Caribbean Entertainment News Roundup

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Caribbean born Actress Lorraine Toussaint, photographed for the Los Angeles Times on April 28, 2019 in El Segundo, California, is set to return to Showtime's #Your Honor.' (Photo by Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times via Contour RA by Getty Images)
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By NAN ET Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019: Here are the top headlines making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for this week:

Caribbean Born Actress Returns To Showtime

Caribbean-born actress, Lorraine Toussaint, (Orange Is the New Black), is set to recur in ‘Your Honor,’ Showtime’s limited series starring Bryan Cranston as well as Chet Hanks (Shameless) and Jimi Stanton (The Punisher), Deadline reports.

The Trinidad and Tobaog-born Toussaint plays Sarah LeBlanc, the Chief Justice at the criminal court where Michael Desiato (Cranston) is a judge. She respects his methodical ways and his commitment to justice but often finds herself at odds with him as she tries to move cases quickly through the overloaded criminal justice system.

Honor For Caribbean Roots Hollywood Star

The Critics’ Choice Association is celebrating a century of Black cinema by honoring some big names in black film, including Caribbean-roots actress Nia Long as well as Eddie Murphy, Kasi Lemmons and Chiwetel on December 2 at the new Landmark Annex in Los Angeles.

The Celebration of Black Cinema, hosted by former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, will also toast more than 100 years of Black cinema, including the 100-year anniversary of The Homesteader from director Oscar Micheaux, credited by many as the first African American to make a feature-length film.

Trinidad Rapper Ranks No. 1 On Hot Latin Songs Chart

Trinidad and Tobago born rapper Nicki Minaj and Colombia’s Karol G and Nicki Minaj “Tusa,” is making history. Their first collaboration has debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart for Nov. 23rd.

“Tusa” becomes the first song to debut at No. 1 in 2019, and the first song by a female act in a lead role to debut at No. 1 since 2016, when Shakira’s “Chantaje,” featuring Maluma, blowed up to the top of the list.

Jamaican Dancehall Star Arrested In Connecticut

Jamaican dancehall legend, Brigadier Jerry was recently arrested on gun and robbery charges stemming from an incident that happened on November 11, 2019, at Bertie’s West Indian restaurant in Waterbury, Connecticut. Brigadier Jerry was also held on a $250,000 bond. YourTango reports indicate that Jerry was playing cards with some friends when, he suspected, one of them stole his wallet. In reality, they were playing a prank on him and simply hid his wallet. He reportedly then left the restaurant “in a huff” and returned with a gun in his hands.  He then reportedly shot the back wall in an attempt to “scare” the alleged perpetrators into giving up his wallet. He was then arrested and is set to return to the Waterbury Superior court, 400 Grand Street on November 27th.

Beenie Man Gives This UWI Student A Chance At A Degree

Veteran Jamaican dancehall entertainer Beenie Man has made attending university easier for a second-year student of the University of the West Indies Mona, IrieFM reports.

Beenie Man through generous contributions with his Moses Davis scholarship will be helping the student to accomplish her dream of obtaining a university degree. The Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise major at the University of the West Indies Mona, received her scholarship recently via the CB Group UWI 5k, a fundraiser run, held under the theme ‘Running for Dreams.’

Billboard Reggae Chart

Skip Marley has grabbed the number one spot on the Billboard Reggae Chart. Marley’s ‘Slow Down’ with H.E.R. took the number one spot a week after its launch. The single is a partnership between Tuff Gong and Island Records. The two made their debut performance of the song at H.E.R. and Lauryn Hill’s Hollywood Bowl concert last month.

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