Friday, 30 March 2012

ON THE RADAR: Calabar wins SCQ + Chris Browne for RFF + Entertainers speak out against gangs

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Joining forces with the Ministry of National Security, a group of civic-minded entertainers and popular personalities are currently appearing in a televised PSA that aims to deter young Jamaicans from choosing a life of gangs and other forms of criminality. “A gang is a dead-end” is the resounding message. So far, the likes of Alaine, Emprezz Golding, Romain Virgo, Warrior King, Chino, Bambino and Tessanne Chin have all lent their star power to the worthy cause, which is bolstered by the apt slogan, We R Jamaica.

BOOK SMART: Calabar High went into ‘rat attack’ mode on Thursday night to capture the Schools’ Challenge Quiz championship trophy yet again. Following a closely-contested match-up, the boys of Red Hills Road emerged 2012 victors, defeating repeat finalists Titchfield High 37-31. One of the winningest schools in the history of the competition, Calabar last won in 2007. 64 schools took part in this year’s competition.

CINE JAMAICA: Poised to come off as the most successful staging yet, the 2012 Reggae Film Festival (RFF) is getting set to honour the oeuvre of filmmaker Chris Browne – in addition to showcasing a batch of local and international cinematic gems that entertain and pay tribute to Jamaica 50. Browne, following the enormous success of 2011’s Ghett’a Life, has turned his attention to his latest film project, The Tenth and Final, a rural love story set in the turbulent world of horse-racing in Jamaica. The RFF is scheduled for the week of April 16.

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