Nicki Minaj Talks Miley Cyrus VMA Slam, Drake/Meek Mill Beef


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Nicki Minaj cursing out Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards was among the craziest, most memorable moments from this year’s ceremony. One month after the incident, Minaj spoke to the New York Times about her VMAs showdown with Cyrus. According to the rapper, as she went onstage to accept her Best Hip-Hop Video award, “I saw [Cyrus] just looking at me, with her face screwed up, and I thought, ‘What the!'”

After delivering an acceptance speech in which Minaj first thanked her preacher, she then called out Cyrus on stage, saying “This bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley, what’s good?” MTV cut Minaj’s microphone before the situation escalated, but the New York Times writes that the television audience didn’t hear the rapper warn Cyrus, “Don’t play with me, bitch.”

After Minaj’s “Anaconda” was snubbed of a nomination in the Video of the Year category, the rapper tweeted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it.”

Speaking to the New York Times before the VMAs, Cyrus called Minaj’s comments disingenuous, saying the issue wasn’t so much about race and gender than it was about Minaj making it about herself. “I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it,” Cyrus said. “And it’s not anger like, ‘Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.’ You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, ‘Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.'”

Speaking about the entire situation, Minaj criticized Cyrus’ lack of understanding. “The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” Minaj said. “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”

Later in Minaj’s profile, the subject of the feud between Meek Mill and Drake was broached, and the inquiry results in the abrupt end of the interview. The beef between the two rappers pitted Minaj’s label mate and friend Drake against her boyfriend Meek Mill, and Minaj revealed that she didn’t take sides during the beef because “It’s between them.”

“They’re men, grown-ass men,” she said, adding about the headline-grabbing feud, “I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.” The Drake/Meek Mill beef isn’t the only disturbance in Minaj’s world as Lil Wayne, the person who discovered her and signed her to Young Money, is involved in a much-publicized contract standoff with Cash Money founder Bryan “Birdman” Williams. Minaj was asked if she “thrives on drama,” and that’s when things turned sour.

“What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama? Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama,” Minaj asked. “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t.” The rapper then ended the interview
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Bunji Garlin & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Team Up On New Song “The Message”

The two Caribbean artists merge soca, dancehall and reggae into a universal sound on this world cry anthem, produced by  Philip “Jr. Blender” Meckseper.  They go verse for verse addressing society’s illls and Marley delivers a powerful hook aspiring for change. “There is music in your soul, minerals in your soil, children full of beauty worth way much more than oil. While history unfolds, don’t let the good things spoil, oh no.”

Bunji Garlin gives more insight behind the collaboration.”We recorded this song at Gong’s studio in Florida. It was a 4am studio session after we spent about an hour and a half just talking and getting a vibe off of each other’s knowledge, views and energies. I appreciate the project and artist because we were able to let both our musical backgrounds work for us to execute this. It is almost a fable to see the son of reggae legend and also a legend in his own right and artist of the soca genre meld so effortlessly.”

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JAMAICAN reggae artiste Siccature “Jah Cure” Alcock, who was arrested by marshals of the Port of Spain High Court on Sunday over a sum of money owed to a local promoter for a show that never materalised, yesterday settled the payment after appearing before a judge at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.
Alcock agreed to pay the promoter the full sum of $83,000 that was owed, with Justice James Aboud ordering that he also pay an additional US$2,500.
He was arrested shortly after completing his performance during a concert at O2 Park in Chaguaramas, on Sunday night.
Around 1 a.m. on Monday, he was taken to the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain where discussions were held by Alcock’s local attorney, Mario Merritt, and those representing the promoter.
Following those talks, Alcock agreed to make a payment of US$6,000 into the court before he was released. His passport was seized to prevent him from leaving this country.
Yesterday, that payment was released by the court to the promo­ter, with the remainder of the payment being made in cash and his passport released by the registrar of the High Court.
Given that the matter was heard in camera, the submissions made by attorneys representing both parties are not allowed to be reported.

 

 

 


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I KNOW There’s Gonna Be (Good Times), Popcaan’s collaboration with American rapper Young Thug, has got extra mileage in Vogue Magazine’s latest edition.

The single, along with Young Thug, are also featured by Vogue in a video shoot which Saint International model Tami Williams appears.

The glossy monthly’s website filmed models, decked out in the hottest designs for New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2016 collection, for the feature.

‘Good Times’ is produced by Jamie xx, arguably the hottest beatmaker in England. It is from his second album, In Colour, which was released in June by the British label XL Recordings.

