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September 9, 2014

Little presence of Jamaican musicians on Billboard Reggae charts

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

@MarcParc1

Kranium-billboard-digital.jpgOnly two current songs from Jamaican artists currently occupy the Top 50 of Billboard magazine’s Digital Reggae Singles chart, according to newly-released figures by Nielsen SoundScan.

New York-based newcomer, Kranium is the highest placed Jamaican on the chart at number 32 with his hit single, Nobody Has to Know, which has sold just under 18,000 copies. The song is also on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart. Reggae superstar, Jah Cure is at number 45 with his cover of All of Me by John Legend, which has sold just over 1,000 copies.

The chart is dominated by American acts, but is topped by Canadian Reggae fusion band, Magic! with their single Rude, which has sold over 2.4 million copies and topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for several weeks while their song, Let Your Hair Down is second, selling over 48,000 units.

The Billboard Reggae Albums chart is more of the same as only Ziggy Marley’s album Fly Rasta hails as the only album by a Jamaican artist to hold a top 10 spot on the chart. Amid the Noise and Haste by American Reggae band, SOJA tops the chart while Count Me In by Rebelution and Easy to Love by Maxi Priest also occupy spots in the top five while the rest of the top 10 is dominated by compilation albums and other foreign acts.

Albums such as Chronixx’s Dread and Terrible which topped the chart earlier this month and Popcaan’s Where We Come From which debuted at number two have both fallen out of the top 10


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September 5, 2014

Bob Marley musical chronicling assassination attempt, exile to debut in May 2015 - @bobmarley

Bob-Marley-movie-2015.jpgOn the heels of the news a musical based on Bob Marley's childhood will debut in Jamaica this coming January, another musical chronicling the attempted assassination of the legendary singer and his self-imposed exile to the U.K. will debut in Maryland next May.

The musical, simply titled Marley was written by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the artistic director for Center Stage theatre in Baltimore, where the musical will run from May 6 to June 15 of next year. The premiere will be a collaboration between Centre Stage and New York's Public Theatre.

Marley focuses particularly on the period of 1976-1978, particularly December of 1976 when Marley, his wife Rita Marley and then manager, Don Taylor were shot following an ambush at the singer's Hope Road residence. Two days after the shooting, Marley performed the Smile Jamaica concert as scheduled, but would relocate to England with his family due to fears over his safety.

In a recent interview with the Baltimore Sun, Kwei-Armah said he always had an intention to do a musical based on a specific moment of his life rather than his entire life and had been 'blown away' by the singer's music. He agreed to do the musical after theatre producers in London approached him about the idea, but delayed the project after initially being unable to acquire the rights to Marley's life story.


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Chronixx, Tessanne Chin among nominees for IRAWMA awards - @IamChronixx @Tessanne

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Universally acclaimed Jamaican singers, Chronixx and Tessanne Chin are two of the standout nominees for the upcoming International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), set to take place at the Coral Spring Center for the The Arts in Florida on Oct. 4, according to reports Wednesday.

Chronixx scored four IRAWMA nominations, including the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Best Song for Smile Jamaica and Best Music Video for Here Comes Trouble. Chin, season five winner of American talent show, The Voice copped two nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year and the aforementioned Entertainer of the Year award.

Crossover stars, Sean Paul and Shaggy earned three nods each, with the former nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Best Caribbean Entertainer and Best Crossover Song (alongside Arash) while the latter scored nods for Best Song (Fight This Feeling alongside Beres Hammond), Best Album (Out of Many One Music) and Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper. Former Alliance teammates Mavado and Busy Signal also earned three nominations with both vying for the Best Crossover Song honor with Give It All To Me (feat. Nicki Minaj) and Bumaye (alongside Major Lazer) respectively and Best Music Video with Take It (feat. Karian Sang) and Bumaye respectively.


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August 21, 2014

Buju Banton receives boost in fight to overturn drug conviction

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

@MarcParc1

Buju_Banton_Appeal_granted_court_US.jpgIncarcerated Reggae/Dancehall entertainer, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton has been granted approval by a U.S. appeals court to make oral arguments in a bid for a new trial as he attempts to overturn his conviction on drug-related charges.

The breakthrough came on Monday following an appeal submitted in May by Buju's legal team, headed by Harvard Law School professor, Charles Ogletree asking that Buju be granted a new trial and oral arguments on the basis that the singer was entrapped by a paid U.S. informant and that his case was compromised after a juror in his 2011 trial was found to have unlawfully researched aspects of the case while it was taking place.

A statement issued by the Buju Banton Defense Support Committee detailed the latest developments in the matter.

It reads, "In May 2014 the Defense Team for Jamaican Reggae Superstar, Buju Banton, filed an appeal to the U.S. Appellate Court requesting the artiste be granted oral arguments and a new trial. Buju's attorney, Professor Charles Ogletree, submitted a compact and powerful document detailing Buju Banton's innocence. The Court has responded favourably by granting approval to the oral arguments.


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August 8, 2014

Kalado and Spice's summer tour of Europe cancelled - @SpiceOfficial @OfficialKalado

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Dynamic dancehall artistes, Kalado and Spice are as disappointed as their fans that, owing to a lack of professionalism on the part of the organisers, their highly anticipated, joint summer tour of Europe has been cancelled. The two entertainers should have left Jamaica this week to kick off what was scheduled to be a month-long European tour starting on August 7th and ending on August 30th. Both artistes were looking forward to touring together for the first time, in addition to which, this would have been Kalado's first European tour.

The respective management teams for the artistes have disclosed that a lack of dutiful preparation from Kayamoves, the highly recommended, Europe-based agency which was handling all the details of the proposed tour, led to an unfortunate breakdown in communications. After experiencing many challenges during the four-month preparation time for the tour and receiving vital information from Kayamoves in an ad hoc manner, things finally fell apart.

"We were informed less than two weeks prior to the beginning of the tour that the itinerary was not complete, after several attempts weeks prior to that requesting the touring schedule and information. The proposed tour was in the works for almost four months and up to this day we have not received a final itinerary to approve from the Agency," the management teams said in a joint statement.


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July 30, 2014

@Dj_BlackBarbie Another Industry Personality Being Scammed - Fake FaceBook Page

Black-Barbie-scammed-facebook-fake-profile.jpgBlack Barbie three times Award Winning TV Host/Radio DJ in New York City & Connecticut of "One Love Radio 106.5FM" and TV Host for "Celebrity Roof Top" www.celebrityrooftop.com has fallen victim to social media identity theft, among many artistes in the Jamaican industry. There was a fake Facebook page that was made which consist of multiple of the media personality pictures and mutual friends. The fake page "Marsha Barbie" which impersonate Black Barbie has been in effect since February of 2014. The person "Marsha Barbie" has been negatively commenting and speak to people on the internet. With such uncensored and bold comments it is unsure if any money was solicited or any promises of interviews or deals has been made. It is important that the public know that the person they thought they were talking to was not Black Barbie but an impersonator by the name of "Marsha Barbie".

Black Barbie said "It was a scary feeling like an outer body experience to have someone come up to me in a restaurant and ask me why I commented so negatively about her friend's man. I was trying to explain to her I would never do that and she kept telling me yes you did, after going back and forth I ask her to show me and that is how I discover the page. I got scared immediately and could not believe it. To see all my pictures including one with my daughter I just wanted to scream. People are just evil and they don't understand the danger they can put people in when they make these inconsiderable decisions. Social media is a scary place and being in the industry I know I am open to a lot of fans but I never expected the impersonating part smh. It is sad because most of the people were in my hometown and I feel scared to go outside because I don't know what I will encounter next has a result of this person being so malicious to me right now. I just want people to delete this person has a friend until Facebook fixes this issue and know it is not me."


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July 26, 2014

Somber Ending to Konshens European Tour - @KonshensSojah

Konshens-rain-summerjam-2014-european-tour.jpgInternational dancehall/reggae star Konshens was forced to cancel the remainder of his current European tour as doctors have diagnosed the young star with having 'chronic laryngitis'.

Konshens have been touring non-stop for the past year, stemming from a US tour which ended in Connecticut before embarking on a 3 week run in France and the African south appearing in Mauritius island, Mayotte and Reunion island, where he further went on to join his band in Europe to kick off his official European tour at the Musa Festival in Portugal. The effects of a rigorous regiment of continued back to back performances took a toll on his voice after delivering a stellar performance at the Summer Jam Festival in front of thousands of fans in the rain. The artist was forced to see a specialist in Vienna Austria who diagnosed him with 'chronic laryngitis'. The doctors in Vienna prescribed a list of medication and most importantly two (2) weeks of serious rest. However, after canceling just one show on the tour, the music lover was back on stage, performing at several other shows before his voice finally gave in while onstage in Zurich where the artist not only lost his voice but could also hear nothing through his left ear, and was forced to visit a second specialist in Frankfurt Germany where he was advised that if he continued then his condition could grow to become more damaging to his voice and hearing with the possibility of becoming permanently impaired.

Konshens and his management team had no choice but to reluctantly cancel the remainder of the tour, the disappointed superstar stated that "I've never had a reputation of canceling shows and I always want to keep it that way but it's clear this could not be avoided. I really want to apologize to my fans in cities cancelled and I can assure you these cities are top priorities for next year... Gonna try this rest concept for once in life, I'm sure I'll bounce back".

Long time friend and manager for Konshens, Miguel 'kitten' Noble stated '
this is an unfortunate situation especially for the fans but we must take into consideration the safety of the artist and the importance of his voice,very unfortunate situation but at this point we must do what is necessary to regain his vocals and take the necessary steps to prevent this from re-occuring'.


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July 21, 2014

@MarkusRecords1 - Buju's son warns of scammers pretending to collect legal fees on dad's behalf

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

@MarcParc1

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Markus Myrie, acclaimed producer and the son of incarcerated Reggae superstar, Buju Banton is warning the public of scammers who have been pretending to be representatives of his record label, Markus Records, seeking assistance with Buju's legal fees.

This is the second alleged scam in relation to Buju in as many months. In May, Buju's defense committee warned of an impostor acting as the embattled singer's agent; approaching promoters seeking money for a concert in Trinidad in his honor. A statement from the committee said Buju had not given anyone the authority to act as an agent on his behalf and that no such concert existed, warning persons to call the authorities if receiving a call from said impostor.

Myrie says he was made aware of this latest scam recently and says neither he, nor his father are seeking any assistance for Buju's legal fees and are warning the public to be careful if approached by these alleged scammers.

"It has recently reached me that there are imposters who are pretending to be me and are claiming that they are seeking funds to help my father," Myrie said in a release issued Tuesday, his father's 41st birthday. "I want to tell Jamaica and the rest of the world that this is the farthest thing from the truth."


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July 16, 2014

New Tessanne album records lowest first-week sales among 'The Voice' winners - @MarcParc1

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

@MarcParc1

Tessanne-Chin-count-on-my-love-album-itunes-sales.jpgNearly two weeks into its shelf-life and Count on my Love, the major label debut album from Jamaican songstress and former The Voice winner, Tessanne Chin has garnered very mixed results.

Though the album, released July 1, reached number 20 on Billboard magazine's Top Digital Albums chart, Count on my Love has struggled from a sales perspective, with only 6,623 copies of the album being sold in its first week, according to reports Sunday. Just under 5,000 copies were sold digitally while the remaining were physical copies sold across Walmart stores in the United States.

The first-week total for Count on my Love is the lowest among album released by winners of The Voice to date. Season one winner of the American talent show, Javier Colon sold a shade under 10,000 albums in his first week with his self-titled project. That album has sold over 50,000 copies to date.

Season three and four winners, Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery, sold 43,000 and 41,000 album in their respective first weeks with their albums, Frame by Frame and Danielle Bradbery respectively. Frame by Frame has sold 170,000 copies overall while 136,000 copies Danielle Bradbery have been sold to date.


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July 8, 2014

Vybz Kartel to sue outgoing Jamaican police commissioner over comments - @MarcParc1

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

@MarcParc1

Vybz-Kartel-Court-Case-Conviction-35-years.jpgImprisoned Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has signaled his intent to sue recently retired Jamaican police commissioner, Owen Ellington over comments he made on a local television show in April, claiming the deejay was the head of a gang responsible for over 100 murders islandwide.

According to reports Monday, the polarizing entertainer, who was convicted of and given a life sentence for the 2011 murder of 'Clive Lizard' Williams in March, intends to a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit, through his legal team before the end of this week. His lead lawyer, Tom-Tavares Finson confirmed the lawsuit with ZIP FM Monday afternoon.

Ellington, who had been the head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force since 2009, told the Television Jamaica (TVJ) show, All Angles, "Vybz Kartel led a gang which was responsible for over 100 murders, and we have been telling the country this for a long, long time. Every time we moved against this gang, we were criticized, we were condemned and we were accused of being malicious against this individual. In fact, if you look at his defense, what was his defense? That there was a conspiracy on the part of the police."

Though there has been no evidence presented to support Ellington's comments, they caused a stir locally, with many wondering why the ex-commissioner would make them after Kartel's conviction and subsequent sentencing just weeks earlier. Tavares-Finson himself called the comments out of line, saying they were an attempt to prejudice Kartel's appeal.

Ellington shocked many when he announced his resignation from the police force last week, citing his, "need to separate himself from the leadership and management of the Force prior to the commencement of the upcoming Commission of Enquiry into the conduct of the Operations of the Security Forces in Western Kingston and other areas during the limited State of Emergency in 2010," according to a press release by Jamaica's ministry of security.

He had served in various parts of the police force for over 30 years.


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I-Octane's management distances themselves from LiveJam Ent. - @Realioctane

Ioctane-mama-video-pics-photos.jpgKingston, Jamaica - The management team of internationally acclaimed reggae singer, Byiome Muir, more popularly known as I-Octane, takes this opportunity to completely distance themselves from Barcelona-based LiveJam Entertainment and Stefano Ingrosso.

According to the management, effective immediately, LiveJam Entertainment is not authorized to accept bookings or deposits on behalf of I-Octane and is not in a position to negotiate any contractual or other arrangement on behalf of the singer, whether in Europe or any other part of the world.

"All bookings must be done through Khool International Agency and/or I-Octane's manager, Ray Alexander," the management emphasized, adding that it was very unfortunate that it has become necessary for them to take this drastic step.

I-Octane, a multiple award-winning artiste, whose demand on the international stage has surged dramatically in the last two years, will be performing live on two festivals only in Europe this summer - Reggae Geel 2014 in Belgium and Reggae Jam in Germany, scheduled for August 2 and 3 respectively. Both concerts had been booked through the agency mentioned above, but unforeseen and totally unacceptable circumstances have placed the artiste in a challenging position.


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June 23, 2014

VP Records Expands Presence In Africa - @VP_Afrika @JayJulesMusic @VPRecords

New Hire Jay Jules to Oversee Regional Marketing & Sales Development

vp-records-africa.jpgVP Records is set to expand its presence in the African market. The world's largest reggae label has hired Territory Manager Jay Jules to lead the Pan-African marketing efforts.

Jules will be responsible for establishing strategic partnerships in order to expand VP product sales and visibility and to capitalize on flourishing opportunities across the continent. The British-Jamaican music executive currently resides in South Africa and has a strong handle on the marketplace.

"I'm eager to open new doors with this role. I not only want to make reggae more accessible in Africa, but also shine light on the vibrant African reggae scene and culture that already exists here," says Jules.

VP Records President Randy Chin states: "Africa has a legion of dedicated reggae fans and now with increasing global connectivity in today's tech and online world we are able to fulfill that demand. We are excited about this expansion and confident that we can effectively reach reggae fans in Africa."


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May 20, 2014

Buju Banton's defense team warns public of impostor

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

@MarcParc1

Buju-Banton-Scam-promoters-fake.jpgThe legal team and official defense support committee of incarcerated Dancehall/Reggae singer, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, has spoken out against a purported scam being committed against the entertainer as they say someone has been falsely acting as an agent on the entertainer's behalf.

After recently making the discovery, The Buju Banton Defense Support Committee issued a statement Sunday denouncing this alleged scam.

"It has been brought to the attention of The Buju Banton Defense Support Committee and Buju Banton's attorney, Professor Charles Ogletree that a certain individual has approached promoters with the false claim that he is the local agent for renowned reggae musician, Buju Banton," the statement read. "He has further sought to swindle monies by stating he is authorized to collect funds for a concert being held for Buju Banton in Trinidad during this year."

We wish to warn the public that it is totally untrue. Buju Banton has not given such rights to anyone in Trinidad. Nor is a concert being organized at this time.

Anyone seeking to do this would suffer legal consequences. We urge that you immediately inform the authorities of anyone who solicits monies from you for that purpose.

Buju Banton is grateful to his many fans for their support and prayers."

Buju Banton continues to serve his 10-year prison sentence on drug-related charges and remains due for release in 2019. However, the deejay recently applied for a new trial in an American court of appeal as he continues to fight his 2011 conviction.


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May 13, 2014

Anju Blaxxx Plagued By Scammers - @ANJUBLAX @UIMRECORDS

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Jamaica - CEO and producer of UIM, Andrew Myrie known to fans as Anju Blaxxx, is seeking to remedy the malicious work of scammers who have been plaguing his musical career.

In an official press release, UIM announced "There has been a pervasive scam being done by unscrupulous persons, that has been ongoing for several months.

This started since summer of last year, when Anju Blaxxx was contacted by friends that someone was soliciting cash and call credit from a fake Facebook account.

Anju Blaxxx disclosed that clients have also been contacted and generally told by scammers using the Facebook page, that they are working on a rhythm and persons should send money via Western Union. However, the acclaimed producer wants to make it clear that, he does not have an actual Anju Blaxxx Facebook personal account, only a Fan Page which is under UIM, also he further emphasizes that he does not use Facebook to conduct business."

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The UIM producer also took the opportunity to encourage prospective clients that they should be vigilant against phone and email scams that use his name as a lure. UIM (Uptempo International Music) does not initiate contact with clients from Facebook or request call credit, confidential access information or similar manipulative schemes.


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April 25, 2014

Christopher Martin Clears The Air On Vehicle Seizure - @IamChrisMartin

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Entertainer Christopher Martin has moved to dispel any misconceptions about the recent seizure of his vehicle by law enforcement personnel from the Major Crimes and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Revenue Protection Division (RPD).

Martin's vehicle was one of several seized as the law enforcement agencies conducted what they said was a crackdown on illegally imported luxury vehicles. The singer's BMW X5 was among the vehicles seized but Martin, who is nearing the release of his latest album 'Stepping Razor', has said he is an innocent consumer caught up in an unfortunate situation.

About two years ago, Martin saw the pre-owned vehicle on the lot of a certified used-car dealer, made inquiries and purchased the vehicle. He was not aware that there may have been anything 'wrong' with the vehicle when he made the purchase. He said he is in possession of the relevant documentation to substantiate his claims.

Martin, who was in possession of the vehicle at the time it was seized by the authorities, insists that he has never been implicated of any wrongdoing by MOCA or the RPD and has been cooperating with them as best as he possibly can. He met with them recently in the presence of his attorney. The singer is hoping that there will be a mutually satisfactory outcome to the situation.


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April 23, 2014

Chris Brown may face another 'Con Air' trip after trial delay

By Alan Duke, CNN

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(CNN) -- Chris Brown's assault trial in Washington has been delayed until the appeal of his bodyguard's conviction is completed.

The singer now faces another grueling cross-country trip on "Con Air," the federal prisoner transport system, that could last a week or more from Washington to Los Angeles.

The U.S. Marshals Service promised a Los Angeles judge it would return Brown, 24, to California, where he had been jailed earlier awaiting a probation revocation hearing.

Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, will ask the California judge to allow his client to be released to travel on his own back to the Los Angeles jail, where he was locked up after getting booted from a court-ordered rehab program last month. Another attorney representing Brown will be in court Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles to argue that point, Geragos said.
Planes, chains and automobiles: Chris Brown's miserable trip to trial

Otherwise, the singer will make the trip in chains in the custody of U.S. marshals. The federal inmate transport system is a combination of airplane hops between cities and bus trips with prisoners chained and guarded.


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April 15, 2014

Kartel calls for end to threats made following murder conviction - @MarcParc1

By Marc Parc
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@MarcParc1

Vybz-Kartel-Court-Case-Conviction-35-years.jpgEmbattled Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel has called for fans and others top stop making threats against journalists and members of the public in the aftermath of his March murder conviction in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams trial.

Since the verdict and subsequent life sentence on April 3, several threats have been made against journalists due to their coverage of the trial, as well as telecommunications giant, Digicel following voice notes implicating Kartel in the lead up to when the murder allegedly took place. Nationwide News reporter, Abka Fitz-Henley received some of said threats after playing some of the voice notes obtained by the local radio station following the trial.

An editor at the Jamaica Observer faced similar treatment after it was alleged he was the author a story that broke Sunday citing an unnamed police source as saying Kartel had given them information on wanted men in his native Portmore in exchange for the possible dismissal of his murder charge, a claim the deejay's lawyer later refuted.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, Kartel said persons making these threats should cease and desist, insisting they are not making his situation any easier.

"I appeal to any misguided individual or individuals who may think it appropriate to seek to threaten or intimidate anyone to stop it," he said. "Such action is not helping me or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal."

Speaking out for the second time since his conviction, Kartel also said he harbors no negativity towards those involved in his trial.


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April 9, 2014

Reggae Icons Marcia Griffiths & Judy Mowatt honored in NYC - RealMarciaG

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International Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths and legendary reggae/gospel singer Judy Mowatt, two thirds of the world famous I-Threes group, who provided backing vocals for reggae superstar Bob Marley in the 70's, were honored with the "Reggae Ambassador's Award" in New York by VP Records and Groovin Inc., sponsor and organizer of the fourth annual Groovin In The Park concert respectively. The awards were presented to the ladies for their supreme artistry, outstanding achievement and contribution to the development and promotion of reggae worldwide.

Tour manager and reggae historian Copeland Forbes was also honored for his contribution to the industry. The awards were presented at the New York launch of Groovin In The Park 2014.

Griffiths, who made the trek from Kingston to attend the presentation, used the opportunity to thank Miss Pat, co-founder of VP Records and event founder Christopher Roberts for considering her for the special award.

"I feel like I am truly blessed as this award is deeper than music. Thank you for allowing me to share this journey. Without you I would not have reached this milestone" she said to thunderous applause.


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April 8, 2014

Ninja Man murder trial set for November after attempt to throw out case rejected - @MarcParc1

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

@MarcParc1

Ninja-man-murder-trial-case.jpgAfter Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel was convicted of murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison, another legend of the genre will have to wait several more months before his long-awaited murder trial is finally set in motion.

On Monday, Desmond Ballentine, more popularly known as Ninja Man appeared in a Kingston court where he was scheduled to kick off the trial. However, the deejay, through his attorney, K.D. Knight, issued an application to have the case thrown out.

Knight argued that the case against Ninja Man and two co-accused should be dismissed given a breach of the constitutional rights, considering the length of time the case has yet to be tried. That application was soon rejected by the presiding judge, who then issued a November 10 date for the commencement of the trial.

Monday's court proceedings took place just over five years after the fatal shooting of Richard Johnson in March 2009. The deejay was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the incident. Ninja Man's son, Janiel Ballentine and another man, Dennis Clayton were jointly charged in the incident.

The trial has endured several delays since then, though Ninja Man has been on bail since March 2012 and has since revived his nearly three-decade-long career after joining forces with Downsound Records.


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Teflon Road Manager Killed, Artiste Bemoans Loss - @TEFLON_JA @Teamdarkcide

Teflon-artiste-jamaican-reggae.jpgAmidst preparations for his live concert series and upcoming album titled 'Next Dimension', tragedy has struck leaving Reggae singer Teflon stricken with grief by the sudden death of his close friend and road manager Ricardo Lowe more popularly known as Blackman.

Reports are that on Friday, April 4th at approximately 8:30pm several persons including children were at the intersection of Charles Street and Chestnut Lane when a group of armed men sprayed bullets on them. The 12-year-old boy reportedly died on the spot while Lowe succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Unconfirmed reports are that the shooting incident stems from an ongoing gang feud between men from Tivoli Gardens and Chestnut Lane.

A bereaved Teflon who saw and spoke to Lowe hours before the tragedy appeared evidently shaken by the news of his death. According to a senior member of Yard A Love, the artiste's management company.


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April 5, 2014

Vybz Kartel & Shawn Storm speak out after life sentence, maintain innocence - @MarcParc1

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

@MarcParc1

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Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel and long-time protégé, Shawn Storm have spoken out for the first time since their convictions and subsequent life sentence on murder charges in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder charges.

The two, along with Kahira Jones and Andre 'Mad Suss' St. John were sentenced Thursday, with Kartel not eligible for parole for the first 35 years of his sentence, while Shawn Storm will not be eligible until 25 years into his sentence. On Friday, the pair issued short, handwritten statements thanking fans for their undying support while continuing to maintain their innocence in spite of the convictions.

Kartel's note said, "I would first like to again reiterate that I never killed Clive Williams nor did I order his killing. To my family I want to say thank you for being there for me. Equally to my fans whose unremitting support matters to me! Bless, Kartel."

Shawn Storm offered similar sentiments to his supporters.

"To the fans and fams I am an innocent man and I am just saying I am good and in great health and spirit," he said. "So from me to the fans and ma fams and my mother, daughter and family I am confident that in the long run I will be vindicated."

Meanwhile, voice notes used as evidence against Kartel and his co-accused were released to Jamaican media on Friday, telling a damning tale of the events leading up to August 2011 murder of Williams. In said voice notes, which can be heard in their entivybzrety here, Kartel continuously references the disappearance of 'shoes,' a code word for guns, according to testimony from the Crown's main witness, Lamar Chow. An agitated Kartel can be heard threatening that if Chow or Williams did not find said 'shoes' by nightfall, one or both could face fatal consequences.

Additionally, the Police High Command issued a statement lauding the work done by law enforcement in the case while revealing that a criminal investigation has been launched into the investigation's handling, with accusation of witness tampering, obeah ritualism and attempting to pervert the course of justice. The full statement can be read here.

Kartel, along with two others, faces an Aug. 11 court date, facing two conspiracy charges in relation to the Williams case.


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April 3, 2014

Vybz Kartel sentenced to life in prison for murder - 35 Years Before Parole - @MarcParc1

Vybz-Kartel-Life-In-Prison-35-years-jamaica.jpgControversial Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison for the August 2011 murder of St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive 'Lizard' Williams following a hearing in the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Thursday.

The deejay will not be eligible for parole for the first 35 years of his prison term, when he is 73 years old. His co-accused, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre 'Mad Suss' St. John were also sentenced to life in prison, with the men not eligible for parole until 25, 25 and 30 years into their respective sentences, handed down by Supreme Court justice, Lennox Campbell.

Kartel was decked out in a full white suit and white shirt as he appeared cool and calm upon waiting for the judge's ruling. Similar to last week's hearing, the deejay maintained his innocence before the court, saying, through his lawyers, that he would not beg for mercy and accept the punishment handed down.

Justice Campbell that made a summation, saying there was premeditation and planning about the murder, while saying there was much distress for the family of the deceased Williams. He then handed down the sentences shortly before 11:30 a.m. Jamaican time.

Kartel's legal team has indicated they will appeal his murder conviction before the end of this year.

Part of downtown Kingston was blocked a group of his loyal supporters gathered outside the courthouse, expressing anger and dismay at the sentencing, with some expressing uncontrollable sadness.


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March 27, 2014

Vybz Kartel's sentencing postponed until April 3 - @MarcParc1

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

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Vybz-Kartel-Guilty_Verdict-Clive-Lizard.jpgDancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer and his three co-accused found guilty of the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams will have to wait another week for sentencing after it was postponed on Thursday.

Kartel, alongside his three co-accused, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre 'Mad Suss' St. John arrived at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston late Thursday morning, with Kartel wearing a black shirt and navy blue pants. They arrived to a much smaller crowd to the one that showed up on the day of Kartel's conviction March 13th, despite claims that fans of the deejay were set to stage a major protest outside the court, calling for a retrial. As the court assembled, he then went to court wearing a dark blue suit, blue shirt and tie, looking calm as he awaited his fate.

Despite accepting the jury's guilty verdict, Kartel's lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson says his client continues to maintain his innocence. Furthermore, when asked to make his final plea, Kartel opted not to beg for mercy in an effort to lighten the sentence.

Minutes later, however, Justice Lennox Campbell pushed back the sentencing to April 3 as to facilitate written submissions from defence lawyers regarding sentencing guidelines, according to Nationwide Radio. Justice Campbell also said he would like to hear from a member of Williams' family, though the director of public prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn has said that may not be appropriate.

The family was put in protective custody immediately following the verdict, amidst reports that a bounty was on the heads of members of Williams' family.


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March 25, 2014

Tiana Warns Stripper Turned-Artiste to Cease & Desist - @TianaMusic

It's unlawful to engage in defamation of another's character and reputation. Defamation consists of

(1) a statement that tends to injure reputation;
(2) communicated to another; and
(3) that the speaker knew or should have known was false.

Tiana-Dancehall-Duchess-Jamaica.jpgRecently a story was posted on several entertainment websites stating that the Dancehall Duchess Tiana was intimately involved in a relationship with a New York based Stripper Turned-artiste. This story was sent out to various websites who have decided to post this false report without contacting Tiana or her management team to find out if this libelous reporting is of any truth.

At no time Tiana has ever met or been intimately involved with this Stripper Turned-artiste, so neither she or her management team have the right to go ahead and make false accusations publicly via facebook, twitter and several other websites … The headline read: Dancehall Ex-lovers Tiana & stripper turned-artiste ignites social media feud… The name of the stripper turned-artiste name was intentionally not included in this article as it is evident that these unscrupulous persons seek to do this in order to promote this stripper turned-artiste.

Tiana is an educated, respected professional in the music Dancehall/Reggae industry who has spent years developing her career and building a positive reputation. Tiana has learned that this stripper turned-artiste have been engaged in spreading false, destructive, and defamatory rumors about her.

However, if this individual does not CEASE AND DESIST all defamation of Tiana's character and reputation … Then Tiana will seek monetary damages and equitable relief for your defamation.

This letter is to also warn the few remaining websites who have not remove this girl's fictitious story from their websites as yet, please to do so as there is no truth to she and Tiana being intimate lovers.


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March 18, 2014

Deva Bratt Responds To Vybz Kartel Guilty Verdict - @RealDevaBratt

In an exclusive interview with PRGirlAngel, Deva Bratt expresses that he wishes "no jail, no prison, nothing, not even death, on my worst enemy...". He went on to discuss some of the past events that caused the shift in friendship and working relationship between himself and Vybz Kartel. Check out the full interview via YouTube link below ..
Deva Bratt is currently touring in the USA, and recording music under his label Krucial Konflict.


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March 17, 2014

Kartel fans petition Obama administration for retrial, deejay's mom speaks out

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

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Despite Vybz Kartel's conviction on a murder charge on Thursday, his family and fans are clinging on the smallest bit of hope the deejay can beat his current predicament, as dire as it may be.

His fans in particular are going to the extremes to try and secure and out for the self-professed 'Worl' Boss' as they have petitioned the United States government to help free him. The petitions, started this weekend, claim that Vybz Kartel did not receive a fair trial in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams case, which he and three co-accused were convicted of his August 2011 murder.

One of the petitions claimed evidence tampering by police during their investigation, citing alleged corruption and bias against him throughout, though that petition has seen been stopped. A second petition, started on Sunday, is hoping to secure 100,000 signatures by April 15 so it can be formally presented to U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.

Meanwhile Kartel's mother and sister have spoken out for the first time since the Mar. 13 verdict. His mother, Teresa Palmer gave an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer on Friday in which she expressed anger and sadness at the situation, suggesting many 'lies' have been told on her son.

"I don't like that. A lot of lies were told. They tampered with the phones," she said. "Dem man yah no need no sentence. Dem must go a road. Dem haffi let go mi pickney."

Palmer said she has not eaten since the verdict and is trying to cope with the news. She believes, however, that several people have unfairly judged her son because of his hardcore lyrics and persona he presents.


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March 13, 2014

Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm & two others found guilty of murder in Clive 'Lizard' Williams trial

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

Vybz-Kartel-Guilty_Verdict-Clive-Lizard.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel has been convicted of the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams following a majority verdict returned by the presiding jury in the case Thursday evening.

Kartel, along with Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre 'Mad Suss' St. John were all found guilty of the murder by a 10-1 majority verdict, which was confirmed following a deliberation which took just over two hours in the Home Circuit Court. Shane Williams, another of the co-accused, was found not guilty and immediately released by presiding judge, Lennox Campbell.

