Jamaica’s Department of Correctional Services has presented Dancehall entertainer Agent Sasco with the Diamond Award for his role in mentoring children at the MetCalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre in Kingston.
According to the Department of Correctional Services, which falls under the Ministry of National Security, the artiste’s recognition comes in light of his invaluable contribution to mentoring young boys at the facility and his continuous efforts in giving motivational talks to them over the last two years, through the We Transform Jamaica initiative.
Agent Sasco, whose real name is Jeffrey Campbell, began participating in the We Transform Jamaica initiative, at the facility in 2017. He has also provided financial assistance towards the education of two wards of the state and donated electronic game gadgets to the youngsters.
This is the second award that Sasco has received within a matter of months. In early November, the United Nations offices in Jamaica lauded him for his efforts in championing the global sustainable development goals.
In August, Acting Policy Director at the Ministry of National Security, and Programme Manager of We Transform Jamaica, Ella Ghartey heaped praises on the entertainer after he contributed $50,000 towards the education of two juveniles under the supervision of the department.
At the time, the director said it was amazing what the artiste had been doing for the children since he was engaged in 2017 to be a Mentor and Ambassador for the program. She also said he had shown commitment and passion to make a difference in their lives and his intervention had started to make a difference, particularly in building their self-esteem”.
Sasco, who hails from Kintyre in St. Andrew, has been in high demand by corporate bodies to participate in activities that involve youth. The Camperdown High School old boy also delivered the keynote address to the 37 recipients of the Jamaica National Foundation PEP scholarships for the 2019/2020 academic year in September.
Chris Brown Calls K-Pop Singer Ailee A “Cornball” Here Is Why They’re Beefing
K-Pop star Ailee responds to backlash after posting a selfie with Chris Brown and now Breezy is clapping back.
K-Pop star Ailee is receiving black-lash after posting a selfie with Chris Brown at the Grammy award show over the weekend. Reportedly, Ailee, a “once” fan of the megastar’s music, jumped at the opportunity to take a photo with Chris, who attend the award show with his five-year-old daughter, Royalty. Ailee then posted a fun, pouty-lipped selfie with the singer to her Instagram account, assuming the post would draw likes and positive reactions.
Obviously, Ailee assumed wrong. Many of her fans disapproved of the photo due to Chris’s history of domestic abuse. Ailee defending her post said she had no idea of his past. Followers found that hard to believe. Almost everyone was aware of the very public relationship between megastars Rihanna and Chris Brown that ended in 2009 after Chris assaulted the pop star on their way to the Grammys.
She quickly edited the post’s caption and wrote: “Edit for the last time!! When I said ‘he WAS one of the artists I enjoyed listening to growing up and that’s a fact that will never change.’ i meant the fact that I enjoyed his music when I was younger will never change,” she wrote. “The only thing on my mind was literally ‘oh wow!! CB! I used to love his songs!’ I DO NOT and WILL NOT support women, men, pet, animal or any other kinds of abusers and the ONLY reason I’m keeping this post up is to CLARIFY the reason I took this pic in the first place.”
She closed her caption by asking fans to leave her alone: “I DO NOT THINK LIGHTLY OF ANY ABUSES. Now stop giving me so much sh*t for something I didn’t even know happened and leave me alone DAYUM.”
Ailee, however, can’t seem to win. After editing her caption, her post was shared with the TheShadeRoom, where many users called out the International star, claiming her post was insensitive and declaring that Chris has earned a second chance.
Brown also responded to the updated post, and simply commented: “CORNBALL.”
Usher’s Prince Tribute At Grammys Gets Mixed Reaction
Usher’s Grammy tribute to Prince left fans with mixed emotions.
Reactions were mixed over Usher’s tribute to the late legendary artist Prince at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday. Usher took to the stage alongside longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E. to perform some of the icon’s hit songs like “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry” and “Kiss.” According to Entertainment Weekly, the tribute was meant to promote an upcoming Grammy tribute concert set to be taped tomorrow Tuesday, Jan. 28 and air on CBS later in the year. The upcoming special will reportedly feature Beck, Common, Gary Clark Jr., St. Vincent, Earth, Wind & Fire, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Juanes, Alicia Keys, John Legend and more.
However, after the Grammys many fans questioned the award show’s decision to have the Confessions singer kick-off the tribute, noting that there may have been more fitting options like Miguel, Beyonce, or even Janelle Monae.
If you recall Bruno Mars and Morris Day and the Time paid tribute to Prince at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, back in 2017.
Despite Usher running through a few of Prince’s greatest hits, not everyone was feeling the second tribute or his vocal range throughout the performance. The New York Post called the performance sloppy, comparing the segment and Usher to a “Vegas showman.” And fans quickly followed with critiques, taking to Twitter to sound off.
