In this section, I will provide information found on the Internet connected to homophobia depicted in dancehall music
plus the evolution of the topic in the Caribbean context from 1976 to present time.

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January 14, 2012: Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel call out Jamaican government on buggery law
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Internationally acclaimed Reggae superstar, Queen Ifrica and Tony Rebelare letting their feelings known regarding the recent announcement by Jamaican Prime Minister, The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller to repeal their buggery law.Both artistes were headliners on the 19th staging of Rebel Salute at the Kaiser Sports Club in St. Elizabeth this past weekend. The annual concert, hosted byTony Rebel, took place on the Reggae artiste's 50th birthday; producing a strong lineup card that included Romain Virgo, Capleton and several others. However, she got the loudest applause from fans when she called out Jamaica's Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller regarding her announcement that she'd look into tweaking the buggery law that's been in place for several years. The law, which refers to the dispelling of particular sexual acts amongst heterosexuals and homosexuals, has been a strong topic of contention for several months. During Ifrica's performance, she warned that, "I would like to send a message to those who want to change the laws of nature. No buggery law nah repeal a Jamaica." She then performed the thought-provoking song, Keep It Yourself as a means to re-emphasize her stance. (more on the links below)
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Examiner) (Gay Jamaica Watch)

February 1, 2012: I-Wayne homophobic stage comments in California
It was reported that Jamaican artist I-Wayne made an homophobic speech durning his concerts in USA. He is about to start a European tour for the promotion of his latest album 'Life Teaching', issued this past October. Onstage in Berkeley, California (February 1), he said that he did not care if they took his visa away from him, but he wont stop talking about gays, refering to what happen to the visa of some reggae performers such as Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mavado and Ricky Trooper (March 2010). I haven't found an article that printed his comments, but that was probably made during the song 'Burn Down Sodom'. The song features explicit lyrics that people may interprete as a call for violence. Lyrics are listed below. One of his concert is available online: Sandiego, California (January 26), you can find the link below and listen to track ten and make your own opinion. In this concert, he is not daring the removal of his visa, but he is clearly promoting intolerance. Amplifying the myth that Buju Banton's incarceration is related to a gay conspiracy. That type of speech is just filling animosity towards a minority that is already targeted by verbal and physical violence, specially in the Caribbean. By making a quick search on the Internet, I found two articles promoting his new album that have similar titles, the first one is 'Too much negative music', I-Wayne says 'Positive songs not being promoted' (?!?). And the second one: 'I-Wayne's 'Life Teachings' infuses Positive Messages'. Promoting hatered towards gays and lesbians in music and onstage is not very positive, at least not from my perspective. I-Wayne jump on the same bandwagon as predecesors and doesen't seems to care how much this can hurt a music industry that is already having trouble to survive because of the bad reputation aquire over the past decade related to the action of a few singers combined with the lost of revenues due to illegal download.
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LYRICS – Burn Down Sodom) (San Diego concert) (Tour Dates) (Jamaica Star) (Static Multimedia)


PERSONNAL COMMENT: I do not know much about I-Wayne's past homophobic performances, but it seems it's not the first time he uses his stage performance to promote hatered agains gays & lesbians. This is a comment found on a UnitedReggae forum made by ReggaeLover in October 2011: 'Unfortunately, last time I saw I Wayne perform he managed to turn his anthem Living in Love into an anti-gay hate tune, yelling "bun faggot" over and over and "bun dutty lessians"- he apparently does not even know how to say lesbian but does want them all to burn for their horrible sex crimes against his spiritual beliefs. He also decided a mellow lovers-type tune was appropriate time for a lecture on anal sex, creating very awkward vibes in the crowd. I used to dig I Wayne and his voice but his misplaced hate hung over his whole performance and I can't support this artist any more, at all. Just wanted to mention that he was not focused on "the acts themselves and not singling out any group" at the stage show we saw.

February 3, 2012: Man A Gallis documentary
'Man A Gallis: Risk Factors For HIV/AIDS in the Dancehall'. Interesting I don't know when it was first released, but it was posted on YouTube on February 3, 2012. Featuring Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, and Dancehall Queen Carlene. Produced and narrated by journalist Kalilah Enriquez. On Wikipedia, the following text can be read: In February 2012, CVM TV aired a documentary produced by Enriquez, entitled "Man a Gallis: Jamaican Dancehall and HIV/AIDS", which received critical acclaim. The documentary was also aired on Channel 7 in Belize. It was funded with a grant from Caribbean Broadcast Media Partners (CBMP) and is distributed by them.
(Man A Gallis documentary)


February 14, 2012: Google's St.Valentine's Day logo: Universal love
If you noticed, totay's Google logo is different for St.Valentine's Day. When you click on the logo, there will be a 1-minute animation. At the very end, you can see examples of universal love, including interracial men couple. Guarantee to engage conversations worldwide. On top of this message, there is also the very interesting concept that fight against the comercialisation of this holiday when you see that flowers and chocolate are not what it takes to win someone's love.
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LA Times) (Washington Post) (Some comments on Newsbusters)

March 18, 2012: Sizzla still performs 'Boom Bye Bye'
Sizzla made an acoustic performance at Club Privilege, New Kingston, on Sunday March 18. During this set he performed the homophobic tracks that preaches violence such as 'Karate' and 'Boom Bye Bye'. "Bun mi a bun fire now," he said, before doing a mix of Free Me and Buju Banton's Boom Bye Bye. Sizzla performed that controversial song at least twice in the past year. Previously was 11 months ago, at Coke-Cola Zero Live On The Waterfront, in Montego Bay. The Coca-Cola company released a statement this past November, excusing themsleves for sponsoring an event where violence was targeted towards sexual minorities. "One artist unfortunately and unexpectedly performed an unacceptable and offensive song caling for violence against people based on sexual orientation... we do not want music events we sponsor to be used as platforms for espousing hatered and promoting disctimination or violence". Now it's turn to club owners in Jamaica to act towards a similar strategy.
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Jamaica Gleaner)

ACTION: contact Club Privilege and let them know how you feel. Sizzla dosen't deserve a plaform for promoting violence. The main email doesn't seems to work, but Kurt Reid and Natesha Smith emails seems to work.

See also the charity event 'A St Mary Mi Come From' in August for more anti-gay songs performed by Sizzla.


