Hoping for the return of ‘live’ theatre in 2021 – Practitioners miss the audience

By Yasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer Undoubtedly, there are some questions that are absolute no-brainers. When Little Theatre Movement (LTM) executive, Anya Gloudon-Nelson, was asked what she hopes 2021 will bring for theatre, her answer dropped even before the question sign: “That... ...read more

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Five Questions With Tameka Chevannes

By Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer Revered by her peers as a go-getter and master strategist, Tameka Chevannes, has used her role as a public relations and marketing consultant to move roadblocks for several entertainers over the past decade. She established her company, ZaZa... ...read more

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What is the biggest lesson that 2020 has taught you?

The last 12 months have perhaps been some of the most challenging the world has seen. The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the world, sending businesses and whole industries into lock down as country after country went into quarantine. It has been... ...read more

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Jazz and Blues Festival on a quest to set the stage – Latin musician Jon Secada, locals Richie Stephens and Jah9 confirmed to perform

By Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writter Approximately 20 local bands are currently in the running to secure a spot, on the virtual stage, for the first night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival when it returns to the calendar following a five-year hiatus. The festival is scheduled for... ...read more

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Koffee tops YouTube – ‘Lockdown’ No. 1 streamed song out of Jamaica for 2020

By Shereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter YouTube's end of year numbers are in, and it will perhaps come as no surprise that Koffee's Lockdown is the number one streamed song out of Jamaica for 2020. The track, which currently has close to 38 million views on the popular streaming platform... ...read more

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Major labels a force in copping a Reggae Grammy

By Shereita Grizzle/Staff Reporter As reggae artistes wait with bated breath to hear who will cop a spot in the final five when the Reggae Grammy nominations are announced today, the importance of having the support of a major recording label is once again rearing its head. With a... ...read more

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New Miss Universe Jamaica to be named December 12

A new Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) will be announced on Saturday, December 12. The 2020 Bahia Principe Miss Universe Jamaica Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Pageant was originally set for November 28, but was postponed due to inclement weather. “The... ...read more

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Reggae, Rasta and the COVID-19 vaccine

By Anthony Turner/Contributor New York: Will Jamaican dancehall artistes and members of the Rastafarian reggae community, who earn a substantial income touring the USA, Canada, Japan, and Europe, be willing to take a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available? Reggae artiste... ...read more

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Tyler Perry continues his humanitarian work

Filmmaker and mogul, Tyler Perry continues his humanitarian work and has given meals to 5,000 families in need. The 51-year-old director-and-actor opened the doors of his own Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta for four hours on Sunday, with his... ...read more

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Pamputtae charts new course – Says she was told dancehall would not accept her because of ‘fatness’, ‘blackness’

By Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer “When you're a single mother, things automatically change up,” says Eveana Henry, known professionally by the moniker Pamputtae. The dancehall diva tells The Gleaner she has been on a journey of “self-love” and with that, has put a lot of energy in... ...read more

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