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Beenie, Angel, Bounty and Barbee Claymation

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Nikki Z Birthday bash sell off!

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nikkiz_posters.jpgNikki Z birthday bash held over the weekend in Portmore at Sugarman's Beach was a real star-studded affair with many of the radio diva friends coming out to celebrate with her.

Attractively decorated, it was a welcomed sight to those who made their way on the beach to enjoy some first class performances and all other attractions that were on offer at the bash.

The bash saw some good performances from the likes of Junior Reid, Deva Bratt, Future Fambo, Erupt, Tifa, Delishus, Esco, Natural Blacks and many others.

The place was ram packed with party goers and the vibes was great.





Asylum 'Last Lap' suffered blackout

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By: Jaide
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Last Saturday night, Asylum Night Club had their 10 year anniversary bash, "...But we should have gone to Nikki Z's Birthday bash instead," was the general consensus amongst some patrons after the whole thing ended behind a power surge and slight crowd disruption.

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Mas Camp was the spot where Asylum hosted this culmination of events, wrapping up a solid week of celebration. Brian "Ribbi" Chung, owner of Asylum, who once ran its now defunct sister club, Cactus, delivered on his promise to provide the very best, but unforeseen circumstances aborted the fun.

Sound System, AreaCode 876, really rocked the Mas Camp revellers in the early hours and party people were well tuned in to his smooth selections to which they responded with loud approval. When Yardflex arrived at about 1:30AM selector Blade was ripping through the crowd with cutting sounds.

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Interspersed with the handing out of $10,000 cash door prizes to holders of winning tickets, the stage show included amazing comedic talent from Itty, Fancy Cat and Pretty Boy Floyd. The comedians' job was to not only call people up to compete for the B-Mobile phone and gift basket prizes, but also to add an extra hilarious spin to it all by coming up with the (often ridiculous) criteria for the mini competitions.





Mighty Crown takes World Clash 2007

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mighty_crown.jpgMighty Crown is the champion! And only just as they took the 2007 title by a narrow margin from Bass Odyssey.

According to reports the two sounds were going at it 'neck and neck' with both boos and forwards!

Ninja Man started off his segment on a high note getting huge forwards as he in his own inimitable style ridiculed Rodigan who came out dressed in a red and white Elvis Presley outfit.

Rodigan was not out for the count though, cause with his change in another outfit came a change in gear as he stepped up the pace and drew some of Ninja's own clash specials on him!

After a really tight and exciting segment, Rodigan got the edge of Ninja as he drew two wicked selections that completely done the place. Even Ninja Man had to concede defeat but not without a warning, Mi a guh stop deejay and tun selector fi kill yuh Rodigan!" It
was however done in a friendly way and patrons didn't take it as a 'real clash'.





By: J. Koni

Shirley_caesar.jpgGospel singing legend, Shirley Caesar has released her 43rd album in her 40th year in music. The album is entitled, "Still Sweeping Through the City," a compilation of 12 of her favorite songs.

The album will feature the classic song, "Hold My Mule," that was released in 1987 and became a number one hit. It stayed on the Billboard Gospel Album Sales Chart for a 110 weeks.

"Hold My Mule was number one for 52 weeks on Billboard," she confesses. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do that again with the new CD? We're just gonna wait and see what God is going to do."

Shirley revealed that she dusted off some of her rarer classics from the 1970s such as "Faded Rose" and a medley of "Peter Don't Be Afraid," "Nobody But You Lord" and "Teach Me Master." Also from that period is the heart-rending "How Many Will Be Remembered?"





Meet Bronx-based gospel artiste Dunamis

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By: Joan Wilson

Dunamis_gospel-artiste.jpgNow here is a gospel singer who has truly seen and done it all and is now on fire for Jesus. Through his mistakes he is now imparting the words to others so that they can avoid the same pitfalls.

Neil Hall aka Dunamis is on a mission to reach the world with the transforming message of the Power of God.

Born in Bull Bay, St Andrew he left Jamaica at the age of 10 then got "shipped back" to Jamaica on a one way ticket by my single mom who was out of her elements with his street activities of robbing and possessing and selling guns.

After returning to Jamaica he attended Kingston Technical for three years.

Strange as it might sound inspite of his street life on Sundays he would be in church and in the summer at church camp. He actually made an attempt to serve Christ in 1993 when he accepted the Lord as his
Saviour.

That didn't last he backslid the same year and lived the life of the prodigal son with riotous living as he says.

"My crew and I use to throw big sound parties and running women."

Soon Dunamis started taking an inward look at his life and realized it wasn't as fulfilling as he thought. That's when he asked the Lord to give him another chance to go back to the States and he promised to dedicate his life to Him.





Sunshine Girls Retain Bronze Medal

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

edit_sunshine_girls.jpgJamaican netballers "The Sunshine Girls" performed creditably at the just concluded world netball championships when they maintained their third place ranking by defeating England in a tight finish 53-52.

Earlier, in the tournament the girls won their zone to qualify for the semi-final with the big three Austrailia, New Zealand and England.

However, despite playing competitively against New Zealand in the semi-final The Sunshine Girls could not withstand the strong challenge from that country's "Silver Ferns" and succumbed to a 59-49 defeat.





Diabetes Part II...test yourself

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diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgThe Canadian Diabetes Association suggests those at high risk for getting diabetes get tested at least every three years. If you answer yes to any of the questions below you are considered to be at high risk for type 2 diabetes:

● Have you had gestational diabetes?
● Does an immediate family member have type 2 diabetes?
● Are you overweight?
● Are you over 40?
● Do you have high blood pressure?
● Are you of aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian or African decent?





Lyrics: "Conscience" - Baby Cham

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baby_cham.jpgIntro:
Fi di yute dem! Seen! Yo!!!

Verse 1:
Wah coulda possess a man?! Fi tun a AK-47 pon a young woman?!
And have di heart to fi send har go to neverland mi have a question
When oonu kill off di ooman dem weh oonu fi do, F man!!!?
Eh! Wah coulda possess a yute?! Fi lick dung a baby modda and har likkle yute
Look how she beg him and plea but him still a shoot
And come back pon di corna and a laff and a tink seh it cute
Nah mon dem bredda ya mad
Jamaica when yuh read di news it nuh mek yuh sad
Man a shot up all church den a soh dem bad
Hold on now mon, weh yuh try fi tell mi seh, gunman nuh rate God?!
Government weh oonu ago do?! Yuh see it look inna mi eyes did I tell oonu?!
Some man a talk bout dem a shotta dem a iddi poo
A must a cow push dem out cau mi caan believe dem have a modda too





Passa Passa

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radio_station.jpgYardflex came across one angry cop who is vowing to one day get the chance to serve that summons on the radio host who absolutely refuses to take care of his children.

