Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Kingston College track team out for revenge in this year&rsquo;s Championship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Kingston-College-track-team-out-for-revenge-in-this-year-s-Championship It&rsquo;s no secret that KC would love to outshine their rivals this year, in fact they have tried relentlessly to do so since the green and black domination began in 2012. Since then, KC has finished runners up four times (2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016) which perhaps explains KC&rsquo;s raging desire to get the best of Michael Clarke and his boys.<br /> <br /> It was Ackeem Bloomfield who tried fruitlessly to inspire the purple and white in last year&rsquo;s Champs, and his efforts were exemplified in that now famous 400m race in which the lanky sprinter came second to a determined Christopher Taylor. However, KC has been accused of trying to recruit a new star in a bid to clip Calabar from attaining a sixth successive title in the form of Ugandan Ari Rodgers. The school came under heavy scrutiny in December of last year when young Rodgers started attending the school and was seen winning the Hugo Chambers 5K and was part of a winning team at the Burger King 5K in September of the same year.<br /> <br /> What we are sure of however, is that we will see another exhilarating battle between two schools who have dominated the competition since its inception in 1910. Both Kingston College and Calabar have 31 and 26 titles respectively, the first and second most. They have the talent and they have the passion but will we see a repeat of what we have been accustomed to for the past five years? Or will the prestigious trophy finally return to North Street for the first time in eight years? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9307537/BOYS-CL-3-200-2_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, March 27, 2017 1:53 PM Will Calabar make it six in a row? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Will-Calabar-make-it-six-in-a-row- This year, many expect another assertive performance from the green and black outlet. It took them 287.5 points to clinch the ISSA/Grace Boys Athletics Championships last year, a mere 37.5 points ahead of KC in second. The Championships have never seen such domination since the likes of, you guessed it, Kingston College. KC went on a 12-year winning spree between 1963 -1975 and is the last team to win six consecutive Championships (2001-2006).<br /> <br /> For Calabar to match that feat they would need another massive performance especially from their leading athletes, such as Christopher Taylor and Dejour Russell. The latter has looked impressive in pre-championship races, winning the Class 1 Boys 110m hurdles at the Youngster Goldsmith Classics at the National Stadium earlier this month.<br /> <br /> As for Taylor, since almost single-handedly leading his team to another Championship title last year, the 16-year-old has become somewhat of a national phenom. The Jamaican youth record 400m holder set the standard high for himself last year after displaying one of the best performances at the 2016 Grace Boys and Girls Athletic Championships. <br /> <br /> His status continues to get higher with each scintillating performance and the Calabar faithful will definitely be hoping that he will be able to lead their team to another milestone victory. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13054401/208568__w300.jpg Teenage Friday, March 24, 2017 1:56 PM Protoje does it 'For The Culture' again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Protoje-does-it--For-The-Culture--again Reggae music in Jamaica keeps on evolving so beautifully, not entirely because of the support from Jamaicans but because of the support and nurturing of young incredible reggae acts by the more developed artistes, which definitely keeps the wheel ablaze and spinning.<br /> <br /> Protoje is among a few others opening the gate and creating a path for upcoming creatives and that is beyond admirable. Live From Kingston last year was a brilliant example of this, which was the ultimate platform to host a sort of 'coming out' affair for young reggae acts such as Lila Ike, Runkus, Royal Blu and a list of others.<br /> <br /> For The Culture on Saturday night was not very different, we enjoyed lines and lyrics and rhythms from a string of brilliant in-the-making greats which was quite entertaining.<br /> <br /> Sevana kicked things off with a brand new single then seeped into the songs from her Sevana EP that of course had the crowd waving and rocking along to her melodic angel-like vocals.<br /> <br /> The highlight of the night, Protoje took stage next after having his band Indiggnation on showcase for a cool roots-rocking 5 minutes or so before kicking things off with Protection from his Ancient Future album then jumping into hits from 8 Year Itch and Seven Year Affair. The singles Love Gone Cold and Sudden Flight featuring the song bird Sevana and Jesse Royal really got the crowd riled up. Mortimer who is also featured on the Ancient Future Album performed Protection with Protoje with his rather very interesting and alluring voice then suddenly everyone was from the bread basket parish singing proudly to every line of the song.<br /> <br /> The show ended with featured performances from upcoming acts, Royal Blu, Blvk H3ro, Lila Ike, Nomadzz, Jeeby from the 'Di Vibe' band, Leno Banton and an unforgettable appearance by the youngest talent of the fold, Wayne J who bellowed a few big man lines that made the crowd completely wild!<br /> <br /> Blood Money which is Protoje&rsquo;s latest hit, speaking on the corruption in the Jamaican society caused by the rich and affluent, really resonated with everyone and was a good note to end the night on.