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Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigns

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Following anti-government protests, and a commission request to step down from his position, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced his resignation.

According to LA Times, Lamothe said: ‘…I am leaving the post of prime minister…with a feeling of accomplishment.” Lamothe also added that he was stepping down with the hope that the move would “unblock the political crisis.”

With Lamothe’s resignation, Martelly must now appoint a new government that can oversee legislative elections, which has been delayed for more than three years. LA Times reports that Martelly must call an election by January 12th, when some legislator’s terms end, or else Parliament will be forced to shut down. This consequence will give martelly a ‘rule by decree’, a policy which would see Haiti returning to the days of Dictatorship, which the country had been undergoing for most of its history.

Although Haiti has seen some amount of growth, citizens believe there is still way too much corruption, and took to angry demonstrations in favor of Lamothe stepping down.

In his closing speech, Prime Minister Lamothe said he was ‘…proud of his administration and that Haiti was put on a positive course.’

The United States have tried to intervene and assist in Haiti’s crisis. Former US President Bill Clinton said,’ “The one thing that Haiti doesn’t want to get out of this process is looking like ‘OK, we had four great years, we were growing like crazy so you think we’ll throw it all away and go back to the old ways,’” he told the paper. “It won’t be good for the country.”

According to LA Times, Haitians are not happy with the US ‘support’ for the ‘decaying’ Haitian government.

Musical extraordinaire Pharrell Williams has earned his own star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Recording artiste, Visionary, Songwriter, Producer, Fashion Designer, Rapper Pharrell Williams has been a staple in the Music business and continues to prove why he can make the entire world ‘happy’.

…and we are indeed happy for the man who continues to prove he is way more than the cute-faced artsy entertainer with the strange hats…Williams can now boast an even greater accolade than all above, as he has earned his very own star, on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California!! (His is the 2,537th star created)

Pharrell has totally mastered converting anything, no matter how simple or complex and turning it into pure ingenuity.

His amazing multi-talent, simplicity, unassuming demeanour, undying youthfulness; humility, love, equality, confidence boosting advocacy and carefree yet professional attitude, all compliment his intellectual brilliance, which is evident through his varied work.

The following pics were posted on Pharrell’s official Instagram page:

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“Thank you @theellenshow for your beautiful speech at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony”

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“Surreal…thank you to every single person who ever contributed to my career journey.

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“Thank you @thechefalisa of LA’s My Two Cents. Tasting your food was an awesome experience. You are a true culinary artist.

WATCH: Pharrell Williams ‘Dear Girl’

MAGNUM STING 2014 to create history, two Stage Shows, Reggae and Dancehall for one ticket

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Last year MAGNUM STING made history when the show aired live on pay-per-view in multiple countries across the world and now the event’s promoter, Supreme Promotions, is set to present another historic first. This year’s staging will not only see the largest dancehall spectacle across the globe but also a full-blown reggae show.

On December 26th Jamworld will host not one, but two major festivals: Reggae and Dancehall – featuring today’s Giants of Reggae and the Reigning kings and queens of Dancehall, patrons can therefore look forward to enjoying two colossal shows with one ticket. Another exciting addition is the introduction of a brand new genre EDH (Electronic DanceHall), a fresh new wave of electronic music merged with pulsating dancehall beats, anticipated to be another exceptional treat for the audience at Magnum Sting come Boxing day.

“For the first time ever, we will have two major festivals on one night, this year will be electrifying! The number one dancehall show and the number one selling dancehall brand, Magnum, have reunited for this extraordinary staging. For the reggae show we will see the current major players in reggae. We have a reputation of always delivering the giants for a reasonable entrance fee that will not change for Magnum Sting 2014” Supreme Promotions head honcho Isaiah Laing revealed.

Magnum has been on board as a major sponsor of several of Sting’s productions throughout the years. Their relationship dates back as far as 2002. This year the company is putting major focus on the event to achieve monumental success.

Magnum Sting’s stage opens at 8PM with emerging artistes and the roots rocking reggae show runs from 10PM to 2AM, with the unquenchable “cyaan cool” Fireman Capleton who is bound to set Jamworld ablaze at midnight. At 2AM, the sweltering dancehall explosion begins with Magnum showcasing the Dance culture that is again making headlines. Magnum Sting climaxes at the traditional daybreak with the anticipated Clash.

