Monday, April 25, 2005

Ya cant even leave home these days

Boy to tell ya the truth me 'fraid a clubs in Toronto these days. To be honest I aint been to nuh sorta club unless it is a calypso fete or an actual live performance in donkey years. I remember going to the Guvernment night club a few years back, probably the last time that I went to any sort of club night and my bredren was chatting wid the bouncer that he knew from high school. Fast forward a few months later and that same bouncer was getting killed at that club and I was like damn!

Today's story is about how this 26 year old mother of 4 (a wha she doing wid so much pickney at 26 doah? She tek this be fruitful and multiply thing a lil too serious?) got gunned down in a night club here in Toronto. Livette Miller's friends invited her to go out with them and have a night on the town to forget her troubles as a recent widow and current single mom raising 4 kids. Well boy trouble don't set up like rain and today Livette is no longer with us as she got caught in a hail of bullets, an unintended target in a violent shoot-out. She left home to go forget her troubles but ran headlong into bigger problems.

See dat is why anytime ya leave home and arrive back safely ya have ta say thanks to the father cause like Buju say 'only 'im know how we get thru every day'.

It aint safe no more. Especially in the club. Too many punk ass kids with access to weapons who don't even feel no way about opening up and spraying the place. Is video game and movie fe blame? Or is lawless parent who aint training dem children properly? Now because of that 4 kids are orphans today. Damn! Too much rass foolishness a gwan! The madness never ceases.

Rest in peace Livette Miller.

20 comments:

courtneyelizabeth said...

awww....stay away from the clubs... :( Be safe.

Big N said...

That shit sucks.

To answer your question, I don't really know. I've played video games since I was 3, but I haven't shot anybody yet (and this includes shooting games). So you can blame the parents, but my parents haven't really raised me (well not to me), so it's hard to use that too.

My guess: Peer pressure and overinflated egos.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear this. Dem clubs doh have metal detectors...or dem nuh check for weapons before people enter?

This is another reason why I try to go out in a group...of say 2-4. Now, of course this nuh gurantee
that if shyte tek place my life will be spared, but hopefully at least one bredrin will be around to tell de tale if crap gwaan.

Who to blame?? Not easy...poor parenting, lack of education, unemployment, 'get rich quick' mentality, urbanisation, lack of respect for the rights and lives of others...takes nutten for a man to feel 'dissed' nowadays and retaliate how him feel, dance hall, MTV, BET, whatever.... if you ask me its mulitfactorial.

This sorta ting is also one of the reasons why I don't frequent dem jam packed nightclubs, in the event of a crisis, you can't even get to move.

I wonder what circumstances lead to the death of the children's father? All dem ting jus mek me feel like cuss rass fe true. What a world JDid! Four pickney wid neither mother nor father. Hope family will take up the raising of the children so they don't turn out wutliss. Dr. D.

Yamfoot said...

that's why i stay home most of the time while I am in jamaica. Dont feel like being out there and scared sh*tless.

And when I am in Grenada, ther eis nowhere to go! But I would rather venture out there than here.
Cant wait to leave this wretched country. All them saying that you must stay and fight, dem mad.

Yamfoot said...

that's why i stay home most of the time while I am in jamaica. Dont feel like being out there and scared sh*tless.

And when I am in Grenada, ther eis nowhere to go! But I would rather venture out there than here.
Cant wait to leave this wretched country. All them saying that you must stay and fight, dem mad.

The Marlo Girl said...

my dear jdid, my lady did not run headlong into anymore problems, as she is now--sadly--dead and gone.

it is for this type of circumstance alone that i refuse to patronize predominantly "black" -- sorry, "urban" events and establishments. i don't mean to hate on my people, but too often there is some kind of senseless violent act or line jumping or fighting or just simple wusslessness that can ruin a night for everyone.

i won't even go to caribana or any associated parties because i'm tired of being on edge all night. my last run-in with a bullet was at club that has since closed down. i was close enough to feel the heat from the gunfire, and i will never forget the smell of gunpowder or the weird pop-pop-pop sound of shots being fired and the panicked look of patrons as they fled for safety. and forget women and children first; grown men were pushing women aside and trying to stuff themselves into the smallest of crevices in order to save themselves.

that shit ain't right, it ain't funny, and it ain't getting any better. i'll stick to intimate get togethers with friends and dinners out, please.

notyouraverage.... said...

which is why i'm just trying to live my life, right now. so sad...

