Beauty Queen Madness

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She ain’t about that no crown life!

Brazilian beauty queen Sheislane Hayalla was not having it when she was announced runner-up in the Miss Amazonas 2015 competition. Hayalla, (super!) angry with the results, approached winner Carolina Toledo and snatched the crown right off of her head.

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“I do not accept injustice,” Hayalla wrote on Facebook. Watch the crazy moment above!

St Louis Rams releases Michael Sam

Michael Sam at Sun Life Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Michael Sam at Sun Life Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

(CNN) — The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been waived and did not make the team’s final 53-man roster.

Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, made history when he was picked by the Rams in the seventh and final round. He was the 249th of 256 players selected.

Sam, at 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, starred in college football last season. Besides being first team All-American, he was named the top defensive player in the Southeastern Conference, considered the nation’s best league. Teammates named him the team’s most valuable player.

The Rams’ move does not necessarily mean the end of Sam’s professional career. He could still be picked up by another team

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A Taste of 1494 West Indian Style

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My special engagement dining at Chef Omar’s 1494 Supper Club was a delightful experience.  His preparation of culinary masterpieces, enhanced by his wine pairings, allowed guests to taste the distinct flavors of his Caribbean influenced meals.  It was a welcomed opportunity to taste the future of Caribbean Cuisine, which is influenced by the many countries and cultures that came and stayed in the Caribbean

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The intimate setting that the 1494 Supper Club provided was a memorable experience for all of his guests.  Chef Omar’s culinary philosophy displays a refined sensibility, while still including traditional Caribbean ingredients such as Avocado, Mango, Coconut, Red Snapper, Callaloo, etc. Chef Omar’s 1494 Supper Club features a five course meal, each course paired  with a wine that compliments the meal. This style of culinary mastery is a welcome sight for the Atlanta restaurant  industry. Chef Omar offers a stylish, unique, and refined reinterpretation of Caribbean influenced meals, with a global  approach to his dishes.  The Supper Club was attended by a select clientele, and guests from all industries, who promises to be  happy patrons of Chef Omar’s future endeavors.

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Rihanna Stalker Arrested

Rihanna has had to deal with more than her fair share of stalkers, and the latest is a homeless man in New York City. A 53-year-old man named Kevin Mcglynn was arrested for stalking and harassing the pop superstar via hand-delivered and profanity-filled letters to her home in Soho. According to reports, surveillance cameras caught Mcglynn on three different occasions this month alone, delivering the creepy letters to an employee of the singer.

According to the New York Daily News, Mcglynn “repeatedly called her a b–ch,” and threatened to “bum (rush) in her apartment” in the letters.

The obsessed man reportedly went to her building on Lafayette St. in Manhattan around 6:30am and again after midnight on July 8. He made another visit on July 11 around noon, and was arrested at about 6pm that Thursday. The police were able to track him after he accidentally dropped his benefits card in the building. Court documents state that Mcglynn also sent at least four letters to her home in California.

“The nature of these letters (is) confusing. They all do indicate a personal relationship, as I indicated before, that simply does not exist,” Assistant District Attorney James Vinocur told the judge.

In 2013, a 26-year old from Massachussetts named Robert E. Melanson was found guilty of trespassing after he was discovered on the roof of Rihanna’s home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. He’d been there for roughly three days.

In December 2012, a man was found trespassing at her home in Barbados. He got within a few feet of the singer before security intervened. Shortly thereafter, another stalker attempted to break into her home but entered her neighbor’s house by mistake and slept in their bed, thinking it was Rihanna’s.

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Houston Carnival Marked with Violence

Picture-3 The annual Houston Caribbean Carnival has grown into one of the nations most attended multicultural festivals during the summer.  The event traditionally takes place during the fourth of July weekend. This year’s festivities was marked with tragedy as revelers attending the annual Jouvert (Paint,Mud,and Water) fete, was abruptly interrupted by gunfire, which left party goers scrambling for cover. Four men are injured, two women were trampled in the meele trying to leave the scene, the shooter is still at large. Many Caribbean festivals are safe, especially in the Southern states, such as Atlanta and Miami. However, this year’s surrounding events did not have  adequate security, which created the opportunity for this tragic turn of events. There’s no real idea of what went wrong last night, how someone was allowed to bring a gun inside of a venue that held 5,000 people trying to party on the Fourth of July. There are reports of their being outside security and off-duty police officers but none of the 30 or so that were hired were inside the venue when the shooting took place.

