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News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Weds. 25, 2017: The Haitian American founder of top Hip hop website, WorldStarHipHop, passed away in his sleep Monday according to TMZ. He was living in San Diego with his three young children at the time of his death. Lee “Q” O’Denat who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Hollis, Queens, NY, was 43. “I know there are other beings around us that we can’t see,” he told the magazine in 2010. O’Denat was raised by a Haitian born single mom and once worked at a Circuit City store. O’Denat once told Parle magazine he was “very spiritual” and mediated a lot. The site served as a platform for spotlighting up-and-coming hip-hop talent and birthed a popular catchphrase for the online community with “WorldStar,” when users would record outrageous events and post them on the Internet. His site has a global rank of 1,209 and 313 in the US according to Alexa. Jan. Haitian American founder of top Hip hop website, WorldStarHipHop Lee “Q” O’Denat. O’Denat launched WSHH, also referred to as “WorldStar,” posting and premiering viral content, including hip-hop videos and mixtapes, as well as eye-grabbing clips in 2005.
The performance has also earned her nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and now the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Harris, 40, whose dad was born in Trinidad and Tobago and mother in Jamaica, was nominated for her role in the hit movie ‘Moonlight.’
The Oscars are the final and biggest award show of the season, culminating in a massive display of all the glitz and glamour we’ve come to associate with Hollywood. In 2016, she starred as Paula, the emotionally abusive mother of Chiron (Alex Hibbert), a shy and withdrawn child in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. Jan. 25, 2017: A Caribbean-roots actress is among the Oscar nominees for the 89th Annual Academy Awards, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Harris, OBE, started her career as a child actress, appearing on the children television series Simon and the Witch in 1987. The nominations announced by the Academy Tuesday show British-born actress Naomie Melanie Harris, whose roots extend to the Caribbean, is among the nominees for Best Supporting Actress. She played voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre. News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Weds. Caribbean roots actress attends Naomi Harris at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
Rihanna stands over strewn signs at the Women’s March in NYC. NYC was among top cities nationally where protestors also took to the streets in support while tens of thousands more gathered internationally to show their support. Award-winning Bajan-born singer, actress and entrepreneur Rihanna was dressed to the nines – in all pink including pink high heels to attend the NYC rally in front Trump tower at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, NYC. Rihanna posted this photo of her ready for the March on Jan 21, 2017. 23, 2017: One of the Caribbean’s most famous living stars on Saturday joined thousands of women in New York City who were protesting against the stance of the newly-sworn in Trump-Pence administration. So proud of the women around the world who came together today for pro-choice!,” the singer posted on Instagram along with selfies of her fully decked out as well as one standing next to a Fifth Avenue store window over signs dropped on the street. (Instagram image)
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Rihanna sported a pink hat with tulle bottom hoodie top paired with jeans and a tiger striped stole that read: “This P***y Grabs Back.”
“So proud to be a woman!! The rally was a spinoff of the main March on Washington, held also on Saturday in D.C. Jan.
The Tour will continue up the East Coast of the United States on Thursday February 9 at Club Euphoria in Richmond, VA , Friday February 10 at Milk River Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY, Saturday February 11 at Off Key Tikki in Patchogue, NY, Sunday February 12 at The Shrine Music World in NY, NY and Thursday February 16 at The Island Club in Athens, GA. The tour will kick off on Friday January 20 at Da Real Ting Café in Jacksonville, Saturday January 21 at the Ginger Bay Café in Hollywood before moving on to the Wynwood Yard Cultural Center in Miami Dade County on Sunday January 22. It will conclude on Monday January 23 at Boston’s on The Beach in Delray Beach. The Watershed Tour dates will mark Radics’ first live performances in Florida in nearly thirty years. Jamaican singer Jack Radics. Joining him on tour is the renowned Blak Diamond Band as well as acclaimed Jamaican solo artist Rica Newell, who has performed with many members of the world famous Marley family for several years. ATLANTA, Jan. The single has already landed in the Top 25 on the DRT ( Digital Radio Tracking) Independent Chart, within weeks of its release. At the Atlanta launch of the album held in November, Guest of Honor Jewel Scott, Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Georgia , heralded Radics as a “National treasure- one of Jamaica’s finest sons and one of our most distinguished cultural ambassadors, who has always created music he can be proud of.”
Additional dates on The Watershed Tour will be released shortly. The Watershed Tour is to promote the star’s latest album, The Watershed, which was released last month and which has already spawned its first hit single, Love Is. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Platinum selling Jamaican recording artist Jack Radics will take his Watershed Tour to South Florida for four performances only next month, on January 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2017. The Watershed album and the single Love Is have come in for high praise from critics and audiences across the United States and Europe, with many citing the album as Radics’ finest achievement to date in a career that has spanned nearly three decades.
She enjoyed helping people so much that she decided she wanted to be a firefighter. On top of her business, she enlists her volunteering services for the charitable organization “Corazones Nobles.” It was one of her proudest accomplishments for she believes that volunteering keeps her humane and humble.
Miss Guyana Soyini Fraser
Soyini Fraser, 26, is representing the CARICOM South American nation of Guyana in the pageant. For her, becoming the next Miss Universe is not only a lifelong dream but also a mission to inspire and induce change.
Miss Dominican Republic
Miss Dominican Republic, Rosalba Sal García Abreu
Miss Dominican Republic, Rosalba Sal García Abreu, 24, was born into a large agricultural and cattle breeding family in Maimón, in the province of Monseñor Nouel in the Dominican Republic. For relaxation, de Lau enjoys dancing as a form of showing her self-expression and also to relax. Virgin Islands this year is Miss Carolyn Carter, 27, who has been actively working around the globe for years as a spokesperson for HIV/AIDs awareness in the Caribbean.
Miss British Virgin Islands
Miss BVI Erika Renae Creque
Erika Renae Creque, 22, is the British Virgin Islands contender in the pageant. Pelissier survived the earthquake that destroyed her hometown in January 2010, which made her value her life and fight for her goals and dreams.
