Man Arrested for Criminal Trespassing at Rihanna’s Apartment Building.
A man was arrested Tuesday at a New York City apartment building where Rihanna has a penthouse.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to E! News that 33-year-old Salmir Feratovic was booked for criminal trespassing. The spokesperson said he had visited the residence before and was told then he was not allowed to return. He has not commented.
Authorities made no mention of Rihanna. In March, a man by the same name had commented on a news story about the singer that was posted on Facebook, writing, “Why she is not with me?”
Feratovic has multiple prior arrests, including one from May 2016 in which he was arrested for criminal trespassing at the same location.
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“We Do Not Operate In Fear” – Nicki Minaj Vows To Perform For Manchester In 2018
In the wake of the recent Manchester bombing, in which 22 people lost their lives and dozens were injured at an Ariana Grande concert, many artists are rethinking their own tour and concert strategies. That is except for Nicki Minaj, who suggested that she would absolutely put on a show for Manchester and the rest of the U.K. again in the near future.
While Nicki exhibited an elevated sense of confidence, she also showed sympathy for Ariana Grande and her U.K. fans during this tragic moment. “Ariana is my sister. I love her and I love the people of the UK. And I’m devastated by the news. It’s heartbreaking,” she said.
Thankfully, three more arrests have been made in relation to the Manchester concert attack. The first attacker was originally identified as 23-year-old Salman Abedi. Manchester and the rest of the world continue to mourn the loss of the dozens of young people killed. Check out Nicki Minaj’s statement below.
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Nicki Minaj, Drake, Bruno Mars & John Legend Light Up the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
The annual Billboard Music Awards officially went down at the T-Mobile Arena in Los Vegas on Sunday night (May 21). With rapper-actor Ludacris serving as co-host alongside singer Vanessa Hudgens, the award show highlighted many of today’s music stars. While Drake inched closer to setting the new award record (over Adele) with 13 trophies, chart-making artists brought the party vibes to the stage.
Nicki Minaj kicked the show off with a medley performance of her singles, “No Frauds,” (with Lil Wayne) “Light My Body Up” (with David Guetta), and more. Halfway through the award show, Drake hit the outdoors and rocked the mic from inside Vegas’ historic Bellagio Fountains for his More Life track, “Gylachester.” Shortly after, John Legend hit the grand piano for a soulful performance of “Surefire” before joining Florida Georgia Line with “H.O.L.Y.”
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Drake Sets New Record, Beyonce And More Take Home Wins At Billboard Music Awards.
The 2017 Billboard Awards was definitely a time to be alive, especially when your name is Drake. The More Life artist walked away with 13 trophies, setting a new record for the most wins in one night and within one single year.
Before the award show kicked off, the Toronto had already accumulated 10 wins and No. 11 ended up being the “Top Male Artist” award, winning over the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, The Weeknd and more. To top off the night, the rapper took home of the major awards of the night – the Top Artist Award.
Among the artists to win are Beyonce with 5 awards, Rae Srummurd with 1, and Desiigner with 1 as well. See some of winners and categories below as well as Drake’s last acceptance speech of the night.
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Estelle Releases Powerful New Song “Woman’s World” to Benefit Planned Parenthood
Estelle is making a proud and powerful statement, while benefiting a great cause, with the release of her new song, “Woman’s World.”
The UK songstress is one of several artists including John Legend and Mary J. Blige who have teamed up with Planned Parenthood for the forthcoming box set/digital stream, 7 Inches For Planned Parenthood.
The goal of the project is simple ― 100 percent of proceeds from the album will go towards supporting Planned Parenthood.
On the poignant anthem, Estelle sings, “And a world without a woman / Is a place you don’t wanna be / If love is a war and she’s your soldier / Ain’t nowhere else you should wanna be.”
Estelle talked to Huffington Post’s Black Voices about her contribution to the project, saying: “Every single time I’ve heard a song about women holding something down or being powerful, it’s a slow ballad. I wanted to make this powerful, make it push, make it go. We’re not asking to run the world — we run it.
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Bell Biv DeVoe, SWV, & En Vogue Team Up for Spring/Summer Tour.