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La La Anthony on Cover of Latina Magazine

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Actress, reality-show star, mogul and mom La La Anthony talks about how her new role as a relationship guru, her tight-knit group of friends, and how she and her husband, NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony, keep their marriage red hot in the August 2014 issue of Latina, which hits newsstands and Nook Newsstand on July 8, 2014.

On her perfect night with her family: “My husband, my son and I have the best time when it’s just the three of us. It’s nice to all be together, put a movie on, lie in the bed and laugh. That’s my idea of a perfect, fun time.”

On being ready to have another child: “I do start feeling bad because [my son, Kiyan, 7, will] ask about a baby [sibling] and I feel a little selfish. If I did have another child, the reason would be that I wouldn’t want my son to be alone in the world as an only child. But we’ll see.”

Inside, the busy basketball wife, mother,  actress, author, and fashion designer reveals that although she has a lot going on in her life,  she’s thinking about possibly having a another baby.  She also reveals that the “good parent”‘ thing doesn’t come as easy as people think and she had to lean on her mom for advice from time to time.

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Planet VI Working Hard To Make History

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The  Caribbean American song writing duo Planet VI  is known for their exceptional talent in the music industry. The Caribbean American Movers and Shakers, have created music for Justin Bieber, Akon, Beyonce, Rihanna, kelley Rowland, and many more. Planet VI are the new Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with several Grammy Awards under their belt. Chris Brown’s Loyal, has officially become the summer anthem with over 70 Million VEVO, and record breaking radio spins.

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However, a new record by the Virgin Islands very own ‘Rock City’ Timothy and Theron Thomas aka PlanetVI, can be the next hit for 2015. The duo has proven to be one of the most success pop and urban song writers over the past decade. Jennifer Hudson,Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, have called on them for some of their major hits. 

The team of Planet VI has successfully worked their way from the bottom to the top, and is still grinding their way to the making history.

 

DJ Irie Weekend 10th Anniversary Major Success

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A Party With a Purpose

The Irie Foundation is working year-round to improve the lives of South Florida’s at-risk youth. Through a number of proactive initiatives and programs, we are committed to helping kids get on the right track and strive for a successful future.The proceeds from Irie Weekend go toward foundation programming, as well as to benefit a number of other local and national nonprofit organizations.

Irie’s 10th Annual Irie Weekend was everything it was promised to be. A record number of attendees,turned out  to support not only fun in the sun, but a great charitable fundraiser, as all proceeds were attributed to the Irie Foundation.

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The National hotel on South Beach hosted the kickoff for the 10th Annual Irie Weekend celebration sponsored by Beats Music, KorbelJack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, had party goers entertain and relax. Dascha Polanco, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Bosh, Omar Benson, Adrian Grenierand more were in attendance. The Irie Weekend celebration is a South Florida takeover of talent, celebs and pro athletes. Irie Weekend is where global A-listers come to play. Their celebrity golf and bowling events are open to the public and anyone can sign up to participate in these events at IrieWeekend.com. 

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The weekend also marked DJ Irie’s birthday. The events were  proudly hosted by Miami Hotspots Liv, E11even, the Miami beach country club and the National Hotel. The staff and production team was notably professional and polite. Special thanks to Jackie and Eric on the Irie team.

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Mona Scott Young Facing Felony Charges

 

 

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It seems that Mona Scott Young the producer of Love and Hip Hop, is in the spot light again.  Scott-Young allegedly posted Stevie’s $25,000 bail shortly after he was arrested last week.

However, sources say that Scott-Young’s act of kindness may have backfired on her because Project Child Support has now grown suspicious of her relationship with Stevie.

According to the report, Scott-Young along with several other people and organizations associated with Stevie and the show were subpoenaed by Project Child Support in regards to Stevie’s child support debt. When subpoenaed, Scott-Young claimed that neither she nor her production company, Monami Entertainment have employed or contracted Stevie J for any reason.

Project Child Support doesn’t believe Scott-Young’s claim and they’re now accusing her of lying to protect Stevie from any legal ramifications in his child support case.

“I don’t understand how an executive producer of a hit television reality series does not enter into any agreements with the cast or any organizations contracted with the cast of a television production,” a rep for Project Child Support said in a statement.