Miss Curaçao Chanelle de Lau
Miss Curaçao Chanelle de Lau, 21, isn’t all business, though studying international business and management at school. Pelissier is working on a research project on the regeneration of the optic nerve and hopes to become the first Miss Universe to find a cure for blindness.
Miss Belize Rebecca Rath
Twenty-three-year-old Rebecca Rath is representing the Caricom Central American nation of Belize in the competition. It is through this giving program that has pushed her to open the Hearing Impaired Native Craft Center.
Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier
Raquel Pelissier, 25, is representing Haiti in the pageant. The Nassau-born beauty is an entrepreneur as well as a gifted makeup artist, face painter and jewelry designer. Later, Rath moved back to Belize and became the 3rd generation of her family to work in their quaint hotel and actively participate in the national tourism organizations. Throughout her life she has volunteered with community initiatives to help the homeless by collecting food and personal items. Here are the Caribbean contenders:
Miss Aruba Charlene Leslie
Charlene Leslie, 24, is representing her country of Aruba in the Miss Universe competition. She also participated in health clinics for addicts and HIV positive individuals that live on the streets. Fraser is an aspiring Child Psychologist and has been closely working with the elderly and children, who are less fortunate, by empowering them through mentorship. Creque, who was born in Road Town, has been called an absolute daredevil. If crowned Miss Universe, Dalley says she hopes to use her platform to raise awareness for marine biology and teach her following about ways they unite to support marine life. In her spare time, you can catch her cooking and creating exciting new dishes for family and friends. Brooks is set on leaving her footprint in the arts industry through participation in major programs, festivals, and dance. While in college she realized her calling in life was to become a marine biologist.
Miss Jamaica Isabel Dalley
Representing Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant is 20-year-old Isabel Dalley. She has walked the runway of many hometown and international stages. Sal is proud to say that her accidental career as a model has helped her pave way into having her own modeling business while paying her own college tuition.
Miss Bahamas Cherell Williamson
Representing The Bahamas in this year’s pageant is Cherell Williamson, 23. Her bucket list consists of bungee jumping and skydiving but she has a great love for the environment and participates in various non-profit organizations that work to protect it such as Association of Reef Keepers, Caribbean Youth Environmental Network, GreenVI and Greencrete VI. Pigeon racing, horseback riding and modeling are some of her favorite pastimes.
Miss U.S. If she takes home the crown, Jimenez says she would want to continue to be an advocate for HIV awareness with special attention to homeless people who could be afflicted with the disease. If she becomes Miss Universe, she is excited to continue to volunteer. Now, as an advocate for cancer research, she is working with many people and organizations around the world to use her voice to advocate for cancer awareness and prevention. If she were to win the title of Miss Universe, Harris says she would want to use her voice to encourage young girls that loving yourself and being true to yourself is the best thing you can do. Her true life goal is to become a Civil Engineer and plans to pursue a degree in that field. If crowned Miss Universe, Williamson vows to advocate alongside with the AIDS foundation to raise awareness and diminish the discrimination. Virgin Islands
Miss USVI Carolyn Carter
Representing the U.S. She has also has worked with several charities in Barbados, including “I Am A Girl,” which works with high school girls to empower them to know that their voice matters. It is no surprise that her attraction to fashion, beauty and art would eventually lead her to a modeling career. Her sporty side came out when she began playing volleyball in high school, representing Belize internationally in both beach and indoor volleyball. Something that makes Pelissier extra special is that she is quadrilingual and is also getting her master’s degree in scientific research in optometry and vision. Williamson opened her first business while pursuing further training at a cosmetics school with local professionals. If crowned Miss Universe she can reach more people all over the world and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Miss Barbados Shannon Harris
Shannon Harris, 22, is representing Barbados in the pageant this year. After high school she attended The University of Houston and graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management. Today, she works with women of all ages and backgrounds as an event and restaurant manager, and she also volunteers as a volleyball coach at her former high school. She plans to one day become a neonatal pediatrician in hopes of helping children have a better quality of life. Simultaneously, she decided to start her own practice where she helps clients achieve their nutritional goals by providing a more personal approach to each person. She was born in Oranjestad and has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. Harris, who was born in Bridgetown, is one of only a handful of Bajans to ever receive a major modeling contract. She wishes to complete the full course in order to qualify as an EMT. The Miss Universe pageant will be aired on January 29 at 7/6c live from the Philippines on FOX TV.
Miss Puerto Rico Brenda Azaria Jimenez
Miss Puerto Rico Brenda Azaria Jimenez, 22, is a biology and psychology honors student at the University of Puerto Rico. Dalley says she grew up with her grandparents who had many cats, dogs and koi fish and that helped her develop a deep and everlasting love for animals. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and currently puts that to great use working at the Department of Tourism. She was born in the small coastal town of Dangriga, Belize and spent much of her life outdoors, learning about diversity and many natural attractions including the tropical rainforest and Caribbean Sea. Jan. When she isn’t on the runway, you can her lounging in sweatpants or yoga pants. (Miss Universe image)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. In her final year of high school, de Lau lost her father to cancer. Her love for pageants happened after college when she began her career in modeling, leading to photo shoots and small scale modeling jobs. Jimenez was raised in Aguadilla Puerto Rico where she played on numerous basketball teams on a local and national level.
Miss Cayman Islands
Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks
Twenty-five-year-old Monyque Brooks is Miss Cayman Islands. Croix-born Chippewa woman is a fashion blogger and painter. With a busy schedule, Williamson finds time to work with her mother at their Bahamian Boutique and also train hearing impaired young ladies on the art of jewelry making. If Rath wins the title, she says she hopes to raise awareness for domestic violence and also contribute to the non-profit children institutions in her country. Leslie is currently pursuing her master’s degree in nutritional epidemiology and public health. She is also recognized as a Special Ambassador by the Guyana Tourism Authority. Creque has training in basic life support skills, first aid and has completed basic EMT training. 13, 2017: Thirteen Caribbean beauties are among 87 women from around the world who are vying for the coveted title of Miss Universe. In her down time, the St. She joined her father, and 12 brothers and sisters, in raising cows and selling pineapples until she was quickly scouted by a modeling agency at 16. She was born in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana and is a media personality, executive producer of her own television series and a professionally trained dancer and actress. Miss Universe contenders. The competition will again be hosted by Steve Harvey despite his mega mistake in announcing the wrong pageant winner at the last pageant.
