The Golden Mic: Hosted by Sunni Patterson (@SUNNIPATTERSON)

Golden MicThe Golden Mic is the biggest Spoken Word Event of the Year; it takes place on Thu, Sept. 28 and Fri. Sept. 29. Congo TV Network launches this Fall and one of the most anticipated shows on the network is The Golden Mic. It’s the ultimate Spoken Word experience hosted by iconic artist, Sunni Patterson, live in New Orleans. It features 32 of the most reknown poets from all over the world all meeting at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (1901 Bartholomew St., New Orleans) to do one thing… Bless The Golden Mic.

THURSDAY Sept. 28 LINE UP:
Kyla Lacey (Orlando) , Masterpiece (Dallas) , Prince Akeem (New Orleans) , Ebony Stewart (Houston) , Georgia Me (Atlanta) , Dichotomy (Atlanta) , Huggy Bear (Mobile) , Sade Cru (New Orleans) , M’Reld Green (Chicago) , Caren Green (New Orleans) , Ed Mabrey (Charlotte) , Moses West (Jacksonville) , LGB (Dallas) , Jonathan Samuel Eddie (Colombus) , Kataalyst (New Orleans)

FRIDAY, Sept 29 LINE UP:
Real Talk (Chicago) , A Scribe Called Quess (New Orleans) , Lady Tess (Mobile) , Red Storm (Atlanta) , K Love The Poet (Chicago) , iCon (New Orleans) , Louis ConPhilction (St. Louis) , Freequency (New Orleans) , Steven Willis (Brooklyn) , Abyss (Atlanta) , Xero (Baton Rouge) , John Lacarbiere (New Orleans) , Lamar Hill (Baltimore) , Brittany Marshall (Baton Rouge)

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Mudbound, a film starring Mary J. Blige & Others hit theaters on November 17th (@maryjblige @mudboundmovie)

MudBoundMary J. Blige will be hitting the big screens this Fall. She is one of the stars of the new film, Mudbound, which will air on Netflix as well as in theaters on November 17th.

Mudbound is about a family that relocated to rural Mississippi only to find themselves trying to deal with numerous issues, including racism and a relative returning from World War II. The movie also stars Jason Mitchell and a host of other amazing actors.

Make sure you check it out!

RASTAFARI Mama ASKALE SELASSIE (Bio)

OMEGARISINGRASTAFARI Mama ASKALE SELASSIE
EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY (WORLD) TO EMPOWER THE NATION OF RASTAFARI

In Service to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie for over 45 years proven by the fact that all her 4 birth youths were born to a Rasta Mother.
Born in Jamaica and growing in the UK since she was 10 years old, Mama Askale began her working career as a Music Publisher at VIRGIN RECORDS with Richard Branson. Here as the 1st Black employee, she was promoted to Publishing and Promotions Manager and instrumental in the establishment of The FRONTLINE Label, which produced a range of Jamaican Artistes and Producers. This brought Mama Askale in the frontline of Radio & Media Promotions in the UK (1972-1974).

As soon as Bob Marley met Mama Askale in a discussion on Publishing Rights, he invited her to Jamaica, to TUFF GONG to establish Bob Marley Music in Jamaica. Rastafari calling took a major role and accepting this invitation began a journey in Rastafari by moving to the Hills of Jamaica and working with Bob Marley at Tuff Gong until he transcended in 1981. Then travelling throughout the Caribbean Islands promoting TUFF GONG MUSIC.

As Bob Marley used to tell anyone who challenged my work, “she nuh work for Tuff Gong unuh, she work for JAH.” This is Mama Askale, working for JAH, journeying to share and spread HIM message of Love and Unity. From Jamaica and The Caribbean, to the USA establishing the Press and Publicity Dept. for RAS RECORDS (1982-1988).

The Call for Repatriation brought Mama Askale and Family back to the UK, where she re-trained as Social worker and later gaining an essential Degree in Education,” in order to monitor her children’s Education ina Babylon.” The next 2 decades were focussed on Education and travel inside Europe. In Educating the World Community, to Empower the Nation of Rastafari, Mama Askale established strong Media and PR Links worldwide. Travelling to establish the Mission of The EMPRESS MENEN FOUNDATION became a natural duty from His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie Mama will testify. Jah honoured her to travel in HIM Footsteps and meet HIM Creations.”

