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This Sports Illustrated Model Is In The Turks & Caicos Islands

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News Americas, MIAMI, Florida, Weds. The two started dating in late 2011 got engaged in 2016. The photo has gotten over 178,000 likes to date. Sports Illustrated American model and actress, Kate Upton, is showing off all her curves in the Turks & Caicos Islands. April 19, 2017: Sports Illustrated American model and actress, Kate Upton, is showing off all her curves in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Michigan-born Upton posted a photo of herself in a skimpy halter neck blue bikini with Dior sunglasses on Instagram under the hash tags #kateupton #turksandcaicos #funinthesun.   Upton, 24, is reportedly in the Caribbean island on romantic break with fiancé Justin Verlander.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – Who Said Vybz Kartel Is Turning To Jesus?

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. The series is based on a young adult book and going and Luke plays Mr. April 7, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending April 7, 2017:
Fake News Hits Vybz Kartel
Vybz Kartel is in prison but he is still big news in dancehall circles. Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John are currently serving life sentences for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. His breakout role was with Denzel Washington in Antwone Fisher in 2002, for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Actor and a handful of BET Awards for his performance. Thomas now lives in Charlotte, N.C. Attorney Miguel Lorne, who represents Kartel’s co-accused and DJ Shawn Storm (real name Shawn Campbell) said the letter sent to some media outlets making the claim was not penned by Vybz Kartel. “That letter is not authentic.  
  Porter, a   guidance counselor who   fails to get help from a mental health professional or even to call the star, Hannah’s parents to alert them when she admits to him that she is suicidal. Billy Ocean For Tyne Fest
Grammy-winning Trinidad-born star Billy Ocean will headline this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival in the UK. So much so that a fake news report circulated earlier this week on social media that the Jamaican-born dancehall star is giving his life fully to Jesus and getting baptized in prison. Nothing could be further from the truth. Luke, 42, has been on the scene for some time. while Bailey moved to a new lakeside home in Atlanta last fall. The couple split amicably. All four men legal teams are preparing their appeal documents for submission by the summer and preparing for a trial by the end of the year. Vybz Kartel hit by fake news. Tickets for Billy Ocean cost £20 for adults and £10 for children and go on sale from 9 a.m. Reports are that the divorce, filed in Fulton County Superior Court on February 21, could be finalized by the court later this month. The star will take to the stage in the stunning surroundings of Tynemouth Priory and Castle on Sunday, July 9th. today, April 7, at , and and from 10am at the Playhouse Whitley Bay box office. Guyanese American Actor Derek Luke In New Netflix Series
Guyanese American Actor Derek Luke is in the new Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. That Peter Thomas & Cynthia Bailey Divorce
Looks like Jamaican Peter Thomas and his former super model wife, Cynthia Bailey, will officially be divorced this month. They were married in July, 2010 on second season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” at the Fernbank museum. But if it was true the defence team would have known about it,” Lorne said. They have all maintained their innocence. I have not seen the letter.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – That Nia Long, Empire Feud And More

31, 2017. RiRi’s philanthropy includes founding an oncology and breast cancer treatment center, and her charity, the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program, which gives scholarships to Caribbean students attending U.S. Their second and new album “SACRED SOUND” debuted at #1 on the Itunes Reggae Charts and on Billboard. 31, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Mar. Due to Terrence Howard suffering from an alleged allergic reaction on the final day of her shooting, she did not receive it. Iya Terra, or “Higher Ground,” is a California band led by lead guitarist and vocalist, Nathan Feinstein and includes bassist Nick Loporchio, Luis Tovar on keys, drummer, Blake Bartz and Nick Sefakis on rhythm guitar. Henson, butt heads on the set. That Nia Long, Empire Feud
Caribbean-roots star Nia Long’s has chosen a more diplomatic response to reports swirling in the media that she and The Empire’s leading lady, Taraji P. Wilhelmina CEO, Bill Wackermann, in a statement said:   “We’re thrilled to work alongside Nicki Minaj and her team. “In respect to her working relationships with the cast, she came onto this project, in the first place, because of her long-standing friendship and professional relationship with Terrence Howard. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Iya Terra has taken over the top spot on the Billboard Reggae chart for a second week running with “SACRED SOUND.” But who exactly is Iya Terra? (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. We are not aware of any complaint, suit or case against her from anyone involved in the show.”
Empire’s showrunner, Ilene Chaiken, also denied the allegations in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. Call Her Nicki Minaj The Model
Trinidad-born rapper and businesswoman, Nicki Minaj, is adding another title to her resume – that of model. Actress Nia Long at the the BET 2017 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Mar. Last month, Rihanna was named by Harvard as their Humanitarian of the Year. The star   has been signed by Wilhelmina Models. The Bajan-born star is   set To be honored for empowering young women at this year’s69th annual Parsons Benefit. “We stand by our comments this morning that Nia has always, and continues to be, a consummate professional on set,” her rep wrote. After receiving a great response and several requests to put out more music, Iya Terra released their first full-length album, “Full Circle,” on April 14th, 2015. She has been seen wearing designs by Melitta Bauemeister, Matthew Dolan, and Snow Gao, plus BFA Fashion Design graduate Melody Ya Jun Lin. Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons School of Design, noted in a statement that Rihanna has worn designs by alumni of the school on a number of occasions in the past. universities. She made the announcement to her fans on Instagram this week. Another Honor For Rihanna

Rihanna is seen on March 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)

Looks like the year of honors for Rihanna. According to sources on the set, the Brooklyn-born Long was disrespectful and unprofessional throughout her time on the show. Minaj joins the agency after making history for the most Billboard Hot 100 hits of any female artist in chart history. SACRED SOUND is #1 on the Reggae Billboard Charts. She is a style pioneer and icon.”
Who Is Iya Terra? But her rep has come forward, denying all of the allegations, stressing that Long has been nothing but professional to all parties involved throughout the entire filming process.  
  The group began their musical journey in Los Angeles inspired by the sounds of the Roots music in South Bay and San Diego. The band’s first recorded release consisted of a 6 song self-titled EP that dropped in the spring of 2014. Thank you to everyone who has supported us,” the group posted on Facebook this week. “Give thanks! The group says it is taking the messages of traditional Roots-Reggae and seamlessly mashing them up in a “today” version. Musicians Danny Monar, Luis Tovar, Blaze Bartz, Nathan Feinstei and Nick Loporchio of the band Iya Terra. Long, took to Instagram this week to post a simple graphic that stated: “Time Discovers Truth.”
Her response came following the Henson/Long alleged blow-up and after the 46-year-old actress, who traces her roots to Trinidad, Grenada and Barbados, threatened to sue the show over an improper goodbye, which was allegedly outlined in her contract.