March 19, 2012: Sizzla cancelled in Sweden and in Spain
TEXT FROM ARTICLE. Reggae musician Sizzla has had the Swedish leg of his European tour cancelled on account of the anti-gay lyrics which feature in his music.Sizzla Kalonji was scheduled to perform later this month in Stockholm but public condemnation of the artist, whose lyrics have incited violence against gay people, led organisers to call off the date, The Local reports.Other concerts in the tour are still planned for Italy, France, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands and Spain. A second concert was cancelled, the one scheduled in Malaga, Spain on April 14, 2012 Durning his first European concert in Milan (March 23), he performed the homophobic son TO THE POINT (see link lower) The songs starts at 1m39.TEXT FROM
(Pink News) (Dancehall World) (Jamaica Observer 1) (Jamaica Observer 2) (Sizzla European Tour Dates)
(MILAN CONCERT: To The Point) (Lyrics to GET TO THE POINT) (Jamaica Observer Cartoon)


PERSONNAL COMMENT: On March 23, the promotional team behind Sizzla's European Tour forseen that the performance of 'Boom Bye Bye' on March 18 (see upper) could drastically affect their tour and decided to make a press release dubbed "Sizzla Official Satement". Be careful, this is just another fake statement trying to disuade club owners when LGBT groups will duely request that Sizzla's concerts be cancelled. Sizzla's knows exactly what he is doing when he perform the song 'Boom Bye Bye', it has nothing to do with pedophily. The song itself refers to gay men and have a 20-year history of violence behind it. If you are unsure, consult the section 'APOLOGY' of this website, where you will find over 20 fake PR statements like this one that were published by promoters/record labels over the years. In most of the case, not long after releasing such statements, the artsits were still performing music advcating violence to gay men. In solidarity with the difficult situation that gays and lesbians have to face daily in the Caribbean, club owners should responsibilize themselves by not providing a platform to a singer that promote violence. It is not OK to allow singers to perform 'Murder Music' in the Caribbean and to welcome them in Europe/America with special clause in their contract requesting those songs to be omited.

I posted a comment on the website that promote 'Sizzla Official Statement' but it was removed. Talk about censorship. They are claming that LGBT organisation that request concerts of singers that promote violence to be cancelled to be censorship but they can't even let people express themselves on their forum. It really shows that the website that hold that 'official' statement is not a serious website. (
my comment removed from UrbanBossWordpress)

March 21, 2012: Petition: 'Say No to Hate Music'
Petition lauched by a gay activist from New York requesting that Sizzla's european tour to be cancelled.
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Petition on Change.org)

March 28, 2012: Chantelle Ernandez and the project 'Reggae Against Intolerance'
Jamaican female singer Chantelle Ernandez colaborated for the video 'Reggae Against Intolerance', a project made by the organizers of the Italian reggae festival Rototom SunSplash (now host in Spain for a second consecutive year). The clip seems to have been filmed in August 2011, at the 18th Edition of the festival. and was use as a tool to promote tolerance towards racism, homophobia and marginalized groups. TEXT FROM ROTOTOM PRESS RELEASE: The festival will produce a video clip, called "Reggae Against Intolerance", which will be presented and distributed in schools all over Spain, in cooperation with 'Movimiento contra la intolerancia' (Movement Against Intolerance).Chantelle: "While I was at Rototom I was approached to do a video-message against intolerance, but at the time it seemed to be more of a message against homosexual intolerance. I didn't have a problem becoming a part of it because I don't believe in discrimination on any level, even though I felt it could get me some heat from my fellow musicians and fellow Jamaicans. I believe in One Love, which is something people use loosely but I believe when Bob said it he meant love and accept people regardless of race, religion, belief, of whatever you might deem to be different. You don't have to be a part of their lifestyle but you don't have to hate them, disrespect them, disregard their feelings. In being a strong believer of the One Love philosophy I felt like it was the right thing to do."(more on the United Reggae interview)

Unfortunately, not much information seems to be available on the Internet on this video message, but I will make a deeper research soon.

(United Reggae) (Rototom 2011 PRESS RELEASE) (United Against Intolerance)

March 28, 2012: Sizzla won't perform in Spain and Sweden: Four more cancelled
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Sizzla was scheduled to play in Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona in April in a tour that also included stops in at least seven other European countries, but online petitions and an email campaign led by the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals, and Bisexuals forced their cancellation. In fact, the Barcelona concert hall Apolo last week said it had sent officials a copy of the contract, "signed by the artist and the promoter," with a list of the songs. Lyrics with homophobic content or inciting hatred were "expressly excluded". But on Wednesday, Apolo too cancelled the concert. Gay rights advocates in Spain claimed victory, saying their petitions were signed by almost 40,000 people. Of 18 clubs that booked Sizzla, at least one more in Sweden has canceled Sizzla's show, according to local press reports. Alleged homophobic lyrics from Sizzla's song "Pump Up," were posted with a petition on Change.org. It's not the first time Sizzla, whose birth name is Miguel Collins has faced cancellations. Concerts in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom have been canceled in the past and some of his albums are banned in some countries, although he has performed in Spain in the past. After being cancelled once in Stockholm, Sweden, the organizers of european tour rescheduled the concert at a different club, but it was cancelled for a second time: "We are cancelling Sizzla's concert tonight, March 28, at Slakthuset (The Slaughterhouse) despite the fact that this will entail a financial loss for us," Slakthuset said in a statement, insisting "we are against racism, we are against sexism and we are against homophobia". It was printed in some medias that the concert in Lisbon, Portugal was cancelled, but the concert did happend. (see March 19 for mor details)
(Billboard) (Expresso 1) (Expresso 2) (Channel Africa) (Jamaica Observer) (Sizzla European Tour Dates)

VIDEO OF THE PROTEST: (Lisbon 1) (Lisbon 2) (
Netherlands)
And a press release with false information from the promoter JahLive that states that Sizzla is no longer singing homophobic lyrics. Just as stated on March 18 (with link that proves it), Sizzla performed the hyper-violent song 'Boom Bye Bye', penned by Buju Banton in 1992 and that has a 20-year history of controversy. Here is the statement:
Promoter Statement

March 30, 2012: Reggae Road Block: Censorship on reggae forums
PERSONNAL EXPERIENCES: Following Sizzla's European tour, I've posted several comments on european reggae websites criticizing the fake 'Sizzla Official Statement'. Within four websites, two of them have removed my comments. The first one being UrbanBossWorldpress (see upper). I reposted it a second time, insisting on the term CENSORSHIP and they finally didn't removed it. Now it's turn to Reggaeville.com to removed two of my statements. Their excuse: there was one message containing hatered (placed between the two that I wrote) and by misguard, while removing the unapropriate comment (probably the one by RastafariSoulJah), they've erased my two comments. By chance, I do keep a copy of the messages that I sent, as I know the patern. I tryed to repost them, but the site woudn't let me do it. Contacted the staff and they replied that the forum will no longer exist and that eventually only people who subscribe to Facebook can leave feedback. I'm stronlgy against subscribing to Facebook. I hope this is not where this world is heading... To them I say, if you are blocking me to express myself (even temporarily!?) while Sizzla is currently on tour in Europe: why don't you remove that fake Sizzla's Official Statement where nobody can comment it? Everyday, reggae fans are probably purchasing several hundred tickets from Sizzla's tour, so event temporary is unacceptable. After several mails of complain, the staff finally aggred to post back the comments. I even came across a similar situation while commenting I-Wayne's homophobic tour on the website UnitedReggae in February. My message was deleted one month after posting. I was explained that the writer of the concert review (one of their staff) didn't want to be involve with anti-gay battle and asked his review to be removed. By doing so, my comment and the one from ReggaeLover were lost. I complained and was able to repost my comment on another I-Wayne page of their website. Even if we reached an agreement and the person that I exchanged emails with was nice, it's time consuming to engage in such a debate, keep copy of comments and to repost them.

