December 2007 Archives

Happy New Year - 2008

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YardFlex wishes you all a Happy New Year!!!!!!

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Looking back on the entertainment scene for 2007

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Passa passa, mix up, brawls, the good, the bad and the ugly were all part of what we called entertainment during the year. There were moments when you felt so proud you wanted to cry, then there were those moments when you wanted to bury your heads and pretend this couldn't be the culture you loved. But all in all it would have been a boring year if we didn't have all these elements to get you talking, cussing or praising.

January kicked off with some great shows which saw the best of the local and overseas camp delivering. Unity Splash and Trelawny Family Fun Day were the first events to kick off the New Year, then later on Rebel Salute kicked in. Of course Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival put the cap on the biggie for January with country and western crooner Kenny Rogers and of course locals Richie Stephens, Freddie McGregor, Sanchez and Sean Paul.

February belonged to the Marleys in every sense of the word. There were the remembering Bob Marley celebrations and of course the late singer's son walked away with the Grammy making it number four with the Tuff Gong produced album "Love Is My Religion."

It was also the month where Beenie Man took the spotlight and from there things just went downhill for the artiste. With D'Angel by his side he parted ways with Don Mafia who started Mafia House. Mavado and Vybz Kartel also went at it too but they both cried peace eventually.

March was a bit 'quiet' but it still did not come without it's little passa passa. Dancehall Queen Stacie had some words for dancer Keiva letting her know she was the real diva and she chided her for some unfair comments she made about Wee Pow. All eyes were turned on Beauty Queen Sara Lawrence's child's paternity and the fact that she was pregnant before she finished her reign.

April was the month we first started hearing about Vegas' illness and it was also the first mention of trouble being in the Beenie Man, D'Angel camp. March is also a month Capleton will remember as he got a fright with a pin in his food. Jamaica lost one of its Mento stalwarts in the death of Stanley Beckford who died from throat cancer. It was also the month when three rastas took alms with Lutan Fyah over a comment he made bigging up Bounty – never went over well with Anthony B, Capleton and Sizzla!

May was an action packed month where the entertainment buzz was concerned. Nadine Sutherland launched her album Call My Name at the Grogge Shop and this is after not putting out one for some time. Tarrus Riley completed his video shoot for "She's Royal" a song which is still blazing the place. Beenie Man's show in South London had to be cancelled due to threat of gun violence. Gays came out loud and clear on a dancehall video that took Jamaica by storm. Sean Paul took six trophies at the International Reggae and World Music Awards held at the Apollo Theatre in New York and Ninja Man and Bounty Killer were again with some battle axe lyrics. Speaking of Bounty Killer there was a CD circulating the scene with an alleged conversation between himself and a woman...man the taxis and buses had a field day with it...didn't I tell you May was crammed!

June saw Daville scoring his first number one hit in the UK with Always On My Mind. Sasha inked a deal with Downsound Records and then the big story that Beenie, Capleton and Sizzla signed to be more respectful of gays...only thing the artistes denied the signatures were theirs! This was the month that IRIE FM Big Break winner Natasja Saad died in a car accident. During this time Sean Kingston made a "Beautiful" entry on the scene.





Vybz Kartel Banned From Bembe Thursday

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BY: Kemesha Bolton

jigsy.jpgNews has been spreading around regarding the recent confrontation between DJ Vybz Kartel and Bembe Selector Jigsy.

YardFlex spoke to Jigsy earlier today via a telephone interview to find out from him the true story.

When asked about the incident Jigsy jumped right at the opportunity to 'talk di tings dem.' "I was on stage playing some music, bigging up Bounty Killa and Mikey Pelpa when somebody come tell mi seh di DJ (Vybz Kartel) call me, so mi jus laugh cause mi neva tink nutten."

According to him by the time him reached, him chain pop off and "Vybz Kartel himself gun butt mi, yuh hear me Vybz Kartel himself," as he reiterated it.

He continued by telling us that "a di second time now him try mash up Bembe, two weeks straight, him dis every selecta a Bembe, so him BAN from Bembe fi life." When asked what would happen if he should show up he said "Den di police a go deal wid it cause wi put out a restraint gainst him, nuh Vybz Kartel song naw play a Bembe again." "Vybz Kartel Banned, him a walking distruction," said Jigsy.





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

East Fest returned after a year break. Led by producing honcho Denroy "Dada Simeon" Morgan, the event came back with a big bang.

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The event was held at the Good Year Ovals In Morant Bay St. Thomas On Saturday December 29th, sponsored by Red Label Wine, it was dubbed Red Label Wine East Fest 2007. Other sponsors included corporate sponsors such as: Digicel, RJR Group, St Thomas Credit Union, Jamaica Tourist Board and Grizzleys – the technical team, Kings of Kings and Down Sound Records.

Regardless of the rain, patrons came out in there numbers for the well anticipated show of the year and they got their money's worth.

The show started at 8: pm sharp with a spiritual refreshing from the Nyabinghi Roots Band, Bobo Shanti band and The Twelve Tribes if Israel Band featuring, Micah Shemaiah, Israel Voice, Boom Dawn and Sangie Davis.





Vybz Kartel Apologizes to Jigsy

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Vybz_Kartel2.jpgThe following is a statement issued by Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi the Techa in response to the allegations made by the Bembe selector Jigsy that the deejay attacked him.

I am surprised that Jigsy has gone to the media with all these outlandish accusations, some of which border on slander and defamation, and serve to damage my reputation as an entertainer. I was not even in the venue at the time of this alleged incident at Bembe. I had been promoting my new liquor Vybz Rum, and partying with friends at the session, and had left some time during Jigsy's set. I only heard about the incident several hours afterwards through a third party, and then reporters informed me of his ridiculous tirade on the radio. I don't know if Jigsy is still in shock after the incident or if the moment has simply overwhelmed him, but he should desist from making these malicious statements for which there is no basis or proof.





Radio Dancehall Master delivers the season's best

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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At the 8th staging of Magnum GT Taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza – the production crew delivered the very best. Black River's Independence Park turned into a sizzling party place on December 25.

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The "Dancehall Master" of IRIE FM put together a musical package with one of the better line-ups and technical orchestration, this holiday season. Smooth band changes complimented the initial greeting from accommodating security and parking teams, making the entire event a huge success.





Gospel News

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grassley.jpgChuck Grasseley, U.S. Senator of Iowa, who is investigating high profile ministries for possible wrong doings, has formerly requested the leadership of Joyce Meyer Ministries to provide detailed records and personal information.

While the ministry is not under obligation by law to submit this
information, it said in keeping with its fiscal responsibilities,
respect for the democratic process and the tradition of transparency,
they are preparing the requested documents.

Those familiar with Joyce Meyer have seen her television program, read her books or listen to her messages of hope and strength.

Delanie Trusty, CFO of Joyce Meyers Ministries believes their information will exceed the senator's high standards.





Rebel Salute's 15th anniversary

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Rebel Salute 2008 was launched at the Hilton Kingston Hotel last night, and by all indications, the Port Kaiser Sports Club in St. Elizabeth will be host to another dynamic mixture of Reggae music, past, present and future.

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The event is the flagship event of Reggae icon, Tony Rebel, and it is his company, Flames Production in association with Trade Winds Citrus who staged the event.





I don't know how the gun got there – Bascom X

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haut_bascom-x.jpgYardFlex caught up with a close friend of Bascom X who is remanded in police custody since a gun was found at his home.

According to our source Bascom is clueless about the gun being in his home.

"He just ran into the person who he has not seen for sometime. They were parring until late so he invited him to cool out at his home until the morning."

"Bascom left and went to do a show. He got back and was standing at the front of his yard when some policemen pulled up and asked him who was in the house. He told them his bredren. He saw the police running into the house and moments later they re-emerged with the gun and said it was found in the house."





Young... and accomplished

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By: Joseph Cunningham

chino.jpg"Red Bull and Guinness inna mi system" is the punch line from a song that has been popular in the Dancehall for over two years. The track bares the familiar voice of Delly Ranks, a longstanding Dancehall personality; however, not many persons know who the younger voice on the track represents.

Chino is the name of a current rising sensation, and yes, his is the other voice. His last name is McGregor, a name which brings Reggae royalty to mind. Son to Freddie McGregor, he is a great talent in his own right.

Musically inclined from age nine, Chino was a member of the Vaz Preparatory School choir and ever since his dream to have a career in music began. He has performed on countless occasions since childhood and to date one of his most memorable performances was at age twelve at Jamaica House in front of Prime Minister PJ Patterson. While a student at Wolmer's High School for Boys', multi-talented Chino also gained experience as a selector for the sound system Omega Disco. The multi-talented Chino does not want to be categorized but rather sees himself as a musical artiste who also plays instruments such as guitar, drums, piano and bass. Furthermore he can sing, rap and deejay, he writes, co-writes and has produced tracks for artistes such as Daville, TOK, Wayne Marshall, Elephant Man, Kiprich, Delly Ranks and his father, Freddie McGregor.

He has had the opportunity to learn all about music from a tender age, at his dad’s Big Ship studio. "I have observed and learnt from the greats. Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffith, Judy Mowatt and Gregory Isaac, as well as Dancehall icons such as Bounty Killa and Beenie Man to name a few," he revealed. Chino confirmed that these interactions resulted in an in depth knowledge of recording and production techniques.





Women, put a value on yourselves

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgThat's it, I'm sick and tired of the stories circulating about these wutless women who all they plan on doing in life is to allow men to take care of their needs and buy them everything.

Now I got a buzz from a friend of mine who is going through hell and would she get out of the damn situation? Girlfriend live wid a businessman for years now, all helping him to run the business and then she found out that she wasn't the only one in his life. The vex she vex she fling up a one piece on another man and get pregnant in the process.

Yeah, businessman decide to tek har back...but on one condition that she don't have anything to do with the man who got her pregnant in the first place.

Now, I would tell that man how much string mek him up and weh him can tek him money and do wid it...nah, girlfriend decide that she can't walk away leave the easy living, so she decide to stay with him.





Busy Signal's "Nah Go A Jail" - Locking the # 1 Spot

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busy.jpgBy Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 11 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-1
03 2 11 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
04 5 14 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
05 4 15 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon D-1
06 8 8 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
07 9 6 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-2
08 6 21 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
09 7 7 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-2
10 10 25 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) NM
11 14 5 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-3
12 17 2 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back U-5
13 15 3 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-2
14 11 20 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-3
15 18 2 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-3
16 13 17 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-3
17 19 2 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records U-2
18 20 2 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-2
19 12 20 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-7
20 - New Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca





Sting never lived up to expectations

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The word on the street is that Guinness Sting failed to live up to expectations. According to reports from some of the patrons their was no 'bite' in this year's staging.

Beenie Man's presence was definitely lacking as his charisma and the energy he brings to the fore would definitely be more than welcomed.

That aside there were some winners for the night Ninja Man without a doubt lived up to what was expected of him and then some. He gave a super charged performance and had the crowd going with his incisive lyrics and comical stance on stage.





Jay Will is a Grandmaster

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jaywill_onset.jpgHe is known all around the world and especially in the Dancehall as a prolific video director. Simply put, he is the "brain" behind many memorable projects.

Jason "Jay Will" Williams grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica for a short time, then moved to Orlando, Florida to attend school. He says that he posses a talent to stretch his imagination beyond the norm and hence, produces revolutionary scenes in his videos. After attending Full Sail High and Florida A&M University, Jason moved to New York where he landed a job as editor at CBS Television.

It could be said that greatness was his destiny, because soon after, Jay Will was transferred to MTV, where he was assigned to edit Home Videos.

"I did my first music video, while working at MTV. I was a member of a group of young professionals called Kuamp, and we worked together on Kanye Wests' "Through the Wire" music video."

Since then, he has directed numerous high profile videos, solo. "I left MTV to pursue a full time directing career, and formed my own company, Jay Will Films, where I produce and direct documentaries, music videos, TV shows and commercials," he explained.





Snoop's illegitimate child seeks air time

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Wow, talk about the genes for the limelight in his blood! Snoop's illegitimate 9-year-old son Julian Corrie Broadus wants a starring role on his new show 'Father Hood.'

According to bossip.com it's been 5 years since he has seen his father, and he believes the show would be a good opportunity to reconnect with him:





Don't blame Tarrus for what I did!

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YardFlex caught up with Dean Fraser backstage at TeenSplash and he had a whole lot to say about the incident that took place in Antigua. He is upset about the fact that they are painting Tarrus Riley as some hooligan when in fact he was the first person to run the MC Kenny Knibbs off the stage.

"I am the first man who asked the MC to leave the stage," he stated as he reminded that every singer has the right to tell anyone who they don't want on their stage during performance.

According to Dean the MC did not even take the time to do his homework regarding the band as he introduced Black Soil as Live Wyaa. When Dean pointed out the error to him his comment was "it does not make a difference!"

Just before Tarrus Riley was due to perform Kenyatta Hill asked him (Dean) and Tarrus if he could do a song first... "yardie to yardie we agreed, we had no problem with it."





beenie_busy_romain.jpgNot even the rain could stop the massive from coming out at Pepsi TeenSplash held at James Bond Beach on December 26. Although the show saw some good performances it also had moments of improper stage management. Following a real hot performer it lulled to an upcoming act!

At minutes after 1 am Jigsy from Bembe Squad was doing his thing then it was back to startime again. During Romain Virgo's performance the stage hands were conducting mic checks...how tacky!

Romain Virgo showed that he has exactly what it takes to make it. He was Mr. Super Cool as he crooned out classics such as "Let's Get It On," "I'm Still In Love" and "It Tears Me Up." He had the ladies in the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. He was in his element as he played, teased and drove his many adoring female fans wild.

It was no wonder when he left the stage the women made a beeline for him!





Sean Kingston demands love!

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edit_sean-kingston.jpgGrammy Christmas did not bring out the expected massive but the teeny boppers in the audience got what they wanted from Sean Kingston. Although for a while it seemed as if they would miss out on his performance as Sean claimed he wasn't feeling them. "I'm not
hearing my girls and I'm not coming back until I hear you guys," Kingston said before exiting the stage.

Man did those girls scream! Apparently to the satisfaction of the plump performer who made his way back to the stage giving them some 'Beautiful' songs reaffirming his Jamaican roots.

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Barbee sets the record straight

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bar-b-ee.jpgYardFlex caught up with Barbee backstage at the recently held Teen Splash at James Bond Beach, St Mary. Of course we couldn't help but ask her about the alleged beating she received.

"I was sick and in bed when I got a phone call asking me what happened," Barbee explained.

She was puzzled about the fact that someone would want to spread that kind of rumour about her.

"Beenie Man was in Miami at the time, so from every angle this story is false," she corrected.

Barbee had strong words when it came to the matter of being in an abusive relationship. “I have never seen my father lay a hand on my mother, so I would never accept that kind of behaviour from anyone,” the sultry singer stressed.





I-SCREAM or ICE-WATER?

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I SCREAM REAL.jpgI-SCREAM seemed to have melted, as many things did not go as planned.

The show which took place at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary on Sunday, was obviously disorganized. It never started at the time advertised, and there was traffic jam "a plenty" in spite of a poor turn out.

Regardless, international R&B group Boys II Men performed for almost two hours to screaming fans. The group sang many of their platinum selling hits.

The female performers represented well. Queen Ifrika received an encore after every song, Cherine Anderson was elated by the overwhelming response she got. Etana and Tessanne Chin did well.





Welcome To Jamrock... as cold as the Christmas breeze

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The show was touted to be perhaps one of the best in December, a period in Jamaica when stage shows are historically plenty. Unfortunately for all concerned with the event, Welcome to Jamrock failed to deliver. The good things about the event were that band changes were quick, and it began and ended at the times advertised.

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When YardFlex arrived at the Constant Spring Football Field, we were greeted by the sounds of Etana, who lived up to her ever growing reputation as a "social commentary" artist. She delivered her most popular single, "Roots," that brings to mind the question, where is my true spiritual calling? Etana performed the single to decent response from the audience.





Gungo Peas and Rice

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gungupeasmeal.jpgINGREDIENTS
1 lb gungo peas
3 stalks escallion
3 sprigs thyme
1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
1 cloves garlic, crushed
24 whole pimento berries
1 piece ginger, crushed
1 cup GRACE COCONUT MILK
2 cups rice

METHOD

1. Bring gungo peas to boil with water.
2. Add coconut milk
3. Season with escallion, thyme, whole pepper, crushed garlic, pimento berries and ginger.
4. Add rice to the boiling liquid and stir. Cover and allow to come to a boil again, then lower the flame.
4. Allow to steam for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot.


Variations:
Red Kidneys Beans can be substituted for gungo peas.





Christmas Fruit Cake & Sorrel Drink

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Fruitcake.jpgINGREDIENTS

1 1/2 lb raisins
2 lbs prunes
1/2 lb cherry
3 cups red wine
1 bottle strawberry jam
3/4 cup white rum
2 Tbsp. vanilla
2 tsps. almond essence
1 lb. (450 grams) Anchor Butter
1/2 lb. (225 grams) brown sugar
8 medium eggs
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 lb. (450 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 lb. (120 grams) breadcrumbs
3 tsps. baking powder
2 Tsps. cinnamon powder
2 tsps. nutmeg powder
2 Tbsps. browing
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup white wine

METHOD

1. Preheat oven at 300°F/160°C. Grease and line two 8"×8"×2 / 20cm×20cm×5cm cake pans.
2. Blend raisins with wine, cook for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
3. Add rum, vanilla, and almond essence.
4. Cream soft margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add eggs one at time, beating well between each addition, add lemon juice.
6. Combine and sift all dry ingredients.
7. To the creamed mixture, add the dry ingredients and wine mixture alternately. Stir in strawberry jam and browning, pour into baking pans.
8. Place baking pan on the bottom of the oven, cover and bake for 2 1/2 hours or until done.

NOTES:

Use a toothpick and stick it into the center of the cake to check if the cake is baked.





MERRY CHRISTMAS to all from everyone at Yardflex!!

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It has been appropriately said that the first Christmas Carol was sung by angels at the Nativity of the Saviour Jesus Christ.

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN; are the words the angels bellowed and today these lyrics drive the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Often getting lost in the hustle and busyness of this festive laden time, is the root of it all; that wonderful gift of Jesus Christ to the world.

So in giving God the glory and holding fast to peace on earth as well as the angels' joyful message that burst forth from their serenade – mankind can surely claim continuous good.

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Alliance - Deadly Alliance (Keep It Gangster)

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Fibroids

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By: Dr. Steve Lawson

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Uterine fibroid (leiomyomas) are benign tumors of the uterus. These tumors result from abnormal growth of muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue in the endometrium, myometrium, and the ectometrium of the uterus. By the age of 50 years old the overall incidence of fibroids are 70-80% for women. Black women are four times more likely to develop fibroids than Caucasian women. They also have larger fibroids and develop fibroids at a younger age Fibroids can vary in size from being undetectable by human eyes to the size of a full term pregnancy.

The etiologies of fibroids are linked to hormonal imbalance, obesity,
xeno-estrrogen, heavy metal toxicity, infectious microorganisms, stress and high blood sugar level. Fibroids can cause complications such as menstrual problems, pelvic and lower back pain, constipation, urinary problems, hemorrhoids, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages.

Signs and symptoms that presents with uterine fibroids include heavy
menstrual bleeding (menorrhagea), prolong menstrual bleeding
(metrorrhagea), bleeding between periods, period pain (dysmenorrhea),
urinary incontinence, urinary frequency, severe acute abdominal pain,
constipation, hemorrhoids, anemia, back pain and leg pain.

Fibroids can be categorized into three types which include submucosal, myometrial and subserosal. Submucosal fibroids are located in the lining of the uterine cavity. Myometrial fibroids are located in the muscular layers of the uterus. Subserosal fibroids are located on the outer surface of the uterus. Both the submucosal and the subserosal fibroids can form pedunculated (fibroids that hang from a stalk). Fibroids can be detected by using pelvic examination, ultrasound, hysterosonography, hysteroscopy, hysterosalpingography.

Women who have excessive amounts of estrogen and an insufficient amount of progesterone are more predisposed to developing uterine fibroids. Women with excessive body fat are in an estrogen dominant state because fat tissues act as an estrogen-producing organ similar to the ovaries and the adrenal gland.

Estrogen is a prolific hormone that stimulates DNA replication that in excess can stimulate the smooth muscle cells of the uterus to replicate excessively and cause the overgrowth of fibrous connective tissue resulting in fibroids. Insulin-like growth factor is an anabolic hormone that is implicated in the abnormal growth of the uterine muscles that form fibroids. Xeno-estrogens are pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and other toxic substances that act similar to estrogen causing DNA dysfunction resulting in abnormal replication that causes fibroids.

The excessive growth of these fibroids can cause submucosal irregularity resulting in dysmenorrhea and miscarriages. Fibroids in the subserosal layer of the uterus can cause obstruction of the colon resulting in constipation and the formation of hemorrhoids (dilated veins located in the region of the anus). Pedunculated fibroids in the submucosal and subserosal layers can twist on themselves cutting off their blood supply and causing severe abdominal pain that may require surgery. Excessive menstrual bleeding due to fibroids can result in anemia and its associated complications.

Treatment includes hysterectomy, myomectomy, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), gonadatropin releasing hormones (GnRH) antagonists, androgens (danazol), and focused ultrasound surgery (FUS), and essential oils.





Young Jock arrested with loaded gun at airport

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yungjoc.jpgRapper Yung Joc was arrested in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday morning, after he allegedly tried to pass through an airport security check point with a fully loaded handgun.

According to police, Yung Joc attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, when police found the fully loaded firearm.

The Atlanta-bred rapper, born Jasiel Robinson, is currently facing local firearms charges, although he may face charges under the Air Piracy Act.

Yung Joc is currently in the Cuyahoga County Jail. Information on his bail was unavailable as of press time.

The arrest comes on the heels of a banner year for Yung Joc, according to recently released data released by The Nielsen Company.





All roads lead to STING, even cyber roads

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STING POSTER2.jpgRecognized widely as the number one reggae show on earth, STING will be accessible live to millions this year via the worldwide web.

The highly anticipated year end tradition that has seen thousands of
reggae music fans coming out for their boxing day taste of hot sounds,
will now invite reggae lovers from all over the globe to the live
streaming of STING.

Logging on to www.stingjamaica.com.jm on December 26,2007 will get you
there and from the comfort of your home, library or café, this show will be sure to make your day.

Toronto Canada's, Buddy's Bar & Grill will be broadcasting the live feed as well. This is expected to be another great day in reggae history.

It is surely not to be missed.





Bounty Speaks his mind

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bounty2.jpgWelcome to Jamrock come and gone but it's not the bomb performances that has the crowd talking still...it's Bounty finally giving Beenie a piece of his mind!

Bwoy, the Killa never mince words at all when him sey Beenie teck up di trash weh him put dung! Can you imagine, him drop him manager and prize up somebody whey Bounty nuh care bout.

People unno shoulda a hear how di crowd galang at dat. Poor Beenie if him did ongle know how de marriage woulda come back come haunt him him woulda just lef it alone!

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Corporate Jamaica shows love

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said so, and it is most befitting that during a season when his life on earth is being celebrated, children are given special attention.

Jesus' affection for children is well documented, and so, in accordance, corporate giants Capital & Credit Financial Group, staged "Pickney Love at Christmas", which is intended to raise funds to assist in the maintenance and development of Jamaica's children.





Terry Linen shoots music video for "Mood For Love"

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terry_linen2.jpgReggae crooner Terry Linen has announced his presence back on the scene in no uncertain terms with his "Mood For Love" single, which is already receiving good rotation on air.

The singer wrapped up the video for the single last Friday and it's now in the editing stages soon to be premiered.

Recording on the Uplifting Music International label and Shot on location in Blue Mountain, the music video was done under the direction of Green Gorilla Media.

The plot for the video is the typical boy missing girl and all the anguish of longing for her and pining for that special someone who just lights up your life comes out in "Mood For Love."

The director exercises his creative genius here as every scene, every touch, every look depicted in the video brings out the central theme of the song.





A wha really gwaan a Bembe Thursdays

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But a wha really a gwaan inna di DJ fraternity. People unno hear bout di almshouse weh Vybz Kartel, Mavado and dem entourage kip up a Bembe Thursdays.

Crowd part, knife draw and pure tings. No man, dem haffi put a stop to dem kind a behaviour yah.

First dem nearly mash up Stone Love Anniversary and now a Bembe Thursday...the way tings look, maybe nobody a guh waan go a nuh stage show weh dem deh pon.





Busy Signal still holding down the # 1 Spot

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busy.jpgBy Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 15 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 10 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) NM
03 7 10 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-4
04 3 14 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon D-1
05 6 13 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
06 4 20 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
07 8 6 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-1
08 11 7 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-3
09 12 5 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-3
10 5 24 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-5
11 9 19 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-2
12 10 19 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-2
13 13 16 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) NM
14 15 4 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-1
15 17 2 Dreaming of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-2
16 16 3 Don't Mek Mi Hold You – Assassin – Don Corleon NM
17 - New Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back
18 - New Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt
19 - New Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records
20 - New Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back





Authentic love for her genre

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By: Joseph Cunningham

natalie_storm.jpgIt is her desire to be remembered with the admiration and awe that follows the name Bob Marley, and other international musical icons. Natalie Storm says, "I want to be a Reggae ambassador who takes Reggae music to places where Reggae does not exist." And it is no surprise that she admits to having listened to every genre of music since a very young age.

"I grew up listening to everything imaginable: Percy Sledge, Skeeter Davis, Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Aerosmith, all sorts of dance music and of course, crazy Reggae and Dancehall."

Making her sojourn into the Dancehall six years ago as a member of the
girls' group, Make Boys Cry (MBC), Natalie delivered the hit "Real Badman" on the Swatch International Label within that union. MBC made appearances on major Jamaican shows like Champions in Action and Teen Splash, and traveled on tours to Japan and Miami, USA.





Original Dancehall Jam Jam to be streamed live on

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coca_tea.jpgThe premier event of Clarendon, Original Dancehall Jam Jam will be going to the next level this year. For the first time the stage show will be streamed live on the Internet coming from its venue at the Jamalco Sports Club, Halse Hall, Clarendon on New Year's Eve, December 31.

YardFlex rapped with Roaring Lion's Coco Tea and he informed that the whole thing came about when Kariblink approached him about streaming the event. Based on the overwhelming response they received on streaming the last World Clash in New York, Kariblink TV felt Dancehall Jam Jam would enjoy that same kind of reception.

So for those who can't make it to the event then they can sit in the comfort of their room and watch it all on www.dancehalljamjam.net.

One thing Coco Tea will be going all out to correct at Original Dancehall Jam Jam this year, is the fact that too many upcoming artistes worked in the earlier slot and in the end the big named acts did not get much time. The fans were upset about it last year.





No justice for Notorious B.I.G.

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biggie2.jpgAn LA judge dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit of the Notorious B.I.G. and postponed the trial indefinitely, bad news for Miss Wallace.

According to Bossip.com, District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled that the family had not filed a claim within the required timeframe. She then granted a request made by the city and imprisoned former cop Rafael Perez to dismiss the case. Perez, a corrupt former cop, has been accused of conspiring with his former partner David Mack to murder the rapper.

It's crying shame though.





Richie Spice crowned New Prince of Reggae

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edit_richiespice.jpgBritish Entertainment Critics proclaimed Richie Spice The New Prince of Reggae after his performance at the 78 year old Brixton Academy.

Richie Spice, the Jamaican singing sensation has received enormous "props" from British Entertainment Critics. The same folks who have been giving Jamaican Dancehall superstars "hell", are proclaiming that the singer is the "New Prince of Reggae."

The praise came after Richie Spice gave an exhilarating one and a half hour performance. He was received in fine fettle by Britons who made it a sold out event. According to reports, Richie Spice received endless encore requests after almost every song.

The start of the show saw performances from fellow reggae artistes Junior Kelly and Chezidek with a house downing performance from Spanner Banner; big brother to Richie Spice.





Yendi visits Yardflex

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Miss-Yendi-Phillip2.jpgShe went, she saw and conquered. That is the only appropriate description for what Yendi Phillips, the reigning Miss Jamaica World accomplished at the Miss World 2007 Pageant.

She created history when she became the first contestant to make it to the finals of all categories. Out of 107 contestants, she was 1st runner up in the Miss World Beach Beauty and a finalist in the Miss World Sports, Miss World Talent, Miss World Top Model and the Beauty With A Purpose Award. And, during the live telecast, she made the top 16.

Yendi visited the offices of YardFlex, at shop #118 on the Princeville Plaza, Constant Spring, and had a grand "yard chat." On her entry into the office, the "irie" lady started rocking instinctively to the sounds of music being played on a DVD. Noticing her vibe, I asked, Yendi what kind of influence she had on other contestants. She responded, "I took music along with me, so my room mate and the other girls heard quite a bit of Reggae and Dancehall music." She revealed that she was surprised to know that Miss Guatemala was a big fan of Busy Signal, especially the song, "Step Out."





Whitney Houston's divorce on hold

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whitney_bobby.jpgSeems as if Whitney Houston will have to wait a little longer before she can put her failed marriage behind her and move on with her life.

According to reports posted on the internet the divorce has been put on hold because her estranged husband Bobby Brown has fallen out with his lawyer.

Brown's attorney has quit after a series of rows with the fallen R&B star, according to U.S. reports, and now a scheduled January 4, (08) hearing looks like it will have to be delayed.

That date was arrived at after Brown suffered an alleged mild heart attack in October (07) and was unable to attend his wife's deposition.

In new court papers, obtained by U.S. TV show Extra, officials note, "The relationship (between Brown and his lawyers) has deteriorated to the extent that effective communication is no longer feasible."





Steve Harvey pays big bucks to drop charges

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Steve Harvey_mary harvey.jpgWow! Go figure this one out. There is no joking around this for Steve Harvey. According to Mediatakeout.com the shocking Steve Harvey abuse lawsuit has come to an end. Apparently Steve and his ex-wife are very close to reaching a monetary settlement.

Mary Harvey was suing Steve for swindling her out of millions, and for mental and physical abuse. Last week the site also reported that Steve was facing prison time if a judge ruled that he contemptuously withheld vital information from Mary's legal team.

And it appears that the threat of prison time may have caused Steve to open up his wallet. According to one person familiar with the case, Steve offered Mary approximately $10M to settle the suit and Mary is expected to accept the offer.





Britney's teen sister expecting

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jamie_lynn1.jpgPregnant with her first child, Britney Spears' teen sis Jamie Lynn told OK Magazine that she will keep the baby.

Lauded for her decision by her bosses at children's TV Nickelodeon
network, the 16 year old Lynn allegedly dumped the baby's father who is reported to be Casey Aldridge, a student.

