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Sharon Parris-Chambers was born in Kingston, Jamaica W.I. She is the Co-founder and President for PanaCarib Business Solutions, headquartered in Jamaica. It is a Tourism/Health & Wellness marketing communications company that has focused competencies in: Marketing/Public Relations and Health & Wellness Consultations, News production and...

Sharon Parris-Chambers was born in Kingston, Jamaica W.I. She is the Co-founder and President for PanaCarib Business Solutions, headquartered in Jamaica. It is a Tourism/Health & Wellness marketing communications company that has focused competencies in: Marketing/Public Relations and Health & Wellness Consultations, News production and distribution via Online News Channels: PositiveTourism News, PRTravelWire.com and  several other online news journals found at the news distribution portal www.Caribnewsroom.com

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Horticulture to save US$3 through Tourism Linkages Network

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BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth, Monday, April 3, 2018: Horticulture is to have a place in the Tourism Linkages Network with a view to have Jamaicans benefiting from the nearly US$3 million currently being spent to import flowers.

Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett disclosed yesterday that he had discussed with Chairman of the Tourism Linkages Council (TLC), Adam Stewart, the need to have the horticultural societies represented at the next meeting of the Council “because we must include in the Linkages, the floral attributes and the floral cultural assets of Jamaica for sale in the hotels across the country.”

He said the nearly US$3 million spent on importing flowers from Costa Rica and other countries last year should be going into the pockets of farmers and horticulturists across Jamaica.

Minister Bartlett was giving the keynote address at the official opening of the 56th staging of the St Elizabeth Horticultural Society’s annual flower show at Independence Park. He told the gathering that, “We must take a new look at providing this particular product for the industry, in terms of quality and availability; how we create the arrangement and more importantly, a new look at the culture itself of production of these important assets.”

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Jamaica Named Best Destination in the Caribbean

Photo Caption: South African Praise Poet, Jessica Mbangeni, enjoying the day at Rockhouse Resort & Spa in Negril, Jamaica.

Photo Credit: Sharon Parris-Chambers

KINGSTON, Jamaica; March 22, 2018:  Jamaica is celebrating its #1 ranking on the TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice™ awards’ Best Destinations in the Caribbean list.

The well respected planning and booking website highlighted the Caribbean’s best islands based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions.

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Pan African Federalist Movement NIC Jamaica Elects 2018 Steering Committee

The National Initiating Committee (NIC) of the Pan African Federalist Movement (PAFM) has elected its Steering Committee for 2018.

Slate of Representatives:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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BARTLETT NAMED WORLD TOURISM MINISTER OF THE YEAR

Berlin, Germany – March 8, 2018: Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett was today awarded Worldwide Tourism Minister of the Year by the prestigious Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) in Berlin, Germany.

“It is truly humbling to be recognized in this manner at such a major international event. I accept this award, not for myself but for the people of Jamaica – it is clear that we have made our mark on the globe. The world now knows that Jamaica can host the biggest conferences and that we have some of the best attractions and hotels. No matter the passion point of our visitor, we can deliver,” said the Minister.

During the ceremony, Jamaica also received the PATWA International Travel Award 2017 for Best Destination for Adventure Tourism.

PATWA is a professional organisation of travel writers, which was founded in 1998 and works with both the public and private sectors to support sustainable growth and improve the quality of travel and tourism. It adheres to the fundamental principles of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations (UN), and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). PATWA is an affiliate member of UNWTO.

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US$500 ROUNDTRIP GERMANY AIRFARE - NEW NONSTOP FLIGHTS START JULY 18

Berlin, Germany (March 8, 2018). As Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett’s aggressive European Tourism growth strategy continues to take root, he today confirmed with Eurowings officials that once weekly scheduled nonstop flights between the German city of Munich and Montego Bay, Jamaica will commence on July 18 of this year.

The airline is already aggressively promoting on its website www.eurowings.com fares of between US$500 and US$1,000 for a roundtrip ticket between Germany and Jamaica. Fares are open to everyone including Jamaicans wanting to travel to Europe.

“Munich is one of the largest and wealthiest cities in Europe and capital of the German state of Bavaria, base for some of the biggest companies in the world including BMW, Audi, Puma and Adidas. The state has a population of 13 million and Munich Airport is one of Europe’s busiest hubs with many from neighbouring countries like Switzerland, Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic connecting through there. It is a very important development for Jamaica.” – Bartlett said.