Popcaan has worked with other pop acts. Last year, the singjay (given name Andre Sutherland) teamed with British singer Melissa Steele on the Top 10 UK single, Kisses for Breakfast.

His vocals were also sampled by rapper Kanye West on the track Guilt Trip, from West’s 2013 album, Yeezus.

— Simone Morgan

 

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Meet Machel Montano: Soca Boss, Trinidadian Booster, and… Film Star?

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“Tonight I’m happy,” Machel Montano told a wildly cheering, capacity crowd during his headlining set at Hot 97’s annual Labor Day weekend Caribbean concert. “I am happy because this show is no longer On Da Reggae Tip, it’s now On Da Reggae and Soca Tip — and I represent soca,” he declared, the audience responding with screams and raised flags representing various Caribbean nations.

Hot 97’s willingness to amend the title of their well-established, annually sold-out event (held on September 5th at the Governor’s Club, Governors Island, New York City) — per Montano’s request — is indicative of the Trinidad-born singer’s powerful stature within the Caribbean music landscape. Now 40, the Los Angeles-based Montano is a 33-year industry veteran whose voluminous repertoire and adrenaline-pumping live performances have made him soca’s preeminent ambassador for both the uninitiated and seasoned fans alike. Backed by his HD Band, Montano’s Hot 97 set included his biggest hit for 2015, an invigorating balance of vintage calypso’s horn riffs with contemporary soca’s irresistibly frenetic cadence, its title neatly summarizing the finesse which he has handled his career and numerous business interests: “Like Ah Boss.”

“In the early ’70s [the late] Ras Shorty and I took Indian dholak drumming [from chutney music, another Indo-Trinidadian creation], fused it with calypso’s African rhythms, and soca was born — against the wishes of the purists,” notes Montano, who came to prominence in 1986 as the youngest person in carnival’s history to compete in the Calypso Monarch competition’s final round. With his engaging hit “Too Young to Soca” the precocious 11-year old challenged detractors who argued children shouldn’t be singing calypso alongside adults, going on to earn an impressive 5th place.

The annual pre-Lenten carnival season in cosmopolitan Trinidad and its smaller sister island Tobago, referred to as T&T, rife with fetes and musical contests, has been the catalyst for many of the twin island nation’s indigenous genres. Among them are the steel drum or pan, calypso (the first recorded music of the English speaking Caribbean) and calypso’s energetic descendant soca, created as a fusion of the sonic expressions of Trinidad’s dominant African and Indian populations.

Montano graduated from Ohio’s Recording Workshop in 1993, where he studied recording engineering. In 1995 he signed to the now-defunct US independent Delicious Vinyl, releasing the soca/house hit “Come Dig It.” Throughout the remainder of the ’90s Montano and his band Xtatik (now the HD Band) streamlined and accelerated soca’s beat, fusing it with elements of hip-hop and dancehall reggae, striving to make Trinidadian music palatable to a younger generation. The formula yielded numerous carnival hits including “Big Truck,” the 1997 Road March Winner, which solidified Montano’s soca superstardom, a status he has preserved through his tireless work ethic and hit-making consistency.

“Machel is not the greatest singer, or the greatest dancer, but he stays at the top because he is extremely bright, gives the people what they want and is always looking to better what he did the last time,” says Elizabeth Montano, Machel’s mother, who has managed his career since he was a child star. In May 2014, Mrs. Montano ceded key management responsibilities to Toronto-based Che Kothari, but Mrs. Montano remains actively involved in her son’s career.

Montano releases his songs and albums on his Mad Bull Music label, to coincide with Trinidad’s carnival season. Machel’s diligence in bringing soca out from carnival has yielded notable results, including duets with Sean Paul, Pit Bull, Wyclef Jean and a feature on the official remix of Ariana Grande’s “All My Love,” produced by Major Lazer. He’s performed sold-out shows at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, and in December 2014 received a Soul Train Award for Best International Performance. On Labor Day weekend, Montano co-headlined Live Nation’s inaugural Culture Sounds concert with Nigerian singer D’Banj at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza. He’s also in talks with with HBO executives around a possible documentary on the island’s carnival.

