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Jamaica’s Raheem Sterling has been voted the 2019 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, less than a day after his peers voted him the PFA young player of the year.

Sterling has scored 29 goals for Manchester City and England this season, including a hat-trick for England in the opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic, while also helping England’s squad reach this summer’s Nations League finals in Portugal.

The awards also reflect Raheem’s courage to challenge preconceptions and fight racism, which will leave a legacy not just for future generations in football but society as a whole. As a black immigrant in England, Raheem has been the subject of many racist and xenophobic attacks along with being exposed to many victims of such attacks.

He has faced these attacks and played Football with class, grace & bravery. The Jamaican footballer has become an inspiration while playing great football. The Jamaican who now lives in England plays for the English national team and Manchester City.

 

Dalton Harris has created history. Dalton Harris has won the X Factor UK becoming the 1st ever Jamaican and Caribbean artist to achieve this feat. Harris dominated throughout the competition, with effortless skill, amazing talent and humility.

Dalton Harris’ unique voice belted out amazing performances of hard to sing songs, in what seemed to be, easily week after week and topped the competition each time. The judges were in total disbelief that such a talent had not already been a worldwide star.

In Harris’ home country, Jamaica, Harris had already broken a record by being the youngest person to win Jamaica’s music competition, Rising Stars. Harris won the competition at the age of 16. Unfortunately, he did not see much success after that great victory. Harris had lived a life of poverty and alleged child abuse up to this point, he had been left to fend on his own at the age of 15.

Legendary producer Donovan Germaine (who managed or produced such legends as Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, & Buju Banton) took Harris under his wing, helped him to finish high school and mentored Harris into becoming a better vocalist. Germaine had produced several songs with Harris, yet the sales of such music were not strong.

At age 24, Dalton Harris was auditioning on the X-Factor, and the rest is history. Harris had some of his family, friends and his mentor Germaine in attendance at the final. As his humility showed throughout once his name was called as the winner, he was clearly still in a state of disbelief.

Pandimion was created at the event, in Jamaica, and around the world! Social Media lit up. Celebrities from all over were congratulating Dalton.

Jamaican superstar singer and Princess of Reggae, Nadine Sutherland (who had also been one of the judges on Jamaica’s Rising Star when Dalton won that competition) stated, “to be a small part of Dalton’s journey is indeed an honor. From his entrance and then subsequent winning of the Rising Stars talent competition, where I was a panelist judge alongside Clyde Mackenzie and Anthony Miller, it was obvious that he was very gifted. To see this gift blossom and develop into him winning the international talent contest XFactor 2018 is incredible. His journey so far is an inspirational story of challenges and victories and is befitting to be on the big screen. My joy for him is indescribable.”

The Royal family was also represented by the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson who gushed, “Congratulations @harrisdalton you are a true superstar. I knew you could do it. You were superb this weekend and I am so proud of you!”

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness shared, “Congratulations to our Dalton Harris @harrisdalton! Winner of the XFactor. The entire Jamaica is proud of you. Your phenomenal talent is now unleashed on the world.”

Yes, Dalton, we are all proud of you!

 

 

 

In the Final Saturday, after two performances, Dalton Harris, the amazing and inspirational story of an artist coming out of nowhere and impressing the world, takes another step to winning the popular music competition. If Dalton Harris wins he will become the 1st Jamaican and 1st Caribbean to ever win the competition.

Even if he does not win, he has made the biggest impression on this year’s competition and is now one of the most memorable performers that has ever performed. Dalton, coming from poverty, child abuse and having to fend for himself from the age of 15, was discovered by veteran producer Donovan Germaine who took him under his wings and recorded some songs with.

Although Harris won Jamaica’s premiere talent competition “Rising Stars”, he did not see the success of any kind. Germaine made sure he finished high school and much was not heard from Harris on the scene until he auditioned for the X-Factor. He has been the best week by week, creating fans throughout UK, Jamaica, the Jamaican Diaspora and the world. He has shown incredible humility and effortless skill throughout the competition. The judges gush over him amazed that such talent had not already been discovered and showcased across the world.

