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Rihanna Named Harvard University's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

By Brianne Tracy (people.com) Rihanna may be widely celebrated for her music, but now she's accepting a different type of honor—for her humanitarian work. The 29-year-old singer has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year and will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on campus next Tuesday.

"Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados," said Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter.

The vocal philanthropist also created the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of her grandmother and grandfather to improve health, education and arts and culture around the world. The charity offers a scholarship program for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries.

Last month, Rihanna traveled to Malawi to spend time with key educators, government officials, students and mentors to promote education on behalf of her foundation and as the ambassador for Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.

In the fall, she headlined the organization's annual Global Citizen festival.

And who could forget the moment when pop royalty and real royalty met? Prince Harry joined Rihanna on World AIDS Day in her native Barbados to make a statement on HIV. The two did an HIV finger-prick test "to show how easy it is to be tested for HIV," Kensington Palace announced.

Each year, Harvard University presents the award to a prominent public-spirited leader. She joins past honorees James Earl Jones and tennis player Arthur Ashe.

Ziggy Marley Snags Seventh Best Reggae Album Grammy

CALIFORNIA, USA, Tuesday February 14, 2017 – It was a case of lucky seven for Ziggy Marley on Sunday when he added another Best Reggae Album Grammy to his collection at the 59th staging of the annual awards ceremony at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Marley got the gong over fellow Jamaicans Sly and Robbie (Reggae For Her — Sly and Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta and JL) and Raging Fyah ( Everlasting), as well as California band Rebelution ( Falling Into Place), Hawaiian singer J Boog ( Rose Petals), and American band SOJA ( Live in Virginia).

The award, for the album Ziggy Marley, gave the 48-year-old singer his fourth nod in the category as a solo artist. Prior to that he had won in 2007 with Love Is My Religion; in 2014 with Ziggy Marley in Concert, and in 2015 with Fly Rasta.

Making up his record-breaking total are three wins with sibling group The Melody Makers, and one for Best Children's Album in 2010.

Marley, the oldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, was delighted with his latest win.

"Give thanks to the @RecordingAcad for the honor, my family, and all the artists keeping #reggae alive and well. LOVE #GRAMMYs #ziggymarley," he tweeted.

The winning album was released last May by Tuff Gong Worldwide and debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. According to Neilsen SoundScan, it has sold over 13,000 copies to date.

American reggae artistes have regularly outsold their Jamaican counterparts in the United States for the past five years, however.

The trend continues with Rebelution's Falling Into Place emerging as the most successful reggae album released in 2016 with sales of over 30,000 copies.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States nevertheless honours artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, "without regard to album sales or chart position."

If any of the three US groups had won, they would have been the first Americans to bag the Best Reggae Album category.

The only non-Jamaicans ever to have won the award are British band Steel Pulse who did so in 1987 with Babylon The Bandit.

The Reggae Grammy awards were established in 1985 when Black Uhuru became the first winner.

Ziggy Marley was previously tied with his brother Stephen, who also had six wins (three times as a member of The Melody Makers). Bunny Wailer has received the award three times, and two-time recipients include Burning Spear, Damian Marley, and Shabba Ranks.

Morgan Heritage won last year's Best Reggae Album Grammy with Strictly Roots.

Romella Vaughn Rihanna's magnum opus

By Justin Tinsley
'Anti,' set to dominate next month's Grammys, is 2016's best album — the best project of Rihanna's career.
Who she is. What she hopes to become. What turns her on. What turns her off. The strength. The pain, and the vulnerability. The seemingly never-ending pond of possibilities at her fingertips. It's all there, hiding in plain sight. It's always been there. Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the ultimate 21st century pop star.

From a sheer numbers perspective, Anti never missed a beat. Though what constituted "sales" initially caused confusion, the album quickly catapulted and became the year's first double platinum project. And for a release supposedly devoid of singles, the album's first single and Grammy-nominated Work (featuring Drake) spent nine weeks as the top song in the country, moving her past The Beatles' longstanding record for then the second most weeks spent at the pinnacle. The success of Work — the year's most infectious and Caribbean-inspired pop record — undoubtedly opened the door for Drake's dancehall smashes One Dance and Controlla. In July, Rihanna tied Madonna for entries by women on the Billboard's Hot 100 — with 57 songs. Two months later, in September, her DJ Mustard-produced smash Needed Me bumped on-again-off-again-who-knows-what-they-are creative partner Drake from the top spot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. She placed third in Spotify's most streamed artists, behind only Drake and Justin Bieber. And in year-end lists spanning the web, Anti is nearly universally dubbed as one of the best of 2016 — in close competition with Beyoncé's Lemonade.

Jamacian Dancehall Artiste Sean Paul Back With A Bang

NEW YORK, United States – The triumphant return of Jamaican dancehall artiste Sean Paul to the international charts has been hailed by Forbes Magazine as "one of the most surprising stories of 2016 in the music world."

The magazine speculated that the 44-year-old star may owe his resurgence either to "an expertly curated strategy on the part of his management, his record label, and him, or if he just happened to work with the right artistes at the right time and the stars aligned."

The Grammy-winning deejay has stamped his mark on two smash hits this year, starting with a featured spot on the reworked single version of Sia's "Cheap Thrills." The song was chosen as the second official single off Sia's "This Is Acting" album, and did not originally feature Sean Paul, but his input was added when "Thrills" was sent out to radio.

The unexpected collaboration took the song all the way to No. 1 in the US, where it was in charge for the month of August, and also landed Sia her first Billboard No. 1. This week it received a Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.

"Cheap Thrills'" golden run came a full 10 years after Sean Paul entered the Billboard Top 10 on his own with "Temperature" and (When You Gonna) "Give It Up To Me.

Rihanna Follows AMA Success With Eight Grammy Nominations!

CALIFORNIA, U.S.A – Hot on the heels of her success at the American Music Awards (AMA), Barbados' pop princess Rihanna continues her reign with a whopping eight nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards.

The impressive tally places her a heartbeat behind Beyonce, with nine nods, who Rihanna will face off against in the Record of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album categories as a solo artiste, as well as in the Best Rap/Sung Performance as featured artiste on Kanye West's Famous.

Rihanna is tied with West and ex-boyfriend Drake with eight nominations each and shares three of her nods with Drake – two for their duet on Rihanna's Work and one for Rihanna as a featured artist on Drake's Views.