Machel has accomplished all of this despite lackluster record sales. His 2015 album Monk Monté (so named for Machel’s current self-reinvention, Monk, an acronym for ‘messenger of new knowledge,’ and Monté, a tribute his father Winston Montano a.k.a. Monty) spent just one week on the Reggae Album chart. Sluggish sales have long plagued the soca genre; artists with the most popular singles at Trinidad carnival, soca’s main event, will be booked throughout the season and at subsequent Caribbean styled carnivals in the U.S. but busy performance schedules rarely translate into a significant movement of units. “At carnival, artists make their music available for free on various platforms, to get it out there, so there isn’t the need to buy it,” observes Che Kothari. “Soca artists make their income from live shows, not publishing and sales. But many songs could be synced and licensed for movies, video games, etc; I would love to see more songs released throughout the year, not just for carnival and I am excited to work with Machel on that soca industry shift and other ideas to help the business grow.”

“Whether you know soca or not, Machel is the best performer in the world, I don’t care who you are talking about, Beyonce, whoever, he’s a different entity all together,” declares Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Angela Hunte, whose writing credits include Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” New York-born, Trinidad-raised Hunte first met Montano in 2000, when he was signed to Atlantic Records and based in Sweden. She was hired to write songs for an album intended as his crossover vehicle, but was never released. Montano and Hunte reunited for the 2015 soca hit “Party Done,” made their joint performance debut at Machel Monday and have appeared at events in London, Barbados (where Montano was briefly joined onstage by Rihanna), at On Da Reggae and Soca Tip, and are collaborating on future projects including songs for carnival 2016.

Montano reflected on an unexpected outcome of his sojourn in Sweden at the mid-December 2014 launch in Port of Spain of his career retrospective exhibition On Stage. “The year 2000 was one of the happiest of my life, I was signed to Atlantic then I went away and was supposed to become this big star — but it didn’t work out because I didn’t know myself,” Montano surmised. “I had to come back to Trinidad to find out why I was born here and what I am supposed to be doing.”

Ever since, Montano has been intently focused on integrating the indigenous music of his birthplace and the complexities of its carnival into broadly appealing projects. One such undertaking is the film Bazodee, T&T parlance for love-induced dizziness or confusion. The film is a romantic comedy inspired by Montano’s carnival hits, filmed in T&T. Montano serves as Bazodee’s musical director/supervisor, and makes his acting debut portraying soca singer Lee de Leon. Claire Ince, half of the husband-and-wife team behind Indiepelago Productions, wrote the script, which was awarded Best Screenplay at the Bahamas International Film Festival, 2008.

“Whether you know soca or not, Machel is the best performer in the world, I don’t care who you are talking about, Beyonce, whoever, he’s a different entity all together,” declares Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Angela Hunte, whose writing credits include Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” New York-born, Trinidad-raised Hunte first met Montano in 2000, when he was signed to Atlantic Records and based in Sweden. She was hired to write songs for an album intended as his crossover vehicle, but was never released. Montano and Hunte reunited for the 2015 soca hit “Party Done,” made their joint performance debut at Machel Monday and have appeared at events in London, Barbados (where Montano was briefly joined onstage by Rihanna), at On Da Reggae and Soca Tip, and are collaborating on future projects including songs for carnival 2016.

Montano reflected on an unexpected outcome of his sojourn in Sweden at the mid-December 2014 launch in Port of Spain of his career retrospective exhibition On Stage. “The year 2000 was one of the happiest of my life, I was signed to Atlantic then I went away and was supposed to become this big star — but it didn’t work out because I didn’t know myself,” Montano surmised. “I had to come back to Trinidad to find out why I was born here and what I am supposed to be doing.”

Ever since, Montano has been intently focused on integrating the indigenous music of his birthplace and the complexities of its carnival into broadly appealing projects. One such undertaking is the film Bazodee, T&T parlance for love-induced dizziness or confusion. The film is a romantic comedy inspired by Montano’s carnival hits, filmed in T&T. Montano serves as Bazodee’s musical director/supervisor, and makes his acting debut portraying soca singer Lee de Leon. Claire Ince, half of the husband-and-wife team behind Indiepelago Productions, wrote the script, which was awarded Best Screenplay at the Bahamas International Film Festival, 2008.

Bazodee’s world premiere takes place at Port of Spain’s Movie Towne tonight (Sep. 23), as part of the 10th annual Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF). “We are extremely proud that Bazodee will debut in Trinidad, because it lays down a foundation for strengthening our film and music industries,” says Camille Selvon Abrahams, Chairman of Film TT, a state board committed to developing T&T’s local film sector. “This is another segment within Machel’s legacy, a patriot who has never sold out the soul of Trinidad’s music; through all of his experimentation, the soca remains.”