Bahamian recording artist Sammi Starr launches “#Bahamas, Your Best Picture Deserves My Best Song

Sammi landed a recording contract with Sony Music Latin for his single “Jump in Da Line” after winning the Music Masters Competition during the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival organized by the Bahamas National Festival Commission. “Jump in Da Line” is inspired by Junkanoo and it describes the Bahamian Junkanoo festival including the groups in formation and lines all moving to the sound of the rhythm. About Sammi Starr
Sammi Starr is a renowned Bahamian recording artist and producer in the Caribbean. For more information, please visit: Fans can also add Sammi’s music to their photos themselves visiting The song has received extensive airplay since its release and you can listen to it on the platform of your preference clicking here. Sony Music recording artist, Bahamas-born Sammi Starr. Sammi will search for his favorite photos and videos posted on Instagram with the hashtag #Bahamas and share them back with a soundtrack, his Bahamian Carnival anthem “Jump in Da Line” as well as an invitation to visit his web page. Sammi Starr is launching “#Bahamas” on Tuesday, March 28th on his website as well as on Instagram. “When you come to The Bahamas you are surrounded by beauty, music, culture, history and great vibes. He represents The Bahamas with pride at international events throughout the Caribbean and in the United States. NASSAU, Bahamas, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –   Bahamas-born Sammi Starr, Sony Music recording artist, is proud to announce the launch of “#Bahamas, Your Best Picture Deserves My Best Song”, a grassroots social media campaign aiming to share with the world Sammi’s love for his country and the sounds of its Junkanoo festival through his song “Jump in Da Line”, a single produced and remixed by Latin Grammy® winner, DJ Buddha. I find thousands of pictures on Instagram of Bahamians and visitors having the time of their lives here. His style has been described as a unique blend of Marvin Gaye, Usher, Kanye West and John Legend with an island twist. They inspired me to add my song “Jump in Da Line” as the soundtrack to their most vivid memories as we all celebrate together Junkanoo style through #Bahamas!” said Sammi.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – From Wyclef Jean To Nicki Minaj, Nia Long, Lorraine Toussaint, Sean Paul and Rihanna

She boasts 76 overall entries while Franklin slides to second with 73. NICKI MINAJ

Nicki Minaj latest look. “LAPD another case of mistaken identity.  
  14 at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street. Fast Color is directed by Julia Hart and produced by Oscar-nominated Jordan Horowitz (La La Land) under his Original Headquarters banner and LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon (Jackie). But this is just another one of my passions. “It’s not like I’m not going to be a singer, of course – that’s my passion. launch for the line held at Tao Downtown. Mar. Wyclef Jean, seen here performing onstage at the Prince Tribute Concert during 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Lady Bird Lake on March 17, 2017 in Austin, Texas, says he was mistakenly arrested by the LAPD. “Through everything that I’ve been doing, it’s about building Jason Derulo the brand,” Derulo told   PeopleStyle at the N.Y.C. Prior to this, Franklin had the record for more than 40 years. WYCLEF JEAN
Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean this week claimed he was arrested by Los Angeles police for “absolutely nothing.”
Jean, 47, posted video of officers putting him in handcuffs after he says he was mistaken for a man who robbed a nearby gas station. Long will also have a guest-starring role on Fox’s hit Empire and recurs as Izzy on Amazon’s Hand of God. RIHANNA

Rihanna shows off her robe on Instagram. Bajan star Rihanna is set to hold a third ball to raise funds for her Clara Lionel Foundation. “It’s a great way to celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation’s accomplishments as well as bring awareness to our mission globally. I love creating this stuff.”
Trinidad-born actress Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black, Rosewood) has signed on to the drama thriller Fast Color. (Instagram)

Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj has made history by becoming the only woman with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits of all time. JASON DERULO
Haitian American singer Jason Derulo is taking his love of fashion to the next level. The Young Money rapper surpassed Aretha Franklin to take the throne. “New York always offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing event, which is why I am thrilled to have Diamond Ball there,” Rihanna said in a release. The foundation has since teamed up with fashion house Dior and was even recognized when Rihanna received Harvard University’s Humanitarian Award. I know it’ll be a night to remember!”
Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation   and named it after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite in 2012 with the goal to support underprivileged communities in health, education and art. SEAN PAUL
Sean Paul is getting ready to drop a new single called ‘Body.’ The Jamaican-born artist, who is currently enjoying some success with a top 10 single on the Hot 100 chart “Rockabye” with Clean Bandit and British singer Anne Marie, is teaming up with American hip hop group Migos for the single. She joins Bryan Callen, Tim Meadows, Rachel Crow and Summer Parker in the pilot. Black man with red bandana robbed a gas station as I was in the studio working but i’m in handcuffs?” he wrote on Twitter, along with video showing him up against a cop car. (Photo by Hutton Supancic/Getty Images for SXSW)

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. 24, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Mar. The singer apparently fit the physical description provided to police by the robbery victim and his car also matched the description of the thief’s vehicle. The third annual Diamond Ball is set to go down Sept. NIA LONG
Caribbean-roots actress Nia Long   is set to star in the ABC‘s untitled spinoff from comedy series The Goldbergs. 24, 2017. Derulo, 27, has partnered with Antonio Brown’s streetwear-meets-luxury sneaker brand as a co-designer for LVL XIII (pronounced Level Thirteen).

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – Jamaican Takes Back #1 Spot On Reggae Charts

Rihanna continues a historic climb up the Billboard Hot 100. Gong’ Marley” and   is also growing at radio as the YouTube video nears 200,000 cumulative views. The Tobago-born singer was just awarded with the Victoires de la Musique in February in Paris after a successful Trinidad carnival with the hit single ‘Leave Me Alone.’ Rose with her Calypso sound system   will be performing in a private show on March 26th in the East Village. Show time is 8 p.m. The album has already gone certified Gold in France and is set to go Platinum. The pic is directed by Juila Hart and produced by La La Land Oscar nominee Jordan Horowitz under his Original Headquarters banner and LD Entertainment Jackie producers Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon. Meanwhile, Rihanna may collaborate with some the biggest names in the music industry. Mar. Billy Ocean
Trinidad-born, UK-based pop singer Billy Ocean along with Taylor Dane will play the Pompano Beach Amphitheater in Pompano, FL, tonight, Friday, Mar. Now, the sole holder of fifth place, RiRi sits below The Beatles (29), Madonna (28), Mariah Carey (26), and Janet Jackson (24), according to Billboard. Reggae’s Queen Ifrica’s latest studio album “Climb” debuted at #1 this week. Information can be obtained here. 17, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Mar. According to a new report from Variety, Amazon has acquired the distribution rights to the musical drama Annette, in which Rihanna will star with Girls’ Adam Driver. Reggae Charts
A Jamaican has at again taken the number one spot on the Billboard Reggae charts. 17, 2017. With “Love on the Brain,” she lands her 22nd top five smash on the chart, breaking away from Elvis Presley on the most top fives of all time list. Calypso Rose
The US launch of Calypso Rose’s album ‘Far From Home’ will be held this Sunday at the Standard East Village Penthouse in NYC. ”
The video and first single “Trueversation features Damian ‘Jr. at 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. Sales of the album were bolstered by an in-store/acoustic performance event at VP Records’ Florida location as well as strong digital album downloads. The plot centers around a widowed stand-up comedian who discovers his young daughter possesses a “surprising gift.”
Lorraine Toussaint
Trinidad-born Hollywood actress Lorraine Toussaint has reportedly signed on to drama thriller ‘Fast Color,’ opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Billy Ocean has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Filming is underway in New Mexico. 17, 2017. Tickets start at $35. Reggae’s Queen Ifrica

