Reggae Artist Black Diamond’s Charitable Efforts

first_imgDuring the month of December, many homeless people received handouts, which included sandwiches and cans of soft drink. Not a day went by that a mouth was not fed, which has been a gesture of kinds that has positively affected the homeless.Reggae star Black Diamond, who’s been making hits after hits since the start of 2003 and is also a two-time award winner chipped in along with Sarah Monika, an Australian professional, in feeding the less fortunate.“I decided to help out with the feeding initiative because I believe in giving and being there for those that are in need; the ones who society has forgotten,” Black Diamond said. “We have to become involved in opening opportunities for the next generation and not just focus on ourselves. I do these things because I was in their shoes and would not want to sit around and watch our people go hungry around the holiday season,” he noted.Hundreds of people have stood aside and watched the helpless received assistance, wondering why anyone would want to care.“Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives we forget to help those who really need help. I passed through the same homelessness when I first came back to Liberia and remember how I got out of it,” said Lady Emotionz, who has been responsible for the feeding and has been in touch with Black Diamond and Sarah ever since, trying to find means by which the homeless could be fed. Black Diamond and Sarah has since responded with enough funds to do the job.“It seems strange to a lot of people that I would go around feeding people who society says is too dangerous to go around. I have not been hurt in the process, but rather thanked and appreciated by these people,” she added. “I’ve even gone an extra mile to continue with my own funds in feeding at least two people a day,” she disclosed.For his part Black Diamond says this is not the only initiative he has undertaken. Presently, he has an organization called ‘Black Diamond Youth for Peace Project’. A project intended to help spread the message of peace & unity, to also assist with community building and to give scholarships to students.“Currently, we have 3 students we are sponsoring under the umbrella of the Black Diamond Youth for Peace Project from K-2 until they graduate from High School. You can visit: www.youthforpeaceproject.org for more info. My personal website is www.blackdiamondmuzik.com which will be updated in the coming weeks. And this is my music page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Diamond ,” he added.Meanwhile, the responsibility of an artist or entertainer should not solely focus on just entertaining its viewers but also giving back. And Black Diamond has been commended by many on the streets of Monrovia for his effort and what he has chosen to do for Liberians.“God will bless you people for helping me today,” whispered a man who says he hasn’t eaten in two days.As for me, My name is Black Diamond, a Liberian artist born and rasied in Voinjama City, Lofa County and currently residing in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA. I have released three full albums: One Love in 2003, My Africa in 2009 and V-City Black Out (Back to the dusty roads) in 2014. I’ve won two awards: Reggae Artist of the year in 2008 and Song of the year in 2009 and an LEA nominee in 2010. Few of my successful/popular tracks have been “Foxy Lady” which did great especially in the US, “Congratulations” a song that was dedicated to Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all the other candidates who participated in the 2005 presidential elections and which was a call for peace and unity, “I Like 8 Like That”, “Give Em Fire Fire”, “Tango-Tango” and “Ebola” which currently has 127,689 views on Youtube and counting.Coming from a country which was engaged in civil war for almost 14 years, my ambitions has been to assist the less the fortunate and help spread the message of peace and Unity through my music and other community projects. After almost 15 years in the U S, I decided to take a visit to my mother’s land (Liberia) in March of 2011. While in Liberia, I organized a soccer tournament (Black Diamond Youth for Peace Tournament), along with a musical concerts to raise fundshttp://cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png in assisting students with tuitions, educational materials such as books, pencils etc. The purpose of the concert and soccer tournament was also to bring the youth together and inform them about the importance of education and to highlight the consequences war can have on a country or any nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GRA commences CK series for motorcycles

first_imgThe Licence Revenue Office of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Thursday commenced issuing registration of motorcycles in the ‘CK’ series, having completed the target of 9999 in the ‘CJ’ series.In a notice published in Guyana Times on Saturday, GRA informed that the ‘CJ’ series had commenced on November 1, 2016.In addition, the agency informed that the registration of a motorcycle will remain the same $1,000. Moreover, “Motorists are reminded that registration of a motorcycle requires a completed application form, valid form of identification, original invoice or invoices and other accompanying documents. The cycle must also be presented to the GRA for inspection,” the agency said.When it comes to cars, Guyana Times was told that Guyanese will soon be able to have customised number plates as GRA is moving to make the adjustment following the end of the ‘PZZ’ series.According to a source at the GRA, the ‘PXX’ series was a very exhilarating group of letters for many, noting that authorities are yet to decide whether or not the ‘Y’ series will be used on registration plates before ‘X’.Whether or not it is used, the source added that officials at GRA have already started exploring customisable number plates.It was explained that the owners of motor vehicles will be given letters to choose from, while the option of having a name, accompanied by a number on the registration plates will be accessible “at a small cost”.“It will have specific numbers and letters that you can put … everything is not quite clear as yet because it’s still going through the process through management,” the source revealed.The option of customisable registration plates is nonetheless certain, the source added.In the case of the vehicle being transferred and the original owner has their name on the registration plates, the new owner will also have the option of changing the name on the plates, according to the source.In the meantime, the officials are working on how privately-owned vehicles can be differentiated from vehicles up for hire.last_img read more

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