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Did She Say Yes? Nicki Minaj Steps Out With Rock On Ring Finger After DJ Khaled’s Public Proposal

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New Bob Marley And The Wailers Video Raises Awareness Of East Africa Crisis

On Tuesday, the Bob Marley estate, Simon Fuller, and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell globally released a new video for Bob Marley & The Wailers’ 1973 song “Hide Tide Or Low Tide.”

The video documents the East Africa Crisis that is affecting more than 9 million people dying of starvation.
Click here to make a donation to Save The Children.



Edited by Kevin Macdonald, director of “Last King Of Scotland” and the forthcoming “Marley” documentary, the “Hide Tide Or Low Tide” video includes recent footage of expressionless mothers caring for their children, oblivious toddlers playing amidst skeletons of wildlife, and numerous frail, sick babies.

In one of the more poignant images, a mother draws a bucket from a well only to find it filled with dirt and not one drop of water.

It’s fitting that this song from Bob Marley & The Wailers’ debut album would be selected to help raise awareness of the tragedy.

The “High Tide Or Low Tide” lyrics still provoke chills nearly 40 years after the song’s debut. Marley, a late icon, who used his music to encourage social change, sings about one of his mother’s prayers.

“A child is born in this world, he needs protection,” Marley sings, quoting his mother. During the song’s chorus, he pledges unconditional friendship: “In high seas or-a low seas, I’m gonna be your friend.”

Partnering with Save The Children, the Marleys, Fuller, and Blackwell are hoping to make an impact. Universal Music Global has agreed to donate all profits from the video.

The Marley family wrote a letter asking the public to support the effort:

To Friends,

We are reaching out to you today to ask a favor. We believe that you can help us stop children dying [in] the most devastating food crisis happening today in East Africa.

Not one child should be denied food nor water. Not one child should suffer from the conflict caused by grown men. Over three million woman and children are suffering. They are innocent. They are not political. They are starving. Bob Marley, then and now, stands for an Africa united, for one love, for the protection of children worldwide. Please join us as we, along with Save The Children, stand up together as friends to put a stop to this needless waste of life, to feed our children and to save their lives.

We are asking you to please post our video message to your Facebook page. This generous act will help us reach through your friends and ours over two hundred million people worldwide.

One love,

The Marley family

More than 150 of the world’s biggest stars have joined the cause and are encouraging their fans to watch the video and donate.

Below is a list of the celebrity supporters:

Eminem
Jay-Z
Lady Gaga
The Rolling Stones
Robert Plant
Kanye West
Rihanna
Coldplay
Shakira
Beyoncé
Justin Bieber
Sting
Cristiano Ronaldo
David Beckham
Brian May
Victoria Beckham
Jennifer Lopez
Carrie Underwood”
Gwen Stefani and No Doubt
Ryan Seacrest
Lewis Hamilton
Elton John
Andy Murray
Enrique Iglesias
Scotty McCreery
Annie Lennox
Queen
Emma Bunton
Lauren Alaina
Jamie Murray
Britney Spears
Bruno Mars
Madonna
Muse
Muhammed Ali
U2
AC Milan
Charlize Theron
Conan O’Brien
AT&T

Go to ImGonnaBeYourFriend.org to make a donation.

Rihanna Hits the Beach And Looking Bikini Tight!


Rihanna is enjoying her break at home in Barbados this week. She had some grind fun for the Kadooment Day festivities over the past weekend and Thursday she hit the beach with family and friends wearing a cute “stringy” two piece suit as she hit the beach and rode jet skis around. LAWD! RiRi

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Rihanna’s Half Clothed Body Banging In Barbados


Rihanna was going hard in her native Barbados on Monday, where she showed off nearly every luscious inch of her body in the annual Kadooment Day parade.

The hip-hop beauty queen, clad in a red, barely-there costume, showed off her flat tummy, mile-long legs, tiny tattoos and a tush that holds up from California to the Caribbean.

Kadooment Day, according to Barbados.org, “can be traced back to the 1780’s, a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar. At the end of the sugar season, there was always a huge celebration to mark the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest.”

Barbados might not be the world’s sugar leader anymore Brazil holds the title but Big ups! to the gorgeous pop star, they’ve got a claim to fame every bit as sweet.

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Opps! Nicki Minaj Fined $1000 for Dirty Mouth at Reggae Sumfest


Nicki Minaj was reportedly slapped with a fine for cursing during her set Sunday at the Reggae Sumfest concert at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, Jamaica.

She was scheduled to attend court this Thursday, but her local attorney, Hugh Thompson, made an appeal to move the case to Monday (July 25). He entered an ex parte guilty plea on her behalf and paid the corresponding J$1,000 fee (in Jamaican dollars) for the use of the expletives.