The verdict concluded a nearly 65-day-long trial which began last November, the longest trial in Jamaican history. Scenes outside downtown Kingston were tense, with large crowds congregating in anticipation of the verdict surrounded by a heavy police presence. A general shock and anger was seen once word filtered through that Kartel was found guilty, with said crowds protesting and demanding answers as police aimed to cordon them off and dissuade any illegal activity.

In addition to the convictions, a juror in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams case was arrested and will be prosecuted according to multiple reports after it was alleged he attempted to bribe the foreman of the jury panel. The foreman rejected the alleged offer and reported this alleged bribery to the judge.

Vybz Kartel and his co-accused will officially be sentenced on March 27. However, his legal team, headed by Tom Tavares-Finson has indicated they will file an appeal with a higher court in attempt to have the conviction overturned.


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March 10, 2014

Tenza Bosslady Charity Handover working day at the Women's Federation School Gambia - @TenzaFoster

Tenza-gambia-charity.jpgTenza aka Di Boss Lady and her "Boss lady Charity" Handover school items to Women's Federation School in Gambia and held a working day refurbishing the blackboard in the class rooms.

After handing over 2500 pounds worth of school item to the school. Boss Lady herself took a tour of the school and decided she need to do more "The Boss Lady Charity" and Team clean and refurbish all black boards at the school to much delight of Head Teacher Osman Touray, who thanks Tenza and her team as the last time the boards were painted was more than 4 years ago and was in a very poor condition.

According to Tenza after touring the school for the first since her fan club selected the for her designated charity she feels comply to do more than just donating books but to address other pressing issues that faces the school, and the children black board was one that stands out in her mind which she thinks need to be done urgently.

Together with her Team of voluntaries and the grace of God all black boards were done before Tenza depart from Gambia on Wednesday February 26th 2013.

Many thanks to all those who donate their time to helping to accomplish amazing cause. A special thanks to the Tenza Fan club.


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February 20, 2014

Jamaican Reggae Star Buju Banton files for new trial in drug case - @MarcParc1

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

Buju-Banton-New-Trial-Files-Drug-case.jpgJamaican Reggae megastar, Buju Banton has formally filed for a new trial as he continues his relentless fight for freedom from his drug conviction.

According to reports Wednesday, the musician’s legal team filed a 55-page document arguing for a retrial in a U.S. Court of Appeal (11th Circuit Court of Appeal) on Feb. 4. Buju is being represented by a new legal team: Jack Cushman, Max Stern and Charles Ogletree, the latter a Harvard University law professor who once represented hip-hop legend, Tupac Shakur and taught American president, Barack Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

This is Buju's third legal team since his February 2011 conviction on drug charges. He was previously represented by David Oscar Markus and Chokwe Lumumba, the latter pulling out after being elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi last summer.

Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2011 on three drug charges in relation to a December 2009 arrest at a warehouse following a U.S. Drug Enforcement sting operation, in which it was alleged he tried to buy cocaine from an undercover officer.

A gun-related charge originally slapped on him following the arrest was dropped last June after being previously reinstated following a failed appeal.

A juror in his 2011 trial, Terri Wright was found guilty of misconduct for allegedly researching facts on his case during the proceedings. However, authorities later decided not to file contempt charges against her.


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By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

Buju-Banton-New-Trial-Files-Drug-case.jpgJamaican Reggae megastar, Buju Banton has formally filed for a new trial as he continues his relentless fight for freedom from his drug conviction.

According to reports Wednesday, the musician’s legal team filed a 55-page document arguing for a retrial in a U.S. Court of Appeal (11th Circuit Court of Appeal) on Feb. 4. Buju is being represented by a new legal team: Jack Cushman, Max Stern and Charles Ogletree, the latter a Harvard University law professor who once represented hip-hop legend, Tupac Shakur and taught American president, Barack Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

This is Buju's third legal team since his February 2011 conviction on drug charges. He was previously represented by David Oscar Markus and Chokwe Lumumba, the latter pulling out after being elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi last summer.

Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2011 on three drug charges in relation to a December 2009 arrest at a warehouse following a U.S. Drug Enforcement sting operation, in which it was alleged he tried to buy cocaine from an undercover officer.

A gun-related charge originally slapped on him following the arrest was dropped last June after being previously reinstated following a failed appeal.

A juror in his 2011 trial, Terri Wright was found guilty of misconduct for allegedly researching facts on his case during the proceedings. However, authorities later decided not to file contempt charges against her.


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February 19, 2014

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February 17, 2014

Dancehall Artiste Tommy Lee Sparta charged in lottery scam probe

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

Tommy_Lee_Sparta.jpgPopular Dancehall artist, Tommy Lee Sparta has been charged with breaching the anti-lottery act in connection with an alleged lottery scam he has engaged in.

The deejay, whose real name is Leroy Russell was charged Friday afternoon along with four other individuals in relation to the alleged scam. He was granted JA$400,000 bail and is expected to appear in the Half-Way-Tree Court to answer the charge, according to his attorney, Bert Samuels.

Tommy Lee Sparta was taken into police custody Feb. 3rd. In a report, the Jamaica Constabulary Force stated the investigation was triggered following a routine traffic stop that day in New Kingston after a driver had violated the Road Traffic Act and gave fake identification after not possessing a driver's license.

Subsequent reports say police then raided a St. Andrew residence occupied by the deejay, where they seized documents that included lists of American citizens and other material allegedly used in the scam. Lee and six others were taken into custody as well as the vehicle stopped earlier that day.

Lottery scams have become a topic of contention in Jamaica in recent years, with regular citizens as well as politicians implicated in investigations pertaining to scamming. In 2013, American lawmakers demanded that Jamaicans implicated in lottery scamming defrauding U.S. citizens be extradited to their country to stand trial, calling out Jamaican law makers in the process for not acting quickly enough to dissuade alleged scams.

Once a prized protégé of Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, Tommy Lee Sparta burst on the scene since the turn of the decade with hits such as Warn Dem, Psycho, Uncle Demon and Some Bwoy. He is still recovering from a near-fatal car accident he was involved in last November as he was traveling to his 26th birthday party.


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February 4, 2014

Legendary Third World singer, Bunny Rugs dies after battle with leukemia

By Marc Parc
Freelance Writer

Bunny_Rugs_Died_Third_World_Inner_Circle_Reggae_Jamaica.jpgThe Reggae world has lost another of its patriarchs after Third World lead singer, William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke passed away Sunday night after a long battle with leukemia.

Clarke, who was set to turn 66 on Thursday, passed away at his home in Orlando, FL, according to friends and collegues of the singer. A week earlier, he was in hospital receiving treatment for the cancerous disease and had been in intensive care.

Regarded as one of the most profound and distinct voices in Reggae music history, Clarke started his career at just 15 years old and worked with popular Reggae band, Inner Circle as well as prominent producer, Lee 'Scratch' Perry. The Mandeville-born artist then became a member of Third World, one of the most popular Reggae bands in history, spending 31 years with the group.

While part of the group, they issued classics such as Now That We Found Love, Always Around, Committed and Try Jah Love, the latter co-written alongside legendary American singer, Stevie Wonder, who performed with the band at Reggae Sunsplash in 1981.

Those songs and others were chart-toppers in several countries, particularly gaining acclaim on American and British singles charts. The band, which also featured the likes of Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, Stephen 'Cat' Coore, Colin Leslie and many more, dropped several hit albums while signed to Island Records including 96 Degrees of Shade (1977), Journey To Addis (1978) and received six Best Reggae Album Grammy nominations for later projects such as Serious Business, Committed, Live It Up and Ain't Givin' Up, though they never emerged with an Grammy award.


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January 27, 2014

Watch Day 38 of Vybz Kartel Murder Trial - Video Evidence Released


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January 9, 2014

Spice confirms break-up from fiancée following picture controversy

By Marc Jodee
Freelance Writer

Spice_So_Mi_Like_It_Photo.jpgAcclaimed Dancehall artist, Spice has ended her long-time relationship with fiancé, Nicholas Lall following a very public argument over pictures that surfaced from a photo shoot of Spice's upcoming video for So Mi Like It, according to reports Thursday.

The pictures, which were allegedly taken from Spice's phone and posted on Instagram by Lall on Monday, caused an uproar on the social media website as they showed Spice and another man hugging intimately. A seemingly angry Lall later made a Facebook post about his feelings on the pictures, saying "I have taken a lot of s*** where your music is concern but this is Too f***ng far now. I wasn't even inform about this scene and now you claim it's "So mi like it video "????? KMFT Grace. Like seriously Grace????? Y did I have to find these??? KMFT. You claim it's from "So mi like it video but dis look bloodc***t serious #kmft."

Spice later retaliated by reposting the pictures (which you can see here) on her Facebook and Instagram sites and lashed out against Lall, "@NicholasLall Since as the pics bun you so much that you Decide to post on your IG and FB pages Let me Help you KMFT. @NicholasLall how dare you take pics from my phone and post them up knowing there pics from my " So mi like it " Video????" she said. "Like seriously then you say you are a MAN? What's in these pics to be so mad about? The worst thing about it is that we live together, so if you don't like sum ting you Talk to me and don't broadcast mi bloodc***t business. Hope you know now that #ITSOVER. "

In an interview published in the Jamaica STAR Thursday, Spice confirmed that she and Lall, the father of her two children, are no longer together, but would not rule out a reconciliation.


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November 11, 2013

Doctors Hail Demarco as a Hero After Saving Woman's Life - @DemarcoDaDon

Demarco_accident_car_woman_taxi.jpgDancehall superstar Demarco and members of his True Gift Entertainment team have been hailed as heroes by a group of doctors attached to the University of the West Indies Hospital, following a serious car accident that almost claimed the life of a woman on Saturday Night.

The incident unfolded on Saturday, November 9th in the vicinity of Burlington Avenue and Westminster Road while Demarco and his team were engaged in a game of football at their studio compound. Amidst the game a loud crashing noise was heard; upon further investigation it was discovered a Honda Civic motorcar with four females and a Toyota Corolla Station Wagon taxi was involved in a serious collision that left one of the four woman with a fractured skull; others with neck and back injuries and the taxi operator in a dizzy state.

Demarco and his team quickly rushed to the scene pulling the victims from the wreckage while other members of the team alerted the authorities. With blood gushing everywhere and the cries for help a towel was used to wrap the head of the victim with the fractured skull, before whisking her into Demarco's car and rushing to the hospital, she appeared to be slipping in and out of consciousness.

She was taken to the Andrew's Memorial Hospital, where they advised they could not help due to lack of required resources. With no time to waste they then took her to the University of the West Indies Hospital where doctors quickly whisked her away later advising Demarco and his team that if it was not for their quick action she could have died on the scene. The other victims were subsequently taken to the hospital by police personnel.

Alluding to onlookers arriving on the scene and videotaping, a seemingly distressed Demarco later tweeted, "Why people so cruel, how can you see a woman dying, blood gushing from her head and be filming big up my team for taking her to the hospital".


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October 30, 2013

Chris Brown Kisses Karrueche Tran Before Heading to Rehab

by JOSH GROSSBERG
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Before Chris Brown entered rehab on Tuesday for anger management in the wake of his assault charge, Breezy got in a sweet goodbye kiss with girlfriend Karrueche Tran.

Tran posted a pic of the pair exchanging a smooch on her Instagram page last night with the caption, "Always & Forever❤."
Talk about a bittersweet Halloween.

No word how long her R&B star beau will be at the facility, but it was just a little more than a week ago that she and the 24-year-old Brown got into that spooky holiday spirit when they checked out Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights.

Unfortunately, this past Sunday apparently a darker force took hold of the "F.A.M.E." singer, as he is accused of punching 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams and breaking his nose after the fan tried to photobomb Brown and two women at the W Hotel in Washington D.C.
The Grammy winner, who has denied wrongdoing, was subsequently arrested and charged with felony assault.

But a judge knocked that down to simple misdemeanor assault at his court appearance on Monday, after which Brown elected to seek help, according to his rep, in order to "gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior."
More than likely, he'll remain holed up in rehab for the next four weeks until he's due back in court on Nov. 25.


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October 29, 2013

Chris Brown Faces A Maximum Of Six Months In Jail If Convicted

By Ian Simpson

Chris_Brown_court_again.jpg(Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of misdemeanour assault as a result of a fight on Sunday outside a Washington hotel, the latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winner.

Brown, 24, was arrested early on Sunday outside the upscale W Hotel, a few hundred yards from the White House. Another man involved in the fight, Christopher Hollosy, 35, described in court documents as Brown's bodyguard, was also arrested and charged with assault.

Brown faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Brown, known for hits including "Deuces" and "Look at Me Now," appeared handcuffed in District of Columbia Superior Court, where a defence lawyer entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

The judge set a preliminary hearing for November 25.

A Metropolitan Police Department incident report said two women asked Brown to be in a photo with them outside the hotel. He objected when Parker Adams, 20, of Beltsville, Maryland, tried to get in the picture.

"I'm not down with that gay shit," Brown said, according to the report. "I feel like boxing."


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October 9, 2013

Dancehall is in Jail Says Vybz Kartel - @Iamthekartel

Source: Examiner

vybz_kartel_hi_itunes.jpgSince his incarceration on murder charges a little over two years ago, embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has not refused any opportunity possible to speak out against the system which currently holds him in Horizon Remand Centre, nor his true feelings regarding his former friends and protégés.

However, unlike past press releases, poems and handwritten notes where he voiced his typically polarizing opinion, Kartel gave a rare interview to United Kingdom news publication, The Voice Online, published Tuesday in its mother publication, the Jamaica Gleaner.

In the interview, the self-professed 'Worl' Boss,' gave an in-depth look into his daily prison routine and his thoughts on the ongoing case against him. He also assessed the ongoing state of Dancehall music, claiming that since his September 2011 arrest, the genre he helped build into a worldwide phenomenon has been in steady decline.

"Dancehall is in jail," he told The Voice. "Although the fact remains that if I die tomorrow, dancehall will continue, it's also a fact that the next artiste to bring the energy, panache, and 'vybz' to dancehall, isn't here yet."

He says he is unimpressed with today's' crop of young deejays and says Reggae's revival in recent times has been because music lovers are growing tired of hearing repetitive lyrics and styles throughout the genre.

"Look for yourself," he said. "Since I've been in jail, reggae has taken over because it's a refreshing alternative to dancehall for the young kids who realise the artistes of dancehall are just recycling Kartel lyrics and flow. It's pathetic."


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September 21, 2013

Statement By Attorneys-At-Law, Tom & Chris Tavares-Finson - Attorneys On The Record For Adidja Palmer - @Iamthekartel

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September 20, 2013

Vybz Kartel Denying Any Involvement In Roach Death - "Jamaican police are the worst"

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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With his name being tied to yet another murder, incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel is fed up with law enforcement and is threatening to take action against them for what he deems as consistently unfair treatment.

On Thursday evening, the polarizing deejay issued a handwritten letter to the public addressing a report earlier this week by the Constabulary Communications Network (CCN), revealing that they seized cellular phones, flash drives, a DVD player and an iPod from his cell during separate searches on September 16 and 17. The search was done as part of an investigation into the shooting death of popular Dancehall producer, Patrick 'Roach' Samuels, Kartel's former road manager.

In the letter, Kartel pulled no punches as he criticized police for their handling of the searches while vehemently denying any involvement in Samuels' murder.

"I must first say that the Jamaican police are the worst inefficient set of police in the world," said Kartel. "Who say they act on intelligence when it is completely the opposite. If 'Roach' was killed on Mannings Hill Road Sunday morning, what kind of intelligence could have led the police to Horizon Remand Centre Sunday at midday. I have never spoken to 'Roach' or anyone associated with him nor did I have any altercation with him."


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September 19, 2013

Kartel Cell Searched - Contraband was found - While Roach Investigation continues

By Marc Parc

Vybz_kartel_cell_search.jpgAs an investigation into the tragic murder of popular Dancehall producer, Patrick 'Roach' Samuels continues, police say they have seized items from the jail cell of his former associate and embattled deejay, Vybz Kartel as they try to solve the case.

According to a report Wednesday from the Constabulary Communications Network (CCN), police took two cellular phones and three flash drives from Kartel's cell during a search on Sunday at the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town. However, they did not give what link, if any exists between the items seized from his cell and Samuels' murder.

On Monday, police returned to Kartel's cell, taking a DVD player and an Apple iPod. Additionally, a DVD player was taken from the jail cell of Kartel's protégé, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, who is co-accused in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder case alongside Kartel.
The jail cell of another popular entertainer, Garfield 'Zebra' Vassell was also searched by law enforcement officials, with a SIM card being seized from the cell as well as a paper with a set of instructions.

All the items seized in these respective searches will be analyzed for evidential purposes by police as they continue to search for clues in relation to Samuels' murder.
Samuels, 46, was shot and killed while in his vehicle after leaving a party in Kingston early Sunday morning. He is renowned for crafting hit rhythms such as the Siren Riddim in 2005, the Overproof Riddim in 2011 as well as the Overtime Riddim earlier this year.
He also served as Vybz Kartel's former road manager for several years until the two fell out in 2010.


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September 17, 2013

Popular Overproof Riddim Producer Roach Shot & Killed

By M Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

Roach_Sammuels_dead_shot_killed_producer_overproof_riddim.jpgFamed Jamaican music producer and the former road manager for popular deejay, Vybz Kartel, Patrick 'Roach' Samuels is dead, according to multiple reports Sunday morning.

Roach was shot and killed by gunmen after receiving multiple gunshot wounds shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday by gunmen while inside his vehicle near a gas station in Mary Brown's Corner, St. Andrew, according to police. He reportedly tried to escape in his Chevrolet Avalanche but crashed while driving along Mannings Hill Rd. after more shots were fired at him.

The matter is now being investigated.

Samuels was known for several years as the right hand man of currently incarcerated deejay, Vybz Kartel serving as his road manager until the pair reportedly fell out in 2010. He is renowned for producing the Siren Riddim, which featured Sean Paul's international smash, Break Out as well as, Emergency by Vybz Kartel.

His most successful production was the Overproof Riddim in 2011, a rhythm he worked on alongside JA Productions. The compilation featured artists such as Beenie Man, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Daniel Bedingfield and garnered much international success with several songs from it topping charts worldwide.


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July 23, 2013

Vybz Kartel Freed Of Murder Charge - But Will Remain Behind Bars

By J-Tymz
OutAroad Writer

Vybz_Kartel_Freed_Murder_Charge_2013.jpgDancehall heavyweight Vybz Kartel who was accused of arranging the 2011 shooting death of St. Catherine Businessman Barrington Bossy Burton came to an end today after the Supreme Court judge Bryan Sykes turned down the application of the two witness-statements.

According to the investigating officers they were unable to locate their two key-witness since the beginning of the trial. However the judge decided that the case cannot proceed without the appearance of their two key witnesses. Judge Bryan Sykes further went on to say that he's not convinced that the officers try hard enough to find the witnesses.

Jury will return to court tomorrow from which the judge is expecting a not guilty verdict from the 12-member-jury.

Even the Worl' Boss Vybz Kartel has been freed of this charge, he will still remain behind bars until his November trial date of the Clive William Lizard case which he has yet to receive bail.

BELOW IS A CLIP OF VYBZ KARTEL LEAVING THE COURT HOUSE


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July 15, 2013

Asafa Powell faces latest career setback after 'adverse' drug test - via @TallaWAHezine

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Jamaicans everywhere, particularly track-and-field watchers, are grappling with the bad news that sprinter Asafa Powell has tested positive for a banned substance and will not be able to represent Team Jamaica in any capacity at the upcoming Moscow World Championships in Russia next month. Four other Jamaican athletes have also returned positive tests, according to reports.

"I will confirm that a sample I gave at the National Trials in June has returned "adverse findings"," Powell, 30, said in a statement on Sunday. "The substance oxilofrine (methylsynephrine) was found, which is considered by the authorities to be a banned stimulant."

The former 100M world record holder (dubbed the sub-10 king), who is presently overseas, staunchly declares his innocence of any wilful wrongdoing. "I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends and, most of all, my fans, that I have never knowingly or wilfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules. I am not now -- nor have I ever been -- a cheat."

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July 4, 2013

50 Cent Update: Rapper allegedly kicked ex-girlfriend during attack

By Crimesider Staff
CbsNews

50cent_fiftycent.jpg(AP) LOS ANGELES - Rapper 50 Cent has been charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend and trashing her Los Angeles condominium last month.

City Attorney Mike Feuer said Wednesday the 37-year-old "In da Club" singer is charged with domestic violence and vandalism.

Police say the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, had fled the scene when they arrived on June 23 at a condo belonging to a woman with whom he has a baby.

Police say they found the bedroom door kicked in, and damage totaling $7,100.

Police say the woman had been in a three-year relationship with Jackson.

The rapper's representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If convicted, Jackson faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines.


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June 20, 2013

Mavado Tweets "Charges against me dismissed in court today, to God be the glory" - @Mavado_Gully

movado-dancehall.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, David "Mavado" Brooks walked away a free man todday after his over 2-year-old assault case involving an off duty police officer was dismissed from in front of the court.

The case stems from an incident leading to the shooting death of entourage member and close friend Conroy "Connie" Edwards outside Bounty Killer's birthday party at the QUADnightclub on the 13th June 2011.

Edwards was then shot in the abdomen by a stray bullet that Mavado later claimed was intended for him. Edwards succumbed to his injuries three days later at the Kingston Public Hospital.


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June 17, 2013

Statement from Vybz Kartel Re: The Star's article about Kartel & Georgiana Sergeon - @iamthekartel

Vybz_Kartel_Georgina_Gossip.jpgIn response to the recently published Star article, "Kartel Pokes Fun at Chuck Fenda's Baby Mother?" written by Curtis Campbell, Vybz Kartel makes the following statement (as told to his associate Elvis 'So Unique" Redwood):

"I just want to clear the air on this Georgiana issue - as it relates to the speculation that we were involved, it is not true. The song is talking about sexual riding, so I simply made reference to a female rider. That's it. It wasn't meant to be a disrespect. More importantly though, Ms. Sergeon wasn't mentioned to get a hype. I am immensely, unequivocally, irrevocably more famous than her as an 11-year music veteran who has toured the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and North, South, and Central America numerous times, and I have never seen her in any of those places, unless she was among the tens of thousands in the crowd. In closing, I would just like to reiterate that the song was not meant to defame the jockey."


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May 28, 2013

Vybz Kartel Murder Case Set For A November Trial Date

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

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Vybz_Kartel_No_Shirt_Tattoo.jpgIncarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer will have to wait another six months before he knows his fate in one of his murder cases as the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder trial has once again been postponed.

The trial has been pushed back to Nov. 18-Dec. 6 after the matter was mentioned inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Monday morning. Kartel was represented in court by attorney-at-law, Tom Tavares-Finson, who replaced Valerie Neita-Robertson as his lawyer in the case.

The polarizing deejay is jointly charged alongside Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St. John in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams matter. Each of the men are accused of participating in Williams' murder at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence in August 2011, with the prosecution claiming they have video and audio evidence linking the men to the murder.

Meanwhile, Kartel's next appearance is set for June 10th as he and two co-accused will stand trial in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder case. The trial will reportedly commence as schedule despite a lack of cooperation on the part of its key witness. The men are charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the July 2011 murder. Burton was shot and killed while walking alongside Gregory Park in St. Catherine.

Vybz Kartel has been afforded bail in that case but has yet to receive bail in the latter case, meaning that should he win the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton trial before the Clive 'Lizard' Williams trial took place, he would still remain in custody.
The self-professed 'Worl' Boss' has been in jail since September 2011.


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May 18, 2013

Vybz Kartel's conspiracy case postponed until July

By M. Jodee
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Vybz_Kartel_Court_July.jpgIncarcerated Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel will return to court for a second consecutive summer as his conspiracy case has been put off until July.

The matter, which is connected to the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder case was mentioned at a hearing inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Friday morning. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer is jointly charged alongside singer and long-time protégé, Vanessa 'Gaza Slim' Saddler as well as studio engineer, Andre 'Pim Pim' Henry with attempting to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice.

Gaza Slim admits the constant delays have frustrated all parties involved, telling IRIE FM that the legal process has been tiring. However, she is optimistic there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
"Dem just constantly putting it off, putting it off but yuh done know, a God we put we trust inna enuh, not mankind so what is to be must be," she said. "Just waiting on the boss [Kartel] to just come out. Yuh done know everybody miss him but I miss him the most."

Gaza Slim and Pim Pim are currently out on bail while Kartel, who was granted bail in the conspiracy matter last November, remains imprisoned as he has yet to be afforded bail in the Williams murder case.

He is expected to return to court May 27th in the Williams matter when the trial is expected to commence. He and five other men are accused of participating in Williams' murder in August 2011.


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April 23, 2013

Reggae Icon Toots Hibbert Donates US$5,000 Towards Purchase Of Cancer Treatment Machine In Jamaica

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The Vincent HoSang Foundation (VHFF), a non for profit, US based origination that helps the less fortunate and provides scholarship and charitable assist for individuals and organizations in Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora is in a much better position today to execute its mandate, thanks to a generous donation from veteran singer Toots Hibbert. The reggae icon and Grammy winner's unexpected donation of US$5,000 to the VHFF came at a press conference at the Jamaican Consulate in Manhattan to officially launch the Groovin In the Park concert that takes place at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens New York on Sunday, June 30.

Mr. Vincent Ho Sang, the founder and CEO of Caribbean Food Delights and the VHFF declared at the launch that he had made the procurement of the accelerators a priority project through his foundation. When Toots heard about the plight of acquiring the accelerators, the man who is credited with coining the word 'reggae' simply walked to the podium and made his offer on behalf of his Toots Hibbert Foundation.

The funds will be used towards the purchase of two linear accelerators, medical equipment that is essential for the treatment of some cancers. The accelerators, which cost US$5 million dollars, is earmarked for the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay and an undetermined facility in Kingston.


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Free Entry: Miss Universe Jamaica to be held at Emancipation Park JULY 7

Yendi_Phillips_Miss_Jamaica_Universe_2012.jpgTeam INTUIT Concepts would like to announce that it has been retained to manage and execute the 2013 Miss Universe Jamaica pageant. INTUIT Concepts, owned and operated by Kibwe McGann and Sean Lyn, is an event management company with several successful lifestyle brands: Wedding Spectacular; The Collections; Kingston Bridal Week; and Lifestyle TV series SPLASH -which airs on US cable giant BET.

The Miss Universe pageant has long been revered as one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world. For Jamaica, the Miss Universe crown has been an elusive one, with Jamaica making the Top 10, 5 times: Sandra Foster; Kimberly Mais; Nicole Haughton; Christine Straw; and Yendi Phillips who came closest finishing 2nd.

INTUIT's primary mandate is to enhance and restore the national credibility once associated with Miss Universe Jamaica. As part of our nationalistic campaign and strategy, the 2013 Miss Universe Jamaica pageant will be hosted at the Emancipation Park as a FREE event.


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April 18, 2013

Media Personality Yanique aka 'Curvaceous Diva' Denies Allegations Being Made By Former Business Partner

Yanique_curvacious_diva_media_personality.jpgMedia personality Yanique 'Curvaceous Diva' Barrett has firmly denied allegations being made by a former business partner Carrien Lincoln. The allegations have escalated to a point where Barrett has been receiving death threats.

In a release to the media, Barrett explained the breakdown of the business relationship with Lincoln.

'Carrien Lincoln and I went into business around July of last year, however after 6 months of doing business I decided to close down Material World Boutique due to lack of communication and just us being unable to work together. Seeing that I was the main investor and most of the fixtures in the store belong to me I decided to open another boutique', said Barrett.

She continued 'To avoid vulgarity and us disrespecting each other I decided to go the legal way and have our attorneys deal with the resolving of the business. However even though the matter is being dealt with in a civil manner Carrien Lincoln continues to tarnish my reputation. She has sent threats against my life through mutual friends of which I have filed a complaint to the police. She has also been spreading false rumors about the resolving of the business'.

Said Barrett 'Lincoln went as far as to have the Police call my work place asking to speak with my boss because she filed a complaint against me, not letting the Police know that the matter is being dealt with by our attorneys. She has been forcing individuals to join her in bashing my name. One individual went as far as to contact a well known media house to sell them false story of me owing them money for services done at the store'.


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March 18, 2013

Lil Wayne's Seizures: What Is Causing Them?

By Gil Kaufman
MTV

Lil_Wayne_hospital.jpgNeurologist Dr. Michael Privitera talks to MTV News about what might be triggering Wayne's condition.

As Lil Wayne continues his recuperation from seizures that sent him to the hospital on Friday, reportedly in critical condition,
 MTV News reached out to an expert to find out what might be causing Weezy's latest health issues.

"People can start having seizures from first day of birth until you're 90," explained Dr. Michael Privitera, a professor and the director of the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute. "A seizure can occur due to a variety of problems in the brain. It is an electrical disturbance in which all the neurons start firing abnormally in a very synchronous way."

Privitera, who has not treated Wayne and has no first-hand knowledge of the rapper's case, said that there are a number of reasons why a 30-year-old might suddenly develop an epileptic condition, including a genetic predisposition, or the effects of powerful prescription drugs like codeine.

"Some people have unrecognized structural abnormalities in their brain or a prior history of trauma that is enough to create an electrical disturbance," Privitera said. "But I'd probably say that if you were [Wayne's age] and you were coming into my office with your first seizure, in half of those people you won't find a reason." Barring a family history, Privitera said there are also some other, "non-specific irritants" that can produce seizures. "Drugs and alcohol are traditionally the precipitators of seizures," he said, noting that acute withdrawal from alcohol or severe intoxication could also bring them on, though that is less common.


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February 28, 2013

Vybz Kartel claims police conspiracy in new letter from jail

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By M. Jodee
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Follower Me On Twitter @MarcParc1

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Having been incarcerated for nearly 17 months on murder and conspiracy charges, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer has unleashed his fury on Jamaican police forces in a new letter from prison, alleging they have done everything imaginable to keep him behind bars.

The five-page handwritten letter, publicized via Kartel's official Twitter page on Wednesday, outlines accusations by the embattled deejay that police have concocted lies, threats and evidence in order to smear his reputation prevent him from achieving bail.

Titled, This is Adidja Palmer stating the facts, the controversial entertainer holds nothing back.
"In 2011, I was charged for murder by way of a statement which indicated that I had ordered Lenburgh McDonald to murder Barrington 'Bossie' Burton. Weeks later, said witness gave a statement to the Public Defender saying that he was physically assaulted and threatened by the police to say that I was involved in 'Bossie' Burton's death. Days later, he gave another statement to the Public Defender saying that since he recanted the first statement, he has been getting death threats via calls to his phone."

"Days after my first murder charge, I was charged with another murder (Clive 'Lizard' Williams). In this case, the police (by way of a Senior Superintendent who was later charged with "attempting to pervert the course of justice" in a separate incident) campaigned every Monday morning on a certain TV station claiming they had DNA evidence, which came back 7 months later as negative. They also led the public to believe that they had video tape of me and my co-accused murdering Williams. I would like to add that the police made a lot of damaging remarks against me. A most notable one would be "since his arrest, the community is a safer place."


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February 27, 2013

Saturn apologizes for burning a Jamaican Flag, pulls Ad from German TV

By M. Jodee
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Saturn Electronics Inc., the brainchild behind a controversial advertisement involving the burning of a Jamaican flag, has pulled its commercial in the wake of continued backlash from Jamaicans.

The German electronics company made the decision following a meeting with Germany's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an attempt to quell the heat received for their commercial. A statement issued by Saturn on Tuesday confirmed their decision to pull it from their online channels ‘out of respect for the feelings of the Jamaican people,’ and will not air the ad on German television as planned.

The letter, addressed to Jamaica's Ambassador to Germany, Joy Wheeler said, in part, "We must nevertheless take note of the fact that the humorous approach we selected has led to some misunderstandings in Jamaica and among Jamaicans living in Germany. We sincerely regret this and would like to apologize if we have angered or offended anyone with our ad."
Additionally, they insisted they, "at no time was it the company’s intention to offend the national sentiment of the Jamaican people," and that it was meant 'tongue-in-cheek.'
The Government of Jamaica later issued a response, saying they accepted Saturn's apology and are pleased that the ad will not air on TV.


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February 22, 2013

German ad burns Jamaican flag to the music of Barington Levy's Murderer


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February 12, 2013

Another Kartel trial pushed back until May as main witness fails to cooperate

By M. Jodee
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Vybz_Kartel_The_Voice_of_The_Jamaican_Ghetto_book.jpgYet again, a Vybz Kartel murder trial has been stalled after a witness failed to cooperate with police, according to prosecutors.

