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Sight Awareness Week...highlighting Michael Leng

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By: Jodi_Kaye Watson
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Over 15,000 Jamaicans are either blind or otherwise visually impaired. "Sight Awareness Week" was celebrated from Sunday, May 25 through to Saturday, May 31. To commemorate this week JAVA Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes facilitated the album launch of one of its members, Michael Leng, who is visually impaired, at its regular weekly meeting, held at Lime Light in Half Way Tree on Thursday, the 29th of May.

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Michael Leng was not born blind but had a successful business in the United States when he got shot. He has been blind ever since. This happened in 1989 after which he returned to Jamaica. However, this was not the reason for him focusing on a singing career as he had done a song with Clive Hunt in 1977 which had done quite well.





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Capleton the prophet...through the years

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capleton_profile.jpgA wise man once said that a prophet is never honored in his own country. And so it has been with Capleton. While the veteran DJ's words and works long ago earned him the title of 'The Prophet', the respect and honor that should rightfully be his have been a long time coming.

"Anytime you try to uplift righteousness and upliftment of the people them, then you ah go get a fight." Says the hottest entertainer in the worldwide reggae fraternity.

"Bob Marley come do it and them fight him. And when Bob Marley dead, that's when they start to endorse him. I already aware of this, I am not unaware. So I know the more them fight I is the more I get stronger."

In the fast-moving world of dancehall reggae, fame and success are hard to obtain and easy to lose. Fans can be fickle, and trends change in the blink of an eye, leaving most entertainers with painfully short career spans. Only a rare few can remain relevant from year to year, holding their audience's attention and leaving them crying for more.





Yendi Phillipps...her star is still rising

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By: Joseph Cunningham

yendi_(risingstar).jpgReigning Miss Jamaica World, Yendi Phillips, is still an increasing glow. She has been selected as the replacement for longstanding 'Digicel Rising Star' host, Denise Hunt.

Yendi shared with YardFlex, exactly how this, one of her latest successes, came about. There was an audition opened to an aspiring short-list of hosts, a routine which Yendi said was an exciting challenge.

"From my observation, the criteria for coping with the role was to have a vibe which would capture the attention of onlookers."

Further, she revealed that the significant challenge was script reading. A challenge, which was not just about one's reading ability, but rather about reading with style and purpose before a panel of judges.





No CureFest for 2008

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no_Curefest_08.jpgThe second annual staging of Jah Cure's CureFest has been put on hold. This move comes as a result of the numerous overseas engagements the artiste has. Since the staging of CureFest in October 2007, Jah Cure's career has grown by leaps and bounds and for the last six months Cure has been touring consistently.

Delmar Drummond, CEO Danger Promotions, explained the decision: "The demand for Jah Cure is extremely high right now. So many promoters from all over the world have been requesting him to perform. We decided to venture to Europe to give him more exposure there. Unfortunately the dates of the Europe tour coincide with the dates proposed for CureFest 2008. We are hoping that we still may be able to host CureFest after the Europe tour but we cannot be sure just yet. If not, we will definitely schedule it for next year as we are committed to making CureFest a calendar event in Jamaica. We apologize for all Cure fans who looked forward to CureFest this year."





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

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01 2 10 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 11 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 13 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship NM
05 5 9 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G NM
06 6 6 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship NM
07 9 9 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
08 7 24 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-1
09 8 25 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John (2wks@#1) D-1
10 11 6 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice U-1
11 15 3 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle U-4
12 13 5 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-1
13 14 5 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
14 10 24 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John (pp#4) D-4
15 16 7 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
16 18 2 Falling Down-Stacious-John John U-2
17 19 2 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House U-2
18 12 9 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear (pp#12) D-6
19 20 2 Ting Dem Tall - Chino - Big Ship U-1
20 - New No, No-Beenie Man-Big Ship





International News

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leon_edit.jpgActor Leon will be starring in a new film about downlow men called Cover. While giving a recent interview, the actor made some interesting statements. Now maybe he's just very understanding but the way he answers the questions makes us wonder if he may be talking about something a little deeper than just the character.

Read excerpt from the interview that was posted on mediatakeout.com:

Let's just start talking about things, knowing who we are and letting women know who their men are sleeping with, if it's not just them. As long as you have a choice it doesn't matter, many women are still gonna be with men who sleep with men. That's not gonna change, they're still gonna be with their man. It happens, 71% of women find out and stay with their man, but at least they know and they've made that decision. That's the only thing that I've ever said with my opinion on it was that they have a right to know.

But on the other side of the coin you have a character like my character [Ryan Chambers, in Cover]. You say, "Be honest and open" [but] are you serious? I'm a famous guy and a ladies man, you think I'm gonna risk my career and family by telling you that I'm on the DL and I see the way you react? You won't even talk about homosexuality in the churches or at home, but I'm gonna sit there and tell you I'm one and have you treat me horribly and take everything I work for? There's the other side of the coin - you want men to be open and honest but you don't give them an open and honest arena to come out in.

Weeelll...what you all think?

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A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Save this generation now!


Joan_wilson.jpgThe other day a was on di bus and a hear a song and mi neva did a too penny it until a line just penetrate mi brain. To tell di truth, a can't even remember the exact words but it guh something like "bad man kill a day, dem nuh kill a night," something like dat.
And I was like "what the hell is this!"

It's sad when in light of all the daylight drive by shooting, we now have a song glorifying the act, don't even know who does the song, just know that line caught me.

Now, people a time we set some standards when it comes to the music we allow ourselves and our children to listen to. What kind of message are we allowing them to feed on and when they start to behave aggressive and want to live out the words of the songs, can you really blame them. Yes, the argument has been bandied about that they are just words and that it will not have any effect on the listeners, but that's oh so wrong.





By: The Sensible One

murders.jpgSince the start of the year the murder toll in Jamaica is now close to the 700 mark. The murders seem to be escalating on a daily basis. It's time Jamaicans hold the powers that be responsibly to effectively deal with this new crisis facing Jamaica. Now is not the time to have conferences and talk about solutions, it's time to address the deep root of the problem so that Jamaica can once again go back to the beautiful country it once was.

Politicians and residents must stop providing a safe harbor for criminals, they have to come clean with what they know and help the police to effectively deal with it.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Uptown Mondays

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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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Photography By: Dreamy Riley

Below are scenes from the recently held MAQ T20 International Cricket Tournament with Marcia Griffiths, Ky-mani Marley, Alison Hinds and L.U.S.T:

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Legacy of Colonial Rule: Anti-Gay Laws

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By: Falana Fray, Freelance Writer

antigay-any-questions.jpgWhen Britain granted its former colonies in the Caribbean and Africa independence from its grip of colonial rule, they left behind a legacy of penal codes that many free independent countries preserved and embraced as their own code of conduct. Today, they are considered outdated and being blamed for justifying discrimination against homosexuals. However, some countries are referring to the anti-sodomy laws, based on Christian beliefs, to take aim at requests for gay-marriages by gay activist groups.

In Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Nigeria, India, Singapore and Sri Lanka, with the exception of South Africa, colonial-era sodomy laws are still in place and forbids "the abominable crime of buggery, committed either with mankind or an animal." If convicted, perpetrators "shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding 10 years", as outlined in The Offense Against the Person Act, or The English Act of 1861. Coincidentally, Britain has since amended the Act and repealed Section 61 and 62, which criminalize homosexuality.





West Indies lost to Australia in the 1st Test

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

ricky_ponting.jpgWest Indies cricketers went down to their Australia counterparts by 95 runs at Sabina Park, in Kingston, Jamaica, in the first of three test matches to be played in the Caribbean over the next two months.

The Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, who won the toss and elected to bat on a solid wicket rattled up a first innings score of 431. The captain scored a magnificent 158 in his team total.

Bowling for the Windies, Fidel Edwards had figures 5-104 off 26 overs.

The hosts in their turn at the crease mustered 312, with the dependable middle order batsman, Shivnerine Chanderpaul, scoring 118 for his 18th test century, he was ably assisted by Runorko Morton with 67. Fast bowler Bret Lee was the pick of the tourist bagging 3 for 63.

With a lead of 119 the Aussies were skittled out for 167 in their second innings, as Andrew Symonds top-scored with 79. Dwayne Bravo topped the bowling figures for the Windies taking 4 wickets for 47.





By: Jodi-kaye Watson

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The talented and beautiful Alana, who is signed to Flaming Star Promotions, is one of the many acts slated to perform at the upcoming International Curry Fest 2008. This singer/songwriter who lives in New York is of Jamaican Heritage.

Fans can expect a high energy performance from Alana, along with her hit song "Happy to be Nappy" and her new single "Taking it Back".





Teen sisters murdered

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christina&lisabrown.jpg19-year old Christina and 17-year-old Lisa Brown were brutally murdered on Tuesday at their home when three men entered the premises on Henderson Avenue in Kingston and sprayed them with bullets.

The sight that greeted onlookers upon entering the room was Christina's lifeless body laid in a relaxed position with one of her legs on the window sill, while her sister was shot dead as she crouched with her hands over her face behind a chest of drawers. This would indicate the teens were begging for their lives as they met their demise.

The girl's mother, Donna Brown broke down and sobbed uncontrollable for her daughters even as church sisters tried to console her.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 14 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-6wks@#1
02 02 09 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records
03 06 08 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-Shot to Watch
04 05 11 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
05 07 08 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G
06 03 14 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-3wks@#1
07 11 05 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-Greatest Gainer up 4
08 04 13 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Peak@#2
09 10 07 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
10 08 10 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx-Peak@5





Memorial Day Celebrity Football Match

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Photography By: Keveon Smith

YardFlex photgrapher was at the Celebrity Football Match on Memorial Day in New York. The final score was USA - 3, Jamaica - 1.

Below are scenes from the event:

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The Worst 'Best of the Best'

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By: Kaylia Williams
Photography By: RockersTV & Kaylia Williams

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YardFlex had the opportunity to speak to patrons as they exited Bicentennial Park, downtown Miami as the show came to a premature end.

"A di worst Best of the Best this to rahtid, since VP come out it mash up, jah kno!" said an angry patron.





International News

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DJs Targeted in Triple Shooting

deadmembers_poisondartsounds.jpgAuburndale, Florida - Polk County Sheriff's deputies say they went to The Thunderbird Bar, located on New Hope Street in Auburndale, around 2:40 Saturday morning for a noise complaint. When they arrived, they found two people dead. A third victim died at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Deputies tell us two of the victims were DJs with the group Poison Dart. They are Antone Geargo Neely, AKA Tony Montana, and Michael S. Rattigan, AKA Chris Rock. The third victim, Kevin Jordache Webster, was a friend of the two DJs.

The suspect or suspects are still at large.

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T-Pain leads the pack for BET Awards 08

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T-Pain-716283.jpgThe BET AWARDS '08 is raising the stakes and promises to be the "hottest ticket on television" for the eighth year running, as the biggest stars in music, sports and entertainment unite in Los Angeles' historic Shrine Auditorium for a night of explosive LIVE performances on Tuesday, June 24 at 8:00 PM. As in years past, the BET AWARDS '08 will continue its landmark tradition of hot performances by some of today's heavy hitters, including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Wayne and Nelly. The host, along with additional presenters and performers, will be announced shortly.

BET will recognize the achievements of artistes, entertainers and athletes in 15 categories. Hip hop R&B singer, songwriter and producer T-Pain tops the line-up with five nominations for his collaborations with Chris Brown, Kanye West and Flo Rida, followed by Chris Brown with four nods and rapper/producer Kanye West earning three nominations with his successful third album, "Graduation," in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration and Video of the Year categories.

Among the other multiple nominees are R&B songstress Mary J. Blige for Best Female R&B, as well as Video of the Year for "Just Fine," along with Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Alicia Keys and Keyshia Cole.

Those nominated for the second straight year include Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne for Best Male Hip Hop; Mary J. Blige for Best Female R&B; last year's Best Male R&B winner Ne-Yo; Angela Bassett and Chandra Wilson for Best Actress; last year’s winner, basketball sensation LeBron James, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and golfing phenomenon Tiger Woods for Male Athlete of the Year; smash hitter and four-time category winner Serena Williams and b-ball superstar Tamika Catchings for Female Athlete of the Year.





Reggae Sumfest 2K8 to set Big Apple Ablaze

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reggae_sumfest_08.jpgNegril Village in Lower Manhattan is set to come alive on June 4th as 'Jamaica's Greatest, The World's Best' reggae festival - Reggae Sumfest - rolls into the Big Apple for the annual New York kickoff.

Media practitioners are invited to join sponsors and Summerfest Productions officials in marking the 16th year anniversary of the festival at a private event at Negril Village restaurant from 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

This year's Sumfest gets underway in Montego Bay, Jamaica from July 13-19, 2008, kicking off with a Beach Party on Sunday July 13th, featuring Classique and Danger Zone Records.





Cherine Anderson...artiste extraordinaire

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cherine_anderson_08.jpgShe says, "If I can bring a light to something, I would have achieved everything I ever hoped for."

Cherine Anderson has come with a difference, not with the commercially viable, breast and bottom gyration, but instead, with deep, soulful music with a positive message.

Her current message, "Kingston State of Mind", is an appeal for civility, and a rebuke against the unjust. Whatever the message is, Cherine always delivers it with a positive connotation. Interestingly, this Reggae artiste, without exposing her body unduly, or without bragging about bedroom exploits, has been receiving international clout. Remarkably, a project done by world leading producers Sly&Robbie had her collaborating with Canadian mega-star Britney Spears for the song "Piece of Me".

She is a Jamaican actress and Dancehall/Reggae vocalist. Anderson's acting career began in 1997 with a role in the local classic "Dancehall Queen", she is also known for playing the character Serena in the 2003 Jamaican film, "One Love".





Reggae artiste jammed BVI

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Jamaican artistes rocked British Virgin Island at the BVI Music Fest 08 held at Cane Garden Bay Beach in Tortola.

The Jamaican contingent performed on day 2, May 24 with Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley whipping up a storm performance wise.

The crowd seemed totally satisfied by the time he made his exit. Damian bounded on stage at 12:00 midnight and for over one solid hour he treated the crowd to a mixture of old and new songs as well as drawing from his father's vast catalogue of hits. An energetic performer, Damian totally worked the stage gliding from one end to the other as he delivered song after song. The crowd sang along with the songs they knew, by the time he was through the crowd still had to get a 'brawta' and that turned out to be 'Welcome to Jamrock'.





What's poppin

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Buju and Junior almost fight at BOTB

buju_juniorREID.jpgWha really dem sey guh down backstage a best of the best wid Buju and Junior Reid. From whey YardFlex really understand it come een like sey Junior dis Buju. Wi hear sey Buju guh si him a duh one interview and hail him up but him start to frowns pon Buju. Di artiste never pay dat nuh mind. Afterwards Buju mussi guh fi shake han with him (wi mean hail up) and Junior dis him and a sey him nuh have nutten fi duh wid ba--y man and dem almshouse dey. Dem sey Buju just kip him cool and walk wey even dough him did look bex. Big up Buju, jus let deh one dey guh and nuh badda react, dem sey who know betta, duh betta.

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Voicemail's new album 'Jump Off' to be release on July 16th.

voicemail pics 001_edit.jpgDancehall trio Voicemail will be releasing their third album Jump Off on July 16, 2008 on Japan's Pony Canyon label. The 16 track disc will feature collaborations with producers Christopher Birch, Steven McGregor, Danny Champagnie and the Ballaz. However their will be no dance tunes on the album. According to group member Craig Jackson, "This album is so hot. The fans are going to be surprised by the material on the album. I think it's our best album to date."

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpg1. Men are more emotional than you think, if they loved you at one point, it'll take them a lot longer than you think to let you go.

2. Men may be flirting around all day, but before they go to sleep, they always think about the woman they truly care about.

3. Boyfriends and men need to be reassured often that they are still loved.

4. Women are men's weaknesses.

5. If a man tells you about his problems, he just needs someone to listen to him. You don't have to give him advice.

6. A usual act that proves that a man really likes you is when he teases you.

7. Men love you more than you love them.





"Tourism working for Jamaica, putting people at the centre"

By: Joseph Cunningham

MinisterE-B-SpruceUp.jpg"Join us in protecting tourism, and thereby, protecting our collective future." These words, uttered by the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism in a now very popular "Spruce Up Jamaica" advertisement, were honored at the official launch of Phase 2 of the "Spruce Up Jamaica...Nice Up Yuhself" campaign at the recent launch in Montego Bay.

The lawns of the Old Hospital, on Gloucester Avenue were transformed into a tourism haven, which, reinstated the warmth and the beauty of the much talked about, "Sweet Jamaica" of the olden days. The site at the venue was characterized by a mixture of locals, young, middle aged and old, some from the diaspora, visitors, and tourism partners and the business community, all eating, drinking, laughing together, and serving each other, all enjoying the festivities of the afternoon.





Not All That Glitters Is Gold

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgWhen old people talk we mus listen. Dem always seh "not all that glitters is gold" and is true. Now imagine yuh meet a nice man and ting and decide to settle down. Before unu move in together all is well. Him buy yuh nice gifts, expensive clothes, mi a talk 'bout Gucci, Guess, Dolce & Gabanna etc. Him put yuh inna one criss Lexxus and just spoil yuh like milk. Now you a tink you must be the luckiest woman right now.

So after all this, yuh convince seh yuh find a good man; a man weh a go tek care of yuh so yuh decide fi go live wid him. Yuh a plan fi work still cauz at least yuh wa'an av sumting fi yuhself. So after yuh live wid the man yuh start realize dat him was a wolf in sheeps clothing. First of all the man tell yuh seh yuh affi stop work and stay home an look after the house. Anywey yuh a go him affi de deh. So yuh know seh no more going out wit friends. Yuh think that is all! De man change yuh phone number so everybody weh yuh use to know ca'an call yuh again. Den yuh realize seh him know everybody weh yuh talk to and weh yuh send message to and yuh a wonder how come. Only fi know seh de man ave a fren weh work a Digicel an him get a list and the conversation of everbody weh yuh call and text. And it only gets worse. Yuh know yuh ca'an get on him bad side cauz yuh know him ago buss yuh *ss. So if him seh jump yuh betta ask how high. So wen all dis a happ'n to yuh yuh a wonder if it really worth it.

Tell me weh unu think, is it really worth it to stay wid a man like this?





Mickey Spice to Perform at Curry Fest

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patrick_mikey_edit.jpgThe talented Mickey Spice, born in Kingston, Jamaica is one of the many acts slated to perform at this year's International Curry Fest which will be held on June 15, 2008, in Lauderhill, Florida. Mickey Spice, a versatile artiste, who does a mixture of both gospel and reggae music, is ready to satisfy the patrons of Curry Fest.

Mickey Spice has been around for a while and is still making conscious and uplifting music for fans. He has an album in the making that is slated to be released soon. The name of the album is still in consideration, but regardless, the public can expect an exceptional album.

International Curry Fest 2008 is one of the many shows that Mickey Spice is slated to perform on and has performed in previous years. He has done several shows before, some he is proud of and some he wish he could forget. Regardless, fans can definitely expect the best from this talented artiste.





Bruce GoldingProfile.jpgHon Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica has reaffirmed his commitment in pursuing the the possibility of having Jamaicans overseas represented in the country's upper house of parliament, the Senate.

He made this speech to a capacity crowd last Wednesday in Birmingham. Mr Golding stressed that the time had come to examine how the Diaspora may actively contribute to decision making and governance in Jamaica.

Reinforcing a commitment he gave to explore the issue, when he visited the UK as Opposition Leader two years ago, he said a route would have to be found through the Senate, to facilitate the initiative. He added: "Our system of representation requires that your vote be ascribed to a particular constituency. The difficulty would be to decide which constituency would receive an individual's vote. That is a challenge but we could expand the Senate to provide for representation from the Diaspora."

The Prime Minister was addressing more than 1200 persons on the second leg of his four-city UK tour. As was the case in London the previous night, Mr Golding was received enthusiastically and held his audience spell-bound for just about two hours.





What an eventful weekend

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skatta_Main.jpgWe at YardFlex would like to send our deepest regrets and best wishes to music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and his cousin who were both involved in an accident over the weekend. You are both in our prayers at this time, as we pray for a speedy recovery.

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Chill in Miami was off the chain last night. Esco, Leftside, and Sean Paul was in the house. The event brought out the uptown massive. Big up to the promoters and all the patrons who came out to party.

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Witness Says R. Kelly Is Man In Sex Tape

rkelly_trial.jpgThe former best friend of the 13-year-old girl who allegedly features in the explicit video at the center of the R. Kelly child pornography trial has named the star as the man who appears in the footage, this according to wjbt.com.

Simha Jamison
, now 24, testified on the second full day of the singer's trial in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, stating she believed her friend Roshona Landfair, now 23, to be the underage girl in the video. And when asked who she believed the man in the video tape to be, she replied, "Her Godfather, R. Kelly."

Jamison told the court she met the Grammy-winner through Landfair, who introduced the star as her "Godfather." Jamison went on to tell the court she recognized the girl in the video as her former friend from her face and a "mullet" haircut the two girls had both sported at the time.

The witness told Cook County prosecutor Shauna Boliker she had previously seen the tape in question in February 2002.

The girl in the video, thought to be either 13 or 14 years old at the time, has maintained that she isn't the female in the footage, and Kelly's attorneys backed up her claims.

On Tuesday, Kelly's lawyers insisted the man in the video bears key physical differences from the star. Kelly stands accused of videotaping himself having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

YardFlex will keep you posted with more news on the trial.

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Junior Tucker is not turning back

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junior_tucker_edit.jpgHe admits; Only God can get the credit for all that has taken place in the extraordinary life of Junior Tucker.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he began singing at the age of 5. At age 7 he became a household name in his country performing his first #1 song "Happy" and also began traveling internationally. Without a shadow of doubt everyone knew being on stage was what he was born to do.

With tremendous success, he navigated his way through three international recording contracts which have literally taken him across the world. He has toured throughout the United States, UK, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. At 12 years old he was signed to Island Records and at 14 he had a recording contract with Geffen Records, USA. At 23 he signed to Virgin Records, UK. In 1991 Junior was released from Virgin and returned to his roots to pursue a career in Jamaican Dancehall Music.

Dancehall brought its accolades, number one songs, Singer of the Year titles and a high profile lifestyle. As time progressed his life became far from 'Happy'. Despite so called fortune and fame, behind the scenes his life was in pieces, spent chasing the next hit song to stay on top and fill the void.





No Bounty for Best of the Best

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bounty_guyana.jpgKiller on Best of the Best tomorrow will be in a for a big disappointment as he will definitely not be there. Below is the release sent out by his management.

The management of Bounty Killer regrettably announces that he will not be appearing at this year's staging of the Best of the Best concert in Miami on Memorial Weekend, due to travel document issues.

Bounty's work permit had expired some time ago and due to a number of factors conspiring against us - an administrative backlogue, his passport needing to be renewed, the US Embassy in Kingston's overloaded appointment system and his intensive travel schedule (for example the European tour,) he could not get the work permit application processed and an appointment at the Embassy in time for this weekend.





Elephant Man "Nuh Linga"

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Camar taking music to a higher level

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camar.jpgThe greatness of music is not to find what is common but what is unique. In the wonderful world of R&B one begins to question the skill, craft and overall substance behind R&B music. This underlying question is often answered by young gifted artistes who bring a new sound to music, with the ability to take the world to the next generation of entertainment. This musical distinction is found in Slip n Slide Records Camar.

I love the arts, he says, adding, I like drama, music, drawing and sculpting.

Born in the blissful island of Jamaica, Camar Andre Doyles, was destined to set a number of new trends in music. "I knew from a young age that, I wanted my music to change the world, I wanted my musical influence to be groundbreaking and exhibit the meaning of being unique." Like many educated and disciplined in the island, Camar's first appearance singing was at his church. During his school days, he was inspired by male friendly singing groups such as, Boyz II Men and Jodeci.

The Jamaican native decided at a young age that he wanted to pierce the international market with his own style of singing, Yard Soul which is defined as poignant vocals almost in an R&B influenced technique over rich Caribbean Dancehall beats.

After setting new goals and assigning specific tasks for himself Camar forged ahead towards his musical career and enrolled at the Art Institute in Florida where he persued a degree in Computer Animation. Once he returned to Jamaica, he continued to excel in performing arts as he enrolled at Excelsior Community College to study music.





machel.jpgSoca king Machel Monano will be performing at the "Official Atlanta Caribbean Carnival" on Saturday, May 24 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will be preented with the Phoenix Award and named "Caribbean Music Ambassador" for which he states, "I am very grateful"

The presentation will be made during the performance at the Carnival's Festival Village which will feature soca artistes such as; Iwer George, Jamesy P., Problem Child among others, backed by band De Soca Unit.

The Atlanta Carnival festivities will follow the parade of bands, which will be held downtown Atlanta in the Auburn District between noon to 10pm.





Flashpoint Film Festival invades Port Royal

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On Tuesday, May 20 the 2008 Flashpoint Film Festval was launched at the Ashanti Restaurant in Hope Gardens. Audiences were treated with a viewing of selected films as well as original performances from characters of the film, "Better Mus Come", by director Storm, which is set against the background of the political upheaval of 1970's Jamaica.

The release of the teen comedy "Candy Shop" by director Joel Burke is also highly anticipated.





Whats Poppin'

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Sean Kingston Issue release party wasn't 'Beautiful'

SEANK_edit.jpgBwoy di word from mi New York contact is dat Sean Kingston’s Issue release party by Squeeze di odda day was a big flop. If yuh neva mind sharp it coulda meck any artiste get suicidal. Di turn out low and wi undastan sey nuff a di people dme nuh waan support Kingston either.

Come on man, give a brotha a break.

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How Cedella Marley Booker get OD

cedella_booker_memorial_2.jpgYeah, wi sey may har soul rest in peace and all dat, but wi still haffi question certain tings., Wi caan really undastan how she get Order of Distinction (OD) inna Jamaica. Meck wi talk up di tings dem. If dat be di case why Dennis Brown never get it. Dem really need fi list out di criteria dem and tell wi whey she did duh fi get it, just because she gi birth to di reggae king? Because when mi examine it, mi nuh si wha else she did duh?

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It's full speed ahead for Lady Saw

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By: Joan Wilson

ladysaw2_edit.jpgIt's full speed ahead where dancehall artiste Lady Saw is concerned. The female DJ is now engrossed in working on her next album and one thing she is promising is that it will be hot! "I don't know yet what the title will be, but I am working with several top producers such as Ward 21, Sly & Robbie, Skatta, Baby G, John John, Jazzy T among others," she told YardFlex in an interview.

Saw who is involved in a lot of projects with these producers says it will be quite a task selecting that final 16 tracks which will be making the cut for the album. Although she doesn't know yet what the final selections will be she is promising that it will contain something for every one. "It will have tracks with the kind of message 'No Less Than A Woman' gave, you know speaking to realities of life, and the fun stuff," she shared reassuring that her fans will definitely not be stuck with a boring repetitive album.

But for now she is not in any rush as she is having fun keeping her performance commitments and putting out singles in between. She told YardFlex of her upcoming single which she says will be 'mashing up the place'. The single in question "A Nuh Yuh Belly" is a jazzy, funny song that makes women with "protruding bellies" feel good about themselves!





Andrew and Wada Blood 'Hustlin to the Top' doing well

Andrew and Wada Blood's new single 'Hustle Till The Day I Die' has been enjoying good rotation on the airwaves, in the weekly hot street dances like Bembe, Weddy Weddy, Asylum, Dutty Friday, Passa Passa, Hot Mondays and Uptown Mondays.





The Countdown Begins for Best of The Best 2008

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Miami, FL -- 19, May 2008) The countdown has begun for Best Of The Best 2008! South Florida's longest running Memorial Weekend reggae concert is going down Sunday May 25th at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) in bubbling downtown Miami.

The stellar list of artists confirmed for this year's concert include legends Super Cat, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Junior Reid, Barrington Levy, soca king Machel Montano, Tarrus Riley, Mavado, Etana, Dean Frasier, Assassin, Serani, Bling Dawg and New Kidz. Doors open at 1pm sharp. Stage show kicks off at 2pm and ends at 11pm.

In addition to bringing together Jamaica's biggest stars for Best Of The Best 2008, Rocker's Island Entertainment, in association with Massive B Sound System, Inc., will have South Florida 'pon lock with the sexiest parties throughout the entire weekend!





A suh mi sey

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A time fi wi unite

Joan_wilson.jpgJamaicans, Jamaicans, Jamaicans a can't stress it enough, but unno nuh realize a sey a time wi all start pulling together. Yes, mi know sey inflation a gwaan di world ova but inna Jamaica nuff a di tings dem can hold dung. But yuh know why dem just a fling increase left, right and centre gi wi, cause wi nuh corporate wid each other. Di next time dem haffi raise, chicken, bread, flour and dem tings dey, why we nuh exercise wi free will and boycott it for even a few months.

Meck di pricey tings dem stay pon di producer dem and spoil up until dem realize sey wi just can't teck nuh more pressure. But no, true unno show off mentality, mi pocket soft and mi can only manage chicken back (but den again all dat a get expensive tuh) and yuh can still buy certain meat...yuh tun round teck it cuss mi.

Instead yuh realize sey sooner or lata, yuh a guh feel it tuh and meck mi form a common bond and talk up di tings dem bout di increase unno galang like idiots.





