Kelly Rowland - Here I Am
The Destiny's Child alumna announces her liberation and delivers a sparkling blend of pop and contemporary R&B on her third studio album, Here I Am, which boasts such hits as the radio smash (and playlist fave) "Motivation," with Lil Wayne, and the sexed-up sizzler "Lay It On Me," which gets a rap from Big Sean. Production comes from a reputable roster of songwriters and hitmakers, the likes of Tricky Stewart, Rico Love and Rodney Jerkins.
Sapphire - The Kid
If like the many admirers of the book Push - or its Oscar-winning film adaptation Precious - you're wondering what ever became of Precious' son, Abdul, the novel's author Sapphire has just put out a sequel, which follows the young boy's journey in the wake of his mother's demise from AIDS. Very much like its predecessor, The Kid is bound to engross readers with its frank depiction of hope and determination amidst poverty and despair.
Ghett'a Life (Jamrock Films)
With his gritty new thriller, prizewinning writer-director Chris Browne and a cast of solid, all-Jamaican talent bring a powerful tale of pride, struggle and sheer determination to the big screen, melding crime, politics and sporting fervour. Newcomer Kevoy Burton stars as an ambitious inner-city kid with hopes of boxing for Jamaica and sets out to prevail against the odds to realize his dream. Chris McFarlane, Lenford Salmon, Teddy Price, Lisa Williams and Winston Bell co-star. Opens nationwide Friday at Palace cinemas.