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Bounty Killer disses Alkaline After BRT Performance In Florida

Bounty Killer tries to undermine his longtime rival Alkaline once again

On Saturday, the Dancehall veteran took to social media to uploaded a video of Alkaline performing at BRT Weekend in Miami, Florida.

Killer used the opportunity to take jabs at the Vendetta deejay shutting down claims that he was running the music industry, “A DEM YA DEM SAY AGO RUN DANCEHALL A DEM A RUN WEH DANCEHALL YES?? Big BRT Weekend calm like a desert ?,” he wrote.

Bounty Killer continued by dubbing Alkaline the “most boring artiste alive.”

“The formula tun funeral ⚰️ The dead man himself go watch back how we deal wid beach parties a forth clarence in our prime next 3yrs it ago sticky bad Most Boring Artiste Alive,” Killer added. “Dem germs ya can dis mi and get away unuh wait until mi head chip out again the business got to be cleanse bounty the cleanser??Stone Inna Di Hog Penn Who First Ago Squeel Out!.”

Bounty Killer reignited his longstanding feud with Alkaline in August after he labeled the “Formula” star as the “biggest Freakazoid” in Dancehall history during a lengthy Instagram rant.

Alkaline did not take such a public route as his veteran counterpart as he chose to DM his insults directly to the Dancehall legend saying “S*ck out yuh mumma yah b*tch.”

It will be interesting to see Alkaline’s response this time around.

Unruly Squid Unwinds With Romieikon; talks Popcaan, Unruly Fest & Unruly Ent

Annalecia Sutherland, popularly known as Unruly Squid, decided to pop in on the BLZHub live and unwind with Romieikon.

Unruly Squid began by briefly expounding on her upbringing in St Thomas, passion for music and entertainment, Naughty talk, her sons, being Popcaan‘s manager, her favorite songs from Popcaan and much more.

Squid concluded the intro segment of the sit-down stating that she’s best defined as “fearless,” that is packaged with much more than what meets the naked eye.

Squid stated that she has a natural knack for Fashion, and is actually a trained and certified Stylist who’s currently working on a few projects set for a 2019 release.

Popcaan, Mr Eazi connects to the African massive with ‘Body So Good’ remix

The sit-down lasted approximately two hours, as both Squid and Romeikon captivatingly, but also humorously covered a wide variety of topics from social commentary to her favorite singles from her biological brother Popcaan.

More notably, Squid spoke about how much effort is placed into the preparations for the Forever album, her latest business venture Blink Lashes, Popcaan’s USA debut, Unruly Entertainment’s work ethic and global recognition of their brand.

Squid concluded the interview by inviting fans and well-wishers to her birthday celebration inside club Taboo on November 2 and 3rd at Kingston and Montego-Bay respectively.

She also urged fans to continue supporting the Forever album as she believes it’s Grammy imminent and to look out for his first annual trademark event UnrulyFest December 22nd.

Top highlights of the interview are available on BLZ’s IG Tv;

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Lack Of Funding! Jamaican Cyclist Dahlia Palmer Falls Short Of Olympic Qualification

Dahlia races this weekend in Milton Canada in the final event of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

It will also be the final race for Dahlia in pursuit of her goal to represent Jamaica at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That Olympic goal has come to an unfortunate end.

According to Dahlia’s team, funding that was promised to her unfortunately did not come through and she has been unable to compete in enough UCI races to reach the Olympic qualifying standard. Despite this fate, Dahlia was relentless as she went on to clinch a spot within the top 30 women’s cyclists worldwide and on track for Olympic qualification.

This week’s Canadian race needed to be self-funded by her team in order for Dahlia to compete. Nevertheless, she cannot gain enough points for the Olympic qualification level.

Moving into 2020 Dahlia and her team will assess upcoming races. She still expects to compete regionally in the Caribbean and some select international events but her Tokyo Olympics goal is finish.

Team Dahlia appreciates the support everyone has shown for her as she tried in vain to bring an Olympic medal to Jamaica in 2020.

While that goal may be over Dahlia and her team are already setting their sights on the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Jamaican U.S. Water Polo Player Named Athlete of the Year

Ashleigh Johnson, who already made history in 2016 as the first black woman to represent the United States on its Olympic water polo team, is also considered the top water polo goalie on the best women’s water polo team in the world.

