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40 Calypsonians to head to Skinner’s Park at Calypso Fiesta 2017.

Forty calypsonians have been selected for the semifinal round of the Calypso Monarch competition on Saturday at Skinner Park.

They will be vying for 16 spots at the Calypso Monarch finals on Dimanche Gras night.

The defending champion is Devon Seale.

Each calypsonians will be required to sing one song at the finals.

The 40 calypsonians that will face the “acid test” on Saturday are:

1) Alex Gift (Tobago Chalkie)

2) Allan Fortune (Brother Mudada)

3) Anthony Hendrickson (All Rounder)

4) Brian London

5)DaLanie Baynes (Lady Baynes)

6) Dexter Parsons (De Stinger)

7) Dianne Hendrickson (Lady Wonder)

8) Dr Hollis Liverpool (Chalkdust)

9)  Duane O’Connor

10)Eunice Peters

11)Ezekiel Yorke

12) Giselle Fraser Washington

13) Heather McIntosh

14) Benson Wright (Calypso Prince)

15) Jalani Kojo (Lani K)

16) Karen Eccles Thomas (Karen Eccles)

17) Karene Asche

18) Kenrick Burnette (Original Bontin)

19) Kerice Pascall

20) Kizzie Ruiz

21) Kurt Allen (The Last Bardjohn of Calypso

22) Kyle Arnold (Squad D)

23)Lornette Nedd Reid (Fyah Empress)

24) Lynette Steele (Lady Gypsy)

25) Maria Bhola A la Caille

26)Marsha Clifton (Lada Adanna)

27) Marvah Joseph (Marvellous Marvah)

28) Meguella Simon

29) Myron Bruce (The Incredible Myron B)

30) Roderick Gordon (Chucky)

31) Ronaldo London

32) Rondell Donawa

33) Sasha Ann Moses

34) Selvon Noel (Mistah Shak)

35) Sheldon Bullen (Sheldon Nugget)

36) Terri Lyons

37) Victoria Cooper Rahim (Queen Victoria)

38)Wendy Garrick

39) Weston Rawlins (Cro Cro)

40) Winston Peters (Gypsy)

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/40-calypsonians-face-acid-test-calypso-fiesta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notorious B.I.G.’s Mother Will Produce Upcoming Documentary About The Late Rapper

A Notorious B.I.G. documentary is reportedly in the works, and not only did it get the approval of the late rapper’s estate, but his mother Voletta Wallace will reportedly produce the new film, Variety confirms. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s March 1997 death, production companies, Submarine Entertainment and ByStorm Film announced its plans to bring the new doc entitled, Notorious B.I.G: One More Chance, to the screen Monday (Feb. 13).

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/notorious-b-i-g-documentary/

Erykah Badu’s ‘Baduizm’ Is Still Genre Bending And Defining 20 Years Later.

It’s widely accepted that black women are strong, but seldom, if ever, do black women get to be free. In 1997 with her debut album Baduizm, Erykah Badu courageously taught sistahs how to move in a world sans the oftentimes unrealistic responsibility that comes with being black and woman. Erykah also did this with a sweet yet potent voice from yesteryear. Sounding like a direct heir to Billie Holiday, Ms. Badu, a child of blues, jazz and hip-hop married her influences with a type of sittin-on-the-front-porch-with-yo-granny kind of wisdom to create the genre defining  Baduizm, and thus solidifying our everlasting adoration for this analog girl in a digital world.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/erykah-badu-baduizm-20-year-anniversary/

Montell Jordan Shares The Story Of How He Transitioned From A R&B Singer To A Pastor

Former R&B singer Montell Jordan still remains a staple artist on everyone’s kickback playlist, even though he’s found a new passion in the church. The Cali native rose to stardom in the early 90s with his infectious hit “This Is How We Do It,” that sat atop the charts in 1995. Making history as Def Jam’s first R&B release, the melody was later followed up by his collaborations with No Limit’s Master P and Silkk the Shocker, and garnered songwriting credits for a countless number of R&B jams, including Deborah Cox’s vocally-challenging “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here.”

But in 2011, Jordan decided the music industry would no longer be his bread and butter, and embraced his calling to pursue a career in ministry. Now, he’s revisiting the story of how he went from the studio to the pulpit on a new episode of Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are The Now?

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/montell-jordan-singer-to-pastor/

Attached is the list of finalists who will be performing on Fantastic Friday.

The list of 22 contestants includes:

(Reigning monarch) Voice

Orlando Octave

Asten Isaac

Patrice Roberts

Blaxx

Peter Ram

Devon Matthews

Ravi B

Farmer Nappy

Ricardo Drue

GBM Nutron

Sekon Sta

Iwer George

Shal Marshall

Kernal Roberts

Teddyson John

Linkyfirst

Terri Lyons

Lyrikal

Tizzy

Marvay

Nailah

The finals itself will be held on Fantastic Friday, February 24, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Courtesy ISM.

