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6th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York

6th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York
QUEENS, NY.  - On a perfect day, without even a menacing cloud in sight, some 15,000 patrons descended on Roy Wilkins Park in Queens for the 6th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. Diehard Jerk Festival fans and some first-timers came for their "taste of fun" but got that and so much more. The event  on Sunday  (July 17, 2016), was marked by an infinite variety of delicious Jerk foods and all-day fun with cooking demonstrations and competitions, cultural presentations and the riveting entertainment on the Main Stage.   Epic Battles   Over by the Jerk Cook-off Pavilion, epic battles were fought and the chefs and celebrities with the best cooking chops took the top spots in the fiery competitions.  In the Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge Miss Jamaica World 2015, Sanneta Myrie took the crown with her "Miss Jamaica World Mix Up", deftly staving off challenger NYC Public Advocate,Letitia "Tish" James who...
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Amar'e Stoudemire Retires a Knick

Amar'e Stoudemire  Retires a Knick
By Chris Yuscavage Amar’e Stoudemire was drafted by the Suns with the ninth pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. He then went on to spend eight years with Phoenix, and even though he struggled through a series of knee injuries during his time with the team, he enjoyed some of the most successful seasons of his career with the Suns. He was voted NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003, made NBA All-Star teams in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2007. So while he went on to play for the Knicks (2010-2015), Mavericks (2015), and Heat (2015-2016) during the second half of his career, it always seemed like he would return to Phoenix one day to retire for good. That didn’t turn out to be the case. On Tuesday afternoon, Stoudemire announced he was signing a one-day contract with the...
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TV Psychic Miss Cleo Dead At 53

TV Psychic Miss Cleo Dead At 53
By Carly Ledbetter   TV psychic Miss Cleo, whose real name is Youree Dell Harris, died Tuesday morning  at a Palm Beach County, Florida, hospital, her rep confirmed to TMZ. She was 53 years old. According to her representative’s statement to the celebrity gossip site, the psychic was a “pillar of strength” while battling colon cancer. Harris was released to a hospice center last week.  Harris was born in Los Angeles, California, in August 1962. She found fame as Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo, who was well-known in the late ‘90s for her commercials that asked viewers to “Call me now.” Harris later found work voicing a character in 2002’s video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.  
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Confirmed: Brie Larson is Captain Marvel

Confirmed: Brie Larson is Captain Marvel
Marvel Studios  officially confirmed at their San Diego Comic-Con panel that Brie Larson ( Room , Short Term 12 , Kong: Skull Island ) will star as Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, in their upcoming feature film! In the regular Marvel Comics continuity, Carol Danvers made her first appearance in 1968’s “Marvel Super-Heroes” #13. A Security Chief in the US air force, Danvers would later be transformed  into the superhero Ms. Marvel following an explosion involving Kree technology. More recently, Danvers took on the identity of Captain Marvel after being “promoted” to the moniker of the former Kree superhero.     Little is known regarding Marvel’s specific plans for  Captain Marvel   outside of the fact that the film will feature the Danvers version of the character. It was confirmed last year  that a Captain Marvel cameo was, at one point, part of the script for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron . Marvel...
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RAGING FYAH KICKS OFF U.S. TOUR & DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR DENNIS BROWN TRIBUTE "MILK & HONEY" The Band Supports Protoje During Latter Half of Dates New Album 'Everlasting' Out Now

RAGING FYAH KICKS OFF U.S. TOUR 

& DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR DENNIS BROWN TRIBUTE "MILK & HONEY"  

The Band Supports Protoje During Latter Half of Dates 
 
New Album 'Everlasting' Out Now
  Following their Spring 2016 U.S. tour with Stick Figure and Summer 2016 European run, Raging Fyah is back on the road again. Their tour kicks off this week in the United States with headlining shows in the Northeast and Midwest. In Colorado, they will join fellow Jamaican artist Protoje on select dates. The five-piece Kingston collective is touring in support of their brand new album   Everlasting  on the Dub Rockers imprint. This week, the band also dropped a visual for their contribution on We Remember Dennis Brown tribute compilation.               Most of Raging Fyah's members met at Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston before officially forming in 2006. The band consists of Kumar Bent (lead singer), Courtland White (guitarist) Anthony Watson (drummer), Demar Gayle (keyboardist) and Delroy "Pele" Hamilton (bassist) - carries the tradition of the island's enduring roots rock reggae spirit with an expansive...
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DJ/PRODUCER PROPER VILLAINS AND MC METRIC MAN FORM NEW GROUP AS FIRE ALARM VIA FEEL UP RECORDS 5-Track Self-Titled EP Fire Alarm Drops 8/5 (Pre-order available 7/22)

