January 2011 Archives
A porn star who partied with Charlie Sheen before he was rushed to hospital said the star was on a mission to kill himself.
Kacey Jordan, 22, said she was stunned by the Two And A Half Men actor's behaviour during a 36-hour bender last week.
Speaking to US TV show Good Morning America, blonde Kacey said she saw the star smoke from a tennis ball-sized pile of cocaine 'every two to five minutes'.
She said she was offered $5,000 to attend a party at his Los Angeles mansion and immeditely noticed his dishevelled state when she arrived.
She recalled: 'He asked: "Where's the drugs?"
To which a fellow party guest replied, '"We ran out, don't you remember?'"
She said he ordered more drugs for the party.
'A guy eventually shows up and he opens his bag and dumps open a - I would say - about a tennis ball size, of cocaine on the table,' she added.
'It was all over the back of the counter, [Sheen] was chiselling it off, putting it in there [his pipe], hitting it every two to five minutes.
'All I hear was "Light, light, light' all night."
And she said things took an even more bizarre turn when Sheen concocted a plan for the porn stars to move into a rented mansion so he could party every night.
She said: 'He wanted us all to live in this huge house that he was going to rent out. He said we could have anything we wanted.
'He said, "We're going to party, we're going to have fun". He just wants to retire, he just wants to have fun. He's like, "I'm done, I'm done."'
And he even said the porn stars could babysit his two daughters with ex-wife Denise Richards, 39 - Sam, six and Lola, five.
But she said she was troubled by the idea.
'The kids was what bothered me,' she added.
Sheen has since checked into rehab, where he is expected to stay for three months.
Jordan has also told how she had 'quick sex' with the Two And A Half Men star, who earns a reported £1.25million for each episode of his hit TV sitcom.
A representative for Sheen said: 'Charlie is currently seeking the medical attention he needs. It is a shame that... opportunistic women are trying to take advantage of his celebrity status.'
She and her sister had high hopes for their move to New York.
But things don't always go to plan for Kim Kardashian.
In last night's episode of Kourtney & Kim Take New York, the reality show star has a day from hell when she gets involved in a bar brawl and gets upset about a nude magazine cover.
The bar brawl, where Kourtney's boyfriend Scott Disick gets into a fight, was well publicised when it happened last October. Kim had a drink thrown over her by a girl who became upset that her boyfriend had asked for a picture with her.
An enraged Scott left to her defence at Juliet's Supper club, and got so incensed, he was thrown out of the club.
To make matters worse, Kourtney was furious with Scott who has struggled with anger issues in the past. However, Scott, 27, had an unlikely ally in Kourtney's younger sister Khloe, who defended his actions to her sister, and the pair eventually made up.
Meanwhile, Kim was having another drama when she was shown a preview of her nude shoot for the front cover of W magazine.
The 30-year-old was under the impression that the cover would be an arty photograph which would not be too revealing.
However, the star was shocked and visibly upset when she received a copy of the cover which she referred to as 'full on porn.'
'Oh my God, I'm more naked than I was in Playboy,' she sobbed to her sisters.
'I'm so mad right now. She promised I would be covered with artwork. You can see nipple.
'The whole concept was sold to me that nothing would be seen,' she added.
Along with the cover, which featured the star naked with a few strips of text cover her modesty, the star was featured on the inside pages, completely nude slathered in silver paint.
'I feel so taken advantage of,' she sobbed to sisters Khloe and Kourtney.
'I've definitely learned my lesson. I'm never taking my clothes off again, even if it's for Vogue.
She then made an emotional phone call to her mother Kris Jenner in Los Angeles, who told her to 'own' the pictures and come out with her head held high.
And Kim seemed to change her mind when the magazine came out, declaring she is 'proud' of the pictures.
'I'm glad I did them,' she said.
Police were this morning monitoring a protest in Bull Bay St Andrew, where a group of angry truck operators blocked sections of the road.
The roadblocks were cleared by the police.
The truckers said they were demonstrating an increase in fees to carry sand.
"We need some answers and we nah leave until we hear something from the authorities," one truck operator claimed.
The truckers used sand to block the road in several areas.
Their action caused problems for motorists travelling the 10 Miles, Nine Miles and Eight Miles routes.
Lloyd D’Aguillar, spokesperson for Campaign for Social and Economic Justice is recommending that the Prime Minister Bruce Golding take a lie detector test in relation to the events leading up to the extradition of Christopher Dudus Coke.
The group Campaign for Social and Economic Justice says it will be organising its own probe into the actions of the security forces during the Tivoli incursion in May last year.
At least 73 people were killed during the incursion which was aimed at capturing Christopher Coke and other alleged criminal elements in West Kingston.
The government has said it will not be having a separate enquiry to probe the deaths.
But, D’Aguillar says the committee will shortly set up what he calls a People’s Enquiry.
Police say the nephew of Christopher "Dudus" Coke (pictured) has been flexing his muscles in West Kingston.
The West Kingston Police have launched a manhunt for the 20-year-old nephew of former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
The cops have named Lavaugh Campbell as a person of interest and are urging him to surrender to the Denham Town Police Station.
The police say they want to question Mr. Campbell on a number of incidents, including a recent murder in West Kingston.
A senior investigator said Campbell's name has been featured in several incidents, including the beating of residents in communities in West Kingston.
He said Mr. Campbell is a member of a gang named Young Generation, which has reportedly been flexing its muscles in the West Kingston area since the extradition of Christopher Coke.
The police say Campbell must report to the Denham Town Police Station by six o’clock Monday evening.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Operation Kingfish at 811, Police Control at 119 and Crime Stop at 311.
The promoters of Spring Break, staged annually at Long Bay Beach in Negril have made it to year 11 and they definitely plan to keep on counting. And for this year’s staging, Chin of New York Link Up says he’s pulling out all the stops to ensure a bigger, better event.
“When we started we had no idea that 11 years later the show would have grown to the level it has reached,” Chin stated.
He added, “We are grateful to the people who have supported us throughout the years – both artistes and patrons – and this year we are saying ‘thank you’. Spring Break has a great line-up and the admission is straight recession style,” the affable New York-based promoter declared.
Big-name acts already confirmed for the Saturday March 12 event include Sizzla, Capleton, Coco Tea, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Beenie Man and I-Octane. The intention, the organizers say, is to run a tight production which will allow artistes reasonable time to perform and please their fans.
Also on the lineup are Fantan Mojah, Hero, Junior Cat and Singer J.
In keeping with their promise to stage another high level production, the Link Up say there will be live bands with Ruff Kutt and Firehouse Crew leading the charge.
Investigators attached to the Major Investigation Task Force (MIT) are Monday expected to begin questioning the reputed head of the Dawg Paw criminal gang, Christopher Linton.Linton is expected to face a series of questioning over the next few weeks.
Linton, whose gang has been linked to a series of murders, shootings and extortion in the Papine area of St. Andrew over the past two years, was captured last week during a major police/military operation in Elletson Flats.
A senior investigator told RJR News the reputed gang leader is facing multiple charges of shooting involving the police and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He said the cops will have to press the shooting charges as witnesses are scared to come forward to give information regarding murders committed by the gang.
The police and military have been keeping a close watch in the August Town community, a stronghold of the gang, following the capture of the gang leader last week Monday.
They have been combing the area for illegal guns and members of the gang’
Is either Bounti Killa have a good obeah man or di gal dem who him a beat just fool-fool. Or maybe dem love money more dan dem life. Everytime him beat dem up and dem tek him to court and everybody swear sey ‘yes’ a it dis, Killa must do some time fi di crime… think again. The next ting we know, Killa a walk out a court house a grin from ears to ears. Nutten can go suh? Look how him mek headline when him beat up di girl wid di hammer! And all we a hear now is that di case throw out cause the girl stop come a court. All we know is dat any girl who walk inna any police station and complain sey Bounti beat har up, fi get lock up instantly. Dem gal ya too fool. Killa, gwaan kill dem wid lick.
I treat myself with gentleness.
A newborn baby needs gentle and tender care--a soft hug, a soothing touch, a cozy blanket. A crying baby calms as his or her needs are met. As a child of God, I treat myself gently and tenderly. If I feel overwhelmed or anxious, I see myself as a tiny newborn or an innocent child, and I gently ask, "What do I need?"
Perhaps I need a short break, something to eat or a catnap. I may need a walk outside to stretch my legs, a conversation with a friend, or a few moments in the silence where I can feel God's gentle presence enfolding me.
Taking time to be gentle with myself shows that I value myself. I am a precious child of God, worthy of love and care.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.--Matthew 11:29
RAPPER TRINA TO BE HONORED AT THE EME AWARDS IN JAMAICA
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Kingston, Jamaica: Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards Founder and Chairman Richard 'Richie B' Burgess announced recently that the 2011 'International Friend of Reggae Honoree' will be popular American Rapper TRINA. This year’s seventh annual EME Awards is set to take place on March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road, Kingston.
TRINA, a successful recording artist, songwriter, model and businesswoman announced herself to the music world in 1998 with the single "Nann Nigga" on Trick Daddy's album www.thug.com, and she has continued to push the envelope of Rap and Hip Hop. Her debut album went gold, and her second album 'Diamond Princess,' solidified her reputation as a new queen of hard-core rap. On her latest album 'Amazin,' she collaborated with Dancehall Queen Lady Saw and hip hop queen Nicki Minaj on the song titled 'Dang A Lang.'
Previous International Friend of Reggae Honorees were John Legend, Missy Elliott, Estelle, Jazmin Sullivan, Akon and multiple Grammy award-winning artiste India.Arie who was in attendance last year and gave a most memorable performance.
The 2011 Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards will also recognize the top performers within the Jamaican Recording Industry.
“Some of the icons of our rich musical heritage as well as the hottest newcomers around will receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve, for providing us with wonderful musical gems throughout their careers”, Burgess noted.
There are approximately 30 award categories including DJ of the Year, Best New Artiste, Song of the Year, Vocalist of the year and Producer of the year among others. Winners will be determined based on their performance on The Weekly Jamaica Music Countdown (Charts), votes via texts and votes at the website www.emeawards.com.
This year’s event will include Road Shows, a Pre-Party, the Awards Ceremony and an After Party. North America's BET Networks was among the international media that covered the spectacular event last year.
Kingston, JAMAICA:-It has beenclose to two years since controversial deejay Desmond ‘Ninjaman’ Ballentyne has been in prison without bail and it was his daughter’s dream that last Monday he would have been able to spend his birthday at home with family and friends. But that was not to be, and the celebrated Don Gorgon spent his 45th birthday cooped up behind bars, living as an inmate at the Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston.
Although his daughter, Samantha, aka Ninja Princess, is back in the land of her birth Switzerland, where she is going to school, the 18-year-old sent her mother, Joy, to visit her dad on his special day.
“I asked my mum to go visit him and she did. It’s very hard for me being so far away, but I made sure to look for him before I left Jamaica at the start of January. Then when I got here (Switzerland) somebody called and told me that my dad had been beaten up in the jail. I want to get him out of there … it was painful to see my dad like that,” Samantha said.
Reports had surfaced in the media that Ninjaman had been beaten, and according to Samantha’s mother Joy, the deejay is having a rough time.
“I should be elsewhere but I am here because of Samantha. She loves her dad a lot and she is worried about him, so I am here just trying to do whatever I can to help Desmond. Ninja is a kind guy and he has given away a lot to people, but when he needs help where are these people?” Joy asked.
But Samantha remains hopeful that her father will get bail soon and one of the things she intends to do is a combination song with him. She has already released a number of singles using her Ninja Princess moniker, with two of the more recent being Can’t Touch Me and Don’t Cry.
“It would be wonderful to do a song with my dad,” the teenager said. “Although I am still in school, I am also focusing on my career. I recently completed a music video and things are looking up. If only my dad would be given bail,” Ninja Princess said.
Ninjaman, who has been refused bail on numerous occasions, is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the death of a 20 year-old man in March 2009
He is charged jointly with his 20 year old son and two others. He returns to court on February 11.
Usher is teaming up with music producer/DJ David Guetta for his next album. The man behind mega-hits such as Kelly Rowland’s “When Love Takes Over” and the Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” may be assisting Usher in his transition to making electro dance music.
Usher met up with Guetta, as well as Akon, in Paris while on an OMG tour stop. He told a Daily Star reporter, “I’ve always been a friend of Akon’s and wanted to do something incredible with David Guetta, too. It’s by no means finished but we made a pretty cool song. I’d like to get a new album out early next year.”
He added, “There’s always something incredible coming from Europe, which I think the US is a little behind on. I’m really excited to be here and bring a little ‘rev-pop’ to the UK.”
It’s clear, based on his “OMG” and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” hits that Usher’s making less and less generic R&B.
Serena Williams has already admitted that she had foot surgery, following an accident involving broken glass at a restaurant in Munich last summer. However, now it is being reported that her foot is badly infected and not responding to antibiotics.
SandraRose is reporting:
“Williams has a serious bone infection (osteomyelitis) in her right foot that is not responding well to intravenous antibiotics such as Vancomycin, considered among the last-line of antibiotics that doctors use when all else fails.
As a result, Williams is losing weight and her weakened state has caused mobility problems.
In addition to dizziness, muscle weakness and low blood pressure, IV Vancomycin’s serious side effects include a persistent sore throat and swelling of the tongue and throat.
Osteomyelitis can result in great loss of bone, but is treatable if caught early. The injury has caused Serena to miss the US Open, and she has plummeted from #1 to #13 in the world.”
As I know peace within my heart, peace prevails in my world.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. These words remind me of where to begin when I pray for world peace--within myself.
When I pray, I am making a difference. My thoughts and prayers have the power to affect me and those around me in positive ways. As I affirm peace, I feel peaceful in mind and heart and I express that peace to others. My expressions of peace create a chain reaction that travels from one person to another, opening minds and hearts to the blessing of love, compassion and understanding--attitudes that help create peace in the world.
Today I do my part in establishing world peace by holding positive thoughts and expressing the indwelling peace of God.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.--John 9:5
After what seemed like years, Demi Lovato is finally out of rehab.
She must have had some crazy ass issues if she was there for this long.
"She will continue to see doctors in L.A. who will help her work on the issues she confronted in treatment,” a source close to Demi tells People.
"For now, she is getting back to her regular routine and spending time with her family and close friends. She is so grateful to all of her fans for their support, and looks forward to being able to talk to all of them very soon."
In regards to her profession future the source added that "Demi will continue to focus first and foremost on her well-being."
As you may recall she's been in rehab since November after she went batshit crazy on one of her backup dancers.
Earlier this month she posted a video on her Facebook page thanking fans for...well...still being fans.
She wrote, "I want to make sure my fans know how thankful I am for all their love, support and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you for standing beside me through it all."
What do you predict her future will be like? Will she take the Taylor Swift route or the Lindsay one? Tell us your thoughts!
The frequent finds of police uniform in the possession of criminals, is just too much and Commissioner Owen Ellington is fighting back. He has ordered an audit of items of kit in respect of members who have been separated from the Jamaica Constabulary Force within the last five years.
"It has been brought to (my) attention that in recent times, items of kit issued to members of the force, some of whom have either been separated from the organisation by way of resignations, dismissals, or who are deceased, have been recovered during police operations targeting members of the criminal underworld," Ellington said in the weekly Force Orders released yesterday.
The commissioner has also instructed commanding officers to conduct quarterly inspections of items of kit issued to each member under their command to ensure accountability.
UPDATE: Bagga Brown died at 5:00 am at the UHWI
Popular entertainment personality, Bagga Bown, passed away at 5 o’clock this morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
In an interview with Yardflex, his wife Sonia, said he had been “low” for the past couple of days.
“Yes … he died this morning. I am just leaving the hospital. He has not been doing well at all,” she said, very distressed.
Bagga Brown was 60 years old.
Yardflex understands that Bagga Brown, who has been ill for some time has died. Reports are that he died early this morning while a patient at the University hospital in St Andrew.
The popular entertainment and television personality, who hosted TVJ’s Weh Yuh Seh was admitted to the University hospital in November last year, where he was being treated for cancer.
Yardflex sends condolences to his family.
Centered in Spirit, I am free.
In the midst of a health challenge or a troubled relationship, I may feel limited, burdened or out of control. These situations, however, give me a chance to consider another way.
When I remain centered in Truth, the love of Spirit flows through me, healing my body, easing my mind, and quieting my heart. I do not focus on "can't," "shouldn't" or "won't." Through the lens of Truth, I see possibilities; limitations fall away.
What I previously viewed as lack or impossibility no longer seems so. I am free to make choices and decisions that support my highest good. I soar, unencumbered by fear, worry, doubt or regret. I am free. Joy fills my soul and blesses my heart.
You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters.--Galatians 5:13
My mind is clear; my heart is open. I am at peace.
When I sense that my thoughts are turbulent and unfocused, I am best served by closing my eyes and taking a few moments to catch my breath. With each deep breath, my thoughts begin to clear. I soak in the love and peace of God. I take in this moment of serenity. As my mind stills and calms, I ask for guidance and direction, and I experience the fog lifting.
With a clear mind and heart, I make myself available to divine guidance. I no longer strain to find the answers, but rather allow them to surface in my mind and heart. What I need to know comes clearly into my awareness. Peace settles in and wisdom is revealed. I know what direction to take, and I take it.
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.--1 Chronicles 16:11
"Margaritaville" singer Jimmy Buffett was released from an Australian hospital on Thursday, a day after falling off the stage during a concert in Sydney, his official website said.
"Jimmy has been released from the hospital and is doing well," said a brief statement on margaritaville.com.
In video footage obtained by U.S. celebrity website TMZ.com, the 64 year-old singer is seen stepping off the front of the stage at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion and plummeting to the concrete floor.
Dr. Gordian Fulde, head of the emergency department at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, said Buffett "really took a very nasty tumble."
"He just didn't see the drop in front of the stage," Fulde, who was at the concert on Wednesday, told Australia's Seven Network.
"I heard the crack and I thought this guy has broken his neck. He had a head injury and he lost consciousness ... (but) scans show that he's OK," Fulde added.
Buffett has released over 30 albums and has been touring since the late 70s. He is known for a country folk and island musical style which includes hit songs "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." Both songs are also the names of two restaurant chains which he owns or licenses.
Buffett also has his own satellite radio channel on Sirius XM called Radio Margaritaville.
Buffett is scheduled to play a concert in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, but it was not immediately clear if the event would go ahead. (Source: Reuters)
NEW YORK – Two years ago, the Grammy Awards appeared to mark the end of Chris Brown's career. This year, it is serving as a new beginning.
Life for the multiplatinum sensation dramatically changed on the eve of music's biggest night in 2009, when he assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna and both were forced to bow out of the ceremony. In the months that followed, he saw his reputation tarnished, he had to plead guilty to a felony, and his comeback CD, "Graffiti," was a commercial disappointment.
But with the success of his brush-off anthem "Deuces," three nominations at this year's Grammys (including best contemporary R&B album), an upcoming CD and an Australian tour in April, the focus on Chris Brown has returned to his music, without adding the Rihanna-prefix.
"We feel good now that everybody's talking about his music, which is exactly what Chris' intention is," said Tom Carrabba, the executive vice president and general manager of Jive Label Group, Brown's home label since he released his first album at age 16. (Brown's representative said the singer would not be interviewed for this story and, as of now, would not be attending the awards).
Carrabba says Brown has a newfound confidence, which he believes is the reason for the singer's current success.Over the past year, Brown has released a flurry of music. After "Graffiti," released in December 2009, failed to create a buzz for the singer like his past albums, Brown put out various mixtapes. One of those, "Fan of a Fan," a collaboration with rapper Tyga, featured "Deuces," a mid-tempo tune that hit No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart for nine weeks; the platinum-selling single peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100 chart. The music video for the song was No. 1 on BET's Top 100 videos of 2010.
"Deuces" is up for best rap/sung collaboration at the upcoming Grammys, where it will compete with Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind," Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" and B.o.B's "Nothin' on You," songs that are all up for the coveted record of the year award and had been No. 1 pop hits in 2010.
Thirty-five-year-old Jamaican, Denise McNeil, who has been in a British Prison without charge for almost a year and facing deportation, has been granted bail.
She was released following a court hearing in London this week.
Ms McNeil was identified as a ringleader at the one of Britain’s largest Immigration Centre in Bedford.
The Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre was the scene of a hunger strike against indefinite imprisonment, abuse and poor living conditions by over 70 black women, which forced the authorities to release many of them.
However, Ms Mcneil and other identified ringleaders ––Sheree Wilson from Jamaica and Aminata Camara from Guinea, were transferred to Holloway Prison in London since last February without charge.
Wilson and Camara will have their bail hearing on February 1.
McNeil, who has lived in the UK for more than 10 years, was arrested in September 2008 for possession of ganja.
She served a six-month prison sentence and was detained in Yarl's Wood upon her release in January 2009.
She still is awaiting the outcome of a judicial review of her case after being refused leave to remain in the UK.
The two women, who were taken into custody on Monday, after they were found with reputed head of the Dawg Paw criminal gang Christopher Linton, are to be questioned on Thursday afternoon.
The interview was scheduled for 2 o'clock.
The women who are said to be University students were expected to have been interviewed Wednesday.
Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell says they will be interviewed in the presence of their attorneys.
No date has been set for Christopher Linton to be interrogated by investigators.
The women were held along with Linton, also known as Dawg Paw, on Monday evening at premises on Goodison Avenue in Elletson Flats during a massive operation by the police and army.
The police have imposed curfews in sections of St. Catherine for the second time this week.
The curfews imposed on sections of Dela Vega City, Dallas Lane and March Pen Road began at 7 p.m. yesterday and will continue until 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The police are advising members of the public that during the hours of the curfews, those within their boundaries are required to remain within their premises.
They say exit or entry in areas under curfew will only be permitted by the ground commander.
A curfew was implemented in the three communities on Monday, following the shooting death of a reportedly senior member of the Spanish Town-based Clansman Gang, Jermaine ‘Speedy’ Morrison.
Meanwhile, the police have also imposed a similar curfew for Mona Commons and Elletson Flats in St. Andrew.
A curfew was also imposed in those communities on Monday, following the capture of Christopher ‘Dog Paw’ Linton, who the police listed among the country’s most wanted.
The Jamaican police have seized an M16 rifle bearing serial number 1415718 and thirty-one 5.56 rounds of ammunition in Bedward Gardens, St Andrew yesterday.
No one was arrested.
The police say between 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m., a team of lawmen was on special operations searched a premises and made the discovery.
The man who brought you ‘Hold yuh’ which was without a doubt the biggest song for 2010 was supposed to have touched down in NYC recently, but never made it.
The reggae star and hip hop artiste Maino were slated to record the video for their hot collaboration together ‘It’s You’ but can’t seem to get the project done. It’s reported that this is the second time that the two artists have attempted to meet up to record the video but without luck.
The first time it was booked Maino had to cancel due to ‘unforeseen’ legal issues. For the second time, the video team was in place, club was booked, camera people were ready only to hear that flight delays affected Gyptian.
This has prevented the project from moving forward. In fact, Gyptian was scheduled toperform later that night at an event in Queens, NY and never ever touched down in the big apple. Word on the street is that the promoter of the show never confirmed the arrangements fully with Gyptian management team if he would be able to even perform at the show and participate in the shooting.
You see what happens when promoters try to cut corners?
Gyptian has a great reputation for appearing at his shows so for him to miss a NYC performance is quite unlikely.
As the saying goes, maybe three’s a charm. We’ll see what happens at the third attempt of this video shoot.
I am comforted by the awareness of God's presence.
Like the comfort I feel from the warmth of a fire on a cold winter day, I feel comfort in allowing the peace and love of God to calm and comfort me. There is but one Presence, one Power and one Love. And that love lives in me. Life situations are temporary. The love of God is eternal.
I see the love of God revealed in myriad ways. I see it in nature as earth recovers and regenerates after a natural disaster. I find it revealed through the inspiration of sacred writings, poetry and song. I witness it in everyday acts of kindness and compassion.
No matter what I may be facing today, I am forever sustained by the love of God.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me.--Psalm 23:4
Kingston, January 25, 2010 - The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Olivia Grange, MP has expressed deep regret at the death of 22-year-old upcoming Reggae artiste, Copper Cat.
Reacting to news of the passing of Copper Cat, whose real name was Demar Graham, Minister Grange said:
“I was shaken when I heard the news. Demar was from all accounts a decent young man who showed such promise as an entertainer. I share the deep sadness of his family – especially Richie Stephens who had taken Demar under his care – his friends and the wider entertainment fraternity.
“As we mourn his passing I call on all Jamaicans to resolve to do what we can to stop the violence that is robbing us of our young people.”
(AllHipHop News) Canadian rapper Drake recently revealed that he is exploring the option of dropping a Reggae album, which he may start working on at the end of his European tour.
Drake appeared on the Canadian network MuchMusic, where he broke the news during an interview with T. RexXx on the Hip-Hop show Rap City.
"I wanna do something for Jamaica, because we are supposed to go out there and record after the European tour," Drake said. "I was like send me some rhythms that are poppin and I'll see what I can do. He sent me some rhythms that are poppin, so I'll see what I can do. You never know."
Drake's possible Reggae project comes on the heels of reports that he will collaborate with award-winning indie rock band Florence and The Machine, as well as The xx.
Drake is currently in negotiations to star in the financial thriller "Arbitrage" alongside veteran actor Al Pacino.
The news of a full album could quite possibly draw the wrath of the Jamaican government, who condemned Drake's last collaboration with an artist from Jamaica.
In May of 2010, Jamaica's Minster of Tourism spoke out against the portrayal of the country in Drake's hit song with dancehall artist Mavado titled "Find Your Love."
"We just have to say that care has to be taken by all, including our creative artistes, in portraying images of our destination and people," Bartlett told the Jamaican Gleaner. "Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing (the island's image)."
Miss Jamaica Universe 2010, Yendi Phillipps will be expanding her repertoire in television presenting as the new host of Island Stylee.
Island Stylee is Air Jamaica’s long-running in-flight television programme and since their re-launch, they made a few changes that involved Yendi.
The beauty is also the brand ambassador for the national airline.
We know bout blue collar thief and white collar thief and real ole tief, so we a wonder a which group tek di art work from di National Gallery. Di woman say four a di pieces dem missing fi over 20 years. A nuh no lickle man tek dat … a some big time official wid sticky fingers. And fi all we know dem know whofa yard di pieces dem deh and whofa wall dem heng up pon, but dem could afraid fi talk. But it look bad. Dem fi carry dem back.