The embattled deejay, whose real name is Adidja Palmer appeared in court on Monday where he was scheduled to stand trial in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder case. However, the key witness in this trial refused to cooperate with law enforcement, causing the judge to set a May 27 date for the matter.

Kartel is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the case and will be tried alongside other men accused in the killing: Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson.

Burton, a 27-year-old promoter/businessman was shot and killed during an alleged incident along Gregory Park in St. Andrew in July 2011.

May 27 is the same day the entertainer is expected to stand trial in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder case. Despite being granted JA$3million bail in the Burton case, he is unable to take it up as he remains incarcerated on a murder charge in the Williams matter.
However, Kartel's legal team will know on Friday whether a new bail application they filed in the Williams case will prove successful.

The self-professed 'Worl' Boss,' has been in police custody since September 2011.


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February 11, 2013

Tommy Lee Sparta Shuts Down Scammer Endorsement

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tommy_lee_spartan_usain_bolt.jpgRecording artiste Tommy lee Sparta disassociates himself from an individual claiming membership to his Sparta unit. The artiste uses the Sparta moniker, image and Tommy Lee's vocals in a signature introduction (SPARTA…Yow!) to mislead the public.

Several videos are posted to popular online community YouTube with the song that
sends a negative message, which Tommy Lee does not support. In response Tommy Lee Sparta issued the following statement, "I believe in working for what you want. I do not support any fraud of innocent people. The artiste that is using the name Sparta to sing about scamming is jus looking a lilley hype. He is an impostor mi nuh know him."

Tommy Lee Sparta is totally opposed to the illegal practice of scamming and wants no affiliation to this individual whom he has never met. Arrangements are being made with You Tube to have these videos permanently blocked.


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Richard 'Richie B' Burgess No Longer At Hot 102 FM?

Richie_B_Radio_host.jpgWe've been reliably informed that popular radio host Richard 'Richie B' Burgess today, tendered his resignation to HOT 102 FM in Kingston, Jamaica. The specific reason for his resignation is not known, but with immediate effect, he will no longer be heard hosting the HOT MIX. Efforts to reach Richie B proved futile.

Here are the facts:
- Earlier this week, shock jock Dr Kingsley 'Raggashanti' Stewart tendered his resignation from Linkup Radio, 93.5FM in NY. Is it a coincidence that Richie B tendered his resignation to HOT 102 FM a few days later? Enquiring minds want to know????
- A few weeks ago, Richie B was spotted shopping in Miami. Could he be looking at opportunities in South Florida?
- After 25 years as an on air radio jock, could the 'Party Master' be looking for a plush job as General Manager of a radio station?
- Could a job as a TV host be in the cards?
- There's even speculation that he may be looking to explore business opportunities outside of radio?
More questions than answers


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February 5, 2013

Mr. Vegas custody trial put off as ex-girlfriend fails to show

By M. Jodee
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The child custody trial involving Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Mr. Vegas has been postponed.
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Originally scheduled to commence on Monday, the trial was set to begin the process of determining whether Vegas, or his ex-girlfriend, Shellian McBayne would win full custody of their two-year-old daughter. However, the case has now been postponed until April 23 after McBayne reportedly failed to show up for the hearing, which took place at the Bronx Family Court in New York.

Vegas has been campaigning in recent months that he should receive full custody of their young daughter after she allegedly witnessed her mother, McBayne, being intimate with another man inside the prominent singjay's Florida home. Vegas has since sold that home and is auctioning off furniture from the residence as part of his Turning Dust Into Bricks charity.

Later this month, Vegas is expected to release his first book, Bare Tingz, a cheating novel based on this alleged incident.


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February 2, 2013

Anthony B charged with marijuana possession in the United States

By M. Jodee
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Anthony_B_Arrested.jpgYet another Jamaican entertainer has gotten himself in trouble with American law enforcement as Reggae veteran, Anthony B faces drug related charges in Georgia.

The entertainer, whose real name is Kevin Blair, was taken into custody by police in Georgia on January 27 as he's accused of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. Anthony B's mugshot later appeared on www.bustedmugshots.com with details of his arrest.

If convicted, Anthony B could face at least one year in prison as marijuana-related offences are treated as felonies in the southern American state.

This incident makes Anthony B the latest in a long list of Jamaican entertainers since the turn of the decade who have faced drug-related charges in the United States, with the most publicized case being that of Reggae legend, Buju Banton, who is serving a 10-year sentence on cocaine charges in Florida. Fellow Reggae veteran, Denroy Morganwas charged with possession of 5 pounds of marijuana in New York but walked away with probation and a small fine last December after initially facing a jail term of up to 20 years.

Another Reggae crooner, Eek-A-Mouse was deported to the United States from Paraguay in December as he faces drug-related charges, as well as a rape charge.
Meanwhile, internationally-acclaimed singjay, Busy Signal was extradited to the United States last May and later served a six month prison term in a Minnesota-based facility for absconding bail in relation to a 2002 drug case. However, the drug charges stemming from that Minnesota were dropped as Busy pleaded guilty to absconding bail only and left the United States immediately after his release.


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January 30, 2013

Snoop Lion to link with Rasta Council, Bunny Wailer in attempt to settle differences

By M. Jodee
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Snoop_lion_Rasta.jpgDays after legendary Reggae singer, Bunny Wailer and members of the Rastafari Millennium Council went after Snoop Lion for his alleged profiting off Rastafarian culture, the former gangster rapper turned Reggae crooner hopes to make amends with them.

Snoop Lion will reportedly fly down to Jamaica in February to meet with Wailer and the Rasta Council in an attempt to hash out a truce Last week, Wailer blasted Snoop in an interview with TMZ for using the Rastafarian culture to help him sell records, accusing the artiste formerly known as Snoop Dogg of failing to meet the 'contractual, moral and verbal commitments' of being a Rasta.

Wailer also alleged Snoop of 'outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community's personalities and symbolism,' while the Rasta Council, which he heads, released a statement saying in part, "Smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and Reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari indigenous culture!"


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January 29, 2013

Aidonia and fiancée, Kimberly Megan welcome first child

By M. Jodee
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Aidonia_Megan_Baby_%20Mother_born.jpgPopular Jamaican deejay and Jag One Productions (J.O.P) founder, Aidonia can now call himself a father after he and girlfriend, Kimberly Megan welcomed their first child as a couple.

Megan gave birth to a son on Friday at a Kingston-based hospital around noon. The baby boy is being referred to as King Khalif.

The emerging Dancehall power couple received a plethora of congratulations on Twitter, with Megan confirming the news to her followers. "OMG, I'm a mommy! Yaaaayyy☺♥ he's soooo perfecttt! ☺♥" a seemingly overjoyed Megan told her friends and well-wishers.

Aidonia, who recently released the single, She A Have Me Baby, will reportedly be taking this week off to bond with his new family before heading back to the studio. The two have reportedly been engaged since late February.
This news came mere days after fellow deejay, Wayne Marshall and his singjay wife, Tami Chynn announced they are due to have their first child together sometime this year.


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January 24, 2013

Rastafarians claim Snoop Lion has been profiting off their culture

Bunny_Wailer_Snoop_lion_feud.jpgSnoop Lion's recent transformation from hardcore rap to Reggae has surprised and even amused many music fans locally and overseas. However, some prominent Rastafarians are far from enthused about the entertainer's new persona.

Legendary Reggae singer, Bunny Wailer has called out the artiste formerly known as Snoop Dogg, claiming he has been using his 'Lion' moniker to profit off Rastafarian culture. Wailer and the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millenium Council issued a seven page letter to Snoop Lion on Wednesday outlining their grievances with the artiste.

Wailer told TMZ of his belief that Snoop Lion is only using the Rastafarian moniker to sell records and his Reincarnated movie while insisting the converted Reggae crooner has failed to meet the "contractual, moral and verbal commitments" of being a Rasta.

The Council also questioned Snoop's motives for making the switch, demanding he drop the 'Lion' off his name immediately. "Smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and Reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari indigenous Culture!" they said in their statement.


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Kartel remains strong despite latest delay in murder case

Marc Parc
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Vybz_Kartel_worl_boss_Jamaica.jpgDespite the continuous postponements of his murder case, embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Vybz Kartel remains undeterred by the uncertainty surrounding his long-standing legal woes.

On Monday, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was due to stand trial at Kingston's Home Circuit Court in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams case, only to be told to return on May 27 in the matter. This as a result of an undermanned jury, which reportedly raised the ire of The Crown and Kartel's defense team as they were ready to begin.

Having been jailed for early 16 months while awaiting trial, it has been a strenuous test of will for Kartel. However, the self-professed 'Worl' Boss' is letting the public know that he remains strong in spite of the wait.

According to Urban Islandz, a close source to Kartel spoke to the incarcerated deejay following the latest delay. The source said Kartel told him, "The system a try break me but mi stand firm in the belief of the almighty." The source added, "They keep putting off the case because they know Addi innocent and they probably want find more things to charge him with."


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January 22, 2013

Another Four Months Before Vybz Kartel Goes To Court Again

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_dumpa_truck_chart_outaroad.jpgIt may be a new year, but the same problems are rearing their ugly heads in the ongoing murder trial of internationally-acclaimed deejay, Vybz Kartel.

Kartel's trial in the murder case of Clive 'Lizard' Williams was scheduled to get underway at the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Monday. However, the matter was postponed yet again after lawmakers determined there were insufficient jurors.

The prosecution and defense teams in Kartel's case expressed their disappointment with the development as they were ready to proceed.

Nevertheless, they will all reconvene on May 27, when the trial is expected to commence.

This is the second postponement of the matter since it was originally set to begin last November. However, the case was delayed until Jan. 21 as Kartel's lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson was working on a separate case.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, faces one count of murder in the case along with Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Andre St. John and Calvin 'Moonie' Haye. The latter of the accused is currently on bail.

Each of the men are accused of killing Williams during an incident at a Havendale residence in St. Andrew in August 2011.

Law enforcement officials later claimed they captured video and audio evidence linking each of the accused to the murder. Williams' body has not been found.

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January 4, 2013

Vegas auctions personal items from his broken relationship

Mr_Vegas_furnitures_action.jpgInternational artist Mr Vegas announces a new charity concept auction, "Turning Dust Into Bricks". After experiencing a very public break-up and turmoil in his personal life during the later part of 2012, Mr Vegas aims to make 2013 a year of turning negatives into positives. Like the phoenix that rises from the ashes, Vegas hopes to set an example and be a voice for many broken people who have given up on healing both mentally and physically from emotional stress.

Mr Vegas hopes this new concept auction of the furniture that were part of the much publicized controversial Wedgewood home that he shared with his ex, will help raise money for the charities he supports and create an awareness for "Turning Dust Into Bricks".

When asked why he would auction such pieces, Vegas responds "I cannot bare to see them and after throwing away the bed I thought about the pain versus the waste. In thinking, I realized I was being selfish and there were many ways that people could benefit from this. One being the children from the Mustard Seed Community, which is a charity I support. Also, in doing this I would hope to teach men who have been in my position, that all is not lost, a little laughter will help. Try turning your bad situation or circumstance into a good one, this world is about healing". Vegas went on to say that if he had thrown the furniture away, people would be unaware of his healing process and he wishes to motivate people who feel there is no hope in coming out of a negative situation.
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December 31, 2012

G. Whizz Thankful For Being Alive After Accident In St. Kitts

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Saint Kitts, West Indies (Shuzzr & Mpr Consulting) - Recording dancehall/reggae artist G. Whizz is thankful once again to the Almighty for sparing his life and that of others, as he along with his management team were in a vehicular accident in St. Kitts early this morning.

The artist was a special invited guest performers at the 33rd annual Digicel Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant held in St.Kitts on December 29th 2012.

G Whizz and his team were heading back from the show when by all accounts, the designated driver lost control of the vehicle which made impact into a electricity pole.

G. Whizz along with his management team suffered injuries and were treated but was adamant to leave the island to return home to spend the Holidays with Family, Friends and love ones. The artist who is now back in Jamaica is giving thanks for being alive as it could have been worst. The artiste states "yea am alright suh far, jah know big accident ova suh, good ting jah a guide it coulda worst"

Though still traumatized, G. Whizz is anxious to make a speedy recovery as he prepares for other appearances and hitting up the studio.


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December 29, 2012

Aidonia Was Not Arrested After His Militant Sting Performance

Militantly clad in grey and black the lyrically potent lyricist Aidonia stepped out very confident at 7am belting crowd favourites which varied from "Nuh tek chat frm nuh bwoy", "Kush a kick inna mi Brain", "La La Land" to name a few .. He then tested the crowd paying homage to Bounty Killer who was absent from Sting this year.

"Who respect Sizzla , Beenie, Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton..who respect Bounty Killa a him buss the most artiste, without Bounti you wouldn't have Movado you wouldn't ave Wayne Marshall ,Vybz Kartel and you wouldn't ave Aidonia... So you know if Bounty was here him woulda tell dem unu seh "From them dis wi nuh wah know how how" belted Aidonia. The crowd erupted thanking Aidonia for including the general Bounty Killer in his set.

The artiste then sparked the audience when he asked which song has been #1 in Jamaica for several weeks on the chart after which himself and his protege Deablo ignited the sting crowd of almost 40,000 when they dj'ed "Run Road". After which he asked the crowd again saying "who buss most artiste nuh Bounty suh this morning Aidonia ago buss a bad artiste Deablo spit for the ppl a Sting mek dem hear how you bad". Deablo then erupted the crowd in a freestyle setting allowing him some new fans as th crowd cheered him on line by line which was clad with
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December 28, 2012

The third staging of The Autism & Disabilities Ambassadors competition launch for January 4, 2013

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Friday January 4, 2013 will mark the official launch of the third staging of The Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation (MCADF), competition the Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors Competition.

The competition a creation of the MCADF in 2010 represents the flagship programme of the Foundation that culminates in April 2-13, when the winners are chosen and awarded - the Foundation's major activity for global Autism month. Global Autism month is commemorated every year around the world during April, and is used to highlight and sensitize the world about the growing phenomenon of the disorder which is still growing at alarming rates, with still no definitive cure or consistently identifiable cause for the proliferation of the disorder among all the world's populations.

The Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors competition is geared towards secondary school Jamaicans between the ages of 12 and 18 years old.

Open to every school in the country, the students can download their entry forms from the Foundation Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Maia-Chung-Autism-and-Disabilities-Foundation/100339660027871?ref=hl, or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Maia-Chung-Autism-Disabilities-Foundation/355491201260?ref=hl - as well as from the MCADF print media partners who support the competition each year and will publish the forms for the month of January only.


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December 16, 2012

Prosecution to call key witness in Kartel murder case

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Vybz_kartel_Portmore_empire_disbanded.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer faces a very tense return to court next month when the Clive 'Lizard' Williams trial is expected to commence.

According to several reports, the prosecution in the Williams murder case will call on a 'star witness' who could cause big problems for Kartel and his defense team. The witness, whose name has been withheld for safety reasons, is allegedly the other man that was taken to a Havendale residence alongside Williams as they were made to answer queries regarding some missing, illegal guns.

Reports state the witness was supposed to be killed alongside Williams that day in August 2011 when the murder took place. However, he escaped harm.

The Crown insists they have evidence proving their witness was at the Havendale home during Williams' killing. Williams was allegedly beaten to death after he was unable to answer questions surround the missing guns, with Kartel along with Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, Kahira Jones, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell and Shane Williams all accused of participating in his death.

Vybz Kartel and the co-accused are expected to stand trial in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams matter on January 21, 2013. The entertainer remains housed at the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town as he also faces a conspiracy charge pertaining to the case as well as a separate charges in relation to another murder case.


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December 11, 2012

Bounty Killer freed of gun, assault charges

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Bounty_killer_sting_er_laing_no.jpgIconic Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer can breathe easy today after a slew of charges stemming from a five-year old case has been dropped.

Charges of illegal possession of firearm, assault at common-law and unlawful wounding against Bounty Killer were dropped when the internationally-acclaimed deejay appeared in Kingston's Gun Court on Monday. A former policeman and co-accused in the matter, Calis Bowen was also freed of the aforementioned charges.

The charges were in relation to a 2007 incident in the Alliance founder and Bowen allegedly assaulted an off-duty police officer along St. Lucia Ave in New Kingston. This after the policeman left a club and noticed that a section of the roadway was blocked. Reports then emerged that shots were fired at the off-duty police officer and Bounty Killer pointed a gun in the law enforcement official's face.

However, the allegations against Bounty and Bowen were withdrawn by The Crown during Monday's hearing after it was revealed that evidence given by the complainant was contradicted by the statement of a senior police officer.
An ecstatic Bounty Killer expressed his pleasure with the decision, telling IRIE FM, "I'm feeling so relieved right now. It was really a burden on my head the last five years 'cause it was a serious case."


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December 3, 2012

Bounty Killer returns STING's deposit, has no interest in Tommy Lee clash

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Bounty_killer_sting_er_laing_no.jpgAny hope that Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer will perform at STING 2012 seems all but dashed after the 'War Lord' confirmed his intention to skip the popular stage show.
The Alliance leader, who initially was on the STING lineup, declared that he would not perform at STING following 'disrespectful' comments made by the show's lead promoter, Isaiah Laing in an interview, implying that 'Gaza' deejay and current rival, Tommy Lee Sparta had a good chance of defeating him in a clash.

Though speculation within Dancehall circles was rife that Bounty Killer was bluffing, the 'Grung Gaad' confirmed during a radio interview on Wednesday that he was serious. The iconic entertainer stated that his STING deposit was returned a week and half ago and the contract originally signed to do the show is now null and void.

"I've said it previously that I'm not gonna do STING because of certain insults that were thrown at me. To this day, nothing has been reconciled," he said.

This now puts to rest any possibility of a headline clash between Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee after weeks of building up. The two deejays have been at odds ever since comments Bounty made via Twitter in which he questioned artistes who made demonic references in their songs. This later led Tommy Lee to record a scathing diss aimed in Bounty direction, called Goat Head, triggering a series of disses between the two.


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November 27, 2012

Kartel cops bail on conspiracy charge - But still in prison

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Vybz_Kartel_The_Voice_of_The_Jamaican_Ghetto_book.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is another step closer to temporary freedom as the prominent deejay has secured bail on another charge.

Kartel has been granted JA$500,000 bail in his conspiracy case in relation to the murder St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive 'Lizard' Williams. The ruling was made when Kartel appeared in the Corporate Area Criminal Court Tuesday morning.

Kartel, along with long-time musical protégé, Vanessa 'Gaza Slim' Saddler and studio engineer, Andre 'Pim Pim' Henry are charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice following Williams' murder in August 2011. The charge stems from a police report Saddler filed five days after Kartel was charged for murder in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams matter. Prosecutors initially claimed they seized a cellphone containing text messages in which Kartel ordered Gaza Slim to file the report.

Vybz Kartel, who was also granted bail last December in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder case, remains in police custody on the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder charge.

The high-profile entertainer will return to court next month when the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton trial is expected to commence. The Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder trial and accompanying conspiracy cases have been put off until January 2013.


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November 23, 2012

Tiana being over priced by Booking Agencies - especially for shows in Africa

By Marc Jodee
OutAroad Writer

Tiana_Promo_Poster_booking.jpgWith the Dancehall Duchess asserting herself as one of the genre's emerging acts, it seems that a few promoters are trying to capitalize on her royal status within the industry.

Dancehall star, Tiana has allegedly been the subject of attempted scamming by promoters, locally and internationally. One source, who recently travelled from Africa, told Tiana's manager, Carlington 'OutAroad' Wilmot that unscrupulous persons are over charging the artiste for upcoming shows.
Additionally, one promoter also told Tiana's manager of a specific case, when a booking agency charged US$20,000 for her services in Africa. However, after a price of US$15,000 was seemingly agreed to, the booking agent relayed that Tiana will not be available for the date anymore, but they could offer three other artistes affiliated with their company for a similar price.

This isn't just happening to Tiana with overseas agencies, but such excessive pricing has also occurred locally for the Dancehall Duchess. Not only have some local promoters been overcharging her, they have been doing so in an effort to book persons who are signed with their agencies.

Meanwhile, many persons have been booking dub plate sessions for Tiana without her consent as producers have inquired her on social media about these sessions that they paid for. Industry players are being urged not to pay money to these unscrupulous persons.
Nevertheless, these apparent politics won't deter Tiana from closing out 2012 with a bang as she recently released singles such as Mine Di Dog Bite Yuh (Dog Bite Riddim - Produced by Washroom Entertainment). Additionally, Tiana features on the soon-to-be released, OutARoad produced, Hot Pursuit Riddim, which also features acts such as deejay of the year contender, Konshens and his rising protégés, Darrio as well as Delus, amongst many others.

All Booking Inquires should be directed to Tiana's Manager CarlingtonWilmot@gmail.com or BookTianaNow@gmail.com - Tell: (876) 3813874
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November 20, 2012

Ninja Man murder trial set for May 2013, has curfew lifted

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Ninjam_man_court_sting.jpgVeteran Dancehall superstar, Desmond 'Ninja Man' Ballentine will be made to wait a few months for his long-awaited murder trial to begin, but will be afforded an extra amount of freedom until it begins.

Ninja Man will be made to wait until May 2013 to answer a murder charge stemming from a March 2009 shooting incident of a 20-year-old man. The new date was set inside the Home Circuit Court in Kingston on Monday as the case could not be heard due to the fact Ninja Man's lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson is currently working on a murder case involving three policemen.

Ninja Man, his son, Janiel Ballentine and two other men are currently on JA$2 million bail as they await trial.

In the meantime, Ninja Man had his curfew temporarily lifted by the Home Circuit Court for the holiday season, giving him the green light to perform at STING 2012 on December 26 (Boxing Day) in Portmore, St. Catherine. The self-professed Don Gorgon will be allowed to perform without time restrictions between December 8, 2012 and January 7, 2013.

As a condition of his bail, Ninja Man was ordered to be at home from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day but had the curfew lifted after his lawyer argued that such a restriction would hurt his earning potential during the holiday season.


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November 19, 2012

Buju secures evidentiary hearing in drug case

By M. Jodee
OutAroad Writer

buju_banton_appeal_court.jpgThere's better news today for embattled Jamaican entertainer, Buju Banton as an evidentiary hearing has been set to explore allegations that a juror violated protocol in his drug trial last year.

According to reports, the hearing has been secured by Buju's lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba in conjunction with his defense support committee. The evidentiary hearing will take place on December 20 at the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse in Tampa, FL on December 20 at 9:30 a.m.

The court has reportedly summoned four jurors to this hearing, one of whom admitted to reporters last month that she researched aspects of Buju Banton's drug case prior to deliberation. Should that juror, Terri Wright, be proven to have done so, a mistrial could be ruled in Buju's drug case as researching facts for federal trials constitutes a violation of court orders.


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November 17, 2012

Back on home turf: Busy Signal returns to Jamaica after release from U.S. prison

By Marc Jodee
OutAroad Writer

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Prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal has returned to the streets of Jamaica after serving his six month prison term in the United States on a charge of absconding bail.

The popular entertainer, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday night. Busy Signal was met at the airport by his manager, Shane Brown and fellow Dancehall superstar, Elephant Man, as well as friends and family.

Pictures of Busy's arrival emerged late Friday night via Busy's official Twitter account with statuses such as "Guess who is back? God Is GOOD!" and Turf and brothers reunited. Only God."

Busy Signal had been in the United State since June when he was extradited to the North American country from Jamaica after initially being arrested in the United Kingdom. Busy, who had been suspected of using false identification, was later slapped by American law enforcement officials with a charge of failure to appear in court. The charge stemmed from a 2002 drug case in which Busy Signal fled the country while awaiting trial.


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November 16, 2012

Another gay rights group targets Beenie Man, want upcoming show in U.S. cancelled

By Marc Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

beenie_man_US_show_cancel.jpgProminent Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man can't seem to shake off the pressure brought on by the LGBT community despite his best efforts as yet another gay rights group targets one of his upcoming shows in the United States.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Queer Humboldt organization staged a peaceful protest while attending Beenie Man's show at the Ocean Grove Lodge in northern California. The gay rights group insisted that they were not trying to stop the show from proceeding, but wanted to educate Beenie Man and others about tolerance.

However, a new gay rights group, the Gay Liberation Network (GLN), has decided to turn up the heat on the 'King of the Dancehall,' demanding that Beenie Man's show at The Shrine in Chicago be cancelled due to the Grammy-winning entertainer's past remarks about homosexuals.

In a letter issued by GLN, the group stated, "I wish it were possible to say that this artist performs music that is simply engaging entertainment with a great beat and sometimes gritty lyrics. Sadly, this is not the case due to Beenie Man's history of frequent calls for violence against gays and lesbians. Such calls are anything but 'entertainment' when directed against a vulnerable and oppressed minority."


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November 6, 2012

Vybz Kartel gets 2013 court date

By Marc Parc
OutAroad Writer

Vybz_kartel_january_court_date.jpgThe ongoing legal drama involving embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer will drag out into the New Year as a second murder trial for the deejay has been put off.

Vybz Kartel, along with Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Calvin 'Moonie' Haye, Andre St. John and Kahira Jones were all expected to stand trial Monday in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder case. However, when the men appeared inside the Home Circuit Court in Kingston this morning, the trial was postponed due to the fact that Kartel's lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson is currently attending a separate murder case, involving three policemen.

Despite the Crown's willingness to proceed with the trial, the presiding judge ordered that Kartel and his co-accused return to court on January 21 to answer charges in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams case. Kartel and the co-accused are all accused of involvement in Williams' murder last August at a residence in Havendale, St. Andrew. Williams was allegedly beaten and stabbed to death by the men following an argument over a missing, illegal gun.


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November 5, 2012

Captain Barkey's funeral set for November 8 at new venue

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Captain_Barkey_funeral.jpgFuneral arrangements have been finalized for veteran Dancehall artiste, Wayne 'Captain Barkey' Hamilton as the late deejay will buried in his native country.

A memorial service will be held to honor Captain Barkey's life on November 8 at the Hagley Park Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Kingston. The service will commence at 11 a.m. that day, followed by an interment at Up Park Camp in St. Andrew, the headquarters of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), where Captain Barkey served as a member for several years.

The venue for Captain Barkey's service was changed after it was initially due to take place at the Portmore Missionary Church in Portmore, St. Catherine Thursday.
A few weeks ago, it was announced that Captain Barkey's body would be flown back to Jamaica from New York, where the prominent entertainer was shot and killed following an incident outside a local motel. Barkey and his female companion, Tracy Bennett were shot and killed by Bennett's estranged ex-boyfriend, Joseph Kernizan on October 13.


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October 30, 2012

Trials for Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man postponed

By Marc Parc
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Two of Dancehall's most coveted entertainers will have to wait a while to have their days in court to answer serious charges they stand accused of.

One of the highly anticipated murder trials involving Dancehall superstar, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer has been postponed until December 3 of this year.
Kartel was due to answer charges pertaining the July 2011 killing of St. Catherine businessman, Barrington 'Bossie' Burton on Monday. However, the matter was put off when the self-professed 'Worl' Boss’ appeared inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston yesterday after one of his defense attorneys, Cristian Tavares-Finson revealed that prosecutors in the murder case indicated that they weren't ready.

Kartel faces charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton and was granted JA$3 million bail in the matter earlier this year. However, the former Portmore Empire leader cannot post that bail as he remains in custody for murder and obstruction of justice related charges pertaining to the killing of Clive 'Lizard' Williams in August 2011.

Vybz Kartel will stand trial alongside four other men on November 5 with regards to the murder case. Seven days later, 'Di Teacha' will return to court to begin his conspiracy trial in which he, Vanessa 'Gaza Slim' Saddler and Andre 'Pim Pim' Henry are accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Williams case.


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Buju Banton's sentencing postponed, entertainer issues message to fans

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

buju_banton_court_case_drug_charge.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton will have to wait a while longer to know his fate regarding sentencing on a gun charge.

The sentencing on said gun charge in Buju Banton's ongoing drug trial was postponed when the Grammy-winning entertainer appeared in Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday morning. The hearing was put off on the request of Buju's lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, amidst a lawsuit that he filed earlier this month, alleging juror misconduct during the singjay's drug trial in February 2011. No new date has been set for Buju's sentencing.
Terri Wright, a juror in Buju drug trial last year, revealed in an interview with the New Times Broward that she researched aspects of the entertainer's case to gauge a greater understanding of the matter before deliberation. Though Wright insisted that it had no bearing on her final decision, reports surfaced that her research could constitute as a violation of court orders, thus, possibly sparking a mistrial in Buju's case.

Buju Banton still faces five additional years in prison on the gun charge after it was reinstated this past summer when an appeal to overturn his original 10-year conviction on drug charges was dismissed. An Atlanta circuit court ruled that enough evidence existed for the gun charge, which was originally thrown out in the February 2011 trial, to be reinstated.

Meanwhile, Buju Banton has issued a message to his fans and friends while behind bars as thanked them for their support while re-assuring them of his resolve to fight this case.


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October 11, 2012

Jamaican International Reggae Artiste 'Anthony B' Released From Hospital

Anthony_b_reggae-artiste_profile_picture.jpgNew York, New York: On Wednesday, October 10th at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST, International Reggae Artist Anthony B, was released from the hospital and is currently resting.

"Thanks to all my fans who said a prayer for the I and send a word of blessings to rest up" said Anthony B, after being released from the hospital yesterday.

Doctors diagnosed Anthony B with exhaustion and dehydration, which can be attributed to his jampact schedule he has had throughout the year. Promoting his 'Freedom Fighter' album, which was released digitally in May 2012 and will be in stores on October 22, 2012, Anthony B's schedule has been quite hectic.

"Anthony B has been on the road this year covering the globe, with no break in-between. He has toured Europe, Africa, UK, India, Austrailia and still found time to take some spot dates in Barbados and the US" says Ronnie Tomlinson, artist publicist.


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October 9, 2012

International Reggae Artist Anthony B Hospitalized

anthony_b_sick_hospital.jpgNew York, New York: At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, International Reggae Artist Anthony B, collapsed shortly after his performance at a Dallas, Texas night club and is now hospitalized.

"At this time there is no confirmation from the doctors as to the exact diagnosis, but we strongly believe that Anthony B has been overworked and strongly suspect dehydration" says Ronnie Tomlinson, Anthony B's publicist.

It is still unknown how long he will be admitted for but as the information becomes available, his fans and the public will be notified. Anthony B is currently admitted at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas TX.

We are praying for a speedy recovery as we have faith Jah Rastafari will see him through.


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October 5, 2012

Lutan Fyah to save the Children with Youth Upliftment Foundation

lutanfyah_reggae_bujubanton_sexygirls.jpgIncensed by the gang violence plaguing inner city communities and the rash of sexual violence against young women and minors in the society, Rastafarian firebrand Lutan Fyah has started a Youth Upliftment Foundation (YUF) which he hopes can socially re-engineer the negative attitudes and behaviours of young at-risk children.

He is not daunted by the mammoth task ahead, especially since the twin tigers of crippling poverty and bloody gangs have already spawned a nation of broken children who see violence as a way of life, and who often grow up to repeat the terrible cycle started by their parents.

"Why curse the darkness when you can light a candle," said Lutan Fyah, who is known for the hits St Jago De La Vega and Save The Juveniles.

The entity is registered as a non-profit organisation charged with empowering the well-being of youth through social intervention dedicated to contribute to the family, communities and nation through continued growth and development.

"I want to provide enrichment opportunities through 'edutaiment'. We have to encourage youth development of talents and skills building so as to eliminate risky behaviours among youths, whilst helping them to develop their full potential. Too many of our talented youngsters are lost to gangs, or make poor life choices that haunt them for the rest of their lives," Lutan Fyah said.


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September 27, 2012

Busy Signal could possible perform in the States after his November 21st release date

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Busy_signal_show_after_release.jpgThe outlook seems to be getting brighter for embattled Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal as not only will the singjay secure freedom within a matter of months, he could also perform in the country where's he's currently incarcerated.
Busy Signal was sentenced to six months in prison for absconding bail during a hearing in the American state of Minnesota last week Friday. The charge of absconding bail was in relation to a 2002 court case where the prominent entertainer faced a drug charge.

