2. Coinciding with his 95th birthday and the welcome observance of last Thursday's Nelson Mandela International Day, the Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom (in theatres next January), featuring pitch-perfect narration by Idris Elba, who portrays the iconic South African patriarch. See the clip HERE.
3. Doing his part to provide a satisfactory response to the universal query, "Why do Jamaicans run so fast?", this month former parliamentarian Arnold Bertram offers The Making of a Sprinting Superpower: Jamaica on the Track, his new book, which seeks to address, among other things, why our athletes (particularly our sprinters) continue to dominate the global athletics arena -- and, importantly, the role of unsung heroes who paved the way.
4. Fresh from their theatrical hit Breadfruit is the New Bread, Baby, NoMaddz are set to bring their bongo-roots reggae vibe to Reggae Sumfest's first International Night (July 26) in Montego Bay before departing for South America. The four-member band also has a new EP in the works, due for release in September.
5. The big winners of the 2013 ESPY Awards were announced during a live telecast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on July 17. As we'd hoped, Jamaica's sprint king Usain Bolt claimed the award for Best International Athlete over fellow contenders like Novak Djokovic and Lionel Messi. Among the other trophy recipients were LeBron James (Best Male Athlete) and the Miami Heat (Best Team).