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Devon Matthews Dead at 36. Sudden Passing Sends Ripples Through T&T and the Caribbean.



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This is the most difficult feature we’ve ever had to write.

Entertainer and Radio personality, Devon Matthews has passed away. Youth was certainly still on his side. Matthews, the name behind the ‘iShare’ project- a Christmas charity drive, was pronounced dead at the St. Clair Medical facility in Trinidad on Sunday morning. He had reportedly complained of feeling unwell, to a fellow radio personality, prior to taking the stage at Tribe’s 2018 Carnival band launch, held at the St. Mary’s College Grounds in Port -of- Spain. It is believed that Matthews suffered a heart attack.

Devon’s larger than life personality on the urban airwaves could never be missed. His ‘Affairs of the Heart’ radio talk show had grown exponentially in little to no time and he had taken it to television, helping people from all walks of life with the inclusion of experts on panels that dealt with topics related to relationships, sex and so much more. The iShare project had helped many as well, Matthews having used his celebrity and station to encourage people to give from their hearts, whatever foodstuff that they could, to help make the Christmas of those who couldn’t afford it, a happier one.

Today, many across the Caribbean and internationally are shocked by the news of Matthews’ sudden passing. His friend, producer Anson Soverall wrote :

Devon Matthews has passed on at the age of 36.

“Even though the Road is long……” 5 years ago this brother opened up his home and his studio to me for nothing In return, where he encouraged me to just express myself musically and help other up and coming talented youths.

He didn’t just become my friend but he became a true brother!!!! His dad and mother welcomed me everyday with welcomed arms.
Devon actually preached to me everyday “Dawg you need to learn to do soca!!!” He would laugh at my basic soca kick pattern and would drum it on the desk to teach me how it should be done. I owe my soca Career to you brother.

Through his efforts he helped birth a new generation of artists .and producers some directly others indirectly by helping me push their music on radio or by allowing me to record and produce them at his home studio. That list is extensive, a lot of artists in all genres of music owe there starts to Devon Matthews.

Devon was there for me in my time of need when my mother Arlene Jackman Soverall passed away. So I made sure I was there for him when his dad Mr Selwyn Matthews passed. Filled with all the emotions of both of them passing he was inspired to come to me to produce a song called D Journey. We dedicated this song to our deceased parents R.I.P

Devon and I made history only just last year by being victorious in the regions first ever copyright infringement case. After wich he went on to take the 3rd place young kings and 3rd place soca monarch with D Journey ft Ella Andall
I was glad that after all the years of him giving to me I was able to finally guve him what he wanted, a classic hit song and 2 titles. Devon never wanted to win. He would always say “I going for 3rd place” and that’s exactly what he did.

He was also the founder of the various feeding programs
which every Christmas he would collect and distribute to the needy. He would help flood victims the homeless etc.
He was one of the pioneers of Team Rosa and Forward Movement Music Group and this list goes on and on. The man was just a all-round good person!!!!! Devon Matthews my brother!!! Rest In Peace. Hate to say this but you went to be with your dad and my mother in heaven. R.I.P
#MyBrother4life #DJourney #Love



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Caribbean Buzz

Murder of Rihanna’s Cousin Places Sudden International Spotlight on Gun Violence in the Caribbean.



Rihanna with her cousin who became a victim to gun violence on Boxing Day in Barbados.

Gun violence and the effectiveness of Caribbean policing may be making the international spotlight, this on the heels of the murder of 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, Barbadian superstar, Rihana’s cousin. The young man was shot and killed on Boxing Night in Barbados while walking through a track near his home. He had been shot multiple times.

Rihanna who had been home for the holidays, expressed grief via her social media pages, writing:

“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man.”

Back in February, the young man had cited the internationally acclaimed singer as his source of happiness. He had posted a message beneath a photo of them together, in celebration of Rihanna’s 29th birthday. “Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness,” he wrote.

Police are now on the hunt for the killer. Rihanna has since called for gun violence to cease.


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Rihanna Does Christmas in Barbados But The Worst Thing Happened.



Rihanna gets the flu in Barbados.

There’s nothing like a Caribbean Christmas. That’s why one of the world’s biggest celebs chose her homeland of Barbados to enjoy the season. Rihanna’s been hard at work all year long so it was only fitting that some R&R at Christmas be accompanied by the warmth of her family and friends back at home. Boy oh boy, the blessing she is to Barbados, if only for tourism. Thing is, while she was excited to be with her mom and the rest of the gang, the singer was struck by the worst luck ever.

No, Rihanna was not robbed. She did not get food poisoning either. Unfortunately, she got the dreaded flu. Imagine leaving the wintery weather in the US only to be struck with the flu bug in the tropics. That sucks! She still managed to get all dressed up in a red sheer gown for a special night it seemed though.

Rihanna has unleashed 14 new lipstick shades.

Rihanna’s been working hard over the past few months. Her FENTY Beauty Makeup line has racked up millions in sales and earlier today, the brand unleashed 14 new shades of lipstick in Rihanna’s Mademoiselle lipstick line. The beauty collection only had two lip products prior to this unveiling- a neutral gloss and a bright red liquid lipstick.

The Mademoiselle collection boasts 14 shades of bold matte lip hues in shades that range from lavender to dark brown and from baby blue to navy. On Twitter, a message issued to fans suggested that everyone give the #trophywife shade a try.  “We got the perfect camera effect for y’all to get into that highlight,” the tweet said. It was explained that those wishing to try it out simply had to add the effect to their Facebook camera on their mobile devices and take a selfie in the Fenty frame. A yellow toned flash of highlight would automatically be added to get the highlight, the brand’s social media rep said.





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