February 2011 Archives

Look out for steep hike in price of flour

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The Jamaica Flour Mills (JFM) says customers could be forced to absorb up to 50 per cent of the impending increase in the price of flour.

According to Derrick Nembhard, JFM  managing director, the impending increase in the price of flour is being influenced by a cut in the supply of wheat on the world market and the recent hikes in the price of oil.

He says the increase in grain is expected to be significant and will be a factor in a double digit hike in the price of flour.

Nembhard says he cannot yet say when the increases will take effect because of concerns about possible hoarding.

He says his company is trying to mitigate against the increases by looking at the market to see how best the prices may be stabilised.

 


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Easter bun soon disappear

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It looka like Easter buns will soon disappear altogether, because every year dem get 

smaller and lighter.

And now Bakers' Association of Jamaica is looking at ways to make Easter Buns more affordable. So they are now considering making smaller buns so that consumers will not have to cut back on the tradition of eating the product during the Easter holidays.

And for those of you who didn't realize it, the bakers admit that they have been making the loaves of bread a bit smaller.

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$120M in counterfeit cigarettes seized in operation

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The authorities have made a major dent in the illicit cigarette trade.

The Customs Department is reporting that it has seized J$120 million worth of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.

A statement from the Department said four million sticks of the fake cigarettes were found in a 20 foot container which originated in China.

It was seized at Kingston Container Terminal.

The counterfeit cigarettes were originally declared as plastic and styrofoam cups and plates.

The Customs Department says the trading of counterfeit cigarettes is a breach of the Trade Marks Act as well as the Copyright Act.

It adds that counterfeit cigarettes, although cheaper, pose a serious health risk as the contents are unregulated.


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Jamaica has no concert recordings of Bob Marley and The Wailers during the 1960s.

This has been revealed by Dr. Matthew Smith, Senior 

Lecturer in the Department of History and Archeology at the University of the West Indies, who delivered the recent annual Bob Marley lecture series at the university.

"From 1963 to 1973, in that ten-year span of Bob Marley and the Wailers' performance history there is no video recording or audio recording of the Wailers. And it's not until they go international that they are recorded. This is not just The Wailers alone, there were many other performers in that period. We were not recording and recognising their contribution," Dr. Smith said.

He added that live recordings of Bob Marley's local concerts occurred following the mid 1970s however, there is no documentation of his rise to stardom.

According to Dr. Smith, this is because the tapes were left in the United Kingdom for processing, erasing, theft and decay.

 

 

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Unruly show goers pelted the stage with bottles Sunday morning, bringing a premature end to Follow The Arrow stage show at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, about three minutes after Bounty Killer took the stage.

Vybz Kartel and Mavado were still to perform but the incident came after rising reggae star I-Octane had earlier showed that he was ready for the big times with a scintillating performance.

The chain of events actually started before Bounty Killer took centre stage as he was involved in an altercation backstage, forcing Ragashanti, the evening's emcee, to urge him (over the microphone) to cool it. 

When Killer took the stage at 5:25 a.m., he proceeded to recognise Black History Month by paying tribute to some prominent black persons including national heroes Nanny and Marcus Garvey and his dance hall protégé Mavado.

Then he referred to what he said was news being circulated that he was going to clash with Kartel by questioning: "How mi an' Kartel fi have showdown? Mi a giant!"

Apparently, supporters of Kartel, incensed by what they believed were disrespectful statements from Killer, hurled bottles, sending patrons into a scramble, hundreds of them heading for the exit, some for the beach area.

After a few minutes, the majority of the crowd, which had remained on the grounds, reassembled, hoping to have a restart. But after a few seconds of activity onstage bottles again rained and once again the crowd dispersed.

A third attempt was made to restart the show, this time when Kartel and some members of his Portmore Empire crew appeared onstage in an attempt to calm the crowd.

But it was not to be, as this time, apparently, supporters of Bounty Killer took matters into their own hands and pelted the stage with bottles, forcing the artistes to make a hasty retreat.

 


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Just hours after Charlie Sheen went on a radio rampage, blasting his bosses at the television show, CBS issued a statement on behalf of the network and "...Men's" production company, announcing they were pulling the show from production of new episodes.

"Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season," CBS said in a statement late Thursday night.

Not long after CBS and Warner Bros. issued their statement, Sheen had some words of his own, specifically aimed at show creator Chuck Lorre.

"What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows ... I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth," Sheen said in an open letter, posted on TMZ's website.

Sheen went even further, attacking Lorre, suggesting this is a battle and claiming the fans will support him.

"I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words -- imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists," Sheen's statement continued. "I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.


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There has been an outbreak of Chicken Pox at the Constant Spring Police lock up in St. Andrew.

Officials of the Public Health Department ordered a quarantine of the lock up, after five prisoners were diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday.

The lock up has been placed under quarantine for the next two weeks.

The Police High Command has ordered that no new prisoners should be taken to the lock up and those currently there should remain until the quarantine is lifted.

The High Command has ordered that the prisoners with the virus be isolated and that protective gear be provided for police personnel who work in the cells.

Among the 80 prisoners being housed in the lock-up is Garnett Reid, Jamaica Labour Party caretaker.

Chicken Pox is a highly contagious illness caused by primary infection with the varicella zoster virus.

It usually starts as a vesicular skin rash mainly on the body and head, which becomes itchy with raw pock marks that normally heal without scarring for some persons.

 





Book review: Long Run, Short Catch'.

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This is a wonderful epic story about real life and normalcy at its crusts. It's from the point of view of one of our African sisters with her life stories as the foundation. The events are real, the cross culture is a shock and the lessons learned are priceless. Jamaica gets highlighted in the novel for those who enjoy that feeling and a sense of home 'Long Run, short Catch' does take you to that special spot.

The story is about a Nigerian-American who ventures out to fine happiness on the 'other side' but only comes to find out that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. When the love bug bites it can make you blind which is exactly what

happens when she picks up her Jamaican husband from hell, marries him and starts a roller coaster of unforeseen hurt and disappointment. Immigration is one of the main issues discussed but is so relevant in our westernized society.

This novel has everything from love, romance, scandal, drug cartels and even battles within when you discover how Asama learns to deal. For many of us, our sanity is our only sense of hope yet the easiest thing to lose and how and what we chose to use as coping mechanism can be life altering.

This is a great read for all to take in and honestly, a breath of fresh air! 

Yardflex review says Asama Iwuoha nailed it right on the head.


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Two policemen attached to the West Kingston Police Division have been charged with murder.

Corporal Charles Watkins and Constable Kirk McFarlane were charged Friday morning, following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).They were later taken before the Half Way Tree Criminal Court where Corporal Watkins and Constable McFarlane were offered $1 million and $500,000 bail respectively.

The two are charged for the November 26, 2009, shooting death of Steven McRay, a resident of Lincoln Avenue in St Andrew.

It was reported that policemen from the Denham Town Police Station responded to reports of gunfire in the Lincoln Avenue area.

The police say they were confronted by members of the 'Rat Bat' gang on entering the community.

During a shoot-out, Mr. McRay was shot and a gun reportedly taken from him.

However, residents disputed the police's story.

The arrest of the policemen is causing anger among policemen in the Division.


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Charges dropped against TVJ reporter

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Yardflex has it from good source that the charge against TVJ reporter Latoya Spence  has been dropped. Yesterday the news spread like wildfire about the misdemeanor charge.
"A eediot ting dat. They should have given the girl a chance to defend herself instead of blasting it like that," are some of the comments that have been coming our way.
Many of her friends in the media fraternity held firm the view that there must have been some misunderstanding and were convinced that she would be vindicated.
Last night TVJ gave a brief statement that they were standing by her.




Irie FM celebrates Peter Tosh

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In celebration of Reggae month IRIE FM will hit the road again to pay homage to the legendary Peter Tosh

On Feb 27 IRIE FM will have a special outside broadcast at the Peter Tosh Museum in Bluefield, Westmorland

The media house will celebrate Peter Tosh life, work and legacy from 6 AM to 2 PM with the Running African show with Andrea Williams and Sunday Sunshine with Big A.

The IRE FM's broadcast will feature nyabinghi drummers, live performances and much more.

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Beyonce darkens up for tribal-inspired photo shoot

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Make-up: The star was paying tribute to African queens through the ages on the shoot

She was recently accused of looking 'too white' - but now Beyoncé has donned black face make-up for a shoot in French fashion magazine L'Officiel Paris.

In their 90th-anniversary issue, the Crazy In Love star takes inspiration from African culture and wears head wraps as well as tribal-style clothing and accessories - and she is seen with her caramel skintones darkened by heavy make-up.

Respected fashion magazine L'Officiel has defended the shoot, saying in a statement that Beyoncé was 'paying homage to African queens' and as a 'return to her African roots, as you can see on the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened.'

The magazine added: 'As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face.

Earlier this month, Beyoncé was seen sporting what was deemed a 'lighter look' with bleached blonde hair and skin that appeared to be paler than her usual shade, though dermalogical experts pointed out it was probably just a trick of the light.

And in August 2008, L'Oreal was accused of 'whitewashing' the star in an advert by digitally lightening her skin.





Rat Town & Big Lane under curfew

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Forty eight hour curfews have been imposed on sections of the St. Catherine South Police Division.

The areas under curfew are Rat Town in Waterford, Portmore and Big Lane in Central Village, Spanish Town.

The curfews took effect at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 23 and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 25.

The boundaries of the curfew on Rat Town, Waterford are north along a gully from Shenton Avenue to the Western boundary; south along a dirt track from the Western boundary to Shenton Avenue; east along Shenton Avenue from the dirt track to the gully and west along an imaginary line from the gully to the dirt track.

The boundaries of the curfew on Big Lane, Central Village are north along an imaginary line from Big Lane to the New testament Church of God; south along the Rio Cobre bank from Big Lane to an imaginary line leading from the New Testament Church of God to the river; east along Big Lane from the imaginary line leading from the New Testament Church of God to the Rio Cobre bank and west along an imaginary line from the New Testament Church of God to the Rio Cobre.

During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized in writing by a member of the security forces, who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.

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$100m worth of cocaine found on cruise ship

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The Customs Department says the cocaine seized during an operation at the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Pier in St. James on Wednesday has been valued at more than $100 million.

A statement from the Department says 50 pounds of cocaine was found following the five hour operation.

It involved personnel from Customs and a team from the Trans-National Crimes and Narcotics Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

According to the statement, 22 pounds of cocaine was found strapped to a man who has been identified as Ricardo Chin.

Mr. Chin was a passenger on a cruise ship that had docked at the pier.

Another 28 pounds of cocaine was found in a suitcase in a cabin occupied by a second passenger on the ship.

The cruise ship had arrived from Colombia.

Mr. Chin has been taken into custody and will answer to charges of breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act as well as the Customs Act.       

 

 


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Oil Hits US$100 Per Barrel

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Oil prices hit US$100 per barrel Wednesday as forces loyal to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi clashed with protesters, expanding their control over parts of that OPEC nation.

In afternoon trading benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was up US$3.48, or 3.7 per cent, at US$98.90 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Prices climbed as high as US$100 earlier in the day, hitting triple digits for the first time since October 2, 2008.

WTI has jumped 18 per cent since Valentine's Day.

In London, Brent crude added US$5.33, or five per cent, at US$111.11 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

The rebellion in Libya, which has the most oil reserves in Africa, follows uprisings in other North African countries that have ousted leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.

As protests widened in Libya, French oil giant Total said it started to wind down its oil production in the country, which produced an average of 55,000 barrels per day last year.

That follows similar moves by other oil companies working in the country.

The country's biggest oil producer, Eni, idled operations that produce 244,000 barrels of oil and gas per day. Spain's Repsol-YPF and Austrian oil company OMV also suspended operations.

Barclays Capital estimates that as many as one million barrels per day have been shut down so far.

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Buju's assets safe for now

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Prosecuting attorneys in the United States are yet to say if they will be going after the assets owned by convicted reggae superstar Buju Banton.

According to a report in the Gleaner, they were unable to get a comment from the prosecutors yesterday, more than 24 hours after a 12-member jury found Buju guilty on three of four drug-related charges.

But lawyers in the US disagree about whether the state has any grounds on which to go after Buju's assets.

David Oscar Markus, the lead attorney for the Grammy-winning reggae icon, yesterday told The Gleaner that there was no basis for the state to move to seize his assets.

Markus, who was obviously devastated over his failure to secure an acquittal for Buju, was curt as he declared the state could not take the assets.

However, controversial Florida-based Jamaican attorney, Professor David Rowe, warned that the US government could still institute forfeiture proceedings against Buju based on the conviction.

Pointing to legal precedent, Rowe said: "Among the statutory grounds for forfeiture are that the property was used or intended for use or to facilitate drug trafficking."

In a superseding indictment handed down last November, prosecutors increased the charges against Buju from two to four and indicated that if he was convicted on any count punishable by imprisonment for more than one year, they would be seeking the forfeiture of some of his assets.

"Mark Anthony Myrie, aka Buju Banton, shall forfeit to the United States ... all of (his) right, title and interest in property constituting and derived from any proceeds ... obtained directly or indirectly as a result of such violations.

"And property used and intended to be used in any manner or part to commit or to facilitate the commission of such violations," read the indictment in part.

It added that if Buju was convicted on the firearm charge, he would have to forfeit the firearm and ammunition to the state.

On Tuesday, a jury found Buju guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting in using a communication facility ... in facilitating the commission of an act constituting a felony.

 

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'Mi Nah Laugh' Set For Sunday

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As the demand for comedy increases, Unexpected Projexz will be hosting its annually held 'Mi Nah Laugh' comedy show on Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston.

Promoter and slated comedian, Rohan Gunter, says he takes the business of comedy very seriously, and will continue to market the event internationally.

"I love stand-up comedy and I have been promoting the show for over four years now and the reviews have been great, despite not getting enough corporate sponsors on board, and I am still aiming towards continuous high quality entertainment," he said.

The line-up of comedians includes Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, Gunter, Elva, Dwight Samuels, Leighton Smith, Tubeless, Father and Son, The Hilarious Granny, Mixing Lab, Lecturer and Zimboo.


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Woman found guilty of killing lover's wife

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A jury deliberated for five hours yesterday before convicting 40-year-old fashion designer Janet Douglas of Zaidie Gardens, St Andrew for the murder of her lover's wife.

She is to be sentenced in the Home Circuit Court on March 11 for the murder of 32-year-old dressmaker Isolyn McGill, of Corn Piece district, near Hayes Clarendon.

Supreme Court Judge Marjorie Cole Smith presided at the trial.

The Crown represented by attorney-at-law Kathy Pyke and Crown Counsel Kerri Ann Kemble led evidence at the four-week trial that jealousy was the motive for the murder because Douglas had a love affair with police Sergeant Glen McGill, Isolyn's husband.

The body, with 19 stab wounds, was found in bushes at Hillyfield district, off the Bustamante Highway in Clarendon on the night of November 24, 2000.

Douglas was first convicted of the murder in 2005 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

She was ordered to serve 25 years before parole.

She appealed against her conviction and the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial.






The policemen accused of last week's rape of an exotic dancer at a nightclub in Dam Head, St. Catherine will be questioned on Wednesday. his follows the filing of a writ of habeas corpus on Tuesday seeking the release of four of the five accused who have been in custody since February 17. It was filed by their attorney, Peter Champagnie. Following the filing of a writ of habeas corpus I have been contacted by the investigator and my understanding is that they would like to do an interview with them so the interviews will commence," Mr. Champagnie said. team from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has been assigned to probe the case.

Information obtained by RJR News revealed that the cops were on patrol in Spanish Town when they stopped at a popular night club near Dam Head.he policemen reportedly solicited sex from the complainant. It is reported that following an encounter between the woman and the policemen, she filed a complaint with the Spanish Town Police.






TVJ reporter charged for shoplifting

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TVJ reporter Latoya Spence has been arrested and charged for shoplifting in Tampa, Florida. She was reporting on the Buju Banton case.
The reporter was in a department store trying on a number of blouses when she attempted to leave the store and was stopped by security who searched her and found the blouse in her bag; she then explained to the security personnel that she was trying on a bunch of clothes and did not see when the blouse fell in her bag. She is to appear in court in a few days.
Oh boy what an embarrassment. We really hope she has a great excuse for this thing.





Buju faces 15 years to life; to appeal conviction

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On Tuesday, Reggae artiste Buju Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence, and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.

However, he was found not guilty of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Shortly after, Banton -- whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie -- met his legal team of David Oscar Markus, Marc David Seitles and Margot Moss. Markus emerged an hour later telling reporters that the conviction would be appealed.

An emotional Markus read a statement prepared by Banton after the guilty verdict.

"Our life and our destiny are sometimes pre-destined and no matter where this journey takes me, remember I fought the good fight," said the statement. "It was a great man that said 'my head is bloody but still unbowed'. I love you all. Thank you for your support. Keep loving God."

Banton is to be sentenced in another three months and faces 15 years to life behind bars, Markus said. The lawyer is expected to apply to have Banton's US$250,000 bail restored during the period leading up to the sentence.

The artiste had been on trial since Monday, February 14. The 12 jurors, three of whom were African-Americans, started deliberating last Friday morning.

Banton's first trial ended in September last year with the jurors being unable to reach a unanimous verdict, setting up the second trial.

He was arrested on December 10, 2009, hours after two men -- Ian Thomas and James Mack -- were busted in an undercover warehouse where they had gone to purchase cocaine. US$135,000 was seized and the gun for which Banton was charged was found in Mack's car. Both men had pleaded guilty and are yet to be sentenced.


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Reactions to Buju's guilty verdict

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Jamaicans continue to react to Tuesday's guilty verdict handed down in the drug trial of international reggae star Buju Banton.

Some of Jamaica's most prominent entertainers are among those who have expressed sympathy and support for the embattled entertainer.

Several artistes in the reggae community declared Buju an icon adding that although his immediate confinement has brought sadness, hope remains that his appeal will be successful.

"Is a very sad time, I am a fan of Buju Banton. Buju Banton is like an idol to me in the music [industry]. Really and truly we are still praying for Buju, we never stop praying for Buju," said singer Tarrus Riley.

Meanwhile, promoter and artiste, Tony Rebel, believes the impact has shaken the entire island.

 "It's a sad day for reggae music, it's a sad day for Jamaica, it's a sad day for his family and for Rasta, but like any other thing we'll have to pull through it and go on," he said.


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Buju Banton guilty on 3 cocaine-related counts

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Jamaica's reggae superstar Buju Banton, real name Mark Myrie, has been found guilty of three cocaine related charges.

A 12 member jury a short while ago delivered the verdict in the Sam M Gibbons building in Tampa which houses the United States Middle District Court, Florida Division.

Buju was tried last week on four charges.

Buju throughout the maintained he is innocent of the charges saying he play no part in any conspiracy to possess cocaine.

In denying the claims against him, Buju, though his attorney David Oscar Markus, argued that the artiste never became a willing participant of the cocaine conspiracy charged in the superseding indictment.

The defence said tasting the cocaine, talking about cocaine and simply being present at the warehouse is not sufficient to find Buju guilty of the crimes charged.

This trial, which began on February 14, was the second attempt of the US government to convict the Jamaican artiste. A first trial last year was declared a mistrial after jurors failed to arrive at a unanimous position.
Buju was arrested on December 10, 2009.

His long-time friend Ian Thomas and a James Mack were arrested the same day when they attempted to by cocaine from undercover detectives in a Florida warehouse. Thomas and Mack pleaded guilty but Buju denied the charges. He said he decided to fight in federal court because he knows he is innocent.







The return of Fantan Mojah

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Reggae artiste Fantan Mojah is adamant that he will return to his place in reggae music as an educator and cultural ambassador for the youth.
He is gearing up to educate and entertain patrons, who will witness his upcoming performances at the Follow Di Arrow and Spring Break stage shows, and said he plans

to please the crowd with informative, educating and entertaining pieces which will remind and encourage the crowd to keep in tune with their cultural heritage.
"My music is all about upliftment and inspiring people to do right so we just ago bring it to the people on the shows," he told The Gleaner.
As an aside, the artiste, known for hits such as Hail Di King, Mama Hungry and Stronger, is among several artistes who have chimed in on the 'skin-bleaching' debate.
"Wi give thanks for the blackness on the earth, and wi give thanks for the persons dem who proud of them skin because yuh have a lot of persons in this current generation that changing them skin colour. Mi proud of my colour," said Fantan Mojah.
"All some man weh call themself shotta an dem a bleach out dem skin colour di most," he added.
He maintained, however, that he does not have a colour prejudice. He simply believes that if Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and other musical greats could accept themselves for the way they were, then he should too.








Sexting...a wha dis???

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The first time I received a txt message that had a penis picture attached I nearly fell to the floor. Only to find out later that this not no unusual phenomenon is happening to millions of phones world wide. I call it an extension to cyber sex or better yet the evolution. Now that phones are basically computers, you can chat, take pictures, images, video and BB all from one device. We've all received them, text messages of body parts, positions or even a combination of both. Which also means, that you can get your freak on more easily as well.
Men and women alike seem to take great pleasure in sending 'random' body part pics that seem to set the mood. Buddis and titties are big pon di screen (among other things) in movement and yet we love to go in get our fair share of fun.

I have even heard of women and some 'zucchini action' to simulate a buddi during the texting mode.
But it's not just via the phone or the web. Skype has become the next interactive portal where we share our bodily fluids. Especially when you are able to see in real time, we are good to go!
Facebook is another portal that has become, well a means
for us to have what I like to call 'facebook love affairs'. There are people who have NEVER physically met each other but yet have the greatest sexual attractions and can make you have an O like there's no tomorrow.
People who are in opposites end of the world connecting, communication and yes, having sex. There are so many means today that facilitate that who needs to be in a real relationship? You are just a few clicks away from you sweetie. Set up your webcam, grab the KY Jelly and it's show time.
But it makes us beg the question, what is going to be next? How much more can we evolve where sex from a distance or through a device can still yield great pleasure. We have become so open with our sexuality that what used to be called 'private parts' is not so private anymore.
In fact, I say it's a thing of the past. It's just a tittie right? Or a nipple, or a buddi? We are in a time where we share these photos so openly and carelessly. Even as casual friends we might catch ourselves sending a sexy photo or two, that's how we entice the other person. "I'll send one if you send me one".
Women are just as guilty as men, so me nah bashing or choosing sides. I too have been guilty of sexting and sending some juicy photos as well. I think we've all got so caught
up in the technological aspect that it's almost daring us to push the boundaries further and further. I am open with my body and love myself. I'm not shame to send a pic or two to
someone of interest, I mean, at the end of the day I am the owner of it at the end of the day.
So whether you like to participate in sexting, cyber sex, skype sex which ever I guess we'll have to wait and see what the next method to keep us 'active' is going to be coming from.








Prayers to God for Buju

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About 20 minutes of prayer and Psalms reading were offered up supporters for entertainer Buju Banton in the halls of the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court this morning.
As the Group of about 19 people read from Psalm 21, Banton's name was inserted, replacing the name of King David of Israel and the common noun 'he'.
While walking to court this morning, Buju Banton appeared relaxed and even smiled as he chatted with his attorneys. (Photo: Paul Henry)
During the prayer supporters stood holding hand and chanted, "Victory, victory in Jesus Christ." They also chanted 'Freedom'.
It was a meeting of the faiths as Rastas and Christians prayed together. Before the group prayer, some supporters knelt and prayed.
Jurors at the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa today began their second day of deliberations to determine the fate of reggae star Buju, real name Mark Myrie, who since last week, has been on trial for gun and drug-related offences.





Halle Berry’s estranged half-sister Renee is reaching out to the actress to let “bygones be bygones” after reading about Halle’s recent child custody battle. Halle Berry’s 51 year-old sister is accusing the actress of disowning her family and claims to have last spoken to her famous sister five years ago. According to thedailymall.com, Renee, who is a food service worker from Alabama, is desperate to reconnect with her now famous sister, especially when she is going through such a difficult time in the courts with her baby’s father Gabriel Aubry. Renee is the daughter of Halle’s late African-American father Jerome and Edwina Taylor – who broke up with him shortly before he started dating the actress’ mother Judith Hawkins.

Renee says that she remained ‘very close’ to the future Hollywood star while they were growing up, despite cutting herself off from her father after the divorce.

Renee says: ‘I’m sad to say it seems like she does not want anything to do with us. I have not spoken to her in about five years.

‘I tried to contact her through her website, to congratulate her on her Oscar, but no one got back to me. ‘We would love to meet Nahla. We are desperate to understand why Halle is so upset, why she feels she cannot be with us.’

In interviews over the years, Halle has alleged her father was a violent alcoholic who beat her mother Judith in front of her and sister Heidi.









Inspired by others, I am a leader of my own life.
There are many who express the gift of leadership by sharing courageous ideas in compelling and inspiring ways. They demonstrate integrity, intelligence, creativity, enthusiasm and humility. I learn from all leaders, past and present, and I appreciate their insight and example.



From the wisdom of leaders and from my prayer work, I am inspired to lead my life well. I look to the inner guidance of Spirit, which helps me make wise decisions. As I pray and meditate, I listen for God's "still small voice." With spiritual understanding and good judgment, I determine my next steps. For the guidance of God, and for the leaders in my life, I am truly grateful.

O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me.--Psalm 43:3








Inspired by others, I am a leader of my own life.
There are many who express the gift of leadership by sharing courageous ideas in compelling and inspiring ways. They demonstrate integrity, intelligence, creativity, enthusiasm and humility.

I learn from all leaders, past and present, and I appreciate their insight and example.

From the wisdom of leaders and from my prayer work, I am inspired to lead my life well. I look to the inner guidance of Spirit, which helps me make wise decisions. As I pray and meditate, I listen for God's "still small voice." With spiritual understanding and good judgment, I determine my next steps. For the guidance of God, and for the leaders in my life, I am truly grateful.

O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me.--Psalm 43:3





LOS ANGELES-Almost fourteen years after the murder of Christopher Wallace, also known as the Notorious B.I.G. a prison informant is claiming that former LAPD officers, David Mack and Rafael Perez were involved in the murder along with Death Row Records. CBS 2 reports:


Eight years later in 2005, a civil trial brought by the Wallace family against the city of Los Angeles exposed evidence hidden by the LAPD that suggests two rogue police officers David Mack and Rafael Perez may have been involved in the murder of the rapper also known as “Biggie Smalls”.

According to a newly-revealed court record, Perez’s cellmate told investigators “Perez and Mack were involved in Death Row Records. Perez got involved in Death Row through Mack.”

“Perez was working security. Perez had a cell phone. Perez said he called over to Mack, David Mack on his cell phone. Perez told Mack that Biggie Smalls was in his truck. Perez never said that he set up Biggie Smalls but I have heard that he…had something to do with that murder,” according to the inmate.






25 Reasons We Love “Love Jones”

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Nelly is also expected to talk about his declining record sales, the death of his sister Jackie from leukemia, his upbringing and his rise to fame. The episode is scheduled to air on March 7th.





Nelly Goes Public About Relationship With Ashanti

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After years of dancing around the subject, Nelly will talk about his relationship with Ashanti on an upcoming episode of VH1’s

“Behind The Music” scheduled to air next month. The two have been rumored to be together for several years but maintained that they were just friends.





The Daily Word - GRACE - Sunday, February 20, 2011

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The grace of God has prepared for me a life that is good.
The grace of God is not something that must be earned by sacrifice or penance. It is a free and impartial gift from God that no one can escape



.

The grace of God is more than mercy. It is complete forgiveness and full, unbounded love. It offers redemption from thoughts of lack and limitation to every person who will accept it. Grace reveals the true nature of God's presence within us and quickens in us a realization of our innate divinity.

Abiding under divine grace, I am spiritually secure. My steady, unimpeded progress toward the fullness of life and all good is assured. The grace of God opens to me the swift and glorious way of Truth.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.--Ephesians 2:8





Buju Banton jury to deliberate today

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Jim Moody, the presiding judge in the Buju Banton drug case, is expected this morning to instruct the jury on the matters to consider in its deliberation on the reggae singer’s fate.

Banton whose real name is Mark Myrie is on trial on four drug and gun charges in a Tampa federal court.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

In his closing arguments yesterday Banton’s lawyer, David Oscar Markus declared that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt that the singer was involved in a conspiracy to possess cocaine.

According to Markus, neither has it been proven that he committed the other crimes for which he has been accused.

He begged the jury not to fall for what he says is the oldest trick in the book that of making several charges in the hopes that one will stick.

He said the charges brought against Buju have not been proven and has described as absurd the firearm and the aiding and abetting the commission of a felony through the use of a communication device charges.

He quoted from the novel to Kill a Mockingbird, saying it was a sin to kill a mockingbird because they sing to give people happiness.

However, Jim Preston the prosecutor has told the jury the government has met its burden to prove the case beyond all reasonable doubt.

He also said were it not for Buju telling informant Alexander Johnson about his cocaine trade Johnson would not have had a job as a confidential informant.

He said the trial was not about Buju Banton, the reggae superstar but about Mark Myrie the drug conspirator.

Buju testified for nearly three hours yesterday and later told well-wishers outside the courtroom to remain confident for the victory of good over evil.





The Daily Word - Joy - Friday, February 18, 2011

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I am a joyful expression of Spirit.

I was created in joy. At the moment of my creation, the Universe sang a new song, and I am that joyous refrain. Each of us is a unique expression of one Spirit, a delightfully different

outpouring of God's creativity.
I begin the day in prayer, connecting with the pure joy of my being. During the day, joy bubbles up through me in laughter, compassion, gratitude and a sense of well-being. I share my joy for I know that Spirit has chosen me to be a joyful presence in the world. Joy is testimony of the living, loving Christ Presence in my life.

However the day unfolds, at night I turn once more in prayer and thank God for the opportunities to be and experience joy.


My heart and my flesh sing for joy o the living God.--Psalm 84:2





The Daily Word - I SEE - Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Oceans of spiritual substance flow into my mind, and I see prosperity everywhere.Knowing that the very substance of God-Mind underlies every good thought, I keep my mind open and receptive to divine ideas. No thought or appearance of lack can linger where God is recognized as supply. Therefore I keep my thoughts uplifted.

I realize that I cannot help a single soul by seeing a world suffering from injustice, cruelty and lack. Therefore I see with the eye of faith the good that God provides. By faith I see plenty and prosperity in every circumstance. I see hearts, homes and nations enriched and blessed by the presence of God.

I have faith in God as my Support and Supply. As a child of God, I am rich--rich in consciousness, active in service, sustained in all goodness, substance and satisfaction.

God, our God, has blessed us.--Psalm 67:6








Media reports are that R&B legend El Debarge checked himself into a rehab center to deal with his CRACK-COCAINE addiction.
Here's what DeBarge said on his FACEBOOK page:
"I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to take the time to work on me so that I may continue to share my music and my story with everyone. I thank everyone in advance for their prayers and well wishes and hope that you will respect my privacy during this time."


But the story gets even MORE interesting. Alil birdie told MediaTakeOut.com that El DeBarge SMOKED UP all the money he made from his last album - and DIDN'T have the MONEY for rehab.
So what happened? Well MediaTakeOut.com learned that rapper 50 CENT, who worked with El DeBarge on a few tracks, is footing the entire bill.
Wow . . . 50???!!! Who knew that dude had a HEART!!!





Oprah's Ex-Lover Comes Forward

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A Haitian filmmaker recently contacted biographer Kitty Kelley, claiming to be Oprah’s ex-lover. And yes, he’s a man.
His name is Reginald Chevalier, and apparently, he appeared on an Oprah look-alike show in 1985 because he bore a strong resemblance to Billy Dee Williams.

“She later confided that she instructed her producers to keep me backstage after the show,” Chevalier said. “She threatened to fire them, if I got away. She took me to lunch at the Water Tower restaurant and ordered stuffed mashed potatoes for both of us."
The two started dating, and Oprah took Chevalier to the premiere of The Color Purple. “Oprah bought a purple mink coat for the occasion and wanted me to wear purple mink as well but I just couldn't do it."
He didn’t do as he was told? No wonder it didn’t last. If Oprah tells you to wear a purple mink coat, you shut up and do it. Dating her is like joining the Witness Protection Program. You no longer have an identity.
Chevalier also provided more intimate details about their relationship.
“She loved taking candlelit baths before going to bed," he told Kelley. "We took lots of them together."








Former national Security Minister Dr Peter Phillips says he did not sacrifice the constitutional rights of Jamaicans when he signed the controversial memoranda of understanding (MOU) that have come to light at the ongoing Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry.

"Absolutely not," Phillips testified during yesterday's sitting of the commission as he sought to defend his decision to sign the MOUs.
"It does not substitute for, in any way, shape or form, the responsibilities of the courts," he said during examination by one of his attorneys, Debra Martin.
He said the MOUs do not allow for the interception of any communication in Jamaica between a citizen and anyone else, but provides for the sharing of intelligence gathered.
At the same time, Phillips said he was not required to seek Cabinet approval before signing the MOUs, as they were not establishing or changing any government policies.
"Section 69 of the Constitution says that Cabinet is the principal instrument of policy in Jamaica. These memoranda established no new policy, nor did they change any policy," he explained.
"They were simply matters dealing with the management of facilities and the management of intelligence product," he added.
Phillips said he was authorised to sign the documents by virtue of his ministerial responsibilities and by the fact that they were "in full conformity with the policy that was being pursued by the Government of Jamaica".
The highly classified MOUs, which involve Jamaica, the United States (US), and the United Kingdom (UK), were signed by Phillips in 2004.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor, under cross-examination, testified that the MOUs involved the military and should have had the signature of the then minister of defence, P.J. Patterson, and not Phillips.
Ambassador Evadne Coye, who is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, has testified that several public servants, including herself, searched for the documents for months before they were found in the Ministry of National Security.








FLORIDA, United States — Prosecution witness in the Buju Banton drug trial Alexander Johnson, testified today that he never made any drug deal with the Reggae artiste on December 8, 2009 when Banton was videotaped tasting cocaine in an undercover warehouse.

Johnson said under under continued cross-examination by defence attorney David Markus that it was Ian Thomas that he brokered a deal with and that it was Thomas who found the buyers for the cocaine for which the men were arrested.
He said Thomas kept changing the buyers and the amount of drugs required. But under re-examination from prosecutor James Preston, Johnson said that Buju was a broker in the deal.
Johnson said Buju never cancelled any deal or never told him that he never wanted to see his drug boat.
He also testified that Banton never told him that he was joking when he said he wanted to finance a illicit cocaine deal.
The trial is now in its third day and is expected to last for one week in the US Sam Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida.





Malaria detected in Jamaica

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The Ministry of Health is reporting three imported cases of malaria in Jamaica.
The mosquito-borne disease has been detected among members of the Haitian under-17 football team, who are currently in the island to participate in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Competition.
A statement issued on Tuesday night by the Health Ministry said the infected persons are being treated.

Members of the team displaying symptoms of the illness are also receiving treatment. The Ministry has recommended that they do not participate in the tournament and return to Haiti.
The Ministry has also implemented its surveillance system, to quickly identify and treat any other cases.Vector control measures, including fogging of adult mosquitoes have also been put in place.
According to the Health Ministry there have been no locally transmitted cases of malaria since the start of the year.
The disease is transmitted when a female Anopheles mosquito, infected with a malaria parasite bites an individual.
Symptoms include fever, chills and headaches, muscle aches and tiredness.
The Centres for Disease Control estimate that there are between 300 and 500 million cases of malaria each year, of which there are one million deaths.