Confirming the news, her network's bosses who oversee her fronting the hit show Zoey 101, say they respect Jamie Lynn's decision to take responsibility in this sensitive and personal situation.

They said, "We know this is a very difficult time for her and her family, and our primary concern right now is for Jamie Lynn's well being."





Tifa is no "tinky winky"

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By: Joseph Cunningham

tifa.jpgWith a strong musical background, Latifa Brown who is known by the stage name Tifa, enters the Dancehall fray.

Her stepfather, who she affectionately calls Sampalue, is a reggae
producer who assisted in the building of several music careers such as
Lady Saw. Her connection to him gave her a deep rooted love for dancehall music.

No wonder that as an infant attending Wolmer's Preparatory she became
actively involved in the school choir, drama club and the renowned
Wolmer's Dance Troop with which she won a gold medal in the 1994 festival competition.

Her young talents were also displayed during the 1995 musical Psalty, the "Singing Song Book," staged at the National Arena and also in Montego Bay.





Lyrics: "Pon Di Edge" - Busy Signal

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busy.jpgINTRO:
Aint gonna leave you girl so just wine for me girl, wine for me girl, wine for me, wine x4

My girl just wine pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge WINE
Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge GAL wine pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge gal. QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT, gal

OH x18
You too bad gal you too bad

Verse 1:
Gal you somin tight yes mi love how you hook it baby
You grip mi right, use di muscle hold it baby
Mi call you last night have to call you back tonight
Dont you somein right yes yu somein tight
Mi seh Gal yu have di grip and di glue OH
Nuh bag a man naw pass through OH
Naw give it to the fish and di crew OH Testing one three nu test two
My girl just hold me with the muscle MUSCLE
Climb on slide on pon di grizzle OH
Worse when di rain start drizzle
Mek mi go dig out the somein with the - - - - chisel

You keep it clean gal like how yu keep it coming at me
You make mi talk in a mi sleep You mek mi talk in a mi sleep
You keep it clean gal like how yu keep it wining on me You make mi talk in a mi sleep, my girl yu mek mi even ask fi di somein inna me sleep

CHO:
you somin tight OH x8
You grip mi right OHx8
gal QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT, gal QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT,

Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge gal
Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge





Spice responds to D'Angel

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spice_d'angel.jpgIn yesterday's Star D'Angel hit out against female DJs including Spice and people, Spice a talk up di tings dem. According to her if D'Angel wants something to talk about she should tell the people dem a which man she have a New York and she must talk why she tek weh Beenie Man business when she well know sey she neva have nutten fi do wid it!

People Spice mek YardFlex kno dat if she was in D'Angel shoes she probably woulda a run off har mouth too, but "since mi never have a man drop mi like hot bread a doan know how yuh feel!"

Yuh tink sey Spice finish yet here the message weh she send out, "D'Angel No one told you to stoop low in the business and no one stuck you up and robbed you of your morals, your pride and your dignity - you voluntarily decided to just give them away. If no one is brave enough to tell you the truth to your face, from a woman to a woman - oh I mean, from lady to gal, I can tell you this. Us female artistes, we are influences to the young women in today's society so you should have never slept around with so many people and allow yourself to be categorized as an 'artiste groupie'!"

Pram pram! Bwoy from how Spice address D'Angel a one ting we have to say and it is a good thing she won't be on Sting cause she woulda get it good and proper!





COMEDY BUS AT BACKYAAD 2007

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By: Kemesha Bolton

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Backyaad has been the home of comedy for some time now and it was no surprise that it hosted the TVJ Comedy Bus final on Sunday December 16th 2007. The annual showcasing of comedic talent vying for top 'comedy bus' spot started at 8:00PM sharp as was specified

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MC Pretty Boy Floyd was full of gimmicks and he began by lamenting on his hopes of going to a Greener Pasture "foreign." Floyd said, "When I jus get mi visa mi carry mi passport everywhere because mi would'nt like fi deh a Lemon yaad a watch news and hear seh mi house gutted with fire, an mi nuh travel yet? yuh mussi mad." He had patrons in stitches and this was just the beginning of his antics for the night.





Who will close Sting? "I are di 1"

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bounty.jpgWho will close Sting 2007 is the question on the lips of many since its now official that Beenie Man is off the annual event.

Well, Sting organizer Isaiah Laing has declared that Bounty Killer will be the one. Laing says Bounty Killer was slated to close the event even before the fall out with Beenie Man.

Laing added that statements made by Beenie Man that he has been the main act at Sting more than any other artist, "Is not true." "Many of the times when Beenie Man has closed Sting, it was because Bounty was not on the show, or because Bounty performed early, when in fact he (Bounty) was the one booked to close the show."

Last week, there was a 'war of words' between Laing and Beenie Man over the real reasons why Beenie Man had refused to do the show.





Ackee and Saltfish

ackee&satlfish.jpgPreparation Time: 1 hour Cooking/Baking Time: 12 minutes
Serves/Yields: 6


INGREDIENTS

1/2 lb. Saltfish (codfish)
1 dozen ackees
1 small onion
1/2 teaspoon of thyme leaves
2 stalks escallion, chopped
1 clove garlic diced finely
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 slices hot scotch bonnet pepper
1 small red sweet pepper
cooking oil

METHOD

Soak Saltfish in warm water to taste. After soaking saltfish, place it in cold water and boil. Clean the ackee. Remove the seeds and all traces of interior red pit from the ackees. Wash ackees five times. Cover and boil until moderately soft. Drain, cover, and put aside. Pick up (flake) the saltfish and remove all bones. Sauté all dry ingredients in a pan (except black pepper). Add saltfish and the ackees, and turn the fire/stove up slightly. Add black pepper. Pour in to serving plate.

Serving Suggestions:

This can be served with roasted breadfruit, fried dumplings, boiled green bananas, boiled yam or hardough bread.


Notes:

Ackee and Saltfish is Jamaica's national dish.

If fresh ackees are used, make sure that they are fully opened before preparation.

Variations:
Frankfurters, Grace Corned Beef or corned pork can be substituted for saltfish.

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Some man hot but dem confuse!

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Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgBoy, I'm telling you, ever since I started this column I have been getting some stories that are totally out of whack! The latest comes from a woman who is living in South Florida and I'm still blown away by it all.

Can you believe it you all that she got involved with a done out footballer who thinks he is all that because he used to hold nuff money, buy up houses and hot cars and lived the life of the rich and
famous...until nutten nah gwaan for him!

Now hear the whole drama, the man a flex with girlfriend, plus him slap the woman next door which is his baby mother best friend and from what I hear him have a Brazilian woman that him bragging no ends
bout...and with all those women in his life can you believe that the bastard have a man too? Yup, he even picked him up from the airport with girlfriend in the car and the man never have any shame, bragging how the baller planning on buying him a house and both of them gonna live together!

Now what I don't understand is why girlfriend still hanging around a man who is playing around in the rear and then want to bury himself in the promised land?





Hottie Hottie Girls of the Week

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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

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

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VAUXHALL, KLAS SING TOGETHER

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KLAS 89 FM had their annual Christmas Teen Jam outside broadcast, at the Vauxhall Comprehensive High School on December 13th, 2007. The event was hosted by Tony Young.

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Fittingly, as Vauxhall won the All Together Sing Competition on Television Jamaica this year, the very proud Andrea Chaplin, Principal of the school took the opportunity to really encourage her students to "always do something physical as it compliments their mental."





Jay-Z and Beyonce married?!

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beyonce_jayz.jpgWhat is this we are hearing...Jay-J and Beyonce secretly tied the knot!

According to mediatakeout.com the site is officially confirming that last week Jay Z and Beyonce were married in a small private ceremony in Paris, France.

What's more the photos shown is proof that the whole thing happened. According to the source, who is an EXTREMELY close family member of Beyonce's, the couple chose, instead of exchanging rings, to tattoo a personal inscription on each of their ring fingers.

We can tell you that right now ABSOLUTELY NO ONE else in the world of media is reporting this. Not any blogger, not any newspaper, no radio disc jockey, no TV personality - just us...well yardflex has quickly
gotten in line too!





STING producer Isaiah Laing is livid

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sting_laing.jpg"If Beenie Man does not want to get the wrath of me, he needs to leave my show alone," says fuming Sting promoter, Isaiah Laing.

Speaking to YardFlex on Sunday afternoon, Laing said, "Beenie is a sick man. He is going around and telling persons that I owe him money and all sorts of things as an attempt to destroy my show. Because he is not getting "top billing", it seems that he has decided to campaign against Sting. Beenie's real problem is that he knows that Bounty Killa is coming with his mouth full, and so he is looking for a reason to skip the show."

Laing continued, "I have never done any business with Beenie Man. I have always conducted business through his management; therefore, Beenie Man really needs to speak to Shocking Vibes about such a thing. I paid Beenie $800,000 to perform last-year, and it has only been one year that Beenie has received a small portion of money, and it was a year he decided that he would do Sting for free. Even then, I still gave him $100,000 in advance."

Further, an upset Isaiah Laing told YardFlex that, "Beenie needs to keep quiet, and don't let me begin to talk things which I know about him. If I start talking certain stuff, Beenie Man would have to run away!" Laing added, "I was a police officer in Arnett Gardens when Beenie was a younger fellow, and I saved Beenie Man's life on numerous occasions." Last week, Laing refuted claims that he owes Beenie Man back money, and the renowned promoter said he was optimistic that Beenie Man will turn up at the event.

Despite Beenie Man's determination that he's not doing Sting, Laing then said that he was giving the deejay a few more days. "Knowing Beenie Man he will turn up at the event," Laing stated at that point.

Regarding plans for the show, Laing revealed that, "There will be a stage within the stage. There will be a single door which leads unto the front of the stage. No entourage will be able to accompany performers unto the stage."

Performances will be limited to 30 minutes for all performers, he declared.





Hot Gyal Timberlee…. Sweet like honey, but solid!!

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By: Joseph Cunningham


timberlee.jpg"Hot gyal a hot gyal, sweet like honey." These are the words of a sexy new song, titled, "Bubble Like Soup," which has presented 24 year old Timberlee to the Dancehall.

She grew up in Mandeville, Manchester, a highly commercial community not especially known for delivering talents to a genre that is predominantly hardcore.

Interestingly, Timberlee continues to walk a road not common to the Dancehall and that is to be a musician who has high academic qualifications. She is on target to graduate with a degree in Psychology and Child Education.

"I only got really interested in becoming a Dancehall artiste in the year 2000, after witnessing a lyrical clash between Tony Matterhorn and Fire Links at Fully Loaded," she revealed.

Timberlee is now affiliated with legendary producers, Ward 21, and is consistently recording singles. "I'm not thinking about releasing an album right now, but I'll be completing the video for "Bubble Like Soup" and my new single, "No Stress," both within the next two weeks," she confirmed.

Describing her personality, Timberlee stated that although she comes fully loaded with hardcore lyrics, she is high society.





Caribbean entertainers free to move across Europe

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EU&Caricum.jpgCaribbean entertainers thanks to a historic agreement inked on Sunday between representatives of the region and the EU, will be able to move freely across Europe.

According to the website officials of CARIFORUM - CARICOM and Dominican Republic and European Union officials signed off on the new Economic Partnership Agreement, just days before the December 31 deadline set by the EU.

The new agreement replaces the Cotonou Agreement which expires at the end of this year. The agreement came after two days of talks over the weekend but after about three years of bilateral. And after Caribbean officials agreed to grant EU products access to its market.

But Deputy Director General for Trade of the EU Commission, Karl Falkenberg, who signed the document for the EU, admitted the deal was a hard one for the EU.





Meet the new Commissioner of Police

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radm_Lewin.jpgRear Admiral Hardley Lewin, Jamaica's new Commissioner of Police officially took up his mantle today and he has a huge job ahead of him clamping down on the monster called crime.

But how much do you know about the man who has taken on this daunting task?

Thanks to www.jdfmil.org we give you a little insight on Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin.

Born in Buckfield, Ocho Rios, Rear Admiral Lewin attended Ocho Rios Primary School and Ferncourt High School. He enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in 1971 and in 1972 attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and granted a commission in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant on completion in December of the same year.

He was posted to the JDF Coast Guard where he served as Navigating Officer and First Lieutenant and quickly qualified for seagoing command in September 1975. After two sea commands and qualifying as Master (Home Trade) he retired from the JDF in 1981 and served on two merchant ships as Chief Mate. He was recommissioned into the JDF Coast Guard in 1982 where he continued his seagoing command.





Tyrone Taylor was laid to rest on Sunday

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tyrone_taylor.jpgA glowing obituary was written in the UK's Guardian newspaper on the life of Jamaican singer Tyrone Taylor whose ‘Cottage in Negril' became a classic.

But since the news broke of his death little has been said about plans surrounding the late singer's funeral. One disc jock based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, kept in constant touch with YardFlex regarding funeral arrangements.

Tyrone Taylor died at age 56 from complications stemming from Prostrate Cancer on December 1. strong>YardFlex would welcome any information regarding funeral arrangement for the late singer...we like to keep our readers informed.





Munga Honorable v.s. Deva Brat LIVE

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Shame on you DJs
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Everybody's talking bout the fight that took place at Stone Love Anniversary Party held at Mas Camp between Munga Honorable and Deva Brat.

YardFlex spoke with one patron who was at the show and he had an earful. "Shame pon di two a dem, fi a disrespect the big man show like that. Dem young crop a artiste nuh have nuh discipline, a suh dem intend fi disrespect the business?" he angrily uttered.





Jah Cure thrilled fans in Trinidad

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jahcure_yardflex2.jpgJah Cure performed to over 15,000 strong at the Hasley Stadium, Port of Spain in Trinidad over the weekend.

The show which was hosted and produced by Crab Connection was dubbed The Next Chapter in the Life of the Cure' was an overwhelming success attracting one of the largest audience for the year from what YardFlex understands.

According to a review published in the Trinidad Express, Cure took the stage to a rousing welcome around 2.15 am yesterday and performed for over an hour as the massive crowd sang along and patrons screamed their appreciation throughout his set.





February to be declared Reggae Month

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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The Government of Jamaica is to declare February Reggae Month, according to Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports. She was speaking at the launch of the Reggae Academy Awards held recently at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

"I really want to say to you that the Government will be announcing, at the highest level, a declaration of February as "Reggae Month" and it will be announced and presented in a manner that will impact not only in Jamaica but across the world," she stated.

The Recording Industry of Jamaica (RIAJ), will host activities covering the entire month of February, highlights of which will include a three-day reggae film festival, the Africa Unite concert and documentary.

According to Minister Grange, the film festival is intended to be the
foundation of Jamaica's film academy that will archive films for research, screening and education.





Here comes the Gospel Evangelist

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Kevin Downswell, the 2003 National Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Festival winner came to prominence with his original entry, "Praise." From the preliminary stages of that competition, Kevin had distinguished himself as the favourite to win with his professional voice control.

His performance in the competition was phenomenal, considering that he
only realized he could sing, at age 13.

Unlike many musicians, Kevin is not motivated by stardom, but instead, his passion is fuelled by the motto, "That Christ may increase and I
decrease." St. John 3 v 30.

In 2005 Kevin was appointed to the office of an Evangelist and graduated from the University of the West Indies with honors in Bio-Chemistry that same year. "I was commissioned by God to be a full-time minister during that period, and so I had dedicated myself in much fasting and prayer." He said seeking God at that time was very critical, because he had planned to become a Medical Doctor. "God had another plan," he added.





Beenie says NO STING for me

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Beeniman2.jpgBeenie Man is claiming that Sting organizer Isaiah Laing owes him over 10 years back money.

The self-proclaimed king of the dancehall who says he will not be at
Sting come December 26, added that he is also upset about what he calls, false reports recently published in local entertainment tabloid, the X-News.

According to Beenie, an article suggests he's requesting US$30,000 to do the annual event. "I never asked Laing fi no money, I not doing Sting and I don't want Laing's money. Every year I do Sting I get no respect from Laing, the securities or no one," Beenie lamented.

But, Sting promoter Isaiah Laing is singing a different tune. While he is refuting claims that he owes Beenie Man back money, the renowned promoter said he is optimistic that Beenie Man will turn up at the event.

Despite Beenie Man's determination that he's not doing Sting, Laing says he is giving the deejay a few more days. "Knowing Beenie Man he will turn up at the event," Laing claims.





Reggae Academy Awards for Jamaica, in Jamaica

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

RIAJ_logo.jpgThe Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), is admired worldwide for its organization, stability and for the fairness it has brought to the American music industry for decades. The RIAA made the American music industry one with songs and album chart rankings that are appreciated generally as credible and lead to the annual staging of the Grammy Awards.

In contrast, the Reggae industry has been one of Jamaica's most effective sources of income, however this most revered genre of music throughout the world has benefited foreign territories more than its headquarters.

Thankfully, the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJ) has created the Reggae Academy Awards to counteract this trend.

The first annual Reggae Academy Awards ceremony is slated to be held on Sunday, February 24, at the National Indoor Sports Centre. According to organizers, activities leading up to the ceremony will include a road tour that will stop at six locations around the island, namely, Montego Bay, St. Thomas, Ocho Rios, Savanna- La- Mar, Clarendon and Kingston. Its objective is to promote interest in the awards and encourage the public to vote in the two popular award categories, "Most Popular Artist" and "Most Popular Song."





Golden Globe without movie stars?

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Katherine heigl.jpgThe Golden Globe Awards in January could be star-less if the Hollywood writers strike is not resolved before the awards ceremony.

On the eve of the nominations, many of the stars in consideration for a Globe threatened to boycott the event if the strike is still on.

Further, actress Katherine Heigl, who joined Grey's Anatomy castmates along the picket lines outside Paramount Studios in Hollywood on Wednesday, insists she won't attend the Globes if the strike isn't resolved.

She said, "I'm not crossing the picket line, not unless I'm contractually obliged to do, which, for the Golden Globes, I'm not."





The Slickers wheel and come again!

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In 1979 Tads Record released the original Slickers 'Breakthrough' LP which was produced by Earl Chin and recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark and Harry J studios in Kingston.

The 9-track LP featured the trio of Roy Beckford, Derrick 'Joe' Crooks and Abraham Green. The group which is best known for their 'Johnnie Too Bad' recording featured in the movie 'The Harder They Come' will see their work reemerging.

In October 2007 Tad's Records re-released the Vinyl LP along with a CD version and bonus tracks featuring two guest artistes.





RDX - "Everybody Dance"

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M C Nuffy….the ultimate entertainer

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By: Joseph Cunningham

nikkiZ_nuffy.jpg"Nuff" is the word used in Jamaica to describe a character who is considered inquisitive, overly excited about others' business or a person who is very involved. It so happens that in the Jamaican context the word brings to mind, the most dynamic and comedic character in the Dancehall, MC Nuffy.

No matter how major the occasion is, whether it is Reggae Sumfest, Reggae Sunsplash, or Sting, once it is time for the biggest stars to perform, MC Nuffy is one man who is always given the responsibility to do introductions.

The very sound of his voice is amusing, and even more so are his efforts to dance. Interestingly, he told YardFlex that he was a dancer before he got involved as an MC. "I was a dancer who would carry-on with a lot of antics onstage with multiple women simultaneously. I was the kind who would make the patrons laugh."

Further, Nuffy revealed how he became an MC. "I went to a show with my friend Ras Ghandi (a singer), and it was his time to perform. He was very amused by my personality and so he asked me to introduce him onstage. The introduction created a platform so that he could not fail. The audience was behind him 100 per cent," Nuffy recalled.





Wyclef, Akon and Jimmy Rosemond Bring Free Concert To

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Now here's what I call giving back to our country! Haitian born Wyclef Jean and Akon have teamed up with music executive Jimmy Rosemond to present the Yele Festival.

Scheduled for Saturday, December 15 2007, the festival will take place in Haiti's capital, Port au Prince and proceeds will support the Yele Haiti Foundation that Wyclef initiated in 2005.

Yele Haiti Foundation has been heralded as 'A movement led by Wyclef Jean that is helping to bring hope back to Haiti.'

According to hhnlive.com the Yele Festival is a free concert that aims to raise awareness of Haiti's much improved safety record and its growing appeal as a tourist destination. Two years ago Rosemond and Wyclef traveled to Haiti's Citi Soleil, to bring exposure to the country's political and economic plight; a trip that received much praise, commendation and media coverage.

This year their visit will see the two philanthropists going to schools where Rosemond will donate items including 5,000 shirts to the least fortunate children. In addition, a visit to the notorious children's prison will bring much needed awareness to conditions there.





In Serious Mess email a fake

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email-hackers.jpgThis is to advice all YardFlex readers and subscribers that the email which is being circulated is the work of a malicious and vindictive hacker. Our email was invaded and used as the source to appeal for help to the supposedly stranded person in West Africa.

We apologise to those who have been trying to reach us via email as this invasion into our email system resulted in our mails being lost.

Again we want to reassure that at no time was our CEO in any difficulty and she is very much happy, free and definitely not the person being talked about in the email!

See below the fake email which is definitely NOT coming from Deborah Cole.





Hottie Hottie Girls of the Week

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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

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

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MAVADO SHOOTS "LAST NIGHT"

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Little X was warmer than his current New York base this week while in Jamaica to shoot the video for Mavado's latest single, "Last Night."

One of many hot singles from Mavado's debut album, "Gangsta for Life – the Symphony of David Brooks," "Last Night" had a video shoot shrouded in sentiment and heartfelt love.

Using the Cassava Piece Gully Side where Mavado actually grew up for a location, the Little X headed video crew brought life to the vivid lyrics of "Last Night."

"We wanted the video to be as real as possible," said Mavado. "We... even filmed scenes in the actual house I was raised in to keep it as real as can be. We didn't bring in actors, we used Cubans and other people from the community in all the roles."





GQ shoots "Bad Boys" video in South Florida

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Coming out of Miami's Voodoo Lounge, Art Bar and Rodman's Rehab every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday respectively, DJ GQ took time out to shoot the music video for 'Bad Boys," the first single off his upcoming album.

"Let Em Know' is the album due for release in the Spring of 2008 and its hot "Bad Boys" single was set to moving pictures in different parts of South Florida recently.

Several locations were chosen for the video shoot, including Miami, Broward and Boynton Beach.

GQ's solid smooth style has been celebrated extensively as he is the first DJ to pioneer the infectious blends of reggae and hip-hop that he is most noted for.





Jay-Z puts money rumours to rest

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jay_z.jpgWill he be kicked out? Will he renew his contract? The Internet was abuzz with rumours surrounding Jay-Z's contract renewal...well he came clean in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the gist of which was posted on eurweb.com.

The Def Jam president cleared up misinformation that has been reported about his contract renewal talks being stalled over money.

"It's not about money," he said. "That's really the last thing. Of course, as a person that does these type of things and puts his heart and soul into it and it's effective, as the Grammy's would indicate you want to be compensated for what you do. But it's really not about money.





Busy Signal reclaims 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 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 9 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon NM
04 4 19 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 7 23 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) U-2
06 6 12 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love NM
07 8 9 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-1
08 11 5 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-3
09 9 18 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4)NM
10 5 18 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1)D-5
11 10 6 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship D-1
12 14 4 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-2
13 12 15 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-1
14 15 21 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1)U-1
15 17 3 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-2
16 20 2 Don't Mek Mi Hold You – Assassin – Don Corleon U-4
17 - RE Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu
18 13 11 Me And My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G (pp#9) D-5
19 18 19 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-1
20 19 12 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14)D-1





Look out here comes the Reggae Scrapbook!

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Roger Steffens, Fox.jpgWhat do you get when a reggae archivist and a talented photographer team up? – A beautiful reggae scrapbook of course!

Roger Steffens and photographer Peter Simon's Reggae Scrapbook is a lush historical journey through almost fifty years of Jamaica's rich musical heritage, told from the point of view of two of its biggest fans in North America. It contains over 30,000 words of text, plus extraordinary iconic images from Peter Simon, one of reggae's greatest photographers, and three-dimensional removable reproductions from Roger's world-famous Reggae Archives in Los Angeles.

These include posters, tickets, back-stage passes, postcards, playlists, autographed records, stickers and lots of other reggae paraphernalia.

The book is designed for those who have no knowledge of the
Genre and also for those who think they know everything about it already - and they are in for some BIG surprises.

Reggae Scrapbook came about when Raoul Goff of Palace Press had the idea and he contacted photographer Peter Simon who later hooked up with Roger – the rest now is history where Reggae Scrapbook is concerned.

Reggae Scrapbook is an anecdotal walk into Reggae land and will bring some reminiscent smile on the faces of readers. According to Steffens "the tone of a scrapbook in mind, telling funny or poignant stories about my personal relationships with some of the music's most important progenitors, and some of the lesser-known lights as well, people whose work deserves to be remembered."





Whats Poppin'

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Rolex returns

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Rolex is back! The popular selector from Bembe Squad who was out of action since November 17, when he sustained injuries in a car accident is now rearing to go again.

He will be playing at the rescheduled Bembe Anniversary this Thursday, December 13 at Weekendz.

Although Rolex can spin with the best of them his name started ringing out more after a highly publicized confrontation with members of deejay Vybz Kartel's entourage, a few months ago.

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'East Fest' time again for 2007

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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After taking a break in 2006, the Red Label Wine 'East Fest' is back with a new corporate sponsor in tow – Digicel. Scheduled for Saturday December 29, the event will be held at the Good Year Oval in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.

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Speaking to a zealous group of media, corporate and government folk as well as music industry peeps who gathered at the Hilton Hotel's Jonkoonu Lounge for the event's launch; head producing huncho Denroy "Dada Simeon" Morgan, expressed gratitude to all supporters of the 'East Fest' family. The endearing patriarch of the Morgan family whose lineage includes illustrious reggae greats, Morgan Heritage, presented a brief synopsis on the divinity of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I.





Bow Wow speaks out

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Bow-Wow.jpgBow wow finally came clean on the real reason he was hospitalized – and it was not exhaustion, this according to bossip.com.

"A lot of people fail to realize that when it comes to music — I can speak for O about this too — we're very passionate. Anytime you're paying a lot of money, anytime you are serious about what you do, you take it serious. I have fans that appreciate what I do. O has fans that appreciate what he does. I know me, I take it to heart. I was bummed out because a lot of the stuff that I had as part of my show wasn't there. Things that were promised were not there. It's nobody's fault; if it's anybody's fault, it's my team. I was upset nobody made me aware of it, and I threw a tantrum. That's what it is. That's the real reason. It's not because I'm beefing with anybody on the tour, that's not the case. It's not because of exhaustion, either. That's B.S."





Mary J Blige fights for the gay rights

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mary_j_blige.jpgMary J. Blige fires assistants who make homophobic remarks because she insists they can't be counted upon. The R&B diva is a fervent gay rights activist and refuses to tolerate people who have issues with homosexuality, this, according to a story posted on a website.

She tells gay magazine The Advocate, "I've heard a couple of guys say foul things, and those guys are not around me anymore. When they say things like that, I'm looking at them like, 'What makes you so scared? You don't know who you are?'

"I don't dislike them or anything, it just makes me wonder about them period... If you're not sure about that, then you ain't sure about a lotta things."





Bugle has persevered

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By: Joseph Cunningham

bugle.jpgWhat Reggae and dancehall music means to many impoverished youngsters in Jamaica is nothing short of phenomenal. Almost all the genres biggest stars were born in bitter poverty, but, luckily for some they
attained wealth through the power of the music.

Roy Thompson, better known as Bugle, the rising singing sensation, has trod a road to success which would have frustrated most persons. He was born in the "not very commercial" parish of Portland, and headed to Cooreville Gardens in Kingston. He admits that he had always been excited by the idea of being a successful musician, and so, he had been searching for his "moment in the sun" for a long time.

"I have been in the music biz for a longtime, but I never got the right opportunity before now," Bugle told YardFlex.

In 2000 things looked up for Bugle when he met Elephant Man and got the opportunity to travel on many tours with him, and would perform as the energetic DJ's opening act.

Nevertheless, Bugle had more aspirations than to be
just an opening act – he wanted to be a star in his own right.





Ike Turner dead at 76

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ike-turner.jpgMusic legend Ike Turner has died. He was 76.

According to TMZ.com Turner apparently died in his home in San Marcos, Calif., just outside of San Diego.

Sources close to the family said he may have died in his sleep.

Ike was married four times, most famously to Tina Turner. The famous singing duo had seven top ten R&B songs and famously divorced in 1978 amidst his constant abuse towards her.

Ike has four known children: sons Ike Jr., Michael, Ronald and daughter Mia.

The Recording Academy issued the following statement about Turner's passing: "There is no doubt that Ike Turner was one of rock and roll's great architects with his genre-defying sound as an instrumentalist and bandleader ... As a two-time GRAMMY® Award winner and recipient of The Recording Academy's 2004 Heroes Award, Ike's legacy as a groundbreaking pioneer in the music industry will never be forgotten."





Chaos reigned at Tarrus Riley show in Antigua

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taurus-riley.jpgNewsflash! Bottles and stones pelted on stage at a widely anticipated Tarrus Riley show in Antigua.

From what YardFlex could glean it would be apparent that the "She's Royal" singer and his road manager were told that the show would begin at 7:00 pm. However, they never got to the stage until the wee hours of the morning which understandably would have anyone upset.

A frustrated Riley and his crew instead of taking he matter up with the promoter vented on the respected Antiguan emcee Kenny Nibbs, whose only sin was announcing the wrong backing band for Riley! Seemed that turned out to be the final straw where the Riley and his manager were concerned – they totally lost it!

Instead of just making the correction and getting on with the performance Riley and his road manager Dean Fraser started to hype and carry on, dragging the mic away from the emcee's hand, shouting expletives at him telling him to get the %$#@ off stage!

Let's bear in mind that not only are these radio disc jockeys responsible for getting you where you are, but he was also responsible for touting him as a breath of fresh air!





International News

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Alex Trebek Suffers Heart Attack

alex_trebek.jpgWell known 'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek suffered a heart attack this according to TMZ.com.

A rep for the show confirms that the 67-year-old host had a minor heart attack but is "resting comfortably." We're told he will be back in the studio for the show's next scheduled tapings in January.

Trebek, who was born Giorgi Suka-Alex Trebek, has been the host of "Jeopardy!" since September of 1984.

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digicel_john.jpg Talented young footballers will have a once in a lifetime chance to learn invaluable football skills courtesy of Digicel, the largest sponsors of football in the Caribbean today.

The announcement which was made today will see talented balers learning techniques from arguably the Caribbean's greatest ever football player, while at the same time being afforded the chance to realize their dream of becoming professional footballers. Led by former England and Liverpool star John Barnes, who takes on the role of Head Coach for the clinics, the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinics begin in early 2008 and take place in Guyana, Barbados, Haiti, Antigua, Suriname, Trinidad, St. Kitts and Jamaica. Six of the most talented young footballers to participate in the clinics will be chosen by John Barnes to travel to the UK to spend a week at a top English Barclays Premier League football club, where they will take part in an intensive training session with the club.

