Buju Banton to Experience Short Immigration Detention Following Release from Prison

Buju Banton to Experience Short Immigration Detention Following Release from Prison

Buju Banton, Jamaican Grammy-award-winning reggae artist, is scheduled to be released from a federal prison in the United States after completing his ten-year sentence on drug-related charges on December 8, 2018. Plans are already being made for Banton to make a series of appearances in what is being called his “Long Walk to Freedom” tour. According to Ronnie Tomlinson, Banton’s publicist, has to be sent back to his homeland of Jamaica upon his release, and steps are being taken to make this process as short and hassle-free as possible. The artist will be placed in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after his release. Tomlinson reported that Banton has created a team to manage his affairs upon his re-entry to society.

Banton’s legal status to work and travel in the US has been rescinded due to his drug conviction, but he has hired a legal team to handle this part of his release details. The lawyers have already taken legal steps to “circumvent” the process, Banton is not fighting his immigration status and has chosen voluntary deportation, so when the sentence ends, he should be back in Jamaica quickly. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is described as being in good spirits and eager to get out of the US penal system. His first appearance is scheduled for Jamaica, although the date and venue have yet to be announced. Banton, who has always said he was innocent of the charges, was arrested at his Florida home in January 2009 by US Drug Enforcement agents on suspicion of conspiring to distribute over five kilos of cocaine. His sentence was reduced by one month after prosecutors dropped a firearms possession charge.

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Vybz Kartel Protege Gaza Indu Talks Beating Aggressive Cancer

Vybz Kartel’s former protege Gaza Indu opens up about beating an aggressive form of cancer.

Gaza Indu was one of the original female members of Vybz Kartel lead Portmore Empire. The group was disbanded in 2012 after Kartel’s incarceration. Indu spoke about her cancer diagnosis during an interview with the Star. She said for months she was having constant vaginal bleeding, so she went and did several tests.

“One day, I realized I could not move to pick up the twins (then a few months old) so I called my mother and told her, ‘If you don’t take me to a doctor or hospital you will lose me,'” she said. Gaza Indu added that she then found out that she had to do a hysterectomy. “He [Doctor] examined me and instantly said that the mass and bleeding were a sign of cervical cancer and that I had options, such as doing a hysterectomy to remove my womb, which had cost about $450,000,” she continues.

The dancehall artist then found out that she had stage-two cervical cancer. Gaza Indu says that she was advised to undergo chemotherapy and radiation, but she got cold feet and didn’t start the treatment immediately. Her cancer then progressed to stage-three. Indu says her father had been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer, so that made her fearful of the procedure.

Gaza Indu says she lost 50 pounds within a few months of her treatment because the chemotherapy and radiation took a toll on her body. The dancehall deejay says she reached out to her peers in the music industry for help, but it was not forthcoming.

Vybz Kartel and Gaza Indu previously collaborated on the single “Virginity,” and she is the female voice on the single “Come Breed Me.”