3 persons shot dead in Portmore, St. Catherine

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Three persons were shot dead by gunmen in separate incidents in Portmore, St. Catherine on Tuesday night.
The first incident occurred shortly after 8 o'clock in Bridgeport.
Residents reported hearing explosions and called the police.

The bullet-riddled body of Anthony Johnson otherwise called "Bobby" was found lying on Darmount Avenue.
In the other incident, which took place about 25 minutes later in Caymanas Gardens, two men who were travelling on a motorbike were shot by gunmen.
They have been identified as 24-year-old mason Leighton Barnaby and 22-year-old Mark McClaughlin.
The incidents on Tuesday night increased to five the number of persons shot and killed in the St. Catherine South Police Division since Monday.





Calling Mrs. Mark Myrie!!!

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This one is called lover’s choice!! All you girls out there who are just waiting for the Gargamel to get released so you can show him what he has been missing. Well, hold your brakes, cause there’s a Mrs. Myrie tucked away in a corner of Africa and she has emerged for the trial. And so too has the shiny gold wedding band.

But we a wonder why after all this time, the Gargamel finally a admit sey him married and a wear up the wedding band big and bold. All we can say is that must be part of the trial image.
Anyway, we see it inna di picture of Buju and him lawyer posing up in front a di court house. We all see Gargamel and push stroller like the perfect Babyfada.But where is Mrs. Myrie, aka Mama Africa. And Baby Africa? Cause it looks like the baby in the stroller is his manager, Tracii McGregor’s bundle of joy. (But who’s her baby daddy anyway?)





Shebada Birthday Bash pics

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Rihanna and Drake Performance at the Grammys 2011

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New Evidence in the Biggie Smalls murder case

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Businessman fined for concealing ganja

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Linton Dixon who was arrrested after he was seen with a suspicious bulge in his waistband was fined in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Dixon, who was concealing ganga in his waistband, pleaded guilty and was fined $200 or 10 days for possesion of ganga and $400 or 10 days for dealing in ganga. He also had to submit his fingerprints to the police.

Allegations are that on February 4, a policeman was patrolling in the St Andrew North Division near Mannings Hill Road when he observed and approached the accused.

He reportedly asked him "What are you doing with so much ganga in your waist?" he replied "A mi hustle du nuh lock mi up."

When searched, 48 bags of vegetable matter resembling ganga was discovered in his waistband by the police.

Dixon, a 48-year-old businessman, was then arrested and charged.








According to Saw she doesn't believe her recent music has been played enough to warrant her deserving to be in the category.

The Queen of the Dancehall surprised persons yesterday on social networking site Twitter.com, when she expressed that she wanted to be removed as a nominee for Deejay of the Year. Saw is nominated in the category with contenders such as Tifa, Stacious, Ce'Cile, D'Angel, Timberlee and Spice.

The EME (Excellence in Music) Awards is scheduled to take place on March 12 at Devon House, St Andrew.

Speaking with THE STAR yesterday, the deejay explained that she has nothing against the awards and will in fact be performing alongside rapper Eve for their song He Is At My House, but still doesn't want to be nominated in that category.

She said, "I just don't think I deserve to be nominated. I have an album out and I can count the amount of times I've heard the songs played. It just wouldn't be fair to nominate me just cause I'm a deejay, I wouldn't feel that I won."

Lady Saw released her album My Way with a video for the first single Party Till December last September. According to the deejay, she is not into award shows and would rather they take her off this year. "Nominate me for summen else, nominate me for the work I've done over the years or summen. Which song I have playing that people know?" she said.

She added, "The main issue is I have an album of 15 tracks, and I only hear Party Till December play one or two times, is like I don't have an album out. If they play me on radio is the old songs like I don't have new songs. Don't know if they're trying to say I'm old school ... I'm not one to complain but it's obvious to me I'm not getting enough airplay. I don't know if I have to be young again or buy some spots, I believe real talent don't have to buy spots."

For Lady Saw she says she would rather be out on the road performing at shows, or in the studio working on a number of new tracks.








NEVADA-O.J. Simpson was beaten unconscious in prison and had to spend three weeks in the infirmary according to a report in the National Enquirer.

Inmates cheered as a muscular young skinhead knocked him to the ground, punching and kicking him to a bloody pulp and inflicting injuries so severe he secretly spent nearly three weeks in the infirmary before he recovered.

According to the report, Simpson had been targeted by white supremacists for bragging about his sexual conquests of white women.






CATEGORIES / NOMINEES & HONOUREES

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EME AWARDS 2011



(For recordings and overall impact between Oct. 01, 2009 – Sept. 30, 2010)

Note….. more or less than seven (7) nominations in a category is the result of ties

CATEGORIES NOMINEES
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

DJ OF THE YEAR (MALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)
BEENIE MAN
AIDONIA
BOUNTY KILLER
VYBZ KARTEL
BUSY SIGNAL
ASSASSIN

2) DJ OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)
TIFA
STACIOUS
LADY SAW
CECILE
D’ÁNGEL
TIMBERLEE
SPICE

3) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (MALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility)
HEZRON STEVIE FACE
JAH CURE CHRISTOPHER MARTIN
ROMAIN VIRGO TARRUS RILEY
RICHIE STEPHENS


4) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

TAMI CHYNN QUEEN IFRICA
ETANA ALAINE
CHERINE ANDERSON PHYLLISIA
PRODUCER/LABEL OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

SANKOFA RECORDS - sankofa crew
EQUINOXX PRODUCTIONS - GAVIN BLAIR
CHIMNEY RECORDS - JORDAN mc lure
BIG SHIP - STEPHEN MCGREGOR
SEANIZZLE RECORDS - sean reid
NOTNICE PRODUCTIONS- AINSLEY MORRIS
CASH FLOW RECORDS-DJ NEIL, DJ X & FADA P
CR203 RECORDS - ZJ CHROME
HEAD CONCUSSION RECORDS – TARIQ JOHNSON
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

KEMAR ’DJ Flava’ Mc GREGOR–NO DOUBT RECORDS
DONOVAN BENNETT – DON CORLEON LABEL
SLY & ROBBIE – TAXI LABEL
DONOVAN GERMAIN – PENTHOUSE RECORDS
JEREMY HARDING - 2HARD MUSIC
DJ NEIL, DJ X & FADA P - CASH FLOW
DJ FRASS - FRASS PRODUCTIONS

BEST NEW ARTIST (MALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes his public identity as a recording artist)

VYBRANT RICHIE LOOP
POPCAAN VERSATILE
PROTOJE Dj LIQUID
T’NEZ

BEST NEW ARTIST (FEMALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes her public identity)

TOYA GAZA SLIM
MISTEREE IKAYA
SHEBA DENYQUE
DJ SUNSHINE KEIDA

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR (for overall impact as a vocal performer by established duos or groups in the eligibility year)


RDX ANDREW & WADA BLOOD
TOK VOICEMAIL ROOTS REVEALERS TWINS OF TWINS
NOMADDZ

10) BIGGEST COMEBACK ARTIST
(award to an artist whose release(s) in the eligilibility year marked his/her ‘return’ to the charts after a long break)

RAS CHARMER WARRIOR KING
JUNIOR X MR G
FUTURE FAMBO ANDY LIVINGSTON
MR LEXX


SONG OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

CLARKS
STULLA
HOLD YUH
RUM & RED BULL
MAD OVER
DUMPER TRUCK
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
NAH SELL OUT MI FREN DEM
MY CUPP
JIM SCREECHIE

SONG OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

WE SHALL FIND A WAY - HEZRON
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – JAH CURE/ PHYLLISHA
WILDFIRE – TARRUS RILEY
FREE - ETANA
MY LIFE - I –OCTANE
LIFE - SHAWN STORM
NIGHT SHIFT - BUSY SIGNAL
LOSE A FRIEND – I-OCTANE



ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(award to artist(s) and producer(s) if different from artist(s) whose album had biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)

PON DI GAZA 2.0 – VYBZ KARTEL

ROMAIN VIRGO – ROMAIN VIRGO

DISTANT RELATIVES – JUNIOR GONG & NAS

INFALLIBLE - TANYA STEPHENS

HOLD YOU - GYPTIAN

MY WAY - LADY SAW

BEFORE THE DAWN - BUJU BANTON

BLACK GOLD - DUANE STEPHENSON

CULTURAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist with the best/biggest cultural/positive recording(s) in the eligibility year)



TARRUS RILEY QUEEN IFRICA

RICHIE SPICE JAH CURE

I – OCTANE ETANA

CHUCK FENDER

BREAKTHRU ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist whose work attracted local and international attention, and who is seen as poised as a leader for the next generation of reggae/ dance hall stars)

TONY ANTHONY
D’MAJOR

KHAGO
I-OCTANE

TIANA
THE JOLLY BOYS

SHAWN STORM
G WHIZZ

SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (MALE)

(award to the artist with the biggest overall impact in this category in the eligilibility year)

MAVADO
MR VEGAS
I – OCTANE
CHINO
KONSHENS
GYPTIAN

WAYNE MARSHALL
KHAGO


COLLABO OF THE YEAR (LOCAL)

(for a collaborative vocal performance by artists who do not normally perform together)

CLARKS – VYBZ KARTEL, POPCAAN & GAZA SLIM

COME INTO MY ROOM – MAVADO & STACIOUS

HOW WE DO IT – ELEPHANT MAN & BOUNTY KILLER

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – JAH CURE & PHYLLISIA

DRINKING RUM & RED BULL – BEENIE MAN & FAMBO

FOR UR EYES ONLY – SHAGGY & ALAINE

MY HEART – WAYNE MARSHALL & MAVADO

STRONGER – CHAM, MYKAL ROSE & BOUNTY KILLER

CERTIFIED DIVA – TAMI & TIFA

RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the producer of the reggae rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

BIG STAGE – PENTHOUSE

CLASSIC RHYTHM - NO DOUBT

MINOR RHYTHM – DON CORLEON

CITY LIFE RYHTHM – 2HARD MUSIC

PLEASURE RHYTHM – CASH FLOW

CARDIO BASS - ZJ CHROME (CR203)

FEEL SO GOOD – ROMEICH RECORDS


RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(award to the producer/ label of the dance hall rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)



MAD COLLABO - ZJ CHROME (CR203)

BANK INNA MI POCKET - ROMEICH

12 FURLONG - BALLAZ/SANKOFA

COSA NOSTRA - WARD 21

BAD PEOPLE - STEPHEN McGREGOR

ONE DAY - SEANIZZLE

SMOKIN - ZJ CHROME (CR203)


MOST IMPROVED ARTIST

(award to a ‘next generation’ artist whose career improves most dramatically in all areas over the eligibility year)

NICKY B
CHI CHING CHING

DAVID M
DELUS

DANIELLE aka DI ZAMUND
A
G. WARREN

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the gospel artist with the biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)


GODDY GODDY

JABEZ

PRODIGAL SON

DJ NICHOLAS

JERMAINE EDWARDS

OMARI EDWARDS

JUNIOR TUCKER

JUDITH GAYLE

CARLENE DAVIS

KEVIN DOWNSWELL


22) INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(awarded to the artist scoring the biggest charting International Hit during the eligibility year)


GYPTIAN
DAMIAN ‘JUNIOR
GONG’ MARLEY

LAZA MORGAN
SHAGGY

MAVADO
SEAN PAUL

VYBZ KARTEL
CHERINE ANDERSON

23) BEST THEATRICAL PRODUCTION

(award to the theatrical production with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

THE PLUMMER
PUPPY LOVE

PASSA PASSA DAILY
HOUSE ARREST

GHETTOUT
WHAT IS FI YUH

24) BEST INSTRUMENTAL GROUP WITH VOCALS (BAND)

(Award to group/band (not backing band) which had the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

RAGING FIRE
DUBTONIC KRU

C-SHARP
LIVE WYYA

ROOTZ UNDERGROUND
PUBLIC SECRET


25) ARTIST OF THE DECADE (2001-2010)

(Award to the artist who had the biggest impact as a hit maker, performer and as a touring act)

CAPLETON
ELEPHANT MAN

SEAN PAUL
SIZZLA

BEENIE MAN
SHAGGY

BOUNTY KILLER
LUCIANO

LADY SAW
BUJU BANTON

JUNIOR GONG
BERES HAMMOND

MARCIA GRIFFITHS
WAYNE WONDER





Bob Marley Birthday Concert Emancipation Park 2011

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Hennessey Fridays

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I am conscious of divine direction and follow its guidance.
Many thoughts float across my mind each day. I may have difficulty discerning what is right for me to do in any particular situation. Stepping aside for a moment of silence, I rest my awareness on the wisdom of my soul.

In the silence, the chatter of my thoughts begins to fade. Error thoughts have no power. In the silence there is clarity and I am conscious of divine direction, revealing the next step for me to take.
Whether the path ahead appears easy or challenging, I trust everything needed has been and will be provided. I walk a spiritual path of unfolding good, and in faith, I am guided each step of the way.

When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."--Isaiah 30:21








JAMAICA-28 homosexual Jamaicans were granted political asylum in he U.S.A. for being persecuted due to their sexual orientation. The Jamaican Observer reports:


Immigration Equality, an organisation which works to secure asylum for individuals persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV-status, said it won dozens of cases for clients from the Caribbean in 2010.






Are Beyonce & Jay Z Separating?

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Beyonce’s and Jay Z’s marriage may be in trouble…MediaTakeOut.com is reporting that a person close to Jay Z and Beyonce are taking what their snitch calls a “trial separation.” Apparently the couple have been at odds for the last year, and having kids seems to be the point of contention. Jay wants kids and Bey doesn’t…she’s all about her career and does not want to take time out to have a baby.


The rumors went into full effect over the weekend when multiple celebs who attended Saturday’s RocNation lunch, noticed there was “definitely something wrong” between Jay Z and Beyonce. As one celeb puts it, “They didn’t even look each other in the eye.”


I hope this is just a bad rumor…I love these two and hope they could work things out!






Did Kobe Bryant Get Served With Paternity Papers?

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Looks like NBA player Kobe Bryant may have a secret love child…I’m hearing that Kobe was served paternity papers Gilbert Arenas style at a recent basketball game? Here’s what I found out:

This mess started right around the time Tiger Woods had his drama… A chick Kobe was mixed up with earlier in the year gave birth to his ‘alleged’ child, and Kobe paid for her to live in Italy for the last year..She’s now back in the US and is now seeking legal rights.”





Say it aint so...Jay-Z & Beyonce

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yardflex.com just received some BLOCKBUSTER news . . . from a person close to Jay Z. Jay Z and Beyonce are taking what our snitch calls a "trial separation."

According to our snitch the couple has been at odds for the last year. The insider explains,"The biggest thing [they argue about] is about kids, [Jay Z] wants them and Beyonce doesn't. It's all about her career, and she doesn't want to slow down."

Jigga is so animate about having kids, that yardflex.com learned he just ENTERED A LEASE to a Los Angeles mansion - without his wife!!! The insider claims, "For now [Jay Z's] going to be staying in LA. Beyonce will be in NY. . . The hope is that with the time apart, the couple will decide to either have kids, or go their separate ways."

WOW. And we have SECONDARY confirmation of what our insider is claiming. According to multiple [CELEBRITY] guests on Saturday's RocNation lunch, there was "definitely something wrong" between Jay Z and Beyonce. As one celeb puts it, "They didn't even look each other in the eye."

The staff here at yardflex.com are HUGE fans of Jay Z and Beyonce. We really hope Jigga changes his mind and works things out with wifey. . . .








Reggae super star Beres Hammond will be the headliner for this week’s One love Reggae Concert which will be held on Tuesday, February 15 at the Negril Escape Resort. This news has created quite a buzz in Western Jamaica where Beres Hammond has thousands of loyal fans.

Beres Hammond started his career in the late 1970’s and has created a very impressive reputation as a top class recording artiste and stage performer.
Throughout his long and successful career he has built a vast repertoire of hits that includes musical gems such as ‘One Step Ahead’, ‘What one Dance Can Do’, ‘Putting Up Resistance’ and ‘Groovy Little Thing’. He is extremely popular especially among female reggae fans because of his penchant for singing soothing lovers rock songs.

Also on the bill for this event are two very promising reggae singers, Timmi Burrell who is currently enjoying much attention with songs such as ‘Make Doh’, ‘Dark Shades and White Tees’ and ‘Fresh and Clean’. The other artiste is former Messenjah lead singer Lazah Current who is known for songs such as ‘Hey Girl’ and ‘Lately’.





Buju Banton wins the Grammy for Before The Dawn

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Jamaican reggae artiste Buju Banton, who is to face a US court tomorrow on drugs and gun charges has won the Grammy for the Best Reggae Album.


This is Buju's first Grammy win.
Buju, who was nominated for his album 'Before The Dawn' beat out five other nominees.


This is the second consecutive year, that Buju was nominated. Last year he was nominated for 'Rasta Got Soul'.


Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie is now in the United States is to face the courts tomorrow.


Yardflex sends hearty congratulations to Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie.






The Daily Word - LOVE - Monday, February 14, 2011

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I freely express love and compassion.
The story of St. Valentine performing marriage ceremonies, even when it was forbidden by the authorities, is a reminder to me: We are called to express the love of God in this world regardless of appearances. We are called to be God's love in action.

This Valentine's Day, whether I make plans with my sweetheart, reminisce with a lifelong friend, or encourage someone through a difficult time, I bring the love of God to life through my thoughts, words and actions.

The love I express is reflected back to me in great measure. Expressing empathy, listening deeply to another, being compassionate--these acts invite love to grow. I am God's love in action.

God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.--Romans 5:5








STATISTICS FROM the education ministry have painted a worrying picture of indiscipline in school in Jamaica, and have revealed that some 26,000 students have

been suspended and hundreds expelled over a three-year period.
Responding to a request from The Sunday Gleaner, the education ministry compiled the reports of suspensions and expulsions reported from all regions by public, private, and independent schools during the 2006-2007 to 2008-2009 academic years.
The ministry was careful to point out that the figures "are estimates for suspension and expulsion", which means the figures could be higher, especially after allowing for under-reporting, the ministry conceded.


During the period under review, an average of 8,600 students were suspended in each academic year while no less than 506 of their peers were booted from school.
Permanent secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education (MOE), Audrey Sewell, was staggered by the data. "It is the first time I have sat and looked at it globally. It is significant and nobody would feel comfortable with that level," said a concerned Sewell.
"I hope none of them (those expelled) has slipped through the cracks," she added, while noting that the ministry would launch a campaign to follow up on the progress of the students since their expulsion. "We have a responsibility to all of them," she said.
The education ministry did not have a breakdown of the reasons for the disciplinary measures taken against the students, but the Education Regulations 1980 governs and carefully sets out the grounds on which a child can be suspended or expelled from school. It states that "the principal of a public educational institution may suspend from the institution for a period not exceeding 10 days any student whose conduct in his opinion is of such a nature that his presence in that institution is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the discipline of the institution".
A student can also be suspended for committing "any act which causes injury to any member of staff or to any other student in that institution".


The education regulations also state that "except in special cases, a student shall only be suspended or excluded from a public educational institution after other efforts have been made to effect an improvement in the conduct of the student".
While not providing the specific circumstances surrounding each suspension or expulsion, Sewell, who accepted that there were several issues in the education sector that needed to be addressed, suggested that educators were often left with no other option but to suspend or expel students.


"There are many problems in the system. Teachers are overwhelmed. It is not that they really want to suspend, but they have to find a way to send a strong message," she said.
According to the 31-year-old set of laws, when a principal suspends a student, he or she must, with dispatch, give notice of the suspension to the student council and the parent or guardian of that student, as well as make a report to the board, stating the reasons for the suspension.


During the period of the suspension, the board of the public educational institution is required to investigate the matter, after which the student can be reinstated with or without a reprimand, or a warning can be given to the student, and where appropriate, to the parent or guardian.
After the investigations have been completed, the school board is also at liberty to "suspend the student for a further period not exceeding five school days beyond the period of suspension already given", or it can "instruct the principal to exclude permanently the student from attending that institution and shall inform the minister of such action".


According to the regulations, a child may re-enter another school after being expelled from a particular one. "A student who has been permanently excluded for disciplinary reasons from a public educational institution may be admitted to another public educational institution if a confidential report of the circumstances surrounding the exclusion is given to the principal of that other institution," read a section of the regulations.
Sewell told The Sunday Gleaner that it is the ministry's desire to ensure that every student who enters the nation's school system benefits. "It's really not comforting to know that we are losing some of them," she remarked.


The PS feels strongly that the high number of suspensions and expulsions is linked to "dysfunctional homes that make up Jamaica's malfunctioning society. The problem is that we are not getting the support from many of the homes in the administration of proper discipline," she asserted.
Suspensions and expulsions must be a last resort, according to ministry guidelines.


"Emphasis must be placed on prevention and early intervention strategies. The MOE, therefore, asserts that standard procedures be implemented to identify, as early as possible, students at risk and provide the necessary support to those who are presenting behavioural challenges."








Today is a Divine Order day. Seeing the symmetry of the world around me, I am reminded of the symmetry of mind, idea and expression that allows me to co-create my world in wonderful ways.

I affirm and give thanks for ideas that come to me. I build on these ideas to manifest abundance. Each idea, backed by action, brings fruit in its season--results that bless me and others. I am grateful for every blessing.

Today is a Divine Order day! Wholeness and serenity are my nature, and I speak words and take actions that promote healing, harmony, goodwill and joy. I surrender any need for a specific outcome and celebrate this Divine Order day!

They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season.--Psalm 1:3







Empire Universe: The Second Chapter coming soon

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Adidjahiem Notnice Records is set to unveil blazing new material from the Portmore Empire's top gunners on February 28 with the digital release of Empire Universe: The Second Chapter.

The double album features previously unreleased material from Vybz Kartel, Jah Vinci, Shawn Storm, Merital, Doza Medicine.
Empire Universe: The Second Chapter will also debut material from new recruits Tommy and Maxwell.


The album will also include the full version of Kartel's popular YouTube freestyle "Colouring Book," as well as his latest street bangers.

Empire Universe: The Second Chapter will be available on i-Tunes, Amazon, and all digital outlets on Monday, February 28.






MOH continuing ackee sensitization campaign

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The Ministry of Health has indicated that it will be maintaining its campaign to sensitise members of the public on the proper procedures for the preparation of ackee for consumption.

This comes in the wake of an increase in cases of ackee poisoning.
Earlier this week, health officials in St. Catherine reported three deaths from ackee poisoning and 18 cases in which persons fell ill.
According to Sheila Campbell Forrester, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, the sensitisation campaign will be a multi-faceted one.

Late last month, the government confirmed six deaths from ackee poisoning in St. Ann and St. Mary.
It was reported that the deaths were due to the consumption of ackees with high levels of hypoglycin, which is contained in the unripened fruit.






Jah Cure, Etana join Trina at EME Awards

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The Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards kicks into high gear with the announcement that golden-voiced roots singer Jah Cure, the Strong One, Etana and current reggae nominee Andrew Tosh, son of the legendary Peter Tosh will join hip hop's Diamond Princess TRINA as performers at the 7th annual EME Awards. The glitzy awards that traditionally attracts hundreds of A-Listers, taste makers, media executives and VIP's is set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

Etana, coming off a strong performance at the One Love Reggae Concert Winter Series in Negril last month is expected to enthrall fans with another top notch performance at the EME Awards. The acclaimed Warrior Princess recently released her highly anticipated sophomore album "Free Expressions" for VP Records, so titled because she refused to be constrained by approach or lyrical content.
Etana will join international reggae artiste Jah Cure, known for hits Love Is, True Reflections, Call On Me, and Unconditional Love. He will attend the 2011 EME Awards as a multiple nominee and performer and is expected to deliver a captivating set.

"We are very excited to have Jah Cure and Etana, two of my personal favourite roots and culture singers on this year's show “ EME Founder Richard "Richie B" Burgess said.

In addition to Etana and Cure, the EMEs will feature singer Andrew Tosh, arguably one of the most prolific male vocalists in the reggae genre. He emerged as a force in reggae when he sang at his father's funeral in the National Arena in Kingston in 1987. His version of Peter's "Jah Guide" stunned everyone in attendance.

"I was astonished myself on stage," he recalls. "The other song I did was 'Equal Rights,' because everyone is crying out for peace but none is crying out for justice. When I came down off the stage, I couldn't stop crying."

His current album "Legacy - An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh" is nominated for a Grammy this year along with Buju Banton Gregory Isaacs, Lee Scratch Perry and Sly & Robbie.
Tosh disclosed that he is also finishing up another album titled "Eye To Eye" that will feature an original track with Kymani Marley. The disc will feature an unreleased duet with his dad, plus other surprises including collaborations with a few international acts.

The 2011 Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards will recognize the top performers in 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.









Dancer Ovamarz, who has broken through the ranks and is now gaining recognition as a rising deejay, recently completed the video shoot for his latest single.

The song, Now You See Me Now You Don’t, is on the popular Star Boy riddim, and is gaining traction in the dancehall and on radio. The artiste and his management have great expectations for this single, hence the decision to shoot a video.

“The video shoot went very well,” Ovamarz said. “Although this is not my first single, and as a dancer I have appeared in a lot of videos, this is my first video for myself. It has been challenging, but things have turned out great,” he said enthusiastically.
Ovamarz has already given the dancehall slick dance routines


including the Nuh Linga, Raging Bull – his first official dance – Step Ova and Now You See Me Now You Don’t, which is both a dance and the song.

He also recently appeared alongside Elephant Man in the KFC commercial for its new product, iTwist.
The video for Now You See Me Now You Don’t was directed by Karl Durrant, who has worked with artistes such as Romaine Virgo, D’Angel, One Third and DJ Sunshine. Locations for the video were Cross Roads, Norbrook and Brook Valley.

According to Ovamarz, who is managed by Celebrity Promotions, the video will have its premiere in the next few weeks, and he promises that it will be exciting.








As Black History and Reggae Month celebrations continue throughout the Jamaican Diaspora, New York-based Caribbean Lifestyle TV, will pay tribute to saxophonist Cedric Brooks at the station's fourth anniversary gala and awards ceremony on February 28 in Manhattan.
Regarded as one of Jamaica's foremost saxophonists, Brooks is known for his solo recordings and being a member of the internationally acclaimed Skatalites Band.

He was admitted as a patient at a Bronx Hospital last year in an unconscious state, has had a slow recovery and remains in a semi-comatose state at a Nursing Home in Queens.
He will be honoured for his work and dedication to Jamaica's rich musical history.





Reggae series to be shown on BBC television

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A series of programmes celebrating Reggae’s impact on British music, culture and society will be aired on the BBC Four Television, beginning on February 11.
The programmes are a part of the BBC Four Britannia series and will show how Reggae came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next 20 years, both British music and society.

The series will start with the documentary Reggae Britannia and includes major artistes and performances from that era, including Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and the Specials, the Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers, such as Boy George and Paul Weller.
A special Reggae Britannia concert was held at the Barbican centre in London on February 5 and the broadcast of this concert will follow Friday’s opening documentary.

Other programmes in the Reggae Britannia series will include the broadcast of a special live recording of the 1973 Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival, which featured the Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers.
The series also include the Rise Up Reggae Star programme, which followed three aspiring artistes who seek to ‘rise up’ from obscurity for their chance at success.

The Reggae Britannia series end on February 19 with the 1977 Bob Marley Exodus concert.





Baby Chris on "My Life" tour

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Fast rising artiste Baby Chris has joined I-Octane on his "My Life" tour set to cross the United States over the next few weeks. The "My Life" tour kicked off last Friday with a performance in Dallas, Texas and another at the Temptations Night Club in Brooklyn, New York Wednesday night.
The artistes will then head to Newark, New Jersey for more performances before they return to Texas.

Baby Chris says things are happening for him since he began doing a media blitz alongside I-Octane.
He has been getting some airplay for my new song on Seanizzle’s riddim, and his management team reportedly got a call that Bad Boys Records want to meet with him.





Beenie Man defends Kartel

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Despite the tension that is reportedly surrounding these two artistes, Beenie Man has come to the defense of Vybz Kartel.

It was reported in a several articles that a popular radio disc jock in New York will not be playing any of Kartel’s music for black history month, as he believes that Kartel does not respect his heritage.

However, Beenie Man, in a recent interview, spoke out about the disc jocks decision.
"Dancehall is dancehall, when it comes to hardcore dancehall, I don’t support any ban of dancehall music. If Kartel is sending a bleaching message, then he can understand why a man would not play it because we love our black skin, and black is beauty, but for the disc jock to say that he’s not playing dancehall music because Kartel is advocating bleaching is going a bit too far ... not all (of) Kartel songs are about bleaching," Beenie Man said.





Bieber Fever as Justin unveils new movie

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The entire world has Bieber fever and unfortunately there's no antibiotic for it.
Justin Bieber was the talk of the town Tuesday night when he showed up to his 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' movie premiere in Hollywood.

Thousands of screaming girls lined the streets hoping to get a glance at their favorite mini man, and he was nice enough to sign autographs for most of them.

Sure, most of his devoted fans are pretty pissed about the fact that he's seriously dating Selena Gomez, but don't worry, he wants to spend his Valentine's Day with you!

When asked about his big V-Day plans he told Hollyscoop, "I'm going to go surprise my fans at a random movie theater."
And speaking of Selena, she hit the purple carpet in a stunning purple cocktail dress that matched Bieb’s purple tuxedo jacket. Aww so cute!





Police release Don Topping and Dudus’ relative

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The police have released the man they had linked to last month's fatal shooting of five persons on Milton Close in Portsmouth, St. Catherine.
The suspect, Donovan Topping, was freed Tuesday evening after two failed identification parades.
It is reported that during the first line-up Mr. Topping was not pointed out.

During the second ID parade the witness failed to show up. Topping's attorney, Christopher Townsend, told RJR News his client was released several hours after the expiration of a court order.
“Topping was released late yesterday evening, despite the judge’s order that he be released by 10 o’clock. We are really treading on dangerous grounds when a judge’s order can be flouted just like that,” Townsend said.

And the police Tuesday also released the nephew of former Tivoli Garden’s strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
Lavaugh Campbell, 20, had been held for one week without being charged.

He had surrendered to the Denham Town Police, in the company of his attorney, after being named as a person of interest
A senior investigator told RJR News Mr. Campbell was a member of a gang known as "Young Generation," which has reportedly been flexing its muscles in the police division, since Mr. Coke's extradition.





Bahamian woman arrested for cocaine

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A Bahamian woman is now in custody in Montego Bay, St. James after she was allegedly found in possession of cocaine.
The police have not released the name of the woman as she is expected to undergo questioning.

According to RJR News, the woman was about to board a flight at the Donald Sangster International Airport to the Bahamas when her luggage was searched.
About one kilogram was found hidden inside her luggage.
The woman was arrested and is to be questioned in the presence of her lawyer early next week.





Is Rihanna Dating Travis Barker Again?

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Rihanna might be dating rocker Travis Barker of rock band Blink 182. MediaTakeout claims that two people close to Rihanna have confirmed the rumor.

The two have been friends for quite awhile and dated each other in the past. Rihanna is also slated to appear in Barker’s upcoming video, “Can A Drummer Get Some” which films in Los Angeles next week.

In recent years, Barker has earned a ton of street cred in recent years thanks to remixes and collaborations with artists such as Diddy, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Soulja Boy, and Mary J. Blige.

He’s currently slated to drop his debut solo project, Give The Drummer Some, this year. The album will feature appearances from Rick Ross, Slaughterhouse, Lil’ Wayne, Swizz Beatz, and many more.





Jamie Foxx Gets Into Fight At Usher Concert

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Jamie Foxx was in a fistfight at last night at an Usher concert at Hollywood’s club Avalon. According to TMZ’s sources inside the concert, the pushing and shoving began just as Usher hit the stage.


Foxx was in an exclusive VIP area near the venue’s stage when someone took a shot at Foxx, who defended himself. The police was not called, and Foxx quietly left the club shortly after.


Damien Dante Wayans, part of the Wayans family and nephew to Keenan and Damon, witnessed the fight and said it was a “little altercation between two friends” and said that the two were probably at a diner laughing about it.






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The Daily Word - HARMONY - Friday, February 11, 2011

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I am filled with the love of God and live in harmony with all humankind.
When I am in harmony with myself, I am attuned to the spirit of God. I am aware of my connection to higher consciousness, and I face challenges with a positive attitude.

To maintain this inner harmony, I practice prayer and keep a conscious connection to Source. Maintaining my own internal harmony allows me to reach out to others with kindness and understanding. I develop compassion and create connections with those around me.

With my intention set on peace and harmony, I honor differences and share love with all. I am filled with the love of God and live in harmony with all humankind.

Make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.--Philippians 2:2








Another year, another Black History Month. There are currently lectures, readings, and performances taking place throughout the country.

Quanae Palmer-Chambliss, 41, is a single Black mother and education paraprofessional. She is raising four boys on her own. Quanae says that she recently moved to a beautiful townhouse complex in Edison, New Jersey.

“Management is very strict about the people they rent apartments to,” she explains to me; but, something else is on her mind even though it is Black History Month.

Quanae is concerned about certain Black folks who destroy apartment buildings and neighborhoods, she says, with Promethean speed and demolition-like efficiency.

“I wonder if some of their bad habits are attributable to a lack of Black leadership?,” she asked me.

“Black folks have had more great Black leaders than you can count. What more can Black leaders say to certain Black folks who simply just don’t get it?“ I responded.

Within the Black community, there are Black folks who simply have not absorbed the message of self-love, civility, and decency that is inherent in Black leadership narratives. Do Black folks bear any inverse responsibility to Black leaders who have emphasized social uplift and progress?

Even if Moses showed up in the ‘hood at midnight carrying a modified version of the Ten Commandments—these are tough times!—it is likely that young Black folks would refer to him on a first name basis as “Dog” or “Pop.”

About a few blocks into his mission—if the Black teenagers who have been killed and robbed by other Blacks for their Air Jordan sneakers, gold chains, and I-Pods are any indication—Black thugs might tell Moses to give up his Egyptian cotton robe, Barenia leather sandals, and 18-caret gold staff. And it is a strong possibility that he would be left butt naked standing on the sidewalk. Or Moses could be shot—possibly dead—and robbed.

Extreme?

Despite the gains some Blacks have made since the 1960s, there are also many other Blacks who are far from The Promised Land envisioned by many Black leaders.

Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post columnist, recently published a book called Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America. He argues that there are four distinct classes of Black-Americans: Mainstream, Abandoned, Transcendent, and Emergent.

I guess Quanae is alluding to Abandoned-class Blacks. Robinson defines this class as, “A large Abandoned minority with less hope of escaping poverty and dysfunction than at any time since Reconstruction’s crushing end.”

Quanae is fortunate. She could be living further south in Camden, New Jersey. It is one of the poorest cities in the nation.

While President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address highlighted American exceptionalism, he certainly did not address budget cuts well underway in many cities and states.

Camden recently laid-off 168 police officers, or 45 percent of its force, to close a budget gap. According to FBI crime data, Camden ranked second, only to St. Louis, as the most dangerous city in America in 2009.