Speaking at the photoshoot for the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinics, John Barnes said, "I'm looking forward to the clinics and to seeing the level of talent amongst the next generation of Caribbean footballers. You see what happened in Africa 20 to 30 years ago when a lot of people were slow to recognize the talent, well, the Caribbean is an untapped market. Talent here needs to be harnessed and given an opportunity and these clinics developed by Digicel are an opportunity to do just that. In England, they now recognize the fact that although Africa is saturated, this is the next place where you are going to get
talented footballers coming out to grace the Premier League."





Prodigal son inspires hope double disc album

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Prodigal_son.jpgProdigal Son's latest project the double disc album 'Songs From My Midnight' and 'Break of Day,' is an invitation into his life. In these CDs he opens up himself like a patient going under the knife and in it, others facing the same kind of pain, finds hope and the way out too.

The double discs take you on an emotional journey going through the dark valleys of despair to the triumphant trek of victory.

Prodigal Son doesn't pull any punches in this effort and the clean clear tracks rings out with the conviction.

Among the tracks that reaches out from the 'Songs From My Midnight' experience are "They Don't Know," a song that highlights the struggles trying to keep your head above the water. "if it wasn't for Jesus Christ, wi nuh know whey wi woulda do...dem nuh know half a tings wi guh through..."





Would you sleep with someone who is HIV Positive?

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgWow, you sure didn't pull any punches when it came to giving your opinions on the gay issue. Love that! Well, I have another hard question for you...well maybe it's not that hard but I still want to know your opinions on it.

This story I am about to tell you is true and it's what prompted me to throw it out to you. This guy met a woman who had HIV yet he became
involved with her, married her and she had a child for him. The baby wasn't infected because science has afforded HIV Positive people with solutions to the problem of mother to child transmission.

The man soon found out that he was carrying the disease too because he did not protect himself carefully.

The woman has since died and the man is left taking care of the baby, but it's just a matter of time before he too succumbs to the disease.

Now the question I want to through out to guys is, "could you love a woman/man like that? Knowing the condition of the person, could you just blindly say to hell with it and have unprotected sex?

Then again, why bring an innocent life into a mix like that?" Yeah, if you want to take the chance and gamble with your lives, do you think it is fair to bring an innocent life into a situation like this...leaving that child as an early orphan?





Notch - "Que Te Pica"

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Remember him(Notch) from the group Born Jamericans.





R&B Meets Reggae at I SCREAM

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By: Janice Dayle

I SCREAM REAL & OFFICIAL.jpgOne last party stop before frantic cooking and solemn prayers begin will be James Bond Beach, Oracabessa. On December 23rd, I SCREAM is scheduled to light up the holiday concert scene with some of the world's brightest stars like musical heavyweights: Bounty Killer, Boys 2 Men, Queen Ifrica and K-CI & JOJO.

Produced by Celebrity Access Jamaica – Solid Agency, who bring music lovers the annual Fully Loaded extravaganza - and in collaboration with Esso Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, this inaugural event has a good R&B mix and refreshing gender balanced line-up that is not always the norm at stage shows. With internationally renown and fabulous female reggae acts like, Etana, Tessanne Chin, Cherine Anderson and Brick & Lace, the fresh female reggae face will be highly represented.

Not to be confused by its flavoured, delicious sounding name, I SCREAM promises to differentiate itself from the 'silly season' norm where entertainment often seems like, "the same stuff on a different day." Press Coordinator for Solid Agency, Christopher Icey Jace Campbell explained that by seeking out a diverse yet slamming line-up, I SCREAM's producers have designed a show with what appears to be the most well rounded set of acts. He is confident that a little bit of this and a touch of that will not only win audiences hearts, but also give the production a long term winning formula.





McKENLEY THE ICON LAID TO REST

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

HERB_MCKENLEY.jpgJamaica said goodbye and farewell to olympic hero Herb McKenley last Saturday with an official funeral at the National Arena attended by celebrities from public life and sports.

In the presence of a diverse gathering McKenley was praised for his service to the nation after his retirement from running also for his olympic achievements.

Paying tributes to this icon who was not only a double Olympic 400 metres silver medalist, but also a gold medalist in the Helsinki 4x400 relay win - was Prime Minister Bruce Golding who announced that a statue will be commissioned by the government and mounted on Independence Park campus to celebrate McKinley's life.

Former Prime Ministers Edward Seaga, PJ Patterson and Portia Simpson-Miller were also in attendance.





Beyonce showing all!!!!

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Beyonce exposing a bit too much. Photos posted on mediatakeout, shows the singer dancing on a pole, exposing her kitty.





Trouble in the camp for Rihanna and Ciara

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It appears that trouble is brewing on the horizon between Rihanna and Ciara. According to mediatakeout.com which hinted a few months ago that R&B singer Ciara would be the opening act for Rihanna's European tour.

According to to one of the website's most trusted insiders, the two ladies have been bitterly feuding about the details of the tour. And last night that feud caused Rihanna to cancel their concert in Nottingham, UK.

A person who works with the tour claims that Rihanna has been limiting the amount of rehearsal time that Ciara and her team were allowed. And that the Bajan beauty's team hasn't properly paid Ciara for her performances.

The insider explained that "[Ciara's camp] wasn't about to sit back and let Rihanna's people walk all over [them], so [they] stood up for Ciara ... Next thing you know, the [Nottingham] concert's canceled.
Maybe it's all just a coincidence, but I don't think so." The insider continued, "[Ciara] was told not to show up to the arena to perform ... that the concert was canceled."





Etana spreads love and compassion

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By: Janice Dayle

etana.jpgHolding fast to the true meaning of the festive holiday season, Etana bestowed the beautiful gift of music to children at Carberry Court Special School in Papine, St. Andrew on November 28. The pre-Christmas concert, described by Etana as a 'little treat' for the youngsters, gave the physically and mentally challenged children a fresh reason to smile and laugh with pleasure in between their cheers of appreciation.

Delivering a passionate performance of songs from her extensive catalogue of hits like: "Wrong Address," "Roots," "Money" and one of her latest singles, "Warrior Love," Etana was a true model of brilliance, admired to the hilt by an enthusiastic audience.

This was a fitting venue to perform "Warrior Love," Etana's first song on relationships and love, since it speaks to the importance of compassion in everyday life and that is a trait most welcomed in a special needs setting. Children sang along to the delight of Etana, 'The Strong One,' who mingled after performing; taking photographs and signing autographs with over 50 students.

Following a period of sharing laughter, hugs and some good conversation, Etana was presented with a plant as a show of gratitude from the school and there was a reciprocal presentation of promotional items to all.





Curfew Police Searches Stop More Concerts

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Stage show business appears to be getting a blow this holiday season. What has been described as a possibly 'sticky' forecast - with Jamaica's law enforcement agents leaving no stone unturned in their quest to squash gun play and violence; could threaten the major traditional end of year concerts.

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Reggae lovers attending Reggae Fever at Catherines Hall, Mo Bay on Saturday night, who happened to have been present when Movado's Earth Day was raided recently; went into instant deja vue mode. At around 4:00AM, police officers from mobile reserves and regular officers came to the venue and turned the sound system off – declaring the show over with a curfew in place.





Kirk Franklin releases "The Fight of My Life"

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kirk_franklin.jpgOn December 18 Kirk Franklin, who is credited with revolutionizing gospel music, will release an exceptional collection of all new material.

"Carol and Michael are fighting for their marriage. Deborah
is fighting to keep from losing her mind. Jeff is fighting to keep
his home. David is fighting for his faith. Welcome to "The Fight of My Life," Franklin says of the CD titled with the same name.

The first single from the album, "Declaration (This Is
It!),"
is an upbeat and encouraging song that re-interprets the smooth-groove classic hit, "This Is It," co-written by
Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. It addresses surviving the everyday trials and tribulations through a positive declaration of one's purpose in life.

"This song is a statement that 'serves notice' on unnecessary
frustrations, relationships and circumstances that continue to attack
our life," says Franklin. "Unlike the children of Israel
who wandered in the wilderness, when we totally surrender to God,
what took 40 years, God 'can' fix in 40 minutes." Declaration (This
Is It!) is currently the #1 most added and #1 most increased airplay
at Gospel radio, and is also impacting urban radio.

After more than 15 years as the top selling, multiple Grammy
award-winning contemporary gospel artist, Kirk Franklin continually demonstrates that he is more than just an artist - he is a voice and a musical balm for his generation. "The Fight of My Life" is another display of the genius fusion of his positive message and urban beats that have made him a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than a decade.





Keep Garnet Silk's memory alive

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GarnetSilk.jpgGarnet Silk impacted on the lives of many with his humility and powerful uplifting songs. It is with this in mind that a committee of concerned individuals in the music fraternity have decided to come together to arrange with media houses to highlight the life's work of this music icon.

All this is in an effort to keep the late Garnet Damon Smith aka Garnet Silk's memory alive.

Silk's appeal spread much further afield than Jamaica – without a doubt his contributions have had international appeal and he has added significantly to our rich musical heritage.

From Monday, December 10 through to December 16, the committee will keep Garnet Silk's memory alive by hosting activities all week long.





A Diamond Christmas awaits us

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By: Joseph Cunningham

macka.jpgMacka Diamond is professing "peace and love" ahead of a highly touted, and a possibly venomous "Sting" at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.

It is no secret that since the return of fellow female deejay, Spice, there has been a lot of "word dropping!" At the recently held West Kingston Jamboree, Spice made her latest swipe at Macka Diamond, after the former reportedly spent too long onstage.

Spice followed soon after Macka's performance, and ascended the stage saying," A wha do some gyal, dem tinka album launch this!"

Macka Diamond currently has a string of "battle-cry" lyrics on the airwaves, which have been causing many to wonder what are the possibilities for Sting.

However, regardless of all the drama, Macka says she is all about professionalism and spreading love.

"I will put on a charity event for visually impaired kids at the Salvation Army on December 15. I'm just gonna go there with some gifts, and drink, chat, play and have a nice evening with them." I really don't have time for the passa passa, she continued.





George Nooks gearing up for Diamond Series

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george_nooks.jpgGeorge Nooks' fans will be getting the full dose of the singer's sweet voice in "George Nooks – The Diamond Series" due to be released in March 2008.

Produced by Tad's Record in association with Total Records it come with over 40 tracks.

YardFlex caught up with the singer and rapped about the project. "Straight, this is my life packaged on two discs," George Nooks commented with a smile.

"It's the best of my past, present and even future hits!" was the assurance from the singer who managed to have two hits under two different names!

He has held the top spot as Prince Mohammed with "Forty Leg" and as George Nooks with "Tribal War".





Glenford Bryan responds to Junior Reid

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junior reid.jpgYardFlex recently carried a story where Mr. Glenford Bryan accused singer Junior Reid of not honouring their contractual agreement. Following Junior Reid's comment in the story, Mr. Bryan now sent in a letter.

"Blessed my family of righteousness and equality this is Glenford Bryan. I want everyone to know that based on the man to man statement made by Junior Reid, I read seven Psalms and prayed on the whole incident.

I was then given the courage of God to walk to Junior Reid's place at 1b Lindsay Crescent; on December 5, 2007 where we spoke briefly, man to man.

He gave me US$1000.00, (JA$70,000). Even though it can't exactly deal with my trials, as my children have to be staying with stranger at this time, due to the fact that my mother refuses to have myself and her three grand children staying in her house with locks on our heads.

Anyway Junior Reid made a commitment to me saying that he will settle everything on December 20, 2007. I will keep you all posted. Now because of low finances, even to pay the lawyer, the lawyer is not able to give me full support, like those who are paying upfront receives. So I say to anyone who has compassion, and anyone who is tired of the big fish eating up the small fish to track a line my way. Now if I were to sue Junior Reid he would have to pay all court cost all lawyer fees, and $21,840.00 times 32, on the $537,777.77; which was overdue since October of last year; but like I say, I am lacking money, I am lacking support, but I still say Junior Reid knows that the word of man stands, because he wouldn't be standing if it wasn't for I words, so equal justice law abiding citizens worldwide I give God thanks for your existence, and to Junior Reid I want nothing less or nothing more that the JA$252,777.77 which you owe me, but you Mr. Reid knows that December 20, 2007 is our next man to man date, and no other.





Producer and artistes in car accident

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alaine.jpgThis morning Don Corleon, Alaine, Pressure, and Johnny Wonder were involved in a car accident with a tractor trailer on their way to do some album promotion in Connecticut.

Thankfully they are all fine. The vehicle sustained considerable damage, but luckily none of the passengers were injured.

The group has been in New York since last week doing radio promotions in all the boroughs.

They had a big album release party on Wednesday, December 5th at Track's Cafe in Brooklyn. The party was hosted by Johnny Wonder and Waah Gwan Radio/Steelie Bashment.





Grammy Nominations Announced

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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The Burning Spear, Stephen Marley, Sly and Robbie, Lee "Scratch" Perry as well as Toots & The Maytals have all been nominated in the category of Best Reggae Album.

(Vocal or Instrumental) for the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. On Dec 6 the announcement was made by The Recording Academy® at a press conference held in Hollywood.

Scheduled for Sunday February 10, 2008, the awards will be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"The Burning Spear Experience" is the album given the nod for reggae icon Burning Spear who joins a roster of mainly prodigious veteran musicians nominated in the reggae category this year. Stephen Marley's "Mind Control" comes in; embodying the award's overall diverse program since the dynamic producer/musician is the most youthful on the '08 reggae nominees list.

"Anniversary" from Sly and Robbie, "Light Your Light" from Toots & The Maytals and Lee "Scratch" Perry's "The End Of An American Dream" complete the legendary showing of nominees up for the Reggae GRAMMY®





RDX's "Everybody Dance" holding 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 8 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 NM
03 5 12 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon U-2
04 4 18 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 3 17 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-2
06 7 11 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
07 6 22 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-1
08 10 8 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-2
09 8 17 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-1
10 11 5 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-1
11 12 4 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-1
12 13 14 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) U-1
13 9 10 Me and My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G (pp#9) D-4
14 15 3 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-1
15 14 20 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1) D-1
16 16 17 Take My Place – Munga – Don Corleon (pp#6) NM
17 19 2 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-2
18 17 18 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-1
19 18 11 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14) D-1
20 - New Don't Mek Mi Hold You – Assassin – Don Corleon





Remy Ma Gets At Lil Kim

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remy_kim.jpgWhat's with Rema Ma, you would think her legal worries would have her hands full. But according to Bossip.com she recently got at Lil Kim on some radio station interviews in response to a Kim diss track:

"That little boy better leave me alone," Remy said referring to Lil Kim. She was saying, "I'm going at [Remy] hard, she go hard to me so I go hard back. I feel like if that's going at me hard, like seriously, I'm just gonna chill out. That’s crazy to me."

Remy continued, what did she say? "Putting on my lipstick, I was too busy being conceited. Like, how could you be conceited, you don't even like your own face. What are you talking about? Are you serious? How was I supposed to take that offensive."

"I don't believe you," stressed Remy. "You don't like your nose, you don't like your cheek, you don't like your chin, you don't like your skin color, you don't like your tits, you don't like your stomach, you don't like your teeth. What are you talking about?"





Alton Ellis in hospital

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AltonEllis.jpgLiving reggae music legend and pioneer in the development of ska and rock steady beats, Alton Ellis - has been admitted to hospital in London, England and is extremely ill at this time.

YardFlex extends wholehearted wishes for a speedy recovery and we invite our readers to join us as we send out prayers of healing.

Alton Ellis, the older brother for "Jamaica's first lady of song," the late Hortense Ellis, was inducted into the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Hall of Fame in 2006. It was his 50th year in the field of popular entertainment.





Reggae Camp Fire will ignite Windalco Sports Complex

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The 4th staging of Camp Fire was launched Tuesday night at the Kabana Restaurant in Half Way Tree, and by all indications, the show will be a spectacle.

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Patrons are expected to stream into the Windalco Sports Complex, Ewarton, St. Catherine, on December 31.

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The show will be characterized by a candle lighting and fireworks at 12 midnight, when all patrons will be asked to light a candle for peace for the new year, 2008.





"Soca Queen" Canadian sales boom despite setbacks

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By: Elizabeth Smith

alison-hinds-soca-queen.jpgAllison Hinds' debut solo album titled, "Soca Queen," was literally being stifled by Attack Music Group of Toronto, who was charged with marketing this well produced product in Canada. Producers of the album, 1720 Entertainment of Atlanta and Black Coral Records from the Caribbean released a statement this week that is seeped in abhorrence for the Canadian multi-media group who they say duped them into believing the astounding Barbadian songstress would have been properly introduced to the Canadian audience.

As part of their commitment, in accepting marketing responsibilities for the Hinds album, Attack Music Group, who was well compensated according to the report, promised the best promotion for the stellar soca project; but the words of President/CEO Mark Berry, ended up being wind in this instance.

A disappointed production team, who put great efforts into creating a top of the line disc, marketable to both Caribbean and mainstream audiences, cried foul when their visions of breaking out big in Canada were thwarted by a company who did not live up to their word.





Simoes wears the Reggae colours again

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

rene_simoes.jpgRene Simoes the man who took Jamaica to the FIFA World Cup in France 1998 has returned as the new Technical Director for the national programme.

Captain Horace Burrell head of the Jamaican Football Federation made the announcement during a press conference held at the federation headquarters in New Kingston recently.

Simoes who coached the Brazilian series B club Cortiba to top flight competition, will take over from the embattled Bora Mulutinovic who parted ways with the Jamaica Football Federation close to a month ago.

It has been reported on a Brazilian website that Simoes have turned down offers from other countries, to take up the Reggae Boyz mantle based on the relationship with Jamaica in the past.





Remy Ma To Face Trial On Gang Assault

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remy-ma-makeda-barnes-joseph.jpgRemy Ma, accused of shooting a friend in July over missing money, was ordered by a New York Supreme Court judge on Wednesday (December 5) to stand trial on charges of gang assault and witness tampering, according to a report on MTV News.

The charges stem from an incident in August where prosecutors say Remy Ma ordered a group of men to attack the boyfriend of Makeda Barnes-Joseph, who she is accused of shooting in July after a dispute that took place on a New York street. The man suffered a shattered jaw in the attack, according to The Associated Press.

Ivan Fisher, who is representing the rapper, attempted to have the court dismiss the gang-assault charges but said the court refused.

"She passed a polygraph test on the shooting, but the prosecutor isn't interested in dismissing the charges," Fisher told MTV News. "We're going to trial."





Brighton bans homophobic music

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uk-flag.jpgThe city of Brighton on the south coast of England has become the first in the country to ban songs that could incite hatred against minorities.

According to a report posted on undercover.com.au. Clubs in the city, which has a large gay population, could risk losing their license if they play songs with homophobic lyrics.

The ban extends to record stores selling the music, although the city cannot legally enforce it, rather just discourage the music's sale.

Reggae star Buju Banton's Brighton concert was canceled last year in connection with his song 'Boom Bye Bye' which features anti-gay lyrics.





Local Government elections - Low Turnout

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It was low-keyed vibes coming into the local government elections today. Last week when the security and election day workers voted, reports are that the turnout was unimpressive.

It was left to be seen if today the polls will fare the same fate. And from what YardFlex heard in the street it was just the same.

One woman told YardFlex, "I won't be voting. I don't even know who the candidates are in my community. Not even an official meeting to present them," was the disgusted comment.

The candidates were on a campaign trail, putting in last minute preparation for the big day. But they have not come without incidents.

Monday evening three persons from JLP's James Robertson motorcade were shot one of them later died. Owen Muir of Eleven Miles, Bull Bay succumbed to his injuries in the Princess Margaret Hospital Monday night.





Beenie Man now under new KODE Management

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• Has no affiliation with Mafia House

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Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis is no longer affiliated to the company Mafia House that was dissolved as of November last month.

Effective December 1, 2007, the entertainer is under new management. King Of The Dancehall Entertainment (KODE) is now fully responsible for all undertakings of the artiste that includes bookings and management. Contact can be made between 9:00am-6:00pm on Mondays to Fridays by phone at (876) 969-3015 or by email him at beeniemaninfo@gmail.com

Fans can also check out his website at: www.myspace.com/beenieman.

Public Relations are still being handled by Khool Booking Agency who can be reached at (876) 998-5083 or email: khoolray@cwjamaica.com





CORRECTION

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choicefm_djs.jpgYardFlex retracts statements published in a posting made on November 26, 2007, in the story headed, "Choice FM gets rid of the people's favourite DJs."

Contrary to the report received by YardFlex confirming Angie Le Mar's and Daddy Ernie's contract termination with Choice FM, YardFlex has been informed by Managing Director for Choice FM Ivor Etienne that this information needs to be corrected.

Etienne told Yardflex in a written statement that Angie Le Mar is leaving Choice FM at the end of this year. A November 16 press release further expressed that her final show at Choice FM is scheduled for December 15, 2007 and she chose to leave after 3 successful and harmonious years with the station, to pursue other projects.

"It's sad, but we respect Angie's wishes and wish her all the best in her future projects," Etienne stated.





By: Dr. Carlton Fraser

aids_logo.jpgIn spite of the efforts to clarify the origins of HIV/AIDS and to develop therapeutic and management orders, the disease is still shrouded in gray - and some who are genuinely concerned about the devastating effect of HIV/AIDS choose to seek deep into the mysteries.

Boyd E. Graves a US lawyer in his expose "State Origin: The Evidence of Laboratory Birth of AIDS" in which he unfurls numerous historical data - illustrates the intense procedures that culminated in HIV's origins and existence and the subsequent devastation of the innocents as a later development to accomplish the intended ethnic depopulation.

The 'mycoplasma,' discussed in our earlier mentioned "Laboratory of Hygiene History" published May 17, 2007 - was by 1898 the element of proof that epidemics could be arranged.

Four years later the capability to classify certain diseases by their ethnic effect existed. By 1918, the influenza virus killed millions of unsuspecting individuals- it was a flu virus modified with (bird) mycoplasma for which human primates had no acquired immunity.

In 1921 lead eugenics philosopher Bertrand Russell, publicly supported the necessity for organized plagues against the Black population. Secret testing of Afro-Americans were being conducted in 1931 and AIDS was tested in sheep.

In 1948 mention was made of devising a scheme to address the issue of overpopulation in certain racial groups.

Graves further reveals that in 1949 the Visna virus was isolated by Dr. Bjorn Sigurdson – significantly it shared some unique DNA with the HIV (virus), and in 1951 the government conducted its first virus attack on Afro-Americans. In 1970 President Nixon signed the "Population Czar". Nixon’s (August 10th) National Security Memo is unequivocal in its suggested direction(s) for depopulation – Progress Report #8 (PR#8) is issued in 1971 giving the update on the special (AIDS) virus program. It coordinates over 6000 pages of experiments, 20,000 scientific papers in fifteen(15), 400-page progress reports. The Flow Chart is the 'Research Logic Flow' of an ultra-secret federal program entitled 'Special Virus'. "On page 2 of the 1971 progress report (PR#8), the secret program narrates that it is seeking to make a candidate human virus by converging a leukemia and a lymphoma." The original name of HIV/AIDS is Leukemia/Lymphoma Virus. The virus was later attached as complement/contaminant to vaccines and sent as smallpox (vaccine) to Africa and experimental hepatitis B (vaccine) to Manhattan, USA (homosexual epidemic batch #751).

Graves further elaborates showing that PR#8 (Progress Report #8) continues at 273-286 to show that AIDS was given to monkeys...since 1962 the United States and Dr. Robert Gallo had been injecting/inoculating monkeys and re-releasing them back into the wild. The HIV/AIDS complex produced becomes the issue for discussion between the Soviets and Dr. Gallo.

The "Special Virus" is the designer product of a century long hunt for a contagious cancer that will selectively kill. The need for the creation and deployment of AIDS et al is fully outlined in the US population control policy decisions including National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NSSM-200) 1974 drafted and presented by Henry Kissinger at the mega conference on population control held in Bucharest, Romania.





Herb Mckenley's final race

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

HERB_MCKENLEY.jpgOne of Jamaica's and the world's most outstanding track athletes, Olympian Herb Mckenley, died recently at the age of 85. Know also as a remarkable coach and motivator, Mckenley, will be laid to rest on Saturday December 8.

The former Calabar coach and President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA), will be laid to rest at the National Heroes Circle in an official send off funeral.

Mckenley who was one of the greatest all round athletes of the 20th century was best remembered for his scorching third leg on Jamaica's mile relay team that struck gold at the 1952 Olympics. His passing came after complications of pneumonia, according to family spokesperson, Howard Aris, president of the JAAA.

Representing the black, green and gold in 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki, Mckenley won a total of three silver medals and one gold at the Olympic Games. The Gold was achieved with team-mates Arthur Wint, Lais Laing and George Rhoden.





Usher Re-hires mom

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usher and his mom.jpgThe R&B hunk 'resigned' his mother as his manager - so she could dedicate her time to becoming a wife and grandmother to his baby boy. Reports suggested the Yeah! hitmaker severed business links with his mother when she made it clear she didn't approve of his wife-to-be Tameka Foster.

But Usher insists he had very positive reasons for letting his mother, Jonetta Patton, go.

He tells Essence magazine, "It kills me when I read what my fans think about my relationship (with my mother) because it's so wrong. I didn't fire my mother. I resigned her. Her jersey hangs forever. I could have a million managers. I will only have one mother. Our professional relationship has been very rewarding, but our exchanges can be very hard and difficult. There are times when I don't need to sit and have a business conversation and have us end up bickering and fighting. She has lost years and time. She has a fiance now. I just want my mother to enjoy her life without having to keep a day-to-day eye on my career. I want her to be grandmama to my baby."

And Usher dismisses reports that he's estranged from his mom: "I'm going to need my mother to be there for me, to help me be strong."





Rapper Pimp C found dead

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pimp_c.jpgThe news is all over the place of Rapper Pimp C's death. The other half of the hit group UGK was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room.

According to reports L.A. County Fire responded to a 911 call at the Mondrian Hotel, located on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. They arrived to his sixth floor hotel room to find Pimp C dead in bed.

In an updated reported on mediatakeout..com sources in The Los Angeles Police Department revealed that they suspect Pimp C may have died of a drug overdose.





Turks and Caicos people fed up

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misick_raye.jpgYardFlex just got word from one of our faithful readers from Turks & Caicos that a scandal is brewing on the island. Plus a more recent government source has given us confirmation. Here's what our reader had to say:

I have some new information on the "Hon" Premier Michael Misick and Lisa Raye. As you guys know Lisa Raye was set to star in a reality show called "The Premier and I". It was supposed to be on the daily lives of her and her husband the Premiere Michael Misick.

This has since been cancelled because quite frankly the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands are fed up with both the premier and Lisa Raye. The premier who is supposed to be looking out for the well-being of the country spends most of his time in Hollywood with Lisa Raye at the expense of the islands which he "governs" and does not "OWN".

Lisa Raye is now in one of the ads in the "Departure" travel magazine advertising Turks and Caicos Islands. Now this is a luxury destination travel magazine. She is being paid "A'" list prices by her husband who is using the islands money to pay her to be in these ads.





Judy Mowatt gives back

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• Words of thanks for Arts Foundation

edit_Judy Mowatt.jpgWhen gospel singer Judy Mowatt took a trek in December 2003, to Bath Primary and Junior High she had no idea what the Lord was leading her into. In fact she didn't know a soul there except the pull to go there and that she did, and before she knew it she was in discussion about staging a children's treat and gospel concert there.

That year she accommodated 500 children and adults who enjoyed grocery items and other goodies. They capped off the days activities with a grand gospel concert. The following year another element was added to the treat and that was a health fair.

Now three years later Judy Mowatt through her Ministry is moving on to another level with the community they have 'adopted' as their own.

A lot of residents suffered greatly in Hurricane Dean and this year it will be a treat with a difference.

"We are trying to see if we can help to replace some of them," Judy Mowatt told YardFlex.

According to her there is one particular golden ager who is in dire need of help. "She lives on the gully bank and lost her roof and the house is falling apart. It is our intention to rebuild," Mowatt promised.





What would you do if your child is GAY?

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgI have a really hard question to pose to you and I want you all to be honest in your responses. What would you do if you found out that your only child is gay?

It's a question no parent wants to face, but the reality is there that some will have to deal with it sooner or later as more and more gays are coming out of the closet.

I came across a situation the other day where one parent sent her child to a mixed school only to pull the girl out because as she claimed "the boys were feeling her up".

She eventually placed the daughter in an all girls school and then the horror began, the male hands were replaced by softer feminine ones!

In the end the mother had to admit that if she had a choice she would have preferred to have her daughter dealing with a man.

Seriously, what approach would you take if you discovered that your son or your daughter had no desire for the opposite sex, but instead wants to get it on with members of the same sex?





The Winner of the YardFlex Calender Competition - Contest # 1 is
Contestant A, Kerry with (88)votes.


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Congratulations Contestant A, Kerry and Well done Contestant B, Jessica.





Sean Paul - " Watch Den Roll"

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Not the first time for Mavado

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movado.jpgAfter all the chatter about the way cops swooped down on Mavado's show in Temple Hall, YardFlex understands this is not a local problem for the DJ, but an international one as well.

From our sources in the UK we learnt that Mavado had two dates there last month, November 23 and 25 at the Mercia Banqueting Suite (Coventry) and the Stratford Rex (London) respectively. The show signaled his first ever performance in the UK. From what we understand the show was supposed to have Little Chris and Mad Cobra on the bill, but from what we gleaned Mad Cobra didn't turn up.

It's a good thing too, because the police cancelled the show in Coventry. Sources told Yardflex that this action was carried out because the Police were acting on intelligence that a gang was going to head down to Coventry and shoot the place up.





A who get clap off a West Kingston Jamboree

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Bwoy YardFlex hear sey Macka a perform and tings, but it is like she stay too long or something and then a chorus a clap start...mi nah lie, wi embarrass fi har.

Den guess who come on right after – Spice! And she just rub salt inna wound when she sey, "Wha do some gal, dem tink a album launch!" nuh ask if di crowd nuh rail.





By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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An estimated 30,000 people crammed into Tivoli Gardens Football Field on December 2nd to revel in the great company of peace and fun loving Jamaicans from all over. Every area of Kingston & St Andrew was represented at West Kingston Jamboree; and this was evident by the lack of entertainment activity anywhere else in the city.

What was planned as a treat for Tivoli Gardens residents ended up drawing massive amounts of people like a magnet. Literally all roads led to Tivoli; causing other planned events to run with little to no patrons. Some people just plain shut down.





