Friday, 6 November 2015

THE BUZZ REPORT (11/5): What’s new, what’s next, what’s trending in Jamaican pop culture

For almost five years now, the Marketplace hotspot Usain Bolt’s Track & Records has been catering to Kingston’s sporty-foody crowd with its terrific mix of mouth-watering cuisine, chill-spot ambience and family-friendly vibes. Now the time has come to introduce the formula to the tourist market, franchise-style. According to reports, an Ocho Rios branch of Tracks & Records is coming to life later this year (to be operated by husband-and-wife duo Joshua and Marsha Jhamrani), coinciding with the peak of the 2015 tourist season. And we hear that this new branch will be located smack in the heart of central Ochi.
An excellent idea! ….. And while we’re on the subject of people and places on the move, sources say Onika Miller, former Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister is now at JNBS, having landed an executive post that will see her working with regulators locally and overseas. We wish her all the very best in her new endeavours….. As ever, fabulous Jamaican women are having a moment. First up, the Rousseau ‘twins’ (who are among the culinary headliners for next weekend’s Nyam Jam Festival on the east coast) recently told Smile Jamaica that their new cookbook (a follow-up to Caribbean Potluck) is already in the works, not to mention the second season of their hit TV show Two Sisters & a Meal, which begins airing in 2016….. Who wouldn’t love to see Lupita Nyong'o play the peerless Grace Jones up on the big screen? Apparently, the Kenyan-born Oscar winner (12 Years a Slave) and Vogue cover girl is among the leading ladies (Angela Bassett is another) being considered to portray the pop-rock goddess in the film adaptation of Jones’ much buzzed-about memoir….. Special shout-out to the Real
Housewives of Atlanta
for choosing Jamaica (Kingston, Ochi, Trelawny) as a destination to film scenes for Season 8 of the hit Bravo series.
Nene is still uploading snapshots to her Instagram account…..Speaking of must-see reality TV, the curtains are about to come down on the All Stars season of Mission Catwalk. Tickets have already gone on sale for the grand finale runway show scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15 at Devon House. Every year, the MC team does it real big, and this year is no exception, with a VIP cocktail party and a VIP after party among this year’s fashion-forward festivities….. And while Miss Alia Atkinson continues her fierce winning streak on the international scene, we want to go on record as offering congrats to Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris and telecomms big-wig Denis O’Brien, the 2015 graduands who were conferred with honorary degrees by the University of the West Indies this past week. UTech’s honorees are just as deserving: Lasco Group Chairman Lascelles Chin and scientist and human rights activist Sir Geoffrey Palmer OBE will be presented with honorary degrees during the school’s graduation ceremony at the National Arena on Thursday, Nov. 12….. Finally, we’re pleased that the 2015 Youth Month activities have been spread islandwide. Stay tuned!

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