As cities and states are compelled to close budget deficits, how are the abandoned, not to mention Black middle-class workers employed by the government, supposed to survive as cuts to government services and job layoffs continue unabated?

The U.S. government is staring in the face of potentially unimaginable social unrest. The turmoil we witness today in Cairo, Egypt could arrive on our doorsteps tomorrow, courtesy of the continued economic dislocation of millions of Americans.

Meanwhile, Black single working mothers like Quanae are forced to ask difficult questions about the vagaries of Black life at Ground Zero.

I told Quanae that to righteously respond to her question requires an understanding of what sociologists call “structural forces.” It also requires an inevitable “internal discussion” that Blacks must engage.

Meanwhile, Black intellectuals, scholars, and mental health professionals should consider establishing a national dialogue on Black civility.

This dialogue must address the violence, psychic alienation, distrust, and the disregard for Black life that plagues the Black
community.

Article written by Hakim Hasan






Fantasia Gets Lead Role In Mahalia Jackson Biopic

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Fantasia Barrino & Mahalia JacksonFantasia Barrino has been turning heads lately because she’s picked up a little weight, leading many to believe that she’s pregnant. The truth is that Barrino was recently cast in the lead role for an upcoming biopic based on the life of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Barrino is said to be in the process of gaining 45 pounds for the role.

Barrino will star in the big screen adaptation of the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel. The movie begins filming in April in Pittsburgh and Chicago and should hit theaters by December 2011.

The New Orleans born Jackson died in 1972 at the age of 60






First Lady Michelle Obama addressed recent speculation about whether the president dyes his hair during an interview Wednesday on NBC's Today Show.
"Is he dyeing his hair?" host Matt Lauer asked the First Lady after showing her pictures snapped last month of the president's coif.
"No," she replied. Obama then commented that her husband looked "pretty gray" in the images shown. "I think if he had known he would be president, he would have started dyeing his hair ten years ago," she added.
[Side by side: See comparison photos of Obama's hair]
President Obama's barber has stated that the amount of gray in the president's hair simply depends on how close it's cut.
The First Lady also followed up on her confirmation yesterday that Obama has quit smoking.
The First Lady also revealed that daughters Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12, are not on the the popular social networking site, Facebook.
Obama noted that there are Secret Service barriers and other constraints on her daughters, who she suggested are too young to be on the site anyway. "I'm not a big fan of young kids having Facebook," Obama told Lauer. "So, you know, it's not something they need. It's not necessary right now."
Facebook policy is that users must be 13 or older, though many pre-teens flout that rule.





Jamaican scores team high for Indiana Pacers

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Jamaica's Roy Hibbert Jr. scored a team high 20 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana Pacers, whose failure to contain LeBron James, saw them lose Tuesday night's NBA contest against Miami Heat, 117-112.
Hibbert's tally was bettered only James' 41 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat.
Both players had three steals and a block.
There were wins for Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies, who defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 105-101 in overtime.





Mastermind behind $60m heist nabbed

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A man believed to be the mastermind behind last week's hijacking of a courier vehicle in which more than $60 million was stolen, is now in police custody.
The suspect was nabbed during a pre-dawn operation by the Hunts Bay Police at a house along Zinnia Avenue, in the Seaward Drive area of Kingston Wednesday morning.
The alleged mastermind, who is said to be a former employee of the courier service company, Protection and Security, is expected to be questioned and placed on an identification parade.
RJR News spoke with a senior investigator, who said the cops have not yet recovered any of the stolen money.
In the meantime, the driver of the courier vehicle, who was taken into custody last week, was released on Tuesday after being in custody for a week.
However, he and two other guards are expected to face further questioning by the police.
The guards were taken in for questioning hours after gunmen reportedly hijacked their vehicle, and drove off with more than $60 million dollars in cash.
The vehicle was travelling along East Road in St. Andrew about 8 a.m. last Thursday when a Honda motorcar with three men aboard slammed into the back of the vehicle.
The driver left the vehicle to inspect the damage and was surprised when three passengers from the Honda motor car pulled guns on him and his colleagues.
The gunmen then drove away the courier vehicle with the money.







Popular dance-hall Artist known for throwing money in various arenas, has been accused of beating a young lady from a popular NYC dance-hall family (Young Blood Ladies). The incident happen in Robinson Ballroom In Philly.
Sources tell us that a argument accrued after Flippa grabbed the young ladies hand to try to speak to her on disrespecting his wife. The young lady was not interested in speaking to him, as she refused to engage in conversation, sources say Flippa pushed her and she proceeded to push him back (then all hell broke loose).
Sources say in an attempt to stop the young lady from *beating him bad * the artist picked up a champagne bottle and started to beat the young lady in the head. Our sources who were present in the party also stated that, Flippa’s entourage of men also tried to attack the young lady.
The young lady was rushed to the hospital with trauma to the head.







I rest under the cover of divine protection.
A small child sleeps well under the cover of a favorite blanket. In a similar way, I rest in the awareness that God has got me covered. Trusting that God in me is greater than the world around me, I enfold myself in thoughts of God's continual presence.

I claim divine protection from my own fearful thoughts, setting them aside the moment they reach my awareness. Moment by moment, tensions melt away. Feelings of calm and comfort flow through my heart, and a gentle song of joy rises up within me. In the early morning, throughout the day, and as I prepare for sleep, my thoughts stay on God. With deepest gratitude, I rest under the cover of divine protection.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.--Psalm 5:11





Beenie to the rescue

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Beenie Man jumped to the defence of Vybz Kartel this morning during an interview on CVM's Artiste Delight segment saying that he did not support the ban of Vybz Kartel's music during the month of February by IRIE Jam radio's Dubbmaster Chris.

"Dancehall is dancehall, when it comes to hardcore dancehall, I dont support any ban of dancehall music.. If he is sending a bleaching message, I understand why a man would not play it because we love our black skin, and black is beauty, but for you to say that you're not playing dancehall music because Kartel is advocating bleaching is going a bit too far...not all his (Kartel's) songs is about bleaching," Beenie Man told the CVM hosts.

Hmm, wonder if Beenie is trying to get back in Kartel's good books? Cause we neva hear Kartel defending himself afta di article come out in di Star.





Black people you should know

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AT A GLANCE:
The American Red Cross blood program of today is a direct result of the work of medical pioneer Dr. Charles Drew, beginning in 1940 and throughout World War II. Dr. Drew was instrumental in developing blood plasma processing, storage and transfusion therapy. His groundbreaking work in the large-scale production of human plasma was eventually used by the U.S. Army and the American Red Cross as the basis for blood banks.. THE STORY
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Milestones:
1904 Charles Drew born on June 3, in Washington D.C.
1939 Drew married Minnie Lenore Robbins, and they had four children
1940 Completes his doctoral thesis, titled "Banked Blood: A Study in Blood Preservation".
1940 Drew was appointed medical supervisor of the "Plasma for Britain" project.
1941 Drew was named director of the newly formed Red Cross Blood Bank .
1950 Drew died on April 1, in an auto accident while traveling to a medical convention
CAPS: Drew, Charles Drew, Charles Richard Drew, Dr. John Scudder, American Red Cross, ARY, blood bank, blood plasma, dried blood, blood transfusion, SIP, history, biography, inventor, invention, story, facts.
The Story:
Dr. Charles Richard Drew was the first person to develop the blood bank. His introduction of a system for the storing of blood plasma revolutionized the medical profession. Drew first utilized his system on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific during World War II. He organized the world's first blood bank project in 1940 - Blood for Britain. He also established the American Red Cross Blood Bank, of which he was the first director.

Drew was born in Washington, D.C. June 3, 1904 to Richard and Nora Drew, and was the oldest of five children. In his youth he seemed headed for a career in athletics and the coaching field rather than for medicine, starring as a four letter man in Dunbar High School, Washington. He went on to study at Amherst College, where he was a star athlete, all-American half-back and captain of his Amherst College football team.

After graduation, Charles Drew was a coach and a biology and chemistry instructor at Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland. But a turning point in his life was at hand. It had become his ambition to enter the field of medicine. He resigned his job at Morgan State and went to Montreal, Canada, where he enrolled in McGill University's Medical School. There he was granted two fellowships and was awarded his doctorate of medicine and master of surgery degrees.

For two years following graduation, Dr. Drew was an intern and resident in Montreal hospitals. In 1935, he returned to the United States to accept an appointment as instructor in pathology at the College of Medicine of Howard University in Washington, D.C. During the next two years, he advanced to become assistant professor of surgery.

Dr. Drew showed such promise in his work at Howard University that in 1938, at a time when war clouds were gathering over Europe, he was recommended for one of the Rockefeller fellowships at Columbia aimed at promoting advanced training in all fields of medicine. It was through this fellow ship that he met Dr. John Scudder and began study under him.

Dr. Drew was married in 1939 to Minnie Lenore Robbins, and they had four children, Bebe Roberta, Charlene Rosella, Rhea Sylvia, and Charles Richard, Jr. Shortly after, Dr. Drew earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Columbia University in 1940, with a 200 page doctoral thesis under the title "Banked Blood: A Study in Blood Preservation".

Drew received an urgent cablegram from a former teacher, who had returned to England. The cable requested 5,000 glass containers of dried plasma for transfusions, plus the same amount three weeks later. A large project was started in August 1940 to collect blood in New York City hospitals for the export of plasma to Britain. Dr. Drew was appointed medical supervisor of the "Plasma for Britain" project. His notable contribution at this time was to transform the test tube methods of many blood researchers, including himself, into the first successful mass production techniques.

By this time it had become apparent that America probably would be drawn into the war. Military authorities in the United States were concerned with the need for a stockpile of blood reserves if hostilities should begin. Dr. Drew had emerged as a leading authority on mass transfusion and processing methods.

After discussions with medical leaders and the American Red Cross, the government asked the Red Cross to establish a pilot program similar to the Plasma for Britain Project but on a smaller scale. Charles Drew was named director of the Red Cross Blood Bank and assistant director of the National Research Council, in charge of blood collection for the United States Army and Navy. The pilot center was set up through the Red Cross chapter in New York City and began operation in February 1941.

In 1941, Dr. Drew returned to Howard University, where he gained new distinction, particularly in the training of young surgeons. He had spent a total of seven months in the two blood projects, yet in this very brief but productive period of his professional life, he made an outstanding contribution to what was to become a highly successful World War II blood procurement effort.

After Dr. Drew's return to Howard, he was appointed to several scientific committees and received honorary degrees from Virginia State and Amherst Colleges in 1945 and 1947. He was one of the first of his race to be selected for membership on the American Board of Surgery. He also received the Spingarn Medal of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1944 for his outstanding contribution to human welfare.

The experience gained through Dr. Drew's efforts at the Red Cross New York center proved invaluable, and during World War II, 35 blood bank centers were in operation. By war's end, millions of donations had been received by the Red Cross, donations that made possible the saving of thousands of lives of wounded U.S. servicemen lives that would have been lost in earlier wars when blood therapy was unknown.

Mankind suffered a great loss in 1950 when, at the age of 45, Dr. Drew was killed in an automobile accident while driving to a scientific conference. His pioneering medical work has endured. How many lives have been saved because of his genius at turning basic biological research into practical production methods is impossible to determine. But it is a certainty that mankind owes a debt of gratitude to Charles Richard Drew.

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Inventor: Charles Richard Drew

Charles Drew photo courtesy Dr. Charles Drew, Medical Pioneer book cover

Criteria: First practical. Modern prototype.

Birth: June 3, 1904,in Washington, D.C.

Death: April 1, 1950 while traveling in rural North Carolina.

Nationality: American

Invention: Blood Bank

Blood drive photo courtesy American Red Cross

Function: noun / blood plasma

Definition: A place, usually a separate division of a hospital laboratory, in which blood is collected from donors, typed, and often separated into several components for future transfusion to recipients. The American Red Cross operates the largest blood bank in the U.S.





Shooting At Bishop Eddie Long’s Church

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Bishop Eddie Long on sign of New BirthLithonia, GA– A shooting took place on the parking lot of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, GA last Saturday.

DeKalb County police were called to the scene at 5:30 p.m., reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A male who was found shot in the parking lot remains in critical condition.

Both the motive and suspect are unknown and no further details are availale as of this report.

Embattled Bishop Eddie Long, who has been in the news for an alleged all-male sex scandal, is the pastor of New Birth.

DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said this incident is not connected to the church.





Prince Kicks Kim Kardashian Off Stage

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Prince fulfilled the wish of many Americans last night by kicking Kim Kardashian off of the stage during the final show of the New York leg of his “Welcome 2 America” tour at Madison Square Garden. After bringing Kardashian on stage to dance, Prince almost immediately booted her from the stage when she failed to dance with him.

“Get off the stage!” Prince quipped to the reality TV star as she just stood there while his band played the classic song “Controversy.”

After leaving the stage, Kardashian tweeted “I was so nervous I froze when Prince touched me!!!!” She later was called back on stage, this time with a group of people, and redeemed herself by dancing.

The Kardashian incident was just one of many highlights of the night as Cee Lo Green opened the show, informing the crowd that Prince wouldn’t let him curse just before he launched into his hit single “F*** You.” Green later joined Prince on stage to perform Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” a song Prince has been covering on his own during shows.

As expected, the stars were out in droves, as Chris Rock, ?uestlove of The Roots, Reverend Al Sharpton, Naomi Campbell and many more were spotted dancing in the sold out arena.

Prince performed a late night aftershow at NYC club Darby, taking to the stage just before 2am, with Talib Kweli freestyling. Prince ran through a ton of fan favorites and cover songs in the small and extremely packed club, calling it a night shortly before 3am.





Tisha Campbell Battling Deadly Lung Disease

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Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, best known for her role on the hit comedy sitcom “Martin” is battling a life-threatening health crisis after being diagnosed with Stage 2 sarcoidosis earlier this year. ESSENCE.com caught up with Campbell-Martin to talk family, yogurt and healthy living and Tisha revealed her illness:

ESSENCE.com: It’s safe to say that you’re focused on staying healthy, yes?

CAMPBELL: [Being in good] health is really important to me. Right now, I’m [battling] a genetic lung disorder called sarcoidosis, which can go into remission. I’m in Stage II and I’m trying to reverse it. I’ve only got one body and I really want to take care of it by working out and eating right.

Sarcoidosis is the same lung disease that killed comedian Bernie Mac in 2008.

We wish Tisha and her family the best.





Armoured truck robbery trial begins

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The trial concerning the theft of more than $40 million from a Guardsman armoured truck in January of last year commenced in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday and will continue today.

Two of the five defendants in the matter, Dwayne Satchell and Tamara Kellerman, will be sentenced on February 25.

The two were remanded after Kellerman pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property and Satchell pleaded guilty to simple larceny.

The other defendants, Errol Cameron and Clifton Kerr, were also remanded while Steve Jordine had his bail extended.

When the trial resumes today, the armoured vehicle in question, CC305K, is to be viewed by Cameron's attorney Michael Deans in the presence of a police officer and representatives of Guardsman on that premises.

The first witness in the trial, the operations manager of Guardsman, testified that on the day of the incident he received a call from the assistant operations manager who advised him that the crew had called in to report that a bag containing money was missing from their truck.

He then advised the crew to remain where they were as he made his way to their location to question them.


The witness explained to the court that Cameron, who was the driver of the truck, had failed to follow company security protocol as he told him that he had left the truck unattended so that he could use the bathroom.

According to the operations manager, drivers must remain in the vehicle at all times as the other crew members duties require them to exit the vehicle.

The cross-examination of the first witness will continue today.

Allegations are that Cameron went downtown with three security guards on January 15 of last year to conduct daily operations. During the course of duties, it is alleged that the three security guards exited the vehicle leaving Cameron in charge.

However, when they returned, $44 million was missing from the truck. It is claimed that the company office was alerted and an investigation was immediately conducted.

It is alleged that Cameron's phone was confiscated for analysis which revealed that he had made frequent calls to Satchell, who was attached to the company and was Cameron's neighbour.

Further allegations are that the sum of $10 million was later found on a property in St Catherine belonging to relatives of Kellerman, who is Satchell's girlfriend.


It is further alleged that a motor vehicle and items of jewellery were also found.





Naked in Half Way Tree

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The police on Friday had to prevent persons in the Half-Way Tree area of St Andrew from beating two men they are said to have discovered in a compromising position.

Reports reaching THE STAR are that the policemen were on duty in the area when they accidentally encountered the men.

"Did inna di tenement yard when dem hear some mourning and groaning inna one of di rooms. Di news immediately started to spread dat when di officer dem open di door dem see a partially naked man who had a towel wrapped around his waist and di other man naked as di day him born inna di bed," one woman who was on location and who requested anonymity said.

When THE STAR visited the yard in the evening, a number of persons were still talking about the incident.

One young man declared; "Fada if yuh nuh busy come yah so cause di country need you, and dem lucky di police did deh yah so."

Based on information received at the scene, it is said that the team of officers had to shield the men from angry crowd for about five hours. "A long time di police dem did deh down deh until about four service vehicles had to come because di amount a people did deh pan di scene a lucky di man dem lucky seh dem nuh get some beaten," another woman said.

When contacted, Senior Superintendent Derrick Knight, head of the St Andrew Central Division said he was not aware of the incident.









In an exclusive interview with TODAY's Meredith Vieira, Janet Jackson reveals that her struggles with her body image were once so severe, "I would literally bang my head up against the wall because I didn't feel attractive. ... There was a lot of pain in my life. But I did. I felt very unattractive," Jackson said.

The singer/actress writes about the incident in her new book "True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself," saying that she's better off now than when she was in her 20s, and "Rhythm Nation" was topping the charts. "I still have issues with it. I don't bang my head up against the wall, but I still have those moments. And I think it'll probably continue but at least I know how to deal with it now. And I'm in a much better space," she told Vieira.

The issues Jackson had might stem back to how she was treated by her brothers, including Michael, who had nicknames for her like "Horse, pig, cow, slaughter-hog," she said."

"It makes you laugh, it really does. It makes you laugh. I guess some people could say, 'Oh that's, you know, brothers and sisters joking, it's all affection, it's all, you know, it's in a loving way.' But not everybody can brush it off, and I was one of those," she said.

In the interview, Jackson also opens up about her father Joe, saying she wasn't to ever call him dad.
"He said, 'I'm Joseph to you. You do not call me dad.' That affects you as a kid ... I know my father loves me. He just has a very, very different way of showing it."









I am aligned with my highest good.
Noticing what appear to be happy coincidences, I find that I am in the right place at the right time with the right people. I am part of the divine flow of life. These effortless points of connection are blessings that indicate I am aligned with my highest good.

As I learn to relax into the flow, I experience more and more moments of spiritual synchronicity. A needed business connection may take place as I stand in line for coffee. A long-lost friend might suddenly re-enter my life. Any number of amazing possibilities await. In alignment with the divine flow of life, I am in harmony with Spirit.

The mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.--Isaiah 55:12








Halle Berry has said she considers her daughter Nahla, who is at the centre of a bitter custody battle, to be 'black'.

Her comment emerged a week after the fight between Berry and her ex boyfriend Gabriel Aubry over the two-year-old turned ugly.
It was alleged by multiple sources that the French-Canadian model once used a racial slur against the actress, calling her a 'n*****.'
And Aubry reportedly 'went nuts' whenever anyone would refer to their daughter as 'black'.
The Oscar-winning actress, 44, tells Ebony magazine 'I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother and I believe in the one-drop theory.'

The 'one-drop theory' refers to the controversial racial classification of African-Americans that determined who was black in the US.

Although it was only made law in the early 20th century for decades before that it was used in some states to determine who was black, regardless of how many white ancestors they had or even if they looked Caucasian.

It varied from state to state but sometimes even if someone had one great-great grandparent that was black and the rest of their ancestors were white, they were still considered black.
When asked to define her daughter's race, Berry - who has both white and African-American heritage - tells Ebony: 'What I think is that that's something she's going to have to decide.
'I'm not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself and that's what she's going to have to decide - how she identifies herself in the world.

'And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That's how I identified myself.
'But I feel like she's black.'

This is at odds with a report on website TMZ which alleges the French-Canadian model did not like his mixed-race daughter being identified as black .

Sources connected with the former couple told TMZ: 'Whenever Gabriel would read a story about Nahla that referred to her as "black," he would go off, insisting his baby was white.





Tifa, Kartel top 2011 Youth View Award winners

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Dancehall artistes Tifa and Vybz Kartel were the big winners at the 2011 Youth View Awards Saturday night.
Tifa, who walked away with four awards and Kartel, who took home five, delivered exciting performances at the fourth staging of the event at the National Indoor Sports Centre.


The even which was hosted by ZJ Bambino and Rocsi from BET’s 106 and Park's also saw performances from Denyque who kicked off the night followed by singer Raine Seville, who sand I Wanna Be Loved, backed by a live band, a tribute to Bob Marley.

Khago, Munga Honourable, Ce'Cile, Richie and Ikaya also delivered strong, energetic and exciting performances.

One memorable moments at the awards was the acceptance speech from Voicemail's Craig Jackson, after they won best group.
Jackson dedicated the award to fallen member Oneil Edwards and thanked the fans, promising more for 2011.

Also among the winners were Television Jamaica's entertainment programme Intense, which copped the ward for Best Entertainment show and Yendi Phillips won the award for celebrity role model.


Winners:
Favourite Music Video : 'Straight Jeans and Fitted' - Vybz Kartel & Russian


Sound of the year: Coppershot


Favourite Dance Group: Card Unit


Chart Topping Song of the Year: 'Clarks' - Vybz Kartel, Popcaan & Gaza Slim


Favourite Selector: ZJ Liquid


Favourite Local Artiste of the Year (female): Tifa


Favourite Local Artiste of the Year (male): Vybz Kartel


Favourite Group/duo: Voicemail


Favourite Producer of the Year: Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor


Favourite Male Dancer of the Year: Ding Dong


Favourite Gospel Artiste: DJ Nicholas


Favourite Media Personality: ZJ Bambino


Favourite New Artiste: Khago


Fashion Icon (Female): Tifa


Fashion Icon (Male): Beenie Man


Favourite Song Collaboration: 'Straight Jeans and Fitted' - Vybz Kartel & Russian


Celebrity Role Model: Yendi Phillipps

Best Entertainment Show: Intense

Favourite Dancehall Female: Tifa


Favourite Dancehall Male: Vybz Kartel


Young, Hot and Hype (Male): Ding Dong


Young Hot and Hype (Female): Tifa


Video Director of the Year: Jay Will








Rita Marley (third from the right) and members of the Explore.org team in Ghana, (Phot. Explore.org)
As several persons around the world and in Jamaica celebrated Bob Marley’s 66th birthday on Sunday, February 6, an online channel highlighted the work being done by the late King of Reggae's widow Rita Marley.
A team from Explore.org recently did a short film which shined a light on the Rita Marley Foundation and the amazing work that she and her organisation is doing in Ghana.
The Explore.org team joined Rita who is the official Queen of Development (Nkoso-hene) of that region as she walked through Konkonuru, a Ghanaian village that she and her foundation have worked on to rehabilitate building new medical clinic, improving the drinking water and renovating a school in Konkonuru, which Rita now calls home.
This is just one example of her fight against poverty and malnutrition in communities of less developed nations.
According to Explore.org, Rita Marley truly embodies the selflessness, compassion and love that the Marley name has come to symbolize around the world.





Grange for Marley becoming national hero

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Culture minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has announced that she intends to lead the advocacy for the Reggae singer Bob Marley to be declared a National Hero.
The order of national hero is Jamaica's highest honour.
Minister Grange told a national radio audience and those gathered at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston today to celebrate the late singer's 66th birthday that Marley was a "great Jamaican" and that she "supported the idea of making him a National Hero."
The Minister said people who believe Marley should be made a National Hero should formally present their case through letters and petitions and that she would advocate on their behalf.
Currently Bob Marley holds Jamaica's Order of Merit, and as such is addressed, The Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM.





Singer Lil’ Joe son of Patsy Rickets dead at 25

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Up and coming cultural artiste, Lil' Joe died at the University Hospital of The West Indies in St Andrew yesterday.
Reports are that Lil' Joe performed in Wickie Wackie, St Thomas on Sunday night and was rushed to hospital yesterday where he died from what is said to have been a ruptured blood vessel.
The 25-year-old artiste was born Alty Nunes and is the son of former National Dance Theatre Company principal dancer and renowned tutor, Patsy Ricketts.
One of the producers with whom he worked, Gussie Clarke, described the artiste's passing as a great loss. "He was one of the most talented youths I have come across in a long time, he was multi-talented. He had such a great work ethic, and was set to become one of the stars of the future. So it is a great loss for the music and for us who around him," Clarke said.
Lil' Joe's on-line biography notes that he began his musical training at an early age with celebrated tutors, Curtis Watson, Marjorie Whylie and Karl 'Simba' Messado. It further adds that as a youngster he formed a group called Jah Children and toured Europe in the mid-90s. This group had to be shelved as the members concentrated on academic pursuits.





Two suspects in $50-m robbery detained

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Two men have been detained in connection with last week's robbery of approximately $50 million from a courier vehicle in Kingston.
The two were held in a police operation but the constabulary declined last night to give any further information, saying it was "hot on the trail of persons believed to be involved in the heist".
The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) reported last Thursday that a group of gunmen held up and robbed three guards who were transporting the money in a Suzuki Liana motor car along East Road, off Waltham Park Road.
According to the CCN, the Honda motor car in which the gunmen were travelling collided with the courier vehicle and immediately after the guards alighted to examine the damage the armed men robbed one of the guards of a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver and drove away the car with the money.
The Suzuki Liana was later abandoned on Greenwich Street, Kingston 12.








There will be no legal battle between Energy Minister James Robertson and St Thomas businessman, Ian Johnson, the man who made damning allegations against him last year.
Professor David Rowe, the Florida-based attorney, who is representing Mr. Johnson, has decided to withdraw all lawsuits he had filed against the embattled Energy Minister in the Circuit Court in Florida.
Professor Rowe made his decision, following an agreement reached with Mr. Robertson attorneys.
In a statement on Monday, Professor Rowe said he was withdrawing the action based on new information submitted to him last week.
According to him, the facts now presented to him are not sufficient to corroborate and support continuing the action against Mr. Robertson.
Mr. Rowe's concession comes more than two weeks after a Florida Circuit judge threw out a lawsuit filed by Mr. Johnson against the Energy Minister.
In dismissing the case, Judge Richard Eade said Mr. Johnson needs to prove why the lawsuit is being filed in Broward County, and not in Jamaica.






Jamaica has lost yet another up and coming Dancehall Artiste, Born July 14, 1986 as Alty Nunes going by the stage name of Lil Joe- J.O.E

The cause of death is Cerebral Aneurysm { Burst blood vessel of the brain }. Lil Joe is the fifth child of known NDTC lead dancer, Patsy Ricketts and also began his musical training at an early age when Marjorie Whylie, Curtis Watson and Karl “Simba” Messado introduced him and his siblings to voice training.

While a lot of Artiste in Dancehall are condemned for their vulgar lyrics, Lil Joe was praised for his uplifting and positive lyrical content.

Only 38 days into the new year and yet this is the second Dancehall Artistie to Die, Lil Joe’s death comes just a month after Richie Stephens son Copper Cat was gunned down.





Youth View Awards

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR


With host Roxy from bet 106 and park and DJ BAMBINO





Munchie and Marsha Birthday bash

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Grange supports hero status for Bob Marley

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange said she will lead the advocacy for Reggae singer Bob Marley to be declared a national hero.

The Order of National Hero is Jamaica’s highest honour.

Grange told a national radio audience and those gathered at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston today to celebrate the late singer’s 66th birthday that Marley was a “great Jamaican” and that she “supported the idea of making him a national hero”.

The minister said people who believe Marley should be made a national hero should formally present their case through letters and petitions and that she would advocate on their behalf.







I set my imagination free, and I prosper!
Some beliefs create roadblocks to the infinite good that awaits me. By imagining myself free of limitations, I can achieve great things. I am gifted with the power of imagination--a God-given faculty to see beyond what is apparent in the present moment. Imagination allows me to dream, set goals and grow. Whether I am seeking greater financial, emotional or spiritual abundance, I open myself to Infinite Good--to God. I break down any barriers I have erected and set a course for success.

As my understanding increases, I have greater insight and direction. I am motivated to follow the path before me that leads to greater good. There are no limits; I set my imagination free, and I prosper!

I will sing a new song to you, O God.--Psalm 144:9





Satisfy My Soul - Bob Marley and the Wailers

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Mississauga businessman Denham Jolly, who spent 11 years fighting to get the licence for Toronto's first commercial black radio station, has sold the station to CTV.
Denham Jolly, who headed Milestone Inc. which owned The New Flow 93.5 FM, sold the station to CTV this week for $27 million, with the proviso that it retain the station's name and urban music orientation.
Jolly is the long-time owner of the Tyndall Nursing Home on Eglinton Ave. E.
The former community newspaper publisher was turned down twice by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in his bid to establish the station that was only approved after the African-Canadian community launched a politically charged campaign for the Greater Toronto Area's first commercial black radio station.
The president of The New Flow had difficulty defining exactly what types of music the station will play.
"It's kind of hard to say, ‘What's urban?' and ‘What's rhythmic?' and ‘What's hip-hop? Dance? What's crossover?'" said CHUM Radio president Chris Gordon, who will oversee operations. "All I can tell you is that we're committed to being a very rhythmic radio station."
The CRTC's approval of the sale binds CTV through 2017 to the terms of Flow's initial licence, which dictates an urban music format without specifics.
The deal brings to a close Jolly's run as the first black person in Canada to receive a radio licence. He spent 11 years, $400,000 and gathered 12,000 signatures to win approval from the federal broadcast regulator. But it's been an uneasy tenure.
While the station made respectable gains, eventually becoming profitable, it raised the ire of members of the black community who supported Jolly's bid.
Within three months of its launch on Feb. 9, 2001, some listeners were calling for a Flow boycott over its predominantly hip-hop playlist. They wanted programmers to adhere to Milestone's promise of a "modern-day reflection of the rich musical traditions of black musicians and black-influenced music over at least the past century" with a broader mix of reggae, soca, jazz and R&B.
"Flow catered more to the below 30, the hip-hop kind of North American vibe, so it alienated a lot of us," said Brampton-based Allan Jones, who supported a rival black bid for the frequency. "People felt it sold out a long time ago, so the sale of Flow means nothing really. What was missing then is still missing now."
"What you do to get a licence and what you do with a licence are two different things," said radio consultant David Bray of Flow's slide "from world music or urban music, to a more CHR (contemporary hit radio) format.
"They had to move more in that direction because you've got to get enough ad base to be able to get enough revenue. That is the reality of radio in Canada. It's always a balancing act, making sure that your conditions of licence are fulfilled, while at the same time becoming sufficiently commercial that you can actually make some money."
The station maintained a strong community mandate, supporting organizations such as the Jamaican Canadian Association and the Black Business and Professional Association, as well as a minority-focused scholarship at Ryerson University. Its efforts also boosted the careers of local black talent such as singers Jully Black and Divine Brown, and former Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex.





UWI hosts 2nd Annual Benefit Gala in Toronto

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) is hosting its 2nd Annual Benefit Gala in Toronto honouring Donovan Bailey (Jamaica) and Michael Lee-Chin (Jamaica), among other notable individuals who have made significant contributions to UWI and the Caribbean and Canadian communities. Outstanding individuals to be honoured include: The Honourable Justice Dr. Irving Andre (Dominican), Keith L. Forde, Kamala-Jean Gopie (Jamaica), Dr. Karl Massiah (Barbados) and Dr. John Stewart. Two organizations are also being honoured: Ryerson University for its contribution to the advancement of Caribbean people through its joint programs with UWI, and GAP Adventures, owned by Trinidad born Bruce Poon Tip, for its numerous successes.
Under the patronage of Dr. G. Raymond Chang, immediate past Chair of CI Financial, Chancellor of Ryerson University and himself, an honorary graduate of UWI, the gala promises to be an evening of celebration, embracing Canada's rich diversity while raising funds for students in the Caribbean. Proceeds from the Toronto gala will benefit students through the UWI Scholarship Fund and the UWI Haitian Initiative.
The first man in history to achieve the rare triple title of World Champion, Olympic Champion and World Record Holder, Donovan Bailey is also the first Canadian to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m. Jamaican born, Mr. Bailey now runs Bailey Inc. focusing on real estate and media relations. He also volunteers his time working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and ParticipAction. Also Jamaican born, Michael Lee-Chin, Chairman, Portland Holdings Inc. is widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur whose philosophy of "doing well and doing good" has resulted in phenomenal success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives.
The gala will take place on March 26, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.





Natral Mystic Live

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Bob Marley Day Activities

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· Digicel free concert at Emancipation Park from 4 to 8 p.m.

· Praise and Worship Service at the Swallowfield Chapel in honour of Reggae Month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

· Bob Marley Museum hosts Bob Marley Day

· Live Band Music - Bob Marley Mausoleum,St Ann 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· The 19th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash at MXIII Lawn in Negril






Rev Al Miller's firearm missing

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Reverend Al Miller of the Fellowship Tabernacle Church, the Reverend Al Miller, has been charged in connection with the disappearance of his licensed firearm, the police have confirmed, according to a report in the Sunday Gleaner.
"He is scheduled to appear before the court this week," the member of the St Andrew North Police Division reportedly told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday.
Allegations are that about two weeks ago, in the Shortwood Road area of St Andrew, the well-known pastor parked his vehicle, and on his return, discovered that a pouch with his firearm was missing.
"I was standing just metres away from the vehicle when it happened," Miller told The Sunday Gleaner. He subsequently reported the theft to the police.
He has been a licensed firearm holder from the early 1990s, he said.






Judy Mowatt reflects on Bob Marley

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Judy Mowatt shares with Sunday Observer her thoughts on being with the group and sharing the stage with Bob.
Looking back now Judy Mowatt is of the opinion that being a part of the I-Three must have been ordained by God. The singer summed up the 'long story' by saying the day she linked up with her favourite singers Rita and Marcia proved that "dreams really come true".
The realisation of her dream took place in 1971 when Studio One's Coxsone Dodd invited her to sing background with two other persons.
"I had no idea it would be Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths," she recalled. After the session Marcia issued the invitation for Rita and herself to sing a song with her at a performance she was giving at The House Of Chen Night Club, which was located on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston.
Suffice it to say, that performance made the entertainment news and also got the attention of Bob Marley who invited them to sing background vocals on his Natty Dread album.
It wasn't long before the I-Three was the official backing vocalists for Bob Marley and the Wailers. The rest is history as far as their involvement with the group is concerned, but for Mowatt there are memories that she will forever cherish.
Recounting one of her favourite moments with the I-Three, Mowatt says the fact is that they enjoyed each other's company so much, noting that they were 'fitness gurus' back then.
"We were engaged in physical exercise. That was a part of our lives to ensure optimum fitness on stage. While we were on tour, as we arrived at a hotel the first thing we would be inquiring about, is the nearest park for running. Those days we didn't walk we ran," Mowatt recalled.
Another fun memory is the way they would pass the boredom away while taking their long journey to one of their gigs.
"Driving from state to state can be a long drawn out exercise. We would sing for hours on the bus. Our favourite songs were recorded by the female group Sweet Inspirations or the Supremes or we would sing some gospel favourites," Mowatt shared adding that they didn't have to worry about music as Bob and the Wailers would effectively provide that by using the tables or the chair foot as musical instruments to keep the beat.
Speaking of the late icon, Mowatt says it was a joy to work with Bob. "It meant one would have to maintain a certain standard and discipline. Bob was serious when it comes on to his music. We would be rehearsing even when there was no concert," Mowatt said.