Bartlett is in Berlin, Germany for the ITB global tourism tradeshow, the largest of its kind in the world, attracting around 109,000 visitors and 10,000 exhibitors to trade stands, talks and workshops. He is joined by Director of Tourism, Donovan White; Senior Advisor/ Strategist, Delano Seiveright and European based JTB officials.  

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Minister Bartlett to Address World Tourism Forum Lucerne Think Tank in Greece

KINGSTON, Jamaica; March 2, 2018:   Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has left the island, to participate in the World Tourism Forum Lucerne Think Tank in Costa Navarindo, Greece. The Think Tank is a top-level strategic body where leaders, investors, and ministers from around the world gather to discuss key challenges and opportunities faced by the tourism industry and formulate a strategy.

“I am looking forward to engaging tourism stakeholders and investors to share our regional position, experiences and way forward in sustaining the tourism product. The theme, which focuses on the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in sustainable tourism growth, is relevant given the need to partner in areas of disaster preparedness and diversification, among other things,” said Minister Bartlett.

“Discussion on best practices, models and requirements for successful PPPs in the tourism sector, given global change dynamics such as technology, finance and consumers needs as well as its disruptive impacts, have become even more critical,” He added.

While in Europe, Minister Bartlett will meet with the Campari Group which is a leading player in the global branded beverage industry. Minister Bartlett will then travel to Germany to participate in International Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin, which is the largest tourism trade show in the world.

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 South Africa’s Jessica Mbangeni Set to Rock Bob Marley Birthday Celebration

Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. (January 30, 2018). Award-winning Praise poet, entertainer and community development specialist, Jessica Mbangeni from South Africa (Azania) had her sights set to return to Jamaica since her first visit in August 2017. Her wish has come true and she returns to the island to perform for Bob Marley’s 73rd Birthday celebration, February 6, 2018 to be staged at the Bob Marley Museum, Kingston. 

The event is  themed: ‘Soul Rebel,’ a call for people to unite against violence and divisiveness in society. Cedella Marley, CEO of the Bob Marley Group of Companies said the theme was selected because now more than ever, there is a need for us to raise our consciousness, to fearlessly rebel against the crime and violence that threaten to divide us.

Tuff Gong & the Family of Bob Marley leads world wide-tributes to the music icon, which are independently being produced in the United Kingdom, Hawaii, New York, Denmark, Belize and Negril with the 26th annual staging of the Bob Marley Birthday Bash, just to name a few locations. 

Headlining the music showcase is Morgan Heritage live from Denmark. Among the Special guest performers is Jessica Mbangeni who made her maiden voyage to the island to perform for the Jamaica Poetry Festival, produced by Yasus Afari, in August 2017.  She also ‘brought the house down’ at the Marcus Garvey Tribute & Concert staged by IRIE FM Radio in Coconut Grove, St. Ann, Ocho Rios.

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Minister of Tourism Announces Donovan White as new Director of Tourism of Jamaica Tourist Board

KINGSTON, JAMAICA; January 29, 2018:  Mr. Donovan White has been selected to fill the position of Director of Tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), after an extensive local and international search. His appointment has been announced by Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Edmund Bartlett. 

Mr. White, a Jamaican national, whose term as head of the country’s tourism marketing agency, will commence officially on February 15, 2018, brings with him many years of marketing and business development experience. He served recently as Vice President of Cable & Wireless Business, Jamaica, where he was responsible for year over year revenue growth of 29 percent and 12 percent in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 respectively.

Prior to that, Mr. White served as Vice President, Marketing, Sales & Media Services at Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited (FLOW), leading commercial teams to deliver revenue growth in 2013 and 2014. During that period, he was responsible for delivering a 25 percent year over year growth in sales from trade.

Mr. White has also held the positions of General Manager of Caledonia Outdoor Advertising Limited, where he helped to reduce the cost of operations by 25 percent and grow revenues by 15 percent and Digicel Group Limited, working as Marketing Director for Jamaica, Guyana and the Northern OECS, managing the execution of some of the largest and most successful brand and tactical campaigns.

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IRIE FM to confer Lifetime Achievement Award to Bunny Wailer

The highly anticipated second staging of IRIE FM’S Lifetime Achievement Awards will be held on February 11, 2018 at the Bournemouth Beach Park Complex in East Kingston.