Dalton has shown that he deserves to be a star in entertainment. Sunday, Dalton Harris could create history.

MIAMI BROWARD CARNIVAL IS RIGHT ON TIME

Jennifer Lovell from NY masquerader for Dingolay mas band

Jason Walker

Carnival, the largest physical manifestation that has been exported worldwide, is up South Florida again. The Miami Broward One Carnival will happen Sunday the 7th of October in 2018. The timing of the Carnival is perfect with the backdrop of the USA having issues with the immigrant population (which over 90% of the US population is either born outside of the US or is the descendant of someone born outside of the country) and the current political power structure.

Carnival does directly represent the 35 countries of the Caribbean that has spawned this amazing festival, yet Carnival has cultural elements from all over the globe and deriving from the continent of Africa, it is an event that finds a way to bring unity with diversity.

Carnival is an explosion of music, food, costumes and various aspects of culture, the best that the melting pot of the Caribbean offers. It engages family of all ages and communities and people from all walks of life. The patrons will be exposed to costume bands, music bands, steel pan bands, the diverse food along with a worldwide connection and sense of excitement and bliss.

The Carnival could not come at a better time. We all need a moment of community that is filled with joy and peace. A day where all cares are thrown to the wind and we lose ourselves in our best selves. On this day we will partake of the euphoria that has been handed down from generation to generation and has sparked creativity, connectivity and ecstasy.

The Miami Broward One Carnival will have all the activities spoken of and culminate with a concert of some of Soca’s best artists. The concert is headlined by Kes the Band, Patrice Roberts and Ricardo Drue. Here is a small Q&A we had with Ricardo Drue to give us more of an opportunity to learn more about him.

 

Questions for Ricardo Drue

JW: For those that don’t know who Ricardo Drue is, describe yourself.

RD: Ricardo Drue is a son the Caribbean, born in Antigua Raised in Trinidad and currently living in Florida. I think I’m probably one of the most goofy and weird artiste you’ll ever meet. I enjoy entertaining people and I am forever grateful for every opportunity that I get to perform for the masses. Every chance I get to perform is a chance to help someone get away from whatever bad they may be going through.

JW: If you could write your own headline, what would it be?

RD: Ricardo Drue A man who changed the World with Music/Soca

JW: You have been in the music game for a very long time. What are your tips on staying relevant?

RD: Staying as connected to the industry as much as you can, which includes educating yourself on the ins and outs of the game. This industry changes very fast, and if you not attentive enough you can get lost very quickly

JW: What are you grateful for in your life?

RD: Life itself, just the fact I’m able to wake every day is a blessing. I am also grateful for my Family, i am nothing without them.

JW: When did you know you wanted to take music seriously?

RD: At the age of 5, I knew I was going to do something with music, I wasn’t sure what it was but I knew it was music.

JW: What is one of your favorite projects you have worked on or songs you have done?

RD: Favorite project to date with have to be iD “(stamp you name)”. With this song i learned how to bring true emotion out of my audience.

JW: What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to?

RD: R&B, Pop, Calypso and Country (lol I know).

JW: Who are some of your music heroes?

RD: BoyzII Men, Bob Marley, Bunji Garlin, Ronnie Macintosh, Micheal Jackson & Neyo

JW: In your musical journey so far, what are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned?

RD: Always be humble, you never know when you are going to be down, The same people you treat badly on your way up, is the same people you will meet on your way down!

JW: What is next for you?

RD: We have expanded the iDnation, and now in addition to music we are also doing events around the world, For example we have “Druesday” in Antigua, and we also have Adventure Island ( wed oct 3rd 2018) for Miami Carnival and so much more.

ATLANTA REGGAE IN THE PARK: JASON SKYWALKER RETURNS

Atlanta Reggae in the Park 2018

COME CELEBRATE THE 5TH ANNUAL REGGAE IN THE PARK!

11TH of August 2018
at Perkerson Park, Atlanta GA

music by Changez Sound & more 

If you wish a chance to win a pair of tickets we will choose a person who has posted this page link or the flyer on their social media page.

