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Stories by Stephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Published:Thursday | February 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With journalism being one of her majors in college, and the other international relations, it was no surprise when Tosh Alexander-Simmonds revealed what she had been up to outside of music these past two years. “I have always known that I wanted to...

Published:Saturday | February 19, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

No musical protester, Tony Curtis has long been influenced by the sounds of rhythms and blues, jazz and soul of the 1970s through to the 1990s, and has managed to send sobering messages, covering deeply entrenched social issues through his...

Published:Friday | February 18, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Whoever said that talking too much was a crime was obviously not a talker. Dahlia Walker-Huntington recalls often being punished in prep school for always speaking, but as she matured, she realised it was that same gift of gab that would help in...

Published:Wednesday | February 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Black Angel Foundation has entered its third year of its scholarship awards. Organised as a means of carrying on the legacy of their son and brother, Joseph ‘Black Angel’ Buchanan, who was a musician, songwriter, producer and record label owner...

Published:Tuesday | February 8, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Weeks leading up to their nuptials, Alan Bent and Vanessa Wadsworth would jokingly talk about a rainy day actually being good luck for their wedding ceremony, which was originally planned to be an outdoor affair. As luck would have it, the date of...

Published:Saturday | February 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Grief has struck the family of former member of The Aces, James Wilson Samuels, known popopularly as ‘Winston’ Samuels, as they mourn the musician’s death. According to Edward Delroy Bradshaw, he took his brother to the Burlington Medical Centre...

Published:Friday | February 4, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

She says when you see her, you see dancehall. Pamputtae is a cultural force who has routinely defied societal norms and transformed the way people perceive her strength and craft. Three minutes into a conversation with this prolific dancehall diva...

Published:Tuesday | February 1, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Choreographer, dance instructor and founder of Dance Jamaica Academy Latonya Dillon, known professionally as Latonya Style, has relaunched her awards show after a 10-year hiatus. The Dance JA Awards made its return a week ago after it was put on...

Published:Saturday | January 15, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

With the opening of its doors, Milin Jamaica Real Estate had been looking for a window to get involved in the community and assist the most vulnerable members of society. Operating for a little under two years, the team has found what they are...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Worlds away from his music recording career, Gentleman now owns, and lives, on a farm located in Spain. In search of a more simplistic and fulfilling lifestyle, the singer relocated his family from the city of Cologne in Germany, to the hills on...

Published:Tuesday | January 11, 2022 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The beautiful tapestry stitched together to make the Robinsons’ love story begins at Peter Forte’s tailor shop in the Half-Way Tree Arcade. Mercy-Ann Copeland, fashion designer and owner of Mercy J Fashions, was only there to meet a friend, but...

Published:Tuesday | January 11, 2022 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

We are on day 671 of the pandemic and Moyann is not running out of ideas to keep her audience on the tip of their toes. Two weeks ago, the fast-rising female dancehall entertainer dropped her music video for her new single, Big Tingz, but before...

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2022 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The book that was 2021 has ended, but some of the eventful stories making up the chapters are forever etched in our minds. It was a challenging year punctuated by tear-jerking losses, but it also saw several wins ­– oh yes, and weddings! Stories of...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

In the middle of a divorce, illness and unemployment, Kadian Snow was often left to wonder how she would afford basic necessities. During this time, she recognised that conversations became awkward when it led to menstruation and her struggles with...

Published:Monday | December 27, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Independent acts in the dancehall space usually have a specific season to break. In the past, there would be one authentic dancehall song or artiste that rules the global charts but in recent times, more productions have had a chance to shine, and...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:10 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Season Two of the fantasy drama television series, The Witcher, has a new addition. Jamaican actress Julene Robinson, who plays a barmaid, stands out in the fictional storyline – which is filled with actors speaking in their European accents –...

Published:Thursday | December 23, 2021 | 12:06 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Youth Chorale (JYC) is looking forward to performing in the new year, after two years of being absent from the stage. Greg Simms, principal director and founder of the JYC, says the chorale landscape worldwide has been altered because...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2021 | 12:12 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

For Stonebwoy to accept a title that many dancehall recording artistes have been trying to claim for more than a decade, means he knows and understands the culture he is representing. The Ghanaian recording artiste was proclaimed the ‘Prince of...

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Country-reggae entertainer Wesrok has ventured into the beauty industry with the opening of a unisex salon where he is dedicated to serving “celebrities and persons who want to live the life of a celebrity and want to be treated as such”. Not...

Published:Saturday | December 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Recording artiste Devin Di Dakta’s philosophy on life and love is, “Never to waste time on perfection or else nothing will be, and it’s best to be than to be perfect”. In a recent interview with The Gleaner, the Psych Ward lyricist shared that most...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 7:18 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Recording artiste Jah Vinci is probably one of the most mysterious male entertainers of his time. Aside from being involved in a few lyrical wars with other reggae-dancehall acts, he has managed not to make a public spectacle out of any conflict...

Published:Thursday | December 16, 2021 | 12:08 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Christmas is what you make it. Come December 25, don’t let it only be about having a dinner that will have that health-conscious cousin of yours cheat her diet by going for seconds or about concocting a sorrel drink and fruitcake with the right...

Published:Thursday | December 16, 2021 | 12:07 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

To appreciate how much cookshops contribute to a community and the values that the men or women behind the door pass on to its customers daily, take a trip to Sonny’s Cook Shop one morning. Sonny is selling more than a cup of tea to the young man...

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

Once upon a time, there was a girl and boy who loved each other. Unlike most fairy-tale movies that start out that way, Dennay Haughton found her real-life Prince Charming in Tyreese Briscoe, who she says knows how to treat her like a princess. “...

Published:Monday | December 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMStephanie Lyew/Gleaner Writer

“My eyes welled up having received the news that my musical brother passed,” said Wailing Souls founding member Lloyd ‘Bread’ McDonald of his reaction to hearing that former bandmate Rudolph ‘Garth’ Dennis had died. Not only did the reggae...

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