Digicel Rising Stars alum, Brushy One String is in the process of releasing a documentary on his life and his music entitled The King of One String.
Created by the directors of the film, Rise Up, this documentary will show just how this unique and courageous underground artist has fought his way from obscurity.
Brushy can be considered to be in a class with no other – as unlike other guitarists, this artiste uses only one string to create a myriad of sounds.
The trailer is now on Youtube and the documentary will be released soon.
Singjay Konshens is launching his own label in Jamaica in the upcoming weeks, with the release of his new riddim entitled G Shock. The label which has already taken off in Japan is called SubKonshus Music and will bring out a slew of productions this year
Konshens also gears up for the release of his new album which he says fan will have to wait for the name of the album.
Gaza Kym has officially joined force with the Alliance. Gaza Kym who officially changed her name to Kym after parting ways with Vybz Kartel and the Portmore Empire early last year, took time out of the spotlight to revamp her music and image
Now, Kym who’s working extensively close with the Alliance Group, will be releasing her new tracks in the weeks to come.
Next month Kym will be releasing her Mixtape entitled “Rebirth of Kym” symbolizing her new music endeavor in the Alliance camp. She tells music news that an album is in the making. She is scheduled to perform in Guyana and Suriname at the end of the month.
Gospel artiste Dwayne Jackson has penned a song challenging dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel to change his lifestyle, consider the repercussions of what he is doing and to seek Christ.
Jackson told the media that he wanted to make a serious statement, because Kartel needs to realise he is not a god.
He holds no bars in criticizing Kartel, addressing various issues from 'bleaching' through to his influence on young men, the explicit photographs, and his alleged freemason membership.
Kartel, has definitely hit a few bad chords with persons in the music fraternity with regards to comments he made defending the bleaching of his skin.
Several dancehall artistes have hit out both directly and indirectly at Kartels dramatic transformation as well as comments he made in the latest issue of Vibe magazine where he said, "I'm my own man, and as such I do my own thing. When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves... when people stop getting nose jobs and cosmetic surgery then I'll stop using the 'cakesoap' and we'll all live naturally ever after."
Samantha Ballentyne, the daughter of incarcerated dancehall deejay Desmond ‘Ninjaman’ Ballentyne, is distraught over reports that her father has been beaten in prison.
“I can’t believe that this is happening to him. I saw him two weeks ago and it was bad. But now for me to hear that he has been beaten … this just hurts,” the 18 year-old said from her home in Switzerland.
According to Samantha’s mother Joy, the deejay is having a rough time.
“I should be elsewhere but I am here because of Samantha. She loves her dad a lot and she is worried about him, so I am here just trying to do whatever I can to help Desmond. Ninja is a kind guy and he has given away a lot to people, but when he needs help where are these people?” Joy asked.
She explained that the whole situation erupted, ironically, after Samantha paid her father a visit just before leaving for Switzerland and gave him some money.
“The reports are that the money was taken from him and that caused the problem that led to him getting a fist in his face,” Joy explained.
“I am just waiting for a call to hear that he is out on bail,” a tearful Samantha, who deejays under the moniker Ninja Princess declared.
Ninjaman, who has been refused bail on numerous occasions, has been behind bars for nearly two years. He is now an inmate at the Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston.
Ninjaman, along with his 20 year old son and two others have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the death of a 20 year-old man in March 2009.
He returns to court on February 11.
Kim Kardashian has yet another product to add to her long list of endorsements--booze!
Kim is 'going green' as the new face of Midori liqueur.
"My new favorite color? Green, of course!" Kim tells People of the new endorsement deal. "I’m so excited to be the face of Midori Melon Liqueur’s new campaign."
She'll appear in advertisements and in Midori’s social media channels and will make personal appearance starting in April.
Ironically Kim "doesn't" even drink alcohol. She's been very verbal over the past few years about not being a drinker. During a recent appearance on Jay Leno she said, "I've never been a drinker, I've never gotten into drugs."
A non-drinker endorsing an alcohol company? Mama Jenner can make anything happen!
If Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are still broken up, they've become great at being friends with benefits.
Z and V were spotted sucking face this past weekend in North Carolina when he visited her on the set of her new movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
They were also spotted at a restaurant in Wilmington two nights in a row, before heading back to their hotel, where they shared a room.
It's pretty obvious you guys are back on so maybe stop teasing us and just confirm the reconcillation already!
Although a ton of people got snubbed this morning when the 2011 Oscar nominations were announced, a lot of great actors finally got the praise they deserved.
The King's Speech led the nominations with 12 total nods, and stars like Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are on cloud nine today after the announcement. Here are their reactions:
"I am truly honored for this nomination. And deeply thankful to the Academy members for their trust and support. Also to all of those who showed their support to my work in "Biutiful" I express my heartfelt gratitude. I am very happy for Alejandro and everyone who has made possible the special movie we made together. It's really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English speaking performance and in the name of all my colleagues in Spain and mine I want to show my gratitude to the Academy for support and a recognition in this nomination for the movie "Biutiful."'
--Javier Bardem's statement to Hollyscoop, Best Actor for 'Biutiful'
"I am so honored and grateful to the Academy for this recognition. It is a wonderful culmination of the ten-year journey with Darren to make this film. Making "Black Swan" is already the most meaningful experience of my career, and the passion shown for the film has completed the process of communication between artists and audience. I am so thankful for the support we have received and I share this honor with the entire cast and crew of the film, especially Darren Aronofsky."
--Natalie Portman's statement to Hollyscoop, Best Actress for 'Black Swan'
Dr. Conrad Murray has just pleaded not guilty in the death of Michael Jackson.
According to TMZ, he told the judge, “I am an innocent man, Your Honor.”
The actual charge Murray claims he’s innocent of is involuntary manslaughter. "I definitely plead not guilty,” added Murray.
What’s next? A trial is now set for March 28, and if Murray is convicted, he could face 4 years in prison.
During a preliminary hearing attended by 22 witnesses, prosecutors presented evidence that they say will prove Murray's gross negligence killed Jackson. Murray waited up to an hour to call 911 after realizing Jackson had stopped breathing and did not tell paramedics that that singer had been given propofol, according to testimony.
The Gun that was ceased, that was claimed to be dawg paws gun a feww weeks before, now, Nicholas Nesbeth, otherwise called ‘Nesbeth’ or ‘Fire Key’, was captured by the police early this morning in the Kirkland Heights/Sterling Castle area of Red Hills, St. Andrew.
Nesbeth is said to be a leading member of the ‘Dog Paw’ gang.
The Spanish Town Police are investigating a double murder in an area of St Catherine off March Pen Road known as Africa.
The police say two women were shot and killed shortly before 11 a.m. this morning.
The women are said to be the mother and sister of slain Clansman member Jermaine Morrison o/c ‘Speedy’ a senior member of the Clansman Gang which is based in Spanish Town.
Morrison was killed yesterday after a lone gunman shot him several times in Spanish Town.
The double murder has taken place despite curfews which are now in sections of March Pen Road, Dallas Lane, and Dela Vega City.
A number of persons have been detained in those curfews.
Meanwhile, the police are warning Nevardo Hodges also called Dee Jay and Rowell Jennings also called Jay Jay to turn themselves in by 2 p.m. this afternoon.
The men, who are also said to be members of the Clansman gang, are being sought in connection with yesterday’s killing of their fellow gangmember, Jermaine Morrison.
The police say Nevardo Hodges and Rowell Jennings are armed and dangerous and should be approached with great caution.
Both Hodges and Jennings frequent Hopeful Village, Lakes Pen and Quarry Hill in Spanish Town.
The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) will begin an investigation into reports that several employees of the Ministry of Health's head office in downtown Kingston have been stricken by a mysterious illness on Monday.
In an interview with RJR News last week Health Minister Ruddy Spencer suggested the problem was a result of poor quality air.
However, scientific tests have not proven this.
The JCSA, which is the main trade union for the island's public sector workers, says it is extremely concerned about the matter.
President Wayne Jones says the decision has been made for the Association to carry out its probe.
"(JSCA) Vice President Robert Chung, who is a health and safety specialist, will be conducting his own investigations and review of the situation. We await his report as to any further action that is required on the part of the union … it’s an unfortunate situation."
In the interim, the Health Ministry is looking to accelerate its plan to relocate from its headquarters at the former Oceana Hotel, on the Kingston Waterfront.
However a source has disclosed that this may not happen anytime soon as another Government agency has indicated an interest in the building earmarked for the relocation.
Sections of the community of Kencot, near Lyndhurst Road in St. Andrew, were blanketed by a heavy police presence Tuesday morning.
Scores of policemen descended on the area and it is understood that some persons have been taken into custody.
However, the number is not yet clear.
Kencot was in the news late last week after a bus which was commandeered by gunmen came to a stop in the area.
A shoot-out between the gunmen and a passenger, who was a licensed firearm holder and then later the police, resulted in the deaths of five persons.
Two of the gunmen were among the dead.
The police and military are maintaining a strong presence in Kintryre and adjoining areas in St. Andrew following Monday's capture of one of the country's most wanted men Christopher Linton also known as "Dog Paw."
"Dog Paw" was held at premises on Goodison Avenue in Elletson Flats during a massive operation carried out by the security forces about 6.30 Monday evening.
He was in the company of two women.
"Dog Paw" is to be questioned later this week.
The two women remain in custody.
"Dog Paw", who had eluded various operations to catch him, is linked to several murders.
Last month a $250,000 reward was offered for information leading to his arrest.
In the meantime, the security forces are being accused of damaging homes in Tavern during their operation in search of "Dog Paw" on Monday.
A Jamaican man coming to the US for the first time went into a Jamaican restaurant and asked the waitress "what kinda Jamaican food unno sell?"
To which the waiter replied, "Well we have oxtail, curried goat, curry chicken, tripe & beans, cook-up salt fish and ackee & salt fish."
Jamaican man: "Tell de man them seh give me one oxtail dinner wid some curry goat gravy. What kinda Jamaican drinks you have?"
Waiter: "Ginger beer, sorrel, lemonade, magnum, front end lifter, agony and coconut water."
Jamaican man: "Give me one large ginger beer. What kinda dessert you have?"
Waiter: "We have potato pudding, blue draws corn pudding."
Jamaican man: "Aright give me two slices of di pitata pudding. And mi want di same thing to go."
After he was finished eating, the Jamaican man asked the waiter for the bill, which came to US$15.
He took out a Jamaican $1000.00 dollar bill, placed it on the counter and told the waiter to keep di change.
The waiter was furious and told the man "we don't take Jamaican money here."
The man replied "mi come in yah and nyam Jamaican food, drink Jamaican drinks and eat Jamaican desert. If you nuh want di Jamaican dollars den tek down the..........sign outa doowah weh seh JAMAICAN RESTAURANT!!!"
Christopher Linton, the reputed gang leader more popularly known as 'Dog Paw', was captured by the police yesterday during a massive security operation in Elletson Flats, St Andrew.
Linton's alleged reign of terror placed him at the top of the police most wanted list.
Police officials would not give details about Linton's capture, but sources say the 24-year-old, who has been accused of several murders and shootings, was caught without incident in a house with two women near the end of the day-long cordon and search operation.
Deputy Superintendent Michael Phipps, the crime officer for the Area Four Police Division, told The Gleaner last night that Linton would not be questioned until he has hired an attorney.
"What we have are allegations ... . So we will seek to settle the matter of his legal representation before we do the interviews with regard to these allegations, and then we will lay charges," Phipps said.
One of the crimes for which Dog Paw was being sought is the pre-dawn slaying of three family members in Bedward Gardens, St Andrew, last month.
According to the police, Linton led a group of close to 40 gunmen who sprayed a house with bullets for several terrifying minutes before setting it on fire.
The police, who offered a $250,000 reward for his capture, describes Linton as a major player in extortion and other crimes committed in the Papine, St Andrew.
Last November, the St Andrew Central Police Division made capturing him their number one priority after he reportedly rebuffed a public appeal to turn himself in, telling lawmen they would have to "get past mi gun first".
I have faith beyond all doubt.
If I feel unsure about the direction of my life, I take a deep breath, remembering that faith is my sure foundation. It is the basis upon which I build my life. When the winds of change are blowing and my future is unclear, I remember Jesus' words to his disciples: "If you have faith and do not doubt ... it will be done."
I stand on this promise, knowing that I have the strength of God within me. So I not only stand firm in the face of adversity, I move forward with confidence, trusting the faith that emanates from the core of my being to guide, support and encourage me. I am a messenger of God's love and an emissary for the power of faith. All things are possible.
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
CHICAGO – An emotional Oprah Winfrey says that one of the most impressive things about a Milwaukee woman's discovery that the two are half-sisters is that the woman never tried to take advantage of her or sell her story.
On "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that aired Monday, Winfrey announced that she was related to a woman identified only as Patricia. She says Patricia had known the two were related since 2007. Even though she continually tried to reach Winfrey, she never went to the media or otherwise publicized her discovery.
Patricia appeared on the show and explained that she felt it was important that she talk to Winfrey herself and not let someone else tell her.
Justin Bieber and his mentor Usher will perform with Karate Kid Jaden Smith at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Thursday.
Also on the lineup: B.o.B, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Mone will perform together; all five Album of the Year nominees (Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry) will take the stage; and Miranda Lambert, Muse and Cee Lo Green are also scheduled to perform.
The ceremony airs Sunday, February 13 at 8/7c on CBS.
NEW YORK – Fans who missed Lil Wayne during his yearlong stint behind bars will get a chance to show their love for the multiplatinum rapper in person: He's kicking off a 25-city tour in March with an all-star supporting cast.
Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Travis Barker and Mixmaster Mike will accompany Lil Wayne on his "I Am Music II" tour, which will start in Buffalo, N.Y., on March 18 and hit cities such as Atlanta, Miami, Washington and his hometown of New Orleans.
Although Lil Wayne released the album "I Am Not a Human Being" while in a New York jail for a weapons charge last year, he's gearing up for a big return to the scene in 2011. He's got a hit "6 Foot 7 Foot" and is due to release "Tha Carter IV" this spring.
Nicki Minaj is on fire right now. She's sooooo huge, she can't even stay in a regular hotel without fans surrounding the property and driving everyone nuts.
Nicki was staying at the super posh Dorchester Hotel in London when fans basically ruined her stay. The hotel got so tired of the Minajians (yes, I made that up) that she was asked to leave.
“Long day of press only to find out we’ve officially been kicked out the hotel! Lmaoooooooo. Rescue me barbz [fans]!!!! Pleeeeeeeasse!” she wrote on her Twitter page.
“Cuz the barbz n paps were camping out n they said my barbz r 2 young. They said yesterday while I was out doing press, a fight broke out and an ambulance was called for 1 of my barbz.”
That's how you know you have some serious star power. She's a Monster star alright!
Bret Michaels seems so happy and healthy lately I almost forgot he suffered from a major brain hemorrhage just last year.
Less than a year after his nearly fatal hemorrhage, he's set to go under the knife to repair a small hole in his heart. That's gotta be rough.
“I’ve done a lot of neurological tests, and they say I’m about 95 percent there,” he said, adding that he'll check in to the hospital on January 24th.
“I still have a little ‘funk’ with my left hand that I haven’t quite figured out, but I think with a little more therapy, by one full year (after the hemorrhage), I’ll be as good as I’m going to get.
When asked about complications, he added, “Barring any complications, I should be out within three to four days. Then, I will be down (resting) for three weeks. I don’t know if I can sit around for that long, but I’ll try my best.”
So much has happened in his life since the hemorrhage. He finally proposed to his girlfriend Kristi Gibson after 16 years together, but most importantly doctors have been keeping a really close on him to make sure he doesn't have anymore health complications. Stay tuned for more deets on his surgery!
This Tuesday it will be Etana’s turn to thrill the patrons of the weekly concert series, which is now a Jamaica Tourist Board endorsed event. Etana is no stranger to the One Love Concert series having made numerous appearances on the summer and winter series in the past.
The beautiful Reggae Princess who has made her mark on the world with uplifting reggae songs such as ‘Wrong Address’, ‘Warrior Love’, ‘Roots’, ‘Happy Hearts’ and ‘August Town’ is a very strong stage performer. Her fans in the west will most definitely expect her to deliver another classy performance at the Negril Escape Resort on Tuesday.
The annual weekly One Love Reggae Concert Winter Series which is in its second staging will come to an end on the 19th of April. Since the series commenced on Tuesday the 2nd of November last year it has featured performances from top reggae acts such as Kymani Marley, Tony Rebel, Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure and Jah Cure.
As the series continues there will be performances from more exciting reggae stars. Over the next few weeks music lovers can look forward to seeing the likes of Luciano (Feb. 8), Beres Hammond (Feb. 15)and Kymani Marley (Feb. 22) on the weekly concert series.
Orlando Graham, the man identified by the police as the third gunman involved in Friday’s attack on a public passenger bus in St. Andrew, is today expected to be questioned by detectives at the Half-Way Tree Police Station.
Graham, who also goes by the alias ‘Vicious’ turned himself over to the police yesterday after he was named as a person of interest in the case.
Reports from the police are that around 1.10 Friday afternoon, three gunmen commandeered a bus on Half-Way Tree Road and forced the driver to divert on to Grove Road where they attempted to rob passengers.
The men were challenged by an armed passenger and a shoot-out ensued leaving five people, including two of the gunmen, dead.
An infant was also shot in the face during the incident.
The dead passengers have been identified as Lisa Nicole Hunter, of a Norbrook Heights address in St. Andrew; Linton Presley Andrade also of a Norbrook Heights address and Donald Garfield Bennett of Harbour Road in east Kingston.
Forty-three-year-old Canadian teacher Paul Martin, who is charged with the attempted murder of his wife — 34-year-old Cathy-Lee Clayson Martin — was on Friday denied bail when he appeared before the Falmouth Resident Magistrate’s Court for the preliminary trial.
The preliminary trial has been postponed until January 28.
Noting that the evidence against the Canadian teacher was very strong, Resident Magistrate Icolyn Reid turned down an application for bail by defence lawyer Ernie Smith who was partnered with attorney Annmarie Brown Chattoo.
“I consider the good character references of accused man but I am not minded to grant him bail. The evidence against him is very strong. The police may have his travel documents but our borders are not secure. People can get in and out,” the magistrate noted.
In making his case for bail, Smith argued that the police were in possession of Martin’s passport, therefore he should not be considered a flight risk.
Smith also noted that his client was abused by inmates at the Clarks Town lockup where he is being held. The attorney made note of a threat to intensify the physical abuses during the month of February, which is being celebrated as Black History Month.
Last month, during at the beginning of the preliminary trial, Clayson Martin told the court that she and her husband Paul, with whom she has two children, arrived in the island on December 18 and were scheduled to depart on December 23, when the incident took place.
She alleged that she and her husband checked out of the hotel they were staying in at Rose Hall, St James, at about 1:00 pm on December 23, but instead of heading towards the airport in Montego Bay, her husband drove the rented Suzuki motorcar in the opposite direction.
She further alleged that when she queried as to where he was heading, he told her that was going to take pictures from a cliff.
But upon reaching Stewart Castle in Trelawny, her husband allegedly turned off the main road to a secluded spot where he allegedly slashed her throat twice with a knife and attempted to strangle her. She also received cuts to her left thumb for which she received stitches.
The police say they seized five guns and more than 80 rounds of ammunition during a curfew in sections of Waterford, Portmore over the weekend.
The curfew followed an incident on Thursday in which five men were shot and killed by gunmen in Portsmouth, St Catherine.
The police say that in addition to the curfew the Police/Military team also conducted other operational initiatives including cordons and coordinated raids and searches.
They also established vehicle and personnel check points.
The police say 12 persons including one woman were taken into custody.
hes already been adorned with several "Comeback Artiste of The Year" Awards for 2010, now Future Fambo looks set to continue his renewed popularity with the official release of the Mavado-laced remix to his club banger This Life.
Produced by talented outfit Notice Productions, This Life is the follow-up single to Fambo's smash hit Rum and Red Bull, featuring Beenie Man, that is getting added to Original version of This Life, also featuring Notice Production's Unga, was released in the last quarter of 2010 and instantly became a hit via Kingston's famed nightly club scene. Mavado, longtime friend of Fambo, decided to jump on the track because it was so infectious.
"Fambo is talking about everyday things on the track and it struck a note with me," said the Gully Gad. "I love the beat and the hook and my verse (which opens the record) just flowed in the studio."
This Life remix already has combined YoutTube views of over 50,000 and already become a staple on Jamaican radio, as well as gaining popularity in the US and UK. It is released on iTunes tommorw, Jan 25th.
Mavado also has several new releases coming over the next few weeks, including a much-talked about self-produced single called Delilah that has had the internet buzzing without people even hearing the track.
Deejay I Octane has scored nine nominations in this year's inaugural
Clarendon Music Awards on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 5pm. at the
Bustamante High Way in May Pen, Clarendon. Other major artistes such
as Vybz Kartel, Mavado and Tarrus Riley have also earned multiple
The music awards show will also recognize legendary reggae artist
Derrick Morgan, the first artist to have spots 1-7 on national pop
charts simultaneously as the first
recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. This historic and highly
anticipated event features award presentations, live performances, a
VIP reception and dinner. It is expected to be a star-studded event
and the largest
event of its kind to recognize and honour Clarendon musicians and its
The project has been endorsed by members of the political
establishment such as Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon Mike
Henry as well as
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia 'Babsy' Grange.
The first Annual Clarendon Music Awards is the brainchild of David
Anderson of Temperature’s
Entertainment Limited. This organisation is known for the ultra
successful show, “The High School Link-Up Showcase” that links
past students from all high schools in Jamaica.
"This event will feature the biggest names in the entertainment
industry as well as emerging local talent from in and around
Clarendon. The Clarendon
Music Awards will provide an avenue for good clean fun and create an
opportunity to bring friends and family together while allowing for
stress relief, " Mr. Anderson, who is also the chairman of the event,
Anderson contends that Clarendon has produced several musical talents
such as the world famous Clarendonions, Millie Small, Barrington Levy,
Toots Hibbert, Freddie McGregor, Coco Tea, Liz Mitchell,
Denroy Morgan and I Octane to name a few. Along with Mr. Morgan, some
of these individuals will be presented this year with special awards
for their outstanding career achievements and for their cultural and
social contribution to the parish of Clarendon.
"Derrick Morgan remains a true ambassador for Clarendon as well as
artistes such as Glen Washington, Carlene Davis, Everton
Blender, and The Clarendonions Fitzroy "Ernest" Wilson. There will be
many other surprise guest artistes at the event as well," Anderson
This event is also expected to be an economic boon to the economy of
Clarendon, as it is expected to create short and long term employment
for community members and create new revenue for small businesses in Clarendon.
The Clarendon Music awards are about socio- economic and cultural
development of our community," Anderson said.
Anderson said that part of the proceeds from the event will be donated
to the Clarendon Street People Association-CLASP
and the Paediatric Ward at the May Pen Hospital, in Clarendon.
The event will be hosted by radio and TV personalities Lady D and
Sasha Bling, and there will be performances from Professor Nuts,
Merciless, Anthony Cruz,
Assailant, Silver Kat, Kashu-Man, Singer Jah and many other local artistes.
I am blessed by the people in my life.
I interact with many people each day, from friends, family and co-workers to sales people, fellow drivers and passersby. While some relationships may not seem especially significant, they provide opportunities for me to positively impact the lives of others.
I might be the only one to show another person kindness or consideration today. A simple caring gesture or acknowledgment can bring light to their day. I choose my words carefully and let my connection with others be a blessing in their lives and mine. We all share this life experience together.
Through my relationship with others, I also nurture my relationship with God. Because God is in all, I choose to see God in all people.
So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all.--Galatians 6:10
By: Staff reporter
The man who brought you ‘Hold yuh’ which was without a doubt the biggest song for 2010 was supposed to have touched down in NYC on Friday but never made it. The reggae star and hip hop artist were slated to record the video for this hot collaboration together ‘It’s You’ but can’t seem to get the project done. It’s reported that this is the second time that the two artists have attempted to come together to record the video but without luck. The first it was booked Maino had to cancel due to ‘unforeseen’ legal issues. Now again, video team booked, club is booked, camera people yet – again and this time flight restrictions for Gyptian inhibited the project from moving forward. In fact, Gyptian was scheduled to perform later that night at an event in Queens, NY and never ever touched down in the big apple. Word on the street is that the promoter of the show never confirmed the arrangements fully with Gyptian management team as to if he would be able to even perform at the show and participate in the shooting. You see what happens when promoters try to cut corners? How you can forget to mention wit the management team that the artist would be needed? Gyptian has a great reputation for appearing at his shows so for him to miss a NYC performance is quite unlikely. As the saying goes, maybe three’s a charm. We’ll see what happens at the third attempt of this video shoot.
Aligned with Divine Mind, I am strengthened.
The mind of God is the composite of all good thoughts. I am strengthened as I align my thoughts with Divine Mind. I begin with a time of prayer, acknowledging that God and I are one. I accept that all the strength I need is already within me.
If I notice an area of my life that does not appear to be working, I pause to examine my thoughts. Do they reflect the truth of God in me? Am I centered in Divine Presence? Gently correcting any misalignment, I feel the strength of God surge through me once more.
In faith, my mind is lifted to the realm of Divine Mind. From here I receive strength. It may come in the form of mental, physical and spiritual strength, and I rely on it to fill every need.
In quietness and in trust shall be your strength.--Isaiah 30:15
Damn Jesse James doesn't waste any time.
Not only did he put a ring on Kat Von D's finger just months after his divorce from Sandra, he's getting married next month!
They announced their engagement this week and they're planning on tying the knot in just a couple of weeks.
"Jesse and Kat don't see any reason why they should wait to trade vows," a source close to the couple explained to Radaronline.
"They are madly in love with each other and want to make everything official." The wedding will reportedly happen outside of California. But it better not be in Texas, Sandra will go crazy on his ass!
I don't care if these two have found love and they're all happy and sh*t, I still can't get over what a douche he was to Sandra. He was appropriately named "America's Most Hated Man" last year, and I'm still not ready to embrace this relationship. How do you guys feel about it?
The Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds, will perform at this year's JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival scheduled to run from Thursday, January 27 to Saturday January 29.
She joins an impressive line-up which includes veteran singers Ron Isley, Regina Belle, SWV, Maroon Five and musical sensation Diana King.
The 15th edition of the festival will be held at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.
Vybz Kartel has turned Eminem's trailer park fete into a dancehall 'bad man party' with the release of the W.T.P Remix.
The original single is featured on Eminem's latest album Recovery, which is currently positioned at No 5 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.
Produced by Jamaican-born hip hop/dancehall producer Dwayne 'Supa Dups' Chin-Quee, the W.T.P remix is an up-tempo club banger that features colourful wordplay for the two renowned lyricists, with Kartel's flossing at the bad man party and Eminem's down-home carefree flow at his w.t party.
Kartel has earned local and international acclaim with a string of popular singles including Tekk, Gun Session, Ramping Shop, Dollar Sign (Mind Pon Mi Money), and most recently Clarks. Kartel earned nominations for Best Reggae Artiste from the 2010 MOBO Awards and the 2010 Soul Train Awards. Earlier this month, New York's WBLS 107.5FM named Vybz Kartel Caribbean Artiste of the Year on their popular Caribbean Fever programme.
Award-winning lyricist Eminem is the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive albums, and is ranked #9 on MTV's list of Greatest MCs of All Time. In 2003, Eminem won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Lose Yourself from the film 8 Mile, in which he also starred. His seventh studio album, Recovery, is reported to be the best-selling album of 2010 by Billboard, with 3.42 million copies sold.
Bob Marley's widow and nine of his 11 children are seeking damages from a Nevada corporation they say is improperly making and selling apparel featuring the Reggae legend's image.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Friday that the family is seeking damages from a Nevada corporation called AVELA and its licensees.
An attorney for the family, Jill Pietrini, told a federal jury in Las Vegas that the children don't want to see the Reggae legend portrayed as a bobblehead or a plush toy.
Attorney Byron Ball, who represents the defendants, says Marley's name isn't being improperly used.
Marley's heirs, under the name Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd. and Zion Rootswear, filed the lawsuit in 2008.
Police have confirmed that five persons were killed during a shootout between gunmen and a member of the security forces Friday afternoon.
Police report that three gunmen boarded a public passenger vehicle on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew about 1:10 pm and commandeered the bus to Grove Road where they began to abuse and rob passengers.
During the robbery the lawman confronted the gunmen and a shootout ensued. During the shootout four persons were killed, including one gunmen, two males and one female.
A child was also shot and injured.
Police patrols arrived at the scene and challenged the two remaining criminals who attempted to escape.
The criminals were intercepted and another of the gunmen was cut down in the Kencot Gully.
Two guns, a 9 mm pistol and a .38 revolver were seized.
Dancehall artiste, Black Ryno has been slapped with a $4,000 fine or 30 days in prison after he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon.
Ryno, whose real name is Romain Anderson, appeared before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court on Thursday on a charge of assault.
It is alleged that sometime last year he and the manager for Vybz Kartel, Corey Todd, were involved in an altercation at the MegaMart Store in St. Andrew.
It is alleged that Ryno pulled a knife during the fight.
As a result he was charged with assault and possession of an offensive weapon.
However the charge of assault was dropped after Todd decided not to pursue the matter.
Leader of the Alliance camp, veteran DJ Bounty Killer, is said to be unhappy with the decision to add Vybz Kartel to the Follow the Arrow line up.
Promoters of the stage show, Ennis and Decky Promotions, seem to have expanded the predominantly an Alliance affair to include the head of the rival Portmore Empire.
The event is slated to be held at the James Bond Beach in St. Mary.
The official funeral for the late Cabinet Minister, Donald Buchanan, at the St. Peter's Church in Pedro Plains, St. Elizabeth was marred by the break-in of several vehicles belonging to persons attending the service.
Among the vehicles that were broken into were those of Central Kingston MP, Ronnie Thwaites, and Eastern Westmoreland Executive member, Steve Ashley.
The thieves made off with two lap-top computers, seven Blackberry phones, and items of clothing.
The Pedro Plains police are investigating.
I see life from a spiritual perspective.
In some photographs, perspective influences the relationship between two objects. A person close to the camera may appear larger than a tree off in the distance.
When I face a difficulty, it may also seem out of proportion to the good in my life. Placing a challenge in proper perspective, however, I see that I have all I need to face the situation confidently. The spirit of God is powerful in me and is more than enough to overcome any circumstance.
My difficulties shrink in proportion to my faith in God. The more I trust in God, the greater my confidence. What seemed a great challenge diminishes as I see my life from a spiritual perspective.
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone ... there was no sword in David's hand.--1 Samuel 17:50
Reports are that dancehall artiste Copper Cat was shot dead by gunmen who took his Blackberry, leaving many to wonder if that was the reason for snuffing out the life of such a promising entertainer.
But the truth is, whatever the reason, this senseless act has caused grief unspeakable for so many persons, most of all his adopted father and mentor, Richie Stephens.
Copper Cat whose real name is Demar Graham, was killed on Cassandra Crescent off Waterloo Road in St. Andrew Thursday night.
It is reported that the 22-year-old entertainer was approaching his gate on Cassandra Crescent shortly before 10 o'clock Thursday night when he was pounced on by armed men who shot him several times.
Copper Cat tried to run from his attackers but later collapsed and died right at his gate.
The gunmen reportedly stole his Blackberry phone before escaping.
Several popular entertainers who turned up at the scene expressed shock at the death of the young artiste who they said had a very promising career.
Thursday, January 27, 2011:
§ Ron Isley
§ Dianna King
§ Brenda Russell
§ Allison Hinds
§ Phil Perry
§ Paul Peress
Friday, January 28, 2011:
§ Maroon 5
§ Regina Belle
§ Richie Stevens
Saturday, January 29, 2011:
§ Natalie Cole
§ Air Supply
§ Laura Izibor
§ Silver Birds steel Orchestra
Tickets for the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2011 are as follows: Thursday Night Silver is US$80.00; Thursday Night Gold is US$110.00. Thursday Night Platinum is US$160.00. Friday Night Silver is US$85.00 while Friday Night Gold is US$120.00. Friday Platinum tickets will be going for US$170.00.
Saturday Night Silver tickets are US$85.00 while Saturday Night Gold Tickets fetch US$120.00. Platinum Saturday tickets are US$180.00. Weekend (Fri & Sat) Silver tickets are US$170.00 while Weekend (Fri & Sat) Gold tickets are US$240.00. Weekend Platinum tickets are US$340.00.
Season Silver Tickets (Thu-Sat) are US$250.00 with Season Gold tickets going for US$350.00. Platinum season tickets will run for US$500.00.
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Miami: This past weekend, on a cool Sunday afternoon in Miami, Florida, scores of reggae performers including Tarrus Riley, Sean Paul, Gyptian, Nadine Sutherland, Gramps, Freddy McGreggor, Marcia Griffiths, Everton Blender, Stephen & Damien Marley, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder and Richie Loops came together to show love and support for cultural DJ Buju Banton at a benefit reggae concert in his honor billed "Before The Dawn."
Reggae crooner Gramps, who graced the stage after powerful performances from Nadine Sutherland, Freddy McGregor, Everton Blender and Richie Loops was greeted with thunderous applauds from the chorus of fans who were assembled at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater.
The former football player who is set to make a comeback this year, opened his set with the Morgan Heritage classic "Down By the River" that fans lapped up from start to finish. "Down By The River" made way for the heartfelt "Wash the Tears" from his award winning debut album "Two Sides Of My Heart" Vol 1. He poured his heart into the song, so much so that one fan commented "I can feel his passion, his energy...it is intense.' He warmed hearts with "Come Back To Bed," which proved the perfect offering for the many beautiful ladies who howled for more. And more they got as he segued into the all time classic - "She's Still Loving Me" that struck a responsive chord and proved the perfect offering for the 10,000 plus fans who were at his beck and call. He closed his stint on stage with "The Almighty, a new song that is currently riding high on the charts in Italy and Antigua.
For Gramps, this performance had extra special significance given that it was just about a year ago that he had performed in Miami on Buju's "Rasta Got Soul" 2009 tour. He came back this time to show support for his friend and what a soirée it was.
The highlight of the night came at the tail end of Buju's performance when the Gargamel instructed the band to bring it down low so he could have a talk with his fans.
"A dear friend of mine is in the house tonight" Buju said. "I could not do this without calling him on stage. Gramps Morgan where are you?"
Moments later Gramps emerged from backstage for an encore performance with his friend. As the band struck a familiar chord, the two friends sang in unison, "Hallowed be thy name..."
They brought the curtain down on the historic concert with the most holy and descriptive passages in the Bible - the 23rd Psalms - that was years ago put to song by the two talented reggae superstars. The song captured the moment and put into words the positive vibes that were flowing through the air. It was poetry...full of passion, heart and devotion.
"When I came on stage and started the song, my eyes became watery and I had to fight back the tears" a visibly shaken Gramps said moments after he exited the stage.
"A few tears came to my eyes when I had a moment to reflect on the magnitude of what had transpired tonight. Buju is my brother and a true friend that I love and respect with all my heart. As Martin Luther once said, The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Be strong my friend! Everything will be alright."
Spirit guides my way. I know what to do and when to do it.
The spirit of God sustains my being, stirs my soul and speaks to me in quiet ways. Whenever I seek guidance about a decision, I prepare myself to receive direction by releasing any concerns or worry. I open myself to the peace of God and trust that the answers will come.
Inner guidance is revealed to me through my feelings and my awareness, and through information that flows to me without straining or striving. It comes in unmistakable, irresistible ways; it comes with an assurance I recognize and trust. Divine guidance comes with a feeling of peace, clarity and direction.
With Spirit guiding my way, I am free to live life with confidence. I know what to do and when to do it.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.--Galatians 5:25
My heart is peaceful as I let go and let God.
Worry may be a sign that I'm trying to manage what isn't mine. I ask myself, Is this my work or is it someone else's? If it's my work, I do it with joy. If it's not, I let it go. In a moment of revelation, it occurs to me that I can choose peace; I can let go and let God.
Setting aside any of my own frenzied efforts, I call upon the One Presence and Power. By putting my trust in God, my faith deepens and worry subsides. The same loving Power that created and sustains the universe sustains this situation now. God is with me and within me always--my present help in every need. Divine ideas and solutions now come forth with ease. My heart is peaceful as I let go and let God.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.--John 14:1
The Police have been requested to conduct further investigations into media reports that 16-year old Dale Anthony Davis went missing during the operations by the security forces in May 2010 in the Tivoli Gardens area.
The request comes in the wake of a meeting on Thursday January 13 between Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Bruce Golding, with Davis’ mother, Dawn Brown. During the meeting Miss Brown admitted that she is not and has never been a resident of West Kingston and that she had not previously brought her concerns to the attention of the Prime Minister. Mr. Golding said he was only made aware of the matter through the media.
Miss Brown said her son had been living in Tivoli Gardens for the last two years with an Aunt. The Prime Minister had requested that she arrange for the aunt to accompany her to meet with him yesterday but only Miss Brown attended. A check with the police revealed that Davis was not among the persons who were detained in the State of Emergency, all of whose names were entered in a register.
The police have also stated that he is not among the identified persons who were killed during the security operations in West Kingston in May.
Investigations are to be carried out further and Miss Brown has been requested to assist in getting the Aunt to provide information to assist in the process.
DownSound Records has acquired the US-based Perfect Day film company and an undisclosed music vinyl entity, deepening the label's market access and revenue streams according to media release.
"This expansion further demonstrates DownSound's ability to materialise its vision of bringing local product to the international market and with hands-on ability to market and distribute," stated a release from media consultant Claude Mills on behalf of DownSound.
"The team assembled here at Perfect Day is the most stellar group I have ever come across. In particular, my US partner, Laura Lavi, who is highly reputable in and knowledgeable of the business. She has brought in multi Grammy-winning professionals, one of the most senior attorneys in this sector, as well as tried and true investment bankers and music and entertainment senior executives who understand the necessity and importance of independent-minded artistes and management," according to a statement attributed to DownSound Records boss, Josef Bogdanovich.
DownSound is currently completing other acquisitions to enhance its international market presence, including the purchase of a major vinyl skin product company that markets pop and rock music.
Nicki Minaj settled a rumor that she and Rihanna are living together when she called into Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS FM show yesterday morning, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have an affinity for the singer.
“I don’t know where people got this really insane, hilarious, random rumor that [Rihanna] and I were living together,” she said.
“We just shot a video for a song I have on the album called ‘Fly.’ So when I saw her, the first thing I said was, ‘So did you hear we’re living together?’ And we just started cracking up laughing. She was like, ‘Yo, I can’t believe people are this ridiculous.’”
“So we TwitPiced ourselves and she put it on Twitter and said, ‘Me and Nicki at our new pad or something.’ And the funny thing is, people still didn’t realize we were joking. People were hitting me like, ‘Oh my God, you’re so lucky. You and Rihanna…’ It was like, ‘What?’ But you can’t even be sarcastic anymore. It was hilarious though.”
“We’re not getting cozy—yet. There is a possibility ’cause she’s just a bad bitch. You never know. That’d be like a freakin’ crazy power couple right now in the world of females.”
Fantasia Barrino knew her married boyfriend Antwaun Cook was still shacking up with his wife when they started getting it in and their email exchanges can prove it. Radaronline.com got their hands on Fanny’s email exchanges with Cook:
“You going back home really did it for me. I’m sorry,” Fantasia wrote in an email to Antwaun dated April 16, 2010.
“How do think I Feel? When your still staying over there… But you telling me you want to Be with me…”
A North Carolina court found in favor of the 26-year-old, citing that Antwaun was separated from his wife at the time of the affair — but as the email shows, it very much appears she knew he was still living with his wife, Paula Cook.
“No excuses, you made your choice. Deal with it. No love lost her [sic],” Antwaun wrote in response to Fantasia.
Looks like Usher is losing it…The singer was in Germany on his OMG tour and could barely keep up with his own music last night. As Usher attempted to collect himself, his DJ played a collection of Usher songs..fans were not amused and they booed him!
Sources say Usher kept his fans waiting more than 40 minutes on Wednesday before his management announced that the singer wasn’t “feeling well.” Because the show was rescheduled for last night, no one made that big of a fuss. But our reader tells us that some eyewitnesses spotted Usher at bar several hours after canceling the show.
The highly anticipated hearings by the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry are scheduled to get on in earnest at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston starting at 10 o'clock Monday morning.
Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will be the first to be examined.
The Commission of Enquiry was established last year by Prime Minister Bruce Golding to look into the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) hiring of the United States-based law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.
The firm was retained to help lobby against the extradition of then West Kingston strongman and alleged drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke to the United States.
For several months, there were calls for a Commission of Enquiry following revelations unearthed from email correspondence that the Golding administration did in fact engage the law firm.
The correspondence involving Solicitor General Douglas Leys, attorney-at-law Harold Brady and officials of the firm confirmed that Manatt was working on behalf of the Government, even if it had been engaged by the JLP.
In October, the Prime Minister announced that a Commission of Enquiry chaired by attorney at law Queens Counsel Emil George had been set up.
The other two Commissioners are retired Permanent Secretary Anthony Irons and Queens Counsel Donald Scharschmidt.
The Commission is slated to sit for three months.
The Government has allocated $40 million to cover the cost of holding the Enquiry $30 million of which will go towards paying the salaries of employees of the Commission while the remainder is for administrative expenses.
The Commission met on December 6 to discuss its terms of reference and to finalise arrangements for Monday's start of hearings.
Responding to consistent reports of poor behaviour by school children in public spaces, a special police patrol is being put in place to monitor the conduct of students, Education Minister Andrew Holness has said.
The Safe Schools Patrol will watch activities of students in their regular hang-outs such as public transportation centres and on public buses.
"We have had preliminary discussions with the constabulary force and it is clear that there now needs to be a special police patrol that will conduct surveillance and other operations in public areas that are used heavily by students", Holness said.
The minister noted that while violent incidents and the discovery of weapons were trending down in the schools themselves, there were increasing reports of fights involving students in public areas. These fights were then taken into the schools, he said.
The Observer has reported extensively on lewd behaviour by some students on public buses, involving the drinking of alcohol and energy drinks, and the holding of parties with explicit dancehall music and sexual activity on buses.
Holness said that his ministry would be partnering with ministries of transportation and national security to establish the partol this year.
He was speaking at the launch of the second phase of the Schools Safety and Security programme at the Institute of Jamaica in downtown Kingston. Under this phase, approximately 250 junior high and all-age schools are being added to the programme which is already in high schools.
The launch ironically took place a day after Nicholas Hamilton, a seven-year-old student of Coke's View Primary in Westmoreland was killed after a goal post on the school's premises which was being lifted by his fellow students fell on him.
The minister instructed the principals to carry out safety audits of their school premises each term. He urged them to treat safety and security as an important management function similar to accounting, curriculum development and lesson planning.
Responding to questions from the audience of mostly principals, Holness said that his ministry was looking into the possibility of placing paid security personnel in all the schools but this had serious implications for the budget. The emphasis of the safety and security programme he said was about "keeping record of actions that could compromise safety and security and reporting them to the authorities so that action can be taken."
Martin Luther King Jr.’s life is rich and full of great history. We’re fortunate enough to have documents, video, audio and other information available to study, watch and review. Here’s a few tidbits you can add to your MLK files if you didn’t know about the birthday guy.
1. Did you know he was originally named Michael King Jr? He and his father were both named Michael King and Michael King Jr. Then in 1934, the family traveled to Europe and visited Germany and the elder King changed both of their first names to Martin in honor of German Protestant leader Martin Luther.
2. Did you know Martin Luther King Jr. entered Morehouse College at 15? Martin was referred to as “precocious” as a youth and skipped the ninth and twelfth grade without formally graduating from high school.
3. Did you know Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil obedience?
4. Did you know his trip to India in 1959 to Gandhi’s birthplace was life changing? The journey affected him so much that his understanding of Ghandi and of non-violent resistance heightened his commitment to America’s struggle for civil rights. King’s son, Martin III, stated in a past article by Washington Post, “My parents had often shared with me how moving their experience in India was. My father said he came to many countries as a tourist, but he came to India as a pilgrim.”
Today, is the great man Martin Luther king’s Jr birthday. The mn who fought so hard so that blacks could live the dream. Below are four things that not many people know about the black icon.
There are grave concerns as to whether Dancehall veteran Ninja Man has been seriously assaulted while incarcerated at the Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston.
A member of Ninja Man’s Legal team, Hannah Harris Barrington tells Music News that the DJ was indeed assaulted and that the matter will be brought before the courts today
Ninja man is at this minute scheduled to be in court for a trial date in his ongoing murder and conspiracy case.
Miss Harris Barrington says the legal team is also seeking a bail date for the DJ
Ninja Man along with his 20 year old son and two others have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the death of a 20 yr old man in March 2009.
Reggae soul act Kehv wrapped his tour of Brazil last weekend with Reggae singer Ky-Mani Marley.
The Sunsplash One Life 2011 Brazilian Tour which began in the city of Porto Belo, at the Porto Das Aguas on January 6 and will end at Estancia Alto Da Serra in Sao Paulo on Sunday.
"It is exciting to be a part of the tour with Ky-Mani. He has good work ethics and this has been a wonderful learning experience. It is always a privilege to share the stage with him." said Kehv.
Kehv, who recently released is debut album, Simply Kehv was born in Jamaica, his musical career began at the early age of ten in the church choir. With no formal training, he moved from singing to writing or co-writing almost every song and mastered both the guitar and the piano. After migrating to the United States and settling in Miami Florida, Kehv recorded his first single Half Way There in 1995.
His album contains the singles Distant Lover, Caribbean Soldier, and Conscious Farmer, which are said to be favourites on internet radio from the United States, Canada and the UK.
"Our music represent true, we sing to free the people and to educate them" noted Kehv.
Entertainer Sheldon 'Deva Bratt' Smith was freed of carnal abuse in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
When the case was called before Resident Magistrate Simone Maddix, the complainant told the court she had no further interest in the matter.
Defence attorney Peter Champagnie made a no-case submission which was upheld by the Crown.
The entertainer was charged after it was reported that he sexually assaulted the underage complainant.
He made numerous appearances and maintained his innocence throughout.
Smith, who was once a part of the Portmore Empire, is responsible for several songs among them his top hit Gussy Clarke.
The allegations before the court are that in July 2008, Smith was charged by the Waterford police for having sexual relations with a minor.
While the dispute between dancehall artistes Aidonia and Vbyz Kartel may still be weighing in the balance, Aidonia and Ryno have made peace.
Earlier this week deejay Aidonia extended what persons have called an olive branch to former Gaza lieutenant Ryno, putting an end to the longstanding tension that existed between them.
The peace initiative was orchestrated by a mutual friend who has been in dialog with both parties for some time now.
Aidonia has told sources that he and Ryno never really had any grouses.
With this renewed friendship, members of both management teams have hinted at the possibility of some collaborative projects in the future.
Meanwhile, Ryno fresh from his Bahamian stint and Aidonia from his European tour are expected to release a cluster of new singles in the weeks ahead.
(Report from the Observer)
The Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in downtown Miami was bursting at the seams as fans of the embattled reggae star, Buju Banton turned out in their numbers for his Before the Dawn Concert here yesterday.
At the time of filing this report, the Reggae star, who has been facing drug charges in the United States, had not yet taken the stage. However, all the artistes who performed, gave a good account of themselves.
Young act Richie Loop came to Miami and emptied his "cupp," kicking things off in great fashion. He was followed by Everton Blender who raised the tempo inside the venue and had the patrons rocking to his popular tunes, Lift Up Your Heads and Ghetto People Song. Despite his short stint on stage Blender was in fine form and the audience loved him.
The bar was raised even higher when former teen queen, Nadine Sutherland, took to the stage. If her performance was to be rated out of 10, she definitely scored a 9.99, giving "action, not a bag a mout" and left the crowds roaring for more of her infectious performance.
Freddie McGregor was up next and his Big Ship sailed across the Miami Bayfront, delivering the hits he is known for.
The Jamaican artiste who had the most international visibility for 2010, Gyptian, also took to the stage to support his fellow artiste. He delivered his big tune, Hold You, much to the delight of the Miami audience.
There was a strong contingent of police at the venue, and this was a poignantly brought home by singer Mykal Rose who burst onto the stage with the opening line of his popular song, "Police and thief inna shoot-out."
This opening segment of the show also featured Gramps Morgan, who has collaborated with Buju Banton for a haunting rendition of Psalms 23. Morgan gave another of his signature performances. Another of the early standouts was Wayne Wonder. Many will remember that he was the first to call a young Buju on stage back in 1990 introducing the 'Gargamel' to Jamaica and the world. Wonder did well to ignite his fans in this city.
If there was one downside to the event, it was the stringent policy put in place to deal with members of the media who journeyed from all over the world to cover the event. Only when the media arrived at the venue for accreditation were we informed that only the first five minutes of each performance could be videotaped or photographed. In addition no photos of Buju Banton could be taken while he is on stage. This resulted in the media being herded out of the 'pit' after the first few minutes of each performance.
I proceed confidently in the direction of my dreams.
In my heart lives my personal dream. My heart sings and my eyes light up just thinking about it. If current circumstances are less than I desire, I declare this moment a turning point and turn to God in prayer. I envision myself with the freedom, resources and God-given abilities to achieve my goals. With God as my guide, I proceed confidently toward my dreams.
Reaching beyond myself, I imagine every person free to pursue and achieve his or her dreams. Our dreams come from God as does the help we need to achieve them. I pray that all people feel their direct connection to God and realize the potential for happiness inherent within them.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.--Jeremiah 29:11
I forgive, and I am whole.
When even one sheep strays from the flock, the shepherd searches to bring it safely back. As a daily practice I search my thoughts to see if I have shut anyone outside my heart. If I discover one locked out in anger, resentment or hurt, I open my heart in forgiveness.
I allow the breath of God to breathe me. With each gentle breath, I am filled with love and peace. As I think of those I wish to forgive, I recognize in their reflection the same Spirit that is in me. At the level of spiritual knowing, I understand that we are all one in God. I release the judgments of my worldly thoughts and allow forgiveness to unite us in love. As I am one in the wholeness of God, so I am one with all others.
So there will be one flock, one shepherd.--John 10:16
Vivica A. Fox wants to try and have a baby with her new fiancé Omar ‘Slim’ White as soon as possible. A source says that she “desperately wants children Omar even although she knows the clock is ticking.”
The source continues, “Se has everything in her life but kids would make it complete. She never had any children with her first husband Christopher Harvest during their four year marriage and she wants to make up for that with Omar.”
“Vivica is thrilled with her engagement to him and she wants them to start trying as soon as possible. She intends to spend more time in Atlanta in 2011 where he is based as a club promoter.”
We all know how private Jay-Z and Beyonce are…but if you’re curious about their relationship, and want to know more about the couple, one of Beyonce’s ex- personal assistants takes us inside Beyonce’s & Jay-Z’s relationship. Jessica LaShawn says she witnessed the crazy love between the two back in 2003 while she served as one of Beyonce’s personal assistants.
Here’s an excerpt from an article where she discusses Jay and Beyonce’s first time working together on a live performance, and how their love for each other was so obvious and powerful that everyone around them could see:
During the BET Awards in 2003 I witnessed the makings of a real relationship between two overly focused individuals willing to sacrifice and make time for each other in the midst of accomplishing their personalized greatness. I was the personal assistant to Beyonce while she prepared for the debut of her new single Deja Vu. I can recall having the song on repeat throughout the duration of my flight from Chicago to LA and feeling captivated by the 808’s and horns. There was something about the song that made me feel as if I were being transported to another place all in the name of love. Like most people, I soon realized that the passion hidden behind Beyonce’s vocals was fueled by her devotion and love for none other than Jay Z.
I sat there in amazement as I watched Beyonce go over every step as if her life depended on it. I’d heard all the stories and rumors that she was evil and possibly the daughter of Satan but none of that surfaced. A prime example of her down-to-earth-ness was displayed when she happened to be thirsty and it was my job to get her some water but she chose to go with me in order to ease her mind. She was sweet and reminded me of that home girl we all have that no matter what she just wants to laugh at the end of the day.
