Wednesday, 25 July 2012

EDITOR’S PICKS: What’s inspiring TALLAWAH in culture this week

With our Golden Jubilee all the rage right now, it’s the best time ever to be a Jamaican. And what better way to show off your national pride than by wearing it on your sleeve – literally? The Jamaica 50 Secretariat has some special pins currently on sale, with the aim of getting them in the hands of at least a million Jamaicans throughout the year through the ongoing One Million Pins Initiative. Get yours now! Order HERE or via any JCDC outlet.

Best known for a brand of hip-hop that melds conscious, hard-hitting lyrics with a soulful swag, rap icon Nas can always be relied upon to dually provoke thought and stir emotions. With his most recent single, “Daughters” (off the acclaimed new CD, Life Is Good), a wised-up paean to the female progeny (and part true story), he does precisely that. It’s a repeat-worthy hit.

From music to film to theatre, Sir Elton John has heard, seen and done it all, over the course of a splendid career that includes an Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning body of work. In characteristically fine style, the British knight recounts his remarkable trajectory as only he can in a new memoir, Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS, which former American president Bill Clinton calls “wonderful.” Per, Love Is the Cure is Elton's personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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