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Calls for Solidarity with Haiti as New Migrants Face Expulsion from the US.

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The United States’ Mexican border has seen a sudden surge in the arrival of Haitian migrants, this as families, devastated by the effects of July’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the assassination of the country’s President on July 7th this year, flee their homeland, seeking asylum. Media reports put the number of migrants presently gathered beneath the international bridge in Del Rio at 8,600. There are many children among them. Many of those who arrived on US soil have however been returned to Haiti on what is termed, expulsion flights. The Associated Press news agency said  two U.S. officials said single adults were the priority for expulsion flights.

DJ Young Chow says he is a Haitian by association.

As the situation becomes a focus in the media and on social platforms, many are voicing concern and calling for empathy. Popular event DJ, Young Chow, in a social media post wrote, “My Haitian brothers and sisters, I’m praying for you all.” His post came beneath a powerful image with the words, “HAITIAN LIVES MATTER,” and followed by other images that are making the rounds.

Well known Grenadian American comedian, Amanda Seales who is never silent on matters affecting the black community, on Tuesday posted a video and expressed that the black community does not have a shared focus. She lamented that an image of a border patrol officer attempting to capture one of the migrants using what appears to be a whip, is proof that history is being repeated. Seales wrote, “Our focus is splintered and I believe the demons have crawled back up to the surface through the fissures of our divide. May these souls find a place of peace on this planet where they may plant roots.”

Some Haitian migrants are already being held in deportation centres in Mexico. If they are not seeking asylum in Mexico, they will be flown to Haiti as soon as expulsion flights from Mexico commence.

On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, speaking in a media conference warned migrants, “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned, your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life.”

There has since been reports that some Haitians have been freed on a “very, very large scale” in recent days; this according to a AP report.

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Big Collab. Tallpree Returns with Jab, Julius Brings Sweet Soca.

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There’s something very extraordinary that happens when the right people link up. It’s even better when it’s a musical meet-up and the synergy’s so strong that the song speaks volumes, even pre-promo. US based Socaartist, Julius has dropped a bomb, and he’s not alone on the move. He’s roped in Grenada’s Jab King, Tallpree in what can only be described as a nuclear reactor for the 2022 Soca experience. 

A no holds barred kind of approach has undoubtedly produced the ultimate Soca lover’s anthem. What’s interesting is that even with no carnival 2022 announcement made in festival Mecca, Trinidad and Tobago just yet, ambitious artistes like Julius The Artist and Tallpreeare pushing ahead. ‘Too Wild’ is pure power. There’s nothing soft about this anthem that’s laced with elements of fervent festival fanaticism, yet set firmly in a melodical chamber that will prove irresistible to any real Soca music lover. 

A hardcore Jab vibe meets Soca sweetness, and according to Julius, the connection’s always been there. It was merely a matter of time. “The riddim was sent to me by a friend, Rich London- the engineer of a band I was with called Impact 2. We’ve been friends for a long time,” explained the artist. He said the riddim was produced collaboratively by London and fellow producer Slaughter out of Ninja Samurai Productions. “When Rich sent me the riddim, I was captivated by it when I first listened. I got on a phone call with ZiahMusic- one of my collaborative songwriters. I also connected with Miche ‘The Producer’ Williams- a female writer and producer, and together we began the process of writing the song,” he said. 

The song also got the expert attention of Peter ‘Wildfire’ Noel for vocal production and arrangement, since, as Julius put it, “I always like it when my music’s vocals and arrangement sound clear and perfect. Wildfire was a pivotal part of the project,” he admitted, adding that after things initially came together, the idea to add some spice to the vibe of the song, came to him. “I figured the only place we could get that spice was the Spice Isle itself, Grenada” he said happily. 

Twenty years of friendship between Tallpree and Julius made the Soca alliance effortless. When the vocals were completed, final mastering expertise was provided by respected producer, Parry Jack and the end result is a powerful single that has the potential to raise the dead in 2022. The new single will be followed up by a music video soon. “This song is the epitome of spirituality, Jab, Soca and Power all combined and brought to life in proper vocal arrangement and lyrical content,” said Julius, noting that the team truly believes this is a special single. 

The release of the new track was perfectly timed to coincide with theMiami Carnival this past weekend. Ultimately, the carnival calendar ends with Miami annually and new releases begin loading for the season of pandemonium that traditionally lies in wait. Now, it is with bated breath that carnival stakeholders worldwide await word on T&T’s next move, but even if the Greatest Show on Earth is again placed on hold, the music of the Caribbean will stand strong in representation, all thanks to names like Julius The Artist and Tallpree.

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Buju Banton’s Daughter Claims Dad Assaulted Her.

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Reports that reggae and dancehall hit maker, Buju Banton and his daughter Abihail Myrie are at loggerheads -the 21-year-old making damaging claims of physical assault, against the “Upside Down 2020” album creator.

It’s not the first time that the young Myrie has publicly denounced her father.

In October 2020, a heated Twitter exchange between Abihail and Buju’s girlfriend, Tasha saw Tasha tweet, “Go study your books and stop allowing them to use you to tear down your father.” That came in response to Abihail’s counteraction to her father’s rant at the time, in opposition to the wearing of masks. She had defended the masks, telling her followers, “so anyway y’all, wear your masks!!!”

Fast forward to this week and the public is again receiving front row seat access to what appears to be a family dispute. The young woman is claiming that she has always been the family’s punching bag, alleging that both her father and brother have been abusive to her, and this morning showing images of a vehicle’s window smashed in, and an injury to her toe. She claimed, the assault took place during an altercation with her brother.

A missing person’s report was filed allegedly by Buju, indicating that Abihail was missing since October 9th. That report was subsequently debunked by the girl’s mother.

Further to this, a legal statement, delivered on behalf of Abihail Myrie by Attorney Robb Cunningham, states that Abihail was neither kidnapped nor imprisoned and was accessible at all times to her close friends or associates. It also states that Abihail is in fear for her life and invites the Jamaica Constabulary Force to be mindful of this.

Buju Banton is yet to comment publicly on this matter.

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