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  • Vershon snatches son from babymother's house.... Court asked to settle custody battle

    A major custody battle is brewing between dancehall artiste Vershon and the mother of his one year old son. 

    Vershon, whose given name is Adrian Brown, went to the house of his baby's mother and took away the child last Friday.

    The child's mother, Kadian, went to the Family Court this morning and initiated proceedings aimed at gaining custody of the young boy. A hearing has been set for April.

    “She reported me to the police. The police asked me to come in and when I went in they said they couldn’t take the child from me. It’s a matter for the court to decide. I won't give her back the baby until the court says I am to give her back the child,” Vershon told THE STAR.

    Vershon is known for hit songs such as Inna Real LifeMercy A God and Clean Me Heart Too Clean.

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  • Don Andre bashes award show

    Recording artiste Don Andre has called out the Youth View Awards (YVAs) committee for being biased in their selection of nominees for this year's staging of the awards.

    The deejay took to his Instagram page on Thursday to vent about his exclusion from the list of nominees.

    In the lengthy post, the artiste expressed shock at not being considered for any award, highlighting that his song, Tom Cruise, was one of the biggest dancehall songs for 2016. He also questioned whether his nationality had anything to do with him not being selected.

    "Dear @youthviewawards is it because I am from England why I'm not up for a nomination at this year's staging? Tom Cruise was one of the biggest song of 2016, not only in Jamaica, but worldwide, and yet still it hasn't been nominated in any of the 5 categories," the post read.

    "I've seen some of the nominees, and I must say most of them doesn't make any sense. Most of these songs can't even pass Harbour View Road or Spanish Town bypass," it continued.

     

    Beyond shameful

     

    When contacted, Don Andre defended his post.

    "It is crystal clear that some of the nominees do not reflect the happening of the past year, especially in the music categories. This is beyond shameful and proves that there is a serious problem with their nomination process," he said.

    Don Andre went on to say that him voicing his opinions has nothing to do with how he feels personally because he was neither hurt nor discouraged by the oversight. However, he said he wanted to bring the issue to public attention as there are too many hard-working artistes who do not get the recognition they deserve.

    "It was necessary for me to get the attention of the public, as it is unfair to performers who worked hard. This helps to stagnate the industry as the individuals are being boosted when it's not their time," he said, adding that entertainer Charly Black should have also been included among the list of nominees.

    "I was stunned that Charly Black hasn't been nominated though he had one of the most popular hits of 2016. If this (awards show) was in fact the viewers choice, he would have definitely been nominated for an award."

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  • Tommy Lee Sparta wins case — Artiste to receive cash settlement from Dominican gov’t

    Artiste to receive cash settlement from Dominican gov't

    Dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta recently revealed that he would be getting a lot of money from the Dominican government after they wrongfully booted him from the country in 2014.

    In an interview with radio personality Mutabaruka, he indicated that he would be getting money, but was unwilling to give a specific sum. However, the controversial Mutabaruka, who was digging for answers, suggested that the figure was US$3 million.

    "Mi nah bait yuh up, man, but how much of the US$3 million yuh a get from the Dominican government?," Mutabaruka questioned.

    A seemingly uncomfortable Tommy Lee Sparta was still unwilling to state the figure.

    "Mi a get a lot cash, man. Everybody weh pressure mi haffi pay mi, enuh, Muta. Nuh badda feel like dem a go pressure mi just suh. Mi a go mek yuh swim inna some money man and walk pon some money," Tommy Lee Sparta said.

    The controversial deejay was denied entry by Dominican officials in February 2014 after arriving in the island in a private jet along with his then manager, Heavy D. The deejay then responded with a US$3 million lawsuit, arguing that his rights were infringed based on the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which governs CARICOM member states. The treaty says that member states should commit themselves to the goal of free movement of their nationals within the community.

     

    Negotiations under way

    THE STAR contacted Tommy Lee's lawyer, Bert Samuels, who refused to confirm a figure. He, however, revealed that a suggested figure was being negotiated and that the Dominican government had conceded defeat.

    "They made an offer and we are in negotiation over a final settlement. It is safe to say that they conceded to liability," he said.

    The lawyer also noted that Tommy Lee Sparta is not barred from travelling and should be allowed to exercise his rights under the Treaty of Chaguaramas.

    "The fact that they have conceded shows that under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, he should be able to

    travel," Samuels said.

    Tommy Lee Sparta is currently riding the wave of the positive responses he has been getting for recent releases, Darkness Rise and Not a Badness, both of which are aimed at fellow deejay Alkaline.