Campfyah said...

What a shame...4 kids orphaned for no apparent reason. Night clubs are no longer what they used to be, a place to enjoy the night danicng away and hopefully catching a fella or girls interest.
I havn't been to one in yrs and don't miss them either. House parties with selective guest are the thing to do now.

I think the whole violence in the clubs and other urban setting comes from a lack of respect for life. The yutes nowadays, din get nuh home training, cause most ah dem parents ein too much olda dan dem and evabodie think dem is bad johns and invincible. We have to take back our kids, music and streets.

Scratchie said...

It's everywhere Jdid. It's something about values in society. Life has no worth it's just "if yuh mash mi corn I kill yuh". No biggy just another funeral. When did we get so callous?

Nikki said...

I stopped clubbin' a long time ago because of incidents like this. If I do hit a club up now, it's to go salsa dancing or listen to some jazz. Much safer at those types of spots. Plus I try to go to clubs where the age limit is 25+. There's usually nothing violent poppin' off in that age category.

Lene said...

I'm 21, and I'm finished with clubs. I got this revelation last summer @ Caribana when i was molested by grown ass men for 10 straight minutes. I had to duck bullets at those "yardi" clubs,a nd i realized that drinking a Ting and juking to some tunes isnt worth my life anymore.

FUCK CLUBS AND IMMATURE TRIGGER HAPPY MUTHAFUCKERS!

Urban Sista said...

Some people are just cold and uncaring. They don't care about the consequences of their actions. How can you tell me if you shoot up a crowded club, you didn't expect to hit someone innocent? Chupse. You just didn't care whether or not you hit them.

And all the blasted people who saw who killed this woman need to open their mouths and say something or this ignorance will continue.

But what goes around comes around, and while that doesn't bring this woman back to her children, it's true. God isn't sleeping.

Zantiferous3 said...

That's a damn shame. People just don't value life anymore... and it doesn't matter if it's in a club, your own living room... or a high school cafeteria. You're just not safe anymore. Anywhere. I thank God that I've made it this far. =)

Jdid said...

whoops sorry i havent been responding to your comments lately but know I still apreciate all ya'all showing me love. anyways

@courtney - agreed
@big N - I think its just lawlessness
@Dr D - I think they pat you down but not sure on the metal detectors. I agree with you on the dissed thing as well. The children's father died of cancer
@yammie - yea its scary out there
@marlo - I dont blame ya fa not going to the urban events. Caribana I would say if its primarily a soca event ya safe caue ya gine get more mature people most a de time, otherwise ya best to stay home.
@purfiktgurl - indeed
@campfyah - So who ta blame for the kids not the parents?
@scratchie - yea everyone quick to fight
@nikki - Cant blame you for ditching the urban club scene
@Starfoxx - true dat
@urban sis - dem duz act like bullets got sense of direction or sensors dat gien say is only you one i wanta shoot
@xquizzyt1 - amen, sometimes i wonder how we made it so far

Lene said...

hahahahahaha at the comment about bullets having sensors and tracking devices. If that was possible, you could fire a gun from your living room couch, and shot someone's ass from far away.

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Reachout Committee is a voluntary, non-profit community-based organization founded in 2001 in Mississauga in response to problems of conflict and violence in the African-Canadian community. Its membership includes 96 active members from the local community with youth from all cultural backgrounds-- primarily African-Canadian. Since its inception, Reachout has served many youth by operating and managing several programs and projects, and utilized many trained volunteers from the community to support its activities. Reachout provides these services to the community of Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.

