Rod 2.0 reported yesterday that it's been a month since the brutal murder of a lesbian couple (at left, from Rod 2.0) in Jamaica, and yet the prime suspect, the former boyfriend of one of the women, has yet to be questioned. Rod writes that
Human Rights Watch has pressed the government on its failure to investigate Lewis. Several weeks ago, Jasmyne Cannick wrote about the horrific killing, and the police's discovery of sheets, pillowcases and a lesbian-themed DVD that were found with the buried bodies of the women, as well as the burnt mattress in their home.
On June 29th, the mutilated bodies of Candice Williams and Phoebe Myrie were found in a sealed septic tank behind the house they shared. According to the Jamaica Star, at that time the police identified a lead suspect. That man is Dwayne Lewis, Williams' former boyfriend and the father of her year-old infant.
Rod goes on to note the persistent downplaying of homophobic violence by some quarters of the Jamaican media, a criticism that others have also lodged. This goes hand in hand with the Jamaican government's failure to aggressively deal with the ongoing problems of homophobic and misogynistic rhetoric (and I am not saying that Jamaica is alone in this), some of it fueled by the very musicians who were targeted in the recent LIFEbeat protests, which creates a climate ripe for violence and murder. In light of this story, the denialist comments of WBAI host Ian Forrest, which Colin Robinson criticized in an email I posted yesterday, assume a particularly grim irony.
Velvet Lounge Concerts Resume
Toni Asante Lightfoot sent an email to say that Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge, the place to go for distinctive Chicago-sound Jazz, resumed its concerts last night. Its new location is 67 East Cermak Road, between Michigan & Wabash in the Chicago's historic Motor Row District, which is right around the corner and within sight of the old Velvet Lounge site. The phone number is the same: 312-791-9050.
The lineup for this weekend is:
Friday, July 28: Isaiah Spencer & Friends
Saturday, July 29: Karl E. H. Seigfried Trio
Sunday, July 30: Greg Ward & Friends
Monday, July 31: Tim Daisy Group
The grand opening is still a few weeks off, so this is really just a test run, but if you want a preview of the space, now's the time to do, and consider donating to help Anderson keep the new space running.