Tuesday, 27 October 2015

ON THE RADAR: Michael B. Jordan stars in Creed + Jeneil Williams dazzles in Glamour + Asafa’s 2016 calendar sizzles

MAN OF THE ‘YEAR’: While the rest of us are cruising towards the end of the year, Asafa Powell and his female fans are already living it up in 2016! The self-proclaimed sub-10 king and man-about-town on Thursday night launched his latest calendar at The Devonshire, Devon House, in St. Andrew. (We hear that the likes of Denyque and Sherone Simpson were early birds.) As for the verdict on the calendar? It’s been getting rave reviews and the word on the street is that it’s ‘pepperseed hot’ and a step up from last year’s offering. Raising the bar for the athletics superstar meant hitting the road with ace photographer William Richard to capture Powell striking poses against some of the most breathtaking natural backdrops islandwide, including some of his favourite hot spots – from the hills to the valleys to the seaside. As you give so shall you receive, and with his annual calendar is giving back to his fans (for a small fee) who continue to cherish him and bring a smile to his face even in the tough times. 

WORKING GIRL: Years past, you couldn’t leaf through any of your favourite high-gloss magazines and not come across a photo of Jaunel McKenzie starring back at you from a fashion editorial of an appealing ad for high-end couture. These days, another Pulse supermodel is following suit: the stunning Jeneil Williams, who is starring in an eight-page fashion spread in the October issue of Glamour. Sporting the season’s ultrafab minis and cool kicks, Jeneil brings the edgy ensembles and street-ready looks to life with a winning mix of poise and attitude. One of the world’s most in-demand Black supermodels, alongside Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls, Williams is also part of a wave of hot young Jamaican talents taking the world by storm (Tami Williams and Kai Newman, we see you!) The current issue of Glamour is centred on the queens of fall TV – from Empire’s Taraji P. Henson to Scream Queen’s Emma Roberts. A TV buff herself, Jeneil confesses that there’s one show in particular she can’t get enough of. “I would say Orange is the New Black,’ she tells the mag. “The drama keeps you on the edge of your seat.”

THE FIGHTER: Next to Carol and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic, one of the most highly anticipated films on TALLAWAH’s Must-See List for the rest of the year is the boxing drama Creed, a modern update on the Rocky franchise, which pairs the legendary Sylvester Stallone with young Hollywood’s reigning man of the moment, Michael B. Jordan, in a tale of big dreams, second chances and second-generation sporting ambitions. Leading a cast that also features Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show, A Raisin in the Sun) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People, For Colored Girls), Jordan stars as Adonis Thompson, a determined young boxer following in the footsteps of his legendary father Apollo Creed. With Rocky as his mentor and coach, Adonis strives to carry on his father’s legacy but does he have what it takes to go all the way? He’s in for the fight of his life. Creed, which arrives in cinemas in November, reteams Jordan with director Ryan Coogler, with whom he worked on the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station. It remains to be seen what their creative partnership will yield this time around. Watch the trailer above. Watch the trailer HERE.

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