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Jamaica Observer: Rastas Under Fire


RASTAFARI reggae artists are coming under harsh criticism from within their ranks. According to Nyabinghi elder Ras Flako, many of them are calling on Rastafari to get recognition from their audiences but do not support the movement in any way.

“These Rastafarian artists don’t attend any meetings. When we go to Nyabinghi meetings we don’t see any Rastafarian musicians or artists at our gatherings,” he said.

RAS FLAKO… Rastafarian artists don’t attend any meetings

 

“Whenever you take the microphone and call on Haile Selassie, you’re making a political statement on the divinity of His Majesty. You’re religious and political,” he continued.

He said true Rastas are guided by ethics and code.

The elder said many of these dreadlocked artistes and musicians do not belong to any of the mansions of Rastafari. There are three mansions of Rastafari. These are Nyabinghi, Twelve Tribes of Israel and Bobo Shanti.

“They sing about apartheid in Africa and highlight other issues, yet they don’t sing about the issues we face,” he said.

Ras Flako said there are a lot of issues to be addressed in the Rastafarian community, including the ‘Black Friday’ Coral Gardens incident.

‘Black Friday’ refers to two days of violence involving Rastafarians, which started on Holy Thursday (April 11, 1963) in Coral Gardens in St James and continued into Good Friday. Eight persons were killed including three Rastafarians.

The incident led to an islandwide crackdown on Rastas by government. Some members of the faith were imprisoned, some killed and others faced severe harassment.

“To date, there is only one singer who has ever given voice to the Coral Gardens incident and that’s Jah Lewis, who recorded Do You Remember the Coral Garden Incident in 1991 for Shanachie Records. Why aren’t we hearing more of these songs from Rastafarian artists?” he asked.

Source: JamaicaObserver.com

Author: Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

 

Parlour: Jackie Mag Editor Eva Hoeke Quits Following Rihanna ‘Niggabitch’ Debacle


Sometimes a joke … is not a joke. Sadly, Eva Hoeke (at left), Editor-In-Chief of Dutch magazine Jackie learned this the hard way in the past 36 hours when she issued the most non-apology-apology for her publication’s decision to refer to Rihanna as a “niggabitch” in their latest issue. After we reported the rundown, Rihanna issued her own response directly to Eva via Twitter that ended with “Fuck You.” Well, it seems that Eva has had it up to here with the mess that her own niggabitchness has created, so she’s decided to quit her job as editor. We got our hands on the press release, here is a translation: Read the rest

Eva Hoeke Quits as Editor-in-Chief of Jackie

Following a recent publication in Jackie magazine, issue 49, a worldwide outcry arose over an article on page 45 entitled “De Niggabitch”, which refers to Rihanna and her style of dress. This word is used in America as slang.

Throughout the various social media there has been an emotional response to this choice of words, as published in Jackie. As a first reaction to this editor-in-chief Eva Hoeke said via Twitter that the choice of words was meant as a joke and offered an apology to anyone who felt offended. This reaction cause further consternation, as Hoeke herself also referred to the term elsewhere in the magazine. In a second reaction through Twitter, Hoeke came to the following conclusion: ‘1. Don’t publish bad jokes in the magazine 2. Don’t pretend as if a bad joke is good. Sorry guys. My bad.’ The response on social media now took on an international character. In a third reaction Hoeke even offered to rectify in the next issue of Jackie. This morning Rihanna response on the article through Twitter. She was furious over the use of the word ‘niggabitch’ and ended her message with ‘Fuck you Eva’. Through social media Hoeke was taunted and threatened in various ways.

Following these events she consulted with publisher Yves Gijrath of GMG. Together they came to the following joint conclusion:  In the interest of Jackie Magazine and all involved she will leave her function as editor-in-chief effective immediately. Hoeke gives the following comment:

“I realize that my first reaction through Twitter, in which I indicated that it was a joke, has been an incomplete description of what me, and also the author of the article, meant. The term ‘niggabitch’ came from America and we solely used it to describe a style of dress. Because of the enormous pressure through social media I was tempted to promise amendment regarding the language in future issues of Jackie. Apart from that I also offered an rectification. I have now come to the conclusion that rectification is not the right solution. I regret that I have taken a stand too quickly regarding an article in Jackie — which moreover had no racial motive at its basis. Through the course of events, me and the publisher have concluded that because my credibility is now affected, it is better for all parties if I quit my function as editor-in-chief effective immediately. After putting my heart and soul into for Jackie for eight years, I realize that these errors  although not intented maliciously  are enough reason for leaving.”

Publisher Yves Gijrath regrets the state of affairs and praises Hoeke’s attitude, who primarily chooses for the credibility of the title, which – as she realizes herself – would have been damaged had she stayed. According to Gijrath there’s no doubt about the intentions and qualities of Eva Hoeke, however he does think this joint decision is the correct one. Hoeke concludes:

“I should have counted to ten before taking unnuanced stands through social media channels. Through this my credibility has been hurt and that neither fits the role of an editor-in-chief, nor Jackie Magazine. Jackie Magazine will invite Rihanna to share her feelings and thoughts on the article in the next issue.”

