Caribbean’s 10 most fascinating celebrities

10. Kim Collins-St.Kitts:- This Caribbean Sprint Legend had one of the most successful, intriguing and controversial years and seasons of his already spectacular career. At 37 he is a geriatric by world sprint standards. However in 2012 he proved that age is just a number. He had top finishes all throughout the sprint season in the European Circuit and found himself at his 5th straight Olympics and well on his way to making history by being the first male sprinter in history to compete at 5 straight Olympics. Based on his performance during the year leading up to the Olympics and his bronze medal performance the year before at the World Championships Collins was pegged to be among the finalists at the marquis Olympic event. However this was not meant to be as Collins was banned from participating in any event by his own Olympic Federation. The St.Kitts-Nevis Olympic Federation banned Collins after he left the Olympic Village to spend the last night before the 100m heats with his wife at a nearby hotel. His wife is also his Coach and Trainer. Collins and his country;s National Olympic Committee made headlines all over the world as it seemed unfathomable that a legend such as Collins would be denied a chance to make history by his own country’s Olympic Federation over an incident that most saw as a very minor and easily forgivable infraction of team rules. If this wasn’t enough for the sprint legend his brother was earlier this year shot and killed by St.Kitts-Nevis police under controversial circumstances. While home for his brother’s funeral Collins himself was arrested by local police for allegedly failing to pay child support. However it was later revealed that Collins had not owed any Child support. 

9. Anya Ayoung-Chee – Trinidad: This former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe, turned fashion designer and Project Runway’s ninth season winner. This beauty made headlines when she got engaged to her long-time boyfriend Wyatt Gallery. Anya also released her long awaited 2012 spring collection, which she premiered at New York Fashion Week Spring 2012. In November Anya was honored at the 19th Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH).

8. Bunji Garlin – Trinidad: Bunji Garlin is currently arguably the hottes soca artiste on the World Music scene at the moment. The 35 year old Soca Veteran took his already high profile career to higher level with the release of “Differentology”. Differentology also called “We Ready” is a groovy soca hit that has been described by most as the next big World Soca Crossover hit. The warm piano chords and a four-to-the-floor rhythm add a blissed-out Balearic tinge. Differentology’s rousing chorus brings in stabbing, ascending trance synths – then the Spanish guitar that has been quietly strumming away in the background gets an entire solo to itself in the song’s closing stages. “We ready, we ready, we ready,” chants Bunji Garlin, eyes and hands raised to heaven, before zeroing in on what really matters: “Everywhere you look is just food / And everyone in the way likes food,” as if the scene couldn’t get any more idyllic. Differentology is a carnival, a street party, a beach rave: it’s every one of your perfect summers distilled into four minutes and 20 seconds.. 

7. Vybz Kartel – Jamaica: On 29 September 2011, Kartel was arrested by police and his troubles continued into 2012. On March 23, 2012 he was granted bail for Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton, a 27-year-old businessman and music promoter. In July the embattled deejay released his first book Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto. Kartel saga continues up to this day with his trial postponed yet again in May last month.

6. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce — Jamaica: Jamaican track and field sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce rose to prominence at the 2008 Olympic Games and became the first Caribbean woman to ever win 100 meter gold at the Olympics. She is currently ranked fourth on the list of the fastest 100 meter female sprinters of all time, with a personal best of 10.70 seconds, which she set in Kingston, Jamaica in 2012. At the London Olympic Fraser-Pryce regained her title by winning the 100 meters and was placed second at 200 meters and helped the Jamaica team secure second place in the 4 x 100 meters relay. 

5. Buju Banton- Jamaica; For the last 20 years at least, Buju Banton has always been one of the Caribbean and World’s most fascinating Celebrities. His reggae hits throughout the years has brought him great international success and an equal share of noterirty. His homopnobic stance in songs like ‘Boom bye bye” which calls for the slaying of Homosexuals has brought him attention that has resulted in many cancelled shows and protests to his presence at various events. However it is his latest troubles that has caught the world;s attenetion. Banton was arrested , charged and sentenced to over 10 years on drug trafficking charges. The almost unprecedentedly harsh sentencing on this his first criminal offense has lead many to believe that Buju was unfairly treated and maybe even “set up”. The alleged conspiracy to jail the Reggae icon and his court appearances have drawn the attention of the reggae world and a movement to FREE BUJU. 

4. Machel Montano — Trinidad: This Trinidadian has a career that span over thirty years but there is no slowing down for the soca “king”. In 2012 he released two albums “Double M” and “Going for Gold”. It was a very exciting year for Montano having won the Road March, Power Soca Monarch and the Groovy Soca Monarch. He also won Clamydia song “Clamydia” and he won the Groovy Soca Monarch with his rendition “Mr. Fete”. In May 2012 the singer launched the music video to his hit single “Bottle Of Rum”. Machel Montano also made headlines when he was found guilty on five criminal charges. Montano was found guilty on four charges of assault against Gerard Borwin, Brandis Browne, Janelle Lee Chee and Russell Pollonais. The other charge was that he was also found guilty of using obscene language during the same incident. In 2013 he again won both the Power and Groovy Soca Monarch Titles and recently signed a recording Contract with Universal Music.

3. Kirani James – Grenada: This Grenadian sprinter made history and became a hero in native island Grenada, after winning the 400 meters at London Olympics 2012. After returning to Grenada after his amazing performance, thousands lined the street in preparation of Kirani return, and he was greeted with an emphatic and vociferous national pride. Kirani was bequeathed government bonds totaling up to EC500,000, a commemorative stamp then Prime Minister Tillman Thomas announced that a new stadium be named after Kirani , and that he was appointed a tourism ambassador.

2. Rihanna – Barbados: This Bajan pop star seventh studio album, “Unapologetic”, was released on November 19, 2012, and was named the UK’s second biggest selling female singles artist of all time, with a combined singles sales tally as a lead artist of 11.4 million.

The album also becOme Rihanna’s third and fifth consecutive number one album in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Her lead single from the album, “Diamonds” was released in September 2012 and has reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna’s twelfth number one, thus tying her with Madonna and The Supremes for the fifth most number one songs in the chart’s history. As promotion prior to the album’s release, Rihanna embarked on the 777 Tour, a mini tour consisting of seven shows, in seven countries, lasting duration of seven days. Rihanna’s fifth headlining concert tour, the “Diamonds World Tour”, which began on March 2013.

In April 2012, Rihanna was placed at number twenty on Time magazine’s list of the ’100 Most Influential People in the World’. She was also named the best-selling digital artist of all time in the United States, having sold 58 million singles as a lead artist as of 2012. Rihanna was named “Obsession of the year 2012 by GQ Magazine.

1. Usain Bolt – Jamaica: At the summer Olympics in London, Usain Bolt proved that he is greatest athlete to live, when he became the first man to defend an Olympic sprint title since Carl Lewis in 1988. On 12 July 2012, Bolt and RockLive launched “Bolt”,a new iOS game based on the Jamaican sprinter. “Bolt!” quickly became the No. 1 app in Jamaica and climbed the UK iTunes charts to reach No. 2 on the list of Top Free Apps.

Bolt also add acting to his resume when he made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live. The segment was a parody of the Vice Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. He was nominated for the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year 2012 and the IAAF’s Male Athlete of the Year. He was also named the Laureus World Lubica Slovak Sportsman of the Year for 2013. Bolt was also named “Athlete of the Year 2012”by GQ Magazine. He was recently listed as the 3rd most influential athlete in the world.





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