Frank Ocean Is Being Sued By His Father For $14.5 Million

Frank Ocean’s father has taken a very public approach in taking up issues with his son. The R&B’s singer’s father, Calvin Cooksey, has filed a lawsuit against the artist born Christopher Edwin Breaux, TMZ reports.

The lawsuit is a response to a letter that 29-year-old singer penned on his Tumblr after the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2015.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/frank-ocean-sued-by-father-14-million/

Nicki Minaj’s Los Angeles Home Reportedly Burglarized

Nicki Minaj’s 11,500 square foot mansion in Los Angeles, Calif., has been robbed, reports Billboard.

Burglars reportedly stashed $175,000 worth of jewelry and other belongings.

TMZ states that the property was ransacked with destroyed furniture, and vandalized perfume bottles. It’s suspected that the incident occurred between the end of November 2016 to January 2017. During that time, Minaj was traveling, and left the home vacant. As of yet, no identified suspects have been discovered.

Details are still forthcoming.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/02/nicki-minaj-los-angeles-home-burglarized/

Nas Announces BET Mini Series About His Life Story

Deadline reports the project is headed by Rush creator Jonathan Levine — with Nas, Anthony Saleh, Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell expected as the executive producers. Aside from penning the script, Levine will also direct the series.

The pilot is tentatively titled Street Dreams, an hour-long series on the life of Nasir Jones, which will cover the music, family and the trials and tribulations the hip-hop legend endured as an aspiring rapper in New York City.

Deals are still being finalized on the project.

National Panorama Single Pan Champion in 2017 is……..

Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony continued its winning streak to take the top position at the end of the competition in Arima last night.

Playing Austin Lyons’
“Get Something And Wave”, the Newtown-based band under the baton of Carlan Harewood impressed the adjudication panel to cop the top spot scoring a total of 292 points.   In second place was San Juan All Stars with 289 point for its performance of “Johnny” while Woodbrook Playboyz came in third with 287 points for its arrangement of “Total Disorder”.

The Grand Finals saw a total of twenty one (21) bands at the Arima Basketball Court, Arima. Among the dignitaries in attendance were Hon Minister of Community Development & Culture, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Ret. Brigadier General Ancil Antoine, MP for D’Abadie/O’Meara and Her Worship Lisa Morris- Julien, Mayor of Arima.

Adjudicators in the Single Pan Band category were Tommy Crichlow, Rofelle Granger-Morton, Vorbin Cordice, Audley Tomothy, Brendon Moore and Mark Brewster.

Courtesy Pantrinbago Media Communications

21 bands to vie in National Single Pan Finals.

For the first time in a number of years, the National Panorama Single Pan Bands finals will be held as a separate event.

Come Sunday, January 29, 21 steelbands from the pan round de neck/traditional bands will compete in the finals at the Arima Basketball Court, Arima.

Competition starts at 4 pm. Admission is $100. anywhere.

In 2017, bands proceeded from the Preliminary Round to the Finals with Newtown Playboys Steel Symphony scoring 278.5 points. They topped the Preliminary round, followed by San Juan All Stars (276.5) and Woodbrook Modernaires (275.5) points.

After eight intense days of steelpan music from 52 bands in the four zones, the qualifiers were announced at Port-of-Spain City Hall on Friday before the bands’ representatives.

Adjudicators in this category are: Tommy Crichlow, Rojelle Granger-Morton, Vorbin Cordice, Audley Timothy, Brendon Moore and Mark Brewster.

Bands will be judged on the basis of Arrangement (40), General Performance (40), Tone (10) and Rhythm (10) points.

Single Pan Steelbands are permitted to perform with 20 players in the Qualifying Round with a maximum of 30 players for the Finals.

For the purpose of the competition, each participating Single Pan band may select and perform any calypso/soca or chutney providing that the selection has not been played by the said steelband at a previous Panorama competition with a performance time of six (6) minutes.

Both defending champions, Marsicans and Trinidad East Side Symphony, placed seventh with 273.0 points and as such will defend their title.

National Schools Soca Monarch Competition 2017.

National Schools Soca Monarch Competition 2017

Finalists in order of Final Appearance

JUNIOR CATEGORY:

1. ZAKIMA GRANT LOWER CUMUTO GOV’T AH WANT TO GO
2. TERRY PEREZ ARIMA BOY’S GOV’T CHOOSE
3. JASON JAMES ARIMA BOY’S GOV’T VICTORY ROAD
4. SHARLA GRANT LOWER CUMUTO GOV’T PROUD TRINI
5. YIRAH MCINTOSH ARIMA BOY’S GOV’T EAGLES HIGH
6. STEFAN CAMEJO SACRED HEART BOY’S (REIGNING MONARCH)
7. N’JANELA DUNCAN-REGIS ESHE’S LEARNING CENTRE RISE
8. SU-YEN PANTIN ARIMA NEW GOV’T WHY

 

National Schools Soca Monarch Competition 2017

Finalists in order of Final Appearance

 

SENIOR CATEGORY:

