“Anger opens the mouth and shuts the mind.”


Greetings and welcome to PANTHER NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 12


…And a happy first birthday to PANTHER NEWSLETTER.

From its conception to its launch in November 2009, PANTHER NEWSLETTER has recorded just over 16,000 hits in its first year!

May I take this opportunity to thank y’all for your support logging on, reading and making PANTHER NEWSLETTER a success; long may it continue.  I also give thanks to all the ARTISTS  OF THE MONTH, SPECIAL GUESTSmy technical advisor and spiritual guides, for their support and contributions this first year and they are:  Annette Fagon, Bruce Samuda Smith, Candice Smith, Charlie Jordan, Chris Taylor, Denise Anthea, DJ SmudgeJames Pogson, Jasmine Johnson, Jozette Aaron, Karen Mullings, Kokumo, LaTwyne Wise, Leanda ‘Rastarella’ Felade, Marcus Simeon, Moqapi Selassie, Pamela Brooks, Shereen Smith, Stephen A Newton and to you the reader: JAH BLESS

In this issue of PANTHER NEWSLETTER we have THE ARTIST OF THE MONTHTHE FEATURED POEM by my talented daughter Shereen Smith, THE FEATURED STORY by my gifted niece who hails from Philadelphia USA LaTwyne Wise, NORMSKI’S ARTICLE, some classic tunes from the Queens of Studio One in NORMSKI’S MUSICAL COA-COA BASKET and everybody’s favourite THE CULTURE CORNER.

So just chill-lax and enjoy the birthday issue of PANTHER NEWSLETTER.




Gregory Isaacs Sent Home In Style

Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs once again took superstar billing as hundreds of well-wishers, rather than mourners, celebrated his life in unique style in London, more…

‘Thank You Gregory’ Fans Say Goodbye to ‘The Cool Ruler’

In a grand celebratory mood, young and old alike turned up at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Thursday night to celebrate the life of reggae icon, ‘The Cool Ruler’, Gregory Isaacs; read on…

Reggae Star Buju Banton Free On Bail

Reggae star Buju Banton has been granted bail by an immigration court in Florida while he awaits a retrial on drug charges; continued…

Minister Farrakhan Blasts Mike Wallace On 60 Minutes

Check out this video clip where Minister Farrakhan puts Mike Wallace in his place; here…




Sitting Bull and Red Cloud Speak

“The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and were skillful in war…”  1 Chronicles 5 verse 18

The war between the native North American Indians and the United States Cavalry began with the landing on Plymouth Rock in 1620 and ended at the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890.  Within these 200 years, over 77 million Indians were killed to occupy lands and establish Church and State.

“…and they were as swift as the roes (deers) upon the mountains;…”   

 1 Chronicles 12 verse 8

The North American Indians were noted for being swift and elusive runners to the point that the U.S Cavalry ‘recruited’  Apaches/Buffalo Soldiers, etc.) to aid them in capturing many Indian nations, along with the creation of the lethal Gatling Gun which rendered the bows and arrows of the Indians practically useless.

Here is a piece from the HBO movie BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE,  superbly performed by August Schellenberg as Sitting Bull and Gordon Tootoosis as Red Cloud; here…


What Ever Happened To Tom Funk?

In the 1950’s parents and the establishment were up in arms about “Negro” music.  It was corrupting the moral fibre of their children.  The controversy was over Chubby Checker with his sexually explicit dance called the “TWIST”.  This put Hollywood in a bad position.  How could they make money off Rock and Roll and keep the parents happy?  So they cloned a Chubby Checker “GREAT WHITE HOPE” named Tom Funk.

Fast forward to 2007.  Now those rebellious children of the 1950’s are having seizers about “Black” (The new Buzz -Word) music.  Hip Hop is corrupting the moral fibre of their children.  Now I want y’all to stick with this You Tube video clip I stumbled across and y’all have a good chuckle as you view it.  Watch it here…


Black Past Remembered & Reclaimed

If you are an avid follower of African American History and Global African History, then add this site to your favourites; here…
Opera Singer Shirley Verrett dies at aged 79
American soprano Shirley Verrett, one of the top opera singers of the 1970’s and 1980’s has died at the age of 79.  Verrett made her debut at the New York Met in 1968 as Bizet’s Carmen; read more…
Leslie Nielsen, comic actor and Airplane! Star, Dies
Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died at the age of 84; continued…
In memory of a great legend Cab Calloway
Singer, band leader, dancer.  Born Cabell Calloway III, December 25, 1907,  in Rochester, New York.  A charming vibrant performer Calloway is often associated with the Jazz music of the 1930’s.  Sometimes called the “hi-de-hi-de-ho man,” he perfected the art of scat singing, which uses nonsensical sounds to improve melodies; read on… 

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