Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jamaican PM Portia Simpson-Miller is One of Times Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential Person In the World

According to the website, they are the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. Meet the breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons who make up this year's TIME 100

Portia Simpson Miller

Christopher Morris / VII for TIME
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller — or Sister P, as I affectionately call her — is the embodiment of perseverance and strength. She will have a profound impact as she strives to be a transformational figure in Jamaica.
Portia, 66, started her career as a public servant in local government in 1974. Two years later she was elected to the Jamaican Parliament.
In 2006 she made history, becoming the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Jamaica. She was re-elected in December 2011. While she has worked for many years as a public servant representing all Jamaicans, there is a great sense that her leadership will expand far beyond her island nation. In addition to her call this year to break with the British monarchy and make the island a republic, Portia is promoting full civil rights for gays and lesbians, a courageous move in a country with a violent history of homophobia.
I can say from personal experience that her presence is already inspiring a new generation of women, particularly from the Caribbean diaspora, to get involved in public service and to make a difference. Sister P is a woman to watch.
Clarke is a Congresswoman for New York's 11th District

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artistes

According to the website, the Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artiste are as follows:

10.    Dave Matthews the tenth-best paid musician on Earth, says Zach O'Malley Greenburg's Forbes Magazine article on the planet's top-dollar music talents. He makes $51 million Now he can afford a big whiskey. Maybe two.

9.    Justin Bieber ($53 million)
Granted, the No. 9 Forbes earner made $14 million less than Paul McCartney, but hey, he's 51 years younger. He can catch up.

8.    The Eagles ($60 million)
Forbes' No. 8 best-paid act Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh show how to turn old tunes into new money.

7.   The Black Eyed Peas
Fergie and friends hiphopped to No. 7 on Forbes' list. We got a feeling they just can't get enough.

6.   Paul McCartney ($67 million)
Instead of sitting home counting yesterday's profits, Sir Paul rocks a Rio crowd and Forbes' list, at No. 6. But we bet $67 million he'd rather be No. 1.

5.    Michael BublĂ© ($70 million)
Fans' crazy love paid crazy money for Forbes' No. 5 musician.

4.   Lady Gaga ($90 million)
Sure, Lady Gaga did all right on her concert tour, but Forbes reports that the No. 4 earner cut into her profit with high pyrotechnic underwear expenses.

3.   Elton John ($100 million)
Sir Elton graciously thanks the audience on the 102-concert tour that made him Forbes' No. 3 music act.

2.   Jon Bon Jovi ($125 million)
Livin' on a prayer definitely pays, as Forbes' No. 2 best-paid act Jon Bon Jovi proves onstage at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year.

 1.  Biggest Bucks on Earth: U2 ($195 million)
They're askin' for the check! Not surprisingly, the world's biggest band on history's biggest tour is also the biggest earner on Forbes' list.