Doors open at 7 pm

Shaggy Talks about growing up in Jamaica

Shaggy, while doing an interview to promote their new 44/876 album, with Sting, on BBC Radio 1Extra spoke about his childhood growing up in Jamaica.

SHAGGY, STING & DARIUS RUCKER TO EACH PERFORM AT SUPER BOWL LII PREGAME FESTIVITIES.

STING AND SHAGGY

SHAGGY, STING and DARIUS RUCKER will be the featured performers in the Super Bowl LII pregame festivities in Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, Feb. 4, the NFL announced today. The performances will take place at the NFL Tailgate Party and portions will be televised on the NBC Super Bowl LII Pregame Show.

Sting will be joined on stage by Shaggy for the broadcast debut of their new, Caribbean-flavored single, “Don’t Make Me Wait,” now available on all digital platforms. Also, as recently announced, Sting and Shaggy will release a new, collaborative island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, on April 20th that reflects their mutual love of Jamaica – its music, the spirit of its people and vibrancy of its culture.

 

During his celebrated career as a musician, singer-songwriter and actor, Sting has received 16 Grammy Awards, an Emmy, four Oscar nominations and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist for the new wave rock band, the Police, from 1977 to 1986 before becoming a solo artist in 1985. Throughout his illustrious career, Sting has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.

 

Multi Grammy award winning artist Shaggy is best known for his hit singles “Boombastic,” “It Wasn’t Me” & “Angel.” The Jamaican-born reggae fusion singer has released numerous albums including the Grammy winning, Platinum-selling “Boombastic” (1995) & the Diamond-selling “Hot Shot” (2000). Shaggy is also a social activist and philanthropist.

This will mark Sting’s third appearance at the Super Bowl.  He performed in the pregame show at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 in Tampa, and two years later in San Diego, he teamed with Shania Twain and No Doubt in the Super Bowl XXXVII Halftime Show.

 

Like Sting, Darius Rucker also went his own way, breaking away from the Grammy award-winning group, Hootie & the Blowfish, to embark on a solo career as a country artist.  Since turning to country, Rucker has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart.  In 2014, he won his third career Grammy award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4-time Platinum selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” from his album, True Believers.

 

Rucker’s latest album, his fifth, When Was The Last Time, for Capitol Nashville features two hit singles—“If I Told You” and “For The First Time”.  “If I Told You” has become Rucker’s eighth No. 1 hit on country radio.

 

The NFL previously announced that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show.  PINK will sing the National Anthem and LESLIE ODOM, JR. will perform “America the Beautiful”.  ALEXANDRIA WAILES will sign both songs. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.

SHAGGY & FRIENDS RAISE FUNDS FOR THE CHILDREN 6TH OF JANUARY

Shaggy and Friends 2018

LINE UP INCLUDES:
Sting / Wyclef Jean /  Fetty WaP / Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons / Christopher Martin / Aidonia / Dexta Daps / Junior Reid / Shenseea / Barrington LevY / Third World / Chaka Demus and Pliers / Capleton / Professor Nuts & Wayne Wonder.
Kingston, Jamaica, December 6, 2017:- The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation
(SMADF) continues their altruistic work with the sixth staging of the unifying charity
concert, Shaggy & Friends, scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2018, on the prestigious
lawns of Jamaica House, St. Andrew.
Co-Produced by Rebecca Packer-Burrell, executive director of SMADF, Shaggy &
Friends is the main vehicle through which the organization keeps its pledge to
meaningfully partner with and assist the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Proceeds
from this show will go towards increasing the beds in the Intensive Care Unit of the
hospital, the sole paediatric facility in the island and the only full-service children’s
hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean. Sharon Burke, CEO, Solid Agency also
supports the event as Co-Producer.

