Reggae 3

 

The BIGGEST Reggae party of the year!!
For the People. By the People.
ATLANTA’S REGGAE IN THE PARK 3

Reggae in the Park is a block-party style celebration of Afro-Caribbean & Reggae music and culture with live music, DJ’s and great food! Bring your blankets, tents and chairs and get ready to
�#�BeREGGAE�

With our special guest host
Jason Skywalker

Featuring:

Dreggae
Dahmeneekah
Kenroy Kenne Blessin Carney

DJ K-Mixx
DJ Leo
DJ Marshall Mixer
And MORE!!

For a limited time only! Get your Reggae in the Park” Bottomless” Beer/ Rum Punch Collectors Cup for only $20 (Online Pre-sale ONLY!)

Please no coolers, no pets, no outside food or drink

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Women's 100m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) of Jamaica celebrates after winning the bronze medal after the 100m womens final. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

2016 Rio Olympics – Athletics – Final – Women’s 100m Final – Olympic Stadium – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 13/08/2016. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) of Jamaica celebrates after winning the bronze medal after the 100m womens final.

              She is called the Pocket Rocket, the Jamaican athlete who hails from Wolmer’s Girls High school burst on the scene in 2008 when she won her 1st Olympic gold medal which would be the beginning of a career that included 4 World Championships and 2 Gold medals  (making her the undisputed 100m track queen of her generation). All of this success for a woman sprinter was already historic. Throughout this period her contagiously wonderful smile, humble spirit and constant positive Christian references made her a fan favourite.

            Coming into the Rio Olympics  there was a lot of hype to the fact that she could do what no woman in history has ever done and that is win the Olympic gold a 3rd time. Fraser-Pryce had made the Jamaica Olympic team, however she was injured, she had suffered a toe injury earlier in the year and many thought she would not have made it to Rio. She even won her heats and the semi-final, however when she completed the Semi-final she was clearly in pain, so much show she bent over crying. She had to be helped off the track. The pressure was on.

              Then came the final. Shelly burst out of the blocks, a bit slower than her norm, ten seconds later she crossed the line 3rd with her teammate Elaine Thompson from Jamaica coming in 1st. Fraser-Pryce ran through the pain to achieve the medal. Although clearly disappointing Fraser-Pryce showed amazing grace by immediately hugging the winner in what seemed an  extremely sincere embrace and celebrating with her. She even stated later that this was her favourite medal for all that she had to battle to achieve this.

               By coming 3rd Fraser-Pryce has exhibited the best of the human spirit in such a situation. She already was a legend for all she had done, now she has taken everything to another level. Thank you Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Here is more of what she said after the race.

“Jamaica is officially on the medal count! The ceremony for the 100m final will be at approximately 7:15pm……
When God remains faithful and gave you more than you could ask for. We don’t get To pick our battles and that’s ok. But you get to give it everything you have. My greatest accomplishment Is showing up at that line and feeling thankful for the opportunity. I witness Elaine taking her moment and I’m happy because she deserves it, A time and season for everyone so take your bow. It will be a pleasure to stand on the podium with you. To my family both in blood and in Christ, Your prayers were my strength and your belief carried me the extra mile. I could not quit because it’s not in me. In the good and the ugly, I will always show up. To my sponsors, thank you for standing with me. My friends and my fans, you never stopped believing so why should I. Sometimes when we believe we have something to lose we actually have everything to gain. It was a ‪#‎PrycelessJourney‬!”

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

 Did you know that the Jamaica National Anthem is a prayer?

The Jamaican National Anthem

Eternal Father bless our land,
Guard us with Thy Mighty Hand,

Keep us free from evil powers,

Be our light through countless hours.

To our Leaders, Great Defender,

Grant true wisdom from above.

Justice, Truth be ours forever,

Jamaica, Land we love.

Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.
Teach us true respect for all,

Stir response to duty’s call, strengthen us the weak to cherish,

Give us vision lest we perish.

Knowledge send us Heavenly Father,

Grant true wisdom from above.

Justice, Truth be ours forever,

Jamaica, land we love.

Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love.

In September 1961, it was announced that the competition for the words of the National Anthem would be judged in the first instance. The successful script would then be published and a contest for the music put in train. Nearly one hundred entries for the words were received and it was subsequently announced on March 17 that the competition for the words of the National Anthem would close on Saturday March 31, 1962.

A Joint Committee of the Houses of Parliament was responsible for making the final selection. Members remained divided between two possible choices until Thursday July 19, 1962 when the large majority of the House, after eager debate, approved the resolution which was put to it and the version previously heard in the lobby was selected as suitable. The Anthem is the creative work of four persons, the late Rev. and Hon. Hugh Sherlock, OJ, OBE, the late Hon. Robert Lightbourne, OJ, the late Mapletoft Poulle and Mrs. Poulle (now Mrs. Raymond Lindo).

Code for use of the National Anthem

All persons should stand at attention, (i.e., heels together) at the playing of the National Anthem and men should remove their hats.

The first verse of the National Anthem should be played or sung as specifically designated on the arrival of the Governor-General or the Prime Minister.

