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Caribbean Blogger Jay Blessed, Angela Hunte React to CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide.

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As though a a bomb has been dropped, the death of CNN’s Parts Unknown host, Anthony Bourdain has left a sad feeling in the souls of many. Here is a man, that at 61, has touched the lives of millions around the world. He told the stories of the depressed, the worn, the downtrodden and breathed  hope into the souls of those whose lives he came into contact with. Caribbean people are among those who’s feelings are in the balance today, this after it was learnt that Bourdain committed suicide in his hotel room, in France.

International songwriter and artist, Angela Hunte expressed grief today, taking to instagram to say that she had the pleasure of meeting Bourdain.

I read every book I watched almost every show and had the opportunity to even meet this amazing man Anthony you will know how you were loved by so many I learned so much from you but we will never know your pain and what u were going thru. REST IN PEACE ANTHONY BOURDAIN . – Angela Hunte. 

Bourdain’s suicidal death comes less than a week after designer, Kate Spade was found hanging from a red scarf in her bedroom. She was 55.

Today, well known Caribbean blogger, Jay Blessed also vocalized her thoughts on social media, reiterating her many previous rants on the topic of depression. Read what she had to say, below.

Anthony Bourdain visited and documented the happenings in Trinidad and Tobago just about two years ago. His reporting was met with some resistance by the people of T&T, many of whom found it to be unbalanced. The Syrian community in T&T also took a bit of tongue lashing from the public at large when one member of the community was recorded saying the Syrian community which he said accounts for 1% of the population, is the most powerful community in T&T.

 

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Caribbean Artistes to Hit Major Stage in LA For BET International Awards, This Week.

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Nailah Blackman’s ben nominated for Viewer’s Choice Best International Act.

Trinidad and Tobago artiste, Nailah Blackman continues to rally the support of the Caribbean- on the weekend, performing in Bermuda and urging fans to head to the BET website to vote for her to win the category of Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act at this year’s awards. Voting closes tomorrow- June 19th. Thing is though, whether Nailah wins for Soca or not, Trinidad and Tobago will the year be well represented when Bunji Garlin and his wife and musical partner, Fay Ann Lyons take the stage at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

News of the Soca power couple’s inclusion at the awards came on Friday. Jamaica’s Konshens and Shenseea will also perform. Ironically, Shenseea and Konshens dropped new music with Rvssian on June 15th- a track called, “Hard Drive” that the Jamaican dancehall princess has been pushing hard, since. Likewise, T&T’s Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons released two separate tracks back to back between Sunday and Monday. Bunji’s track “Bruk Down” was produced by Fryktion, as was Fay Ann’s “Lift”. Both tunes have been released for St. Vincent’s upcoming carnival.

The Caribbean entertainers will perform in LA on Friday. The actual awards ceremony takes place on June 26th.

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Barbados Food And Rum Festival Launches. Wondering If Rihanna’ll Be There?

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Rihanna’s like a walking billboard for Barbados, so it’s obvious that many expect the international R&B superstar to be a part of major happenings on the island of Barbados. She’s been to the last few CropOver festivals and will likely be there this year so you just never know ; she just may pop in  at the Barbados Food and Rum festival in October , but we’ll certainly have to wait and see.

On Friday, steel-pan country, Trinidad and Tobago played host to the Barbados Tourism Inc, as they launched the upcoming Barbados Food and Rum festival, which takes place from October 18th-21st. It’ll be the 9th edition of the festival, something that Barbados has certainly prided itself on delivering to the world. The festival kicks off on Thursday, October 18th with  the Oistins Bay Gardens Cook Off, followed by The Signature Rum Event with food and rum pairings on Friday , the Saturday afternoon Polo Rum Spirits, and canapés, the fine dining events on Saturday night, which pair international chefs with local top chefs and on Sunday the festival climaxes with a Beach Party at the Hilton Resort, along with a final fine dinning dinner at a signature local restaurant. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it!?

Amazing desserts added to the event’s taste appeal on Friday night.

A taste of the flavors of Barbados, was offered to those who attended Friday’s launch in Trinidad.

On Friday night in Trinidad at Estate 101 in Maraval, the Barbados Tourism Inc invited the media to taste and experience a little of their upcoming festival. They incorporated music to the flavorful evening out, delivering popular Caribbean genres such as reggae and soca, to entice those who’d attended. There was even a grand prize giveaway for a weekend getaway for two to Barbados, along with other wonderful gestures of thanks to the media for their coverage of the event. Barbados has continued to show the world that it is serious about tourism. Marketing efforts are certainly second to none. The 9th edition of the Food and Rum festival will unlikely be yet another splendid event hosted by this beautiful island that boasts an annual visitor arrival of some 1 million and is revered as the 9th island with the most visitor arrivals, in the region.

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