Tuesday, 30 April 2013

THE AGE ISSUE: Regina Beavers dishes on maturity, expanding Live & Revive, and a new day for Miss Jamaica World

SING TO ME, MUSE: The birthday girl gets serenaded by Mario Evon.

At Monday night's incarnation of Live & Revive, Regina Beavers took centrestage. No, she wasn't filling in as the night's headline act. She was invited on-stage by reggae-soul crooner Mario Evon to be serenaded in celebration of her recent birthday. Beavers, who blew out 29 candles the previous day, beamed from ear to ear as Evon delighted her and the attentive crowd with a rendition of "Happy Birthday." By all appearances, Beavers has no qualms about getting older, it's the experiences and the maturity she prizes above all else. 

TALLAWAH: Regina, what's the best thing about turning 29? 
Beavers: It's a great age (Laughs). But I still have one year left before I enter that next phase of my life, so I'm looking forward to turning 30. I see my life like fine wine. I age with time, and I aim to get better. Twenty-nine is that age when you don't feel like you're a child anymore. It's about maturity. 

What's the biggest perk of putting together the weekly Live & Revive package at Macau? 
I feel like its our contribution to the live-music scene. Giving emerging artistes the opportunity to showcase their talents, and have the patrons enjoy the show every week. I feel like that's the biggest perk. 

In what ways have you seen the series grow over the course of the last seven weeks? 
Oh, wow. It's just been amazing. It's almost like a rose, you know. You plant it, it's watered, and you toil and you toil to make it get better. The results have been great and to see people coming to support, we give thanks for that. So it's like, Wow, we're almost at 10 weeks. The time is going by so quickly, but the experience has just been amazing. 

What's up next for the series? Does the team have any expansion plans? 
We do, we do. We're going to take a break, and then start back the series in a few months. Probably with a few tweaks and some new additions to the concept, because with Live & Revive you can revive anything. 

You're a member of the organizing committee for this year's Miss Jamaica World pageant. How do you feel about Laura Butler taking over as franchise-holder? 
I am completely and utterly happy for her, and to be working with her again. When I won Miss Jamaica World in 2001, she was my pageant director. And it was a great time working with her; she taught me everything I know. So the work that is to come with this year's pageant, I'm really looking forward to it.

>> Read the review: Mario Evon shines onstage at Live & Revive

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FUNK-SOUL BROTHER: Mario Evon sizzles at Macau with a winning acoustic vibe

STAGE PRESENCE: Evon thrills patrons with lyrics and melodies.

When Mario Evon says his distinctive sound is where reggae and dancehall meet R&B and soul, you better believe him. 

The fast-emerging vocalist stayed true to his signature style on Monday night, as headlined the latest concert in the Live & Revive series at Kingston's Macau Gaming Lounge. The audience ballooned as the night progressed and so too did Evon's acoustic playlist, which featured a marvelous anthology of his favourite tunes and nods to his musical influences, comprising everyone from Beres Hammond to Bob Marley. 

Speaking of Marley, a soul-stirring take on "Could You Be Loved?" served as the set opener, making way for renditions of Evon's original number "You Used To Love Me". He then raised the wow factor with superb takes on Hammond's "Hope We Never Get Tired" and Third World's "How Could It Be Forbidden?" He made light work of Miguel's "Adorn" before making his way into the audience to perform "The Unchained Melody" for a birthday girl, displaying impressive vocal dynamics in the process. 

Ditching his fancy white dinner jacket, Evon then surprisingly launched into a spirited version of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" (proving himself a clever song stylist), which was followed by Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" and his own "Love in the Morning." Audience members showed their appreciation via resounding applause for cuts like "Sea of Love" and "Water Run Dry" ahead of encore performances of "Like A Star" and the longtime fan-favourite "Turn Your Lights Down Low." 

Though memorable and engagingly performed, Evon's set would have truly benefitted from the inclusion of more original songs, to add greater balance to the night's repertory. Still, the singer's blend of reggae, dancehall, R&B, soul and pop proved an entertaining mixture and reinforces my belief that artistes of his calibre deserve to be better known.