In September 2006, ReggaeFrance.com asked me to collaborate on their website by writing a dossier on Homophobia in Dancehall music, a task that I took very seriously and worked on for over 40 hours. After many revisions (requested by them), they always found excuses to postpone the inclusion of the dossier on their website, which was never included. When it comes to censorship, YardFlex is doing a very great job. In 2006, when I first started to write comments on their site, their staff would immediately remove them. In years that followed, the situation got better, but lately I had a similar experience when I challenged them about why they were not covering the album Tolerance by Mista Majah P. The Gleaner, The Observer and The Stars (three Jamaican newspapers), on frequent basis, have not let me comment their articles and none of them ever published the link for my website and believe me, I've been posting that link many times on their forums. Just recently, it's YouTube that removed the videoclip that I've done to promote this website. That clip wason YouTube since October 2007 and without being given a reason, the clip was removed! Jamaican artist Mista Majah P also faced censorship by the reggae industry when he promoted his album Tolerance in August/September 2011: no reggae website even dare to mention his work!!! He sent Press Release to all of them and the album was ignored. That is not a small subject: violence promoted towards LGBT has been happening for over 20 years in Dancehall music. How can you ignore a musician that have the guts to speak against it and devote a whole album and make four videoclips? Why? Simply because reggae websites don't want to 'offend' their listeners by showing they support artist who speaks about gay rights.The following websites all ignored the released of his album, some of them were even contacted more than once: Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Star, YardFlex, UnitedReggae, ReggaeFrance, Reggae.fr, Reggaeville, The Uprising (a radio show from California). I'm puzzled that the The Uprising ignored the press release and the invitation to have Mista Majah P on the show or even play his music, has the show ran an important interview with J-FLAG on homophobia in reggae music in February 2002. Only non-reggae vebsites accepted to promoted him, like The Voice, Urban Islandz and Justice And Just Us (KUCI). It's pathetic that the majority of reggae/dancehall websites are promoting artists that call for violence, and sometimes with major promotion. You just need to visit ReggaeFrance and Reggaeville to see the exposure that they are giving to Sizzla during his tour. Four years ago, Elephant Man and Demarco released the video 'Our World'. I never tought that I would witness violence towards LGBT to such a degree. All those websites are still promoting Elephant Man. To them, I ask the question: What are your really doing to improve the situation? It's about time that this industry responsibilze itself. If you are part of the staff of these websites and would like to express yourself about this issue, write me and I will include it in this specific section.


March 30, 2012: Mista Majah P release new single Karma
What goes around, comes around: Karma. Jamaican singler Misata Majah P strikes again with a new single that denounce violence against gay people by Jamaican artists. The song is brand bew and not featured on the album Tolerance released in August 2011 Mista Majah P points out troubles that dancehall artists faced after promoting violence towards the gay community. Buju Banton sentenced to ten years in prison, Fiscality problems for Bounty Killer, Elephant Man (dubbed 'The Energy God' (!!)) accused of electricity theft, Shabba Rank international career mashed up, Sizzla in hospital after bike crash, Vybz Kartel charged with murder.
(Videoclip KARMA) (Front CD sleeve) (complete sleeve with lyrics)

PERSONNAL COMMENT: This song is among my favorite song penned by the artist. Love the change of outfits to fit the artists he is mimicking. Although it's kind of funny to see Elephant Man, aka 'Energy God' being accused of steeling electricity, I would have used a different headline: he was charged with rape in February 2012.


May 2, 2012: The documentrary 'Taboo Yardies' is presented at Miami LGBT Film Festival
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: It took four years, cost her friends and family and almost the roof over her head, but Queens based documentary filmmaker Selena Blake got her latest project done. The film, "Taboo Yardies," about homophobia in Jamaica, West Indies, and its costs to the island nation, is well worth the wait. It's a powerful collection of haunting images, each more powerful, and memorable, than the last: the anger in the voices of two pre-teen boys lounging on the steps of a darkened house as they disdainfully assert that gay men should be stoned; the middle-aged man who describes how he, newly arrived in New York, saw two men kissing near Penn Station and his amazement when his brother stopped him from looking for a brick to throw at them, saying "they don't do that here." She announced plans for "Taboo Yardies" in 2008, expecting to complete the project in a year. But the project, which involved several trips to the island and others to California and Massachusetts to interview Jamaicans who had left the country, proved more daunting than anticipated. "This is an important work," said R. O'Gilvie Brammer, who hopes to screen the film at the Jamaica Diaspora US North East Region — a group of more than 500 Jamaicans who live outside the island — June 16 meeting in Boston. Blake found most of the homosexual and transgender people who appear in the film and still live in Jamaica through word of mouth, and spent hours convincing many of them to appear in the movie. Blake said even though their faces and voices were digitally altered in the film, several people have asked to be taken out of the finished product for fear of reprisals. (more on the link below)
(New York Daily News) (official website) (TRAILER)

It seems the official first screening of the final documentary was at Anna Maria College in Massachusett, on February 15, 2012. The first screening at a festival would be Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on May 2nd, 2012. By looking at the website, a lot more festivals are coming: Framline Film Festival (San Francisco), Outfest Film Festival (Los Angeles), Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (South Africa).... On numerous occasions I've posted information about this documentary in HISTORY & NEWS section (June 2008, April 2009 and June 2009)

May 8, 2012: Two concerts cancelled for Bounty Killer in Europe
Jamaican dancehall singler Bounty Killer has been away from toruing America and Europe for a while now. Last year, according to my research, all of his European dates were cancelled. He is starting a ten-date European tour on May 9. The first concert in Switzerland was cancelled due to LGBT pressure. Bounty Killer never signed the Reggae Compassionate Act and is still promoting violence towards gays and lesbians, therefore LGBT demand that European authorities should not allow him a visa for touring until he make public appearance denouncing violence. A second concert was cancelled in Austria, scheduled for May 21st. In Paris, he will share the satge with Anthony B and Admiral T, two artists that promoted homophobia in past songs Admiral T made clear statement that he moved on from these texts. Anthony B also seems to have stopped promoting intolerance.

PERSONNAL COMMENT: Think twice before you invest money in artists that promote violence. We need promoters with human values and don't contract these artitsts (refering to Bounty Killer in this case). It's not good enough to put in a contract that you aren't allowed to perform a certain type of song. Those artists performed these deadly homophobic songs in the Caribbean. It's time for promoters to RESPONSIBILIZE themselves, by not inviting these artists. Let 'One Love' be more than a motto to cash in money during a summer festival.
(Bounty Killer European Tour)

May 14, 2012: Important statement from Beenie Man
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: A spokesperson for the Rototom Sunsplash festival says Beenie Man's olive branch to gays last week took "incredible courage" and is calling on Jamaican artistes to follow the deejay's lead by mending fences with the homosexual community. Filippo Giunta is CEO of the show which has its 19th renewal August 16-22 in Benicassim, Spain. Beenie Man, one of the headline acts, reached out to gays in a video message posted on the festival's website. In it, he expressed remorse for hostile comments made about homosexuals in some of his songs. He said the songs were done over 20 years ago when he was a misguided youth. "The artiste surpassed himself. Not everybody is capable of exposing hemselves personally to try to eradicate a cultural taboo, especially in a country where being gay is not only condemned by religion, but is also a criminal offence," Giunta told Splash. Giunta says his team recently contacted Beenie Man's European agent for their client to record a "clear and definitive" video message that "could not lead to any misrepresentation." He said Beenie Man responded instantly and agreed to record the four minute-long message three months before the week-long festival. It is the clearest move by a dancehall artiste at some form of compromise with gays. (more on the link below)