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Returning to the scene after a six year hiatus, Climb is receiving rave reviews from fans and music critics alike for its timely messages and inspirational lyrics.

Believe It! – The Face Of adidas Spring Summer 2017 Collection Is A Jamaican Rastafarian

At first glance, the two worlds seem glaringly different, but they share a host of commonalities linked through a love of music, football and fashion. Mar. 10, 2017: The United States’ government says several Caribbean countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas, discriminate against Rastafarians. But one of the largest sports apparel companies globally is using a Rastafarian as the face of it new Spring Summer 2017 collection. The collection reinvents staples of modern menswear through iconic military jackets, tracksuits, knitted polo shirts, and the signature adidas 3-stripe trainers and leisure shoes. But let’s face it; the discrimination is global in many cases, because of ignorance, stereotyping and mis-information. For SS17, SPEZIAL turns its attention to the parallels between Jamaican reggae culture and British football casual culture. Chronixx recently performed “Majesty” and “Likes” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon dressed in adidas SPEZIAL SS17 and kicked off his North American leg of his headlining tour.  
  See more tour date here. The collection is part of the adidas Originals output and the company says SPEZIAL is inspired by the rich sportswear heritage of its own archive and its global cultural impact. Jamaica reggae singer Chronixx, 24, is the face of the adidas SPEZIAL Spring Summer 2017 collection. The adidas SPEZIAL SS17 limited drop will be available on March 17th and the full collection on March 24 at select retailers globally and online   at By NAN ET Editor
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Legendary Grammy Nominated Jazz Great Monty Alexander Brings The Warmth Of Jamaica To Minneapolis

Like his “eternal inspiration,” Erroll Garner, Alexander— listed at Number 5 in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) gives the hardcore-jazz-obsessed much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.”
Alexander is most widely known as an upper echelon master of the swinging piano trio function, as he has demonstrated with several top-shelf groups, including iconic units with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and with the legendary bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis. In August 2000, the Jamaican government designated Alexander Commander In The Order Of Distinction for outstanding services to his homeland as a worldwide music ambassador. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Alexander also performs frequently with Harlem-Kingston Express, a double trio in which he coalesces his love for hard-swinging jazz with musical flavors that reflect his Jamaican heritage, shifting between an acoustic trio and master Jamaican practitioners of electric bass and drums. In the course of any given performance, Alexander covers a repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression—the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. You can also like him on Facebook at or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE. March 6., 2017: Minneapolis jazz fans will be in for a treat this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as Grammy-nominated, award-winning Jamaican jazz pianist and band leader, Monty Alexander, and his Harlem Kingston Trio, bring the warmth of Jamaica to the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant. Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander. Along with his swinging jazz piano interpretations, Alexander says he will be bringing his Jamaican heritage – all stirred up for an uplifting ‘One Love’ experience – at the rare Minneapolis’ entertainment gem at 1010 Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN. Tickets are $35 and $30, respectively, and can be secured now here or directly at News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Alexander and his band will perform only one show only so get your tickets now. Furthermore, every Labor Day weekend since 2010, Alexander has served as Artistic Director and perennial performer at his namesake Monty Alexander Jazz festival in Easton, Maryland. He tours the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. ABOUT ALEXANDER Alexander is an American classic. For more on Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at His spirited conception, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – Prince Harry Returns To Jamaica

With an eye for detail and perfection, the New York based March, honed his design skills at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, obtaining practical experience while working in the costume department. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Skip Marley
Skip Marley, grandson of the late great Robert Nesta Marley, just released a music video for his new single, “Lions.” The lyrics takes on an explicitly political message as Skip sings: “If ya took all my rights away / If ya tellin’ me how to pray / If ya won’t let us demonstrate / You’re wrong.” The video itself features Marley and other young people, all dressed in black, plotting and rising up against a tyrannical fascist dictator in a dystopian future. Patrons attending the runway show of the Jamaican-born New York based designer Glenroy March and House of D’Marsh were thrilled with the fantasy ball that was presented. Prince Harry
Prince Harry has returned to Jamaica but this time not for an official visit but for his best friend’s wedding. Dior, Rihanna Non Profit Announces Partnership
Dior has announced its partnership with Rihanna’s Harvard award-winning nonprofit organization, The Clara Lionel Foundation. The Prince is set to be joined by girlfriend Meghan Markle at the super exclusive Round Hill Hotel and Villas. The 44-year-old Jamaican star welcomed his first child this week, a little boy named Levi Blaze Henriques. The artist and his wife Jodi “Jinx” Stewart Henriques made the announcement on Instagram on Sunday, but it is unclear when the baby was born. Check out the video here. House of D’Marsh Fall 2017

Part of the The House of D’Marsh Fall Collection for 2017. March opened the show with the “Belle of the Ball” getting dressed for her first ball, assisted by “Men-In-Waiting.” Inspired by characters from popular fairy tale favorites, the exquisite collection was strikingly tailored with careful attention to detail and precision. Sean Paul Has A Son
Dancehall star Sean Paul is a dad. 3, 2017. Mar. Chronixx
Meanwhile, reggae singer Chronixx, fresh from a performance on Feb. Founded by Rihanna in 2012, the non-profit is dedicated to funding and facilitating groundbreaking education, health and emergency response programs for impoverished communities globally. 3, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Mar. In support of Rihanna’s philanthropic efforts, Dior will be donating a percentage of proceeds from each “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt – made famous on their Spring 2017 runway and Riri’s Instagram – to the foundation. The House of D’Marsh presented its Fall 2017 collection recently at the midtown location of Coco Mat during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). The dresses in this collection are all inspired by characters from popular fairy tale favorites Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. To view the full collection, visit En Blanc Couture NYC at 1190 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn or
House of D’Marsh had its genesis in spring 2003 when designer Glenroy March launched his spring collection during Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston. Lior Ben-Hur and his band Sol Tevél achieved a career milestone with his first CD, proving once again the growth and diversification of reggae music beyond Jamaica. The Jamaica Gleaner reports that Harry touched down in Montego Bay to attend his best friend, Tom ‘Skipp’ Inskip’s wedding. 24th on the Tonight Show, opened his North America tour at Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT, yesterday, Thursday March 2, 2017. 14 on Billboard Magazine’s Reggae chart for the week ending March 4th. The House of D’Marsh has received numerous editorials in a variety of local and international fashion and consumer magazines. This start gave rise to the pursuit of a passion by a talented Jamaican who would later go on to stun audiences not just locally but internationally. The MoBay wedding comes amid rumors that Harry may pop the question to the divorced Markle sometime this summer. Chronixx will head across North America for a   four-month-long tour of North America while also preparing for the release of his upcoming album Chronology, which is set to hit the streets early March. The “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirts are available in all Dior retail boutiques worldwide and until May 15, as well as (including an exclusive black version) from March 14 to March 28. Prince Harry in Jamaica in 2012.   Israeli Reggae Singer Enters Billboard Charts
An Israeli Reggae singer and musician and his band have debuted at No. With a constant pulse on trends and new innovation combination, House of D’Marsh, seeks to marry sophistication with fashion-forward sensibility.