1. TSAHAI CORBIN ST. JOSEPH’S CONVENT TOO MUCH PRESSURE
2. DESLE JULIEN ST. MARY’S COLLEGE WE LIT
3. DENISIA MARTIMBOR ST. ANTHONY’S COLLEGE FEELING THE VYBES
4. OSEI DAVID ST. GEORGE’S COLLEGE MY WAY
5. SERGIO CAMEJO OUR LADY OF FATIMA COLLEGE DAZ YUH BUSINESS
6. TYRESE WILLLIAMS HOLY CROSS COLLEGE NOT TOO YOUNG
7. ODUDUWA ALUKO ST.BENEDICT’D COLLEGE TIME OF THE YEAR
8. ETHAN WEBB SAN JUAN SOUTH SECONDARY TRUE LOVE
9. JENNELLE ROSS TABLELAND SECONDARY  COME BACK AGAIN
10. SHERNIFA GIBBS GUAICO GOVERNMENT SECONDARY WET MEH DOWN

 

‘AWESOME FRIDAY ‘ FINAL COMPETITION:

FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2017

VENUE: GRAND STAND, QUEEN’S PARK SAVANNAH

TIME: 9.00 A.M – 2.30 P.M.

Ticket prices for Panorama reduced

Patrons to Pan Trinbago/NLCB National Panorama Festival Semi Finals can enjoy reduced ticket prices to the event.

After taking into consideration several economic factors, the promoters have reverted to its original price structure.

Tickets for the North Stand will now cost $350., Grand Stand $200. with the North Greens at $250.

The Semi Finals aka “Savannah Party” takes place on Sunday 12 February from 9:00 am.  Fifty eight (58) bands in three categories will perform their tune of choice before their respective panel of judges.

Early birds to all areas will receive free instant scratch lottery tickets (Lucky 7 and 10 X the money), 2500 to the North Stand, 500 to the Grand Stand and 1500 to the Greens, or a chance to win up to $200,000.00

Additionally, all patrons in the Grand Stand and North Greens will get free rum and beer with those in the North Greens receiving natural water as long as stocks last.

Venues and locations for tickets will be made in a subsequent announcement.

Earlier this week, NLCB announced its title sponsorship of the major steelband and calypso competitions ie of both the National Panorama Semi Finals and Calypso Fiesta.

 

 

Spike Lee won’t use Chrisette Michele’s music in upcoming project after her Trump inauguration performance

Performing at Trump’s inauguration just cost Chrisette Michele the chance to be featured in a Spike Lee project.

Lee, an acclaimed filmmaker, says he’s no longer considering including one of Michele’s songs in his upcoming Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It” now that she’s agreed to perform on Trump’s behalf in Washington D.C.

“I Wuz Sorry To Read That “Sistuh Girl” Is Singin’ At DT’s Inauguration (And To Use His Fav Word-SAD),” he wrote Thursday on Instagram. “I Wuz Thinkin’ ’bout Using Chrisette’s Song- BLACK GIRL MAGIC In My Netflix Series SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT…. NOT ANYMORE. And Dat’s Da Truth, Ruth.”

Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe And More Attend Women’s March In Washington D.C.

Though the final numbers have yet to be tallied, it’s already clear that the Women’s March trumped the inauguration figures.

Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, America Ferrera, and Uzo Aduba, were among those at the  Washington D.C. march.

“We are mothers, we are caregivers, we are artists, we are activists,” Keys told the crowd. “We are entrepreneurs, doctors, leaders of industry and technology. Our potential is unlimited. We rise!”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/womens-march-alicia-keys/

Soca Monarch semis head back to Arima.

The International Soca Monarch semi-finals will be heading back to its original home at the Arima Velodrome.

The semis have been held at the Queen’s Park Savannah for the past two years but will return to Arima.

Peter Scoon, chairman of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF), organisers of Soca Monarch, said it was felt it needed to go back to the people of the East/West corridor.

“It was brought it to Port-of-Spain because of economics but at the end of the day we listened to the people and the people said take it back to the people of Arima. We want the involvement of the East/West corridor, people felt the energy was better,” he said, noting that the semis got good support at the Savannah.

Another big venue change may be in the works for the finals of the show.

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/soca-monarch-semis-head-back-arima

Jamie Foxx Is Prepared To Get His Son Back By Any Means In ‘Sleepless’

Bad a** should be enough to describe Jamie Foxx in his forthcoming movie, Sleepless. The trailer for the new action thriller was recently released, and Foxx is plays no games as he fights by any means necessary to find his son.

READ: Jamie Foxx To Executive Produce Series About Marvin Gaye’s Life

In the nearly 3-minute teaser, Foxx stars as Vincent Downs, an undercover Vegas cop, who finds himself in a tough spot after he’s caught stealing a large shipment of cocaine from an infamous crime lord. When his son is kidnapped in retaliation for his actions, Downs has to break out every rescue tactic in the book to bring his son back safely, even if it means a few people are killed to make that happen. The trailer also stars T.I. as Sean Cass, Downs’ partner and Gabrielle Union as the mother of his child.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/jamie-foxx-sleepless-movie-trailer/?utm_source=AGC&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=SLPLSS&utm_content=Keywee&kwp_0=310650&kwp_4=1196654&kwp_1=540694

Bishop Eddie Long Dead At 63

Bishop Eddie L. Long, of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church died Sunday morning. (Jan. 15) He was 63-years-old. News of Long’s death came by way of the church who released a statement.

