CaribNews Round Up

Pitbull adds Jamaican flavour to album

Miami rapper Pitbull adds some Jamaican flavour to his 10th studio album Climate Change, which was released last Friday by RCA Records.

The 12-track set features Stephen Marley on Options. A video for that song was shot at several locations in Kingston including the Bob Marley Museum and Tuff Gong recording studio.

Sexy Body, another song from Climate Change, is a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez. It samples singer Sasha’s Dat Sexy Body, originally produced by Tony Kelly.

Miami-based rapper LunchMoney Lewis, son of Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis, is on the song Greenlight which peaked at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year.

The 36-year-old Pitbull has dabbled with dancehall before. He sampled Murder She Wrote by Chaka Demus and Pliers on his 2014 single El Taxi.

The video for Options is directed by Gil Green, known for his work with hip-hop and dancehall acts.

Green directed Elephant Man’s Jook Gal and Pon De River, Pon De Bank; TOK’s Gal Yuh A Lead and Ky-Mani Marley’s One Time.

Source: JamaicaObserver


Law Enforcement Agencies Bristle at U.S. Report on Immigration Detention

WASHINGTON — One of President Trump’s first executive orders promised a weekly recounting of the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and a list of the recalcitrant local law enforcement departments that failed to turn those people over to federal officials.

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday delivered the first report. But rather than provide a complete tally, it contained misleading information that only prompted confusion and defiance from law enforcement officials from the jurisdictions in question.

The report, which covers Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with deportations, issued 3,083 detainers, which are requests to local police departments to hold undocumented immigrants and legal permanent residents who could be deported.

The report showed, however, that only 206 of those detainers were declined by local law enforcement agencies. Nevertheless, ICE officials say the lack of cooperation endangers Americans.

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Empire’s Jussie Smollett Releases Politically Charged Music Video: ‘Train Your Daughters and Sons to Be Soldiers of Love’

Jussie Smollett is the latest musician to make a political statement against President Donald Trump in a provocative music video.

Days after Snoop Dogg released his “Lavender” video featuring a clown lookalike of the commander-in-chief, the Empire actor released his own video for his record “F.U.W. (F—ed Up World).”

The black and white project, that he also directed, references a number of prominent controversial issues during the president’s administration that sparked protests nationwide, including the travel ban, construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the fight for transgender bathroom rights.

“This is not a single. It’s not a song to promote the series. It’s an artistic expression,” Smollett said in a press release. “My view of this sick cycle, an era in which we must fight our way out of before it’s too late.”

He added: “This view of unity is something they may never understand. That is why it is up to us. Train your daughters and sons to be soldiers of love.”

In an appearance on The View Friday, Smollett called the video his “opportunity and responsibility to represent everybody.”

“This is not so much a hate letter to our current administration, but more so a love letter and a call to action to us that actually believe… that we can easily be turned into a fascist dictatorship with the way that we’re going,” he said. “This is for the oppressed—this isn’t for [Trump].”

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