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Rastafarian Reggae artist, Buju Banton, will have a March 4 hearing in Tampa, Florida, where he is being held on cocaine related charges.
Reports are that this will be a significant milestone in what his lawyers are labeling a case of “entrapment” against the Grammy nominated deejay.
Tracii McGregor, who represents Banton’s Gargamel Music is quoted as saying that there’ll be a hearing on all of the motions that were filed by Buju’s attorney “a lot of information should be revealed on March 4”.
Legal luminary in the case, David Oscar Markus, has reportedly filed several motions, all of which shouldbe heard on Thursday.
Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, was arrested at his Tamarac home in South Florida in December last year, after Federal Agents accused him of negotiating with undercover agents to purchase five or more kilograms of cocaine at Sarasota in Tampa, Florida.
Banton’s legal team says their client is a victim of entrapment and intends to prove to that the US Government had used a paid informant to inveigle him for almost a year.
Markus also intends to get the prosecutors to reveal the name of the paid informant and how much he was paid to trap the artiste.
The trial is set for April 19.
Gatorade has been added to the list of endorsement deals that Tiger Woods has lost.
A representative for the drink, sold by PepsiCo Inc., confirmed late Friday that it had ended its relationship with the golfer, who made a lengthy public apology last week for his infidelities.
“We no longer see a role for Tiger in our marketing efforts and have ended our relationship,” a Gatorade spokeswoman said. “We wish him all the best.”
The spokeswoman said Gatorade would continue its relationship with the Tiger Woods Foundation.
She declined to say whether his contract was terminated early because of trouble with his public image.
Gatorade discontinued its Tiger Woods-brand drinks in November, a decision made before Woods’ marital problems became known.
At the time, Gatorade stuck by him as a sponsor, but it too relented on Friday, becoming the third major endorsement the golfer has lost. AT&T Inc. and Accenture dropped Woods in the weeks following the tabloid frenzy of cheating allegations.
The companies that have stuck most closely by Woods, Nike Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. — which have invested specifically in his athleticism — reiterated their support last week when the golfer made his public apology.
Others, such as Procter & Gamble Co.’s Gillette and Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer, de-emphasized him in their marketing.
Reggae saxophonist, and graduate of the renowned Alpha Boys School, Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks, is in hospital in the Bronx, where he was admitted last week Thursday.
Brooks was rushed to Bronx Labanon Hospital in New York where he was reportedly diagnosed as suffering from complications following a mild heart attack. He was in and out of a coma for several days, but has since been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit.
Blake up to Friday was still not awake but he was reportedly showing signs of progress.
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange has said that she hopes that the renowned Jamaican saxophonist will recover from the illness that has left him in a coma.
“I have heard the news that Cedric has fallen seriously ill and was admitted to hospital on Monday. I am sincerely hoping that he will pull through,” Grange said in a release.
Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks is regarded as one of the most innovative saxophone players in all of reggae music. He is known for his solo recordings and as a member of The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, The Light of Saba, and The Skatalites.
A 8.8-magnitude quake struck Chile Saturday at 3:34 a.m. (1:34 a.m. EST) leaving at least 214 people dead and sending people rushing from their beds and onto the streets in fear, hugging each other and crying.
It was one of the world's most powerful earthquakes and it knocked down buildings and triggered a tsunami that threatened Pacific coastlines as far away as Hawaii and Russia.
Buildings caught fire, bridges collapsed and debris blocked streets across swathes of central Chile, but the initial death toll was relatively low from a quake packing many times more power than the one that devastated Haiti last month.
A 15-storey building collapsed in Concepcion, the closest major city to the epicenter, and overturned cars lay scattered below a fallen overpass in the capital Santiago. Telephone and power lines went down, making it difficult to assess the full extent of the damage and loss of life.
"It came in waves and lasted so long. Three minutes is an eternity. We kept worrying that it was getting stronger, like a terrifying Hollywood movie," said Santiago housewife Dolores Cuevas.
One emergency official said the number of deaths was unlikely to increase dramatically, and a U.S. Geological Survey researcher attributed the low toll to Chile's solid building standards.
But it was the fifth-largest earthquake since 1900 and dealt a blow to the economy and infrastructure of the world's No. 1 copper producer and one of Latin America's most developed and stable countries.
"ANYBODY WHO DOES ANYTHING TO RYNO HAS TO ANSWER TO ME"
Angered by today's shooting incident concering former Portmore Empire member, Dancehall deejay Blak Ryno in the Waterford Community of Portmore, St. Catherine, Adidjahiem Records President and Portmore Empire leader Vybz Kartel condemns the attack, and issues a firm warning to those who seek to harm the artist:
"I condemn today's shooting in Waterford, and I condemn any attack made on Blak Ryno," states Kartel firmly. "Regardless of what transpires between the Portmore Empire and Blak Ryno, whether or not he is a part of the Empire, I will not tolerate any acts of violence against him. ANYBODY who does ANYTHING to Ryno has to answer to me."
Earlier today, the Waterford Police confirmed that shots were fired into a house believed to belong to the family of Romaine "Blak Ryno" Anderson. No one was injured. The incident is currently under investigation.
" I express my concern, sympathy, and support for the Anderson family. I urge authorities to act swiftly to deal with this situation," states Kartel.
The shooting comes on the heals of yesterday's announcement of Ryno's departure from the Portmore Empire. Ryno had been a member of the Empire since 2007, and released a number of hit singles including "Mek Di Paper," "Thug Anthem," " Real Stingers," and "Bike Back."
But a who really go shoot up Black Ryno House sah? Wi nah lie, from him come public and sey him a leave Portmore Empire, we did kinda a expect fi hear something like this. But wi ongle hope that good sense will prevail and dat dem leave di likkle youth fi prosper and gwaan do music. Cause even though statement send out sey anybody do Ryna anything dem haffi answer to Kartel, wi still a watch, cause wi still nuh si di statement yet sey him deal wid di man dem wi beat up Kym.
Boy we love how Kiki is talkign up the things regarding her stint as a drug mule. She was imprisoned and lost her child during that process, She also lost her dad while she was incarcerated. She is trying to open up young people's eyes to risks and the dangers involved. We big her up for that and we hope it doesn't reflect negatively on her career. What she is doing is a good thing...three cheers on the effort.
The United States (US) government has cancelled the visa of Wayne Chen, Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation.
Mr. Chen, Chief Executive Officer of SuperPlus supermarket chain, was left in an embarrassing position Wednesday when he went to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston to board a flight to the United States.
Mr. Chen, who was with his family, was informed by officials of the immigration department that his US visa had been cancelled.
Everybody who's anybody in Hollywood has a sex tape. So no wonder 50 Cent felt the need to join da club.
But now the MC is in a heaping pile of trouble for allegedly splicing himself (in his bewigged guise of "Big Pimpin' Curly") into X-rated footage of a Florida woman doing the nasty and then posting the clip online.
Sure, it might result in a lawsuit, but there's no doubting Fiddy has some mad comedic skillz.
As for the legal matter, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the offended party, Lastonia Leviston, claims the rapper used her name and likeness without permission by publshing the video on his website, thus causing her severe emotional distress after it, um, spread virally online.
Leviston alleges that she and her beau, whose face is blurred out in the Fiddy version, "videotaped themselves engaging in sexually explicit activities" in June 2008, per the New York Daily News.
Although the dude purportedly promised to destroy the tape, he instead "transferred or sold" it to 50 Cent, according to the complaint. Fiddy then turned it into a comedy routine that also mocked rival rapper Rick Ross (for example, Fiddy's commentary notes the initials "R.R." tattooed on Leviston's chest, and indicates they refer to Ross).
In a later radio interview, Leviston also accused the hip-hopster, real name Curtis Jackson, of labeling her a "call girl," causing her further embarrassment.
Her complaint seeks unspecified damages. Neither Leviston's lawyer nor the rapper's manager were available for comment.
February 26, 2010 Kingston Jamaica:-Danger Zone Music Group wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mikey Pelpa. Over the years Danger Zone has had a productive relationship with the artiste and is deeply saddened by his untimely passing.
CEO of Danger Zone Music Group Delmar ‘Della Danger’ Drummond who was a friend of Mikey Pelpa summed up the mood in the camp: “Mikey Pelpa was one of the young artistes on the Danger Zone roster. Words can’t explain the grief that has gripped the Danger Zone family; we are yet to come to terms with the news of the death of this young talented artiste. All members of the team remember Mikey as an artiste who was trying to use music to bring people together and who believed in the vision of Danger Zone Music Group which is Unification Through Music. Danger Zone misses Mikey Pelpa”.
Mikey Pelpa is noted for his collaboration with Limey Murray, Emergency on the ‘Jam Down’ rhythm, Parental Guide on the Cloud Nine rhythm, Say What U Want on the ‘Pay Back’ rhythm and his recent release Mama Don't Worry At All. He was acclaimed for his focus on family values and once revealed: "Di yute dem haffi show respect and remember seh dem parents a di real guide. Me never diss my mother yet cause a she a mi real inspiration and if the yute dem inna the society focus pon that and transfer it to dem brother then evil will cut in half".
I am confident and secure in the presence of God.
If I am feeling discouraged or disappointed about any circumstance in my life, I take time now to become centered in prayer, to be at peace in the presence of God. No matter where I am or what is happening, I still my thoughts and move into a quiet place of communion with God.
In this place of serenity, I remember the truth of my being, the part of me that never changes. I say to myself: "I am God's beloved today and always. The Christ Spirit is within me. Everything that is true about me remains. All the power of the universe is in me."
Returning to my day, I feel my confidence restored and my sense of peace renewed. I remain in the strong and protected presence of God as I get back up and begin again.
The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone.--John 8:29
Jamaican music legend, Jimmy Cliff, is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month by Wyclef Jean, the Haitian hip hop singer and producer.
Others to be inducted at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York include ABBA, Genesis and The Hollies.
The Jamaican singer says he is accepting the honour on behalf of all his "wonderful fans".
Cliff has also announced plans to release a new album and tour this year.
Internet reports are suggesting that American R&B singer Whitney Houston was a big flop Down Under. Reports coming from that side of the world is that concert goers are requesting a refund on their tickets following the singer’ less than thrilling performance.
The performance is described as rocky at best, a sweat-drenched Whitney Houston attempted to sing her hit "I Will Always Love You" during a concert Monday night in Australia. Whitney's weirdness reaches its peak right before she's supposed to hit the high note -- when she suddenly turns around, walks over to a table behind her, and then spends an excessive amount of time gearing up for the big finish When Whitney finally gets ready, she comes back to the mic and belts out the chorus to the song ... and let's just say she gets an E for Effort.
Poor Whitney and to think she looked so good on Oprah when she performed the track from her new album entitled I Didn’t Know My Own Strength. Seems so really didn’t know it Down Under.
Fantasia Barrino is under a self-imposed lockdown -- after the "American Idol" champ received a threatening letter.
It all started a few nights ago at the Pantages Theater in L.A. -- Fantasia was reading her fan mail after a performance of "The Color Purple."
Fantasia's manager tells us Barrino became alarmed over a disturbing letter loaded with racial slurs -- including the n-word -- and a line that read, "go back where you came from and die."
We're told the person who wrote the letter claims he used to work as a security guard for Fox while Fantasia was on "A.I."
Fantasia's manager tells us the singer immediately contacted theater security -- which then contacted the LAPD.
In the meantime, we're told the theater has "beefed up" security around Fantasia -- and all over the venue -- and will be screening anything sent to Barrino's dressing room before it gets to her.
Fantasia tells TMZ, "I will not be defeated by one isolated person's hatred."
Olympic and World Championship 100 metres gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser, is to hit the road with the Peace and Love in Society (PALS) initiative next month for its Peace Day campaign, after being named the Grace Goodwill Ambassador for Peace.
Grace Foods and Services has partnered with PALS, through its Grace Vienna Brand, to provide the organisation with the resources and marketing necessary to carry out a high-visibility, islandwide Peace Day campaign. This year's campaign is being held under the theme 'Be a Champion for Peace'.
Ms. Fraser's participation will put a face and voice of encouragement to those battling negative attitudes to conflict resolution, given her background growing up in the violence-torn Waterhouse community. She plans to visit a PALS school accompanied by "Vinnie", the Grace Vienna mascot, to surprise students and provide treats. Her image and voice are also being used in advertising campaigns to support the PALS initiative.
At the launch of Peace Day activities, at GraceKennedy, downtown Kingston, Tuesday (February 23), Ms. Fraser said she was excited about working with the project, having experienced, firsthand, the results of non-constructive methods of conflict resolution in her community while growing up.
"I know that I will play my role well, because I know what violence can do to children. And seeing that I am a star, as one might see it, I get to bring across my point much better to children. They will understand, because I was there, so it's not as if I lived in Beverly Hills and (I am) trying to tell someone in Waterhouse don't fight, don't do this," she said.
Ms. Fraser also encouraged everyone to respond to conflict by being calm, agreeing to work it out, listening to each other's point of view and then solving the problem.
"The bigger person is the person that always walks away, no matter how it may seem," she said, as she implored parents, especially, to try to acquire good conflict resolution skills and to teach these to their children.
Several schools representatives gave testimonials regarding the impact of PALS on their school population, among them third form student at Kingston College, Romario Ballentine, who said he has been changed by the programme.
"I'm a person I don't like authority. I normally do things because they tell me not to do it. But, since the programme, they have shown me that that's not the way and what I'm doing is wrong, that there is a better way, and so I just want to tell you thanks for all that you have done for us," he said.
Brand Manager for Grace Vienna Sausages, Mr. David Reid, said that the sponsorship from Grace Foods and Services would cover the cost of Peace Day ribbons, advertising, production, new training materials for the school and the hosting of several school treats.
The company has also earmarked 25 cents from the sale of every can of Vienna sausages, for the next three months, for the PALS organisation.
PALS will host a Peace Day Concert on March 2, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Homestead Primary School, St. Catherine. Shelly-Ann Fraser's participation will be a highlight of the event.
PALS is also set to launch its Grace Vienna PALS Champion of Peace Essay Competition on March 2.