The Police reportedly handed Minaj the summons as she exited the Catherine Hall Complex following her performance in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Pregnant Lauryn Hill’s Boyfriend Leaves Her For A New Love Interest

Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, son of the late great Bob Marley, have been together for over a decade, have 5 children together, and Lauryn Hill is currently pregnant with their 6th child (well I’m assuming it’s his his). But that hasn’t stopped Rohan from leaving her for a young Brazilian model named Isabeli Fontana. Rumors of the split had been circulating, but Wednesday Isabeli tweeted “I’m in love with @Romarley ‘s hear” and attached a link to a photo of them together.

Poor Lauryn, but hey, she told us that some men are only about ‘that thing’. So the question now is will this further delay Lauryn’s follow-up to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill which was supposed to have dropped by now? Below is a photo of Isabeli Fontana. .Dang Lauryn your either “READY or NOT”

Rihanna Wears Bikini In LA Performance

 

 

Rihanna’s ‘Loud’ tour it proving to be better than we even dreamed. After taking a tumble, Riri’s back on her feet and looking hot!

At Los Angeles’ Staples Center, she wowed the crowd in a scandalously sexy get-up. In a bejeweled bikini, fishnets and fluorescent pink heels she delivered one memorable show– the R&B singer danced on top of cars with ladies in bodysuits and bright, yellow men.

 

Buju Banton Sentenced to Ten Years on Cocaine Charge


Although several notable figures stepped up to plead for leniency for reggae star Buju Banton- real name Mark Myrie- the singer was sentenced to ten years in federal prison on drug chargea in a Florida courtroom Thursday 6/23/2011.

Among those who appealed on 37-year-old Banton’s behalf were family members, prominent athletes and even actor Danny Glover:

Dozens of letters to U.S. District Judge James S. Moody are included in the court file for the 37-year-old recording artist, whose given name is Mark Myrie. Several of his 15 children wrote, as did a former Jamaican government official, an NBA player, other reggae artists and actor Danny Glover, who called Banton a “role model, philanthropist and spiritual leader in the community.”

“Your honor, Mark Myrie is not a drug dealer,” Glover wrote. “Society would not benefit from his incarceration.”

According to Billboard, the case hinged largely on the singer’s intent to participate in potential drug deals, conspiring with a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) informant- who received a $50,000 payout in the case. Banton’s first trial in the case was declared a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury. The singer was convicted in February on counts of “conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.”

Jamaicans react to Buju sentence

Sean Kingston Hurt In Watercraft Crash


UPDATE2: “Sean Kingston is now stabilized and has moved from the trauma unit to ICU,” Kingston’s publicist says. “Sean’s family thanks everyone for their prayers and support during this time.”

MIAMI BEACH -rapper Sean Kingston was treated at Ryder Trauma Center after the personal watercraft he was piloting smacked into the Palm Island Bridge near the MacArthur causeway Sunday night.

Jorge Pino, a spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife commission, a good Samaritan saw the accident and helped pull Kingston from the water

Miami Fire Rescue spokesperson Ignatius Carroll said Kingston had a passenger on the Jet ski who was also taken to Ryder for examination.

It’s not known how serious the injuries are, but Carroll said both Kingston and his passenger were reported in stable condition.

Kingston’s parents joined their son at the hospital.

Hip-hop singer Trav, who features Kingston in his latest song, said he visited Kingston at the hospital.

Latest UPDATE:2

“He is good in stable condition,” Trav told CNN in an e-mail.

Kingston’s publicist at Epic Records, Joseph Carozza, issued a statement Sunday night confirming Kingston “was in an accident.”

“No further details are available at the moment. He and his family thank everyone for the well wishes,” the statement said.

UPDATE:1
Kingston was in critical condition. His passenger’s condition was unknown.

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Minor earthquake felt across Jamaica


A minor earthquake was felt in several areas of Jamaica minutes after 10 this morning.

The ground shook for several seconds. There are no reports of damage as yet.

Members of the public have so far reported effects being felt in the parishes of Kingston & St Andrew, Clarendon, St Mary, St Catherine and St Ann.

We will update you further when more news is available…

R.I.P Bob Marley: 30 years on, Remembering Bob Marley


Nesta Robert “Bob” Marley.

On May 11, 1981, the reggae superstar died at age 36. Here’s why his musical legacy and personal legend are still holding strong around the world.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of a true musical pioneer, a man whose impact transcended class, race and culture all over the world. The reggae legend inspired an almost spiritual following among a diverse set of believers, who expressed their devotion in iconography as varied as indigenous Australian shrines and posters on college-dorm-room walls.

But the question must be asked: Why do so many people connect with Marley? The answer is fairly simple: Marley was an everyman, a gentle soul and a revolutionary. Many have identified with his humble upbringing in the tiny island of Jamaica, the Pan-African beliefs stemming from his Rastafarian faith, and his advocacy of social justice. When he penned politically charged songs like “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Get Up Stand Up,” they resonated as far more than mere recordings. They were calls to action.