However, with time served considered by the presiding judge, Donovan W. Frank, Busy Signal will only spend an additional two months in the Minnesota-based Sherbourne County Jail and, as a result, the prominent entertainer faces a November 21 date when he's scheduled to be released from prison.
According to Busy Signal's manager, Shane Brown, in an interview with Billboard.com just minutes after the sentencing, the Nah Go Jail Again singer feels relieved that he'll be back on the streets very soon.

"Busy felt like he was in prison for the last 10 years; all he could think about when he went to sleep was this situation so today is a milestone for us because now he is mentally free," Brown said.


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September 25, 2012

Chris Brown Faces Court Hearing Over Positive Marijuana Test

Judge to determine whether singer violated probation

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Chris Brown has tested positive for marijuana while on probation for his infamous 2009 assault on Rihanna, Reuters reports. Brown tested positive in June in Virginia, where he had been fulfilling the community service portion of his sentence. Brown, who was sentenced to five years of probation for the assult, presented a medical marijuana card after the positive test.

Though Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg noted mandatory drug testing was not a condition of Brown's probation, she has scheduled a hearing for November 1st to determine whether Brown violated probation and properly finished his community service.

"You are not an ordinary person who can sit in your living room and do whatever you want to do," said Schnegg. "More importantly, a lot of people look up to you, a lot of kids. What you do and what you say impacts a lot of people." Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, maintains the singer has "completed all of his community service."

Brown has been busy dealing with a $16 million lawsuit and other fallout from his June brawl with Drake in a New York nightclub.


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September 22, 2012

Busy Signal sentenced to 6 months in prison, will be out this November

By M.Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

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Fans of embattled Dancehall superstar, Busy Signal won't have to wait too long before they see the 'Hot Head' back on the road as the prominent singjay will be released from jail this November.

Busy Signal copped a six month prison term during a sentencing hearing in a U.S. courtroom on Friday. However, the Step Out singer will only have to serve two more months in prison as time previously served was taken into consideration.

A tweet emerged from Busy Signal's official Twitter account, currently run by his manager, Shane Brown. The tweet read, “Busy will be out November. Tell the world!"

The internationally-acclaimed entertainer has spent time in a Minnesota federal penitentiary since June after being extradited to the United States on a charge of absconding bail. The charge stemmed from a 2002 incident in which Busy allegedly skipped a court appearance and subsequently fled the U.S. while facing drug charges in Minnesota.


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Vybz Kartel wants Tommy Lee to avoid clash with Bounty Killer

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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With the ongoing tension between Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and Gaza artiste, Tommy Lee seemingly on the verge of boiling over, the latter artiste's mentor has stepped in to try and quell the beef.

Despite being incarcerated on murder and conspiracy charges, Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has reportedly reached out to Tommy Lee from jail, urging the Some Bwoy deejay not to clash his former mentor turned rival, Bounty Killer. This, after a number of verbal exchanges between Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee, ignited by Killer's comments that artistes should stop making demonic references in their songs while publicizing a link that ties in 'Sparta' (Tommy Lee's persona) with homosexuality.

After initially stating that he would not diss Bounty Killer, Tommy Lee recorded a new track, Goat Head that lyrically lambasted the 'War Lord,' while making reference to some of the Alliance founder's past transgressions. This prompted Bounty Killer to declare himself as Dancehall's 'G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) while calling himself, 'Jesus Pryce' in his fight against demonic lyrics and using disparaging nicknames to describe Tommy Lee.


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September 19, 2012

Buju requests absence from sentencing hearing

By M Jodee
OutAroad Freelance Writer

buju_banton_case_dissmissed.jpgInternationally acclaimed Reggae artiste, Buju Banton wants no part of his next scheduled court appearance as he plans to skip his upcoming sentencing hearing.

On October 30, Buju Banton faces a sentencing hearing in a Florida courtroom in relation to federal drug and gun charges stemming from his initial 2009 arrest. Buju issued an appeal to overturn his conviction and subsequent 10-year sentence on drug charges earlier this summer but was denied. As a result, a previous gun charge, which was tossed out during his trial in February 2011 was reinstated, thus sparking the possibility that Buju may face another five years in prison.

After a request for a new trial fell through, Buju Banton could be facing even more dire straits. Now, the embattled Reggae star hopes to skip his upcoming sentencing hearing after a member of his new legal team, Ihmotep Alkebu-lan intimated that his client formally requesting that he be absent from the hearing.


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Junior Kelly Completes Contractual Obligation With VP Records

junior_kelly_contrac_vp_records.jpgGreat vibes all around as Junior Kelly moves on from VP Contract As far as internationally-acclaimed reggae artist, Junior Kelly, is concerned, his years spent under contract with VP Records were not only productive and interesting, they contributed significantly to his development and progress globally.

"They were seven good years musically and otherwise," Kelly said in an interview. "And seven is really such an awesome number, so it was significant and appropriate that after seven years, we closed the chapter on what proved to be a mutually beneficial agreement," the conscious Rasta Artiste stated.

It was in 2003 that Junior Kelly inked the deal with reggae music giant, VP Records, and began a musical journey of exploration that took him along a meandering learning curve. The 2010 opus, Red Pond, signaled the delivery of the final album for VP under the contractual obligations. However, while Red Pond gained critical acclaim, there are some who feel that the true potential of the album was never fully capitalized and that the artist would have benefited more had there been an effective and penetrative marketing thrust in place.


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September 5, 2012

Usain Bolt could suit up for Manchester United in friendly

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Usain_bolt_manchester_united.jpgAfter conquering the Olympic track in London by retaining his sprinting titles in fine style, Usain Bolt will be changing his sporting interests, for a day anyway.

Bolt, a life-long fan of English Premier League club, Manchester United may finally get the chance to suit up for his favorite club as he could play for the 19-time English champions in a charity match against a team of legends representing world-renowned Spanish club, Real Madrid. According to English newspaper, the Daily Mail, Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson plans to play Bolt in the annual charity match after the world-record holding sprinter publicly pleaded to earn a chance to play for his favorite club.

Ferguson told Manchester United’s magazine, Inside United that he's intrigued about the possibility of giving the Jamaican track legend a run with the 'Red Devils.'


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September 1, 2012

Creator of 'Jamaican Girls Exposed' Website arrested, exposed and Charged

By M. Jodee
OutAroad Freelance Writer

Ronald_Oates_exposed.jpgAfter months of speculation and hype, the supposed creator of a controversial Jamaican adult website has charged for his operation of the outlet.

Law enforcement officials arrested 27-year-old Ronald Oates on Monday and subsequently slapped him with several charges under the cyber-crimes act and the larceny act on Friday. Oates was nabbed by police at his home where they seized several computers, mobile phones, wireless modems, flash drives amongst other items.
In a press conference held on Friday morning, representatives of the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID) intimated that they arrested Oates after receiving aid from police personnel overseas.

Oates will appear in court next week Wednesday to answer the aforementioned charges. Jamaican Girls Exposed became a hot button website for adult content when it emerged on the scene earlier this year, showing several graphic photos and videos of Jamaican women without their consent. A number of high-profile entertainment personalities were featured on the website, including internationally acclaimed Reggae singer, Denyque, award-winning media personality, Pepita Little and, most recently, Miss Jamaica World 2011 finalist, Kayla Mendes.

After initially being shut down this past spring, Jamaican Girls Exposed returned on a pair of occasions with the tagline 'Exposing Jamaican Girls will never stop.' The third version of this adult website was removed last week after posting several more graphic photos and videos of Jamaican women.


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August 30, 2012

Kartel faces November trial date in conspiracy case

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Worl_Boss_Vybz_Kartel_Back_To_Life.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel faces a third trial date within a two week span as the prominent deejay faces a mid-November court appearance regarding obstruction of justice related charges.

With his murder trials set to begin on October 29 and November 5 respectively, Kartel was ordered to appear in court in November 12 where he faces a charge of perverting the course of justice. The trial was initially set to begin on Wednesday inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston, but got pushed back due to the absence of the presiding judge as well as the non-disclosure of statements to the defense.

Kartel's long-time protégé, Vanessa 'Gaza Slim' Saddler and studio engineer, Andre 'Pim Pim' Henry are co-accused of perverting the court of justice in the matter. Both Saddler and Henry were granted bail extensions while Kartel was remanded into police custody.


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August 29, 2012

Buju Banton changes lawyer, faces October sentencing date

buju_banton_appeal_court.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Buju Banton will continue his fight for freedom with new legal representation after axing his long-time lawyer in his ongoing drug case.

David Oscar Markus, who has been representing Buju since his initial arrest in December 2009, has been sacked by the Grammy-winning entertainer. The move was confirmed on Tuesday by Markus himself.
"I will always consider Buju my friend and my brother and I think of him every day," Markus wrote in an email to the Broward Palm Beach Times.

"It pains me that he is in prison. I truly hope that he gets some relief."
Buju Banton will now be represented by Mississippi-based lawyer and human rights activist, Chokwe Lumamba. Lumamba remains renowned for representing late, great rap superstar, Tupac Shakur as well as Black Panther member, Assata Shakur (Tupac's step-aunt).

Buju Banton's shift in legal representation comes weeks after his request for a new trial was turned down. This, after an appeal made on his behalf to overturn a conviction and subsequent 10 year sentence on drug charges was dismissed on a Georgia Circuit Court as it had been determined that there was sufficient evidence to warrant the ruling against Buju.


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August 25, 2012

ER TVJ: Tommy Lee Talks About Gaza Issues - Novia Talks About Yohan Blake "The Beast"


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August 24, 2012

Street Vybz Rum officially re-launched - Tommy Lee to help with brand promotion?

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Vybz_kartel_tommy_lee_street_vybz.jpgAfter months off local shelves, the Street Vybz Rum brand has been officially re-introduced to the Jamaican market following a truce struck between the product’s high profile creators.

Prominent American businessman, Corey Todd and embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel recently announced the restoration of their business partnership after a very public falling out that took place in May of last year. With their resolution came the announcement that Kartel and Todd would bring back to popular Street Vybz Rum brand that initially debuted in 2009.

According to Todd, the overwhelming demand for Street Vybz Rum became too difficult to ignore, thus prompting he and Kartel to once again supply the liquor brand. Despite Street Vybz being off the market for several months, Todd believes that the product will once again find favor with customers given that it revolutionized the local rum market for music lovers while intimating that new flavors will be added to diversify the brand as he promotes it on an international scale.


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August 20, 2012

Corey Todd claims Vybz Kartel will be freed, speaks on former Empire members

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel__worl_boss_gaza_leader.jpgThough embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel may be experiencing several downfalls as he awaits trial or separate murder charges but his long-time business partner continues to ensure that the deejay’s brand will continue to upgrade.
American entrepreneur, Corey Todd reunited with Vybz Kartel this past May after several months of communication. The prominent public figures had been at odds since severing business ties in May 2011 due to alleged threats that Kartel made towards Todd. However, a year following their split and Todd’s experimentation with music management, the American businessman has once again joined forces with Vybz Kartel as they aim to introduce several new products and also seek to re-invigorate the popular Street Vybz Rum brand.
Speaking publicly for the first time since their reunion, Todd promised big things resulting from his renewed partnership with the self-professed 'Worl' Boss.'

"We're working back together, we've definitely mended fences," Todd told TVJ's Entertainment Report.

"Some things were said and we just squashed it because at the end of the day, we both know that the two of us have done things in Jamaica that nobody has ever seen, so Round 2 very soon."

Due to Kartel's current legal situation, ensuring that this partnership flourishes could take much more work than ever before. However, Todd emphatically believes that the former Portmore Empire leader will beat his murder cases and emerge as a more popular entity.

"He is going to beat this…don't believe everything you hear, he is going to beat it, and when he comes out he is going to be the biggest thing Jamaica has ever seen," Todd said.


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Lil Wayne & Juvenile's Reunion Night Ends In Police Handcuffs

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lil-wayne-hand-cuff-fight-juvenile.jpgCash Money's Lil Wayne and ex-labelmate Juvenile enjoyed a short-lived reunion in Miami Sunday (August 19) after police arrested Juvie on a disorderly conduct charge.

Details on the arrest hit the Internet hours after it all went down Monday morning.
Juvenile -- real name Terius Gray -- had just reunited with Lil Wayne on stage at LIV nightclub earlier in the evening ... when something went wrong. Juve and Wayne -- who were in the Hot Boys together back in the late '90s -- had a long running beef when the group broke up ... and last night was the first time they have been on stage together since the feud. But around 7AM, cops say Juvenile -- who's listed at 5'11, 150 lbs -- was involved in a fight that began inside the nightclub and spilled outside to the front of the hotel. Security told police the people involved in the fight were "creating a threat to life and property as well as the overall safety of the patrons inside." Miami Beach PD responded to the scene and arrested Juve -- he was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked. He is still in custody. (TMZ)
In April, the former Cash Money rap star talked about leaving Birdman's popular label in the 2000's.

"I wanted to stay," Juve said in an interview "You never wanna leave a winning team. That's like [Michael] Jordan leaving the Bulls. I just felt like I wanted to be compensated for my work, I just wanted to get paid for it. ... Once the success came, things started switching up and I was paying attention. ... [Child custody battle?] if you want to know what the situation is, I want custody of my son. That's all that is." (Power 105.1)
Back in January, ex-Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh called out the label over financial woes.


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August 3, 2012

Etana Shares Her Joy With The World!

etana_pregnant_baby_son.jpgSinger Etana is sharing with all her fans, supporters and well wishers that she is expecting a new addition to her family. Known for not opening up much on her personal life, Etana felt compelled to respectfully enlighten her fans by announcing she had a bun in the oven. The rumors of pregnancy have been circulating since her marriage to model/ Award Winning Actor, Andre Morris in March of 2010. Morris is a Pulse Model, popularly known from numerous runway shows, television commercials and acting roles in local plays.

I'm Surprised with a new life, a precious gift! Jah works in mysterious ways... Etana

The singer has kept herself busy throughout her pregnancy. Presently she is on tour in the UK preparing for her Jamaica Fifty performance at the Tower Ballroom in Birmingham on August 4th. Kenya will be her next stop before she appears on the Chimsee Reggae Summer Festival in Germany. She will finally get a break for nesting and preparing for her newborn due for arrival this fall.


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July 31, 2012

I-Octane hospitalized following asthma attack

By Marc Parc
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i-octane_jamaica_reggae_artiste_music.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, I-Octane is recuperating in a Kingston-based hospital after falling ill last week.

A member of I-Octane's team revealed on Monday that the prominent singjay suffered an asthma attack on Thursday night. According to reports, he was taken to hospital where he's currently being treated by his physician.

Doctors expect I-Octane to make a full recovery from this attack but have advised him to rest until further reassessments are made.
Giver his current health situation, I-Octane will be unable to honor some of his upcoming commitments but hopes to recover as soon as possible so that he can perform for his fans once more.

I-Octane last performed on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2012 in which he gave a typically rousing set. Additionally, he's released efforts in July such as Bun It & Laugh, Get Weh Mi Want (Mad Panerama Riddim) and Woman Mi Love (Sounique Riddim).


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Flava Squad CEO, Ewan McRae dies

By Marc Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

ewan-McRae_flava_quad_ceo.jpgThe music world once again tries to pick up the pieces following a sudden tragedy as the CEO of Flava Squad Entertainment, Selvin 'Ewan' McRae has died.

According to several reports, McRae was shot and killed by unknown assailants at his home in Florida on Sunday morning. No further details regarding the shooting have emerged at this time and Miami police are currently investigating the matter.

A native of St. Elizabeth, McRae hailed as the CEO and main promoter for Flava Squad Entertainment since 1999. McRae and the Flava Squad team have produced 12 albums to date including the Quiet Storm Riddim, Addiction Reloaded Riddim and the Hazardous Riddim. Additionally, McRae worked with several Dancehall/Reggae superstars including Sizzla, Gyptian, Luciano, Konshens, Warrior King, Lutan Fyah, Delly Ranx and Khago, amongst several others.


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July 29, 2012

Tifa & Stacious speak out: Dancehall divas insist they got raw deal at Sumfest

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

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On a night when Dancehall's leading diva earned her rightful crown, a pair of prominent female artistes claims that they were treated like peasants by organizers of the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest stage show.

Internationally acclaimed deejays, Tifa and Stacious gave rousing sets during their appearances on Reggae Sumfest's Dancehall Night last week Thursday. Despite the positive receptions they garnered from fans, both artistes insist that negative vibrations could be felt backstage as the highly regarded Dancehall divas have come forward with allegations of gender discrimination and prejudice following the treatment they received at Reggae Sumfest.

Tifa and Stacious recently gave interviews to TVJ's Entertainment Report; voicing their grievances regarding Sumfest while implying that promoters of the stage show exercised bias throughout the night. Despite her high profile status and strong catalogue of hits including Matie Wine, Dash Out, Tifa was one of the first artistes on stage during Sumfest and according to the deejay, she's done enough in her career to warrant better treatment.

"10 o'clock I go on the stage and I feel like I’ve earned my place in Reggae/Dancehall, I've earned my time and my spotlight and my shine. I just feel like it was very disrespectful how dem deal wid it, like yuh haffi go pon stage now."


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July 23, 2012

Trial dates set in Vybz Kartel murder cases

By Marc Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Worl_Boss_Vybz_Kartel_Back_To_Life.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel will finally have his day in court as the prominent deejay prepares to stand trial in both of his ongoing murder cases.

The internationally acclaimed entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, will appear in court on October 29 where he will stand trial in relation to the shooting death of St. Catherine based promoter Barrington 'Bossie' Burton. Vybz Kartel faces three allegations in that case, including murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession for a firearm. The co-accused in that matter are Nigel Thompson and Lenburgh McDonald.

A week later, on November 5, Kartel will answer to accusations in another case as he prepares to stand trial in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive 'Lizard' Williams.
Co-accused of murder in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams case include Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Calvin 'Moonie Haye, Shawn Williams, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John aka Mad Suss.
Kartel, along with long-time protégé, Gaza Slim and studio engineer, Andre 'Pim Pim' Henry face obstruction of justice-related charges in the Williams case as their each accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.


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July 20, 2012

Busy Signal pleads guilty to absconding bail

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Busy_Signal_pleaded_guilty.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal will soon say goodbye to his freedom, at least temporarily after pleading guilty to a charge of absconding bail in a Minnesota courtroom on Thursday.

The prominent singjay, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, plead guilty to one count of absconding bail; thus admitting that he fled the United States before a scheduled trial on drug-related charges in 2002. As a result, Busy Signal, who had been extradited to the United States last month, now faces a prison term of between 12-18 months as well as a fine ranging from US$3,000 to US$30,000, under sentencing guideline recommendations.

According to the Associated Press, Busy Signal's lawyer, Bill Mauzy indicated that he would ask for a sentence of time served while assistant U.S. attorney refused to elaborate on how much time prosecutors in the artiste's case would seek. No sentencing date has been set in Busy Signal's case.


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July 17, 2012

Busy Signal and his girlfriend, Tunya welcome a son

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Tunya_palmer_busy_signal_baby_born_canada.jpgThough the road seems treacherous due to ongoing legal woes, Busy Signal has one more reason to fight for freedom following the birth of his son.

The embattled entertainer and his girlfriend, Tunya Palmer welcomed their first child together, Egypt-Knight Gordon. Palmer gave birth to Gordon at the Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto, Canada shortly after 9 p.m. last week Tuesday, with her song weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

Palmer made the announcement via her official Facebook page a few days ago.
"I'm looking at my son, and I can't believe I'm a mom, I kept asking God what did I do to deserve this blessing, this is what life is about, all my 32 years of life doesn't matter till right now… Egypt-Knight Gordon welcome to the world baby!!!!!!!" she wrote.

Busy Signal currently awaits trial in the United States on a charge of absconding bail stemming from a 2002 narcotics case in Minnesota. The prominent singjay was extradited last month after waiving his rights to challenge an extradition hearing and later pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to appear in court.


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FiWi Choice Host Amita Addresses Baby Rumours

By Talisa Taylor
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Being a media personality with much success comes with a great degree of perseverance but despite the countless rumours, Amita Persaud-Webb, FiWi Choice Top Ten Chart host has held her head high as she continues on her road to motherhood.

Now in her third year of hosting FiWi Choice, Amita has found her experience in media to be a wondrous one which has offered her the privilege of working with amazing Jamaican personalities. The beauty is also in her final year of study at the University of the West Indies where she is pursuing a Degree in Banking and Finance; she then hopes to venture into media production and marketing while still standing firm in the media industry.

Amidst all of Amita's success, there is much talk as to who the father of her unborn baby is, her response is simply "the father of my baby should be no one's concern but my own". It is agreeable that, that aspect of her life is quite personal and whether or not she shares this with the public is up to her, regardless of this several dancehall websites still persist to issue articles about who they assume to be the father of her child; when asked about her initial response she responded, "I was slightly taken aback, but then again I work in media so I know better. I'm fully aware of the fascination. I understand the purpose and the power of suss".

Persaud-Webb, is still working with FiWi Choice and has no intention to leave apart from her maternity leave. She was last seen participating in Miss Jamaica World 2012 pageant before withdrawing due to her pregnancy. She has many plans to branch out in media as she is known to many as a multi-faceted and determined individual.


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July 11, 2012

Buju Banton files motion requesting a new trial

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_appeal_court.jpgEmbattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Buju Banton adamantly refuses to give up his fight freedom as he's filed for a new trial in his ongoing drug case.

Currently serving a ten year sentence on three drug-related charges, Buju Banton's legal team filed a motion on Tuesday with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida asking that the Grammy-winning entertainer be granted a new trial. This coming nearly three weeks after a Georgia Circuit Court threw out an appeal made on behalf of Buju Banton, agreeing with the jury's convictions on the three aforementioned charges including conspiracy to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting a person's use of a telephone to facilitate a drug crime.

The Circuit Court also sided with the jury's guilty verdict regarding a charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime; this despite the charge being thrown out by the presiding judge during Buju's last trial.


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July 6, 2012

Veteran IRIE FM disc jock, Mighty Mike found dead

mighty_mike_irie_fm_disc_jock.jpgThe entertainment world has suffered another painful blow after news emerged on Thursday night that prominent disc jock, Michael "Mighty Mike" Jones passed away. The 52-year-old broadcaster was found dead at his St. Ann home last night after he was noticeably absent from his scheduled 6-10 p.m. shift at IRIE FM.

According to reports, a member of staff and fellow disc jock at IRIE FM, DJ Amber was dispatched to Mighty Mike's house after several phone calls to locate Jones went unanswered.
After several knocks on Mighty Mike's door also went unanswered, a locksmith was reportedly called in to break into the veteran disc jock's home, where he was then found dead. Police then arrived on the scene to investigate, later intimating that they suspected no foul play had been involved in the musician's death.
Reportedly, Mighty Mike had been ill for some time and was diabetic.

DJ Amber issued a Blackberry Broadcast message reading, "I wish my brethren Mighty Mike will enjoy an even greater life in the spirit world. He will be missed and remembered well by many. Gone but not forgotten. See you next lifetime my friend."


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June 26, 2012

Busy Signal pleads not guilty to charge of absconding bail

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

busy_signal_court_day_pleaded_not_guilty.jpgEmbattled Dancehall/Reggae entertainer, Glendale Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of absconding bail in his ongoing case in the United States.

The internationally acclaimed singjay answered to the charge of failing to appear in court during a hearing on Monday in Minnesota before the presiding judge ordered him detained, pending trial. Said charge stems from an accusation that Busy Signal fled the United States in 2002 so he could avoid an upcoming drug trial.

According to assistant U.S. attorney, Andrew Dunn, Busy Signal fled before his trial was set to begin in Minnesota, making him a fugitive for the past decade. The prominent artiste had been slapped with a pair of charges related to cocaine trafficking in February 2002.

Should Busy Signal be convicted on the count of absconding bail, he could face up to five years in prison.

This news comes a month after Busy was detained by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after being deported from the United Kingdom, where he was initially arrested after being suspected of using false documentation.

Two days after his arrest in Jamaica, the Kingston Town singer waived his rights to challenge his extradition to the U.S. in order to fight the charge of failing to appear in court.
Though the cocaine charges remain active, the extradition request for Busy Signal only pertained to the accusation of absconding bail. Should American law enforcement officials want to prosecute Busy Signal on the drug-related charges, the U.S. and Jamaican governments would have to work out those terms as a result of treaties in place between both countries.


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June 24, 2012

Buju Banton's conviction upheld, appeal to overturn ruling dismissed

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_case_dissmissed.jpgAny lingering hopes that embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Buju Banton would cop an early release from federal prison have been dashed as it's been announced that an appeal to overturn the Grammy-winning singer's conviction has been dismissed.

According to reports, the United States Court of Appeal for the 11th Circuit made the ruling during a hearing that took place on Thursday. In its ruling, the appeals court insisted that it agreed with the jury's decision to convict Buju Banton of federal drug charges in February 2011 as he was found guilty of three charges including conspiracy to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting a person's use of a telephone to facilitate a drug crime.

The Circuit Court also agreed with the jury that Buju was guilty of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. That charge had been dismissed by the trial judge after the verdict was read.


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June 22, 2012

Vybz Kartel freed of drug charges

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Vybz_Kartel_freed_drug_charge.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel can now call himself a free man, at least in one case as all drug-related charges against the deejay have been dropped.

The embattled entertainer was freed of ganja charges when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston this morning. The charges were dropped after it was deemed that there was no evidence offered by the prosecution in this case.

Presiding Resident Magistrate, Maxine Ellis stopped short of calling the prosecution's case against Vybz Kartel malicious given that someone else had pleaded guilty to possessing a small quantity of marijuana that was found in a New Kingston hotel room where the highly regarded deejay and a group of people were arrested at last September.

Kartel was then charged with illegal possession of marijuana for the incident and was investigated for and later slapped with a pair of murder charges.
Ellis commented on the case on Wednesday, saying, "What is the useful purpose of continuing after someone else claimed ownership of the spliff...How many people can own this little spliff?" before declaring that Kartel appear in court on Thursday when the case would be resolved.


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June 20, 2012

Aidonia and his fiancé, Kimberly Megan set to welcome first child

By Marc Parc
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Aidonia_girl_friend_Kimberly_Megan.jpgProminent Dancehall superstar, Aidonia will soon experience the joy of fatherhood as his fiancé, Kimberly Megan prepares to welcome her first child.
According to reports, a source close to the entertainer confirmed that speculation surrounding Megan's possible pregnancy was valid, revealing that Aidonia's fiancé is approximately nine weeks pregnant. The source relented that this news was welcomed positively, in part due to the fact that fellow J.O.P recording artiste, Deablo had his first child recently.

Additionally, the source relented that Aidonia has changed personally as he's much more focused on starting a family and helping them as much as possible than he is on building his own platform.

This news comes nearly four months after Aidonia had proposed to Megan, though details of the engagement were not unveiled.
Meanwhile, Aidonia continues to dish out well received hit singles as he recently unveiled singles such as Di Ride on the Markus Myrie produced Mattrass Riddim as well as Kush Inna Mi Brain and Kush Heights. Additionally, an official music video for his hit single, Tan Tuddy will soon be released.

Aidonia's also set to perform at this Friday's Best of Summer concert, headlined by American rap megastar, Rick Ross and will also feature on this year's edition of Reggae Sumfest, slated from July 15-21 in Montego Bay.


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June 19, 2012

Dancehall/Reggae Artiste Busy Signal heading for United States this afternoon

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

busy-signal-news.jpgEmbattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Glendale Goshia Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal will be handed over to United States law enforcement officials today in his ongoing extradition case.

The prominent singjay, who faces criminal charges in the state of Minnesota, will be escorted there this afternoon by a team of U.S Marshals. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, a law enforcement official close to the situation revealed that a private plane landed on Monday afternoon at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, which Busy Signal will board en route to America.

Busy Signal was arrested by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team on May 21 after the internationally acclaimed entertainer was deported from the United Kingdom. The singjay, known for classics such as These Are The Days and Step Out, faces extradition in relation to absconding bail after he allegedly failed to appear before the courts to answer a narcotics offence that he faced in 2002.

Busy Signal recently waived his rights to challenge said extradition and has been in police custody since the extradition warrant was initially executed.


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June 14, 2012

Deva Bratt cops bail, August court date in assault case

By Marc Parc
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devra_bratt_bail_entertainer.jpgDancehall artiste, Sheldon Smith, more popularly known as Deva Bratt has been granted bail in his ongoing assault case.

The former Portmore Empire and current Krucial Konflict deejay was granted JA$150,000 bail on a pair of assault charges following an appearance in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Bail was granted in the matter after Deva Bratt's lawyer insisted that his client was by no means a flight risk.

As a result, Deva Bratt was issued an August 14 court date when he will return to answer charges of indecent assault and assault occasioning bodily harm.

The charges stem from an alleged incident in which Deva Bratt made sexual advances towards two women at his Portmore home but was rejected. Reports indicated that after that exchange, Deva Bratt punched one of the women repeatedly, leaving her with several bruises. The other woman alleged that the Get Crunk singer tried to put his hands in her pants.

The incident was reported to the Bridgeport Police and following an investigation, Deva Bratt was taken into custody and later charged by the St. Catherine Police on Friday.


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June 8, 2012

Deva Bratt reportedly cops assault charges

By Marc Parc
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Deva_Brat__Jail_Again.jpgDancehall star, Sheldon Smith, more popularly known as Deva Bratt has once again embroiled himself in legal trouble after the renowned deejay reportedly copped assault charges stemming from an incident last week.

According to reports, Deva Bratt was arrested following an encounter with two women at his Portmore home last week, where he allegedly made sexual advances on them. However, after both females refused to engage in such activity with the artiste, an exchange occurred which led to Deva Bratt allegedly assaulting both women.

Reports have indicated that one of the women had been punched in the face and left with bruises while the other complained that Deva Bratt tried to push his hands in her pants. As a result, a police report was filed at the Bridgeport Police Station in St. Catherine.
Deva Bratt now faces a hearing on June 12 inside the Spanish Town Resident Magistrates Court in which he will answer to both charges. It’s understood the Krucial Konflict artiste’s camp will respond to the allegation in a statement very soon.

This news comes five months after the former Portmore Empire member was freed from a 2008 carnal abuse charge in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl at his home. The charge was dropped by the defendant in that case as she no longer wished to pursue the matter in court.


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Beenie Man's father passes away

M. Jodee
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The Dancehall fraternity once again mourns the death of a relative for a prominent Dancehall artiste as the father of iconic deejay, Beenie Man has passed away.

Beenie's Dad, more affectionately known as Bragga, died on Wednesday night at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston while receiving treatment for an undisclosed health complaint. Reportedly, the news came as a complete shock to Beenie Man as well as his long-time manager and brother, Rohan 'Blue' Smith and are said to be very sad as they cope with their loss.

Beenie Man's ex-wife, D'Angel immediately visited the hospital and offered her condolences upon hearing the news, insisting that Beenie should remain strong and keep his head up in this time of grief. According to the singjay, Bragga was a very fun person to hang around.
When the news broke on Wednesday night, several Jamaican music personalities have offered their condolences, most notably, Bounty Killer, who had lost his mother, Ivy 'Miss Ivy' Williams to illness in February and was supported by Beenie Man at a nine night in her honor.

Bounty Killer tweeted, "Not so sure about this just got it ppl, Beenie Man father just died at University Hospital. Condolence goes out."


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June 7, 2012

Busy Signal Still On Jamaican Soil

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Busy_Signal_Jail_Obsconding_Bail.jpgIt remains unknown when embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal will be officially extradited to the United States despite several reports that he could be handed over the North American country's law enforcement officials this week.

Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon waived his rights to an extradition hearing during a court appearance on May 24 after initially being denied bail. As a result, speculation has mounted regarding exactly when the prominent singjay will be handed over the American officials.

However, several reports surfaced on Monday that Busy Signal would be handed over to U.S. officials later this week and that a surrender warrant has been sent to and signed by Jamaica's Justice Minister, Mark Golding, thus permitting the artiste's extradition. However, on Tuesday, Golding refused to acknowledge whether or not such documentation has been signed; intimating that given the sensitive nature of extraditions case, it would be inappropriate of him to comment on the matter.
Busy Signal's lawyer and the Queen's Counsel, K.D. Knight confirmed that his client remains in Jamaica but has not commented further regarding the case.


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June 5, 2012

London Police Cancel Potential Kidd Concert

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The Metropolitan police were forced to lock down a show featuring Potential Kidd at the Da Boss Nightclub at Woolwich High Street in London, England on Monday night after the cramped, overcrowded conditions became dangerous for the partygoers themselves.

"The club has a capacity of 2000 persons, and the club was rampacked, and there were at least as many people outside as inside so the police were called in to lock it off because the club was overcrowded," Potential Kidd's manager, Angeletta McKenzie sad during an international call on the night the show.

