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Parts of Queens are starting to look like Baltimore, Detroit and St. Louis, dotted with abandoned homes that have turned into a major nuisance for the local community. DNAinfo reports that some of the vacant homes in Jamaica, Queens were left empty due to foreclosures: According to local elected officials and published reports, of all […]

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“Legalize it, don’t criticize it,” officially bellowed reggae great Peter Tosh in 1975 when he recorded what would later become one of the most popular songs of all time. Four decades later, lawmakers in Jamaica are finally getting the message. Although elected officials are not fully legalizing cannabis like in Colorado and Washington, a bill […]

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According to Phillip Paulwell, leader of government business in Jamaica’s House of Representatives, legislators may decriminalize use and possession of small amounts of cannabis by the end of the year. Despite its reputation as herb-friendly, the country still has strict laws regulating the plant. “It is my view that decriminalisation of the weed will become a […]

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Sometime recently, Toronto Mayor and admitted crack smoker Rob Ford was videotaped ranting — probably drunkenly — in a terrible Canadian imitation of a Jamaican patois (it wasn’t his first awkward interaction with Caribbean culture). For the love of dancehall, and partially inspired by the mayor’s crack remix, we mashed up the speech with Major […]

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At a firearm buyback event hosted at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens on Saturday, police recovered 509 weapons, including 245 revolvers, 168 semi-automatic pistols, one AK 47, a Tec-9, and a Calico 9mm with a 50 round magazine. People were encouraged to turn in any gun, legal or illegal, to the church, […]

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In honor of Jamaica’s 50 years of independence, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is hosting a reggae film series. Cult classics such as Rockers and The Harder They Come will be shown. The showcase will run from August 2nd to 6th and tickets can be purchased here. […]

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LA Lewis is a dancehall personality and Jamaica’s most well known, if not only, consistent graffiti artist… although you’ll never catch him saying that. And for good reason. The government has fined him $70,000 (JMD), a little over $800 USD, for a string of vandalism, claiming he violated the island country’s National Solid Waste Act. […]

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Jamaican President Bruce Golding couldn’t have asked for better timing with the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke last Friday, just in time for the start of the G8/20 summits in Canada. That could have created some awkwardness between him and Obama, but with the Robin Hood of Tivoli Garden in US custody, Golding was rewarded […]

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At least the ones who chat reggae. Some of dancehall’s most successful Jamaican artists are in the process of having their visas revoked according to the Jamaica Star, which would top off a terribly depressing week of immigration–fucked news. Brand names such as Beenie Man, Mavadao, Elephant Man, Ricky Trooper and Aidonia were all reportedly […]

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Despite the Post’s aggressive fear mongering attempts and the NYPD’s desperate assurances that mass murder would erupt, 50 Cent performed on Saturday in his old Queens neighborhood and not one drop of blood was spilled. Always the gentleman, he even gave the cops a shout out of sorts. “I ain’t never seen this before. That’s […]

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