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Culture: Ebony Payne-English

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Nadine Sutherland

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As she celebrates her 40th year in the music business, Nadine Sutherland reflects on the changing trends in reggae since she won the Tastee Talent Contest in late 1979. She started as a roots-reggae prodigy for Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Records, and flourished as a dancehall queen in the 1990s. The 50-year-old singer is still moving with the times with the song It Takes One, which recently released Not many female reggae artistes can boast about a 40-year career, especially given the history of male bravado in Jamaica’s music system. Sutherland beat two promising artists (singer Paul Blake and toaster Yellowman) to win what was then Jamaica’s American Idol contest, and went on to record several pre-teen hits such as Starvation on The Land, Hands and Heart and A Young One Like Me. As an adult, she had considerable chart success in the 1990s with Action (with Terror Fabulous), Anything For You (with Snow) and Babyface which she recorded for Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell, whose Xterminator Records was arguably the hottest dancehall/reggae label of that decade. For Sutherland, her triumphs outweigh the negatives. These include, “Working as a tween with Bob (Marley), doing background vocals for Peter Tosh, and having songs that have survived over time in big ways.” Nadine Sutherland has plenty of experience and talent and we should definitely expect more from this artist.

Interview with Nadine Sutherland YV: There are artist that used their musical platform to send positive messages into communities and to encourage positivity and change. Do you think this is happening in today’s more or less today? NS: Of course! There are many artistes using their platform to bring positive changes. Unfortunately, some do not get the attention they so deserve. YV: In your career what are you most proud of? NS: I’m most proud that I maintained my sanity... Lol. YV: As a woman working in a male dominated industry what advice would you like to give to any young female artist aspiring to have a successful career in the music industry? NS: Keep on working on your craft, at the end of the day, quality cannot be denied or disputed. YV: We know you have worked at a school for performing arts in the United States, do you think you will work on any similar programs in Jamaica? NS: I would love to, and in the future this May be possible, but at this point I’m focusing on me now. YV: Whats the next step for Nadine Sutherland? New Music, Recording? NS: I have a new song out on the all female album, Queens in the Arena: Kemet Riddim, it’s called It takes One. I’m recording new songs, nuff music a come a road.

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H&M is rolling out its first African collaborative The global retailer announced its collaboration with South African fashion label Mantsho, which will “introduce a dose of fresh fun and uniquely South African aesthetic to H&M customers around the world,” H&M said in a statement. Mantsho, which means “black is beautiful” in Sesotho, was created in 2004 by designer Palesa Mokubung. Mantsho is well-known in South Africa, a staple on the country’s various fashion week runways and in the closets of the upwardly mobile. The clothes are edgy and feminine, flowy with the right number angles, and distinctly South African, representative of a post-apartheid optimism. This season, for example, Mantsho’s winter collection was marked by prints of the brand’s distinctive graphic logo: a symmetrical flower made up of four women’s faces (inspired by designer herself). It was not only fashionable, but savvy marketing for a ready-to-wear brand. The H&M collaboration seems to be the logical next step in that brand evolution. Along with all of H&M’s South Africa outlets, the Mantsho collection will be carried in flagship stores in the US, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Chile, and Israel, giving Mokubhung exposure far beyond her stores in Johannesburg. The collection will be available in H&M stores and online from August 15, summer in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of a warmer climate in the south.

Rihanna launches luxury fashion label Fenty in Paris Rihanna has launched her fashion label Fenty at a pop-up boutique in Paris, becoming the first black woman to create an original brand with the French luxury conglomerate LVMH. The event was attended, among others, by Olivier Rousteing and Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative directors of Balmain and Dior respectively. Last week, Rihanna revealed that she had moved to London ahead of the launch, Fenty, which will debut in a Paris pop-up store on May 24 and online on May 29, is the latest of Rihanna’s business ventures. It joins her cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty and lingerie label Savage X Fenty, which launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Collaborating with Mantsho is also great publicity for H&M. The brand has had some trouble in South Africa after the racist hoodie debacle in January 2018. The international uproar was turned up a notch in South Africa, where H&M stores were trashed, and an NGO demanded H&M executives attend training for racial sensitivity and diversity. Working with a black South African designer is a way for H&M to show it’s reinvesting in one of key markets in Africa. The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union, meanwhile, welcomed the chance to finally make the clothes sold in the fastgrowing H&M.

