January 2008 Archives

shannell_trifiling_parent.jpgMany times we pray and ask God for homes, cars, jobs etc and even children, but are we prepared to take the responsibilities they come with? Think about it.

We have to put our emotions aside and our dreams most times; while all our efforts and endeavours are focused on making our children's lives ok. I guess this is not the case for some people...because 33 year old Shanell Monique Mosley, who was very fortunate to give birth to eight children, took up herself and flew to Africa to marry a man she met on the Internet.

Now it is reported that she left her eight children with little food and no money on December 31, for Nigeria, telling her 15 year-old daughter she would return in a month. Mark you, the children are ages 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 15 and 16; how can you leave eight kids behind to fly across the globe to hook up with some virtual stranger you met on the internet in Africa? This is beyond crazy.

Her 9 year-old son told authorities he and the baby ate a still-frozen
pizza for breakfast on the morning they were discovered home alone. There were no diapers, baby food or formula for the infant, no sheets on beds and fruit was rotting in a basket.

She was arrested by authorities as she got off an Air France jet Monday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and charged with child endangerment and child abandonment for leaving the children in squalid conditions.

I hope she gets a chance to think carefully about her actions.





Dwayne De Rosario; long road to soccer success

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By: Janice Dayle

dwayne.jpg"I like to think age 30 is the new 20" the vegetarian soccer great, Dwayne De Rosario said of the benefits healthy eating brings. While being the 'poster image' for thriving while staying away from junk food – De Rosario shines even brighter as Houston Dynamo's 'attacking mid-fielder' and in all his football endeavours.

Named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the finals this season and in 2001, as well as co-MVP on two other occasions, De Rosario forged a steady progressive path to success. The Ontario, Canada born; US Major League Soccer (MLS) star made his way from being spotted by a 'talent scout' at age 12 to becoming one of the top goal scoring players in the 11year old American soccer league.

Recounting the almost fairytale-like sequence of events that saw 12 year old Dwayne and his Guyanese born parents flown to England on a training/grooming scholarship; De Rosario said, "It opened my eyes to the football world...and when I played the Canary Cup, it opened my eyes [forcing me] to say this is something I really want and I knew at such a young age I could help my family."

From there the budding top player had numerous trials in Europe and at age 15 joined a huge club, AC Milan, playing with some of his favourite, and the world's greatest players. Then came the tough decision of accepting an offer to be signed or return to Canada; and back to Toronto De Rosario decided to go, where he ended up signing his first professional contract with the Toronto Lynx. After just half a year with them, De Rosario was off to Germany.

In East Germany in 1997 De Rosario was frequently made to feel ostracized from the tensions of the times. "The walls had recently come down...basically I was one man against the world; at times the players were against me...sometimes the whole stadium would start making monkey noises and things like that...people did not take too well to me in terms of colour and tradition...it was interesting to be amongst that," he explained, saying the experience encouraged him and many African players to unite, become stronger and form a brotherhood.

Then the easy choice of North America over Europe became appealing and De Rosario made the switch. Having received many honours that include the record MLS Goal of the Year for 2 consecutive years, he was no doubt an immense help in leading his team to MLS Cup Championships.





Britney Spears hospitalized again!

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britneyspears2.jpgWhat's with Britney? For crying out loud, can't she get it together! For the second time this month, Britney Spears was rushed to the hospital by ambulance early Thursday morning. According to reports in the Los Angeles Times, Spears, 26, was physically removed from her home by police and put into an ambulance at around 1 a.m., then escorted to the UCLA Medical Center by a phalanx of more than a dozen motorcycle officers, two police cruisers and two police helicopters.

The action came as a result of yet another call for a "5150" hold for a mental-health evaluation, which means that Spears is considered a threat to herself or those around her, authorities told the paper. The motorcycles and a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance swept through the gates of Spears' hilltop home in Studio City shortly after 1 a.m. California time, with a police helicopter hovering overhead, and removed the singer eight minutes later. Officers inside the home reportedly radioing to commanders that "the package is on the way out."





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 02 11 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-New#1
02 04 06 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back -Shot to Watch
03 01 12 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-4wks@#1
04 07 09 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It - Birchill–Greatest Gainer up 3
05 03 12 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
06 05 20 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon- Peak@#4
07 06 13 Brick & Lace- Love Is Wicked-180 Entertainment-Peak@#6
08 08 19 Movado-Squeeze Har -H2o- Peak@#5
09 09 20 Bugle-What I'm Gonna Do- Daseca-2wks@#1
10 12 10 Garrison Hawk –Gangsta Roll- Warner Bros





14 Jamaican dancers nabbed in club raid

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strippers3.jpgFourteen Jamaican dancers operating from several popular nightclubs were reportedly nabbed by police and handed over to the Immigration Department, this according to a report in the Antigua Sun.

The women were picked up over the weekend, after members of the Royal Police Force carried out an early morning sting operation on several local business places.

The operation is said to be an ongoing nationwide initiative of the police force, as a means of reducing the incidence of crime and illegal activities currently plaguing the country.

It was during the Jam Down raid that the nude and partially clad dancers were caught by the police and handed over to immigration.





High School Tour hits tourist capital

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Montego Bay was home for Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on the same weekend that the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour made its stop at Herbert Morrison Technical High School.

On Friday, January 25, Tony Young kicked off the tourist capital leg by introducing Principal Paul Adams who explained the uniqueness of the extraordinary school. He said the institution had the matchless insight to be the only one to offer a wide range of programmes. These courses include: Visual and Performing Arts, Business, General Studies, Science, Hospitality, Mechanical Engineering, Building Technology and Construction.

Being in existence since 1976 the school was named after a well known
philanthropist, Dr Herbert Morrison, who was also the foster parent of Rex Nettleford, cultural icon and former Principal of the University of The West Indies (UWI).

Principal Adams passed on the microphone, shifting the focus of this live broadcast tour for a moment to the rocking sounds of DJ Cat who had students moving to the beat of his selections. Then following a tight dance routine by a troupe, the Vice Principal, Mr. Haughton gave more interesting historical facts, this time with the spotlight on sports as well. Having been Vice-Principal since 1981, he spoke of the past achievements in netball and the DaCosta Cup.





"Sean Kingston" tops 7 million sales

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By: Joseph Cunningham


s_kingston.jpgSean Kingston's debut self-titled album has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

Five months after its release, the album has accrued more than seven
million sales worldwide from ring tones, ring-backs, singles and albums in physical and digital sales; for songs including his global chart topping single "Beautiful Girl."

"Beautiful Girl" topped charts in 21 countries around the world. His second hit, "Me Love" has been certified gold. His latest top ten hit "Take You There" has also gone gold. That single is currently number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

In related news, Kingston is now wrapping up a national US tour with Grammy-nominated R&B singer Chris Brown, following a national tour with Gwen Stefani. In March, he will kick off an international tour
performing throughout Europe, Australia and Asia. That tour will run until Spring.

And, he has been nominated in the 'Outstanding New Artiste' category for the 39th NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Thursday, February 14 on FOX.

Kingston recently won the US Teen Choice Award for 'Choice R&B Track' for "Beautiful Girls." Last year he won the UK MOBO Award for 'Best Reggae Act.'





Half Pint unveils "NO STRESS EXPRESS"

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By: Howard Hendriks

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It was a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Half Moon Hotel, Montego Bay when the entertainment fraternity turned out to support the launch of Half Pint's latest venture. Dignitaries, Media personalities and celebrities from as far as Germany witnessed the Jamaican launch of his album "No Stress Express." This offering will be released worldwide on March 11 and will be distributed via Universal Music Group Distribution.





'Word Sound Power' generates poetic CD

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image for betj story.jpgFor the first time ever, fans of Dub Poetry will be able to download a great Dub Poetry CD, representing the Caribbean with the likes of DYCR, M-1, Busy Signal, Sage, Einsley Burroughs, Charlie Bobus and other great poets. This project stems from 'Word Sound Power' which airs every Saturday morning on BET J.

'Word Sound Power' is an artistic force uniting the African oral tradition of rhythmic dub poetry and the literary art form of spoken word to form the voice of a new poetic generation. Each half hour episode airs weekly on BETJ with themes expressing conscious creativity from the streets and it represents the influence of revolutionary works.

This profound presentation is a bold move into the new landscape of
digital content. Hosted by M1 from the legendary Hip-hop group Dead Prez, 'Word Sound Power' redefines the boundaries of entertainment by directly addressing socio- economic, political issues with prose and purpose while providing an elevated visionary alternative to bridge the gap between cultures and countries.





Two-Day Festival in Florida to Honour Miss Lou

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By: Joan Wilson

Miss_Lou_1919_2006.jpgA two-day festival honouring the life and works of Jamaica's late Cultural Ambassador, Louise Bennett-Coverley, O.J. (Miss Lou), will be held in Florida from January 31 to February 1.

Titled 'Colonization in Reverse' the event, slated for the South Regional Broward Library in Pembroke Pines, will kick off the library's Black History Month celebrations. It is being held under the patronage of Consul General to Miami, Ricardo Allicock.

The first day of the event will feature a panel discussion on 'Perspectives on the Life and Work of Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley', which will address language, empowerment and identity, education, the impact of the culture on the Caribbean Diaspora, Creolization, linguistics and etymology, and the depth and breadth of the political humour of Miss Lou. Panelists will include poet and cultural expert Professor Mervyn Morris; actress, author and comedian, Joan Andrea Hutchinson; Florida-based educators Drs. Susan Davis and Marva McLean; and attorneys David Rowe and George Lewis.

A supporting cast of Jamaican talent based in South Florida will headline a concert the following day starting at 7:00 p.m. The two-day event is being coordinated by the Broward Library Division, the Broward Community College and the Jamaica Folk Revue.





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"The entertainment business needs some change. There is just too much war and violence, it needs some uplifting positive vibes," Mikey Congress, a member of the management team of House of Congress stated, in introducing the production company.

House of Congress, with management teams based in Portmore and New York, comes to the fore with a vision – to change the receding trend of the entertainment business.

With a roster of young talented acts to work with, the company is set on making its presence felt.

According to Parro Congress, another member of the management team, "We are here to bring good music to the world, to make a difference by investing in quality acts, put them to the forefront and hopefully by doing that we can change the trend."

Carl Anthony Flowers formed House of Congress in 1988 with the aim of establishing a multi-dimensional company where he would be involved in several aspects of the entertainment industry.

Twenty years later that dream has been realized, as House of Congress is now into music production, artiste management, sound system and show promotion. With the main players being Carl, Mikey, Parro, Andre and Shawn, the team has a clear agenda for 2008.

"We want to be all over the place with the House of Congress label...we will be doing more producing, looking to get some female artistes on the label and of course, we have Magnum Tonic Wine Congress Fridayz anniversary coming up in March," Parro shared.





Avid Mavado fan shot and killed

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By: Lookout

mavado_pic.jpgYardFlex came across this story on Trinidad Express and we have to say that they will do anything to tie Jamaicans in their mix up.

See, these DJs can't say they weren't warned about the type of lyrics they do. Below is an excerpt from the story posted on the website and please tell us how poor Mavado named got called up in this one – judge for yourselves!

SADIKI "Sadman" Marshall's murder is believed to be reprisal killing for a robbery on Friday night.

Marshall, 22, was gunned down in Providence Estate, Upper Bournes Road, an area better known as the "Cocoa" just after 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Police believe that the shooting incident is connected to a robbery where two men were severely beaten and robbed in the same area on Friday night.





This obsession with oral sex

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By: Rootzgirl


Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgIt's another year and I have to endure going to stage shows and hearing these DJs coming up on the stage and hitting out against men and women who delight in pleasuring themselves through oral sex.

Now I am no prude and I am a firm believer in whatever you want to do behind closed doors is your own business...so I have to admit that it really gets to me when you pay your money, go to stage shows and one DJ after the other take it as their duty to lick out (no pun intended) against what they term 'bow cats'.

Now peeps, you mean to tell me that in this day and age they can't find anything else to DJ about but bedroom activities! They sure seem obsessed with this kind of activity and lead me to wonder, what is their real fascination with this form of sexual activity?

I don't have to remind you of stories that have circulated where DJs who have been known to crusade against this activity were caught with their tongues hanging out in the act!

The sad thing about the whole thing is that no-one asked their opinion, so there was no need to talk about it, yet the compulsion remains to bring it out in the open.





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It was a birthday celebration with a difference at Macka Diamond's Birthday Bash held last Friday night at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Many turned out to enjoy themselves at the bingo table, trying to win one of the prizes up for the grabs including appliances, furniture and a cash prize of US$2000.

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Action kicked off rather late as up to minutes after 1 am not much was happening, but things gradually picked up.

When the action died down at the bingo table it was time for another form of pleasure – some hardcore juggling and performances.





Cristy Barber given top VP Records appointment

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logo_vp.jpgVP Records this week announced the appointment of Cristy Barber as Vice-President of Marketing and Promotions.

The top notch music industry executive who has assisted in developing Grammy winning artists like: Damian 'Jr. Gong' and Stephen Marley will oversee the marketing and promotions department as second to Randy Chin, President of VP Records.

"We are thrilled to have Cristy join the VP Records family" stated Mr. Chin. 'Her extensive knowledge of reggae and heartfelt passion for the music...offers VP the right blend to keep VP as the leader in the genre. Her addition completes what is the best management team in Reggae today."

Fresh from her close to five year stint as President of Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths International where she worked in tandem with, Universal Republic Records, Ms. Barber brings a wealth of knowledge to VP Records.

Her music career started in 1992 and Barber worked for hip-hop star KRS-One's company, Front Page Entertainment; from where she went on to work as a publicist for Capitol Records. Companies such as Elektra Entertainment, Island Records and Columbia Records have previously appointed her in key marketing and promotional positions. It is also a return to VP Records for Barber, who was Director of A&R there for two years.





Marley Documentary Premieres February 6

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By: Joseph Cunningham

africa_unite.jpgThe documentary, "Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's Vision," will be premiered in February, "Reggae Month." It will have its world premiere on Marley's birthday, February 6, at the Carib 5 Cinema and will be available on DVD on February 12.

Featuring American actor Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, the I-Threes and the Marley family, the film will take a look back at the Smile Jamaica/Africa Unite concert.

The film is based on events before, during and after the Marley family's first trip to Ethiopia in 2005 for the twelve-hour Africa Unite concert held in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Three hundred thousand persons from across the globe helped the Marley family celebrate Bob Marley's 60th birthday that year with the massive
outdoor concert.

Additionally, the film will highlight the Marley family's travelogue and humanitarian efforts. It also includes rare archival footage of Marley himself.





Yaad Suss

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j_reid2.jpgJunior Reid before the court for child maintenance

First, Junior was accused of not settling his debt with someone he did business with...now the latest drama surrounding the 'One Blood' singer is that he is before the court for child maintenance.

Well, to be fair to the singer he was giving the mother of four 'something' but the amount was way below what it took to adequately take care of so many children.

The case will be called up at the Supreme Court today where the judge is expected to settle on an amount that will see the children being properly taken care of.

Hmm makes you wonder which other entertainer out there that is in this very same boat...drop us a link at YardFlex...we want to know.

Come on man, don't let the baby mothers have to be taking you to court to stand up to your responsibilities...it's a New Year...do better than that!

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Shaggy on The Tonight Show

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leno_shaggy.jpgDancehall superstar Shaggy turned up the heat on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) as the featured guest artist on the episode that aired live on January 21, 2008.

No stranger to prime time, Shaggy was originally slated on Jay Leno when his new album Intoxication dropped back in November, but the much anticipated appearance was postponed due to the writers' strike in
Hollywood.

Performing his latest single "What's Love," a collaboration with hip-hop star Akon, Shaggy brought his signature moves to the set with gruff hardcore vocals and humorous facial expressions, sending the already screaming audience into a frenzy.

"What's Love" fits the formula of breezy dancehall- meets-hip-hop that has sent the Grammy Award-winning and 20-times platinum artist soaring to the top of charts for years.





Inseason Juice, KLAS bring tour on a motorcade

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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All roads led to Calabar High School on Thursday January 25th as the Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour made its way to Calabar High School by motorcade. KLAS FM, initiators of the tour, decided to make this 3rd stop of the live broadcast concert from High Schools a big celebration, by arriving in fine style.

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A long line of 'School Tour' supporters drove from KLAS studios on Haining Road, through New Kingston to Trafalgar Road – then down to Half Way Tree, up Eastwood Park Road – onto Red Hills Road and into Calabar High. Vehicles donned with banners highlighting sponsors made up the eye-catching procession.

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Catching students off guard, since school administration forgot to announce a reminder about the event, tour personnel went around rounding up those who were curious about the motorcade and others who were still around after school for extra curricular activities. In the end a nice sized crowd gathered in the Boys' School's courtyard for the fun.





vp_greensleeves.jpgVP Records, the world's leading reggae record company, has announced that it has made an offer to purchase Greensleeves Records & Publishing from Zest Group plc, subject to the approval of Zest's shareholders. VP Records will inherit a catalogue comprised of some of the most notable albums of the genre, from Elephant Man to Yellowman and hit songs recorded by such acts as Rihanna, Sean Paul and Shaggy.

Chris Chin and Randy Chin, respectively Chief Executive Officer and President of VP Records, further added: "Although Greensleeves has historically been our competitor, we have always had the utmost respect for what Greensleeves stood for. The label and its founders had a long term commitment to Reggae music and no one is better positioned than VP Records to understand the need to respect this legacy. We will ensure that Greensleeves remains alive as a brand synonymous with excellence in Reggae and Dancehall music."

Olivier Chastan, Vice President of VP Records, concluded: "The addition of Greensleeves to our catalog will ensure that the genre remains an important category in music. I am incredibly excited about the accumulation of classic works such as Wayne Smith's "Sleng Teng" and Yellowman's "Mr. Yellowman."





PM Among Throng at Jazz Festival Opening Night

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Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, was among the thousands of Jamaicans and visitors to the island, who were thrilled by high quality performances from local and international acts, on the opening night of the 11th annual Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Thursday (Jan. 24), in Montego Bay.

A number of government ministers, private sector officials, and members of the opposition, were also in attendance.

The bumper crowd at the show venue in Rose Hall was rocked by performances from soul singer Anita Baker; former lead singer of Kool and the Gang, JT Taylor; and local acts A.J. 'Boots' Brown and Jessica Yap. There were also steller performances from the jazz band Spyro Gyra, while Latin group,Yerba Buena rock the venue with the sounds of slasa and samba.





An 'Intensifying' Hugh Masekela Jazzed Mobay.

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By: Kaylia Williams
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The lawns of The Aqueduct welcomed many jazz fans who anticipated the
illustrious Hugh Masekela's performance at Friday night's edition of the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay. He created an intrinsic vibe with his grass roots delivery which made him the ultimate show stopper of the night. With melodies seeped in Masekela South African roots and mixed with jazzed beats, the jazz icon cemented his place at Rose Hall. Masekela mesmerized fans, especially while performing his Billboard Hot 100 hit "Grazing in the Grass."

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After an energetic set, jazz fans begged for an encore he obliged giving off a more genre-bending dynamic style with favorites "The Market Place," "Vasco Da Gama" and "Secret Society."





Gospel to mainstream pioneers get four GMAs

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By: Joseph Cunningham

clarke_sisters.jpgThe Clark Sisters, credited for bringing Gospel to mainstream, took home four awards from the 23rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, held recently at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

The group won "Artist of the Year," "Group/Duo of the Year," "CD of the Year," and "Traditional Group/Duo of the Year" for their "Live-One Last Time" reunion album.

Meanwhile, co-hosts Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans also won awards. Franklin won "Special Event CD of the Year" for his "Kirk Franklin Presents Songs from the Storm, Volume 1." CeCe was saluted with the "Chevrolet Most Notable Achievement Award."





By: Kaylia Williams
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Anita Baker the queen of soul is known to please her patrons wherever she goes; she did not disappoint her fans at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Thursday night. Patrons who filled the Aqueduct at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, harboured melted souls when the queen made her entrance on stage and they shouted for more hits from her repertoire at the set's end. After demanding and being graced with this encore, the audience went wild, screaming Anita's hit, "Giving You The Best That I Got."

Making every effort to continue pleasing the crowd, Anita asked, "Do want the 'F' song," to a resounding yes from one and all. And she delivered melodiously, leaving patrons mesmerized and thinking about "Fairy Tales." If that wasn't enough she wooed especially the men with her 1994 hit "Body and Soul," giving way to lovers' screams of her 1986 hit, "Sweet love."

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Lively MC Richie B, shared with the audience news on the 'Queen of Soul' – Anita's upcoming 50th Birthday celebration on Saturday. The announcement prompted patrons into sing "Happy Birthday." Our very own Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett, presented the songstress with a cake and red roses.





EME special nods for Alicia Keys & Akon

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By: Joseph Cunningham

akon_keys.jpgAkon and Alicia Keys will be honoured for their continued support of reggae music, at the fourth staging of the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards on February 7.

Among the 25 categories in the EME Awards is one called International Friends of Reggae, and the organizers have announced that Akon and Keys have been selected as this year's recipients.

It is known that both musicians are fans of Reggae music. Recent proof has been Alicia Keys' performance at the American Music Awards (AMA) when she collaborated voluntarily with Reggae artistes, Junior Reid, Chakademus and Pliers and Beenie Man.





Sean Paul feat. Busy Signal & Busta Rhymes - Serious

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'Reggae Month' sealed by Proclamation

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"I hereby proclaim the month of February to be celebrated now and henceforth as Reggae Month."

Those utterances from the Governor-General of Jamaica, Kenneth Hall, on Thursday morning, were permanently added to the pride Jamaicans feel for their music, Reggae. He also noted Reggae music is also that one thing people around the world associate the word Jamaica with.

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After the Governor-General completed the proclamation an excited Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, said, "Isn't this a wonderful feeling? From the corners of Trench Town and West Kingston to the halls of King's House;" making reference to the growth of the genre.





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It's Fyakin time

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By: Elizabeth Smith

fyahkin.jpgGordon Town in St. Andrew, Jamaica was buzzing with activity recently as the video shoot for Fyakin's hit, "You Are My Lady" brought part of the town to life. Directed by the talented, Asha, the clip will be set for broadcast in a few weeks.

The release is widely anticipated, as Fyakin has recently become a household name with the Solar Records produced, "You Are My Lady" getting good airplay. In fact the song has gained much popularity and lead lady of the video admits she was sold from the first time she heard the track.

Princess Menen, known for her song, "Listen To Me Sing" said, "When I was in New York, I briefly met Fyakin and he gave me a copy of his CD. When I got in my car, I put it in my CD player and "You Are My Lady" was the first track that played. For weeks, it was the only song I listened to in my car...I had to be in his video when he asked."





Catch Jamaica Jazz fest at your desk

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgAction from the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival will be shown live on the web. CbeanMedia.tv and Telstar Cable, in collaboration with the organizers came to the agreement.

Sherra Pierre-March of Cbean Media disclosed details of how fans could access the service. "For a small fee, fans will be able to get a front seat to performances from all the Caribbean artistes as well as those entertainers on the Art Of Music stage, without leaving their computer. Additionally, the live stream, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the artistes and fans alike.

To access the event live, log on to www.cbeanmedia.tv, January 25 and 26."





Third World turns 35 this year

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By: Joseph Cunningham

third_world.jpgThird World, the legendary Reggae band is 35 years old in 2008 and a new album, as well as a special series of concerts are expected to celebrate the fete.

Lead singer, Bunny Rugs said the album has been named "Third World and Friend." He further revealed that among the tracks on it is a remake of "1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade)." "Sense of Purpose" is another hit that will also get a makeover.

"In celebration of Third World's 35th anniversary in the year 2000 and love, we are planning to have our celebration at King's House on December 28," Rugs said. The show will be called, "Committed."





Erup's "Click My Finger" clicks into the # 1 Spot

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

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01 2 6 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 15 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records (2wks@#1)
D-1
03 5 6 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-2
04 4 18 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love NM
05 3 20 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (4wks@#1) D-2
06 9 5 Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca U-3
07 6 10 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill (pp#5) D-1
08 8 12 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship (pp#6) NM
09 13 6 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-4
10 7 15 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-3
11 14 7 Shoot Out – Mykal Rose – John John U-3
12 10 7 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu (pp#10) D-2
13 11 19 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon (pp#3) D-2
14 17 6 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten – Demarco – John John U-3
15 18 3 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy – Charly Black – M/Bass Production U-3
16 12 6 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records (pp#12) D-4
17 15 9 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love (pp#10) D-2
18 16 25 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
19 - New Bembe – Voicemail – Big Ship
20 19 11 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-1





UB40 singer quits after 30 years

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AliCampbell08.jpgUB40 frontman Ali Campbell has called it quits with the band after nearly three decades.

The 48-year-old singer said he took the "agonising" decision to leave because of management problems.

On his website, Campbell denied he was quitting to start a solo career and said: "I know UB40 will carry on successfully without me and I wish them the very best."

Campbell will quit after performing his last concerts with the band next month in Australia, New Zealand and Uganda.

The band was formed in the English Midlands during the economic slump of the late 1970s, taking their name from an official unemployment benefits form.





Get online and party with Macka Diamond tomorrow

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money_o_posters.jpgRinging in her birthday with a Bingo Party and Show, Macka Diamond gets set for tomorrow's celebration and fans all around the world are cordially invited to join 'Money-O-Bingo-with-the-STARS-Birthday Bash,' at www.yourradio105.com

The live action at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, Kingston promises to be a huge night of giveaways and musical enjoyment with Macka "Money Goddess" Diamond and friends.

A star-studded line up of Disc Jockeys and performers is on the slate for the bash, said to be bigger and better than all of Macka's previous birthday parties. Bringing fans closer to their favorite entertainers and jocks is the aim, so expect mad mingling around Bingo Tables, all of which will lead into the cake cutting and what is destined to be a slamming show.

And why not take the few hot moments out to celebrate Macka's fine life and career that sees her latest chart topping single, "Dandy Shandy" climbing current charts and a whirlwind year of successes with promotions of her hits like "Hula Hoop" and the critically acclaimed and historic first Dancehall Novel, "Bun Him."





'Afaster' Powell to open his season this Weekend

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

asafa_powell.jpgThe world's fastest man Jamaican Asafa Powell will open his 2007-2008 campaign in the men's 400 metres at the Queens/Grace Jackson Track meet, to be held this Saturday January 26 at the Stadium East Mini Complex in Kingston, Jamaica.

Powell, who has been nominated for the Sports Man Of The Year along with World Championship silver medalist Maurice Smith, will be among many of the M.V.P Track Club stars who will be on show.

It will be interesting to see how Powell's body will respond to this rigorous event, bearing in mind that he is still recovering from a groin strain which was aggravated at the Yokohama Classics in Japan last December.

Another point of interest for the world record holder - at 9.74 seconds over 100 metres, is that his personal best in the one lap event stands at 47.17 and he says he is destined to lower that mark on Saturday.





Prodigy turning heads with "Real Power Is People"

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prodigy.jpgMobb Deep's Prodigy, is wasting no time as he waits for the day he'll be called on to do time for a gun possession conviction brought on by a confession last October.

Admitting ownership of a 22 calibre unlicensed gun found during a routine traffic stop in his Chevy Suburban, the rapper whose real name is Albert Johnson, was sentenced in a Manhattan Supreme Court to three and a half years as opposed to the fifteen he faced as a third time weapons felon.

On February 13th he is scheduled to report to enforcement and until then he rolls on, spitting controversy and turning heads, as his latest track titled, "Real Power Is People" was mysteriously removed from You Tube recently.

The song was performed live on BET "Rap City" on January 9th and will be released on H.N.I.C. Part 2.

Now if you think Kanye West has controversy in his chat, check out these new writings from Prodigy.





"Ladies Night Out" premiers in Florida

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edit_ladies_night_out2.jpgThe Juan Jackson produced and authored movie, "Ladies Night Out" is set for release on March 3rd at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Starring Ricardo "Supa Twitch" Sanchez (Supa Sound), Orrett "Bambino" Hart (Gambino Sound), Stacy Ann Rose, Delicia Cordon, Dominique Wong, Tina Hudson, Markenson Pierre and Terry Ann Marshall, the film brings light to the negative repercussions of burdensome childhood experiences.

Tragic circumstances that plagued the lives of four foster home raised
Caribbean women who were best friends from childhood, strongly tainted, but did not overpower their views of life. As professional adults the friends come together for a night out. At this point, the drama starts to unfold.

Listed as a one day journey between friends, where apparent misfortune
ends up being a blessing, the movie has a few comedic twists.

The red carpet affair begins at 6:30PM.





International News

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Ne-Yo on gay rumours

ne-yo.jpgYup, Ne-Yo is just another of the American celebrities that is stuck with the gay rumour. He came out loud and clear in an Essence interview regarding his sexuality.

"Honestly, when I first heard that there were rumors out there about me being gay I thought, wow someone must really hate me. There's nothing wrong with being gay, but I just couldn't understand why someone would make up lies like that. I remember speaking to Jay-Z about it and he was like, "Look, man you haven't made it until someone says you’re gay."

"Okay, so because I can respect a woman's shoe game, and not to mention that I've bought a few pairs of shoes in the past for the women in my life, that makes me gay? That's hilarious."

That's speaking his mind we suppose...but hey what does he mean by there's nothing wrong with being gay...what's so right about it!

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sports, Sam Condor welcomed John Barnes, Head Coach of the Digicel Clinics at a surprise meet and greet at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (RLB) International Airport in Basseterre St. Kitts recently. He commended the cell phone giants Digicel for the bold move stating "I want to commend Digicel for this initiative and as a fellow footballer welcome John Barnes to our beautiful island. We are happy that you have been able to represent the Caribbean over the years and thank you on behalf of the government and people of St. Kitts."

Also among the welcome delegation were Peter Jenkins, President of the St. Kitts Football Association, Lloyd Lazaar, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sports, Dave Conner, Director of Sports and Digicel Clinic participants Ehjason Henry and Allanje Rogers, members of the National U-2- team.





Demarco's "Fallen Soldier" keeping the #1 Spot locked

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 11 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-4wks@#1
02 03 10 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records
03 03 11 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
04 07 05 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back -Shot to Watch
05 04 19 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon- Peak@#4
06 06 12 Brick & Lace- Love Is Wicked-180 Entertainment
07 11 08 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It -Birchill–Greatest Gainer up 4
08 05 18 Movado-Squeeze Har -H2o- Peak@#5
09 08 18 Bugle-What I'm Gonna Do- Daseca-2wks@#1
10 10 18 Busy Signal-Nah Go A Jail-Jam-3wks@#1





Natasja Saad hits number one

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By: Joseph Cunningham

natasja1.jpgNatasja Saad, the Danish singer who traveled from her home-land with an objective to become a Reggae star, died untimely, while on her way to a performance in Jamaica in 2007. It seemed she had missed out, but no! Months after her death, she has currently scored a smash hit on the US Billboard charts.

The song already charted at number 29 on the European Hot 100 Singles
chart in late 2007.

The seemingly indestructible track titled "Calabria 2007" by the Danish producer Rune Reilly Kolsch known these days as Enur, might just provide Ms Saad with a fitting posthumous honour - an American pop hit.

"Calabria 2008," as it is now known, held firm at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, and has gained support from mainstream and rhythmic top 40, dance and Latin radio. "Calabria" is currently the number one song on Billboard Dance Music Airplay chart.

Rune told Billboard.com recently that, "The whole rhythm aspect has always been the thing that fascinated me the most about producing records. The reggaeton feel came quite naturally because it's such a universal rhythm and also with what has been coming out of Jamaica lately,dancehall is moving faster and faster, and it is so easy to incorporate in music."





Beenie Man to face trial for tax evasion in March

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doc1.jpgBoy oh boy it seems like this tax evasion thing is gonna be hanging over Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis' head for some time still.

After going to court yesterday it is understand that the DJ is scheduled to return on March 25 and to date he has not given the court any clear indication on how he is going to settle the debt.

The case was last heard on December 10, 2007 when the DJ's lawyers said they would be holding talks with the tax authorities regarding his multi million-dollar tax.

However, tax representatives told the court yesterday that Beenie only visited their offices once.

The tax authorities allege that the entertainer owes the state $47 million in income tax.





Beer It All for The Quad on February 5

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redstripe_renaisannce.jpgTuesday, February 5 at The Quad will be the perfect time and place to get into the carnival spirit when Red Stripe Renaissance presents 'Beer It All.'

"This will be the Mardi Gras edition and we will have a lot of attractions, including beads, masks and of course, the girls dressing sexy, plus what more can any patron ask for with Red Stripe deals all night long?" explained Delano Thomas of Renaissance.