Johnson has been named 2019 Top Female Player by Swimming World, the fourth time in ten years that she has been honored with the award. Johnson was born in the US, but her mother is from Kingston, and she spent time as a child with her father, grandmother, and aunt in Duhaney Park. Johnson and her siblings continue to have strong ties to Jamaica and make frequent trips to visit relatives there.

Before moving to the US in 1988, her mother earned a BS in international relations from the University of the West Indies and worked for JAMPRO.

Johnson expressed her thanks on her Facebook page, posting, “Thank you @swimmingworldmag for choosing me as Athlete of the Year for 2019 🌟 Such an incredible honor, and my favorite part is that this award is a reflection of the hard work and accomplishments of our entire team over the past year 😄👏🏿 Looking forward to continuing to grind and dreaming bigger than we ever have in 2020 🥰 @womenswp_usa @usawp.”

In late December, Johnson also won the 2019 Total Player Award, the top award from Total Water Polo. The announcement of this achievement was made on December 23, 2019. Johnson was among five American swimmers who were listed on the Total Water Polo List of Top 10 Female Players.

The award winners were chosen by a panel of 60 experts, 18 media outlets, and 10,000 votes from the general public. Johnson, who is a native of Miami, Florida, was named Most Valuable Player at the 2019 FINA World Championships, attaining 43 saves that brought Team USA a gold medal. Johnson also totaled 42 saves at the Pan American Games in 2019.

Ding Dong Ravers Looks Into Soca Ahead Of Carnival 2020

Ding Dong is adding some Soca flavour to his catalog.

Ding Dong is the latest Dancehall artiste to lend their vocals to a Soca beat with his latest track, “Run Up And Down.”

The track comes days after Olympian Usain Bolt announced his feature on the remix of a track with Ultimate Rejects.

Ding Dong took to Instagram on Wednesday to tease fans with a preview of the upcoming track. In the clip, the deejay is seen vibing to the high energy track with Radio personality Zj Sparks.

The track sees Zj Sparks teaming up with Dan Evens from Martinique once again for production. The two previously collaborated on the track “Yes Goodie.”

“Soca family dem seh mi fi do a soca song… who go tell mi fi do a soca song bout ya Sparkie,” the deejay says before teasing the track.

Sparks admitted that the track may turn off some soca purest, but went on to defend inter-Caribbean partnerships.

“You’re going to have the naysayers, but it’s just a vibe. It’s just whole heap of energy. We just do it for fun!” she told The Star.

Ding Dong also echoed her sentiments, while also assuring fans that it was not just a move to capitalize on the genre.

“It’s not to take advantage of it. It’s one Caribbean. You have soca artistes now doing collaborations with dancehall artistes. I never look at it as they are invading our space, or we are invading theirs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sparks revealed that there are more fusion tracks on the way, with a special collaboration on the horizon.

“There’s another artiste from another island we’re doing a collab with. I not going to tell you who the artiste is yet, but the artiste is now working on their part. So right now, what you have is Jamaica, Martinique, and I will not tell you the other island because you might be able to figure out who the artiste is. But, it’s not a republic. It’s another island in CARICOM,” she said.

Ding Dong has performed on several soca events in the past such as like I Love Soca. His high energy music has also remained a staple for soca disc jocks throughout Carnival season.

Jamaican Vegan Restaurant Owner Aids With Tuition of Atlanta College Students

Thirty seniors at Clark Atlanta University will have their tuition balances paid off by Aisha “Pinky” Cole, owner of the Slutty Vegan restaurant.

The Jamaican-American entrepreneur teamed up with Stacey Lee, co-owner of Harlem Hops and a fellow alumnus, to facilitate the generous bestowment.

“Here at Slutty Vegan, we do more than just serve burgers and fries,” Cole wrote on her Instagram page.

“Khalil Perry will not have to give up on his dreams of continuing his education due to financial limitations because we were able to help him get back into school.”

Her generous journey began when she saw a GoFundMe page by Khalil Perry who was seeking financial help to continue his education.

Cole personally knows the struggles involved with trying to pay tuition costs. She attributes being named Miss Clark Atlanta University for her ability to finance her own graduation.

The 30 beneficiaries were chosen at random from a list of students supplied by the university that had school-related debt.

Cole has established The Pinky Cole Foundation, a non-profit through which she plans to help more students in the future. She believes it’s the responsibility of entrepreneurs to give back just as others helped them.

The 31-year-old restaurateur began her road to success in the Los Angeles TV industry as a casting director for “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” but always felt the call of entrepreneurship. She opened the Jamaican eatery Pinky’s in New York in 2014, but a grease fire decimated the establishment. She then launched a food truck in Atlanta.

Cole’s culinary offerings quickly garnered support and acclaim. In Jan. 2019, she launched her brick and mortar vegan eatery in Atlanta’s Westview neighborhood.

Local foodies love it and celebrity fans include Will Smith, Taraji P. Henson, and T.I. Even Tyler Perry, Tiffany Haddish, and Cory Booker have eaten there.

The restaurateur plans to open two more Slutty Vegan locations in the future, all of which offer fare with fun names that include “One Night Stand” and “Ménage a Trois.”

Jamaican Chef Noel Cunningham Clinches People’s Choice Award For Best Chef In Toronto

Jamaican Chef Noel Cunningham has been named the Best Chef in Toronto in the ByBlacks People’s Choice Awards.

Chef Cunningham has worked in top restaurants in both Jamaica and Canada, as well as at the James Beard House in New York City.

He has also established his own catering firm, Cuisine by Noel Cunningham. The chef is known for creating elegant dishes marked by Caribbean fusion and his passion for using ingredients that are fresh and sustainable.

Cunningham is known locally and around the world for his culinary talent and skill. He has appeared in numerous print publications and on TV and radio programs in Canada, Jamaica, and the United States. Cunningham received a Prime Minister’s Youth Award in Jamaica and was nominated for the title of Best Chef in Winnipeg, Canada, in 2018.

Upon winning the award, Cunningham posted to his Facebook page, “Thank you guys so much for the votes and campaigning WE WON.”

Chef Cunningham was born in Kingston and attended Edith Dalton James High School there. He went on to study culinary arts at the Runaway Bay HEART Hotel & Training institute in Runaway Bay in St. Ann. He has generously contributed recipes to the Jamaicans.com website. T

he chef has recently released his first cookbook, which is entitled “Cuisine by Noel: A Culinary Journey Through Recipes and Stories.

The book is also an autobiography in which Chef Cunningham describes his rise to prominence in his profession and celebrates the people he considers his heroes who inspired him and open the way for him as he pursued his career goals. The book offers the chef’s reflections on where he is today as well.

The ByBlacks People’s Choice Awards use a public nomination process in which its readers submit their choices across various categories. Candidates may also nominate themselves. For the 2019 awards, nominations closed on November 30, 2019.

ByBlacks then considered the top three nominees who received the highest number of votes as the finalists for the award in each of its categories. The voting was opened to the public on December 15, 2019, and ran until midnight on December 31, 2019.

Reggae Girlz Captain Konya Plummer Creates History In US National Women’s Soccer League

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Konya Plummer of Jamaica poses for a portrait during the official FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 portrait session at Hotel Novotel Grenoble Centre on June 06, 2019 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Ben Radford - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Konya Plummer, the captain of Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz soccer team is striking hard in 2020.

Plummer has ensured her place in history by becoming the first player born in Jamaica to be drafted by the Orlando Pride.

Plummer was chosen during the 2020 National Women’s League Soccer College Draft. At the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. Plummer, 22, was the youngest person to be a team captain at FIFA’s Women’s World Cup in the summer of 2019. Plummer attended the University of Central Florida (UCF) and was drafted by the Orlando team with the first pick in the second round, being tenth overall.

While Plummer played just 25 games for UCF, she made such a positive impression that she received the title of Defensive Player of the Year for 2019 from the American Athletic Conference. During her senior year, the Reggae Girl started in 16 games and played a minimum of 90 minutes in 15 of them.

This number included four overtime matches. She also has attained a total of 20 international caps and one goal. Commenting on her draft by Orlando, Plummer stated to Sportsman TV that she was “very honored for this moment.” She went on to say that she expects her experience will have an impact on young kids in Jamaica and “show that if they work hard they can achieve what they want.”

