On the Thursday afternoon that The Sunday Gleaner sat in on the tail end of Patricia 'Patsy' Ricketts' class with some extremely energetic Excelsior High School students, this writer was struck that all of them were taller than the instructor.
Patsy Ricketts' pride in her children is clear. She said one son is into sound engineering, while the other has "a nice sing-jay voice". "They are twins," she clarified. Another does "a lot of work for Digicel" while her daughter does events for the same company. The youngest is singer Lil Joe.
For Justin Crellin, there are few more exciting sights than hundreds of nature-loving fans jamming to a reggae beat. Even after 30 years, it gets his blood pumping. Crellin is an organiser for the Reggae On The River (ROR) festival, an annual event that has its 26th staging on July 26 and 27 on the banks of the Eel River in northern California.
While the odds favour a lengthy prison sentence for Buju Banton on cocaine charges in the United States, Jamaican radio personality Lister Hewan-Lowe believes the reggae star will walk away from his trial a free man.
Sitting around a table with a straight face, ladylike poise, eating a sandwich and drinking a cup of Ting from a straw, wiping her mouth gently at intervals, Andrea Wright was the total opposite of the character Delcita whom she has made popular in the theatre.
In previous years, Douglas Prout had taken many a scrap of paper to the Actor Boy Awards Ceremony - but had never had a chance to reach into his pocket and reel off his mandatory 'thank yous'.
The new film, Disoriented Generation, was recently released in Britain. Independently financed by British actor Wil Johnson, who also stars in the film, along with writer-director Christian Ashaiku, the film follows the life of Ishmael, a young Nigerian man living in London.