"Him just a go round and a have up dis bag a pickney and di mother dem haffi a come to wi fi serve summons fi get him fi mind dem," the cop ranted.

But what gets to the security personnel is the fact that this same personality can be heard on the air hitting out at men who don't mind their children.

"Di last time mi hear him a lick out fi up a di station and a wait fi him, but the station manager look like him warn him off and him nuh come a work dat day," the cop related to Yardflex.

Well Mr. show host remember, you can run, but you can't hide forever and so save the cop the trouble and start mind yuh pickney dem...shame pon you man.





Good start on the Reggae road to South Africa

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

reggae_boyz.jpgThe Jamaican Football team "The Reggae Boyz" made a successful return to the National Stadium - "The Office," when they won their two international friendlies against El Salvador and Guatemala under the new Jamaica Football Federation Administration with Captain Horace Burrell at the helm.

In the first game on Sunday November 18 against El Salvador the Theodore Whitmore coached team won 3-nil in an encouraging but not overwhelming performance by the Boyz. This all took place under the watchful eyes of approximately18,000 spectators clad in their gold, green and black our traditional "Yard" colours.

On this occasion the team was captained by Ricardo "Bibby" Gardner who plies his trade in the English Premier League for Bolton Wanderers. The goal scorers were Captain Gardner and Rudolph Austin.

In the second encounter on Wednesday November 21 against Guatemala, the Reggae Boyz kept their composure and eeked out a comprehensive 2-nil victory, under soggy conditions in front of a similar size crowd.





Baby Cham's Conscience still in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 15 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 16 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
03 7 11 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 U-4
04 9 6 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 U-5
05 4 20 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-1
06 5 15 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-1
07 8 10 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon U-1
08 10 9 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-2
09 10 8 Me And My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G U-1
10 6 12 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-4
11 11 18 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1) NM
12 14 6 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-2
13 15 3 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
14 17 2 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-3
15 13 15 Take My Place – Munga – Don Corleon(pp#6) D-2
16 12 16 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-4
17 16 9 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14)D-1
18 - New Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill
19 19 30 Tease Her – Anthony B – Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) NM
20 18 8 No Man – T.O.K – Don Corleon (pp#12)D-2





News Brief

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Maia_Campbell.jpgActress Maia Campbell in mental institution.

Popular actress Maia Campbell, who has starred opposite LL Cool J in the TV series 'In The House' is currently staying in a mental hospital in California.

According to Mediatakeout.com word is that the hospital diagnosed her as bipolar and schizophrenic and is holding her for treatment.

Well Yardflex hopes Maia bounce back like a champion from this little setback.





Live Wyya Sacked

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By: Joseph Cunningham

live_wyya.jpgJust months after being named the official backing band for Jah Cure, Live Wyya has been fired.

Reports are that band members were presented with a letter that suggested their services were no longer required, shortly after returning from a performance in The Bahamas with the singer.

"This is very shocking," says Earl Edwards, the band leader. He added, "In the letter it was suggested that we were fired on the grounds of having a minor in our hotel room. This is untrue."





Celebrate as "Exodus" Turns 30

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By: Janice Dayle

bob_marley_exodus.jpgThirty years ago the album, "Exodus" was released by Island Records and this masterpiece from Bob Marley and The Wailers has been lauded by many and even labeled, "the album of the 20th century," by Time Magazine.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this album's release Island Records has released Exclusive Exodus Music and Memorabilia that includes a Special Edition CD/DVD combo; "Live At The Rainbow Concert," and a new hardback book. College tours of the screening of, "Live At The Rainbow," will also ensue across the US. Exodus was released on Friday June 3, 1977 while Marley was in a self imposed exile.

In December, 1976 Bob Marley, his wife and manager suffered gunshot wounds after an assassination attempt at their Hope Road residence. Injured and bandaged Bob Marley and his wife joined the rest of The Wailers at a scheduled concert in Kingston shortly after the attack, performing - despite the lurking danger.





Hot Ne-Yo dropped from R. Kelly tour

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By: J. Koni

neyo_r' kelly.jpgNe-Yo has been dropped from R.Kelly's Double Up tour, and the official reason is that there is a contractual dispute. However, a representative from Ne-Yo's camp believes R.Kelly is afraid of the competition! "R.Kelly fired the singer because he brought too much heat for him to compete against."

"He's written hit songs for Beyonce ("Irreplaceable") and Rihanna ("Unfaithful"); spending a combined 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100," Ne-Yo's business partner and manager, Tango, said in a statement. "He's written songs slated to be on Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, and Enrique Iglesias' new albums. The fans were really feeling his performances. He's good; maybe he's too good – that's the problem."





Macka implicated after shooting incident

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By: Joseph Cunningham

macka_diamond_2.jpgMacka Diamond and her management are disgruntled at reports that insinuate she may have been involved in a shooting incident at the home of her former publicist, Ray Alexander.

Yardflex learnt that on Tuesday night unidentified persons alighted from a vehicle outside the gate of Mr. Alexander's home and aimed gunshots towards the house. A number of bullet holes bare witness of the attack.

Director of marketing Lisa Larmond, of Macka Diamond's company, DIAMOND DISTRICT J.A., says the deejay was taken aback when she heard of the insinuations. She adds that for Macka Diamond to be involved is impossible as she is busy doing her music videos, shows, tours and book promotion.





Sean Kingston home for Grammy Christmas

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Sean_kingston.jpgSean Kingston is booked to perform in his native land, Jamaica for the first time on Christmas Day, December 25.

Billed, Grammy Christmas, the event is being hosted by Tropical Vibes Promotion at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios.

Show promoter, Garwin Davis revealed that he recently confirmed the singer through a contractual agreement, adding that negotiations had been ongoing for sometime. Sean Kingston into the international limelight with his hit, "Beautiful Girl."





Kanye comes clean about chart battle

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50_and_kanye.jpgSeems as if our local DJs are not the only one enjoying popularity after their so-called feud. According to a story posted on another website, the rapper told all in the December issue of GQ.

Kanye West has revealed his chart battle with rap rival 50 Cent was a publicity stunt he dreamed up to sell records. The pair went head to head in September (07) when both of their albums were released on the same day. West won after a frenzied media battle he now claims he created.

The multi-platinum hit maker comes clean to GQ (December '07 issue) magazine, stating, "It was a complete publicity stunt. It was my idea. I knew it was going to take off as soon as we were going to come out on the same date. Think about it - you got the two biggest sh*t-talkers in rap history. There's no-one in rap history known for talking more shit than me and 50. That's something I will stand on." He adds of 50 Cent's vow to retire if he lost the battle: "Oh man, he sold so many more records by saying that. Man, 50 is really one of my favorite rappers, too. I almost feel bad (about beating him)." Although, West hammered 50 cent with sales in the U.S., it was 50 cent who sold more albums worldwide than his play-play rival.