Plummer is a native of St. Mary. She attended Titchfield High School and began playing for Jamaica during her teen years. She moved to Florida when she was 16. In Florida, she was guided by Hue Menzies, former coach of the Reggae Girlz.

Menzies served as a consultant to Jamaica’s national team in 2015 and then became head coach in 2016, according to the Orlando Pride newspaper.

He said in an interview that Plummer was “the best of the younger players” and the team “felt like we needed to follow her.” Plummer moved up to the senior national team as a central defender before she was named team captain. Menzies noted that while she may seem young “on paper,” she demoFo,” Menzies added.

Reggae Girlz Receives Major Donation From RGF Foundation Ahead of Olympic Qualifiers

The Reggae Girlz should definitely be striking hard this decade as monies troubles could possibly be a thing a of the pass.

The Reggae Girlz Foundation (RGF) has in recent times managed to Donate approximately 20,000 USD that will go towards preparations, stay and travel expenses for their upcoming journey to Houston Texas.

The RGF made the official announcement via their Instagram page (@ReggaeGirlzFoundation)

They Captioned The Image:

“Special thanks to all our donors, followers, sponsors, and partners for their continued support, as you made this contribution of $20,000 US / $2,600,000 JA possible. .
The Foundation stands firm in our commitment to inspire, educate, mobilize and support the next generation of young female football players in Jamaica. Through our initiatives, we strive to improve the growth, development and access to quality football programs that enhance the physical, mental and personal development of girls in underserved communities.
Click on the link in our bio to donate today and help us ensure we can continue our mission!”

To Support the Reggae Girlz click here

 

Serani “No Games” Sampled By Eminem

Serani is still singing all the way to the bank off his 2008 single “No Games.”

The Dancehall producer/artiste has scored yet another international deal with his classic single being sampled by Eminem.

Last Friday the rapper dropped his album “Music to Be Murdered By” which featured a sample of “No Games.”

The sample was featured on the track “Farewell,” which is described as one of the standout singles on the album.

According to Serani’s manager, Julian Jones Griffith, Eminem’s team contacted them several months ago.

“A third-party clearance agency contacted me about the Eminem sample a couple of months ago. We listened to the use of the sample and the full song over the phone and then we came to a very favourable decision in regard to the publishing splits on Eminem’s new track,” he said.

“Serani and I co-own the No Games master with our partner Phase One Network, and in a case where someone samples your work, they have to clear (come to a deal) both on the master side and publishing side. We were very happy with the deals we got on both sides,” he added.

Serani admits that he has been a big fan of Eminem over the years, and is grateful for the opportunity.

“As a producer, I always thought he was smart with the beats he jumped on and always had catchy hooks. So when he went with my biggest song, it makes me proud to know he and his camp respect my music enough to incorporate it within his magical artistry,” he said.

Despite seemingly relatively quite the entertainer has been putting in serious work in the last few years.

Last year the singjay scored a Grammy nomination for his feature on Burna Boy’s album African Giant with the single “Secret.”

Serani also revealed plans to drop new music in the coming weeks, via label Universal Records.

Macka Diamond Gets Emotional; Artistes Claim She Gets More Support Outside Jamaica

Macka Diamond says fans from other countries show her more support than Jamaicans.

The veteran Dancehall entertainer broke down emotionally as she recalled getting more love in Costa Rica than in Jamaica.

The “Cucumber” star got emotional as she thanked fans in Costa Rica during an Instagram post earlier this week.

“Me cry on the way back, is like tears run outa me eyes fi know seh lawd Jesus me own people dem, like me own people dem bring me down,” mentioned Macka. “Like if me did follow my own people dem me woulda give up you know, me woula give up and me come inna wa next country, wa next town and the love, the love wa me get,” she continued.

“Me a say lke Jah know, me own people dem can’t see me talent but a outa town, these people don’t talk English, no understand nothing wa me a say. A mussi bout four people inna the crowd understand English and the love wa me a get, Costa Rica me love uno, me love uno, a me new home, me new family and me love uno,” she said.