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Nipsey Hustle by Ebony Payne-English

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BUJU BANTON PROVES HE’S STILL THE CHAMPION AT LONG WALK TO FREEDOM TOUR Buju returns like a Champion Buju Banton returned to the stage in a moment fit for the ages last Saturday evening at the National Stadium in Kingston. After an almost ten-year hiatus, patrons dug deep to pay big bucks for the monumental experience. Traffic blocked roads leading to the National Stadium as thousands eagerly made their way to the highly-anticipated Long Walk To Freedom Concert. Shuttle buses took patrons from roads leading to the venue to its gates. Minutes after 11:00 pm, emcee Elise Kelly welcomed ‘The Gargamel’ to the stage. He appeared clad in full white while fans screamed and tried to capture the moment on their cellphones. The white light that beamed around the singjay coupled with his opening prayer (singing) “Have mercy on me” made it a truly celestial moment. Buju Banton wasted no time to deliver the long-awaited performance; prancing across the stage, he thrilled fans with his powerful vocals. Songs such as Not an Easy Road, Hills and Valleys, and Destiny had members of the audience in tears as the singer enticed their ears and hearts. Though there were a few technical glitches at the beginning of his performance, once those were amended it was as if Buju Banton had not been away. In an almost two-hour performance, he delivered a number of songs including the dancehall hitsChampion, Too Bad, Me & Ounu, and Waistline. It was pandemonium when he belted hits such as Driver A and Wanna Be Loved. By this time, he was drenched in sweat. Buju shared moments on stage with a number of artistes including Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Wonder, and Gramps Morgan. Stefflon Don also did a cameo. Other performers on the show were Wayne Marshall, Jahazeil (Buju’s son), Ghost, Cocoa Tea, Koffee, Etana, Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, LUST, and Chronixx

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We draw our own conclusions in chalk lines Our kind has always made miraculous martyrs Their murders make media magic The most marvelous cold cases But we dig our own graves don’t we? While their widows and children mourn We march or picket or riot or rot away inside From the helplessness Or grief or fear or disgust Or maybe we just post a RIP on our status To be critiqued by the masses How dare we be late? Perhaps it would be better if we were never If a black body falls from its frame And there is no hashtag to claim it Does it make a sound? When it crashes to the ground All bloody All broken All American casualty My community is riddled with tragedy Tangled in the complexity of “we black out here and we can’t just come out and do it any way we want to.” Steve Harvey’s coon croons a lot like common sense since I’ve had the time to reflect My intellect rejects things that don’t seem natural Meanwhile my body just adapts Continues to breathe and heartbeat through the abnormalities Continues to keep my hands on the steering wheel and eyes facing forward Continues to part it’s lips and say yes sir when asked if I know how fast I was going Continues to reach into my wallet because an unconstitutional ID check is a lot less inconvenient than an untimely death Will Da Real one was shot in front of his black owned business in his own hometown Nipsey Hustle was gunned down the same way No It is not Groundhog’s Day Just April Fools Gold teethed gods both immortalized by a brutal blaze of bullets But the one in front of the gun lives forever Excuse me if I don’t celebrate Excuse me if I may weep If I cannot keep Kendrick’s promise to sing The sting of it all has silenced the melody This is why we can’t have nice things Like men and victories and pride and dignity They are taken much easier than they came We are ashamed to have loved them in the first place For allowing our digits to dig into the caped hem of their garments and find wholeness and hope When Tupac died... I cried but did not cope I was old enough to know what would happen before it happened because this is what happens Right? “If a man has not found something for which he would die, he isn’t fit to live” This world wants more out of me than I am willing to give Similar to all the men I have loved And lost