PERSONNAL COMMENT: It's an important move... And I applaud his courage for doing this. But let's put everything into perspective, those songs were not done 20 years ago: majority of them were done between 1998 and 2006. According to my research, the last time that Beenie Man promoted violence is during a concert in Uganda in December 2009. From my perspectiuve, LGBT organisations should welcome this statement as a concrete proof of someone who wants to change his ways and leave the past behind. That's probably the best compromise we can reach between dancehall artists and gays & lesbians organisations. Let's hope that more dancehall singers will have the enlightment of walking into that direction. Let's also hope that LGBT groups around the globe can also give him credit and stop targetting his concerts. My only suggestion is that J-FLAG should be contacted before doing any move towards his career at his point to validate if the he still respect his words. Beenie Man should be allowed to performed without any protest as a symbol to welcome s solution. Nobody benefit from an eternal conflict. Sadly, the singer gave an interview in Jamaica a few days later (RJR News, May 21st) mentionning that he never apologize. Moses, you just lost half of the credit for saying that.
(STATEMENT FROM BEENIE MAN) (Jamaica Observer) (RJR News) (Jamaica Star) (Dancehall Artists Reaction)

May 21, 2012: Elephant Man in court for Rape Charge
Elephant Man is to return to court on June 28 where the deejay is expected to answer to charges of grievous sexual assault and rape. The case was put off this morning. The charges stem from an alleged incident at his St. Andrew home this year. Investigators said a woman filed a police report claiming that the "Energy God" sexually assaulted her. The police said detectives assigned to the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse conducted investigations, which led to Elephant Man being arrested earlier this year (January 30). Following a question-and-answer session in the presence of his attorney, Ele was charged with grievous sexual assault and rape.
(IrieFM) (FEBRUARY 1: Elephant Man charged with rape)

May 22, 2012: Busy Signal facing Jamaica's extradition
Although Busy Signal did record a few homophobic songs in the past, but the reason is not connected to this issue.
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: US Covernment have accused Glendale Goshia Gordon (aka Busy Signal), who was a resident alien, of fleeing that country in 2002 before he could be sentenced on a cocaine charge in October that year. (more on the link below). An October article published in the same newspaper was already meantioning that a 'veteran entertainer' was among the targeted people.
(Jamaica Observer 1) (Jamaica Observer 2) (BillBoard) (OCTOBER 2011: Jamaica Observer)


May 22, 2012: Bounty Killer's 'unofficial' message towards his homophobic past
Bounty Killer is the only Jamaican artist that was targeted by OutRaged! Stop Murder Music 2004 campaign that haven't sigfned the Reggae Compassionate Act. Other artists have signed the act but have not respected it, except for Vybz Kartel (T.O.K. and Beenie Man are probably in a grey zone... J-FLAG must be contacted to get the official status). Over the years, the situation have simmer down, but some artists are reluctant, such as Sizzla who is still inciting violence (March 2012). After touring Europe and getting concerts cancelled this past month in Switzerland and Austria, Bounty Killer decided to expressed himself through an Internet blog/forum, writing with the pen name 'Grunggadzilla'. The message, written in broken English, mentions that he has no intention to issue an apology but that he felt sorry if he offended anyone (!!). He's asking LGBT groups to leave dancehall alone saying that they are affecting the music industry through their boycott. That he haven't promote violence towards gays in the past six or seven years* and in: "Dem get what dem want dancehall not putting out no music about killing gays no more niether none of us going on stage and say such things any more we may shun dem but diplomatically but no Inciting of Violence 4 the last 6-7yrs." Apparently the original source for this message is website named 'Media Box'. Bounty Killer message is also a responce to Beenie Man public statement made available on May 14 2012 (see upper).

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Just for the record: the last Bounty Killer song included on this website that deals with violence is 'Bullet Proof Skin' (2006) or 'Batty Bwoy Termination' (2007) which may be a remix of older songs. In April 2008, he incite violence onstage in Guyana. It's unsure if there was other violent message in songs or concerts after that.

PERSONNAL COMMENT: It's true that the violence directed at homosexuals through dancehall music was reduced over the years, but the fact remain: extreme violence is still happening towards the gay community in the Caribbean and elsewhere. Dancehall artists cannot act like they have nothing to do regarding this. This unofficial message posted on a forum will probably not be accepted by LGBT groups. If Bounty Killer really wants to make peace with the situation, his manager should contact J-FLAG to see what would be accepted as an official statement. From a personal point of view, I think the artist is walking in the right direction.

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Jamaican Dancehall Music) (SAME MESSAGE WITH TWEET: The Grestest News)

May 22, 201
2: Gay wedding and black comic book characters
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Back in 1992, Marvel Comics made headlines by revealing that Northstar, a Canadian superhero associated with Alpha Flight and the X-Men, was gay. Twenty years later, the character is back in the news as he is set to wed his longtime partner Kyle in Astonishing X-Men #51, in stores on June 20th... SECOND ARTICLE: Archie Comics, the comic industry's embodiment of wholesome Americana, crossed an important bridge when it introduced its first gay character (September 2010), Kevin Keller. In Life With Archie no. 16, available for purchase today (January 5th, 2012), it takes an even bigger leap by featuring Keller's same-sex marriage. And to boot: Keller is a soldier injured in Iraq who meets his partner, an African-American doctor, while recuperating in the hospital. (more on the links below)
X-MEN: Alpha Flight wed Kyle Jinadu. ARCHIE: Kevin Keller wed Dr. Clay Walker


PERSONNAL COMMENT: Not related to dancehall but though it's quite interesting to see Marvel Comics and Archie Comics using African Descent gay characters and making stories that discuss comtemporary subjects like gay weddings. Why using black characters for homosexuals? Is this simply to promote two marginal things, meaning interracial couples and homosexual wedding, not that interracial couples are really marginal these days, but that's a way of promothing that love is universal. It would be interesting to read a study about this topic.
(Rolling Stones) (Hollywood Reporter) (The Guardian)
Blog studying African Descent comic book characters (CavemenGo Blogspot)


May 2
7, 2012: Legendary reggae singer from Israel Vibration promotes tolerance
I recenlty learned that Apple Gabriel from legendary group Israel Vibration made a neutral song promoting tolernce of gays and lesbians on his solo album 'Teach Them Right'. That is quite a statement in reggae standard. The album came out on November 15, 2010 and the song title is 'Give Them Love'. Apple Gabriel is now separated from the band Israel Vibration since 1997. That song goes into the opposite direction than the one made by Israel Vibration on their latest album named 'If You Do Bad', available on the 'Reggae Knights" album, which was strangely released also in November 2010.

