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Killer, Ninja Man society's role models

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Rodney 'Bounty Killer' Pryce and Desmond 'Ninja Man' Ballentine were used as motivational speakers at a police event on Tuesday. Both were invited to share encouraging words to the security forces.

From all the articles I've read, it's clear that the entertainers' messages were well received by the police. Many will debate that these two shouldn't have been invited to address the event because they encourage violence in their lyrics or have had run-ins with the law, or whatever the case maybe.

Realistically speaking, both men are legendary grass-roots dancehall artistes who uphold the culture and have the respect of many Jamaicans. Who else to deliver a solid message than two of Jamaica's greatest artistes? Bounty and Ninja have 'survived' the streets of Jamaica. They understand the hardships that a lot of our youth face. They know what leads to someone taking up a gun over a book.

Despite what they've sung about or have been accused of in the past, both men have been contributing significantly to different communities. They have independently funded several back-to-school treats, fun days and Christmas events. Nobody seems to be talking about that. Ninja Man currently hosts a treat every Sunday called Ice Cream Sundays for the children living in and around Jackson Town, Ackee Walk and neighbouring communities, and Bounty is well known to send youngsters to school.

Konshens, Spice, Ding Dong, Aidonia and other artistes have been giving back to the youths of this country as well. I'm sure many people didn't know that or they just refuse to highlight the good people are doing. Stop dwelling on negativity and uplift positivity.

SHARON SILVESTER

shar.silvie@gmail.com

Kingston 6