April 2008 Archives

Booty Tattoo...sexy or not sexy

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This booty was photographed at an event held recently in the US.

Please give us your honest opinion as to whether you think this booty tattoo is sexy or not.


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Artistes delivered at Take Me Away

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from the event:

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Top New York radio personality and head of Dahved Levy Promotions Inc, Dahved Levy, in partnership with title sponsors, CaribbeanFever.Com will stage the third 'ICONS'- Mother's Day Reggae Festival, featuring - Buju Banton, Barrington Levy, Super Cat and Friends on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

The Wamu at Madison Square Gardens which has a capacity seating of six Thousand, will house the event.

According to Dahved, "Patrons are booking flights and have been flying in from different countries and across different states in the U.S." He added that, "People have not seen Super Cat in action for a long time and this has created a major buzz about the show."





Beenie Man to replace Mavado in Guyana

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doc1.jpgMavado is out and Beenie Man is in...he will replace the singjay this weekend in Linden, Guyana. Mavado who was expected to perform there was banned from entering the country.

The Promoter Ryan Apple voiced his displeasure at the fact in an article printed in Guyana's newspaper Stabroek News. He expressed his dismay at the act and described as being "unfair."

"I find it strange that government is moving to ban an artiste that was here last year and sang those very songs that are now popular and someone whose music receives much airplay. They have no idea how many persons came in for Linden town day to see Mavado and the efforts that were put into the promotion", Apple stated to the newspaper.

Apple went on to say in the article that if government had issued guidelines for the Linden show instead of banning the artiste, he would have abided by them. He added that the security concerns being cited need to be elaborated upon.





Ele delivered in Africa

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ele_chris_edit1.jpgBoy what a way Ele gwaan good inna Africa...well Uganda to be precise. YardFlex came across the review of the show he was described in AllAfrica.com as "a man of lighting, rapidity voice and action."

According to the report Elephant Man bumped and danced with Ugandan girl showing some real energy. "It was dancehall, and when the crowd got low, he had to go the extra mile to get the waves at the 10th anniversary of the Smirnoff Club Silk Street Jam. To him, f**k was as good as a 'hello' as it rolled off his tongue."

Every girl wanted to dance with him, but security shoved them off.

Well, YardFlex must say it's refreshing to get a positive report about dancehall.





Collie Buddz Rocks The Roxy

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By: Michelle Thomas

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Collie Buddz commanded the stage in Hollywood, CA with his first appearance at the World Famous Roxy. Hollywood fans anxiously stood in anticipation for Buddz to hit the stage as the New Kingston Band opened the show. Once his name was announced, fans went wild. Buddz had Hollywood in the palm of his hand, as the crowd danced and sang along to hits like "Tomorrow's Another Day", "What A Feeling", "Sensimillia", and "Let Me Know". He swooned and hypnotized the ladies with a special dedication to "Gimmie Love" and "Mamacita"





Cedella Marley Booker laid to rest

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Photography By; Milton Raynor

Cedella Marley Booker was laid to rest yeserday at Nine Miles, St. Ann.

There were two days of service held in her honor. One on Sunday, April 27 at the National Arena and other on Monday, April 28, at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (E.O.C) Holy Trinity Church Jamaica, both in Kingston. Interment at Nine Miles.

Below are photos from the E.O.C Holy Trinity Church Jamaica:

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Getting To Know Mister Cee

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

mister_cee.jpgHot 97 disc jockey, Mister Cee, is as talented as he is versatile. Recognized as the man behind the turntables for international rap artiste, Big Daddy Kane, Mister Cee has never been one to rest comfortably on his achievements. He is always striving to do better next time.

His collaboration with Big Daddy Kane yielded a total of six albums after which Mister Cee got involved in public access radio in 1993. New York radio station, Hot 97, recognized his immense talent and became hugely interested in his work; he has been with them ever since. According to Mister Cee he "fulljoys" being a disc jockey as he sees this as a blessing.

Mister Cee can also be identified as the man who got the legendary Biggy Small his record deal. (May his soul rest in peace). He was the executive producer for Biggy's album, "Ready to Die". Mister Cee explains that the death of Biggy had a devastating effect on the hip hop music industry. "His death caused a major setback in the growing of hip hop music. Even to this day the death of Biggy Small and Tupac is still affecting hip hop music," he declares.





Ce'Cile comes with 'So Fly'

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Ce'Cile has teamed up with renowned producer Scott Storch in collaboration with Beenie Man on the track titled So Fly. The track is as a result of the relationship with Danger Zone and SoBe Entertainment.

Storch, known for his wicked instrumentals and credited with hits such as Lean Back by Fat Joe, Candy Shop and Just a Lil' Bit by 50 Cent as well as Baby Boy by Beyonce and Sean Paul, has also produced for a variety of artistes including Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, Nelly, Jadakiss, Christina Aguilera, Nas, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Brooke Hogan, The Game, Chamillionaire, Chris Brown and many more.





Bounty and Mavado banned from Guyana

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bounty_mavado_edit.jpgThe drama never stops! The latest news coming out of Guyana is that Bounty Killer and Mavado have been banned from entering that island. The announcement was made by Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee yesterday.

Bounty Killer was slated to perform in Linden this weekend and Mavado was scheduled to perform during the Linden Town Week celebrations along Lady Saw.

According to the minister they were banned because of security and concerns.





whitney-houston_tobago.jpgPoor Whitney...don't know what happened but YardFlex understands she totally lost it at a Caribbean concert. While performing in Tobago on Sunday she lost her voice and not only that but she kept saying "I love you Trinidad!" the people were like, "this is Tobago!" But the people were like, "This is Tobago!"

The pop diva was nearing the end of a 30-minute performance at the Plymouth Jazz Festival when her voice became so raspy she was unable to hit the high notes of her hit single "I Will Always Love You." And the star's vocal strain was not her only embarrassment of the evening.

The star, who cashed in a reported $3 million for the gig, gave her thanks to the crowd at the show's finale, shouting repeatedly, "I love you, Trinidad," despite performing in the southern Caribbean island of Tobago.

Oh boy according to reports coming out of that part of the island Whitney seemed totally out of it.





Western Consciousness brought out the massive

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are photos from the event:

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Nuff bad man and bad gyal nuh straight

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgYeah a mi again, di same one whi got it nuff and plenty! Now since as mi a read Joan Wilson story and a check out whey she sey, mi haffi meck a comment. Yeah man mi find out sey a lot a hypocrisy a gwaan inna dis business.

Whey unno nuh admit sey why dis ting suh hard fi fight is because a whole heap a shotta and bad gal a play di same game tuh. Dem lean like wid dem homo and lesbian self. But unno caan duh nutten bout it caa dem wi do pure tings.

Yeah mi a guh talk up di tings dem as whey Spice woulda sey. A good friend a mine did married to this notorious badman...yup, him dead now, but him was one a di biggest fish outa di sea.

But di one tink mi blame har fah she kip up wid him almshouse dem, she haffi f*ck him wid di dildo inna him batty. Now can yuh imagine! And fi meck matter wuss, di ongle way him coulda pleasure har is if him do har inna har behind. Now tell mi, how sick dan dat can yuh get?
And she siddung pon di knowledge sey him a corrupt di likkle youth dem inna di community and meck dem come and gi him blow job...and yuh know what di sickest ting was...yeah when him deh a dance and di DJ dem a lick out gainst di fish dem, a fi him lighter fuss inna di air!





Macka Diamond moving on up

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macka_moneygoddess.jpgLast night Macka Diamond made her debut on Royal Palm Estate and we must say she did a great job too. Hmm wonder if we will be seeing more of the DJ in this type of scenario. But that's not the only thing that is occupying her time right now. She was summoned the US Embassy as a special guest performer at their benefit concert in aid of Children First Center in Spanish Town, which is a youth-centered non-governmental organization which operates in the heart of Spanish Town, and helps educate at risk youth children between the ages of 10 and 18.

It all started last December with the Salvation Army School for the Blind, where Macka Diamond and her company, DiamondDistrict Ja. alongside Island Grill, joined forces to give an unforgettable Christmas treat to over 130 students, which comprised of a live performance from the Money Goddess herself, who then played Mrs. Claus and presented them all with gifts. It didn't stop there, because Macka was just at the Mico Teachers' College lending a helping hand to the Student Council Body and their fundraising efforts, by delivering yet another one of her memorable performances.





Official Statement from Wildfire Productions

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Sting 148_bountykilla.jpgAs we have just concluded our IGNITION CONCERT for 2008 we would like to give an official statement about the event and some of the occurrences at the end of the show. As the production company controlling this event we accept and take blame that there was some disorder during the main and final act Bounty Killer due to the sound & light company technical difficulties. We wish to clarify what happened and make it clear as to why things unfolded the way they did.

There are international news stories that have carried stories incorrectly based on a certain newspaper's spin on the concert. We are not saying that there wasn't a problem that caused a chain reaction of events, but there needs to be some clarity as to what happened since the reporter was very inadequate in doing her job. She has made statements quoting from us when she has never officially spoken to any representative from Wildfire Productions.

First of all there were no major problems for the night until the sound & light company had severe problems with their equipment. This happened about 20 minutes into Bounty Killer's performance. The entire sound and lights shut down due to negligence on their part. Bounty Killer showed extreme patience and sat on the stage and waited for the power to return. It came on again for approximately 10 minutes which Bounty hyped the crowd only for the sound company to lose power again.





Top artiste for IRAWMA

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SHAGGY, FREDDIE MCGREGOR & FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR ACTRESS ADDED TO 27th IRAWMA AT APOLLO THEATER ON MAY 4

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The list of who's who for the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards keeps growing. Reggae superstar Shaggy; international Reggae Ambassador Freddie McGregor and actress Janet Hubert who appeared on the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", will each walk the Red Carpet and be among the participants on stage at the prestigious 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), at the World-Famous Apollo Theater, on Sunday, May 4, 2008.

It will be mix and mingle time with the celebrities from 5:00 pm blending in with VIP reception followed by the awards ceremony which will begin at 7:00 pm. Grammy-winner Shaggy, will walk the Red Carpet and grace the stage. His latest recording "Intoxication" is nominated for Best Album/CD. He's also up for the Best Male DJ/Rapper, and his song "Church Heathen" is nominated for Best Song and Best Music Video categories.





JCDC Gospel Finalist Chosen

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edit_jamaica_flag_large_1.jpgAfter several grueling rounds of elimination, the ten finalists that will compete in the 2008 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition have been selected. Over three hundred aspiring gospel artists auditioned in Kingston, St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Mary and St. James, all with original entries.

The JCDC then invited those participants with completely original songs to participate in an elimination round. From the elimination round, 25 semi finalists were selected and invited to compete in a private session for a spot in the finals.





Althea Hewitt says I am ready!

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Althea Hewitt, formerly of the Fourth Street Sisters has just completed the video-taping of her first music video. This music video is for her recorded version of the song "The Love That A Woman Should Give To A Man", produced by Ervin 'Alla' Lloyd and John Alexander. The song was a big hit for the late Phyllis Dillon and was originally recorded by Patti Drew. The song now called "I'm ready" by Althea's friends because of its newly arranged chorus has been getting good airplay and those who have heard it love it.





Reggae Symphony a hit

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edit_reggae_symphony_08.jpgVeteran entertainers Freddie McGregor and John Holt wooed patrons at 'Reggae Symphony' held at the Broward Center for the performing arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 20.

Billed as an evening of classical reggae, the two were in their glory as the large crowd danced and sang along as they delivered hit after hit.

Grammy nominated reggae ambassador, Freddie McGregor, who was the first performer of the evening was charming, hilarious, professional and sassy as he delivered his catalogue of hits including "Big Ship" and "Push Come To Shove."

Reggae pioneer John Holt later increased the voltage to full power leaving the crowd wanting more. Freddie McGregorand John Holt were accompanied by the silky-smooth sounds of the New York Symphony Reggae Strings Orchestraas well as the accomplished Lloyd Parks and We The People Band.





Hottie Hotttie of the Week from Bembe

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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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What's Poppin'

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Ele in Africa

ele_man.jpgYeah man, it look like all di artistes dem haffi return to dem roots and figet di country dem whey a lick out dem lyrics. See deh Elephant Man deh pon one big street jam a Africa and it come een like sey di people dem caan wait fi log on to him performance. A Kampala biggest street jam and it name Smirnoff Rave Street Jam. Back to Africa me sey.

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Big tings a gwaan fi Mavado

mavado_julian_edit.jpgWhey dem a duh, whey dem a try...Mavado a still di DJ...unno nuh hear sey dem name him 'Best New Reggae' artiste on Rolling Stone Magazine...outa a all a 125 plus people, places and tings. Yeah, unno fi know sey that is not nuh jing bang recognition. So wha if dem tun him back from States? A nuh nutten dat...tings still a gwaan fi di DJ.

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Serani "She Loves Me"

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Joke of the day

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Joke01.jpgA little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?' The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!

Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said...you got male!

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

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01 3 8 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 20 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John(2wks@#1) D-1
03 2 19 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
04 9 6 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-5
05 6 5 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-1
06 7 8 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
07 4 19 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John D-3
08 5 19 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-3
09 8 19 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
10 12 4 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-2
11 10 18 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-1
12 13 8 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-1
13 15 4 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
14 17 4 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-3
15 11 10 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype D-4
16 14 14 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship (pp#6) D-2
17 19 2 Hey Yah(Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship U-2
18 - New Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice
19 20 2 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
20 - New Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship





Choc'late to unleash at Western Consciousness

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choc'late.jpgTomorrow at Western Consciousness little Choc'late Allen will be one of the featured performers on the show and it is something she is more than looking forward to. In giving a 'sneak peak' on her performance she told YardFlex, "I will be embodying the theme of the show "Good over Evil" as the message that I spread in song and the word is in synergy with the ideals of the event."

For her it's a great honour and privilege to be performing with so many reggae stalwarts in light of the fact that she is coming from an island (Trinidad) which is noted for calypso.

Coming from a family that is heavily involved with music, it was no surprise when Choc'late herself wanted to follow that same path. As she says "I was inspired to be a performer by looking at my father on stage and traveling with him overseas. I loved the music, the excitement that it generates and it comes as natural to me as talking."





International News

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Wesley Snipes gets 3 years for tax evasion

wesley_snipes.jpgActor Wesley Snipes, star of such films as Jungle Fever, New Jack City, White Men Can't Jump, and the Blade trilogy, was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison by a U.S. District Court Judge for failing to file taxes to an alleged total of $2.7 million in back taxes.

Snipes was acquitted of felony fraud and conspiracy charges in February, but the law caught up to the Blade star after the courts confirmed Snipes hadn't filed a tax return since 1998. Sources report that Judge William Terrell Hodges revealed to the court that Snipes has displayed a history of contempt with regard to his taxes and handed down the maximum penalty for the charges, as some sources report was an action taken to make an example out of the star given his evasion. In an attempt to stave of incarceration, Snipes offered the government $5 million dollars in an effort to serve time in house arrest instead of prison. Despite Snipes' attempt to make good on his taxes and testimony to his character from the likes of Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson, the Judge determined Snipes would be sent to prison for his crime.

According to the Associated Press, Snipes admitted to the court via a written and prepared apologetic statement that he indeed made mistakes in his life, "I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance..."

The AP goes on to report that Snipes will still be a free man until the court notifies him of the appropriate time to surrender to authorities. However, Snipes and his lawyers have also let the court know they will be seeking an appeal.

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False reports anger Bounty's management

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bounty_guyana.jpgThe management of ace deejay Rodney Pryce, aka Bounty Killer is extremely perturbed over the false reports that surfaced on the internet and in the Jamaican media that the artiste was stoned at a show in Guyana last weekend.

During a radio interview yesterday, Bounty Killer's Senior Security Consultant, Mendez, said the reports in the media are totally erroneous, as he was on location at the concert in Guyana and no such incident took place.

Further, Bounty Killer's manager, Julian Jones-Griffith emphasized that the reports were untrue and said he was appalled that the media houses refused to call him or the artiste before putting out such an erroneous story.

All this is stemming from reports which circulated that Bounty Killer was bottled in Guyana at a concert held there last Saturday.





A suh mi sey

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With Joan Wilson

Joan_wilson.jpgWelcome to this brand new column from YardFlex...it's a chance to air off about any and everything that affects us.

Now, I begin with the biggest gripe of all...the way these gays are holding dancehall ransom. Now, fi real a doan blame dem. If dem is one ting and have dem money and people behind it (no pun intended) whey wi stan up fi whey dem believe in...den all means do.

Yuh know who a blame...de man dem whey love knock off fist and claim sey dem straight...and di one dem whey nuh stop spend dollaz pon woman fi prove dat dem a galis and den at the end of the day a doan si none a dem a campaign sey gay fi stop convert dem queen and left the young jocks dem alone.





Dohlance and Saylah stars un the making

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dohlance_saylah_edit.jpgTheir seriousness mixed with a touch of humour, and a skill at riding a riddim, somewhat similar to that of a young Shabba Ranks, have set the duo Dohlance and Saylah in a class above the rest.

The two have been creating waves on the local entertainment scene with outstanding performances since the start of the year at shows such as Spectrum, Follow Di Arrow and Mountain Dew Stunt Festival. As a testimony to their on-stage performances, they have been receiving rave reviews and garnering more fans on each occasion. Dohlance and Saylah have also made a name for themselves at the Crowing of Shane-O, Galidaz Bounce and Spring Break.

A few weeks ago at Spring Break, the duo created much excitement when they performed in the midst of Dancehall's biggest acts. What should have been a short stint was extended into a six-song set, as the duo was called back for encore after encore. Their popular songs in the Dancehall are currently, "Be Yuh Please," "Wine Pon Me," Yuh Look Good," "Buck Yuh," "Slap It," and "Give It Up."

In an interview with YardFlex, Dohlance revealed that he and his team-mate are focused on making their mark in the industry in 2000&LOVE. "We are in the laboratory developing our unique sound, because that's one of the tings that the people really love about us," Dohlance explained





International News

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Actor Orlando Brown has resurfaced

orlandobrown.jpgAccording to AP, Orlando Brown, a star of Disney Channel's "That's So Raven."

The 20-year-old actor and aspiring musician disappeared Tuesday morning without word. He re-emerged Wednesday and issued a lengthy statement.

"It was wrong for me not to inform my manager...about my whereabouts, especially when I am usually so routine and big on communication, but I felt a little lost and needed to get away," Brown said in a statement released Wednesday by his publicist, Elayne Rivers.

Brown went on to say he was upset at "how we as entertainers are so disrespected at times" after an incident at a nightclub where he had expected to open for the headlining act.

"I felt that that was my chance to prove that I was talented and I was really excited," Brown said. "When I was told that I couldn't perform...that really hurt. It got a bit overwhelming and I needed to be alone."

He apologized to his friends and fans and thanked them for their support, wrapping the page-long statement with "I have no further comments."

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Beenie Man's wine gal have the #1 Spot locked

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 10 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-4wks@#1
02 02 09 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
03 03 08 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
04 04 07 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 07 05 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
06 05 15 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
07 06 15 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
08 08 11 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
09 11 06 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
10 13 04 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records-Greatest Gainer up 3





By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgI have a very important question to ask and I am not bashing anyone right now...but seriously why is it that Caribbean baby mothers are having a hard time getting support for their kids?

You were having a nice time with the man, he treats you fine ...everything is dandy and then the woman gets pregnant...but then for whatever reason – he messed up, you mess up...who knows...at the end of the day the relationship is over.

The sad thing is that the man forgot he broke up with you...and not the child in question and to add insult to injury he will only take care of the child if you are still in the mix.

One woman who was involved with a man from the Caribbean vented her frustrations to YardFlex, "Him teck di madda fat and a fry di pickney dem. Him damn well and know and understand the psychological part of it...sometime a feel so emotional imbalanced especially as is more dan one me have to look after."





It look like some woman love beaten

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgYeah man a mi Buffilous and dis time, mi mad, cross, angry and miserable, cause mi really, really tiad a di fool fool woman dem out deh who siddung inna situation and galang like sey dem love it. Although mi done come to di conclusion dat some woman just enjoy when dem man buss up dem face and tun dem inna a punching bag whey boxer use.

But den again, maybe dem tink sey a love di man a show...mi nuh really know cause mi have dis sicko friend a mine whey meck mi feel like mi waan gi har two lick just fi have sense. Cause she claim sey nuff time she pick argument wid har man just fi him get vex and lick out har backside and den when him done him gi har a proper fixing...damn! Den she so obsessed dat she doan trust him one inch. Di minute him tun him back and left him phone careless a she dat inna it a search through it. She look fi girl names and gawn inna di message outbox, fi si if him a send out any sexy message to any woman...and if she come cross anyting suspicious, she get vex and fling it a grung and dats the last of a good working phone...mi nuh have to tell unno what come after...yeah more lick him in har backside and den dem meck up again. Jeez!





Kanye West apologises

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kanye-west-glow-in-the-dark-tour.jpgRapper Kanye West has begged concert-goers at his recent Sacramento, California gig for forgiveness, after he gave a shout out to the city during his show-- but accidentally called out 'Seattle', this according a report on Starpulse.com.

The "Stronger" singer was performing at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento as part of his Glow In The Dark Tour on Friday, when he made the slip up during the song "Good Life"...just two days after playing in Seattle, Washington.

West only realized his mistake when the audience failed to respond to his shout out, and he admits he tried to pretend as if nothing had happened by mumbling the words for the remainder of the song.





Bounty Killer attacked in Guyana

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bounty_guyana.jpgRodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer was attacked during a performance in Guyana on Sunday night. The night was marred by a faulty music system and sporadic gunfire, this according to reports.

The performance, dubbed the "Ignition Concert" featured several top Jamaican artistes.

According to reports out of Guyana, the show was well attended but constant audio mishaps and an abrupt end to the event enraged patrons who paid up to US$25 or over G$5,000 to enter the National Park for the event.

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was the closing act at the concert and despite public appeals for him to tone down his lyrics, it is reported that his songs were controversial.

Gunshots reportedly rang out in the arena minutes before Bounty Killer went on stage and again when the show came to a premature end.





Hyah Slyce - All and All

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"Mission In Progress" in stores now

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mission_in_progress_MH.jpgMorgan Heritage, one of the most influential reggae bands around, have released their highly anticipated tenth album "Mission In Progress."

Renown worldwide for their riveting live shows, the band is captured on the new album bottling the power of its stage performance on disc and infusing its songs with a heavier dose of hip-hop.

Produced by Morgan Heritage, with a few songs helmed by Shane Brown and Stephen McGregor, the album lyrically finds the group continuing their quest to bolster their love for reggae music through romantic, street-wise and conscious songs built on slabs of spirituality.

It is the realization of Morgan Heritage's "ROCKAZ" concept: reggae music with an edge. "I think this record is the most aggressive one that we've ever done both musically and personally," says vocalist/keyboardist Una Morgan. "A lot of our inner feelings from growing up in the industry and the experiences that we've had touring the world, specifically in Africa, are reflected here and served as the inspiration for this album."





Trina for Miami Live Wednesday

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Trina2big_edit.jpgOn Wednesday Santo Miami Beach, 430 Lincoln Road it will be a Miami Live night like no other when Trina takes center stage at the club.

Promoters Abebe Lewis and Michael Madd (the blogger) are promising a great party which will include a taste of Caribbean and American mix. "Basically it will be a mixture of everything. American Idol/American Unplugged..." Abebe assured.

Motivated by his dad Abebe Lewis the son of Inner Circle's bass player Ian, he certainly knows how ensure that music lovers get their full dose and party in style.

That's what Miami Live is all about on a Wednesday night, good music, lots of fun and a chance to enjoy the best musical offering that Miami has to offer.

This Wednesday, it will be an All White Affair with Trina and the idea came about because the promoters wanted to "show her some love" after she sold 42,000 copies independently in her first week with the only investor being Ted Lucas, CEO of Slip and Slide Records, South Florida's #1 Independent label.

Patrons coming out to ensure Miami Live can expect a great performance from Trina and the promoters are hinting at some special surprise...with a mischievous grin Abebe teased, "you will never know who will be at Miami Live if you ain't there. It could be anybody from Madonna to Usher."





By: Anthony Turner

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Reggae living legend Ken Boothe proved he is still at the top of his game, as his 60th birthday shindig attracted well over 2,000 music lovers who squeezed inside New York's hot spot Mangoville to celebrate the special occasion. When the curtain fell at 5am, it was former Heptones lead singer Leroy Sibbles and Boothe who were deemed the top performers of the night.

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Sibbles had his way with fans as he crooned vintage hits "Fatty Fatty," "Love Don't Come Easy" and "Party Time." And just when fans thought they had gotten enough, the talented reggae artist grabbed the bass guitar and strummed some of the popular hits he played, back in the day as a session player at Coxone's Studio One Records.





Giants of the 80's a massive success

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By: Bridgett Anderson

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The Mas Camp was transformed recently into the likes of an 'old time' dance hall with two sound systems Jammys, from Waterhouse and Scorpio from Marverly along with a host of artists from the 80's. It has often been said that 'good music will stand the test of time' and this magnanimous Horseman production proved this.

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The star-studded line up did not disappoint the patrons who were there to enjoy this musical treat. Juggling by Black Scorpio was reminiscent of the 80's with selections being drawn by artists both here with us and those who have passed on.





Spirit of Nursing Award for brilliant Jamaican

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nurse_guy.jpgDemonstrating leadership, academic achievement and all-round excellence, are qualities not easily embraced by all. Lake Michigan College's Claston Reid managed to master all three and in doing so was awarded the 2008 Lake Michigan College Spirit of Nursing Award; bestowed on him by the LMC Nursing faculty.

Leaving his Portmore, Jamaica home, Reid moved to the US and started to pursue his interests in becoming highly qualified in the field of nursing. The LMC dean's list member cited cultural and social differences between Jamaica and the US as the reason for him going after his dream only after moving to the US.

Today he is elated, as it has been all worthwhile, and he plans to not only continue studying nursing at higher levels, but also to seek employment full-time after graduation.





Campbell_large.jpgIcahn Stadium, New York will be 15,000 seats larger come May 31st as organizers expect mega crowds for the Reebok Grand Prix during this Olympic Year.

Another big reason that they will be heading out to the Randall's Island site will be to take in the headliners, who are all mega track stars in their own right.

World Champion sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown is one of a short list of top ranking Olympians who will headline at the event. Liu Xiang, a major Chinese track star and Lauryn Williams, who was the highlight of 2007's World Championships 100 meters, join Campbell-Brown as headliners.





Marvin Sapp stays at Gospel's top

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Marvin Sapp.jpgMarvin Sapp's blockbuster CD continues its momentum and this week reclaims the number one spot on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart. Released July 3, 2007, "Thirsty" has been in the number one position longer than any other Gospel CD released in the last year.

The powerful hit single "Never Would Have Made It" has made history as the longest number one song at Gospel radio. The song is currently Number one at Gospel radio, where it has been for 29 weeks. "Never Would Have Made It" is also tied as the second longest number one radio single across all formats.

With a recent surge of airplay at Urban Radio, "Never Would Have Made It" is number 13 on the Urban AC Chart and is in rotation at such stations as WMMJ (Washington), WBLS (New York), WRNB (Philadelphia), WWIN (Baltimore), KJLH (Los Angeles), WMXD (Detroit), WVAZ (Chicago) and more. Additionally, "Never Would Have Made It" is one of Sony BMG's top 20 selling ringtones. Marvin Sapp will perform "Never Would Have Made It" on the Dove Awards Wednesday, April 23. He received a Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.





A family singing praise together

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the_murrills.jpgA unique family of talented vocalists and instrumentalists, The Murrills are endowed with the ability to reach and rebuild broken spirits through the ministries of song and prayer. With an amazing chemistry that can only be shared between six close knit siblings, The Murrills have already wowed audiences through their work with the famed Tri-City Singers. Their debut CD "Family Prayer" is being released June 3, 2008 on Zomba Gospel. "Family Prayer" is produced by Grammy Award winner Donald Lawrence, who first worked with the group as part of his celebrated choir The Tri-City Singers.