The Elders of Rastafari ARE the fulfilment of The Creed, according to Mama. The ANCIENTS be Fed: The ANCIENTS be clothed: The ANCIENTS be nourished: The ANCIENTS be PROTECTED and CARED FOR. Duty before they leave I and I.”

In Europe, Directors of The EMF were to be found in France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Slovenia, UK, Croatia, Finland and Denmark (when Ras Chiozo was present). The Annual EMF Ethiopian Calendar became the vehicle for the Promotion of RASTAFARI WORLDWIDE. This continues as Mama, Empress Askale Selassie returned to the Roots, The Motherland AETHIOPIA, where the mission to Educate the Ethiopian Community has become crucial as most Ethiopians have no knowledge of their great King and Emperor as DIVINE. Mama Askale has a solution. Education. Never ceasing to educate, she has now produced the 2nd Editon of the All Amharic RASWORLD Calendar for Ethiopians at Home and Abroad.
Mama Askale, is eager to SHARE and is honoured by The Promoter and Organiser of The Aarhus Reggae Festival in Denmark to come and share her experiences and indeed Ethiopian Souvenirs and much more with Reggae Lovers from a solid and welcoming Source.

Askale Selassie: Facebook
See the works unfold on Youtube

Gospel Poet & Author, Danielle Bailey, Talks About Almost Loosing Her Life And What Ultimately Made Her Choose A Different Path

Danielle Bailey at Book LaunchA few Sundays ago we were fortunate to meet and sit down with Ontario based Gospel poet and author, Danielle Bailey. She had just released her third book entitled “Poetics – A Prophetic Poetry Devotional, On Life, Love, And Relationships To Help Keep You Spiritually Fit.” We met at the official book launch and got a chance to speak with her immediately after.

MJ Magazine: For those not familiar with you, please say; who is Danielle Bailey? And what inspired your book, “Poetics – A Prophetic Poetry Devotional, On Life, Love, And Relationships To Help Keep You Spiritually Fit”?

Danielle Bailey: Danielle Bailey is a down to earth, loving, prophetic, kind, organic, authentic, genuine, sincere, loving person, who wants nothing but the best for God’s people. I can’t stress that enough. As a minister in training, I love the Lord. I love God. I’ve been through a lot. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve endured a lot and I will prevail. I am prevailing. God is using me in a mighty way. He’s allowing me to reach and preach to His people, to encourage them to edify, to solidify that he is doing a wonderful work in me and mmm that’s who Danielle is. She is striving for greater. She is striving for greatness.

MJ Magazine: When and how did you get into poetry?

Danielle Bailey: I began writing poetry at the age of 12 years old. Why… it was incidental, it just happened. I had just finished writing a test for school, I had some spare time and I began writing.

MJ Magazine: What is the strongest strong hold that you’ve encountered and how did you deal with it?

Danielle Bailey: The strongest stronghold that I’ve encountered was family, truthfully

MJ Magazine: Your family? How, what happened? Elaborate

Danielle Bailey: With family you know it’s a… well everybody has family situations and so on so fort and because I love my family so much that there is a disconnect in a sense so it becomes my stronghold when there is trials and tribulation that I’m having to deal with … with regards to my family

MJ Magazine: When you say a disconnect, I don’t understand

Danielle Bailey: It’s not exactly how I picture family in my mind. It’s not the manifestation… so I believe that because of that my poetry is also powerful as a result of it

MJ Magazine: What I’m getting from you is that in your mind you’ve got a vision of what a family should be but the family that you have… the physical family is not matching that mental image that you have… am I reading that correctly?

Danielle Bailey: Sure

MJ Magazine: Can you give us a little bit more of maybe the image of a family that you’ve got in your mind verses what you have to deal with in real life?