What an Eventfull Weekend!! -

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The buzz continue... and Kingston is coming alive at almost every angle with holiday swinging taking over the place. Its festive season spirit with bumper to bumper traffic and sidewalks laden with shoppers. New Kingston’s emancipation park has turned on the traditional flashing lights and Yardflex has one piece of good advice. Leave your house early for wherever you need to go...

Police Stop Movado's Party

On December 1st Movado's earthday bash ended up as quite a bashment as the venue was literally invaded by law enforcement officers. Police and soldiers swarmed Temple Hall Estate at about 4:00AM when things were in full swing and about to get hotter.

They came from all sides – even helicopters hovered above; stopping the show and searching all patron, who were barred from leaving. The crowd ended up in the spotlight amidst search lights and excitement. Top scheduled acts were unable to perform.

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Booyaka...REEL and come again selector

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Booyaka – the night of paying tribute to great icons of reggae music who have passed away, was well executed and appreciated by a good crowd at Mas Camp on Saturday nignt. There to honour those who set the path for many to follow, patrons became totally immersed in tune after tune of the honoured musicians' music being churned out by Metro Media, Kilamanjaro and Black Scorpio.

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Leroy Sibbles sound system gave the early juggling in fine style. Nostalgia filled the air as the audience showed their yearning and love for that music of past eras. Tenor Saw, who left us sadly following tragic circumstances was given special recognition since he would have been 40 years old on December 1st, 2007.

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Lucky Dube to be honoured

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Lucky_Dube.jpgLucky Dube, the late African reggae icon will be one of six South African (SA) musicians who were honoured on December 2 at the Tribute to SA Music Heroes Concert at Moretele Park, Tshwane.

Dube, who was killed last month in a botched hijacking, was honoured alongside Busi Mhlongo, Don Laka, Vusi Mahlasela, the late Jabu Khanyile and Queeneth Ndaba.

The concert, which was the brainchild of Sam Mhangwani and Leonard Sithole of Drakensberg Promotions, also saw top talent on the local music scene performing to a capacity crowd.

The Tribute to SA Heroes Concert celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

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dahaven_jay-z.jpgJay-Z's former homie Dahaven recently had a one on one with the New York Magazine and forget that bad boy image the rapper seem to chanting about in his songs!

According to Dahaven, Jay-Z was really rapping about him! In answer to the question posed to him if Jay-Z sold drugs with him he responded "No, he ain't do much selling drugs. I did all that work. He was just a good dude to be around. He was one of my best friends. I taught him some things, but I mainly kept him from being out on the street a lot. Whatever was mine was his. So, we shared clothes, we shared a whole bunch of stuff. We had sex with the same women plenty of times. We both got burnt! We had the drip. My mom took him to the clinic. My mom also got him out of jail."





DMX surfaces in Reggae land

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Hey, big things a gwaan fi Reggae music and in particular Junior Reid. If the rumour circulating in the States is true then you could be seeing a combination with American rapper DMX and Junior Reid.

Yardflex understands that this would be a big, bold step for DMX as according to allhiphop.com DMX didn't like reggae music about 10 years ago.

Obviously the rapper has now caught on to the infectious beat as the rumour mill has it that he finishing up a music video with Junior Reid.

It's for DJ GQ's upcoming album. The track is called "Bad Boys".





Cultural and Sports Icons Honoured

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By: Elizabeth Smith
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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On Tuesday November 27, 2007, under the distinguished patronage of Jamaica's Prime Minister, the Honourable Bruce Golding and in association with the Caribbean community, many of Jamaica's stalwart sports and cultural 'Hall of Famers' were honoured.

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The star studded occasion held at The Talk of The Town - Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, was the 9th annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence; the Caribbean development for the arts, sports and culture. Produced by Garnett M. Reid, the evening went off with a bang, as the full spectrum of the Caribbean cultural experience was represented.





Tru-Juice Rebel Salute to bring unifying force

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

tony.jpgGreater is the power that unites us, than that which divides us. This was the thought on Tony Rebel's mind when Yardflex spoke to him about Rebel Salute's clean image in comparison to other stage shows; since its inception more than 15 years ago.

Rebel Salute, which is known to bring visitors from the length and breadth of the world, is characterized by strictly conscious music. In essence the show has always been a predominantly "Rastafarian exhibit" and Tony Rebel is all for musical consciousness.

"Staying away from the passa passa can be achieved. I have been tempted many times, but this is the road which I have decided to walk. My show represents me," the rebel said.





"Backyard Krackup" Good for the Soul

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By: Jaide
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Long gone are the days in Jamaican entertainment when huddling around the radio for a listen to Miss Lou and Ranny was the way to get our laughs.

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Today stand up comedy is fast becoming more popular and venues, like Back Yard on Constant Spring Road, are being transformed into "Comedy Clubs" to accommodate this trend in Jamaican entertainment that carries the huge benefits of soothing the soul.





Vybz Kartel Banned From Bembe Thursday

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BY: Kemesha Bolton

jigsy.jpgNews has been spreading around regarding the recent confrontation between DJ Vybz Kartel and Bembe Selector Jigsy.

YardFlex spoke to Jigsy earlier today via a telephone interview to find out from him the true story.

When asked about the incident Jigsy jumped right at the opportunity to 'talk di tings dem.' "I was on stage playing some music, bigging up Bounty Killa and Mikey Pelpa when somebody come tell mi seh di DJ (Vybz Kartel) call me, so mi jus laugh cause mi neva tink nutten."

According to him by the time him reached, him chain pop off and "Vybz Kartel himself gun butt mi, yuh hear me Vybz Kartel himself," as he reiterated it.

He continued by telling us that "a di second time now him try mash up Bembe, two weeks straight, him dis every selecta a Bembe, so him BAN from Bembe fi life." When asked what would happen if he should show up he said "Den di police a go deal wid it cause wi put out a restraint gainst him, nuh Vybz Kartel song naw play a Bembe again." "Vybz Kartel Banned, him a walking distruction," said Jigsy.





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

East Fest returned after a year break. Led by producing honcho Denroy "Dada Simeon" Morgan, the event came back with a big bang.

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The event was held at the Good Year Ovals In Morant Bay St. Thomas On Saturday December 29th, sponsored by Red Label Wine, it was dubbed Red Label Wine East Fest 2007. Other sponsors included corporate sponsors such as: Digicel, RJR Group, St Thomas Credit Union, Jamaica Tourist Board and Grizzleys – the technical team, Kings of Kings and Down Sound Records.

Regardless of the rain, patrons came out in there numbers for the well anticipated show of the year and they got their money's worth.

The show started at 8: pm sharp with a spiritual refreshing from the Nyabinghi Roots Band, Bobo Shanti band and The Twelve Tribes if Israel Band featuring, Micah Shemaiah, Israel Voice, Boom Dawn and Sangie Davis.





Vybz Kartel Apologizes to Jigsy

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Vybz_Kartel2.jpgThe following is a statement issued by Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi the Techa in response to the allegations made by the Bembe selector Jigsy that the deejay attacked him.

I am surprised that Jigsy has gone to the media with all these outlandish accusations, some of which border on slander and defamation, and serve to damage my reputation as an entertainer. I was not even in the venue at the time of this alleged incident at Bembe. I had been promoting my new liquor Vybz Rum, and partying with friends at the session, and had left some time during Jigsy's set. I only heard about the incident several hours afterwards through a third party, and then reporters informed me of his ridiculous tirade on the radio. I don't know if Jigsy is still in shock after the incident or if the moment has simply overwhelmed him, but he should desist from making these malicious statements for which there is no basis or proof.





Radio Dancehall Master delivers the season's best

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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At the 8th staging of Magnum GT Taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza – the production crew delivered the very best. Black River's Independence Park turned into a sizzling party place on December 25.

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The "Dancehall Master" of IRIE FM put together a musical package with one of the better line-ups and technical orchestration, this holiday season. Smooth band changes complimented the initial greeting from accommodating security and parking teams, making the entire event a huge success.





Gospel News

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grassley.jpgChuck Grasseley, U.S. Senator of Iowa, who is investigating high profile ministries for possible wrong doings, has formerly requested the leadership of Joyce Meyer Ministries to provide detailed records and personal information.

While the ministry is not under obligation by law to submit this
information, it said in keeping with its fiscal responsibilities,
respect for the democratic process and the tradition of transparency,
they are preparing the requested documents.

Those familiar with Joyce Meyer have seen her television program, read her books or listen to her messages of hope and strength.

Delanie Trusty, CFO of Joyce Meyers Ministries believes their information will exceed the senator's high standards.





Rebel Salute's 15th anniversary

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Rebel Salute 2008 was launched at the Hilton Kingston Hotel last night, and by all indications, the Port Kaiser Sports Club in St. Elizabeth will be host to another dynamic mixture of Reggae music, past, present and future.

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The event is the flagship event of Reggae icon, Tony Rebel, and it is his company, Flames Production in association with Trade Winds Citrus who staged the event.





I don't know how the gun got there – Bascom X

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haut_bascom-x.jpgYardFlex caught up with a close friend of Bascom X who is remanded in police custody since a gun was found at his home.

According to our source Bascom is clueless about the gun being in his home.

"He just ran into the person who he has not seen for sometime. They were parring until late so he invited him to cool out at his home until the morning."

"Bascom left and went to do a show. He got back and was standing at the front of his yard when some policemen pulled up and asked him who was in the house. He told them his bredren. He saw the police running into the house and moments later they re-emerged with the gun and said it was found in the house."





Young... and accomplished

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By: Joseph Cunningham

chino.jpg"Red Bull and Guinness inna mi system" is the punch line from a song that has been popular in the Dancehall for over two years. The track bares the familiar voice of Delly Ranks, a longstanding Dancehall personality; however, not many persons know who the younger voice on the track represents.

Chino is the name of a current rising sensation, and yes, his is the other voice. His last name is McGregor, a name which brings Reggae royalty to mind. Son to Freddie McGregor, he is a great talent in his own right.

Musically inclined from age nine, Chino was a member of the Vaz Preparatory School choir and ever since his dream to have a career in music began. He has performed on countless occasions since childhood and to date one of his most memorable performances was at age twelve at Jamaica House in front of Prime Minister PJ Patterson. While a student at Wolmer's High School for Boys', multi-talented Chino also gained experience as a selector for the sound system Omega Disco. The multi-talented Chino does not want to be categorized but rather sees himself as a musical artiste who also plays instruments such as guitar, drums, piano and bass. Furthermore he can sing, rap and deejay, he writes, co-writes and has produced tracks for artistes such as Daville, TOK, Wayne Marshall, Elephant Man, Kiprich, Delly Ranks and his father, Freddie McGregor.

He has had the opportunity to learn all about music from a tender age, at his dad’s Big Ship studio. "I have observed and learnt from the greats. Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffith, Judy Mowatt and Gregory Isaac, as well as Dancehall icons such as Bounty Killa and Beenie Man to name a few," he revealed. Chino confirmed that these interactions resulted in an in depth knowledge of recording and production techniques.





Women, put a value on yourselves

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgThat's it, I'm sick and tired of the stories circulating about these wutless women who all they plan on doing in life is to allow men to take care of their needs and buy them everything.

Now I got a buzz from a friend of mine who is going through hell and would she get out of the damn situation? Girlfriend live wid a businessman for years now, all helping him to run the business and then she found out that she wasn't the only one in his life. The vex she vex she fling up a one piece on another man and get pregnant in the process.

Yeah, businessman decide to tek har back...but on one condition that she don't have anything to do with the man who got her pregnant in the first place.

Now, I would tell that man how much string mek him up and weh him can tek him money and do wid it...nah, girlfriend decide that she can't walk away leave the easy living, so she decide to stay with him.





Busy Signal's "Nah Go A Jail" - Locking the # 1 Spot

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busy.jpgBy Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 11 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-1
03 2 11 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
04 5 14 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
05 4 15 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon D-1
06 8 8 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
07 9 6 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-2
08 6 21 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
09 7 7 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-2
10 10 25 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) NM
11 14 5 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-3
12 17 2 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back U-5
13 15 3 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-2
14 11 20 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-3
15 18 2 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-3
16 13 17 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-3
17 19 2 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records U-2
18 20 2 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-2
19 12 20 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-7
20 - New Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca





Sting never lived up to expectations

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The word on the street is that Guinness Sting failed to live up to expectations. According to reports from some of the patrons their was no 'bite' in this year's staging.

Beenie Man's presence was definitely lacking as his charisma and the energy he brings to the fore would definitely be more than welcomed.

That aside there were some winners for the night Ninja Man without a doubt lived up to what was expected of him and then some. He gave a super charged performance and had the crowd going with his incisive lyrics and comical stance on stage.





Jay Will is a Grandmaster

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jaywill_onset.jpgHe is known all around the world and especially in the Dancehall as a prolific video director. Simply put, he is the "brain" behind many memorable projects.

Jason "Jay Will" Williams grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica for a short time, then moved to Orlando, Florida to attend school. He says that he posses a talent to stretch his imagination beyond the norm and hence, produces revolutionary scenes in his videos. After attending Full Sail High and Florida A&M University, Jason moved to New York where he landed a job as editor at CBS Television.

It could be said that greatness was his destiny, because soon after, Jay Will was transferred to MTV, where he was assigned to edit Home Videos.

"I did my first music video, while working at MTV. I was a member of a group of young professionals called Kuamp, and we worked together on Kanye Wests' "Through the Wire" music video."

Since then, he has directed numerous high profile videos, solo. "I left MTV to pursue a full time directing career, and formed my own company, Jay Will Films, where I produce and direct documentaries, music videos, TV shows and commercials," he explained.





Snoop's illegitimate child seeks air time

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Wow, talk about the genes for the limelight in his blood! Snoop's illegitimate 9-year-old son Julian Corrie Broadus wants a starring role on his new show 'Father Hood.'

According to bossip.com it's been 5 years since he has seen his father, and he believes the show would be a good opportunity to reconnect with him:





Don't blame Tarrus for what I did!

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YardFlex caught up with Dean Fraser backstage at TeenSplash and he had a whole lot to say about the incident that took place in Antigua. He is upset about the fact that they are painting Tarrus Riley as some hooligan when in fact he was the first person to run the MC Kenny Knibbs off the stage.

"I am the first man who asked the MC to leave the stage," he stated as he reminded that every singer has the right to tell anyone who they don't want on their stage during performance.

According to Dean the MC did not even take the time to do his homework regarding the band as he introduced Black Soil as Live Wyaa. When Dean pointed out the error to him his comment was "it does not make a difference!"

Just before Tarrus Riley was due to perform Kenyatta Hill asked him (Dean) and Tarrus if he could do a song first... "yardie to yardie we agreed, we had no problem with it."





beenie_busy_romain.jpgNot even the rain could stop the massive from coming out at Pepsi TeenSplash held at James Bond Beach on December 26. Although the show saw some good performances it also had moments of improper stage management. Following a real hot performer it lulled to an upcoming act!

At minutes after 1 am Jigsy from Bembe Squad was doing his thing then it was back to startime again. During Romain Virgo's performance the stage hands were conducting mic checks...how tacky!

Romain Virgo showed that he has exactly what it takes to make it. He was Mr. Super Cool as he crooned out classics such as "Let's Get It On," "I'm Still In Love" and "It Tears Me Up." He had the ladies in the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. He was in his element as he played, teased and drove his many adoring female fans wild.

It was no wonder when he left the stage the women made a beeline for him!





Sean Kingston demands love!

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edit_sean-kingston.jpgGrammy Christmas did not bring out the expected massive but the teeny boppers in the audience got what they wanted from Sean Kingston. Although for a while it seemed as if they would miss out on his performance as Sean claimed he wasn't feeling them. "I'm not
hearing my girls and I'm not coming back until I hear you guys," Kingston said before exiting the stage.

Man did those girls scream! Apparently to the satisfaction of the plump performer who made his way back to the stage giving them some 'Beautiful' songs reaffirming his Jamaican roots.

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Barbee sets the record straight

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bar-b-ee.jpgYardFlex caught up with Barbee backstage at the recently held Teen Splash at James Bond Beach, St Mary. Of course we couldn't help but ask her about the alleged beating she received.

"I was sick and in bed when I got a phone call asking me what happened," Barbee explained.

She was puzzled about the fact that someone would want to spread that kind of rumour about her.

"Beenie Man was in Miami at the time, so from every angle this story is false," she corrected.

Barbee had strong words when it came to the matter of being in an abusive relationship. “I have never seen my father lay a hand on my mother, so I would never accept that kind of behaviour from anyone,” the sultry singer stressed.





I-SCREAM or ICE-WATER?

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I SCREAM REAL.jpgI-SCREAM seemed to have melted, as many things did not go as planned.

The show which took place at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary on Sunday, was obviously disorganized. It never started at the time advertised, and there was traffic jam "a plenty" in spite of a poor turn out.

Regardless, international R&B group Boys II Men performed for almost two hours to screaming fans. The group sang many of their platinum selling hits.

The female performers represented well. Queen Ifrika received an encore after every song, Cherine Anderson was elated by the overwhelming response she got. Etana and Tessanne Chin did well.





Welcome To Jamrock... as cold as the Christmas breeze

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The show was touted to be perhaps one of the best in December, a period in Jamaica when stage shows are historically plenty. Unfortunately for all concerned with the event, Welcome to Jamrock failed to deliver. The good things about the event were that band changes were quick, and it began and ended at the times advertised.

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When YardFlex arrived at the Constant Spring Football Field, we were greeted by the sounds of Etana, who lived up to her ever growing reputation as a "social commentary" artist. She delivered her most popular single, "Roots," that brings to mind the question, where is my true spiritual calling? Etana performed the single to decent response from the audience.





Gungo Peas and Rice

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gungupeasmeal.jpgINGREDIENTS
1 lb gungo peas
3 stalks escallion
3 sprigs thyme
1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
1 cloves garlic, crushed
24 whole pimento berries
1 piece ginger, crushed
1 cup GRACE COCONUT MILK
2 cups rice

METHOD

1. Bring gungo peas to boil with water.
2. Add coconut milk
3. Season with escallion, thyme, whole pepper, crushed garlic, pimento berries and ginger.
4. Add rice to the boiling liquid and stir. Cover and allow to come to a boil again, then lower the flame.
4. Allow to steam for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot.


Variations:
Red Kidneys Beans can be substituted for gungo peas.





Christmas Fruit Cake & Sorrel Drink

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Fruitcake.jpgINGREDIENTS

1 1/2 lb raisins
2 lbs prunes
1/2 lb cherry
3 cups red wine
1 bottle strawberry jam
3/4 cup white rum
2 Tbsp. vanilla
2 tsps. almond essence
1 lb. (450 grams) Anchor Butter
1/2 lb. (225 grams) brown sugar
8 medium eggs
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 lb. (450 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 lb. (120 grams) breadcrumbs
3 tsps. baking powder
2 Tsps. cinnamon powder
2 tsps. nutmeg powder
2 Tbsps. browing
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup white wine

METHOD

1. Preheat oven at 300°F/160°C. Grease and line two 8"×8"×2 / 20cm×20cm×5cm cake pans.
2. Blend raisins with wine, cook for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
3. Add rum, vanilla, and almond essence.
4. Cream soft margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add eggs one at time, beating well between each addition, add lemon juice.
6. Combine and sift all dry ingredients.
7. To the creamed mixture, add the dry ingredients and wine mixture alternately. Stir in strawberry jam and browning, pour into baking pans.
8. Place baking pan on the bottom of the oven, cover and bake for 2 1/2 hours or until done.

NOTES:

Use a toothpick and stick it into the center of the cake to check if the cake is baked.





MERRY CHRISTMAS to all from everyone at Yardflex!!

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It has been appropriately said that the first Christmas Carol was sung by angels at the Nativity of the Saviour Jesus Christ.

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN; are the words the angels bellowed and today these lyrics drive the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Often getting lost in the hustle and busyness of this festive laden time, is the root of it all; that wonderful gift of Jesus Christ to the world.

So in giving God the glory and holding fast to peace on earth as well as the angels' joyful message that burst forth from their serenade – mankind can surely claim continuous good.

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Alliance - Deadly Alliance (Keep It Gangster)

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Fibroids

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By: Dr. Steve Lawson

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Uterine fibroid (leiomyomas) are benign tumors of the uterus. These tumors result from abnormal growth of muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue in the endometrium, myometrium, and the ectometrium of the uterus. By the age of 50 years old the overall incidence of fibroids are 70-80% for women. Black women are four times more likely to develop fibroids than Caucasian women. They also have larger fibroids and develop fibroids at a younger age Fibroids can vary in size from being undetectable by human eyes to the size of a full term pregnancy.

The etiologies of fibroids are linked to hormonal imbalance, obesity,
xeno-estrrogen, heavy metal toxicity, infectious microorganisms, stress and high blood sugar level. Fibroids can cause complications such as menstrual problems, pelvic and lower back pain, constipation, urinary problems, hemorrhoids, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages.

Signs and symptoms that presents with uterine fibroids include heavy
menstrual bleeding (menorrhagea), prolong menstrual bleeding
(metrorrhagea), bleeding between periods, period pain (dysmenorrhea),
urinary incontinence, urinary frequency, severe acute abdominal pain,
constipation, hemorrhoids, anemia, back pain and leg pain.

Fibroids can be categorized into three types which include submucosal, myometrial and subserosal. Submucosal fibroids are located in the lining of the uterine cavity. Myometrial fibroids are located in the muscular layers of the uterus. Subserosal fibroids are located on the outer surface of the uterus. Both the submucosal and the subserosal fibroids can form pedunculated (fibroids that hang from a stalk). Fibroids can be detected by using pelvic examination, ultrasound, hysterosonography, hysteroscopy, hysterosalpingography.

Women who have excessive amounts of estrogen and an insufficient amount of progesterone are more predisposed to developing uterine fibroids. Women with excessive body fat are in an estrogen dominant state because fat tissues act as an estrogen-producing organ similar to the ovaries and the adrenal gland.

Estrogen is a prolific hormone that stimulates DNA replication that in excess can stimulate the smooth muscle cells of the uterus to replicate excessively and cause the overgrowth of fibrous connective tissue resulting in fibroids. Insulin-like growth factor is an anabolic hormone that is implicated in the abnormal growth of the uterine muscles that form fibroids. Xeno-estrogens are pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and other toxic substances that act similar to estrogen causing DNA dysfunction resulting in abnormal replication that causes fibroids.

The excessive growth of these fibroids can cause submucosal irregularity resulting in dysmenorrhea and miscarriages. Fibroids in the subserosal layer of the uterus can cause obstruction of the colon resulting in constipation and the formation of hemorrhoids (dilated veins located in the region of the anus). Pedunculated fibroids in the submucosal and subserosal layers can twist on themselves cutting off their blood supply and causing severe abdominal pain that may require surgery. Excessive menstrual bleeding due to fibroids can result in anemia and its associated complications.

Treatment includes hysterectomy, myomectomy, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), gonadatropin releasing hormones (GnRH) antagonists, androgens (danazol), and focused ultrasound surgery (FUS), and essential oils.





Young Jock arrested with loaded gun at airport

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yungjoc.jpgRapper Yung Joc was arrested in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday morning, after he allegedly tried to pass through an airport security check point with a fully loaded handgun.

According to police, Yung Joc attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, when police found the fully loaded firearm.

The Atlanta-bred rapper, born Jasiel Robinson, is currently facing local firearms charges, although he may face charges under the Air Piracy Act.

Yung Joc is currently in the Cuyahoga County Jail. Information on his bail was unavailable as of press time.

The arrest comes on the heels of a banner year for Yung Joc, according to recently released data released by The Nielsen Company.





All roads lead to STING, even cyber roads

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STING POSTER2.jpgRecognized widely as the number one reggae show on earth, STING will be accessible live to millions this year via the worldwide web.

The highly anticipated year end tradition that has seen thousands of
reggae music fans coming out for their boxing day taste of hot sounds,
will now invite reggae lovers from all over the globe to the live
streaming of STING.

Logging on to www.stingjamaica.com.jm on December 26,2007 will get you
there and from the comfort of your home, library or café, this show will be sure to make your day.

Toronto Canada's, Buddy's Bar & Grill will be broadcasting the live feed as well. This is expected to be another great day in reggae history.

It is surely not to be missed.





Bounty Speaks his mind

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bounty2.jpgWelcome to Jamrock come and gone but it's not the bomb performances that has the crowd talking still...it's Bounty finally giving Beenie a piece of his mind!

Bwoy, the Killa never mince words at all when him sey Beenie teck up di trash weh him put dung! Can you imagine, him drop him manager and prize up somebody whey Bounty nuh care bout.

People unno shoulda a hear how di crowd galang at dat. Poor Beenie if him did ongle know how de marriage woulda come back come haunt him him woulda just lef it alone!

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Corporate Jamaica shows love

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said so, and it is most befitting that during a season when his life on earth is being celebrated, children are given special attention.

Jesus' affection for children is well documented, and so, in accordance, corporate giants Capital & Credit Financial Group, staged "Pickney Love at Christmas", which is intended to raise funds to assist in the maintenance and development of Jamaica's children.





Terry Linen shoots music video for "Mood For Love"

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terry_linen2.jpgReggae crooner Terry Linen has announced his presence back on the scene in no uncertain terms with his "Mood For Love" single, which is already receiving good rotation on air.

The singer wrapped up the video for the single last Friday and it's now in the editing stages soon to be premiered.

Recording on the Uplifting Music International label and Shot on location in Blue Mountain, the music video was done under the direction of Green Gorilla Media.

The plot for the video is the typical boy missing girl and all the anguish of longing for her and pining for that special someone who just lights up your life comes out in "Mood For Love."

The director exercises his creative genius here as every scene, every touch, every look depicted in the video brings out the central theme of the song.





A wha really gwaan a Bembe Thursdays

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But a wha really a gwaan inna di DJ fraternity. People unno hear bout di almshouse weh Vybz Kartel, Mavado and dem entourage kip up a Bembe Thursdays.

Crowd part, knife draw and pure tings. No man, dem haffi put a stop to dem kind a behaviour yah.

First dem nearly mash up Stone Love Anniversary and now a Bembe Thursday...the way tings look, maybe nobody a guh waan go a nuh stage show weh dem deh pon.





Busy Signal still holding down the # 1 Spot

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busy.jpgBy Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 15 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 10 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) NM
03 7 10 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-4
04 3 14 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon D-1
05 6 13 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
06 4 20 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
07 8 6 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-1
08 11 7 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-3
09 12 5 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-3
10 5 24 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-5
11 9 19 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-2
12 10 19 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-2
13 13 16 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) NM
14 15 4 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-1
15 17 2 Dreaming of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-2
16 16 3 Don't Mek Mi Hold You – Assassin – Don Corleon NM
17 - New Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back
18 - New Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt
19 - New Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records
20 - New Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back





Authentic love for her genre

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By: Joseph Cunningham

natalie_storm.jpgIt is her desire to be remembered with the admiration and awe that follows the name Bob Marley, and other international musical icons. Natalie Storm says, "I want to be a Reggae ambassador who takes Reggae music to places where Reggae does not exist." And it is no surprise that she admits to having listened to every genre of music since a very young age.

"I grew up listening to everything imaginable: Percy Sledge, Skeeter Davis, Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Aerosmith, all sorts of dance music and of course, crazy Reggae and Dancehall."

Making her sojourn into the Dancehall six years ago as a member of the
girls' group, Make Boys Cry (MBC), Natalie delivered the hit "Real Badman" on the Swatch International Label within that union. MBC made appearances on major Jamaican shows like Champions in Action and Teen Splash, and traveled on tours to Japan and Miami, USA.





Original Dancehall Jam Jam to be streamed live on

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coca_tea.jpgThe premier event of Clarendon, Original Dancehall Jam Jam will be going to the next level this year. For the first time the stage show will be streamed live on the Internet coming from its venue at the Jamalco Sports Club, Halse Hall, Clarendon on New Year's Eve, December 31.

YardFlex rapped with Roaring Lion's Coco Tea and he informed that the whole thing came about when Kariblink approached him about streaming the event. Based on the overwhelming response they received on streaming the last World Clash in New York, Kariblink TV felt Dancehall Jam Jam would enjoy that same kind of reception.

So for those who can't make it to the event then they can sit in the comfort of their room and watch it all on www.dancehalljamjam.net.

One thing Coco Tea will be going all out to correct at Original Dancehall Jam Jam this year, is the fact that too many upcoming artistes worked in the earlier slot and in the end the big named acts did not get much time. The fans were upset about it last year.





No justice for Notorious B.I.G.

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biggie2.jpgAn LA judge dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit of the Notorious B.I.G. and postponed the trial indefinitely, bad news for Miss Wallace.

According to Bossip.com, District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled that the family had not filed a claim within the required timeframe. She then granted a request made by the city and imprisoned former cop Rafael Perez to dismiss the case. Perez, a corrupt former cop, has been accused of conspiring with his former partner David Mack to murder the rapper.

It's crying shame though.





Richie Spice crowned New Prince of Reggae

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edit_richiespice.jpgBritish Entertainment Critics proclaimed Richie Spice The New Prince of Reggae after his performance at the 78 year old Brixton Academy.

Richie Spice, the Jamaican singing sensation has received enormous "props" from British Entertainment Critics. The same folks who have been giving Jamaican Dancehall superstars "hell", are proclaiming that the singer is the "New Prince of Reggae."

The praise came after Richie Spice gave an exhilarating one and a half hour performance. He was received in fine fettle by Britons who made it a sold out event. According to reports, Richie Spice received endless encore requests after almost every song.

The start of the show saw performances from fellow reggae artistes Junior Kelly and Chezidek with a house downing performance from Spanner Banner; big brother to Richie Spice.





Yendi visits Yardflex

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Miss-Yendi-Phillip2.jpgShe went, she saw and conquered. That is the only appropriate description for what Yendi Phillips, the reigning Miss Jamaica World accomplished at the Miss World 2007 Pageant.

She created history when she became the first contestant to make it to the finals of all categories. Out of 107 contestants, she was 1st runner up in the Miss World Beach Beauty and a finalist in the Miss World Sports, Miss World Talent, Miss World Top Model and the Beauty With A Purpose Award. And, during the live telecast, she made the top 16.

Yendi visited the offices of YardFlex, at shop #118 on the Princeville Plaza, Constant Spring, and had a grand "yard chat." On her entry into the office, the "irie" lady started rocking instinctively to the sounds of music being played on a DVD. Noticing her vibe, I asked, Yendi what kind of influence she had on other contestants. She responded, "I took music along with me, so my room mate and the other girls heard quite a bit of Reggae and Dancehall music." She revealed that she was surprised to know that Miss Guatemala was a big fan of Busy Signal, especially the song, "Step Out."





Whitney Houston's divorce on hold

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whitney_bobby.jpgSeems as if Whitney Houston will have to wait a little longer before she can put her failed marriage behind her and move on with her life.

According to reports posted on the internet the divorce has been put on hold because her estranged husband Bobby Brown has fallen out with his lawyer.

