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Postings from special guest contributors. From commentaries, to higher reasonings, to just running-off the mouth. “Everybody has an opinion!”

CHRIS CHIN, PRESIDENT OF VP RECORDS, TO GET JAMAICA’S NATIONAL HONOR OCTOBER 17!

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September 24, 2016
CHRIS CHIN, PRESIDENT OF VP RECORDS, TO GET JAMAICA’S NATIONAL HONOR OCTOBER 17!

By Howard Campbell—   Chris Chin (left), VP president, shares lens time with music producer Donovan Germain at a recent event.— Chris Chin was still a teenager when his parents, Vincent and Pat, opened VP Records in Queens, New York in 1979. Having grown up in the family’s Randys record store in Kingston, it seemed...
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VYBZ KARTEL’S “KING OF THE DANCEHALL” IS CURRENTLY THE BIGGEST SELLING DANCEHALL ALBUM ON BILLBOARD CHART!

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September 24, 2016
VYBZ KARTEL’S “KING OF THE DANCEHALL” IS CURRENTLY THE BIGGEST SELLING DANCEHALL ALBUM ON BILLBOARD CHART!

 Vybz Kartel’s latest album King of the Dancehall is currently the top-selling album from a dancehall artiste on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. According to Nielsen Music which tracks sales in North America, King of the Dancehall has, to date, sold 3,249 copies since its release 15 weeks ago. It sits at number 19...
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CANADA-BASED ROOTS SINGER EXCO LEVI, GETS SPOT ON WALK OF FAME!

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September 24, 2016
CANADA-BASED ROOTS SINGER EXCO LEVI, GETS SPOT ON WALK OF FAME!

 Exco Levi — CANADA-BASED, Jamaican-born reggae artist Exco Levi is adding another to his list of accolades. Today, the artiste will receive a spot on Canada’s walk of fame for his contribution to the arts and entertainment in the city of Brampton. The winner of four Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent of the American Grammy,...
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POLICE OFFICER BETTY SHELBY CHARGED IN DEATH OF BLACK MAN IN TULSA!

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September 22, 2016
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 This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. (Photo: AP) The district attorney in the southern US city of Tulsa on Thursday charged the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man with first-degree manslaughter. The shooting of Terence Crutcher on Friday, recorded by dashboard cameras...
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RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION BAND TO RELEASE “O’ SOLE MIO” – THE 100 YEAR-OLD ITALIAN CLASSIC!

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September 22, 2016
RICHIE STEPHENS & SKA NATION BAND TO RELEASE “O’ SOLE MIO” – THE 100 YEAR-OLD ITALIAN CLASSIC!

   Award winning Jamaican singer Richie Stephens, front man of the newly formed Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band is back home after completing a grueling eight week tour of Italy. While in Salento, Stephens took on the herculean task of recording ‘O Sole Mio,’ regarded as the most well known Italian song in...
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SPICE, ALKALINE, PROTOJE, AMONG FIVE VYING FOR THE UK’s MOBO AWARD, NOVEMBER 4!

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September 22, 2016
SPICE, ALKALINE, PROTOJE, AMONG FIVE VYING FOR THE UK’s MOBO AWARD, NOVEMBER 4!

BY KEVIN JACKSON —-    Spice (Philp Lemonte Photo)— FOR the first time in eight years, a female artist has been nominated in Best Reggae Act category of the United Kingdom’s (UK) MOBO Awards. Dancehall act Spice is up against her male counterparts Alkaline, Popcaan, Kranium, and Protoje. To date, three female reggae artists...
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RITA MARLEY IS HOSPITALIZED AFTER SUFFERING A MAJOR STROKE!

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September 21, 2016
RITA MARLEY IS HOSPITALIZED AFTER SUFFERING A MAJOR STROKE!

 Rita Marley– OBSERVER ONLINE has been reliably informed that Rita Marley, widow of reggae superstar Bob Marley, has been admitted to a Miami hospital after suffering a major stroke in the United States city last night. Sources have informed the Observer that Marley is in Miami to attend an event, but her appearance has...
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CALYPSONIAN LEANDRA CUFFY, DIES SUDDENLY, AFTER COMPLAINING OF NOT FEELING WELL!

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September 21, 2016
CALYPSONIAN LEANDRA CUFFY, DIES SUDDENLY, AFTER COMPLAINING OF NOT FEELING WELL!

ROSEAU, DOMINICA — A top female calypsonian here has died, multiple sources are reporting. Leandra Cuffy reportedly died at 8 AM Tuesday while she was being taken to hospital after reporting that she felt unwell.It was not immediately clear what was the cause of death, though family sources say she had no known illness. Cuffy...
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THE ANNUAL “JAHARVEST FEST” BENEFIT FESTIVAL, RETURNS TO STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, SEPTEMBER 24!

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September 21, 2016
THE ANNUAL “JAHARVEST FEST”  BENEFIT FESTIVAL, RETURNS TO STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, SEPTEMBER 24!

  JaHarvestFest is on Saturday, September 24 at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds in Stockton, CA.  Featured bands include the legendary, Sly & Robbie with the Original Taxi Gang, Prezident Brown, Rankin Joe, Tosh 1, Earl Zero and more. The event will take place at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, CA...
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JAMAICAN LIEUTENANT COLONEL MARK DENTON, IS APPOINTED TO BATTALION COMMANDER IN THE U.S. ARMY!

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September 20, 2016
JAMAICAN LIEUTENANT COLONEL MARK DENTON, IS APPOINTED TO BATTALION COMMANDER IN THE U.S. ARMY!

Mark Denton—-  Lieutenant Colonel Mark Denton, a major in the United States Army at the time, tried desperately to prolong the few hours he had left at home the morning he was to be deployed to Iraq. It’s two years after the 2003 Iraqi invasion and the military occupation of the Middle Eastern country is...
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