This should be interesting...
Vybz Kartel will lecture at the University of West Indies this THURSDAY on the topic, "Pretty Like a Colouring Book: My Life and My Art" thanks to Ms. Carolyn Cooper who writes editorials in the Jamaica Gleaner.
One of her postings entitled, "More on Kartel and Bleaching" struck a chord with the artist when he decided to write her a response:
"Ms. Cooper, firstly, I'd like to wish you a pleasant goodnight (or morning depending on when you receive this email). Secondly, I'd like to say that I am the author of the song. Russian didn't write a line. And if you'd paid as much attention to the dexterity exhibited in the song as you have to the perceived subliminal messages of self-hate blah blah blah etc etc, you'd have figured that out.
"Thirdly, neither 'di gyal dem' opinion or urs matter to Vybz Kartel. What matters is that my songs get so popular (as is the case with the one you and your colleagues 'a look a fawud offa'), I can provide for myself and my family which I have been doing and will continue to do so, especially with the help of people such as yourself who, by giving so much energy to Vybz Kartel via articles like this, make Vybz Kartel 'the talked about one'. Which is all I need to capitalise on the prize. I hope you people write about me every day of the week. Thanks and have a goodnight."
"Famously yours, Adidja 'Michael Cakesoap Jackson' Palmer"
Ms. Cooper immediately responded and eventually secured a date for him to lecture where she teaches REGGAE POETRY at UWI.
So there ya go!
The Department of Literature in English and the Centre for Gender and Development Studies are hosting the lecture, which will take place at the Undercroft of the Senate Building and the public is invited to attend.
Ms. Cooper states that she would love to see Vybz Kartel register as a student at UWI and apply his intellect in another sphere of influence.. which would impact the community because young men on the corner may consider the option of formal education if they say their role model doing the same.