Saturday 22 February, 2020

Black Queen to donate proceeds from retro event to abused women

Black Queen

Black Queen

Dancehall artiste Black Queen has vowed to contribute the earnings from her retro event,  ‘From then till Now, Retro meets Dancehall' towards Women's Inc which operates the only official shelter for battered women in Jamaica.

"Domestic violence remains a serious problem in Jamaica, come out and let's show love and have a good time and start having a conversation about male-female relationships in Jamaica. Any artiste who wants to perform on the show and give support can give me a call," Black Queen said in a press release.

Women's Inc, a  non-governmental organisation, operates a shelter in the Corporate Area which was refurbished and remodelled in 2017, courtesy of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

"This is a worthy cause, please support the event," she said. 

The show will be held at the scenic Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, St Ann, Jamaica, on Saturday, January 25, 2020. 

In the meantime, Black Queen is finalising the preparations for the event. 

"The event is a retro party in mind that would take patrons to the era of the 90’s to the present with the likes of Frisco Kidd, Merciless, Little Hero, Chuck Fenda, Gage among many more to hit the stage. Several surprise acts who have made their names and are current will also be featured. People are excited about the event," Black Queen, head of BQ Promotions, said. 

The gates open at 12 noon while showtime is set to begin at 7pm.

Black Queen is aiming to re-create a family-friendly festival vibe for the event. 

"The event would also feature several stalls that offer art and craft items,  stalls with food and beverages. There will be a 'Herbs Zone' and a fun Village in the day to capture those early birds that would want to enjoy the sprawling lawns and cool breeze made possible by the well groomed coconut and palm trees spread across the venue," she said. 

Black Queen has a long history of tackling social causes. In 2012, the single 'Black and Proud' became an insider sensation in dancehall circles because of its strong lyrical content, catchy delivery and its pro-black sentiments in a nation grappling with its identity, and has endeared Black Queen's single to local disc jockeys and Black Power activists.

"It started with Black and Proud, this song is always big on the radio in Black History month in February which is also reggae month, and I plan to use it as an educational tool for this upcoming generation, we still have issues with our race, loving and embracing ourselves," she said.

Black Queen first made a name for herself with her R&B-flavoured 'Roll With Me', and  'You Say'. 

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