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Florida Swim In in protest

POLICE CALLED ON JAMAICAN FAMILY SWIMMING WHILE BLACK IN FLORIDA

Last week, I hoped to finally get back in the water since the pandemic and was joining G and her son at a local pool. However, in the middle of a racial reckoning around the world and within a historically Black pool at a Black park in a Black neighborhood – a white woman demanded that a Black swimmer next to her ‘not talk over her lane’. A made-up rule that the lifeguard confirmed did not exist. Yet, it escalated unnecessarily to the white woman demanding police be called. This led to 3 armed officers coming to a pool of swimmers. It was handled poorly and should have never occurred. Though I was not the direct target of the woman’s vitriol, I was there and still had a traumatic impact as I wondered if this would be one of those days that ended in shots or jail time for something police should have never been called out for. And the police required us to leave the pool deck and later the entire park while the white woman got to remain in the pool disobeying police and pool attendants orders to exit.

Ironically, at the same time, our county’s mayor was commemorating Rubin Stacy – a Black man lynched right here in Broward County 85 years ago after a white woman accused him of attacking her.

Thankfully, I’m a part of a great group of swimmers and larger swim communities – DIA Swim Club, The Diversity in Aquatics Swim Club and SWIMS Foundation. We have organized a response to help heal, restore, educate and take a stand to ensure that this never occurs again.

Join us THIS Sunday, July 26, 10 AM – 12 PM EST at the Joseph C. Parter Park for a Fort Lauderdale Swim-In for Restorative Justice. Swimmers and nonswimmers are encouraged to join in solidarity both at the pool and online.

For details on how to participate: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705355999640251

Ways to Support Virtually

1. Post your photo/video on your social media platforms using the hashtags #FortLauderdaleswimmingwhileblack #swimmingwhileblack #nocaphandsup #blacklivesmatter

2. Watch, share & engage with our livestream during the Swim-In at https://www.facebook.com/DIASwimClub

3. Like/follow the social media pages as well as consider joining or donating to the swim club:

Facebook/Instagram Diversity In Aquatics

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4. DONATE: https://www.diversityinaquatics.org or https://swimsfoundation.org

*** MUST WEAR MASK TO ENTER PARK AND POOL AREA. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS IN PLACE ***

Joseph C. Parter Park, 1450 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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The Jamaica national ice hockey team created History yesterday. The Island of Jamaica from the warm, tropical Caribbean won an international ice hockey tournament, yes I said it (or typed it) , the Jamaican Ice Boyz are the champions of an Ice Hockey competition staged in the US. This team of Jamaican born and Jamaican descent player made the country proud.

Jamaican defeated Colombia in a nail biter of a game. The nail biter aspect of this was surprising since Jamaica had defeated Colombia earlier in the competition and had lost 5-0. Maybe the Colombian team had taken Jamaica lightly the first time out, maybe Colombia had adjusted brilliantly to the Jamaican team, or maybe the Jamaican team had finally gotten a little tired and banged up after a dominant run that led up to the final (5-0 against Colombia, 8-4 over Argentina, 7-0 over Brazil & 6-0 Over Mexico), a final that was in the 1st ever Ice Hockey competition that Jamaica has entered,

In the tight game Jamaica went up 2-0 early. The Jamaicans in the building were loud and in joyous spirits, grooving to hits from Sean Paul & Damian & Stephen Marley. However unlike the previous encounter Colombia was right there with the Boyz from the island of wood & water. The Colombians matched the Jamaicans in speed, which up to this point had not been done by any team, including the Colombians.

Although the Colombians were matching us in tactics, speed and execution, the 2-0 lead gave comfort, to what was both the largest crowd for the whole tournament and the largest number of Jamaicans and Jamaican supporters who came out during the competition.

Then, Jamaica had a major setback, one of their best players Carton Thorton had gotten hurt, had to be taken off and did not return. Players who had been injured earlier in the tournament now had to step up. Strong players like Jaden Lindo now had to dig deep.

Colombia’s best player Daniel Echeverri played the entire 48 minutes, their goalie became almost impassable after the 2 goals scored. Then it happened in the 3rd period, Colombia scored. The Colombia fans went wild. They scored again! 2-2.

That score would hold all the way until regulation time ended, albeit with many close calls for both sides. This set up the penalties, and after a tense period, Jamaica’s goalie saved enough and offense scored enough for Jamaica to win 3-2. History had been made.