See some of the not-so-nice things fans had to say about Usher’s performance:
“I just know prince in heaven watching this tribute like,” one user wrote over a gif of Prince shaking his head, seemingly in disappointment.
— La Bella? (@LaBellaJmarie) January 27, 2020
“Who’s bright idea was it to have Usher do a Prince Tribute?!” another user said.
— ??R_Le’Rose?? (@r_lerose) January 27, 2020
With a third user begging for the performance to just end, “Usher just stop…no one can do Prince but Prince.”
— Bunny (@XSteamBunnyX) January 27, 2020
However, despite the negative comments that Usher’s tribute received, many took to Twitter to defend the star’s performance. One user wrote, “Usher slayed it,” while another congratulated the, “Let it Burn,” artist. What did you think of his performance?
Usher slayed it. ??? RIP Prince #GRAMMYs
— Babyvacc?? (@Babyvacc) January 27, 2020
— Alex Chapas (@ArChapas) January 27, 2020
Eminem Gets 10th No. 1 Album With ‘Music To Be Murdered By’, G.O.A.T Status
Eminem moves closer to Jay-Z’s hip-hop record, as Music to Be Murder By becomes his 10th No. 1 album.
Eminem’s surprise album Music to Be Murder By has earned the Detroit rapper his historic tenth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Once tied with rapper Kayne West with nine consecutive wins, Eminem’s latest project has scored him his 10th consecutive No. 1 in his career. To the surprise of fans everywhere, Eminem released, Music to Be Murder By, without any previous promotions, and despite some initial controversy the album quickly moved 279,000 equivalent album units, of which 117,000 are in album sales.
In 2018, Slim Shady’s surprise album Kamikaze also debuted at No. 1 as well.
Eminem’s newest accolade has placed him in the ranks amongst the greats. He is now one of just the six acts in history to have at least 10 chart-toppers on the Billboard 200. The Beatles hold the overall record with 19 Number Ones. Jay-Z holds the record for solo artists and Hip Hop artists with 14.
This is certainly a turn of events for the rapper who just a few weeks ago was being called a “monster.” Many fans even threatened to cancel Slim Shady after listening to his track, “Unaccommodating,” where he mentions the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing, with the lyric: “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.”
Eminem defended his artistry by explaining to fans his intentions were not to glorify death but to highlight the disturbing everyday occurrence of gun violence.
In a statement the rapper wrote:
“This album was not made for the squeamish. If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you. Certain selections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us.”
Regardless, the rapper’s core fanbase managed to boost his record to the top of the charts.
Love & Hip Hop Recap: Cyn Santana Confronts Tahiry Jose Over Joe Budden Hookup Rumors
Tahiry Jose and Cyn Santana finally came face to face on the latest episode of Love & Hip Hop.
At this point Safaree Samuels and Erica Mena should open a party planning business because they are always celebrating something! On the latest episode of Love and Hip Hop: New York the two celebrated Erica’s birthday, but not without the messiness and drama we have come to love and expect. First, let’s recap what happened with them on Monday night’s episode on VH1.
The episode kicked off with Erica and Tahiry Jose meeting up at a baby boutique to discuss Erica and Safaree’s lavish wedding. Topic of discussion quickly turned to fellow castmate Jonathan Fernandez who was not invited to the wedding, but came anyway as Yandy Smith’s “plus one.” Erica had a theory is that Jonathan’s goal for attending the wedding was just to spy on Tahiry and her ex Joe Budden on behalf of his best friend, Joe’s baby mother Cyn Santana.
Later in the episode we see Cyn and Jonathan meet up for dinner at her house to discuss what went down at the wedding. Johnathan spills all of the details about his altercation with Tahiry and Joe, and why he has an issue with them. The two friends had recently confronted Erica about trying to reignite flames between Joe and Tahiry just days before the wedding where Joe told Jonathan to mind his own business. “Am I just supposed to take the information and just not react to it?,” Jonathan said. “At the end of the day you guys are trying to co-parent and I feel like she is trying to throw a wrench into it.”
Cyn also said that she thinks the relationship between the two ex-lovers is all for show. “Tahiry don’t do s** over here. Whether they run off into the sunset or not. Whether they are friends or not. She don’t do s**t over here…I just don’t respect her as a woman because the last three and a half years that I spent with Joe she spent it in the comments [section] talking about us.” Cyn went on to say that she just finds it suspicious that the two are now getting close again.