Comprised of Darwin, Damion, Donnell, Andre, Roger and sister Arnetta – who was a featured Tri-City lead vocalist - The Murrills, guided by their mother, began singing together as children and "Family Prayer" is replete with songs that bring to life the old adage "the family that prays together, stays together." Their music beautifully emphasizes the love and strength, ups and downs of family, with faith and togetherness being the central themes.





kirk_franklin_08.jpgKirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and The Mighty Clouds of Joy join the New York Tri-State for McDonald's Gospelfest 2008. The mega music festival returns on June 14, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

McDonald's Gospelfest is a talent competition that features choirs, steppers, praise dancers, soloist, rappers and poets. Rising stars will compete in a variety of categories and share the stage with Gospel's finest.

Celebrity Gospel artists include Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, Byron Cage, Vicki Winans, and Cissy Houston. Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow has been tapped to produce and direct the festival.





Reggae I-Tunes website launched

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reggae_itunes.jpgA new initiative has come out of the United Kingdom to boost reggae music even more. Reggae I-Tunes was launched at www.reggaeitunes.com recently and its full service website gives visitors the opportunity to above all else, access samples from international reggae artists as well as independent artists and labels from around the world.

"This has been some time in the making, and we are pleased with the launch of the site. The people told us that they wanted a full service website and we are happy to deliver. It is our intent to provide them with the best experience, while generating revenue for and from our viable industry," said Steven Angus, President and CEO of Reggae I-Tunes.

While the site is all encompassing of everything to do with the reggae culture, its online store that facilitates unrestricted purchasing of any music heard on the site, has already become a source of pride and not to mention profit for the new company owners. When music is purchased, a portion of the sales is paid directly to the artists and producer, Reggae I-Tunes reports.





By: Elizabeth Smith

stretch.jpgHoward "Stretch" Carr, producer of CKUT 90.3fm's "West Indian Rhythms" programme, has been likened to the spokes that drive the Caribbean Music wheel in Montreal, Quebec for more than twenty years. As founder of what is Montreal's first and longest running radio programme that offers up an exciting and eclectic blend of Caribbean sounds, Stretch has remained a source of inspiration and even solace for the hundreds of thousands from the Caribbean region who now call Montreal home.

"When I first came to Canada it seemed so dull, dark and most of all boring, since I arrived in winter; but the first Saturday that my aunt turned on 'Stretch' show, I just felt a warm feeling come over me and it lifted my spirit," Everton Jones disclosed. The Antiguan immigrant of 15 years recounted to YardFlex how important it was then to feel connected to his roots and he feels the same today.

Hailing originally from Mandeville, Jamaica, Stretch holds the same sentiment himself and he described the days gone by, when he would stop and start skanking anywhere he would hear the Desmond Dekker rock steady hit, "Poor Me Israelite" playing. "After migrating to Canada, I just wanted to hear my culture," he said, and this yearning drove him to establish what is today the most listened to Caribbean based radio show in Montreal and its environs. Available also online at www.ckut.ca, "West Indian Rhythms" is more than just one pioneering soul pumping out the best in Kumpa, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Dancehall and so on. It has become an essential foundation in Montreal's culturally diverse community.





Stop Plan fi di man dem pocket

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Buffilous.jpgBwoy peeps mi did kinda caught up di odda day in a some tings, not even coulda get time fi scratch mi head much less siddung round computer, but di drama dem now stop come mi way. But a get a real sweet one and mi caan help but share it wid unno.

Mi know di man dem a guh like dis ya one yah, cause some a dem tiad a di woman dem whey just a lay wait dem pocket like dem gi dem anyting fi pudong in deh...yeah man unno know sey a true. Some woman come een like sey dem nuh plan fi guh out deh go look it fi dem self. Dem just waan siddung and meck plans fi di man dem pocket.

Serve deh one yah right whey mi a guh tell yuh bout...di rich man from upstate carry mi go out a one restaurant and whey yuh tink di ooman duh...she guh order US$385 worth a hors d'oeuvre, nyam it and siddung comfortable tink sey di man a guh pay fi it.

Mi sey she mussa want fi piss up herself when di man git up, kiss him teeth and sey, "not even my wife a nyam $385 wut a food and walk out lef har!"





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Foxy out of jail!

foxybrown2_edit.jpgRapper Foxy Brown is out of jail! Fans greeted her on Friday as she made her exit outside Rikers Island where she was.

According to reports Foxy said the first place she wants to go is church. "I've fot to get on my knees" she was quoted as saying. But things didn't go according to plan, the rapper instead went shopping in Harlem, had some soul food and was driven to her childhood home in Brooklyn...according to reports.

Her mother, Judith Marchand, presented her with smiley-face balloons and the two hugged outside the family's home in the Prospect Heights neighborhood. A VH1 crew captured the reunion for an upcoming reality show."I did almost a year in prison, a year in prison, just because my name is Foxy Brown," she said.

Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was sentenced in September 2007 to a year in jail for violating the terms of her probation after she was accused of hitting a woman with a cell phone. She was on probation for an August 2004 attack on two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in the 2004 incident.

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edit_reggae_symphony_08.jpgSunday April 20th is set to be a big day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as 'Reggae Symphony' will bring a fusion of genres to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Billed as an evening of 'Classical Reggae', the night will be filled with stellar melodies from some of Reggae's mightiest icons. Reggae pioneer John Holt, O.D. and Grammy nominated, reggae ambassador Freddie McGregor are slated to perform and they will be accompanied by the silky-smooth sounds of The New York Symphony Reggae Strings Orchestra as well as the accomplished Lloyd Parks and We the People Band.

Under the distinguished patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica for the Southeast United States, Mr. Ricardo Allicock, the black-tie event is being presented by main sponsors, County Line Chiropractic Centers.

Thrilled to be associated with this South Florida debut, CEO of County Line Chiropractic Centers, Dr. Robert Hochstein said, "We anticipate an entertaining evening of the highest calibre which we all will enjoy."





Birthday Greetings

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vg-happy-birthday.jpgYardFlex would like to send belated earthday greetings to Sizzla and Worrel King. They both celebrated their earth strong yesterday. We wish them both all the best and hope that they will live to celebrate many more.

Celebrate with SIZZLA at 'Rise To The Occasion IV'

Kalonji Music urges all who will be heading out to Temple Hall Estate, Stony Hill on Saturday April 19, for the huge celebration of Sizzla's birth, to get there early.

The Great House in Stony Hill is set to blaze with high energy and love as Sizzla and his long list of reggae rocking friends celebrate.





Reggae Springfest Takes Over Phoenix

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By: Michelle Thomas
Photography By: Marie Mendoza

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Phoenix, Arizona known as the Valley of the sun, debuted their first Annual Reggae Springfest produced by MG Music Promotions. With 3,200 people on site mellow vibes permeated the family event. The festival included a variety of food vendors, arts & crafts, along with a children's playground which included jumpers and skateboard ramps. Michael Gayle, of MG Music Promotions stated, "It was like a family barbeque and we plan on getting bigger and bigger."

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The festival featured some of Reggae's legendary acts. Highlights included Michigan & General Smiley who jump-started the crowd as they appeared on stage and energized the fans with their dance moves. Fans swayed back and forth, waved their flags, and sang along to every tune. They performed a rendition of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" and a crowd favorite tune "Diseases". As they delivered their encore performance with "Sugar Daddy," they jokingly called the Phoenix crowd greedy for wanting more.





Is Akon a con man?

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akon_fake_stories.jpgAccording to a new report from Smoking Gun posted on E! online the gangsta-posturing rapper, who has extolled his bad-boy past in hit albums like Trouble and Konvicted, is more hoodwinker than hoodlum.

The investigative site has dug into the rapper's claims, first spouted during his promotion for his 2004 debut, Trouble, that he served four and a half years in a Georgia prison in the 1990s as the "ringleader of a notorious car theft operation" and owned four chop shops frequented by "celebrities and drug dealers." Upon following up with many of the detectives that worked his case, the Smoking Gun reports that the hip-hopster was merely busted in 1998 in suburban Atlanta for driving a stolen BMW and ended up being held in a DeKalb County jail for five months before prosecutors dropped all charges against him.





Mykal Rose "Shoot" still in the # 1 Spot

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

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01 1 19 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John(2wks@#1) NM
02 2 18 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
03 6 7 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship U-3
04 4 18 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
05 5 18 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) NM
06 12 4 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-6
07 9 7 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
08 8 18 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
09 11 5 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-2
10 3 17 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-7
11 7 9 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype D-4
12 15 3 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-3
13 13 7 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back NM
14 10 13 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship (pp#6) D-4
15 17 3 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
16 14 8 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records(pp#13)D-2
17 19 3 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-2
18 16 11 Journey - Bugle - Daseca (pp#8) D-2
19 - New Hey Yah(Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship
20 - New Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca





Reggae Icons Still Rolling Out Hit Songs

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photograph By: Milton Raynor

marcia_griffiths.jpgLegendary Reggae songbird and former member of the Bob Marley led I-Threes, Marcia Griffiths has scored with a number one hit song in the United States of America.

YardFlex made the discovery whilst interviewing Marcia via telephone at her home in Jamaica. In the current Jamaican music industry where Dancehall and its artists appear to rule all local charts, the work of the stars from the past often goes virtually un-noticed.

Nevertheless, Marcia Griffiths has scored with "I Told You So," on the South Florida Reggae Chart in Miami. She added that the song also peaked at number two on the New York Reggae Chart.

"The song is a love song, which tells the tale of a woman, who after leaving her unappreciative ex-partner, is now telling him that she had warned him that she would somehow find the strength to move on," Marcia explained.





Merciless not in Prison

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merciless_passa.jpgDancehall's warhead Merciless is dismissing rumours that he has been given a long prison sentence for a serious crime in the United States.

In a recent radio interview, the deejay who is presently in Miami, Florida says the rumours are untrue.

He explains that he has been sorting out his immigration papers and is
working on his music. Further, he added, "People will always be
negative and say negative things, but for all those who would want to
see me get a prison sentence, well it's their bad luck. I'm spending
time with my children and my family; Leonard is riding high right
now, doing my music as always."





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Campbell boycotts British Airways

naomi-campbell-picture-1.jpgNaomi Campbell has refused to fly with British Airways following her arrest at Heathrow, despite claiming that the airline "begged" her to remain a customer...this according to digitalspy.co.uk

The supermodel allegedly became aggressive to cabin staff and police earlier this month after being told that one of her bags was not on her flight to LA.

It was subsequently reported that she was banned from BA after she was booked for assault.

However, she told a Brazilian newspaper that an official pleaded with her to return, but she refused to do so in protest at the chaos at Terminal 5.

She said: "Someone from BA called me and asked that I return to fly with them, but this will not occur so early. They didn't find my bag - said it wasn't in the system - and there was a complete disrespect for the passengers.

"I am not speaking for myself. I am speaking for all those who have been disrespected."

A BA spokesman said: "We have not confirmed or denied that any passenger has been banned."

Campbell was recently turned down by authorities in Rio de Janeiro when she offered to donate blood.

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ashanti_nelly.jpgLooks like Ashanti may be ready to open up about what went down between her and rapper Nelly. According to mediatakeout.com Ashanti is expected to directly discuss her relationship with Nelly - and how it made its way into the lyrics on her new album The Declaration.

A source from Ashanti's camp told the web site that Ashanti's looking to come clean about everything. "Ashanti's been very guarded in the way she discusses her personal life - and I think that's hurt her. In her new album "The Declaration" she's not afraid to open up and let fans into her life."

After the question was asked whether Ashanti's new song "The Way That I Love You" was about herself and Nelly, the insider told the site directly - "Yes!!" Here are some of the lyrics to the song:





PASSA PASSA

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barbie_doll.jpgWha dis we really a hear bout the DOLLY? She coulda really so fool-fool fi go mek him — wid fi him history — go do dat to har? A wonder if a dats why she a stay way from di Rock so long? She did fi come fi show right after British Link-Up and all now we cyan bless we eye pon har. But, as dem say, a sump'ng a come, a no sump'ng a go.

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Beenie Man's wine gal holding down the #1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

beenieman_charts.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 09 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-3wks@#1
02 02 08 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
03 04 07 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
04 05 06 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 03 14 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
06 06 14 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
07 10 04 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
08 07 10 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
09 08 17 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
10 09 08 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records-Peak@#9





KLAS/Inseason school toured paid a visit to STATHS

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It's Founders Day at the St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) a time-honoured institution located in the heart of Kingston's inner city.

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STATHS is celebrating 47 years of sterling contribution to the education of the nation's children. In their addresses, both the head mistress and the head girl pointed out that, despite their location, St. Andrew Technical is one of the best high schools in Jamaica.





2008 Digicel Rising Star Launch

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer, Milton Raynor was at the launch of the 2008 Season of Digicel Rising Stars at Courtleigh Hotel last Tuesday evening.

Below are scenes from the event:

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Passa Passa

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D'Angel just love di video light suh

d_angel_passa.jpgBut a wha suh mi a hear bout D'Angel, sey she love di video light bad. She go a Vybz Kartel party and she did a guh walk somewhey and nuh cameraman nor nuh video light nuh deh deh and she tun back and head fi one next entrance. Anyway, now mi si di connection wid har and Beenie Man...memba sey dem call him Michael cause him caan bear fi nobady else get di mic.

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Marilyn Monroe sex reel sells for 1.5 million dollars

marilyn_monroe_4.jpgAccording to a report in the New York Post a 15-minute film clip of late movie legend Marilyn Monroe giving oral sex to an unidentified man was sold Monday to a businessman, who chose to remain anonymous, for 1.5 million dollars.

The film is a copy of a 1950s black-and-white 16-millimeter clip owned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose first director Edgar Hoover tried but failed to prove the man in it...who never shows his face was US president John F. Kennedy.

According to the daily news, the clip was sold through an intermediary identified as Keya Morgan, who apparently found it while filming a documentary on Monroe, who died in 1962.

Kennedy, who was rumored to have had a sexual relationship with Monroe at some time, was assassinated in 1963.

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Mr. Vegas - "Hot Gal Nuh Fight Ova Man

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Mavado's travel hitch explained

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mavado_julian.jpgJulian Jones-Griffith, manager of deejay, Mavado, dispelled rumours recently about his artist being deported from the United States of America.

Julian issued a statement after Mavado was denied entry in the United States on Thursday.

The statement reads: Mavado and I were very surprised by the immigration issues he had upon arriving in the US on Thursday night. He was deemed "inadmissible" by the US Department of State, who had instructed Homeland Security to return him to Jamaica to face a warrant for his arrest.

Upon checks we immediately did in Jamaica, we discovered there is no warrant for his arrest in Jamaica so it seems as if the system had not been updated in the US to say he had already been arrested, bailed and rendered free to travel with the return of his travel documents.





PETA sends Beyoncé a wedding gift

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beyonce_PETA.jpgAnimal rights group PETA has sent Beyoncé Knowles a fake fur throw as a wedding present.

The singer tied the knot with rapper Jay-Z last week and the group gave her the fashion item in the hope that it will change her attitude towards wearing fur.

According to digital spy.com, a statement from the group read: "From all of us at PETA, we wish you much happiness in your life together. Please accept this faux-fur throw with many good wishes and a hope from us that together, you'll be a fur-free couple!"





Jokes for the day

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My Dad's Better Than Your Dad

Joke01.jpgWhen Jesus was a kid He was sitting around with some friends. One of the kids says "My dads a fireman and he's better than yours!" ; another says "Well my dads a police man so he's better than yours!" Jesus looks at this and says "Well my Dads God, and He created you, you, you, and you so there!"

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Why doesn't a grasshopper ever goes to a football match...he prefers cricket.

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youthxheader.jpgThe Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN), has announced a call for Papers for the Yute X – Youth Advocacy Conference to be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday, May 7 to Friday, May 9 and climaxing at Emancipation Park on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Aimed at raising young people's awareness of several issues that include: Adolescent Reproductive Health, Substance Abuse, Violence and Youth with Disabilities, the conference will also address the state of advocacy in Jamaica and the Caribbean region.





Anglican Church Leader Backs Gay Dance Ban

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Archbishop_m1094395.jpgNow it is clear that we are heading for trouble with this gay war...when the church gets involved and gets on the side of the immoral struggle.

Adding yet more fuel to the fire that is the Anglican Church's debate on homosexuality, the head of the Anglican Church has backed a church school's decision to deny gay students' request to bring same-sex partners to a school dance.

Several gay students at the Anglican Church Grammar School 215 had requested to take their partners to the Year 12's end of year dance. Current policy dictates that one can only attend with a member of the opposite sex, however.





Photography By: Gavin Henriques and 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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Twin of Twins no longer underground

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By: Joseph Cunningham

TwinsOfTwins_YardFlex_edit.jpgTHE TWIN OF TWINS, also known as Curly Loxx and Tu Loxx have delighted reggae lovers time and time again with their comical Dancehall commentaries.

Over the past 10 years they have released a number of story-telling
compilations, including the "Stir it Up" series. The best selling record to date, Volume 7, "Till Death Do Us Part," is a hilariously thought out and executed comedy, in which The Twins explore the many complex sides of love and relationships in their now famous, satirical comedic style.

As usual this is done in their pseudo radio show format, perfected on
their last two number one selling albums. During the course of the one
hour plus of music and comedy, the Twins stick with their winning formula that consists of impersonating the voices of Jamaican and International Celebrities and having them interact and tackle various issues, along side an array of fictitious characters developed and cultivated from the creative mind of Curly Loxx. The list of characters include Ian LLyad and Mr. Muta as the combating hosts, alongside a series of guests like Beenie, Bounty, D'Angel, Bob and Rita, Professor Abougani from Africa, Ras Whitey and many others.

The new CD also features The Twin of Twins' Curly Loxx stepping forward and showing his Grammy nominated song writing and performing skills on four brand new songs, including the current crowd pleaser "One Gal."





Lil Wayne - " Lollipop"

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Passa Passa

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DeniseHunt20060204.JPGBwoy everbody a talk bout how Denise Hunt just gi up Digicel Rising Stars suh and she not even did turn up a di launch. But a dat a ting, dem a sey dat if she and dem did part pon good terms she woulda come and all crack two jokes and 'officially' hand over to Yendi Phillips. But come to tink of it, wi hear sey a nuh she a di face a Singers again either. Tell mi a wha really a gwaan? She legoo Rising Stars, leggo Singers a wha she a plan fi cut from di scene or wha.

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Britney Spears in minor Car accident

britneyspears_101107_300.jpgBritney Spears' motoring misfortunes continue. The pop star was involved in a minor traffic accident late Saturday, but no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, authorities said.

Spears was driving her 2008 Mercedes on the eastbound Ventura Freeway just east of the 405 freeway about 8:20 p.m. when the mishap occurred, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball.

Spears was in stop-and-go traffic when her car struck a 2006 Nissan in front of her that had stopped. The Nissan then pushed forward into another vehicle. No damage was noted to any of the vehicles.

The CHP took a report and no one was cited.

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Memorial Service for Cedella Marley Booker

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cedella_booker_memorial.jpgA special Memorial Service for Cedella Marley Booker will be held Tuesday, April 15, from 7PM to 10PM, inside the Garden House at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables.

Cedella Marley Booker mother of the late reggae legend Bob Marley died in her sleep in Florida on April 8.





Get ready for 'Opry At The Doves'

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dove_awards_08.jpgAmerican Idol previous finalists Phil Stacey, Mandisa and Chris Sligh; Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant with country icon Wynonna; 19Recordings/Jive Recording Artist Jordin Sparks; Ricky Skaggs and The Whitesand Point Of Grace with Cindy Morgan, are the latest performers added to the increasingly luminous line-up for the 39th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards telecast, according to the GMA and Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

Gospel and Christian music's biggest night of the year will take place
live on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House and will be broadcast live nationwide on the Gospel Music Channel television network from 8 – 10pm EST. The Dove Awards will also be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio on XM 32 "The Message."

Joining Skaggs, The Whites and Charlie Daniels with Third Day's Mac Powell, will be The Isaacs, Angella Christie, The Hoppers, Jeff and Sheri Easterand, Karen Peck and New River for an "Opry at the Doves" special performance.

Also performing will be 'New Artist of the Year' Nominees: 33 Miles, Brandon Heath, Group 1 Crew, Mandisa, Rush Of Fools and DeWayne Woods.





carlos hill2.jpgCarlos Hill's informal investment scheme – Cash Plus - has been under investigation for some time for fraudulent activities and he was arrested along with his brother, Bertram Hill on April 10, following a police raid of his chic St. Andrew residence in Norbrook.

On that day police conducted nine raids in upscale areas of Kingston, in their attempt to glean information needed to lay formal charges on a group that has left its investors high and dry.

A court appointed Receiver General reported that the company was broke on April 9, 2008; triggering the police action.





Cash Plus events in chronological order

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cashplus.jpg2002: Cash Plus Ltd opens up in Jamaica with Carlos Hill at the helm.

May 2007: Cash Plus CEO bought the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

July 2007: Purchased Drax Hall Estates, St Ann.

September 2007: Became major supporters of the National Premier League football.

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) issued cease-and-desist orders on Cash Plus and its leaders.





Chillin With Anthony Cruz

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson


edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgYardFlex: What is your real name?

Anthony Cruz: Rowan Smith

YardFlex: Who inspired you to become a professional singer?

AC: My uncle and Garnet Silk.

YardFlex: How did you get started in the music business?

AC: I got started at Age 18 and I owe that to Willie Lindo a producer in Miami.

YardFlex: Are you happy with the response you have been getting from your fans, especially the ladies?

AC: OF COURSE!

YardFlex: What artists inspired you in the local music business?

AC: Sanchez, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown.





Turks and Caicos Premiere Misick denies assault

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misick.jpgAccording to mediatakeout.com, Hon. Michael Misick, Premiere of The Turks & Caicos, is being investigated for the sexual assault of a woman.

Details are still sketchy, but the American woman who is making the allegations claims to have been assaulted over the weekend. While it's not clear, the woman may have been a celebrity friend of the Premiere's actress wife Lisa Raye Misick.

Last night Premiere Misick addressed the allegations directly - vehemently denying them.

Below is a video with an an official statement that Premiere Misick offered with respect to the rape allegations that mediatakeout.com exclusively reported to you earlier.





Nesbeth climbing to the top

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Nesbeth has high hopes of becoming the next superstar, and, he has the talent to make the transition. Like many successful DJs, Nesbeth was born and raised in humble upbringings. Gloria Wright and Neville Nesbeth had a son they christened Greg. Due to economic hardships young Greg was forced to leave his Arnett Gardens home to live with relatives in Waterhouse and then Maxfield Avenue. Each move meant a new school and a new set of hardships.

Despite the lack of stability in his family life, young Greg was able to find and maintain an interest in music. He was encouraged by his friends to take music seriously and pursue it as a career. In 1992, Greg took on the stage name Nesbeth and made his Debut Performance at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre where he was well received.

Nesbeth recorded his first single "Reflection of Love" with a singer named Samaria in 1993, starting his professional career in earnest. Jack Scorpio, King Jammys and Shocking Vibes are just a few of the labels he has graced in his career.





More trouble for Mavado

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mavado_edit_2.jpgMavado and his fans may have been rejoicing too soon when he got back his travel documents. YardFlex understands from a well placed source that the DJ arrived in New York yesterday on an Air Jamaica flight and was refused entry into the country. He was deemed inadmissible by the immigration authorities. The DJ is now waiting to board Air Jamaica Flight 17 to return to the island. He should have arrived home already, but YardFlex understands that the flight was delayed.
YardFlex understands that the promoters are in a quandry...stay tuned for more info





Log On and Vote for the Soca Queen

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allison_hinds_socaqueen.jpgAllison Hinds continues her reign as an undisputed Queen of Soca with recent nominations for two separate prestigious Caribbean music awards.

Following the November, 2007 release of her Salaam Remi produced debut solo album, "Soca Queen," Alison picked up four nominations in the categories: 'Best Soca Artist' and 'Best Calypso Act' for the first annual Caribbean Urban Music Awards 2008; and 'Best Music Video (Roll It Gal)' and 'Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer' for the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

Both ceremonies are uniquely positioned to glean the people's choice; with voting opportunities for the Urban Music Awards and IRAWMA currently open at www.urbanmusicawards.net and www.martinsinterculture.com respective





COMMENTARY

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Losing our School Girls to Immorality

By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

school_girls.jpgGone are the days when school girls respected themselves and their uniforms. What is happening to our teenage girls? Everyone wants to be in hype. Buses and taxis without music seem to be losing. The buses and taxis have to be blazing the sounds of Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man and Mavado just to name a few. Some can sing the words of these songs without stuttering but try asking some of these girls what they learnt in school and one would think "the cat got their tongue". When will they realize that education is the key to success; education gives us the independence we need as women to survive.

Some girls no longer feel comfortable sitting in their seats but instead have to be positioned in the laps of males. Some even go to the extreme of having sexual intercourse on these buses and taxis. GIRLS - you need to start respecting yourselves and your bodies. If you refuse to respect yourselves how will men respect you and treat you as young ladies. Remember your body is the temple of the living God.

And to the adults in these young girls' lives - don't play the blame game. Instead try reaching out for counselling with them, because in some instances the root of the problem can be traced back to negative experiences.





Lyrics: "On The Rock" - Mavado

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Mavado_lyrics.jpgLYRICS: MAVADO - ON THE ROCK
RIDDIM: THE MISSION
PRODUCED BY: BABY G


Intro

Selassie I
Baby G, Yea....
Oh lord, oh lord....
My name is so excellent....
Selassie I.....

Jehovah guide me be my guidance, greater salvation for you....
Jehovah guide me be my guidance, no they could neva stop me....
Im on the rock, Im on the rock....
Higher than I and I, Higher than I and I....
Jehovah guide me, Im on the rock, Im on the Rock....
Go tell my enemies, I'm on the Rock....
Selassie guide me, and a me dem can't stop....
I will neva look back....


Verse 1

Look how much ting they try, Look how much ting they try....
And everyting fail, and everyting fail....
True mi born pon di gully nuff a try fi tek mi life, or want mi go a jail, dem want mi go a jail....
Wid helicopter inna di air, helicopter inna di air....
Bright light a shine a ground, Bright light a shine a ground....
Dem say nobody nobody run from di river to the bank lock dung....
Dem nuh know which part mi tun....





Mykal Rose "Shoot Out" in the # 1 Spot

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


michael_rose1_tb_y.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL
01 2 18 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John(1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 17 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 16 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) NM
04 4 17 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
05 5 17 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) NM
06 6 6 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship NM
07 8 8 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype U-1
08 7 17 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
09 11 6 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
10 9 12 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship (pp#6) D-1
11 13 4 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-2
12 16 3 The Mission - Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-4
13 14 6 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-1
14 15 7 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records (pp#13)U-1
15 19 2 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-4
16 10 10 Journey - Bugle - Daseca (pp#8) D-6
17 17 2 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx NM
18 12 13 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production (pp#6) D-6
19 20 2 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-1
20 18 31 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) D-2





Teens and sexuality

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgWhat in the world has taken over our teenagers...it seems as if, a few years from leaving the womb, their hormones have gone into over drive!

Jamaica is facing a serious problem with teenagers who are now the aggressors in pursuing sexual relationships with bus drivers, taxi men and whoever is willing to fork out the measly sum they are asking for.

YardFlex took to the streets to get more information on this new crisis facing the country. One bus driver related: "Bwoy, nuff time mi haffi remind myself that a have a daughter at home and a wouldn't like nobady fi mess har up. Yuh have some real brazen schoolgirl whey just waan fling it pon yuh suh. It teck a strong heart fi ignore whey some a dem a offer," he said.

One taxi driver was not so conscientious when it came to picking the fruit, "Dat dey cherry pick long time, cause when mi deal wid har, di way how mi go in easy mi couldn't believe. She tell mi fi gi har $500 and she wi let off. If mi a get a bargain mi a guh teck it of course!"





