Trump denies calling the Duchess of Sussex ‘nasty’

PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has denied claims he called the Duchess of Sussex “nasty” – despite the comments being recorded.

On Sunday (Jun 2), Trump tweeted: “I never called Meghan Markle ‘nasty’, made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold!”

However, audio from his interview with The Sun were recorded ahead of his state visit. During the interview, the US President was told of the Duchess’ comments made in 2016, when she referred to him as “divisive and a “misogynist.”

Upon hearing the comments, Trump said: “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.”

He went on to say that he was glad she had joined the royal family and he believed she would make a “very good” princess.

“It is nice, and I am sure she will do excellently,” he said.

On Saturday the Sun posted an audio recording of the interview on its website, proving his tweet to be inaccurate.

The duchess gave birth to the couple’s first child in May and is not expected to meet President Trump during his visit from June 3-5. SOURCE : https://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/trump-denies-calling-duchess-sussex-nasty

Castor Brown, UK reggae music pioneer, passes away

BRIXTON-BASED music promoter, record producer, sound system operator and businessman, Castro Brown, passed away in London on Saturday (May 11) just a few days short of his 69th birthday.

Reports suggest that he had suffered a heart attack at home and was admitted into hospital in Croydon, south London where he passed away a few days later following further complications from the sudden illness.

Brown, originally from Portland, Jamaica, migrated to the UK in the early 1960s and from a very young age immersed himself in the music scene and joined a long list of sound system pioneers who brought Jamaican reggae music to the forefront in Britain.

He has also been hailed as one of the creators and promoters of the Lovers Rock music genre after helping to establish the unique sound in his studio with UK artistes and especially with his collaborations with the Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, when he was based in Britain.

Together they established the DEB Music label which produced a flurry of songs by artists based in the UK and Jamaica, including Alton Ellis, Al Campbell, Junior Delgado, Errol Dunkley, Leroy Sibbles and The Tamlins.

Castor Brown also worked closely with fellow Jamaican, Lloyd ‘Lloydie Coxsone’ Blackford of the influential Sir Coxsone Sound that dominated the sound system clashes in the 1970s which included other operators like Count Shelley, Sir Jessus, Peoples Sound, Shaka, and Duke Reid to name a few. It was Brown’s ability to bring pre-released records from Jamaica which made Sir Coxsone one of the leading sounds at the time.

Later, he founded Morpheus Records which produced songs by a number of musicians including his brother Jackie Brown, deejay I-Roy and Gregory Isaacs.

Outside of the music business, Brown also operated a popular Caribbean food restaurant in Cold Harbour Lane, Brixton, called ‘Nyam Food’ which was a popular stop for many Jamaican stars when they were on tour in the UK.

Brown returned to Jamaica in the late 1980s and launched New Name label and recording studio in Kingston. There, he worked with artists like Lady Saw, Mikey Spice and Luciano.

Commenting on his passing, popular music journalist Mandingo has this to say: “Castro Brown, aka Fidel aka Jugu, was the great reggae music pioneer and entrepreneur in various fields of business including boxing, horse racing and food establishment.

“He was a reggae shop and label owner, a record producer, music studio owner, reggae spokesman and show promoter among many other accomplishments. I saw him Saturday May 4 and was to see him the following week but alas it was only to see him in the hospital and not at his home. Condolences to his family and friends.“

Mandingo was Brown’s PR representative who wrote and issued press releases on his behalf and who also emceed the many stage shows that he promoted in the UK.

A memorial event in Brown’s honour was held last Sunday at the Saint Martin’s Community Centre, Abbots Park, Tulse Hill, London. Funeral service will be held at a later date.
SOURCE : https://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/castor-brown-uk-reggae-music-pioneer-passes-away

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