>> Read more: Regina Beavers talks age, Live & Revive, and Miss J'ca World

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OUT & ABOUT: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce + Miss Kitty + Kerron Stewart + Anthony Miller + Sherone Simpson + William Mahfood + Aneisha McClauglin + Tahnida Nunes + Tanya Stephens + Chris Zacca

THE BRIGHT SIDE: Apr. 27, Kingston. Showing no signs of slowing down, Miss Kitty (seen here with Kimberley Mullings, Ocean Spray's brand manager) had a busy weekend playing host to the festivities at the Digicel-sponsored GNC Wellness Fair inside the Hope Botanical Gardens last Saturday. (Photo: STUSH)

PARTY OF FOUR: Apr. 26, Kingston. Last Friday evening, Digicel held a pre-launch party for the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S4 at the CRU Sports Bar. Tahnida Nunes, Chris Zacca, Jacqui Burrell-Clarke and William Mahfood all made the scene. (Photo: Ishango Photos)

TEAM SPIRIT: Apr. 27, United States. Jamaica's gold-medal-winning women's sprint relay team of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Aneisha McClauglin, Sherone Simpson, and Kerron Stewart share a photo-op after leaving the track at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on the weekend. (Photo: LIME)

THE A TEAM: Apr. 27, Kingston. For its 10th anniversary season, Digicel Rising Stars is returning to its original format, bringing back veteran judge Anthony Miller, along with new additions Tanya Stephens and Craigy T Thompson, who all took part in a recent TV special to announce the upcoming season. (Photo: Television Jamaica)

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TIME OUT: Headliner Usain Bolt sidelined with injury, withdraws from JII meet

ON PAUSE: Hamstring injury forces Bolt out of Saturday's JII meet.

Although he was looking forward to delighting home fans at the Jamaica International Invitational inside the National Stadium this weekend, the World's Fastest Man has announced his withdrawal from the meet. Bolt, who was set to run the 200M, picked up a slight hamstring strain while training last weekend. Following consultation with Coach Glen Mills, the six-time Olympic gold-medallist decided to sit this one out.

“I am disappointed to miss the Kingston meet, as I love running in front of my home crowd in Jamaica," said the 26-year-old superstar in a statement. "I’m told it is only a Grade 1 strain so hopefully I will be OK soon.” Bolt further states that he hopes to recover in time to race in the Cayman Invitational on May 8, but the sprinter says he will make a final decision closer to the time.

Jamaican compatriots Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake have also withdrawn from the meet, while the American Tyson Gay on Tuesday confirmed his appearance. Meantime, in addition to Cayman, Bolt's upcoming itinerary has him scheduled to compete in Rome (June 6), Ostrava (June 27), and Paris (July 6), ahead of the keenly anticipated Aug 10-18 Moscow World Championships.

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BRIGHT SPARKS: Glenmuir High, Campion College are top of the class in CXC Maths and English

Maintaining its distinguished position among rural-area secondary schools, Clarendon's Glenmuir High has dethroned St. Andrew's Campion College as the top-perfoming Jamaican school in the assessment of the 2012 CSEC/CXC Mathematics results. Glenmuir climbed up seven places from last year in the Math rankings, according to the Gleaner Quality Scores, developed by Johnson Survey Research. The May Pen-based institution has also made a return to the Top 10 in English Language, which Campion continues to dominate as champion school. 

Below, take a look at the quality scores for the Top 10 schools in English and Maths, respectively: 

1. Glenmuir High (3718) 
2. Campion College (3703) 
3. Wolmer's Girls School (2671) 
4. Immaculate Conception (2611) 
5. Westwood High (2610) 
6. St. Andrew High (2469) 
7. Ardenne High (2355) 
8. Wolmer's Boys School (2043) 
9. St. Hilda's Diocesan High (1776) 
10. Kingston College (1523) 

1. Campion College (3689) 
2. Immaculate Conception (3263) 
3. Wolmer's Girls School (3230) 
4. Westwood High (3132) 
5. St. Andrew High (3054) 
6. Ardenne High (2997) 
7. Montego Bay High (2980) 
8. Glenmuir High (2945) 
9. Wolmer's Boys Schools (2835) 
10. St. Hilda's Diocesan High (2732)

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Fantasia proves her staying power on hit-packed new record

THE RIGHT NOTE: The singer's latest is both richly melodic and memorable.