<br /> <br /> The entire night as a lot of people have been saying was very &ldquo;culture&rdquo;, the music and the great vibes and more creative coming-ups, that&rsquo;s definitely something to always look forward to. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13717488/ftc-105_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:45 PM teenAGE Matchday 27 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-Matchday-27-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 71<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 56<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 56<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 49<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Manchester City 1-1 Stoke<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-0 Arsenal<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Manchester City 1-1 Stoke<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> West Ham 0-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Manchester City 2-1 Stoke<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Manchester 2-0 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> West Ham 0-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-1 Stoke http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13569583/Mourinho--AP-_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, March 03, 2017 7:03 PM Banning Kartel, violence in dancehall superficial at best http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Banning-Kartel--violence-in-dancehall-superficial-at-best Calls to ban dancehall music appear to be a tale as old as time itself.<br /> <br /> When it is not Vybz Kartel for being behind bars, it has been other artistes for other reasons. But, for us, the question of whether dancehall songs with harsher themes promote violence or merely speak to the existence of violence, is much like the question of who came first: the chicken or the egg.<br /> <br /> It is a question of mere academic significance, when practically the issue goes deeper.<br /> <br /> Firstly, violence in Jamaica is a real problem which requires real solutions, and it is every right-thinking Jamaican's duty to play a part in tackling our ugly crime monster. Far more significant issues include: recruitment to the police force from a student pool which was far from the academic best and brightest, &lsquo;informer fi dead&rsquo; culture, and politically aligned gangs.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Secondly, even those of us that aren't too fond of Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, et al must recognise that finding scapegoats won't address the issue in any significant way. After all, the root of the problem isn't to be found in what we can or can't listen to on local radio or even search on YouTube. Surely we all recognise that crime has existed before dancehall music's advent, and that listening to dancehall music doesn't, without more, make anyone a criminal.<br /> <br /> We applaud Prime Minister Andrew Holness's initiative to engage dancehall entertainers with a view to forging partnership and charting the way forward. It is true that more can be done by our country's influencers to preach peace and encourage everyone to work daily in big and small ways to build the Jamaica we want to see. But that said, banning any specific artiste or restricting the artistic expression of an entire genre of music will only serve to anger and further alienate many. One has to ask what the real difference is between violent lyrics from someone behind bars and someone who has never even had interaction with the law.<br /> <br /> One may choose, for their own reason(s) to abstain from listening to dancehall music but one cannot reasonably expect that to attack, in any real way, a genre that recognises the realities so many Jamaicans face daily, is not on par with attacking those Jamaicans themselves by invalidating their lives and circumstances.<br /> <br /> Now, that is not to say that one is not allowed to critically assess dancehall music and its culture and find it lacking. Understandably, while we recognise creative licence, we also know that, with violence and aggression as some of the more major themes in dancehall, we are in danger of either glorifying or normalising social ills. But these elements are negligible in the multiplicity of causes of crime.<br /> <br /> Indeed, if people did not have dancehall music, stress and anger levels may be even higher than they currently are.<br /> <br /> Before we devolve yet another battle of uptown versus downtown, teenAGE hopes this time around we really get around to addressing the things that truly matter. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13608238/Lisa2_w300.jpg Teenage Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 AM Youth View Awards 2017: a video recap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Youth-View-Awards-2017--a-video-recap http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13670327/Shenseea-YVAs_w300.jpg Teenage Saturday, February 25, 2017 12:46 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 26 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-26-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 69<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 53<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 52<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 46<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Swansea<br /> <br /> Everton 1-0 Sunderland<br /> <br /> Tottenham 2-1 Stoke<br /> <br /> Leicester 0-3 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 3-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Everton 2-1 Sunderland<br /> <br /> Tottenham 2-0 Stoke<br /> <br /> Leicester 2-2 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Everton 2-0 Sunderland<br /> <br /> Tottenham 3-0 Stoke<br /> <br /> Leicester 0-2 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Yakum:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 1-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Everton 3-0 Sunderland<br /> <br /> Tottenham 2-1 Stoke<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-3 Liverpool http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12908839/000_9W8RW_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, February 24, 2017 6:02 PM Youth View Awards celebrates ten years in style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Youth-View-Awards-celebrates-ten-years-in-style While the layout hadn&rsquo;t changed from the last staging the show provided exciting performances and well deserved awards. The show was hosted by the illustrious former beauty queen Yendi Phillips and resident YVAs host and disc jock Bambino. They kept the audience&rsquo;s attention with witty banter and wise cracks from start to finish and closed the show with a well choreographed and enthralling dance performance.<br /> <br /> The performances of the night ranged from gospel artistes such as Chozenn, Kevin Downswell and Rondell Positive who transformed the National Indoor Sports Centre into a place of worship; to Dancehall favourites such as Shenseea, D-Major, Xclusive and the Bruk Back singer Razor B who said he was &ldquo;excited to perform and shell down the stage, and get the ladies to break backs&rdquo;. Other performances featured International superstar Nylah (formerly of Brick and Lace) who is known for her single &ldquo;Light it up&rdquo; with Major Lazer. The highlights of the evening were the performances from legends such as Freddie McGregor and the YVA&rsquo;s Icon Award recepient Beenie Man as they had the crowd dancing and singing a lot to their favourite hits.<br /> <br /> One surprise was when young fashionista and instagram model Shanice Allen was awarded Female Fashion Icon of the year over seasoned greats such as Miss Kitty and Spice. Young showstopper Shenseea who was nominated for the first time won three awards including break out artiste of the year. <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Incarcerated dancehall mogul Vybz Kartel swept up most of the awards winning five of the seven categories nominated for, while his colleague and touted rival Alkaline while nominated for nine categories won only two.<br /> <br /> The audience were however prepared to say goodbye to the 'Youth' View Awards and from 2018 onwards say hello to 'Your View Awards', not only catering to youth but to everyone who fit the artistic requirements of music, sport and fashion. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud to have lasted for ten years and we look forward to the Your View Awards which will be more inclusive and cater to a wider market&rdquo; CEO of An Elegant Affair Events and the creative mind behind the YVAs Karen Clarke said.<br /> <br /> From us at teenAGE, Congrats to Karen Clarke and the YVAs crew on their tenth anniversary and we look forward to the Your View Awards 2018. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13668367/DSC_1459_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, February 24, 2017 4:01 PM Jah 9 Live: Music, poetry and female empowerment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Jah9-live2017-02-16T15-00-52 This is the reggae artiste&rsquo;s second event in Jamaica, after her free show last summer at Nanook and she definitely gave it her absolute all.<br /> <br /> As usual, if you&rsquo;re familiar with Jah9&rsquo;s music, she presents herself as a spiritual warrior and messenger and therefore uses every opportunity to educate and stimulate something in the softer parts of ourselves and Jah9 live was of course no different.<br /> <br /> The show was unlike any other reggae event I had ever experienced, it was packed with music and poetry and an amazing abundance of spiritual and feminine energies.<br /> <br /> The brilliant band Uprising Roots were the power starters of the night that kept us rocking through the whole 15 minutes of their performance, slaying us with brilliant engaging dub tunes. Runkus was up next with a different, more acoustic, soft and sensual vibe. It wasn&rsquo;t his ordinary &ldquo;jump up jump up&rdquo; but his showcase was entertaining all the same.<br /> <br /> The poets Yashika Graham and Tara Downs from poetry society of Jamaica definitely added a little shimmer to the night with some powerful poetry performances.<br /> <br /> To describe Jah9 on stage is to recite all the poetry ever to have written by all the powerful renaissance women, but to sum it all up, it would probably be fitting for me to say that her entire set was just completely otherworldly. It is one of those experiences that leave you speechless.<br /> <br /> Bouncing from tune to tune from her 9 MM mixtape and her recently released album 9, the crowd was wild, from the firing of air shots to the dangling of arms in the air to salute &ldquo;her highness&rdquo;. Everyone raved at &ldquo;unafraid&rdquo; that called for the iconic &ldquo;wheel and come again&rdquo; from her band, the dub treatment. Hardcore was also a crowd favourite and Avocado was especially popular among the ladies in the audience who sang along proudly to every lyric and dipped and rocked to the bounce of the beats.<br /> <br /> By the time the show ended, it was already past our bed time, but all the awesomeness was still soaking in our bones.<br /> <br /> Jah9 live was like nothing I&rsquo;ve ever experienced. <br /> <br /> Perhaps, the only thing left to say, is 'thank you Jah9'!