READ Bishop Eddie Long Is Taking Some Time Off

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church celebrates the life and legacy of Bishop Eddie L. Long who is now spiritually healed and home with the Lord. Bishop Long, Senior Pastor of New Birth, transitioned from this life early Sunday morning after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer.

Long’s wife of 27 years Vanessa also released a statement saying while she’s sad her husband has died, she’s happy he’s at peace.

I am confidant through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place. Although, his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/bishop-eddie-long-dead/

Mariah Carey’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Vandalized.

In photos taken at the scene of the crime, Carey’s star appeared to have a black question mark scribbled on the righthand side of her name. The LAPD was reportedly alerted to the situation, but the culprit has yet to be caught. Authorities are reportedly pulling surveillance footage in hopes of catching the vandal. If caught, the person or persons could face a felony charge for vandalism.

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/mariah-carey-hollywood-walk-of-fame-star-vandalized/

Culture Minister: No Greens likely for Panorama 2017.

Panorama will be on but the Greens may not be a part of the event in 2017.

Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Arts and Culture told Loop that while she is sure the annual pan event will be on she does not expect the Greens to return.

The Greens, she said, has been Pan Trinbago’s private event.

“I would not expect that Pan Trinbago has what it takes to put on the Greens, I don’t expect it would happen,” she said.

The National Carnival Commission (NCC) in conjunction with Pan Trinbago will execute Panorama 2017.

The Minister said NCC will take responsibility for all finances associated with the event including gate receipts.

This action follows the pan body’s inability to pay its players though the Minister said they were given monies to pay pannists for Panorama 2016.

Reports are that cheques have bounced and following the hospitalisation of Pan Trinbago’s president Keith Diaz, pannists were instructed to refrain from cashing their cheques.

The Minister said they have in discussions with NCC to consider options for paying pannists the $1000 owed to them.

“The situation is a convoluted one. There are a number of players who play for different bands, there are names on record that are not players, the list needs cleaning up. We have asked Pan Trinbago to supply a list of players to see the global debt owed to players, there are some inconsistencies about that.

“The Government and taxpayers have already paid that money so we have to understand what is the debt, who is owed and understand if they are part of the band and how to use the proceeds from Panorama. We may think about advancing (the money) once we can verify how much is owed and take it back out from Panorama 2017. We understand the disappointment of the players,”  said the Minister.

The Minister said based on the body’s financial problems as well as allegations of financial improprieties in other stakeholder bodies such as the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO), the Ministry will be looking at new models going forward.

“The issues really suggest that the model allowing them to take full control of their finances with limited oversight has not been as successful as it supposed to be when it comes to transparency  and accountability,” she said, noting that in Pan Trinbago’s case, NCC has not known how much money is brought in through gate receipts, which could be millions of dollars.

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/culture-minister-no-greens-likely-panorama-2017

A Love Letter Tupac Wrote In Jail Could Sell For Over $25,000

Today’s topic of conversation concerns Tupac’s handwritten love letter, that could reportedly sell for over $25,000. The letter describes the famed rapper’s adoration for his lover, and will be sold through Goldin Auctions on Jan. 16.

READ: Tupac’s “Hail Mary” Lyrics Were Added To Christmas Carol Book

TMZ reports that in the passage, Pac pens statements like, “Ever been tied to a bedpost and licked like a lollipop?” in response to a love letter he received from a woman while he was incarcerated in 1995. The letter goes on to question, “Ever had the taste sucked from your mouth taken thru 12 positions of love making so thoroughly that you are tired to shower or get dressed?”

This is not the first time that something from the “California Love” artist was auctioned for a high price. Back in Oct. 2016, TMZ reported that the late rapper’s pendant was being sold for $125,000. The chain was worn around Pac’s neck when he was shot in 1994. One of Tupac’s family members gave it to Moments In Time owner Gary Zimet to sell, and will receive a majority of the profits.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/tupac-jail-written-love-letter-auction/

‘Hidden Figures’ Lands Atop Box Office With $22.8 Million In Ticket Sales

A historic, non-fictional story just found another place in the record books. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hidden Figures landed at the top spot at the box office this past weekend. The film, directed by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent, The Beneficiary), tells the pivotal story of three African-American mathematicians who played an integral role in NASA’s early space efforts.

The reel raked in $22.8 million after its nationwide debut, knocking out its main competitor, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After news of Hidden Figures’ massive success, co-star Taraji P. Henson shared her excitement on Instagram.