According to Ronnie Tomlinson, Buju’s publicist, more than 32,000 people showed up. The night culminated in fireworks as Buju Banton said, “We Love You!” to his fans and well-wishers Photo credits: Buju Offical FB page source: jamaicaobserver

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Black Influence on the Music Industry Over the Decades There’s no denying that Black artists and musicians have contributed a lot to the music scene. Over the decades, numerous icons have come and gone, creating lasting impacts on a wide variety of music genres. We provide a comprehensive timeline of Black influence on the music industry and also touch on many of the remarkable stars who made history over the years.

The Early 20th Century

At this time, deep in the southern parts of the United States, blues music was born. Following shortly after was jazz, which became a popular staple within African American communities—and it completely transformed music. In fact, other genres, such as swing music and rock and roll, came from the conception of jazz. It is also important to note that Gospel music was also a product of the 1800s and early 1900s music scene.

The 1950s to 1960s

In the 50s, Chicago blues started to gain popularity. Muddy Waters, known to be the “father” of this style of music, inspired Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and other iconic groups to create music with electric blues influences. On the same hand, artists such as Aretha Franklin and Little Richard, with their unique and dynamic vocals, would encourage future artists to make funk and rock and roll music. Even the 1950s biggest pop sensations, such as the Beatles and Elvis Presley, drew inspiration from AfricanAmerican artists, composers, and musicians. In the 60s, artist James Brown peaked in popularity. Also known as “The Godfather of Soul,” he had the unbelievable ability to combine several vocal styles, including blues and gospel, to create a one-of-a-kind sound. Many Black musical groups also emerged at this time. The Supremes paved the way for future girl groups (such as Destiny’s Child and Salt-N-Pepa) as well as R&B and soul musicians. Another successful group, The Temptations, developed a unique style of music that enthusiasts would later dub “Motown.” The Jackson 5 also started around this time—they would end up producing top hits that would gain worldwide recognition.

The 1970s to 1980s

During the 70s, soul geniuses Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder took the world by storm. Their sultry yet powerful sound captivated audiences around the globe. Many people now consider them to be some of the most influential artists in the industry. By the 80s, two more Black male musicians appeared on the scene. Michael Jackson was a worldwide name in music; he was “The King of Pop.” Little Richard was actually a huge source of inspiration for him. Music from the past had a big impact on him—it is what encouraged him to perfect his skill; Michael’s vocals continue to mesmerize people today. Another prominent figure was Prince, who also created iconic albums out of inspiration from preceding Black artists. At this time, the world was in awe of his exceptional talent, and he eventually became one of the best-selling artists in history. A final name that nobody will ever forget is Whitney Houston; her vocals enchanted listeners around the world. Her greatest hits laid the perfect foundation for up-and-coming female Black pop artists, including Janet Jackson and Beyoncé.

The 1990s to 2000s

It wasn’t until the 90s that hip hop began to dominate the charts. This was the era of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur — two of the greatest rappers of all time. Other rappers who emerged during the 90s include Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Will Smith. Additionally, when people think of the 90s and early 2000s, they remember Lauryn Hill and Tracy Chapman’s powerful and alluring voices.

The Present

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Today, there seems to be a huge shift in markets toward pop and rap music. It’s evident that previous Black men and women in music have influenced today’s biggest artists, including Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. More and more Black singers are emerging every year, all thanks to the humble, hardworking Black artists of previous generations. (Continued on page 11)

