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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.

Blessings.

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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

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HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF EFFORTS FOR THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS (@CAHFT)

Hurricane IrmaThe Caribbean Cultural Coalition seeks your help and assistance for the people who were affected in the Caribbean island nations devastated by Hurricane Irma.  These islands includes: The U.S. Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John in a much-needed spotlight.  The French territory of Saint Martin and the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten, Tortola, Barbuda, Turks and Caicos, parts of Antigua, and now, Dominica. Our organization, located in Houston, Texas have mobilized to bring relief to the Caribbean region affected by Irma and Maria.  Caribbean Americans represent roughly 9 percent of the population of the Greater Houston Area or a little over 400,000. Let us come together as a community to assist our organization in relief efforts through the Help for the Caribbean Islands relief fund.

We are also seeking donations of such items like bottled water, adult and children’s clothing, cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers, tarpaulins, heavy duty garbage bags, batteries, canned goods.  Fundraising for relief efforts for the Caribbean has been a challenge because here in Houston, we are recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Given the devastation of that storm, resources are limited since so many stores like yours and businesses donation of necessary supplies for those adversely displaced by the storm.  We however humbly ask you for consideration of a donation or a donations of items listed above, to benefit those in the Caribbean who lost everything during the passing of Hurricane Irma.

Our non-profit organization is uniquely positioned to assist people in the Caribbean because we have direct contacts on the ground to whom supplies can be sent to directly; further we have over eighteen (18) Caribbean Cultural organizations in the Greater Houston Area including The Houston Virgin Islands Association, all working to assist the Caribbean. National  media coverage steadily increasing, shining light on the fact that the destruction caused by Irma and Maria is far worse than anticipated. Appearing on All Inon Monday evening September 11, 2017, United States Representative Stacey Plaskett (D) United States Virgin Islands, said to host Chris Hayes: “I would like to thank you for really bringing to light what’s happening here in the Virgin Islands.  We are very concerned, although the Federal Government is doing its part, the national news is not really taking note of what’s happening in another part of the United States.”

Through Help for the Caribbean Islands, we ask you to assist us in this worthy cause.  Anything you can do to assist us in helping our citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the other Caribbean islands would be greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact Melvina Chapman-Audain at 832-248-5007.

DONATE TO HELP THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS RELIEF EFFORTS

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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!

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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

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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

 

 

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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.