Now in its fifth year, 'Beer It All' has enjoyed stagings in Negril, Hilton Ballroom, Musgrave, Ocho Rios and now The Quad will be enjoying this very popular event.

According to Delano, he will be going all out to ensure that this year's staging of 'Beer It All' is even better than the previous years.

"It has always been a good party and we are taking the right steps to make sure this one is the same or even better," Delano quipped.

Patrons gearing up to welcome Ash Wednesday can party away without worrying about work the next day! As the promoter says, it's all about having fun and vibing in the right atmosphere.

Patrons are reminded to think responsibly, and drink responsibly.





Club Amazura in New York was on fire

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By: D.C.

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Yeah man, Club Amazura in New York was the place to be – for a lot of reasons. The turn out was nice, performances good and talking bout dat, people Lutan Fyah blaze up di place wid him song dem, but it come een like nuff a dem still nuh too familiar wid di wicked lyrics dem whey him a chant.

The Doctor Beenie Man as usual gi a great performance...dem can't stop him. Him just know how fi get the crowd riled up and inna di groove.

But a have to admit dat wi did kinda disappointed cause wi spot Barbee inna di house and did tink sey him a guh call har up fi do dem big song "Give It Up" but him just perform like she neva inna di house...but speaking of Barbee maybe Beenie neva call har up cause she tiad, cause she did have some bags under har eyes and look like she well waan some rest.





Speech_logo_Left.jpgAn emerging media entity on the Caribbean/New York landscape, ZYNC-TV, will examine the boundaries of free speech in today's popular music culture, at a specially arranged forum at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (Eastern Parkway/Flatbush Avenue), in central Brooklyn, on February 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

"A number of today's artistes are beginning to feel the pressure of censorship because their lyrics speak out against certain lifestyles and concert promoters now run the risk of having to cancel events or make considerable adjustments to their line-ups for fear of boycott, demonstration and rejection," Eion Saunders, co-producer of ZYNC-TV and the forum's convenor told JIS News.

The forum will draw on a number of key resource persons and personalities from the music industry, academia and the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual & Transgender (GLBT) communities.





Vegas mash up Barbados

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vegas2.jpgWhat is happening the business...you come with two good songs and suddenly think that you are a star?

YardFlex source in Barbados gave us the 411 on a show that took place on Sunday at the Celebrity Car Park with Vegas and Munga Honorebel.

According to our source both Vegas and Munga ended up working on tracks as Munga wanted Vegas to work with his band instead of the other way around. Now people Vegas around a long time and Munga just a come in the business, why him think that Vegas would want to work on his band?

Anyway being that as it may the show went on but guess what ...Vegas performed first with Munga closing!!!

No, we thought Munga had more sense than that. Vegas with his full repertoire of hits went on the stage...but not before declaring "Freddie (the promoter)...di only reason why mi come fi work on stage on tracks a because a yuh, cause people nuh like tracks," then he went into some retro songs like "Sucky Ducky," "Hot Gal," "Heads High," and of course some of his later songs such as "Do You Know," "Lean Wid It" and "Hot Wuk" with the dancers going on their head tops and mashing up the place!





Gyptians - "I Can Feel Your Pain"

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Music industry must be strengthened

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Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange has said that the music industry must be strengthened so that the country can fully tap into its potential.

The Minister was speaking at the opening of a three-day workshop for music professionals on (Jan. 21) at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston.

According to Miss Grange, the music industry can rival any traditional sector in the country but "the ability to fully exploit all this potential has continued to elude us. We have been successful in many ways but we still have to recognize that this is a business," she stated.

She noted that the music industry contributes significantly towards the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and it is ranked higher than some of the more traditional sectors. She argued that because of the tremendous potential that the sector holds, it is "time to encourage and facilitate a more formal relationship between the music industry and the mainstream economy."

"This will require a change in attitudes by all concerned. Government will need to expeditiously, put necessary legislation in place to guide and encourage further development within the sector and the industry will also need to adopt better corporate systems and practices," Miss Grange stated.

Citing areas of concern, the Information Minister pointed to the need for a structural framework and support mechanisms that can help artistes "take their craft to the next level."

A crucial element of that support structure, she said, is the accounting side of the industry, noting that "artistes have long complained of unfair treatment from producers, and producers have similarly been bitten by disloyalty and unprofessional conduct from artistes".

"We need to strengthen the systems in order to afford all stakeholders security, and the promise that they will get maximum return for their creative output," Miss Grange said.





Ne-Yo to sue Beyonce?

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neyo-beyonce.jpgThis one is hot! Apparently Ne-Yo is getting so sick of waiting for his royalties. According to mediatakeout.com word around Ne-Yo's camp is that he may be considering suing Beyonce over the royalties for her hit song "Irreplaceable."

A person familiar with the details spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the website on the condition of anonymity. That person explained, "Ne-Yo was never paid for writing the song Irreplaceable. There was just an understanding that he'd help out on [Beyonce's album] and when it was his time to make his album, Beyonce would return the favor."

But the insider reveals that Beyonce is now refusing to record a duet on Ne-Yo's upcoming album. The insider explains, "I don't know what's going on, but it doesn't look like Beyonce's going to be working on the album...Ne-Yo could have sold that song for hundreds of thousands of dollars...I know that he's consulted a lawyer over what to do about things."

And according to the source "I'm not sure whether Ne-Yo will actually go through with a lawsuit. But I know he's furious about it...If she doesn't work on his album, I hope he does sue."





Manley's induction proud moment for Jamaica

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Michael Manley.jpgOn January 12, 2008 the Right Honourable Prime Minister Michael Manley gone from us 10 years now, was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Unveiling his footsteps along with 10 other inductees was the highlight of the ceremony held at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

Included as a featured event of the annual Trumpet Awards, the Civil Rights Walk of Fame programme is sponsored by Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc., with its creation and design being the brainchild of Trumpet's executive producer, Xernona Clayton. Now in its fifth year, the programme has enriched the heritage of the civil rights movement as it gives recognition to those advocates of justice and rights who made immense sacrifices and continue to do so.

Other footsteps this year were: Dr Wyatt Tee Walker - Pastor, Herman Russel, Sr. – developer, Tom Joyner – Show Host, Clarence B. Jones – Attorney for Martin Luther King, Jr. – Dr. Benjamin Hooks – former NAACP Executive Director, Jesse Hill – pioneering businessman, Sammy Davis, Jr. – entertainer, Tyrone Brooks, Sr. – tireless civil rights worker, Senator Edward W. Brooks - first African American Attorney General in Massachusetts and Dr. Maya Angelou – poet, memorist, actress and author.





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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In a packed auditorium of about 300 students the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour was in high flight at the Mannings High School in Savanna-La-Mar Friday January 18, 2008. On arriving, YardFlex noticed three students engaged in a drinking competition...no not alcohol, but definitely the Inseason Orange, Apple and Sorrel Juices.

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The energy was intense when host Tony Young of KLAS FM announced the next performer and Jah Mason entered the stage with, "I told you" and he did his hit "My Princess Gone." Received with loud screams of approval, his lyrics connected with every students’ nerve and without having to sing another word Jah Mason turned the microphone in the direction of the students who sang line by line, word for word. He performed other hit tunes including "Loving You For So Many Reasons," "You Think I'm Gonna Cry" and "Run Come Love Me Tonight." These songs had boys, girls and teachers rocking and rub - a - dubbing.





Luciano gives another Jah Driven album

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By: Joseph Cunningham

luciano_jahismynavigator.jpgHe is known as Jah Messenger, a name which symbolizes the kind of musician Luciano is. His edifying lyrical content and harmonies bring peace to the spirit.

Ever since the release of his breakthrough CD "Where There Is Life" in 1995, Luciano has been at the forefront of roots Reggae. His music has been consistently praised for imparting sentiments of spiritual salvation, Rastafarian edification and African repatriation.

And his latest album, "Jah Is My Navigator" has not contradicted this musical pattern. It has 15 tracks featuring songs that appeal to both the natural and spiritual, beginning with the title track, "Jah IS My Navigator," written by the turbo charged Tarrus Riley.

"This is a complete album," Luciano said,"I believe this one will take me to a new frontier." This could very well become the effect of this album that was executively produced by Dean Frazer with contributions from legendary rhythm twins, Sly and Robbie.

Luciano will hit the road in February for further promotions prior to the official release in the same month. Tours in America and Europe will follow, which is likely to add to the famous tails of Luciano's travels across the world.





Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr.jpgEverywhere in the United States today Martin Luther King Jr. is being remembered for his magnanimous achievements and unprecedented stance that saw him defy all odds to stand firm for non-violent opposition and demonstrations against racial inequality and injustice.

January 15 was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday and it was a long contested road to having the day recognised as a public holiday in the US which is celebrated on the third Monday of January. Opposed by Ronald Reagan and his conservative group Martin Luther King Jr Day became officially a day of service in 1994 after Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act 11 years after the holiday was actually created.

Now a day of service rather than a day off, many volunteers have taken to the streets of their communities in America to keep the spirit of the civil rights movement alive, especially for those too young to remember. Food and clothing drives, alley and street cleaning as well as initiatives like helping out around nursing homes have made the holiday busy. Schools hold civil rights fairs and the whole idea is to get folk doing something productive. Martin Luther King's dream has been translated as being all about recognizing the long road ahead and the great deal of work still left to be done.

Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Pa.), spearheaded the effort to see January 15 become a day of service in the US. He said, "If Dr. King came back today, I think he would not be happy to see it as a day off rather than a day of action. We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go."





"Irie FM Stages Jamaica's own Grammy Awards"

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By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Elise Kelly took the stage at minutes to 8 to announce the commencing of the IRIE FM Music Awards launch at Pegasus Hotel January 16, 2008. Mamma Elise began with a bit of reminiscing, as she spoke about the first year the awards was held. "It was exactly 9pm on Valentine's Day February 14, 2007, a hybrid of classical music and dancehall swelled on the airwaves, it was obvious something extra-ordinary was about to unfold." And she welcomed everyone.

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The IRIE FM Music Awards is the brain child of Ainsworth Higgins popularly known as "Big A" and senior radio broadcaster at Irie FM.

With February dubbed Reggae month, the IRIE FM Music Awards falls right in the mix as it will be held on February 13, 2008.





By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Although a team from sports radio KLAS FM in Jamaica had the brilliant vision to launch a school tour that would combine sports and entertainment, promoting both as grounded sources of fun for high schoolers last year, the official tour kicked off on January 17, 2008.

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The first stop was Kingston College (KC) and students there made no hesitation in showing their appreciation for the lively happenings. Being a school for boys, KC students went absolutely senseless when the female artists performed; and the stellar line up of talent did give them more than they bargained for.

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Martin Luther King Jr. - " I Have a Dream" Speech

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Today is Martin Luther King Day in the US. Here is the video of his "I have a dream" speech to commemorate his life work.





Digicel Media Party was a hit

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Digicel logo.jpgThe Digicel Media Party held in New Kingston on Saturday night was a big hit.

When it comes to throwing parties this mobile giant has mastered the art to a T. The media turned out in their numbers and what a thrill they had!

Scrumptious food, a beautifully decorated room and some first class performances were the order of the day.

With the theme of the party being naughty or nice, there was no holding back...fun was the name of the game and that's exactly what the evening turned out to be.

Oneil Peart and Lenya Wilks from the Digicel Rising Star camp entertained with some enjoyable numbers, but it was the 'experts' that totally captivated and had everyone edging closer to the stage.

Daville was in his element as he crooned out some love songs and it was near pandemonium when he invited a female guest to join him on stage. The erotic movements the two exhibited had the audience laughing away in enjoyment.





Nate Dogg's stroke update

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natedogg.jpgSinger Nate Dogg who suffered a stroke over the holiday seem set on the road to recovery. According to website bossip.com Nate is paralyzed on the left side of his body after suffering the stroke. The prognosis for a full recovery, however, is good, the singer did not suffer any brain damage nor has his voice been affected.

From all indications the prognosis for a full recovery is real good.

YardFlex wishes him a full recovery...real soon.





Hard fight, rough win for Barbados U-19 Nationals

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digicel_john.jpgBarbados National U-19 team exemplified the advantages of Digicel's Kick Start Football Clinic and fought hard yesterday, to gain a 2-1 win on the third and final day of the clinic in Bridgetown. The gruelling match against The Carlton Pro Shottas at Weymouth Police Sports Club was especially significant for John Barnes, Head Coach of the Digicel Clinics who said, "The National's inability to take advantage of shots in today's match showed poor decision making skills. This is why these Clinics are important."

Having the upper hand for a greater part of the game did not help the
National team with goal scoring. Their ability during the game, to make decisions that promoted positive outcomes, was badly flawed. The first half saw the Carlton Pro Shottas coming out being the only goal scorers after a tough 20 minutes. Despite that difficulty in translating their intense play into goals, the Nationals became more focused in the second half and aggressively scored two goals within five minutes.

Manager of Barbados National U-19 team, Julie Grant said the three-day Digicel Clinics has had a positive impact on the team; "The boys have learnt valuable lessons that they will use from now on. I think the match proved to them exactly what John Barnes has been explaining to them about the importance of making every decision count. I hope that their win today proves to Mr. Barnes that they are good enough to be a part of the lucky six who go to Sunderland."





Pulse Model is overnight International Hit

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By: Joseph Cunningham

GayeMcdonald.jpgJamaican and Pulse Model, Gaye McDonald has been rated among the top 100 models in the world. The rating was done by Red magazine in its annual round-up.

According to a release from Pulse, the teenager was giddy with excitement when she got the news of her selection only six months into her international career.

McDonald, a former student of Holy Childhood reacted with, "This is unbelievable."

"If her debut year was stellar, 2008 seems already set to give the
Caribbean Model Search 2005 winner even more reasons to be ecstatic," says Pulse boss Kingsley Cooper. McDonald was been selected to work last week for top American brand, Macy's.





Sean Paul responsible for woman's seizures?

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sean paul.jpgNow that surgeons have operated on Stacey Gayle's brain, her favourite musician no longer makes her ill. Four years after being diagnosed with epilepsy, Gayle recently underwent brain surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center to cure a rare condition known as musicogenic epilepsy this according to a report on a website.

Gayle, a 25-year-old customer service employee at a bank in Alberta, Canada, was suffering as many as 10 grand mal seizures a day, despite being treated with medications designed to control them. The condition became so bad she eventually had to quit her job and leave the church choir where she sang.

Eighteen months ago, she began to suspect that music by reggae and hip-hop artist Sean Paul was triggering some of her seizures. She recalled being at a barbecue and collapsing when the Jamaican rapper's music started playing, and then remembered having a previous seizure when she heard his music.

Her suspicions were confirmed on a visit to the Long Island medical center last February, when she played Paul's hit "Temperature" on her iPod for doctors. Soon after, she suffered three seizures.





Amy Winehouse to record next album in Jamaica?

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amywinehouse.jpgIf sources are correct then international recording artiste Amy Winehouse could be recording her next album in Jamaica.

According to a story carried on fametastic.co.uk Winehouse reportedly told friends she wants to move to Jamaica to record her third album.

Newly-blonde Amy was overheard talking about her plans at her favourite pub, the Hawley Arms in Camden, recently. An onlooker reported to the Mirror that she said: "I love Jamaica and wanna feel Bob Marley's spirit when it comes to my music."

"I wanna stay where he lived and hook up with [Marley's son] Damian because he's a genius. I'm desperate to get over there."

The onlooker added: "Amy's face just lit up when she talked about going over there."

"She's well into reggae music and wants to escape all her troubles back home for a bit and just throw herself into her music. She's always loved the Marleys and she wants her next album to have a real reggae feel about it."





What a prayer breakfast

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prayer_hands.jpgEverywhere you walk on the streets people are talking about the powerful message delivered by Rev. Dr. Roy Notice at the recently held 28th annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast inside the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

The Reverend didn't mince words as he hit out against the corruption in the country, "We too tief... pastor man a tief, politician a tief, policeman a tief and we expect to prosper," he blasted.

Loud applause punctuated the sermon as the Rev received a standing ovation following a well-delivered message.

Of course Notice did not manage to please everyone as some were visibly upset at his criticism of Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett for his stance on casino gambling.

Rev. Notice reminded Bartlett of his Pentecostal roots as he chided him.

The Reverend called on the country's leaders to renew their commitment to family life and pleaded with Jamaicans to support the prime minister's pledge to work alongside the church and other agencies to form a national partnership focusing on the family.





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

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01 1 14 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records (2wks@#1)
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02 4 5 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back U-2
03 2 19 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (4wks@#1) D-1
04 3 17 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love D-1
05 8 5 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-3
06 5 9 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill (pp#5) D-1
07 6 14 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
08 7 11 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship (pp#6) D-1
09 13 4 Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca U-4
10 11 6 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-1
11 9 18 Dem A Sissy – Assassin - Don Corleon (pp#3) D-2
12 14 5 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records U-2
13 15 5 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-2
14 16 6 Shoot Out – Mykal Rose – John John U-2
15 10 8 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love (pp#10) D-5
16 12 24 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-4
17 19 5 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten – Demarco – John John U-2
18 20 2 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy – Charly Black – M/Bass Production U-2
19 17 10 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-2
20 18 28 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-2





Judge wants more info on Foxy's ear woes

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foxybrown- brooklyn_s__don_diva.jpgA judge wants more information before she decides whether to let Foxy Brown get out of jail and go to California for repair of an electronic ear implant. According to AP News acting state Supreme Court Justice Melissa Jackson said Thursday she wants proof that deafness looms unless the 28-year-old rapper goes to a Los Angeles clinic for treatment and repair of a cochlear implant.

Brown revealed her hearing problems during a court appearance in late 2004. Her petition says her condition is worsening in jail and her hearing faces serious harm unless she has the implant reprogrammed
and repaired.

Assistant District Attorney Cindy Chung objected, saying Brown had offered nothing to show the medical procedure could not be done in New York. She said a jail inmate has no right to the doctor of her choice.

Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was sentenced in September to a year in jail for violating probation. A judge had put her on probation after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault of two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in August 2004.





Mavado Gone gospel?

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mavado_pic.jpgRadio stations in Jamaica couldn't get enough of Mavado's "Jehovah Guide Me" on Wednesday when it was released for airplay there.

Said to have gone gospel with this one, the single is one of three new releases that have Mavado racing into the new year at high speed. "Money Changer" was recorded for Shane Brown and "Mi Henessey" for SSMG.

The hot "Jehovah Guide Me" comes at a time when controversy surrounds the dancehall leader. Its balanced blend of choir harmonies coupled with lyrics that refer to the police and army invading his party contrast well with his pronounced appeal for the cessation of violence in the country.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Canadian Invasion

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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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Buju wheel and come again with "Inna Heights"

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By: Joan Wilson

buju_banton.jpgGood music can never die...like good wine it gets better with age and after 10 years since the release of the Buju Banton VP produced album "Inna Heights" the album will be enjoying a re-release. Of course there will be a little 'brawta' on it and that is 3 previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD of live footage...what more could any Buju Banton fan ask for!

Inner Heights is already available for digital download and will be in stores on Tuesday.

YardFlex rapped with the gargamel himself on the 10 anniversary re-release and as he says, "The songs were potent 10 years ago and I don’t see why we should recreate it."

Why not indeed as the tracks speaks reality and the hard-hitting social commentary of 10 years ago is still very much relevant now. The timeless message that comes across in the prolific tracks such as
"Hills and Valley," "Cry No More," "Mother's Cry" and "Single Parent" will linger in the annals of dancehall for a long time.

Considering the longevity of these tracks YardFlex couldn't help but ask the Gargamel his opinion on the trend dancehall has now taken.

"To be frank, I don't really think about what's happening too tough. It's just a fad, it comes and it goes...if it catch my ears then..." was the cryptic comment.





Janet Jackson in control with "Discipline"

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By: Jaby

janet_jackson.jpgJanet Jackson's first hit record was entitled "Control". She is now looking to gain the same success with her new album titled, "Discipline." Due to be released on February 26, Janet says this album is a direct reflection of herself.

Recently, Janet said that discipline of self has always been an important factor in her life. Staying true to form, she has never seen any of her artistic responsibilities as a burden. From doing many television appearances in her youth to her months of world touring, Janet forged ahead, intently developing her craft. "I wanted to reach people, and I had the good sense to see that couldn't happen if my skills weren't crafted with precision," she stated.

She has taken up the task of reaching people with such hot producers as Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins, and Ne-Yo. Working alongside such knowledgeable craftsmen, Janet created some of her freshest material yet. Songs like "Can't Be Good," "Letchu Go" and the title track "Discipline," are magnificent and truly show off Janet's skills. With such heavy hits and hitters on the record she's sure to garner rave reviews.





Vote time for Reggae Academy Awards

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By: Joseph Cunningham

REGGAE ACADEMY.jpgThe public is now invited to vote for nominees in the categories Most Popular Artiste and Most Popular Song for Reggae Academy Awards. Entries were submitted by members of The Academy, based on recordings first released anywhere in the world between December 1, 2006 and November 30, 2007, the academy has now released its list of nominees.

Voting will be facilitated for both categories by road tours conducted by the academy. The feedback received from the streets will determine the winner. For the other categories voting will be done by members of the recording industry.

The inaugural presentation of Reggae Academy Awards, is set for February 24, at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

For the category of Most Popular Artiste, nominations are Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Munga Honourable and Busy Signal in that order. For Most Popular Song, the public is asked to choose from "She's Royal," "Nah Go A Jail," "Sticky" and "Roots." The Best Dancehall Album will be chosen from "Gully Sit'n," "Intoxication," "Foreva" and "Walk Out."





Demarco's "Fallen Soldier" still in the # 1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
01 01 10 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-3wks@#1
02 03 09 Queen I-frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records- Shot to Watch
03 02 10 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
04 04 18 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon
05 05 17 Movado-Squeeze Har -H2o
06 08 11 Brick & Lace- Love Is Wicked-180 Entertainment
07 12 04 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back –Greatest Gainer up 5
08 06 18 Bugle-What I'm Gonna Do- Daseca
09 07 17 Busy Signal-Nah Go A Jail-Jam-3wks@#1
10 10 08 Lutan Fyan –St. Jago De La Vega-Mac D’s





Eddie Murphy and Tracey for splitsville?

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traced_eddie.jpgWell if the rumours circulating the Internet are true then Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds could be heading for splitsville!

According to gossipboulevard.com Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds have split just two weeks after their wedding, it has been reported.

The couple tied the knot on New Year's Day on a private island near Bora Bora in French Polynesia. But their honeymoon was "marred by screaming matches and arguments that lasted the entire week," according to US reports. The wedding ceremony was only spiritual and the pair are not officially married. Murphy and Tracey were planning on having a legally ceremony once their return to the US. The couple, who got engaged last July, both have children from previous unions. Eddie has five children from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who filed for divorce in 2005. He also has a baby daughter with Spice Girl Mel B, but refused to acknowledge he was the father until it was proved by paternity tests. Tracey has two sons from her 12-year marriage to R&B singer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds.

Hmm, makes you wonder why they bothered to divorce their longstanding partners.





By: Joseph Cunningham

harder_they_come.jpgThe theatrical production of The Harder They Come will return to stages in the United Kingdom this year, with performances at the prestigious Barbican Centre and Birmingham Hippodrome from March to April.

The production at the Barbican Centre will run from March 6 to April 5, before moving to the Birmingham Hippodrome from April 11 to 13.

This follows "sell-out crowds" at the Theatre Royal Stratford East last year. The play is based on the iconic 1970s film starring international Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff; produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor Rhone.

It tells the story of a young man, who heads to Kingston with dreams of becoming a reggae star, but the harsh reality of the Jamaican music scene drives him to a life as an outlaw.

The film's soundtrack, with songs like: "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and "By the Rivers of Babylon" will be performed with backing from a live reggae band.





Drug Scandal

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anabolic-steroids.jpgA few entertainers were linked to an Albany-based steroid investigation, but they are not part of an ongoing criminal probe, according to a published report.

Law enforcement officials revealed on Sunday that R&B music star Mary J. Blige, rap musicians 50 Cent, Timbaland and Wyclef Jean, and award-winning author and producer Tyler Perry may have received or used performance-enhancing drugs.

A spokeswoman for Blige denied the singer had taken illegal steroids. Ken Sunshine, a spokesman for Perry, declined to comment.

Soares' multi-state investigation has focused on Signature Pharmacy of Orlando, Florida. So far, 10 defendants have pleaded guilty and news reports have linked some professional athletes to Soares' probe.

Law officials have said evidence does not suggest that the celebrities broke the law, but that investigators are focusing on doctors, pharmacists and clinics that provide the drugs. Albany District Attorney P. David Soares launched the investigation into steroid trafficking last year.





IRIE TV & IRIETV.COM INFRINGING ON IRIE FM TRADEMARK

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irietv_logo.jpgIrieTV and IrieTV.com are the registered trademark and domain name respectively of Grove Broadcasting Corporation Limited. It has come to our attention that unauthorised persons have been using this mark or marks similar to our marks (Irie and IrieTV) on the Internet, in Jamaica and in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

This constitutes an infringement of our absolute right to use the Irie trade mark and all common law representations thereof.

This is therefore to put the public on notice that no-one has been licensed or otherwise given permission to use our trademarks or any marks bearing any similarity thereto. We will be taking legal action against all persons who use or continue to use the Mark without our permission.

Irie-Tv.com is not the trademark of Grove Broadcasting Corporation, is not associated with us and we have already taken steps to alert the unauthorised users of its use and the likelihood of confusion in the public mind. We intend to pursue this to the full extent of the law and all persons found to be infringing the Irie mark will be "prosecuted" accordingly.





Men, be graceful losers

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Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgOver the past few weeks in Jamaica there have been some horrifying cases of women being killed, brutalized and badly beaten because they want to call it a day where their bad relationships are concerned.

You can't imagine the lengths some men go to in ensuring they keep the relationship going.

Got a link up from a woman living in Miami on the trials and tribulations she had shaking this man out of her life.

Apparently she was working along with him, building up his business and he was making her all kinds of promises, including the fact that he would be buying her a house.

The woman realized he was playing around and plus the relationship was going nowhere so she quietly "teck weh herself" and got involved with someone else. The man was married, but he treated her one hundred times better and eventually she got pregnant for him.

Now, the man she was living with decided he wasn't nowhere ready for her to walk out of his life and started spreading one bag of rumors about how she was sleeping around and had HIV.

He even contacted her baby father's wife and told her that her husband was along with a HIV positive woman. They panicked and the husband had to beg her to do a test to satisfy both of them that it wasn't so.

The man started telling people how she was pregnant with his child, even though he knew very well it wasn't his.





Javaughn Bond – 15 and going places

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By: Joan Wilson

Javaughn1.jpgOnly 15 years old and already Javaughn Bond is a 'Superstar.' With talent that speaks volumes in his album "Superstar," produced by Marley brothers – Stephen and Damian, Javaughn focuses heavily on social issues in the society.

Most of the tracks have been written by his father John Bond and Javaughn's clear, sweet, strong adolescent voice rings out and begs for listening.

It all started for Javaughn at the age of 3 when he performed at a Christmas treat, then when he was 6 years old he wowed the Sting crowd...from then on there was no turning back for him as the singing fever had truly bit him.

When it comes to maintaining a balance in his music and school life
Javaughn has got this one down pat. According to him his time is well organized and his focus is on his academics. During the holidays he concentrates on music and if there are any performances in between he still keeps that balance. Still as much as he enjoys music Javaughn has other plans for his life. As he says, "Although I love the music I also love to draw. In the future I want to become an architect. That is what I am currently working towards. My grandfather is an architect and I would like to continue on that path."

The 15-year-old describes himself as a humble person who loves to play
football, drums, keyboards and to build rhythms on his computer. He says although his peers sometimes treat him differently he is trying to maintain a humble frame of mind because he "doesn't want to get lost in the hype."





DIABETES...the facts - Part I

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By: Dr. S. Lawson MD and Dr. H. Boothe PharmD

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgDiabetes mellitus is a chronic illness that requires continuing medical care and patient self-management education, to prevent acute complications and to reduce the risk of long-term complications. The disease is characterized by excess glucose in the blood that leads to excessive urination and results from inadequate production and or utilization of insulin.

• The different types of diabetes include Type 1, Type 2, Gestational (GDM), and Pre-diabetes.

• Diabetes not only complicates every other disease condition, it can precipitate other diseases.

• 171 million world-wide suffer from diabetes. One in 13 people in the USA have diabetes.

• In the year 2005 a total of 20.8 million have diabetes, of these 6.2 million are undiagnosed. 80% - 90% of the diagnosed are obese when diagnosed.

• It reduces life expectancy by 5 to 10 years.

• Diabetes is associated with obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and an increase in the elderly population.

• The Hispanic, African American and Aboriginal population (with high numbers of poor people with poor diets and inadequate medical attention) are at increased risk to develop diabetes than the rest of the population.

• It is the number 6 leading cause of death in the USA.

• Individuals with diabetes have a 2-4 times the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

• It is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, and non-traumatic amputation.

• Prediabetes is characterized by insulin resistance and a compensatory increase in blood glucose (hyperinsulinemia).

Approximately 1.2 million are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus.These numbers will double by the year 2030.

• Type 1 diabetes (results from beta-cell destruction, usually leading to absolute insulin deficiency, it is of autoimmune origin that occurs in the adolescence period of life, usually before the age of 30. Type 1 diabetes presents with sudden onset weight loss, fatigue, irritability and was previously called insulin dependent diabetes.

• Type 2 diabetes (results from a progressive insulin secretory defect on the background of insulin resistance, and is caused by inadequate insulin production by the beta cells in the pancreas, defective insulin, or resistance to insulin function at the insulin cell receptors. When insulin binds to its receptor on cell membrane, it allows glucose to enter the cell (i.e. muscle, liver, and fat cells); this is like the key that opens the lock to let glucose into the cell. When glucose is unable to leave the circulation, the blood glucose level rises above optimum level resulting in organ damage.

• Insulin, glucagons, adiponectin, amylin are hormones involved in glucose regulation. Glucagon accelerates the conversion of glycogen in the liver (and promotes the formation of glucose from lactic acid and certain amino acids).

• Insulin stimulates the release of glucose from the liver into the blood. And counteracts the action of glucagons by transporting glucose into cells. Insulin promotes the formation of fatty acids, increases the storage of glycogen, protein synthesis and DNA replication. Amylin is a hormone that acts like insulin.

• Human growth hormone, neurotransmitters, and regulatory peptides also play a role in glucose metabolism.

• In obese individuals, there is abnormal insulin activity (insulin resistance) at the muscles insulin receptors (sites on the muscle cells where insulin acts to pull glucose out of the blood into the cells).

• Cells use glucose as energy and when you have reduced production of insulin or the insulin is not working right glucose increases in the blood. If the cells don’t receive adequate supply of energy this sends message to the brain that results in increased hunger, at the same time, the blood becomes hyperosmolar( too thick) and absorbs water from tissue, this results in dehydration and increased thirst.

• Excess blood glucose destroys the kidney's filtering capability which results in excessive glucose and protein in the urine causing increased urination.

• In type1 diabetes there is a total destruction of the insulin producing cells by antibodies (an autoimmune dysfunction).

• Viral infection of the pancreas is implicated in this destructive mechanism.

• Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) requires insulin. Without insulin the body has to get its energy from fats. This results in Diabetic keto Acidosis (DKA) which leads to metabolic abnormalities. Treatment is Intravenous insulin and glucose. Type 1 diabetes is a result of the complete absence of insulin production in the pancreas, of viral etiology, genetic factors, presence of ketones in the blood (ketoacidosis), sudden onset and usually presents before age 30. These individuals with Type 1 diabetes usually have lean body composition. The diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes is made by detecting of antibodies and C-peptides in the blood.

These individuals usually do not have a family history of diabetes.
• Type2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) frequently presents with poor wound healing, blurry vision, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, recurring skin and gum infections, vaginal yeast infection, and urinary tract infection. Factors that predispose people to developing T2MD include obesity (waist to hip ratio) fetal malnutrition, gestational diabetes, children born prematurely, a positive family history of T2DM, cigarette smoking, hypothyroidism, trans fat, saturated fats, endothelial dysfunction, high levels of testosterones in women, decrease levels of sex hormones binding protein in men, HIV/AIDS.





15th Staging of Rebel Salute

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Rebel Salute, the Reggae stage show held on Saturday night at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth, was a show without a flop artiste.