Brown's attorney has quit after a series of rows with the fallen R&B star, according to U.S. reports, and now a scheduled January 4, (08) hearing looks like it will have to be delayed.

That date was arrived at after Brown suffered an alleged mild heart attack in October (07) and was unable to attend his wife's deposition.

In new court papers, obtained by U.S. TV show Extra, officials note, "The relationship (between Brown and his lawyers) has deteriorated to the extent that effective communication is no longer feasible."





Steve Harvey pays big bucks to drop charges

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Steve Harvey_mary harvey.jpgWow! Go figure this one out. There is no joking around this for Steve Harvey. According to Mediatakeout.com the shocking Steve Harvey abuse lawsuit has come to an end. Apparently Steve and his ex-wife are very close to reaching a monetary settlement.

Mary Harvey was suing Steve for swindling her out of millions, and for mental and physical abuse. Last week the site also reported that Steve was facing prison time if a judge ruled that he contemptuously withheld vital information from Mary's legal team.

And it appears that the threat of prison time may have caused Steve to open up his wallet. According to one person familiar with the case, Steve offered Mary approximately $10M to settle the suit and Mary is expected to accept the offer.





Britney's teen sister expecting

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jamie_lynn1.jpgPregnant with her first child, Britney Spears' teen sis Jamie Lynn told OK Magazine that she will keep the baby.

Lauded for her decision by her bosses at children's TV Nickelodeon
network, the 16 year old Lynn allegedly dumped the baby's father who is reported to be Casey Aldridge, a student.

Confirming the news, her network's bosses who oversee her fronting the hit show Zoey 101, say they respect Jamie Lynn's decision to take responsibility in this sensitive and personal situation.

They said, "We know this is a very difficult time for her and her family, and our primary concern right now is for Jamie Lynn's well being."





Tifa is no "tinky winky"

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By: Joseph Cunningham

tifa.jpgWith a strong musical background, Latifa Brown who is known by the stage name Tifa, enters the Dancehall fray.

Her stepfather, who she affectionately calls Sampalue, is a reggae
producer who assisted in the building of several music careers such as
Lady Saw. Her connection to him gave her a deep rooted love for dancehall music.

No wonder that as an infant attending Wolmer's Preparatory she became
actively involved in the school choir, drama club and the renowned
Wolmer's Dance Troop with which she won a gold medal in the 1994 festival competition.

Her young talents were also displayed during the 1995 musical Psalty, the "Singing Song Book," staged at the National Arena and also in Montego Bay.





Lyrics: "Pon Di Edge" - Busy Signal

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busy.jpgINTRO:
Aint gonna leave you girl so just wine for me girl, wine for me girl, wine for me, wine x4

My girl just wine pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge WINE
Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge GAL wine pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge gal. QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT, gal

OH x18
You too bad gal you too bad

Verse 1:
Gal you somin tight yes mi love how you hook it baby
You grip mi right, use di muscle hold it baby
Mi call you last night have to call you back tonight
Dont you somein right yes yu somein tight
Mi seh Gal yu have di grip and di glue OH
Nuh bag a man naw pass through OH
Naw give it to the fish and di crew OH Testing one three nu test two
My girl just hold me with the muscle MUSCLE
Climb on slide on pon di grizzle OH
Worse when di rain start drizzle
Mek mi go dig out the somein with the - - - - chisel

You keep it clean gal like how yu keep it coming at me
You make mi talk in a mi sleep You mek mi talk in a mi sleep
You keep it clean gal like how yu keep it wining on me You make mi talk in a mi sleep, my girl yu mek mi even ask fi di somein inna me sleep

CHO:
you somin tight OH x8
You grip mi right OHx8
gal QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT, gal QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT,

Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge gal
Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge





Spice responds to D'Angel

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spice_d'angel.jpgIn yesterday's Star D'Angel hit out against female DJs including Spice and people, Spice a talk up di tings dem. According to her if D'Angel wants something to talk about she should tell the people dem a which man she have a New York and she must talk why she tek weh Beenie Man business when she well know sey she neva have nutten fi do wid it!

People Spice mek YardFlex kno dat if she was in D'Angel shoes she probably woulda a run off har mouth too, but "since mi never have a man drop mi like hot bread a doan know how yuh feel!"

Yuh tink sey Spice finish yet here the message weh she send out, "D'Angel No one told you to stoop low in the business and no one stuck you up and robbed you of your morals, your pride and your dignity - you voluntarily decided to just give them away. If no one is brave enough to tell you the truth to your face, from a woman to a woman - oh I mean, from lady to gal, I can tell you this. Us female artistes, we are influences to the young women in today's society so you should have never slept around with so many people and allow yourself to be categorized as an 'artiste groupie'!"

Pram pram! Bwoy from how Spice address D'Angel a one ting we have to say and it is a good thing she won't be on Sting cause she woulda get it good and proper!





COMEDY BUS AT BACKYAAD 2007

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By: Kemesha Bolton

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Backyaad has been the home of comedy for some time now and it was no surprise that it hosted the TVJ Comedy Bus final on Sunday December 16th 2007. The annual showcasing of comedic talent vying for top 'comedy bus' spot started at 8:00PM sharp as was specified

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MC Pretty Boy Floyd was full of gimmicks and he began by lamenting on his hopes of going to a Greener Pasture "foreign." Floyd said, "When I jus get mi visa mi carry mi passport everywhere because mi would'nt like fi deh a Lemon yaad a watch news and hear seh mi house gutted with fire, an mi nuh travel yet? yuh mussi mad." He had patrons in stitches and this was just the beginning of his antics for the night.





Who will close Sting? "I are di 1"

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bounty.jpgWho will close Sting 2007 is the question on the lips of many since its now official that Beenie Man is off the annual event.

Well, Sting organizer Isaiah Laing has declared that Bounty Killer will be the one. Laing says Bounty Killer was slated to close the event even before the fall out with Beenie Man.

Laing added that statements made by Beenie Man that he has been the main act at Sting more than any other artist, "Is not true." "Many of the times when Beenie Man has closed Sting, it was because Bounty was not on the show, or because Bounty performed early, when in fact he (Bounty) was the one booked to close the show."

Last week, there was a 'war of words' between Laing and Beenie Man over the real reasons why Beenie Man had refused to do the show.





Ackee and Saltfish

ackee&satlfish.jpgPreparation Time: 1 hour Cooking/Baking Time: 12 minutes
Serves/Yields: 6


INGREDIENTS

1/2 lb. Saltfish (codfish)
1 dozen ackees
1 small onion
1/2 teaspoon of thyme leaves
2 stalks escallion, chopped
1 clove garlic diced finely
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 slices hot scotch bonnet pepper
1 small red sweet pepper
cooking oil

METHOD

Soak Saltfish in warm water to taste. After soaking saltfish, place it in cold water and boil. Clean the ackee. Remove the seeds and all traces of interior red pit from the ackees. Wash ackees five times. Cover and boil until moderately soft. Drain, cover, and put aside. Pick up (flake) the saltfish and remove all bones. Sauté all dry ingredients in a pan (except black pepper). Add saltfish and the ackees, and turn the fire/stove up slightly. Add black pepper. Pour in to serving plate.

Serving Suggestions:

This can be served with roasted breadfruit, fried dumplings, boiled green bananas, boiled yam or hardough bread.


Notes:

Ackee and Saltfish is Jamaica's national dish.

If fresh ackees are used, make sure that they are fully opened before preparation.

Variations:
Frankfurters, Grace Corned Beef or corned pork can be substituted for saltfish.

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Some man hot but dem confuse!

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgBoy, I'm telling you, ever since I started this column I have been getting some stories that are totally out of whack! The latest comes from a woman who is living in South Florida and I'm still blown away by it all.

Can you believe it you all that she got involved with a done out footballer who thinks he is all that because he used to hold nuff money, buy up houses and hot cars and lived the life of the rich and
famous...until nutten nah gwaan for him!

Now hear the whole drama, the man a flex with girlfriend, plus him slap the woman next door which is his baby mother best friend and from what I hear him have a Brazilian woman that him bragging no ends
bout...and with all those women in his life can you believe that the bastard have a man too? Yup, he even picked him up from the airport with girlfriend in the car and the man never have any shame, bragging how the baller planning on buying him a house and both of them gonna live together!

Now what I don't understand is why girlfriend still hanging around a man who is playing around in the rear and then want to bury himself in the promised land?





Hottie Hottie Girls of the Week

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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

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

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VAUXHALL, KLAS SING TOGETHER

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By: Kemesha Bolton

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KLAS 89 FM had their annual Christmas Teen Jam outside broadcast, at the Vauxhall Comprehensive High School on December 13th, 2007. The event was hosted by Tony Young.

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Fittingly, as Vauxhall won the All Together Sing Competition on Television Jamaica this year, the very proud Andrea Chaplin, Principal of the school took the opportunity to really encourage her students to "always do something physical as it compliments their mental."





Jay-Z and Beyonce married?!

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beyonce_jayz.jpgWhat is this we are hearing...Jay-J and Beyonce secretly tied the knot!

According to mediatakeout.com the site is officially confirming that last week Jay Z and Beyonce were married in a small private ceremony in Paris, France.

What's more the photos shown is proof that the whole thing happened. According to the source, who is an EXTREMELY close family member of Beyonce's, the couple chose, instead of exchanging rings, to tattoo a personal inscription on each of their ring fingers.

We can tell you that right now ABSOLUTELY NO ONE else in the world of media is reporting this. Not any blogger, not any newspaper, no radio disc jockey, no TV personality - just us...well yardflex has quickly
gotten in line too!





STING producer Isaiah Laing is livid

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By: Joseph Cunningham


sting_laing.jpg"If Beenie Man does not want to get the wrath of me, he needs to leave my show alone," says fuming Sting promoter, Isaiah Laing.

Speaking to YardFlex on Sunday afternoon, Laing said, "Beenie is a sick man. He is going around and telling persons that I owe him money and all sorts of things as an attempt to destroy my show. Because he is not getting "top billing", it seems that he has decided to campaign against Sting. Beenie's real problem is that he knows that Bounty Killa is coming with his mouth full, and so he is looking for a reason to skip the show."

Laing continued, "I have never done any business with Beenie Man. I have always conducted business through his management; therefore, Beenie Man really needs to speak to Shocking Vibes about such a thing. I paid Beenie $800,000 to perform last-year, and it has only been one year that Beenie has received a small portion of money, and it was a year he decided that he would do Sting for free. Even then, I still gave him $100,000 in advance."

Further, an upset Isaiah Laing told YardFlex that, "Beenie needs to keep quiet, and don't let me begin to talk things which I know about him. If I start talking certain stuff, Beenie Man would have to run away!" Laing added, "I was a police officer in Arnett Gardens when Beenie was a younger fellow, and I saved Beenie Man's life on numerous occasions." Last week, Laing refuted claims that he owes Beenie Man back money, and the renowned promoter said he was optimistic that Beenie Man will turn up at the event.

Despite Beenie Man's determination that he's not doing Sting, Laing then said that he was giving the deejay a few more days. "Knowing Beenie Man he will turn up at the event," Laing stated at that point.

Regarding plans for the show, Laing revealed that, "There will be a stage within the stage. There will be a single door which leads unto the front of the stage. No entourage will be able to accompany performers unto the stage."

Performances will be limited to 30 minutes for all performers, he declared.





Hot Gyal Timberlee…. Sweet like honey, but solid!!

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By: Joseph Cunningham


timberlee.jpg"Hot gyal a hot gyal, sweet like honey." These are the words of a sexy new song, titled, "Bubble Like Soup," which has presented 24 year old Timberlee to the Dancehall.

She grew up in Mandeville, Manchester, a highly commercial community not especially known for delivering talents to a genre that is predominantly hardcore.

Interestingly, Timberlee continues to walk a road not common to the Dancehall and that is to be a musician who has high academic qualifications. She is on target to graduate with a degree in Psychology and Child Education.

"I only got really interested in becoming a Dancehall artiste in the year 2000, after witnessing a lyrical clash between Tony Matterhorn and Fire Links at Fully Loaded," she revealed.

Timberlee is now affiliated with legendary producers, Ward 21, and is consistently recording singles. "I'm not thinking about releasing an album right now, but I'll be completing the video for "Bubble Like Soup" and my new single, "No Stress," both within the next two weeks," she confirmed.

Describing her personality, Timberlee stated that although she comes fully loaded with hardcore lyrics, she is high society.





Caribbean entertainers free to move across Europe

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EU&Caricum.jpgCaribbean entertainers thanks to a historic agreement inked on Sunday between representatives of the region and the EU, will be able to move freely across Europe.

According to the website officials of CARIFORUM - CARICOM and Dominican Republic and European Union officials signed off on the new Economic Partnership Agreement, just days before the December 31 deadline set by the EU.

The new agreement replaces the Cotonou Agreement which expires at the end of this year. The agreement came after two days of talks over the weekend but after about three years of bilateral. And after Caribbean officials agreed to grant EU products access to its market.

But Deputy Director General for Trade of the EU Commission, Karl Falkenberg, who signed the document for the EU, admitted the deal was a hard one for the EU.





Meet the new Commissioner of Police

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radm_Lewin.jpgRear Admiral Hardley Lewin, Jamaica's new Commissioner of Police officially took up his mantle today and he has a huge job ahead of him clamping down on the monster called crime.

But how much do you know about the man who has taken on this daunting task?

Thanks to www.jdfmil.org we give you a little insight on Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin.

Born in Buckfield, Ocho Rios, Rear Admiral Lewin attended Ocho Rios Primary School and Ferncourt High School. He enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in 1971 and in 1972 attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and granted a commission in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant on completion in December of the same year.

He was posted to the JDF Coast Guard where he served as Navigating Officer and First Lieutenant and quickly qualified for seagoing command in September 1975. After two sea commands and qualifying as Master (Home Trade) he retired from the JDF in 1981 and served on two merchant ships as Chief Mate. He was recommissioned into the JDF Coast Guard in 1982 where he continued his seagoing command.





Tyrone Taylor was laid to rest on Sunday

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tyrone_taylor.jpgA glowing obituary was written in the UK's Guardian newspaper on the life of Jamaican singer Tyrone Taylor whose ‘Cottage in Negril' became a classic.

But since the news broke of his death little has been said about plans surrounding the late singer's funeral. One disc jock based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, kept in constant touch with YardFlex regarding funeral arrangements.

Tyrone Taylor died at age 56 from complications stemming from Prostrate Cancer on December 1. strong>YardFlex would welcome any information regarding funeral arrangement for the late singer...we like to keep our readers informed.





Munga Honorable v.s. Deva Brat LIVE

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Shame on you DJs
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Everybody's talking bout the fight that took place at Stone Love Anniversary Party held at Mas Camp between Munga Honorable and Deva Brat.

YardFlex spoke with one patron who was at the show and he had an earful. "Shame pon di two a dem, fi a disrespect the big man show like that. Dem young crop a artiste nuh have nuh discipline, a suh dem intend fi disrespect the business?" he angrily uttered.





Jah Cure thrilled fans in Trinidad

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jahcure_yardflex2.jpgJah Cure performed to over 15,000 strong at the Hasley Stadium, Port of Spain in Trinidad over the weekend.

The show which was hosted and produced by Crab Connection was dubbed The Next Chapter in the Life of the Cure' was an overwhelming success attracting one of the largest audience for the year from what YardFlex understands.

According to a review published in the Trinidad Express, Cure took the stage to a rousing welcome around 2.15 am yesterday and performed for over an hour as the massive crowd sang along and patrons screamed their appreciation throughout his set.





February to be declared Reggae Month

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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The Government of Jamaica is to declare February Reggae Month, according to Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports. She was speaking at the launch of the Reggae Academy Awards held recently at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

"I really want to say to you that the Government will be announcing, at the highest level, a declaration of February as "Reggae Month" and it will be announced and presented in a manner that will impact not only in Jamaica but across the world," she stated.

The Recording Industry of Jamaica (RIAJ), will host activities covering the entire month of February, highlights of which will include a three-day reggae film festival, the Africa Unite concert and documentary.

According to Minister Grange, the film festival is intended to be the
foundation of Jamaica's film academy that will archive films for research, screening and education.





Here comes the Gospel Evangelist

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Kevin Downswell, the 2003 National Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Festival winner came to prominence with his original entry, "Praise." From the preliminary stages of that competition, Kevin had distinguished himself as the favourite to win with his professional voice control.

His performance in the competition was phenomenal, considering that he
only realized he could sing, at age 13.

Unlike many musicians, Kevin is not motivated by stardom, but instead, his passion is fuelled by the motto, "That Christ may increase and I
decrease." St. John 3 v 30.

In 2005 Kevin was appointed to the office of an Evangelist and graduated from the University of the West Indies with honors in Bio-Chemistry that same year. "I was commissioned by God to be a full-time minister during that period, and so I had dedicated myself in much fasting and prayer." He said seeking God at that time was very critical, because he had planned to become a Medical Doctor. "God had another plan," he added.





Beenie says NO STING for me

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Beeniman2.jpgBeenie Man is claiming that Sting organizer Isaiah Laing owes him over 10 years back money.

The self-proclaimed king of the dancehall who says he will not be at
Sting come December 26, added that he is also upset about what he calls, false reports recently published in local entertainment tabloid, the X-News.

According to Beenie, an article suggests he's requesting US$30,000 to do the annual event. "I never asked Laing fi no money, I not doing Sting and I don't want Laing's money. Every year I do Sting I get no respect from Laing, the securities or no one," Beenie lamented.

But, Sting promoter Isaiah Laing is singing a different tune. While he is refuting claims that he owes Beenie Man back money, the renowned promoter said he is optimistic that Beenie Man will turn up at the event.

Despite Beenie Man's determination that he's not doing Sting, Laing says he is giving the deejay a few more days. "Knowing Beenie Man he will turn up at the event," Laing claims.





Reggae Academy Awards for Jamaica, in Jamaica

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

RIAJ_logo.jpgThe Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), is admired worldwide for its organization, stability and for the fairness it has brought to the American music industry for decades. The RIAA made the American music industry one with songs and album chart rankings that are appreciated generally as credible and lead to the annual staging of the Grammy Awards.

In contrast, the Reggae industry has been one of Jamaica's most effective sources of income, however this most revered genre of music throughout the world has benefited foreign territories more than its headquarters.

Thankfully, the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJ) has created the Reggae Academy Awards to counteract this trend.

The first annual Reggae Academy Awards ceremony is slated to be held on Sunday, February 24, at the National Indoor Sports Centre. According to organizers, activities leading up to the ceremony will include a road tour that will stop at six locations around the island, namely, Montego Bay, St. Thomas, Ocho Rios, Savanna- La- Mar, Clarendon and Kingston. Its objective is to promote interest in the awards and encourage the public to vote in the two popular award categories, "Most Popular Artist" and "Most Popular Song."





Golden Globe without movie stars?

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By: J. Koni

Katherine heigl.jpgThe Golden Globe Awards in January could be star-less if the Hollywood writers strike is not resolved before the awards ceremony.

On the eve of the nominations, many of the stars in consideration for a Globe threatened to boycott the event if the strike is still on.

Further, actress Katherine Heigl, who joined Grey's Anatomy castmates along the picket lines outside Paramount Studios in Hollywood on Wednesday, insists she won't attend the Globes if the strike isn't resolved.

She said, "I'm not crossing the picket line, not unless I'm contractually obliged to do, which, for the Golden Globes, I'm not."





The Slickers wheel and come again!

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In 1979 Tads Record released the original Slickers 'Breakthrough' LP which was produced by Earl Chin and recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark and Harry J studios in Kingston.

The 9-track LP featured the trio of Roy Beckford, Derrick 'Joe' Crooks and Abraham Green. The group which is best known for their 'Johnnie Too Bad' recording featured in the movie 'The Harder They Come' will see their work reemerging.

In October 2007 Tad's Records re-released the Vinyl LP along with a CD version and bonus tracks featuring two guest artistes.





RDX - "Everybody Dance"

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M C Nuffy….the ultimate entertainer

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By: Joseph Cunningham

nikkiZ_nuffy.jpg"Nuff" is the word used in Jamaica to describe a character who is considered inquisitive, overly excited about others' business or a person who is very involved. It so happens that in the Jamaican context the word brings to mind, the most dynamic and comedic character in the Dancehall, MC Nuffy.

No matter how major the occasion is, whether it is Reggae Sumfest, Reggae Sunsplash, or Sting, once it is time for the biggest stars to perform, MC Nuffy is one man who is always given the responsibility to do introductions.

The very sound of his voice is amusing, and even more so are his efforts to dance. Interestingly, he told YardFlex that he was a dancer before he got involved as an MC. "I was a dancer who would carry-on with a lot of antics onstage with multiple women simultaneously. I was the kind who would make the patrons laugh."

Further, Nuffy revealed how he became an MC. "I went to a show with my friend Ras Ghandi (a singer), and it was his time to perform. He was very amused by my personality and so he asked me to introduce him onstage. The introduction created a platform so that he could not fail. The audience was behind him 100 per cent," Nuffy recalled.





Wyclef, Akon and Jimmy Rosemond Bring Free Concert To

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Now here's what I call giving back to our country! Haitian born Wyclef Jean and Akon have teamed up with music executive Jimmy Rosemond to present the Yele Festival.

Scheduled for Saturday, December 15 2007, the festival will take place in Haiti's capital, Port au Prince and proceeds will support the Yele Haiti Foundation that Wyclef initiated in 2005.

Yele Haiti Foundation has been heralded as 'A movement led by Wyclef Jean that is helping to bring hope back to Haiti.'

According to hhnlive.com the Yele Festival is a free concert that aims to raise awareness of Haiti's much improved safety record and its growing appeal as a tourist destination. Two years ago Rosemond and Wyclef traveled to Haiti's Citi Soleil, to bring exposure to the country's political and economic plight; a trip that received much praise, commendation and media coverage.

This year their visit will see the two philanthropists going to schools where Rosemond will donate items including 5,000 shirts to the least fortunate children. In addition, a visit to the notorious children's prison will bring much needed awareness to conditions there.





In Serious Mess email a fake

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email-hackers.jpgThis is to advice all YardFlex readers and subscribers that the email which is being circulated is the work of a malicious and vindictive hacker. Our email was invaded and used as the source to appeal for help to the supposedly stranded person in West Africa.

We apologise to those who have been trying to reach us via email as this invasion into our email system resulted in our mails being lost.

Again we want to reassure that at no time was our CEO in any difficulty and she is very much happy, free and definitely not the person being talked about in the email!

See below the fake email which is definitely NOT coming from Deborah Cole.





Hottie Hottie Girls of the Week

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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

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

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MAVADO SHOOTS "LAST NIGHT"

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Little X was warmer than his current New York base this week while in Jamaica to shoot the video for Mavado's latest single, "Last Night."

One of many hot singles from Mavado's debut album, "Gangsta for Life – the Symphony of David Brooks," "Last Night" had a video shoot shrouded in sentiment and heartfelt love.

Using the Cassava Piece Gully Side where Mavado actually grew up for a location, the Little X headed video crew brought life to the vivid lyrics of "Last Night."

"We wanted the video to be as real as possible," said Mavado. "We... even filmed scenes in the actual house I was raised in to keep it as real as can be. We didn't bring in actors, we used Cubans and other people from the community in all the roles."





GQ shoots "Bad Boys" video in South Florida

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Coming out of Miami's Voodoo Lounge, Art Bar and Rodman's Rehab every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday respectively, DJ GQ took time out to shoot the music video for 'Bad Boys," the first single off his upcoming album.

"Let Em Know' is the album due for release in the Spring of 2008 and its hot "Bad Boys" single was set to moving pictures in different parts of South Florida recently.

Several locations were chosen for the video shoot, including Miami, Broward and Boynton Beach.

GQ's solid smooth style has been celebrated extensively as he is the first DJ to pioneer the infectious blends of reggae and hip-hop that he is most noted for.





Jay-Z puts money rumours to rest

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jay_z.jpgWill he be kicked out? Will he renew his contract? The Internet was abuzz with rumours surrounding Jay-Z's contract renewal...well he came clean in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the gist of which was posted on eurweb.com.

The Def Jam president cleared up misinformation that has been reported about his contract renewal talks being stalled over money.

"It's not about money," he said. "That's really the last thing. Of course, as a person that does these type of things and puts his heart and soul into it and it's effective, as the Grammy's would indicate you want to be compensated for what you do. But it's really not about money.





Busy Signal reclaims 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 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 9 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon NM
04 4 19 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 7 23 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) U-2
06 6 12 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love NM
07 8 9 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-1
08 11 5 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-3
09 9 18 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4)NM
10 5 18 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1)D-5
11 10 6 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship D-1
12 14 4 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-2
13 12 15 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-1
14 15 21 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1)U-1
15 17 3 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-2
16 20 2 Don't Mek Mi Hold You – Assassin – Don Corleon U-4
17 - RE Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu
18 13 11 Me And My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G (pp#9) D-5
19 18 19 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-1
20 19 12 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14)D-1





Look out here comes the Reggae Scrapbook!

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Roger Steffens, Fox.jpgWhat do you get when a reggae archivist and a talented photographer team up? – A beautiful reggae scrapbook of course!

Roger Steffens and photographer Peter Simon's Reggae Scrapbook is a lush historical journey through almost fifty years of Jamaica's rich musical heritage, told from the point of view of two of its biggest fans in North America. It contains over 30,000 words of text, plus extraordinary iconic images from Peter Simon, one of reggae's greatest photographers, and three-dimensional removable reproductions from Roger's world-famous Reggae Archives in Los Angeles.

These include posters, tickets, back-stage passes, postcards, playlists, autographed records, stickers and lots of other reggae paraphernalia.

The book is designed for those who have no knowledge of the
Genre and also for those who think they know everything about it already - and they are in for some BIG surprises.

Reggae Scrapbook came about when Raoul Goff of Palace Press had the idea and he contacted photographer Peter Simon who later hooked up with Roger – the rest now is history where Reggae Scrapbook is concerned.

Reggae Scrapbook is an anecdotal walk into Reggae land and will bring some reminiscent smile on the faces of readers. According to Steffens "the tone of a scrapbook in mind, telling funny or poignant stories about my personal relationships with some of the music's most important progenitors, and some of the lesser-known lights as well, people whose work deserves to be remembered."





Whats Poppin'

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Rolex returns

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Rolex is back! The popular selector from Bembe Squad who was out of action since November 17, when he sustained injuries in a car accident is now rearing to go again.

He will be playing at the rescheduled Bembe Anniversary this Thursday, December 13 at Weekendz.

Although Rolex can spin with the best of them his name started ringing out more after a highly publicized confrontation with members of deejay Vybz Kartel's entourage, a few months ago.

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'East Fest' time again for 2007

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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After taking a break in 2006, the Red Label Wine 'East Fest' is back with a new corporate sponsor in tow – Digicel. Scheduled for Saturday December 29, the event will be held at the Good Year Oval in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.

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Speaking to a zealous group of media, corporate and government folk as well as music industry peeps who gathered at the Hilton Hotel's Jonkoonu Lounge for the event's launch; head producing huncho Denroy "Dada Simeon" Morgan, expressed gratitude to all supporters of the 'East Fest' family. The endearing patriarch of the Morgan family whose lineage includes illustrious reggae greats, Morgan Heritage, presented a brief synopsis on the divinity of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I.





Bow Wow speaks out

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Bow-Wow.jpgBow wow finally came clean on the real reason he was hospitalized – and it was not exhaustion, this according to bossip.com.

"A lot of people fail to realize that when it comes to music — I can speak for O about this too — we're very passionate. Anytime you're paying a lot of money, anytime you are serious about what you do, you take it serious. I have fans that appreciate what I do. O has fans that appreciate what he does. I know me, I take it to heart. I was bummed out because a lot of the stuff that I had as part of my show wasn't there. Things that were promised were not there. It's nobody's fault; if it's anybody's fault, it's my team. I was upset nobody made me aware of it, and I threw a tantrum. That's what it is. That's the real reason. It's not because I'm beefing with anybody on the tour, that's not the case. It's not because of exhaustion, either. That's B.S."





Mary J Blige fights for the gay rights

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mary_j_blige.jpgMary J. Blige fires assistants who make homophobic remarks because she insists they can't be counted upon. The R&B diva is a fervent gay rights activist and refuses to tolerate people who have issues with homosexuality, this, according to a story posted on a website.

She tells gay magazine The Advocate, "I've heard a couple of guys say foul things, and those guys are not around me anymore. When they say things like that, I'm looking at them like, 'What makes you so scared? You don't know who you are?'

"I don't dislike them or anything, it just makes me wonder about them period... If you're not sure about that, then you ain't sure about a lotta things."





Bugle has persevered

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By: Joseph Cunningham

bugle.jpgWhat Reggae and dancehall music means to many impoverished youngsters in Jamaica is nothing short of phenomenal. Almost all the genres biggest stars were born in bitter poverty, but, luckily for some they
attained wealth through the power of the music.

Roy Thompson, better known as Bugle, the rising singing sensation, has trod a road to success which would have frustrated most persons. He was born in the "not very commercial" parish of Portland, and headed to Cooreville Gardens in Kingston. He admits that he had always been excited by the idea of being a successful musician, and so, he had been searching for his "moment in the sun" for a long time.

"I have been in the music biz for a longtime, but I never got the right opportunity before now," Bugle told YardFlex.

In 2000 things looked up for Bugle when he met Elephant Man and got the opportunity to travel on many tours with him, and would perform as the energetic DJ's opening act.

Nevertheless, Bugle had more aspirations than to be
just an opening act – he wanted to be a star in his own right.





Ike Turner dead at 76

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ike-turner.jpgMusic legend Ike Turner has died. He was 76.

According to TMZ.com Turner apparently died in his home in San Marcos, Calif., just outside of San Diego.

Sources close to the family said he may have died in his sleep.

Ike was married four times, most famously to Tina Turner. The famous singing duo had seven top ten R&B songs and famously divorced in 1978 amidst his constant abuse towards her.

Ike has four known children: sons Ike Jr., Michael, Ronald and daughter Mia.

The Recording Academy issued the following statement about Turner's passing: "There is no doubt that Ike Turner was one of rock and roll's great architects with his genre-defying sound as an instrumentalist and bandleader ... As a two-time GRAMMY® Award winner and recipient of The Recording Academy's 2004 Heroes Award, Ike's legacy as a groundbreaking pioneer in the music industry will never be forgotten."





Chaos reigned at Tarrus Riley show in Antigua

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taurus-riley.jpgNewsflash! Bottles and stones pelted on stage at a widely anticipated Tarrus Riley show in Antigua.

From what YardFlex could glean it would be apparent that the "She's Royal" singer and his road manager were told that the show would begin at 7:00 pm. However, they never got to the stage until the wee hours of the morning which understandably would have anyone upset.