PERSONNAL COMMENT: The only disapointment comes from the corrus 'Teach them right, Love will conquer hate, They will see the light'. That's assuming that gays and lesbians are doing something wrong. Apart from that, considering the context: a song penned by a reggae singer who embraces rastafarian faith and preaches a form of 'neutrality' towards homosexuality is an important move for reggae music. You can read more about Israel Vibration 'Reggae Nights', by visiting this same section, in the news written December 1, 2011.
(GIVE THE LOVE lyrics) (Press Release) (MySpace Apple Gabriel) (Album Review)


June 1, 2012: When pop music promotes gay tolerance
Not related to dancehall music, but tought of sharing this videoclip: 'Et Alors!' by French artist SHY'M.
(Videoclip)

June 5, 2012: Beenie Man's USA Work Permit Reinstated
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: T
wo years after his USA work permit was initially cancelled, controversial DJ Beenie Man, aka Moses Davis will return to the USA for a performance at the inaugural 'Groovin In The Park' concert on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, NY. Beenie Man was one of five top Jamaican entertainers whose visas and work permits were revoked by the Embassy of the United States in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2010. "I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the dancehall king Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year's 'Groovin In the Park' concert on July 1," and elated Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc., parent company of Groovin In The Park said. (more on the link below)
(PRESS RELEASE on PRWeb) (SUMMER SCHEDULE: Jamaica Star)

June 21, 2012: Buju Vows To Continue Legal Fight
TEXT FROM ARTICLE:
Lawyers representing dancehall superstar Buju Banton have vowed to continue fighting despite a United States Appeal Court ruling yesterday confirming his lengthy prison sentence.The appeal court left open the possibility that Buju, Mark Myrie, could be granted a new trial but it also raised the prospect of his prison sentence being extended by a further five years. (more on the link below)
(Jamaica Gleaner)

June 28, 2012: Jamaican reggae fusion singer Diana King makes her coming out
TEXT FROM ARTICLE:
'Yes, I,m a lesbian', said Diana King. The 'Shy Guy'singer made the announcement on her Facebook profile today. In the post King wrote "I am … woman … mother ... aunt … Jamaican … American ... international artiste ... singer ... songwriter ... band leader … friend ... lover ... entrepreneur ... goddess! among other things and yes!!!…I am a lesbian." The post has received over 100 comments and has been liked by over 121 individuals. King, 41, is the first Jamaican artiste to publicly declare a same sex preference. The singer came to prominence in the 1990s with her hit single 'Shy Guy' which peaked at 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold five million singles worldwide. In the Facebook post King explained the reasoning for her decision to publicly declare her sexuality. "Honestly speaking, I have always been afraid to admit it openly, because of the unknown, of what it may cause negatively, to me, my career, my family and loved ones. But I realized that it is not my job to make others comfortable, I am only responsible for my life, the stuff U think about on your deathbed and at this point in my life I do not care about the things that frighten me anymore," she wrote. Responses to King's post on her page was overwhelmingly positive. Fellow artiste Tanya Stephens said "I want to speak but I cant stop crying." (more on the link below)

PERSONNAL COMMENT: Both links are worth taking the time to read in their entirety. Diana, thank you for walking this rough road. May this leeds to more pride, more love and more tolerance for actuals generations and the ones to come. It's true that a sexual preference is nobody's busniess, but at the same time artists have to power to become role models and LGBT of African descent definitively needs more references. I don't know if you will lose some fans for taking such a stance, but you gain some: I just purchase some of your music in solidarity to your career move.
(Jamaica Gleaner) (LETTER FROM DIANA KING UrbanIslandz)

July 4, 2012: Bennie Man says apology to gay community had no influence in his return to US scene
TEXT FROM ARTICLE:
Mere weeks after doing a controversial video in which he was said to have apologised to gays and lesbians, Beenie Man's United States work permit was reinstated, but he says the video played no part in the development. In May, the artiste made a video that was more than a minute long, which addressed a few issues. In the address, Beenie Man pointed out that he respects everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. Although many interpreted the video as an apology to gays and lesbians, Beenie Man says the video had no bearing on when and why he was given the work permit. "A lot of us is intelligent but a lot of us small-minded. You see the people dem weh have brain know dis, mi pay mi lawyer over US$10,000 (J$890,000) and him work wid di embassy and the embassy work wid him. Dem give me mi visa without any prejudice nor no argument," he said. (more on the links below + video interview on Gay Jamaica Watch)
(Jamaica Star) (Gay Jamaica Watch)


July 4, 2012:
African American R&B singer Frank Ocean makes his coming out
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Odd Future member and rising R&B star Frank Ocean announced tonight via his tumblr that he's bisexual or gay. The post, which was originally supposed to be in the liner notes for 'Channel Orange', his upcoming album, describes the first time he fell in love with a man, and how he's dealt with it in the years since. It's worth reading in full - it's linked below - but here are some highlights: four summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost... (more on the link below)
(Gawker) (Hip Hop DX)

July 12, 2012: Presumed homosexuals death: questionning the IACHR statement
TEXT FROM BLOG:
The lateness of the IACHR is amazing to me when this took place on June 13th almost a full month now and two other murders since of popular socialite members as carried on this blog with gay cruising and downlow issues seemingly clashing as the motives for them and to think a suspect is already in custody for the awful June 13th double killing of the homeless brethren and awaiting preliminary hearing proceedings while the IACHR press release paints a picture that it is a homophobic killing when it is NOT. (more on the link below)
(Gay Jamaica Watch 1) (Gay Jamaica Watch 2)


July 25
, 2012: Human Rights Watch urges Jamaica to scrap anti-buggery law
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: United States-based Human Rights Watch has urged the Jamaica government to repeal its anti-buggery law and protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.The human rights group claimed that homophobia is "so bad that human rights defenders advocating the rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) people are not safe in Jamaica".The assertion was made in a letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in which the group noted that Simpson Miller made a "courageous stand" before she took office in January, speaking out against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. (more on the link below)
(
Caribbean360)

August 1, 2012: Beenie Man interview by The Advocate magazine
Interesting interview made by US gay magazine The Advocate. Intro to the article:
"Back in May 2012, Beenie Man took to YouTube posting the first ever apology video by any dancehall artist to date, in which he said, "Let me make this clear…I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief…regardless of which sexual preference you have including gay and lesbian people."In an exclusive interview with The Advocate, Beenie Man explains how he arrived at his current view on gay rights, whether he believes Jamaica will ever be accepting of the LGBT community and how he would respond if his son grew up to be gay'. (more on the link below)

PERSONNAL COMMENT: Although it's interesting to see that Beenie Man is now able to sit down and have a decent conversation about such topics, it's rather sad that he is still mixing homosexuality and pedophilia. Abnother thing that iritates me is that he still talks like being gay is a personnal choice. Don't know how people can still believe this, specially in a Caribbean context. If there is one choice gays/lesbians/bisexuals can do, is to accept their physical attraction being different than the mass, it's to be out or to live in the closet. And that choice is often guided by fear of rejection / repression.
(The Advocate)


August 4, 2012: Mutabruka warn Capleton about Beenie Man fist fight
This is the small description that can be read on YouTube: "Capelton was getting a good telling off for a fist fight with Beenie Man, Mutabaruka dont stand for this behaviour and lays into Capelton like a ton of bricks". Mutabaruka is a rastafarian Jamaican singer and poet and host a radio show in Jamaica. I don't know waht is the exact date for this radio show was broadcast, but it's probably because Beenie Man made the excuses in May. But I'm not totally sure. The show last 75 minutes an I only listened to the first 10 minutes. Capleton will be touring in United States in October/November 2012. Gay activsts are trying to make the venues owners aware of Capleton's violent homophobic songs on a forum. Capleton singed the Reggae Compassionate Act in 2007 but never respected it. Over a year or so he seems to have tone down is homophobic message on CD/vinyl, but by reading the review of the 2011 concert below and with the listrening of this Mutabaruka interview will tell you were he stands in this conflict. From the first ten minutes I've listened, he seems convinced that he is promoting a positive message by 'burning' down sodom & gommorah (read gays and lesbians). The fire he is refering to is, according to his perception' a metaphorical fire, except that several of Capleton's songs are preaching violence against gay men.

