Monday, December 14, 2009

MM: Buju and the Gay Mafia; Rumors and Drugs - who's got the juice ?

Five Key-lows ? WTF, 20 Years to Life for Buju ? the Gay Mafia is supposedly behind this. Hmmmmmmm,,,, Strength must have made this happen because this is amazing.

Not an easy road, Buju held for cocaine possession in the United States

GRAMMY-NOMINATED deejay Buju Banton is being held in the Federal Detention Centre, Miami, Florida, in the United States following his arrest last Thursday on drug-related charges, a Miami Police Department spokesman confirmed yesterday.

DAMN - talk about  Dread..

It dread Fo-Sho if this is anykinda way true.

Buju was hanging by a thin thread since this falls' concert tour situation appeared to be anything but Irie. Now This, Wowww..

Buju Banton - Destiny

The Days of  cocaine and rastafarians supposedly ended with the death of Dennis Brown. but here again we see it playing out.  maybe Brotha Buju needs to spend some time reflecting on the way the set up goes down.  however it plays out - the press is enough to cancel the rest of his tour in the US; and drain off his fundage.

We send him prayers and meditations of peace to help heal his pain. we can't judge because we dont' know. it's just unfortunante for the man that he has to consistently be plagued by hard luck on every turn.  during our last quick conversation with Buju he seemed stressed and tired of the scrutiny. we can understand that totally.

Buju, We're  Praying for the Father to Hear You and Defend You at Every turn Rasta. Livicate and Idicate to The Highest Levels My Bredren. That is where you are accepted and seen for your heart and it's truest intentions. do not allow the negative atmosphere to draw you in or manipulate you.  this is your blessing of reflection.

Please, use it wisely Rastaman

Reggae artist faces drug charges in Miami

Controversial Jamaican reggae star in jail after arrest.

Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star whose anti-gay lyrics have drawn international criticism, is in a federal lockup in Miami, facing drug conspiracy charges.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents say Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine.
Banton has homes both in Jamaica and Tamarac.

While legions of dancehall reggae enthusiasts view Banton as one of the most prolific voices of Jamaica's poor masses, critics say he's a gay basher whose lyrics incite violence by calling for attacking and torturing homosexuals. His song Boom Bye Bye, a dance-hall hit released in the 1990s, advocates shooting gays in the head and setting them on fire.

As late as September, Banton's local management told The Miami Herald that the criticism of the star was unwarranted because he had stopped singing the song years ago. The song remains a hit among reggae DJs.
Still, such lyrics have made Banton one of the more controversial reggae artists, with angry gay activists this fall forcing the cancellation of a string of concerts by the artists during a U.S. tour that included a Halloween night concert in Miami.

Recently the firestorm ratched up after the Grammys announced that Baton's album Rasta Got Soul, released earlier this year, was up for an award.

Gay Men of African Descent and the National Black Justice Coalition joined with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in a petition drive protesting the nomination.

African-American LGBT organizations join GLAAD in protest of Buju Banton

News release from GLAAD:
Gay Men of African Descent and the National Black Justice Coalition Sign GLAAD Petition Against Banton’s Support for Murdering Gay People

New York, NY, December 11, 2009 - Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) announced today that they stand with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in its petition drive and advocacy work protesting the recent Grammy nomination of reggae singer Buju Banton’s album “Rasta Got Soul.” Banton has a long history of advocating the killing of gay people.

In a popular song released in 1988 entitled “Boom Boom Bye,” Banton repeats the anti-gay 'f-word' and says that "f-----s have to die" and he will "shoot them in the head" or "burn them." He continues to sing this song at his concerts today. In October 2009, Banton was quoted in news reports saying: "This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs 'there is no end to the war between me and f----t' and it's clear."

Sharon Lettman, the Executive Director of NBJC says, “We must take a stand against any type of negative expression that encourages violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. With music being a major cultural influence, such messages that fuel hate and homophobia place our community in harm’s way.”
Tokes M. Osubu, GMAD’s Executive Director adds, “By nominating this album, the Recording Academy is sending the message that the violence against the LGBT community especially in Jamaica, which Buju Banton has so wantonly celebrated and encouraged in his music, is not worthy of condemnation, and that protecting our lives is of little importance.”

GLAAD urges community members and allies to protest Buju Baton’s Grammy Nomination and tell Recording Academy members to not support his nomination. The petition can be found at

On Wednesday the Recording Academy released the following statement to GLAAD.
The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Awards have a long history of supporting freedom of speech and creative expression, and of supporting artists and the music they create. Artists of a variety of political or cultural perspectives have been nominated or featured on the telecast, despite protests and backlash. The Academy acknowledges that there are very strong and diverse opinions on many issues and in many instances, we have helped initiate dialogue on matters that require education and further discussion. It takes tolerance to teach tolerance, and it is through dialogue and debate that social discovery may occur. The GRAMMY Awards is a celebration and recognition of outstanding musical achievement by music makers, regardless of politics, and that will continue to be our mission.

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios issued the following response:
"While we appreciate the Recording Academy issuing a response, we firmly disagree with their justification for nominating Buju Banton for a Grammy Award. Advocating the murder of gay people is not a ‘political or cultural perspective.’ We urge Recording Academy members NOT to support Buju Banton's nomination. Ignoring his continued promotion of brutality against gay people sends a message that violence against our community is OK.”

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