“I have been told my entire career ‘Black women can’t open films domestically or internationally.’ Well anything is possible,” she wrote. “Most importantly this proves that PEOPLE LIKE GOOD MATERIAL. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDER OR RACE. Agreed?”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2017/01/hidden-figures-lands-atop-box-office/

Gabrielle Union And BET Ink Settlement Over ‘Being Mary Jane’ Dispute

The forthcoming season of Being Mary Jane was met with a hiccup involving the show’s frontrunner, Gabrielle Union, and the hit drama series’ network home, BET. Earlier this year, the award-winning actress reportedly filed a lawsuit against BET on reports that the company planned to mesh seasons four and five for a 20-episode run, which would also decrease Union’s pay despite the lengthy season.

Now, good news is on the horizon for both parties involved. According to Deadline, Union and BET reached a settlement in the breach of contract litigation, but remained tight-lipped on the details of the $3 million lawsuit.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/gabrielle-union-bet-reach-settlement-being-mary-jane-lawsuit/

Tiny Files For Divorce From T.I.

Tameka “Tiny” Harris and T.I. have officially split. According to TMZ, Tiny filed for divorce from her husband of six years in a Georgia court earlier in the month.

The couple tied the knot in 2010, after several years together. They share three biological children, in addition to four children from previous relationships.

T.I. and Tiny welcomed daughter Heiress earlier in the year, and despite their apparent breakup, the duo continues to spend time as a family.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/t-i-tiny-divorce/

‘Rogue One’ soars to second-best December debut with $155m

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” soared to the top of the weekend box office as expected, scoring the second-best December opening ever with $155 million in estimated ticket sales.

After the biggest Thursday night debut of the year, the intergalactic adventure blasted past industry expectations for a $130 million weekend, according Sunday’s studio estimates. “Rogue One” opened at No. 1 in all markets globally, though it has yet to bow in China and Korea.

“We’re in uncharted territory for December,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore. “It’s going to be really hard for any movie to catch up to this movie. … This is only the second time a movie has opened this big in December.”

The record-setter was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the space saga’s seventh installment, which debuted to $247.9 million in the U.S. and Canada last December.

Like “The Force Awakens” did in 2015, “Rogue One” could top the box office for the rest of the year, Dergarabedian said.

Set before the events of the original 1977 “Star Wars,” it stars Felicity Jones and Diego Luna as leaders of a rebel faction that steals plans for its imperial enemy’s master weapon, the Death Star.

“Rogue One” knocked the No. 1 movie for the past three weeks, Disney’s “Moana,” to a distant second with $11.6 million, followed by “Office Christmas Party” with $8.4 million.

The weekend’s other new release, the critically panned Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty,” opened in fourth place with $7 million.

READ MORE:http://www.looptt.com/content/rogue-one-soars-second-best-december-debut-155m

Fifth Harmony becomes quartet after Camila Cabello quits

Fifth Harmony has announced that Camila Cabello has decided to leave the girl group.

The group released a statement on Twitter early Monday confirming Cabello’s departure and wishing her well.

The group will continue on as a quartet. The statement says, “We are four strong, committed women who will continue with Fifth Harmony as well as our solo endeavors.”

Fifth Harmony was formed on the second season of the “The X Factor” in 2012 and scored its biggest hit last year with “Worth It.”

Cabello has been branching out on her own over the past year. She collaborated with Shawn Mendes on “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and her duet with Machine Gun Kelly, “Bad Things,” reached the No. 10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

Yasiin Bey Allowed To Leave South Africa After Apology

Earlier this year, South African authorities arrested Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, when he attempted to leave South Africa carrying something called a World Passport — a document issued by the World Service Authority nonprofit, which advocates for world citizenship. South Africa, where Bey has been living for the past few years, does not recognize the World Passport as a legitimate travel document. And ever since then, Bey hasn’t been allowed to leave the country. But now Reuters reports that Bey has apologized, and South Africa has agreed to drop the charges against him.

According to Reuters, Bey will now be “declared an undesirable person,” and he won’t be allowed to return to South Africa, even though he’s been living in Cape Town since 2013. But the country also won’t be charging him with any crimes. In a statement, the government says, “[He] has unreservedly apologized to the Government of South Africa. The department is satisfied with the apology [and] will withdraw the charges against him.”

READ MORE: http://www.stereogum.com/1912558/mos-def-allowed-to-leave-south-africa-after-apology/news/?utm_source=vibe.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_module&utm_term=pubexchange_module-stereogum-vibe

 

Sony Looking To Reboot ‘The Jeffersons’ & ‘Good Times’

We saw it happen with Fuller House, and now it’s looks like Norman Lear’s beloved sitcoms could be getting the same treatment. According to reports, Sony and Lear are in the works of rebooting several classic shows including The Jeffersons and Good Times as miniseries.

While some other resurrected series have picked up where they left off years later, Sony has plans to recreate the classic episodes of the shows with new actors, according to Variety. The shows would still work around the old script, but would just package them as short, six-episode seasons. While this definitely doesn’t sound like the ideal situation for fans who remember every punchline and narrative from the 1970s series, it may make the most sense considering the fact that lead characters such as Sherman Hemsley (he played George Jefferson on The Jeffersons) have passed away.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/sony-the-jefferson-good-times-reboot/

 

John Legend Has Some Harsh Words For Kanye West’s Meeting With Donald Trump.