“This is a felony child support evasion case, and helping someone commit a felony crime is a felony crime,” the rep continued. “We are going to cooperate with the federal agencies investigating this case and provide them with copies of all documents we received that are related to this case, including Mona Scott’s court ordered subpoena response.”

Reportly,  Scott-Young was accused of helping Stevie stay out of trouble when he was accused of attacking Joseline Hernandez and Scott-Young denied having any knowledge that their relationship is abusive.

Jennifer Lopez is Off the Market Again???

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Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez  moves quickly! She is back on the market again has returned to the dating scene after dumping her man-loving boyfriend Casper Smart last week.

The Latin diva have a moved on with  another dancer. She is reportedly a dating “Dancing With the Stars” Maksim Chmerkovskiy, sources tell Page Six.

Page Six Reports: We’re told Lopez met Maks when they began working on a performance ahead of the American Music Awards late last year. One source said, “They were definitely attracted to each other, but nothing happened between them” because Lopez was still with former backup dancer Smart and Maks was dating model Kate Upton, with whom he broke up weeks later.

The source added J.Lo and Maks have remained in close contact and were spotted meeting up at the Redbury Hotel in LA in March.

Life & Style reported, “At one point, he put his arm around her waist and they seemed to be locked in a very passionate conversation.”

Spurs Set NBA Finals Record Against Heat

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On Tuesday, the Spurs returned to the location of their greatest heartbreak, where the Miami Heat snatched away what they felt should’ve been a fifth NBA championship with two crushing wins. San Antonio was able to move on from those miserable memories with a few three-pointers and dunks byKawhi Leonard, some unlikely runners by Danny Green, and a record-breaking shooting performance that resulted in a redemptive annihilation.

The Spurs will never be able to go back in time and make up for that disappointment, but they at least took a step toward getting the job done this season with a 111-92 victory that put them ahead two games to one in this best-of-seven series.

They came in with a desperation that we just didn’t match,” LeBron James said of the Spurs.

The team that claims a 2-1 lead after the series was tied at one apiece has gone on to win the Finals 30 of the past 36 times. But the Heat is one of the teams that managed to complete the comeback and claim the championship, as it did last season.

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The Spurs won the first game of the series with the benefit of a broken down air conditioning system that successfully “smoked out” James, who was unable to finish after developing leg cramps. In Game 3, San Antonio provided a different kind of oppressive heat, scorching the nets with a record-breaking first half in which it shot 86.7 percent in the first quarter and 75.8 percent in the first half, entering the locker room with a 21-point lead.

Leonard scored a game-high 29 points to lead five Spurs in double figures. Popovich made the first major adjustment of the series, replacing Tiago Splitter in the starting lineup with Boris Diaw. The doughy Diaw gave the Spurs another facilitator and a versatile forward capable of defending and scoring on the perimeter. Popovich complained about the ball “sticking” at times in the second half of Game 2, but the Spurs were able to jump all over the Heat with more space to operate and more ball movement

“That will never happen again,” Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said. “I mean, that’s crazy.”

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TO ALL THE HATERS…

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Maya Angelou’s Son Guy Johnson

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 At the age of 16, Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, gave birth to her pride and joy, son Guy Johnson.

During an interview on OWN, Johnson tells Oprah, “I grew up in her light. Sometimes I wasn’t worthy of it, but it has always been an experience that expanded me.

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“She thinks that the divine hand is in all things,” he adds. “She has faith that’s like a rock — you can stand on it. She speaks to our humanity and she reminds us that we are both brother and sister to the rest of the human race.

“Keep on speaking, Ma,” Johnson says. “We need the lessons, the beautiful poems, books, movies, dances, celebrations and love.”

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The apple does not fall far from the tree. Johnson, who completed college in Egypt, is also a writer and poet. After graduation, he managed a bar on Spain’s Costa del Sol, ran a photo-safari service from London through Morocco and Algeria to the Spanish Sahara, and worked on the oil rigs in Kuwait, according to his Random House bio.

 

Some of his poetry can be found in the anthology of black male poets titled My Brother’s Keeper. Johnson is married, has a son and is a resident of Oakland, California.

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Best of the Best Miami 2014

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The Best of the Best 2014 concert was hosted downtown Miami at Bayfront Park on a beautiful Memorial weekend Sunday. This concert truly encapsulates the best in reggae and soca music with the Emperor of Reggae Beres Hammond, The King of the Dancehall Beenie Man,to the Viking of Soca Bunji Garlin, who is sweeping the international scene with his hit ‘Differentology’.