Carnival 2017 Wraps Up Today In Trinidad

It should be valid for at least six months after planned departure from Trinidad and needs to have two or more blank pages. In the case of loss or theft, photocopies of the documents are helpful when applying for a replacement document. 28, 2017,   in Port-Of-Spain. passport to travel back to United States. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)

News Americas, PORT-Of-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tues. Here are some scenes from Jouvert 2017. J’ouvert revellers covered in blue paint dance and parade with the Rapso music band 3canal during the 20th anniversary celebration of their song Blue as part of Trinidad Carnival on February 27, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)


J’ouvert reveller looks on during a parade with the Rapso music band 3canal for the 20th anniversary celebration of their song Blue as part of Trinidad Carnival at Queen’s Park Savannah on February 27, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. J’ouvert revellers parade with Return of the Black Jacobins band during Trinidad Carnival on February 27, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Meanwhile, the US Embassay in Trinidad is warning those US-based Trinidadians to
To make sure they have a valid U.S. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images) (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)

J’ouvert revellers covered in blue paint dance and parade with the Rapso music band 3canal during the 20th anniversary celebration of their song Blue as part of Trinidad Carnival on February 27, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. 28, 2017: Trinidad & Tobago’s annual carnival wraps up today, Feb. On Sunday night,   Chalkdust (Hollis Liverpool) was crowned the 2017 National Calypso Monarch for the 9th time while Rondell Pierre and Lillan Pierre were crowned the 2017 King and Queen of Jouvert. (Photo by Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Wendell Manwarren of the Rapso music band 3canal takes part in J’ouvert during the 20th anniversary celebration of their song Blue as part of Trinidad Carnival on February 27, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Feb. MX Prime and the Ultimate Rejects are set to dethrone Machel Montano and take the 2017 Road March title. Travelers should also make two photocopies of their travel documents in case of emergency to include your passport, state ID, or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) card, the Embassy said and “perhaps leave one copy with a trusted relative or in the hotel safe and carry the other copy separately in case of loss or theft.”
Keep your documents in a safe place as it may be costly to replace a lost passport or LPR card.

CaribbeanTales Flow into Production As Leading Film Producers Begin Production On Three New Pilots

Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales, states,   “We are delighted that, together with Flow, we are able to provide the Caribbean’s top filmmakers with funding and a platform to produce top quality, local, content with the capacity to reach audiences across the region and the world.”
CTI is now accepting applications for its 2017 programme online. A scene from Battledream Chronicle, a sci-fi/drama animated series created by Alain Bidard,

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. It includes CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), a full-service distribution entity dedicated to the monetisation of Caribbean content; CaribbeanTales Inc a registered Charity based in Toronto, Canada;   the CTFF, CaribbeanTales Flix, our production arm, CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform, and the CTI. Support for these pilots is part of CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers to create of strong, compelling and sustainable regional content for the global market. The festival celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage, and will be held in Toronto, Canada in September. C&W also operates a state-of-the-art submarine fiber network – the most extensive in the region. Through its business division, C&W provides data center hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customized IT service solutions, utilizing cloud technology to serve business and government customers. February 24, 2017: Three of the Caribbean’s leading film producers will now develop pilots for their original TV series projects, via funding from Flow and CaribbeanTales Media Group. About CaribbeanTales
The CaribbeanTales Media Group is a group of companies that produces, markets, and sells Caribbean-themed film and television content for global audiences. As an added bonus, an eight-part documentary series has been filmed and is currently in post-production. A scene from Caribbean Girl NYC, an ensemble female-driven sitcom from NY-based Guadeloupian filmmaker/producer Mariette Monpierre, whose award-winning film Elza won, among others, the prestigious NYT award. “We are honoured to help support this programme that is enabling the production and monetisation of this exciting emerging cultural industry.”
The pilots will premier at the twelfth annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), of which Flow is also the lead sponsor. Learn more at, or follow C&W on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. With $40,000 funding for each project, production work will begin on Battledream Chronicle, a sci-fi/drama animated series created by Alain Bidard, which is based on his groundbreaking multi-award winning feature film;   Heat, a sweltering crime/drama series filmed in Barbados from iconic filmmaker Menelik Shabazz   (Burning an Illusion, The Story of Lover’s Rock and more); and Caribbean Girl NYC, an ensemble female-driven sitcom from NY-based Guadeloupian filmmaker/producer Mariette Monpierre, whose award-winning film Elza won, among others, the prestigious NYT award. “We recognise the significant hurdles that Caribbean Producers face in financing and producing their content, and getting it out to audiences,” said John Reid, CEO of Cable and Wireless, operator of Flow and lead sponsor of CTI. About C&W Communications
C&W is a full service communications and entertainment provider and delivers market-leading video, broadband, telephony and mobile services to consumers in 18 countries. The series follows the ten teams of filmmakers who competed for this prestigious award, and will be shown on Flow1 later this year.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – Caribbean Filmmaker Up For Oscars

