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Fay Ann Takes Charge of The International Soca Monarch Competition. ‘Power’ Segment Will Return. Blaxx, Patrice, Swappi Praise Decision.

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Things just got interesting. “Power is back”- the words of 38-year-old Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez, in the wake of news that she’d been appointed to head the International Soca Monarch Competition. Her new portfolio will afford her the opportunity to make strategic changes, to better the show, as seen fit.

The announcement, made by National Carnival Commission Chairman, Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, Lyons-Alvarez’s uncle, has since gone viral. Peters has also disclosed that while finances to be allocated to the competition, have not yet been decided, the event’s semi finals will return to the Arima Velodrome, while the finals will take place at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

Lyons-Alvarez last took part in the competition in 2011. To this day, she remains the only female to have ever won the Power leg of the competition. Both she and her husband, Bunji Garlin, removed themselves from the competition, citing unfavorable contractual stipulations in the ISM contract at the time.

Blaxx Praises ViQueen’s Appointment

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In an immediate response on the appointment, fellow soca artiste, Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart said a better person could not have been chosen for the post. “Personally I had no intentions of going back into the Soca Monarch but, I think having senior artistes in the competition is very beneficial to the culture. I will say this, I will be entering this year! Just the mere fact that Fay Ann is running it, I can vouch, she is one of the most astute, straight up persons in this business,” said Blaxx. He said while many criticized her, he felt that Fay Ann would do the best job at handling the competition.

“She is a no grin, no smile person. I don’t care how the other artists feel but brother, what a choice! That girl will be one hell of an administrator. I am one of the oldest artistes in the industry and I will say this : they could not have made a better choice.”- Blaxx

Separately, Blaxx said he was certain that Gypsy too, would do a great job at the helm of the NCC. He spoke of Grenada’s Soca Monarch competition, saying that the Spice Isle has made their competition a part of the island’s tourism product and it has been tremendously successful. “A lot of our things that we have taken for granted, they have made it amazing,” he said.

Patrice Roberts, Swappi, Give The Thumbs Up to Fay Ann’s Appointment.

Patrice Roberts

Meanwhile, fellow female soca heavyweight, Patrice Roberts in a quick chat with EBUZZTT while working out at the gym, said she was happy to see a female now standing at the helm of such a major carnival competition.

“I think she has what it takes to take Soca Monarch where it could possibly be. She has been in the industry and in Soca monarch for a while and I am honestly happy for her and even more happy to see a female being the chairman of the ISM.” – Patrice Roberts.

Patrice, who has unleashed a slew of hits for Carnival 2019, said she could not confirm whether she would be taking part in the competition. She said her head had not been on that, when we spoke with her.

Swappi

Likewise, Swappi, who has been having a pretty incredible pre-carnival 2019 season, said he is very happy and confident that Fay Ann Lyons will do a great job. ” There is no ifs, ands or maybes. I know she will do a great job. She always strikes gold at everything she does. She is a warrior. She has a warrior’s spirit in her. I can afford to say Power Soca is back and the whole energy of the competition is back!” He said he is still unsure as to whether he would re-enter, having been emotionally affected by previous years of inclusion in the competition.

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So…TMZ Says Rihanna Isn’t Pregnant.

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Maybe she had a heavy dinner on Thursday night but despite speculation that led to an avalanche of media reports about Rihanna’s possible pregnancy, the rumor’s been shut down.

In a story today, US entertainment portal, TMZ said sources close to the Barbadian superstar informed them that the “Man Down” singer is not with child.

Separately, soca heavyweight Machel Montano was among celebrities who attended Rihanna’s 5th Annual Diamond Ball on Thursday. Also in the mix were Cardi B who has Trinbagonian heritage and Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley. On social media, Mottley proudly paid respect to Rihanna pointing to her philanthropic efforts. “Her legacy is going to be global, but I think it’s also going to very much be colored by her Barbadian upbringing and the values that she received while she grew up and was nurtured in our country,” she wrote.

Montano meanwhile expressed his personal satisfaction for being a part of the charitable event. He also posted a photo taken with Rihanna at the event, thanking her for her having him and bringing the Island vibes to the Diamond Ball.

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Is Rihanna Pregnant? Singer Says, “I’m Gonna Give Birth to a Black Woman.”

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What a Friday! There’s speculation today that singer, businesswoman and philanthropist, Barbados’ Rihanna, may be pregnant. The artist has not confirmed it but at this very moment, the buzz surrounding this speculation is on overdrive.

Rihanna on stage during a performance with Pharell.

Rihanna appeared at  the Essence Diamond Ball last night donning a Givenchy Haute Couture mermaid gown and toward her mid area, a small pooch was pretty visible. Added to that visual, the entertainer, in an interview made the comment,  “I’m a black woman. I came from a black woman, who came from a black woman, who came from a black woman and I’m going to give birth to a black woman.” She had been expressing the greatness of black women.

FILE PHOTO: Rihanna with her beau.

Rihanna has been in a pretty quiet relationship for some time with billionaire Saudi Arabian businessman Hassan Jameel. Hassan is a Saudi Arabian business man and the deputy president and vice chairman of his family’s charitable company that organizes programs that focus on “the social, cultural, educational, and economic development of individuals and communities in the Middle East region and beyond,” according to its official website.

Rihanna’s 5th annual Diamond Ball, benefitted The Clara Lionel Foundation– a foundation the Barbadian Grammy Award winner started to support and fund education and emergency response programs around the world. The foundation is presently assisting with Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas.

Check out what Rihanna said during her interview with an Essence reporter :

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