The Doc holding down the # 1 Spot with "Wine Gal"

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

the_doc_beenieman.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 08 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-2wks@#1
02 03 07 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
03 02 13 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
04 05 06 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
05 08 05 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
06 04 13 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
07 06 09 Harry Toddler-Don’t Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
08 07 16 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
09 09 07 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records
10 14 10 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx-Greatest Gainer up 4





27th INT'L REGGAE AND WORLD MUSIC AWARDS (IRAWMA) AT APOLLO THEATER IN NEW YORK CITY ON MAY 4, 2008

2007-MI-Banner-01.jpg(Chicago, IL/New York, NY) – April, 2008 – Dr. Roland Rose, who has served the Jamaica, New York area for several years, is the Best Female Vocalist category sponsor of the prestigious 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), produced by Martin's International & Associates, LLC. The Caribbean-oriented event, which is dedicated to health awareness, returns to Harlem at the world famous Apollo Theater, located at 253 West 125th Street, NYC, on Sunday, May 4, 2008. A VIP reception begins at 6:00 pm and general admission is at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Roland Rose located at 108-25 Merrick Boulevard; Jamaica, NY 11433 has been practicing medicine in the Jamaica, New York area for many years and servicing quite a few patients with great success. Today, Dr. Roland Rose and ACE Medical Rehabilitation, PC continues the same great services as the previous Rose Chiropractic Health & Wellness, PC to many more patients locally as well as throughout the world.

"IRAWMA executives and its media partners warmly welcome Dr. Roland Rose on board with great anticipation of a partnership that will last for years to come servicing the chiropractic needs of national and international patrons of the 27th IRAWMA," said Ephraim Martin, founder of IRAWMA.





By: Janice Dayle

mikey_dangerous _at juno.jpgFormer Trenchtown Comprehensive High School Manning Cup footballer, Mikey Dangerous walked away with the 2008 Juno Award on Sunday April, 6, for his outstanding hit reggae single, "Don't Go Pretending." Voted number one by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in the category, Best Reggae Recording, Mikey Dangerous was elated.

He told YardFlex the whole experience has been tense, yet exhilarating. "Having been my first nomination, I didn't know what to expect. So I was very nervous, but when I heard my name called, I was relieved and very happy to know that my hard work paid off and that all of the work me and my manager have done meant something. I am very grateful," Mikey said.

And there was another proud Jamaican – Canadian that night, who was honored by a Juno win for her Best R&B/Soul Recording titled, "Revival." The multi-talented Jully Black, known as one of Canada's most respected singer/songwriters also tore up the stage at Calgary's, Pengrowth Saddledome on Juno night.

An eclectic Juno crowd viewed and performed at both the two day Juno-fest and the annual Juno Awards ceremony held in Calgary, Alberta, from April 4 to 6. This year as always, the 38 year old Canadian tradition of honoring high achievers in the recording arts closely reflected a mosaic that sees Canada boasting a population with only 32.2 percent, reporting the northern country as their only ethnic origin or in combination with other origins.





iTunes Pulls Violent Anti-Gay Music From Store

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itunes-button-logo.jpgMusic retailer iTunes recently announced the removal of several songs promoting anti-gay violence from its online store after protests led by Egale and Stop Murder Music (SMM).

According to pinke.biz the songs- by Jamaican artists TOK, Elephant Man and Buju Banton - have been removed from the Canadian version of iTunes' online store. Not only that, but iTunes went another step forward and removed the albums featuring the offending songs on their own initiative. Other albums by the artists will still be available.

Akim Larcher, founder of SMM, calls the decision a victory for gays in the Caribbean and Canada. He said: "iTunes is exercising its corporate responsibility by pulling this murder music and raising the bar for other retailers and distributors to do the same."





News Brief

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Elephant Man's long awaited album

lets_get_physical_ELE.jpgLet's Get Physical hit stores today. The Energy God who is presently in New York told Music News that there was a launch party last evening in Bronx. Let's Get Physical is a Bad Boy Entertainment project that was released via VP Records.

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Inseason Juice KLAS tour keeps bringing Edutainment

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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The Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour continues its trek throughout the island, and its most recent stops were at the Garvey Maceo and St. Mary High Schools.

Both occasions proved to be the most memorable, since this ongoing tour started two months ago. With certain features of the tour now becoming a staple, such as the Inseason Juice Drinking Competition; the question and answer segment focusing on historical and other facts about the institutions; and the performances - it was the student population that made the difference.





Grooving set Negril on fire

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By: Dave Lindo

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The inaugural staging of Grooving held recently at Waves Beach in Negril, Westmoreland was truly a wonderful event that saw some classic performances from some of the 'greats' in reggae music.

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On that night the master - Beres Hammond, sparkled like fine wine, treating his fans to a memorable performance. Armed with his lengthy catalogue of hit songs and backed by his dynamic band Harmony House, Beres played his sweet music like a 'pied piper' – while the audience moved 'uncontrollably' to its beat.





West Indies victorious in final test match

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

thumbnail_ramnaresh_sarwan.jpgWest Indies vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan stroked a fluent 102 and his Guyanse couterpart Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 86 to pilot the West Indies to a series-levelling six wicket victory over Sri-Lanka in the second and final test from the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

Sri-Lanka had won the first test played in Providence, Guyana by 121 runs. Both players added a record fourth wicket partnership of 157 as they came together with the score on 73 for 3. The target set for the West Indies to win with two day's remaining was 253. However captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner Sewnarine Chattergoon fell in successive overs with the score on 24 for 2.





International News

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Toni Braxton hospitalized

toni2_braxton.jpgPlatinum selling multiple award singer, Toni Braxton was hospitalized Monday night after suffering from chest pains, according to a report from People.com.

"We wish Toni a quick recovery and would like her to take the time she needs to regain optimal health," said president of
Flamingo Las Vegas, Don Marrandino. "We are looking forward to her return at the end of the week."

Braxton took Tuesday night off, and was not scheduled to perform Sunday or Monday night in her show.

The singer suffers from the heart condition pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. This year, Braxton became a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

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YardFlex would like to send our condolences to the Marley family who just lost Mother Booker. The mother of reggae icon Bob Marley. She died at her home in South Miami.

We at this time, would like to let the Marley family know that they are in our deepest thoughts and prayers.





Beenie disses the Marleys

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Can somebody tell us please what's wrong with Beenie Man. A mean, wah, him nuh have enough problem inna fi him life dan fig uh stir up new one. Imagine him dey pon a show a Bahamas wid di Marley dem and him guh open him mouth as usual him put him foot in deh.

Beenie Man seh big up Ky-mani him a mi fren and respect due to Rita but Stephen a p*ssyhole and all Junior Gong and di rest a dem can gwaan bout dem business.





Morgan Heritage on final leg of US tour

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morgan_heritage_.jpgMorgan Heritage is enjoying a successful stint in Europe as they get ready to wind down the promotions tour for their new album 'Mission in Progress'.

They have also wrapped up the video for the single "Raid Rootz Dance" and the tour is now having a positive effect on it. Since their Europe trek it has been added to video stations across Europe. MTV Base UK, Trace France, MTV Pulse France, MTV Base France, MTV France, All Music Italy, Go TV Austria, and many more are about to do the same.

The song, which is a tribute and cover of a Steele Pulse Classic saw Mr. Mojo from the group making his directorial debut alongside Winston Mayhew, but the video is also a throw back from a Jamaican Classic movie Rockers. A lot of creativity has gone into the making of the video – which the group did in tribute to the Jamaican film industry. Among the experts that shared in the directing credits were, Ras Kassa, Jay Will, and co-director Winston Mayhew.

The album will enjoy its official release on April 15.





Top educator in the US is a Jamaican woman!

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images_jamaica_flag.jpgInspite of the negativity surrounding Jamaica...there is one more reason to be proud. Dr. Winsome Thompson Clarke was by the American Biographical Institute in the United States as their Woman of the Year in Education.

Dr. Clarke who taught at St Marys High School in Highgate was a past student of St Hugh's High School and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in music and education at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and went to complete her doctorate in educational administration at Ohio University, Athens.

The title of her dissertation was entitled "Legal implications on the high school principalship". At Ohio University, she was an honour student in the College of Education.





tupac_LATIMES.jpgA March 17 article published in the The Los Angeles Times...written by writer Chuck Philips, has been retracted. The article claimed Sean "Diddy" Combs and industry vet Jimmy Rosemond had prior knowledge of a 1994 ambush on Tupac Shakur.

In the article Philips insinuated that Combs and Rosemond had organized the attack on Shakur because they were angry that he had rejected an offer to sign with Combs' Bad Boy Records label.

The Smoking Gun, a Web site that specializes in uncovering news from legal documents and court filings, questioned the article, saying that it believed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents used by the Times were forgeries.





Named after one but Shaggy is no cartoon

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By: Joseph Cunningham

shaggy_edit_08.jpgShaggy was the nickname given to a Jamaican youth, Orville Burrell, by
friends during his teenage years, when his hair bore a similarity to the cartoon character, Scooby Doo.

Today, when the word Shaggy is mentioned, the famous Jamaican Reggae singer comes to mind, preceding that of the fictitious cartoon character. Orville Burrell 'Shaggy,' has to date released six albums, two of which sold multi-platinum. Five were number one hits and eleven tracks made it as top ten singles in the world. Having exceeded sales of 10 million, the Grammy winning artist is Jamaica's only living "Diamond" selling entertainer.

In the early 1990's Shaggy came on the scene with his remix of the Ska classic 'Oh Carolina'. Soon after, the release of "Boombastic" solidified Shaggy as a dancehall hit-maker winning the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.





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Ray J moves from sex tape to new album

ray_j.jpgLOS ANGELES - Ray J is cruising down the Hollywood Freeway in his black Lamborghini when fans in a passing car recognize him. The singer/actor/sex-tape star slows down so they can snap a photo. In an interview with AP news Ray J said his main goal right now is to get his music out there and to put his acting skills back on track. "I really know how to sing and create and put things together that entertain...be it controversially or be it from music or acting," he told the web site.

The infamous sex tape, which also shot Kardashian to a new level of notoriety, was made in Cabo San Lucas on the socialite's birthday five years ago. Ray J says the two had been a couple for "four years off and on," and insists the video was made strictly for private purposes.
"We were just having fun, letting it all hang out," he says. "But I didn't think they were going to see it actually hanging out," he told AP.

He says he doesn't know how porn purveyors Vivid Entertainment got a hold of the video, but he and Kardashian filed lawsuits after its release. Both reportedly settled for multimillion-dollar sums. The experience and its aftermath inspired his new music. He says that Lil' Kim lured him into the studio, and his mom and manager, Sonja Norwood, urged him to release the album on his own Knockout Entertainment label.

Musically, things are looking good so far. The album's single, "Sexy Can I," is a legitimate hit, currently sixth on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the video is getting play on MTV and BET.

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By: Joseph Cunningham

cocotea_promotional.jpgThe name Barack Obama is a name familiar to all and sundry across the globe and it's no surprise that a song, titled, "Barack Obama," composed by legendary Jamaican singer, Cocoa Tea is receiving critical acclaim worldwide.

Cocoa Tea has been the mastermind behind many of Reggae’s greatest cultural hits that include the current hit about the United States Presidential Contender.

"I'm in support of Obama because of the ideas for change I hear him articulating. I would really love to see a man like him hold the high seat in the White House," Cocoa Tea asserted.

He revealed that he recently received a call from the Associated Press based in the US about the song and further revealed that, "since then there has been a media craze including the Miami Herald."





Get Ready for Valley Gospel Fest

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ASHLEYCleveland.jpgTop performers in modern gospel music will be on stage for the first-ever Valley Gospel Fest, slated for May 10 at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at the Historic Fort Steuben in Southwestern Ohio.

Organizers outlined festival details during a press conference Thursday at the Starkdale Presbyterian Church.

The performers, who will include three-time Grammy-Award winner Ashley Cleveland, Jonathan White, Curtis Lewis and the Aliquippa Church in the Round Gospel Choir, the Word of Life Singers, Seasons and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Choir, will be on hand for the free festival scheduled to run from noon to 7 p.m.

The concert, co-sponsored by the Starkdale Presbyterian Church and the Community Foundation of Jefferson County, will be a "huge event" for Steubenville and Jefferson County, according to Jody Glaub, board member of the Community Foundation of Jefferson County and a Starkdale Presbyterian Church elder.

"This is going to be a community-wide, ecumenical celebration," said Glaub, adding that local churches will be invited to participate. "I think this is a wonderful time to be having this. Everyone has been so positive about the event. It's going to be a wonderful Saturday afternoon."





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PORTLAND SPLASH '08 a success

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By: Bridgett Anderson
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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After a three year sabbatical 'Portland Splash' kicked off at 11:30pm last Saturday night. It was held at Sommerset Falls, an ideal venue for a stage show; that Gangalee Production could consider using as the home of 'Portland Splash'.

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Despite technical difficulties the show kicked off with Riddim 2000 Band and the first MC for the night the energetic Chinnaman. He introduced Candy Man, who performed well, with his smooth voice. Out of the few upcoming artists who performed, Singing Donna, Positive, Raw Doctor and House of Spade were a few of the most outstanding.





Beyonce and Jay Z finally tied the knot

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285.beyonce.jayz.040308.jpgIt's official! According to E! Online, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z, a match made in musical heaven, tied the knot in New York on Friday, just three days after setting tongues wagging by taking out a marriage license and hours after what appeared to be the signs of lavish (and possibly nuptial) party preparations compelled dozens of reporters and photographers to gather outside Jay-Z's Tribeca loft.

There has been no official confirmation from the couple yet, although all signs point toward holy secret matrimony. Alan Nierob, Beyoncé's publicist, said he had "no comment" on the matter.

The intimate affair was attended by about two dozen friends and family members. Among those present: the parents of the bride and groom; Knowles' kid sis, Solange; Jay-Z's mother, Gloria Carter; former Destiny's Child mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, who has collaborated with Jigga. Most were dressed in white. Also present: the Knowles' family minister from Houston, who presumably officiated.





Sizzla Kalonji Celebrates 32 years on earth

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edit_sizzla_feature.jpgTemple Hall Estate is set to sizzle on April 19, 2008, as the Great House in Stony Hill will house a celebration called, "Rise To The Occasion," in honour of Sizzla Kalonji's 32nd 'earthstrong.'

With a year of over the top accomplishments, Sizzla Kalonji has a great deal to shout about. His historical Sly and Robbie produced collaboration with Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Lady Saw and Cherine Anderson, entitled, "Nod Your Head," is just one of many productions that sees Sizzla doubling up with stellar artists. Since April 2007, his collaborations have included a heavy mix with Lil' Wayne called, "Reasons," that also features rapper, T-Streets.

Sizzla, Shaggy and Collie Budz came together and released, "Mad Mad World," on top of other collaborations this year that included tracks recorded with Ini Kamozi as well as the most recent release with Tarrus Riley.





Mavado's problems seem to have no end

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mavado_guyana.jpgPromoters of the Linden Town Week in Guyana are looking to bring dancehall artiste Mavado to headline a concert during the celebrations this month end. However there are some individuals who are against Mavado performing there because of his promotion of gun use in his music. They argue that this is not the type of music that should be promoted at this time in a nation still recovering from two massacres in which 23 people were cold bloodedly gunned down. This according to a story posted on insomniac slacker web blog.

A sample of the DJ's lyrics was posted on the site to bring home their case against him.

Dem ah chatta dem ah qwaril
Yo mek mi rise di double barrel
For di christmas dem nuh talk bout nuh sorrel
Gangster nuh qwaril when we shoot we nuh chennel
Gunshot inna you forid
Boy gun dem ah war wid AK mi drive inna mi car wid heartless killers mi parr wid (yeah easy)
Wid mi gun mi ah squeeze
I am not alieyah just believe me...





A Buju Banton Penthouse split

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edit_buju_penthouse.jpgPenthouse Records has announced an amicable separation from artiste, Buju Banton.

In a statement issued recently, CEO of Penthouse, Donovan Germain said, "I have been guiding and managing the career of Buju Banton for the last 18 years and the time has come for this chapter to close."

He added that having dedicated the last 18 years to building Buju Banton's career, taking him from obscurity to the pinnacle of international stardom, it was with a sense of pride that he relinquished the management of the artist, to move on to other activities.

Germain further stated, "First and foremost, I am a producer and after spending so many years on the road touring, I now feel the need to get back in the studio and get really involved in the production side of the music."





Community meets Sports at Florida's Ziadie Cup

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images_jamaica_flag.jpgThe fourth annual Ziadie Cup Soccer Match will kick off at Silver Shores Park in Miramar, Florida on April 26, 2008. This year, the occasion will hold a dual purpose, as organizers, The Jamaica Diaspora Foundation, have merged sports and community awareness, in their drive to inform Jamaicans living in South Florida about continued organizing efforts amongst their fellow Jamaicans in the US.

This follows a recent visit to South Florida by Prime Minister Golding, who conveyed a message outlining the need for Jamaicans to be ready to answer when Jamaica comes calling for their expertise, knowledge, support and investments.

"Our community is building stature and it is incumbent upon us to be organized in a way that is prepared to address challenges and to take advantage of opportunities in the near future. The Ziadie Cup is now a perfect place to connect with the minds and hearts of Jamaicans in a social setting," stated Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board member for the Southern US.





The Best Dress Divas of Dancehall

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

The two Best Dress Divas in the dancehall clashes on YardFlex...who is hotter? Please vote for either Macka Diamond or D' Angel for the Best Dress Diva of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the name of the artistes in your comments.


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Di yute weh pick yuh cherry...

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By: Buffilous


Buffilous.jpgYeah a mi Buffilous and mi have one nex question fi all a unno.

But first mi haffi meck one ting straight; nuff time when unno hear mi ask unno one question, a nuh really mi personal friend dem.

Sometimes odda people email mi wid dem problems and mi nuh dat good fi
come up wid answers so mi just fling it out gi unno and di interesting
ting is dat unno have all kinda answer suh dem can get fi pick sense outa nonsense.

Now wid dat sey meck mi share sinting whey smady email me and a ask...whey yuh woulda do if yuh buck up a longtime bwoy friend whey him a di one whey pick di cherry. Yuh never really get fi have di full affair wid him and now yuh get anedda chance.

Di chick whey mi a talk bout she used to guh Knox College an she an dis likkle youth did a deal and ting. Yuh know how some young bud excited bout sex, an even with knowing sey dem really too young - she use har han and guide fi him inna har tunic. Dem play round inna di cafeteria till one evening afta school him slide it een and him pop off inna har and di nex' ting yuh know she get pregnant.





Elephant Man - Gully Creeper and Boom

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News Brief

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Lutan Fire copped no shot

Lutan Fyah and his manager are dismissing rumors that the singer was shot.

edit_lutan_FYAH_01.jpgLutan's manager George Golding spoke with Elise Kelly during the Easy Skanking Show earlier this week and explained how the rumor started.

Subsequent to the interview, Lutan Fyah who is presently on tour in Europe called the Easy Skanking Show to reassure his fans that he is alive and well.

In related news, his tour of Europe with fellow Jamaican singer, Jah Mason has been recently extended due to the overwhelming response.

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edit_Mariah-Carey-29.jpgMariah Carey has surpassed Elvis Presley's record 18 number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, this with her new single, "Touch My Body."

She reaches a once-in-a-lifetime career achievement as she is now the only active recording artist in the 50 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 number one hits.

"Touch My Body" is number one with an all-time record-setting debut week at number one on the Billboard hot digital songs chart; and a Hot 100 airplay radio audience exceeding 115 million. The video is now at number one on the Yahoo Music Video Chart.

The first single from Mariah's highly anticipated hot new album titled "E=MC²," "Touch My Body," will be available in stores as of April 15. Pre-orders are now underway for "E=MC²," with iTunes customers receiving "Touch My Body" instantly with their pre-order.





Naomi Campbell released on bail

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naomi-campbell.jpgWhat's with Naomi Campbell, at her age one would think she would start exhibiting a more mature behavior, nope here she goes in another spat, again! Following her run in with the police at Heathrow airport she is now on bail .

According to AP news Campbell, 37, left the airport police station just after midnight. London's Metropolitan Police said she was released pending further inquiries and told to report to a police station in late May.

The London-born supermodel was arrested late Thursday on suspicion of assaulting an officer after police were called to a disturbance at the airport. Since Terminal 5 opened last week, more than 28,000 bags have been separated from their owners. Witnesses said Campbell was aboard a British Airways plane due to depart for Los Angeles when she became involved in a dispute because one of her bags had been lost. During the dispute, Campbell allegedly spit on the officer. Campbell's spokeswoman, Annabel Fox, said Campbell was traveling to the U.S. to attend a memorial service and had boarded the plane when she was told one of her two checked bags was missing.





Rapper Remy Ma to get married in jail

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remy_papoose.jpgNot even a jail cell can stop the course of true love. According to a report on AP news The Grammy-nominated artist aims to marry her fiance, fellow rapper Papoose, at the city's Rikers Island jail while she awaits her sentencing for shooting a friend she suspected of stealing $3,000, lawyer Ivan Fisher said.

"They're much in love," Fisher said. "They're very committed to each other, and they had intended to marry one way or another." Remy Ma, whose real name is Remy Smith, was convicted last month of assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion in the July 2007 shooting after a party at a Manhattan nightclub.





Kevin_brown_usbombing.jpg32 year-old Kevin Brown, a Jamaican was detained at a Florida airport after bomb parts were found in his luggage. He said intended to blow up a pipe bomb on a tree stump in Jamaica and to show his friends how to make explosives like those used in Iraq, U.S. investigators said on Wednesday.

Brown, who was arrested at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday, made an initial court appearance, standing silently in a white jail jumpsuit and leg shackles before U.S. Magistrate Karla Spaulding. Spaulding scheduled a bond hearing for Thursday at which Assistant U.S. Attorney Vincent Citro said he will provide some details on the case. In an affidavit, FBI agent Kelly Boaz said two galvanized pipes, end caps with holes drilled in them, two prescription bottles containing air gun pellets, a model rocket igniter, batteries, lighters, lighter fluid and two bottles of nitromethane were found in Brown's luggage.

Investigators also found bomb-making instructions in his backpack. Nitromethane is a liquid commonly used as a solvent and cleaning agent, and can be used to manufacture explosives. "Brown told us, among other things, that he bought the items in the baggage in Gainesville, Florida, and intended to use them to build a pipe bomb," Boaz's affidavit read. "Brown initially said that he was going to detonate the device on a tree stump in Jamaica but later told us he was going to show friends how to build explosive devices like the kind he saw in Iraq."





'GROOVING LIVE' a lively legendary mix

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By: Bridgett Anderson and Elizabeth Smith
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The Asylum Night Club in association with Wray & Nephew Over Proof Rum, Ocean Spray the CVM Group, Hype TV and Lloyd Parkes and We the People have come together to present a live production every last Wednesday in the month entitled 'GROOVING LIVE.' The concept of this product was realized through a vision to bring back live music to the night clubs.

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In the early 1960s and 1970s the Red Hills Road was the home of all the night clubs which boasted live music nightly. With this in mind Earl Samuels, from the Asylum is confident that this new concept will work. He states he has the backing of his sponsors to see this vision through to a reality.





Passa Passa

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Deva Brat charge fi carnal abuse

deva.jpgWell sah Deva Brat nuh meck him name good inna dancehall yet and him deep inna di criminal mix up ting. Can yuh imagine him inna 14 year old pickney mix up. May 1 a him next court date...but teck a warning from YardFlex stop ramp wid people gal pickney, nuff hard woman out a road look one.

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Chain reaction

Now yuh si whey di British link up kas kas cause. Di party till daylight ting past and a good ting tuh, cause yuh a have too much baggy eyed people a walk bout di place. But whey wi waan know is will all and a mean all a di daily dances dem like Weddy Weddy, Bembe Thursdays and Passa Passa done 2 am tuh? Meck wi si if di world really level nuh.

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Beenie Man's "Wine Gal" is the new # 1 song

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 07 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-New#1
02 01 12 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
03 03 06 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
04 04 12 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
05 06 05 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
06 05 08 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
07 07 15 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
08 12 04 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John-Greatest Gainer up 4
09 10 06 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records
10 08 10 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes-Peak@#8





Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex's photographer, Milton Raynor was at D'Angel's recently held birthday party on the roof of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Its was a night filled with media personalities, close friends and relatives.

No!! Neither Beenie Man nor Bounty Killer was there, but a whole host of other entertainers joined the birthday girl.

Below are photos from the event:

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Commentary

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Get Up Stand Up
By: Richard Burnett

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Steffens: "Bob would be terribly upset about all of this"

"I hate it when people call me a hero," Gareth Henry, leader of the Kingston-based gay civil rights group Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), told me over breakfast last October while in Montreal to lecture at Concordia. "I have to do what I do. My rights as a Jamaican citizen have been violated, so we must challenge the Jamaican government to do something [about widespread anti-gay violence in Jamaica]. It's true the chances of my being attacked are inevitable. But that's why I must go back." Then, on his way to the office last November - after 13 of his gay friends were murdered since 2005 - two thugs approached him and threatened his life. "We know who you are and we're going to kill you," they told him.

Says Gareth today, "So I didn't go back home. I called my mother to collect my things."

On Jan. 26, Gareth returned to Canada and claimed refugee status. This time he hopes he won't have to return to Jamaica. "I prefer to live."





BET's Spring Bling brought out the masses

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Photography By: Gavin Henriques and Max James

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Lil' Wayne and Baby were among the artists that heat up BET's 7th annual Spring Bling which was held at Singers Island, Riviera Beach. West Palm Beach, Florida. This was the second year at this venue.

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It was a three day event, with Sunday's event being hosted by 106 & Park's Terrence and Rocsi. There were performances by Lil' Wayne, Baby and Jim Jones gracing the stage on Sunday. Fun and entertainment was not restricted to stage performances as the hilarious couples competition had ladies blind folded and then they were asked to feel for their partner.





Is this Booty real or fake

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Can you give me your honest answer on this girl's booty. Do you think its real or not?

This Booty was a Spring Bling Booty.

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International News

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Will Jayz and Beyonce be tying the knot soon?

jaybeyonce.jpgIt seems as if things are heating up between Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z, according to a report on people.com they have taken out a marriage license in Scarsdale, New York.

The pair obtained the license, which is valid for 60 days in New York State, on Tuesday morning (April 1), according to the report.

At press time, reps for the artists had no comment or could not be reached.

A source reportedly told UsMagazine.com on Tuesday that the couple have told friends they would like to marry in May after Jay-Z's tour with Mary J. Blige ends. "Jay is trying to pull it together quickly and on the fly to keep it private," the source told the site. "They really wanted it to be private." New York's Daily News reported this week that while Beyoncé was out of town filming for the Etta James biopic "Cadillac Records," Jay met with her younger sister, Solange, in Miami. Sources reportedly told the paper the two discussed Jay's proposing to Beyoncé and asking for her manager/father Mathew's consent.

Beyoncé, 26, and Jay-Z, 38, have been a couple since 2002, and marriage rumors have long been rampant. The couple rarely discuss their relationship publicly. Well let's see if this latest rumour on the celebrated couple pan out.

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Ziggy Marley... a true humanitarian

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ziggy2.jpgZiggy Marley's life story is filled with changes and transitions. In fact, change has been the one constant in his life. From his earliest days, raised in Trench Town, Jamaica, to the present, he has been guided by his keen awareness and driving compassion. These qualities are the earmarks of his work and his journey.

The eldest Marley son is not one to let any moss grow under his feet. His 2006 release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), garnered a Grammy for Best Reggae Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, giving him a total of four Grammy's as an artist. It was his second solo album, and the first to be released independently on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label.

The album's follow-up, an extended version including three live tracks, hit the streets on December 4, 2007. A live DVD, filmed during the Love is My Religion world tour, is scheduled for release in early 2008. A bold move launched an Independent distribution deal between Tuff Gong Worldwide and Ryko Distribution, allowing Marley to eschew the traditional record industry formula and big name labels.

"This album is from my heart," Ziggy says of the album, originally released in July 2006. 'Love' showcases Ziggy's keenly honed talents as a composer, producer, and musician. All tracks were written and produced by Ziggy and shared production on three tracks was with Grammy-winning producer Ross Hogarth. Marley also played the majority of the instruments on this album.





Dance Hall Music and Jamaican Society

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

Jamaica-flag_dancehallmusic.jpgDance Hall music is a vital part of Jamaican society. What would Jamaica be without dance hall music? It is unimaginable. Although dance hall music is an important aspect of the Jamaican society this genre of music has proven to bring about both positive and negative effects on Jamaica.