DJ/PRODUCER PROPER VILLAINS AND MC METRIC MAN

FORM NEW GROUP AS FIRE ALARM

VIA FEEL UP RECORDS 

5-Track Self-Titled EP Fire Alarm Drops 8/5 (Pre-order available 7/22)
NYC Album Release Event on 7/23 at Knitting Factory New York City — Feel Up Records, the label co-owned by Jillionaire of Major Lazer, presents Fire Alarm, a dynamic DJ and MC collaboration between nightclub veteran Proper Villains and the Trinidadian lyrical juggernaut Metric Man. Their alliance as Fire Alarm captures the essence of their musical chemistry on their anticipated 5-track self-titled EP of raucous beats and rhymes, available August 5, 2016 . The album is sparked by “Two to the Chest,” a nostalgic moment that borrows the classic Stalag Riddim, that birthed 80s dancehall hits from Tenor Saw, Sister Nancy and Super Beagle. Metric Man’s brassy vocals shine effortlessly, toasting as if he was at a sound clash. Throughout the EP, the San Juan, Trinidad native’s vocals flow over a mixture of contemporary EDM sounds and the soca and calypso that raised him. Metric Man, whose name is a...
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NYC UNDERGROUND MAVEN GETOVERHER PREMIERES R&B A/V EXPERIENCE ON VASHTIE.COM

NYC UNDERGROUND MAVEN GETOVERHER PREMIERES R&B A/V EXPERIENCE ON VASHTIE.COM
WATCH:   http://www.vashtie.com/music/ exclusive-watch-getoverhers- bad-timing-music-video/ New York City's real recognize real. Such is the case with Jason Scott, now known for R&B and hip-hop offerings as  GETOVERHER , recently tapped Vashtie (Downtown's Sweetheart) to unveil his new song and video titled, "Bad Timing."   "The mesmerizing visual," according to Vashtie.com, takes a deeper dive into the GETOVERHER's narrative of love. "I can't commit. Will you be patient? My arms in twist. I must resist. Since my conscious chimes in. It's just bad timing," he professed. He admits the track is heavy on emo, the opposite of what is expected during the summer season when trending songs have a brighter and more energetic tone. Jason Scott's ability to swim upstream is a sign of how he is an anti-conformist. The video is an ode to  Destino , an animated film by  Walt Disney  & Salvador Dali.  The imagery is remixed by ...
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ITALIAN REGGAE SINGER, PRODUCER & MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST ALBOROSIE PRESENTS HIS NEW STUDIO ALBUM FREEDOM & FYAH ON GREENSLEEVES RECORDS

ITALIAN REGGAE SINGER, PRODUCER & MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST 

ALBOROSIE PRESENTS HIS NEW STUDIO ALBUM FREEDOM & FYAH
 
ON GREENSLEEVES RECORDS
Reggae music is no longer confined by race, skin color or nationality. It always did have a global message, but the culture that it represents has now extended way beyond Jamaica. Alborosie’s success is symbolic of this new spirit sweeping the reggae world. The Sicilian born artist, who has spent over a decade living in Jamaica, delivers revolutionary songs with deep, heavy roots rhythms that have become his trademark. He is the complete package – a festival headliner who’s written, played and produced a succession of bestselling albums since his 2008 debut Soul Pirate, and now culminates in this latest set Freedom and Fyah (out today May 20, Greensleeves)   Alborosie explains that the new album has “a very strong dub influence, and with signs of dub-step and electronic music in some of the tracks."  Lyrically, he covers similar topics, including love, revenge, politics and other social commentary. Freedom & Fyah...
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JAH9 JOINS FORCES WITH VP RECORDS & UNVEILS HER FIRST SINGLE "HUMBLE MI" FROM HER UPCOMING LABEL DEBUT '9'

JAH9 JOINS FORCES WITH VP RECORDS &

UNVEILS HER FIRST SINGLE "HUMBLE MI"