Kanye West may have thought he was doing the country a service by meeting with president-elect Donald Trump to discuss “multicultural issues,” but John Legend isn’t buying it one bit. In an interview with French outlet Clique, the Darkness and Lightartist blasted the rapper for going to the Trump Tower, labelling it a clear publicity stunt.

“I don’t think it’s impossible to talk to [Donald Trump] about issues, but I won’t be used as a publicity stunt. I think Kanye was a publicity stunt,” Legend told the publication on Dec. 14. The singer then expressed his disappointment for West’s earlier comments — pre-mental breakdown — in which the rapper stated that he would have voted for Trump in the general elections.

“I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump. I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country,” the singer, who has been a vocal protester of many of the president-elect’s policies, said. “I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing.” And when the interviewer suggested that West may have had another motive for the meeting, Legend responded: “Whatever’s in his mind, I disagree with him.”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/john-legend-kanye-west-donald-trump-meeting/

Akon Is Reportedly Being Sued For $1 Million By A Fellow Producer

The site reads that Clopton worked with the Konvict Kartel head honcho on a number of songs for the label, but was left hanging when it came to being compensated for a majority of the tracks he helped create with Akon since he began working with him in 2008.

“In the suit, Clopton alleges the cover-up was intentional, so Akon could keep Clopton’s royalties from himself,” TMZ writes. “He accuses Akon of a ‘pattern of racketeering activity.’” Clopton is looking to have his contract with the musician terminated as well as $1 million in damages.

Netflix spokesperson says Prince discussed reality show

 Here’s something else we lost with the death of Prince: A Netflix reality series centered on his Paisley Park home in Minnesota.

A Netflix spokesperson told The Associated Press on Saturday that the online entertainment company had been in “discussions” with Prince about a series, but that the project did not “come to fruition” before his death in April.

Photographer Maya Washington, a friend of the performer known for such hits as “Purple Rain” and “1999,” told GQ recently that he had talked about the show and how he didn’t want to be in it.

“Why not? You’re so funny,” she told him. Answered Prince: “Maya, I can’t be funny. I have to save the world.”

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Ne-Yo Says He’ll Perform at Trump’s Inauguration

Back in October, Ne-Yo was spitting a big game saying he’d be moving to Canada with Drake if Donald Trump was to win the 2016 presidential election.

Now that Trump actually did become the president-elect, Ne-Yo is singing a different tune.

In a new interview with TMZ, the singer said that, in the hypothetical situation of Trump asking him to perform at his inauguration, he’d accept the invitation without hesitation.

“I wouldn’t go because I support Donald Trump, I’d go because it’s a dope party,” he said with a huge grin on his face.

He then adds that he’d go to collect his check and would do so while flipping Trump the bird.

After all, business (and life) must go on.

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Sony Announces ‘Bad Boys 4′ Is Coming To Theaters In 2019

DJ Mustard Talks 100 Pound Weight Loss: “I Wanted To Be Healthy”

DJ Mustard is looking a lot thinner these days, and the 26-year-old producer revealed how (and why) he dropped 100 pounds with the ladies of The Real earlier in the week.

“I like dressing in designer clothes and it’s hard to buy them if [you’re] overweight,” Mustard said of what motivated him to get fit.

“I got tired of going in stores and I couldn’t fit anything, and overall I wanted to be healthy,” he continued. “My son runs around the house, and I want to be able to catch him.”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/12/dj-mustard-100-pound-weight-loss/

Kanye West Reportedly Suffering From Paranoia And Extreme Depression

While Kanye West remains hospitalized more alleged details about his mental state are being revealed. West is purportedly suffering from paranoia and extreme depression, according to TMZ.

The site claims, West has long battled, with the aforementioned mental ailments, and initially believed people were out to get him — including his doctors.

It was Ye’s personal physician, Dr. Michael Farzam, who called 911 to have the rapper transported to a hospital because he was suffering from temporary psychosis brought on by sleep deprivation and dehydration.

Upon being hospitalized, West wouldn’t allow doctors to treat him, per TMZ. The 39-year-old father of two was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital where he is expected to remain until Monday (Nov. 28).

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2016/11/kanye-west-reportedly-suffering-from-paranoia-depression/

 

Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Divorce: “If I Can’t Get Respect In The Relationship, Then I Have to Move On”.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul delivered an emotional and show-stopping performance of her single “Thick of It” before sitting with host Robin Roberts to discuss her failed marriage of 12 years with Kendu Isaacs.

“My heart is OK. I’m hanging in there,” she told Roberts. “No one wants to go through this, and this is hard.”

Blige, 45, who filed for divorce from Isaacs in July, citing irreconcilable differences, opened up about why she ended the marriage.

“The breaking point was when I kept asking over and over and over again for respect and to be respected. And it just seemed like I was beating a dead horse,” Blige told Roberts. “It seemed like I was talking to a wall. I just wasn’t getting it back so if I can’t get respect in the relationship, then I have to move on and save myself. That was the point where I was like, ‘I’m done. I just can’t do it anymore.’”
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Jagged Edge’s Kyle Norman Accused Of Trying To Stab His Son During Drunken Fight.