90s R&B fans get ready! Three of the decade’s biggest acts have joined forces for a spring/summer 2017 tour!
Hot of the release of their comeback album Three Stripes, Bell Biv DeVoe have announced their “Three Stripes Tour.” The North American trek will include R&B powerhouse groups, En Vogue — who will be promoting their upcoming album Electric Cafe, and SWV — who are continuing to support their most recent release, Still.
For the first time ever, these extraordinary artists are taking the stage together in what promises to deliver memorable performances filled with funk, soul, and harmony. On select dates, Guy will join the bill as well.
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Kevin Hart and Wife Eniko Parrish Are Expecting Their First Child Together
Kevin Hart is going to be a dad again.
The comedian and his wife, model Eniko Parrish, 32, announced on Mother’s Day that they are expecting their first child together, and it’s a boy!
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New Music: Marsha Ambrosius – Luh Ya
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Marsha Ambrosius is celebrating her first a little early, with the brand new single, “Luh Ya.”
The Grammy-nominated songstress teamed up with producer Harmony Samuels for the heartwarming song, which she previously co-wrote with her fiancé Dez Billups. Last December, Marsha gave birth to their first child together, a baby girl named Nyla.
The uptempo track is a spring-appropriate twist on a light-hearted love song. “No matter what they say I’ll stay so true to you / Baby, whatever happens, ’til the end I’ll be so good to you / It ain’t a question if I love you / Because, I luh ya,” she sings.
Along with finishing up her currently untitled new album, Marsha is on tour with four-time-GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Eric Benet for their “M.E. Tour,” which runs through June 1.
On Thursday (May 4), Marsha appeared on “The Breakfast Club” for a new interview where she discussed the new single, motherhood, baby-making music, Floetry drama and more.\
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Goapele returned last week with the feel-good, love-based single “Power,” and today (May 5) the angelic vocalist follows up right away with the sultry new song, “Secret.”
The Bay Area songstress borrows from Aaliyah with an interpolation of “Are You That Somebody,” on the melodic slow jam, which is the second release off her forthcoming EP, Dreamseeker, due out May 19. Over chilling keys and a thumping 808, Goapele sings about an intoxicating, intimate relationship.
“Cause I can’t let you know / I got a secret / I hope you’re responsible / I got a secret / You bring the freak right out of me / I got a secret, can’t keep it / Say yes or say no,” she sings.
Following 2014’s Strong As Glass album, the Dreamseeker EP is said to see Goapele confidently embrace a boundless musical palette, while lyrically exploring sensuality, social consciousness, and motherhood.
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Maxwell Releases “King & Queen Tour” Film on TIDAL
Maxwell will get back on the road this month, kicking off his Summers 17 arena tour on May 23 with support from Common, Ledisi and Leela James.
However, before he brings his lush vocals to audiences once again, the crooner is giving fans an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at his international tour last year with Mary J. Blige, in the documentary “The King & Queen of Hearts World Tour.” The 20-minute black and white film debuted exclusively on Tidal today (May 5).
In the film, shot backstage and onstage in Europe, Maxwell talks about the “family” chemistry between him and the musicians in his band, his two-decade journey from waiter to Grammy Award-winning singer and the excitement of touring with Queen Mary.
“Sometimes I deliver; sometimes I don’t,” says a candid Maxwell. “But my greatest intention is to make sure that people get their money’s worth and walk away with something they can remember for the rest of their lives hopefully.”
View a clip from “The King & Queen of Hearts World Tour” film below.
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Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in “Happy Days,” dies at 56.
US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56.
Police said an emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead.
The cause is not yet known.
Moran also starred in the show’s spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi, which began in 1982. She played Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of lead character Richie.
Richie was played by Ron Howard, who has been among those posting the first tributes online.
John Witherspoon Says Another ‘Friday’ Movie Will Definitely Happen
It’s been 22 years since Ice Cube debuted the cult classic film, Friday, and 15 years since the third part to the comedic movie, Friday After Next, premiered in theaters. With speculation that another reel in the Cubevision canon — reportedly titled “Last Friday” — would go into production in the near future, fans were left to hope and pray that the movie’s birth would come to fruition.