Potential Kidd is in the middle of a 14-gig tour of the United Kingdom that will see him perform at clubs in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, and Brixton over the next couple of weeks.

Potential Kidd burst on the dancehall scene like a surface-to-air missile earlier this year, scorching the airwaves with his catchy singalong single, A Yah Suh Nice, and its raunchier version was a monster hit on mixtapes all over the island. He followed up that success with 'Urgency' which racked up over 200,000 hits on youtube.

He then inked a one-year recording deal with VP Records on the strength of his popularity in the underground dancehall market. He suffered a bit of a PR blowback when telecommunications giant cancelled the artiste's involvement in a Champs promotion which would have required the artiste performing at a school concert because of the suggestive content of the unedited version of Kidd’s single Ah Yah So Nice.

Since then, the artiste has redoubled his efforts in the recording studio to follow up on the success of A Yah Suh Nice. He has a slew of new singles which include God a Come Dung, Mi Tink a Foreign, Tight Tight, How Many Time and Love Mi Mamma.


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June 4, 2012

Beenie Man's USA Work Permit Reinstated

Beenie_Man_US_Permit.jpgNew York: Two years after his USA work permit was initially cancelled, controversial DJ Beenie Man, aka Moses Davis will return to the USA for a performance at the inaugural 'Groovin In The Park' concert on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, NY. Beenie Man was one of five top Jamaican entertainers whose visas and work permits were revoked by the Embassy of the United States in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2010.

"I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the dancehall king Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year’s 'Groovin In the Park' concert on July 1," and elated Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of Groovin In The Park said.

"Music fans in the tri-state area have been waiting for a very long time for the opportunity to see Beenie Man perform live here in the USA again. I am glad we were instrumental in making it happen for the fans. Beenie Man is an extremely talented entertainer and we are happy that he will be again able to showcase his talents on stage in New York” Roberts said.

R&B crooner R Kelly who was originally booked for the Queens concert will not perform.


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June 2, 2012

Vybz Kartel says Back To Life & other new songs were not recorded in Jail

Worl_Boss_Vybz_Kartel_Back_To_Life.jpgAdidjahiem Records would like to make it clear, that Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer has not recorded any material since his arrest in 2011. Any songs containing material from Vybz Kartel that were released after his arrest, were recorded by the artist in previous years.

Various songs containing material from Vybz Kartel have surfaced since his arrest, including a collaboration with Busta Rhymes and a song titled "Back to Life," which have sparked rumors that the artist has been recording at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. Adidjahiem Records would like to make it explicitly clear that both songs were recorded prior to his arrest. The single "Wine and Go Down" by Busta Rhymes ft. Vybz Kartel was recorded at Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett's studio in 2010 in a session that was broadcast live on ustream. The lyrics contained in "Back to Life" were also recorded in 2010.

"The lyrics from "Back to Life," that was released by U.I.M. Records, were recorded by Adidjahiem Records during the Dudus extradition - the original title was "Me Waan Go Home," says Elvis Redwood of So Unique Records, who was an in-house engineer for Adidjahiem Records at the time. "Those same lyrics were re-used on a different track to create "Back to Life."


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May 29, 2012

Lil Wayne & Drake We Are NOT Paying A $400,000 Judgment!

By TMZ

lil_wayne_drake_law_suit_400.jpgLil Wayne and Drake say there is NO WAY IN HELL they're gonna fork over $400,000 to a company that sued them for allegedly bailing on a club appearance ... because they claim they were never told about the gig.

The rappers have joined together to fight a default judgment entered against them. The judge ordered the duo to pay $432,337.50 to Imperial Entertainment Group. The company sued, alleging L.W. and Drake promised to perform at a 2011 event but were no shows.

The rappers now claim in legal docs ... they were never told about the appearance, never signed ANY contracts and were never even served with papers to show up in court.

Drake and Lil Wayne allege that IEG used a third party to book them -- Melanzh Enterprises -- which they claim had no authority to book them.

The two want the court to cancel the $400k plus judgment ... STAT.


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May 26, 2012

Statement From Busy Signal - We not going down - God alone controls my destiny

Busy_Signal_Case_US_Jamaica.jpgIn this a time of reflection, I would like to thank my fans who have supported me through this difficult situation and who will continue to support me. Your messages and prayers via social networks and via members of my team are what have brought light to the darkness of my cell.

I have never admitted that I was involved in any drug deal or drug arrangement. I waived my rights to an extradition trial here in Jamaica, so that I can return to the US to face a charge of absconding bail ONLY. This incident took place ten (10) years ago before I even considered becoming an artiste.

As you can understand, this is a difficult time for me, however during my time away, my fans will not be left with a void - there are several unreleased tracks that will definitely keep you "busy" until my return. I recently released my album Reggae Music Again, which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Reggae charts. On my recent tour of Amsterdam and Paris, we shot elements for the video to the title track of the album. It features cameos from Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica and Anthony B and that will be released in a couple of weeks.

For my fans overseas, my management team has been in dialogue with promoters who have all shown their support for me and my situation and for that I thank them.


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Bounty Killer Says Beenie Man Sold Out His Beliefs For Money

By Marc Parc
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Bounty_Killer_Beenie_Man_Sold_Out.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer won't let his long-time rival, Beenie Man live down his decision to issue a recent video statement in which he tried to bury the hatchet with gay and lesbian critics who have long bashed his lyrical content.

Beenie Man responded to recent comments from Bounty Killer criticizing his perceived apology while implying that he sold out his beliefs by making this move. The self-professed King of the Dancehall steadfastly denied apologizing to the homosexual community, insisting that his purpose for the video statement was to ask gay, lesbian critics to stop holding lyrics from his younger years against him. Additionally, Beenie Man took shots at the Alliance leader, claiming that Bounty Killer should have been talking about a performance in Amsterdam in which he claims fans left before the self-proclaimed War Lord took the stage.
However, Bounty Killer refuses to back down; taking to Twitter to refute claims by Beenie Man that Jamaican artistes will see an increase in overseas shows, in part, because of his video statement.

According to Bounty Killer, he would not have done the same thing if put in such a position and that Dancehall music has helped boost Jamaica's stance on homosexuality; intimating that artistes should not back down from said stance regardless of the possible financial implications.

"Me can't ever put a dollar over Jamaica and its culture. If it wasn't for dancehall and its culture I don't know where or who I'd be today. Mi nuh sorry fi nothing that I said or sang; I am sorry to know it offended anybody but that's how I see it. My views and beliefs, all I can say is that homosexuals fi stop try ban we shows and dancehall must leave dem alone to God still and let peace reign," he said.


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May 24, 2012

Update: Dancehall Artiste Busy Signal Waives Right To Extradition Hearing

By Marc Parc
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busy_signal_denied_bail_court.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Glendale Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal has been denied bail in his extradition case earlier this morning. However a few hours later Busy waived his rights to an extradition hearing locally and will head straight to the United States where he will answer to previous charge of absconding bail which occurred several years ago.

However, despite Busy's cocaine troubles the United State will not be able to tried Knight's client on that charge, if the states do so they would be going against the extradition laws request.

The highly acclaimed singjay, known for several smash hits such as Step Out, These Are They Days, Nah Go Jail Again and One More Night was arrested on an extradition warrant by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team of the Organized Crime Investigation Division at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday.


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Busy Signal To Appear In Court Today

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Busy_signal_court_drugs.jpgDancehall/Reggae Artiste Busy Signal who's being represented by attorney-at-law K.D Knight will appear in the HWT Resident Magistrates' court today to face an extradition warrant issued by US authorities.

If extradited, he'll be the first high profile Jamaican to be surrendered to American authorities in the two year's since the arrest of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Busy Signal's arrest comes months after media reports revealed that a prominent Jamaican entertainer was being sought out by United States law enforcement officials.

Busy Signal is renowned for several classics such as Step Out, Nah Go a Jail Again, These Are The Days, One More Night and Night Shift. He recently released his all-Reggae album, Reggae Music Again which recently copped a top 5 spot on the U.S Billboard Reggae Chart.


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May 23, 2012

Statement from Vybz Kartel About Disbanding the Portmore Empire

By Adidja Palmer

Vybz_kartel_Portmore_empire_disbanded.jpgAdidjahiem Records would like to announce that the outfit known as the Portmore Empire is being disbanded, with the following statement from Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer:

Dancehall fans worldwide, it with great regret that I, Adidja Palmer have decided to disband the Portmore Empire. These artistes have been under the Adidjahiem leadership for years, where they have honed their craft and made their mark, and as such, are well on their way to becoming major forces in Dancehall. They have reached a level where they are more capable to take on their careers by themselves, and it would be unfair to them, based on the limited resources of Adidjahiem Records, and current legal woes of the Adidjahiem C.E.O. and team members.

I wish them the best and I am confident that they will live up to my expectations. In the future, Adidjahiem will continue to bring out new acts and groom them for stardom.

Thank You.

Former Portmore Empire members Vawnessa 'Gaza Slim' Saddler and Leroy 'Tommy Lee' Russell are moving on with a newly formed label named PG13.

"Right now, a PG13 di ting deh," states Gaza Slim.

"Look out for PG13," says Tommy Lee. "It soon work in."


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Busy Signal arrested on extradition warrant, wanted by U.S. Government

By Marc Parc
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The Jamaican music world has once again been left in shock after reports have emerged that internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal has been arrested in connection with an extradition warrant.
According to several reports, the prominent deejay was taken into custody late last week after returning from his tour in Amsterdam, Holland which he had to cut short after receiving word of the extradition warrant. Busy Signal then travelled to England but was denied entry into the country before being held by British immigration Officials and then deported. He then returned to Jamaica where he was arrested by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday afternoon.

This arrest comes months after media reports revealed that a prominent Jamaican entertainer was being sought out by United States law enforcement officials.

According to the head of the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OCID) and Senior Superintendent of Police, Fitz Bailey, Busy Signal is wanted on drug-related charges in the U.S.


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"I never apologised to the gays" - Beenie Man

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Beenie Man returned to the island on Monday after performing at shows in The Netherlands and in Dubai in the Middle East over the past week.

“I never apologized. Jamaican people need to be more literate about life. Five years ago, we stop sing certain songs, and start focus more on dancehall to make it what it is today. I said that they (the gays) should leave us alone, don’t have us up for what we said when were young, that happened 20 years ago, nobody is the same person they were 20 years ago,” he said

“Everybody grow up, but I guess ah August mi born, so mi have to bear the burden fi everybody else. Ah me plant the oak tree that dem use crucify Jesus Christ, and my cow dem kill and make the leather that dem use and beat Him for 13 hours, and ah my hardware dem tek the hammer that dem use and nail up him hand dem, so mi ah go bear the burden dem fi everyone then, ok then,” he said, exasperatedly.

“Look here, I sell music, I do this to send all my youths to school and my grand-daughter because I am a grandfather now. I have to provide for my family. I tell these people that we, as dancehall artistes, don’t hate people, because of what they want to say or do. We don't practise hate, we don't want to kill gay people, we love all members of the human race, regardless of their religion, creed, race or sexual orientation," he said.


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May 20, 2012

Vybz Kartel is not in need of any charity

By Secret Agent
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Vybz Kartel's baby mother Tanesha Johnson more popularly known as Shorty lashes out against media reports which stated that proceeds from the May 22nd concert at Club Riddim will go towards aiding Vybz Kartel's legal expenses.

Shorty's Statement:
"Dem reporter deh bright. Dem fi lose dem work. Me babyfada get 4 lawyer fi himself, plus 1 for Shawn Storm, 1 for Kahira, 1 for Nigel, 1 for Leng, 1 for Gaza Slim, and 1 for Madsuss make 10. And any time dem get pay, a me go bank go draw money. Plus a me have him debit card. Me three youth dem school fee pay every term. Light and water pay and me house have food. So all who a talk can't stop him. A di benz truck him a go buy when him come, fi match di car."

Vybz Kartel aka the Worl' Boss currently awaits trial in two separate murder cases, as well as his drug trial, which is scheduled to commence that same day.


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Golden Child Music Group Committed To Jamaica's National Child's Month

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"It is my pleasure… all the time to be a part of the advancement of any student’s life, particularly those in Jamaica my home. I hope that winner of Jamaica’s Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors Competition 2012, will get easier access to the resources that will enhance her academic output, through the sponsorship input the Golden Child Music Group chose to offer this year”.

“Fourteen year old Sicourney Jackson is just the type of Jamaican young woman and student we at the Golden Child Music Group want to encourage and develop, as a part of aiding the progress of our great nation Jamaica," these were the sentiments of Jason Williams a.k.a Don Yute head of the Golden Child Music Group based in the United Sates.
He added that while May is the month designated in Jamaica for the celebration of our youth, it must be not be relegated to a mere month, but must see year round activities by all who are stewards of Jamaica’s young people - where we can encourage and motivate Jamaican children to be better.

Mr. Williams adds that all year round, just as how there was the Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors Competition in April of this year, opportunities must be created by those who can, to let youth excel outside of the classroom, build their resumes, abilities and self-confidence.


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May 18, 2012

Dancehall Artiste Mavado files lawsuits in response to stage show, label status claims

By Marc Parc
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mavado_movie_shottas_2.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall singjay David Brooks, more popularly known as Mavado has fought back vigorously after reports emerged in the last 24 hours regarding his visa status as well as his label situation.

Several reports emerged yesterday that the Alliance artiste had been dropped from a concert scheduled to take place later this month at the Guvernment Entertainment Complex (Kool Haus) in Toronto, Canada after failing to secure a work permit to enter the country.

Additionally, popular entertainment publication, L3 Magazine issued a statement which in part revealed that Mavado was being dropped from the Cash Money Records (YMCMB) umbrella just two weeks after joining the group as a result of his label, We The Best Music Group joining forces with the New Orleans based hip-hop establishment.

On Thursday, Mavado responded sternly to the claims, reportedly filing several defamation, libel and loss of earnings suits claiming millions of dollars of damages against L3 Magazine editor-in-chief, Natasha Von Castle and co-defendant Ron Nelson in Toronto Civil Court. In the suits, Mavado alleges that both Van Castle and Nelson disseminated lies via Blackberry Broadcast and blog posts issued by both persons.
Furthermore, We The Best Music Group CEO, DJ Khaled as well as Cash Money Records co-founders, Ronald 'Slim Williams and Brian 'Birdman' Williams are drawing up similar suits.
All this news comes just over a week after Mavado was found guilty in an assault case in Montego Bay, St. James. The prominent singjay plans to appeal said verdict.


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May 17, 2012

Dancehall Artiste Beenie Man addresses gay and lesbian critics via Youtube Video

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man has publicly confirmed his stance regarding gay and lesbian critics who have continuously criticized him throughout his prestigious career.

In a video posted via the official YouTube page of Rototom Sunsplash, the self-professed King of Dancehall issued a statement regarding the flack he's received from gay and lesbian rights groups while explaining his personal stance regarding those communities. Citing recent problems while trying to secure work, Beenie Man made it perfectly clear that he has no personal issues with homosexuals.

"Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race, regardless of which religious belief you have, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gays and lesbians," he said.
According to Beenie Man, the growing tension between himself and the gay/lesbian community stems from songs he did dating back to the early 1990s, when he first became a household name.


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May 15, 2012

Vybz Kartel and Corey Todd Back In Business?

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Almost a year after severing ties due to controversial circumstances, incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel and prominent American businessman, Corey Todd are set for a reunion.

According to media reports, the former business partners will be reuniting to carry out a recent business deal that was agreed to between the two parties. According to Todd's publicist, Claude Mills, both Kartel and Todd have agreed to unveil several products, including the revival of Street Vybz Rum.

Additionally, it was revealed that Todd and Kartel have been exchanging letters since the Portmore Empire deejay was arrested and later charged with murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges last fall.

Corey Todd and Vybz Kartel formed on of the music industry's most formidable partnerships in 2008, creating several brands including Vybz Rum, Daggering Condoms and the aforementioned Street Vybz Rum. Additionally, they collaborated on running the prominent Dancehall club, The Building (now Club Riddim) where they would have weekly sessions, including, Street Vybz Thursdays and Inclusive Saturdays.
The duo fell out last May after Todd alleged that Kartel threatened his life. Since his departure, he began recruiting several prominent Dancehall musicians such as Beenie Man, Aidonia, Khago, former Portmore Empire singjay, Jahvinci and highly acclaimed producer, Ainsley 'Notnice' Morris where they would collaborate musically as well as promote Todd's Yaad Stout and Yaad Swag liquor brands.
However, the business deals involving Todd and these musicians were short-lived as the American businessman to focus his attention towards his entrepreneurial ventures.


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May 12, 2012

Sean Paul to marry Jamaican media personality later this month

By Marc Parc
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Sean_Paul_Jinx_Married_Wife_Dancehall.jpgIt's official. Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Sean Paul will finally tie the knot to his girlfriend and prominent Jamaican media personality, Jodi 'Jinx' Stewart.

According to a report in Friday's edition of the Jamaica Gleaner, the Grammy-winning artiste will marry the long time Reggae Entertainment Television (RETV) host in a private ceremony later this month. According to the Gleaner, preparations for the wedding are being kept on such a low key basis to the point that NBC's Today show was warned not to air details of the planned nuptials.

Keeping with that theme, those invited to the wedding don't even know the exact location of the wedding and a shuttle will be used to carry persons to and from the unnamed venue.
Rumors of a marriage between Sean Paul and Stewart were ignited at the start of 2012 when reports emerged that the Never Gonna Be The Same singer proposed to his girlfriend during last holiday season.


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May 9, 2012

Tifa Advises To Beware Of Scammers

Tifa_scammers_booking_agent.jpgHigh riding dancehall female artiste Tifa is the latest entertainer to have fallen victim to scammers.

Individuals have been posing as booking agents and have been booking shows on her behalf.

In a release to the media, Tifa advised that anyone who wishes to book her for performances should contact her authorized agents.

"I felt it was necessary to make the public aware of my booking situation because unscrupulous persons have been telling people that they are booking for me, when they were not, neither have they been passing information on to me about these bookings. So I just want the public to know that Headline Entertainment is my exclusive booking agent", Tifa explained.

Persons are being urged not to give monies to these unauthorized persons.

The artiste, who has been riding the charts in Africa with three singles inside that country's dancehall top ten, has a bunch of new songs released. They include Love Me 2 featuring Laza Morgan, Destiny featuring Konshens on the Wet Up rhythm; Niceness on the TNS rhythm from CR203 Productions; Wife Me Up for 12 to 12 Productions' Hot Chocolate rhythm; and Ex Man for Washroom Entertainment.


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May 8, 2012

Dancehall Superstar Mavado found guilty in assault case

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

mavado-prayer.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, David Brooks, more popularly known as Mavado has been found guilty of two charges in relation to an assault case stemming from an incident in Montego Bay last year.

The highly regarded singjay was deemed guilty of assault occasioning bodily harm and malicious destruction of property when the case concluded on Monday morning inside the Montego Bay Resident Magistrates Court in St. James.
As a result, Mavado was sentenced to pay a JA$80,000 fine or face a six month prison term in relation to the assault charge and JA$20,000 or six months in prison with regards to the malicious destruction of property charge.

The charges are in relation to a July 2011 incident which took place less than a day after Mavado performed at Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall. Reportedly, Mavado and members of his entourage attacked a man, Henry Cunningham and his son, Oshane Cunningham in a moment of road rage. Both men sustained multiple injuries in the altercation and the vehicle in which they were travelling was reportedly damaged.

In reaction to the verdict, a seemingly perplexed Mavado questioned the judge's ruling in the matter during a radio interview on IRIE FM Monday afternoon.


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May 3, 2012

Skatta Burrell facing lawsuit over use of Superstar Riddim

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

Scatta_burrel_producer_cooliedance.jpgProminent Dancehall producer, Cordel 'Skatta' Burrell has been sued by another renowned hit maker over the alleged improper use of his classic Riddim.

Andre Tyrell, more popularly known as Rookie is known for creating the highly acclaimed Superstar Riddim in 2001, which featured the likes of Buju Banton, Ce'Cile and most notably, the smash collaboration, Backshot by Lady Saw and Spragga Benz. However, elements of the Superstar Riddim were used by Skatta in the 2011 hit single, Street Hustle that he produced for his Downsound Records protégé, Specialist.

As a result, Tyrell has filed a lawsuit in which he alleges Burrell of copyright infringement and seeking for 'due remuneration and credit' for the use of his Riddim in Specialist single while also asking Skatta for a 'lump sum' payment as well as future royalties to boot.
Additionally, Rookie insists in the lawsuit that Skatta has breached his moral rights and also failed to 'duly acknowledge or credit my client [Rookie] in respect of his authorship of the Superstar rhythm featured in the Street Hustle song.'


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April 29, 2012

Vybz Kartel's common law wife reportedly targeted by thieves

By Marc Parc
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The bad news keeps piling up for prominent Dancehall entertainer, Vybz Kartel as his common law wife nearly became the subject of a robbery on Friday.
Tanesha Johnson aka Shorty has been coping in recent months since Kartel was arrested and later charged with murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges as she tries to garner strength for their family the deejay will be exonerated. However, Johnson reportedly suffered a scare late Friday night as two men trespassed on her residence in Norbrook, St. Andrew.

According to reports, a source close to the situation relays that Shorty went outside looking for something in one of Kartel's vehicles when she suddenly noticed two unidentified men acting suspiciously. One of the men hid behind Kartel's S-Class Mercedes Benz while the other hid in a mango tree; prompting Shorty to scream and cry out for help.

Johnson's screams seemingly scared off the men, causing them to escape by jumping over the walls of her neighbor's home.
It remains unknown whether or not a police report has been filed following the incident.
Shorty hails as the mother of three of Vybz Kartel's children. In recent months, she's told of her children's struggles to cope without their father, revealing in an interview last October that she had sought counseling for herself and her family.


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April 26, 2012

Local Nude Blog Jamaicangirlsexposed.blogspot.com Has Been Shut Down

Jamaican_girls_exposed_photos.jpgOver the last week, social media has been buzzing over the website, jamaicangirlsexposed.blogspotcom which has posted several XXX rated pictures of females ranging from entertainment figures to business women, as well as several citizens has been removed from Blogger.com.

However it’s still not clear if it was officially shut down by the Jamaican authorities or by the owners of the blog.

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Dancehall Superstar Vybz Kartel’s ganja trial to begin next month

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

vybz_kartel_shawn_storm_court.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartelwill report to court next month for the beginning of his ganja trial.

The prominent deejay faces a May 22 court date in the matter, which will be resumed after a three month delay. The new trial date was scheduled earlier this week in the absence of Kartel, who was not brought to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on the day of the hearing.

Presiding resident magistrate, Maxine Ellis ruled that a writ must be issued for Kartel's release from a Spanish Town based jail where he's currently being kept in order to ensure that he makes the May court date.

Kartel has been incarcerated since last September when he was initially arrested at a New Kingston hotel following a major police operation in which they discovered a quantity of marijuana. Kartel, amongst others were then charged with illegal possession of marijuana


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April 20, 2012

I-Octane compensates promoter following incident at a recent show

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Freelance Writer

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Popular Dancehall/Reggae singjay, I-Octane has settled an issue with a promoter following the premature end of a stage show he was due to perform on.
Promoter Tia Reinford demanded compensation from I-Octane after the prominent artiste failed to meet his performance obligations during the Westmoreland Kite Festival on New Year’s Day. The event was cut short after patrons threw bottles on stage after I-Octane's set abruptly ended. Reportedly, I-Octane asked event organizers to dim the light during his set but event organizers were unable to meet his demand. As a result, I-Octane walked off stage in disgust, prompting the incident.

On Thursday, Reinford announced during a radio interview that she and the Crying to the Nation singer will offer fans a free concert in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland on April 28. The promoter hailed I-Octane's kind gesture and its practicality.

"I just want to say thanks to I-Octane and I hope everybody is really ready to come out and want the fans who came at Kite Festival to see I-Octane to know that they will be compensated on April 28 at Coconut Grooves and they can all just turn up," she said.
In the meantime, I-Octane has released singles so far this month such as the Stashment Records produced, Bully and Fake Frenz on the DJ Frass produced, Di Struggles Riddim.


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April 3, 2012

Dancehall's Worl Boss Vybz Kartel's Benz and other assets returned by cops

By Marc Parc
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Vybz_Kartel_s-class_benz.jpgSeveral assets belonging to prominent Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel have been returned after being held by law enforcement officials in recent months.

Last year, several media outlets reported that the prominent deejay's S-Class Mercedes Benz, as well as documentation pertaining to properties that he owns were seized following Kartel's arrest in September and subsequent murder charges. The seized assets were reportedly being stored at the Police Commissioner's office in St Andrew.

However, it's now being confirmed that Kartel's Benz, as well as his passport, laptop, amongst other assets have been released to the Portmore Empire leader's family. Reportedly, they were released as early as last month.
Vybz Kartel remains in jail despite copping JA$40,000 bail on a drug charge as well as JA$3 million in the Barrington 'Bossie' Burton murder case. Kartel stand accused of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in that matter.
However, the 'Gaza' deejay cannot post either bail given murder and obstruction of justice related charges he faces in the Clive 'Lizard' Williams murder case. Those charges stem from an alleged incident last August in Havendale, St. Andrew.
Kartel will return to court on April 13.


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March 26, 2012

Reggae Artiste Sizzla Hits Back At Gay Rights Critics

By M. Jodee
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sizzla_kolonji_hospital.jpgProminent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Sizzla Kalonji has responded sternly to gay rights activists who’ve long criticized the lyrical content of his songs.

Last week, promoters in Sweden cancelled a stage show that Sizzla was booked to appear on this Wednesday at the Hornstull Strand in Stockholm. The show was axed after several gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual activists protested Sizzla's appearance on the bill; condemning his lyrical damnation of homosexuality.

After the latest complaints issued against him by gay rights groups, Sizzla, through his management team at Kalonji Musik and Pride Music, issued a detailed statement firing back at such critics who have long opposed his music and stances on such issues as well as clarifying public misperceptions made about him in recent times.

The statement in part reads, "We work closely with many of the artists in the reggae scene and feel that your constant attack against the artists and the musical genre is unfair and one sided. Sizzla has not even begun to tour, yet press releases have been sent giving misinformation to the public about him performing homophobic lyrics at 18 other shows recently. The tour has not even started and Sizzla was not booked to perform in neither Canada nor England. False information is being written to malice and defame his character. It is good to remember that Sizzla has not been arrested, convicted, or charged with any crime and does not have a criminal record what so ever. He abides and will continue to abide by the laws of any State in the World that he chooses to visit or is invited to visit. It is his nature and his character to respect all."


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March 23, 2012

Ninja Man cops bail - Vybz Kartel Granted $3 Million bail

By Marc Parc
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Ninja_%2Cman_vybz_kartel_bail.jpgAfter languishing in jail for over three years, veteran Dancehall entertainer, Ninja Man will finally enjoy the benefits of freedom, temporarily at least.

The prominent deejay, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine was granted bail on Friday, along with his son, Janiel Ballentine, in the sum of JA$2 million regarding their ongoing murder case. As part of their bail condition, Ninja Man and his son must report to the police daily and were ordered to return to court on July 16.

Ninja Man's lawyer, Valerie Neita-Robertson intimated that plans have already been arranged for the iconic deejay to post bail sometime next week, in time for the upcoming Easter holidays.

Ninja Man and his son are accused of murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the killing of a 20 year old man in March 2009.

Two men who stand jointly accused of murder in Ninja Man’s case have long posted bail.

Vybz Kartel Granted $3 Million Bail

Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel who's also labeled as the Worl' Boss was granted bail today in the sum of $3 million dollars when he appeared in the Home Circuit, Down Town Kingston.

Even though Vybz Kartel has posted bail he still remains behind bars.
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March 15, 2012

Dancehall Artiste Bounty Killer granted bereavement in ganja trial

By M. Jodee
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bountykiller_follow_di_arrow.jpgProminent Dancehall superstar, Rodney Price, more popularly known as Bounty Killer, will have more time to prepare for his pending ganja trial as he continues to recover from the death of his mother.

The Alliance leader, who faces marijuana possession charges from an October 2010 incident in New Kingston, was due to begin his trial on Wednesday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston. However, presiding Resident Magistrate, Maxine Ellis granted the internationally acclaimed deejay bereavement following the death of his mother, Ivy 'Miss Ivy' Williams late last month.

As a result, Bounty Killer's trial will now commence on June 6.
Ivy Williams passed away at the Medical Associates Hospital in St. Andrew on February 26 after losing her battle with cancer. A nine night was held in her honor last week Monday in Bounty Killer's home community of Seaview Gardens in Kingston where several industry peers attended and offered condolences to the 'War Lord.'
The funeral service for Miss Ivy will take place on Saturday at Swallowfield Baptist Church.


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March 13, 2012

Kerry-Ann 'ChineyK' Collins signs with major TV Production Company

Kerry_Ann_ChineyK_Collins.jpgPopular New Jersey media personality and director of the Kelia Love Charity Project Kerry-Ann "ChineyK" Collins has just inked a major TV network production deal with JoccoBean Entertainment. The production power house is responsible for some of the major reality shows and TV shows seen on major networks such as A&E, MTV, Fuse, Lifetime and more.

The deal was brokered by her manager Sean "Due" Lashley from Goodthyme Entertainment who has several ties to the music industry locally and internationally. Some of his music production includes the Weapon Riddim and the Due Riddim. He has produced several hits for Jay-Z, Beenie Man, Tifa, Vybz Kartel, E-40 and more. His latest riddim New World Anthem featuring Tony Matterhorn's 'We Came' has been getting rave reviews and play on New York's Power105fm DJ Norie's set.

Formally a radio host on Roadblock Radio in New Jersey, ChineyK is known for her tall stellar beauty and her fun exciting personality. She is most known for her charity efforts which every November in Jamaica she conducts her Kelia Love Charity Project. The project strives to empower children in communities through social and educational interaction; improve integration with communities and Corporate Jamaica as well as Agencies specific to the needs of the Inner-city by positively impacting the lives of youths. The charity project has been a huge success with beneficiaries from the Allman Town Community and the Bray Street,Bryden Street area.

Since signing the deal ChineyK has been very busy preparing for what lies ahead. Everyone can look out for ChineyK on a major TV network very soon.


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March 12, 2012

Vybz Kartel Says "they want me imprisoned long time"

By Marc Parc
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vybz_kartel_peom_prison_letter_carolyn_cooper.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel continues to find expressive ways of proclaiming his innocence as he languishes behind bars.

Last week, the Jamaica Gleaner published part one of Kartel's letter to University of the West Indies professor, Carolyn Cooper in which he detailed his thoughts and experiences since being taken into custody last September. In the letter, the Portmore Empire deejay, who faces murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges, accused law enforcement officials of perpetrating a demonizing image of him to the mainstream while conceding that he may never get a fair trial in his cases given that the public has already convicted him for his alleged actions.

Three days later, Kartel, through his publishers, issued three excerpts from his debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, furthering his claims of innocence while aiming to distinguish his controversial on stage persona from his off stage demeanor.

On Sunday, the Gleaner published part two of Kartel's letter as well as an attached poem relaying feelings on his current legal predicament. The conclusion of Kartel's letter followed a reply by Carolyn Cooper, who dispelled perceived notions of a friendship between herself and the self-professed 'Worl' Boss,' while expressing her belief that the artiste will receive a fair trial. She also stated that Kartel's lecture at UWI last March, entitled Pretty Like a Colouring Book: My Life and My Art has been published in the Jamaica Journal. Furthermore, Cooper talked of the prominent deejay's proposal to award the Adidja Palmer Prize to the top student in her Reggae Poetry course; a proposal that's since been shelved given the serious nature of Kartel's charges.

Kartel's conclusion stated in part, "In closing I would like to let the people know that I am an innocent man and I have faith in my lawyers and know that I will be acquitted."

Following his letter was the attached poem which read as follows:
The police have found me guilty and I haven't gone to trial yet,
But they spread propaganda on T.V. & internet
Dem a beat it in the people's mind that I'm guilty and deserve death,
But the public knows how the police operate, so mi nah fret.
So many people in court for allegedly taking 4, 5, 6 pickney life,
So how they don't discuss that on 'CVM at Sunrise'?
Allegations of extrajudicial killings by security forces have already been issue,
But I've never seen them on TV. so much, talking about that, did you?
Me never kill nobody yet but they say my music breeds crime,
That's why they're on my case they want me imprisoned long time.
I am an artiste so I know things will make the news,
But don't crusade this ungodly way to distort people's views.
Mi swear my innocence before all mankind and God,
Why would I risk going to jail, leaving behind 7 children, after mi nuh mad.
I am not the first man the romans soldiers have sacrificed,
Like me, that man was not guilty, That man was Jesus Christ.

