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July 30, 2018 0 Comments Editorial, News

To the core foundation thrills at Disability Parade

“Butterfly Girls” Soar at NYC Disability Pride Parade and Beyond
Two young sisters with disabilities who are shelter residents wow parade goers and judges. Decked out in their colorful butterfly finery, Highness, 5, and Makeda, 4, Edgar flitted and frolicked along the parade route. Their beaming faces and youthful exuberance pollinated smiles among fellow marchers and parade onlookers who
lined the streets down Broadway from Madison Square Park to Union Square Park.
“It was an amazing experience. We felt so welcomed and accepted. The girls were getting high fives and shout-outs and compliments on their costumes. And the girls were loving it all, high-fiving back, waving, spinning and twirling around, and sprinkling glitter as they made their way along the parade route,” said Janel James,
the girls’ mom.
Janel is the founder of To the Core Foundation, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that participates in community events in order to raise appreciation of African culture as well as engage with people with autism and special needs as a way to raise
awareness and fight discrimination. She chanced upon information about the 4th Annual NYC Disability Parade & Festival, which took place on Sunday, July 15, in lower Manhattan, at the last minute and quickly registered her group.
Little did she know, that much like the butterfly effect, her seemingly small action would set in motion an exciting ripple of positive consequences.
“It was our first time and, to be honest, we didn’t really know a lot about the disability parade or whether we could pull things off on such short notice, but everyone pitched in to participate,” said Janel, who explained that her impromptu group included other moms who worked on creating costumes; two adult drummers, who teach drumming classes to kids served by the foundation; and a volunteer photographer, who was on hand to record the merriment. The girls’
homemade costumes were capped off with fancy butterfly wings donated by KAIOS International, a company that specializes in providing entertainment and costumes for carnivals, festivals and parades.
“I didn’t know how the girls would react to the whole experience, but we had so
many negative things going on in our lives that I felt we all needed this moment to celebrate our journey,” said Janel, who is a single mom currently living in a shelter as she tries to build a better life for her two daughters, both of whom have special
needs. (Highness is autistic and Makeda has had developmental delays).
“The girls loved it! It was a fun break from all the sadness and challenges we’re experiencing; a chance to be creative, to express ourselves and feel a sense of belonging to a community of like-minded people. I wanted to celebrate my daughters’ journey. To see them walking with such pride and happiness was amazing,” Janel shared. “It gave us all a boost and a spirit of inspiration.”

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February 7, 2018 0 Comments Editorial, News

Kabaka Pyramid Tackles Human Rights in Second Single “Borders” off His Debut Album Kontraband

Single Produced by Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley

New York, New York (February 5, 2018). “Each human being deserve a place to call their own, yet so many have to journey far from home, little children in the darkness all alone seeking freedom, it’s about time we break those borders down, There’s too much segregation we’re all a part of one nation” (Opening of Borders)

Coming off of the release of his first single “Can’t Breathe” from his soon to be released debut album ‘Kontraband’, Kabaka Pyramid is set to release his second single titled ‘Borders’. Very often albums are released and viewed as a comprised body of work and a song for each mood but not necessarily a theme of any sort. With the second release from his debut album, one thing we can be sure of is Kabaka Pyramid will stay true to his art form and give us food for thought, lyrics with a message.

As the song begins, you hear the voice of Kabaka Pyramid plea for a change to break the borders down as we all a part of one nation. In 2016 the number of displaced people around the world reached an all-time high and continues to increase. Driven by growing instability and conflict, large numbers of people desperate for a peaceful life-or simply the opportunity to earn a living-attempting the journey to a better place to call home.

Borders is the second single released off Kabaka Pyramid debut album, “Kontraband” which features Ghanaian – Afro Beats artist and U.N.H.C.R. (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) ambassador, Stone Bwoy, produced by Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley. The message couldn’t be timelier especially with the refugee crisis taking place across the world. Yet, for Kabaka Pyramid this is a single to bring awareness and enlightenment to the masses. As we observe and read the day to day development on changing laws to remove refugees and take away their opportunities to seek a place to call home, many of us forget the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 13: Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

“I wanted to do this song because we as human beings need to do something about the refugee crisis around the world. It’s a shame to see the levels of separation displayed by governments and people when now is the time for unity. I also wanted to connect with my African family so I’m grateful that Stone Bwoy could lend his voice to the song and vision. We’re looking forward to big things this year and this song is the way we wanted to start it off” says Kabaka Pyramid.

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iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/borders-feat-stonebwoy-single/1342837999

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February 7, 2018 0 Comments Editorial, News

Reggae Artist Mackeehan Release New Single featuring Jah Lil ‘Legal To Kill’

New York, New York (February 5, 2018). With a career of writing songs for some of the top Jamaican stars including Jah Cure, Luciano, Etana, and C Sharp, roots-lovers rock artist Mackeehan, is taking his career to another level. Now at the age of 36, Mackeehan is stepping into the spotlight and his recently released song ‘Legal to Kill’, which features reggae artist Jah Lil is making a lot of noise.

Growing up on Jamaica’s Gully Side in Cassava Piece, Mackeehan used music to uplift and inspire those dealing with the harsh realities of daily life. In 2006, he made it to the finals in the Jamaica Popular Song competition with his original song “Rise Up.” The song is now played every morning on Roots FM as the intro track for their morning program of the same name. For Mackeehan, music is the medicine to heal and help people seek a brighter tomorrow.

Mackeehan seeks to encourage people and inspire change through his music. His new release “Legal to Kill” exposes how police brutality, prescription drugs, and poor quality food are methods used by the government to legally kill the underprivileged.

Dem say dem love yah, but damn dem ah fake it
Dem set the law and only dem can break it
Protector fi yuh life, but ‘not guilty’ when dem take it

The revolutionary track, which also feature Jamaican newcomer Jah Lil, hits home to many in and outside of Jamaica today especially with the current ‘black lives movement’ taking place internationally. For Mackeehan “its a message for the voiceless, a message to mek the bigger heads know say we aware, but righteousness must prevail, open your eyes my people and live up”. ‘Legal to Kill’ is produced by Florida-based Kong Star Records.

“Legal to Kill” was most recently featured on a popular American hip hop blog site Thisis50.com.

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lega-to-kill-feat-jah-lil-single/1333398666

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October 9, 2017 0 Comments Editorial

It’s MONDAY…

Blessing readers and POR family…It’s MONDAY! We know.. BACK TO SLAVERY. Well Let JAH be praised regardless. Smile because you have life and be productive because it is our duty. ANyway, POR Radio now has a new time on Mondays so tune in after work so we can lighten your spiritual load and give you Reggae Therapy!! JAAAAAAAAAh!

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