King of the Dancehall review – Whoopi Goldberg on hand as Kingston gets giddy

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Article courtesy The Guardian written By: Jordan Hoffman
Photo credit: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images: "Rambunctious ... Nick Cannon, Kreesha Turner, Kimberly Patterson and Louis Gossett"
There’s plenty of flexing, flouncing and thrusting in Nick Cannon’s lighthearted tale of a New Yorker discovering Jamaica’s love for dance.

John Ford shot Monument Valley, Wes Anderson shoots highly stylized interiors and, if Nick Cannon continues to make films like King of the Dancehall, historians will note him for his worshipful appreciation of the female posterior. Shaking, gyrating, flexing and flouncing fundaments are front and centre of Cannon’s giddy Saturday Night Fever-goes-to-Kingston tale. Blessedly, they are in all shapes and sizes, and part of a Jamaican culture that revels in its people proudly displaying whatever junk is packed in their trunk. If you come from a sex-positive background, you’ll find this all to be a hell of a thing.

Cannon, who also wrote and stars in King of the Dancehall, narrates from the point of view of a Yankee foreigner, so his commentary (“all that ass should come with a seat belt!”) is a little coarse compared with the local attitude, but it’s all part of the cultural exchange. And adapting to a new culture is, to a degree, what this lighthearted and agreeable story is all about. Cannon’s Tarzan is a New Yorker just finishing a five year prison sentence. His ill mother (Whoopi Goldberg) has bills up to the wazoo, so Tarzan heads down to his cousin Toaster in Kingston (an almost unrecognisable Busta Rhymes) to work out a low-level drug running scheme.

But this is not a Scarface-like saga. Tarzan just wants enough money to make things right (Mum needs surgery, if you can believe it) but what he really needs is the love of his neighbour Maya (remarkable newcomer Kimberly Patterson). Maya is a Bishop’s daughter and steadfastly chaste, but that doesn’t mean she won’t get rambunctious at the dancehall. The way to her heart is to learn the moves, so Tarzan joins up with a crew of ridiculously buff guys, takes off his shirt and starts getting in rhythm.

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Once is Just Not Enough! Sizzla Returns to NY at B.B. King by Popular Demand!!

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By: Dat Guy NJ

American visa issues for Reggae sensation Sizzla Kalonji that resulted in an eight year absence from the US market recently ended for the fire brand DJ who performed in the area for the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Needless to say, the demand for additional performances by the critically acclaimed artist continues and its just been announced that Sizzla is returning to the area on Friday, October 21, 2016 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Manhattan; the venue continues to make excellent strides in presenting high-quality Reggae music events all year round that are suitable for all ages, and at affordable ticket prices.

Fans who may have missed Sizzla's recent NY performance and followers who just can't get enough of his music are strongly advised to purchase their tickets early. This upcoming appearance is expected to be a SOLD OUT event with people from all over the tri-state area scooping up tickets as fast as they are printed. And if you're feeling lucky, stay locked for the announcement of a chance to win a free ticket via our news alliance partners Live Reggae NYC on the Facebook network courtesy of B.B. King NY!


*Photo Courtesy of ReggaeReflection.com

Doors for Sizzla's performance at B.B. King NY open at 11 PM EST with a showtime of 11:59 PM. At this writing we just don't yet know who the early warm artists will be but no matter, Sizzla will be in the house and you can count on his characteristic high energy performance, outstanding repertoire of cutting edge music backed by fiery lyrics.

Advance tickets will be going for $39.50 and $45 on the day of the show; advanced reserved VIP seating will be made available at $75 per person at the spacious B.B. King as well as a limited number of first come first serve tables carrying a mere $10 food and/or drink minimum for early bird arrivals to the venue.

For additional information and to purchase tickets on-line please visit the B.B. King website via this link.  Get ready to sizzle with Sizzler on October 21st - see you there!


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The Pan African Film Festival is Seeking Submissions

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The Pan African Film Festival is seeking submissions

America’s largest and most prestigious black film and arts festival is currently accepting submissions for films made by or about people of African descent. paff

Held each February in Los Angeles, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) screens films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. Past favorites include director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s “Of Good Report,” which marked the festival’s  opener in 2014 and in 2015, Kunle Afolayan’s “October 1” picked up the Festival Programmers’ Award for Narrative Feature. Competition categories include Best Narrative Short, Best Featurette, Best Documentary Feature, Best Director-First Narrative Feature and Audience Favorite Documentary and Feature. With the exception of Audience Favorites, an independent jury panel made up of industry professionals, judges all films in the official competition. There are a number of programmer’s and special festival awards.

The goal of this festival is to present the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience.

PAFF was founded by Danny GloverAyuko Babu and Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois in 1992.

For submissions visit: https://www.paff.org/

*CatchTheVybe Editors Note:The Festival takes place February 9 - 20, 2017

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Queens Fashion Week 2016 "Where Style Reigns Supreme!"

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On Thursday, September 8 and 10, 2016 the spectacular Queens Fashion Week (QFW) returns to the Jamaica Performance Art Center for another grand production of what has become over the years a signature event on the NY fashion scene.  As their name suggests QFW is a series of colorful events that both highlights and celebrates fashion industry professionals located in and around the borough of Queens, New York City.

In 2016 QFW it kicks off with an exciting networking event called "Come Meet The Designers" onThursday, September 8th that's a free night of fashion, networking and fun open to the public! You'll have a chance to meet the designers, models, makeup artists, hair stylists and others taking part in the production. Organizers suggest that you bring your business cards and info to share as you enjoy music and light refreshments. Doors open from 7PM - 9PM.

Next on Saturday, September 10th QFW continues its celebration of all that's fashion-forward in the borough of Queens with their signature "Red Carpet Runway Show" featuring the newest designer trends worn by stunning models. You'll also have an opportunity to experience their 'Queens Lifestyle Pop Up Shop' where you can purchase one-of-kind designer-made jewelry, clothing, bath and body products and much more.

Both presentations that make up QFW 2016 take place at the Jamaican Arts Center located at153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432.
Remember, on September 8th admission is free and open to the public with donations in any amount accepted. On September 10 General Admission for the Red Carpet  presentation is $30. VIP admission is available for $50 and includes a catered private reception, front row seating and a chic goodie bag!
Tickets may be purchased in person at JAMAICA BREEZE located at 232-02 Merrick Blvd in Laurelton, NY 11413 , at their Meet The Designers gathering "or" at door on the day of the event. For additional information and tickets write to QueensFahsionWeek@gmail.com. If you'd like to stay in contact all year round join the "official" QFW on Facebook.
You definitely owe it to yourself to come see why Queens Fashion Week is the 'Jewel In The Crown Of New York City!'
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NEW DATE October 23rd! Reminisce Reggae Sunday ft. Robin Andre & The Reggae Rockers

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Doors 3PM to 7PM / Showtime 4PM

Not to be missed the return of Reminisce Reggae Sunday tribute show ft. Robin Andre and The Reggae Rockers performing LIVE the music of: Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Steele Pulse, Luciano, Berres Hammond, Shaggy, UB40, Adele and Cold Play.

Delicious Homemade Jamaican Patties, Specialty Drinks and more available on site.

Admission $10 in advance/ $12 at the gate: For additional information and tickets visit TicketWeb now!

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