Gyptian reveals title track from upcoming album
Gyptian is revving up for his upcoming studio album Sex, Love and Reggae on October 29 and revealed his title track via Pitchfork. The Major Lazer and Jerry Wonda-produced single Sex, Love and Reggae features guest vocals from Angela Hunte (co-writer for Jay Z's Grammy-winning Empire State of Mind) and Trinidadian soca king Bunji Garlin.
In support of Sex, Love and Reggae, the reggae star is touring the United States. He will be performing in the south east, north east and west coast regions until early November.
The rest of the album features guest appearances from R&B divas Estelle, Melanie Fiona and soca sensation Kes the Band.
"It's all about being versatile," Gyptian says of the album, and his perspective on music overall.
"For me, there's no boundaries in music. Pick one - there is a Gyptian song in that category for you."
Shaggy, Ne-Yo video premieres
The music video for Shaggy's single You Girl, which features Ne-Yo, premiered yesterday on VEVO's homepage.
You Girl, which was shot on location in Jamaica is a love story which highlights a Jamaican couple. Aspects of true Jamaican culture are skilfully depicted throughout the video, suggesting Jamaica as a location where love can be found.
The video, directed by Scorpio 21's Renais Marshall, was sponsored by Wisynco's Bigga brand when plans revealed that it was to showcase Jamaica in a positive light.
The single was the first to be released from a 13-track album titled Sly and Robbie Presents Shaggy Out of Many One Music which was released on September 24.
It is the second single on the album and has topped various charts, including the iTunes Reggae Chart.
12 Years a Slave cuts deap
Brad Pitt's new film "cuts to the base of our humanity".
The 49-year-old star produced 12 Years a Slave based on the story of a black man, Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 - after he was left mortified by the true events the movie is based on.
Brad is on screen for a short period but claims he plays a minor supporting role, while the real stars of the film had to endure particularly emotional scenes during filming.
"I'm there to support the story. The main performances are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and [Michael] Fassbender. These are such demanding parts. These guys had to keep themselves in just this perpetual state of angst and foreboding and longing. And they did it."
Black artist criticised for "racially charged" paintings
"Racially charged" and "grotesque" are some of the words that have been used to describe Kara Walker's art, but the American artist is raising eyebrows in the art world with her vivid depictions of 19th-century race crimes.
The 43-year-old daughter of artist Larry Walker was once the youngest person to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation's 'genius grant' scholarship, and now her work has led her to be branded as controversial.
One of her latest collections, which was inspired by an 1878 story of a brutal lynching of a black woman, is now on display in the Camden Arts Centre.
The artist is widely exhibited in the United States and is known to evoke strong feelings with her work.
Recently, one of her drawings was covered up by a head librarian after her collection sparked outrage among staff at a Newark, New York, library.
She has also been criticised by a number of older African American artists, including Betye Saar and Howardena Pindell.
"Part of me wants to resist the pull to be doing what's expected of me as a black artist," said Walker.