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INT’L BUZZ : Celebs To Wear Orange Flag Pins At Tonight’s Oscars. Here’s WHY…

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In the United States, celebs are stepping up and standing strong in solidarity against gun violence at tonight’s Academy Awards. People Magazine says celebs will likely rock orange American flag pins on the red carpet in a bid to raise awareness for the need to do more, when it comes to gun control legislation.

Last month, a teenager opened fire on students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, killing 17. The orange flag pins are from an advocacy group called,  Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization dedicated to ending gun violence and raising awareness. Many celebrities have voiced their disdain for the spate of gun violence across the United States, over the years. Actress, Gabriel Union remarked, “This does not have to be our collective reality. How many more? How many children must not make it home?,” in the aftermath of the Florida shooting.

Several big names in international entertainment have donated to the effort, among them Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney.

Tonight marks  the 90th Academy Awards event. A record 40 women have received Oscar nominations outside of acting this year, including in traditionally male-dominated categories such as cinematography, directing and film editing. RnB sensational, Mary J Blige is among the nominees for her supporting role in the film, MudBound.

 

 

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Bunji Garlin Makes International Celebs Aware of Flooding in T&T. Nicki Minaj Publicizes.

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Trinidad and Tobago born Nicki Minaj is aware of the devastation being experienced following weekend flooding in Trinidad. The “Chun-Li” singer reposted a video initially highlighted by Soca artist, Bunji Garlin on Instagram on Sunday.  It has since amassed over 200,000 views with other international celebrities now paying attention.

Power couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann are drawing attention to Trinidad and Tobago’s plight.

 

 

 

Bunji Garlin and his wife, Fay Ann Lyons have been using their social media platform to highlight some of the havoc caused as a result of the inclement weather. Many people have been displaced. Reggae artist, Isasha, who lost his brother Million Voice to cancer just a couple weeks ago, was faced with further turmoil when his home at Green Vale, La Horquetta was flooded and his vehicle also caught in the chaos.

Nicki signaled her intent to visit Trinidad soon, back in September.

On Instagram, Minaj had told fans back in September that she was planning to visit Trinidad and Tobago soon. Whether she will still be making that trip, is unknown. Meanwhile, other big names like DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes have acknowledged the situation in T&T, Busta calling on Garlin to contact him. Another Trinidad and Tobago born rapper, Trinidad James also sent words of comfort to his fellow citizens on the weekend.

Rainfall continues in the twin island republic today. A number of people have been lending assistance in the aftermath of the floods but at this time, much is needed to bring the nation back to a sense of normalcy.

Urban radio station Boomchampionstt.com is among the entities assisting with relief collection. You may drop off items to render assistance, at their office, which is located at 88-90 Abercromby Street in Port-of-Spain.

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Shal Marshall Says Hot 97FM Opportunity Was Incredible. Caribbean Artistes Show Off.

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Shal Marshall says his debut to New York City’s Hot97FM stage last Friday, was a tremendous success. The Trinidad and Tobago entertainer, and radio personality has had a jam-packed post carnival schedule. His Soca anthems have allowed him to widen his scope, having been able to deliver his style of Soca to thousands around the world.

We caught up with the ‘Splinters’ singer as he departed New York on Tuesday. He said the experience was fantastic. He had followed in the footsteps of Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons, this time around sharing the Hot 97 Pon Da Reggae and Soca Tip stage with young chart-topper, Nailah Blackman, Grenada’s Mr. Killa and a slate of Jamaican heavyweights that included Konshens, Masicka, Elephant Man and Ding Dong. US Rapper, Lil Kim was also a part of the event.

“It was a great experience, being able to perform for a different crowd- a crowd that’s basically now being introduced to soca.” – Shal Marshall. 

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Shal pointed out the adjustment by the urban radio station to include Soca, having changed the name of the event to include the Soca music genre. “A very popular Hip Hop and reggae DJ and his friends said to me that Soca was crazy this year, over dancehall,” he shared, adding, “they were like, ‘soca killed it.'” Marshall said the DJ and his friends, whose names he did not reveal, even told him that his hit single, “Splinters” was also the song of the summer. “And these are Americans who have little or no Caribbean roots,” he said.

The Hot97 Pon Da Reggae and Soca Tip took place at The Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island.
Performers included Dovey Magnum, Tifa, Masicka, Kranium, Nailah Blackman, Shal Marshall, Ding Dong, Aidonia, Konshens, & Elephant Man! Special guests included Lil Kim, LFS, Tony Matterhorn, Safaree, Sekuence, Ricky Blaze, Kemar, DyDy, Mr Commodore, Klassick fresco, and Royal G.

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