The National Anthem may be sung or played at public gatherings.

Singing of the National Anthem should form part of the ceremony of raising and lowering of the flag at the beginning and end of term in schools and at Independence celebrations.

National Pledge

Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; I promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.

For use at the beginning and end of term, and on other special occasions.

Answer the question below

SkyWalker Buzz and 2BKaribbean would like to give you an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see two of the most talented artist musicians in Reggae music Tarrus Riley and the Legend Dean Fraser, in Atlanta Thursday night at Center Stage, 1375 West Peachtree St Atlanta Ga

 

To win you need to answer this question, by midnite Wednesday the 20th

“What instrument did Dean Fraser start playing at the age of 12” 

The 1st person with the right answer will be asked to send contact info and will get the pair of tickets to you. Enjoy!

  
JOY

Prayer group in the mad rush to get ready today stop for a second and look at nature around you, even the sun rising and take in the awesome power of GOD to make such strong masterpieces! 

Go to a mirror, look at how you are powerfully & wonderfully made and try to think of how JESUS sees you. 

If you have a spouse look at them or a picture of them and try to imagine how JESUS sees & loves them.

If you have children look at them or a picture of them and try to imagine how JESUS sees & loves them.

Look at your parents or a picture of them and try to imagine how JESUS sees & loves them.

Look at your siblings or a picture of them and try to imagine how JESUS sees & loves them.

I did that this morning with #GOD’s creation of nature around me, myself, my spouse, my children, my siblings and my parents and I felt such a charge filled joy that I will do my best to carry through the day.

Jason Walker

A couple years ago I sat down with Tessanne Chin righ after she won the popular NBC TV show the Voice. I wrote the article below for the Caribbean Today Magazine. I decided to republish it again.

A CHAT WITH TESSANNE CHIN

BY Jason Walker

Tessanne Chin

Tessanne Chin hugging my stepdaughhter Mahoro Amani during my interview with her

Tessanne Chin is one of the most amazing and powerful voices to not just come out of Jamaica, but come out of anywhere in a long time. In the early part of this century this daughter of two musicians and the younger sister of a popular artist in Jamaica had begun to build her career by singing backup for the legendary Jimmy Cliff and soon after began making her own music where she would make Rock laced Reggae songs which caught the fascination of the younger audiences throughout the Caribbean, however it was her voice that shone through that helped to take this Jamaican-Chinese songstress to the top of the  charts in the Caribbean. Songs like “Messenger” and “Hideaway” soon became favourites and anthems in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, this did not necessarily translate into financial success for the Jamaican artist who would win one of the most popular talent competition shows in the US. Tessanne also has a sister Tami Chin (AKA Tami Chynn) who was doing well for herself in Jamaica and internationally, even scoring a deal with the Universal record label.

Tessanne soon started working with international superstar and recording artist Shaggy where they did the duet “Never Let Me Go” but more importantly she would sing on the three very important choir like Shaggy orchestrated songs which involved major artists from throughout the Caribbean that spoke to major issues in the Caribbean such as helping save the lives of children at a Children’s hospital (“Save A Life”) and the earthquake in Haiti (“Rise Again”). The third choir-like (shall we say “We Are the World) type song was a celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, “On A Mission”. At this point Shaggy was managing Tessanne and he saw an opportunity to change the course of her career and not a moment too soon for she was just about ready to give up since she really did not see financial success yet. Shaggy arranged for her to be a contestant on NBC’s The Voice.

By now the world knows Tessanne became the most popular artist on the show because of her amazingly talented voice, her performances, her humility and the way she showed herself, her Jamaican culture and the consistent support of Jamaicans in Jamaica and the Diaspora. During the weekly run of the popular American talent competition she became America’s darling and a uniting cause and force for Jamaicans and those who love Jamaica worldwide. With the mobilized support of Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans Tessanne Chin became the first Jamaican to win any of these current American Talent competitions. Jason Walker caught up with her recently when she was helping Food For the Poor on a fundraiser Gala. Here is an excerpt of the conversation that ensued.

Jason Walker: Tell us about your vocal skills and your development.

Tessanne Chin: I just sang everyday to the point where it drove my family nuts until eventually my mom got the message, put me in Little People and Teen Players club (both in Jamaica) which is like a theatre based club then moving on and singing everyday she finally put me in proper training with Ms Lecie Wright who I credit to this day for giving me the grounds for proper technique and how to use your voice and how to protect your voice, I owe her a lot.

Jason: There was a time you spent in England, tell us about that and how that affected your development.

Tessanne: My mother’s mother is English, so half of my family is over there in terms of my mom’s side and actually my brother, sister and mom live there now, but we actually went to high school in England and my parents were separated at the time, so it was a very new ground for us and we were definitely culture shocked, cold shocked and every kind of shocked you can think. The first chance we got Tami (Chin) and I came back to Jamaica because it is our home and we knew we wanted to do music and we knew the type of music we wanted to do and from then Daddy always supported us, but even before England we grew up with musical parents so we always grew up around rehearsals and all dem tings, it was just a wonderful way to grow up.