 

Well there it is folks. Offensive article runs. Editor in Chief offers a half-apology. Artist responds. Editor in Chief quits. I wonder if the response that this ignited globally will make a difference in how issues like this are handled in the future or if Hoeke’s resignation is simply a temporary solution to a deep-rooted problem.

Source: ParlourMagazine.com

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Press Release: Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee Set To Host “Miami Carnival in the Gardens”


Thousands of Carnival Revelers and Masqueraders Set To Transform Miami Gardens into a Potent Mixture of Caribbean Culture  

Miami, Fl – The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOCHC) is pleased to announce one of  South Florida’s signature events, Miami Carnival in the Gardens will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011, in Miami Gardens, FL. This year’s parade will move this colorful and rhythmic Caribbean party along the streets of Miami Gardens to the festival area at Sun Life Stadium(( 2269 Dan Marino Boulevard, Miami Gardens, FL 33056). Miami Carnival has been an important ingredient within the culture and fabric of the South Florida community. It has been enthusiastically celebrated for the past 26 years on Columbus Day weekend.

The colorful parade of bands will once again feature a kaleidoscope of incredible costumes that are a delicious cocktail of colors and pageantry. With “Generation X” holding the title of “Band of the Year” from 2010, this year’s competition is set to bring on a sea of enchanting costumes designed to represent all the islands of the Caribbean. An early buzz has already been created by a new band called Ascension. They will be portraying “Eau De Vie [Water of Life). Also intensifying the fervor is China Mas Group. With their portrayal of “What Lies Beneath”, depicting some resemblance of what lies deep beneath the water, they have set the tone for some fierce competition this year.

“ Home to a vast Caribbean population, Miami Gardens is proud to be the home of the Miami Carnival is the Gardens for the second consecutive year. The history of Carnival began is the City of Miami Gardens and we are happy to have it come home.  The event is truly the best celebration and representation of Caribbean culture and pride. We look forward to the people from around the world, who will be visiting the City, to participate in this extravagant and exciting affair. The residents and the businesses are equally as enthusiastic and look forward to welcoming and hosting visitors to our City”, says Shirley Gibson, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens.

“ Miami Carnival in the Gardens” is a unique opportunity for sponsors to reach a global audience of Caribbean Americans who travel annually to South Florida to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience.  There are Carnivals in various cities throughout the year, but Miami Carnival is unique as evidenced by the sold-out airlines, hotels, rental cars and other business establishments throughout the tri-county area in previous years.  With our Caribbean creativity and hospitality in full view, we anticipate that in 2011, we will be breaking records and welcoming even more visitors to the City of Miami Gardens than we have in the past” states Ruthven Williams, Executive Director of MBOCHC.

“One cannot afford to miss this premier Caribbean family-friendly event.  You will be mesmerized by the spectacular display of pageantry and color as the various mas bands showcase their magnificent costumes to the pulsating beats of Caribbean music,” All under one place, Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins in the beautiful City of Miami Gardens,” states Rafiek Mohammed, Director of Broward Caribbean Carnival, and Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Inc.

This evocative Caribbean charged event also features some of the most infectious sounds of the Caribbean by a top all-star royalty artist line up which will be announced at the end of August. Attendees will enjoy a tantalizing selection of Caribbean cuisine provided by local vendors and Caribbean restaurants. Patrons will also enjoy a Caribbean Village sponsored by the Caribbean Consulates General and Tourist Boards.

In true Carnival fashion, this year’s  Miami Carnival in the Gardens will categorically celebrate the spirit and captivating culture and heritage of the Caribbean and its roots.

Media Credentials: Yvette N. Harris, Public Relations Manager at 786.897.8854 or events@harrispublicrelations.com .

Early bird tickets are $15 (Purchase by August 31) at miamibrowardcarnival.com. The tickets are $20 on line after August 31. Tickets at the gate are $25. For information about vending and sponsorship, please call 305.653.1877.

St. Croix’s Orlando Santos Competing on Bravo’s Top Chef Wednesday | StCroixSource.com


Orlando Santos
Virgin Islands native Orlando Santos will be competing on Bravo’s season premier of “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” Wednesday at 10 p.m., according to the network. Santos, who was born and raised on St. Croix, will compete against 14 other pastry chefs for a prize of $100,000, a feature article in Food & Wine magazine, and a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Cayman Cookout.

Santos currently owns Orlando’s Chocolate Treasures, where his website boasts of “hand-crafted European Artisan Chocolates,” and he also works as an executive pastry chef at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.

Santos graduated from the St. Croix Educational Complex then went on to get his culinary education from Johnson & Wales University in Florida, according to his website and Facebook page. He competed last year in Las Vegas at the World Chocolate Masters Championship and also appeared on the reality show “Food Network Challenge: Sugar Destinations, which involved four chefs on a Caribbean cruise.

For more information on the show, go to www.bravotv.com/top-chef-just-desserts or to find out additional information on Santos’ chocolate business, visit his website at www.orlandoschocolatetreasures.com.

Source: StCroixSource.com