Now, one of Friday’s most memorable actors shared a bit of news that might ease spectators’ desires. John Witherspoon, who played Cube’s father Willie Jones, confirmed that a Friday follow-up is in the works, TMZ reports.
‘DAMN.’ Lands At No. 1 On The Billboard Hot 200 With Biggest Record Debut of 2017.
Kendrick Lamar’s latest musical offering has been the talk of the town ever since the Compton native released “The Heart IV” and if tradition persists, we’ll be discussing K.Dot for quite sometime. But what’s been on everyone’s mind is where will Kung-Fun Kenny’s third record DAMN. land on the charts, according to Billboard where it always lands, at No. 1.
Box-braid Kenny sold 603,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 20, making DAMN. the biggest album debut of 2017. The last record to boast those number and hold that coveted position was More Life which sold 505,000 units the week ending of March 23.
TLC Talk Upcoming Album, New Single & Chilli’s Michael Jackson Story on Big Boy’s Neighborhood
Last week, T-Boz and Chilli released their new single “Way Back” featuring Snoop Dogg, the first taste of their much-anticipated fan-funded album. While promoting the song in Los Angeles the ladies stopped by Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Real 92.3 to talk about the single, forthcoming album, the love they have for their fans, and T-Boz shared the funniest Chilli and Michael Jackson story.
When sharing some of the troubles they encountered with the recording process of the album, they explained much of the delay was caused because of dealing with the crazy schedules of multiple songwriters and producers.
TLC have asked fans to help them name the album, which they haven’t decided on yet, but the project is still due out on June 30.
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Chris Brown Documentary Coming to Theaters in June
Chris Brown will finally release his long-awaited documentary this summer.
The R&B superstar has announced that his candid “Welcome to My Life” film will arrive in theaters this June.
Last year, Breezy shared a trailer for “Welcome to My Life,” which includes commentary from his friends and fellow stars including Jamie Foxx, Usher, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Lopez, and Rita Ora.
The trailer also features flashback interviews with Chris, in which he talks about his future. “I want to be at the pinnacle, the highest point, to where I’m known as a legend, almost,” he says in a throwback Q&A.
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Cuba Gooding Sr. Passes Away At Age 72
On Thursday afternoon (April 20), news surfaced that actors Omar and Cuba Gooding Jr.’s father, Cuba Gooding Sr., passed away from a reported overdose. He was 72.
TMZ reports that the famed musician was found unresponsive in a silver Jaguar in Woodland Hills, Calif. Around 1 p.m. EST, medical officials arrived on the scene and administered CPR to no avail. Upon a search of the vehicle, authorities found empty liquor bottles, leading them to believe he passed away from an overdose.
Gooding Sr. rose to critical-acclaim in the early ’70s as part of the group, The Main Ingredient. One of their most recognizable hits reigns as “Everybody Plays the Fool,” which hit the No. 2 slot on the Billboard R&B chart.
Charlie Murphy’s Family Releases Statement After His Passing.
The entertainment world has been mourning the loss of comedic giant, writer and actor Charlie Murphy, who passed away in New York City today (Apr. 12) from a battle with leukemia. He was 57 years old.
The Chappelle’s Show star’s family released a statement regarding Murphy’s passing after the news was confirmed.
“Our hearts are heavy with the loss today of our son, brother, father, uncle and friend Charlie,” the family said. “Charlie filled our family with love and laughter and there won’t be a day that goes by that his presence will not be missed. Thank you for the outpouring of condolences and prayers. We respectfully ask for privacy during this time of great loss for all of us.”
Murphy was survived by three children and loving family, including his younger brother Eddie Murphy. Eddie spoke very highly of his only sibling, and the two were very close. In a recent interview with Variety, Eddie said that Charlie is his “best impression,” and joked that he wished Charlie would “get famous…because people could see this great impression” that he does.
Kelly Rowland Talks New Book ‘Whoa, Baby!,’ Snapback Body & More.
