#MeToo: Etana Speaks About Prejudice Against Female Reggae Artists in the Industry.

For reggae singer Etana, the themes of equality, love and peace that underpins reggae haven’t always extended to women reggae artists. In fact, she’s often had to do battle against an industry that hasn’t shown much respect for singers like her. According to Etana while speaking to Dylan Elliott, StarNews correspondent; she learned right after she started…

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J$25 Million Grant Facility Made Available For Small and Micro Entrepreneurs in At-Risk, Low-Income Communities

Kingston, Jamaica – The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), has launched a micro and small business grants program that seeks to assist passionate, innovative small businesses and startups from at-risk, low-income communities realize their entrepreneurial dreams and reach new markets. The program, which is being executed as part of the Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), provides…

PHOTO HIGHLIGHT: Rasta Shop Opens In Myanmar

Love for everything Rasta and Reggae has been on the rise abroad especially in Asian and African countries and a group of friends, Pyae Phyo, 27, Ko Htet, 28, and Naung Naung, 27, are capitalizing on the growing demand for all things rasta and reggae in their home country, Myanmar. Striped in red, yellow and…

Mandatory Minimum Penalties Needed For Illegal Gun Possession In Jamaica

OPINION: The concept of what constitutes swift, sure and consistent justice seems to be incomprehensible for both the common man and those charged with dispensing it. Recent revelations by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has revealed that dozens of people brought before the courts for illegal possession of guns and ammunition in the crime…

Blackwell, Marley, Island Records & US Fifty Million Dollars Later

It was only two days ago I was discussing the legacy of famed reggae artist Bob Marley and the fortune that has been made after his death, when I came across news of a US$50-million deal signed last Saturday by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, with Primary Wave Music Publishing, a boutique New York…