Miss Kitty axed from Nationwide News

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miss_kitty_edit.jpg'Talk up di tings' radio personality Miss Kitty was axed from Nationwide News last Monday.

According to a report published in the Star Miss Kitty who hosts the Entertainment Office from Monday to Friday was let go from the station.

Khadine Hylton aka Miss Kitty
confirmed to the Star that she was let go. Apparently it all stemmed from a song that she played which the station's execs claimed could be libelous. Miss Kitty was eventually suspended for five days, after returning from her suspension Miss Kitty was in meeting with her supervisors where she was later let go.

Nationwide News CEO Cliff Hughes, also confirmed the developments. He said, "Miss Kitty is a very talented young woman, I wish her well. I think she will do well, she has a lot of potential. She has challenges to overcome, but I feel that she will."





Beenie Man's Wine Gal still in the # 1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 03 13 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-5wks@#1
02 04 08 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records--Shot to Watch
03 01 13 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-3wks@#1
04 02 12 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Peak@#2
05 06 10 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
06 08 07 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G
07 09 07 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G
08 05 09 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
09 07 11 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John-Peak#@4
10 10 06 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype





Tessane Chin bonds with girls at Women's Centre

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor


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Prolific singer, Tessane Chin, took time out to share a moment with the girls from the Kingston branch of the Women's Centre Of Jamaica Foundation, on Thursday, May 15, 2008.

The occasion was a presentation by the Growing and Giving organisation which handed out gifts to the girls at the centre.

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The gifts came courtesy of Confectionary Snacks, Super Plus, VP Records, Headline Entertainment and the St. Andrew Rotary Club.





Ano everybody you see...you fi wah deh wid

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMi seh mi av a friend and she seh dat she meet dis cute guy. Him nice and ting and him look like summady she coulda par with. She wasn't looking for some one to settle down wid just someone to date. Anyways dem go out a couple a times. Him carry her go movies and party and she sey him know how fi av a good time. She think all was going well until him seh him ago introduce har to him close friend. She tink the man must rate her to wa'an introduce her to him paari.

So dem go watch a play de nite and she meet de fren. Could you guess and tell mi wah happen? She like off de man fren! But to how she stay she neva wa'an de man fi know and besides the fren was dere wit him woman. So she play it cool. She seh wen she go home de nite she a wonder why she like de man fren and why she neva meet him fuss instead.





Reggae's Top Stars Return to Southern California

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Los Angeles, Southern California [FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] - On July 27th 2008 temperatures are going to reach a record high in Southern California. Adamari Empire, the event promoters and producers of last years' 10th Annual Caribbean Seabreeze Festival, will bring the heat to Queen Mary Park, Long Beach with the Caribbean Summer Festival 2008. The festival boasts an all star line up of Reggae's top Dancehall stars and legends. The festival promises to put Shabba Ranks, Junior Reid, Lady Saw and Cham together on one stage, for one night only.

The Caribbean Summer Festival 2008 promises to be an unprecedented event, with legendary dancehall ladies man Shabba Ranks as the headline act. This is the first time in over a decade that Shabba Ranks will perform at an outdoor festival in Southern California, making this event a must for all Reggae fans to see. Also on the line up is Junior Reid, who had the huge billboard hit "This is Why I'm Hot" with M.I.M.S., Grammy award winning 1st lady of the Dancehall, Lady Saw and Cham, who had the chart smash with "Ghetto Story" featuring Alicia Keys.





KLAS FM ends School Tour on a high!

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By: Dave Lindo
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The Inseason, KLAS FM School Tour, season came to an exciting end last week at the final stop; the beautiful Runaway Bay Heart Hotel and Institution, in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

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It was excitement galore as the KLAS FM team, Tony Young, Alicia Anderson, DJ Kat and the crew touched down at the Runaway Bay Institute.

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The students and members of staff were entertained by performances by the 'original mix up man' Black-er, Nesbeth, Dugsy Ranks, Alibra and Gospel Artiste; Junior Thompson.





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Ryde, California, May 20, 2008, This June, summer solstice weekend, June 20, 21, & 22, 2008 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (SNWMF), an annual world peace and summer solstice celebration. The event takes place in the scenic Anderson Valley in the town of Boonville, California at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. Some of the world's greatest world, roots, vintage, dancehall, modern reggae and ska artists and sound system DJ's have made their appearances on the Sierra Nevada stages over the years, many of whom make their West Coast festival debut at this hallmark event.





matisyahu[2].jpgWhen the news reached the Reggae world that Matisyahu had been recognized by Billboard Magazine as Reggae Artiste of the Year, it was a shock wave! Well it would only have been just that to those who did not know his history.

Since the release of his 2004 debut, "Shake off the dust...ARISE" and the phenomenal success of last year's "Live At Stubb's".

Matisyahu has continued to bring his uncanny, electrifying fusion of orthodox Judaism and classic Reggae music to you with an incessant touring schedule and unbelievable energy. Now, Matisyahu and the band brings you their sophomore studio album, YOUTH.

Youth is a compelling mix of ancient and modern sounds and ideas. The propulsive title track, with its rallying cry "youth is the engine of the world," draws upon Matisyahu's studies of Chabad Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersohn - as well as his own tumultuous past.





Elephant Man blazed through Columbus, Ohio

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Elephant Man passed through Arosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio with a burst of energy last Friday.

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The show started off on a high and saw the ladies reaching out for Ele and oh my gosh, he grabbed a girls's hand and hold it on his crotch, whining on it! Then as if that was not enough he invited some ladies on the stage to do the Drop Dead dance and apparently they were not doing it good enough for Ele so he ran them off the stage very crudely saying "get off my b$#@cloth stage! Mi tell yuh fi drop dead and yuh a do some whiney whiney shit!" Poor girls, they never looked too happy about that. But then again who would with language like that and that kind of disrespectful talk. So the girls start to yell "go home!!





The Aloha Vibes Captures Malibu

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By: Michelle Thomas
Photography By: Marie Mendoza

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The World Famous Malibu Inn hosted Hawaiian Reggae band, Natural Vibes. The Vibes fuse pop/rock/rap/reggae which comprises their unique sound. The six members formed their group in 1993 and began performing locally. Their hit performances have made them one of the most popular bands in Hawaii, with an emerging fan base. The Vibes are well on their way to becoming the next major international artist from Hawaii with five albums under their belt and multiple achievements on The Billboard Reggae Charts.





fiya_mumma.jpgQueen Ifrica, affectionately called the Fiya Mumma invaded the stage at the Sound Academy, formerly the Docks, and for 90 solid minutes she blazed, tantalized and thrilled her Toronto fans.

Queen Ifrica could do no wrong for the massive there as she used her full arsenal of songs such as Daddy Don't Touch Me There, Na Rub, and Below the Waist.

Many in the audience had wondered if they would get the opportunity to see Queen and Steele perform there hit single New World(Remix), and for all in attendance that special highlight came when Ifrica invited the Canadian reggae sensation to join her on stage. Together they belted the lyrics of their MOBS/Flames produced single. This was the first time they had performed the song together and the energy from both artists was tremendous.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

portmore_united_FC.jpgPortmore United won the National Premier League played by top football club's in Jamaica. Twelve teams vied for pole position, with Portmore United coming out on top. After playing 38 games, of which they won 21, drew 12 and lost 5, amassed a total of 75 points to walk away with the trophy.

Tivoli Gardens came second with 66 points, Boy's Town third with 58 points, last season champions, Harbour View fourth with 51 points and Waterhouse fifth with 47 points.

Coached by former Reggae Boyz defender Linval Dixon, the champions had a strong nucleus of National players with experience and youth.





Queen Omega getting ready to tour North America

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Queen Omega_edit.jpgTrinidad's royal reggae empress, Queen Omega, who hails from San Fernando is getting ready for her debut tour of North American tour scheduled for the summer.

She is scheduled to perform at the Caribbean Unity Tour 2008 where she will share stage with top Jamaican performers Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Steele, Baby Demus and Grindsman.

The female singer, whose birth name is Jeneile Osbourne, was born to a family of five between four boys. She was given the name 'Queenie' from a very tender age when she started showing off her singing talent. Recognizing her daughter's gift of singing, her mom Deborah encouraged her to go after her dream and pursue a career in music.





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Please vote for either Tina, his baby mother or Mad Michelle, his girlfriend for who is hotter.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the name Tina or Mad Michelle in your comments.


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Voicemail epitomizing musical versatility

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The biggest unintentional secret in Dancehall Reggae music since Snow is that the fluid sound you hear on tracks recorded by Voicemail is not the singular range of one singer; but that of a group. Stacked with an abundance of control and timing these three manage to belt out each bar and verse in such harmony that it is easy to be mislead. It truly takes a skilled ear to initially distinguish the different voices. A shared destiny and ambition has bonded these three singers: Craig Jackson, Kevin Blaire and Oniel Edwards together as one group. Performing as a unit for the last 5 years, the three have remained as the final legacy of Voicemail.

Quickly recognized for their intro trademark, You've got mail, Voicemail, heyeee as only Craig can deliver; they have been making waves in Jamaica with charting singles such as Weddy Time and their succession of videos for songs like; Gal Hunt, Weddy Time, She Want It Harder, Ready To Party and Wacky Dip in addition to features on the Strip Tease riddim and Klymaxx riddim medley videos.

Its their energetic stage performances, that fail to hide the enjoyment shining in their eyes from the pure pleasure of being in front of audiences at key events like: Spring Fest 2004, Sumfest 2004, 2005, Fully Loaded and world wide touring, which is allowing them to win over critical audiences.





Kirk Davis now on the alleluia side

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By: Joan Wilson

kirk_davis_08.jpgDuring his reign with the Shocking Vibes crew, Kirk would thrill his many fans with love songs but in the quiet hours he would be tortured with the thoughts that his soul was not alright with the Lord. "Sometime I would toss and turns, cause I know that if I should die my soul would not be ready," he told YardFlex.

Then three years ago, the demand to make things right in his life became overwhelming as Kirk said he was lying in his bed one night in New York and reflecting and the thought came to him that he need to let go of all other vibes and put God first, there is no repentance in the grave. Still he resisted the urge and continued to do his secular songs, it was a constant battle, but somehow he managed to put the conviction aside as he did shows in Japan, the Caribbean, Europe and other places.





Dobby Dobson

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dobby-01.jpg"Life was one big bowl of jello and condensed milk...my conscience was clear, I harboured no bad feelings towards anyone, I was being in tune with the universe. I left Jamaica to reside in New York away from family and most close friends, so my 'friends' were now my new associates or people I had not seen in a long time...and I casually got drawn into a lifestyle that was foreign to me. Night clubs had been a part of my life in Jamaica, what with me having sung with a dozen bands for most of my life, but New York after hour joints were different. These places opened after most legitimate niteries closed, and stayed open into the next day...mostly run without licenses, they catered to a different crowd...into which I assimilated myself. Liquor flowed, drugs prevailed and ladies were easy. It was nothing to find yourself sneaking out of the joint to find the sun high in the sky," were the earnest words of singer Dobby Dobson to YardFlex as he spoke about his rise from hitting rock bottom by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Today, Dobby his using his experience to witness to thousands and seeing them experience the kind of change he has too. But that change didn't just happen overnight, the catalyst started in 2000 when his mother died. According to Dobby a wave of depression came over him. When he returned to New York the sadness was still with him and no amount of girls or drugs could make him feel any better.





Whats Poppin'

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Wed or not?

don_alaine.jpgA really true sey Don Corleon and Alaine married? Well everybody a wonda and a hope sey one a dem wi officially come out and sey something. But inna fi wi time, marriage a sinting wey yuh proud a and yuh want yuh friend and family fi be apart of. But afta Jamaica nuh stay like foreign when it come to faas people? Well, if a true...YardFlex wish di couple a wonderful life.

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People, unno memba how Neeto Meeks mash up Charah Watson yeye and how di poor girl nearly dead with how him duh har? But a wha really a gwaan wid di case, how come win uh hear nutten more. Somebody please update wi wid how di case a gwaan? It drop, it done, wha?

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A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Woman unno fi support each odda

Joan_wilson.jpgIt sound hard fi sey, but unno know sey wi woman really hard pon wi one anodda. Yup, di odda day a was reaching out to a girl that got raped and suppose yuh hear di kinda comment whey a come from woman!

Mi woulda did feel betta if a di man dem a sey it cause at least mi coulda sey a just true dem nuh waan admit sey dem bredren coulda do dat. But fi hear some woman task is like dem hate di woman whey get rape or she did a beg fi it. Nuff time mi nah sey dat every woman a angel and even if she did outa road a sell it, di fact dat she pick nuffi gi dah one deh none, it still inna har rights not to and NO man nuh have di right fi force himself pon a woman wedda she a pros or not.

It happen dat one such get rape and listen to some a di comment dem why women pass, "she did a beg fi it", "nobady can rape dat...whosoever will", "she have nutten lef fi rape".





Me Best Fren and Me Man

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMe always hear people a talk bout weh dem woulda do if dem find dem man and dem best friend together inna bed, but me neva know it woulda happ'n to mi a backside! Mi sey mi an' de man together fi five years and me know the girl fi 'bout six years. Me and she work a de same place and she know how much me really love de man. Me is a girl who neva know seh me coulda really love a man so much, the man really take care of me and the sex goooood me a tell yuh.

Now could you believe dat mi did have an assignment and mi did affi go Mo-Bay fi three days but the work was cut short and dem send me home a day early. Me couldn't get fi call him cause me know sey him deh pan night shift and him ca'an tek no phone call. So anyways, me reach home 'bout eleven o' clock de night and a expect to find an empty house. Little did i know dat him and me fren well ina my bed well lock dung.

Me have mi own key so mi open de door and dem neva hear when mi come in, but I was wondering how him gone a work and lef de music a play.





Can Money Really Make Women Happy?

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpg"Money talks and bullshit walks" is a common term used by Jamaicans. Women no longer want "bruk pocket man". So men if you ain't rolling out inna yuh criss vehicle and have yuh money lock some women won't even bother to look your way. As Kartel's song says "Car man ina dem gal yah thought, dem change man like auto parts, no vehicle no romance". And me know some man can agree with him because some women nowadays just looking a man to con.

But the question still remains, can money really make a woman happy? Now you have some of these women who lucky fi find the money man dem, but dem a buss dem ass. Now a so some woman really love money that dem ago stay wid a man weh out fi kill dem? Now memba dis ladies, yuh no have no money fi yuh self yuh affi depend on the man fi everything yuh want. Some time me affi wonder if some women no like feel independent. Don't get me wrong me nah seh woman fid deh wid bruk pocket man but mek sure yuh have sumting fi yuh self so dat if the man run yuh or a buss yuh ass yuh can at least leave wit yuh dignity.





Future Fambo Still on the Rise

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future_fambo.jpg'Future Fambo', exploded unto the Dancehall scene with the Kung Fu dance, on the Martial Art riddim in the early 1990s. Known as Future Troubles at that point, he emerged as a militant deejay who infused a good sense of humor.

In accordance with this image, he is ready to release his second album,Mada. The balance of humor and militancy is embedded in this album. According to Fambo, songs such as Run Di Place, which is basically blowing his own trumpet as a Fambo, is one of the people's favourite. Drunken Dance and Out will be on the new album.

Promotion has already begun prior to the release of the album in June. He has recently returned from a European Tour, during which he opened for main-act Bounty Killer. "I was well received on the tour". He said. Fambo is also set to travel to New York for a show, where he is slated to perform at Amazuru.

Interestingly, Fambo revealed in a recent interview that his recent hit, Drunken Dance has been banned in certain countries, because of a perceived glamorizing of alcohol addiction. Nevertheless,the popular phrase says, 'no publicity is bad publicity' and as such, Fambo, is currently in the spotlight.





No romance without finance

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Buffilous_2.jpgYow, unno notice how tings change yah now. Straight up, nuh bruck pocket man caan come and waan check a girl and expect har fi par wid him. Nah sah, di only way she a guh let off or deal wid him nice is if she harslef well heavy and a look smady fi just have some fun wid.Di fuss ting di woman a guh sey him haffi can let off fi maintenance, suh straight up, no romance without finance.

Di woman dem sey haffy look good and dem haffi smell sweet tuh and dat nuh come cheap. Yup. Dem have a list a work wid, toiletries, food money, bills, panties and nuff a dat cause dem sey some a unno love tear dem off and at di rate whey unno dweet it cost fi keep replacing dem. It’s strictly Victoria Secret and di Frederick of Hollywood please! But den again a wha kinda animals unno a deal wid sah!So if di money nuh run, den a dead stock ting dat wi a talk bout.

Di nex’ ting di woman dem a talk bout is how unno love when dem wash and press unno clothes, but when di light and water bill come unno a frownz fi pay it. Hear mi now star, none a dat around here! But dem lucky siddung a tun slave over unno clothes and haffi a argue fi get money fi pay bills, di time unno teck a do dat unno go look wuck whey a pay?





HoSangs Mourn Tragic Death

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hosang_death.jpgTappan, New York, May 13, 2008. Friends and family of Vincent and Jeanette HoSang, owners and founders of Caribbean Food Delights, Royal Caribbean Bakery and JerkQ'zine Caribbean Grille, have converged at their home in Westchester County comforting the family as they mourn the tragic loss of their youngest child, 24 year old Brian Vincent HoSang.

According to police reports, on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th Brian was traveling south in the middle lane on interstate 684 in Putnam County when he lost control of his 2005 Honda motorcycle and was thrown from his bike, when it slammed into a guard rail at around 1:20 pm near exit 8 Croton Falls. State police pronounced him dead at the scene.

"Brian was such a loving person…he always looked out for everyone," says older sister Sabrina, Chief Operating Officer of Caribbean Food Delights.





Barbee says "Love him don't bun him"

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By: Dave Lindo

*new single 'Love You Anyway' to be released this summer.

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Barbee is upbeat about her latest single, 'Love You Any Way', which is scheduled to be released in the summer. The song is sounding good and from all indications should do well for her on the international scene.

The song comes in her effort to take her career to a higher level. "It's a real lovely song, it was produced by Alicia Key's producer Sean Do," she disclosed. "It is a song that is dear to me. It's about when you are in a relationship you should stay true and just stick it out, just love him and don't bun him."

She added, "I just sat back and focused on my music. I saw where I needed to get back to basics. I started taking guitar lessons and voice training because I am preparing myself for the big times. I am looking at the different aspects of the business because that's where many people fail. They are stuck on the small things and miss the bigger picture."

Barbee disclosed that she is also doing acting lessons which was prompted by her getting some offers for the 'big screen'. "Some roles are on the table, some real big opportunities which I am excited about," she said.





Chimney Records Taking over Jamaica By Storm

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

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Jamaica is an island full of talented people. Two such people are David Hayle and Jordan McClure who have formed their record label called, Chimney Records. The two have been friends since Preparatory school and both share the same passion and enthusiasm for dancehall music. After high school the two decided to create their own music and agreed to combine efforts to build their own label from scratch.

The goals of these talented young men have always been to make great music that will stand the test of time, music that people will enjoy as much as they do and to be remembered for that music. These two also aimed to achieve a level of success that would be inspirational to others.

Currently the two are working on several projects, including, Soul Seeka Riddim, featuring "Tell Dem" by Bounty Killer and Einstein and songs by Vybz Kartel, Bramma, Black Rhino and others. They are also working on albums for Vybz Kartel, Bramma and Einstein and have several new singles to be released soon.





International News

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8 years for Remy Ma

remy_MA.jpgFor shooting a woman outside a Manhattan night club rapper Remy Ma was sentenced to 8 years. The rapper broke down in tears at the news. "I feel so bad for all the physical and mental pain you've gone through," the Grammy-nominated rapper told the victim. "This has taken a toll on us and both our families. I would never wish you harm and I pray the best for all of us."

The entertainer, whose real name is Remy Smith, had faced up to 25 years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion for shooting Makeda Barnes Joseph last July in a dispute over money. Smith, 26, begged the judge for leniency for the sake of "my little boy," saying she grew up "surrounded by failure, violence and poverty," but "made something out of nothing" from her life.

State Supreme Court Justice Rena Uviller said she recognized that Smith had had a difficult childhood, but noted the victim had nearly died and will never be the same physically. Uviller called the rapper "a young woman whose anger is out of control."

After the sentencing, Smith's fiancé, fellow rapper Papoose, began screaming in a hallway outside the courtroom. "All you want is money!" he said, apparently referring to the victim. "Lock me up! Lock me up!" he then shouted to court officers, who escorted him out of the courthouse.

The couple had planned to wed last weekend at the Rikers Island jail, where Smith has been incarcerated. Correction officials said they called off the wedding after Papoose showed up with a handcuff key. Smith's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, said Papoose had a key but denied that it could be used to open handcuffs. Papoose, whose real is Shamele Mackie, hasn't been charged. Fisher said the couple still plan to wed.

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Reggae Sumfest – Best Concert of the Year

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2008 International Reggae and World Music Awards

reggae_sumfest_08.jpgKINGSTON, JAMAICA – May 9, 2008. Concert of the Year and Promoter of the Year were two coveted awards won by Reggae Sumfest and Summerfest Productions at the 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) on Sunday, May 4, at the Apollo Theater in the historic Harlem, New York, beating out several large international Reggae concerts which also vied for this honour.

IRAWMA established in 1982, outlines its mission as that of acknowledging and honouring the accomplishments and contributions of entertainers in the categories of Reggae, Caribbean and other World music. Its intent; to provide a forum for songwriters, performer and musicians to be recognized for their artistic efforts and achievements with the overall objective of promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, Caribbean and World music globally. With 28 years under its belt, IRAWMA is well recognized as the industry's oldest and most prestigious event in its chosen category. The ceremony has been staged in many major US cities as well as in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The public is able to vote for their favourite nominee in each category on the internet.





Birthday Greeting

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YardFlex would like to send a special earthday greeting to Chat reporter Cecelia Campbell-Livingston. We wish for you God's richest blessings on your day and all the best in life.

Much Love from the Staff at YardFlex.





Da'ville soothes guest at Mother's Day concert

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Photography By: Keveon Smith

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Amara achieving her dream despite set backs

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By: Joseph Cunningham

AMARA_edit.jpgTamara "Amara" Mitchell was born in Sydney, Australia on the 21st of May 1987, to a musician father and a former singer, her mother. At age four, she recorded her first song, a child's story about pollution and the environment. As she progressed through Australian schools, she auditioned and was accepted into the Australian National Youth Choir, where she received, for a short time, voice training.

At the age of 12 she began Shalvey High School, where she did two years of dance, drama, and music classes.

At the age of 13, her mother migrated to Jamaica taking both Amara and her sister Jody with her. She lived in St Ann's Bay, and attended Ocho Rios High School, where she continued her studies in music theory, and joined the school band so she could continue practicing her singing.

After a scout saw her receiving numerous awards at her valedictory service, the scout offered her a fully paid scholarship to Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, which she willingly accepted; and although she only spent a year at the college, it benefited her immensely.

While she was still at Edna Manley College, she began singing backup for Peter Lloyd, who in turn introduced her to some producers such as, Rorey Baker, Sly and Robbie, Dean Fraser and "Snow Cone". Although she only recorded one song for "Snow Cone", which was not released, the experience in the studio helped her to grow as an artiste.





FASHION indeed BLOCKED MONTEGO BAY

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dexter_pottinger_3d_designs.jpgKingston, Jamaica:-- Western Jamaica got a premier serving of the trendiest and hippest fashion affair, Fashion Block, Montego Bay, on Saturday, May 3, cost free. Over 10,000 massive came out to view this phenomenal occasion, courtesy of international fashion expertise of the Saint International team.

"The Menswear fashions were a big hit with the audience, as well as the Dexter Pottinger's Digicel couture pieces," said a satisfied Deiwght Peters, CEO of Saint International. "It was also much bigger than the previous ones, with over 12,000 high energy persons witnessing the iconic event".

Fashion Block is normally accommodated over the Easter weekend but this year's event was not at all affected by this change. "I think the timing this year made this year even better than the previous Fashion Blocks we've had in Montego Bay, and the support received from their business sector, especially those on Gloucester Avenue, truly propelled the success of this year's event," commented Peters.





richie_b-1.jpgIn keeping with the celebration of Black Music Month, the 2nd annual Reggae Music Achievement Awards will be held on Sunday, June 8th, 2008.

This years' event will honor some of Canada's greatest reggae talents as well as Jamaican radio icon, Richie B. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn's Trillium Ballroom, which is located at 970 Dixon Road in Toronto, Ontario. Cocktails will be served at 5:30pm after which the show will commence promptly at 7:00pm.

After a successful initiation in 2007, the Achievement Awards show has become one of the most anticipated events in the Canadian reggae community. With a star studded line up which features the best of the best in Canadian reggae music, this year's event promises to entertain, educate and enlighten.

This year's show will include performances by Steele, Norris Weir & the Jamaicans, Larry Marshall & Jackie Robinson and many others. All performers will be backed by the Mountain Edge Band.





The lightning Bolt strikes again

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By: Dwight Fraser/Devon Anderson

lightning_bolt.jpgAlmost one year to the date when he broke the National 200 metres record Usain "Lightning" Bolt struck up an awe inspiring performance at Kingston's National Stadium, at the Jamaica International Invitational Games on Saturday, May 3.

A plethora of stars including the World Championship and Olympic medal winners from the United States, Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon and Sanya Richards led the way for the "Stars and Stripes" against Usain Bolt, Danny Mcfarlane, Veronica Campbell-Brown, and Deloreen Ennis-London, wearing the black green and gold representing the, "likkle but we tallawah", Jamaica in the three hour clash.

The fact that all the big name MVP runners; Micheal Frater, Bridgette Foster-Hylton, Sherone Simpson and the world's fastest man, Asafa Powell, stayed away, the I.A.A.F area permit meet was a quality one nonetheless.





Stephen to tour the US

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stephen_smileJA_edit.jpgStephen Marley, Multiple-Grammy winning artist/producer (he holds the Reggae record with six Grammy wins), fresh off his latest Grammy win for Best Reggae Album for his 2007 masterpiece Mind Control, has begun a much anticipated spring U.S. Tour.

The tour will take him to 29 cities, and includes a handful of celebrated Festivals including his spring '08 finale performance on June 13, at the much heralded Bonnaroo Festival, the 4 day multi-stage music and cultural extravaganza held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.

Marley, who became the third consecutive son from the great Marley musical dynasty to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy, will headline the non-festival shows, tapping Kingston Reggae sensation, Gully Bank Sound to open on the tour. The trek kicked off on May 4, in West Palm Beach at the Sun Fest and includes shows in North Myrtle Beach on May 8, Las Vegas' Hard Rock & Casino on May 23, and Boulder, CO on June 7, at the prestigious Fox Theatre (see entire list of dates below).





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Kencot

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

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

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

ewan_walker_edit.jpgThe talented Ewan Walker is the well renowned skin care specialist and makeup artiste from Port Antonio, Jamaica. Ewan walker has worked with Elle, Allure, Vogue, Essence and several other International magazines.

The Jamaican culture has been the major inspiration for Mr. Ewan Walker's new product line. This talented skin care specialist has re-discovered Blue Mountain coffee, using it in the development of his new products along with other Jamaican ingredients. This product line which will be available in fall focuses on the Jamaican market with a mascara, a lip gloss and bronzer. As Mr. Walker says "who needs foundation when you have beautiful skin". Women wear makeup to portray beautiful skin so if women have beautiful skin there is no need for a whole lot of makeup. All of Mr Ewan's products are all natural and mineral based.

Ewan Walker started out as a fashion designer but made a transition to makeup and skin care, and has been soaring ever since. This love for beautiful skin can be traced back to his childhood in Jamaica when he used to admire ladies with flawless skin. The transition has brought no regrets career wise but Ewan only regrets not having gone home a little sooner. Ewan visited Jamaica in February for Sean Kingston's party after not visiting home for ten years. Sean Kingston is seen as Mr Walker's favourite client as they both have Jamaican heritage and when around Sean Kingston Mr Walker feels he is at home with friends.





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Caribbean born people living in South Florida, USA, are highly privileged, due to the genius of business partners, Michael Lewis and Tyrone Robertson, who sighted a shortage of live Caribbean programming and sought to change this oversight.

Whether it's breaking political or business news, the latest dance move or hit song, Caribbean expatriates in South Florida now have another media outlet for island affairs. The cable network became a reality after more than two years of research, and now, Caribcast broadcasts programs primarily from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Guyana and Haiti.

Caribcast TV, is a subscription television and radio service offering live news, entertainment, cultural and sports programming from the Caribbean 24 hours a day.





It's curry festival time!

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Curryfest_side2_Teaser2_proof_edit02.jpgThe Westmoreland Curry Festival took place last Sunday at Mannings School and the large throng that turned out showed how much Jamaican people love their curry!

At the festival, there were the usual traditional dishes such as curried goat, chicken, shrimp etc. but then there were dishes for the more adventurous in taste such as curried octopus, cake, soup...and the list got crazier and crazier.

It will be interesting to see how the next curry festival will fear. International Curryfest 2008, which takes place in Miami on June 15, should see the real curry lovers coming out enmasse.





mission_in_progress_MH_edit.jpgMorgan Heritage has knocked Elephant Man from the number one spot on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums Chart. Morgan Heritage is now sitting comfortably in the number one position with Mission In Progress while the Energy God slipped to number three position with Let's Get Physical.

