Grace Kennedy and Western Union Give Back to Atlanta

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Western Union
Sean Mason will Western Union presented a check for $10,000.00 to the Integrity Children’s Fund, 501 C3 organization based in Atlanta, which provides opportunities to disadvantage youth in Jamaica.

Atlanta, Ga: On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, over 300 guests packed the Porter Standford Performing Arts III and Community Center.  In attendance, was the Who’s Who of  the Atlanta, including representatives Invest Atlanta/Department of International Affairs, DeKalb County City Council, and Caribbean-American leaders living in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The purpose of this special event was the annual Grace Kennedy and Western Union Town Hall Meeting, the topic of discussion was Caribbean Diaspora-#Borderless Possibilities.

The annual event was previously hosted in South Florida, New York, and Canada. However, this year the event moved to Atlanta, Ga, due to the rapidly growing Caribbean-American population. The Atlanta Metropolitan area has over 200,000 Caribbean-Americans including native Caribbean people and their descendants.

The event was hosted by local ABC (WSBTV) news personality Mrs. Wendy Corona. Grace Kennedy and Western Union also focused it’s attention on giving back to the Diaspora, with its scholarship program. After reviving it’s popular Jamaican Birthright program in 2015, Grace Kennedy announced that applications for the 2016 period are still open in the month of June.  The aim of the program is to expose second and third generation Jamaican university students to a diversified Jamaican experience through music, social activities and professional tutelage through internships at Grace Kennedy.

Atlanta residents can take advantage of a special Western Union rate of only $5.00 when they send money to Jamaica. The Town Hall Meetings will continue in the UK during June 6-11, 2016.

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BET Promises Better Tribute to Prince

Nearly right from when word first broke about Billboard planning a special tribute to Prince from his friend and legend in her own right, Madonna, petitions were launched to change the artist immediately. Despite the entertainers’ deep friendship (and at one time romance), Prince fans didn’t think Madge had what it took to properly pay homage to The Purple One.

BET Promises Better Prince Tribute Still, Billboard went ahead with their choice and the tribute went according to plan, with Madonna belting out a cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” before bringing out Stevie Wonder for “Purple Rain.”

However, to the fans who left underwhelmed by Madonna’s Prince tribute whose protests and petitions fell on deaf ears, you need not fear. The BET Awards will soon be here to pay its respects and they announced their return in an incredibly explosive fashion. Mere minutes after Madge’s homage, the network tweeted a promo clip promising to do right by the legend when their award show airs Sunday, June 26.

Yeah, We saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You.


It’ll be interesting to see how BET plans to live up to the hype they just generated with a 15-second warning shot, especially when the BET Awards have a reputation of its own. The eyes are on you now.

#billboard Awards #madonna #BET

Prince Owned Home in Caribbean Islands (See Pics)

Prince home in Turks and Caicos islands

It seems that Prince also enjoyed visiting the Caribbean, especially Turks and Caicos. Prince purchased a spot on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos in 2010, but never got the chance to fully enjoy it before passing away last month.

Robert Greenwood of Christie’s International Real Estate says Prince had not fully moved in to the 10 bedroom and 10 bathroom mansion which sits on  10,000 square feet and includes a tennis court, 200 foot boat dock and its own private white sand beach.

It was sparsely furnished, Greenwood told TMZ, with a few items in the house from the “Purple Rain” movie, including a mirror and a few chairs.

Prince did have enough time to pain the driveway purple – his first task upon moving in, according to Greenwood. It’s current asking price is $12 million.

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Empire Stars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers Wed in Cayman Islands

TMZ Empire stars wed in Cayman Islands

TMZ Empire stars wed in Cayman Islands

Empire co-stars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in the Cayman Islands on Thursday, according to gossip tabloid TMZ.

The bride and groom wore white.

Byers, 32, popped the question to Gealey, 31, in July. They announced their engagement in October.

The reception was held at a mansion on the island. The guest list was limited to family and close friends only. None of their Empire co-stars attended. The couple chowed down on steak and lobster, and they danced to hip hop, disco and reggae.

The happy couple started dating less than a year ago after meeting on the set of the Fox TV soap opera musical.

Congrats to Grace and Trai!

Rihanna’s earnings fall by 50 percent, says Forbes

Rihanna’s earnings fall 50 per cent

Rihanna’s earnings fall 50 per cent

Barbadian superstar Rihanna ranks No. 10 on Forbes’ annual list of the top-earning women in music. Rihanna, who is 27, earned US$26 million in 2015, about half of what she earned last year, placing her at the No. 10 spot on the list.