Jagged Edge member Kyle Norman was arrested after allegedly trying to stab his during a drunken a fight at his Georgia home in September, reports Bossip. According to documents recently obtained by the site, Norman had to be restrained to stop him from beating his son, who’s age is unclear.

The singer’s wife, Merrika, was asleep at around 5 a.m., when she heard Norman fighting the son in another room and called the police. A cousin eventually restrained Norman but that attack reportedly continued as he “followed his son downstairs to the living room,” and “punched a wall” as he approached.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/11/jagged-edge-kyle-norman-son-attack/

 

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Is This Year’s Sexiest Man Alive!

The world’s highest-paid actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has big box-office draw — but it’s his even bigger heart that made the Moana star this year’s Sexiest Man Alive!

So what did the former WWE champ, 44, think when he first heard about his latest title?

“I said, ‘That’s awesome.’ And then what went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is,” Johnson tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “And then I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here. I’ve done it all, this is it.”

To celebrate his title – and his upcoming Disney role – Johnson is making his Sexiest Man Alive debut Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings for time).

At 6’5″ and 245 lbs., the Herculean star insists that becoming comfortable in his own skin “took a lot of time.”

READ MORE :http://people.com/celebrity/sexiest-man-alive-2016-dwayne-johnson-the-rock/

 

Bates Motel’ Taps Rihanna for Famous ‘Psycho’ Role

The news was announced Friday at the A&E show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, where producers also confirmed the drama would end with season five.

Rihanna is checking into A&E’s Bates Motel.Shortly after confirming that season five of the drama would be its last, producers announced Friday at San Diego Comic-Con that the pop icon has been tapped to assume on an iconic role on the Psycho prequel series.

Rihanna will take on the highly anticipated role of Marion Crane, the character played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho. As a refresher: Marion checked into the Bates Motel but never checked out after Norman — dressed as his mother, Norma — stabbed her to death in the shower. Watch Rihanna’s announcement below.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Discusses Final Days In The White House With ‘Vogue’

First Lady Michelle Obama is a breath of fresh air on the cover of Vogue’s December issue. Within the feature story, Mrs. Obama speaks on the importance of listening to and shaping the youth, what she does to de-stress, and revealed her thoughts on her final days in the White House.

“ . . . it’s time. I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough,” she said. “Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating. And I think Barack and I—because we’re kind of stubborn—we’ve maintained some normalcy, mostly because of the age of our kids. I go out to dinner with my girlfriends; I go to Sasha’s games; Barack has coached a little basketball with Sasha’s team. But at the same time, when you can’t walk into CVS?”

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/11/michelle-obama-vogue-december-issue/

John Legend’s “Love Me Now” Video Tackles Tragedy And Love

John Legend urges us to “Live now. Give now. Love Now,” in the new video for his single from his upcoming album, Darkness And Light, due Dec. 3. Model, author, as well as his wife, Chrissy Teigen joins him in intimate, smitten scenes evocative of the images in “All Of Me.” But this time, they’re accompanied by the happiest addition to their family, newborn daughter, Luna.

Taking a humanitarian approach to the video, directed by Nabil Elderkin, Legend highlights loving someone in the midst of tragedy, focusing on four areas in the world enduring tragedy at the moment, or recent past. The track’s message paired with the four incidences, seek to provide solace to those who might’ve lost loved ones in these unfortunate times. On the other end, the video depicts the story of those who still physically have their loved ones, and that no matter what tomorrow may bring or what the current state may present, if you love someone, you have to love them “like it’s all [you] have.”

READ MORE: http://www.vibe.com/2016/11/john-legend-love-me-now-video/

T.I. On Lil Wayne’s Black Lives Matter Comments: “Stop Embarrassing Yourself”

Almost a full week after Lil Wayne explained his disconnect with the Black Lives Matter movement, T.I. is attempting to set him on a different path. The Grand Hustle leader peeped Wayne’s Nightline interview Saturday (Nov. 5), and he’s requesting that the Young Money founder stop “embarrassing” himself (and his fans).

Despite being at a “complete loss for words,” Tip laid out his thoughts in a finely worded rant ripe with constructive criticism and a plug to his “Us Or Else” single.

READ MORE:http://www.vibe.com/2016/11/t-i-lil-wayne-black-lives-matter/

Oprah unveils her favorite things…check it out below

It’s the most highly anticipated shopping guide of the year, and now Oprah’s annual list of her favorite things is back — and bigger than ever.

The 62-year-old media mogul has curated a whopping 101 items for her new 2016 list, which is featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, with many of the suggested gifts readily available on Amazon.

And while there is certainly something from everyone, many of the items come with shockingly high price tags — even with the exclusive discount codes being offered.

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Etienne Charles brings Orange Is The New Black actress for album premiere.

Etienne Charles, internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter and 2015 Guggenheim fellow, will be joined on stage by a Netflix star when he stages his album premiere on Nov 20.