The number two position is now occupied by Stephen Marley with Mind Control. Collie Buddz who was number two last week is now in fourth position with his self titled album, while Rebel Souljaz once again rounds off the top five with Nothing To Hide. Ky-mani Marley and Shaggy are still standing firm.

Ky-mani is in the sixth position with Radio and Shaggy's Intoxication is in eigth position. Veteran entertainer Barrington Levy has entered the chart for the first time with his album which was placed in the number 10 slot, Teach The Youth.





A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Teck proper care a yuh pickney dem

Joan_wilson.jpgSorry dat mi nuh check in on Thursday, but fi tell yuh di truth di flu have mi a way star, mi neva know sey it coulda weaken yuh body suh. But a little roots and some herbal medicine and a mi dis again.

Bwoy mi deh pon a campaign dis time fi di children. Being as a child's month mi haffi talk up di tings fi dem. Nuff people a talk bout how dis generation gone to di dawgs and all kind a sinting, but dem eva stop fi tink a who do di damage.

Yuh tink you can have you young pickney and every night you gwan skin out yuhself a dance, a galang like unno nuh have nuh responsibility. Di money whey yuh fi teck send di pickney dem guh a school and buy food gi dem, yuh teck a put up big expensive hairstyle and den left dem fi tun pest to people a road.





By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The JFF and Sherwin Williams on Thursday, May 8th, 2008, staged the 2006-2007 Sherwin Williams sponsored Women's Football Competitions Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Football Federation's Office in Kingston, Jamaica.

Persons in attendance included National Technical Director, Rene Simoes, JFF President, Captain Horace Burrell, 3rd Vice President, Mr. Raymond Anderson, Chairman of the Competition Committee, Mr. Michael Ricketts, Managing Director of Sherwin Williams, Mr. Ian Forbes and Mrs. Elaine Walker Brown, longstanding Chairman for the Women's Committee of the JFF.





Sizzla - "Thank You Mama"

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This video is a special dedication to all mothers on this, their special day. Happy Mothers Day to you all.





Jason Mighty - a real gospel revolutionary

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jason_might.jpgReggae music possesses the undisputed ability to touch the spirit, the soul and the body regardless of face, creed, color or nationality. Singer, songwriter, Minister Jason Might, (his real name), is revolutionizing reggae praise and worship with his soulful ballads and uplifting praise tunes. Blending smooth, distinct vocals with musical hooks and slurs that can appease the most discerning listener; Jason imparts a glimpse of a genuine relationship with his Savior to the forefront of his songs.

Born in the sun-rich island of Jamaica, to a musically inclined mother, Jason grew up hearing the time tested, sacred hymns that are near and dear to many of our hearts. When asked about his inspiring musical talent he states, "In the year 2000 God gave me a mandate to preach hope and salvation through my music; be it on dancehall or roots reggae rhythms. The message is the same that has been spread by our Savior himself. I simply sing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Confirming his status as a minister, Jason was also ordained as a music minister and a deacon at his home church, New Life Assemblies Church of God.

This year, Jason released his debuted album entitled "Cornerstone". His hard work did not go unnoticed by his peers and the industry, as he was awarded the Best Gospel Collaboration award at the 2008 Reggae Academy Awards. He was then nominated at the 2008 Flame Awards for Best Foreign Recording Artiste and Best Foreign Gospel Recording of the year.





Jamaican entertainers love mama

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By: Joseph Cunningham

happy_mother's_day.jpgFrom the bowels of poverty comes a continuous flow of Dancehall superstars, who record songs idolizing and paying tribute to their mothers' for the guiding hands they provided amidst innumerable negative elements in the ghetto.

The number of songs celebrating "mama" in the Dancehall is too many to mention, however, they all standout.

"Grammy Kid" Shabba Ranks made Mama Christie nationally renowned, from as early as the 1980s. Deejay Merciless said, "Mama's Cooking" is the greatest, while Bounty Killer has made mention of Miss Ivy in so many huge hits, that she is internationally renowned.





By: Joseph Cunningham

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On local shores, he can be remembered as rubbing shoulders with the "Ouch crew", those Dancehall fashion revolutionaries who could be credited with bringing the 'edge' to Dancehall outfits.

He told YardFlex, "I became friends with the "Ouch" family, who adopted him as their fashion son and taught him a lot about fashion designing.

Today, he has his own clothing line, Lexx Perry; which is one of the hottest lines for street-wears in New York. Lexx says the difference with his clothes is that it is not factory made, but instead, it's "handmade". "When persons wear my clothes they get treated like stars, because what they get to wear is so unique, it makes them standout. Lexx Perry is a luxury clothing line," he asserts.





Nuh love too much material tings

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow, a mi again and dis time mi a talk bout di licky licky people dem.

Mi memba how mi granny used to sey, "craven choke puppy" and she always a quote from di bible sey di love of money is the root of all evil. Fi tell yuh di truth mi neva really understand whey she a deal wid until mi grow up and si what a gwaan inna di world.

Believe it or not, mi have times when mi siddung and hold a meds and it's in one a dem session mi start to reflect and di more mi tink bout it, di more mi realize sey all di problem inna di world come from di fact dat nuff people caan satisfy. Dem always want more, and when dem caan get it, dem go out a dem way fi do whatever it teck fi get it.

Picture dis, some people woulda want yuh fi tink sey dem have harmone problem why dem attracted to di opposite sex, but when you check out di real root a it, tru di man or woman weh have nuff money a let off, mek sum a dem go di odda way, cause dem wah big lifestyle and no wah wuk fi ti...nuh greed dat?





bolt_gay.jpgAmerican sprint star Tyson Gay, the reigning 100-meter World Champion, and Jamaica's Usain 'Lightning' Bolt, who last weekend stunned the sports world when he ran a lighting fast 9.76 seconds, the second-fastest 100-meter dash in history, will meet at 100 meters at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31, organizers announced.

Bolt, the 21-year-old Jamaican who took the 200-meter and 4x100-meter World Championship silver medals behind Gay in Osaka, is the 2002 World Junior Champion at 200 meters and holds the World Junior Record of 19.93 seconds for the distance.





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Celebrity designer INDASHIO will be hosting his NY FASHION WEEK SHOW in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on May 31, 2008 at the Coyaba Gardens and Mahoe Falls Shaw Park Estate.





Ottawa Reggae Festival for August

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ottawa_festival_08.jpgOttawa Reggae Festival will be held in the capital city of Canada on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at the Lane Braeton Park.

This event will be outlining artistes such as: Half Pint, Snow, Maxi Priest, Collie Buddz, Friendliness & The Human Rights band among many others.

The Ottawa Reggae Festival Inc. run by President, Benji Williams, is a non-profit network that was launched in February 2007, to raise funds and awareness for the Sickle Cell disease and to highlight its effects on our community. What started as a fundraising initiative, has grown to become a flagship event that will unite Reggae fans across Canada and the United States, bringing them to Canada's capitol city - Ottawa. Reggae is the only genre of music known to bring people from all walks of life together.

As Bob Marley sang "One Love, one heart, lets get together and feel alright"





Birthday Greeting

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YardFlex would like to send Earthday greetings to one of reggae's finest drummers, Sly Dunbar. Wishing him all the best on his special day.





Passa Passa

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What a renkness

diamondmacka.jpgBwoy the reggae awards come and gawn but a nuff nuff gossip YardFlex get outa it. Yuh know sey some people really libaty tecking when yuh come fi tink bout it. Yeah man, mi hear dem a sey dat Macka Diamond look good inna har outfit but she look lacka Shabba Ranks inna wig. But a wha dis man...chu just easy yah Macka yuh a YardFlex girl...straight!

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What's Poppin'

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Sizzla of to tour regardless of Gay Protest

edit_sizzla_feature.jpgA story was released on Europe's largest gay news service, Pink News by Tony Grew, on May 6, that the interior minister informed the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany, that Reggae Artiste Sizzla Kalonji will not be granted a Schengen visa for his proposed European tour this month and has been refused the entry visa.

Attempts to contact the Jamaican German Embassy were futile. However, despite their claims, Sizzla and his band departed for their European tour last night for his first show in Poland on Saturday.

Sizzla and other artistes Capelton, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, and others continue to be a target by the gay community. As a result, a Coalition to Defend the Rights of Black Businesses, Black Organizations and Reggae Artists has been formed to provide a unified voice to defend the Reggae Industry against these attacks by the Gay community and other issues. To sign on to this coalition contact 773-9558.

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

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10-y-o girl gives birth

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guadalupe_gutierrez-juarez_10yrs.jpgA 10-year-old girl gave birth recently in East Idaho after being raped by a suspected illegal immigrant who has since been slapped with the charge of rape.

The girl gave birth less than two weeks ago by caesarian section at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Fremont County Sheriff Ralph C. Davis and other authorities said. Officials would not disclose the gender, date of birth or paternity of the baby.

"I wouldn't have believed a 10-year-old could conceive in the first place," Davis said.

A hospital spokeswoman would not discuss the condition of the girl or the baby and would not say whether either was still in the hospital Wednesday.





By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters_edit.jpgGetting over from a failed relationship is not an easy task. For many women they never really do. Even if they get involved with another man, the poor man must bear the sins of his predecessor as she lays everything on him. If she couldn’t trust him and worse if it was his cheating ways that ended that relationship, you can bet your bottom dollar that she is gonna watch him like a hawk, search his phone and maybe get a detective to watch his every move.

On the other hand some women can shake off the hurt in a couple of months and move on like it never happened, she will go into another relationship like it's the first time without any baggage but with a heart open to love and trust again.

It's hard to tell in the relationship game cause men on the other hand have a knack of moving on while he is still in the relationship and the poor woman is the last to know that it is really over.





International News

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Usher got it on in an airplane

usher_08.jpgR&B star Usher admitted that he once had sex in-flight at 32,000 feet in the air. Yup the singer swapped dance floor for an airplane on one occasion.

Before you start getting carried away in your imaginations it was a private plane and not a charter plane loaded with passengers.

By doing that he joins the 'mile high club' with those who have tried it. Makes those who feel nervous about flying seem petty huh.

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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 8 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 10 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-1
03 4 7 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-1
04 5 10 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
05 3 21 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-2
06 6 22 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John (2wks@#1) NM
07 9 6 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-2
08 7 21 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John (pp#4) D-1
09 8 21 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-1
10 13 6 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-3
11 15 3 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship U-4
12 10 21 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-2
13 14 6 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-1
14 16 3 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice U-2
15 19 2 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-4
16 17 4 Hey Yah (Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship U-1
17 18 4 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
18 12 20 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-6
19 20 2 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-1
20 11 10 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back (pp#11) D-9





A busy season for Machel Montano

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Already a veteran of the music business and a legend in his country, Trinidad, Machel Montano has been taking his taste of soca rhythms to the masses for decades and is now being recognized internationally for it.

At the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) held on Sunday, May 4th at the Apollo Theater in New York, Montano walked away with not only the most wins of the night but also the most coveted awards of the night. These include the Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year, Most Outstanding Stage Personality of the Year and Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer awards.









Young bwoy and older woman

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYeah man, me Buffilous again. Mi back broad, mi nuh gi two cents whey nobady waa write bout mi. Rootz girl can tan deh meck everyting badda har, if yuh duh dat yuh neva meck a move. Anyway, all a di YardFlex reader dem a mi friend so mi nuh care how dem cuss mi out...mi love almshouse and mi nah tap. And speaking bout mix up and blenda check out dis ya one yah.

And before unno chat, no a nuh mi friend, mi just know bout di situation alright.

Dis 69 year old rasta woman deh wid a 27 year old guy who waan fi marry har. But how she suh lucky. Dat deh young stud waan har fi di rest a har life and yuh have some young ooman whey can't find a man a har own!





Curry Festival sell off

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Curry-spice.jpgCurry Festival in Westmoreland was a sell off event. The massive turned out to enjoy the sumptuous treats that were available. Everything that could be curried was curried and it seemed that's just the way the massive crowd wanted it as they flocked every available stall on the compound.

The day was about sampling, chatting, kicking back and just having fun. The vibes continued like that until it was showtime. The Mannings Chorale delighted with their sweetly blended voice, earning themselves some enthusiastic cheers.

The 'Jamaican Michael Jackson' managed to inject some laughter – couldn't tell if they were laughing at the act or because of their antics. DJ Nicholas was a sure winner as he injected some spiritual energy into the crowd going into some of his popular numbers such as What Kind of Church Is This, Mi Waan One Soul and others. By the time he was through the crowd seemed totally satisfied.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 11 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-2wks@#1
02 03 10 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John--Shot to Watch
03 02 12 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-4wks@#1
04 04 09 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 05 07 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
06 08 06 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records
07 07 08 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
08 10 05 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G
09 06 17 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
10 11 05 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G





What's poppin

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Barbee brother gone a lead

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YardFlex nuh stop get comment from people whey go a di International Reggae and World Music Awards pon how Barbee likkle bredda impress dem.

Yeah man when Beenie Man couldn't collect di award di likkle nine year old bwoy go pon di stage and sey him a collect on behalf of Beenie Man and to top it off, di pickney sey Zagga zow! When him done talk...place pop up. Him guh back di next time and collect again and him personality done di place.

Mi nah tell nuh lie, di pickney did cute and people a wonder sey him fit di video light. A wonda him him plan fi guh pon broadway?





Reggae Sumfest 2008 is still in full swing

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reggae_sumfest_08.jpgPreparations for Reggae Sumfest 2008 is definitely in full swing, despite Red Stripe's move to withdraw their sponsorship after a seven-year stint as title sponsor.

Dicigel, Ocean Spray and Air Jamaica, JTB and VP Records have once again signed on as major sponsors of the event. While for the first time, Supreme Ventures has signed on as a Silver sponsor, Red Bull has come on board as a Gold sponsor and Jamrock Magazine as a Platinum sponsor. The disclosures were made by Marcia McDonnough of Touch Stone Production and Marketing, which represents for Reggae Sumfest.

Reggae Sumfest in its 16th year will run from July 13-19. As usual, the festival will kick off with the beach party at Tropical Beach on Sunday, July 13, featuring top sound systems. On Thursday, July 17 top dancehall performers will energize the full capacity crowd, while Friday and Saturday will continue the tradition of offering the finest reggae singers and bands, alongside top international stars.





madonna_in_paris.jpgAt a private concert held in Paris on Tuesday of this week pop diva Madonna announced she loves to french-kiss the French! as she ground away at an electric guitar.

According to AP news Madonna put on a high-voltage half-hour show for a privileged 1,500 fans to mark the release of Hard Candy, her 10th chart-topping album. "Who do you love more, me or the Rolling Stones?" she asked the crowd packing the Olympia, a mythical concert hall near the Paris opera, before launching into a ear-popping heavy-metal version of her mega-hit, Hung Up.

"I thought you might say that," quipped the queen of pop, who turns 50 on August 16, as the adoring crowd roared back their answer.





GET IT IN YOUR MIND : BUSHMAN

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

GetItInYourMindCoverART_bushman.jpgIt seldom occurs when an album is created with all the songs being a hit. So if you're in the mood for conscious, uplifting, cultural messages and positive vibes then "Get It In Your Mind" by Bushman is the album for you.

This album features singers Richie B and Prince Jabba, as well as, producers such as: Fabon Francis, Kabs, Negus-esh, Dwayne Bacchas, Christopher Pearce, Tramaine Allen, Michael Williams, Togetherness Records, Rawl Productions, Dwight Duncan, Stephen Gibbs, Denovan Germaine, Glen Brown and Royal Braithwaite.

Born Dwight Duncan, in the village of Spring Garden, St. Thomas, Bushman attended the Lysson All Age School, where his music teacher noticed his potential for music and nurtured him during his developing stages. Dwight then went on to Yallas High School where he continued to shine musically as a member of the school choir, participating in numerous school concerts. During his teenage years he became the selector for Black Star Line sound-system and then known as Junior Melody he took part in several singing competitions and talent searches in and around St. Thomas. Gaining a strong local fan base Junior Melody began to sing dub plates for local sound-systems. The rave reviews from the sound selectors and the people of his community encouraged Junior Melody to take his talent to the next level, the studios of Kingston Jamaica, the place to be if he wanted to make a name for himself in the reggae business.





Di gay dem a guh hard

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters_edit.jpgHey peeps, from di odda day mi a hold a meds and kip quiet. Cause whether unno want to believe it or not mi nuh feel suh good when mi read unno comments and si some a whey unno haffi sey. Memba sey mi have an opinion like everyone else and unno nuh si mi a cuss unno off fi it. Straight up mi nuh suh strong like Buffilous cause it come een like sey comment just roll offa fi har back. Although some a fi har friend sem really outa whack.

But mi have something pon mi mind and mi caan kip it nuh more. Mi fed up! Mi tiad! Mi caan teck di way how di fish dem just a teck ova everything. Yuh have money gay, powerful gay, committed gay and di whole a dem a attack di straight people a Jamaica. Not to mention how di artistes dem a feel it. Red Stripe stop sponsor live shows, some artiste caan even perform any and anywhey and pon top a it, it come een like dem waa fi tell wi how fi run wi country.





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By: Joseph Cunningham

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International Curryfest 2008 will be held on June 15, 2008 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.

It will be the events first staging, and it will bring to the Tri-state area, a Caribbean Flavour. "The event will be highlighted by a display of curry cuisine", says Patrick 'Lexus' Simpson of International Curry Fest. He emphasized that the day will be one filled with togetherness, the kind that will be created by fun, food (curry dishes) and entertainment.





Photography By: Keveon Smith

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Entertainer of the YearMachel Montano

Recording Artist of the YearBeenie Man

Best Male VocalistTarrus Riley

Best Female VocalistEtana

Best Song – "She Is Royal" - Tarrus Riley

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Best CD – "Mind Control" - Stephen Marley

Best Crossover Song - "Beautiful Girls" - Sean Kingston





KLAS/INSEASON STAY IN SCHOOL TOUR

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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It was another week of the KLAS Stay in School Tour. This week roads lead to Central High School in the beautiful parish of Clarendon. The auditorium was full of energetic students ready to be entertained. Apart from the many artistes who were present to entertain, the students had Inseason juice drinking competitions and hot juggling from DJ Kat. DJ Kat played much to the students delight and they were not afraid to show off their dance moves. They showed much enthusiasm to Mavado's "On the Rock" and Erup's "Click Me Fingers".

After all this excitement, there was still more to come. Among the artistes that stood out were Nesbeth, Baby Chris, Blacker and Dugsy.





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50 Cent Fan Steals Chain During Gig

50CENT.jpgRap artiste 50 Cent had his diamond-encrusted chain stolen by super overzealous fans during at a recent concert in Angola.

Hmm, he had better be more careful about how he dangles temptation in front of his fans...as they will do anything to get a piece of him. The "In Da Club" hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, was performing in Luanda with his G-Unit crew when one man jumped up onto the stage and grabbed the jewelry from his neck.

In a grainy video footage posted online, the assailant can be seen running off with the chain as 50 Cent and his entourage chase after him.

According to TMZ.com, 50 Cent caught up with the thief and is alleged to have punched him before claiming back his prized chain. A source tells the website, "The chain is around 50's neck right now."

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DeMarco crafts more than just beats

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Demarco 1.jpgIn Dancehall circles, the name DeMarco brings to mind an artist with a great lyrical gift. The way that he flows and rhymes is very infectious.

He has surged up the ranks with his bonafide hits, "Fallen Soldiers" and "Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten." The latter has caught the attention of international record label, Koch, which is the same stable for international stars like Sean Kingston and Ray J. The cross over appeal of Fallen Soldiers has given DeMarco a three album deal with the label.

That aside, there is a certain revelation that caught YardFlex totally by surprise during our interview with the singjay.

DeMarco is actually multi-talented! Speaking with his manager and having received confirmation from producers concerned, we found out that DeMarco is actually responsible for creating all the hottest current rhythms in Reggae music.

He began making this trek with the Side Walk University rhythm, which features Vybz Kartel's "Beyonce Wine". His dominance is now unparalleled, because he has in his catalog, the Mission rhythm featuring Mavado's "On The Roc" and Junior Gong and Stephen Marley's rhythm track, "Mission."

DeMarco created the Black Rain, featuring Busy Signal's "Pon Di Edge," The Warring 2008 Rhythm, featuring Mavado's "Money Changer," the Gang War rhythm featuring Junior Gong's "One Loaf of Bread" and the Shoot Out rhythm, featuring Mykal Rose's "Police and Thief."

With a deep-seated passion that engulfs his persona, this young man stands out from the rest. With an intense love and enthusiasm for every aspect of the music business – from producing to songwriting to deejaying to engineering – Demarco has his fingers on the pulse of almost every genre of the infectious rhythms of the world. Whether it's reggae, dancehall, hip-hop or R&B, Demarco has written and produced for the best of them. Top names like Olivia, Styles P and Sean Paul have experienced his producing skills, while Bounty Killer and others have put vocals to his lyrics; and in between all that Demarco still finds time to do combinations with other artists and record his own songs!





Jamelody's : Be Prepared

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

jamelody_beprepared.jpgPlanet Reggae always finds room for a great roots, and BE PREPARED! JAMELODY'S 15 track VP Records debut CD, showcase a rare voice: soulful, gritty, with echoes of Dennis Brown and Garnet Silk, as well as Stevie Wonder ; but Jamelody is clearly his own man, and he sings not just for one audience, but for the whole world.

Jamelody is the artiste with the unique sound; his songs not only have a Reggae flavour but also incorporates Pop and R&B. Fans and the public can expect an album with a brand new vibe, a new voice that everyone everywhere can relate to, and this album promises to showcase uniqueness like they've never heard.

Jamelody got his inspiration for this album from the almighty, his friends, family and even enemies. Jamelody is looking forward to the release of this album and hopes everyone will support him. He hopes when the album is released everyone around the world will be satisfied and will know Jamelody.





50 Fest a Big Success

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

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The Best Dressed Chicken 50 Fest was indeed a major success. The two day celebration brought out saved and unsaved from all denominations. It was an event for the whole family. Persons left high spirited and wanting more.

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The show started in the mid day with fun and excitement for the children. At 5:30 pm, it was time for the artistes to perform. Whoever said that Christians and Gospel music are boring was proved wrong. On Saturday the crowd saw the likes of Chevelle Franklin, DJ Nicholas and Israel.





Da'Ville on the rise

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daville_08.jpgDa'Ville keeps rising. The crooner has now stretch his talent to the 'Mother Land' Africa. He now has a number one song on the Kenya's Top 40 Reggae Chart with 'Dreaming'.

The song is on the 1-9 rhythm produced by Jamaica's famous Robert Livingston from the Big Yard label. His latest single 'Yesterday' continues to do justice for the singer's career. It is positioned on Richie B's Top 20 Reggae Chart at #1,. Ascending to #8 on Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart and #2 on RE TV's Top 20 Reggae Chart. Entertainment pundits are predicting that, at the pace the song is moving, in a couple of weeks it could be in the top 5 position on all the major charts. The single and video are enjoying heavy rotation locally and internationally.

Da'Ville has a rather hectic schedule of activities slated for the month of May. On May 3 and 5th he will be performing in Grenada and Antigua respectively, with all the other events slated for the U.S. On May 10, he will be in Washington DC, and then on Sunday, May 11, it will be at the "Queen of The Sea" event in Queens, New York.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Bembe

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Roderick Reid is not a mellow vibes promoter

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Handcuff.jpgThe members of the GLK Entertainment Group, the official promoters of Mello Vibes and Yesterday, have distanced themselves from popular promoter Roderick Reid who they say resigned from the organization almost a year ago.

"Rodrick Reid was never a promoter of Mello Vibes, however he was a promoter of Yesterday, and had a minor share in that event. For some time, he has not been actively involved in the promotion of that show. He had resigned from the GLK Entertainment group because of 'creative differences'. The promoters of GLK promoters, in no shape or form condone any act between anyone of the same sex, and condemn categorically any act of molestation and exploitation of children," Gyete Ghartey, who is a partner of the group, said in a release issued today.

Popular party promoter Rodrick Reid will appear before the courts today to answer charges of indecent assault and gross indecency after administering alcohol to a minor with the intent of committing an indictable offence. He is accused of molesting a boy who was under his supervision





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

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01 1 9 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
02 4 7 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-2
03 3 20 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back (3wks@#1) NM
04 5 6 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-1
05 6 9 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
06 2 21 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John (2wks@#1) D-4
07 7 20 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
08 8 20 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) NM
09 10 5 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-1
10 9 20 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-1
11 12 9 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-1
12 11 19 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-1
13 13 5 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx NM
14 14 5 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear NM
15 20 2 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship U-5
16 18 2 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice U-2
17 17 3 Hey Yah(Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship NM
18 19 3 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
19 - New Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship
20 - New Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19





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Beyonce's got one hell of a prenup with Jay-Z

beyonce_jayz.jpgYardFlex gleaned that Beyonce has got the mother of all pre nuptials agreement with hubby Jay Z that could result in adding another $25 mil to her already huge net.

Word is that the longer Beyonce stays married to S. Carter, the more money he pays. The thirty-eight year old Carter's net worth is estimated at $300 million.

It is no secret that Jay-Z adores Beyonce, and was pretty much willing to give her almost anything she wanted. The prenup calls for Jay-Z to pay Beyonce $10 million if the marriage ends after two years, and $1 million a year for each further year she remains in the marriage, up to fifteen years.

"Beyonce would be granted access to their private jet and a fleet of cars, which includes a $1 million 1959 Rolls Royce convertible," this according to a tabloid snitch.

Jay's thrown in a few incentives for having children: He's promised to pay her an additional $5 million for each child she bears for him-for her loss of income during pregnancy and child-rearing years."

Damn, talk about a match made in heaven...go Beyonce...this is what we would call a sweet deal.

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NCNradio_edit.jpgCapitol News reported yesterday evening that monopoly NCN radio has taken the decision to ban the music of Bounty Killer and Mavado from their airwaves.

According to a report carried on livinguyana.blogspot.com the move follows the government banning the two Jamaican dancehall artistes from traveling to Guyana to perform or for any other purpose. On air presenters were informed of the move late yesterday afternoon.

This is a natural move following the banning of the artistes from Guyana. Mavado was slated to perform alongside Lady Saw at the Linden Town Week this weekend but since his ban has been replaced by the self proclaimed dancehall king Beenie Man.





juniorreid_edit.jpgJunior Reid's signing with The Danger Zone Music Group / SoBe Entertainment will soon bear fruit with the impending release of his latest album: "Junior Reid: The Living Legend," to be released through The Danger Zone Music Group/SoBe Entertainment and Leak Records.

The album features tracks such as "Mo Money," "This Is Why I'm Hot" (remix), "Black Roses" and "Bullet." It has already been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine.

Junior Reid will soon release his new single "Don't Play Me Dirty," also off the upcoming album.

Beginning his career in the late 1970s when he released tracks such as "Human Nature," "A1 Lover" and "See How Me Black See How Me Shine," Junior Reid has now begun writing a new chapter is his impressive musical history.

Over the years Junior Reid has widened his horizons; his vocals have been used extensively on the hip hop scene. Noted for his collaboration with West Coast hip hop artist The Game, on the Billboard hit "It's Okay (One Blood)," Reid has also appeared on 'Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot" (Remix), Fabolous' album "From Nothin' to Somethin'" on the track "Gangsta Don't Play" and Fat Joe's track "More Money," to name a few.





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Whitney Houston's daughter held knife on her?

whitney_houston_daughter_bobbi.jpgIf the reports in the National Enquirer are to be believed then they alleged that during an argument with her mother, Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina tried to stab the legendary songbird before attempting to turn the knife on herself!

The magazine reported that the confrontation took place during an argument which took place a few days before strong>Kristina's 15th birthday. Family friend Ann Davis wouldn't give out too many details, but confirmed that Kristina "tried to stab" her mother with a razor, then started trying to cut herself.

Davis goes on to claim that the incident was touched off over Kristina's reluctance to live with Whitney.

Sources also revealed that Bobbi is getting help as she has landed in a Atlanta psychiatric ward as a result of her actions.

Houston's reps declined to comment.

Whew! You all, if this is true the family really needs help!

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The following letter was carried in yesterday's Antigua Sun.

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Dear Editor:

I want to make it very clear that I have every intention of attending as many shows as my finances will allow for this year's music festival.

The names I have been hearing so far make me believe that people are in for a good time if they find themselves able to go to the shows. I think, however, that I should warn the organizers of the programme to be on the lookout for those artistes who seem to have a tendency to use the stage to put across all kinds of lewd behavior, including questionable lyrics.

There is no intention, on my part, to single out artistes but I find especially the dancehall people tend to go overboard once they see they have a big and responsive audience.





A suh mi sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Artiste fi stand by dem one anadda

Joan_wilson.jpgNow hear what, mi a nuh big big fan a Mavado cause personally a tink him have too much gun lyrics and tings, and when it come to di Killer mi check fi some a him song. But dat a nuh mi contention right now, mi a sey dat di artistes dem too divided star.