Empowering our youth is Reachout’s main focus. Creating an environment of mutual respect and trust between youth and adults as well as between the youth themselves is crucial. Reachout works to build positive relationships between youth and the police and justice system. Reachout is open to all youth regardless of age, gender, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, abilities or ideological perspective. We mainly respond to the needs of our young people. Reachout strives to be a self-sufficient organization. We are dependent upon the financial contribution of our members and supporters for the successful implementation of our work.
If you don’t think you will be able to participate in the Walk, a pledge/donation to support us would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! All donations and pledges must be received a week before the event. Please consider making a pledge to this year’s Walk for Peace.

Over the years this organization has made significant affecting positive change amongst the youths and has become well a well respected, highly visible and vibrant grassroots organization.

We are looking forward to this challenge and achieving new personal goals while raising money for such a worthy organization. Please call 416-571-9337 if you have any questions and let us know if you will be walking with us. Send all correspondence to 1475 Bristol Rd West Unit 407, Mississauga ON L5V 1W6. Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely Yours,

Angela Thorpe
Executive Director

REACHOUT COMMITTEE INC said...

Dear Friend,

Reachout will be hosting its 3rd Annual Walk for Peace, 7 June 2008. This will take place at the Lakefront Promenade Park, 800 Lakefront Promenade off Lakeshore Road East, east of Cawthra in Mississauga the event starts at 1:00 pm. to 8:30 p.m. Last years event was a huge success with participants from all across the GTA. Our goal is to raise funds for Reachout’s upcoming Youth Scholarship Awards as well as to bring awareness to the constant violence that is plaguing our community. There will be a beautiful trail in the park. After the walk we will have a free barbeque and games. This will be an all-day fun and family event. We want to address the problems of youth in the community, to promote positive relationships between youth, to work with parents, members of the community and other organizations.

Reachout Committee is a voluntary, non-profit community-based organization founded in 2001 in Mississauga in response to problems of conflict and violence in the African-Canadian community. Its membership includes 96 active members from the local community with youth from all cultural backgrounds-- primarily African-Canadian. Since its inception, Reachout has served many youth by operating and managing several programs and projects, and utilized many trained volunteers from the community to support its activities. Reachout provides these services to the community of Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.

Empowering our youth is Reachout’s main focus. Creating an environment of mutual respect and trust between youth and adults as well as between the youth themselves is crucial. Reachout works to build positive relationships between youth and the police and justice system. Reachout is open to all youth regardless of age, gender, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, abilities or ideological perspective. We mainly respond to the needs of our young people. Reachout strives to be a self-sufficient organization. We are dependent upon the financial contribution of our members and supporters for the successful implementation of our work.
If you don’t think you will be able to participate in the Walk, a pledge/donation to support us would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! All donations and pledges must be received a week before the event. Please consider making a pledge to this year’s Walk for Peace.

Over the years this organization has made significant affecting positive change amongst the youths and has become well a well respected, highly visible and vibrant grassroots organization.

We are looking forward to this challenge and achieving new personal goals while raising money for such a worthy organization. Please call 416-571-9337 if you have any questions and let us know if you will be walking with us. Send all correspondence to 1475 Bristol Rd West Unit 407, Mississauga ON L5V 1W6. Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely Yours,

Angela Thorpe
Executive Director

Anonymous said...

If it's meant to be soooo be it. Don't allow fear to take over your life. Remember you only have one life 2 live.Your life is not everlasting. So don't allow a coward to intimdate your enjoyment !!!!!

Anonymous said...

you fuckin bitch i come on google to read up on MY SISTER and i read this..and u have a joke about her age n how many kids she has u likke prick...i dont care how old this is..my sister got shot in her face closed castket and her husband died the year b4 of canser these kids lost there mother and father have some fucking respect...if i knew who ur pussy scared off club ass was ill rinse ur fuckin ass

Carl said...

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