For those who may not have heard, a fire tore through the iconic Gamble & Huff-founded Philadelphia International Records studios and offices at Broad and Spruce — a place where such legends as Teddy Pendergrass, Chubby Checker, Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, and many others have recorded songs — early Sunday morning. The good news is that PIR’s thousands of master tapes are stored in a “secret underground vault” in a different location, PIR executive vice president Chuck Gamble (Kenny’s nephew) tells KYW1060, so the damage was certainly minimized.
The fire is considered suspicious in nature; one man who was found in the building at the time of the blaze is hospitalized and being questioned. Says Gamble: “It appears that someone has broken into the building. They couldn’t get through our fire escape. That was secure. The doors were secure. They would have to come through the roof, and somehow get from the roof into our building. Probably in the wee hours of the morning. Probably around, closer to 7 when the fire happened.”
Pray for Others
I connect with Spirit as I pray for others.
When I pray, I connect deeply with Spirit and know I am one with the Divine. In this oneness, I feel connected to my family, friends and community and to all people.
When I pray for another--perhaps someone with a health concern, facing a financial situation or dealing with a family issue--I open myself to Spirit and to the connection we all share. I may pray for the renewal of this person's health, prosperity or peace. However, my prayer for any one person is in truth a prayer for the world. It represents our divine connection.
When I pray for others, just as when I pray for myself, I know my prayers are answered. In thanks, I know that all is well.
Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.--Matthew 21:22
Queens, NY: A Jamaican man appears to have shot and killed his wife and two daughters and then turned the gun on himself in the Rosedale section of Queens yesterday. Police sources think this may be an apparent murder-suicide. A note was left behind apologising for the gruesome crime, sources reported.
Cops discovered the four bodies at 145-20 230th Place in Springfield Gardens after the father, Mark Bailey, a bus driver in Nassau County, shot his family in their bedrooms, police said.
Bailey was found in chair in the main room. All four had gunshot wounds to the head with a 9mm pistol. A note was also found in the kitchen, where Baily wrote, “I am sorry. Love, Mark,” according to police sources.
His wife, Dionne, 42, was an assistant principal at Philip Randolph High School.
One daughter, 19-year-old Yonique, was a student at Stony Brook University and the other, 14-year-old Yolon, was a student at Cardozo High School. The family moved to this country from Jamaica nearly 20 years ago.
Jamaican political activist in the 31st congressional district in Queens, Michael Duncan expressed his condolences on the incident. “This is a very horrible and very sad tragedy”, Duncan said, but he also cautioned residents in the area to await the outcome of the investigations.
This incident comes on the heels of another Caribbean-related tragedy when a Grenadian woman lost her baby when the child’s father threw the baby in a New Jersey river last week.
The sixth staging of the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards saw US-based cable network, BET TV providing coverage for the first time and by all accounts, it has been a hit. There have already been over 5000 hits on the BET.com site with the firsts EME video with host Tammy and other videos, blogs and pictorial coverage have since been made available on the website.
According to founder of the EMEs Richard 'Richie B' Burgess, the international flavour of the EMEs with the presence of International Friend of Reggae Awardee India.Arie, former NFL player and musician Morlon 'Ultimate' Greenwood and coverage from BET have done impacted positively on the prestige of the EMEs.
"This is definitely reason to celebrate," Richie B is qouted as saying, even as he thanked all the artistes and sponsors for their unwavering support of the EMEs throughout its six-year history.
See new Videos and Blogs... re the EME Awards
News has surfaced that Portmore Empire young guns, Jahvinci and Black Rhyno have made plans to move on and are perhaps even now doing their exit interview with the Gaza President, Vybz Kartel.
This follows hard on the heels of the departure of Gaza Princesses Lisa Hype and Kim, reducing the number of princesses to two.
Despite denials, the rumours of beatings on the Gaza have persisted and these beatings are not just confined to the females in the group — the males also have reportedly been routinely disciplend physically. In the case of Kim, it was documented that she was kicked and boxed by clownies allegedly associated to Kartel.
Of course, the stories have been denied by Gaza sources who say the stories are pure fabrication by persons who are hellbent on mashing up the Gaza and the Portmore Empire, and feel that the departure of Rhyno and Jahvinci would definitely do that.
Black Rhyno, who is most known for his track Bike Back on Russian’s Strip Club Riddim, and Jahvinci, who is currently experiencing good on-air rotation with the track, Babygirl I’m Alone, are said to be the Empire’s biggest money makers, outside of Kartel himself, and the rumours have indicated that the decision to part ways is rooted in financial disagreements.
The trial of popular dancehall deejay, Rodney "Bounty Killer" Price, on ganja charges has been postponed and is now scheduled to start on April 7.
The trial date was set for February 23, but when the deejay and his legal team appeared in court Tuesday, it was only to hear that the date had been pushed back.
Bounty was present in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to answer to charges of possession of and smoking marijuana.
Reports are that Bounty, the leader of a dancehall group called the Alliance, was seen smoking ganja in New Kingston in October of last year when he was accosted by the police. A small quantity of the illegal substance was also allegedly taken from him.
The deejay, however, has maintained his innocence of the charge and has been out on bail.
Price, whose bail was again extended, was last in court on November 22 to answer to these charges.
In response to the crisis caused by the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, Jamaica's music fraternity has come together in an unprecedented show of solidarity for a historic recording titled Listen2theCall. The song project premiered on Tuesday today with a Global Media Simulcast which coincide with the 6 week anniversary of the killer quake and commemorate the victims and survivors.
Produced by Handel Tucker, Listen2theCall features several of Jamaica’s greatest talents including Sly & Robbie, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Toots (of Toots and the Maytals), Marcia Griffiths, Diana King, Luciano, Tarrus Riley, TOK, Cherine Anderson, Alaine, Wayne Marshal, Gramps Morgan, Junior Reid, Junior Kelly, Nadine Sutherland, Pam Hall, Chevelle Franklyn, Una Morgan, Jenieve Bailey, Carlene Davis, Suzanne Couch, Terry Lynn, Brian Gold and dub poet Mutabaruka.
A special four minute and fifty three second acoustic mix of “Listen2theCall” launched the remix project and profits from the sale of the song project will go to benefit the relief and rehabilitation effort in Haiti. The song, video and ringtones is now available for download at www.listen2thecall.com.
I open my eyes to the beauty of nature.
Nature blesses the Earth with plants, animals, forests, oceans, mountains--a vast array of beauty. As I notice nature's beauty and take time to enjoy the magnificence of my surroundings, I see the beauty of God.
Opening my eyes to new expressions of God's beauty I take a different route home from work, visit a local park or choose a new path on my daily walk. Or I take a vacation or go on a family outing, consciously taking time to relax, breathing in the majesty all around.
Slowing down and enjoying the beauty of nature is one of the best things I can do for myself, for it renews my spirit and opens my heart to the magnificence of God.
The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind.... And God saw that it was good.--Genesis 1:12
It was just announced that J.Lo and her record label, Sony Music Epic Records were parting ways. Lopez has been with Sony for the majority of her singing career so this is a big shocker.
“Sony Music execs aren’t sure who her audience is anymore,” a source told Deadline. “Where once she had little girls, she’s been supplanted by Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna.
“Lots of fighting going on between Benny Medina (who, of course, is spending their money like it’s 10 years ago) and the label.”
Her manager Benny Medina, confirmed the split from the label stating that it was the right time to party ways.
“Jennifer had a wonderful relationship with the Sony Music group, and they have shared many successes together, but the time was right to make a change that best serves the direction her career as an actress and recording artist,” he said in a statement.
“She is grateful and appreciative to everyone Sony for all that they accomplished together.”
Lopez has been going around promoting some album she has coming out, but that album doesn't have a release date anymore due to the departure. She is currently in talks with bosses at Island Def Jam in L.A.
Boy it seems that there is no end to things that Usain Bolt is accomplishing. He has recently signed a 2 million pounds book deal with a publishing company out of England and that’s a piss pop load of money he is looking at. Among other things there will be a bio out on him after the 2012 Olympics as well as other ‘getting to know him’ books.
Speaking of Bolt, his girl Lava was on Entertainment Watch on TVJ last night saying that she is a good girl and that was misrepresented in what she said on VH1. According to her some of her quotes were edited and it came out like she was saying “he googled me”. Well whatever the case the only thing we still know for sure is that she is the only one talking about her relationship with Usain.
We still have yet to hear Bolt come public and acknowledge that he is dating her. It’s no big deal, but one would love to see a story collarborated…seen
The Trelawny Police have released the names of the most wanted in the parish.
The police are seeking the public's assistance in locating Steve Dudley otherwise called "Lance Walker" of Duanvale who is wanted for shooting with intent, murder and questioning in a case of double murder.
He is said to frequent East Kingston, Rock Spring and Balaclava in St. Elizabeth.
Cassell Robinson otherwise called "Boysie" of Race Course is wanted for shooting with intent, illegal possession of firearm and possession of ganja.
Also on the list Alrick Forbes otherwise called "Bucker" who is said to frequent Tivoli Gardens and Mona Commons in the Corporate Area.
He is from Water Spring and is wanted for murder.
Also wanted for murder are Omeal Wilson who is also called "Pete" of McHill in Clarks Town, Glendon Pindling otherwise called "Littleman" of Stettin and Gilbert Gaynor otherwise called "Derrick" of Sawyers.
He is said to frequent Montego Bay in St. James.
And a man known only as "Sassin" or "Assassin" of Top Town in Clarks Town is wanted for questioning in a murder case.
Wanted for murder and rape is Damion Douglas, 30, of Warsop, Trelawny.
Also featured on the list for carnal abuse is Ricardo Nesbeth of McHill in Clarks Town while Calvin Walker of Wakefield is wanted for kidnapping, robbery and buggery.
TV's Judge Joe Brown is being sued by a man who was once a plaintiff on the show -- a man who claims Joe falsely accused him on the show of trying to pay a woman for sex.
The plaintiff, Mark Schweninger, sued a woman on "Judge Joe Brown" for $7,500, claiming he loaned her money but she didn't pay him back. According to Schweninger's lawsuit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Brown said on the show, "You were just trying to get nookie."
The suit goes on to define "nookie" as "an indecent sexual term for a woman's private parts and for sexual intercourse."
Schweninger also says Brown called him a "sucker," which he claims drew catcalls from the peanut gallery.
In addition, Schweninger alleges he was defrauded because he was led to believe Brown was a real California judge ... but he is not.
So far, no comment from His Honor or CBS But we know it's SOP in court shows to have litigants sign a binding arbitration agreement in which litigants on the show give up legal recourse once the gavel goes down.
The compassionate love of God lives in me.
When my heart is heavy, others may reach out to comfort me. Their words ease the hurt. Their loving presence soothes me. When my own heart responds to another's pain, I feel the same love of God flowing in and through me.
Compassion is the opening of our hearts, one to another, in times of sadness or loss. We are all connected. I need never feel alone. The compassionate love of God is with me.
Sometimes I receive comfort, and other times, I offer comfort. Through all of life's experiences, I am grateful to receive and express God's love in action. The compassionate love of God lives in me.
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.--Isaiah 54:10
With seven CDs and three books under her belt, Joan Andrea Hutchinson is now signed to entertainment distribution giants, VP Records. The signing took place recently at VP Record's Miramar, Florida office, between Hutchinson and VP's General Manager for Florida and the Caribbean, Howard Chung.
With the inking of this deal, VP records will now handle the distribution of Hutchinson's work in North America, Europe and The Caribbean. According to Hutchinson, being signed to VP is an idea whose time had come, as the hunger for her material in these markets will now be satisfied. Her seven CDs include two of Jamaican proverbs, one each of Jamaican Love poetry and Anancy stories, plus the wonderfully hilarious Hutchinson style social commentary and comedy in her poems and dramatic monologues. Her latest release is Kin Teet Kibba heart Bun - a celebration of the creativity of Jamaican 'poor' people, released as a book and CD.
VP Records, which distributes several international recording artistes, also handles the work of cultural icon Louise Bennett, Miss Lou, as well as that of comedic duo Ity and Fancy cat. However, according to Chung there is a need for more of the type of material which Hutchinson delivers.
Hutchinson's North American manager, Eddy Edwards of Riddims Marketing, was quite excited about the signing of Hutchinson to VP. "This was waiting to happen", he said "Joan Andrea is well loved and respected all across the Diaspora as an authority on Jamaican culture. VP will now help to quench the thirst for her published and recorded works."
And what is next for the 'always-creating-something' Joan Andrea Hutchinson? She is running with the recommendation from VP Records to produce a DVD of her work, with the hope of launching by summer. "The material is ready and I am ready ... I'm just hoping to get the sponsorship to make it happen", she said, while insisting "come hell or high water, it will happen because it must." The DVD will include some of her popular works such as 'Rapunzel' - the skit originally performed in Laugh Jamaica , plus comedy, storytelling, poetry, folk songs , proverbs and Anancy stories.
Her vision for the DVD is that it will become a favourite among Jamaicans in the Diaspora, seeking to remember and maintain contact with Jamaican culture, and persons wanting to learn about or conduct research on Jamaican culture.
Whoo! if wi laugh wi pop up, a which DJ dem sey him woman walk inna him apartment anmd ketch him a nyam out one next girl. It nuh easy at all cause dis yah DJ gwaan like him a bad bad smady and him lick out gainst dat deh type a sex it nuh funny, So yuh can imagine how she did shock. All di same wi nuh surprise cause a few a him girlfriend dem always a sey how him do it, now wi know sey a nuh lie dem a tell.
We sey whey di promoter fi di Settlement a sey him neva allow nuh pickney inna him dance and a lie di police a sey dem round dem up from di dance. Di question wey wi waan ask is whey di pickney parents dem deh. Dem just lef di house and come out go a dance and nuh ansa to nobady? A nuh police job fi monitor pickney, a parents.
A which woman a guh mash up di place a Follow Di Arrow Saturday, bwoy Macka Diamond look like she deh pon di warpath with Unicorn and Ikay and she sey she a guh kill everyting. Plus wi hear some odda sounds from more DJ...wi caan wait fi si
Honestly, we not into any rough freaky sex. Mi nuh care whey nuh judge waan sey, check out da story yah whey come inna di Chat! What yuh tink
A 40-year-old man accused of raping a student teacher while menacing her with an ice-pick, has admitted that the sex was a bit rough but denied that the act was not consensual.
