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  • Tanya Stephens' sharp criticism of Portia riles up 'Mama P' supporters

    Tanya Stephens (left) and Portia Simpson Miller

    Veteran singer, Tanya Stephens, has generated a backlash of criticism of unsavoury comments she made on social media about former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, on the day Simpson Miller retired from active politics.

    Stephens, in a social media post that has since been deleted, declared that, "Hearing people lament Portia's departure is like seeing people congratulate my rapist for being a 'good man' ... She isn't a good person."

    The artiste further said, "Besides (having been) unqualified and an embarrassing representation who wasn't even of average intelligence as per her public displays, she was also an awful, apathetic human who perfected the art of pandering to the hypocrisy of Jamaicans."

    Stephens concluded that, "I'm happy to see her back. I'm not alone. Good riddance".

    Obviously disturbed by Stephens' sudden and sharp criticism of the former leader, a number persons, mainly supporters of Simpson Miller, including noted members of the People's National Party (PNP) which she served for over 40 years and led for the last 11 years, went into ultra-defensive mode.

    PNP Vice-President and Senator, Angela Brown Burke, expressed shock at Stephens' comments.

    "Tanya, really now! That's what you've chosen to say about another woman who has inspired so many others? SMDH," she responded.

    Venesha Phillips, the PNP Councillor for the Papine Division in St Andrew, took a totally different angle, but with even more telling effect.

    "Angela, please delete this post. Let us not give airplay to the useless. To recognise that dead will give life to her, so let her remain in her grave."

    Some members of the Facebook group 'Fair and Balanced Jamaica' were anything but balanced, in spinning some 'wicked dub plates' aimed at Stephens, including one user, Vinnette Wilson, who mercilessly declared that the artiste who last year publicly declared to having been raped and abused, "needs to go and get help with her damage(d) and hurt feelings, and stop being so bitter with everyone."

    Suzette Parks, another Facebook user, was far more balanced, and acknowledged that Stephens has a right to her opinion.

    "I love her as an artiste, but I think she crossed the line, because even though I didn't want her (Simpson Miller) to be my PM, I love and respect her as a woman who let all women know they can make it in this society that thinks only men can get the job done."

    Parks added that, "Portia has fought and worked hard to make her name in society, and I salute her".

    She declared that, "I love Mama P to mi heart, but I didn't want her to be my PM, so I did what I had to do. We must speak through our votes, and not degrade anyone.

    "Tanya, mi love you bad, and a labour mi seh, but you need to apologise to this woman. She is a true icon.

    " Big up yuhself Mama P.

    "Tanya you a mi G. Love you still, nah change," Parks wrote.

    Kamla Forbesz, clearly a strong supporter of Simpson Miller, also declined to directly attack Stephens, opting for sarcasm instead, and interestingly, introduced a wider element to the 'debate' on Simpson Miller's representation.

    "You can only do better if you know better, and clearly she doesn't know better," Forbesz wrote.

    "We have a culture in Jamaica where women tear each other down. Instead of lift them up, we envy each other.

    "Tanya Stephens is an unfortunate product of our society (in which) women feel they have to tear each other down to get ahead.

    "And comrades, stop being hypocritical, because nuff a unnu same one hate Portia and orchestrated her demise.

    "You orchestrated the demise of Lisa Hanna too.

    "Until as a people we learn to respect the work of our women in society, expect a few more Tanya Stephens to pop up," Forbesz predicted.

    Simpson Miller served for 35 years as the Member of Parliament (MP) for South West St Andrew, and six years as Prime Minister of Jamaica before resigning from representational politics on June 29.


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  • Ishawna Diss Lincoln 3Dot & Leaks Screen Shots After He Lied About The Two Having Sex [MUST SEE PICS]

    Social media sensation Lincoln 3dot now turn recording artiste has been exposed by Ishawna after he alleges in his song that he had sex with her which led to her beating from FootaHype.


    The song titled “Dem Ah Pree” is a diss song aimed at Footahype which was released yesterday.

    “Weh mi do F**k yo girl the first day mi meet ar, put a hickey pan ar neck mek yo beat ar, she say equal rights and justice so we done know a long time yo did a eat ar,” Lincoln sings

    This triggered an angry response from Ishawna who addressed the issue on Instagram and also shared some screen shots of a conversation between her and Lincoln 3dot over the single.

    “The things we as women have to go through!!!!! Ladies what do we call men weh tell lie pon pussy again????? Mi nuh want nuh BOY or GAL feel like dem can ramp wid mi and tell mi sorry!!!!!! There’s NOTHING worst than a man that tell lies on women!!! STAY OFF MY NAME!!!! Mi sick and tired a unu now!!!! @lincoln3dot @footahypemusic #DoBetter #EqualRights” Ishawna wrote





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  • Kartel's song belongs to me - producer Elvis Redwood

    Record producer Elvis Redwood has cleared the air on allegations that he wrongfully recorded Shenseea on Vybz Kartel’s song, Loodi. According to the producer, who released a video about the incident, the song belongs to him, therefore he is free to add an artiste to the project if he sees it fit.

