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Jamaican singers Dalton Harris and Tessanne Chin winners of The Voice & X Factor

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On 24 May 2011 Dalton Harris posted on his Facebook Page of photo of himself and singer Tessanne Chin.
It is obvious from the photo Harris was very impressed to have met the sensational vocalist. The two met for the first time in Florida.

You can call it fate or cosmic coincidence but what they did not know is that they both would make history. Tessanne Chin went on to win The Voice in 2014 and Dalton Harris, yesterday became the newly crowned king of the UK TV Show The X Factor.

Chin was born in Kingston, Jamaica from a musical family and attended Mavisville Preparatory school. Her upbringing was very different from Dalton Harris'.

She had a full musical career where she collaborated with fellow Jamaican artists Shaggy ("Never Let Go") and Protoje ("Someone Like You"), the Trinidad and Tobago soca band Kes ("Loving You") and was featured in a track by the legendary Jamaican band Third World, titled "By My Side." She appeared as a special guest of Third World at the Highline Ballroom in New York City in April 2011. "By My Side" was featured in the soundtrack of Robert Townsend's series "Diary of a Single Mom" starring Monica CalhounLeon, and Billy Dee Williams. In September 2013, it was announced that she would be competing in Season 5 of NBC's singing competition, The Voice, after reggae/dancehall star Shaggy presented her the competition as an opportunity to finally have her big break as an international star. On the second episode of the Blind Auditions broadcast on September 24, 2013, she performed Pink's song "Try." All four coaches, namely Adam LevineCee Lo GreenChristina Aguilera and Blake Shelton turned their chairs for her but she opted for Adam Levine. She went on to win the Title in 2014.

Dalton Harris rose to fame after winning the Digicel Rising Stars title with a prize of $1 million in 2010 . He was 16 years old at the time. He on the other hand, came from a disadvantage family which played out in the Jamaican Media since his international recognition on the X Factor.

Shortly after winning the title, Harris suffered a string of misfortunes. The 16 years old young artist out-spent the $1 million prize. He dropped out of Edwin Allen High School at the 10th grade. He lived alone in an accommodation with no running water and no electricity. He was left to fend for himself in living conditions that were not suited for a human being. He was alone in the world.

Harris' situation changed in 2011 when he met music promoter and producer Donovan Germain, the chief executive officer of  Penthouse Records. At 19, he got into Kingston College and graduated with six Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, which allowed him to enroll in the school's sixth form programme. The music producer took Harris under his wings.  Harris credited Donovan Germain with 'saving' his life and described him as father, mentor and role model.

He topped the Jamaican dance hall charts in 2014 with his single "Pauper". He migrated to the United States five years ago to widen his scope in the entertainment industry. He has released a number of singles, such as: "I'm Numb", "Watch Over Me" and "That Wonderful Sound" in 2015; "All I Need", "Whisper in the Wind", "Unfaithful Chronicles" and "Dem Kinda Woman" in 2016; and "Perilous Time" in 2017. In 2018, he released the joint album Unintentional Astronaut with Mike Needler.

Harris rose to International fame when he entered the fifteenth UK series of The X Factor began on ITV on Saturday 1 September 2018. The live shows started on Saturday 20 October. He was one of the sixteen finalists. On December 2, Harris was announced as the winner of the 2018 edition, becoming the first foreign act to win the UK version of The X Factor.

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Crab-n-a-Barrel. Where was the Jamaican Media when Dalton was hurting?

Congratulations to Dalton Harris. Winner of the UK Factor 2018

December 2nd 2018 Dalton Harris become the winner of the UK X Factor.

Former Rising Stars Winner to X Factor Winner

Dalton Harris rose to fame after winning the Digicel Rising Stars title with a prize of $1 million in 2010 . He was 16 years old at the time. Shortly after winning the title, Harris suffered a string of misfortunes. The 16 years old young artist out-spent the $1 million prize. He dropped out of Edwin Allen High School at the 10th grade. He lived alone in an accommodation with no running water and no electricity. He was left to fend for himself in living conditions that were not suited for a human being. He was alone in the world.

Harris' situation changed in 2011 when he met music promoter and producer Donovan Germain, the chief executive officer of  Penthouse Records. At 19, he got into Kingston College and graduated with six Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, which allowed him to enroll in the school's sixth form programme. The music producer took Harris under his wings.  Harris credited Donovan Germain with 'saving' his life and described him as father, mentor and role model.