Happy Birthday Bob Marley

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Today, the King of Reggae, the Hon Robert Nesta Marley, would have turned 66. Happy Birthday Bob!







Bob Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley on Feb. 6, 1945 in Saint Ann, Jamaica. His father, Norval Sinclair Marley, was a white Englishman and his mother, Cedelia Booker, was a black Jamaican. Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami, FL on May 11, 1981. Marley had 12 children, four by his wife Rita, and was a devout Rastafarian.
Bob Marley's Early Life:

Bob Marley's father died when he was 10 years old, and his mother moved with him to Kingston's Trenchtown neighborhood after his death. As a young teen, he befriended Bunny Wailer, and they learned to play music together. At 14, Marley dropped out of school to learn the welding trade, and spent his spare time jamming with Bunny Wailer and ska musician Joe Higgs.
Bob Marley's Early Recordings and the Beginnings of the Wailers:

Bob Marley recorded his first two singles in 1962, but neither garnered much interest at the time. In 1963, he began a ska band with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh that was originally called "The Teenagers". Later it became "The Wailing Rudeboys", then "The Wailing Wailers", and finally just "The Wailers". Their early Studio One hits, which were recorded in the popular rocksteady style, included "Simmer Down" (1964) and "Soul Rebel" (1965), both penned by Marley.
Bob Marley Converts To Rastafarianism:

Marley married Rita Anderson in 1966, and spent a few months living in Delaware with his mother. When Marley returned to Jamaica, he began practicing the Rastafarian faith, and began growing his signature dreadlocks. As a devout Rasta, Marley partook in the ritual usage of ganja (marijuana).
Worldwide Success:

The Wailers' 1974 album Burnin' contained "I Shot The Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up", both of which gathered cult followings in both the US and Europe. The same year, however, the Wailers broke up to pursue solo careers. At this point, Marley had made the full transition from ska and rocksteady to reggae.
Bob Marley & the Wailers:

Bob Marley continued to tour and record as "Bob Marley & the Wailers", though he was the only original Wailer in the group. In 1975, "No Woman, No Cry" became Bob Marley's true breakthrough hit song, and his subsequent album Rastaman Vibration became a Billboard Top 10 Album.
Bob Marley's Political and Religious Activism:

Bob Marley spent much of the late 1970s trying to promote peace and cultural understanding within Jamaica, despite being shot (along with his wife and manager, who also survived) before a peace concert. He also acted as a willing cultural ambassador for the Jamaican people and the Rastafarian religion. He holds nearly godlike status among many Jamaicans and Rastafarians worldwide.
Bob Marley's Death:

In 1977, Bob Marley found a wound on his foot, which he believed to be a soccer injury, but was later discovered to be malignant melanoma. Doctors recommended an amputation of his toe, but he refused for religious reasons. The cancer eventually spread. When he finally decided to get medical help (in 1980), the cancer had become terminal. He wanted to die in Jamaica, but could not withstand the flight home, and died in Miami.

Learn more about Bob Marley's death.
Bob Marley's Legacy:

Bob Marley is revered the world over, both as the defining figure of Jamaican music and as a spiritual leader. His wife Rita carries on his work as she sees fit, and his sons Damian "Jr. Gong", Julian, Ziggy, Stephen, Ky-Mani, as well as his daughters, Cedelia and Sharon, carry on his musical legacy (the other siblings do not play music professionally).
Honors and Awards Bestowed Upon Bob Marley:

Among the awards and honors that have been given to Bob Marley are a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His songs and albums have also won numerous honors, such as Time Magazine's Album of the Century (for Exodus) and BBC's Song of the Millenium for "One Love".






I am a spiritual being, evolving and growing every day, in every way.
I am continually evolving as a spiritual being. This evolutionary process includes trials and errors as well as joys and opportunities. Each experience I encounter, each relationship I share, each insight I receive offers me the opportunity to grow.

From the moment my life began, I have been evolving and growing. As an infant, through trial and error, I learned to crawl, walk and speak. From there, I moved on to more advanced learning experiences. As an adult, day by day, I grow in harmony with the unfoldment of Spirit in me.

It gives me great peace to know that I am a work in progress, growing and evolving to become the person I am meant to be.

Clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.--Ephesians 4:24





Yardflex Girl - Lydia Patel

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Name: Lydia Patel

D.O.B: march 12, 1985

Height: 5fT 4

Weight: 115 lbs

Nationality: Trinidadian/Bajan

Location: NY

Occupation: Television/Radio Host/Spokesmodel

Hobbies: working out, dancing and chillaxing

What do you like about yourself: My outgoing, lively personality. I am socialite, a bubbly person and bring a breath of fresh air when I enter the room.

Most Embarrassing Moment: Getting caught trick or treating when I was 19! (I can't help that I still look young lol)

Most Memorable Moment: Beating out hundreds of contestants to win a spot on the Tyra Banks show.

Favorite Quote: Just Make it happen!

Favorite Artiste: too many great ones to select just one

Favorite Dish: anything with shrimp

Favorite Color: PINK

Favorite Travel Destination: Mediterranean








God is active in me now. I am whole and well.
Another day has come for me to live and let my light shine. With every breath, the healing power of God moves in me. Regardless of any appearance of disease or disorder, the truth remains: Illness has no lasting power. Health is my true nature.

Every cell of my body responds to my love and appreciation. Divine intelligence directs the healing process. With every heartbeat, light, love and wholeness fill my mind and body. I now claim my total well-being.

In gratitude, I am assured that every organ functions in accordance with God's perfect design. I am assured that health and wholeness are expressing in, through and as me now.

If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.--Luke 11:36





Shelly Expression Birthday Party

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR





KGN 21 - JAMAICAN ALL FEMALE GROUP

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A successful girl group has never quite made the grade in the male-dominated Dancehall and Reggae world, but four hot and talented young girls from Kingston, Jamaica, intend to turn that on its head with their unique package of visuals, music and movement. Four strong and very different personalities make up the group called KGN 21 and they are ready to explode.

Sashe, Kerise and sisters Kuchi and Sheena, who hail from some of the toughest parts of Kingston, are taking a no-nonsense approach to their music, the business and life itself.

"We're all about girl power," says Kuchi. "We represent the new generation of females and our music reflects that. We're all about fun, independence and portraying a positive, powerful image for all the females out there, with plenty of eye candy for the guys too! We like to show our sexy side but in a tasteful way."


"Kingston's zip codes only go up to 20," explains Sashe regarding the group's moniker. "But we have our eyes set on the rest of the world too, so we thought KGN 21 was an appropriate name."
"And in Cashpot the number 21 represents bad girls!" chimed in Kerise. "We coming with the full package - dancing, singing and attitude, y'all ready fi di ride?"

Their debut single "Boom Boom," produced by Grammy-winning legends Sly & Robbie, announces their intentions in no uncertain terms. A catchy, poppy hook laced with hardcore Jamaican spice, "Boom Boom" got its worldwide premiere via US mainstream radio, courtesy of Nikki Z on her primetime morning slot on HOT 93.7 FM. Locally IRIE FM's DJ Sunshine and ZIP Jock Sparks have been showing the single a lot of love already.

"Its great that all the female radio disc jockeys are feeling the record," says Kerise. "Our management team gave it to them first as we are all about strength and unity for the women in the business and the response has been even better than we hoped for."

KGN 21 are shooting the video for Boom Boom this week and the single will be available on iTunes and all digital outlets on February 8. Individual

Individual photos will follow, more info can be seen below:






Bolt, Cedella Marley in Puma deal

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LONDON, England (AP) — Usain Bolt will be competing at the 2012 London Olympics with the legend of Bob Marley on his shoulders. The world-record holder in the 100 and 200 metres and the rest of his Jamaican track and field teammates will be wearing uniforms designed by the reggae great's daughter, Cedella Marley.
"We both break records," Marley told The Associated Press yesterday in a telephone interview. "Marleys. Bolt. Legendary."
Marley, the first-born daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, is a singer, author and fashion designer. She was picked by athletic apparel company Puma, the Jamaican team's sponsor, to create the clothes that the athletes will wear on the track, on the podium and in the ceremonies.
"I can't think of a better person to design our Olympic outfits than Cedella," Bolt said in a statement. "Puma got that right... hooking up with a legendary Jamaican.
"It's going to be inspirational to run in London with that energy surrounding me."
Bolt broke the records in the 100 and 200 at the 2008 Beijing Games, and then did the same at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. With the possible exception of Bob Marley, Bolt is the most famous Jamaican there is.
"Being a Jamaica No 1, being a Marley No 2, and then being able to outfit not only Usain, but the entire team, it's a proud moment for all of us, everyone in my family," Marley said.
Marley said she took her inspiration for the uniforms from music, various cultures and Jamaica from the 1970s and 80s.
"I want to bring the old and the new Jamaica together," she said. "It should be Grace Jones meets Bob Marley on the track, and we're going to have fire on the field."
And when it comes to the uniform Bolt will be wearing next year in London, fans can count on something a little bit different from his teammates.
"We're going to have something special for him. Only for him," said Marley, who has yet to meet Bolt, but said she is expecting to work with him in March in Jamaica. "We're going to work together."
The names of Marley and Bolt are probably the two most recognised from Jamaica in the world, so it only made sense to put them together for the Olympics in London.
But it took a chance phone meeting between Marley and Puma chairman and CEO Jochen Zeitz to get the collaboration up and running.
"I said, 'Yo Mr Puma, how come you've not done anything with the Marleys? Come on, you know, Puma, Marley, Jamaica. It makes sense,"' Marley said.
"And he just said, 'Well, you know, Cedella, everything takes time.' And like two weeks later I got a phone call. I guess it was time," said Marley.
For Puma, the desire to create something that will both aid the team in winning medals and make a splash in the design world was strong. And they'll work together to make sure the fashion end of the deal doesn't interfere with the performance specifications.
"A lot of people are going to be looking at Mr Bolt," Puma chief marketing officer Antonio Bertone said of the 2012 Games.
"It's going to be London. It's going to be an amazing location for the Olympics."
As for the Marley legacy, Bob's daughter said her father is already enjoying the fruits of her labour.
"Oh man, he loves it," Marley said of her late father, who died in 1981 but would have celebrated his 66th birthday this weekend. "This is a nice birthday present for him."





Chicken price to go up again!

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Chicken prices have gone up since the start of the year … they went up by about 2.5% a week and a half ago and now the chicken producers are saying that consumers must brace for yet another increase.
What are poor people going to do?
Mr. Levy from Jamaica Broilers says that at the moment, chicken price increases are almost reflecting hikes in the price of grain, which means prices are now changing as soon as corn shipments are received.
In other words, as soon as the ship arrive with the corn, poor people are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to buy the meat.





Dudus’ nephew to be interrogated

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Investigators will Thursday begin interrogating the nephew of former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
Detectives from the West Kingston Police will quiz Lavaugh Campbell, in connection with a number of crimes, including murder, allegedly committed in the Division.

The twenty-year-old Campbell surrendered to the Denham Town Police on Tuesday, in the company of his attorney after he was named as a person of interest, on the weekend.

A senior investigator told RJR News Mr. Campbell was a member of a gang known as "Young Generation," which has reportedly been flexing its muscles in the police division, since Mr. Coke's extradition.





Skeletal remains found in Liguanea, St. Andrew

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The police have been left puzzled by the discovery of skeletal remains near busy Wellington Drive in Liguanea, St. Andrew.

They were found shortly after 6 o'clock Wednesday evening in a gully.
Detectives are awaiting the results of a post mortem to ascertain the identity and the cause of death.








POLICE have increased their presence in Spanish Town St Catherine following the shooting deaths of two persons yesterday.
Police reported that about 6:00 am that on Wednesday, gunmen shot dead a man identified as Winston Hall while he was walking in an area called Willowdene.
A few minutes later gunmen then went to St John's Road where they opened fire on a group killing one man and injured several others.
The name of the man has not been released.
The shootings are the latest in a series of tit-for-tat killings that have rocked the volatile community in recent weeks and have left several residents in fear.
"We are in fear every day we don't know who will be next," one woman from Spanish Town said.
Police have reassured residents that they will be monitoring the area.
"We will not sit by and watch hence we have stepped up our presence in the area," a senior cop warned.







Rapper Trina will be the guest of honor at Jamaica's Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards in March for her work with local stars including Sean Kingston and Lady Saw. The female MC will receive the International Friend of Reggae Honoree accolade to thank her for sharing the spotlight with up-and-coming and more established artists from the Caribbean country.

EME Awards founder, Richard Burgess, says, "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."

Trina follows in the footsteps of previous award recipients such as Missy Elliott, John Legend and Akon, reports AllHipHop.com. The Seventh Annual EME Awards take place in Kingston on March 12.





Why dem won’t stop beat Ninja?

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From wha day yah Ninjaman a bawl out sey di warder dem a beat him up. Well we hear from good good source sey a true. According to di report, dem sey Ninja too renk and him all a tear out dat part a him body and g idem. And so dem tump him up again. But two wrong doan mek a right. Ninja fi behave and di warder dem fi know sey dem cyan just a go round and a beat up prisoner so.





A who did hate Roderick Reid suh?

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A who coulda hate Roderick Reid suh fi stab him so much time? We hear sey a over 50 stab the young man get. Such a nice guy at dat to. And an aspiring lawyer. But everybody a sey da one yah deep and a no just so-so suh. Well, we a hear all kinda sinting, but we nah speculate and wonder bout it. But di yute really get a bad end. And den dem just dump him inna di back a one car and a police haffi find him wrap up inna shower curtain. A wonder if di cops a go probe dis or if dem just a go put it inna File 13?





Court sets aside forfeiture order against Canadian

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The Court of Appeal has set aside a Supreme Court order which had given the Jamaican Government the go-ahead to seize and sell the assets of a Canadian man on behalf of the Canadian government.
Yesterday, the appeals court gave 59-year-old Robert Bidwell time to file his defence opposing the sale of his assets.
The court ruled that neither Bidwell nor the Government should have any dealing with the properties until the issue has been heard and determined by the Supreme Court.
The assets, which comprise Lot 45 Breadnut Drive in Runaway Bay, St Ann, and several apartments at Bay Vista Village, also in Runaway Bay, are worth more than $200 million.
The forfeiture order was made in a Canadian court five years ago while Bidwell was being sentenced for drug-related offences to which he had pleaded guilty.

In 2008, Supreme Court Judge Leighton Pusey had ruled that the Canadian man must file his defence within 56 days after being served with the claim form and affidavit of Director of Public Prosecutions.
However, before the time had expired Justice Donald McIntosh made an order for the forfeiture order to be registered.
However, the Court of Appeal has ruled that Justice McIntosh’s order cannot stand.
The court said in the circumstances, Bidwell ought to be allowed the opportunity to file his defence.
Bidwell has been ordered to file his defence within the next 21 days and the Registrar of the Supreme Court has been directed to fix a date for the first hearing of the matter as soon as possible.







Bob Marley Birthday Bash for MX III Lawn, Saturday

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The 18th renewal of the annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash, which was not staged last year because of a temporary ban the police placed on the MXIII Lawn in Negril, is set to return with a bang this weekend at the scenic West End Road venue.
The concert segment, which will be staged on Saturday night, will be headlined by international recording star Jah Cure. The line-up also includes the veteran Freddie McGregor, Richie Stephens, Admiral Tibet, Chino, Stephen McGregor, Laden, House of Leeds' recording star Iyahblazze, Soul 4 Soul and Andrew Taylor.
The backing band is the western Jamaica-based SAME band.
The Bob Marley Birthday Bash, which has got the blessing of the Bob Marley Foundation, is one of several global events staged annually to mark the birthday of the late reggae icon, who died in 1981.








The fourth season of the Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall competition was launched at Club Privilege in New Kingston Tuesday night.
Mark Kenny, Executive Producer, says there is a new presenter and new locations for the 2011 staging of the very popular television show.
The auditions are scheduled for May Pen, Clarendon on Saturday, February 12 and Portmore in St. Catherine on Sunday, February 13 before wrapping up at the Ranny Williams Centre in Kingston on Saturday, February 19.
Mr. Kenny says a new home for the live shows, which had been held at Weekendz in St. Andrew for the three seasons, has yet to be decided.
The show will also have a new host, Yannick Barrett following the decision by previous host Empress to leave the show to pursue other personal projects.





Lisa Hyper with Sharon Burke ?

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Is the Gaza losing all of its glamour to di alliance, well female deejay Lisa Hyper is currently in negotiations with the Solid Agency camp to provide booking services and a management team for her career. She believes that a good team is necessary for the success of any artiste and she sees Solid Agency as the fitting choice.

Speaking with THE STAR, Lisa Hyper said, "I've been shopping for a good management team for quite a while now and talks are currently on the table with Solid Agency for both bookings and management. While milling around in my head for possible options Sharon Burke came to mind, so I approached her and spoke with her about it."

Hyper noted that once Solid Agency comes to mind, persons automatically think of Alliance boss Bounty Killer. Knowing this, she wishes to make it known that she is not a part of the Alliance.

"I'm not a part of the Alliance but as a result of the possible union (with Solid Agency) and because we'll have the same management team, I've decided to put my differences aside with Killer because yuh know me and him did a throw some punches in 2009. I'm not afraid to put them aside and even apologise to Killer because he's an icon in the business, he's been around a long time," she said.

Lisa Hyper has been busy at work since the start of the year as she already has a number of new songs. Among them, Lock Down Di Place on the Swag Up rhythm for Danny Champagne's Tenement Yard Productions, No Gal on the Tiptronic rhythm for Free Willy Productions, New Year, New Gear for Syndicate Productions and Must Get Mine for which a video is to be done soon.

"As mi seh, new year, new gear. We've been through many changes, I've already proven my point to the people that I'm not a pushover by clashing with various female artistes. I'm finished with that now, I'm trying to work to bring my thing on the international level," she said.





Advise for The Office of the Contractor General

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The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) was today advised that Mr. Maurice Barrett, the Chief Investigator of the OCG, is the only Jamaican who has been selected by the Government of Singapore and the Commonwealth Secretariat to participate in a major 2-week Commonwealth Corruption Control Training Programme which will take place in Singapore between February 14 and 25, 2011.

Mr. Barrett, who has led many major Special OCG Investigations, was recently appointed by Contractor General, Greg Christie, to lead a nine (9) person team in the Special Investigation which the OCG will undertake into the circumstances surrounding the Government’s sale of the Sandals Whitehouse Hotel to Gorstew Limited, a company which is owned by local businessman, the Hon. Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

The Programme, which will host lead and senior anti-corruption officials from several countries across the Commonwealth, is being jointly sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Assistance (CFTC) and the Singapore Cooperation Programme of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is being organized in pursuit of the Commonwealth’s commitment to institutionalize transparency, accountability, good governance and the rule of law as fundamental political values in Commonwealth countries.

The Programme will share Singapore’s anti-corruption experiences and best practices and will provide an interactive forum for Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Agencies to explore and discuss concepts and issues that are related to managing and fighting corruption and promoting integrity and clean governance in government. Participants will also be provided with a unique learning opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of anti-corruption issues and to design and implement specific strategies to reduce corruption within their own countries.

Mr. Barrett, who was specially recommended by the Contractor General for participation in the programme, is the holder of the B.Sc. Degree in Public Administration and the M.Sc. Degree in Governance and Public Policy from the UWI. He joined the OCG in January 2007 as an Inspector and moved up the ranks to Senior Inspector and Senior Special Investigator before he was appointed to the position of Chief Investigator in April 2009.

Singapore has an enviable and consistent record of being one of the least corrupt countries in the world. In 2010, it was ranked by Transparency International (TI), the International Anti-Corruption Watchdog, as the world’s least corrupt country out of 178 countries. By contrast, Jamaica was ranked 87th.







Seven Jamaican women have been arrested and charged in Trinidad with lewd and suggestive dancing and could face time behind bars if they are unable to pay their fines.

They were among 13 women who appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate on Monday.
The Jamaicans pleaded guilty to the charges while the others from the Dominican Republic, Peru and Colombia were remanded and ordered to re-appear on Tuesday because no translator was available to assist the court.
The Jamaicans were each fined $250 and in default of payment will spend one week in prison.
They were given one week to pay the fine.
Their attorney Joseph Honore told Magistrate Avason Quinlan that the women arrived in Trinidad two months ago and linked up with the Tribe mas camp to learn the art of wire bending with the intention of returning to Jamaica to open their own mas band.
The women were arrested early Saturday morning during a raid at a hotel.
It is alleged that the women were seen on a stage dancing in a sexual and suggestive manner.
They were arrested and charged.
The women reportedly admitted that they were dancing suggestively but denied being naked on stage.





Halle Berry quits film to fight for custody

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LOS ANGELES – Halle Berry has pulled out of a film job to prepare for a custody fight over her young daughter.
A spokeswoman for the Oscar-winning actress says Berry backed out of a role in "New Year's Eve" that was scheduled to shoot in New York this week "due to pending custody litigation involving her daughter."
Publicist Meredith O'Sullivan did not say where or when the custody case would be heard.
Berry and her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, have a daughter, Nahla, who will turn 3 in March.
Attempts to reach Aubry were unsuccessful.








After much speculation on the sexes of Mariah Carey's unborn twins, it's been confirmed that she struck lucky and is having both a boy and a girl.
And the 40 year-old singer and husband Nick Cannon are said to be over the moon they will be getting both a son and a daughter.
'Even before we announced it was twins, I was trying to keep everything gender neutral because I didn’t want to impose an identity on them too soon,' Mariah told Life & Style magazine.
'There were fan contests on Twitter about what gender they are and rumours about them being two boys or two girls — but nobody guessed this!'
A friend of the couple added: 'It’s all about pink and blue these days,'
'It’s truly going to be a dream come true for them. They get a son and daughter.'

In December, husband Cannon, 30, revealed that they were having not one but two babies on his radio show.
'In order for my wife and I to have our life, we need to be up front and I need to be able to share things with you and be real. I didn’t even tell my wife I was going to do this. I’m probably going to get yelled at for not getting permission. We’re having twins!'
Mariah is due in April and added: 'It’s been a long journey—but a happy one.'
The songstress has certainly been enjoying some culinary delights along the way.
According to Nick, she has been cooking delicious meals for the couple every night.
However, it's him rather than her who's gaining weight.





Lindsay Lohan suspected of stealing a $2500 necklace

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Troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan may have landed herself in hot water yet again.
She is suspected of stealing a $2500 necklace, after surveillance footage obtained by police show her wearing the jewellery just before it went missing.
An associate of the troubled actress turned in the expensive necklace to police, after it emerged that police were in the process of obtaining a warrant to search her house.
A store owner in Los Angeles filed a police report last week, celebrity website TMZ reports.
Lohan can be seen trying on the necklace in the store's security video.
It is unknown whether the owner will press charges now that the piece has been returned.





Rihanna pushes the boundaries in new video

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With the track itself entitled S&M Rihanna's new video was never going to be tame.
But the pop star has really pushed the boundaries in her latest offering, which is strictly adults only.
While her videos are never demure, her latest features the singer in a series of latex outfits engaging in S&M pursuits.
The video was shot by Melina Matsoukas, who also directed her track Rude Boy.
Throughout the video Rihanna is seen poking fun at the media, with the plot set in a mock press conference.
It opens with the 22-year-old dressed in newsprint being dragged into a room full of journalists. She gives an interview from behind a plastic sheet as the reporters scribble away while wearing ball mouth gags.
Soon they are bound by latex tape and lying on mattresses as Rihanna, now wearing latex underwear, writhes around on top of them and whips them as they squirm.
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton even makes an appearance, being led on a leash by the singer, who treats him as a pet while whipping him outside a suburban house.
In other scenes Rihanna is the one tied up as she twists and turns attempting to get free. She also seductively eats pieces of fruit including bananas and strawberries.
She even dresses up as a latex Playboy bunny, hopping around as headlines about her 'daddy issues' are screened.
Finally she heads into the newsroom as the journalists gather round, snapping away.
She seems unconcerned, lying back on a desk and flashing her suspenders.
The new video comes as an American model claimed she had a lesbian affair with a female singer, widely thought to be Rihanna.
While Tajah did not name the Barbadian as the star, she refused to deny that she was her former partner.






Kingston, Jamaica: Legendary artist manager Copeland Forbes, Managing Director at Comar Productions LTD recently announced that he has signed talented Canadian female reggae singer Bonnie Casey to a five-year management contract. Forbes, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable artist managers in the industry has worked with reggae icon Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Luciano, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Garnett Silk and the late Gregory Isaacs.
“I see Bonnie as the female version of Bob Marley" Forbes said. "Not only does she have an incredibly vocal range but she has passion, charisma, beauty and a stage presence that is magical."
Casey garnered major attention last year with a stellar performance at the annual Jamaica
Day Celebration in Toronto, Canada where she entertained thousands of screaming fans who cheered as she belted out a heartfelt rendition of the Jimmy Cliff classic 'Many Rivers to Cross.'
She again turned heads with a smashing performance of "Willow Tree" and "Tune In" at the November 20th 2010 tribute concert for the late Gregory Isaacs at The Ronnie Williams Centre in Jamaica. Now that she is signed to Comar Productions, Forbes is predicting an extremely busy 2011 for Bonnie as he coordinates tours and performances for her in Europe, Asia and North America.
Bonnie who was born to an Irish father and a Jamaican mother is described by those around her as vibrant, outspoken, unique, and as having a caring personality. She began singing at the age of 5 years old and benefited from voice and drama lessons at the Beckett School for the Arts in Toronto.
The former Miss World Canada Beauty pageant finalist and fashion model draws her influences from Etta James, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. She sings jazz, blues and contemporary songs but is focused on lover’s rock and rock steady rhythms as she seeks to build a long term career in the reggae industry. Her fresh approach to music, her unique song writing ability, along with her versatile vocal range will no doubt give listeners that 'wow factor' that has been missing with many young acts currently in the industry.
Using music as a communication tool, she intents to write and perform songs that music lovers can relate to. Her debut album is set to drop in late 2011 and will feature Sly & Robbie and Dean Frazer, who are short listed as producers for the project.
“I feel excited and very optimistic to be working with Copeland and his team" Bonnie said. "He is one of the best in the business. God has blessed me with a great voice and with Copeland’s guidance, the sky is really the limit.”

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(l-r) Talented singer Bonnie Casey, artiste manager Copeland Forbes and Bonnie's mom Paulet Casey at
the funeral of the late Gregory Isaacs in Jamaica recently.





Let’s really celebrate Black History Month

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By Rae ROQ

So February is Black History Month and we all know this, but how many of us take the time to think about it and actually celebrate in our own personal way?
Black History Month is more than a month created to remember great black people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, and Nelson Mandela. This is a month in which we can celebrate not only our freedom, but look towards a brighter future. African people have come from a lineage of bondage and progression. Our ancestors suffered more than we have, so it is only right to be grateful for everything that we have and are lucky to get.
From the Civil Rights movement, to black people breaking into the entertainment industry, dominating the sports scene, and America electing its first black president, we have shown that we are an evolving race capable of doing anything that we put our mind to. While chasing our own dreams it is only proper to pay homage to those who have paved the way.
There have been Jamaican artistes such as Grace Jones and Bob Marley who have created their own legacy. Many artistic concepts, such as photo shoot concepts used by present day super models like Amber Rose, have been revived from the portfolio book of Grace Jones. Bob Marley is still, and always will be, an international household name and icon. He will always be remembered for creating great music and trying to bring knowledge and positive vibes to the people.
Oprah Winfrey has made the Forbe's list year after year, but she is also well known for her generosity. She recently created her OWN network and has built a school for girls in Africa. Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational writers to keep in mind when you want to put a pen to a pad and paint a picture with words.
Celebrate Black History Month this year by reading a great black book or watching a movie. Try researching a black person who has made great accomplishments online. You may be shocked to recognize that you may have something in common with them. Don’t let it pass you by this year.
Black is beautiful.





Platinum Birth day party

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Rev. Al Miller's lawyer asks judge to step down

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Lawyers representing head of Fellowship Tabernacle, Reverend Al Miller, yesterday asked the presiding judge in his trial to step down from the case causing it to be further delayed until February 16.
Miller was arrested and charged last June with perverting the course of justice and harbouring a fugitive after he was found in the company of formerly Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke who at the time was on the run from the security forces.
When the matter came up for trial yesterday in the Corporate Area Court before Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser, attorney Wentworth Charles made a submission for the case to be transferred to another court.
Charles said he would be challenging the validity of the warrant signed for Miller's arrest and as such thought it would be appropriate if the matter was heard by another judge, as RM Fraser was the magistrate who had signed the warrant.
But he made it clear that he was not seeking to have the magistrate remove herself from the matter on the basis that his client would not get a fair trial.
The magistrate, in her response, said she did not have an interest in the issue relating to the validity of the warrant but asked Charles to establish the basis on which she was being asked to recuse herself.
As a result, she instructed him to bring evidence to support his case on the next court date.





Curfew imposed in Portmore community

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The police have imposed a curfew on Braeton Phase Three in Portmore, St. Catherine.
The 48-hour curfew will remain in effect until 6 o'clock Thursday evening.
The boundaries are north along Snapper Avenue from Barracuda Avenue to Braeton Boulevard; south along Whale Avenue from Braeton Boulevard to Barracuda Avenue; east along Barracuda Avenue from Whale Avenue to Snapper Avenue and west along Braeton Boulevard from Snapper Avenue to Whale Avenue.
And the curfews, which were imposed in sections of Spanish Town, St. Catherine have again been extended.
They are due to be lifted at 9 o'clock Thursday night.
Some of the areas covered by the curfews are Burke Road, Salt Pond Road and Lower Oxford Road in the Railway/Dallas Lane communities.
Over in March Pen parts of the Spanish Town Bypass between Dunbeholden Road and March Pen Road are covered by the curfew.
The third curfew is in De la Vega City.
It runs along an imaginary line at the De la Vega City playing field from Port Henderson Road to Salt Pond Road and the Spanish Town Bypass.





Buju Banton to face more charge on February 14

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The Gleaner has reported that United States District Judge James Moody Jr has dismissed a motion filed by lawyers representing Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, seeking to throw out a superseding indictment filed by prosecutors.
This means that when Buju faces the court again, starting February 14, he will be answering five charges instead of the two that he faced in his first trial.
Efforts to contact Buju's lawyer, David Markus, were unsuccessful yesterday, but legal officials in the US agreed that while Buju could still beat the charges, he now has a more difficult mountain to climb.
When he was first arrested in December 2009, Buju was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and aiding and abetting his two co-defendants in knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm during the course of a drug offence.
The jury was unable to agree on a verdict and the case ended in a mistrial.
Last November, US prosecutors obtained a superseding indictment against Buju which added two additional counts and modified the gun charge.
Lawyers representing Buju rushed to court seeking a dismissal of the superseding indictment, alleging vindictiveness on the part of the prosecutors because of the mistrial and the defence's attempts to get the charges dismissed.
"The court should presume that the new charges and modification were added by the government in retaliation for (the defendant) exercising his constitutional rights," Buju's lawyers argued.
But the prosecutors hit back: "As long as the prosecutor has probable cause to believe the accused has committed a crime, the courts have no authority to interfere with a prosecutor's decision to prosecute."





Terry McMillan Goes Off On Will Smith’s Kids

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California — Yesterday, the author of Waiting To Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back Tweeted, “It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?” Cue the ruckus.

McMillan also wrote:

The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad.

A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t.

Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame.

These kids don’t already know what they “love”. Total bullshit. They’re not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real.

McMillan’s Tweets were Retweeted a bunch of times, and a hubbub ensued, with messages like, “While some of the things ur saying about Will/Jada may be true…Why do u come off so bitter? WOW” and “@MsTerryMcMillan annoys me. Get off Will and Jada’s children. Worry about your own womb, and why you haven’t written a decent book in years.” And even more rude: “@MsTerryMcMillan didn’t your man leave you for another man?”





Top 9 Black Television Talk Show Hosts

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You got questions? These nine television hosts probably had them too, for a wide array of celebrities, politicians, athletes, and everyday people with amazing stories. Check out our list of the nine best black television talk show hosts. 1. Oprah Winfrey Initially The Oprah Winfrey Show was just another talk show when it debuted in 1986. But what made it stand out and rise above the rest was the show’s host. Now The Oprah Winfrey Show is only a small part of Oprah’s empire, and in 2011, will cease to exist in its current format. But not because the show is cancelled, Oprah is moving onto something bigger than her own show. She’s starting her own network, appropriately called OWN.

2. Arsenio Hall The Arsenio Hall Show revolutionized late night television. Just ask Bill Clinton who many say would have never won the 1992 presidential election had it not been for his surprise appearance on that show.

3. Mo’Nique Unlike Arsenio, The Mo’Nique Show has a lot more competition in that late night slot. But the Oscar-winning comedienne has been able to hold her own against, pulling in her own unique audience on BET. While the rest of America was tuning into the drama of the late night talk show wars between Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno, plenty others tuned them out and tuned into Mo’Nique.

4. Tyra Banks A show about service as much as it was celebrity, through The Tyra Show, Tyra used her beauty and brains for good. What Oprah is to the stay-at-home moms of America, Tyra was to the teenagers of America who came home after school and needed a big sister to understand them.

5. Wendy Williams The popular radio DJ has successfully taken her format and gift of gossip to the small screen. Though Vh1 would air her radio show, The Wendy Williams Show has shown the queen of talk radio can also sit down on a couple of comfortable couch chairs and ask questions with the best of them.

6. Whoopi Goldberg The moderator of The View is fearless and isn’t afraid to call it like she sees it. And if someone else is calling it like she sees it on the show, she’s not afraid to retort or even walk away.

7. Montell Williams As a former Marine, and a victim to multiple scoliosis, Williams — an Emmy Award winning talk show host — used his show as a platform to bring awareness to various social issues in an aggressive style.

8. Star Jones The controversial panel member on The View during it’s early years was one of the sharpest and most entertaining women on the panel.

9. Tavis Smiley Many people were shocked when BET let Tavis Smiley’s contract as host of BET Tonight expire, but the charming media personality has landed on his feet. Now the host of his very own PBS show, Tavis Smiley, Smiley is doing what he does best, interviewing the people we’ve always wanted to talk to ourselves, asking them the questions we’ve always wanted to ask.





GWhizz Birthday Celebration

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Wha dat fah

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Fi real wi tyaad a di bitchiness inna di entertainment industry. Look deh now i guh pon Flava site yesterday and listen to a conversation whey him tape wid Chris Chin from VP Records. Him a accuse Chris a all manna a evil. Anyway di ongle ting wi hear Chris sey is "Flava mi nuh tell yuh si mi a guh talk to yuh".
Mi affi play back di video and si if wi did miss anyting important, cause wi really a wonda whey dat deh posting fah. But if we wi post everyting whey wi hear it wouldn't stop yah suh. A one ting wi a beg, stop di foolishness inna di industry and meck wi try fi co-exist. it nuh look and sound good at all.