Barbados' superstar will face stiff competition in the Record of the Year category with Work up against classy contenders Adele (Hello), Lukas Graham (7 Years) and Twenty One Pilots (Stressed Out), in addition to Queen Bey's Formation.

Record of the year recognizes the whole recording, including the artist and musicians' performances alongside producers and engineers. Song of the year is given to the writers exclusively. Other major nods for Rihanna include Best R&B Performance (Needed Me) and Best R&B Song (Kiss it Better).

Rihanna Beats Beyonce On Forbes' Highest-Paid Women In Music List

(caribbean360) NEW YORK, USA, Friday November 4, 2016 – Barbados' pop princess Rihanna has added another jewel to her crown by streaking ahead of Queen Bey on this year's Forbes' highest-paid women in music list.

It's been quite a year for Rihanna, who earned US$75 million in the past 12 months, bagging fourth place on the list and comfortably pushing 2014's top earner Beyonce into fifth spot with $54 million.

It's been quite a year for Rihanna, who earned US$75 million in the past 12 months, bagging fourth place on the list and comfortably pushing 2014's top earner Beyonce into fifth spot with $54 million.

Barbados' superstar also easily overtook last year's number one Katy Perry, who hauled-in $41 million to take sixth place.

Rihanna, who received a lifetime achievement award at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, was narrowly edged-out of third place by Madonna. The 58-year-old Material Girl, who was the highest-paid woman in music in 2013, earned $76.5 million in the past 12 months.

Everyone nevertheless had a long way to go to come close to the whopping $170 million raked in over the past year by Taylor Swift.

The 26-year-old singer/songwriter earned more than double her nearest rival Adele, who took home $80.5 million.

Swift's takings were mainly due to her "1989" World Tour raking in a quarter of a billion dollars, 200 million of which was made in the US alone, beating the North American touring record previously held by the Rolling Stones.

She also has lucrative endorsement deals with brands including Diet Coke, Apple and Keds.

Rounding off the top 10 were Jennifer Lopez with $39.5m, Britney Spears with $30.5m, and Shania Twain and Celine Dion, who both clocked around $27m.

Forbes estimated the pre-tax income of personalities from June 1 2015 through to June 1 2016 from a variety of sources, including data from Pollstar, Nielsen and the Recording Industry Association of America, as well as interviews with managers, lawyers and some of the stars themselves.

Rihanna Celebrates 26th Birthday in Aspen

Rihanna hit the slopes in Aspen, Colorado for her birthday! The Bajan singer, who turns 26 on February 20th, took to her Instagram page to share party pics from her snowy vacation.

Rihanna hit the slopes in Aspen, Colorado for her birthday! The "Stay" singer, who turns 26 on February 20th, took to her Instagram page to share party pics from her snowy vacation. The birthday party activities included some tubing and a hilarious game called, "Guesstures." Keeping tallies — it appears team Deez Nuts pulled a victory over team Thunder Pussy.

Rihanna recently featured on the controversial Shakira song "Can't Remember to Forget You" which drew protests from a Colombian politician.

Tessanne Chin does Jamaica & Caribbean Proud

NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday December 18, 2013, (CMC) – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller Wednesday led the praises for singer Tessanne Chin, who won the NBC's The Voice season five competition on Tuesday night, landing herself a record deal with Universal Music and a first prize of US$100,000.

"By being 'The Voice' you have joined the ranks of a long list of outstanding Jamaican achievers who have held the flag high internationally and confirm to the world that we are a nation of world beaters on the world class stage."

"You have been a fine ambassador for Jamaica during this grueling competition and your voice; your victory will now serve to set the new standard for others to follow. We in Jamaica tonight feel a special pride that you are one of us and we look forward to celebrating with you in a larger and appropriate way on your return to the island," Prime Minister Simpson Miller said in a statement.

Chin had been stunning audiences with her renditions over the past four weeks and crowned her success on Monday night with her rendition of the late Whitney Houston's hit "I have Nothing".

During the results show Tuesday night, Tessanne delivered a scintillating performance with her idol, the legendary Celine Dion. The duo sang 'Love can move Mountains', which was released by Dion in 1992.

The 28-year-old Jamaican singer beat out rivals Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin to win the fifth season of the television singing contest that ended Tuesday in a star-studded season finale that featured performances by Lady Gaga and Dion.

The singer cried as she struggled to process the news as Michael, her husband and her mother Christine embraced.

Rihanna Wins AMA Icon Award — Mother Gives Loving Speech

by Emily Longeretta (hollywoodlife) The American Music Awards are completely fan-voted, so being given the first-ever Icon Award was a huge accomplishment! Rihanna was honored on Nov. 24 — and it was presented by the people who love her the most!

Bill Maher introduced Rihanna first, calling her "the voice of our generation," which is a huge compliment. He then showed a great tribute video — a look back at Rihanna's career, from Pon de Replay to Stay, and all the success in between.

After a sexy performance of "Diamonds," we saw a video message from Jay Z, saying he was beyond proud of RiRi. Then an even bigger mentor came out to actually hand her the award — her mother, Monica Braithwaite. Like a proud mother, she gave an emotional speech for her daughter:

Rihanna, I'm so proud of you tonight. I know the journey and your career has not always been an easy one, but tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused. And I mean, it's amazing how you always manage to take good from all your experiences. I'm so pleased to be a part of this historic moment and I just want to say I'm proud to present to you the first ever AMA Icon Award.

So sweet! Rihanna admitted she was "terrible at giving speeches," before running down her list of thank you's — it was definitely one of the best acceptance speeches we've ever seen. She even admitted that growing up in Barbados, she annoyed her neighbors with her non-stop singing!

Rihanna nominated for People's Choice Awards

CALIFORNIA, United States, Friday November 22, 2013 – It comes as no surprise that Barbados' pop princess Rihanna has once again bagged a nomination for the People's Choice Awards in the Favourite R&B Artist category.

The big question is whether or not the Diamonds girl can snag the award and secure an enviable hat trick, having already taken the title for two consecutive years.

Last year's glitzy event at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre saw the Talk That Talk star walking the walk as she swept ahead of Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Usher to take the Favourite R&B Artist accolade for the second time.

This year, the Bajan songbird will again face-off with Alicia Keys, along with Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, both of whom have earned nominations in multiple categories. Adding spice to the mix is Ciara, who will double as a presenter at the 40th staging of the annual awards.

If there's safety in numbers, Katy Perry should roar triumphantly with five music nominations, as should Justin Timberlake who leads the guys with five nods of his own.