<br /> <br /> Photo: Kashiek Burrell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13649577/Jah-9_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:53 PM Youth View Awards set for spectacular 10th anniversary celebration http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Youth-View-Awards-set-for-spectacular-10th-anniversary-celebration With the 10th anniversary celebration, a number of new features have been added including Break out New Artiste of the Year &ndash; Male and Female, the Icon award and the new voting website Caribbean.com.<br /> <br /> The Vendetta and Gaza camps must be elated as both Alkaline and Vybz Kartel dominate the 2017 YVA&rsquo;s nomination table.  Alkaline received the most with 10, while Kartel received seven nominations, two of which are for Favorite Music Collaboration, one with Shenseea on Loodi and the other with Demarco on Google. Alkaline is also up against Kartel in this category receiving two nominations for his collaborations with Movado in &ldquo;Farewell&rdquo; and the other with Shaggy in That Love.<br /> <br /> Both artistes however are also in the running to receive perhaps the most anticipated award, which is Favorite Dancehall Artiste. Spice and Popcaan are also nominated in this category.<br /> <br /> Other artistes who received nominations include Konshens (5), Spice (6), Popcaan (5), Ding Dong (4), Shenseea (4), and Mavado and I-Shawna (3). http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13640765/Alkaline_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:49 PM New Beyonc&eacute; and Jay Z collab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/New-Beyonc--and-Jay-Z-collab On February 12 Jay Z, Beyonc&eacute; and DJ Khaled gave music fans a reason besides the prestigious Grammys awards ceremony, to rejoice. Shining was released exclusively on Tidal immediately following the close of the ceremony.<br /> <br /> The inspirational, upbeat track has Beyonc&eacute; reminding you that it's pointless to try to stop her, "Don't you try to slow me down".<br /> <br /> Yonc&eacute; croons, "Shining, shining, shining, yeah. All of this winning I've been losing my mind." And her husband, rap heavyweight Hov reminds us about all his achievements in music and let's us know that success just seems to follow him around.<br /> <br /> The almost five minute long song follows in a similar vein to the theme of progress and glory on Khaled's Major Key, but it's none too clear just yet if Shining will be featured on his upcoming album titled Grateful.<br /> <br /> A few things are for sure though: this golden collab is going to take over radio and the album art featuring a spotlight shining on baby Asahd Khaled is absolutely adorable. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/7159093/Couple_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, February 13, 2017 5:34 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 25 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-25-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 64<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 52<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 48<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 44<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Burnley 0-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-1 Hull<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Burnley 0-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Manchester united 3-1 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Burnley 0-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 0-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Burnley 0-1 Chelsea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13509999/247922_74375_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, February 10, 2017 5:39 PM Why wearing black to support ending violence against women and kids was important http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Why-wearing-black-to-support-ending-violence-against-women-and-kids-was-important However, despite the huge support the movement has received, a large amount of Jamaicans are of the belief that wearing black will achieve nothing in the grand scheme of things. "Rape and Murder won't immediately stop just because I wear black", is the consensus many have come to. This thought process however, is wholly counter-productive when it comes to solving the problem of violence against women and children.<br /> <br /> Wearing black is just a start in the grand scheme of things to spark awareness on the issue. Yes we see cases in the news and on social media but many people still think these cases are isolated incidents with no common factor. They don't believe women and children are being targeted. They don't believe there is a problem with the social structure of this country, regarding how women are perceived and how children are raised. Many people simply do not understand that these problems have a root that needs to be attacked in order to fix the bigger picture. <br /> <br /> Many people don't believe there is a problem. Many people think this just how Jamaica is. Many people do not want to disrupt the ingrained imbalance of this country because "it's been this way since forever".<br /> <br /> So no, wearing black will not magically fix the problem, but it will help people realize that there is one through the conversations that will be sparked when people question, "why is everybody wearing black today?" We cannot fix a problem without identifying that there is one and understanding what it is.<br /> <br /> Everyone has a role to play in fixing this problem, whether it be big or small. A big machine would surely fall apart without the tiny screws and bolts.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13629443/end-violence_w300.jpg Teenage Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:37 PM Who really sing it? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Who-really-sing-it- In June 2016, Spice performed at Reggae Sumfest where she spoke about dancehall artistes who claimed to &ldquo;run dancehall&rdquo; and are claiming the title of 'boss'. Spice proceeded to sing her own version of Vybz Kartel&rsquo;s song Di House A Bun Down where she called out Alklaine saying &ldquo;Alkaline not even inna teacher class&rdquo;. Then in January 2017, Vybz Kartel, released Closed Casket which was supposedly aimed at Alkaline and the Vendetta crew. In response to this &ldquo;Alkaline&rdquo; released a diss track called Prison Warder which not only dissed Vybz Kartel but also Popcaan, Spice, Tommy Lee, Beenie Man and Ishawna.  <br /> <br /> It was later revealed that the person who sang Prison Warder was not Alkaline but another recording artiste named Fabian, who coincidentally sounded a lot like the dancehall artiste. The song starts with a line directed to Vybz Kartel,  &ldquo;A me a run di city, you a lock up inna jail enno. Tek yuh mind off a bail...&rdquo; he also responded to Kartel&rsquo;s song Closed Casket saying, &ldquo;close him own casket, tell me how a dead man fi a talk...&rdquo;. Popcaan or &ldquo;Flopcaan&rdquo; as he is called in the song is also called with one lyric, &ldquo;Flopcaan the microwave bun up yuh head...&rdquo; which was in reference to Alkaline&rsquo;s Popcaan diss track titled &ldquo;Microwave&rdquo;.  Spice was also called out for her comment, &ldquo;Yuh shoulda brave up like Spicey, weh a chat up her mouth&rdquo;.  Fabian also responded to her comment at Sumfest 2016 saying, &ldquo;seh mi nuh inna teacher class, mi graduate that mi done pass...&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> The drama was not finished there, in response to Fabian&rsquo;s song, Spice released her own diss track titled &ldquo;Who Sing it&rdquo;. The song begins with the snippet from Prison Warder where Fabian calls her out. Spice wasted no time confronting Fabian about the derogatory comment he made about her. Along with the other jabs aimed towards Fabian, Spice also stood by her opinion about Vybz Kartel &ldquo;The Teacher&rdquo; running the dance hall, saying, &ldquo;It bun you tru mi seh the world boss a di boss, deh a prison and him still a teach you inna di class...&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Now that Spice&rsquo;s diss track has been released, everyone is waiting to see if there will be any response from Fabian or Alkaline. Regardless of the outcome let&rsquo;s hope this doesn&rsquo;t escalate further.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13557230/251608_78349_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:30 PM Big Sean's I Decided http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Big-Sean-s-I-Decided Immediately there was an air of expectancy - Dark Sky Paradise (2015) was very well received after all - and the bar was set pretty high with the two earliest lead singles Moves and Bounce Back. <br /> <br /> All in all the 14 track album is a pretty good follow up to Dark Sky Paradise and contains a few songs that are likely to take over radio really soon, and some that mightn't run radio but are still likely to be your new favourite jams.<br /> <br /> No Favors (feat. Eminem), Voices In My Head/Stick To The Plan and Sacrifices (feat. Migos) are definite standouts on I Decided. <br /> <br /> Owe Me contains a line that might just be the biggest tell tale sign that Big Sean really does study music at the feet of Kanye West; a particular line in the song says 'I feel like you owe me sex' and sounds a whole lot like the verse in Kanye's controversial song Famous that made Kanye public enemy number one once again with Swift and her band of Swifties).Though we're unsure just yet if the song caught our attention despite the dripping arrogance and flagrant lyrics or if our attention was piqued because of the arrogance and flagrant lyrics, this song is one you'll probably want to give a listen to, and we've got a hunch you'll be hearing more of this song in the days, weeks and months to come.<br /> <br /> Story tellers and those focused on how lyrical a song is will find easy listening in Sunday Morning Jetpack (feat. The-Dream), the mom-inspired Inspire Me, and the Flint Chozen Choir-assisted Bigger Than Me that closes the album.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13627439/256948_83653_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Wednesday, February 08, 2017 2:17 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 24 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-24-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 61<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 49<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 44<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 41<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Hull 0-3 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Manchester City 2-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Leicester 0-1 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Hull 1-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Hull 2-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-0 Swansea<br /> <br /> Leicester 2-1 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Hull 1-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Manchester city 3-0 Swansea<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Manchester United http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13590714/253916_80786_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, February 03, 2017 2:11 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 23 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-23-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 61<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 48<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 43<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 