Blessings

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Happy Earthday to the Queen of Reggae Sister Marcia Griffiths O.D.

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Yardflex wishes you all the best on your special day.

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Yardflex Calendar Competition

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ARE YOU A HOTTIE?

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Attention! Attention! Attention! Hot Girls, Sexy Girls, and Models Needed for Yardflex Calendar Competition.

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Submit your pics by email to debracole.yardflex@gmail.com and your best photos will be entered giving you a chance to be featured as one of the top models of the month.

The winner of the competition will participate in an all expense paid Yardflex Photo Shoot in Jamaica.





"Bembe"...new name for Thursday

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By: Kaylia Williams & Janice Dayle
Photos By: Kaylia Williams

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Bembe Thursday started October 12th last year and it has evolved into a dancehall ritual held at Weekenz every Thursday. The regular steamy dancehall session was initiated by the group Bembe Squad, alongside Weekenz manager. Comprised of a group of top selectors, The Bembe Squad is: Richie Feelings, Tony Matterhorn, Jigsy, Penny Bling, Rolexx, Razz and Biggy.

The name Bembe originated with group member Richie Feelings, who said, "Bembe is an outstanding marble that is big and that's why I chose the name cause out of the twenty four marbles that come in the pack the Bembe marble is the biggest." Biggy a member of the group was the one who came up with Bembe Thursday.

Razz explained that the owner of Weekenz approached the group about a dancehall night the club was planning to start. Richie asked the group what they should call the sessions and Biggy came up with Bembe Thursdays. Richie feelings said, "Mi like it, it different it ago work!"





50 Cent, Ciara to spend Thanksgiving together

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50_ciara.jpgBusted! Rapper 50 Cent and Ciara's quality time plan has been discovered. According to Mediatakeout.com Ciara is traveling across Eastern Europe with 50 Cent as he tours. And word is, she's not traveling as a performer - but as 50's companion.

And there's more. Ciara and 50 are so serious, that she's spending Thanksgiving with him - and not with her family in Atlanta.

Don't believe us, you should see the photo showing Ciara in Brastislava outside 50 Cent's hotel (with 50's tour manager). Why else would she be in Slovakia - it ain't exactly a tourist spot...









Publicist's house shot up

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gunshootholes_in_house.jpgEntertainment publicist Ray Alexander received the shock of his life last night when unknown assailants shot up his house.

When Yardflex spoke with Alexander he was still shaken up as he fired, "it happened around 8:45 last night. I heard the sound of gunfire but I couldn't believe the attack was on me. My first thought was, I have not done anyone anything, so who would want to hurt me?" he explained.

According to Alexander he later learned that the car drove about 200 meters from his home, then two men got out, one stocky and another slim built, they walked up to the gateway pushed the gun through the gate and fired several shots towards the bedroom area.





Wayne Marshall taking it to another level

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Wayne_marshall.jpgWayne Marshall, one of the hard working members of the Alliance is currently effectively burning candles at both ends as he perfects not only his second solo album but also an upcoming Alliance release with Bounty Killer, Mavado, Busy Signal and Bling Dawg.

After dominating airwaves with the blazing sounds of his 2007 hits, "Cocky," "Astronaut," "Who & Dem," "Smoking" and his most recent release, "Potholes," Marshall is on a roll that is keeping him at the top.

Both albums are slated for a 2008 release, however the first single off of his yet to be titled solo effort is already on heavy rotation at radio stations. The song, "Keeping it Gangsta," will undoubtedly thrust this solo effort into higher heights. Expected to initiate the rise of a new more focused Marshall, the album is described as being filled with more potent crossover tracks that will help boost the hit-maker's career.





Tuesday 'catchup'

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beenieman@2.jpgBig night for dancehall

Bwoy goose bump nearly kill mi Sunday’ night when a watch Junior Reid, Chacka Demus & Pliers and Beenie Man a do dem tings with Alicia Keys. Can you imagine, a whole heap a million a people all over the world a pre fi wi culture. Big up and unno notice how Beenie Man did dress up nuh puss foot?

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Spice_2.jpgSting buzz

Mi hear nuff people a chat pon di road sey dem caan wait fi Spice teck di stage a Sting cause dem know sey she have di remedy fi Macka Diamond and all odda woman out deh whey feel like sey dem caan come teck har on inna har own backyard. Mi nah tell nuh lie still Spice a gwaan hard out deh and if mi haffi bet den a she mi a put mi money pon.

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Panthers Bash a Hit

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rolexx_bembe_selector.jpgThe highly anticipated Panthers Birthday Bash was a success. The event which was staged at Main Street in Christiana, Manchester, was characterized by a number of sound systems and artistes on show.

Freddie Kroger, Fire Links, Jazzy T, Black Kat and Grammer Zone, Stone Love, Adonai, Bass Odyssey and World Talk Selector provided a steady flow of music.

Entertainers who performed were Capleton, Twins of Twins, Tony Curtis, Jigsy King, Macka, Fantan Mojah, Disturb, Lady G and Easy Wayne.

Sadly though, Rolexx of the Bembe Squad, who was on his way to the event met in a motor vehicle accident. Raz and Biggy and a few others billed for the event went to the hospital with Rolex instead.

Reports coming from Keita, the mother of his child, explained that the selector got a nasty chop in is head and was unconscious for a while. She added that he is currently recovering and will be out of the hospital soon.





New Look to Jamaica Festival 2k 8

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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In an effort to increase the number of persons entering Jamaica Festival 2008, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), made several changes to the previously existing syllabus.

This will include the expansion of eligibility rules, which will allow more people to enter the various categories of competition, increasing the probability of more items making it to the National Finals.

The new rules of the competition will now allow for highest-scoring gold medalist in each age class and category at the parish level to be eligible for recommendation to the Nationals, and other finals.





Reggae Explosion 2007

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By Olimatta Taal

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Despite a shoot out at inside a local Fort Lauderdale Club a few weeks ago, Reggae Explosion 2007 held at Gold Coast Skating Rink still brought out loyal fans to a show organized by Drop Di Bass Records, Red Square Productions, and Kalonji Records. Early juggling began with music from Bambino Sound Family, Swatch International, D-Nice, Daniel, and Super Sound.

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The show began with a magnificent and energetic performance by the original dancehall king, Yellow Man. He deejayed a number of hit tunes like I'm getting Married, BlueBerry Hill, Zunguzung, and tribute song to orphan children with a similar experience. He performed with Sagittarius Band bringing live music that had the club rocking.





Shaggy shares "Intoxication" with Florida fans

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By: Janice Dayle

shaggy.jpgLike a tattoo, Shaggy has marked the world with his infectious sound and Mr. 'Order of Distinction' continues in that vein with his current promotional tour for "Intoxication," the album that is loaded with soulful and driving rhythms.

