A small, private funeral has been held to mourn Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee, and his company is making more plans to memorialise him. "Stan was always adamant that he did not want a large public funeral, and as such his family has conducted a private closed ceremony in accordance with his final wishes," Lee's company POW! Entertainment said in a statement to The Associated Press on Friday. POW! Entertainment has set up amemorial wallon Lee's website where friends, colleagues and fans can share thoughts, prayers and tributes to Lee, and messages from fellow creators and artists will be posted on Lee's social media pages in the coming days. The company says further memorial plans are in the works and hopes to share more details soon. "The grandeur of Stan makes this a monumental task," the statement said. The 95-year-old was declared dead after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Monday. No cause of death has been given. He co-created the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and many of the other heroes in the Marvel comic and cinematic universes. He was a hero himself to fans who frenzied for his movie cameos and public appearances as he remained an ambassador for Marvel until the end of his life.

Done Yute

It is perhaps surprising that dancehall artiste Don Yute and international superstar Sean Paul have never done a collaboration together or maintained a personal or professional relationship despite the fact that they came into the business through the same channels in the same era. Both of them were labelled as 'uptown artistes', light-skinned young men who had a different flavour and flow, and who sought to make their mark in a rough-and-tumble dancehall landscape that belied their upbringing. The two are no longer friends. Or even passing acquaintances. "There is no current link with me and Sean Paul, I was just the one with the know-how and the Golden Child label voicing him sometimes and introducing him to top dancehall producers yard and abroad. I got the dubplates for him and did the best I could booking shows including his first Sting for example, the Miami and Atlanta shows and just general exposure on platforms around Jamaica," Don Yute told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills. "I carried him to like Tuff Gong, Mixing Lab, Big Ship, Stone Love, you name it; he already had the link with Jeremy Harding. But he has never reached out to me to do a song or anything to do with music business," he said. Don Yute also believes that Sean Paul could have done more to help the Dutty Cup crew, a group of artistes and friends who gained notoriety in the 1990s. "Dutty Cup was never my concept, me and (Kid) Kurrupt link, I never knew Chicken and Dadigan like that, but most of us was bredrins for the most part. But I think Sean, being who the rest of his team gave vibes to etcetera, could have set up a structure for them but I can't say why he stopped rolling with dem when they started out so good," he said. Don Yute is preparing to drop a new EP, 'Pandemonium', his first official project since 2011. The first song he recorded was'Smushy Smushy', a dubplate for Ambassadors (later called Legends) sound system, the first uptown sound. However, he roared onto the dancehall scene with the hit single single for Dave Kelly on the Pepperseed rhythm called 'Loving Excess', a collaboration with Wayne Wonder in 1993 that is still popular 25 years later. "Spragga was known as a bad man, and mi and him a par. One morning, mi see him on Red Hills Road, and we just start roll. Spragga Benz introduced me to Dave Kelly, I was there and I heard Wonder singing 'excess amount of loving' and mi say mi have a song to go with that, 'loving x amount plenty', and dem say 'rahtid, come in,'and that's how that happened," he said. He followed up with other hits such as 'You Own The Man' with Dave Kelly again, then 'Hardcore' with legendary producers Steely and Clevie. Then he migrated overseas in 1996 in an effort to get his music and brand in international markets. He started out in Atlanta, where he got the ears of Lil Jon with a song called 'Putty Cat' on the More Gal rhythm, while Lil Jon was a disc jockey on Atlanta Hot 97. "They were playing the 'Book Book' song juggling from yard which had my song 'Putty Cat', and somebody told Lil Jon that I was there in Atlanta in Stone Mountain with a girl, and that is how I voiced on the So So Def volume 1. I am the only Dirty South dancehall artiste, I was there when Lil Jon was making that Crunk music. That's when I realised how big the music was because, when I got to Jamaica, I got a US$8,000 cheque in the mail and that was how I started doing music on my own label," he said. He established his own recording label called Golden Child, and produced a host of singles for artistes like Akon, Pitbull, Trina, and Trick Daddy. He worked closely with SoSo Def Records CEO and producer Jermaine Dupri, dropping gold-selling singles 'Sexiest' and 'Hardcore Wuk' for So So Def Bass All Stars in 2008. He toured the United States with G Unit, Omarion, Ying Yang Twins, Rick Ross and Musiq Soulchild. He has four collaborations with Akon, produced by Konvict Music for Golden Child. Don Yute has placements in NBA games, he hasmovie placements with songs such as'This Boy Here' which appeared in a movie soundtrack for 'Love Songs' with Monica and a song called 'Sweat' in a movie called 'Havoc' with Anne Hathaway. He has represented dancehall at the highest level. But through it all, he has remained the Golden Child. Real. Relevant. And all street. "When I migrated overseas, I was promoting my CDs everywhere, and one day, I went to a barbershop and handed out the CDs and the whole barbershop just stop and somebody said, 'ah you sing Caan Tell How the Gal Dem Hot', and mi say, 'yu know dem song?'