FROM HER UPCOMING LABEL DEBUT '9'
VP Records  is pleased to announce the welcoming of Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer  Jah9  to the family. This week, she unveils  "Humble Mi"  to the world  (out Fri. Jun 24) , the first single from her highly-anticipated label debut  '9' , slated for release on  September 9, 2016 .   9 | 9 | 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9   "This song was inspired by my whole journey and life unfolding, teaching me that knowing is not the journey because you will always have to know more. The journey is peace, love and balancing the energies within,"  explains  Jah9 . Watch   live rendition of "Humble Mi" on  BBC Radio 1Xtra.   Listen (feel free to post) "Humble Mi" now:   https://soundcloud.com/ jah9online/jah9-humble-mi         Through the new addition of Jah9, VP Records, the premiere reggae label and distributor, will break new ground with her depth of talent. She joins...
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VP RECORDS DELIVERS THE SUMMER SOUNDTRACK FOR SOCA

VP RECORDS DELIVERS THE SUMMER SOUNDTRACK FOR SOCA
For 22 years strong, the VP Records Soca Gold compilation series has become the staple release to the genre, rounding up the most in-demand songs from this Caribbean carnival season. Highlights for Soca Gold 2016 (available Fri. Jun 24) include Teddyson John's "Allez" (1M YouTube views), Hypasounds' "How She Like It" (1M YT views) and Ricardo Drue's "Professional" (500k YT views). The 16-track release -like its annual predecessors-maintains soca's signature uptempo sound that is a continued influence on contemporary pop and electronic dance music. Soca Gold includes soca ambassador Machel Montano's "Better Than Them" feat Timaya and Peternsky's "Non Stop" - two of the latest hits on the popular reggaeton flavored Jambe-An rhythm which spawned Charly Black's chart-topper "Party Animal."  In "Non Stop," Peternsky declares, "let me take you to Trinidad and Tobago, we are the greatest land of calypso." Soca Gold will take you on a sonic tour of...
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VP RECORDS DELIVERS THE SUMMER SOUNDTRACK FOR REGGAE

VP RECORDS DELIVERS THE SUMMER SOUNDTRACK

FOR REGGAE
For over two decades, the popular VP Records' series consistently delivers the year's more influential hits and showcases musical trends in reggae and dancehall. Available July 22, Reggae Gold 2016 maintains its heralded reputation and also features a bonus DJ mix disc by Chromatic Sound, "the taste of Jamaican youth" (The Fader). Jamaican music comes in many forms and facets and continues to push boundaries. Reggae Gold 2016 showcases the island's diverse range - from dancehall and roots reggae to it's influence in contemporary pop, EDM and Top 40.  Whether it is the #1 Billboard Top 100 single "Cheerleader" from OMI or the club banger "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" from super producer Jamie xx featuring Young Thug & Popcaan, the album has no shortage of mainstream appeal.  The compilation also features a heavy dose of dancehall from some of the most in-demand, breaking artists like Tanto Blacks...
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MARVEL ANNOUNCES "MOSAIC," STARRING DIVERSE, BODY-JUMPING ANTIHERO

MARVEL ANNOUNCES "MOSAIC," STARRING DIVERSE, BODY-JUMPING ANTIHERO
Written by Anthony Couto of comicbookresources.com   Clearing up months of teasers and speculation,  Marvel  has unveiled its plans for  "Mosaic,"  an ongoing series written by  Geoffrey Thorne  and drawn by  Khary Randolph , about a new body-jumping Inhuman anti-hero. Before the launch of the new "Mosaic" series in October, Marvel is releasing a 10-page origin story for the new black character, which will go on sale at Barnes & Nobles on August 6. According to  Vulture , "Mosaic" will follow "...the exploits of a man named Morris Sackett. He starts out as a beautiful and successful professional basketball player, a selfish jerk, and — unbeknownst to him — a latent Inhuman," who, upon discovery of his powers, "...finds he no longer has his handsome body. Instead, he’s become a free-floating entity that needs to occupy other people’s bodies in order to survive." The site also debuted the full first...
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P.M. DAWN PRINCE BE Passes Away at 46

P.M. DAWN
PRINCE BE
Passes Away at 46
One half of  P.M. Dawn  ... singer  Attrell Cordes , who was best known as  Prince Be ... has died.  Cordes passed away Friday at his NJ home from renal kidney disease. He was 46.  PM Dawn, which also included Cordes' brother, Jarrett, were huge in the early '90s. They're best known for their #1 hit "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss." It appears Cordes was also living with diabetes. A post on the group's Facebook page read, "Prince Be Rest In Peace forever more, Pain from Diabetes can't harm you anymore."
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ADDIS PABLO - son of the legendary Augustus Pablo - Rockers International - Unconditional Love - available August