On Jan. Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander. 1st, Alexander, along with special guests Warren Wolf, (vibraphone), and Ron Blake, (tenor sax), will reprise songs from the Impulse! Caribbean and other jazz fans who call New York City home can secure their tickets for the shows here or by logging on to the Jazz Standard website. For more on Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. For over a decade, the Jazz Standard, at 116 E 27th St, New York, NY, has been setting the standard for world-class jazz, warm hospitality, pitch-perfect sound and award-winning Southern cuisine and barbecue in an intimate and comfortable environment. 31st to Feb. Jan. nightly. On Feb. 3rd and Saturday, Feb. 3rd – 4th. Tickets are $35 for per show from Jan. 2, 2017, the jazz maestro, whose “right-hand lines ring out with the power of a great vocalist” according to NPR, will remember legends Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson and Norman Granz and Jazz at the Philharmonic/Montreux 1977. His performances have been called pure magic by many journalists and jazz fans around the world and his sets are undoubtedly “a refined concept of groove.” This extraordinary musician continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His energetic pieces, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it. Like his “eternal inspiration” – Erroll Garner – Alexander is cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s ‘88: The Giants of Jazz Piano.’
Alexander’s voluminous discography includes albums for many labels including MPS, Concord Music, Island Jazz, Telarc and Studio One. Alexander is an American classic. News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. 2nd and $40 per show from Feb. In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to 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 facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE. 31st and Feb. 31st to Feb. LP: ‘That’s The Way It Is,’ an outstanding album by the Milt Jackson Quintet – featuring Alexander, Ray Brown and Teddy Edwards that was recorded live in 1969 at Shelly Manne’s Manne–Hole in Los Angeles. 11, 2017: Grammy-nominated, award-winning Jamaican jazz pianist and band leader, Monty Alexander, will begin the New Year in fine style as he returns to the Jazz Standard, one of NYC’s renowned jazz clubs, from Jan. Two of his most fondly remembered professional associations was with legendary jazz entrepreneur and producer Norman Granz, who conceived of Jazz at the Philharmonic back in the late 40′s/50′s and “Sir Coxsone Dodd.” The pianist recorded “Monty and the Cyclones” between 1959-1961 for Studio One and released three LPs on Granz’s Pablo label in the 70′s – Jamento (1978), In Tokyo (1979), and Soul Fusion (1978) by Milt Jackson & The Monty Alexander Trio. 4, 2017 for ten shows under the theme: “Looking Back.”
Alexander kicks off a five-night series of shows on January 31st by looking back on his career of pure jazz performances as he remembers and revisits his musical journey in jazz and jazz collaborations with some of the greatest giants of the genre between 1959 and 1977. 4th with a special Jamaican fusion spotlight as Alexander, Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction, and his band, the Harlem-Kingston Express, bring the vibes of his beloved homeland to their fans, while remembering Clement Seymour “Sir Coxsone” Dodd, CD and Studio One, one of Jamaica’s most influential record producer whose record label and recording studio has been described as the ‘Motown of Jamaica.’
Show times are 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. The show wraps up on Friday, Feb.
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Jamaican roots model and actress Naomi Campbell who was also a co-presenter.
And Puerto Rico actress Gina Rodriguez who was a nominee for Best performance by an Actress in a TV series – Musical or Comedy for Jane the Virgin, but did not win.
Jamaican roots actress Noami Harris who was a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a motion Picture for Moonlight, but did not win. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage) 9, 2017: At least four Caribbean-roots actresses were among the attendees at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Jan. Among them was Actress Kerry Washington, who has Jamaican roots and who was a nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Confirmation, but did not win. By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Mon. Washington slayed in this Dolce & Gabbana number.
Shaggy For Hawaii Festival
Grammy-Award-winning artist Shaggy will headline the MayJah RayJah 2017 Music Festival in Hawaii. Have a blessed New Year,” she posted. Minaj took to Twitter Thursday to end the speculation once and for all. Night two will see Third World, Spragga Benz, Moses Davis (Beenie Man), Tanto Metro and Devonte, Stranger Cole, Errol Dunkley, Sanchez and Bushman, among other acts. Jan. Donors will be able to win her #THECREEPER style puma plus a pair designed by her and the donor. Minaj, 34, and Meek, 29, began dating in early 2015. Amenities will be in place for campers in a designated section of the 200-acre venue. Raia, a New Jersey/New York native has previously toured with Justin Bieber and has beenmaking waves making on both the Spotify Viral 50 list and Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart with her songs “On My Mind.” Jean is set for a 20th anniversary show on Feb. 6, 2016: Here are some of the major stories making headlines on the Caribbean entertainment scene this week:
Haitian singer Wyclef Jean is back in the news. Nicki Minaj
Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj has confirmed her split from beau, Meek Mills. The two-night event takes place July 28 and 29 at the Waikiki Shell. The event is set for January 13 and 14 at the Richmond Estate in Priory, St Ann, Jamaica. Based on figures obtained from sales tracker Nielsen Music, the album has sold 3,800 in the United States since its release on June 10, 2016.
The festival will also feature SOJA, Sammy Johnson, and Katchafire, with performances by Rebel Souljahz, Eli-Mac, Chris Boomer, Peni Dean, Manalion, The Jimmy Weeks Project, Backwards Shaka, Mahkess, The Easies, Shar Carillo, AliʻI Kane, K Doctrine, and Shyne. It is usually a festival featuring the roots-reggae genre. Compiled By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. It is the sixth title from the incarcerated deejay to hit this chart. A new aspect this year is the provision of camping facilities for patrons who wish to stay on property. Among the acts confirmed for opening night are Tarrus Riley, Wayne Wonder, Sister Nancy, Chaka Demus and Pliers, General Trees, The Abyssinians, Anthony B, and Nkulee Dube — daughter of the late South African reggae star Lucky Dube. The heart of the fragrance consists of Orange Blossom, Gardenia, and Asian Peony and is rounded out with Cashmere Wood, Cedarwood and Ambergris to form a warm and seductive base. Vybz Kartel
Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel may be currently serving a life sentence for his involvement in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams but his ‘King of the Dancehall’ album is the top-selling dancehall title for 2016. Rihanna has also taken to Twitter to urge call for donors to her Clara Lionel Foundation. Rihanna has taken to Twitter to urge call for donors to her Clara Lionel Foundation. For more see here. The news comes amidst reports that Rihanna, 28, is not too pleased about the way her ex Drake, 30, has been parading around his hot, new romance with Jennifer Lopez, 47. Rebel Salute
The count-down has begun to Rebel Salute, the two-day festival organized by artiste-turned-promoter Tony Rebel. Kiss by Rihanna, launches internationally in January 2017 – just in time for Valentine’s Day. Focusing on my work & looking forward to sharing it with you guys really soon. 4th at Terminal 5 in NYC. He is featured on Moxie Raia’s “Follow Me (KLYMVX Remix)” which premiered exclusively on Billboard. Rihanna
Bajan star Rihanna is launching a third fragrance in her RiRi collection. “To confirm, yes I am single.
The honorees from Grenada are as follows:
Michael Archibald, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to banking;
Lawrence Anthony Duncan, Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the cruise ship industry;
Maudlyn Ferguson, Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE): for services to education;
Jarvis Kelvin Paul Lawrence, British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to horticulture and business and;
Norbert Carlvin Simon, British Empire Medal (BEM), for services to the fishing industry;
The honorees from St. Dance Theatre, who received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Promotion of African and Caribbean Dance. She was trained at LABAN, Jamaica School of Dance and El Conjunto Folklorico Nacional De Cuba. Glean founded the Theatre in 1985. This year, there were also five awardees from Grenada; four from St Kitts and Nevis and three from Antigua & Barbuda. Among them is Caribbean-born Beverley Glean, founder and artistic director of IRIE! Beverley Glean receiving the 2016 DAD Lifetime Achievement Award. Kitts/Nevis are as follows:
Dennis Michael Arthur Morton, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to commerce and industry;
Claudette Althea Manchester, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE); for services to broadcasting and to the community;
Eloise Vanta Archibald, Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for public service and;
Elquemedo Tonitto Willett, Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to sport. ( Photo by Carole Edrich)
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News Americas, LONDON, England, Mon. The honorees from Antigua & Barbuda are as follows:
Dwight Cuthbert Revirre Gardiner, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for services to the national and international marine community and;
Assistant Police Commissioner Philip Nehemiah Isaacs and Assistant Police Commissioner Alvin Sylvester Thomas of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda who both received the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM. 2, 2017: Several Caribbean nationals have made the Queen of England’s annual New Year Honours List for 2017. Jan.
“I just took the advice he gave me and I ran with it. He is best known as co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records along with Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) and Kareem Burke. Love. The success of his mixtape led to a record deal with Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records, and Sony Music Entertainment. He is the reigning Olympic champion and current World Champion. 2: Jada Koren Pinkett–Smith
Actress, dancer, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman Jada Koren Pinkett–Smith’s maternal grandfather was an immigrant from Barbados.
Meagan Monique Good, who began her career at the age of four, dad was from Barbados. Although she was not raised in the church, Good is a Christian, considers herself a very spiritual person and has stated in numerous interviews that she would not play roles that she feels might “disappoint God.”
Hip Hop model and actress Melyssa Ford, who participates in the Bravo Network television series Blood, Sweat & Heels, documenting her social life against the background of her struggles of becoming a realtor in New York, dad was also born in Barbados. Just because something doesn’t fit in doesn’t mean it’s not right.”
Rocky released his debut mixtape Live. The special kicked off on Nov. J. In 2015, Rocky released his second studio album titled At. Gilbert Leslie Banfield (the son of Gilbert Seward Hinds Banfield and Ella E. Harewood was born to Bajan parents and grew up in the Small Heath area of Birmingham, England. and his parents, who were black, were from Saint Michael, Barbados, in the West Indies/Caribbean. He placed fourth at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, but regained his title at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics. She got married in 2012 to DeVon Franklin. Last. She recently left the label. A$AP, which was also well received by critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. He is also a noted record producer, producing under the pseudonym Lord Flacko. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making it Rocky’s second consecutive album to debut at number one and has received critical acclaim from music critics. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song “Everybody Plays The Fool.” His grandfather left the island to go to Cuba. Dash and producer Lemuel Plummer (Preachers of L.A.) said the show would offer a “brutally honest account” of the Roc-A-Fella story, starting with Dash’s journey from street hustler to Jay Z’s manager, the label’s launch and release of Reasonable Doubt and its forays into fashion and film. Here are 10 you should know:
1: Gwyneth Paltrow
American actress, singer, and food writer Gwyneth Kate, who has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, roots actually extend to Barbados. O. David Harewood
CW 11’s ‘Supergirl’ actor David Harewood’s roots also run to Barbados. is currently co-starring in the sixth season of the FX anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Roanoke. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016), paternal grandfather was from Barbados. Dash was instrumental in creating the line’s image by hiring high profile friends/models such as Naomi Campbell and Omahyra Mota.
US Olympian Christian Taylor was born to Bajan parents in Fayetteville, Georgia. The 26-year-old track and field athlete who competes in the triple jump, has a personal record of 18.21 m (59 ft 8 3⁄4 in), which ranks 2nd on the all-time list. 10: Damon Dash
American entrepreneur, music producer and actor Damon Dash was born in New York to Bajan parents. Good, 35, Good has appeared in numerous television shows, films, and music videos. Live. Campbell still models for the brand. Ironically, Taylor has said his Barbados father had told him he was too talented an athlete not to bother getting an athletic scholarship for college. In an interview with Vice, Rocky had explained how his father influenced his unique fashion style. The actor has made the trek to Barbados a regular one. He was a clean cut kind of a guy, especially in the way he dressed,” he told the website. Long. Through the years, many Bajans have made their mark in the US, among them of course, Rihanna. Taylor was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team and won the gold medal in the triple jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Since the sale of Roc-A-Fella Records to Def Jam, Damon started the Damon Dash Music Group. Paltrow, who has portrayed Pepper Potts, the female lead of the Iron Man franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), and Iron Man 3 (2013), says her mother has some white Barbadian ancestry. Parris). Dash is currently developing a new TV series that will examine the rise and fall of Roc-A-Fella Records, which he co-founded with Jay Z. In the 2012 New Year Honours, Harewood was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to drama. 2, 2016: On November 30th, Barbados marked its 50 year of independence from Britain with a major event on the island that was ironically witnessed by Prince Harry, representing the Queen of England, the island’s former colonial master. 28, 2016 with the premiere of Supergirl’s “Medusa.” In a recent post, Harewood, who plays Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz, shared a picture of him researching the Invasion! His grandfather, Ebenzer Ray, an acclaimed columnist, was born and raised in Barbados and is the father of Lamman’s mother.
Harlem-born rapper, record producer, director, actor and model ASAP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, roots also run to Barbados.
Cuba Gooding Jr. Gilbert L.
Lamman Rucker, best known for his roles in the Tyler Perry’s films Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and Meet the Browns, and its television adaptation, is of Bajan ancestry. Rucker, 45, this year began starring as Jacob Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. Dash sold his interest in Roc-A-Wear Clothing to Jay-Z and is no longer involved with the line. His time in Cuba is actually how his son and grandson acquired their first name
Cuba Gooding Jr. Cuba Gooding Jr., best known for his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), his Academy Award–winning role as Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire (1996), and his portrayal of O.J Simpson in the FX drama series The People v. starred in dramatic films such as Menace II Society (1993) and Set It Off (1996). Dec. The 28-year-old subsequently recorded his 2013 debut album Long. Ford, 40, has appeared in music videos, men’s magazines, television programs and films and was an on-air personality for Sirius Satellite Radio’s Hot Jamz channel. The rapper, who is a member of the hip hop group A$AP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker, was born to a Bajan father, who passed away in 2012. A$AP. He recently produced singles for the likes of Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. By NAN ET Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nicole Wray, formerly of Missy Elliot’s Gold Mind label, was signed to DDMG. He told me to always be yourself and always feel comfortable with whatever decision you make because you chose to do it. He won the gold medal in the triple jump at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a jump of 17.86m. A$AP, in 2011 to critical acclaim. He recently told GQ that rapper Jay Z was shady with money and blamed him for Roc-A-Fella’s demise. He began acting in 1990. “Well, my dad is from Barbados. Cross-over with an old-fashioned comic. Pinkett-Smith has appeared in more than 20 films in a variety of genres, including Scream 2, Ali, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. But there are several others who can trace their ancestry to this Eastern Caribbean Island. Dash stays very active as an actor, movie director, music producer and CEO.
Rose Petals, released this year, is a new five track EP featuring “Good Feeling” by Stephen “Ragga” Marley, “Good Cry’ by Chaka Demus and “No Pressure” by Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion. 3: His sister got him interested in reggae. “I know it’s just a nomination but if a Samoan kid from Compton can be nominated for a Grammy then anything is possible,” he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday after the Grammy announcement. There he met reggae singer George Veikoso, aka FIJI, who he gave a mixtape he’d been working on and who then let him perform in front of the staff at South Pac in Hawaii. J Boog has four albums under his belt including the 2016 Grammy nomination, ‘Rose Petals.’ His second album was a self-titled EP – J Boog – which was released in 2011 following “Hear Me Roar” in 2007. 4: His first performance was in Hawaii
J Boog took time off from his day job at an oil refinery near Los Angeles to travel with friends to Hawaii in 2007. 9: He has released five albums. The winners will be announced at the awards on Feb 12, 2017. J Boog was named Best New Entertainer at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). (Facebook image)
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News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Thurs. 8: He has toured worldwide
J Boog has toured extensively. J Boog was born Jerry Afemata in Long Beach, California but raised in Compton, California. J Boog was introduced to reggae by his sister when she brought home and played a Bob Marley song book for him. He has said in past interviews: “[My family] always sing feel good music and reggae was the best way for us to express that. Meanwhile, Bajan star Rihanna has earned 8 nominations this year while Sean Paul is also up for a Grammy for his collaboration with Sia on Cheap Thrills. He is on another US tour from January 2017 beginning in Santa Ane, California. 7: He’s collaborated with a number of Jamaican reggae artists. 5: His debut album was in 2007
J Boog and Fiji began recording Boog’s debut solo album “Hear Me Roar” soon after in 2007. Afemata was the youngest of eight other siblings – seven brothers and a sister. Fiji produced ‘Hear Me Roar’ and is featured in a number of songs. The album was released in early 2007 on South Pac Records. “It was pretty much more easy-going, island/Hawaiian reggae,” he has said. He is on the Wash House Ting label. 2017 Grammy Nominee J Boog. See here for tour dates. 2: He was born in California. On Wednesday, Buju Banton actually took to Twitter to congratulate J. His father serves as chief of the family village in Alao, Samoa. He got the nickname “Boog” from his brothers, in reference to his inability while young to sit still. He began touring extensively in the United States including Hawaii after the release of his 2007 debut album and has never stopped. In 2011, he also released a full album called ‘Backyard Boogie.’ Two years later, in 2013, he released Live Up! When not touring, J Boog lives in both Hawaii and California. He has performed internationally in Africa, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Norway, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, and Italy. He has also shared stages with artists such as Damian and Ziggy Marley. J Boog has collaborated with a number of Jamaican reggae artists. Boog considers his breakthrough song to be “Let’s Do It Again,” which he recorded during the sessions in Jamaica and which was produced by reggae label-owner Don Corleon before it was released on commercial sites such as iTunes. His music is considered reggae tinged with R&B, ska and lover’s rock. He’s endorsed by a number of companies primarily in Hawaii or California, including hip hop clothing brands and companies like Diamond Supply Co, Cukui, and Selah Int’l. 8, 2016: A singer with American Samoan roots has stunned reggae regulars and followers by surprisingly earning a 2017 Grammy nomination in the reggae category for 2016. Here are ten things you should know about this 59th Grammy nominee:
1: He is J Boog
While J Boog is not a name that may be familiar to Caribbean reggae fans and to Jamaica, where the musical genre of reggae originated, he has been on the reggae scene since 2007 when he released his first solo album ‘Hear Me Roar’ which peaked on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums chart at #8. 10: He’s won reggae awards before and has endorsements. Boog on the nomination. GRAMMY 2017
Also making the Grammy nomination this year is Devin the Dakta & J.L for Sly & Robbie Presents – Reggae for Her, Raging Fyah for Everlasting, multiple Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, Virginia band SOJA for Soja Live in Virginia and California band Rebelution for Falling Into Place. Dec. “Congrats on the #Grammynomination fam!,” he wrote. Later that year it was reissued through Eskay Entertainment, and peaked on the Top Reggae Albums at #8 on Billboard. 6: He befriended Gramps Morgan
In 2009 J Boog befriended Jamaican reggae artist Gramps Morgan and the two began collaborating, eventually travelling to Jamaica to record in studios such as Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio, Don Corleon’s Hit Maker Studios, Bobby Digital’s Digital B Studios, Shaggy’s Big Yard, Sugar Minott’s Youth Man Promotion, and others. Reggae music was the only music we could turn up loud which our parents wouldn’t turn off when we were kids.” Later on he got interested in other reggae artists like Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Sugar Minott. He released the reggae tune “She Give Me Lovin’” featuring Tarrus Riley; has written and recorded the Grampa Morgan-produced song “Got To Be Strong,” recorded with Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage and has worked on a project with reggae artist Richie Spice.
5, 2016, her roots ran deep to the West Indies. Dec. Also, I LOVE pizza … I think I could eat pizza every day,” she once told The Cut. Tookes has revealed that her grandmother is from Barbados. Robinson and Tookes moved to California where Jasmine was born but things reportedly fell apart between the couple and Sean Tookes, a musician, then moved to Georgia, leaving Jasmine behind in California with her mom. Jasmine Tookes West Indian roots come from her dad, Sean Tookes. Her first shoot was for Abercrombie & Fitch and her first commercial ad campaigns were in 2010 for Ugg boots and Gap. Here are five fast facts you many not know about Victoria’s Secret Model Jasmine Tookes, only the third woman of color to wear the fantasy bra. “I eat, eat, eat, and yet I can’t seem to gain any weight. 9, 2016: There was no doubt she dazzled in the USD 3 million Victoria’s Secret Fantasy bra made of 450 carats of diamonds and a bodice constructed from more than 27,000 Swarovski crystals but few knew that as this Angel walked the Paris runway on Dec.
The two have appeared together in a Calvin Klein Eternity Now ad, getting paid to cuddle. Before breaking out on the international scene, she booked a Spring 2011 DKNY campaign and a layout in Vogue Italia. 4: Tookes Is Dating Another Model
The brown eyed beauty has been dating 28-year-old Denmark-born model Tobias Sorensen since 2012. She has also has walked in shows for Burberry, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent and Prada and starred in campaigns for Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren and DKNY. She calls him “one of the sweetest guys in this crazy world” and they have been called one of the most attractive couples today. However, she was raised by her mother, celebrity fashion stylist, Cary Robinson. Lobster and crabs are favorites. 5: Tookes Says She Actually Likes To Eat
Unlike many models, Tookes says she actually likes to eat an has an extremely fast metabolism. Still this Aquarius remains a solid 121 pounds with 32 C breasts, a 24 inch waist and 34 inch hips. 3: Tookes Was Discovered At 15
Tookes, now 25, was discovered at one of her mother’s photo shoots at only age 15. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Her networth today is put at USD 5 million. As she once told Vogue: “I was always on shoots with her, and every time I’d visit her on set, someone would say, ‘She should be a model.’ So we took their advice, and I met with agencies in L.A. She first walked in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012. 1: Tookes West Indian Roots Comes From Her Dad. 2: Tookes Was Once A Gymnast
Tookes, who claims mixed ancestry – African, European, Brazilian and West Indian – did gymnastics for ten years and was also active in volleyball and softball before she became a model at about the age of 15. Jasmine Tookes walks the runway during the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Le Grand Palais on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France.
He has been on the reggae scene since 2007 when he released his first solo album ‘Hear Me Roar’ which peaked on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums chart at #8. Dec. Afemata was the youngest of eight other siblings – seven brothers and a sister. Since then he has released four other albums including Rose Petals, for which he earned the Grammy nomination. Each attended and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The two joined together and teamed up with reggae legends Sly and Robbie on their new album to release ‘Sly & Robbie Presents – Reggae for Her,’ on the Tuff Gong International, Taxi Records label. In 2011, they released their debut album and has never looked back. Kumar attended Edna Manley College a few years after his band mates, initially studying piano; at Cooper’s insistence he began writing and singing his own songs. He got the nickname “Boog” from his brothers, in reference to his inability while young to sit still. 9, 2016: Three bands, two singers and a duo have all been nominated for the 2017 Reggae Grammy of the year. Williams, and Wesley Finley. The band spent years backing artists at major stage shows in Jamaica; their long held ambition to perform original music became a reality when Kumar Bent signed on as lead singer in 2010. The 21-year-old teamed up with the St. That album was released this year and is a new five track EP featuring “Good Feeling” by Stephen “Ragga” Marley, “Good Cry’ by Chaka Demus and “No Pressure” by Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Ziggy, the new self-titled album marks his first release in 2 years, following 2014’s critically acclaimed Fly Rasta, which took home the 2015 GRAMMY award for Best Reggae Album. The talented five-member collective from Kingston, Jamaica, is signed to VP Records and their third album ‘Everlasting,’ released this year, is what earned them the Grammy nomination nod. “I know it’s just a nomination but if a Samoan kid from Compton can be nominated for a Grammy then anything is possible,” he wrote on Facebook on Wednesday after the Grammy announcement.
The Virgina-based reggae band SOJA (Soldiers Of Jah Army) have also earned another Grammy nominee this year for ‘Soja Live in Virginia.’ The group was formed in 1997 and their music is currently produced under ATO Records. Thomas-born 20-year-old, J.L., who was second in the Digicel Rising Stars 2014 competition. Devin the Dakta & J.L
Devin the Dakta is a brand new comer who won the Magnum King of The Dancehall competition in Jamaica in May of 2015 and put his plans to become a pediatrician on hold. He was born Jerry Afemata in Long Beach, California but raised in Compton, California. The eight-member band is made up of:
Jacob Hemphill (lead vocals, guitar)
Bobby Lee Jefferson (bass, vocals)
Patrick O’Shea (keyboards)
Ryan “Bird” Berty (drums)
Ken Brownell (percussion)
Hellman Escorcia (saxophone)
Rafael Rodriguez (trumpet)
Trevor Young (guitar, vocals)
The California band Rebelution is also competing for a Reggae Grammy for ‘Falling Into Place.’ The band has released 6 albums to date. His music is considered reggae tinged with R&B, ska and lover’s rock. By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Fri. Ziggy Marley
Ziggy Marley, the eldest son of Bob Marley and Rita Marley, is no stranger to the Grammy’s. They joined forces with veteran guitarist Courtland “Gizmo” White and formed Inside Out in 2002 before changing their name to Raging Fyah in 2006. He has won seven already and is looking for his eighth with the self-titled album ‘Ziggy Marley.’ The album was released on May 20th through Tuff Gong Worldwide. His father serves as chief of the family village in Alao, Samoa. 12, 2017:
J Boog has American Samoan roots. It is the duo’s first Grammy nomination. The current members of Rebelution are: Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey, Marley D.
Jamaican reggae band Raging Fyah has become an undeniable force in the Jamaican reggae scene. He also has a cook book out and just released a new dry herb vaporizer. Here are the six who will be competing for the top honors on Feb. Pele, Demar and Anthony Watson met while studying music at Kingston’s Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, under the tutelage of Ibo Cooper, former keyboardist with Third World.
Actress Kerry Washington, whose roots extend to Jamaica, received a nomination in the category: Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in ‘Confirmation.’ The Bronx-born actress’ mother, a professor and educational consultant, was born in Jamaica. Garcia, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, the son of Patricia Bernal, an actress and former model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director, received the nod for his performance in ‘Mozart in the Jungle.’
Meanwhile, ‘Neruda,’ the Chilean film featuring Bernal who reteamed with ‘No’ director Larrain to play a detective chasing down Chilean poet in exile Pablo Neruda, has received a nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. Dec. By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Tues. 8, 2017 on NBC. Receiving a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical is Mexican actor, producer and director Gael Garcia Bernal. The 74th Golden Globe Awards, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be hosted by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and will air live on both coasts Sunday, Jan. ‘La La Land’ leads the film nominees with a total of seven mentions, followed by ‘Moonlight’ with six. Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest daughter of Puerto Rican parents Magali and Genaro Rodríguez, a boxing referee. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,’ topped with five, followed by ‘The Night Manager’ with four. Gina Rodriguez of the series ‘Jane the Virgin’ has received a Golden Globe nomination this year for the show. 13, 2016: The nominees for the 74th Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday and among them are two Caribbean roots actors and one who was born in Mexico. On the TV side, ‘The People v. Also getting the nod this year is Puerto Rico-roots Gina Rodriguez for ‘Jane The Virgin.’ Rodriguez received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.
17, 2016: The legend, Robert Nesta Marley, lives on! Roots reggae singer Chronixx has announced he will be embarking on a massive North American tour next Spring, entitled Chronology. The 29-year-old artist’s album features 16-tracks including: “I’m A Big Deal,” “Under The Influence Remix,” “Magic” and “Love Distance Lover.” The latter part of the album delves into his long list of love songs including: “Distance,” “Better Than The Stars” and the Reggaeton inspired “My Love.” Catch a taste below:
Marion Hall Releases Debut Gospel Album
Former dancehall singer Lady Saw, turned religious minister Marion Mall, has released a gospel album. Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption band will kick off the tour on March 2, 2017 in Connecticut before heading to cities like LA, Chicago, Houston, Montreal and Toronto on a 38-date tour across USA and Canada. Dec. The Chronixx tour will conclude on April 30th in New York. Marley’s ‘The Legend Live: Santa Barbara – Country Bowl, November 25th 1979’ album was number one this week on the Billboard Reggae Chart, based on sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music. The album is available here. The 14-track album, “When God Speaks,” contains a mixture of gospel songs such as ‘Lead Me To The Water,’ ‘Love Jesus’ and ‘I’m on Fire,’ delivered in the reggae, soca and soul genres. The album is named after his debut album which his slated for an early 2017 release. The album, released on Trojan Records on November 16, 2016, features two discs, which include songs like ‘Positive Vibration,’ ‘Wake Up and Live’ and ‘I Shot the Sheriff.’ You can own this album today or give it as a gift this Christmas now. By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Christopher Martin Announces Debut Album
Jamaican reggae singer Christopher Martin this week announced the release date of his debut album “Big Deal.” The album will be released on February 10, 2017. Tickets for the Chronology North America Tour are available now. Chronixx Announces 2017 North American Tour
Reggae singer Chronixx.
See Nicki’s hot bikini shots she posted to Instagram this week. De.c 16, 2016: Despite rumors that Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj and her long time boyfriend have split, the singer was slaying in sexy swim wear as she enjoyed her vacation in the Turks & Caicos. By NAN ET Editor
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We should all be together and encourage communities and contribute with making campaigns so people can collect their trash. 18, 2016, named the runner-up in the 2016 Miss World contest. DR Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramírez, the Miss World 2016 runner-up, is seen at left. Ramírez, a student, actress, and secretary bucked trends in the DR in 2016 to represent the country out of 36 candidates. She currently attending University of Santo Domingo pursuing a major is Communications. She stands 5 feet 11 and a half inches tall, making her one of the tallest contestants in the Miss World 2016 pageant. We have already global warming. She then managed to take the spot as the second most beautiful woman in the world on Dec. By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. We shall protect Mother Earth. She answered: “I think we should be teaching our next generation to protect our planet. Ramírez, who speaks Spanish, French and English, was born in Comendador, DR but was raised in the Sector of Sabana Perdida in Santo Domingo Norte. 20, 2016: In a Caribbean country where race and skin color is often a controversial issue, a black woman has emerged as the second most beautiful woman in the world. At the pageant Sunday night, she was asked by Miss World 2008, Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia: What do you think should we be teaching the next generation about protecting our planet? This is the only one we have. She also works a model, singer and an actress. Ms. Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramírez, 23, on Sunday night was named the runner-up in the 2016 Miss World contest. Miss DR Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramírez, 23, was on Sunday night Dec. We cannot stop it but we can enhance opportunities to make it better.”