On November 16 Shaggy brought his upbeat new disc with its dancehall rocking fusions that blend well with the Shaggy pop style to Florida's Saw Grass Mills Mall. FYE Music hosted this southern USA unveiling of "Intoxication," and Shaggy demonstrated why he is indeed one of Jamaica's most celebrated cultural figures.

Accompanied by Rik Rok, Shaggy hung out with his fans; and he not only signed CDs but was also well-disposed to all requests for photo opportunities. One fan commended Shaggy's warmth that was brought more to light, she said, as she observed his genuine interaction with a disabled young fan.





By: J. Koni

jillcscot_dianaross.jpgTalented American R&B, soul and jazz singer Jill Scott has been booked to perform at the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz And Blues Festival.

Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia, reading her own poetry. She was heard by a drummer in the band, Roots, who invited her to join their band in studio. The result was a co-composition, "You Got Me," that became a Top 40 pop hit in 1999.

Subsequently, she collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith and Common, and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent.

Signed to Steve McKeever's newly formed Hidden Beach label, Jill released her debut album, "Who Is Jill Scott." Words and Sounds Vol. 1, in July 2000. "Experience: Jill Scott 826" appeared the following summer and it came hot on the heels of the "A Long Walk" single.





Sanchez gives hope to the youth of Standpipe

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sanchez.jpgReggae singer Sanchez is definitely on a mission. And it is one that could very well be called Project Standpipe. It's all about the empowerment of the youth through music, and many persons who are close to the singer have expressed the view that this project is now Sanchez' guiding light.

Always in demand to do recordings and stage shows around the world, Sanchez recently took a little time to really chill out in the section of Liguanea, known as Standpipe. While there, he convene an informal musical conference with the youth of the area, and, as expected, the feedback was excellent. They all agreed that music was an important influence and they would welcome the opportunity to get involved with any musical project spearheaded by Sanchez.

For starters, weekly talent shows were staged to unearth the potential rising stars. The talent that emerged from the community was awesome and the youth were so grateful for the opportunity that they came
out in their numbers to audition.

"When I realized that there was so much talent here, I just decided to chill and put the effort into building a studio right here in the community and play my part in uplifting the youth," Sanchez said in an
interview with Yardflex.





Britney did it again

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spears&k-fed.jpgWhat else can go wrong for Britney Spears. The latest report comes courtesy of TMZ that Britney Spears can't drive with her kids in the car.

The move was made after a court hearing yesterday, during which Mark Vincent Kaplan, K-Fed's lawyer, officially informed the judge that Brit blew a red light with her kiddies in the car last week.

According to the website Commish Gordon issued the sealed order, as stipulated by lawyers for several of the issues.

Hmn it's really "oops she did it again!"





Kids & HIV/AIDS; Don't Hate – EDUCATE

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jenna.jpgJenna Bush, daughter of the president of the United States, who has written a book chronicling the life of a young Latin American girl born HIV positive; also spoke briefly about the discrimination facing children living with HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. Inspired to write the book, entitled "Anna's Story; A Journey of Hope," following a UNICEF internship in Latin America and the Caribbean, it was the Jamaican response to HIV that seemed harshest, in all of the young Bush’s analogies.

Bush, 25, spoke of HIV positive children in Jamaica who told her they would never disclose their HIV status to anyone in their neighbourhood. The children's reason was a very real fear that someone in their village would stone them to death, she said. This speaks to the single most crippling aspect of HIV/AIDS; that is Stigma and Discrimination.

Talking about children with HIV/AIDS Jenna's book documents the life stories of the kids she encountered during her study/work experience. At a book signing session recently Jenna encouraged people to become mentors, teachers, tutors and volunteers for affected children in need of help and to educate themselves about the crucial issues facing children like, HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse and other like issues, the Tampa Tribune reported.





News Brief

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edit_janadams-booking-photo.jpgDr. Adams who performed the cosmetic surgery on Kanye West's mom failed to show up for a hearing today in court. According to TMZ.com the L.A. County Superior Court judge has issued a warrant for Dr. Adam's arrest.

Lori Ufondu sued Dr. Adams and won a judgment in excess of $100,000, after he left a sponge in her following surgery. Ufondu's lawyer told TMZ Dr. Adams hasn't paid.

Today, Dr. Adams was ordered to appear at 8:30 AM in San Pedro, California, for a "judgement debtor" examination hearing, in order to establish where he had assets. The doctor was a no show, and the judge
issued a $30,000 civil warrant.





Women and cars

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By Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgFor the next couple of articles I will be exploring women and men's responses to any given situation. Both have their strong points and their weak points and that's what drives each other crazy.

Now having said that I will go into a topic that certainly doesn't leave most of us women in a favourable light. And that's how we deal with car ownership.

It's a drama observing three quarters of my friends when they have a puncture to deal with...honestly they don't have a clue about changing tires!

One of my home girls shamelessly confessed that "I just come out of the car, 'panker around' and sure enough a kind Samaritan stop to help."

Another of my home girl said she came out of the car, looked absolutely helpless and a guy stopped and "sorted her out!"

For myself now the personal grief comes in trying to buy car parts. Oftentimes you give the make and year of the car and the sales person throws a question at you like "what size engine is it, what kind of battery does it use?" Poor me, I thought battery was battery!





Baby Cham's Conscience in the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


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01 2 14 Conscience – Cham - Don Corleon (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 15 Give It Up - Beenie Man feat. Barbee - 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 19 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga - Casper Productions (1wk@#1) NM
04 6 10 Nah Go A Jai l- Busy Signal - Jam 2 U-2
05 4 14 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle - Daseca D-1
06 7 9 Dem A Sissy – Assassin - Don Corleon U-1
07 5 11 Bubble Like Soup - Timber-Lee - Ward 21 (pp#5) D-2
08 9 8 Tell Dem Don't Follow - Buju Banton - Heart of Love U-1
09 13 5 Everybody Dance - RDX - Apt 19 U-4
10 10 7 Me and My Dogs – Mavado - Baby G NM
11 8 17 The Days - Busy Signal - Daseca (4wks@#1) D-3
12 11 15 Love Is Wicked - Brick & Lace - 180 Entertainment (pp#5)D-1
13 12 14 Take My Place - Munga - Don Corleon(pp#6) D-1
14 17 5 Pick It Up & Drop It - Sean Paul - Birchill Records U-3
15 19 2 Empire Army - Vybz Kartel - Big Ship U-4
16 14 8 Crab Inna Barrel - Shane-O - Iceman D-2
17 RE - Squeeze Har - Mavado - H20
18 15 7 No Man – TOK - Don Corleon (pp#12) D-3
19 18 29 Tease Her-Anthony B - Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
20 20 26 Back It Up - Beenie Man - 357 Records (5wks@#1) NM





Don Gorgon for peace

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By: Joseph Cunningham
NinjaMan2.jpgDesmond "Ninja Man" Ballentine, the self-proclaimed "real badman" is using his influential image for a positive cause. He is lobbying for peace in his childhood community, Marl Road, which is close to Waterhouse in Kingston.

