We all know the story; a young and promising rock and roll star taken from the world in the prime of his life. That’s what happened to Blind Melon’s lead singer, Shannon Hoon, who passed away on October 21st, 1995 – exactly 21 years ago today.Hoon and his band Blind Melon had taken the world by storm, capturing a certain rock and roll whimsy with an elevated sense of maturity. The band was incredibly popular during the first half of the 1990’s, powered by their mega-hit “No Rain” and supported by countless great songs. Things were only looking up for Blind Melon in the mid-90’s, as the band had just spent time in New Orleans recording their sophomore album Soup.That is, however, until Shannon Hoon tragically overdosed at just 28 years old. The success of Blind Melon led many of the band members to drug and alcohol abuse problems, and stints in rehabilitation were unsuccessful. His untimely death sent shockwaves through the world, depressing avid fans and harshly reminding others about the pitfalls of the rock and roll lifestyle.Shannon Hoon will always be remembered for his one-of-a-kind vocal approach and beautiful songs. Though he passed away so many years ago, Hoon will never be forgotten. In honor of his life, please enjoy this full performance captured just one month before the end, in September of 1995.RIP Shannon.
No notification of death, serious injury Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C., Audrey P. Marks, says that “to date, we have received no notification of death or serious injury of any Jamaican national resulting from this disaster.”She noted that with the tremendous outpouring of support and assistance from the Jamaican Diaspora, including individuals and Jamaican associations (notably the Jamaican Association of Houston), the Consul General in Miami and the Honorary Consuls in Texas have been working tirelessly to respond to the needs of affected Diaspora members, as well as the many others who have been displaced.Heartened by overwhelming support “I am truly heartened by the overwhelming offer of support received from other members of our Diaspora across the United States. This includes feedback concerning available shelters and the efforts underway to collect and distribute relief supplies to those impacted,” says Ambassador Marks.“We have also received information that where possible, cash donations would be preferred at this time, ” Ambassador Marks noted.She added that the Embassy has been coordinating with the Consul-General Franz Hall in Miami to put together an up-to-date list of shelters and contact information, which will be disseminated shortly.Hurricane Harvey is the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years. When it made landfall last Friday Harvey brought record rainfall, which caused unprecedented flooding and extensive damage to property and infrastructure. The hurricane drove thousands from their homes and as many as 30 deaths have been reported. In the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and surrounding cities in the State of Texas, United States, Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, through its Embassy in Washington, D.C., is actively monitoring the situation.Jamaican Honorary Consul in TexasThe Embassy is closely liaising with the Jamaican Honorary Consul in Texas, Omari Fullerton, with a view to reaching out to the victims of the disaster, especially to affected Jamaican diaspora members.