The announcement was made by IRIE FM’s Programmes Manager Ka'Bu Ma'at Kheru who informed the stations listeners that Grove Broadcasting Co. IRIE FM, will  confer its second annual Lifetime Achievement Award to the Honourable Neville Oriley Livingston OM (Bunny Wailer, Jah B) during a star-studded awards function slated for Reggae Month in St Andrew.

The IRIE FM Lifetime Achievement Award first awarded in February 2017, is presented  annually during Reggae Month, to a Jamaican, distinguished by a body of work that demonstrates outstanding and exceptional leadership, dedication and achievement nationally and internationally, and who has shown exceptional leadership in industry advancement.

The IRIE FM Lifetime Achievement Award also recognizes a Jamaican who has dedicated his/her life to a worthy cause or given to the community/nation in a major way, and Bunny Wailer exemplifies all the above.

 In October  last year, the only living Wailer was conferred the order of Merit the  nations third Highest honour  at Kings House in Kingston the islands  Capital.  

The first recipient of  the IRIE FM Life time achievement award was the James Chambers popularly known as  Jimmy Cliff. The award was presented to the musical Icon at the Summerton All Age  school in St James last  year February. The function was well attended and hailed as an exemplary  initiative  by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. Among the list of  officials in attendance at the  function was former Prime Minister of  Jamaica Percival James Patterson. 

Among the list of  entertainers slated  to pay tribute for this year’s staging of the event are: Marcia Griffiths and  Judy Mowatt of the  I Threes,  Daddy  U-Roy, Bob Andy,  Andrew Tosh, Dwight Pinkney  Nomadz, Abijah Livingston, (Asadenaki) Bunny Wailers Son and Blvk  H3ro.

Tributes will be  presented by Minister of Culture, Gender entertainment and Sports Olivia Babsy Grange,  Mayor of  Kingston Delroy Williams and Member of  Parliament for Port  Royal and  East Kingston, Philip Paulwell.

Contact: Pat Clarke
1-876-405-8157
www.iriefm.net

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Knutsford Express opens new depot at Sangster's Airport for Seamless passenger connection

Montego Bay, St. James, (January 9, 2018). Stressing the need for a seamless connection with arriving and departing passengers, Knutsford Express, officially opened its Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay depot, for luxury bus service and courier service on Tuesday, January 9.

Dubbed ‘City2City in comfort and style’, the move is also aimed at creating a multimodal environment in the form of a transit hub that international travelers have become accustomed to in major destinations.

It will also create additional employment as well as improve ease and independence of travel for commuters.

"Knutsford is a company that prides itself on comfort, safety and reliability,” explained Oliver Townsend, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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Rebel Salute Celebrates Silver!

By Alecia Leon, Staff Reporter

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says the Rebel Salute show has a massive impact on the Jamaican economy since its inception 25 years ago.

Speaking at the launch of the 2018 event, which is dubbed the greatest roots reggae show on earth, at the Jamaica Pegasus, in Kingston on Monday December 17, Minister Grange lauded the promoters of the festival, stating that not many similar music events have survived as long.

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Anguilla Gets Funding to Restore Electricity and Builds Climate Resilience after Hurricane Irma

PHOTO CAPTION: THE ANGUILLA ELECTRICITY COMPANY LIMITED (ANGLEC) WILL BE ASSISTED IN RESTORING ITS TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM WHICH WAS DAMAGED DURING THE PASSAGE OF HURRICANE IRMA IN SEPTEMBER.

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Friday December 22, 2017 – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved over US$5 million in funding to support the Anguilla Electricity Company Limited (ANGLEC) with the complete restoration of its transmission and distribution system which was damaged during the passage of Hurricane Irma in September.

The severe weather event destroyed poles, transmission lines and transformers, causing notable disruption to Anguilla’s electricity supply. The outage also interrupted the island’s water supply and resulted in the cancellation of numerous hotel bookings.

“The economic impact of these disruptions has been significant. This project will therefore focus on urgently restoring the transmission and distribution system by financing the purchase of replacement equipment and material needed for complete restoration,” said Daniel Best, Director, Projects Department, CDB.

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Bartlett is Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year

KINGSTON, Jamaica; Monday, December11, 2017: Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett is the Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year according to the Caribbean Travel Awards 2017, carried out by the Caribbean Journal Editorial team.