Noticeably absent from this year's nominations is Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj, who beat out all the boys last year to secure the Favourite Hip-Hop Artist title. In movies, America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock has five nominations, including two for Favourite Duo (one with Gravity co-star George Clooney and the other with The Heat's Melissa McCarthy).

Oprah Winfrey is up for an award for her work in Lee Daniels' The Butler; Dancing With the Stars is nominated, and so are Ross Matthews, Britney Spears and Game of Thrones.

Robin Williams is an especially notable nominee. He won his first People's Choice Award in 1979 for Favourite Actor in a New TV Series for Mork & Mindy — and now he's competing in the same category again 34 years later for his role on The Crazy Ones.

The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards will air live on CBS on January 8, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET.

The 2014 People's Choice Awards category nominees list follows:

Favourite movie
Despicable Me 2
Fast & Furious 6
Iron Man 3
Monsters University
Star Trek Into Darkness

St Lucia's Mongstar wins first ALL FOR ONE Caribbean Voice Contest

Mongstar sung his way to winners' row (Caribbean360)

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Monday November 18, 2013 - St. Lucian performer Mongstar won the inaugural Jeff Joseph Trophy of the "ALL FOR ONE Caribbean Voice Contest."

Held recently at Salle Aimé Césaire de l'Atrium in Martinique, the exciting final of the first annual pan-Caribbean song contest showcased artists from nine Caribbean islands.

Modeled after the famous Eurovision Song Festival, and supported by the Regional Council of Martinique, the contest finalists were drawn from Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Martin and Trinidad and Tobago.

In addition to the contestants, who were selected by their respective ministry of culture or tourist board, the evening featured supporting artists Lisa Griffith of Barbados, Seal of Martinique and the iconic meringue singer Miriam Cruz of the Dominican Republic.

Each candidate had to perform two titles, slow and fast tempos, from their repertoire in front of a jury of nine representatives from each of the competing islands. Contestants were accompanied by the talented Guy Marc Vadeleux band from Martinique.

The dazzling two-hour show was televised in the French West Indies and France and will be rebroadcast later this month through Caribvision and selected television stations across the region.

The contest winner, Mongstar, appreciated the hospitality and professionalism of those who contributed to the success of the competition.

"I'm very pleased to bring this first 'Jeff Joseph Trophy' to St. Lucia. I'm glad to see that the audience appreciated my performance and I am very proud of Martinique (which) was able to organize the first edition (so well). I thank all those who supported me and the team of ALL FOR ONE."

Martinican Loriane Zacharie was judged first runner-up and Darline Desca from Haiti second runner-up. "The result is not what matters to me," said Desca, "because from the beginning, I considered ALL FOR ONE as a most extraordinary platform for exchanging and sharing with other Caribbean islands. For me it was special to be in Martinique for the first time."

The nine "ambassadors" embraced the memories of the musical and cultural adventure and marveled at their common heritage which expresses itself though different languages and musical genres.

"We are all Caribbean, we are one. We have the same blood running through our veins and we need to share a lot more to build together a beautiful Caribbean unity," said the winner Mongstar.

Continue to pray for 'Sparrow' – T&T Consul General

NEW YORK (CMC) – As the Calypso King of the World, the Mighty Sparrow, is reportedly in a New York City hospital in a comatose state, Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, and Trinidad and Tobago's New York Consul General, Rudrawatee Nan Ramgoolam, have urged the public to offer prayers for the legendary Calypsonian.

"I pray for a speedy and full recovery for my dear friend of over 30 years," said Markowitz, who often jokingly refers himself as a "Trini Jew from Tunapuna". "He is the true calypso king of the world, a proud son of both Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago," he said in a statement.

Markowitz described Slinger Francisco -- best known as the Mighty Sparrow as "a storyteller extraordinaire, who has delighted audiences across the Caribbean and beyond, including Brooklyn, where he has performed on summer concert stage for 31 successive years."

Ramgoolam, whose consulate general recognised Sparrow on August 30, with a Lifetime Achievement Award, noted that it is an "exceedingly difficult time for Sparrow's family.

"Let us focus our energies on praying for both him and his family and allow the family to continue to take care of their loved one…..should there be any further developments, Richard Francisco (Sparrow's son) has promised to inform the consulate general in New York and we, in turn, will issue an official release to reflect same."

Richard, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, on behalf of his father told reporters that the calypso superstar "is resting comfortably, and he's alive and well. "The family wishes to thank the public for their prayers", he said. Last week, the family confirmed that Sparrow is in a coma in an unidentified New York hospital.

Sparrow, who has been performing for more than four decades, has been having health challenges for the past three years. The Grenadian-born Francisco, 78, has been hospitalised for complications caused by diabetes more than once, but has continued to perform both in Trinidad and Tobago and in the US.

Affectionately called "The Birdie", Sparrow, who migrated to Trinidad and Tobago before he was a year old, was honoured by the fishing and rural community of Grand Roy, St John's, Grenada last year.

Jammings Entertainment Puts on Grand Mother's Day Party at Madison Square Garden

By Vandell Park
Caribbean American revelers, along with their American counterparts, will be in for the treat of their lives, come this Mother's Day on May 11. The venue for this promised grand extravaganza is Madison Square Garden. The evening will be spent in an atmosphere with ambiance just suited for relaxing, listening, cuddling, moving and gyrating to the voice and music of none other than Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. The three-hour long event promises to be an event rich in entertainment for those who will choose to unwind from their everyday routine. The musical treat will be hosted by George Crooks and Jammings Entertainment. Crooks, speaking about the event says: "I've seen 'Baby Face' perform and he blew my mind so I wanted to bring this experience to everyone that I can think of and so I am bringing him to Madison Square Garden on May 11. He is a phenomenal performer, and I can assure you that whoever attends this event will be glad they did. The 10 times Gammy- winning artist without hesitation accepted my invitation to perform for our New York fans. His friends Teddy Riley, Aaron, and Damion Hall from the group Guy, will perform the opening act before he takes the stage, so come out in large numbers and have a fun-filled evening."

Crooks noted that the event will be a wonderful opportunity for sons and daughters to relax with their mothers and fathers. He added that his entertainment company is pleased to provide its fans with the opportunity to listen to this musical icon on such an important time in their lives-- Mother's Day.