Kelly Rowland released her anticipated book debut, Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (And Wonder What the #*@& Just Happened), and she hit the promo trail in NYC to promote the release.
One of Kelly’s early stops was an interview with “Sway In The Morning” on SiriusXM, where she spoke with Heather B and Tracy G. Already a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actress, the mother of 2-year-old Titan Jewell, collaborated with her personal OB/GYN, Dr. Tristan Emily Bickman, on her literary debut for new moms on what to expect post-pregnancy.
“Whenever you have your baby, there was no information to tell you anything that happens mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and I was like, that needs to be done,” said Rowland.
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‘Empire’ Actor Arrested On Domestic Battery Charge
Empire’s Morocco Omari was arrested in Chicago on Wednesday (April 5) on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the actor’s 24-year-old girlfriend called police to Hyde Park where she reported that the actor pushed her to the ground several times during an argument that left her with scratches on her neck and chest.
Omari, who plays FBI agent and Lucious Lyon’s half brother Tariq on Fox’s hit series, appeared in court on Thursday (April 6) and is scheduled to return on April 20.
Janet Jackson And Husband Wissam Al Mana Call It Quits
Just three months after the couple welcomed their child, it’s been announced Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana are going their separate ways.
According to Page Six, there’s two theories surrounding the split. One source says it’s amicable and the two will continue to co-parent their child, while another claims Al Mana’s controlling ways became unbearable for the performer.
“She thought he had become too controlling during the pregnancy, and she had already allowed him to dictate her appearance and even the way she performed at concerts,” the source who works closely with the couple said.
Beyoncé Dedicates Video & Playlist To Jay Z on 9th Wedding Anniversary.
On their ninth wedding anniversary, Beyoncé has shared a special message to her husband Jay Z, with an updated video for her 2015 dedication “Die With You.”
Queen Bey shows off their strong love and blissful times together through the years as she sings: “I don’t have a reason to cry / I have every reason to smile / I don’t have a reason to lie / When you’re already reading my mind / I don’t have a reason to be, if I can’t be with you.”
Giving fans a glimpse of their special memories, the visual features candid scenes of the Carters on vacation in Italy and other locations, exploring the beautiful landscapes and shopping districts, all while relaxing, smiling, and enjoying life.
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TLC Asks Fans To Name Their Final Album On Kickstarter.
Thanks to a positive Kickstarter post from TLC on Wednesday (Apr. 5), fans can expect the R&B group’s final album to be released on Jun. 30.
“Hey Kickstarter Family, The album date is firm, June 30th is the release of the new TLC album that you made happen!” wrote Bill Diggins, the group’s manager. A Kickstarter campaign to fund TLC’s final album began in January 2015. Donations exceeded expectations, and over $430,000 from 4,201 backers was raised.
“Tionne and Chilli have been working night and day to hit this date,” Diggins wrote of the progress the duo has made in the months since announcing their album. “The video and a photo shoot on April 18th, 19th, 20th.”
Chris Brown Kicks Off “The Party Tour” in Baltimore
R&B superstar Chris Brown kicked off his North American “Party Tour” in Baltimore with an electrifying first show at Royal Farms Arena.
Supported by rappers Fabolous, O.T. Genesis, and Kap G, the singer made his grand entrance to a booming recorded introduction by DJ Khaled. “They don’t want us to win,” he said over the arena sound system. “So we gon’ win more. They don’t want us to party, so Chris Brown’s bringing you ‘The Party Tour.’ When I say ‘Chris,’ you say ‘Brown!’ When I say ‘Team,’ you say ‘Breezy!’ I introduce you to the legendary, iconic, my friend, my brother, Chris Brown.”
Surprising the packed arena, Brown floated down from the ceiling, flipping backwards, and singing upside down, as he opened his set to the turn-up anthem “Wrist.” The Grammy Award winners catalog runs so deep he ran through hit after hit, receiving screaming applause when he gyrated on the floor to “Take You Down” where he was joined by a female guitar player. He stripped down for sexy cuts like “Time for Love” and “Back To Sleep,” and smoothed it out with his brand new single “Privacy.”