Stefflon Don Lauded By Dancehall Legend Bounty Killer For Charitable Work In Jamaica Stefflon Don is getting lauded by one of dancehall’s most influential voices, Bounty Killer. The British-Jamaican rapper is one of the leading females in hip hop currently and is a part of the new wave in the UK rap scene. Aside from making hits, Stefflon Don used her time and star power to help refurbish schools in Africa and Jamaica. She was in Kingston recently with members of the IHeartAfrica #WeWillRizeTogether international pan African school refurbishment initiative who renovated the iconic Haile Selassie High School. “Very proud to be part of the IHeartAfrica #WeWillRizeTogether international pan African school refurbishment initiative, at the Haile Selassie high school in Payneland, Kingston, Jamaica,” Steff wrote. “This is my second time visiting this year and I can already see progress.” “We have starting with refurbishing the library first as knowledge is power,” she added. “Making sure these kids will have many books filled with information of who they really are, and how amazing, beautiful and powerful they are.” Bounty Killer didn’t just repost her post on Instagram; he also commented on her post lauding her for the effort. “I salute this effort sister great move well needed show them up all the vanity loving Rasta’s in Jamaica who loves to brag about who rich and got what talking Selassie I well Selassie gave us a School to uplift and educate the youths and not even to help maintain it they would do I did two free concerts there already with Machel (RIP) and Screw and willing to do more or whatever to help the cause bcuz each one teach one to reach one,” Killer wrote.

Buju Banton post-prison album is on the way. The Grammy-winning reggae singer has been busy touring on his “Long Walk To Freedom” tour, but in between shows he found some time to record some new music. Last week, Buju Banton released his first solo single, “Country For Sale,” since leaving prison in December last year. The track debut at the top of the iTunes reggae chart and has been a huge hit among reggae/dancehall fans who are now hungry for more new music. The song’s producer, Donovan Germain, who is also a longtime friend and mentor of Buju Banton, confirmed that the singer is working on a new body of work due by the end of the summer. Germain says that Buju recorded four singles and he decided to release “Country For Sale” first. The veteran producer also revealed that the two are putting together an album due between August and September of this year. This song is something that should keep us out there until that is ready; however, we might just drop a deejay tune to satisfy that section of his fan base.” Buju Banton recently performed at three massive concerts in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. He also has a couple of upcoming shows in Europe and Africa, Buju Banton’s last album, Before The Dawn, was released in 2010. That project earned him a Grammy award in 2011. (Continued on page 16)

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10 Bob Marley Phrases You Should Know Legendary Reggae singer and songwriter, Bob Marley is known for his utterances of words of wisdom and inspiration. Through his music, recorded interviews and concerts, he constantly shared positive, uplifting quotes. “Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.” Perhaps the most popular words uttered by Marley, that reassures us that despite how tough things get, in the end things will be fine. “The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” This beautiful quote challenges you on deciding how much pain you are willing to go through for the ones you love. “You’re not supposed to feel down over whatever happens to you. I mean, you’re supposed to use whatever happened to you as some type of upper, not a downer.” Marley encourages you to not dwell on the bad things happening to you, but to use it as motivation. “When one door is closed, many more open.” When you lose an opportunity or a chapter in your life closes, do not lose hope; Shift your attention on what you still have and what other opportunities are available. “The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” Choose to be positive and radiate that positivity always; Share that positive energy with everyone you meet. “Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” This is a reminder that true happiness comes from within and not from material things. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” Until your personal strength is challenged beyond limits you never imagined, you will never realize how strong you really are.

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“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” This quote depicts Marley’s philosophy on life and reminds us that wealth is measured by a man’s ability to positively impact those around him. “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” Live a life that pleases you and makes you happy. Take the adventures, talk to strangers and do whatever excites you! “Just because you are happy, it does not mean that the day is perfect, but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” Your happiness should not be tied to circumstances. Photo Courtesy: Bob Marley’s Instagram

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g Food Facts Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said the fruit will have to be prepared under a process commonly referred to as irradiation, which is a food safety measure designed to eliminate disease-carrying bacteria after meetings with a number of Jamaican importers and exporters, as well as potential investors.