Celebrate Black History Month

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By RaeROQ



So February is black history month and we always know this, but how many of us take the time to think about it and actually celebrate in our own personal way? Black History Month is more then a month created to remember great black people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, and Nelson Mandela. This is a month in which we can celebrate not only our freedom, but look towards the future as being bright for us. African people have come from a lineage of bondage and progression. Our ancestors have suffered more than we so it is only right to be grateful for everything that we have and are lucky to get.
From the civil rights movement, to black people breaking in to the entertainment industry, dominating the sports scene, and America electing its first black president; we have shown that we are an evolving race capable of doing anything that we put our mind to. While chasing our own dreams it is only proper to pay homage to those who have paved the way.
There have been Jamaican artist such as Grace Jones and Bob Marley who have created their own legacy. Many artistic concepts, such as photo shoot concepts used by present day super models like Amber Rose, have been revived from the portfolio book of Grace Jones. Bob Marley is still, and always will be, an international household name and icon that will never perish. He will always be remembered for creating great music and trying to bring knowledge and positive vibes to the people.
Oprah, that has made the Forbe's list year after year, but is also well known for being generous. She has recently created her own network called OWN and has built a school for girls in Africa. Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational writers to keep in mind when you want to put a pen to a pad and paint a picture with words. Celebrate black history month this year by reading a great black book or watching a movie in respects. Try researching a black person that has made great accomplishments online. You may be shocked to recognize that you may have something in common with them. Don’t let it pass you by this year. Black is beautiful.







I choose to look at life in a positive, new way.
My attitude has a powerful influence on my daily life. It affects my relationships and the outcomes I experience. I choose to embrace this God-given day with a positive attitude.

Perhaps the most important thing about my attitude is my ability to manage it. I have power over my thoughts and actions. I can choose to hold a positive attitude rather than a negative one. I can choose to face the day with inner strength and confidence in my abilities. I can choose to hold life-affirming thoughts that lead me to my highest good.

Today I choose to have a positive attitude and look at my life in a new way. With this attitude, I receive bountiful blessings.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.--Psalm 118:24





Trey Songz Photo’d Holding Hands With A Man

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Mediatakeout.com got hold of this photo of Trey Songz posing with a random man while holding his hand. The picture is cropped off right above the hands but they appear to be joined. It could be that both their hands were just in a position that made it look that way but who knows…





MC be be prepared

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What a way di two youngest Miss Jamaica whey teck on MC role a Jazz festival embarrass harself. When dem a introduce SWV fi teck di stage dem sey who grew up in di 70s woulda know dem music! Di sista dem come and sey no sah, dem nuh so ole! Ouch!





Ninja mi ninja

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Whooii if we laugh wi pop up! We caan believe whey di prison warder a tell wi sey. What a ting, A suh wi get it a suh wi a guh sell it. Yeah man it look like di Ninja woan behave himself. Dem sey him have all kinda nasty word inna him mout. Him all a call one a di warder dem b---y man and when di warder tell him sey it run inna fi him family cause him have son a St Mary a one, di Ninja nuh duh nutten but tun back way, drop him pants and tell di warder fi come...no sah dis ya site can call dem word deh!





Promised Land - Dennis Brown Live

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$120M in counterfeit cigarettes seized in operation

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The authorities have made a major dent in the illicit cigarette trade.

The Customs Department is reporting that it has seized J$120 million worth of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.

A statement from the Department said four million sticks of the fake cigarettes were found in a 20 foot container which originated in China.

It was seized at Kingston Container Terminal.

The counterfeit cigarettes were originally declared as plastic and styrofoam cups and plates.

The Customs Department says the trading of counterfeit cigarettes is a breach of the Trade Marks Act as well as the Copyright Act.

It adds that counterfeit cigarettes, although cheaper, pose a serious health risk as the contents are unregulated.


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Jamaica has no concert recordings of Bob Marley and The Wailers during the 1960s.

This has been revealed by Dr. Matthew Smith, Senior 

Lecturer in the Department of History and Archeology at the University of the West Indies, who delivered the recent annual Bob Marley lecture series at the university.

"From 1963 to 1973, in that ten-year span of Bob Marley and the Wailers' performance history there is no video recording or audio recording of the Wailers. And it's not until they go international that they are recorded. This is not just The Wailers alone, there were many other performers in that period. We were not recording and recognising their contribution," Dr. Smith said.

He added that live recordings of Bob Marley's local concerts occurred following the mid 1970s however, there is no documentation of his rise to stardom.

According to Dr. Smith, this is because the tapes were left in the United Kingdom for processing, erasing, theft and decay.

 

 

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Unruly show goers pelted the stage with bottles Sunday morning, bringing a premature end to Follow The Arrow stage show at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, about three minutes after Bounty Killer took the stage.

Vybz Kartel and Mavado were still to perform but the incident came after rising reggae star I-Octane had earlier showed that he was ready for the big times with a scintillating performance.

The chain of events actually started before Bounty Killer took centre stage as he was involved in an altercation backstage, forcing Ragashanti, the evening's emcee, to urge him (over the microphone) to cool it. 

When Killer took the stage at 5:25 a.m., he proceeded to recognise Black History Month by paying tribute to some prominent black persons including national heroes Nanny and Marcus Garvey and his dance hall protégé Mavado.

Then he referred to what he said was news being circulated that he was going to clash with Kartel by questioning: "How mi an' Kartel fi have showdown? Mi a giant!"

Apparently, supporters of Kartel, incensed by what they believed were disrespectful statements from Killer, hurled bottles, sending patrons into a scramble, hundreds of them heading for the exit, some for the beach area.

After a few minutes, the majority of the crowd, which had remained on the grounds, reassembled, hoping to have a restart. But after a few seconds of activity onstage bottles again rained and once again the crowd dispersed.

A third attempt was made to restart the show, this time when Kartel and some members of his Portmore Empire crew appeared onstage in an attempt to calm the crowd.

But it was not to be, as this time, apparently, supporters of Bounty Killer took matters into their own hands and pelted the stage with bottles, forcing the artistes to make a hasty retreat.

 


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Just hours after Charlie Sheen went on a radio rampage, blasting his bosses at the television show, CBS issued a statement on behalf of the network and "...Men's" production company, announcing they were pulling the show from production of new episodes.

"Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season," CBS said in a statement late Thursday night.

Not long after CBS and Warner Bros. issued their statement, Sheen had some words of his own, specifically aimed at show creator Chuck Lorre.

"What does this say about Haim Levine [Chuck Lorre] after he tried to use his words to judge and attempt to degrade me. I gracefully ignored this folly for 177 shows ... I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth," Sheen said in an open letter, posted on TMZ's website.

Sheen went even further, attacking Lorre, suggesting this is a battle and claiming the fans will support him.

"I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words -- imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists," Sheen's statement continued. "I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong.


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There has been an outbreak of Chicken Pox at the Constant Spring Police lock up in St. Andrew.

Officials of the Public Health Department ordered a quarantine of the lock up, after five prisoners were diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday.

The lock up has been placed under quarantine for the next two weeks.

The Police High Command has ordered that no new prisoners should be taken to the lock up and those currently there should remain until the quarantine is lifted.

The High Command has ordered that the prisoners with the virus be isolated and that protective gear be provided for police personnel who work in the cells.

Among the 80 prisoners being housed in the lock-up is Garnett Reid, Jamaica Labour Party caretaker.

Chicken Pox is a highly contagious illness caused by primary infection with the varicella zoster virus.

It usually starts as a vesicular skin rash mainly on the body and head, which becomes itchy with raw pock marks that normally heal without scarring for some persons.

 





Book review: Long Run, Short Catch'.

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This is a wonderful epic story about real life and normalcy at its crusts. It's from the point of view of one of our African sisters with her life stories as the foundation. The events are real, the cross culture is a shock and the lessons learned are priceless. Jamaica gets highlighted in the novel for those who enjoy that feeling and a sense of home 'Long Run, short Catch' does take you to that special spot.

The story is about a Nigerian-American who ventures out to fine happiness on the 'other side' but only comes to find out that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. When the love bug bites it can make you blind which is exactly what

happens when she picks up her Jamaican husband from hell, marries him and starts a roller coaster of unforeseen hurt and disappointment. Immigration is one of the main issues discussed but is so relevant in our westernized society.

This novel has everything from love, romance, scandal, drug cartels and even battles within when you discover how Asama learns to deal. For many of us, our sanity is our only sense of hope yet the easiest thing to lose and how and what we chose to use as coping mechanism can be life altering.

This is a great read for all to take in and honestly, a breath of fresh air! 

Yardflex review says Asama Iwuoha nailed it right on the head.


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Two policemen attached to the West Kingston Police Division have been charged with murder.

Corporal Charles Watkins and Constable Kirk McFarlane were charged Friday morning, following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).They were later taken before the Half Way Tree Criminal Court where Corporal Watkins and Constable McFarlane were offered $1 million and $500,000 bail respectively.

The two are charged for the November 26, 2009, shooting death of Steven McRay, a resident of Lincoln Avenue in St Andrew.

It was reported that policemen from the Denham Town Police Station responded to reports of gunfire in the Lincoln Avenue area.

The police say they were confronted by members of the 'Rat Bat' gang on entering the community.

During a shoot-out, Mr. McRay was shot and a gun reportedly taken from him.

However, residents disputed the police's story.

The arrest of the policemen is causing anger among policemen in the Division.


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Charges dropped against TVJ reporter

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Yardflex has it from good source that the charge against TVJ reporter Latoya Spence  has been dropped. Yesterday the news spread like wildfire about the misdemeanor charge.
"A eediot ting dat. They should have given the girl a chance to defend herself instead of blasting it like that," are some of the comments that have been coming our way.
Many of her friends in the media fraternity held firm the view that there must have been some misunderstanding and were convinced that she would be vindicated.
Last night TVJ gave a brief statement that they were standing by her.




Irie FM celebrates Peter Tosh

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Peter Tosh

In celebration of Reggae month IRIE FM will hit the road again to pay homage to the legendary Peter Tosh

On Feb 27 IRIE FM will have a special outside broadcast at the Peter Tosh Museum in Bluefield, Westmorland

The media house will celebrate Peter Tosh life, work and legacy from 6 AM to 2 PM with the Running African show with Andrea Williams and Sunday Sunshine with Big A.

The IRE FM's broadcast will feature nyabinghi drummers, live performances and much more.

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Beyonce darkens up for tribal-inspired photo shoot

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Make-up: The star was paying tribute to African queens through the ages on the shoot

She was recently accused of looking 'too white' - but now Beyoncé has donned black face make-up for a shoot in French fashion magazine L'Officiel Paris.

In their 90th-anniversary issue, the Crazy In Love star takes inspiration from African culture and wears head wraps as well as tribal-style clothing and accessories - and she is seen with her caramel skintones darkened by heavy make-up.

Respected fashion magazine L'Officiel has defended the shoot, saying in a statement that Beyoncé was 'paying homage to African queens' and as a 'return to her African roots, as you can see on the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened.'

The magazine added: 'As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face.

Earlier this month, Beyoncé was seen sporting what was deemed a 'lighter look' with bleached blonde hair and skin that appeared to be paler than her usual shade, though dermalogical experts pointed out it was probably just a trick of the light.

And in August 2008, L'Oreal was accused of 'whitewashing' the star in an advert by digitally lightening her skin.





Rat Town & Big Lane under curfew

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Forty eight hour curfews have been imposed on sections of the St. Catherine South Police Division.

The areas under curfew are Rat Town in Waterford, Portmore and Big Lane in Central Village, Spanish Town.

The curfews took effect at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 23 and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 25.

The boundaries of the curfew on Rat Town, Waterford are north along a gully from Shenton Avenue to the Western boundary; south along a dirt track from the Western boundary to Shenton Avenue; east along Shenton Avenue from the dirt track to the gully and west along an imaginary line from the gully to the dirt track.

The boundaries of the curfew on Big Lane, Central Village are north along an imaginary line from Big Lane to the New testament Church of God; south along the Rio Cobre bank from Big Lane to an imaginary line leading from the New Testament Church of God to the river; east along Big Lane from the imaginary line leading from the New Testament Church of God to the Rio Cobre bank and west along an imaginary line from the New Testament Church of God to the Rio Cobre.

During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorized in writing by a member of the security forces, who is in charge of enforcing the curfew.

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$100m worth of cocaine found on cruise ship

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The Customs Department says the cocaine seized during an operation at the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Pier in St. James on Wednesday has been valued at more than $100 million.

A statement from the Department says 50 pounds of cocaine was found following the five hour operation.

It involved personnel from Customs and a team from the Trans-National Crimes and Narcotics Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

According to the statement, 22 pounds of cocaine was found strapped to a man who has been identified as Ricardo Chin.

Mr. Chin was a passenger on a cruise ship that had docked at the pier.

Another 28 pounds of cocaine was found in a suitcase in a cabin occupied by a second passenger on the ship.

The cruise ship had arrived from Colombia.

Mr. Chin has been taken into custody and will answer to charges of breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act as well as the Customs Act.       

 

 


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Oil Hits US$100 Per Barrel

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Oil prices hit US$100 per barrel Wednesday as forces loyal to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi clashed with protesters, expanding their control over parts of that OPEC nation.

In afternoon trading benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was up US$3.48, or 3.7 per cent, at US$98.90 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Prices climbed as high as US$100 earlier in the day, hitting triple digits for the first time since October 2, 2008.

WTI has jumped 18 per cent since Valentine's Day.

In London, Brent crude added US$5.33, or five per cent, at US$111.11 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

The rebellion in Libya, which has the most oil reserves in Africa, follows uprisings in other North African countries that have ousted leaders in Tunisia and Egypt.

As protests widened in Libya, French oil giant Total said it started to wind down its oil production in the country, which produced an average of 55,000 barrels per day last year.

That follows similar moves by other oil companies working in the country.

The country's biggest oil producer, Eni, idled operations that produce 244,000 barrels of oil and gas per day. Spain's Repsol-YPF and Austrian oil company OMV also suspended operations.

Barclays Capital estimates that as many as one million barrels per day have been shut down so far.

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Buju's assets safe for now

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Prosecuting attorneys in the United States are yet to say if they will be going after the assets owned by convicted reggae superstar Buju Banton.

According to a report in the Gleaner, they were unable to get a comment from the prosecutors yesterday, more than 24 hours after a 12-member jury found Buju guilty on three of four drug-related charges.

But lawyers in the US disagree about whether the state has any grounds on which to go after Buju's assets.

David Oscar Markus, the lead attorney for the Grammy-winning reggae icon, yesterday told The Gleaner that there was no basis for the state to move to seize his assets.

Markus, who was obviously devastated over his failure to secure an acquittal for Buju, was curt as he declared the state could not take the assets.

However, controversial Florida-based Jamaican attorney, Professor David Rowe, warned that the US government could still institute forfeiture proceedings against Buju based on the conviction.

Pointing to legal precedent, Rowe said: "Among the statutory grounds for forfeiture are that the property was used or intended for use or to facilitate drug trafficking."

In a superseding indictment handed down last November, prosecutors increased the charges against Buju from two to four and indicated that if he was convicted on any count punishable by imprisonment for more than one year, they would be seeking the forfeiture of some of his assets.

"Mark Anthony Myrie, aka Buju Banton, shall forfeit to the United States ... all of (his) right, title and interest in property constituting and derived from any proceeds ... obtained directly or indirectly as a result of such violations.

"And property used and intended to be used in any manner or part to commit or to facilitate the commission of such violations," read the indictment in part.

It added that if Buju was convicted on the firearm charge, he would have to forfeit the firearm and ammunition to the state.

On Tuesday, a jury found Buju guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting in using a communication facility ... in facilitating the commission of an act constituting a felony.

 

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'Mi Nah Laugh' Set For Sunday

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As the demand for comedy increases, Unexpected Projexz will be hosting its annually held 'Mi Nah Laugh' comedy show on Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston.

Promoter and slated comedian, Rohan Gunter, says he takes the business of comedy very seriously, and will continue to market the event internationally.

"I love stand-up comedy and I have been promoting the show for over four years now and the reviews have been great, despite not getting enough corporate sponsors on board, and I am still aiming towards continuous high quality entertainment," he said.

The line-up of comedians includes Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, Gunter, Elva, Dwight Samuels, Leighton Smith, Tubeless, Father and Son, The Hilarious Granny, Mixing Lab, Lecturer and Zimboo.


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Woman found guilty of killing lover's wife

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A jury deliberated for five hours yesterday before convicting 40-year-old fashion designer Janet Douglas of Zaidie Gardens, St Andrew for the murder of her lover's wife.

She is to be sentenced in the Home Circuit Court on March 11 for the murder of 32-year-old dressmaker Isolyn McGill, of Corn Piece district, near Hayes Clarendon.

Supreme Court Judge Marjorie Cole Smith presided at the trial.

The Crown represented by attorney-at-law Kathy Pyke and Crown Counsel Kerri Ann Kemble led evidence at the four-week trial that jealousy was the motive for the murder because Douglas had a love affair with police Sergeant Glen McGill, Isolyn's husband.

The body, with 19 stab wounds, was found in bushes at Hillyfield district, off the Bustamante Highway in Clarendon on the night of November 24, 2000.

Douglas was first convicted of the murder in 2005 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

She was ordered to serve 25 years before parole.

She appealed against her conviction and the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial.






The policemen accused of last week's rape of an exotic dancer at a nightclub in Dam Head, St. Catherine will be questioned on Wednesday. his follows the filing of a writ of habeas corpus on Tuesday seeking the release of four of the five accused who have been in custody since February 17. It was filed by their attorney, Peter Champagnie. Following the filing of a writ of habeas corpus I have been contacted by the investigator and my understanding is that they would like to do an interview with them so the interviews will commence," Mr. Champagnie said. team from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has been assigned to probe the case.

Information obtained by RJR News revealed that the cops were on patrol in Spanish Town when they stopped at a popular night club near Dam Head.he policemen reportedly solicited sex from the complainant. It is reported that following an encounter between the woman and the policemen, she filed a complaint with the Spanish Town Police.






TVJ reporter charged for shoplifting

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TVJ reporter Latoya Spence has been arrested and charged for shoplifting in Tampa, Florida. She was reporting on the Buju Banton case.
The reporter was in a department store trying on a number of blouses when she attempted to leave the store and was stopped by security who searched her and found the blouse in her bag; she then explained to the security personnel that she was trying on a bunch of clothes and did not see when the blouse fell in her bag. She is to appear in court in a few days.
Oh boy what an embarrassment. We really hope she has a great excuse for this thing.





Buju faces 15 years to life; to appeal conviction

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On Tuesday, Reggae artiste Buju Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence, and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.

However, he was found not guilty of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Shortly after, Banton -- whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie -- met his legal team of David Oscar Markus, Marc David Seitles and Margot Moss. Markus emerged an hour later telling reporters that the conviction would be appealed.

An emotional Markus read a statement prepared by Banton after the guilty verdict.

"Our life and our destiny are sometimes pre-destined and no matter where this journey takes me, remember I fought the good fight," said the statement. "It was a great man that said 'my head is bloody but still unbowed'. I love you all. Thank you for your support. Keep loving God."

Banton is to be sentenced in another three months and faces 15 years to life behind bars, Markus said. The lawyer is expected to apply to have Banton's US$250,000 bail restored during the period leading up to the sentence.

The artiste had been on trial since Monday, February 14. The 12 jurors, three of whom were African-Americans, started deliberating last Friday morning.

Banton's first trial ended in September last year with the jurors being unable to reach a unanimous verdict, setting up the second trial.

He was arrested on December 10, 2009, hours after two men -- Ian Thomas and James Mack -- were busted in an undercover warehouse where they had gone to purchase cocaine. US$135,000 was seized and the gun for which Banton was charged was found in Mack's car. Both men had pleaded guilty and are yet to be sentenced.


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Reactions to Buju's guilty verdict

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Jamaicans continue to react to Tuesday's guilty verdict handed down in the drug trial of international reggae star Buju Banton.

Some of Jamaica's most prominent entertainers are among those who have expressed sympathy and support for the embattled entertainer.

Several artistes in the reggae community declared Buju an icon adding that although his immediate confinement has brought sadness, hope remains that his appeal will be successful.

"Is a very sad time, I am a fan of Buju Banton. Buju Banton is like an idol to me in the music [industry]. Really and truly we are still praying for Buju, we never stop praying for Buju," said singer Tarrus Riley.

Meanwhile, promoter and artiste, Tony Rebel, believes the impact has shaken the entire island.

 "It's a sad day for reggae music, it's a sad day for Jamaica, it's a sad day for his family and for Rasta, but like any other thing we'll have to pull through it and go on," he said.


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Buju Banton guilty on 3 cocaine-related counts

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Jamaica's reggae superstar Buju Banton, real name Mark Myrie, has been found guilty of three cocaine related charges.

A 12 member jury a short while ago delivered the verdict in the Sam M Gibbons building in Tampa which houses the United States Middle District Court, Florida Division.

Buju was tried last week on four charges.

Buju throughout the maintained he is innocent of the charges saying he play no part in any conspiracy to possess cocaine.

In denying the claims against him, Buju, though his attorney David Oscar Markus, argued that the artiste never became a willing participant of the cocaine conspiracy charged in the superseding indictment.

The defence said tasting the cocaine, talking about cocaine and simply being present at the warehouse is not sufficient to find Buju guilty of the crimes charged.

This trial, which began on February 14, was the second attempt of the US government to convict the Jamaican artiste. A first trial last year was declared a mistrial after jurors failed to arrive at a unanimous position.
Buju was arrested on December 10, 2009.

His long-time friend Ian Thomas and a James Mack were arrested the same day when they attempted to by cocaine from undercover detectives in a Florida warehouse. Thomas and Mack pleaded guilty but Buju denied the charges. He said he decided to fight in federal court because he knows he is innocent.







The return of Fantan Mojah

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Reggae artiste Fantan Mojah is adamant that he will return to his place in reggae music as an educator and cultural ambassador for the youth.
He is gearing up to educate and entertain patrons, who will witness his upcoming performances at the Follow Di Arrow and Spring Break stage shows, and said he plans

to please the crowd with informative, educating and entertaining pieces which will remind and encourage the crowd to keep in tune with their cultural heritage.
"My music is all about upliftment and inspiring people to do right so we just ago bring it to the people on the shows," he told The Gleaner.
As an aside, the artiste, known for hits such as Hail Di King, Mama Hungry and Stronger, is among several artistes who have chimed in on the 'skin-bleaching' debate.
"Wi give thanks for the blackness on the earth, and wi give thanks for the persons dem who proud of them skin because yuh have a lot of persons in this current generation that changing them skin colour. Mi proud of my colour," said Fantan Mojah.
"All some man weh call themself shotta an dem a bleach out dem skin colour di most," he added.
He maintained, however, that he does not have a colour prejudice. He simply believes that if Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and other musical greats could accept themselves for the way they were, then he should too.








Sexting...a wha dis???

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The first time I received a txt message that had a penis picture attached I nearly fell to the floor. Only to find out later that this not no unusual phenomenon is happening to millions of phones world wide. I call it an extension to cyber sex or better yet the evolution. Now that phones are basically computers, you can chat, take pictures, images, video and BB all from one device. We've all received them, text messages of body parts, positions or even a combination of both. Which also means, that you can get your freak on more easily as well.
Men and women alike seem to take great pleasure in sending 'random' body part pics that seem to set the mood. Buddis and titties are big pon di screen (among other things) in movement and yet we love to go in get our fair share of fun.

I have even heard of women and some 'zucchini action' to simulate a buddi during the texting mode.
But it's not just via the phone or the web. Skype has become the next interactive portal where we share our bodily fluids. Especially when you are able to see in real time, we are good to go!
Facebook is another portal that has become, well a means
for us to have what I like to call 'facebook love affairs'. There are people who have NEVER physically met each other but yet have the greatest sexual attractions and can make you have an O like there's no tomorrow.
People who are in opposites end of the world connecting, communication and yes, having sex. There are so many means today that facilitate that who needs to be in a real relationship? You are just a few clicks away from you sweetie. Set up your webcam, grab the KY Jelly and it's show time.
But it makes us beg the question, what is going to be next? How much more can we evolve where sex from a distance or through a device can still yield great pleasure. We have become so open with our sexuality that what used to be called 'private parts' is not so private anymore.
In fact, I say it's a thing of the past. It's just a tittie right? Or a nipple, or a buddi? We are in a time where we share these photos so openly and carelessly. Even as casual friends we might catch ourselves sending a sexy photo or two, that's how we entice the other person. "I'll send one if you send me one".
Women are just as guilty as men, so me nah bashing or choosing sides. I too have been guilty of sexting and sending some juicy photos as well. I think we've all got so caught
up in the technological aspect that it's almost daring us to push the boundaries further and further. I am open with my body and love myself. I'm not shame to send a pic or two to
someone of interest, I mean, at the end of the day I am the owner of it at the end of the day.
So whether you like to participate in sexting, cyber sex, skype sex which ever I guess we'll have to wait and see what the next method to keep us 'active' is going to be coming from.








Prayers to God for Buju

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About 20 minutes of prayer and Psalms reading were offered up supporters for entertainer Buju Banton in the halls of the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court this morning.
As the Group of about 19 people read from Psalm 21, Banton's name was inserted, replacing the name of King David of Israel and the common noun 'he'.
While walking to court this morning, Buju Banton appeared relaxed and even smiled as he chatted with his attorneys. (Photo: Paul Henry)
During the prayer supporters stood holding hand and chanted, "Victory, victory in Jesus Christ." They also chanted 'Freedom'.
It was a meeting of the faiths as Rastas and Christians prayed together. Before the group prayer, some supporters knelt and prayed.
Jurors at the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa today began their second day of deliberations to determine the fate of reggae star Buju, real name Mark Myrie, who since last week, has been on trial for gun and drug-related offences.





Halle Berry’s estranged half-sister Renee is reaching out to the actress to let “bygones be bygones” after reading about Halle’s recent child custody battle. Halle Berry’s 51 year-old sister is accusing the actress of disowning her family and claims to have last spoken to her famous sister five years ago. According to thedailymall.com, Renee, who is a food service worker from Alabama, is desperate to reconnect with her now famous sister, especially when she is going through such a difficult time in the courts with her baby’s father Gabriel Aubry. Renee is the daughter of Halle’s late African-American father Jerome and Edwina Taylor – who broke up with him shortly before he started dating the actress’ mother Judith Hawkins.

Renee says that she remained ‘very close’ to the future Hollywood star while they were growing up, despite cutting herself off from her father after the divorce.

Renee says: ‘I’m sad to say it seems like she does not want anything to do with us. I have not spoken to her in about five years.

‘I tried to contact her through her website, to congratulate her on her Oscar, but no one got back to me. ‘We would love to meet Nahla. We are desperate to understand why Halle is so upset, why she feels she cannot be with us.’

In interviews over the years, Halle has alleged her father was a violent alcoholic who beat her mother Judith in front of her and sister Heidi.









Inspired by others, I am a leader of my own life.
There are many who express the gift of leadership by sharing courageous ideas in compelling and inspiring ways. They demonstrate integrity, intelligence, creativity, enthusiasm and humility. I learn from all leaders, past and present, and I appreciate their insight and example.



From the wisdom of leaders and from my prayer work, I am inspired to lead my life well. I look to the inner guidance of Spirit, which helps me make wise decisions. As I pray and meditate, I listen for God's "still small voice." With spiritual understanding and good judgment, I determine my next steps. For the guidance of God, and for the leaders in my life, I am truly grateful.

O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me.--Psalm 43:3








Inspired by others, I am a leader of my own life.
There are many who express the gift of leadership by sharing courageous ideas in compelling and inspiring ways. They demonstrate integrity, intelligence, creativity, enthusiasm and humility.

I learn from all leaders, past and present, and I appreciate their insight and example.

From the wisdom of leaders and from my prayer work, I am inspired to lead my life well. I look to the inner guidance of Spirit, which helps me make wise decisions. As I pray and meditate, I listen for God's "still small voice." With spiritual understanding and good judgment, I determine my next steps. For the guidance of God, and for the leaders in my life, I am truly grateful.

O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me.--Psalm 43:3





LOS ANGELES-Almost fourteen years after the murder of Christopher Wallace, also known as the Notorious B.I.G. a prison informant is claiming that former LAPD officers, David Mack and Rafael Perez were involved in the murder along with Death Row Records. CBS 2 reports:


Eight years later in 2005, a civil trial brought by the Wallace family against the city of Los Angeles exposed evidence hidden by the LAPD that suggests two rogue police officers David Mack and Rafael Perez may have been involved in the murder of the rapper also known as “Biggie Smalls”.

According to a newly-revealed court record, Perez’s cellmate told investigators “Perez and Mack were involved in Death Row Records. Perez got involved in Death Row through Mack.”

“Perez was working security. Perez had a cell phone. Perez said he called over to Mack, David Mack on his cell phone. Perez told Mack that Biggie Smalls was in his truck. Perez never said that he set up Biggie Smalls but I have heard that he…had something to do with that murder,” according to the inmate.






25 Reasons We Love “Love Jones”

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Nelly is also expected to talk about his declining record sales, the death of his sister Jackie from leukemia, his upbringing and his rise to fame. The episode is scheduled to air on March 7th.





Nelly Goes Public About Relationship With Ashanti

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After years of dancing around the subject, Nelly will talk about his relationship with Ashanti on an upcoming episode of VH1’s

“Behind The Music” scheduled to air next month. The two have been rumored to be together for several years but maintained that they were just friends.





The Daily Word - GRACE - Sunday, February 20, 2011

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The grace of God has prepared for me a life that is good.
The grace of God is not something that must be earned by sacrifice or penance. It is a free and impartial gift from God that no one can escape



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The grace of God is more than mercy. It is complete forgiveness and full, unbounded love. It offers redemption from thoughts of lack and limitation to every person who will accept it. Grace reveals the true nature of God's presence within us and quickens in us a realization of our innate divinity.

Abiding under divine grace, I am spiritually secure. My steady, unimpeded progress toward the fullness of life and all good is assured. The grace of God opens to me the swift and glorious way of Truth.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.--Ephesians 2:8





Buju Banton jury to deliberate today

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Jim Moody, the presiding judge in the Buju Banton drug case, is expected this morning to instruct the jury on the matters to consider in its deliberation on the reggae singer’s fate.

Banton whose real name is Mark Myrie is on trial on four drug and gun charges in a Tampa federal court.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

In his closing arguments yesterday Banton’s lawyer, David Oscar Markus declared that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt that the singer was involved in a conspiracy to possess cocaine.

According to Markus, neither has it been proven that he committed the other crimes for which he has been accused.

He begged the jury not to fall for what he says is the oldest trick in the book that of making several charges in the hopes that one will stick.

He said the charges brought against Buju have not been proven and has described as absurd the firearm and the aiding and abetting the commission of a felony through the use of a communication device charges.

He quoted from the novel to Kill a Mockingbird, saying it was a sin to kill a mockingbird because they sing to give people happiness.

However, Jim Preston the prosecutor has told the jury the government has met its burden to prove the case beyond all reasonable doubt.

He also said were it not for Buju telling informant Alexander Johnson about his cocaine trade Johnson would not have had a job as a confidential informant.

He said the trial was not about Buju Banton, the reggae superstar but about Mark Myrie the drug conspirator.

Buju testified for nearly three hours yesterday and later told well-wishers outside the courtroom to remain confident for the victory of good over evil.





The Daily Word - Joy - Friday, February 18, 2011

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I am a joyful expression of Spirit.

I was created in joy. At the moment of my creation, the Universe sang a new song, and I am that joyous refrain. Each of us is a unique expression of one Spirit, a delightfully different

outpouring of God's creativity.
I begin the day in prayer, connecting with the pure joy of my being. During the day, joy bubbles up through me in laughter, compassion, gratitude and a sense of well-being. I share my joy for I know that Spirit has chosen me to be a joyful presence in the world. Joy is testimony of the living, loving Christ Presence in my life.

However the day unfolds, at night I turn once more in prayer and thank God for the opportunities to be and experience joy.


My heart and my flesh sing for joy o the living God.--Psalm 84:2





The Daily Word - I SEE - Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Oceans of spiritual substance flow into my mind, and I see prosperity everywhere.Knowing that the very substance of God-Mind underlies every good thought, I keep my mind open and receptive to divine ideas. No thought or appearance of lack can linger where God is recognized as supply. Therefore I keep my thoughts uplifted.

I realize that I cannot help a single soul by seeing a world suffering from injustice, cruelty and lack. Therefore I see with the eye of faith the good that God provides. By faith I see plenty and prosperity in every circumstance. I see hearts, homes and nations enriched and blessed by the presence of God.

I have faith in God as my Support and Supply. As a child of God, I am rich--rich in consciousness, active in service, sustained in all goodness, substance and satisfaction.

God, our God, has blessed us.--Psalm 67:6








Media reports are that R&B legend El Debarge checked himself into a rehab center to deal with his CRACK-COCAINE addiction.
Here's what DeBarge said on his FACEBOOK page:
"I hate to disappoint my fans but it is necessary for me to take the time to work on me so that I may continue to share my music and my story with everyone. I thank everyone in advance for their prayers and well wishes and hope that you will respect my privacy during this time."


But the story gets even MORE interesting. Alil birdie told MediaTakeOut.com that El DeBarge SMOKED UP all the money he made from his last album - and DIDN'T have the MONEY for rehab.
So what happened? Well MediaTakeOut.com learned that rapper 50 CENT, who worked with El DeBarge on a few tracks, is footing the entire bill.
Wow . . . 50???!!! Who knew that dude had a HEART!!!





Oprah's Ex-Lover Comes Forward

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A Haitian filmmaker recently contacted biographer Kitty Kelley, claiming to be Oprah’s ex-lover. And yes, he’s a man.
His name is Reginald Chevalier, and apparently, he appeared on an Oprah look-alike show in 1985 because he bore a strong resemblance to Billy Dee Williams.

“She later confided that she instructed her producers to keep me backstage after the show,” Chevalier said. “She threatened to fire them, if I got away. She took me to lunch at the Water Tower restaurant and ordered stuffed mashed potatoes for both of us."
The two started dating, and Oprah took Chevalier to the premiere of The Color Purple. “Oprah bought a purple mink coat for the occasion and wanted me to wear purple mink as well but I just couldn't do it."
He didn’t do as he was told? No wonder it didn’t last. If Oprah tells you to wear a purple mink coat, you shut up and do it. Dating her is like joining the Witness Protection Program. You no longer have an identity.
Chevalier also provided more intimate details about their relationship.
“She loved taking candlelit baths before going to bed," he told Kelley. "We took lots of them together."








Former national Security Minister Dr Peter Phillips says he did not sacrifice the constitutional rights of Jamaicans when he signed the controversial memoranda of understanding (MOU) that have come to light at the ongoing Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry.

