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Arts and Culture Minister Says Don’t Blame the Music. It’s Just A Symptom of A Greater Issue.

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On the heels of much debate over the past two weeks, first on whether local dancehall music should be allowed a space in Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival landscape, and then, the pronouncement by a former Minister that Soca Music encourages the perpetration of domestic violence, Trinidad and Tobago’s Arts and Culture Minister is saying the music is just a symptom of a much larger issue.

Speaking on Power102FM in Trinidad on Friday morning, Minister Nyan Gadsby Dolly said the music in itself cannot be blamed for the present state of T&T’s crime riddled society, but rather, the quality of citizens being produced, is the bigger issue. “Criminality in our society, I think, is something that none of us are pleased to see,” said the Minister.

Referring to Former Health Minister Fuad Khan’s provocative sentiment, she said, the question of domestic violence, prompts the question of what comes first. “It’s a kind of chicken and egg question because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh so what comes out in our music, is nothing different from what we are seeing in our society,” she noted.

The Minister went on to say that the music cannot necessarily be blamed. “I think we have a deeper issue at hand and we have to face that, and that really speaks to the type of citizens we are producing in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Arts and Culture Minister said that while the education system in Trinidad and Tobago is one that reaches far and wide, even in the school system there is clear evidence, that the citizens being produced, are not of the quality “we want.”

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Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Takes Her First Step, 4 Months After Dad’s Death.

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Kobe Bryant’s 11 month old baby girl, Capri took her first steps this past weekend and the world got a glance. Vanessa Bryant posted a short video of the moment, excitedly telling her baby girl how proud she is of her.

“”I’m so proud of you!” Vanessa exclaims in the video which was shared on Instagram. “I knew you were gonna do it!” she added.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star’s life was cut short in January when a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California led to his death and the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

In addition to Capri, the couple had three older daughters- Natalia, Bianka and Gianna.

LOOK AT CAPRI TAKE HER FIRST STEPS.

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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