10: Peck divides his time between Voorhees Township, New Jersey, USA; Paris, France; and Port-à-Piment, Haiti. Peck, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he was working as an agronomist for the United Nations FAO and UNESCO. 2: Peck and his two younger brothers joined his father, Hebert B. Caribbean Filmmaker Up For Oscar
Caribbean nationals tuning into the 89th Academy Awards this Sunday should be rooting for one of the region’s stellar sons to win Best Documentary Feature. It was released in the US for an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run on December 9, 2016, before re-opening on February 3, 2017. Past honorees include Ban Ki-moon, Malala Yousafzai, and actor James Earl Jones. 1:   Peck was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and at the age of eight, he and his family were forced to leave their homeland to flee the dictatorship of François Duvalier. 6: Peck created the film production company Velvet Film in Germany in 1986. By NAN ED EDITOR
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. His next film, The Young Karl Marx, is set to be released next year. 9:   Peck served as Minister of Culture in the Haitian government of Prime Minister Rosny Smarth from 1996–97. It was also selected for competition at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Shortly after, Magnolia Pictures and Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film.   His feature L’Homme sur les quais (1993; The Man by the Shore,) was the first Haitian film to be released in theatres in the United States. 24, 2017. RiRi has been named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. 4: Peck was once a New York City taxi driver and spent one year in this post. Haitian American Singer Teams With Trini Rapper
Haitian American singer Jason Derulo has unleashed his star-studded single “Swalla” featuring Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj and American rapper Ty Dolla $ign. 5: Peck was also a journalist and photographer. Here are 10 things you should know about Peck. His mother, Giselle, would serve as aide and secretary to mayors of Kinshasa for many years. Peck is also president of La Fémis, the French state film school. Caribbean born director Raoul Peck is up for an Oscars this Sunday. The award recognizes Rihanna’s many humanitarian projects, such as her building a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment facility in Barbados, and creating a scholarship program for students attending U.S. 24, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Feb. 8: In 2016, Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award in the documentary category. His other awards includes: Human Rights Watch’s Nestor Almendros Prize (1994); Sony Special Prize, Locarno Festival (for Chère Catherine, 1997); Human Rights Watch’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2001); Procirep Prize, Festival du Réel (for Lumumba—Death of a Prophet, 2002); Best Documentary, Montreal Film Festival (for Lumumba—Death of a Prophet, 2002); Jury member, Berlin International Film Festival (2002); Human Rights Watch’s Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award (2003); Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival Best Documentary Prize for Fatal Assistance (2013). Peck attended schools in the DRC (Kinshasa), in the United States (Brooklyn), and in France (Orléans) where he earned a baccalaureate, before studying industrial engineering and economics at Berlin’s Humboldt University. Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle (2001); Sometimes in April (2005); L’Affaire Villemin (2006), TV series; Moloch Tropical (2009); Assistance mortelle (documentary, 2013) and Murder in Pacot (2014). He detailed his experiences in this position in a book, Monsieur le Ministre… jusqu’au bout de la patience. colleges from Caribbean countries. He worked as both from 1980–85 before earning a film degree (1988) from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) in West Berlin. 3: The Peck family ended up residing in the DRC for 24 years. The Caribbean-driven record finds Derulo and Ty Dolla $ign exchanging flavorful verses while the track is punctuated by Minaj. His other films include: De Cuba Traigo Un Cantar (short; 1982); Exzerpt (short; 1983); Leugt (short; 1983); The Minister of the Interior is on our Side (short; 1984); Merry Christmas Deutschland (short; 1984);   Haitian Corner (1987–88); Lumumba: La mort du prophète (Lumumba: Death of a Prophet, 1992); Haiti – Le silence des chiens (Haiti – Silence of the Dogs, 1994); Desounen: Dialogue with Death (1994); Chère Catherine (1997); Corps plongés (It’s Not About Love, 1998); Lumumba (2000); Profit & Nothing But! He initially developed short experimental works and socio-political documentaries, before moving on to feature films. Rihanna’s Latest Award
Bajan-born super star Rihanna has added yet another award to her growing list. She’ll accept the honor on site at the university’s campus next Tuesday. 7: Peck received international attention for Lumumba, his 2000 fiction feature film about Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba and the period around the independence of the Belgian Congo in June 1960. Feb. Caribbean-born filmmaker Raoul Peck’s documentary film ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ has been nominated in the category.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – Murder Hits Close To Home For Reggae Singer and More

It is collaboration with popular French-born performer Manu Chao, the son of Spanish immigrants. With Rose leading the way, Chao is the album’s featured artist and co-writer on 11 of the releases 12 tracks. Calypso Rose Continues To Win

Calypso Rose attends The Serpentine Summer Party Co-Hosted By Tommy Hilfiger at The Serpentine Gallery on July 6, 2016 in London, England. Haven’t felt like this about a woman in dancehall since Lady Saw. Y’all both MURDERED this. The awards are considered the French equivalent of the Grammys. Spice (sound like a female vybz Kartel) idk how I didn’t know about u b4 but S/O to my trini brotha Bunji Garlin for doing this soca remix cuz now I’m in love. Beat crazyyyyyy. On his Facebook page on Monday, he wrote: “I can’t believe they kill my one and only daughter in ft. Nelson admitted to killing the mother and daughter inside their Sunrise, Florida home and then calling and texting friends and family members to tell them what he had done as police had his home surrounded, according to an arrest report released Tuesday. Island gyal ting. Vegas, who stunned the music world late last year with an announcement of his conversion to Christianity weeks after the release of his much-anticipated album, ‘This Is Dancehall, is set to release a new gospel album. Reggae singer Anthony Cruz has lost his daughter to gun violence in Florida. Anthony Cruz Mourns Slain Daughter
Murder, loss and heartbreak has hit close to home for New Jersey-born reggae singer Anthony Cruz. lauderdale.”
Carnival, Bunji , Spice & Nicki

Dancehall star Spice is dreaming of a collaboration with Nicki Minaj. (Facebook image)

By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. 17, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Feb. It includes songs like I’m Delivered, We Need You Now, I Come To You, As Long As I Live, You Are Welcome, He Walks With Me, Nobody Greater and Dash It Weh. “Yikes. Cruz is the nephew of reggae singer Garnett Silk. The countdown is on to what fans love to call the biggest street party on Earth – carnival in Trinidad & Tobago. Reggae star Mr. This year, fans of the musical genres soca and dancehall are already celebrating with the collaboration of T&T’s Bunji Garlin and Jamaican dancehall star Spice on the Soca remix of “Indicator.”
The song was recently shared by Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj to her 100 million Twitter followers. The album, titled Soul Therapy, will be released officially on   iTunes and all other leading online music platform on Feb. And she made a big pitch to Minaj for collaboration. (Photo by David M.   “Indicator Soca Remix – My new obsession,” she wrote. The album shot into France’s top 10 ranking. The singer recently won the Best World Music Album   award at the Victoires de la Musique French music awards   award ceremony in Paris, France. 24th. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Veteran Tobago-born Calypsonian Calypso Rose, 76, keeps on winning. 27 and 28th but the weekend will kick off with panorama and Dimanche Gras of course. It sell off!!!!”
Spice quickly took to her Instagram account to thank Nicki Minaj sharing that she’s been inspired by the YMCMB Rapper for years. Kevin Kemoy Nelson, 32, who admitted to fatally shooting Smith and her mother, Karen Lyle, is in jail pending trial in Broward County after being slapped with is two counts of murder Tuesday in a South Florida court. Shanice Smith, the 15-year-old daughter of the singer, songwriter and producer was shot and killed by her mother’s new husband in South Florida earlier this week. The singer recently, weighing in on the Reggae Grammy, threw some shade on the winner, posting on Twitter: “Why even brother to nominate other reggae artists for the Grammys, if you already pre-picked the winner?” Feb. Carnival this year is officially on Feb. 17, 2017. “I LOVE YOU BARBIE, waiting for my dream collab,” Spice wrote. Call Him ‘Brother Vegas’
Can we call him ‘Brother Vegas’ now? Rose’s album, ‘Far From Home,’ competed against rock group Acid Arab with their album ‘Music of France’ and Rokia Traore with her album ‘Born So.’
‘Far From Home,’ the platinum-selling album was released on the Because Music label last June.