Jason: What led you to start putting out the Rock Reggae fusion you were doing?

Tessanne: When you grow up in Jamaica you naturally hear your greats first, you hear your Bob’s, your Beres’, your Marcia Griffiths’, the Jimmy Cliffs, you hear your greats and that is wonderful because that is our blood but I grew up listening to that program called Fast Forward, where we would get radio programs from abroad and we would be listening to people like Boyz II Men and when I went to England I would listen to people like the Cranberries, Oasis, and Limp Bizkit, my horizon just got a little bid broader and that was the type of music that spoke to me then, I don’t know why but it did, it was something about it very raw, very true (pause) not pretentious; they weren’t trying to be pretty, they weren’t trying to be perfect, they were just singing about their emotions and what they felt and there is something about that rawness, very much like Reggae I could identify with.

Jason: When you made the Reggae Rock fusion song “Hideaway” a lot of people were confused about where to put the song, what did you think about that?

Tessanne: I think that is what was so beautiful about Hideaway and I think that is what is why to this day I love that song because it proves that music transcends barriers, it’s not about Reggae or Rock, it’s about good music and do you like it, it does not have to fit anywhere I think we get caught up about putting things in categories and where do I put this and if it does not sound like…. NAH! Music is music and that is the one thing about music you cannot pin it down!

Jason: Tell us about the Voice

Tessanne: (Shaggy) came to me with the whole opportunity about the voice and was like “I really think this would be a great platform for you to break out”. I was so afraid, I was so afraid to do it, because I did not know how America would receive me, I didn’t know if my Jamaicans would think I was turning my back on them, I didn’t know if I was ready for that, but I really had nothing to lose, I knew I wanted an international career, you know, so God bless Shaggy. There was a point where I definitely thought to myself: “Tess is either you are going to find another job, or you are going to be singing for the rest of your life”, whether I am in a hotel or on a cruise ship, at the Grammy’s or pon di Voice! That was the turning point for me as well, learning that I am here to sing, I do not know in what capacity but I know that is my calling and that is my gift and that is what I will be doing for the rest of my life, but I would be lying if I did not say that there were times I was like “yuh know sey a 9-5 a do it, yuh know sey a 9-5 mi a go get”.

Fortunately for us all 4 Judge chairs turned around at the auditions of the Voice.

Jason Walker is a freelance writer for Caribbean Today Magazine who has had an award winning journalism career that spans 20 years. He can be followed on twitter at www.twitter.com/jasonwalker_ or emailed at jasonarticle@gmail.com

 

GOD’s OMNIPOTENT GRACE

Posted: 06/03/2016 in Uncategorized

This came from some devotions I was doing on the BIBLE app and Ligonoir website.

God’s Omnipotent Grace

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Because in the Old Testament many of the old covenant saints are depicted as wealthy (Gen. 13:2; Job 42:10–17), and since it often links prosperity with God-pleasing behavior (Ps. 1; Prov. 22:4), first-century Jews commonly believed that riches were a sign of righteousness. To have wealth, they thought, is to be favored by God, signifying that a person has a share in the kingdom of heaven.

To be sure, personal righteousness and wealth are sometimes directly linked. In a capitalistic society, honest businessmen often prosper because their trustworthiness encourages many others to do business with them. Knowing this to be generally true, the biblical wisdom literature links wealth and holiness. But Scripture does not say rich people are always righteous (James 5:1–6), and we can by no means link goodness with wealth in every case.

Yet our Savior’s disciples have bought into the assumption that the wealthy deserve the kingdom. This is seen in their response to Jesus’ teaching on the stumbling block of riches in salvation (Matt. 19:23–24). In today’s passage, the disciples are astonished at Christ’s words, wondering aloud how anyone can be saved (v. 25). In essence they are saying this: “But Jesus, if rich people cannot find the salvation they obviously deserve, what possible hope is there for the rest of us, who show that we are undeserving by our lack of money?”

Though He could do so, Christ does not question His followers’ unsubstantiated link between riches and salvation. Instead, He uses the opportunity to teach them about His Father’s grace. Some wealthy people never find salvation because, no matter how hard they try, they cannot stop worshiping their bank accounts. But though this is impossible with men, it is possible with God (v. 26). Some rich people like Abraham and David enter the kingdom, but only because the Lord, who can do all things, has intervened on their behalf, as He does for all the elect.

Matthew 19:26 deals mainly with the ability of God’s grace to rescue those in bondage to their wealth. In the light of the entire canon of Scripture, however, we realize that were it not for this sovereign grace, no person would be saved from the sin that has enslaved his soul (Eph. 2:8–10).

Coram Deo

James Boice writes: “The only way anyone will ever be saved is if God operates entirely apart from us and for his own good pleasure” (The Gospel According to Matthew, vol. 2, p. 410). We are tempted to look at our own efforts for our salvation and to believe that all “good people” will be saved, no matter their religious affiliation. It is therefore vital to constantly remind ourselves that none of us would love and serve God apart from His grace.

Passages for Further Study

Exodus 33:19
Jeremiah 31

Romans 3:21–31

2 Thess. 2:16–17