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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

 

Latina.Com | Which Latina Celeb is Launching a Cosmetics Line for Afro-Latinas?


La La Vazquez AnthonyLa La Vazquez Anthony, wife of professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony, is starting up her own cosmetics line made specifically for African American and Latin women.

“Having my name on a cosmetics line has always been a dream, one I’m excited to share,” she said.

EXCLUSIVE: 3 Fashion & Beauty Tips La La Anthony Lives By

Word on the street is that Puerto Rican Vazquez Anthony got some help from friend Kim Kardashian and has partnered with Kardashian’s friend Loren Ridinger, senior vice president of Market America/Shop.com in creating the line. Her line will be made to be affordable for women of diverse shades.

Vazquez Anthony said, “Every girl always tries to find that perfect color or shade that suits their personality, and now she can do it easily and affordably.”

We’re looking forward to when this line comes out in February! Will you try out her cosmetics?

 

Author: Adriana Rivera

Source: Latina.com

Rihanna: Best Selling Digital Artist


Rihanna has been crowned queen of the downloads after becoming the best-selling artist online.

RiRis fans have flocked to own virtual copies of the stars music, and officials at Nielsen SoundScan have revealed her sales stood at more than 47.5 million at the end of 2011.

The Black Eyed Peas were named the second most popular act with 42.4 million downloads – their 2009 hit “I Gotta Feeling” racked up 7.6 million alone.

Eminem and Lady Gaga came in a close third and fourth with 42.2 million and 42 million, respectively, while Taylor Swift rounded out the top five with 41.8 million sales.

Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Kanye West and Britney Spears make up the rest of the top 10.

Source: At40.com 

Copyright World Entertainment News Network 2011

Jamaica Observer: $14 Million Budget for Shaggy & Friends


THE staging of the fund-raising Shaggy and Friends concert is definitely a multimillion-dollar venture.

This year’s event, organised by diamond-selling reggae act Shaggy to raise funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children, has a production budget in the region of $14 million.

However, according to head of Shaggy’s Make a Difference Foundation, Rebecca Packer, for the type of event being staged at Jamaica House come tomorrow evening, the spend could have been much higher.

“We really have to thank our sponsors and suppliers — many of whom are providing services for free or at cost — for helping us keep production costs down. A show of this caliber including artists, lighting, sound, décor, food and drink, could easily run us in the region of $50-million,” Packer told Splash last night.

She stated that having gotten over the obstacle caused by the shifting of the original December 30 date, due to the general election, the plans for the third staging of the event were running smoothly. “It’s really like a well-oiled machine. Having gone through the process on two previous occasions we have worked out the kinks.

Packer says rehearsals are already underway, as international acts Eve and Lauryn Hill are already on the island, with Maxi Priest and Deniece Williams scheduled to arrive later today.

This year, the proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of a 15-bed cardiac intensive care unit at the hospital, in conjunction with the international charity, Chain of Hope.

To date, the Shaggy & Friends Make a Difference Foundation has raised a total of JA $57,000,000 (US$650,000), which has gone towards providing vital and life-saving equipment for the island’s sole paediatric hospital.

This year the concert features a interesting mix of local and international acts including Half Pint, Coco Tea, I-Octane, Romain Virgo, Assassin, Wayne Marshall, Mr Vegas, Tami Chynn and Gyptian.

Packer notes that patrons can expect the usual high standard, both in terms of performances on stage, as well as the look and feel of the venue.

“We have worked to create an all-round concert experience for patrons, whether they are in our silver, gold or platinum sections. These includes an impressive choice of food, drink and overall décor.”

One major change in this year’s event is the elimination of the sit-down five-course meal for patrons in the upscale platinum section. But, Packer explains that patrons in this section will still be privy to choice food and drink, as well as participate in the fund-raising auction.

Source: Jamaica Observer

Islands.com | St. Croix Mega Sweepstakes


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Author: Brandon Pike

   St. Croix Mega Sweepstakes | Islands.com.