Word on the street is that LeBron James who was in LA recently to play the Clippers took singer Ciara out for a romantic dinner in Beverly Hills. LeBron and Ciara walked into the restaurant separately and had a corner table where they were spotted playfully kissing and once playtime was over timed their separate exits. I wonder if LeBron’s baby mama Savannah knows about this little dalliance???
We all know Bron Bron is not as innocent as he portrays himself to be!
While the dispute between dancehall artistes Aidonia and Vbyz Kartel may still be weighing in the balance, Aidonia and Ryno have made peace.
Earlier this week deejay Aidonia extended what persons have called an olive branch to former Gaza lieutenant Ryno, putting an end to the longstanding tension that existed between them.
The peace initiative was orchestrated by a mutual friend who has been in dialog with both parties for some time now.
Aidonia has told sources that he and Ryno never really had any grouses.
With this renewed friendship, members of both management teams have hinted at the possibility of some collaborative projects in the future.
Meanwhile, Ryno fresh from his Bahamian stint and Aidonia from his European tour are expected to release a cluster of new singles in the weeks ahead.
Defense attorney David Oscar Marcus, who represents international reggae star Buju Banton, is refuting reports that the entertainer will begin his re-trial on February 7.
Since his mistrial late last year, there has been tremendous speculation about the date of Buju's return to court.
Some sections of the media have stated that it would begin on February 7, but according to Mr. Marcus, the legal team does not know which date next month.
"No there's no court set for February 7; that was a rumour that went around. We’re waiting for a specific trial date in February. The court should be letting us know soon when they’ll be going to trial," Mr. Markus said on RJR's daily current affairs discussion programme Beyond the Headlines Thursday evening.
Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, was released on US$250,000 bail in October after the jury in his trial for drug related charges failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
Conditions of his release included paying a private security detail for 24 hour monitoring, signing an extradition waiver ensuring his return if he flees the US, and wearing an electronic monitoring device.
He will be performing this weekend at the 'Before the Dawn' concert in downtown Miami.
The Ministry of Justice will be seeking legal advice on the seizure of furniture and equipment from the Office of the Hugh Wildman, the Government's Trustee in Bankruptcy on Thursday.
Bailiffs acting on behalf of attorney-at-law Minett Lawrence, armed with court documents invaded the offices of Mr. Wildman, who is also Liquidator of the Cash Plus Group Thursdays afternoon and seized some assets.
They seizure was help pay a $9 million debt owed by the failed Cash Plus Group.
However, questions have been raised about the legality of the exercise.
Mr. Wildman was adamant that the men were acting illegally.
He had outline to them that his office is the Trustee in Bankruptcy, a department of the Justice Ministry and that no asset in the office belonged to Cash Plus so the order could not be executed.
Assets were still taken after long discussions.
With that, the Liquidator said he will be going to court on Friday to bring legal action against the bailiff to recover what was taken.
"We will be filing criminal complaints against the bailiff in seizing the government’s property," said Mr. Wildman.
According to him, that means the possibility of bringing action against Minett Lawrence, the attorney on whose behalf the bailiffs acted and the registrar in the Supreme Court who signed the document for her.
For now, Mr. Wildman wants to find out who signed the document granting the authority for the bailiffs to seize and sell the assets.
A wait is on for the items that were seized to be returned.
Legal advice to be sought from the Solicitor-General
Meanwhile, Robert Rainford, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, told RJR News the Ministry will also be contacting its lawyers on Friday.
"I am aware of the situation and we’re on top of it. We will be moving as expeditiously to deal with the issue. We will be getting the necessary legal advice from the Solicitor-General," said.
Nicki Minaj has voiced her multiple frustrations with Black/urban radio via her Twitter.
Taking to her Twitter account, Nicki Minaj openly criticize morning urban radio programs across the US.
“Dear Black Radio , wen u do ur morning show tmrw, let the community know that taylor swift is #1 and nicki minaj is #2…,” she tweeted Tuesday (January 11).
“As opposed to starting your morning show reading the blogs on air…perpetuating bullsh*t. Inspire the community tmrw Black Radio!”
“And let them know that nicki minaj does NOT have a top ten song on billboard’s 100 right now. And NO knew vids out either.”
“Let them know that they can WRITE their OWN raps and STILL go toe-to-toe with Rap’s Heavy Weights.”
“Let them know that NO one can define them! No one makes the rules! U define YOURSELF! Don’t let them BOX u in! Your Game! Your Rules!”
“And if they can’t respect your hustle, tell them GO F*K YOURSELF! Weak a** b*tches COULD neva!!!!!!! Jealous hatin h*es die slow”.
Grammy-nominated reggae singer, Wayne Wonder, winner of the MOBO award (2003) and three BMI Urban Awards, on Sunday added to his cache when he received an Award of Excellence from the orgnisers of Caribfest in Barbados.
Staged by Timeless Barbados, this was the first of what promises to be an annual event to honour artistes from across the region. Representing the Caribbean were Wayne Wonder, Tesanne Chin, Rosemary Phillips, Sabrina Estwick, Tamika Marshall, Christal Cane, Jaydene, Peter Ram, Edwin, Skinny Fabulous, Alison Hinds, Kassav, and Ria Borman.
Hosts of the evening were internationally renowned American actor and actress, Morris Chestnut and Vivica Fox .
According to Wayne Wonder’s manager, an invitation had been extended to the singer to perform at the function but they were given absolutely no indication that he was there to receive an award.
“I was delighted … of course. It’s always a pleasure and an honour to be recognized for your hard work. But surpassing the pleasure was surprise. The organizers didn’t even hint that we were even being considered for any kind of award,” Wayne stated.
Wayne Wonder and songbird, Tessanne Chin, were the recipients from Jamaica.
Four of the Caribbean’s most outstanding artistes were paid post-humous tribute in dance – reggae icon, Bob Marley of Jamaica; ska great, Jackie Opel of Barbados; legendary calypso singer, Lord Kitchener of Trinidad and Cuba’s salsa singer, Celia Cruz .
In between performances, five acts were presented with Caribfest Awards.
Those chosen to receive the first ever Caribfest Awards were: Wayne Wonder and Tesanne Chin – Award of Excellence; Alison Hinds and Square One, Kassav and Edwin and Krosfyah – Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hundreds of ‘phone – switchers’ flocked LIME stores in Kingston and St. Catherine yesterday morning (January 13) eager to switch from other networks to LIME Mobile TV phones to view the historic broadcast of reggae superstar Buju Banton’s “Before the Dawn” Concert which will be broadcast live on LIME Mobile TV from Downtown Miami on Sunday.
Banton, who received his fifth Grammy nomination for his latest album ‘Before The Dawn’, will be making his first, highly anticipated, onstage appearance in several months.
“As soon as our stores opened this morning, we were inundated with persons coming in to trade their phones” says LIME Regional Special Projects Manager, Stephen Price.
Yesterday ( January 12) , telecoms giant LIME , provider of Jamaica’s first mobile TV service announced that customers could access a ‘mega deal’ on television enabled Mobile handsets in exchange for their old phones from other networks.
LIME Mobile TV customers will be treated to live coverage of the “Before The Dawn” concert, which in addition to Buju Banton, will feature performances by some of Jamaica’s music elite including Stephen Marley, Wayne Wonder, Sly & Robbie, Gramps Morgan, Shaggy and Freddie McGregor.
The special handset sale, which continues until tomorrow (January 14), allows customers to trade in their handsets and access LIME Mobile TV handsets.
LIME customers with Mobile TV handsets will, in addition to the Miami concert, be able to view live, and free of cost, as well as the iconic Rebel Salute which is also being staged this weekend.
In November 2010, LIME launched the Caribbean’s first mobile television service in Jamaica which offers premium digital channels including local and international news, sports and entertainment channels.
Chris Brown just can’t get a break. The paparazzi were on the scene as Chris and Tyga left a secret location to get into their vehicles. The pap asked “What do you have against Raz-B?” Chris Brown slapped the camera away and called them “Weenies.”Obviously Chris doesn’t want to talk about the whole Raz-B situation and would like to move on but the public won’t let him. In the words of Nicki Minaj people “Hang it up, flat screen!”
Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel continues to hone his entrepreneurial skills – this time in the detergent market with his very own brand of cake soap.
The Brand of Soap is seemingly being promoted by Kartel via his songs and has been featured in at least three songs and countless stage performances.
Reliable sources said that Vybz Kartel, who has already entered the entrepreneurial market with Rum, Condom products and a clothing line sees a lucrative opportunity in the Cake Soap business.
Kartel is very wittingly taking advantage of his influence over dancehall culture; this is evident from the popularity gained with brands such as Clarks and white tees, which became instant hot commodities on the dancehall scene, simply because they were included in his music.
Not to mention the seeming popularity surge of Street
Vybz Rum, that took to the market about two years ago.
Increasing controversies have been popping up relating to the fact that Kartel refers to “Cake Soap” as a skin-bleaching agent; however, one thing is for sure, if he sings about it, people will listen. It leads to the question though, is Kartel writing music to sell his products or is he selling products to boost his music?
Whatever the answer is, he is following in the footsteps of some very successful musicians/ entrepreneurs such as P. Diddy and Jay Z, and for this, we wish him well.
Fast rising artiste Khago is clearing the air about the recent advertisements looming on the World Wide Web.
A face book page which claims to be a “khago dubs” page that would provide dubs at a nominal fee has been developed and now has (1305) friends
However Khago says the page is unauthorized and is urging fans to be careful of scam artistes whom he believes are deliberately trying to bring down his music career:
Khago further states that in order for persons to get a dub plate they would have to go through his management team or himself.
Transport and works minister , Mike Henry The Government of Jamaica will have to find the funds to pay $10 billion owed to E Pihl Construction Company for cost over-runs on a section of highway 2000.
The company was contracted to carry out work on segment three of highway 2000, which runs between Ocho Rios and Portland.
Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry, disclosed the figure at yesterday’s ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new bridge at Rio Grande in Portland.
Henry says he is now in discussions with E Pihl Construction to settle the debt.
Meanwhile, he says the new bridge at Rio Grande, Portland is to be constructed at a cost of $26 million with work slated to begin next month.
The construction is to be completed in 20 months.
Usain Bolt continued to give shape to his running schedule when he confirmed another date for the international season.
Organisers announced yesterday that the 100 and 200 metres world-record holder will run at the Golden Gala meet in Rome on May 26.
No details were disclosed about what events he would contest and a spokesman for the Italian athletics federation said they were still working things out.
Earlier this week, Bolt announced that he would run at the Bislett Games in Oslo in June. It was the first date for this year that the 23-year-old sprint megastar had confirmed.
The Jamaican sprinter also disclosed that his recovery from a season-ending injury last year has gone well and he would be looking to be razor-sharp for this season, which also includes the World Championships in South Korea.
Bolt is the reigning World 100 and 200 metres champion, having set world records to win the events at the last World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
Higglers at the Coronation Market, in downtown Kingston, are worried that they will not be able to make ends meet because of an oversupply of locally-grown vegetables.
The situation has reached worrying levels, with vendors desperate to sell their produce.
Wednesday, our newsteam went to the market, where vendors told us that their supplies are rotting because as cheap as they are, consumers are still not making purchases.
“Cabbage whole heap of pok choy and lettuce selling out for even $5 per pound, $10 per pound, carrot is the same thing. It’s too much and it’s making things slow,” said a vendor.
The Agriculture Ministry has issued an announcement encouraging supermarkets, hoteliers, consumers and agro-processors to buy more local ground produce.
The affected farmers include those from St. Ann, St. Elizabeth, Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Catherine.
Cops in the UK have launched a manhunt for international drug lord in connection with the seizure of £7 million-worth of ganja, shipped via Jamaica from Cuba last year, reports the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.
The drugs were individually parcelled and labelled, leading Northamptonshire police to believe that they were intended to be distributed throughout the UK. Police said their investigation had now centred on one individual.
"Enquiries were made internationally with other law enforcement agencies and these are continuing," said Detective Chief Inspector Tom Davies. “We are looking to arrest a man in connection with this seizure and we maintain an open mind as to the eventual destination of this drugs consignment, but we don’t believe, at this time, it was intended for Northamptonshire.”
The haul, believed to one of the biggest ever seized in the UK, weighed a total of 1.3 tonnes and was found on a lorry travelling between Daventry and Corby in April last year.
We hear sey di Gaza President a get nuff pressure. After him tek promoter money and nuh turn up a di show inna di small islands, him haffi a hide out cause people a look fi him fi get back dem money. But Teacha fi careful, cause chicken pox deh a prison and dem a wait pon him in deh fi throw sauce pon him. Cause if oonu neva know, when sauce go pon bleach-out skin everyting is back to normal.
What dis we a hear sey Kartel road manager Leng get arrested a Mandeville? So we buy it so we sell it. People sey a some ganja ting but true him did have a nex offence police just haul him in. Bwoy di year neva end good fi di Gaza people dem and it nuh start off too right. B
I am living an abundant life now!
Living fully in the present moment, I make adjustments, changes and choices that enrich my life and prepare me for success. I am stress-free as I ease through my day, grateful for every experience and the blessing it holds.
Each moment that I am fully present to the spirit of God is a moment when I am conscious of divine intelligence and conscious of the ways in which I express my highest potential. I am learning from the Creator and realizing my dreams.
Living in the now, I am not inhibited by time. I let my present experiences flow as if they were taking me on a journey. Every turn offers me another amazing perspective on abundant living.
See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!--2 Corinthians 6:2
New details have surfaced about the altercation between comedian/ Hangover star Mike Epps and paparazzi at club in Detroit.According to Douglass Thornton member of Mike Epp’s entourage started to shoot at him after the fight had been broken up. Thornton traded in his man card and said that Mike Epps delivered a “brutal beating” upon him.
Douglass was hired to film the party but instead got beat up. Does Mike Epps even have 1 million dollars?
Swizz Beatz has overcome a very public split from his ex-wife Mashonda and a few illegitimate children that have popped up here and there, but can he survive the wrath of the IRS?
The hitmaking producer currently owes the IRS $2.6 million in unpaid taxes, after the IRS hit him with yet another tax lien on Monday.
Here is what Swizzy, born Kasseem Dean, owes the IRS according to the Detroit News’ Tax Watchdog:
The IRS filed a $283,562 lien against Swizz Beatz on Monday with the New York City Register.
The state of New York filed a $134,738 tax warrant against him and his ex-wife, R&B singer Mashonda on Oct. 23. The warrant is filed with the New York County Clerk.
The IRS filed a $652,727 lien against Swizz Beatz, real name Kasseem Dean, on June 3 with the Rockland County (N.Y.) Clerk.
The state of New York filed a $162,300 tax warrant against Dean and his ex-wife Feb. 4, 2009, with the New York County Clerk.
The IRS filed a $556,986 lien against Dean and his ex-wife on Aug. 18, 2008, in Rockland County.
The IRS filed an $842,645 lien against Dean and his ex-wife March 4, 2008, with the Somerset County (N.J.) Clerk.
LOS ANGELES — The coroner who performed the autopsy on Michael Jackson testified Tuesday that the pop star’s death would have been classified a homicide even if the singer gave himself the final dose of the anesthetic propofol.
Christopher Rogers, chief of forensic medicine for the Los Angeles County coroner, was questioned by a lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with causing Jackson’s death by administering a lethal dose of propofol and other sedatives and failing to provide proper care.
Attorney J. Michael Flanagan suggested Jackson could have swallowed the drug, which is meant to be administered intravenously. While Rogers said that seemed unlikely, he said it would not have made a difference in his finding of homicide because of inadequate care by Murray.
Flanagan’s inquiry was the first disclosure of how the defense plans to counter the involuntary manslaughter charge against Murray. The lawyer has suggested Jackson could have injected himself intravenously while Murray was out of the room.
The testimony came during an ongoing preliminary hearing after which Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will decide if there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial.
Murray has pleaded not guilty, and his attorneys have said he didn’t give Jackson anything that should have killed him.
In court, Flanagan displayed a chart showing the drug levels in Jackson’s blood at the time of the autopsy.
Flanagan asked Rogers, “If the ingestion (of propofol) is by the decedent (and) led to these blood levels, it would not be a homicide?”
“I believe it would still be a homicide,” Rogers replied.
Asked why, the witness said, “Based on the quality of the medical care, I would still call this a homicide even if the doctor didn’t administer the propofol to Mr. Jackson,” the witness said.
Rogers said propofol should not have been present in the bedroom because it is meant only for hospital settings and, “If there was propofol there, the doctor should have been prepared for the effects.”
Rogers said Jackson had a strong heart and was mostly healthy.
“The care was substandard,” Rogers said. “There were several actions that should have been taken.”
Rogers also testified that Murray was improperly using the powerful anesthetic propofol to treat the musician for insomnia, and that Murray was wrong to leave Jackson’s side while he was under anesthesia before he died.
On Tuesday, a detective testified that Murray spent nearly three hours telling police about his final hours with the superstar, who was so desperate for sleep that he was getting the anesthetic injections in his bedroom six nights a week.
Murray’s interview two days after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, led police back to the singer’s mansion, where they found 12 vials of propofol – a fraction of the 255 vials a Las Vegas pharmacist said he shipped to Murray in the three months before Jackson died.
Detective Orlando Martinez said Murray told police he did everything he could on the morning of June 25 to get the pop superstar to sleep.
He gave the singer sedatives then turned down the music in his bedroom and told Jackson to meditate. He even rubbed the singer’s feet and put lotion on his back. But Jackson was still awake.
Murray told police the singer was growing frustrated and repeatedly warned he might have to cancel the planned 50 comeback concerts in London because he couldn’t sleep. He wanted his “milk,” which the detective was the word Jackson used for propofol.
At 10:40 a.m., Murray told Martinez, he gave Jackson a 25 milligram dose of propofol – half the usual amount.
Murray said he watched the singer for a few minutes then made a long walk to a bathroom. When he returned, Jackson wasn’t breathing. Murray told the detective.
The stunned doctor immediately tried to save Jackson, but told Martinez he didn’t call 911. “He said he was caring for his patient and he did not want to neglect him,” Martinez testified.
A call to 911 was finally made at 12:21 p.m. Prosecutors have said Jackson was dead before help was summoned.
Murray could face up to four years in prison if tried and convicted
Fi di first time we agree with Kartel. He should not waste his energy answering the foolishness that Aidonia dished out. He would be stepping down to do so. At the end of the day, Aidonia is not in Kartel’s league and he really needs to find more creative ways to make his name.
Bob Marley's image has been used to sell everything for Jamaica tourism to T-shirts, but the official Marley brand has launched a large line of headphones and docks.
There are three different variations, Jammin, Freedom and Destiny.
Rohan Marley speaks to a reporter at the Consumer Electronics Show about the products.
The House of Marley headphones are available now.
“Jammin is geared towards the younger generation, the younger guns as you would say. Freedom is more of a lifestyle, designer influence and then Destiny is what we would consider premium,”
“We have headphones, docking stations, ear buds, things that transmit music generally. What makes us unique is that we want to adhere to the principles of sustainability, being eco-friendly and waste conscious, things that will give back to the earth so we use recycled plastic, leather, canvas and hemp, things that relate to Mother Earth. Recyclable, reusable, that’s our mission,” he said.
Former Jamaican sprint queen Merlene Ottey has been nominated for the Laureus World Sports Comeback of the Year Award to be held February 7 in Abu Dhabi.
Ottey has been nominated alongside American sprinter Tyson Gay and Swedish heptathlete Caroline Kluft and tennis player Justine Henin.
Ottey has been nominated after she became the oldest woman to compete in the European Championships at age 50.
Meanwhile, recently crowned World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi and tennis aces Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams lead the nominees for the Laureus World Sports Awards.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt and American Serena Williams were winners of the respective male and female awards last year.
Football World Cup champions Spain, the European Ryder Cup team, European Champions league winners Inter Milan of Italy, Red Bull Formula One team and New Zeland's All Black Rugby have been nominated for Team of the Year Award.
The country's farmers are experiencing a major dilemma with the revelation that the country is now faced with an oversupply of locally grown vegetables.
There are fears that if the situation does not improve soon farmers could start experiencing crop loss.
The situation has reached worrying levels prompting the Ministry of Agriculture to issue a public service announcement encouraging supermarkets, hoteliers, exporters, agro-processors and consumers to increase their purchase of ground produce.
According to the Ministry, farmers are experiencing a glut in crops such as salad and plummy tomato, lettuce, carrots, callaloo and cabbage.
According to Dr. Derrick Deslandes, Marketing Consultant at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority in an interview on RJR News the situation is cause for concern.
"Things are pretty bad (as it relates to) most of the vegetable items, so we’re asking persons to buy two pounds of (whatever) vegetable when they go to the market instead of a pound because we need to support the farmers," Dr. Deslandes said.
According to him, the glut is as a result of last year's passage of Tropical Storm Nicole.
After the storm did extensive damage to the agricultural sector, there was an increase in farming activities.
"Usually after a disaster, every farmer goes and plant because they think they can make some money by planting early, but every farmer has the same idea, so they plant at the same time and reap at the same time," said Dr. Deslandes.
Well for all the people dem that use Kartel’s song Cake Soap as an excuse to buy it thinking it can lighten their skin, they should check out the story in today’s Observer.
It can do nothing for them in that regard.
Read the story:
Dr Dhiru Tanna, chairman of Blue Power Group limited, soap manufacturer and building retailer, has rubbished claims that the popular 'blue soap' or 'cake soap' made by his company, has any skin lightening effect, or that the controversy surrounding the product has increased sales.
"Blue soap does not bleach. It has no ingredients in it that damages the skin," Tanna said. "If anybody is saying that it will discolour the skin or take off pigmentation that is absolutely not true," he told the Business Observer.
Tanna also denied claims that as a result of the popularity of the song the price of the soap or the sales of his products have increased.
On the other hand, he told the Business Observer that "one of Vybz Kartel's producers called us to use one of the machines we use to make the soap appear in his video."
He said he agreed to the use of the machine but with the caveat that "they must tell people that the blue soap that we make will have no effect on bleaching the skin". Tanna said he was assured that this would be done. Vybz Kartel has since released a follow up song, 'Cake Soap' for which the video was shot, but in neither of the songs has he explicitly claimed that the soap causes bleaching.
Tanna said his product is a laundry detergent and even though there are varieties, which can be used for personal care, none of the soaps that Blue Power produces has the effect of lightening the skin.
"No, our company would not have the technology. We make laundry and bathing soaps. I don't know how to make anything else," Tanna said, explaining that his company is now focused on extending into the bathing soap market, which he "has not even begun to touch".
Kartel has himself expressed the desire to manufacture his own brand of 'cake soaps', but Tanna said Blue Power, which is the largest manufacturer of laundry detergent in Jamaica, was not approached to make it, and that despite Blue Power's expertise in making soaps, it would not be a business line he would consider going into at this point.
He said he was told by Kartel's camp that the proposed soap would be a medicated soap for acne.
Tanna explained that a medicated soap would most likely be made overseas and imported into Jamaica with a higher cost base than currently obtains for the soaps that Blue Power manufactures.
"If he is importing medicated soap then it would be coming from abroad and with the duty structure it would be in a different market from us," Tanna said. "Making soap is quite a complex business, you need an extensive distribution network and a manufacturing establishment."
Kartel ignited a fire storm of controversy, and multiple musical counteractions, when he claimed in an interview that the reason for his noticeably lighter complexion was as a result of the use of 'cake soap' combined with the effect of air conditioning. The use of 'cake soap' to enhance the complexion was initially referenced in his song 'Straight Jeans and Fitted' in which the most popular line was "cool like mi wash mi face wid the cake soap".
Blue Power Group became the first manufacturing company to be listed on the Junior Stock Exchange in April last year. The soap and hardware conglomerate, founded over a decade ago, currently enjoys a 40 per cent market share in the soap manufacturing and distribution business in Jamaica. With the soap manufacturing operations on Victoria Avenue off Windward Road, the hardware operations is located in Papine and books revenue of over $40 million per month. For the second quarter ended October 31, 2010, Blue Power Limited posted a 77.3 per cent increase in net profit resulting in a gain of $3.7 million over the corresponding second quarter of 2009.
What is wrong with the Reggae music producers? How come they are not aggressively marketing the music? Well we think that’s the case anyway as the latest figures show that Reggae albums released in 2010 undersold 2009 albums and experts want better marketing to resurrect the industry.
The sales were so bad that only three albums released in 2010 made the top 10 selling reggae albums list, according to Billboard data on the US market. The rest of the top 10 was led by albums released in 2009. Albums rarely chart beyond a year which meant that 2010 albums couldn't even outsell the residual sales from 2009 albums, which were hurt by the global recession.
The three 2010 albums that made the list included: Distant Relatives by Damian Marley and Nas, which ranked No 1 — selling some 57,000 copies in the US for its first week; Hold You by Gyptian at No 8 and The Green by The Green Band at No 9.
Outside of the US, singles Hold You by Gyptian and To The Top by German deejay Gentleman and singjay Christopher Martin were the few 'local' dancehall singles for 2010 that charted heavily in the top-10 on iTunes Reggae charts amongst 22 countries.
With the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival two weeks away, the promoters are ‘tying up’ the acts for this year’s festival. Two more names have been added to the lineup. Repeat acts Air Supply and R&B singer Regina Belle are now on the list.
Walter Elmore, president of Turnkey Productions and executive producer of the festival said that he was very happy to have her on the show and said that jazz enthusiasts will certainly be in for a treat when she hits the stage.
"Regina Belle is a very powerful artiste. She is a songwriter, producer and a wonderful singer with compelling lyrics that resonate with many people all across the world. She is a welcomed addition to the line up for the Jazz festival. She is looking forward to her performance in Jamaica and we are pleased to have her," Elmore said.
He went on to say that this event will mark the second staging at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium and as such he wanted to ensure that the line up on all three nights was solid and appeasing to the crowd.
"We have something for everyone at the festival this time around. Maroon 5, Ron Isley and Laura Izibor are just a few of the other names," Elmore said.
Air Supply thrilled the Jamaican audience when they headlined the 2008 staging of the festival and had to be brought back to for a one night only concert later that year. Regina Belle was one of the acts who shined in the early years of the festival, performing at the 1997 staging which was held at the Rose Hall Great House.
The spirit of joy sets me free.
Laughter is contagious. When I hear others laughing freely and wholeheartedly, I am pulled into the fun. Even in tender moments, I can find precious release in the joy of laughter and in the joy of the Holy Spirit in me.
