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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

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...

Published:Monday | May 31, 2021 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae songbird Tiara Mills, best known as Tia, is already making statements with her new summer catalogue. Back in the summer of 2019, a driving one-drop rhythm matched her soothing vocals in the infectious Reggae Music Sweet. It showed how...

Published:Monday | May 31, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

THE BARCLAYS Center in New York City was set ablaze a week ago, and it was not because the Brooklyn Nets, the home team, was bringing the heat for the first round of the 2021 NBA Play-offs against the Boston Celtics. At half-time, Beenie Man’s hit...

Published:Friday | May 28, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Dancing icon Keiva Di Diva and reggae crooner Richie Stephens have supported each other in their careers and bonded over shared experiences for the past 25 years. It is a friendship that Keiva Di Diva, born Keiva Hibbert, describes as “motivating...

Published:Thursday | May 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Cinnamon rolls are a baked indulgence that can be easily transformed from a simple rolled dough into a fancy dessert, and Rolls Jamaica is showing how it’s done. The brainchild of a cinnamon rolls-lover, the freshly established company takes the...

Published:Tuesday | May 25, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Miss Universe Jamaica Miqueal-Symone Williams is looking to rest and recharge after competing in the 69th Miss Universe pageant. Williams, who is also a Pulse International model, returned to the island last Thursday and is expected to quarantine...

Published:Saturday | May 22, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Cannabis company Kaya has joined forces with the National Environment Planning Agency (NEPA) to be part of its Adopt-A-Beach programme. Just yesterday, the Kaya consortium of companies that includes the herb house (cannabis dispensary), pizzeria,...

Published:Friday | May 21, 2021 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With a renewed sense of and appreciation for life and his career, 31-year-old Kisean Anderson, best known by the stage name Sean Kingston, is on a mission to make his family, fans, and management proud. He has been teasing across social media that...

Published:Thursday | May 20, 2021 | 12:14 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Several Jamaican beauties have parlayed their pageant success into fruitful opportunities including Lisa Hanna (Miss World 1993), Terri-Karelle Reid (Miss Jamaica World 2005), Yendi Phillipps (Miss Jamaica World 2007 and Miss Universe Jamaica 2010...

Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The father of Miqueal-Symone Williams was speechless following the results of the 69th Miss Universe pageant. Speaking to The Gleaner before the end of the competition, Michael Williams said he was the proudest dad in the universe and that “she has...

Published:Monday | May 17, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

As a dancer, Amanyea Stines has worked with internationally acclaimed choreographer Tanisha Scott, reggae-dancehall hit makers Yanique Di Curvy Diva, Sean Paul, Jada Kingdom, Ce’Cile, and female rap sensation Cardi B. Now, following life-changing...

Published:Saturday | May 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Cooking is a gift, and Carlyle Burger keeps cooking and giving, said his brother, popular radio personality Wesley ‘Burgerman’ Burger. Last Sunday, the matriarchs in the community of Top Range in Mountain View, where the brothers were raised, were...

Published:Friday | May 14, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae-dancehall recording artiste Gyptian has been largely out of the spotlight. The absence became critical during the pandemic, said the entertainer, whose inactivity on social media may throw some fans for a loop. The past year Gyptian has...

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

Miss Universe Jamaica 2020 Miqueal-Symone Williams has the support of her Miss Universe Jamaica (MUJ) sisters. This was obvious in the outpouring of love she received from several former titleholders, who, having journeyed to represent their...

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Acclaimed storyteller and author Dr Amina Blackwood-Meeks pulled on her childhood imagination for her first official children’s book, That’s a Good Idea. It’s a modern folk-tale, inspired by creation and a child’s curiosity about the creator’s...

Published:Monday | May 10, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Reggae singer and songwriter Etana is known for delivering messages about finding and exuding internal strength. However, she said a lot of the strength she has portrayed to the world originated from the memories of her grandmother, Henrietta...

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

More than 70 candidates are vying for the prestigious Miss Universe title this year, and voting has already started for people to choose their favourite delegate to earn a spot as one of the Top 21 semi-finalists. Organisers of the local Miss...

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2021 | 12:20 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Distinguished marriage and family counsellor, author and minister Reverend Dr Carla Dunbar is putting her best foot forward as she prepares for her ordination into the bishopric today during the sixth staging of the Annual National Families Prayer...

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Morgan Heritage’s Light It Up non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have sold out. The two-time Grammy Award-winning reggae group announced the release of three songs as limited-edition NFTs in partnership with Bondly Finance. One of the NFTs is a new...

Published:Tuesday | April 20, 2021 | 12:05 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“She is that girl who’s on a journey right now, figuring herself – and other things – out,” says singer-songwriter Courtni in an interview with The Gleaner. Working as a background vocalist for reggae and dancehall entertainers like Ras I, Royal...

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

Reggae-dancehall recording artiste Bay-C has voiced his praises of the ongoing non-fungible token (NFT) trend, saying that “ it is the future for our music”. Sales of the blockchain-supported asset, which proves ownership of a piece of digital...

Published:Saturday | April 17, 2021 | 12:15 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Xaymaca International is launching an initiative to support the recovery efforts in St Vincent. The popular carnival band has launched a drive for the collection of essential items as the island faces a shortage of necessities. From a humanitarian...

Published:Friday | April 16, 2021 | 12:17 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

There’s music; then there’s everything else, said Nature Ellis, a reggae crooner known for delivering social commentary and conscious messages to raise awareness on global issues. “As messengers, it can’t be about the money,” Ellis said in a...

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