Shaggy and Sting

“The Bustamante Hospital for Children Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is the only one
of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean. We admit 150 patients annually to this 5
bedded facility but are beset by the consequences of resource limitations; inadequate
physical space, inconsistent supplies of critical items, difficulty with acquisition of cutting
edge equipment as well as maintenance of the equipment we have, are challenges we
encounter in our quest to offer world class service in this Unit” explains Dr. Brian
James, Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. “We therefore, feel
extraordinarily grateful to the Shaggy & Friends Foundation for their on-going efforts in
assisting the Hospital and the Unit. Please keep it going” Dr. James added. Totally committed to the project on several levels, Mrs. Packer-Burrell notes that organizing the 2018 staging of the biennial concert has been an incredible experience and emphasizes that the end product will be “truly awesome”. The twitter video on this is below.
The event boasts a fantastic artiste line-up which includes heavyweight international acts performing
alongside exceptional homegrown talents, all of whom have expressed a strong
commitment to this cause. Among the acts confirmed for Shaggy & Friends 2018
are Sting, Wyclef Jean, Fetty Wap, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Christopher Martin,
Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Barrington Levy, Third World, Chaka
Demus and Pliers, Capleton, Professor Nuts and Wayne Wonder.
Founder and chairman of the SMADF, Orville ‘Shaggy” Burrell confesses that he is
“super excited and humbled” at being given this wonderful opportunity to significantly
make a difference. “We are as committed to this project as we were when we first
staged Shaggy & Friends in 2009. If anything, the fire is burning even brighter. This
project has taken over a part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is a great
experience to be able to partner with our patrons, sponsors, other organizations and
dedicated individuals to save the lives of children – our future. Again, I must commend
the caring doctors and nurses at Bustamante Hospital for Children, who work tirelessly
to perform their duties, regardless of the circumstances,” Shaggy declared.
Sponsors on board are Scotiabank, Wisynco-Wata, Stewarts Automotive Group,
KFC-Restaurants of Jamaica, Lasco, The Atlas Group, Phoenix Printery, Jacqui Tyson-
From Thought To Finish, Rainforest Seafoods, Jamaica Broilers, Zoukie’s, Team
Solutions. And media partners BrandProfit, It’s Pixel Perfect, Jamaica Observer, Market
Me, Moonstone Blue, Phase 3 Productions and The RJR Group.
Among the partners is chef extraordinaire and décor specialist, Jacqui Tyson of From
Thought To Finish, who has easily re-committed to this one-of-a-kind, 100% charity
concert. “Being on board this project is not something that I have to even think about,
it’s just something that I have to do. It is said that it is better to give than to receive and I
must say that being on board Shaggy & Friends has helped me to experience this
truism. I really must commend Shaggy and his team for their hard work and dedication
and I am looking forward to serving up a delectable feast for Platinum patrons come
January 6, 2018. And, of course, the décor will be truly a wow factor,” the
businesswoman stated, as she flashed her signature bright smile.
Shaggy and Friends Benefit Concert had its inaugural staging on January 3, 2009 after
which the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation was born. The organization has since
donated more than US$1.5million in equipment and services thanks to the proceeds
from the Shaggy & Friends concerts.
Audrey spent
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For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/shaggyandfriends or social media
#teamshaggy4kids
Early bird Tickets will go on sale at midnight Wednesday, December 6, go to caribtix.com or through Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation (SMADF) website

The late Lowell Hawthorne. CEO of the Golden Krust Empire.

Over the past couple of days, the Jamaican & by extension the Caribbean Diaspora has been rocked by news of Golden Krust CEO Lowell Hawthorne committing suicide. Hawthorne through his empire has been seen as the pinnacle of success in the Jamaican, Caribbean and Immigrant communities. Here are some of the reports:

From the Jamaica Observer:

NEW YORK, USA — The founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill killed himself inside his Bronx factory yesterday, police sources said. Lowell Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside the Park Avenue building about 5:30 pm, sources said.

More than a dozen current and former employees stood in disbelief outside the factory for hours.

Hawthorne opened the first Golden Krust store on E Gun Hill Road in 1989.

He built the Jamaica beef patty purveyor into a national empire boasting more than 120 restaurants across the US.

It also produces more than 50 million patties a year for retail stores, and supplies them to about 20,000 outlets.

“We believe in the power of the patty,” Hawthorne, a former winner of the Observer’s Business Leader Award, said in May.

