Tuesday, 10 December 2013

CATCH THE BUZZ: Bolt and Fraser-Pryce claim Golden Cleats + Hot newcomer Samantha J having her moment

TOP SPEED: Jamaica's dynamic sprinting duo still winning on the awards circuit 
Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are making a habit of this: the ace sprinting duo copped top honours at Monday's Scotiabank/JAAA Golden Cleats Awards at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew, adding to their recent sweep at the IAAF Golden Gala in Monaco. "It is good for [our athletes] to understand that hard work and perseverance, and having the right mindset are important when it comes to your education and becoming future champions on and off the track," Fraser-Pryce is quoted as saying at the ceremony. But the veteran Olympians were not the only ones reaping the fruits of their labour. Rising stars Kristoff Bryan (Wolmer's Boys) and Holmwood Technical's Yanique Thompson took home this year's Scotia/Howard Aris scholarships, valued at $250,000, for outstanding academic and athletic performance. And Coach of the Year? None other than the formidable Glen Mills

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG/VIDEO: How Samantha J came up with "Tight Skirt" 
You never know where inspiration will spring from. Sometimes from the unlikeliest of sources. "We wanted to show what Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time" would have looked like if it was shot in downtown Kingston with authentic choreography and dancers," says teen sensation Samantha J of the too-cool-for-school clip accompanying her sexy grrl-powered anthem "Tight Skirt," which samples the 90s hit by Red Rat. Ever since the Washroom-produced song made its initial dent in the local pop-culture psyche this past summer, the fresh-faced young singer has been anointed the next Tami Chynn. And she's not stopping there. Just this week, she was tapped to kick-off Young Starz Week on BET's popular video-countdown show 106 & Park. Let's see where she's headed next.

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