The Caribbean Journal Editorial team in bestowing the award said, “Being an effective tourism official in the Caribbean isn’t just about management and ideas. It’s about being an ambassador. And that’s exactly what Jamaica’s Edmund Bartlett has done so well in this, his most recent term as Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism. Bartlett, who spearheaded Jamaica’s hosting of the UNWTO Conference in Montego Bay last month, has become an exceptionally effective ambassador for the Caribbean tourism brand and Jamaica’s national brand. And that work is joined by Jamaica’s significant recent success in attracting new hotel investment, new airlift, and, most importantly, new visitors.”

Meanwhile, in addition to congratulating Minister Bartlett, the Tourism Ministry congratulated Round Hill Hotel and Villas for receiving the Caribbean Hotel of the Year award and the newly opened spa at the Jewel Grand Montego Bay Resort and Spa for receiving the Caribbean Spa of the Year award.  

Caribbean Journal is the world’s largest website covering the Caribbean, with original content and video focusing on travel and tourism across the entire Caribbean Basin.

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UNWTO Jamaica conference: Role of tourism in employment creation and inclusive growth

By Juergen T Steinmetz -eTurbonews.com

UNWTO, the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank will co-host a Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth on 27-29 November in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Under the theme ‘Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, the event will assess and discuss the future of the sector in the Caribbean, particularly in view of the impacts of natural disasters such as the recent hurricane Irma.

The summit aims at identifying successful models and future initiatives of public-private partnerships (PPPs) that will contribute to sustainable tourism development globally. It will also serve as a platform for leaders from the tourism sector, along with governments, donors and development and finance organizations, to put in place an international road map to promote inclusive economic and social development through tourism.

The Conference will commence with an introductory session on the future of tourism in the Caribbean region.

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JetBlue and Atlas Air send Supplies to Assist Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

Source: www.caribbean360.com

Editor's Commentary: JET BLUE AND ATLAS AIR: Caribbean peoples commend you for your selfless humanity in transporting more than 110 tons of relief supplies to our fellow Caribbean and American Citizens in Puerto Rico. May your continued good works towards their full recovery be a blessing which stimulates your improved service, peace and prosperity. Please stretch your wings across to St Maarten and St Croix in the Leward Islands (in your flight path) which are also under duress. Thank you.

--Sharon Parris-Chambers, Editor

NEW YORK, United States, Saturday October 7, 2017 – JetBlue, the largest airline in Puerto Rico, in partnership with Atlas Air Worldwide transported more than 110 tons of much needed supplies to Puerto Rico to aid in relief and recovery efforts.

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Mwalimu Marcus Garvey Tribute – Pilgrims Descend on the Sacred Land

Photo Caption: Left to Right - Theo Chambers, Publisher, Caribnewsroom and Dr Joomay Faye, visiting the birthplace of Jamaica's first National Hero, Rt. Honourable Marcus Garvey, St Ann, Jamaica, W.I. before the Dr Faye spoke at the IRIE FM Tribute to Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

Jamaica is the Sacred Land, of the First Pan African Federalist, the Home of Pilgrimage Tourism

Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies (September 10, 2017) Scores of pilgrims from across the African Diaspora, joined their counterparts in Jamaica, to pay homage to Jamaica’s first national hero, the 

Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey during the weeklong staging of his 130th birthday celebrations.

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Bartlett Appeals For UNWTO Aid For Hurricane Ravaged Caribbean

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday, September 11, 2017: Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett has leveraged his position as Chairman of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) Board of Affiliate Members to appeal for aid for Caribbean islands recently devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history last week left a path of death and destruction across the Leeward Islands and the Northern Caribbean.

Bartlett noted that aid will most likely come from the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism - Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP) Foundation, which promotes poverty alleviation through the provision of assistance to sustainable development projects in developing countries.

While expressing deep sympathies to the people of the Caribbean impacted by Hurricane Irma, Minister Bartlett thanked the UNWTO for pledging to assist in rebuilding the tourism industry in the affected countries. “We are all a part of the regional tourism family, so it is important that we are willing to help each other in times of need. This week I will be in Chengdu, China, along with over a thousand tourism officials from around the world, for the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly and I plan to use the opportunity to appeal to my colleague Affiliate Members for further assistance to affected countries,” said Minister Bartlett.

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‘Bolt Has Made the Nation Proud’ says Minister of Tourism

KINGSTON, Jamaica, August 06, 2017: Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says, sprint legend Usain Bolt will go down in history as one of the greatest athletes of our time.