In addition to the Mother's Day event at Madison Square Garden, Jammings Entertainment also has scheduled another event that same evening--a Soca event called "The B'S in Town" featuring Benjai, Blaxx, Black Stalin and Denese Belfon and Roy Cape-All Stars, at Pulse 48, located at 1020 East 48th Street, Brooklyn.

Crooks, who migrated to this country as a child in the 1970s, developed a love for music after attending concerts by such legendary R&B music performers like Barry White, George Clinton with Parliaments, and funkadelics. He says: "I had a passion for live music. And so I wanted to see Caribbean music being produced on the same level that R&B music was produced at that time. And so that sparked my entertainment promotion career. It was difficult then and is still difficult today to introduce Caribbean music in this society, but it is the job I do love and so far we are making inroads."

According to Crooks, his first promotion of a Caribbean artist was Peter Tosh back in 1978-79, at the University of North Florida. Since then, he continued bringing other Caribbean performers to the United States. His company now puts on other entertainment events such as domino competitions, bike shows, car shows, festivals of colors--pagwah festivals, Cambeley and Juvehs. He noted that he just like to throw a party in large venues such as a park, Radio City

or anywhere where a large crowd can gather to have fun: "We have like about two to three events a month, whether it is R&B, soca or reggae. Our last big event was "Sounds of Reggae" with Berres Hammond, Shaggie, Maxi Priest and others at the Barclays Center."

Crooks says that while he loves to entertain, he will do whatever it takes to ensure the upward mobility of Caribbean people: "we are not only here to entertain you. Part of the proceeds of this show will go to the University of the West Indies to provide scholarships for needy Caribbean students and that's one of the things I want everybody to know, that we are not here just to entertain you; we are here to educate you also. So I ensure that I give back to the Caribbean community a percentage of my earnings from the events, so as to help develop our people."

Crooks, a native of Kingston Jamaica, graduated from the University of North Florida in 1985, and served 6 years in the U.S. Army.

Tickets can be purchased via ticketmaster.com

A Mother's Day Weekend to Remember with R&B Hit-maker, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds & Special Guest "Guy" on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at MSG Theater

It's a special Mother's Day Weekend to remember as Jammins Entertainment presents R&B hit-makers Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Guy (Teddy Riley and the Hall Brothers) on Saturday May 11th, 2013 at the landmark venue, The Theater at Madison Square Garden. For one night only these Grammy Award winning, BET Award Honorees, Billboard Chart topping artists will perform hit after hit to their fans. Expect the unexpected, Special Guest appearances and more.

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds has garnered many titles over the years: a prolific hit maker/producer, superstar recording artist, and revolutionary label owner. The 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own, Edmonds' impeccably crafted explorations of love, romance and relationships and have made an indelible imprint on the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world: over 125 Top-10 R&B and Pop hits, 42 #1's R&B hits, and 51 Top-10 Pop hits (including 16 #1's), which have produced single and album sales in excess of over 500 million units worldwide.

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds keeps adding milestone after milestone to a legacy that seems to have no threshold or peak in sight. He is currently in the studio working on new material for his next solo album.

"GUY" was formed in Harlem, NY in 1987. The group consists of: singer- songwriters Teddy Riley who is credited for the formation of Guy, Timmy Gatling and Aaron Hall Lead singer of their hits such as "Groove Me", "I Like" and "Piece of My Love." Teddy Riley is known for having a massive impact and seminal influence on the formation of contemporary R&B, hip-hop, soul and pop since the 1980's. With their smooth groove, "GUY" is ready to thrill audiences worldwide.

Rihanna celebrates her birthday with massive MAC deal

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday February 22, 2013 – Whether or not she shared her "Birthday Cake" with someone special, six-time Grammy award-winner Rihanna had a lot to celebrate when she turned 25 on Wednesday.

Apart from the launch of her own fashion line with British retailer River Island, Barbados' pop princess extended her realm via a massive endorsement deal with prominent cosmetics company MAC.

The "Diamonds" girl and the makeup giant have collaborated on several colour collections set to be launched this year, kicking-off with a lipstick inspired by RiRi's favourite red MAC lipstick "Ruby Woo" and to be appropriately named "RiRi Woo".

"When you think of makeup, the brand that pops into your mind -- for something legit -- is MAC," the megastar was quoted as saying by Women's Wear Daily (WWD).

"Whatever colour you want, it's like 'Let's go to MAC.' I've been using MAC on tour for such a long time it was a natural fit for me. I have always loved makeup, and I always said that if I do it [collaborate with a cosmetics company], I want to do it with a credible brand."

The deal is said to be unprecedented for the brand, marking the first time that it has worked with a celebrity for more than a one-off product. An added bonus came with affording the "We Found Love" singer deeper insight into the cosmetics business. "I really got to play," the star told WWD. "There's so much to choose from, and you can mix different textures with different colours and different greens in different eye shadows.

"I learned so much about the detail of makeup and what makes things look different. What makes it apply different is really important. Every little detail is important." Rihanna also noted that the collection opened up another avenue to express her creativity.

"Being creative is something that I love, so I can put that into different outlets. Music happens to be the first thing that I gravitated to, and now music opens doors to just so many different opportunities, and they all tie in.

"My makeup looks, my fashion looks...they help me to express myself as an artist. I think it helps people to understand me or my mood, my story," she said.

Carnival fashion fusion to ignite New York fashion week

NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday February 6, 2013 - Hot on the heels of the Trinidad Carnival festival weekend, Caribbean entertainment brand Antilia has joined forces with Maserati for the Manhattan Grand Launch of luxury social network ELEQT. The glitzy partnership will promote one of the Caribbean's most sought-after cultural festivals through an explosive fusion of exotic Carnival fashions and bespoke luxury designer items, on the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Fall 2013 Collections, in New York.

The red carpet, invitation-only gala is set for Thursday, February 7, at the new state-of-the-art Maserati of Manhattan location in Tribeca. The brand's eagerly awaited first standalone showroom in the United States will come alive this winter as The ela Design Company and leading Trinidadian Carnival band TRIBE, together with a number of high end international designer brands, deliver an explosive preview of the Carnival weekend's vibrant activities to a discerning group of jet setters and fashion trendsetters.

"In addition to promoting the vibrance of Caribbean culture and the warmth of its people, this unique event also showcases the premium potential of Carnival, inspired by the growing number of seasonal VIP events and exclusive Carnival band offerings that will no doubt appeal to the elite international traveler," asserted Simon Khan, CEO, Antilia.