Economically, dance hall music contributes to the National Income of
Jamaica. Tourists are drawn to Jamaica because of our music. When tourists visit Jamaica they bring in foreign exchange that helps in the growth of the Jamaican economy. Many of our artists contribute to the economy in the form of taxes. Several of our dancehall artistes have charity programmes and help in the building of community centers. This is referred to as Social Responsibility.

Whether you are a fan of dancehall music or not you will still come in
contact with it. Dancehall music is everywhere in Jamaica. You may hear it while travelling in buses or taxes, while walking down the street and just about anywhere. For a genre that is so popular in society why has it been having so many negative impacts on society?





edit-mikey-dread_dead.jpgA memorial service will be held this Saturday in Portland, Jamaica for the late television presenter, top radio personality, record producer and artist.


1976-1979

Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation in Kingston, Jamaica - Presenter: "Dread at the Controls Show" Technical Operator: Audio programs both live and recorded.

Awarded: Top Radio Personality in Jamaican Radio based on the unusual impact made on radio listeners and the popularity of recordings made.

Recorded/produced single: "Barber Saloon." Charted at number one on the local radio charts recorded several Top 10-reggae singles.

Performed live at Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica along with other featured artists including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, and Third World.

Produced first album "Dread at the Controls" (Trojan Records-London) and "African Anthem" (A Special Edition from Jamaica's radio program for Cruise Records-UK).

Worked at Treasure Isle Recording Studio-Jamaica as Audio Engineer.

Traveled to London on a promotional trip.





T.O.K. keeps strong bond

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TOK_edit_1.jpgThere have been many attempts at a sustained Reggae/Dancehall unit (group) throughout the years, but T.O.K. is today the only one in Jamaica that is still together without ever having been reunited.

Founded in the early 1990s, hailing from Kingston, Jamaica the group comprises four members: Alistaire "Alex" McCalla, Roshaun "Bay C" Clarke, and Craig "Craigy T" Thompson, who were choir members at Campion College, and a younger friend, Xavier "Flexx" Davidson, who attended Calabar High School.

Originally they were called "Touch of Klass", but T.O.K. became the acronym for several titles, including "Taking Over Kingston" and "TOO Klaat." The group was inspired by the success of Boyz II Men.

They toured the local high school circuit in Kingston and worked their way up to appearances at the famed North Coast hotel and lounge circuit. They would differentiate themselves from the other groups by performing covers of Bob Marley songs or "Hot Stepper", by Ini Kamoze, which was a popular song at that time.





Happy Earthday Garnet Silk

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YardFlex would like to send a special Earthday Greeting to the late Great Garnet Silk who would have celebrated his earthday today. Even though you are gone, your music lives on.

Big up to Lovey and all his children.

Much Love and Respect from YardFlex Inc.





Vote for YardFlex.com

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vote_yardflex.jpgVote for YardFlex.com on www.urbanmusicawards.net for the Best Magazine (Online/Offline).

You can vote by logging on to www.urbanmusicawards.net and register.

Remember you have to register in order for you to vote.

Once you have registered, click Caribbean and vote for YardFlex.com





Keyshia Cole for Miss Jamaica Universe

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keyshia_cole_edit.jpgKeyshia Cole will gracing the stage at the Miss Jamaica Universe Coronation show, come April 12, at the National Indoor Sports Arena, Kingston, Jamaica. Her fans will get to see her doing some of her chart topping hits such as 'I Should Have Cheated,' 'Love' and 'I Remember.'

Keyshia Cole is the real deal. Like many young people raised in a tough neighborhood, the 26-year-old songstress endured a tumultuous childhood in Oakland, California, and has fought all her life to keep her dream of a music career alive. Now she's realizing that dream on her own terms with her first album for the A&M label, The Way It Is. It's been a long road for Keyshia, but it's her powerful voice a bell-like instrument whose soaring clarity is topped off with a tantalizing touch of soulful grit that's carried her through, not to mention the diminutive singer's personal combination of sugar, spice, sass and sex appeal, along with a solid-steel spine.





Woman can't afford fi go pon Man Diet

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgWhat's up mi peeps mi a tell yuh di more mi tink bout life di more mi come fi realize sey mi still have nuff more tings fi learn. Now di odda day mi guh a gym cause yuh done know mi nuh just get mi nice shape jus so...a nuff working out and tings, but di reason wha meck mi haffi a tell unno bout mi gym trip a cause mi just caah figure out life.

Now check dis out, mi guh deh and mi a work out hard, do aerobics and go pon di treadmill, bus whole heap a sweap fi keep di body fit and in shape and den afta all dat mi run inna one a mi sistren whey did weigh nearly 200 pounds. Now she did look good wid it, cause she tall, trapting and wear it well...but when mi si har she fava heng pon nail and mawga like mirasmi pickney.

Unno done know sey mi nuh mince words suh mi ask har what a gwann and a deh suh she start to unveil har man stress pon mi. But si yah, mi neva know sey man stress coulda meck smady lose weight suh? Suppose yuh si di ooman, yeye inna socket, droopy and den pon top a it, she start to bawl out backside pon mi dat mi did all a sorry sey mi ask har what a gwaan inna har life.





Passa Passa

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What a controversy

BOB_passa.jpgLawks what a way dem a fight ova di rights to Bob Marley song like dog a fight ova bone. Two Bob Marley movies de pon di way, and dem coming out close back a one anodda and now one piece a sinting fi si who get fi use Bob Marley songs! A wonda how this one will turn out. Now although Martin Scorsese is a directing genius and mi woulda really love fi si him get everyting him need to do it, mi personally feel that di widow gonna use har clout fi meck sure sey di songs dem go to di company whey a do di film bout har memoirs...meck wi watch and sin nuh. Bwoy dem haffi guh help Martin people dem sing redemption song.

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Jamaica Carnival in full force

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Here are scenes from the event:

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Top New York radio personality and head of Dahved Levy Promotions Inc, Dahved Levy, in partnership with title sponsors, CaribbeanFever.Com will stage the third 'ICONS'- Mother's Day Reggae Festival, featuring - Buju Banton, Barrington Levy, Super Cat and Friends on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

The Wamu at Madison Square Gardens which has a capacity seating of six Thousand, will house the event.

According to Dahved, "Patrons are booking flights and have been flying in from different countries and across different states in the U.S." He added that, "People have not seen Super Cat in action for a long time and this has created a major buzz about the show."





Beenie Man to replace Mavado in Guyana

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doc1.jpgMavado is out and Beenie Man is in...he will replace the singjay this weekend in Linden, Guyana. Mavado who was expected to perform there was banned from entering the country.

The Promoter Ryan Apple voiced his displeasure at the fact in an article printed in Guyana's newspaper Stabroek News. He expressed his dismay at the act and described as being "unfair."

"I find it strange that government is moving to ban an artiste that was here last year and sang those very songs that are now popular and someone whose music receives much airplay. They have no idea how many persons came in for Linden town day to see Mavado and the efforts that were put into the promotion", Apple stated to the newspaper.

Apple went on to say in the article that if government had issued guidelines for the Linden show instead of banning the artiste, he would have abided by them. He added that the security concerns being cited need to be elaborated upon.





Ele delivered in Africa

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ele_chris_edit1.jpgBoy what a way Ele gwaan good inna Africa...well Uganda to be precise. YardFlex came across the review of the show he was described in AllAfrica.com as "a man of lighting, rapidity voice and action."

According to the report Elephant Man bumped and danced with Ugandan girl showing some real energy. "It was dancehall, and when the crowd got low, he had to go the extra mile to get the waves at the 10th anniversary of the Smirnoff Club Silk Street Jam. To him, f**k was as good as a 'hello' as it rolled off his tongue."

Every girl wanted to dance with him, but security shoved them off.

Well, YardFlex must say it's refreshing to get a positive report about dancehall.





Collie Buddz Rocks The Roxy

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By: Michelle Thomas

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Collie Buddz commanded the stage in Hollywood, CA with his first appearance at the World Famous Roxy. Hollywood fans anxiously stood in anticipation for Buddz to hit the stage as the New Kingston Band opened the show. Once his name was announced, fans went wild. Buddz had Hollywood in the palm of his hand, as the crowd danced and sang along to hits like "Tomorrow's Another Day", "What A Feeling", "Sensimillia", and "Let Me Know". He swooned and hypnotized the ladies with a special dedication to "Gimmie Love" and "Mamacita"





Cedella Marley Booker laid to rest

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Photography By; Milton Raynor

Cedella Marley Booker was laid to rest yeserday at Nine Miles, St. Ann.

There were two days of service held in her honor. One on Sunday, April 27 at the National Arena and other on Monday, April 28, at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (E.O.C) Holy Trinity Church Jamaica, both in Kingston. Interment at Nine Miles.

Below are photos from the E.O.C Holy Trinity Church Jamaica:

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Getting To Know Mister Cee

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

mister_cee.jpgHot 97 disc jockey, Mister Cee, is as talented as he is versatile. Recognized as the man behind the turntables for international rap artiste, Big Daddy Kane, Mister Cee has never been one to rest comfortably on his achievements. He is always striving to do better next time.

His collaboration with Big Daddy Kane yielded a total of six albums after which Mister Cee got involved in public access radio in 1993. New York radio station, Hot 97, recognized his immense talent and became hugely interested in his work; he has been with them ever since. According to Mister Cee he "fulljoys" being a disc jockey as he sees this as a blessing.

Mister Cee can also be identified as the man who got the legendary Biggy Small his record deal. (May his soul rest in peace). He was the executive producer for Biggy's album, "Ready to Die". Mister Cee explains that the death of Biggy had a devastating effect on the hip hop music industry. "His death caused a major setback in the growing of hip hop music. Even to this day the death of Biggy Small and Tupac is still affecting hip hop music," he declares.





Ce'Cile comes with 'So Fly'

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Ce'Cile has teamed up with renowned producer Scott Storch in collaboration with Beenie Man on the track titled So Fly. The track is as a result of the relationship with Danger Zone and SoBe Entertainment.

Storch, known for his wicked instrumentals and credited with hits such as Lean Back by Fat Joe, Candy Shop and Just a Lil' Bit by 50 Cent as well as Baby Boy by Beyonce and Sean Paul, has also produced for a variety of artistes including Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, Nelly, Jadakiss, Christina Aguilera, Nas, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Brooke Hogan, The Game, Chamillionaire, Chris Brown and many more.





Bounty and Mavado banned from Guyana

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bounty_mavado_edit.jpgThe drama never stops! The latest news coming out of Guyana is that Bounty Killer and Mavado have been banned from entering that island. The announcement was made by Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee yesterday.

Bounty Killer was slated to perform in Linden this weekend and Mavado was scheduled to perform during the Linden Town Week celebrations along Lady Saw.

According to the minister they were banned because of security and concerns.





whitney-houston_tobago.jpgPoor Whitney...don't know what happened but YardFlex understands she totally lost it at a Caribbean concert. While performing in Tobago on Sunday she lost her voice and not only that but she kept saying "I love you Trinidad!" the people were like, "this is Tobago!" But the people were like, "This is Tobago!"

The pop diva was nearing the end of a 30-minute performance at the Plymouth Jazz Festival when her voice became so raspy she was unable to hit the high notes of her hit single "I Will Always Love You." And the star's vocal strain was not her only embarrassment of the evening.

The star, who cashed in a reported $3 million for the gig, gave her thanks to the crowd at the show's finale, shouting repeatedly, "I love you, Trinidad," despite performing in the southern Caribbean island of Tobago.

Oh boy according to reports coming out of that part of the island Whitney seemed totally out of it.





Western Consciousness brought out the massive

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are photos from the event:

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Nuff bad man and bad gyal nuh straight

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgYeah a mi again, di same one whi got it nuff and plenty! Now since as mi a read Joan Wilson story and a check out whey she sey, mi haffi meck a comment. Yeah man mi find out sey a lot a hypocrisy a gwaan inna dis business.

Whey unno nuh admit sey why dis ting suh hard fi fight is because a whole heap a shotta and bad gal a play di same game tuh. Dem lean like wid dem homo and lesbian self. But unno caan duh nutten bout it caa dem wi do pure tings.

Yeah mi a guh talk up di tings dem as whey Spice woulda sey. A good friend a mine did married to this notorious badman...yup, him dead now, but him was one a di biggest fish outa di sea.

But di one tink mi blame har fah she kip up wid him almshouse dem, she haffi f*ck him wid di dildo inna him batty. Now can yuh imagine! And fi meck matter wuss, di ongle way him coulda pleasure har is if him do har inna har behind. Now tell mi, how sick dan dat can yuh get?
And she siddung pon di knowledge sey him a corrupt di likkle youth dem inna di community and meck dem come and gi him blow job...and yuh know what di sickest ting was...yeah when him deh a dance and di DJ dem a lick out gainst di fish dem, a fi him lighter fuss inna di air!





Macka Diamond moving on up

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macka_moneygoddess.jpgLast night Macka Diamond made her debut on Royal Palm Estate and we must say she did a great job too. Hmm wonder if we will be seeing more of the DJ in this type of scenario. But that's not the only thing that is occupying her time right now. She was summoned the US Embassy as a special guest performer at their benefit concert in aid of Children First Center in Spanish Town, which is a youth-centered non-governmental organization which operates in the heart of Spanish Town, and helps educate at risk youth children between the ages of 10 and 18.

It all started last December with the Salvation Army School for the Blind, where Macka Diamond and her company, DiamondDistrict Ja. alongside Island Grill, joined forces to give an unforgettable Christmas treat to over 130 students, which comprised of a live performance from the Money Goddess herself, who then played Mrs. Claus and presented them all with gifts. It didn't stop there, because Macka was just at the Mico Teachers' College lending a helping hand to the Student Council Body and their fundraising efforts, by delivering yet another one of her memorable performances.





Official Statement from Wildfire Productions

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Sting 148_bountykilla.jpgAs we have just concluded our IGNITION CONCERT for 2008 we would like to give an official statement about the event and some of the occurrences at the end of the show. As the production company controlling this event we accept and take blame that there was some disorder during the main and final act Bounty Killer due to the sound & light company technical difficulties. We wish to clarify what happened and make it clear as to why things unfolded the way they did.

There are international news stories that have carried stories incorrectly based on a certain newspaper's spin on the concert. We are not saying that there wasn't a problem that caused a chain reaction of events, but there needs to be some clarity as to what happened since the reporter was very inadequate in doing her job. She has made statements quoting from us when she has never officially spoken to any representative from Wildfire Productions.

First of all there were no major problems for the night until the sound & light company had severe problems with their equipment. This happened about 20 minutes into Bounty Killer's performance. The entire sound and lights shut down due to negligence on their part. Bounty Killer showed extreme patience and sat on the stage and waited for the power to return. It came on again for approximately 10 minutes which Bounty hyped the crowd only for the sound company to lose power again.





Top artiste for IRAWMA

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SHAGGY, FREDDIE MCGREGOR & FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR ACTRESS ADDED TO 27th IRAWMA AT APOLLO THEATER ON MAY 4

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The list of who's who for the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards keeps growing. Reggae superstar Shaggy; international Reggae Ambassador Freddie McGregor and actress Janet Hubert who appeared on the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", will each walk the Red Carpet and be among the participants on stage at the prestigious 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), at the World-Famous Apollo Theater, on Sunday, May 4, 2008.

It will be mix and mingle time with the celebrities from 5:00 pm blending in with VIP reception followed by the awards ceremony which will begin at 7:00 pm. Grammy-winner Shaggy, will walk the Red Carpet and grace the stage. His latest recording "Intoxication" is nominated for Best Album/CD. He's also up for the Best Male DJ/Rapper, and his song "Church Heathen" is nominated for Best Song and Best Music Video categories.





JCDC Gospel Finalist Chosen

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edit_jamaica_flag_large_1.jpgAfter several grueling rounds of elimination, the ten finalists that will compete in the 2008 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition have been selected. Over three hundred aspiring gospel artists auditioned in Kingston, St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Mary and St. James, all with original entries.

The JCDC then invited those participants with completely original songs to participate in an elimination round. From the elimination round, 25 semi finalists were selected and invited to compete in a private session for a spot in the finals.





Althea Hewitt says I am ready!

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Althea Hewitt, formerly of the Fourth Street Sisters has just completed the video-taping of her first music video. This music video is for her recorded version of the song "The Love That A Woman Should Give To A Man", produced by Ervin 'Alla' Lloyd and John Alexander. The song was a big hit for the late Phyllis Dillon and was originally recorded by Patti Drew. The song now called "I'm ready" by Althea's friends because of its newly arranged chorus has been getting good airplay and those who have heard it love it.





Reggae Symphony a hit

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edit_reggae_symphony_08.jpgVeteran entertainers Freddie McGregor and John Holt wooed patrons at 'Reggae Symphony' held at the Broward Center for the performing arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 20.

Billed as an evening of classical reggae, the two were in their glory as the large crowd danced and sang along as they delivered hit after hit.

Grammy nominated reggae ambassador, Freddie McGregor, who was the first performer of the evening was charming, hilarious, professional and sassy as he delivered his catalogue of hits including "Big Ship" and "Push Come To Shove."

Reggae pioneer John Holt later increased the voltage to full power leaving the crowd wanting more. Freddie McGregorand John Holt were accompanied by the silky-smooth sounds of the New York Symphony Reggae Strings Orchestraas well as the accomplished Lloyd Parks and We The People Band.





Hottie Hotttie of the Week from Bembe

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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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What's Poppin'

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Ele in Africa

ele_man.jpgYeah man, it look like all di artistes dem haffi return to dem roots and figet di country dem whey a lick out dem lyrics. See deh Elephant Man deh pon one big street jam a Africa and it come een like sey di people dem caan wait fi log on to him performance. A Kampala biggest street jam and it name Smirnoff Rave Street Jam. Back to Africa me sey.

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Big tings a gwaan fi Mavado

mavado_julian_edit.jpgWhey dem a duh, whey dem a try...Mavado a still di DJ...unno nuh hear sey dem name him 'Best New Reggae' artiste on Rolling Stone Magazine...outa a all a 125 plus people, places and tings. Yeah, unno fi know sey that is not nuh jing bang recognition. So wha if dem tun him back from States? A nuh nutten dat...tings still a gwaan fi di DJ.

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Serani "She Loves Me"

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Joke of the day

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Joke01.jpgA little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?' The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!

Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said...you got male!

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

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01 3 8 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 20 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John(2wks@#1) D-1
03 2 19 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
04 9 6 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-5
05 6 5 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-1
06 7 8 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
07 4 19 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John D-3
08 5 19 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-3
09 8 19 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
10 12 4 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-2
11 10 18 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-1
12 13 8 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-1
13 15 4 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
14 17 4 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-3
15 11 10 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype D-4
16 14 14 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship (pp#6) D-2
17 19 2 Hey Yah(Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship U-2
18 - New Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice
19 20 2 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
20 - New Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship





Choc'late to unleash at Western Consciousness

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choc'late.jpgTomorrow at Western Consciousness little Choc'late Allen will be one of the featured performers on the show and it is something she is more than looking forward to. In giving a 'sneak peak' on her performance she told YardFlex, "I will be embodying the theme of the show "Good over Evil" as the message that I spread in song and the word is in synergy with the ideals of the event."

For her it's a great honour and privilege to be performing with so many reggae stalwarts in light of the fact that she is coming from an island (Trinidad) which is noted for calypso.

Coming from a family that is heavily involved with music, it was no surprise when Choc'late herself wanted to follow that same path. As she says "I was inspired to be a performer by looking at my father on stage and traveling with him overseas. I loved the music, the excitement that it generates and it comes as natural to me as talking."





International News

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Wesley Snipes gets 3 years for tax evasion

wesley_snipes.jpgActor Wesley Snipes, star of such films as Jungle Fever, New Jack City, White Men Can't Jump, and the Blade trilogy, was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison by a U.S. District Court Judge for failing to file taxes to an alleged total of $2.7 million in back taxes.

Snipes was acquitted of felony fraud and conspiracy charges in February, but the law caught up to the Blade star after the courts confirmed Snipes hadn't filed a tax return since 1998. Sources report that Judge William Terrell Hodges revealed to the court that Snipes has displayed a history of contempt with regard to his taxes and handed down the maximum penalty for the charges, as some sources report was an action taken to make an example out of the star given his evasion. In an attempt to stave of incarceration, Snipes offered the government $5 million dollars in an effort to serve time in house arrest instead of prison. Despite Snipes' attempt to make good on his taxes and testimony to his character from the likes of Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson, the Judge determined Snipes would be sent to prison for his crime.

According to the Associated Press, Snipes admitted to the court via a written and prepared apologetic statement that he indeed made mistakes in his life, "I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance..."

The AP goes on to report that Snipes will still be a free man until the court notifies him of the appropriate time to surrender to authorities. However, Snipes and his lawyers have also let the court know they will be seeking an appeal.

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False reports anger Bounty's management

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bounty_guyana.jpgThe management of ace deejay Rodney Pryce, aka Bounty Killer is extremely perturbed over the false reports that surfaced on the internet and in the Jamaican media that the artiste was stoned at a show in Guyana last weekend.

During a radio interview yesterday, Bounty Killer's Senior Security Consultant, Mendez, said the reports in the media are totally erroneous, as he was on location at the concert in Guyana and no such incident took place.

Further, Bounty Killer's manager, Julian Jones-Griffith emphasized that the reports were untrue and said he was appalled that the media houses refused to call him or the artiste before putting out such an erroneous story.

All this is stemming from reports which circulated that Bounty Killer was bottled in Guyana at a concert held there last Saturday.





A suh mi sey

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With Joan Wilson

Joan_wilson.jpgWelcome to this brand new column from YardFlex...it's a chance to air off about any and everything that affects us.

Now, I begin with the biggest gripe of all...the way these gays are holding dancehall ransom. Now, fi real a doan blame dem. If dem is one ting and have dem money and people behind it (no pun intended) whey wi stan up fi whey dem believe in...den all means do.

Yuh know who a blame...de man dem whey love knock off fist and claim sey dem straight...and di one dem whey nuh stop spend dollaz pon woman fi prove dat dem a galis and den at the end of the day a doan si none a dem a campaign sey gay fi stop convert dem queen and left the young jocks dem alone.





Dohlance and Saylah stars un the making

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dohlance_saylah_edit.jpgTheir seriousness mixed with a touch of humour, and a skill at riding a riddim, somewhat similar to that of a young Shabba Ranks, have set the duo Dohlance and Saylah in a class above the rest.

The two have been creating waves on the local entertainment scene with outstanding performances since the start of the year at shows such as Spectrum, Follow Di Arrow and Mountain Dew Stunt Festival. As a testimony to their on-stage performances, they have been receiving rave reviews and garnering more fans on each occasion. Dohlance and Saylah have also made a name for themselves at the Crowing of Shane-O, Galidaz Bounce and Spring Break.

A few weeks ago at Spring Break, the duo created much excitement when they performed in the midst of Dancehall's biggest acts. What should have been a short stint was extended into a six-song set, as the duo was called back for encore after encore. Their popular songs in the Dancehall are currently, "Be Yuh Please," "Wine Pon Me," Yuh Look Good," "Buck Yuh," "Slap It," and "Give It Up."

In an interview with YardFlex, Dohlance revealed that he and his team-mate are focused on making their mark in the industry in 2000&LOVE. "We are in the laboratory developing our unique sound, because that's one of the tings that the people really love about us," Dohlance explained





International News

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Actor Orlando Brown has resurfaced

orlandobrown.jpgAccording to AP, Orlando Brown, a star of Disney Channel's "That's So Raven."

The 20-year-old actor and aspiring musician disappeared Tuesday morning without word. He re-emerged Wednesday and issued a lengthy statement.

"It was wrong for me not to inform my manager...about my whereabouts, especially when I am usually so routine and big on communication, but I felt a little lost and needed to get away," Brown said in a statement released Wednesday by his publicist, Elayne Rivers.

Brown went on to say he was upset at "how we as entertainers are so disrespected at times" after an incident at a nightclub where he had expected to open for the headlining act.

"I felt that that was my chance to prove that I was talented and I was really excited," Brown said. "When I was told that I couldn't perform...that really hurt. It got a bit overwhelming and I needed to be alone."

He apologized to his friends and fans and thanked them for their support, wrapping the page-long statement with "I have no further comments."

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Beenie Man's wine gal have the #1 Spot locked

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 10 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-4wks@#1
02 02 09 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
03 03 08 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
04 04 07 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 07 05 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
06 05 15 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
07 06 15 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
08 08 11 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
09 11 06 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
10 13 04 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records-Greatest Gainer up 3





By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgI have a very important question to ask and I am not bashing anyone right now...but seriously why is it that Caribbean baby mothers are having a hard time getting support for their kids?

You were having a nice time with the man, he treats you fine ...everything is dandy and then the woman gets pregnant...but then for whatever reason – he messed up, you mess up...who knows...at the end of the day the relationship is over.

The sad thing is that the man forgot he broke up with you...and not the child in question and to add insult to injury he will only take care of the child if you are still in the mix.

One woman who was involved with a man from the Caribbean vented her frustrations to YardFlex, "Him teck di madda fat and a fry di pickney dem. Him damn well and know and understand the psychological part of it...sometime a feel so emotional imbalanced especially as is more dan one me have to look after."





It look like some woman love beaten

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgYeah man a mi Buffilous and dis time, mi mad, cross, angry and miserable, cause mi really, really tiad a di fool fool woman dem out deh who siddung inna situation and galang like sey dem love it. Although mi done come to di conclusion dat some woman just enjoy when dem man buss up dem face and tun dem inna a punching bag whey boxer use.

But den again, maybe dem tink sey a love di man a show...mi nuh really know cause mi have dis sicko friend a mine whey meck mi feel like mi waan gi har two lick just fi have sense. Cause she claim sey nuff time she pick argument wid har man just fi him get vex and lick out har backside and den when him done him gi har a proper fixing...damn! Den she so obsessed dat she doan trust him one inch. Di minute him tun him back and left him phone careless a she dat inna it a search through it. She look fi girl names and gawn inna di message outbox, fi si if him a send out any sexy message to any woman...and if she come cross anyting suspicious, she get vex and fling it a grung and dats the last of a good working phone...mi nuh have to tell unno what come after...yeah more lick him in har backside and den dem meck up again. Jeez!





Kanye West apologises

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kanye-west-glow-in-the-dark-tour.jpgRapper Kanye West has begged concert-goers at his recent Sacramento, California gig for forgiveness, after he gave a shout out to the city during his show-- but accidentally called out 'Seattle', this according a report on Starpulse.com.

The "Stronger" singer was performing at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento as part of his Glow In The Dark Tour on Friday, when he made the slip up during the song "Good Life"...just two days after playing in Seattle, Washington.

West only realized his mistake when the audience failed to respond to his shout out, and he admits he tried to pretend as if nothing had happened by mumbling the words for the remainder of the song.





Bounty Killer attacked in Guyana

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bounty_guyana.jpgRodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer was attacked during a performance in Guyana on Sunday night. The night was marred by a faulty music system and sporadic gunfire, this according to reports.

The performance, dubbed the "Ignition Concert" featured several top Jamaican artistes.

According to reports out of Guyana, the show was well attended but constant audio mishaps and an abrupt end to the event enraged patrons who paid up to US$25 or over G$5,000 to enter the National Park for the event.

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was the closing act at the concert and despite public appeals for him to tone down his lyrics, it is reported that his songs were controversial.

Gunshots reportedly rang out in the arena minutes before Bounty Killer went on stage and again when the show came to a premature end.





Hyah Slyce - All and All

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"Mission In Progress" in stores now

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mission_in_progress_MH.jpgMorgan Heritage, one of the most influential reggae bands around, have released their highly anticipated tenth album "Mission In Progress."

Renown worldwide for their riveting live shows, the band is captured on the new album bottling the power of its stage performance on disc and infusing its songs with a heavier dose of hip-hop.

Produced by Morgan Heritage, with a few songs helmed by Shane Brown and Stephen McGregor, the album lyrically finds the group continuing their quest to bolster their love for reggae music through romantic, street-wise and conscious songs built on slabs of spirituality.

It is the realization of Morgan Heritage's "ROCKAZ" concept: reggae music with an edge. "I think this record is the most aggressive one that we've ever done both musically and personally," says vocalist/keyboardist Una Morgan. "A lot of our inner feelings from growing up in the industry and the experiences that we've had touring the world, specifically in Africa, are reflected here and served as the inspiration for this album."