Mary J. Blige And Kanye West’s “Love Yourself” Proves That The Truth Hurts
Pain and real life experiences make for great music, and Mary J. Blige has made a career of doing just that. This week, MJB continues her tradition of sharing her trials on wax. With Kanye West paying a visit on the stirring record, Mary releases an empowering single, “Love Yourself” from her upcoming album Strength of a Woman.
Over theatrical piano keys and horns, provided by DJ Camper, the veteran songstress delivers her heartfelt message of remaining stoic throughout life’s hard knocks.
“Truth can be the sweetest pain/It can mess up everything/It’s the only way you know/I’m paying for it, I’m changing for it/Oh, oh, and it hurts/But I’ll make it work/’Cause I’m no beginner/I’m a winner, paid dues, I know my purpose,” the legend sings.
PARTYNEXTDOOR Has Remixed Bruno Mars’s “That’s What I Like”
Bruno Mars‘s “That’s What I Like” is a luxuriant and seductive bop in which the diminutive pop star sings about “Gold jewelry shining so bright” and “Strawberry champagne on ice.” The song now has a remix courtesy of PARTYNEXTDOOR, who maintains the silky tone with a guest verse. Singing in falsetto PARTY promises he “will never make a promise that I won’t keep” and talks about having Ginuwine songs playing in the background when he makes his move.
This remix arrives off the back of PARTYNEXTDOOR’s new collab with Zayn Malik, plus his appearance on Drake’s More Life. Stream the new version of “That’s What I Like” below.
Film Festival goes to Tobago Jazz
The first ever Tobago Jazz Film Festival – a celebration of music and Tobago through film – will be launched on April 21, as part of the Tobago Jazz Experience.
An initiative of the trinidad+tobago film festival and corporate sponsor, Flow, the Tobago Jazz Film Festival will screen in the open air, with films by Tobagonian filmmakers as well as international films with a focus on music. There will also be an industry workshop for Tobago-based filmmakers. Admission to all events is free.
The lineup of Festival events is as follows:
Sat April 22, 9 am / training + Development workshops for filmmakers / Shaw Park Complex
By application only – filmmakers should submit their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun April 23, 7pm / movies + afterparty / The Shade Nightclub /Bon Accord
Redman / PG 13 (Tbg) – a hilarious tale of what it means to be a man
Dancehall Queen / 14+ – a desperate mother enters a dancehall competition, to save her daughter’s life.
Mon April 24, 7pm / movies + dinner / Mt Irvine Bay Resort
Glass Bottom Boat / GA (Tbg) – a woman’s enduring love for Tobago sustains her through profound loss.
Miles Ahead / 18+ – a fictional narrative about jazz-legend, Miles Davis
Dinner reservations are recommended
Breezy is coming back for the bedroom!
As promised, Chris Brown has released his brand new single “Privacy,” off his anticipated new album Heartbreak On A Full Moon.
The R&B superstar gets x-rated on the sex-drenched song, produced by d.a. doman, as he provocatively sings and raps to his latest partner some raunchy lines about his bedroom exploits. While Brown drops a few deeply sexual requests, he promises to keep their love making a private affair.
“No eyes but your eyes / Ain’t nobody here but you and me / Lickin’ your private parts / And I know you love your privacy,” he sings on the chorus before adding; “You ain’t even shower, you’re already wet / Know that pussy power tellin me I ain’t ready yet / I say fuck it, face my fears baby / When I lick it I put tears in it / Put my face in it, eat it like a dinner date.”
Next week, Brown will guest star on ABC’s “Black-ish.” He is set to kick off his “Party Tour,” on March 31 with 50 Cent and Fabolous. Heartbreak on a Full Moon is expected later this year, it has already spawned the singles “Grass Ain’t Greener” and “Party” featuring Gucci Mane and Usher.
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Dondria Nicole Releases Cover of SWV’s “Weak”
Dondria has always been underrated, but the Texas native’s vocals are outstanding, and it’s always a treat when she drops a cover song.
Giving fans something new to enjoy, the R&B singer has released a stellar cover of SWV’s classic ballad “Weak,” which she worked with producer Soufwest to recreate. Along with the audio, she has dropped a visual performance in a recording booth.