Attorney Philmore Scott said during an unsuccessful bail application in the Home Circuit Court that his client has, since the incident, “learnt to be more gentle.”
“He had a relationship with her,” Scott told the court during the bail hearing.
“And how do you explain the injury?” Justice Marjorie Cole-Smith queried.
“Some persons, when they engage in certain activities, oftentimes certain force is used,” the attorney responded.
“But an ice-pick?” the judge quipped.
Scott, however, said his client denied having an ice-pick and noted that it was unfortunate that the complainant had to go to the police.
“If there is one thing he has learnt it is that he needs to be more gentle in pursuing a certain course,” said Scott.
The prosecution is alleging that in November 2008, while on a date, the accused raped the complainant twice at secluded spots in downtown Kingston and forced her to perform oral sex on him, while brandishing an ice-pick.
The complainant is said to have escaped while the accused fell asleep in the abandoned building where she was allegedly taken by him.
The accused man is to face trial on April 14.
Mucho mucho caliente! Ele steal the show at the EME red carpet interview with BET.com. Of course, Ele had to teach host Tammy how to the Sweep. And she loved it and catch on quick too. Ele is quite a character and good for the music.
However, people like International Friend of Reggae honoree, India.Arie, Reggae Album of he Year winner, Gramps, Spice, Video of the Year (Reggae) winner, Bar-Bee, Dancehall Queen Carlene, DI (aka Danielle), Merital and Nadine Sutherland truly represented well. It was really a good feeling to listen to them speak so intelligently about the music and see them all decked out in their finery on the red carpet. And, clearly they all have high regard for this award.. Richie B, you ting gone international and we love it!
Incidentally, YardFlex is one of the sponsors of the annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards.
Very monotone and reading from a script, Tiger Woods gives what is being labeled a robotic speech at a press conference on Friday, in which he asks for people to believe in him and promises that he will return to golf “one day”.
According to the big man, who cheated on his wife with more women than we care to remember, he was in therapy for 45 days and he has a long way to go.
The funny thing is that many people were not at all moved by Tiger’s speech. The general thinking is that there is so much money at stake that he just did the sensible thing and made a public apology, with the hope of not losing any more endorsements and restoring his image. Tiger can never ever be the squeaky clean face of sports anymore and as one blogger says, the severe backlash he is facing is what you get for playing around when you have a white wife. Ouch!Oh, Tiger also set the record straight — His wife did NOT beat him or attack him in any way. So, for those of you who were singing “She beat him again” on the big man, please stop. She didn’t beat him again.
Here are some comments on the speech:
A real stand up man;
Who gives a f*^% what this overpaid pasture pool pro hs to say?; He has great talent and skills on scoring in holes and he is using it in both fields!
The funny thing is deep down Tiger probably doesn’t give a f*^% who he’s upset or disappointed...he just has to act sorry so he keeps the money flowing in.
"Elin deserves praise, not blame" Who the f said she deserves blame? That is stupidly self righteous.
This guy is still a legend, who else can do what he did.
Shut up,, no one cares !
Tiger Woods Video
Bwoy, wi love di new issue whey a come up caan done. Di man dem whey a wear pants drop dung under dem batty soon find demself inna trouble. A how dem a guh manage now? Cause di new law sey if dem pants nuh ‘draw up’ proper and dem underpants and brief left outa door, den a straight jail fi dem.
A how di hell suh many cross dressers come out a Shebada party sah. A whole heap a tongue a talk and sey if it was a big homo party. Mi sey yuh fi si di picture dem, you couldn’t tell a who a woman from a who a man. Backside unno realize sey sooner or lata woman nah guh find nuh good clothes fi buy cause di man dem snap it up.
We have been preaching this message a long time ago that if Jamaicans are not careful they could lose what they have bragged about for years – Reggae music.
Yes, we are the originators but we are taking poor care of this worldwide movement. This was made abundantly clear by Culture Minister Olivia Babsy Grange at the opening ceremony of the 2010 International Reggae Conference at the Mona Visitor's Lodge, UWI, on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the minister if steps are not taken immediately, Jamaica and Reggae could no longer be synonymous.
"In the current arena, Jamaica is losing its grip not only on the distribution, but also on the very production of the music. With each day more and more of the music is owned, created and distributed by non-Jamaicans outside of Jamaica. While the numerous festivals and reggae shows that take place across the globe is a tribute to the strength of the music, we must acknowledge that more of these shows can now take place with fewer Jamaican artistes on the roster."
"In the current arena, Jamaica is losing its grip not only on the distribution, but also on the very production of the music. With each day more and more of the music is owned, created and distributed by non-Jamaicans outside of Jamaica. While the numerous festivals and reggae shows that take place across the globe is a tribute to the strength of the music, we must acknowledge that more of these shows can now take place with fewer Jamaican artistes on the roster."
Jamaican artistes Shaggy (left) and Sean Paul (right) have successfully crossed over into the international market.
Grange sited Europe as a prime example adding, "In Europe, for example, there are Europe-based artistes who are singing conscious lyrics and are being used instead of Jamaicans. Many of these artistes have accrued large followings and earn far more than our Jamaican counterparts. At a time when much of the international music industry has become much more dependent on live performances, this is a worrying trend."
"We must recognise that with the Internet, all audiences have become global audiences and we no longer have to rely solely on gate receipts for revenue. Indeed, while digital technology has flown the gate for the pirates, it has also created a power shift as creators can have a greater control over their content. No longer is there need for exclusive relationships. Traditional record companies are disappearing, like travel agencies, in favour of online arrangements and home-based studios," Minister Granged observed.
All we say is that we should ensure we nurture it…or some other country will, well they have already started the movement!
US based artiste Marlon Greenwood aka The Ultimate was in Jamaica recently as a performer and presenter on Richie B’s Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards. Yardflex caught up with him for a one on one.
Yardflex: You are a NFL player, tell us about your team and how long you have been playing.
Marlon Greenwood: I am currently a free agent. But I played in the NFL for 8 years 4 year with the Miami Dolphins and 4 years with Houston Texans.
Yardflex: How did you develop your interest in rapping?
MG: My interest in music started when I was in the 9th grade when I was in high school. So you can say I've been doing this a long time.
Yardflex: Tell me about juggling playing and trying to develop a career in music.
MG: It's very simple because of my passion for both. When it is time for football I give 100% and when it is time for music I give 100%. I make sure that the music don't conflict with football and that football does not conflict with the music. Everything is well organized and calculated perfectly.
Yardflex: What were some of the challenges for you juggling the two.
MG: There not a lot of time for anything else.
Yardflex: How much of your time is spent on your music now as opposed to the NFL.
MG: Right now it's all focused on the music because it's the off season, but when we start training again, my musical team continue with marketing and promotions and organize events around
Yardflex: If you had it to do all over again which would you have concentrated on first.
MG: I would not do anything differently.
Yardflex: Tell us about Morlon Greenwood? What kind of guy he is.
MG: A guy that is driven and strives to reach his ULTIMATE potential.
Yardflex: What gets you fired up?
MG: Being successful and helping others.
Yardflex: Your ideal kinda girl
MG: The ULTIMATE woman. A woman that stands by and supports her man to the fullest.
MG: Watching movies, working out, drawing.
Yardflex: You performed at EME recently what was the experience like.
MG: It was a great experience, it gave me the opportunity to showcase my ability as the artist ULTIMATE. It was fun presenting two awards and seeing all the artists that was there.
Yardflex: Was it your first Jamaican gig
MG: Yes it was my first.
Yardflex: Are you working on anything new right now
MG: I am working on releasing my new single entitled "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY" which I am hoping will be a smash hit.
Yardflex: What are the songs 'running the place now' for you
MG: "Take Me There"
Yardflex: Any upcoming shows
MG: February 26, in McAllen, Texas and 2 shows on the 28 of February in Corpus Christi, Texas
Yardflex: Any plans to do a collab with any Jamaican acts.
MG: I am open to all artists, but it depends on the song and if it fits the style of music I am doing.
Controversial reggae/dancehall star Capleton has been removed from the February 20th Ragga Muffins Festival in Oakland, after organizers decided the singer's anti-gay lyrics would be inappropriate for the event. According to the Bay Area Reporter, festival co-producer Moss Jacobs has also nixed Capleton's appearances at the upcoming Long Beach and San Diego events.
Although Jacobs did not respond to e-mail requests for an explanation, he did hold a phone interview last week during which members of the media read some of Capleton's most controversially anti-homosexual lyrics. Upon hearing the lyrics, he said "We didn't set out to have a show with an artist who is singing these lyrics."
According to the Stop Murder Music campaign, some of Capleton's lyrics include lines like "All queers and sodomites should be killed" and "All queers who come around here/This mama earth says none can survive." Strangely enough, Capleton has signed the Reggae Compassion Act, which expressly states that there's "no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia," and which bars all its signees from making "songs that include hatred or violence against anyone from any community."
This isn't the first time that one of reggae's most high profile stars has stirred controversy in the Bay Area. A Buju Banton performance last October led to protests and outrage from many of San Francisco's LGBT community. Only after Buju met with San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty and other members of the gay community was he permitted to perform.
Capleton's manager, Claudette Kemp, on the other hand, denies that her client espouses the murder of homosexuals, and says that many of his lyrics are in fact based on the Bible. She also suggested that his lyrics had been mistranslated and misinterpreted, adding, "He did not call anyone to kill no gays."
A which New Kingston nightclub police swoop dung pon because dem have illegal connection? Jah know star, di economy have everybody a way dat a big respectable club like dat coulda a teck dem kinda risk deh fi end up face embarrassment. But a how come suh much people haffi a tief light suh sah?
Three members of the Island Special Constabulary Force are scheduled to appear before the Yallahs Resident Magistrate's Court Thursday for breaches of the Corruption Prevention Act.
They are Special Constables Keisha Steele and Owen Brown and Special Sergeant Ian Young.
Special Constable Steele was remanded when they appeared in court on February 10, while the other two officers were offered bail in the sum of $500,000 each.
Special Constable Brown and Special Sergeant Young were asked to surrender their travel documents.
A stop order was also placed on the two and they are to report once per week to a police station.
It is reported that on January 28, the officers seized a quantity of illegal DVDs from a vendor in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.
It is alleged that Miss Steele solicited $15,000 from the vendor to be shared between herself and the other two officers.
A report was made and following investigations a sting operation was set up by the Anti Corruption Branch during which all three were arrested.
The joy that I share returns to me multiplied.
Our friends and family make up a social network in which we share greetings of love, enjoyable activities and quiet moments together. Our joy reflects Spirit within us and is something we can give to one another, whether we are in the same room or miles apart.
Happy times we've shared with others, whether around the breakfast table or in conversation over the phone or even through e-mail, we can pass along to others throughout our day.
Feelings of gladness ripple out far beyond our immediate circle of acquaintances. As we release the joy of our souls into the universe, it returns to us multiplied.
Honor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.--1 Chronicles 16:27
Maybe they have not tied the knot officially, and maybe he is not really a gangster, or is he? But one of dancehall's hot couples, singer/deejay Ishawna and ace selector, Foota Hype, are slated to play the lead characters (husband and wife) in Macka Diamond's latest novel, The Real Gangster's Wife, at the launch set for this Thursday, February 18, at Club Moulin Rouge, Constant Spring Road.
"We are just bringing a different energy to the whole concept of what a book launch is traditionally known to be," states Pageturner's CEO, Karl Larmond. "This is Macka's second novel and the support from the music industry has been great, so we decided to do a little role play and really bring the book to life by getting individuals like Ishawna and Foota involved to give it that touch of realism. We also have notable individuals like Ragashanti, also playing a lead role, then we have Tifa and Natalie Storm, playing friends of the leading lady. We also have G Whizz, Jerry D, Mystic, Khago, Gunter (Comedian) and a host of others, all either coming to do readings, or a little acting."
Macka is also excited and anticipating the launch.
"Trus mi, it ago mad, crazy people calling, wanting to be involved, so we looking forward to great things," states Macka who is quick to point out that unlike Bun Him, her male counterparts will definitely enjoy this one, because there is no inkling of bun, cheese or even crackers.
"No, this book is on a whole different vibe," clarifies Macka. "The Real Gangster's Wife is nothing like Bun Him, it a deal wid reality yes, but a different kind of reality."
With two successful weeks under their belt, the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association continues to up the ante with world class production and stellar lineup at the Edna Manley College Ampitheatre.
Ash Wednesday will come alive at 8 pm with the likes of Freddy McGregor, Toots Hibbert, Pat Kelly and Ken Boothe celebrating the Rocksteady genre.
Barrington Levy promises to thrill the audience at the ampitheatre with some classic reggae hits and will be joined by Phillip Fraser, Triston Palmer, Cutty Ranks and Archie Wonder celebrating reggae.
Eccentric percussionist, Bongo Herman will add colour to the evening’s show. The show will also feature students from Edna Manley including new soul singing sensation Brina.
Backing band will be To Di Root Band, an aggregation of accomplished musicians hand-picked by the JARIA executive.
Reggae Rockin Wednesdays is FREE to the public through the kind courtesies of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Trade and Invest, Grizzlys, Bob Marley Museum, Edna Manley College, Events ‘R’ US, CPTC, Wisynco, Starlight Productions, John Swaby Productions, Truetone, Alternative Music, Aesthetics Now,Legend Café, Nanook Enterprises Ltd.
Brooklyn, N.Y. February, 16th 2010... The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) says a group of panelists and commentators will lead the discussion “The Buju Banter: Should communities defend or denounce accused artists before evidence and verdict are known?” at the season premier of the organization’s Community Conversation Series. The forum which comes on the heels of a year of multiple cases of reggae and dancehall artists facing criminal charges is being staged in collaboration Reggae AMPPS (Reggae Artist, Musicians, Producers, Promoters and Songwriters).
The forum takes place at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 24th at the Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street near Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Panelists include attorney-at-law and long time radio host Jeff Barnes; renowned music executive, Maxine Stowe; musician, singer and philanthropist, Mystic Bowie and musician, singer, producer and president of Reggae AMPPS, Ed Robinson. Also scheduled to offer their insights during the evening’s discussion are WHCR radio host, Vinnie B; promoter, Junior “Nakisaki” Lynn; reggae writer, Pat Meschino and Michelle Arthurton of Reggae AMPPS. Each panelist and commentator comes with a distinct outlook and appreciation of this very sensitive issue and will be prepared to banter with the community about this hot button issue.