PERSONNAL COMMENT: If you know the correct date of this interview or if the context stated above is not regarding the Beenie Man excuses in May 2012, please let me know and I will correct it. Also posted below is a review of Capleton's (aka King Shango) performance at his festival 'A St Mary Mi Come From' where he performed at least one homophobic song (Slew Dem) and the band hired to performed that evening (Capleton's band?) performed the 'Boom Bye Bye' riddim while other artists were performing.
(YouTube) (Activist Group Blog) (Review of Capleton's 2011 'A St Mary Mi Come From' Festival)

August 6, 2012: Rebel with a questionable cause
Tony Rebel was among the guests invited to performed at the Grand Gala concert, for Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence. During his performance, he launched his new song name 'The Next 50' (other websites name the song 'Jamaica Pass 50') in which he makes remarks about gay wedding, requesting his government to not allow same sex union in his country. Many jamaicans tought the event wasn't the right place to make social comments like that. TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Rebel's song was met with mixed reactions not just because of the lyrics of the song, but there were questions about whether or not it was appropriate for the Grand Gala where it was premiered. In the song, Rebel deejays: Eternal Father please bless we land/ Help us to keep our old traditions/ When me go a wedding, a cake me go if nyam / Marriage must be between man and woman/ Please Jamaica don't change that one/Miss Lou would turn in her grave right side a Mass Ron. Earlier this year, he and Queen Ifrica made a similar speech requesting Prime Minister not to repeal Bugaery Law. (more on the link below)
(Jamaica Gleaner) (Jamaica Gleaner LETTER) (Jamaican Liberal Whistle LETTER) (J-FLAG 2013 Press Release) (Audio performance of the song)

August 8, 2012: Mista Majah P launch his 'No Holds Barred' serie: clips that promote tolerance
On August 8, Mista Majah P (aka The Maverick) posted a 11-minute message destined to Jamaicans
and dancehall artsists about the tolerance of gays and lesbians. The clip is entitled 'No Holds Barred' and is the first of several messages which he entend to post on YouTube making his contribution by challenging people to open up their horizons to diversity. The second message was posted on August 15 and talks about gay marriage. Third one was posted on August 31 and is an interview with Avi and Clarence, a same-sex couple that have been living together for 18 years. The fourth episode visit Oakland gay pride and was posted on September 13. Fifth episode focus on president Obama's campaign was posted on September 23.

AUG 08 (No Holds Barred EPISODE 1: Dancehall and Jamaica)
AUG 15 (No Holds Barred EPISODE 2: Gay Marriage)
AUG 31 (No Holds Barred EPISODE 3: Interview with a same-sex couple)
SEPT 13 (No Holds Barred EPISODE 4: Oakland Pride – PART 1) (PART 2)

SEPT 23 (No Holds Barred EPISODE 5: Interview with Republican Mitt Romney) (includes videoclip 'Four More Years')
OCT 05 (No Holds Barred EPISODE 6: International headlines related to homophobia)
OCT 25 (No Holds Barred EPISODE 7: Daring dancehall artists to come on the show)
NOV 08 (No Holds Barred EPISODE 8: Condemning the violence at UTech)

August 18, 2012: A St Mary Mi Come From Festival – Ode to homophobia
The 'A St Mary Mi Come' is a yearly charity concert organised by Capleton. TEXT FROM ARTICLE:
It was supposed to be a charity concert and an appeal for equal rights and justice. Unceasing pull-ups and homophobic declarations made the 11th A St Mary Mi Come From mediocre. Capleton's charity event, which took place saturday at the Grays Inn Sports Complex in Annotto Bay, turned out to be this year a sad ode to homophobia. Starting at 9 pm, the show only took an interesting turn around 2 am when Major Mackerel opened the ball and thrilled the auditorium with his hit songs Pretty Looks Done and Prettiest Gal Dem. With his set, Major Mackerel was the first to earn the audience attention. Later, Sizzla and his army arrived on stage. The singer delivered his international hits Be Strong, Simplicity, Words of Divine. Once his flag bearers reached the stage, Sizzla loosened up with his anti-gay titles Murder Dem and Nah Apologize. At daybreak, Capleton took the centrestage. Surrounded by "his family", the Fireman chanted his famous Jah Jah City, That Day Will Come, Slew Dem. (more on the link below)
(United Reggae) (Jamaica Observer) OTHER ARTICLES (Jamaica Star)

August 30, 2012: Buju Banton's new lawyer
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Choke Lumumba, the African-American lawyer assigned to help Buju Banton appeal his drug-trafficking sentence, is best known for representing superstar rapper Tupac Shakur and members of the Black Panther Party. On Tuesday after it was announced he would replace David Oscar Markus as the singjay's attorney, Lumumba told the Jamaica Observer that he finds himself in a "unique situation. This is the first time I'm representing someone from the Caribbean, but I'm also aware of the pressure authorities place on high-profile persons," he said from his Jackson, Mississippi office. He added: "I'm not going to be making any pronouncements until I read the transcripts and talk to the brother in person." Lumumba says he was contacted three months ago by persons close to Banton, with a possibility of taking up his case. He has spoken to him at least three times by phone from Florida where the Grammy winner is serving a 10-year sentence on drug-related charges. (more on the link below)

(Jamaica Observer)

I do not cover much this story anymore. Someone have sent these links and I'm sharing them. Haven't read them and I don't know about the credibility of these newspapers... OCTOBER NEWS: (The Final Call) (Examiner) (Palm Beach New Times 1) (Palm Beach New Times 2) FEBRUARY NEWS: (Miami New Times) (Palm Beach New Times 3)

September 15, 2012:
Jamaica's "Love March" is in fact a walk agains homosexuality
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Anti-Gay Fact Check attended the "Love March" for "sexual purity" which took place in Kingston starting at Hope Gardens and ending at Half-Way Tree Mandela Park. For those who don't know, the "Love March" is a march organised by a couple of anti-gay Christian groups who claim they are fed up with "sexual immorality" in Jamaican society and want to speak out against it. The march was designed for homosexuality, pornography and fornication, what they call "sexual sins" that are taking over Jamaica. Of course, AGFC has been in the business of anti-gay research for quite some time now so we aren't that stupid as they think we are. We know the march was really a march against homosexuality and opposition to pornography and fornication, two things they have minority support on, were just thrown in to make the march seem balanced. Below is a poster designed by the march organisers to tell everyone what they were marching for (notice all the reasons include homosexuality). (more on the link below)
(Anti-GayFactCheck.org) (Jamaica Obsever) (MambaOnline)

