Rick Ross song fuels rape row

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – A women’s rights organization will protest outside Reebok’s Manhattan store today, demanding the athletic goods retailer cut ties with rapper Rick Ross over a song whose lyrics it says boasts about drugging and raping a woman.

Rihanna’s mum opts out of High Court

(Barbados Nation) Rihanna’s mother Monica Fenty will not be appearing in a court in Barbados to give her deposition in the lawsuit which her daughter has brought against her former accountants.

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida sells her jewels for charity

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, one of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, is selling some of her diamond jewelry to raise money for stem cell research, saying now is the time to give back for the fortunate life she has had.

Sean Paul on top in UK

(Jamaica Observer) Sean Paul has scored his second number one song on the United Kingdom pop singles chart with his guest spot on What About Us by British-Irish girl group the Saturdays.

Fans asked to darken side of moon as Pink Floyd LP turns 40

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Pink Floyd’s seminal stoner album “Dark Side of the Moon” is turning 40 on Sunday, and the band’s website has developed an interactive feature whereby fans can help turn a specially designed moon on the site dark.

Next James Bond movie expected within 3 years- MGM

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Movie studio MGM said on Tuesday it expects to release the next James Bond movie within three years, and hopes to announce soon a new director after Sam Mendes decided to move on.

David Bowie tops UK charts with comeback album

LONDON,  (Reuters) – David Bowie returned to the top of the British album charts on Sunday for the first time in 20 years with a collection of new recordings acclaimed by one critic as the “greatest comeback in rock’n’roll history”.

Merrymen for 50th anniversary show

(Barbados Nation) The Merrymen, one of Barbados’ best known groups internationally, are promising a night of surprises and nostalgia with their 50th anniversary show coming off at the Barbados Yacht Club on March 30.

Reports conflict over health of rapper Lil Wayne

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – The health of U.S. rapper Lil Wayne was the subject of conflicting reports on Friday, with celebrity website TMZ.com saying he was in a medically induced coma and a fellow rapper saying Wayne was alive and well and watching a basketball game.

Jay-Z to put modern jazz twist on Gatsby soundtrack

LONDON,  (Reuters) – U.S. rapper Jay-Z has teamed up with Australian director Baz Luhrmann to produce and perform on the soundtrack for “The Great Gatsby” which will open the 2013 Cannes film festival in May.

Rihanna forced to cancel shows

(Barbados Nation) Rihanna’s Diamonds World tour isn’t shining so brightly now. The Barbadian singer was forced to cancel another show, this time in Buffalo, New York.

Shaggy starts life on the Ranch

(Jamaica Observer) After 18 years of hit singles and sold-out tours, Grammy-winning deejay Shaggy recently announced his split from manager Robert Livingston.

A Minute With: Madhuri Dixit

(Reuters) – Madhuri Dixit’s smile may have launched a hundred brands but it set many more hearts aflutter.

Another Bollywood star in the dark about T&T show

(Trinidad Express) Another Bollywood star has not been contracted to perform for a TT$2,500 concert in this country next month although it was advertised that she will be part of the star-studded cast.

Confusion over T&T Shahrukh show

(Trinidad Express) There is confusion as to whether or not Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan will be coming to Trinidad for a $2,500-a-ticket concert at the Hilton Trinidad on April 13.

T&T no different from Liberia says Minaj

(Trinidad Express) Trinidad-born rapper Nicki Minaj compared T&T to Liberia on television on Wednesday, saying she didn’t think she would get out alive.

Richard Burton immortalized in Hollywood next to Taylor

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – British actor Richard Burton finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to that of his two-time wife, Elizabeth Taylor, on Friday, nearly 30 years after his death.

Shahrukh Khan for Trinidad show

...TT$2,500 a ticket

(Trinidad Express) BOLLYWOOD mega-star Shahrukh Khan is coming to Trinidad and Tobago to headline a concert that will cost TT$2,500 a ticket.

Argo’ storms to Oscar victory on night of surprises

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – “Argo” stormed to Best Picture victory at the Oscars on Sunday on a night of surprises that ended in disappointment for frontrunner “Lincoln” and handed the most overall wins – four – to “Life of Pi.” It was the first time since “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990 that a film won the top prize at the Oscars without its director also being nominated.

Audrey Hepburn quote wins top movie pickup line

(Reuters) – And the Oscar for best pickup line in a movie goes to – Audrey Hepburn in the romantic thriller, “Charade.” That’s according to the results from women polled by the U.K.-based dating site Badoo.com and released on Wednesday before the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Rihanna brings high street to catwalks at London show

LONDON, (Reuters) – Pop singer Rihanna launched her first clothing line with British high-street retailer River Island on Saturday, adding A-list glitz to the British leg of the international fashion circuit.

Reality show with Pistorius girlfriend upsets S.Africa

JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – It was billed as a fitting tribute to “an intelligent, beautiful and amazing woman” but the airing of a Caribbean reality TV show featuring the girlfriend of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius two days after she was shot dead has upset some South Africans.

Jean Small believes in storytelling

(Jamaica Gleaner) My objective with this column is to both critique and celebrate the island’s performing arts, usually thought of as being dance, drama and music.