Nicki Minaj and Bunju Garlin are among the Trinidadian celebrities who speak out against cops treatment of Buju Banton last weekend.
Despite his running with law enforcement on Saturday, Buju Banton still performed to a sold out crowd at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. The Jamaican singer even invited the Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, on stage where the two calls for peace and unity. Soca legend Bunji Garlin posted a lengthy message condemning the treatment of the reggae star by law enforcement in his T&T.
“I am not in Trinidad but I just heard some news that had me puzzled and sad and hurt,” Bunji wrote on Instagram. “I don’t know what happened nor am I a judge but I do know in all my years going to Jamaica, myself, my wife @fayannlyons and my daughter Syri, even our fellow musicians and friends have always been treated with love and high levels of respect from immigration to street to government officials. I do hope this doesn’t harden the hearts of either side of the fence. @bujuofficial Trinidad and Tobago has always been a strong support and welcome brother.”
Nicki Minaj, who is perhaps the most famous Trinidadian on the planet, did not issue a public statement on social media, but reggae site 18 Karat claim to get an interview with her.
“They had no good reason to search the man’s room except that he is a Rasta and today is 420. What they did is disgusting,” Nicki said. “For a man like Buju Banton who was victimized by the American justice system to be treated like this by our own people is just embarrassing.”
Trinidad and Tobago’s Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, has announced a major overhaul of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU). Members of the OCIU turned up to Buju Banton’s hotel room on Saturday afternoon with a search warrant. The singer allowed them to search his room and they came up empty-handed.
Usain Bolt Wants To Marry Kasi Bennett ‘For Sure’, Talks Being A Father Of 3
Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, is looking to make things official with Kasi Bennett and get married in the future.
These days the sprint legend is less focused on his boots touching the Stobitan. He is more preoccupied with managing his endorsements, building businesses, making music, and last but certainly the highest on the list in terms of priority, being a great family man. Usain Bolt chatted with The Mirror days before the start of the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, where he gave fans an insight into his role as a dad to his three kids. The speedster leads with caution as he expresses that being a dad to 3 babies is no easy feat.
“Listen, three babies for sure. When they start crying all together, it’s like pandemonium. You don’t know what to do. So it’s difficult but it’s so worth it,” Bolt responded when questioned if fathering is harder than running a 100 dash in under 10 seconds.
Bolt shocked fans last month when he announced the arrival of twins Thunder and Saint Leo on Father’s Day. The 34-year-old shared that while he has been getting a lot of props for the names he selected, his girlfriend of 6 years needed a little bit of convincing.
“The rule was, when we were expecting Olympia, that if we had a girl Kasi got to name her. And if a boy, I got to name them. So that’s how it worked out. She wasn’t too hot on Thunder Bolt. But then she was like, ‘All right, let’s do it’,” he revealed.
While both parents are thrilled, some fans felt a bit jaded to know they had been kept out of the loop for the entirety of the pregnancy. Bolt explains that this was a strategic move to ensure Kasi Bennett was not pressured.
“People always want to ask questions or want to come over and hang out,” Bolt said. “The last time, people were like, ‘Oh my God’ and all over her on social media. And she just wanted to have a quiet pregnancy.”
Bolt hopes to keep his queen happy for eternity, as he declares, “I’m definitely going to get married in the future, for sure.”
His future plans also include seeing his children grow up and trodding their own paths, which doesn’t have to be a role in sports.
“People always tell you, the moment you get your first child it’s going to change your life,” Bolt said. “It’s something that I really appreciate and love. And I’m just really looking forward to seeing how they’re going to grow, or if they want to do track and field – or not do any sports.”
In addition to his very own Olympe Rosé champagne, Usain Bolt has recently partnered with Michelob Ultra to promote their ultra-light beer. No wonder the producer is able to kick back and relax to the sounds of his own productions. His most recent release is titled “It’s A Party” and features his usual sidekick and manager, NJ. The two have previously connected on “Living The Dream,” which scored over half a million views on Youtube. Bolt’s production house has also worked with some of the top names in dancehall on projects such as the Clockwork Riddim compilation released earlier this year.
“After all this work, if you don’t enjoy yourself, what’s the point?” Bolt.
Kanye West Fans Selling A Bag Of ‘Air From Donda Drop’ For $3K
An exuberant Kanye West fan is selling air from the rapper’s Donda album drop on Thursday night.
The fan is selling what looks like a large Ziploc bag labeled “AIR FROM DONDA DROP” held up with Kanye West in the extreme background of the Mercedez Benz stadium in Atlanta.
The amount of money the seller is seeking for the air is a whopping $3,333.33, which does not include the $4 shipping charge for the air.
