Thursday, 5 May 2016

THE BUZZ REPORT: What’s new, what’s next, what’s trending in Jamaican pop culture

You know you’ve made it real big when your people start naming streets after you. The city of Montego Bay has honoured one of its most outstanding sons, Reggae Boyz legend-turned-coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore by renaming two roads after him: Theodore Whitmore Crescent and Theodore Whitmore Close. A very thoughtful gesture….. A legend-in-the-making herself, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce continues to align her brand with great causes. Recently, the sprint phenom teamed up with AMCHAM Jamaica to host the Caribbean premiere of the very inspiring biopic Race: The Jesse Owens Story at Carib 5 Cinema, with all the proceeds benefitting the Pocket Rocket Foundation. Up next: a special Mother’s Day benefit performance of the powerful dramedy Mama Take Me Back to Church, starring Dorothy Cunningham, on Sunday at the Wolmer's Boys Auditorium….. Meanwhile, dozens of needy Jamaicans are set to benefit from this weekend’s Food for the Poor 5K Road Race, which culminates inside New Kingston’s Emancipation Park on Saturday morning and is expected to draw hundreds of runners looking to break a sweat while supporting a
worthy initiative….. Is the Famous Nightclub over? According to reports, the Gary Matalon-led KLE Group has sold the Portmore-based hotspot and will now turn their focus to franchising the still-going-strong Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records across Jamaica and overseas. The Ocho Rios branch is due open in time for the Christmas holidays….. And while mystery continues to surround the sudden closure of Cuddy’z in New Kingston, the Crissa Group is embarking on a $12.5-million development plan to transform and rebrand the former Montego Bay Hotel as the Spanish Court Hotel Montego Bay. Aimed at bringing five-star swagger to the tourist mecca, the hotel will open for business in the summer of 2017….. The more the merrier? Digicel and Flow could have some serious competition on the way, as reports have surfaced that Jamaica is to add another mobile service provider to the telecoms sector in the near future….. And isn’t it just horrible what happened to those two American missionaries (gruesomely slain) in Albion, St. Mary, recently? Our sincerest condolences go out to Randy and Harold’s families. The investigation continues. Stay tuned.

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