Friday, 3 June 2016

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

ALL roads lead to Jake’s in Treasure Beach, St. Bess, for a weekend of literary splendor, easy-breezy sea-side vibes, good food and cool reggae grooves, courtesy of the Calabash Literary Festival, which has thrown its hat in the ring for another go-round as the world’s biggest little festival in the biggest little country in the world. Everyone is looking forward to Marlon James’ first Jamrock reading since A Brief History of Seven Killings became an international bestselling juggernaut – and Kei Miller’s long-anticipated return since racking up multiple foreign accolades, including the Forward Prize for Poetry….. And speaking of extraordinary Jamaican men, Usain Bolt (above) shows no sign of slowing down in the fast lane or when it comes to inking those lucrative endorsement deals on the throne. Our billion-dollar wonder boy has re-teamed with mobile giants Digicel as the face of their brand-new
'Bring the Beat' campaign, which comes on the heels of their intriguing 'Sprint to Brazil' promotion, which is still whetting appetites for August’s can’t-miss Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro….. The girls are making major moves, as well. Relentless achiever Emprezz Golding has parlayed the success of her hit TV talk show Talk Up Yout’ into a bonafide
airwaves format, airing on Nationwide FM on Saturdays (10 am to 1pm), while beloved chick-lit author Sharon Leach is heading to the States this month to lend her time and talents to a series of fund-raising activities, including giving a keynote speech. Bon voyage!..... Meantime, the race is on to replace retiring PNP stalwart Omar Davies (left), whose soon-to-be-vacant South St. Andrew seat is being eyed by both Colin Campbell and Mark Golding. Best of luck to both contenders and, indeed, to Comrade Lisa Hanna, who has expressed her intention to vie for one of the four PNP Vice-President posts come September….. And on the subject of the former culture minister, is Sydney Bartley making a return to his old job at the
Ministry of Culture and Entertainment? The one-time Principal Director of Culture was seen spending time, front-row, with Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange at Style Week’s Fashionblock in New Kingston on Sunday night. The two looked like a pair of old friends catching up on old times, while taking in the fashionable festivities….. What a big cast Lennie Little-White has assembled for his upcoming feature, It’s A Family Affair! Ity Ellis, Dahlia Harris and Tony ‘Paleface’ Hendricks are just a few of the actors who’ve landed roles in the much-buzzed-about project, being shot in Rio Bueno, Trelawny, for a world-premiere debut in September…… And hot on the heels of Diary of a Bad Man making the rounds on the Palace Cinemas circuit, Mary Wells’ prize-winning feature Kingston Paradise (with Chris ‘Johnny’ Daley and Camille Small) will begin its run on June 15. What better way to kick-off the countdown to the second staging of the Jamaica Film Festival, coming in October! Stay tuned.

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