By NAN ET Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019: Here are the top headlines making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for this week:
This Caribbean Roots Star Joins Cast Of ‘Fast & Furious 9’
DR, Trinidad-roots star, Cardi B, has joined the cast of the next ‘Fast & Furious’ movies. Vin Diesel posted a video of the two after shooting on his official Instagram account. “Day 86 here on the set of Fast 9,” he says in the video. “I know I’m exhausted.”
Cardi agreed. “I’m tired,” she said. “But I can’t wait. I ain’t gonna front, I think this is gonna be the best one.”
Cardi B made her big screen debut in this year’s “Hustlers.”
Call Her Mrs. Petty
You can call her Mrs. Petty. Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj has officially wed Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. The “Super Bass” rapper, 36, married Petty, 41 on Oct. 21st. She announced the news on Monday with a video on Instagram, showing matching “Mr. and Mrs.” mugs and black and white baseball caps that had “Bride” and “Groom” written across the front. Keeping it simple, the rapper captioned the short clip, “👰🏽🤵🏽😢🙏🏽🎀 Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19”
Reggae’s Sizzla Hospitalized
Get-well wishes have begun to pour in for the reggae star Sizzla after he was hospitalized following a motorcycle crash.
The artist reportedly sustained a broken ankle as he was ‘out and stuntin’ on one of his motorcycles along Mona Road in Kingston.
Haitian Roots Star Hosts Backpack Build
Haitian-roots star and philanthropist Jason Derulo, this week hosted a 2,000-bag backpack build to benefit underserved students in the Los Angeles area via his foundation. Founded by Derulo in honor of his beloved grandmother, Mama Luca, the Just For You Foundation is focused on raising funds to promote education, providing shelter to orphans and families, feeding the homeless and promoting health in the United States and globally.
With the support of generous contributors including Vera Bradley, a leading American bag and luggage company and iconic lifestyle brand, and nonprofits Blessings in a Backpack and Kids in Need Foundation, Derulo led 150 eighth graders from Vista Charter Middle School in the build event. Vera Bradley provided 2,000 backpacks to the charitable effort, while Blessings in a Backpack and Kids in Need contributed food and core school supplies. Derulo also announced a donation in partnership with the organizations to feed 50 students with weekend food kits for the entire 2019-2020 school year.
The students of Vista Charter spent the morning filling each backpack with nonperishable food and school supplies. The students, who were recipients of a Vera Bradley backpack donation one year ago, paid it forward by volunteering their time for this year’s backpack assembly. Backpacks will be distributed to underserved students in the community in the coming weeks.
Among many philanthropic initiatives, the organization hosts the annual “Heart of Haiti Gala,” which benefits Haitian communities burdened by natural disasters, chronic poverty, and economic, political, and social challenges through the implementation of life-changing programs.
Billboard Reggae Charts
Stick Figure’s ‘World On Fire’ has maintained the number one spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts this week. It marks seven weeks on the chart, six of which have been at number one.