Patrons enjoying the vibes at Tailgate: The Bumper 2 Bumper Edition on Sunday

Tailgate: The Bumper 2 Bumper Edition was a success and the response to the novel event was “overwhelming”. Event producer Orlando Newton told Loop News that they had to turn people away for the sold-out event and stopped selling to vehicles at 12 pm, all done in an effort to maintain the health and safety protocols. Held on Sunday,August 2at Bushy Park, the event allowed patrons to drive into different zones throughout the expanse of the venue and party with their crews.With an estimated 1,000 patrons, the event captured the entire vibe of the Crop Over season, which many longed for - this was exactly the goal of Tailgate. “Crop Over is not only about the festival itself, it’s about the people. Crop Over is a vibe. Barbadians are very vibrant people and we love to socialize. We wanted an event that showed that you can actually social distance, have a good time and still at the end of the day go home feeling a little vibe of Crop Over,” Newton said. The unique layout of the event complied with many of the established protocols. With temperature checks at the gates and masks required on entry, the established zoning also allowed for social distancing. “What we tried to do with Tailgate is follow all the government protocols to prove that the entertainment industry can get in work during the COVID-19 period,” Newton told Loop News.[related node_id='2963b464-aed4-4e82-ba97-dffd655c554d'] The COVID-19 Monitoring Unit came out “in full force”and provided a number of suggestions which the event producers took very seriously. Newton said following the protocols was the first step in helping the entertainment industry come back to life in Barbados. Throughout the night, MC Infamous HD offered constant reminders to patrons to adhere to these protocols. The eight-hour-long event offered patrons a mix of entertainment by local deejays and performers alike. RocFresh, DJ Indian and Chris Gayle, Daddy Fabian, Blank and Surf Rat and Menace kept the vibes up between the live acts, each adding a unique flavour to the mix. While Daddy Fabian took patrons back with more mellow old tunes from Grynner and Gabby, Surf Rat, the Pied Piper of the party, got female patrons to twerk and jiggle to newer, raunchier selections. [image_gallery] Stiffy opened the live entertainment segment with a bang as he and the Multifarious dancers kept the vibes flowing. He delivered many of his hits like “Tek Off Something”, “No Boring Girls Allowed” and “Mavis”. Leadpipe followed and fans sang in unison to his “Sometime”. His antics only enhanced his performance on stage as he delivered “Hop in De Bar”, “Bashment Jungle”, “Blaze it Up” and many more. When Daddy landed, the female patrons went wild. Mole took the audience through a plethora of his hits from his earlier releases to his most recent ones. He had fans mimicking the ‘caw caw’ of the birds and chiming in with its catchy tag phrase “chirping for the birds”. Brucelee Almightee also joined him on stage briefly. Veteran performer Lil Rick brought the show to an end with his usual energetic set. Showcasing both his agility and the fluidity of his waistline, his set included favourites like “Sugar Lump”, “It Aint Me”, “Mother Sally” and his most recent 2020 release “No RH”. Throughout the event patrons could be seen partying on the back of their vehicles while others partied in between them. Horns blared at intervals as those present showed their appreciation to what was happening on stage. Tailgate was a collaborative effort of the entire committee which included Limerz, Aura, UV Vibe, Chocolate Army, Gimme Soca, Rise Barbados and Colorz Entertainment. Newton asserted: “The goal of it was to come together and do something to show everybody we ain’t dead.” Based on the response, Tailgate was successful in doing just that.

