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Published:Tuesday | October 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
File Tessanne Chin
Ephraim Martin
Gabrielle Blackwood and Jason Thomas, producer and film maker, make the pledge to 'Drink Right' at the launch of the Make the Cut campaign at the Edna Manley College, recently.

Tessanne gets surprise IRAWMA presentation

Tessanne Chin, who was voted Best Female Vocalist 2013-14 at the Martin's International 33rd International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), held at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts in South Florida three weeks ago, was presented with her award by producer Ephraim Martin, in a moving surprise presentation, at the end of her performance for World Polio Day, last Friday night in Chicago. Ephraim was accompanied at the event by his wife, Shelvin Hall, an Illinois Appellate Court justice.

The season five winner of NBC's The Voice was in Chicago at the invitation of the Evanston/Chicago Rotary Club for its End Polio Now campaign. Worldwide, the cure for polio is doing very well and only one per cent of the world's population is affected by the disease. Performing also was Chicago Music Awards (CMA)-winning band Funkadesi, who opened the stage show. Earlier on in the evening, Chin did a worldwide live-streaming broadcast to raise funds for World Polio Day, which was viewed by some 300,000 people worldwide.

Needy J'can children to benefit

from IPP fundraiser

International Proxy Parents' (IPP) Annual International Bazaar is set to take place in the gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Families will be able to shop and enjoy a wide variety of international food, art and craft, and gifts from several foreign embassies. The Jamaican stall will also be full of goodies. Entertainment will include a national costume parade representing different countries, and there will be performances by singers, bands, gymnasts, and choirs. Youngsters will be kept busy in the popular Children's Corner. Admission is free.

Proceeds will be in aid of children's homes such as Glenhope Nursery, Maxfield Park, Best Care, Homestead, the St Andrew Settlement, and Point Hill Basic School in St Catherine.

The IPP is a non-profit charitable organisation registered in Kingston more than 30 years ago for the primary purpose of helping less-privileged children in Jamaica. Membership comprises Jamaicans, expatriates, and persons from diplomatic missions who volunteer their services. Last year, IPP spent over $2 million on its various projects.

Plans revealed for Make the Cut talent search

On Thursday, October 23, Red Stripe publicly announced the commencement of its latest search, 'Make the Cut'. The beer company set up stage at Kingston's Edna Manley College and addressed students' questions, as well as provided more information on the competition.

Students of film at Edna Manley were the prime targets for 'Make the Cut', as budding young film-makers, videographers, producers, and actors came out to see what the competition was all about. Kamal Powell, brand PR manager, Red Stripe, gave out much-wanted information and advice, inviting one of the three judges of the competition, Gabrielle

Blackwood, film-maker, to do the same. Blackwood spoke to aspiring film-makers about her personal experiences in the film industry and was clearly proud to be part of Red Stripe's execution. Students willingly took in the advice and took notes as Powell and Blackwood spoke about the criteria for the competition.


With the Drink Right campaign being the subject, entrants are being asked to put together a 30-second advertisement around the theme of 'Right Age, Right Amount, Right Way', what those words mean to them, and how they can convey it to a wide audience in an entertaining yet informative way.

One thing is for sure, with such talented youths in Jamaica, the panel of Storm Saulter, Rass Kassa, and Gabrielle Blackwood are sure to have a tough time choosing a winner, which makes the competition all the more healthy.