Thursday, 27 January 2011

With new talk show, EMPRESS spreads wings to give voice to Jamaican youth

FOR A WORTHY CAUSE: Empress Mullings (right), with business partner Nadia Stanley and businessman Gary 'Butch' Hendrickson, attends the launch of her new issues-and-answers show Talk Up Yout'.

Ever attentive to the heart and mind concerns she has for her fellow man, particularly impressionable youngsters, media personality and activist Empress Mullings is determined to help heighten awareness about the issues that matter deeply to Jamaican young people. Her buzzworthy new talk show, Talk Up Yout’ (aired Tuesdays on TV J) is one medium through which she hopes to reap some fruit.

On the show’s gestation period:
I think it was sometime last year that I first thought about it, and I worked on developing it straight into this year. And when we spoke with TV J, they believed in the project; they loved the idea until we signed off on it. And it was the same with our print partner, the Observer. Everyone saw the vision in the first meeting.

On kicking off the series with a discussion on youth and HIV:
It is a topic that is very important, and Jason [the show’s guest] is a great spokesperson on the matter. Certain issues are not being given enough attention, and so we are pushing for young people to be more aware.

On plans for Black History Month:
Next week, for example, we will be doing a show that looks at skin bleaching. The whole issue of Black people bleaching their skin is something that is very timely. There are certain things in society that should not be promoted, so we will be having two young people on the show to help us with the discussion.

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