Dec. 18, 2016. She is only the third woman of predominantly African heritage to represent the Dominican Republic in Miss Universe after Ruth Ocumárez in 2002 and Ada de la Cruz in 2009.
She was also a picture of elegance as she walked the runway during FENTY x PUMA by Rihanna at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on September 28, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Sexy but elegant defined the look in September as Rihanna attended the Launch of FENTY PUMA By Rihanna at Bergdorf Goodman on September 6, 2016 in New York City. She carried the look into her night out and into the lead up to the 2016 US election where she kept her locks but sported a Hillary Clinton supporter t-shirt in Manhattan on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Rihanna, sporting locks in October, was almost unrecognizable and could have been another island Rasta girl as she was seen here entering an office building in Manhattan on October 05, 2016 in New York, New York. That trend continued into the fashion show and even at the Brit Award in Feb. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images) (Photo by Kris Connor/WireImage)
In March, Rihanna was rocking a ‘boyfriend suit’ as she performed during her ‘Anti World Tour’ at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on March 27, 2016 in New York City and she was also very covered up while attending a basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on March 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/BET/Getty Images for BET)
In May, Rihanna was a picture of elegance and sporting shorter hair at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ever since Bajan star Rihanna burst on the scene, she has evolved from a good girl to a bad girl, having no problem in taking her clothes off and showing all off all times with little left to the imagination. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
Even at her concert at the PalaAlpitour during a leg of her Anti World Tour. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
The trend continued with Rihanna covered from head to toe as she attended the FENTY x PUMA by Rihanna fashion week launch at 23 Wall Street on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Marco PiracciniArchivio Marco PiracciniMondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
By August Rihanna was sexy but still largely covered as she worked it at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City where she also received The Video Vanguard Award . 21, 2016: Let’s face it! But in 2016, RiRi seemed to have evolved again – into a lady as she spent most of the year with her clothes on and showing off a more refined and at times relaxed image.
In January, RiRi kicked off the year, all covered up at the LAX airport on January 08, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. and at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie on February 13, 2016 where the Bad Girl only tastefully flashed some leg and cleavage. Compiled By NAN ET Editor
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She was almost unrecognizable in New York City’s Soho in June in this almost regular number. BET event in New York City. By the end of the month, she had dropped the locks for a total lady like transformation as she attended and performed at the Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert for her country’s 50th independence anniversary where she sat aside Prince Harry and entered with Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart at the Kensington Oval Cricket Ground on Nov. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Corp)
In April, she was furrtastic as she showed a decent amount of leg with a brown fur coat over as she attended the Black Girls Rock! (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
By November, Rihanna was full into the dreadlocked character on the set of ‘Ocean’s 8′ on November 2, 2016 in New York City, keeping the locks for much of her outings publicly that month. Dec. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
Riri ended the year as she started it – covered up – as she arrived on the set of Ocean’s Eight in Brooklyn on December 3, 2016 in New York City. Turin, Italy in July 2016 she was sexy but covered.
Majah Hype – NAN Caribbean Upstart Entertainer of the Year. 10: There is no denying Hype of Hype Media is an in demand artiste and his new movie – which he wrote, directed, produced and is starring in, will undoubtedly propel him to higher heights yet in 2017. 3: His repertoire of characters has expanded as well and his creativity is seemingly limitless, creating new characters like Bobby Bunz this year that many West Indians in the Diaspora can relate to. News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. 8: Caribbean company Flow recently signed Hype as a Flow Brand Ambassador. 4: This is in addition to the sketches of various West Indian characters including Di Rass, Sister Sandrine, Mitzy and Grandpa James who have become stars in their own right and to impersonating Caribbean artists like Buju Banton, Luciano, Machel Montano and Jah Cure. Here’s why:
1: This Caribbean national has moved from musician to DJ to popular comedian on Instagram with over 475,000 followers globally.
28, 2016: There is no denying that 2016 was an amazing year for Caribbean-born, Diaspora resident and the ‘King of Caribbean Comedy.’ And so there is no denying that the NAN Caribbean-Born Upstart Entertainer Of 2016 title has to go to Majah Hype. He joins Flow’s impressive cadre of internationally recognized sports, music and entertainment Brand Ambassadors. 2: Not bad for a boy who was taught by his grandfather to play seven instruments and read music, before migrating to the US at the age of 12 and living in Baltimore with his family before moving to Brooklyn, NY where he worked as a former artist and DJ with the iconic New York City sound system Massive B. 9: Majah is more than just ‘hype.’ A Caribbean artist at heart, he identifies with the islands, and has taken on the task of “unifying the people of the region as one” with his own unique brand of comedy. He is “majah” indeed. Majah Hype transformed as one of his more popular characters – Di Rass. His act, he says, serves as a means of breaking down national barriers and bringing people together with relatable content and is passionate about connecting Caribbean and Diaspora audiences. 5: Majah Hype – born Collin Nigel McPherson reportedly in the Spice Island of Grenada – has also expanded on live shows this year, performing across the US, globally and in the region including in Bermuda and The Cayman Islands. 6: He also added the title of movie producer to his resume and released his first film this year titled “Foreign Minds Think Alike.” Immigrants can relate to the movie which focuses on leaving the West Indies in pursuit of “The American Dream.”
7: Hype is popular with many Caribbean artistes including Machel Montano who he has opened shows for and artists like Gyptian and Tarrus Riley have made guest appearances in the film. Dec.