“Weak” is one of Dondria’s favorite ’90s songs, and her cover comes before the release of her upcoming new EP, The Day of the Don, which is coming soon.
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Chance The Rapper States Apple Paid Him $500,000 For ‘Coloring Book’ Exclusivity
Chance The Rapper has branded himself as an independent artist, and rightfully so with no major label backing him. Many have tried to recently discredit that notion because of his relationships with major corporations. In a recent interview with Complex, the Chicago native said that he might sell his debut album, but that’s “just an idea.” With Lil Chano pledging $1,000,000 to the Chicago public school system at the beginning of March, he will keep using his relationships for a good cause.
The 23-year-old artist took to Twitter to clear the air regarding his partnership with Apple and discussed the $500,000 check he received for Coloring Book’s two week exclusive streaming window. “That was the extent of my deal, after 2 weeks it was on SoundCloud for free,” he said on Twitter. “I needed the money and they’re all good people over there. I just wanna remain transparent. Folks out there without a deal need to know they’re doing everything right just keep at it.”
Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90
Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday at his home near Wentzville, Mo. He was 90.
The St. Charles County Police Department confirmed his death on its Facebook page. The department said that it responded to a medical emergency at the home, about 45 miles west of St. Louis, and that lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.
While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.
Lyric giant Genius.com declares Voice as ‘the face of modern soca’
Genius, home to the world’s biggest collection of song lyrics and crowdsourced musical knowledge, recently featured Voice as the face of modern soca.
Written by JuLion-Kilo, the feature touches on how Voice’s two-time success as Soca Monarch has made him a leader in the genre.
The piece also reveals that his track ‘Far From Finished’-which has now amassed over three million views on YouTube-borrowed a line from the late, great Notorious B.I.G.
Check out his full feature on RGenius.com
The Sweet Reason Ed Sheeran Is Appearing in Season 7.
Though Game of Thrones has a rich history of musical guest stars, usually, those performers fly a little bit under the radar. But this season, creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff landed someone a bit more starry. British megastar Ed Sheeran will appear in Season 7—and at a South by Southwest panel on Sunday, the showrunners explained the very personal reason why.
In a conversation moderated by stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, Benioff said they had tried for years to land Sheeran as a surprise for Williams, who is a huge fan. This is the year they finally made it happen.
Rihanna has love on the charts.
Barbadian superstar Rihanna continues to make her mark on music history.
Just after recently gaining recognition outside of the music industry when she was given the Humanitarian of the Year award at Harvard University, Rihanna continues to go down in music history as her success sings out loud on the charts.
Billboard has revealed that the songstress is making even more waves, as she climbs her way up in music history.
She is now number 5 among artists with the top five hits on the Billboard’s Hot 100 all-time. But that’s not all.
Rihanna’s latest hit, Love on the Brain, is also helping her gain more acclaim. She now joins Madonna and The Beatles as the only performers with at least 30 Hot 100 top 10s, with Madonna having 38 and The Beatles having 34.
‘Insecure’ Season 2 Set For A July Premiere Date
Season One of HBO’s Insecure left every one and their dead ancestors in their feelings. The Internet was split down the middle between #TeamIssa or #TeamLawrence, (the writer of this post is personally #TeamBouch) and think pieces, Tweets, and Facebook dissertations were abundant with many people offering their two cents on the scripted drama.
Folks have since simmered down and resumed their normal lives. However, our favorite Awkward Black Girl Issa Rae took to Instagram Tuesday (March 14) to announce that Season Two of the addictive show will return July 23.
Former Miss Jamaica Universe, 30, dies after lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia
Shakira Martin, the former Miss Jamaica Universe, has died at age 30.
Martin died Wednesday from “blood clots on both lungs,” according to a Sun-Sentinel report. The blood clots were a result of “complications” from sickle cell anemia, the report states.
According to Martin’s mother Andrea Hall, the beauty queen encouraged others who suffered from the disease to get out of their homes and enjoy the sunshine.