From the very first performance by History Man at 8: 52pm until the final by Luciano at 9:03am; though surprising – all were good.

The 15th staging of the event managed to maintain its high standard of quality, family-oriented entertainment, for patrons.





Carnival time again!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Carnival.jpgIt's carnival time again, and as soon as this Friday, revelers will flock to Mas Camp in New Kingston, Jamaica for the soca vibe. "Mas Camp Village will be opened on January 18," declared Bacchanal Jamaica executive Michael Ammar, during the launch of Bacchanal Dreams held at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Thursday. He added that Bacchanal Jamaica will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and plans to make this year's staging a "field of dreams."

"Carnival 2008 will be extra special. What began as a simple idea of bringing Trinidad carnival to Jamaica by a few good friends one Sunday morning in 1989 has become what they describe as their dream come
true," Ammar said.

Ticket prices for the fetes will remain at the 2007 price. According Ammar this year's staging will feature seven costumes: Illusions, Dreamscape, Trance, Delirious, Indulge, Mirage and DreamCatcher, and, the audience was given a costume display of both male and female outfits. Bacchanal Jamaica will stage Bacchanal Beach Jouv'ert on March 22, Soca @ De Sandbar on March 26 before the big road parade on March 30 themed Nightmare.





Windies beaten by South Africa

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

windies_lose__nd_one_dayer_1.jpgDespite a brilliant century from Jamaican batsman Marlon Samuels the West Indies were hammered with an innings and 100 runs by South Africa, that wrapped up the series 2-1 in Durban.

The Windies on the springboard of a tied series and the psychological advantage of winning the first game, was ready to take their first test victory against South Africa, but that was not to be.

Batting first the Windies was in trouble quite early, and crumbled to a schoolboy total of 139 all out in their first innings where Denesh Ramdin was the top scorer with a paltry 30 runs, and the consistent man Shivnarine Chanderpaul making nought. South Africa in reply piled up their biggest total in the series, on a pitch that now favoured the batsmen.

Three South Africans made century, in the onslaught on the Caribbean men, Captain Graham Smith steered the SS South Africa out to safe waters with a majestic 147 off 165 balls, supported by crew members ....the unbeaten duo of Ashwell Prince (123) and Ab Devillers (103) as the Windies bowlers, Jerome Taylor, Darren Powell and Fidel Edwards all struggled in the field.





Things looking up for R.Kelly

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rkelly460.jpgThings seems to be looking up for R. Kelly who yesterday appeared briefly in a Illinois where the judge ruled that a child therapist could not testify at his trial on behalf of the prosecution, this according to bossip.com.

R Kelly is charged with video taping himself having sex with a girl who may have been as young as 13 years old at the time. A 20-year-old female witness, the one purported to be in the video, has testified that she is not the one on the tape.

Dr. Sharon Cooper, a forensic and developmental pediatrician, was all set to testify that such denials aren't uncommon for child-abuse victims. But Judge Vincent Gaughan denied the request after the defense successfully argued that there was no Illinois precedent for letting someone question a witness's credibility in such a way. Kelly has another court date set for March 12 and his trial, which has been delayed for five years, is scheduled to start May 9. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.





money_o_posters.jpgMacka Diamond will be celebrating her birthday in fine style on January 25th at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road in Kingston Jamaica, like only she can; Money-O style.

It will be a birthday bash with a difference – bingo party and show! Rapping about it Macka informed "Well it's like this, Every year wi do di same ting, and you know me, always a try something different, so mi jus sey, since a me a di Money Goddess, what better way to celebrate than with money...So wi jus ago have a Bingo party an gi wey a whole heap a tings, cut cake and party, real birthday party style."

Money-O Bingo with the Stars is expected to be bigger and better than all of Macka's previous birthday parties.

Leesah Larmond, coordinator of the event, and Managing Director at DiamondDistrict Ja. (Macka's new entertainment company), promises a night of giveaways and musical fun with Macka Diamond and friends.

She goes on to explain further that the Money-O Bingo with the Stars concept will bring fans up close and personal with there favourite entertainers and disc jocks, who will all be at various tables playing Bingo with the fans, all of which will be a prelude to the Final Bingo game, which will lead into cake cutting and the much anticipated show.





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Following the reported theft of material from the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation's (JBC) Radio Archives from the premises of the former national broadcasting entity, Minister of Information Culture Youth and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has announced the establishment of a special committee to examine the current arrangements for the safekeeping of the JBC Archives with a view to their making recommendations to ensure that the most effective and appropriate methods are employed to prevent a recurrence.

Chairing the committee is Owen James, veteran journalist and producer of Television Jamaica's Business Week. The other members are former Commissioner of Police Col Trevor McMillan, TV and radio personality Tony Patel, journalist and historian Ken Jones, Jamaica Federation of Musicians President Desmond Young, Attorney at Law and Recording Industry Association of Jamaica President Lloyd Stanbury, TV and radio producer Laurel Hepburn and senior representatives of the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sport (MICYS) and the Attorney General's department.





International News

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Bobby Brown wanted for cocaine possession

Bobby brown.jpgThe Boston Herald is reporting that Massachusetts State Police are trying to bring a cocaine possession charge against Bobby Brown following an incident last month at a local Holiday Inn hotel, this as reported on eurweb.

Details are scarce, but it all started when Brockton police were
called to the hotel shortly after midnight on December 1st to break up a fight, according to Trooper Eric Benson.

He said the officers were directed to a 2004 Lincoln Navigator,
where Brown, who lists his residence as Encino, California, was sitting in the front seat. Apparently he was caught with something because the incident has led authorities on a quest to charge him with possession of a Class B substance, which the court papers identify as cocaine.

A show-cause hearing scheduled for last week at Brockton District Court was postponed to February 19, 2008 because Brown's new attorney, Stephanie Soriano, a former Suffolk County prosecutor, had a calendar conflict, the Herald reports. Hmm...will it never end!

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Yard News

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Guilty!

sizzla.jpgMiguel Collins popularly known as Sizzla appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday to answer to a marijuana possession charge.

According to reports on January 4, Collins was driving a BMW motorcar, which he parked at 121 Windward Road. The vehicle was searched and a
transparent plastic parcel with vegetable matter resembling marijuana was found under a floor mat in front of the driver's seat. He was arrested and charged.

Christopher Townsend Collins Lawyer begged RM Glen Brown to keep the DJs record free. He implored that a tarnished record would blight

He told the court that a tarnished police record could affect the entertainer's chances of being able to perform in countries like The Cayman Islands and certain states in America, where work permits are only offered to individuals with clean police records. No heed was paid to his plea and the artiste was ordered by the RM to have his fingerprints taken and fined a puny $100.

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JCee...Started from the very top!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jcee.jpgHer face has become very prominent and it's not just a promotional campaign. The Jamaican Gospel singer, JCee was selected to be among the final 20 in a talent search hosted by world leading television network, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The competition, called "The Next Big Thing," received entries from 88 countries. It was held late last year. Reflecting on the experience JCee said, "I did not follow up on my entry until the BBC called to say they liked the song. I told them a little bit about it, and. they called back to say I made top 20."

Since her phenomenal achievement, she admits, "I'm more known now. People have told me they heard the song on BBC radio." She added that her music features hardcore Dancehall and Reggae rhythms fused with various other genres.





Energy God's "Lets Get Physical" ready for the world

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

elephant.jpgBest known to natives and friends of Reggae and Dancehall as the "energy god", Elephant Man can be often seen climbing the poles and the speaker boxes no matter how high the stage. For this and his other extraordinary displays of acrobatic antics onstage, he received that name.

The stage name, Elephant Man stemmed from his large ears, which led to the nickname "Dumbo" in his youth. He began his musical career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew, later continuing as a solo artist. He has also been characterized by several trademarks, such as the yellow-orange hairstyle and his unique low-key voice.

International recognition came for Elephant Man in 2004 when he sealed a contract with Puma, permitting the use of his single "All Out" for an Olympic Games commercial in 2004.

Elephant Man also had a song called "Willie Bounce" that appeared on several mixtapes in 2006. It borrowed the first few bars from "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

Today, the Jamaican star has been signed to New York-based label Bad Boy Records, owned by Hip Hop mogul, P. Diddy. It has barely been one year since he signed to the label, which will officially release his album titled, "Let's Get Physical" in March this year.





Britney had better not do it again

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britneyspears2.jpgCome Monday Britney Spears had better be on her best behaviour or she may have to kiss the chance of getting back her kids goodbye. According to TMZ Monday's custody hearing could be one of the most important days in Britney Spears' life.

Brit must show and face the judge if she's got any hope of getting her kids back. According to a source, if she doesn't show, or is uncooperative, it could be curtains for her custody case.

What's more, police sources told the website that Commissioner Scott Gordon will hear firsthand eyewitness accounts of last Thursday's breakdown from LAPD, firefighters and paramedics who were on scene, and from what we hear they are not going to paint a pretty picture.

Also, we've learned the L.A County Sheriff's Department isn't taking any chances -- they're ready for anything. If Brit Brit loses it in court, they'll be there to "handle" the situation.





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In Guyana to train not only players but also the coaches, international footballer, John Barnes left an indelible imprint on the overall fabric of football there by the end of leg one of the eight-country Digicel Kick Start Football Clinic.

With well received coaching sessions as well as two days of intense indoor training with the Guyana National U-20 Team behind him, Barnes - head coach for the Digicel Clinic, watched on January 9th as The National U-20 showed their might; coming out victorious after a well contested end of clinic game.





Stylist to Jamaica's stars wants more...

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By: Joseph Cunningham

dexter_pottinger.jpgHe has been regarded by Black Entertainment Television (BET) as the hottest new fashion designer out of Jamaica, but Dexter Pottinger, in spite of that glowing proclamation, is still forging ahead to achieve self-actualization.

"I want to experience the ultimate success in what I do," he told
YardFlex recently.

He describes himself as, "A make up artist, stylist and fashion designer. I enjoy the world of fashion...without fashion there would not be a me. As a Jamaican, my intention is simple: to change the face of my country, one face at a time. Inspired by Nature, Styled by Me - Dexter Pottinger."

He has been involved in many high-profile fashion events, has groomed
top-flight models, however, he says he dreams of applying his skills
on three persons; Beyonce Knowles, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks.

Dexter has received international recognition because he is ambitious and very confident. Speaking in regards to his preparation for huge events, he said, "I just deliver. I feel no additional pressure."





The world will miss Oscar Peterson

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By: Janice Dayle

oscar1.jpgAt 18 years old, Oscar Peterson was once described as "The coloured boy with amazing fingers," he went on to achieving great honour as one of Canada's prodigious jazz pianists.

On December 23, 2007, at the age of 82, Oscar Peterson passed away at his home in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

His technique was dazzling and the Montreal native, now considered one of Canada's national treasures rose from humble beginnings in the inner city neighbourhood of Little Burgundy. Born to Caribbean parents, Peterson was introduced to musical instruments by his piano playing dad who worked as a Canadian Pacific Railway porter. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees, Peterson honed his skill at an early age with influences from many including his sister, Daisy Peterson Sweeny, who also taught Oliver Jones and Joe Sealy.

Throughout his illustrious career, Peterson worked closely with many of Jazz music's greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and others and became the first Canadian to be awarded the prestigious UNESCO International Music Prize.

The concert hall of Concordia University was named after him many years ago and Peterson will always be fondly and proudly remembered.





By: Joseph Cunningham

Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgWalter Elmore, president of Turnkey Productions, the company behind the staging of the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, is now expressing confidence that everything is in place, and that the festival will run smoothly.

Elmore said, "We are well advanced in our construction of the venue,
artiste flights and accommodation have been confirmed and we have begun shipping equipment that is needed to produce a successful show." With the assistance of investment club, OLINT TCI, Turnkey Productions is now viewing the opportunity to have one of the most successful staging's to date.

Founder of the club, Davis Smith said that the partnership has realized a star-studded line-up. "The Air Jamaica Jazz festival is very important to the continued visibility and success of brand Jamaica. As a club, OLINT is committed to nation building and we realize that through our sponsorship the country will benefit from the biggest and best jazz festival yet," Smith said.

In previous years the show has been plagued by traffic congestion. Addressing the problem Elmore said, "We are paying strict attention to detail at the venue. Through comments and suggestions from our patrons, we are making sure we step up to the plate and create an extraordinary event."

He added, "Last year, there were major traffic problems due to the road works. This year, the new four-lane highway is finally completed and is now open so this in itself should alleviate the traffic issues we had last year. We also have an underpass that will allow easy access to the venue."

Further, Elmore revealed that traffic cop, Senior Superintendent Powell, the person in charge of the Montego Bay Division, is on board to assist with traffic control.





Etana - "Warrior Love"

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Aidoina still in custody

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aidonia2.jpgSheldon Lawrence, more popularly known as Dancehall deejay, Aidoina, who was to do an ID parade is still in jail.

According to reports from the Constabulary Communication Network CCN liaison office, due to miscommunication the identification parade was put off for a date to be mentioned.

The CCN liaison officer further states that the investigator says that
Aidonia may not be on the id parade based on the new information received.

According to reports Aidonia is alleged to have been involved in a shooting incident where one man was shot and killed.





Another dancehall artiste banned

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According to a story posted on a website popular entertainer Mavado has been banned by authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The DJ's has recorded songs such as 'Deh ya pon the Gullyside' and 'Dreaming'.

Police Commissioner Keith Miller confirmed that Mavado, whose correct name is David Brooks, was due to perform in St. Vincent on January 19, would not be allowed to do so.

The Commissioner did not give reasons for the denial, but said the factors influencing the decision will be spelt out at a later media conference.

However, speaking on behalf of the promoter, management of Hot97 radio station, said the artiste's lyrics were cited as the reason for the cancellation.





Stephen's Birthday party Sell Off

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Photography By: Biggs

YardFlex was present at Big Ship Studio for the surprise birthday party for Stephen 'Genius' Mcgregor last weekend.

Here are a fews photos.......

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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 13 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(1wk@#1)
U-1
02 1 18 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) D-1
03 3 16 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love NM
04 7 4 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back U-3
05 5 8 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill NM
06 4 13 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-2
07 6 10 Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship D-1
08 12 4 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt U-4
09 8 17 Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon D-1
10 10 7 When My Gun Rise-Munga-Heart of Love NM
11 11 5 Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu NM
12 9 23 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records (3wks@#1) D-3
13 17 3 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca U-4
14 15 4 Mama Cry-Beenie Man-357 Records U-1
15 16 4 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back U-1
16 18 5 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John U-2
17 14 9 Squeeze Har - Mavado - H20 (pp#7) D-3
18 13 27 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions(1wk@#1) D-5
19 20 4 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John U-1
20 - New Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production





International News

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Lil Wayne held hostage!

lil_wayne.jpgWell, well, well, seems like there are some people you just can't mess with. Lil Wayne made a big mistake when he tried to cheat some goons from Chicago. According to a story posted on mediatakeout.com Lil Wayne was supposed to attend an after party of a December 29 concert at the Premiere Entertainment Centre in Chicago thrown by Ming Dynasty.

This appearance was a makeup appearance for an after party Lil Wayne was paid for and missed in August after the Chicago Summer Jam given by Ming's Dynasty Records and The Ark Entertainment.

Lil Wayne spent hours backstage getting high and went on stage too late to attend the after party. An infuriated group of men associated with Ming's Dynasty Records and The Ark Entertainment stormed Lil Wayne's hotel room and assaulted Lil Wayne's camp including security and forced Lil Wayne's Manager Cortez to come up with $15,000 cash in order to leave Chicago standing up.

The cash was paid on the spot and Lil Wayne and his camp was allowed to leave Chicago without further harm. If Lil Wayne's camp was smart they would have known not to try to cheat this record label owned by Chicago Gangster Big Ming 6'7'' 320 pounds (Chicago's version of Suge Knight) and it's main artist Skee Franchise who is a notorious street thugs from Englewood, Chicago's roughest area.

Lil Wayne was also hit with a bottle while on stage at the concert. That incident appears to be unrelated to the hotel assault.

Well that's ghetto justice for you!

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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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RAS TINGLE TO DIRECT DEZ I'S NEW VIDEO

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edit_dez_i_boyd.jpgRising reggae star Dez I, who created waves in Jamaica over the Christmas holiday season with stellar performances at Reggae Fever in Montego Bay; Sting in Portmore, St. Catherine; GT Taylor Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and Camp Fire in Ewarton is getting set to shoot the video for his new single "She Got It."

The video will be produced/directed by hot shot director Ras Tingle (These Streets - Beenieman & Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond) and is expected to be completed by mid February. The finish product will be serviced to music channels in Jamaica, Canada, the USA and Europe where he has a strong following.

"I am very excited about the project and expect the video shoot to go extremely well. The track is a great cultural song that I am confident will showcase another side of my creativity" Dez I said. Dez I who resides in Clarendon, Jamaica is a talented and focused reggae artist. He released his debut album "GIVE THANKS FOR LIFE" on the New Creation Records imprint and has a number of singles including "ESSENCE" and "SHAKE YUH NATTY" that have garnered impressive radio play in Jamaica and internationally. His passion for music began many years ago when he was active in his church choir in the district of his birth in Harmons, Manchester. That early intoxication for music drove him later, in 1999, to enter and win the Tastee Talent Competition in Jamaica.





Dead Beat Dads

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deadbeatdad2.jpgIs your baby father a prominent deadbeat dad? Are you currently the mother of an entertainer's child? Is he a wutless boy? Do you know of anyone who is in that predicament? Well here is your chance show them up...just contact yardflex with the information...we will highlight the stories.

Email yardflexinc@yahoo.com





Demarco's "Fallen Soldiers" in the # 1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 09 Demarco - Fallen Soldiers - Star Kutt-2wks@#1
02 02 09 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard
03 04 08 Queen I-frica- Don't Touch Me There - No Doubt Records - Shot to Watch
04 05 17 Assassin - Dem A Sissy - Don Corleon
05 06 16 Movado - Squeeze Har - H2o
06 03 17 Bugle - What I'm Gonna Do - Daseca
07 07 16 Busy Signal - Nah Go A Jail - Jam-3wks@#1
08 09 10 Brick & Lace - Love Is Wicked - 180 Entertainment
09 08 21 Beenie Man Ft. Bar-Bee - Give It Up - 357 Records-3wks@#1
10 12 07 Lutan Fyan – St. Jago De La Vega - Mac D’s





Reggae Month to be celebrated with full calendar

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By Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The official declaration of February as "Reggae month" in Jamaica was the reason why the customarily tranquil Office of the Prime Minister was a buzz of excitement on Wednesday morning.

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The conference which was attended by the Honourable Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, and Olivia Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, emphasized that Reggae music is the heart-beat of Jamaica.

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Preceding the Prime Minister, Olivia Grange said, "I am happy that I was able to convince the Prime Minister into sharing this vision with me. I am proud to say that I have converted him, and he is now a member of the reggae fraternity."





Diverse 'Jazz Great' to miss Rebel Salute

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By: Elizabeth Smith

monty_alexander.jpgThe self described "musician who loves all genres," Monty Alexander - best known around the world for his mastery of jazz and all its fusions, will unfortunately not be performing at the upcoming January 12 'Rebel Salute' as planned.

Sending out his sincere regrets on having to make this decision, Alexander says although he has been highly anticipating the 'Rebel Salute' performance since being invited by Tony Rebel in May last year, he feels compelled to respond to a request from the family of the late Oscar Peterson to perform at his memorial concert.

Scheduled for the same January 12, 2008 date as 'Rebel Salute,' the concert will be held in Toronto, Canada and Monty has expressed how plain torn up he is at having to disappoint his brother, Tony Rebel, and his nation. Jamaicans have for years lauded the wonderful talent that thrust Monty into varied forms of musical experiences, but his decision rests on the immense example for excellence in Jazz that Oscar Peterson was in his lifetime and the fact that as a dear friend, the late Peterson was one of his strongest supporters since the 1960s.





IRIE TV NETWORK ROLLS OUT SERVICE NEXT MONTH

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New York: In less than 6 weeks time, Irie TV Network will roll out their new internet protocol television (IPTV) service to millions of Caribbean households worldwide.

According to Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie TV Network, "The concept is very simple...television viewers will be able to access content on multiple channels from various Caribbean content providers on their TV at home, as though they were living in the Caribbean. The service is new, it's hot and it's revolutionary and the beauty is that the set top box used to access the service is portable, so you can carry it with you wherever you go...just plug it in and you will be able to access your favorite Caribbean Channel" he said.

Alwyn Scott, President of Global Media Services and Caribbean Retail Networks, a Jamaican based company which partnered with Irie Jam Media to successfully roll out the digital signage platform in Golden Krust Stores in the tri-state area last year said, "We see the Irie TV platform as the start of a reverse colonization as our regional culture has an international appeal but has never before had an affordable platform on which we could reach into the homes of the world community. Now we do. Our people are already socially and culturally integrated, the areas of separation are political and media. While there have been attempts at integration at these levels progress has been slow. Irie TV Network provides the possibility of accelerating our re-integration."

Louie Grant, VP of Irie Jam Media explained that Irie TV Network has the potential to air up to 100 channels and as such this will create tremendous opportunities for Caribbean folks in the Diaspora.

"The launch of this revolutionary concept has created many opportunities for established and aspiring independent content providers; particularly those throughout the USA, Canada and Europe; to be picked-up and aired on the network" he said.





'Support your child' demands Sanchez baby mother

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sanchez_&_son.jpgJuliet, the mother of singer Sanchez' 3-year-old son is hopping mad right now as she claims the singer refuses to take care of his child.

"From I got pregnant I haven't received a thing from him till now. I can't do this alone anymore," she shared with YardFlex almost on the brink of tears.

According to her all along she has been playing nice, refusing to bring down any scandal on him, but that is not getting her anywhere, or gaining any help for her child.

Her next move will be to seek child support from him. According her, "If he doesn't want to take care of his child then the law will have to serve it's course she revealed."

According to the Fort Lauderdale-based baby mother everything was just great with the singer until he found out she was pregnant.

Then things changed – although not enough to keep him away from the hospital as he was there to sign his name to the birth certificate.





He was not my accomplice – Bascom X

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photo_bascom-x.jpgYardFlex caught up with Bascom X following his release from jail and he was in high spirits.

"So far everything is looking good. I don't think I will be convicted. The gun was found in the closet in a package," he revealed.

"A lot of people are saying he is my accomplice...that's not true. He doesn't do music so he can't be my accomplice."

"I know him from we were living in Westmeade and he was a cop at the time. He was missing for a while as I understand he was abroad...I never knew of him to be a bad man," Bascom defended as he went into relating the events that saw him being thrown in jail.

According to him he was at Exodus studio doing a combination with Vybz Kartel titled "A Better Tomorrow" when he met a brethren he had not seen in a long while.

"He used to be a police and he dabbled in promotion," the singer related. According to Bascom he borrowed his car to "pick up a girl" and when he returned they were parring at the studio.

They finally left the studio at 1:30 am and his long time friend asked if he could 'get a kotch' for the night.

"While driving home he told me he was hungry and we stopped to get him something to eat, he even got something for his girlfriend."





Another Trench Town Success Story...

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By: Joseph Cunningham

sosheba_griffiths.jpgShe attended Denham Town High School, based in close proximity to warring factions, which have taken the lives of students who attended her school.

Nevertheless, Sosheba Griffiths was "bound for higher ground" and so her dreams and aspirations for escape from humble beginnings led her to the 2006 Fashion Face of the Caribbean model search. Sosheba won the competition, and Deiwght Peters, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Saint International, launched her modeling career. Saint International hosted the model search.

Sosheba completed High School studies that same year, and in a short period since then, has been featured in a Victoria Secrets catalogue.

Additionally, she has already been featured in several overseas publications and campaigns. Moschino, Vogue Knitting, Luire, Ibiza Style, Chinese Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Trace Magazine, Vogue Gioella, The Guardian, Seventeen Magazine and WIG Magazine have all been privileged to host the young Jamaican goddess.

The trim model's meteoric rise has also been characterized by her the high-profile campaign for Erin Fetherston and her introduction to the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan. She has also made appearances for leading clients including Chloe, Van Cleef and Arpels (London), Sportsmax and MAC (Milan) and is featured in a 12-page spread in France's Jalouse Magazine.

She says her appearance in the Victoria Secrets catalogue came within two months of winning Saint International Fashion Face of the Caribbean and it has been her favorite experience to date.





Beniton...realizing his dream

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By: Joseph Cunningham

BENITON.jpgHe says he is a Jamaican born in New York, U.S.A. The statement emphasized his fondness for Jamaican culture, especially Dancehall music. Both his parents were Jamaicans, and so the infectious culture was in his immediate environment, hence, Beniton became Jamaican at heart.

Spearheading a sound system called Hellrazor known today as the Hellrazor movement, Beniton along with his Hellrazor crew frequented New York and the Tri-State area. He became very popular as a Dancehall selector. Accordingly, he attracted Caribbean love, and was invited to carnival in Guyana. "At that event I decided to play a few songs which I had been recording. The response I received was great," he said while speaking to YardFlex via telephone from his New York home last night.

Beniton was a main attraction on the sound system wherever the sound system would play. He was easily identified because of his eccentric hairstyle and electrifying performance when introducing a "hit song."

And, he became more prominent through his collaboration with champion Jamaican based selector, Richie Feelings on a track called, "Bop Yuh Head and Dutty Wine."

"About time the women them tek back the dance floor... We no wah see no man dutty wine..." That's a famous line from the song, and since then, Beniton has been sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in Dancehall, like Baby Cham, Capleton, Movado and Munga.





Uptown Mondays...the place to be on a Monday Night

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It was Ethiopian Christmas night and YardFlex camera reporter was present at the 1st Uptown Mondays for 2008.

Here are some photos depicting the vibe at the session.

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We hope you live to see many more and God's Riches Blessing throughout your life.

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Junior Reid reaps steady success

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Junior "One Blood" Reid is currently one of the worlds' most sought after singers, and it's not by chance.

Junior got his initial inspiration from a tough upbringing in West Kingston's notorious Waterhouse district. It was there in the politically turbulent mid-'70's that he recorded his first-ever single "Know Myself" at age of 14 for the late Hugh Mundell; it was released in the U.K. by Greensleeves.

He then went on to form his own band, The Voice of Progress, and after a local hit with "Mini-Bus Driver" the group scored local success with an album of the same name.

The "young blood" was then commissioned by the great Sugar Minott to record a number of tunes on Minott's Youth Promotion Label that enjoyed considerable popularity with tracks such as "Human Nature," "A1 Lover" and the evergreen "See How Me Black See How Me Shine," an uplifting and proud statement that became an anthem to the
ghetto youth who Junior increasingly championed.

Moving on Junior transferred his talents to King Jammy's studio on St. Lucia Road where his fast-growing success rose yet another notch. "Boom Shacka Lacka" was his first UK hit and led to another exceptional album. After a number of fine singles - including "Youthman," "Bank Clerk," "Sufferation," "Give Thanks and Praises" and
"Higgler Move" - his chance at a wider audience came with an offer to replace Michael Rose in the legendary Reggae group, Black Uhuru.

Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru and with a similar vocal style, Junior slipped into Rose's slot with ease and the collaboration on his first Uhuru album "Brutal" was well received by all. Two years and two albums later Junior's interest to produce material for himself drove him back into the solo arena and back to King Jammy's Studio where he recorded and released the album "Big Timer" in the early '90s.

Despite all the accolades, it has been speculated that he has not been
highly favored by factions in his native country, Jamaica, which is the headquarters of Reggae music.





Whitney still every woman

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Whitney-Houston-.jpgShe said, "I'm every woman", and for many years, Whitney Houston has proved in no uncertain way that she is more than a "nine to five" girl. What? Am I to spell it out? Her struggles have been well documented.

However, we hear that she has been doing well, and an album is in the
works. Thank God.

Well, let me cut to the chase, and say that my reason for writing this
article is to refresh our memory of how successful Whitney Houston has been; maybe the details will make wonderer's understand why we cheer for Whitney in spite of her shortcomings.

To begin with, Whitney Houston holds the Guinness World Record for being the "Most Awarded Female Artist of All Time." She is an American Pop and R&B singer, songwriter, actress, film producer and former fashion model. In 1992, the soundtrack album, "The Bodyguard" became one of the best selling albums of all time, and the best selling soundtrack of all time.

The album featured the song, "I Will Always Love You," that to date is still the best selling single by a female artist. The soundtrack single sold in excess of 10 million units.

Whitney is also the only female artist to have two albums in the list of the Top 35 best selling albums in the US, and the only artist to have a record seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit singles.

Well-known for her powerful dramatic soprano vocals, melismatic vocal
inflections, and expansive vocal range, Whitney is considered one of the 100 most fascinating black women of the 20th century according to Ebony magazine.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

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YardFlex's roving camera reporter was just in time to witness the filming of Courtney John's new video for the single "Baby Tonight."

Our local 'Prince' was seen on top of a tour bus singing into the microphones.

Look out for this talented artiste in 2008





Dee King The Hot Bajan Beauty

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Name: Dionna King

D.O.B: March 30, 1984

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 125

Nationality: Bajan (Barbados)

Location: Boston

Career Goal: To move on into Hosting TV/Radio and Acting but sky's the limit :-)





Careful who advises you

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgGirlfriends let's have a little chat and please don't think I am picking on you, but how in the world can you sit down and take advise from so called friends who do'’t know how to keep a man but they are telling you how to handle your relationship.

Come on now, you have it going on, boyfriend or hubby may not be the most perfect guy around but at least he is supportive and he is in your beds at nights and YOU have someone you can turn to. But then one little hitch in paradise and suddenly your girlfriend who for one reason or another can't seem to find a man of her own is laying out all your man's faults, telling you he is no good and encouraging you to walk out on him.

Yeah right. I will take that advise from another girlfriend who has a man of her own and knows what it is to give her all to a relationship ...chances are her advise will be far different too!

You know why I am sharing this with you? I am tired of many women throwing away their relationships because of someone who secretly holds a grudge at your relationship and would do anything to have you in her pathetic shoes, then she comes on like this great friend who only has your best interest at heart.

Of course her advise sounds real good (yeah right) and fool fool you follows it to the T and then that man walks out and leaves you in exactly the same position your helpful friend is in...misery sure do loves company.





In The News

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Bascom X expected to be released today

baccomx.jpgNews from Bascom X Camp is that the artiste will be home this afternoon. Bail was granted yesterday for the sum of $120,000 and the paperworks are now being done for the singer to hit the streets again.

YardFlex will have a one on one with the artiste later...so stay posted.

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South Africa draws level with the 'Windies'

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

shivnarine_chanderpaul1.jpgThe West Indies were brought back to earth after a historic and record breaking first test win over South Africa, in the just concluded second test in Cape Town.

Led by a breath-taking century 104, the classy Guyanese batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was in immaculate form, registering his 17th career test century and with superb bowling by the trio of Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Darren Powell, the Caribbean side rushed past South Africa by 128 runs, to win the first test in Port Elizabeth.

This was the 'Windies' first win against South Africa in nine attempts, and out of that victory came many other firsts, as it was the first win for Captain Chris Gayle, the first for newly appointed Australian Coach John Dyson and it was also the first win for the Windies over a big name cricket country, since the win over England in Egbaston in 2000.

A win in the second Test on January 5, would have certainly given the Caribbean Side the victory in the three match series, but South Africa had other ideas.

The West Indies took first strike and could only muster up 243, too small a total for a big side like South Africa, who is ranked second in the Test category on the ICC ladder. Chanderpaul again stepping up to the demand and stroking an unbeaten 65, supported by Marlon Samuels who chipped in with 51.





Gangsta rap ban in clubs and pubs

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375x375.jpgMaybe we all should take a page out of Reading's book in the move they plan on carrying out. According to a story posted on getreading.co.uk, 'GANGSTA rap' could be banned from all town center venues if a police investigation finds a New Year's Day brawl was linked to the music played inside.

Town center inspector John Relph will meet the manager of Café du Sport next week to look into how celebrations escalated into a fight involving 20 people.

The fight spilled out from the club and into St Mary's Butts when a 24-year-old man was gouged in the head with a broken bottle.

Officers used spray to control the assault and also came under attack during the 2.30am fight.

Inspector Relph said if his inquiry finds the type of music played attracted a "hardcore minority of thugs", then one of the options he will consider is a ban on that music.





Harry Toddler and Bounty Killer kicks off

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toddler_killer.jpgWhy can't we all just get along! In the midst of all the passa passa with the dancehall artistes comes this latest one now involving Bounty Killer and Harry Toddler.