These Caribbean Islands Provided The Backdrop For Sports Illustrated 2017

SI returned to Curacao after the 30-year absence. 16, 2017: The beaches of three exotic Caribbean islands set the stage this year for the highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 edition, which hit newsstands and the web on Wednesday, Feb. Veteran model Christie Brinkley who graces the cover of SI 2017, with two other models in the SI Shoot in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The location really worked for our photographer, Ben Watts, as he loves to shoot in really colorful and vibrant environments…it was a match made in heaven.”
In Anguilla, the SI crew and models stayed at The Reef by CuisinArt, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which marries Caribbean luxury with an urban flair. (Photo Credit: Emmanuelle Hauguel/SI)

By NAN Travel Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Models for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 were shot on the picturesque beaches, of Curaçao, Anguilla and the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 photos shot in the three islands available online at and Swim Daily. SI model Samantha Hoopes shooting in Curacao. Feb. 15th. They along the crew stayed at the historic Avila Beach Hotel, where the Dutch royal family stays when on Curaçao, for the two-week shoot which was photographed by veteran photographer, Ben Watts. “Its   unique characteristics like the beautiful brightly colored houses in downtown Willemstad set it apart from every other island in the Caribbean.   Body Painted model McKenna Berkley shooting in Anguilla.(Photo Credit: Clough, Josephine/SI)

Top models Vita Sidorkina, Rose Bertram, Samantha Hoopes, Barbara Palvin and Myla Dalbesio   were part of the 2017 shoot in Curaçao. (Photo Credit: Ben Watts/SI)

“Swimsuit hasn’t been to Curaçao in over 30 years!” says MJ Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Assistant Managing Editor. In the Turks & Caicos, SI shot on Parrot Cay, a 1,000‑acre private island that is a 35-minute boat ride from the main island and stayed at Como Parrot Cay, which offers a Shambhala retreat program featuring yoga, Pilates and meditation and a cuisine mix of raw and cooked ingredients.

Caribbean And Latin Artists Win At 59th Grammy’s

He won his sixth Grammy for Reggae Album of the Year. (Twitter image)

By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Mon. Feb. “Give thanks to the @RecordingAcad for the honor, my family, and all the artists keeping #reggae alive and well. 13, 2017: The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards took over the Staples Center in LA last night and among the winners were four Caribbean-born artists and two Latin American artists. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley and his kids at the 59th Grammy’s. Haitian American singer Jason Derulo helped introduce Chance The Rapper who performed at the Grammys while tribute was paid to Haitian American founder of top Hip hop website, WorldStarHipHop, Lee “Q” O’Denat. Jamaican-born Ziggy Marley beat out three other fellow Jamaicans and three Americans to win another Reggae Grammy. Meanwhile, dancehall and reggae also made it on to the main stage of the Grammy’s last night. ‘
Barbados superstar Rihanna, who had been nominated for eight Grammys, failed to win any last night. It was Ziggy’s 6th Grammy win. The Grammy 2017 also included a tribute to The Bee Gees and a number of performers and presenters took clear jabs at Donald Trump, including A Tribe Called Quest featuring Jamaican American rapper Busta Rhymes. 1 (En Vivo). Bob Marley’s grandson, Skip Marley, brought the reggae to Kathy’s Perry’s performance of ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ while there was no denying the dancehall infused rhythms of Ed Sheeran’s performance of     “Shape of You.” “Shape of You” is a pop and dancehall song with “tropical house effects and strummy acoustics. “A likkle piece of the thank you today #grammys,” he tweeted Sunday. LOVE.”
See Ziggy Marley’s Acceptance Speech At The 59th Grammy’s

Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés won Best Latin Jazz Album for ‘Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac’ while Puerto Rican singer Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar won for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album for ‘iLevitable.’
The late Puerto Rican singer Jose Lugo & the Guasabara Combo won the Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album with ‘Donde Estan?.’
Mexican pop duo   Jesse & Joy won Best Latin Pop Album for ‘Un Besito Mas’ while Mexican-born singer Vicente Fernández won Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) for ‘Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – Five Caribbean Artists Up For Grammy’s

