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Trinidad and Tobago’s becoming a hub for more than just Carnival excitement. Fashion’s a big deal in the islands, believe it or not, and on Tuesday night, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Trinidad, men’s fashion took centre stage as T&T’s foremost menswear designer, Ecliff Elie presented the much anticipated, Prima Volta Italian luxury menswear collection.

Radio personality, Sunny Bling is an avid supporter and endorsee of the Ecliff Elie brand.

Things got off to an unexpected tardy start, due to some hiccups backstage, however, in the end, everyone in attendance got an up close view of a pretty terrific line of suits that’ll likely be the “must haves” for the rest of the year and beyond, by men who take pride in their appearance.

Bunji Garlin in PRIMA VOLTA.
Photo Credit: Kristy Ramnarine.

The event was well attended with many of Trinidad and Tobago’s A-list socialites making their presence felt at the collection unveiling. Fellow designer Heather Jones was in attendance, as was photographer extraordinaire, Calvin French. Heating up the runway were a few of Trinidad and Tobago’s big names- among them, entertainers Bunji Garlin and his wife, Fay Ann Lyons, Sekon Sta, radio personalities Sunny Bling and Jason Williams (JW), and sportsman, Jehue Gordon.

Ecliff Elie has been a part of the fashion and design world for some 27 years. He has built his business without the financial backing of any institution, taking pride in his product and successfully pursuing a dream that was built solely on passion. He will unveil a second collection ahead of 2018, in the weeks ahead. The resort collection will deliver to men, a comfortable yet classy line of clothing that he says is perfect for upcoming Carnival events in Trinidad.

 

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Entertainment Website, TMZ Bashed for Insensitivity In Reporting Kobe Bryant’s Death.

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The rush by media outlets to be “first” is proving to be a problem. Even as investigators scrambled to the scene of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine persons in Los Angeles on Sunday, US media outlet, TMZ had been informing the world that basketball star, and father of four, Kobe Bryant had been killed. The rush to be first is now being criticised, with several people in authority lamenting the fact that family members may not have been given the news just one hour after the incident had taken place. TMZ had however broken the story, sending the world into a state of shock.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin

The media outlet was criticised by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who told reporters, “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one … perished and you learn about it from TMZ.” He said TMZ had posted the story a little more than one hour after police said they received reports of a downed aircraft.

Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tim Murakami also criticised TMZ in a tweet. “I am saddened that I was gathering facts as a media outlet reported … Kobe had passed,” Murakami wrote. “I understand getting the scoop but please allow us time to make personal notifications to their loved ones. It’s very cold to hear of the loss via media. Breaks my heart.”

Kobe Bryant leaves to mourn, his wife Vanessa Bryant and three other daughters.

What are your thoughts? Do you think it was insensitive for TMZ to run with the report before ensuring family members had been notified or do you think it goes with the territory?

Was TMZ Wrong for Running the Story on Kobe's death before confirming the family Had been notified?

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Koffee Thanks Reggae Veterans in Grammy Acceptance Speech. WATCH VIDEO.

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Gratitude is a must. Nineteen year old Mikayla Simpson, the artist many know simply as Koffee, has made history, having won her first Grammy Award at the age of 19. She is the youngest Caribbean entertainer in history, to do so.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place on Sunday night at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Koffee, the Jamaican reggae artist behind a number of positive hit singles, such as ‘Rapture’, ‘Toast’, ‘ Legend’ and ‘Raggamuffin’, was awarded the Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category.

The category included the following nominees:

  • Julian Marley – As I Am
  • Sly & Robbie- The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics 
  • Steel Pulse- Mass Manipulation
  • Third World -More Work to be Done.

In a social media post following the win, Koffee wrote: “Congratulations to my fellow nominees and to everyone who contributed to this, my first [Grammy Award] for my EP, Rapture!!! Thank You!!!!”

Caribbean entertainers and supporters of Caribbean culture from around the world have congratulated the young entertainer, many saying that the artist has made the Caribbean proud.

Take a look at Kofee’s acceptance speech, made on Sunday night.

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