Given her rocky last relationship, which became a tabloid and gossip magnet, it comes as no surprise that a post-breakup analysis (read: a bit of man-bashing) informs Fantasia's latest record, Side Effects of You, which offers songs that vividly explore hurt and healing, love and letting go, joy and pain. 

Fortunately, she's assembled a terrific team of songwriters and producers, like the ubertalented Harmony Samuels, who craft splendid tracks that do justice to the singer's consistently sharp, throaty vocals. The result is a solid fourth studio album from the former American Idol winner, who snagged a 2011 Grammy win for the soulful R&B hit "Bittersweet," off her last album Back To Me

Here, similarly poignant hits emerge, led by the melodiously philosophical first single "Lose To Win" on which she laments a troubled romance. But on the captivating "Supernatural Love," she joyously speaks to the type of relationship where the force of powerful love makes you feel like you can move mountains. "To The Heavens," meanwhile, is a groovy salute to musical greats (MJ, Whitney, Hendrix, Marley) who are no longer with us. And she cuts loose on the uptempo funky-soul sizzler "Get It Right". 

As the listener quickly discovers, Side Effects of You is a carefully crafted, hit-laden album. While several of her R&B contemporaries (Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan) have seen their stars enter the fading zone in recent times, the 28-year-old Fantasia is aptly demonstrating chameleonic prowess and staying power. 

Among the other highlights on the 13-track disc are the brilliant, Emeli Sande-penned title track and "Without Me," a radio-ready smash with guest appearances by Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland. Best of all, though, are the simply memorable cuts "End of Me" and "In Deep," which bring the album to a wonderful close. Tyrone's Verdict: B+   

DOWNLOAD: The rock-soul jam "So Much To Prove" and the self-empowerment anthem "Lighthouse"

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Monday, 29 April 2013

NEW & NOTEWORTHY: Make room for these 3 upcoming book titles in your collection

Dead Ever After 
Charlaine Harris 
Returning to the dark and foreboding town of Bob Temps, Harris' latest finds heroine Sookie Stackhouse investigating a shocking murder she was initially arrested for. But the evidence against her is weak, and she makes bail. Through sleuthing to get to the bottom of the crime, Sookie discovers that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie, what passes for justice is more spilled blood, and what passes for love is never enough. Due out May 7. 

Stephen King 
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland (Hard Case Crime) tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones is forced to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his own life forever. "I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts," explains the horrormeister, whose next work is a sequel-of-sorts to The Shining. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favourites. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." Arrives June 4. 

Many Rivers To Cross 
Mike Henry (with Reginald Allen) 
Due out later this year via LMH Publishing, Many Rivers To Cross covers Henry's key Parliamentary speeches and aspects of his unfinished political life. The 192-page hardcover also assesses the consistency employed in his pursuits, and via analysis, he explains, "how much did I seek to change and impact on." Henry further advises his readers to "criticize and be automatically cynical, as all of us Jamaicans naturally are, but equally appreciate its sincerity of purpose."

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WORKING GIRL: Keisha Patterson riffs on feeling the baby fever, prepping her next album, and her dynamic new stage role

ONLY YOU: Patterson (portraying Martina) gets her man in Paternal Instinct.

With a body of work that spans the realms of showbiz, TV and the music industry, Keisha Patterson remains an adorable blend of mega-sized talent, infectious spark, and fierce intelligence that collectively pay tribute to her impeccable upbringing while confirming what we've long suspected: she's destined to enjoy a long and fruitful career in the arts. 

Following recent roles in Mr. & Mrs. Blacke and Wine & Roses, Patterson can presently be seen bringing the drama in Paternal Instinct (playing at New Kingston's Pantry Playhouse), opposite Orrin Scott-Stewart and Stephanie Hazle. TALLAWAH caught up with the diva backstage: 

TALLAWAH: It's such a cliche to say that Jamaican actresses of a certain age don't always get great roles, but you seem to be working a lot lately. 
Patterson: I know. I'm so blessed, I can't even imagine it. But I hope the work keeps coming because, as you know, this is really my life. Theatre is really my passion. So I'm just hoping that the success continues. 

In Paternal Instinct, you and your cast-mates have great natural chemistry on stage. How well did you know the other actors prior to working on this production? 
Marsha [Ann Hay] and I go way back. Stephanie, I've known from JMTC. And I knew Orrin and David from before. So I pretty much knew all of them before we came together to do the show. It's amazing. It's great. We're all friends. We hang out, and we gel together very nicely. 

