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Vybz Kartel book endorsed by American universities

 

Voice of the Jamaican GhettoDespite an apparent hesitance by some Jamaican bookstores and universities to facilitate it, Vybz Kartel’s debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has now received strong endorsements from prestigious American universities, according to co-author, Michael Dawson.

According to reports this past weekend, Prominent Ivy League school, Princeton University as well as Duke University in North Carolina and Vanderbilt Universityin Tennessee now have Voice of The Jamaican Ghettoin their respective libraries. This adds to attention Kartel’s book has received from major international media outlets such as HOT 97FM as well as sales in places such a Germany, Chile, Austria, Holland and many other countries.

While Dawson is pleased with the universal exposure, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has received, he believes the book still has not received full appreciation from the Jamaican public.

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New petition urges fair trial for Kartel

3165f54a302a128e148cdf239292ed99Nearly 17 months into his incarceration, well-renowned Dancehall singer, Vybz Kartel is receiving a push on his behalf for a fair trial as fans are circulating a petition to secure the deejay’s release from prison.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer has bounced between lock-ups in Kingston and Spanish Town since his September 2011 arrest as he is awaiting his day in court on murder and conspiracy charges. Despite securing bail in two of his three court cases, Kartel remains in prison as he has yet to be offered bail in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case. As a result, the self-professed ‘Worl Boss’ will languish in the Horizon Remand Centre until May 27 when the matter will once again be mentioned.

However, Michael Dawson, the co-author of Kartel’s book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has started a petition asking that Kartel be allowed temporary freedom and the chance to earn a decent living until his trial begins.

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Vybz Kartel set to unveil documentary later this year

Vybz KartelEmbattled Dancehall megastar, Vybz Kartel continues to let his voice be heard despite being silenced in a Spanish Town jailhouse.

Days after his Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto co-author, Michael Dawson tweeted several fan messages on his behalf, Kartel will reportedly be unveiling a documentary based on his life and work. According to Urban Islandz, a close associate of the ‘Worl’ Boss’ confirmed that a deal has been agreed with a well-known filmmaker who has acquired rights to the biopic documentary.

“Fans can look out for Vybz Kartel documentary by year end,” the associate said. “Vybz feel now is the right time for his documentary because of his currently legal troubles and as we all see how the justice system is treating him unfair.”

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Kartel remains strong despite latest delay in murder case

Vybz KartelDespite the continuous postponements of his murder case, embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Vybz Kartel remains undeterred by the uncertainty surrounding his long-standing legal woes.

On Monday, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was due to stand trial at Kingston’s Home Circuit Court in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams case, only to be told to return on May 27 in the matter. This as a result of an undermanned jury, which reportedly raised the ire of The Crown and Kartel’s defense team as they were ready to begin.

Having been jailed for early 16 months while awaiting trial, it has been a strenuous test of will for Kartel. However, the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ is letting the public know that he remains strong in spite of the wait.

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Vybz Kartel to unveil new book this week

Despite being incarcerated as he awaits trial in two separate murder cases, internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel refuses to be muted as the prominent entertainer will release his long anticipated book on July 6.

Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, the first ever book written by Vybz Kartel will be unveiled on Friday as an official launch will take place across the street from the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town, where Kartel has spent the last few months in custody.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday, Kartel and co-author, Michael Dawson completed the manuscript in the summer of last year and that Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto was officially copyrighted last August in the United States.

Over the last few months, the artiste whose real name is Adidja Palmer has released several excerpts of his book as teasers for his fans. According to the release, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto will signal a fight for change in Jamaica and should spark interesting conversations on many topics such as racism, classism amongst other things.

Furthermore, Kartel’s debut book will reportedly bring many of Jamaica’s hidden issues to the forefront as he aims to fight for those in the ghetto who don’t necessarily have a voice.

The release states that Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto promises to expose the “other half of the story that has never been told.” A story which Reggae pioneers have sang about – but Vybz Kartel has dared to put it into book form. While Kartel proudly acknowledges 50 years of Independence for Jamaica, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto boldly asks – “50 years of what for poor people?”

Vybz Kartel faces a pair of murder charges as well as obstruction of justice related charges in his ongoing murder cases. However, the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ was recently freed from a drug charge that he was slapped with when initially arrested last September in New Kingston.

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Vybz Kartel drops poem proclaiming his innocence

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel continues to find expressive ways of proclaiming his innocence as he languishes behind bars.

Last week, the Jamaica Gleaner published part one of Kartel’s letter to University of the West Indies professor, Carolyn Cooper in which he detailed his thoughts and experiences since being taken into custody last September. In the letter, the Portmore Empire deejay, who faces murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges, accused law enforcement officials of perpetrating a demonizing image of him to the mainstream while conceding that he may never get a fair trial in his cases given that the public has already convicted him for his alleged actions.

Three days later, Kartel, through his publishers, issued three excerpts from his debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, furthering his claims of innocence while aiming to distinguish his controversial on stage persona from his off stage demeanor.

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Kartel releases book excerpts from jail

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel continues to declare his innocence and has released excerpts from his most recent project to back his claims.

Kartel, who faces multiple murder and obstruction of justice related charges, issued a letter to University of the West Indies (UWI) professor, Carolyn Cooper regarding his current legal situation. In the letter, Kartel blamed law enforcement and the media for perpetuating a demonizing image of him while conceding that he may never get a fair trial in relation to his cases given that, in his mind, the public has already convicted him for his alleged actions before being allowed to prove his innocence. Additionally, the self-professed ‘Worl Boss’ aimed to separate his egocentric onstage persona from his more humble and sociable off-stage persona that he insists the public has confused several times.

Now the controversial Portmore Empire deejay has taken his protests a step further by releasing fresh excerpts from his debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, which was originally due for release last summer.

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