Entertainment briefs: Reggae Sumfest launches, Spice launches foundation, Nicki Minaj on SNL and Savage X Fenty

Reggae Sumfest 2018 Launches In NYC

A slice of Jamaica flew into New York City on April 17th when Reggae Sumfest took over The DL nightclub to raise awareness and celebrate the island’s leading annual music festival, which will be held in Montego Bay from July 15-22, 2018.

Caribbean music, food, specialty cocktails and Red Stripe beer flowed throughout the evening as the room filled with press and industry tastemakers.

To maximize the momentum, this year’s Reggae Sumfest’s featured artists, including rising dancehall songstress Tosh Alexander, Grammy-nominated reggae band Raging Fyah, and dancehall/reggae star Agent Sasco, delivered electrifying performances at the launch.

DJs Road International, MadOut and Cali B provided sweet reggae sounds until the evening came to a close. For more see reggaesumfest.com.

Rihanna to launch lingerie line

Barbados-born, pop star turned actress and entrepreneur is adding to her fashion line.

The style icon has announced the upcoming launch of her lingerie line, which will be called Savage X Fenty.

The 30-year-old entrepreneur has yet to reveal details of the line or the launch but is pushing fans to sign up for more information through an official website.

Rihanna’s latest foray into fashion comes just weeks after the star added skincare to her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty.

Nicki to debut new song from album on SNL

Trinidad-born rap star, Nicki Minaj, is set to release her fourth studio album this year but is stoking anticipation for the new project by teasing a globe-spanning arena tour and announcing she’ll debut a new song during her Saturday Night Live performance on May 19th.

Minaj shared the news on Twitter, where she regularly engages with her 21.3 million followers.

Minaj delighted fans earlier this month when she dropped “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li,” her first singles since 2017 and a preview of her upcoming album.

The New York MC also confirmed that she’s already finalized tour dates and will hit the United States first before visiting the rest of the globe.

The announcement comes as the rapper returned to the Billboard Top 10 this week with “Chun-Li.”

Spice to launch Women’s Foundation

Jamaican dancehall star, Spice, is set to launch her Grace Hamilton Women Empowerment Foundation in Jamaica next month.

Spice is taking her mission to help needy Jamaican women to the next level with the launch of the foundation on May 27th at the Eden Gardens in St Andrew, Jamaica.

The “So Mi Like It” deejay has seen a surge in her popularity in dancehall locally and globally over the past few years and now as part of the VH1’s hit reality show, ‘Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta.’

“I heard some horror stories and I think I can provide opportunities or even a platform that can help a lot of young women in today’s society,” she wrote on Instagram recently.



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