Yuh tink if any country dis one a fi mi fellow entertainment writer den dem can get mi fi come up deh come cover anyting, yuh mussi mad!
Now how come Guyana ban Bounty Killer and Mavada from entering dem country, yet dem get one next artiste.... Beenie Man fi fill di slot. Big and serious him shoulda tell dem whey dem can get off and sey if dem nuh waan Bounty nor Mavado, den him nuh waan deh deh either. Now mi know dat everybody waan eat a food and dat tings expensive so when yuh get di chance fi meck a buck, yuh a guh waan teck it, but a time fi di artistes dem come together and start fight back.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 02 10 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-New#1
02 01 11 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-4wks@#1
03 03 09 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John--Shot to Watch
04 04 08 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 05 06 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
06 06 16 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
07 09 07 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
08 10 05 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records
09 07 16 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
10 12 04 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G





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Yendi Phillipps...her star is still rising

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By: Joseph Cunningham

yendi_(risingstar).jpgReigning Miss Jamaica World, Yendi Phillips, is still an increasing glow. She has been selected as the replacement for longstanding 'Digicel Rising Star' host, Denise Hunt.

Yendi shared with YardFlex, exactly how this, one of her latest successes, came about. There was an audition opened to an aspiring short-list of hosts, a routine which Yendi said was an exciting challenge.

"From my observation, the criteria for coping with the role was to have a vibe which would capture the attention of onlookers."

Further, she revealed that the significant challenge was script reading. A challenge, which was not just about one's reading ability, but rather about reading with style and purpose before a panel of judges.





No CureFest for 2008

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no_Curefest_08.jpgThe second annual staging of Jah Cure's CureFest has been put on hold. This move comes as a result of the numerous overseas engagements the artiste has. Since the staging of CureFest in October 2007, Jah Cure's career has grown by leaps and bounds and for the last six months Cure has been touring consistently.

Delmar Drummond, CEO Danger Promotions, explained the decision: "The demand for Jah Cure is extremely high right now. So many promoters from all over the world have been requesting him to perform. We decided to venture to Europe to give him more exposure there. Unfortunately the dates of the Europe tour coincide with the dates proposed for CureFest 2008. We are hoping that we still may be able to host CureFest after the Europe tour but we cannot be sure just yet. If not, we will definitely schedule it for next year as we are committed to making CureFest a calendar event in Jamaica. We apologize for all Cure fans who looked forward to CureFest this year."





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

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01 2 10 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 11 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 13 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship NM
05 5 9 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G NM
06 6 6 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship NM
07 9 9 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
08 7 24 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-1
09 8 25 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John (2wks@#1) D-1
10 11 6 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice U-1
11 15 3 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle U-4
12 13 5 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-1
13 14 5 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
14 10 24 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John (pp#4) D-4
15 16 7 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
16 18 2 Falling Down-Stacious-John John U-2
17 19 2 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House U-2
18 12 9 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear (pp#12) D-6
19 20 2 Ting Dem Tall - Chino - Big Ship U-1
20 - New No, No-Beenie Man-Big Ship





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leon_edit.jpgActor Leon will be starring in a new film about downlow men called Cover. While giving a recent interview, the actor made some interesting statements. Now maybe he's just very understanding but the way he answers the questions makes us wonder if he may be talking about something a little deeper than just the character.

Read excerpt from the interview that was posted on mediatakeout.com:

Let's just start talking about things, knowing who we are and letting women know who their men are sleeping with, if it's not just them. As long as you have a choice it doesn't matter, many women are still gonna be with men who sleep with men. That's not gonna change, they're still gonna be with their man. It happens, 71% of women find out and stay with their man, but at least they know and they've made that decision. That's the only thing that I've ever said with my opinion on it was that they have a right to know.

But on the other side of the coin you have a character like my character [Ryan Chambers, in Cover]. You say, "Be honest and open" [but] are you serious? I'm a famous guy and a ladies man, you think I'm gonna risk my career and family by telling you that I'm on the DL and I see the way you react? You won't even talk about homosexuality in the churches or at home, but I'm gonna sit there and tell you I'm one and have you treat me horribly and take everything I work for? There's the other side of the coin - you want men to be open and honest but you don't give them an open and honest arena to come out in.

Weeelll...what you all think?

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A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Save this generation now!


Joan_wilson.jpgThe other day a was on di bus and a hear a song and mi neva did a too penny it until a line just penetrate mi brain. To tell di truth, a can't even remember the exact words but it guh something like "bad man kill a day, dem nuh kill a night," something like dat.
And I was like "what the hell is this!"

It's sad when in light of all the daylight drive by shooting, we now have a song glorifying the act, don't even know who does the song, just know that line caught me.

Now, people a time we set some standards when it comes to the music we allow ourselves and our children to listen to. What kind of message are we allowing them to feed on and when they start to behave aggressive and want to live out the words of the songs, can you really blame them. Yes, the argument has been bandied about that they are just words and that it will not have any effect on the listeners, but that's oh so wrong.





By: The Sensible One

murders.jpgSince the start of the year the murder toll in Jamaica is now close to the 700 mark. The murders seem to be escalating on a daily basis. It's time Jamaicans hold the powers that be responsibly to effectively deal with this new crisis facing Jamaica. Now is not the time to have conferences and talk about solutions, it's time to address the deep root of the problem so that Jamaica can once again go back to the beautiful country it once was.

Politicians and residents must stop providing a safe harbor for criminals, they have to come clean with what they know and help the police to effectively deal with it.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Uptown Mondays

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Photography By: Dreamy Riley

Below are scenes from the recently held MAQ T20 International Cricket Tournament with Marcia Griffiths, Ky-mani Marley, Alison Hinds and L.U.S.T:

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Legacy of Colonial Rule: Anti-Gay Laws

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By: Falana Fray, Freelance Writer

antigay-any-questions.jpgWhen Britain granted its former colonies in the Caribbean and Africa independence from its grip of colonial rule, they left behind a legacy of penal codes that many free independent countries preserved and embraced as their own code of conduct. Today, they are considered outdated and being blamed for justifying discrimination against homosexuals. However, some countries are referring to the anti-sodomy laws, based on Christian beliefs, to take aim at requests for gay-marriages by gay activist groups.

In Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Nigeria, India, Singapore and Sri Lanka, with the exception of South Africa, colonial-era sodomy laws are still in place and forbids "the abominable crime of buggery, committed either with mankind or an animal." If convicted, perpetrators "shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding 10 years", as outlined in The Offense Against the Person Act, or The English Act of 1861. Coincidentally, Britain has since amended the Act and repealed Section 61 and 62, which criminalize homosexuality.





West Indies lost to Australia in the 1st Test

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

ricky_ponting.jpgWest Indies cricketers went down to their Australia counterparts by 95 runs at Sabina Park, in Kingston, Jamaica, in the first of three test matches to be played in the Caribbean over the next two months.

The Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, who won the toss and elected to bat on a solid wicket rattled up a first innings score of 431. The captain scored a magnificent 158 in his team total.

Bowling for the Windies, Fidel Edwards had figures 5-104 off 26 overs.

The hosts in their turn at the crease mustered 312, with the dependable middle order batsman, Shivnerine Chanderpaul, scoring 118 for his 18th test century, he was ably assisted by Runorko Morton with 67. Fast bowler Bret Lee was the pick of the tourist bagging 3 for 63.

With a lead of 119 the Aussies were skittled out for 167 in their second innings, as Andrew Symonds top-scored with 79. Dwayne Bravo topped the bowling figures for the Windies taking 4 wickets for 47.





By: Jodi-kaye Watson

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The talented and beautiful Alana, who is signed to Flaming Star Promotions, is one of the many acts slated to perform at the upcoming International Curry Fest 2008. This singer/songwriter who lives in New York is of Jamaican Heritage.

Fans can expect a high energy performance from Alana, along with her hit song "Happy to be Nappy" and her new single "Taking it Back".





Teen sisters murdered

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christina&lisabrown.jpg19-year old Christina and 17-year-old Lisa Brown were brutally murdered on Tuesday at their home when three men entered the premises on Henderson Avenue in Kingston and sprayed them with bullets.

The sight that greeted onlookers upon entering the room was Christina's lifeless body laid in a relaxed position with one of her legs on the window sill, while her sister was shot dead as she crouched with her hands over her face behind a chest of drawers. This would indicate the teens were begging for their lives as they met their demise.

The girl's mother, Donna Brown broke down and sobbed uncontrollable for her daughters even as church sisters tried to console her.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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

01 01 14 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-6wks@#1
02 02 09 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records
03 06 08 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-Shot to Watch
04 05 11 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
05 07 08 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G
06 03 14 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-3wks@#1
07 11 05 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-Greatest Gainer up 4
08 04 13 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Peak@#2
09 10 07 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
10 08 10 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx-Peak@5





Memorial Day Celebrity Football Match

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Photography By: Keveon Smith

YardFlex photgrapher was at the Celebrity Football Match on Memorial Day in New York. The final score was USA - 3, Jamaica - 1.

Below are scenes from the event:

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The Worst 'Best of the Best'

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By: Kaylia Williams
Photography By: RockersTV & Kaylia Williams

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YardFlex had the opportunity to speak to patrons as they exited Bicentennial Park, downtown Miami as the show came to a premature end.

"A di worst Best of the Best this to rahtid, since VP come out it mash up, jah kno!" said an angry patron.





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DJs Targeted in Triple Shooting

deadmembers_poisondartsounds.jpgAuburndale, Florida - Polk County Sheriff's deputies say they went to The Thunderbird Bar, located on New Hope Street in Auburndale, around 2:40 Saturday morning for a noise complaint. When they arrived, they found two people dead. A third victim died at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Deputies tell us two of the victims were DJs with the group Poison Dart. They are Antone Geargo Neely, AKA Tony Montana, and Michael S. Rattigan, AKA Chris Rock. The third victim, Kevin Jordache Webster, was a friend of the two DJs.

The suspect or suspects are still at large.

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T-Pain leads the pack for BET Awards 08

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T-Pain-716283.jpgThe BET AWARDS '08 is raising the stakes and promises to be the "hottest ticket on television" for the eighth year running, as the biggest stars in music, sports and entertainment unite in Los Angeles' historic Shrine Auditorium for a night of explosive LIVE performances on Tuesday, June 24 at 8:00 PM. As in years past, the BET AWARDS '08 will continue its landmark tradition of hot performances by some of today's heavy hitters, including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Wayne and Nelly. The host, along with additional presenters and performers, will be announced shortly.

BET will recognize the achievements of artistes, entertainers and athletes in 15 categories. Hip hop R&B singer, songwriter and producer T-Pain tops the line-up with five nominations for his collaborations with Chris Brown, Kanye West and Flo Rida, followed by Chris Brown with four nods and rapper/producer Kanye West earning three nominations with his successful third album, "Graduation," in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration and Video of the Year categories.

Among the other multiple nominees are R&B songstress Mary J. Blige for Best Female R&B, as well as Video of the Year for "Just Fine," along with Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Alicia Keys and Keyshia Cole.

Those nominated for the second straight year include Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne for Best Male Hip Hop; Mary J. Blige for Best Female R&B; last year's Best Male R&B winner Ne-Yo; Angela Bassett and Chandra Wilson for Best Actress; last year’s winner, basketball sensation LeBron James, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and golfing phenomenon Tiger Woods for Male Athlete of the Year; smash hitter and four-time category winner Serena Williams and b-ball superstar Tamika Catchings for Female Athlete of the Year.





Reggae Sumfest 2K8 to set Big Apple Ablaze

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reggae_sumfest_08.jpgNegril Village in Lower Manhattan is set to come alive on June 4th as 'Jamaica's Greatest, The World's Best' reggae festival - Reggae Sumfest - rolls into the Big Apple for the annual New York kickoff.

Media practitioners are invited to join sponsors and Summerfest Productions officials in marking the 16th year anniversary of the festival at a private event at Negril Village restaurant from 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

This year's Sumfest gets underway in Montego Bay, Jamaica from July 13-19, 2008, kicking off with a Beach Party on Sunday July 13th, featuring Classique and Danger Zone Records.





Cherine Anderson...artiste extraordinaire

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cherine_anderson_08.jpgShe says, "If I can bring a light to something, I would have achieved everything I ever hoped for."

Cherine Anderson has come with a difference, not with the commercially viable, breast and bottom gyration, but instead, with deep, soulful music with a positive message.

Her current message, "Kingston State of Mind", is an appeal for civility, and a rebuke against the unjust. Whatever the message is, Cherine always delivers it with a positive connotation. Interestingly, this Reggae artiste, without exposing her body unduly, or without bragging about bedroom exploits, has been receiving international clout. Remarkably, a project done by world leading producers Sly&Robbie had her collaborating with Canadian mega-star Britney Spears for the song "Piece of Me".

She is a Jamaican actress and Dancehall/Reggae vocalist. Anderson's acting career began in 1997 with a role in the local classic "Dancehall Queen", she is also known for playing the character Serena in the 2003 Jamaican film, "One Love".





Reggae artiste jammed BVI

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Jamaican artistes rocked British Virgin Island at the BVI Music Fest 08 held at Cane Garden Bay Beach in Tortola.

The Jamaican contingent performed on day 2, May 24 with Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley whipping up a storm performance wise.

The crowd seemed totally satisfied by the time he made his exit. Damian bounded on stage at 12:00 midnight and for over one solid hour he treated the crowd to a mixture of old and new songs as well as drawing from his father's vast catalogue of hits. An energetic performer, Damian totally worked the stage gliding from one end to the other as he delivered song after song. The crowd sang along with the songs they knew, by the time he was through the crowd still had to get a 'brawta' and that turned out to be 'Welcome to Jamrock'.





What's poppin

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Buju and Junior almost fight at BOTB

buju_juniorREID.jpgWha really dem sey guh down backstage a best of the best wid Buju and Junior Reid. From whey YardFlex really understand it come een like sey Junior dis Buju. Wi hear sey Buju guh si him a duh one interview and hail him up but him start to frowns pon Buju. Di artiste never pay dat nuh mind. Afterwards Buju mussi guh fi shake han with him (wi mean hail up) and Junior dis him and a sey him nuh have nutten fi duh wid ba--y man and dem almshouse dey. Dem sey Buju just kip him cool and walk wey even dough him did look bex. Big up Buju, jus let deh one dey guh and nuh badda react, dem sey who know betta, duh betta.

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Voicemail's new album 'Jump Off' to be release on July 16th.

voicemail pics 001_edit.jpgDancehall trio Voicemail will be releasing their third album Jump Off on July 16, 2008 on Japan's Pony Canyon label. The 16 track disc will feature collaborations with producers Christopher Birch, Steven McGregor, Danny Champagnie and the Ballaz. However their will be no dance tunes on the album. According to group member Craig Jackson, "This album is so hot. The fans are going to be surprised by the material on the album. I think it's our best album to date."

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpg1. Men are more emotional than you think, if they loved you at one point, it'll take them a lot longer than you think to let you go.

2. Men may be flirting around all day, but before they go to sleep, they always think about the woman they truly care about.

3. Boyfriends and men need to be reassured often that they are still loved.

4. Women are men's weaknesses.

5. If a man tells you about his problems, he just needs someone to listen to him. You don't have to give him advice.

6. A usual act that proves that a man really likes you is when he teases you.

7. Men love you more than you love them.





"Tourism working for Jamaica, putting people at the centre"

By: Joseph Cunningham

MinisterE-B-SpruceUp.jpg"Join us in protecting tourism, and thereby, protecting our collective future." These words, uttered by the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism in a now very popular "Spruce Up Jamaica" advertisement, were honored at the official launch of Phase 2 of the "Spruce Up Jamaica...Nice Up Yuhself" campaign at the recent launch in Montego Bay.

The lawns of the Old Hospital, on Gloucester Avenue were transformed into a tourism haven, which, reinstated the warmth and the beauty of the much talked about, "Sweet Jamaica" of the olden days. The site at the venue was characterized by a mixture of locals, young, middle aged and old, some from the diaspora, visitors, and tourism partners and the business community, all eating, drinking, laughing together, and serving each other, all enjoying the festivities of the afternoon.





Not All That Glitters Is Gold

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgWhen old people talk we mus listen. Dem always seh "not all that glitters is gold" and is true. Now imagine yuh meet a nice man and ting and decide to settle down. Before unu move in together all is well. Him buy yuh nice gifts, expensive clothes, mi a talk 'bout Gucci, Guess, Dolce & Gabanna etc. Him put yuh inna one criss Lexxus and just spoil yuh like milk. Now you a tink you must be the luckiest woman right now.

So after all this, yuh convince seh yuh find a good man; a man weh a go tek care of yuh so yuh decide fi go live wid him. Yuh a plan fi work still cauz at least yuh wa'an av sumting fi yuhself. So after yuh live wid the man yuh start realize dat him was a wolf in sheeps clothing. First of all the man tell yuh seh yuh affi stop work and stay home an look after the house. Anywey yuh a go him affi de deh. So yuh know seh no more going out wit friends. Yuh think that is all! De man change yuh phone number so everybody weh yuh use to know ca'an call yuh again. Den yuh realize seh him know everybody weh yuh talk to and weh yuh send message to and yuh a wonder how come. Only fi know seh de man ave a fren weh work a Digicel an him get a list and the conversation of everbody weh yuh call and text. And it only gets worse. Yuh know yuh ca'an get on him bad side cauz yuh know him ago buss yuh *ss. So if him seh jump yuh betta ask how high. So wen all dis a happ'n to yuh yuh a wonder if it really worth it.

Tell me weh unu think, is it really worth it to stay wid a man like this?





Mickey Spice to Perform at Curry Fest

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patrick_mikey_edit.jpgThe talented Mickey Spice, born in Kingston, Jamaica is one of the many acts slated to perform at this year's International Curry Fest which will be held on June 15, 2008, in Lauderhill, Florida. Mickey Spice, a versatile artiste, who does a mixture of both gospel and reggae music, is ready to satisfy the patrons of Curry Fest.

Mickey Spice has been around for a while and is still making conscious and uplifting music for fans. He has an album in the making that is slated to be released soon. The name of the album is still in consideration, but regardless, the public can expect an exceptional album.

International Curry Fest 2008 is one of the many shows that Mickey Spice is slated to perform on and has performed in previous years. He has done several shows before, some he is proud of and some he wish he could forget. Regardless, fans can definitely expect the best from this talented artiste.





Bruce GoldingProfile.jpgHon Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica has reaffirmed his commitment in pursuing the the possibility of having Jamaicans overseas represented in the country's upper house of parliament, the Senate.

He made this speech to a capacity crowd last Wednesday in Birmingham. Mr Golding stressed that the time had come to examine how the Diaspora may actively contribute to decision making and governance in Jamaica.

Reinforcing a commitment he gave to explore the issue, when he visited the UK as Opposition Leader two years ago, he said a route would have to be found through the Senate, to facilitate the initiative. He added: "Our system of representation requires that your vote be ascribed to a particular constituency. The difficulty would be to decide which constituency would receive an individual's vote. That is a challenge but we could expand the Senate to provide for representation from the Diaspora."

The Prime Minister was addressing more than 1200 persons on the second leg of his four-city UK tour. As was the case in London the previous night, Mr Golding was received enthusiastically and held his audience spell-bound for just about two hours.





What an eventful weekend

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skatta_Main.jpgWe at YardFlex would like to send our deepest regrets and best wishes to music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and his cousin who were both involved in an accident over the weekend. You are both in our prayers at this time, as we pray for a speedy recovery.

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Chill in Miami was off the chain last night. Esco, Leftside, and Sean Paul was in the house. The event brought out the uptown massive. Big up to the promoters and all the patrons who came out to party.

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International News

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Witness Says R. Kelly Is Man In Sex Tape

rkelly_trial.jpgThe former best friend of the 13-year-old girl who allegedly features in the explicit video at the center of the R. Kelly child pornography trial has named the star as the man who appears in the footage, this according to wjbt.com.

Simha Jamison
, now 24, testified on the second full day of the singer's trial in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, stating she believed her friend Roshona Landfair, now 23, to be the underage girl in the video. And when asked who she believed the man in the video tape to be, she replied, "Her Godfather, R. Kelly."

Jamison told the court she met the Grammy-winner through Landfair, who introduced the star as her "Godfather." Jamison went on to tell the court she recognized the girl in the video as her former friend from her face and a "mullet" haircut the two girls had both sported at the time.

The witness told Cook County prosecutor Shauna Boliker she had previously seen the tape in question in February 2002.

The girl in the video, thought to be either 13 or 14 years old at the time, has maintained that she isn't the female in the footage, and Kelly's attorneys backed up her claims.

On Tuesday, Kelly's lawyers insisted the man in the video bears key physical differences from the star. Kelly stands accused of videotaping himself having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

YardFlex will keep you posted with more news on the trial.

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Junior Tucker is not turning back

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junior_tucker_edit.jpgHe admits; Only God can get the credit for all that has taken place in the extraordinary life of Junior Tucker.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he began singing at the age of 5. At age 7 he became a household name in his country performing his first #1 song "Happy" and also began traveling internationally. Without a shadow of doubt everyone knew being on stage was what he was born to do.

With tremendous success, he navigated his way through three international recording contracts which have literally taken him across the world. He has toured throughout the United States, UK, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. At 12 years old he was signed to Island Records and at 14 he had a recording contract with Geffen Records, USA. At 23 he signed to Virgin Records, UK. In 1991 Junior was released from Virgin and returned to his roots to pursue a career in Jamaican Dancehall Music.

Dancehall brought its accolades, number one songs, Singer of the Year titles and a high profile lifestyle. As time progressed his life became far from 'Happy'. Despite so called fortune and fame, behind the scenes his life was in pieces, spent chasing the next hit song to stay on top and fill the void.





No Bounty for Best of the Best

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bounty_guyana.jpgKiller on Best of the Best tomorrow will be in a for a big disappointment as he will definitely not be there. Below is the release sent out by his management.

The management of Bounty Killer regrettably announces that he will not be appearing at this year's staging of the Best of the Best concert in Miami on Memorial Weekend, due to travel document issues.

Bounty's work permit had expired some time ago and due to a number of factors conspiring against us - an administrative backlogue, his passport needing to be renewed, the US Embassy in Kingston's overloaded appointment system and his intensive travel schedule (for example the European tour,) he could not get the work permit application processed and an appointment at the Embassy in time for this weekend.





Elephant Man "Nuh Linga"

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Camar taking music to a higher level

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camar.jpgThe greatness of music is not to find what is common but what is unique. In the wonderful world of R&B one begins to question the skill, craft and overall substance behind R&B music. This underlying question is often answered by young gifted artistes who bring a new sound to music, with the ability to take the world to the next generation of entertainment. This musical distinction is found in Slip n Slide Records Camar.

I love the arts, he says, adding, I like drama, music, drawing and sculpting.

Born in the blissful island of Jamaica, Camar Andre Doyles, was destined to set a number of new trends in music. "I knew from a young age that, I wanted my music to change the world, I wanted my musical influence to be groundbreaking and exhibit the meaning of being unique." Like many educated and disciplined in the island, Camar's first appearance singing was at his church. During his school days, he was inspired by male friendly singing groups such as, Boyz II Men and Jodeci.

The Jamaican native decided at a young age that he wanted to pierce the international market with his own style of singing, Yard Soul which is defined as poignant vocals almost in an R&B influenced technique over rich Caribbean Dancehall beats.

After setting new goals and assigning specific tasks for himself Camar forged ahead towards his musical career and enrolled at the Art Institute in Florida where he persued a degree in Computer Animation. Once he returned to Jamaica, he continued to excel in performing arts as he enrolled at Excelsior Community College to study music.





machel.jpgSoca king Machel Monano will be performing at the "Official Atlanta Caribbean Carnival" on Saturday, May 24 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will be preented with the Phoenix Award and named "Caribbean Music Ambassador" for which he states, "I am very grateful"

The presentation will be made during the performance at the Carnival's Festival Village which will feature soca artistes such as; Iwer George, Jamesy P., Problem Child among others, backed by band De Soca Unit.

The Atlanta Carnival festivities will follow the parade of bands, which will be held downtown Atlanta in the Auburn District between noon to 10pm.





Flashpoint Film Festival invades Port Royal

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On Tuesday, May 20 the 2008 Flashpoint Film Festval was launched at the Ashanti Restaurant in Hope Gardens. Audiences were treated with a viewing of selected films as well as original performances from characters of the film, "Better Mus Come", by director Storm, which is set against the background of the political upheaval of 1970's Jamaica.

The release of the teen comedy "Candy Shop" by director Joel Burke is also highly anticipated.





Whats Poppin'

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Sean Kingston Issue release party wasn't 'Beautiful'

SEANK_edit.jpgBwoy di word from mi New York contact is dat Sean Kingston’s Issue release party by Squeeze di odda day was a big flop. If yuh neva mind sharp it coulda meck any artiste get suicidal. Di turn out low and wi undastan sey nuff a di people dme nuh waan support Kingston either.

Come on man, give a brotha a break.

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How Cedella Marley Booker get OD

cedella_booker_memorial_2.jpgYeah, wi sey may har soul rest in peace and all dat, but wi still haffi question certain tings., Wi caan really undastan how she get Order of Distinction (OD) inna Jamaica. Meck wi talk up di tings dem. If dat be di case why Dennis Brown never get it. Dem really need fi list out di criteria dem and tell wi whey she did duh fi get it, just because she gi birth to di reggae king? Because when mi examine it, mi nuh si wha else she did duh?

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It's full speed ahead for Lady Saw

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By: Joan Wilson

ladysaw2_edit.jpgIt's full speed ahead where dancehall artiste Lady Saw is concerned. The female DJ is now engrossed in working on her next album and one thing she is promising is that it will be hot! "I don't know yet what the title will be, but I am working with several top producers such as Ward 21, Sly & Robbie, Skatta, Baby G, John John, Jazzy T among others," she told YardFlex in an interview.

Saw who is involved in a lot of projects with these producers says it will be quite a task selecting that final 16 tracks which will be making the cut for the album. Although she doesn't know yet what the final selections will be she is promising that it will contain something for every one. "It will have tracks with the kind of message 'No Less Than A Woman' gave, you know speaking to realities of life, and the fun stuff," she shared reassuring that her fans will definitely not be stuck with a boring repetitive album.

But for now she is not in any rush as she is having fun keeping her performance commitments and putting out singles in between. She told YardFlex of her upcoming single which she says will be 'mashing up the place'. The single in question "A Nuh Yuh Belly" is a jazzy, funny song that makes women with "protruding bellies" feel good about themselves!





Andrew and Wada Blood 'Hustlin to the Top' doing well

Andrew and Wada Blood's new single 'Hustle Till The Day I Die' has been enjoying good rotation on the airwaves, in the weekly hot street dances like Bembe, Weddy Weddy, Asylum, Dutty Friday, Passa Passa, Hot Mondays and Uptown Mondays.





The Countdown Begins for Best of The Best 2008

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Miami, FL -- 19, May 2008) The countdown has begun for Best Of The Best 2008! South Florida's longest running Memorial Weekend reggae concert is going down Sunday May 25th at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) in bubbling downtown Miami.

The stellar list of artists confirmed for this year's concert include legends Super Cat, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Junior Reid, Barrington Levy, soca king Machel Montano, Tarrus Riley, Mavado, Etana, Dean Frasier, Assassin, Serani, Bling Dawg and New Kidz. Doors open at 1pm sharp. Stage show kicks off at 2pm and ends at 11pm.

In addition to bringing together Jamaica's biggest stars for Best Of The Best 2008, Rocker's Island Entertainment, in association with Massive B Sound System, Inc., will have South Florida 'pon lock with the sexiest parties throughout the entire weekend!





A suh mi sey

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By: Joan Wilson

A time fi wi unite

Joan_wilson.jpgJamaicans, Jamaicans, Jamaicans a can't stress it enough, but unno nuh realize a sey a time wi all start pulling together. Yes, mi know sey inflation a gwaan di world ova but inna Jamaica nuff a di tings dem can hold dung. But yuh know why dem just a fling increase left, right and centre gi wi, cause wi nuh corporate wid each other. Di next time dem haffi raise, chicken, bread, flour and dem tings dey, why we nuh exercise wi free will and boycott it for even a few months.

Meck di pricey tings dem stay pon di producer dem and spoil up until dem realize sey wi just can't teck nuh more pressure. But no, true unno show off mentality, mi pocket soft and mi can only manage chicken back (but den again all dat a get expensive tuh) and yuh can still buy certain meat...yuh tun round teck it cuss mi.

Instead yuh realize sey sooner or lata, yuh a guh feel it tuh and meck mi form a common bond and talk up di tings dem bout di increase unno galang like idiots.





Miss Kitty axed from Nationwide News

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miss_kitty_edit.jpg'Talk up di tings' radio personality Miss Kitty was axed from Nationwide News last Monday.

According to a report published in the Star Miss Kitty who hosts the Entertainment Office from Monday to Friday was let go from the station.

Khadine Hylton aka Miss Kitty
confirmed to the Star that she was let go. Apparently it all stemmed from a song that she played which the station's execs claimed could be libelous. Miss Kitty was eventually suspended for five days, after returning from her suspension Miss Kitty was in meeting with her supervisors where she was later let go.

Nationwide News CEO Cliff Hughes, also confirmed the developments. He said, "Miss Kitty is a very talented young woman, I wish her well. I think she will do well, she has a lot of potential. She has challenges to overcome, but I feel that she will."