Fans have been waiting patiently for the album to drop after Yeezy dropped a surprise collaboration featuring Jay-Z. However, in typical Kanye West style, fans have to wait as he teases the album release.
Kanye West, who is an inspiration to many as he moved from bankrupt rapper/ businessman to billionaire, is also a living legend that fans seem not to mind spending money over.
Fans have peeled out hundreds for the rapper’s designs which spans clothing of unique torn-up designs as well as his popular Adidas x Yeezy’s shoes.
History repeats itself. pic.twitter.com/LhDgrghSRo
— Photos Of Kanye West (@PhotosOfKanye) July 23, 2021
Earlier in the year, a prototype of Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 shoe that he wore at the 2008 Grammys was sold for $1.8 million.
The sneaker is apparently the most expensive public sale of a sneaker as it beats out Michael Jordan worn 1985 Air Jordan 1s worn by the basketball player.
That shoe sold for $560,000 in 2020.
The Yeezy prototype, however, is historic as it was the Air Yeezy 1 prototype that Kanye wore as a signal prior to his sneaker launch. Since then, the rapper has had his highs and lows in the business world, but like his idol Donald Trump, he has emerged as a dominant businessman with his brand stronger than ever.
Kanye’s Yeezys sneaker, and clothing ventures have performed so exceptionally that the businessman is now worth over a billion dollars. Earlier in 2021, Bloomberg estimated Kanye’s net worth to be between $3.2 billion and $4.7 billion. However, during his Donda listening event on Thursday night, Yeezy is heard rapping on one of the singles that he could give a dollar to everyone on earth! That’s seven billion-plus persons!
On the other hand, Kanye West is very protective of his brand and has sued many companies for having similar logos and products like his merchandise. However, maybe this fan is about gimmicks, and Donda air might be a joke after all.
Queen Of Dancehall Spice Secures The Bag With New Flow Jamaica Ad
Spice secures the bag with another corporate deal with telecommunication giant Flow.
It seems there is just not enough Spice to go around. From slaying magazine covers to interviews with industry greats, the blue-haired bombshell has been keeping herself busy. The queen of dancehall is in high demand not only by his fans but also by corporate Jamaica. Her vibrant personality and engaging social media fanbase, which currently sits at over 3.6 million Instagram followers, make the “So Mi Like It” deejay a prized possession when it comes to marketing.
On Friday (July 23), the dancehall star took to Instagram to share the new ad for Flow. Spice had done a commercial for the tech giants sometime before, with her famous tagline for the company being, “Spice it Up Wid FLOW.”
The 38-year-old served up a delicious dose of Spice for the most recent ad, as she rocked her signature colored hair extensions and a number of stylish fits, in the vibrant video promo. The new tagline reads, “Spice up Yuh summa with Flow.”
“We have wol heap a prizes a summa ting, so make we flow and take yuh way fi a spin, All yuh do a look fi di text fi come in an den yuh click click click pan di link fi yuh win (FLOW),” she sings on the electrifying dancehall beat, supported by the dynamic visuals.
“Spice it up, (activate) add it up, (elevate), spin it up (Let’s gooo), win it up (with FLOOW). Join yuh mobile phone to yuh home. Add plan to yuh FLOW phone,” she spits.
In her caption, Spice urged, “Jamaica, Spice up Yuh summa with Flow!! You can spin up to Win up, Great Mobile and Home prizes Every body wins, everytime.”
Social media users who have had issues with one of the largest providers of mobile, internet, and phone services on the island have expressed that the new ad with Spice would be enough to push them to the telecom company.
“Spice a only reason me woulda switch to flow caz the song sound convincing,” one person said. “Spice with this ad you mek mi wah stick to flow,” another added.
Spice is currently an ambassador for Magnum Tonic Wine. She is also the owner of fashion brands Graci Noir and Faces & Laces.
It’s perhaps safe to say the new advertisement did what it was supposed to do. Fans are now highly anticipating Spice’s debut album TEN, which will be released in two weeks, on Friday, August 6. Spice, born Grace Hamilton, excitedly announced on Instagram that the album is now up for pre-orders on iTunes or Apple Music starting today.
Dancehall Artist Stacious Wins Jamaica Festival Song Competition 2021
Dancehall singjay Stacious walked away with $3 million and a new accomplishment under her belt as she becomes one of a few women to win the prestigious Jamaica Festival Song Competition held annually by the Ministry of Culture and Entertainment in commemoration of Jamaica’s independence.
Stacious, whose real name is Stacey Scarlett Bryan, was crowned the winner for her entry “Jamaican Spirit” on Thursday night as she beat out formidable competitors for the title. The cheque was handed over by the Youth, Culture, and Entertainment Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and a JCDC official.
