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Stephen Marley and Matisyahu In Concert 

Stephen Marley and Matisyahu

In Concert at the White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn, Houston, TX, US

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Stephen Marley biography

Stephen Marley (born April 20, 1972) is a Jamaican-American reggae singer, musician, producer, and member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, hailing from Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., and Kingston, Jamaica.

Born the second son of iconic reggae legends Bob Marley and Rita Marley, Stephen made his recording debut on the track “Children Playing in the Streets” in 1979, alongside brother Ziggy Marley. The single became the first from Ziggy and his group the Melody Makers, and Stephen’s initial contribution came in the form of playing guitar and occasionally singing – the group went on to win five Grammy awards. On top of performing and recording, however, Stephen began honing his skills in production and by 1996 has contributed ideas and know-how to his brothers Damian and Julian’s albums.

Stephen, also in 1996, remixed the Fugees, worked with Eve, Krayzie Bone, and Erykah Badu, and produced the popular remix album “Chant Down Babylon”. Inspired by the success, the producer worked once again with his brother Damian in 2001, whose album “Halfway Tree” later won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Stephen’s own version of Stevie Wonder’s “Master Blaster” earned the musician significant acclaim, and landed on the Stevie Wonder compilation “Conception”.

Whilst attempting to work on a solo album, Stephen became the go-to guy for his brothers, with the 2002 formation of production house Ghetto Youth with Ziggy, and later worked on Damian’s well-received 2005 album “Welcome to Jamrock”. Stephen’s debut finally arrived in 2007 entitled “Mind Control”, followed by an acoustic take “Mind Control Acoustic” in 2009. The musician’s second full-length “Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life” was issued in 2011 and earned Stephen his first solo Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Reggae Album. Stephen Marley’s follow-up “Revelation Pt. 2 – The Fruit of Life”, was released in 2014, and was supported by an extensive worldwide tour.

Matisyahu biography

Matthew Paul Miller (born June 30th, 1979 in West Chester, Pennsylvania), better known by his stage name Matisyahu (which means “Gift of God” in Yiddish), is an American rapper and reggae musician.

It’s no coincidence whatsoever that Miller actively chooses to go by a name that very clearly references his Jewish upbringing and faith; his early life, prior to his breakthrough as a musician, is defined initially by the strictness with which he was brought up to adhere to his religion, and then just how spectacularly he managed to break away from it in his teens, when he dropped out of high school, began taking drugs and spent as much time as he could following the band Phish around as they toured. Once he managed to put that behind him, though, he aligned himself with a Hasidic community in New York and began to make music, releasing his first record “Shake Off the Dust…Arise” on a label specifically designed to help promote Jewish musicians.

Since then, he’s become popular in circles much wider than the niche area of the music industry that he began in, and his third record, “Youth”, was enough to see him named Best Reggae Musician by Billboard in 2006. He’s carved out something of a cult fanbase, based in part purely on his irrepressibly charismatic personality, and further boosts to his career like the scooping of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival for the movie Unsettled, in which he’s featured heavily, as well as having his track “One Day” featured in NBC advertising for the Olympic Games, have ensured that his star remains on the rise; his newest record, “Akeda”, has seen him strip back his sound to rave reviews.

Rihanna Walked The Red Carpet Dressed Like A Pope 

Photo of Rhinna

The Met Gala formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the MetBall, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.

Each year the event has a theme and includes a cocktail hour and a formal dinner. During the cocktail hour, guests arrive to walk on the red carpet, tour the year’s special themed exhibition, and be seated before the dinner party that includes entertainment from the preeminent entertainers of the day. The theme not only sets the tone for the annual exhibit but also for the guests who attempt to dress to uphold the theme of the year, oftentimes causing runs on certain fashion themes among the world’s leading fashion retailers. Sometimes, such as in 2013, the theme is a bit befuddling because it does not provide a clear stylistic directive, while at other times, such as 2014 the theme may be far more challenging to one gender than the other

The theme of the 2018 Met Gala was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” allowing celebs to step for a moment out of the rarefied air they already occupy and into a space of literal deification. Will the honorific of “Queen” Rihanna walked the red carpet dressed like a Pope?

Many celebrities flirted with the Met Gala theme this year — the influence of Catholicism on fashion — but no one took it on as fearlessly as Rihanna, who dressed like the female pope the Vatican’s never had.

She wore a white beaded Margiela corset mini dress under a full skirt, with a beaded bishop’s hat to match. The outfit was accessorized with a pearl anklet and a bejeweled crucifix necklace.

Rihanna’s hat was reminiscent of the papal tiaras worn by popes from the medieval era until the mid-1960s. The last papal tiara — a bejeweled, three-­tiered gold and silver number worth at least $15,000 — was worn in 1963 by Pope Paul VI. He gave his tiara to the world’s poor the following year in a dramatic gesture at the end of a liturgical mass held in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Still, the tiara isn’t banished from Catholicism for good. It can still be worn for ceremonies that call for full papal regalia. It seems only fitting that Rihanna donned the lavish symbol for the most lavish costume party of the year.

Cosby Lashes Out In Court, Shouts Expletive At Prosecutor 

As expected, Bill Cosby was likely displeased with the guilty verdict he received in connection to his sexual assault retrial. In fact, according to reports, the 80-year-old comedian had a profanity-laced outburst directed towards District Attorney Kevin Steele soon after the jury was dismissed.

According to CNN, the spirited reaction was sparked after Steele's argument that Cosby's $1 million bail should be revoked as he might flee to anywhere in the world. He went on to argue that the fallen comic had a private plane and that there was no set dollar amount that would guarantee his appearance. 

At that point, enraged at his comment, Cosby stood up and yelled, "He doesn't have a private plane, you a**hole!" 

Judge Steven O'Neill, who is presiding over the case, decided not to revoke the bail, adding, "I'm not simply going to lock him up, right now." 

Specifically addressing Steele, Judge O'Neill said, "You are making a very big deal of something where there is a very high bail and he has appeared at every appearance." 

The judge further instructed that Cosby be put on house arrest, preventing him from leaving his Pennsylvania home or the state, as a whole. Arrangements were also made for a GPS tracking device to be attached to the accused. 

As previously reported, Cosby was found guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. He now faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. A sentencing is yet to be scheduled.