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Caribbean Entertainment News Roundup

By NAN ET Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Friday, July
19, 2019:
Here are the
top headlines making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for this week:

The First Black, Female 007 Could Be A Caribbean
Roots Actress

New report
suggests that Caribbean roots actress Lashana Lynch could become the first
black, female 007.

Lynch was born
to Jamaican parents in 1987 in London and studied acting at Arts Educational
Schools in London. During her second year, she was awarded the Laurence Olivier
Bursary. She graduated in 2010 and made her film debut in the 2011 drama film
Fast Girls. She later co-starred in the BBC television film ‘The 7.39.’ On
television, she also has appeared in ‘Silent Witness’ and ‘Death in Paradise.’ She
was a regular cast member on the short-lived BBC comedy ‘Crims in 2015.’

In 2016, Lynch
was cast as a leading character, Rosaline, in the American period drama series ‘Still
Star-Crossed,’ produced by Shonda Rhimes but ABC canceled the show after one
season in June 2017. Her role as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel is
unquestionably her highest profile gig to date but being 007 will by far cement
her in the history book.

The new 007
will supposedly be tasked with heading to Jamaica to convince Craig’s Bond to
emerge from retirement and help take on whatever new catastrophe is imperiling
the global order.

Caribbean Roots Star In ‘Cats’

Universal
Pictures this week released a first look at the upcoming movie adaptation of
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic 1981 musical ‘Cats’ which includes heavy hitters
like Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson as well as Caribbean American singer and
dancer Jason Derulo.

The Haitian American scored himself a role in the movie. “I was just obsessed with singing and dancing, but it started with me in the kitchen with my socks on trying to do the moonwalk,” he said of the movie. “I think you need to choose something you’re so obsessed with you want to do it all the time. You have some of the best hip-hop dancers, Royal Ballet,” Derulo shared. “Some of the best tappers in the world.”


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Caribbean Roots Rapper A Star In ‘The Hustlers’

A Caribbean
roots rapper is making her film debut in a movie that is definitely art
imitating life for her.

Dominican and
Trinidadian roots Cardi B, once a stripped, is now starring in ‘The Hustlers,’
where she plays a stripper. The movie is set in a strip club and is based on
the true story first brought to the world in a 2015 New York Magazine article
titled “The Hustlers at Scores.” The film is about a group of
strippers who decide to rip off Wall Street types. Jennifer Lopez also stars in
the movie while serving as an executive producer.

 ‘Fast Color’
Featuring Trinidadian American Actor Now On Blue-ray

‘Fast Color,’ which
features Trinidadian American ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ actress Lorraine
Toussaint, is now finally arrives on Blu-ray and DVD, a year after its premiere
during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and a limited theatrical release.

The movie is
about a young woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who is hunted by mysterious forces but
blessed with supernatural abilities. She must go on the run when her powers are
discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the
farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local
sheriff (David Strathairn), she begins to mend the broken relationships with
her mother (Toussaint) and daughter (Saniyya Sidney), and unearths the depths
of the power within her.

Buju Banton Turns 46

Jamaican born
Grammy winning reggae star, Buju Banton, turned 46 this week. Banton celebrates
his 46th birthday on July 15th as many fans and other singers paid
tribute to the Gargamel.

Banton was
released from a US prison late last year after serving a 10-year sentence for a
drug trafficking conviction.  “I give
thanks for another year around the sun, and I am grateful to each and every one
of you,” Buju wrote on his Instagram account as thousands of fans and fellow
artistes wished him a happy birthday.

Jay Smith Out Of ICE Detention

’90 Day Fiance:
Happily Ever After,’ star, Jamaican Jay Smith, has been released from ICE
detention. He was granted bail on Wednesday and is currently released by the
court. But he could still face deportation after being accused of Violation of
Order and Contempt for Violation of Order or Agreement. This charge stems from
the protection order Ashley Martson took out which he allegedly broke with a social
media post.

Soca Again Tops Billboard Reggae Chart

The album ‘Soca
Gold 2019’ from VP Records has again topped the Billboard Reggae Charts. It is
the second time the album has climbed to the top coveted spot; the first was
when it debuted. It includes tracks like ‘Savannah Grass’ by Kes; ‘Marc’ by
Fay-Ann Lyons and ‘Brace Up’ by Machel Montano.

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