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Archived: Rihanna Rocks Out in Barbados as Buju Comes to Town.

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Buju Banton made his way to Barbados this past weekend and as initially speculated, the princess of Barbados, Rihanna made her way to her homeland, showing up and showing out like only she can.2

While Jamaica’s Carnival may have been atop the minds of many, Buju Banton remained a figure of Caribbean music consistency this past weekend, just one weekend after he brought Trinidad and Tobago to its knees when he penetrated the Queen’s Park Savannah on Easter Sunday.

Rihanna at Buju’s Long Walk to Freedom in Barbados.
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Rihanna’s been quiet for some time, musically. Fans have been anxiously pleading for new music, all the while, Rih’s been penetrating the fashion and beauty market with her makeup and lingerie lines. On Saturday, she showed up at Buju’s Long Walk to Freedom Tour, mingling with Prime Minister Mia Mottley and others in an elevated VVIP area at the Kensington Oval. According to insiders, Rihanna got to the venue fashionable late, arriving just in time to take in Buju after 1:30am. She missed earlier performances by  Agent Sasco and Spragga Benz but was able to catch Wayne Wonder when he performed his collabs with the ‘Hills and Valley’ singer.

Fashionable as per usual, the PUMA endorsee made a bold statement in a trench styled yellow and grey checkered ensemble. She rocked out in long box braids with mild makeup. Of course she posed for pics with some of the entertainment industry’s hottest, among them Buju himself and Barbados’ Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds.

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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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