Participating fashion brands include Cantamessa Jewels - elite Italian jewelry, and Mel Boteri, unique luxury handbags and accessories. Both brands will preview their latest collections at the event.

Additionally, Bellucci Napoli has promised to raffle a custom-tailored luxury shirt. The company, a specialist in bespoke luxury, will present its master tailor to measure the winner at the event.

ELEQT is a brand new social network for the luxury lifestyle, launched early last year in London and registering more than 150,000 members from more than 200 countries. The company is part of the Quintessentially Group, a world leader in luxury services.

The fast-growing lifestyle brand, whose founders reside on the Dutch Caribbean island ofCuraçao, debuted its first US event last October in collaboration with Antilia and Ferrari of Long Island. The event was supported by Saint Barth Properties which offered access to an exclusive range of upscale Caribbean villa accommodations.

"Having teased our attendees with a taste of the Caribbean last October, we again sought the assistance of Antilia to create an even more memorable and distinctly Caribbean experience at our official Manhattan launch for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week," commented Ruud Smeets, Chief Executive Officer, ELEQT.

Smeets, former General Manager, Yahoo! Europe, declared: "We admire the vibrant, colorful and fashionable nature of the Caribbean Carnival and are excited at the opportunity to feature these exotic costumes alongside fashions from our roster of leading high-end designers, and to ultimately share this well-kept secret with our elite network of high net worth individuals, jet setters and fashion influencers."

Among the Carnival designs being showcased, the ela-designed Kallimini costume for TRIBE Carnival Band's 2013 presentation "Butterflies, Beasts and Bacchanal" is expected to take the spotlight.

"A global fashion trend has descended upon Trinidad Carnival. Fashion is no longer an add-on to the festival experience, but rather has become a critical component to the business of Carnival," noted leading Trinidadian make-up artist Nina Alcantara of The ela Design Company. "What's most exciting to us is that this Thursday we get to turn the tables. We're going to show the world what kind of impact our style-forward, culture-rich festival can have on the global fashion industry."

In addition to the range of authentic Carnival costumes on display, ela will unveil their now sold-out 2013 collection of 'Monday Wear' for individuals who wish to make a bold fashion statement on the first day of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival.

The Caribbean-themed gala, supported by the Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA), will feature a top shelf open bar, including Charles Heidsieck champagne, Alacran 100% blue agave tequila, The Macallan single malt, Brugal rum, Forever Young wines and Heineken beer. The event is to be followed by an exclusive after-party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel

Trinidad magistrate adjourns sentencing of Machel Montano

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thursday January 17, 2013 – A Magistrate Court has deferred until February 25, the sentencing of Trinidad and Tobago international Soca Star, Machel Montano, who was found guilty late last year of five criminal offences. A number of artistes, performers as well as fans flocked to the court on Thursday where Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor was due to hand down the sentencing on Montano as well as songwriter and producer Kernel Roberts, the son of deceased calypso legend Aldwyn "Kitchener" Roberts.

Montano had been found guilty of of assaulting Russel Pollonais and Brandis Brown. Montano, 36, also faced additional charges of assaulting Janelle Lee Chee and Gerard Bowrin, and for using obscene language. The charges stem from a fracas outside a nightclub in the capital on April 26, 2007. The four were first charged on June 4, 2007.

Montano is the headline act for several Carnival 2013 activities that end on Februray 12, including his own show "Machel Monday" scheduled for February 4. He had previously assured fans that he would be performing this Carnival in the face of his court sentencing.

Roberts, the composer of several of Montano's hits, was also found guilty on two charges of assault. Lawyers representing the two men as well as from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions made legal submissions to the magistrate on whether or not the two convicted men can be sentenced to community service for the offences.

During the trial last year, state prosecutor George Busby questioned the tolerance level of Montano as it relates to him dealing with his fans on a constant basis and the likelihood of his becoming agitated when doing so. Busby also stated that in Montano's evidence, he testified that at times he would also become agitated when members of his band, The HD Family, made mistakes during their performances.

"So even after 30 years of making music and performing, he would still lose his temper when the band makes a mistake. So I find it unbelievable that on that night (of the incident) he would have been able to control himself at a time when he wanted to relax and mingle privately," said the prosecutor.

Rihanna bags first award for 2013

beenie man CALIFORNIA, United States, Wednesday January 16, 2013 – There's just no stopping Barbados' superstar Rihanna who started the New Year in style by winning her first major international honour of 2013 as Favourite R&B Artist at the People's Choice Awards last week.

The glitzy event at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre saw the Talk That Talk girl walking the walk as she swept ahead of Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Usher to take the title for the second consecutive year. Appreciative as ever of her fans' support, the 24-year-old star tweeted and also posted on Instagram: "Special bigups to the people who voted for me, it was worth it!! Thanks for being, not just consistent, but loyal! I feel special, having you guys to inspire me and to grow with me!! Thank you and I love you #WINNER".

Alicia Keys may have fallen short of the Diamonds girl in the voting, but delivered sparkling live renditions of "Girl on Fire" and "New Day" at the event. Also performing were country star Jason Aldean and Christina Aguilera, the latter of whom took the stage to sing Blank Page and receive the People's Voice honour in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the music industry.

The night's biggest winner was Wide Awake singer Katy Perry who took home four trophies, more than any other musician. The California Girl collected awards for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Music Video (Part of Me), and Favorite Music Fan Following (the KatyCats).

Other ladies who won big at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards were Trinidad-born Nicki Minaj, who earned a statuette for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, and Taylor Swift who was dubbed Favorite Country Artist for the third year running.

Maroon 5 locked up Favorite Band for the second consecutive year, while Jason Mraz claimed victory as Favourite Male Artist.

The remaining music awards were divided between British boy bands: Favorite Breakout Artist went to The Wanted, while Favorite Song and Favorite Album were bestowed upon One Direction, for What Makes You Beautiful and Up All Night, respectively.

Mixed reaction from critics to Rihanna's new "Unapologetic" album

beenie man CALIFORNIA, United States, Friday November 23, 2012 – Writing in the New York Times Magazine back in the sixties, Kenneth Tynan described a critic as "a man who knows the way but can't drive the car". Add the fact that public response, not critical acclaim, determines the commercial success of any project, and most reviews emerge as no more than a source of entertainment in their own right.

Loyal Rihanna fans are consequently taking the current crop of critiques of her new album with a hefty pinch of salt as they fork out for "Unapologetic", the Barbadian recording star's latest release, which hit the worldwide music scene the day after she bagged the Favourite Soul/R&B Album award for "Talk That Talk" at Sunday's American Music Awards (AMA).

