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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...

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Cross Roads is a chef that rises with the sun and readies his kitchen for the morning rush hour. Breakfast at Irvin Thaxter’s Early Morning Restaurant can be sold out at a moment’s notice. Located...

Published:Wednesday | July 7, 2021 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

A one-on-one with Kedisha Allison McLaughlin is sure to provide an understanding of the reason for business-minded women taking a chance on the beauty industry. Regardless of persons thinking it is superficial, the Kure Kosmo owner and Marketing...

Published:Wednesday | July 7, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Kingston’s Little Theatre is likely to keep its set designs and props stacked and stored for much longer. Jamaica’s long-shuttered entertainment industry reopened last Wednesday but the production space and theatre movement will need more time...

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...

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