Krystal Tomlinson is losing no sleep with the gossip mill in overdrive about her becoming Beenie Man’s newest babymomma. “What they’re saying is that too many children are on this Earth with him as their father, and that is a very unfair characterization of his role as a father to his children,” she says, breaking her silence in a lengthy Observer interview. “None of his children suffer any form of discrimination, have been prejudiced in any way because he is not in a relationship with their mothers. And it’s very unfair to speak of people’s children as if one or more don’t have a right to be here, and I think that’s my biggest concern.” But, at the same time, inquiring minds want to know – Will Beenie and Krystal tie the knot? “It’s a serious discussion that requires a financial and legal shift,” she responds. “None of us consider it a prerequisite for child-rearing, but it’s a plan. We’ve just chosen a different order, an order that many Jamaicans practise.” Tomlinson just launched her first book, Kill Fear, a motivational tome about rising above your deepest fears.
>> Cheer up, guys: Why did the Jamaica Tallawahs lose?
On Wednesday night, a two-wicket defeat to the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots saw the Jamaica Tallawahs exiting the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket championships in Georgetown, Guyana. Cue the sad music. Skipper André Russell believes their defeat was due to a poor all-around performance. “We didn’t stand out the way we’re supposed to in the bowling; a lot of bad deliveries. We have to refocus and do something different next year,” Russell told reporters. Obviously, we are disappointed.” The Tallawahs made headlines throughout the season, most memorably when the team’s management switched their home-matches venue from Kingston’s Sabina Park to Lauderhill, Florida, sending them on a losing streak and earning the ire of devoted fans. Here’s hoping next year brings way better results.
>> More to come: Idris Elba planning a Yardie 2
Honorary Jamaican Idris Elba enjoyed working on Yardie so much that he plans to do a sequel! Film Commissioner Renée Robinson told the Financial Gleaner this week that Elba, who made his directorial debut with the gritty Jamaican tale of drugs, guns and domestic drama, already has a part two in pre-development, with filming to take place in Jamaica and England once all is in place. With a stellar cast, including several Jamaican standouts (Sheldon Shepherd, Shantol Jackson, Dennis Titus, Everaldo Creary) Yardie premiered at Sundance in January to mixed reviews. It’s yet to hit cinemas locally and overseas, but it’s been doing the festival-circuit run all year. A screening recently took place at Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre, in St. Andrew.