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VOLUME TWO: ISSUE 16

  

Greetings and Welcome to PANTHER NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 16.  Before we kick-off, there will be no PANTHER NEWSLETTER for April, we will return May 31st 2011.  The PANTHER NEWSLETTER crew are taking time out to pursue personal projects and it will give you a chance to catch up on all the information we provide each month.

Yet again we are pleased to say the hits continue to rise, last month was another record.  We give thanks for your support.  Welcome to our new readers around the world; our usual message to you is:

“Rock and come in.”

In this month’s issue we have the usual suspects.  An inspiring interview with our SPECIAL GUEST who hails from Dallas Texas, the FEATURED  STORY, THE MUSICAL COA-COA BASKET, the FEATURED ARTICLE, and every body’s favourite THE CULTURE CORNER.  Enjoy ISSUE 16 and see y’all May 31st. 

 

NEWS (UK)

 

REGGAE STAR SMILEY CULTURE DIES IN POLICE RAID

British reggae star Smiley Culture has died during a police raid in Surrey.  The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said it will investigate the death of the musician, whose real name is David Emmanuel; read more here…

 

OFFICERS IN SMILEY CULTURE’S BUNGLED ARREST UNDER INVESTIGATION

A police watchdog has said it will be “looking into” the actions of all the officers following the death of Eighties reggae star Smiley Culture; continued…

 

THE SMILEY CULTURE PRESS CONFERENCE (THE PEOPLE SPEAK)

Watch it here…

 

RASTAMOUSE CREATORS SPEAK OUT

Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster, the creators of the hugely popular children’s show talk to Davina Hamilton about the buzz and controversy that their creation has sparked amongst viewers; more…

 

FAKE BOMB ON PLANE FROM BRITAIN EXPOSES SECURITY FLAWS

A fake bomb on board a cargo plane from Britain, exposing security lapses five months after two real bombs which were found on cargo planes in Leicestershire and Dubai last year; continued…

 

ELSEWHERE

 

GADDAFI OUTFOXES THE WEST – FOR NOW 

Gaddafi still controls the west of Libya despite 11 days of allied air strikes. Will it need boots on the ground to finally topple the desert fox? – More…

 

FIGHTING NEAR IVORIAN CAPITAL, OUATTARA FORCES ADVANCE

An offensive by forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara reached two towns near the country’s official capital on Wednesday, witnesses said, a day after they seized swathes of territory; here…

 

JAPANESE OPERATOR SAYS IT WILL SCRAP FOUR REACTORS AT PLANT

 Tokyo Electric Power Company will completely write off four of the six reactors at the crippled nuclear plant; here…

 

FUGEES FRONT MAN WYCLEF JEAN SHOT IN HAITI HOURS BEFORE VOTING

 Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean has been shot in his native Haiti on the eve of presidential elections on the Caribbean island; more…

 

LANCE REDDICK: LIFE BEYOND THE WIRE

Actor Lance Reddick, or Lt Cedric Daniels as he is more widely known, talks about the incredible success of The Wire – and how the black community is so badly served by the entertainment industry; read on…

 

THE ‘LOST’ FOOTAGE OF BOB MARLEY’S EARLY CAREER

A film charting the rise of Bob Marley and The Wailers to international stardom made from footage shot in the early 1970s and lost for 30 years is set to get its first public viewing; here…

 

AFRICA’S BILLIONAIRES ON THE 2011 FORBES RICH LIST

Africa’s total billionaires numbered 11 in 2010.  This year there are 14 on the 2011 Forbes Rich list made up of two Nigerians, 4 South Africans and 8 Egyptians; check ’em out here… 

 

THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY

 

NEW EGYPTIAN BELLY DANCE CLASSES WITH Chloe Redmond

Prepare your body for summer; 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… 

 

MR SOON COME BY JASMINE JOHNSON FINALLY MAKES THE STAGE AT

The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
Administration: 0121 333 2400 Box Office: 0121 333 2444 Email: info@the-drum.org.uk

Birmingham novelist Jasmine Johnson has successfully adapted her successful first novel Mr Soon Come for the stage which has its performances at The Drum, Birmingham Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 19, 20 and 21st respectively.  For more details check out all the information here…

 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Check out and support this brilliant online newsletter called In The Spotlight, which gives you first-hand up-to-date news, entertainment news from Jamaica, Jamaican culture and film; here…  

 

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…

  

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Real Talk…

Shadow People speak out: is a collection of monologues which has been a long time in the making.  For many years Martin Glynn has worked in prisons, engaged with the disaffected sections of the community, and has been through his own rite of passage. Throughout his journey as a writer and criminologist he has encountered many amazing people whose stories have gone with them to their grave, have not been told, been ignored, or have been too uncomfortable for many to hear.

Download your free e-book of Real Talk: Shadow People Speak Out here…

Also check out Sankofa Associates Goods & Services here…

 

OBITUARY

 

DEAN RICHARDS DIES AT THE AGE OF JUST 36

Former clubs remember Dean Richards at Molineux; his widow and sons to attend Premier League game.  Former team-mates talk of the ‘shock and sadness’ over his death; here…

 

REGGAE STAR SMILEY CULTURE DIES

 Smiley Culture,  an influential voice in British rap and reggae, who had a smash hit with Police Officer dies during a police raid on his home; here…

 

LEGENDARY BLUESMAN PINETOP PERKINS DIES AT 97

Blues pianist Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins was one of the last old-school bluesmen and oldest Grammy winner; here… 

 

LOLEATTA HOLLAWAY THE GODDESS OF THE DISCO PASSES

Loleatta Hollaway, the disco star best known for her 1980 song, Love Sensation, has died from heart failure at the age of 64; more…

 

HIP-HOP STAR NATE DOGG DIES AT 41

US hip-hop star Nate Dogg, who worked with Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Eminem, has died at the age of 41; more…

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