Danielle Bailey: Family for me is community which could be anybody, really… but family in the sense of biologically speaking, but pertains to genetics and DNA and blood; I believe that it’s supposed to be love constantly. Yes I understand there is gonna be differences and opinions, I understand there is gonna be ups and downs, there is gonna be trials and tribulations, however, in my mind still I believe that it’s supposed to be smooth, love, caring, going out of way for each other. Things happen, life happen, circumstances, we all have our own lives yet still we make time for one another. We are routing for one another, we are guiding for one another, we have each other’s back without the shadow of a doubt

MJ Magazine: The image that you’re talking about is it your immediate family like your marital family or your biological family that you were brought up in?

Danielle Bailey: My biological family that I was brought up in

MJ Magazine: Next question; have you always been a Christian?

Danielle Bailey: I haven’t always been a Christian, no. But I’ve always been a believer since I was a little girl

MJ Magazine: What made you transition from a secular life to a Christian life?

Danielle Bailey: Truthfully God. He called me, he literally called me in the middle of the night, like he did Samuel and told me that I had to get baptized while I’m with child. That was in 2013

MJ Magazine: What made you decide to take that step, because it’s a massive step? What in secular terms were you going through that made you decided, you know what, I cannot keep going in this direction?

Danielle Bailey: I decided, well before I gave my life to God; it was, actually I was with my cousin Shamika, who is here today, and ah, she brought me to church with her with my aunt, my mother sister which is her mother… and invited me to go to church. Shortly after that I rededicated my life at the age of 25 to God. One night at church a pastor that was visiting from the U.S. said to me, “you are a prayer warrior.” And I never understood what that meant because I was still yet, you know, living in sin and darkness, I hadn’t yet come into the light of realization of who God is and how He’s going to manifest His entirety, His sublime self in my life. In layman terms, I knew I was on a path that was not leading me anywhere near or close to what God would have for me. I still have yet a ways to go; but to where I am today from where I was four years ago is much of a difference. I had to turn it all around. I knew that I wanted to serve God, I knew that I wanted to give my life to God, I knew that I always love God, even when I was in my sin I still made up saying I’m a writer, I’m a poet, I’m a song writer, I always sang, I was a worshipper. Even in my sin I worshipped God, and I knew that he was calling me. He was calling me and it was providence in 2013 when I almost lost my life on my parents wedding night.

MJ Magazine: You spoke about, just know, you touched on almost losing your life in 2013. Elaborate on that. How did you almost lose your life? How did it affect you? Talk to us about that.

Danielle Bailey: Without getting into specifics… a family member; I don’t know if it was rage, I don’t know if it was hate, I don’t know if it was jealousy, or I don’t know if it was the enemy, which it probably was… through those other vehicles or emotions or what have you, mmm attempted to run me over with a vehicle… mmm while I was sitting down attempting to get something out my shoe, something had poke me in my foot, I was getting it out. And they saw an opportunity I guess, is what they said and wanted to take it and attempted to run me over from behind while I was sitting on the curve with my back turned

MJ Magazine: Prior to that night did you have differences with that family member?

Danielle Bailey: We’ve had differences but it’s never been a difference on my part. I’m indifferent, I show love; I mean, if you don’t like me, ok, what you want me to do?  You love me, great, that’s wonderful, I have love for you as well; so I’m indifferent in that sense but we’ve never had any issues in a sense of me having any problems with this individual but they’ve always had a problem with me, I just don’t know what it is.

MJ Magazine: Give anybody that’s going to be reading this a sense of who Danielle Bailey was before giving her life to God and why it is a good path to take

Danielle Bailey: I was always a lover of again, Christ, but I still was in my sin. There’s things that I’ve said, there’s things that I’ve done. I use to smoke weed, I use to drink alcohol, I use to go to parties, clubs… I even use to dance… I don’t really talk about that a lot.

MJ Magazine: Professional dancer?

Danielle Bailey: No, like exotic dancer. I’m not proud of it but it’s a part of my testimony nonetheless and I’m gonna be transparent about it… but that doesn’t make you any less useable, that doesn’t make you any less worthy of God’s grace… you know we are really, no one’s really worthy, but it just mean there is no amount of wrong that you can ever done in your past to make God love you any less or love you anymore for any good. Living the life that I was on, the path that I was on… wow I look back on the old me, although, she is, the old me is dead and gone, but she was lost, she was broken, I, the old Danielle didn’t really know who she was. I drank, I smoke, I experimented, with drugs even… it’s mmm ruff

MJ Magazine: Before you said someone invited you to church and that’s when you gave your life to God but with everything that you are saying now, was there ever a moment that made you say, hey this is too much now, I need to change?

