Friday, 19 February 2016

EDITOR’S PICKS: What to See, Hear and Do this Weekend

SUPPORT The 2016 Youth View Awards (YVAs), which is returning to the National Indoor Sports Centre for a blockbuster presentation that will undoubtedly deliver fireworks and the kind of musical performances social media will be gabbing about well into next week. Amidst all the excitement though, emcees Bambino and Bella Blair will introduce presenters to hand out some awards. Who will take home Male Artiste of the Year? Young, Hot and Hype Female? Top Cultural Artiste? Best Gospel Act? Winners in these and many other categories will be revealed during Saturday’s ceremony that will be preceded by a red-carpet pre-show and closed off with a hip-hoppin’ after party. Expect appearances by, among others, Vershon, Vanessa Bling, Dexta Daps and this year’s international guest performer Pia Mia.

WATCH Fifty Shades of Black, a laugh-out-loud parody of the 2015 erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey (the film version of the worldwide bestseller). Since it is brought to you by the guys who released over-the-top comedic flicks like White Chicks and Scary Movie, it is best to approach Black with an open mind and a heightened sense of humour. With a cast led by Marlon Wayans (who co-wrote and co-produced) and Kali Hawk, the movie follows an inexperienced college student and aspiring journalist who meet a wealthy businessman, whose sexual practices put a strain on their blossoming relationship. In short, it’s a mix of gut-busting hilarity and cringe-worthy moments. Directed by Michael Tiddes, Black features can’t-miss cameos by Mike Epps, Fred Willard and Jane Seymour. [B-]

CHECK OUT Stephanie’s “Your Love” clip, the sexy music video treatment to her hit single of the same name. With its seaside setting, tropical getaway vibe and romantic sensibilities, the video (which features the sultry songbird frolicking with her Natty paramour) scores high marks for its appealing blend of simplicity, subtle sensuality and a nod to all things irie. This island girl is no stranger to tasteful, beautifully shot music videos; her clips for “Real Woman” and “Right Here” are winners too. But, by far, “Your Love” is her most captivating release to date. 

ALSO: 

> What to read: Author and Independent VoYces founder Judith Falloon-Reid’s latest effort, The Silent Stones 
> What to listen: Reggae-soul crooner Chris Martin’s new jam, “Beauty to My Life”






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