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PHOTOS: Inner Circle Keeps Jamaican Roots Alive With Performance At The 13th Annual Jerk Fest

It was raining and it was thunderstorming all day Sunday, but that didn’t stop thousands of South Floridians from showing out to the 13th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, which is the biggest Caribbean food festival in America. Miami-based reggae legends Inner Circle and brought the traditional authentic roots reggae vibe to the crowd of thousands of attendees.

We ran into Felicia Monet of 99 Jamz and we got introduced to some OG’s in the reggae world – all in while, eating some of the best jerk-inspired dishes in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale from over 40 food vendors with jerk chicken, jerk crabs, jerk popcorn, and jerk ice cream to name a few. VP Records also had a great exhibition with various installations and photos showing the last 25 years of VP Records history.

And as far as the performances, we got to see a great 45 minute set by legendary group Inner Circle and the crowd was there listening to every minute of their set…umbrellas and all. We have tons of photos below from their show in case you missed out. Enjoy!

Little-White: Black people deserve write-offs, too

Black people deserve write-offs, too

Former operator of Outameni Experience, Lennie Little-White, is questioning if “black people” should not get government help, as he responded to criticisms that the Government wrote off his entity’s debt with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ).

Yesterday, Opposition Spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw demanded to know why the Government wrote off an $80-million liability that accumulated on a 2005 investment in the film-maker’s entity.

But Little-White is arguing that there was nothing untoward about the Government’s decision.

“All those things that brown people in Jamaica get and they’re written off. Banks write off things every day. The Government writes off things all the while. Why black people must not get write-off, too?” asked Little-White.

Meanwhile, he is denying claims that the National Housing Trust’s purchase was a bailout by the current administration because of his political preference, stressing that the Bruce Golding administration found favour with his proposal to save Outameni Experience.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness claims the Government has irresponsibly used taxpayers’ money to “bail out” a private, loss-making entity.

But Little-White is rejecting those assertions.

“Is foolishness Audley Shaw and Holness talking, and I’ll tell dem suh in dem face!”

South Florida Juggiling act. Music Icon Abebe Lewis profiled

AS the production crew gets ready to shoot scenes for the music video to Inner Circle and Chronixx Tenement Yard in Miami, Abebe Lewis is close to the action, making sure everything is in place.

Lewis, 35, is the son of Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis and nephew of the band’s guitarist Roger Lewis. He is the marketing consultant for Inner Circle’s label, Soundbwoy Entertainment, and the group’s Circle House Studios, located in north Miami.

Though he was born in Kingston, Lewis was raised in South Florida. He has helped oversee the second coming of Inner Circle, which his father and uncle formed as teenagers in 1968.

Inner Circle still tours, performing their hit songs from the 1970s (which include Tired Fi Lick Weed in a Bush and Tenement Yard) and the 1990s (Bad Boys, Sweat). In recent years, they have collaborated with emerging acts like Khago and Chronixx at Circle House, a state-of-the-art complex where top pop acts like P Diddy and Pharell have recorded.

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