According to a story carried in the XtraNews Harry Toddler and Bounty Killer kicked off at a 'round town' dance with Harry left nursing an injured left eye after the so called altercation with Bounty.

Toddler told the paper "Bounty Killer juck me inna mi eye, buss mi chain and him wet me up wid Hennessey. Mi caan believe say this happen, mi nah look fi Killa do that to me."

"Right now, mi eye bloodshot bad, di man juck me inna mi eye like a blind him waan blind me. And then him buss off mi chain and wet me up wid liquor, and Ele and him friends dem start hold on pon me and say me fi easy because him caan tek the embarrassment and ting."

Well, well, well seems like the same old foolishness will be continuing for quite a while. Come on guys it's now a New Year...come with some new attitudes!





YardFlex execs adopt school

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

The season to be jolly has passed, and for many persons it will signify a return to selfishness. It can be argued that the pressures of life make many less than desirable characters, however, the bible verse, "love suffereth long" is the watch-word and song of a few.

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During the Christmas season the Olga Mendez Basic School in downtown, Kingston, Jamaica was the recipient of "goodies" for its students, graciously donated by executives of the media group, YardFlex Inc. The institution is a base for early childhood education for children between the ages 3 to 5 ½.





BLACKnativity2.jpgEthiopians join Orthodox Christians all over the world to celebrate Christmas today, January 7th as this is the date it falls on, using the Orthodox "old" calendar. In Ethiopia where more than 80 languages are spoken and where the majority is Orthodox Christian, many cultural influences make Christmas traditions diverse. However there are constants like using the word Ganna interchangeably with the word Christmas to mean the birth of Christ. The holiday is commonly referred to as, "Ye Ganna Baal."

On the Ethiopian calendar, the current month is still December or Tahesas and the month of January or Tir, only starts when the western Gregorian calendar reaches January 10.

Traditional celebrations for Ganna include the setting up of manger scenes featuring the Three Wise Men. King Balthazar, is said to have been the wise man from Ethiopia who brought gifts of Frankincense.

Frankincense is therefore infused in the celebrations as well and the aroma is widely used through oils or incense.





beenie&girlfriend_barbee.jpgWhat's really going on in the lives of Beenie Man and Barbee. First there were rumours circulating that Beenie beat her so bad she couldn't make it to a show...now the latest news circulating that Beenie Man's brother Blue 'juck' Barbee in her eye.

Checks with Barbee's publicist Ray Alexander confirmed that an incident did take place at Jagga B's dance at La Roose in Portmore last night.

According to Alexander, Barbee had a small disagreement with Blue and in gesticulating he accidentally hit her in the eye.

"I don't know what caused the friction, I have heard some wild stories, but what I do know is that Blue has since apologized to Barbee," Ray told this YardFlex reporter.

Among the wild rumours making the rounds is that Barbee was jealous because Beenie Man was flirting with a girl, but Alexander dismissed it claiming that most of the girls around were friends to both parties.

The drama didn't stop there though, because after Barbee left abruptly and Beenie Man discovered what happened he confronted his brother...but good sense prevailed and that too was squashed down.

YardFlex was unable to reach Barbee for a comment, but we will keep you posted.





Did Aidonia shoot a man?

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By: Lookout

aidonia2.jpgYardFlex understands that dancehall artiste Aidonia could be having some trouble with the law. From what we understand his name is being called in connection with a shooting incident where it is alleged he pulled the trigger.

YardFlex called the Constabulary Communication Network CCN, but was told "we are unable to make any sort of comment on this issue right now."

Stay tuned YardFlex will definitely be keeping you posted on new developments.





BILLBOARD LISTS REGGAE TOP TEN

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By: Joseph Cunningham

matisyahu.jpgBillboard Magazine has revealed its Top 10 reggae artistes of 2007. The listing sprung one major surprise, with Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew from Pennsylvania, USA, being rated as the Billboard Reggae Artiste of the Year! Apparently the decision is based on sales and downloads of the artistes' music plus airplay in the US.

In 2006, Matisyahu released the album titled "Youth," that was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category for that year. The artiste admits getting inspiration from reggae acts such as Luciano Barrington Levy and Morgan Heritage and most of his songs are just about entirely in English with just a few words of Hebrew and Yiddish sprinkled in.

With a reggae vocal style along the lines of traditional Rasta Roots mixed with dub sounds, Matisyahu's track production is comparable to King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Mikey Dread, and Linval Thompson.

Billboard Top 10 Reggae Artistes

1. Matisyahu
2. Bob Marley
3. Stephen Marley
4. Damian 'Jr.Gong' Marley
5. Sean Paul
6. Bob Marley & The Wailers
7. Collie Buddz
8. Buju Banton
9. Notch
10. Beenie Man





Reggae Treasures Missing

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Reggae LOGO.jpgA large quantity of music recorded in the 1970s has disappeared from the archives of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC).

According to authorities, the missing collection which includes original recordings by reggae greats Bob Marley and Peter Tosh was realized on Saturday.

Speaking on the matter, Olivia Grange, Jamaica's Information Minister said, "The possible theft of thousands of vinyl records and compact discs is a blow to the island's history."

Employees at the newly formed Public Broadcasting Corp. of Jamaica noticed the disappearances while touring the old JBC building. They had planned to use the archived material for their first programmes, Grange said.





DJ Nicholas passionate for Christ & music

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By: Joseph Cunningham

dj_nicholas.jpgHis powerful sound has many comparing him to Bounty Killer and Baby Cham, but he is not a secular artiste, instead, DJ Nicholas is a Gospel deejay. He attributes his strong vocals to spiritual dedication. "Seeking the lord brings power," he said.

Speaking with YardFlex via telephone on Friday afternoon, he revealed the interesting tale of how he began "walking with the lord."

"I was a rastaman who was living in accordance with the principles of
Rastafari. This was the case until I was reading my bible and saw the
scripture which reads...There is no other name under heaven, given
among men whereby we must be saved, but by the name of Jesus."

Nicholas said the bible passage made him realize that Jesus Christ is the only way. Praises be to God, he received the word with thanksgiving. As a result, he shaved his hair and turned fully to the bible for guidance and inspiration. He made the bold step of attending a church crusade at the New Life Assembly of God, Constant Spring Road. There, he got saved and baptized.

The passion of knowing Christ was accompanied by another passion...the passion of gospel music. He pursued his dreams of doing God's music by approaching Gospel producer, Tommy Cowan, who recorded his first single "Barrier." Nicholas continued to produce songs such as "Pop Off The Word" and collaborated with Kerron Ennis on "Holy Ghost Church." He has worked on projects for Bless a.k.a. Prodigal Son such as the concert, strong>'Recharge' which played a great part in his earlier development. Chevelle Franklyn, Robert & Jeneve Bailey and Danny Browne are some of the others Nicholas has worked with.





Mystic Vibes' Best in 2007:

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Mystic Vibes TV is Chicago's first and leading cable television show focused on world music entertainment and quality cultural programs. Airing on Cable Access Network, Channel 19, the show gives its viewers exposure to the world beat lifestyle from the Caribbean, Africa and the United States. It is a presentation of Zebulun Productions.

After digging through the crates and reviewing files, Executive Producer Zezel, came up with the following favorite episodes and events from 2007.

Chicago Reggae Music Festival

Chicago got its very own festival strictly for reggae music featuring an impressive line up of legends and trailblazers. It was a cool, rainy afternoon but the weather did not keep the die-hards from coming out. We braced the conditions and held tent-side interviews with everyone on the scene; Third World celebrating 30 years in music, Culture, Morgan Heritage, Queen Ifrica - who cracked the sky wide open and Junior Kelly who jumped offstage and sang to the crowd in the rain. The show aired repeatedly but don't miss the festival this year, it's set for August 23.





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

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Original Dancehall Jam Jam delivered

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JamJam2007Poster.jpgThe Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall, Clarendon came alive on New Years Eve with the staging of Cocoa Tea's Original Dancehall Jam Jam. The show brought out the massive and saw patrons enjoying some high quality performances too.

Sky Juice was in his element as the New Year rolled in. He did his antics on stage generating some fun vibes. Following Mr. Easy it was time for the original gangalee Louie Culture and he really was in his element as he did some of his favourites including "Pamela Lose Har Man."

Fanton Mojah did his thing and made way for Etana who brought a different vibes to the huge crowd that gathered. She gave a queenly performance before making way for Clarendonian Barrington Levy who was vintage at its best with his wide repertoire of hits.

The vintage vibes continued with Admiral Bailey who injected new energy into the crowd.

Spanner Banner slowed the pace down with his songs, however his performance was just as enjoyable.





Beenie Man and Barbee to Sue 876Radio

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barbee_beenie_man.jpgRay Alexander publicist for both Beenie Man and Barbie, has informed the Jamaican music fraternity that he is suing the management of 876 Radio after it reported that Beenie Man had beaten Barbie because she refused to give him a threesome.

Ray said they have since received a letter of apology from the management of 876 Radio. He said the accusations are false and that during the time of the alleged incident Beeine Man was in Miami and Barbie was at home sick and in bed.

Ray says they are however contemplating suing and may just demand that
they (the management of 876 Radio) send a public apology to all media
houses.

He further revealed that Beenie Man's lawyer has all the details and is ready to take action.





Milk's All White Birthday Bash sell off

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

As we all "a pictures tells a million words." Here are some photos from the event.

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Stephen McGregor...reggae's youthful veteran

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By: Joseph Cunningham

steven.jpgHe has been heralded as "the genius," but for what? That was the popular question two years ago when this kind of adoration was bestowed on a Jamaican teenager, who was new to the fraternity of music producers.

Many had reservations, but YardFlex interviewed Steven McGregor on Friday morning and cleared up all the misgivings. For starters, there is an obvious self-confidence that has propelled Steven McGregor ahead of his fellows in the new generation of Jamaican music producers.

He is also currently the most popular producer in the reggae industry,
delivering the kind of rhythms that make music students think of the
peculiar sounds of the likes of Swizz Beats. I asked the youth, age 17, turns 18 on Sunday; if he were to handpick artistes for a special rhythm, what would be his thought process?

Steven said, "While I take into consideration the type of artiste it is, no matter how famous the artiste, I always reserve the right to input my creativity in a significant way."

What is his source of confidence? He is a son of Freddie McGregor, and was exposed to music as a much younger boy. He virtually lives in the Big Ship studio, the McGregor's home studio where he has built over 500 rhythms.





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Dancehall nuh nice again...Need more vintage shows

By: Joan Wilson

Dancehall_thumb.jpgWhoever 'dejayed' that "Dancehall nice again" needs to get their head examined as it has deteriorated to a war zone. Gone are the days when you go there, "beat two juice," jam to some nice grooves and leave there with the feeling that your money was well spent!

Just looking back at last year the many feuds that took place and the tussles that happened on stage in front of paying patrons is enough to let you "wanna puke."

Wake up dancehall industry people the only losers in all of this are the very people who are supporting your music. Instead of a bang for their buck, what do you give them in return, disrespect and a steady diet of cuss words and total almshouse on stage.

It's time that music lovers demand more for the hard earned cash they have to fork out to go see these guys on stage. Unless you, who are spending your money start setting higher standards then this foolishness will continue.

Promoters too must join the crusade for change. Face it, the only way these artistes will conform and make a change for the better is if you hit them where it really hurts. A puny fine of $1-5000 will not stop them from going on stage and using expletives or being downright offensive.

If promoters (both locally and overseas) choose instead to draw for clean artiste consistently, then sooner or later these so called hype artiste will feel the pinch and start doing what it takes to 'eat a food'.





A tame Reggae Campfire

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The night was cold and the fire that was expected to warm up the night at Reggae Campfire held in Linstead never materialized as for many it did not live up the heat of previous staging.

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However, the night was not without its bright sparks as artistes such Anthony B sizzled on stage reminding many why after over ten years he is still in demand. Beenie Man has proven time and time again that when it comes to delivering to his fans he is the best. He had the crowd in a frenzy as he went through his paces.

Reggae Crooner Sanchez injected a little warmth in the night wit his lovers rock that had women drawing a little closer to their men.





Daddy Ernie steams up UK airwaves and dancehalls

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daddyernie_flyer.jpgDaddy Ernie, born Ernie Harriott in London, England – is one of Choice FM's long standing DJ's. He credits the purchase of an old gramophone he bought from a jumble sale as his first start at deejaying.

During his teen years he launched and established a sound system called President Downbeat with his brother and close friends. Subsequently, he became associated with the King Trojan sound system, which was affiliated with the Trojan Record company, one of the leading reggae labels at the time.

Later he teamed up with the Hawkeye International sound system, which eventually led to a spot at LWR, a seminal reggae radio station. After a short stint with another radio station, Time FM, he was asked to present Superjam on Choice FM, the first five-weekly reggae programme outside of Jamaica.





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TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 17 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (4wks@#1) NM
02 2 12 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records NM
03 4 15 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
04 3 12 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
05 7 7 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-2
06 6 9 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship NM
07 12 3 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back U-5
08 5 16 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon D-3
09 8 22 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-1
10 11 6 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-1
11 13 4 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-2
12 15 3 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-3
13 10 26 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-3
14 9 8 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-5
15 17 3 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records U-2
16 18 3 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-2
17 20 2 Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca U-3
18 - 4 Shoot Out – Mykal Rose – John John
19 14 21 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-5
20 - 3 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten – Demarco – John John





Britney Spears in the news again

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britney.jpgWhat's wrong with Britney! She's gone and done it again. According to reports surfacing on the Internet she hit a new low last night when authorities reportedly responded to a family-custody dispute at her house in Studio City, California.

In a reported posted on MTV News the singer refused to turn over her two children to ex-husband Kevin Federline, and authorities discovered her under the influence of an unidentified substance.

The Los Angeles Police Department was reportedly called to Spears' house after a person who has not been identified phoned authorities at 8 p.m. over a domestic disturbance. The call involved a "family custodial dispute that we are trying to resolve ... peacefully by court order," LAPD spokesman Officer Jason Lee told The Associated Press. She was due to have her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, until 7 p.m. that day.





By: Joan Wilson

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpg1992 was the year my life changed. That's when I was told I was now among those listed as diabetics. Not having any understanding of this disease, I thought it was the end of my life as I knew it. The first thing that set in was panic. The word itself sounded real ominous and conjured all kinds of images in my panicked mind.

Here I was faced with this new challenge and all I knew was that many people died as a complication from it including my grandmother. I felt as if I was now hemmed in and the corners were closing in real fast.

Most diabetics may feel that way at first, so that's why it is so important to equip yourselves with knowledge and it will really give you the power for living.

The first thing I did was have a long talk with my doctor. Maybe some of my questions were tedious, or might have sounded foolish, but doctors understand their patients fears (or they should) mine took her time and laid all mine to rest. I came out thinking "hey, this may be the best thing that could ever happen to me!"





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Chris Brown Sued for One Million Dollars

edit_chris_brown.jpgOn Christmas Eve, while most people were preparing to relax with family and friends, John Troxtel, a concert set designer, was filing a million-dollar lawsuit against the tour company of R&B star Chris Brown, this according to a report on Vibe Confidential.

Troxtel alleges that Brown's touring company didn't own up to their end of the bargain after a verbal agreement for his work designing the sets for Brown's "Up Close and Personal" Tour. Troxtel, who has designed concert settings for artists ranging from Michael Jackson, to Eminem and Snoop Dogg, says he was paid for some of his design work, but more work "was required and requested."

Troxtel claims that Brown's touring company refused to pony up the cash. He is suing for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

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Snoop Dogg's - Sensual Seduction

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Yeshemabeth McGregor...a composed melody

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Yeshemabeth.jpgA famous Jamaican adage says, "Wha drop offa head drop pon shoulder." It refers to heritage, particularly, genetic attributes.

Yeshemabeth Mcgregor is the daughter of Reggae Superstars Freddie Mcgregor & Judy Mowatt (formerly of the I-Threes). She is sister to YardFlex CEO, Deborah Cole producer, Steven McGregor and Dancehall artiste, Chino.

As expected, the musical influence in her immediate environment, drew her into music at an infant age.

At age three, Shema, as she is fondly known, started learning to play the piano and by age seven she knew how to play the violin as well. She made her first appearance as a back-ground vocalist for her mother at age nine and she has been doing so ever since. She also toured worldwide with her father, singing back-ground vocals and opening for him. Shema has released four albums in Japan, the latest, "A New State of Mind."

She explained that her reason for releasing her work there is a strategic move. "I am working on my image...I want to be more than just a Reggae or Dancehall artiste."





beeni.jpgOne thing was made clear at the recently held Trelawny Family Fun Day, which took place at the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium – it was a new year...but same old foolishness.

These artistes who claimed to have a problem with gays sure seemed rather fascinated by them, as they never missed a beat in promoting them during their performances – remember no publicity is bad publicity!

Many also came with their usual fascination to people's private bedroom practices as they went on and on about oral sex, they would remember patrons didn't pay their money to be hearing the same thing over and over...do your songs!

The show enjoyed a nice sized turnout and saw some good performances ...and some not so great ones.

There were also some names that were advertised on the flyer that were noticeably missing in action such as Buju Banton, Sizzla and Ninja Man. Thankfully the crowd didn't seem to have a problem with the MIAs as they enjoyed what was on offering for the night.





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Ne-Yo files lawsuit against R. Kelly

edit_neyo_r' kelly.jpgNe-Yo filed a lawsuit against concert promoters Rowe Entertainment for breach of contract, violation of the right of publicity and unfair business practices after he was dropped in late November from R. Kelly's "Double Up" tour after only two performances.

In the lawsuit, Ne-Yo asked for about US$735,000, the remainder of what he claims he was promised in an oral agreement.

"The idea that R. Kelly had anything to do with Ne-Yo being dropped from the 'Double Up' tour is just plain silly," Kelly's representatives said in a statement. "Ne-Yo was dropped because of a contractual dispute with the tour promoter and, in fact, Ne-Yo is not
suing Kelly, but only the promoter.

"Ne-Yo may think blaming the situation on R. Kelly will improve his chances of collecting from the promoter, but if he does, he is sadly mistaken. Anyone remotely familiar with R. Kelly knows he is confident enough in his own abilities to be happy to share the stage with enormously talented people -- the more talented, the better."

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Jah Cure's Statement

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edit_cure.jpgJah Cure's management has issued a statement since the Jam Jam incident saying little about what happened. Read below:

"2007 was a challenging year for me; however, throughout the year I was able to stay focused on the music while maintaining a positive attitude. I am here to uplift the people as I myself was once down. I want to use my music to comfort the hurt and bring joy to the sad.

"Many may have heard of a recent incident at Cocoa Tea's Dancehall Jam Jam, in light of this, I want to state that I am a positive person whose only aim is to uplift people and live in a positive way. I give thanks to those who have helped me throughout my career to reach the level that I am now. I want to thank Sizzla Kalonji as he was one of the first to believe in my music.

"Life is about challenges and hurdles but what makes a man a better person is the way he deals with these challenges and hurdles. I will try to make sure that my music remains positive and that my actions reflect my message." – Jah Cure.





Mikey Spice to put reggae gospel in the big league

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By: Joseph Cunningham

mikey_spice.jpg"I'm born again and free from sin..." are in retrospect, prophetic words from former secular Reggae crooner, Mikey Spice. The song was released in 1996, and was a chart topper. However, an interview with the singer revealed that he is now a devout Christian. "I am not just singing spiritual songs anymore. I am now serving the lord," Mikey told YardFlex.

Without giving away too much, Mikey said he is currently in negotiations to be signed to a major international label as a bonafide Gospel musician.

He does not attribute his decision to fully commit to Jesus as anything more than, "submitting to his destiny."

Interestingly, Mikey's "new walk" is in accordance with his beginnings. Mikey attended his fathers' church, where he sang and became a dazzling multi-instrumentalist, learning guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, piano, saxophone, flute, harp and clarinet before age 13.

It was at age 20 that he decided on a reggae career and started working with several bands. Mikey began recording in 1991, and by 1993 he had a live performance at Reggae Sunsplash. A good showing at Sunsplash preceded hits such as "Happiness," "Born Again" and "Jah Lifted Me," released in 1997.

Blessed with a uniquely broad, rich and resonant voice, Mikey was raised on the rousing spiritual music of the Church of God, in Kingston, Jamaica, where his father served as bishop and "Practice What You Preach" was the name of his 2001 monster hit. Today, the song continues to receive enthusiastic airplay in Jamaica, the U.S., Canada and Europe.





Eljai brings Belizean flavour to 'Rebel Salute'

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ELJAI_PIC_1.jpgWarming up for his 'Rebel Salute' debut, Belizean artiste Eljai has been making the rounds in Jamaica. With songs that include the major hit, "Angel of Mine" and recent release, "Blessed" under his belt, the singer has been making several promotional appearances around the island.

His current single "Blessed," features firebrand dancehall artiste, Capleton and the song has been thrust to the forefront of broadcast arenas with heavy video rotation on RETV, Hype TV, Juice TV and Karib TV.

Networking in Jamaica, Eljai performed on stage at concerts that include, the December 21st Tyrell Heights show and Dela Splash – both held in Spanish Town.

It has been a whirlwind of interviews and appearances, but well worth it for Eljai who remarked, "I will be in Jamaica for just a short time so I thought it was best to do some promotions while I am here. The song "Blessed" has been getting some good rotation and the video is showing on the cable television stations. Right now its all about the promotion."





Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Time Again

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Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgFans gearing up to descend on the Caribbean's biggest party this month are being advised to forget last year's traffic woes and prepare for a great time and smooth driving.

That's the word from the executive producer of the annual Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Walter Elmore. "Our new highway and underpass are now open and complete and this will greatly reduce the congestion to and from the venue," said the phenomenal jazz fest producer this week.

Elmore added that festival organizers of the January 24-26th Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues at the Aqueduct Rosehall in Montego Bay, Jamaica will be working in tandem with the Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Elan Powell, to ensure there is a smooth flow of traffic to and from the venue. "We also have a 2 Lane Underpass that links the outer lanes with the venue and also the parking lot across from the shops of Rose Hall," he explained. "This will allow the shuttle buses to come and go without crossing traffic."





Serani is at the top and reaching higher

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By: Janice Dayle

Serani.jpgSerani's recent overwhelming greeting by some of the world's roughest concert critics has undoubtedly sealed his musical fate. During a cameo appearance at STING – where he faced one of the hardest audiences to please; the multi-talented, many hat wearing Serani received a tumultuous response.

Best known worldwide for his smash breakout hit, "Doh" – featuring Bugle, Serani, who has brought many great reggae acts to life, is on a roll that will surely go on way beyond 2008.

For starters - this genius, commonly referred to as "The Future," will ring in his musical new year with the video release for his latest hot track, "Study People," recorded on the Fire Links' "Drumlane" rhythm that he created and produced.

There is no denying, Serani is chock full of amazing talent and his many successful compositions give proof of this. With his high tech mobile unit, Serani has composed such beats as "Anger Management," "Gullyside" and "The Dutty Wine" soundbed and is now also focusing on boosting his own performing skills.





Eddie Murphy Married

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murphy_edmonds.jpgEddie Murphy celebrated New Year's Day by marrying film producer Tracey Edmonds.

The pair exchanged vows yesterday on a private island off Bora Bora in French Polynesia. The wedding was attended by a small group of family and friends, their representatives told People magazine.

Murphy and Edmonds began dating and were engaged in July last year. Murphy, 46, has five children from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who filed for divorce in 2005. He also has a daughter with Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown.

Edmonds, 40, has two sons from her 13-year marriage to singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. As head of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc., she has produced the film and television series "Soul Food."

Murphy's film credits include "Dreamgirls," and the "Beverly Hills Cop," "The Nutty Professor," "Shrek" and "Dr. Doolittle" movies.





Yard Flex Sports Flash Back 2007

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By Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson


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The year 2007 will go down in no uncertain terms, as perhaps the most memorable year in sports for Yard Fans, who have come to expect that Jamaica's exploits on the track, on the pitch, or on the court's will be the quintessential of the Caribbean.

2007 saw massive accomplishments, and unparalleled performances where the Caribbean athlete in general and Jamaicans pushed the bondaries of
Athleticism, in further stamping their class on the International sporting Arena.

Cricket

In April 2007 the Caribbean came together, organized and staged without question the best ever International Cricket Council/Caribbean World Cup of Cricket, and an estimated television audience of 1.8 billion watched the month long event.

Some 16 teams took part in the World Cup, where Games were held at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, The Queens Park Oval In Trinidad, The Kensington Oval in Barbados, and Sabina Park In Kinston. Defending Champions Australia were again winners after beating Sri-Lanka in the final by six wickets thanks to a glorious 149 by Adam Gilchrist.

Tickets sales were confirmed at 31.4 million us dollars over the 52
matches, and was the highest ever achieved for any cricket world cup,
beating the previous record of 22 million in the United Kingdom in 1999.

The Caribbean men advanced past the first round with victories, over
Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland but failed to get past the Second Round.

It was in the month of April that the West Indian Legend Brian Charles
Lara bid farewell to the game of glorious uncertainties. April was surely an active month; at one point for the wrong reason as Pakistan's Coach Bob Wolmer was murdered under what was initially considered mysterious circumstances.

In 2007 Jamaica led by Chris Gayle and Wavel Hinds also restored joy and jubilation in the hearts of yard fans, after they won the regional 50 overs competition, beating Barbados in the final.





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Why This Fussing & Fighting?

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Artists need to control themselves and be more conscious of their of roles in the wider society. As we go forward into 2008 it is important that our cultural icons maintain the sort of composure that will always strengthen not only their careers but also their capacity to create.

Reggae music lovers in Jamaica and around the world want nothing more than to emulate their favorite artistes who they hold in such high esteem. However, when faced with disappointing behavior, such as the heavy hitting brawls, bickering and angry tantrums, their admiration gets crushed.

A Jamaican Canadian radio show host lamented at the situation, saying it took him many years to get people to pay proper attention to Reggae and the artistes today seem to be on a mission of destruction. Some
entertainers need to control themselves and stop the nonsense.

Following the Jam Jam incident days ago, some fans were heard saying,
"Thank God this happened at home and not at an international venue," but what about the old time saying that goes, "If you dance at home – you dance abroad!" Will the artistes in question ever learn?





Role Model let fans down at Jam Jam

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By: Elizabeth Smith

cure_kalonji.jpgBig "bowing up" went on at Cocoa Tea's Original Dancehall Jam Jam concert in Clarendon, where thousands of New Years eve revelers gathered to ring in 2008. This time it was Jah Cure who went completely out of control in response to words from Sizzla.

One would have thought that an event like this, on such an occasion - with resolutions and well wishes abound, would have been seeped in blessed love and understanding.

Well – think again...because our best of the best in reggae music never fail to let us down and Jam Jam's backstage was the scene of mayhem amongst artistes, once again.

During the show, while Sizzla and is more than 50 member entourage were chilling backstage, Sizzla approached Jah Cure to give some "professional" advice on his vocal techniques.





Britney Spears hospitalized again!

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britneyspears2.jpgWhat's with Britney? For crying out loud, can't she get it together! For the second time this month, Britney Spears was rushed to the hospital by ambulance early Thursday morning. According to reports in the Los Angeles Times, Spears, 26, was physically removed from her home by police and put into an ambulance at around 1 a.m., then escorted to the UCLA Medical Center by a phalanx of more than a dozen motorcycle officers, two police cruisers and two police helicopters.

The action came as a result of yet another call for a "5150" hold for a mental-health evaluation, which means that Spears is considered a threat to herself or those around her, authorities told the paper. The motorcycles and a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance swept through the gates of Spears' hilltop home in Studio City shortly after 1 a.m. California time, with a police helicopter hovering overhead, and removed the singer eight minutes later. Officers inside the home reportedly radioing to commanders that "the package is on the way out."





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 02 11 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-New#1
02 04 06 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back -Shot to Watch
03 01 12 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-4wks@#1
04 07 09 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It - Birchill–Greatest Gainer up 3
05 03 12 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
06 05 20 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon- Peak@#4
07 06 13 Brick & Lace- Love Is Wicked-180 Entertainment-Peak@#6
08 08 19 Movado-Squeeze Har -H2o- Peak@#5
09 09 20 Bugle-What I'm Gonna Do- Daseca-2wks@#1
10 12 10 Garrison Hawk –Gangsta Roll- Warner Bros





14 Jamaican dancers nabbed in club raid

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strippers3.jpgFourteen Jamaican dancers operating from several popular nightclubs were reportedly nabbed by police and handed over to the Immigration Department, this according to a report in the Antigua Sun.

The women were picked up over the weekend, after members of the Royal Police Force carried out an early morning sting operation on several local business places.

The operation is said to be an ongoing nationwide initiative of the police force, as a means of reducing the incidence of crime and illegal activities currently plaguing the country.

It was during the Jam Down raid that the nude and partially clad dancers were caught by the police and handed over to immigration.





High School Tour hits tourist capital

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Montego Bay was home for Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on the same weekend that the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour made its stop at Herbert Morrison Technical High School.

On Friday, January 25, Tony Young kicked off the tourist capital leg by introducing Principal Paul Adams who explained the uniqueness of the extraordinary school. He said the institution had the matchless insight to be the only one to offer a wide range of programmes. These courses include: Visual and Performing Arts, Business, General Studies, Science, Hospitality, Mechanical Engineering, Building Technology and Construction.

Being in existence since 1976 the school was named after a well known
philanthropist, Dr Herbert Morrison, who was also the foster parent of Rex Nettleford, cultural icon and former Principal of the University of The West Indies (UWI).

Principal Adams passed on the microphone, shifting the focus of this live broadcast tour for a moment to the rocking sounds of DJ Cat who had students moving to the beat of his selections. Then following a tight dance routine by a troupe, the Vice Principal, Mr. Haughton gave more interesting historical facts, this time with the spotlight on sports as well. Having been Vice-Principal since 1981, he spoke of the past achievements in netball and the DaCosta Cup.





"Sean Kingston" tops 7 million sales

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By: Joseph Cunningham


s_kingston.jpgSean Kingston's debut self-titled album has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

Five months after its release, the album has accrued more than seven
million sales worldwide from ring tones, ring-backs, singles and albums in physical and digital sales; for songs including his global chart topping single "Beautiful Girl."

"Beautiful Girl" topped charts in 21 countries around the world. His second hit, "Me Love" has been certified gold. His latest top ten hit "Take You There" has also gone gold. That single is currently number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

In related news, Kingston is now wrapping up a national US tour with Grammy-nominated R&B singer Chris Brown, following a national tour with Gwen Stefani. In March, he will kick off an international tour
performing throughout Europe, Australia and Asia. That tour will run until Spring.

And, he has been nominated in the 'Outstanding New Artiste' category for the 39th NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Thursday, February 14 on FOX.

Kingston recently won the US Teen Choice Award for 'Choice R&B Track' for "Beautiful Girls." Last year he won the UK MOBO Award for 'Best Reggae Act.'





Half Pint unveils "NO STRESS EXPRESS"

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By: Howard Hendriks

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It was a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Half Moon Hotel, Montego Bay when the entertainment fraternity turned out to support the launch of Half Pint's latest venture. Dignitaries, Media personalities and celebrities from as far as Germany witnessed the Jamaican launch of his album "No Stress Express." This offering will be released worldwide on March 11 and will be distributed via Universal Music Group Distribution.





'Word Sound Power' generates poetic CD

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image for betj story.jpgFor the first time ever, fans of Dub Poetry will be able to download a great Dub Poetry CD, representing the Caribbean with the likes of DYCR, M-1, Busy Signal, Sage, Einsley Burroughs, Charlie Bobus and other great poets. This project stems from 'Word Sound Power' which airs every Saturday morning on BET J.

'Word Sound Power' is an artistic force uniting the African oral tradition of rhythmic dub poetry and the literary art form of spoken word to form the voice of a new poetic generation. Each half hour episode airs weekly on BETJ with themes expressing conscious creativity from the streets and it represents the influence of revolutionary works.

This profound presentation is a bold move into the new landscape of
digital content. Hosted by M1 from the legendary Hip-hop group Dead Prez, 'Word Sound Power' redefines the boundaries of entertainment by directly addressing socio- economic, political issues with prose and purpose while providing an elevated visionary alternative to bridge the gap between cultures and countries.





Two-Day Festival in Florida to Honour Miss Lou

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By: Joan Wilson

Miss_Lou_1919_2006.jpgA two-day festival honouring the life and works of Jamaica's late Cultural Ambassador, Louise Bennett-Coverley, O.J. (Miss Lou), will be held in Florida from January 31 to February 1.