Beenie Man's Wine Gal still in 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 03 13 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-5wks@#1
02 04 08 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records--Shot to Watch
03 01 13 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-3wks@#1
04 02 12 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Peak@#2
05 06 10 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
06 08 07 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G
07 09 07 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G
08 05 09 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
09 07 11 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John-Peak#@4
10 10 06 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype





Tessane Chin bonds with girls at Women's Centre

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor


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Prolific singer, Tessane Chin, took time out to share a moment with the girls from the Kingston branch of the Women's Centre Of Jamaica Foundation, on Thursday, May 15, 2008.

The occasion was a presentation by the Growing and Giving organisation which handed out gifts to the girls at the centre.

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The gifts came courtesy of Confectionary Snacks, Super Plus, VP Records, Headline Entertainment and the St. Andrew Rotary Club.





Ano everybody you see...you fi wah deh wid

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMi seh mi av a friend and she seh dat she meet dis cute guy. Him nice and ting and him look like summady she coulda par with. She wasn't looking for some one to settle down wid just someone to date. Anyways dem go out a couple a times. Him carry her go movies and party and she sey him know how fi av a good time. She think all was going well until him seh him ago introduce har to him close friend. She tink the man must rate her to wa'an introduce her to him paari.

So dem go watch a play de nite and she meet de fren. Could you guess and tell mi wah happen? She like off de man fren! But to how she stay she neva wa'an de man fi know and besides the fren was dere wit him woman. So she play it cool. She seh wen she go home de nite she a wonder why she like de man fren and why she neva meet him fuss instead.





Reggae's Top Stars Return to Southern California

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Los Angeles, Southern California [FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] - On July 27th 2008 temperatures are going to reach a record high in Southern California. Adamari Empire, the event promoters and producers of last years' 10th Annual Caribbean Seabreeze Festival, will bring the heat to Queen Mary Park, Long Beach with the Caribbean Summer Festival 2008. The festival boasts an all star line up of Reggae's top Dancehall stars and legends. The festival promises to put Shabba Ranks, Junior Reid, Lady Saw and Cham together on one stage, for one night only.

The Caribbean Summer Festival 2008 promises to be an unprecedented event, with legendary dancehall ladies man Shabba Ranks as the headline act. This is the first time in over a decade that Shabba Ranks will perform at an outdoor festival in Southern California, making this event a must for all Reggae fans to see. Also on the line up is Junior Reid, who had the huge billboard hit "This is Why I'm Hot" with M.I.M.S., Grammy award winning 1st lady of the Dancehall, Lady Saw and Cham, who had the chart smash with "Ghetto Story" featuring Alicia Keys.





KLAS FM ends School Tour on a high!

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor


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The Inseason, KLAS FM School Tour, season came to an exciting end last week at the final stop; the beautiful Runaway Bay Heart Hotel and Institution, in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

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It was excitement galore as the KLAS FM team, Tony Young, Alicia Anderson, DJ Kat and the crew touched down at the Runaway Bay Institute.

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The students and members of staff were entertained by performances by the 'original mix up man' Black-er, Nesbeth, Dugsy Ranks, Alibra and Gospel Artiste; Junior Thompson.





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Ryde, California, May 20, 2008, This June, summer solstice weekend, June 20, 21, & 22, 2008 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (SNWMF), an annual world peace and summer solstice celebration. The event takes place in the scenic Anderson Valley in the town of Boonville, California at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. Some of the world's greatest world, roots, vintage, dancehall, modern reggae and ska artists and sound system DJ's have made their appearances on the Sierra Nevada stages over the years, many of whom make their West Coast festival debut at this hallmark event.





matisyahu[2].jpgWhen the news reached the Reggae world that Matisyahu had been recognized by Billboard Magazine as Reggae Artiste of the Year, it was a shock wave! Well it would only have been just that to those who did not know his history.

Since the release of his 2004 debut, "Shake off the dust...ARISE" and the phenomenal success of last year's "Live At Stubb's".

Matisyahu has continued to bring his uncanny, electrifying fusion of orthodox Judaism and classic Reggae music to you with an incessant touring schedule and unbelievable energy. Now, Matisyahu and the band brings you their sophomore studio album, YOUTH.

Youth is a compelling mix of ancient and modern sounds and ideas. The propulsive title track, with its rallying cry "youth is the engine of the world," draws upon Matisyahu's studies of Chabad Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersohn - as well as his own tumultuous past.





Elephant Man blazed through Columbus, Ohio

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Elephant Man passed through Arosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio with a burst of energy last Friday.

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The show started off on a high and saw the ladies reaching out for Ele and oh my gosh, he grabbed a girls's hand and hold it on his crotch, whining on it! Then as if that was not enough he invited some ladies on the stage to do the Drop Dead dance and apparently they were not doing it good enough for Ele so he ran them off the stage very crudely saying "get off my b$#@cloth stage! Mi tell yuh fi drop dead and yuh a do some whiney whiney shit!" Poor girls, they never looked too happy about that. But then again who would with language like that and that kind of disrespectful talk. So the girls start to yell "go home!!





The Aloha Vibes Captures Malibu

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By: Michelle Thomas
Photography By: Marie Mendoza

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The World Famous Malibu Inn hosted Hawaiian Reggae band, Natural Vibes. The Vibes fuse pop/rock/rap/reggae which comprises their unique sound. The six members formed their group in 1993 and began performing locally. Their hit performances have made them one of the most popular bands in Hawaii, with an emerging fan base. The Vibes are well on their way to becoming the next major international artist from Hawaii with five albums under their belt and multiple achievements on The Billboard Reggae Charts.





fiya_mumma.jpgQueen Ifrica, affectionately called the Fiya Mumma invaded the stage at the Sound Academy, formerly the Docks, and for 90 solid minutes she blazed, tantalized and thrilled her Toronto fans.

Queen Ifrica could do no wrong for the massive there as she used her full arsenal of songs such as Daddy Don't Touch Me There, Na Rub, and Below the Waist.

Many in the audience had wondered if they would get the opportunity to see Queen and Steele perform there hit single New World(Remix), and for all in attendance that special highlight came when Ifrica invited the Canadian reggae sensation to join her on stage. Together they belted the lyrics of their MOBS/Flames produced single. This was the first time they had performed the song together and the energy from both artists was tremendous.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

portmore_united_FC.jpgPortmore United won the National Premier League played by top football club's in Jamaica. Twelve teams vied for pole position, with Portmore United coming out on top. After playing 38 games, of which they won 21, drew 12 and lost 5, amassed a total of 75 points to walk away with the trophy.

Tivoli Gardens came second with 66 points, Boy's Town third with 58 points, last season champions, Harbour View fourth with 51 points and Waterhouse fifth with 47 points.

Coached by former Reggae Boyz defender Linval Dixon, the champions had a strong nucleus of National players with experience and youth.





Queen Omega getting ready to tour North America

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Queen Omega_edit.jpgTrinidad's royal reggae empress, Queen Omega, who hails from San Fernando is getting ready for her debut tour of North American tour scheduled for the summer.

She is scheduled to perform at the Caribbean Unity Tour 2008 where she will share stage with top Jamaican performers Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Steele, Baby Demus and Grindsman.

The female singer, whose birth name is Jeneile Osbourne, was born to a family of five between four boys. She was given the name 'Queenie' from a very tender age when she started showing off her singing talent. Recognizing her daughter's gift of singing, her mom Deborah encouraged her to go after her dream and pursue a career in music.





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Voicemail epitomizing musical versatility

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The biggest unintentional secret in Dancehall Reggae music since Snow is that the fluid sound you hear on tracks recorded by Voicemail is not the singular range of one singer; but that of a group. Stacked with an abundance of control and timing these three manage to belt out each bar and verse in such harmony that it is easy to be mislead. It truly takes a skilled ear to initially distinguish the different voices. A shared destiny and ambition has bonded these three singers: Craig Jackson, Kevin Blaire and Oniel Edwards together as one group. Performing as a unit for the last 5 years, the three have remained as the final legacy of Voicemail.

Quickly recognized for their intro trademark, You've got mail, Voicemail, heyeee as only Craig can deliver; they have been making waves in Jamaica with charting singles such as Weddy Time and their succession of videos for songs like; Gal Hunt, Weddy Time, She Want It Harder, Ready To Party and Wacky Dip in addition to features on the Strip Tease riddim and Klymaxx riddim medley videos.

Its their energetic stage performances, that fail to hide the enjoyment shining in their eyes from the pure pleasure of being in front of audiences at key events like: Spring Fest 2004, Sumfest 2004, 2005, Fully Loaded and world wide touring, which is allowing them to win over critical audiences.





Kirk Davis now on the alleluia side

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By: Joan Wilson

kirk_davis_08.jpgDuring his reign with the Shocking Vibes crew, Kirk would thrill his many fans with love songs but in the quiet hours he would be tortured with the thoughts that his soul was not alright with the Lord. "Sometime I would toss and turns, cause I know that if I should die my soul would not be ready," he told YardFlex.

Then three years ago, the demand to make things right in his life became overwhelming as Kirk said he was lying in his bed one night in New York and reflecting and the thought came to him that he need to let go of all other vibes and put God first, there is no repentance in the grave. Still he resisted the urge and continued to do his secular songs, it was a constant battle, but somehow he managed to put the conviction aside as he did shows in Japan, the Caribbean, Europe and other places.





Dobby Dobson

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By: Joan Wilson

dobby-01.jpg"Life was one big bowl of jello and condensed milk...my conscience was clear, I harboured no bad feelings towards anyone, I was being in tune with the universe. I left Jamaica to reside in New York away from family and most close friends, so my 'friends' were now my new associates or people I had not seen in a long time...and I casually got drawn into a lifestyle that was foreign to me. Night clubs had been a part of my life in Jamaica, what with me having sung with a dozen bands for most of my life, but New York after hour joints were different. These places opened after most legitimate niteries closed, and stayed open into the next day...mostly run without licenses, they catered to a different crowd...into which I assimilated myself. Liquor flowed, drugs prevailed and ladies were easy. It was nothing to find yourself sneaking out of the joint to find the sun high in the sky," were the earnest words of singer Dobby Dobson to YardFlex as he spoke about his rise from hitting rock bottom by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Today, Dobby his using his experience to witness to thousands and seeing them experience the kind of change he has too. But that change didn't just happen overnight, the catalyst started in 2000 when his mother died. According to Dobby a wave of depression came over him. When he returned to New York the sadness was still with him and no amount of girls or drugs could make him feel any better.





Whats Poppin'

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Wed or not?

don_alaine.jpgA really true sey Don Corleon and Alaine married? Well everybody a wonda and a hope sey one a dem wi officially come out and sey something. But inna fi wi time, marriage a sinting wey yuh proud a and yuh want yuh friend and family fi be apart of. But afta Jamaica nuh stay like foreign when it come to faas people? Well, if a true...YardFlex wish di couple a wonderful life.

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People, unno memba how Neeto Meeks mash up Charah Watson yeye and how di poor girl nearly dead with how him duh har? But a wha really a gwaan wid di case, how come win uh hear nutten more. Somebody please update wi wid how di case a gwaan? It drop, it done, wha?

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A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Woman unno fi support each odda

Joan_wilson.jpgIt sound hard fi sey, but unno know sey wi woman really hard pon wi one anodda. Yup, di odda day a was reaching out to a girl that got raped and suppose yuh hear di kinda comment whey a come from woman!

Mi woulda did feel betta if a di man dem a sey it cause at least mi coulda sey a just true dem nuh waan admit sey dem bredren coulda do dat. But fi hear some woman task is like dem hate di woman whey get rape or she did a beg fi it. Nuff time mi nah sey dat every woman a angel and even if she did outa road a sell it, di fact dat she pick nuffi gi dah one deh none, it still inna har rights not to and NO man nuh have di right fi force himself pon a woman wedda she a pros or not.

It happen dat one such get rape and listen to some a di comment dem why women pass, "she did a beg fi it", "nobady can rape dat...whosoever will", "she have nutten lef fi rape".





Me Best Fren and Me Man

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMe always hear people a talk bout weh dem woulda do if dem find dem man and dem best friend together inna bed, but me neva know it woulda happ'n to mi a backside! Mi sey mi an' de man together fi five years and me know the girl fi 'bout six years. Me and she work a de same place and she know how much me really love de man. Me is a girl who neva know seh me coulda really love a man so much, the man really take care of me and the sex goooood me a tell yuh.

Now could you believe dat mi did have an assignment and mi did affi go Mo-Bay fi three days but the work was cut short and dem send me home a day early. Me couldn't get fi call him cause me know sey him deh pan night shift and him ca'an tek no phone call. So anyways, me reach home 'bout eleven o' clock de night and a expect to find an empty house. Little did i know dat him and me fren well ina my bed well lock dung.

Me have mi own key so mi open de door and dem neva hear when mi come in, but I was wondering how him gone a work and lef de music a play.





Can Money Really Make Women Happy?

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpg"Money talks and bullshit walks" is a common term used by Jamaicans. Women no longer want "bruk pocket man". So men if you ain't rolling out inna yuh criss vehicle and have yuh money lock some women won't even bother to look your way. As Kartel's song says "Car man ina dem gal yah thought, dem change man like auto parts, no vehicle no romance". And me know some man can agree with him because some women nowadays just looking a man to con.

But the question still remains, can money really make a woman happy? Now you have some of these women who lucky fi find the money man dem, but dem a buss dem ass. Now a so some woman really love money that dem ago stay wid a man weh out fi kill dem? Now memba dis ladies, yuh no have no money fi yuh self yuh affi depend on the man fi everything yuh want. Some time me affi wonder if some women no like feel independent. Don't get me wrong me nah seh woman fid deh wid bruk pocket man but mek sure yuh have sumting fi yuh self so dat if the man run yuh or a buss yuh ass yuh can at least leave wit yuh dignity.





Future Fambo Still on the Rise

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future_fambo.jpg'Future Fambo', exploded unto the Dancehall scene with the Kung Fu dance, on the Martial Art riddim in the early 1990s. Known as Future Troubles at that point, he emerged as a militant deejay who infused a good sense of humor.

In accordance with this image, he is ready to release his second album,Mada. The balance of humor and militancy is embedded in this album. According to Fambo, songs such as Run Di Place, which is basically blowing his own trumpet as a Fambo, is one of the people's favourite. Drunken Dance and Out will be on the new album.

Promotion has already begun prior to the release of the album in June. He has recently returned from a European Tour, during which he opened for main-act Bounty Killer. "I was well received on the tour". He said. Fambo is also set to travel to New York for a show, where he is slated to perform at Amazuru.

Interestingly, Fambo revealed in a recent interview that his recent hit, Drunken Dance has been banned in certain countries, because of a perceived glamorizing of alcohol addiction. Nevertheless,the popular phrase says, 'no publicity is bad publicity' and as such, Fambo, is currently in the spotlight.





No romance without finance

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By Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow, unno notice how tings change yah now. Straight up, nuh bruck pocket man caan come and waan check a girl and expect har fi par wid him. Nah sah, di only way she a guh let off or deal wid him nice is if she harslef well heavy and a look smady fi just have some fun wid.Di fuss ting di woman a guh sey him haffi can let off fi maintenance, suh straight up, no romance without finance.

Di woman dem sey haffy look good and dem haffi smell sweet tuh and dat nuh come cheap. Yup. Dem have a list a work wid, toiletries, food money, bills, panties and nuff a dat cause dem sey some a unno love tear dem off and at di rate whey unno dweet it cost fi keep replacing dem. It’s strictly Victoria Secret and di Frederick of Hollywood please! But den again a wha kinda animals unno a deal wid sah!So if di money nuh run, den a dead stock ting dat wi a talk bout.

Di nex’ ting di woman dem a talk bout is how unno love when dem wash and press unno clothes, but when di light and water bill come unno a frownz fi pay it. Hear mi now star, none a dat around here! But dem lucky siddung a tun slave over unno clothes and haffi a argue fi get money fi pay bills, di time unno teck a do dat unno go look wuck whey a pay?





HoSangs Mourn Tragic Death

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hosang_death.jpgTappan, New York, May 13, 2008. Friends and family of Vincent and Jeanette HoSang, owners and founders of Caribbean Food Delights, Royal Caribbean Bakery and JerkQ'zine Caribbean Grille, have converged at their home in Westchester County comforting the family as they mourn the tragic loss of their youngest child, 24 year old Brian Vincent HoSang.

According to police reports, on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th Brian was traveling south in the middle lane on interstate 684 in Putnam County when he lost control of his 2005 Honda motorcycle and was thrown from his bike, when it slammed into a guard rail at around 1:20 pm near exit 8 Croton Falls. State police pronounced him dead at the scene.

"Brian was such a loving person…he always looked out for everyone," says older sister Sabrina, Chief Operating Officer of Caribbean Food Delights.





Barbee says "Love him don't bun him"

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By: Dave Lindo

*new single 'Love You Anyway' to be released this summer.

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Barbee is upbeat about her latest single, 'Love You Any Way', which is scheduled to be released in the summer. The song is sounding good and from all indications should do well for her on the international scene.

The song comes in her effort to take her career to a higher level. "It's a real lovely song, it was produced by Alicia Key's producer Sean Do," she disclosed. "It is a song that is dear to me. It's about when you are in a relationship you should stay true and just stick it out, just love him and don't bun him."

She added, "I just sat back and focused on my music. I saw where I needed to get back to basics. I started taking guitar lessons and voice training because I am preparing myself for the big times. I am looking at the different aspects of the business because that's where many people fail. They are stuck on the small things and miss the bigger picture."

Barbee disclosed that she is also doing acting lessons which was prompted by her getting some offers for the 'big screen'. "Some roles are on the table, some real big opportunities which I am excited about," she said.





Chimney Records Taking over Jamaica By Storm

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

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Jamaica is an island full of talented people. Two such people are David Hayle and Jordan McClure who have formed their record label called, Chimney Records. The two have been friends since Preparatory school and both share the same passion and enthusiasm for dancehall music. After high school the two decided to create their own music and agreed to combine efforts to build their own label from scratch.

The goals of these talented young men have always been to make great music that will stand the test of time, music that people will enjoy as much as they do and to be remembered for that music. These two also aimed to achieve a level of success that would be inspirational to others.

Currently the two are working on several projects, including, Soul Seeka Riddim, featuring "Tell Dem" by Bounty Killer and Einstein and songs by Vybz Kartel, Bramma, Black Rhino and others. They are also working on albums for Vybz Kartel, Bramma and Einstein and have several new singles to be released soon.





International News

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8 years for Remy Ma

remy_MA.jpgFor shooting a woman outside a Manhattan night club rapper Remy Ma was sentenced to 8 years. The rapper broke down in tears at the news. "I feel so bad for all the physical and mental pain you've gone through," the Grammy-nominated rapper told the victim. "This has taken a toll on us and both our families. I would never wish you harm and I pray the best for all of us."

The entertainer, whose real name is Remy Smith, had faced up to 25 years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion for shooting Makeda Barnes Joseph last July in a dispute over money. Smith, 26, begged the judge for leniency for the sake of "my little boy," saying she grew up "surrounded by failure, violence and poverty," but "made something out of nothing" from her life.

State Supreme Court Justice Rena Uviller said she recognized that Smith had had a difficult childhood, but noted the victim had nearly died and will never be the same physically. Uviller called the rapper "a young woman whose anger is out of control."

After the sentencing, Smith's fiancé, fellow rapper Papoose, began screaming in a hallway outside the courtroom. "All you want is money!" he said, apparently referring to the victim. "Lock me up! Lock me up!" he then shouted to court officers, who escorted him out of the courthouse.

The couple had planned to wed last weekend at the Rikers Island jail, where Smith has been incarcerated. Correction officials said they called off the wedding after Papoose showed up with a handcuff key. Smith's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, said Papoose had a key but denied that it could be used to open handcuffs. Papoose, whose real is Shamele Mackie, hasn't been charged. Fisher said the couple still plan to wed.

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Reggae Sumfest – Best Concert of the Year

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2008 International Reggae and World Music Awards

reggae_sumfest_08.jpgKINGSTON, JAMAICA – May 9, 2008. Concert of the Year and Promoter of the Year were two coveted awards won by Reggae Sumfest and Summerfest Productions at the 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) on Sunday, May 4, at the Apollo Theater in the historic Harlem, New York, beating out several large international Reggae concerts which also vied for this honour.

IRAWMA established in 1982, outlines its mission as that of acknowledging and honouring the accomplishments and contributions of entertainers in the categories of Reggae, Caribbean and other World music. Its intent; to provide a forum for songwriters, performer and musicians to be recognized for their artistic efforts and achievements with the overall objective of promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, Caribbean and World music globally. With 28 years under its belt, IRAWMA is well recognized as the industry's oldest and most prestigious event in its chosen category. The ceremony has been staged in many major US cities as well as in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The public is able to vote for their favourite nominee in each category on the internet.





Birthday Greeting

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YardFlex would like to send a special earthday greeting to Chat reporter Cecelia Campbell-Livingston. We wish for you God's richest blessings on your day and all the best in life.

Much Love from the Staff at YardFlex.





Da'ville soothes guest at Mother's Day concert

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Amara achieving her dream despite set backs

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By: Joseph Cunningham

AMARA_edit.jpgTamara "Amara" Mitchell was born in Sydney, Australia on the 21st of May 1987, to a musician father and a former singer, her mother. At age four, she recorded her first song, a child's story about pollution and the environment. As she progressed through Australian schools, she auditioned and was accepted into the Australian National Youth Choir, where she received, for a short time, voice training.

At the age of 12 she began Shalvey High School, where she did two years of dance, drama, and music classes.

At the age of 13, her mother migrated to Jamaica taking both Amara and her sister Jody with her. She lived in St Ann's Bay, and attended Ocho Rios High School, where she continued her studies in music theory, and joined the school band so she could continue practicing her singing.

After a scout saw her receiving numerous awards at her valedictory service, the scout offered her a fully paid scholarship to Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, which she willingly accepted; and although she only spent a year at the college, it benefited her immensely.

While she was still at Edna Manley College, she began singing backup for Peter Lloyd, who in turn introduced her to some producers such as, Rorey Baker, Sly and Robbie, Dean Fraser and "Snow Cone". Although she only recorded one song for "Snow Cone", which was not released, the experience in the studio helped her to grow as an artiste.





FASHION indeed BLOCKED MONTEGO BAY

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dexter_pottinger_3d_designs.jpgKingston, Jamaica:-- Western Jamaica got a premier serving of the trendiest and hippest fashion affair, Fashion Block, Montego Bay, on Saturday, May 3, cost free. Over 10,000 massive came out to view this phenomenal occasion, courtesy of international fashion expertise of the Saint International team.

"The Menswear fashions were a big hit with the audience, as well as the Dexter Pottinger's Digicel couture pieces," said a satisfied Deiwght Peters, CEO of Saint International. "It was also much bigger than the previous ones, with over 12,000 high energy persons witnessing the iconic event".

Fashion Block is normally accommodated over the Easter weekend but this year's event was not at all affected by this change. "I think the timing this year made this year even better than the previous Fashion Blocks we've had in Montego Bay, and the support received from their business sector, especially those on Gloucester Avenue, truly propelled the success of this year's event," commented Peters.





richie_b-1.jpgIn keeping with the celebration of Black Music Month, the 2nd annual Reggae Music Achievement Awards will be held on Sunday, June 8th, 2008.

This years' event will honor some of Canada's greatest reggae talents as well as Jamaican radio icon, Richie B. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn's Trillium Ballroom, which is located at 970 Dixon Road in Toronto, Ontario. Cocktails will be served at 5:30pm after which the show will commence promptly at 7:00pm.

After a successful initiation in 2007, the Achievement Awards show has become one of the most anticipated events in the Canadian reggae community. With a star studded line up which features the best of the best in Canadian reggae music, this year's event promises to entertain, educate and enlighten.

This year's show will include performances by Steele, Norris Weir & the Jamaicans, Larry Marshall & Jackie Robinson and many others. All performers will be backed by the Mountain Edge Band.





The lightning Bolt strikes again

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By: Dwight Fraser/Devon Anderson

lightning_bolt.jpgAlmost one year to the date when he broke the National 200 metres record Usain "Lightning" Bolt struck up an awe inspiring performance at Kingston's National Stadium, at the Jamaica International Invitational Games on Saturday, May 3.

A plethora of stars including the World Championship and Olympic medal winners from the United States, Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon and Sanya Richards led the way for the "Stars and Stripes" against Usain Bolt, Danny Mcfarlane, Veronica Campbell-Brown, and Deloreen Ennis-London, wearing the black green and gold representing the, "likkle but we tallawah", Jamaica in the three hour clash.

The fact that all the big name MVP runners; Micheal Frater, Bridgette Foster-Hylton, Sherone Simpson and the world's fastest man, Asafa Powell, stayed away, the I.A.A.F area permit meet was a quality one nonetheless.





Stephen to tour the US

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stephen_smileJA_edit.jpgStephen Marley, Multiple-Grammy winning artist/producer (he holds the Reggae record with six Grammy wins), fresh off his latest Grammy win for Best Reggae Album for his 2007 masterpiece Mind Control, has begun a much anticipated spring U.S. Tour.

The tour will take him to 29 cities, and includes a handful of celebrated Festivals including his spring '08 finale performance on June 13, at the much heralded Bonnaroo Festival, the 4 day multi-stage music and cultural extravaganza held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.

Marley, who became the third consecutive son from the great Marley musical dynasty to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy, will headline the non-festival shows, tapping Kingston Reggae sensation, Gully Bank Sound to open on the tour. The trek kicked off on May 4, in West Palm Beach at the Sun Fest and includes shows in North Myrtle Beach on May 8, Las Vegas' Hard Rock & Casino on May 23, and Boulder, CO on June 7, at the prestigious Fox Theatre (see entire list of dates below).





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Kencot

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

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

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

ewan_walker_edit.jpgThe talented Ewan Walker is the well renowned skin care specialist and makeup artiste from Port Antonio, Jamaica. Ewan walker has worked with Elle, Allure, Vogue, Essence and several other International magazines.

The Jamaican culture has been the major inspiration for Mr. Ewan Walker's new product line. This talented skin care specialist has re-discovered Blue Mountain coffee, using it in the development of his new products along with other Jamaican ingredients. This product line which will be available in fall focuses on the Jamaican market with a mascara, a lip gloss and bronzer. As Mr. Walker says "who needs foundation when you have beautiful skin". Women wear makeup to portray beautiful skin so if women have beautiful skin there is no need for a whole lot of makeup. All of Mr Ewan's products are all natural and mineral based.

Ewan Walker started out as a fashion designer but made a transition to makeup and skin care, and has been soaring ever since. This love for beautiful skin can be traced back to his childhood in Jamaica when he used to admire ladies with flawless skin. The transition has brought no regrets career wise but Ewan only regrets not having gone home a little sooner. Ewan visited Jamaica in February for Sean Kingston's party after not visiting home for ten years. Sean Kingston is seen as Mr Walker's favourite client as they both have Jamaican heritage and when around Sean Kingston Mr Walker feels he is at home with friends.





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Caribbean born people living in South Florida, USA, are highly privileged, due to the genius of business partners, Michael Lewis and Tyrone Robertson, who sighted a shortage of live Caribbean programming and sought to change this oversight.

Whether it's breaking political or business news, the latest dance move or hit song, Caribbean expatriates in South Florida now have another media outlet for island affairs. The cable network became a reality after more than two years of research, and now, Caribcast broadcasts programs primarily from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Guyana and Haiti.

Caribcast TV, is a subscription television and radio service offering live news, entertainment, cultural and sports programming from the Caribbean 24 hours a day.





It's curry festival time!

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Curryfest_side2_Teaser2_proof_edit02.jpgThe Westmoreland Curry Festival took place last Sunday at Mannings School and the large throng that turned out showed how much Jamaican people love their curry!

At the festival, there were the usual traditional dishes such as curried goat, chicken, shrimp etc. but then there were dishes for the more adventurous in taste such as curried octopus, cake, soup...and the list got crazier and crazier.

It will be interesting to see how the next curry festival will fear. International Curryfest 2008, which takes place in Miami on June 15, should see the real curry lovers coming out enmasse.





mission_in_progress_MH_edit.jpgMorgan Heritage has knocked Elephant Man from the number one spot on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums Chart. Morgan Heritage is now sitting comfortably in the number one position with Mission In Progress while the Energy God slipped to number three position with Let's Get Physical.

The number two position is now occupied by Stephen Marley with Mind Control. Collie Buddz who was number two last week is now in fourth position with his self titled album, while Rebel Souljaz once again rounds off the top five with Nothing To Hide. Ky-mani Marley and Shaggy are still standing firm.

Ky-mani is in the sixth position with Radio and Shaggy's Intoxication is in eigth position. Veteran entertainer Barrington Levy has entered the chart for the first time with his album which was placed in the number 10 slot, Teach The Youth.





A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Teck proper care a yuh pickney dem

Joan_wilson.jpgSorry dat mi nuh check in on Thursday, but fi tell yuh di truth di flu have mi a way star, mi neva know sey it coulda weaken yuh body suh. But a little roots and some herbal medicine and a mi dis again.

Bwoy mi deh pon a campaign dis time fi di children. Being as a child's month mi haffi talk up di tings fi dem. Nuff people a talk bout how dis generation gone to di dawgs and all kind a sinting, but dem eva stop fi tink a who do di damage.

Yuh tink you can have you young pickney and every night you gwan skin out yuhself a dance, a galang like unno nuh have nuh responsibility. Di money whey yuh fi teck send di pickney dem guh a school and buy food gi dem, yuh teck a put up big expensive hairstyle and den left dem fi tun pest to people a road.





By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The JFF and Sherwin Williams on Thursday, May 8th, 2008, staged the 2006-2007 Sherwin Williams sponsored Women's Football Competitions Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Football Federation's Office in Kingston, Jamaica.

Persons in attendance included National Technical Director, Rene Simoes, JFF President, Captain Horace Burrell, 3rd Vice President, Mr. Raymond Anderson, Chairman of the Competition Committee, Mr. Michael Ricketts, Managing Director of Sherwin Williams, Mr. Ian Forbes and Mrs. Elaine Walker Brown, longstanding Chairman for the Women's Committee of the JFF.





Sizzla - "Thank You Mama"

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This video is a special dedication to all mothers on this, their special day. Happy Mothers Day to you all.





Jason Mighty - a real gospel revolutionary

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jason_might.jpgReggae music possesses the undisputed ability to touch the spirit, the soul and the body regardless of face, creed, color or nationality. Singer, songwriter, Minister Jason Might, (his real name), is revolutionizing reggae praise and worship with his soulful ballads and uplifting praise tunes. Blending smooth, distinct vocals with musical hooks and slurs that can appease the most discerning listener; Jason imparts a glimpse of a genuine relationship with his Savior to the forefront of his songs.

Born in the sun-rich island of Jamaica, to a musically inclined mother, Jason grew up hearing the time tested, sacred hymns that are near and dear to many of our hearts. When asked about his inspiring musical talent he states, "In the year 2000 God gave me a mandate to preach hope and salvation through my music; be it on dancehall or roots reggae rhythms. The message is the same that has been spread by our Savior himself. I simply sing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Confirming his status as a minister, Jason was also ordained as a music minister and a deacon at his home church, New Life Assemblies Church of God.

This year, Jason released his debuted album entitled "Cornerstone". His hard work did not go unnoticed by his peers and the industry, as he was awarded the Best Gospel Collaboration award at the 2008 Reggae Academy Awards. He was then nominated at the 2008 Flame Awards for Best Foreign Recording Artiste and Best Foreign Gospel Recording of the year.





Jamaican entertainers love mama

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By: Joseph Cunningham

happy_mother's_day.jpgFrom the bowels of poverty comes a continuous flow of Dancehall superstars, who record songs idolizing and paying tribute to their mothers' for the guiding hands they provided amidst innumerable negative elements in the ghetto.

The number of songs celebrating "mama" in the Dancehall is too many to mention, however, they all standout.

"Grammy Kid" Shabba Ranks made Mama Christie nationally renowned, from as early as the 1980s. Deejay Merciless said, "Mama's Cooking" is the greatest, while Bounty Killer has made mention of Miss Ivy in so many huge hits, that she is internationally renowned.





By: Joseph Cunningham

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On local shores, he can be remembered as rubbing shoulders with the "Ouch crew", those Dancehall fashion revolutionaries who could be credited with bringing the 'edge' to Dancehall outfits.

He told YardFlex, "I became friends with the "Ouch" family, who adopted him as their fashion son and taught him a lot about fashion designing.

Today, he has his own clothing line, Lexx Perry; which is one of the hottest lines for street-wears in New York. Lexx says the difference with his clothes is that it is not factory made, but instead, it's "handmade". "When persons wear my clothes they get treated like stars, because what they get to wear is so unique, it makes them standout. Lexx Perry is a luxury clothing line," he asserts.





Nuh love too much material tings

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow, a mi again and dis time mi a talk bout di licky licky people dem.

Mi memba how mi granny used to sey, "craven choke puppy" and she always a quote from di bible sey di love of money is the root of all evil. Fi tell yuh di truth mi neva really understand whey she a deal wid until mi grow up and si what a gwaan inna di world.

Believe it or not, mi have times when mi siddung and hold a meds and it's in one a dem session mi start to reflect and di more mi tink bout it, di more mi realize sey all di problem inna di world come from di fact dat nuff people caan satisfy. Dem always want more, and when dem caan get it, dem go out a dem way fi do whatever it teck fi get it.

Picture dis, some people woulda want yuh fi tink sey dem have harmone problem why dem attracted to di opposite sex, but when you check out di real root a it, tru di man or woman weh have nuff money a let off, mek sum a dem go di odda way, cause dem wah big lifestyle and no wah wuk fi ti...nuh greed dat?





bolt_gay.jpgAmerican sprint star Tyson Gay, the reigning 100-meter World Champion, and Jamaica's Usain 'Lightning' Bolt, who last weekend stunned the sports world when he ran a lighting fast 9.76 seconds, the second-fastest 100-meter dash in history, will meet at 100 meters at the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31, organizers announced.

Bolt, the 21-year-old Jamaican who took the 200-meter and 4x100-meter World Championship silver medals behind Gay in Osaka, is the 2002 World Junior Champion at 200 meters and holds the World Junior Record of 19.93 seconds for the distance.





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Celebrity designer INDASHIO will be hosting his NY FASHION WEEK SHOW in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on May 31, 2008 at the Coyaba Gardens and Mahoe Falls Shaw Park Estate.





Ottawa Reggae Festival for August

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ottawa_festival_08.jpgOttawa Reggae Festival will be held in the capital city of Canada on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at the Lane Braeton Park.

This event will be outlining artistes such as: Half Pint, Snow, Maxi Priest, Collie Buddz, Friendliness & The Human Rights band among many others.

The Ottawa Reggae Festival Inc. run by President, Benji Williams, is a non-profit network that was launched in February 2007, to raise funds and awareness for the Sickle Cell disease and to highlight its effects on our community. What started as a fundraising initiative, has grown to become a flagship event that will unite Reggae fans across Canada and the United States, bringing them to Canada's capitol city - Ottawa. Reggae is the only genre of music known to bring people from all walks of life together.

As Bob Marley sang "One Love, one heart, lets get together and feel alright"





Birthday Greeting

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YardFlex would like to send Earthday greetings to one of reggae's finest drummers, Sly Dunbar. Wishing him all the best on his special day.





Passa Passa

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What a renkness

diamondmacka.jpgBwoy the reggae awards come and gawn but a nuff nuff gossip YardFlex get outa it. Yuh know sey some people really libaty tecking when yuh come fi tink bout it. Yeah man, mi hear dem a sey dat Macka Diamond look good inna har outfit but she look lacka Shabba Ranks inna wig. But a wha dis man...chu just easy yah Macka yuh a YardFlex girl...straight!

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What's Poppin'

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Sizzla of to tour regardless of Gay Protest

edit_sizzla_feature.jpgA story was released on Europe's largest gay news service, Pink News by Tony Grew, on May 6, that the interior minister informed the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany, that Reggae Artiste Sizzla Kalonji will not be granted a Schengen visa for his proposed European tour this month and has been refused the entry visa.

Attempts to contact the Jamaican German Embassy were futile. However, despite their claims, Sizzla and his band departed for their European tour last night for his first show in Poland on Saturday.

Sizzla and other artistes Capelton, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, and others continue to be a target by the gay community. As a result, a Coalition to Defend the Rights of Black Businesses, Black Organizations and Reggae Artists has been formed to provide a unified voice to defend the Reggae Industry against these attacks by the Gay community and other issues. To sign on to this coalition contact 773-9558.

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10-y-o girl gives birth

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guadalupe_gutierrez-juarez_10yrs.jpgA 10-year-old girl gave birth recently in East Idaho after being raped by a suspected illegal immigrant who has since been slapped with the charge of rape.

The girl gave birth less than two weeks ago by caesarian section at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Fremont County Sheriff Ralph C. Davis and other authorities said. Officials would not disclose the gender, date of birth or paternity of the baby.

"I wouldn't have believed a 10-year-old could conceive in the first place," Davis said.

A hospital spokeswoman would not discuss the condition of the girl or the baby and would not say whether either was still in the hospital Wednesday.





By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters_edit.jpgGetting over from a failed relationship is not an easy task. For many women they never really do. Even if they get involved with another man, the poor man must bear the sins of his predecessor as she lays everything on him. If she couldn’t trust him and worse if it was his cheating ways that ended that relationship, you can bet your bottom dollar that she is gonna watch him like a hawk, search his phone and maybe get a detective to watch his every move.

On the other hand some women can shake off the hurt in a couple of months and move on like it never happened, she will go into another relationship like it's the first time without any baggage but with a heart open to love and trust again.

It's hard to tell in the relationship game cause men on the other hand have a knack of moving on while he is still in the relationship and the poor woman is the last to know that it is really over.





International News

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Usher got it on in an airplane

usher_08.jpgR&B star Usher admitted that he once had sex in-flight at 32,000 feet in the air. Yup the singer swapped dance floor for an airplane on one occasion.

Before you start getting carried away in your imaginations it was a private plane and not a charter plane loaded with passengers.

By doing that he joins the 'mile high club' with those who have tried it. Makes those who feel nervous about flying seem petty huh.

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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 8 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 10 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-1
03 4 7 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-1
04 5 10 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
05 3 21 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-2
06 6 22 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John (2wks@#1) NM
07 9 6 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-2
08 7 21 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John (pp#4) D-1
09 8 21 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) D-1
10 13 6 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-3
11 15 3 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship U-4
12 10 21 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-2
13 14 6 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear U-1
14 16 3 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice U-2
15 19 2 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-4
16 17 4 Hey Yah (Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship U-1
17 18 4 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
18 12 20 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-6
19 20 2 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-1
20 11 10 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back (pp#11) D-9





A busy season for Machel Montano

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Already a veteran of the music business and a legend in his country, Trinidad, Machel Montano has been taking his taste of soca rhythms to the masses for decades and is now being recognized internationally for it.

At the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) held on Sunday, May 4th at the Apollo Theater in New York, Montano walked away with not only the most wins of the night but also the most coveted awards of the night. These include the Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year, Most Outstanding Stage Personality of the Year and Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer awards.









Young bwoy and older woman

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYeah man, me Buffilous again. Mi back broad, mi nuh gi two cents whey nobady waa write bout mi. Rootz girl can tan deh meck everyting badda har, if yuh duh dat yuh neva meck a move. Anyway, all a di YardFlex reader dem a mi friend so mi nuh care how dem cuss mi out...mi love almshouse and mi nah tap. And speaking bout mix up and blenda check out dis ya one yah.

And before unno chat, no a nuh mi friend, mi just know bout di situation alright.

Dis 69 year old rasta woman deh wid a 27 year old guy who waan fi marry har. But how she suh lucky. Dat deh young stud waan har fi di rest a har life and yuh have some young ooman whey can't find a man a har own!





Curry Festival sell off

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Curry-spice.jpgCurry Festival in Westmoreland was a sell off event. The massive turned out to enjoy the sumptuous treats that were available. Everything that could be curried was curried and it seemed that's just the way the massive crowd wanted it as they flocked every available stall on the compound.

The day was about sampling, chatting, kicking back and just having fun. The vibes continued like that until it was showtime. The Mannings Chorale delighted with their sweetly blended voice, earning themselves some enthusiastic cheers.

The 'Jamaican Michael Jackson' managed to inject some laughter – couldn't tell if they were laughing at the act or because of their antics. DJ Nicholas was a sure winner as he injected some spiritual energy into the crowd going into some of his popular numbers such as What Kind of Church Is This, Mi Waan One Soul and others. By the time he was through the crowd seemed totally satisfied.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 11 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-2wks@#1
02 03 10 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John--Shot to Watch
03 02 12 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-4wks@#1
04 04 09 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 05 07 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
06 08 06 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records
07 07 08 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
08 10 05 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G
09 06 17 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
10 11 05 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G





What's poppin

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Barbee brother gone a lead

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YardFlex nuh stop get comment from people whey go a di International Reggae and World Music Awards pon how Barbee likkle bredda impress dem.

Yeah man when Beenie Man couldn't collect di award di likkle nine year old bwoy go pon di stage and sey him a collect on behalf of Beenie Man and to top it off, di pickney sey Zagga zow! When him done talk...place pop up. Him guh back di next time and collect again and him personality done di place.

Mi nah tell nuh lie, di pickney did cute and people a wonder sey him fit di video light. A wonda him him plan fi guh pon broadway?





Reggae Sumfest 2008 is still in full swing

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reggae_sumfest_08.jpgPreparations for Reggae Sumfest 2008 is definitely in full swing, despite Red Stripe's move to withdraw their sponsorship after a seven-year stint as title sponsor.

Dicigel, Ocean Spray and Air Jamaica, JTB and VP Records have once again signed on as major sponsors of the event. While for the first time, Supreme Ventures has signed on as a Silver sponsor, Red Bull has come on board as a Gold sponsor and Jamrock Magazine as a Platinum sponsor. The disclosures were made by Marcia McDonnough of Touch Stone Production and Marketing, which represents for Reggae Sumfest.

Reggae Sumfest in its 16th year will run from July 13-19. As usual, the festival will kick off with the beach party at Tropical Beach on Sunday, July 13, featuring top sound systems. On Thursday, July 17 top dancehall performers will energize the full capacity crowd, while Friday and Saturday will continue the tradition of offering the finest reggae singers and bands, alongside top international stars.





madonna_in_paris.jpgAt a private concert held in Paris on Tuesday of this week pop diva Madonna announced she loves to french-kiss the French! as she ground away at an electric guitar.

According to AP news Madonna put on a high-voltage half-hour show for a privileged 1,500 fans to mark the release of Hard Candy, her 10th chart-topping album. "Who do you love more, me or the Rolling Stones?" she asked the crowd packing the Olympia, a mythical concert hall near the Paris opera, before launching into a ear-popping heavy-metal version of her mega-hit, Hung Up.

"I thought you might say that," quipped the queen of pop, who turns 50 on August 16, as the adoring crowd roared back their answer.





GET IT IN YOUR MIND : BUSHMAN

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

GetItInYourMindCoverART_bushman.jpgIt seldom occurs when an album is created with all the songs being a hit. So if you're in the mood for conscious, uplifting, cultural messages and positive vibes then "Get It In Your Mind" by Bushman is the album for you.

This album features singers Richie B and Prince Jabba, as well as, producers such as: Fabon Francis, Kabs, Negus-esh, Dwayne Bacchas, Christopher Pearce, Tramaine Allen, Michael Williams, Togetherness Records, Rawl Productions, Dwight Duncan, Stephen Gibbs, Denovan Germaine, Glen Brown and Royal Braithwaite.

Born Dwight Duncan, in the village of Spring Garden, St. Thomas, Bushman attended the Lysson All Age School, where his music teacher noticed his potential for music and nurtured him during his developing stages. Dwight then went on to Yallas High School where he continued to shine musically as a member of the school choir, participating in numerous school concerts. During his teenage years he became the selector for Black Star Line sound-system and then known as Junior Melody he took part in several singing competitions and talent searches in and around St. Thomas. Gaining a strong local fan base Junior Melody began to sing dub plates for local sound-systems. The rave reviews from the sound selectors and the people of his community encouraged Junior Melody to take his talent to the next level, the studios of Kingston Jamaica, the place to be if he wanted to make a name for himself in the reggae business.





Di gay dem a guh hard

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters_edit.jpgHey peeps, from di odda day mi a hold a meds and kip quiet. Cause whether unno want to believe it or not mi nuh feel suh good when mi read unno comments and si some a whey unno haffi sey. Memba sey mi have an opinion like everyone else and unno nuh si mi a cuss unno off fi it. Straight up mi nuh suh strong like Buffilous cause it come een like sey comment just roll offa fi har back. Although some a fi har friend sem really outa whack.

But mi have something pon mi mind and mi caan kip it nuh more. Mi fed up! Mi tiad! Mi caan teck di way how di fish dem just a teck ova everything. Yuh have money gay, powerful gay, committed gay and di whole a dem a attack di straight people a Jamaica. Not to mention how di artistes dem a feel it. Red Stripe stop sponsor live shows, some artiste caan even perform any and anywhey and pon top a it, it come een like dem waa fi tell wi how fi run wi country.





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By: Joseph Cunningham

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International Curryfest 2008 will be held on June 15, 2008 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.

It will be the events first staging, and it will bring to the Tri-state area, a Caribbean Flavour. "The event will be highlighted by a display of curry cuisine", says Patrick 'Lexus' Simpson of International Curry Fest. He emphasized that the day will be one filled with togetherness, the kind that will be created by fun, food (curry dishes) and entertainment.





Photography By: Keveon Smith

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Entertainer of the YearMachel Montano

Recording Artist of the YearBeenie Man

Best Male VocalistTarrus Riley

Best Female VocalistEtana

Best Song – "She Is Royal" - Tarrus Riley

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Best CD – "Mind Control" - Stephen Marley

Best Crossover Song - "Beautiful Girls" - Sean Kingston





KLAS/INSEASON STAY IN SCHOOL TOUR

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson
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It was another week of the KLAS Stay in School Tour. This week roads lead to Central High School in the beautiful parish of Clarendon. The auditorium was full of energetic students ready to be entertained. Apart from the many artistes who were present to entertain, the students had Inseason juice drinking competitions and hot juggling from DJ Kat. DJ Kat played much to the students delight and they were not afraid to show off their dance moves. They showed much enthusiasm to Mavado's "On the Rock" and Erup's "Click Me Fingers".

After all this excitement, there was still more to come. Among the artistes that stood out were Nesbeth, Baby Chris, Blacker and Dugsy.





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50 Cent Fan Steals Chain During Gig

50CENT.jpgRap artiste 50 Cent had his diamond-encrusted chain stolen by super overzealous fans during at a recent concert in Angola.

Hmm, he had better be more careful about how he dangles temptation in front of his fans...as they will do anything to get a piece of him. The "In Da Club" hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, was performing in Luanda with his G-Unit crew when one man jumped up onto the stage and grabbed the jewelry from his neck.

In a grainy video footage posted online, the assailant can be seen running off with the chain as 50 Cent and his entourage chase after him.

According to TMZ.com, 50 Cent caught up with the thief and is alleged to have punched him before claiming back his prized chain. A source tells the website, "The chain is around 50's neck right now."

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DeMarco crafts more than just beats

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Demarco 1.jpgIn Dancehall circles, the name DeMarco brings to mind an artist with a great lyrical gift. The way that he flows and rhymes is very infectious.

He has surged up the ranks with his bonafide hits, "Fallen Soldiers" and "Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten." The latter has caught the attention of international record label, Koch, which is the same stable for international stars like Sean Kingston and Ray J. The cross over appeal of Fallen Soldiers has given DeMarco a three album deal with the label.

That aside, there is a certain revelation that caught YardFlex totally by surprise during our interview with the singjay.

DeMarco is actually multi-talented! Speaking with his manager and having received confirmation from producers concerned, we found out that DeMarco is actually responsible for creating all the hottest current rhythms in Reggae music.

He began making this trek with the Side Walk University rhythm, which features Vybz Kartel's "Beyonce Wine". His dominance is now unparalleled, because he has in his catalog, the Mission rhythm featuring Mavado's "On The Roc" and Junior Gong and Stephen Marley's rhythm track, "Mission."

DeMarco created the Black Rain, featuring Busy Signal's "Pon Di Edge," The Warring 2008 Rhythm, featuring Mavado's "Money Changer," the Gang War rhythm featuring Junior Gong's "One Loaf of Bread" and the Shoot Out rhythm, featuring Mykal Rose's "Police and Thief."

With a deep-seated passion that engulfs his persona, this young man stands out from the rest. With an intense love and enthusiasm for every aspect of the music business – from producing to songwriting to deejaying to engineering – Demarco has his fingers on the pulse of almost every genre of the infectious rhythms of the world. Whether it's reggae, dancehall, hip-hop or R&B, Demarco has written and produced for the best of them. Top names like Olivia, Styles P and Sean Paul have experienced his producing skills, while Bounty Killer and others have put vocals to his lyrics; and in between all that Demarco still finds time to do combinations with other artists and record his own songs!





Jamelody's : Be Prepared

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

jamelody_beprepared.jpgPlanet Reggae always finds room for a great roots, and BE PREPARED! JAMELODY'S 15 track VP Records debut CD, showcase a rare voice: soulful, gritty, with echoes of Dennis Brown and Garnet Silk, as well as Stevie Wonder ; but Jamelody is clearly his own man, and he sings not just for one audience, but for the whole world.

Jamelody is the artiste with the unique sound; his songs not only have a Reggae flavour but also incorporates Pop and R&B. Fans and the public can expect an album with a brand new vibe, a new voice that everyone everywhere can relate to, and this album promises to showcase uniqueness like they've never heard.

Jamelody got his inspiration for this album from the almighty, his friends, family and even enemies. Jamelody is looking forward to the release of this album and hopes everyone will support him. He hopes when the album is released everyone around the world will be satisfied and will know Jamelody.





50 Fest a Big Success

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

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The Best Dressed Chicken 50 Fest was indeed a major success. The two day celebration brought out saved and unsaved from all denominations. It was an event for the whole family. Persons left high spirited and wanting more.

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The show started in the mid day with fun and excitement for the children. At 5:30 pm, it was time for the artistes to perform. Whoever said that Christians and Gospel music are boring was proved wrong. On Saturday the crowd saw the likes of Chevelle Franklin, DJ Nicholas and Israel.





Da'Ville on the rise

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daville_08.jpgDa'Ville keeps rising. The crooner has now stretch his talent to the 'Mother Land' Africa. He now has a number one song on the Kenya's Top 40 Reggae Chart with 'Dreaming'.

The song is on the 1-9 rhythm produced by Jamaica's famous Robert Livingston from the Big Yard label. His latest single 'Yesterday' continues to do justice for the singer's career. It is positioned on Richie B's Top 20 Reggae Chart at #1,. Ascending to #8 on Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart and #2 on RE TV's Top 20 Reggae Chart. Entertainment pundits are predicting that, at the pace the song is moving, in a couple of weeks it could be in the top 5 position on all the major charts. The single and video are enjoying heavy rotation locally and internationally.

Da'Ville has a rather hectic schedule of activities slated for the month of May. On May 3 and 5th he will be performing in Grenada and Antigua respectively, with all the other events slated for the U.S. On May 10, he will be in Washington DC, and then on Sunday, May 11, it will be at the "Queen of The Sea" event in Queens, New York.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Bembe

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Roderick Reid is not a mellow vibes promoter

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Handcuff.jpgThe members of the GLK Entertainment Group, the official promoters of Mello Vibes and Yesterday, have distanced themselves from popular promoter Roderick Reid who they say resigned from the organization almost a year ago.

"Rodrick Reid was never a promoter of Mello Vibes, however he was a promoter of Yesterday, and had a minor share in that event. For some time, he has not been actively involved in the promotion of that show. He had resigned from the GLK Entertainment group because of 'creative differences'. The promoters of GLK promoters, in no shape or form condone any act between anyone of the same sex, and condemn categorically any act of molestation and exploitation of children," Gyete Ghartey, who is a partner of the group, said in a release issued today.

Popular party promoter Rodrick Reid will appear before the courts today to answer charges of indecent assault and gross indecency after administering alcohol to a minor with the intent of committing an indictable offence. He is accused of molesting a boy who was under his supervision





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

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01 1 9 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
02 4 7 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records U-2
03 3 20 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back (3wks@#1) NM
04 5 6 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong U-1
05 6 9 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
06 2 21 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John (2wks@#1) D-4
07 7 20 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John NM
08 8 20 Pon Di Edge-Busy Signal-Star Kutt (3wks@#1) NM
09 10 5 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G U-1
10 9 20 Click My Finger-Erup-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-1
11 12 9 Bag A Talking-Deva Brat-Truck Back U-1
12 11 19 Doh-Serani feat Bugle-Daseca(2wks@#1) D-1
13 13 5 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx NM
14 14 5 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear NM
15 20 2 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship U-5
16 18 2 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice U-2
17 17 3 Hey Yah(Any Bwoy Dis)- Blak Ryno-Big Ship NM
18 19 3 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
19 - New Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship
20 - New Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19





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Beyonce's got one hell of a prenup with Jay-Z

beyonce_jayz.jpgYardFlex gleaned that Beyonce has got the mother of all pre nuptials agreement with hubby Jay Z that could result in adding another $25 mil to her already huge net.

Word is that the longer Beyonce stays married to S. Carter, the more money he pays. The thirty-eight year old Carter's net worth is estimated at $300 million.

It is no secret that Jay-Z adores Beyonce, and was pretty much willing to give her almost anything she wanted. The prenup calls for Jay-Z to pay Beyonce $10 million if the marriage ends after two years, and $1 million a year for each further year she remains in the marriage, up to fifteen years.

"Beyonce would be granted access to their private jet and a fleet of cars, which includes a $1 million 1959 Rolls Royce convertible," this according to a tabloid snitch.

Jay's thrown in a few incentives for having children: He's promised to pay her an additional $5 million for each child she bears for him-for her loss of income during pregnancy and child-rearing years."

Damn, talk about a match made in heaven...go Beyonce...this is what we would call a sweet deal.

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NCNradio_edit.jpgCapitol News reported yesterday evening that monopoly NCN radio has taken the decision to ban the music of Bounty Killer and Mavado from their airwaves.

According to a report carried on livinguyana.blogspot.com the move follows the government banning the two Jamaican dancehall artistes from traveling to Guyana to perform or for any other purpose. On air presenters were informed of the move late yesterday afternoon.

This is a natural move following the banning of the artistes from Guyana. Mavado was slated to perform alongside Lady Saw at the Linden Town Week this weekend but since his ban has been replaced by the self proclaimed dancehall king Beenie Man.





juniorreid_edit.jpgJunior Reid's signing with The Danger Zone Music Group / SoBe Entertainment will soon bear fruit with the impending release of his latest album: "Junior Reid: The Living Legend," to be released through The Danger Zone Music Group/SoBe Entertainment and Leak Records.

The album features tracks such as "Mo Money," "This Is Why I'm Hot" (remix), "Black Roses" and "Bullet." It has already been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine.

Junior Reid will soon release his new single "Don't Play Me Dirty," also off the upcoming album.

Beginning his career in the late 1970s when he released tracks such as "Human Nature," "A1 Lover" and "See How Me Black See How Me Shine," Junior Reid has now begun writing a new chapter is his impressive musical history.

Over the years Junior Reid has widened his horizons; his vocals have been used extensively on the hip hop scene. Noted for his collaboration with West Coast hip hop artist The Game, on the Billboard hit "It's Okay (One Blood)," Reid has also appeared on 'Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot" (Remix), Fabolous' album "From Nothin' to Somethin'" on the track "Gangsta Don't Play" and Fat Joe's track "More Money," to name a few.





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Whitney Houston's daughter held knife on her?

whitney_houston_daughter_bobbi.jpgIf the reports in the National Enquirer are to be believed then they alleged that during an argument with her mother, Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina tried to stab the legendary songbird before attempting to turn the knife on herself!

The magazine reported that the confrontation took place during an argument which took place a few days before strong>Kristina's 15th birthday. Family friend Ann Davis wouldn't give out too many details, but confirmed that Kristina "tried to stab" her mother with a razor, then started trying to cut herself.

Davis goes on to claim that the incident was touched off over Kristina's reluctance to live with Whitney.

Sources also revealed that Bobbi is getting help as she has landed in a Atlanta psychiatric ward as a result of her actions.

Houston's reps declined to comment.

Whew! You all, if this is true the family really needs help!

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The following letter was carried in yesterday's Antigua Sun.

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Dear Editor:

I want to make it very clear that I have every intention of attending as many shows as my finances will allow for this year's music festival.

The names I have been hearing so far make me believe that people are in for a good time if they find themselves able to go to the shows. I think, however, that I should warn the organizers of the programme to be on the lookout for those artistes who seem to have a tendency to use the stage to put across all kinds of lewd behavior, including questionable lyrics.

There is no intention, on my part, to single out artistes but I find especially the dancehall people tend to go overboard once they see they have a big and responsive audience.





A suh mi sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Artiste fi stand by dem one anadda

Joan_wilson.jpgNow hear what, mi a nuh big big fan a Mavado cause personally a tink him have too much gun lyrics and tings, and when it come to di Killer mi check fi some a him song. But dat a nuh mi contention right now, mi a sey dat di artistes dem too divided star.

Yuh tink if any country dis one a fi mi fellow entertainment writer den dem can get mi fi come up deh come cover anyting, yuh mussi mad!
Now how come Guyana ban Bounty Killer and Mavada from entering dem country, yet dem get one next artiste.... Beenie Man fi fill di slot. Big and serious him shoulda tell dem whey dem can get off and sey if dem nuh waan Bounty nor Mavado, den him nuh waan deh deh either. Now mi know dat everybody waan eat a food and dat tings expensive so when yuh get di chance fi meck a buck, yuh a guh waan teck it, but a time fi di artistes dem come together and start fight back.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 02 10 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-New#1
02 01 11 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-4wks@#1
03 03 09 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John--Shot to Watch
04 04 08 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John
05 05 06 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
06 06 16 Serani feat.Bugle-DOH-Daseca-3wks@#1
07 09 07 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
08 10 05 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records
09 07 16 Bugle-Journey-Daseca-Peak@#2
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Reggae Sumfest 2018

No CureFest for 2008

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no_Curefest_08.jpgThe second annual staging of Jah Cure's CureFest has been put on hold. This move comes as a result of the numerous overseas engagements the artiste has. Since the staging of CureFest in October 2007, Jah Cure's career has grown by leaps and bounds and for the last six months Cure has been touring consistently.

Delmar Drummond, CEO Danger Promotions, explained the decision: "The demand for Jah Cure is extremely high right now. So many promoters from all over the world have been requesting him to perform. We decided to venture to Europe to give him more exposure there. Unfortunately the dates of the Europe tour coincide with the dates proposed for CureFest 2008. We are hoping that we still may be able to host CureFest after the Europe tour but we cannot be sure just yet. If not, we will definitely schedule it for next year as we are committed to making CureFest a calendar event in Jamaica. We apologize for all Cure fans who looked forward to CureFest this year."





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

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01 2 10 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 11 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) D-1
03 3 13 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 13 Brown Bottle-Mavado-Big Ship NM
05 5 9 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G NM
06 6 6 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship NM
07 9 9 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx U-2
08 7 24 Don't Run In -Harry Toddler-Truck Back (3wks@#1) D-1
09 8 25 Shoot Out-Mykal Rose-John John (2wks@#1) D-1
10 11 6 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice U-1
11 15 3 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle U-4
12 13 5 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-1
13 14 5 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-1
14 10 24 Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-Demarco-John John (pp#4) D-4
15 16 7 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
16 18 2 Falling Down-Stacious-John John U-2
17 19 2 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House U-2
18 12 9 Blaze-D'Angel- Fresh Ear (pp#12) D-6
19 20 2 Ting Dem Tall - Chino - Big Ship U-1
20 - New No, No-Beenie Man-Big Ship





International News

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leon_edit.jpgActor Leon will be starring in a new film about downlow men called Cover. While giving a recent interview, the actor made some interesting statements. Now maybe he's just very understanding but the way he answers the questions makes us wonder if he may be talking about something a little deeper than just the character.

Read excerpt from the interview that was posted on mediatakeout.com:

Let's just start talking about things, knowing who we are and letting women know who their men are sleeping with, if it's not just them. As long as you have a choice it doesn't matter, many women are still gonna be with men who sleep with men. That's not gonna change, they're still gonna be with their man. It happens, 71% of women find out and stay with their man, but at least they know and they've made that decision. That's the only thing that I've ever said with my opinion on it was that they have a right to know.

But on the other side of the coin you have a character like my character [Ryan Chambers, in Cover]. You say, "Be honest and open" [but] are you serious? I'm a famous guy and a ladies man, you think I'm gonna risk my career and family by telling you that I'm on the DL and I see the way you react? You won't even talk about homosexuality in the churches or at home, but I'm gonna sit there and tell you I'm one and have you treat me horribly and take everything I work for? There's the other side of the coin - you want men to be open and honest but you don't give them an open and honest arena to come out in.

Weeelll...what you all think?

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A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Save this generation now!


Joan_wilson.jpgThe other day a was on di bus and a hear a song and mi neva did a too penny it until a line just penetrate mi brain. To tell di truth, a can't even remember the exact words but it guh something like "bad man kill a day, dem nuh kill a night," something like dat.
And I was like "what the hell is this!"

It's sad when in light of all the daylight drive by shooting, we now have a song glorifying the act, don't even know who does the song, just know that line caught me.

Now, people a time we set some standards when it comes to the music we allow ourselves and our children to listen to. What kind of message are we allowing them to feed on and when they start to behave aggressive and want to live out the words of the songs, can you really blame them. Yes, the argument has been bandied about that they are just words and that it will not have any effect on the listeners, but that's oh so wrong.





By: The Sensible One

murders.jpgSince the start of the year the murder toll in Jamaica is now close to the 700 mark. The murders seem to be escalating on a daily basis. It's time Jamaicans hold the powers that be responsibly to effectively deal with this new crisis facing Jamaica. Now is not the time to have conferences and talk about solutions, it's time to address the deep root of the problem so that Jamaica can once again go back to the beautiful country it once was.

Politicians and residents must stop providing a safe harbor for criminals, they have to come clean with what they know and help the police to effectively deal with it.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Uptown Mondays

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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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Photography By: Dreamy Riley

Below are scenes from the recently held MAQ T20 International Cricket Tournament with Marcia Griffiths, Ky-mani Marley, Alison Hinds and L.U.S.T:

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Legacy of Colonial Rule: Anti-Gay Laws

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By: Falana Fray, Freelance Writer

antigay-any-questions.jpgWhen Britain granted its former colonies in the Caribbean and Africa independence from its grip of colonial rule, they left behind a legacy of penal codes that many free independent countries preserved and embraced as their own code of conduct. Today, they are considered outdated and being blamed for justifying discrimination against homosexuals. However, some countries are referring to the anti-sodomy laws, based on Christian beliefs, to take aim at requests for gay-marriages by gay activist groups.

In Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Nigeria, India, Singapore and Sri Lanka, with the exception of South Africa, colonial-era sodomy laws are still in place and forbids "the abominable crime of buggery, committed either with mankind or an animal." If convicted, perpetrators "shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding 10 years", as outlined in The Offense Against the Person Act, or The English Act of 1861. Coincidentally, Britain has since amended the Act and repealed Section 61 and 62, which criminalize homosexuality.





West Indies lost to Australia in the 1st Test

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

ricky_ponting.jpgWest Indies cricketers went down to their Australia counterparts by 95 runs at Sabina Park, in Kingston, Jamaica, in the first of three test matches to be played in the Caribbean over the next two months.

The Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, who won the toss and elected to bat on a solid wicket rattled up a first innings score of 431. The captain scored a magnificent 158 in his team total.

Bowling for the Windies, Fidel Edwards had figures 5-104 off 26 overs.

The hosts in their turn at the crease mustered 312, with the dependable middle order batsman, Shivnerine Chanderpaul, scoring 118 for his 18th test century, he was ably assisted by Runorko Morton with 67. Fast bowler Bret Lee was the pick of the tourist bagging 3 for 63.

With a lead of 119 the Aussies were skittled out for 167 in their second innings, as Andrew Symonds top-scored with 79. Dwayne Bravo topped the bowling figures for the Windies taking 4 wickets for 47.





By: Jodi-kaye Watson

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The talented and beautiful Alana, who is signed to Flaming Star Promotions, is one of the many acts slated to perform at the upcoming International Curry Fest 2008. This singer/songwriter who lives in New York is of Jamaican Heritage.

Fans can expect a high energy performance from Alana, along with her hit song "Happy to be Nappy" and her new single "Taking it Back".





Teen sisters murdered

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christina&lisabrown.jpg19-year old Christina and 17-year-old Lisa Brown were brutally murdered on Tuesday at their home when three men entered the premises on Henderson Avenue in Kingston and sprayed them with bullets.

The sight that greeted onlookers upon entering the room was Christina's lifeless body laid in a relaxed position with one of her legs on the window sill, while her sister was shot dead as she crouched with her hands over her face behind a chest of drawers. This would indicate the teens were begging for their lives as they met their demise.

The girl's mother, Donna Brown broke down and sobbed uncontrollable for her daughters even as church sisters tried to console her.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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

01 01 14 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-6wks@#1
02 02 09 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records
03 06 08 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-Shot to Watch
04 05 11 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
05 07 08 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G
06 03 14 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-3wks@#1
07 11 05 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-Greatest Gainer up 4
08 04 13 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Peak@#2
09 10 07 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
10 08 10 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx-Peak@5





Memorial Day Celebrity Football Match

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Photography By: Keveon Smith

YardFlex photgrapher was at the Celebrity Football Match on Memorial Day in New York. The final score was USA - 3, Jamaica - 1.

Below are scenes from the event:

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The Worst 'Best of the Best'

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By: Kaylia Williams
Photography By: RockersTV & Kaylia Williams

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YardFlex had the opportunity to speak to patrons as they exited Bicentennial Park, downtown Miami as the show came to a premature end.

"A di worst Best of the Best this to rahtid, since VP come out it mash up, jah kno!" said an angry patron.





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DJs Targeted in Triple Shooting

deadmembers_poisondartsounds.jpgAuburndale, Florida - Polk County Sheriff's deputies say they went to The Thunderbird Bar, located on New Hope Street in Auburndale, around 2:40 Saturday morning for a noise complaint. When they arrived, they found two people dead. A third victim died at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Deputies tell us two of the victims were DJs with the group Poison Dart. They are Antone Geargo Neely, AKA Tony Montana, and Michael S. Rattigan, AKA Chris Rock. The third victim, Kevin Jordache Webster, was a friend of the two DJs.

The suspect or suspects are still at large.

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T-Pain leads the pack for BET Awards 08

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T-Pain-716283.jpgThe BET AWARDS '08 is raising the stakes and promises to be the "hottest ticket on television" for the eighth year running, as the biggest stars in music, sports and entertainment unite in Los Angeles' historic Shrine Auditorium for a night of explosive LIVE performances on Tuesday, June 24 at 8:00 PM. As in years past, the BET AWARDS '08 will continue its landmark tradition of hot performances by some of today's heavy hitters, including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Wayne and Nelly. The host, along with additional presenters and performers, will be announced shortly.

BET will recognize the achievements of artistes, entertainers and athletes in 15 categories. Hip hop R&B singer, songwriter and producer T-Pain tops the line-up with five nominations for his collaborations with Chris Brown, Kanye West and Flo Rida, followed by Chris Brown with four nods and rapper/producer Kanye West earning three nominations with his successful third album, "Graduation," in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration and Video of the Year categories.

Among the other multiple nominees are R&B songstress Mary J. Blige for Best Female R&B, as well as Video of the Year for "Just Fine," along with Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Alicia Keys and Keyshia Cole.

Those nominated for the second straight year include Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne for Best Male Hip Hop; Mary J. Blige for Best Female R&B; last year's Best Male R&B winner Ne-Yo; Angela Bassett and Chandra Wilson for Best Actress; last year’s winner, basketball sensation LeBron James, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and golfing phenomenon Tiger Woods for Male Athlete of the Year; smash hitter and four-time category winner Serena Williams and b-ball superstar Tamika Catchings for Female Athlete of the Year.





Reggae Sumfest 2K8 to set Big Apple Ablaze

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reggae_sumfest_08.jpgNegril Village in Lower Manhattan is set to come alive on June 4th as 'Jamaica's Greatest, The World's Best' reggae festival - Reggae Sumfest - rolls into the Big Apple for the annual New York kickoff.

Media practitioners are invited to join sponsors and Summerfest Productions officials in marking the 16th year anniversary of the festival at a private event at Negril Village restaurant from 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

This year's Sumfest gets underway in Montego Bay, Jamaica from July 13-19, 2008, kicking off with a Beach Party on Sunday July 13th, featuring Classique and Danger Zone Records.





Cherine Anderson...artiste extraordinaire

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cherine_anderson_08.jpgShe says, "If I can bring a light to something, I would have achieved everything I ever hoped for."

Cherine Anderson has come with a difference, not with the commercially viable, breast and bottom gyration, but instead, with deep, soulful music with a positive message.

Her current message, "Kingston State of Mind", is an appeal for civility, and a rebuke against the unjust. Whatever the message is, Cherine always delivers it with a positive connotation. Interestingly, this Reggae artiste, without exposing her body unduly, or without bragging about bedroom exploits, has been receiving international clout. Remarkably, a project done by world leading producers Sly&Robbie had her collaborating with Canadian mega-star Britney Spears for the song "Piece of Me".

She is a Jamaican actress and Dancehall/Reggae vocalist. Anderson's acting career began in 1997 with a role in the local classic "Dancehall Queen", she is also known for playing the character Serena in the 2003 Jamaican film, "One Love".





Reggae artiste jammed BVI

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Jamaican artistes rocked British Virgin Island at the BVI Music Fest 08 held at Cane Garden Bay Beach in Tortola.

The Jamaican contingent performed on day 2, May 24 with Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley whipping up a storm performance wise.

The crowd seemed totally satisfied by the time he made his exit. Damian bounded on stage at 12:00 midnight and for over one solid hour he treated the crowd to a mixture of old and new songs as well as drawing from his father's vast catalogue of hits. An energetic performer, Damian totally worked the stage gliding from one end to the other as he delivered song after song. The crowd sang along with the songs they knew, by the time he was through the crowd still had to get a 'brawta' and that turned out to be 'Welcome to Jamrock'.





What's poppin

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Buju and Junior almost fight at BOTB

buju_juniorREID.jpgWha really dem sey guh down backstage a best of the best wid Buju and Junior Reid. From whey YardFlex really understand it come een like sey Junior dis Buju. Wi hear sey Buju guh si him a duh one interview and hail him up but him start to frowns pon Buju. Di artiste never pay dat nuh mind. Afterwards Buju mussi guh fi shake han with him (wi mean hail up) and Junior dis him and a sey him nuh have nutten fi duh wid ba--y man and dem almshouse dey. Dem sey Buju just kip him cool and walk wey even dough him did look bex. Big up Buju, jus let deh one dey guh and nuh badda react, dem sey who know betta, duh betta.

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Voicemail's new album 'Jump Off' to be release on July 16th.

voicemail pics 001_edit.jpgDancehall trio Voicemail will be releasing their third album Jump Off on July 16, 2008 on Japan's Pony Canyon label. The 16 track disc will feature collaborations with producers Christopher Birch, Steven McGregor, Danny Champagnie and the Ballaz. However their will be no dance tunes on the album. According to group member Craig Jackson, "This album is so hot. The fans are going to be surprised by the material on the album. I think it's our best album to date."

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpg1. Men are more emotional than you think, if they loved you at one point, it'll take them a lot longer than you think to let you go.

2. Men may be flirting around all day, but before they go to sleep, they always think about the woman they truly care about.

3. Boyfriends and men need to be reassured often that they are still loved.

4. Women are men's weaknesses.

5. If a man tells you about his problems, he just needs someone to listen to him. You don't have to give him advice.

6. A usual act that proves that a man really likes you is when he teases you.

7. Men love you more than you love them.





"Tourism working for Jamaica, putting people at the centre"

By: Joseph Cunningham

MinisterE-B-SpruceUp.jpg"Join us in protecting tourism, and thereby, protecting our collective future." These words, uttered by the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism in a now very popular "Spruce Up Jamaica" advertisement, were honored at the official launch of Phase 2 of the "Spruce Up Jamaica...Nice Up Yuhself" campaign at the recent launch in Montego Bay.

The lawns of the Old Hospital, on Gloucester Avenue were transformed into a tourism haven, which, reinstated the warmth and the beauty of the much talked about, "Sweet Jamaica" of the olden days. The site at the venue was characterized by a mixture of locals, young, middle aged and old, some from the diaspora, visitors, and tourism partners and the business community, all eating, drinking, laughing together, and serving each other, all enjoying the festivities of the afternoon.





Not All That Glitters Is Gold

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgWhen old people talk we mus listen. Dem always seh "not all that glitters is gold" and is true. Now imagine yuh meet a nice man and ting and decide to settle down. Before unu move in together all is well. Him buy yuh nice gifts, expensive clothes, mi a talk 'bout Gucci, Guess, Dolce & Gabanna etc. Him put yuh inna one criss Lexxus and just spoil yuh like milk. Now you a tink you must be the luckiest woman right now.

So after all this, yuh convince seh yuh find a good man; a man weh a go tek care of yuh so yuh decide fi go live wid him. Yuh a plan fi work still cauz at least yuh wa'an av sumting fi yuhself. So after yuh live wid the man yuh start realize dat him was a wolf in sheeps clothing. First of all the man tell yuh seh yuh affi stop work and stay home an look after the house. Anywey yuh a go him affi de deh. So yuh know seh no more going out wit friends. Yuh think that is all! De man change yuh phone number so everybody weh yuh use to know ca'an call yuh again. Den yuh realize seh him know everybody weh yuh talk to and weh yuh send message to and yuh a wonder how come. Only fi know seh de man ave a fren weh work a Digicel an him get a list and the conversation of everbody weh yuh call and text. And it only gets worse. Yuh know yuh ca'an get on him bad side cauz yuh know him ago buss yuh *ss. So if him seh jump yuh betta ask how high. So wen all dis a happ'n to yuh yuh a wonder if it really worth it.

Tell me weh unu think, is it really worth it to stay wid a man like this?





Mickey Spice to Perform at Curry Fest

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patrick_mikey_edit.jpgThe talented Mickey Spice, born in Kingston, Jamaica is one of the many acts slated to perform at this year's International Curry Fest which will be held on June 15, 2008, in Lauderhill, Florida. Mickey Spice, a versatile artiste, who does a mixture of both gospel and reggae music, is ready to satisfy the patrons of Curry Fest.

Mickey Spice has been around for a while and is still making conscious and uplifting music for fans. He has an album in the making that is slated to be released soon. The name of the album is still in consideration, but regardless, the public can expect an exceptional album.

International Curry Fest 2008 is one of the many shows that Mickey Spice is slated to perform on and has performed in previous years. He has done several shows before, some he is proud of and some he wish he could forget. Regardless, fans can definitely expect the best from this talented artiste.





Bruce GoldingProfile.jpgHon Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica has reaffirmed his commitment in pursuing the the possibility of having Jamaicans overseas represented in the country's upper house of parliament, the Senate.

He made this speech to a capacity crowd last Wednesday in Birmingham. Mr Golding stressed that the time had come to examine how the Diaspora may actively contribute to decision making and governance in Jamaica.

Reinforcing a commitment he gave to explore the issue, when he visited the UK as Opposition Leader two years ago, he said a route would have to be found through the Senate, to facilitate the initiative. He added: "Our system of representation requires that your vote be ascribed to a particular constituency. The difficulty would be to decide which constituency would receive an individual's vote. That is a challenge but we could expand the Senate to provide for representation from the Diaspora."

The Prime Minister was addressing more than 1200 persons on the second leg of his four-city UK tour. As was the case in London the previous night, Mr Golding was received enthusiastically and held his audience spell-bound for just about two hours.





What an eventful weekend

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skatta_Main.jpgWe at YardFlex would like to send our deepest regrets and best wishes to music producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell and his cousin who were both involved in an accident over the weekend. You are both in our prayers at this time, as we pray for a speedy recovery.

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Chill in Miami was off the chain last night. Esco, Leftside, and Sean Paul was in the house. The event brought out the uptown massive. Big up to the promoters and all the patrons who came out to party.

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Witness Says R. Kelly Is Man In Sex Tape

rkelly_trial.jpgThe former best friend of the 13-year-old girl who allegedly features in the explicit video at the center of the R. Kelly child pornography trial has named the star as the man who appears in the footage, this according to wjbt.com.

Simha Jamison
, now 24, testified on the second full day of the singer's trial in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, stating she believed her friend Roshona Landfair, now 23, to be the underage girl in the video. And when asked who she believed the man in the video tape to be, she replied, "Her Godfather, R. Kelly."

Jamison told the court she met the Grammy-winner through Landfair, who introduced the star as her "Godfather." Jamison went on to tell the court she recognized the girl in the video as her former friend from her face and a "mullet" haircut the two girls had both sported at the time.

The witness told Cook County prosecutor Shauna Boliker she had previously seen the tape in question in February 2002.

The girl in the video, thought to be either 13 or 14 years old at the time, has maintained that she isn't the female in the footage, and Kelly's attorneys backed up her claims.

On Tuesday, Kelly's lawyers insisted the man in the video bears key physical differences from the star. Kelly stands accused of videotaping himself having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

YardFlex will keep you posted with more news on the trial.

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Junior Tucker is not turning back

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junior_tucker_edit.jpgHe admits; Only God can get the credit for all that has taken place in the extraordinary life of Junior Tucker.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he began singing at the age of 5. At age 7 he became a household name in his country performing his first #1 song "Happy" and also began traveling internationally. Without a shadow of doubt everyone knew being on stage was what he was born to do.

With tremendous success, he navigated his way through three international recording contracts which have literally taken him across the world. He has toured throughout the United States, UK, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. At 12 years old he was signed to Island Records and at 14 he had a recording contract with Geffen Records, USA. At 23 he signed to Virgin Records, UK. In 1991 Junior was released from Virgin and returned to his roots to pursue a career in Jamaican Dancehall Music.

Dancehall brought its accolades, number one songs, Singer of the Year titles and a high profile lifestyle. As time progressed his life became far from 'Happy'. Despite so called fortune and fame, behind the scenes his life was in pieces, spent chasing the next hit song to stay on top and fill the void.





No Bounty for Best of the Best

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bounty_guyana.jpgKiller on Best of the Best tomorrow will be in a for a big disappointment as he will definitely not be there. Below is the release sent out by his management.

The management of Bounty Killer regrettably announces that he will not be appearing at this year's staging of the Best of the Best concert in Miami on Memorial Weekend, due to travel document issues.

Bounty's work permit had expired some time ago and due to a number of factors conspiring against us - an administrative backlogue, his passport needing to be renewed, the US Embassy in Kingston's overloaded appointment system and his intensive travel schedule (for example the European tour,) he could not get the work permit application processed and an appointment at the Embassy in time for this weekend.





Elephant Man "Nuh Linga"

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Camar taking music to a higher level

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camar.jpgThe greatness of music is not to find what is common but what is unique. In the wonderful world of R&B one begins to question the skill, craft and overall substance behind R&B music. This underlying question is often answered by young gifted artistes who bring a new sound to music, with the ability to take the world to the next generation of entertainment. This musical distinction is found in Slip n Slide Records Camar.

I love the arts, he says, adding, I like drama, music, drawing and sculpting.

Born in the blissful island of Jamaica, Camar Andre Doyles, was destined to set a number of new trends in music. "I knew from a young age that, I wanted my music to change the world, I wanted my musical influence to be groundbreaking and exhibit the meaning of being unique." Like many educated and disciplined in the island, Camar's first appearance singing was at his church. During his school days, he was inspired by male friendly singing groups such as, Boyz II Men and Jodeci.

The Jamaican native decided at a young age that he wanted to pierce the international market with his own style of singing, Yard Soul which is defined as poignant vocals almost in an R&B influenced technique over rich Caribbean Dancehall beats.

After setting new goals and assigning specific tasks for himself Camar forged ahead towards his musical career and enrolled at the Art Institute in Florida where he persued a degree in Computer Animation. Once he returned to Jamaica, he continued to excel in performing arts as he enrolled at Excelsior Community College to study music.





machel.jpgSoca king Machel Monano will be performing at the "Official Atlanta Caribbean Carnival" on Saturday, May 24 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will be preented with the Phoenix Award and named "Caribbean Music Ambassador" for which he states, "I am very grateful"

The presentation will be made during the performance at the Carnival's Festival Village which will feature soca artistes such as; Iwer George, Jamesy P., Problem Child among others, backed by band De Soca Unit.

The Atlanta Carnival festivities will follow the parade of bands, which will be held downtown Atlanta in the Auburn District between noon to 10pm.





Flashpoint Film Festival invades Port Royal

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On Tuesday, May 20 the 2008 Flashpoint Film Festval was launched at the Ashanti Restaurant in Hope Gardens. Audiences were treated with a viewing of selected films as well as original performances from characters of the film, "Better Mus Come", by director Storm, which is set against the background of the political upheaval of 1970's Jamaica.

The release of the teen comedy "Candy Shop" by director Joel Burke is also highly anticipated.





Whats Poppin'

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Sean Kingston Issue release party wasn't 'Beautiful'

SEANK_edit.jpgBwoy di word from mi New York contact is dat Sean Kingston’s Issue release party by Squeeze di odda day was a big flop. If yuh neva mind sharp it coulda meck any artiste get suicidal. Di turn out low and wi undastan sey nuff a di people dme nuh waan support Kingston either.

Come on man, give a brotha a break.

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How Cedella Marley Booker get OD

cedella_booker_memorial_2.jpgYeah, wi sey may har soul rest in peace and all dat, but wi still haffi question certain tings., Wi caan really undastan how she get Order of Distinction (OD) inna Jamaica. Meck wi talk up di tings dem. If dat be di case why Dennis Brown never get it. Dem really need fi list out di criteria dem and tell wi whey she did duh fi get it, just because she gi birth to di reggae king? Because when mi examine it, mi nuh si wha else she did duh?

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It's full speed ahead for Lady Saw

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By: Joan Wilson

ladysaw2_edit.jpgIt's full speed ahead where dancehall artiste Lady Saw is concerned. The female DJ is now engrossed in working on her next album and one thing she is promising is that it will be hot! "I don't know yet what the title will be, but I am working with several top producers such as Ward 21, Sly & Robbie, Skatta, Baby G, John John, Jazzy T among others," she told YardFlex in an interview.

Saw who is involved in a lot of projects with these producers says it will be quite a task selecting that final 16 tracks which will be making the cut for the album. Although she doesn't know yet what the final selections will be she is promising that it will contain something for every one. "It will have tracks with the kind of message 'No Less Than A Woman' gave, you know speaking to realities of life, and the fun stuff," she shared reassuring that her fans will definitely not be stuck with a boring repetitive album.

But for now she is not in any rush as she is having fun keeping her performance commitments and putting out singles in between. She told YardFlex of her upcoming single which she says will be 'mashing up the place'. The single in question "A Nuh Yuh Belly" is a jazzy, funny song that makes women with "protruding bellies" feel good about themselves!





Andrew and Wada Blood 'Hustlin to the Top' doing well

Andrew and Wada Blood's new single 'Hustle Till The Day I Die' has been enjoying good rotation on the airwaves, in the weekly hot street dances like Bembe, Weddy Weddy, Asylum, Dutty Friday, Passa Passa, Hot Mondays and Uptown Mondays.





The Countdown Begins for Best of The Best 2008

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Miami, FL -- 19, May 2008) The countdown has begun for Best Of The Best 2008! South Florida's longest running Memorial Weekend reggae concert is going down Sunday May 25th at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd.) in bubbling downtown Miami.

The stellar list of artists confirmed for this year's concert include legends Super Cat, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Junior Reid, Barrington Levy, soca king Machel Montano, Tarrus Riley, Mavado, Etana, Dean Frasier, Assassin, Serani, Bling Dawg and New Kidz. Doors open at 1pm sharp. Stage show kicks off at 2pm and ends at 11pm.

In addition to bringing together Jamaica's biggest stars for Best Of The Best 2008, Rocker's Island Entertainment, in association with Massive B Sound System, Inc., will have South Florida 'pon lock with the sexiest parties throughout the entire weekend!





A suh mi sey

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A time fi wi unite

Joan_wilson.jpgJamaicans, Jamaicans, Jamaicans a can't stress it enough, but unno nuh realize a sey a time wi all start pulling together. Yes, mi know sey inflation a gwaan di world ova but inna Jamaica nuff a di tings dem can hold dung. But yuh know why dem just a fling increase left, right and centre gi wi, cause wi nuh corporate wid each other. Di next time dem haffi raise, chicken, bread, flour and dem tings dey, why we nuh exercise wi free will and boycott it for even a few months.

Meck di pricey tings dem stay pon di producer dem and spoil up until dem realize sey wi just can't teck nuh more pressure. But no, true unno show off mentality, mi pocket soft and mi can only manage chicken back (but den again all dat a get expensive tuh) and yuh can still buy certain meat...yuh tun round teck it cuss mi.

Instead yuh realize sey sooner or lata, yuh a guh feel it tuh and meck mi form a common bond and talk up di tings dem bout di increase unno galang like idiots.





Miss Kitty axed from Nationwide News

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miss_kitty_edit.jpg'Talk up di tings' radio personality Miss Kitty was axed from Nationwide News last Monday.

According to a report published in the Star Miss Kitty who hosts the Entertainment Office from Monday to Friday was let go from the station.

Khadine Hylton aka Miss Kitty
confirmed to the Star that she was let go. Apparently it all stemmed from a song that she played which the station's execs claimed could be libelous. Miss Kitty was eventually suspended for five days, after returning from her suspension Miss Kitty was in meeting with her supervisors where she was later let go.

Nationwide News CEO Cliff Hughes, also confirmed the developments. He said, "Miss Kitty is a very talented young woman, I wish her well. I think she will do well, she has a lot of potential. She has challenges to overcome, but I feel that she will."





Beenie Man's Wine Gal still in the # 1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 03 13 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-5wks@#1
02 04 08 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records--Shot to Watch
03 01 13 Busy Signal-Pon Di Edge-Star Kutt-3wks@#1
04 02 12 Demarco-Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten-John John-Peak@#2
05 06 10 Spice- Whoa-Truck Back
06 08 07 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G
07 09 07 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G
08 05 09 Busy Signal-Unknown Number-Juke Boxx
09 07 11 Mykal Rose-Shoot Out-John John-Peak#@4
10 10 06 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype





Tessane Chin bonds with girls at Women's Centre

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor


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Prolific singer, Tessane Chin, took time out to share a moment with the girls from the Kingston branch of the Women's Centre Of Jamaica Foundation, on Thursday, May 15, 2008.

The occasion was a presentation by the Growing and Giving organisation which handed out gifts to the girls at the centre.

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The gifts came courtesy of Confectionary Snacks, Super Plus, VP Records, Headline Entertainment and the St. Andrew Rotary Club.





Ano everybody you see...you fi wah deh wid

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMi seh mi av a friend and she seh dat she meet dis cute guy. Him nice and ting and him look like summady she coulda par with. She wasn't looking for some one to settle down wid just someone to date. Anyways dem go out a couple a times. Him carry her go movies and party and she sey him know how fi av a good time. She think all was going well until him seh him ago introduce har to him close friend. She tink the man must rate her to wa'an introduce her to him paari.

So dem go watch a play de nite and she meet de fren. Could you guess and tell mi wah happen? She like off de man fren! But to how she stay she neva wa'an de man fi know and besides the fren was dere wit him woman. So she play it cool. She seh wen she go home de nite she a wonder why she like de man fren and why she neva meet him fuss instead.





Reggae's Top Stars Return to Southern California

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Los Angeles, Southern California [FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] - On July 27th 2008 temperatures are going to reach a record high in Southern California. Adamari Empire, the event promoters and producers of last years' 10th Annual Caribbean Seabreeze Festival, will bring the heat to Queen Mary Park, Long Beach with the Caribbean Summer Festival 2008. The festival boasts an all star line up of Reggae's top Dancehall stars and legends. The festival promises to put Shabba Ranks, Junior Reid, Lady Saw and Cham together on one stage, for one night only.

The Caribbean Summer Festival 2008 promises to be an unprecedented event, with legendary dancehall ladies man Shabba Ranks as the headline act. This is the first time in over a decade that Shabba Ranks will perform at an outdoor festival in Southern California, making this event a must for all Reggae fans to see. Also on the line up is Junior Reid, who had the huge billboard hit "This is Why I'm Hot" with M.I.M.S., Grammy award winning 1st lady of the Dancehall, Lady Saw and Cham, who had the chart smash with "Ghetto Story" featuring Alicia Keys.





KLAS FM ends School Tour on a high!

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By: Dave Lindo
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The Inseason, KLAS FM School Tour, season came to an exciting end last week at the final stop; the beautiful Runaway Bay Heart Hotel and Institution, in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

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It was excitement galore as the KLAS FM team, Tony Young, Alicia Anderson, DJ Kat and the crew touched down at the Runaway Bay Institute.

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The students and members of staff were entertained by performances by the 'original mix up man' Black-er, Nesbeth, Dugsy Ranks, Alibra and Gospel Artiste; Junior Thompson.





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Ryde, California, May 20, 2008, This June, summer solstice weekend, June 20, 21, & 22, 2008 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (SNWMF), an annual world peace and summer solstice celebration. The event takes place in the scenic Anderson Valley in the town of Boonville, California at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds. Some of the world's greatest world, roots, vintage, dancehall, modern reggae and ska artists and sound system DJ's have made their appearances on the Sierra Nevada stages over the years, many of whom make their West Coast festival debut at this hallmark event.





matisyahu[2].jpgWhen the news reached the Reggae world that Matisyahu had been recognized by Billboard Magazine as Reggae Artiste of the Year, it was a shock wave! Well it would only have been just that to those who did not know his history.

Since the release of his 2004 debut, "Shake off the dust...ARISE" and the phenomenal success of last year's "Live At Stubb's".

Matisyahu has continued to bring his uncanny, electrifying fusion of orthodox Judaism and classic Reggae music to you with an incessant touring schedule and unbelievable energy. Now, Matisyahu and the band brings you their sophomore studio album, YOUTH.

Youth is a compelling mix of ancient and modern sounds and ideas. The propulsive title track, with its rallying cry "youth is the engine of the world," draws upon Matisyahu's studies of Chabad Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersohn - as well as his own tumultuous past.





Elephant Man blazed through Columbus, Ohio

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Elephant Man passed through Arosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio with a burst of energy last Friday.

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The show started off on a high and saw the ladies reaching out for Ele and oh my gosh, he grabbed a girls's hand and hold it on his crotch, whining on it! Then as if that was not enough he invited some ladies on the stage to do the Drop Dead dance and apparently they were not doing it good enough for Ele so he ran them off the stage very crudely saying "get off my b$#@cloth stage! Mi tell yuh fi drop dead and yuh a do some whiney whiney shit!" Poor girls, they never looked too happy about that. But then again who would with language like that and that kind of disrespectful talk. So the girls start to yell "go home!!





The Aloha Vibes Captures Malibu

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By: Michelle Thomas
Photography By: Marie Mendoza

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The World Famous Malibu Inn hosted Hawaiian Reggae band, Natural Vibes. The Vibes fuse pop/rock/rap/reggae which comprises their unique sound. The six members formed their group in 1993 and began performing locally. Their hit performances have made them one of the most popular bands in Hawaii, with an emerging fan base. The Vibes are well on their way to becoming the next major international artist from Hawaii with five albums under their belt and multiple achievements on The Billboard Reggae Charts.





fiya_mumma.jpgQueen Ifrica, affectionately called the Fiya Mumma invaded the stage at the Sound Academy, formerly the Docks, and for 90 solid minutes she blazed, tantalized and thrilled her Toronto fans.

Queen Ifrica could do no wrong for the massive there as she used her full arsenal of songs such as Daddy Don't Touch Me There, Na Rub, and Below the Waist.

Many in the audience had wondered if they would get the opportunity to see Queen and Steele perform there hit single New World(Remix), and for all in attendance that special highlight came when Ifrica invited the Canadian reggae sensation to join her on stage. Together they belted the lyrics of their MOBS/Flames produced single. This was the first time they had performed the song together and the energy from both artists was tremendous.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

portmore_united_FC.jpgPortmore United won the National Premier League played by top football club's in Jamaica. Twelve teams vied for pole position, with Portmore United coming out on top. After playing 38 games, of which they won 21, drew 12 and lost 5, amassed a total of 75 points to walk away with the trophy.

Tivoli Gardens came second with 66 points, Boy's Town third with 58 points, last season champions, Harbour View fourth with 51 points and Waterhouse fifth with 47 points.

Coached by former Reggae Boyz defender Linval Dixon, the champions had a strong nucleus of National players with experience and youth.





Queen Omega getting ready to tour North America

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Queen Omega_edit.jpgTrinidad's royal reggae empress, Queen Omega, who hails from San Fernando is getting ready for her debut tour of North American tour scheduled for the summer.

She is scheduled to perform at the Caribbean Unity Tour 2008 where she will share stage with top Jamaican performers Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Steele, Baby Demus and Grindsman.

The female singer, whose birth name is Jeneile Osbourne, was born to a family of five between four boys. She was given the name 'Queenie' from a very tender age when she started showing off her singing talent. Recognizing her daughter's gift of singing, her mom Deborah encouraged her to go after her dream and pursue a career in music.





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Please vote for either Tina, his baby mother or Mad Michelle, his girlfriend for who is hotter.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the name Tina or Mad Michelle in your comments.


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Voicemail epitomizing musical versatility

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The biggest unintentional secret in Dancehall Reggae music since Snow is that the fluid sound you hear on tracks recorded by Voicemail is not the singular range of one singer; but that of a group. Stacked with an abundance of control and timing these three manage to belt out each bar and verse in such harmony that it is easy to be mislead. It truly takes a skilled ear to initially distinguish the different voices. A shared destiny and ambition has bonded these three singers: Craig Jackson, Kevin Blaire and Oniel Edwards together as one group. Performing as a unit for the last 5 years, the three have remained as the final legacy of Voicemail.

Quickly recognized for their intro trademark, You've got mail, Voicemail, heyeee as only Craig can deliver; they have been making waves in Jamaica with charting singles such as Weddy Time and their succession of videos for songs like; Gal Hunt, Weddy Time, She Want It Harder, Ready To Party and Wacky Dip in addition to features on the Strip Tease riddim and Klymaxx riddim medley videos.

Its their energetic stage performances, that fail to hide the enjoyment shining in their eyes from the pure pleasure of being in front of audiences at key events like: Spring Fest 2004, Sumfest 2004, 2005, Fully Loaded and world wide touring, which is allowing them to win over critical audiences.





Kirk Davis now on the alleluia side

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By: Joan Wilson

kirk_davis_08.jpgDuring his reign with the Shocking Vibes crew, Kirk would thrill his many fans with love songs but in the quiet hours he would be tortured with the thoughts that his soul was not alright with the Lord. "Sometime I would toss and turns, cause I know that if I should die my soul would not be ready," he told YardFlex.

Then three years ago, the demand to make things right in his life became overwhelming as Kirk said he was lying in his bed one night in New York and reflecting and the thought came to him that he need to let go of all other vibes and put God first, there is no repentance in the grave. Still he resisted the urge and continued to do his secular songs, it was a constant battle, but somehow he managed to put the conviction aside as he did shows in Japan, the Caribbean, Europe and other places.





Dobby Dobson

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dobby-01.jpg"Life was one big bowl of jello and condensed milk...my conscience was clear, I harboured no bad feelings towards anyone, I was being in tune with the universe. I left Jamaica to reside in New York away from family and most close friends, so my 'friends' were now my new associates or people I had not seen in a long time...and I casually got drawn into a lifestyle that was foreign to me. Night clubs had been a part of my life in Jamaica, what with me having sung with a dozen bands for most of my life, but New York after hour joints were different. These places opened after most legitimate niteries closed, and stayed open into the next day...mostly run without licenses, they catered to a different crowd...into which I assimilated myself. Liquor flowed, drugs prevailed and ladies were easy. It was nothing to find yourself sneaking out of the joint to find the sun high in the sky," were the earnest words of singer Dobby Dobson to YardFlex as he spoke about his rise from hitting rock bottom by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Today, Dobby his using his experience to witness to thousands and seeing them experience the kind of change he has too. But that change didn't just happen overnight, the catalyst started in 2000 when his mother died. According to Dobby a wave of depression came over him. When he returned to New York the sadness was still with him and no amount of girls or drugs could make him feel any better.





Whats Poppin'

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Wed or not?

don_alaine.jpgA really true sey Don Corleon and Alaine married? Well everybody a wonda and a hope sey one a dem wi officially come out and sey something. But inna fi wi time, marriage a sinting wey yuh proud a and yuh want yuh friend and family fi be apart of. But afta Jamaica nuh stay like foreign when it come to faas people? Well, if a true...YardFlex wish di couple a wonderful life.

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Update please

People, unno memba how Neeto Meeks mash up Charah Watson yeye and how di poor girl nearly dead with how him duh har? But a wha really a gwaan wid di case, how come win uh hear nutten more. Somebody please update wi wid how di case a gwaan? It drop, it done, wha?

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A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Woman unno fi support each odda

Joan_wilson.jpgIt sound hard fi sey, but unno know sey wi woman really hard pon wi one anodda. Yup, di odda day a was reaching out to a girl that got raped and suppose yuh hear di kinda comment whey a come from woman!

Mi woulda did feel betta if a di man dem a sey it cause at least mi coulda sey a just true dem nuh waan admit sey dem bredren coulda do dat. But fi hear some woman task is like dem hate di woman whey get rape or she did a beg fi it. Nuff time mi nah sey dat every woman a angel and even if she did outa road a sell it, di fact dat she pick nuffi gi dah one deh none, it still inna har rights not to and NO man nuh have di right fi force himself pon a woman wedda she a pros or not.

It happen dat one such get rape and listen to some a di comment dem why women pass, "she did a beg fi it", "nobady can rape dat...whosoever will", "she have nutten lef fi rape".





Me Best Fren and Me Man

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpgMe always hear people a talk bout weh dem woulda do if dem find dem man and dem best friend together inna bed, but me neva know it woulda happ'n to mi a backside! Mi sey mi an' de man together fi five years and me know the girl fi 'bout six years. Me and she work a de same place and she know how much me really love de man. Me is a girl who neva know seh me coulda really love a man so much, the man really take care of me and the sex goooood me a tell yuh.

Now could you believe dat mi did have an assignment and mi did affi go Mo-Bay fi three days but the work was cut short and dem send me home a day early. Me couldn't get fi call him cause me know sey him deh pan night shift and him ca'an tek no phone call. So anyways, me reach home 'bout eleven o' clock de night and a expect to find an empty house. Little did i know dat him and me fren well ina my bed well lock dung.

Me have mi own key so mi open de door and dem neva hear when mi come in, but I was wondering how him gone a work and lef de music a play.





Can Money Really Make Women Happy?

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By: Dimples

dimples.jpg"Money talks and bullshit walks" is a common term used by Jamaicans. Women no longer want "bruk pocket man". So men if you ain't rolling out inna yuh criss vehicle and have yuh money lock some women won't even bother to look your way. As Kartel's song says "Car man ina dem gal yah thought, dem change man like auto parts, no vehicle no romance". And me know some man can agree with him because some women nowadays just looking a man to con.

But the question still remains, can money really make a woman happy? Now you have some of these women who lucky fi find the money man dem, but dem a buss dem ass. Now a so some woman really love money that dem ago stay wid a man weh out fi kill dem? Now memba dis ladies, yuh no have no money fi yuh self yuh affi depend on the man fi everything yuh want. Some time me affi wonder if some women no like feel independent. Don't get me wrong me nah seh woman fid deh wid bruk pocket man but mek sure yuh have sumting fi yuh self so dat if the man run yuh or a buss yuh ass yuh can at least leave wit yuh dignity.





Future Fambo Still on the Rise

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future_fambo.jpg'Future Fambo', exploded unto the Dancehall scene with the Kung Fu dance, on the Martial Art riddim in the early 1990s. Known as Future Troubles at that point, he emerged as a militant deejay who infused a good sense of humor.

In accordance with this image, he is ready to release his second album,Mada. The balance of humor and militancy is embedded in this album. According to Fambo, songs such as Run Di Place, which is basically blowing his own trumpet as a Fambo, is one of the people's favourite. Drunken Dance and Out will be on the new album.

Promotion has already begun prior to the release of the album in June. He has recently returned from a European Tour, during which he opened for main-act Bounty Killer. "I was well received on the tour". He said. Fambo is also set to travel to New York for a show, where he is slated to perform at Amazuru.

Interestingly, Fambo revealed in a recent interview that his recent hit, Drunken Dance has been banned in certain countries, because of a perceived glamorizing of alcohol addiction. Nevertheless,the popular phrase says, 'no publicity is bad publicity' and as such, Fambo, is currently in the spotlight.





No romance without finance

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Buffilous_2.jpgYow, unno notice how tings change yah now. Straight up, nuh bruck pocket man caan come and waan check a girl and expect har fi par wid him. Nah sah, di only way she a guh let off or deal wid him nice is if she harslef well heavy and a look smady fi just have some fun wid.Di fuss ting di woman a guh sey him haffi can let off fi maintenance, suh straight up, no romance without finance.

Di woman dem sey haffy look good and dem haffi smell sweet tuh and dat nuh come cheap. Yup. Dem have a list a work wid, toiletries, food money, bills, panties and nuff a dat cause dem sey some a unno love tear dem off and at di rate whey unno dweet it cost fi keep replacing dem. It’s strictly Victoria Secret and di Frederick of Hollywood please! But den again a wha kinda animals unno a deal wid sah!So if di money nuh run, den a dead stock ting dat wi a talk bout.

Di nex’ ting di woman dem a talk bout is how unno love when dem wash and press unno clothes, but when di light and water bill come unno a frownz fi pay it. Hear mi now star, none a dat around here! But dem lucky siddung a tun slave over unno clothes and haffi a argue fi get money fi pay bills, di time unno teck a do dat unno go look wuck whey a pay?





HoSangs Mourn Tragic Death

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hosang_death.jpgTappan, New York, May 13, 2008. Friends and family of Vincent and Jeanette HoSang, owners and founders of Caribbean Food Delights, Royal Caribbean Bakery and JerkQ'zine Caribbean Grille, have converged at their home in Westchester County comforting the family as they mourn the tragic loss of their youngest child, 24 year old Brian Vincent HoSang.

According to police reports, on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th Brian was traveling south in the middle lane on interstate 684 in Putnam County when he lost control of his 2005 Honda motorcycle and was thrown from his bike, when it slammed into a guard rail at around 1:20 pm near exit 8 Croton Falls. State police pronounced him dead at the scene.

"Brian was such a loving person…he always looked out for everyone," says older sister Sabrina, Chief Operating Officer of Caribbean Food Delights.





Barbee says "Love him don't bun him"

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By: Dave Lindo

*new single 'Love You Anyway' to be released this summer.

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Barbee is upbeat about her latest single, 'Love You Any Way', which is scheduled to be released in the summer. The song is sounding good and from all indications should do well for her on the international scene.

The song comes in her effort to take her career to a higher level. "It's a real lovely song, it was produced by Alicia Key's producer Sean Do," she disclosed. "It is a song that is dear to me. It's about when you are in a relationship you should stay true and just stick it out, just love him and don't bun him."

She added, "I just sat back and focused on my music. I saw where I needed to get back to basics. I started taking guitar lessons and voice training because I am preparing myself for the big times. I am looking at the different aspects of the business because that's where many people fail. They are stuck on the small things and miss the bigger picture."

Barbee disclosed that she is also doing acting lessons which was prompted by her getting some offers for the 'big screen'. "Some roles are on the table, some real big opportunities which I am excited about," she said.





Chimney Records Taking over Jamaica By Storm

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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

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Jamaica is an island full of talented people. Two such people are David Hayle and Jordan McClure who have formed their record label called, Chimney Records. The two have been friends since Preparatory school and both share the same passion and enthusiasm for dancehall music. After high school the two decided to create their own music and agreed to combine efforts to build their own label from scratch.

The goals of these talented young men have always been to make great music that will stand the test of time, music that people will enjoy as much as they do and to be remembered for that music. These two also aimed to achieve a level of success that would be inspirational to others.

Currently the two are working on several projects, including, Soul Seeka Riddim, featuring "Tell Dem" by Bounty Killer and Einstein and songs by Vybz Kartel, Bramma, Black Rhino and others. They are also working on albums for Vybz Kartel, Bramma and Einstein and have several new singles to be released soon.





International News

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8 years for Remy Ma

remy_MA.jpgFor shooting a woman outside a Manhattan night club rapper Remy Ma was sentenced to 8 years. The rapper broke down in tears at the news. "I feel so bad for all the physical and mental pain you've gone through," the Grammy-nominated rapper told the victim. "This has taken a toll on us and both our families. I would never wish you harm and I pray the best for all of us."

The entertainer, whose real name is Remy Smith, had faced up to 25 years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion for shooting Makeda Barnes Joseph last July in a dispute over money. Smith, 26, begged the judge for leniency for the sake of "my little boy," saying she grew up "surrounded by failure, violence and poverty," but "made something out of nothing" from her life.

State Supreme Court Justice Rena Uviller said she recognized that Smith had had a difficult childhood, but noted the victim had nearly died and will never be the same physically. Uviller called the rapper "a young woman whose anger is out of control."

After the sentencing, Smith's fiancé, fellow rapper Papoose, began screaming in a hallway outside the courtroom. "All you want is money!" he said, apparently referring to the victim. "Lock me up! Lock me up!" he then shouted to court officers, who escorted him out of the courthouse.

The couple had planned to wed last weekend at the Rikers Island jail, where Smith has been incarcerated. Correction officials said they called off the wedding after Papoose showed up with a handcuff key. Smith's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, said Papoose had a key but denied that it could be used to open handcuffs. Papoose, whose real is Shamele Mackie, hasn't been charged. Fisher said the couple still plan to wed.

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Reggae Sumfest – Best Concert of the Year

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2008 International Reggae and World Music Awards

reggae_sumfest_08.jpgKINGSTON, JAMAICA – May 9, 2008. Concert of the Year and Promoter of the Year were two coveted awards won by Reggae Sumfest and Summerfest Productions at the 27th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) on Sunday, May 4, at the Apollo Theater in the historic Harlem, New York, beating out several large international Reggae concerts which also vied for this honour.

IRAWMA established in 1982, outlines its mission as that of acknowledging and honouring the accomplishments and contributions of entertainers in the categories of Reggae, Caribbean and other World music. Its intent; to provide a forum for songwriters, performer and musicians to be recognized for their artistic efforts and achievements with the overall objective of promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, Caribbean and World music globally. With 28 years under its belt, IRAWMA is well recognized as the industry's oldest and most prestigious event in its chosen category. The ceremony has been staged in many major US cities as well as in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The public is able to vote for their favourite nominee in each category on the internet.





Birthday Greeting

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YardFlex would like to send a special earthday greeting to Chat reporter Cecelia Campbell-Livingston. We wish for you God's richest blessings on your day and all the best in life.

Much Love from the Staff at YardFlex.





Da'ville soothes guest at Mother's Day concert

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Photography By: Keveon Smith

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Amara achieving her dream despite set backs

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By: Joseph Cunningham

AMARA_edit.jpgTamara "Amara" Mitchell was born in Sydney, Australia on the 21st of May 1987, to a musician father and a former singer, her mother. At age four, she recorded her first song, a child's story about pollution and the environment. As she progressed through Australian schools, she auditioned and was accepted into the Australian National Youth Choir, where she received, for a short time, voice training.

At the age of 12 she began Shalvey High School, where she did two years of dance, drama, and music classes.

At the age of 13, her mother migrated to Jamaica taking both Amara and her sister Jody with her. She lived in St Ann's Bay, and attended Ocho Rios High School, where she continued her studies in music theory, and joined the school band so she could continue practicing her singing.

After a scout saw her receiving numerous awards at her valedictory service, the scout offered her a fully paid scholarship to Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, which she willingly accepted; and although she only spent a year at the college, it benefited her immensely.

While she was still at Edna Manley College, she began singing backup for Peter Lloyd, who in turn introduced her to some producers such as, Rorey Baker, Sly and Robbie, Dean Fraser and "Snow Cone". Although she only recorded one song for "Snow Cone", which was not released, the experience in the studio helped her to grow as an artiste.





FASHION indeed BLOCKED MONTEGO BAY

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dexter_pottinger_3d_designs.jpgKingston, Jamaica:-- Western Jamaica got a premier serving of the trendiest and hippest fashion affair, Fashion Block, Montego Bay, on Saturday, May 3, cost free. Over 10,000 massive came out to view this phenomenal occasion, courtesy of international fashion expertise of the Saint International team.

"The Menswear fashions were a big hit with the audience, as well as the Dexter Pottinger's Digicel couture pieces," said a satisfied Deiwght Peters, CEO of Saint International. "It was also much bigger than the previous ones, with over 12,000 high energy persons witnessing the iconic event".

Fashion Block is normally accommodated over the Easter weekend but this year's event was not at all affected by this change. "I think the timing this year made this year even better than the previous Fashion Blocks we've had in Montego Bay, and the support received from their business sector, especially those on Gloucester Avenue, truly propelled the success of this year's event," commented Peters.





richie_b-1.jpgIn keeping with the celebration of Black Music Month, the 2nd annual Reggae Music Achievement Awards will be held on Sunday, June 8th, 2008.

This years' event will honor some of Canada's greatest reggae talents as well as Jamaican radio icon, Richie B. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn's Trillium Ballroom, which is located at 970 Dixon Road in Toronto, Ontario. Cocktails will be served at 5:30pm after which the show will commence promptly at 7:00pm.

After a successful initiation in 2007, the Achievement Awards show has become one of the most anticipated events in the Canadian reggae community. With a star studded line up which features the best of the best in Canadian reggae music, this year's event promises to entertain, educate and enlighten.

This year's show will include performances by Steele, Norris Weir & the Jamaicans, Larry Marshall & Jackie Robinson and many others. All performers will be backed by the Mountain Edge Band.





The lightning Bolt strikes again

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By: Dwight Fraser/Devon Anderson

lightning_bolt.jpgAlmost one year to the date when he broke the National 200 metres record Usain "Lightning" Bolt struck up an awe inspiring performance at Kingston's National Stadium, at the Jamaica International Invitational Games on Saturday, May 3.

A plethora of stars including the World Championship and Olympic medal winners from the United States, Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon and Sanya Richards led the way for the "Stars and Stripes" against Usain Bolt, Danny Mcfarlane, Veronica Campbell-Brown, and Deloreen Ennis-London, wearing the black green and gold representing the, "likkle but we tallawah", Jamaica in the three hour clash.

The fact that all the big name MVP runners; Micheal Frater, Bridgette Foster-Hylton, Sherone Simpson and the world's fastest man, Asafa Powell, stayed away, the I.A.A.F area permit meet was a quality one nonetheless.





Stephen to tour the US

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stephen_smileJA_edit.jpgStephen Marley, Multiple-Grammy winning artist/producer (he holds the Reggae record with six Grammy wins), fresh off his latest Grammy win for Best Reggae Album for his 2007 masterpiece Mind Control, has begun a much anticipated spring U.S. Tour.

The tour will take him to 29 cities, and includes a handful of celebrated Festivals including his spring '08 finale performance on June 13, at the much heralded Bonnaroo Festival, the 4 day multi-stage music and cultural extravaganza held on a 700 acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.

Marley, who became the third consecutive son from the great Marley musical dynasty to win the Best Reggae Album Grammy, will headline the non-festival shows, tapping Kingston Reggae sensation, Gully Bank Sound to open on the tour. The trek kicked off on May 4, in West Palm Beach at the Sun Fest and includes shows in North Myrtle Beach on May 8, Las Vegas' Hard Rock & Casino on May 23, and Boulder, CO on June 7, at the prestigious Fox Theatre (see entire list of dates below).





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Kencot

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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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By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

ewan_walker_edit.jpgThe talented Ewan Walker is the well renowned skin care specialist and makeup artiste from Port Antonio, Jamaica. Ewan walker has worked with Elle, Allure, Vogue, Essence and several other International magazines.

The Jamaican culture has been the major inspiration for Mr. Ewan Walker's new product line. This talented skin care specialist has re-discovered Blue Mountain coffee, using it in the development of his new products along with other Jamaican ingredients. This product line which will be available in fall focuses on the Jamaican market with a mascara, a lip gloss and bronzer. As Mr. Walker says "who needs foundation when you have beautiful skin". Women wear makeup to portray beautiful skin so if women have beautiful skin there is no need for a whole lot of makeup. All of Mr Ewan's products are all natural and mineral based.

Ewan Walker started out as a fashion designer but made a transition to makeup and skin care, and has been soaring ever since. This love for beautiful skin can be traced back to his childhood in Jamaica when he used to admire ladies with flawless skin. The transition has brought no regrets career wise but Ewan only regrets not having gone home a little sooner. Ewan visited Jamaica in February for Sean Kingston's party after not visiting home for ten years. Sean Kingston is seen as Mr Walker's favourite client as they both have Jamaican heritage and when around Sean Kingston Mr Walker feels he is at home with friends.





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Caribbean born people living in South Florida, USA, are highly privileged, due to the genius of business partners, Michael Lewis and Tyrone Robertson, who sighted a shortage of live Caribbean programming and sought to change this oversight.

Whether it's breaking political or business news, the latest dance move or hit song, Caribbean expatriates in South Florida now have another media outlet for island affairs. The cable network became a reality after more than two years of research, and now, Caribcast broadcasts programs primarily from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Guyana and Haiti.

Caribcast TV, is a subscription television and radio service offering live news, entertainment, cultural and sports programming from the Caribbean 24 hours a day.





It's curry festival time!

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Curryfest_side2_Teaser2_proof_edit02.jpgThe Westmoreland Curry Festival took place last Sunday at Mannings School and the large throng that turned out showed how much Jamaican people love their curry!

At the festival, there were the usual traditional dishes such as curried goat, chicken, shrimp etc. but then there were dishes for the more adventurous in taste such as curried octopus, cake, soup...and the list got crazier and crazier.

It will be interesting to see how the next curry festival will fear. International Curryfest 2008, which takes place in Miami on June 15, should see the real curry lovers coming out enmasse.





mission_in_progress_MH_edit.jpgMorgan Heritage has knocked Elephant Man from the number one spot on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums Chart. Morgan Heritage is now sitting comfortably in the number one position with Mission In Progress while the Energy God slipped to number three position with Let's Get Physical.

The number two position is now occupied by Stephen Marley with Mind Control. Collie Buddz who was number two last week is now in fourth position with his self titled album, while Rebel Souljaz once again rounds off the top five with Nothing To Hide. Ky-mani Marley and Shaggy are still standing firm.

Ky-mani is in the sixth position with Radio and Shaggy's Intoxication is in eigth position. Veteran entertainer Barrington Levy has entered the chart for the first time with his album which was placed in the number 10 slot, Teach The Youth.





A Suh Mi Sey

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By: Joan Wilson

Teck proper care a yuh pickney dem

Joan_wilson.jpgSorry dat mi nuh check in on Thursday, but fi tell yuh di truth di flu have mi a way star, mi neva know sey it coulda weaken yuh body suh. But a little roots and some herbal medicine and a mi dis again.

Bwoy mi deh pon a campaign dis time fi di children. Being as a child's month mi haffi talk up di tings fi dem. Nuff people a talk bout how dis generation gone to di dawgs and all kind a sinting, but dem eva stop fi tink a who do di damage.

Yuh tink you can have you young pickney and every night you gwan skin out yuhself a dance, a galang like unno nuh have nuh responsibility. Di money whey yuh fi teck send di pickney dem guh a school and buy food gi dem, yuh teck a put up big expensive hairstyle and den left dem fi tun pest to people a road.





By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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The JFF and Sherwin Williams on Thursday, May 8th, 2008, staged the 2006-2007 Sherwin Williams sponsored Women's Football Competitions Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Football Federation's Office in Kingston, Jamaica.

Persons in attendance included National Technical Director, Rene Simoes, JFF President, Captain Horace Burrell, 3rd Vice President, Mr. Raymond Anderson, Chairman of the Competition Committee, Mr. Michael Ricketts, Managing Director of Sherwin Williams, Mr. Ian Forbes and Mrs. Elaine Walker Brown, longstanding Chairman for the Women's Committee of the JFF.