Her mother, Andrea Hall, said that Martin lived by these words: “If you live a dead life, what was the purpose of being alive?”
Hall went on to say that her daughter had suffered from the sickle cell disease since birth but never let her disease define her.
Joni Sledge, Who With Sisters Recorded ‘We Are Family’, Dies at 60
NEW YORK — Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family,” has died, the band’s representative said Saturday.
She was 60.
Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, the band’s publicist, Biff Warren, said. A cause of death has not been determined. He said she had not been ill.
“On yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We welcome your prayers as we weep the loss of our sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin,” read a family statement.
Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed the Sister Sledge in 1971 in Philadelphia, their hometown, but struggled for years before success came.
Drake’s ‘More Life’ Finally Has A Release Date
Ready for More Life? Drake’s long awaited new project finally has a release date.
After teasing fans with a potential drop date last week, and Noah “40” Shebib sharing an update on the project, the Toronto rapper made his official More Life announcement on Instagram Saturday (March 11).
Champagne Papi posted a video trailer featuring footage from the International leg of his tour. The clip ends with a big reveal: More Life will debut on March 18.
Ed Sheeran breaks chart record with 16 songs in UK Top 20.
The singer-songwriter followed 2011’s ‘+’ and 2014’s ‘x’ with ‘÷’ last Friday (March 3). It has gone straight to number one with 672,000 combined chart sales this week, giving Sheeran the highest opening week for a male artist in UK history. It also makes the musician the third fastest-seller of all-time, behind Adele’s ’25’ (800,000) and Oasis’ ‘Be Here Now’ (696,000).
Sheeran’s first two albums ‘x’ and ‘+’ are fourth and fifth respectively in this week’s Albums Chart, with Rag’n’Bone Man second with ‘Human’ and Stormzy’s ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ at third.
George Michael died from natural causes
Singer George Michael died of natural causes, it was announced Monday.
Chance the Rapper gives $1 million to Chicago schools.
Chance the Rapper’s unusual intervention into Chicago Public Schools’ funding crisis took an even more curious turn on Monday.The Grammy-winner presented a $1 million check to city schools and urged Gov. Bruce Rauner to use his executive powers to help the nation’s third-largest district.
The Republican governor, a former venture capitalist, responded by noting his own philanthropy and floating Chicago school funding ideas that would face tough odds in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Illinois has gone two years without a budget, the longest such stalemate of any state in nearly a century.
The back-and-forth came after a meeting Friday between Rauner and the artist — whose real name is Chancelor Bennett — that left the rapper visibly agitated. Chance asked for the meeting after he won three Grammys last month, including best new artist, and Rauner tweeted congratulations.
The Chicago native stopped at an elementary school near where he grew up to announce the donation to a schools’ foundation, calling himself a “public school kid.” He also accused Rauner of failing to present solutions without “caveats or ultimatums.”
“This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about posturing. This is about taking care of the kids,” he said. “Everybody and their mama knows what’s going on in Chicago. We’re about to enhance the conversation on supporting and funding the education of the kids in Chicago.”
Singer Trey Songz declines plea offer in assault case
Singer Trey Songz has declined to accept an offer that would have reduced a felony assault charge stemming from a concert appearance in Detroit to a misdemeanor.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, was arraigned via video Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court from Los Angeles.
The newspaper reports that the plea offer remains open. It also would place the 32-year-old Songz on two years’ probation as part of his sentencing.
Songz was charged in December with aggravated assault and assaulting a police officer. Authorities said microphones and speakers were thrown from the Joe Louis Arena stage. A police sergeant also was punched.
Police have said the singer became upset when told to end his performance.
The case is heading to trial.
Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris is Now the Proud Owner of a Basketball Team
It was a good week for Tameka “Tiny” Harris. In addition to making up with her Xscape group members, she also made a huge business move.
The singer and songwriter announced via Instagram that she is now the owner of the Atlanta Heirs.
“Proud to be the first female owner of a co-ed professional basketball league,” Tiny said. “Thx to everyone in this picture for helping me make this monumental boss move!! I’m excited to share this with the world and more so with my city #atlanta. I’m officially the owner of, “The Atlanta Heirs “!!”