Titled 'Colonization in Reverse' the event, slated for the South Regional Broward Library in Pembroke Pines, will kick off the library's Black History Month celebrations. It is being held under the patronage of Consul General to Miami, Ricardo Allicock.

The first day of the event will feature a panel discussion on 'Perspectives on the Life and Work of Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley', which will address language, empowerment and identity, education, the impact of the culture on the Caribbean Diaspora, Creolization, linguistics and etymology, and the depth and breadth of the political humour of Miss Lou. Panelists will include poet and cultural expert Professor Mervyn Morris; actress, author and comedian, Joan Andrea Hutchinson; Florida-based educators Drs. Susan Davis and Marva McLean; and attorneys David Rowe and George Lewis.

A supporting cast of Jamaican talent based in South Florida will headline a concert the following day starting at 7:00 p.m. The two-day event is being coordinated by the Broward Library Division, the Broward Community College and the Jamaica Folk Revue.





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"The entertainment business needs some change. There is just too much war and violence, it needs some uplifting positive vibes," Mikey Congress, a member of the management team of House of Congress stated, in introducing the production company.

House of Congress, with management teams based in Portmore and New York, comes to the fore with a vision – to change the receding trend of the entertainment business.

With a roster of young talented acts to work with, the company is set on making its presence felt.

According to Parro Congress, another member of the management team, "We are here to bring good music to the world, to make a difference by investing in quality acts, put them to the forefront and hopefully by doing that we can change the trend."

Carl Anthony Flowers formed House of Congress in 1988 with the aim of establishing a multi-dimensional company where he would be involved in several aspects of the entertainment industry.

Twenty years later that dream has been realized, as House of Congress is now into music production, artiste management, sound system and show promotion. With the main players being Carl, Mikey, Parro, Andre and Shawn, the team has a clear agenda for 2008.

"We want to be all over the place with the House of Congress label...we will be doing more producing, looking to get some female artistes on the label and of course, we have Magnum Tonic Wine Congress Fridayz anniversary coming up in March," Parro shared.





Avid Mavado fan shot and killed

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By: Lookout

mavado_pic.jpgYardFlex came across this story on Trinidad Express and we have to say that they will do anything to tie Jamaicans in their mix up.

See, these DJs can't say they weren't warned about the type of lyrics they do. Below is an excerpt from the story posted on the website and please tell us how poor Mavado named got called up in this one – judge for yourselves!

SADIKI "Sadman" Marshall's murder is believed to be reprisal killing for a robbery on Friday night.

Marshall, 22, was gunned down in Providence Estate, Upper Bournes Road, an area better known as the "Cocoa" just after 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Police believe that the shooting incident is connected to a robbery where two men were severely beaten and robbed in the same area on Friday night.





This obsession with oral sex

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By: Rootzgirl


Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgIt's another year and I have to endure going to stage shows and hearing these DJs coming up on the stage and hitting out against men and women who delight in pleasuring themselves through oral sex.

Now I am no prude and I am a firm believer in whatever you want to do behind closed doors is your own business...so I have to admit that it really gets to me when you pay your money, go to stage shows and one DJ after the other take it as their duty to lick out (no pun intended) against what they term 'bow cats'.

Now peeps, you mean to tell me that in this day and age they can't find anything else to DJ about but bedroom activities! They sure seem obsessed with this kind of activity and lead me to wonder, what is their real fascination with this form of sexual activity?

I don't have to remind you of stories that have circulated where DJs who have been known to crusade against this activity were caught with their tongues hanging out in the act!

The sad thing about the whole thing is that no-one asked their opinion, so there was no need to talk about it, yet the compulsion remains to bring it out in the open.





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It was a birthday celebration with a difference at Macka Diamond's Birthday Bash held last Friday night at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Many turned out to enjoy themselves at the bingo table, trying to win one of the prizes up for the grabs including appliances, furniture and a cash prize of US$2000.

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Action kicked off rather late as up to minutes after 1 am not much was happening, but things gradually picked up.

When the action died down at the bingo table it was time for another form of pleasure – some hardcore juggling and performances.





Cristy Barber given top VP Records appointment

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logo_vp.jpgVP Records this week announced the appointment of Cristy Barber as Vice-President of Marketing and Promotions.

The top notch music industry executive who has assisted in developing Grammy winning artists like: Damian 'Jr. Gong' and Stephen Marley will oversee the marketing and promotions department as second to Randy Chin, President of VP Records.

"We are thrilled to have Cristy join the VP Records family" stated Mr. Chin. 'Her extensive knowledge of reggae and heartfelt passion for the music...offers VP the right blend to keep VP as the leader in the genre. Her addition completes what is the best management team in Reggae today."

Fresh from her close to five year stint as President of Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths International where she worked in tandem with, Universal Republic Records, Ms. Barber brings a wealth of knowledge to VP Records.

Her music career started in 1992 and Barber worked for hip-hop star KRS-One's company, Front Page Entertainment; from where she went on to work as a publicist for Capitol Records. Companies such as Elektra Entertainment, Island Records and Columbia Records have previously appointed her in key marketing and promotional positions. It is also a return to VP Records for Barber, who was Director of A&R there for two years.





Marley Documentary Premieres February 6

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By: Joseph Cunningham

africa_unite.jpgThe documentary, "Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's Vision," will be premiered in February, "Reggae Month." It will have its world premiere on Marley's birthday, February 6, at the Carib 5 Cinema and will be available on DVD on February 12.

Featuring American actor Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, the I-Threes and the Marley family, the film will take a look back at the Smile Jamaica/Africa Unite concert.

The film is based on events before, during and after the Marley family's first trip to Ethiopia in 2005 for the twelve-hour Africa Unite concert held in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Three hundred thousand persons from across the globe helped the Marley family celebrate Bob Marley's 60th birthday that year with the massive
outdoor concert.

Additionally, the film will highlight the Marley family's travelogue and humanitarian efforts. It also includes rare archival footage of Marley himself.





Yaad Suss

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j_reid2.jpgJunior Reid before the court for child maintenance

First, Junior was accused of not settling his debt with someone he did business with...now the latest drama surrounding the 'One Blood' singer is that he is before the court for child maintenance.

Well, to be fair to the singer he was giving the mother of four 'something' but the amount was way below what it took to adequately take care of so many children.

The case will be called up at the Supreme Court today where the judge is expected to settle on an amount that will see the children being properly taken care of.

Hmm makes you wonder which other entertainer out there that is in this very same boat...drop us a link at YardFlex...we want to know.

Come on man, don't let the baby mothers have to be taking you to court to stand up to your responsibilities...it's a New Year...do better than that!

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Shaggy on The Tonight Show

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leno_shaggy.jpgDancehall superstar Shaggy turned up the heat on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) as the featured guest artist on the episode that aired live on January 21, 2008.

No stranger to prime time, Shaggy was originally slated on Jay Leno when his new album Intoxication dropped back in November, but the much anticipated appearance was postponed due to the writers' strike in
Hollywood.

Performing his latest single "What's Love," a collaboration with hip-hop star Akon, Shaggy brought his signature moves to the set with gruff hardcore vocals and humorous facial expressions, sending the already screaming audience into a frenzy.

"What's Love" fits the formula of breezy dancehall- meets-hip-hop that has sent the Grammy Award-winning and 20-times platinum artist soaring to the top of charts for years.





Inseason Juice, KLAS bring tour on a motorcade

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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All roads led to Calabar High School on Thursday January 25th as the Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour made its way to Calabar High School by motorcade. KLAS FM, initiators of the tour, decided to make this 3rd stop of the live broadcast concert from High Schools a big celebration, by arriving in fine style.

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A long line of 'School Tour' supporters drove from KLAS studios on Haining Road, through New Kingston to Trafalgar Road – then down to Half Way Tree, up Eastwood Park Road – onto Red Hills Road and into Calabar High. Vehicles donned with banners highlighting sponsors made up the eye-catching procession.

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Catching students off guard, since school administration forgot to announce a reminder about the event, tour personnel went around rounding up those who were curious about the motorcade and others who were still around after school for extra curricular activities. In the end a nice sized crowd gathered in the Boys' School's courtyard for the fun.





vp_greensleeves.jpgVP Records, the world's leading reggae record company, has announced that it has made an offer to purchase Greensleeves Records & Publishing from Zest Group plc, subject to the approval of Zest's shareholders. VP Records will inherit a catalogue comprised of some of the most notable albums of the genre, from Elephant Man to Yellowman and hit songs recorded by such acts as Rihanna, Sean Paul and Shaggy.

Chris Chin and Randy Chin, respectively Chief Executive Officer and President of VP Records, further added: "Although Greensleeves has historically been our competitor, we have always had the utmost respect for what Greensleeves stood for. The label and its founders had a long term commitment to Reggae music and no one is better positioned than VP Records to understand the need to respect this legacy. We will ensure that Greensleeves remains alive as a brand synonymous with excellence in Reggae and Dancehall music."

Olivier Chastan, Vice President of VP Records, concluded: "The addition of Greensleeves to our catalog will ensure that the genre remains an important category in music. I am incredibly excited about the accumulation of classic works such as Wayne Smith's "Sleng Teng" and Yellowman's "Mr. Yellowman."





PM Among Throng at Jazz Festival Opening Night

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Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, was among the thousands of Jamaicans and visitors to the island, who were thrilled by high quality performances from local and international acts, on the opening night of the 11th annual Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Thursday (Jan. 24), in Montego Bay.

A number of government ministers, private sector officials, and members of the opposition, were also in attendance.

The bumper crowd at the show venue in Rose Hall was rocked by performances from soul singer Anita Baker; former lead singer of Kool and the Gang, JT Taylor; and local acts A.J. 'Boots' Brown and Jessica Yap. There were also steller performances from the jazz band Spyro Gyra, while Latin group,Yerba Buena rock the venue with the sounds of slasa and samba.





An 'Intensifying' Hugh Masekela Jazzed Mobay.

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By: Kaylia Williams
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The lawns of The Aqueduct welcomed many jazz fans who anticipated the
illustrious Hugh Masekela's performance at Friday night's edition of the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay. He created an intrinsic vibe with his grass roots delivery which made him the ultimate show stopper of the night. With melodies seeped in Masekela South African roots and mixed with jazzed beats, the jazz icon cemented his place at Rose Hall. Masekela mesmerized fans, especially while performing his Billboard Hot 100 hit "Grazing in the Grass."

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After an energetic set, jazz fans begged for an encore he obliged giving off a more genre-bending dynamic style with favorites "The Market Place," "Vasco Da Gama" and "Secret Society."





Gospel to mainstream pioneers get four GMAs

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By: Joseph Cunningham

clarke_sisters.jpgThe Clark Sisters, credited for bringing Gospel to mainstream, took home four awards from the 23rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, held recently at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

The group won "Artist of the Year," "Group/Duo of the Year," "CD of the Year," and "Traditional Group/Duo of the Year" for their "Live-One Last Time" reunion album.

Meanwhile, co-hosts Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans also won awards. Franklin won "Special Event CD of the Year" for his "Kirk Franklin Presents Songs from the Storm, Volume 1." CeCe was saluted with the "Chevrolet Most Notable Achievement Award."





By: Kaylia Williams
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Anita Baker the queen of soul is known to please her patrons wherever she goes; she did not disappoint her fans at the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Thursday night. Patrons who filled the Aqueduct at Rose Hall in Montego Bay, harboured melted souls when the queen made her entrance on stage and they shouted for more hits from her repertoire at the set's end. After demanding and being graced with this encore, the audience went wild, screaming Anita's hit, "Giving You The Best That I Got."

Making every effort to continue pleasing the crowd, Anita asked, "Do want the 'F' song," to a resounding yes from one and all. And she delivered melodiously, leaving patrons mesmerized and thinking about "Fairy Tales." If that wasn't enough she wooed especially the men with her 1994 hit "Body and Soul," giving way to lovers' screams of her 1986 hit, "Sweet love."

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Lively MC Richie B, shared with the audience news on the 'Queen of Soul' – Anita's upcoming 50th Birthday celebration on Saturday. The announcement prompted patrons into sing "Happy Birthday." Our very own Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett, presented the songstress with a cake and red roses.





EME special nods for Alicia Keys & Akon

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By: Joseph Cunningham

akon_keys.jpgAkon and Alicia Keys will be honoured for their continued support of reggae music, at the fourth staging of the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards on February 7.

Among the 25 categories in the EME Awards is one called International Friends of Reggae, and the organizers have announced that Akon and Keys have been selected as this year's recipients.

It is known that both musicians are fans of Reggae music. Recent proof has been Alicia Keys' performance at the American Music Awards (AMA) when she collaborated voluntarily with Reggae artistes, Junior Reid, Chakademus and Pliers and Beenie Man.





Sean Paul feat. Busy Signal & Busta Rhymes - Serious

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'Reggae Month' sealed by Proclamation

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"I hereby proclaim the month of February to be celebrated now and henceforth as Reggae Month."

Those utterances from the Governor-General of Jamaica, Kenneth Hall, on Thursday morning, were permanently added to the pride Jamaicans feel for their music, Reggae. He also noted Reggae music is also that one thing people around the world associate the word Jamaica with.

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After the Governor-General completed the proclamation an excited Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, said, "Isn't this a wonderful feeling? From the corners of Trench Town and West Kingston to the halls of King's House;" making reference to the growth of the genre.





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It's Fyakin time

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By: Elizabeth Smith

fyahkin.jpgGordon Town in St. Andrew, Jamaica was buzzing with activity recently as the video shoot for Fyakin's hit, "You Are My Lady" brought part of the town to life. Directed by the talented, Asha, the clip will be set for broadcast in a few weeks.

The release is widely anticipated, as Fyakin has recently become a household name with the Solar Records produced, "You Are My Lady" getting good airplay. In fact the song has gained much popularity and lead lady of the video admits she was sold from the first time she heard the track.

Princess Menen, known for her song, "Listen To Me Sing" said, "When I was in New York, I briefly met Fyakin and he gave me a copy of his CD. When I got in my car, I put it in my CD player and "You Are My Lady" was the first track that played. For weeks, it was the only song I listened to in my car...I had to be in his video when he asked."





Catch Jamaica Jazz fest at your desk

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgAction from the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival will be shown live on the web. CbeanMedia.tv and Telstar Cable, in collaboration with the organizers came to the agreement.

Sherra Pierre-March of Cbean Media disclosed details of how fans could access the service. "For a small fee, fans will be able to get a front seat to performances from all the Caribbean artistes as well as those entertainers on the Art Of Music stage, without leaving their computer. Additionally, the live stream, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the artistes and fans alike.

To access the event live, log on to www.cbeanmedia.tv, January 25 and 26."





Third World turns 35 this year

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By: Joseph Cunningham

third_world.jpgThird World, the legendary Reggae band is 35 years old in 2008 and a new album, as well as a special series of concerts are expected to celebrate the fete.

Lead singer, Bunny Rugs said the album has been named "Third World and Friend." He further revealed that among the tracks on it is a remake of "1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade)." "Sense of Purpose" is another hit that will also get a makeover.

"In celebration of Third World's 35th anniversary in the year 2000 and love, we are planning to have our celebration at King's House on December 28," Rugs said. The show will be called, "Committed."





Erup's "Click My Finger" clicks into the # 1 Spot

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

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01 2 6 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 15 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records (2wks@#1)
D-1
03 5 6 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-2
04 4 18 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love NM
05 3 20 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (4wks@#1) D-2
06 9 5 Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca U-3
07 6 10 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill (pp#5) D-1
08 8 12 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship (pp#6) NM
09 13 6 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-4
10 7 15 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-3
11 14 7 Shoot Out – Mykal Rose – John John U-3
12 10 7 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu (pp#10) D-2
13 11 19 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon (pp#3) D-2
14 17 6 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten – Demarco – John John U-3
15 18 3 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy – Charly Black – M/Bass Production U-3
16 12 6 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records (pp#12) D-4
17 15 9 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love (pp#10) D-2
18 16 25 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-2
19 - New Bembe – Voicemail – Big Ship
20 19 11 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-1





UB40 singer quits after 30 years

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AliCampbell08.jpgUB40 frontman Ali Campbell has called it quits with the band after nearly three decades.

The 48-year-old singer said he took the "agonising" decision to leave because of management problems.

On his website, Campbell denied he was quitting to start a solo career and said: "I know UB40 will carry on successfully without me and I wish them the very best."

Campbell will quit after performing his last concerts with the band next month in Australia, New Zealand and Uganda.

The band was formed in the English Midlands during the economic slump of the late 1970s, taking their name from an official unemployment benefits form.





Get online and party with Macka Diamond tomorrow

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money_o_posters.jpgRinging in her birthday with a Bingo Party and Show, Macka Diamond gets set for tomorrow's celebration and fans all around the world are cordially invited to join 'Money-O-Bingo-with-the-STARS-Birthday Bash,' at www.yourradio105.com

The live action at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, Kingston promises to be a huge night of giveaways and musical enjoyment with Macka "Money Goddess" Diamond and friends.

A star-studded line up of Disc Jockeys and performers is on the slate for the bash, said to be bigger and better than all of Macka's previous birthday parties. Bringing fans closer to their favorite entertainers and jocks is the aim, so expect mad mingling around Bingo Tables, all of which will lead into the cake cutting and what is destined to be a slamming show.

And why not take the few hot moments out to celebrate Macka's fine life and career that sees her latest chart topping single, "Dandy Shandy" climbing current charts and a whirlwind year of successes with promotions of her hits like "Hula Hoop" and the critically acclaimed and historic first Dancehall Novel, "Bun Him."





'Afaster' Powell to open his season this Weekend

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

asafa_powell.jpgThe world's fastest man Jamaican Asafa Powell will open his 2007-2008 campaign in the men's 400 metres at the Queens/Grace Jackson Track meet, to be held this Saturday January 26 at the Stadium East Mini Complex in Kingston, Jamaica.

Powell, who has been nominated for the Sports Man Of The Year along with World Championship silver medalist Maurice Smith, will be among many of the M.V.P Track Club stars who will be on show.

It will be interesting to see how Powell's body will respond to this rigorous event, bearing in mind that he is still recovering from a groin strain which was aggravated at the Yokohama Classics in Japan last December.

Another point of interest for the world record holder - at 9.74 seconds over 100 metres, is that his personal best in the one lap event stands at 47.17 and he says he is destined to lower that mark on Saturday.





Prodigy turning heads with "Real Power Is People"

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prodigy.jpgMobb Deep's Prodigy, is wasting no time as he waits for the day he'll be called on to do time for a gun possession conviction brought on by a confession last October.

Admitting ownership of a 22 calibre unlicensed gun found during a routine traffic stop in his Chevy Suburban, the rapper whose real name is Albert Johnson, was sentenced in a Manhattan Supreme Court to three and a half years as opposed to the fifteen he faced as a third time weapons felon.

On February 13th he is scheduled to report to enforcement and until then he rolls on, spitting controversy and turning heads, as his latest track titled, "Real Power Is People" was mysteriously removed from You Tube recently.

The song was performed live on BET "Rap City" on January 9th and will be released on H.N.I.C. Part 2.

Now if you think Kanye West has controversy in his chat, check out these new writings from Prodigy.





"Ladies Night Out" premiers in Florida

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edit_ladies_night_out2.jpgThe Juan Jackson produced and authored movie, "Ladies Night Out" is set for release on March 3rd at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Starring Ricardo "Supa Twitch" Sanchez (Supa Sound), Orrett "Bambino" Hart (Gambino Sound), Stacy Ann Rose, Delicia Cordon, Dominique Wong, Tina Hudson, Markenson Pierre and Terry Ann Marshall, the film brings light to the negative repercussions of burdensome childhood experiences.

Tragic circumstances that plagued the lives of four foster home raised
Caribbean women who were best friends from childhood, strongly tainted, but did not overpower their views of life. As professional adults the friends come together for a night out. At this point, the drama starts to unfold.

Listed as a one day journey between friends, where apparent misfortune
ends up being a blessing, the movie has a few comedic twists.

The red carpet affair begins at 6:30PM.





International News

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Ne-Yo on gay rumours

ne-yo.jpgYup, Ne-Yo is just another of the American celebrities that is stuck with the gay rumour. He came out loud and clear in an Essence interview regarding his sexuality.

"Honestly, when I first heard that there were rumors out there about me being gay I thought, wow someone must really hate me. There's nothing wrong with being gay, but I just couldn't understand why someone would make up lies like that. I remember speaking to Jay-Z about it and he was like, "Look, man you haven't made it until someone says you’re gay."

"Okay, so because I can respect a woman's shoe game, and not to mention that I've bought a few pairs of shoes in the past for the women in my life, that makes me gay? That's hilarious."

That's speaking his mind we suppose...but hey what does he mean by there's nothing wrong with being gay...what's so right about it!

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sports, Sam Condor welcomed John Barnes, Head Coach of the Digicel Clinics at a surprise meet and greet at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (RLB) International Airport in Basseterre St. Kitts recently. He commended the cell phone giants Digicel for the bold move stating "I want to commend Digicel for this initiative and as a fellow footballer welcome John Barnes to our beautiful island. We are happy that you have been able to represent the Caribbean over the years and thank you on behalf of the government and people of St. Kitts."

Also among the welcome delegation were Peter Jenkins, President of the St. Kitts Football Association, Lloyd Lazaar, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sports, Dave Conner, Director of Sports and Digicel Clinic participants Ehjason Henry and Allanje Rogers, members of the National U-2- team.





Demarco's "Fallen Soldier" keeping the #1 Spot locked

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 11 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-4wks@#1
02 03 10 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records
03 03 11 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
04 07 05 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back -Shot to Watch
05 04 19 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon- Peak@#4
06 06 12 Brick & Lace- Love Is Wicked-180 Entertainment
07 11 08 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It -Birchill–Greatest Gainer up 4
08 05 18 Movado-Squeeze Har -H2o- Peak@#5
09 08 18 Bugle-What I'm Gonna Do- Daseca-2wks@#1
10 10 18 Busy Signal-Nah Go A Jail-Jam-3wks@#1





Natasja Saad hits number one

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By: Joseph Cunningham

natasja1.jpgNatasja Saad, the Danish singer who traveled from her home-land with an objective to become a Reggae star, died untimely, while on her way to a performance in Jamaica in 2007. It seemed she had missed out, but no! Months after her death, she has currently scored a smash hit on the US Billboard charts.

The song already charted at number 29 on the European Hot 100 Singles
chart in late 2007.

The seemingly indestructible track titled "Calabria 2007" by the Danish producer Rune Reilly Kolsch known these days as Enur, might just provide Ms Saad with a fitting posthumous honour - an American pop hit.

"Calabria 2008," as it is now known, held firm at number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, and has gained support from mainstream and rhythmic top 40, dance and Latin radio. "Calabria" is currently the number one song on Billboard Dance Music Airplay chart.

Rune told Billboard.com recently that, "The whole rhythm aspect has always been the thing that fascinated me the most about producing records. The reggaeton feel came quite naturally because it's such a universal rhythm and also with what has been coming out of Jamaica lately,dancehall is moving faster and faster, and it is so easy to incorporate in music."





Beenie Man to face trial for tax evasion in March

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doc1.jpgBoy oh boy it seems like this tax evasion thing is gonna be hanging over Moses 'Beenie Man' Davis' head for some time still.

After going to court yesterday it is understand that the DJ is scheduled to return on March 25 and to date he has not given the court any clear indication on how he is going to settle the debt.

The case was last heard on December 10, 2007 when the DJ's lawyers said they would be holding talks with the tax authorities regarding his multi million-dollar tax.

However, tax representatives told the court yesterday that Beenie only visited their offices once.

The tax authorities allege that the entertainer owes the state $47 million in income tax.





Beer It All for The Quad on February 5

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redstripe_renaisannce.jpgTuesday, February 5 at The Quad will be the perfect time and place to get into the carnival spirit when Red Stripe Renaissance presents 'Beer It All.'

"This will be the Mardi Gras edition and we will have a lot of attractions, including beads, masks and of course, the girls dressing sexy, plus what more can any patron ask for with Red Stripe deals all night long?" explained Delano Thomas of Renaissance.

Now in its fifth year, 'Beer It All' has enjoyed stagings in Negril, Hilton Ballroom, Musgrave, Ocho Rios and now The Quad will be enjoying this very popular event.

According to Delano, he will be going all out to ensure that this year's staging of 'Beer It All' is even better than the previous years.

"It has always been a good party and we are taking the right steps to make sure this one is the same or even better," Delano quipped.

Patrons gearing up to welcome Ash Wednesday can party away without worrying about work the next day! As the promoter says, it's all about having fun and vibing in the right atmosphere.

Patrons are reminded to think responsibly, and drink responsibly.





Club Amazura in New York was on fire

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By: D.C.

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Yeah man, Club Amazura in New York was the place to be – for a lot of reasons. The turn out was nice, performances good and talking bout dat, people Lutan Fyah blaze up di place wid him song dem, but it come een like nuff a dem still nuh too familiar wid di wicked lyrics dem whey him a chant.

The Doctor Beenie Man as usual gi a great performance...dem can't stop him. Him just know how fi get the crowd riled up and inna di groove.

But a have to admit dat wi did kinda disappointed cause wi spot Barbee inna di house and did tink sey him a guh call har up fi do dem big song "Give It Up" but him just perform like she neva inna di house...but speaking of Barbee maybe Beenie neva call har up cause she tiad, cause she did have some bags under har eyes and look like she well waan some rest.





Speech_logo_Left.jpgAn emerging media entity on the Caribbean/New York landscape, ZYNC-TV, will examine the boundaries of free speech in today's popular music culture, at a specially arranged forum at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (Eastern Parkway/Flatbush Avenue), in central Brooklyn, on February 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

"A number of today's artistes are beginning to feel the pressure of censorship because their lyrics speak out against certain lifestyles and concert promoters now run the risk of having to cancel events or make considerable adjustments to their line-ups for fear of boycott, demonstration and rejection," Eion Saunders, co-producer of ZYNC-TV and the forum's convenor told JIS News.

The forum will draw on a number of key resource persons and personalities from the music industry, academia and the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual & Transgender (GLBT) communities.





Vegas mash up Barbados

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vegas2.jpgWhat is happening the business...you come with two good songs and suddenly think that you are a star?

YardFlex source in Barbados gave us the 411 on a show that took place on Sunday at the Celebrity Car Park with Vegas and Munga Honorebel.

According to our source both Vegas and Munga ended up working on tracks as Munga wanted Vegas to work with his band instead of the other way around. Now people Vegas around a long time and Munga just a come in the business, why him think that Vegas would want to work on his band?

Anyway being that as it may the show went on but guess what ...Vegas performed first with Munga closing!!!

No, we thought Munga had more sense than that. Vegas with his full repertoire of hits went on the stage...but not before declaring "Freddie (the promoter)...di only reason why mi come fi work on stage on tracks a because a yuh, cause people nuh like tracks," then he went into some retro songs like "Sucky Ducky," "Hot Gal," "Heads High," and of course some of his later songs such as "Do You Know," "Lean Wid It" and "Hot Wuk" with the dancers going on their head tops and mashing up the place!





Gyptians - "I Can Feel Your Pain"

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Music industry must be strengthened

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Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange has said that the music industry must be strengthened so that the country can fully tap into its potential.

The Minister was speaking at the opening of a three-day workshop for music professionals on (Jan. 21) at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston.

According to Miss Grange, the music industry can rival any traditional sector in the country but "the ability to fully exploit all this potential has continued to elude us. We have been successful in many ways but we still have to recognize that this is a business," she stated.

She noted that the music industry contributes significantly towards the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and it is ranked higher than some of the more traditional sectors. She argued that because of the tremendous potential that the sector holds, it is "time to encourage and facilitate a more formal relationship between the music industry and the mainstream economy."

"This will require a change in attitudes by all concerned. Government will need to expeditiously, put necessary legislation in place to guide and encourage further development within the sector and the industry will also need to adopt better corporate systems and practices," Miss Grange stated.

Citing areas of concern, the Information Minister pointed to the need for a structural framework and support mechanisms that can help artistes "take their craft to the next level."

A crucial element of that support structure, she said, is the accounting side of the industry, noting that "artistes have long complained of unfair treatment from producers, and producers have similarly been bitten by disloyalty and unprofessional conduct from artistes".

"We need to strengthen the systems in order to afford all stakeholders security, and the promise that they will get maximum return for their creative output," Miss Grange said.





Ne-Yo to sue Beyonce?

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neyo-beyonce.jpgThis one is hot! Apparently Ne-Yo is getting so sick of waiting for his royalties. According to mediatakeout.com word around Ne-Yo's camp is that he may be considering suing Beyonce over the royalties for her hit song "Irreplaceable."

A person familiar with the details spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the website on the condition of anonymity. That person explained, "Ne-Yo was never paid for writing the song Irreplaceable. There was just an understanding that he'd help out on [Beyonce's album] and when it was his time to make his album, Beyonce would return the favor."

But the insider reveals that Beyonce is now refusing to record a duet on Ne-Yo's upcoming album. The insider explains, "I don't know what's going on, but it doesn't look like Beyonce's going to be working on the album...Ne-Yo could have sold that song for hundreds of thousands of dollars...I know that he's consulted a lawyer over what to do about things."

And according to the source "I'm not sure whether Ne-Yo will actually go through with a lawsuit. But I know he's furious about it...If she doesn't work on his album, I hope he does sue."





Manley's induction proud moment for Jamaica

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Michael Manley.jpgOn January 12, 2008 the Right Honourable Prime Minister Michael Manley gone from us 10 years now, was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Unveiling his footsteps along with 10 other inductees was the highlight of the ceremony held at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

Included as a featured event of the annual Trumpet Awards, the Civil Rights Walk of Fame programme is sponsored by Trumpet Awards Foundation Inc., with its creation and design being the brainchild of Trumpet's executive producer, Xernona Clayton. Now in its fifth year, the programme has enriched the heritage of the civil rights movement as it gives recognition to those advocates of justice and rights who made immense sacrifices and continue to do so.

Other footsteps this year were: Dr Wyatt Tee Walker - Pastor, Herman Russel, Sr. – developer, Tom Joyner – Show Host, Clarence B. Jones – Attorney for Martin Luther King, Jr. – Dr. Benjamin Hooks – former NAACP Executive Director, Jesse Hill – pioneering businessman, Sammy Davis, Jr. – entertainer, Tyrone Brooks, Sr. – tireless civil rights worker, Senator Edward W. Brooks - first African American Attorney General in Massachusetts and Dr. Maya Angelou – poet, memorist, actress and author.





By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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In a packed auditorium of about 300 students the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour was in high flight at the Mannings High School in Savanna-La-Mar Friday January 18, 2008. On arriving, YardFlex noticed three students engaged in a drinking competition...no not alcohol, but definitely the Inseason Orange, Apple and Sorrel Juices.

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The energy was intense when host Tony Young of KLAS FM announced the next performer and Jah Mason entered the stage with, "I told you" and he did his hit "My Princess Gone." Received with loud screams of approval, his lyrics connected with every students’ nerve and without having to sing another word Jah Mason turned the microphone in the direction of the students who sang line by line, word for word. He performed other hit tunes including "Loving You For So Many Reasons," "You Think I'm Gonna Cry" and "Run Come Love Me Tonight." These songs had boys, girls and teachers rocking and rub - a - dubbing.





Luciano gives another Jah Driven album

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By: Joseph Cunningham

luciano_jahismynavigator.jpgHe is known as Jah Messenger, a name which symbolizes the kind of musician Luciano is. His edifying lyrical content and harmonies bring peace to the spirit.

Ever since the release of his breakthrough CD "Where There Is Life" in 1995, Luciano has been at the forefront of roots Reggae. His music has been consistently praised for imparting sentiments of spiritual salvation, Rastafarian edification and African repatriation.

And his latest album, "Jah Is My Navigator" has not contradicted this musical pattern. It has 15 tracks featuring songs that appeal to both the natural and spiritual, beginning with the title track, "Jah IS My Navigator," written by the turbo charged Tarrus Riley.

"This is a complete album," Luciano said,"I believe this one will take me to a new frontier." This could very well become the effect of this album that was executively produced by Dean Frazer with contributions from legendary rhythm twins, Sly and Robbie.

Luciano will hit the road in February for further promotions prior to the official release in the same month. Tours in America and Europe will follow, which is likely to add to the famous tails of Luciano's travels across the world.





Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr.jpgEverywhere in the United States today Martin Luther King Jr. is being remembered for his magnanimous achievements and unprecedented stance that saw him defy all odds to stand firm for non-violent opposition and demonstrations against racial inequality and injustice.

