Monday, 18 September 2017

TALK OF THE TOWN: Camille Davis stars in Mango Wars, named Pure Bulk Syrup ambassador (plus Kamila’s divorce, Wyndham’s US$100M budget)

For Camille Davis, taking a break from the stage is not synonymous with taking a break from artistic pursuits. The acclaimed actress is on a self-imposed hiatus from her Jambiz family, but she’s appeared in not one but two movies since then. First up was the Nick Cannon-directed King of the Dancehall, which garnered mixed reviews. This month brings Mango Wars, from writer-director Kyle Chin, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). “I’m not done acting,” Davis tells Talk of the Town, during a recent morning school run with her fresh-from-Miami daughter Alexandra (aka Lexie), who just turned 5. “It was a personal decision to take a break. I’m enjoying my daughter and I’m trying new things.” That means signing on to serve as the new brand ambassador for Pure Bulk Syrup and appearing in the accompanying print and TV ads, alongside comedy kingpin Oliver Samuels.[Watch]

These days Kamila McDonald feels like a bird set free. Newly divorced from reggae star Siccature ‘Jah Cure’ Alcock, the fitness entrepreneur told Flair that she’s ready to put the collapse of her marriage firmly behind her. “I am at a place of surrender and at a place of peace. It took a really long time for me to get to this place. In life, anything that costs you your peace is expensive, and it’s a little bit too expensive,” she told the magazine. “It’s been difficult, a rollercoaster of emotions, but it has been a transition, and it has taught me many lessons.” Spoken like a true lady. 

UWI recently unveiled a new Marcus Garvey bust on campus, but Yasus Afari and other patriotic Jamaicans are still not impressed with the work done by sculptor Raymond Watson. Something’s got to give. In the meantime, the university declines to comment on the hoopla or divulge the cost incurred to produce both statues. 

And speaking of big money, the Wyndham New Kingston (formerly the Hilton Hotel) is being refurbished, over three phases, to the tune of US$100 million, as “Project 77” by new owner Kevin Hendrickson. Per media reports, the hotel missed its spring 2017 reopening deadline, due to delay in accessing government permits. But, as passersby have noticed, the work continues in earnest. 

> What’s the good news emerging from Minister Ed Bartlett’s recent trips to Google headquarters and other Silicon Valley sites? 

> Who is a worthy successor for CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron, who is set to leave office next year after seven years in the post?

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