"Absolutely not," Phillips testified during yesterday's sitting of the commission as he sought to defend his decision to sign the MOUs.
"It does not substitute for, in any way, shape or form, the responsibilities of the courts," he said during examination by one of his attorneys, Debra Martin.
He said the MOUs do not allow for the interception of any communication in Jamaica between a citizen and anyone else, but provides for the sharing of intelligence gathered.
At the same time, Phillips said he was not required to seek Cabinet approval before signing the MOUs, as they were not establishing or changing any government policies.
"Section 69 of the Constitution says that Cabinet is the principal instrument of policy in Jamaica. These memoranda established no new policy, nor did they change any policy," he explained.
"They were simply matters dealing with the management of facilities and the management of intelligence product," he added.
Phillips said he was authorised to sign the documents by virtue of his ministerial responsibilities and by the fact that they were "in full conformity with the policy that was being pursued by the Government of Jamaica".
The highly classified MOUs, which involve Jamaica, the United States (US), and the United Kingdom (UK), were signed by Phillips in 2004.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor, under cross-examination, testified that the MOUs involved the military and should have had the signature of the then minister of defence, P.J. Patterson, and not Phillips.
Ambassador Evadne Coye, who is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, has testified that several public servants, including herself, searched for the documents for months before they were found in the Ministry of National Security.








FLORIDA, United States — Prosecution witness in the Buju Banton drug trial Alexander Johnson, testified today that he never made any drug deal with the Reggae artiste on December 8, 2009 when Banton was videotaped tasting cocaine in an undercover warehouse.

Johnson said under under continued cross-examination by defence attorney David Markus that it was Ian Thomas that he brokered a deal with and that it was Thomas who found the buyers for the cocaine for which the men were arrested.
He said Thomas kept changing the buyers and the amount of drugs required. But under re-examination from prosecutor James Preston, Johnson said that Buju was a broker in the deal.
Johnson said Buju never cancelled any deal or never told him that he never wanted to see his drug boat.
He also testified that Banton never told him that he was joking when he said he wanted to finance a illicit cocaine deal.
The trial is now in its third day and is expected to last for one week in the US Sam Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida.





Malaria detected in Jamaica

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The Ministry of Health is reporting three imported cases of malaria in Jamaica.
The mosquito-borne disease has been detected among members of the Haitian under-17 football team, who are currently in the island to participate in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Competition.
A statement issued on Tuesday night by the Health Ministry said the infected persons are being treated.

Members of the team displaying symptoms of the illness are also receiving treatment. The Ministry has recommended that they do not participate in the tournament and return to Haiti.
The Ministry has also implemented its surveillance system, to quickly identify and treat any other cases.Vector control measures, including fogging of adult mosquitoes have also been put in place.
According to the Health Ministry there have been no locally transmitted cases of malaria since the start of the year.
The disease is transmitted when a female Anopheles mosquito, infected with a malaria parasite bites an individual.
Symptoms include fever, chills and headaches, muscle aches and tiredness.
The Centres for Disease Control estimate that there are between 300 and 500 million cases of malaria each year, of which there are one million deaths.





3 persons shot dead in Portmore, St. Catherine

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Three persons were shot dead by gunmen in separate incidents in Portmore, St. Catherine on Tuesday night.
The first incident occurred shortly after 8 o'clock in Bridgeport.
Residents reported hearing explosions and called the police.

The bullet-riddled body of Anthony Johnson otherwise called "Bobby" was found lying on Darmount Avenue.
In the other incident, which took place about 25 minutes later in Caymanas Gardens, two men who were travelling on a motorbike were shot by gunmen.
They have been identified as 24-year-old mason Leighton Barnaby and 22-year-old Mark McClaughlin.
The incidents on Tuesday night increased to five the number of persons shot and killed in the St. Catherine South Police Division since Monday.





Calling Mrs. Mark Myrie!!!

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This one is called lover’s choice!! All you girls out there who are just waiting for the Gargamel to get released so you can show him what he has been missing. Well, hold your brakes, cause there’s a Mrs. Myrie tucked away in a corner of Africa and she has emerged for the trial. And so too has the shiny gold wedding band.

But we a wonder why after all this time, the Gargamel finally a admit sey him married and a wear up the wedding band big and bold. All we can say is that must be part of the trial image.
Anyway, we see it inna di picture of Buju and him lawyer posing up in front a di court house. We all see Gargamel and push stroller like the perfect Babyfada.But where is Mrs. Myrie, aka Mama Africa. And Baby Africa? Cause it looks like the baby in the stroller is his manager, Tracii McGregor’s bundle of joy. (But who’s her baby daddy anyway?)





Shebada Birthday Bash pics

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR






Rihanna and Drake Performance at the Grammys 2011

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New Evidence in the Biggie Smalls murder case

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Businessman fined for concealing ganja

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Linton Dixon who was arrrested after he was seen with a suspicious bulge in his waistband was fined in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Dixon, who was concealing ganga in his waistband, pleaded guilty and was fined $200 or 10 days for possesion of ganga and $400 or 10 days for dealing in ganga. He also had to submit his fingerprints to the police.

Allegations are that on February 4, a policeman was patrolling in the St Andrew North Division near Mannings Hill Road when he observed and approached the accused.

He reportedly asked him "What are you doing with so much ganga in your waist?" he replied "A mi hustle du nuh lock mi up."

When searched, 48 bags of vegetable matter resembling ganga was discovered in his waistband by the police.

Dixon, a 48-year-old businessman, was then arrested and charged.








According to Saw she doesn't believe her recent music has been played enough to warrant her deserving to be in the category.

The Queen of the Dancehall surprised persons yesterday on social networking site Twitter.com, when she expressed that she wanted to be removed as a nominee for Deejay of the Year. Saw is nominated in the category with contenders such as Tifa, Stacious, Ce'Cile, D'Angel, Timberlee and Spice.

The EME (Excellence in Music) Awards is scheduled to take place on March 12 at Devon House, St Andrew.

Speaking with THE STAR yesterday, the deejay explained that she has nothing against the awards and will in fact be performing alongside rapper Eve for their song He Is At My House, but still doesn't want to be nominated in that category.

She said, "I just don't think I deserve to be nominated. I have an album out and I can count the amount of times I've heard the songs played. It just wouldn't be fair to nominate me just cause I'm a deejay, I wouldn't feel that I won."

Lady Saw released her album My Way with a video for the first single Party Till December last September. According to the deejay, she is not into award shows and would rather they take her off this year. "Nominate me for summen else, nominate me for the work I've done over the years or summen. Which song I have playing that people know?" she said.

She added, "The main issue is I have an album of 15 tracks, and I only hear Party Till December play one or two times, is like I don't have an album out. If they play me on radio is the old songs like I don't have new songs. Don't know if they're trying to say I'm old school ... I'm not one to complain but it's obvious to me I'm not getting enough airplay. I don't know if I have to be young again or buy some spots, I believe real talent don't have to buy spots."

For Lady Saw she says she would rather be out on the road performing at shows, or in the studio working on a number of new tracks.








NEVADA-O.J. Simpson was beaten unconscious in prison and had to spend three weeks in the infirmary according to a report in the National Enquirer.

Inmates cheered as a muscular young skinhead knocked him to the ground, punching and kicking him to a bloody pulp and inflicting injuries so severe he secretly spent nearly three weeks in the infirmary before he recovered.

According to the report, Simpson had been targeted by white supremacists for bragging about his sexual conquests of white women.






CATEGORIES / NOMINEES & HONOUREES

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EME AWARDS 2011



(For recordings and overall impact between Oct. 01, 2009 – Sept. 30, 2010)

Note….. more or less than seven (7) nominations in a category is the result of ties

CATEGORIES NOMINEES
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

DJ OF THE YEAR (MALE)

(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)
BEENIE MAN
AIDONIA
BOUNTY KILLER
VYBZ KARTEL
BUSY SIGNAL
ASSASSIN

2) DJ OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)
TIFA
STACIOUS
LADY SAW
CECILE
D’ÁNGEL
TIMBERLEE
SPICE

3) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (MALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility)
HEZRON STEVIE FACE
JAH CURE CHRISTOPHER MARTIN
ROMAIN VIRGO TARRUS RILEY
RICHIE STEPHENS


4) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (FEMALE)
(for overall impact as a solo vocal performer in the eligibility year)

TAMI CHYNN QUEEN IFRICA
ETANA ALAINE
CHERINE ANDERSON PHYLLISIA
PRODUCER/LABEL OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

SANKOFA RECORDS - sankofa crew
EQUINOXX PRODUCTIONS - GAVIN BLAIR
CHIMNEY RECORDS - JORDAN mc lure
BIG SHIP - STEPHEN MCGREGOR
SEANIZZLE RECORDS - sean reid
NOTNICE PRODUCTIONS- AINSLEY MORRIS
CASH FLOW RECORDS-DJ NEIL, DJ X & FADA P
CR203 RECORDS - ZJ CHROME
HEAD CONCUSSION RECORDS – TARIQ JOHNSON
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(for overall impact as a record producer in this category in the eligibility year)

KEMAR ’DJ Flava’ Mc GREGOR–NO DOUBT RECORDS
DONOVAN BENNETT – DON CORLEON LABEL
SLY & ROBBIE – TAXI LABEL
DONOVAN GERMAIN – PENTHOUSE RECORDS
JEREMY HARDING - 2HARD MUSIC
DJ NEIL, DJ X & FADA P - CASH FLOW
DJ FRASS - FRASS PRODUCTIONS

BEST NEW ARTIST (MALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes his public identity as a recording artist)

VYBRANT RICHIE LOOP
POPCAAN VERSATILE
PROTOJE Dj LIQUID
T’NEZ

BEST NEW ARTIST (FEMALE)

(award to an artist whose overall impact during the eligibility year establishes her public identity)

TOYA GAZA SLIM
MISTEREE IKAYA
SHEBA DENYQUE
DJ SUNSHINE KEIDA

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR (for overall impact as a vocal performer by established duos or groups in the eligibility year)


RDX ANDREW & WADA BLOOD
TOK VOICEMAIL ROOTS REVEALERS TWINS OF TWINS
NOMADDZ

10) BIGGEST COMEBACK ARTIST
(award to an artist whose release(s) in the eligilibility year marked his/her ‘return’ to the charts after a long break)

RAS CHARMER WARRIOR KING
JUNIOR X MR G
FUTURE FAMBO ANDY LIVINGSTON
MR LEXX


SONG OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

CLARKS
STULLA
HOLD YUH
RUM & RED BULL
MAD OVER
DUMPER TRUCK
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT
NAH SELL OUT MI FREN DEM
MY CUPP
JIM SCREECHIE

SONG OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

WE SHALL FIND A WAY - HEZRON
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – JAH CURE/ PHYLLISHA
WILDFIRE – TARRUS RILEY
FREE - ETANA
MY LIFE - I –OCTANE
LIFE - SHAWN STORM
NIGHT SHIFT - BUSY SIGNAL
LOSE A FRIEND – I-OCTANE



ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(award to artist(s) and producer(s) if different from artist(s) whose album had biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)

PON DI GAZA 2.0 – VYBZ KARTEL

ROMAIN VIRGO – ROMAIN VIRGO

DISTANT RELATIVES – JUNIOR GONG & NAS

INFALLIBLE - TANYA STEPHENS

HOLD YOU - GYPTIAN

MY WAY - LADY SAW

BEFORE THE DAWN - BUJU BANTON

BLACK GOLD - DUANE STEPHENSON

CULTURAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist with the best/biggest cultural/positive recording(s) in the eligibility year)



TARRUS RILEY QUEEN IFRICA

RICHIE SPICE JAH CURE

I – OCTANE ETANA

CHUCK FENDER

BREAKTHRU ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist whose work attracted local and international attention, and who is seen as poised as a leader for the next generation of reggae/ dance hall stars)

TONY ANTHONY
D’MAJOR

KHAGO
I-OCTANE

TIANA
THE JOLLY BOYS

SHAWN STORM
G WHIZZ

SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (MALE)

(award to the artist with the biggest overall impact in this category in the eligilibility year)

MAVADO
MR VEGAS
I – OCTANE
CHINO
KONSHENS
GYPTIAN

WAYNE MARSHALL
KHAGO


COLLABO OF THE YEAR (LOCAL)

(for a collaborative vocal performance by artists who do not normally perform together)

CLARKS – VYBZ KARTEL, POPCAAN & GAZA SLIM

COME INTO MY ROOM – MAVADO & STACIOUS

HOW WE DO IT – ELEPHANT MAN & BOUNTY KILLER

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – JAH CURE & PHYLLISIA

DRINKING RUM & RED BULL – BEENIE MAN & FAMBO

FOR UR EYES ONLY – SHAGGY & ALAINE

MY HEART – WAYNE MARSHALL & MAVADO

STRONGER – CHAM, MYKAL ROSE & BOUNTY KILLER

CERTIFIED DIVA – TAMI & TIFA

RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (REGGAE)

(award to the producer of the reggae rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

BIG STAGE – PENTHOUSE

CLASSIC RHYTHM - NO DOUBT

MINOR RHYTHM – DON CORLEON

CITY LIFE RYHTHM – 2HARD MUSIC

PLEASURE RHYTHM – CASH FLOW

CARDIO BASS - ZJ CHROME (CR203)

FEEL SO GOOD – ROMEICH RECORDS


RHYTHM OF THE YEAR (DANCE HALL)

(award to the producer/ label of the dance hall rhythm with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)



MAD COLLABO - ZJ CHROME (CR203)

BANK INNA MI POCKET - ROMEICH

12 FURLONG - BALLAZ/SANKOFA

COSA NOSTRA - WARD 21

BAD PEOPLE - STEPHEN McGREGOR

ONE DAY - SEANIZZLE

SMOKIN - ZJ CHROME (CR203)


MOST IMPROVED ARTIST

(award to a ‘next generation’ artist whose career improves most dramatically in all areas over the eligibility year)

NICKY B
CHI CHING CHING

DAVID M
DELUS

DANIELLE aka DI ZAMUND
A
G. WARREN

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the gospel artist with the biggest impact in this category in the eligibility year)


GODDY GODDY

JABEZ

PRODIGAL SON

DJ NICHOLAS

JERMAINE EDWARDS

OMARI EDWARDS

JUNIOR TUCKER

JUDITH GAYLE

CARLENE DAVIS

KEVIN DOWNSWELL


22) INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(awarded to the artist scoring the biggest charting International Hit during the eligibility year)


GYPTIAN
DAMIAN ‘JUNIOR
GONG’ MARLEY

LAZA MORGAN
SHAGGY

MAVADO
SEAN PAUL

VYBZ KARTEL
CHERINE ANDERSON

23) BEST THEATRICAL PRODUCTION

(award to the theatrical production with the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

THE PLUMMER
PUPPY LOVE

PASSA PASSA DAILY
HOUSE ARREST

GHETTOUT
WHAT IS FI YUH

24) BEST INSTRUMENTAL GROUP WITH VOCALS (BAND)

(Award to group/band (not backing band) which had the biggest impact in the eligibility year)

RAGING FIRE
DUBTONIC KRU

C-SHARP
LIVE WYYA

ROOTZ UNDERGROUND
PUBLIC SECRET


25) ARTIST OF THE DECADE (2001-2010)

(Award to the artist who had the biggest impact as a hit maker, performer and as a touring act)

CAPLETON
ELEPHANT MAN

SEAN PAUL
SIZZLA

BEENIE MAN
SHAGGY

BOUNTY KILLER
LUCIANO

LADY SAW
BUJU BANTON

JUNIOR GONG
BERES HAMMOND

MARCIA GRIFFITHS
WAYNE WONDER





Bob Marley Birthday Concert Emancipation Park 2011

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Hennessey Fridays

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR









I am conscious of divine direction and follow its guidance.
Many thoughts float across my mind each day. I may have difficulty discerning what is right for me to do in any particular situation. Stepping aside for a moment of silence, I rest my awareness on the wisdom of my soul.

In the silence, the chatter of my thoughts begins to fade. Error thoughts have no power. In the silence there is clarity and I am conscious of divine direction, revealing the next step for me to take.
Whether the path ahead appears easy or challenging, I trust everything needed has been and will be provided. I walk a spiritual path of unfolding good, and in faith, I am guided each step of the way.

When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."--Isaiah 30:21








JAMAICA-28 homosexual Jamaicans were granted political asylum in he U.S.A. for being persecuted due to their sexual orientation. The Jamaican Observer reports:


Immigration Equality, an organisation which works to secure asylum for individuals persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV-status, said it won dozens of cases for clients from the Caribbean in 2010.






Are Beyonce & Jay Z Separating?

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Beyonce’s and Jay Z’s marriage may be in trouble…MediaTakeOut.com is reporting that a person close to Jay Z and Beyonce are taking what their snitch calls a “trial separation.” Apparently the couple have been at odds for the last year, and having kids seems to be the point of contention. Jay wants kids and Bey doesn’t…she’s all about her career and does not want to take time out to have a baby.


The rumors went into full effect over the weekend when multiple celebs who attended Saturday’s RocNation lunch, noticed there was “definitely something wrong” between Jay Z and Beyonce. As one celeb puts it, “They didn’t even look each other in the eye.”


I hope this is just a bad rumor…I love these two and hope they could work things out!






Did Kobe Bryant Get Served With Paternity Papers?

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Looks like NBA player Kobe Bryant may have a secret love child…I’m hearing that Kobe was served paternity papers Gilbert Arenas style at a recent basketball game? Here’s what I found out:

This mess started right around the time Tiger Woods had his drama… A chick Kobe was mixed up with earlier in the year gave birth to his ‘alleged’ child, and Kobe paid for her to live in Italy for the last year..She’s now back in the US and is now seeking legal rights.”





Say it aint so...Jay-Z & Beyonce

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yardflex.com just received some BLOCKBUSTER news . . . from a person close to Jay Z. Jay Z and Beyonce are taking what our snitch calls a "trial separation."

According to our snitch the couple has been at odds for the last year. The insider explains,"The biggest thing [they argue about] is about kids, [Jay Z] wants them and Beyonce doesn't. It's all about her career, and she doesn't want to slow down."

Jigga is so animate about having kids, that yardflex.com learned he just ENTERED A LEASE to a Los Angeles mansion - without his wife!!! The insider claims, "For now [Jay Z's] going to be staying in LA. Beyonce will be in NY. . . The hope is that with the time apart, the couple will decide to either have kids, or go their separate ways."

WOW. And we have SECONDARY confirmation of what our insider is claiming. According to multiple [CELEBRITY] guests on Saturday's RocNation lunch, there was "definitely something wrong" between Jay Z and Beyonce. As one celeb puts it, "They didn't even look each other in the eye."

The staff here at yardflex.com are HUGE fans of Jay Z and Beyonce. We really hope Jigga changes his mind and works things out with wifey. . . .








Reggae super star Beres Hammond will be the headliner for this week’s One love Reggae Concert which will be held on Tuesday, February 15 at the Negril Escape Resort. This news has created quite a buzz in Western Jamaica where Beres Hammond has thousands of loyal fans.

Beres Hammond started his career in the late 1970’s and has created a very impressive reputation as a top class recording artiste and stage performer.
Throughout his long and successful career he has built a vast repertoire of hits that includes musical gems such as ‘One Step Ahead’, ‘What one Dance Can Do’, ‘Putting Up Resistance’ and ‘Groovy Little Thing’. He is extremely popular especially among female reggae fans because of his penchant for singing soothing lovers rock songs.

Also on the bill for this event are two very promising reggae singers, Timmi Burrell who is currently enjoying much attention with songs such as ‘Make Doh’, ‘Dark Shades and White Tees’ and ‘Fresh and Clean’. The other artiste is former Messenjah lead singer Lazah Current who is known for songs such as ‘Hey Girl’ and ‘Lately’.





Buju Banton wins the Grammy for Before The Dawn

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Jamaican reggae artiste Buju Banton, who is to face a US court tomorrow on drugs and gun charges has won the Grammy for the Best Reggae Album.


This is Buju's first Grammy win.
Buju, who was nominated for his album 'Before The Dawn' beat out five other nominees.


This is the second consecutive year, that Buju was nominated. Last year he was nominated for 'Rasta Got Soul'.


Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie is now in the United States is to face the courts tomorrow.


Yardflex sends hearty congratulations to Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie.






The Daily Word - LOVE - Monday, February 14, 2011

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I freely express love and compassion.
The story of St. Valentine performing marriage ceremonies, even when it was forbidden by the authorities, is a reminder to me: We are called to express the love of God in this world regardless of appearances. We are called to be God's love in action.

This Valentine's Day, whether I make plans with my sweetheart, reminisce with a lifelong friend, or encourage someone through a difficult time, I bring the love of God to life through my thoughts, words and actions.

The love I express is reflected back to me in great measure. Expressing empathy, listening deeply to another, being compassionate--these acts invite love to grow. I am God's love in action.

God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.--Romans 5:5








STATISTICS FROM the education ministry have painted a worrying picture of indiscipline in school in Jamaica, and have revealed that some 26,000 students have

been suspended and hundreds expelled over a three-year period.
Responding to a request from The Sunday Gleaner, the education ministry compiled the reports of suspensions and expulsions reported from all regions by public, private, and independent schools during the 2006-2007 to 2008-2009 academic years.
The ministry was careful to point out that the figures "are estimates for suspension and expulsion", which means the figures could be higher, especially after allowing for under-reporting, the ministry conceded.


During the period under review, an average of 8,600 students were suspended in each academic year while no less than 506 of their peers were booted from school.
Permanent secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education (MOE), Audrey Sewell, was staggered by the data. "It is the first time I have sat and looked at it globally. It is significant and nobody would feel comfortable with that level," said a concerned Sewell.
"I hope none of them (those expelled) has slipped through the cracks," she added, while noting that the ministry would launch a campaign to follow up on the progress of the students since their expulsion. "We have a responsibility to all of them," she said.
The education ministry did not have a breakdown of the reasons for the disciplinary measures taken against the students, but the Education Regulations 1980 governs and carefully sets out the grounds on which a child can be suspended or expelled from school. It states that "the principal of a public educational institution may suspend from the institution for a period not exceeding 10 days any student whose conduct in his opinion is of such a nature that his presence in that institution is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the discipline of the institution".
A student can also be suspended for committing "any act which causes injury to any member of staff or to any other student in that institution".


The education regulations also state that "except in special cases, a student shall only be suspended or excluded from a public educational institution after other efforts have been made to effect an improvement in the conduct of the student".
While not providing the specific circumstances surrounding each suspension or expulsion, Sewell, who accepted that there were several issues in the education sector that needed to be addressed, suggested that educators were often left with no other option but to suspend or expel students.


"There are many problems in the system. Teachers are overwhelmed. It is not that they really want to suspend, but they have to find a way to send a strong message," she said.
According to the 31-year-old set of laws, when a principal suspends a student, he or she must, with dispatch, give notice of the suspension to the student council and the parent or guardian of that student, as well as make a report to the board, stating the reasons for the suspension.


During the period of the suspension, the board of the public educational institution is required to investigate the matter, after which the student can be reinstated with or without a reprimand, or a warning can be given to the student, and where appropriate, to the parent or guardian.
After the investigations have been completed, the school board is also at liberty to "suspend the student for a further period not exceeding five school days beyond the period of suspension already given", or it can "instruct the principal to exclude permanently the student from attending that institution and shall inform the minister of such action".


According to the regulations, a child may re-enter another school after being expelled from a particular one. "A student who has been permanently excluded for disciplinary reasons from a public educational institution may be admitted to another public educational institution if a confidential report of the circumstances surrounding the exclusion is given to the principal of that other institution," read a section of the regulations.
Sewell told The Sunday Gleaner that it is the ministry's desire to ensure that every student who enters the nation's school system benefits. "It's really not comforting to know that we are losing some of them," she remarked.


The PS feels strongly that the high number of suspensions and expulsions is linked to "dysfunctional homes that make up Jamaica's malfunctioning society. The problem is that we are not getting the support from many of the homes in the administration of proper discipline," she asserted.
Suspensions and expulsions must be a last resort, according to ministry guidelines.


"Emphasis must be placed on prevention and early intervention strategies. The MOE, therefore, asserts that standard procedures be implemented to identify, as early as possible, students at risk and provide the necessary support to those who are presenting behavioural challenges."








Today is a Divine Order day. Seeing the symmetry of the world around me, I am reminded of the symmetry of mind, idea and expression that allows me to co-create my world in wonderful ways.

I affirm and give thanks for ideas that come to me. I build on these ideas to manifest abundance. Each idea, backed by action, brings fruit in its season--results that bless me and others. I am grateful for every blessing.

Today is a Divine Order day! Wholeness and serenity are my nature, and I speak words and take actions that promote healing, harmony, goodwill and joy. I surrender any need for a specific outcome and celebrate this Divine Order day!

They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season.--Psalm 1:3







Empire Universe: The Second Chapter coming soon

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Adidjahiem Notnice Records is set to unveil blazing new material from the Portmore Empire's top gunners on February 28 with the digital release of Empire Universe: The Second Chapter.

The double album features previously unreleased material from Vybz Kartel, Jah Vinci, Shawn Storm, Merital, Doza Medicine.
Empire Universe: The Second Chapter will also debut material from new recruits Tommy and Maxwell.


The album will also include the full version of Kartel's popular YouTube freestyle "Colouring Book," as well as his latest street bangers.

Empire Universe: The Second Chapter will be available on i-Tunes, Amazon, and all digital outlets on Monday, February 28.






MOH continuing ackee sensitization campaign

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The Ministry of Health has indicated that it will be maintaining its campaign to sensitise members of the public on the proper procedures for the preparation of ackee for consumption.

This comes in the wake of an increase in cases of ackee poisoning.
Earlier this week, health officials in St. Catherine reported three deaths from ackee poisoning and 18 cases in which persons fell ill.
According to Sheila Campbell Forrester, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, the sensitisation campaign will be a multi-faceted one.

Late last month, the government confirmed six deaths from ackee poisoning in St. Ann and St. Mary.
It was reported that the deaths were due to the consumption of ackees with high levels of hypoglycin, which is contained in the unripened fruit.






Jah Cure, Etana join Trina at EME Awards

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The Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards kicks into high gear with the announcement that golden-voiced roots singer Jah Cure, the Strong One, Etana and current reggae nominee Andrew Tosh, son of the legendary Peter Tosh will join hip hop's Diamond Princess TRINA as performers at the 7th annual EME Awards. The glitzy awards that traditionally attracts hundreds of A-Listers, taste makers, media executives and VIP's is set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

Etana, coming off a strong performance at the One Love Reggae Concert Winter Series in Negril last month is expected to enthrall fans with another top notch performance at the EME Awards. The acclaimed Warrior Princess recently released her highly anticipated sophomore album "Free Expressions" for VP Records, so titled because she refused to be constrained by approach or lyrical content.
Etana will join international reggae artiste Jah Cure, known for hits Love Is, True Reflections, Call On Me, and Unconditional Love. He will attend the 2011 EME Awards as a multiple nominee and performer and is expected to deliver a captivating set.

"We are very excited to have Jah Cure and Etana, two of my personal favourite roots and culture singers on this year's show “ EME Founder Richard "Richie B" Burgess said.

In addition to Etana and Cure, the EMEs will feature singer Andrew Tosh, arguably one of the most prolific male vocalists in the reggae genre. He emerged as a force in reggae when he sang at his father's funeral in the National Arena in Kingston in 1987. His version of Peter's "Jah Guide" stunned everyone in attendance.

"I was astonished myself on stage," he recalls. "The other song I did was 'Equal Rights,' because everyone is crying out for peace but none is crying out for justice. When I came down off the stage, I couldn't stop crying."

His current album "Legacy - An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh" is nominated for a Grammy this year along with Buju Banton Gregory Isaacs, Lee Scratch Perry and Sly & Robbie.
Tosh disclosed that he is also finishing up another album titled "Eye To Eye" that will feature an original track with Kymani Marley. The disc will feature an unreleased duet with his dad, plus other surprises including collaborations with a few international acts.

The 2011 Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards will recognize the top performers in 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.









Dancer Ovamarz, who has broken through the ranks and is now gaining recognition as a rising deejay, recently completed the video shoot for his latest single.

The song, Now You See Me Now You Don’t, is on the popular Star Boy riddim, and is gaining traction in the dancehall and on radio. The artiste and his management have great expectations for this single, hence the decision to shoot a video.

“The video shoot went very well,” Ovamarz said. “Although this is not my first single, and as a dancer I have appeared in a lot of videos, this is my first video for myself. It has been challenging, but things have turned out great,” he said enthusiastically.
Ovamarz has already given the dancehall slick dance routines


including the Nuh Linga, Raging Bull – his first official dance – Step Ova and Now You See Me Now You Don’t, which is both a dance and the song.

He also recently appeared alongside Elephant Man in the KFC commercial for its new product, iTwist.
The video for Now You See Me Now You Don’t was directed by Karl Durrant, who has worked with artistes such as Romaine Virgo, D’Angel, One Third and DJ Sunshine. Locations for the video were Cross Roads, Norbrook and Brook Valley.

According to Ovamarz, who is managed by Celebrity Promotions, the video will have its premiere in the next few weeks, and he promises that it will be exciting.








As Black History and Reggae Month celebrations continue throughout the Jamaican Diaspora, New York-based Caribbean Lifestyle TV, will pay tribute to saxophonist Cedric Brooks at the station's fourth anniversary gala and awards ceremony on February 28 in Manhattan.
Regarded as one of Jamaica's foremost saxophonists, Brooks is known for his solo recordings and being a member of the internationally acclaimed Skatalites Band.

He was admitted as a patient at a Bronx Hospital last year in an unconscious state, has had a slow recovery and remains in a semi-comatose state at a Nursing Home in Queens.
He will be honoured for his work and dedication to Jamaica's rich musical history.





Reggae series to be shown on BBC television

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A series of programmes celebrating Reggae’s impact on British music, culture and society will be aired on the BBC Four Television, beginning on February 11.
The programmes are a part of the BBC Four Britannia series and will show how Reggae came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next 20 years, both British music and society.

The series will start with the documentary Reggae Britannia and includes major artistes and performances from that era, including Big Youth, Max Romeo, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jerry Dammers and the Specials, the Police, UB40, Dennis Bovell, lovers rock performers Carroll Thompson and Janet Kay, bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse and reggae admirers, such as Boy George and Paul Weller.
A special Reggae Britannia concert was held at the Barbican centre in London on February 5 and the broadcast of this concert will follow Friday’s opening documentary.

Other programmes in the Reggae Britannia series will include the broadcast of a special live recording of the 1973 Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival, which featured the Cimarons, Winston Groovy, Dennis Alcapone, the Marvels, Nicky Thomas and the Pioneers.
The series also include the Rise Up Reggae Star programme, which followed three aspiring artistes who seek to ‘rise up’ from obscurity for their chance at success.

The Reggae Britannia series end on February 19 with the 1977 Bob Marley Exodus concert.





Baby Chris on "My Life" tour

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Fast rising artiste Baby Chris has joined I-Octane on his "My Life" tour set to cross the United States over the next few weeks. The "My Life" tour kicked off last Friday with a performance in Dallas, Texas and another at the Temptations Night Club in Brooklyn, New York Wednesday night.
The artistes will then head to Newark, New Jersey for more performances before they return to Texas.

Baby Chris says things are happening for him since he began doing a media blitz alongside I-Octane.
He has been getting some airplay for my new song on Seanizzle’s riddim, and his management team reportedly got a call that Bad Boys Records want to meet with him.





Beenie Man defends Kartel

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Despite the tension that is reportedly surrounding these two artistes, Beenie Man has come to the defense of Vybz Kartel.

It was reported in a several articles that a popular radio disc jock in New York will not be playing any of Kartel’s music for black history month, as he believes that Kartel does not respect his heritage.

However, Beenie Man, in a recent interview, spoke out about the disc jocks decision.
"Dancehall is dancehall, when it comes to hardcore dancehall, I don’t support any ban of dancehall music. If Kartel is sending a bleaching message, then he can understand why a man would not play it because we love our black skin, and black is beauty, but for the disc jock to say that he’s not playing dancehall music because Kartel is advocating bleaching is going a bit too far ... not all (of) Kartel songs are about bleaching," Beenie Man said.





Bieber Fever as Justin unveils new movie

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The entire world has Bieber fever and unfortunately there's no antibiotic for it.
Justin Bieber was the talk of the town Tuesday night when he showed up to his 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' movie premiere in Hollywood.

Thousands of screaming girls lined the streets hoping to get a glance at their favorite mini man, and he was nice enough to sign autographs for most of them.

Sure, most of his devoted fans are pretty pissed about the fact that he's seriously dating Selena Gomez, but don't worry, he wants to spend his Valentine's Day with you!

When asked about his big V-Day plans he told Hollyscoop, "I'm going to go surprise my fans at a random movie theater."
And speaking of Selena, she hit the purple carpet in a stunning purple cocktail dress that matched Bieb’s purple tuxedo jacket. Aww so cute!





Police release Don Topping and Dudus’ relative

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The police have released the man they had linked to last month's fatal shooting of five persons on Milton Close in Portsmouth, St. Catherine.
The suspect, Donovan Topping, was freed Tuesday evening after two failed identification parades.
It is reported that during the first line-up Mr. Topping was not pointed out.

During the second ID parade the witness failed to show up. Topping's attorney, Christopher Townsend, told RJR News his client was released several hours after the expiration of a court order.
“Topping was released late yesterday evening, despite the judge’s order that he be released by 10 o’clock. We are really treading on dangerous grounds when a judge’s order can be flouted just like that,” Townsend said.

And the police Tuesday also released the nephew of former Tivoli Garden’s strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
Lavaugh Campbell, 20, had been held for one week without being charged.

He had surrendered to the Denham Town Police, in the company of his attorney, after being named as a person of interest
A senior investigator told RJR News Mr. Campbell was a member of a gang known as "Young Generation," which has reportedly been flexing its muscles in the police division, since Mr. Coke's extradition.





Bahamian woman arrested for cocaine

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A Bahamian woman is now in custody in Montego Bay, St. James after she was allegedly found in possession of cocaine.
The police have not released the name of the woman as she is expected to undergo questioning.

According to RJR News, the woman was about to board a flight at the Donald Sangster International Airport to the Bahamas when her luggage was searched.
About one kilogram was found hidden inside her luggage.
The woman was arrested and is to be questioned in the presence of her lawyer early next week.





Is Rihanna Dating Travis Barker Again?

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Rihanna might be dating rocker Travis Barker of rock band Blink 182. MediaTakeout claims that two people close to Rihanna have confirmed the rumor.

The two have been friends for quite awhile and dated each other in the past. Rihanna is also slated to appear in Barker’s upcoming video, “Can A Drummer Get Some” which films in Los Angeles next week.

In recent years, Barker has earned a ton of street cred in recent years thanks to remixes and collaborations with artists such as Diddy, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Soulja Boy, and Mary J. Blige.

He’s currently slated to drop his debut solo project, Give The Drummer Some, this year. The album will feature appearances from Rick Ross, Slaughterhouse, Lil’ Wayne, Swizz Beatz, and many more.





Jamie Foxx Gets Into Fight At Usher Concert

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Jamie Foxx was in a fistfight at last night at an Usher concert at Hollywood’s club Avalon. According to TMZ’s sources inside the concert, the pushing and shoving began just as Usher hit the stage.


Foxx was in an exclusive VIP area near the venue’s stage when someone took a shot at Foxx, who defended himself. The police was not called, and Foxx quietly left the club shortly after.


Damien Dante Wayans, part of the Wayans family and nephew to Keenan and Damon, witnessed the fight and said it was a “little altercation between two friends” and said that the two were probably at a diner laughing about it.






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The Daily Word - HARMONY - Friday, February 11, 2011

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I am filled with the love of God and live in harmony with all humankind.
When I am in harmony with myself, I am attuned to the spirit of God. I am aware of my connection to higher consciousness, and I face challenges with a positive attitude.