Citing the reasons for Rihanna’s lower earnings, Forbes said that after seven albums in eight years through 2012, Rihanna has gone quite some time without a full-length release, and she only played nine dates during the magazine’s scoring period, which by the way, runs from the middle of 2014 to the middle of 2015 —resulting in a lower-than-usual finish on the top earners’ list.

Meanwhile, Katy Perry is No. 1 on Forbes’ 2015 list of the highest earning women in music.

Thanks to her Prismatic World Tour, which included 126 shows during Forbes’ scoring period, and deals with Coty, Claire’s and CoverGirl, Perry, 31, earned an estimated US$135 million from June 1, 2014, to June 1, 2015, to clinch the No. 1 spot, the financial magazine said.

In the No. 2 position is Taylor Swift, 25, who earned an estimated US$80 million following the launch of her widely successful pop album “1989” in October 2014, which has sold more than 3.6 million copies to date.

The iconic five-member band Fleetwood Mac is in third position, qualifying because they have two female members, Stevie Nicks and the returning Christine McVie. The band earned an estimated US$59.5 million, mainly from touring, clinching the No. 3 spot on the list, Forbes said.

Lady Gaga landed in the No. 4 spot with US$59 million, comprised of her 66 shows during the scoring period and deals with fashion house Versace, Mac cosmetics and profits from her Fame fragrance.

And rounding out the top five is Beyonce with US$54.5 million, courtesy of her On the Run Tour with hubby Jay Z. That tour grossed over $100 million during 19 show show dates in North America.

Read more: Caribbean 360 

Omarion Upset About Not Getting a Grammy Nomination

omarionMediocre R&B singer Omarion is highly upset about being snubbed for a 2016 Grammy Award. The 2016 GRAMMY nominations are out — and Omarion is upset his hit “Post to Be” didn’t get one. The Love and Hip-Hop Star has been in the music industry for over a decade, but haven’t secured a Grammy of his own. Continue reading “Omarion Upset About Not Getting a Grammy Nomination”

Rihanna Pulls Out of Victoria Secrets Fashion Show Due to Kendall Jenner


To walk for Victoria’s Secret is every model’s dream come true, so Jourdan Dunn’s shock omission from this year’s stunning line-up was surprising and fans have been speculating that that it’s down to Kendall Jenner.

The Burberry model was expected to make a return to the runway this year, after having been part of the biggest fashion show for the lingerie giants for the past three years, but she vented on Twitter referring to the show as ‘BS’. Continue reading “Rihanna Pulls Out of Victoria Secrets Fashion Show Due to Kendall Jenner”

New Music Christopher Martin Big Deal Video


Jamaican singer Christopher Martin drops his brand new video for “I’m A Big Deal,” off his latest EP Steppin Razor and the chart-topping compilation Reggae Gold 2015.  The video, which was shot in Martin’s native country and directed by Ruption for RD Studios, premiered on OkayPlayer’s LargeUp who says it has a “carefree, youth-friendly vibe” and is “all about the turnup.

On the heels of outstanding performances at Jamaica’s largest annual music festival Reggae Sumfest, Brooklyn’s MLK Concert Series at Wingate Field and Toronto’s Reggae Festival, Martin continues to hit the road until the end of summer. He will retun to NYC over Labor Day Weekend for the West Indian Day festivities. See the video below..

Rihanna Spotted with Racer Lewis Hamilton


Rihanna and her new “boyfriend”Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton were spotted partying at the annual Cropover Day Parade in Barbados on Monday. The Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton’s fast, but maybe not fast enough for the likes of Rihanna — after he hitched up to her rear at a Barbados street festival. 


RiRi  didn’t pay much attention to Hamilton whining  skills, although he was glued to her ass during Monday’s Cropover Day parade. Still, you gotta figure Hamilton — who’s got a great track record with Kendall Jenner and Nicole Scherzinger — has a decent shot with the singer.

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Misty Copeland Makes History as First Black Dancer


Misty Copeland made history this week, becoming the first African-American female principle dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history.

The talented and humble ballerina broke the news on social media. She becomes the first mixed-race female principal dancer in the company’s storied 75-year history.


Her promotion was announced Tuesday by the ABT. Copeland, who has spoken publicly about race in ballet and appeared on the cover of TIME earlier this year as one of its “100 Most Influential People,” has been with the company for more than 14 years and was named a soloist there in 2007.


