GREETINGS & NEWS

 

 “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”

Proverbs 1: verse 5

 

Greetings and welcome to PANTHER NEWSLETTER

VOLUME TWO: ISSUE 15

 

Greetings and welcome to PANTHER NEWSLETTER.  Yet again we are pleased to report that the last issue had the highest number of hits ever.  PANTHER NEWSLETTER grows from strength to strength.  We thank you all for your support and of course logging on and reading.  In this issue we’ve tried to cover the global news in brief and we have our usual suspects.  The ARTIST OF THE MONTH who hails from Jamaica and is based in Philadelphia; the FEATURED STORY, THE MUSICAL COA-COA BASKET, the FEATURED ARTICLE by our guest writer Rastarella Falade, the FEATURED POEM and everybody’s favourite, THE CULTURE CORNER.

So kick back and enjoy PANTHER NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 15.

 

NEWS (UK)

 

RASTAMOUSE: Righteous rodent or rank stereotype?

Not since the Teletubbies said “eh-oh” has a children’s TV show been this talked about.  Rastamouse might have skateboarded onto CBeebies a mere fortnight ago, but the crime-fighting, reggae-playing rodent has already gathered a righteous cult following.  And, of course, a backlash.  Read on…

CAMERON CRITICIZES ‘MULTICULTURALISM’ IN BRITAIN

Prime Minister David Cameron has mounted an attack on the country’s decades-old policy of “multiculturalism,” saying it has encouraged “segregated communities” where Islamic extremism can thrive; continued…

 BLACK COMMUNITY LACKING IN SEX EDUCATION

MANY African and Caribbean communities know less about HIV because they shy away from discussing it, a new survey shows; more…

Birmingham City Win The Carling Cup

Obafemi Martins pounced on a calamitous Arsenal defensive mix-up two minutes from time as Birmingham City claimed their first major silverware since 1963 by winning the Carling Cup at Wembley; more here… and watch the highlights of the game here…

 

AFRICA

 

GADADDAFI BLAMES UNREST ON AL-QAEDA

Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, has said in a speech on Libyan state  television that al-Qaeda is responsible for the uprising in Libya; here

 ZIMBABWE CHARGES 46 WITH TREASON FOR WATCHING VIDEOS OF EGYPT PROTESTS

Forty-six people in Zimbabwe have been charged with treason, and some allegedly beaten by police, after watching videos of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia; here… 

  

ELSEWHERE

 

ISRAEL ACCUSED OF STERILIZING ETHIOPIAN JEWS TO RID THE  COUNTRY OF AFRICAN BLOODLINES

A feminist movement has accused the Israeli government of adopting a racist policy towards the country’s Ethiopian Jews.  Activists have proof that black women are deliberately being given a controversial contraceptive, to bring about a drop in the population – a claim the government denies; watch the report here…

GUILTY: BUJU BANTON FACES AT LEAST 15 YEARS IN JAIL

Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton, has been found guilty of three of the four cocaine-related charges brought against him. His sentencing date has not yet been determined, but Buju faces at least 15 years behind bars; more…

THE TROUBLE WITH BLACK BOYS

Pedro A. Noguera, Ph. D: a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University writes: “All of the most important quality of life indicators suggest that African American males are in deep trouble.  They lead the nation in homicides, both as victims and perpetrators and in what observers regard as an alarming trend; they now have the fastest growing rate for suicide…”  Read it in full here…

ORAL SEX IN OAKLAND CLASSROOM

Teacher placed on leave after stories surface; more… 

 

THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY

 

 THE AMAZING WOMAN AWARDS 2011

Do you know a woman who deserves special recognition?  Has she been encouraging and helping others despite her own situation?  Does she work hard everyday and never thinks about herself?  We would LOVE to hear your stories.  Make it a date and don’t be late for this amazing event organised by an amazing woman Makeda Ubiaro.  The event will take place at THE ASTON VILLA FOOTBALL CLUB in Birmingham on Saturday March 5th 2011.  Special Guests for the night will be The Lord and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, Joanna Riley, The Apprentice Finalist and Birmingham’s very own up and coming comedienne Annette Fagon.  Star Tan Tanning & Beauty Clinic (14 York Road, Erdington, Birmingham B23 6TE:  Telephone: 07890 502 744), is offering discounted services for treatments, eyelashes, nail extensions, makeup etc for the event!!  Quote: Amazing Woman Awards!!! or check out their website here…   For more details of this event and all good things positive that Makeda does, check out her website; here… 

 

EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE CLASSES WITH Chloe Redmond

 Lose that winter weight now and Bellydance your way to fitness!

Chloe has been studying Egyptian Bellydance for 9 years.  From the age of 4 she began Ballet dancing, despite being the plumpest of this group of  “little princesses”, she continued this dance form for 8 years.  Chloe went on to develop techniques in a variety of dance styles from Salsa and Street dance to Brazilian and West African before graduating with a BA in Visual Communication & Film, at Birmingham City University’s Institute of Art & Design Campus.  Chloe lived in Cairo for 3 months training privately with some of Egypt’s most eminent Belly dance instructors.  For more information about her classes, contact Chloe here…

 

CULTURAL VIBRATIONS

My SPECIAL GUEST in July 2010 Leanda Rastarella Falade has launched her first ever Cultural Vibrations blog.  Check it out and show your support. BIG LOVE to her eldest daughter (12 years young) for creating it. The Cultural Vibrations blog link will be continuously listed in the Cool Links section on the main page. View her blog here…

 

  SPOKEN WORD/POETRY

Presents:

Rastarella Falade alongside Michelle ‘The Mother’ Hubbard and Author Caroline Bell Foster are the featured ‘Women of Words’ at the New Art Exchange:  39 – 41 Gregory Boulevard Nottingham NG7 6BE:  Thursday March 3 2011 at 8.00pm:  Admission £3.00.  This event has a special focus on ‘Women’ as part of International Women’s Day.

 

THE RUSTY PEN

Jozette Aaron , author and freelance writer, who lives in Ontario Canada, has also launched her new blog.  Jozette’s newsletter DeSiva’s News was a popular read globally from 1999 to 2010 and received a 5 Star award for being one of the best informative on-line writing journals around.  She’s my sister and my inspiration.  Check her out interviewing me here; and check out her blog The Rusty Pen

 

KING OF KINGS: NGUSA NAGAST by CLAUDETTE. E. JOHNSON

King of Kings is an important revelation, presenting breakthrough facts on biblical history and the Rastafarian Movement.  King of Kings offers insight into uncovering the truth regarding boodlines of King Solomon and The Queen of Sheba, King David, Jesus Christ as well as The Ark of the Covenant, proven through geneology and made popular by movies “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” and “THE DA VINCI CODE”.  If you’re searching for a good historical read, why not check out this superb and inspiring book; here…

 

No obituary this month so here’s a likkle treat as I DJ Normski gwine throw yuh a blast from the past for all you lovers of roots rock reggae.  A musical disc from the cat call Pablo Moses singing his classic:  A SONG

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One Response to “GREETINGS & NEWS”

  1. Muriel A. Newton Says:

    Good read and so informative. Would like you to check out “The Upsetter”

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