Taraji P. Henson, India.Arie & Others Confirmed For Essence Festival Of Culture – Wellness House (@essencefest @indiaarie)

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The second weekend of the Essence Festival Of Culture kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, July 2nd, with the ‘Wellness House’ segment. It will stream in real time via Essence Studios, Twitter and Facebook Live from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST.

The focus will be on meditation, conversations, workouts and tutorials designed to boost your mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and financial well-being. Some of the confirmed guests are: Taraji P. Henson, India.Arie, Egypt Sherrod, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Koya Webb and many more.

Jamaica’s New Curfew Hours Begin Tonight! (@AndrewHolnessJM @OPMJamaica)

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Now that Jamaica’s controlled reopening is under way, the government has decided to give persons on the island an extra hour to conduct their daily affairs.

That being said, starting tonight, June 30th, the new curfew will begin at 11:00 PM and will be in effect until 5:00 AM the following day. This will be the new daily curfew until further notice.

M-1 From Dead Prez Will Be Celebrating The 20 Year Anniversary Of “Let’s Get Free” On Friday (@M1deadprez)

Let’s Get Free is the debut studio album by hip-hop duo Dead Prez. It was released on February 8th, 2000 on Loud Records. This Friday, June 26th, M-1 (one half of Dead Prez) will be hosting the 20 year celebration of the record in light of the global reckoning on race relations.

This event will stream live on YouTube (uhurutv) and Facebook (omali.yeshitela) starting at 8:00 PM EST. M-1 will be joined by D’Angelo, Sean C, Timmhotep and Omali Yeshitela.

Comedian Oliver Samuels Will Join Minister Tufton Tonight For A ‘Covid Conversation’ (@christufton @themohwgovjm)

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Tonight, June 18th, at 6:00 PM (local time), Jamaica’s Ministry of Health & Wellness will host another Covid Conversation as they continue to inform and educate the nation.

The confirmed panelists are: Denise Eldemire-Shearer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, Mr. Dunstan Bryan and Dr. Christopher Tufton. They will be joined by one of Jamaica’s biggest comedian, Oliver Samuels.

The conversation will stream live via their social media platforms. Members of the public are being encouraged to submit questions via www dot slido dot com using the code – #JaCovid19.

Join Common & Other Black Celebrities For A Live Juneteenth Special (@common @cthagod)

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On Friday, June 19th, a day that is very important in the lives of African Americans, Charlamagne will host ‘Lift Every Voice,’ an event centered around “Juneteenth.”

Charlamagne will be joined by: Common, Jonathan McReynolds, T.I., Mick Jenkins, Trae Tha Truth, Vic Mensa, Mereba, Leon Bridges, Gia Peppers and that is just to name a few. ‘Lift Every Voice’ is scheduled to begin at 8 PM ET | 5 PM PT. Click here for additional information.

Jamaica’s Kingston Central & Kingston Western Police Divisions Are Now In A State Of Emergency!

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Early Sunday morning Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, called an impromptu press briefing. In it, he announced that his administration will be placing two areas under a state of emergency because of the rise in gang activities in those regions. See below an official statement from the Office of the Prime Minister.

“On the advice of the security forces, Prime Minister Andrew Holness have recommended to the Governor General that States of Public Emergency be declared in the Kingston Central and Kingston Western Police Divisions. The proclamation has been signed with effect from this morning June 14 for 14 days.”

Jamaicans At Home & Abroad Will Celebrate ‘Jamaica Diaspora Day’ On June 16th (@christufton @jamaicansdotcom)

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On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Jamaicans worldwide will join together to celebrate Jamaica Diaspora Day with a full day of virtual sessions. The event hosted by the Jamaica Diaspora Task-force Action Network (JDTAN) in association with Jamaicans dot com will highlight the extraordinary work and contributions of the Diaspora in collaboration with Jamaica. The Diaspora is estimated to be approximately 3 million worldwide, the largest populations being in the United States, the UK, and Canada respectively.

This year, 2020, is the 17th anniversary of the day a resolution was proposed during the first Jamaica Diaspora Conference in 2004. It was declared a year later by Jamaica’s late Governor-General,  Sir Howard Cooke, and is now celebrated annually. The date also falls within Caribbean American Heritage Month.

The full day of activities will be broadcasted live on  Facebook’s Jamaicans dot com platform, OneLoveJamaica, starting at 10 AM US ET through 10 PM US ET. Over ten sessions and forty speakers across the Diaspora and Jamaica are scheduled including Jamaica’s: Health Minister Christopher Tufton, Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade MP Lisa Hanna,  Brigadier General Roderick Williams from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Charles Clayton from Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) among others.  From the Diaspora, Judge Norman Hemmings,  Chief federal Administrative Law Judge, Dr. Trevor Nixon, President of the JahJah Foundation and Cassandra Campbell from the Facebook Elevate program and other Diaspora members spanning Education, Technology, Agriculture, the Legal Sector, Youth Leadership, Deaf and Other Abled, Health, Media and more. Sessions will also feature Diaspora organizations in Canada, Europe, Middle East, Australia, and the US including the Global Alumni networks. For more information and to register for free visit, diasporaday dot jdtan dot org.