Thursday, 31 July 2014

EDITOR'S PICKS: Team Jamaica sizzlers, a stunning Black biopic, and a must-read story collection

THE GUYS: Men's sensational 200M 1-2-3
Following the example set a day earlier by Team Jamaica superwomen Stephanie McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day in the 400M, on Thursday the formidable trio of Rasheed Dwyer (20.14 seconds), Warren Weir (20.26) and Jason Livermore (20.32) left nothing to chance as they scorched the track to register a 1-2-3 finish, reminiscent of London 2012, in the Men's 200M final. That's what we call blazing a trail.

THE GIRL: Kaliese Spencer's golden moment
Demonstrating incredible fitness and her trademark physicality, Spencer proved an unstoppable force as she powered her way to the gold-medal finish (54.12 secods) we'd been anticipating in Thursday's finals of the Commonwealth Games 400M hurdles. So she had reason to beam as radiantly as she did hours later, as the Jamaican national anthem filled Glasgow's Hampden Park. Atta girl!

THE MOVIE: 42 (2013, Warner Bros.)
Chadwick Boseman is currently earning raves for his tour-de-force portrayal of the late James Brown in Tate Taylor's Get On Up. But long before he donned the Godfather of Soul's cape, dancing shoes and trademark pompadour, Boseman had convincingly channelled yet another African-American pioneer - Jackie Robinson in this strongly acted and deeply affecting look at race, class and the price of dignity.

THE PAGETURNER: The Gold Anthology (Pelican Publishers) 
Assembling 14 of the finest short stories ever awarded a coveted gold medal in the JCDC-run National Creative Writing Competition, this breezy anthology offers a stunning showcase of talented yet little-to-relatively known Jamaican writers who demonstrate considerable skill and distinctly island storytelling. Among the notable names included: A-dZiko Simba, Rudolph Wallace, Claudette Beckford-Brady and ace newswoman Dionne Jackson-Miller. Published in honour of Jamaica 50, the anthology's e-book version was recently launched in Kingston.

THE DISC: Moving Forward The 2014 National Gospel Song Competition album 
Get your praise on with this tuneful collection of the top 10 tracks in this year's contest. Keneisha Smith's militant "Prayer Warrior" may have snagged the first-place trophy, but in a word all the songs are standouts, with such highlights as runners-up Orville Sutherland's groovy "Cool Shade" and Adrian Dell's reflective "Blessed and Highly Favoured." The CD is on sale now at JCDC offices islandwide. 

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