Thousands join Praise Fest Cruise

An evangelistic cruise to Jamaica is being dubbed the largest foreign mission of its kind ever. Reportedly, 3,000 Christians are booked to sail to the island on May 30, there they will minister and embark on prayer missions to schools, prisons and other institutions until June 4.

The combination mission-oriented, vacation and cruise conference offers spiritually engaging opportunities to liase with like-minded faithfuls who believer in praise fest advocacy of their religion. “Cruise With A Cause” promise outreach to more than 133,000 students on the island. The government of Jamaica reportedly has endorsed the intentions of Praise Fest ministries to conduct street evangelism. The visitors will also host a crusade in Montego Bay; visit prisons and spread the gospel in more than 200 schools.

There are those who claim the world will end on May 21 however, reportedly at least 2,800 faith-based passengers believe otherwise and already booked cabins onboard the cruise liner for the five-day visit to Jamaica. Numerous preachers, singers, speakers and average citizens are committed to this cruise.

Hezekiah Walker, Donnie Mc Clurkin, Byron Cage, Tye Tribott, Mike Bowling Group, Julie Wells, Anthony Evans, Myron Butler, Rodney Allison and a long list of names familiar to the gospel music circuit are billed for the cruise and land ministries.

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‘Ancestral Chant’ Hails Something Positive

Dancers, singers and musicians will perform in a concert billed “Ancestral Chant” to celebrate the exemplary lives and artistic legacies of three female, stalwarts of African American and Caribbean culture. Slated to be held during Caribbean Heritage Month the tribute will hail Trinidad & Tobago’s rapso music pioneer Cheryl Byron, dancer/ choreographer extraordinaire Pearl Primus and jazz legend Nina Simone.

Presented by Something Positive, a Brooklyn-based performing arts company founded by Byron, the June 4 salute to the pioneering music and dance talents will be held at the Kumble Theater at Long Island University.

A pre-concert fundraising reception to benefit the company will begin at 6:00 p.m. at LIU’s Café. “Cocktails and Conversations” will feature guests to include calypso king The Mighty Sparrow; Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2003, Faye Alibocus; actress, Hazelle Goodman; associate producer of The Lion King on Broadway, Aubrey Lynch II and co-authors of “The Dance Claimed Me – A biography of Pearl Primus,” Peggy and Murray Schwartz. Kevon Carter will also showcase some of the music he is acclaimed while DJ Keith will add to the music mix. For further information call 718-488-1624 or log online to

Obama’s Grandma Under Guard In Kenya

A battalion of security was reportedly posted around the Kenyan home of Mama Sarah Obama, grandmother of President Barack Obama. Allegedly police in the African nation was alerted by threats to the matriarch following the announcement of the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“We received reports of plans to attack the home of Mama Sarah Obama and we immediately put in place adequate security measures,” Stephen Cheteka, chief police officer told the African Review, a Kenyan newspaper.

Allegedly throughout the continent fears of retaliation from members of the Al-Qaeda network are prevalent.

“The loss may first upset the movement but then it will regroup and continue,” Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said.

A victim of the 1998 terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Nairobi commented on the death of bin Laden saying it was “justice from the maker (God).”

Blinded by shards of flying glass during the assault Douglas Sidialo added: “However, I would rather he had been captured and confessed to his evil deeds…I fear this might trigger renewed recruitment amongst those who view bin Laden as a martyr.”

South African journalist Julian Rademeyer said “In death, the myth of bin Laden lives on. It would have been preferable that he stood capture and could be seen for what he was.”

“They should have tried to capture him alive,” Prof. Mwesiga Baregu, political analyst at St. Augustine University in Tanzania said.

The foreign minister of Mali, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said, “The event raises the risk in the short term of a headlong rush by the movement. We have to be careful – particularly in the next three to six months.”

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