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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...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:44 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the wake of La Soufrière volcanic eruptions in St Vincent and the Grenadines, popular musician, singer- songwriter Skinny Fabulous has been pooling resources with other cultural ambassadors to aid the devastated island nation. “It feels like a ‘...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:37 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Jahdon story neither begins nor ends with music. The reggae artiste has several talents, such as making traditional coconut palm brooms and cooking. He even owned his own cookshop, but was faced with choosing between the kitchen and the stage...

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:19 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Joseph ‘Jo Mersa’ Marley is known for his blend of roots reggae and dancehall, with several singles and mixtapes under his belt to date. The recording artiste, who has an inherited skill for producing, has pushed himself out of his comfort zone for...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:25 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Sauces are a chef’s vehicle. One that transports the simplest dishes and turns them into next-level delicious. Peppatree is getting saucy with its brand, making everyday favourites uniquely Jamaican. The brand has a line of hot pepper sauces, Spicy...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:23 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Miqueal-Symone Williams is stunning, articulate, determined and resolute, knowing all the while that she wanted to represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. But it hasn’t been all sashes and scripts for Williams, who first stepped into the...

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