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Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Icon, Brigo Passes On – Soca Stars Pay Homage.



A photo posted by Bunji Garlin on Tuesday was fittingly captioned.

Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean has lost another icon. On Tuesday afternoon, the world learnt that the ever-comical calypsonian, Brigo died at hospital at the age of 76. Brigo was best known for his wit with songs that will certainly live on for generations. His hit single, “Limbo Break” stands in a class of its own alongside such songs as the Mighty Sparrow’s, “Jean and Dinah”, The Black Stalin’s, ‘Black Man Feelin to Party’ and others of such high calibre. Tributes poured in, unbridled following news of his passing. Many recalled that Brigo whose real name is Samuel Gordon, had fought a great fight.

On social media, entertainers Bunji Garlin, Nadia Batson and Ms. Alysha, all expressed gratitude for the elder with Garlin posting:

Rest In Peace , Rejoice In Power my elder. We thank the most high for lending you to us. #TheMightyBrigo #Culturalicon#ProudCalypsonian#Veterantheynotbetterthan #Arima

Nadia Batson, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most prolific songwriters and singers, couldn’t hold back her appreciation for the Calypsonian’s music, writing:

R.I.P Samuel “Brigo” Abraham Thanks for the music! I loveeeeee your music!! Always will #Veteran #Brigo

Her fellow female entertainer, Miss Alysha said, “Another one of our calypso legends has passed away. Your music will forever live on. Limbo Break was my favorite.”

Media reports noted that Brigo had suffered from the Alzheimer’s disease.

His passing on Tuesday was preceded by the death of his spouse, Lynette who passed away last week Friday.

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Murder of Rihanna’s Cousin Places Sudden International Spotlight on Gun Violence in the Caribbean.



Rihanna with her cousin who became a victim to gun violence on Boxing Day in Barbados.

Gun violence and the effectiveness of Caribbean policing may be making the international spotlight, this on the heels of the murder of 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, Barbadian superstar, Rihana’s cousin. The young man was shot and killed on Boxing Night in Barbados while walking through a track near his home. He had been shot multiple times.

Rihanna who had been home for the holidays, expressed grief via her social media pages, writing:

“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man.”

Back in February, the young man had cited the internationally acclaimed singer as his source of happiness. He had posted a message beneath a photo of them together, in celebration of Rihanna’s 29th birthday. “Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness,” he wrote.

Police are now on the hunt for the killer. Rihanna has since called for gun violence to cease.


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Rihanna Does Christmas in Barbados But The Worst Thing Happened.



Rihanna gets the flu in Barbados.

There’s nothing like a Caribbean Christmas. That’s why one of the world’s biggest celebs chose her homeland of Barbados to enjoy the season. Rihanna’s been hard at work all year long so it was only fitting that some R&R at Christmas be accompanied by the warmth of her family and friends back at home. Boy oh boy, the blessing she is to Barbados, if only for tourism. Thing is, while she was excited to be with her mom and the rest of the gang, the singer was struck by the worst luck ever.

No, Rihanna was not robbed. She did not get food poisoning either. Unfortunately, she got the dreaded flu. Imagine leaving the wintery weather in the US only to be struck with the flu bug in the tropics. That sucks! She still managed to get all dressed up in a red sheer gown for a special night it seemed though.

Rihanna has unleashed 14 new lipstick shades.

Rihanna’s been working hard over the past few months. Her FENTY Beauty Makeup line has racked up millions in sales and earlier today, the brand unleashed 14 new shades of lipstick in Rihanna’s Mademoiselle lipstick line. The beauty collection only had two lip products prior to this unveiling- a neutral gloss and a bright red liquid lipstick.

The Mademoiselle collection boasts 14 shades of bold matte lip hues in shades that range from lavender to dark brown and from baby blue to navy. On Twitter, a message issued to fans suggested that everyone give the #trophywife shade a try.  “We got the perfect camera effect for y’all to get into that highlight,” the tweet said. It was explained that those wishing to try it out simply had to add the effect to their Facebook camera on their mobile devices and take a selfie in the Fenty frame. A yellow toned flash of highlight would automatically be added to get the highlight, the brand’s social media rep said.





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