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#AHSCoven: Clearly The Worst Season


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American Horror Story: Coven was terrible, the entire season. What is truly shocking is that it took the finale to bring me to that realization. It’s now clear that the season survived on the reputation and acclaim of the two that preceded it, while throwing in some big names for safe measure. To their credit, the writers almost got away with it, except for the truly underwhelming finale. When one reflects on the season as a whole, we realize that there was little more than a lazy attempt at a plot, interwoven with a few moments of shock value, just enough to keep us wanting more. And while we went on week to week, surviving on the “OMG” moments and the pseudo displays of feminine might and power, we missed the truly terrible storyline, poor character development and “half assed” attempt at horror – all culminating in the very least impressive character being declared Supreme.

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TVJ Takes Jamaica’s “Voice” and Choice Away


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News broke late last evening that “Jamaica’s number one choice”, TVJ, had partnered with telecoms giant Digicel to acquire the broadcasting rights to the popular NBC talent reality show, “The Voice”. This move no doubt motivated by the debut of the popular Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin on the show.  That is all well and good, except when one considers the fact that the show would be delayed by a whole two hours. Predictably, Jamaicans reacted with intense anger, taking to social media to blast both companies. In a desperate attempt to fix their blunder, TVJ has decided to air the show live on an obscure channel, known as RETV, obviously this is less than satisfactory. I have to lend my voice to this issue, albeit not a singing voice.

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The Conjuring Fails. Hard.


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It’s perhaps the most anticipated horror movie of year, certainly of the summer; but for all the cleverly edited trailers, the fantastic make up jobs, and the promise of being based on a true story, The Conjuring is nothing more than child’s play and even that description is an insult to the memory of Chucky. No serious fan of the horror genre can take this movie seriously.

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Gays and Sparta : What Tommy Lee May Not Know


The Gaza is such a wonderful place. From the majestic causeway, rising above the pristine waters of the Caribbean sea, to the sweet song of mosquitoes singing lazily by your ears; who could deny the beauty of the Gaza? That most wondrous place in Portmore, St. Catherine has given Jamaica some of its best dancehall talents. The Gaza is a place where stars are made. Who could forget being taken to the Ramping Shop? Who would dare forget the thrill of wearing a Clarks? Or the absolute pleasure of jumping in the benz punani and taking it for a ride? Such fun times. In more recent times, Tommy Lee has invited us to ancient Greece, to the era of the great Greek warriors, the Spartans.

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Demons & Sparta : The Tommy Lee Curse


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I believe art is one of the most powerful forms of communication, mobilisation and ultimately, indoctrination. I’ve always been mindful of the influence of music, particularly dancehall music, on the young and impressionable minds of our society. Those who have been following my blog for some time now would know my personal objection to “The Gaza Empire” and most, if not everything it produces. The latest “talent” the Portmore based empire has produced is the now infamous Tommy Lee. Since the incarceration of their god, Kartel, on murder charges the fans of Gaza have consistently repeated the refrain “Free Werl’ Boss”. When it became evident that the wheels of justice would turn desperately slow for the self styled “Werl Boss”, his fans craved a saviour for dancehall, a rebound figure to continue the influence and impact of the Gaza, that task fell to Tommy Lee. His methods have proven even more controversial than those of his boss. Of all the themes available, why choose a demonic one? And is that really “art”?

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A JA Girl Exposed : In Her Own Words.


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A relationship should be based on trust. We often hear how important this concept is to a successful relationship. Usually that trust leads you to feel secure enough to discuss anything, explore anything that will allow you to add ‘spice’ to the relationship, and this often includes sending explicit pictures. However, this practice intended to be an intimate act between lovers has been turned into a public spectacle, intended to extort and embarrass Jamaican females. This gave birth to the website JA Girls Exposed. One of my followers on Twitter has found herself “exposed”, pictures she sent to a guy she was dating posted on a website for all the world to see. By all accounts, she is popular on Twitter, a stunning young lady, comfortable with her body and her sexuality. She wants you to hear her side of the story, to tell you about her personal anguish and sense of betrayal. We will call her VC. Here she is, in her own words.

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Trolling On Twitter : Have We Gone Too Far?


The Urban Dictionary defines “trolling” as “The art of deliberately, cleverly and secretly pissing people off, usually via the internet, using dialogue.” The dictionary goes on to explain specifically what qualifies as “dialogue”. It concludes that one must (a) convince your ‘victim’ that what you’re saying is true, no matter how outrageous and (b) give your ‘victim’ malicious instructions under the guise of help. Yet, something quite different obtains as trolling among many Jamaicans on Twitter. What we call trolling is nothing short of crude, offensive, sexist, derogatory, racist and or homophobic – but the most prominent form of “trolling” that has emerged among Jamaicans is bullying. You are not a troll, you are a bully, and not just any bully, a punk ass cyber bully. Shame on you. There is a fine line between being a troll and a bully. A very, very fine line. Jamaicans, in their natural tendency to OD, have long since crossed that line.

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