January 15 was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday and it was a long contested road to having the day recognised as a public holiday in the US which is celebrated on the third Monday of January. Opposed by Ronald Reagan and his conservative group Martin Luther King Jr Day became officially a day of service in 1994 after Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act 11 years after the holiday was actually created.

Now a day of service rather than a day off, many volunteers have taken to the streets of their communities in America to keep the spirit of the civil rights movement alive, especially for those too young to remember. Food and clothing drives, alley and street cleaning as well as initiatives like helping out around nursing homes have made the holiday busy. Schools hold civil rights fairs and the whole idea is to get folk doing something productive. Martin Luther King's dream has been translated as being all about recognizing the long road ahead and the great deal of work still left to be done.

Sen. Harris Wofford (D-Pa.), spearheaded the effort to see January 15 become a day of service in the US. He said, "If Dr. King came back today, I think he would not be happy to see it as a day off rather than a day of action. We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go."





"Irie FM Stages Jamaica's own Grammy Awards"

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By: Kemesha Bolton
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Elise Kelly took the stage at minutes to 8 to announce the commencing of the IRIE FM Music Awards launch at Pegasus Hotel January 16, 2008. Mamma Elise began with a bit of reminiscing, as she spoke about the first year the awards was held. "It was exactly 9pm on Valentine's Day February 14, 2007, a hybrid of classical music and dancehall swelled on the airwaves, it was obvious something extra-ordinary was about to unfold." And she welcomed everyone.

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The IRIE FM Music Awards is the brain child of Ainsworth Higgins popularly known as "Big A" and senior radio broadcaster at Irie FM.

With February dubbed Reggae month, the IRIE FM Music Awards falls right in the mix as it will be held on February 13, 2008.





By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Although a team from sports radio KLAS FM in Jamaica had the brilliant vision to launch a school tour that would combine sports and entertainment, promoting both as grounded sources of fun for high schoolers last year, the official tour kicked off on January 17, 2008.

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The first stop was Kingston College (KC) and students there made no hesitation in showing their appreciation for the lively happenings. Being a school for boys, KC students went absolutely senseless when the female artists performed; and the stellar line up of talent did give them more than they bargained for.

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Martin Luther King Jr. - " I Have a Dream" Speech

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Today is Martin Luther King Day in the US. Here is the video of his "I have a dream" speech to commemorate his life work.





Digicel Media Party was a hit

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Digicel logo.jpgThe Digicel Media Party held in New Kingston on Saturday night was a big hit.

When it comes to throwing parties this mobile giant has mastered the art to a T. The media turned out in their numbers and what a thrill they had!

Scrumptious food, a beautifully decorated room and some first class performances were the order of the day.

With the theme of the party being naughty or nice, there was no holding back...fun was the name of the game and that's exactly what the evening turned out to be.

Oneil Peart and Lenya Wilks from the Digicel Rising Star camp entertained with some enjoyable numbers, but it was the 'experts' that totally captivated and had everyone edging closer to the stage.

Daville was in his element as he crooned out some love songs and it was near pandemonium when he invited a female guest to join him on stage. The erotic movements the two exhibited had the audience laughing away in enjoyment.





Nate Dogg's stroke update

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natedogg.jpgSinger Nate Dogg who suffered a stroke over the holiday seem set on the road to recovery. According to website bossip.com Nate is paralyzed on the left side of his body after suffering the stroke. The prognosis for a full recovery, however, is good, the singer did not suffer any brain damage nor has his voice been affected.

From all indications the prognosis for a full recovery is real good.

YardFlex wishes him a full recovery...real soon.





Hard fight, rough win for Barbados U-19 Nationals

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digicel_john.jpgBarbados National U-19 team exemplified the advantages of Digicel's Kick Start Football Clinic and fought hard yesterday, to gain a 2-1 win on the third and final day of the clinic in Bridgetown. The gruelling match against The Carlton Pro Shottas at Weymouth Police Sports Club was especially significant for John Barnes, Head Coach of the Digicel Clinics who said, "The National's inability to take advantage of shots in today's match showed poor decision making skills. This is why these Clinics are important."

Having the upper hand for a greater part of the game did not help the
National team with goal scoring. Their ability during the game, to make decisions that promoted positive outcomes, was badly flawed. The first half saw the Carlton Pro Shottas coming out being the only goal scorers after a tough 20 minutes. Despite that difficulty in translating their intense play into goals, the Nationals became more focused in the second half and aggressively scored two goals within five minutes.

Manager of Barbados National U-19 team, Julie Grant said the three-day Digicel Clinics has had a positive impact on the team; "The boys have learnt valuable lessons that they will use from now on. I think the match proved to them exactly what John Barnes has been explaining to them about the importance of making every decision count. I hope that their win today proves to Mr. Barnes that they are good enough to be a part of the lucky six who go to Sunderland."





Pulse Model is overnight International Hit

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By: Joseph Cunningham

GayeMcdonald.jpgJamaican and Pulse Model, Gaye McDonald has been rated among the top 100 models in the world. The rating was done by Red magazine in its annual round-up.

According to a release from Pulse, the teenager was giddy with excitement when she got the news of her selection only six months into her international career.

McDonald, a former student of Holy Childhood reacted with, "This is unbelievable."

"If her debut year was stellar, 2008 seems already set to give the
Caribbean Model Search 2005 winner even more reasons to be ecstatic," says Pulse boss Kingsley Cooper. McDonald was been selected to work last week for top American brand, Macy's.





Sean Paul responsible for woman's seizures?

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sean paul.jpgNow that surgeons have operated on Stacey Gayle's brain, her favourite musician no longer makes her ill. Four years after being diagnosed with epilepsy, Gayle recently underwent brain surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center to cure a rare condition known as musicogenic epilepsy this according to a report on a website.

Gayle, a 25-year-old customer service employee at a bank in Alberta, Canada, was suffering as many as 10 grand mal seizures a day, despite being treated with medications designed to control them. The condition became so bad she eventually had to quit her job and leave the church choir where she sang.

Eighteen months ago, she began to suspect that music by reggae and hip-hop artist Sean Paul was triggering some of her seizures. She recalled being at a barbecue and collapsing when the Jamaican rapper's music started playing, and then remembered having a previous seizure when she heard his music.

Her suspicions were confirmed on a visit to the Long Island medical center last February, when she played Paul's hit "Temperature" on her iPod for doctors. Soon after, she suffered three seizures.





Amy Winehouse to record next album in Jamaica?

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amywinehouse.jpgIf sources are correct then international recording artiste Amy Winehouse could be recording her next album in Jamaica.

According to a story carried on fametastic.co.uk Winehouse reportedly told friends she wants to move to Jamaica to record her third album.

Newly-blonde Amy was overheard talking about her plans at her favourite pub, the Hawley Arms in Camden, recently. An onlooker reported to the Mirror that she said: "I love Jamaica and wanna feel Bob Marley's spirit when it comes to my music."

"I wanna stay where he lived and hook up with [Marley's son] Damian because he's a genius. I'm desperate to get over there."

The onlooker added: "Amy's face just lit up when she talked about going over there."

"She's well into reggae music and wants to escape all her troubles back home for a bit and just throw herself into her music. She's always loved the Marleys and she wants her next album to have a real reggae feel about it."





What a prayer breakfast

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prayer_hands.jpgEverywhere you walk on the streets people are talking about the powerful message delivered by Rev. Dr. Roy Notice at the recently held 28th annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast inside the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

The Reverend didn't mince words as he hit out against the corruption in the country, "We too tief... pastor man a tief, politician a tief, policeman a tief and we expect to prosper," he blasted.

Loud applause punctuated the sermon as the Rev received a standing ovation following a well-delivered message.

Of course Notice did not manage to please everyone as some were visibly upset at his criticism of Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett for his stance on casino gambling.

Rev. Notice reminded Bartlett of his Pentecostal roots as he chided him.

The Reverend called on the country's leaders to renew their commitment to family life and pleaded with Jamaicans to support the prime minister's pledge to work alongside the church and other agencies to form a national partnership focusing on the family.





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

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01 1 14 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records (2wks@#1)
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02 4 5 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back U-2
03 2 19 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (4wks@#1) D-1
04 3 17 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love D-1
05 8 5 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-3
06 5 9 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill (pp#5) D-1
07 6 14 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
08 7 11 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship (pp#6) D-1
09 13 4 Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca U-4
10 11 6 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-1
11 9 18 Dem A Sissy – Assassin - Don Corleon (pp#3) D-2
12 14 5 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records U-2
13 15 5 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-2
14 16 6 Shoot Out – Mykal Rose – John John U-2
15 10 8 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love (pp#10) D-5
16 12 24 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-4
17 19 5 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten – Demarco – John John U-2
18 20 2 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy – Charly Black – M/Bass Production U-2
19 17 10 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-2
20 18 28 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-2





Judge wants more info on Foxy's ear woes

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foxybrown- brooklyn_s__don_diva.jpgA judge wants more information before she decides whether to let Foxy Brown get out of jail and go to California for repair of an electronic ear implant. According to AP News acting state Supreme Court Justice Melissa Jackson said Thursday she wants proof that deafness looms unless the 28-year-old rapper goes to a Los Angeles clinic for treatment and repair of a cochlear implant.

Brown revealed her hearing problems during a court appearance in late 2004. Her petition says her condition is worsening in jail and her hearing faces serious harm unless she has the implant reprogrammed
and repaired.

Assistant District Attorney Cindy Chung objected, saying Brown had offered nothing to show the medical procedure could not be done in New York. She said a jail inmate has no right to the doctor of her choice.

Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was sentenced in September to a year in jail for violating probation. A judge had put her on probation after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault of two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in August 2004.





Mavado Gone gospel?

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mavado_pic.jpgRadio stations in Jamaica couldn't get enough of Mavado's "Jehovah Guide Me" on Wednesday when it was released for airplay there.

Said to have gone gospel with this one, the single is one of three new releases that have Mavado racing into the new year at high speed. "Money Changer" was recorded for Shane Brown and "Mi Henessey" for SSMG.

The hot "Jehovah Guide Me" comes at a time when controversy surrounds the dancehall leader. Its balanced blend of choir harmonies coupled with lyrics that refer to the police and army invading his party contrast well with his pronounced appeal for the cessation of violence in the country.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Canadian Invasion

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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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Buju wheel and come again with "Inna Heights"

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By: Joan Wilson

buju_banton.jpgGood music can never die...like good wine it gets better with age and after 10 years since the release of the Buju Banton VP produced album "Inna Heights" the album will be enjoying a re-release. Of course there will be a little 'brawta' on it and that is 3 previously unreleased tracks and a bonus DVD of live footage...what more could any Buju Banton fan ask for!

Inner Heights is already available for digital download and will be in stores on Tuesday.

YardFlex rapped with the gargamel himself on the 10 anniversary re-release and as he says, "The songs were potent 10 years ago and I don’t see why we should recreate it."

Why not indeed as the tracks speaks reality and the hard-hitting social commentary of 10 years ago is still very much relevant now. The timeless message that comes across in the prolific tracks such as
"Hills and Valley," "Cry No More," "Mother's Cry" and "Single Parent" will linger in the annals of dancehall for a long time.

Considering the longevity of these tracks YardFlex couldn't help but ask the Gargamel his opinion on the trend dancehall has now taken.

"To be frank, I don't really think about what's happening too tough. It's just a fad, it comes and it goes...if it catch my ears then..." was the cryptic comment.





Janet Jackson in control with "Discipline"

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By: Jaby

janet_jackson.jpgJanet Jackson's first hit record was entitled "Control". She is now looking to gain the same success with her new album titled, "Discipline." Due to be released on February 26, Janet says this album is a direct reflection of herself.

Recently, Janet said that discipline of self has always been an important factor in her life. Staying true to form, she has never seen any of her artistic responsibilities as a burden. From doing many television appearances in her youth to her months of world touring, Janet forged ahead, intently developing her craft. "I wanted to reach people, and I had the good sense to see that couldn't happen if my skills weren't crafted with precision," she stated.

She has taken up the task of reaching people with such hot producers as Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins, and Ne-Yo. Working alongside such knowledgeable craftsmen, Janet created some of her freshest material yet. Songs like "Can't Be Good," "Letchu Go" and the title track "Discipline," are magnificent and truly show off Janet's skills. With such heavy hits and hitters on the record she's sure to garner rave reviews.





Vote time for Reggae Academy Awards

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By: Joseph Cunningham

REGGAE ACADEMY.jpgThe public is now invited to vote for nominees in the categories Most Popular Artiste and Most Popular Song for Reggae Academy Awards. Entries were submitted by members of The Academy, based on recordings first released anywhere in the world between December 1, 2006 and November 30, 2007, the academy has now released its list of nominees.

Voting will be facilitated for both categories by road tours conducted by the academy. The feedback received from the streets will determine the winner. For the other categories voting will be done by members of the recording industry.

The inaugural presentation of Reggae Academy Awards, is set for February 24, at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

For the category of Most Popular Artiste, nominations are Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Munga Honourable and Busy Signal in that order. For Most Popular Song, the public is asked to choose from "She's Royal," "Nah Go A Jail," "Sticky" and "Roots." The Best Dancehall Album will be chosen from "Gully Sit'n," "Intoxication," "Foreva" and "Walk Out."





Demarco's "Fallen Soldier" still in the # 1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
01 01 10 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-3wks@#1
02 03 09 Queen I-frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records- Shot to Watch
03 02 10 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
04 04 18 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon
05 05 17 Movado-Squeeze Har -H2o
06 08 11 Brick & Lace- Love Is Wicked-180 Entertainment
07 12 04 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back –Greatest Gainer up 5
08 06 18 Bugle-What I'm Gonna Do- Daseca
09 07 17 Busy Signal-Nah Go A Jail-Jam-3wks@#1
10 10 08 Lutan Fyan –St. Jago De La Vega-Mac D’s





Eddie Murphy and Tracey for splitsville?

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traced_eddie.jpgWell if the rumours circulating the Internet are true then Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds could be heading for splitsville!

According to gossipboulevard.com Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds have split just two weeks after their wedding, it has been reported.

The couple tied the knot on New Year's Day on a private island near Bora Bora in French Polynesia. But their honeymoon was "marred by screaming matches and arguments that lasted the entire week," according to US reports. The wedding ceremony was only spiritual and the pair are not officially married. Murphy and Tracey were planning on having a legally ceremony once their return to the US. The couple, who got engaged last July, both have children from previous unions. Eddie has five children from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who filed for divorce in 2005. He also has a baby daughter with Spice Girl Mel B, but refused to acknowledge he was the father until it was proved by paternity tests. Tracey has two sons from her 12-year marriage to R&B singer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds.

Hmm, makes you wonder why they bothered to divorce their longstanding partners.





By: Joseph Cunningham

harder_they_come.jpgThe theatrical production of The Harder They Come will return to stages in the United Kingdom this year, with performances at the prestigious Barbican Centre and Birmingham Hippodrome from March to April.

The production at the Barbican Centre will run from March 6 to April 5, before moving to the Birmingham Hippodrome from April 11 to 13.

This follows "sell-out crowds" at the Theatre Royal Stratford East last year. The play is based on the iconic 1970s film starring international Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff; produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor Rhone.

It tells the story of a young man, who heads to Kingston with dreams of becoming a reggae star, but the harsh reality of the Jamaican music scene drives him to a life as an outlaw.

The film's soundtrack, with songs like: "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and "By the Rivers of Babylon" will be performed with backing from a live reggae band.





Drug Scandal

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anabolic-steroids.jpgA few entertainers were linked to an Albany-based steroid investigation, but they are not part of an ongoing criminal probe, according to a published report.

Law enforcement officials revealed on Sunday that R&B music star Mary J. Blige, rap musicians 50 Cent, Timbaland and Wyclef Jean, and award-winning author and producer Tyler Perry may have received or used performance-enhancing drugs.

A spokeswoman for Blige denied the singer had taken illegal steroids. Ken Sunshine, a spokesman for Perry, declined to comment.

Soares' multi-state investigation has focused on Signature Pharmacy of Orlando, Florida. So far, 10 defendants have pleaded guilty and news reports have linked some professional athletes to Soares' probe.

Law officials have said evidence does not suggest that the celebrities broke the law, but that investigators are focusing on doctors, pharmacists and clinics that provide the drugs. Albany District Attorney P. David Soares launched the investigation into steroid trafficking last year.





IRIE TV & IRIETV.COM INFRINGING ON IRIE FM TRADEMARK

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irietv_logo.jpgIrieTV and IrieTV.com are the registered trademark and domain name respectively of Grove Broadcasting Corporation Limited. It has come to our attention that unauthorised persons have been using this mark or marks similar to our marks (Irie and IrieTV) on the Internet, in Jamaica and in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

This constitutes an infringement of our absolute right to use the Irie trade mark and all common law representations thereof.

This is therefore to put the public on notice that no-one has been licensed or otherwise given permission to use our trademarks or any marks bearing any similarity thereto. We will be taking legal action against all persons who use or continue to use the Mark without our permission.

Irie-Tv.com is not the trademark of Grove Broadcasting Corporation, is not associated with us and we have already taken steps to alert the unauthorised users of its use and the likelihood of confusion in the public mind. We intend to pursue this to the full extent of the law and all persons found to be infringing the Irie mark will be "prosecuted" accordingly.





Men, be graceful losers

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By: Rootzgirl


Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgOver the past few weeks in Jamaica there have been some horrifying cases of women being killed, brutalized and badly beaten because they want to call it a day where their bad relationships are concerned.

You can't imagine the lengths some men go to in ensuring they keep the relationship going.

Got a link up from a woman living in Miami on the trials and tribulations she had shaking this man out of her life.

Apparently she was working along with him, building up his business and he was making her all kinds of promises, including the fact that he would be buying her a house.

The woman realized he was playing around and plus the relationship was going nowhere so she quietly "teck weh herself" and got involved with someone else. The man was married, but he treated her one hundred times better and eventually she got pregnant for him.

Now, the man she was living with decided he wasn't nowhere ready for her to walk out of his life and started spreading one bag of rumors about how she was sleeping around and had HIV.

He even contacted her baby father's wife and told her that her husband was along with a HIV positive woman. They panicked and the husband had to beg her to do a test to satisfy both of them that it wasn't so.

The man started telling people how she was pregnant with his child, even though he knew very well it wasn't his.





Javaughn Bond – 15 and going places

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By: Joan Wilson

Javaughn1.jpgOnly 15 years old and already Javaughn Bond is a 'Superstar.' With talent that speaks volumes in his album "Superstar," produced by Marley brothers – Stephen and Damian, Javaughn focuses heavily on social issues in the society.

Most of the tracks have been written by his father John Bond and Javaughn's clear, sweet, strong adolescent voice rings out and begs for listening.

It all started for Javaughn at the age of 3 when he performed at a Christmas treat, then when he was 6 years old he wowed the Sting crowd...from then on there was no turning back for him as the singing fever had truly bit him.

When it comes to maintaining a balance in his music and school life
Javaughn has got this one down pat. According to him his time is well organized and his focus is on his academics. During the holidays he concentrates on music and if there are any performances in between he still keeps that balance. Still as much as he enjoys music Javaughn has other plans for his life. As he says, "Although I love the music I also love to draw. In the future I want to become an architect. That is what I am currently working towards. My grandfather is an architect and I would like to continue on that path."

The 15-year-old describes himself as a humble person who loves to play
football, drums, keyboards and to build rhythms on his computer. He says although his peers sometimes treat him differently he is trying to maintain a humble frame of mind because he "doesn't want to get lost in the hype."





DIABETES...the facts - Part I

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By: Dr. S. Lawson MD and Dr. H. Boothe PharmD

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpgDiabetes mellitus is a chronic illness that requires continuing medical care and patient self-management education, to prevent acute complications and to reduce the risk of long-term complications. The disease is characterized by excess glucose in the blood that leads to excessive urination and results from inadequate production and or utilization of insulin.

• The different types of diabetes include Type 1, Type 2, Gestational (GDM), and Pre-diabetes.

• Diabetes not only complicates every other disease condition, it can precipitate other diseases.

• 171 million world-wide suffer from diabetes. One in 13 people in the USA have diabetes.

• In the year 2005 a total of 20.8 million have diabetes, of these 6.2 million are undiagnosed. 80% - 90% of the diagnosed are obese when diagnosed.

• It reduces life expectancy by 5 to 10 years.

• Diabetes is associated with obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and an increase in the elderly population.

• The Hispanic, African American and Aboriginal population (with high numbers of poor people with poor diets and inadequate medical attention) are at increased risk to develop diabetes than the rest of the population.

• It is the number 6 leading cause of death in the USA.

• Individuals with diabetes have a 2-4 times the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

• It is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, and non-traumatic amputation.

• Prediabetes is characterized by insulin resistance and a compensatory increase in blood glucose (hyperinsulinemia).

Approximately 1.2 million are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus.These numbers will double by the year 2030.

• Type 1 diabetes (results from beta-cell destruction, usually leading to absolute insulin deficiency, it is of autoimmune origin that occurs in the adolescence period of life, usually before the age of 30. Type 1 diabetes presents with sudden onset weight loss, fatigue, irritability and was previously called insulin dependent diabetes.

• Type 2 diabetes (results from a progressive insulin secretory defect on the background of insulin resistance, and is caused by inadequate insulin production by the beta cells in the pancreas, defective insulin, or resistance to insulin function at the insulin cell receptors. When insulin binds to its receptor on cell membrane, it allows glucose to enter the cell (i.e. muscle, liver, and fat cells); this is like the key that opens the lock to let glucose into the cell. When glucose is unable to leave the circulation, the blood glucose level rises above optimum level resulting in organ damage.

• Insulin, glucagons, adiponectin, amylin are hormones involved in glucose regulation. Glucagon accelerates the conversion of glycogen in the liver (and promotes the formation of glucose from lactic acid and certain amino acids).

• Insulin stimulates the release of glucose from the liver into the blood. And counteracts the action of glucagons by transporting glucose into cells. Insulin promotes the formation of fatty acids, increases the storage of glycogen, protein synthesis and DNA replication. Amylin is a hormone that acts like insulin.

• Human growth hormone, neurotransmitters, and regulatory peptides also play a role in glucose metabolism.

• In obese individuals, there is abnormal insulin activity (insulin resistance) at the muscles insulin receptors (sites on the muscle cells where insulin acts to pull glucose out of the blood into the cells).

• Cells use glucose as energy and when you have reduced production of insulin or the insulin is not working right glucose increases in the blood. If the cells don’t receive adequate supply of energy this sends message to the brain that results in increased hunger, at the same time, the blood becomes hyperosmolar( too thick) and absorbs water from tissue, this results in dehydration and increased thirst.

• Excess blood glucose destroys the kidney's filtering capability which results in excessive glucose and protein in the urine causing increased urination.

• In type1 diabetes there is a total destruction of the insulin producing cells by antibodies (an autoimmune dysfunction).

• Viral infection of the pancreas is implicated in this destructive mechanism.

• Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) requires insulin. Without insulin the body has to get its energy from fats. This results in Diabetic keto Acidosis (DKA) which leads to metabolic abnormalities. Treatment is Intravenous insulin and glucose. Type 1 diabetes is a result of the complete absence of insulin production in the pancreas, of viral etiology, genetic factors, presence of ketones in the blood (ketoacidosis), sudden onset and usually presents before age 30. These individuals with Type 1 diabetes usually have lean body composition. The diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes is made by detecting of antibodies and C-peptides in the blood.

These individuals usually do not have a family history of diabetes.
• Type2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) frequently presents with poor wound healing, blurry vision, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, recurring skin and gum infections, vaginal yeast infection, and urinary tract infection. Factors that predispose people to developing T2MD include obesity (waist to hip ratio) fetal malnutrition, gestational diabetes, children born prematurely, a positive family history of T2DM, cigarette smoking, hypothyroidism, trans fat, saturated fats, endothelial dysfunction, high levels of testosterones in women, decrease levels of sex hormones binding protein in men, HIV/AIDS.





15th Staging of Rebel Salute

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Rebel Salute, the Reggae stage show held on Saturday night at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth, was a show without a flop artiste.

From the very first performance by History Man at 8: 52pm until the final by Luciano at 9:03am; though surprising – all were good.

The 15th staging of the event managed to maintain its high standard of quality, family-oriented entertainment, for patrons.





Carnival time again!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Carnival.jpgIt's carnival time again, and as soon as this Friday, revelers will flock to Mas Camp in New Kingston, Jamaica for the soca vibe. "Mas Camp Village will be opened on January 18," declared Bacchanal Jamaica executive Michael Ammar, during the launch of Bacchanal Dreams held at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Thursday. He added that Bacchanal Jamaica will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and plans to make this year's staging a "field of dreams."

"Carnival 2008 will be extra special. What began as a simple idea of bringing Trinidad carnival to Jamaica by a few good friends one Sunday morning in 1989 has become what they describe as their dream come
true," Ammar said.

Ticket prices for the fetes will remain at the 2007 price. According Ammar this year's staging will feature seven costumes: Illusions, Dreamscape, Trance, Delirious, Indulge, Mirage and DreamCatcher, and, the audience was given a costume display of both male and female outfits. Bacchanal Jamaica will stage Bacchanal Beach Jouv'ert on March 22, Soca @ De Sandbar on March 26 before the big road parade on March 30 themed Nightmare.





Windies beaten by South Africa

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

windies_lose__nd_one_dayer_1.jpgDespite a brilliant century from Jamaican batsman Marlon Samuels the West Indies were hammered with an innings and 100 runs by South Africa, that wrapped up the series 2-1 in Durban.

The Windies on the springboard of a tied series and the psychological advantage of winning the first game, was ready to take their first test victory against South Africa, but that was not to be.

Batting first the Windies was in trouble quite early, and crumbled to a schoolboy total of 139 all out in their first innings where Denesh Ramdin was the top scorer with a paltry 30 runs, and the consistent man Shivnarine Chanderpaul making nought. South Africa in reply piled up their biggest total in the series, on a pitch that now favoured the batsmen.

Three South Africans made century, in the onslaught on the Caribbean men, Captain Graham Smith steered the SS South Africa out to safe waters with a majestic 147 off 165 balls, supported by crew members ....the unbeaten duo of Ashwell Prince (123) and Ab Devillers (103) as the Windies bowlers, Jerome Taylor, Darren Powell and Fidel Edwards all struggled in the field.





Things looking up for R.Kelly

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rkelly460.jpgThings seems to be looking up for R. Kelly who yesterday appeared briefly in a Illinois where the judge ruled that a child therapist could not testify at his trial on behalf of the prosecution, this according to bossip.com.

R Kelly is charged with video taping himself having sex with a girl who may have been as young as 13 years old at the time. A 20-year-old female witness, the one purported to be in the video, has testified that she is not the one on the tape.

Dr. Sharon Cooper, a forensic and developmental pediatrician, was all set to testify that such denials aren't uncommon for child-abuse victims. But Judge Vincent Gaughan denied the request after the defense successfully argued that there was no Illinois precedent for letting someone question a witness's credibility in such a way. Kelly has another court date set for March 12 and his trial, which has been delayed for five years, is scheduled to start May 9. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.





money_o_posters.jpgMacka Diamond will be celebrating her birthday in fine style on January 25th at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road in Kingston Jamaica, like only she can; Money-O style.

It will be a birthday bash with a difference – bingo party and show! Rapping about it Macka informed "Well it's like this, Every year wi do di same ting, and you know me, always a try something different, so mi jus sey, since a me a di Money Goddess, what better way to celebrate than with money...So wi jus ago have a Bingo party an gi wey a whole heap a tings, cut cake and party, real birthday party style."

Money-O Bingo with the Stars is expected to be bigger and better than all of Macka's previous birthday parties.

Leesah Larmond, coordinator of the event, and Managing Director at DiamondDistrict Ja. (Macka's new entertainment company), promises a night of giveaways and musical fun with Macka Diamond and friends.

She goes on to explain further that the Money-O Bingo with the Stars concept will bring fans up close and personal with there favourite entertainers and disc jocks, who will all be at various tables playing Bingo with the fans, all of which will be a prelude to the Final Bingo game, which will lead into cake cutting and the much anticipated show.





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Following the reported theft of material from the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation's (JBC) Radio Archives from the premises of the former national broadcasting entity, Minister of Information Culture Youth and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has announced the establishment of a special committee to examine the current arrangements for the safekeeping of the JBC Archives with a view to their making recommendations to ensure that the most effective and appropriate methods are employed to prevent a recurrence.

Chairing the committee is Owen James, veteran journalist and producer of Television Jamaica's Business Week. The other members are former Commissioner of Police Col Trevor McMillan, TV and radio personality Tony Patel, journalist and historian Ken Jones, Jamaica Federation of Musicians President Desmond Young, Attorney at Law and Recording Industry Association of Jamaica President Lloyd Stanbury, TV and radio producer Laurel Hepburn and senior representatives of the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sport (MICYS) and the Attorney General's department.





International News

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Bobby Brown wanted for cocaine possession

Bobby brown.jpgThe Boston Herald is reporting that Massachusetts State Police are trying to bring a cocaine possession charge against Bobby Brown following an incident last month at a local Holiday Inn hotel, this as reported on eurweb.

Details are scarce, but it all started when Brockton police were
called to the hotel shortly after midnight on December 1st to break up a fight, according to Trooper Eric Benson.

He said the officers were directed to a 2004 Lincoln Navigator,
where Brown, who lists his residence as Encino, California, was sitting in the front seat. Apparently he was caught with something because the incident has led authorities on a quest to charge him with possession of a Class B substance, which the court papers identify as cocaine.

A show-cause hearing scheduled for last week at Brockton District Court was postponed to February 19, 2008 because Brown's new attorney, Stephanie Soriano, a former Suffolk County prosecutor, had a calendar conflict, the Herald reports. Hmm...will it never end!

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Yard News

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Guilty!

sizzla.jpgMiguel Collins popularly known as Sizzla appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday to answer to a marijuana possession charge.

According to reports on January 4, Collins was driving a BMW motorcar, which he parked at 121 Windward Road. The vehicle was searched and a
transparent plastic parcel with vegetable matter resembling marijuana was found under a floor mat in front of the driver's seat. He was arrested and charged.

Christopher Townsend Collins Lawyer begged RM Glen Brown to keep the DJs record free. He implored that a tarnished record would blight

He told the court that a tarnished police record could affect the entertainer's chances of being able to perform in countries like The Cayman Islands and certain states in America, where work permits are only offered to individuals with clean police records. No heed was paid to his plea and the artiste was ordered by the RM to have his fingerprints taken and fined a puny $100.

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JCee...Started from the very top!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jcee.jpgHer face has become very prominent and it's not just a promotional campaign. The Jamaican Gospel singer, JCee was selected to be among the final 20 in a talent search hosted by world leading television network, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The competition, called "The Next Big Thing," received entries from 88 countries. It was held late last year. Reflecting on the experience JCee said, "I did not follow up on my entry until the BBC called to say they liked the song. I told them a little bit about it, and. they called back to say I made top 20."

Since her phenomenal achievement, she admits, "I'm more known now. People have told me they heard the song on BBC radio." She added that her music features hardcore Dancehall and Reggae rhythms fused with various other genres.





Energy God's "Lets Get Physical" ready for the world

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

elephant.jpgBest known to natives and friends of Reggae and Dancehall as the "energy god", Elephant Man can be often seen climbing the poles and the speaker boxes no matter how high the stage. For this and his other extraordinary displays of acrobatic antics onstage, he received that name.

The stage name, Elephant Man stemmed from his large ears, which led to the nickname "Dumbo" in his youth. He began his musical career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew, later continuing as a solo artist. He has also been characterized by several trademarks, such as the yellow-orange hairstyle and his unique low-key voice.

International recognition came for Elephant Man in 2004 when he sealed a contract with Puma, permitting the use of his single "All Out" for an Olympic Games commercial in 2004.

Elephant Man also had a song called "Willie Bounce" that appeared on several mixtapes in 2006. It borrowed the first few bars from "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

Today, the Jamaican star has been signed to New York-based label Bad Boy Records, owned by Hip Hop mogul, P. Diddy. It has barely been one year since he signed to the label, which will officially release his album titled, "Let's Get Physical" in March this year.





Britney had better not do it again

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britneyspears2.jpgCome Monday Britney Spears had better be on her best behaviour or she may have to kiss the chance of getting back her kids goodbye. According to TMZ Monday's custody hearing could be one of the most important days in Britney Spears' life.

Brit must show and face the judge if she's got any hope of getting her kids back. According to a source, if she doesn't show, or is uncooperative, it could be curtains for her custody case.