Danielle Bailey: Absolutely, there definitely was a time in my life mmm in the past where I was doing a lot of those things even… and I just knew that this was not the life I’m supposed to be living, there’s got to be better for me out here. I can’t continue to do this anymore; getting high, you know I wanted to quit. Smoking weed, ye seem like it’s not as bad as the other drugs out there but nonetheless I knew that this is not who I wanted to be. When I was doing what I was doing I was sexually assaulted and I knew then that this, this is enough. I had to change my life; and so God began to really call on me and pull on me.

MJ Magazine: How did Uniquely Made Ministries International got started?

Danielle Bailey:  UNQLY Made Ministries International got started just by me realizing that you know what I’m fearfully, wonderfully made… we are all different… you know many are called but few are chosen; but I have been chosen, for such a time as this to prophecy and to use my prophetic poetry, uniquely, and so UNQLY Made was born. It’s a word that God had laid in my heart that I need to start my own ministry and that UNQLY Made Ministry was it because I have unique voice, I have a unique mission, I have a unique testimony …

MJ Magazine: Where is the Ministry located?

Danielle Bailey: I believe in Matthew 28:18 when it says to go out in all nations and to baptize in His name and so it’s beyond the four walls. The ministry is right here right now

MJ Magazine: How do you know that the visions you are getting are prophetic? We interview so many people from so many Faiths and they tend to use that word a lot. So how do you know when it’s authentic?

Danielle Bailey: Much like mmm your mother; how do you know her voice? How do you know your friends voice? You spend time with them. When you spend time with those people then you know who they are. I can hear a laughter, a cry, a giggle and I know who that sound belongs to. Well I know when the Lord is speaking to me. I know when he is operating. I am very sensitive in the spirit and as a Prophetess that’s why I know when he is speaking to me.

MJ Magazine: What advice would you give to young women who are also dealing with strong holds, especially those in prostitution that maybe started from dancing?

Danielle Bailey: I want to tell them, you beautiful queens out there that, listen, you may have done some things, you might even still be doing some things but know that this is not the end of the road for you. There is greater for you out there. You are not so dirty that you cannot be used by God. There are no perfect people. You are going to make mistakes. You have a testimony; use that testimony to bring out somebody else from the muddy clay, bring somebody else out from the pit. My testimony, being in the situation where I was before with dancing, I mean I could have turned to prostitution myself… but I couldn’t even stand when I was in the club… I was in it for just a few months because I said this is not for me. So I left. They have to know that, you’re better than that, you know; you have a purpose. Greater is He that’s in me, than He that’s in the world. Whatever it is that you’re doing, what’s it really doing for you? I understand that you may not be in the church but God knows you. He knows every hair that’s on your head, He knows everything about you. He know that you’re gonna come out of this. You too need to know that you’re gonna come out of this and rise above your situation. This too shall pass.

Follow Danielle Bailey @poeticlifejustic

 

 

Homeless in Houston – Here is how you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston

hurricane-harvey-rockport-9160-2-abc-jt-170826_4x3_992 (1)Unfortunately, a member of the MJE team has been left homeless in Houston. Popular radio and TV host, DJ Solo, the man who has been giving us “The Island Grove Show” for years, was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. Both he and his family (wife and kids) have lost their home and all their belongings.

That being said, we are asking members of the public to contribute whatever they can to assist them as they try to get back on their feet. You can make your contributions via the following link (be sure to indicate that the money is for DJ Solo): www.paypal.me/mariajacksonent. We will have Solo take pictures and/or do video snippets indicating that he has indeed received the money from us.

If we are able to raise enough, we will extend the funds to other victims in Houston. Thanks in advance for your kindness.