She shared a video of herself celebrating with dancehall artiste I-Octane and other fans who posed with her as she holds up the massive trophy and also thanked her fans for their support.
“Guys, we did it, we did it. I just want to say thanks to everyone who voted, I appreciate the support, mi just happy, I don’t get speechless often and this is one of those moments,” Stacious said to her fans.
She previously spoke to the Jamaica Observer about her motivations in joining the competition, which was won by Buju Banton last year after the Ministry of Culture allowed entries from established artists as well in a bid to attract talent and quality back into the competition.
“I saw where a disconnect has developed where festival is concerned and I also saw where the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is trying to garner the original love and participation from the public by going back to the format of having popular acts included but with a modern twist,” she said to the Observer.
Stacious added that she was a fan of the competition and even participated in one of its sub-competitions for Portmore and made it to the semi-finals. However, for Stacious, who has been in music for more than 15 years, joining the competition this year had a deeper meaning for her since she wanted to make history.
“In the 55 years of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, a woman has only won once. So I would definitely love a chance to step things up there,” she said prior to winning.
Stacious also brought a new flavor to the competition as she mixed the old and new elements to bring fresh patriotism to Jamaicans.
“I decided to join the Jamaica Festival Song Competition because I realized there is a disconnect between the younger generation and the competition. I also want to show others who are looking to compete that their songs don’t have to sound like the last winning song,” she said in reference to Buju’s winning entry “I am Jamaican”.
“You can bring you to the table; a sound of inspiration; a sound that is simply celebrating who you are.”
Meanwhile, Stacious, who was backed by strong voters that helped her to win, noted that her song is a tribute to the strength and resilience of the Jamaican people.
“I want to highlight what makes Jamaica, Jamaica. The people and our resilience or creativity in making ends meet and our fighting spirit,” she explained.
Stacious became known after her hit single “Come Into My Room” with Mavado was released. Her other hits include “Falling Down” and “Touch Me Right.”
The finalists of this year’s competition were Candy, Pessoa, Althea Hewitt, Father Reece, Lutan Fyah, I Octane, DB, Tamo J, Dez-I Boyd, Reggae Maxx, and Fab 5.
Kanye West Gets His Own Day In Atlanta, Clark Atlanta Honors His Mother Donda West
Kanye West gets his own day in Atlanta.
On the heels of his 10th studio album, Donda, preview at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday night, the City of Atlanta is honoring the rapper in a one-of-a-kind way by declaring that July 22 is now Kanye West Day.
Thousands of fans attended the event, and even more Livestream it on Apple Music as Donda the highly anticipated album becomes ready for fans.
Kanye West has been noted as one of the G.O.A.T.S of this generation’s music and art, and following the mega event, the City of Atlanta showed its appreciation to the rap mogul with a plaque denoting the declaration of Kanye West Day.
A video of the ceremony shows Kanye West in red merino and trousers as he dons a nude face mask backstage after his performance and receiving the plaque as his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, his children, and members of the Kardashian clan look on.
Kanye West was born and raised in Atlanta until he was three years old, when his parents divorced. His parents Ray West is a resident of the City of Atlanta and was a photojournalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while his mother, Donda West, was a professor at Clark Atlanta University.
The rapper now lives between California with Kim and his children and Wyoming, where he owns a ranch home.
The new album is named after his late mother, Donda West, who passed away in 2007. However, there was an honor for his mother by Clark Atlanta University, where Donda spent a significant amount of time as a professor.
Right after the City of Atlanta’s proclamation, Kevin James, the President of ATL’s Historically Black College or University, Morris Brown College, handed over to Kanye a tribute to his mother, which he received on her behalf.
West’s mother, who taught at the school for nearly 20 years and served as Chair of the English Department, was conferred with the honorary resolution called the Dr. Donda West Meritorious Service to Morris Brown College.
According to James, Kanye’s mother began her teaching career at Morris Brown, one of the few historically black colleges founded in 1881 and remains the only college in the State of Georgia founded by Black people.
Meanwhile, reports are that the rapper became emotional while receiving the award but was happy to be surrounded by his family and children.
The rapper is due to drop his album Donda this evening at midnight as anxious fans excitedly waited for the release following the preview of the features.
Many online were posting and calling out the rapper to release the album right away.
“Kanye where it at man im sitting here waiting,” one fan posted on Twitter with an accompanying meme of a caulking cartoon character.
Others, however, shared hilarious memes as they said the artist had raised their hopes up but was delaying the album.
He is expected to perform over the weekend at Rolling Loud Miami to promote the album.