What's more, police sources told the website that Commissioner Scott Gordon will hear firsthand eyewitness accounts of last Thursday's breakdown from LAPD, firefighters and paramedics who were on scene, and from what we hear they are not going to paint a pretty picture.

Also, we've learned the L.A County Sheriff's Department isn't taking any chances -- they're ready for anything. If Brit Brit loses it in court, they'll be there to "handle" the situation.





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In Guyana to train not only players but also the coaches, international footballer, John Barnes left an indelible imprint on the overall fabric of football there by the end of leg one of the eight-country Digicel Kick Start Football Clinic.

With well received coaching sessions as well as two days of intense indoor training with the Guyana National U-20 Team behind him, Barnes - head coach for the Digicel Clinic, watched on January 9th as The National U-20 showed their might; coming out victorious after a well contested end of clinic game.





Stylist to Jamaica's stars wants more...

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By: Joseph Cunningham

dexter_pottinger.jpgHe has been regarded by Black Entertainment Television (BET) as the hottest new fashion designer out of Jamaica, but Dexter Pottinger, in spite of that glowing proclamation, is still forging ahead to achieve self-actualization.

"I want to experience the ultimate success in what I do," he told
YardFlex recently.

He describes himself as, "A make up artist, stylist and fashion designer. I enjoy the world of fashion...without fashion there would not be a me. As a Jamaican, my intention is simple: to change the face of my country, one face at a time. Inspired by Nature, Styled by Me - Dexter Pottinger."

He has been involved in many high-profile fashion events, has groomed
top-flight models, however, he says he dreams of applying his skills
on three persons; Beyonce Knowles, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks.

Dexter has received international recognition because he is ambitious and very confident. Speaking in regards to his preparation for huge events, he said, "I just deliver. I feel no additional pressure."





The world will miss Oscar Peterson

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By: Janice Dayle

oscar1.jpgAt 18 years old, Oscar Peterson was once described as "The coloured boy with amazing fingers," he went on to achieving great honour as one of Canada's prodigious jazz pianists.

On December 23, 2007, at the age of 82, Oscar Peterson passed away at his home in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

His technique was dazzling and the Montreal native, now considered one of Canada's national treasures rose from humble beginnings in the inner city neighbourhood of Little Burgundy. Born to Caribbean parents, Peterson was introduced to musical instruments by his piano playing dad who worked as a Canadian Pacific Railway porter. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees, Peterson honed his skill at an early age with influences from many including his sister, Daisy Peterson Sweeny, who also taught Oliver Jones and Joe Sealy.

Throughout his illustrious career, Peterson worked closely with many of Jazz music's greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and others and became the first Canadian to be awarded the prestigious UNESCO International Music Prize.

The concert hall of Concordia University was named after him many years ago and Peterson will always be fondly and proudly remembered.





By: Joseph Cunningham

Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgWalter Elmore, president of Turnkey Productions, the company behind the staging of the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, is now expressing confidence that everything is in place, and that the festival will run smoothly.

Elmore said, "We are well advanced in our construction of the venue,
artiste flights and accommodation have been confirmed and we have begun shipping equipment that is needed to produce a successful show." With the assistance of investment club, OLINT TCI, Turnkey Productions is now viewing the opportunity to have one of the most successful staging's to date.

Founder of the club, Davis Smith said that the partnership has realized a star-studded line-up. "The Air Jamaica Jazz festival is very important to the continued visibility and success of brand Jamaica. As a club, OLINT is committed to nation building and we realize that through our sponsorship the country will benefit from the biggest and best jazz festival yet," Smith said.

In previous years the show has been plagued by traffic congestion. Addressing the problem Elmore said, "We are paying strict attention to detail at the venue. Through comments and suggestions from our patrons, we are making sure we step up to the plate and create an extraordinary event."

He added, "Last year, there were major traffic problems due to the road works. This year, the new four-lane highway is finally completed and is now open so this in itself should alleviate the traffic issues we had last year. We also have an underpass that will allow easy access to the venue."

Further, Elmore revealed that traffic cop, Senior Superintendent Powell, the person in charge of the Montego Bay Division, is on board to assist with traffic control.





Etana - "Warrior Love"

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Aidoina still in custody

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aidonia2.jpgSheldon Lawrence, more popularly known as Dancehall deejay, Aidoina, who was to do an ID parade is still in jail.

According to reports from the Constabulary Communication Network CCN liaison office, due to miscommunication the identification parade was put off for a date to be mentioned.

The CCN liaison officer further states that the investigator says that
Aidonia may not be on the id parade based on the new information received.

According to reports Aidonia is alleged to have been involved in a shooting incident where one man was shot and killed.





Another dancehall artiste banned

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mavado.jpgAnother Jamaican dancehall artiste has found himself in the bad books of Caribbean authorities.

According to a story posted on a website popular entertainer Mavado has been banned by authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The DJ's has recorded songs such as 'Deh ya pon the Gullyside' and 'Dreaming'.

Police Commissioner Keith Miller confirmed that Mavado, whose correct name is David Brooks, was due to perform in St. Vincent on January 19, would not be allowed to do so.

The Commissioner did not give reasons for the denial, but said the factors influencing the decision will be spelt out at a later media conference.

However, speaking on behalf of the promoter, management of Hot97 radio station, said the artiste's lyrics were cited as the reason for the cancellation.





Stephen's Birthday party Sell Off

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Photography By: Biggs

YardFlex was present at Big Ship Studio for the surprise birthday party for Stephen 'Genius' Mcgregor last weekend.

Here are a fews photos.......

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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 13 Pick It Up & Drop It-Sean Paul-Birchill Records(1wk@#1)
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02 1 18 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) D-1
03 3 16 Tell Dem Don't Follow-Buju Banton-Heart of Love NM
04 7 4 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back U-3
05 5 8 Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond-Birch Hill NM
06 4 13 Everybody Dance-RDX -Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-2
07 6 10 Empire Army- Vybz Kartel-Big Ship D-1
08 12 4 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt U-4
09 8 17 Dem A Sissy-Assassin-Don Corleon D-1
10 10 7 When My Gun Rise-Munga-Heart of Love NM
11 11 5 Dreaming of You-Beenie Man & Alaine-Sleepy Splu NM
12 9 23 Give It Up-Beenie Man feat Barbee-357 Records (3wks@#1) D-3
13 17 3 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca U-4
14 15 4 Mama Cry-Beenie Man-357 Records U-1
15 16 4 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back U-1
16 18 5 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John U-2
17 14 9 Squeeze Har - Mavado - H20 (pp#7) D-3
18 13 27 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me-Munga- Casper Productions(1wk@#1) D-5
19 20 4 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John U-1
20 - New Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production





International News

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Lil Wayne held hostage!

lil_wayne.jpgWell, well, well, seems like there are some people you just can't mess with. Lil Wayne made a big mistake when he tried to cheat some goons from Chicago. According to a story posted on mediatakeout.com Lil Wayne was supposed to attend an after party of a December 29 concert at the Premiere Entertainment Centre in Chicago thrown by Ming Dynasty.

This appearance was a makeup appearance for an after party Lil Wayne was paid for and missed in August after the Chicago Summer Jam given by Ming's Dynasty Records and The Ark Entertainment.

Lil Wayne spent hours backstage getting high and went on stage too late to attend the after party. An infuriated group of men associated with Ming's Dynasty Records and The Ark Entertainment stormed Lil Wayne's hotel room and assaulted Lil Wayne's camp including security and forced Lil Wayne's Manager Cortez to come up with $15,000 cash in order to leave Chicago standing up.

The cash was paid on the spot and Lil Wayne and his camp was allowed to leave Chicago without further harm. If Lil Wayne's camp was smart they would have known not to try to cheat this record label owned by Chicago Gangster Big Ming 6'7'' 320 pounds (Chicago's version of Suge Knight) and it's main artist Skee Franchise who is a notorious street thugs from Englewood, Chicago's roughest area.

Lil Wayne was also hit with a bottle while on stage at the concert. That incident appears to be unrelated to the hotel assault.

Well that's ghetto justice for you!

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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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RAS TINGLE TO DIRECT DEZ I'S NEW VIDEO

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edit_dez_i_boyd.jpgRising reggae star Dez I, who created waves in Jamaica over the Christmas holiday season with stellar performances at Reggae Fever in Montego Bay; Sting in Portmore, St. Catherine; GT Taylor Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth and Camp Fire in Ewarton is getting set to shoot the video for his new single "She Got It."

The video will be produced/directed by hot shot director Ras Tingle (These Streets - Beenieman & Dandy Shandy - Macka Diamond) and is expected to be completed by mid February. The finish product will be serviced to music channels in Jamaica, Canada, the USA and Europe where he has a strong following.

"I am very excited about the project and expect the video shoot to go extremely well. The track is a great cultural song that I am confident will showcase another side of my creativity" Dez I said. Dez I who resides in Clarendon, Jamaica is a talented and focused reggae artist. He released his debut album "GIVE THANKS FOR LIFE" on the New Creation Records imprint and has a number of singles including "ESSENCE" and "SHAKE YUH NATTY" that have garnered impressive radio play in Jamaica and internationally. His passion for music began many years ago when he was active in his church choir in the district of his birth in Harmons, Manchester. That early intoxication for music drove him later, in 1999, to enter and win the Tastee Talent Competition in Jamaica.





Dead Beat Dads

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deadbeatdad2.jpgIs your baby father a prominent deadbeat dad? Are you currently the mother of an entertainer's child? Is he a wutless boy? Do you know of anyone who is in that predicament? Well here is your chance show them up...just contact yardflex with the information...we will highlight the stories.

Email yardflexinc@yahoo.com





Demarco's "Fallen Soldiers" in the # 1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 09 Demarco - Fallen Soldiers - Star Kutt-2wks@#1
02 02 09 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard
03 04 08 Queen I-frica- Don't Touch Me There - No Doubt Records - Shot to Watch
04 05 17 Assassin - Dem A Sissy - Don Corleon
05 06 16 Movado - Squeeze Har - H2o
06 03 17 Bugle - What I'm Gonna Do - Daseca
07 07 16 Busy Signal - Nah Go A Jail - Jam-3wks@#1
08 09 10 Brick & Lace - Love Is Wicked - 180 Entertainment
09 08 21 Beenie Man Ft. Bar-Bee - Give It Up - 357 Records-3wks@#1
10 12 07 Lutan Fyan – St. Jago De La Vega - Mac D’s





Reggae Month to be celebrated with full calendar

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By Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The official declaration of February as "Reggae month" in Jamaica was the reason why the customarily tranquil Office of the Prime Minister was a buzz of excitement on Wednesday morning.

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The conference which was attended by the Honourable Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, and Olivia Grange, Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, emphasized that Reggae music is the heart-beat of Jamaica.

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Preceding the Prime Minister, Olivia Grange said, "I am happy that I was able to convince the Prime Minister into sharing this vision with me. I am proud to say that I have converted him, and he is now a member of the reggae fraternity."





Diverse 'Jazz Great' to miss Rebel Salute

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By: Elizabeth Smith

monty_alexander.jpgThe self described "musician who loves all genres," Monty Alexander - best known around the world for his mastery of jazz and all its fusions, will unfortunately not be performing at the upcoming January 12 'Rebel Salute' as planned.

Sending out his sincere regrets on having to make this decision, Alexander says although he has been highly anticipating the 'Rebel Salute' performance since being invited by Tony Rebel in May last year, he feels compelled to respond to a request from the family of the late Oscar Peterson to perform at his memorial concert.

Scheduled for the same January 12, 2008 date as 'Rebel Salute,' the concert will be held in Toronto, Canada and Monty has expressed how plain torn up he is at having to disappoint his brother, Tony Rebel, and his nation. Jamaicans have for years lauded the wonderful talent that thrust Monty into varied forms of musical experiences, but his decision rests on the immense example for excellence in Jazz that Oscar Peterson was in his lifetime and the fact that as a dear friend, the late Peterson was one of his strongest supporters since the 1960s.





IRIE TV NETWORK ROLLS OUT SERVICE NEXT MONTH

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New York: In less than 6 weeks time, Irie TV Network will roll out their new internet protocol television (IPTV) service to millions of Caribbean households worldwide.

According to Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie TV Network, "The concept is very simple...television viewers will be able to access content on multiple channels from various Caribbean content providers on their TV at home, as though they were living in the Caribbean. The service is new, it's hot and it's revolutionary and the beauty is that the set top box used to access the service is portable, so you can carry it with you wherever you go...just plug it in and you will be able to access your favorite Caribbean Channel" he said.

Alwyn Scott, President of Global Media Services and Caribbean Retail Networks, a Jamaican based company which partnered with Irie Jam Media to successfully roll out the digital signage platform in Golden Krust Stores in the tri-state area last year said, "We see the Irie TV platform as the start of a reverse colonization as our regional culture has an international appeal but has never before had an affordable platform on which we could reach into the homes of the world community. Now we do. Our people are already socially and culturally integrated, the areas of separation are political and media. While there have been attempts at integration at these levels progress has been slow. Irie TV Network provides the possibility of accelerating our re-integration."

Louie Grant, VP of Irie Jam Media explained that Irie TV Network has the potential to air up to 100 channels and as such this will create tremendous opportunities for Caribbean folks in the Diaspora.

"The launch of this revolutionary concept has created many opportunities for established and aspiring independent content providers; particularly those throughout the USA, Canada and Europe; to be picked-up and aired on the network" he said.





'Support your child' demands Sanchez baby mother

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sanchez_&_son.jpgJuliet, the mother of singer Sanchez' 3-year-old son is hopping mad right now as she claims the singer refuses to take care of his child.

"From I got pregnant I haven't received a thing from him till now. I can't do this alone anymore," she shared with YardFlex almost on the brink of tears.

According to her all along she has been playing nice, refusing to bring down any scandal on him, but that is not getting her anywhere, or gaining any help for her child.

Her next move will be to seek child support from him. According her, "If he doesn't want to take care of his child then the law will have to serve it's course she revealed."

According to the Fort Lauderdale-based baby mother everything was just great with the singer until he found out she was pregnant.

Then things changed – although not enough to keep him away from the hospital as he was there to sign his name to the birth certificate.





He was not my accomplice – Bascom X

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photo_bascom-x.jpgYardFlex caught up with Bascom X following his release from jail and he was in high spirits.

"So far everything is looking good. I don't think I will be convicted. The gun was found in the closet in a package," he revealed.

"A lot of people are saying he is my accomplice...that's not true. He doesn't do music so he can't be my accomplice."

"I know him from we were living in Westmeade and he was a cop at the time. He was missing for a while as I understand he was abroad...I never knew of him to be a bad man," Bascom defended as he went into relating the events that saw him being thrown in jail.

According to him he was at Exodus studio doing a combination with Vybz Kartel titled "A Better Tomorrow" when he met a brethren he had not seen in a long while.

"He used to be a police and he dabbled in promotion," the singer related. According to Bascom he borrowed his car to "pick up a girl" and when he returned they were parring at the studio.

They finally left the studio at 1:30 am and his long time friend asked if he could 'get a kotch' for the night.

"While driving home he told me he was hungry and we stopped to get him something to eat, he even got something for his girlfriend."





Another Trench Town Success Story...

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By: Joseph Cunningham

sosheba_griffiths.jpgShe attended Denham Town High School, based in close proximity to warring factions, which have taken the lives of students who attended her school.

Nevertheless, Sosheba Griffiths was "bound for higher ground" and so her dreams and aspirations for escape from humble beginnings led her to the 2006 Fashion Face of the Caribbean model search. Sosheba won the competition, and Deiwght Peters, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Saint International, launched her modeling career. Saint International hosted the model search.

Sosheba completed High School studies that same year, and in a short period since then, has been featured in a Victoria Secrets catalogue.

Additionally, she has already been featured in several overseas publications and campaigns. Moschino, Vogue Knitting, Luire, Ibiza Style, Chinese Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Trace Magazine, Vogue Gioella, The Guardian, Seventeen Magazine and WIG Magazine have all been privileged to host the young Jamaican goddess.

The trim model's meteoric rise has also been characterized by her the high-profile campaign for Erin Fetherston and her introduction to the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan. She has also made appearances for leading clients including Chloe, Van Cleef and Arpels (London), Sportsmax and MAC (Milan) and is featured in a 12-page spread in France's Jalouse Magazine.

She says her appearance in the Victoria Secrets catalogue came within two months of winning Saint International Fashion Face of the Caribbean and it has been her favorite experience to date.





Beniton...realizing his dream

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By: Joseph Cunningham

BENITON.jpgHe says he is a Jamaican born in New York, U.S.A. The statement emphasized his fondness for Jamaican culture, especially Dancehall music. Both his parents were Jamaicans, and so the infectious culture was in his immediate environment, hence, Beniton became Jamaican at heart.

Spearheading a sound system called Hellrazor known today as the Hellrazor movement, Beniton along with his Hellrazor crew frequented New York and the Tri-State area. He became very popular as a Dancehall selector. Accordingly, he attracted Caribbean love, and was invited to carnival in Guyana. "At that event I decided to play a few songs which I had been recording. The response I received was great," he said while speaking to YardFlex via telephone from his New York home last night.

Beniton was a main attraction on the sound system wherever the sound system would play. He was easily identified because of his eccentric hairstyle and electrifying performance when introducing a "hit song."

And, he became more prominent through his collaboration with champion Jamaican based selector, Richie Feelings on a track called, "Bop Yuh Head and Dutty Wine."

"About time the women them tek back the dance floor... We no wah see no man dutty wine..." That's a famous line from the song, and since then, Beniton has been sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in Dancehall, like Baby Cham, Capleton, Movado and Munga.





Uptown Mondays...the place to be on a Monday Night

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It was Ethiopian Christmas night and YardFlex camera reporter was present at the 1st Uptown Mondays for 2008.

Here are some photos depicting the vibe at the session.

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We hope you live to see many more and God's Riches Blessing throughout your life.

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Junior Reid reaps steady success

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Junior "One Blood" Reid is currently one of the worlds' most sought after singers, and it's not by chance.

Junior got his initial inspiration from a tough upbringing in West Kingston's notorious Waterhouse district. It was there in the politically turbulent mid-'70's that he recorded his first-ever single "Know Myself" at age of 14 for the late Hugh Mundell; it was released in the U.K. by Greensleeves.

He then went on to form his own band, The Voice of Progress, and after a local hit with "Mini-Bus Driver" the group scored local success with an album of the same name.

The "young blood" was then commissioned by the great Sugar Minott to record a number of tunes on Minott's Youth Promotion Label that enjoyed considerable popularity with tracks such as "Human Nature," "A1 Lover" and the evergreen "See How Me Black See How Me Shine," an uplifting and proud statement that became an anthem to the
ghetto youth who Junior increasingly championed.

Moving on Junior transferred his talents to King Jammy's studio on St. Lucia Road where his fast-growing success rose yet another notch. "Boom Shacka Lacka" was his first UK hit and led to another exceptional album. After a number of fine singles - including "Youthman," "Bank Clerk," "Sufferation," "Give Thanks and Praises" and
"Higgler Move" - his chance at a wider audience came with an offer to replace Michael Rose in the legendary Reggae group, Black Uhuru.

Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru and with a similar vocal style, Junior slipped into Rose's slot with ease and the collaboration on his first Uhuru album "Brutal" was well received by all. Two years and two albums later Junior's interest to produce material for himself drove him back into the solo arena and back to King Jammy's Studio where he recorded and released the album "Big Timer" in the early '90s.

Despite all the accolades, it has been speculated that he has not been
highly favored by factions in his native country, Jamaica, which is the headquarters of Reggae music.





Whitney still every woman

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Whitney-Houston-.jpgShe said, "I'm every woman", and for many years, Whitney Houston has proved in no uncertain way that she is more than a "nine to five" girl. What? Am I to spell it out? Her struggles have been well documented.

However, we hear that she has been doing well, and an album is in the
works. Thank God.

Well, let me cut to the chase, and say that my reason for writing this
article is to refresh our memory of how successful Whitney Houston has been; maybe the details will make wonderer's understand why we cheer for Whitney in spite of her shortcomings.

To begin with, Whitney Houston holds the Guinness World Record for being the "Most Awarded Female Artist of All Time." She is an American Pop and R&B singer, songwriter, actress, film producer and former fashion model. In 1992, the soundtrack album, "The Bodyguard" became one of the best selling albums of all time, and the best selling soundtrack of all time.

The album featured the song, "I Will Always Love You," that to date is still the best selling single by a female artist. The soundtrack single sold in excess of 10 million units.

Whitney is also the only female artist to have two albums in the list of the Top 35 best selling albums in the US, and the only artist to have a record seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit singles.

Well-known for her powerful dramatic soprano vocals, melismatic vocal
inflections, and expansive vocal range, Whitney is considered one of the 100 most fascinating black women of the 20th century according to Ebony magazine.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

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YardFlex's roving camera reporter was just in time to witness the filming of Courtney John's new video for the single "Baby Tonight."

Our local 'Prince' was seen on top of a tour bus singing into the microphones.

Look out for this talented artiste in 2008





Dee King The Hot Bajan Beauty

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Name: Dionna King

D.O.B: March 30, 1984

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 125

Nationality: Bajan (Barbados)

Location: Boston

Career Goal: To move on into Hosting TV/Radio and Acting but sky's the limit :-)





Careful who advises you

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgGirlfriends let's have a little chat and please don't think I am picking on you, but how in the world can you sit down and take advise from so called friends who do'’t know how to keep a man but they are telling you how to handle your relationship.

Come on now, you have it going on, boyfriend or hubby may not be the most perfect guy around but at least he is supportive and he is in your beds at nights and YOU have someone you can turn to. But then one little hitch in paradise and suddenly your girlfriend who for one reason or another can't seem to find a man of her own is laying out all your man's faults, telling you he is no good and encouraging you to walk out on him.

Yeah right. I will take that advise from another girlfriend who has a man of her own and knows what it is to give her all to a relationship ...chances are her advise will be far different too!

You know why I am sharing this with you? I am tired of many women throwing away their relationships because of someone who secretly holds a grudge at your relationship and would do anything to have you in her pathetic shoes, then she comes on like this great friend who only has your best interest at heart.

Of course her advise sounds real good (yeah right) and fool fool you follows it to the T and then that man walks out and leaves you in exactly the same position your helpful friend is in...misery sure do loves company.





In The News

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Bascom X expected to be released today

baccomx.jpgNews from Bascom X Camp is that the artiste will be home this afternoon. Bail was granted yesterday for the sum of $120,000 and the paperworks are now being done for the singer to hit the streets again.

YardFlex will have a one on one with the artiste later...so stay posted.

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South Africa draws level with the 'Windies'

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

shivnarine_chanderpaul1.jpgThe West Indies were brought back to earth after a historic and record breaking first test win over South Africa, in the just concluded second test in Cape Town.

Led by a breath-taking century 104, the classy Guyanese batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was in immaculate form, registering his 17th career test century and with superb bowling by the trio of Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Darren Powell, the Caribbean side rushed past South Africa by 128 runs, to win the first test in Port Elizabeth.

This was the 'Windies' first win against South Africa in nine attempts, and out of that victory came many other firsts, as it was the first win for Captain Chris Gayle, the first for newly appointed Australian Coach John Dyson and it was also the first win for the Windies over a big name cricket country, since the win over England in Egbaston in 2000.

A win in the second Test on January 5, would have certainly given the Caribbean Side the victory in the three match series, but South Africa had other ideas.

The West Indies took first strike and could only muster up 243, too small a total for a big side like South Africa, who is ranked second in the Test category on the ICC ladder. Chanderpaul again stepping up to the demand and stroking an unbeaten 65, supported by Marlon Samuels who chipped in with 51.





Gangsta rap ban in clubs and pubs

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375x375.jpgMaybe we all should take a page out of Reading's book in the move they plan on carrying out. According to a story posted on getreading.co.uk, 'GANGSTA rap' could be banned from all town center venues if a police investigation finds a New Year's Day brawl was linked to the music played inside.

Town center inspector John Relph will meet the manager of Café du Sport next week to look into how celebrations escalated into a fight involving 20 people.

The fight spilled out from the club and into St Mary's Butts when a 24-year-old man was gouged in the head with a broken bottle.

Officers used spray to control the assault and also came under attack during the 2.30am fight.

Inspector Relph said if his inquiry finds the type of music played attracted a "hardcore minority of thugs", then one of the options he will consider is a ban on that music.





Harry Toddler and Bounty Killer kicks off

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toddler_killer.jpgWhy can't we all just get along! In the midst of all the passa passa with the dancehall artistes comes this latest one now involving Bounty Killer and Harry Toddler.

According to a story carried in the XtraNews Harry Toddler and Bounty Killer kicked off at a 'round town' dance with Harry left nursing an injured left eye after the so called altercation with Bounty.

Toddler told the paper "Bounty Killer juck me inna mi eye, buss mi chain and him wet me up wid Hennessey. Mi caan believe say this happen, mi nah look fi Killa do that to me."

"Right now, mi eye bloodshot bad, di man juck me inna mi eye like a blind him waan blind me. And then him buss off mi chain and wet me up wid liquor, and Ele and him friends dem start hold on pon me and say me fi easy because him caan tek the embarrassment and ting."

Well, well, well seems like the same old foolishness will be continuing for quite a while. Come on guys it's now a New Year...come with some new attitudes!





YardFlex execs adopt school

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

The season to be jolly has passed, and for many persons it will signify a return to selfishness. It can be argued that the pressures of life make many less than desirable characters, however, the bible verse, "love suffereth long" is the watch-word and song of a few.

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During the Christmas season the Olga Mendez Basic School in downtown, Kingston, Jamaica was the recipient of "goodies" for its students, graciously donated by executives of the media group, YardFlex Inc. The institution is a base for early childhood education for children between the ages 3 to 5 ½.





BLACKnativity2.jpgEthiopians join Orthodox Christians all over the world to celebrate Christmas today, January 7th as this is the date it falls on, using the Orthodox "old" calendar. In Ethiopia where more than 80 languages are spoken and where the majority is Orthodox Christian, many cultural influences make Christmas traditions diverse. However there are constants like using the word Ganna interchangeably with the word Christmas to mean the birth of Christ. The holiday is commonly referred to as, "Ye Ganna Baal."

On the Ethiopian calendar, the current month is still December or Tahesas and the month of January or Tir, only starts when the western Gregorian calendar reaches January 10.

Traditional celebrations for Ganna include the setting up of manger scenes featuring the Three Wise Men. King Balthazar, is said to have been the wise man from Ethiopia who brought gifts of Frankincense.

Frankincense is therefore infused in the celebrations as well and the aroma is widely used through oils or incense.





beenie&girlfriend_barbee.jpgWhat's really going on in the lives of Beenie Man and Barbee. First there were rumours circulating that Beenie beat her so bad she couldn't make it to a show...now the latest news circulating that Beenie Man's brother Blue 'juck' Barbee in her eye.

Checks with Barbee's publicist Ray Alexander confirmed that an incident did take place at Jagga B's dance at La Roose in Portmore last night.

According to Alexander, Barbee had a small disagreement with Blue and in gesticulating he accidentally hit her in the eye.

"I don't know what caused the friction, I have heard some wild stories, but what I do know is that Blue has since apologized to Barbee," Ray told this YardFlex reporter.

Among the wild rumours making the rounds is that Barbee was jealous because Beenie Man was flirting with a girl, but Alexander dismissed it claiming that most of the girls around were friends to both parties.

The drama didn't stop there though, because after Barbee left abruptly and Beenie Man discovered what happened he confronted his brother...but good sense prevailed and that too was squashed down.

YardFlex was unable to reach Barbee for a comment, but we will keep you posted.





Did Aidonia shoot a man?

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By: Lookout

aidonia2.jpgYardFlex understands that dancehall artiste Aidonia could be having some trouble with the law. From what we understand his name is being called in connection with a shooting incident where it is alleged he pulled the trigger.

YardFlex called the Constabulary Communication Network CCN, but was told "we are unable to make any sort of comment on this issue right now."

Stay tuned YardFlex will definitely be keeping you posted on new developments.





BILLBOARD LISTS REGGAE TOP TEN

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By: Joseph Cunningham

matisyahu.jpgBillboard Magazine has revealed its Top 10 reggae artistes of 2007. The listing sprung one major surprise, with Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew from Pennsylvania, USA, being rated as the Billboard Reggae Artiste of the Year! Apparently the decision is based on sales and downloads of the artistes' music plus airplay in the US.

In 2006, Matisyahu released the album titled "Youth," that was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category for that year. The artiste admits getting inspiration from reggae acts such as Luciano Barrington Levy and Morgan Heritage and most of his songs are just about entirely in English with just a few words of Hebrew and Yiddish sprinkled in.

With a reggae vocal style along the lines of traditional Rasta Roots mixed with dub sounds, Matisyahu's track production is comparable to King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Mikey Dread, and Linval Thompson.

Billboard Top 10 Reggae Artistes

1. Matisyahu
2. Bob Marley
3. Stephen Marley
4. Damian 'Jr.Gong' Marley
5. Sean Paul
6. Bob Marley & The Wailers
7. Collie Buddz
8. Buju Banton
9. Notch
10. Beenie Man





Reggae Treasures Missing

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Reggae LOGO.jpgA large quantity of music recorded in the 1970s has disappeared from the archives of the former Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC).

According to authorities, the missing collection which includes original recordings by reggae greats Bob Marley and Peter Tosh was realized on Saturday.

Speaking on the matter, Olivia Grange, Jamaica's Information Minister said, "The possible theft of thousands of vinyl records and compact discs is a blow to the island's history."

Employees at the newly formed Public Broadcasting Corp. of Jamaica noticed the disappearances while touring the old JBC building. They had planned to use the archived material for their first programmes, Grange said.





DJ Nicholas passionate for Christ & music

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By: Joseph Cunningham

dj_nicholas.jpgHis powerful sound has many comparing him to Bounty Killer and Baby Cham, but he is not a secular artiste, instead, DJ Nicholas is a Gospel deejay. He attributes his strong vocals to spiritual dedication. "Seeking the lord brings power," he said.

Speaking with YardFlex via telephone on Friday afternoon, he revealed the interesting tale of how he began "walking with the lord."

"I was a rastaman who was living in accordance with the principles of
Rastafari. This was the case until I was reading my bible and saw the
scripture which reads...There is no other name under heaven, given
among men whereby we must be saved, but by the name of Jesus."

Nicholas said the bible passage made him realize that Jesus Christ is the only way. Praises be to God, he received the word with thanksgiving. As a result, he shaved his hair and turned fully to the bible for guidance and inspiration. He made the bold step of attending a church crusade at the New Life Assembly of God, Constant Spring Road. There, he got saved and baptized.

The passion of knowing Christ was accompanied by another passion...the passion of gospel music. He pursued his dreams of doing God's music by approaching Gospel producer, Tommy Cowan, who recorded his first single "Barrier." Nicholas continued to produce songs such as "Pop Off The Word" and collaborated with Kerron Ennis on "Holy Ghost Church." He has worked on projects for Bless a.k.a. Prodigal Son such as the concert, strong>'Recharge' which played a great part in his earlier development. Chevelle Franklyn, Robert & Jeneve Bailey and Danny Browne are some of the others Nicholas has worked with.





Mystic Vibes' Best in 2007:

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Mystic Vibes TV is Chicago's first and leading cable television show focused on world music entertainment and quality cultural programs. Airing on Cable Access Network, Channel 19, the show gives its viewers exposure to the world beat lifestyle from the Caribbean, Africa and the United States. It is a presentation of Zebulun Productions.

After digging through the crates and reviewing files, Executive Producer Zezel, came up with the following favorite episodes and events from 2007.

Chicago Reggae Music Festival

Chicago got its very own festival strictly for reggae music featuring an impressive line up of legends and trailblazers. It was a cool, rainy afternoon but the weather did not keep the die-hards from coming out. We braced the conditions and held tent-side interviews with everyone on the scene; Third World celebrating 30 years in music, Culture, Morgan Heritage, Queen Ifrica - who cracked the sky wide open and Junior Kelly who jumped offstage and sang to the crowd in the rain. The show aired repeatedly but don't miss the festival this year, it's set for August 23.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

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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Original Dancehall Jam Jam delivered

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JamJam2007Poster.jpgThe Jamalco Sports Club in Halse Hall, Clarendon came alive on New Years Eve with the staging of Cocoa Tea's Original Dancehall Jam Jam. The show brought out the massive and saw patrons enjoying some high quality performances too.

Sky Juice was in his element as the New Year rolled in. He did his antics on stage generating some fun vibes. Following Mr. Easy it was time for the original gangalee Louie Culture and he really was in his element as he did some of his favourites including "Pamela Lose Har Man."