. But ah just me that, mi just remain humble, grind and do the work. As a little youth, I saw Josie Wales, Garnet Silk, Half Pint, Leroy Sibbles, dem man dem set it, is not a braggadocious ting, music is a respect ting," Don Yute, whose real name is Jason Andrew Williams, said. Don Yute with friend, fellow dancehall artiste Spragga Benz "Don Yute is the people, I can never forget that, I and I owe everything to them, mi just show love everywhere mi go, ah that me a live offa now," he said. He will be releasing 'Pandemonium' early next year. An Israeli artiste-producer called Adam Benlawi, produced three songs, namely 'You Dweet', 'Rockstar' and 'Zillion Kisses', under his Jammwise Productions on the new EP. "I like to experiment artistically and Benlawi has his finger on the pulse of the world sound, the Mediterranean sound. Benlawi did a mash up mix of 'Sensi Ride' that is doing well in that market in Israel and he is also an artiste. I met him through Facebook when did a cover of my 'Living in a Dream' song from Playground riddim which sold several thousand copies in Israel," Don Yute said. One of the singles released from the EP is 'Lock the Party' on the Flava Unit/Capone Entertainment label. Don Yute has released videos for the singles like 'Come Please Me' video, a hip hop mix of 'You Dweet', and 'Holding a Meds' so far. "There are genres coming out everyday, you have to stand up for your genre, the segregationin theindustry is paralyzing it. A generation ago, I was Baby Cham, and Rygin King, so we nah fight the youths. The youths need more direction from the elders. There is no ego in music, whether your name come first or last on the record, you get the same money. When Don Yute came out, he went to the street, there was no uptown or downtown, just love and respect for the music," he said. Hegave some advice to the new dancehall acts who are rising to the fore now. "Ego means nothing, fame doesn't matter, sometimes it's our attitude make we no reach where we supposed to be in the music business, fix that and you can conquer the world, it's always about the music first," he said. Despite his sunny personality, Don Yute knows darkness as he survived a major scare when he was shot at point black range in the chest by masked men in the year 2000. "It was just after landing a musical deal with Capitol Records, just about the time 'Row The Boat' became my most popular song, I headed to Atlanta and I would always go to my friend's house to drop off my music, he selects at a club called Royal Peacock. That day, in March 2000, I went to the house, the person who opened the door had a mask with carnival feathers, I thought it was my friend playing around, but I saw two other youths, the selectors for the sound face down on the ground, but it was never scary. I wasn't looking for any gun, so I was going upstairs to give my friend the CD, and the gunman was in front of me, and he tried to grab my chain and mi box off his hand, and then all I see is fire. Then the gunman shot me in the chest, scarring my lungs, is a miracle, it miss my vital organs. That was really one of the darkest chapters in my life," he said. These days, he is living in Miami and enjoying the joy of life and the blessings that arrive with each day. "I am just grateful for my life, I have six daughters, but mi still have my ratings and my love," he said. His father died three months ago of a heart attack, his grandmother slipped and fell, and she died three days ago, and one of his cousins who lives in the US, also died last week. "It's been a rough time, it's the worst thing that happened to me, my father's death. There was so much pain, I couldn't even go to the funeral, but right now, mi just a push through," he said Don Yute's place in history is secure as one of the early success stories of 1990s dancehall, a seminal period where the fashion, flavour, violence and authenticity of local dancehall fuelled an intense period of music creativity and experimentation that is yet to be matched by subsequent eras. "I wouldn't say I'm the catalyst of uptown meets dancehall, it's history that said it and real original dancehall goers and supporters in the streets, uptown and ghetto yutes. I know the Bogle, Haggart, Roses, Ouch girls, Jack Sowah to Cactus, Super D, King Addies with Babyface and Tony Matterhorn to Arrows dub studio and King Jammys, I was there for all of that and that is enough for me," he said. For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