Sponsors of the event are Caribbean Food Delights and Dennis Shipping. Media partners ZYNC TV, New York Liberty Star and Culture Jam radio 93.5 FM have also helped make the evening possible. The event is free and open to the public but a reservation is required and a suggested donation of $2.00 is requested.
NEW YORK, USA -- After a sold-out staging of "Reeewind...Past Meets the Present in October 2009", dancehall tastemakers Irish and Chin are back with "Reewind & Come Again" on Saturday, March 27 at Club Amazura in Queens, New York. This time around, the grassroots foundation series, which features the legendary King Stur Gav sound, will be headlined by The Grammy Kid, Shabba Ranks, one of Reggae Dancehall's most accomplished artistes.
Shabba's performance at Reeewind will be extra special for more reasons than one. Not only does this rare rub-a-dub appearance mark the first time that Shabba has performed on a live sound in more than a decade, but also bills him alongside his icon and Dancehall forefather, Brigadier Jerry.
Also notably present at the event, will be Dancehall legend Tiger, who will be making his long-awaited return to the US after being away for more than 10 years. In the late '80s and early '90s, Tiger dominated the dancehall industry with his bold fashion and string of hits. Tiger's energy has certified him as one of dancehall's greatest performers.
The Mellow Canary, Barrington Levy, who boasts more than three decades of timeless hits, will also headline Reeewind & Come Again. Although Levy hails from the sound system culture, this will be the first time that fans will get to experience him performing in a rub-a-dub style. Other top acts confirmed on the fiery line-up include Jamaica's Stevie Wonder, Frankie Paul, Hitmaker and Dancehall legend Admiral Bailey, veteran artistes General Trees and Rankin Joe.
"One of my reasons for developing the 'Reeewind' brand was to reinvent modern-day dancehall by offering patrons a positive environment and more entertainment for their money," said Garfield 'Chin' Bourne of Irish and Chin. "Reeewind is the only event that offers artiste entertainment from start to finish.
"The audience will get a taste of deejays and singers in rare form. While the event will be nostalgic for the mature patrons, it will be a straight Reggae 101 experience for the younger crowd. Also built on the premise of reconnecting reggae artistes with sound systems, we are anticipating that Reeewind & Come Again will surely exceed expectations," Chin declared.
Check out this story in the Star yesterday. Can you imagine people who left to be in charge of feeding our souls are the ones destroying it? It is sad that for all the good preachers out there, deacons like this one are giving Christendom a bad name.
A deacon at a Seventh Day Adventist church in Kingston, who was taped trying to make sexual advances to a teenage boy recently, left the place of worship after he was disciplined.
Steven Benjamin*, a member of the church, told the paper hat everyone was shocked when the tape was played for a pastor of the church. He said, however, that some persons had previously suspected the deacon was a homosexual.
"I normally made comments that he was possibly gay; however, it was not taken seriously by many. Although I had my speculation, I was still shock at this discovery," said the church member.
A man who attended the church and lives in the area, said that the deacon had approached the teen, admitted he was gay and that he wanted to be involved in a sexual activity with him. It is alleged that the teen then told his friends about the deacon's proposal.
It is claimed that the teen and his friends approached the deacon and acted as if they were interested in taking part in his activity, but carried a device to record the conversation. It is alleged that he admitted that he was gay during the conversation.
The youths are said to have then told the pastor of the church and played the tape for him. The deacon is said to have admitted that he approached the teen after the recording was played.
The deacon was instructed to sit at the back of the church, however, he was reportedly not pleased about this.
*Name change to protect identity
Mi nah tell nuh lie, di pilot dem a campaign long and hard now and a time di govt gi a listening ear to what dem have to put on the table. Yuh si if dem tie up di deal with Trinidad, a straight American Airline wi a teck until di pilot dem form dem own airline. People unno haffi teck a stand man, dem caan sell out everyting wid wi name pon it. Nuh fly nuh Caribbean Airline a nuh fi wi dat.
Bwoy wi haffi admit sey wi ratings fi Kym shot up big time. Unno hear har new song whey name The Truth. Yeah man she describe di beating whey she get but if you follow di lyrics good yuh realize sey di one Kartel know wha did a gwaan.
Chek out some a di lyrics:
wha' really gwaan
In the intro she says, "my yute me know and you know wha really gwaan." In the song she sings, "from di day mi born mi fadda neva lay a hand/so how yuh reach so far yuh mek yuh foot go touch mi pants/ a how yuh bright so?"
Kym then explains what happened singing, "siddown a listen mi caw mi nah miss out no part/ everybody know how it start/ first ting 2 o clock inna di mawning/ mi get some text and some calling fi come ova 9 o clock inna di mawning/ but mi neva know a danger calling/ so nuh ask if mi neva get ready, get dress/went over dere and go buck up inna di mess."
She continues in verse two, "yuh assume sey mi do sumting, is best if yuh come confront mi/ but don't put yuh hand pon me /caz a neva you birth me/my yute mek it know sey yuh diss/yuh clownies dem beat me up/mi face full up of fist/yuh deh deh pon di scene so whappen afta dis?/unnu believe sey mi weak but mi a di strongest."
Pram pram wi sey!
Whooii!! If a laugh a pop up, Yuh know sey about three DNA test gone aready and not one match can come up fi di pickney? But a wha dis di Cure did get himself mix up inna. Now wi hear sey big meeting a call fi si if more candidates can come forward fi do di test cause a daddy must be found fi di baby. Suh Yardflex a help inna di cause, all DJs, producers, anyone whey know yuh did touch piece a di meat, come forward and be tested dat wi can finally close this case of 'who dunnit'
Milk a DJ?
But a wha dis fada, Milk a do di DJ ting now, a ongle one question wi waan ask, Milk yuh sure yuh ready fid at dey life deh. It a come dung to some cut throat ting ya now. Dancehall nuh really nice again cause as far as wi can si is pure feuding, left, right and centre. Well, meck wi hear why yuh a sey nuh and si if you can kip up wit di pace.
I rise out of the old and into the new.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. It affords us an opportunity to turn away from beliefs that limit or bind us. Some think of this time as a period of fasting from special foods or outer pleasures. Others believe it is a time to give up certain states of mind, certain words and ways that are not in keeping with the Jesus Christ ideal.
No matter how we may choose to keep Lent, let us turn our eyes from the darkness to the light, our ears from strife to peace, our words from negative to positive, and our hands from destruction to construction. Keeping Lent in this way will prepare us mentally, physically and spiritually to rise out of the old and into the new.
Check out this article in Chat!...let us hear your feedback. Do you agree or do you think it's way off?
A male gender expert has pointed to degrading songs being recorded by dancehall deejays and the unwillingness of women to date so-called ‘nice guys’ as two of the reasons for continued acts of violence against women.
Reciting the line ‘Man fi have nuff gyal and gyal inna bungle’ from dancehall king Beenie Man’s Nuff Gyal, Dave Noel Williams, policy analyst and male representative for the Male Desk at the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, asked who are the main supporters of this view?
The music now being created, he told Chat! reporters and editors yesterday, teaches young boys to treat women with disregard.
Williams, who made it clear that he does not condone the abuse of women under any circumstances, said that men sometimes developed a hard exterior because they do not want to be labelled as being ‘soft’.
“You have a girl leaving a man because his standards are too high,” he said, adding that “the females also help with the perpetration of violence against themselves”.
The problem, he said, was made worse by female deejays whose recordings condone and encourage the abuse being meted out to women. Even more worrying, he said, is the fact that women are singing these songs, and others done by male artistes which are oftentimes degrading.
“I still have a problem with how women respond to these things,” said Williams.
Because of the pressure being placed on them to be a “gyalis” or a “shotta”, Williams, who counsels a number of males, said that some men have developed a “hard exterior”.
“Those that we have who are mentoring our boys now — and we are not talking about direct mentorship, we are talking about indirect mentorship — are the deejays,” he said.
Most unsettling for the policy analyst, however, was the fact that some men who treat women well are labelled as homosexuals.
“I speak well, I dress well and you would have a girl who will look at me and ask me if I am homosexual, you know how much that hurts, why? Because I am neat and clean and speak well and am bright, and these are the things that they would say to you,” he said while pointing out that males need more positive role models.
The drama with Charlie Sheen and his wife continues. According to website TMZ in what could be a blow to the prosecution's case against Charlie Sheen, Brooke Mueller is now in rehab for substance abuse.
The criminal case in Aspen comes down to Charlie's word against Brooke's -- she claims he put a knife to her throat and threatened her life. He denies it.
As we first reported, Brooke had been drinking before she called 911 and that could affect her credibility.
Now we've learned Brooke checked into The Canyon rehab facility in Malibu last Tuesday -- the day after Charlie's arraignment on felony and misdemeanor charges. If Brooke struggled with substance abuse around the Christmas Day incident, it could severely impact her credibility.
TMZ could not reach Brooke's attorney for comment.
By Joan Wilson
Whoie! Mi just read one story in the Jamaica Observer and it have to do wid di fact dat a whole heap a man a Jamaica a get beat up by dem woman. Yes man, nuff man whey yuh si wid all kinda a bruises whey a tell yuh how dem haffi dust out a bwoy and tings, a lie Nutten nuh guh suh, a dem woman deal wid dem wicked a way.
"It is very difficult to get statistical evidence on the issue," deputy head of Fathers Inc Solomon McCalla told editors and reporters at the Observer's weekly Monday Exchange meeting yesterday. "The men will not come forward and say that they are being physically abused."
Senior policy analyst and male desk representative at the Bureau of Women's Affairs Dave Noel Williams, said the abuse of men by women is far more widespread than thought. He said he had counselled about 10 men, ranging from age 23 to their 40s over a nine-month period last year, who had been abused by women.
"What they will tell you is that the women beat up on them, but then they come back now to justify and say, 'a me do it first', or 'a me say something that she never like', or 'a me tell her that she couldn't go somewhere'," said Williams, while pointing out that most men do this because they want to give the impression that they are still in control.
He pointed out that most men prefer that their story remains a secret, because for the most part being abused by a woman is considered a "shame" or a "sin" in Jamaica.
"It is taboo, so men will not go forward and say that they are being abused," he stressed. "If it should be written any at all in the paper or even be on the news that a man has been abused and he comes forward for help, then he is going to be seen as a wimp, to put it nicely, and that's very, very nicely."
But big and serious if man woman a buss dem ass, dem fi guh police and meck dem lock up dem backside. Dem fi memba sey if a did di man a duh it, dem woulda lock dem up, so whey good fi di goose, good fi di gander also. A suh mi sey.
I am grateful for the divine flow of good in my life.
When I hear the word "prosperity," my first thought may be of my bank account. In that moment, I may feel either relief or anxiety. I understand, though, that prosperity is not defined by merely dollars and cents.
True prosperity is about spiritual wealth. It's about knowing that my true source is not my employer, my partner or my parent. God is the source of my greatest good.
When I am aware of the ever-flowing wisdom and grace of God's spirit, I cannot help but create prosperity in all areas of my life--in my relationships, my health, my wealth. As I focus on the Truth, abundance flows. I am rich in all ways, and I am grateful.
You know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one thing has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised.--Joshua 23:14
But a which "good up good up" artiste a gwaan like sey she meck har name aready inna di business. Bwoy dats why some business man fi watch how dem invest dem money. Cause life can be rough outaroad deh mi a tell yuh. She guh a Follow Di Arrow launch and gi diva behaviour, gwaan like she betta dan others. One piece a sinting, Queen Pauls grab di mic and teck di launch. A good fi har. Mi a tell yuh but neva si come si, it nuh pretty at all. Girl if you know whey wi know yuh just humble yuhself, come offa di high horse whey yuh deh pon and tank God fi di manager whey yuh got, before him drop yuh and people sey A who!
A why Merciless did dung a St Thomas a gwaan like say him a big prima donna? Bout him a send out War Waiter fi defend him gainst Gabriel because him think say the lickle artiste no inna did same league with him. Well, St. Thomas people neva do do a betta thing than boo Leonard good and propa. If Merciless neva want did clash him should a neva turn up a did event and have Nuffy dem a call up him name inna clash tings. We see it say Merciless frighten when the lickle youth start reel off lyrics because it all look like Leonard neva prepare fi did onslaught. And did mix up people dem just love it. Gabriel, you buss way like a beigie kite!
If graffiti deejay LA Lewis though he would have left the Links Club in St. Thomas wearing the clash crown, then he got a rude awakening when the crowd made it known in no uncertain manner that Goofy was the undisputed champion. And, for Merciless, surprise came in the form young gun, Gabriel, who used his wit to outsmart the Warhead and endear himself to the patrons.
The Settlement, held Saturday night, was the long-awaited clash between Goofy and LA Lewis which should have taken place last December at Sting, but was postponed due to Lewis’ no-show. And even though the rain dampened the event, it was agreed that one way or the other, this would be the end to all argument.
Goofy, dressed in police uniform, was determined that the dancehall clown, LA Lewis, would be sent back where he belongs — in a circus.
Full of hype and wearing his signature white, real white, not the bad color variety, LA Lewis was the first of the two clash artistes to take the stage. Trying to trick the crowd into believing that he was a real deejay, the sobolious one, came on chanting real deejay lyrics and trying to hype up the crowd to sing-along. Well, this didn’t work quite the way he expected as the patrons stood still trying to figure out what LA Lewis was really about.
Goofy, on the other hand, was a sharp shooter from the word ‘go’. He promised to kill LA, did amusing punch lines, mixing it up with jabs at Lewis and got the crowd on his side. LA Lewis’ theme for he night was ‘batty-man’ and while this got him a few cheers early on, the cheers soon turned to boos as the crowd got tired of this and made it known by send some serious boos LA’s way.
Goofy soon became the crowd favourite, especially since LA Lewis didn’t even consult his sobolious dictionary and use some of the choice words therein. For that, he lost a section of the crowd that was there just for the comic relief he usually provides.
When Nuffy asked the patrons who was the winner, the decision was unanimous — Goofy.
