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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | July 6, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Hood Celebrityy doesn’t put too much emphasis on what critics have to say about her looks and choice of fashion, but the ‘prettiest tomboy’, as she calls herself, is earnest about championing a sound and an image that she wants her fellow Jamaicans...

Published:Monday | July 5, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

It was all about letting Good Times roll inside the Grand Hotel Excelsior Port Royal (formerly Morgan’s Harbour Hotel) on Saturday night, on the eve of Tropical Storm Elsa. With the winds in Kingston at approximately 10mph, overcast skies and the...

Published:Thursday | July 1, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Keron ‘KaleX’ Alexander is ushering in a new wave of hip hop, R...

Published:Thursday | July 1, 2021 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From backyard barbecue to city-wide fête, Florida Jerk Festival has grown from strength to strength. Returning for its 18th annual staging, after a one-year hiatus, the event has shifted from its original Memorial Weekend date to the Independence...

Published:Wednesday | June 30, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Popular publicist Rickardo ‘Shuzzr’ Smith is commending reggae and dancehall artistes for being more tolerant of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, polygamous/polyamorous, kink (LGBTQIAP) community. In 2014, Smith...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae songbird Nadine Sutherland found herself among the mourners at the funeral of Justin Wallace in Far Rockaway, New York, last Monday. The journey was a long and reflective one, said the singer who, having first seen the news on television...

Published:Friday | June 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica will celebrate 59 years of independence on August 6, and for a second time in the nation’s history, it will be a virtual roster of events. Speaking to The Gleaner, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport...

Published:Friday | June 25, 2021 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

If Lilie Gorchkov was a book in a library, she would fall in the mystery and motivational section and would probably be a hard, yet interesting one to read. A dream-chasing dancer and music aficionado in her twenties, she has a goal to make things...

Published:Thursday | June 24, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the observance of International Reggae Day on July 1, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia’ Babsy’ Grange, said a request has been made to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO...

Published:Thursday | June 24, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The organisers of the Sterling Gospel Music Awards (SGMA) may have missed the green light to join others in the events industry as the entertainment sector reopens, but they are excited about the virtual staging of their fifth instalment on Sunday...

Published:Wednesday | June 23, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In a major step forward for the entertainment sector, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that outdoor events, parties, round robins, corporate mixers, and handover and groundbreaking ceremonies will be allowed to make applications for permits...

Published:Wednesday | June 23, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“A father never does what he does for recognition; you do it as a mission,” says Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer Jabbor Kayumov. The most recent mission the father of three and the team at the digital and mobile service company set out to do was...

Published:Tuesday | June 22, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Appleton Estate’s Reserve the Night Father’s Day edition was a virtual show to remember. Dressed from head to toe in a custom-made white pants suit, multitalented artiste Jaz Elise wasted no time in getting into the groove of her performance with...

Published:Saturday | June 19, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

He may have planned for Ahjza’s birth, but Kemaul ‘Yaksta’ Martin was not prepared for all the challenges having a child would bring, and could not expect the “mature man” that his son would develop into, now, at the age of just five. According to...

Published:Friday | June 18, 2021 | 1:01 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I am doing well, no complaints,” says Olunike Adeliyi, actress, wife, mother and the product of a beautiful mix of two “fire” countries and cultures – Jamaica and Nigeria. Adeliyi is a deep thinker, an extremely soulful individual who cares...

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

These days, recording artiste Jaz Elise is coming into her own within the music industry. She describes the past year as one of “learning, blessings, and transformation”, having spent many hours putting an EP together that reflects who she is, what...

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“I let fear hold me back. The one lesson I would have for anyone is to be fearless and try, because all that can happen is that you fail. Before, I never understood that failing at something was a lesson, because I was scared, but knowledge comes...

Published:Monday | June 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Navigating the strange tides and rogue waves of the music industry has never been Zosia McGregor’s fear. With a birth name that means ‘wisdom’, the singer has always been known to delve deep to find an understanding. “Zosia, the person, goes way...

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

Often, when persons think of hypnosis, they think of a scene from a movie, where it can instantaneously change someone’s behaviour. That myth is one that local hypnosis practitioner Sean Davidson, more popularly known as Sean Michaels, is working...

Published:Friday | June 11, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Survival is an all-too-familiar story for James Chambers. Born in Somerton, St James, Chambers moved to Kingston as a teenager, learned to become a man, and later became the successful reggae, rocksteady, and soul musician known by the name of...

Published:Thursday | June 10, 2021 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Hitting high notes on a meticulously constructed reggae rhythm was a childhood dream for Solomon Marley-Spence, having been raised in a family of deep musical history like his own. But ask if he has found the key to harmonising a soulful tune, and...

Published:Wednesday | June 9, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Island SPACE Caribbean Museum in Plantation, Florida, has invited a few of Jamaica’s musical icons to be part of its global launch and inaugural gala fundraiser later this month. The event dubbed ‘Magic At The Museum’, which is slated for...

Published:Tuesday | June 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

From the vibrant streets of Kingston, Jamaica, to les ruelles animées (the busy alleys) in Paris, France, reggae music has earned its revolutionary title, and now more producers, singers and songwriters are experimenting with the original sounds of...

Published:Friday | June 4, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“It’s cold. Nights are longer. The sun does not set until after 9 p.m., and even when the sun is shining bright, the warmth of it can’t be felt. We’re talking one-degree temperatures. If the forecast says to expect rain, it is going to rain,”...

Published:Thursday | June 3, 2021 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Tai Tai Ice Cream Roll Café is letting the good times roll at their new location at Orchid Village Plaza on Barbican Road, and they are looking to spread happiness and their special hand-rolled ice cream, which includes a number of mix-ins and...

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