Macka’s outcry was also echoed by other female entertainers Sheba and Dancehall Queen Carlene. “It be ya own ppl everytime..smh. keep the faith mumz,” Sheba declared.

Macka Diamond’s emotional claim comes just days after producer Rvssian made a similar claim. He took to Twitter to implore Jamaicans to support dancehall artiste instead of bashing their efforts.

Popcaan Says The Drake Collab is Coming 2020, Pays Homage To Vybz Kartel

Popcaan has a lot of respect for Drake and Vybz Kartel.

Popcaan may be one of the biggest global superstars of his generation but he hasn’t forgotten his roots.

The “Unruly Boss” recently sat down with Hot 97’s Ebro to discuss his career and his relationship with Drake.

During the interview, Popcaan detailed how he got introduced to his mentor Vybz Kartel, and started recording Notnice.

According to the deejay, he met the “Worl Boss” at an event called “My Scheme” back in 2007. He said he started recording for Kartel’s Adidjaheim Productions, where NotNice, recorded him professionally for the first time.

“When me go so now and meet Vybz Kartel, One day we de a the studio now and this song was playing and Kartel hear it and say who dat a sing tha song de, make me hear it. Dem make him hear it and him just go voice a song pon it the same night, a song wa name “Get Wild,” Popcaan recalled.

“When him sing the song now, him do a clean version fi the song and him call me name inna it you zimmi. So like bare people a call me now and a ask if a you Kartel a talk and me say ya man. Some people believe me and some don’t. Then now everything just start tek off.”

Popcaan went on to highlight the importance of Vybz Kartel to his early success.

“Is a Man wa bet pon me from morning. Him did already tell the world say Popcaan ago do this. Is no surprise to him, him know me great long time. Him could a see it from the minute me sing pon the stage and the way how me operate around the studio a day time,” he declared.

When about his relationship with Drake the deejay told Ebro that the connections it was just natural respect.

“The first time when me realize say Drake really in tuned with me music, him tweet and say Drizzy Drake a the only man she want,” he said.

“Drake and Rihanna usually tweet me music dem time de, nuff.” the deejay recalled smiling. Back in 2012 the OVO crew listed Popcaan’s Yiy Change Mixtape it as one of their favorites.

According to Popcaan, he came to respect Drake from the first time they met, detailing the rapper’s humbling hospitality.

“When me go inna the club, there was a table there and the man forward and take up all a the cup dem off a the table breda. Me a look pon him and a say yo, this is a yout like miself, him remind me a miself,” Popcaan said.

“Drake support dancehall music a lot. Him already a shed light pon dancehall culture by shedding light on Popcaan,” he said.

Popcaan also spoke about his next album, following the success of his latest mixtape “Vanquish.”

He revealed that the project could be ready as soon as later this year. He also promised fans that long-awaited official collaboration with Drake.

 

Minister Marion Hall Halts Planned Autobiography, Says She Is Not Looking Back

Minister Marion Hall has no plans to revisit the secular aspects of her past.

Fans waiting on that promised tell-all autobiography from the former Dancehall star should not hold their breath.

According to Hall, she has decided to abort plans for the tell-all book after much consultation with God.

Hall, who was formerly known as Lady Saw, says she does not want to revisit aspects of her secular life that brought her pain.

She revealed that she canceled plans after realizing that the book forced her to confront things that were not good for her relationship with God.

“I realized that in my life, I had some enemies who were pushing and tearing and tugging, and in writing about those people I almost lost my sanity,” she said.

“The book was going to be about how when the devil thought he had you and he put you through some things and thought he damaged you good. God took that and turned it into this beautiful gem. Giving so many pages to my enemies and the past would be going backwards, not forward.”

According to Hall, because of her transparent nature, she is afraid the focus could shift from her transformation to highlighting drama and contention.

“I don’t wanna go back to the dark places. This was to glorify God and I know people would be about things of the flesh instead. I’m not about the flesh,” she said. “When I decided to not write that book, God confirmed with me that was best. We serve an awesome God. It gives me peace to know that God is connecting with me on a different realm, on a different level.”

Despite canceling the book, the Gospel star has other big plans on the horizon. She recently revealed plans to establish her very own church.

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