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Archived: Machel, “I’m Not Gay.” Artist Calls Out Media for Misuse of Platforms.

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Soca heavyweight, Machel Montano yesterday put to rest, rumors that have circulated for many years, regarding his sexual preference. The “TocoLoco” singer who recently teamed up with international RnB singer Ashanti on a brand new soca track, appeared on Slam 100.5FM with hosts Jason Williams and Blaze. “I’m not gay,” Montano asserted as he addressed the topic of homosexuality and personal choice, particularly among members of the LBGTQ community.

Machel’s outburst may have come as quite a surprise to many since he has never before addressed the once well proliferated rumor. During the morning radio interview, the entertainer chastised the media for its misuse of its platforms, lamenting that many in positions to effectively promote the positive attributes of artistes and others, have instead added fuel to fire, promoting negative jeers and making laughing stocks of those who arduously promote T&T.

Following the interview, Machel spoke with Mark Bassant of CNC3. He repeated some of his sentiments… take a look:

MACHEL MONTANO DISCUSSES RUMOURS & OTHER ISSUESDownload our new app! 📲 www.cnc3.co.tt/app Soca bard Machel Montano…

Posted by CNC3 Television, Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, January 24, 2019

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Domestic Violence Will Not Be Tolerated by the Caribbean Community. Uproar Follows Explosive Revelation.

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The Caribbean community is today in uproar after one of its very comedic influencers became the centre of allegations of physical abuse as detailed by his significant other. The community is adamant that no acts of violence against women or children for that matter, will be condoned, this after the female in question broke her silence via social media, explaining that she has been the victim of traumatic attacks and even alleging that her life could have been snuffed out when her attacker allegedly drew a gun against her.

This feature deals specifically with warning signs for women as it relates to the potential of attack by their significant other. We believe it has become necessary- and it really always has been imperative that information be made available to persons should they become victims of domestic violence or any type of abuse.

Breakingthecycle.org, a website platform that aims to break the cycle of violence in relationships specifically for young people, explains that dating abuse encompasses many types of abuse, including physicalemotional, verbal, digital and sexual.  “It can be hard to tell when a behaviour crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or abusive,” the site explains, noting that dating violence is a pattern and as such, women are encouraged to be aware of these early warning signs, and what could become a series of abusive behaviors over time.

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Bunji Breaks His Silence as He Delivers New Creative Space with Wife, Fay Ann Lyons.

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In recent months efforts by Ebuzztt to get Bunji Garlin’s input on various matters proved futile because, as he told us then, he wished to remain off radar as he had been working on something major that would eventually be revealed.

In the aftermath of his father’s passing, Garlin used social media to express his appreciation for the words of strength offered by his wife, Fay Ann Lyons. Months later, the pair unveiled plans to effectively carry the creatives in Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean, in a trendy, digitised fashion. Earlier today, they introduced something called ‘Chrending’, set to become a dot com… a play on the word Trending, and a word certainly fashioned in the broken English dialect often heard across the West Indies.

At a media launch to unveil their new digital platform, which is aimed at cushioning the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in such a way that would allow creatives to continue to earn, the Alvarez duo explained that the website, when up and running, would facilitate virtual concerts and other performances to the benefit of every stakeholder in the Caribbean’s entertainment industry. Specific details relative to copyright, according to Lyons-Alvarez, were still being ironed out amid talks with the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago.

Explaining that often time, artistes who utilise their personal Instagram Live platforms to host virtual events are interrupted for one reason or another, FayAnn said Chrending would eliminate such interruptions. She further explained that the website would allow each individual creative to possibly reach larger audiences than what would normally be their personal platform reach. “The idea is to bring the Caribbean audience together so when one person uses the platform you reach a wider audience and you are not just limited to the followers you have on Instagram,” she said.

The idea comes even as Trinidad and Tobago remains under restriction with entertainment being legally halted by way of the Pubic Health Ordinance, which prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons in any one space. There will be no carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in 2021.

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