Luton Carnival on Sunday 26th May 2019

Luton International Carnival 2019 once again returns to Wardown Park, Luton. Over 30 diverse Carnival Art groups will showcase their talents presenting spectacular and colourful costumes to carnival visitors watching the parade from 1pm. After the parade, which will include drumming and steel pan groups, local schools and charitable organisations, there will be fun in the park until 6pm. Enjoy a wide range of food stalls, a community stage, health and wellbeing zone, a funfair and more.

Trinidadian Commissioner of Police visits Buju Banton to apologise

The Trinidadian Commissioner of Police and a representative of the Jamaican consulate visited Buju Banton at his hotel room this evening to apologize on behalf of the Trinidadian Police Department.

This comes after Buju posted a video to Instagram telling fans his hotel room was raided on Saturday by Police Officers who claimed to have a search warrant to search Buju Banton’s hotel room. Nothing was found.
Buju Banton arrived in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday via a private jet ahead of his highly anticipated I AM LEGEND concert on the twin island this Sunday.

Commissioner Gary Griffith assured Buju Banton and his team that he would investigate the matter, having explained that he was at a wedding when he received information. source : https://iamajamaican.net/music/2019/04/trinidadian-commissioner-of-police-visits-buju-issues-an-apology/

Nipsey Hussle’s Family, Girlfriend Lauren London Speak Out On Rapper’s Death

“It was like he was sent by God to give some love to bring us together because that’s what his lyrics were saying, always,” Hussle’s father Dawit Asghedom said in an interview with ‘The Los Angeles Times’ published Friday.

Days after rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside of his clothing store last Sunday (March 31), his loved ones spoke out for the first time about his shocking death in an interview published Friday with The Los Angeles Times.

“I would like for him to be remembered as a humble, spirited, respectful man who had, since his childhood, had an extraordinary and unlimited intellectual capacity,” the rapper’s mother Angelique Smith told The Times of her son (real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom).

Smith also said that her son was always aware of his talents and “capability” that would lead him to have a successful music career. “He recognized at an early age his own capability. His own potential. He has always known.”

Despite grieving herself, Smith also said that she finds herself comforting mourners and “chasing away the spirit of fear and grief … retaliation and anger.” “I’ve been at perfect peace,” she said.

Meanwhile, Hussle’s father Dawit Asghedom said he believes his 33-year-old son’s death symbolized that he had “completed what he needed to be doing” from God’s plan.

“It was like he was sent by God to give some love to bring us together because that’s what his lyrics were saying, always. He’s not shy to tell the truth even though it might not look good. He wasn’t scared of anything. [God] sent him to send a message,” Asghedom said. “It looks like, ‘Your time is up because you have completed what I sent you to do.’ We all have a plan, but God has his own plan. So he had completed what he needed to be doing and he did it early so [God] probably want to take him early too.”

Hussle’s brother commended his brother for turning the area they grew up into a “landmark” through his activism. “There’s a lot of politics within the area that we grew up in, but he stayed the course and showed what he was about. He made something work in an area that was run-down, that people were scared to come to, and he turned it into a landmark,” said Samiel Asghedom.

Meanwhile, Hussle’s longtime girlfriend Lauren London, whom he also shares a daughter with, praised the rapper for always ensuring that “his family came first” and asserts that she will keep her “head high” amid the somber time for their family.

“He was a protector and wanted us to be our best at all times. He was a truth seeker and truth speaker.” She added: “I’m going to keep my head high and always represent for my king to the fullest. He loved his kids. He was a family man. His family came first.”

London also mourned his death in an Instagram post, where she expressed how “completely lost” she felt without her “best friend.” “I am completely lost. I’ve lost my best friend. My sanctuary. My protector. My soul….I’m lost without you We are lost without you babe. I have no words,” the actress captioned the photos.