Read the full editorial by Carolyn Cooper here: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120311/cleisure/cleisure3.html


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March 8, 2012

Bounty Killer issued March court date, plans funeral for ‘Miss Ivy’

Bounty_Killer_photo_outaroad_double.jpgProminent Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer faces an emotionally daunting next couple of weeks as he prepares for two major events in his life.
On Monday, the Alliance leader hosted a nine night in his home community of Seaview Gardens in Kingston to celebrate the life of his late mother, Ivy Williams aka Miss Ivy, who died late last month following an illness. The nine night was attended by several of Bounty Killer's peers, including Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Kiprich and, most notably his long-time rival, Beenie Man who all offered condolences and words of encouragement to the 'War Lord' during his time of mourning.

Now, media reports been confirmed that the funeral service for Miss Ivy will take place on Sunday March 18, though no venue and time has been offered as yet. On Wednesday, Bounty Killer again paid tribute to his late mother, acknowledging what would have been her 72nd birthday, via Twitter.

"Happy birthday to my beloved mama, Miss Ivy Williams, today is her 72nd birthday 7.3.40/26.2.12. U "ll all ways be here with us mama my hero and shero love u darling!!" he tweeted.

Two days following his mother's funeral, Bounty Killer will report to the Gun Court in Kingston where he’ll answer to charges illegal possession of firearm, assault at common-law and unlawful wounding in relation to a 2007 incident where it's alleged that the prominent deejay and a group of men assaulted an off-duty police officer in New Kingston. Amongst those allegations are that Bounty Killer supposedly pointed a gun at the officer.

The trial was postponed to March 20 after Bounty Killer appeared in court on Tuesday, only for the matter to be delayed once more.


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March 5, 2012

Vybz Kartel issues letter from behind bars

By Marc Parc
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vybz_kartel_letter_writing.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has publicly addressed his current legal battles for the first time since his arrest last September.

The prominent deejay, who faces murder, drug and obstruction of justice charges stemming from three separate cases, issued a letter from the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town, where he currently resides while awaiting trial. A part of his letter was published in Sunday's edition of the Jamaica Gleaner by University of the West Indies (UWI) literary and cultural professor, Carolyn Cooper who wrote an editorial piece on Kartel's current situation behind bars.

In the piece, Cooper speaks from a mother's point of view as she distinguishes the difference in personality between Vybz Kartel and Adidja Palmer, claiming that Palmer's a complete contrast of the controversial character that his stage persona presents. Additionally, she speaks of various dissections of Kartel's public perception worldwide and in the media.

In the letter, Kartel speaks to those points and then some; accusing law enforcement officials and the media of labeling him guilty before getting the chance to prove his innocence before the courts.

"As you know I am in jail on numerous charges and I'd like to tell you that I am an innocent man who needs your help because I'm being painted as this evil 'D.J. by day, don by night' murderer who is society's number one cause of crime and violence. The police is using the media to slaughter me and as such I don't think I will get a fair trial. They are using the media to form public opinion of me that is so contradictory to the person that I really am. They (police) have tried my case in the public & found me guilty," the letter reads.


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Michael Jackson Sony back catalog stolen by hackers

By Chenda Ngak

michael_jackson_sony_music_stolen.jpg(CBS News) Two men in the U.K. have allegedly been arrested for illegally downloading 50,000 tracks from Sony's collection of Michael Jackson's back catalog, the Sunday Times reported.

According to the BBC, 26-year-old James Marks and 25-year-old James McCormick are the alleged offenders and were arrested last May. The two have reportedly been released on bail, with a trial scheduled for Jan. 2013. There's no indication that the men are associated with the hacking group Anonymous or LulzSec.

Jackson's entire back catalog was compromised, the latest report says. Sony purchased the rights from the Jackson estate in 2010 for $200 million to complete 10 projects over seven years, Billboard reported. The deal included permission to distribute previously unreleased tracks from "Thriller," "Bad" and "Off the Wall."

While the suspects have been apprehended, the damage may have already been done. If the files reach cyberspace, it will likely cheat the Jackson estate from the opportunity to release the rare tracks on their own terms. There's no information on whether or not any other Sony artists' catalogs were compromised. If so, the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and the Foo Fighters may also be victims of the transgression.


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March 1, 2012

Bounty Killer, fellow artistes to pay tribute to "Miss Ivy"

By Marc Parc
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Internationally regarded Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer and his industry peers look to honor the life of the Alliance leader's late mother while continuing to mourn her sudden death.

Ivy Williams, more popularly known as Miss Ivy died at hospital on Sunday after suffering from an illness. Bounty Killer announced his mother's passing, via Twitter on Sunday morning and on Tuesday, spoke publicly about his handling of this tragedy since it first happened. Additionally, several industry compatriots, including long-time rival Beenie Man and Dancehall diva, Spice publicly reached out to the "War Lord" to publicly offer their condolences.

Now, Bounty Killer has re-released a song originally recorded in 2005 in honor of his mother entitled, Mama's Love. The Chiney K produced single was unveiled on Monday as a tribute to Miss Ivy and her profound effect on Bounty Killer, his family and friends, particularly through times of adversity.

Additionally, it's being reported that a Nine-Night will be held on Monday in Bounty Killer's home neighborhood, Seaview Gardens, where several artistes are expected to pay their respects to Miss Ivy. It's unknown at this time if any funeral arrangements are being made.
Miss Ivy was survived by her eight children, with Bounty Killer being the youngest. She also had several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


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February 26, 2012

Bounty Killer's Mother Passed Away Last Night - RIP

This message was broadcast by a bb user its not much but its touching:
Condolences to Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer and his family for the lost of one of Dancehall's beloved mothers. We all grew up hearing about Miss Ivy and even though I've never met her, it is almost as if I knew her personally. This is indeed a sad day in music...especially Dancehall. Let us all honour her memory.

Below is track by Bounty Killer expressing his love for his mother and Bounty Killer is indeed right there is no other love like Mama's love...Its the greatest.


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February 17, 2012

Popcaan Drops Shocking Vibes - Replaced With New Booking Agent

By M. Jodee
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Popcaan_only_man_she_want.jpgEmerging Dancehall superstar, Popcaan has switched booking agents just four months after enlisting the services of a prominent label to control his appointments.

The breakthrough Portmore Empire deejay initially joined forces with Patrick Roberts, owner of the Shocking Vibes record label last October; confirming that the prominent imprint was Popcaan's official booking agency. The arrangement took place after initial talks involving Popcaan and Roberts' son, Jamie Roberts, more popularly known as Young Vibez. There were even reports that Shocking Vibes were looking to manage Popcaan outright going forward

However, Popcaan now claims that a different entity will take bookings on his behalf going forward. In a radio interview on Wednesday night, the Ravin' singer intimated that internationally-acclaimed communications company, Creative Source Inc. will take full charge of his bookings.

"At the moment still, I got Creative Source responsible for the bookings. (I'm) well taken care of," Popcaan said before shouting out Creative Source TV producer, Carlene Samuels.


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February 16, 2012

Funeral for Whitney Houston to stream live

By Marc Parc
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Fans all over the world will have the chance to bid adieu late R&B icon, Whitney Houston as her upcoming funeral will be streamed live.

The Grammy-winning R&B singer, known for a slew of hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Heartbreak Hotel and I Will Always Love You was found dead in a bathtub inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. She was just 48 years old; leaving behind her only child, Bobbi Kristina Houston, 19 who was later treated at a California hospital following a panic attack after learning of the news.

Houston's funeral is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday in her birthplace of Newark, New Jersey at the New Hope Baptist Church, where the legendary artiste sang as a child. The funeral has been branded an invitation only event by the singer’s family; asking the media and public at large to let them grieve privately.

However, following initial negative reactions from her legions of fans across the world, Houston's funeral will be streamed live, via the Associated Press' official website, http://livestream.com/aplive while broadcasters will be allowed to show the funeral, via satellite.

Houston's mother and fellow singer, Cissy Houston, cousin and fellow R&B icon, Dionne Warwick as well as the 'Queen of Soul,' Aretha Franklin will form a special, all-star choir in honour of the late singer. Meanwhile, Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, who's also the father of Bobbi Kristina Houston reportedly was invited despite several media reports that there’s been a growing tension between Whitney Houston's family and the former New Edition singer.


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February 15, 2012

Dancehall Giants Bounty Killer and Elephant Man's vehicles now up for auction

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

Some very prized properties, formerly owned by two prominent Dancehall deejays now face the prospect of being auctioned off.

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Highly-valued automobiles, belonging to Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and long-time protégé, Elephant Man are on public auction by the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ). Bounty Killer's 1998 White Land Cruiser VX and his white 2006 Range Rover Sports HSE as well as Elephant Man's red 2002 Mercedes Benz are being advertised for the second time after previously being put up last March.

All three vehicles were seized by the Inland Revenue Department after both artistes reportedly owed millions in unpaid taxes. Elephant Man had his Kingston home raided last July when law enforcement officials seized his Mercedes Benz. Two months later, Bounty Killer's two luxury vehicles were captured by tax officials just month after his United States visa had been stripped from him. Law enforcement officials claimed he owed millions of dollars in unpaid taxes as well.

According to TAJ's Latoure Duhaney, both artistes must pay all taxes owed by this Friday should they wish to recover their assets. Else, the auction on their vehicles will commence.


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February 14, 2012

U.S. Government counters Buju appeal, seeks reinstatement of gun charge

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_appeal_drug_case.jpgThe United States government has issued its first public response to the recent appeal made on behalf of international Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton.

Buju Banton's legal team, led by Florida-based attorney, David Oscar Markus filed an appeal, via a Georgia appellate court this past December; hoping that law enforcement officials would overturn his 10 year sentence on federal drug charges. Buju's legal team cited the untrustworthy nature of renowned government informant, Alexander Johnson and a possible violation of the Speedy Trial Act, amongst other factors as grounds for the case’s dismissal.

Now, the U.S. government has retorted to those claims; intimating that they have ample evidence supporting their case that Buju Banton organized a drug trafficking operation in December 2009. Filing a response to the aforementioned appeal on Friday, federal prosecutors insist that the Reggae superstar recorded conversations with Johnson, as well as video tapes showing Banton tasting cocaine in a Sarasota, FL warehouse prove that Buju "eagerly brokered" a drug deal involving a friend and several undercover agents.


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February 9, 2012

Innocent: New details emerge in Buju case

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

"Buju Banton is innocent" - New details emerge regarding events leading to Reggae star's sentence

buju-banton-free-reggae-artistes.jpgMany Jamaicans steadfastly believe that currently incarcerated Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton was entrapped by the United States government; leading to his subsequent conviction on drug-related charges last year. However, one American journalist has gone full-length to try and attach merit the aforementioned sentiment.

Chris Sweeney, a writer for the Miami New Times unveiled an in-depth, six-page piece on Tuesday, documenting the various events preceding Buju Banton's arrest in December 2009 as well as his conviction last February on three drug charges. The piece speaks of how Buju met Alex Johnson, the lead informant in the Reggae superstar's case who later accepted a plea deal in the case to avoid a lengthy jail sentence.

In the piece titled, Buju Banton Is Innocent, Sweeney details a flight that the Untold Stories singer took on July 26, 2009 from Madrid, Spain to Miami, Florida. On that flight, Buju met Johnson, who introduced himself as "Junior," while claiming to know Lloyd Evans, a manager who'd long been an idol of the Reggae singjay. Buju, who was allegedly drunk at the time, was called over by Johnson prior to plane's landing in Miami, where he showed Banton money that he made from illegal ventures. Buju responded by supposedly bragging about a drug ring he was involved in that had roots in South America and Europe.


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February 6, 2012

Elephant Man calls rape allegation a lie, claims it won't hurt career

By Marc Parc
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elephant-man-benz.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Oneil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man continues to speak out against strong allegations that could harm his accomplished career.

On January 30, the prominent deejay was slapped with rape and sexual assault charges stemming from an alleged incident the week prior, involving a 38 year old woman at Elephant Man's St. Andrew home. Following two days of an international media blitz, the self-professed "Energy God" appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court this past Wednesday, where he received JA$400,000 bail and was issued a May 21 court date in the matter.
Following the hearing, Elephant Man spoke outside the court; insisting that he'd never do anything of such a nature to hurt his fans worldwide. Now, the veteran deejay has spoken out once again; appearing on Saturday's edition of CVMTV's OnStage to try and clear his name.

According to Elephant Man, the rape and sexual assault charges are fallacies he's sure the justice system will acquit him on.
"To how mi love da music hah, nobody at all nah go have it Elephant Man name wud eva get caught up in sommen wicked like dis, where somebody would get up and tell a lie pon me," he said.

"Mi c some wickedness people seh and try bring towards Elephant Man. No man, no woman can eva seh me, Elephant Man, have a woman problem."
According to the Pon Di River singer, he was amused when police initially took him in but believes that this is a test that God has put him in.
"Mi a laugh, a look pon di Bible. There's no way on Earth this could happen… Dis a one more test Fada God," he said.


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February 4, 2012

ER: Mavado Talks About Not Wanting To Be In Jamaica, - Popcaan Denies Threats


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February 2, 2012

Elephant Man strongly denies rape allegations

By Marc Parc
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Dancehall superstar, Oneil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man steadfastly denies allegations of rape and grievous sexual assault that were brought against him earlier this week.

elephant_man_law_suit_freed.jpgThe self-professed "Energy God" was slapped with said charges on Monday after a 31 year old woman filed a police report last week regarding an alleged assault at Elephant Man's Hillcrest Avenue home in Kingston. Detectives from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) took Elephant Man into custody and, following questioning, slapped the Pon Di River deejay with rape and assault charges.

Elephant Man was granted JA$400,000 bail when he appeared at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston and now faces a May 21 preliminary hearing where he'll answer the two charges. Following his court appearance, Elephant Man vehemently denied the allegations; insisting he'd never do anything to violate his fans' trust.

"Wi a mek the fans them know seh nothing like that and Elephant would never let down the fans them like that, you understand. Si wi out and wi just a seh give thanks and praise to the almighty god and wi a mek the fans them know seh Energy God nah let unnu down. Yuh mad man?" an apparently upbeat Elephant Man said in front of a press gathering outside the courthouse.


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February 1, 2012

Elephant Man posts bail, issued May court date

By Marc Parc
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elelphant-man-bail-dancehall.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Oneil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man has been granted bail after appearing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The popular deejay was issued bail in the sum of JA$400,000 during a court hearing this morning alongside his attorney, Linda Wright. Reportedly, the deejay was in a good mood despite his legal woes.

Elephant Man stands accused of rape and grievous sexual assault following an alleged incident that took place last week as the deejay's St. Andrew residence. The alleged victim, who is of Chinese descent, then filed a report to law enforcement officials. Detectives from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) took Elephant Man into custody on Monday and later issued the two charges against him, following an interrogation.

Elephant Man's next scheduled court date has been set for May 21, where he will appear at a preliminary hearing. Additionally, he self-professed "Energy God" has a court date scheduled for February 7, where his trial regarding a charge of abstracting electricity will commence.


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January 31, 2012

Dancehall Artiste Elephant Man slapped with rape, sexual assault charges

By Marc Parc
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Elephant-man-dancehall-artiste-lock-up.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Oneil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man has been charged with rape and grievous sexual assault.

According to CVMTV, the prominent deejay was slapped with the charges after several reports were filed against him last week. As a result, detectives from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) took Elephant Man into custody in Sunday; questioning regarding several sex-based allegations.
Law enforcement officials claim that they cannot provide further details about the matter at this time, given that the investigations are ongoing.

This is the latest in a slew of negative news for the self-proclaimed, Energy God. Last June, the prominent entertainer was arrested at his Hillcrest Avenue residence in St. Andrew after law enforcement officials caught the deejay allegedly using illegal wiring in attempt to steal electricity from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS). He has since been charged with abstracting electricity and faces a February 7 court date in that matter.
Additionally, the deejay avoided a lawsuit involving designer who threatened to sue him for not paying off JA$1 million of accumulated debt regarding designer clothing. Immediately after that, he managed to pay half of the money owed.


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January 28, 2012

It's official: Mavado marries longtime girlfriend in U.S.

By Marc Parc
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Queue the wedding bells. Dancehall superstar, Mavado has officially tied the knot.

After a few days of rife speculation, it was confirmed on Friday that the Alliance-affiliated singjay consummated his marriage to long-time girlfriend and the mother of his child, Monique McKenzie in Florida earlier this month.

According to media reports, a Clerk of Courts representative from the Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida confirmed that the official marriage certificate will be mailed to the newlywed couple next month. Additionally, the representative intimated that Mavado and his wife entered their offices to sort out details of their license.
Mavado, whose real name is David Constantine Brooks has a son with McKenzie, David Vitton Brooks. Reportedly, the internationally-acclaimed singjay intended to marry McKenzie since last year.

Earlier this week, a copy of the couple's marriage license application emerged on jamaicangroupiemet.com with their names and birthdates clearly outlined. Additionally, a picture of the couple was produced for the public to see.
Mavado's marriage bares similarities to that of fellow Alliance singjay, Wayne Marshall, who married longtime girlfriend and fellow singjay, Tami Chynn in a private ceremony three years ago. Details of their marriage emerged shortly after the ceremony took place in September 2009.


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The Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors Competition 2012

chino-charity.jpgDancehall superstar and son of Jamaican reggae icon Freddie McGregor: Chino is casting his superstar value behind the cause of raising awareness about Autism in Jamaica, as he will be the star and among the guests of honor at the first ever Autism and Disabilities Luncheon Awards Banquet at the Wyndham Kingston Jamaica.

The young dancehall heavy weight and burgeoning superstar and his reps., have confirmed that he will perform for the 35 exclusive invitees to the first ever Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors Awards Banquet at the Wyndham Kingston - which is a part of the prize for the Autism and Disabilities Ambassadors competition 2012, officially launched on Tuesday January 31-2012.

Chino will not only perform; but interact with the invitees, who will comprise high school students to which the competition is aimed at and several Autistic children.

Chino says, "I am very interested and willing to help this cause".

Representative of the Foundation confirmed they wanted a young male star that represented the positivity it endorses, and cites Chino as one of the rare examples of a young Jamaican male star who portrays integrity and decency while still being cool.

Open to any high school student between 12 and 18, the competition runs for 3 months as of its start.

Competitors will have approximately three months to volunteer with the disabled, not necessarily Autistically affected, set up a display at their community library, church, school to promote disabilities tolerance, aim at getting letters to the editor in the local newspapers to promote disabilities kindnesses and pen an essay due March 31-2012 about a disability of their choice. The activities have to be overseen by a teacher, pastor, or guidance counselor to ensure that he work is done.


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January 25, 2012

Mavado Speaks About the Death of His Friend at the Quad Nightclub

Mansion Records CEO Mavado Hopes That Justice Will Be Done

I David Brooks wish to make the following statement:

mavado-hope-%26-pray.jpgOn the 13th June 2011, arising out of an incident which took place at the Quad Nightclub in New Kingston where Conroy Edwards aka "Connie" was fatally shot whilst being unarmed.

To date, this matter continues to be the subject of investigations with the lapse of seven (7) months.

The matter became one of public interest to the extent that one of the major news stations, TVJ, has featured video clips of the part of the incident leading up to the shooting of Conroy. This feature formed part of its 2011 Year in Review Highlights.

As a witness to the incident and a Jamaican citizen who is committed to the rule of law, it has caused me great concern that, what I, in my humble view, see as a clear case of homicide, has failed to result in an arrest thus far. Myself, along with five (5) other persons who were eyewitnesses to the incident, have carried out our civic duties by giving statements to the police. I attended the Constant Spring Police Station immediately after the incident where I gave my eyewitness statement to the police about the shooting I witnessed and about the assault on me.

A determination of this matter, which we understand was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a ruling, is anxiously being awaited.

It is no secret that allegations made against me led to my arrest within hours after the said June 13, 2011 incident and subsequently to me being charged for assault. However, contrastingly, the person against whom statements were given, a serving member of the JCF, has yet to be arrested. How could this happen? I was assaulted first by the police officer, I reported the incident first and subsequently was arrested first. Connie was killed while being unarmed. I have deliberately kept my silence for the last seven (7) months, but the time has come for me to go public with the hope that justice will be done.

-David Brooks (Mavado)


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January 19, 2012

A Historic Moment: Gyptian Meets Legend of Nigeria - Femi Kuti!!!

gyptian-africa-nigeria.jpgState of Emergency was in full effect in Nigeria . Just a few days ago while Gyptian was on tour in Lagos, Nigeria, roads were blocked off and Police were out in full effect, with AK 47's painted in Red, Green an Gold at every intersection.

Although there was a State Of Emergency, it did not dampen the spirits of the artiste, as The Nah Let Go hitmaker, had an opportunity to meet one of Africa's legend: Femi Kuti at The Shrine. Femi Kuti’ is a famous African Pop Artiste, who was awarded by a record deal with MCA for his excellent 1999 release, Shoki Shoki.

The Shrine is a Night Club in Lagos, Nigeria, which is a historic venue that was built for the People of lower class with Live music. It was there that Gyptian alongside other notable artistes, performed.

Gyptian bounced up on stage setting the crowd in the historic Nigerian Night Club into a frenzy. The fans chanted the artiste’s name, while they sang every song word for word.


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January 18, 2012

Bruno Mars clear of Vegas cocaine possession case

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

bruno-mars-cocaine-charge-free-court.jpgLAS VEGAS (AP) - Pop star Bruno Mars was cleared of a felony cocaine possession case in Las Vegas on Wednesday, after his attorneys told a state court judge the Grammy-winning pop star stayed out of trouble, performed community service and met other conditions of a plea deal reached almost a year ago.

Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, didn't appear in person for the brief hearing at which Clark County District Court Judge Jessie Walsh dismissed the case.
The 26-year-old singer-songwriter of hits including "Just The Way You Are," ''It Will Rain" and "Grenade" pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to cocaine possession, but the judge postponed accepting the plea.

Mars didn't get formal probation, but the judge fined him $2,000 and ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service and eight hours of drug counseling.
Mars acknowledged having 2.6 grams of cocaine when he was arrested in a bathroom in September 2010 after a nightclub performance at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.


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January 17, 2012

Worl Boss assets seized by police

By Marc Parc
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vybz_kartel_head_shot_photo.jpgThe news gets from bad to worse for embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer,who must now contemplate the loss of several highly-prized valuables as he remains incarcerated on murder charges.

According to media reports, law enforcement officials seized many of Kartel’s assets in light of his September 2011 arrest and subsequent murder charges in October. The seizures took place shortly after the arrest and following the approval of the newly passed Proceeds of Crime Act which allows police and other law enforcement personnel to confiscate someone's property if there are discrepancies in the acquisition of said property by citizens. Once that transpires, the person whose assets are seized will have to show evidence that they acquired those valuables legally.

Among the items taken during the recent seizure include his highly-touted 2010 Mercedes Benz S-Class which is worth over JA$20 million, a laptop containing music-related projects and documentation regarding properties that he owns. Each of these valuables are now stored at the Police Commissioner’s Office in St. Andrew.

Law enforcement officials claim that this operation is part of a wider investigation against Vybz Kartel, who already faces two murder charges and two obstruction of justice related charges stemming from a pair of incidents which took place last summer.

This past month, a judge ordered Kartel to pay JA$15 million to a promoter in the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos after the Portmore Empire leader missed his scheduled performance at a 2009 event there and did not respond appropriately to a lawsuit filed against him regarding show proceeds.


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Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel call out Jamaican government on buggery law

By Marc Parc
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Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebel are letting their feelings known regarding the recent announcement by Jamaican Prime Minister, The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller to repeal their buggery law.

Both artistes were headliners on the 19th staging of Rebel Salute at the Kaiser Sports Club in St. Elizabeth this past weekend. The annual concert, hosted by Tony Rebel, took place on the Reggae artiste's 50th birthday; producing a strong lineup card that included Romain Virgo, Capleton and several others.

Queen Ifrica, who recently revealed that she's pregnant with her third child, gained strong favour with patrons by performing several of her hit singles, including Below The Waist where she pointed to her growing belly in glee.
However, she got the loudest applause from fans when she called out Jamaica's Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller regarding her announcement that she'd look into tweaking the buggery law that's been in place for several years. The law, which refers to the dispelling of particular sexual acts amongst heterosexuals and homosexuals, has been a strong topic of contention for several months.

During Ifrica's performance, she warned that, "I would like to send a message to those who want to change the laws of nature. No buggery law nah repeal a Jamaica." She then performed the thought-provoking song, Keep It Yourself as a means to re-emphasize her stance.


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January 16, 2012

Nine Cops Might Lose Their Jobs for doing favors for Vybz Kartel

By J-Tymz
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_bail_cops_case_court.jpgDancehall giant Vybz Kartel who has been behind bars since October 1, 20011 is said to have been receiving special treatment which includes visits in restricted area of the Gun Court Remand Centre and the usage of a cellular phone. However, word in the street is that the Worl Boss also got a special favor from a female who visited Vybz Kartel at the Remand Centre.
Nine officers have been held responsible for granting these favors.

OutAroad.com gets to understand that the nine officers act against the prison regulations and might possible be without a job if found guilty of accepting money from an inmate.

Anti-Corruption Branch is still probing the matter and will take the necessary disciplinary action against the nine officers.


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January 14, 2012

Popcaan's "Nuh Box Pon Jaw" banned from local airwaves

By M. Jodee
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popcaan_ravin_outaroad_chart_dancehall.jpgA recent single from emerging Dancehall superstar, Popcaan has drawn the eyre of Jamaica's Broadcasting Commission; resulting in its removal from local airwaves.

Nuh Box Pon Jaw, a song recorded last October on the UIM Records produced Nymphomaniac Riddim will no longer play on Jamaican radio and television following the Commission's decision that the track's content promoted violence. The Broadcasting Commission advised Popcaan regarding his violation; announcing on Friday their reasoning for the ban.

In a press release, the Commission explained that, "The Commission, in November 2011, determined that the song was transmitted in breach of the Children's Code for Programming as the song in totality endorses violence as a means of resolving conflict and under the Code attracts a V4 (D) rating. Material attracting a V4 (D) rating should not be transmitted on broadcast radio or television at any time."


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January 10, 2012

Gaza Slim Out - Vybz Kartel remanded

By Marc Parc
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gaza-slim-vybz-kartel-vanessa-bling-court.jpgA turn of the calendar hasn't changed the fortunes of embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, aka Vybz Kartel as he will remain behind bars for the foreseeable future.

On Monday, the prominent deejay was remanded into custody until February 1 regarding charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice while attending a hearing at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston. Kartel, along with his Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa Saddler aka Gaza Slim were slapped with both charges last month.

Meanwhile, Gaza Slim walked away a temporarily free woman as she posted bail in the Home Circuit Court with the condition that she must return to court alongside Kartel on February 1.


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January 9, 2012

Macka Diamond accuses Jamaican music industry of unfair treatment

By M. Jodee
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Veteran Dancehall superstar, Macka Diamond bemoans what she calls undeserved criticism from fellow, local music industry players.
macka-diamond-photo-shoot-artiste-jamaican-girls.jpgThe prominent deejay made this claim following her recent nomination by the Jamaica STAR for the Worst Dressed Female category at this year's Star People's Choice Awards. Macka Diamond faces competition from fellow, highly-acclaimed acts such as Danielle aka D.I., Alliance Next Generation first lady, Bridgez and Reggae superstar, Etana.

With that marking her only nomination for the award show, Macka Diamond gave a recent interview blasting the Jamaican music industry for demeaning her various achievements in 2011, including the International Reggae and World Music (IRAWMA) award for International Female Rapper/DJ of the Year.

"This demonstrates the disregard persons have for individual achievement in this industry. If they don't like you, no matter how well you do, your work is not contemplated; and that is one of the self-inflicted wounds this industry suffers and will continue to suffer if nothing is done to curb the actions of those who fail to put professionalism before personal vindictiveness," she said.

The artiste, whose real name is Charmaine Munroe intimated that she could care less about the People's Choice Award nomination; refusing to apologize for her creativity while citing that fans overseas show more appreciation regarding her style.
"In my opinion I believe women in Dancehall should be creative and represent Dancehall so my dressing is by choice and I make no apology for being creative, an important ingredient that is lacking locally," Macka Diamond said.


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Vybz Kartel & Gaza Slim For Court Today

gaza-slim-vanessa-bling-vybz-kartel-court-case.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel along with one of his protégés Vanessa "Gaza Slim" Saddler will appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court today where they will answer to charges of conspiracy to pervert the court of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case.

Kartel and Gaza Slim were slapped with said charges after law enforcement officials claimed that they possessed a cellular phone containing a text message what the self-proclaimed "Worl' Boss" ordered Slim to concoct a robbery story involving Williams. On October 29, Gaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station; claiming she was robbed and gun-butted by Williams during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. This took place five days after Kartel was charged with murder in the Williams case.


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January 6, 2012

Tifa and Timberlee falling out? Deejays involved in alleged altercation

By Marc Parc
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It seems as if tension continues to exist between prominent Dancehall divas, Tifa and Timberlee, especially following an alleged incident that took place during New Year's weekend.

This news comes a month after comments that mutual friend and fellow deejay, Natalie Storm made during an interview on the LaurenOLauren (LOL) show on Flow TV. When asked by show host, Lauren Dunn about relations within the TNT (Tifa, Natalie Storm, Timberlee) camp, the Hotta deejay hinted that tension existed between Tifa and Timberlee.

"It's the two musketeers now…I try to keep out of it because I still talk to both girls…there’s no more TNT...we're all off doing our own individual things."


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January 5, 2012

Mavado and Bounty Killer settle their issues

By M. Jodee
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bounty_killer_mavado_feud_gully_alliance.jpgAlliance leader, Bounty Killer and long-time protégé/Gully Squad leader, Mavado seem to have resolved their issues after months of tension within the popular Dancehall group.

The Dancehall stalwarts have encountered months of turbulence within the Gulliance camp ever since a shooting incident that took place outside Bounty Killer's birthday party at the QUAD nightclub in New Kingston last July. Following the party, Gully Squad member, Chase Cross released a diss song aimed at Bounty Killer after alleging that the "War Lord" disrespected his friend who died during aforementioned incident. Several diss songs between the Gully Squad and Alliance Next Generation have been exchanged since the release of Chase Cross' song, Mash Up Everything in late July.

However, Mavado and Bounty Killer are back on the same page once again following a meeting at the Uptown Mondays party on January 2. Reportedly, the duo posed for several photo-ops while later embracing each other inside the party.


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January 4, 2012

Promoter seeks damages from I-Octane following botched show

By M. Jodee
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i-octane_burn_dem_bridge_photo.jpgThe wallet of internationally-acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae singjay, I-Octane could soon be lighter after a promoter claims he wrecked an event he performed at during the holiday season.

I-Octane performed at the Western Kite Festival at the Mannings School in Westmoreland on New Year's Day (Sunday). The event also featured Reggae singer, Romain Virgo and Dancehall star, Popcaan.

In a radio interview on Tuesday, the festival's lead promoter, Tia Reinford intimated that patrons began littering the stage with bottles after I-Octane abruptly ended his set. Reportedly, I-Octane asked event organizers to dim the lights during his performance but couldn't meet his demand. At that point, I-Octane walked off stage in disgust; prompting the bottle throwing incident.


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January 2, 2012

Khago receives death threat, claims music industry is corrupt

By Marc Parc
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khago-death-threat-jamaica-dancehall-reggae-artiste.jpgEmerging Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Ricardo Gayle aka Khago remains defiant despite receiving an unwelcome message to start the New Year.

On Sunday morning, the internationally acclaimed artiste received a chilling death threat, via phone, from an unknown caller. Khago's management team intimated that they're taking said threat very seriously; contacting law enforcement officials to investigate the matter.

Though startled by the threat, the Nah Sell Out singer insists that this incident won't deter him from continuing his mission to showcase positive songs within what he calls a corrupt music industry.
"Mi get the phone call at about 9 a.m. and the caller say 'p****hole yuh a go dead later' and then hang up the phone," Khago explained via press release.
He continued, "But dem caan intimidate me, mi ah go continue to do good work and sing songs for the people, too much corruption inna the music business but mi naa back down."

