The amazing chemistry between Skip and H.E.R. is on full display in their fiery new music video for “Slow Down.” Taking place in New York City, the video is an ode to black love, opening in a retro diner when an intrigued Skip catches the eyes of H.E.R. Things heat up when the two take over the dance floor at a vibey party in an uptown brownstone. The video embodies the spontaneous and unique nature of a “NYC” kind of love. Watch the music video for “Slow Down” directed by Lacey Duke below.
Skip Marley, H.E.R. – Slow Down Official Music VideoIsland Records
ABOUT SKIP MARLEY:
“I don’t really think about how I want to be perceived by people. They have their own projections. I just want them to see me as a fighter for good. A love warrior.” 23-year old Skip Marley often speaks in this way – rare combination of serious and cool. Jamaica-born and Florida-based, Skip is mysterious and chill, but deeply connected to his craft and refreshingly self-assured. He is authentic in a way most musicians these days could never claim to be; when he says he’s never thought about how people perceive him, it’s without any pretense or irony.
His music follows suit, a reggae-hybrid that effortlessly blends eras, genres, and styles, while showing off Skip’s impeccable musicianship and poetic lyricism. His natural talent comes as no surprise – music is quite literally in his blood; he is the grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley. Skip’s songs pay homage to the deep and widespread legacy of the Marley family, which includes his uncles, reggae greats Ziggy, Damian and Stephen; and his aunt, singer Marcia Griffiths of the renowned I Three female vocal trio, with Skip’s grandmother Rita Marley.
“I want to spread my music to the people and help them unify,” he says. “I want people to take away a message of love, of looking at the way you are living and thinking where we can work to be or better and feel better. Whatever they’re feeling, I want them to be able to turn up my music and think, relax, and get good vibes.” It’s a radical idea maybe, but an essential one.
Enigmatic singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist H.E.R. has established herself as one of modern R&B’s most fascinating new talents. With two sold-out headlining tours and over 2 billion streams for her two remarkable EPs – H.E.R. and I Used To Know Her, the 22 year-old won two Grammy Awards this year for Best R&B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R&B Performance (“Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar).
Her latest release, I Used To Know Her, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart, while fan favorites “Focus,” and “Best Part” earned the #1 slot on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs Airplay chart and Urban Adult Contemporary chart, respectively. In September 2019, H.E.R. and producer partner Live Nation Urban held the first-ever Lights On Festival, which sold out within minutes of going on-sale, at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. Notably the first female owned and curated R&B festival in decades, the powerhouse lineup included H.E.R., Jhené Aiko, Daniel Caesar, Summer Walker, Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye and more.
ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday February 17, 2020 – The search continues for four people who were in a small plane when it crashed in the sea off Marigot, Dominica yesterday evening.
The four – two passengers and two pilots – were headed to Dominica in the privately-owned, French-registered Piper F-OGKO when it went down in the waters on the northeastern coast of the island, close to the Douglas Charles Airport.
The single-engine aircraft was reportedly one of several heading to Dominica on an outing organized by Ailes de Guadeloupe club.
The identities of those on board have not yet been disclosed.
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Monday February 17, 2020 – The Ministry of Health has moved to dispel reports of any confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, as it confirmed that several people who recently travelled to China, the epicentre of the epidemic, remain in quarantine and two tests turned out negative.
The ministry had reported on February 7 that a Vincentian returning from China had been placed in quarantine for 14 days as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“The person is monitored on a twice-daily basis by health care workers. This citizen was the first person to be put under quarantine. Since then, 16 other persons have been quarantined. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, three Chinese nationals (two residents and one citizen of St Vincent and the Grenadines) returned from China having left there on February 10, 2020. They travelled through Germany and Barbados. Those three individuals have been quarantined along with all of the other 13 members of their households,” the Ministry said.
It stressed that none of the three travellers, all of whom also receive twice-daily checks by health care workers, has shown any signs or symptoms of infection with COVID-19.
However, the ministry added, last Friday, during a health check, a member of one household was found to have a low grade fever.