Katy Perry has began teasing a new song coming out today, Friday, Feb. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. The posting comes as Minaj Nicki earned her 71st appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 for Party Next Door. “ATBIMS. and   Raging Fyah are the only Caribbean artists nominated for a Reggae Grammy this year. Grammy’s
It’s the Grammy weekend and five Caribbean artists are up for Grammy Awards. Pelissier also received the key to the city of Miami and appeared on Despierta América!, an American Spanish language morning television show that airs on Univision TV. Ziggy Marley, Devin the Dakta, J.L, Raging Fyah and Rihanna have all been nominated for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. 10th “Chained to the Rhythm,” from initial promos, featured a reggae/dance hybrid sound, which according to Billboard, lends credence to rumors that the new song features Bob Marley grandson Skip Marley. All of these confused people confuse other confused people. What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!”
Banks responded with: “As far as Rihanna (who isn’t a citizen, and can’t vote) and all the rest of the celebrities who are using their influence to stir the public, you lot really REALLY need to shut up and sit down.”
“Stop chastising the president. The two went back and forth several more times. Rihanna, meanwhile, will be on the cover of the March edition of Harper’s Bazaar. The other nominees in that category are Americans Rebelution, J. It all began when Rihanna criticized Trump’s offensive ‘Muslim ban’ in a scathing Twitter post that stated: “Disgusted! “The passenger was rebooked with his checked bags on a later flight this evening. Pelissier was in Miami doing a media blitz including on Latin TV and she also made an appearance at the Caribbean Marketplace at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex late last week. The Grammy’s will be broadcast live on CBS from the Staples Center at 8 p.m. Azealia Banks Feuds With Rihanna Over Trump
Fans of Rihanna, especially immigrant and Caribbean fans, need to immediately banish any of Azealia Banks’ music from their devices. The 30-year-old musician was traveling with a group of people to LAX when they were involved in a heated dispute with American Airlines over checked luggage. The news is devastating! That is one more than Taylor Swift. Skip Marley just signed to Island Records and released his own track “Lions” last Friday. Miss Haiti Media Tour
Miss Haiti Universe, Raquel Pelissier, may not have won the Miss Universe pageant but the stunning first runner up was heating things up in Miami this week. Banks posted a screenshot of Rihanna’s Instagram (now deleted) and captioned it with lewd comments. Perry even took to Twitter to shout out Skip’s new song, calling him “the voice of our REVOLUTION.” Perry will perform at the Grammy Awards alongside The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Bruno Mars and many, many more. On Instagram, Derulo said it was “racial discrimination.”
American Airlines said flight 275 returned to the gate prior to departure and a passenger elected to deplane in order to travel with their checked bags. Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj sure knows how to make the headlines. Derulo and the group had boarded the plane when the ‘Talk Dirty’ singer became upset when he found out the bill for 19 checked bags was $4,000. The rapper sent fans and the media into a frenzy this week after posting a Photoshopped image of herself heavily pregnant. 10, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Feb. Rihanna then posted another cryptic Instagram of a person with an American flag covering their face, captioning it, “the face you make when you screaming in an empty room.” She then shared Rihanna’s phone number and added the caption: “Bombs away!”
Rihanna for her part retorted by posting a screen shot of a series of texts she got from the 212 singer which accused her of being a sex addict, and made sure to not hide Bank’s number. She captioned a photo of herself with “the face you make when you a immigrant” and the hashtags “#stayawayfromthechickens #iheartnuggets #saveourhens.”
The hashtags may have been in reference to a video of Banks that purportedly showed a room where she performed animal sacrifices. Haitian American Singer Clashes With AA

Jason Derulo clashed with AA. PT. That contestant was Gerthie David in 1975. Rihanna all bundled up and out in Manhattan on February 7, 2017 in New York City is up for 8 Grammy’s even as she feuded with Azealia Banks over Donald Trump. Feb. Bisexual Banks, who is surprisingly a huge fan of Donald Trump, took to Instagram to slam Rihanna’s political views and speak out in support of the controversial travel ban. Hoping the president fails is like getting on an airplane and hoping the pilot crashes. Marley, Devin the Dakta, J.L. What makes you think, the USA is going to enter the Middle East destroy a bunch of shit and pull out without any real repercussions????”
Rihanna posted to her own Instagram in an apparent response to Banks, although she did not mention the rapper by name. Nicki Minaj Faux Pregnancy

Nicki Minaj is far from pregnant. Boog, and SOJA. Katy Perry Reggae

Katy Perry could bring a reggae beat to the Grammy’s this Sunday. Award-winning television personality and performer James Corden is set to host the event. Ya’ll so childish   … I was gonna wait to share the news but…” Minaj captioned the image posted on Instagram. Rihanna has eight nominations this year including for Record of the Year. No one was arrested during the incident.”
Derulo and the group were able to board a later flight to Los Angeles. It has been 42 years since the Haiti had a runner-up in the pageant. ET/5 p.m. America is being ruined right before our eyes! Haitian American Pop singer Jason Derulo   clashed with AA over a baggage   bill this week. 10, 2017. It’s stupid and pathetic to watch.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up – Ziggy Marley Pre Grammy Performance And More

Renowned TV host and movie star Fahad Mustafa will host the ceremony, a spokesman of Pakistan Cricket Board said here on Friday. Other 2017 Reggae Grammy nominees are Rebelution, J. The Premiere Ceremony will take place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Feb. Ziggy Marley is set to perform at the pre-Grammy ceremony. Fans are encouraged to enter by downloading the Official Bob Marley App powered by EscapeX via the iTunes or Google Play stores and writing in the comments section about why they are the biggest Bob Marley fan. 12 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. SEAN KINGSTON
Jamaican American singer Sean Kingston has released the first single off his upcoming ‘Made In Jamaica EP.’ The song, called “Chance,” features incarcerated Jamaican dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel. 6th, his son Rohan Marley has launched a contest to find the biggest Bob Marley fan in the U.S. The singer will be one of the main attractions at the opening ceremony of HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (DICS) on February 9th. Marley is up for another Grammy nomination this year in the Reggae Category. NICKI MINAJ
Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj is also weighing in on the Trump ban. The news is devastating! Award-winning television personality and performer James Corden is set to host the event. ZIGGY MARLEY FOR GRAMMY’S PREMIERE CEREMONY
Jamaican-born musician, Ziggy Marley, born David Nesta Marley, is among the performers set for the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. (Twitter image)

Caribbean superstar Rihanna, who is in Malawi this week working with students there to further the mission of her Clara Lionel Foundation, is weighing in on the travel ban by Donald Trump. PT and will be streamed live internationally via PT. The winner, plus a guest, will be flown to New York City to have lunch with Rohan Marley and share memories about his legendary father. 3, 2017. The Premier Ceremony will precede the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards which will be broadcast live on CBS from the Staples Center at 8 p.m. 28, 2017, echoing the sentiments of many in the US and around the world. Boog, Devin the Dakta & J.L, Raging Fyah and SOJA. The Murda Beatz-produced beat features Kingston slowing things down a bit with a feel-good, R&B vibe. “Disgusted! Bajan star Rihanna has eight nominations this year including for Record of the Year. BOB MARLEY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
As part of the celebration of reggae legend’s Bob Marley’s 72nd birthday this Feb. The ‘Made In Jamaica EP’ drops March 17th. The rapper tweeted this week: “The most harmful thing you could ever take away from another human being is hope,” in response to the immigration order by the Trump administration. America is being ruined right before our eyes! 12th. She also added the hashtag “ProudImmigrant.”

Jamaican reggae singer Shaggy is taking his music to Pakistan. Rihanna, who recently joined the Women’s March in NYC and who had made it clear she was a Hillary Clinton supporter despite being unable to vote in the US election, made her opinion known the ban on Twitter. 2, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Feb. Feb. RIHANNA

Rihanna in a selfie with students in Malawi. The contest winner will be announced on February 8th. What an immoral pig you have to be to implement such BS!!,” she Tweeted on Jan. ET/5 p.m.

