Wednesday, 2 February 2011

TALLAWAH WOMEN: Regina Beavers to make acting debut on “The Blackburns” + Dr. Sonjah Stanley-Niaah launches new book on Jamaican dancehall

INNA DE DANCEHALL: Score another one for indigenous Jamaican lit! Brilliant academic Dr. Sonjah Stanley-Niaah recently celebrated the arrival of her new book, Dancehall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto, which examines over 400 years of history, beginning with the first recorded dance in the New World, the limbo, a slave-ship dance. Currently a senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies (Mona), Stanley-Niaah’s book, published by the University of Ottawa Press, builds on her Ph.D thesis “Kingston's Dancehall: A Story of Space and Celebration” and urgently delves into the subject of movement of music and people.

According to a Sunday Gleaner report, Stanley-Niaah’s next work will focus on international reggae festivals and the concept of pilgrimage, while the third revolves around various forms of spirituality that have been influenced by the Jamaican space or have been cradled in Jamaica. "I want to look at the intangible spiritual heritage," she told the paper.

COUGAR TOWN: Beauty queen-turned TV host Regina Beavers seems to be spreading her wings this year as she is set to add budding actress to her expanding resume. Beavers, who won the Miss Jamaica World crown in 2001, has joined the cast of The Blackburns, which returns to CVM for the premiere of its second season this Sunday.

As for her role, Beavers reportedly gets her cougar on as Dr. Shemina Brodber, a university lecturer who puts the moves on young stud Marcus, played by Icah Wilmot. I love a naughty schoolteacher, so I will definitely be tuning in to see what Miss Regina will be up to. Hopefully it’s a character that gets some juicily scandalous scenes and a solid storyline.

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