 In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is partnering with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment. The new school will begin enrolling students for the fall 2021 semester, and 25% of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships. Hope Scholars will graduate without any debt. Jay-Z, a 22-time Grammy winner and entertainment mogul, was born and raised in Brooklyn. He launched Roc Nation in 2008 and the company has worked with some of the top players in music, including Rihanna, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert and more. The company also partnered with the NFL and co-produced this year’s Emmy-nominated halftime show with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Roc Nation Sports was founded in 2013 and has worked with many athletes. Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez called the new partnership with LIU “true investment in our community and young people in Brooklyn, in New York City, and beyond.” “We’re excited that The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will provide unique insight, knowledge and experiences for students and introduce the world to the next generation of unmatched talent,” Perez continued in her statement Tuesday. The Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production, and sports management. The school will begin accepting applications this fall for the fall 2021 semester and Roc Nation Hope Scholarship recipients will be selected from a group of academically competitive, need-based first-time freshmen from New York. “Our proximity in and around New York City’s epicentre of music and sports clearly positions us to offer unparalleled experiential learning and access to professional opportunities that will launch students to success,” LIU President Dr Kimberly Cline said in a statement. “We look forward to joining with Roc Nation to offer an unprecedented educational resource that opens up the entertainment and sports world to a new and eager generation.” In addition to learning from professors, students will also engage with guest artists and lecturers and will gain hands-on experience through internships. The school will also offer resources to high school students and those younger: Starting in spring 2021, the school will launch summer residential camps for high schoolers and Saturday programs for students ages 10-18 that focus on music and sports management. Those programs will begin in spring 2021 and scholarships will be available for need-based students.


Sunset Sealy is the face, name and brains behind Nuh Broughtupsy apparel starting with shirts.

Emancipation Day 2020is a day that Sunset Sealy will never forget. It will go down in her history books as the day that she watched her tiny seed of an idea for a business blossom in just one short week. And Sunset never expected the thing to golike that in her wildest dreams, but like Bussa made a way, her Bussa T-shirt idea created a huge buzz around her new brand 'Nuh Broughtupsy'. The shirt said:'We Gone from bout hay - Bussa, 1816' The 38-year-old sat down with Loop Business to discuss her ideas, bringing it to fruition and what's next. "I literally started this short business last week and just today alone the response to the most recent print has been overwhelming. "I posted two other prints last week and the idea for the Bussa tee came to me around Thursday night (July 30) when I sat brainstorming trying to come up with new print ideas. I thought about Emancipation Day approaching and tried to think of how I could get across the idea of emancipation in a quirky, Bajan way. Then I waited anxiously for Saturday morning and hoped for a good response." Her first shirt was posted to Instagram a mere seven days ago. Laughing, for Sunset Emancipation Day was literally like Christmas in August filled with the anticipation and the best gift ever - an overwhelmingly positive response to her design. Already she said: "I’ve gotten requests from within the Caribbean, the US, the UK and even as far as Belgium." Therefore, "Once I get shipping sorted, that would definitely unlock another level for me. "I’d love to see my shirts being worn worldwide." So why graphic T-shirts? "Oh, I was motivated to do the shirts because I love shirts like this. All my shirts make some sort of statement so I thought;'Why not print my own and use unique Bajan statements?' "This was a business idea that I had knocking around for a while but finally implemented it during the COVID period. Over the past sixmonths, if there was a shirt that I wanted, I would just get a one-off print done for myself. A few people here and there would show interest, so I thought if I got the right things to appeal to Bajans, maybe this thing could take off." Sunset is learning and adapting quickly, so what has beenthe biggest lesson she learnt in this short week and what has this week taught her about herself? "It’s been a bit overwhelming, but what I’ve definitely learntis not to doubt myself. I was very anxious about launching the page and putting the shirts out to the public. What if no one liked them? What if I didn’t get any orders? What if the idea was a flop?" But it didn't. By the evening of Emancipation Day, due to the high demand, Sunset had to create a post she never foresaw. 'Orders Closed'. Sunset had to share on her Instagram page: "Guys, the orders coming in for the Bussa Tee have been fast and furious and we are overwhelmed and grateful! We’ve currently maxed out on orders for this print but stay tuned for the next drop and thank you all so much for your support!" From self-doubt to overwhelming demand in a week, it's like an Entrepreneur Fairy Tale and Sunset is the Princess. View this post on Instagram Happy Emancipation Day! Meet the Bussa Tee - Limited Edition Print, $50BDS. DM to order! #BussaRebellion #EmancipationDay #BajanMade #CaribbeanFashion #BlackOwned A post shared by Nuh Broughtupsy! (@nuh_broughtupsy) on Aug 1, 2020 at 4:15am PDT With everything coming together so exceptionally well, Loop asked about the technical aspects of the business. "Sourcing the shirts is still a work in progress, a learning curve. There are a few places in Barbados that offer shirts, but I’m still looking around to find the perfect type," she explained. So, how was it when shesaw her first printed Tee? "I was very excited after getting the first few test prints. From there I knew what adjustments I had to make before going forward again." What's next beyond making arrangments to ship to all the persons seeking prints already? "I have several other ideas in the pipeline for shirts and hats, so those should be rolling out over the course of the next several weeks or so. "And people can drop in the DMs to make their shirt orders. 😁" IG: @nuh_broughtupsy