With the green light now given to export the fruit, described as one of the Jamaican products in high demand, Shaw said that “consideration will now have to be given to establishing orchards for these [in-demand] products” in a bid to maximize production to meet demand. Some importers and exporters who attended the meeting with the minister complained of not being able to secure sufficient supplies of certain products, especially ackee. Shaw, meanwhile, said there was also a “great demand for castor beans, sweet corn, sea island cotton, and coconut from Jamaica”. He said that consideration was being given to refurbishing the old Agricultural Marketing Corporation building on Spanish Town Road to be used by small entrepreneurs who want to invest in products being sought by the US market. And, speaking at the reopening of the JAMPRO New York office, Shaw said the office is “our primary springboard to tripling our exports to the United States.” The move, he added, would also allow Jamaica to capitalise on the opportunities within the US and global markets to ensure “our sustained economic growth.”

A Guyanese and a Jamaican walk into a store, the guyanese tief a chocolate bar and when they left the store he said “yuh see dat?” mi tief three chocolate bars. “nobody cya tief like me!”, and the jamaican said “ mek wi go back to the store,me ago show yuh a who a the real tief”. They went in and the jamaican said to the cashier “ yuh want to see a magic trick?” the cashier said “ sure” “hand me a chocolate bar” he ate it. “hand me another one” he ate that too, “ hand me one more” and he ate it. “Mon, where’s the magic?” said the cashier. The jamaican mon said “check the guyanese pockets and yuh find all three a dem”

How Long Before I Can Get A Haircut?

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Jamaica gets green light to export mangoes to US

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A guy sticks his head into a barber shop and asks, “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looks around the shop and says, “About 2 hours.” The guy leaves. A few days later the same guy sticks his head in the door and asks “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looks around at the shop full of customers and says, “About 3 hours.” The guy leaves. A week later the same guy sticks his head in the shop and asks, “How long before I can get a haircut?” The barber looks around the shop and says, “About an hour and half.” The guy leaves. The barber looks over at a friend in the shop and says, “Hey, Bill, follow that guy and see where he goes. He keeps asking how long he has to wait for a haircut, but then doesn’t come back.” A little while later, Bill comes back into the shop, laughing hysterically. The barber asks, “Bill, where did he go when he left here?” Bill looks up, tears in his eyes and says, “Your house!”

Bwoy ... Go Get Yuh Moddah

A boy and his father from the Caribbean were visiting America for the first time. The first time they went to a mall, they were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slideback together again. The boy asked, “Ah whahdat, daddy?” The father (having never seen an elevator) responded, “Son, minevah see notting so inna mi life! Mi nuh know what it is!” While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a fat old lady in a wheelchair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous, voluptuous 19-year-old woman stepped out. The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman, says quietly to his son, “Bwoy... Go get yuh moddah!”

A Guyanese And A Trini

A Guyanese man is having breakfast one morning; coffee, croissants, bread, butter & jam, when a Trini man, chewing gum, sits down next to him. The Guyanese ignores the Trinidadian who, nevertheless starts a conversation. Trini: “You Guyanese folks eat the whole bread?” Guyanese: (in a bad mood): “stupid, of course.” Trini: (after blowing a huge bubble) “ We don’t. In Trinidad, we only eat what’s inside. The crust we collect in a container, recycle it, transform them into croissants and sell them to Guyana. The Trini has a smirk on his face, and the Guyanese man listens in silence. Trini: “ Do you eat jelly with the bread? Guyanese: “ Of course we do.” Trini: (cracking his gum between his teeth and chuckling). “We don’t in Trinidad, we eat fresh fruit for breakfast, then we put all the peels, seeds and leftovers in containers, recycle them,transform them into jam and sell the jam to Guyana.” Guyanese: “Ayo use condoms fuh sex in Trinidad?” Trini: “Why of course we do” (the Trini says with a big smirk). Guyanese: “And wha ayo a do wid de condoms aftuh?” Trini: “We throw them away of course.” Guyanese: “ Abe na do da. In Guyana we put dem in a containa, melt dem down into chewing gum and sell them to ayo Trini people...nice talkin wid u.”