During a radio interview he revealed that he is currently funding a community development project, which will be characterized by the painting the sidewalks, fixing potholes, cleaning of the streets and finding a trade for the youths of the community.

"I was so impressed by the interest members of the Community showed in my initiative to quell the crime and violence in the area, and that is why I have decided to go into my pocket to fund this," the philanthropic Don Gorgon stated.





Booyaka! For Jamaica's Reggae Legends

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Honour your fathers and mothers that your days may be log upon the earth. That is the idea behind, "Booyaka", a show being planned to pay homage to deceased icons of Reggae music; artistes, producers and musicians.

In the Jamaican context, the word Booyaka signifies positive acknowledgement, or respect. It will be a phenomenal occasion for music and history, at Mas Camp in New Kingston, on Saturday, December 1.

On that night, Jack Scorpio, Merritone, and Kilimanjaro will "serve up" music originally released by those to be honoured on this year's Wall of Fame. Forty-four reggae icons will be recognized this year. Photographs and other historical information will be on display.





Beenie, Barbee to walk red carpet at AMA

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When the celebrities walk the red carpet to attend the America Music Awards on Sunday in California Beenie Man and Barbee will be among them.

Yardflex had a chat with the sultry singer and she was very excited about it.

"It's cool and I feel honoured going to the awards with her," Barbee gushed.

But that's not all the two will have their moment in the spotlight also as they have remixed Alicia Keys' red hot lead single "No One" from her just released album "As I Am."

The remix all came about because one of Alicia Keys' producers approached Barbee about the project and from what we hear of the single it is destined to be just as popular as its predecessor.

At Alicia Key's "As I Am" album launch held recently in New York, the remix of the lead single "No One" was played and Barbee could not be more pleased at the response. "It was crazy vibes at the party...they all loved it."





By: Elizabeth Smith

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgYesterday, November 14, was World Diabetes Day and it marked the first time that this monumental vehicle of "Diabetes Awareness," travelled across our globe - spurring on efforts of prevention as well as heightening perceptions on what can be done to control the disease; preventing or delaying life threatening complications.

Diabetes currently affects 246 million people globally. This historical day was especially for all of them and the many millions more at risk,

On this first United Nations (UN) observed World Diabetes Day, Diabetes communities got together to celebrate the long awaited existence of a day that recognises the severe risks posed by Diabetes and urged understanding of the disease overall.

The result of a UN landmark resolution of December 2006, November 14 has become a United Nations observed day. Marking the date of Frederick Banting's birthday who along with Charles Best first came up with the notion of insulin in 1921, November 14 will bolster a major global awareness campaign from now on.





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"The album "Burnin" was a work by prophets," Mrs. Rita Marley said in an interview with Ben Manilla for the National Public Radio programme, "All Things Considered," that will itself be preserved in the Library of Congress as well.





Passa Passa

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merciless.jpgYardFlex came across this article..."Merciless Found!"

Hmm, according to partyspree.com the whereabouts of deejay Merciless, has now been ascertained.

Gadaffi, the deejay's manager confirms that he has finally made contact with Merciless, whose real name is Leonard Bartley, who was believed to be incarcerated.

According to Gadaffi Merciless deh a road now "Leonard deh a road. It wasn't fi him case, di person he was driving with, the police wanted and they held both of them," Gadaffi said.

"I saw his (Merciless) brother the other day an him did a sey him hear sey Merciless inna lock up, but dem nuh sure what's happening either," he had said.

While Gadaffi said he was still unclear as to the full details surrounding Merciless' arrest and subsequent release, he says he is sure of one thing: "Merciless will be in Jamaica soon."

Who knows he might put in an appearance at Sting...well...we'll see.

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By: Joseph Cunningham

baba_roots.jpgIn a rush, the drink has become a huge favourite, and, in a rush, William "Baba Roots" Wilberforce Webb has become one of Jamaica's most successful entrepreneurs.

Yes! He is the man behind what is arguably the most popular herbal energy drink in Jamaica – Baba Roots - and its popularity is soaring throughout the wider Caribbean and the world. As a result, it is the most requested drink consumed by dancehall's world renowned artistes, before they ascend the stage.

Baba Roots told Yardflex that the drink increases sexual energy and alertness as well!

It is marketed in Jamaica as a home-grown and natural alternative to Red Bull and is considered an ital food product. The drink has been mentioned in several songs including "Stand Firm" by Bounty Killer.

A perpetual entrepreneur, Baba has come up with something new and exciting; the "Rush Hour Night Club" located on Pines Plaza, Junction, St. Elizabeth. The club opened last Saturday night with guest appearances from Ninja Man and Bling Dawg. Comparable to many top class night spots, Rush Hour Night Club could be mistaken for a major club in any of the world's metropolitan centres. It is fully air-conditioned and cozy; with a lounge area covered in leather, a huge dancing area, psychedelic lights and a nice stage. There is also a gazebo provided for persons who do not wish to party at the bar.





The Reggae Boy's Train rolls again...

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

reggae_boyz.jpgJamaica's senior Reggae Boys will entertain El-Salvador and Guatemala at The Office this Sunday, November 18. Then on Wednesday the 21st the teams will come together once again to participate in international friendlies, arranged by the new Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell.

Burrell chose former Reggae Boy Theodore Whitmore, who captained his team at the 1998 World Cup in France, to be the interim coach for these two games with Bradly Stewart holding down the post of assistant.

However it has been said in the media and many a football circle that the president's intention is to re-introduce Brazilian Rene Simoes, the coach who took Jamaica's Reggae Boys to World Cup in '98, as the one who will take over at the helm.





Macka Diamond takes ‘Bun Him’ to the World

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MackaDiamond.jpgMacka Diamond's Diamond District Ja. takes new novel, "Bun Him", on tour

Macka Diamond has a full schedule for the rest of the year. Between her book tour, voicing singles and shooting music videos and running her recently started company her calendar is full for the rest of the year.

With the release of "Bun Him", Macka Diamond's critically acclaimed debut novel, she has been on the road, locally, regionally and internationally, making promotional appearances and signings. "I can't get anything done around here! Reading the book and loving it! It's a great story and very very, very believable!" exclaimed Lady Cham from Virginia Radio.

Macka is not however, neglecting her die-hard Dancehall fans, so she has recorded new tunes to keep the party going, including "Laptop", produced by Damion Morsby on the Laptop riddim for the D'Ice label. However, in December, she will be shooting a new music video for another single, 'Dandy Shandy', under the direction of the very esteemed, Jay Will.





