April 8, 2014

RUDE SEXIST VULGAR BUT REALLY FUNNY 18+

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Whenever we feel down we watch this….

Vybz Kartel: “I Will Not Be Recording Music In Prison”

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The debate over whether or not Vybz Kartel will be recording new music in prison is over.
Lawyers representing the dancehall star says he has no intentions of recording behind bars after carefully evaluating the proposals.

“He has no intention of recording while in custody,” Kartel’s lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson said after the deejay was sentenced to life imprisonment last Thursday.

Tavares-Finson came to the conclusion after receiving a letter from the judge inquiring about whether or not Kartel should be allowed to make music in prison.

“That is the most ridiculous proposition I have ever heard that he [Kartel] should be given authority to record while in custody,” Tavares-Finson added. “The person was not convicted to do music, he was convicted to do hard labour.”



A rep for the former Portmore Empire head also told Urban Islandz that Kartel says he will not be recording new music in prison given the harsh treatment from the system.

“After the system finish tearing you down then they want to use you, so no Addi [Vybz Kartel] will not be recording new music to make more money for the system to tear down ghetto youths,” the rep told us.

Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were all given life sentences by a High Court judge on April 3, 2014.
Vybz Kartel will be eligible for parole in 35 years when he is 73 years old.
The four men were convicted of the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, who cops say was killed over two missing guns belonging to Vybz Kartel.
Williams body has yet to be found.
April 7, 2014

Vybz Kartel: “I Will Not Be Recording Music In Prison”

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The debate over whether or not Vybz Kartel will be recording new music in prison is over.

Lawyers representing the dancehall star says he has no intentions of recording behind bars after carefully evaluating the proposals.

“He has no intention of recording while in custody,” Kartel’s lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson said after the deejay was sentenced to life imprisonment last Thursday.

Tavares-Finson came to the conclusion after receiving a letter from the judge inquiring about whether or not Kartel should be allowed to make music in prison.

“That is the most ridiculous proposition I have ever heard that he [Kartel] should be given authority to record while in custody,” Tavares-Finson added. “The person was not convicted to do music, he was convicted to do hard labour.”

A rep for the former Portmore Empire head also told Urban Islandz that Kartel says he will not be recording new music in prison given the harsh treatment from the system.

“After the system finish tearing you down then they want to use you, so no Addi [Vybz Kartel] will not be recording new music to make more money for the system to tear down ghetto youths,” the rep told us.

Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were all given life sentences by a High Court judge on April 3, 2014.

Vybz Kartel will be eligible for parole in 35 years when he is 73 years old.

The four men were convicted of the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, who cops say was killed over two missing guns belonging to Vybz Kartel.

Williams body has yet to be found.

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April 5, 2014

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April 3, 2014

Aloe Blacc covered Naughty By Nature’s O.P.P. in the 1Xtra Live Lounge today!

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The Legendary Shabba Ranks by Wayne Carnegie

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April 2, 2014

The Legendary Shabba Ranks by Wayne Carnegie

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The National Gallery of Jamaica to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
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The National Gallery of Jamaica will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary on November 14, 2014, and among several upcoming projects, there will be a major retrospective on the gallery’s trajectory, “In Retrospect: 40 years of the National Gallery of Jamaica.” The Gallery’s chief curator Charles Campbell writes:

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the National Gallery of Jamaica. It’s been forty years since we first opened our doors as a gallery to collect, research, document and preserve Jamaican and other Caribbean Art. As I begin to settle into my role here as the new Chief Curator this year’s milestone has been an opportunity to look at both the Gallery’s tremendous accomplishments and how we may wish to change.

To celebrate our fortieth anniversary we’ll be mounting an exhibition that looks at the gallery’s history and the role it’s played in the Jamaican art world. “In Retrospect: 40 years of the National Gallery of Jamaica” will examine how…[Full article HERE]
April 1, 2014

The National Gallery of Jamaica to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

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The National Gallery of Jamaica will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary on November 14, 2014, and among several upcoming projects, there will be a major retrospective on the gallery’s trajectory, “In Retrospect: 40 years of the National Gallery of Jamaica.” The Gallery’s chief curator Charles Campbell writes:

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the National Gallery of Jamaica. It’s been forty years since we first opened our doors as a gallery to collect, research, document and preserve Jamaican and other Caribbean Art. As I begin to settle into my role here as the new Chief Curator this year’s milestone has been an opportunity to look at both the Gallery’s tremendous accomplishments and how we may wish to change.