Rihanna wrapped up her whirlwind "777 Tour" on Tuesday after delivering seven concerts in seven countries in seven days, to promote "Unapologetic".

In keeping with the "seven" theme, and her "hardest working woman in show business" title, the "We Found Love" girl released her seventh studio album in seven years on November 19.

Described as a mix of club hits, personal ballads and R&B grooves, the album features several star collaborations, from the David Guetta and The-Dream produced "Right Now," to Eminem's rap verse on "Numb".

The most controversial collaboration on the album is unquestionably "Nobody's Business," a duet with Rihanna's old flame and much publicised former abuser Chris Brown.

The album's lead single, "Diamonds," has already shot towards the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

While some critics laud Rihanna for the diversity of sounds on the new album, others are considerably less complimentary. Here's what they had to say, as compiled by The Hollywood Reporter:

Andrew Hampp of Billboard takes note of the album's musical variety: "Amping up on urban, dubstep-leaning R&B and scaling back on the often awkward sex jams that populated the second half of 2011's Talk That Talk, Unapologetic is Rihanna's most confident, emotionally resonant work since 2009's Rated R. There's hard-hitting club songs ('Phresh Out the Runway,' 'Pour It Up,' the Ginuwine-sampling 'Jump'), feel-good dance jams (David Guetta-produced 'Right Now,' Chris Brown duet 'Nobody's Business') and a surprising abundance of heartfelt ballads (lead single 'Diamonds,' 'Stay' featuring Mikky Ekko, the confessional suite 'Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary' and bonus track 'Half Of Me'), all of which showcase Rihanna's voice in ways the listener hasn't heard before. Like previous Rihanna projects, Unapologetic is destined to crank out at least five singles over the next 12 months (or until it's time for the next album, anyway)."

Randall Roberts of the L.A. Times criticizes the album collaborations, saying: "Half the record, in fact, features hints of dubstep. Others draw on the 'chopped and screwed' sounds of Houston and good old-fashioned dance pop. Featuring slow, down-pitched snares and a crawling momentum, the most notable of these, 'Numb,' is a duet with rapper Eminem, who's repaying Rihanna for the 'Love the Way You Lie' chorus that revived his career. But this is not that, and the following lyric should explain why. After becoming a metaphorical cop in 'Numb,' Eminem describes himself like this: 'I'm the siren that you hear / I'm the butt police, and I'm looking at your rear, rear, rear.' Eminem, one of the greatest rappers in the genre's history, wrote that line. Rihanna can be as unapologetic as she feels she needs to be, and can support Brown all she wants. But when she starts dragging down Eminem, somebody needs to atone."

Rihanna looks sexy performing at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
By Jodi Jill

rihanna Rihanna sizzled on Wednesday, November 7th when she hit the stage for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. One of the entertainers who performed live as the Victoria's Secret Angels walked the runway, the artist definitely was looking fine herself. Hitting the show with several different outfits, everyone was impressed on how she didn't overshadow the Angels, but she still looked hot.

Singing her popular songs, the entertainer roamed near the models as they walked out and showed off their fashion. Divided into six parts, the show had different music with Rihanna performing more than once. Of course the entertainer didn't disappoint as she was able to blend her fine vocals and sexy looks to make a moment for fans to remember.

Calling the best performance of the night, Izabel Goulart shared with Rihanna fans that the show was perfect because of the music by the star. Other models who walked the runway agreed, but there was just as much love for Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars who also performed.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 10/9C on CBS

Marine parasite named after Bob Marley

marley parasite Jamaican music icon, Bob Marley, has had his name attached to a blood-sucking parasite that infests fish living on coral reefs in Jamaica.

(Caribbean360) ARKANSAS, USA, Friday July 13, 2012 – Beyoncé is the namesake of a horsefly with a golden rear end; President George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Beatles all have beetles named after them; President Obama has a California lichen named in his honour and comedian Stephen Colbert has two insects named after him. Now it's reggae legend Bob Marley's turn.

The Jamaican music icon has had his name attached to a blood-sucking parasite that infests fish living on coral reefs in Jamaica.

The naming is not meant to be a sign of disrespect, according to marine biologist Paul Sikkel of Arkansas State University, who coined the name Gnathia marleyi to honour Marley.

"I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley's music," Sikkel said. "Plus, this species is as uniquely Caribbean, as was Marley." ...read more

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Marley family sues over use of reggae legend's image

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Bob Marley's widow Rita Marley (File photo)

(Caribbean360) CALIFORNIA, USA, Friday June 29, 2012 – Bob Marley's widow Rita and her children have brought action in the United States District Court, Central District of California against several parties that have been manufacturing, distributing and offering for sale certain potpourri/kush products which bear the Jamaican reggae legend's name, image, trademark, persona and likeness.

Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd, the company founded by Bob Marley's wife and children and the legal entity holding the trademark, publicity, persona and other intellectual property rights to iconic reggae artist Bob Marley, is bringing the lawsuit.

According to Hope Road's general counsel Timothy Ervin of the firm Gallant & Ervin, LLC: "Hope Road has never granted a licence to any party to use any of the Bob Marley IP [intellectual property] on such products, which have been made to resemble synthetic marijuana.

"Hope Road intends to vigorously pursue any parties involved in the manufacture, distribution and sale of these infringing Bob Marley products." Hope Road obtained an ex-parte seizure order and accompanied by the United States Marshal's office conducted a raid on the facilities of the named defendants earlier this month, seizing thousands of illegal Bob Marley products.

"We have never authorised any party to sell these types of products with our father's image and likeness on them and are very upset to see that people are buying these products and being harmed by them," said Cedella Marley, a director of Hope Road and Bob's daughter. "As a result we felt compelled to take action against the parties that have been illegally manufacturing, distributing and selling these unauthorised goods."

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Caribbean artistes to perform during London Olympics

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The concert's headline acts are reggae singer/songwriter Christopher Martin (Jamaica) and jazz/reggae saxophonist Arturo Tappin (Barbados).

(Caribbean360) BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday June 22, 2012 – Regional talent will come under the spotlight during the London 2012 Olympics as Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) hosts Caribbean Soul Fusion on August 9 at Grosvenor House in London.

Two headline acts and six emerging artistes will be featured at the event, which forms part of the Agency's London Engage initiative and will highlight a wide range of Caribbean music genres: reggae, soca, zouk and kompa, Caribbean jazz, folk and Afro-Haitian.

