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    Biz Markie ‘All Up In The Biz’ Documentary To Be Released On SHOWTIME
    The film is directed by Sacha Jenkins and will be released on Aug. 11.

    The story of legendary rap star Biz Markie will be told in a new documentary to be released on Hip-Hop’s 50th anniversary.

    The film, titled All Up In The Biz, is directed by Sacha Jenkins and will air on SHOWTIME on Friday, Aug. 11. All Up In The Biz will examine the life, career and impact of the iconic rap figure through exclusive footage, interviews, and animation.

    The documentary, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, will also include musical interludes and puppetry in a nod to Biz Markie’s freewheeling personality, while helping to tie the moving parts of his story together. Guest appearances on All Up In The Biz include Fat Joe, Nick Cannon, Tracy Morgan, and other collaborators, friends and fans of the “Clown Prince of Rap.”

    In addition to serving as director of All Up In The Biz, Jenkins, who’s previous work includes Word Is Bond and Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, also co-wrote and executive produced the project. “Biz Markie is the pure essence of hip hop. He believed in, he lived it, he harnessed its powers,” Jenkins said.

    “Most people don’t know that he used those powers to power up some of the culture’s greatest poets and then some. I was fortunate to meet with Biz when he was alive so to have the opportunity to bring him back to life now that he isn’t here…it’s a special film.”

    A New York native, Biz Markie came to prominence during the ’80s, first as a beat boxer for Roxanne Shanté before breaking out as a rap star with his 1988 Cold Chillin’ Records debut Goin’ Off. The Juice Crew member is best known for the classic “Vapors,” “Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz,” “Nobody Beats the Biz,” and his signature release “Just a Friend.”

    Peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song has become a pop culture staple and has since been sampled in hits by Mario, 50 Cent and more.

    Biz Markie passed away in July 2021 from complications related to diabetes. He was 57 at the time of his death.


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    'More explosions could occur': La Soufriere volcano eruption sends thousands fleeing on Caribbean island of St. Vincent
    Doyle Rice

    The La Soufriere volcano erupted Friday morning on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, shooting ash several miles high into the atmosphere. Authorities reported a second, smaller explosion on Friday afternoon.

    The eruptions followed mandatory evacuation orders from the government. Roughly 16,000 people live in the "red zone" near the volcano and required evacuation, according to Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies' Seismic Research Center.

    “More explosions could occur,” she said Friday morning, adding that it was impossible to predict whether any potential upcoming explosions would be bigger or smaller than the first one.

    Ashfall had already reached the country's airport on the opposite end of the island nation shortly after the first eruption, the country's disaster risk management agency said. Heavy ashfall also was reported in communities around the volcano, Joseph said. 

    Several flights also were canceled and islands including Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada prepared for light ashfall as the 4,003-foot volcano continued to rumble.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties.

    The volcano last erupted in 1979, and a previous eruption in 1902 killed some 1,600 people.

    La Soufriere volcano erupted Friday, April 9, 2021, for the first time in 40 years on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent, prompting thousands of people to evacuate, seismologists said.
    Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships and two Carnival cruise ships arrived Friday at St. Vincent to help transport the thousands of people who evacuated their homes. A third Royal Caribbean ship was scheduled to arrive within the next few days. Islands that have said they would accept evacuees include St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.

    Activity increased dramatically at the volcano starting Thursday, said. A series of earthquakes were detected at the site, indicating magma rising toward the surface. Gas and steam seeping from the volcano also started increasing, another harbinger of an eruption.

    Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves urged people to remain calm and orderly during the evacuations.

    “I don’t want you panicked,” he said. “That is the worst thing to do.”

    Contributing: The Associated Press
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