Ninjaman, alias Don Gorgon, or as his birth certificate says Desmond John Ballentine, is a popular Jamaican artist. In June of this year (2014), he was drafted to speak to youths in Trinidad and Tobago about the meaning of life and death.
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The Don Gorgon knows about life and death. He has had his share of run-ins with the law, including a three-year stay in Jamaican prison waiting to be tried on a charge for murder. His career has seen its ups and downs but it is his life story that bears similarities to many Caribbean youths.
A lot have been said on how to prevent Caribbean youths from committing serious crimes but it seems that we haven’t done enough to reduce this problem.
Maybe it is time to turn to other solutions. Caribbean entertainers like Ninjaman have huge influences on Caribbean youths. If somehow we are able to use these entertainers in a positive light then I am sure that Caribbean youths who are at risk to committing serious crime, will stop and listen.
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