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The frontman of legendary reggae band Toots and the Maytals, has died.

 

One of Jamaica's most influential musicians, Toots Hibbert helped popularise reggae in the 1960s with songs like Pressure Drop, Monkey Man and Funky Kingston. He even claimed to have coined the genre's name, on 1968's Do The Reggay.

 

Born in May Pen, in Clarendon, the charismatic and soulful performer scored 31 number one singles in Jamaica.

 

The youngest of seven children, he grew up singing gospel music in a church choir - but it was school where he formed his ambition to become a performer. And, thanks to his full-throated vocals, he was often referred to as "The Otis Redding of Reggae" - but he was always Toots.

 

His mother, a midwife, died when he was eight, with his father dying three years later. As a teenager, he moved to Kingston, where he lived with his older brother John (who had nicknamed him "Little Toots") and found work in a barbershop.

 

There, he struck a friendship with singers Jerry Matthius and Raleigh Gordon, with whom he formed the Maytals. In 1962, the year Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom, they were discovered by Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, who signed them to his Studio One label.

 

Over the next 10 years, they released a string of hit singles including Fever, Bam Bam, and Sweet and Dandy. But the group hit a roadblock in 1967, when Hibbert was arrested for possession of marijuana. He served nine months in jail and, on his release, recorded 54-46 (That's My Number) - a reference to his prison number.

 

It became one of the first reggae songs to receive widespread popularity outside Jamaica, introducing many Europeans to the sound for the first time.

 

The group scored a UK hit with ‘Monkey Man’ in 1970, and, in 1972, Hibbert appeared in the ground-breaking cult classic film ‘The Harder They Come’ - which starred reggae legend Jimmy Cliff – where he hooked up with The Maytals.

 

Their (The Maytals) song ‘Pressure Drop’ was featured on the film's soundtrack - which introduced many US fans to reggae - and it was later covered by the Clash, cementing the group's reputation in the UK.

 

In 1980, they entered the Guinness Book of World Records after a concert in London's Hammersmith Palais was cut to vinyl and released in just 24 hours, with Island Records boss Chris Blackwell personally delivering copies to record shops in his Mini Cooper.

 

A year later, however, Matthias and Gordon retired from music and Hibbert continued as a solo act.

 

He assembled a new version of the Maytals in the 1990s and toured extensively - but made a more high-profile comeback with the 2004 album True Love.

 

Boasting new recordings of his best-known hits, the record featured a host of guest stars, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, No Doubt, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and the Roots.

 

It went on to win a Grammy award, rejuvenating the musician's career. He released a solo album, Light Your Light, in 2007 and hit the road for the Maytals 50th anniversary in 2012.

 

The following year, however, he was injured during a concert, and was unable to perform again until 2016.

 

Music in Jamaica which was an evolution of ska and rocksteady, had been called blue-beat or boogie-beat until Hibbert intervened.

 

"The music was there and no-one didn't know what to call it," he said in an interview. "And in Jamaica we had a slang - if we're not looking so good, if we're looking raggedy, we'd call it 'streggae'. That's where I took it from.

 

"I recorded this song (Do The Reggay) and people told me that the song let them know that our music is called Reggae. So I'm the one who coined the word!"

 

The Maytals were part of a scene that included soon-to-be legends, such as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff; and they recorded with everyone from the Skatalites to Prince Buster.

Hibbert recorded almost every day in his home studio; and recently released what was to be his last album, ‘Got To Be Tough’; co-produced by Ringo Starr's son, Zak Starkey.

 

"If you sing nursery rhymes, it is nothing” he once said. “You just blow up tomorrow, and the record dies at the same time. But if you give positive words, that song lives for ever."

 

The cause of his was not disclosed, but, according to his family, he had recently been taken to hospital with Covid-like symptoms before later being placed in a medically induced coma.

 

He died age 77.

 

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The former British world champion, who won a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and claimed the undisputed world middleweight title against Italian Vito Antuofermo in Las Vegas in 1980 died after suffering from cancer.

 

He seemed to attract blood. After seeing a doctor about the ongoing issue he arrived at a conclusion - "don't get hit in the first place".

 

A dogged fighter in a hard era, at the start of 1970, not one British boxer held a world title. They were tough to come by and even the British and European belts often only came along after one had paid their dues.

 

However, he twice won the European title on the road and would find himself coming to terms with the tragic death of one of his opponents.

 

That he overcame cuts, a ruthless era, tragedy, and still won a world title is testament to the character he was.

