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Stories by Sade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Published:Tuesday | November 30, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Institution is a symbolic theme in the relationship of Mark and Naedine Bromfield. The couple met as sixth-formers while attending York Castle and Westwood High School, respectively, and strengthened their relationship while studying at the...

Published:Friday | November 26, 2021 | 8:27 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s first blind-dating series, Mask On or Off, is stopping people in their YouTube scrolling tracks to watch pairs of hopeless romantics meet and remove masked layers in a quest to test compatibility waters. The show premiered on November 5...

Published:Friday | November 26, 2021 | 8:26 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Renee 6:30 cannot recall a time when she wasn’t singing. Even when she danced on stages across the world, she would have her own mental, mini concert, singing the songs in her mind as she moved. For more than three years now, she has occupied a...

Published:Thursday | November 25, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

What started out as two BPO co-workers looking for healthier beverage options during their lunch break has morphed into Ital Sipz, a natural beverage company whose Spirulz coconut milk-based brand ensures there’s no repeat of others looking for...

Published:Thursday | November 25, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett removed his jacket, rolled up his sleeves and washed his hands before becoming the first person to cook in the new, state of the art “experience kitchen” opened by the Jamaica Food and Drink Festival last Thursday....

Published:Friday | November 19, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Charles Grant is the embodiment of doing things to the best of your ability as you never know who may be watching. The University of the West Indies graduate, who holds a degree in hotel management, was doing an internship at a luxury hotel in St...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2021 | 12:10 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Jamaican duo FRIDAY NIGHT CRU is offering an introduction to their multi-genre style of music on their debut EP, Welcome to Friday. The project premièred on Friday with two tracks, 876 and Come Gimmie, along with accompanying visuals that flaunt...

Published:Thursday | November 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Last Thursday not only marked the 73rd birthday of Jamaica’s king of comedy Oliver Samuels, but also the day he received a doctor of letters degree from The University of the West Indies, Mona, for his outstanding contribution to regional and...

Published:Monday | November 8, 2021 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Jamaican author Roger Williams is encouraging people to be kind to animals in his latest novel, Only Animals Allowed in Heaven. The plot follows a 12-year-old delinquent boy who is denied a spot in Heaven after he dies. There’s hope as he’s given...

Published:Friday | November 5, 2021 | 12:09 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

As a child, Kristie Stephenson would be captivated by her grandfather’s ability to tell stories that brought people together. Today, Stephenson attracts audiences near and far through her own style of storytelling – chalk drawings. The artist, who...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2021 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

There’s an otherworldly trance about The Weed Song by Zac Jone$ and Jesse Royal. Consider it an auditory cannabis paradise where producer Iotosh’s pulsating drums and hypnotic flute are the doormen who grant you access, Jone$’s chill and low...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2021 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

YouTuber, FamousSoSick, has spent all his adult life on camera, but he’s actually quite shy. The content creator has released songs like Totally and Vybe (featuring Solstarr) over the past year but admits that he can’t see himself as a performing...

Published:Wednesday | October 27, 2021 | 2:19 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Stories of the black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Diasporic community are told in Our Dance of Revolution, a documentary tracking the history of black queer folk in Toronto, Canada. The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS...

Published:Tuesday | October 26, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

“We nuh mek nothing get we down once we have life,” an upbeat entertainer, Ganggoolie, tells The Gleaner. The dancehall artiste is recovering from a car accident in March which claimed the life of a Jamaica Defence Force soldier and left him with a...

Published:Wednesday | October 20, 2021 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Dancehall and reggae artiste D’Angel is penning a tell-all book about her life. The entertainer, who is celebrating 16 years in the music industry, wants to leave a keepsake for her fans about the highs, lows, lessons and never-before-shared...

Published:Tuesday | October 19, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Kyoka’s debut single, Hurt People, is endearing for varied reasons. At 24, she’s singing about her pessimistic perspective on love and becoming what she despises because of unhealed trauma. Her openness volumises when she says, “Smaddi check pon mi...

Published:Friday | October 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

A circle forms around an older woman perusing JACANA’s four collections at its New Kingston opening last Friday. It’s veteran journalist Barbara Blake-Hannah, and her eyes sparkle above her mask as she absorbs the space as a member of the Cannabis...

Published:Tuesday | October 12, 2021 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Strict COVID measures were in place at this year’s graduation photo sessions at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, disallowing extra company, including close family and friends. But for 22-year-old David-Asher, Jon-Michael and Marc-...

Published:Monday | October 11, 2021 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

“I think a lot of people started to fold psychologically, physically even, during the pandemic,” Yeza tells The Gleaner. She includes herself in this lot, as she went off the grid for a couple of months while she sought to overcome a “low...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

‘Delayed but not denied’ is a prominent theme in the career of reggae crooner Chester Miller. The Canada-based artiste is currently promoting his single Unity, a project he had hoped to release five years ago. The Mikey Chang-produced track...

Published:Wednesday | September 29, 2021 | 2:40 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Bella Blair’s EP Shine is consistent with the musical brand she’s built since 2016: refreshingly original, genre-defiant and visually universal. The five-track set, which Blair said wasn’t strategically planned, debuted on September 10 with...

Published:Monday | September 27, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Kushites. It’s the name of a Nubian kingdom often credited for the region’s rich culture and awe-inspiring architecture, but also a fetching label for a marijuana enthusiast. For Chiney KiKi and Evie Pukupoo, it’s both. Even greater? It’s the name...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:07 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

“It’s literally a local phenomenon,” choreographer-cum-film-maker Orville Hall told The Gleaner about The Bartender. It’s an accurate statement for the Dance Xpressionz dramedy series that has completely transformed Sundays thanks to its...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:06 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

For the past two weeks, Kyng Tavii’s C!an has been blamed for trying to deactivate the social media accounts of influencers including Negus Imara and Able Boss. The narrative? Tavii instructs his superfan group to report the pages of those who...

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:08 AMSade Gardner/Staff Reporter

Jamaican dancer Chad ‘Global Bob’ Torrington is known for taking dancehall moves worldwide, and now he’s taking foreigners to experience the island through Ease N Sekkle Yaad, a lodging and excursion service company. The brand, named after his...

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