IN THE MIX: Tanya Stephens thrills fans with hits in New York + Yohan Blake gives motivational talk to St. Jago athletes
MAKING TRACKS: Over the weekend, sprint superstar Yohan Blake paid a visit to his old stomping grounds of St. Jago High in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, to vibe with members of the track team who are currently in the throes of preparations for the upcoming high-school athletics season. Blake’s talk with the youngsters centred on the importance of training and putting in the hard work. “It’s about never saying never,” Blake encouraged them, recalling other sentiments he expressed in the past year. “Jamaica can do better at sprinting; we have a lot of talent, but the support is not there,” he told journalists at a press conference in September at the Spanish Court Hotel. “With the calibre of athletes that we have right now, if the JAAA and the Government do what is necessary for those young generations coming up and keep the athletes back in Jamaica, I think we will dominate until the day that we all leave this Earth.”
CROWD PLEASER: Superstar songstress Tanya Stephens was in top-notch form over the festive season delighting a roomful of appreciative fans at the “Woman is Boss” show inside the Woodbine Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York, on Christmas Eve. According to patrons, the tone of the performance was by turns mellow, high-energy, and even inciting regular sing-alongs as lyrics of Tanya’s songs were belted out by the fans. Meantime, the performance also served as a teaser for her forthcoming album, Guilty, slated to be released early this year. The title Guilty was selected, Tanya explained, because she’s been accused so much and is now admitting in her own cheeky style that she is indeed guilty as charged.