The crowd went wild, the team went wild, everybody jumped on the ice. Coaches CJ Bollers & Darwin Murray (whose brilliant coaching led the way) beamed with pride. Then the national anthem played and everyone who was there from and for Jamaica stood at attention. The Ice Boyz showed unadulterated joy, along with classy humility to all, throughout the whole weekend they showed respect to teams, fans and organizers.

Jamaica’s Counsel General, Oliver Mair celebrated along with team and fans and said ” We are sooo proud of our Jamaican Hockey team and congratulate them on this historic victory! We are a people capable of doing anything we put our minds towards accomplishing.” AKA we little but we tallawah.”

This is a strong statement for Jamaica to be a viable participant of the Ice Hockey world. If Jamaica can raise the millions necessary to have an ice rink in Jamaica they could be eligible to compete in the Winter Olympics (Ice Runnings anyone?).

On the 8th of September Jamaica created history by hoisting the LATAM 2019 trophy in Ice Hockey at the Florida Panthers Ice Den in South Florida.

– Jason Walker

Jamaica’s Ice Boyz impressed again with a whopping 6-0 beat down of the Mexican national ice hockey team. Although the score is not as high as the 7-0 victory over Brazil the day before the game was completely dominated by the Boyz!

Playing Mexico, Jamaica was just faster, stronger, and more skilled than their opponent. Mexican players also said the Jamaican team played with much more cohesion. The Boyz would get into defensive and offensive sets much quicker than the Mexicans. Coach would put in and pull players at all the right times not giving Jamaica’s opponents any opportunity to get used to Jamaica’s tactics.

As first time competitors to the international Latam Hockey Cup, Jamaica is creating history by getting to the finals.

The finals are later today at 4:30 pm at the Panthers Iceden 3299 Sportsplex Drive Coral Springs FL 33065.

Bahamas Needs Our Help

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (September 2, 2019) Food For The Poor is responding to an urgent need for aid to our neighbor the Bahamas, which has been devastated by Hurricane Dorian. The charity will respond with partners Sandals Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida to identify greatest need and coordinate distribution of aid. 

Containers of essential items will be loaded and sent immediately, but the charity needs help with a request for canned goods and diapers. Food For The Poor is asking for donations of canned meats, canned fish and canned milk, both evaporated and condensed, and disposable diapers. Perishable items cannot be accepted. 

“We are saddened by the images of devastation and heartbroken to hear news reports that at least one child’s life has been lost to this horrific storm,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood, in expressing the urgency of the situation. “If it were us, we would want to know that caring people would come to our aid. They have nothing left. We must respond and we must do so immediately.”

(Update: Death toll has risen to 20, as of Sept. 5).

Food For The Poor announced last Friday that it was poised to aid areas of Florida most affected by the impact of Hurricane Dorian, and is monitoring that situation as well. Since Florida wasn’t affected, that aid will go to the Bahamas.

Canned meats, canned fish, canned milk, and diapers can be brought to the charity’s warehouse at 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fl, 33073, starting Wednesday, Sept. 4. Any other items cannot be accepted. Drop-off hours are weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Items should be taken directly to the warehouse, following the driveway around the right side of Food For The Poor.)

The Sandals Foundation is a nonprofit organization aimed at fulfilling the promise of the Caribbean community by improving lives and preserving its natural surroundings through investments in sustainable regional projects and programs in education, community and the environment.

The Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has 76 congregations as diverse as Southeast Florida itself running from Key West north to Jensen Beach and west to Clewiston. The Episcopal Church in Southeast Florida includes approximately 38,000 members including congregations that worship regularly in Spanish and French/Creole.

Please go to FoodForThePoor.org/bahamas to make a donation.

Buju Banton, arguably Dancehall’s greatest artist, a Grammy award winner, creator of the greatest Dancehall album ever (Til’ Shiloh), an international reggae Icon and much more to Jamaica, the Caribbean, the Reggae and music world, has returned home after 8 years incarcerated in the United States.

The artist who was welcomed by friends and family, joy and love, immediately focused on his loved ones who he has been separated from for so long. Jamaicans in Jamaica and abroad and Reggae lovers around the world celebrated the 7th of December 2018 like never before.

Photo caption: Buju reunited with his daughter.

Already it seems though that Buju AKA Mark Myrie will be working with his original manager, Donovan Germaine. also already celebrating managing Dalton Harris to the historic win in the X-Factor UK. They will definitely be working on some quality music that we all need to be exposed to.

Below is Buju’s father speaking about his son’s return.

Below is a statement from Buju’s team.

 

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.

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.