To maintain this inner harmony, I practice prayer and keep a conscious connection to Source. Maintaining my own internal harmony allows me to reach out to others with kindness and understanding. I develop compassion and create connections with those around me.

With my intention set on peace and harmony, I honor differences and share love with all. I am filled with the love of God and live in harmony with all humankind.

Make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.--Philippians 2:2








Another year, another Black History Month. There are currently lectures, readings, and performances taking place throughout the country.

Quanae Palmer-Chambliss, 41, is a single Black mother and education paraprofessional. She is raising four boys on her own. Quanae says that she recently moved to a beautiful townhouse complex in Edison, New Jersey.

“Management is very strict about the people they rent apartments to,” she explains to me; but, something else is on her mind even though it is Black History Month.

Quanae is concerned about certain Black folks who destroy apartment buildings and neighborhoods, she says, with Promethean speed and demolition-like efficiency.

“I wonder if some of their bad habits are attributable to a lack of Black leadership?,” she asked me.

“Black folks have had more great Black leaders than you can count. What more can Black leaders say to certain Black folks who simply just don’t get it?“ I responded.

Within the Black community, there are Black folks who simply have not absorbed the message of self-love, civility, and decency that is inherent in Black leadership narratives. Do Black folks bear any inverse responsibility to Black leaders who have emphasized social uplift and progress?

Even if Moses showed up in the ‘hood at midnight carrying a modified version of the Ten Commandments—these are tough times!—it is likely that young Black folks would refer to him on a first name basis as “Dog” or “Pop.”

About a few blocks into his mission—if the Black teenagers who have been killed and robbed by other Blacks for their Air Jordan sneakers, gold chains, and I-Pods are any indication—Black thugs might tell Moses to give up his Egyptian cotton robe, Barenia leather sandals, and 18-caret gold staff. And it is a strong possibility that he would be left butt naked standing on the sidewalk. Or Moses could be shot—possibly dead—and robbed.

Extreme?

Despite the gains some Blacks have made since the 1960s, there are also many other Blacks who are far from The Promised Land envisioned by many Black leaders.

Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post columnist, recently published a book called Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America. He argues that there are four distinct classes of Black-Americans: Mainstream, Abandoned, Transcendent, and Emergent.

I guess Quanae is alluding to Abandoned-class Blacks. Robinson defines this class as, “A large Abandoned minority with less hope of escaping poverty and dysfunction than at any time since Reconstruction’s crushing end.”

Quanae is fortunate. She could be living further south in Camden, New Jersey. It is one of the poorest cities in the nation.

While President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address highlighted American exceptionalism, he certainly did not address budget cuts well underway in many cities and states.

Camden recently laid-off 168 police officers, or 45 percent of its force, to close a budget gap. According to FBI crime data, Camden ranked second, only to St. Louis, as the most dangerous city in America in 2009.

As cities and states are compelled to close budget deficits, how are the abandoned, not to mention Black middle-class workers employed by the government, supposed to survive as cuts to government services and job layoffs continue unabated?

The U.S. government is staring in the face of potentially unimaginable social unrest. The turmoil we witness today in Cairo, Egypt could arrive on our doorsteps tomorrow, courtesy of the continued economic dislocation of millions of Americans.

Meanwhile, Black single working mothers like Quanae are forced to ask difficult questions about the vagaries of Black life at Ground Zero.

I told Quanae that to righteously respond to her question requires an understanding of what sociologists call “structural forces.” It also requires an inevitable “internal discussion” that Blacks must engage.

Meanwhile, Black intellectuals, scholars, and mental health professionals should consider establishing a national dialogue on Black civility.

This dialogue must address the violence, psychic alienation, distrust, and the disregard for Black life that plagues the Black
community.

Article written by Hakim Hasan






Fantasia Gets Lead Role In Mahalia Jackson Biopic

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Fantasia Barrino & Mahalia JacksonFantasia Barrino has been turning heads lately because she’s picked up a little weight, leading many to believe that she’s pregnant. The truth is that Barrino was recently cast in the lead role for an upcoming biopic based on the life of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Barrino is said to be in the process of gaining 45 pounds for the role.

Barrino will star in the big screen adaptation of the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel. The movie begins filming in April in Pittsburgh and Chicago and should hit theaters by December 2011.

The New Orleans born Jackson died in 1972 at the age of 60






First Lady Michelle Obama addressed recent speculation about whether the president dyes his hair during an interview Wednesday on NBC's Today Show.
"Is he dyeing his hair?" host Matt Lauer asked the First Lady after showing her pictures snapped last month of the president's coif.
"No," she replied. Obama then commented that her husband looked "pretty gray" in the images shown. "I think if he had known he would be president, he would have started dyeing his hair ten years ago," she added.
[Side by side: See comparison photos of Obama's hair]
President Obama's barber has stated that the amount of gray in the president's hair simply depends on how close it's cut.
The First Lady also followed up on her confirmation yesterday that Obama has quit smoking.
The First Lady also revealed that daughters Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12, are not on the the popular social networking site, Facebook.
Obama noted that there are Secret Service barriers and other constraints on her daughters, who she suggested are too young to be on the site anyway. "I'm not a big fan of young kids having Facebook," Obama told Lauer. "So, you know, it's not something they need. It's not necessary right now."
Facebook policy is that users must be 13 or older, though many pre-teens flout that rule.





Jamaican scores team high for Indiana Pacers

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Jamaica's Roy Hibbert Jr. scored a team high 20 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana Pacers, whose failure to contain LeBron James, saw them lose Tuesday night's NBA contest against Miami Heat, 117-112.
Hibbert's tally was bettered only James' 41 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat.
Both players had three steals and a block.
There were wins for Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies, who defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 105-101 in overtime.





Mastermind behind $60m heist nabbed

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A man believed to be the mastermind behind last week's hijacking of a courier vehicle in which more than $60 million was stolen, is now in police custody.
The suspect was nabbed during a pre-dawn operation by the Hunts Bay Police at a house along Zinnia Avenue, in the Seaward Drive area of Kingston Wednesday morning.
The alleged mastermind, who is said to be a former employee of the courier service company, Protection and Security, is expected to be questioned and placed on an identification parade.
RJR News spoke with a senior investigator, who said the cops have not yet recovered any of the stolen money.
In the meantime, the driver of the courier vehicle, who was taken into custody last week, was released on Tuesday after being in custody for a week.
However, he and two other guards are expected to face further questioning by the police.
The guards were taken in for questioning hours after gunmen reportedly hijacked their vehicle, and drove off with more than $60 million dollars in cash.
The vehicle was travelling along East Road in St. Andrew about 8 a.m. last Thursday when a Honda motorcar with three men aboard slammed into the back of the vehicle.
The driver left the vehicle to inspect the damage and was surprised when three passengers from the Honda motor car pulled guns on him and his colleagues.
The gunmen then drove away the courier vehicle with the money.







Popular dance-hall Artist known for throwing money in various arenas, has been accused of beating a young lady from a popular NYC dance-hall family (Young Blood Ladies). The incident happen in Robinson Ballroom In Philly.
Sources tell us that a argument accrued after Flippa grabbed the young ladies hand to try to speak to her on disrespecting his wife. The young lady was not interested in speaking to him, as she refused to engage in conversation, sources say Flippa pushed her and she proceeded to push him back (then all hell broke loose).
Sources say in an attempt to stop the young lady from *beating him bad * the artist picked up a champagne bottle and started to beat the young lady in the head. Our sources who were present in the party also stated that, Flippa’s entourage of men also tried to attack the young lady.
The young lady was rushed to the hospital with trauma to the head.







I rest under the cover of divine protection.
A small child sleeps well under the cover of a favorite blanket. In a similar way, I rest in the awareness that God has got me covered. Trusting that God in me is greater than the world around me, I enfold myself in thoughts of God's continual presence.

I claim divine protection from my own fearful thoughts, setting them aside the moment they reach my awareness. Moment by moment, tensions melt away. Feelings of calm and comfort flow through my heart, and a gentle song of joy rises up within me. In the early morning, throughout the day, and as I prepare for sleep, my thoughts stay on God. With deepest gratitude, I rest under the cover of divine protection.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.--Psalm 5:11





Beenie to the rescue

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Beenie Man jumped to the defence of Vybz Kartel this morning during an interview on CVM's Artiste Delight segment saying that he did not support the ban of Vybz Kartel's music during the month of February by IRIE Jam radio's Dubbmaster Chris.

"Dancehall is dancehall, when it comes to hardcore dancehall, I dont support any ban of dancehall music.. If he is sending a bleaching message, I understand why a man would not play it because we love our black skin, and black is beauty, but for you to say that you're not playing dancehall music because Kartel is advocating bleaching is going a bit too far...not all his (Kartel's) songs is about bleaching," Beenie Man told the CVM hosts.

Hmm, wonder if Beenie is trying to get back in Kartel's good books? Cause we neva hear Kartel defending himself afta di article come out in di Star.





Black people you should know

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AT A GLANCE:
The American Red Cross blood program of today is a direct result of the work of medical pioneer Dr. Charles Drew, beginning in 1940 and throughout World War II. Dr. Drew was instrumental in developing blood plasma processing, storage and transfusion therapy. His groundbreaking work in the large-scale production of human plasma was eventually used by the U.S. Army and the American Red Cross as the basis for blood banks.. THE STORY
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Milestones:
1904 Charles Drew born on June 3, in Washington D.C.
1939 Drew married Minnie Lenore Robbins, and they had four children
1940 Completes his doctoral thesis, titled "Banked Blood: A Study in Blood Preservation".
1940 Drew was appointed medical supervisor of the "Plasma for Britain" project.
1941 Drew was named director of the newly formed Red Cross Blood Bank .
1950 Drew died on April 1, in an auto accident while traveling to a medical convention
CAPS: Drew, Charles Drew, Charles Richard Drew, Dr. John Scudder, American Red Cross, ARY, blood bank, blood plasma, dried blood, blood transfusion, SIP, history, biography, inventor, invention, story, facts.
The Story:
Dr. Charles Richard Drew was the first person to develop the blood bank. His introduction of a system for the storing of blood plasma revolutionized the medical profession. Drew first utilized his system on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific during World War II. He organized the world's first blood bank project in 1940 - Blood for Britain. He also established the American Red Cross Blood Bank, of which he was the first director.

Drew was born in Washington, D.C. June 3, 1904 to Richard and Nora Drew, and was the oldest of five children. In his youth he seemed headed for a career in athletics and the coaching field rather than for medicine, starring as a four letter man in Dunbar High School, Washington. He went on to study at Amherst College, where he was a star athlete, all-American half-back and captain of his Amherst College football team.

After graduation, Charles Drew was a coach and a biology and chemistry instructor at Morgan State College, Baltimore, Maryland. But a turning point in his life was at hand. It had become his ambition to enter the field of medicine. He resigned his job at Morgan State and went to Montreal, Canada, where he enrolled in McGill University's Medical School. There he was granted two fellowships and was awarded his doctorate of medicine and master of surgery degrees.

For two years following graduation, Dr. Drew was an intern and resident in Montreal hospitals. In 1935, he returned to the United States to accept an appointment as instructor in pathology at the College of Medicine of Howard University in Washington, D.C. During the next two years, he advanced to become assistant professor of surgery.

Dr. Drew showed such promise in his work at Howard University that in 1938, at a time when war clouds were gathering over Europe, he was recommended for one of the Rockefeller fellowships at Columbia aimed at promoting advanced training in all fields of medicine. It was through this fellow ship that he met Dr. John Scudder and began study under him.

Dr. Drew was married in 1939 to Minnie Lenore Robbins, and they had four children, Bebe Roberta, Charlene Rosella, Rhea Sylvia, and Charles Richard, Jr. Shortly after, Dr. Drew earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Columbia University in 1940, with a 200 page doctoral thesis under the title "Banked Blood: A Study in Blood Preservation".

Drew received an urgent cablegram from a former teacher, who had returned to England. The cable requested 5,000 glass containers of dried plasma for transfusions, plus the same amount three weeks later. A large project was started in August 1940 to collect blood in New York City hospitals for the export of plasma to Britain. Dr. Drew was appointed medical supervisor of the "Plasma for Britain" project. His notable contribution at this time was to transform the test tube methods of many blood researchers, including himself, into the first successful mass production techniques.

By this time it had become apparent that America probably would be drawn into the war. Military authorities in the United States were concerned with the need for a stockpile of blood reserves if hostilities should begin. Dr. Drew had emerged as a leading authority on mass transfusion and processing methods.

After discussions with medical leaders and the American Red Cross, the government asked the Red Cross to establish a pilot program similar to the Plasma for Britain Project but on a smaller scale. Charles Drew was named director of the Red Cross Blood Bank and assistant director of the National Research Council, in charge of blood collection for the United States Army and Navy. The pilot center was set up through the Red Cross chapter in New York City and began operation in February 1941.

In 1941, Dr. Drew returned to Howard University, where he gained new distinction, particularly in the training of young surgeons. He had spent a total of seven months in the two blood projects, yet in this very brief but productive period of his professional life, he made an outstanding contribution to what was to become a highly successful World War II blood procurement effort.

After Dr. Drew's return to Howard, he was appointed to several scientific committees and received honorary degrees from Virginia State and Amherst Colleges in 1945 and 1947. He was one of the first of his race to be selected for membership on the American Board of Surgery. He also received the Spingarn Medal of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1944 for his outstanding contribution to human welfare.

The experience gained through Dr. Drew's efforts at the Red Cross New York center proved invaluable, and during World War II, 35 blood bank centers were in operation. By war's end, millions of donations had been received by the Red Cross, donations that made possible the saving of thousands of lives of wounded U.S. servicemen lives that would have been lost in earlier wars when blood therapy was unknown.

Mankind suffered a great loss in 1950 when, at the age of 45, Dr. Drew was killed in an automobile accident while driving to a scientific conference. His pioneering medical work has endured. How many lives have been saved because of his genius at turning basic biological research into practical production methods is impossible to determine. But it is a certainty that mankind owes a debt of gratitude to Charles Richard Drew.

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Inventor: Charles Richard Drew

Charles Drew photo courtesy Dr. Charles Drew, Medical Pioneer book cover

Criteria: First practical. Modern prototype.

Birth: June 3, 1904,in Washington, D.C.

Death: April 1, 1950 while traveling in rural North Carolina.

Nationality: American

Invention: Blood Bank

Blood drive photo courtesy American Red Cross

Function: noun / blood plasma

Definition: A place, usually a separate division of a hospital laboratory, in which blood is collected from donors, typed, and often separated into several components for future transfusion to recipients. The American Red Cross operates the largest blood bank in the U.S.





Shooting At Bishop Eddie Long’s Church

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Bishop Eddie Long on sign of New BirthLithonia, GA– A shooting took place on the parking lot of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, GA last Saturday.

DeKalb County police were called to the scene at 5:30 p.m., reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A male who was found shot in the parking lot remains in critical condition.

Both the motive and suspect are unknown and no further details are availale as of this report.

Embattled Bishop Eddie Long, who has been in the news for an alleged all-male sex scandal, is the pastor of New Birth.

DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said this incident is not connected to the church.





Prince Kicks Kim Kardashian Off Stage

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Prince fulfilled the wish of many Americans last night by kicking Kim Kardashian off of the stage during the final show of the New York leg of his “Welcome 2 America” tour at Madison Square Garden. After bringing Kardashian on stage to dance, Prince almost immediately booted her from the stage when she failed to dance with him.

“Get off the stage!” Prince quipped to the reality TV star as she just stood there while his band played the classic song “Controversy.”

After leaving the stage, Kardashian tweeted “I was so nervous I froze when Prince touched me!!!!” She later was called back on stage, this time with a group of people, and redeemed herself by dancing.

The Kardashian incident was just one of many highlights of the night as Cee Lo Green opened the show, informing the crowd that Prince wouldn’t let him curse just before he launched into his hit single “F*** You.” Green later joined Prince on stage to perform Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” a song Prince has been covering on his own during shows.

As expected, the stars were out in droves, as Chris Rock, ?uestlove of The Roots, Reverend Al Sharpton, Naomi Campbell and many more were spotted dancing in the sold out arena.

Prince performed a late night aftershow at NYC club Darby, taking to the stage just before 2am, with Talib Kweli freestyling. Prince ran through a ton of fan favorites and cover songs in the small and extremely packed club, calling it a night shortly before 3am.





Tisha Campbell Battling Deadly Lung Disease

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Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin, best known for her role on the hit comedy sitcom “Martin” is battling a life-threatening health crisis after being diagnosed with Stage 2 sarcoidosis earlier this year. ESSENCE.com caught up with Campbell-Martin to talk family, yogurt and healthy living and Tisha revealed her illness:

ESSENCE.com: It’s safe to say that you’re focused on staying healthy, yes?

CAMPBELL: [Being in good] health is really important to me. Right now, I’m [battling] a genetic lung disorder called sarcoidosis, which can go into remission. I’m in Stage II and I’m trying to reverse it. I’ve only got one body and I really want to take care of it by working out and eating right.

Sarcoidosis is the same lung disease that killed comedian Bernie Mac in 2008.

We wish Tisha and her family the best.





Armoured truck robbery trial begins

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The trial concerning the theft of more than $40 million from a Guardsman armoured truck in January of last year commenced in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday and will continue today.

Two of the five defendants in the matter, Dwayne Satchell and Tamara Kellerman, will be sentenced on February 25.

The two were remanded after Kellerman pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property and Satchell pleaded guilty to simple larceny.

The other defendants, Errol Cameron and Clifton Kerr, were also remanded while Steve Jordine had his bail extended.

When the trial resumes today, the armoured vehicle in question, CC305K, is to be viewed by Cameron's attorney Michael Deans in the presence of a police officer and representatives of Guardsman on that premises.

The first witness in the trial, the operations manager of Guardsman, testified that on the day of the incident he received a call from the assistant operations manager who advised him that the crew had called in to report that a bag containing money was missing from their truck.

He then advised the crew to remain where they were as he made his way to their location to question them.


The witness explained to the court that Cameron, who was the driver of the truck, had failed to follow company security protocol as he told him that he had left the truck unattended so that he could use the bathroom.

According to the operations manager, drivers must remain in the vehicle at all times as the other crew members duties require them to exit the vehicle.

The cross-examination of the first witness will continue today.

Allegations are that Cameron went downtown with three security guards on January 15 of last year to conduct daily operations. During the course of duties, it is alleged that the three security guards exited the vehicle leaving Cameron in charge.

However, when they returned, $44 million was missing from the truck. It is claimed that the company office was alerted and an investigation was immediately conducted.

It is alleged that Cameron's phone was confiscated for analysis which revealed that he had made frequent calls to Satchell, who was attached to the company and was Cameron's neighbour.

Further allegations are that the sum of $10 million was later found on a property in St Catherine belonging to relatives of Kellerman, who is Satchell's girlfriend.


It is further alleged that a motor vehicle and items of jewellery were also found.





Naked in Half Way Tree

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The police on Friday had to prevent persons in the Half-Way Tree area of St Andrew from beating two men they are said to have discovered in a compromising position.

Reports reaching THE STAR are that the policemen were on duty in the area when they accidentally encountered the men.

"Did inna di tenement yard when dem hear some mourning and groaning inna one of di rooms. Di news immediately started to spread dat when di officer dem open di door dem see a partially naked man who had a towel wrapped around his waist and di other man naked as di day him born inna di bed," one woman who was on location and who requested anonymity said.

When THE STAR visited the yard in the evening, a number of persons were still talking about the incident.

One young man declared; "Fada if yuh nuh busy come yah so cause di country need you, and dem lucky di police did deh yah so."

Based on information received at the scene, it is said that the team of officers had to shield the men from angry crowd for about five hours. "A long time di police dem did deh down deh until about four service vehicles had to come because di amount a people did deh pan di scene a lucky di man dem lucky seh dem nuh get some beaten," another woman said.

When contacted, Senior Superintendent Derrick Knight, head of the St Andrew Central Division said he was not aware of the incident.









In an exclusive interview with TODAY's Meredith Vieira, Janet Jackson reveals that her struggles with her body image were once so severe, "I would literally bang my head up against the wall because I didn't feel attractive. ... There was a lot of pain in my life. But I did. I felt very unattractive," Jackson said.

The singer/actress writes about the incident in her new book "True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself," saying that she's better off now than when she was in her 20s, and "Rhythm Nation" was topping the charts. "I still have issues with it. I don't bang my head up against the wall, but I still have those moments. And I think it'll probably continue but at least I know how to deal with it now. And I'm in a much better space," she told Vieira.

The issues Jackson had might stem back to how she was treated by her brothers, including Michael, who had nicknames for her like "Horse, pig, cow, slaughter-hog," she said."

"It makes you laugh, it really does. It makes you laugh. I guess some people could say, 'Oh that's, you know, brothers and sisters joking, it's all affection, it's all, you know, it's in a loving way.' But not everybody can brush it off, and I was one of those," she said.

In the interview, Jackson also opens up about her father Joe, saying she wasn't to ever call him dad.
"He said, 'I'm Joseph to you. You do not call me dad.' That affects you as a kid ... I know my father loves me. He just has a very, very different way of showing it."









I am aligned with my highest good.
Noticing what appear to be happy coincidences, I find that I am in the right place at the right time with the right people. I am part of the divine flow of life. These effortless points of connection are blessings that indicate I am aligned with my highest good.

As I learn to relax into the flow, I experience more and more moments of spiritual synchronicity. A needed business connection may take place as I stand in line for coffee. A long-lost friend might suddenly re-enter my life. Any number of amazing possibilities await. In alignment with the divine flow of life, I am in harmony with Spirit.

The mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.--Isaiah 55:12








Halle Berry has said she considers her daughter Nahla, who is at the centre of a bitter custody battle, to be 'black'.

Her comment emerged a week after the fight between Berry and her ex boyfriend Gabriel Aubry over the two-year-old turned ugly.
It was alleged by multiple sources that the French-Canadian model once used a racial slur against the actress, calling her a 'n*****.'
And Aubry reportedly 'went nuts' whenever anyone would refer to their daughter as 'black'.
The Oscar-winning actress, 44, tells Ebony magazine 'I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother and I believe in the one-drop theory.'

The 'one-drop theory' refers to the controversial racial classification of African-Americans that determined who was black in the US.

Although it was only made law in the early 20th century for decades before that it was used in some states to determine who was black, regardless of how many white ancestors they had or even if they looked Caucasian.

It varied from state to state but sometimes even if someone had one great-great grandparent that was black and the rest of their ancestors were white, they were still considered black.
When asked to define her daughter's race, Berry - who has both white and African-American heritage - tells Ebony: 'What I think is that that's something she's going to have to decide.
'I'm not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself and that's what she's going to have to decide - how she identifies herself in the world.

'And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That's how I identified myself.
'But I feel like she's black.'

This is at odds with a report on website TMZ which alleges the French-Canadian model did not like his mixed-race daughter being identified as black .

Sources connected with the former couple told TMZ: 'Whenever Gabriel would read a story about Nahla that referred to her as "black," he would go off, insisting his baby was white.





Tifa, Kartel top 2011 Youth View Award winners

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Dancehall artistes Tifa and Vybz Kartel were the big winners at the 2011 Youth View Awards Saturday night.
Tifa, who walked away with four awards and Kartel, who took home five, delivered exciting performances at the fourth staging of the event at the National Indoor Sports Centre.


The even which was hosted by ZJ Bambino and Rocsi from BET’s 106 and Park's also saw performances from Denyque who kicked off the night followed by singer Raine Seville, who sand I Wanna Be Loved, backed by a live band, a tribute to Bob Marley.

Khago, Munga Honourable, Ce'Cile, Richie and Ikaya also delivered strong, energetic and exciting performances.

One memorable moments at the awards was the acceptance speech from Voicemail's Craig Jackson, after they won best group.
Jackson dedicated the award to fallen member Oneil Edwards and thanked the fans, promising more for 2011.

Also among the winners were Television Jamaica's entertainment programme Intense, which copped the ward for Best Entertainment show and Yendi Phillips won the award for celebrity role model.


Winners:
Favourite Music Video : 'Straight Jeans and Fitted' - Vybz Kartel & Russian


Sound of the year: Coppershot


Favourite Dance Group: Card Unit


Chart Topping Song of the Year: 'Clarks' - Vybz Kartel, Popcaan & Gaza Slim


Favourite Selector: ZJ Liquid


Favourite Local Artiste of the Year (female): Tifa


Favourite Local Artiste of the Year (male): Vybz Kartel


Favourite Group/duo: Voicemail


Favourite Producer of the Year: Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor


Favourite Male Dancer of the Year: Ding Dong


Favourite Gospel Artiste: DJ Nicholas


Favourite Media Personality: ZJ Bambino


Favourite New Artiste: Khago


Fashion Icon (Female): Tifa


Fashion Icon (Male): Beenie Man


Favourite Song Collaboration: 'Straight Jeans and Fitted' - Vybz Kartel & Russian


Celebrity Role Model: Yendi Phillipps

Best Entertainment Show: Intense

Favourite Dancehall Female: Tifa


Favourite Dancehall Male: Vybz Kartel


Young, Hot and Hype (Male): Ding Dong


Young Hot and Hype (Female): Tifa


Video Director of the Year: Jay Will








Rita Marley (third from the right) and members of the Explore.org team in Ghana, (Phot. Explore.org)
As several persons around the world and in Jamaica celebrated Bob Marley’s 66th birthday on Sunday, February 6, an online channel highlighted the work being done by the late King of Reggae's widow Rita Marley.
A team from Explore.org recently did a short film which shined a light on the Rita Marley Foundation and the amazing work that she and her organisation is doing in Ghana.
The Explore.org team joined Rita who is the official Queen of Development (Nkoso-hene) of that region as she walked through Konkonuru, a Ghanaian village that she and her foundation have worked on to rehabilitate building new medical clinic, improving the drinking water and renovating a school in Konkonuru, which Rita now calls home.
This is just one example of her fight against poverty and malnutrition in communities of less developed nations.
According to Explore.org, Rita Marley truly embodies the selflessness, compassion and love that the Marley name has come to symbolize around the world.





Grange for Marley becoming national hero

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Culture minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has announced that she intends to lead the advocacy for the Reggae singer Bob Marley to be declared a National Hero.
The order of national hero is Jamaica's highest honour.
Minister Grange told a national radio audience and those gathered at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston today to celebrate the late singer's 66th birthday that Marley was a "great Jamaican" and that she "supported the idea of making him a National Hero."
The Minister said people who believe Marley should be made a National Hero should formally present their case through letters and petitions and that she would advocate on their behalf.
Currently Bob Marley holds Jamaica's Order of Merit, and as such is addressed, The Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM.





Singer Lil’ Joe son of Patsy Rickets dead at 25

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Up and coming cultural artiste, Lil' Joe died at the University Hospital of The West Indies in St Andrew yesterday.
Reports are that Lil' Joe performed in Wickie Wackie, St Thomas on Sunday night and was rushed to hospital yesterday where he died from what is said to have been a ruptured blood vessel.
The 25-year-old artiste was born Alty Nunes and is the son of former National Dance Theatre Company principal dancer and renowned tutor, Patsy Ricketts.
One of the producers with whom he worked, Gussie Clarke, described the artiste's passing as a great loss. "He was one of the most talented youths I have come across in a long time, he was multi-talented. He had such a great work ethic, and was set to become one of the stars of the future. So it is a great loss for the music and for us who around him," Clarke said.
Lil' Joe's on-line biography notes that he began his musical training at an early age with celebrated tutors, Curtis Watson, Marjorie Whylie and Karl 'Simba' Messado. It further adds that as a youngster he formed a group called Jah Children and toured Europe in the mid-90s. This group had to be shelved as the members concentrated on academic pursuits.





Two suspects in $50-m robbery detained

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Two men have been detained in connection with last week's robbery of approximately $50 million from a courier vehicle in Kingston.
The two were held in a police operation but the constabulary declined last night to give any further information, saying it was "hot on the trail of persons believed to be involved in the heist".
The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) reported last Thursday that a group of gunmen held up and robbed three guards who were transporting the money in a Suzuki Liana motor car along East Road, off Waltham Park Road.
According to the CCN, the Honda motor car in which the gunmen were travelling collided with the courier vehicle and immediately after the guards alighted to examine the damage the armed men robbed one of the guards of a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver and drove away the car with the money.
The Suzuki Liana was later abandoned on Greenwich Street, Kingston 12.








There will be no legal battle between Energy Minister James Robertson and St Thomas businessman, Ian Johnson, the man who made damning allegations against him last year.
Professor David Rowe, the Florida-based attorney, who is representing Mr. Johnson, has decided to withdraw all lawsuits he had filed against the embattled Energy Minister in the Circuit Court in Florida.
Professor Rowe made his decision, following an agreement reached with Mr. Robertson attorneys.
In a statement on Monday, Professor Rowe said he was withdrawing the action based on new information submitted to him last week.
According to him, the facts now presented to him are not sufficient to corroborate and support continuing the action against Mr. Robertson.
Mr. Rowe's concession comes more than two weeks after a Florida Circuit judge threw out a lawsuit filed by Mr. Johnson against the Energy Minister.
In dismissing the case, Judge Richard Eade said Mr. Johnson needs to prove why the lawsuit is being filed in Broward County, and not in Jamaica.






Jamaica has lost yet another up and coming Dancehall Artiste, Born July 14, 1986 as Alty Nunes going by the stage name of Lil Joe- J.O.E

The cause of death is Cerebral Aneurysm { Burst blood vessel of the brain }. Lil Joe is the fifth child of known NDTC lead dancer, Patsy Ricketts and also began his musical training at an early age when Marjorie Whylie, Curtis Watson and Karl “Simba” Messado introduced him and his siblings to voice training.

While a lot of Artiste in Dancehall are condemned for their vulgar lyrics, Lil Joe was praised for his uplifting and positive lyrical content.

Only 38 days into the new year and yet this is the second Dancehall Artistie to Die, Lil Joe’s death comes just a month after Richie Stephens son Copper Cat was gunned down.





Youth View Awards

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With host Roxy from bet 106 and park and DJ BAMBINO





Munchie and Marsha Birthday bash

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Grange supports hero status for Bob Marley

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia Grange said she will lead the advocacy for Reggae singer Bob Marley to be declared a national hero.

The Order of National Hero is Jamaica’s highest honour.

Grange told a national radio audience and those gathered at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston today to celebrate the late singer’s 66th birthday that Marley was a “great Jamaican” and that she “supported the idea of making him a national hero”.

The minister said people who believe Marley should be made a national hero should formally present their case through letters and petitions and that she would advocate on their behalf.







I set my imagination free, and I prosper!
Some beliefs create roadblocks to the infinite good that awaits me. By imagining myself free of limitations, I can achieve great things. I am gifted with the power of imagination--a God-given faculty to see beyond what is apparent in the present moment. Imagination allows me to dream, set goals and grow. Whether I am seeking greater financial, emotional or spiritual abundance, I open myself to Infinite Good--to God. I break down any barriers I have erected and set a course for success.

As my understanding increases, I have greater insight and direction. I am motivated to follow the path before me that leads to greater good. There are no limits; I set my imagination free, and I prosper!

I will sing a new song to you, O God.--Psalm 144:9





Satisfy My Soul - Bob Marley and the Wailers

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Mississauga businessman Denham Jolly, who spent 11 years fighting to get the licence for Toronto's first commercial black radio station, has sold the station to CTV.
Denham Jolly, who headed Milestone Inc. which owned The New Flow 93.5 FM, sold the station to CTV this week for $27 million, with the proviso that it retain the station's name and urban music orientation.
Jolly is the long-time owner of the Tyndall Nursing Home on Eglinton Ave. E.
The former community newspaper publisher was turned down twice by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in his bid to establish the station that was only approved after the African-Canadian community launched a politically charged campaign for the Greater Toronto Area's first commercial black radio station.
The president of The New Flow had difficulty defining exactly what types of music the station will play.
"It's kind of hard to say, ‘What's urban?' and ‘What's rhythmic?' and ‘What's hip-hop? Dance? What's crossover?'" said CHUM Radio president Chris Gordon, who will oversee operations. "All I can tell you is that we're committed to being a very rhythmic radio station."
The CRTC's approval of the sale binds CTV through 2017 to the terms of Flow's initial licence, which dictates an urban music format without specifics.
The deal brings to a close Jolly's run as the first black person in Canada to receive a radio licence. He spent 11 years, $400,000 and gathered 12,000 signatures to win approval from the federal broadcast regulator. But it's been an uneasy tenure.
While the station made respectable gains, eventually becoming profitable, it raised the ire of members of the black community who supported Jolly's bid.
Within three months of its launch on Feb. 9, 2001, some listeners were calling for a Flow boycott over its predominantly hip-hop playlist. They wanted programmers to adhere to Milestone's promise of a "modern-day reflection of the rich musical traditions of black musicians and black-influenced music over at least the past century" with a broader mix of reggae, soca, jazz and R&B.
"Flow catered more to the below 30, the hip-hop kind of North American vibe, so it alienated a lot of us," said Brampton-based Allan Jones, who supported a rival black bid for the frequency. "People felt it sold out a long time ago, so the sale of Flow means nothing really. What was missing then is still missing now."
"What you do to get a licence and what you do with a licence are two different things," said radio consultant David Bray of Flow's slide "from world music or urban music, to a more CHR (contemporary hit radio) format.
"They had to move more in that direction because you've got to get enough ad base to be able to get enough revenue. That is the reality of radio in Canada. It's always a balancing act, making sure that your conditions of licence are fulfilled, while at the same time becoming sufficiently commercial that you can actually make some money."
The station maintained a strong community mandate, supporting organizations such as the Jamaican Canadian Association and the Black Business and Professional Association, as well as a minority-focused scholarship at Ryerson University. Its efforts also boosted the careers of local black talent such as singers Jully Black and Divine Brown, and former Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex.





UWI hosts 2nd Annual Benefit Gala in Toronto

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The University of the West Indies (UWI) is hosting its 2nd Annual Benefit Gala in Toronto honouring Donovan Bailey (Jamaica) and Michael Lee-Chin (Jamaica), among other notable individuals who have made significant contributions to UWI and the Caribbean and Canadian communities. Outstanding individuals to be honoured include: The Honourable Justice Dr. Irving Andre (Dominican), Keith L. Forde, Kamala-Jean Gopie (Jamaica), Dr. Karl Massiah (Barbados) and Dr. John Stewart. Two organizations are also being honoured: Ryerson University for its contribution to the advancement of Caribbean people through its joint programs with UWI, and GAP Adventures, owned by Trinidad born Bruce Poon Tip, for its numerous successes.
Under the patronage of Dr. G. Raymond Chang, immediate past Chair of CI Financial, Chancellor of Ryerson University and himself, an honorary graduate of UWI, the gala promises to be an evening of celebration, embracing Canada's rich diversity while raising funds for students in the Caribbean. Proceeds from the Toronto gala will benefit students through the UWI Scholarship Fund and the UWI Haitian Initiative.
The first man in history to achieve the rare triple title of World Champion, Olympic Champion and World Record Holder, Donovan Bailey is also the first Canadian to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m. Jamaican born, Mr. Bailey now runs Bailey Inc. focusing on real estate and media relations. He also volunteers his time working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and ParticipAction. Also Jamaican born, Michael Lee-Chin, Chairman, Portland Holdings Inc. is widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur whose philosophy of "doing well and doing good" has resulted in phenomenal success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives.
The gala will take place on March 26, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.