To celebrate our fortieth anniversary we’ll be mounting an exhibition that looks at the gallery’s history and the role it’s played in the Jamaican art world. “In Retrospect: 40 years of the National Gallery of Jamaica” will examine how…[Full article HERE]

Miami Rum Fest 2014
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This year’s Miami Rum Fest is around the corner; it takes place on April 25-27, 2014. Here is an enthusiastic description:

Miami Rum Fest is expanding with more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits and will be back in April 25-27 to gather rum producers, professionals and enthusiasts. There will be three rum filled days of grand tasting sessions allowing participants to evaluate hundreds of notable rum brands and expressions from around the world, in addition to expert seminars, entertainment and fun in laid-back tropical island environment.

“We’re expanding the size and scope of the festival again this year,” said show manager Robin Burr. “Rum producers from…[Full article HERE]
March 31, 2014

Miami Rum Fest 2014

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This year’s Miami Rum Fest is around the corner; it takes place on April 25-27, 2014. Here is an enthusiastic description:

Miami Rum Fest is expanding with more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits and will be back in April 25-27 to gather rum producers, professionals and enthusiasts. There will be three rum filled days of grand tasting sessions allowing participants to evaluate hundreds of notable rum brands and expressions from around the world, in addition to expert seminars, entertainment and fun in laid-back tropical island environment.

“We’re expanding the size and scope of the festival again this year,” said show manager Robin Burr. “Rum producers from…[Full article HERE]

READ A BOOK:
Cuba on My Mind: Book Spotlights Ramiro A. Fernández Collection
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Cuba Then: Rare and Classic Images from the Ramiro A. Fernández Collection (The Monacelli Press, 2014), with a foreword and poems by Richard Blanco, gathers spectacular vintage photographs of the island of Cuba. For example, the photo on the cover (above) shows Josephine Baker and Italian singer Ernesto Bonino in Havana in 1952. According to this article by Lorna Koski, this is the second book based on Cuban-born Ramiro A. Fernández’s collection. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:

Fernández, who lives in New York’s Chelsea district, left Cuba as an eight-year-old in 1960 and, when he grew up, became a photo editor. In 1981, when he was working as a receptionist at the Museum of Modern Art, a man came in one day with an album of albumen prints by the Spanish-born Cuban photographer José Gómez de la Carrera, which he offered to sell to photo curator John Szarkowski. The curator wasn’t interested, so Fernández decided to buy the album himself in installments. That was the beginning of his collection, which now spans from 1850 to……[Full article HERE]
March 31, 2014

READ A BOOK:

Cuba on My Mind: Book Spotlights Ramiro A. Fernández Collection

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Cuba Then: Rare and Classic Images from the Ramiro A. Fernández Collection (The Monacelli Press, 2014), with a foreword and poems by Richard Blanco, gathers spectacular vintage photographs of the island of Cuba. For example, the photo on the cover (above) shows Josephine Baker and Italian singer Ernesto Bonino in Havana in 1952. According to this article by Lorna Koski, this is the second book based on Cuban-born Ramiro A. Fernández’s collection. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:

Fernández, who lives in New York’s Chelsea district, left Cuba as an eight-year-old in 1960 and, when he grew up, became a photo editor. In 1981, when he was working as a receptionist at the Museum of Modern Art, a man came in one day with an album of albumen prints by the Spanish-born Cuban photographer José Gómez de la Carrera, which he offered to sell to photo curator John Szarkowski. The curator wasn’t interested, so Fernández decided to buy the album himself in installments. That was the beginning of his collection, which now spans from 1850 to……[Full article HERE]