 

Having his last fight in 1981, he died age 69.

 

An 11-year-old boy living in Lagos, Nigeria, has blown away the art world with his hyperrealistic portraits and skilled drawings.

Kareem Waris Olamilekan was praised by French President Emmanuel Macron during the latter’s visit to Fela Kuti's New Africa Shrine in Lagos.

Inspired by artists like Michelangelo and fellow Nigerian portraitist Arinze Stanley Egbengwu, he produced a stunning portrait of Macron in just two hours.

Olamilekan attends the local Ayowole Academy of Art, works from a makeshift art studio in a poor neighbourhood and uses primarily pencil to create incredibly detailed portraits of friends, family, and notable figures. He also incorporates ballpoint pen, paint, and pastels into his drawings.

Also known as Waspa, he says: "The inspiration is especially my family”.

"Everybody in my society has little now. They struggle and sweat for their eats."

Graduate art student Adeniyi Adewole said: "He can go far, farther than even beyond our expectations because I believe he's going somewhere greater.

"We used to tell him don't see yourself like a roadside artist. Believe you can have a name like Michelangelo, like [Leonardo] da Vinci."

And if Olamilekan has anything to say about it, that’s exactly what will happen.

"I want to see myself among the great artists, in museums," he said.

The British designer who revolutionised retail and decor, Sir Terence Conran, has died.

Best known as the founder of Habitat, he brought modern style and simplicity to UK homes in the 1960s and later helped found the Design Museum.

 

His empire would go on to span restaurants, architecture and household retail brands, but it was for his accessible and fashionable furniture, interiors and homeware that he remains best-known.

 

After started his career in the late 1940s, he soon became a household name as one of the key designers of the swinging '60s by pioneering flat-pack furniture and helping to lower the prices of his cutting-edge designs.

 

Heavily influenced by continental European styles, he set up his own furniture studio after studying textile design and joined an architectural firm in 1950 before working on the Festival of Britain in 1951.

 

His ambitious and wide-ranging approach to design and business became clear as he set up furniture workshop, a French-inspired restaurant and a coffee shop which eventually led him to form the Conran Design Group.

 

The company also designed interiors and retail spaces, including a shop for pioneering '60s fashion designer Quant. He opened the first Habitat store on the Fulham Road in 1964, selling taste-making and trend-setting furniture, art, home and cookery products to a burgeoning young clientele who wanted to break from drab post-war austerity.

 

It rapidly expanded across the UK, and he went on to take over Mothercare and British Home Stores, as well as running other ventures, such as his extensive and influential restaurant business - including Bibendum and Quaglino's - and The Conran Shop.

He also wrote numerous books about design and food.

 

A family statement said: "He was a visionary who enjoyed an extraordinary life and career that revolutionised the way we live in Britain."

 

His sons Jasper and Sebastian both became designers, while his other three children - Tom, Sophie and Ned - by his third wife, food writer Caroline, have forged successful careers in the creative sector, notably in food writing and as restaurateurs.

 

The statement also said: "He was adored by his family and friends and we will miss him dearly."

 

He was 88.

 

Teenager makes $18k in 3 days teaching adults how to invest in the stock market

A 13-year old in the United States made up to $18k in 3 days by teaching adults how to invest in the stock market.

Christon ‘The Truth’ Jones, an investor and stock market prodigy, is the perfect example of reaching for the moon and falling amongst stars. He recently made $18,000 within just 3 days when 36 people signed up for his online course on how to invest in the stock market.

His original goal was to empower 200 people and earn $100,000, but he was not at all disappointed with his accomplishment.

“It was not even half, but it was still something,” said Jones who teaches stock trading courses to children all the way up to adults with PhDs.

“My mother encourages me to never limit myself so I am proud I made an effort. I’m disappointed the ads were rejected but I’m grateful I didn’t give up and utilized the resources I had.”

He says that he promoted the course by single-handedly launching a grassroots marketing plan by word of mouth and emails. It obviously worked, and he is motivated to keep going.

Jones, a motivational speaker and founder of the Truth PlayMakers Awards Honoring Black Excellence in Youth, says he is focused on his mission to empower.

“I believe in owning, not borrowing, and giving people the tools they need to impact the community,” he says. “We need to know these movements so that our people can be financially savvy and close the wealth gap.”

Through his website TheTruthJones.com and his Instagram handle @thetruth2024, he gives life lessons on potential stocks and shows his receipts on his successes.