Michael B. Jordan, who has starred in blockbuster movies such as “Black Panther” and “Creed” launched his own brand of rum over the weekend. The problem with that, is he decided to name it “J’Ouvert” and applied to have the name trademarked. Following the launch, social media exploded with negative comments, especially from many local and regional nationals who felt Jordan was culturally appropriating the “J’Ouvert” name for his own benefits.
An Instagram user from Trinidad and Tobago, Xaria Rae Roxburgh (@xara_rae) sought to educate everyone about the origins of “J’Ouvert,” which was later shared by none other than Trini-born superstar, Onika Maraj-Petty, aka “Nicki Minaj.” Xaria said the following in her post:
THE IGNORANCE IS REAL! HISTORY LESSON Y'AII!
While sharing Xaria’s explanation of “J’Ouvert” on her Instagram account with over 142 Million followers, Nicki Minaj chimed in on the controversy and asked Jordan to change the name of his rum. She said, “I'm sure MBJ didn't intentionally do anything he thought Caribbean ppl would find offensive but now that you are aware, change the name & continue to flourish & prosper.“
It seems Jordan got the message loud and clear from Minaj and many others, as the actor took to his Instagram story on Tuesday to issue an apology: “I just wanna say on behalf of myself & my partners, our intention was never to offend or hurt a culture (we love & respect) & hoped to celebrate & shine a positive light on. Last few days has been a lot of listening. A lot of learning & engaging in countless community conversations...we hear you. I hear you & want to be clear that we are in the process of renaming. We sincerely apologize & look forward to introducing a brand we can all be proud of.”
Many expressed their happiness with Jordan’s announcement on social media. One person tweeted: “This is a win for all those who spoke up and a major win to Trinbagonian people.” Another wrote: “The fact that MBJ is going back to the drawing board to rename is fantastic.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed on Sunday (6th June 2021) that Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby girl named Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. This is her second child with husband Prince Harry. Harry and Meghan's first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born 6th May 2019.
According to an official statement on the website of Harry and Meghan’s charity foundation and production company, Archewell, the couple’s baby was born at 11:40am on Friday (4th June 2021) at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California and weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Mother and child are "healthy and well and settling in at home.”
The statement goes on to explain the baby’s name, "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
Below is a personal statement, also released on the Archewell website, from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle:
A MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Buckingham Palace said, "The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
Popular Crime Watch Host, Ian Alleyne, announced in a Facebook video on Wednesday (21st April 2021) that he will no longer be seen on CNC3, after only less than a month on that network. From Wednesday, Crime Watch returned to its previous home on Synergy TV.
Crime Watch started to air on CNC3 on 24th March 2021.
There has been rampant speculation that Alleyne was “fired” from CNC3 following his recent controversial comments which were directed towards Prime Minister Keith Rowley. In one such comment, Alleyne said live on-air that he wishes the Prime Minister a “slow recovery” from COVID-19, the day news broke that he tested positive for the virus.
Alleyne was still clearly angry over his treatment by the Prime Minister last year when he too tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed in State quarantine for a month. Prime Minister Rowley had allegedly chastised Alleyne during a Press Conference and in subsequent interviews, suggesting Alleyne went to Miami, came back here and spread the virus around.
Following Alleyne’s recent controversial comments, the very next day and since then, he attempted to soften his harshness towards the Prime Minister - leading some to believe he was reprimanded by CNC3.
In Wednesday night’s broadcast of Crime Watch, Alleyne exclaimed “mission accomplished!” and said he works for no one and no one can fire him.
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In a Media Release on Wednesday afternoon (14th April 2021), the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) said it has taken note of media reports of yesterday and today, in which the relatives of a patient alleged a correlation between the administration of the COVID-19 Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine shot and a thrombus (blood clot), experienced by the patient.
A 60-year-old man from Princes Town is now fighting for his life after receiving the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine last week. The man, a retired Health Inspector, is suffering from partial paralysis resulting from several blood clots and his family is blaming the vaccine he took last week.