Fanton Mojah did his thing and made way for Etana who brought a different vibes to the huge crowd that gathered. She gave a queenly performance before making way for Clarendonian Barrington Levy who was vintage at its best with his wide repertoire of hits.

The vintage vibes continued with Admiral Bailey who injected new energy into the crowd.

Spanner Banner slowed the pace down with his songs, however his performance was just as enjoyable.





Beenie Man and Barbee to Sue 876Radio

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barbee_beenie_man.jpgRay Alexander publicist for both Beenie Man and Barbie, has informed the Jamaican music fraternity that he is suing the management of 876 Radio after it reported that Beenie Man had beaten Barbie because she refused to give him a threesome.

Ray said they have since received a letter of apology from the management of 876 Radio. He said the accusations are false and that during the time of the alleged incident Beeine Man was in Miami and Barbie was at home sick and in bed.

Ray says they are however contemplating suing and may just demand that
they (the management of 876 Radio) send a public apology to all media
houses.

He further revealed that Beenie Man's lawyer has all the details and is ready to take action.





Milk's All White Birthday Bash sell off

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

As we all "a pictures tells a million words." Here are some photos from the event.

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Stephen McGregor...reggae's youthful veteran

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By: Joseph Cunningham

steven.jpgHe has been heralded as "the genius," but for what? That was the popular question two years ago when this kind of adoration was bestowed on a Jamaican teenager, who was new to the fraternity of music producers.

Many had reservations, but YardFlex interviewed Steven McGregor on Friday morning and cleared up all the misgivings. For starters, there is an obvious self-confidence that has propelled Steven McGregor ahead of his fellows in the new generation of Jamaican music producers.

He is also currently the most popular producer in the reggae industry,
delivering the kind of rhythms that make music students think of the
peculiar sounds of the likes of Swizz Beats. I asked the youth, age 17, turns 18 on Sunday; if he were to handpick artistes for a special rhythm, what would be his thought process?

Steven said, "While I take into consideration the type of artiste it is, no matter how famous the artiste, I always reserve the right to input my creativity in a significant way."

What is his source of confidence? He is a son of Freddie McGregor, and was exposed to music as a much younger boy. He virtually lives in the Big Ship studio, the McGregor's home studio where he has built over 500 rhythms.





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Dancehall nuh nice again...Need more vintage shows

By: Joan Wilson

Dancehall_thumb.jpgWhoever 'dejayed' that "Dancehall nice again" needs to get their head examined as it has deteriorated to a war zone. Gone are the days when you go there, "beat two juice," jam to some nice grooves and leave there with the feeling that your money was well spent!

Just looking back at last year the many feuds that took place and the tussles that happened on stage in front of paying patrons is enough to let you "wanna puke."

Wake up dancehall industry people the only losers in all of this are the very people who are supporting your music. Instead of a bang for their buck, what do you give them in return, disrespect and a steady diet of cuss words and total almshouse on stage.

It's time that music lovers demand more for the hard earned cash they have to fork out to go see these guys on stage. Unless you, who are spending your money start setting higher standards then this foolishness will continue.

Promoters too must join the crusade for change. Face it, the only way these artistes will conform and make a change for the better is if you hit them where it really hurts. A puny fine of $1-5000 will not stop them from going on stage and using expletives or being downright offensive.

If promoters (both locally and overseas) choose instead to draw for clean artiste consistently, then sooner or later these so called hype artiste will feel the pinch and start doing what it takes to 'eat a food'.





A tame Reggae Campfire

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The night was cold and the fire that was expected to warm up the night at Reggae Campfire held in Linstead never materialized as for many it did not live up the heat of previous staging.

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However, the night was not without its bright sparks as artistes such Anthony B sizzled on stage reminding many why after over ten years he is still in demand. Beenie Man has proven time and time again that when it comes to delivering to his fans he is the best. He had the crowd in a frenzy as he went through his paces.

Reggae Crooner Sanchez injected a little warmth in the night wit his lovers rock that had women drawing a little closer to their men.





Daddy Ernie steams up UK airwaves and dancehalls

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daddyernie_flyer.jpgDaddy Ernie, born Ernie Harriott in London, England – is one of Choice FM's long standing DJ's. He credits the purchase of an old gramophone he bought from a jumble sale as his first start at deejaying.

During his teen years he launched and established a sound system called President Downbeat with his brother and close friends. Subsequently, he became associated with the King Trojan sound system, which was affiliated with the Trojan Record company, one of the leading reggae labels at the time.

Later he teamed up with the Hawkeye International sound system, which eventually led to a spot at LWR, a seminal reggae radio station. After a short stint with another radio station, Time FM, he was asked to present Superjam on Choice FM, the first five-weekly reggae programme outside of Jamaica.





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TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

TW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 1 17 Nah Go A Jail – Busy Signal – Jam 2 (4wks@#1) NM
02 2 12 Pick It Up & Drop It – Sean Paul – Birchill Records NM
03 4 15 Tell Dem Don't Follow – Buju Banton – Heart of Love U-1
04 3 12 Everybody Dance – RDX – Apt 19 (2wks@#1) D-1
05 7 7 Dandy Shandy – Macka Diamond – Birch Hill U-2
06 6 9 Empire Army – Vybz Kartel – Big Ship NM
07 12 3 Click My Finger – Erup – Truck Back U-5
08 5 16 Dem A Sissy – Assassin – Don Corleon D-3
09 8 22 Give It Up – Beenie Man feat Barbee – 357 Records (3wks@#1) D-1
10 11 6 When My Gun Rise – Munga – Heart of Love U-1
11 13 4 Dreaming Of You – Beenie Man & Alaine – Sleepy Splu U-2
12 15 3 Pon Di Edge – Busy Signal – Star Kutt U-3
13 10 26 Wine Pon It/Talk To Me – Munga – Casper Productions (1wk@#1) D-3
14 9 8 Squeeze Har – Mavado – H20 (pp#7) D-5
15 17 3 Mama Cry – Beenie Man – 357 Records U-2
16 18 3 Don't Run In – Harry Toddler – Truck Back U-2
17 20 2 Doh – Serani feat Bugle – Daseca U-3
18 - 4 Shoot Out – Mykal Rose – John John
19 14 21 What I'm Gonna Do – Bugle – Daseca (pp#4) D-5
20 - 3 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten – Demarco – John John





Britney Spears in the news again

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britney.jpgWhat's wrong with Britney! She's gone and done it again. According to reports surfacing on the Internet she hit a new low last night when authorities reportedly responded to a family-custody dispute at her house in Studio City, California.

In a reported posted on MTV News the singer refused to turn over her two children to ex-husband Kevin Federline, and authorities discovered her under the influence of an unidentified substance.

The Los Angeles Police Department was reportedly called to Spears' house after a person who has not been identified phoned authorities at 8 p.m. over a domestic disturbance. The call involved a "family custodial dispute that we are trying to resolve ... peacefully by court order," LAPD spokesman Officer Jason Lee told The Associated Press. She was due to have her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, until 7 p.m. that day.





By: Joan Wilson

diabetes_logo_slogan.jpg1992 was the year my life changed. That's when I was told I was now among those listed as diabetics. Not having any understanding of this disease, I thought it was the end of my life as I knew it. The first thing that set in was panic. The word itself sounded real ominous and conjured all kinds of images in my panicked mind.

Here I was faced with this new challenge and all I knew was that many people died as a complication from it including my grandmother. I felt as if I was now hemmed in and the corners were closing in real fast.

Most diabetics may feel that way at first, so that's why it is so important to equip yourselves with knowledge and it will really give you the power for living.

The first thing I did was have a long talk with my doctor. Maybe some of my questions were tedious, or might have sounded foolish, but doctors understand their patients fears (or they should) mine took her time and laid all mine to rest. I came out thinking "hey, this may be the best thing that could ever happen to me!"





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Chris Brown Sued for One Million Dollars

edit_chris_brown.jpgOn Christmas Eve, while most people were preparing to relax with family and friends, John Troxtel, a concert set designer, was filing a million-dollar lawsuit against the tour company of R&B star Chris Brown, this according to a report on Vibe Confidential.

Troxtel alleges that Brown's touring company didn't own up to their end of the bargain after a verbal agreement for his work designing the sets for Brown's "Up Close and Personal" Tour. Troxtel, who has designed concert settings for artists ranging from Michael Jackson, to Eminem and Snoop Dogg, says he was paid for some of his design work, but more work "was required and requested."

Troxtel claims that Brown's touring company refused to pony up the cash. He is suing for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

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Snoop Dogg's - Sensual Seduction

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Yeshemabeth McGregor...a composed melody

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Yeshemabeth.jpgA famous Jamaican adage says, "Wha drop offa head drop pon shoulder." It refers to heritage, particularly, genetic attributes.

Yeshemabeth Mcgregor is the daughter of Reggae Superstars Freddie Mcgregor & Judy Mowatt (formerly of the I-Threes). She is sister to YardFlex CEO, Deborah Cole producer, Steven McGregor and Dancehall artiste, Chino.

As expected, the musical influence in her immediate environment, drew her into music at an infant age.

At age three, Shema, as she is fondly known, started learning to play the piano and by age seven she knew how to play the violin as well. She made her first appearance as a back-ground vocalist for her mother at age nine and she has been doing so ever since. She also toured worldwide with her father, singing back-ground vocals and opening for him. Shema has released four albums in Japan, the latest, "A New State of Mind."

She explained that her reason for releasing her work there is a strategic move. "I am working on my image...I want to be more than just a Reggae or Dancehall artiste."





beeni.jpgOne thing was made clear at the recently held Trelawny Family Fun Day, which took place at the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium – it was a new year...but same old foolishness.

These artistes who claimed to have a problem with gays sure seemed rather fascinated by them, as they never missed a beat in promoting them during their performances – remember no publicity is bad publicity!

Many also came with their usual fascination to people's private bedroom practices as they went on and on about oral sex, they would remember patrons didn't pay their money to be hearing the same thing over and over...do your songs!

The show enjoyed a nice sized turnout and saw some good performances ...and some not so great ones.

There were also some names that were advertised on the flyer that were noticeably missing in action such as Buju Banton, Sizzla and Ninja Man. Thankfully the crowd didn't seem to have a problem with the MIAs as they enjoyed what was on offering for the night.





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Ne-Yo files lawsuit against R. Kelly

edit_neyo_r' kelly.jpgNe-Yo filed a lawsuit against concert promoters Rowe Entertainment for breach of contract, violation of the right of publicity and unfair business practices after he was dropped in late November from R. Kelly's "Double Up" tour after only two performances.

In the lawsuit, Ne-Yo asked for about US$735,000, the remainder of what he claims he was promised in an oral agreement.

"The idea that R. Kelly had anything to do with Ne-Yo being dropped from the 'Double Up' tour is just plain silly," Kelly's representatives said in a statement. "Ne-Yo was dropped because of a contractual dispute with the tour promoter and, in fact, Ne-Yo is not
suing Kelly, but only the promoter.

"Ne-Yo may think blaming the situation on R. Kelly will improve his chances of collecting from the promoter, but if he does, he is sadly mistaken. Anyone remotely familiar with R. Kelly knows he is confident enough in his own abilities to be happy to share the stage with enormously talented people -- the more talented, the better."

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Jah Cure's Statement

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edit_cure.jpgJah Cure's management has issued a statement since the Jam Jam incident saying little about what happened. Read below:

"2007 was a challenging year for me; however, throughout the year I was able to stay focused on the music while maintaining a positive attitude. I am here to uplift the people as I myself was once down. I want to use my music to comfort the hurt and bring joy to the sad.

"Many may have heard of a recent incident at Cocoa Tea's Dancehall Jam Jam, in light of this, I want to state that I am a positive person whose only aim is to uplift people and live in a positive way. I give thanks to those who have helped me throughout my career to reach the level that I am now. I want to thank Sizzla Kalonji as he was one of the first to believe in my music.

"Life is about challenges and hurdles but what makes a man a better person is the way he deals with these challenges and hurdles. I will try to make sure that my music remains positive and that my actions reflect my message." – Jah Cure.





Mikey Spice to put reggae gospel in the big league

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By: Joseph Cunningham

mikey_spice.jpg"I'm born again and free from sin..." are in retrospect, prophetic words from former secular Reggae crooner, Mikey Spice. The song was released in 1996, and was a chart topper. However, an interview with the singer revealed that he is now a devout Christian. "I am not just singing spiritual songs anymore. I am now serving the lord," Mikey told YardFlex.

Without giving away too much, Mikey said he is currently in negotiations to be signed to a major international label as a bonafide Gospel musician.

He does not attribute his decision to fully commit to Jesus as anything more than, "submitting to his destiny."

Interestingly, Mikey's "new walk" is in accordance with his beginnings. Mikey attended his fathers' church, where he sang and became a dazzling multi-instrumentalist, learning guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, piano, saxophone, flute, harp and clarinet before age 13.

It was at age 20 that he decided on a reggae career and started working with several bands. Mikey began recording in 1991, and by 1993 he had a live performance at Reggae Sunsplash. A good showing at Sunsplash preceded hits such as "Happiness," "Born Again" and "Jah Lifted Me," released in 1997.

Blessed with a uniquely broad, rich and resonant voice, Mikey was raised on the rousing spiritual music of the Church of God, in Kingston, Jamaica, where his father served as bishop and "Practice What You Preach" was the name of his 2001 monster hit. Today, the song continues to receive enthusiastic airplay in Jamaica, the U.S., Canada and Europe.





Eljai brings Belizean flavour to 'Rebel Salute'

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ELJAI_PIC_1.jpgWarming up for his 'Rebel Salute' debut, Belizean artiste Eljai has been making the rounds in Jamaica. With songs that include the major hit, "Angel of Mine" and recent release, "Blessed" under his belt, the singer has been making several promotional appearances around the island.

His current single "Blessed," features firebrand dancehall artiste, Capleton and the song has been thrust to the forefront of broadcast arenas with heavy video rotation on RETV, Hype TV, Juice TV and Karib TV.

Networking in Jamaica, Eljai performed on stage at concerts that include, the December 21st Tyrell Heights show and Dela Splash – both held in Spanish Town.

It has been a whirlwind of interviews and appearances, but well worth it for Eljai who remarked, "I will be in Jamaica for just a short time so I thought it was best to do some promotions while I am here. The song "Blessed" has been getting some good rotation and the video is showing on the cable television stations. Right now its all about the promotion."





Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival Time Again

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Banner06 - jazzgold.jpgFans gearing up to descend on the Caribbean's biggest party this month are being advised to forget last year's traffic woes and prepare for a great time and smooth driving.

That's the word from the executive producer of the annual Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Walter Elmore. "Our new highway and underpass are now open and complete and this will greatly reduce the congestion to and from the venue," said the phenomenal jazz fest producer this week.

Elmore added that festival organizers of the January 24-26th Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues at the Aqueduct Rosehall in Montego Bay, Jamaica will be working in tandem with the Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent of Police Elan Powell, to ensure there is a smooth flow of traffic to and from the venue. "We also have a 2 Lane Underpass that links the outer lanes with the venue and also the parking lot across from the shops of Rose Hall," he explained. "This will allow the shuttle buses to come and go without crossing traffic."





Serani is at the top and reaching higher

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By: Janice Dayle

Serani.jpgSerani's recent overwhelming greeting by some of the world's roughest concert critics has undoubtedly sealed his musical fate. During a cameo appearance at STING – where he faced one of the hardest audiences to please; the multi-talented, many hat wearing Serani received a tumultuous response.

Best known worldwide for his smash breakout hit, "Doh" – featuring Bugle, Serani, who has brought many great reggae acts to life, is on a roll that will surely go on way beyond 2008.

For starters - this genius, commonly referred to as "The Future," will ring in his musical new year with the video release for his latest hot track, "Study People," recorded on the Fire Links' "Drumlane" rhythm that he created and produced.

There is no denying, Serani is chock full of amazing talent and his many successful compositions give proof of this. With his high tech mobile unit, Serani has composed such beats as "Anger Management," "Gullyside" and "The Dutty Wine" soundbed and is now also focusing on boosting his own performing skills.





Eddie Murphy Married

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murphy_edmonds.jpgEddie Murphy celebrated New Year's Day by marrying film producer Tracey Edmonds.

The pair exchanged vows yesterday on a private island off Bora Bora in French Polynesia. The wedding was attended by a small group of family and friends, their representatives told People magazine.

Murphy and Edmonds began dating and were engaged in July last year. Murphy, 46, has five children from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who filed for divorce in 2005. He also has a daughter with Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown.

Edmonds, 40, has two sons from her 13-year marriage to singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. As head of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc., she has produced the film and television series "Soul Food."

Murphy's film credits include "Dreamgirls," and the "Beverly Hills Cop," "The Nutty Professor," "Shrek" and "Dr. Doolittle" movies.





Yard Flex Sports Flash Back 2007

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By Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson


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The year 2007 will go down in no uncertain terms, as perhaps the most memorable year in sports for Yard Fans, who have come to expect that Jamaica's exploits on the track, on the pitch, or on the court's will be the quintessential of the Caribbean.

2007 saw massive accomplishments, and unparalleled performances where the Caribbean athlete in general and Jamaicans pushed the bondaries of
Athleticism, in further stamping their class on the International sporting Arena.

Cricket

In April 2007 the Caribbean came together, organized and staged without question the best ever International Cricket Council/Caribbean World Cup of Cricket, and an estimated television audience of 1.8 billion watched the month long event.

Some 16 teams took part in the World Cup, where Games were held at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, The Queens Park Oval In Trinidad, The Kensington Oval in Barbados, and Sabina Park In Kinston. Defending Champions Australia were again winners after beating Sri-Lanka in the final by six wickets thanks to a glorious 149 by Adam Gilchrist.

Tickets sales were confirmed at 31.4 million us dollars over the 52
matches, and was the highest ever achieved for any cricket world cup,
beating the previous record of 22 million in the United Kingdom in 1999.

The Caribbean men advanced past the first round with victories, over
Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland but failed to get past the Second Round.

It was in the month of April that the West Indian Legend Brian Charles
Lara bid farewell to the game of glorious uncertainties. April was surely an active month; at one point for the wrong reason as Pakistan's Coach Bob Wolmer was murdered under what was initially considered mysterious circumstances.

In 2007 Jamaica led by Chris Gayle and Wavel Hinds also restored joy and jubilation in the hearts of yard fans, after they won the regional 50 overs competition, beating Barbados in the final.





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Why This Fussing & Fighting?

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Artists need to control themselves and be more conscious of their of roles in the wider society. As we go forward into 2008 it is important that our cultural icons maintain the sort of composure that will always strengthen not only their careers but also their capacity to create.

Reggae music lovers in Jamaica and around the world want nothing more than to emulate their favorite artistes who they hold in such high esteem. However, when faced with disappointing behavior, such as the heavy hitting brawls, bickering and angry tantrums, their admiration gets crushed.

A Jamaican Canadian radio show host lamented at the situation, saying it took him many years to get people to pay proper attention to Reggae and the artistes today seem to be on a mission of destruction. Some
entertainers need to control themselves and stop the nonsense.

Following the Jam Jam incident days ago, some fans were heard saying,
"Thank God this happened at home and not at an international venue," but what about the old time saying that goes, "If you dance at home – you dance abroad!" Will the artistes in question ever learn?





Role Model let fans down at Jam Jam

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By: Elizabeth Smith

cure_kalonji.jpgBig "bowing up" went on at Cocoa Tea's Original Dancehall Jam Jam concert in Clarendon, where thousands of New Years eve revelers gathered to ring in 2008. This time it was Jah Cure who went completely out of control in response to words from Sizzla.

One would have thought that an event like this, on such an occasion - with resolutions and well wishes abound, would have been seeped in blessed love and understanding.

Well – think again...because our best of the best in reggae music never fail to let us down and Jam Jam's backstage was the scene of mayhem amongst artistes, once again.

During the show, while Sizzla and is more than 50 member entourage were chilling backstage, Sizzla approached Jah Cure to give some "professional" advice on his vocal techniques.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

queenifrica2.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label
01 02 11 Queen I-Frica- Don't Touch Me There-No Doubt Records-New#1
02 04 06 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back -Shot to Watch
03 01 12 Demarco-Fallen Soldiers- Star Kutt-4wks@#1
04 07 09 Sean Paul – Pick It Up & Drop It - Birchill–Greatest Gainer up 3
05 03 12 Shaggy feat Rik Rok- Bonafide Girl-Big Yard-Peak@#2
06 05 20 Assassin-Dem A Sissy-Don Corleon- Peak@#4
07 06 13 Brick & Lace- Love Is Wicked-180 Entertainment-Peak@#6
08 08 19 Movado-Squeeze Har -H2o- Peak@#5
09 09 20 Bugle-What I'm Gonna Do- Daseca-2wks@#1
10 12 10 Garrison Hawk –Gangsta Roll- Warner Bros





14 Jamaican dancers nabbed in club raid

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strippers3.jpgFourteen Jamaican dancers operating from several popular nightclubs were reportedly nabbed by police and handed over to the Immigration Department, this according to a report in the Antigua Sun.

The women were picked up over the weekend, after members of the Royal Police Force carried out an early morning sting operation on several local business places.

The operation is said to be an ongoing nationwide initiative of the police force, as a means of reducing the incidence of crime and illegal activities currently plaguing the country.

It was during the Jam Down raid that the nude and partially clad dancers were caught by the police and handed over to immigration.





High School Tour hits tourist capital

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Montego Bay was home for Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on the same weekend that the Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour made its stop at Herbert Morrison Technical High School.

On Friday, January 25, Tony Young kicked off the tourist capital leg by introducing Principal Paul Adams who explained the uniqueness of the extraordinary school. He said the institution had the matchless insight to be the only one to offer a wide range of programmes. These courses include: Visual and Performing Arts, Business, General Studies, Science, Hospitality, Mechanical Engineering, Building Technology and Construction.

Being in existence since 1976 the school was named after a well known
philanthropist, Dr Herbert Morrison, who was also the foster parent of Rex Nettleford, cultural icon and former Principal of the University of The West Indies (UWI).

Principal Adams passed on the microphone, shifting the focus of this live broadcast tour for a moment to the rocking sounds of DJ Cat who had students moving to the beat of his selections. Then following a tight dance routine by a troupe, the Vice Principal, Mr. Haughton gave more interesting historical facts, this time with the spotlight on sports as well. Having been Vice-Principal since 1981, he spoke of the past achievements in netball and the DaCosta Cup.





"Sean Kingston" tops 7 million sales

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By: Joseph Cunningham


s_kingston.jpgSean Kingston's debut self-titled album has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

Five months after its release, the album has accrued more than seven
million sales worldwide from ring tones, ring-backs, singles and albums in physical and digital sales; for songs including his global chart topping single "Beautiful Girl."

"Beautiful Girl" topped charts in 21 countries around the world. His second hit, "Me Love" has been certified gold. His latest top ten hit "Take You There" has also gone gold. That single is currently number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

In related news, Kingston is now wrapping up a national US tour with Grammy-nominated R&B singer Chris Brown, following a national tour with Gwen Stefani. In March, he will kick off an international tour
performing throughout Europe, Australia and Asia. That tour will run until Spring.

And, he has been nominated in the 'Outstanding New Artiste' category for the 39th NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Thursday, February 14 on FOX.

Kingston recently won the US Teen Choice Award for 'Choice R&B Track' for "Beautiful Girls." Last year he won the UK MOBO Award for 'Best Reggae Act.'





Half Pint unveils "NO STRESS EXPRESS"

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By: Howard Hendriks

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It was a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Half Moon Hotel, Montego Bay when the entertainment fraternity turned out to support the launch of Half Pint's latest venture. Dignitaries, Media personalities and celebrities from as far as Germany witnessed the Jamaican launch of his album "No Stress Express." This offering will be released worldwide on March 11 and will be distributed via Universal Music Group Distribution.





'Word Sound Power' generates poetic CD

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image for betj story.jpgFor the first time ever, fans of Dub Poetry will be able to download a great Dub Poetry CD, representing the Caribbean with the likes of DYCR, M-1, Busy Signal, Sage, Einsley Burroughs, Charlie Bobus and other great poets. This project stems from 'Word Sound Power' which airs every Saturday morning on BET J.

'Word Sound Power' is an artistic force uniting the African oral tradition of rhythmic dub poetry and the literary art form of spoken word to form the voice of a new poetic generation. Each half hour episode airs weekly on BETJ with themes expressing conscious creativity from the streets and it represents the influence of revolutionary works.

This profound presentation is a bold move into the new landscape of
digital content. Hosted by M1 from the legendary Hip-hop group Dead Prez, 'Word Sound Power' redefines the boundaries of entertainment by directly addressing socio- economic, political issues with prose and purpose while providing an elevated visionary alternative to bridge the gap between cultures and countries.





Two-Day Festival in Florida to Honour Miss Lou

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By: Joan Wilson

Miss_Lou_1919_2006.jpgA two-day festival honouring the life and works of Jamaica's late Cultural Ambassador, Louise Bennett-Coverley, O.J. (Miss Lou), will be held in Florida from January 31 to February 1.

Titled 'Colonization in Reverse' the event, slated for the South Regional Broward Library in Pembroke Pines, will kick off the library's Black History Month celebrations. It is being held under the patronage of Consul General to Miami, Ricardo Allicock.

The first day of the event will feature a panel discussion on 'Perspectives on the Life and Work of Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley', which will address language, empowerment and identity, education, the impact of the culture on the Caribbean Diaspora, Creolization, linguistics and etymology, and the depth and breadth of the political humour of Miss Lou. Panelists will include poet and cultural expert Professor Mervyn Morris; actress, author and comedian, Joan Andrea Hutchinson; Florida-based educators Drs. Susan Davis and Marva McLean; and attorneys David Rowe and George Lewis.

A supporting cast of Jamaican talent based in South Florida will headline a concert the following day starting at 7:00 p.m. The two-day event is being coordinated by the Broward Library Division, the Broward Community College and the Jamaica Folk Revue.





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"The entertainment business needs some change. There is just too much war and violence, it needs some uplifting positive vibes," Mikey Congress, a member of the management team of House of Congress stated, in introducing the production company.

House of Congress, with management teams based in Portmore and New York, comes to the fore with a vision – to change the receding trend of the entertainment business.

With a roster of young talented acts to work with, the company is set on making its presence felt.

According to Parro Congress, another member of the management team, "We are here to bring good music to the world, to make a difference by investing in quality acts, put them to the forefront and hopefully by doing that we can change the trend."

Carl Anthony Flowers formed House of Congress in 1988 with the aim of establishing a multi-dimensional company where he would be involved in several aspects of the entertainment industry.

Twenty years later that dream has been realized, as House of Congress is now into music production, artiste management, sound system and show promotion. With the main players being Carl, Mikey, Parro, Andre and Shawn, the team has a clear agenda for 2008.

"We want to be all over the place with the House of Congress label...we will be doing more producing, looking to get some female artistes on the label and of course, we have Magnum Tonic Wine Congress Fridayz anniversary coming up in March," Parro shared.





Avid Mavado fan shot and killed

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By: Lookout

mavado_pic.jpgYardFlex came across this story on Trinidad Express and we have to say that they will do anything to tie Jamaicans in their mix up.

See, these DJs can't say they weren't warned about the type of lyrics they do. Below is an excerpt from the story posted on the website and please tell us how poor Mavado named got called up in this one – judge for yourselves!

SADIKI "Sadman" Marshall's murder is believed to be reprisal killing for a robbery on Friday night.

Marshall, 22, was gunned down in Providence Estate, Upper Bournes Road, an area better known as the "Cocoa" just after 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Police believe that the shooting incident is connected to a robbery where two men were severely beaten and robbed in the same area on Friday night.





This obsession with oral sex

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By: Rootzgirl


Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgIt's another year and I have to endure going to stage shows and hearing these DJs coming up on the stage and hitting out against men and women who delight in pleasuring themselves through oral sex.

Now I am no prude and I am a firm believer in whatever you want to do behind closed doors is your own business...so I have to admit that it really gets to me when you pay your money, go to stage shows and one DJ after the other take it as their duty to lick out (no pun intended) against what they term 'bow cats'.

Now peeps, you mean to tell me that in this day and age they can't find anything else to DJ about but bedroom activities! They sure seem obsessed with this kind of activity and lead me to wonder, what is their real fascination with this form of sexual activity?

I don't have to remind you of stories that have circulated where DJs who have been known to crusade against this activity were caught with their tongues hanging out in the act!

The sad thing about the whole thing is that no-one asked their opinion, so there was no need to talk about it, yet the compulsion remains to bring it out in the open.





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It was a birthday celebration with a difference at Macka Diamond's Birthday Bash held last Friday night at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Many turned out to enjoy themselves at the bingo table, trying to win one of the prizes up for the grabs including appliances, furniture and a cash prize of US$2000.

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Action kicked off rather late as up to minutes after 1 am not much was happening, but things gradually picked up.

When the action died down at the bingo table it was time for another form of pleasure – some hardcore juggling and performances.





Cristy Barber given top VP Records appointment

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logo_vp.jpgVP Records this week announced the appointment of Cristy Barber as Vice-President of Marketing and Promotions.

The top notch music industry executive who has assisted in developing Grammy winning artists like: Damian 'Jr. Gong' and Stephen Marley will oversee the marketing and promotions department as second to Randy Chin, President of VP Records.

"We are thrilled to have Cristy join the VP Records family" stated Mr. Chin. 'Her extensive knowledge of reggae and heartfelt passion for the music...offers VP the right blend to keep VP as the leader in the genre. Her addition completes what is the best management team in Reggae today."

Fresh from her close to five year stint as President of Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths International where she worked in tandem with, Universal Republic Records, Ms. Barber brings a wealth of knowledge to VP Records.

Her music career started in 1992 and Barber worked for hip-hop star KRS-One's company, Front Page Entertainment; from where she went on to work as a publicist for Capitol Records. Companies such as Elektra Entertainment, Island Records and Columbia Records have previously appointed her in key marketing and promotional positions. It is also a return to VP Records for Barber, who was Director of A&R there for two years.





Marley Documentary Premieres February 6

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By: Joseph Cunningham

africa_unite.jpgThe documentary, "Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's Vision," will be premiered in February, "Reggae Month." It will have its world premiere on Marley's birthday, February 6, at the Carib 5 Cinema and will be available on DVD on February 12.

Featuring American actor Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, the I-Threes and the Marley family, the film will take a look back at the Smile Jamaica/Africa Unite concert.

The film is based on events before, during and after the Marley family's first trip to Ethiopia in 2005 for the twelve-hour Africa Unite concert held in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Three hundred thousand persons from across the globe helped the Marley family celebrate Bob Marley's 60th birthday that year with the massive
outdoor concert.

Additionally, the film will highlight the Marley family's travelogue and humanitarian efforts. It also includes rare archival footage of Marley himself.





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j_reid2.jpgJunior Reid before the court for child maintenance

First, Junior was accused of not settling his debt with someone he did business with...now the latest drama surrounding the 'One Blood' singer is that he is before the court for child maintenance.

Well, to be fair to the singer he was giving the mother of four 'something' but the amount was way below what it took to adequately take care of so many children.

The case will be called up at the Supreme Court today where the judge is expected to settle on an amount that will see the children being properly taken care of.

Hmm makes you wonder which other entertainer out there that is in this very same boat...drop us a link at YardFlex...we want to know.

Come on man, don't let the baby mothers have to be taking you to court to stand up to your responsibilities...it's a New Year...do better than that!

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Shaggy on The Tonight Show

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leno_shaggy.jpgDancehall superstar Shaggy turned up the heat on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) as the featured guest artist on the episode that aired live on January 21, 2008.

No stranger to prime time, Shaggy was originally slated on Jay Leno when his new album Intoxication dropped back in November, but the much anticipated appearance was postponed due to the writers' strike in
Hollywood.

Performing his latest single "What's Love," a collaboration with hip-hop star Akon, Shaggy brought his signature moves to the set with gruff hardcore vocals and humorous facial expressions, sending the already screaming audience into a frenzy.

"What's Love" fits the formula of breezy dancehall- meets-hip-hop that has sent the Grammy Award-winning and 20-times platinum artist soaring to the top of charts for years.





Inseason Juice, KLAS bring tour on a motorcade

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By: Jaide Bridge
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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All roads led to Calabar High School on Thursday January 25th as the Inseason Juice KLAS School Tour made its way to Calabar High School by motorcade. KLAS FM, initiators of the tour, decided to make this 3rd stop of the live broadcas