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Taste of the Caribbean (TOTC) festival – 12-15 July, 2018 (@ilovetotc)

Copy-of-Chef-Lemaire-4-1024x683Back for its 19th edition, Taste of the Caribbean (TOTC) invites festivalgoers to share their best island dance steps at the Old-Port of Montreal (Clock Tower Quay). Occurring for the first time in mid-July, from July 12-15th, 2018, TOTC is the best event to enjoy the summer and the Caribbean vibes!

Bruny Surin is back as the spokesperson this year and the festival will explore the different dance styles we find in the Caribbean when we think of the French, English and Spanish influences. From salsa to kompa and dancehall, everyone will dance to his/her beat!

This free festival offers great dishes from food vendors, free activities such as dance workshops and mixology demonstrations, free and paid concerts, and activities for the whole family!

The Rum Zone is also back this year where it allows you to sample various categories of rum and a variety of Caribbean tapas.

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Tickets For The “One Love Poetry Festival” Can Now Be Purchased Online (@HassallThomsen @jamlinkintl)


Tickets for the One Love Poetry Festival, which takes place on Thursday, April 19th at Atlas (located at Vester Allé 15 in Aarhus, Denmark) can now be purchased online. The event will feature some of the best poets in Europe as well as live acoustic musical performances.

Poets and artists already confirmed, includes: Monte The Psalmist, John Buckley McQuaid, Sue Ballingall, Musokes Odysse, Annette Vogel, Line Hassall Thomsen and that is just to name a few.

Click here to purchase tickets for this amazing event.

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Aarhus’ One Love Poetry Festival Creates ‘Open Mic’ Segment for Emerging Poets

ONE LOVE FEST FB BANNER 2018The organizers of the 2018 One Love Poetry Festival have decided to implement an open mic segment, geared at giving emerging poets a chance to share their work. That being said, they are inviting all poets interested in taking advantage of the opportunity to contact Maria Jackson (a member of the board) to reserve their slot.

The One Love Poetry Festival takes place on Thursday, April 19th at Atlas, located at Vester Allé 15 in Aarhus, Denmark. The event will feature some of the best poets in Europe as well as live acoustic musical performances.

Interested persons should use the following address to email Maria Jackson info@mjent.net.

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New Marcus Garvey Documentary – With Never Seen Before Info – Seeks Investors

Marcus GarveyA Jamaican based elder from the Rastafari community, who had connections to Marcus Garvey, is now ready to share some never seen before material about the black icon. The elder has information, as well as physical items, that will provide additional insight into the mind of Garvey.

He believes the most appropriate way to share the content is in a documentary, and as such, he is seeking serious investors to partner with.

For additional information about this project, persons are being asked to contact Maria Jackson via email at info@mjent.net

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Masters of Empowerment: Mutabaruka & Dr. Umar Johnson Live in London


On Saturday, April 7th, Bro Edison Agbandje, Leo Muhammed, Mutabaruka and Dr. Umar Johnson will all speak at an event called Masters of Empowerment. It takes place at The Lighthouse, located at 262-274 Camberwell Road in London, UK from 6 PM to 12 midnight.

Tickets are available now for only £25 (more at the door) and they can be purchased HERE.

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Lt. Stitchie Gives Back To His High School (Tivoli Gardens)

Tivoli Gardens High School Alumni Track CorporationLt. Stitchie has joined forces with Dr. Michael Weir, Clive Foster and Neil Harrison – all past students of Tivoli Gardens High – to form the Tivoli Gardens High School Alumni Track Corporation. The organization was established to support inner-city youths by getting them sports gear, lunch, breakfast, school supplies, uniforms, bus fare, to and from school, tuition fee, shoes, vitamin supplements, cosmetology training & equipment, academic & financial scholarships etc.

In addition to the aforementioned, the organization will also help by providing athletic track & field written training programs to assist in developing their skills in this area; while simultaneously cultivating their thinking process into one of positivity and self-awareness. Their hope is to demonstrate to these poor inner-city youths that poverty is not an excuse to failure, but can be a prerequisite for success, as they are all living witnesses to this truth.

The organization is a 501c3 registered none profit organization in the state of Florida, with structured, professional and functional executives, directors and members.

Visit their official website here: www.tghsatc.org.


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Jamaica to Sign Multi-Destination Marketing Agreement with Cayman Islands

Bartlett_Kirkconnell2Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett discusses possible opportunities for Jamaica to collaborate with Cayman Islands with: President and CEO of Cayman Airlines, Fabian Whorms; Minister of District Administration, Tourism and Transport for the Cayman Islands, Hon. Moses Kirkconnell; and Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands, Rosa Harris. Noting the common cultural experiences and unique features both countries have, it was agreed that a multi-destination marketing agreement will be signed later this year, to provide a more diverse offering for international visitors.

The Ministers also discussed the role of Cayman Airways in enabling connectivity within the region, operating within the concept of the spoke-hub paradigm, to distribute visitors from far destinations such as Russia and China. The meeting took place at Minister Bartlett’s New Kingston office on January 24, 2018.

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Showtime Launches new TV Series About a Black Chicago Community ‘The Chi’ (@SHOTheChi @Showtime)

the chiThe Chi is an American drama series created by Lena Waithe about life in a particular neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. In this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.

The pilot was directed by Rick Famuyiwa. It premiered on Showtime on January 7, 2018. Executive producers are: Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Aaron Kaplan, Rick Famuyiwa and hip-hop star Common. Click here or on the image above to watch the premiere episode.

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Frontline Publishing Releases Two New Books About Emperor Haile Sellassie I (@fbpinfo)

Emperor Haile Sellassie I“The Wise Mind of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Sellassie I” and “Members of a New Race: The Teachings of H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I.” Two titles most recently republished by Frontline Books & Miguel Lorne Publishers. 

Both books are compilations of excerpts of speeches made by the Conquering Lion H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I over the years of his reign. Both books offer great advice and instruction to ones seeking to navigate through life in a modern and continually advancing world where common-objective morality and integrity are always challenged. We find that lots within the Rastafari community, both past and present, have drawn deep inspiration to better themselves and encourage others to better themselves from these speeches.

Visit the publisher’s website to purchase.

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Happy Holidays from MJE

happy holidaysMaria Jackson Entertainment would like to wish you and yours a happy holiday. Our prayer is that you have a peaceful, loving and happy holiday season, spent with family and friends. Please be safe on the road and remember to take care of yourself and those around you.


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Platinum Comedy Tour: Mike Epps, Sommore, Earthquake & Bruce Bruce (@TheRealMikeEpps @sommoresofunny)

Mike Epps & Sommore
Mike Epps & Sommore

MJ Magazine has learned that four of America’s biggest comedians: Mike Epps, Sommore, Earthquake and Bruce Bruce will be headlining the Platinum Comedy Tour. The tour will kick off on Saturday, December 30th at the Mobile Civic Center in Alabama and will continue through the Spring of 2018. Below are the dates and locations that have already been confirmed.

FEB 10 – DAR Constitution Hall – Washington
FEB 14 – Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville
FEB 16 – CFE Arena – Orlando, FL
FEB 17 – USF Sun Dome – Tampa, FL
FEB 18 – Metro Nashville Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, TN
FEB 23 – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium – Shreveport, LA
FEB 24 – UNO Lakefront Arena – New Orleans, LA
MAR 02 – Cox Convention Center – Oklahoma City, OK
MAR 10 – KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY
MAR 23 – Verizon Arena – North Little Rock, AR
MAR 24 – Fox Theatre – Detroit
APR 07 – NRG Park – Houston, TX