Ralph 'Bizzy' Williams and Shelly Williams back on their wedding day (Source: IG)

Ralph 'Bizzy' Williams and Shelly Williams are celebrating 13 years of matrimony. With a touching tribute on her Instagram page, Shelly Williams wrote: "Happy anniversary my love we met when I was a mere 27yrs old I have spent most of my adult life loving you, today is our special day and I want to thank you for this exciting and privilege ride you have shared with me and the kids. 🥂Here’s to another 13yrs. I am forever your shells@ralphbizzy" Bizzy, Head of Williams Industries amongst many other projects such Port St Charles and others,celebrated his birthday recently, in July, and Loop asked Shelly what are five business lessons her mogul husband has taught her over the years. With many people always wishing to be a fly on the wall when Bizzy is concocting his business ideas and hashing out his plans of execution, it was great to hear from his wife what gems she hasgleamed and even put into practice as she mans her own Platinum Services team. She said: "I have adopted his business model of profit sharing. If your team works hard to build your business then they should share in the profits." "No one works for me, you are working with me." "The buck stops at me! As a leader we have accepted the responsibility. Don't blame anyone." "Lead by example and never ask your team to do what you are not willing to do." "Pay your creditors and be compliant. Good credit will allow you to grow your business." Bizzy and Shelly or "Shells" as she says he affectionately calls her, were a couple before interracial relationships were a trend or a goal. With 13 years under their belt and according to Bizzy, "many mango seasons" behind them, he too still says they're "inseparable".


Sunset Sealy is the face, name and brains behind Nuh Broughtupsy apparel starting with shirts.