Eric Ronald Holder, 29, of Los Angeles was arrested Tuesday following a massive manhunt after he allegedly shot and killed Hussle on Sunday afternoon in the area of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard. He was then charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The criminal complaint also includes allegations that he personally used a firearm and caused great bodily injury and death, according to the district attorney’s office. Holder pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Holder is being defended by Christopher Darden, a former prosecutor on the 1992 O.J. Simpson murder trial, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Hussle’s death sparked sadness and outrage from the music, sports and entertainment community. Some of the biggest stars shared their heartbreak and anger via social media, including Meek Mill, Pharrell Williams, Chance the Rapper, Lebron James and Ava DuVernay, among others. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8505942/nipsey-hussle-death-family-girlfriend-lauren-london-statement

Buju Banton delivers big at Long Walk to Freedom concert

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For two hours, reggae artiste Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, belted out hit after hit at his Long Walk to Freedom concert at the National Stadium in Kingston.

If there were questions about the his state of mind and his ability to perform in front of a sold out crowd, after almost a decade in isolation, Buju put those to rest, breezing through his extensive catalogue of musical masterpieces.

Dressed in an all white ensemble, Banton entered the stage with a pensive look on his face, and that was enough to indicate that he meant business. He opened his set with a worship song asking, “Lamb of God, have mercy on me”. He then smoothly transitioned into Not An Easy Road, a song many thought would have been his track of choice, based on all he has had to overcome. As he sang through the lyrics of the song, the crowd went wild.

Hits like Destiny, Champion, Driver, Untold Stories and Wanna Be Loved had the crowd singing and rocking along. And he was not alone as he wrote a piece of entertainment history. The Gargamel’s set involved several collaborations as he invited the likes of Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Wonder and Gramps Morgan to share the stage. SOURCE : http://jamaica-star.com/article/entertainment/20190317/hit-after-hit-buju-banton-delivers-big-long-walk-freedom-concert

NEWLANDS PARK APPROVED!

In years to come, the 11th March 2019 will be remembered as one of the most important days in the entire history of Luton Town Football Club – as Luton Borough Council’s development control committee determined that the plans for Newlands Park should be approved.

This momentous decision comes two and a half years after the plans were submitted and following a rigorous period of scrutiny from the Council’s planning department.

We can now all look forward to a future in the state-of-the-art stadium at Power Court, a secure future will give us the best possible opportunity to compete at the highest level and a bright future for Luton, with the Club’s developments at the heart of the town’s regeneration.

As well as the obvious benefits to the Club, the developments will bring in the region of 10,000 jobs to Luton, and a much-needed boost to the local economy to the tune of £250m annually.

On March 1st, the planning department revealed their report, which recommended Newlands Park for approval – laying the foundations for this evening’s decision. The plans, which were revealed to the public in 2016 alongside the plans for the new Hatters stadium at Power Court, consist of new offices, retail, leisure facilities, restaurants and bars as well as a 300-bed hotel. The development will provide the people of Luton exciting new places to work, relax and play with easy access to the town centre, M1 and London Luton Airport.

2020 Developments have already invested approximately £30m purchasing the land for the developments at Power Court and Newlands Park, demonstrating their absolute commitment to the Town, and the projects, which were the best supported in UK history with some 11,000 letters of support received by the local council for the two projects.

We would like to extend our thanks to Hatters everywhere for their patience and support – which has gone a long way to help us achieve planning consent, especially those volunteers who have given up their time to support the applications so vocally.

Even with this evening’s positive news, your support may still be required. In due course we will discover whether the Secretary of State will ‘call-in’ the Newlands Park project or if it has to go to a Judicial Review. We will of course keep you up to date with any information as it becomes available.

We should also once again thank Luton Borough Council – who have diligently and meticulously examined the applications, and made a secure decision following the required protocols. The scale of their task should not be underestimated.

In November 2007, Luton Town Football Club were on the edge of the abyss, and on the verge of disappearing altogether.

In 2008 Luton Town Football Club 2020 Ltd took the reins – and began implementing their vision that by the year 2020 the Club would be reborn. The rebirth would come in the shape of a new stadium, playing football at a level befitting of a Club with the heritage and standing of our great Club – and they have kept their word.

Tonight’s future-making decision will be celebrated by Lutonians, and Luton Town supporters everywhere from Bury Park to Berlin, Marsh Farm to Melbourne and New Town to New York. Today’s place in the history books is guaranteed.

But this decision is not about the Club’s past. It is about the future. SOURCE : https://www.lutontown.co.uk/news/2019/march/newlands-park/