Is Fantasia knocked up again?

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edit_fantasia_pregnant.jpgAmerican Idol winner Fantasia could be making it child number 2. According to mediatakeout.com Fantasia Barrino is likely to be pregnant!! And there's more, the child reportedly belongs to Atlanta rapper Young Dro.

According to a show insider, Fantasia has been talking openly to the cast about her new condition. The insider explained, "She told [one of the cast members] that she's pregnant and she's really excited ... Apparently Young Dro, the baby's father, is happy about it also."

And the insider claims that while Fantasia isn't showing yet, she's definitely acting pregnant. Our tipster told, "She's walks with her hand on her hip and all of a sudden she's taken to chewing ice."

Well as we say in Jamaica...it ain't something going, it's something coming so we'll see.





Flex to settle the score at Sting

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flex_deva.jpgIt will be a lyrical showdown at this year's staging of Sting with one of the wickedest lyricists in the Alliance camp, Flex going at Deva Brat from The Portmore Empire.

The showdown comes in response to the endless name calling by Deva Brat and now Flex is hoping to end it all on stage.

Deva Brat has recorded a new track in which he calls up Flex's name.

Yardflex spoke to Flex, questioning him about the current tension between himself and Deva Brat. He said, "It is time fi a man jus stop di name calling like seh him wear Stay-free. If him want a war him mus just say that!"

Flex added that he is convinced that Deva Brat has been calling names in order to get attention. "A buss some bwoy waan buss and cyaan buss. It look like seh some bwoy suh desperate dat him wi even mek man [sex] him," Flex continued.





west_adams.jpgMedia reports have surfaced that Kanye West's mom may have fallen victim to a surgeon with a shady past. According to tmz.com the tummy tuck and breast reduction performed on her by Dr. Jan Adams took eight hours, which is twice as long as such a procedure warrants.

According to TMZ just weeks before Donda West died, a plastic surgeon refused to perform procedures on her because of a health condition that could have led to a heart attack.

If only Donda had listened to the voice of wisdom that came to her in the form of a Beverly Hills physician, TMZ reports. Dr. Andre Aboolian, reportedly refused to perform the surgery for her until she was cleared by an internist who he recommended. West never went for that clearance and changed doctors completely.

An autopsy on Dr. West is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday. The Los Angeles Coroner stated Monday that Donda West, 58, died Saturday because of "possible complications due to surgery."





Passa Passa

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foota-hype.jpgFoota Hype try nuh guh a jail again.
Foota Hype we a warn yuh if yuh nuh waan guh a jail again, yuh affi behave yuhself. Yardflex cum across certain information weh yuh gwaan wid and it nuh sound good at all. If yuh do it again, this time we a guh talk up di tings dem. Memba Foota sey everybady have rights even baby maddas. Wi nuh back foolishness, kip yuh cool and kip yuh head...meck di whole a we stay pon friendly terms...nuh do it again! Caan sey wi neva warn yuh.





Gay Jamaican Secures Asylum in US

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GayMaleLogo.jpgVenn Messam, a gay Jamaican man who sought asylum in the United States on the grounds that he feared persecution – because of his sexual orientation - if forced to return to Jamaica, was granted asylum by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on November 8, 2007.

Messam enlisted assistance from students at Columbia Law School's Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and since September of last year, four students provided legal assistance in preparing their client's application for asylum. Simrin Parmar '08, Jennifer Stark '09, Jonathan Lieberman '08, and Eileen Plaza '09 spent many months conducting interviews, drafting affidavits, researching country conditions, filling out necessary forms, accompanying their client to the New York asylum office, and providing assistance during his interview.

Columbia Law School's report on this breakthrough for Messam, speaks of the climate in Jamaica for homosexuals, bisexuals and trans-gendered (GLBT) people, as being shrouded in danger that gets worse daily. Citing incidents specific to Messam, such as his own declaration that, "My life in Jamaica was constantly in danger, with angry mobs carrying machetes, stones, knives, and guns, threatening to kill me because I am gay," as well as uncovering a rampant rumour that hostile groups in Jamaica are plotting the social cleansing of hundreds of gay people by year's end, the report categorises Jamaica as being 'far from a tropical paradise.'

"Within just the last month, gay Jamaicans have been murdered and the government has not intervened...this Caribbean nation continues to imprison and kill its gay citizens with relative impunity," the report from Columbia Law School added.

Reportedly relieved at this life saving event, Messam stated, "I am grateful to the United States government for saving my life."





Steel Pan music to replace dancehall!

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patrick_manning.jpgIn an article in the Trinidad Express Prime Minister of Trinidad Patrick Manning at the official launch of the steel band Divine Echoes expressed the hope that it would replace their desires for music forms such as reggae/dancehall, hip-hop and other popular genres which in his opinion "do not result, in the kinds of directions that we consider ideal for the young people of Trinidad and Tobago."

The T&T PM is hopeful that the recently launched band, Divine Echoes, will sway the youth away from illicit living by turning them on to a more pristine form of music as opposed to the fare they are presently exposed to via the mass media.

Just how one will convince the young people to turn away from their cherished Jay-Z, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Soulja Boy, Munga, Fiddy, T-Pain and others of such ilk for the "Green Green Grass Of Home", none including Manning have yet explained.

Well, from where Yardflex stands he has his job cut out for him!





Gays and dancehall music

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buju_bounty_beenie.jpgJamaica was the topic of hot discussion on doughty.gdbtv.com. Among the topics looked at were, 'Is Jamaica the most homophobic country in the world?', 'Does Jamaican reggae/dancehall murder music contribute to anti-Gay violence?', 'Should concerts by murder music singers be canceled?'

Examining these questions were Stop Murder Music campaigners, Dennis Carney of the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group, and Brett Lock of the Gay human rights group OutRage!

There were eight leading dancehall artistes in the hot seat among them were Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man who the group claimed have released songs openly advocating, encouraging and glorifying the murder of queers. They have never apologized or expressed a word of regret. On the contrary, they have defended their exhortations to "kill queers."

In an article written by Peter Tatchell for gayrepublic.org he didn't hold back any punches as he claimed the issue is not about mere homophobia. According to him it concerns incitement to murder.





Beenie Man saves the day

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Beeniman2.jpgAll hell broke loose at "Full Clip" last Saturday at the Puerto Seco Beach. We are talking bottles and stones raining in all directions and patrons jumping into the sea to get away. But what was causing all this? It was 4 am Sunday morning and still there were no big named acts to grace the stage.

Mavado, one of the advertised acts was busy hosting a show in Old Harbour and he didn't leave that venue until about 3:30 am, Macka another advertised name Yardflex understands was in England and Bounty Killer it is alleged had issues with the promoter because he was working on tracks while Beenie would be working with his band.

