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REGGAE DANCEHALL STAR VYBZ KARTEL FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER

Dancehall star Vybz Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer) has been found guilty of murder. Via The Jamaica Gleaner Palmer and three of his four co-accused have been found guilty of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams marking the end to a keenly watched trial that has lasted for 65 days.  The eleven-member jury began deliberating at 3:45 p.m.  Initially, the eleven-member jury deliberated for 1 hour and 53 minutes before returning a 10-1 verdict.  They were sent back to reconsider because the verdict []

PRESIDENT OF FRANCE HIRES EXPERT IN ‘GANGSTA RAP’ TO HELP WRITE HIS SPEECHES

This is just pure unadulterated FOOLISHNESS. I have seen and heard it all now. Via The Daily Mail The president of France is to try to turn around his abysmal approval ratings by hiring an expert in gangsta rap music to write his speeches. Francois Hollande has appointed Pierre-Yves Bocquet to help him spice up his speeches, which are widely considered to be boring. A graduate of France’s top school for civil servants, Mr Bocquet is well qualified for the role. But []

WILL SMITH AND JADEN SMITH WIN ‘WORST ACTOR’ AND ‘SUPPORTING ACTOR’ AT RAZZIE AWARDS 2014

Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith have both won Razzie Awards for their efforts in the sci-fi film After Earth. The father and son won three awards,  Jaden Smith for worst actor, Will Smith for worst supporting actor and worst screen combo. After Earth cost $130m (£78m) to make and was co-written by Will Smith and directed by M Night Shyamalan. The film only grossed $60m at the US and Canadian box office. Jaden and Will did not attend the ceremony. The Golden []

PR MOVES: VICTORIA BECKHAM VISITS WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR “CHARITY”…

PR antics of this nature just make’s my blood boil. Via The Daily Mail Victoria Beckham’s recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa, was documented by famed American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. During her whirlwind yet ‘educating and inspiring’ two-day trip, which was spent supporting the charity Born Free – which aims to end the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children – the doting mother-of-four was captured on film bonding with a group of gorgeous children as they posed in the street []

AGENT DEFENDS FOOTBALLER WHO CLAIMS TO BE 17 YEARS OLD BUT IS ALLEGEDLY 41

Apologies for the late posting of this bizarre story. Football giant Lazio has threatened legal action against a Senegalese website which has claimed 17 year old player Joseph Marie Minala is actually 41 years old. The club said in a statement: ‘Lazio denounce this latest attempt from hostile figures to throw a sinister light on this club. We reserve the right to take action against those responsible for the protection of the good name of the company and the footballer.’ Minala’s agent Diego Tavano told []

DAMAGE CONTROL: AFTER N-WORD CONTROVERSY MADONNA TAKES BLACK SON TO THE GRAMMYS

Several weeks ago Madonna caused uproar after she called her Caucasian son Rocco Ritchie a ‘nigga’ on her Instagram page (Click here to read all about it). The star was then later forced to apologise. Last night the 55 year old (who is old enough to know better) rocked up to The Grammys red carpet with a gold grill in her mouth and her adopted black son David Banda in tow. Click here to watch them talking to E! host Ryan Seacrest []

NOTICE TO BLACK ARTISTS: YOUR SERVICES ARE NO LONGER NEEDED

Check out this open letter to black artists written by Sebastien Elkouby on behalf of  ‘The Industy’, over at Rap Rehab. Dear black artists, We regret to inform you that the need for your services will soon come to an end as we enter a critical restructuring period. Fortunately, after having spent nearly a century meticulously studying your art, language, fashion, and lifestyle, we have learned enough to confidently move forward without your assistance. We thank you for your contributions but have decided to make []