On the musical side of things, what's the latest on your new music and upcoming album? 
I'm still working on the music. The album is almost finished. I have a single out, actually, called "Fall In Love". And even though the album is nearly done, I'm really just concentrating, as well, on theatre right now. I love the theatre too much. It's ridiculous. (Laughs). 
So how would you compare working in theatre to being a part of the music world? And how do you strike a balance between the two? 
It's hard to balance because theatre has been so good to me, and I'm really dedicated to it. I really have to put my all into it, so it consumes me. But on the music side, my producer is working on that. I have done the vocals already, so if I have to do anything else, it's just maybe a little more. So I don't really have to be working on the music side right now. 

Have you selected a title for the CD yet? 
I have a tentative title, which is This Is The Life, but we will see. It will most definitely drop this year. 

I heard you recently got engaged. When is the big day? 
The big day is definitely this year. And you know, as they say, you become your character, and I have a child in this play. So, who knows... 

So with an upcoming album and a fairy-tale wedding on the way, you have so much to look forward to. 
Yup, heeheeheheheheee.... 

Given your gratifying role as a mommy in the new play, do you find yourself feeling more maternal these days? 
Yes, man. Oh, my gosh. And everybody around me is getting pregnant, so I'm really feeling the baby fever. So as soon as I get a break, and if I don't have more work after this, I'll take the big plunge. I'm ready. I'm so ready. It's not even funny. Theatre is really my baby, as well. So it's one or the other. 

>> Read the review: Paternal Instinct takes on matters of the heart

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MATTERS OF THE HEART: Emotional yet realistic, Paternal Instinct boldly tackles fatherhood and relationship dynamics

YOU, ME & SHE: Sparks fly as Hazle and Patterson confront Scott-Stewart.

Paternal Instinct (Probemaster Productions) 
Director: Douglas Prout 
Cast: Orrin Scott-Stewart, Stephanie Hazle, Leanne Bailey, and Keisha Patterson 
Venue: Pantry Playhouse, New Kingston 

Parental Instinct, currently running at the Pantry Playhouse, centres on the complexities of fatherhood and viscerally dissects approaches to relationships, yielding mixed overall results. But, make no mistake, it's an intimately revealing and entertaining roller-coaster, featuring some tear-jerker moments and commendably strong performances from a talented cast led by Orrin Scott-Stewart in the pivotal role of Mark Frazer. 

Mark is a decent, brilliant and successful MoBay-based lawyer (and a bit of a momma's boy) involved with Alicia Smith (Stephanie Hazle), an uptight but very attractive weather-girl who won't bear him any children. So the relationship is at a delicate stage. Arguments, screaming, shouting and doors being slammed. By all appearances, Mark and Alicia lack the essential chemistry to truly make their love story work. 

As it turns out, Mark had a fling with one Martina Rodriguez (Keisha Patterson), a ball of vim and spunk, with a taste for fishnets and booties. But she's a down-on-her-luck kind of girl, and the audience gets to witness her simplistic living conditions in the wake of the pregnancy bombshell she drops on the unsuspecting Mark. Love-triangle alert! 

Given that he's been having major problems with Alicia, Mark discovers a sense of personal fulfilment in the early circumstances attendant to having a baby on the way. In his quirky/manly way, he vows to be the world's greatest dad. But before long problems emerge. "I used to feel like I was immortal. I used to feel like I could conquer the world," he laments at one point. Years later, his world is positively rocked when Martina re-enters his life with shocking revelations. 

Though it's a play that yields mixed overall results and suffers from a few overlong scenes (a bit of editing would have helped), the writing soars in its most intensely dramatic moments and elicits big laughs in its more comedic ones. This is perhaps David Tulloch's safest play, in terms of keeping the sordid provocation under wraps, offering instead a thought-provoking meditation on the struggles of single fatherhood, the cost of infidelity, and the price of dignity. Throw into the mix themes like class, hot-button subjects like abortion and single parenthood, and a dash of humour. 

The visually rich set and appealing lighting design are among the play's strongest assets. 

Under Douglas Prout's even-handed direction, Scott-Stewart brings poignancy and power to what could have been a cloying role. As Alicia, Hazle delivers some flashes of controlled brilliance, but her part is mostly informed by a laid-back sort of poshness and an uncompromising demeanour. Patterson offers a heartfelt and (occasionally) hilarious performance. It's the most expressive role of her career. And as Shanna, Mark and Martina's pride-and-joy, young Leanne Bailey shows she could have a promising future in theatre. 

Where Paternal Instinct succeeds most is in its realistic depiction of how fatherhood can change a man, as he grapples with the unexpected and instinctively works to make a difference in his child's life, in spite of his own shortcomings and the obstacles in his way. The play's overwrought conclusion is pretty sentimental stuff, but audiences will appreciate, and indeed enjoy, this true-to-life tale of love and family, commitment and consequence. Tyrone's Verdict: B 

>> Read more: Keisha Patterson talks theatre, music, and upcoming wedding

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

THE BUZZ REPORT: Anthony Miller returning to Rising Stars + CFW 2013 launched in Kingston + Olympic photo wins prestigious award

Depicting the final of the Men's 100M at the London Olympic Games in 2012, this excellent photo was recently chosen as the winner in the Professional Sports Category of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. The photo was snapped by Adam Pretty of Australia. Now forming part of Olympic sporting lore, the race was won by Jamaican legend Usain Bolt, who crossed the finish line ahead of compatriots Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell

This year's iteration of Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW), recently launched in Kingston, is set for June 6-10 inside the National Indoor Sports Centre, and promises a sizzling package (haute couture, entertainment, stylish thrills and chills) to the tune of $65 million. Hailing from across the region, Central America, the United States, and Europe (and as far away as the United Arab Emirates), some 15-20 designers will present collections at the week-long event. As we previously reported, R&B star Kelly Rowland is booked to perform, as well as award-winning singer-percussionist Sheila E

Digicel Rising Stars is going back to basics (translation: the original format) for its upcoming 10th anniversary season. With the aim of reinvigorating the product and giving the talent show's viewership a solid boost, the producers have made the smart decision of convincing Anthony 'Killer' Miller to reprise his tough-love coaching style at the judging table. Miller will be joined on the panel by Tanya Stephens and Craigy T Thompson (of dancehall megagroup T.O.K), while Terri Karelle-Reid returns to host the competition.

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EMOTIONAL SEND-OFF: Family, friends and dignitaries gather to pay tribute to Dr. Olive Lewin

TAKE COMFORT: Major Joanna Lewin and Hon. Edward Seaga share an embrace.

Two weeks after her passing, Dr. Olive Lewin was honored by esteemed colleagues, relatives, and government officials -- including PM Portia Simpson-Miller, culture minister Lisa Hanna, and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness -- during a state service at Mona's UWI Chapel on Saturday. 

The emotional two-hour memorial service, which received a huge turnout, featured musical tributes from the Jamaican Folk Singers (which Lewin started in 1967), energetic drummers, among other artistic groups, and eulogies from the likes of former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga and daughter Major Joanna Lewin. 

"I wish I could feel it in my heart, that she was fully recognised in her own life," said Seaga, who was moved to tears while speaking. "She goes to her grave only partly covered in the glory she deserves... But God knows this woman of grace, this missionary of our music, this cultural ambassador was a heavenly icon, and he will do the rest to grace her soul as she deserves." 

"We have a rich, beautiful and varied musical heritage, and our people have suffered for generations," said Joanna Lewin. "My mother fully recognized this, and she lived her life for the betterment of Jamaica, land we love. Please don't allow her legacy go to rest with her." 

The celebrated musicologist, folklorist, and educator -- who passed away at the University Hospital on April 10 at age 85 -- was laid to rest in the churchyard of the St. James Anglican Church in Hayes, Clarendon. But not surprisingly, her life and legacy continues to inspire and will undoubtedly continue to do so for generations to come. 

"We continue to proudly embrace our responsibilities as an agent of cultural reproduction in Jamaica," said Christine McDonald-Nevers, present musical director of the Jamaican Folk Singers, "remaining committed to the belief that folk music is a part of our Jamaican heritage worthy of preservation."

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SOMETHING NEW: Jerry D promises 'substance and greater entertainment' for afternoon radio

MIC CHECK: "From it's radio, I am live."

Never quite felt Jerry D's vibe? Prepare to be won over this time around. 

It's been seven years since RJR listeners last heard from the garrulolus Jerry Davy, and we are happy to report that the Vibesmaster has impressively managed to maintain a jovial, kinetic style about him. And as he steps back into the spotlight, he's lined up a major comeback gig: stepping in for the recently departed Miss Kitty. Last week, the station announced Jerry's return as their new weekday afternoon host. 

With Jamaican radio presently crowded with dynamic personalities all jockeying for the top spot in the ratings, Jerry says he's more than up to the challenge. As for his plans for his weekday listeners, he has a few tricks up his sleeve, vowing to bring a sense of palpable freshness to the airwaves. 

"Substance and greater entertainment," he promises during an interview that aired Friday night on Entertainment Report. " Whatever it is, we're bringing the Jerry D experience on radio. We're pulling it out now. I have to make you do something, I have to make you act. You have to have some level of confidence in order to do what you want to do." 

Even as he sets his sights on being crowned king of Jamaican afternoon radio, he has much love for his predecessor, Miss Kitty. "From it's radio, I am live. Respect to what she has done. Respect to Miss Kitty, but this is the Vibesmaster, Jerry D."

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

LITERARY MASTERPIECE: Life After Life --- The riveting new novel everyone's been raving about

Author Kate Atkinson has hit the jackpot. Literally. Her wildy inentive, extravagantly praised new novel, Life After Life, is the book that the world's top critics can't recommend enough. "[Atkinson's] latest novel, Life After Life, is her very best... A big book that defies logic, chronology and even history in ways that underscore its author's fully untethered imagination," raves the New York Times' Janet Maslin. "Even without the sleight of hand, Life After Life would be an exceptionally captivating book with an engaging cast of characters... [Atkinson's] own writerly cradle was rocked by a very sure hand indeed." 


At its core, Life After Life poses the simple yet utterly profound question: What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? That's the incredible fate that has befallen Ursula Todd, the book's well-drawn protagonist, who is born again every time she dies. Each successive life is an iteration on the last, and the reader witnesses how how Ursula's choices affect her, those around her, and the fate of the 20th-century world. 

"Life After Life is an extraordinary feat of narrative ambition, an audacious genre-bender, and a work of literary genius," raves Grantland's Kevin Nguyen, while Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt hails Atkinson's fantastic storytelling. "It's all so richly imagined and ingeniously executed that the mystery feels right," she reports. "What Atkinson has mastered: shining a light on how full life is of choices and chance, and how lucky we are to live it."

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LIFE AFTER RJR: Miss Kitty's next act + Will she make a return to Jamaican radio?

SPOT ON: The radio diva reflects and looks to what's up next.

On April 19, news broke that vivacious RJR personality Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton had tendered her resignation after the station laid down an ultimatum: break the link with her new US-based station or walk from her popular afternoon show Ruption, which she had been hosting for the past four-plus years. Obviously, Miss Kitty went with the latter option. 

News of her exit got us thinking: will the self-proclaimed fluffy diva ever make a return to local radio? As it turns out, we might not have to wait too long to hear her voice blessing the Jamaican airwaves once more. "I have many offers being thrusted at me at the moment, and I have to take time to think about it," she animatedly tells the Entertainment Report. "But, of course, I want to be where the people are. And so, Jamaican radio, I will be back." 

Despite that optimistic outlook, it's clear that being forced out of her job has angered her somewhat. "I'm a freelancer, and by virtue of being a freelancer I don't get insurance, I don't get pension, I don't get paid vacation. I don't get sick days. If I don't work, I don't get paid," explains the fast-talking 31-year-old. "I can't be a freelancer, and you hold me to the same standards as a staff member. I don't benefit as a staff [member] as a freelancer. I must be able to freelance. And if you want exclusivity, pay for it. Put your money weh yuh money weh mout' deh. Otherwise, nuh bother chat, yeah." 

As we await her next bold move, the fluffy queenpin says she fully intends to keep on staying true to herself in life and in work. "I'm just a real person, a true person. Of course, some of the antics that we do on stage is for entertainment," she confesses. "From uptown to downtown to round-town, Miss Kitty connects and Miss Kitty breaks barriers, because Miss Kitty is real."

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