LA Lewis should then have been stuffed inside the coffin that was sitting eerily on stage, but he was able to slip away, despite patrons urging the organizers to put in LA and close the lid.
In the other match-up, the grizzled veteran, Queen Paula outsmarted Lisa Hyper and to rescue herself, ended up killing emcee Nuffy with one fatal blow. She talked up the things dem to do with deejay Spice and the dildo and Nuffy was ‘dead’. Even Nuffy himself had no choice but to admit that he was the real casualty of that clash.
Bwoy in these times you would think that mothers would set examples for their children. But imagine both mother and daughter a lock ip fi di same crime. Nuff madda hiustle fi meck life better fi dem pickney, but yuh would neva know whey dem duh cause dem nah talk. But fi inna di drug trade and team up wid yuh pickney, no sah. Even if she never have nuh common sense fi stay outa it, di madda should warn har sey it dangerous.
Beverley Ann Shaw and her daughter, Tasy Shaw who police say were part of a drug trafficking ring, were both sentenced to six months in prison and fined over $8000, in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court, after they both attempted to leave the island with 35 pellets of ganja, which they swallowed.
Beverley Ann Shaw was fined $1600 or six months for possession, $3200 or six months for dealing in ganja and $6400 or six months for taking steps to export ganja.
Her daughter was fined $1400 or six months for possession, $2800 or six months for dealing in ganja and $4200 or six months for taking steps to export ganja.
If the fines are not paid the sentences will run concurrently but consecutive to six-month mandatory sentences.
Wi a wonda if di wonda whey cause di ruckus a Uptown Mondays and all cause di promoter son fi get stab if she gawn back to har man yet. And if him really have di heart fi teck har back. Big and serious both woman and man fi stop dem games still ynuh.
But a wha kinda trouble de woman coulda have dat she teck har life pon Valentine's Day. No sah, it come een like she never did a get no form a loving at all. It said dough, some people just caan
Di Cash Plus people nah gi back di investors dem money, no sah, dem just have it stash some whey and lef people fi suffer. Yuh si if dis ya government did a gi people hard time like whey Madoff inna US get, dem woulda a play cat and mouse game with people livlihood.'
Human rights activists, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), say they are "very pleased" with the continuous attempts to weed out corruption within the Jamaican police force.
JFJ was reacting to news that a senior policeman was detained and questioned at the Lucea Police Station, Hanover, on Thursday (February 11) in connection with a major motor vehicle racket where, it is alleged that, vehicles that were being kept as court exhibits went missing from the station yard and was discovered in the possession of civilians.
"We applaud the attempts by the Police High Command to bring tough action against members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) suspected of being involved in illegal activities, and we support the efforts of the Anti-Corruption Branch, as it continues to conduct additional investigation into the scam," JFJ said in a release on Friday (February 12).
"We also encourage that the same level of commitment to rid the force of corrupt cops be displayed, if the ongoing probe uncovers links to additional police officers being involved in the racket," the released added.
The rights group said that, while there are good police officers in the JCF, this latest incident again highlights the fact that corruption is prevalent within the police force and that the oversight mechanisms that exist to monitor items within police possession are inefficient.
"JFJ appeals to anybody with information about this motor vehicle racket, as well as any other corrupt acts involving members of the security forces, to share it with the relevant authorities as it is in everyone's best interest that truth, transparency and accountability prevail," the JFJ release said.
Faith is my solid foundation.
In the middle of a forest, a seed falls from a tree, takes root in the soil and begins to grow. Even in the densest forest, the seed will sprout, become a sapling and stretch its branches toward the light.
Like that seed, my faith grows continually, nourished by the foundation of prayer in my life. I nurture my faith with positive thoughts, words and actions. I reach out to others and welcome the wisdom and understanding of people who have walked the path before me.
Just as a tree shelters those around it, my faith provides me with comfort, reassurance and inspiration. It brings me peace and urges me onward. I am rooted in faith.
Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt ... even if you say to this mountain, "Be lifted up and thrown into the sea," it will be done.--Matthew 21:21
Christ in me is love, and this love expresses through me.
Love is a wonderful word. I may see love expressed in a bouquet of flowers or a special Valentine's Day card. I experience the love I have for others and the love returned to me in kind. Even beyond the love I share with others, I know that Christ in me is love. That means that I am love. Divine love expresses through me in the words I say, the actions I take and the feelings I feel.
I learn to love myself more and share more love each and every day.
I commit to express this love more fully toward my children and spouse, my parents and friends--and toward myself. As I grow in love, I am able to give it more freely to others, and the positive, enriching cycle of love continues.
This is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best.--Philippians 1:9-10
I walk a new path of love and forgiveness.
At any time, I may make a fresh start, choose a new path and forgive myself and others for past mistakes. Forgiveness is the key to freedom. I dismiss any thoughts of disapproval and affirm my power to forgive. Whatever choices I made in the past have helped forge my character. My path, no matter how crooked, was the right path for me. I am confident that even greater good is being made manifest now.
I leave behind old habits and embrace new thoughts and actions that lead to wholeness and freedom. The pure, uplifting joy of prayer keeps me energized. I choose health. I choose love. I choose forgiveness. I feel light, loving and free.
Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure.--Proverbs 4:26
What really a go gwaan a did Settlement ova St Thomas on Saturday? Nuff people did a say Queen Paula dun out and she no have no lyrics lef, but it look like a lie dem a tell. Paula a gwaan abd and a sharpen up her tongue fi everybody. Right yah now, Queen Paula no have no friend, every female deejay and singer is her enemy, so people, oonu haffi watch out fid a one yah. But, oonu nuh write off Lisa Hyper either, cause we know say she very swift pon her tongue. It’s gonna be hell and powder house inna St Thomas.
How the one Julian a gwaan like say people a fool? Everybody know say Scarborough man don’t play, so Mavado shouldn’t go a did studio go diss the man dem.
How him fi have the man dema a wait pon him how long and then when him come in him just walk pas dem like dem a no nobody? There is a ting called common courtesy and no matter how much you drag up, you still haffi acknowledge a proper code of dealing with people. And then Julian a go mek comment how the man dem a look man. A fool-fool statement that Julian. Oonu fi come offa oonu high horse and know oonuself.
That’s why the man dem discipling oonu and tek whey Mavado jewellery and Julian laptop. And the man dem neva a hide either, so Julian, stop gwaan like you a top shotta, and you know more gangsta than everybody else. A just true certain bigger man sorry fi ooonu why you even get back you laptop. Oonu fi stop hype and memba say inna certain place if a artiste dis, the man dem a go dis him back – plain and simple. This mek two time Mavado get rob a Canada — if oonu don’t learn and behave oonuself, we might just haffi write bout a third time.
According to reports, the Government of Jamaica has signed an deal with Caribbean Airlines to ensure that the Trinidadian carrier is the exclusive national carrier of Jamaica.
The operation of national carrier, Air Jamaica, will officially wind down on or before July 1, 2010 and Caribbean Airlines will start their operation during the same period.
Air Jamaica now flies to five destinations — including the United States, Canada, Cuba, The Bahamas, Curacao — on 13 routes.
Caribbean Airlines will also offer a Kingston Port-of-Spain, George route, but this will not form part of the Jamaica operations, a report stated.
The Government of Jamaica will appoint one director to the board of Caribbean Airlines.
How I stole my sister’s man
I have always been a family person. I spend my whole life, trying to be there for everyone, but sometimes I think they just take advantage of me. I would try to get ahead with my plans and find that they have to be placed on the back burner because of some need or other in the family circles. The thing is that I am not the one who is considered ‘hot’ when it comes on to my sisters.
There are four sisters of us and the other three are light complexioned and real beautiful, me I am the dark one and on the fat side. Sometimes I feel a bit insecure, cause they often make comments like, “bwoy sis, yuh haffi fi guh settle, cause you short bad inna di shapes department .”
It would make me upset, cause truth be told, I am the only one who went on to college and actually have a good job, The other three well…their jobs don’t make one. One is a cashier, the other works at a fast food restaurant and the smallest, one minute she is working the next she is not.
But somehow they always seem to find some man who they can con.
Well their lifestyle never bothered me before, I was too busy trying to get ahead. I finally managed to pay down on my house and moved out.
Two wanted to come live by me but I told them no, they need to put down roots themselves. She made a spiteful comment like, “gwaan that’s why you nah guh have nuh man”. I laughed and said something like, “Please I could have yours if I want him.”
You should have seen the scornful look she gave me before bursting into laughter, “you…in my shoes, man you must think a lot more of yourself than I gave you credit for.”
That hurt. Maybe it was then that the seed was planted into my head that I wanted her to eat her words.
I started go places where I knew her man would be, ‘accidentally’ bumping into him, cracking a few jokes and then saying bye.
Her man was going to UWI and when he found out that I had already done the same course he was pursuing , he started seeking out my company. While helping him, we had a lot of fun times. One night he looked at me and said, “You know that you are a really cool person?”
I didn’t say anything, just smiled and told him to hit back the books. From my other sisters, I heard how she was complaining that her man was paying her much attention. She felt he had someone else in his life. She said how he kept asking her if she isn’t going to upgrade herself.
I smiled to myself. Good it’s time she knew there were some men out there who won’t always be satisfied with just a pretty face. He wanted substance, which I had.
One night things went beyond the books and before we knew it, we were making mad passionate love, rolling around on the floor, sweating, pumping away.
Man it was the best sex experience I had ever had.
When it was over, he told me he was going to leave my sister…cause even before he started hanging with me, he was turned off by her lack of ambition and way she constantly put down people.
Suffice it to say, when she found out I was the one her man had moved on with, she cussed and ranted, calling me a traitor and a slut. But I do not regret it. I may have started out to spite out, but truth be told I really fell in love with the guy. We are now engaged and in another three months we will be tying the knot.
If anyone judges me, that’s their business, while they are wasting their time cussing…me I am going to be happy.
Check out this story we came across in the Star. We just want to say one thing, if you can’t live in peace in the relationship…just walk away. This is disgusting!
A man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to using a pickaxe stick to beat his former girlfriend on her private parts and legs.
When the case came up in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court, the man pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.
Investigating Officer, Petrice Desgouttes of the Spanish Town police told the court that on January 25, the accused attacked and beat the complainant after she went to visit a relative.
Laughter erupted when the judge asked the complainant to explain what happened.
"Your honour, I went to visit his niece and he asked what I was doing there. If I was working, I told him 'no' and he called me a liar and that I am wicked. He then started to throw me on the wall and beat me wid the piece of wood," the complainant said, while showing the ugly marks on her legs.
She further explained that while being flogged with the stick, she was hit on her private parts.
The visibly shaken woman told the court that the accused man even made attempts to continue to assault her private area. "He kept jamming at my lower area (pointing to her groin) until someone came and held him, " she said.
Resident Magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Green told the accused that he was wrong and that his behaviour might have been the reason why the relationship did not last long.
A social enquiry report was ordered by the court and the accused man is to report to the Spanish Town Police Station on Fridays. He is to return for sentencing on April 6.
Yeah man there are times when you have to acknowledge the people who always have your back. Yardflex just want to big up our loyal readers, the ones who take time out comment on a story, criticize so that we can be better and just keep the numbers up….big up yourselves!!
Special big up to Chino who is celebrating his earthstrong today…we understand say a crazy tings later, anyway we hope you enjoy today to the max and Jah guidance.
To our friends from Guyana, well we we know unno check fi Jamaica like a yard, so hear wha large up yourselves especially to friends like GT Crew, Boogie Ranking, Kenny and Junnes. Hear what fun is the name of the game, so just gwaan hold a vibes a Jamaica seen.
Attuned to God, I am wise and understanding.
Before I act, I choose first to be still and become attuned to God. As I pause, I open myself to divine guidance and receive new insights into the situations of my life so that I may speak with wisdom and compassion. I am guided to wise choices that honor my body temple and activate the healing energy of God's love. I see clearly the right path for me to take, and I step forward in confidence. My heart is filled with understanding and forgiveness, and my relationships bring joy and comfort.
If I ever doubt myself, I know that God's guidance is always available. When I am attuned to God, I am wise and understanding.
My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.--Psalm 49:3
I am love in expression, contributing to a world of peace.
When there was doubt among Jesus' disciples, He stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." If I am unsure about something, my mind may be scrambling, jumping from one thought to the next. I take a deep, relaxing breath, repeating His words silently to myself:
"Peace be with you." The Christ of my being settles my thoughts. I am reminded that the peace of Jesus is always available within me.
As my heart and my thoughts align with divine love, my personal doubts dissolve. Now calm, I see divine solutions unfolding around me; I act in ways that are harmonious and loving to all.
Every person I meet, every conversation I have, is blessed by this love. I am love in expression, contributing to a world at peace.
Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."--John 20:26
The promoter of Uptown Mondays son, Troy was stabbed in the hand and in the side at the last staging of the event.
He is now in the hospital.
According to information gleaned by Yardflex, the whole incident occurred after he tried to part a fight between a couple at the dance.
Allegations are that one woman told her man she was not feeling well and would not be attending the weekly dance. He went alone and was shocked to see her partying with another man there. He approached her and her date intervened and asked her if she knew the man. She claimed she didn't know him and her date drew his ratchet.
It was at this point that both Troy and his dad intervened with the man stabbing Troy in the hand, stabbing and his dad and then sending the knife in Troy's side before disappearing out of the session.
Whether it’s Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs-day, Friday or Saturday, there’s a dancehall session any night, and as they say, “pick you choice, the whole a dem nice.” And as the vibe of the dancehall scene continues to blaze, a new session is about to join the mix — Hennessy Thursdays.
This new and what the promoter calls an “exciting, eagerly anticipated event” kicks off on Thursday, February 18 and the location is 36 Burlington Avenue, right across from Stone Love HQ, where Weddy Weddy is held each Wednesday night.
“As the name implies, it is sponsored by Hennessy and, as we all know, this is one drink that flows well in the dancehall,” the organisers said.
Keeping the juggling intense will be ZJ Liquid, Vertex, Stone Love and Renaissance.
Ladies will enter the venue free.
Hennessy Thursdays now joins the list of weekly events including Wet Sundays, Uptown Mondays, Boasy Tuesdays, Weddy, Passa Passa, Alliance Thursdays, Backshot Fridays and Colour Me Single (Saturdays).
