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Sista Joyce to stage reggae concert to get herself out of “dilemma”

- Still thinks the fine imposed on her for marijuana related offence is “unfair”
Sista Joyce seen here being congratulated by her supporters after winning the 2012 VG Calypso competition. Sista Joyce will be staging a reggae show on Friday December 14, 2012 to raise money as the deadline of December 31, 2012 to complete payment of her $40, 000 for marijuana possession quickly approaches. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reigning Virgin Gorda Calypso Monarch Joycelyn Searles aka Sista Joyce will be staging a reggae show on Friday December 14, 2012 to raise money as the deadline of December 31, 2012 to complete payment of her $40, 000 for marijuana possession quickly approaches.

Sista Joyce was given a two-year sentence suspended for three years and $40,000 fine by Senior Magistrate Valerie Stephens on September 11, 2012 for possession of 452 grams of cannabis for the purpose of distribution.

The popular calypsonian has labelled the hefty fine as an injustice which has put a heavy burden on her and family. “$40, 000 with two months to pay it and two years suspension with three years probation and then she [Stephens] turn around and give a young man who get caught with more marijuana than me about two months after and he was fined $30, 000 with 6 months to pay it.”

“She making me fell like she feminist or she hate me or something and she don’t even know me, it was my first offence and while I am not condoning what I did because Marijuana is illegal, so the system say, I was still looking for fairness. Even though I took full responsibility, I felt like there was no fairness...She putting me in a real struggle to find $40, 000. There is now way in the system that they could justify that large fine. If someone could come forward and tell me what happen I would understand but right now I am still puzzled.”

Nevertheless, Sista Joyce needs to raise the money and is not sitting idly by but has decided to use her God-given talent to help come up with the money.

The concert tomorrow will be held at the “Speedy’s Field” next to the Fire Station in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. Show time will be 9:30 P.M. with an entrance fee of $10 dollars before 11P.M. and $15 after.

She also said Smith’s Ferry is doing a boat ride from Tortola that leaves at 9 P.M. sharp and a round trip ticket of $35 dollars entitles that passenger to a hand band to enter the show.

Artistes will include, Pressure, Imo, Maccabee, Washasha X, Shine I, Kadeem, J Breezy and Sista Joyce.

Sista Joyce also sees the show as serving another purpose, which is to spread love and positive vibes around. “I targeting everybody, we are kind of long overdue for some conscious reggae music. I find too that people find time to be angry and no love, just a set of fake love going around so this concert is about real reggae love.”

Meanwhile, the “after party” will be at After Shock Night Club.

Sista Joyce told Virgin Islands News Online that so far the support has been great “even though some people would tell to you things to make you feel ok and but they don’t show up but it is what it is still and I welcome who come and give thanks, but you have to spend money to make money and you know I have my little dilemma."

There have been mixed reactions from the public over Sista Joyce’s legal troubles and Sista Joyce sees both the negative and a positive comments coming out in the public as a positive for her.

“I know that the bloggers them just waiting to blog me but I welcome it because if it was not for the negative bloggers them I would not have been shining so brightly. I welcome them open-heartedly with love and affection.”

26 Responses to “Sista Joyce to stage reggae concert to get herself out of “dilemma””

  • jokes (13/12/2012, 08:23) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    you gonna put on a show with very little marketing and think i going to spend my money to come to the show just so you can get a "get out of jail free card"?

    To read her comments also show that this woman is not sincere. “She making me fell like she feminist or she hate me or something and she don’t even know me, it was my first offence and while I am not condoning what I did because Marijuana is illegal, SO THE SYSTEM SAY, I was still looking for fairness. Even though I took full responsibility, I felt like there was no fairness...She putting me in a real struggle to find $40, 000. There is now way in the system that they could justify that large fine. If someone could come forward and tell me what happen I would understand but right now I am still puzzled.”

