EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: New York State Assemblyman Eric A. Stevenson, Lorna Golding (centre), Mount Vernon City Council President Karen Watts and Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. share in a photograph during a reception held in honour of Mrs. Golding on June 18 at the Mount Vernon City Hall in New York. Mrs. Golding, who received the Key to City of Mount Vernon, visited the town to commemorate Caribbean American Heritage Month in Westchester County.
SOLID GROUND: PM Bruce Golding (left) breaks ground for the University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellery building on Friday, June 24. Golding said the establishment of the building is long overdue and is needed to further develop and coordinate the implementation of policies needed for planning and development of the university. Also participating in the ceremony: Caribbean Manager, Kier Construction Limited, Steve Milner; Vice Chancellor, UWI, Professsor Nigel Harris; Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, Mona Campus, Professor Gordon Shirley; and Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Open Campus, Dr. Hazel Simmons-McDonald.
IT'S A DOGG'S LIFE: Of late, singer Cherine seems to have caught a thing for rappers. Recently seen in the company of Busta Rhymes in Miami, Cherine (one of the top local acts returning this year to Reggae Sumfest) was recently spotted on the set of the latest video by rapper Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles. Cherine will share billing on International Night II with Nicki Minaj, among many others. You know she's gonna bring it.
ON SET: Fast establishing a name for himself in local entertainment circles, Washroom producer Conroy Forte (left) last week joined dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall on the Kingston set of the video for the summer hit "Swaggin'," which teams Marshall with Fambo and Tifa.
DRINK TO THAT: Never a dull moment with Jamaican-born vocalist Mario Evon, who continues to work the scene while building a resume in the Big Apple. On the weekend, Evon (who has a debut album on the way) stepped out for the Soul of the City concert series with knockout girl pal Maritza Lord, who hails from Guyana.