Sunday, June 26, 2011

Style Break Down lll (I Love Colors)

-Shirts - H&M - Fancy Jersey
-Pants - Vintage
-Shoes - Bobs Boat Shoes
Accessories - Notch Double Knuckle Wood Ring
Leather Wrap Bracelet
Wooded Beaded Cross Bracelet
Vintage Pocket Square

A Strive to Success

These past weeks some one special to me has has been an eye opener for me. My neice Lashawnna D. Simon. Shawnna is a 14 yr old who has recently Graduated from her k-8 garde middle school Mary McCleod Bethune. At the gradution ceremony Lashawnna was presented 2 awards but one stood out of the two meant most to me. She received the Delta Sigma Theta Award presented by an Delta Alumni. The award was for her acheivements, being a leader, staying focused and being a Honor roll student.

Shawanna is a member of Philadephia Dance Co. where the studied Ballet, Hip-hop, and Jazz. Also a member of Philadelphia Academy of the Arts art Camp. As she strive towards the future Shawanna will be taking her talents to the Creative and Perfroming Arts High School.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Buju Banton - Not an easy Road

On December 10 of 2009, Buju Banton was arrested at his Florida home. According to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration affidavit the week before his arrest, Buju and two others tried to buy a large amount of cocaine from an undercover officer in Sarasota.

Buju has since been tried twice. In the first trial, after three days of deliberating, the court ruled a mistrial following a split between the 12 jurors.

On October 14, 2010 Family, fans and reggae music lovers across the world celebrated when Buju Banton received bail despite the stringent conditions under which it was granted. The entertainer later performed in Miami to a sold-out audience before returning to confinement and ultimately the beginning of his retrial.

After being plagued with many setbacks and delays, the retrial began and ended quickly. The Grammy winning entertainer is currently awaiting the outcome after his lawyer David Oskar Marcus got a second shot at pleading his case of entrapment.

The two men charged along with Buju took plea deals. One of the men was sentenced to 51 months' imprisonment.

While Buju Banton faces a maximum sentence of life in imprisonment.

Buju Banton was convicted in February on charges of conspiracy to distribute five or more kilos of cocaine, possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.

The Grammy award-winning entertainer was acquitted of a fourth charge of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine

R.Kelly is Back

As Reggae approaches next month they have been adding some artist such as Nicki Minaj. Surprisingly R&B singer-songwriter and record producer R Kelly has been added to Reggae Sumfest 2011.

Media understands that the singer is expected to hit the concert's stage on Friday, July 22. It will be R Kelly's second performance in Jamaica. His Jamaican debut in 1996 was surrounded by controversy at a concert at Jamworld, St Catherine. The singer, who at that time was one of the hottest artistes in R&B, had dropped his pants while performing. This was followed by a public backlash. Want ing to banned from Jamaica which thought it was a little to much.

Sumfest Marketing manager Marcia Mcdonna talks with R. Kelly and how he feel about performing he already confirms Sumfest is the greatest reggae show on earth.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

American Dreaming/ Antigua Thoughts ll (example)

Having a background from Antigua, we get called Jamaicans and African because of the way we talk, dance, cook, and dress. It's like a stereotype, for example: When someone is hungry they say "I want some Jamaican food". Correction, Jamaicans aren't the only Island in the Caribbean that cook or eat oxtail. No disrespect, I just think people should be more cautious to one's religion and culture. If you have to do research feel free to do so, we are human we don't know everything. Ignorance is not knowing, don't be ignorant!

I posted this in my Blog a few weeks ago about stereotype, racism, also discrimination. Reading my daily blog and emails I came across an interesting story that made me look at the fasion indrusty different. This story reminds me of Tommy Hilfiger doesnt want African Americans wearing his brand.

A former employee of the luxury fashion house of Gucci, Josephine Robinson has filed a $5 million dollar suit for discrimination. The former employee was relieved of her duties at the luxury fashion house for reporting that international superstar was paid less because she is “Caribbean”. Ms. Robinson the former employee stated numerous “racist comments and tasteless jokes” were directed at the international pop star. Josephine Robinson, worked on Rihanna’s contract for the 2008 campaign ran by the luxury fashion house.

According to court records filed, when it is discovered Rihanna was not from the US, she was instructed to “tax the hell out of her”. A scheme concocted to enable Gucci to retain 30% of her booking fees. Rihanna, a native of Barbados moved to the US at age 16 to embark upon a music career that has yielded the sale of 20 million albums, and 60 million singles. Ms. Robinson alleges that her former boss international tax counsel Stan, Sherwood was ordered Rihanna to be less because she is not a US citizen. Robinson, contends that Gucci is responsible for the racist behavior and is seeking punitive damages for “unfair treatment”.

Monday, June 6, 2011

MTV Movie Awards (Red Carpet)

I guess we can all agree that the MTV Movie Awards was pretty lame. Twilight bacially took all the spot light for other nominees But, Do we watch the awards to see who wins? I dont! Most of us watch to see the latest fashions on the red carpet. It was only few that stood out ot me this yr. everyone else was lame and plain.

Movado Connects Jamaica

"Let the children play" is Mavado’s gesture to the Maxfield Park Children's Home in Kingston 13.The Gullyside deejay is expected to donate a jungle gym and slide to the home on Saturday. The Gully God tells Music News that he’s also donating beds and will be painting and cleaning the premises. He says the prject will start this Saturday after all equitment is purchase. It is none that Movado has been doing charity work since 2007 for all schools in Jamaica to receive Internet service.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Man Down Banned

Past few days there has been a big issue since Rihanna has Releast her new video "MAN DOWN" on BET. In the video she is pointing a pistol out of a window, before firing at a man walking in front of a large group of people. Killing him in retaliation for raping her. Several members of Industry Ears, Enough of Enough and the Parents Television Council want BET to stop airing the video.

Rihanna say, "I'm a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What's up with everybody wantin me to be a parent? I'm just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!" she wrote. "Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents! And this is why! Cuz we turn the other cheek! U can't hide your kids from society,or they'll never learn how to adapt! This is the REAL WORLD!"

Gaza Story

In the midst of all the noise regarding nightclubs and threats, ace dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel announced today that he will be publishing a book to be released in the summer.
Kartel stated that the book has been in the making for over two years and has finally come to fruition. As a surprise to many, the intended release date of the book is July 23, 2011 on Haile Selassie's Earthstrong but may push it forward as he thinks there is a move to discredit his book before it is even released. This is due to some recent statements he has been hearing in the media from persons trying to derail his career and destroy his character.

"I think there was leak regarding some content of the book, the book is very potent, Jamaica simply cannot and will not be the same after this book is released," explained Kartel.
Unlike other books penned by other Dancehall artistes, this book will not be about Adidja Palmer's life or a glorified story based on a ficticous character. Instead, the book is titled "Voice of the Ghetto (or Gaza if you prefer) - Social Commentary for My People" which is an in depth look at ghetto life in
Jamaica through Kartel's eyes, the historical causes for how Jamaica got into the problems it now has and some suggestions from Kartel on how to improve the plight of the ghetto that may astonish many.
Though the book is not about Kartel's life, it will serve to "Crack the Kartel Code" as the world will finally get to know the thoughts of one of the most captivating and mysterious personalities ever to come out of Jamaica.

Kartel stated "People always wonder why Kartel does the things he does? What was he thinking when he sang that song or made that statement? Where does he get his point of view from? All of my thoughts will be unveiled so if you think you knew Kartel, you will be surprised when I introduce myself to the world through this book"