Trina for Miami Live Wednesday

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Trina2big_edit.jpgOn Wednesday Santo Miami Beach, 430 Lincoln Road it will be a Miami Live night like no other when Trina takes center stage at the club.

Promoters Abebe Lewis and Michael Madd (the blogger) are promising a great party which will include a taste of Caribbean and American mix. "Basically it will be a mixture of everything. American Idol/American Unplugged..." Abebe assured.

Motivated by his dad Abebe Lewis the son of Inner Circle's bass player Ian, he certainly knows how ensure that music lovers get their full dose and party in style.

That's what Miami Live is all about on a Wednesday night, good music, lots of fun and a chance to enjoy the best musical offering that Miami has to offer.

This Wednesday, it will be an All White Affair with Trina and the idea came about because the promoters wanted to "show her some love" after she sold 42,000 copies independently in her first week with the only investor being Ted Lucas, CEO of Slip and Slide Records, South Florida's #1 Independent label.

Patrons coming out to ensure Miami Live can expect a great performance from Trina and the promoters are hinting at some special surprise...with a mischievous grin Abebe teased, "you will never know who will be at Miami Live if you ain't there. It could be anybody from Madonna to Usher."





By: Anthony Turner

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Reggae living legend Ken Boothe proved he is still at the top of his game, as his 60th birthday shindig attracted well over 2,000 music lovers who squeezed inside New York's hot spot Mangoville to celebrate the special occasion. When the curtain fell at 5am, it was former Heptones lead singer Leroy Sibbles and Boothe who were deemed the top performers of the night.

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Sibbles had his way with fans as he crooned vintage hits "Fatty Fatty," "Love Don't Come Easy" and "Party Time." And just when fans thought they had gotten enough, the talented reggae artist grabbed the bass guitar and strummed some of the popular hits he played, back in the day as a session player at Coxone's Studio One Records.





Giants of the 80's a massive success

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By: Bridgett Anderson

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The Mas Camp was transformed recently into the likes of an 'old time' dance hall with two sound systems Jammys, from Waterhouse and Scorpio from Marverly along with a host of artists from the 80's. It has often been said that 'good music will stand the test of time' and this magnanimous Horseman production proved this.

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The star-studded line up did not disappoint the patrons who were there to enjoy this musical treat. Juggling by Black Scorpio was reminiscent of the 80's with selections being drawn by artists both here with us and those who have passed on.





Spirit of Nursing Award for brilliant Jamaican

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nurse_guy.jpgDemonstrating leadership, academic achievement and all-round excellence, are qualities not easily embraced by all. Lake Michigan College's Claston Reid managed to master all three and in doing so was awarded the 2008 Lake Michigan College Spirit of Nursing Award; bestowed on him by the LMC Nursing faculty.

Leaving his Portmore, Jamaica home, Reid moved to the US and started to pursue his interests in becoming highly qualified in the field of nursing. The LMC dean's list member cited cultural and social differences between Jamaica and the US as the reason for him going after his dream only after moving to the US.

Today he is elated, as it has been all worthwhile, and he plans to not only continue studying nursing at higher levels, but also to seek employment full-time after graduation.





Campbell_large.jpgIcahn Stadium, New York will be 15,000 seats larger come May 31st as organizers expect mega crowds for the Reebok Grand Prix during this Olympic Year.

Another big reason that they will be heading out to the Randall's Island site will be to take in the headliners, who are all mega track stars in their own right.

World Champion sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown is one of a short list of top ranking Olympians who will headline at the event. Liu Xiang, a major Chinese track star and Lauryn Williams, who was the highlight of 2007's World Championships 100 meters, join Campbell-Brown as headliners.





Marvin Sapp stays at Gospel's top

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Marvin Sapp.jpgMarvin Sapp's blockbuster CD continues its momentum and this week reclaims the number one spot on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart. Released July 3, 2007, "Thirsty" has been in the number one position longer than any other Gospel CD released in the last year.

The powerful hit single "Never Would Have Made It" has made history as the longest number one song at Gospel radio. The song is currently Number one at Gospel radio, where it has been for 29 weeks. "Never Would Have Made It" is also tied as the second longest number one radio single across all formats.

With a recent surge of airplay at Urban Radio, "Never Would Have Made It" is number 13 on the Urban AC Chart and is in rotation at such stations as WMMJ (Washington), WBLS (New York), WRNB (Philadelphia), WWIN (Baltimore), KJLH (Los Angeles), WMXD (Detroit), WVAZ (Chicago) and more. Additionally, "Never Would Have Made It" is one of Sony BMG's top 20 selling ringtones. Marvin Sapp will perform "Never Would Have Made It" on the Dove Awards Wednesday, April 23. He received a Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.





A family singing praise together

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the_murrills.jpgA unique family of talented vocalists and instrumentalists, The Murrills are endowed with the ability to reach and rebuild broken spirits through the ministries of song and prayer. With an amazing chemistry that can only be shared between six close knit siblings, The Murrills have already wowed audiences through their work with the famed Tri-City Singers. Their debut CD "Family Prayer" is being released June 3, 2008 on Zomba Gospel. "Family Prayer" is produced by Grammy Award winner Donald Lawrence, who first worked with the group as part of his celebrated choir The Tri-City Singers.

Comprised of Darwin, Damion, Donnell, Andre, Roger and sister Arnetta – who was a featured Tri-City lead vocalist - The Murrills, guided by their mother, began singing together as children and "Family Prayer" is replete with songs that bring to life the old adage "the family that prays together, stays together." Their music beautifully emphasizes the love and strength, ups and downs of family, with faith and togetherness being the central themes.





kirk_franklin_08.jpgKirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and The Mighty Clouds of Joy join the New York Tri-State for McDonald's Gospelfest 2008. The mega music festival returns on June 14, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

McDonald's Gospelfest is a talent competition that features choirs, steppers, praise dancers, soloist, rappers and poets. Rising stars will compete in a variety of categories and share the stage with Gospel's finest.

Celebrity Gospel artists include Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, Byron Cage, Vicki Winans, and Cissy Houston. Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow has been tapped to produce and direct the festival.





Reggae I-Tunes website launched

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reggae_itunes.jpgA new initiative has come out of the United Kingdom to boost reggae music even more. Reggae I-Tunes was launched at www.reggaeitunes.com recently and its full service website gives visitors the opportunity to above all else, access samples from international reggae artists as well as independent artists and labels from around the world.

"This has been some time in the making, and we are pleased with the launch of the site. The people told us that they wanted a full service website and we are happy to deliver. It is our intent to provide them with the best experience, while generating revenue for and from our viable industry," said Steven Angus, President and CEO of Reggae I-Tunes.

While the site is all encompassing of everything to do with the reggae culture, its online store that facilitates unrestricted purchasing of any music heard on the site, has already become a source of pride and not to mention profit for the new company owners. When music is purchased, a portion of the sales is paid directly to the artists and producer, Reggae I-Tunes reports.





By: Elizabeth Smith

stretch.jpgHoward "Stretch" Carr, producer of CKUT 90.3fm's "West Indian Rhythms" programme, has been likened to the spokes that drive the Caribbean Music wheel in Montreal, Quebec for more than twenty years. As founder of what is Montreal's first and longest running radio programme that offers up an exciting and eclectic blend of Caribbean sounds, Stretch has remained a source of inspiration and even solace for the hundreds of thousands from the Caribbean region who now call Montreal home.

"When I first came to Canada it seemed so dull, dark and most of all boring, since I arrived in winter; but the first Saturday that my aunt turned on 'Stretch' show, I just felt a warm feeling come over me and it lifted my spirit," Everton Jones disclosed. The Antiguan immigrant of 15 years recounted to YardFlex how important it was then to feel connected to his roots and he feels the same today.

Hailing originally from Mandeville, Jamaica, Stretch holds the same sentiment himself and he described the days gone by, when he would stop and start skanking anywhere he would hear the Desmond Dekker rock steady hit, "Poor Me Israelite" playing. "After migrating to Canada, I just wanted to hear my culture," he said, and this yearning drove him to establish what is today the most listened to Caribbean based radio show in Montreal and its environs. Available also online at www.ckut.ca, "West Indian Rhythms" is more than just one pioneering soul pumping out the best in Kumpa, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Dancehall and so on. It has become an essential foundation in Montreal's culturally diverse community.





Stop Plan fi di man dem pocket

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Buffilous.jpgBwoy peeps mi did kinda caught up di odda day in a some tings, not even coulda get time fi scratch mi head much less siddung round computer, but di drama dem now stop come mi way. But a get a real sweet one and mi caan help but share it wid unno.

Mi know di man dem a guh like dis ya one yah, cause some a dem tiad a di woman dem whey just a lay wait dem pocket like dem gi dem anyting fi pudong in deh...yeah man unno know sey a true. Some woman come een like sey dem nuh plan fi guh out deh go look it fi dem self. Dem just waan siddung and meck plans fi di man dem pocket.

Serve deh one yah right whey mi a guh tell yuh bout...di rich man from upstate carry mi go out a one restaurant and whey yuh tink di ooman duh...she guh order US$385 worth a hors d'oeuvre, nyam it and siddung comfortable tink sey di man a guh pay fi it.

Mi sey she mussa want fi piss up herself when di man git up, kiss him teeth and sey, "not even my wife a nyam $385 wut a food and walk out lef har!"





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Foxy out of jail!

foxybrown2_edit.jpgRapper Foxy Brown is out of jail! Fans greeted her on Friday as she made her exit outside Rikers Island where she was.

According to reports Foxy said the first place she wants to go is church. "I've fot to get on my knees" she was quoted as saying. But things didn't go according to plan, the rapper instead went shopping in Harlem, had some soul food and was driven to her childhood home in Brooklyn...according to reports.

Her mother, Judith Marchand, presented her with smiley-face balloons and the two hugged outside the family's home in the Prospect Heights neighborhood. A VH1 crew captured the reunion for an upcoming reality show."I did almost a year in prison, a year in prison, just because my name is Foxy Brown," she said.

Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was sentenced in September 2007 to a year in jail for violating the terms of her probation after she was accused of hitting a woman with a cell phone. She was on probation for an August 2004 attack on two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in the 2004 incident.

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edit_reggae_symphony_08.jpgSunday April 20th is set to be a big day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as 'Reggae Symphony' will bring a fusion of genres to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Billed as an evening of 'Classical Reggae', the night will be filled with stellar melodies from some of Reggae's mightiest icons. Reggae pioneer John Holt, O.D. and Grammy nominated, reggae ambassador Freddie McGregor are slated to perform and they will be accompanied by the silky-smooth sounds of The New York Symphony Reggae Strings Orchestra as well as the accomplished Lloyd Parks and We the People Band.

Under the distinguished patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica for the Southeast United States, Mr. Ricardo Allicock, the black-tie event is being presented by main sponsors, County Line Chiropractic Centers.

Thrilled to be associated with this South Florida debut, CEO of County Line Chiropractic Centers, Dr. Robert Hochstein said, "We anticipate an entertaining evening of the highest calibre which we all will enjoy."





Birthday Greetings

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vg-happy-birthday.jpgYardFlex would like to send belated earthday greetings to Sizzla and Worrel King. They both celebrated their earth strong yesterday. We wish them both all the best and hope that they will live to celebrate many more.

Celebrate with SIZZLA at 'Rise To The Occasion IV'

Kalonji Music urges all who will be heading out to Temple Hall Estate, Stony Hill on Saturday April 19, for the huge celebration of Sizzla's birth, to get there early.

The Great House in Stony Hill is set to blaze with high energy and love as Sizzla and his long list of reggae rocking friends celebrate.





Reggae Springfest Takes Over Phoenix

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By: Michelle Thomas
Photography By: Marie Mendoza

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Phoenix, Arizona known as the Valley of the sun, debuted their first Annual Reggae Springfest produced by MG Music Promotions. With 3,200 people on site mellow vibes permeated the family event. The festival included a variety of food vendors, arts & crafts, along with a children's playground which included jumpers and skateboard ramps. Michael Gayle, of MG Music Promotions stated, "It was like a family barbeque and we plan on getting bigger and bigger."

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The festival featured some of Reggae's legendary acts. Highlights included Michigan & General Smiley who jump-started the crowd as they appeared on stage and energized the fans with their dance moves. Fans swayed back and forth, waved their flags, and sang along to every tune. They performed a rendition of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" and a crowd favorite tune "Diseases". As they delivered their encore performance with "Sugar Daddy," they jokingly called the Phoenix crowd greedy for wanting more.





Is Akon a con man?

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akon_fake_stories.jpgAccording to a new report from Smoking Gun posted on E! online the gangsta-posturing rapper, who has extolled his bad-boy past in hit albums like Trouble and Konvicted, is more hoodwinker than hoodlum.

The investigative site has dug into the rapper's claims, first spouted during his promotion for his 2004 debut, Trouble, that he served four and a half years in a Georgia prison in the 1990s as the "ringleader of a notorious car theft operation" and owned four chop shops frequented by "celebrities and drug dealers." Upon following up with many of the detectives that worked his case, the Smoking Gun reports that the hip-hopster was merely busted in 1998 in suburban Atlanta for driving a stolen BMW and ended up being held in a DeKalb County jail for five months before prosecutors dropped all charges against him.





Mykal Rose "Shoot" still in the # 1 Spot

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

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01 1 19 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John(2wks@#1) NM
02 2 18 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
03 6 7 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship U-3
04 4 18 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
05 5 18 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) NM
06 12 4 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-6
07 9 7 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
08 8 18 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
09 11 5 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-2
10 3 17 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-7
11 7 9 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype D-4
12 15 3 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-3
13 13 7 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back NM
14 10 13 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship (pp#6) D-4
15 17 3 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
16 14 8 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records(pp#13)D-2
17 19 3 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-2
18 16 11 Journey - Bugle - Daseca (pp#8) D-2
19 - New Hey Yah(Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship
20 - New Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca





Reggae Icons Still Rolling Out Hit Songs

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photograph By: Milton Raynor

marcia_griffiths.jpgLegendary Reggae songbird and former member of the Bob Marley led I-Threes, Marcia Griffiths has scored with a number one hit song in the United States of America.

YardFlex made the discovery whilst interviewing Marcia via telephone at her home in Jamaica. In the current Jamaican music industry where Dancehall and its artists appear to rule all local charts, the work of the stars from the past often goes virtually un-noticed.

Nevertheless, Marcia Griffiths has scored with "I Told You So," on the South Florida Reggae Chart in Miami. She added that the song also peaked at number two on the New York Reggae Chart.

"The song is a love song, which tells the tale of a woman, who after leaving her unappreciative ex-partner, is now telling him that she had warned him that she would somehow find the strength to move on," Marcia explained.





Merciless not in Prison

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merciless_passa.jpgDancehall's warhead Merciless is dismissing rumours that he has been given a long prison sentence for a serious crime in the United States.

In a recent radio interview, the deejay who is presently in Miami, Florida says the rumours are untrue.

He explains that he has been sorting out his immigration papers and is
working on his music. Further, he added, "People will always be
negative and say negative things, but for all those who would want to
see me get a prison sentence, well it's their bad luck. I'm spending
time with my children and my family; Leonard is riding high right
now, doing my music as always."





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Campbell boycotts British Airways

naomi-campbell-picture-1.jpgNaomi Campbell has refused to fly with British Airways following her arrest at Heathrow, despite claiming that the airline "begged" her to remain a customer...this according to digitalspy.co.uk

The supermodel allegedly became aggressive to cabin staff and police earlier this month after being told that one of her bags was not on her flight to LA.

It was subsequently reported that she was banned from BA after she was booked for assault.

However, she told a Brazilian newspaper that an official pleaded with her to return, but she refused to do so in protest at the chaos at Terminal 5.

She said: "Someone from BA called me and asked that I return to fly with them, but this will not occur so early. They didn't find my bag - said it wasn't in the system - and there was a complete disrespect for the passengers.

"I am not speaking for myself. I am speaking for all those who have been disrespected."

A BA spokesman said: "We have not confirmed or denied that any passenger has been banned."

Campbell was recently turned down by authorities in Rio de Janeiro when she offered to donate blood.

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ashanti_nelly.jpgLooks like Ashanti may be ready to open up about what went down between her and rapper Nelly. According to mediatakeout.com Ashanti is expected to directly discuss her relationship with Nelly - and how it made its way into the lyrics on her new album The Declaration.

A source from Ashanti's camp told the web site that Ashanti's looking to come clean about everything. "Ashanti's been very guarded in the way she discusses her personal life - and I think that's hurt her. In her new album "The Declaration" she's not afraid to open up and let fans into her life."

After the question was asked whether Ashanti's new song "The Way That I Love You" was about herself and Nelly, the insider told the site directly - "Yes!!" Here are some of the lyrics to the song:





PASSA PASSA

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barbie_doll.jpgWha dis we really a hear bout the DOLLY? She coulda really so fool-fool fi go mek him — wid fi him history — go do dat to har? A wonder if a dats why she a stay way from di Rock so long? She did fi come fi show right after British Link-Up and all now we cyan bless we eye pon har. But, as dem say, a sump'ng a come, a no sump'ng a go.

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Beenie Man's wine gal holding down the #1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

beenieman_charts.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 09 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-3wks@#1
02 02 08 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
03 04 07 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
04 05 06 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 03 14 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
06 06 14 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
07 10 04 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
08 07 10 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
09 08 17 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
10 09 08 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records-Peak@#9





KLAS/Inseason school toured paid a visit to STATHS

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It's Founders Day at the St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) a time-honoured institution located in the heart of Kingston's inner city.

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STATHS is celebrating 47 years of sterling contribution to the education of the nation's children. In their addresses, both the head mistress and the head girl pointed out that, despite their location, St. Andrew Technical is one of the best high schools in Jamaica.





2008 Digicel Rising Star Launch

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer, Milton Raynor was at the launch of the 2008 Season of Digicel Rising Stars at Courtleigh Hotel last Tuesday evening.

Below are scenes from the event:

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Passa Passa

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D'Angel just love di video light suh

d_angel_passa.jpgBut a wha suh mi a hear bout D'Angel, sey she love di video light bad. She go a Vybz Kartel party and she did a guh walk somewhey and nuh cameraman nor nuh video light nuh deh deh and she tun back and head fi one next entrance. Anyway, now mi si di connection wid har and Beenie Man...memba sey dem call him Michael cause him caan bear fi nobady else get di mic.

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Marilyn Monroe sex reel sells for 1.5 million dollars

marilyn_monroe_4.jpgAccording to a report in the New York Post a 15-minute film clip of late movie legend Marilyn Monroe giving oral sex to an unidentified man was sold Monday to a businessman, who chose to remain anonymous, for 1.5 million dollars.

The film is a copy of a 1950s black-and-white 16-millimeter clip owned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose first director Edgar Hoover tried but failed to prove the man in it...who never shows his face was US president John F. Kennedy.

According to the daily news, the clip was sold through an intermediary identified as Keya Morgan, who apparently found it while filming a documentary on Monroe, who died in 1962.

Kennedy, who was rumored to have had a sexual relationship with Monroe at some time, was assassinated in 1963.

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Mr. Vegas - "Hot Gal Nuh Fight Ova Man

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Mavado's travel hitch explained

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mavado_julian.jpgJulian Jones-Griffith, manager of deejay, Mavado, dispelled rumours recently about his artist being deported from the United States of America.

Julian issued a statement after Mavado was denied entry in the United States on Thursday.

The statement reads: Mavado and I were very surprised by the immigration issues he had upon arriving in the US on Thursday night. He was deemed "inadmissible" by the US Department of State, who had instructed Homeland Security to return him to Jamaica to face a warrant for his arrest.

Upon checks we immediately did in Jamaica, we discovered there is no warrant for his arrest in Jamaica so it seems as if the system had not been updated in the US to say he had already been arrested, bailed and rendered free to travel with the return of his travel documents.





PETA sends Beyoncé a wedding gift

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beyonce_PETA.jpgAnimal rights group PETA has sent Beyoncé Knowles a fake fur throw as a wedding present.

The singer tied the knot with rapper Jay-Z last week and the group gave her the fashion item in the hope that it will change her attitude towards wearing fur.

According to digital spy.com, a statement from the group read: "From all of us at PETA, we wish you much happiness in your life together. Please accept this faux-fur throw with many good wishes and a hope from us that together, you'll be a fur-free couple!"





Jokes for the day

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My Dad's Better Than Your Dad

Joke01.jpgWhen Jesus was a kid He was sitting around with some friends. One of the kids says "My dads a fireman and he's better than yours!" ; another says "Well my dads a police man so he's better than yours!" Jesus looks at this and says "Well my Dads God, and He created you, you, you, and you so there!"

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Why doesn't a grasshopper ever goes to a football match...he prefers cricket.

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youthxheader.jpgThe Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN), has announced a call for Papers for the Yute X – Youth Advocacy Conference to be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday, May 7 to Friday, May 9 and climaxing at Emancipation Park on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Aimed at raising young people's awareness of several issues that include: Adolescent Reproductive Health, Substance Abuse, Violence and Youth with Disabilities, the conference will also address the state of advocacy in Jamaica and the Caribbean region.





Anglican Church Leader Backs Gay Dance Ban

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Archbishop_m1094395.jpgNow it is clear that we are heading for trouble with this gay war...when the church gets involved and gets on the side of the immoral struggle.

Adding yet more fuel to the fire that is the Anglican Church's debate on homosexuality, the head of the Anglican Church has backed a church school's decision to deny gay students' request to bring same-sex partners to a school dance.

Several gay students at the Anglican Church Grammar School 215 had requested to take their partners to the Year 12's end of year dance. Current policy dictates that one can only attend with a member of the opposite sex, however.





Photography By: Gavin Henriques and 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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Twin of Twins no longer underground

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By: Joseph Cunningham

TwinsOfTwins_YardFlex_edit.jpgTHE TWIN OF TWINS, also known as Curly Loxx and Tu Loxx have delighted reggae lovers time and time again with their comical Dancehall commentaries.

Over the past 10 years they have released a number of story-telling
compilations, including the "Stir it Up" series. The best selling record to date, Volume 7, "Till Death Do Us Part," is a hilariously thought out and executed comedy, in which The Twins explore the many complex sides of love and relationships in their now famous, satirical comedic style.

As usual this is done in their pseudo radio show format, perfected on
their last two number one selling albums. During the course of the one
hour plus of music and comedy, the Twins stick with their winning formula that consists of impersonating the voices of Jamaican and International Celebrities and having them interact and tackle various issues, along side an array of fictitious characters developed and cultivated from the creative mind of Curly Loxx. The list of characters include Ian LLyad and Mr. Muta as the combating hosts, alongside a series of guests like Beenie, Bounty, D'Angel, Bob and Rita, Professor Abougani from Africa, Ras Whitey and many others.

The new CD also features The Twin of Twins' Curly Loxx stepping forward and showing his Grammy nominated song writing and performing skills on four brand new songs, including the current crowd pleaser "One Gal."





Lil Wayne - " Lollipop"

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Passa Passa

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DeniseHunt20060204.JPGBwoy everbody a talk bout how Denise Hunt just gi up Digicel Rising Stars suh and she not even did turn up a di launch. But a dat a ting, dem a sey dat if she and dem did part pon good terms she woulda come and all crack two jokes and 'officially' hand over to Yendi Phillips. But come to tink of it, wi hear sey a nuh she a di face a Singers again either. Tell mi a wha really a gwaan? She legoo Rising Stars, leggo Singers a wha she a plan fi cut from di scene or wha.

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Britney Spears in minor Car accident

britneyspears_101107_300.jpgBritney Spears' motoring misfortunes continue. The pop star was involved in a minor traffic accident late Saturday, but no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, authorities said.

Spears was driving her 2008 Mercedes on the eastbound Ventura Freeway just east of the 405 freeway about 8:20 p.m. when the mishap occurred, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball.

Spears was in stop-and-go traffic when her car struck a 2006 Nissan in front of her that had stopped. The Nissan then pushed forward into another vehicle. No damage was noted to any of the vehicles.

The CHP took a report and no one was cited.

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Memorial Service for Cedella Marley Booker

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cedella_booker_memorial.jpgA special Memorial Service for Cedella Marley Booker will be held Tuesday, April 15, from 7PM to 10PM, inside the Garden House at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables.

Cedella Marley Booker mother of the late reggae legend Bob Marley died in her sleep in Florida on April 8.





Get ready for 'Opry At The Doves'

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dove_awards_08.jpgAmerican Idol previous finalists Phil Stacey, Mandisa and Chris Sligh; Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant with country icon Wynonna; 19Recordings/Jive Recording Artist Jordin Sparks; Ricky Skaggs and The Whitesand Point Of Grace with Cindy Morgan, are the latest performers added to the increasingly luminous line-up for the 39th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards telecast, according to the GMA and Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

Gospel and Christian music's biggest night of the year will take place
live on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House and will be broadcast live nationwide on the Gospel Music Channel television network from 8 – 10pm EST. The Dove Awards will also be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio on XM 32 "The Message."

Joining Skaggs, The Whites and Charlie Daniels with Third Day's Mac Powell, will be The Isaacs, Angella Christie, The Hoppers, Jeff and Sheri Easterand, Karen Peck and New River for an "Opry at the Doves" special performance.

Also performing will be 'New Artist of the Year' Nominees: 33 Miles, Brandon Heath, Group 1 Crew, Mandisa, Rush Of Fools and DeWayne Woods.





carlos hill2.jpgCarlos Hill's informal investment scheme – Cash Plus - has been under investigation for some time for fraudulent activities and he was arrested along with his brother, Bertram Hill on April 10, following a police raid of his chic St. Andrew residence in Norbrook.

On that day police conducted nine raids in upscale areas of Kingston, in their attempt to glean information needed to lay formal charges on a group that has left its investors high and dry.

A court appointed Receiver General reported that the company was broke on April 9, 2008; triggering the police action.





Cash Plus events in chronological order

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cashplus.jpg2002: Cash Plus Ltd opens up in Jamaica with Carlos Hill at the helm.

May 2007: Cash Plus CEO bought the Hilton Kingston Hotel.

July 2007: Purchased Drax Hall Estates, St Ann.

September 2007: Became major supporters of the National Premier League football.

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) issued cease-and-desist orders on Cash Plus and its leaders.





Chillin With Anthony Cruz

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson


edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgYardFlex: What is your real name?

Anthony Cruz: Rowan Smith

YardFlex: Who inspired you to become a professional singer?

AC: My uncle and Garnet Silk.

YardFlex: How did you get started in the music business?

AC: I got started at Age 18 and I owe that to Willie Lindo a producer in Miami.

YardFlex: Are you happy with the response you have been getting from your fans, especially the ladies?

AC: OF COURSE!

YardFlex: What artists inspired you in the local music business?

AC: Sanchez, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown.





Turks and Caicos Premiere Misick denies assault

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misick.jpgAccording to mediatakeout.com, Hon. Michael Misick, Premiere of The Turks & Caicos, is being investigated for the sexual assault of a woman.

Details are still sketchy, but the American woman who is making the allegations claims to have been assaulted over the weekend. While it's not clear, the woman may have been a celebrity friend of the Premiere's actress wife Lisa Raye Misick.

Last night Premiere Misick addressed the allegations directly - vehemently denying them.

Below is a video with an an official statement that Premiere Misick offered with respect to the rape allegations that mediatakeout.com exclusively reported to you earlier.





Nesbeth climbing to the top

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Nesbeth has high hopes of becoming the next superstar, and, he has the talent to make the transition. Like many successful DJs, Nesbeth was born and raised in humble upbringings. Gloria Wright and Neville Nesbeth had a son they christened Greg. Due to economic hardships young Greg was forced to leave his Arnett Gardens home to live with relatives in Waterhouse and then Maxfield Avenue. Each move meant a new school and a new set of hardships.

Despite the lack of stability in his family life, young Greg was able to find and maintain an interest in music. He was encouraged by his friends to take music seriously and pursue it as a career. In 1992, Greg took on the stage name Nesbeth and made his Debut Performance at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre where he was well received.

Nesbeth recorded his first single "Reflection of Love" with a singer named Samaria in 1993, starting his professional career in earnest. Jack Scorpio, King Jammys and Shocking Vibes are just a few of the labels he has graced in his career.