Weh yuh have me money A totally naked woman rushed into a taxi. The taxi driver turned and stared at her so keenly. The woman asked the taxi driver, “Why yuh a stare pon mi suh, a fuss yuh a si woman naked?” The taxi driver replied, “No but mi just a wonda a weh yuh have mi money”.

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Morgan Heritage Announces Worldwide 2019 LOYALTY Summer/Fall Tour

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Longevity and consistency are what defines icon. Morgan Heritage are a true testament of the latter as the band’s seventeenth album “LOYALTY” is slated for release summer 2019 as the band trods on an intercontinental journey. Renowned world-wide for their riveting stage presence and exciting showmanship, the Royal Family of Reggae joined by special guest and third generation protégé, Jemere Morgan will trek globally and launch the LOYALTY WORLD TOUR on June 8th, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya and will conclude on September 22nd in New York. The LOYALTY itinerary not only embodies Morgan Heritage’s global citizenship but is a testament of the siblings embrace of unifying cultures that is prominent in their music. “Fans can expect an an in depth journey into our last 2 albums Strictly Roots & Avrakadabra,” Peter Morgan said. “And of course lots of the Classic MH songs that we have all grown to love over the years. We’ve been away from touring for over a year now and it’s gonna be fun to share this love and energy with our fans. The Loyalty World Tour will be another Rockaz moment!” (Continued on page 18)

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Beenie Man Building A Church In Waterhouse Beenie Man is building and church and a library in Waterhouse. The dancehall icon is spending his own money to rebuild a church and a library in his community. Beenie Man, who grew up in Waterhouse in St Andrew, is giving back to the place that he once called home in a major way. The deejay says his faith is now Rastafarian, but the church still holds a special place in his heart because he used to attend church as a child growing up regularly. Beenie, whose real name is Anthony Moses Davis, is making it clear that he isn’t building the church because he is becoming a Christian, but is doing it as his way to give back to the community. The deejay revealed that the historic Ethiopian Orthodox Church holds a special place in his heart.

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“Mi love God in every way, and mi will praise him in every name,” Beenie said. “It is not about Christianity, and I’m not trying to baptize. Selassie nuh need fi do that. You see true my mother a Christian and everybody know, but my church is the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.” The dancehall legend noted that the church is being built in the most violent part of Waterhouse, at Unity Lane off Balcombe Drive. “The only thing left to go on now is the top, but mi did a plan to put a library on the top because it is a community church and the youth dem need something to do,” he continues. Beenie Man revealed that the church would’ve been already completed, but members of the community stole some of the construction material in an area where it was stored. Some $2.4 million is already spent on the construction in labor and material, and another $4 million is needed for the completion. (Continued on page 22)

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What is Lupus????

Do you or someone you know have these symptoms? Have you ever had arthritis or rheumatism for more than three months? Do your fingers become pale, numb or uncomfortable in the cold? Have you had any sores in your mouth for more than two weeks? Have you been told that you have low blood counts (anemia, low white cell or low platelet count)? Have you ever had a prominent rash on your cheeks for more than one month? Does your skin break out after you have been in the sun (not sunburn)? Has it ever been painful to take a deep breath for more than a few days (Pleurisy)?

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Hello my name is Melissa I have Androgenic Alopecia I was diagnosed this year I lost my edges from wearing tight braids I was so embarrassed about not having edges that I wore wigs,hat, and head wraps so I did the big chop and went natural during that period my hair was thinning and had a patch and my hair line was receding back so at that time I refused treatment because I am a diabetic and I shot myself with insulin already I told the doctor this was the last time she would see me that I was going to go bald I have been bald for 1 year and 3 months and I love the freedom of not doing hair and using hair products. When I walk in a room I hold my head up high because I am blessed and God made me beautiful.