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, Group Brand Manager for Fortified Wines and Liqueurs of J Wray & Nephew says fans are in for a unique experience this year: “Magnum has always been the brand of Dancehall and Sting carries the crown and has bragging rights for hosting the most dynamic stage show. This year Magnum Sting gives patrons a complete Jamaican musical and cultural journey. This is what Magnum represents as we continue to showcase our unique and diverse culture. We feel that Magnum Sting is doing just that and fans are in for an energetic experience.”

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will make history yet again with their most dynamic stage show to date. Featuring today’s Giants of Reggae and the Reigning kings and queens of Dancehall, fans get two stage shows with one ticket this Boxing Day!

Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2014 Makes History

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WELCOME TO JAMROCK REGGAE CRUISE 2014

MADE HISTORY ON THE HIGH SEAS

The First Annual Sold-Out Voyage Breaks New Ground for Genre

The first annual Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise broke new ground by captivating nearly 2400 passengers with an entire week of authentic reggae experiences aboard the Norwegian Pearl ship.

WATCH: Video recap of what transpired on the 5-day voyage:

The cruise, which set sail from Miami on October 20 with stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before its October 25 return, sold out within one month after it was announced. People came from all over the world. Even though the ship embarked from the United States, 44% of the passengers were international representing almost 50 different countries.

“There was such a unique blend of people. It meant a lot to see the music bring unity between such a diverse group of people,” observed Damian Marley.

Filled with jaw-dropping performances from reggae’s top artists to legendary jam sessions from world-renowned DJs and sound systems, Jamaican music was celebrated on every spectrum. From themed movie theater selections (Dancehall Queen, The Harder They Come and Third World Cop), to pick-up soccer (football) games, to poolside jerk chicken, the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise also made sure to give passengers a slice of the island’s culture every day.

“Nothing like this has ever been done on this scale in the reggae genre. Never before, have you been able to see legends of this level touch the stage for five straight days in such a contained intimate setting. One minute you are eating breakfast next to Sean Paul, then watching a soccer game with Christopher Ellis and Wayne Marshall. Later in the night, you are witnessing a 2-hour set from Bounty Killer, then an historical session with King Jammy’s, Shinehead and Damian Marley at 4 am. This is the only place to create these type of vibes, period,” states cruiser Maya Mitte.

On the main stage, Damian, Julian and Stephen represented the Marley family, as well as their label Ghetto Youths International, with solo performances from the entire crew including Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis and Black-Am-I. There were more live sets from legendary bands like the Wailing Souls and Morgan Heritage, multi-platinum pop stars like Shaggy and Sean Paul, roots reggae singers like Etana, Jah Cure and Tarrus Riley and dancehall’s biggest names like Busy Signal, Bounty Killer and Cham. On the last night, not even the rain could stop the vibes. Stephen “Ragga” Marley continued his set inside the Atrium and brought out all the artists still on the ship for a 3-hour freestyle session, arguably one of the most epic performances in the history of reggae.

Whether patrons wanted to hear dub, ’90s dancehall, roots or today’s hits, there was something for everyone from sunrise to sunset at the various clubs and stages on board and even on-land in Jamaica. Hailing from across the globe: London’s David Rodigan, Japan’s Mighty Crown, Los Angeles’ Dub Club, and Jamaica’s own Stone Love, Renaissance and King Jammy’s were some of the renowned sound systems and DJs that took over the decks throughout the night. Those who stayed up after midnight witnessed rare jam sessions with surprise performances from some of the artists on deck.

WATCH [19 mins]: Popular African Actor Eddie Watson directs touching, informative Ebola Short film/Documentary

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Popular African Actor Eddie Watson recently released a very thought provoking and informative Documentary (See below) on the current Ebola virus which has been spreading like a plague, in parts of West Africa and there have also been three reported cases within the United States.

Watson says the aim of the production is to create awareness about the symptoms and impact of the highly communicable Ebola virus, and how its spread may be prevented.

Watson is the Director and Executive Producer of the film, and also plays the role of lead actor. Supporting actors include Yvonne Nelson, Sarkodie, Chase, Naomi Watson. The film shows how Ebola affected the everyday lives of two very close brothers, one brother (Eddie Watson) a supposed Corporate businessman.
PS. I love the fact that the film is directed by someone who is actually connected with the place of origin of this virus.

Watch below and PLEASE SHARE:[WARNING: The first two (2) minutes of the production is extremely graphic, showing actual images of persons suffering from Ebola. Start watching from 2:10 mins if you may find it offensive.