Spirit within is my constant source of joy. At any moment I can tap into the joy of simply being alive and experience true happiness in my oneness with God. Whatever I am doing, the certainty of God's joyful presence is always with me.
I share joy by expressing it in all I do. Joyful experiences are created in my life and in the lives of others because I live from the joy in my heart.
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.--Romans 14:17
Rihanna & Nicki Minaj gave their fans some girl on girl action over the weekend on the set of the music video for “Fly.” The Barbadian singer tweeted a photo of the two on set making faces. Rihanna then tweeted:
“Me and Nikki in our new crib, lol! Gettin busy on set of FLY!!!” Rihanna wrote. “Its so hard to keep my hands off!”
About an hour later Minaj laid down some guidelines for her new pretend paramour and roommate.
“Lol. If we’re gonna liv 2gthr and hook up u gotta learn how 2 spell my name! Lmaooooooo,” she wrote. The Young Money raptress followed up with sly a disclaimer, lifting a line from her beastly Kanye West collabo “Monster,” writing, “Gossip Gossip ni#@a just stop it! :p.
Tristar Entertainment has launched accounts on social networking websites Facebook and Twitter, as they gear up for the media launch and the first event in the All-Island Carnival Series.
While not giving too much details of the campaign about to kick into high gear, organizers said that users of the social networking websites can expect to be "tastefully engulfed” in All-Island Carnival’s limitless energy.
The event now boasts rapidly growing Facebook and Twitter accounts, with a YouTube Channel soon to follow.
With this combination of social media, the organisers will involve soca fans and patrons with various activities and giveaways.
The All-Island Carnival is set to be the largest soca event in the region, with 10 fetes in 12 weeks across Jamaica starting on January 29 in Kingston at the UDC Field in New Kingston.
All-Island Carnival will visit places such as St. Mary, Portland, Negril, St. Thomas, Montego Bay and more.
Pre-sale tickets for the first event will be available soon, with the promoters promising an “attractive” admission cost.
GREELEY, Colo. — A member of the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education is broadcasting an attack on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on his radio station.
Brett Reese reads a listener’s letter on 104.7 FM Pirate radio that calls the slain civil rights leader a sexual degenerate, a communist and modern-day plastic god.
“Just a sexual degenerate, an America hating communist and a criminal betrayer of even the interest of his own people,” Reese says in his radio broadcast.
“His name isn’t really Martin Luther King Jr.,” Reese continues.
When asked if this was an appropriate broadcast for a school board member, Reese responds, “It’s … you know what? That’s a good question.”
Foxy Brown is making headlines again, and as always it’s in a negative fashion. Clearly the Ill NaNa is having some kind of a meltdown, she dropped the other F-bomb on Twitter a few hours ago. Check out her most recent rant on Twitter:
Regina King and boyfriend Malcolm Jamal Warner are reportedly engaged. Sources say the couple have been living together since last year and are planning to get hitched.
According to Hollywood Gossip, the anonymous source says, “Malcolm and Regina are thrilled that they’ve found the most satisfying relationship of their lives. They’re both extremely content right now. Marriage is the next step.”
“Malcolm and Regina knew each other since the ’80s, but two years ago their friendship blossomed into romance. They recently found a place together in Los Angeles and (they) are living as a family with her teenage son.”
Her son, 13, is from her previous marriage to Ian Alexander. “Malcolm loves the boy as if he was his own. Regina refers to him as her ’soul mate’.”
We’ll hold our “congratulations” until we hear this from a credible source.
Michael Jackson’s big brother Jermaine Jackson is being forced to live in Africa until he can pay his ex-wife $100,000 in back payment on his child support payments. TMZ is reporting that Jermaine Jackson is currently staying in Ouagadougou, Urkina Faso, Africa, and is the process of trying to obtain a new passport. Jerrmaine’s passport has expired and by law he is unable to obtain a new one because he is close to $100,000 in arrears on his child support.
Rihanna, whose relationship with her father has been strained because of his drug and alcohol abuse, reconciled with him over Christmas when she visited her homeland of Barbados.
Her dad Ronald, 57, says: “I saw her twice before Christmas and she came to see me on Christmas Day. She showered me with gifts, a lot of stuff, many shirts and cologne. She’s always really generous.”
The pair fell out after Ronald joined her on tour and “acted a mess”, as she puts it, before a gig in Chicago two years back.
“We did have a disagreement about the drinking on the tour,” he admits. “I got plastered on the tour bus. I can drink rum or beer but vodka does not like me – or gin. She blasted me for that – she was always lippy from her small days. I was picked up from the hotel in the morning and I was just shuttled to the airport.”
Since then, the relationship between the pair has been strained. Ronald, who claims that he no longer drinks or takes drugs, said: “You call her and she says that she’ll call back but then I don’t get a call back for another week. But I know how it is – sometimes she works 16 hours a day. I know how busy she is.
“Maybe we’re not as close as we were when she was growing up here and was at school. But we are blood, we do not stay angry and we are friends again.”
Dancehall artiste Adijah Palmer known as Vybz Kartel who is also an aspiring entrepreneur is distributing his own branded version of the popular Blue Bummer Cake Soap not to forget Street vybz rum and now he getting into fashion.
Our ever so reliable source inside the Gaza told us that Vybz Kartel and his business partner Corey Todd are both looking to start a new clothing line, which will comprise of Sneakers, Jeans, T-Shirts, Casual Footwear similar to Clarks and accessories such as Belt and Dog Tags.
According to the source, the new dancehall fashion line will be called “Addis” and most of the wears will be coming from out China.
“Vybz and Todd a two smart people, and when they come together they come up with some crazy business idea and I know this one will take the dancehall scene by storm, everybody a go wear Addis,” the source said.
Entertainers around the world been doing it for a long time, so Vybz Kartel and Todd is taking the first step in dancehall to build businesses from Vybz Kartel popularity,” the source added.
The exact date of the launch for Vybz Kartel clothing line was not disclose, but our source hinted at the first quarter of 2011.
International Entertainer Gramps Morgan has now gone into the world of American football for one season.
The entertainer said in a recent interview that he decided to get into semi professional sports because it is something he has been doing over the years and always wanted to play professionally and it is a great way to keep in shape and to show his fans that he is a good player, there will also be video footage of the games.
However, Gramps is still doing shows as a solo artist and touring around the world with his most recent stop being in Africa.
Fellow artiste Marcus Miller, Busta Rhymes, Capleton and Rick Ross, over seventy five thousand patrons turn out for the festival Gramps also stated that fans were surprised to hear him as a solo artiste.
Nevertheless, Gramps has a solo album titled “Two sides of my heart” vol 1.
Already dogged by drug-related charges, international reggae artiste, Buju Banton, is to face the courts in the United States, on an additional charge, on February 7.
The United States District Court decided to add possession of a firearm to the list of charges that are already tagged to Buju’s case.
Buju’s first trial in the United States, ended in a mistrial, after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, in September 2010.
Buju's charges consist of conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute cocaine, and aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking offence.
The police in Darliston, Westmoreland, on Monday afternoon questioned a man accused of beheading his friend.
The incident has left residents of that community grief stricken.
Popular Disc Jockey 24-year-old Ryan Longley was doing what he does best, selecting music at a family reunion in Darliston Sunday morning.
An argument reportedly developed between him and a friend over a hat.
It is reported that the friend went away and returned with a machete, then attacked Longley from behind.
Longley was chopped twice in the neck from behind, severing it.
The machete wielder fled while Longley was pronounced dead at hospital.
The 17 year reunion celebration was brought to a premature end and residents say it will never be the same again.
“After 17 years…I didn’t expect this to happen. I am really disappointed…I am really sad about it,” said a resident of Darliston.
Longley's mother is devastated.
“Just the hat, my son bought a hat on Christmas Eve Night and…asked him to lend him the hat and he said he cannot lend him the hat because he has a party to attend and that hat has to go with the suit that he’s wearing…that’s all,” she said, dazed.
With help from family members, the accused man was held in an adjoining community.
Former Government Minister and Parliamentarian Donald Buchanan is dead.
Mr. Buchanan died at the University Hospital of the West Indies late Monday night after a battle with colon cancer.
Donald Barrington Buchanan began his political career in the 1970's when he represented the Pedro Plains Division in the St. Elizabeth Parish Council.
He contested the 1980 General Election for the People's National Party (PNP) in South West St. Elizabeth but lost to the Jamaica Labour Party's Derrick Sangster.
He ran again in the 1989 General Election and won.
He served four consecutive terms in Parliament before retiring in September 2007.
Mr. Buchanan served in government first as Minister of State in three Ministries: Labour, Welfare and Sport, Local Government & Community Development and finally, Finance & the Public Service.
He was then promoted to Cabinet rank as Minister of Labour and Social Security, then Water and Housing and finally, Information and Development.
Donald Buchanan, who also served as General Secretary of the PNP, was known for his ready wit and sharp tongue.
In 2006, after Collin Campbell's resignation from the Cabinet at the height of the Trafigura Scandal, he was appointed Information Minister.
At his first post cabinet press briefing Danny Buck as he was affectionately called had this quick response during a humorous exchange with a journalist.
"You saw what the editor said about me yesterday, that I’m a cantankerous man, so I wouldn’t want contention t be between me and you because that will bring bangarang! (laughter)," Mr. Buchanan said.
He is survived by widow Dorothy and seven children.
Yardflex extends condolence to his family and friends in this difficult time.
Charlie Sheen is with three porn stars in Las Vegas, but not all of them are created equal. His #1 companion is Bree Olson.
Olson is 23 years old, and in 2008 won Best Anal Sex Scene at the AVN Awards.
Olson has range -- she was also a nanny on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
Olson is 118 lbs, 34-28-24, and her favorite musical artist is The Carpenters.
As for the types of men she likes, according to her website (which is totally NSFW), she leans toward older guys.
Olson went to college for a year, majoring in Biology.
Wanna invest like Jay-Z? Then it's time to put your money where your mouth is ... the chicken wing business!
TMZ has learned Jay-Z -- along with his mother Gloria and sister Andrea -- secretly invested in a buffalo wing joint in Brooklyn called Buffalo Boss.
It's not just because wings are delicious -- Jay's first cousin Jamar White is one of the owners.
The joint is already making a positive impact in the community -- recently rewarding outstanding students at a local middle school with FREE FOOD! How awesome is that?!
Forget the mic ... pass the blue cheese!
Murray to Cops: Michael Begged Me For Propofol
In some of the most dramatic testimony to date, an LAPD detective testified Dr. Conrad Murray told him Michael Jackson "begged" him for Propofol shortly before he died.
LAPD Robbery Homicide Detective Orlando Martinez testified about an interview he conducted with Dr. Murray two days after MJ died. Martinez said Murray told him the night before Jackson died he was having trouble sleeping. Murray said he was trying to ween Jackson off of Propofol -- a drug he was giving MJ almost every night for two months.
Murray told Martinez he was giving Jackson a variety of other drugs, beginning sometime after 1AM, to no avail. Jackson then said if he didn't get to sleep he would cancel rehearsal.
Murray said he was feeling "pressure" from MJ to give him something to help him sleep, and Jackson was begging for Propofol. Murray claims he gave him a reduced dose, with Michael's help. As TMZ has reported many times before, Murray said MJ liked to "push in the Propofol himself and that other doctors let him do it."
Murray went to the bathroom for 2 minutes, came back and claims he saw MJ wasn't breathing.
In the silence of the Christ Presence within, I find peace.
My day is more peaceful when I spend time in meditation, contemplation and prayer. Closing my eyes, I turn within and gently disconnect from any concerns that might be weighing on my mind. I breathe into the peace of the Christ Presence within. My body and mind relax completely.
Affirming divine life, I know the wholeness of my true nature. Affirming divine substance, I know all good things are right here, right now. Affirming the light of Spirit, my guidance is assured. In this conscious awareness, I find peace. I abide in peace for long moments of silence, which energizes and prepares me for the rest of my day. Whatever is ahead for me today, I am calm and serene.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.--Philippians 4:7
The Game just lost BIG in his ongoing family feud, TMZ has reported. An L.A. judge ordered the rapper to cough up over $50,000 for allegedly beating up his cousin at a funeral two years ago.
The Game's cousin Robert Kirkwood sued the rapper in 2008 -- claiming Game assaulted him at his sister's funeral when Kirkwood confronted the rapper about not paying for some of the ceremony costs.
The official judgment was entered a few months ago in L.A. County Superior Court, ordering Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, to pay up $50,580 for Kirkwood's medical expenses and other damages.
According to Kirkwood's attorney, The Game hasn't paid anything yet.
TMZ says that calls to The Game were not returned.
A total of 10 guns and 58 rounds of assorted ammunition were seized by the police over last weekend in various operations across the island. These operations ranged from targeted raids; cordon and searches and vehicle check points.
The illegal guns seized were:
1) Two Bryco .380 semi-automatic pistols
2) A Lugar 9 mm pistol
3) A Larcin 9 mm pistol
4) A Colt MK HV 9 mm
5) A .38 Smith and Wesson
6) A .38 Springfield 9 mm pistol
7) A 22-calibre revolver
8) Two .38 revolvers
The ammunition seized were:
1) 48 9 mm rounds
2) Three .380 rounds
3) Seven .38 rounds
Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent, Radcliffe Lewis, on Monday made good on his intention to charge the female driver linked to last Monday's road crash on Old Hope Road.
Two women were killed in the crash.
SSP Lewis confirmed on Monday afternoon that 33-year-old Jamaica National Building Society employee, Ann-Marie Williams was charged with two counts of manslaughter and dangerous driving.
Ms. Williams was slapped with charges in the presence of her attorney at a Corporate Area Hospital where she is recuperating from injuries sustained in the ill-fated crash.
SSP Lewis says a Corporate Area Justice of the Peace was on hand to witness Monday's proceedings.
Ms. Williams was later offered bail in the sum of $750,000.
She is booked to appear in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Friday.
In the meantime, SSP Lewis says investigators are still awaiting the phone records requested from Ms. Williams' mobile provider.
The report, SSP Clarke notes is expected to play a key role in the investigations.
He says a thorough examination is to be undertaken of Ms. William's mobile phone records near to the period of the car crash.
The self-proclaimed ‘Energy God’ Elephant Man says his upcoming album, Elephant Man:The Saviour of Dancehall, is one of the best albums he has ever done.
The artiste says the album will be laced with a variety of songs; ranging from dance, reality and gangster.
Ele, who has been working on the album for the past six months, says he flows on every beat and fans all over will enjoy it.
On the album, there are songs like “This Is How We Do It” and “Life of the Party” which are collaborations with Bounty Killer, The Reason and Stephen McGregor. Elephant Man is also pleased with the album cover.
Instead of doing a photo shoot, he said he hired an artist to draw the cover.
Ele says the artwork is one thing he definitely knows will make people pick up the album.
Ele has also lent his image to corporate Jamaica and will be featured in a KFC commercial along with Ovamarz and other dancers. The ad should be airing soon.
A student of the Cokes View Primary School in Whithorn, Westmoreland, was killed on Monday afternoon, when a goal post on the school's playing field fell on him.
Dead is 7-year-old Grade one student, Nicholas Hamilton.
It is reported that close to midday, during the lunch break, Nicholas was among a group of students playing on the school's playground.
Nicholas and several other friends reportedly attempted to lift a goal post that was lying on the playing field, but after reaching halfway with it, the post fell, hitting Nicholas on the head.
He was rushed to the Savanna-La-Mar hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.
The Ministry of Education says it is shocked and saddened by the accidental death of Nicholas.
The Ministry has expressed condolences to the family of Nicholas, the school and the community.
A critical response team from the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the Ministry has been mobilised to offer counselling to students and staff of Cokes View Primary and Nicholas’ family.
School officials are in touch with the family of Nicholas to offer support.
David and Victoria Beckham are expecting their fourth child this summer, her spokeswoman said on Sunday.
The England soccer star and his fashion designer wife are based in Los Angeles, where he plays for LA Galaxy. They have three sons -- Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, 8, and Cruz, 5.
"David and Victoria Beckham are delighted to confirm they are expecting their fourth child in the summer," Jo Milloy said in an emailed statement. "Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are very excited about the arrival of their new brother or sister."
Milloy said there were no further details available.
The announcement came on the same day that Beckham's proposed loan move to English club Tottenhan Hotspur fell through, although he will train with the London team.
The former Manchester United star and England captain has been married to former Spice Girl singer Victoria since 1999.
Beckham, 35, met Victoria Adams, 36, in the 1990s when she was known as "Posh Spice" in the hugely successful girl band. The perfect media match-up, the couple were dubbed "Posh and Becks" and instantly catapulted into the limelight.
Beckham and Adams tied the knot in July 1999, a few months after their first son Brooklyn was born.
It’s been quite a long wait and reggae singer Lazah Current is very happy that his sophomore solo album titled ‘A Better Tomorrow is finally completed. The album which consists of fifteen tracks was produced by Anthony ‘Bassy’ Hibbert and will be released before the end of March.
He is extremely optimistic about the album as he awaits its release. To date two singles have been released from the album these are ‘Hey Girl’ and ‘Lately’. Both songs have received good airplay both locally and abroad.
‘A Better Tomorrow’ was originally scheduled to be released early last year but was put on hold to facilitate the recording of more songs in order to make the album stronger.
“The album was supposed to be released in January 2010 but because everyone involved with the project including myself wanted it to be very strong, we decided to spend more time in the studio to get it right,” said Lazah Current who is signed New York based DJT Productions Inc.
He also said that his management team will be staging a series of album release parties in Toronto, New York and Kingston leading up to the release of the album.
‘Cry Me’ and ‘Life Is’ done for Canadian based Blunt Life Productions are two of the singers latest recordings.
World-leading sprinter, Usain Bolt, says he has begun serious background training as he seeks to defend his titles at this year's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August.
Bolt told The Gleaner in an interview on Saturday - while on a visit to Chukka Caribbean Adventures in his hometown of Trelawny - that he has now fully recovered from the back injury which forced him to call a premature end to his season last August, and has intensified his work in training.
"I haven't had any problems," said Bolt. "The season has been going smoothly and I am working hard," he said. "I am looking at stepping up now ... we are just getting serious with a little bit of sprinting and so I am just trying to work hard to keep my back in great shape," Bolt said.
What on earth is wrong with Aidonia? According to reports, the deejay has issued a challenge to Kartel, where he gives him three days to accept a lyrical challenge. What utter rubbish! Aidonia who couldn’t even stand up to a challenge from Kip Rich now wants to attack Kartel lyrically.
Aidonia, we are asking you to please use your talent wisely. Try work with some good producers, put out great songs and move ahead with your career. If you try that and it doesn’t work, then you get involved with all kinds of off-stage antics with Kartel and any other artiste you want. But, just give the music ting a try first.
Everyting wah mi do dem ah follow
If mi nuh shit dem nah swallaw
Yo! Ah wah do some Dj Boi (Girl)
Just Live pon di artiste name
An di artiste nuh remember dem
A wah happen to uno, uno do uno own ting
Yo Shawn, Mi sing bout Clarks,
Dem ah sing bout Crep, Dem ah sing bout Kickers
Mi sing bout Straight Jeans & White Tees
Dem ah sing bout Slippers
If mi sing bout head dem ah sing bout flitta
Mi sing bout comb dem ah sing bout scissors
And sing bout plait up & shades & Addi-das
Dem whole ah dem ah watch di Teach
Ah wonder if mi tongue bore an wonder if mi bleach
Call up mi name just fi get a forward
Ya nah see di whole ah dem ah parasite dem a leech
Dem tink bout Addi more than dem Woman
Dem a fish inna di sea, Gaza deh pon di beach
Call up mi name just fi get a forward
Ya nah see di whole ah dem ah parasite dem a leech
If mi nah shit dem cyaan nyam
Every style wah mi mek dem waan one
Mi ah di Dancehall Pellet, the Jordan,
The Tall Man, The Smart One, The Last Dan.
Teacha, Everyting mi do dem follow
If me nuh shit some bwoy cyaan swallow
Some tek Auh,
Some tek mi Awoah,
Some tek mi Heh Heh
And Mi he he
And Mi ha ha
Mi nuh memba nuh Dj bwoy wah siddung pon mi name like back pocket rag.
Mi seh Cake Soap an a sing bout Fab
Vybz Kartel ah mek di whole ah dem a Mad
Ah mi mash up dem double standard
Mi sing bout Go Go and Freaky Gal
All of ah sudden everybody get brave
And a put it inna song seh dem waan blow job
Di whole ah dem ah watch di Teach
Ah wonder if mi tongue bore an wonder if mi bleach
Call up mi name just fi get a forward
Ya nah see di whole ah dem ah parasite dem a leech
Dem tink bout Addi more than dem Woman
Dem a fish inna di sea, Gaza deh pon di beach
Call up mi name just fi get a forward
Ya nah see di whole ah dem ah parasite dem a leech
If mi nah shit dem cyaan nyam
Every style wah mi mek dem waan one
Mi ah di Dancehall Pellet, the Jordan,
The Tall Man, The Smart One, The Last Dan.
Teacha, Everyting mi do dem follow
If me nuh shit some bwoy cyaan swallow
Some tek Auh,
Some tek mi Awoah,
Some tek mi Heh Heh
And Mi he he
And Mi ha ha
Tru mi do Gyal ah weh mi do u mek u do mi dat
Tru mi do Ramping Shop
Every man gone do combination song
But ah billboard my own drop
Tru mi do Money fi spend,
Trailer load Million by a morning and Money Junkie
Every man run gone do di money song
But dem ah follow Fashion Monkey
Di whole ah dem ah watch di Teach
Ah wonder if mi tongue bore an wonder if mi bleach
Call up mi name just fi get a forward
Ya nah see di whole ah dem ah parasite dem a leech
Dem tink bout Addi more than dem Woman
Dem a fish inna di sea, Gaza deh pon di beach
Call up mi name just fi get a forward
Ya nah see di whole ah dem ah parasite dem a leech
If mi nah shit dem cyaan nyam
Every style wah mi mek dem waan one
Mi ah di Dancehall Pellet, the Jordan,
The Tall Man, The Smart One, The Last Dan.
Dem ah hype over vehicle rims & tire
Ah we build Empire
Dem ah hype over moet & Hennessey
But ah wi build wi own liqor at da F-a-c-t-o-r-y
We employ Jamaicans so watch me
Ah Di Teacha, Dem cyaan Stop Me
Di Prefect too ya know... Pappi
A Wah Do Dem. Awoah
A Wah Do Some Dj Bwoy
Jus live pondi artiste name
An di artiste nuh memba dem
Ah wappen to uno, uno do uno own ting
The 13-year-old investigation into the murder of rapper Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace has gained traction in recent months, as new leads are being pursued in an attempt to finally solve the case.
Sources told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that a new task force of local and federal law enforcement agencies are pursuing leads related to the March 9th, 1997 slaying of Biggie outside of the Petersen Automotive Museum in downtown Los Angeles.
Police claim a lone gunman in a Chevy Impala rolled up next to a Chevy Suburban carrying B.I.G. and members of his entourage.
He was killed on the spot when the unknown gunman sprayed the passenger side with bullets in a scene eerily reminiscent of the slaying of Tupac Shakur six months earlier, on September 7th 1996, on the Las Vegas Strip.
The internet was in an uproar yesterday after a rumor spread that Lil’ Wayne made some comments at a video shoot that were disparaging to dark-skinned women.
As expected, Lil Wayne and Young Money president Mack Maine deny that any such comments were ever made.
Hard hitting dancehall deejay Aidonia back from his European stint on Friday evening issued a response following statements made by controversial dancehall act Vybz Kartel on the Marvin Sparks – MTV Wrap Up About programme earlier.
According to Kartel, “Aidonia is a hungry local base artiste who is trying to get a buss, grabbing at straws and is a confused child.”
The statement seem to have struck a nerve with the J.O.P head honco who quickly fire back citing Kartel as a ‘controversial dancehall coward.’
“Kartel is a controversial dancehall coward misleading the public and will do anything to gain attention to maintain relevance. Me do me song I never call nuh name him run gone call up mi name inna interview bout this and that. So since is attention him want me a give him three days... all him have to do is accept the challenge and mek the people dem see who is really the baddest thing inna dancehall.” - A militant Aidonia added.
In an interview with popular entertainment website 876radio.com, Aidonia also addressed several other issues now brewing between himself and the now light-skinned self-proclaimed dancehall hero.
The Don Gorgon Ninja Man had a real treat when he had a surprise visit from his daughter Ninja Princess.
Well the deejay may be locked up, but he can rest assured that his legacy will continue as already is daughter is planning on making waves this year in the biz.
Ninja Princess who was born and raised in Switzerland says for 2011 she intends to stay focus and follow her father’s footsteps in music she continued to say that she plans to finish her studies in Switzerland where she will study Business.
Ninja Princess has a song and music video that she has already done the name of the single is “Caan Touch Mi.”
Preliminary tests conducted by the health ministry have revealed that saltpetre may have been responsible for the food poisoning of 11 persons last December.
Saltpetre otherwise known sodium nitrite as is a chemical compound, which is used principally as an additive in meats and other foods.
The health ministry following a field investigation in St. Ann and St Mary Friday suspects that the 11 persons ingested the chemical.
On December 22, Argentinean visitor Aldo Malaspina, died from food poisoning while 10 other visitors to the island were hospitalised with food poisoning symptoms.
In a statement Saturday, the ministry said that it is awaiting the final report from the government chemist, which is expected Monday.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sheila Campbell Forrester said two additional persons were recently treated in hospital with similar symptoms but responded quickly to treatment and were released.
In all instances of poisoning, persons reported that they thought that they were using table salt.
In a separate incident in Stewart Mountain, St Mary Two persons also died from suspected food poisoning.
Meantime the ministry of health has decided to restrict public access to saltpetre.
Dancehall reggae artiste Buju Banton will officially return to court on February 7 for the second round in his drug case in the United States.
In addition to Buju receiving a new court date, Buju will now face an additional charge of possession of a firearm when he returns to court. He also faces charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking offence.
A mistrial was declared in Buju Banton’s first trial in the United States, after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in September 2010.
Buju continues to maintain his innocence while his legal team is contending that the United States government entrapped him.
The Gargamel is set to perform on his Buju and Friends concert on Jan 16 at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami.
