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Archived: Angela, Rihanna, Heather, Fay-Ann React. Two Black Men Shot Dead in America This Week.

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“At this point if you ain’t angry as a black person you’re just as guilty” – Angela Hunte

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Alton Sterlin was shot dead by police in Louisiana on Tuesday

Philando Castile was shot dead by a police officer in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Two African American men have been killed at the hands of white police officers in America, in the past two days. There has been an outcry, crossing borders, with the hope that justice will come and the unfair handling of black people by white police officers, will end.

Angela Hunte questions the killing of two black men this week in America.

Angela Hunte questions the killing of two black men this week in America.

37 year old Alton Sterling was shot dead by police officers in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana on Tuesday. His death was followed by the senseless shooting and subsequent death of Philander Castile after he was pulled over by an officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota on Wednesday.  (CLICK LINKS TO READ MORE)

Brooklyn, New York  born Angela Hunte, whose parents are Trinbagonian, is just one of many people across the world who’ve spoken out in condemnation of this week’s shootings. T&T’s Nicki Minaj has also made her voice heard, saying:

“Will thereby conviction now? Probably not. #RIPAltonSterling. Hug the people you love a little tighter. Tell them you love them a little more often.” 

Tony and Grammy award winning singer and actress, Trinidad and Tobago born, Heather Headley posted the following image to Instagram. In her caption she said, “Jesus Wept! And so am I…”

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Barbados born Rihanna too has voiced her anger over the situation. Her subtle statement reads, “RIP Alton Sterling #howmanymore”

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Fay-Ann Lyons with Major Lazer’s Diplo in the US.

In Trinidad and Tobago, soca artiste, Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez who often travels to the US, like many other Caribbean entertainers, showed her disdain for the situation, saying:

“Sad is the day, sad is the hour, sad is the second when a death brings a million arguments and a million opinions… But at the end of the day… sad be the day.”

In essence, her words expressed the fact that regardless of how the situation is looked at, lives have been lost. Her sentiment echoed the consistent reaction by black America that #blacklivesmatter.

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Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Takes Her First Step, 4 Months After Dad’s Death.

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Kobe Bryant’s 11 month old baby girl, Capri took her first steps this past weekend and the world got a glance. Vanessa Bryant posted a short video of the moment, excitedly telling her baby girl how proud she is of her.

“”I’m so proud of you!” Vanessa exclaims in the video which was shared on Instagram. “I knew you were gonna do it!” she added.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star’s life was cut short in January when a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California led to his death and the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

In addition to Capri, the couple had three older daughters- Natalia, Bianka and Gianna.

LOOK AT CAPRI TAKE HER FIRST STEPS.

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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