ADDIS PABLO - son of the legendary Augustus Pablo - Rockers International - Unconditional Love - available August
ADDIS PABLO - SON OF THE LEGENDARY AUGUSTUS PABLO - PERFORMING ON REGGAE ON THE RIVER - AVAILABLE IN AUGUST Addis Pablo, son of the legendary Augustus Pablo, is carrying on the torch from his father. This June in Jamaica there is a festival in honor of Augustus Pablo. Addis is a young lead instrumentalist who continues the musical tradition of his beloved father playing the melodica and keyboards in both the Roots Rock Reggae style as well as a modern somewhat new age production style. Addis and his business partner Jamal Ras Jammy Layne formed the Suns of Dub, a multi-faceted label, performing act and production company. Together they have been keeping the music works building. In his time Augustus Pablo was constantly working on musical works producing albums and putting them out to the world. That was his mission. In the Summer of 2013 Addis Pablo performed on...
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JUS NOW MAKES SOULFUL RETURN ON 4-TRACK ALONE EP OUT JUNE 17 ON FEEL UP RECORDS iTunes Pre-Order Available Now

JUS NOW MAKES SOULFUL RETURN 

ON 4-TRACK ALONE EP

OUT JUNE 17 ON FEEL UP RECORDS

iTunes Pre-Order Available Now
"Jus Now is the result of Trinidadian percussionist/producer LAZAbeam's affinity for soca sounds melding with U.K.-based producer Sam Interface's love for the eclectic lineage of the English electronic scene….Will Make You Wanna Wine..."    -The FADER "A mixture of soundbwoy killing and party starting...an uninhibited bruk-out destined to shell down bashment parties that are not limited by tempo or genre…”     - NPR SONGS WE LOVE (2015)   New York, NY - The bond between the West Indies and United Kingdom tightens through Jus Now’s mutual passion for drum culture. Master percussionist/Trinidadian producer  LAZAbeam  and British DJ/producer  Sam Interface  of  Jus Now , who made an impact last year with their  Cyah Help It  EP , dive deeper into their library of sounds and artist collaborations for this follow-up   Alone  EP.  The four-track opus will be released on  June 17th, 2016  on the New York-based label,  Feel Up Records...
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Rising Recording Artist Jahmiel Stellar Debut Performance in New York

Rising Recording Artist Jahmiel Stellar Debut Performance in New York
  Rising reggae recording artist Jahmiel made his debut performance in the United States on Thursday June 3 in Bronx, New York. Hosted by Platinum Kids, Jahmiel headlined the weekly event called Unwind Thursdays. The remarkable 5'3 artist entered the Garage Night Club at  1:15 am  and departed the venue one of the biggest artists to look out for in years to come.   The line began to form outside the club at around  1:30 a.m , dominated by male and females ranging in age of 21 to 30. The anticipation on their faces was of curiosity and hope of satisfaction from the young artist whose music they resonate with and have heard so much about in the past few months.       "Jahmiel a my artist, he give me nuff courage and inspiration through his music, a nuff time me wah just give up but the youth inspire me"  say...
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Helen Mirren is joining the cast of Fast 8

Helen Mirren is joining the cast of Fast 8
By  Jamieson Cox  of the Verge   Helen Mirren revealed she's working on  Fast 8  alongside Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Charlize Theron, a casting announcement that suggests Hollywood is taking cues from my wildest dreams. Mirren talked about her involvement in  a new interview with  Elle , and she also confirmed she's going to take the wheel of one of the franchise's legendary vehicles. "I'm about to do  Fast and Furious 8 ," said Mirren. "I've always rather loved driving. I said, 'I'll be in it, but only if I'm allowed to drive if I do drive in it...' I love big, fun movies — as long as they're well made and they've got good scripts. That's the most important thing." This isn't just a quick paycheck for Mirren, who's been open about her desire to wriggle into the  Fast  universe in the past and  has driven...
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HUGE INTEREST IN TESSANNE'S NYC PERFORMANCE

HUGE INTEREST IN TESSANNE'S NYC PERFORMANCE
  NYC: With less than two weeks left before New York's premier reggae and R&B summer festival - Groovin In The Park - unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, June 26, 2016 , event organizers are reporting an uptick in calls about Voice season 5 winner Tessanne Chin. "There is tremendous interest in Tessanne based on calls to our office and to the radio station" Chris Roberts, founder of Groovin Inc. said. "She has been a NY fan favorite ever since she first appeared on the Voice three years ago. What is interesting, it is not just Jamaicans who are calling, but fans from across the Caribbean diaspora, Americans and music lovers who want to see her live. She could steal the show",  he said. In terms of preparations for the festival, Roberts indicated that he is pleased so far. "Things are looking very good so far...
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