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Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Kaylia Williams is eyeing the film and television industry closely, even more now than she has throughout her career as a TV host and personality. Known professionally as Press Kay, her playground has primarily been the music and entertainment...

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Chef Matthew Johnson has made a name for himself as ‘Mr Breakfast’. He is doing what few local chefs have done – focusing on the most important meal of the day and making it available all day, every day. In 2018, he held the last Mr Breakfast pop-...

Published:Wednesday | August 25, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“Growing up in the rural parts of Jamaica, I was always outdoors,” says Christopher Martin. The reggae-dancehall artiste, who is a father of three – two girls and a boy – is concerned about the amount of time and socialisation his children have...

Published:Tuesday | August 24, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The organisers of Canada Monologue Slam, one of North America’s largest acting showcase, have decided that after 10 years, the platform is more than ready to feature an even wider scope of talent. It has embarked on the Jamaica Actors Monologue...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Gospel music professional Dr Delroy Lingo will receive the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award (also called the President’s Call to Service Award) from the Heart Bible Institute University on December 4 for his volunteerism and service to his...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Captained by Dr Sara Lawrence Lewis, Charis Women’s Wellness and Maternity Care Centre and its all-woman team is navigating a holistic and empathic way to provide healthcare for women. “All of us here are passionate about women’s health, period,...

Published:Saturday | August 14, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the middle of noisy construction coming from several housing developments in residential Kingston, marketing entrepreneur Andrew Walcott has made his home into a leafy haven full of charm and personal touches, and developed a life-changing love...

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

The Kingston location of Kaya Herb House is becoming a fast-casual pizzeria, and giving customers a window into the Italian tradition of artisan pizza. And, while it may cause a sceptic to raise an eyebrow as Kaya is firstly a medical cannabis...

Published:Thursday | August 12, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Part American-style smokehouse, part fine dining restaurant, the expansive Plantation Smokehouse in Richmond, St Ann, shines in all things fusion cuisine. It is also a burgeoning entertainment hub, with the fittings of a stage and disc jockey...

Published:Monday | August 9, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s gospel community is singing praises of Kevin Downswell Ministries and Clearsound Production Services, as well as the entertainers who performed on the 658 Fest stage last Saturday. The Christian music festival is the latest in a string of...

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There’s plenty to love when it comes to Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan. The Grammy Award-winning reggae artiste, who is an integral part of Morgan Heritage, has a way with words, knows the power of speaking things into being, and never misses an opportunity...

Published:Thursday | August 5, 2021 | 12:28 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There is nothing like a good backyard grill and chill. For Independence Day or any lazy weekend in the late summer, a cookout is a sure-fire way to get the whole family’s blood pumping. With the holiday weekend ahead, Peppatree is challenging...

Published:Monday | July 26, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dawn Penn originally recorded a version of American R...

Published:Saturday | July 24, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Sean Paul said there were times when he questioned if anyone in the music industry cared about the steps he was making forward. “When you live in a small island like Jamaica, every year we look to specific events like Sting to hear new music and...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt’s love for music is well documented. One remembers Bolt’s first Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 when songs like Elephant Man’s Gully Creepa and Nuh Linga motivated him to swiftly show off the dances with each...

Published:Thursday | July 22, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Yoram Savion does not shy away from the streets. Sometimes it is a tedious task to put together an entire production focused on dance, but the final product is always rewarding, says the film director. With the latest film project taking Savion...

Published:Saturday | July 17, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancehall recording artiste-turned-actor Laa Lee is Digicel’s ‘Mek Wi Rich Togeddah’ ambassador. The artiste said at the recent launch of the summer promotion, held at the Digicel Ocean Boulevard headquarters, that the new partnership is...

Published:Friday | July 16, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A staple in Jamaica’s sound system landscape for over a decade, DJ Naz has been steadily building a disc jockey queendom clash by clash. Known as a sound-killer, ‘siren selectress’, party juggler, media personality, recording artiste and mother, DJ...

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2021 | 5:55 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Large-event organisers are returning to the drawing boards to create plans and proposals for parties and concerts with additional health and safety measures. This includes rapid-testing services, vaccinated-only sections, and controlled exits and...

Published:Thursday | July 15, 2021 | 5:52 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Kevin Downswell said he is overwhelmed by his quadruple win in the Sterling Gospel Music Awards (SGMA). Downswell told The Gleaner he is “very grateful” to know that in a pandemic year, Kevin Downswell Ministries managed to make a great impact. The...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

After a prolonged ‘tabanca’, Miami masqueraders and the Caribbean diaspora have circled Columbus Day weekend on their calendars to mark the return of the festive Carnival season during the US holiday. The event is being forecasted to be one of the...

Published:Saturday | July 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Diane Pollard, the president and chief executive officer of the Issa Trust Foundation, has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She founded a non-profit in the late 1990s and, while on vacation in Jamaica, presented a proposal to...

Published:Friday | July 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There can never be a shortage of household cleaning tools in Jamaica, and for a good reason. One of the best is rooted in the island’s culture: the broom made of thatch palm. With a straightforward, robust design, the appearance represents...

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

After more than 25 years of crooning about island vibes, Morgan Heritage is ready to give the world a real taste of home. The iconic Grammy Award-winning, culture-driven band has ventured into the spirits industry with the official launch of their...

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Despite the hurdles Rygin King has had to jump over within the past year, from being severely injured in June 2020 and undergoing several rehabilitative procedures to dealing with loss, the artiste continued to release music like Glu, Cheddar, and...

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