This all day concert kicked off with a high energy soca segment. All the flags of the different islands and nations (Guyana is not an island!!) were enthusiastically flying as Shal Marshal of Trinidad, and Edwin Yearwood from Barbados and Destra Garcia, one of the Queens of Soca and last but not least Bunji Garlin, the Viking of Soca sang their hits.

Beenie Man was the last performance of the night , however his performance was cut short due to Miami Beach laws for concerts. They are not allowed to go over the 12 midnight limit.

 

Rihanna Naked on Red Carpet for CFDA

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Bajan singer Rihanna shocked e veryone by showing up naked to the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Lincoln Center in New York on Monday, June 2. Rihanna turned heads and dropped jaws in a see-through, leave-nothing-to-the-imagination fishnet gown by designer Adam Selman.Rihanna-at-CFD-Fashion4-SPL

Rihanna accessorized her garment with a pink fur shrug and diamond jewelry courtesy of Jacob & Co. She did not offer any apologies for her attention-seeking behavior. She also took home the Fashion Icon Award!  Click to see Pictures below! 

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Caribbean Americans Celebrated in Atlanta

 

Puerto Rican native Tina Hart, left, and Dr. Karen Godette from Guyana runs the Oncology department at prestigious Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta
Puerto Rican native Tina Hart, left, and Dr. Karen Godette from Guyana runs the Oncology department at prestigious Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta

The 2014 Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Networking Series, was hosted at Caribbean-owned Stir It Up Restaurant in Midtown Atlanta, on May 22, 2014. The event, hosted by the Caribbean Media Network , is an annual recognition of Caribbean Americans in metro Atlanta. The event was sponsored by Grace Foods , Modern Dental, and the USVI Department of Tourism. 

The event was attended by  Atlanta’s tastemakers, media hotshots, and Atlanta corporate industry professionals.The night’s festivities was co-hosted by none other than television and film producer Roger Bobb  and Dr. Heavenly Kimes of Bravo TV’s hit reality show “Married to Medicine”.  Dr. Kimes graciously hosted the event on short notice, for cast mate Lisa Nicole Cloud, who was out of town on business. 

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Roger Bobb and Dr Heavenly at Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Atlanta

Bobb and Kimes recognized those from the Caribbean and parts of Latin America who have made indelible marks on the Capital of the New South.

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Consul General Bahamas: Randy Rolle

In attendance was the President of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Sylma- Bramble Brown, President of Taste of Atlanta Dale De Sena, Southern Division President of Home Depot Ann Marie Campbell, President of Panton Capital Holdings Dr. David Panton, Atlanta City Council Man CT Martin, VP of the U.S.V.I. Legislature Samuel Sanesand other distinguished guests. 

Producer Princess Banton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Producer Princess Banton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Atlanta Daily Journal reports: Media maven Princess Dalton-Lofters summed up the sentiments and prestige of the Caribbean Amercicans honorees on hand — a woman who achieved great success in the male-dominated industry by creating and producing the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

“I’m a little overwhelmed. I was born in Jamaica and raised in Canada and now living in the U.S. The one thing that I do wanna say is that it is definitely … being born in Jamaica, being West Indian, has made me who I am,” she said. “I was raised with a certain set of values and mores and was built to make it in this industry. Growing up in Jamaica and then Canada and my parents being West Indian, they instilled in me to be who I wanted to be and to do what I wanted to do. And those who know me understand that I do not take ‘no’ for an answer, or that ‘can’t’ is something that I never embraced. I always embraced dreaming big and going after your goals.

“And I got a lot of ‘no’s’ along the way, and it took that drive in me that I attribute to be me being Jamaican and West Indian to make it in this industry. And for someone like me who has made it, I just encourage young women to follow their dreams (and) never, never, never take ‘no’ for an answer and to always go after what you want,” Dalton-Lofters continued. “Because, believe me, if you can dream it, it will happen.”

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Miami Broward Carnival Open Letter

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Dear Board of Directors of the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee

I can only begin by saying the following by the late Nelson Mandela;

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2014 will mark the 30th consecutive year, Miami and Broward counties have played host to one of the largest Caribbean American Festivals in the nation.  The rash decision to change the date of the festival, not to Monday October 13, 2014, but an entire week later, clearly was not given much consideration.