September 16, 2012: Feud between Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee Sparta
On September 16, Bounty Killer released the song 'No Long Talking' which was directed towards dancehall artist Tommy Lee Sparta. The song features homophobic comments, similar to what happened between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer several years ago. Earlier that month, Tommy Lee change his stage name to Tommy Lee Sparta, to avoid confusion with Motley Crue's drummer. A dancehall fan eventually posted on the website 'Constructed Thoughts Worldpress' that 'Sparta' was refering to Greek warriors, the Spartans, that were practicing homosexuality on a wide scale. Cound Bounty Killer's song be fulled with that story? TEXT FROM WIKIPEDIA: "...a series of Twitter posts that were perceived as an insult to Tommy Lee Sparta. One such message from Bounty Killer on 8 September said, "Christmas is 4 christ so nuh demon or devil cyaah win we a bloodclaath all a dem a dead a sting!!!" This was widely believed to be a reference to Tommy Lee Sparta's "Uncle Demon" persona and a threat against the artist regarding the upcoming Sting music festival on Boxing Day. Bounty Killer, however, denied that the tweet was directed towards Tommy Lee Sparta". In respond to 'No Long Talking', Sparta released 'Goat Head', then Bounty Killer replied with two more songs.
(more info can be found on Tommy Lee Sparta Wikipedia page)
(Bounty Killer: NO LONG TALKING) (WIKIPEDIA: Tommy Lee Sparta) (History of the Greek Spartan warriors)

September 18, 2012: Urgent need for sex & sexuality to be discussed nationally
TEXT FROM BLOG: (the author of the blog) decided to watch this one most carefully and listen to the contending views on this since the story first broke on Beyond The Headlines hosted by Dionne Jackson Miller on radio Jamaica, RJR on September 13 on the controversial Home Family Life Education Curriculum HFLE before I made a post on it, the curriculum that was first put together from as early as 2006 under the previous administration with training for teachers as late as this July of this year and is funded by overseas funders, Miss Jackson had two guidance counselors as guests who gave their opinions on the controversy which surrounded the questions on HIV status, anal sex and other issues supposedly targeted for seventh graders or 13 and 14 year olds. Only a small section of the over 350 page voluminous document (not online at this time) dealt with the subject matter that was deemed offensive however how the discourse has progressed over the passed days it would look like its the entire document that is problematic, the document also propose to have dealt with Sexual orientation, respect for persons regarding sexual orientation, self awareness, HIV and safer sex introduction, self efficacious planning, risk assessment etc some other pointers were that there maybe gay participants so teachers were reminded to choose their language carefully, one scenario supposedly was to ask students to imagine a world where it is normal to be gay and to be straight would be the other orientation and what would the world be in eyes of the students. Students would be asked to also research homosexuality, bisexuality and womanizing in Jamaica. There was some cloudiness as to how the guidelines should be disseminated in the classroom if via oral presentation or by written format. (more on the link below)
(Gay Jamaica Watch) (Jamaica Gleaner 1) (Jamaica Gleaner 2) (GoJamaica)

September 26, 2012: Capleton cancelled in California
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: The Jamaican-born reggae singer had successfully performed without incident at the Red Fox in November of 2010 after another previous show had been canceled in 2004. In recent weeks, a local Facebook group protesting the show gained a considerable following due to Capleton's history of anti-gay lyrics. The Journal spoke with Red Fox Tavern co-owner Brian Swislow this afternoon. He confirmed that the decision to scratch the Capleton show was made due to pressure from the gay community and other artists that perform regularly at the venue. "I have high respect for the gay community at large. This was never out of disrespect," Swislow said. While he was sure he'd lose significant cash due over the canceled gig, the business he stood to lose if he went on with the show would have been a greater blow. "I can't lose 80% of the people that frequent my club over one show," he said. "All I can hope is that the gay community steps up and supports our club".
The show was scheduled for October 11. .....(see August 4, 2012 for recent news on Capleton)
(The Journal) (Capleton US Tour) (United Reggae)


September 30, 2012:
Today's Bible lesson: Reflexion on Leviticus with humor
TEXT RECEIVED BY MAIL:
In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative. (click on the link below to read the letter)
(Today's Bible lesson)

October 2, 2012: Hip-hop song that promotes same-sex union reach top of the charts
TEXT FROM WIKIPEDIA: "Same Love" is the fourth single released by Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis off their 2012 debut studio album, The Heist. The track, featuring vocals by Mary Lambert, talks about legalizing gay marriage and was recorded during the campaign of Washington Referendum 74, which allows same-sex marriages in Washingtonstate. The song reached number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and reached number 1 on top 40 charts in both New Zealand and Australia. Macklemore explained that the song also came out of his own frustration with hip hop's positions on homosexuality. "Misogyny and homophobia are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip hop culture. It's 2012. There needs to be some accountability. I think that as a society we're evolving and I think that hip hop has always been a representation of what's going on in the world right now."(more on the link below)
(videoclip for SAME LOVE) (Wikipedia) (
focus on some of the lyrics) (short documentary NO HOMO)

October 11, 2012: 'Free Buju' T-shirt on sale on Bob Marley's official shop
After giving licence for cellphones, baby clothes, headphones, 'relaxation drink', rolling papers, school bags and whatever item you can imagine with Bob Marley's effigy, The Marley Estate seems to have aprove Buju Banton merchandising to be sold on their official website. Banton T-shirts have been available at least since October 11 (news read on LargeUp.com website).
(BobMarleyShop) (Press Release)(LargeUp)
(Forbes)

PERSONNAL COMMENT: Am I the only one being pissed to see Buju Banton merchandising being sold through Bob Marley's official website? The Marley Estate just earned 17 million dollar over the past 12 months (Forbes, October 29)... Isn't it enough? When music becomes an accessories to sell material things. Just to see the way Marley's image is being used can really make someone grinding his teeth. It would be interesting to see what Bob would think of this. As a reminder Stephen Marley is friend with Buju Banton and he is working to get him out of jail (see press conference below).

October 24, 2012: Mista Majah P and Barack Obama endorse tolerance and equality for LGBT
PRESS RELEASE:
President Obama, our first African American President endorses tolerance and marriage equality in our society for gays and the (LGBT) Community. By doing that his has also endorses the first Jamaican reggae artist Mista Majah P that has taken a stand on the issues of gay rights, and has endorsed tolerance and equality in the (LGBT) community, and for all the people in the world today. Mista Majah P has started to put together the plans for a major North American and European Tour dates for 2013. As his Canadian Management group plan this tour throughout North America and Europe we urge promoters and corporate companies to get on Board and become a sponsor for the tour. Help the artist Mista Majah-P bring tolerance to the people, by the people and for the people. Through the Majah's, messages, lyrics, songs, and Videos representations, Majah P has been said to be the new Bob Marley for standing up for social issues, and has been dubbed The Maverick of reggae music. We see this in so many ways from this artist, in his 100 percent support for President Obama as the President's support for gay rights came in line with the artist message. (more on the link below)

(Mista Majah P – PRESS RELEASE) (2011 Obama message at LGBT Pride Month)
NOTE: Since the album Tolerance, the artist released the sing 'Four More Years', promoting the re-election of president Obama and he is just about to release a new concious song entitled 'Don't Drink & Drive'.