The SWRHA advised that following a preliminary clinical investigation of the circumstances, “there is no evidence the patient's condition is linked to the vaccine. Any report to the contrary, is therefore inaccurate and greatly misleading.”
The SWRHA further stated, “However, consistent with our general protocol, the Authority has shared the information with the patient's next of kin and will continue to provide excellent medical care. The SWRHA continues to invite our valued patients and clients to contact our Customer Care Centre at 87-SWRHA (877-9742), for any matter in relations to healthcare.”
DMX has died six (6) days after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was 50. The Grammy-nominated star, born Earl Simmons, died at White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday morning (9th April 2021).
His family released the following statement to People:
We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.
A statement from the Hospital in New York where DMX died said, "White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest."
DMX was hospitalized in grave condition on 2nd April 2021 after suffering a heart attack at his home around 11pm. TMZ had reported that his heart attack was triggered by a drug overdose. Upon being admitted to White Plains Hospital in New York, his health was so critical that he was resuscitated and placed on life support. He was reportedly deprived of oxygen for nearly 30 minutes.
In a statement released after news of DMX's hospitalization broke, a rep for DMX told TMZ, "Last night Earl 'DMX' Simmons was rushed to the Hospital after collapsing at home. At this time he remains in ICU in critical condition. Earl has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer."
"The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl," he continued. "Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world. It is re-assuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need."
A prayer vigil was held on Monday evening (5th April 2021) in his honor outside of the New York Hospital where he remained on life support following the heart attack he suffered last week.
The ceremony, which began at 5pm, was hosted by the Ruff Ryders to the Rescue Foundation just outside of the White Plains Hospital. Hundreds of the star's loved ones, fans and supporters rallied together in celebration of his life and music legacy.
On Wednesday (7th April 2021), DMX remained on life support as he was still in a coma, five (5) days after he was admitted at White Plains Hospital. Throughout the day, the late rap icon underwent a series of tests that revealed his level of brain function and activity following his heart attack and ultimately determined his family's decision regarding his life support.
DMX, who rose to fame in the '90s, has been open about his battle with substance abuse after the star said he was introduced to drugs by an adult who he looked up to "like an older brother" when he was a child.
Speaking during his November 2020 appearance on People's Party with Talib Kweli, DMX said the following while holding back tears:
I loved this guy like an older brother, I didn't have any brothers. I would beat box and he would rap, then he suggested one time, 'Why don't you write a couple rhymes and I'll beat box for you?' That's where my first rhyme came to me.
In 2017, DMX canceled a series of planned performances to re-enter a rehabilitation facility. He returned to rehab in 2019, shortly after he was released from prison on tax evasion charges.
In 2000, DMX won the American Music Award (AMA) for favorite artist in the hip-hop rap category. He was nominated for the AMA award once more in 2001. The hitmaker has been nominated for five (5) MTV Video Music Awards, including best breakthrough video.
DMX has earned three (3) Grammy Award nominations over the course of his decades-long career, including best rap solo performance for his smash hit song "Party Up (Up in Here)" and best rap album for his fan-favorite "...And Then There Was X" — both nominations came in 2000. In 2001, he was up for the Grammy Award for best rap solo performance for "Who We Be."
DMX has also appeared in fifteen (15) films, including Belly, Fast and Fierce: Death Race and Romeo Must Die — the latter alongside Jet Li and fellow hitmaker Aaliyah (who died in 2001 at age 22). The star has also made several TV appearances, including guest starring roles in South Park, Moesha, Half and Half, Fresh Off the Boat and Eve.
DMX is survived by his fifteen (15) children.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2021 Oscars on Monday (15th March 2021) after the 93rd annual award show was previously postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The nominees in all twenty-three (23) categories were announced by none other than Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra during a global live stream. The Academy announced last month that this year a total of 366 feature films were eligible for Best Picture, which is up from 344 in 2020.
The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday 25th April 2021 and will be televised live on ABC starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
See the full list of nominees in all twenty-three (23) categories below.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject
Best International Feature Film
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Original Score
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Best Production Design
Best Film Editing
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Song
[Source: E! News]
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