Though conscious of the fact persons have developed envious attitudes towards him, the young
singjay warned his enemies that shouldn't underestimate his resolve.
"Dem need fi know say mi no frighten fi dem threat even though there is no coming back after death because mi know all of my enemy dem and my friend know all ah my enemy dem so dem fi know wah dem a do."


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January 1, 2012

Will Gaza Slim Walk Free on January 9th?

gaza-slim-court-jail-vybz-kartel.jpgIt has been more than a month since Vybz Kartel's Protégé Gaza Slim been arrested and charged along with him for perverting the course of justice.

Kartel and Gaza Slim were slapped with said charges after law enforcement officials claimed that they possessed a cellular phone containing a text message what the self-proclaimed "Worl' Boss" ordered Slim to concoct a robbery story involving Williams. On October 29, Gaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station; claiming she was robbed and gun-butted by Williams during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. This took place five days after Kartel was charged with murder in the Williams case.

Both artistes are scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s on January 9th.


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December 31, 2011

MCTV Starts January 1, 2012 With Maia Chung

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Come today Sunday January 1, 2012 Maia Chung Television (MCTV) will officially launch as a media content provider for national, regional and global partners that are broadcast houses. Or simply put; entities that show programmes made in Jamaica, about Jamaica and our issues, for audiences which demand those kinds of programmes.

Maia Chung, the power behind the effort says "we will be disseminating content via national, regional and international outlets, as well as the through the web, therefore people will have MCTV content through free to air, cable access and web access. We will be partnering with all entities that want what we produce or that independents provide which falls under our umbrella".

MCTV will take content from Jamaicans around the world for its brand.

Additionally, "not only have we set up for island wide and Caribbean wide impact, but we hope to get to the Diaspora extensively...to give them more varied and better views of who Jamaicans are and can be, than what pertains now".


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December 23, 2011

Autism Foundation & Music Legend set to do big things for the disabilities community for 2012

maia-chung-don-yute-Autism-jamaica.jpgThe Maia Chung Autism and Disabilities Foundation is for 2012 seizing on the avenue provided by entertainment; to aid the cause of raising awareness of Autism needs in Jamaica in a major way.

According to statement from the Foundation with less resources available through the global recession plaguing all countries; innovative ways have to be found to meet the needs of the marginalized Autistic Jamaican community.

In this fashion the Foundation created Autism Splash a two day event held last month, November 2011 - was headlined by dancehall legend Don Yute, who donated his star power and status to the event which was a groundbreaking health event, set to screen people for Autism which is on the rise in Jamaica.
Once diagnosed, someone with Autism is able to get more health assistance which will enhance the correct handling of the disorder.

The Splash combining music and medical treatment - was funded by the Canadian Investment Development Agency (CIDA) to the tune of 1 point 2 million dollars and was held in Kingston Jamaica at the Emancipation Park.
Chung and Don Yute whose given name is Jason Williams; late this year formed a partnership to advance the cause of the Jamaican disabilities community through music and entertainment.


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December 22, 2011

Buju Banton's lawyer says he might wait a year before Appeal decision

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Embattled Reggae Superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, may have to wait several months before knowing whether or not he will be a free man.

Last Friday, Buju Banton's legal team filed an appeal in a Georgia-based appeals court; attempting to overturn the Grammy-winning singer's 10 year prison sentence on drug-related charges. In said appeal, Buju's lawyers cited a possible violation by U.S. government officials of the Speedy Trial Act; a Sixth Amendment right afforded to defendants so that they avoid being subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial. Additionally, Buju's legal team detailed reasoning as to why their client was an unwilling part of the drug conspiracy he was later convicted of.

However, fans of the internationally-acclaimed entertainer may have to wait up to a year after Buju Banton's lead attorney, David Oscar Markus intimated that the appeal process could take anywhere between 6-9 months, or longer before a verdict is handed down. An oral argument will take place sometime in the summer on 2012, meaning Buju could spend at least the whole of next year behind bars.

Buju Banton was convicted this past February of three drug-related charges for a December 2009 incident where he allegedly conspired to organize a drug deal within a police-controlled warehouse.


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Capleton Ready for the Road Again despite health-scare

capleton-reggae-artiste-jamaica.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Reggae superstar, Clifton Bailey, more popularly known as Capleton, has declared himself in great shape despite a recent scare on his way to an event.

On Tuesday, the self-professed "Fireman" was en route to the St. Mary Infirmary, where he was set to appear in order to hand over JA$100,000 in proceeds from his annual stage show, St. Mary Mi Come From, which occurred in August. Said proceeds will fund a new, solar-powered energy system for the infirmary.

Each year, Capleton dedicates money from his event to various St. Mary based charities in an effort to aid those in need within his home parish.
While travelling to the infirmary, Capleton suddenly developed abdominal pains, thus prompting a visit to a private doctor to examine his health. Upon his visit, doctors discovered no signs of any perforations or obstructions of the abdomen; telling Capleton that there was no immediate concern but they would continue to monitor his condition.


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December 21, 2011

Could Reggae Artiste Buju Banton walk free? U.S. Gov. error may trigger dismissal of case

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_support_group_release_prison_10_year.jpgEmbattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton may have a lifeline after all following the revelation on Tuesday that a United States government mishap could trigger the dismissal of his case.

According to media reports, Buju Banton could walk free from his conviction and subsequent ten year sentence on drug-related charges after the discovery that the U.S. government may have violated the Speedy Trial Act. The act states that any defendant involved within a case must be brought to trial by the government within a 70 day window; a right guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment in the American constitution. Additionally, said right is generally afforded to defendants so that they not subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial.

Buju Banton's first trial took place in September 2010, nine months after his initial arrest by law enforcement officials in Florida and four months after Judge James Moody pushed back Buju's initial court date without giving any specifics regarding why the case was postponed. His second trial, where he was later convicted, took place in February of this year, four months after he was granted bail in the case.


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December 20, 2011

Vybz Kartel denied bail again, will miss STING 2011

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz-kartel-vanessa-bling-cartoon.jpgInternationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will certainly miss the upcoming STING 2011 stage show after the deejay was denied bail in one of his murder cases.

Kartel, along with Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa "Gaza Slim" Saddler were remanded into police custody until January 9, 2011 during a hearing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Monday. Both artistes are jointly charged with conspiracy to pervert the court of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case.

This means that Kartel will miss the 28th edition of STING 2011, scheduled to take place on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine. Both artistes will remain behind bars during the holidays up until two days after Kartel's 36th birthday (January 7).

Kartel and Gaza Slim were slapped with said charges after law enforcement officials claimed that they possessed a cellular phone containing a text message what the self-proclaimed "Worl' Boss" ordered Slim to concoct a robbery story involving Williams. On October 29, Gaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station; claiming she was robbed and gun-butted by Williams during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. This took place five days after Kartel was charged with murder in the Williams case.


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No More Intense With Pepita - Due To An Altercation At TVJ

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

papetia-intense.jpgWell-renowned Jamaican television personality, Pepita Little aka Chica Pepita has been relieved of her duties as host of the popular Television Jamaica (TVJ) program, Intense.

The curvaceous personality, who's hosted the TVJ entertainment show over the last three years, was axed from Intense on Monday following an altercation with a fellow co-worker last week; leading to her departure. Pepita made the surprising announcement in a press release issued via her official Facebook page on Monday night.

"Last week at TVJ, I made an unfortunate decision and allowed my emotions to overpower my better judgement and reacted to a situation and got into an altercation with a fellow co-worker instead of walking away. It was an unfortunate choice that has caused me to lose a job that meant so much to me, but I have to take responsibility and learn from this and move forward," Pepita explained.

With a noticeably sad tone, Pepita thanked her legions of fans who made her a household name on Intense and gave her the confidence to perform her obligations on the TVJ program; obligations she insisted that she enjoyed doing.


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December 17, 2011

Kartel ordered to pay 15 million in damages regarding missed concert

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz-kartel-benz-law-suit-15-million.jpgAs if things couldn't get any worse for embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, the deejay now faces more legal woes after the Supreme Court ruled that he must pay JA15 million in damages following a breach of contract.

The breach of contract is in relation to a failed obligation for a 2009 show in Turks and Caicos where Kartel was scheduled to perform. After Kartel was a no-show for the event, Jamaican promoter, Alton Salmon, filed a lawsuit in August of 2009, accusing Kartel of breach of contract. Kartel was later served with documents pertaining to the suit two days before Christmas of that year (December 23).

On Friday, Supreme Court Judge Martin Gayle issued an order against Kartel after hearing evident in the matter; demanding that the self-proclaimed "Dancehall Hero" pay JA$15 million in damages as a result of the breach of contract. The decision was made given that Kartel gave neither acknowledgement of receiving the documentation nor any attempt to defend himself against the lawsuit.

Kartel already faces two charges of murder as well as a conspiracy to murder charge, illegal possession of a firearm, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice regarding two murder case he's currently engaged in. Additionally, Kartel faces a ganja possession charged that he received following his initial arrest on the night of September 29.


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December 16, 2011

Cops on the hunt for another Empire member in Kartel case

By M. Jodee
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Law enforcement officials are looking for yet another member of Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire as they continue to investigate a murder case against the group's leader.
Already, Empire protégés, Vanessa "Gaza Slim" Saddler, Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm and Andre Mad Suss St. John are facing charges in both of Vybz Kartel's murder cases. Mad Suss was recently charged jointly with Kartel and two other men in relation to the murder of Barrington "Bossie" Burton this past July. Meanwhile, Shawn Storm and Gaza Slim face charges regarding the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case involving the self-proclaiming "Worl’ Boss".

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell intimated on Thursday that the police are seeking an Empire member by the name of Pim-Pin. Law enforcement officials believe that the young deejay had some involvement in a conspiracy allegedly organized by Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim to falsify a robbery story to aid Kartel's legal defense. Pim-Pin has yet to surrender to police.


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MDTV on Flow 393 NOW Online!!!!

mdtv-logo-reggae-dancehall.jpgMDTV Cable station on Flow 393 now streams online at mdtvmedia.com . MDTV is known for its local and international feel and caters to viewers of all ages. MDTV has a wide viewership and has been expanding greatly.

Programming:

Platinum
This programme is a party programme that covers the hottest and most exclusive events in Jamaica. MDTV places a certain class to all events edited to fulfill any viewers’ likings. MDTV is all about having great content in their party programmes which includes patrons, promoters, Disc Jockeys and artiste interviews all within the party.

Artiste of the Week
This programme outlines artiste both local and international that are doing extremely well in the industry. The programme acts as a lime between the artiste and his/her viewers.

Fashion Hut
This programme covers all aspects of fashion in the past, at present and what is to come. Fashion Hut covers the hottest stores, designers and schools as well as all MAJOR fashion shows.

Da Scoop
This programme hosted by Tinkerbell has all the entertainment news you will need just with a little twist and a lot of opinions; proved to be very comical and informative at the same time.

Out and About
This programme covers all outdoor fun activities that’s on air, land and sea. MDTV is a very adventurous station and finds danger exciting covering skydiving, bike shows and many more.


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December 15, 2011

Vybz Kartel slapped with two new charges in murder case

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz-kartel-gaza-slim-vanessa-bling-court-case.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, now faces two additional charges in one of his murder cases.
On Wednesday morning, the prominent entertainer was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice regarding the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case. Kartel's Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa Saddler, otherwise known as Gaza Slim, also stands charged with the same offences.

Law enforcement officials insist that they possess a cellular phone containing a text message in which Vybz Kartel allegedly ordered Gaza Slim to concoct a robbery story in an attempt to aid his legal defense. On October 29, Gaza Slim issued a police report at the Constant Spring Police station; claiming that Williams, the man Kartel's accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. The police report was filed five days after police charged Kartel in Williams’ murder.

Gaza Slim was formally charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice on Friday and will remain in custody until at least December 19, her next scheduled court appearance. Additionally, Kartel's expected to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on that date as well.


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December 14, 2011

January Date Shaggy and Friends concert due to upcoming general elections

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

shaggy_friends_concert_reggae_dancehall_show.jpgShaggy and Friends, the annual charity concert held by Grammy-winning Dancehall/Reggae artiste, Shaggy, will now take place in January as a result of the upcoming general elections in Jamaica.

On December 4, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that general elections will commence on December 29, the day before Shaggy and Friends was originally scheduled (December 30). As a result, promoters of Shaggy and Friends moved the show's date to January 7 on the lawns of Jamaica House in Kingston.

The change of date drastically affects the lineup card as internationally-renowned R&B singer, Ne-Yo leads the list of casualties who won't be able to perform at the event. Grammy-winning Reggae artiste, Stephen Marley, veteran songstress, Deniece Williams as well as prominent soca couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons also won't make the concert given the change of date.


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December 13, 2011

Kartel to face new charges in murder case this week, police say

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_jamaican_dancehall_star_artiste.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, otherwise known as Vybz Kartel, will likely face new charges this week regarding one of his murder cases.

Kartel already faces a drug-related charge stemming from his initial arrest in September as well as charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the July killing of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington "Bossie" Burton. Additionally, the self-professed, "Worl' Boss" stands accused of killing Clive "Lizard" Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St Catherine, this past August.

Now, the head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell intimates that Kartel will face additional charges with regards to the Williams murder case. According to ACP Powell, charges of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice will be issued against the internationally acclaimed deejay later this week.


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December 9, 2011

Portmore Empire Artiste Gaza Slim charged in Kartel murder case

vybz_kartel_gaza_slim_vanessa_bling.jpgPortmore Empire singjay, Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim, has become the third member of the "Gaza" group to face a charge in relation to a case involving the group's leader, Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Slim, otherwise known as Vanessa Bling, was formally charged on Friday morning with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the Clive "Lizard" Williams murder investigation. This took place four days after the Empire singjay turned herself in to the Constant Spring Police after she was named a person of interest in the Kartel matter.

Gaza Slim' predicament resulted from an alleged false police report that she filed on October 29; claiming that Williams, who Kartel and others stand accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her in Havendale, St. Andrew. However, law enforcement officials recently insisted that they have a cellular phone containing a text message where Kartel ordered Gaza Slim to concoct the robbery story in an attempt to aid his defence. As a result, Gaza Slim will at least spend this weekend in jail.

Gaza Slim joins fellow Empire singjay, Shawn Storm and Kartel's road manager, Calvin "Moonie" Haye and Cayro Jones as associates of "Di Teacha" who are jointly charged in Williams's murder. Kartel faces a December 19 hearing when a bail application in the matter will likely be made.


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December 7, 2011

STING still on despite elections, Shaggy & Friends in jeopardy?

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

The recently announced General Elections in Jamaica could cause a flux within the entertainment industry given that it's scheduled for the final week of 2011

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Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness announced during a rally in Mandeville on Sunday night that the 16th General Elections will take place on December 29; smacked in the middle of Christmas and New Year's celebrations. The upcoming elections will occur during the period regarded by many as the busiest event period of any calendar year.

STING 2011, one of the annual events somewhat affected by this major political event, has been scheduled to take place on its usual date of December 26. Despite concerns over safety at the prominent Dancehall stage show given the high tensions that typically accompany elections, STING's main promoter, Isaiah Laing stated in a radio interview on Tuesday that the show will go on as planned. Additionally, Laing claimed that the elections might enhance STING's popularity and atmosphere this time round.

Meanwhile, Shaggy's popular, perennial charity event, Shaggy and Friends could be in jeopardy as a result of the impending elections. The all-star stage show, dedicated to raising money for the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, is scheduled to take place on December 30, a day after the elections. Promoters of the Shaggy and Friends concert, Solid Agency have yet to publicly comment regarding the show's status.


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December 4, 2011

Xterminator producer, Philip 'Fattis' Burrell, has died

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Philip ‘Fattis' Burrell, CEO of Xterminator Records, has died.

Philip_Fattis_Burrel_CEO_Xterminator_Records_died_reggae.jpgFattis, as he was called by most persons in the music business, made his transition on Saturday evening, December 3, after slipping into a coma early that morning.
The legendary producer and artiste manager had been a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Mona, where he had been admitted two weeks ago after suffering a mild stroke.

Mr. Burrell took a turn for the worse last Tuesday when doctors discovered a blood clot near to his lungs.
The family of Philip ‘Fattis’ Burrell wishes to thank friends, well-wishers and the staff at the UHWI for their care and support and ask for your prayers at this time.

At the time of his death, Fattis was the manager for reggae artiste, Sizzla. He has played a major role in establishing the careers of Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Pinchers, Thriller U and Sanchez on an international level.

Fattis has also worked with several of reggae’s greatest artistes including Beres Hammond, Frankie Paul, Gregory Isaacs, Charlie Chaplin, Capelton, Cocoa Tea, Gentleman and Ini Kamoze.

Details of the funeral will be communicated early this week.


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December 3, 2011

Gaza Slim to face charges in Kartel case?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Gaza_slim_singer_jamaica_female_artiste.jpgThe Portmore Empire's legal woes could mount once again as one of the group's singjays, Gaza Slim, could stand accused of lying to police in one of Vybz Kartel's murder cases.

Gaza Slim, whose real name is Vanessa Saddler, was named a person of interest by law enforcement officials on Thursday. She was asked to report to the Constant Spring Police by midday Friday for questioning following weeks on unsuccessful attempts to contact the singjay.

Reportedly, Gaza Slim issued a report to police this past October, claiming that she was robbed and gun-butted by Clive "Lizard" Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. Williams, a former dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine is one of the men Vybz Kartel stands accused of killing. The report was filed on October 29, five days after Kartel was charged for murder in the case.

On Friday, several reports emerged that police possess phone records indicating that Kartel and Gaza Slim tried to stage a false robbery in an attempt to aid the defense case for the self-proclaimed, "Worl' Boss." As a result, Gaza Slim could face charges of attempting to pervert the court of justice as well as conspiracy to pervert the course of justice for making false statements to law enforcement officials.


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Vybz Kartel made to wait on bail decision in Clive "Lizard" Williams murder case

By M. Jodee
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vybz_kartel_bail_cops_case_court.jpgIncarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, will have to wait a few more weeks before finding out if he'll receive bail in his other murder case.

Kartel was granted bail in the sum of JA$3 million on Thursday in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based businessman/promoter, Barrington "Bossie" Burton this past July. Despite the good news, Kartel could not post bail due to the fact his other murder case, where he's accused of killing St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive "Lizard" Williams was still pending. A hearing took place on Friday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court where a bail application in the Williams matter would reportedly be presented.

However, during Friday's hearing, it was revealed that no bail application for Vybz Kartel was made given that documents that should have been served to the deejay's defense team weren't made available. Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey ruled that the prosecution must hand over video and voice evidence to the defense no later than December 15. As a result, Kartel must report to court on December 19 for another bail hearing.
Kartel along with his Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Campbell o/c Shawn Storm, his road manager, Calvin "Moonie" Haye and Cayro Jones are jointly charged in Williams's murder. Williams was allegedly stabbed and beaten to death by the accused this past August in Havendale, St. Andrew. His body has not been found.


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December 1, 2011

Gaza Slim named a person of interest

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Gaza_slim_person_of_interest_wanted.jpgYet another Portmore Empire member has been named a person of interest since the group's leader, Vybz Kartel was arrested this past September.
Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim was officially listed as a person of interest by law enforcement officials in Kingston.

According to detectives from the Constant Spring Police, several attempts were made to get in contact with the Dancehall singjay but have yet to locate or hear back from her.
Police personnel have asked the deejay to report to the Constant Spring Police Station by 12 p.m. on Friday.

Gaza Slim was a subject of some controversy in relation to one of Vybz Kartel's murder cases as news surfaced that she filed a report with the St. Andrew North police; intimating that she was robbed and gun-butted by a man professing himself as Clive "Lizard" Williams. Kartel, along with fellow Empire member, Shawn Storm and two other men stand accused of murdering Williams this past August. Williams's body has yet to be discovered.


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Vybz Kartel denied bail again, faces December court date?

New Murder Charges May Prevent Vybz Kartel From Posting Bail ($3 Million)

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_shawn_storm_court.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will have to wait until at least the week prior to Christmas for his next hearing.

Kartel, who faces two murder-related and one drug-related charge issued following his September 29 arrest, was remanded into police custody following a hearing in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Wednesday morning. The presiding magistrate in the matter denied Kartel bail; ordering the Portmore Empire deejay to return to court on December 21 when documents pertaining to one of his murder cases will be served to his defense lawyers.
Additionally, Kartel was handed a February 3, 2012 court date where when a preliminary enquiry relating to the murder of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton will be given to Kartel defense team.

Kartel, along with two other men, is accused of shooting and killing Burton while he stood on Walker's Lane in Gregory Park, St. Catherine this past July. Additionally, the self-dubbed "Worl’Boss" along with his road manager, Calvin "Moonie" Haye and Empire protégé’, Shawn Storm, face murder charges in relation to the killing of St. Catherine based dancer, Clive "Lizard" Williams in August.

Kartel also faces a ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest in September at a New Kingston hotel.


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Beenie Man Will Not Do Sting Unless Laing Apologies

beenieman_visa.jpgInternational dancehall star Beenie Man is ticked off at the organisers of the annual Sting concert and has announced publicly via a statement to the press that he will not be doing the show this year unless he gets "an explanation" regarding disparaging remarks made by Isaiah Laing during a TV interview few weeks ago.

"How (Isaiah) Laing fi go pon TV and mek dem speech de say we ah old artistes and caan do nothing fi him show? Him no respect the dancehall veterans who help to build the industry in no way. Every year, him attempt fi disrespect we in some way, and mi not doing Sting this year unless Laing come explain to me what him mean by 'old artiste'. If Bounty waan a clash, him haffi link me at some other show," Beenie Man said in a statement.
Laing is the CEO of Supreme Promotions, the company which hosts the Sting concert each year.

Beenie Man also revealed that in the wake of Laing's interview, he was approached by both Elephant Man and Bounty Killer to do a show which they would organize.

"Killer and Ele come to me up at Suzie's and say which part we ah go keep our show. Mi check it out and did a plan fi use Jamalco inna Clarendon and do the show on December 31st. And now mi hear Killer ah say mi a run from clash bout mi fraida Killer, mi nah run, and mi will clash him at another show apart from Sting. Killer bow too much, look how easy him mek Laing bring him in and ah use him fi bring mi in," Beenie Man said.


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Let's Save Reggae! - Mr. Vegas Urges Music Fraternity & Fans to Sign Petition

mr_vegas_reggae_petition_jamaica.jpgInternational Reggae star Mr. Vegas is urging fellow musicians and music fans to sign the Save Foundation Reggae petition - an appeal to radio disc jockeys to include the music of classic or 'foundation' Reggae pioneers like Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Culture, and Alton Ellis into their Island Hop-driven playlists. The online petition also makes an appeal to Jamaica's current crop of producers, who have flooded radio with Hip Hop inspired beats instead of the island's signature bass-heavy rhythms.

"Reggae music is like the heartbeat of Jamaican people and culture, and now it is barely played on popular radio stations anymore," says Clifford 'Mr. Vegas' Smith. "Young people today have no idea who Cynthia Schloss or Hortense Ellis or Delroy Wilson are. These are people, who pioneered Reggae, who created a space for people like Sean Paul, and even Sean Kingston and Iyaz to be pop stars. Radio barely plays foundation Reggae, and many of our producers have abandoned traditional Reggae and Dancehall rhythms for American sounding Hip Hop beats. This petition is to let them know that foundation Reggae is still a crucial part of our culture and we must preserve our musical heritage and legacy."


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November 30, 2011

Buju Banton returning to Miami following Texas prison stay

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

buju-bantoncourt-pics.jpgEmbattled Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton, will call another prison home as he serves his ten-year prison sentence on drug-related charges.

The Grammy-winning singjay has been in transit several times since his sentencing this past June on three drug charges stemming from a December 2009 incident in Florida. Buju initially started his sentencing in Miami, where his trial and eventual conviction occurred. However, the popular Reggae singer was transferred from the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida to the Federal Holding Centre in Oklahoma City, where he spent a month, before finally being moved to the Limestone County Correctional Institution in Groesbeck, Texas.

However, a South Florida newspaper reports that Buju's prison adventure will come full circle as the internationally acclaimed artiste faces a move, en-route, to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Miami, Florida. According to Buju's lawyer, David Markus, Buju endured several hardships during two month stay in the Texas facility; describing the environment as one of a violent and unhealthy nature that made the singjay rather uncomfortable.


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Black Ryno's travel documents returned following theft

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

blak_ryno_kartel_popcaan_diss_walk_and_talk.jpgPopular Dancehall singjay, Romane Anderson, more popularly known as Black Ryno can express relief now that travel documents, which were recently stolen from him, have been returned.

The Garrison Records recording artiste was robbed whilst attending a meeting at the Supreme Promotions headquarters on Burlington Avenue in Kingston on Sunday. Bandits broke into Ryno's vehicle outside the headquarters; stealing the singjay's passport, accompanying travel documents and clothing. Ryno's passport was issued just hours prior to the incident as he used it to conduct some business.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Ryno's travel documents were returned by a friend of fellow Dancehall artiste, Flexx. The former protégé of Gully Squad leader, Mavado, was simultaneously at a recording studio where one of the members of Ryno's management team hung out. Flexx then told Ryno's affiliate that the documents were recovered.

Black Ryno issued a statement expressing his delight with the new development.

"I want to say a special thank you to Flexx and the young lady for being good Samaritans; it’s good to see that there are still honest, caring people in our society."
With passport in hand, Ryno will look to finalize preparations for tours in St. Kitts, Turks & Caicos as well as Costa Rica next month prior to his scheduled performance at STING 2011 in Portmore.


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November 28, 2011

Mavado claims Flexx wants to mimic him, feels bad about Kartel situation

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall singjay, David 'Mavado' Brooks has returned to Jamaica after spending the better part of four months touring and recording overseas; seeking to address speculation surrounding him since his departure.

The self-professed Gully Gad became the subject of controversy within the last two weeks following reported tension between him and Gully Squad protégé, Flexx. The tension resulted from a recent interview Mavado gave via IRIE FM addressing rumors of Flexx being on tour with him while named a person of interest. The singjay intimated that Flexx was not on tour with him, leading the Gully Squad artiste to call out Mavado and accuse him of disassociating himself from the situation. Flexx appeared on the November 19 edition of CVM's OnStage; saying that Mavado got "hype" and failed to appreciate all he did for the Gully camp's leader.

Speaking with Winford Williams on CVM's OnStage this past Saturday, Mavado insisted that he has no beef with Flexx; expressing surprise at the Stepping Razor deejay's anger towards him.


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Black Ryno robbed during meeting

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

black-ryno-gaza.jpgAnother well-renowned Dancehall artiste finds himself scrambling for answer following a robbery of several valuables whilst attending to business.

Romane Anderson, more popularly known as Black Ryno, was robbed this past weekend while attending a meeting at the Supreme Promotions headquarters on Burlington Avenue in Kingston. The incident comes a few weeks after another popular deejay, Elephant Man, was robbed of several items while attending an event in New Kingston. Another top deejay, Macka Diamond, endured a similar fate this past during her performance at the Louise Bennett Theatre in August.

While at Supreme Promotions headquarters, thieves broke into Ryno's vehicle; stealing a myriad of valuables including his passport, additional travel documents as well as clothing. Ryno's passport was issued just hours prior to the incident after conducting business and is scheduled to go on tour across the Caribbean as well as Costa Rica next month prior to his performance at STING 2011.


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Fantan Mojah Escapes Serious Injuries in Car Accident!

Fantan_Mojah_crash_country_road.jpgFantan Mojah and his travel crew got the scare of their lives after the vehicle in which they were travelling from the Reggae Fever event held at Puerto Seco Beach in St. Ann, overturned in the wee hours of Sunday Morning, November 27. Fantan said the accident resulted from, "slippery road surface" and was quick to point out that his driver was not speeding. The internationally acclaimed Roots/Reggae artiste said, "on our way in the bus start to skid when we got to Steer Town and me driver lost control of the vehicle" obviously shaken "but me give thanks to Jah for preserving we life though one of me finger broke and me in pain" he said.

Mojah said his travel crew members are all suffering from minor injuries and pain as a result of the accident. He said at least three (3) other vehicles had near miss incidences at the same spot and he was told that another accident ocur at the same place last week. As a result Fantan Mojah is making a special plea to the relevant authorities to at least post a sign of caution to motorists to prevent any other incident and possibly death.


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November 24, 2011

Renowned Reggae artiste also under investigation for "Dudus" connection

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

dudus_singer_reggae_veteran_coke_case.jpgA day following reports that a prominent Dancehall singjay was being sought by American law enforcement officials in connection with a notorious Jamaican drug lord, a Roots/Reggae singer is also being investigated for such an association.

United States drug officials revealed on Wednesday that a well-renowned Reggae singer has appeared on their radar as a possible link to former West Kingston strong man, Christopher "Dudus" Coke. According to officials, documents are currently being processed as they are seeking to arrest the singer. Additionally, it was revealed that the singer plies his trade as producer and promoter, despite having no major hit songs to his name.

The report follows up Tuesday's news that American law enforcement officials were probing a popular Dancehall singjay for drug-related allegations. The singjay being investigated has a green card according to the U.S, is Kingston-based and has several hit songs to his name. Additionally, the singjay reportedly has two warrants out for his arrest.

Christopher "Dudus" Coke currently awaits sentencing in the United States for charges in a drug case which he pleaded guilty months earlier. Coke pled-guilty to a count of racketeering conspiracy and a count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.


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November 23, 2011

Established Dancehall singjay being sought by U.S law officials in connection with "Dudus"

By M. Jodee
Contributing Writer

Untitled_homeland_security.jpgAnother established Dancehall artiste could soon be facing major charges following the revelation that he's an associate of a prominent Jamaican drug lord.
American law enforcement officials are seeking an internationally acclaimed deejay who they say has strong ties to notorious west Kingston strong man, Christopher "Dudus" Coke; involving in drug-related activity. "Dudus" awaits sentencing in the United States after recently pleading guilty to drug-related charges.

Though the identity of the high-ranking singjay has yet to be revealed, an American law enforcement official confirmed that the artiste is Kingston-based, being sought in Michigan on drug-related allegations and faces at least two other warrants. Additionally, the official revealed that the singjay currently holds a green card and isn't the only prominent Jamaican artiste who could face drug charges in the United States.

This revelation comes days after Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, intimated that other local deejays have appeared on his radar and that law enforcement officials will arrest the alleged offenders in due time.


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November 22, 2011

Mavado gets May 2012 court date for assault case

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

mavado_robbed.jpgInternationally acclaimed Dancehall artiste, David "Mavado" Brooks will be made to wait a while longer before his next court appearance regarding an assault case.

The Alliance-affiliated singjay, charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in relation to an incident this past summer, was ordered to return to court on May 16, 2012 following a hearing on Monday morning. The charges stems from an incident leading to the shooting death of entourage member and close friend Conroy "Connie" Edwards outside Bounty Killer's birthday party at the QUAD nightclub in June.

It's alleged that Mavado and his entourage engaged in a tussle with off-duty police officers, leading to the incident. Edwards was then shot in the abdomen by a stray bullet that Mavado later claimed was intended for him. Edwards succumbed to his injuries three days later at the Kingston Public Hospital.

Mavado also is involved in another assault case stemming from an incident hours after the conclusion of Reggae Sumfest 2011 in Montego Bay, St. James. That case was postponed to February 2012 following an appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court in September.


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November 21, 2011

Stacious addresses Bridgez altercation, Esco talks career progress on RETV 5 to 7 Live

By Marc Parc
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stacious_esco_reggae_dancehall_artistes_jamaica.jpgSurprises, excitement and controversy filled Saturday's episode of RETV 5 to 7 Live as they welcomed several premier acts to the show, including three ladies of the highly-acclaimed Bedroom Riddim.

Prominent deejays, Stacious, Natalie Storm and Raine Seville heated up the RETV 5 to 7 Live studios with the premiere of their new Bedroom Riddim Medley music video. They intimated that the Riddim was done for the enjoyment of their male fans and also showed how various females in the industry could set aside their differences and egos to produce a hit.

However, the focus quickly shifted to Stacious, who's been embroiled in controversy over the last week following the much reported fight between herself and fellow Alliance-affiliated artiste, Bridgez outside HYPE TV's studios.

When asked by show host, Yanique Barrett regarding the root of their bad blood, Stacious implied that her issue with Bridgez was prompted by unnecessary pressures put on Bedroom Riddim Medley director, Timberlee during the video shoot in September. The growing tension on set triggered what Stacious called a "disrespectful" reaction from Bridgez; leading to their verbal altercation.


