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THE JAMAICA DIASPORA HAS CONTRIBUTED US$186,000 TO THE ISLAND’S EDUCATION SECTOR!

THE JAMAICA DIASPORA HAS CONTRIBUTED US$186,000 TO THE ISLAND’S EDUCATION SECTOR!

The Jamaica Diaspora has contributed US$186,000 to the education sector for the period April 2016 to March 2017. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, made the revelation on Friday while speaking at a Jamaica Diaspora Day breakfast event held at the Jamaica National Financial Centre on Belmont Road, Kingston. The event was held to commission a study on the economic value of the Diaspora, undertaken by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) and … Read entire article »

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REMEMBERING MISS LOU…THE MOTHER OF JAMAICAN CULTURE!

REMEMBERING MISS LOU…THE MOTHER OF JAMAICAN CULTURE!

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter—    Miss Lou —   Mention the name Miss Lou, and a wave of pride and nationalism floats over the vast majority of Jamaicans for the work and worth of folklorist, poet, writer, stage and screen actress, social activist and educator, Louise Bennett Coverley. Born in Kingston on September 7, 1919 on North Street in Kingston, she would rise to become the leading proponent in preserving the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs and stories … Read entire article »

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ANTHONY MALVO TAKES OVER THE NO.1 SPOT WITH “GIVE THANKS,” MEANWHILE, SPRAGGA BENZ AND CHYNA NICOLE MAKE NEW ENTRIES!

ANTHONY MALVO TAKES OVER THE NO.1 SPOT WITH “GIVE THANKS,” MEANWHILE, SPRAGGA BENZ AND CHYNA NICOLE MAKE NEW ENTRIES!

THE FOUNDATION RADIO NETWORK TOP 30 MUSIC CHART (NY) 6/16/17 TW LW WOC TITLE ARTIST LABEL HPR 1 2 12 GIVE THANKS (1) ANTHONY MALVO OMARI INTERNATIONAL #1 2 3 12 Coming In Hot Peter Tosh/Dre Tosh Calibud Records #2 3 1 17 Come Back To Bed (2) Richie Stephens Steely/Clevie Records #1 4 8 8 Have You Ever Seen The Rain Droop Lion Free People Ent/VPAL #4 5 5 10 Gonna Be A Good Day Agent Sasco Ranch Entertainment #5 6 … Read entire article »

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JAWARA TOSH, SON OF PETER, BEATEN INTO A COMA IN PRISON WHILE SERVING TIME FOR MARIJUANA!

JAWARA TOSH, SON OF PETER, BEATEN INTO A COMA IN PRISON WHILE SERVING TIME FOR MARIJUANA!

By Evan Greer— Jawara McIntosh, son of reggae artist Peter Tosh (who co-wrote the freedom fighter anthem “Get Up, Stand Up” with Bob Marley), has been beaten into a coma in prison while serving a 6 month sentence for marijuana-related charges. A petition demanding #JusticeForJawara has been set up asking the Department of Justice to investigate the prison policies and conditions that allowed this brutal beating to occur. Jawara McIntosh is 37 years-old and like his father … Read entire article »

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KAREN SMITH CLAIMS HER FIRST NO.1 SINGLE ON THE SOUTH FLORIDA CHART, AS SPRAGGA BENZ MAKES A NEW ENTRY!

KAREN SMITH CLAIMS HER FIRST NO.1 SINGLE ON THE SOUTH FLORIDA CHART, AS SPRAGGA BENZ MAKES A NEW ENTRY!

THE SOUTH FLORIDA TOP 25 REGGAE CHART                                6/16/17   TW        LW      WOC  TITLE                                    ARTIST                     LABEL                                  HPR 1 3          12        MY TRUE CONFESSION (1) KAREN SMITH   HEAVY BEAT RECORDS  # 1 2 4          12        Give Thanks                            Anthony Malvo           Omari International                 #2 3 1          13        Lions (2)                                  Skip Marley                 Island Records                        #1 4 8          9          Disobedient Child                   Calton Coffie              Gysai Records                         #4 5 2          13        Come Back To Bed                 Richie Stephens          Steely/Clevie Records             #2 6 6          11        My Special Prayer                   Sanchez                       JasFar Records                        … Read entire article »

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PRESIDENT OBAMA INDUCTS ABSENT JAY Z INTO SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME VIA VIDEO!

PRESIDENT OBAMA INDUCTS ABSENT JAY Z INTO SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME VIA VIDEO!

Jay Z, whose wife Beyonce is expecting twins soon, was absent from the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, where he was inducted by a charismatic longtime fan: former U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama, appearing in a taped video, told the audience Thursday that he’s been listening to Jay Z since he was a “young and hungry state senator” and compared himself to the New York rapper. Jay Z became the first rapper inducted into the prestigious organization … Read entire article »

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JAMAICAN DEEJAY I-OCTANE OWNS UP TO DJ AMBER’S CHILD!

JAMAICAN DEEJAY I-OCTANE OWNS UP TO DJ AMBER’S CHILD!

By Curtis Campbell   After five years of denying paternity, dancehall artist I-Octane has now acknowledged that he is the father of DJ Amber’s daughter. I-Octane on Thursday posted a photo of the child on his Instagram page and with the caption: “When your babies are champions Maliha Muir/Ashiek Muir.” Hanging around the neck of the child, who DJ Amber said is their daughter, Maliah Muir, were five medals which she won at her recent prep school sports … Read entire article »

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ALPHA BLONDY CALLS FOR GENERAL AMNESTY IN IVORY COAST!

ALPHA BLONDY CALLS FOR GENERAL AMNESTY IN IVORY COAST!

(AFP) – Reggae elder statesman Alpha Blondy called in an interview for a general amnesty and release of all prisoners held in his home country Ivory Coast since the political violence of 2010 and 2011. “Reconciliation in Ivory Coast can only be done through a general amnesty,” the multi-million album selling star said. “An amnesty would be a courageous political act.” Split from 2002 to 2011 between the rebel held north and government controlled south, Ivory Coast has recovered … Read entire article »

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ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS PAYING THE PRICE FOR CRIME IN JAMAICA!

ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS PAYING THE PRICE FOR CRIME IN JAMAICA!

By Mel Cooke One day a few years ago, I stood outside the Afrique pub on the lower part of King Street, downtown Kingston, and heard King Stitt talk about having to run from the police when he was playing sound systems in the earlier days of Jamaican popular music. It was not because he was doing anything that actually broke the law, but, as he put it, to play a sound system was like a … Read entire article »

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VYBZ KARTEL WILL NOT BE AMONG INMATES FOR “JAMAICA 55” CELEBRATIONS!

VYBZ KARTEL WILL NOT BE AMONG INMATES FOR “JAMAICA 55” CELEBRATIONS!

Will Vybz Kartel perform at the upcoming Jamaica 55 celebrations is the question being asked by many following the Entertainment minister’s decision to allow prisoners to showcase their talents. Music News understands that inmates will be making their contributions through music and other skill areas such as visual and culinary arts. So will the most famous prisoner perform? Well according to a highly placed Music News source, the inmates who will be qualified are those who have exhausted … Read entire article »

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