Tessanne Chin performs Michelle Obama’s concert at White House Tonight!

Tessanne Chin will make history as the celebrated Jamaican singer will perform at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday night.

Tessanne Chin will make history as the celebrated Jamaican singer will perform at the White House in Washington D.C. Tonight.

by Jodee Brown

Jamaican songstress and reigning The Voice champ, Tessanne Chin has landed one of her biggest gigs yet as she has been confirmed to perform a concert at the White House on Tonight.

The concert, Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House is being put on by United States First Lady, Michelle Obama and casts Chin within a star-laden lineup that includes legendary singers, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge and Patti Labelle, who she once opened for in her younger days. The show also features high-profile singers, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott, according to a release issued Tuesday by The White House

Described as a show where artists will perform songs expressing the plights and achievements of women, Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House will be streamed live on the White House’s official website (WhiteHouse.gov/live) around 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on PBS April 7th. The broadcast will later be seen on the Armed Forces Network to American servicemen across the world.

Additionally, an interactive, day time workshop will be held in connection with the concert to educate middle school, high school and college students about the women of soul. Chin and all the other featured performers will be at the workshop sharing their experience with students as well as answering questions regarding the music and entertainment world.

Chin has been a semi-regular fixture on American television since winning season five of The Voice last December. She performed a series of talk shows, including Access Hollywood and Live with Kelly and Michael shortly after her win and also appeared at the Rose Bowl in California on New Year’s Day. She will be the first Jamaican artist of note to perform at the White House.

Meanwhile, Tessanne Chin is also booked to perform on May 17 at the Sony Arts Centre in Toronto. It is her second of two scheduled appearances there this spring as she is set to personally accept a Luminary Award at the University of the West Indies Toronto benefit gala on March 29.

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Buju Banton files for new trial in drug case

Buju Banton's new legal team has filed for a new trial as they seek an early release for the Grammy-winning musician. He remains slated for a February 2019 release.

Buju Banton’s new legal team has filed for a new trial as they seek an early release for the Grammy-winning musician. He remains slated for a February 2019 release.

by Jodee Brown

Jamaican Reggae megastar, Buju Banton has formally filed for a new trial as he continues his relentless fight for freedom from his drug conviction.

According to reports Wednesday, the musician’s legal team filed a 55-page document arguing for a retrial in a U.S. Court of Appeal (11th Circuit Court of Appeal) on Feb. 4. Buju is being represented by a new legal team: Jack Cushman, Max Stern and Charles Ogletree, the latter a HarvardUniversity law professor who once represented hip-hop legend, Tupac Shakur and taught American president,Barack Obama and the First Lady,Michelle Obama.

This is Buju’s third legal team since his February 2011 conviction on drug charges. He was previously represented by David Oscar Markus and Chokwe Lumumba, the latter pulling out after being elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi last summer.

Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2011 on three drug charges in relation to a December 2009 arrest at a warehouse following a U.S. Drug Enforcement sting operation, in which it was alleged he tried to buy cocaine from an undercover officer.

A gun-related charge originally slapped on him following the arrest was dropped last June after being previously reinstated following a failed appeal.

A juror in his 2011 trial, Terri Wright was found guilty of misconduct for allegedly researching facts on his case during the proceedings. However, authorities later decidednot to file contempt charges against her.