    Lock her up, after she pay the fine
    • stfu (13/12/2012, 11:05) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY SHUT UP NUH MAN ...FREE UP THE VIBES
    • persia (13/12/2012, 11:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Don"t worry sister joyce with the haters this too will pass
    • Hmm (13/12/2012, 13:06) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      shut up u sound stupid $10 - $15 u crying about wen u all does pay $20 and more to hear pumpa,showtime,ect and dem play da same ting over and over, its a damm fun raiser she didnt jus ask u for u money u getting someting for u money.
  • lodger (13/12/2012, 08:34) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    So the public are to pay her fine? My family were on the boat when she got caught, and she deserves all she got - fine and suspended sentence.
    • virgin (13/12/2012, 11:53) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      If even Sista Joyce has to go to prison, when she is release she could do a gospel album and make a million from even those who are now critical of her.
    • my two cents (13/12/2012, 11:56) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      Ms. Searles got caught up in her celebrity status and allowed reality to be replaced by an illusion of invincibiity, there is a price to be paid for this kind of THUGLIKE behaviour, regardless of how supposedly famous you are, just ask BIGGIE, TUPAC, CHARLIE SHEEN, LINDSAY LOHAN, AMY WINEHOUSE, LIL KIM, and FOXY BROWN, just to name a few
  • no justise (13/12/2012, 08:49) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    but siter joyce you should know there is no justice in the bvi
  • Ugh (13/12/2012, 09:07) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
    I hope no-one turns up! That's disgusting that she's being allowed to use the field to raise money to pay her fine for HER DRUG DEALING!
  • True (13/12/2012, 09:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    all these negative comments, she has admitted her crime now shes just trying to pay the fine. I will be there to support her even though I don't really like reggae music, Cmon people come out and party in Virgin Gorda its christmas time and goodwill to all men and women!
  • willy wonka (13/12/2012, 10:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok so, why is this concert at the crunch time? Anyways I gather what you folks saying, but atleast you how much bands she down so. 40 grand production eye see you!
  • much love (13/12/2012, 10:34) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Joyce is my girl.... she is a BVI icon and we all love her...
  • zoe (13/12/2012, 12:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A bunch of SISA JOYCE!!!! Alyuh want her to make a jail for a simple mistake... but ppl comitting real crimes walking the streets
  • jj TO SISTA JOYCE (13/12/2012, 13:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    TO SISTA JOYCE...YOU SHOULD REALISE AS AN ARTIST YOU ARE VIEWED AS A ROLE MODEL FOR THE YOUTHS...YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS YOU GOT A HEFTIER SENTENCE. STOP BLAMING YOUR POOR JUDGMENT ON THE GOODLY MAGISTRATE. IT WAS OPEN TO THE MAGISTRATE TO INCARCERATE YOU IMMEDIATELY...THEN HOW WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE THE CONCERT THE RAISE THE MONEY??? LOOK ON THE POSITIVE SIDE SINCE THAT IS WHAT YA'LL ALWAYS TRYING TO PROMOTE...YOU DID DO THE CRIME, PAY THE FINE AND STOP YOUR COMPLAINING.
    DID YOU RETAIN COUNSEL? DID HE/SHE EXPLAIN THE SENTENCING GUIDELINES?

    IF YOU DISAGREE THAT MARIJUANA SHOULD NOT BE ILLEGAL LOBBY YOUR LOCAL POLITICIANS TO CHANGE THE LAW...DON'T BREAK IT AND HOPE THAT THE LAW WILL NOT BE ENFORCED!! PLEASE THINK...YOU ARE IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE AND STAND TO IMPRESS YOUNG MINDS. IF YOU CARE FOR THE YOUTHS AND THIS COUNTRY YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!
  • 999 (13/12/2012, 14:31) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    i will be there with bells on to show my support as the punishment does not fit the crime
  • Ms D (13/12/2012, 14:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of us make mistakes and deserve a second chance. Secondly, she's a mother and I wouldn't want to be kept away from my kids. Also I would want mercy and help as all of us would, if we get in trouble. What sistah Joyce did was wrong, but have mercy on her for the sake of her kids because you don't know the situation. We're outside looking in. For all of you out there saying negative things about her situation; you don't know when you will get in trouble and need help and want mercy.
  • VG fan (13/12/2012, 15:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sista Joyce, take jail, still make your money, save it and when u come out, stunt hard on the haters my girl because i aint see u making the 40K in 2 weeks during the Christmas season. REAL
  • hate (13/12/2012, 23:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    haters gonna always hate... this is the bvi everything last 7 days it hits the news site in 7 days times its on to someone else family... i hope all the ones hating just remember your time soon come.. keep trodding on joyce. dont mind the talk.... ganja is legal now in more than 50% of states in the US. seeing the VI love bitting bum and following the US life style lets see what will the blogs say when they legalize it here.. weed , gays , guns the government needs money it wont be long
  • Really???!!! (14/12/2012, 10:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Girl, you sounded so arrogant on the radio this morning with Gadiethz. I know you knew better Sista Joyce. You are a Rastafarian and you believe in the herb (smoking, selling etc..) but in the eyes of the law it is illegal. Once you got caught you were entitled to judgment by the law. You feel that the punishment is severe but that is the risk that you took when you carried around that weed. Some people don't support the use/selling of marijuana (it doesn't really matter to me once it doesn't affect me in a negative way), but the way you came off in that interview this morning, if I was willing to help you, I'm sorry to say, I would have passed.

    You need come humbly if you asking for help in a situation like that (especially when it was your wrongdoing).
  • side (14/12/2012, 19:12) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    all the best sita god is on your side
  • x factor (15/12/2012, 12:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope the concert was a sucess god bless you joyce
  • BOSSMAN (17/12/2012, 15:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    THE LAW IS THE LAW BREAK IT AND SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.TOO MUCH LAWLESS PEOPLE IN THE BVI. I'M SURE THAT EVERY ADULT EVEN THOSE WHO AREN'T KNOWS MARIJUANA IS ILLEGAL.I'M AMAZED BY SOME OF THESE BLOGGERS YOU GUYS NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME.

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