Have you ever had a seizure, convulsion, fever or fit? Do you ever suffer from exhausting fatigue? *If you answered “yes� to at least three of these questions, there is a possibility you have Lupus and you should see a doctor to be tested for the disease. Because many Lupus symptoms mimic other illnesses, are sometimes vague, and may come and go, Lupus can be difficult to diagnose. Diagnosis is usually made by a careful review of a person’s entire medical history, physical examination, coupled with an analysis of the results obtained in routine laboratory tests and some specialized tests related to immune status. Currently there is no single laboratory test that can determine whether a person has Lupus or not.

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NEW YORK, NY – VP Records is proud to release the new single from reggae/dancehall veteran Busy Signal, “Got to Tell You” from his upcoming album Parts of the Puzzle. Out this Friday April 26th on all digital platforms, and exclusively premiering today on Large Up, the self-produced and self-written track is a high energy dancehall track laced with EDM. “Got to Tell You” follows the success of his recent string of singles, “Stay So”, “One Way”, “Dolla Van” and more. With hit after hit, Busy Signal has established his talent and staying power in the industry with his versatility in blending dancehall and reggae with EDM, afrobeats, salsa and other international sounds to create hardcore bashment anthems and transcendent global hits. Born Reanno Gordon, Busy first burst on the dancehall scene as part of iconic deejay Bounty Killer’s Alliance crew over a decade ago, establishing himself as a major factor in the genre with his breakthrough hit “Step Out” and an album by the same name. Successive projects like Loaded and D.O.B. further showcased Busy’s outside-the-box lyrical displays and eclectic ear for rhythms and, in 2012, he went back to basics with Reggae Music Again, an allreggae set selected as one of the Top 10 albums of the year by the BBC. In addition to solo work, Busy has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Major Lazer, who featured him on their 2013 international smash “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” and “Jump” off 2017’s Know No Better EP, as well as on the title track from No Doubt’s Major Lazer-produced album Push and Shove. A remixed version of “Jump” can be heard in Bacardi’s “Dance Floor” commercial campaign currently airing on TVs across North America. A pioneer in the fusion of dancehall and Afro sounds, Busy Signal has also cultivated deep ties with Africa, frequently visiting countries such as Zimbabwe and Gambia to perform. With one foot firmly planted in the core Caribbean market and the other always exploring new sounds and styles, count on Busy to deliver another epic musical journey. -Some words by Jesse Serwer of Large Up Stay tuned for the “Got To Tell You” official music video coming soon!

Beenie Man and Bounty Killer set to Clash at Reggae Sumfest 2019 Beenie Man and Bounty Killer have c onfirmed for this year’s Reggae Sumfest. Two of the biggest names in dancehall’s history, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, will revive their classic rivalry in July at Reggae Sumfest. The two deejay’s who rivalry in the 1990s spawned dozens of classic hits are billed on the roster to perform together on the same stage tune for tune. It will be a friendly affair because Beenie and Bounty have set their differences aside and are now good friends. Killer confirmed the reports on his Instagram when he also paid tribute to Beenie. “Many ppl might be speculating about why killer posting so much pic with @kingbeenieman well a little enlightenment,” the dancehall legend wrote. “2003 Its A Party at Polo Club I told Ennis and the securities not to let Beenie in my party Beenie cuss off the security dem and returned with a Polo Club Membership Card get into the party and ended up on stage deejaying the morning too what a heart and when my father died 09 he was at the ninth night and funeral too in this pic here it was 2012 March 4th my mom ninth night the worst days of my entire life he was there and at the funeral also unuh know all who and who that I helped and mama prayed for regularly didn’t turned up.”

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Bounty Killer continues, “They said in death and grief that’s where u know ur real true friends not in the festivities and the celebrations but as a rival he had supported me way more than half of the ppl I gave the platform he maybe not be my closest bredrin since I don’t know his phone number or where he lives we both have our ways at times but he is truly a friend indeed when truly indeed Salute Greatness Kabooom full transition.”

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