Many of Marley’s greatest and most recognizable hits came with the Wailers (including Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer), who grew up beside him in Trench Town, a Kingston ghetto that spawned many musical greats. Influenced by American music from the era, the band imbued their traditional Jamaican rhythms with the soul of Motown, creating a different take on black music.

Carried by the Caribbean migration to England, the sounds of the islands were reaching new continents. A chance meeting with Island Records head Chris Blackwell in 1972 allowed Marley and the Wailers access to the same high-tech recording equipment that rock bands were using at the time. Their Third World sound crossed over into the developed world.

Throughout the 1970s the musicians produced a slew of worldwide hits. Tracks such as “Exodus” and “One Love” made the charts in the U.S. as well as in the U.K. and other European countries.

Ultimately, it was Marley’s penchant for social justice that made him an identifiable superstar. Although he was half white (born to a father of English descent), Marley always identified himself as Pan-African, and during the mid-1970s he dedicated a string of songs to the Diaspora: “Buffalo Soldier” to African Americans, “Africa Unite” to those in Zimbabwe and “War” to his brothers suffering through South Africa’s apartheid.

He was not just outspoken politically; Marley was also not afraid to mix spirituality and song. For this strong believer in the Rastafarian movement and the divinity of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, religion was an integral part of his music and work ethic. The movement most recognizable to outsiders by its adherents’ long dreadlocks, spiritual use of marijuana and belief in Africa (Zion) as the birthplace of mankind has been adopted in the African continent, the United States and even Japan. The influence of Marley’s faith can be seen on tracks such as 1974’s “Natty Dread” and “So Jah S’eh.”

Marley’s involvement in Jamaica’s politics almost got him killed. In 1976 violent clashes between supporters of Jamaica’s two major political parties left hundreds dead, inspiring Marley to play the Smile Jamaica festival at the government’s invitation in order to help quell the ongoing bloodshed. Unfortunately, some saw the festival as a support rally for the People’s National Party leader, Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, and his endorsement of political violence against dissent.

As tensions in the country grew high, gunmen entered the Marley home, shooting Marley; his wife, Rita; and his manager, Don Taylor, in the middle of the night. They all survived, and despite his injuries, Marley performed at the festival two days later, saying, “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?” After the concert, Marley and his band left Jamaica for more than a year, recording the international hit album Exodus while in the U.K. However, his commitment to his home country would see Marley return, organizing the One Love Peace concert in 1978.

Another love of Marley’s life was Rita, a musician in her own right who often sang backup for the Wailers and recorded several albums of her own. The couple met in the mid-1960s through Peter Tosh, fell in love and married shortly afterward. Throughout Marley’s career, Rita was by his side, even through his repeated infidelities. She was his rock, especially in his later years as he battled health problems.

In 1977 a routine toe injury during a soccer game in France refused to heal. Testing revealed he had melanoma, a type of skin cancer. In accordance with his Rastafarian beliefs, Marley refused to have the toe amputated, and the cancer began to spread throughout his body. Marley lived, recorded and performed for more than three years despite the severity of his disease. In 1980 he released his last album, Uprising, penning the iconic classic “Redemption Song,” a track in which he confronted his mortality.

His final concert took place at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, 1980. After unsuccessful cancer treatment in Europe, Marley died a few months later, in 1981, at a Miami hospital at the age of 36.

But Marley lives on. The album Legend, released three years after his death, has gone platinum 10 times over and is still the greatest-selling reggae album of all time. Last year the Marley estate brought in more than $6 million, according to Forbes magazine.

Marley’s influence was not limited to reggae. Eric Clapton owes one of his most famous hits to Marley and the Wailers — his version of “I Shot the Sheriff” reached No. 1 in the United States in 1974. And as hip-hop became a global force in worldwide music, Marley’s legacy inspired the world’s urban community. The Notorious B.I.G., Guru and the Fugees have reworked Marley classics over the years.

And let’s not forget Marley’s living legacies. His talented children continue to record and perform worldwide. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers — which also featured brother Stephen as well as their sisters Sharon and Cedella — were popular in the late 1980s and through much of the ’90s. Stephen released a groundbreaking album in 2009 called Mind Control and continues to tour regularly. Last year youngest brother Damian Marley released his collaborative album, Distant Relatives, with rapper Nas, blending African rhythms, hip-hop and traditional reggae sounds.

Three decades after Bob Marley’s death, you can turn on any radio or walk down any street, and you will likely hear a Marley song or see someone wearing a Marley T-shirt. His image will continue to resonate for years to come; let’s also hope his peace-loving ideals will be embraced during the next 30 years — and 30 years after that.

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