A frustrated Riley and his crew instead of taking he matter up with the promoter vented on the respected Antiguan emcee Kenny Nibbs, whose only sin was announcing the wrong backing band for Riley! Seemed that turned out to be the final straw where the Riley and his manager were concerned – they totally lost it!

Instead of just making the correction and getting on with the performance Riley and his road manager Dean Fraser started to hype and carry on, dragging the mic away from the emcee's hand, shouting expletives at him telling him to get the %$#@ off stage!

Let's bear in mind that not only are these radio disc jockeys responsible for getting you where you are, but he was also responsible for touting him as a breath of fresh air!





International News

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Alex Trebek Suffers Heart Attack

alex_trebek.jpgWell known 'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek suffered a heart attack this according to TMZ.com.

A rep for the show confirms that the 67-year-old host had a minor heart attack but is "resting comfortably." We're told he will be back in the studio for the show's next scheduled tapings in January.

Trebek, who was born Giorgi Suka-Alex Trebek, has been the host of "Jeopardy!" since September of 1984.

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digicel_john.jpg Talented young footballers will have a once in a lifetime chance to learn invaluable football skills courtesy of Digicel, the largest sponsors of football in the Caribbean today.

The announcement which was made today will see talented balers learning techniques from arguably the Caribbean's greatest ever football player, while at the same time being afforded the chance to realize their dream of becoming professional footballers. Led by former England and Liverpool star John Barnes, who takes on the role of Head Coach for the clinics, the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinics begin in early 2008 and take place in Guyana, Barbados, Haiti, Antigua, Suriname, Trinidad, St. Kitts and Jamaica. Six of the most talented young footballers to participate in the clinics will be chosen by John Barnes to travel to the UK to spend a week at a top English Barclays Premier League football club, where they will take part in an intensive training session with the club.

Speaking at the photoshoot for the Digicel Kick Start Football Clinics, John Barnes said, "I'm looking forward to the clinics and to seeing the level of talent amongst the next generation of Caribbean footballers. You see what happened in Africa 20 to 30 years ago when a lot of people were slow to recognize the talent, well, the Caribbean is an untapped market. Talent here needs to be harnessed and given an opportunity and these clinics developed by Digicel are an opportunity to do just that. In England, they now recognize the fact that although Africa is saturated, this is the next place where you are going to get
talented footballers coming out to grace the Premier League."





Prodigal son inspires hope double disc album

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Prodigal_son.jpgProdigal Son's latest project the double disc album 'Songs From My Midnight' and 'Break of Day,' is an invitation into his life. In these CDs he opens up himself like a patient going under the knife and in it, others facing the same kind of pain, finds hope and the way out too.

The double discs take you on an emotional journey going through the dark valleys of despair to the triumphant trek of victory.

Prodigal Son doesn't pull any punches in this effort and the clean clear tracks rings out with the conviction.

Among the tracks that reaches out from the 'Songs From My Midnight' experience are "They Don't Know," a song that highlights the struggles trying to keep your head above the water. "if it wasn't for Jesus Christ, wi nuh know whey wi woulda do...dem nuh know half a tings wi guh through..."





Would you sleep with someone who is HIV Positive?

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgWow, you sure didn't pull any punches when it came to giving your opinions on the gay issue. Love that! Well, I have another hard question for you...well maybe it's not that hard but I still want to know your opinions on it.

This story I am about to tell you is true and it's what prompted me to throw it out to you. This guy met a woman who had HIV yet he became
involved with her, married her and she had a child for him. The baby wasn't infected because science has afforded HIV Positive people with solutions to the problem of mother to child transmission.

The man soon found out that he was carrying the disease too because he did not protect himself carefully.

The woman has since died and the man is left taking care of the baby, but it's just a matter of time before he too succumbs to the disease.

Now the question I want to through out to guys is, "could you love a woman/man like that? Knowing the condition of the person, could you just blindly say to hell with it and have unprotected sex?

Then again, why bring an innocent life into a mix like that?" Yeah, if you want to take the chance and gamble with your lives, do you think it is fair to bring an innocent life into a situation like this...leaving that child as an early orphan?





Notch - "Que Te Pica"

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Remember him(Notch) from the group Born Jamericans.





R&B Meets Reggae at I SCREAM

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By: Janice Dayle

I SCREAM REAL & OFFICIAL.jpgOne last party stop before frantic cooking and solemn prayers begin will be James Bond Beach, Oracabessa. On December 23rd, I SCREAM is scheduled to light up the holiday concert scene with some of the world's brightest stars like musical heavyweights: Bounty Killer, Boys 2 Men, Queen Ifrica and K-CI & JOJO.

Produced by Celebrity Access Jamaica – Solid Agency, who bring music lovers the annual Fully Loaded extravaganza - and in collaboration with Esso Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, this inaugural event has a good R&B mix and refreshing gender balanced line-up that is not always the norm at stage shows. With internationally renown and fabulous female reggae acts like, Etana, Tessanne Chin, Cherine Anderson and Brick & Lace, the fresh female reggae face will be highly represented.

Not to be confused by its flavoured, delicious sounding name, I SCREAM promises to differentiate itself from the 'silly season' norm where entertainment often seems like, "the same stuff on a different day." Press Coordinator for Solid Agency, Christopher Icey Jace Campbell explained that by seeking out a diverse yet slamming line-up, I SCREAM's producers have designed a show with what appears to be the most well rounded set of acts. He is confident that a little bit of this and a touch of that will not only win audiences hearts, but also give the production a long term winning formula.





McKENLEY THE ICON LAID TO REST

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

HERB_MCKENLEY.jpgJamaica said goodbye and farewell to olympic hero Herb McKenley last Saturday with an official funeral at the National Arena attended by celebrities from public life and sports.

In the presence of a diverse gathering McKenley was praised for his service to the nation after his retirement from running also for his olympic achievements.

Paying tributes to this icon who was not only a double Olympic 400 metres silver medalist, but also a gold medalist in the Helsinki 4x400 relay win - was Prime Minister Bruce Golding who announced that a statue will be commissioned by the government and mounted on Independence Park campus to celebrate McKinley's life.

Former Prime Ministers Edward Seaga, PJ Patterson and Portia Simpson-Miller were also in attendance.





Beyonce showing all!!!!

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Beyonce exposing a bit too much. Photos posted on mediatakeout, shows the singer dancing on a pole, exposing her kitty.





Trouble in the camp for Rihanna and Ciara

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It appears that trouble is brewing on the horizon between Rihanna and Ciara. According to mediatakeout.com which hinted a few months ago that R&B singer Ciara would be the opening act for Rihanna's European tour.

According to to one of the website's most trusted insiders, the two ladies have been bitterly feuding about the details of the tour. And last night that feud caused Rihanna to cancel their concert in Nottingham, UK.

A person who works with the tour claims that Rihanna has been limiting the amount of rehearsal time that Ciara and her team were allowed. And that the Bajan beauty's team hasn't properly paid Ciara for her performances.

The insider explained that "[Ciara's camp] wasn't about to sit back and let Rihanna's people walk all over [them], so [they] stood up for Ciara ... Next thing you know, the [Nottingham] concert's canceled.
Maybe it's all just a coincidence, but I don't think so." The insider continued, "[Ciara] was told not to show up to the arena to perform ... that the concert was canceled."





Etana spreads love and compassion

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By: Janice Dayle

etana.jpgHolding fast to the true meaning of the festive holiday season, Etana bestowed the beautiful gift of music to children at Carberry Court Special School in Papine, St. Andrew on November 28. The pre-Christmas concert, described by Etana as a 'little treat' for the youngsters, gave the physically and mentally challenged children a fresh reason to smile and laugh with pleasure in between their cheers of appreciation.

Delivering a passionate performance of songs from her extensive catalogue of hits like: "Wrong Address," "Roots," "Money" and one of her latest singles, "Warrior Love," Etana was a true model of brilliance, admired to the hilt by an enthusiastic audience.

This was a fitting venue to perform "Warrior Love," Etana's first song on relationships and love, since it speaks to the importance of compassion in everyday life and that is a trait most welcomed in a special needs setting. Children sang along to the delight of Etana, 'The Strong One,' who mingled after performing; taking photographs and signing autographs with over 50 students.

Following a period of sharing laughter, hugs and some good conversation, Etana was presented with a plant as a show of gratitude from the school and there was a reciprocal presentation of promotional items to all.





Curfew Police Searches Stop More Concerts

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Stage show business appears to be getting a blow this holiday season. What has been described as a possibly 'sticky' forecast - with Jamaica's law enforcement agents leaving no stone unturned in their quest to squash gun play and violence; could threaten the major traditional end of year concerts.

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Reggae lovers attending Reggae Fever at Catherines Hall, Mo Bay on Saturday night, who happened to have been present when Movado's Earth Day was raided recently; went into instant deja vue mode. At around 4:00AM, police officers from mobile reserves and regular officers came to the venue and turned the sound system off – declaring the show over with a curfew in place.





Kirk Franklin releases "The Fight of My Life"

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kirk_franklin.jpgOn December 18 Kirk Franklin, who is credited with revolutionizing gospel music, will release an exceptional collection of all new material.

"Carol and Michael are fighting for their marriage. Deborah
is fighting to keep from losing her mind. Jeff is fighting to keep
his home. David is fighting for his faith. Welcome to "The Fight of My Life," Franklin says of the CD titled with the same name.

The first single from the album, "Declaration (This Is
It!),"
is an upbeat and encouraging song that re-interprets the smooth-groove classic hit, "This Is It," co-written by
Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. It addresses surviving the everyday trials and tribulations through a positive declaration of one's purpose in life.

"This song is a statement that 'serves notice' on unnecessary
frustrations, relationships and circumstances that continue to attack
our life," says Franklin. "Unlike the children of Israel
who wandered in the wilderness, when we totally surrender to God,
what took 40 years, God 'can' fix in 40 minutes." Declaration (This
Is It!) is currently the #1 most added and #1 most increased airplay
at Gospel radio, and is also impacting urban radio.

After more than 15 years as the top selling, multiple Grammy
award-winning contemporary gospel artist, Kirk Franklin continually demonstrates that he is more than just an artist - he is a voice and a musical balm for his generation. "The Fight of My Life" is another display of the genius fusion of his positive message and urban beats that have made him a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than a decade.





Keep Garnet Silk's memory alive

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GarnetSilk.jpgGarnet Silk impacted on the lives of many with his humility and powerful uplifting songs. It is with this in mind that a committee of concerned individuals in the music fraternity have decided to come together to arrange with media houses to highlight the life's work of this music icon.

All this is in an effort to keep the late Garnet Damon Smith aka Garnet Silk's memory alive.

Silk's appeal spread much further afield than Jamaica – without a doubt his contributions have had international appeal and he has added significantly to our rich musical heritage.

From Monday, December 10 through to December 16, the committee will keep Garnet Silk's memory alive by hosting activities all week long.





A Diamond Christmas awaits us

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By: Joseph Cunningham

macka.jpgMacka Diamond is professing "peace and love" ahead of a highly touted, and a possibly venomous "Sting" at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.

It is no secret that since the return of fellow female deejay, Spice, there has been a lot of "word dropping!" At the recently held West Kingston Jamboree, Spice made her latest swipe at Macka Diamond, after the former reportedly spent too long onstage.

Spice followed soon after Macka's performance, and ascended the stage saying," A wha do some gyal, dem tinka album launch this!"

Macka Diamond currently has a string of "battle-cry" lyrics on the airwaves, which have been causing many to wonder what are the possibilities for Sting.

However, regardless of all the drama, Macka says she is all about professionalism and spreading love.

"I will put on a charity event for visually impaired kids at the Salvation Army on December 15. I'm just gonna go there with some gifts, and drink, chat, play and have a nice evening with them." I really don't have time for the passa passa, she continued.





George Nooks gearing up for Diamond Series

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george_nooks.jpgGeorge Nooks' fans will be getting the full dose of the singer's sweet voice in "George Nooks – The Diamond Series" due to be released in March 2008.

Produced by Tad's Record in association with Total Records it come with over 40 tracks.

YardFlex caught up with the singer and rapped about the project. "Straight, this is my life packaged on two discs," George Nooks commented with a smile.

"It's the best of my past, present and even future hits!" was the assurance from the singer who managed to have two hits under two different names!

He has held the top spot as Prince Mohammed with "Forty Leg" and as George Nooks with "Tribal War".





Glenford Bryan responds to Junior Reid

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junior reid.jpgYardFlex recently carried a story where Mr. Glenford Bryan accused singer Junior Reid of not honouring their contractual agreement. Following Junior Reid's comment in the story, Mr. Bryan now sent in a letter.

"Blessed my family of righteousness and equality this is Glenford Bryan. I want everyone to know that based on the man to man statement made by Junior Reid, I read seven Psalms and prayed on the whole incident.

I was then given the courage of God to walk to Junior Reid's place at 1b Lindsay Crescent; on December 5, 2007 where we spoke briefly, man to man.

He gave me US$1000.00, (JA$70,000). Even though it can't exactly deal with my trials, as my children have to be staying with stranger at this time, due to the fact that my mother refuses to have myself and her three grand children staying in her house with locks on our heads.

Anyway Junior Reid made a commitment to me saying that he will settle everything on December 20, 2007. I will keep you all posted. Now because of low finances, even to pay the lawyer, the lawyer is not able to give me full support, like those who are paying upfront receives. So I say to anyone who has compassion, and anyone who is tired of the big fish eating up the small fish to track a line my way. Now if I were to sue Junior Reid he would have to pay all court cost all lawyer fees, and $21,840.00 times 32, on the $537,777.77; which was overdue since October of last year; but like I say, I am lacking money, I am lacking support, but I still say Junior Reid knows that the word of man stands, because he wouldn't be standing if it wasn't for I words, so equal justice law abiding citizens worldwide I give God thanks for your existence, and to Junior Reid I want nothing less or nothing more that the JA$252,777.77 which you owe me, but you Mr. Reid knows that December 20, 2007 is our next man to man date, and no other.





Producer and artistes in car accident

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alaine.jpgThis morning Don Corleon, Alaine, Pressure, and Johnny Wonder were involved in a car accident with a tractor trailer on their way to do some album promotion in Connecticut.

Thankfully they are all fine. The vehicle sustained considerable damage, but luckily none of the passengers were injured.

The group has been in New York since last week doing radio promotions in all the boroughs.

They had a big album release party on Wednesday, December 5th at Track's Cafe in Brooklyn. The party was hosted by Johnny Wonder and Waah Gwan Radio/Steelie Bashment.





Grammy Nominations Announced

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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The Burning Spear, Stephen Marley, Sly and Robbie, Lee "Scratch" Perry as well as Toots & The Maytals have all been nominated in the category of Best Reggae Album.

(Vocal or Instrumental) for the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. On Dec 6 the announcement was made by The Recording Academy® at a press conference held in Hollywood.

Scheduled for Sunday February 10, 2008, the awards will be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"The Burning Spear Experience" is the album given the nod for reggae icon Burning Spear who joins a roster of mainly prodigious veteran musicians nominated in the reggae category this year. Stephen Marley's "Mind Control" comes in; embodying the award's overall diverse program since the dynamic producer/musician is the most youthful on the '08 reggae nominees list.

"Anniversary" from Sly and Robbie, "Light Your Light" from Toots & The Maytals and Lee "Scratch" Perry's "The End Of An American Dream" complete the legendary showing of nominees up for the Reggae GRAMMY®





RDX's "Everybody Dance" holding 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 8 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 NM
03 5 12 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon U-2
04 4 18 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 3 17 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-2
06 7 11 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
07 6 22 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-1
08 10 8 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-2
09 8 17 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-1
10 11 5 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-1
11 12 4 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-1
12 13 14 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) U-1
13 9 10 Me and My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G (pp#9) D-4
14 15 3 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-1
15 14 20 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1) D-1
16 16 17 Take My Place – Munga – Don Corleon (pp#6) NM
17 19 2 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-2
18 17 18 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-1
19 18 11 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14) D-1
20 - New Don't Mek Mi Hold You – Assassin – Don Corleon





Remy Ma Gets At Lil Kim

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remy_kim.jpgWhat's with Rema Ma, you would think her legal worries would have her hands full. But according to Bossip.com she recently got at Lil Kim on some radio station interviews in response to a Kim diss track:

"That little boy better leave me alone," Remy said referring to Lil Kim. She was saying, "I'm going at [Remy] hard, she go hard to me so I go hard back. I feel like if that's going at me hard, like seriously, I'm just gonna chill out. That’s crazy to me."

Remy continued, what did she say? "Putting on my lipstick, I was too busy being conceited. Like, how could you be conceited, you don't even like your own face. What are you talking about? Are you serious? How was I supposed to take that offensive."

"I don't believe you," stressed Remy. "You don't like your nose, you don't like your cheek, you don't like your chin, you don't like your skin color, you don't like your tits, you don't like your stomach, you don't like your teeth. What are you talking about?"





Alton Ellis in hospital

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AltonEllis.jpgLiving reggae music legend and pioneer in the development of ska and rock steady beats, Alton Ellis - has been admitted to hospital in London, England and is extremely ill at this time.

YardFlex extends wholehearted wishes for a speedy recovery and we invite our readers to join us as we send out prayers of healing.

Alton Ellis, the older brother for "Jamaica's first lady of song," the late Hortense Ellis, was inducted into the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Hall of Fame in 2006. It was his 50th year in the field of popular entertainment.





Reggae Camp Fire will ignite Windalco Sports Complex

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The 4th staging of Camp Fire was launched Tuesday night at the Kabana Restaurant in Half Way Tree, and by all indications, the show will be a spectacle.

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Patrons are expected to stream into the Windalco Sports Complex, Ewarton, St. Catherine, on December 31.

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The show will be characterized by a candle lighting and fireworks at 12 midnight, when all patrons will be asked to light a candle for peace for the new year, 2008.





"Soca Queen" Canadian sales boom despite setbacks

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By: Elizabeth Smith

alison-hinds-soca-queen.jpgAllison Hinds' debut solo album titled, "Soca Queen," was literally being stifled by Attack Music Group of Toronto, who was charged with marketing this well produced product in Canada. Producers of the album, 1720 Entertainment of Atlanta and Black Coral Records from the Caribbean released a statement this week that is seeped in abhorrence for the Canadian multi-media group who they say duped them into believing the astounding Barbadian songstress would have been properly introduced to the Canadian audience.

As part of their commitment, in accepting marketing responsibilities for the Hinds album, Attack Music Group, who was well compensated according to the report, promised the best promotion for the stellar soca project; but the words of President/CEO Mark Berry, ended up being wind in this instance.

A disappointed production team, who put great efforts into creating a top of the line disc, marketable to both Caribbean and mainstream audiences, cried foul when their visions of breaking out big in Canada were thwarted by a company who did not live up to their word.





Simoes wears the Reggae colours again

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

rene_simoes.jpgRene Simoes the man who took Jamaica to the FIFA World Cup in France 1998 has returned as the new Technical Director for the national programme.

Captain Horace Burrell head of the Jamaican Football Federation made the announcement during a press conference held at the federation headquarters in New Kingston recently.

Simoes who coached the Brazilian series B club Cortiba to top flight competition, will take over from the embattled Bora Mulutinovic who parted ways with the Jamaica Football Federation close to a month ago.

It has been reported on a Brazilian website that Simoes have turned down offers from other countries, to take up the Reggae Boyz mantle based on the relationship with Jamaica in the past.





Remy Ma To Face Trial On Gang Assault

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remy-ma-makeda-barnes-joseph.jpgRemy Ma, accused of shooting a friend in July over missing money, was ordered by a New York Supreme Court judge on Wednesday (December 5) to stand trial on charges of gang assault and witness tampering, according to a report on MTV News.

The charges stem from an incident in August where prosecutors say Remy Ma ordered a group of men to attack the boyfriend of Makeda Barnes-Joseph, who she is accused of shooting in July after a dispute that took place on a New York street. The man suffered a shattered jaw in the attack, according to The Associated Press.

Ivan Fisher, who is representing the rapper, attempted to have the court dismiss the gang-assault charges but said the court refused.

"She passed a polygraph test on the shooting, but the prosecutor isn't interested in dismissing the charges," Fisher told MTV News. "We're going to trial."





Brighton bans homophobic music

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uk-flag.jpgThe city of Brighton on the south coast of England has become the first in the country to ban songs that could incite hatred against minorities.

According to a report posted on undercover.com.au. Clubs in the city, which has a large gay population, could risk losing their license if they play songs with homophobic lyrics.

The ban extends to record stores selling the music, although the city cannot legally enforce it, rather just discourage the music's sale.

Reggae star Buju Banton's Brighton concert was canceled last year in connection with his song 'Boom Bye Bye' which features anti-gay lyrics.





Local Government elections - Low Turnout

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It was low-keyed vibes coming into the local government elections today. Last week when the security and election day workers voted, reports are that the turnout was unimpressive.

It was left to be seen if today the polls will fare the same fate. And from what YardFlex heard in the street it was just the same.

One woman told YardFlex, "I won't be voting. I don't even know who the candidates are in my community. Not even an official meeting to present them," was the disgusted comment.

The candidates were on a campaign trail, putting in last minute preparation for the big day. But they have not come without incidents.

Monday evening three persons from JLP's James Robertson motorcade were shot one of them later died. Owen Muir of Eleven Miles, Bull Bay succumbed to his injuries in the Princess Margaret Hospital Monday night.





Beenie Man now under new KODE Management

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• Has no affiliation with Mafia House

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Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis is no longer affiliated to the company Mafia House that was dissolved as of November last month.

Effective December 1, 2007, the entertainer is under new management. King Of The Dancehall Entertainment (KODE) is now fully responsible for all undertakings of the artiste that includes bookings and management. Contact can be made between 9:00am-6:00pm on Mondays to Fridays by phone at (876) 969-3015 or by email him at beeniemaninfo@gmail.com

Fans can also check out his website at: www.myspace.com/beenieman.

Public Relations are still being handled by Khool Booking Agency who can be reached at (876) 998-5083 or email: khoolray@cwjamaica.com





CORRECTION

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choicefm_djs.jpgYardFlex retracts statements published in a posting made on November 26, 2007, in the story headed, "Choice FM gets rid of the people's favourite DJs."

Contrary to the report received by YardFlex confirming Angie Le Mar's and Daddy Ernie's contract termination with Choice FM, YardFlex has been informed by Managing Director for Choice FM Ivor Etienne that this information needs to be corrected.

Etienne told Yardflex in a written statement that Angie Le Mar is leaving Choice FM at the end of this year. A November 16 press release further expressed that her final show at Choice FM is scheduled for December 15, 2007 and she chose to leave after 3 successful and harmonious years with the station, to pursue other projects.

"It's sad, but we respect Angie's wishes and wish her all the best in her future projects," Etienne stated.





By: Dr. Carlton Fraser

aids_logo.jpgIn spite of the efforts to clarify the origins of HIV/AIDS and to develop therapeutic and management orders, the disease is still shrouded in gray - and some who are genuinely concerned about the devastating effect of HIV/AIDS choose to seek deep into the mysteries.

Boyd E. Graves a US lawyer in his expose "State Origin: The Evidence of Laboratory Birth of AIDS" in which he unfurls numerous historical data - illustrates the intense procedures that culminated in HIV's origins and existence and the subsequent devastation of the innocents as a later development to accomplish the intended ethnic depopulation.

The 'mycoplasma,' discussed in our earlier mentioned "Laboratory of Hygiene History" published May 17, 2007 - was by 1898 the element of proof that epidemics could be arranged.

Four years later the capability to classify certain diseases by their ethnic effect existed. By 1918, the influenza virus killed millions of unsuspecting individuals- it was a flu virus modified with (bird) mycoplasma for which human primates had no acquired immunity.

In 1921 lead eugenics philosopher Bertrand Russell, publicly supported the necessity for organized plagues against the Black population. Secret testing of Afro-Americans were being conducted in 1931 and AIDS was tested in sheep.

In 1948 mention was made of devising a scheme to address the issue of overpopulation in certain racial groups.

Graves further reveals that in 1949 the Visna virus was isolated by Dr. Bjorn Sigurdson – significantly it shared some unique DNA with the HIV (virus), and in 1951 the government conducted its first virus attack on Afro-Americans. In 1970 President Nixon signed the "Population Czar". Nixon’s (August 10th) National Security Memo is unequivocal in its suggested direction(s) for depopulation – Progress Report #8 (PR#8) is issued in 1971 giving the update on the special (AIDS) virus program. It coordinates over 6000 pages of experiments, 20,000 scientific papers in fifteen(15), 400-page progress reports. The Flow Chart is the 'Research Logic Flow' of an ultra-secret federal program entitled 'Special Virus'. "On page 2 of the 1971 progress report (PR#8), the secret program narrates that it is seeking to make a candidate human virus by converging a leukemia and a lymphoma." The original name of HIV/AIDS is Leukemia/Lymphoma Virus. The virus was later attached as complement/contaminant to vaccines and sent as smallpox (vaccine) to Africa and experimental hepatitis B (vaccine) to Manhattan, USA (homosexual epidemic batch #751).

Graves further elaborates showing that PR#8 (Progress Report #8) continues at 273-286 to show that AIDS was given to monkeys...since 1962 the United States and Dr. Robert Gallo had been injecting/inoculating monkeys and re-releasing them back into the wild. The HIV/AIDS complex produced becomes the issue for discussion between the Soviets and Dr. Gallo.

The "Special Virus" is the designer product of a century long hunt for a contagious cancer that will selectively kill. The need for the creation and deployment of AIDS et al is fully outlined in the US population control policy decisions including National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NSSM-200) 1974 drafted and presented by Henry Kissinger at the mega conference on population control held in Bucharest, Romania.





Herb Mckenley's final race

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

HERB_MCKENLEY.jpgOne of Jamaica's and the world's most outstanding track athletes, Olympian Herb Mckenley, died recently at the age of 85. Know also as a remarkable coach and motivator, Mckenley, will be laid to rest on Saturday December 8.

The former Calabar coach and President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA), will be laid to rest at the National Heroes Circle in an official send off funeral.

Mckenley who was one of the greatest all round athletes of the 20th century was best remembered for his scorching third leg on Jamaica's mile relay team that struck gold at the 1952 Olympics. His passing came after complications of pneumonia, according to family spokesperson, Howard Aris, president of the JAAA.

Representing the black, green and gold in 1948 in London and 1952 in Helsinki, Mckenley won a total of three silver medals and one gold at the Olympic Games. The Gold was achieved with team-mates Arthur Wint, Lais Laing and George Rhoden.





Usher Re-hires mom

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usher and his mom.jpgThe R&B hunk 'resigned' his mother as his manager - so she could dedicate her time to becoming a wife and grandmother to his baby boy. Reports suggested the Yeah! hitmaker severed business links with his mother when she made it clear she didn't approve of his wife-to-be Tameka Foster.

But Usher insists he had very positive reasons for letting his mother, Jonetta Patton, go.

He tells Essence magazine, "It kills me when I read what my fans think about my relationship (with my mother) because it's so wrong. I didn't fire my mother. I resigned her. Her jersey hangs forever. I could have a million managers. I will only have one mother. Our professional relationship has been very rewarding, but our exchanges can be very hard and difficult. There are times when I don't need to sit and have a business conversation and have us end up bickering and fighting. She has lost years and time. She has a fiance now. I just want my mother to enjoy her life without having to keep a day-to-day eye on my career. I want her to be grandmama to my baby."

And Usher dismisses reports that he's estranged from his mom: "I'm going to need my mother to be there for me, to help me be strong."





Rapper Pimp C found dead

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pimp_c.jpgThe news is all over the place of Rapper Pimp C's death. The other half of the hit group UGK was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room.

According to reports L.A. County Fire responded to a 911 call at the Mondrian Hotel, located on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. They arrived to his sixth floor hotel room to find Pimp C dead in bed.

In an updated reported on mediatakeout..com sources in The Los Angeles Police Department revealed that they suspect Pimp C may have died of a drug overdose.





Turks and Caicos people fed up

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misick_raye.jpgYardFlex just got word from one of our faithful readers from Turks & Caicos that a scandal is brewing on the island. Plus a more recent government source has given us confirmation. Here's what our reader had to say:

I have some new information on the "Hon" Premier Michael Misick and Lisa Raye. As you guys know Lisa Raye was set to star in a reality show called "The Premier and I". It was supposed to be on the daily lives of her and her husband the Premiere Michael Misick.

This has since been cancelled because quite frankly the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands are fed up with both the premier and Lisa Raye. The premier who is supposed to be looking out for the well-being of the country spends most of his time in Hollywood with Lisa Raye at the expense of the islands which he "governs" and does not "OWN".

Lisa Raye is now in one of the ads in the "Departure" travel magazine advertising Turks and Caicos Islands. Now this is a luxury destination travel magazine. She is being paid "A'" list prices by her husband who is using the islands money to pay her to be in these ads.





Judy Mowatt gives back

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• Words of thanks for Arts Foundation

edit_Judy Mowatt.jpgWhen gospel singer Judy Mowatt took a trek in December 2003, to Bath Primary and Junior High she had no idea what the Lord was leading her into. In fact she didn't know a soul there except the pull to go there and that she did, and before she knew it she was in discussion about staging a children's treat and gospel concert there.

That year she accommodated 500 children and adults who enjoyed grocery items and other goodies. They capped off the days activities with a grand gospel concert. The following year another element was added to the treat and that was a health fair.

Now three years later Judy Mowatt through her Ministry is moving on to another level with the community they have 'adopted' as their own.

A lot of residents suffered greatly in Hurricane Dean and this year it will be a treat with a difference.

"We are trying to see if we can help to replace some of them," Judy Mowatt told YardFlex.

According to her there is one particular golden ager who is in dire need of help. "She lives on the gully bank and lost her roof and the house is falling apart. It is our intention to rebuild," Mowatt promised.





What would you do if your child is GAY?

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgI have a really hard question to pose to you and I want you all to be honest in your responses. What would you do if you found out that your only child is gay?

It's a question no parent wants to face, but the reality is there that some will have to deal with it sooner or later as more and more gays are coming out of the closet.

I came across a situation the other day where one parent sent her child to a mixed school only to pull the girl out because as she claimed "the boys were feeling her up".

She eventually placed the daughter in an all girls school and then the horror began, the male hands were replaced by softer feminine ones!

In the end the mother had to admit that if she had a choice she would have preferred to have her daughter dealing with a man.

Seriously, what approach would you take if you discovered that your son or your daughter had no desire for the opposite sex, but instead wants to get it on with members of the same sex?





The Winner of the YardFlex Calender Competition - Contest # 1 is
Contestant A, Kerry with (88)votes.


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Congratulations Contestant A, Kerry and Well done Contestant B, Jessica.