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I was once told by the Official Atlanta Peach Carnival Executive team, “You must respect the bands, you can not do Carnival without them”.  This word of advice has stayed etched in my mind, since 2005, and to this day, I believe it to be true.  The collaboration of the bands, troupes, artist, and carnival committee, is important to the survival of this cultural event. This historical change should’ve been address to the community, with feed back and input from the bands, troupes, and participants, prior to releasing or imposing a massive change of date.

It only angers the community, who has booked hotels, flights, and made other advance arrangements to attend the festival on Columbus Day weekend. An emergency meeting after the fact, also was not a good decision. It is evident, that based upon the NFL schedule for 2014, that Miami Carnival will not happen on October 12, 2014 at Sun Life Stadium.

Upon receiving this shocking news from the Sun Life Stadium, your organization, should have contacted an attorney, to simply draft a letter stating the reasons of this year’s change of venue. As a  minority, cultural, and historical organization, Sun Life Stadium can’t impose or impede on Miami Broward Carnival Committee civil rights, by federal law. Many are aware of Florida’s recent race and civil rights cases in the past two years; however the economic impact of the festival should have been motivation for your organization to move to a new venue.

“If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything”

Culture Come First, Politics Comes After

The Columbus Day Weekend is not only a major holiday for Italians, however serves as a major significant Jewish Holiday, especially in South Florida. It is my belief that the Jewish community will never change, compromise, or waiver from this date, which serves as a start to the Jewish holiday calendar. Although Miami Carnival is not a religious holiday, the significance of the date, is important.

It seems that your organization was clearly ill advised, in this hasty decision.  The committee role in this festival is not about money, fame, and politics. Miami Broward Carnival Committee, like every other Carnival Committee duty, is to serve the community first, to ensure the cultural integrity of this historical tradition.

I personally don’t celebrate Mas; however I enjoy attending the festival, much like the tens of thousands of attendees that enjoy the colorful costumes, people, food, and cultural experience.

I encourage your team to come together and simply work with the community, to make the 30th celebration and enjoyable one on October 12, 2014. Please stay committed to your own slogan, “North America’s Ultimate Carnival Experience “…  Unless it’s too late…..

NOTICE:

Broward Caribbean Carnival Inc. (BCCI) a Broward County Organization will host Carnival 2014 in Broward County.

The community outcry of the Carnival date change has forced BCCI to take immediate action in ensuring that Carnival continues to be celebrated in South Florida on Columbus Day weekend. as it has been celebrated over the last 29 years. At the request of many patrons, stakeholders, and masqueraders BCCI is securing a venue to host Carnival on October 12th, 2014 and continue a South Florida Tradition of Excellence in Mas.

Yours,

Broward Caribbean Carnival Inc.

UPDATE:

“Please note that the official Miami Broward Carnival will be held on Sunday, October 12. Please keep checking our website: www.miamibrowardcarnival.com for updated information about venue and other pertinent information about the 30th year celebration of Carnival in South Florida. Venue will be confirmed after a meeting on May 8, with bandleaders, promoters and other stakeholders in MBOC. Miami Broward Carnival Board of Directors and Bandleaders”

Respectfully,

Michael Thomas

Caribbean Media Network

Hollywood Invades the Bahamas

Bahamas Will Packer 40th birth day

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The islands of the Bahamas was invaded by Hollywood this past weekend. Hollywood Producer Will Packer celebrated his 40th Birthday in style,  especially Caribbean Style.  The successful filmmaker of recent box office hits such as Ride Along and Think Like Man, partied with a variety of stars in Nassau, Bahamas April 11-13, 2014 in epic fashion. The Bahamas has successfully marketed to multicultural  consumers, through strategic partnerships with their Consul General and Tourism liaisons in Atlanta, Georgia. This weekend, their efforts to welcome new film projects to the region, made national news.

