Leroy Gibbons shot in Portmore

Leroy Gibbons

VETERAN singer Leroy Gibbons said he is counting his blessings after surviving a shooting incident on Monday morning.
The entertainer was shot in the buttocks as he walked with a friend along the Port Henderson main road in Portmore, St Catherine.
“I ran off but realised something was wrong when I couldn’t move the way I want to,” he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
According to police reports, Gibbons was not the intended target, but rather, the man with whom he was walking.
“I am all right! I am just giving thanks because the end result could have been different. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time and although I was shot, I have to look at the bright side of things that I actually saved a life,” he told Observer.
Gibbons, who is currently admitted into the Spanish Town Hospital, said he has received a fracture and will undergo a CT Scan examination to see if there are any further damages to the area.
“I am not sure how long I will be in the hospital, but I do know that incidents like these show me how blessed I am. To be alive is a blessing,” he sai
Gibbons, who currently resides in Canada, said he was in the island on vacation. He is slated to perform at a Hope Road, St Andrew, event with deejay Peter Metro next month.
The singer burst on the dancehall scene in the mid-1980s with his strong voice and lovers’ rock style. He had his big break in the 1980s with the cover of The Drifters hit This Magic Moment.
His other well-known songs include Four Season Lover, Cupid, and Lover’s. SOURCE : Jamaica observer

Stormzy and J Hus lead nominations for 2017 MOBO Awards

THE 2017 MOBO Awards just announced their nominees, with Stormzy leading the pack racking up five nominations including Best Male and Best Album.

The nominations were revealed today (Oct 17) at YouTube Space in London. Other nominees include J Hus, who follows Stormzy with four nominations, hotly tipped R&B singer Jorja Smith with three prestigious nominations for Best Female, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Newcomer and rising rap star Stefflon Don makes her MOBO debut with three nods in major categories for Best Female, Best Hip Hop Act and Best Newcomer.

Elsewhere, the always front-running MOBO Best Newcomer category is brimming with ten of the industry’s hottest future stars. Poised for a big night at the awards in Leeds next month is South London rapper Loyle Carner, who is also nominated for Best Hip Hop and Best Video for ‘The Isle of Arran’.

This year’s MOBO Awards, supported by Leeds City Council and LeedsBID, will be hosted at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on November 29.

See the full list of nominees below:

BEST MALE
Bugzy Malone
Chip
Dave
Giggs
J Hus
Maleek Berry
Mostack
Sampha
Skepta
Stormzy

BEST FEMALE
Emeli Sandé
Jessie Ware
Jorja Smith
Lady Leshurr
Little Simz
Mabel
Nadia Rose
NAO
Ray BLK
Stefflon Don

BEST ALBUM
J Hus – Common Sense
Nines – One Foot Out
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
Wretch 32 – Growing Over Life

BEST NEWCOMER
Dave
Jorja Smith
Kojo Funds
Lotto Boyzz
Loyle Carner
Mabel
Mist
Not3s
Stefflon Don
Yxng Bane

BEST SONG
J Hus “Did You See”
(Produced by JAE5)
Kojo Funds Feat. Abra Cadabra “Dun Talkin’”
(Produced by GA)
Not3s “Addison Lee”
(Produced by Malv On The Track)
Stormzy “Big For Your Boots”
(Produced by Sir Spyro & Fraser T Smith)
Yungen Feat. Yxng Bane “Bestie)
(Produced by ADP)

BEST VIDEO
Bossman Birdie “Walk The Walk”
(Directed by Luke Davies)
J Hus “Spirit”
(Directed by Hugo Jenkins)
Loyle Carner “The Isle Of Arran”
(Directed by Georgia Hudson)
Mist “Hot Property”
(Directed by Oliver Jennings)
Stormzy “Big For Your Boots”
(Directed by Daps)

BEST HIP HOP ACT
Giggs
Little Simz
Loyle Carner
Nines
Stefflon Don
Wretch 32

BEST GRIME ACT
AJ Tracey
Chip
P Money
Skepta
Stormzy
Wiley

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
Supported by Mi-Soul
Craig David
Jorja Smith
NAO
Ray BLK
Sampha

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Cardi B
DJ Khaled
Drake
Jay Z
Kendrick Lamar
Migos
Solange Knowles
SZA
Travis Scott
Wizkid

BEST AFRICAN ACT
Davido
Eugy
Juls
Maleek Berry
Mr Eazi
Sarkodie
Tekno
Tiwa Savage
Wande Coal
Wizkid

BEST REGGAE ACT
Aidonia
Alkaline
Chronixx
Damian Marley
Popcaan

BEST JAZZ ACT
Supported by Jazz FM
Cleveland Watkiss
Daymé Arocena
Moses Boyd
Mr Jukes
Terrace Martin

BEST GOSPEL ACT
Supported by Premier Gospel
Lurine Cato
Mali Music
S.O.
Triple O
Volney Morgan & New-Ye
Source :http:// www.voice-online.co.uk

Oscars board expels producer over sexual assault allegations

The organisation behind the Oscars has voted to expel Harvey Weinstein following numerous allegations of sexual assault made against the film producer.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said its board “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel him.
Its members include Hollywood figures such as Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.
Weinstein’s films have received more than 300 Oscar nominations and won 81.
In a statement, the Academy said governors voted to expel Weinstein “not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of wilful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over”.
They added: “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”
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The emergency board meeting followed an avalanche of accusations against the producer by more than two dozen women, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan, who alleges that he raped her in a hotel room.
Police forces in the US and the UK are investigating the allegations.
Weinstein, 65, has apologised for some aspects of his behaviour but insisted that any sexual contacts he had were consensual, and he denies accusations of criminal sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault.

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The expulsion comes after Bob Weinstein told the Hollywood Reporter that his “sick and depraved” brother should be “kicked out” of the Academy.
Filmmaker Woody Allen told the BBC the scandal was “very sad for everybody involved”.
“Tragic for all women involved and sad for Harvey. The whole situation is very sad. There are no winners in that,” he said in New York.
Weinstein’s expulsion means he will no longer be able to vote for nominees or winners in the Oscars.
Hollywood figures were quick to praise the move but some have called for the Academy to take similar action against other members.
Where does the Academy go from here?
By the BBC’s Laura Bicker in Los Angeles
The Academy is trying to send a message that the casting couch culture that has been talked about in this industry for so long is over.
This is a key moment for an industry which stands accused of developing a culture that makes women feel that exploitation is a price to pay to get a job.
But in voting to expel Harvey Weinstein, the Academy has a problem.
If Weinstein is indeed the tip of the iceberg, as many industry insiders have said, what do they do about other members who have been accused of sexual assault, such as Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski? As many people who have spoken to me here have said, the Academy condemnation cannot stop here.

It is only the second time a member has been expelled. Actor Carmine Caridi had his membership revoked in 2004 after he allegedly sent confidential film preview videos to a friend which ended up online. source bbc.co.uk