[pic] Alicia Keys Recreates Iconic Jamaica Tourism Photo

She definitely pulled it off. Here she discusses her early tomboy look.

“You are allowed to be smart,” she affirms. “You are allowed to be tough. You are allowed to be sexy … You are allowed to be yourself!!”

“I don’t have to hide anymore, I don’t have to pretend and hold back, I don’t have to think that my intelligence, beauty and sensuality are intimidating to others,” she said.

[video] Jamaican Woman Bleaches Her Skin on Camera

My brothers and sisters in Jamaica are in crisis with the bleaching of their skin as evidenced by this woman in this video. Outside of the blatant self hate they have for their beautiful melanated skin, the health complications down the line will be severe at best. I cannot wait for the day this practice is finally stomped out in the Caribbean and in parts of Africa. To check out the original of this practice check out the movie Setting The Tone after the cut..

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Vybz Kartel Turns Snitch to Lessen 35 Year Sentence

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 4.47.33 PM I guess all that gangster stuff flew out the window once that long sentence started to sink in. I hope this revelation makes people think twice before yelling “Free Wurl Boss”. via Jamaica Observer

CONVICTED entertainer Vybz Kartel told the police the whereabouts of several wanted men in Portmore, St Catherine The move by the embattled entertainer was part of an effort to gain his freedom, or at least a vastly reduced prison sentence, the police said.

The startling revelation came to light during a Jamaica Observer interview with a member of the constabulary’s top brass late last week.

“He wanted to meet with the commissioner who assigned a member of the high command to meet him. During the meeting he offered information on wanted men in Portmore and also coughed up a number of illegal firearms. He was trying to broker a deal to get the charges dropped,” the source said.

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Boom Bye Bye: Buju Banton convicted of cocaine charges

Not a good day at all for Gargamel.

via AP
TAMPA, Fla. – Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009.

A federal jury returned their verdict after deliberating for 11 hours over two days on the fate of Banton, who won a Grammy last week for best reggae album for his work entitled “Before the Dawn.” He was found guilty of three of four charges, and his attorney said he’s facing at least 15 years in prison.
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Alleged Jamaican Drug Lord Fights U.S. Extradition, Violently Clashes With Police

Something out a movie huh or even a Drake video?  But this is very real and it seems that it will be some sort of a bloody end to this conflict between alleged drug lord and ‘Shower Posse’ leader Christopher “Dudus” Coke and Jamaican authorities.. It seems the U.S. wants this guy bad and he would rather stay put. More below:

Christopher "Dudus" Coke

via Reuters

(Reuters) – Jamaica declared a state of emergency in two parishes of its capital Kingston on Sunday after shooting and firebomb attacks on police stations by suspected supporters of an alleged drug lord who faces extradition to the United States.

The limited emergency in the popular Caribbean tourist destination covered districts of the capital where gunmen on Sunday fired on two police stations and set fire to another. At least one policemen was injured.

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Jamaica Eliminates Sex and Violence From Airwaves

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via Allhiphop

The nation of Jamaica has instituted an island-wide ban of all music which glorifies violence or sexual activity.

The ban, which became official earlier this week, is targeted at quelling the growing dancehall trend called “daggering,” where participants stimulate sexual intercourse on the dance floor.

The style was popularized by dancehall star Mr. Vegas, who released a song and video of the same name last June.

Under the new regulation, all music with lyrics detailing murder, arson, rape, and gun violence cannot be heard over Jamaica’s TV and radio broadcast systems.

Furthermore, DJ’s are not even allowed to be play censored versions of songs, as the intent and suggestive nature of the tracks would still be discernible.

As the country’s most popular music genre, dancehall stands to be the most affected by the new ruling.

In recent years, the genre has endured heavy international criticism for the vehement anti-gay stance many of its artists advocate.

However, the decree will also limit the accessibility of Soca and Hip-Hop on the island.

Soca music is rarely explicit, but sometimes utilizes sexual innuendo in its lyrics and is a staple sound of Jamaican street carnivals.

Hip-Hop has strong roots with the Caribbean island due to Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc, who helped launch the genre of Hip-Hop in the 70s, after migrating to New York City in the late 1960s.

At press time, there has been no organized movement to challenge the government’s ruling on free speech grounds.

Balkan musicians unveil Bob Marley ‘peace’ statue

Does Jamaica even have a statue of Bob Marley? Anyway this is great gesture from these musicians and they should be applauded for their effort.

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via Breitbart

Musicians from the former Yugoslavia have unveiled a statue of late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley as a symbol of peace.

Several thousand gathered at a rock festival in the tiny Serbian hamlet of Banatski Sokolac for the uncovering of the statue, which features Marley in a tea cosy, clutching a guitar and fist raised towards the sky.

“Bob Marley — fighter for freedom armed with a guitar,” reads the inscription at the base of the two-metre-high (6.5-foot) sculpture, the first of the late reggae star in Europe.
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Rita Brings Bob Marley to Big Screen

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Rita Marley is set to bring the story of reggae legend Bob Marley  to the big screen with some help fromdaughter in law Lauren Hill and grandson Stefan. The story will chronicle their 15 year relationship along with insights to the assasination attempt made on their lives.The movie is due  late 2009.

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