GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Leave it to Beyonce to dually stun and thrill her fans and famous friends. We certainly weren't expecting this bit of news, at least not yet. The megastar stole the spotlight at Sunday's Video Music Awards (VMAs) in Los Angeles, where she made the official announcement, black-carpet style, that she was expecting her first child with rap-star husband Jay Z. *Hear the angels singing* It's impeccable timing for Beyonce, who happens to have a birthday just around the corner. She celebrates her 30th b'day next Sunday, September 4.
COVER GIRL: Exuding easy-breezy chic, Miss Jamaica Universe 2011, Shakira Martin, poses for snaps in Sao Paulo, Brazil last Thursday at the tony Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi. The 25-year-old Martin, who is among a record 89 girls vying for the coveted Miss Universe crown, will spend the next three weeks appearing at events and preparing for the grand coronation show, set for September 12 at Sao Paulo's Credicard Hall and will be broadcast live on NBC at 9:00 pm. To help vote Martin into the semis visit missuniverse.com/members/contestants.
GOLDEN BOY: Barely in his 20s, rising sprint sensation Yohan Blake is already a World Champion at the senior level. Is Jamaica great or what? Minutes after his compatriot Usain Bolt's unfortunate false-start disqualification, the 21-year-old phenom sped to a gold-medal-snatching win to restore the island's expected dominance in the sprints at the ongoing Daegu World Championships in South Korea. Back in 2003, when he was the biggest name in local schoolboy athletics, Blake was one of my interview subjects at the Observer. Even from then, it was clear that he was destined to achieve greatness. And this remarkable performance is only the beginning.