Cleopatra on the Caribbean
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Tarell Alvin McCraney Reimagines Shakespeare’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ in Haiti, as Lizzie SImon reports in this article for The Wall Street Journal.
Of all the things that $625,000 can buy, the freedom to decline new projects means a lot to the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who received one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grants” in September.
"It has already begun to change how much I pack on," the 33-year-old said. "I’m able to say ‘no.’ I’m able to say ‘wait.’ "
Mr. McCraney is currently in the midst of his most ambitious effort to date, “Antony and Cleopatra,” which will have its New York premiere at the Public Theater next week. The play, first published in 1623, has a reputation for being one of the most difficult in Shakespeare’s canon, with leaps through time and space and more than 40 characters.
As the play’s editor and director, Mr. McCraney whittled the cast down to 10 players, but for the most part retained its language, characters and plot. Where he has realized his own vision is in the setting, placing the story not at the dawn of the Sicilian revolt but the Haitian Revolution. While Cleopatra and Antony remain, along with references to Egypt and Rome, the composer Michael Thurber has incorporated rara, a musical genre native to Haiti, and choreographer Gelan Lambert added French and Afro-Caribbean dance into the production.
"When reading the piece, you’re aware that Shakespeare is highly concerned with, interested in, fascinated by the colonial economic and political power transfer between Egypt and Rome at the time," Mr. McCraney said. "France and Haiti were involved with a similar kind of relationship. Without Haiti, France couldn’t fund most of its wars."
The production, whose cast is equal parts American and British, is in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where it had its world premiere in November, and Miami’s GableStage, where it had its U.S. premiere in January.
Miami is Mr. McCraney’s hometown, and there he helped develop a partnership with the public-school system that brought more than 4,000 local students to weekday matinee performances.
"When I was a kid, I took part in so many social programs designed for low-income families," he said. "I took tons of ballet classes and painting classes because there were centers to keep me out of trouble. Those are scarce now."
"It was essential to Tarell’s vision to have an impact on Miami, to bring theater to kids who were like him," said Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s artistic director.
Mr. Eustis produced Mr. McCraney’s first play, “The Brothers Size,” at the Public in 2007, when Mr. McCraney was a third-year student at the Yale School of Drama. “Tarell was one of those very rare artists where it felt like he’d sprung from Zeus fully formed,” Mr. Eustis said. “We were among the first to notice, but we were by no means unique in noticing.”
Since then, Mr. McCraney has had a handful of critically acclaimed plays produced on the New York stage. His trilogy, “The Brother/Sister Plays,” followed a family in Lafayette, La. “Wig Out!” was centered around drag performers in Harlem. And “Choir Boy,” which ran this summer at Manhattan Theater Club, was about the struggles of a gay prep-school student in the South.
Mr. Eustis said that he has observed Mr. McCraney go from creating what he called “jewel-box” plays to ones with larger, thornier themes. “I’ve seen him stretching, to see how broad a vision he can create,” he said. “In his adaptation of ‘Antony and Cleopatra,’ he’s both exploring the tension between the attraction of worldly power and the attraction of love, and also looking at what happens to personal relationships mediated by colonialism and power struggles. He doesn’t shy away from the big issues.”
"Antony" received mixed reviews during its British and Miami runs, and Mr. McCraney continues to make adjustments to everything from the lighting to the performances.
Thanks to the MacArthur grant, he said, “there’s nothing else I’m thinking about.”
March 25, 2014

Cleopatra on the Caribbean

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Tarell Alvin McCraney Reimagines Shakespeare’s ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ in Haiti, as Lizzie SImon reports in this article for The Wall Street Journal.

Of all the things that $625,000 can buy, the freedom to decline new projects means a lot to the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who received one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grants” in September.

"It has already begun to change how much I pack on," the 33-year-old said. "I’m able to say ‘no.’ I’m able to say ‘wait.’ "

Mr. McCraney is currently in the midst of his most ambitious effort to date, “Antony and Cleopatra,” which will have its New York premiere at the Public Theater next week. The play, first published in 1623, has a reputation for being one of the most difficult in Shakespeare’s canon, with leaps through time and space and more than 40 characters.

As the play’s editor and director, Mr. McCraney whittled the cast down to 10 players, but for the most part retained its language, characters and plot. Where he has realized his own vision is in the setting, placing the story not at the dawn of the Sicilian revolt but the Haitian Revolution. While Cleopatra and Antony remain, along with references to Egypt and Rome, the composer Michael Thurber has incorporated rara, a musical genre native to Haiti, and choreographer Gelan Lambert added French and Afro-Caribbean dance into the production.