Some of his employees said they suspected something was amiss when they spotted his car, a silver Tesla 85D, parked oddly outside the factory. It was left straddling two lanes.

 

From the New York Times:

Death of Jamaican Fast-Food Magnate Stuns Friends and Workers

Lowell Hawthorne used the flavors of his native Jamaica to build a fast-food empire from scratch in the United States.

But after 28 years as the president and chief executive of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Mr. Lowell fatally shot himself on Saturday, the police said.

The entrepreneur’s death sent shock waves through the Caribbean community in New York, where he was seen as an immigrant success story, and in Jamaica. And it stunned his family, friends and customers.

“Our hearts are broken, and we are struggling to process our grief over this tremendous loss,” the Golden Krust company said in a statement on Sunday. “Lowell was a visionary, entrepreneur, community champion, and above all a committed father, family man, friend and man of faith.”

The Bronx-based company, where Mr. Hawthorne had worked with his wife and four children, offered thanks to supporters, and said funeral arrangements would be announced at a later date.

FROM the New York Post.
Golden Krust CEO killed himself over tax debt, fears of probe

The founder of the Golden Krust Jamaican beef patty empire killed himself amid fears the feds were investigating him for evading millions of dollars in taxes, The Post has learned.

A family member told detectives that Lowell Hawthorne, 57, admitted the huge tax debt to some of his relatives, and was “acting funny” and “talking to himself” in the hours before his suicide, a law enforcement source said Sunday.

Surveillance video shows the meat-pie mogul shooting himself in the head at his office inside the Golden Krust bakery and warehouse in the Bronx, said the source, who was briefed on the NYPD investigation into the shooting.

Before the shooting, the video shows Hawthorne speaking with a pair of workers who left the room, both of whom were crouched down when they later returned to his office, sources said.

It was unclear if they saw Hawthorne kill himself, but one of them could be seen making a cellphone call, which a source said was to 911.

Hawthorne employed dozens of relatives at the business he started in 1989, and the source said he left a note in which he apologized to his family.

Hawthorne’s younger brother, Milton Hawthorne, 55, met cops who arrived at the Golden Krust plant at 3958 Park Ave. around 5:15 p.m. Saturday in response to a 911 call about an emotionally disturbed person armed with a gun, sources said.

Lowell, a married father of three sons and a daughter, was found on the floor of his office with a single bullet wound to his head and a handgun lying nearby, sources said.

The Jamaican immigrant started Golden Krust with a single fast-food eatery on East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx and opened 16 more across the city before launching a franchise operation in 1996.

The company now has more than 120 outlets in nine states, and sells its beef patties in more than 20,000 supermarkets, as well as to the city school system, state penal system and US military, according to a news release issued last year.

In August, Hawthorne was slapped with a proposed class-action suit alleging he cheated as many as 100-plus workers at the Golden Crust plant out of overtime pay.

The suit — fairly common in the food service industry — remains pending in Manhattan federal court.

Al Alston, who befriended Hawthorne 30 years ago when they were both NYPD accountants and now owns a Golden Krust franchise in Queens, called his suicide “more than unexpected — it’s out of character.”

“He was always an upbeat guy,” Alston said.

“We’ve been in a lot of tough jams and situations, but he was always a person who’d say, ‘We’ll get out of it.’ And we would get out of it.”

Alston said he last spoke to Hawthorne two weeks ago, adding: “He was so happy about [the recent birth of] his granddaughter.”

“All his boys are married now. He was talking about taking on a different role as a father, making his boys into husbands and fathers themselves,” Alston said.

Mourners gathered at Hawthorne’s home in Elmsford, with son Omar, Golden Krust’s director of franchise and community development, saying via email: “We are still grieving, and are not conducting any interviews at this time.”

During a brief news conference at the Golden Krust bakery, company spokesman and Hawthorne nephew Steven Clarke said widow Lorna Hawthorne was making funeral arrangements and it was unclear if there would be a public memorial service.

“Right now we’re still processing and trying to wrap our mind around this tragic loss,” he added.

Additional reporting by Daniel Prendergast, Reuven Fenton, Shari Logan and Tea Kvetenadze