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Earl “Chinna” Smith: A Kingston reasoning, Part 2

 with Legendary Guitarist  (The Interview: Part 2) In part one of my March interview with legendary guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith – conducted at Chinna’s house in Kingston, Jamaica – many topics were covered including: Chinna’s disappointment and dissatisfaction with the Jamaican government […]

Earl “Chinna” Smith: A Kingston reasoning, Part 2

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 with Legendary Guitarist  (The Interview: Part 2) In part one of my March interview with legendary guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith – conducted at Chinna’s house in Kingston, Jamaica – many topics were covered including: Chinna’s disappointment and dissatisfaction with the Jamaican government […]

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Hey Los Angeles: More public restrooms, please!

I have to pee. But I can hold it; thank you, God! I can hold it until I get there, and everything will be fine. It's not like I urgently need

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