Sean Paul - " Watch Den Roll"

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Not the first time for Mavado

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movado.jpgAfter all the chatter about the way cops swooped down on Mavado's show in Temple Hall, YardFlex understands this is not a local problem for the DJ, but an international one as well.

From our sources in the UK we learnt that Mavado had two dates there last month, November 23 and 25 at the Mercia Banqueting Suite (Coventry) and the Stratford Rex (London) respectively. The show signaled his first ever performance in the UK. From what we understand the show was supposed to have Little Chris and Mad Cobra on the bill, but from what we gleaned Mad Cobra didn't turn up.

It's a good thing too, because the police cancelled the show in Coventry. Sources told Yardflex that this action was carried out because the Police were acting on intelligence that a gang was going to head down to Coventry and shoot the place up.





A who get clap off a West Kingston Jamboree

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macka.jpgTell me that Macka Diamond did not get clap off at West Kingston Jamboree!

Bwoy YardFlex hear sey Macka a perform and tings, but it is like she stay too long or something and then a chorus a clap start...mi nah lie, wi embarrass fi har.

Den guess who come on right after – Spice! And she just rub salt inna wound when she sey, "Wha do some gal, dem tink a album launch!" nuh ask if di crowd nuh rail.





By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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An estimated 30,000 people crammed into Tivoli Gardens Football Field on December 2nd to revel in the great company of peace and fun loving Jamaicans from all over. Every area of Kingston & St Andrew was represented at West Kingston Jamboree; and this was evident by the lack of entertainment activity anywhere else in the city.

What was planned as a treat for Tivoli Gardens residents ended up drawing massive amounts of people like a magnet. Literally all roads led to Tivoli; causing other planned events to run with little to no patrons. Some people just plain shut down.





What an Eventfull Weekend!! -

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The buzz continue... and Kingston is coming alive at almost every angle with holiday swinging taking over the place. Its festive season spirit with bumper to bumper traffic and sidewalks laden with shoppers. New Kingston’s emancipation park has turned on the traditional flashing lights and Yardflex has one piece of good advice. Leave your house early for wherever you need to go...

Police Stop Movado's Party

On December 1st Movado's earthday bash ended up as quite a bashment as the venue was literally invaded by law enforcement officers. Police and soldiers swarmed Temple Hall Estate at about 4:00AM when things were in full swing and about to get hotter.

They came from all sides – even helicopters hovered above; stopping the show and searching all patron, who were barred from leaving. The crowd ended up in the spotlight amidst search lights and excitement. Top scheduled acts were unable to perform.

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Booyaka...REEL and come again selector

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Booyaka – the night of paying tribute to great icons of reggae music who have passed away, was well executed and appreciated by a good crowd at Mas Camp on Saturday nignt. There to honour those who set the path for many to follow, patrons became totally immersed in tune after tune of the honoured musicians' music being churned out by Metro Media, Kilamanjaro and Black Scorpio.

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Leroy Sibbles sound system gave the early juggling in fine style. Nostalgia filled the air as the audience showed their yearning and love for that music of past eras. Tenor Saw, who left us sadly following tragic circumstances was given special recognition since he would have been 40 years old on December 1st, 2007.

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Lucky Dube to be honoured

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Lucky_Dube.jpgLucky Dube, the late African reggae icon will be one of six South African (SA) musicians who were honoured on December 2 at the Tribute to SA Music Heroes Concert at Moretele Park, Tshwane.

Dube, who was killed last month in a botched hijacking, was honoured alongside Busi Mhlongo, Don Laka, Vusi Mahlasela, the late Jabu Khanyile and Queeneth Ndaba.

The concert, which was the brainchild of Sam Mhangwani and Leonard Sithole of Drakensberg Promotions, also saw top talent on the local music scene performing to a capacity crowd.

The Tribute to SA Heroes Concert celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

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dahaven_jay-z.jpgJay-Z's former homie Dahaven recently had a one on one with the New York Magazine and forget that bad boy image the rapper seem to chanting about in his songs!

According to Dahaven, Jay-Z was really rapping about him! In answer to the question posed to him if Jay-Z sold drugs with him he responded "No, he ain't do much selling drugs. I did all that work. He was just a good dude to be around. He was one of my best friends. I taught him some things, but I mainly kept him from being out on the street a lot. Whatever was mine was his. So, we shared clothes, we shared a whole bunch of stuff. We had sex with the same women plenty of times. We both got burnt! We had the drip. My mom took him to the clinic. My mom also got him out of jail."





DMX surfaces in Reggae land

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Hey, big things a gwaan fi Reggae music and in particular Junior Reid. If the rumour circulating in the States is true then you could be seeing a combination with American rapper DMX and Junior Reid.

Yardflex understands that this would be a big, bold step for DMX as according to allhiphop.com DMX didn't like reggae music about 10 years ago.

Obviously the rapper has now caught on to the infectious beat as the rumour mill has it that he finishing up a music video with Junior Reid.

It's for DJ GQ's upcoming album. The track is called "Bad Boys".





Cultural and Sports Icons Honoured

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By: Elizabeth Smith
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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On Tuesday November 27, 2007, under the distinguished patronage of Jamaica's Prime Minister, the Honourable Bruce Golding and in association with the Caribbean community, many of Jamaica's stalwart sports and cultural 'Hall of Famers' were honoured.

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The star studded occasion held at The Talk of The Town - Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, was the 9th annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards for Excellence; the Caribbean development for the arts, sports and culture. Produced by Garnett M. Reid, the evening went off with a bang, as the full spectrum of the Caribbean cultural experience was represented.





Tru-Juice Rebel Salute to bring unifying force

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

tony.jpgGreater is the power that unites us, than that which divides us. This was the thought on Tony Rebel's mind when Yardflex spoke to him about Rebel Salute's clean image in comparison to other stage shows; since its inception more than 15 years ago.

Rebel Salute, which is known to bring visitors from the length and breadth of the world, is characterized by strictly conscious music. In essence the show has always been a predominantly "Rastafarian exhibit" and Tony Rebel is all for musical consciousness.

"Staying away from the passa passa can be achieved. I have been tempted many times, but this is the road which I have decided to walk. My show represents me," the rebel said.





"Backyard Krackup" Good for the Soul

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By: Jaide
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Long gone are the days in Jamaican entertainment when huddling around the radio for a listen to Miss Lou and Ranny was the way to get our laughs.

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Today stand up comedy is fast becoming more popular and venues, like Back Yard on Constant Spring Road, are being transformed into "Comedy Clubs" to accommodate this trend in Jamaican entertainment that carries the huge benefits of soothing the soul.





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

East Fest returned after a year break. Led by producing honcho Denroy "Dada Simeon" Morgan, the event came back with a big bang.

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The event was held at the Good Year Ovals In Morant Bay St. Thomas On Saturday December 29th, sponsored by Red Label Wine, it was dubbed Red Label Wine East Fest 2007. Other sponsors included corporate sponsors such as: Digicel, RJR Group, St Thomas Credit Union, Jamaica Tourist Board and Grizzleys – the technical team, Kings of Kings and Down Sound Records.

Regardless of the rain, patrons came out in there numbers for the well anticipated show of the year and they got their money's worth.

The show started at 8: pm sharp with a spiritual refreshing from the Nyabinghi Roots Band, Bobo Shanti band and The Twelve Tribes if Israel Band featuring, Micah Shemaiah, Israel Voice, Boom Dawn and Sangie Davis.





Vybz Kartel Apologizes to Jigsy

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Vybz_Kartel2.jpgThe following is a statement issued by Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi the Techa in response to the allegations made by the Bembe selector Jigsy that the deejay attacked him.

I am surprised that Jigsy has gone to the media with all these outlandish accusations, some of which border on slander and defamation, and serve to damage my reputation as an entertainer. I was not even in the venue at the time of this alleged incident at Bembe. I had been promoting my new liquor Vybz Rum, and partying with friends at the session, and had left some time during Jigsy's set. I only heard about the incident several hours afterwards through a third party, and then reporters informed me of his ridiculous tirade on the radio. I don't know if Jigsy is still in shock after the incident or if the moment has simply overwhelmed him, but he should desist from making these malicious statements for which there is no basis or proof.





Radio Dancehall Master delivers the season's best

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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At the 8th staging of Magnum GT Taylor's Reggae Christmas Extravaganza – the production crew delivered the very best. Black River's Independence Park turned into a sizzling party place on December 25.

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The "Dancehall Master" of IRIE FM put together a musical package with one of the better line-ups and technical orchestration, this holiday season. Smooth band changes complimented the initial greeting from accommodating security and parking teams, making the entire event a huge success.





Gospel News

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grassley.jpgChuck Grasseley, U.S. Senator of Iowa, who is investigating high profile ministries for possible wrong doings, has formerly requested the leadership of Joyce Meyer Ministries to provide detailed records and personal information.

While the ministry is not under obligation by law to submit this
information, it said in keeping with its fiscal responsibilities,
respect for the democratic process and the tradition of transparency,
they are preparing the requested documents.

Those familiar with Joyce Meyer have seen her television program, read her books or listen to her messages of hope and strength.

Delanie Trusty, CFO of Joyce Meyers Ministries believes their information will exceed the senator's high standards.





Rebel Salute's 15th anniversary

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Rebel Salute 2008 was launched at the Hilton Kingston Hotel last night, and by all indications, the Port Kaiser Sports Club in St. Elizabeth will be host to another dynamic mixture of Reggae music, past, present and future.

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The event is the flagship event of Reggae icon, Tony Rebel, and it is his company, Flames Production in association with Trade Winds Citrus who staged the event.





I don't know how the gun got there – Bascom X

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haut_bascom-x.jpgYardFlex caught up with a close friend of Bascom X who is remanded in police custody since a gun was found at his home.

According to our source Bascom is clueless about the gun being in his home.

"He just ran into the person who he has not seen for sometime. They were parring until late so he invited him to cool out at his home until the morning."

"Bascom left and went to do a show. He got back and was standing at the front of his yard when some policemen pulled up and asked him who was in the house. He told them his bredren. He saw the police running into the house and moments later they re-emerged with the gun and said it was found in the house."





Young... and accomplished

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By: Joseph Cunningham

chino.jpg"Red Bull and Guinness inna mi system" is the punch line from a song that has been popular in the Dancehall for over two years. The track bares the familiar voice of Delly Ranks, a longstanding Dancehall personality; however, not many persons know who the younger voice on the track represents.

Chino is the name of a current rising sensation, and yes, his is the other voice. His last name is McGregor, a name which brings Reggae royalty to mind. Son to Freddie McGregor, he is a great talent in his own right.

Musically inclined from age nine, Chino was a member of the Vaz Preparatory School choir and ever since his dream to have a career in music began. He has performed on countless occasions since childhood and to date one of his most memorable performances was at age twelve at Jamaica House in front of Prime Minister PJ Patterson. While a student at Wolmer's High School for Boys', multi-talented Chino also gained experience as a selector for the sound system Omega Disco. The multi-talented Chino does not want to be categorized but rather sees himself as a musical artiste who also plays instruments such as guitar, drums, piano and bass. Furthermore he can sing, rap and deejay, he writes, co-writes and has produced tracks for artistes such as Daville, TOK, Wayne Marshall, Elephant Man, Kiprich, Delly Ranks and his father, Freddie McGregor.

He has had the opportunity to learn all about music from a tender age, at his dad’s Big Ship studio. "I have observed and learnt from the greats. Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffith, Judy Mowatt and Gregory Isaac, as well as Dancehall icons such as Bounty Killa and Beenie Man to name a few," he revealed. Chino confirmed that these interactions resulted in an in depth knowledge of recording and production techniques.





Women, put a value on yourselves

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgThat's it, I'm sick and tired of the stories circulating about these wutless women who all they plan on doing in life is to allow men to take care of their needs and buy them everything.

Now I got a buzz from a friend of mine who is going through hell and would she get out of the damn situation? Girlfriend live wid a businessman for years now, all helping him to run the business and then she found out that she wasn't the only one in his life. The vex she vex she fling up a one piece on another man and get pregnant in the process.

Yeah, businessman decide to tek har back...but on one condition that she don't have anything to do with the man who got her pregnant in the first place.

Now, I would tell that man how much string mek him up and weh him can tek him money and do wid it...nah, girlfriend decide that she can't walk away leave the easy living, so she decide to stay with him.





Busy Signal's "Nah Go A Jail" - Locking the # 1 Spot

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busy.jpgBy Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 16 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 11 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-1
03 2 11 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
04 5 14 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
05 4 15 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon D-1
06 8 8 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-2
07 9 6 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-2
08 6 21 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
09 7 7 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-2
10 10 25 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) NM
11 14 5 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-3
12 17 2 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back U-5
13 15 3 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-2
14 11 20 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-3
15 18 2 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-3
16 13 17 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-3
17 19 2 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records U-2
18 20 2 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-2
19 12 20 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-7
20 - New Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca





Sting never lived up to expectations

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The word on the street is that Guinness Sting failed to live up to expectations. According to reports from some of the patrons their was no 'bite' in this year's staging.

Beenie Man's presence was definitely lacking as his charisma and the energy he brings to the fore would definitely be more than welcomed.

That aside there were some winners for the night Ninja Man without a doubt lived up to what was expected of him and then some. He gave a super charged performance and had the crowd going with his incisive lyrics and comical stance on stage.





Jay Will is a Grandmaster

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jaywill_onset.jpgHe is known all around the world and especially in the Dancehall as a prolific video director. Simply put, he is the "brain" behind many memorable projects.

Jason "Jay Will" Williams grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica for a short time, then moved to Orlando, Florida to attend school. He says that he posses a talent to stretch his imagination beyond the norm and hence, produces revolutionary scenes in his videos. After attending Full Sail High and Florida A&M University, Jason moved to New York where he landed a job as editor at CBS Television.

It could be said that greatness was his destiny, because soon after, Jay Will was transferred to MTV, where he was assigned to edit Home Videos.

"I did my first music video, while working at MTV. I was a member of a group of young professionals called Kuamp, and we worked together on Kanye Wests' "Through the Wire" music video."

Since then, he has directed numerous high profile videos, solo. "I left MTV to pursue a full time directing career, and formed my own company, Jay Will Films, where I produce and direct documentaries, music videos, TV shows and commercials," he explained.





Snoop's illegitimate child seeks air time

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Wow, talk about the genes for the limelight in his blood! Snoop's illegitimate 9-year-old son Julian Corrie Broadus wants a starring role on his new show 'Father Hood.'

According to bossip.com it's been 5 years since he has seen his father, and he believes the show would be a good opportunity to reconnect with him:





Don't blame Tarrus for what I did!

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YardFlex caught up with Dean Fraser backstage at TeenSplash and he had a whole lot to say about the incident that took place in Antigua. He is upset about the fact that they are painting Tarrus Riley as some hooligan when in fact he was the first person to run the MC Kenny Knibbs off the stage.

"I am the first man who asked the MC to leave the stage," he stated as he reminded that every singer has the right to tell anyone who they don't want on their stage during performance.

According to Dean the MC did not even take the time to do his homework regarding the band as he introduced Black Soil as Live Wyaa. When Dean pointed out the error to him his comment was "it does not make a difference!"

Just before Tarrus Riley was due to perform Kenyatta Hill asked him (Dean) and Tarrus if he could do a song first... "yardie to yardie we agreed, we had no problem with it."





beenie_busy_romain.jpgNot even the rain could stop the massive from coming out at Pepsi TeenSplash held at James Bond Beach on December 26. Although the show saw some good performances it also had moments of improper stage management. Following a real hot performer it lulled to an upcoming act!

At minutes after 1 am Jigsy from Bembe Squad was doing his thing then it was back to startime again. During Romain Virgo's performance the stage hands were conducting mic checks...how tacky!

Romain Virgo showed that he has exactly what it takes to make it. He was Mr. Super Cool as he crooned out classics such as "Let's Get It On," "I'm Still In Love" and "It Tears Me Up." He had the ladies in the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. He was in his element as he played, teased and drove his many adoring female fans wild.

It was no wonder when he left the stage the women made a beeline for him!





Sean Kingston demands love!

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edit_sean-kingston.jpgGrammy Christmas did not bring out the expected massive but the teeny boppers in the audience got what they wanted from Sean Kingston. Although for a while it seemed as if they would miss out on his performance as Sean claimed he wasn't feeling them. "I'm not
hearing my girls and I'm not coming back until I hear you guys," Kingston said before exiting the stage.

Man did those girls scream! Apparently to the satisfaction of the plump performer who made his way back to the stage giving them some 'Beautiful' songs reaffirming his Jamaican roots.

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Barbee sets the record straight

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bar-b-ee.jpgYardFlex caught up with Barbee backstage at the recently held Teen Splash at James Bond Beach, St Mary. Of course we couldn't help but ask her about the alleged beating she received.

"I was sick and in bed when I got a phone call asking me what happened," Barbee explained.

She was puzzled about the fact that someone would want to spread that kind of rumour about her.

"Beenie Man was in Miami at the time, so from every angle this story is false," she corrected.

Barbee had strong words when it came to the matter of being in an abusive relationship. “I have never seen my father lay a hand on my mother, so I would never accept that kind of behaviour from anyone,” the sultry singer stressed.





I-SCREAM or ICE-WATER?

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I SCREAM REAL.jpgI-SCREAM seemed to have melted, as many things did not go as planned.

The show which took place at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary on Sunday, was obviously disorganized. It never started at the time advertised, and there was traffic jam "a plenty" in spite of a poor turn out.

Regardless, international R&B group Boys II Men performed for almost two hours to screaming fans. The group sang many of their platinum selling hits.

The female performers represented well. Queen Ifrika received an encore after every song, Cherine Anderson was elated by the overwhelming response she got. Etana and Tessanne Chin did well.





Welcome To Jamrock... as cold as the Christmas breeze

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The show was touted to be perhaps one of the best in December, a period in Jamaica when stage shows are historically plenty. Unfortunately for all concerned with the event, Welcome to Jamrock failed to deliver. The good things about the event were that band changes were quick, and it began and ended at the times advertised.

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When YardFlex arrived at the Constant Spring Football Field, we were greeted by the sounds of Etana, who lived up to her ever growing reputation as a "social commentary" artist. She delivered her most popular single, "Roots," that brings to mind the question, where is my true spiritual calling? Etana performed the single to decent response from the audience.





Gungo Peas and Rice

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gungupeasmeal.jpgINGREDIENTS
1 lb gungo peas
3 stalks escallion
3 sprigs thyme
1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
1 cloves garlic, crushed
24 whole pimento berries
1 piece ginger, crushed
1 cup GRACE COCONUT MILK
2 cups rice

METHOD

1. Bring gungo peas to boil with water.
2. Add coconut milk
3. Season with escallion, thyme, whole pepper, crushed garlic, pimento berries and ginger.
4. Add rice to the boiling liquid and stir. Cover and allow to come to a boil again, then lower the flame.
4. Allow to steam for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot.


Variations:
Red Kidneys Beans can be substituted for gungo peas.





Christmas Fruit Cake & Sorrel Drink

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Fruitcake.jpgINGREDIENTS

1 1/2 lb raisins
2 lbs prunes
1/2 lb cherry
3 cups red wine
1 bottle strawberry jam
3/4 cup white rum
2 Tbsp. vanilla
2 tsps. almond essence
1 lb. (450 grams) Anchor Butter
1/2 lb. (225 grams) brown sugar
8 medium eggs
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 lb. (450 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 lb. (120 grams) breadcrumbs
3 tsps. baking powder
2 Tsps. cinnamon powder
2 tsps. nutmeg powder
2 Tbsps. browing
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup white wine

METHOD

1. Preheat oven at 300°F/160°C. Grease and line two 8"×8"×2 / 20cm×20cm×5cm cake pans.
2. Blend raisins with wine, cook for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
3. Add rum, vanilla, and almond essence.
4. Cream soft margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
5. Add eggs one at time, beating well between each addition, add lemon juice.
6. Combine and sift all dry ingredients.
7. To the creamed mixture, add the dry ingredients and wine mixture alternately. Stir in strawberry jam and browning, pour into baking pans.
8. Place baking pan on the bottom of the oven, cover and bake for 2 1/2 hours or until done.

NOTES:

Use a toothpick and stick it into the center of the cake to check if the cake is baked.





MERRY CHRISTMAS to all from everyone at Yardflex!!

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It has been appropriately said that the first Christmas Carol was sung by angels at the Nativity of the Saviour Jesus Christ.

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN; are the words the angels bellowed and today these lyrics drive the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Often getting lost in the hustle and busyness of this festive laden time, is the root of it all; that wonderful gift of Jesus Christ to the world.

So in giving God the glory and holding fast to peace on earth as well as the angels' joyful message that burst forth from their serenade – mankind can surely claim continuous good.

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Alliance - Deadly Alliance (Keep It Gangster)

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Fibroids

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By: Dr. Steve Lawson

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Uterine fibroid (leiomyomas) are benign tumors of the uterus. These tumors result from abnormal growth of muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue in the endometrium, myometrium, and the ectometrium of the uterus. By the age of 50 years old the overall incidence of fibroids are 70-80% for women. Black women are four times more likely to develop fibroids than Caucasian women. They also have larger fibroids and develop fibroids at a younger age Fibroids can vary in size from being undetectable by human eyes to the size of a full term pregnancy.

The etiologies of fibroids are linked to hormonal imbalance, obesity,
xeno-estrrogen, heavy metal toxicity, infectious microorganisms, stress and high blood sugar level. Fibroids can cause complications such as menstrual problems, pelvic and lower back pain, constipation, urinary problems, hemorrhoids, infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriages.

Signs and symptoms that presents with uterine fibroids include heavy
menstrual bleeding (menorrhagea), prolong menstrual bleeding
(metrorrhagea), bleeding between periods, period pain (dysmenorrhea),
urinary incontinence, urinary frequency, severe acute abdominal pain,
constipation, hemorrhoids, anemia, back pain and leg pain.

Fibroids can be categorized into three types which include submucosal, myometrial and subserosal. Submucosal fibroids are located in the lining of the uterine cavity. Myometrial fibroids are located in the muscular layers of the uterus. Subserosal fibroids are located on the outer surface of the uterus. Both the submucosal and the subserosal fibroids can form pedunculated (fibroids that hang from a stalk). Fibroids can be detected by using pelvic examination, ultrasound, hysterosonography, hysteroscopy, hysterosalpingography.

Women who have excessive amounts of estrogen and an insufficient amount of progesterone are more predisposed to developing uterine fibroids. Women with excessive body fat are in an estrogen dominant state because fat tissues act as an estrogen-producing organ similar to the ovaries and the adrenal gland.

Estrogen is a prolific hormone that stimulates DNA replication that in excess can stimulate the smooth muscle cells of the uterus to replicate excessively and cause the overgrowth of fibrous connective tissue resulting in fibroids. Insulin-like growth factor is an anabolic hormone that is implicated in the abnormal growth of the uterine muscles that form fibroids. Xeno-estrogens are pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and other toxic substances that act similar to estrogen causing DNA dysfunction resulting in abnormal replication that causes fibroids.

The excessive growth of these fibroids can cause submucosal irregularity resulting in dysmenorrhea and miscarriages. Fibroids in the subserosal layer of the uterus can cause obstruction of the colon resulting in constipation and the formation of hemorrhoids (dilated veins located in the region of the anus). Pedunculated fibroids in the submucosal and subserosal layers can twist on themselves cutting off their blood supply and causing severe abdominal pain that may require surgery. Excessive menstrual bleeding due to fibroids can result in anemia and its associated complications.

Treatment includes hysterectomy, myomectomy, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), gonadatropin releasing hormones (GnRH) antagonists, androgens (danazol), and focused ultrasound surgery (FUS), and essential oils.





Young Jock arrested with loaded gun at airport

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yungjoc.jpgRapper Yung Joc was arrested in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday morning, after he allegedly tried to pass through an airport security check point with a fully loaded handgun.

According to police, Yung Joc attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, when police found the fully loaded firearm.

The Atlanta-bred rapper, born Jasiel Robinson, is currently facing local firearms charges, although he may face charges under the Air Piracy Act.

Yung Joc is currently in the Cuyahoga County Jail. Information on his bail was unavailable as of press time.

The arrest comes on the heels of a banner year for Yung Joc, according to recently released data released by The Nielsen Company.





All roads lead to STING, even cyber roads

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STING POSTER2.jpgRecognized widely as the number one reggae show on earth, STING will be accessible live to millions this year via the worldwide web.

The highly anticipated year end tradition that has seen thousands of
reggae music fans coming out for their boxing day taste of hot sounds,
will now invite reggae lovers from all over the globe to the live
streaming of STING.

Logging on to www.stingjamaica.com.jm on December 26,2007 will get you
there and from the comfort of your home, library or café, this show will be sure to make your day.

Toronto Canada's, Buddy's Bar & Grill will be broadcasting the live feed as well. This is expected to be another great day in reggae history.

It is surely not to be missed.





Bounty Speaks his mind

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bounty2.jpgWelcome to Jamrock come and gone but it's not the bomb performances that has the crowd talking still...it's Bounty finally giving Beenie a piece of his mind!

Bwoy, the Killa never mince words at all when him sey Beenie teck up di trash weh him put dung! Can you imagine, him drop him manager and prize up somebody whey Bounty nuh care bout.

People unno shoulda a hear how di crowd galang at dat. Poor Beenie if him did ongle know how de marriage woulda come back come haunt him him woulda just lef it alone!

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Corporate Jamaica shows love

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Suffer the little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said so, and it is most befitting that during a season when his life on earth is being celebrated, children are given special attention.

Jesus' affection for children is well documented, and so, in accordance, corporate giants Capital & Credit Financial Group, staged "Pickney Love at Christmas", which is intended to raise funds to assist in the maintenance and development of Jamaica's children.





Terry Linen shoots music video for "Mood For Love"

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terry_linen2.jpgReggae crooner Terry Linen has announced his presence back on the scene in no uncertain terms with his "Mood For Love" single, which is already receiving good rotation on air.

The singer wrapped up the video for the single last Friday and it's now in the editing stages soon to be premiered.

Recording on the Uplifting Music International label and Shot on location in Blue Mountain, the music video was done under the direction of Green Gorilla Media.

The plot for the video is the typical boy missing girl and all the anguish of longing for her and pining for that special someone who just lights up your life comes out in "Mood For Love."

The director exercises his creative genius here as every scene, every touch, every look depicted in the video brings out the central theme of the song.





A wha really gwaan a Bembe Thursdays

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But a wha really a gwaan inna di DJ fraternity. People unno hear bout di almshouse weh Vybz Kartel, Mavado and dem entourage kip up a Bembe Thursdays.

Crowd part, knife draw and pure tings. No man, dem haffi put a stop to dem kind a behaviour yah.

First dem nearly mash up Stone Love Anniversary and now a Bembe Thursday...the way tings look, maybe nobody a guh waan go a nuh stage show weh dem deh pon.





Busy Signal still holding down the # 1 Spot

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busy.jpgBy Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 15 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 10 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) NM
03 7 10 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-4
04 3 14 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon D-1
05 6 13 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
06 4 20 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
07 8 6 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-1
08 11 7 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship U-3
09 12 5 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-3
10 5 24 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-5
11 9 19 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-2
12 10 19 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1) D-2
13 13 16 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) NM
14 15 4 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-1
15 17 2 Dreaming of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-2
16 16 3 Don't Mek Mi Hold You – Assassin – Don Corleon NM
17 - New Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back
18 - New Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt
19 - New Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records
20 - New Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back





Authentic love for her genre

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By: Joseph Cunningham

natalie_storm.jpgIt is her desire to be remembered with the admiration and awe that follows the name Bob Marley, and other international musical icons. Natalie Storm says, "I want to be a Reggae ambassador who takes Reggae music to places where Reggae does not exist." And it is no surprise that she admits to having listened to every genre of music since a very young age.

"I grew up listening to everything imaginable: Percy Sledge, Skeeter Davis, Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Aerosmith, all sorts of dance music and of course, crazy Reggae and Dancehall."

Making her sojourn into the Dancehall six years ago as a member of the
girls' group, Make Boys Cry (MBC), Natalie delivered the hit "Real Badman" on the Swatch International Label within that union. MBC made appearances on major Jamaican shows like Champions in Action and Teen Splash, and traveled on tours to Japan and Miami, USA.





Original Dancehall Jam Jam to be streamed live on

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coca_tea.jpgThe premier event of Clarendon, Original Dancehall Jam Jam will be going to the next level this year. For the first time the stage show will be streamed live on the Internet coming from its venue at the Jamalco Sports Club, Halse Hall, Clarendon on New Year's Eve, December 31.

YardFlex rapped with Roaring Lion's Coco Tea and he informed that the whole thing came about when Kariblink approached him about streaming the event. Based on the overwhelming response they received on streaming the last World Clash in New York, Kariblink TV felt Dancehall Jam Jam would enjoy that same kind of reception.

So for those who can't make it to the event then they can sit in the comfort of their room and watch it all on www.dancehalljamjam.net.

One thing Coco Tea will be going all out to correct at Original Dancehall Jam Jam this year, is the fact that too many upcoming artistes worked in the earlier slot and in the end the big named acts did not get much time. The fans were upset about it last year.





No justice for Notorious B.I.G.

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biggie2.jpgAn LA judge dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit of the Notorious B.I.G. and postponed the trial indefinitely, bad news for Miss Wallace.

According to Bossip.com, District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled that the family had not filed a claim within the required timeframe. She then granted a request made by the city and imprisoned former cop Rafael Perez to dismiss the case. Perez, a corrupt former cop, has been accused of conspiring with his former partner David Mack to murder the rapper.

It's crying shame though.





Richie Spice crowned New Prince of Reggae

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edit_richiespice.jpgBritish Entertainment Critics proclaimed Richie Spice The New Prince of Reggae after his performance at the 78 year old Brixton Academy.

Richie Spice, the Jamaican singing sensation has received enormous "props" from British Entertainment Critics. The same folks who have been giving Jamaican Dancehall superstars "hell", are proclaiming that the singer is the "New Prince of Reggae."

The praise came after Richie Spice gave an exhilarating one and a half hour performance. He was received in fine fettle by Britons who made it a sold out event. According to reports, Richie Spice received endless encore requests after almost every song.

The start of the show saw performances from fellow reggae artistes Junior Kelly and Chezidek with a house downing performance from Spanner Banner; big brother to Richie Spice.





Yendi visits Yardflex

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Miss-Yendi-Phillip2.jpgShe went, she saw and conquered. That is the only appropriate description for what Yendi Phillips, the reigning Miss Jamaica World accomplished at the Miss World 2007 Pageant.

She created history when she became the first contestant to make it to the finals of all categories. Out of 107 contestants, she was 1st runner up in the Miss World Beach Beauty and a finalist in the Miss World Sports, Miss World Talent, Miss World Top Model and the Beauty With A Purpose Award. And, during the live telecast, she made the top 16.