Holiday Barbie 2018

Persons are complaining that the quality of Barbie Holidays Dolls is declining annually, but this year they have pulled a trick out the hat, celebrating 30 years with a natural hair African American doll. On Barbie.Mattel.com, the Holiday Barbie 2018 comes with this product description: "For 30 years the Holiday Barbie™ doll has created a long-lasting legacy of imagination and celebration. On her 30th anniversary, she wears a beautiful red gown reminiscent of the dress worn by the first Holiday Barbie™. It has off the shoulder cap sleeves, multi-tiered layers throughout the bodice and gown, accented with a delicate bow at the waist. Styled in a trendy afro, her brown hair is framed with glowing highlights that complement her deep brown eyes. Sophisticated accessories — a headband, necklace and bracelet – feature 30 “pearls” to celebrate the occasion and add the finishing touches." It was designed byCarlyle Nuera. [related node_id='536259f7-2f0b-4131-ac0f-9e6812a1434f'] Many of the collectors and the parents/guardians who bought the doll for their children or nieces or other young loved ones seem to be happy with the natural hair decision but beyond that the reviews aren't the best. Many people had issues with the packaging and execution. Here is some of what some people had to say: This Holiday Nikki Barbie is more than just a darling doll—it's absolutely one of a kind! This special edition doll only comes out once a year, so it's a 2018 limited edition. She comes adorned with beautiful jewelry including a necklace, bracelet and crown. Her hair is authentic just like a real African American woman's hair which is rare to find. Her nails are red—how fun! Lastly, she is wearing this amazing red tulle dress that could be straight off the runway by Giambattista Valli. Although I received this product at a discounted price in return for my unbiased review, I highly would recommend my friends and family to purchase this for a birthday or holiday gift. (Panda on Walmart) All of the positive reviews on this doll are from "top reviewers" and people that received the doll as a free product. However as someone who bought the doll myself online I am disappointed. These dolls were something I looked forward to every year, and I was excited to receive the doll with natural hair. Sadly, when she arrived her hair was messy, the necklace was cheap and the dress ripped as I placed her on the stand. The box was bent, making opening it a disaster. Now I understand the box is not to the fault of Mattel, but the doll itself is. (Anonymous reviewer on Walmart) Compare this doll to the one from 2010. These dolls have been going downhill in their overall design, quality, and packaging. Im glad they went for a more diverse hairstyle, but the necklace is tacky and cheap, and the dress looks like a Christmas peacock on steroids. I'm disappointed. It's almost as though the holiday dolls are an afterthought. EzrraGreyon Walmart I have been collecting these holiday barbies for as long as I can remember. This tradition is something I look forward to yearly. I'm genuinely disappointed in the execution. The box is very simple and poorly done, and her afro is not well held together and very messy. I am happy that the doll has natural hair but I would appreciate it better if it was well executed. If Barbie keeps on treating the holiday dolls like a bottom of the list priority. I will no longer be a customer. AnnaB123 on Walmart I received this product a week ago. She is absolutely beautiful. The holiday Barbie is an iconic Barbie. But this one is a step above. Why? Because she has a natural hair style that you don’t see on many dolls. She has something that a little girl can look at and think “she has hair just like me”. I think she will be a big hit for any little girl. Luna81 on Barbie.mattel.com I LIKE HER FACE AND HAIR. THE OUTFIT IS NOT A WOW FACTOR FOR ME. GOING DOWN HILL WITH THE HOLIDAY BARBIES Shontah on Barbie.mattel.com NB: She receieved free product I love her face, hair and the gown after seeing IRL photos from the convention. I may remove the necklace, though. Romona on Barbie.mattel.com My favorite of the holiday Barbie line. First time with a natural Afro, very pretty. Rob Thompson on Amazon Beautiful African Barbie. Hair is fantastic and finally natural M.Oxley on Amazon Beautiful doll but the box was crushed Lady Love on Amazon This is my favorite Holiday Barbie doll ever, (although my favorite gown was the one from 2009)! Stephen Sumner on Amazon Overall, across the three sitesLoop checked, the new Nikki Doll got 4.5 out of 5. It goes for approximately $40 USD, with one site going as low as $37 USD. Editor's Note: This is not the first Black/African American Holiday Barbie, just the first with natural hair.