Jamaican Students: Shekinah Scott & Devaun Brown Awarded Scholarships From The Pryde Foundation (@ilangroove)

Shekinah Scott & Devaun BrownCongratulations to this year’s Scholarship awardees Shekinah Scott, who will be attending Belmont High School and Devaun Brown, who will be attending Manchester High School in Jamaica for the up-coming 2017-2018 school year.

The scholarship follows them through their five years of High School. Each student will receive $30,000JA each school year to assist with educational costs. The PRYDE Foundation is on a mission to work within various communities by assisting the next generation of young people to achieve their life goals. They will provide mentorship, financial assistance and training to those who are willing to be the best they can be.

The PRYDE Foundation
The PRYDE Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas USA. It was formed by a group of business professionals from the United States and the Caribbean with the goal of re-instilling pride and self-worth into our young men and women, and also to provide educational and career support to those we serve. We thank you and welcome your support.

​Jam Link Intl. Shares The Official Poster For The 2017 One Love Poetry Festival

On April 5th a slew of poets and story tellers will gather at Atlas Aarhus in Denmark for the 2017 One Love Poetry Festival. Earlier today Jam Link shared the official poster which was designed by MJE.

Confirmed poets are: Tahir Mirza, Line Hassall Thomsen, Judy Wanderi, Camilla Sydel, Janis Lynn Franko, Wael, Jefferys and Annette Vogel. There will also be musical entertainment from soul singer Pearl, Rony and John & James.

Additionally, patrons will be treated to finger food courtesy of foodfein, coffee from Marley Coffee and haircuts by Adel. Entry fee is only 50Kr.

For more information persons are encouraged to visit the event’s FB page.

Calabar’s Green and Black Weekend – Kingston, Jamaica

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Calabar Old Boys Association, popularly known as Sons of Rabalac, will be hosting their Green & Black party in Jamaica on April 1st. The event will be held at Susie’s (1 Southdale Plaze, 10 Constant Spring Road in Kingston).

Entertainment – music – will be provided by the world immortal sound; Stone Love, alongside DJ Smurf and Coppershot. Proceeds from this event will go to various soccer and educational programs at Calabar High School.

JAMMS – Jamaica Music Society – to Begin Managing Artists and Musicians Rights (@JAMMS4music)

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JAMMS is about to enter another important phase in its growth as a rights management organization.

They have been managing the rights of Record Producers for the past 10 years; however, they are now about to cover a wider range of rights-owners.

In a short while, JAMMS will begin managing the rights of Performers alongside their current management of Record Producers Rights. Performers as used here means Artists and Musicians.

They know that that there are some persons who may wear more than one cap where music is concerned and so for example there may be Record Producers who are also Performers. This means very soon JAMMS will be able to cover that individual as both a Producer and Performer.

It is necessary to point out however that some persons roles may or may not extend into other areas of music, for example, a Record Producer may also be a Composer or an Artist may also be a Songwriter.

JAMMS however WILL NOT be managing rights for ALL these various different rights-owners. The law does not allow a Collecting Society to manage rights which another Collecting Society is established to manage.

To be very clear, by JAMMS now taking on the management of Artists and Musicians Rights, it WILL NOT affect the rights managed by JACAP.

JACAP manages the rights of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers. Under the copyright laws these are different rights-owners from Artists and Musicians. In other words, persons who wear the cap of Artists and Musicians will come to JAMMS for representation while persons who wear the cap of Songwriters and Composers will continue to go to JACAP for representation. For more information please visit their official website via the following link: http://www.jammsonline.com

Nikki Z to Assume Role as VP of Client Projects & Content for 21st Hapilos Digital (@NikkiZOfficial @21sthapilos )

nikki-zHapilos Entertainment Group announces that Nicole Duhaney better known as Nikki Z, will assume the duties of Vice President of Client Projects and Content effective immediately. Her role, according to the company’s president, will entail securing clients and projects, on hand interaction with clients regarding projects and content, market and promotion.

Over the weekend, an humble and honored Nikki Z sat down with Winford Williams on OnStage TV to make the announcement and talk of the task ahead.

Nikki Z will continue hosting and dj’ing at major events, and will reprise her syndicated “Nikki Z Hot 20” at a soon to be announced date.