CaribbeanTales Announces Its Annual Call For Submissions

To submit your films and projects visit theCTI website, and   CTFF website. Feb. There are several lucrative awards, including up to $30,000.00 USD in production funding for each of three (3) successful TV series pilots, that will be broadcast on Flow’s TV networks across the Region. The Festival will hold its Media Launch and Screening in early July, and a series of community screenings throughout August. CTFF – Your Caribbean film on the international screen! CTI Presented by Flow – Get Your Original Caribbean TV Series Made!  
  The winning pitch from the CaribbeanTales incubator of 2016. For more information about the two programs, email The Festival’s main juried program of feature films and shorts will be held between September 6 and September 20, 2017. The CTI includes seven weeks of online tuition, and an intensive five-day workshop in Toronto that culminates in a Caribbean Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox attended by high-profile industry delegates. ABOUT THE CARIBBEANTALES MEDIA GROUP:
CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets, and sells Caribbean-themed film and television content for global audiences. ABOUT FLOW:
About C&W Communications
C&W is a full-service communications and entertainment provider and delivers market-leading video, broadband, telephony and mobile services to consumers in eighteen countries. For media inquiries contact C&W also operates a state-of-the-art submarine fiber network – the most extensive in the region. The renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), now in its eighth year, has hosted over two hundred producers from across the Caribbean. CTI offers selected producers the opportunity to hone their creative and business skills within an international marketplace environment, producing compelling and sustainable content that increases the Region’s pool of world-class indigenous television content destined for the global market. It includes CaribbeanTales Inc. Sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications company, the CTI serves as a funnel for the creation of original TV Series. CTFF will program films of all lengths and genres. 1, 2017:   CaribbeanTales, a multi-faceted group of film production, marketing and distribution companies, has announced its annual Call for Submissions for the Film Festival and Producer Incubator programs that will take place in September 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), now in its twelfth year, showcases diverse, shared stories and cultures, and celebrates the talents of established and emerging Caribbean filmmakers. Through its business division, C&W provides data center hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customized IT service solutions, utilizing cloud technology to serve business and government customers. Applications for both programs will be open until March 31, 2017. (CaribbeanTales image)

News Americas, TORONTO, Canada, Weds. a registered Charity based in Canada; the CTI; the CTFF; CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the largest   full-service distribution entity dedicated to the monetisation of Caribbean content; CaribbeanTalesFlix, our production arm, and CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform. Learn more, or follow C&W on LinkedIn,Facebook or Twitter. Please note that films considered for programming must be Toronto Premieres.

Miss Haiti, Miss Colombia Take Runner Up Spots In Miss Universe 2017

Jan. Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar, was named second-runner-up. The Moment Miss Universe 2017 was crowned. Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier, 25, was named the first runner-up of the 65th Miss Universe pageant much to the dismay of many fans on social media. Last night Harvey looked visibly nervous before making the announcement but then made a joke of it even as Miss Universe, Wurtzbach, played along, by handing him a thick reading glasses. Mittenaere , 24, is pursuing her degree in Dental Surgery.   Tovar, 23, has a industrial design and photo production degree and   enjoys being an active volleyball player. By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. On social media, fans lauded Harvey for his comeback after the mishap. Pelissier, who survived the 2010 earthquake and is now getting her master’s degree in scientific research in optometry and vision, was bested by Miss France, Iris Mittenaere. The pageant came on the heels of a mega mistake made by host Steve Harvey in 2015 when he announced Miss Colombia as the winner when the real winner was Miss Philippines. Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier is the first runnerup in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant. All three contestants shimmered in gold gowns. 29, 2017: The Caribbean and Latin America was fully represented in the coveted top three spots of the 2017 Miss Universe pageant last night as Miss Haiti and Miss Colombia both earned the top runner-up spots last night in the Philippines. Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar, was named second runner-up. Mittenaere takes   the crown from the 2016 Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach.

Caribbean Entertainment News Round-Up

Jan. 27, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week ending Jan. Cannon’s Ncredible Productions has partnered with YouTube Red, the streamer’s $10-per-month subscription service, to release the musical later this year. We assembled an amazing cast, mixed documentary footage from real-life dancehall scenes, and collaborated with music legends to bring King of the Dancehall to life.”
Miss Universe Pageant
It’s the weekend of the Miss Universe Pageant. The competition will again be hosted by Steve Harvey despite his mega mistake in announcing the wrong pageant winner at the 2015 event. The Nick Cannon musical drama ‘King of the Dancehall,’ that is set to be released later this week stars Cannon along with Busta Rhymes, Whoopi Goldberg, Busta Rhymes and Louis Gossett Jr. 8 “Needed Me.”
Ziggy Marley
Ziggy Marley is set to bring the reggae vibes to Massachusetts this summer. It puts her now ahead of Mariah Carey, who has earned 23 top 10s since Radio Songs launched in December 1990. The pageant will be aired on January 29 at 7/6c live from the Philippines on FOX TV. 27, 2017.  
  “This film invites viewers into a vibrant yet little-known world outside of the Caribbean — the Jamaican dancehall. Tune in to see if any of our beautiful sisters win. Starting off as a humble friendly barbeque, the Levitate Music and Arts Festival has since grown into a full-fledged weekend-long festival featuring top national touring acts, expecting a draw of over 10,000 fans per day. King Of The Dancehall Is Largely Without Jamaicans
A Jamaican dancehall drama set to kit YouTube Red, the streamer’s $10-per-month subscription service, has only one Jamaican actor.   Rihanna
Bajan star Rihanna has made music history again as she extended her record for the most top 10s on Billboard’s Radio Songs airplay chart with “Love on the Brain.” The R&B track is her 28th top 10. The SPCA carried out a music experiment at their rehoming centre in Dumbarton in partnership with the University of Glasgow. 22, according to Nielsen Music. The Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity found that in dogs they studied, their stress levels decreased significantly after the music was played into their kennels. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)

  By NAN ET Editor
  News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. Thirteen Caribbean beauties are among 87 women from around the world who are vying for the coveted title. “Love on the Brain” had 78 million in all-format radio audience for the week ending Jan. That’s according to research coming out of Scotland. It’s also the third Radio Songs top 10 from Rihanna’s album Anti, following the No. 2-peaking “Work” (featuring Drake) and the No. They tested different music but reggae music, popularized by Bob Marley, were found to be the canines favorite. Even Doggies Love Reggae
Even puppies love reggae music. Director Nick Cannon attends a screening of ‘King Of The Dancehall’ at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film at Annenberg Theater on January 13, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. The film is largely without Jamaicans. Tickets are on sale now here. Marley is scheduled to perform at the 5th Annual Levitate Music & Arts Festival on July 8th and July 9th at the Marshfield Fairgrounds in Marshfield, MA. “Music and dance are universal themes, and I’m excited to partner with YouTube to bring a story about the world’s sexiest dance tradition to its massive audience,” Cannon said Monday in a statement. Cannon wrote, directed, executive produced and stars in the film which had its world premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. The only Jamaican among the main characters is Kingston-born Jamaican newcomer, Kimberly Patterson. In the film, he plays a Brooklynite who moves to Jamaica and falls for a local girl who introduces him to the world of Jamaican dancehall.