Yesterday (March 25) was a big moment in the tech and entertainment worlds. Apple hosted their "It's Showtime" event to share their newest streaming service AppleTV+ and the new slate of programming that will live on it. In addition to digital editions of print magazines, the platform will include content from a host of different providers, two of whom include Oprah Winfrey and Jason Momoa.
While she already hosts a various successful shows on her OWN channel, why not continue to do so with AppleTV+? During her moments on stage in Cupertino, Calif., Oprah unveiled two new documentaries on poignant topics of right now. One centers around sexual harassment and assault within the workplace, tentatively titled Toxic Labor. The second project (which is still untitled) is a multipart series more geared towards mental health and how depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, trauma and loss affects lives on a global scale. Additionally, the entertainment behemoth will reportedly also reintroduce her infamous Book Club on the streaming service in a fresh way, including with original author interviews.
Actor Jason Momoa, who starred in Aquaman, also has some fun offerings for AppleTV+. His new show See, where he co-stars with Alfre Woodard, is slated to appear on the service. The scripted series was described by attendees of the Apple event as "a futuristic fantasy saga about a world in which people are blind and where sight is so long gone that it's questioned if it even existed."
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APPLE TV+. It’s an honour to be on this show. Greatest work I’ve ever done. Truly blessed can’t wait for the world to SEE. Aloha j.
Stay tuned for programming developments and announcements as they come.
Reggae icon Buju Banton is urging fans to lead with love by permanently banning the breakout hit "Boom Bye Bye" from his catalog.
News of the move recirculated after his Long Walk To Freedom comeback concert earlier this month when fans noticed the artist didn't perform his 1992 classic. Banton was released from prison earlier this year after serving a seven-year sentence related to drug charges.
The song, which includes a sample of Cobra's "Flex," includes anti-gay lyrics like "Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head/Rude bwoy nah promote no nasty man, dem haffi dead," which in patios means shooting a gay man in the head. In the past, Banton has pointed out that he was 15-years-old when he wrote the song, which was originally about a pedophile who was caught molesting young boys in Banton's neighborhood in Jamaica.
“In recent days there has been a great deal of press coverage about the song "Boom Bye Bye" from my past which I long ago stopped performing and removed from any platform that I control or have influence over,” Banton told Urban Islandz. Banton hasn't performed the song since 2007 but decided to speak out once again about the track.
“I recognize that the song has caused much pain to listeners, as well as to my fans, my family and myself. After all the adversity we’ve been through I am determined to put this song in the past and continue moving forward as an artist and as a man. I affirm once and for all that everyone has the right to live as they so choose. In the words of the great Dennis Brown, ‘Love and hate can never be friends.’ I welcome everyone to my shows in a spirit of peace and love. Please come join me in that same spirit.”
In the past week, the song has been removed from streaming services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. The video, which reached nearly 30 million views on YouTube, was also removed from his account.
Banton's move to mute the song in 2007 was in solidarity with the Reggae Compassionate Act under the Stop Murder Music Campaign. The legislation introduced by the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group was also supported by other reggae icons like Beanie Man, Bounty Killer and Capleton in an effort to bring an end to homophobic lyrics and attacks against the LGBTQ community in Carribean islands. At the time, artists faced backlash for not performing the songs since other tracks like "Boom Bye Bye" became crossover hits.
Jamrock Sound principal Hugh ‘Redman’ James also defended Banton's decision to axe the song from his catalog. "I go to all the rehearsals and he don’t do that song, he don’t rehearse that song,” James said. “That is the song that kinda shoot him a bit, so him bury up that.”
The track may have brought Banton public fanfare in the 90s, but other tracks like "Action," "Wanna Be Loved" and "Untold Stories" have solidified his legacy and growth.
Rico Nasty allowed much time to go by without new music. Since the release of her debut album Nasty last year, the rapper has released a steady amount of singles and slayed guest spots on tracks with Doja Cat and Amine. Now the 21-year-old is ready to drop another LP perfectly titled, Anger Management.
On Sunday (March 24), Rico hopped on Instagram Live to share the news. A date hasn't been put in place but she assured that the project will "probably come out in April." Like many of her projects, Rico will team up with producer extraordinaire Kenny Beats. Rico revealed how she wants fans "to really enjoy it" as she will jump into different sounds and styles.
From what Rico disclosed in her Instagram Live, Anger Management will feature guest spots from Earthgang and "Intro part 2" rapper Splurge.
The "Countin' Up'" artist has always been unique in her style and comfortable in her own skin. Nasty, which was featured on our EOY lists last year, showed how successful Rico is at mixing trap and pop. Seems like fans can expect the same magic this time around.
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NEW COLLAB PROJECT WITH @kennybeats (THE WHITE MAN) Called ANGER MANAGEMENT Coming Soon COMMENT an ANGRY EMOJI IF YOU ARE READY TO RELIEVE SOME STRESS 👺👹😡🤬