The six emerging artistes scheduled to take the stage are: Michele Henderson (Dominica), BelO (Haiti), Hezron Clarke (Jamaica), Claudia Edward (St Lucia), Mr. Dale (Barbados) and Xiomara Fortuna (Dominican Republic). The concert's headline acts are reggae singer/songwriter Christopher Martin (Jamaica) and jazz/reggae saxophonist Arturo Tappin (Barbados). "One of the best identifiers of the Caribbean Brand and its uniqueness is our music. Its ability to have global appeal is unquestionable. What we are seeking to do with Caribbean Soul Fusion is to showcase that authentic Caribbean culture and widen the market appeal for our regional music," said Pamela Coke Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export.

"As such, the artistes that will be performing will represent the diverse nature of musical genres across the Caribbean. Not only will the entertainment industry benefit from the increased demand for the products on offer, but also performers will have the opportunity to display the export potential of their craft and its appeal to an international audience," she added. Caribbean Soul Fusion will also serve as the closing reception for the 2nd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum, which is scheduled from August 8 to 9.

The CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum is supported under the European Union's (EU) 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), and in collaboration with CARIFORUM Directorate, the CARICOM Secretariat, and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Busy Signal facing extradition

beenie man(Jamaica Observer) POPULAR Jamaican dancehall singjay 'Busy Signal' was yesterday arrested by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston as he disembarked a flight, at 3:45 pm, after being deported from the United Kingdom.

The artiste, whose real name is Glendale Goshia Gordon, but who has been going by the name Reanno Devon Gordon, was held in London on Friday on suspicion that he was travelling on false documents.

Jamaica Observer sources say Busy Signal had performed in Amsterdam and Paris last week, but cut short his tour after he apparently got wind of the fact that an extradition warrant was issued for him by the United States Government.

However, when he got to England he was refused entry into that country and detained by British Immigration officials. The Americans have accused Gordon, who was a resident alien, of fleeing that country in 2002 before he could be sentenced on a cocaine charge in October that year.

An Observer source said yesterday that the artiste, who got bail in March 2002, is suspected of removing an ankle bracelet — used as a tracking device by US authorities to ascertain the whereabouts of a suspect on bail — and fleeing to Jamaica. Police yesterday said the artiste has been under surveillance for several years. He has been travelling extensively but has steered clear of the US. Gordon is scheduled to appear in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday. If he is extradited, he will be first high-profile Jamaican to be surrendered to the US authorities in the two years since former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was captured and sent to New York on drug-related charges.
A sentencing hearing is set to begin today for Coke, who pleaded guilty to racketeering.

Busy Signal is known for the popular hits One More Night — a remake of the Phil Collins original, Jamaica Love and Nah Go A Jail Again.


Beenie Man backtracks on gay stance

beenie man(Jamaica Observer) A repentant Beenie Man has issued an emotional apology to the international gay community. Beenie Man is booked to perform on the Rototam Sunsplash in Spain in August and seemed to apologise in an effort to stem any protests from the gay community which may prevent him from performing.

The entertainer has posted a video message in which he expressed his respect for persons of all races, creeds and sexual preferences.

"I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief and regardless of which sexual preference you have including gay and lesbian people," he said.

According to the artiste he said he penned his anti-gay songs when he was much younger and immature and begged for forgiveness.

"Do not fight against me for some songs that I sing 20 years ago. There is no one in this world is the same person as how they was 20 years ago. I know I am not. I was a kid and I come from Waterhouse in one community. I never know what the world is like and the world is all about. Now I know that people live in the world that live their life differently from my life, I still have to respect and love human beings. So please I am begging you," he said.

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

Rihanna urged by friends to go to rehab

RihannaDaily Mail: Early starts and long nights are not the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. And after Rihanna found herself in hospital on a drip for 'exhaustion and dehydration' those close to the Umbrella star are claiming she is 'spiralling out of control'.

It's no secret that she has been burning the candle at both ends in recent months and her team are asking her to consider rehab in an attempt to help her wild lifestyle down.

In the new issue of America's Star magazine, an inside source said, 'Rihanna loves to party but this past month she's gotten really out of control,'

Her wild nights out have included a late visit to a strip club in Queens, New York, on May 2 where she was seen throwing money at female performers. The source continued, 'She's been drinking almost everyday and talking about smoking weed a lot too. Everyone is telling her to slow down and think about therapy, or even rehab.'

MAY 2012

Caribbean Fashionweek to welcome Estelle

Dmarco Men's Summer 2012
Grammy Award-winning songstress Estelle, whose hit song American Boy made her a global star, has been confirmed as one of the exciting acts to perform next month at Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW).

The fashion extravaganza will celebrate its 12th year at the National Indoor Sports Centre from June 7 to 11. A plethora of designers from across the Caribbean including Cedella Marley, daughter of reggae icon Bob Marley, and talented designer Tigerlily, will showcase their collections to an audience of the Caribbean fashion industry who's who. Slovakian- born, Jamaica-based designer Lubica, who has seen her recent relationship with Jamaica's sprint champion Usain Bolt become public fodder, returns to CFW for a fourth time to show off her designs. Other highlights of CFW 2012 include Karl Lagerfeld muse Jeneil Williams and Oraine Barrett, the face of Ralph Lauren, both returning to the local catwalk.

European and African-American industry heavyweights such as Federico Poletti of Vogue Italia; Toccara Jones, former contestant of America's Next Top Model and BET celebrity; and Giorgia Catarini of Italian Glamour are also expected to attend.

CFW takes another giant step forward in 2012, as Pulse, producers of the event, redoubles its efforts to take Caribbean fashion to greater heights. Pulse has developed an event of a high international standard to showcase the best of the Caribbean's designers, as well as other world-renowned stylists from various parts of the globe. Approximately 50 designers from 20 countries participate each year.

We at SO are keeping our fingers crossed for another 'wow' moment at CFW, following last year's stunning menswear Euro-chic collection from Spoerry 1886 that featured sea island cotton from Patrick Casserly's whiteshirt LLC... read more

APRIL 2012

Barbadian superstar and Jamaica prime minister share the spotlight

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Rihanna and Portia Simpson Miller among Time's 100 most influential people

NEW YORK – When Bajan superstar Rihanna strutted her stuff at this year's eighth annual Time 100 Gala at Lincoln Centre last night (April 24), she had every reason to celebrate. The five-time Grammy Award winner had not only secured her own place on Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" list, but had done so in style by bagging the number eight spot.