November 1, 2012: Another example of gay violence in Jamaica
There has been several cases of violence and murder of gays in Jamaica in recent months. More cases can be found on the CONSEQUENCES section of this website. TEXT FROM ARTICLE: The University of Technology (UTech) and Marksman Limited have issued a joint statement condemning the beating of an alleged gay student by security Marksman Limited has indicated that two security guards who were involved in the assault have since been fired. The student ended up in the guard room after fleeing an angry mob. "This student was physically assaulted by on duty security guards employed by the contracted security company, Marksman Limited while several other students encircled the Guard Room attempting to get hold of the student," read a portion of the statement. The statement says the student was "protected" from the mob by security officers and removed from the campus with support from the police
.(more on the link below)

(Jamaica Gleaner) (Jamaica Star) (Gay Jamaica Watch) (TVJ News) (VIDEO)
(JUNE 2012 – National Survey of Attitudes and Perceptions of Jamaicans Towards Same-Sex Relationships)

PERSONNAL COMMENT: Violence shouldn't be tolerated anywhere, but this is even a greater shame that it's happening at a university level. That clearly shows how deep the roots of homophobia are located. In such a crisis time, what is the Jamaican government waiting to educate people properly about sexuality? It's evident that the religious right is too powerful and controling these aspect. A change must come. Artists must challenge homophobia while government is not doing much. Hope several talkshows nationwide will take the UTech story and try to raise consciousnes about this topic. And remember to think twice before you purchase music of people who promote hatered and violence, because they are contributing to what we are seeing in this video. Just to name a few, Sizzla and Capleton are still doing this. On an international level, can we stop giving visas and promoting for these artists? All reggae websites are unrolling the red carpet when these artists are visisting their countries. A change must come. And remember you are part of the solution.

N
ovember 3, 2012: Just humans: The everyday Jamaican heroes
NOT RELATED TO HOMOPHOBIA. I recently found four clips that higlights the everyday heroes of Jamaica. After seeing the UTech video, I tought it would be appropriate to simmer down the vibe by showing a positive side of the island.
(Episode 1: Bulding a skite) (Episode 2: Dominoes) (Episode 3: Ackee & Saltfish) (Episode 4: Ganja)


November 4, 2012: Gay community looks to protest Beenie Man concert
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Protests and public outrage over a Capleton concert at Ocean Grove Lodge earlier this month have not deterred the venue from hosting controversial dancehall performer Beenie Man this Tuesday. According to Queer Humboldt co-founder Todd Larsen, the Jamaican dancehall icon's upcoming show in Trinidad (in California, scheduled November 6th) may have just as many protesters as attendees. Larsen said Queer Humboldt members and others plan to hold a peaceful protest outside the Beenie Man concert at Ocean Grove in Trinidad on Tuesday. "We are not trying to stop or block the concert," he said. "We are just trying to share love and to share education." A group of gay right activists in Humboldt County have been working since 2008 to educate the community on what Larsen refers to as "murder music." Larsen said that the lyrics used by artists like Beenie Man and Capleton call explicitly for the murder and brutilization of gays. In 2009, Larsen said the group was successful in keeping a number of murder music performers out of Humboldt County. For the most part, Larsen said, local community members, venues and promoters have been respectful of the gay community over the years. He said there are a few individuals and businesses who continue to book the controversial artists." (more on the link below)
(Time Standard) (NOV 5: Jamaica Observer) (NOV 16: Jamaica Observer)

PERSONNAL COMMENT: I whish that gay organisations would leave Beenie Man alone and concentrate on singers that keeps pushing violence towards LGBT. I guess Beenie Man has to be patient, if he is sincere in moving on. But I really don't agree with the comments of promoter Beau DeVito. Plain ignorance or just trying to convince the public to make a buck?

November 5, 2012: Free Buju Press Conference in Washington, DC
On Monday, November 5th, activists, educators, friends and supporters of GRAMMY Award-winning Reggae star Buju Banton (née Mark Anthony Myrie), will gather for a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to officially announce the filing of a petition for a Writ of Certiorari. "Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people are convinced that Mark Anthony Myrie was unjustly targeted and convicted in the United States court in Florida," explains Banton's new attorney, Chokwe Lumumba. "We request that the highest court of the land review this injustice and overturn it." He adds, "We are determined to fight for Myrie's freedom until he is vindicated." (more on the link below)
(Red Carpet Shelley) (Boom Shots) (EnpowerYouth)(Tumblr)

November 8, 2012: No Holds Barred – Newer episodes
Every two weeks, Mista Majah P (aka The Maverick) is posting a new episode of his show 'No Holds Barred'. You can find the links to all episodes by looking upper on this list, on August 8, 2012.

(No Holds Barred EPISODE 8: Condemning the violence at UTech)


December 4, 2012: VP Records: Strictly not evolving
Every year I make a duty of following the current Jamaican music sceen. I aways get a few compilations that are supposed to represent the current hits. I'm sort of currius to see if, how and when things can slightly change. Year after year, I realise that VP Records makes a conscious effort in pushing homophobia. Their new 'Strictly The Best 47' compilation is not an exception. Two tracks that are back to back on the compilation are doing just that: 'Pyscho' (by Tommy Lee Spara) and 'No Long Talking' (by Bounty Killer). The other volume release on the same date 'Strictly The Best 46' also features two songs: 'The Return' (by Morgan Heritage) wich has a few lines pushing towards discrimination, plus the 2008 track from Mr. Vegas 'Mus Come A Road' on the bonus CD. Those two compilations are among the best selling CDs of the year in the reggae/dancehall business. For those who aren't familiar, VP has a long history of promoting homophobia and still sells hundread of songs that advocate violence on their website. Bounty Killer's song 'No Long Talking' is supposed to be address towards Tommy Lee Sparta (see September 16, 2012 for more details).
(PYCHO lyrics) (NO LONG TALKING lyrics) (my comments on THE RETURN)

December 15, 2012: Mista Majah P release fourth single from album Tolerance: Gay Marriage
Who would have tought that 16 months after album release, we could have expected another single from Mister Majah P. Socially implicated, the artist shows his diversity with the song 'Four More Years' in support to Obama in May and recently released the song 'Don't Drink And Drive'. The Maverick launched his 'No Holds Barred' show on YouTube in August, pursuing his misson of promoting tolerance for same sex love. He now release a fourth official video for the album Tolerance wich deals with the wedding of gay couples. The actors that appears in the video were the guests that were interviewed in the third episode of 'No Holds Barred'.
(Videoclip GAY MARRIAGE)


December 31, 2012: Jamaican lawyer accuses paper of promoting homophobia
TEXT FROM ARTICLE: Jamaican gay rights advocate Maurice Tomlinson is calling on the Jamaica Observer newspaper to desist from printing "further homophobic imagery." Tomlinson, an attorney-at-law and homosexual, is also currently challenging the immigration laws of both T&T and Belize in the Caribbean Court of Justice. The immigration acts in both countries ban homosexuals from entry. On Christmas day last week, the Observer published a cartoon that activists say was "designed to inflame hate" and is "anti-gay." In the cartoon, which can be found on the paper's Web site Jamaicaobserver.com, a young boy is shown running away from a man wearing women's clothes, lipstick and carrying a purse. In the cartoon the boy tells his mother, "Is dat mi fraid of." (more on the link below)
(
Guardian Media)