"When reading the piece, you’re aware that Shakespeare is highly concerned with, interested in, fascinated by the colonial economic and political power transfer between Egypt and Rome at the time," Mr. McCraney said. "France and Haiti were involved with a similar kind of relationship. Without Haiti, France couldn’t fund most of its wars."

The production, whose cast is equal parts American and British, is in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where it had its world premiere in November, and Miami’s GableStage, where it had its U.S. premiere in January.

Miami is Mr. McCraney’s hometown, and there he helped develop a partnership with the public-school system that brought more than 4,000 local students to weekday matinee performances.

"When I was a kid, I took part in so many social programs designed for low-income families," he said. "I took tons of ballet classes and painting classes because there were centers to keep me out of trouble. Those are scarce now."

"It was essential to Tarell’s vision to have an impact on Miami, to bring theater to kids who were like him," said Oskar Eustis, the Public Theater’s artistic director.

Mr. Eustis produced Mr. McCraney’s first play, “The Brothers Size,” at the Public in 2007, when Mr. McCraney was a third-year student at the Yale School of Drama. “Tarell was one of those very rare artists where it felt like he’d sprung from Zeus fully formed,” Mr. Eustis said. “We were among the first to notice, but we were by no means unique in noticing.”

Since then, Mr. McCraney has had a handful of critically acclaimed plays produced on the New York stage. His trilogy, “The Brother/Sister Plays,” followed a family in Lafayette, La. “Wig Out!” was centered around drag performers in Harlem. And “Choir Boy,” which ran this summer at Manhattan Theater Club, was about the struggles of a gay prep-school student in the South.

Mr. Eustis said that he has observed Mr. McCraney go from creating what he called “jewel-box” plays to ones with larger, thornier themes. “I’ve seen him stretching, to see how broad a vision he can create,” he said. “In his adaptation of ‘Antony and Cleopatra,’ he’s both exploring the tension between the attraction of worldly power and the attraction of love, and also looking at what happens to personal relationships mediated by colonialism and power struggles. He doesn’t shy away from the big issues.”

"Antony" received mixed reviews during its British and Miami runs, and Mr. McCraney continues to make adjustments to everything from the lighting to the performances.

Thanks to the MacArthur grant, he said, “there’s nothing else I’m thinking about.”

Jamaica school serves as cradle for island’s music

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Barefoot and dressed in donated clothes, 12-year-old Renaldo Brown methodically plays scales on a flute under the canopy of trees at a Jamaican vocational school renowned for nurturing many of this music-steeped island’s top instrumentalists, as David McFadden reports for the Associated Press. “It’s challenging but I like it. I’m getting better ’cause I’ve been practicing nearly every day for two years,” said the serious boy from the gritty Jamaican city of Spanish Town, tapping the keys on the silver-colored wind instrument as he spoke. Renaldo is among two dozen boys from impoverished backgrounds who are discovering a new world through music after being placed by family courts at Alpha Boys’ School. Some of the boys are orphans, while others are placed at the home because of neglect, abuse or because their parents can’t control them. A residential facility operated by Catholic nuns since the late 19th century, the school has long been the cradle of Jamaica’s prolific music culture — and…….Full article HERE
March 24, 2014

Jamaica school serves as cradle for island’s music

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Barefoot and dressed in donated clothes, 12-year-old Renaldo Brown methodically plays scales on a flute under the canopy of trees at a Jamaican vocational school renowned for nurturing many of this music-steeped island’s top instrumentalists, as David McFadden reports for the Associated Press. “It’s challenging but I like it. I’m getting better ’cause I’ve been practicing nearly every day for two years,” said the serious boy from the gritty Jamaican city of Spanish Town, tapping the keys on the silver-colored wind instrument as he spoke. Renaldo is among two dozen boys from impoverished backgrounds who are discovering a new world through music after being placed by family courts at Alpha Boys’ School. Some of the boys are orphans, while others are placed at the home because of neglect, abuse or because their parents can’t control them. A residential facility operated by Catholic nuns since the late 19th century, the school has long been the cradle of Jamaica’s prolific music culture — and…….Full article HERE

Kern Spencer freed in Cuban light-bulb trial - News
March 24, 2014

Wizkid does Bob Marley….Destination Africa Live Lounges….

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