41<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-1 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> West Ham 0-1 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Hull<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 4-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Arsenal 3-0 Watford<br /> <br /> Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> West Ham 1-1 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-1 Hull http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13548358/251032_77651_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, January 30, 2017 2:02 PM UWI Research Days guide students in the right direction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/UWI-Research-Days-guide-students-in-the-right-direction High school students and teachers will be able to participate in a variety of student-oriented events, with several opportunities to win prizes and gain hands-on experience in experiments and activities which would not otherwise be accessible to them.  There is also the direct effort to familiarize them with the world of tertiary education in general and the UWI Mona Campus in particular.<br /> <br /> Students will be able to create maps and simulate how to reduce disaster risks and address public health crises through a mapathon organised by the Department of Geography and Geology.  An assessment centre set up by the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work will offer a variety of psychological tests to help students identify personality traits which will help with career decisions.<br /> <br /> The skies above the Mona Campus will be alive with daily Delivery Drone demos through a collaboration of the Computing Society, Alternative Energy Club and the Department of Computing. Students will be able to learn a little Chinese, Japanese and French in Micro Teaching sessions, get Salsa dancing instructions and sweeten their day with a Pi&ntilde;ata session, all three staged by the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.<br /> <br /> In addition to tours of different Faculties and Departments, there will also be the chance to view hi-tech equipment up close in special demonstrations such as one from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology&rsquo;s Fertility Unit.<br /> <br /> These activities are designed to provide soon-to-be high school graduates with the opportunity of hands-on experience in fields that interest them; and a better understanding of each faculty while also attending research-based workshops and seminars.<br /> <br /> Over the three days, researchers will also address major development issues that affect Jamaica and the Caribbean by engaging the students and other visitors through interactive displays, demonstrations and key innovations. This mega-display will be showcased inside the campus&rsquo; Research Village, and the public is invited to see how research is improving products and mechanisms in a range of fields and industries such as science, technology and crime solving.<br /> <br /> UWI Research Days 2017 takes place on the Mona Campus from February 1 - 3, 2017. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13602649/ZZ15D94DC0_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 27, 2017 5:37 PM Little Mix's Leigh-Anne has a whole lot of love for Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Little-Mix-s-Leigh-Anne-has-a-whole-lot-of-love-for-Jamaica In an interview published online on January 25th pop singer Leigh-Anne talks about fashion and her home-away-from-home which may arguably be her two favourite things outside of writing hits and singing to sold out crowds.<br /> <br /> Leigh has always been pretty outspoken about her Caribbean roots and gushes in the interview about her most recent visit to Jamaica. "Jamaica is like my second home, it&rsquo;s probably the only place in the world where I feel like I&rsquo;m at home other than England and my grandad and most of my family live there," she excitedly shares with Wonderland Magazine.<br /> <br /> She continues on to say she's been a regular visitor to the island since she was a little girl, "I&rsquo;ve been going there since I was three years old, so like 20 years I&rsquo;ve been going! It&rsquo;s one of my favourite places ever."<br /> <br /> We'd say it's pretty clear the Shout Out To My Ex singer, fashionista and blogger loves our island. <br /> <br /> We love you too, Leigh. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12575877/LittleMix_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 27, 2017 5:35 PM Messi to solve Pep's problems? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Messi-to-solve-Pep-s-problems- 1. Lionel Messi to Manchester City<br /> <br /> Every transfer window there are rumours that Lionel Messi will leave Camp Nou. This time, there are talks of a Messi-Pep Guardiola reunion. Manchester City is rumoured to offer &pound;100m for the Argentine forward. It's highly unlikely he'll want to retire at Manchester City. However, Manchester City and the league could certainly benefit from a Aguero- Messi duo.<br /> <br /> 2. Diego Costa to leave Chelsea <br /> <br /> Costa has been linked to the Chinese Super club team Tianjin Quanjian. However, it is said that Chelsea is expected to reject their &pound;80m bid. Costa however may not have a place at Chelsea next season due to his attitude. If Costa is going to be sold, it would make the most sense to sell him to the club offering the most money and this would more than likely be the Chinese Club. Chelsea will need a good striker and the more money they have the likelihood increases that they would get someone good. Rumours are also linking Costa to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid<br /> <br /> 3. Antoine Griezmann will stay at Atletico Madrid<br /> <br /> According to Enrique Cezero, the club will reject the bid from Manchester United. This is really in the Spanish club's best interest because they would be forfeiting all chances of a trophy this season and the coming seasons especially if they don't find someone as dedicated to the club. The need for a forward will just be more and more urgent for Manchester United with their current forwards being far from spring chickens. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13517737/248612_75074_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 27, 2017 5:30 PM #TVShowReview: Riverdale http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/-TVShowReview--Riverdale Archie Comics often saw the gang riding around town, hanging out together and featured a bunch of spats between Veronica and Betty over the titular character Archie, but Riverdale lends a certain depth to all the characters.<br /> <br /> The episode teases mystery and tragedy somehow weaved around many of the characters' lives. We are introduced to Archie - the football star and not so squeaky clean  boy-next-door - who is interest in singing, songwriting and leaving small-town Riverdale behind, Jughead - the perceptive introvert, Betty - the good girl next-door and Veronica - the reformed Queen of Mean who recently moved to Riverdale.<br /> <br /> Riverdale has been described by Polygon as "campy, strange, gloomy and an interesting take on the teen drama drama" and we agree. We think Riverdale has all the markings of being everyone's new favourite teen drama. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13602634/Riverdale_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 27, 2017 5:27 PM Konshens on &lsquo;Side to Side&rsquo; remix with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Konshens-on--Side-to-Side--remix-with-Ariana-Grande-and-Nicki-Minaj Konshens is just one of few dancehall artistes to venture onto the international scene via collaborations. <br /> <br /> Popcaan&rsquo;s hit with Naughty Boys is currently doing extremely well after the single, Should&rsquo;ve Been Me, racked up over two million views on YouTube and is currently sitting in No. 70 on the UK chart. Spice also experienced similar feats, following her collaboration with Kid Ink and Jeremih in Nasty which currently has over 12 million views on YouTube.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12108947/Konshens_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, January 23, 2017 5:10 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 22 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-22-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 56<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 46<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 41<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 38<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-0 Swansea<br /> <br /> Stoke 1-1 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-1 Hull<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Stoke 0-1 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Manchester City 0-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Stoke 1-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-0 Hull<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-1 Swansea<br /> <br /> Stoke 0-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham<br /> <br /> Chelsea 1-0 Hull http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13444454/177571_68547_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 20, 2017 4:45 PM teenAGE BPL Matchday 21 predicitons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-BPL-Matchday-21-predicitons One point is awarded for the correct winner and two points for the correct scoreline.<br /> <br /> This is the current table:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 54<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 45<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 39<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 37<br /> <br /> Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions as well as your own predictions.<br /> <br /> The predictions for this week are:<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 1-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 1-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 2-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 2-3 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 1-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 2-3 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 2-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s:<br /> <br /> Swansea 0-3 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Leicester 1-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Everton 2-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13530805/249638_76219_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, January 13, 2017 2:48 PM Alkaline set to perform for the first time in Jamaica after a long hiatus from the island http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Alkaline-set-to-perform-for-the-first-time-in-Jamaica-after-a-long-hiatus-from-the-island The announcement was made on the deejay&rsquo;s Instagram page where he captioned a picture of the flyer with &ldquo;Mhm.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The artiste&rsquo;s caused social media stir  last week after Beenie Man had made claims that Alkaline was done with &ldquo;dutty Jamaica&rdquo;, a statement which caused younger artiste to defend himself, calling the 43-year-old a liar on Instagram.<br /> <br /> This will be Alkaline's first performance in Jamaica since his rise to prominence in the last two years. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13142984/216015_43773_repro_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, January 12, 2017 2:02 PM