More trouble for Mavado

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mavado_edit_2.jpgMavado and his fans may have been rejoicing too soon when he got back his travel documents. YardFlex understands from a well placed source that the DJ arrived in New York yesterday on an Air Jamaica flight and was refused entry into the country. He was deemed inadmissible by the immigration authorities. The DJ is now waiting to board Air Jamaica Flight 17 to return to the island. He should have arrived home already, but YardFlex understands that the flight was delayed.
YardFlex understands that the promoters are in a quandry...stay tuned for more info





Log On and Vote for the Soca Queen

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allison_hinds_socaqueen.jpgAllison Hinds continues her reign as an undisputed Queen of Soca with recent nominations for two separate prestigious Caribbean music awards.

Following the November, 2007 release of her Salaam Remi produced debut solo album, "Soca Queen," Alison picked up four nominations in the categories: 'Best Soca Artist' and 'Best Calypso Act' for the first annual Caribbean Urban Music Awards 2008; and 'Best Music Video (Roll It Gal)' and 'Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer' for the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

Both ceremonies are uniquely positioned to glean the people's choice; with voting opportunities for the Urban Music Awards and IRAWMA currently open at www.urbanmusicawards.net and www.martinsinterculture.com respective





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Losing our School Girls to Immorality

By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

school_girls.jpgGone are the days when school girls respected themselves and their uniforms. What is happening to our teenage girls? Everyone wants to be in hype. Buses and taxis without music seem to be losing. The buses and taxis have to be blazing the sounds of Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man and Mavado just to name a few. Some can sing the words of these songs without stuttering but try asking some of these girls what they learnt in school and one would think "the cat got their tongue". When will they realize that education is the key to success; education gives us the independence we need as women to survive.

Some girls no longer feel comfortable sitting in their seats but instead have to be positioned in the laps of males. Some even go to the extreme of having sexual intercourse on these buses and taxis. GIRLS - you need to start respecting yourselves and your bodies. If you refuse to respect yourselves how will men respect you and treat you as young ladies. Remember your body is the temple of the living God.

And to the adults in these young girls' lives - don't play the blame game. Instead try reaching out for counselling with them, because in some instances the root of the problem can be traced back to negative experiences.





Lyrics: "On The Rock" - Mavado

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Mavado_lyrics.jpgLYRICS: MAVADO - ON THE ROCK
RIDDIM: THE MISSION
PRODUCED BY: BABY G


Intro

Selassie I
Baby G, Yea....
Oh lord, oh lord....
My name is so excellent....
Selassie I.....

Jehovah guide me be my guidance, greater salvation for you....
Jehovah guide me be my guidance, no they could neva stop me....
Im on the rock, Im on the rock....
Higher than I and I, Higher than I and I....
Jehovah guide me, Im on the rock, Im on the Rock....
Go tell my enemies, I'm on the Rock....
Selassie guide me, and a me dem can't stop....
I will neva look back....


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Look how much ting they try, Look how much ting they try....
And everyting fail, and everyting fail....
True mi born pon di gully nuff a try fi tek mi life, or want mi go a jail, dem want mi go a jail....
Wid helicopter inna di air, helicopter inna di air....
Bright light a shine a ground, Bright light a shine a ground....
Dem say nobody nobody run from di river to the bank lock dung....
Dem nuh know which part mi tun....





Mykal Rose "Shoot Out" in the # 1 Spot

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


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01 2 18 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John(1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 17 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 16 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) NM
04 4 17 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
05 5 17 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) NM
06 6 6 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship NM
07 8 8 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype U-1
08 7 17 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
09 11 6 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
10 9 12 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship (pp#6) D-1
11 13 4 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-2
12 16 3 The Mission - Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-4
13 14 6 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-1
14 15 7 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records (pp#13)U-1
15 19 2 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-4
16 10 10 Journey - Bugle - Daseca (pp#8) D-6
17 17 2 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx NM
18 12 13 Nuff Love/Buddy Buddy-Charly Black-M/Bass Production (pp#6) D-6
19 20 2 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-1
20 18 31 Nah Go A Jail-Busy Signal-Jam 2(4wks@#1) D-2





Teens and sexuality

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgWhat in the world has taken over our teenagers...it seems as if, a few years from leaving the womb, their hormones have gone into over drive!

Jamaica is facing a serious problem with teenagers who are now the aggressors in pursuing sexual relationships with bus drivers, taxi men and whoever is willing to fork out the measly sum they are asking for.

YardFlex took to the streets to get more information on this new crisis facing the country. One bus driver related: "Bwoy, nuff time mi haffi remind myself that a have a daughter at home and a wouldn't like nobady fi mess har up. Yuh have some real brazen schoolgirl whey just waan fling it pon yuh suh. It teck a strong heart fi ignore whey some a dem a offer," he said.

One taxi driver was not so conscientious when it came to picking the fruit, "Dat dey cherry pick long time, cause when mi deal wid har, di way how mi go in easy mi couldn't believe. She tell mi fi gi har $500 and she wi let off. If mi a get a bargain mi a guh teck it of course!"





The Doc holding down the # 1 Spot with "Wine Gal"

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 08 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-2wks@#1
02 03 07 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
03 02 13 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
04 05 06 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
05 08 05 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
06 04 13 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
07 06 09 Harry Toddler-Don’t Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
08 07 16 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
09 09 07 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records
10 14 10 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx-Greatest Gainer up 4





27th INT'L REGGAE AND WORLD MUSIC AWARDS (IRAWMA) AT APOLLO THEATER IN NEW YORK CITY ON MAY 4, 2008

2007-MI-Banner-01.jpg(Chicago, IL/New York, NY) – April, 2008 – Dr. Roland Rose, who has served the Jamaica, New York area for several years, is the Best Female Vocalist category sponsor of the prestigious 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), produced by Martin's International & Associates, LLC. The Caribbean-oriented event, which is dedicated to health awareness, returns to Harlem at the world famous Apollo Theater, located at 253 West 125th Street, NYC, on Sunday, May 4, 2008. A VIP reception begins at 6:00 pm and general admission is at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Roland Rose located at 108-25 Merrick Boulevard; Jamaica, NY 11433 has been practicing medicine in the Jamaica, New York area for many years and servicing quite a few patients with great success. Today, Dr. Roland Rose and ACE Medical Rehabilitation, PC continues the same great services as the previous Rose Chiropractic Health & Wellness, PC to many more patients locally as well as throughout the world.

"IRAWMA executives and its media partners warmly welcome Dr. Roland Rose on board with great anticipation of a partnership that will last for years to come servicing the chiropractic needs of national and international patrons of the 27th IRAWMA," said Ephraim Martin, founder of IRAWMA.





By: Janice Dayle

mikey_dangerous _at juno.jpgFormer Trenchtown Comprehensive High School Manning Cup footballer, Mikey Dangerous walked away with the 2008 Juno Award on Sunday April, 6, for his outstanding hit reggae single, "Don't Go Pretending." Voted number one by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in the category, Best Reggae Recording, Mikey Dangerous was elated.

He told YardFlex the whole experience has been tense, yet exhilarating. "Having been my first nomination, I didn't know what to expect. So I was very nervous, but when I heard my name called, I was relieved and very happy to know that my hard work paid off and that all of the work me and my manager have done meant something. I am very grateful," Mikey said.

And there was another proud Jamaican – Canadian that night, who was honored by a Juno win for her Best R&B/Soul Recording titled, "Revival." The multi-talented Jully Black, known as one of Canada's most respected singer/songwriters also tore up the stage at Calgary's, Pengrowth Saddledome on Juno night.

An eclectic Juno crowd viewed and performed at both the two day Juno-fest and the annual Juno Awards ceremony held in Calgary, Alberta, from April 4 to 6. This year as always, the 38 year old Canadian tradition of honoring high achievers in the recording arts closely reflected a mosaic that sees Canada boasting a population with only 32.2 percent, reporting the northern country as their only ethnic origin or in combination with other origins.





iTunes Pulls Violent Anti-Gay Music From Store

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itunes-button-logo.jpgMusic retailer iTunes recently announced the removal of several songs promoting anti-gay violence from its online store after protests led by Egale and Stop Murder Music (SMM).

According to pinke.biz the songs- by Jamaican artists TOK, Elephant Man and Buju Banton - have been removed from the Canadian version of iTunes' online store. Not only that, but iTunes went another step forward and removed the albums featuring the offending songs on their own initiative. Other albums by the artists will still be available.

Akim Larcher, founder of SMM, calls the decision a victory for gays in the Caribbean and Canada. He said: "iTunes is exercising its corporate responsibility by pulling this murder music and raising the bar for other retailers and distributors to do the same."





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Elephant Man's long awaited album

lets_get_physical_ELE.jpgLet's Get Physical hit stores today. The Energy God who is presently in New York told Music News that there was a launch party last evening in Bronx. Let's Get Physical is a Bad Boy Entertainment project that was released via VP Records.

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Inseason Juice KLAS tour keeps bringing Edutainment

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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The Inseason Juice KLAS High School Tour continues its trek throughout the island, and its most recent stops were at the Garvey Maceo and St. Mary High Schools.

Both occasions proved to be the most memorable, since this ongoing tour started two months ago. With certain features of the tour now becoming a staple, such as the Inseason Juice Drinking Competition; the question and answer segment focusing on historical and other facts about the institutions; and the performances - it was the student population that made the difference.





Grooving set Negril on fire

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By: Dave Lindo

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The inaugural staging of Grooving held recently at Waves Beach in Negril, Westmoreland was truly a wonderful event that saw some classic performances from some of the 'greats' in reggae music.

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On that night the master - Beres Hammond, sparkled like fine wine, treating his fans to a memorable performance. Armed with his lengthy catalogue of hit songs and backed by his dynamic band Harmony House, Beres played his sweet music like a 'pied piper' – while the audience moved 'uncontrollably' to its beat.





West Indies victorious in final test match

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

thumbnail_ramnaresh_sarwan.jpgWest Indies vice captain Ramnaresh Sarwan stroked a fluent 102 and his Guyanse couterpart Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 86 to pilot the West Indies to a series-levelling six wicket victory over Sri-Lanka in the second and final test from the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

Sri-Lanka had won the first test played in Providence, Guyana by 121 runs. Both players added a record fourth wicket partnership of 157 as they came together with the score on 73 for 3. The target set for the West Indies to win with two day's remaining was 253. However captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner Sewnarine Chattergoon fell in successive overs with the score on 24 for 2.





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Toni Braxton hospitalized

toni2_braxton.jpgPlatinum selling multiple award singer, Toni Braxton was hospitalized Monday night after suffering from chest pains, according to a report from People.com.

"We wish Toni a quick recovery and would like her to take the time she needs to regain optimal health," said president of
Flamingo Las Vegas, Don Marrandino. "We are looking forward to her return at the end of the week."

Braxton took Tuesday night off, and was not scheduled to perform Sunday or Monday night in her show.

The singer suffers from the heart condition pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. This year, Braxton became a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

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YardFlex would like to send our condolences to the Marley family who just lost Mother Booker. The mother of reggae icon Bob Marley. She died at her home in South Miami.

We at this time, would like to let the Marley family know that they are in our deepest thoughts and prayers.





Beenie disses the Marleys

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Can somebody tell us please what's wrong with Beenie Man. A mean, wah, him nuh have enough problem inna fi him life dan fig uh stir up new one. Imagine him dey pon a show a Bahamas wid di Marley dem and him guh open him mouth as usual him put him foot in deh.

Beenie Man seh big up Ky-mani him a mi fren and respect due to Rita but Stephen a p*ssyhole and all Junior Gong and di rest a dem can gwaan bout dem business.





Morgan Heritage on final leg of US tour

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morgan_heritage_.jpgMorgan Heritage is enjoying a successful stint in Europe as they get ready to wind down the promotions tour for their new album 'Mission in Progress'.

They have also wrapped up the video for the single "Raid Rootz Dance" and the tour is now having a positive effect on it. Since their Europe trek it has been added to video stations across Europe. MTV Base UK, Trace France, MTV Pulse France, MTV Base France, MTV France, All Music Italy, Go TV Austria, and many more are about to do the same.

The song, which is a tribute and cover of a Steele Pulse Classic saw Mr. Mojo from the group making his directorial debut alongside Winston Mayhew, but the video is also a throw back from a Jamaican Classic movie Rockers. A lot of creativity has gone into the making of the video – which the group did in tribute to the Jamaican film industry. Among the experts that shared in the directing credits were, Ras Kassa, Jay Will, and co-director Winston Mayhew.

The album will enjoy its official release on April 15.





Top educator in the US is a Jamaican woman!

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images_jamaica_flag.jpgInspite of the negativity surrounding Jamaica...there is one more reason to be proud. Dr. Winsome Thompson Clarke was by the American Biographical Institute in the United States as their Woman of the Year in Education.

Dr. Clarke who taught at St Marys High School in Highgate was a past student of St Hugh's High School and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in music and education at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and went to complete her doctorate in educational administration at Ohio University, Athens.

The title of her dissertation was entitled "Legal implications on the high school principalship". At Ohio University, she was an honour student in the College of Education.





tupac_LATIMES.jpgA March 17 article published in the The Los Angeles Times...written by writer Chuck Philips, has been retracted. The article claimed Sean "Diddy" Combs and industry vet Jimmy Rosemond had prior knowledge of a 1994 ambush on Tupac Shakur.

In the article Philips insinuated that Combs and Rosemond had organized the attack on Shakur because they were angry that he had rejected an offer to sign with Combs' Bad Boy Records label.

The Smoking Gun, a Web site that specializes in uncovering news from legal documents and court filings, questioned the article, saying that it believed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents used by the Times were forgeries.





Named after one but Shaggy is no cartoon

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By: Joseph Cunningham

shaggy_edit_08.jpgShaggy was the nickname given to a Jamaican youth, Orville Burrell, by
friends during his teenage years, when his hair bore a similarity to the cartoon character, Scooby Doo.

Today, when the word Shaggy is mentioned, the famous Jamaican Reggae singer comes to mind, preceding that of the fictitious cartoon character. Orville Burrell 'Shaggy,' has to date released six albums, two of which sold multi-platinum. Five were number one hits and eleven tracks made it as top ten singles in the world. Having exceeded sales of 10 million, the Grammy winning artist is Jamaica's only living "Diamond" selling entertainer.

In the early 1990's Shaggy came on the scene with his remix of the Ska classic 'Oh Carolina'. Soon after, the release of "Boombastic" solidified Shaggy as a dancehall hit-maker winning the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.





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Ray J moves from sex tape to new album

ray_j.jpgLOS ANGELES - Ray J is cruising down the Hollywood Freeway in his black Lamborghini when fans in a passing car recognize him. The singer/actor/sex-tape star slows down so they can snap a photo. In an interview with AP news Ray J said his main goal right now is to get his music out there and to put his acting skills back on track. "I really know how to sing and create and put things together that entertain...be it controversially or be it from music or acting," he told the web site.

The infamous sex tape, which also shot Kardashian to a new level of notoriety, was made in Cabo San Lucas on the socialite's birthday five years ago. Ray J says the two had been a couple for "four years off and on," and insists the video was made strictly for private purposes.
"We were just having fun, letting it all hang out," he says. "But I didn't think they were going to see it actually hanging out," he told AP.

He says he doesn't know how porn purveyors Vivid Entertainment got a hold of the video, but he and Kardashian filed lawsuits after its release. Both reportedly settled for multimillion-dollar sums. The experience and its aftermath inspired his new music. He says that Lil' Kim lured him into the studio, and his mom and manager, Sonja Norwood, urged him to release the album on his own Knockout Entertainment label.

Musically, things are looking good so far. The album's single, "Sexy Can I," is a legitimate hit, currently sixth on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the video is getting play on MTV and BET.

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By: Joseph Cunningham

cocotea_promotional.jpgThe name Barack Obama is a name familiar to all and sundry across the globe and it's no surprise that a song, titled, "Barack Obama," composed by legendary Jamaican singer, Cocoa Tea is receiving critical acclaim worldwide.

Cocoa Tea has been the mastermind behind many of Reggae’s greatest cultural hits that include the current hit about the United States Presidential Contender.

"I'm in support of Obama because of the ideas for change I hear him articulating. I would really love to see a man like him hold the high seat in the White House," Cocoa Tea asserted.

He revealed that he recently received a call from the Associated Press based in the US about the song and further revealed that, "since then there has been a media craze including the Miami Herald."





Get Ready for Valley Gospel Fest

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ASHLEYCleveland.jpgTop performers in modern gospel music will be on stage for the first-ever Valley Gospel Fest, slated for May 10 at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at the Historic Fort Steuben in Southwestern Ohio.

Organizers outlined festival details during a press conference Thursday at the Starkdale Presbyterian Church.

The performers, who will include three-time Grammy-Award winner Ashley Cleveland, Jonathan White, Curtis Lewis and the Aliquippa Church in the Round Gospel Choir, the Word of Life Singers, Seasons and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Choir, will be on hand for the free festival scheduled to run from noon to 7 p.m.

The concert, co-sponsored by the Starkdale Presbyterian Church and the Community Foundation of Jefferson County, will be a "huge event" for Steubenville and Jefferson County, according to Jody Glaub, board member of the Community Foundation of Jefferson County and a Starkdale Presbyterian Church elder.

"This is going to be a community-wide, ecumenical celebration," said Glaub, adding that local churches will be invited to participate. "I think this is a wonderful time to be having this. Everyone has been so positive about the event. It's going to be a wonderful Saturday afternoon."





Photography By: Gavin Henriques and Max James


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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PORTLAND SPLASH '08 a success

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By: Bridgett Anderson
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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After a three year sabbatical 'Portland Splash' kicked off at 11:30pm last Saturday night. It was held at Sommerset Falls, an ideal venue for a stage show; that Gangalee Production could consider using as the home of 'Portland Splash'.

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Despite technical difficulties the show kicked off with Riddim 2000 Band and the first MC for the night the energetic Chinnaman. He introduced Candy Man, who performed well, with his smooth voice. Out of the few upcoming artists who performed, Singing Donna, Positive, Raw Doctor and House of Spade were a few of the most outstanding.





Beyonce and Jay Z finally tied the knot

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285.beyonce.jayz.040308.jpgIt's official! According to E! Online, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z, a match made in musical heaven, tied the knot in New York on Friday, just three days after setting tongues wagging by taking out a marriage license and hours after what appeared to be the signs of lavish (and possibly nuptial) party preparations compelled dozens of reporters and photographers to gather outside Jay-Z's Tribeca loft.

There has been no official confirmation from the couple yet, although all signs point toward holy secret matrimony. Alan Nierob, Beyoncé's publicist, said he had "no comment" on the matter.

The intimate affair was attended by about two dozen friends and family members. Among those present: the parents of the bride and groom; Knowles' kid sis, Solange; Jay-Z's mother, Gloria Carter; former Destiny's Child mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, who has collaborated with Jigga. Most were dressed in white. Also present: the Knowles' family minister from Houston, who presumably officiated.





Sizzla Kalonji Celebrates 32 years on earth

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edit_sizzla_feature.jpgTemple Hall Estate is set to sizzle on April 19, 2008, as the Great House in Stony Hill will house a celebration called, "Rise To The Occasion," in honour of Sizzla Kalonji's 32nd 'earthstrong.'

With a year of over the top accomplishments, Sizzla Kalonji has a great deal to shout about. His historical Sly and Robbie produced collaboration with Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Lady Saw and Cherine Anderson, entitled, "Nod Your Head," is just one of many productions that sees Sizzla doubling up with stellar artists. Since April 2007, his collaborations have included a heavy mix with Lil' Wayne called, "Reasons," that also features rapper, T-Streets.

Sizzla, Shaggy and Collie Budz came together and released, "Mad Mad World," on top of other collaborations this year that included tracks recorded with Ini Kamozi as well as the most recent release with Tarrus Riley.





Mavado's problems seem to have no end

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mavado_guyana.jpgPromoters of the Linden Town Week in Guyana are looking to bring dancehall artiste Mavado to headline a concert during the celebrations this month end. However there are some individuals who are against Mavado performing there because of his promotion of gun use in his music. They argue that this is not the type of music that should be promoted at this time in a nation still recovering from two massacres in which 23 people were cold bloodedly gunned down. This according to a story posted on insomniac slacker web blog.

A sample of the DJ's lyrics was posted on the site to bring home their case against him.

Dem ah chatta dem ah qwaril
Yo mek mi rise di double barrel
For di christmas dem nuh talk bout nuh sorrel
Gangster nuh qwaril when we shoot we nuh chennel
Gunshot inna you forid
Boy gun dem ah war wid AK mi drive inna mi car wid heartless killers mi parr wid (yeah easy)
Wid mi gun mi ah squeeze
I am not alieyah just believe me...





A Buju Banton Penthouse split

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edit_buju_penthouse.jpgPenthouse Records has announced an amicable separation from artiste, Buju Banton.

In a statement issued recently, CEO of Penthouse, Donovan Germain said, "I have been guiding and managing the career of Buju Banton for the last 18 years and the time has come for this chapter to close."

He added that having dedicated the last 18 years to building Buju Banton's career, taking him from obscurity to the pinnacle of international stardom, it was with a sense of pride that he relinquished the management of the artist, to move on to other activities.

Germain further stated, "First and foremost, I am a producer and after spending so many years on the road touring, I now feel the need to get back in the studio and get really involved in the production side of the music."





Community meets Sports at Florida's Ziadie Cup

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images_jamaica_flag.jpgThe fourth annual Ziadie Cup Soccer Match will kick off at Silver Shores Park in Miramar, Florida on April 26, 2008. This year, the occasion will hold a dual purpose, as organizers, The Jamaica Diaspora Foundation, have merged sports and community awareness, in their drive to inform Jamaicans living in South Florida about continued organizing efforts amongst their fellow Jamaicans in the US.

This follows a recent visit to South Florida by Prime Minister Golding, who conveyed a message outlining the need for Jamaicans to be ready to answer when Jamaica comes calling for their expertise, knowledge, support and investments.

"Our community is building stature and it is incumbent upon us to be organized in a way that is prepared to address challenges and to take advantage of opportunities in the near future. The Ziadie Cup is now a perfect place to connect with the minds and hearts of Jamaicans in a social setting," stated Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board member for the Southern US.





The Best Dress Divas of Dancehall

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

The two Best Dress Divas in the dancehall clashes on YardFlex...who is hotter? Please vote for either Macka Diamond or D' Angel for the Best Dress Diva of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the name of the artistes in your comments.


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Di yute weh pick yuh cherry...

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Buffilous.jpgYeah a mi Buffilous and mi have one nex question fi all a unno.

But first mi haffi meck one ting straight; nuff time when unno hear mi ask unno one question, a nuh really mi personal friend dem.

Sometimes odda people email mi wid dem problems and mi nuh dat good fi
come up wid answers so mi just fling it out gi unno and di interesting
ting is dat unno have all kinda answer suh dem can get fi pick sense outa nonsense.

Now wid dat sey meck mi share sinting whey smady email me and a ask...whey yuh woulda do if yuh buck up a longtime bwoy friend whey him a di one whey pick di cherry. Yuh never really get fi have di full affair wid him and now yuh get anedda chance.

Di chick whey mi a talk bout she used to guh Knox College an she an dis likkle youth did a deal and ting. Yuh know how some young bud excited bout sex, an even with knowing sey dem really too young - she use har han and guide fi him inna har tunic. Dem play round inna di cafeteria till one evening afta school him slide it een and him pop off inna har and di nex' ting yuh know she get pregnant.





Elephant Man - Gully Creeper and Boom

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Lutan Fire copped no shot

Lutan Fyah and his manager are dismissing rumors that the singer was shot.

edit_lutan_FYAH_01.jpgLutan's manager George Golding spoke with Elise Kelly during the Easy Skanking Show earlier this week and explained how the rumor started.

Subsequent to the interview, Lutan Fyah who is presently on tour in Europe called the Easy Skanking Show to reassure his fans that he is alive and well.

In related news, his tour of Europe with fellow Jamaican singer, Jah Mason has been recently extended due to the overwhelming response.

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edit_Mariah-Carey-29.jpgMariah Carey has surpassed Elvis Presley's record 18 number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, this with her new single, "Touch My Body."

She reaches a once-in-a-lifetime career achievement as she is now the only active recording artist in the 50 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 number one hits.

"Touch My Body" is number one with an all-time record-setting debut week at number one on the Billboard hot digital songs chart; and a Hot 100 airplay radio audience exceeding 115 million. The video is now at number one on the Yahoo Music Video Chart.

The first single from Mariah's highly anticipated hot new album titled "E=MC²," "Touch My Body," will be available in stores as of April 15. Pre-orders are now underway for "E=MC²," with iTunes customers receiving "Touch My Body" instantly with their pre-order.





Naomi Campbell released on bail

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naomi-campbell.jpgWhat's with Naomi Campbell, at her age one would think she would start exhibiting a more mature behavior, nope here she goes in another spat, again! Following her run in with the police at Heathrow airport she is now on bail .

According to AP news Campbell, 37, left the airport police station just after midnight. London's Metropolitan Police said she was released pending further inquiries and told to report to a police station in late May.

The London-born supermodel was arrested late Thursday on suspicion of assaulting an officer after police were called to a disturbance at the airport. Since Terminal 5 opened last week, more than 28,000 bags have been separated from their owners. Witnesses said Campbell was aboard a British Airways plane due to depart for Los Angeles when she became involved in a dispute because one of her bags had been lost. During the dispute, Campbell allegedly spit on the officer. Campbell's spokeswoman, Annabel Fox, said Campbell was traveling to the U.S. to attend a memorial service and had boarded the plane when she was told one of her two checked bags was missing.





Rapper Remy Ma to get married in jail

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remy_papoose.jpgNot even a jail cell can stop the course of true love. According to a report on AP news The Grammy-nominated artist aims to marry her fiance, fellow rapper Papoose, at the city's Rikers Island jail while she awaits her sentencing for shooting a friend she suspected of stealing $3,000, lawyer Ivan Fisher said.

"They're much in love," Fisher said. "They're very committed to each other, and they had intended to marry one way or another." Remy Ma, whose real name is Remy Smith, was convicted last month of assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion in the July 2007 shooting after a party at a Manhattan nightclub.





Kevin_brown_usbombing.jpg32 year-old Kevin Brown, a Jamaican was detained at a Florida airport after bomb parts were found in his luggage. He said intended to blow up a pipe bomb on a tree stump in Jamaica and to show his friends how to make explosives like those used in Iraq, U.S. investigators said on Wednesday.

Brown, who was arrested at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday, made an initial court appearance, standing silently in a white jail jumpsuit and leg shackles before U.S. Magistrate Karla Spaulding. Spaulding scheduled a bond hearing for Thursday at which Assistant U.S. Attorney Vincent Citro said he will provide some details on the case. In an affidavit, FBI agent Kelly Boaz said two galvanized pipes, end caps with holes drilled in them, two prescription bottles containing air gun pellets, a model rocket igniter, batteries, lighters, lighter fluid and two bottles of nitromethane were found in Brown's luggage.

Investigators also found bomb-making instructions in his backpack. Nitromethane is a liquid commonly used as a solvent and cleaning agent, and can be used to manufacture explosives. "Brown told us, among other things, that he bought the items in the baggage in Gainesville, Florida, and intended to use them to build a pipe bomb," Boaz's affidavit read. "Brown initially said that he was going to detonate the device on a tree stump in Jamaica but later told us he was going to show friends how to build explosive devices like the kind he saw in Iraq."





'GROOVING LIVE' a lively legendary mix

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By: Bridgett Anderson and Elizabeth Smith
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The Asylum Night Club in association with Wray & Nephew Over Proof Rum, Ocean Spray the CVM Group, Hype TV and Lloyd Parkes and We the People have come together to present a live production every last Wednesday in the month entitled 'GROOVING LIVE.' The concept of this product was realized through a vision to bring back live music to the night clubs.

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In the early 1960s and 1970s the Red Hills Road was the home of all the night clubs which boasted live music nightly. With this in mind Earl Samuels, from the Asylum is confident that this new concept will work. He states he has the backing of his sponsors to see this vision through to a reality.





