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Published:Friday | October 22, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Charly Black has several accolades and achievements to his name, but his raison d’être is far from fulfilled. When the gravelly voiced entertainer was asked if he had specific goals set to achieve with each milestone year, he said: “It wasn’t a...

Published:Thursday | October 21, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and a touch of ginger escapes through the door of The Porridge Shoppe, bringing back childhood memories for many who enter the establishment. Few breakfast foods have universal memories for Jamaicans like...

Published:Monday | October 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall entertainer Kemar Highcon is levitating after attending Verzuz’s ICONZ concert series at the Barclays Centre in New York over the weekend. The 30-year-old entertainer was a guest at the concert, which marked the return of dancehall legend...

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

When Serika Sterling’s triplets were born premature at only 27 weeks, little did she know it would be the start of a long journey in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Two of her three sons did not make it, she says, but her time at the...

Published:Friday | October 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There are plenty of businesses that sell candles. But Massana Collection stands out with its dedication to ‘exciting spirits’, as its tag line reads. Made from scratch, using paraffin or soy wax with essential oils of various scents, the candles...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The career of reggae-dancehall entertainer Jah Cure was plunged into fresh turmoil over the weekend. The entertainer was reportedly arrested by Amsterdam police following an altercation between him and a promoter. Jah Cure, whose birth name is...

Published:Tuesday | October 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Despite the Australian police confirming the Richie Stephens rape case has been closed, Elaine Lim is vowing to continue her fight. It was midnight in Singapore when The Gleaner spoke to Lim, but the former soldier in the Singapore Armed Forces,...

Published:Thursday | September 30, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

He first came to Jamaica as an exchange student at the age of 15. After one year traversing the hallways of high school and adapting to the country’s lifestyle, Charles Blanvillain became infatuated with the music and the women. “Seeing the island...

Published:Thursday | September 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Cellar 8 is giving wine and food lovers everything but the vineyard with its latest selections. Collaborating with its new executive, Chef David Wellington, the bistro unveiled its new appetisers, entrées and desserts for the season, with...

Published:Tuesday | September 28, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Ten ladies are now vying for the Miss Universe Jamaica crown. Out of the 16 semi-finalists, only 15 could make it to last Saturday’s elimination presentation, says pageant director Mark McDermoth. Lloyd-Ann Daley, who was selected from the overseas...

Published:Tuesday | September 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

South Florida-based recording artiste Beach Boii is often thought of as a rapper. From his style to having inked skin, the entertainer’s image is what most use to define him, but there’s one signature tattoo that explains what he is trying to...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

His mother gave him the name Shevin Jarrett, but he was given the title ‘1Word Boss’ in the streets. It’s a title dancehall entertainer Jafrass could not escape, often having to correct people any time his stage name was miswritten. It soon became...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Our Place Restaurant, Lounge and Jerk Centre believes that sharing a home-cooked meal is fundamental to connecting with its customers, said Operations Manager Lisa Love. “There’s always food here, up to closing time. We serve authentic Jamaican...

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It has been said that the pandemic resulted in a global athleisure boom, and that more and more fitness fashion brands are emerging that promote health, wellness, and deliver comfort as a result. Reggae-dancehall entertainer Barbee was not to be...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Mark McDermoth, Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) co-national director, says that the execution of the pageant has gotten more difficult, especially as the country continues to face the global coronavirus pandemic. “As it does, more than anything else,...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As Richard Hoo Kim, promoter of the popular carnival affiliate and event, Big Wall, gears up to take mas celebrations to Miami in October, he said he does not foresee Jamaica having any large-scale events for the rest of 2021 nor hosting a carnival...

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As a music producer and disc jockey, Delano Thomas, best known as DJ Delano, has gone the extra mile to connect with an audience. Online spaces and social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Streamlabs, and Twitch (or...

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Performers on Broadway, like athletes, face particularly taxing physical demands, thanks to the long hours and the repetitive rehearsals they are tasked with to get their vocals and choreography flawless. The focus is always full-body, shared...

Published:Friday | September 10, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The next Miss Miami Broward Carnival will be crowned in a week at the Miramar Cultural Center for the Performing Arts in Florida. Caribbean women from across the state are competing for scholarships and other prizes, but most importantly, the title...

Published:Tuesday | September 7, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In another life, Jean-Andre Lowell Lawrence is an illustrator. Or maybe he is in this one. Known professionally by the acronym JLL, the internationally acclaimed producer is always pencilling out his next move, finding ways to create art from...

Published:Monday | September 6, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Incarcerated dancehall artiste Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, is doing well after receiving his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Kartel received his shot on Friday. “I saw Mr Palmer on Saturday, and he is doing...

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Yaadcore has followed up The Calling and Tension with a ganja-heavy song that pays tribute to the medicinal properties of cannabis while making a clear call to action against the fight the plant has faced. And if the original single, Nyquill (...

Published:Thursday | September 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Whether coated with a sugary glaze, topped with sprinkles, coated with powdered sugar, filled with fruity preserves or cream, or simply plain, doughnuts pack just the right amount of sugar to satisfy any sweet tooth, said the owners of Nazmar...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Out of the hundreds of photographs that Frank Spinelli has taken of people throughout his travels, there’s one, out of the many of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, that stands out. The photo sees Perry wearing a red snapback cap that he customised with...

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Maxi Priest as a young, recording newcomer was a radical, and a stubborn one at that. Those were the words he used to describe himself. “Just wanting to do things my way, as the great Frank Sinatra sang,” he said in a recent interview with The...

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