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Packer  was joined by his fiancée Heather Hayslett, he hosted nearly 200 of his family and friends including Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, La La Anthony, Michael Ealy, Angie Martinez, Tika Sumpter, DJ Drama, Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker, David Banner, Affion Crockett, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, BET President Stephen G. Hill, E! News Anchor Terrence J, Directors Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like A Man), Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer) and Rob Hardy (Criminal Minds, Bones), Magazine execs Vanessa Bush (Editor In Chief, Essence magazine) and Mitzi Miller (Editor In Chief, Jet magazine), Angie Beyince, Jerome Bettis, Nephew Tommy, Po Johnson, Oronde Garrett, Terri Vaughn & Karon Riley, The Honorable Terrinee L. Gundy and Will Packer Productions executives Barbara Dreyfuss and Korin D. Huggins.

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Tourists Stabs Local While On Vacation

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The St. Lucian times reports: A local taxi driver had to be rushed to hospital this morning after being stabbed by a tourist, eyewitnesses have reported.

According to the eyewitnesses, the visitor and his girlfriend were being transported from Marigot to a hotel in the North of the Island, when the unprovoked  attack took place near the Cul de Sac junction.

One eyewitness who came to the assistance of the wounded taxi driver told the Times the injured man reported that the male visitor was very cordial upon entering the vehicle, but later pulled out a knife and started stabbing him from behind.

The injured man was identified as Moses Bertram, who the President of the Marigot Bay Taxi Association Anthony Griffith told the Times has been a taxi driver for the past twenty years.

“I feel terrible because he told me this guy was so nice, and to see how he suddenly attacked,” Griffith said.

According to him, Bertram was stabbed in the chin, shoulder and hand.

Eyewitnesses said there was blood everywhere.

They also said they suspect that the visitor was “psychologically challenged.”

It was not immediately clear what became of the attacker.

See more at: St Lucian Times 

Reggae Artist Vybz Kartel Sentencing Delayed

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The sentencing of entertainer Vybz Kartel and his co-accused Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John has been delayed until Thursday April 3. In court on Thursday morning, the Judge Justice Lennox Campbell asked the defense team provide some pertinent information before going ahead with handing down the sentences.

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On March 13, Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, fellow entertainer Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were convicted for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

The sentencing will be the final stage of  the record 65 day trial, which lasted for roughly five months.

Under Jamaican law, the penalty for murder is death, but since 1992 no convicted murderer has been executed, despite calls from the populace for the penalty to be utilised and a majority vote by legislators in Parliament in November 2008 in favour of retaining the penalty.

Meanwhile, Kartel faces more legal challenges, as he is scheduled to stand trial in  court on August 11, for attempting to pervert the course of  justice.

He’s charged jointly with entertainers, Vanessa Saddler otherwise called “Gaza Slim” and Andre Henry otherwise called “Pim Pim”.

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Bungi Garlin Invades Atlanta

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On March 27, Trends Concept in junction with DJ Kash (V103 Atlanta), held a ground breaking one on one discussion with Soul Train Award winner Bunji Garlin, at Thrive Lounge, downtown Atlanta. Garlin whose real name is Antonio Alvarez was accompanied with his wife Fay-Ann Lyons, both have been breaking music records in the Soca genre over the past decade.

The event was attended by over 200 invited guests from the Atlanta metro area. Garlin also performed a melody of his latest hits, after his Q&A segment, where he discussed a variety of topics, such as the future of Soca in the mainstream music industry. He commented on his recent success with his hit song “Differentology”, which was the first Soca song to win a Soul Train Award in 2013. Garlin also shared the importance of Caribbean community  purchasing his genres music. To date,I-Tunes, do not see the importance of hosting the Soca genre in its catalog, due to limited sales in the past.

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Bungi Garlin and CMN Associate Tameka Winchester
The atmosphere was welcoming and inviting, as guests enjoyed drinks, while mingling with friends and colleagues. Bunji Garlin and his wife, toke pictures with his fans and various media outlets. The couple was engaging to their Atlanta hosts, and also mentioned that they have never been to a sit down interview Soca event such as this one. The guests laughed as Bungi and Fay-Ann shared their personal commentary on past Trinidad Carnival Soca Monarch competitions, and their journey throughout their careers.
“I was surprise to see chairs, I thought someone was getting married- Joked Fay-Ann Lyons” 
The Atlanta Caribbean American community was excited to have Bunji and his wife in town for this special event. He will be back in town Memorial Day weekend, during the Atlanta Carnival, hosted at Underground Atlanta on May 24, 2014. The 10th Annual Jouvert will take place on May 23, 2014 at the Atrium, where Garlin and his wife Fay-ann, will be alongside reggae artist Beenie Man, hosted by Krushmore Entertainment.

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