Yendi visited the offices of YardFlex, at shop #118 on the Princeville Plaza, Constant Spring, and had a grand "yard chat." On her entry into the office, the "irie" lady started rocking instinctively to the sounds of music being played on a DVD. Noticing her vibe, I asked, Yendi what kind of influence she had on other contestants. She responded, "I took music along with me, so my room mate and the other girls heard quite a bit of Reggae and Dancehall music." She revealed that she was surprised to know that Miss Guatemala was a big fan of Busy Signal, especially the song, "Step Out."





Whitney Houston's divorce on hold

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whitney_bobby.jpgSeems as if Whitney Houston will have to wait a little longer before she can put her failed marriage behind her and move on with her life.

According to reports posted on the internet the divorce has been put on hold because her estranged husband Bobby Brown has fallen out with his lawyer.

Brown's attorney has quit after a series of rows with the fallen R&B star, according to U.S. reports, and now a scheduled January 4, (08) hearing looks like it will have to be delayed.

That date was arrived at after Brown suffered an alleged mild heart attack in October (07) and was unable to attend his wife's deposition.

In new court papers, obtained by U.S. TV show Extra, officials note, "The relationship (between Brown and his lawyers) has deteriorated to the extent that effective communication is no longer feasible."





Steve Harvey pays big bucks to drop charges

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Steve Harvey_mary harvey.jpgWow! Go figure this one out. There is no joking around this for Steve Harvey. According to Mediatakeout.com the shocking Steve Harvey abuse lawsuit has come to an end. Apparently Steve and his ex-wife are very close to reaching a monetary settlement.

Mary Harvey was suing Steve for swindling her out of millions, and for mental and physical abuse. Last week the site also reported that Steve was facing prison time if a judge ruled that he contemptuously withheld vital information from Mary's legal team.

And it appears that the threat of prison time may have caused Steve to open up his wallet. According to one person familiar with the case, Steve offered Mary approximately $10M to settle the suit and Mary is expected to accept the offer.





Britney's teen sister expecting

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jamie_lynn1.jpgPregnant with her first child, Britney Spears' teen sis Jamie Lynn told OK Magazine that she will keep the baby.

Lauded for her decision by her bosses at children's TV Nickelodeon
network, the 16 year old Lynn allegedly dumped the baby's father who is reported to be Casey Aldridge, a student.

Confirming the news, her network's bosses who oversee her fronting the hit show Zoey 101, say they respect Jamie Lynn's decision to take responsibility in this sensitive and personal situation.

They said, "We know this is a very difficult time for her and her family, and our primary concern right now is for Jamie Lynn's well being."





Tifa is no "tinky winky"

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By: Joseph Cunningham

tifa.jpgWith a strong musical background, Latifa Brown who is known by the stage name Tifa, enters the Dancehall fray.

Her stepfather, who she affectionately calls Sampalue, is a reggae
producer who assisted in the building of several music careers such as
Lady Saw. Her connection to him gave her a deep rooted love for dancehall music.

No wonder that as an infant attending Wolmer's Preparatory she became
actively involved in the school choir, drama club and the renowned
Wolmer's Dance Troop with which she won a gold medal in the 1994 festival competition.

Her young talents were also displayed during the 1995 musical Psalty, the "Singing Song Book," staged at the National Arena and also in Montego Bay.





Lyrics: "Pon Di Edge" - Busy Signal

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Aint gonna leave you girl so just wine for me girl, wine for me girl, wine for me, wine x4

My girl just wine pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge WINE
Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge GAL wine pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge gal. QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT, gal

OH x18
You too bad gal you too bad

Verse 1:
Gal you somin tight yes mi love how you hook it baby
You grip mi right, use di muscle hold it baby
Mi call you last night have to call you back tonight
Dont you somein right yes yu somein tight
Mi seh Gal yu have di grip and di glue OH
Nuh bag a man naw pass through OH
Naw give it to the fish and di crew OH Testing one three nu test two
My girl just hold me with the muscle MUSCLE
Climb on slide on pon di grizzle OH
Worse when di rain start drizzle
Mek mi go dig out the somein with the - - - - chisel

You keep it clean gal like how yu keep it coming at me
You make mi talk in a mi sleep You mek mi talk in a mi sleep
You keep it clean gal like how yu keep it wining on me You make mi talk in a mi sleep, my girl yu mek mi even ask fi di somein inna me sleep

CHO:
you somin tight OH x8
You grip mi right OHx8
gal QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT, gal QUINT IT, QUINT IT, QUINT IT,

Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge gal
Pon di edge, pon di edge, pon di edge





Spice responds to D'Angel

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spice_d'angel.jpgIn yesterday's Star D'Angel hit out against female DJs including Spice and people, Spice a talk up di tings dem. According to her if D'Angel wants something to talk about she should tell the people dem a which man she have a New York and she must talk why she tek weh Beenie Man business when she well know sey she neva have nutten fi do wid it!

People Spice mek YardFlex kno dat if she was in D'Angel shoes she probably woulda a run off har mouth too, but "since mi never have a man drop mi like hot bread a doan know how yuh feel!"

Yuh tink sey Spice finish yet here the message weh she send out, "D'Angel No one told you to stoop low in the business and no one stuck you up and robbed you of your morals, your pride and your dignity - you voluntarily decided to just give them away. If no one is brave enough to tell you the truth to your face, from a woman to a woman - oh I mean, from lady to gal, I can tell you this. Us female artistes, we are influences to the young women in today's society so you should have never slept around with so many people and allow yourself to be categorized as an 'artiste groupie'!"

Pram pram! Bwoy from how Spice address D'Angel a one ting we have to say and it is a good thing she won't be on Sting cause she woulda get it good and proper!





COMEDY BUS AT BACKYAAD 2007

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By: Kemesha Bolton

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Backyaad has been the home of comedy for some time now and it was no surprise that it hosted the TVJ Comedy Bus final on Sunday December 16th 2007. The annual showcasing of comedic talent vying for top 'comedy bus' spot started at 8:00PM sharp as was specified

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MC Pretty Boy Floyd was full of gimmicks and he began by lamenting on his hopes of going to a Greener Pasture "foreign." Floyd said, "When I jus get mi visa mi carry mi passport everywhere because mi would'nt like fi deh a Lemon yaad a watch news and hear seh mi house gutted with fire, an mi nuh travel yet? yuh mussi mad." He had patrons in stitches and this was just the beginning of his antics for the night.





Who will close Sting? "I are di 1"

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bounty.jpgWho will close Sting 2007 is the question on the lips of many since its now official that Beenie Man is off the annual event.

Well, Sting organizer Isaiah Laing has declared that Bounty Killer will be the one. Laing says Bounty Killer was slated to close the event even before the fall out with Beenie Man.

Laing added that statements made by Beenie Man that he has been the main act at Sting more than any other artist, "Is not true." "Many of the times when Beenie Man has closed Sting, it was because Bounty was not on the show, or because Bounty performed early, when in fact he (Bounty) was the one booked to close the show."

Last week, there was a 'war of words' between Laing and Beenie Man over the real reasons why Beenie Man had refused to do the show.





Ackee and Saltfish

ackee&satlfish.jpgPreparation Time: 1 hour Cooking/Baking Time: 12 minutes
Serves/Yields: 6


INGREDIENTS

1/2 lb. Saltfish (codfish)
1 dozen ackees
1 small onion
1/2 teaspoon of thyme leaves
2 stalks escallion, chopped
1 clove garlic diced finely
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 slices hot scotch bonnet pepper
1 small red sweet pepper
cooking oil

METHOD

Soak Saltfish in warm water to taste. After soaking saltfish, place it in cold water and boil. Clean the ackee. Remove the seeds and all traces of interior red pit from the ackees. Wash ackees five times. Cover and boil until moderately soft. Drain, cover, and put aside. Pick up (flake) the saltfish and remove all bones. Sauté all dry ingredients in a pan (except black pepper). Add saltfish and the ackees, and turn the fire/stove up slightly. Add black pepper. Pour in to serving plate.

Serving Suggestions:

This can be served with roasted breadfruit, fried dumplings, boiled green bananas, boiled yam or hardough bread.


Notes:

Ackee and Saltfish is Jamaica's national dish.

If fresh ackees are used, make sure that they are fully opened before preparation.

Variations:
Frankfurters, Grace Corned Beef or corned pork can be substituted for saltfish.

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Some man hot but dem confuse!

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgBoy, I'm telling you, ever since I started this column I have been getting some stories that are totally out of whack! The latest comes from a woman who is living in South Florida and I'm still blown away by it all.

Can you believe it you all that she got involved with a done out footballer who thinks he is all that because he used to hold nuff money, buy up houses and hot cars and lived the life of the rich and
famous...until nutten nah gwaan for him!

Now hear the whole drama, the man a flex with girlfriend, plus him slap the woman next door which is his baby mother best friend and from what I hear him have a Brazilian woman that him bragging no ends
bout...and with all those women in his life can you believe that the bastard have a man too? Yup, he even picked him up from the airport with girlfriend in the car and the man never have any shame, bragging how the baller planning on buying him a house and both of them gonna live together!

Now what I don't understand is why girlfriend still hanging around a man who is playing around in the rear and then want to bury himself in the promised land?





Hottie Hottie Girls of the Week

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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

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

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VAUXHALL, KLAS SING TOGETHER

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By: Kemesha Bolton

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KLAS 89 FM had their annual Christmas Teen Jam outside broadcast, at the Vauxhall Comprehensive High School on December 13th, 2007. The event was hosted by Tony Young.

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Fittingly, as Vauxhall won the All Together Sing Competition on Television Jamaica this year, the very proud Andrea Chaplin, Principal of the school took the opportunity to really encourage her students to "always do something physical as it compliments their mental."





Jay-Z and Beyonce married?!

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beyonce_jayz.jpgWhat is this we are hearing...Jay-J and Beyonce secretly tied the knot!

According to mediatakeout.com the site is officially confirming that last week Jay Z and Beyonce were married in a small private ceremony in Paris, France.

What's more the photos shown is proof that the whole thing happened. According to the source, who is an EXTREMELY close family member of Beyonce's, the couple chose, instead of exchanging rings, to tattoo a personal inscription on each of their ring fingers.

We can tell you that right now ABSOLUTELY NO ONE else in the world of media is reporting this. Not any blogger, not any newspaper, no radio disc jockey, no TV personality - just us...well yardflex has quickly
gotten in line too!





STING producer Isaiah Laing is livid

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By: Joseph Cunningham


sting_laing.jpg"If Beenie Man does not want to get the wrath of me, he needs to leave my show alone," says fuming Sting promoter, Isaiah Laing.

Speaking to YardFlex on Sunday afternoon, Laing said, "Beenie is a sick man. He is going around and telling persons that I owe him money and all sorts of things as an attempt to destroy my show. Because he is not getting "top billing", it seems that he has decided to campaign against Sting. Beenie's real problem is that he knows that Bounty Killa is coming with his mouth full, and so he is looking for a reason to skip the show."

Laing continued, "I have never done any business with Beenie Man. I have always conducted business through his management; therefore, Beenie Man really needs to speak to Shocking Vibes about such a thing. I paid Beenie $800,000 to perform last-year, and it has only been one year that Beenie has received a small portion of money, and it was a year he decided that he would do Sting for free. Even then, I still gave him $100,000 in advance."

Further, an upset Isaiah Laing told YardFlex that, "Beenie needs to keep quiet, and don't let me begin to talk things which I know about him. If I start talking certain stuff, Beenie Man would have to run away!" Laing added, "I was a police officer in Arnett Gardens when Beenie was a younger fellow, and I saved Beenie Man's life on numerous occasions." Last week, Laing refuted claims that he owes Beenie Man back money, and the renowned promoter said he was optimistic that Beenie Man will turn up at the event.

Despite Beenie Man's determination that he's not doing Sting, Laing then said that he was giving the deejay a few more days. "Knowing Beenie Man he will turn up at the event," Laing stated at that point.

Regarding plans for the show, Laing revealed that, "There will be a stage within the stage. There will be a single door which leads unto the front of the stage. No entourage will be able to accompany performers unto the stage."

Performances will be limited to 30 minutes for all performers, he declared.





Hot Gyal Timberlee…. Sweet like honey, but solid!!

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By: Joseph Cunningham


timberlee.jpg"Hot gyal a hot gyal, sweet like honey." These are the words of a sexy new song, titled, "Bubble Like Soup," which has presented 24 year old Timberlee to the Dancehall.

She grew up in Mandeville, Manchester, a highly commercial community not especially known for delivering talents to a genre that is predominantly hardcore.

Interestingly, Timberlee continues to walk a road not common to the Dancehall and that is to be a musician who has high academic qualifications. She is on target to graduate with a degree in Psychology and Child Education.

"I only got really interested in becoming a Dancehall artiste in the year 2000, after witnessing a lyrical clash between Tony Matterhorn and Fire Links at Fully Loaded," she revealed.

Timberlee is now affiliated with legendary producers, Ward 21, and is consistently recording singles. "I'm not thinking about releasing an album right now, but I'll be completing the video for "Bubble Like Soup" and my new single, "No Stress," both within the next two weeks," she confirmed.

Describing her personality, Timberlee stated that although she comes fully loaded with hardcore lyrics, she is high society.





Caribbean entertainers free to move across Europe

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EU&Caricum.jpgCaribbean entertainers thanks to a historic agreement inked on Sunday between representatives of the region and the EU, will be able to move freely across Europe.

According to the website officials of CARIFORUM - CARICOM and Dominican Republic and European Union officials signed off on the new Economic Partnership Agreement, just days before the December 31 deadline set by the EU.

The new agreement replaces the Cotonou Agreement which expires at the end of this year. The agreement came after two days of talks over the weekend but after about three years of bilateral. And after Caribbean officials agreed to grant EU products access to its market.

But Deputy Director General for Trade of the EU Commission, Karl Falkenberg, who signed the document for the EU, admitted the deal was a hard one for the EU.





Meet the new Commissioner of Police

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radm_Lewin.jpgRear Admiral Hardley Lewin, Jamaica's new Commissioner of Police officially took up his mantle today and he has a huge job ahead of him clamping down on the monster called crime.

But how much do you know about the man who has taken on this daunting task?

Thanks to www.jdfmil.org we give you a little insight on Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin.

Born in Buckfield, Ocho Rios, Rear Admiral Lewin attended Ocho Rios Primary School and Ferncourt High School. He enlisted in the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in 1971 and in 1972 attended the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and granted a commission in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant on completion in December of the same year.

He was posted to the JDF Coast Guard where he served as Navigating Officer and First Lieutenant and quickly qualified for seagoing command in September 1975. After two sea commands and qualifying as Master (Home Trade) he retired from the JDF in 1981 and served on two merchant ships as Chief Mate. He was recommissioned into the JDF Coast Guard in 1982 where he continued his seagoing command.





Tyrone Taylor was laid to rest on Sunday

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tyrone_taylor.jpgA glowing obituary was written in the UK's Guardian newspaper on the life of Jamaican singer Tyrone Taylor whose ‘Cottage in Negril' became a classic.

But since the news broke of his death little has been said about plans surrounding the late singer's funeral. One disc jock based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, kept in constant touch with YardFlex regarding funeral arrangements.

Tyrone Taylor died at age 56 from complications stemming from Prostrate Cancer on December 1. strong>YardFlex would welcome any information regarding funeral arrangement for the late singer...we like to keep our readers informed.





Munga Honorable v.s. Deva Brat LIVE

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Everybody's talking bout the fight that took place at Stone Love Anniversary Party held at Mas Camp between Munga Honorable and Deva Brat.

YardFlex spoke with one patron who was at the show and he had an earful. "Shame pon di two a dem, fi a disrespect the big man show like that. Dem young crop a artiste nuh have nuh discipline, a suh dem intend fi disrespect the business?" he angrily uttered.





Jah Cure thrilled fans in Trinidad

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jahcure_yardflex2.jpgJah Cure performed to over 15,000 strong at the Hasley Stadium, Port of Spain in Trinidad over the weekend.

The show which was hosted and produced by Crab Connection was dubbed The Next Chapter in the Life of the Cure' was an overwhelming success attracting one of the largest audience for the year from what YardFlex understands.

According to a review published in the Trinidad Express, Cure took the stage to a rousing welcome around 2.15 am yesterday and performed for over an hour as the massive crowd sang along and patrons screamed their appreciation throughout his set.





February to be declared Reggae Month

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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The Government of Jamaica is to declare February Reggae Month, according to Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports. She was speaking at the launch of the Reggae Academy Awards held recently at the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

"I really want to say to you that the Government will be announcing, at the highest level, a declaration of February as "Reggae Month" and it will be announced and presented in a manner that will impact not only in Jamaica but across the world," she stated.

The Recording Industry of Jamaica (RIAJ), will host activities covering the entire month of February, highlights of which will include a three-day reggae film festival, the Africa Unite concert and documentary.

According to Minister Grange, the film festival is intended to be the
foundation of Jamaica's film academy that will archive films for research, screening and education.





Here comes the Gospel Evangelist

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Kevin Downswell, the 2003 National Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Festival winner came to prominence with his original entry, "Praise." From the preliminary stages of that competition, Kevin had distinguished himself as the favourite to win with his professional voice control.

His performance in the competition was phenomenal, considering that he
only realized he could sing, at age 13.

Unlike many musicians, Kevin is not motivated by stardom, but instead, his passion is fuelled by the motto, "That Christ may increase and I
decrease." St. John 3 v 30.

In 2005 Kevin was appointed to the office of an Evangelist and graduated from the University of the West Indies with honors in Bio-Chemistry that same year. "I was commissioned by God to be a full-time minister during that period, and so I had dedicated myself in much fasting and prayer." He said seeking God at that time was very critical, because he had planned to become a Medical Doctor. "God had another plan," he added.





Beenie says NO STING for me

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Beeniman2.jpgBeenie Man is claiming that Sting organizer Isaiah Laing owes him over 10 years back money.

The self-proclaimed king of the dancehall who says he will not be at
Sting come December 26, added that he is also upset about what he calls, false reports recently published in local entertainment tabloid, the X-News.

According to Beenie, an article suggests he's requesting US$30,000 to do the annual event. "I never asked Laing fi no money, I not doing Sting and I don't want Laing's money. Every year I do Sting I get no respect from Laing, the securities or no one," Beenie lamented.

But, Sting promoter Isaiah Laing is singing a different tune. While he is refuting claims that he owes Beenie Man back money, the renowned promoter said he is optimistic that Beenie Man will turn up at the event.

Despite Beenie Man's determination that he's not doing Sting, Laing says he is giving the deejay a few more days. "Knowing Beenie Man he will turn up at the event," Laing claims.





Reggae Academy Awards for Jamaica, in Jamaica

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

RIAJ_logo.jpgThe Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), is admired worldwide for its organization, stability and for the fairness it has brought to the American music industry for decades. The RIAA made the American music industry one with songs and album chart rankings that are appreciated generally as credible and lead to the annual staging of the Grammy Awards.

In contrast, the Reggae industry has been one of Jamaica's most effective sources of income, however this most revered genre of music throughout the world has benefited foreign territories more than its headquarters.

Thankfully, the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJ) has created the Reggae Academy Awards to counteract this trend.

The first annual Reggae Academy Awards ceremony is slated to be held on Sunday, February 24, at the National Indoor Sports Centre. According to organizers, activities leading up to the ceremony will include a road tour that will stop at six locations around the island, namely, Montego Bay, St. Thomas, Ocho Rios, Savanna- La- Mar, Clarendon and Kingston. Its objective is to promote interest in the awards and encourage the public to vote in the two popular award categories, "Most Popular Artist" and "Most Popular Song."





Golden Globe without movie stars?

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By: J. Koni

Katherine heigl.jpgThe Golden Globe Awards in January could be star-less if the Hollywood writers strike is not resolved before the awards ceremony.

On the eve of the nominations, many of the stars in consideration for a Globe threatened to boycott the event if the strike is still on.

Further, actress Katherine Heigl, who joined Grey's Anatomy castmates along the picket lines outside Paramount Studios in Hollywood on Wednesday, insists she won't attend the Globes if the strike isn't resolved.

She said, "I'm not crossing the picket line, not unless I'm contractually obliged to do, which, for the Golden Globes, I'm not."





The Slickers wheel and come again!

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In 1979 Tads Record released the original Slickers 'Breakthrough' LP which was produced by Earl Chin and recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark and Harry J studios in Kingston.

The 9-track LP featured the trio of Roy Beckford, Derrick 'Joe' Crooks and Abraham Green. The group which is best known for their 'Johnnie Too Bad' recording featured in the movie 'The Harder They Come' will see their work reemerging.

In October 2007 Tad's Records re-released the Vinyl LP along with a CD version and bonus tracks featuring two guest artistes.





RDX - "Everybody Dance"

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M C Nuffy….the ultimate entertainer

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By: Joseph Cunningham

nikkiZ_nuffy.jpg"Nuff" is the word used in Jamaica to describe a character who is considered inquisitive, overly excited about others' business or a person who is very involved. It so happens that in the Jamaican context the word brings to mind, the most dynamic and comedic character in the Dancehall, MC Nuffy.

No matter how major the occasion is, whether it is Reggae Sumfest, Reggae Sunsplash, or Sting, once it is time for the biggest stars to perform, MC Nuffy is one man who is always given the responsibility to do introductions.

The very sound of his voice is amusing, and even more so are his efforts to dance. Interestingly, he told YardFlex that he was a dancer before he got involved as an MC. "I was a dancer who would carry-on with a lot of antics onstage with multiple women simultaneously. I was the kind who would make the patrons laugh."

Further, Nuffy revealed how he became an MC. "I went to a show with my friend Ras Ghandi (a singer), and it was his time to perform. He was very amused by my personality and so he asked me to introduce him onstage. The introduction created a platform so that he could not fail. The audience was behind him 100 per cent," Nuffy recalled.





Wyclef, Akon and Jimmy Rosemond Bring Free Concert To

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Now here's what I call giving back to our country! Haitian born Wyclef Jean and Akon have teamed up with music executive Jimmy Rosemond to present the Yele Festival.

Scheduled for Saturday, December 15 2007, the festival will take place in Haiti's capital, Port au Prince and proceeds will support the Yele Haiti Foundation that Wyclef initiated in 2005.

Yele Haiti Foundation has been heralded as 'A movement led by Wyclef Jean that is helping to bring hope back to Haiti.'

According to hhnlive.com the Yele Festival is a free concert that aims to raise awareness of Haiti's much improved safety record and its growing appeal as a tourist destination. Two years ago Rosemond and Wyclef traveled to Haiti's Citi Soleil, to bring exposure to the country's political and economic plight; a trip that received much praise, commendation and media coverage.

This year their visit will see the two philanthropists going to schools where Rosemond will donate items including 5,000 shirts to the least fortunate children. In addition, a visit to the notorious children's prison will bring much needed awareness to conditions there.





In Serious Mess email a fake

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email-hackers.jpgThis is to advice all YardFlex readers and subscribers that the email which is being circulated is the work of a malicious and vindictive hacker. Our email was invaded and used as the source to appeal for help to the supposedly stranded person in West Africa.

We apologise to those who have been trying to reach us via email as this invasion into our email system resulted in our mails being lost.

Again we want to reassure that at no time was our CEO in any difficulty and she is very much happy, free and definitely not the person being talked about in the email!

See below the fake email which is definitely NOT coming from Deborah Cole.





Hottie Hottie Girls of the Week

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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

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

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MAVADO SHOOTS "LAST NIGHT"

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Little X was warmer than his current New York base this week while in Jamaica to shoot the video for Mavado's latest single, "Last Night."

One of many hot singles from Mavado's debut album, "Gangsta for Life – the Symphony of David Brooks," "Last Night" had a video shoot shrouded in sentiment and heartfelt love.

Using the Cassava Piece Gully Side where Mavado actually grew up for a location, the Little X headed video crew brought life to the vivid lyrics of "Last Night."

"We wanted the video to be as real as possible," said Mavado. "We... even filmed scenes in the actual house I was raised in to keep it as real as can be. We didn't bring in actors, we used Cubans and other people from the community in all the roles."





GQ shoots "Bad Boys" video in South Florida

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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Coming out of Miami's Voodoo Lounge, Art Bar and Rodman's Rehab every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday respectively, DJ GQ took time out to shoot the music video for 'Bad Boys," the first single off his upcoming album.

"Let Em Know' is the album due for release in the Spring of 2008 and its hot "Bad Boys" single was set to moving pictures in different parts of South Florida recently.

Several locations were chosen for the video shoot, including Miami, Broward and Boynton Beach.

GQ's solid smooth style has been celebrated extensively as he is the first DJ to pioneer the infectious blends of reggae and hip-hop that he is most noted for.





Jay-Z puts money rumours to rest

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jay_z.jpgWill he be kicked out? Will he renew his contract? The Internet was abuzz with rumours surrounding Jay-Z's contract renewal...well he came clean in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the gist of which was posted on eurweb.com.

The Def Jam president cleared up misinformation that has been reported about his contract renewal talks being stalled over money.

"It's not about money," he said. "That's really the last thing. Of course, as a person that does these type of things and puts his heart and soul into it and it's effective, as the Grammy's would indicate you want to be compensated for what you do. But it's really not about money.





Busy Signal reclaims 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 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 9 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon NM
04 4 19 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 7 23 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) U-2
06 6 12 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love NM
07 8 9 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records U-1
08 11 5 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 U-3
09 9 18 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4)NM
10 5 18 Conscience – Cham – Don Corleon (2wks@#1)D-5
11 10 6 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship D-1
12 14 4 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-2
13 12 15 Bubble Like Soup – Timber-Lee – Ward 21 (pp#5) D-1
14 15 21 The Days – Busy Signal – Daseca (4wks@#1)U-1
15 17 3 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-2
16 20 2 Don't Mek Mi Hold You – Assassin – Don Corleon U-4
17 - RE Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu
18 13 11 Me And My Dogs – Mavado – Baby G (pp#9) D-5
19 18 19 Love Is Wicked – Brick & Lace – 180 Entertainment (pp#5) D-1
20 19 12 Crab Inna Barrel – Shane-O – Iceman (pp#14)D-1





Look out here comes the Reggae Scrapbook!

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Roger Steffens, Fox.jpgWhat do you get when a reggae archivist and a talented photographer team up? – A beautiful reggae scrapbook of course!

Roger Steffens and photographer Peter Simon's Reggae Scrapbook is a lush historical journey through almost fifty years of Jamaica's rich musical heritage, told from the point of view of two of its biggest fans in North America. It contains over 30,000 words of text, plus extraordinary iconic images from Peter Simon, one of reggae's greatest photographers, and three-dimensional removable reproductions from Roger's world-famous Reggae Archives in Los Angeles.

These include posters, tickets, back-stage passes, postcards, playlists, autographed records, stickers and lots of other reggae paraphernalia.

The book is designed for those who have no knowledge of the
Genre and also for those who think they know everything about it already - and they are in for some BIG surprises.

Reggae Scrapbook came about when Raoul Goff of Palace Press had the idea and he contacted photographer Peter Simon who later hooked up with Roger – the rest now is history where Reggae Scrapbook is concerned.

Reggae Scrapbook is an anecdotal walk into Reggae land and will bring some reminiscent smile on the faces of readers. According to Steffens "the tone of a scrapbook in mind, telling funny or poignant stories about my personal relationships with some of the music's most important progenitors, and some of the lesser-known lights as well, people whose work deserves to be remembered."





Whats Poppin'

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Rolex returns

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Rolex is back! The popular selector from Bembe Squad who was out of action since November 17, when he sustained injuries in a car accident is now rearing to go again.

He will be playing at the rescheduled Bembe Anniversary this Thursday, December 13 at Weekendz.

Although Rolex can spin with the best of them his name started ringing out more after a highly publicized confrontation with members of deejay Vybz Kartel's entourage, a few months ago.

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'East Fest' time again for 2007

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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After taking a break in 2006, the Red Label Wine 'East Fest' is back with a new corporate sponsor in tow – Digicel. Scheduled for Saturday December 29, the event will be held at the Good Year Oval in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.

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Speaking to a zealous group of media, corporate and government folk as well as music industry peeps who gathered at the Hilton Hotel's Jonkoonu Lounge for the event's launch; head producing huncho Denroy "Dada Simeon" Morgan, expressed gratitude to all supporters of the 'East Fest' family. The endearing patriarch of the Morgan family whose lineage includes illustrious reggae greats, Morgan Heritage, presented a brief synopsis on the divinity of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I.





Bow Wow speaks out

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Bow-Wow.jpgBow wow finally came clean on the real reason he was hospitalized – and it was not exhaustion, this according to bossip.com.

"A lot of people fail to realize that when it comes to music — I can speak for O about this too — we're very passionate. Anytime you're paying a lot of money, anytime you are serious about what you do, you take it serious. I have fans that appreciate what I do. O has fans that appreciate what he does. I know me, I take it to heart. I was bummed out because a lot of the stuff that I had as part of my show wasn't there. Things that were promised were not there. It's nobody's fault; if it's anybody's fault, it's my team. I was upset nobody made me aware of it, and I threw a tantrum. That's what it is. That's the real reason. It's not because I'm beefing with anybody on the tour, that's not the case. It's not because of exhaustion, either. That's B.S."





Mary J Blige fights for the gay rights

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mary_j_blige.jpgMary J. Blige fires assistants who make homophobic remarks because she insists they can't be counted upon. The R&B diva is a fervent gay rights activist and refuses to tolerate people who have issues with homosexuality, this, according to a story posted on a website.

She tells gay magazine The Advocate, "I've heard a couple of guys say foul things, and those guys are not around me anymore. When they say things like that, I'm looking at them like, 'What makes you so scared? You don't know who you are?'

"I don't dislike them or anything, it just makes me wonder about them period... If you're not sure about that, then you ain't sure about a lotta things."





Bugle has persevered

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By: Joseph Cunningham

bugle.jpgWhat Reggae and dancehall music means to many impoverished youngsters in Jamaica is nothing short of phenomenal. Almost all the genres biggest stars were born in bitter poverty, but, luckily for some they
attained wealth through the power of the music.

Roy Thompson, better known as Bugle, the rising singing sensation, has trod a road to success which would have frustrated most persons. He was born in the "not very commercial" parish of Portland, and headed to Cooreville Gardens in Kingston. He admits that he had always been excited by the idea of being a successful musician, and so, he had been searching for his "moment in the sun" for a long time.

"I have been in the music biz for a longtime, but I never got the right opportunity before now," Bugle told YardFlex.

In 2000 things looked up for Bugle when he met Elephant Man and got the opportunity to travel on many tours with him, and would perform as the energetic DJ's opening act.

Nevertheless, Bugle had more aspirations than to be
just an opening act – he wanted to be a star in his own right.