 The statement follows the athlete’s final individual race in his career at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, where Bolt received a bronze medal. This was also his 24th medal at the global senior level.  

 In congratulating the track star, the Minister shared, “It has been our country’s greatest joy to witness the spectacular career of our iconic athlete Usain Bolt.  He is truly exceptional and an outstanding Ambassador for Jamaica. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes in the world and has continuously made our nation proud.”

The Minister also noted that Bolt’s dominant and impactful career has had a significant impact on BRAND Jamaica and our tourism product.

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Jamaica Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Festival

Source: Claudia Gardner, Festival Producer

LUCEA, Hanover, Jamaica, W.I. July 30, 2017. The first ever Jamaica Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Festival, will be held at the historic Fort Charlotte in Lucea, Hanover, Emancipation Day, under the theme:  “Hair’ we come; Here’s to health; Ital is Vital”.

The festival at its core, is geared at enabling women and girls to love, manage and wear their natural hair, of all types, with ease, with beauty and with grace.  Consequently, the main highlight will be the Miss Jamaica Afro and Miss Jamaica Luscious Locks Pageant in the afternoon.

“Jamaicans are becoming health conscious and very mindful of the foods we consume, and products we put on our bodies.  So, we will celebrate and promote healthy hair; producers of natural and organic beauty products, foods, healthy skin, hair and body,” event organiser Claudia Gardner said.

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The 25th Edition of Reggae Sumfest, a historical marker of Reggae music in Jamaica

Source: Positive Tourism News. Photo Caption: Positive Tourism News Staff.

Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I. (July 22, 2017) The 25th Edition of Reggae Sumfest took place during the period July 16, 2017 to July 23, 2017. The showcase held the spotlight on the genres of dancehall, reggae and ska. Highly acclaimed Jamaican headline acts, the likes of Stephen Marley, Sean Paul, Queen Ifrica, Richie Stephens, & Ska Nation, Christopher Martin, Jah Cure, Beanie Man and Sizzla Kalonji displayed their star quality and thrilled fans in the audience. The penultimate performer with the largest music catalog in Jamaica, Kalonji closed the show on Sunday morning, having just returned from a successful Summer performance schedule in the USA. He challenged youth with guns in Montego Bay to go to business school, earn, money and begin uplifting themselves. Kalonji delivered a full set despite inheriting a loss of audience share by 5:30 am. Blazing set performances by Stephen Marley, Richie Stephens & Ska Nation, Sean Paul and Queen Ifrica made an indelible mark on the blistering and exciting production of Sumfest 2017.

One of the Festivals founding directors, Robert Russell, later that evening, was recognized for his vision and service to the Reggae industry, said in an interview with Positive Tourism News that key features of this year’s production included the main stage design, having huge video screens for patrons to see the show from any angle of the main village showcase. A Taste of Reggae Sumfest Acoustic Café, was a highlight in the food court. He was abundantly pleased that the LiveStream (www.ReggaeSumfest.com) which he had some initial reservations about, “proved to be a lure for patrons to come in because they wanted to see themselves on television”.

The presence and performance of Richie Stevens & Ska Nation is an example of the homage paid to Jamaican Ska, which underpins our other music genres. Ska Nation, performed within Stevens set and lit a fire across the audience as they witnessed an International Ska dance craze coming out of Europe. The audience witnessed Italian performers passionately dancing and singing what I would declare a Ska Revival. Towards the end of his performance, Richie Stevens gave a Ska operatic rendition of the Italian Classic “Oh Solo Mia,” which found resonance with a riveted and sometimes surprised audience judging from their halting applause. The Jamaica Tourist Board paid Homage to Ska with banners, pictures and quotations in their Sky Box.

The evening’s stellar performance par excellence goes to Queen Ifrica, a human rights advocate for women and children who highlighted the issues to be fixed in our beloved Jamaica with new and popular songs, sung with passion and determination. She added equal pay for female recording artists to her causes. She opened her set with “Welcome to Montego Bay” followed by “Daddy”, “Lioness on the Rise”, “Below the Waist,” etc. She drew her performance catalog from albums such as: “Times Like These”, “Lioness on the Rise” and “Serve & Protect”. Queen told Positive Tourism News that her new album ‘I Can’t Breathe’ from the 2017 Climb Album has caught the attention of the Mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and other victims of police violence. “Mothers of the Movement,” is a sisterhood of moms. She promises in the album “we ain’t gonna stop till people are free”.

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