Former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, Donald Buchanan remains gravely ill in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of the West Indies Hospital in St. Andrew.
On Sunday, officials of the Opposition People's National Party including its President Portia Simpson-Miller visited the ailing politician whose health is said to be deteriorating rapidly.
Family members along with their priest, spent most of the afternoon at Buchanan's bedside.
The former Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth was diagnosed with colon cancer last year.
Last week the Buchanan's family made an appeal for blood to assist with unspecified medical procedures.
Four people were mowed down and killed in Clarendon Sunday morning as a motorist tried to elude the police.
The crash occurred on the Bustamante Highway about 4 o'clock.
The May Pen Police report that the driver of a white Toyota Caldina motor car was driving along the highway travelling towards Kingston with four passengers aboard when he came upon a police spot check along the Osbourne Store main road.
The driver was signalled to stop and but he instead sped away with the police in pursuit.
In a frantic bid to elude the cops, the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle which slammed into a group of people who were attending a wake near the Four Paths Housing Scheme.
Six people were hit.
Two of them died on the spot while two others died at hospital.
Those killed are Walton McDonald, 54, of Hibiscus Close in Hayes; Jeffery Wynter, 51, of Four Paths; Andre Thompson and Jeffery Brown both 17 years-old of York Town all in Clarendon.
Two other mourners at the wake were hospitalised in serious condition at the May Pen Hospital.
One has since been released.
The driver of the vehicle, who was also injured, is in hospital under police guard.
He was later transferred to a hospital in Kingston Public Hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.
A man, who was a passenger in the Toyota Caldina has been arrested while the police are looking for three women who were also in the vehicle.
It is believed they walked away from the crash unscathed and fled.
It's frightening the amount of police officers are being kicked out of the force. Can you imagine these men took vows to serve, protect and reassure and instead they are the monsters in the society.
Eighty-two police officers were kicked out of the force in 2010 as the Police High Command continued its efforts to reduce corruption and unprofessionalism within the ranks of the police force.
Information released by the Police High Command on Sunday shows that 395 police officers were disciplined during 2010 with 82 refused re-enlistment, while the cases of 15 other members are yet to be finalised.
Of the cases finalised and pending, five involved Sergeants, 17 were Corporals, while the other 75 cases involved Constables.
A total of 141 members with disciplinary cases were re-enlisted for periods shorter that the re-enlistment period is five years.
The standard re-enlistment period is five years, however during disciplinary cases; the Commissioner of Police can reduce the period of enlistment.
Fourteen police officers including six Sergeants and eight Corporals had their ranks reduced while 31 others were fined pay days and 38 reprimanded.
Seventeen cops were also convicted on criminal charges while one Sergeant was dismissed as a result of judicial a conviction.
The cases against 13 cops to be dismissed in the public's interest are pending.
The light of God dawns in me today.
Each morning is a sacred opportunity to begin life anew. Before I rise, I spend a moment in appreciation of and reverence for life. The fact that I've awakened tells me that life has yet another opportunity for me.
I walk my chosen path of righteousness, which means right thinking and right understanding. This day, I choose to share my joy and shine my light brightly as the light and love of God dawn in me.
I also see a dawning of greater spiritual understanding for all people. Though we may be on different paths, we are all expressions of God. Because the love of God lives in me, I share this love with others unconditionally.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.--Proverbs 4:18
Our favorite groupie Karrine “Superhead” Steffans is at it again…Superhead is putting Jay on blast by telling folks that she and Jay Z used to get it in. Word is Karrine used to hook up with Beyonce’s man a few years ago, before the couple got hitched!
Now this chick has told some tall tales, so I’m not sure if I’m buying this one!
Lil’ Wayne is known for his love of ”red bone” and lighter skin females, everyone is entitled to their own preference but being disrespectful is a whole other discussion! According to a model her experience with Young Money was less than flattering.
“My friend Tammy is a model she had a couple of photo shoots to go to in miami ..after going to her photoshoots we met up with mack maine from young money, he then took us to a hotel a couple of other girls were there and so was lil wayne, guda guda, lil chuckee, and birdman. My friend Tammy is light skin and me and my friend jessica are dark skinned chicks, when we entered the room guda guda was like“damn ya’ll pretty to be dark skin” and then wayne quoted a verse from one of his songs that said “Beautiful Black Woman i bet that b*tch look better red”.
I heard the song before and i was offended when i heard the lyrics i brushed my feelings off and forgot about what the gremlin said, but him saying it over again made me angry as hell, tammy was looking in shock and jessica was clearly upset ,so me being the outspoken person that i am i said Wayne your daughter is dark skin so why would u say such ignorance. he then said “my daughter is a dark skin millionaire thats the difference between her and u”. Is this fool serious?
I can tell he was very upset because i brought his daughter up but that is no excuse for what he said next he stated “MY daughter is the first and last dark skin child im having, the rest of my baby moms light skin chicks i even got an asian baby moms to make sure i have a daughter with good hair, too bad we had a son”, everybody start laughing and me and jessica stormed out of the room and some guys followed us saying “not everybody hate dark skin girls Young Money just allergic to Chocolate”, of course me and my girls cursed them out..
I will never buy or listen to young money songs again and the rest of the dark skin girls shouldnt buy them either! %$#@ Jerk!"
We came across an interesting story in today's Observer. Check it out below and give us your take on it.
The question of the downturn in support for major reggae/ dancehall shows first arose last December, following a disappointing turn out for the 27th staging of the 'greatest one night reggae festival on Earth' -- Sting.
In addition to what was perceived as a weakline-up, the support for the annual Boxing Day event was perhaps the weakest ever, as many potential patrons refused to shell out their already limited funds to see acts whom they had been seeing on stages across the island at numerous promotional road shows without spending a cent.
The impact of these corporate events rose steadily during the final quarter of 2010 and peaked during December in the run-up to the Christmas and New Year's holiday.
This period saw the staging of the massive Arthur Guinness Day celebrations inside Kingston's National Stadium in October. This well-produced event featured the much-talked about performance by dancehall rivals, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. The major telecommunications players, LIME, Digicel and Claro all staged a number of roadshows across Jamaica as the plugged the season's promotional campaigns. On December 12, Red Stripe Bold took to New Kingston's main artery -- Knutsford Boulevard -- where thousands stood shoulder-to-shoulder in driving rain for another free concert featuring the year's top deejay, Vybz Kartel.
Sting then became the benchmark, with a number of reggae/dancehall watchers noting that the proliferation of these free, promotional stage shows by corporate entities is having a negative impact on the business of legitimate show promoters.
Reggae act Tony Rebel, who heads Flames Productions -- promoters of Rebel Salute -- was vocal about the impact these shows are having on operations such as his. Speaking in Kingston last week at the launch of this year's staging of Rebel Salute, he called for a levelling of the playing field.
"We all have to play our role to keep the music alive, but these free shows by corporate Jamaica are threatening to put legitimate promoters out of business. We haffi balance di ting to make it work for everyone," he suggested.
Senior lecturer at the UWI, Dr Donna Hope Marquis agrees that the increase in shows by corporate Jamaica is having an impact on the legitimate promoters and dwindling patronage at their shows. She however notes, that this is being done by corporate Jamaica in a bid to develop stronger ties to their markets. " I get the impression that some of these corporate sponsors want to maintain traction with their core consumer group, but wish to do so in a more direct way so that the consumers will perhaps develop greater affinity for their product because they see them as a 'benefactor' -- Jamaicans, we are told, love freeniss," she explained.
Dr Hope-Marquis added, "These free shows are being put on by corporate entities that were once the primary sponsors of many legitimate promoters, and so the sponsorship funding is being siphoned off into other areas. If legitimate promoters do not garner corporate sponsorship, music stage shows will continue to dwindle and evaporate. It is a sad commentary on how we regard and support a critically important component of our culture that has such wide-ranging social, cultural and economic repercussions for so many demographics -- age, class, gender, etc."
Meanwhile, at least two of the corporate entities who have staged the shows, particularly in the run-up to the the holidays, have defended their events.
LIME chairman, Chris Dehring notes that "the focus of LIME's musical foray is to give our musicians the opportunities which we feel our fellow Jamaican and Caribbean musicians deserve. We also believe that the market is there for innovative promoters to stage successful stage shows even while we continue to expand the opportunities for our musical artistes. In fact, by embracing our own Jamaican music, LIME is expanding that market for even more musicians and entertainers, which will lead to a better and more organised music industry. This should in turn lead to more opportunities for show promoters."
And, fellow telecoms player, Digicel, notes that since their entry into the local market in 2001, they have continuously supported the local music industry through sponsorship of events such as Reggae Sumfest.
Head of marketing at Digicel Donovan White stresses that Digicel's shows are a signature part of our promotional activities and over the years they have given artistes the opportunity to market themselves and increase their fan base. Importantly, performances on Digicel Road Shows serve as a promotional teaser for the artistes as to what patrons can expect from them at larger events."
White adds, "taking our free shows to communities across Jamaica also gives persons a chance to see and interact with their favourite artistes as they may not be able to attend the larger events."
Six new faces are to be added to the senior officer corps of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
The promotions were announced Thursday night after being approved by the Governor-General following advice from the Police Service Commission and recommendations from the High Command and come approximately one week after Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington announced a massive shakeup in the senior ranks of the force.
Those promoted include Assistant Commissioner of Police Delworth Heath, who is set to become the new Inspector-General of the JCF.
He is to be promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner effective January 13.
Five Senior Superintendents have been promoted to Assistant Commissioners.
They are Dormah Harrison, the new head of the Strategic Review Implementation Team; Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch; Elbert Nelson, who is in charge of the National Intelligence Bureau; George Quallo, who is to lead Mobile Reserve and Derrick Cochrane, the new head of Area Three.
Thirteen Superintendents and one Deputy Superintendent were officially promoted on January 1 to the rank of Senior Superintendent.
The list includes Linette Williams Martin, who will shortly head the St.James Police Division; Dathan Henry, the Divisional Commander for Clarendon; Fitz Bailey, who is in charge of the Organised Crime Investigation Division; Radcliffe Lewis, the officer in charge of the Traffic Division and Anthony Castelle, who commands St. Catherine North Police Division.
Some of the other appointees include James Forbes, the former boss of the Constabulary Communication Network; Que Morgan, Selvin Hay and Norman Heywood.
Twenty seven Deputy Superintendents of Police were also promoted on January 1 to the rank of Superintendent.
At the top of the list is Noel Christie, who was recently promoted to head the Portland Division; Andrew Lewis, who takes over the Trelawny Division; Cedric Allen, the new St. Mary Commander and Egbert Parkins, who will soon become the Divisional Commander for Westmoreland.
This Friday the legendary Tuff Gong Studios will come alive with the soothing vibrations of cool music, thanks to the Iration Ites – Vinyl Series. The Uprising Roots in association with Lees Unlimited and Tuff Gong presents IRATION ITES - VINYL SERIES PART 3 - TUFF GONG EDITION.
The Iration Ites – Vinyl Series will feature legendary vintage sound systems and disc jockeys known to spin the “original wheels of steel”, with resident disc jockey Lee Tafari, Ivor (The Entertainer) Smith and DJDC (the one with the direct consciosness) in charge of the nights’ vibe.
Darren Hamilton, manager of The Uprising Roots Band, one of the promoters of the Iration Ites says that the January 7 staging will be the third staging of the Iration Ites – Vinyl Series and will be a “very special event”.
“January 7 is the day when the Ethiopian Christmas is celebrated and so it’s a very significant day in the Rastafarian community. We are more than happy that we will be able to not only stage Iration Ites at Tuff Gong Studios, but that we will be able to create a unique experience for patrons because of this special day,” remarked Hamilton. Tuff Gong is a space where positive energy can grow and the community of Reggae lovers can enjoy conscious, positive vibration and build the Love energy that’s so necessary today.
‘We want to remember the days when the dancehall did sweet…Anywhere two sound box set up and some sweet Reggae tune a flow… likkle food and drinks deh bout…good people and good vibes used to follow.' added Tuff Gong Spokesperson, Donisha Prendergast.
‘Vinyl is the truest essence of the highest thought and sound of man.’ Stated The Uprising Roots Band
Once a month, on a specially chosen day, the Love energy will be lifted with melodies recorded on Vinyl from legendary Lee’s Unlimited and different Collectors’ memory box at the Musical Home of Reggae, TUFF GONG located at 220 MARCUS GARVEY DRIVE, KINGSTON.
Earlier, Hamilton in earlier announcements said that the vinyl series would feature disc jockeys and sound systems from back in the day and they will be playing strictly from records. He says this remains the same.
“There are no CDs, no auto-tune, nothing like that allowed at Iration Ites – Vinyl Series. Real, true old-time spinning from some spectacular sounds and DJs and in the way records were meant to be enjoyed,” he said, also keeping tight lipped about what was in store for the music lovers that will be turning out to the event.
He hinted however, at the fact that the retro dancehall mood would be fully complimented by the décor. Items from the Record Shop will be on display for discounted prices, providing the opportunity to experience Music from all over the world that has been recorded at Tuff Gong over the years. Persons will also be able to experience how vinyls are made. Admission to the event is a cool $300, with no tickets being pre-sold. Food and refreshments will be on sale. Start time is 7pm sharp.
Dancehall’s certified diva Tifa is tickled pink after receiving an amazing eight Youth View Award Nominations. The effervescent female deejay has been nominated in the category of Favorite Local Music Videos for Move Yuh Body and Certified Diva.
The spunky Diva also got the nomination nod for Favorite Female Artiste Dancehall and Favorite Female Artiste of the year 2010. The accolades just keep on coming as Tifa has also been nominated in the category of Favorite Music Collaboration for Certified Diva featuring Tami Chynn.
Known also for her eclectic fashion sense, it was no surprise that Tifa was also nominated as Favorite Fashion Icon Female as well as Young Hot and Hype Artiste of the Year female. Tifa’s eighth and final nomination came via the coveted Celebrity Role Model of the Year award.
When asked about her recent Youth View Awards nominations, the ‘spell it out’ recording artiste had this to say, “When I heard, I was ecstatic, surprised and in a state of disbelief. I am quite happy to be nominated once again.” Tifa was also nominated for five awards the previous year and came out victorious with three wins.
The Youth View Awards show is geared towards the point of view of Jamaica’s teens and young adults who vote for their favorite personalities of the year in an array of categories. The 4th Annual YVA which will be hosted by DJ Bambino and BETS Rocsi from 106 and park will be held at the National Indoor Sports Center on Saturday February 5
Reggae star Gyptian brought in the New Year in style as his smash hit "Hold You" was voted as the #2 song of the year on New York's WQHT HOT97. The rhythmic powerhouse in the top media market in the nation conducted a contest for listeners to vote for their favorite song of the year, and Gyptian was favored all the way to the number two spoon the Hot 97 Songs of the Year countdown, second only to Drake.
This comes on the heels of Gyptian being ranked a top artist internationally and his single "Hold You" as one of the hottest songs of 2010 by numerous media outlets worldwide, capping off a stunning year for the artist and landing him everywhere from Billboard Magazine to the New York Times and in an upcoming piece in the Wall Street Journal.
"I have to thank all my fans around the world for putting their power behind 'Hold You' and making it a bonafide hit," states Gyptian. "This year it's all about 'Nah Let Go' and I look forward to doing just that."
Donald Buchanan, former former Cabinet minister and member of parliament family members are issuing an appeal for blood.
According to a story in the Observer
the People's National Party ((PNP) stalwart remained gravely ill in a St Andrew hospital, following his transfer from another on Monday.
The 68-year-old former minister of water and housing who later held the information and development portfolios, needs the blood to assist with further medical procedures. He is in Unit B of the Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
"He is gravely ill and we are hoping for the best, but he badly needs some blood, and we are hoping that Jamaicans will support him at this time," a family member who opted to remain unnamed told the Observer yesterday.
The former MP for South West St Elizabeth was diagnosed with cancer of the colon last June and had been receiving treatment for the disease since.
He underwent a surgical procedure at the privately operated Andrews Memorial Hospital late last month and was later transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies after his condition deteriorated.
Buchanan's family is also hoping that he will pull through and that donors will come forward with any type of blood.
The family member said that his speech was limited, but he recognised persons who came to visit him with a nodding of the head and movement of the fingers.
"Although he is low, we would be grateful if he got the blood donations," the family member said.
"His doctors have informed the family that blood donations are necessary, so we are appealing to all well wishers who are able to donate blood, to do so," Hugh said.
There is definitely no stopping sexy Bajan star, Rihanna.
Coming off of a superb 2010 that included chart toppers, her own book and fragrance, RiRi this week picked up three Peoples Choice Awards. Showing the fans are definitely in her corner, the `Loud` singer took home the award for Favorite Pop Artist.
She also won Favorite Song and Favorite Music Video with Eminem for `Love The Way You Lie,` making her among the biggest winners at the award ceremony.
Neither artists were, however, on hand to collect their awards, at a ceremony hosted by Queen Latifah. However, Rihanna tweeted: `Thank you for that, your votes came thru in a big way this year!`
When all is said and done we have to big up Corey Todd, alongside Ding Dong for helping to raise funds for Ravers Clavers dancer Mundo through a fundraiser at the Building next week. It is understand that Mundo needs a $4 million kidney transplant operation.
This is one case where we will be batting for the entire entertainment fraternity to go out ans show their support. But then if they all contributed some of that 'flossing' money Mundo should be okay.
Embattled reggae star, Buju Banton will have to wait a while longer before knowing when he will face retrial in the United States on cocaine and gun charges.
A date for the new trial was scheduled to be set yesterday, but a packed calendar has caused Judge James Moody to postpone going ahead. Lawyers for both sides were informed that a date will be set soon.
Banton, whose given name is Mark Anthony Myrie, and his legal team are raring to get on with the retrial.
When Banton's trial ended with a hung jury in September, it was agreed that the retrial would take place next month but no specific date was agreed upon.
Meanwhile, Banton, whose given name is Mark Anthony Myrie, and his legal team are raring to get on with the retrial.
But even if a new date is set, the trial cannot proceed without a ruling on an application by Markus challenging a new indictment that lists four charges against the artiste instead of the original two counts for which he was tried last year.
Banton's legal team is fighting the new indictment on the grounds that it is not permissible for new charges to be brought on old information and that the weapon charge was a violation of the Fifth Amendment.
Spelling Bee and Schools' Challenge Quiz master, The Reverend Glen Archer has been going through kidney dialysis treatments since August last year, and the Ardenne High School students came together with funding to assist their beloved past teacher with his medical costs.
Archer, following nauseating experiences at the sight of food, has been going through dialysis twice a week.
“At the cost of $10,000 per visit. I went to the doctor and he said that it looked like my kidneys weren't functioning properly," The Gleaner reported.
Dialysis, treatment used to cleanse the kidneys of waste, is facilitated by a catheter which has been inserted into Archer's chest.
"This is where they connect the machine," he said, touching his chest just below his right shoulder.
Under the leadership of Ardenne High's Faye Richardson, along with the support of the school body and other donors, the grade-nine students came together and presented Archer with a cheque amounting to more than $500,000.
"These are challenging times for me," said the evidently grateful Archer to the auditorium of students. "I had to fight back the tears and be strong for myself."
US rapper Nas has said that his recent pairing with Reggae star Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley almost made him reconsider his solo career.
Nas told US media that he got so used to working and touring with Junior Gong that he actually considered not performing alone again.
Nas and Marley continue their 'Distant Relatives' tour this year, with new tour dates already set.
American R&B, funk and soul music group Tavares have been added to the increasingly impressive 2011 JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival line up.
The now three member Cape Verdean brothers, who hail from New Bedford Massachusetts will be delivering the art of music to their many adoring fans as they rekindle memories with hits from their string of 70’s and 80’s collection such as She’s Gone, It Only Takes a Minute, Whodunit, Heaven Must be Missing an Angel and Penny For Your Thoughts.
The group is currently made up of Brothers Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares, Arthur “Pooch” Tavares, Antone “Chubby” Tavares, and Feliciano “Butch” Tavares. They have produced eleven studio albums with various record labels, namely Capitol records and RCA. The group who were once known as Chubby and the Turnpikes signed their first major record deal with capitol Records back in 1967.
Tickets for the events are as follows: Thursday Night Silver Pre-sold US$80.00, Thursday Night Gold Pre-Sold US$110.00. Thursday Night Platinum Pre-sold is US$160.00. Friday Night Silver Presold is US$85.00 while Friday Night Gold Pre-sold are US$120.00. Friday Platinum Pre-sold tickets will be going for US$170.00.
Saturday Night Pre-sold Silver tickets are US$85.00 while Saturday Night Pre-sold Gold Tickets fetch US$120.00. Platinum Saturday pre-sold tickets are US$180.00. Weekend (Fri & Sat) Silver tickets are US$170.00 while Weekend (Fri & Sat) Gold tickets are US$240.00. Weekend Platinum tickets are US$340.00.
Season Silver Tickets (Thu-Sat) are US$250.00 with Season Gold tickets going for US$350.00. Platinum season tickets will run for US$500.00.
Organisers of Buju Banton's upcoming 'Before the Dawn' concert say the downtown Miami event is on track.
Rumours have surfaced that the show had been postponed and that gay rights activists are planning to picket the event.
The Buju Banton & Friends ‘Before The Dawn’ Concert is set for Sunday, January 16 at Bayfront Park Amphitheater.
The show will also feature Stephen Marley, Wayne Wonder, Sly & Robbie, Gramps Morgan, Shaggy and Freddie McGregor and Tarrus Riley.
The highly anticipated concert is the Gagamels' first appearance since he was slapped with drug trafficking charges over a year ago.
Dear one, I hold you in prayer.
My life-affirming thoughts of my loved ones are like silent prayers reaching out to bless them in positive ways. No matter what they are going through, I support them in prayer. Affirmations of Truth are the foundation of my prayers. The power released through affirmations establishes Truth in my consciousness.
Conscious of our oneness with God, I enter into the Presence in prayer. In this way, I embrace my loved ones, near and far. I hold each one tenderly in my heart and in my thoughts, affirming their good through the power of God.
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.--Psalm 32:6
Former talk show host and medical marijuana activist (and prescription holder), Montel Williams was arrested at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee for possession of a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana.
The Milwaukee Sheriff’s office says that the pipe was found on Tuesday by TSA agents at a security checkpoint. Williams paid a $484 fine and was allowed to continue his travel plans.
Williams, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, says he uses marijuana to ease chronic pain. He became an activist for medical marijuana laws after being stopped at a Detroit airport for the same charge.
“No one understands…I will never be the same” She says.
“Utmost respect 4 Lauryn Hill. So beautiful. Very down to earth. Anyone who knows me knows she’s a huge inspiration to me…I told her 2nite. Said she loves Pretty Girl Rock (SCREAAAM) & her daughter loves me! Said my music embodies a certain confidence women need. I’m so inspired. Only two ppl I ever really wanted to meet are Lauryn Hill & M.J. One down. But the other will never happen”
Keri Hilson has been making news after a controversial music video that skyrocketed her somewhat reserved demeanor to a sex-kitten. The R&B singer released her second album “No Boys Allowed” on December 17 which featured the hit single “Pretty Girl Rock.”
Rapper Foxy Brown’s trash talk on Twitter got her canned and possibly sued by her manager.Foxy’s former manager Bernadette Brennan told The New York Daily News that she dropped the rapper as a client, after her Twitter tirade on December 31st.
“It’s always sad when an artist has everything they need at their fingertips but still displays such self-destructive behavior,” Bernadette Brennan told the Daily News.
Sources told The News that Foxy – whose real name is Inga Marchand – is becoming an industry outcast over her unreliability.
Foxy infuriated promoters when she appeared more than four hours late for a show at Splash Bar in Manhattan this fall, sources said. And she blew off her own Christmas Eve event at Brooklyn’s Jelani Lounge – a gig planned to highlight a new album that remains unreleased, sources said.
At the time, the “Ill Na Na” star went on Twitter to blame a last-minute change of venue for the missed gig.
“If she had any money, we’d sue her [for not showing up],” said one Manhattan nightclub manager.
Financially strapped singer Toni Braxton may be getting some checks coming her way after all..According to blackvoices,com, after recently landing a reality show, the singer took to her Twitter account to ask fans their thoughts on the possibility of seeing the songstress grace the cover of Playboy magazine.
According to court documents, Braxton states that she is worth between $1 million and $10 million, with debts of up to $50 million.
Junior Reid’s Club View is newly remodeled and ready to go for the New Year.
Reports are that the club will be open on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The weekly “Look out Tuesday” will kicked off with special performances by Sizzla Kalonji, Andrew & Wada Blood, Fambo, Reid himself and many others.
Junior Reid is expected to tour Peru and the United States in the upcoming weeks.
Guess the only way to see is to check out the action there.
Trinidad-born, American rapper, Nicki Minaj, has been officially certified platinum.
At least her debut album! Minaj`s Pink Friday was this week certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Minaj sold over 800,000 copies and her label has shipped out a million in total to be sold in stores. The RIAA bases its certifications on this information, hence the new status declaration.
Minaj was born in 1984 in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago to parents of Indian and Afro Trinidadian descent. She lived there with her grandmother until age five, when she migrated to New York.
Twenty-four-year-old Keifa Ogilvie, the son of popular West Kingston businessman, Justin Ogilvie, was denied bail when he appeared in Court, on Wednesday morning.
Ogilvie was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He was charged on December 14, last year, by the Kingston Central Police.
Ogilvie was nabbed on December 11, after he was held in possession of a Taurus pistol, and 26 rounds of ammunition.
Reports are that Ogilvie was driving a motorcycle in downtown Kingston, when he was signalled by the police to stop.
He reportedly disobeyed.
Policemen chased a fleeing Mr. Ogilvie, and he was later intercepted near South Camp Road.
He was searched, and the Taurus pistol and ammunition were allegedly found in his possession.
Attorney, Christian Finson, who's representing Mr. Ogilvie, says the investigating officer indicated to the Judge that his client was already on bail, and as a result objected to his release.
Ogilvie was granted bail on an unrelated matter.
He is charged jointly with reputed Klansman gang member, Tesha Miller, for assaulting a policeman while in custody, during last year's State of Emergency.
Ogilvie is booked to return to Court on January 31.
Some state workers in Cuba have begun feeling the impact of government plans to prune the country's public sector.
