A police officer
who was acquitted on murder charges in Kingston, Jamaica, has released a rap
song called “To Protect and Serve,” claiming he will restore law
and order to Jamaican streets. Human rights groups claim Senior Superintendent
Renato Adams – who was acquitted by a jury last week of murdering two men and
two women and then planting guns on them – is adding to the rising tension
on Jamaican streets over the acquittal. Jamaica has one of the highest murder
rates in the world because of gangs fighting over the lucrative drug trade.
Human rights groups immediately condemned the song, because Adams is suspected
of leading raids that led to over 40 deaths. Jamaica also has one of the world’s
highest rates of killings by police.
According to reports, Eminem
and his ex-wife Kim Mathers will be married again in Michigan on January 14.
The two have been together since teenagers and have a 10-year-old daughter named
Hailey. Kim Mathers also has a two-year-old daughter named Whitney from another
relationship. The couple was originally married in 1999 and divorced in 2001.
Twista is giving away $50,000 in cash on New Years Eve. At the stroke of midnight,
the Chicago bred rapper will release the cash from the ceiling of Club Reunion
in Chicago. The evening will also double as a party for the success of Twista’s
latest album The Day After, which was recently certified gold by the RIAA. The
event is open to the public with tickets being sold at Club Reunion.
Lil’ Jon and Big Boi will
host a New Years Eve countdown at Skybar at The Shore Club on Dec. 31. When
2006 is brought in, revelers will head over to Miami’s latest hot spot,
510 Ocean for the afterparty. 510 Ocean is co-owned by Lil’ Jon, Big Boi
and actor Tyrese.
Brother J. from X-Clan and Afrika Baby Bam of Jungle Brothers will appear at
Florida International University – Biscayne Bay Campus for The Organic
Hip-Hop Symposium. The event is being presented by the Florida International
University African-New World Studies Alumni Association and will focus on Hip-Hop’s
cultural roots and identity. Brother J. will speak on the relationship between
Hip-Hop and Pan-Africanism, while Baby Bam will host the evening, which will
also feature local rappers, graffiti artists and poets. The event takes place
Feb. 24 at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus Wolfe University Center Ball Room. For more
information visit www.fiu.edu/~africana.