Passa Passa

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Deva Brat charge fi carnal abuse

deva.jpgWell sah Deva Brat nuh meck him name good inna dancehall yet and him deep inna di criminal mix up ting. Can yuh imagine him inna 14 year old pickney mix up. May 1 a him next court date...but teck a warning from YardFlex stop ramp wid people gal pickney, nuff hard woman out a road look one.

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Chain reaction

Now yuh si whey di British link up kas kas cause. Di party till daylight ting past and a good ting tuh, cause yuh a have too much baggy eyed people a walk bout di place. But whey wi waan know is will all and a mean all a di daily dances dem like Weddy Weddy, Bembe Thursdays and Passa Passa done 2 am tuh? Meck wi si if di world really level nuh.

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Beenie Man's "Wine Gal" is the new # 1 song

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 07 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-New#1
02 01 12 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
03 03 06 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
04 04 12 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
05 06 05 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
06 05 08 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
07 07 15 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
08 12 04 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John-Greatest Gainer up 4
09 10 06 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records
10 08 10 Courtney Melody-Just Like The Rain-Smith Mansion/Reggae Vibes-Peak@#8





Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex's photographer, Milton Raynor was at D'Angel's recently held birthday party on the roof of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Its was a night filled with media personalities, close friends and relatives.

No!! Neither Beenie Man nor Bounty Killer was there, but a whole host of other entertainers joined the birthday girl.

Below are photos from the event:

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Commentary

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Get Up Stand Up
By: Richard Burnett

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Steffens: "Bob would be terribly upset about all of this"

"I hate it when people call me a hero," Gareth Henry, leader of the Kingston-based gay civil rights group Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), told me over breakfast last October while in Montreal to lecture at Concordia. "I have to do what I do. My rights as a Jamaican citizen have been violated, so we must challenge the Jamaican government to do something [about widespread anti-gay violence in Jamaica]. It's true the chances of my being attacked are inevitable. But that's why I must go back." Then, on his way to the office last November - after 13 of his gay friends were murdered since 2005 - two thugs approached him and threatened his life. "We know who you are and we're going to kill you," they told him.

Says Gareth today, "So I didn't go back home. I called my mother to collect my things."

On Jan. 26, Gareth returned to Canada and claimed refugee status. This time he hopes he won't have to return to Jamaica. "I prefer to live."





BET's Spring Bling brought out the masses

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Photography By: Gavin Henriques and Max James

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Lil' Wayne and Baby were among the artists that heat up BET's 7th annual Spring Bling which was held at Singers Island, Riviera Beach. West Palm Beach, Florida. This was the second year at this venue.

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It was a three day event, with Sunday's event being hosted by 106 & Park's Terrence and Rocsi. There were performances by Lil' Wayne, Baby and Jim Jones gracing the stage on Sunday. Fun and entertainment was not restricted to stage performances as the hilarious couples competition had ladies blind folded and then they were asked to feel for their partner.





Is this Booty real or fake

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Can you give me your honest answer on this girl's booty. Do you think its real or not?

This Booty was a Spring Bling Booty.

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International News

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Will Jayz and Beyonce be tying the knot soon?

jaybeyonce.jpgIt seems as if things are heating up between Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z, according to a report on people.com they have taken out a marriage license in Scarsdale, New York.

The pair obtained the license, which is valid for 60 days in New York State, on Tuesday morning (April 1), according to the report.

At press time, reps for the artists had no comment or could not be reached.

A source reportedly told UsMagazine.com on Tuesday that the couple have told friends they would like to marry in May after Jay-Z's tour with Mary J. Blige ends. "Jay is trying to pull it together quickly and on the fly to keep it private," the source told the site. "They really wanted it to be private." New York's Daily News reported this week that while Beyoncé was out of town filming for the Etta James biopic "Cadillac Records," Jay met with her younger sister, Solange, in Miami. Sources reportedly told the paper the two discussed Jay's proposing to Beyoncé and asking for her manager/father Mathew's consent.

Beyoncé, 26, and Jay-Z, 38, have been a couple since 2002, and marriage rumors have long been rampant. The couple rarely discuss their relationship publicly. Well let's see if this latest rumour on the celebrated couple pan out.

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Ziggy Marley... a true humanitarian

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ziggy2.jpgZiggy Marley's life story is filled with changes and transitions. In fact, change has been the one constant in his life. From his earliest days, raised in Trench Town, Jamaica, to the present, he has been guided by his keen awareness and driving compassion. These qualities are the earmarks of his work and his journey.

The eldest Marley son is not one to let any moss grow under his feet. His 2006 release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), garnered a Grammy for Best Reggae Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, giving him a total of four Grammy's as an artist. It was his second solo album, and the first to be released independently on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label.

The album's follow-up, an extended version including three live tracks, hit the streets on December 4, 2007. A live DVD, filmed during the Love is My Religion world tour, is scheduled for release in early 2008. A bold move launched an Independent distribution deal between Tuff Gong Worldwide and Ryko Distribution, allowing Marley to eschew the traditional record industry formula and big name labels.

"This album is from my heart," Ziggy says of the album, originally released in July 2006. 'Love' showcases Ziggy's keenly honed talents as a composer, producer, and musician. All tracks were written and produced by Ziggy and shared production on three tracks was with Grammy-winning producer Ross Hogarth. Marley also played the majority of the instruments on this album.





Dance Hall Music and Jamaican Society

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

Jamaica-flag_dancehallmusic.jpgDance Hall music is a vital part of Jamaican society. What would Jamaica be without dance hall music? It is unimaginable. Although dance hall music is an important aspect of the Jamaican society this genre of music has proven to bring about both positive and negative effects on Jamaica.

Economically, dance hall music contributes to the National Income of
Jamaica. Tourists are drawn to Jamaica because of our music. When tourists visit Jamaica they bring in foreign exchange that helps in the growth of the Jamaican economy. Many of our artists contribute to the economy in the form of taxes. Several of our dancehall artistes have charity programmes and help in the building of community centers. This is referred to as Social Responsibility.

Whether you are a fan of dancehall music or not you will still come in
contact with it. Dancehall music is everywhere in Jamaica. You may hear it while travelling in buses or taxes, while walking down the street and just about anywhere. For a genre that is so popular in society why has it been having so many negative impacts on society?





edit-mikey-dread_dead.jpgA memorial service will be held this Saturday in Portland, Jamaica for the late television presenter, top radio personality, record producer and artist.


1976-1979

Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation in Kingston, Jamaica - Presenter: "Dread at the Controls Show" Technical Operator: Audio programs both live and recorded.

Awarded: Top Radio Personality in Jamaican Radio based on the unusual impact made on radio listeners and the popularity of recordings made.

Recorded/produced single: "Barber Saloon." Charted at number one on the local radio charts recorded several Top 10-reggae singles.

Performed live at Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica along with other featured artists including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, and Third World.

Produced first album "Dread at the Controls" (Trojan Records-London) and "African Anthem" (A Special Edition from Jamaica's radio program for Cruise Records-UK).

Worked at Treasure Isle Recording Studio-Jamaica as Audio Engineer.

Traveled to London on a promotional trip.





T.O.K. keeps strong bond

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TOK_edit_1.jpgThere have been many attempts at a sustained Reggae/Dancehall unit (group) throughout the years, but T.O.K. is today the only one in Jamaica that is still together without ever having been reunited.

Founded in the early 1990s, hailing from Kingston, Jamaica the group comprises four members: Alistaire "Alex" McCalla, Roshaun "Bay C" Clarke, and Craig "Craigy T" Thompson, who were choir members at Campion College, and a younger friend, Xavier "Flexx" Davidson, who attended Calabar High School.

Originally they were called "Touch of Klass", but T.O.K. became the acronym for several titles, including "Taking Over Kingston" and "TOO Klaat." The group was inspired by the success of Boyz II Men.

They toured the local high school circuit in Kingston and worked their way up to appearances at the famed North Coast hotel and lounge circuit. They would differentiate themselves from the other groups by performing covers of Bob Marley songs or "Hot Stepper", by Ini Kamoze, which was a popular song at that time.





Happy Earthday Garnet Silk

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YardFlex would like to send a special Earthday Greeting to the late Great Garnet Silk who would have celebrated his earthday today. Even though you are gone, your music lives on.

Big up to Lovey and all his children.

Much Love and Respect from YardFlex Inc.





Vote for YardFlex.com

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vote_yardflex.jpgVote for YardFlex.com on www.urbanmusicawards.net for the Best Magazine (Online/Offline).

You can vote by logging on to www.urbanmusicawards.net and register.

Remember you have to register in order for you to vote.

Once you have registered, click Caribbean and vote for YardFlex.com





Keyshia Cole for Miss Jamaica Universe

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keyshia_cole_edit.jpgKeyshia Cole will gracing the stage at the Miss Jamaica Universe Coronation show, come April 12, at the National Indoor Sports Arena, Kingston, Jamaica. Her fans will get to see her doing some of her chart topping hits such as 'I Should Have Cheated,' 'Love' and 'I Remember.'

Keyshia Cole is the real deal. Like many young people raised in a tough neighborhood, the 26-year-old songstress endured a tumultuous childhood in Oakland, California, and has fought all her life to keep her dream of a music career alive. Now she's realizing that dream on her own terms with her first album for the A&M label, The Way It Is. It's been a long road for Keyshia, but it's her powerful voice a bell-like instrument whose soaring clarity is topped off with a tantalizing touch of soulful grit that's carried her through, not to mention the diminutive singer's personal combination of sugar, spice, sass and sex appeal, along with a solid-steel spine.





Woman can't afford fi go pon Man Diet

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgWhat's up mi peeps mi a tell yuh di more mi tink bout life di more mi come fi realize sey mi still have nuff more tings fi learn. Now di odda day mi guh a gym cause yuh done know mi nuh just get mi nice shape jus so...a nuff working out and tings, but di reason wha meck mi haffi a tell unno bout mi gym trip a cause mi just caah figure out life.

Now check dis out, mi guh deh and mi a work out hard, do aerobics and go pon di treadmill, bus whole heap a sweap fi keep di body fit and in shape and den afta all dat mi run inna one a mi sistren whey did weigh nearly 200 pounds. Now she did look good wid it, cause she tall, trapting and wear it well...but when mi si har she fava heng pon nail and mawga like mirasmi pickney.

Unno done know sey mi nuh mince words suh mi ask har what a gwann and a deh suh she start to unveil har man stress pon mi. But si yah, mi neva know sey man stress coulda meck smady lose weight suh? Suppose yuh si di ooman, yeye inna socket, droopy and den pon top a it, she start to bawl out backside pon mi dat mi did all a sorry sey mi ask har what a gwaan inna har life.





Passa Passa

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What a controversy

BOB_passa.jpgLawks what a way dem a fight ova di rights to Bob Marley song like dog a fight ova bone. Two Bob Marley movies de pon di way, and dem coming out close back a one anodda and now one piece a sinting fi si who get fi use Bob Marley songs! A wonda how this one will turn out. Now although Martin Scorsese is a directing genius and mi woulda really love fi si him get everyting him need to do it, mi personally feel that di widow gonna use har clout fi meck sure sey di songs dem go to di company whey a do di film bout har memoirs...meck wi watch and sin nuh. Bwoy dem haffi guh help Martin people dem sing redemption song.

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Jamaica Carnival in full force

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Here are scenes from the event:

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Beenie Man to replace Mavado in Guyana

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doc1.jpgMavado is out and Beenie Man is in...he will replace the singjay this weekend in Linden, Guyana. Mavado who was expected to perform there was banned from entering the country.

The Promoter Ryan Apple voiced his displeasure at the fact in an article printed in Guyana's newspaper Stabroek News. He expressed his dismay at the act and described as being "unfair."

"I find it strange that government is moving to ban an artiste that was here last year and sang those very songs that are now popular and someone whose music receives much airplay. They have no idea how many persons came in for Linden town day to see Mavado and the efforts that were put into the promotion", Apple stated to the newspaper.

Apple went on to say in the article that if government had issued guidelines for the Linden show instead of banning the artiste, he would have abided by them. He added that the security concerns being cited need to be elaborated upon.





Ele delivered in Africa

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ele_chris_edit1.jpgBoy what a way Ele gwaan good inna Africa...well Uganda to be precise. YardFlex came across the review of the show he was described in AllAfrica.com as "a man of lighting, rapidity voice and action."

According to the report Elephant Man bumped and danced with Ugandan girl showing some real energy. "It was dancehall, and when the crowd got low, he had to go the extra mile to get the waves at the 10th anniversary of the Smirnoff Club Silk Street Jam. To him, f**k was as good as a 'hello' as it rolled off his tongue."

Every girl wanted to dance with him, but security shoved them off.

Well, YardFlex must say it's refreshing to get a positive report about dancehall.





Collie Buddz Rocks The Roxy

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By: Michelle Thomas

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Collie Buddz commanded the stage in Hollywood, CA with his first appearance at the World Famous Roxy. Hollywood fans anxiously stood in anticipation for Buddz to hit the stage as the New Kingston Band opened the show. Once his name was announced, fans went wild. Buddz had Hollywood in the palm of his hand, as the crowd danced and sang along to hits like "Tomorrow's Another Day", "What A Feeling", "Sensimillia", and "Let Me Know". He swooned and hypnotized the ladies with a special dedication to "Gimmie Love" and "Mamacita"





Cedella Marley Booker laid to rest

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Photography By; Milton Raynor

Cedella Marley Booker was laid to rest yeserday at Nine Miles, St. Ann.

There were two days of service held in her honor. One on Sunday, April 27 at the National Arena and other on Monday, April 28, at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (E.O.C) Holy Trinity Church Jamaica, both in Kingston. Interment at Nine Miles.

Below are photos from the E.O.C Holy Trinity Church Jamaica:

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Getting To Know Mister Cee

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

mister_cee.jpgHot 97 disc jockey, Mister Cee, is as talented as he is versatile. Recognized as the man behind the turntables for international rap artiste, Big Daddy Kane, Mister Cee has never been one to rest comfortably on his achievements. He is always striving to do better next time.

His collaboration with Big Daddy Kane yielded a total of six albums after which Mister Cee got involved in public access radio in 1993. New York radio station, Hot 97, recognized his immense talent and became hugely interested in his work; he has been with them ever since. According to Mister Cee he "fulljoys" being a disc jockey as he sees this as a blessing.

Mister Cee can also be identified as the man who got the legendary Biggy Small his record deal. (May his soul rest in peace). He was the executive producer for Biggy's album, "Ready to Die". Mister Cee explains that the death of Biggy had a devastating effect on the hip hop music industry. "His death caused a major setback in the growing of hip hop music. Even to this day the death of Biggy Small and Tupac is still affecting hip hop music," he declares.





Ce'Cile comes with 'So Fly'

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Ce'Cile has teamed up with renowned producer Scott Storch in collaboration with Beenie Man on the track titled So Fly. The track is as a result of the relationship with Danger Zone and SoBe Entertainment.

Storch, known for his wicked instrumentals and credited with hits such as Lean Back by Fat Joe, Candy Shop and Just a Lil' Bit by 50 Cent as well as Baby Boy by Beyonce and Sean Paul, has also produced for a variety of artistes including Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, Nelly, Jadakiss, Christina Aguilera, Nas, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Brooke Hogan, The Game, Chamillionaire, Chris Brown and many more.





Bounty and Mavado banned from Guyana

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bounty_mavado_edit.jpgThe drama never stops! The latest news coming out of Guyana is that Bounty Killer and Mavado have been banned from entering that island. The announcement was made by Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee yesterday.

Bounty Killer was slated to perform in Linden this weekend and Mavado was scheduled to perform during the Linden Town Week celebrations along Lady Saw.

According to the minister they were banned because of security and concerns.





whitney-houston_tobago.jpgPoor Whitney...don't know what happened but YardFlex understands she totally lost it at a Caribbean concert. While performing in Tobago on Sunday she lost her voice and not only that but she kept saying "I love you Trinidad!" the people were like, "this is Tobago!" But the people were like, "This is Tobago!"

The pop diva was nearing the end of a 30-minute performance at the Plymouth Jazz Festival when her voice became so raspy she was unable to hit the high notes of her hit single "I Will Always Love You." And the star's vocal strain was not her only embarrassment of the evening.

The star, who cashed in a reported $3 million for the gig, gave her thanks to the crowd at the show's finale, shouting repeatedly, "I love you, Trinidad," despite performing in the southern Caribbean island of Tobago.

Oh boy according to reports coming out of that part of the island Whitney seemed totally out of it.





Western Consciousness brought out the massive

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are photos from the event:

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Nuff bad man and bad gyal nuh straight

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgYeah a mi again, di same one whi got it nuff and plenty! Now since as mi a read Joan Wilson story and a check out whey she sey, mi haffi meck a comment. Yeah man mi find out sey a lot a hypocrisy a gwaan inna dis business.

Whey unno nuh admit sey why dis ting suh hard fi fight is because a whole heap a shotta and bad gal a play di same game tuh. Dem lean like wid dem homo and lesbian self. But unno caan duh nutten bout it caa dem wi do pure tings.

Yeah mi a guh talk up di tings dem as whey Spice woulda sey. A good friend a mine did married to this notorious badman...yup, him dead now, but him was one a di biggest fish outa di sea.

But di one tink mi blame har fah she kip up wid him almshouse dem, she haffi f*ck him wid di dildo inna him batty. Now can yuh imagine! And fi meck matter wuss, di ongle way him coulda pleasure har is if him do har inna har behind. Now tell mi, how sick dan dat can yuh get?
And she siddung pon di knowledge sey him a corrupt di likkle youth dem inna di community and meck dem come and gi him blow job...and yuh know what di sickest ting was...yeah when him deh a dance and di DJ dem a lick out gainst di fish dem, a fi him lighter fuss inna di air!





Macka Diamond moving on up

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macka_moneygoddess.jpgLast night Macka Diamond made her debut on Royal Palm Estate and we must say she did a great job too. Hmm wonder if we will be seeing more of the DJ in this type of scenario. But that's not the only thing that is occupying her time right now. She was summoned the US Embassy as a special guest performer at their benefit concert in aid of Children First Center in Spanish Town, which is a youth-centered non-governmental organization which operates in the heart of Spanish Town, and helps educate at risk youth children between the ages of 10 and 18.

It all started last December with the Salvation Army School for the Blind, where Macka Diamond and her company, DiamondDistrict Ja. alongside Island Grill, joined forces to give an unforgettable Christmas treat to over 130 students, which comprised of a live performance from the Money Goddess herself, who then played Mrs. Claus and presented them all with gifts. It didn't stop there, because Macka was just at the Mico Teachers' College lending a helping hand to the Student Council Body and their fundraising efforts, by delivering yet another one of her memorable performances.





Official Statement from Wildfire Productions

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Sting 148_bountykilla.jpgAs we have just concluded our IGNITION CONCERT for 2008 we would like to give an official statement about the event and some of the occurrences at the end of the show. As the production company controlling this event we accept and take blame that there was some disorder during the main and final act Bounty Killer due to the sound & light company technical difficulties. We wish to clarify what happened and make it clear as to why things unfolded the way they did.

There are international news stories that have carried stories incorrectly based on a certain newspaper's spin on the concert. We are not saying that there wasn't a problem that caused a chain reaction of events, but there needs to be some clarity as to what happened since the reporter was very inadequate in doing her job. She has made statements quoting from us when she has never officially spoken to any representative from Wildfire Productions.

First of all there were no major problems for the night until the sound & light company had severe problems with their equipment. This happened about 20 minutes into Bounty Killer's performance. The entire sound and lights shut down due to negligence on their part. Bounty Killer showed extreme patience and sat on the stage and waited for the power to return. It came on again for approximately 10 minutes which Bounty hyped the crowd only for the sound company to lose power again.





Top artiste for IRAWMA

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SHAGGY, FREDDIE MCGREGOR & FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR ACTRESS ADDED TO 27th IRAWMA AT APOLLO THEATER ON MAY 4

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The list of who's who for the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards keeps growing. Reggae superstar Shaggy; international Reggae Ambassador Freddie McGregor and actress Janet Hubert who appeared on the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air", will each walk the Red Carpet and be among the participants on stage at the prestigious 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), at the World-Famous Apollo Theater, on Sunday, May 4, 2008.

It will be mix and mingle time with the celebrities from 5:00 pm blending in with VIP reception followed by the awards ceremony which will begin at 7:00 pm. Grammy-winner Shaggy, will walk the Red Carpet and grace the stage. His latest recording "Intoxication" is nominated for Best Album/CD. He's also up for the Best Male DJ/Rapper, and his song "Church Heathen" is nominated for Best Song and Best Music Video categories.





JCDC Gospel Finalist Chosen

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edit_jamaica_flag_large_1.jpgAfter several grueling rounds of elimination, the ten finalists that will compete in the 2008 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition have been selected. Over three hundred aspiring gospel artists auditioned in Kingston, St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Mary and St. James, all with original entries.

The JCDC then invited those participants with completely original songs to participate in an elimination round. From the elimination round, 25 semi finalists were selected and invited to compete in a private session for a spot in the finals.





Althea Hewitt says I am ready!

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Althea Hewitt, formerly of the Fourth Street Sisters has just completed the video-taping of her first music video. This music video is for her recorded version of the song "The Love That A Woman Should Give To A Man", produced by Ervin 'Alla' Lloyd and John Alexander. The song was a big hit for the late Phyllis Dillon and was originally recorded by Patti Drew. The song now called "I'm ready" by Althea's friends because of its newly arranged chorus has been getting good airplay and those who have heard it love it.





Reggae Symphony a hit

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edit_reggae_symphony_08.jpgVeteran entertainers Freddie McGregor and John Holt wooed patrons at 'Reggae Symphony' held at the Broward Center for the performing arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 20.

Billed as an evening of classical reggae, the two were in their glory as the large crowd danced and sang along as they delivered hit after hit.

Grammy nominated reggae ambassador, Freddie McGregor, who was the first performer of the evening was charming, hilarious, professional and sassy as he delivered his catalogue of hits including "Big Ship" and "Push Come To Shove."

Reggae pioneer John Holt later increased the voltage to full power leaving the crowd wanting more. Freddie McGregorand John Holt were accompanied by the silky-smooth sounds of the New York Symphony Reggae Strings Orchestraas well as the accomplished Lloyd Parks and We The People Band.





Hottie Hotttie of the Week from Bembe

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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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What's Poppin'

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Ele in Africa

ele_man.jpgYeah man, it look like all di artistes dem haffi return to dem roots and figet di country dem whey a lick out dem lyrics. See deh Elephant Man deh pon one big street jam a Africa and it come een like sey di people dem caan wait fi log on to him performance. A Kampala biggest street jam and it name Smirnoff Rave Street Jam. Back to Africa me sey.

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Big tings a gwaan fi Mavado

mavado_julian_edit.jpgWhey dem a duh, whey dem a try...Mavado a still di DJ...unno nuh hear sey dem name him 'Best New Reggae' artiste on Rolling Stone Magazine...outa a all a 125 plus people, places and tings. Yeah, unno fi know sey that is not nuh jing bang recognition. So wha if dem tun him back from States? A nuh nutten dat...tings still a gwaan fi di DJ.

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Serani "She Loves Me"

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Joke of the day

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Joke01.jpgA little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?' The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!

Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said...you got male!

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

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01 3 8 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 20 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John(2wks@#1) D-1
03 2 19 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
04 9 6 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-5
05 6 5 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-1
06 7 8 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
07 4 19 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John D-3
08 5 19 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-3
09 8 19 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) D-1
10 12 4 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-2
11 10 18 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-1
12 13 8 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-1
13 15 4 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
14 17 4 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-3
15 11 10 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype D-4
16 14 14 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship (pp#6) D-2
17 19 2 Hey Yah(Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship U-2
18 - New Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice
19 20 2 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
20 - New Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship





Choc'late to unleash at Western Consciousness

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choc'late.jpgTomorrow at Western Consciousness little Choc'late Allen will be one of the featured performers on the show and it is something she is more than looking forward to. In giving a 'sneak peak' on her performance she told YardFlex, "I will be embodying the theme of the show "Good over Evil" as the message that I spread in song and the word is in synergy with the ideals of the event."

For her it's a great honour and privilege to be performing with so many reggae stalwarts in light of the fact that she is coming from an island (Trinidad) which is noted for calypso.

Coming from a family that is heavily involved with music, it was no surprise when Choc'late herself wanted to follow that same path. As she says "I was inspired to be a performer by looking at my father on stage and traveling with him overseas. I loved the music, the excitement that it generates and it comes as natural to me as talking."





International News

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Wesley Snipes gets 3 years for tax evasion

wesley_snipes.jpgActor Wesley Snipes, star of such films as Jungle Fever, New Jack City, White Men Can't Jump, and the Blade trilogy, was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison by a U.S. District Court Judge for failing to file taxes to an alleged total of $2.7 million in back taxes.

Snipes was acquitted of felony fraud and conspiracy charges in February, but the law caught up to the Blade star after the courts confirmed Snipes hadn't filed a tax return since 1998. Sources report that Judge William Terrell Hodges revealed to the court that Snipes has displayed a history of contempt with regard to his taxes and handed down the maximum penalty for the charges, as some sources report was an action taken to make an example out of the star given his evasion. In an attempt to stave of incarceration, Snipes offered the government $5 million dollars in an effort to serve time in house arrest instead of prison. Despite Snipes' attempt to make good on his taxes and testimony to his character from the likes of Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson, the Judge determined Snipes would be sent to prison for his crime.

According to the Associated Press, Snipes admitted to the court via a written and prepared apologetic statement that he indeed made mistakes in his life, "I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance..."

The AP goes on to report that Snipes will still be a free man until the court notifies him of the appropriate time to surrender to authorities. However, Snipes and his lawyers have also let the court know they will be seeking an appeal.

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False reports anger Bounty's management

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bounty_guyana.jpgThe management of ace deejay Rodney Pryce, aka Bounty Killer is extremely perturbed over the false reports that surfaced on the internet and in the Jamaican media that the artiste was stoned at a show in Guyana last weekend.

During a radio interview yesterday, Bounty Killer's Senior Security Consultant, Mendez, said the reports in the media are totally erroneous, as he was on location at the concert in Guyana and no such incident took place.

Further, Bounty Killer's manager, Julian Jones-Griffith emphasized that the reports were untrue and said he was appalled that the media houses refused to call him or the artiste before putting out such an erroneous story.

All this is stemming from reports which circulated that Bounty Killer was bottled in Guyana at a concert held there last Saturday.





A suh mi sey

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With Joan Wilson

Joan_wilson.jpgWelcome to this brand new column from YardFlex...it's a chance to air off about any and everything that affects us.

Now, I begin with the biggest gripe of all...the way these gays are holding dancehall ransom. Now, fi real a doan blame dem. If dem is one ting and have dem money and people behind it (no pun intended) whey wi stan up fi whey dem believe in...den all means do.

Yuh know who a blame...de man dem whey love knock off fist and claim sey dem straight...and di one dem whey nuh stop spend dollaz pon woman fi prove dat dem a galis and den at the end of the day a doan si none a dem a campaign sey gay fi stop convert dem queen and left the young jocks dem alone.





Dohlance and Saylah stars un the making

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dohlance_saylah_edit.jpgTheir seriousness mixed with a touch of humour, and a skill at riding a riddim, somewhat similar to that of a young Shabba Ranks, have set the duo Dohlance and Saylah in a class above the rest.

The two have been creating waves on the local entertainment scene with outstanding performances since the start of the year at shows such as Spectrum, Follow Di Arrow and Mountain Dew Stunt Festival. As a testimony to their on-stage performances, they have been receiving rave reviews and garnering more fans on each occasion. Dohlance and Saylah have also made a name for themselves at the Crowing of Shane-O, Galidaz Bounce and Spring Break.

A few weeks ago at Spring Break, the duo created much excitement when they performed in the midst of Dancehall's biggest acts. What should have been a short stint was extended into a six-song set, as the duo was called back for encore after encore. Their popular songs in the Dancehall are currently, "Be Yuh Please," "Wine Pon Me," Yuh Look Good," "Buck Yuh," "Slap It," and "Give It Up."

In an interview with YardFlex, Dohlance revealed that he and his team-mate are focused on making their mark in the industry in 2000&LOVE. "We are in the laboratory developing our unique sound, because that's one of the tings that the people really love about us," Dohlance explained





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Actor Orlando Brown has resurfaced

orlandobrown.jpgAccording to AP, Orlando Brown, a star of Disney Channel's "That's So Raven."