The first layoffs in the communist Government's programme to cut the jobs of 500,000 state workers have started, according to the head of the Cuban Workers Federation.
Cuban state-run media quotes Salvador Valdes as saying that the initial job cuts are occurring in the sugar, agriculture, tourism, health and construction sectors.
The layoffs are expected to affect 10% of the Government's work force.
These job cuts are part of an economic overhaul the authorities in Havana say is aimed at slashing government expenditure.
Up to a million going
Last September, President Raul Castro announced plans to lay off around up to a million state employees, and encourage them to find work in the private sector.
Half of those posts are to go by the end of March, just weeks before a ruling communist party congress in April.
Restrictions on private enterprise are being eased, with small businesses allowed to employ staff, borrow money, and sell services to government departments.
They will also have to pay tax.
Thousands of Cubans have already been given licences to set up private businesses, and more are registering every week.
Since taking over from his brother Fidel in 2006, Raul Castro has taken steps to reduce the state's almost total control of the economy, which has been gripped by a severe crisis in recent years.
It has suffered from a fall in the price for its main export, nickel, as well as a decline in tourism.
Growth has also been hampered by the 48-year US trade embargo.
The Government insists that the " socialist character" of Cuba's political system will not change.
But some observers say that Cuba could be entering a period of potential social upheaval.
Can you imagine big big international airport and firearm holder caan control dem temper. What we want to know how come people like those get gun license? Every little argument and gun a draw? No the govt must carry out psychological tests before giving some of the applicants the permission to walk around with firebrand.
Cause look what happen at the MoBay airport now, according to an alleged eyewitness, at about 3:00 pm the firearm holder was at a lottery outlet at the facility making purchases when a man walked in and picked up his $1,000 bill.
An argument reportedly developed between the two and during an ensuing struggle the licensed firearm holder's gun went off. The bullet reportedly ricocheted, hitting two bystanders.
Their conditions are not said to be serious.
Persons who wish to give evidence at the Commission of Enquiry into issues relating to the extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, have two days to submit statements.
The signed, written statements should be sent to the Secretariat of the Commission, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in Kingston, by Friday.
It is expected that people from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will be examined, when the Commission resumes on January 17.
The Commission of Enquiry is being is chaired by Emil George.
The former Tivoli Gardens strongman was extradited to the United States, on drug and gun running charges, in June.
A US federal judge has granted bond for the American man accused of taking ammunition onto a commercial airliner last week while en route to Jamaica.
Bond was offered when the accused, 37 year old Orville Braham, appeared in a Miami Court on Tuesday.
His family will have to co-sign a 200-thousand dollar bond, putting up 10 percent of the amount in cash, in order to secure his pretrial release from jail.
On December 28, Braham checked two bags on an American Airlines flight from Boston to Jamaica, with a stopover at Miami International Airport when an airport worker removed a bag from the aircraft an ammunition primer exploded.
A primer is the back end of a bullet that provides the spark which ignites the gunpowder.
Investigators found about 700 primers in the damaged bag and also discovered one thousand of them in a second suitcase Mr. Braham was travelling with.
Parts of a disassembled ammunition reloading press were also found in the second piece of luggage.
Braham, who is charged with transporting ammunition without notifying the carrier, reportedly admitted to transporting the primers, which he said he bought at a 2009 gun show.
Braham is married with six children and lives in Brockton, Massachussets.
He told investigators he frequently travels to Jamaica because his mistress lives here.
A trial date has been set for the assault case involving Grammy winning artiste, Moses Davis, popularly known as 'Beenie Man’, and his co-accused, sound system selector, Rohan Wade, popularly known as Rolexx.
The trial date has been set for March 2.
The date was agreed on, during Wednesday's mention in the Corporate Criminal Court.
During a previous mention, Beenie Man failed to appear in Court.
A bench warrant was issued for the artiste's arrest.
However, it was stayed until Wednesday's mention.
Attorney, Roderick Gordon, who is representing Beenie Man, told the Court that he had informed the Prosecution that his client was absent as he was honouring overseas contractual arrangements.
The warrant was then lifted.
The arrest of Beenie Man and his co-accused stemmed from an alleged confrontation in June, with another entertainment personality, L. A. Lewis.
Allegations are that after L.A. Lewis' vehicle hit Beenie Man's car, there was an altercation, during which Lewis was hit in the face.
Beenie Man pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.
And Rolexx pleaded not guilty to assault at common law.
Following their eight-year romance, Grammy winning artiste and his girlfriend Jodi ‘Jinx’ Stewart will tie the knot sometime this year.
Reports are that, Sean Paul gave Jinx a New Year’s Eve to remember when he popped the question, and she, naturally said yes.
There is official word yet on the details surrounding the wedding, but expectations are that the platinum-selling artiste will have a bash of Hollywood proportions.
Sean Paul and Jinx have been dating since as far back as 2002.
Two of three members of the Dry Harbour Gang to whom the St. Elizabeth Police issued an ultimatum, have turned themselves in.
They were accompanied by a third member of the gang, to the Black River Police Station, on Wednesday morning.
The men are Fitzroy Price, otherwise called ‘Bones’; Kevon Morris, also known as ‘Popular’; and Almar Henry, otherwise called ‘Pebbles’.
The police say another member of the gang, Dylan Walker, who remains a person of interest, is still at large.
Tuesday, following the capture of 24-year-old Keeble Lloyd Jr., the son of the reputed leader of the Dry Harbour Gang, the police released the names of three of the men, as persons of interest.
When Buju Banton is retried in a United States federal court next month, he could be faced with four counts of cocaine and gun charges instead of the two for which he was tried last September.
In an attempt to increase the likelihood of a conviction, Prosecutor James Preston secured a new grand jury indictment late last year, listing three counts of cocaine-related charges against the four-time Grammy nominated reggae artiste. The sole weapon charge remains.
But Banton’s legal team, led by David Oscar Markus, is fighting the new indictment on the grounds that it is not permissible for new charges to be brought on old information and that the weapon charge was a violation of the Fifth Amendment.
“The chief danger raised by a multiplicitous indictment is the possibility that the defendant will receive more than one sentence for a single offence,” Markus said, referring to the case of the United States v Swaim, in his application seeking to strike out the new indictment.
An indictment is multiplicitous if it charges a single offence in more than one count.
The artiste was tried last September on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking offence. However, the 12-member panel of jurors was unable to reach a verdict following three days of deliberations. The trial lasted a week in the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida.
But should the new indictment stand, Banton will be tried for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence, and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.
Both sides are now awaiting a ruling from the court on the matter, the Observer has reported.
I open my spiritual vision to divine order within and around me.
When I think of divine order, I am reminded of the exquisite order in nature. From the smallest atom to the tallest mountain, order is evident in nature, creating and supporting life, providing nourishment and shelter, and blessing all people with beauty.
The divine order evident in nature is also at work in my life. It presents opportunities for growth and renewal, introduces ideas and inspiration, provides guidance and protection. Divine order blesses me with all I need for a healthy, happy, productive life.
Right now, I open my spiritual vision to see divine order. I give thanks for the opportunities available to me. I know that the spirit of God is at work in me and all life.
In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.--John 1:4
Less than a month after DMX entered a prison mental facility, Gucci Mane finds himself in one as well.
According to TMZ, Gucci Mane filed a “Special Plea of Mental Incompetency” in a Georgia courtroom yesterday which stated that he was unable to “intelligently participate in the probation revocation hearing.”
The judge ordered Gucci into custody and he was taken to a mental health facility, pending evaluation of his mental state.
Though Nicki Minaj and Drake hosted separate parties in Miami for New Year’s Eve, the two got together after the ball dropped.
According to Life & Style, “Right after the clock struck midnight, Drake left his party at the W South Beach and dashed over to Nicki’s Moët & Chandon-sponsored bash at Mansion. The singers “were dancing and cuddling all night” and partied until 4 a.m. when they were spotted leaving together.
Queen Latifah recently sat down with Parade magazine and shared what she wants to achieve in the future. She told the mag that in 10 years, she hopes to be “on cruise control, with a couple of kids under my belt.” Is she making a move in that direction? “It’s in the Lord’s hands.” Meanwhile, her overarching goal right now “is just to enjoy life more. I work a lot. I want to make sure I’m living life to the fullest and checking in with me.”
She also shared some insights about some of the lessons life has already taught her:
FAMILY VALUES HUSTLE = SUCCESS
Latifah took her early cues as a businesswoman from her family. “My grandfather owned a hardware store in Newark,” she says. “Just seeing him become successful and how it became a family business was always interesting to me. And if my brother and I wanted money in our pockets, we had to get jobs–my first was at 15, at Burger King. We had to come up with ways to create an income.” She avoided the routes that some neighborhood kids took. “Unfortunately, some of the brightest minds use that hustler spirit and apply it to becoming drug dealers. I didn’t want to be that person. It wasn’t a positive way to make money, and we all knew that it led to death or jail.”
“Oooh, wifey is going to be ticked off!
Marc Anthony may owe millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.
New York authorities filed a demand for $1.8 million in back taxes against Marc Anthony in March in Nassau County, Long Island. Just three months earlier, a federal tax lien for $1.6 million was placed on the same property owned by the singer.
It’s unclear if Anthony has settled the debt and requests for comment from his lawyer and manager were not returned.
Time to look into this and pay up!!”
Bob Marley would have been proud of what his son Ky-Mani has become. A Grammy-nominated reggae artist, who has carved his own place in history with a successful career, Ky-Mani is a singer, actor, author and humanitarian with four successful studio albums to his credit.
The second youngest child of reggae icon Bob Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, Ky-Mani’s mother, Anita Belnavis, was a leading table-tennis player in the Caribbean in the 70s’, and is one of several women with whom Bob had children with outside of his marriage to Rita.
Fusing a musical talent with an athletic one, it’s no surprise this selfless and humble artist, who considers himself as “the black sheep of the family,” was destined for greatness.
Ky-Mani, who documented his childhood in a book titled Dear Dad, released earlier this year on what would have been his father’s 65th birthday.
The book, which focuses on his close relationship with his mother, Anita, also details a complicated relationship with his half-brothers and sisters, some of whom, he documented, enjoyed lavish lifestyles in contrast to the one he had while growing up. In addition, he writes that after he turned 18, he was forced to decide between taking a lump sum payment from the Marley estate, and risk not being “part of the estate,” or reinvest the payment. He took the lump sum and embarked on his own musical career, much to the disapproval of some of his family members, which prompted some to stop talking to him for a while.
“I have been thinking about writing a book for a couple of years,” adds Ky-Mani, about his decision to pen his childhood memoirs. “I was bitter about a lot of things that were bottled up inside of me, and I just needed to get it out of my system and put it out on paper,” continues the artist, who fondly recounts in the book, an occasion when his father took him on a family outing and also touches on his father’s premature death.
“I had to explain all the trials and tribulations I went through growing up, but my outlook is a little bit different now,” continues Ky-Mani, who started having kids at a young age. “Those are the things that I went through as a child, and I’m just explaining why I rebelled so much in the book. I started having children early because I wanted to have that relationship, which I didn’t have with my father, so I actually went out and had a child early,” he continues. “If I could do it over again, I wouldn’t do it the same way, because at that time, I didn’t really understand parenting. Fortunately for me, I am a fast learner.”
Dear Dad, which is distributed in five languages, was written with the assistance of Dr. Farrah Gray, the influential African-American empowerment guru, and it caused a slight firestorm between Ky-Mani and Gray when it was initially released, but it’s a disagreement Ky-Mani says was overblown.
“The drama wasn’t really the drama the media and blogs made it out to be,” he clarifies. “There was some discrepancy, but it’s all good right now. It wasn’t me trying to bash or say anything bad. It’s my story basically,” adds the artist who admits a closer relationship with brother Rohan.
”I am close to all my brothers and sisters, but I think I’m just closer to Rohan, because we were raised in Miami together, so I spent more time with him growing up, but I have a very close relationship with all of my siblings and love and respect all of them,” he adds.
An artist with no limits, Ky-Mani is currently recording his next album, which will be a double disc CD titled ‘Evolution of a Revolution’ at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, the world-renowned studio founded by his father in 1965. An album, which is expected to continue his musical exploration, it will feature collaborations with artists from different music genres.
“The evolution side of it will be more live music,” Ky-Mani adds. “Music that speaks to the soul and if it’s put in a genre, it will be world music. The revolution side of it will be the follow up to Radio, which is more hip-hop, inner city, dancehall soul,” he explains.
Despite his father’s musical legacy, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that Ky-Mani started recording music, teaming up with hip-hop artist Pras from The Fugees for a rendition of Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue”. Still remaining true to his Jamaican culture, Ky-Mani combines all genres of music, incorporating hip-hop, blues, rock, reggae and a grass roots sound into an end product that transcends the cultural line.
Ky-Mani also runs the association Love Over All Foundation (L.O.A.F.), and he has starred in several films, including “Haven” with Orlando Bloom, and the romantic movie “One Love” with singer Cherine Anderson.
Ky-Mani is best known with movie fans for his role in the crime film Shottas, where he starred opposite Wyclef Jean, the musician, who recently lost his presidential bid to govern Haiti. Not one to weigh in on politics, Ky-Mani, who has little to say on Wyclef’s presidential bid, certainly has more to say on Proposition 19 – the recent California ballot to legalize marijuana, which was rejected by voters.
An amiable and talented artist, Ky-Mani has performed all over the world and is already planning a world tour next year to promote the upcoming album, which is scheduled to be released in January 2011. In addition, he has several concert dates scheduled for February, 2011 in California, and he will be performing at the Roxy Theater on February 10th.
Jamaican American Hip Hop artist, Sean Kingston, has won himself a Libby.
Kingston was presented with the award at the 5th Annual Libby Awards, sponsored by peta2, the world`s largest youth animal rights organization.
He took home the award for the Most Animal-Friendly Hip-hop Artist in 2010.
`When it comes to fighting animal abuse, peta2 and today`s hottest music stars are in perfect harmony,` peta2 Director Dan Shannon told AllHipHop.com. `Sean Kingston has let dog guardians know that life on the end of a chain for a dog is no life at all.`
Kingston was featured in a peta2 campaign last year that debuted on MTV`s show Styl`D. In Kingston`s ad, the singer/rapper urged dog guardians to keep their dogs inside, as opposed to chaining them to a leash and leaving the animals outside, exposed to the elements.
Dancehall artiste Tanya Stephens is expressing her anger and disappointment with the recent public advertisements of her being slated to appear on this year’s Rebel Salute.
In an on air report to Zip's Music News she says that's definitely not the case!
So those of her fans expecting to see her there can erase that from their thoughts.
Tanya explains that she is not a NO SHOW artiste however as she is not booked for Rebel Salute.
The promoter Tony Rebel also confirmed that Tanya is telling the truth.
Question we want to ask - Why was she on the poster then in the first place?
Bwoy even though a lot of us are in possession of health cards we still have to bat for those who can barely afford to put food on their tables - not to mention finding money to see the doctor.
Honestly, there should be regulations regarding the no user fee, but to abolish it completely, we say that need to be looked at carefully before doing away with it.
Let those who are in possession of their health cards use it, those who can afford to pay, encourage it, but there must be room for the poor who can't afford it.
We hope the Health Minister, Mr Rudyard Spencer will put all of this into consideration when he chews on the whole situation.
Buju Banton will likely learn tomorrow when he will again have to scrap for his freedom in a United States court, some four months after his first trial ended with a hung jury.
Attorney Oscar David Markus said his client was prepared to do battle.
We stand prepared to battle a second time," said Markus. "We are extremely thankful that all of our supporters are still with us."
Banton's first trial on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking offence, ended without a verdict last September following three days of deliberation by a panel of jurors in federal court in Tampa, Florida.
Banton was granted $250,000 bail the following month but was released in November because of a legal challenge from the prosecution. Banton is currently under house arrest but was cleared by the court to perform at a concert in Florida on January 16.
According to a story carried in the Observer a lot of complaints were lodged to the Broadcasting Commission about Gyptian's popular single Hold Yuh.
It might have been racking up success in the mainstream market, but not with a lot of Jamaicans as they found the content too strong.
Data revealed by the Commission has shown that Hold Yuh was the most complained about song for 2010.
The song received heavy charting and radio play during the summer months and got 15 per cent of the 27 complaints in June alone. The BCJ which regulates cable and broadcast media recorded these complaints in its Monitoring and Compliance Report for the April to June quarter released in December. It was the only 2010 quarterly report (between January to September) which contained song complaints.
Vybz sey Bounty badmind him for his S Class. Here we go again, the year has just started and already the kas kas and word throwing has begun. Why these deejays think that life is just about material possessions and hype? The music is so much bigger than that. Anyway, let's hope 2011 will see it going to another level.
It has been revealed that one of the world's largest suppliers of commodities and raw materials, Glencore International is closing in on a deal to acquire the Government's stake in the Jamalco refinery.
According to an internet report, the sale which will make the Swiss-based Glencore a 45-percent owner of the refinery, should be announced in a few weeks.
When contacted last night, Mining Minister James Robertson, declined to comment directly on the report.
One of the voices that dominated the airwaves of RJR in the early years has been silenced.
Charlie Babcock died in his hometown of Peterborough, Canada, on December 28.
His son - Charlie Babcock Jr. - told his former radio station that his body was cremated on Tuesday afternoon.
"As you know Charlie had a stroke when he was very young - at 38 years old and he has been in rehab in a retirement home since that period . So basically he was the longest living resident of that nursing home. He expired on the 28th peacefully and I was just up there to see him …and he recognised me and asked me about RJR and asked about certain people who worked there and didn't work there anymore" his son disclosed.
Charlie Babcock dubbed "the cool fool with the live jive" dominated the airwaves from the late 1950s into the 1960s.
Charlie came to RJR as a guest Disc Jockey from Canada.
According to information from RJR's archives, Charlie's impact was so great that listeners requested his return on a permanent basis.
Charlie is remembered for his little red convertible sports car, his penchant for attention, gimmicks such as riding a horse to work, and his happy-go-lucky attitude.
I am gently supported by the grace of God.
Grace moves in and through my life. It is invisible and mysterious, yet ever present. In times of need I may resist inner guidance and find myself struggling to make progress. Whatever the need, when I turn within to the indwelling presence of God, I know that through grace, I will receive the answer.
Grace gently corrects my course and allows me to overcome any troubles. Even in the stormiest of times, I can be lifted above the gusty winds on a gentle current of air that carries me forward.
Grace is divine favor offered unconditionally. It is life-giving and ever present. The grace of God inspires, empowers and propels me toward my most heartfelt desires.
From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.--John 1:16
Popular MC Nuffy wants to quell rumors that he is dead. Rumors spread like wild fire over the weekend that he was robbed and killed by unknown assailants.
In an interview with Music News the MC was heard sanctioning the fact that he was robbed and lucky to be alive. He said he was even styled by the police and asked his friends to pray for him “to di way tings a gwaan”.
Tessanne Chin’s long awaited album entitled “In Between Words” is now available to fans on line. The songstress expressed that the decision to release the album exclusively digital, is to capitalize on her music reaching fans all around the world.
Tessanne who describes her new album as an infusion of rock, reggae and soul, tells Music News she is excited about the final product and will have an intimate album launch tomorrow evening to celebrate.
As Trinidad and Tobago started the year with four murders and two fatal accidents, the country's Commissioner of Police, Dwayne Gibbs, warned criminals that efforts will be made by the police to put them where they belong.
The police commissioner said that one of the goals for the police service in 2011, was the transformation of the service.
He said such a move would benefit the country, since police officers would be able to effectively and professionally serve the public.
The Commissioner said focus will be placed on rebuilding the model of policing, to get in line with the 21st century.
Commenting on the four murders on the first day of the year, the police chief said his officers will remain relentless in their pursuit of those responsible for disrupting the peace and stability of the country, as they seek to maintain law and order.
Bushman sings the Bush Doctor
Reggae artiste Bushman is seeking to come back in a big way with a new studio album and a title to match - Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor - A Tribute to Peter Tosh. Compiled in honour of reggae legend Peter Tosh, Dwight Duncan aka Bushman covers some of Tosh's greatest hits as he pays justice and tribute to the icon.
Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor is a12-track collection (15-track digital version) of classic Tosh songs, recorded with reverence and grants homage to the original classics. The album was produced in collaboration with Penthouse Productions and sees guests vocalists Buju Banton and Tarrus Riley, and musicians Robbie Lyn, Sly Dunbar, Kirk Bennett and others join Bushman on this tribute, which both honors and continues Tosh's legacy.
The lead track Legalize It was featured on the recent Greensleeves compilation Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3. Other standouts include Don't Look Back featuring Tarrus Riley, Mawga Dog, Brand New Second Hand, and Mama Africa featuring Buju Banton.
The baritone voice of Bushman has a notable resemblance to Tosh's tone and is thus perfectly paired on this tribute to the iconic entertainer. With his own vibrant, soulful sounds, this new take on Tosh's classics is a treat for connoisseurs and new fans alike
The youngest child of reggae legend Bob Marley will spend seven years on probation for growing marijuana in her Chester County home in Pennsylvania in the United States.
Sharon Marley was arrested and charged after the mother of a six-year-old boy who attends a learning centre she operates lodged a complaint with the police that Marley had physically abused her child.
The child was reportedly playing with a toy when Marley allegedly carried him inside a room. Shortly after the child was heard screaming.
Sting closed the year with one boring show.
Yardflex now presents its final installment on the year in review.
It has certainly been a challenging year in one way or the other and prominent in the news has been our entertainers who seem to be at the heart of all the mix up
Described as cross, Angry, miserable Bounty Killer has been in and out of jail for the year in one dram or another. First he was charged for beating his girlfriend during a domestic dispute and locked up. Let’s not forget the other court appearances for other charges. Just when you thought the deejay had learned his lesson come the news that he was again at it this time with the hammer.
Kartel was taken into custody for a few days as he was wanted for questioning by the police and after resisting for several days, he finally turned himself in and was released just in time to make it to the Sunfest stage in his designed ‘prison bud’ outfit.
The sports fraternity did not escape the mix up as track coach Raymond Stewart was banned for life for allegedly obtaining performance-enhancing drug for his athletes. He continues to maintains his innocence.
Loss was also a part of this troubled year as Irie FM’s beloved founder Karl Young was among those who passed during the year, Al Goodman of the group Ray Goodman and Brown also made the transition.
After all the mayhem and controversy Christopher ‘Dudus’ coke turned himself in to the US Marshall and was escorted out of the country. During this process Rev Al Miller found himself on the wrong side of the law for his help to facilitate the process. His case is still pending.
With money being a challenge Elephant Man found he had no signal to fly the plane as he was turned back at the airport because of his failure to pay his taxes, Bounty Killer also had two of his high end vehicles seized because of the same tax issues.
On the good news side Sumfest was a blast with some great performances from local and international acts Chris Brown and Usher. Gyptian walked away with the MOBO and the Soul Train Award.
The year was not without its fair share of conflicts with Black Ryno and Kartel’s business manager Corey Todd in kas kas. Of course there was Beenie Man and LA Lewis.
She may have just given birth two months ago, but Alicia Keys isn't letting that get in the way of some retail therapy.
The 29-year-old was spotted shopping with Swizz Beatz last week in St Barts.
And it's clear the singer was full of energy and enthusiasm as she walked hand in hand with her husband.
Wearing a loose yellow kaftan and white trousers, the Empire State of Mind star looked happy and relaxed as she browsed in stores like Louis Vuitton.
Alicia gave birth to baby son Egypt Daoud Dean, in October, just a few months after getting married to Swizz over the summer.
And she's already written a song for the new addition to their family.
Collaborated with rapper Eve, the song is called Speechless and is produced by Swizz.
Taking to Twitter to announce the song, she wrote: 'Speechless is a little freestyle treat 4 the holidays.
'It's not a new album, not a single it's something special 4 U! My gift to you ... a little song about my lil guy ;-) love to you....let's make 2011 incredible!!!'
Keys married 32-year-old rap producer Swizz , real name Kaseem Dean, July 31, shortly after announcing they were expecting.
The nuptials were held in Corsica in front of close friends including Queen Latifah and U2 rocker Bono, and presided over by Deepak Chopra.
Two persons are confirmed dead and at least four others injured after a car ploughed into a group of pedestrians on Old Hope Road in St. Andrew shortly before six o’clock Monday evening.
The collision took place in the vicinity of the Mathilda's Corner Police Station.
It is reported that the car was heading to Liguanea when the driver lost control of the vehicle.
The driver has been taken into custody.
US talk show host Oprah Winfrey launched her new cable channel at noon on Saturday and the critics have not held back in their stinging remarks.
The New York Times' called the channel a "no cynicism zone" and said the Queen of Talk’s brainchild was “striking for what it lacked”.
IndieWire.com wrote that only die-hard Winfrey fans would like most of the programs that air on the network, which range from cooking shows and how to un-clutter your home to celebrity reality series starring Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson and country music star, Shania Twain.
But there was praise for Oprah Presents Master Class, which features accomplished people, including Jay-Z and Diane Sawyer, reflecting on how they achieved success.
A writer from The Root summed up her feelings in one word -"disappointed."
The author Jennifer E. Mabry blasted the 25 year talk show veteran saying that OPWN is ‘part of its [televisions] further degeneration by adding to an already glutted market of voyeuristic dreck.”
Mabry said Oprah found “anyone with a heartbeat and a willingness to have cameras follow them during their ordinary day-to-day life, and voilà theres a TV show!"’
OWN is a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications, and is available in 85 million homes.
Reigning Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Philipps was edged out of the on-line Ideal Beauty competition.
Miss USA took home the award with 1,789 votes.
Yendi was named fourth runner up.
She thanked everyone who supported her online and congratulates Miss USA for her win.
Head of the Portmore Empire, Vybz Kartel, has been named the Caribbean Artiste of The Year by fans of New York mainstream radio station WBLS 107.5.
Mavado got second place while Beenie man came in third.
Meanwhile, Song of the Year went to Gyptian for his hit single "Hold Yuh" despite a strong showing by Gaza fans for Kartels and Popcaan’s unexpected hit, ‘Clarkes’.
New York police have confirmed that a Jamaican dancehall artiste who tried to break up a fight outside a Queens banquet hall was the city’s first 2011 murder victim, the Caribbean Media Corporation says.
The police said an unidentified gunman shot and killed Dwayne Haughton, 29, early on Saturday morning in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.