“This person is not one of the travellers from China and none of the travellers had any symptoms. However, out of an abundance of caution, swabs were taken for laboratory analysis from the person with the fever and the contact who had travelled,” it said.
Those samples were transported by the Regional Security System (RSS) aircraft on Saturday morning to Trinidad to be analyzed at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Public Health Laboratory in Port of Spain.
“The laboratory reported that both samples were negative for COVID-19. The MOHWE [Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment] Medical Laboratory, however, found that the person with the fever had Influenza B, a form of the flu.”
The Ministry said it would continue to monitor all 17 persons under quarantine for the recommended 14 days and will take all measures necessary to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the country’s population.
It also stressed that there was no connection between the AIDA Perla cruise ship which docked at Port Kingstown earlier this month and the individuals under quarantine.
More than 70,000 people have been infected by the virus and there have been at least 1,770 deaths.
OTTAWA, Canada, Monday February 17, 2020 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not be meeting with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders this week after all, choosing to remain at home to deal with a protest that is shutting down train service across the country.
Trudeau had been scheduled to participate in the CARICOM 31st Intersessional Heads of Government Conference in Barbados to further strengthen his government’s partnership with the regional grouping and, according to media reports in Canada, make a pitch for a United Nations Security Council seat.
However, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday evening said he had cancelled the trip and Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne would represent Canada at the February 18-19 meeting instead.
“Following the government’s ongoing efforts to address infrastructure disruptions across the country, the prime minister will convene the Incident Response Group tomorrow to discuss steps forward,” the statement read.
“Our priority remains the safety and security of all Canadians and the swift resolution of this issue to restore service across the rail system in accordance with the law.”
Protesters opposed to the building of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through the Wet’suwet’en nation’s traditional territory in British Columbia have blockaded rail lines in parts of the country. And Trudeau has been criticized for his overseas travel while the situation remains unresolved.
He returned to Canada last Friday after spending a week in Ethiopia, Kuwait, Senegal and Germany.
During his trip to Barbados, which was to begin today, he had been scheduled to discuss with the regional leaders, challenges of mutual interest, including protecting oceans and the environment in the fight against climate change in a region that is particularly vulnerable to its impacts, as well as creating good jobs for the middle class and sustainable economic growth. He was also to participate in group discussions and bilateral meetings with the CARICOM leaders.
A statement from the regional side stated that Trudeau, who had contacted CARICOM Chairman, Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley, and CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque about the cancellation due to the “pressing domestic matters”, said the Canadian Prime Minister reiterated his desire to strengthen ties between the region and Canada and looked forward to another opportunity to interact with the leaders.
WASHINGTON, United States, Monday February 17, 2020 – If candidates were to get a prize for making the best case for why they are best suited to be Secretary-General of the OAS, María Fernanda Espinosa would have easily walked away with it when the three contenders for the post appeared before the Permanent Council of the Organization on February 12.
Showing all the competence, knowledge and experience that come from holding high ministerial offices and the Presidency of the UN General Assembly, Ms Espinosa handled, with remarkable grace and aptitude, difficult interrogations from the representatives of the US and governments supporting the re-election of the incumbent, Luis Almagro.
The objective of the interrogations from this group of countries, which included Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia, was to try to paint Ms Espinosa as an ideologue who would act against decisions and declarations of the OAS, engineered by a majority of 18 delegations, against the Maduro and Ortega governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua and the Presidency of Evo Morales of Bolivia which was ended by a coup d’état, however else it is portrayed.
This group of governments strongly support Mr Almagro because, in the abuse of his office, he has been their most enthusiastic standard bearer against the Maduro and Ortega governments.
So preoccupied is this group of governments with trying to ensure that Mr Almagro remains in position, that they have, so far, refused to recognize that Ms Espinosa is not an ideologue and is, in fact, a realist; a pragmatic leader who fully understands that the success of any organization depends on its capacity to build consensus among all its stakeholders. Incidentally, the regime in Bolivia is still to hold credible elections to legitimize the government it seized.