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November 19, 2011

Stacious and Bridgez anxious to put fight behind them

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

stacious_bridgez__dnacehall_females_artistes.jpgThe ongoing battle between Alliance-affiliated deejays, Stacy "Stacious" Scarlett and Bridgett "Bridgez" Roache seems to have cooled off, but not before getting in a few parting shots.

Last week Friday, reports surfaced that Stacious and Bridgez fought outside the HYPE TV studios in Kingston following the premiere of their Bedroom Riddim Medley video. Reportedly, the fight succeeded an argument following a photo-op when the two brushed each other inside the studio. After a short lull, the altercation spilled into the parking lot where punches were reportedly thrown before they were broken up.

Last night, Stacious took to TVJ's Entertainment Report to put the ongoing tension to rest by explaining what took place during the fight. According to the Gully Squad first lady, she refused to allow Bridgez to disrespect her; implying that she instigated the physical altercation. Additionally, Stacious suggested that Bridgez was the one who decided to publicize what happened initially, via social media; claiming she lied about what happened during the incident.

"You know what it is, it's not a typical thing, you try to avoid people as best as you can….She's the one who went to Twitter and talked all of this rubbish. I'm bigger and I'm better than that," Stacious said.


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November 18, 2011

Konshens Goes Digital with the Launch of A New Mobile App

konshens_app_reggae_dancehall.jpgInternational Reggae Rising Star Konshens continues to raise the bar as he recently unveiled the 'Konshens App'. Currently available on the Android smart phone, the new App allows Konshens fans to have access to him on the go.

The App supports a wide range of Konshens content, giving fans the opportunity to stay connected to him by receiving the latest Konshens updates. Fans will be able to scroll through his latest promo and performance pics, stream his videos and link directly to itunes and purchase the song of their choice. All these feature are directly linked to their smart phones allowing them to stay connected to Konshens on the go.

The App has a user friendly, interactive feature called 'the fan wall', where fans can post comments and photos that can be shared with friends in real time for other users to view. Users will also have the option to view his current performance schedule for upcoming concerts and tour information. His fans will now have access to everything Konshens in one location.


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Dahved Levy Named Man of the Year!

dahved_levy_radio_personality_wbls.jpgTop flight radio announcer and host of the #1 Arbitron rated Caribbean show, Caribbean Fever on 107.5 FM WBLS, Dahved Levy, has been named Man of the Year 2011, by the prestigious Great Men of Excellence Award in New York. Levy is in good company as he is being honored along with former Mayor of New York, David Dinkins who will receive the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award. The late Percy Sutton will receive the Legacy Award which is also named for him.
The awards will be bestowed on the recipients on Saturday, November 19, 20011 at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens, NY.

The Great Men of Excellence Award is celebrated annually on International Men's Day, November 19. International Men's Day is a call for international collaboration to address the challenges and problems men face; for improving gender relations between men and women; for promoting gender equality; and for highlighting positive male role models.

Cathleen Williams, co-regional coordinator of the organization, put in a surprise call on Sunday November 14, to the studios of WBLS and made the announcement live. Although Levy was shocked at the honor, the award comes as no surprise however as Levy has reigned supreme on radio in the media capital of the world (New York) for close to twenty years.


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Shaggy and Friends 2011 To Welcome Lauryn Hill & Ne-Yo

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

shaggy_and_friends_2012_concert_photos.jpgTwo internationally renowned superstars will join Shaggy on stage during his annual charity concert near the end of this year.

American hip-hop superstar and former Fugees member, Lauryn Hill as well as Grammy-Winning R&B singer, Ne-Yo will headline Shaggy and Friends 2011; a concert held yearly to raise money for the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday December 30 at Jamaica House.

Hill and Ne-Yo join Deniece Williams as the international acts on the Shaggy and Friends lineup card. Local artistes for the show include Reggae superstars Stephen Marley, Chino, Romain Virgo and Half Pint as well as Dancehall artiste such as Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn and Assassin o/c Agent Sasco. Additionally, the benefit concert will feature prominent soca couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons from Trinidad.


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November 17, 2011

Five More Murders - Will Vybz Kartel Be Charged?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_vybz_kartel.jpgLegal woes for embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer could mount following a shocking revelation that the popular deejay could face more murder charges.

Kartel currently resides at the Horizon Remand Centre, facing two murder charges that allegedly took place this past summer. One October 3, The self-professed "Worl' Boss" was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the shooting death of Barrington "Bossie" Burton, 27, a businessman/promoter from Gregory Park, St. Catherine. Three weeks later, Kartel was charged in the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine. Kartel's Portmore Empire proteges, Shawn Storm and Andre "Mad Suss" St. John, his designer, Calvin "Moonie" Haye as well as Cayro Jones were jointly charged in Williams' murder.

On Thursday morning, reports surfaced that law enforcement officials are investigating Vybz Kartel in five other murder cases. According to the Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, investigations carried out by detectives implicated "Di Teacha" in five other murders; intimating that charges will be issued against the controversial deejay in the near future.

Meanwhile, Powell implied that said detectives are also investigating other Dancehall entertainers and that they are pursuing said artistes.

Vybz Kartel faces a December 2 court date with relation to his current murder and drug-related charges.


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November 16, 2011

Another Empire member held in Kartel case, was Shorty arrested?

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_court_house_gun_charge_murder.jpgAnother arrest has been made in the ongoing legal drama surrounding prominent Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

Andre St. John, otherwise called "Mad Suss" was arrested and charged in a murder case involving mentor, Vybz Kartel. St. John is a member of Kartel's Portmore Empire group, the second member of the "Gaza" camp to be charged regarding the August killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine.

St. John was held by police during the September 30 operation where Kartel, Alicia Jackson and Shane Williams were arrested and charged with possession of ganja at a small New Kingston hotel. On Monday morning, St. John was officially charged with murder and shooting with intent in relation to the death of Williams. Kartel, fellow Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Storm, Calvin "Moonie" Haye and Cayro Jones are also jointly charge in Williams' murder. The next hearing in the case will take place on December 2.

Meanwhile, reports have circulated that Vybz Kartel's common-law wife, Tanesha "Shorty" Johnson may also have been arrested in relation to Kartel's legal troubles. According to said reports, Shorty was hauled out of the same New Kingston hotel where Kartel's initial arrest was made. The arrest was allegedly made this past weekend.
Shorty has three children for Vybz Kartel and last was seen publicly during an interview with CVM TV's D'Wrap, where she intimated that law enforcement officials purposefully tried to humiliate the deejay and his family. Furthermore, Shorty revealed that Kartel's children and mother have had troubles coping since the first murder charge against the deejay was laid out October 3rd; implying that she’s had to seek counseling to deal with the resulting emotional backlash.


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November 15, 2011

Junior Reid To Perform In Aid Of Keiona-Jae Stennet

junior_reid_keiona-jae_stennet_babt_charity.jpgThree month-old Keiona-Jae Stennet was diagnosed with 'Biliary Atresia' as a baby and even though she has been through several surgeries the diseased continued to spread regardless.

The frequency and severity of Keiona-Jae's illness have increased and her condition is deteriorating which can be led to the Liver failure. In order for Keiona-Jae to survive this illness she will have to be flown to the United States for a liver transplant as its not offered in Jamaica. Surgery and post operative drugs are estimated at USD$400,000 to USD$500,000. Keiona-Jae life depends on this Surgery.

Junior Reid will headline the stage show which will be put on by Keiona's dad in a bid to raise funds for her surgery in the United States. The One Blood artiste will offer his services to this charitable event on January 8, 2012 at The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. In a statement Junior Reid said "It is our duty to help the needy. I have children but I can’t look out for my children only. I have to look out for every child." In the mean time however, her dad Gregory Stennet and mother Rhona Hamilton will be hosting a fish fry to raise funds for the stage show's venue.

The fish fry will be held at Baker Street, Jones Town on December, 2. For ticket info and additional information, persons are invited to call 876 283-1544 or 876 527-0906. Donations can be made to account number: 7618143 at The Churches Cooperative Credit Union.


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Stacious addresses altercation with Bridgez

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Dancehall star and Gully Squad first lady, Stacy "Stacious" Scarlett has spoken out for the first time since news of a fight between herself and Alliance Next Generation first lady, Bridgez broke on Saturday.
stacious_dancehall_gully_artiste.jpgStacious and Bridgez reportedly exchanged blows following the premiere of their Bedroom Riddim Medley video outside HYPE TV's parking lot Friday night. Allegedly, the fight occurred following a photo-op when the two brushed each other inside the studio. Bridgez took offence, shoving Stacious; leading to an argument between the two singjays. The argument then escalated in the parking lot where punches were reportedly thrown before the artistes were finally separated.
Addressing the incident for the first time publicly, Stacious intimated that she felt disrespected by Bridgez's actions, but conveyed that fighting did the Dancehall industry no favors; apologizing to HYPE TV and fans in the process.

"We were debuting the video and things just got a little bit out of control and I feel like I was disrespected and she start push me, which was totally unnecessary. I must admit, I lost my temper for a second," Stacious explained.
She added, "This is not really a good look for the industry, this is not something I'm proud of…I’m ready and willing to put this behind me and just forget about her."

Stacious and Bridgez's catfight took place a month and a half after a verbal altercation between the Alliance-affiliated artistes on the set of the Bedroom Riddim video shoot. It also, inadvertently, continues a growing tension between the Gullyside and Alliance camps; stemming from this past summer's lyrical feud between Gully artiste, Chase Cross and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer.


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Support group issues letter demanding release of Buju Banton

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

buju_banton_support_group_release_prison_10_year.jpgDespite the dyer fate that surround embattled Reggae superstar, Buju Banton, one organization claims that the artiste should not be subjected to his 10 year prison term.

The Buju Banton Letter Writing Campaign issued a letter last week; signaling their objective to secure the Grammy-winning singjay's release, via petition. The group hopes to attain 50,000 signatures to said petition by December 9, 2011; two years to the day Buju was initially arrested on drug-related charges in Florida.

The letter questions the validity of professional informant, Ian Johnson, who testified against Buju during his drug trials in an attempt to avoid significant jail time. In the BBLWC's letter, Buju "was charged as a result of information provided by a professional informant, Ian Johnson, who relentlessly pursued Buju for six months to participate in a drug deal. The professional informant in Buju's case is a convicted drug trafficker."

Johnson reportedly was paid US$50,000 following Buju's arrest in 2009 and has earned over $US 3.3 million for serving as an informant to a plethora of government agencies.


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November 14, 2011

Cops facing corruption charges in Kartel case?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_cops_corruption%20.jpgThe ongoing circus that is the trial of embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer may have taken another turn; this time involving the police.
According to the Jamaica Observer, six police officers assigned to the Gun Court Remand Centre could be facing corruption charges after they were allegedly caught on video taking money from one of Vybz Kartel's relatives.

Kartel currently sits in a Kingston-based jail where he faces two murder charges and a drug-related charge, all issues within the last month and a half.
Now it's being reported that investigators from the police Anti-Corruption Branch followed one of the six police officers from the Gun Court Remand Centre to the home of Kartel's relative, where he videotaped the law enforcement official taking money from her. Allegedly, the video shows the officer accepting money from the relative of the popular deejay in exchange for being allowed to visit Kartel in is restricted area of the Constant Spring jail.

Additionally, reports revealed that the officer was not searched before being allowed into an area of the lock-up off limits to the public; spending a considerable amount of time with Kartel while other law enforcement officials allowed the illegal meeting to take place.


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November 12, 2011

Gully Squad & Alliance first ladies involved in altercation - Round 2

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

stacious_bridgez_alliance_gully.jpgIt seems as if Gully Squad diva, Stacious and Alliance Next Generation first lady, Bridgez just can't get along following a second reported altercation in the last month and a half between the deejays.

According to multiple reports, Stacious and Bridgez were involved in a fight outside the HYPE TV studios in Kingston on Friday night; hours after they helped premiere the medley video for the Payday Music Group produced, Bedroom Riddim. The deejays previously engaged in a verbal confrontation whilst on the set of the Bedroom Riddim video shoot but vehemently denied any developing friction existed or that any blows were exchanged during the argument.

Now, reports have surfaced that following the premiere of the Bedroom Riddim Medley video, Stacious and Bridgez were involved in an argument inside the HYPE TV studios. Allegedly, the argument started following a photo-op when Stacious brushed Bridgez, leading Bridgez to push her away. The two Alliance-affiliated artistes met again in the HYPE TV parking lot later in the night, leading to a fight between them. Reportedly, blows were exchanged
Stacious refused to comment on the matter while Bridgez, via Twitter; claimed the reports stating that Stacious beat her up during the altercation were unfounded. Additionally, she implied that she wasn't touched and never had a scratch on her from the incident.


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Mavado helps to Stop the Bleeding St Croix

movado-dancehall.jpgDancehall superstar Mavado has joined the efforts of "Stop The Bleeding," a non-profit organization, to lead an anti-gun and non-violence campaign in the US Virgin Islands. Mavado will headline a huge peace concert on the island of St Croix December 30, dubbed the One Love Music Festival.

"I am very happy to be a part of this anti-violence movement," said Mavado. "I am always ready to use my influence and celebrity in a positive way and I'm honored to have been asked to get involved. Violent crime is on the increase all over the world and its important to me to help stem the tide. I'm hoping to partner with the right agencies in Jamaica to do something similar in the near future. We are often criticized for our influence over the youths but a campaign like this shows the potential to use Dancehall acts such as myself to motivate and uplift young people."

Stop the Bleeding co-ordinator and son of the Virgin Island's Lt Governor, Kareem Francis, conceptualized the initiative with Lenny Hansen of LTB Entertainment and approached Mavado in October to headline the campaign and concert; he didn't hesitate to get involved. The organization's aim is to use the event as a constructive platform for the territory to reignite love, peace and joy and to address the recent increase in crime, violence and rising numbers of the murders of young people.


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Statement Re Cali P's Arrest By Cops On Two Charges

calip_reggae_artiste_europe_tour.jpgWe would like to apologize to the hundreds of persons that came out on Friday night to see Cali P perform at the Plug N Play event in New Kingston. Unfortunately, the artiste was taken into custody by Jamaican police on a ganja possession charge after he was searched by the police. He has also been slapped with a possession of stolen property charge.

We would like to assure Cali P's fans that this episode is a misunderstanding set it motion by a series of unfortunate events. A week ago, Cali P purchased the phone from someone not knowing that it had been stolen. A friend of the female who owned the phone found Cali P on the night of the event, and explained the situation to him. Cali P commiserated with the man and they made arrangements to deal with the issue. However, the police had already been contacted and when they arrived, they searched Cali P and found a small quantity of ganja and that led to his subsequent arrest on both charges. First, we would like to apologise to and thank Cali P's many fans who have been tweeting and contacting us through Facebook in support of the artiste and ask you to bear with us in this difficult time. We have contacted legal representation and we are working to resolve the situation.


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November 11, 2011

Vybz Kartel insists that he hasn't changed his legal team in murder, drug cases

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer has come forward to end speculation regarding who's representing him with regards to his murder and drug-related cases.
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A cloud of uncertainty hung over who his legal team consisted of following reports that Kartel sacked his legal team earlier this week. Hannah Harris-Barrington, a prominent English-Jamaican lawyer and human rights activist, disclosed to IRIE FM in separate interviews that Kartel authorized her to become his new attorney. Harris-Barrington also revealed that Kartel issued her two letters confirming the decision to switch legal representation in his cases. However, Chris Tavares-Finson, who's been on Kartel's case since the beginning, vehemently denied that any changes were made.

On Wednesday, a statement, by Kartel, addressing the speculation was made public. The statement was issued via Tavares-Finson.

The statement read, "I have not authorized any change in my legal team in whom I have the fullest confidence." It continued, "I have not retained or engaged the services of Hannah Harris-Barrington to represent me in any matter and she is not authorized to speak on my behalf or to discuss my case."


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November 9, 2011

Vybz Kartel's Legal Team Remains The Same Despite Claims of Being Axed

By Jodee Brown

vybz_kartel_head_shot_photo.jpgA day after reports suggesting that embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has new legal representation, Chris Tavares-Finson, one of the deejay’s lawyers has refuted the claims.

On Monday, it was revealed in an IRIE FM by Hannah Harris-Barrington, an English-Jamaican lawyer and human rights activist that she has officially taken over as the lead defence attorney for Vybz Kartel. Harris-Barrington intimated that Kartel asked her to become his new lawyer after stating that he no longer had legal representation; meeting with the artiste at the request of his family to discuss the proposition. She also claimed that two other lawyers will join her in representing the self-proclaimed “Worl’ Boss.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Chris Tavares-Finson, one of the lawyers involved in Kartel murder and drug-related cases, vehemently denied that he was sacked by the artiste whose real name is Adidja Palmer.

Tavares-Finson told IRIE FM, “As far as we’re concerned, there has been no changes whatsoever to his representation. We’re moving forward rapidly as far as the preparation of his case.”

The prominent lawyer also clarified that the legal team, consisting of his father, Tom Tavares-Finson and Michael Deans are also still legal representatives of the deejay and will proceed with the case.

However, Harris-Barrington maintained on Tuesday that she was legally authorized by Vybz Kartel to become his new lawyer. Also speaking with IRIE FM, Harris-Barrington insisted that she received two letters from Kartel clarifying that she’s officially his attorney-at-law; working on his behalf in his murder cases.


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Jamaican rap star, Heavy D dead at 44

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

heavy_d_dead_jamaican_rapper.jpgJamaican-born rap superstar, Dwight Arrington Myers, more popularly known as Heavy D, passed away at the tender age of 44 on Tuesday.

According to TMZ.com, a 911 call was placed from Heavy D's Beverly Hills residence at 11:25 a.m. When help arrived at the home, Heavy D was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital in California at around noon; reportedly conscious and speaking. However, the prominent rapper died on arrival.

Law enforcement officials are investigating the death; telling TMZ that there is no suspicion of foul play.

Heavy D was born in 1967 in Jamaica before migrating to New York as a young child. He formed the group, Heavy D & The Boyz in 1987; releasing their first album, Living Large. Additionally, Heavy D is credited as the author of the theme song for the internationally acclaimed comedy series, In Living Color. He also featured on Jam, the legendary single from pop icon, Michael Jackson in 1991 as well as Alright alongside Janet Jackson. Heavy D's also known for singles such as Now That We've Found Love and Dem No Worry We, alongside Dancehall superstar, Supercat.

Heavy D's last two performances took place in Wales during a Michael Jackson tribute concert and at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta.


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November 8, 2011

Vybz Kartel changes his legal team?

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_court_house_gun_charge_murder.jpgEmbattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel will be seated beside a completely transformed defence team once he returns to court.

The internationally acclaimed artiste, currently in police custody with regards to two murder charges, reportedly sacked his star-studded legal team following his hearing on Thursday. The legal team consisted of prominent attorneys, Tom Tavares-Finson, Chris Tavares-Finson and Michael Deans, who also represents Kartel's protege, Shawn Storm who was also charged in one of Kartel's murder cases.

Kartel will now be represented by English-Jamaican lawyer, Hannah Harris-Barrington, who's the defence lawyer for fellow Dancehall superstar, Ninja Man, in his murder trial. Harris-Barrington revealed in an interview with IRIE FM on Monday that she was informed of Kartel's decision to change attorneys; complying with the request of the deejay's family to meet with the self-professed "Worl' Boss" before her services were secured. Additionally, she revealed that at least two other attorneys-at-law will join their defence team.

Kartel was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm on October 3 in relation to the July shooting death of Barrington "Bossie" Burton, 27, of a St. Catherine address. Additionally, the Portmore Empire leader was charged with another murder on October 24; standing accused of killing Clive "Lizard" Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine. Kartel's designer, Calvin "Moonie" Haye, entourage member, Cayro Jones and Portmore Empire singjay, Shawn Storm were also charged in Williams's murder. Each of the men was remanded into custody until October 2.

Kartel has been denied bail on several occasions since his initial arrest on September 29 at a New Kingston hotel where a small quantity of marijuana was found.


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Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, convicted

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Conrad_Murray_michael_jackson_lawyer_convicted.jpgMichael Jackson's doctor was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death for supplying the insomnia-plagued Jackson with a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his big comeback.

Dr. Conrad Murray, 58, sat stone-faced as he heard the verdict that could send him to prison for up to four years and cost him his license to practice medicine. He was handcuffed and immediately led off to jail without bail to await sentencing Nov. 29.

The verdict marked the latest chapter in one of pop culture's most shocking tragedies - Jackson's 2009 drug-overdose death at age 50 as he was about to mount a series of heavily promoted concerts in London that he hoped would turn his career around after a slide prompted by child-molestation allegations and years of bizarre behavior.

Members of Jackson's family wept, and his mother, Katherine Jackson, said, "I feel better now." The crowd outside the courthouse erupted in cheers.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff later said the verdict was a disappointment and would be appealed. Asked how Murray took the verdict, Chernoff said, "He's a pretty strong guy."


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November 5, 2011

Kartel sex tapes found in murder case? Police deny claim

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

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Law enforcement officials are denying that they're holding several sexually explicit videos involving embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer, despite various reports to the contrary.

In recent weeks, speculation mounted that the police seized a laptop filled with several sex tapes from residences owned by Kartel in St. Andrew and Portmore. Additionally, rumors were sparked that police secured toys, dildos amongst other sexually suggestive materials from said residences.

According to reports, the sex videos that were seized by police involve some well-known female celebrities as well as married women. The reports also suggested several of the females in the videos were unaware that they were being taped. Additionally, the source claimed that some of the videos had very strong, graphic sexual content and featured some of the women performing several freaky acts.

However, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, vehemently denied that the police had such material in their possession; claiming it's the first time he's heard of such reports.


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November 4, 2011

Prosecutors in Kartel murder trial claim they have video evidence

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_shawn_storm_court.jpgProsecutors in the murder case against embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer are implying that they have incriminating evidence against the prominent deejay.

Kartel was remanded when he appeared in the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Thursday. He will remain in police custody until December 2nd when bail applications will once again be made.

Additionally, Kartel's designer/booking agent, Calvin "Moonie" Haye, entourage member, Kiro "Ray" Jones and fellow Portmore Empire deejay, Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm were also remanded during the court session. Haye and Jones were charged for murder last week while Shawn Storm was officially charged this week.

The prosecution in Kartel's murder trial insists that they have video evidence and taped phone conversations at their disposal that could potentially help their case against the internationally acclaimed artiste.


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Shawn Storm slapped with murder charge

shawn_storm_video_footage.jpgPortmore Empire singjay, Shawn Campbell, otherwise known as Shawn Storm, has officially been charged in the murder case against his long-time mentor, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer.

Shawn Storm, in police custody since last week Tuesday, was pointed out during an identification parade on Monday at the Constant Spring Police Station in Kingston.

The "Gaza" singjay appeared in the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Thursday morning alongside Kartel, Kiro "Ray" Jones and Calvin "Moonie" Haye, Kartel's fashion designer and booking agent. The four men, all charged in the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams in August, were remanded until December 2 when another bail hearing will take place.

It is alleged that Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm, Haye and Jones were involved in Williams' murder in Havendale, St. Andrew following a dispute Kartel had with "Lizard" over a missing, illegal firearm. Williams was then taken to a residence in Havendale where he was beaten and stabbed to death.


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November 3, 2011

Elephant Man has passport, studio equipment stolen during break-in

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

elephant_man_robbed_car_new_kingston.jpgInternationally-acclaimed deejay, Oneil "Elephant Man" Bryan has become the latest Dancehall act to have valuables stolen from him during a performance.

The Pon Di River singer attended an event in New Kingston on Monday night; parking his Toyota Corolla near to the venue. However, upon returning to the parking lot, he noticed that one of the car's rear windows was smashed and two bags were missing. These bags contained important travel documents as well as studio equipment such as a laptop and hard drive. Additionally, a copy of Elephant Man's soon to be released video for the single Survivor, featuring Bounty Killer was stolen. He was due to debut the video on Tuesday for RE TV but could not appear on the show due to his predicament.

In a video posted on YouTube yesterday, Elephant Man showed the damage thieves inflicted on his car before urging the bandits to return the stolen documents and studio equipment immediately; pleading for thieves to stop breaking into innocent people's vehicles and stealing important, personal material.

Meanwhile, Elephant Man's predicament came just days prior to his upcoming international tour which kicks off this weekend. His tour, which takes him to Europe, Africa and Haiti, is now in doubt as a result of his travel documents being stolen despite already receiving money from the promoters to perform on the tour.


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November 2, 2011

Shawn Storm should be charged on Thursday, according to police

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

shawm_storm_court_case_charged_murder.jpgPortmore Empire singjay, Shawn Campbell, more popularly known as Shawn Storm, should know his fate by Thursday in relation to a murder case involving long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel.

The "Gaza" artiste has been held in police custody since last Tuesday as he faced questioning from law enforcement in relation to the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew this past August. On Monday, Shawn Storm was pointed out in an identification parade at the Constant Spring Police station. The artiste has yet to be charged in the ongoing murder investigation.
However, Inspector Paul Thompson, from the Constant Spring Police, revealed during Vybz Kartel's hearing on the matter on Monday, that Shawn Storm will be one of two men who should be charged by Thursday with regards to the murder. Shawn Storm's lawyer, Michael Deans later confirmed that his client will be told whether or not he'll be charged on November 3.


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November 1, 2011

Vybz Kartel and his booking agent scheduled for Thursday court appearance

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer will have to wait a few more days until he's required to answer his most recent murder charge.
Kartel's second murder case, regarding the killing of a St. Andrew man this past August, was stood down in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday morning given that the co-accused in the case was not in attendance.
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Presiding Resident Magistrate, Georgianna Fraser postponed the case until Kartel's designer/booking agent, Calvin "Moonie" Haye was brought before the courts by law enforcement officials. Haye appeared in the courtroom shortly thereafter, but RM Fraser decided to put of the case until Thursday November 3.
Haye, 23, was charged with murder in relation to the killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. According to reports, it's alleged that Haye, along with Kartel and Kiro "Ray" Jones, killed Williams following a dispute over a missing, illegal firearm. Additionally, Kartel's mentor and Portmore Empire singjay, Shawn Storm, could jointly be charged for murder with the case as well as several other persons.

Kartel is due in court later this week as he faces charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting death of Barrington "Bossie" Burton, a businessman/promoter from Gregory Park, St. Catherine. He's also scheduled for a November 11th court appearance to face ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest on September 29 at a New Kingston hotel.


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October 31, 2011

Vybz Kartel's booking agent, Calvin "Moonie" Haye cops murder charge

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_jail_charge_prison_jamaica.jpgIt seems that the world around controversial Dancehall artiste, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer continues to crumble as his booking agent also faces a murder charge.
Calvin "Moonie" Haye, designer and booking agent for Vybz Kartel, was jointly charged with murder in relation to the killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew this past August. Haye was formally charged with murder following questioning by law enforcement in the presence of his attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson.

Haye was summoned by police earlier this week for questioning relating to Kartel's case; granting an interview for TVJ's Entertainment Report the night before he turned himself in to the Constant Spring Police. In the interview, Haye claimed that police barged into his home weeks earlier; startling him and his family before using excess force against him. According to Haye, he's innocent of any wrong doing and will fight the charges brought against him, in part because of his affiliation to Kartel.

Meanwhile, Vybz Kartel's protégé and Portmore Empire singjay, Shawn Storm, will jointly be charged for murder with the "Dancehall Hero," Haye and Kiro "Ray" Jones in the Williams case, according to reports Shawn Storm reported to the Constant Spring Police station on Tuesday for the second time in just over a week; facing questioning from law enforcement in the murder case.


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October 29, 2011

Shawn Storm Could Possible Be Charged With Kartel

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

shawm_storm_vybz_kartel_chargie.jpgPortmore Empire singjay, Shawn Campbell, better known as Shawn Storm, will remain in a Kingston-based jail over the weekend in connection with an ongoing murder investigation in which he could soon be charged.

The My Life singer turned himself in to the Constant Spring Police on Tuesday, one week following his release from a Portmore jail after being named a person of interest. Shawn Storm's attorney, Michael Deans, appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Friday, hopeful that a bail application made on the "Gaza" artiste’s behalf would be successful.

However, Deans asked Senior Resident Magistrate, Judith Pusey, to produce an order; postponing the matter until Monday in order for a Constant Spring Police representative to update the court on Shawn Storm's case. The order was subsequently granted.


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October 27, 2011

Shawn Storm back behind bars

By M. Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

shawn_storm_murder_charge.jpgPortmore Empire singjay, Shawn Campbell, more popularly known as Shawn Storm, is back behind bars for the second time in just over a week.

The My Life singer is once again in police custody after being summoned by the Constant Spring Police on Tuesday. This comes just over a week after Shawn Storm turned himself in to police after being named a person of interest by Portmore Police. He was questioned by law enforcement officials and released two days later.

Shawn Storm immediately turned himself in to the police on this occasion, although, similar to his prior encounter with the law, reasoning regarding his visit to the Constant Spring Police station remains unclear.


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Vybz Kartel scheduled to answer new murder charge on Monday

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer faces a court appearance on Monday to answer to his latest murder charge.

vybz_kartel_barbados.jpgThe self-proclaimed Worl' Boss was remanded on Wednesday following a hearing inside the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates court. The hearing was in relation to his initial murder charge stemming from the shooting death of a St. Catherine based businessman/promoter this past July. Kartel also faces charges of conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to that incident.

The judge in the case ordered Vybz Kartel to return to court next Wednesday when a decision on his bail application, formulated by his legal team, will be made by the presiding Magistrate. Additionally, "Di Teacha" will face the courts on Monday to answer a murder charge in relation to the killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew this past August.

On Wednesday morning, Kartel was denied bail in relation to a ganja possession charge; scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Kartel was initially arrested at a small hotel in New Kingston on September 29th by members of the Flying Squad who found a small quantity of marijuana at the premises.
Meanwhile, Kartel's designer and booking agent, Calvin "Moonie" Haye turned himself in to police on Wednesday; facing questioning in relation to Kartel's murder case.


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October 25, 2011

Vybz Kartel facing another murder charge

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_eme_2011_awards.jpgThe legal woes of controversial Dancehall superstar, Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer continue to mount as the embattled deejay has been charged with murder yet again.

Detectives from Criminal Investigation Branch in Constant Spring, St. Andrew issued a murder charge against Kartel and Kiro Jones aka "Ray Jones," on Monday evening. The charges are in relation to the murder of Clive Williams aka "Lizard." Williams was murdered on August 16th 2011 in Havendale, St. Andrew. It had been reported weeks earlier that a badly burnt body was found in a building believed to be owned by the self-proclaimed "Worl’ Boss."

Vybz Kartel is currently in jail awaiting an October 26th hearing where he's expected to answer charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the shooting death of Barrington "Bossie" Burton, a 27 year old businessman/promoter from a St. Catherine address.

He also is facing a November 10th court date where he will answer a ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest September 29th at a small hotel in New Kingston. "Di Teacha" since pleaded not guilty to said charges at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston.


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G Whizz was not denied of a British Visa

OutAroad.com was recently informed by G Whizz's manager that a certain tour promoter has been spreading propaganda claiming that the artiste was denied of a visa by the British Embassy…G Whizz's manager wishes to inform the public that there’s no truth to the propaganda.

Below is a statement from G Whizz's manager

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G whizz was denied a British visa and was unable to take up an offer for a European tour. As G Whizz manager, I would like to take this opportunity to inform G Whizz's fans and promoters alike that that information is NOT true and should be treated as such as rubbish. G Whizz has no issues with any embassy and can travel anywhere around the world once all relevant details regarding tours are clarified.

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We have no contractual arrangement to do a tour in Europe however, we were contacted by Mr. Kevin Blake, who is acting as a third party to do a tour but we didn't accept the tour because of Mr. Blake irresponsible behavior. Part of the reason for our refusal not to accept a tour is because Mr. Blake refuses to accompany G Whizz and his road manager on the tour that he arranged and the appropriate time wasn't given for any arrangement to be made for an application at the embassy therefore, we had to stay away from a deal that would see us visiting a foreign nation without an appropriate plan.

The propose countries and dates are as followed: period between the 19th of October to 9th of November visiting countries like London (Oct 21-22), Birmingham (Oct. 28), Amsterdam (Nov 2), Stockholm Sweden (Nov 4), Rude 7 Mannerheim (Nov 5), Volksgarten Vienna (Nov 8).

I hope you guys understand our position and hope that a different arrangement can be made for us to work together. G whizz apologizes for any inconvenience cause and hope that the false information issue didn't cause a harmful impression on the promoters.


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