Taneish Simpson a former cast member of For the Love of Ray J is claiming that she is Usain Bolt's love interest. She made the announcement on On the show's reunion special which aired on the United States music channel, VH1, Monday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., Simpson claimed she was now over Ray J and had moved on with her life - with Usain of course.
According to her she flew here to spend New Year's with Usain and that the relationship developed after he Googled her.
Now, if Ray J reject her because he claimed she is too controlling why would Usain pick her up. Already we are seeing evidence of how controlling she is, cause she went on big big TV station a talk up di tings bout the relationship while mum is the word from Usain camp. Isn't something wrong with that picture?
In the awareness of God's presence, I wait.
In the silence of prayer, I wait. Relaxing my body, allowing my breath to become steady and even, I affirm the presence of God. I give thanks for blessings experienced. I affirm health and prosperity for myself and others, and I release any anxiety.
In daily interactions, I wait for reflections of God's presence to be revealed in the wisdom of a trusted confidant, a smile from a friend, the voice of a child. I can see the presence of God being reflected to me.
As I contemplate the smallest detail or the largest events taking place in the world, I know the presence of God is there. I find true joy in waiting, listening and watching for God's presence. I relax, and I wait.
For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.--Isaiah 30:18
The new management of former Gaza Princess, Gaza Kim, has issued a release stating that the artiste has been officially released from her contract with Vybz Kartel’s Adidjaheim Records.
This comes hard on the heels of media reports that Gaza Kim (now just KYM) had been beaten by clownies associated with Kartel at Kartel’s studio.
It was said that Kartel, the self-proclaimed Gaza President and leader of the Portmore Empire had ordered that the teenager be disciplined, hence the beating.
According to the release, the young singjay, who has been managed by Vybz Kartel’s for the past eight to nine months, is now pursuing her musical career as an independent act.
“I'm now focusing on driving my career and past events in my life have only made me stronger and more driven to achieving success,” Kim Hamilton is quoted as saying.
She expressed her gratitude to her former management team and wised them “all the very best in their endeavours” .
The trial for embattled reggae artiste, Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie, is now scheduled to take place in April, and not March as had been previously announced.
Buju has been languishing in a Florida jail since December last year and is facing drug and conspiracy charges, in that state.
According to Buju’s attorney, David Markus, the case was re-scheduled to ensure that it continues without a break.
“It has been pushed back because there were so many conflicts. The prosecution’s agent will be having a baby in March and April 12 is the only date convenient for all parties,” Markus is quoted as saying.
Banton was arrested at his Tamarac home in South Florida after Federal Agents accused him of negotiating with undercover agents to purchase five or more kilograms of cocaine at Sarasota in Tampa, Florida.
The agents claim to have footage showing the artiste tasting cocaine in a Federally controlled warehouse.
Reggae singer Beres Hammond’s Harmony House studio in Kingston was the location for an album project by Hollywood actor and singer, Leon.
According to reports, Leon — whose band, Leon and the Peoples, has opened for Beres in the past while touring the United States — has asked Beres to produce one of the tracks on his upcoming album.
“We have long talked about working together, and it has all finally come together,” Leon is quoted as saying.
Leon, who played a lead role in the film, Cool Runnings, was in Jamaica during the week of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, and divided his time between the studio and the festival in Trelawny.
Leon, now back in the States, returns to the island later this year to complete the recording.
Michael Jackson’s doctor must return to court for the next major step in his case — finding out for the first time the evidence that the prosecution believes will show that his “gross negligence” was the direct cause of the pop star’s death, the Associated Press has reported.
Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty yesterday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and a judge released him on $75,000 bail.
Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz ordered Murray to turn in his passport and said he could travel within the US but not to any foreign country. The prosecutor had suggested he might flee to his native Grenada or to Trinidad, where he has a child.
Murray was ordered to return April 5 to have another date set for his preliminary hearing. That proceeding, a virtual mini-trial, will disclose the evidence prosecutors maintain will demonstrate Murray’s “gross negligence.”
Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of an anesthetic to help him sleep. Jackson died June 25. If convicted, the doctor could face up to four years in prison.
Schwartz told Murray he was restricting his practice of medicine, barring him from using any anesthetic agent, specifically the drug propofol which a coroner’s report found was the cause of Jackson’s death with other drugs as contributing factors.
“I don’t want you sedating people,” the judge said.
Immediately after the hearing, Latoya Jackson issued a statement saying she believed her brother had been murdered and that others besides Murray were involved in his death.
“I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served,” Latoya said. She was in court along with siblings including, Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Randy.
This Super Bowl weekend had two big winners, the New Orleans Saints and the motion picture Dear John.
VP Records and Greensleeves Publishing are proud to have “Things & Time" by legendary group The Wailing Souls featured on the soundtrack for the #1 movie in America.
The romantic drama Dear John unseated the movie Avatar which has been on top of the box office charts for seven weeks; making Dear John the highest grossing film ever to open on the weekend of the Super Bowl.
The film is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. He has penned numerous books that have been made into great films: Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.
VP Records and Greensleeves Publishing are pioneering forces in the reggae music industry. From roots and culture to soca and dancehall, they represent the full spectrum of Caribbean music.
For the past 30 plus years they have stayed true to the grassroots from whence they came, always serving its audience and moving swiftly to keep up with the sounds of the time.
Less than one week after his death, the body of Professor Rex Nettleford has been cremated, and vice Chancellor of the UWI, will accompany the remains home later this week.
Nettleford will be buried next week Tuesday at an official funeral, which will be paid for by the Government of Jamaica.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olvia ‘Babsy’ Grange, told a news conference at the University of the West Indies yesterday that the Ministry will host the traditional nine night on February 11 at the Ranny Williams Centre in Kingston, while the NDTC, one of Professor Nettleford's creations, will host a tribute performance on the evening of the funeral at the Little Theatre.
Professor Nettleford died last week Tuesday at the George Washington University Intensive Care Unit in the United States days after suffering a heart attack which left him with catastrophic brain injury and in a coma.
Spirit within is my health and my strength.
When faced with a health challenge, I might look beyond myself for answers. As I seek help and information from others, I may feel confused or unsure. Rather than becoming concerned, I act in faith. There is assistance within me through the Source of all life. I pray for guidance and feel the assurance of Spirit. As I speak affirmations of health and well-being, my body responds in kind.
With a clear mind, I can consider what to do next. I may choose to accept the help of the medical community. Or I may follow a different path. Whatever the choice, I remain aligned with a divine plan of health and renewal. I know and affirm that Spirit within is my health and strength.
Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God."--Mark 11:22
The government of Jamaica has reportedly given the go-ahead for the late Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Rex Nettleford, to be given an official funeral.
Professor Nettleford will be buried next week Tuesday and the government will be involved in the planning.
Details will be revealed at a meeting scheduled for later today.
Nettleford died on February 2 at the George Washington University Hospital in the United States, where he had been in a coma. He would have turned 77 on February 3.
Michael Jackson’s doctor was charged today with involuntary manslaughter, capping an exhaustive investigation into the pop star’s stunning death last summer and setting up the prospect of another sensational celebrity courtroom drama, the Associated Press has reported.
Dr Conrad Murray, a cardiologist who was with Jackson when he died June 25 at his rented Los Angeles mansion, is accused of acting “unlawfully and without malice” in bringing about Jackson’s death, according to a complaint filed by prosecutors.
The complaint said Murray acted “without the caution and circumspection required” when he administered a powerful sedative to Jackson in an effort to help him sleep.
The charge was expected, and Murray’s attorney, Ed Chernoff, said his client planned to surrender to authorities later Monday.
“We’ll make bail, we’ll plead not guilty and we’ll fight like hell,” Chernoff said before the charge was filed.
Jackson hired Murray to be his personal physician as he prepared for a series of strenuous comeback concerts in London. Officials say the singer died after Murray administered the powerful general anesthetic propofol and two other sedatives to get the chronic insomniac to sleep.
Los Angeles investigators were methodical in building a case against Murray, wary of repeating missteps that have plagued some other high-profile celebrity cases, most notably O.J. Simpson and actor Robert Blake, both of whom were acquitted of murder.
After reviewing toxicology findings, the coroner ruled Jackson’s death at age 50 a homicide caused by acute intoxication of the powerful anesthetic propofol, with other sedatives a contributing factor.
Propofol is only supposed to be administered by an anesthesia professional in a medical setting, because it depresses breathing and heart rate while lowering blood pressure.
YardFlex wishes reggae singer, Iley Dread, a speedy recovery. The singer was riding his motorcycle last week, when he crashed and suffered a broken leg.
We understand that he is resting and taking it easy, even as he tries to re-arrange some of his contracted show dates.
Iley Dread recently released the album, Unleashed, which has reportedly been doing very well.
After twenty years of entertaining partygoers, the Renaissance Disco continues to be dominant with the youth market.
This was evident in the sound system being named Favorite Sound System at the 2010 staging of the Youth View Awards (YVAs).
An elated Delano Thomas from Renaissance was lost for words when contacted on his way to the event that the sound had won. ‘It’s great to know that the youth appreciates us and enjoy our music’.
Known for their creative mixes, top class parties and events and intense juggling, the selectors aboard the Renaissance sound system have consistently raised the bar.
Said Thomas, ‘This award is important to us because the youth is the future and its good to connect with them’.
Renaissance is gearing for the staging of Beer it All. The date and venue will be announced shortly.
Bwoy we a read a story in the Chat! and we really doan know what's worse. Fi get lifteime supply a Viagra or miss out on natural arousal. One Courts truck lick down this man when he was 19 years old and him lose part of him leg, plus him caan function properly inna di sex department.
Now him a 26 year old now and still caan function properly without the help of Viagra. Him teck di case a court and di furniture giant a go foot di bill to di tune of $1.53 million in a court ruling last month.
Him have couple more millions fi claim from dem but all we have to say is that somethings money caan meck up fa. Every time you want one erection yuh haffi fork out di viagra.
Drivers wi a beg yuh please be careful and stop mash up di likkle straight man dem wey left inna di country.
Yardflex understands that Mavado's publicist Julian Griffiths Jones was robbed in Canada. His laptop was taken. It is still unclear what the thieves hope to find on his notebook as from what we understand, that's only thing that was stolen.
Yardflex will remain on top of this one and will update you as soon as we have more details.
According to Deputy Superintendent Altermoth 'Parro' Campbell, crime chief for the St Andrew North police Kartel was not present at the time of the seizure.
According to police reports, about 4:40 a.m., police on patrol in the area saw a group of men exiting the premises.
Their actions reportedly aroused the suspicions of the lawmen.
The police tried to accost the men but they ran, leaving behind a bag containing two M-16 magazines, each loaded with thirty 5.56 cartridges.
The police are continuing their investigations but say the identity of the men who fled the scene are not known.
The premises was also raided earlier this week and a number of men were taken into custody. They were, however, subsequently released.
I gratefully accept every blessing of God's grace.
Knowing that the grace of God supports me at all times, I am alert to life-enriching opportunities. I not only recognize good, I draw it to me. Encouraged to accept all that blesses me and to bless others, I do not set limits on my capabilities. I have the courage to do what may have seemed impossible in the past.
As I act and speak from the inspiration of Spirit, I do my very best. Accepting the grace of God, I convey a confidence in my relationships with others. I am caring and compassionate, and I gratefully acknowledge these same qualities in others. Through prayer, I am immersed in spiritual understanding and open to divine ideas.
God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that ... you may share abundantly in every good work.--2 Corinthians 9:8
After thousands of votes were casted by viewers for over a month, the Etana/RETV music video competition came to a remarkable close recently. The competition, which featured Etana's three new videos "August Town," "Free" and "Happy Heart," was the first of it's kind. And from the overwhelming response, the competition went over with a bang. Impressively, votes from through out the Caribbean inundated RETV.
Votes are still being tallied, with no winner determined yet and excitement is building up for the live finale on February 27 at 5:00 PM, which will feature Etana announcing the winning video and calling the competition's winners. Etana's fans are on the edges of their seats as they wait to find out if they will be winners of any of the competition's coveted prizes. Several times a day, after viewing the three videos, fans were prompted to text in and vote for their favorite video. Their texts/votes were then entered into the respective video's pot. A lucky winner will be selected from each video pot.
The voter selected from the third favorite video pot will receive an Ipod loaded with Etana's music. Meanwhile, the voter selected from the second video pot will receive a chic Blackberry Curve. And finally, the voter selected from the first video pot will receive an ultra savvy 13" MacBook. In addition to fans supporting Etana's new videos and music, the prize incentive also played a major role in attracting voters.
"This video competition was one of Irish and Chin's unique vehicles of marketing Etana's Music," say Etana's manager Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin. "I am overjoyed by the response to the competition."
The results of the video competition will be hush hush until the live finale. Not even Etana will know of the winning video until it's announced on air -- that way one can catch her genuine, candid response.
"Although each of the videos is a #1 video to me, I am extremely anxious to see which one my fans chose as their favorite," says Etana.
Everyone who voted should keep their phones on between 5-7 PM on February 27, in case they are a lucky winner. If Etana calls a number and does not get an answer, she will move on and select another number. Viewers will be able to express their excitement live on air.
An annual concert that draws hundreds of tourists to celebrate Bob Marley's birthday has been canceled for the first time since its inception in 1992 over noise complaints, a report in the Associated Press stated.
Police denied promoter Clive Pringle an event permit because of several run-ins with police and residents in Negril, superintendent Dezeita Taylor said Thursday.
The Bob Marley Birthday Bash that Pringle organized every February 6, the birthday of Bob Marley regularly exceeded the 2 a.m. curfew established under the Noise Abatement Act, she said.
Last year Pringle was fined police said.
Pringle said he appealed, but doubts the concert will be held.
The show was launched in 1992 in Negril -- a seaside town west of Kingston -- and has attracted up to 3,500 people, Pringle said.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett recently called for a revision of the Noise Abatement Act to extend time for events popular with tourists.
Bob Marley birthday bashes are held worldwide in places including London, Hawaii and Miami.
Last night at the Gardens of the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, a host of celebrities turned out for the sixth staging of the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards. It was a paparazzi event and the Red Stripe red carpet was the place to be as singer, deejays and a host of music industry personnel rubbed shoulders under the glare of the video lights.