Only the deaf, or those who deliberately blocked their ears, would not have heard her say with passion and commitment that she will “strengthen human rights bodies” and “promote an initiative for the universalization of inter-American human rights instruments”. If they were listening, they would also have heard her say that, as Secretary-General, she would be more “Secretary” than “General” (a failing of Mr Almagro’s), and that she would carry out the mandate and instructions given to her by Ministers.
And, it would only be the malicious who would deliberately misrepresent Ms Espinosa’s undertakings. Yet, the Brazilian Ambassador, in a later public session treating with the candidate for the post of Assistant Secretary General, and with Ms Espinosa unable to respond, completely misrepresented her remarks, saying that she had stated she would not be guided by decisions of Ministers and the Permanent Council of the OAS. It took, another woman, Lou-Ann Gilchrist, the Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with great diplomatic restraint, to point out the Brazilian Ambassador’s misrepresentation.
If, those who are so desperate to retain Mr Almagro as their attack dog, would acknowledge that it is that posture that has led to the polarization and ineffectiveness of the OAS, they might see in Ms Espinosa an experienced and capable diplomat who, as she herself has publicly declared, “will not promote personal ideologies or the interest of any group”. It is precisely because Mr Almagro has been so ready to be partisan that the OAS is now a fractured and weak organization, recognized not for its achievements but for its contentious divisions.
It was accepted by most delegates at the February 12 presentations that Mr Almagro was the worst performer. He should have been the best. The debate was taking place on his ground – inside the headquarters of the OAS – and on his agenda, the role of the Secretary-General which post he has held for nearly 5 years. Yet, he was clearly not in control of his brief; he answered questions badly; and in some cases, did not know answers that should have come to him easily. Perhaps, this is because he has been a one-item Secretary-General, focused on events in Venezuela to the near exclusion of everything else.
No one could have derived any pleasure from Mr Almagro’s poor performance. As I have written repeatedly, he is a very bright and able man. Somehow, he has lost his way, and was hoisted by his own petard. Not least, because he could not give to questioners a valid reason for seeking re-election when, in his first campaign to be elected and for most of his term, he had categorically stated that he would not run again.
The other contender for the OAS stewardship is Hugo de Zela of Peru. On the general view, he achieved second place, after Ms Espinosa, in the effectiveness of his presentation and the content of the answers he gave to questions. His Achilles heel is his central and pivotal role in the creation and operation of the Lima Group, a gathering of a few countries dedicated to regime change in Venezuela.
Mr de Zela’s smooth veneer was dented by the Ambassador of Grenada, Yolande Smith, who inquired how he planned to build consensus in the OAS when he was the planter of the seeds of division by creating the Lima Group (not an official or recognized group of the Organization) that ignored the official regional groups and operated in an exclusive process.
The OAS is at the crossroads. It can continue the business of the last five years, in which case countries will withdraw and the Organization will become an unrepresentative body with no hemispheric legitimacy, or it can choose sound management, transparency and greater effectiveness through the inclusion of all in genuine dialogue that takes account of every view. The latter would not be seeking a lowest common denominator consensus; it would be based on guidance by established rules, principles and international law.
Of the candidates who spoke on February 12, María Fernanda Espinosa offered the best course for every member state to achieve the latter objective – and that was the general belief.
Sir Ronald Sanders is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US and the OAS. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and at Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are entirely his own.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday February 17, 2020 – When Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government meet in Barbados this week, issues ranging from current public health concerns to strengthening ties with Africa will be on their agenda.
The two-day 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting, under the Chairmanship of Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley, is expected to deliberate on a regional approach to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) as well as the continuing challenges posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
During the February 18-29 talks, the Heads are also scheduled to examine the status of implementation of provisions of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). In this regard, they are expected to have an engagement with representatives of the region’s private sector, labour and civil society.
Among other pressing economic development matters, the meeting will discuss digital transformation in CARICOM and an action plan for elimination of regional roaming charges. The need for ongoing advocacy against the challenges of blacklisting, de-risking, and withdrawal of Correspondent Banking Services is also expected to get the Head’s attention.
Also on the agenda is a discussion on a proposed CARICOM African Summit, among a number of foreign and Community relations matters.
The leaders are also due to address crime, violence and security issues affecting the region.