Cherry Bomb: "The Butch Mystique: Part 1 & 2" Vlogs

The ladies discuss the Butch identity and the reference to labels and societal norms.

Butch may be defined as a way women being defiant of social norms, a woman who does and look a way that society says she should be looking or doing.

It can be deemed as a strong way to promote gender non conformity to say I can be different and be me and be proud of who one identify’s oneself to be.


Buju Banton Protest Clips & Mutabaruka’s Cuttin Edge with Buju + related commentry

Buju Banton Protest at the Rockit Room

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Interview with Aaron Baldwin @ Buju Banton Protest

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Mutabaruka’s Cutting Edge Radio Program – Buju Meets With Gays ft Buju via phone interview


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I do feel that all views must be listened to even if they are descenting ones but we must learn from each other as well if we are to move forward in any discussion to take place.


Gay lobby overstepping bounds?

Here is an excerpt from a Jamaica Observer piece 18/10/09 called Prime Minister Golding has painted himself into a corner , maybe the sub heading should continue while Mark Wignall makes himself a fool and a homophobe commenting on LGBTQ issues.
Some of these articles are not worth the space and prominence they are given in columns and I wonder what drives the decision of editors but then again maybe it is a good way to show the stupidity of some persons. This to me is just so simplistic for someone like him.

Read and decide for yourself:
Mark Wignall writes
…….Homosexual lobby overstepping its bounds

“Among the items on the list of demands the gay rights lobbyists put forward was that Buju think about making statements in Jamaica calling for love toward gays; donate to the JFLAG group; hold a town hall meeting in Kingston about the need to respect gays and sing about loving gay people. All the suggestions were rejected by Buju, which is said to have infuriated the lobbyists present.”

The above is an extract from an Observer article which spoke to DJ Buju Banton’s recent meeting with a powerful gay lobby group.

What was that again? “.making statements in Jamaica calling for love toward gays; donate to the JFLAG group; hold a town hall meeting in Kingston about the need to respect gays and sing about loving gay people.” Am I seeing correctly?

I will admit that I do not listen to Buju Banton’s music because his voice ‘grits’ me the wrong way. But it is obvious that he has quite a large fan base. We are told that when he was 18 years old, he did Boom Bye Bye, a song which spoke about our culture of dislike for male homosexuality but which also suggested that homosexuals should be shot in the head.

We are also told that Buju Banton does not perform the song on his overseas tours. That said, the so-called gay lobby wants Banton to spend the rest of his life not just apologising to them, but to actively endorse the homosexual lifestyle in his songs.

Are these people sane? Years ago I received a call from JFLAG inviting me to a gay seminar to give a presentation. The conversation went something like this.

JFLAG: “My name is Steve and I would like to know if you could address our group in an upcoming gathering.”

Me: (laughing) “Why would you want to hear from me? I don’t support your lifestyle and I have written a few articles condemning the aggressiveness of the gay lobby.”

JFLAG: “Well, we will be wanting to hear from people like yourself.”

Obviously I did not go. If male homosexuals want to live their lives in peace, there are certain realities they have to face up to. Our culture is virulently anti-gay, plus we are a naturally violent people. That said, the vast majority of gay killings is done by gays when the relationship sours.

While I have serious problems with DJs who, unsolicited, invite hate on gays from the stage, I have to be cognisant of the educational, social and cultural realities of our people from whom DJs spring.

Banton is under pressure and the homosexual lobby wants him to hold its hand and sing, ‘We’re all in this thing together.’ They want him to kiss and make up.

This is the epitome of a great culture clash with an added imperious schooling of the Jamaican DJ by those who believe they are more socially advanced than he is, than we are.

Buju, chose your path carefully and decide if bending over to these activists/social extortionists will be worth the extra dollar.

News you can use – To whom do I report the police?

John Doe said he was physically abused by a group of policemen after he refused to allow them to search his house without a warrant.
Mr. Doe says he is afraid to report the matter to the police and wants to know if there is any other agency or body to which he could report the incident.
What is the Police Public Complaints Authority?

The authority is an independent, non-police agency of the Ministry of Justice with the power to investigate allegations of misconduct filed by members of the public against members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and its auxiliaries. Investigations are conducted in an impartial and objective fashion by the authority’s investigative staff, which is made up solely of civilian employees.

Who comprises the authority?

The authority consists of three persons appointed by the governor general in his discretion by instrument under the broad seal (one of whom is appointed executive chairman).

What are the legal functions of the authority?

a) To monitor the investigation by the force of any complaint or other matter to which the act applies with a view to ensuring that such investigation is conducted impartially.

b) To supervise the investigation of complaints by the force.

c) To undertake direct investigation of complaints.

d) To evaluate and report to the minister of justice from time to time on the system of handling complaints.

Who may make a complaint?

Complaints may be made by a member of the public, whether or not that person is affected by the subject of the complaint, or by any person on behalf of a member of the public so affected, but with his written consent.

What happens to a complaint after it is filed?

The complaint is assigned to an investigator who will commence investigation immediately. The investigator will gather as much information as possible about the complaint through records of the police department, field visits, interviews of witnesses, police officers and other available sources. The authority will inform you by letter of the status of an ongoing investigation. At the close of the investigation, the case is thoroughly reviewed by the authority.

Where the authority considers that a criminal offence may have been committed, the matter is reported to the director of public prosecutions for her ruling. Otherwise, it is reported to the commissioner of police with the authority’s recommendation. The authority notifies the complainant by letter of the action taken.

If your complaint does not fall within the authority’s jurisdiction, the authority will forward it to the appropriate agency and will notify you of the referral.

What are the possible actions that the authority may take?

The authority may decide that the complaint is:

Substantiated: The subject officer has committed the alleged act of misconduct.

Unsubstantiated: There was insufficient evidence to substantiate the complaint.

Unfounded: The subject officer did not commit an act of misconduct. The incident did occur, but the officer’s actions were lawful.

How long does it take before a complaint is resolved?

The authority strives to resolve all complaints in a timely manner. The exact time depends on the complexity of the investigation and the cooperation of the parties. On average, the investigation of a complaint is completed within three months.

Is there any other way to resolve the complaint?

Where the parties voluntarily agree, a complaint which, if proven, would not attract sanctions may be resolved informally. In this case the assistance of a neutral party assigned by the authority is utilised.

How and where may a complaint be lodged to the authority?

How: In person or by mail.
Where: Ground and first floors
45-47 Barbados Avenue, Kingston 5, Jamaica.
Tel: 968-8875, 968-1932
Fax: 960-4767
Toll free: 1-888-FOR-HELP (367-4357)