Tony Award Nominee, Danielle Brooks, best known as Taystee in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black (OITNB), will be among the cast at Queen’s Hall for the Caribbean premiere of Charles’ San Jose Suite album.

The Juilliard-trained singer/actor will show off her singing chops when she appears alongside Charles in the Christmas segment of the programme.

Brooks earned a Tony nomination in 2015 for her role as Sofia in her Broadway debut in The Colour Purple.

San Jose Suite is Charles’ latest album and his sixth full-length release.

The album takes listeners on a historical journey of three San Jose cities, in Costa Rica, California, and St Joseph in Trinidad, which was known as San Jose during the Spanish colonisation.

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Here’s Why Mariah Carey Wants $50 Million from Ex-Fiancé James Packer

Mariah Carey and billionaire (ex-)fiancé James Packer had agreed on a $50 million prenup arrangement.

Despite previous reports claiming the singer was demanding money as compensation for the highly-publicized disagreement the couple had on a yacht in Greece, TMZ now reveals it’s because that is the amount she would have walked away with had they signed their marriage prenup.

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FORMER BOYZ II MEN MEMBER MICHAEL MCCARY SEEKS HEALING FROM IYANLA

One of the founding members of Boyz II Men, is among six men invited into a “House of Healing” to fix the black mens’ “broken spirit and broken heart” on a special three-part installment of “Iyanla: Fix My Life.”

McCary, known for his incredible bass voice in the group, is a graduate of the prestigious Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Another original member, Marc Nelson, left the group due to personality conflicts.

Boyz II Men, discovered by New Edition ‘s Mike Bivins, dominated the charts in During the 90s and won Grammy Awards for their hits “Cooleyhighharmony,” “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You.” On top of those honors, their album II earned them the Grammy’s Album of the Year in 1994.

McCary, now 44, left the group due to problems with a medical condition known as scoliosis as well as reported contractual disagreements.

READ MORE :http://www.eurweb.com/2016/10/former-boyz-ii-men-member-michael-mccary-seeks-healing-iyanla-watch/

 

CALYPSO ROSE RECIPIENT OF WOMEX 2016.

The WOMEX 2016 Artist Award will go to Calypso Rose, the acclaimed singer from Trinidad & Tobago and composer of numerous hit calypsos. Calypso Rose will receiving the prestigious award in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on October 23, 2016. The 76 year-old Calypso star will perform together with members of Kobo Town.

Calypso Rose started her remarkable career in the 1950s. Rose first performed at WOMEX in 2006, where she was scheduled to showcase as part of the Calypso@Dirty Jim’s all-star ensemble, but the band could not appear due to travel complications, so Calypso Rose spontaneously took on the show, accompanied only by piano, and had a great response from the audience.

READ MORE: http://worldmusiccentral.org/2016/07/21/calypso-rose-recipient-of-womex-2016/

Rock Hall of Fame: Tupac Shakur

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 are in, and the list includes Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Janet Jackson, Journey, the Cars, the Zombies andYes. The rest of this year’s hopefuls are Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Steppenwolf. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.

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CIARA EXPECTING FIRST CHILD WITH RUSSELL WILSON

*Ciara and Russell Wilson have yet to confirm or deny today’s reports that she is pregnant, but E! News is quoting two sources who insist the couple is indeed in a family way.

“Ciara is pregnant and is so excited to be a mom,” one source told the outlet. “Russell [Wilson] would like to have two to three children. They both would like a big family.”

The news comes as Ciara has been spotted in public recently wearing loose-fitting clothing, which sparked speculation that she had been hiding a baby bump.

The R&B singer and Seattle Seahawks quarterback had famously proclaimed they abstained from having sex before they tied the knot in July.

Ciara is already mom to 2-year-old Future Jr., her son with rapper Future.

If true, the baby news caps a week in which Ciara was also announced as Revlon’s new Global Ambassador.

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 Mary J. Blige’s ex wants $129K a month in spousal support

Mary J. Blige‘s ex wants her to dig deep into her wallet.

In court docs obtained by TMZ, the singer’s estranged husband, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, is seeking $129,391 a month in spousal support. While he originally requested spousal support in September, having been exposed to an exuberant lifestyle during their 12-year marriage, he believes Blige, 45, should help him maintain it.

Isaacs claimed he’s been left without a source of income after Blige fired him as her manager, shortly after she filed for divorce in July. Though Blige gave him $35,000 in August, $50,000 in September, as well as $25,000 for attorney fees, Isaacs claimed in the filings to have spent the cash to “secure new living accommodations,” per the Daily Mail.

Isaacs wants Blige to cover the cost of an $8,000 private chef, a $3,200 personal trainer, as well as the $5,000 he gives to his parents per month. He also requested an additional $100,000 for legal costs.

Though the couple signed a prenup two days before their December 2003 wedding, Isaacs believes the document is invalid as he did not have a lawyer present.

Reps for Blige did not immediately return a request for comment.

READ MORE: http://pagesix.com/2016/10/18/mary-j-bliges-ex-wants-129k-a-month-in-spousal-support/