Bazodee debuts just two weeks after a polarizing general election in T&T (September 7th) with the now incumbent, predominantly African People’s National Movement led by Tobago born Dr. Keith Rowley unseating the mostly Indo-Trinidadian People’s Partnership. Beyond advancing his acting aspirations and soca music among a broader audience, Montano hopes Bazodee will further real unity within T&T. “This movie is about the love that exists during our carnival, a celebration of Indian and African communities coming together,” Montano states. “People hear the party aspect of my music but Claire and Ancil understood it’s really all about breaking down boundaries and uniting people so I had to get involved and help to get this movie made.”


 

Taraji P. Henson Admits Losing to Viola Davis at the Emmys Was “Bittersweet”: “We All Want to Make History”

 

If she couldn’t win the Emmy herself, Taraji P. Henson is happy Viola Davis could.
The Empire and How to Get Away With Murder stars made history in July when the Television Academy nominated two black women in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. Davis made history again when she became the first black woman to win the award, and Henson was one of the first people to give her peer a standing ovation. Still, Henson is human, and she would have liked to win.
“It was bittersweet, you know what I mean, because we all want to make history and be important to society and everything,” Henson said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Tuesday. “But then I thought about it. I was like, ‘It’s 2015 and we have a black president and no black woman has ever won in this category. Like, this is weird.’ So, when I went into it and I knew I was being nominated alongside of Viola, I just thought to myself, ‘God, just please give it to one of us so we will never have to say that again. You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.’ I think the universe is happy. Viola deserved that award. And, honestly, I would have felt weird if I had gotten it over her. You know what I mean? She’s been doing it longer. You’ve just got to give respect and know when your time is.”

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Ellen DeGeneres referenced Davis’ powerful acceptance speech, in which she said, “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” Henson was proud of Davis, saying, “I feel like the universe needed to hear that message last night.”
“Had I won it wouldn’t have been that message. I mean it would’ve been good. Don’t ya know!” said Henson, who earned her first Emmy nomination in 2011. “It woulda been great! I just think the universe orders up what it needs when it needs it. And I think the world needed to hear what she had to say last night.


 

Tyra Banks Describes Painful IVF Treatments During Emotional Chat With Chrissy Teigen on Fertility Struggles

Last week, FABLife co-hosts Tyra Banks and Chrissy Teigen made headlines when they revealed in a preview clip for today’s show that they have both struggled with fertility issues.
On Monday, the emotional episode aired and the 41-year-old businesswoman broke down in tears as she shared how the endless questions about having a baby can be quite hurtful.
After Teigen candidly revealed that she and husband John Legend are “having trouble” having kids and made a plea for people to “stop asking” when she plans to get pregnant, Banks asked the cameraman to zoom in to her face before she passionately addressed the audience.
RELATED: Chrissy Teigen thanks fans for support over “IVF business” after revealing fertility struggle

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“I want to co-sign what Chrissy is saying and say ‘You have no idea what people are going through,'” she said, getting emotional as she fought back tears. “Why am I crying? You just have no idea what people are going through, so when you ask Chrissy that or me that or anybody that, it is none of your frigging business, okay?
“And for any women, it is none of your business what somebody is going through,” the former model continued, “Whether they want to have a child or don’t ever want to have a child or may have a child on the way, it’s none of your business, okay? Until somebody wants to make it your business.”
Tyra and Chrissy then shared a sweet embrace as the audience erupted into cheers before Banks, who has never been married, went on to share her beef with society’s judgmental attitude.


Here’s what Microsoft gave the teenager who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school

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The 14-year-old was arrested this past Monday at his Irving, Texas high school afterbringing a homemade clock into class to show his teacher at MacArthur High School. He was then questioned by police and taken into custody for building what the police call a “hoax bomb.”

Mohamed was eventually released after police did not file charges. However, that was certainly not the end of it, as the story went viral across the Internet. Many supported Mohamed’s inventive curiosity and President Obama even invited the teen to visit the White House.

Mohamed was hailed as a hero, with other tech leaders like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Box CEO Aaron Levie inviting him to visit their Silicon Valley offices.

Now, Microsoft is showing Mohamed some love. Here’s a tweet from Alia Salem, executive director of the Dallas Council on American-Islamic Relations, who has joined Mohamed during TV interviews throughout the past week.

A Surface Pro 3, a Microsoft Band, a 3D printer, an Office 365 subscription, and much more.