Despite going back to school and traveling the world it seem as if his past troubles and trauma was still a present factor in his life. On November 19,2017 Harris posted a dire message on his Facebook Page. He spoke of having suicidal thoughts and not wanting to live.

 

There was little to no support from the Jamaican Media even though it was clear Dalton was crying out for help.

Since Dalton's success on the UK TV Show X Factor, a photo of him playfully sitting in the lap of another contestant surfaced on Social Media. He was labelled a homosexual by many in Jamaica and the media seem to constantly each day decided to tear him down. Every day there would be another story of Dalton's mother crying. The media seem to seek out the woman who obviously does not have a good relationship with her son and used her to tear him down while he sings for his life in the UK.

There is also a reported threat by a popular social media person who said if he sees Dalton he would open his face with a knife. After the constant negative stories in the Jamaican Media, Dalton decided to address the situation.

Dalton addresses the media stories that he is a homosexual

There was no concern for the Dalton's safety for mental health from the Jamaican Media. The negative headlines and stories seem as if it was movement to end Dalton's career and end his life.

Despite the negative headlines and stories Dalton Harris has prevailed and has taken home the title of UK X Factor Winner 2018

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“Reggae Music” to be protected by UNESCO as a Global Cultural Treasure

(source:Reuters)

Reggae has been added to a list of international cultural treasures which the United Nations has deemed worthy of protecting and promoting.

On Thursday, reggae was "inscripted," as the UNESCO term goes, to the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in a statement said about reggae music:

“Its contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual. The basic social functions of the music – as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic practice, and a means of praising God – have not changed, and the music continues to act as a voice for all.”

The Paris-based agency of the United Nations, made its ruling at a meeting this week.

Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Jamaica's Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture added, "reggae is uniquely Jamaican". It is a music that we have created that has "penetrated all corners of the world".

Reggae was born in the innercities of Kingston, Jamaica, mainly Trench Town and West Kingston.

The genre began as what was known as Ska, Rocksteady and Ragga. It then evolved in the 1960s with pioneers such as, The Heptones, Culture, Toots and the Maytals, Millie Small's 1964 ska cover of "My Boy Lollipop", Bob Marley and The Wailers and many others. The music was an avenue for marginalized ghetto youths to voice their discontent and dissatisfaction about  social, political and economic issues. It was a reaction against the oppression  of colonialism. Nevertheless, it encompass a wide range of emotions such love, peace and happiness. The rhythm, drums and beat creates a melodic and spiritual mento that gives the music it's unique sound.

Today reggae music is one of the best loved music genre around the world. The Latin countries has been very successful with their version of Raggaeton. Popular Artist such as Drake, Justin Beiber and Rihanna sampled the genre. Reggae music can be heard on every street corner, train stations, town squares and music venues around the world.

The former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding made February 2008 the first annual Reggae Month in Jamaica. To celebrate, the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJam) held its first Reggae Academy Awards on February 24, 2008. Therefore, it is befitting of the world wide recognition and protection. It is an identity of the Jamaican people and should be recognized and protected as such.

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Christmas display has been changed to simulate a sex act

Tynwald Mills, Shopping Centre Isle of Man in the United Kingdom apologised to customers for sexual suggestive Polar Bear display.

According to BBC, it is believed mischievous customers re-arranged the Arctic scene to suggest a much "steamier" encounter.

The sexual suggestive display had left many customers feeling awkward. While others took to social media to have a laugh about it

One customer posted on  Twitter, "I went to Tynwald Mills today and was quite amused yet disturbed by their placement of their Xmas polar bears"

The shopping centre apologised “We’d like to thank our customers for getting a little too into Christmas this year with our polar bears in the atrium and can reassure you the display has changed somewhat since setup”.

A spokesman for the shopping centre said: "Apologies to anybody offended by our somewhat interactive display!"

Mall officials had a bit of fun with the incident. They shared an image of a polar bear cub wearing a onesie, suggesting the young bear was the result of frisky display.

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Kanye West: “I’ve have been used to spread messages I don’t believe in”

Kanye West fired off a series of tweets and one would think they are in the twilight zone.

Ye has been Trump's ride or die buddy for the past months. So it came as a shock to the world when he tweeted that he is been used and getting out of politics altogether.