Jamie Alleyne once walked away from her popular blog Jayblessed.com

Lilly Singh made headlines this week when she announced that she was taking a break from YouTube, the platform that made her a global success story. Singh cited, among other things, her mental health and the pressure of keeping up with YouTube’s changing algorithm, as the push factors. Singh, known popularly as Superwoman, is just the latest high profile digital content creator to retreat from the entity that made her rich and famous. Popular YouTubers such as Alisha Marie, Ellie Mills, the Dolan Twins and Jake Paulhave also taken breaks from the platform because of burn out. YouTube, in response to this trend, introduceda lesson on Staying well and Avoiding Burn Out on its YouTube Creator Academy. Lilly Singh aka Superwoman In the blogging world, Necole Kane famously gave up her popular entertainment gossip site Necole Bitchie in 2015 at the height of her success, for the same reason. Writing about her story, Kane said: “Having to keep up with the latest breaking celebrity news each and every day made for long hours, a lack of sleep, vacations that were never vacations, and a nutritionalplan that was non-existent.But I wasn’t happy.I was unhealthy. As a result, I was fatigued, dehydrated, and malnourished. I dealt with extreme anxiety, stress and depression and I was always on edge.” Necole later launched an inspirational lifestyle blog called XO Necole. Closer to home, in the Caribbean community, Jamie Alleyne, also known as Jay Blessed, who ran the eponymous Caribbean entertainment blog, also felt the strain of maintaining a high-profile digital brand. Alleyne, who built a reputation as the Queen of Caribbean entertainment news and gossip, walked away from her blog in 2015. She empathises with Superwoman and understands the need to take care of one’s mental health. “It takes a lot to be a blogger, writer, content creator and maintaining that on a daily basis. A blog is a beast you have to feed on a daily basis and when it starts getting to those numbers and growing if you don’t have enough manpower to maintain that it can eat you alive. That happened to me,” she told Loop. The Trinidad and Tobago-born mother of one who lives in New York said her blog grew beyond what she expected it to be and with that responsibility came a lot more obligation and a lot more work. “You are also building a personal brand. If it is associated with a person like Superwoman then it is just her. It is difficult when the website is really your name. With thatresponsibility comes a lot of work,” she said. While burn out happens in several fields, digital creators, said an article in Variety, are unique in that they are all-in-one media producers. “They typically conceive, write, edit and star in their videos. It’s a lot of work. A 10-minute video can take upwards of three days to make,” the article said. Alleyne concurs. “You have to consistently feed it, it is all about slaying that beast. But for a lot of people, it is too much. The digital space is an all-consuming, 24-hour type of job. Couple that with living your actual life…there were days I had to wash clothes but then I am scrolling Instagram and looking for stories and I get caught up with that and the clothes never washed,” she said. Alleyne said she had a few breakdowns and was feeling torn between her site and her personal life. Her daughter was at a crucial point in school and needed her support. A family member was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. “I did not have a grasp of my own personal life. I had to choose and it was easy. This blog won’t feed me at the end of the night and my family needed me. I was losing myself,” she recalled. Some content creators have cited negative comments as factors in their mental breakdowns. Alleyne has grappled with that as well. “When you are your own editor and managing your own social you see the comments, there is no filter. What that does to your psyche, it affects your self-esteem, it leaves you questioning yourself,” she said. Alleyne recently relaunched her site but now, she said, she is operating differently. “I have chosen now to not to do breaking stories and daily celebrity news. I am not killing myself to be the first to write this shit. What I am now doing is making my purpose that when I post it will be about substance and you could read about something you can’t find anywhere else. I might do three stories or one but it will be the damn best stories and I am re-training my audience as to what to expect,” she said. Now a mental health advocate, Alleyne said taking time for one’s self is important. On her site, she lists 12 ways people can manage their mental health with sex, music, me time and therapy among her recommendations. Her advice for everyone embarking on any career is to know their whys. “Anyone in any industry needsto be honest with themselves, why am I in this career, why am I choosing digital, why am I a blogger? If it is for money, as a blogger you won’t make money for two years, it is a lot of work and it takes time to build an audience and keep and maintain it on multiple platforms,” she explained. “Understand your why. Is it my passion or am I doing it for profit? I know writing is my passion because I can’t leave it alone. If you only think about money, it will kill you but when you use your talent and you pour yourself into your talent it makes a way for you,” she said. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop


Holiday Barbie 2018

Persons are complaining that the quality of Barbie Holidays Dolls is declining annually, but this year they have pulled a trick out the hat, celebrating 30 years with a natural hair African American doll. On Barbie.Mattel.com, the Holiday Barbie 2018 comes with this product description: "For 30 years the Holiday Barbie™ doll has created a long-lasting legacy of imagination and celebration. On her 30th anniversary, she wears a beautiful red gown reminiscent of the dress worn by the first Holiday Barbie™. It has off the shoulder cap sleeves, multi-tiered layers throughout the bodice and gown, accented with a delicate bow at the waist. Styled in a trendy afro, her brown hair is framed with glowing highlights that complement her deep brown eyes. Sophisticated accessories — a headband, necklace and bracelet – feature 30 “pearls” to celebrate the occasion and add the finishing touches." It was designed byCarlyle Nuera. [related node_id='536259f7-2f0b-4131-ac0f-9e6812a1434f'] Many of the collectors and the parents/guardians who bought the doll for their children or nieces or other young loved ones seem to be happy with the natural hair decision but beyond that the reviews aren't the best. Many people had issues with the packaging and execution. Here is some of what some people had to say: This Holiday Nikki Barbie is more than just a darling doll—it's absolutely one of a kind! This special edition doll only comes out once a year, so it's a 2018 limited edition. She comes adorned with beautiful jewelry including a necklace, bracelet and crown. Her hair is authentic just like a real African American woman's hair which is rare to find. Her nails are red—how fun! Lastly, she is wearing this amazing red tulle dress that could be straight off the runway by Giambattista Valli. Although I received this product at a discounted price in return for my unbiased review, I highly would recommend my friends and family to purchase this for a birthday or holiday gift. (Panda on Walmart) All of the positive reviews on this doll are from "top reviewers" and people that received the doll as a free product. However as someone who bought the doll myself online I am disappointed. These dolls were something I looked forward to every year, and I was excited to receive the doll with natural hair. Sadly, when she arrived her hair was messy, the necklace was cheap and the dress ripped as I placed her on the stand. The box was bent, making opening it a disaster. Now I understand the box is not to the fault of Mattel, but the doll itself is. (Anonymous reviewer on Walmart) Compare this doll to the one from 2010. These dolls have been going downhill in their overall design, quality, and packaging. Im glad they went for a more diverse hairstyle, but the necklace is tacky and cheap, and the dress looks like a Christmas peacock on steroids. I'm disappointed. It's almost as though the holiday dolls are an afterthought. EzrraGreyon Walmart I have been collecting these holiday barbies for as long as I can remember. This tradition is something I look forward to yearly. I'm genuinely disappointed in the execution. The box is very simple and poorly done, and her afro is not well held together and very messy. I am happy that the doll has natural hair but I would appreciate it better if it was well executed. If Barbie keeps on treating the holiday dolls like a bottom of the list priority. I will no longer be a customer. AnnaB123 on Walmart I received this product a week ago. She is absolutely beautiful. The holiday Barbie is an iconic Barbie. But this one is a step above. Why? Because she has a natural hair style that you don’t see on many dolls. She has something that a little girl can look at and think “she has hair just like me”. I think she will be a big hit for any little girl. Luna81 on Barbie.mattel.com I LIKE HER FACE AND HAIR. THE OUTFIT IS NOT A WOW FACTOR FOR ME. GOING DOWN HILL WITH THE HOLIDAY BARBIES Shontah on Barbie.mattel.com NB: She receieved free product I love her face, hair and the gown after seeing IRL photos from the convention. I may remove the necklace, though. Romona on Barbie.mattel.com My favorite of the holiday Barbie line. First time with a natural Afro, very pretty. Rob Thompson on Amazon Beautiful African Barbie. Hair is fantastic and finally natural M.Oxley on Amazon Beautiful doll but the box was crushed Lady Love on Amazon This is my favorite Holiday Barbie doll ever, (although my favorite gown was the one from 2009)! Stephen Sumner on Amazon Overall, across the three sitesLoop checked, the new Nikki Doll got 4.5 out of 5. It goes for approximately $40 USD, with one site going as low as $37 USD. Editor's Note: This is not the first Black/African American Holiday Barbie, just the first with natural hair.

By Week 5, Sol Barbados had hit $64,272.75 for the QEH’s A&E Department.

Three-quarters of the way through the Sol 100K Challenge, and with the help of loyal drivers on island, Sol Barbados has actually raised more than 75 per cent of its target already. Sol has hit $78 000 with two more weeks left in this 100K race to attain the much-needed funds to improve health care in Barbados. Barbadians may not like the new fuel tax and the current cost of gasoline and diesel at the pumps island, but customers who use the Sol brand seem pleased that their monies are going further than the company's bottom line. One person commented: "Great idea, more Barbados businesses should think of great ideas to help improve the Barbados we all love, de government brek [sic] so help out." For every gallon purchased, Sol Barbados is donating a portion of the sales to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department. [related node_id='6bc073aa-a47c-498d-a5a5-bd8d12fc096c'] Most recently the A&E was relocated for renovations. It was getting a facelift, a new coat of paint. However, this is but one of the necessary changes within the Department and the QEH, according to the Minister of Health and Wellness Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic. The Sol 100K Challenge was launched on October 6, 2018. Today is the three-quarter mark, or they are 75-per cent complete. Speaking to Loop News today, November 17, 2018, the local Sales and Marketing Manager Mario Greene said, "We're pretty happy with how it's gone so far, and we're on track to reach our minimum target of $100 000." The initiative is set to conclude on Barbados Independence Day - November 30, 2018. The funds being raised according to Sol, will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for the Accident & Emergency department. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop