Wednesday, 29 May 2013

THE TRANSFORMERS: A Letter from the Editor

The continuing and evolving success of some of Jamaica's most dynamic personalities is what TALLAWAH is celebrating this month. 

Jerry D, the renowned broadcaster has made a fanfare return to the airwaves, buoyed by infectious enthusiasm sure to woo listeners to his new weekday afternoon entertainment fest, Vibe 360. 

But, as you willl read in our absorbing cover story ("The Will to Win"), Jerry is not just interested in delighting folks with the latest tunes and exciting giveaways; he's also keenly interested in tackling pertinent and important issues that run the gamut from crime and violence to fatherhood and family, even as he challenges himself to eat healthier and boost his fitness level. 

One intriguing individual who's having no trouble in the fitness department these days is the uberglamorous and supersmart Kamila McDonald ("Living Her Life"), who opens up for the first time about overcoming the weight gain of her late teen years that threatened to hold her back. 

As her impressive bio shows, McDonald has gone on achieve Ivy League success, wed the man of her dreams (the reggae superstar Jah Cure, with whom she has a lovely daughter, now a year old) and currently hosts not one, but two, television shows. If that's not the very definition of accomplishment, then I don't know what is. 

And since we are speaking of achievers, icons Courtney Walsh and Anthony Miller must be part of the conversation. Brilliant and sharp-witted, Miller is finally making his long-awaited return to the set of Digicel Rising Stars (the show's dwindling ratings are sure to skyrocket), while Walsh (at the plump age of 50) continues to attract honours worthy of his legendary status. 

What Miller and Walsh share most in common is an abiding commitment to nurturing young Jamaican talents and, in so doing, play their part in nation-building. And like Jerry and Kamila, they are the living proof that it's never too late for a personally transformative second act.

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