Natral Mystic Live

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Bob Marley Day Activities

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· Digicel free concert at Emancipation Park from 4 to 8 p.m.

· Praise and Worship Service at the Swallowfield Chapel in honour of Reggae Month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

· Bob Marley Museum hosts Bob Marley Day

· Live Band Music - Bob Marley Mausoleum,St Ann 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· The 19th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash at MXIII Lawn in Negril






Rev Al Miller's firearm missing

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Reverend Al Miller of the Fellowship Tabernacle Church, the Reverend Al Miller, has been charged in connection with the disappearance of his licensed firearm, the police have confirmed, according to a report in the Sunday Gleaner.
"He is scheduled to appear before the court this week," the member of the St Andrew North Police Division reportedly told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday.
Allegations are that about two weeks ago, in the Shortwood Road area of St Andrew, the well-known pastor parked his vehicle, and on his return, discovered that a pouch with his firearm was missing.
"I was standing just metres away from the vehicle when it happened," Miller told The Sunday Gleaner. He subsequently reported the theft to the police.
He has been a licensed firearm holder from the early 1990s, he said.






Judy Mowatt reflects on Bob Marley

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Judy Mowatt shares with Sunday Observer her thoughts on being with the group and sharing the stage with Bob.
Looking back now Judy Mowatt is of the opinion that being a part of the I-Three must have been ordained by God. The singer summed up the 'long story' by saying the day she linked up with her favourite singers Rita and Marcia proved that "dreams really come true".
The realisation of her dream took place in 1971 when Studio One's Coxsone Dodd invited her to sing background with two other persons.
"I had no idea it would be Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths," she recalled. After the session Marcia issued the invitation for Rita and herself to sing a song with her at a performance she was giving at The House Of Chen Night Club, which was located on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston.
Suffice it to say, that performance made the entertainment news and also got the attention of Bob Marley who invited them to sing background vocals on his Natty Dread album.
It wasn't long before the I-Three was the official backing vocalists for Bob Marley and the Wailers. The rest is history as far as their involvement with the group is concerned, but for Mowatt there are memories that she will forever cherish.
Recounting one of her favourite moments with the I-Three, Mowatt says the fact is that they enjoyed each other's company so much, noting that they were 'fitness gurus' back then.
"We were engaged in physical exercise. That was a part of our lives to ensure optimum fitness on stage. While we were on tour, as we arrived at a hotel the first thing we would be inquiring about, is the nearest park for running. Those days we didn't walk we ran," Mowatt recalled.
Another fun memory is the way they would pass the boredom away while taking their long journey to one of their gigs.
"Driving from state to state can be a long drawn out exercise. We would sing for hours on the bus. Our favourite songs were recorded by the female group Sweet Inspirations or the Supremes or we would sing some gospel favourites," Mowatt shared adding that they didn't have to worry about music as Bob and the Wailers would effectively provide that by using the tables or the chair foot as musical instruments to keep the beat.
Speaking of the late icon, Mowatt says it was a joy to work with Bob. "It meant one would have to maintain a certain standard and discipline. Bob was serious when it comes on to his music. We would be rehearsing even when there was no concert," Mowatt said.





Happy Birthday Bob Marley

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Today, the King of Reggae, the Hon Robert Nesta Marley, would have turned 66. Happy Birthday Bob!







Bob Marley was born Robert Nesta Marley on Feb. 6, 1945 in Saint Ann, Jamaica. His father, Norval Sinclair Marley, was a white Englishman and his mother, Cedelia Booker, was a black Jamaican. Bob Marley died of cancer in Miami, FL on May 11, 1981. Marley had 12 children, four by his wife Rita, and was a devout Rastafarian.
Bob Marley's Early Life:

Bob Marley's father died when he was 10 years old, and his mother moved with him to Kingston's Trenchtown neighborhood after his death. As a young teen, he befriended Bunny Wailer, and they learned to play music together. At 14, Marley dropped out of school to learn the welding trade, and spent his spare time jamming with Bunny Wailer and ska musician Joe Higgs.
Bob Marley's Early Recordings and the Beginnings of the Wailers:

Bob Marley recorded his first two singles in 1962, but neither garnered much interest at the time. In 1963, he began a ska band with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh that was originally called "The Teenagers". Later it became "The Wailing Rudeboys", then "The Wailing Wailers", and finally just "The Wailers". Their early Studio One hits, which were recorded in the popular rocksteady style, included "Simmer Down" (1964) and "Soul Rebel" (1965), both penned by Marley.
Bob Marley Converts To Rastafarianism:

Marley married Rita Anderson in 1966, and spent a few months living in Delaware with his mother. When Marley returned to Jamaica, he began practicing the Rastafarian faith, and began growing his signature dreadlocks. As a devout Rasta, Marley partook in the ritual usage of ganja (marijuana).
Worldwide Success:

The Wailers' 1974 album Burnin' contained "I Shot The Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up", both of which gathered cult followings in both the US and Europe. The same year, however, the Wailers broke up to pursue solo careers. At this point, Marley had made the full transition from ska and rocksteady to reggae.
Bob Marley & the Wailers:

Bob Marley continued to tour and record as "Bob Marley & the Wailers", though he was the only original Wailer in the group. In 1975, "No Woman, No Cry" became Bob Marley's true breakthrough hit song, and his subsequent album Rastaman Vibration became a Billboard Top 10 Album.
Bob Marley's Political and Religious Activism:

Bob Marley spent much of the late 1970s trying to promote peace and cultural understanding within Jamaica, despite being shot (along with his wife and manager, who also survived) before a peace concert. He also acted as a willing cultural ambassador for the Jamaican people and the Rastafarian religion. He holds nearly godlike status among many Jamaicans and Rastafarians worldwide.
Bob Marley's Death:

In 1977, Bob Marley found a wound on his foot, which he believed to be a soccer injury, but was later discovered to be malignant melanoma. Doctors recommended an amputation of his toe, but he refused for religious reasons. The cancer eventually spread. When he finally decided to get medical help (in 1980), the cancer had become terminal. He wanted to die in Jamaica, but could not withstand the flight home, and died in Miami.

Learn more about Bob Marley's death.
Bob Marley's Legacy:

Bob Marley is revered the world over, both as the defining figure of Jamaican music and as a spiritual leader. His wife Rita carries on his work as she sees fit, and his sons Damian "Jr. Gong", Julian, Ziggy, Stephen, Ky-Mani, as well as his daughters, Cedelia and Sharon, carry on his musical legacy (the other siblings do not play music professionally).
Honors and Awards Bestowed Upon Bob Marley:

Among the awards and honors that have been given to Bob Marley are a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His songs and albums have also won numerous honors, such as Time Magazine's Album of the Century (for Exodus) and BBC's Song of the Millenium for "One Love".






I am a spiritual being, evolving and growing every day, in every way.
I am continually evolving as a spiritual being. This evolutionary process includes trials and errors as well as joys and opportunities. Each experience I encounter, each relationship I share, each insight I receive offers me the opportunity to grow.

From the moment my life began, I have been evolving and growing. As an infant, through trial and error, I learned to crawl, walk and speak. From there, I moved on to more advanced learning experiences. As an adult, day by day, I grow in harmony with the unfoldment of Spirit in me.

It gives me great peace to know that I am a work in progress, growing and evolving to become the person I am meant to be.

Clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.--Ephesians 4:24





Yardflex Girl - Lydia Patel

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Name: Lydia Patel

D.O.B: march 12, 1985

Height: 5fT 4

Weight: 115 lbs

Nationality: Trinidadian/Bajan

Location: NY

Occupation: Television/Radio Host/Spokesmodel

Hobbies: working out, dancing and chillaxing

What do you like about yourself: My outgoing, lively personality. I am socialite, a bubbly person and bring a breath of fresh air when I enter the room.

Most Embarrassing Moment: Getting caught trick or treating when I was 19! (I can't help that I still look young lol)

Most Memorable Moment: Beating out hundreds of contestants to win a spot on the Tyra Banks show.

Favorite Quote: Just Make it happen!

Favorite Artiste: too many great ones to select just one

Favorite Dish: anything with shrimp

Favorite Color: PINK

Favorite Travel Destination: Mediterranean








God is active in me now. I am whole and well.
Another day has come for me to live and let my light shine. With every breath, the healing power of God moves in me. Regardless of any appearance of disease or disorder, the truth remains: Illness has no lasting power. Health is my true nature.

Every cell of my body responds to my love and appreciation. Divine intelligence directs the healing process. With every heartbeat, light, love and wholeness fill my mind and body. I now claim my total well-being.

In gratitude, I am assured that every organ functions in accordance with God's perfect design. I am assured that health and wholeness are expressing in, through and as me now.

If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.--Luke 11:36





Shelly Expression Birthday Party

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KGN 21 - JAMAICAN ALL FEMALE GROUP

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A successful girl group has never quite made the grade in the male-dominated Dancehall and Reggae world, but four hot and talented young girls from Kingston, Jamaica, intend to turn that on its head with their unique package of visuals, music and movement. Four strong and very different personalities make up the group called KGN 21 and they are ready to explode.

Sashe, Kerise and sisters Kuchi and Sheena, who hail from some of the toughest parts of Kingston, are taking a no-nonsense approach to their music, the business and life itself.

"We're all about girl power," says Kuchi. "We represent the new generation of females and our music reflects that. We're all about fun, independence and portraying a positive, powerful image for all the females out there, with plenty of eye candy for the guys too! We like to show our sexy side but in a tasteful way."


"Kingston's zip codes only go up to 20," explains Sashe regarding the group's moniker. "But we have our eyes set on the rest of the world too, so we thought KGN 21 was an appropriate name."
"And in Cashpot the number 21 represents bad girls!" chimed in Kerise. "We coming with the full package - dancing, singing and attitude, y'all ready fi di ride?"

Their debut single "Boom Boom," produced by Grammy-winning legends Sly & Robbie, announces their intentions in no uncertain terms. A catchy, poppy hook laced with hardcore Jamaican spice, "Boom Boom" got its worldwide premiere via US mainstream radio, courtesy of Nikki Z on her primetime morning slot on HOT 93.7 FM. Locally IRIE FM's DJ Sunshine and ZIP Jock Sparks have been showing the single a lot of love already.

"Its great that all the female radio disc jockeys are feeling the record," says Kerise. "Our management team gave it to them first as we are all about strength and unity for the women in the business and the response has been even better than we hoped for."

KGN 21 are shooting the video for Boom Boom this week and the single will be available on iTunes and all digital outlets on February 8. Individual

Individual photos will follow, more info can be seen below:






Bolt, Cedella Marley in Puma deal

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LONDON, England (AP) — Usain Bolt will be competing at the 2012 London Olympics with the legend of Bob Marley on his shoulders. The world-record holder in the 100 and 200 metres and the rest of his Jamaican track and field teammates will be wearing uniforms designed by the reggae great's daughter, Cedella Marley.
"We both break records," Marley told The Associated Press yesterday in a telephone interview. "Marleys. Bolt. Legendary."
Marley, the first-born daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, is a singer, author and fashion designer. She was picked by athletic apparel company Puma, the Jamaican team's sponsor, to create the clothes that the athletes will wear on the track, on the podium and in the ceremonies.
"I can't think of a better person to design our Olympic outfits than Cedella," Bolt said in a statement. "Puma got that right... hooking up with a legendary Jamaican.
"It's going to be inspirational to run in London with that energy surrounding me."
Bolt broke the records in the 100 and 200 at the 2008 Beijing Games, and then did the same at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. With the possible exception of Bob Marley, Bolt is the most famous Jamaican there is.
"Being a Jamaica No 1, being a Marley No 2, and then being able to outfit not only Usain, but the entire team, it's a proud moment for all of us, everyone in my family," Marley said.
Marley said she took her inspiration for the uniforms from music, various cultures and Jamaica from the 1970s and 80s.
"I want to bring the old and the new Jamaica together," she said. "It should be Grace Jones meets Bob Marley on the track, and we're going to have fire on the field."
And when it comes to the uniform Bolt will be wearing next year in London, fans can count on something a little bit different from his teammates.
"We're going to have something special for him. Only for him," said Marley, who has yet to meet Bolt, but said she is expecting to work with him in March in Jamaica. "We're going to work together."
The names of Marley and Bolt are probably the two most recognised from Jamaica in the world, so it only made sense to put them together for the Olympics in London.
But it took a chance phone meeting between Marley and Puma chairman and CEO Jochen Zeitz to get the collaboration up and running.
"I said, 'Yo Mr Puma, how come you've not done anything with the Marleys? Come on, you know, Puma, Marley, Jamaica. It makes sense,"' Marley said.
"And he just said, 'Well, you know, Cedella, everything takes time.' And like two weeks later I got a phone call. I guess it was time," said Marley.
For Puma, the desire to create something that will both aid the team in winning medals and make a splash in the design world was strong. And they'll work together to make sure the fashion end of the deal doesn't interfere with the performance specifications.
"A lot of people are going to be looking at Mr Bolt," Puma chief marketing officer Antonio Bertone said of the 2012 Games.
"It's going to be London. It's going to be an amazing location for the Olympics."
As for the Marley legacy, Bob's daughter said her father is already enjoying the fruits of her labour.
"Oh man, he loves it," Marley said of her late father, who died in 1981 but would have celebrated his 66th birthday this weekend. "This is a nice birthday present for him."





Chicken price to go up again!

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Chicken prices have gone up since the start of the year … they went up by about 2.5% a week and a half ago and now the chicken producers are saying that consumers must brace for yet another increase.
What are poor people going to do?
Mr. Levy from Jamaica Broilers says that at the moment, chicken price increases are almost reflecting hikes in the price of grain, which means prices are now changing as soon as corn shipments are received.
In other words, as soon as the ship arrive with the corn, poor people are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to buy the meat.





Dudus’ nephew to be interrogated

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Investigators will Thursday begin interrogating the nephew of former Tivoli Gardens strongman, Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
Detectives from the West Kingston Police will quiz Lavaugh Campbell, in connection with a number of crimes, including murder, allegedly committed in the Division.

The twenty-year-old Campbell surrendered to the Denham Town Police on Tuesday, in the company of his attorney after he was named as a person of interest, on the weekend.

A senior investigator told RJR News Mr. Campbell was a member of a gang known as "Young Generation," which has reportedly been flexing its muscles in the police division, since Mr. Coke's extradition.





Skeletal remains found in Liguanea, St. Andrew

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The police have been left puzzled by the discovery of skeletal remains near busy Wellington Drive in Liguanea, St. Andrew.

They were found shortly after 6 o'clock Wednesday evening in a gully.
Detectives are awaiting the results of a post mortem to ascertain the identity and the cause of death.








POLICE have increased their presence in Spanish Town St Catherine following the shooting deaths of two persons yesterday.
Police reported that about 6:00 am that on Wednesday, gunmen shot dead a man identified as Winston Hall while he was walking in an area called Willowdene.
A few minutes later gunmen then went to St John's Road where they opened fire on a group killing one man and injured several others.
The name of the man has not been released.
The shootings are the latest in a series of tit-for-tat killings that have rocked the volatile community in recent weeks and have left several residents in fear.
"We are in fear every day we don't know who will be next," one woman from Spanish Town said.
Police have reassured residents that they will be monitoring the area.
"We will not sit by and watch hence we have stepped up our presence in the area," a senior cop warned.







Rapper Trina will be the guest of honor at Jamaica's Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards in March for her work with local stars including Sean Kingston and Lady Saw. The female MC will receive the International Friend of Reggae Honoree accolade to thank her for sharing the spotlight with up-and-coming and more established artists from the Caribbean country.

EME Awards founder, Richard Burgess, says, "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."

Trina follows in the footsteps of previous award recipients such as Missy Elliott, John Legend and Akon, reports AllHipHop.com. The Seventh Annual EME Awards take place in Kingston on March 12.





Why dem won’t stop beat Ninja?

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From wha day yah Ninjaman a bawl out sey di warder dem a beat him up. Well we hear from good good source sey a true. According to di report, dem sey Ninja too renk and him all a tear out dat part a him body and g idem. And so dem tump him up again. But two wrong doan mek a right. Ninja fi behave and di warder dem fi know sey dem cyan just a go round and a beat up prisoner so.





A who did hate Roderick Reid suh?

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A who coulda hate Roderick Reid suh fi stab him so much time? We hear sey a over 50 stab the young man get. Such a nice guy at dat to. And an aspiring lawyer. But everybody a sey da one yah deep and a no just so-so suh. Well, we a hear all kinda sinting, but we nah speculate and wonder bout it. But di yute really get a bad end. And den dem just dump him inna di back a one car and a police haffi find him wrap up inna shower curtain. A wonder if di cops a go probe dis or if dem just a go put it inna File 13?





Court sets aside forfeiture order against Canadian

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The Court of Appeal has set aside a Supreme Court order which had given the Jamaican Government the go-ahead to seize and sell the assets of a Canadian man on behalf of the Canadian government.
Yesterday, the appeals court gave 59-year-old Robert Bidwell time to file his defence opposing the sale of his assets.
The court ruled that neither Bidwell nor the Government should have any dealing with the properties until the issue has been heard and determined by the Supreme Court.
The assets, which comprise Lot 45 Breadnut Drive in Runaway Bay, St Ann, and several apartments at Bay Vista Village, also in Runaway Bay, are worth more than $200 million.
The forfeiture order was made in a Canadian court five years ago while Bidwell was being sentenced for drug-related offences to which he had pleaded guilty.

In 2008, Supreme Court Judge Leighton Pusey had ruled that the Canadian man must file his defence within 56 days after being served with the claim form and affidavit of Director of Public Prosecutions.
However, before the time had expired Justice Donald McIntosh made an order for the forfeiture order to be registered.
However, the Court of Appeal has ruled that Justice McIntosh’s order cannot stand.
The court said in the circumstances, Bidwell ought to be allowed the opportunity to file his defence.
Bidwell has been ordered to file his defence within the next 21 days and the Registrar of the Supreme Court has been directed to fix a date for the first hearing of the matter as soon as possible.







Bob Marley Birthday Bash for MX III Lawn, Saturday

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The 18th renewal of the annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash, which was not staged last year because of a temporary ban the police placed on the MXIII Lawn in Negril, is set to return with a bang this weekend at the scenic West End Road venue.
The concert segment, which will be staged on Saturday night, will be headlined by international recording star Jah Cure. The line-up also includes the veteran Freddie McGregor, Richie Stephens, Admiral Tibet, Chino, Stephen McGregor, Laden, House of Leeds' recording star Iyahblazze, Soul 4 Soul and Andrew Taylor.
The backing band is the western Jamaica-based SAME band.
The Bob Marley Birthday Bash, which has got the blessing of the Bob Marley Foundation, is one of several global events staged annually to mark the birthday of the late reggae icon, who died in 1981.








The fourth season of the Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall competition was launched at Club Privilege in New Kingston Tuesday night.
Mark Kenny, Executive Producer, says there is a new presenter and new locations for the 2011 staging of the very popular television show.
The auditions are scheduled for May Pen, Clarendon on Saturday, February 12 and Portmore in St. Catherine on Sunday, February 13 before wrapping up at the Ranny Williams Centre in Kingston on Saturday, February 19.
Mr. Kenny says a new home for the live shows, which had been held at Weekendz in St. Andrew for the three seasons, has yet to be decided.
The show will also have a new host, Yannick Barrett following the decision by previous host Empress to leave the show to pursue other personal projects.





Lisa Hyper with Sharon Burke ?

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Is the Gaza losing all of its glamour to di alliance, well female deejay Lisa Hyper is currently in negotiations with the Solid Agency camp to provide booking services and a management team for her career. She believes that a good team is necessary for the success of any artiste and she sees Solid Agency as the fitting choice.

Speaking with THE STAR, Lisa Hyper said, "I've been shopping for a good management team for quite a while now and talks are currently on the table with Solid Agency for both bookings and management. While milling around in my head for possible options Sharon Burke came to mind, so I approached her and spoke with her about it."

Hyper noted that once Solid Agency comes to mind, persons automatically think of Alliance boss Bounty Killer. Knowing this, she wishes to make it known that she is not a part of the Alliance.

"I'm not a part of the Alliance but as a result of the possible union (with Solid Agency) and because we'll have the same management team, I've decided to put my differences aside with Killer because yuh know me and him did a throw some punches in 2009. I'm not afraid to put them aside and even apologise to Killer because he's an icon in the business, he's been around a long time," she said.

Lisa Hyper has been busy at work since the start of the year as she already has a number of new songs. Among them, Lock Down Di Place on the Swag Up rhythm for Danny Champagne's Tenement Yard Productions, No Gal on the Tiptronic rhythm for Free Willy Productions, New Year, New Gear for Syndicate Productions and Must Get Mine for which a video is to be done soon.

"As mi seh, new year, new gear. We've been through many changes, I've already proven my point to the people that I'm not a pushover by clashing with various female artistes. I'm finished with that now, I'm trying to work to bring my thing on the international level," she said.





Advise for The Office of the Contractor General

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The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) was today advised that Mr. Maurice Barrett, the Chief Investigator of the OCG, is the only Jamaican who has been selected by the Government of Singapore and the Commonwealth Secretariat to participate in a major 2-week Commonwealth Corruption Control Training Programme which will take place in Singapore between February 14 and 25, 2011.

Mr. Barrett, who has led many major Special OCG Investigations, was recently appointed by Contractor General, Greg Christie, to lead a nine (9) person team in the Special Investigation which the OCG will undertake into the circumstances surrounding the Government’s sale of the Sandals Whitehouse Hotel to Gorstew Limited, a company which is owned by local businessman, the Hon. Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

The Programme, which will host lead and senior anti-corruption officials from several countries across the Commonwealth, is being jointly sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Assistance (CFTC) and the Singapore Cooperation Programme of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is being organized in pursuit of the Commonwealth’s commitment to institutionalize transparency, accountability, good governance and the rule of law as fundamental political values in Commonwealth countries.

The Programme will share Singapore’s anti-corruption experiences and best practices and will provide an interactive forum for Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Agencies to explore and discuss concepts and issues that are related to managing and fighting corruption and promoting integrity and clean governance in government. Participants will also be provided with a unique learning opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of anti-corruption issues and to design and implement specific strategies to reduce corruption within their own countries.

Mr. Barrett, who was specially recommended by the Contractor General for participation in the programme, is the holder of the B.Sc. Degree in Public Administration and the M.Sc. Degree in Governance and Public Policy from the UWI. He joined the OCG in January 2007 as an Inspector and moved up the ranks to Senior Inspector and Senior Special Investigator before he was appointed to the position of Chief Investigator in April 2009.

Singapore has an enviable and consistent record of being one of the least corrupt countries in the world. In 2010, it was ranked by Transparency International (TI), the International Anti-Corruption Watchdog, as the world’s least corrupt country out of 178 countries. By contrast, Jamaica was ranked 87th.







Seven Jamaican women have been arrested and charged in Trinidad with lewd and suggestive dancing and could face time behind bars if they are unable to pay their fines.

They were among 13 women who appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate on Monday.
The Jamaicans pleaded guilty to the charges while the others from the Dominican Republic, Peru and Colombia were remanded and ordered to re-appear on Tuesday because no translator was available to assist the court.
The Jamaicans were each fined $250 and in default of payment will spend one week in prison.
They were given one week to pay the fine.
Their attorney Joseph Honore told Magistrate Avason Quinlan that the women arrived in Trinidad two months ago and linked up with the Tribe mas camp to learn the art of wire bending with the intention of returning to Jamaica to open their own mas band.
The women were arrested early Saturday morning during a raid at a hotel.
It is alleged that the women were seen on a stage dancing in a sexual and suggestive manner.
They were arrested and charged.
The women reportedly admitted that they were dancing suggestively but denied being naked on stage.





Halle Berry quits film to fight for custody

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LOS ANGELES – Halle Berry has pulled out of a film job to prepare for a custody fight over her young daughter.
A spokeswoman for the Oscar-winning actress says Berry backed out of a role in "New Year's Eve" that was scheduled to shoot in New York this week "due to pending custody litigation involving her daughter."
Publicist Meredith O'Sullivan did not say where or when the custody case would be heard.
Berry and her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, have a daughter, Nahla, who will turn 3 in March.
Attempts to reach Aubry were unsuccessful.








After much speculation on the sexes of Mariah Carey's unborn twins, it's been confirmed that she struck lucky and is having both a boy and a girl.
And the 40 year-old singer and husband Nick Cannon are said to be over the moon they will be getting both a son and a daughter.
'Even before we announced it was twins, I was trying to keep everything gender neutral because I didn’t want to impose an identity on them too soon,' Mariah told Life & Style magazine.
'There were fan contests on Twitter about what gender they are and rumours about them being two boys or two girls — but nobody guessed this!'
A friend of the couple added: 'It’s all about pink and blue these days,'
'It’s truly going to be a dream come true for them. They get a son and daughter.'

In December, husband Cannon, 30, revealed that they were having not one but two babies on his radio show.
'In order for my wife and I to have our life, we need to be up front and I need to be able to share things with you and be real. I didn’t even tell my wife I was going to do this. I’m probably going to get yelled at for not getting permission. We’re having twins!'
Mariah is due in April and added: 'It’s been a long journey—but a happy one.'
The songstress has certainly been enjoying some culinary delights along the way.
According to Nick, she has been cooking delicious meals for the couple every night.
However, it's him rather than her who's gaining weight.





Lindsay Lohan suspected of stealing a $2500 necklace

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Troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan may have landed herself in hot water yet again.
She is suspected of stealing a $2500 necklace, after surveillance footage obtained by police show her wearing the jewellery just before it went missing.
An associate of the troubled actress turned in the expensive necklace to police, after it emerged that police were in the process of obtaining a warrant to search her house.
A store owner in Los Angeles filed a police report last week, celebrity website TMZ reports.
Lohan can be seen trying on the necklace in the store's security video.
It is unknown whether the owner will press charges now that the piece has been returned.





Rihanna pushes the boundaries in new video

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With the track itself entitled S&M Rihanna's new video was never going to be tame.
But the pop star has really pushed the boundaries in her latest offering, which is strictly adults only.
While her videos are never demure, her latest features the singer in a series of latex outfits engaging in S&M pursuits.
The video was shot by Melina Matsoukas, who also directed her track Rude Boy.
Throughout the video Rihanna is seen poking fun at the media, with the plot set in a mock press conference.
It opens with the 22-year-old dressed in newsprint being dragged into a room full of journalists. She gives an interview from behind a plastic sheet as the reporters scribble away while wearing ball mouth gags.
Soon they are bound by latex tape and lying on mattresses as Rihanna, now wearing latex underwear, writhes around on top of them and whips them as they squirm.
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton even makes an appearance, being led on a leash by the singer, who treats him as a pet while whipping him outside a suburban house.
In other scenes Rihanna is the one tied up as she twists and turns attempting to get free. She also seductively eats pieces of fruit including bananas and strawberries.
She even dresses up as a latex Playboy bunny, hopping around as headlines about her 'daddy issues' are screened.
Finally she heads into the newsroom as the journalists gather round, snapping away.
She seems unconcerned, lying back on a desk and flashing her suspenders.
The new video comes as an American model claimed she had a lesbian affair with a female singer, widely thought to be Rihanna.
While Tajah did not name the Barbadian as the star, she refused to deny that she was her former partner.






Kingston, Jamaica: Legendary artist manager Copeland Forbes, Managing Director at Comar Productions LTD recently announced that he has signed talented Canadian female reggae singer Bonnie Casey to a five-year management contract. Forbes, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable artist managers in the industry has worked with reggae icon Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Luciano, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Garnett Silk and the late Gregory Isaacs.
“I see Bonnie as the female version of Bob Marley" Forbes said. "Not only does she have an incredibly vocal range but she has passion, charisma, beauty and a stage presence that is magical."
Casey garnered major attention last year with a stellar performance at the annual Jamaica
Day Celebration in Toronto, Canada where she entertained thousands of screaming fans who cheered as she belted out a heartfelt rendition of the Jimmy Cliff classic 'Many Rivers to Cross.'
She again turned heads with a smashing performance of "Willow Tree" and "Tune In" at the November 20th 2010 tribute concert for the late Gregory Isaacs at The Ronnie Williams Centre in Jamaica. Now that she is signed to Comar Productions, Forbes is predicting an extremely busy 2011 for Bonnie as he coordinates tours and performances for her in Europe, Asia and North America.
Bonnie who was born to an Irish father and a Jamaican mother is described by those around her as vibrant, outspoken, unique, and as having a caring personality. She began singing at the age of 5 years old and benefited from voice and drama lessons at the Beckett School for the Arts in Toronto.
The former Miss World Canada Beauty pageant finalist and fashion model draws her influences from Etta James, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. She sings jazz, blues and contemporary songs but is focused on lover’s rock and rock steady rhythms as she seeks to build a long term career in the reggae industry. Her fresh approach to music, her unique song writing ability, along with her versatile vocal range will no doubt give listeners that 'wow factor' that has been missing with many young acts currently in the industry.
Using music as a communication tool, she intents to write and perform songs that music lovers can relate to. Her debut album is set to drop in late 2011 and will feature Sly & Robbie and Dean Frazer, who are short listed as producers for the project.
“I feel excited and very optimistic to be working with Copeland and his team" Bonnie said. "He is one of the best in the business. God has blessed me with a great voice and with Copeland’s guidance, the sky is really the limit.”

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(l-r) Talented singer Bonnie Casey, artiste manager Copeland Forbes and Bonnie's mom Paulet Casey at
the funeral of the late Gregory Isaacs in Jamaica recently.





Let’s really celebrate Black History Month

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By Rae ROQ

So February is Black History Month and we all know this, but how many of us take the time to think about it and actually celebrate in our own personal way?
Black History Month is more than a month created to remember great black people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey, and Nelson Mandela. This is a month in which we can celebrate not only our freedom, but look towards a brighter future. African people have come from a lineage of bondage and progression. Our ancestors suffered more than we have, so it is only right to be grateful for everything that we have and are lucky to get.
From the Civil Rights movement, to black people breaking into the entertainment industry, dominating the sports scene, and America electing its first black president, we have shown that we are an evolving race capable of doing anything that we put our mind to. While chasing our own dreams it is only proper to pay homage to those who have paved the way.
There have been Jamaican artistes such as Grace Jones and Bob Marley who have created their own legacy. Many artistic concepts, such as photo shoot concepts used by present day super models like Amber Rose, have been revived from the portfolio book of Grace Jones. Bob Marley is still, and always will be, an international household name and icon. He will always be remembered for creating great music and trying to bring knowledge and positive vibes to the people.
Oprah Winfrey has made the Forbe's list year after year, but she is also well known for her generosity. She recently created her OWN network and has built a school for girls in Africa. Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational writers to keep in mind when you want to put a pen to a pad and paint a picture with words.
Celebrate Black History Month this year by reading a great black book or watching a movie. Try researching a black person who has made great accomplishments online. You may be shocked to recognize that you may have something in common with them. Don’t let it pass you by this year.
Black is beautiful.





Platinum Birth day party

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Photos By: MILTON RAYNOR






Rev. Al Miller's lawyer asks judge to step down

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Lawyers representing head of Fellowship Tabernacle, Reverend Al Miller, yesterday asked the presiding judge in his trial to step down from the case causing it to be further delayed until February 16.
Miller was arrested and charged last June with perverting the course of justice and harbouring a fugitive after he was found in the company of formerly Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke who at the time was on the run from the security forces.
When the matter came up for trial yesterday in the Corporate Area Court before Resident Magistrate Georgianna Fraser, attorney Wentworth Charles made a submission for the case to be transferred to another court.
Charles said he would be challenging the validity of the warrant signed for Miller's arrest and as such thought it would be appropriate if the matter was heard by another judge, as RM Fraser was the magistrate who had signed the warrant.
But he made it clear that he was not seeking to have the magistrate remove herself from the matter on the basis that his client would not get a fair trial.
The magistrate, in her response, said she did not have an interest in the issue relating to the validity of the warrant but asked Charles to establish the basis on which she was being asked to recuse herself.
As a result, she instructed him to bring evidence to support his case on the next court date.





Curfew imposed in Portmore community

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The police have imposed a curfew on Braeton Phase Three in Portmore, St. Catherine.
The 48-hour curfew will remain in effect until 6 o'clock Thursday evening.
The boundaries are north along Snapper Avenue from Barracuda Avenue to Braeton Boulevard; south along Whale Avenue from Braeton Boulevard to Barracuda Avenue; east along Barracuda Avenue from Whale Avenue to Snapper Avenue and west along Braeton Boulevard from Snapper Avenue to Whale Avenue.
And the curfews, which were imposed in sections of Spanish Town, St. Catherine have again been extended.
They are due to be lifted at 9 o'clock Thursday night.
Some of the areas covered by the curfews are Burke Road, Salt Pond Road and Lower Oxford Road in the Railway/Dallas Lane communities.
Over in March Pen parts of the Spanish Town Bypass between Dunbeholden Road and March Pen Road are covered by the curfew.
The third curfew is in De la Vega City.
It runs along an imaginary line at the De la Vega City playing field from Port Henderson Road to Salt Pond Road and the Spanish Town Bypass.





Buju Banton to face more charge on February 14

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The Gleaner has reported that United States District Judge James Moody Jr has dismissed a motion filed by lawyers representing Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, seeking to throw out a superseding indictment filed by prosecutors.
This means that when Buju faces the court again, starting February 14, he will be answering five charges instead of the two that he faced in his first trial.
Efforts to contact Buju's lawyer, David Markus, were unsuccessful yesterday, but legal officials in the US agreed that while Buju could still beat the charges, he now has a more difficult mountain to climb.
When he was first arrested in December 2009, Buju was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and aiding and abetting his two co-defendants in knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm during the course of a drug offence.
The jury was unable to agree on a verdict and the case ended in a mistrial.
Last November, US prosecutors obtained a superseding indictment against Buju which added two additional counts and modified the gun charge.
Lawyers representing Buju rushed to court seeking a dismissal of the superseding indictment, alleging vindictiveness on the part of the prosecutors because of the mistrial and the defence's attempts to get the charges dismissed.
"The court should presume that the new charges and modification were added by the government in retaliation for (the defendant) exercising his constitutional rights," Buju's lawyers argued.
But the prosecutors hit back: "As long as the prosecutor has probable cause to believe the accused has committed a crime, the courts have no authority to interfere with a prosecutor's decision to prosecute."





Terry McMillan Goes Off On Will Smith’s Kids

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California — Yesterday, the author of Waiting To Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back Tweeted, “It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?” Cue the ruckus.

McMillan also wrote:

The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad.

A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t.

Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame.

These kids don’t already know what they “love”. Total bullshit. They’re not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real.

McMillan’s Tweets were Retweeted a bunch of times, and a hubbub ensued, with messages like, “While some of the things ur saying about Will/Jada may be true…Why do u come off so bitter? WOW” and “@MsTerryMcMillan annoys me. Get off Will and Jada’s children. Worry about your own womb, and why you haven’t written a decent book in years.” And even more rude: “@MsTerryMcMillan didn’t your man leave you for another man?”





Top 9 Black Television Talk Show Hosts

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