Meanwhile Tahiry was dealing with a major health scare. The reality star said that she went to her doctor for a normal check up and mammogram and the results came back inconclusive. “There’s nothing like doing all of the right things to stay healthy and still ending up at the finish line f****d up,” she said. Tahiry also shared that she now needs an ultrasound so that the doctors know what it going on and that she is scared but it also prepared to fight whatever comes her way.
At the end of the episode we see everyone gathering for Erica’s birthday party. However, if you looked closely it looked more like it was Safaree’s birthday because images of him were set up around the entire room. Obviously Erica was a little upset that he didn’t take the time to make the party about her, and she even shares a few tears. However she was smiling in the end after he wrote and sang a song on stage and dedicated it to her.
The peaceful and happy atmosphere didn’t last long because as soon as Cyn and Jonathan walked in, tension filled the room. The two took a seat near the bar with Yandy where Tahiry approached them in an attempt to clear the air. After being met with hostility, Tahiry said that she was done trying to make peace. “Y’all can do this if you want to…Y’all wanna play and make me look crazy. I’m not doing it.”
A shouting match between her and Jonathon ensued before she approached the cameras and knocked it away screaming, “Do y’all ever stop filming?”
The fight doesn’t end there, but we’ll have to tune in next week to see how it all plays out.
Kodak Black Lawyer Says He’s Working On ‘New Projects’ From Prison
Kodak Black is not letting prison get him down; he is remaining busy by staying creative behind bars.
On Monday, Kodak’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, visited the rapper at a federal facility in Oklahoma — a week after his removal from a Miami prison — and shared an update on his client on social media. In an Instagram post, Cohen said that Kodak is doing well and working on new projects.
Cohen let fans know he flew up to Oklahoma for the day to see Kodak and wrote; “We will address the issues in FDC Miami in good time,” Cohen shared. “It was good to see [Kodak] and he was in good spirits. He is working on new projects and reading.” He closed the post by thanking fans for their continued support.
Though, Cohen never confirms if the “projects” Kodak is working on are music, many fans are hopeful.
The news of Kodak’s facility move and recent update come after the Florida rapper released complaints of inhumane treatment while serving his time in Miami’s Federal Correctional Institute. Late last year Kodak claimed through an Instagram post that he was drugged, and accused FCI officials of trying to strategically kill him. He also raised concerns regarding denied visits from his family members.
The rapper continued in a social media post, “My family hasn’t received none of my letters for the holidays. Which is borderline cruel and unethical, but as if all this is not enough, on December 31 New Year’s Eve to be exact, I was handed an empty tray for breakfast. I brought it o their attention, but nothing was done for me. Since the camera shows them entering a tray through my flap, but meanwhile there is nothing in my tray when i. opened it.”
Reports state that Kodak’s move had nothing to do with his on-going complaints, and was simply standard procedure.
Boosie Badazz, Meek Mill & Millions Petition NBA To Change Logo To Kobe Bryant
Boosie Badazz, Meek Mill, Usher, along with millions of fans are petitioning the NBA to change its logo to honor Kobe Bryant.
The entire world was sent into shock on Sunday (January 26) when news broke that Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a Helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Fellow athletes, musicians, actors, and even politicians quickly took to social media to mourn the loss of the basketball legend, and send condolences to his family.
Among those artists, Boosie Badazz, Meek Mill, and Usher, used their platforms to express how he believes the NBA should react in the wake of the tragedy. On Sunday night, Boosie took to his Instagram to pay tribute to Kobe and declared it’s only right that the NBA change the Jerry West logo to Kobe.
He began his IG video by saying, “Rest in peace, Kobe.” He then continued, “This shit sad, dawg. This f**ked up, man . . . It’s only right that the NBA take Jerry West off the logo and put Kobe Bryant on the logo, man. That’s only right, man. F**k that, man. You got to put Kobe Bryant on the NBA logo.” He captioned his post, “How I feel f**k dat #ripkobe put him on the NBA logo now #petitionthisshit.”
To convey that he was not joking, Boosie quickly shared a mock-up of the revised logo, including a silhouette of Bryant with the Laker colors (purple and yellow) set as the backdrop.
He captioned the post #Letsdoit and even tagged the official NBA account. The post has now been shared and viewed on TheShadeRoom more than 1 million times, with fellow artists and fans supporting the idea.
A petition on the website change.org is being circulated to change the NBA logo to an image of Kobe Bryant that has now surpassed more than 2 million signatures in two days. The logo currently bears the silhouette of Hall of Fame basketball player Jerry West, a friend and mentor to Bryant.
According to the petition’s founder, Nick M said: “With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA logo.” Supporters have also tweeted their own versions of the logo, mocked up with Bryant’s silhouette.
The world is sending the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers, including Corona del Mar Assistant Basketball Coach, Christina Mauser, and the Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa– peaceful condolences.
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