     

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  • Bad Boy Trevor gets freakier - Actor promises crazy sex games at erotic party

    Actor promises crazy sex games at erotic party

    Popular actor and adult entertainment coordinator Garfield 'Bad Boy Trevor' Reid is inviting all 'open-minded' adults to join him at an event dubbed Adult Swim, the Ultimate Erotic Party.

    "We do crazy sex games where couples can get involved, as well as erotic games that people find really entertaining and funny. Even if you're not taking part, you'll find it really fun just watching," he said.

    "People used to go to Hedonism, but some people can't afford to go there, so what we want to do is bring Hedonism to the people," Reid added.

    The event will see its second staging take place on Monday, but it is the first time that Reid will be hosting. He said his years of experience in the adult entertainment business is what will set this particular event apart from the rest.

    "Being that I keep Gal Farm Sundays, and I host Lucky 38, and I do Hedonism Thursdays, I have some knowledge of what audiences really want without the barefaced thing. So, I'm trying to make this one more for the audience, than trying to put on a show for the audience," he explained.

    The lingerie and poolside-themed event is slated to be held at House of Angels, at 2B Downer Avenue, New Kingston. It will feature Bad Boys Entertainment's male strippers, female strippers, topless models, Hype Honeys - who will facilitate body bars, as well as exotic entertainers Lady Icebox, and Nadia. Free masks will also be distributed.

     

    ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN

    The event's poster boasts of a live orgy, and according to Reid, anything can happen when the event kicks off.

    "If you know me well, you know that I don't plan these stuff. I work off the vibes of the audience," he said.

    "They call me Mr Unleash because a me say unleash yourself. It's for you to just let go and catch a vibes. It's not only about the dancers. We put women on stage to dance with their boyfriends and give them lap dance, and women buy lap dance fi each other," he added.

    The rules of the event are simple. According to Reid, "You can't use your phone there. What happens at the party, stays there."

    He also warned that 'male on male' sexual acts will not be condoned.

    Those wishing to indulge in the freaky party will have to fork up $1,000 presold for females, $1,200 males, or $1,500 at the gate.

     

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  • Promoter defends J'can male strippers

    Promoter defends J'can male strippers

    Event promoter and marketer Maestro Debonair has come out in strong defence of his male monthly stripper event, Male Revue. The promoter received some amount of backlash on social media after he posted photos of some of his male stripper employees wearing skimpy clothing on his personal page.

    However, he believes Jamaicans ought to be more open-minded. He also pointed out that the bulk of the backlash comes from insecure men.

    "Men are generally insecure. If you want to look at the amount of domestic violence cases that ended tragically, it shows that as men, we are very insecure when it comes to our women," he said.

     

    backlash

    "So, naturally, male strippers are going to be disliked by most men because they won't like the idea of sending their woman out to a male strip club. There is going to be backlash, but that helps to promote and create a curiosity. It's mostly restrictions and the forbidden that are found to be the most tempting," he said.

    Debonair also rubbished accusations that his sexuality was compromised by his decision to endorse male strippers, while comparing it to male dancers in dancehall.

    "Anybody that knows me can tell you that I am strictly for the ladies, so there is no question about that. Ever since male strippers have gained prominence, people tend to ascribe certain sexuality stereotypes, but I am really not sure why. Male exotic dancing promotes sexual freedom and sensuality," he said.

    "You have a lot of men in the dancehall who wear tight clothing and they are dancing more than the females, and dem a wine up in a crowd. So, to question the sexuality of a male stripper who wears costumes and dances for an all-female audience is absurd. For me, personally, it's ladies only."

     

    potential to grow

    Despite the backlash, Debonair believes that male exotic dancing has the potential to grow in Jamaica because women are becoming increasingly independent.

    "Women have been empowered lately. They are earning as much as men, and gender roles have changed a lot. Women are calling more shots than they did 10 years ago, and independent women feel empowered, so it's a necessary entertainment medium," he said.

    Debonair also stressed that he does not book his male strippers to offer sexual services. He added that the company has been targeted by homosexuals, but they have declined such services as the company strictly focuses on the pleasure of women.

    Male stripping events under the Male Revue banner are held monthly in Kingston, every other Saturday in Montego Bay, and every Saturday at Shades in Ocho Rios. The company also offers male exotic dancers for hire to women for bachelorette parties for as much as $20,000 for a 60-minute show.

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