CMC said that Haughton, who carried the stage name “Bobby Genius”, was walking a friend to her car after she got into an argument with another woman.
The police said they found Haughton bleeding from neck and chest wounds, and he died a short time later at Jamaica Medical Center in Queens.
Put fun and joke aside, 2011 look like the year of ‘do or die’ inna di entertainment industry. We dun know sey CD nah sell and a live performance a dweet, but where are the promoters to kip di show dem? Memba how one time it come in like every month you have all three big show? Dat neva happen last year at all and a nuff artiste white squall tek, even though dem nah admit it. Promoter like Presidential Click outta di biz, and bad to bad, dem always pay artistes when dem work – whether show inna foreign or inna Jamaica.
A whole a 13 regular show neva kip inna 2010, plus, di man dem who don’t have no visa miss out pon nuff food. A only Digicel, LIME and Claro gwaan wid a ting, so it look like sey a dem a di real promoter inna reggae/dancehall business now.
It look real sticky pon di artiste dem. Dem love di high life, dem get used to flossing and feel sey dem hot so dem can stick up promoter fi a bag a money. But the days of fool-fool promoter are coming to an end.
We a recommend dat all who have a lickle skill or know a trade better go brush up, cause promoter a wise up and nah tek dem money throw gi artiste just so.
Just 14 days till 2011 biggest reggae concert of the year Sunday January 16th 2011 BUJU BANTON, NADINE SUTHERLAND, STEPHAN MARLEY, WAYNE WONDER, GRAMPS MORGAN, SHAGGY, TARRUS RILEY, DEAN FRASER, EVERTON BLENDER, KONSHENS, FREDDIE MCGREGOR, SLY & ROBBIE, DJ KHALED & SO MUCH MORE BACKED BY THE SHILOH BAND will be hitting the stage for the Before the Dawn Concert!!! With no school or work the next day there is no other reason to miss this once in a life time un-expected concert, which will not happen anywhere else in the USA. Now people if you have never been to Bayfront Park, trust me when I say this is a LIMITED CAPACITY venue, so if you didn't get your tickets get them NOWWWWWW!!! Limited of tickets avaliable Regular tickets are $53 VIP $100
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Brooklyn rap star Foxy Brown took to Twitter to rant for a good 5 hours about a false report that ran on the internet about her. Here’s what she had to say:
Damn, I cant even mourn in peace without some bullshit being posted….If yall dont hear it from a MARCHAND (Inga, Gavin or Anton) its bullshit! Fox will be on Hot 97 next week addressing everything….and “The Massacre” continues!
Just got the call…allhiphop.com still posting fake ass FOX news!! The dickridin’ continues! Since yall niggas wanna lie to the streets, disrespect my fans and post fuckrie….I’m addressing it all tonite baby! NO…I am NOT droppin’ a single called “rough whatever” Jan 1st or never!!
And contrary to the bullshit that was posted…”Christmas Massacre” is NOT supporting homegirl and dissin’ shorty! “Massacre” is……….the response to bitches thinkin’ its sweet insinuating my name in that beef! “Machine Gun Kelly” bitch!! I am the streets! I aint’ taking NO sides….FOX stand alone!
So allhiphop ran a bullshit story! I’m repped by the Marchands NOT Bernadette Brennan. Marvet Britto’s the ONLY woman…who at the helm spearheaded Team FOX. Just one mention of “Massacre” got the internet on fire!!! Everybody know Minaj is my homie! So yall already know what it is….
My fellow Jamaicans...
2010 was a year of mixed fortunes. It was, in some respects, a tumultuous year, most notably with the events surrounding the extradition of Christopher Coke.
In the first half of the year, we experienced the worst drought in more than 30 years and then, in a complete reversal, we had more rains in the latter part of the year than we have had for 30 years. The economy continued to feel the effects of the global recession with weak demand for our exports, reduced levels of investment and, although recovering, remittances are still not back to where they were before the recession.
Even though the rate of decline in the economy has slowed, it has taken a heavy toll on us - many persons are out of work, more families have fallen below the poverty line, spending power has been weak and many find it hard to make ends meet. Recovery from the global recession is proving to be slow, resulting in hesitancy on the part of investors to expand or start new businesses and thereby restore the jobs that were lost. Despite the harsh economic environment, however, we recorded growth in tourism and agriculture.
This past year, we put in place a number of strategic measures to form the basis for future investment and growth. The Jamaica Debt Exchange, a critical element in the Medium-Term Economic Programme, supported by tight fiscal management has resulted in interest rates falling to their lowest level in more than 30 years.
We have been able to source much cheaper loans and while the size of the public debt will not come down for a few years, the burden of that debt on taxpayers has been reduced. The steps we have taken to institutionalize fiscal responsibility and accountability, will ensure that we don't return to the ways of the past but build confidence for the future.
The immediate challenge we faced in responding to the global crisis was to stabilize the economy and create the macro-economic conditions for growth. It required tough and even painful measures but we knew that if we failed to act the pain would eventually be much worse. That task is well advanced.
Interest rates have been coming down, inflation is coming down, debt service costs have come down, the exchange rate is stable, the net international reserves are robust, government spending is being kept tight and loss-making enterprises are being divested.
Our focus must now be on stimulating growth and creating jobs through investment and expansion. This, of course, must be driven by the private sector but the government has an important enabling role to play. The strategies to support this focus on growth are being developed through the PIOJ which has engaged the services of Professor Donald Harris, noted Jamaican economist and Stanford University Professor Emeritus.
This effort will benefit from the consultative machinery of the Partnership for Transformation which brings together the leadership of the private sector, trade unions and government. It will inform the policies on which the new budget will be constructed and presented in April.
Major public sector investment projects such as the JDIP road improvement programme and large housing construction projects, both facilitated through the government of China, started toward the end of last year and much greater impact will be seen this year.
We have virtually completed the privatization of the sugar industry and the new operators will assume management of Frome, Monymusk and Bernard Lodge in July with a commitment for US$127 million in new investment to modernize and expand sugar production.
Similarly, we have divested Air Jamaica which was costing us close to $1 billion per month to maintain.
We have entered into a new agreement to divest our assets in Jamalco. The agreement negotiated includes the cancellation of the forward-sale contracts which have cost taxpayers more than J$12 billion since they were entered into in 2002 and which were projected to cost us another J$15 billion before the contracts come to an end in 2013.
Last year, we saw the reopening of the Ewarton alumina plant. We are currently in discussions with the owners regarding the possible reopening of the other two plants - Kirkvine and Alpart - that were also closed because of the fallout in the global alumina market.
The efforts toward switching much of our energy needs from oil to natural gas is proceeding and long-term contractual arrangements, investment commitments and an appropriate regulatory and pricing framework should be firmly in place early in 2011.
Construction of the new Port of Falmouth is virtually complete and it will receive its first cruise ship next Friday. Next week, we will officially declare open the new Montego Bay Convention Centre which will enable us to enter the huge market for convention business.
The redevelopment of downtown Kingston is being kick-started with the construction of Digicel's global headquarters and the opening of the Kingston Transport Centre scheduled for the middle of January.
On the issue of governance, last year saw the establishment of the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM) to ensure public confidence in the investigation of alleged abuse by members of the security forces. A number of other key commitments such as prime ministerial term limits, impeachment provisions, a special prosecutor to deal with corruption, whistleblower protection, tighter procedures for the award of government contracts, legal sanctions for breaches of the Code of Political Conduct and the regulation of political party financing, are either before Parliament for approval or will shortly be submitted to Parliament.
The Charter of Rights on which deliberations have gone on for more than 17 years will shortly become a reality as the final vote to insert it in the Constitution will be taken in Parliament at the end of March.
The crime-fighting initiatives introduced in May have yielded good results. The murder rate for the second half of the year fell by 30% when compared to the first half. Our security forces must be commended for their hard work. We have also seen a much greater level of cooperation from the public in providing information to the Police and in their willingness to testify. This cooperation is vital if we are to ensure that violent criminals are taken off the streets and kept off the streets.
Despite the improvement we have seen, the level of crime is still too high and reducing it further remains a top priority for the new year. We expect to enact this year tough anti-gang legislation for which Cabinet has already issued drafting instructions. The majority of violent crimes are linked to the activities of organized criminal gangs for which special targeted measures are required. Just as countries throughout the world found it necessary after 9/11 to institute special measures to deal with international terrorists, we too need special measures to deal with organized criminal gangs whose viciousness is just as costly in human lives.
We made a concerted effort last year through the National Road Safety Council to keep the number of persons killed in road accidents to under 300. Although we didn't quite make it, it was still the lowest number of fatalities we have seen in over 10 years. We must improve on that this year and changes to the Road Traffic Act which will shortly be submitted to Cabinet, will strengthen our efforts to ensure more careful use of our roads.
This year our athletes who have brought us so much glory internationally will begin their preparations for the 2012 Olympics in London, England. We must support them. We will shortly be installing new synthetic surfaces at both the National Stadium and the Stadium East to meet our scheduled athletic events for this year as well as to facilitate our athletes in their preparation for next year's Olympics.
This year, as well, preparations will move into high gear for the commemoration of our 50 years of independence in 2012. It is going to be a grand event and a grand homecoming with thousands of overseas Jamaicans coming home for the celebrations.
We begin the New Year with renewed hope. Yes, we have been through some tough times. We have had to endure the worst global economic crisis in 80 years but the worst has passed and we have used the time to put in place measures that will position us not just for recovery but for sustained improvement over the medium and long term.
Let us, together, face the challenges of the New Year with confidence and determination and let us grasp every opportunity that it offers to make Jamaica a better place to live, work, raise our families and do business.
I pray God's blessings on our nation and all our people throughout 2011.
The annual concert Shaggy and Friends that would normally take place in the beginning of the New Year has been postponed for 2011.
The Event which attracts thousands of patrons each year has left many who look forward to the musical performances, disappointed.
Shaggy told Music News that the decision to cancel the show for 2011 was he becoming a recent father of twins and the planning committee having many other obligations.
However Shaggy states that in 2011 a new strategic plan will take place to revamped the concert to be more fresh and innovative.
This year's staging of Rebel Salute will see David Brooks putting in an appearance and fans of Mavado won't be hearing any of the negative songs associated with that name.
It will be straight clean entertainment for the Rebel Salutes loyals.
David Brooks will be taking to the stage at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex in St Elizabeth on January 15 for the 18th staging of the event.
Speaking at the launch of the festival in Kingston last Thursday, Tony Rebel noted that many have questioned the inclusion of the popular deejay, known for his 'gangster for life' persona, on the festival known for its positive messages.
"Over the years we have been fearless explorers of the music business and this is just one way we are exploring the music of this artiste who does have good material. David Brooks does have a good side, and that's the side we want to encourage," he explained.
Tony Rebel added that there are other artistes including deejays Buju and Capleton who made a change for the better musically and have been embraced, therefore it is possible that the same could be said of David Brooks in the future.
This year's festival will also see two other top reggae artistes appearing on the Rebel Salute Stage for the first time. Tony Rebel announced that Reggae veteran and Grammy Award winner Toots Hibbert is billed for the festival, as well as singer and songwriter Tanya Stephens. The line-up has further been diversified by the inclusion of the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.
The eclectic line-up includes a mix of established, current and up-and-coming acts. The roster includes Beres Hammond, who returns after a seven-year absence, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, I-Octane, Ken Boothe, Khago, Chuck Fenda, Fantan Mojah, Nadine Sutherland, Dennis Alcapone, Jack Radics, AJ Brown and Tristan Palmer.
With a rise in flu cases in the United Kingdom, Jamaicans travelling to Britain are advised to take flu prevention precautions.
The number of flu cases in Northern Ireland has more then doubled in the past week.
H1N1, commonly known as Swine Flu, has lead to deaths in some cases.
Doctors advise that the regularly washing hands and covering noses when sneezing could save lives.
The Public Health Agency said Britons eligible for the H1N1 vaccine should see their doctor as soon as possible.
Official data show the number of cases has more than doubled from 56 to 129.
In the past month there have been 39 deaths as a result of flu infections.
Of this number, 36 were caused by Swine Flu.
The classic flu symptoms are a sudden fever, headache, muscle aches, a dry cough and sore throat.
The average duration of infection is between 10 and 14 days.
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VH1 Top 100 Artists of All Time (as voted by 200 artists)
2. Michael Jackson
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Rolling Stones
5. Bob Dylan
6. Jimi Hendrix
8. Elvis Presley
9. James Brown
10. Stevie Wonder
11. Bob Marley
12. David Bowie
13. The Who
15. Beach Boys
18. Pink Floyd
20. Marvin Gaye
21. Bruce Springsteen
22. The Clash
24. Velvet Underground
25. Chuck Berry
26. Neil Young
27. Aretha Franklin
28. Elton John
31. John Lennon
32. Black Sabbath
33. Guns N Roses
34. Tina Turner
35. Johnny Cash
36. Paul McCartney
37. Fleetwood Mac
38. Sly & the Family Stone
39. The Kinks
40. The Police
41. Van Halen
43. Ray Charles
44. Joni Mitchell
45. Al Green
48. Rage Against the Machine
49. Parliament Funkadelic
51. Billy Joel
53. Little Richard
54. Public Enemy
55. Peter Gabriel
57. Iggy & the Stooges
58. Cheap Trick
59. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
60. Whitney Houston
63. Notorius BIG
64. Talking Heads
65. The Doors
66. Justin Timberlake
68. Otis Redding
69. Tupac Shakur
70. Def Leppard
72. Janis Joplin
73. Van Morrison
74. The Cure
76. Run DMC
77. Lynyard Skynyrd
78. Judas Priest
80. Mary J Blige
82. Steely Dan
83. Earth Wind & Fire
84. Curtis Mayfield
85. The Band
87. George Michael
88. Bee Gees
89. Beastie Boys
90. Elvis Costello
91. Green Day
92. LL Cool J
93. Pearl Jam
94. Mariah Carey
98. Depeche Mode
99. Hall & Oats
100. Alicia Keys
Popular entertainment lawyer and president/founder of the Jamaica Association of Female Artistes Sandra Alcott is dead.
Alcott died Thursday at the University Hospital after a battle with breast cancer.
She is also known for her work in the legalize ganja campaign as well as pioneering poetry detailing the struggles and exploitation of women in the entertainment industry.
In speaking about the lawyer to RJR news dancehall artiste Queen Ifrica said Alcott's passing has left a void.
“Sandra Alcott, Sanjaya, it was a pleasure to have met her through Tony Rebel. My fondest memory of Sandra is when we started an organization called ‘Committee for Community’ where we went in to volatile communities and take out the rival factions and she was a part of that…she helped families who couldn’t otherwise afford lawyers, she was one of those who gave of themselves,” Queen Ifrica said.
Queen Ifrica also urged women to get early testing for breast cancer.
“It was something that really got to my heart and I want to say to females…who might have an idea of what breast cancer is, if you are at the age where you need to be checked up just go get yourself checked and make sure your health is intact because you only have one body. We just want to say rest in peace Sandra, we love you and the work continues,” she said.
The third fastest Jamaican in history, Nesta Carter OD, received a Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is confirming that the Prime Minister's Youth Awards for Excellence, will now be held on January 23 at Jamaica House in Kingston.
The event was originally scheduled to be held during Youth month in November, however that was postponed for December 5.
Outlining reasons for the further date change, Director of Communications of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Oliver Watt said the Ministry had shifted the date for the Awards as part of a review and calibration of the youth development programme.
Mr. Watt was responding to an article in The Gleaner on Friday in which the People's National Party Youth Organization was upset over reports of a cancellation of the Awards ceremony.
Nominees will be presented with their awards at the event rebranded, "Celebrating Youth and Prime Minister Youth Awards".
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange had said in an earlier statement that the fiscal challenges during 2010 had an impact on the budget of the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture.
However, Ms. Grange said the challenges also presented opportunities to evaluate programmes and projects.
Minister Grange said the annual event will no longer be presented as a youth month activity but will take place in January as a major event for youth.
The Prime Minister's Youth Award is the highest honour bestowed upon Jamaicans between the ages of 15 to 24, who have achieved eminent national and international distinction in categories such as sports, youth in service, the arts and culture, academics and leadership.
Reggae artistes Romain Virgo and Chino McGregor have been making quite the impact on fans in Poland.
Romain who earlier this week returned from a one month European tour, was voted as the best new talent in Reggae for 2010 by Polish Radio Euro listeners. The radio station which is located in Warsaw, Poland, and broadcasts sports, educational programs and music dominates 80 percent of the listening market.
Romain says, "That was surprising to hear; I'm really happy about that. The European tour exposed me to a wide range of people, not just areas populated by Caribbean persons, because that's rare. So I got to really showcase my talent and they loved it."
After returning to Jamaica, Romain immediately hit the stage and appeared on GT Taylor's Christmas Extravaganza, Claro Pepsi Teen Splash and Sting. Romain says, "Coming back home and performing for those at home felt good. They were responsive to the old and new material, so give thanks for that and the continuous support."
Meanwhile, reggae/dancehall artiste, Chino McGregor, who will be releasing his US album in March 2011 already has a growing fan-base in the country and will be the station's first reggae/dancehall interview for the new year. Tomorrow between 2-3 p.m., fans in Poland and other countries can tune in to Chino as he talks about his upcoming album and career plans.
"I just want to touch base with all my fans prior to the release of my album, which will be distributed in the US, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. I want persons who are familiar with me to get more familiar, and for those who may not be so acquainted with my music to get to know not only my music, but also about me as the artiste," says Chino.
Concern Worldwide US and American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. announced a partnership to raise funds to rebuild and support schools in Haiti.
Ten months after the devastating January 12 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people, 1.3 million are still living in tent cities in Port-au-Prince, and more than 500,000 children need the opportunity to get a good education.
Beginning January 3, 2011, limited-edition, AE-designed “Help Haiti Heal” T-shirts will be sold in more than 900 American Eagle Outfitters stores throughout the U.S., and worldwide at www.ae.com/haiti. The T-shirts were made in Haiti, by Haitians, to mark the first anniversary of the earthquake and raise awareness about the continuing need to help Haiti heal. The entire purchase price of US $15.50 will be donated to Concern Worldwide’s education program in Haiti, with the potential to raise as much as US $1 million.
International superstars like The Edge, Ryan Seacrest, The Script, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Garcelle Beauvais, Shaggy and Sean Paul - to name but a few – have come on board to help spread the word and encourage everyone to buy and wear a “Help Haiti Heal” T-shirt. Celebrity images will be featured on the 25-story LED screens outside American Eagle Outfitters’ Times Square flagship store.
The proceeds raised from the sale of the Help Haiti Heal T-shirts will contribute to Concern’s overall education program in Haiti, which will reach 30,000 children. The proceeds raised from the sale of the Help Haiti Heal t-shirts will:
* Rebuild and repair two schools that were destroyed during the earthquake
* Train 40 new teachers and school officers.
* Provide 1,000 earthquake-affected children with access to primary education.
* Equip the two schools with classroom furniture (desks, chairs), learning resources and teaching equipment.
* Install clean water systems, latrines and sanitation at the two schools.
* Ensure that the most vulnerable children in the communities receive a primary education.
* Help pay the salaries of teachers.
Shaggy said of the “Help Haiti Heal” T-shirts: “While Haiti faces many difficult obstacles as it tries to rebuild after the devastating January 12th earthquake, ensuring our children get the education they deserve is a vital part of the rebuilding process.”
Rumors have been going around that upcoming artiste Black Queen was beaten badly in the head with a bottle by popular selector Scratchie B the alleged incident was exposed through BB and text messages and it spread like wild fire.
According to a report carried on Zip Fm though, Black Queen had something totally different to say.
She said that she and Scratchie B did not have any beef or bad vibes much less to hit her in the head with a bottle.
She was so surprised she then investigated and found the rumors were true and further stated it might be someone who is trying to get back at her for some thing in past altercations.
Black Queen is known for a song called You Say.
I design my life in cooperation with the Divine.
What do I truly love to do? What makes my spirit soar? Maybe it's dancing, singing or playing the guitar. Perhaps it's drawing, painting or woodworking. Whatever the activity, I set the intention to add it to my daily or weekly routine.
Creative expression lifts my spirit and energizes my life. As I allow my creativity to shine, I have a renewed zest for life. My mind and body are recharged and fully engaged as I tune in to the creative power of Spirit. I let this power radiate through me in new ways.
I enjoy rich and abundant living as I open to the continual flow of divine ideas that spring forth from within me.
He has filled him with divine spirit, with skill, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft.--Exodus 35:31
New York police have confirmed that a dancehall artiste who tried to break up a fight outside a Queens banquet hall is the city's first 2011 murder victim.
The police said an unidentified gunman shot and killed Dwayne Haughton, 29, during the early hours of Saturday morning in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.
Houghton, who carried the stage name 'Bobby Genius', was walking a friend to her car after she got into an argument with another woman, police and eyewitnesses said.
The police said they found Haughton bleeding from neck and chest wounds, and died a short time later at Jamaica Medical Centre in Queens.
Haughton had come to the party to pick up his girlfriend, Kadian Allen, when he saw a female friend get into a scuffle with another woman.
"I heard gunshots," Allen said, adding "when I ran out of the car, he was just laying there on his back, just laying there not moving.
"How do I tell my son someone shot his father because he was walking a friend to her car?" Allen added.
I enter this new year with enthusiasm!
This is a new day at the start of a new year, and I choose a new way of being. I choose to be free of the limiting thoughts of the past and to not allow outworn habits or beliefs to control my life.
Perhaps I am guided to try something I have not tried before or go somewhere I've never been. If so, I open my mind to divine direction and guidance, and I accept these new experiences as loving gifts. I look for and find the blessings they bring--blessings of new relationships, hidden talents and the fullness of success.
I am excited about this new beginning. Through the presence of God in me, my life is brimming with unlimited possibilities for good.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.--Psalm 40:3
DJ of the Year (Male)
Deejay of the Year (Female)
Singer of the Year (Male)
Singer of the Year (Female)
Singjay of the Year
Song of the Year (Local)
Clarks – Vybz Kartel
Song of the Year (International)
Hold You – Gyptian
Performance of the Year
Sizzla at Sting 2010
Most Played Artiste
Show of the Year
Best Upcoming Act
Comeback Artiste of the Year
Best Weekly Dance
Most Entertaining Actor
Ambassador of the Year
Surprise Reunion of the Year
Mrs and Mrs Moses Davis (Beenie and D'Angel)
International Reggae star, Sean Paul, is looking forward to a performance in Malawi amidst negotiations for a rescheduled show. Negotiations with promoter Kamphinda Nyasulu to have Sean Paul reschedule his performance in Malawi for alternative dates in late May 2011 are underway. This as a result of a late December cancellation as logistics could not have been worked out.
The exact dates of performance and further details will be made available in early January. In the meantime Sean Paul is looking forward to meeting his fans in Malawi as soon as he completes his studio obligations.
Sean Paul is currently busy in studio working with a number of producers and artiste and is actively engaged in his own productions.
Sean Paul is very popular in Africa, having performed in almost 20 countries on the continent. His recent partnership with world-renowned DJ Bob Sinclar for Tik Tok, an infectious dance-reggae track, has been making waves worldwide since its release in November.
The year 2010 has been a challenging one all round, no less so on the entertainment scene. Surely one of the most testing trials was the decision in April by the US government to revoke the visas of Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Aidonia and Ricky Trooper.
To date, these artistes have not yet been given back their visas and no explanation has been forthcoming.
Then there was the infamous hunt for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and the subsequent Tivoli incursion which saw dozens being killed and Dudus finally captured and sent to the US. This also signaled the end of the stage-shows promoted by Dudus through his popular Presidential Click Promotions.
On the upside, Gyptian did well internationally, artistes like Beenie Man and Bounty Killer put their differences aside and teamed up to entertain fans, dancers made their mark and there were quite a few songs which had fans singing along.
Beres Hammond will be hosting a New Year's Eve party concert, entitled 'A Private Moment with Beres - the Black ... White ... Gold edition,' at the Caymanas Golf Club.
The man long considered by many as a super reggae ambassador, is preparing to give his patrons an electrifying performance as they close out 2010 together.
His fans will have one full hour of Beres. While he does a medley of his hit songs, he is also expected to introduce a few new ones, including his latest lovers rock single More Time. He is set to grace the stage at approximately 11 p.m.
It is against this background that Beres decided not to go ahead and stage his annual 'Moment in Time Concert', that his production entity - Harmony House decided to produce the New Year's Eve party concert billed as an all-inclusive affair with dance music provided by musical maestros Donavon Dacres and DJ Inferno.
'A Private Moment with Beres Hammond' the New Year's Eve edition promises to be a magical affair. Presold tickets can be bought at Harmony House, 67 Dumbarton Avenue, Kingston 10 and LG Service Centre, corner of Dunrobin and Constant Spring roads. Limited tickets are available.
Miami Based Rapper Rick Ross who dominated the music charts throughout 2010, has distinguished himself from most rappers and other musicians by forming MayBach Jamaica.
This is a movement aimed at placing reggae artistes on the same competitive platform as their musical counterparts of other genres.
Rick Ross made this vision clear when he signed Magazeen, the very first dancehall artiste signed to MayBach Music Group.
Following this idea, Rick Ross went on to do a collaboration with Jah Cure and Mavado called "Like I See it", which shows the unity among hiphop and reggae artistes.
Ross has ended the year with the release of a final mix tape, entitled "Ashes to Ashes", which seems to symbolize the end of an era and the dawn of a new one.
Rihanna’s album Loud, is now double platinum.
The singer tweeted a shout out to fans across the world for taking the album two million worldwide.
The paparazzi caught up with Rihanna, who wants some quality time with her younger brother Rajad.
Fourteen year old Rajad has asked his sister to accompany him and six friends to Vegas for his 15th birthday.
Dancehall deejay Ryno, one of the closing acts at STING 2010, says his performance was for the people.
In a release Ryno said for him it was not all about the money, but more about the people who have helped to build him as an artiste.
He added that a lot of people look forward to this event annually because they want to see their favourite artiste, so he could not disappoint.
Ryno took the stage and delivered some new material much to the approval of the audience.
He was soon joined on stage by Beenie Man and Assassin and the trio closed the show.
2011 is gearing up to be a productive year for Ryno as he heads out to the Bahamas for his first of many shows.