Emancipation Day 2020is a day that Sunset Sealy will never forget. It will go down in her history books as the day that she watched her tiny seed of an idea for a business blossom in just one short week. And Sunset never expected the thing to golike that in her wildest dreams, but like Bussa made a way, her Bussa T-shirt idea created a huge buzz around her new brand 'Nuh Broughtupsy'. The shirt said:'We Gone from bout hay - Bussa, 1816' The 38-year-old sat down with Loop Business to discuss her ideas, bringing it to fruition and what's next. "I literally started this short business last week and just today alone the response to the most recent print has been overwhelming. "I posted two other prints last week and the idea for the Bussa tee came to me around Thursday night (July 30) when I sat brainstorming trying to come up with new print ideas. I thought about Emancipation Day approaching and tried to think of how I could get across the idea of emancipation in a quirky, Bajan way. Then I waited anxiously for Saturday morning and hoped for a good response." Her first shirt was posted to Instagram a mere seven days ago. Laughing, for Sunset Emancipation Day was literally like Christmas in August filled with the anticipation and the best gift ever - an overwhelmingly positive response to her design. Already she said: "I’ve gotten requests from within the Caribbean, the US, the UK and even as far as Belgium." Therefore, "Once I get shipping sorted, that would definitely unlock another level for me. "I’d love to see my shirts being worn worldwide." So why graphic T-shirts? "Oh, I was motivated to do the shirts because I love shirts like this. All my shirts make some sort of statement so I thought;'Why not print my own and use unique Bajan statements?' "This was a business idea that I had knocking around for a while but finally implemented it during the COVID period. Over the past sixmonths, if there was a shirt that I wanted, I would just get a one-off print done for myself. A few people here and there would show interest, so I thought if I got the right things to appeal to Bajans, maybe this thing could take off." Sunset is learning and adapting quickly, so what has beenthe biggest lesson she learnt in this short week and what has this week taught her about herself? "It’s been a bit overwhelming, but what I’ve definitely learntis not to doubt myself. I was very anxious about launching the page and putting the shirts out to the public. What if no one liked them? What if I didn’t get any orders? What if the idea was a flop?" But it didn't. By the evening of Emancipation Day, due to the high demand, Sunset had to create a post she never foresaw. 'Orders Closed'. Sunset had to share on her Instagram page: "Guys, the orders coming in for the Bussa Tee have been fast and furious and we are overwhelmed and grateful! We’ve currently maxed out on orders for this print but stay tuned for the next drop and thank you all so much for your support!" From self-doubt to overwhelming demand in a week, it's like an Entrepreneur Fairy Tale and Sunset is the Princess. View this post on Instagram Happy Emancipation Day! Meet the Bussa Tee - Limited Edition Print, $50BDS. DM to order! #BussaRebellion #EmancipationDay #BajanMade #CaribbeanFashion #BlackOwned A post shared by Nuh Broughtupsy! (@nuh_broughtupsy) on Aug 1, 2020 at 4:15am PDT With everything coming together so exceptionally well, Loop asked about the technical aspects of the business. "Sourcing the shirts is still a work in progress, a learning curve. There are a few places in Barbados that offer shirts, but I’m still looking around to find the perfect type," she explained. So, how was it when shesaw her first printed Tee? "I was very excited after getting the first few test prints. From there I knew what adjustments I had to make before going forward again." What's next beyond making arrangments to ship to all the persons seeking prints already? "I have several other ideas in the pipeline for shirts and hats, so those should be rolling out over the course of the next several weeks or so. "And people can drop in the DMs to make their shirt orders. 😁" IG: @nuh_broughtupsy

(FILE) A lone traveler heads to the ticketing counter of Frontier Airlines in the main terminal of Denver International Airport on July 22, 2020, in Denver. Hotel and home-sharing reservation site Booking.com plans to lay off 25% of its workforce, or more than 4,000 people, due to the impact of the new coronavirus on travel. Connecticut-based parent company Booking Holdings said Tuesday, Aug. 4, that the layoffs will begin next month. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Booking.com is laying off a quarter of its workforce — more than 4,000 people — with the global pandemic snuffing out travel. Layoffs will begin next month and run through the end of the year, according to parent company Booking Holdings Inc. Booking Holdings, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, also owns the restaurant reservation company OpenTable and Priceline.com. The number of room reserved at Booking.com during the first quarter of this year tumbled 43%, to 124 million. The company warned investors in May to brace for worse in the second financial quarter, the results of which are due Thursday. Booking.com, based in Amsterdam, is a dominant player in Europe, where it controls more than 60 percentof online travel bookings, according to a 2018 report from Hospitality Europe. But bookings have plummeted as travel from major markets like the USand China has slowed significantly. The number of people passing through US airport checkpoints is running about 70 percentlower than a year ago, according to figures from the Transportation Security Administration. Travel plunged about 95 percentby mid-April, then rose steadily until leveling off throughout July. More than 700,000 people were screened each of the last five days, through Monday, the first time that has happened since mid-March. The World Tourism Organization, an agency of the United Nations, said late last month that there was a 56 percentdrop in tourist arrivals between January and May. That's about 300 million people, and $320 billion in lost international tourism receipts. Booking.com has 17,500 employees and more than 200 offices worldwide