There were some great performances from Toots Hibbert, International Friend of Reggae, India.Arie alongside Gramps Morgan, Marion ‘Lady Saw’ Hall, the Bonner Brothers and Nadine Sutherland, who was among the artistes paying tribute to Studio One. Most of the winners were on hand to collect their awards, or in the case of the Big Ship Family, Chino, Stephen and the entire crew from the ship made their way on stage. There were a few surprise winners but the night’s top winner was Vybz Kartel who copped three awards. See complete list of nominee and winners below:
1. DJ OF THE YEAR (MALE)
Winner — Vybz Kartel
2. DJ OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
Winner — Spice
3) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (MALE)
Winner — Jah Cure
4) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
Winner — Cherine Anderson
5. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)
Tariq ‘Russian’ Johnson - Chimney Records
Stephen McGregor - Big Ship
D&C Harrinsingh, C Marsh - Daseca
Linton ‘TJ’ White - TJ Records
Notnice - Ainsley Morris
Notice - Unga and Welch
Jason Henriques and Mr Shawn - Copper Shot
Arif Cooper - Fresh Ear
Winner — Stephen McGregor
6. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)
Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor - No Doubt Records
Delmar ‘Della’ Drummond - Danger Zone
Donovan Bennett - Don Corleon
Sly and Robbie - Taxi
Donovan Germain - Penthouse Records
Lloyd James Jnr - Jam ii
Stephen McGregor - Big Ship
Winner — Donovan Germain
7. BEST NEW ARTISTE (MALE)
Winner — G Whizz
8. BEST NEW ARTISTE (FEMALE)
Winner — Lisa Hyper
9. DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Andrew and Wada Blood
Sugar Roy & Conrad Crystal
Winner — Merital
10) BIGGEST COMEBACK ARTISTE
Anthony Red Roze
Winner — Spanner Banner
11. SONG OF THE YEAR (DANCEHALL)
I Am Blessed
Mind Pon Mi Money
Good Girl, Gone Bad
Winner — Holiday
12. SONG OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)
So In Love - Hezron
Call On Me - Jah Cure/Phillisia
A Thousand Miles - Ras Penco
Caan Sleep - Romaine Virgo
Mama You Alone - I-Octane
Lioness On the Rise - Queen Ifrica
Tell It Like It Is - Stevie Face
One More Night - Busy Signal
Winner — Call On Me
13. ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Universal Cure - Jah Cure
Rasta Got Soul - Buju Banton
Mr Brooks A Better Tomorrow - Mavado
Contagious - Tarrus Riley
Montego Bay - Queen Ifrica
2 Sides of My Heart - Gramps Morgan
Made in Jamaica - Courtney ‘Yogi’ John
Imperial Blaze - Sean Paul
Winner — 2 Sides of My Heart
14. RECORDING ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Winner — Vybz Kartel
15. CULTURAL /POSITIVE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Winner — Tarrus Riley
16. BREAKTHROUGH ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Winners — Chino & Jahvinci (tie)
17. SONG WRITER/ LYRICIST OF THE YEAR
Winner — Vybz Kartel
18. SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (MALE)
Winner — Mavado
19. SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
Winner — Queen Ifrica
20. COLLABO OF THE YEAR (DANCEHALL)
Completely - Vybz Kartel & Indu
Think Bout Mi - Macka & Unicorn
Ugly So - Kiprich & Blacker
Good Girl, Gone Bad - Tarrus Riley & Konshens
Dip Again - Elephant Man & Ding Dong
Holiday - Ding Dong & Chevaughn
Versitility - Vybz Kartel & Indu
Dance the Night Away - Voicemail & Busy Signal
Winner — Holiday
21. COLLABO OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)
Call On Me — Jah Cure feat Phyllisia
Dumpling Shop — Lloyd Lovindeer & Mama Tia
Pressuring The Poor — Spryng I & Ras Shiloh
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling — Noddy Virtue & Jodian Pantry
King and Queen - Richie Spice & Alison Hinds
Forevermore - Tarrus Riley/Alaine
Try Jah Love - Josie Mel & Smokey Ben
Jah Jah See Dem a Come - Sugar Roy & Conrad Crystal
Winner — Call On Me
• 22. RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)
Changes - Don Corleon Records
Automatic - Penthouse Records
Sweetness - Mac D Records
Good Love - Jam 2 Records
Sweet Rhythm - No Doubt Records
Karma Rhythm - Arrows Recording
Winner — Good Love (Producer: Baby G)
23. RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)
Set Me Free - Heart of Love Production
Movie Star - Chimney Records
Street Team - Fire Links Music
Good Life - Liv Up Records
National Pride - Fresh Ear Productions
Triple Bounce - Cr0203 Records
Fitness - Di Genius Music
Go Go Club - Chimney Records
Winner — Good Life (Producer: Liv Up Records)
24. REGGAE/DANCE HALL COMPILATION OF THE YEAR - VARIOUS ARTISTES
The Hit List - Various Artistes/Tads
Reggae Gold 2009 - Various Artistes/vp
The Ultimate Reggae/Dancehall X-perience - Various Artistes/ Tads
National Pride - Various Artistes/Tads
Good Life Riddim - Various Artistes
Greatest Reggae One Drop Anthems (2009) - Various Artistes/Greensleeves
Strictly The Best Vol 40/41 - Various Artistes/vp
Winner — Good Life Riddim - Various Artistes
25. MOST IMPROVED ARTISTE
Winners — Tifa & Flexx (Tie)
26) GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Winner — DJ Nicholas
27) INTERNATIONAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Winner — Sean Paul
28. BEST ROOTS PLAY
Bashment Granny 2
Me and Mi Chapsie
Winner — Bashment Granny
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
29) VIDEO OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)
Feels So Good by Bar-Bee
Director(s) Ras Tingle & Rupert Campbell
30. VIDEO OF THE YEAR (DANCEHALL)
Dance the Night Away by Voice Mail & Busy Signal director, Jeremy Whittaker; Producers Melissa Llewellyn & Conroy Forte
31. PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Bounty Killer at Reggae Sumfest 2k9
32. BEST DRESSED ARTISTE
33. SHOW OF THE YEAR
Shaggy & Friends 2K9
34. BEST ORIGINAL DANCE MOVE OF THE YEAR
Skip to Ma Luu by Ding Dong & Ravers Clavers
35 ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR AWARDEES:
(Jamaican Artiste (s) of International Accclaim who’s led his/her life by example and have brought their offspring into the world of Reggae)
37 INTERNATIONAL FRIEND OF REGGAE AWARDEE
Sex in the movie theatre
I must confess that I am one of those people who enjoy getting away with things right under your noses. I am daring, love to take chances and have a don’t care attitude that has seen me winning some friends and losing others.
I have long accepted that as part of my life, so I really don’t give a damn if others want to judge me or what they have to say. Life is just for living and as long as I am alive, I will be living it to the fullest…and that’s why when I was in the movie theatre with this married friend of mine and urge took me there, I never hesitated to give in to my burning desires.
We had been playing around each other for a while, but nothing happened and it might not either, except the movie we were watching had some steamy love scenes. He started to put his hand under my mini skirt and fondle me the most way. By this time I was getting wet and very horning. I was sitting more to the back and there really weren’t a lot of occupied seats behind us.
What better opportunity did I need, I would not be blocking anyone’s view and the timing was perfect. I sat atop him and he immediately fly his zipper.
I must confess I had a hard time keeping the sounds in as he rammed me right there in the theatre. Don’t ask me how the movie ended because I was shooting my own scenes at the back. One of the time he got too vigourous and I noticed a few heads turned around to our direction and got a few sly snickers, but if they were minding their own business they wouldn’t have had anything to laugh about!
He had barely enough time to slide me out of his lap, and turning his penis to the floor. But even then I was kinda messy.
I excused myself went to the bathroom, got cleaned up and we made our way out of the cinema before the movie was through.
Yeah, it felt great! Would I do it again, you damn sure I would
But a wha dat wi a hear sey Kip Rich back out a di clash wid Merciless on the Settlement. Wi understand sey money pay over to him management aready and contract sign and all dese things and last minute Kip Rich sey him not doing the show.
Merciless sey Kip Rich a run like fowl cause him doan waan face off with him. But come to think of it, a remember watching Kip Rich pon Winford programme Onstage a sey him graduate now so him not clashing anybody whey nuh up inna him league. We think Merciless would make a very good opponent and we a wonder if a dats why him doan want the face off.
Bwoy this Settlement thing stay a way, plus Goofy and LA Lewis…well meck wi si now.
Damion Dash of Rockafella Records will be doing a documentary on Usain Bolt and other Jamaican runners entitled Yellow Yams.
It is no secret that the world is now sitting up and taking notice of the phenomenal talent coming out of Jamaica especially after their super performances in Beijing and Berlin.
The documentary will seek to explore things that motivates them and will be attempting to explain to the world just what contributes in making the athletes out of Jamaica so special.
Dash who says he has visited the island several times just fell in love with the culture and the people.
For now the documentary is in the groundwork stages according to Dash it will be something to see when it’s completed.
Bwoy what a way it look like sey India.Arie and Gramps Morgan have a ting going on. They seemed really in tune with each other, we couldn’t help but wonder if something is going on. Well she did say she considered herself a honourary member of the Morgan Heritage clan, so you never know.
Nuff people a wonder how Denroy Morgan suh strong. Di man come on stage wid him likkle youth when everybody did a check sey a him grandson! No star, people a wonda a whey him a drink and if him nah drink nutten den dem really rate him as good lover man and all a wonder if one next baby inna him back.
Alain and Chino deh? Cause Denise Hunt meck a comment pon stage a EME sey she si nuff beautiful pickney inna di future wid dem. And when dem sing Secret Lovers pon stage, wi all did a sey it nuh look like nutten secret bout dat!
Let Go, Let God
I release my concerns and accept the good that is unfolding now.
A rabbit might race round and round in a fenced yard, convinced there is no way out. Exhausted, the little creature finally pauses long enough to see the opening in the fence and find his freedom. At times my mind races round and round, too, seeking an answer by examining every detail of the problem. My freedom comes when I lift my thoughts above the situation and surrender to God.
From this spiritual view, I gain a new understanding. I trust Spirit within me and take right action as I am guided. My faith in the constant and infinite supply of God assures me that my good can come to me through any situation. I accept and give thanks for the good that is unfolding now.
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.--Psalm 116:1
Mathew Knowles has been confirmed as the soon-to-be baby daddy of Alexsandra Wright's child, the woman who filed a paternity lawsuit against Bey's dad back in October.
Beyonce's mom, Tina Knowles reportedly knew about the pending beh-beh for "a couple of months" and doesn't even want DNA proof because Mathew already confessed to the affair.
Sources say Tina "particularly bitter" about it because the whole debacle is "so humiliating for her."
If you want news on the latest regarding Buju Banton’s case, if you want to sound off on what you think about his aresst, if you just want to give words of encouragement to the artiste.
The blogspot is www.thisisbujubanton.wordpress.com.
The Gargamel Music family, comprising of close friends of jailed deejay Buju Banton, has set up an official blogspot for the artiste, where fans can keep in touch with Banton and his music.
Banton has been in detention in the United States since December 10 when he was held in Florida after a United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sting operation, during which his two co-defendants were arrested at a warehouse where they had allegedly gone to buy cocaine. The dancehall star was not at the warehouse at the time the others were arrested, but the DEA claims it has audio and video evidence of the artiste testing a package of cocaine. Banton is being represented by prominent US attorneys David Oscar Markus and Marc David Seitles. He is slated to return to court tomorrow for a status conference before the trial begins in March.
Well known medical practitioner and philanthropist, Dr. Lloyd Cole, was released on bond Wednesday in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
The 71 year old who is on a charge of sexual assault, was offered $300,000 bail and is to return to court on Friday.
Dr. Cole, who operates a practice in Liguanea, St. Andrew, was taken into custody on Sunday following allegations that he molested a teenaged girl.
The 17-year old girl, who suffers from hypertension, reportedly went to Dr. Cole's office after she became ill.
While there, he reportedly performed other medical procedures unrelated to hypertension.
The cops say the girl rushed from the medical practice and reported the incident to her mother.
Her parents called in members of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse and following an investigation, the 71-year old doctor was charged with one count of indecent assault.
Dr Cole through his attorney H. Charles Johnson strongly denied the accusation.
By the way what the hell is happening with the Ninja Man case. Wi stop count di weeks dem now how long him inna jail. Wha di case too strong or wha. No sah, wi caan believe dem lock dung di Don Gorgon suh long.
Di man dem inna di Gaza camp get dem marching order yet? By dis Kartel must do him investigation and find out a who drop di kick and box pon Kym and har brother, how wi nuh si nuh statement sey strong actions taken and he expects nothing more like that in the camp. Silence means consent doan?
How much more stage show a guh kip a Jamaica dis year, wi a hear some sounds like promoters fed up a di craven artistes dem whey waan meck up fi di recession inna one lick. A hope dem tink twice and rescue di business as well as demselves cause a nuh just local promoters a bawl di one dem a bawl tuh but di artistes dem unreasonable demands.
Jamaica's Usain bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown have been ranked fourth and sixth respectively in the respective athletes of the decade list produced by world renowned magazine, Track and Field News.
Bolt who won the sprint double at the Beijing Olympic and Berlin World Athletic Championships in world record times is ranked fourth behind Ethiopian long distance king Kenensia Bekele.
Campbell-Brown, the two time Olympic 200 metre champion and 2007 world 100 metre champion finds herself at number six behind many time Russian pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbeyeva.
Bolt and Campbell Brown are the only Jamaican and Caribbean athletes who make the list.
In this moment, I am creating the life I choose.
Moments are fleeting. Once passed, they cannot be recaptured. Each moment is a precious gift and holds the promise of a new beginning.
Throughout my day, I allow the presence of God to fill me with an awareness of this now moment. I release my thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow and bask in the wonder of the present moment for the gift that it is. Each moment is a building block upon which my life is created. Every loving thought, every kind word, every prayer, adds to the solid foundation of my life.
Moment by moment, I am creating a full and fulfilling life.
That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.--Luke 6:48
Irvino English, long time captain of Waterhouse Football Club, has been recruited to play for the Tivoli Gardens Football Club.
English, an outstanding player who uses both feet, is highly regarded as an attacking utility player and an inspirational leader.
“The transfer was made last week with the full agreement of Waterhouse and Tivoli Gardens Football Clubs,” says President of the TGFC Edward Seaga, who added, “we are pleased to welcome Irvine English to our club as one of the valued players in the Digicel Premier League Competition.”
The highly-anticipated Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards gets underway this evening at the Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
Now in its sixth staging, the interest has been beyond expectations and the release of the nominees triggered wild voting.
According to an EME Awards spokesperson, “We had such a mad rush to our website that we had to speedily upgrade the capacity of our server to accommodate the increased traffic. In fact, we had to upgrade our server’s capacity to terabytes in order to facilitate the existing and growing traffic.”
Internet votes represent 30% of final scores. The other 70% is based on Chart success and overall impact.
Tonight, awards will be handed out in over 30 categories including, DJ of the Year, Vocalist of the Year, Album, Song, Producer, Singjay, Lyricist, Best New Artiste and Breakthrough Artiste of the Year among others. Additionally, music stalwarts Toots Hibbert and Denroy Morgan will each receive the award for ‘Role Model of the Year’, while special guest, Grammy winner India.Arie will be honoured with the Friend of Reggae Award.
India will also perform the hit single, Therapy, with her collaborator, Gramps Morgan.
Considering the number of A-Listers that will be attending the 6th Annual EME Awards, the world awaits the fashion statements that will be made on the Red Carpet which opens up at 7:00 pm. The Awards Ceremony gets underway at 8:00 pm. The EMEs will be aired on CVM TV, CVM Plus, Hot 102 FM and other local and international media affiliates.
Founded by popular radio personality Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess, the awards show was created to honour the players in the local music industry, both past and present. The non-profit venture has garnered unwavering support and popularity through the years and has attracted coverage from both the local and international media.
Last year, the presence of America’s BETJ TV provided quite a fillip for the EMEs and their repeat airings of the event has definitely added to the excitement both here and abroad. BET has confirmed its participation in this year’s event.
The 27th annual Bob Marley Charity Football Matches and Celebrity Olympics, scheduled for Ash Wednesday, February 17 will see a celebrity cast competing in friendly football matches and track events at the National Stadium. Among those already confirmed to participate are Cobra, Elephant Man, Sky Juice, Wayne Marshall, Chino, Chris Martin, Aidonia, Ding Dong, Jimmy Adams, Bruce Bicknell, Zachary Harding, Wolde Harris, Peter Prendegrast, Lenny Hyde, Ali Mcnab and Courtney Walsh.
The exciting roster of events includes the Celebrities vs. Entertainers football match, Corporate 100 metres dash, Female Artistes 100 metres dash and DREAM Promoters 4 x 100 metres relay, featuring promoters of the popular Negril DREAM Weekend parties.
This staging will mark the first time the event is being held at the National Stadium. “This venue facilitates the newly-added track element and gives the sponsors a wider arena to showcase their brands and allows for more persons to support the event”, explains Deane Shepherd, director of Blueprint , organizers of the event.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to select local children’s charities earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Rise Again, the song written by Grammy Award-winning artiste, Shaggy, to support the Haiti relief efforts following the devastating earthquake on January 12 is now available for download on iTunes. The purchase price is (US) 99 cents of which the artists and label donating all of the proceeds to the Digicel Haiti relief fund.
It is performed by Caribbean artists for the people of Haiti and with the New York Times hailing the song as “fast becoming a post-quake anthem”, Rise Again has had a fantastic reception and is already getting heavy rotation radio airplay and news coverage across the globe.
In addition, from mid-next week, the video will also be available on iTunes.
Directed by Jay Will, and filmed around Port Royal in Jamaica, the video’s central theme is of people from across the Caribbean coming together to rebuild Haiti and help the people of Haiti to rise again.
From red, white and blue balloons mirroring the colours of the Haitian flag being released to aid arriving on boats and planes and a mother being gently handed her new born baby by a nurse - the images portrayed are of hope for the future – and are interspersed with actual footage of the aftermath of the earthquake.
Artists featured on ‘Rise Again’ include Shaggy; Sean Paul; Sean Kingston; Barbadian Artists, Alison Hinds, Shontelle Layne and Edwin Yearwood; Trinidadian Soca Artists, Destra Garcia, David Rudder and Kes Dieffenthaller; Jamaican reggae artists, Tessanne Chin and Etana; and Haitian artiste, Belo. The track was produced by Christopher Birch.
There were more than 75 stars invited to take part in the taping at the Henson Recording studios -- the same place the original was done.
Among those taking part in the recording were Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Toni Braxton, Akon, Tony Bennett and the Jonas Brothers. Leading the way: Quincy Jones who produced the 1985 version of the song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
The recording is to help Haiti, devastated by an earthquake three weeks ago today.
Dr. Conrad Murray will be meeting with his defense team today, in preparation for his surrender tomorrow in connection with the death of Michael Jackson.
We're told Murray will meet with his California lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, who told TMZ just a few minutes ago, "I don't know what's going on." Dr. Murray is also meeting with Ed Chernoff, his Houston lawyer, and others on his team. Sources tell TMZ involuntary ...
We're told Murray will meet with his California lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, who told TMZ just a few minutes ago, "I don't know what's going on."
Sources tell TMZ involuntary manslaughter charges will not be filed today but if Murray surrenders on schedule it appears the L.A. County District Attorney will file charges first thing in the morning and Dr. Murray would be arraigned in downtown L.A. criminal court.
The Rev Paul Lewis who is accused of having sex with an underage girl is advised by his lawyers not to preach in Jamaica until the case is settled.
According to a story in Chat! the charismatic preacher, who prosecutors said had sex with a 15-year-old girl and assaulted a 14 year-old in an hotel room, has been advised by his lawyers not to preach here until the case against him has been disposed of.
That too depends on whether the case concludes in his favour, as there is the possibility of him facing jail time if convicted.
According to Michael Erskine, one of the lawyers representing Lewis, while it is not a court order that prevents the Jamaican-born, US-based evangelist from preaching in Jamaica, the legal team felt it is the thing to do.
“His lawyers have decided that he should not preach or anything like that in Jamaica until the case is over,” Erskine said. “We are not responsible for what happens overseas so if he goes and the people there want him to preach he is free to do so — as long as it does not affect Jamaica.”
Following Lewis’ arrest last year and eventual release on bail, his scheduled appearance to speak at an islandwide crusade created a stir, resulting in him having to withdraw himself.
The evangelist is set to re-appear in court on Friday, February 25, where the preliminary enquiry into the alleged assaults is set to continue. Lewis last appeared in court a Friday ago.
I choose positive words and experience positive results.
The thoughts I think and the words I speak have tremendous power. They can influence my life in either positive or negative ways, for they affect the expectations I hold in my heart and the outcomes I experience in my life. Today I choose to use positive words. I make a conscious effort to think positive thoughts and to act in positive ways. By doing so, I open my life and the lives of those I pray for to the ever-present abundance of God.
If I am anxious about a particular situation or event, I change my thoughts about it. I approach it with new eyes--spiritual eyes. By expressing my faith in God and holding positive thoughts, my expectations are elevated to a higher level and the outcomes I envision are revealed in wonderful ways.
The kingdom of God is within you.--Luke 17:21 (KJV)
Yardflex express our condolence to the family of Professorrex Nettleford who died today.
Nettleford, 77, was the vice-chancellor emeritus of the University of the West Indies, having previously served as the vice-chancellor of the institution’s Mona Campus in Jamaica from 1996 to 2004.
He is widely recognised as one of the Caribbean’s leading intellectuals and was bestowed with the Order of the Caribbean Community in 2008.
He was also the recipient of Jamaica’s third highest honour, the order of Merit and is a cultural advisor to Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
The founder of the internally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company, Nettleford is also the author of several publications.
On the heels of the centennial staging of what has become Jamaica’s pride and joy (Boys & Girls Champs), it seems as if there are those among us who are determined to literally sabotage their own.
There is no doubt that discipline needs to be maintained, especially amongst our young men, but when the captain of the track team is being suspended on the grounds of his pants being too tight, and students who are preparing for CXC exams are being suspended for ten days for revealing white tank tops under their uniform shirts, and others are being taken out of class all day for issues that should be secondary when it comes to preparation for final exams, such behaviour have left parents fuming.
“Mr. Cross, (JC’s dean of discipline) is taking things out of proportion,” says one irate parent, “this is not about challenging his authority, but at the same time, the question that needs to be asked is, do we sacrifice the future of our young men based on frivolous issues?”
Your browser may not support display of this image. The grievances are mounting, and the parents are complaining. “We all respect what Mr. Ruel Reid (former JTA’s President and now JC’s Principal) is attempting to achieve,” states another mother, whose son was taken out of class for two days based upon an accusation that later proved to be futile. “But Mr. Cross’ actions are risky” she continues. “How can you suspend a student who is preparing for CXCs for ten days, for revealing a white tank top under his uniform shirt, how is he suppose to catch up, and how can you suspend the track team’s captain for his pants being too tight, couldn’t you have given him a warming?”
The track team captain of many-time boys' champions Jamaica College (JC) Waquar DaCosta, is not only a national junior representative, but is also a point man and middle-distance 'hero', (seen in photo above) was alleged suspended for his pants being too tight, an issue that many believe could have been resolved without being so detrimental.
“I am a disciplinarian myself,” states another parent, “but apart from the Dean being new, I think he is acting a little too draconian, without any thought when it comes to the bigger picture. I mean, Waquar could be the next Usain Bolt, and what, we sacrifice that, and at the same time, does JC not care, not only about a potential future track star, but also about the future of our young men?”
Similar sentiments resonate amongst all the parents who have had to deal with Jamaica College’s new dean of discipline, Mr. Cross, and some are even talking about taking the issue to the Ministry Of Education if they cannot get any justice at the schools administrative level, with the main undertone being; should the future of students be sacrificed under the guise of discipline, especially when the issues in question so far all seem to be frivolous?
Kingston, JA (Ms. RAINE INC): In light of the announcement that artist Kim Hamilton--formerly known as Gaza Kim, now known as Kym--has chosen to exit the Portmore Empire and Adidjahiem Records, Empire leader and record company CEO Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer issues the following statement:
The Portmore Empire invested a substantial amount of money in the career of singer Kim Hamilton--filming music videos, printing promotional posters and clocking several hours in the studio honing her talent. We're disappointed that she felt the need to issue a press release to the media announcing her departure from the record label, Adidjaheim Records, without first notifying the company. This is particularly disturbing given the fact that she is still under contract and the record company has fulfilled its end of the agreement.
Nevertheless, we understand and respect her decision to leave even if we don't agree. We are prepared to negotiate the terms of her contract, to grant her creative freedom, while minimizing the impact on the company, as is customary in matters of business.
The Portmore Empire will continue to support and seek out young artistes in Dancehall. We believe that Jamaica has a never-ending reservoir of talent and the Empire will continue to develop and market young acts.
This latest statement comes on the heels of a week-long firestorm of controversy surrounding an alleged attack on Kym at the hands of four men she claims to be affiliated with the Portmore Empire. Early this week, Vybz Kartel released a statement condemning the alleged attack on the 17-year old singer.
Boy, I havd to big up a story I read in yesterday’s Chat! What struck me about it, is the fact that this policeman actually arrested his own mother! Some of the comments I’ve been hearing re the story is that the cop is cold to arrest her as she is his mother. They are saying he should warn her and give her a chance. But me, I say she should never have placed him in that position where he had to choose. He is sworn to do his job and if it means arresting his own mother or father, then that’s what he has to do. Now let me share a part of the story with you.
A policeman arrested his 40 year-old mother and took her to the police station and handed her over to investigators after she eluded them for four days following after she had stolen $52,000 from a betting shop in Bog Walk, St Catherine where she worked as a cashier and operator of the Supreme Venture's machine.
His mother was subsequently charged with larceny as a servant.
She pleaded guilty to the charge when she appeared in the Spanish Town criminal court on Tuesday and was convicted by St Catherine resident magistrate Simone Maddix, who adjourned the matter to March, 23, when she will be sentenced.
The policeman's mother who was shrouded in a cloak of penitence in court, repaid $42,000 of the stolen money in court and the judge ordered her to bring the balance on her next court appearance.
What do you all think. Me, I say she should not have embarrassed her son like that.
Bwoy one a wi friend whey guh UWI meck wi know sey a big tings gwaan up deh di odda day. A cabinet minister grandson and him girlfriend put down a big fight inna di car park and nex' ting yuh know big rumour start fly sey a one kidnapping attempt. Everybody get bomby and some run from the facility forcing a lockdown, while security a run harum scarum. Bwoy it did dread cause fresh inna dem mind is the kidnapping attempt pon Dr Kingsley 'Ragashanti' Stewart and how dem teck him and leave him in an open lot a August Town.
Dancehall DJ Munga Honorebel will return to court on March 22 to face charges of possession of ganja and possession of an offensive weapon.
Munga was arrested and charged in November last year following an incident with the police in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew.
It was reported that the artiste, who was riding a motorcycle at the time was stopped by the police but refused to coorporate and uttered an indecent language.
Munga was searched and an offensive weapon and small amount of ganja was reportedly taken from him.
The police also reported that the motorcycle was unlicensed and uninsured.
As a result the entertainer was arrested and charged for possession of offensive weapon, possession of ganja and using indecent language.
He was also charged for riding an unlicensed motorcycle, operating an uninsured motorcycle and riding without a helmet, which was for mentioned in the Traffic Court.
I am a robust expression of the divine energy of life.
Even in the midst of winter, while the flowers may not yet have broken through the earth, life finds a way to declare itself, seizing opportunities to grow and expand. First a seed, then a bud, then a robust beauty! The same divine process is at work in me. Every day I realize more of the spirit and energy of God flowing through me. With each breath, each heartbeat, I feel God's life surging through my body and mind.
My thoughts are stayed on God as the source of all life. My faith is fortified as I see these thoughts rebuilding and refreshing my body and mind. I am healed by the renewing power of life, and I enthusiastically praise this power of God within me.
The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.--Genesis 2:7