Sunday, 18 November 2012

BITS & PIECES: Chris Blackwell attends exhibit opening + Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce supports alma mater + Bolt graces GQ’s Men of the Year issue

TRUE COLOURS: Cultural icon Chris Blackwell is seen here standing by “Ackee,” one of various pieces by digital artist Astro Saulter, which makes up his new Morning Star exhibit, currently on view at Studio 174 following Saturday’s opening. Blackwell was among some avid art supporters who turned up at Studio 174 (Harbour Street, Downtown Kingston) to check out the works by Saulter who, though, stricken with cerebral palsy, has managed to create vibrant pieces that both dazzle and pull you in. At the opening, Saulter was supported by older brother Storm (the filmmaker) and big sis Joanna. Entertainment came from dub-roots band NoMaddz

SPORTING SPIRIT: Sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, rocking a more relaxed ‘do, was joined by husband Jason Pryce (and a little one) at the National Stadium on Saturday afternoon to cheer on her alma mater Wolmer’s as they faced St. George’s College in the hopes of booking a spot in this year’s Manning Cup Final. But at the final whistle, Wolmer’s had lost 2-0, meaning St. George’s (heading into their third consecutive final) will challenge Hydel for the coveted title of 2012 urban-area schoolboy football kingpins. 

THE BIGGER PICTURE: As previously noted, we are supremely excited and grateful that our own Usain Bolt has been included in GQ Magazine’s widely read Men of the Year issue for 2012 – even though we’re not exactly trilled about their choice of photograph. To me, it’s a flat, uninspiring image that doesn’t do the Jamaican legend one ounce of justice. In retrospect, the December 2009 shot (see it here) was way, way more involving and utterly inspired. But who am I to quibble? Congrats, Leo.

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