The 24-year-old megastar was in very good company, sharing the Caribbean spotlight on the American news magazine's coveted list with Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

Rihanna and Simpson Miller were among 38 women honoured – the highest number in any year since the list's inception... read more

APRIL 2012

Belize wins AGAIN on Mission Catwalk's 2nd Season

Dmarco Men's Summer 2012 AGSelectPR, Kingston, Thursday, April 19th 2012: After an initial win on episode two and placing runner-up in the following episode, Belizean fashion designer Rebecca Stirm wins episode four of the Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk with a design inspired by a selection from Cinderella Hats.

"When I saw the hats I immediately knew which one I wanted to work with. The ladylike peach hat had caught my eye. In my original sketch for the piece, I had planned on doing a soft summer dress. After looking around a bit though, and realizing that everyone else was doing dresses, I chose to do a blouse and pants." Her move won her points from judge Novia McDonald-Whyte Lifestyle editor at Jamaica Observer who commented that the pant's pleating and subtle ankle details were "genius."

Rebecca, who found material for her episode 2 design in the curtain section of Pablos's, again went outside the box and sourced fabric for her pants in the upholstery department: "a stronger material with a lot of body and shape."
Her peach-colored, satin blouse had a feminine appeal with an overlay of white lace to tone down the color. She also made the white tailored belt and added a gold jewelry and a yellow purse to complete the ensemble.

Tune in to Television Jamaica every Tuesday at 8:30 PM for the newest episode from Mission Catwalk Season 2, presented by NCB, Supreme Ventures and Digicel. For those in Trinidad the series airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM on TV6. Mission Catwalk streams online at www.televisionjamaica.com/livetv.aspx

APRIL 2012

Jamaican-Born Designer Demaro Brown Launches 2012 Men's Summer Collection in New York

Dmarco Men's Summer 2012 Photo credit: Ernie Green

Jamaica-born designer Demaro Brown (centre) makes a statement with the launch of his 2012 Men's Summer Collection at the midtown offices of Finn Partners in New York City recently. A capacity sized crowd was on hand to witness the event which attracted members of the fashion media, buyers, stylists and industry representatives. Following the cocktail reception, Brown posed with some of the models who donned his bold designs comprising tanks, blazers, harem pants and jump suits which seek to satisfy the needs of the chic, trendy and sociable professional man.

Dmarco 2012 Men's Summer Two of the pieces on show at the launch of D'Maro, the 2012 Men's Summer Collection by Jamaican-born designer Demaro Brown. Both models, were a big hit of the night, wearing an Italian wool tailored navy short jump suit with pastel printed and striped tank respectively. Stylist Wayman Bannerman is credited with completing the classic yet trendy look.

 Photo credit: Ernie Green



Soundtrack From Bob Marley Movie 'Marley' To Be Released On April 17, 2012

The Third World's first superstar and arguably the most recognizable human being on the planet, reggae giant BOB MARLEY is celebrated this year in a film by Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald ("One Day In September," "State Of Play," "The Last King Of Scotland," "Touching The Void" and "Life In A Day").
MARLEY, which received a rapturous reception at its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb 12, will open in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2012, with all VOD and digital platforms, through Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures. Produced by Steve Bing (Shangri-La Entertainment) and Charles Steel (Cowboy Films), and executive produced by Bob's son Ziggy Marley and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, the film features stunning live performances, intimate interviews with friends and family, and rare documentary footage -- all of which tells the definitive story of the superstar who rose from the ghetto to become one of the greats of popular music before dying tragically young at the height of his fame.

To this day, BOB MARLEY remains one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century. Accolades include a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994), and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). His lifestyle and music continues to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on with his catalog selling over 50 million albums worldwide since 1992 alone... read more

Miss Guyana World to appear in N.Y.

Miss guyanaMiss Guyana World 2012 Arti Cameron is set to make yet another public appearance in New York City—this time at the launch party of the JRG Bikini Under the Bridge Fashion Show.

This red carpet event is the first in a series of fashion events leading up to the much anticipated Bikini Under the Bridge 2012 swimsuit fashion extravaganza to be held on July 14.
The launch party is set for Saturday, March 31 at the Sheraton Brooklyn Hotel and the reigning Miss Guyana World will face the media and interact with friends, fans, and family wearing a stunning outfit by COLEFACTS by Michelle Cole.

Part proceeds from tickets sold by Miss Cameron will go towards her preparation for Miss World 2012. This Saturday, the reigning queen will share the spotlight with 15 other swimwear models from Russia, England, Jamaica, Haiti, and the United States, among others.

In February 2012, Miss Cameron made her New York modeling debut when she hit the runway in the PLITZS New York City Fashion Week. This event was held at the Warwick Hotel in mid Manhattan where Miss Cameron made several appearances over two days and walked for six different designers.

The reigning queen will represent Guyana at Miss World 2012 to be held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China on Aug. 14

Interview with Jamaican swimwear and fashion designer Keva J.

Source: JAMAICA PRIMETIME (jamaicans.com)

swimwearKeva J is a fresh force in the design industry. Her swimwear and fashion designs are influenced by her life in New York City and Miami, and her Jamaican heritage. Designing from a young age, her talent has been appreciated by the likes of Ungaro and Baby Phat, and dozens of fashion-minded media including BRAVO TV's Project Runway. With an aptitude for unit ing vivid hues, resilient texture and elaborately cut shapes, the bold and luxurious pieces of KEVA by Keva J are the preference of style-setters and can be found in boutiques nation wide. Here is our conversation with Keva J. ...read more


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (February 25, 2012) - The Caribbean special events company and entertainment brand Antilia continues to put "the world's greatest show" on the celebrity radar.

During the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, which ended on the streets of Port of Spain on Carnival Tuesday, Antilia - known for attracting and entertaining celebrities at the world famous celebration - threw a glittering 29th birthday party for Caribbean supermodel Selita Ebanks on Carnival Saturday.

Held at a private venue within Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee's inaugural Carnival fête, Antilia orchestrated a glitzy VIP surprise dinner party for the Caymanian beauty, complete with concierge services, including a personalized hair and make-up session and luxury ground transfers.

Anchoring the festivities was a gathering of some of Ebanks' closest friends and family around a stunning two-foot tall croquembouche birthday cake designed by coveted local pastry chef Khalil Ali of Pêche Pâtisserie.