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Damian Junior Gong Marley, Stoney Hill and High Times

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High Times also had me daydreaming of so many beautiful strains that at the time I had not yet had the chance to experience….It is now an honor to be a part of the High Times legacy that I’ve been a fan of for so many years. Damian “Junior Gong” Marley confirmed that his company has acquired 60 percent interest in Trans-High Corp. The new company will operate as High Times Holding Company.

more details from Nbc.com

 

“It’s an exciting day,” said Adam Levin, the company’s new CEO. “We have really the largest brand in cannabis, really the trusted brand, that we’ve been able to acquire at a time when obviously legalization trends are burgeoning and the industry as a whole is exploding.”

With marijuana legal in some form in 26 states and the District of Columbia, Levin and his partners believe it’s the perfect time to acquire the company with a mainstream brand name and a colorful reputation.

While many magazines have struggled in recent years, High Times says it has retained a loyal print subscriber base of more than 200,000 with millions more following it online. “We’re the Wine Aficionado of the cannabis industry,” he said. source: nbc.com

Ishawna drops Bad Man-June 2017

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Can Ishawna top equal rights?

 

Kabaka drops Can’t Breath from New Album Contraband

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“Contraband the album speaks about the message in the music and how the powers [that be] doesn’t want the people to hear this message and therefore see it as forbidden. I see myself as a mouthpiece for the people, here to deliver this message,” he told Splash.

Kabaka is preparing to depart for their summer tour and concert dates in Europe and North America. This kicks off in Europe on June 16 and will be highlighted by his appearance on Summerjam in Cologne, Germany, which also features Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Protoje, and American hip hop act Nas. He then returns to Jamaica for his second appearance on Reggae Sumfest on July 22, and then it’s on to the North American leg with dates in the United States and Canada.

source: jamaicaobserver.com

Trump, Climate, Paris made simple.

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The idea of the Paris climate accord was that every country, rich and poor, would set goals to curb carbon emissions in an effort to avert the worst effects of climate change.

Trump says he will cut payments to United Nation climate programs.

source:NYTimes.com

This graphic by Jasmine C. Lee and Adam Pearce is extremely helpful in visualizing these seemingly complex concepts even further.

Carbon Emissions in 2030

The red line shows what will happen to carbon emissions without the Paris agreement: up, up, up. The United States’ contribution to the emissions goal was substantial. But other countries have pledged to continue their programs with or without American participation. NYtimes.com

 

Typical view of LA smog

source:public domain photos

What can you do:

Go Veggie. Or at least Pesce (pescatarian).

According to the New York Times most carbon emissions involving food come from production and not transportation as one might initially assume. Red meat and dairy facilities have more intensive processes than chicken and fish. Decreasing your amount of meat intake will in effect reduce your carbon footprint without having an effect on your lifestyle.

Surprisingly flying instead of long roadtrips is an easy and more comfortable option in the case of carbon emissions.

Take public transport. With the rise of uber and lyft theres often no reason to add your car to the rush hour traffic mix. Again an easy way to do your part without doing too much.

Eat everything before making another trip to the market. If you haven’t finished what you have from your last trip, try and be creative. More trips to the market equal more mass, trash and higher chance of wastage.

Replace your gas guzzler for a more efficient option. Your pockets will thank you.

Buy Less Waste Less. Buy what you will appreciate longer than a night. We ladies generally shop for a night or weekend and then push fits to the back of the closet. Buy high quality products and merchandise that will stand the test of time and trends.

 

 

Chant A Psalms: 5 vs. Aristotle

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5 Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

You Are Never Too Old to Set Another Goal.

Aristotle.

Protoje covers The Heathen for Exodus Tribute

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With de Heathen back dey ‘pon de wall…..

UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest Cutting Costs to Cash In

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Summer is just beginning in So. Cal and reggae festivals are in full effect already. From Hollywood, to Palm Springs to UCLA all the way down to Rosarito, Mexico…LA’s reggae culture is as diverse as the bustling metropolitan population. Just how much money is being funneled into reggae from Southern California and whats up with Cali’s historic affinity for festival full summers.

UCLA JazzReggae May 29. 17

The prestigious private university known for its high ass tuition and bomb ass education has been holding the Jazz Reggae Fest for 31 years.

The late 90’s saw UCLA JazzReggae at the height of dancehall’s crossover success in the US. It was definitely a meet (meat) market but what could you expect for an reggae event on campus and fully coordinated by the students?

Tickets were between 10 and 15 dollars if that. Those patrons that did not want to pay just chilled outside and often parking-lot-pimped the hell out of it.  Westwood the small city where UCLA resides has an approximate population of 2,000. Just last year UCLA scaled down this show to a capacity of 2,000. People who didn’t want to pay still got to listen to some free tunes from way beyond the gates alongside a view of the passing LA low riders. It was win win.

Yet as the years passed reggae rose in popularity and so did organizers eyes and bellies. They saw dollar signs and a very real and possible city disturbance issue looming. In order to alleviate some of the mass of activity outside the gates ticket prices had to go up.

As the ticket price rose so did Jazz Reggae Fest budget. As did the artist’s performing rates and the number of performers on the 2 day line up. Money, money, money.

As the outside activity dwindled so did the extra-festival vibe that initially gave UCLA its uniqueness. It became about the bottom line and thus appears to have suffered a steady decline in profits as a result.

This year we were delighted to see Protoje and Jah9 on the line up representing the only Jamaican reggae acts on the bill.

It may be an extraordinary way to re-calibrate the essence of reggae and what it needs to be on a global scale. And it would be one of the most competitive universities on the planet, UCLA in one of the most forward thinking regions in the world, California to do it.

UCLA newspaper The Daily Bruin dedicated an interesting article detailing UCLA’s Jazz Reggae Festival steady attendance and profit decline since the late 90’s. Take a look at details below.

The Daily Bruin online Posted: February 1, 2016 8:49 am

Roy Champawat, director of the student union, said this year’s festival will be held at a smaller venue due to declining crowds, increasing production costs and last year’s venue change….the music industry has changed and there are more music festivals such as Coachella which draw students away from attending JRF…. JRF was $152,000 over its intended budget, said USAC President Heather Rosen at last week’s council meeting. Two years ago, the festival was $113,000 over budget.

2o16 and 17 saw a more thrifty budget of just $85,000 as well as a scaled down one-day event. source: Daily Bruin

 

 

Mr. Vegas Speaks on Munga Alleged Murder of Nephew

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Munga Honourable is facing a murder charge in relation to the death of a man who just so happens to be the nephew of fellow dancehall comrade Mr. Vegas. 

 

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