    He also took full responsibility for Shenseea’s role on the record, noting that all parties involved were aware that the song was not an official Vybz Kartel collaboration.

    “Both versions of the song a mine. My rhythm and Kartel's vocals. Kartel owns his masters, so 50 per cent of it belongs to him, and 50 per cent of it belongs to me. I don’t handle Kartel money and he does not handle my money. When he does his deal he gets his money, and when I domine, I get mine,” he said.

    The producer also said he personally recruited Shenseea to rework the song because he felt the record needed a female voice. Before the release of the record, Redwood said there were persons who tried to stall the release of the track, but none of those persons had the power to make any decision about its release.


    Redwood's video comes after a video of Vybz Kartel's original version of Loodi was uploaded to the deejay's Vevo page on YouTube with a caption saying, 'My song was never a collaboration. However, when checks were made yesterday, the song was removed. 

    But that has not stopped persons from accusing Shenseea and her manager, Romeich, of stealing Vybz Kartel's song and making changes to the track without his permission. 

    Meanwhile, Redwood, who also produced Popcaan's Only Man She Want, also made it clear that Vybz Kartel was compensated for the song.

    According to the producer, he brokered a deal with VP Records for which he was paid and so was Vybz Kartel.

    “Johnny Wonder get Kartel money. I also sent a message to him (Vybz Kartel) that I did a deal with VP and I was told by the correspondent that everything was governed,” he said.

    As for the recent upload of the original version of Loodi on Vybz Kartel’s Vevo page without Shenseea, Redwood said he is unaware of what motivated the move.

    “I received no message from Vybz Kartel saying don’t put out the song. I know what to do and what not to do with Vybz Kartel songs. I have never gone against what I should do as it relates to Kartel’s music,” he said.

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  • Shenseea made Kartel’s song better - Romeich

    Shenseea's manager, Romeich Major, says he is prepared to endure even more bashing from Gaza fans, as he insists the version of the 'Loodi' song, which features his artiste Shenseea, is better than the original which only has Vybz Kartel.

    "The real people that know music will prefer the collab. If me haffi get a flogging, me a go get a flogging. It (Shenseea's version) sounds way better than the original," he said. "The track that you hear out there now is the exact track that was sent to us, to do it in a female version utilising most of the lyrics, and that was what we did."

    Since news emerged that the song which catapulted the fast-rising dancehall star on to the music scene was not an actual collaboration, Shenseea and her management team have been coming under heavy attack from the public.

    A version of Loodi was uploaded to Vybz Kartel's official YouTube channel with the caption, 'My song was never a collaboration', and that was enough to send social media into a frenzy, as they accused Romeich and Shenseea of stealing Kartel's song and passing it off as their own.

    But in an interview with THE STAR, Romeich sought to set the record straight, stating that he nor Shenseea have never failed to give Vybz Kartel credit for the song.


    Female version


    "I made a general statement about my artiste that she writes her own lyrics. I didn't say Shenseea wrote all her songs, especially Loodi. If you watch closely, most of the interviews that she did, at no point did she ever say she wrote the lyrics. She just say Romeich got the song from So Unique to do and that's what she did," he explained.

    "If you listen the song, a couple changes are there. If a producer send you a track and say change the verse into a female version, what are you supposed to do? He did not say write over the song. I was working with the producer."

    Romeich added that it was his understanding that Vybz Kartel and the producer had ironed out all the details regarding the collaboration, as he has never spoken to Vybz Kartel or any member of his team.

    "In music, one artiste don't normally talk to the other artiste when dem a do collabs, and it's the producer who most times have the talk when it comes to the song, depending on the contract dem sign with the artiste," he said.


    No issue


    "I don't know the arrangements that were made between them. Everybody is attacking me and the artiste Shenseea. We are not the producers of the song, so go and look for So Unique Records and ask him. The producer link me and ask me to do a collab with my artiste with Vybz Kartel. Who wouldn't want to do a feature with Kartel? There is no issue between Vybz Kartel, Shenseea, and Romeich. The issue would have to be between Kartel and So Unique Elvis."

    When THE STAR questioned Romeich about whether or not he had been in touch with the producer at the centre of all the drama, he said he has not been given an explanation on how the current issue with the song could have arisen. He also said that the producer is also trying to get to the bottom of things and has refused to give any statement to the media until then.

    THE STAR tried to contact Elvis of So Unique Records, but our efforts were unsuccessful.


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