Irie Foundation Celebrated in Miami

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Musician Cee Lo Green, DJ Irie, and Jermaine Dupri.
The 11th Annual Irie Weekend was celebrated in  style this past weekend in South Beach, Miami.  The weekend of events included a live VIP concert by “The Fugees’ very own Wyclef Jean, Golf Tournament, Barbecue and B Day Bash at Club Eleven.  Hublot  sponsored the VIP Kickoff party, which featured complimentary Korbel champagne, celebrity appearances and exciting performances. Natalie La Rose, Omar Benson, Hill Harper, Cee Lo, Jermaine Dupri, and Fat Joe were just a few of the numerous celebrities spotted at the weekend events,  all in support of the Irie Foundation.
Photo credit: Augustus Laurencin
Musician Wyclef got the weekend started with an excited performance. Wyclef took it back with a little Fugees “Killin’ Me Softly,” he also serenaded DJ Irie with a guitar solo for his birthday and then later ran through the crowd and climbed up a stage pole asking the crowd and media to “drop your cameras and shake it.” It was a memorable night for everyone in attendance. .
Irie Weekend raises money for the Irie Foundation, which is an organization that helps empower at-risk youth through mentor ship  programs, cultural experiences and scholarship opportunities. Support the Irie Foundation by learning more @

Best of the Best Showcases International Talent

Madd News Best of the Best 2015
Madd News Best of the Best 2015
Capelton performs at best of the Best 2015: Photo Credit: Augustus Laurencin

2015 Best of The Best concert was a blast for fans of some of the major Reggae artist. the concert featured performance by  major dance hall/reggae giants such as Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, and Capelton. This year’s highlight was a memorable performance of Capelton and Shabba Ranks ,who rocked the crowd with some of their biggest hits.

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The 9th annual event was a major success, as national attendees enjoyed the live music and unique vendors.  Best of the Best have featured successful Soca artists such as  Fayann Lyons, Machel Montano, and Bungi Garlin, over the past years.  This year Fayann Lyons performed at the concert, she was accompanied by her husband Bungi Garlin. Best of the Best concert takes place Memorial Day weekend, and is recognized as the premiere international  music concert of the year.

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Marco Rubio Big Fan of Nicki Minaj

Latina Reports: Sen. Marco Rubio revealed in an interview with MSNBC what type of music he gets down to.

“The ones that I know are from the ’90s, they’re not—they would all be censored anyways,” Rubio said.

Rubio told MSNBC he’s a big fan of Nicki Minaj and admires her because of her ability to both rap and sing.

“There are a couple modern artists that I really like. I like Nicki Minaj,” Rubio said. “I think she’s very talented.”

Rubio has also admitted his love for rap and hip-hop artists such as Eminem, Tupac and Pitbull. One of his favorite songs is “Straight Outta Compton” from N.W.A.

“Pitbull has become a friend and someone from Miami that we’re very proud of,” Rubio said.

When asked if Pitbull would be at Rubio’s campaign announcement on Monday, Rubio said the rapper couldn’t because of a previously scheduled trip to China.

“He’s Mr. Worldwide,” Rubio said.

Can you imagine Rubio getting down to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”?


Sizzla Arrested and Fined for Cursing Cops


Reggae/Dancehall star Sizzla Kalonji found himself behind bars after using expletives in front police officers. Last weekend, Sizzla was performing at the Falmouth Police Station through an invitation from the Community Safety & Security Branch of the police force.

As soon as the deejay entered the stage, his opening remarks were laced with expletives aimed at the same cops who invited him to the event.

Police officers in attendance quickly stormed the stage and placed Sizzla Kalonji under arrest.The incident also angered patrons who told officers that they knew that would happened before they invited the dancehall hit maker.

Sizzla was fined $1000 for using expletives.

Source Urban Islandz

Latin Pop Star Prince Royce Scheduled for Jimmy Kimmel


Prince Royce will be taking over late-night TV tonight. If you dont know who is Prince Royce, you must be living under a rock. Earlier this year, the Dominican American pop star took the stage during the Miss Universe competition to sing his Billboard hit, which is the first single off his forthcoming English-language album.

Prince Royce and Snoop Dog: Stuck On a Feeling 

The “Stuck On a Feeling” singer is set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night. “Wanna get ?” Prince Royce tweeted. “Catch me on the show this Tuesday on !!”

Earlier this year, the Dominican American hottie took the stage during the Miss Universe competition to sing his Billboard hit, which is the first single off his forthcoming English-language album.

We can’t wait to see what Royce has in store for Jimmy Kimmel — our DVRs are set!– Latina Magazine 

Source: Latina Magazine