The 20-year-old actor and aspiring musician disappeared Tuesday morning without word. He re-emerged Wednesday and issued a lengthy statement.

"It was wrong for me not to inform my manager...about my whereabouts, especially when I am usually so routine and big on communication, but I felt a little lost and needed to get away," Brown said in a statement released Wednesday by his publicist, Elayne Rivers.

Brown went on to say he was upset at "how we as entertainers are so disrespected at times" after an incident at a nightclub where he had expected to open for the headlining act.

"I felt that that was my chance to prove that I was talented and I was really excited," Brown said. "When I was told that I couldn't perform...that really hurt. It got a bit overwhelming and I needed to be alone."

He apologized to his friends and fans and thanked them for their support, wrapping the page-long statement with "I have no further comments."

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Beenie Man's wine gal have the #1 Spot locked

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

beenieman_charts.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 10 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-4wks@#1
02 02 09 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
03 03 08 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
04 04 07 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 07 05 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
06 05 15 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
07 06 15 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
08 08 11 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
09 11 06 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
10 13 04 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records-Greatest Gainer up 3





By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgI have a very important question to ask and I am not bashing anyone right now...but seriously why is it that Caribbean baby mothers are having a hard time getting support for their kids?

You were having a nice time with the man, he treats you fine ...everything is dandy and then the woman gets pregnant...but then for whatever reason – he messed up, you mess up...who knows...at the end of the day the relationship is over.

The sad thing is that the man forgot he broke up with you...and not the child in question and to add insult to injury he will only take care of the child if you are still in the mix.

One woman who was involved with a man from the Caribbean vented her frustrations to YardFlex, "Him teck di madda fat and a fry di pickney dem. Him damn well and know and understand the psychological part of it...sometime a feel so emotional imbalanced especially as is more dan one me have to look after."





It look like some woman love beaten

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous.jpgYeah man a mi Buffilous and dis time, mi mad, cross, angry and miserable, cause mi really, really tiad a di fool fool woman dem out deh who siddung inna situation and galang like sey dem love it. Although mi done come to di conclusion dat some woman just enjoy when dem man buss up dem face and tun dem inna a punching bag whey boxer use.

But den again, maybe dem tink sey a love di man a show...mi nuh really know cause mi have dis sicko friend a mine whey meck mi feel like mi waan gi har two lick just fi have sense. Cause she claim sey nuff time she pick argument wid har man just fi him get vex and lick out har backside and den when him done him gi har a proper fixing...damn! Den she so obsessed dat she doan trust him one inch. Di minute him tun him back and left him phone careless a she dat inna it a search through it. She look fi girl names and gawn inna di message outbox, fi si if him a send out any sexy message to any woman...and if she come cross anyting suspicious, she get vex and fling it a grung and dats the last of a good working phone...mi nuh have to tell unno what come after...yeah more lick him in har backside and den dem meck up again. Jeez!





Kanye West apologises

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kanye-west-glow-in-the-dark-tour.jpgRapper Kanye West has begged concert-goers at his recent Sacramento, California gig for forgiveness, after he gave a shout out to the city during his show-- but accidentally called out 'Seattle', this according a report on Starpulse.com.

The "Stronger" singer was performing at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento as part of his Glow In The Dark Tour on Friday, when he made the slip up during the song "Good Life"...just two days after playing in Seattle, Washington.

West only realized his mistake when the audience failed to respond to his shout out, and he admits he tried to pretend as if nothing had happened by mumbling the words for the remainder of the song.





Bounty Killer attacked in Guyana

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bounty_guyana.jpgRodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer was attacked during a performance in Guyana on Sunday night. The night was marred by a faulty music system and sporadic gunfire, this according to reports.

The performance, dubbed the "Ignition Concert" featured several top Jamaican artistes.

According to reports out of Guyana, the show was well attended but constant audio mishaps and an abrupt end to the event enraged patrons who paid up to US$25 or over G$5,000 to enter the National Park for the event.

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was the closing act at the concert and despite public appeals for him to tone down his lyrics, it is reported that his songs were controversial.

Gunshots reportedly rang out in the arena minutes before Bounty Killer went on stage and again when the show came to a premature end.





Hyah Slyce - All and All

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"Mission In Progress" in stores now

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mission_in_progress_MH.jpgMorgan Heritage, one of the most influential reggae bands around, have released their highly anticipated tenth album "Mission In Progress."

Renown worldwide for their riveting live shows, the band is captured on the new album bottling the power of its stage performance on disc and infusing its songs with a heavier dose of hip-hop.

Produced by Morgan Heritage, with a few songs helmed by Shane Brown and Stephen McGregor, the album lyrically finds the group continuing their quest to bolster their love for reggae music through romantic, street-wise and conscious songs built on slabs of spirituality.

It is the realization of Morgan Heritage's "ROCKAZ" concept: reggae music with an edge. "I think this record is the most aggressive one that we've ever done both musically and personally," says vocalist/keyboardist Una Morgan. "A lot of our inner feelings from growing up in the industry and the experiences that we've had touring the world, specifically in Africa, are reflected here and served as the inspiration for this album."





Trina for Miami Live Wednesday

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Trina2big_edit.jpgOn Wednesday Santo Miami Beach, 430 Lincoln Road it will be a Miami Live night like no other when Trina takes center stage at the club.

Promoters Abebe Lewis and Michael Madd (the blogger) are promising a great party which will include a taste of Caribbean and American mix. "Basically it will be a mixture of everything. American Idol/American Unplugged..." Abebe assured.

Motivated by his dad Abebe Lewis the son of Inner Circle's bass player Ian, he certainly knows how ensure that music lovers get their full dose and party in style.

That's what Miami Live is all about on a Wednesday night, good music, lots of fun and a chance to enjoy the best musical offering that Miami has to offer.

This Wednesday, it will be an All White Affair with Trina and the idea came about because the promoters wanted to "show her some love" after she sold 42,000 copies independently in her first week with the only investor being Ted Lucas, CEO of Slip and Slide Records, South Florida's #1 Independent label.

Patrons coming out to ensure Miami Live can expect a great performance from Trina and the promoters are hinting at some special surprise...with a mischievous grin Abebe teased, "you will never know who will be at Miami Live if you ain't there. It could be anybody from Madonna to Usher."





By: Anthony Turner

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Reggae living legend Ken Boothe proved he is still at the top of his game, as his 60th birthday shindig attracted well over 2,000 music lovers who squeezed inside New York's hot spot Mangoville to celebrate the special occasion. When the curtain fell at 5am, it was former Heptones lead singer Leroy Sibbles and Boothe who were deemed the top performers of the night.

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Sibbles had his way with fans as he crooned vintage hits "Fatty Fatty," "Love Don't Come Easy" and "Party Time." And just when fans thought they had gotten enough, the talented reggae artist grabbed the bass guitar and strummed some of the popular hits he played, back in the day as a session player at Coxone's Studio One Records.





Giants of the 80's a massive success

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By: Bridgett Anderson

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The Mas Camp was transformed recently into the likes of an 'old time' dance hall with two sound systems Jammys, from Waterhouse and Scorpio from Marverly along with a host of artists from the 80's. It has often been said that 'good music will stand the test of time' and this magnanimous Horseman production proved this.

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The star-studded line up did not disappoint the patrons who were there to enjoy this musical treat. Juggling by Black Scorpio was reminiscent of the 80's with selections being drawn by artists both here with us and those who have passed on.





Spirit of Nursing Award for brilliant Jamaican

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nurse_guy.jpgDemonstrating leadership, academic achievement and all-round excellence, are qualities not easily embraced by all. Lake Michigan College's Claston Reid managed to master all three and in doing so was awarded the 2008 Lake Michigan College Spirit of Nursing Award; bestowed on him by the LMC Nursing faculty.

Leaving his Portmore, Jamaica home, Reid moved to the US and started to pursue his interests in becoming highly qualified in the field of nursing. The LMC dean's list member cited cultural and social differences between Jamaica and the US as the reason for him going after his dream only after moving to the US.

Today he is elated, as it has been all worthwhile, and he plans to not only continue studying nursing at higher levels, but also to seek employment full-time after graduation.





Campbell_large.jpgIcahn Stadium, New York will be 15,000 seats larger come May 31st as organizers expect mega crowds for the Reebok Grand Prix during this Olympic Year.

Another big reason that they will be heading out to the Randall's Island site will be to take in the headliners, who are all mega track stars in their own right.

World Champion sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown is one of a short list of top ranking Olympians who will headline at the event. Liu Xiang, a major Chinese track star and Lauryn Williams, who was the highlight of 2007's World Championships 100 meters, join Campbell-Brown as headliners.





Marvin Sapp stays at Gospel's top

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Marvin Sapp.jpgMarvin Sapp's blockbuster CD continues its momentum and this week reclaims the number one spot on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart. Released July 3, 2007, "Thirsty" has been in the number one position longer than any other Gospel CD released in the last year.

The powerful hit single "Never Would Have Made It" has made history as the longest number one song at Gospel radio. The song is currently Number one at Gospel radio, where it has been for 29 weeks. "Never Would Have Made It" is also tied as the second longest number one radio single across all formats.

With a recent surge of airplay at Urban Radio, "Never Would Have Made It" is number 13 on the Urban AC Chart and is in rotation at such stations as WMMJ (Washington), WBLS (New York), WRNB (Philadelphia), WWIN (Baltimore), KJLH (Los Angeles), WMXD (Detroit), WVAZ (Chicago) and more. Additionally, "Never Would Have Made It" is one of Sony BMG's top 20 selling ringtones. Marvin Sapp will perform "Never Would Have Made It" on the Dove Awards Wednesday, April 23. He received a Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.





A family singing praise together

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the_murrills.jpgA unique family of talented vocalists and instrumentalists, The Murrills are endowed with the ability to reach and rebuild broken spirits through the ministries of song and prayer. With an amazing chemistry that can only be shared between six close knit siblings, The Murrills have already wowed audiences through their work with the famed Tri-City Singers. Their debut CD "Family Prayer" is being released June 3, 2008 on Zomba Gospel. "Family Prayer" is produced by Grammy Award winner Donald Lawrence, who first worked with the group as part of his celebrated choir The Tri-City Singers.

Comprised of Darwin, Damion, Donnell, Andre, Roger and sister Arnetta – who was a featured Tri-City lead vocalist - The Murrills, guided by their mother, began singing together as children and "Family Prayer" is replete with songs that bring to life the old adage "the family that prays together, stays together." Their music beautifully emphasizes the love and strength, ups and downs of family, with faith and togetherness being the central themes.





kirk_franklin_08.jpgKirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and The Mighty Clouds of Joy join the New York Tri-State for McDonald's Gospelfest 2008. The mega music festival returns on June 14, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

McDonald's Gospelfest is a talent competition that features choirs, steppers, praise dancers, soloist, rappers and poets. Rising stars will compete in a variety of categories and share the stage with Gospel's finest.

Celebrity Gospel artists include Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, Byron Cage, Vicki Winans, and Cissy Houston. Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow has been tapped to produce and direct the festival.





Reggae I-Tunes website launched

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reggae_itunes.jpgA new initiative has come out of the United Kingdom to boost reggae music even more. Reggae I-Tunes was launched at www.reggaeitunes.com recently and its full service website gives visitors the opportunity to above all else, access samples from international reggae artists as well as independent artists and labels from around the world.

"This has been some time in the making, and we are pleased with the launch of the site. The people told us that they wanted a full service website and we are happy to deliver. It is our intent to provide them with the best experience, while generating revenue for and from our viable industry," said Steven Angus, President and CEO of Reggae I-Tunes.

While the site is all encompassing of everything to do with the reggae culture, its online store that facilitates unrestricted purchasing of any music heard on the site, has already become a source of pride and not to mention profit for the new company owners. When music is purchased, a portion of the sales is paid directly to the artists and producer, Reggae I-Tunes reports.





By: Elizabeth Smith

stretch.jpgHoward "Stretch" Carr, producer of CKUT 90.3fm's "West Indian Rhythms" programme, has been likened to the spokes that drive the Caribbean Music wheel in Montreal, Quebec for more than twenty years. As founder of what is Montreal's first and longest running radio programme that offers up an exciting and eclectic blend of Caribbean sounds, Stretch has remained a source of inspiration and even solace for the hundreds of thousands from the Caribbean region who now call Montreal home.

"When I first came to Canada it seemed so dull, dark and most of all boring, since I arrived in winter; but the first Saturday that my aunt turned on 'Stretch' show, I just felt a warm feeling come over me and it lifted my spirit," Everton Jones disclosed. The Antiguan immigrant of 15 years recounted to YardFlex how important it was then to feel connected to his roots and he feels the same today.

Hailing originally from Mandeville, Jamaica, Stretch holds the same sentiment himself and he described the days gone by, when he would stop and start skanking anywhere he would hear the Desmond Dekker rock steady hit, "Poor Me Israelite" playing. "After migrating to Canada, I just wanted to hear my culture," he said, and this yearning drove him to establish what is today the most listened to Caribbean based radio show in Montreal and its environs. Available also online at www.ckut.ca, "West Indian Rhythms" is more than just one pioneering soul pumping out the best in Kumpa, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Dancehall and so on. It has become an essential foundation in Montreal's culturally diverse community.





Stop Plan fi di man dem pocket

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Buffilous.jpgBwoy peeps mi did kinda caught up di odda day in a some tings, not even coulda get time fi scratch mi head much less siddung round computer, but di drama dem now stop come mi way. But a get a real sweet one and mi caan help but share it wid unno.

Mi know di man dem a guh like dis ya one yah, cause some a dem tiad a di woman dem whey just a lay wait dem pocket like dem gi dem anyting fi pudong in deh...yeah man unno know sey a true. Some woman come een like sey dem nuh plan fi guh out deh go look it fi dem self. Dem just waan siddung and meck plans fi di man dem pocket.

Serve deh one yah right whey mi a guh tell yuh bout...di rich man from upstate carry mi go out a one restaurant and whey yuh tink di ooman duh...she guh order US$385 worth a hors d'oeuvre, nyam it and siddung comfortable tink sey di man a guh pay fi it.

Mi sey she mussa want fi piss up herself when di man git up, kiss him teeth and sey, "not even my wife a nyam $385 wut a food and walk out lef har!"





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Foxy out of jail!

foxybrown2_edit.jpgRapper Foxy Brown is out of jail! Fans greeted her on Friday as she made her exit outside Rikers Island where she was.

According to reports Foxy said the first place she wants to go is church. "I've fot to get on my knees" she was quoted as saying. But things didn't go according to plan, the rapper instead went shopping in Harlem, had some soul food and was driven to her childhood home in Brooklyn...according to reports.

Her mother, Judith Marchand, presented her with smiley-face balloons and the two hugged outside the family's home in the Prospect Heights neighborhood. A VH1 crew captured the reunion for an upcoming reality show."I did almost a year in prison, a year in prison, just because my name is Foxy Brown," she said.

Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was sentenced in September 2007 to a year in jail for violating the terms of her probation after she was accused of hitting a woman with a cell phone. She was on probation for an August 2004 attack on two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in the 2004 incident.

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edit_reggae_symphony_08.jpgSunday April 20th is set to be a big day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as 'Reggae Symphony' will bring a fusion of genres to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Billed as an evening of 'Classical Reggae', the night will be filled with stellar melodies from some of Reggae's mightiest icons. Reggae pioneer John Holt, O.D. and Grammy nominated, reggae ambassador Freddie McGregor are slated to perform and they will be accompanied by the silky-smooth sounds of The New York Symphony Reggae Strings Orchestra as well as the accomplished Lloyd Parks and We the People Band.

Under the distinguished patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica for the Southeast United States, Mr. Ricardo Allicock, the black-tie event is being presented by main sponsors, County Line Chiropractic Centers.

Thrilled to be associated with this South Florida debut, CEO of County Line Chiropractic Centers, Dr. Robert Hochstein said, "We anticipate an entertaining evening of the highest calibre which we all will enjoy."





Birthday Greetings

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vg-happy-birthday.jpgYardFlex would like to send belated earthday greetings to Sizzla and Worrel King. They both celebrated their earth strong yesterday. We wish them both all the best and hope that they will live to celebrate many more.

Celebrate with SIZZLA at 'Rise To The Occasion IV'

Kalonji Music urges all who will be heading out to Temple Hall Estate, Stony Hill on Saturday April 19, for the huge celebration of Sizzla's birth, to get there early.

The Great House in Stony Hill is set to blaze with high energy and love as Sizzla and his long list of reggae rocking friends celebrate.





Reggae Springfest Takes Over Phoenix

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By: Michelle Thomas
Photography By: Marie Mendoza

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Phoenix, Arizona known as the Valley of the sun, debuted their first Annual Reggae Springfest produced by MG Music Promotions. With 3,200 people on site mellow vibes permeated the family event. The festival included a variety of food vendors, arts & crafts, along with a children's playground which included jumpers and skateboard ramps. Michael Gayle, of MG Music Promotions stated, "It was like a family barbeque and we plan on getting bigger and bigger."

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The festival featured some of Reggae's legendary acts. Highlights included Michigan & General Smiley who jump-started the crowd as they appeared on stage and energized the fans with their dance moves. Fans swayed back and forth, waved their flags, and sang along to every tune. They performed a rendition of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" and a crowd favorite tune "Diseases". As they delivered their encore performance with "Sugar Daddy," they jokingly called the Phoenix crowd greedy for wanting more.





Is Akon a con man?

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akon_fake_stories.jpgAccording to a new report from Smoking Gun posted on E! online the gangsta-posturing rapper, who has extolled his bad-boy past in hit albums like Trouble and Konvicted, is more hoodwinker than hoodlum.

The investigative site has dug into the rapper's claims, first spouted during his promotion for his 2004 debut, Trouble, that he served four and a half years in a Georgia prison in the 1990s as the "ringleader of a notorious car theft operation" and owned four chop shops frequented by "celebrities and drug dealers." Upon following up with many of the detectives that worked his case, the Smoking Gun reports that the hip-hopster was merely busted in 1998 in suburban Atlanta for driving a stolen BMW and ended up being held in a DeKalb County jail for five months before prosecutors dropped all charges against him.





Mykal Rose "Shoot" still in the # 1 Spot

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

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01 1 19 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John(2wks@#1) NM
02 2 18 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
03 6 7 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship U-3
04 4 18 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
05 5 18 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) NM
06 12 4 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-6
07 9 7 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
08 8 18 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back(3wks@#1) NM
09 11 5 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-2
10 3 17 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-7
11 7 9 Touch Di Road-Mavado-Foota Hype D-4
12 15 3 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-3
13 13 7 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back NM
14 10 13 Bembe-Voicemail-Big Ship (pp#6) D-4
15 17 3 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
16 14 8 Bad From Long Time-Anthony B-357 Records(pp#13)D-2
17 19 3 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-2
18 16 11 Journey - Bugle - Daseca (pp#8) D-2
19 - New Hey Yah(Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship
20 - New Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca





Reggae Icons Still Rolling Out Hit Songs

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photograph By: Milton Raynor

marcia_griffiths.jpgLegendary Reggae songbird and former member of the Bob Marley led I-Threes, Marcia Griffiths has scored with a number one hit song in the United States of America.

YardFlex made the discovery whilst interviewing Marcia via telephone at her home in Jamaica. In the current Jamaican music industry where Dancehall and its artists appear to rule all local charts, the work of the stars from the past often goes virtually un-noticed.

Nevertheless, Marcia Griffiths has scored with "I Told You So," on the South Florida Reggae Chart in Miami. She added that the song also peaked at number two on the New York Reggae Chart.

"The song is a love song, which tells the tale of a woman, who after leaving her unappreciative ex-partner, is now telling him that she had warned him that she would somehow find the strength to move on," Marcia explained.





Merciless not in Prison

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merciless_passa.jpgDancehall's warhead Merciless is dismissing rumours that he has been given a long prison sentence for a serious crime in the United States.

In a recent radio interview, the deejay who is presently in Miami, Florida says the rumours are untrue.

He explains that he has been sorting out his immigration papers and is
working on his music. Further, he added, "People will always be
negative and say negative things, but for all those who would want to
see me get a prison sentence, well it's their bad luck. I'm spending
time with my children and my family; Leonard is riding high right
now, doing my music as always."





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Campbell boycotts British Airways

naomi-campbell-picture-1.jpgNaomi Campbell has refused to fly with British Airways following her arrest at Heathrow, despite claiming that the airline "begged" her to remain a customer...this according to digitalspy.co.uk

The supermodel allegedly became aggressive to cabin staff and police earlier this month after being told that one of her bags was not on her flight to LA.

It was subsequently reported that she was banned from BA after she was booked for assault.

However, she told a Brazilian newspaper that an official pleaded with her to return, but she refused to do so in protest at the chaos at Terminal 5.

She said: "Someone from BA called me and asked that I return to fly with them, but this will not occur so early. They didn't find my bag - said it wasn't in the system - and there was a complete disrespect for the passengers.

"I am not speaking for myself. I am speaking for all those who have been disrespected."

A BA spokesman said: "We have not confirmed or denied that any passenger has been banned."

Campbell was recently turned down by authorities in Rio de Janeiro when she offered to donate blood.

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ashanti_nelly.jpgLooks like Ashanti may be ready to open up about what went down between her and rapper Nelly. According to mediatakeout.com Ashanti is expected to directly discuss her relationship with Nelly - and how it made its way into the lyrics on her new album The Declaration.

A source from Ashanti's camp told the web site that Ashanti's looking to come clean about everything. "Ashanti's been very guarded in the way she discusses her personal life - and I think that's hurt her. In her new album "The Declaration" she's not afraid to open up and let fans into her life."

After the question was asked whether Ashanti's new song "The Way That I Love You" was about herself and Nelly, the insider told the site directly - "Yes!!" Here are some of the lyrics to the song:





PASSA PASSA

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barbie_doll.jpgWha dis we really a hear bout the DOLLY? She coulda really so fool-fool fi go mek him — wid fi him history — go do dat to har? A wonder if a dats why she a stay way from di Rock so long? She did fi come fi show right after British Link-Up and all now we cyan bless we eye pon har. But, as dem say, a sump'ng a come, a no sump'ng a go.

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Beenie Man's wine gal holding down the #1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 09 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-3wks@#1
02 02 08 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt--Shot to Watch
03 04 07 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John
04 05 06 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 03 14 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
06 06 14 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
07 10 04 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
08 07 10 Harry Toddler-Don't Run In-Truck Back-Peak@#4
09 08 17 Erup-Click My Finger-Truck Back-3wks@#1
10 09 08 I-Octane-Poverty-No Doubt Records-Peak@#9





KLAS/Inseason school toured paid a visit to STATHS

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It's Founders Day at the St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) a time-honoured institution located in the heart of Kingston's inner city.

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STATHS is celebrating 47 years of sterling contribution to the education of the nation's children. In their addresses, both the head mistress and the head girl pointed out that, despite their location, St. Andrew Technical is one of the best high schools in Jamaica.





2008 Digicel Rising Star Launch

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

YardFlex photographer, Milton Raynor was at the launch of the 2008 Season of Digicel Rising Stars at Courtleigh Hotel last Tuesday evening.

Below are scenes from the event:

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Passa Passa

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D'Angel just love di video light suh

d_angel_passa.jpgBut a wha suh mi a hear bout D'Angel, sey she love di video light bad. She go a Vybz Kartel party and she did a guh walk somewhey and nuh cameraman nor nuh video light nuh deh deh and she tun back and head fi one next entrance. Anyway, now mi si di connection wid har and Beenie Man...memba sey dem call him Michael cause him caan bear fi nobady else get di mic.

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International News

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Marilyn Monroe sex reel sells for 1.5 million dollars

marilyn_monroe_4.jpgAccording to a report in the New York Post a 15-minute film clip of late movie legend Marilyn Monroe giving oral sex to an unidentified man was sold Monday to a businessman, who chose to remain anonymous, for 1.5 million dollars.

The film is a copy of a 1950s black-and-white 16-millimeter clip owned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose first director Edgar Hoover tried but failed to prove the man in it...who never shows his face was US president John F. Kennedy.

According to the daily news, the clip was sold through an intermediary identified as Keya Morgan, who apparently found it while filming a documentary on Monroe, who died in 1962.

Kennedy, who was rumored to have had a sexual relationship with Monroe at some time, was assassinated in 1963.

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Mr. Vegas - "Hot Gal Nuh Fight Ova Man

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Mavado's travel hitch explained

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mavado_julian.jpgJulian Jones-Griffith, manager of deejay, Mavado, dispelled rumours recently about his artist being deported from the United States of America.

Julian issued a statement after Mavado was denied entry in the United States on Thursday.

The statement reads: Mavado and I were very surprised by the immigration issues he had upon arriving in the US on Thursday night. He was deemed "inadmissible" by the US Department of State, who had instructed Homeland Security to return him to Jamaica to face a warrant for his arrest.

Upon checks we immediately did in Jamaica, we discovered there is no warrant for his arrest in Jamaica so it seems as if the system had not been updated in the US to say he had already been arrested, bailed and rendered free to travel with the return of his travel documents.





PETA sends Beyoncé a wedding gift

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beyonce_PETA.jpgAnimal rights group PETA has sent Beyoncé Knowles a fake fur throw as a wedding present.

The singer tied the knot with rapper Jay-Z last week and the group gave her the fashion item in the hope that it will change her attitude towards wearing fur.

According to digital spy.com, a statement from the group read: "From all of us at PETA, we wish you much happiness in your life together. Please accept this faux-fur throw with many good wishes and a hope from us that together, you'll be a fur-free couple!"





Jokes for the day

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My Dad's Better Than Your Dad

Joke01.jpgWhen Jesus was a kid He was sitting around with some friends. One of the kids says "My dads a fireman and he's better than yours!" ; another says "Well my dads a police man so he's better than yours!" Jesus looks at this and says "Well my Dads God, and He created you, you, you, and you so there!"

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Why doesn't a grasshopper ever goes to a football match...he prefers cricket.

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youthxheader.jpgThe Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN), has announced a call for Papers for the Yute X – Youth Advocacy Conference to be held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Wednesday, May 7 to Friday, May 9 and climaxing at Emancipation Park on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Aimed at raising young people's awareness of several issues that include: Adolescent Reproductive Health, Substance Abuse, Violence and Youth with Disabilities, the conference will also address the state of advocacy in Jamaica and the Caribbean region.





Anglican Church Leader Backs Gay Dance Ban

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Archbishop_m1094395.jpgNow it is clear that we are heading for trouble with this gay war...when the church gets involved and gets on the side of the immoral struggle.

Adding yet more fuel to the fire that is the Anglican Church's debate on homosexuality, the head of the Anglican Church has backed a church school's decision to deny gay students' request to bring same-sex partners to a school dance.

Several gay students at the Anglican Church Grammar School 215 had requested to take their partners to the Year 12's end of year dance. Current policy dictates that one can only attend with a member of the opposite sex, however.





Photography By: Gavin Henriques and 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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Twin of Twins no longer underground

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By: Joseph Cunningham

TwinsOfTwins_YardFlex_edit.jpgTHE TWIN OF TWINS, also known as Curly Loxx and Tu Loxx have delighted reggae lovers time and time again with their comical Dancehall commentaries.

Over the past 10 years they have released a number of story-telling
compilations, including the "Stir it Up" series. The best selling record to date, Volume 7, "Till Death Do Us Part," is a hilariously thought out and executed comedy, in which The Twins explore the many complex sides of love and relationships in their now famous, satirical comedic style.

As usual this is done in their pseudo radio show format, perfected on
their last two number one selling albums. During the course of the one
hour plus of music and comedy, the Twins stick with their winning formula that consists of impersonating the voices of Jamaican and International Celebrities and having them interact and tackle various issues, along side an array of fictitious characters developed and cultivated from the creative mind of Curly Loxx. The list of characters include Ian LLyad and Mr. Muta as the combating hosts, alongside a series of guests like Beenie, Bounty, D'Angel, Bob and Rita, Professor Abougani from Africa, Ras Whitey and many others.

The new CD also features The Twin of Twins' Curly Loxx stepping forward and showing his Grammy nominated song writing and performing skills on four brand new songs, including the current crowd pleaser "One Gal."