The melee was temporarily averted when Ninja Man went on stage and took command like a pro. He distracted them from their grouse and the place was nice again...until Ninja eventually left the stage, then bottles and stones reigned again!





Jay - Z Vegas Party

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Well.........it was all about the Real Big Man Jay - Z, who had a party over the weekend in Vegas.

The party Sell Off!!!

YardFlex was able to get a hold of some exclusive photos.

Here they are:


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Kanye West's mom dies at 58

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kanye-west.jpgKanye West's mother and former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, 58-year-old Dr. Donda West died suddenly last night reports have confirmed.

According to multiple sources, West was in Los Angeles and her death may have been the result of complications from a surgical procedure; Patricia Green, Dr. West's publicist, told CNN on today, Monday (November 12) that the surgery was cosmetic but did not provide further details.

According to AllHipHop.com, a representative from family issued the statement, "The family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief."

Kanye West chronicled his love for his mother in 'Hey Mama', a song from his 2005 album Late Registration.

In the song, Kanye raps, "(Hey Mama), I wanna scream so loud for you, cuz I'm so proud of you / Let me tell you what I'm about to do, (Hey Mama) / I know I act a fool but, I promise you I'm goin back to school /I appreciate what you allowed for me, I just want you to be proud of me (Hey Mama)."

West eventually performed the song in front of his mother and Oprah Winfrey on the TV host's highly rated show.





Half Pint's cup is now full!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Half_Pint.jpgHalf Pint has signed a distribution deal with the big label - Universal Music Group.

The deal is characterized by a release of the singers music catalog.

Half Pint's recording company, Essential Media Group LLC, will soon release "No Stress Express," a new album with entirely new material. Distribution will be conducted by Universal.

In addition, Essential intends to release the entire Half Pint catalogue on CD, which, will be availability through I-Tunes and all major digital outlets.

Half Pint's diminutive stature belies not only his vocal capabilities but also camouflages his huge on-stage presence, often described as no less than explosive and dynamic.

Born Lindon Roberts, but affectionately called Half Pint, he is a product of the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community which has produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Toots Hibbert and a host of other international Reggae superstars.

All these names are revered worldwide, and, Half Pint continues on his winning streak as a member of 'this reggae icon club.'





Prodigal_son.jpgLike is the case with many young Jamaican males, his grandmother was his guardian, but when she died he "broke out".

Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son was educated in the admonition of the Lord by his grandmother, and she insisted that attending church was a way of life for him. Young Calvin accepted Christ at age 5, and continued through to age 13.

That was the age at which his grandmother died, and from thereon things went downhill for him...Prodigal's became rebellious and developed a 'don't care' attitude. It was no wonder with that attitude he relocated to Rema in Kingston, one of Jamaica's toughest inner-cities. In no time he was involved in gang and gun violence.

As Calvin put it, "I found protection and family in the gang."
Interestingly, the gang was called the "Fatherless Crew". Fortunately, he developed a longing for his heavenly father. He became convinced that the Lord loved him, when he realized that many of his "ragamuffin" colleagues were dying by the gun, but, he was still
alive.

After recommitting his life to Christ in 1998, he adopted his name after the biblical prodigal son and decided to use the gift of music God had given him to reach out to others.

Things looked up for him when he met musical genius and producer, Danny Browne who became not only his producer, but mentor and friend.

Prodigal Son has developed, and is now accepted as one of Jamaica's most prolific Gospel artiste.





OUTSTANDING GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD WINNING GROUP.

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GROUP SHAZE.jpgThe group SHAZE emerges with their landmark release album called "Praise Him" live at The Open Bible Community Church, 2610 N.W. 119th Street, Miami. The release features song like: "Every Nation," "Praise Him," "Blessed" and "Show Him."

Christian/Reggae/R&B recording artistes – SHAZE, the Outstanding Gospel Music Award winning group, is also recipient of the 2007 Hopeton Lewis Caribbean Gospel Music Award for Best Singing Group of the year. They were nominated for two outstanding music awards: Top Gospel Singing Group of the year and Top Gospel Song of the Year .

SHAZE brings a unique sound to the music industry with their Jamaican background. Under the spiritual influence of God, they spread the word through music. The uniqueness of their style draws many people to them. With many years of experience under his belt, producer and songwriter, Maurice "Brian" Gregory has influenced the group towards the success of their album. The album was inspired by the need to praise God regardless of life's circumstances.





Beenie Man Meets Cambridge High School Queen 2007

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Story and Photo By: Alan Lewin

Beenie Man meets Miss Cambridge Queen Monique Lawson.jpgBeenie Man and Taurus Riley were on the scene to congratulate Monique Lawson who was crowned Miss Cambridge 2007 Queen at the finals held at the Cambridge High School in Montego Bay on Saturday November 3, 2007.

Competing against five other contestants Lawson, wore the sash Miss Anya's Maternity, was made an early favorite from her introduction. In addition, to winning the crown she won other sectional prizes such as most talented and most congenial.

First runner up was Carla Doeman, Miss Dependable Hardware, who also won prizes for best smile and best figure, with third place going to Shauna Kaye Chin, Miss Sonny Ranking Promotion. The show saw several artistes from Montego Bay appearing on stage doing performances. They were Mikey Ranks, Sheriff, Mixing Lab, T.Q., White Night and Lt. Elmo.

Special guest artistes were Taurus Riley and Beenie Man. After the show which was courtesy of Lagga Promotion, D.J. Beenie Man congratulated the 2007 Queen Monique Lawson and met with his loyal fans and took several photographs with them.





By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

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Jamaica secured a record 57 medals at the 12th Special Olympic World Games In China in October, shattering the previous best of 37 garnered in Ireland in 2003.

The Jamaicans participated in eight sporting disciplines. They were: Track and Field, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Bocce, Badminton, Swimming and Roller Skating.

Virtually lighting up Shanghai, the Jamaicans developed a cult like following ....never mind the peas bread, and the vegetarian goose with blended carrot Yangzhou style.

That 13 hour flight across the Atlantic only served to rev up the Black Green and Gold delegation of 55 Athletes and 11 coaches.

The Special Olympic Reggae Boys took China by storm, in living up to Munga Honourables, 'Bad from mi Baan', beating everything in front of them. Led by Sydney Manyan and Rocky Lindsay, they wrapped up a memorable sting with a five nil win over China, in the final.

Jamaican Swimmers secured 11 Medals in their splash led by Kadian "good like gold" Ingleton, who secured 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.





Fashion Shows at Pier One

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Story and Photograph By: Alan Lewin

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Pier One Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay is currently staging a weekly Wednesday Night Fashion and Talent Show. Dubbed 'Star Truck,' the event sees successful and talented D.J.'s and singers emerge.





Happy Birthday Marco Dean

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Beenie Man's son celebrated his first birthday today, November 9 and the worst part of it is that the doc could not even get to give him as much as a kiss!