Ladies, Tyrese is officially off the market.
In a surprising announcement on Tuesday evening (Feb. 28), the singer/actor revealed that he and a previously unknown fiancé said their “I do’s” on Valentine’s Day.
Sharing 3 posts on Instagram to his over 7M followers, the multi-talented star first shared a photo from an older post of his at home spa, which he claims he built for his future wife, and in the post he shared his prayer to God to bring him a “classy, sophisticated women with an angel heart” to be his wife.
The second post was his big reveal with a short video compilation of photos from the wedding day and personal messages. “Mark 10:8 And the two will become #OneFlesh Mr & Mrs Gibson… #MyBlackQueen #GrownManSeason,” he wrote with the video.
The third post is a close up of his wife’s engagement ring and wedding band, with a longer message about love.
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Ronnie and Caro crowned 2017 national Large Band of the Year
Ronnie and Caro has again taken the National Large Band of the Year title for Carnival 2017.
This, according to the National Carnival Commission at a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon.
In first place was Ronnie and Caro with the winning presentation “Fearless 10” which earned them 1240 points.
In second place was The Lost Tribe with its presentation “Riddim”, a repeat of the band’s 2016 position and a stellar performance for the band’s second year in existence.
In third place was Trini Revellers with its presentation “Al Zawaj – The Wedding Under The Arabian Skies”.
The results in total are as follows:
Mini Band of the Year
Rhapsody in Blue – ‘Devil’s Wedding’
Keepers Contradiction – Original Jab Jab
Small Band of the Year
40 Calypsonians to head to Skinner’s Park at Calypso Fiesta 2017.
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
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)
39) Weston Rawlins (Cro Cro)
40) Winston Peters (Gypsy)
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).
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.
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?
Attached is the list of finalists who will be performing on Fantastic Friday.
The list of 22 contestants includes:
(Reigning monarch) Voice
The finals itself will be held on Fantastic Friday, February 24, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
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.
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.
Nas Announces BET Mini Series About His Life Story
Nas and BET have announced a new miniseries on the legendary rapper’s journey from New York City’s Queensbridge projects to the Billboard charts.
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.
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
|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
|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.
Protests against Donald Trump’s presidency have become a global movement. Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, London, Toronto, and Paris, are just some of the cities hosting marches Saturday (Jan. 21).
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!”
Soca Monarch semis head back to Arima.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Mariah Carey’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Vandalized.
Mariah Carey’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was reportedly vandalized Tuesday (Jan. 10) afternoon. Following the backlash the singer received from her flub at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, some one decided to scratch a mark on Carey’s concrete star.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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?”
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.
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.
‘Rogue One’ soars to second-best December debut with $155m
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.
Fifth Harmony becomes quartet after Camila Cabello quits
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.
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.”
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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.
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.”
Akon Is Reportedly Being Sued For $1 Million By A Fellow Producer
According to reports and documents obtained by TMZ, Akon is being sued by a fellow producer named Leland Clopton for unpaid royalties.
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.”
Ne-Yo Says He’ll Perform at Trump’s Inauguration
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
Will Smith and Martin Lawerence’s buddy-cop franchise is on its way to theaters. Sony announced Friday (Dec. 9) the official release dates for their upcoming films, Bad Boys 4and Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, as well as the official trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Variety reports the company pushed Bad Boys 4 up from a Fouth of July holiday weekend release to May 24, 2019. For those wondering about the rollout to Bad Boys 3,the film officially titled Bad Boys For Life will debut Jan 2018. It was originally slated for June 2017. After appearing on Jimmy Kimmel this week to promote his new heart-wrenching film Collateral Beauty, the actor slightly dodged questions about the movie, after reports surfaced that the gang will begin shooting in March. Sporting a mustache, he hinted it was for a film where he would portray an LAPD officer
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.”
Kanye West Reportedly Suffering From Paranoia And Extreme Depression
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).
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.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Is 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.”
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 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.
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?”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Here’s Why Mariah Carey Wants $50 Million from Ex-Fiancé James Packer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.