According to TMZ, Kanye said he is referring to the Blexit T.Shirt that has been promoted by the black Republican activist Candace Owens.

Owens and West have been very close as the two have been in the media pushing the conservative narrative and riding the Trump train.

It all seem to come crashing down when West decided that he do not want to be associated with the Blexit  propaganda.

He said, "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I've been used to spread messages I don't believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative."

He went on to explain: "I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn't want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."

Owens had said, "Blexit [black exit from Democratic Party] is a renaissance and I'm blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero -- Kanye West." http://www.tmz.com/2018/10/30/kanye-west-donald-trump-used-blexit-candace-owens/?fbclid=IwAR1Ip9NBPOOznl5bNOJnlkLV1HNOeJXNA3YzC6uLjhveALELg9ZNPzII5As

 

It’s unclear what prompted the sudden tweeting and why he decided to go public and if he is having problems with Owens. Nonetheless,  he outlined and made it clear his actual beliefs, claiming his recent beliefs are in conflict with Owens' and the Blexit propaganda.

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“Black hypocrisy”. Spice Bleach Skin Publicity Stunt Official Video

 Dancehall Star Spice goes white in publicity stunt video.
Most people were outrage at the image and wondering what the f..k is going on with Spice.
The official video is now out.

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‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ and Dancehall Star, Spice goes white

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and Dancehall Star Spice goes white.
Spice had Social Media wagging when on Monday changed her Facebook photo to a very light skinned image of herself.

Grace Latoya Hamilton, known professionally as Spice, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter.

Most people were outrage at the image and wondering what the f..k is going on with Spice.

But not to worry, according to TMZ, "a rep for Spice tells us there's a track on the mixtape called "Black Hypocrisy" -- thus the look".

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Edward Seaga (88 years) showing off dancing skills

Edward Philip George Seaga is a former Jamaican politician. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005. He served as leader of the opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005.
(age 88 years)

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Bill Cosby a “Sexually Violent Predator”, judge ruled

The label means Cosby, 81, must undergo counselling for life and appear on the sex offenders' registry.

A judge made the ruling ahead of sentencing the comedian for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Tuesday's classification means he will need to register with state police and notify any community he lives in of his sex offender status, as well as undergo mandatory counselling for life.

The Neighbours, childcare centres and schools will have be notified of his whereabouts.

The actor's defence team had argued the state's sex offender law was too severe given Cosby's age and the fact that he is legally blind.

The disgraced comedian's two-day hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania began on Monday with legal debate over the violent predator label.

Psychologist Kristen Dudley testified on Monday that Cosby showed signs of a mental disorder and was likely to reoffend. The judge most likely ruled on this testimony.

Bill Cosby faces a maximum prison term of 10 years after an agreement between prosecutors and his defence team, but there is no mandatory minimum for the convictions.

The Montgomery County District Attorney, Kevin Steele, called for five to 10 years in jail for aggravated indecent assault.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45644374

Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years

Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby’s PR representatives read out statements following the sentencing, calling it a “sex war” and referencing Jesus.

“I believe and think it is important to point out that this has been the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States,” said Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist. He claimed that some of those who testified against Cosby were "white women who make money off of accusing black men of being sexual predators.”

Wyatt also tied Cosby's verdict to the accusations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming both were victims in a "sex war." He did not elaborate.

Wyatt later referenced the persecution of Jesus, saying, Cosby “knows that these are lies. They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. Not saying Mr. Cosby's Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries.

Ebonee Benson, another PR representative, read a statement on behalf of Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby. Camille was not in court for the sentencing.

Camille’s statement decried “falsified evidence," claiming that Cosby had not been granted his right to a fair trial.

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Malia Obama spotted with British boyfriend in New York

Jan 21, 2018

Malia Obama is spotted smiling and chatting with her alleged posh British boyfriend. The two were hanging out while he enjoys a cigarette in New York

Rory Farquharson entered the spotlight, when he was caught kissing President Obama's eldest daughter before a Harvard-Yale football game in November.

Rory Farquharson, 19, is the son of chief executive of Insight Investment Management Limited Charles, 57, and Catherine, 58, a qualified accountant.

The pair seem to have met at Harvard University where Malia attends.

The family live in a £1.6million six-bed detached in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

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