According to him because of the injunction taken out against him he could not visit. He tried to call D'Angel and as soon as she heard his voice she hung up the phone. You could hear the grief in his voice as he spoke with Music News. Boy Beenie, what else can go wrong in his life.





By: Joseph Cunningham

moneyO.jpgThis news has reached Yardflex just weeks after the deejay had cut all ties with her former booking agency, Khool Booking Agency.

She explained the reasons motivating her move. "I won’t even get into what happened between me and Mr. Alexander, because what's done is done. I wish him all the best and thank him for all he did for me, but this is a new day, same book but a new chapter, and right now I see it as only fitting to take charge of my career in an official way, because to tell the truth, I have never had a manager, I have always handled most of my own affairs, so all I am doing is making it official now."

"None of what I am about to do is new to me, because all of us as entertainers have done it before, and as time goes on, we learn the more professional approach, and can deal with things more in depth because of the passion what drive we, because at the end of the day, this is our careers, not our managers or publicists."





Queen Ifrika - "Below The Waist"

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Toots Hibbert's sunshine has come...Vintage singer to

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By: Joseph Cunningham

toots_fats.jpgLegendary Jamaican singer, Toots Hibbert is now reaping the fruits of his hard work and dedication to the business. It was a big boost for his career when he made an appearance on the NBC Today Show in New York city. The occasion was a live performance with Fats Domino of the song, "Let The Four Winds Blow", which is to promote the 2 disk tribute CD to Fats Domino called "Going Home".

Toots is not the only one featured on the CD. Other top calibre artiste performing Fats Domino's songs are Paul McCartney, Elton John, Willie Nelson, John Lennon, Tom Petty, BB King, Lenny Kravitz, Norah
Jones, Ben Harper
and more.

Sales from the CD will benefit victims of hurricane Katrina.





"Give It Up" - Continues to hold down the # 1 Spot

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By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES


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01 1 14 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 13 Conscience-Cham- Don Corleon U-1
03 2 18 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions(1wk@#1) D-1
04 5 13 What I'm Gonna Do-Bugle-Daseca U-1
05 6 10 Bubble Like Soup-Timber-Lee- Ward 21 (pp#5) U-1
06 7 9 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2 U-1
07 8 8 Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon U-1
08 4 16 The Days-Busy Signal-Daseca (4wks@#1) D-4
09 10 7 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love U-1
10 11 6 Me and My Dogs-Mavado- Baby G U-1
11 9 14 Love Is Wicked-Brick & Lace-180 Entertainment (pp#5)D-2
12 12 13 Take My Place-Munga-Don Corleon(pp#6) NM
13 13 4 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 NM
14 15 7 Crab Inna Barrel -Shane-O-Iceman U-1
15 14 6 No Man-TOK-Don Corleon (pp#12) D-1
16 16 19 Bounce Along-Miss Triniti feat Edee-Unseen Lab(pp#5) NM
17 18 4 Pick It Up & Drop It - Sean Paul-Birchill Records U-1
18 17 28 Tease Her-Anthony B-Trinity 7 Records (2wks@#1) D-1
19 - New Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship
20 19 25 Back It Up -Beenie Man-357 Records (5wks@#1) D-1





Passa Passa

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beenieman@.jpgBeenie beg fans to stick with him.
Bwoy Beenie wi know sooner or later yuh woudda bruck dung emotionally...but memba sey yuh fan base still strong - straight!

At Early Mondays a Standpipe di floodwater buss as Beenie Man teck di mic and start to tell the crowd sey a di wuss year fi him.

Him sey him lose three brothers, him owe government and pon top a it him haffi dash weh him woman. Massa, di DJ put dung a piece a bawling fi bout five minutes. Him beg him fans dem fi stick wid him but from how dem react to di doc in tears...dem nah guh no weh lef him! Beenie yuh safe.





Jay Z cheating on Beyonce

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jayzandbeyonce.jpgHmm, Beyonce's away touring in Asia and her fiancé Jay Z is wasting no time in seeking female attention!

According to website mediatakeout.com they have exclusive information which points to the fact that the hip hop superstar has struck up an intimate friendship with a biracial exotic dancer.

The young woman, who dances part time at an upscale New York gentleman's club, has been spotted all over town with Jay Z in recent weeks. And word is that she's officially on Jay Z's payroll.

We spoke with one of Jay Z's colleagues at Def Jam who told us all about the label head's new gal pal. The insider told MediaTakeout.com, "It's shameless. [Jay Z] takes her to [promotional] events like she's one of the team. No one here even knows what she does... well we know what she does, but we don't know what she does for [Def Jam]." The insider added, "If you're going to sleep with that stripper then fine - but why do you have to bring her into your business. That's just plain dumb."

Well I guess the real hottaclaps will take place when Beyonce returns and gets wind of all the gossip...but then again we never did see what she saw in him.





J-Lo finally comes clean

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anthony_lopez3.jpgJ-Lo really takes people for idiots. Like duh...her tommy getting bigger everyday and she thinks that people can't figure out what's going on.

At a concert in Miami last night she made the announcement "Marc and I are expecting."

"Wow tell us something we didn't know!" According to news on the internet after her announcement, Anthony kissed Lopez's belly and said: "I didn't know she was going to talk."

Lopez, 39, did not say when she was due to give birth.

Her expanding tummy has been at the centre of much attention in recent times, but until now she had kept mum on her impending arrival.

It was, of course, the worst kept secret in Hollywood, but now the singer's quickly expanding bump is fuelling new rumours she is expecting twins.

Lopez is wrapping up the final days of her hectic US tour.





Gi mi back mi ….!

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgHey girls this one is for you and the only way a can tell this one is in straight patois...it caan phrase no odda way, trust me. For all you foreigners whey nuh understand di language meck smady translate...cause it hot.

Yeah man one woman contact Yardflex and beg mi fi chat bout dis ya one and fi tell you di truth a nuh really my style but fair is fair...mi open to any topic unno want and just because mi tink it too strang fi mi stomach, dat nuh mean sey mi nah go talk bout it.

Da one ya called teck back yuh f—k. Trust mi peeps, di woman email sound strong and mi coulda pick up di vexation from how she write. Mi nuh know whey di bredrin do har, but she waan back deh piece weh she
gi him bad!

Yuh eva si a man, tink him is all dat and let off the sweet sweet punash pon him. Mi a talk kack up, lizard lap, foot pon shoulder, spoon and saucer and helicopter...yes, di same ting weh Lady Saw a talk bout any style yuh want, you know you can get it!

Bottom line yuh really guh all out fi please di damn man and a few months later yuh si him and wonda wha did teck yuh. Smady must did gi yuh a rhatid lick inna yuh head fi yuh all go sleep wid smady like dat.





Veronica Campbell marries Omar Brown

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser