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 RICKETTS MARKS MILESTONE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/RICKETTS-MARKS-MILESTONE_17992308 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com TWENTY-five years ago, five Jamaicans &mdash; Tommy Ricketts, Malachi Smith, Tomlin Ellis, Shaka Bantuta and Calvin Mitchell &mdash; wanted to create a space where lovers of poetry could fellowship and share their works. The Poetry Society of Jamaica was born.<br /> <br /> Today, as the society wraps up its silver anniversary year, Ricketts, the only founding member who is still active in the day-to-day happenings of the group, is overjoyed about the fruits which the seed planted 25 years ago has brought forth.<br /> <br /> "It's sometimes overwhelming to think that something which started out of a love for poetry has brought forth so many great things including a Musgrave medal. We never set out for all this. All we wanted was a space where lovers of the craft could share and we could encourage writers to better their craft," he said.<br /> <br /> Ricketts is also proud of the fact that in the lifetime of the society a Poet Laureate in Professor Mervyn Morris has been named.<br /> <br /> "Many people are not aware of how supportive Mervyn has been in the early years of the society. He was a member of British Poetry Society and, in those formative years, we would go up to his house and he would share his magazines so we could get ideas on how to move our group forward. We were very clear from the onset that our monthly meetings would not be a variety concert, but rather maintain the primary focus of being a space where persons could enhance their literary skills."<br /> <br /> One of the yet-to-be-fulfilled dreams of the Ricketts-led society is to have a chapter of the Poetry Society of Jamaica in schools, from primary to tertiary.<br /> <br /> "We find that many of our students are intimidated by literature as they see it as being foreign and by some dead, old, white people. Perhaps, it could get them to write our stories and even interpret the classics. We have been talking about this for well over 10 years, but the scope of this project is scaring the members of the Society."<br /> <br /> Ricketts and his team have already received the blessings of the National Association of Teachers of English, the Caribbean Examinations Council and the United Nations Education and Scientific Council.<br /> <br /> "The plan is to use Jamaica as the pilot project and then take it to the wider Caribbean. We really want a national fervour to this, so we want to conceptualise a TV show with participants writing and performing their work and a winner announced. It would be connected to the literature syllabus and the show would coincide with exams so this would help other students who are studying the subject," he explained.<br /> <br /> The society is wrapping its year of celebrations on Tuesday with the monthly fellowship at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and performing Arts in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> "This month will feature the work of Michael St George, one of the strong contingent of active Jamaican poets living in Canada. As usual there will be no meeting in December, but come January, the meeting which is held on the last Tuesday of every month will feature the new, fresh voices unearthed during 2014," said Ricketts.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11272385/TOMMY-RICKETTS-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:00 AM SKOLNIK to address music confab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/SKOLNIK-to-address-music-confab_17991984 MICHAEL Skolnik, editor-in-chief and co-president of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' GlobalGrind.com, is the featured speaker today at the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC) which takes place at the University of the West Indies' (Mona campus) Neville Hall.<br /> <br /> The conference, which began Friday, also ends today.<br /> <br /> According to JMC co-founder and organiser, Kwasi Bonsu, Skolnik will address the evolving music industry and how to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market, among other things.<br /> <br /> "With the changes taking place with the Internet and in different markets, it's important our players hear from someone who has expertise in this field," Bonsu told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Skolnik has been with GlobalGrind.com since 2009, joining as political editor. He has been editor-in-chief and co-president since 2011, overseeing a site that reaches over four million people monthly.<br /> <br /> GlobalGrind.com promotes the hip-hop culture (fashion, music, politics) that made Simmons a multimillionaire. It connects with 400,000 Twitter followers, 40,000 Instagram followers and an audience of 485,000 on Facebook.<br /> <br /> A film-maker by profession, Skolnik has produced several edgy documentaries including America Undercover and Without a King.<br /> <br /> This is the third staging of the JMC which looks at issues affecting the Jamaican music industry. This year, there are two days of panel discussions featuring singers Ken Boothe, Junior Reid and Nadine Sutherland, as well as producer/manager Robert Livingston and producer/songwriter Mikey Bennett.<br /> <br /> Another key aspect of this year's conference is Reggae Revival, a forum looking at the global state of the music. Among the panellists is Jamaican cultural activist and author Dutty Bookman.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11272393/Michael-Skolnik_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00 AM Silk, Jahpostle: band of brothers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Silk--Jahpostle--band-of-brothers_17991975 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer The Jamaica Observer continues its daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death.<br /> <br /> AT the beginning of December 1994, Devon Bradshaw, bass player with the Jahpostles band, remembers receiving a phone call from singer Garnet Silk. It was one year since the band had worked with the charismatic roots artiste.<br /> <br /> "Him call mi an' sey, 'Devon, get everybody together, wi a go Negril. Wi a start work again'," Bradshaw recalled in a 2012 interview with the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> They never got the opportunity to 'work together' again. One week later, 28-year-old Silk and his mother Etiga Gray died in a fire at her home in Manchester. Bradshaw heard about the tragedy by radio early on December 9.<br /> <br /> "I hear dem playing Love Is The Answer (one of Silk's biggest hit songs) on the radio, then dem sey him dead in a fire. Mi couldn't sleep again," Bradshaw said.<br /> <br /> Jahpostles -- which also included Bradshaw's older brother Anthony on guitar, guitarist Lenford Richards and drummer Cecil Hardy -- were an established six-piece show band in 1993 when members met Silk at a show in Florida. They first backed him on a show called 'Double Trouble' at the Acropolis nightclub in Ocho Rios that year.<br /> <br /> Prior to working with Silk, Jahpostles had toured and recorded with Burning Spear for 10 years. Bradshaw says he and his bandmates were impressed by Silk during their initial meeting and even more when they began working with him.<br /> <br /> "He had a lotta energy, a lotta spirituality. Garnet Silk was jus' a good person," he said.<br /> <br /> In mid-1994, Silk took a break from shows, citing fatigue. He was preparing for a comeback when he contacted Bradshaw in December.<br /> <br /> Bradshaw, who is in his 50s, is still involved in music as a musician and producer, operating the Axx Studios in his native Portland. He collaborates with homegrown artistes including singjay Louie Culture and roots acts such as Bushman and Prezident Brown.<br /> <br /> Though Jahpostles continued to back artistes like Capleton after Silk's death, the original band split in 1995 with some members settling in the United States and England.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11272386/Devon-Bradshaw_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:00 AM Respect to the Max! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Respect-to-the-Max-_17992416 YESTERDAY was special for Max Romeo. The singer celebrated his 70th birthday and his 50th year in the music business.<br /> <br /> Romeo's generation is considered the most influential in reggae music. He figured in the roots revolution of the 1970s, belting out spiritual songs like Let The Power Fall and revolutionary anthems such as War Ina Babylon.<br /> <br /> That generation transcended music. Romeo was part of the musical bandwagon assembled by singer/producer Clancy Eccles that helped make the transformative Michael Manley prime minister in 1972.<br /> <br /> Let The Power Fall and War Ina Babylon also established reggae as a force in Europe and earned Max Romeo a faithful following throughout that continent. Indeed, when he called time on his touring days five years ago, he was among the top touring reggae acts in that region.<br /> <br /> Romeo took a bow on his own terms, something not many of his contemporaries could afford to do. Some died destitute; others have fallen on hard times.<br /> <br /> Today, the St Ann-born Romeo mentors young acts including his sons and daughter on his Charmax label out of Linstead, St Catherine. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11272389/max-romeo1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00 AM New singles from Uprising Roots Band http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/New-singles-from-Uprising-Roots-Band_17991470 MIGHT Can't Beat Right and Trench Town are the latest singles from the Uprising Roots Band which is gearing up to release its second album in early 2015.<br /> <br /> The songs were recently distributed and are the follow-up to Time and Black To I Roots. All are from the impending album, also titled Black To I Roots.<br /> <br /> The self-produced set will be the band's second. Their first, Skifiya, was released in early 2011 and earned Uprising Roots live stints in Europe and on the United States east and west coasts.<br /> <br /> The band's members are Rashaun 'Kush' McAnuff (drums and vocals); Drums: Rashaun McAnuff; Ruel Ashburn (bass); Lloyd 'Akinsanya' Palmer (piano); Winston Bowen (guitar); Phillip Porter (rhythm guitar); Joseph 'Jr Congo' Sutherland (percussion); Ronald 'Nambo' Robinson (trombone); Sheldon Palmer (alto saxophone); Everton Gayle (tenor saxophone); and trumpeter Vivian Scott. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11272387/Uprising-Roots-Band_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 23, 2014 2:00 AM AUNDRE CHIN, Ft Lauderdale&rsquo;s party animal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/AUNDRE-CHIN--Ft-Lauderdale-s-party-animal_17991449 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer This is the fifth in a 10-part series looking at Jamaicans excelling on the South Florida entertainment/lifestyle scene.<br /> <br /> SOUTH Florida has always been a hotbed for parties and major live events, especially the fashionable South Beach area. Fort Lauderdale-based Jamaican Aundre Chin is responsible for a number of these gigs.<br /> <br /> Born in St Andrew, Chin grew up in the Barbican area and attended Jamaica College. He migrated to South Florida 11 years ago.<br /> <br /> Officially employed as a chef and dietician at the Palms of Lauderdale Lakes Nursing Home, Chin loves to party when he is not at "work". He spoke to the Jamaica Observer recently about what makes his events crowd-pullers.<br /> <br /> "The difference I bring is the art of listening to the patrons. I follow-up with patrons and get their feedback on events and things they would like to see and changes they would like made, and implement them," he said. "Without patrons there would be no parties."<br /> <br /> Chin, 34, has been involved in party promotion for the past 10 years. He started out with Absolute Promotions before branching off and starting his own company.<br /> <br /> His first party was the monthly Naked, a popular show in South Miami. He has since promoted events including Stages, Bubbles, Mask, Foam Wet Fete, Fiji and Ravin, the latter being his most successful venture to date.<br /> <br /> After relocating to Florida, Chin attended Coconut Creek High School and later Atlantic University where he studied Culinary Arts. He also attended the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute, graduating with degrees in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.<br /> <br /> Though he earns a good income from being a show promoter, Chin pointed to its demands.<br /> <br /> "One of the hardest challenges I face as a promoter is having a stable relationship. Most women do not trust promoters due to the lifestyle of always being around women. It takes a really strong and confident woman to be with a promoter and have a promoter in her life," he said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11272388/Aundre-Chin-photo-3_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00 AM New &lsquo;riddim&rsquo; to coincide with Sting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/New--riddim--to-coincide-with-Sting_17991672 FLORlDA-BASED producer Kevin Richards will be releasing his Team Strike Riddim on December 16.<br /> <br /> Recorded on his Spit Fiyah Recording label, the set comprises seven tracks. The 'riddim' also features emerging dancehall/reggae acts such as Navino, Ryme Minista, I Sane and Black Pearl.<br /> <br /> "A lot of thought was given to the making of this riddim. We wanted it to be released in the month of Magnum Sting, so we ensured that it had the components of a dancehall clash melody. Even if a listener is overseas, the Team Strike riddim will leave he/she feeling like they are in the hardcore streets of Jamaica," Richards told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Sting is the annual dancehall stage show held at the Jamworld Entertainment Complex in Portmore, St Catherine. Characterised by face-offs by dancehall artistes, it is held on Boxing Day for more than 30 years.<br /> <br /> This is the second rhythm for the up-and-coming producer. He released his debut project called Top-Game in June of this year.<br /> <br /> Richards is hoping that this venture will give him his musical breakthrough.<br /> <br /> "I really hope the listeners will not only listen to tracks, but buy them as well. Getting to the peak of the entertainment scene is a difficult task, as there are hundreds of other producers like myself competing for the top spot. Furthermore it is sometimes harder to do dancehall music when you live outside the country of its birth. However, I do hope that this riddim will give me my breakthrough and make me a household name," he said.<br /> <br /> Richards spent his earlier years in Spanish Town, St Catherine, before migrating to Florida in 2004.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11272390/Spit-Fiyah_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00 AM Tony Roy gets lift from wine festival http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tony-Roy-gets-lift-from-wine-festival_17990576 HAVING performed at the recent International Reggae Wine Festival in Montego Bay, singer Tony Roy is hoping his latest songs will find an audience in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The St Thomas-born Roy has been a fixture on the Washington DC/Maryland reggae scene for over 10 years. Prior to his performance at the 'Wine Fest' in October, he released two singles, Live Without Your Love and a cover of Gregory Isaacs' Love Overdue.<br /> <br /> He says he got a lift performing in Jamaica for the first time since 2011.<br /> <br /> "It was great, I got a wonderful reception. The crowd loved it," Roy told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He produced Live Without Your Love and co-produced Love Overdue with his Nigerian drummer Paapa Nyarkoh. Both will be released in Jamaica as Roy looks to build on his Wine Fest appearance.<br /> <br /> A former drummer/vocalist with the Chosen People band, Roy (real name Fitzroy Gordon) played the hotel circuit in his home parish before migrating to the United States in 1997.<br /> <br /> The Baltimore region of Maryland and neighbouring DC have always had a strong reggae club following which Roy says made it easy for him to fit in as a singer/musician.<br /> <br /> In 2010, he released his debut album, Waiting List.<br /> <br /> -- Howard Campbell<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11272391/Tony-Roy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:00 AM Silk wraps the Penthouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Silk-wraps-the-Penthouse_17990356 BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com This is the fourth in the Jamaica Observer's daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death.<br /> <br /> MUSIC producer Donovan Germain believes every generation has a unique artiste. For him, roots singer Garnet Silk was the standout of his contemporaries.<br /> <br /> "For the short time he was here, he created a tremendous impact on the music. His songs are still current today," said Germain.<br /> <br /> Silk (given name Garnet Smith) was part of the roots revival that swept Jamaica during the 1990s.<br /> <br /> That movement also comprised poet Yasus Afari, deejay Tony Rebel, singers Everton Blender, Uton Green and deejay Kulcha Knox.<br /> <br /> Germain, principal of Penthouse Records, said the singer's conviction to his faith helped make his music enduring.<br /> <br /> "They weren't the run-of-the-mill songs. Garnet really believed in Rastafari and was commited to the faith. It came out in how he ate, how he carried himself and in his music," he said.<br /> <br /> "Garnet came at a time when slackness was the order of the day. He personally hit out against it in one of his songs Lion Heart (1992) when he said 'slackness fi go park'," Germain continued.<br /> <br /> He remembers his first encounter with Silk, then an aspiring artiste.<br /> <br /> "Tony Rebel brought him to Penthouse, around 1990. He was a deejay at the time who called himself Bimbo," he said.<br /> <br /> The producer said he was not impressed with the young entertainer, and sent him home to "hone his skills".<br /> <br /> "He came back as the Garnet Silk we know. I also became his manager," said the producer. "He was passionate about what he did. Always prepared, and always on time."<br /> <br /> Silk recorded several tracks on the Penthouse label. Fifteen were compiled on the Garnet Silk: Collector Series album and released a year after his death. That set contains some of the artiste's popular hits including A Man Is Just A Man, Complaint, Broken Heart and Everything I've Got.<br /> <br /> Germain said he has two unreleased Garnet Silk songs which he plans to release at the "right time".<br /> <br /> Silk and his mother, Etiga Gray, died in a fire at her home in Manchester on December 9, 1994.<br /> <br /> The producer said he spoke to Silk the night before he died.<br /> <br /> "We were talking about music. He was into music and just being successful to take care of his family," he recalled.<br /> <br /> Garnet Silk died before his son, Garnet Jnr, was born.<br /> <br /> "I became Garnet Silk Jr's godfather. I took care of him right through high school. Garnet would have wanted that," he added.<br /> <br /> Silk wraps the Penthouse<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269255/Garnet-Silk-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 AM Anita rules iTunes chart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Anita-rules-iTunes-chart_17991366 Jamaican-born reggae singer Anita Antoinette's performance on the NBC talent competion, The Voice, moved her back to the number one slot on iTunes Reggae Top 100 Chart this weekend.<br /> <br /> Her rendition of Bob Marley's Redemption Song (The Voice Performance) ensured that she retook the top spot from another Jamaican-born deejay Kranium with Lifestyle remix, featuring Troy Ave.<br /> <br /> Marley occupies two, three and five on the chart with Three Little Birds, Redemption Song and Is This Love, respectively.<br /> <br /> Matisyahu is at number four with One Day.<br /> <br /> Anita rules iTunes chart<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269251/Anita-Antoinette_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 AM 'EN-GAGED' CARIBBEAN FANS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-EN-GAGED--CARIBBEAN-FANS_17990985 FAST-RISING dancehall deejay Gage said while he has never encountered any objections to his performances in other Caribbean countries, protesters should know it's 'role play'.<br /> <br /> "At the end of the day, an artiste is just taking on a character. It's just music. The characters we play are sometimes different from who we really are. I don't like the ban and the protest because we don't see them banning movies. However, there are rules everywhere and it is their country," he said.<br /> <br /> Earlier this year, controversial dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta was barred from entering Dominica while religious groups in St Kitts & Nevis and Antigua & Barbuda protested Alkaline's performance in their country.<br /> <br /> Gage, 24, whose given name is Ryan Douglas, is known for hard-core and edgy lyrics. His recent looks bear an uncanny similarity to incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel.<br /> <br /> Gage has done shows in Costa Rica, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana.<br /> <br /> "I never changed tune when I am performing outside of Jamaica. The audience loves the slackness. They probably just don't like the 'devilish' music and appearance," he surmised.<br /> <br /> The deejay said from what he sees Caribbean people love dancehall music.<br /> <br /> "The other islands appreciate dancehall music more than Jamaica. As the saying goes: the grass is always greener on the other side," he said.<br /> <br /> Gage recounts a recent visit to Guyana.<br /> <br /> "The crowd could be compared to that of Sting. I was slated to close the event. There were several local acts on the line-up, one of whom decided to throw a few lyrical blows at me and he was booed and bottled by his own people. That alone shows how committed these people are to dancehall music," he said.<br /> <br /> Gage is managed by Dutty Fridaze Promotions, a company owned by West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle. His tracks include In Deh, Burning Son, Kitty Kat, Hey Mama, and Candy Man.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan <br /> <br /> 'EN-GAGED' CARIB FANS<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269207/gage-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 AM Actors mourn Chu Chu http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Actors-mourn-Chu-Chu-_17992011 THE theatre community is mourning the death of roots play actor Cleve 'Chu Chu' Warren.<br /> <br /> Warren, 46, was pronounced dead at the St Ann's Bay Hospital on Thursday after complaining of feeling dizzy while en route to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.<br /> <br /> Actor Maxwell Grant, known for his roles in Maama Man and Bashment Granny, said it will take a while for anyone to fill Warren's shoes.<br /> <br /> "Roots theatre is going to miss Chu Chu. He was the kind of actor and person who can always lift your spirit. He was also very popular when we travel overseas and he had a big following over there."<br /> <br /> Grant and Warren met on a Ralph Holness production in the 1990s. They also starred in Everton Dawkins-produced Man Fi Get Bun, Delilah, School Boy, Passa Passa and Passa Passa 2.<br /> <br /> The shock was still very raw for actor Lascelles Parnell, best known for his hilarious, cross-dressing character 'Girlie'.<br /> <br /> "It is so sudden...the truth is you never know when, how or the hour, it knock me off my feet," Parnell lamented.<br /> <br /> It was the same for actor Garfield 'Bad Boy Trevor' Reid.<br /> <br /> He got the news while in rehearsal for Bashment Granny 3, which opens in December.<br /> <br /> "I got to see the man behind the character. While audiences know Chu Chu, I got to know Cleve. He was a really great person. I will miss my brother, friend and co-worker," said Reid.<br /> <br /> Actress Suzette Barrett, who appeared alongside Warren in Family Affair, remembers him as a complicated actor, who, despite all that was happening, always managed to bring joy to the set.<br /> <br /> "Every single emotion is running through me -- love, regret, sadness, joy, everything. It has taken a toll on me... I couldn't sleep. It's just sad," said Barrett. Warren's friend Mytania Samuels, better known as Sambo, was the last person to see him alive.<br /> <br /> "He stopped by me in Ocho Rios on his way to the airport and complained of feeling dizzy. I saw he had some food in the car and wondered if it was that was making him sick so I went to get some Andrews (antacid) to settle his stomach. When I came back to his car, he fell on the ground and started kicking. I thought he was choking and some people came around and told me he was having a fit," Samuels recalled.<br /> <br /> Warren reportedly revived and wanted to continue his journey to the airport but Samuels insisted that he come to his house and rest before taking on the journey.<br /> <br /> "When we get to Fern Gully he started telling me that he was going to die. I encouraged him to pray. He began shaking violently. When we got to my house he began to vomit so I went for some Epsom salts to help him bring up when I got back to the car, I realised he was bringing up blood and I rushed him to the hospital where he died."<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> Actors mourn Chu Chu<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269252/Chu-Chu-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269253/Chu-Chu-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 AM Kurt takes the Catwalk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kurt-takes-the-Catwalk_17991071 JAMAICA'S Kurt Campbell stitched his way to the top of the fourth season of Mission Catwalk on the lawns of Devon House last Saturday.<br /> <br /> As part of his prize, Campbell won an opportunity to show a collection at the Milan Fashion Week courtesy of Campari.<br /> <br /> "I am lost for words. I am overly excited. It is unbelievable that I will be showing my collections in Milan which is the fashion capital of the world," he said.<br /> <br /> The 25-year-old said that his success in the Mission Catwalk series has propelled him in the fashion industry.<br /> <br /> Campbell said his designs are geared towards the 'well dressed' woman.<br /> <br /> "What I used to determine a lady's fashion is the shoes she wears. Her shoes define the type of clothing that will fit her," he explained.<br /> <br /> His other prizes include $500,000 funding to start his clothing line courtesy of NCB-SME, industrial sewing equipment valued at $200,000, a fashion editorial in Jamaque Paradis Magazine, internship with a regional design house, a Samsung Galaxy Tablet courtesy of Digicel and a scholarship to pursue a fashion programme at the University of Technology.<br /> <br /> Mission Catwalk is a local reality series aimed at discovering and developing talented fashion designers.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> Kurt takes the Catwalk<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269254/Kurt-Campbell_7618_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 AM Florida woman accuses Cosby http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Florida-woman-accuses-Cosby-_17990271 BOCA RATON, Flra. (AP) -- A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.<br /> <br /> Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. She said she went backstage and when the two were alone, Cosby gave her two pills and a glass of water, saying, "Take these."<br /> <br /> "My next memory is clearly feeling drugged, being without my clothes, standing up," she said. "Bill Cosby was behind me, having sex with me."<br /> <br /> Cosby spokesman David Brokaw did not respond to a request for comment. Cosby's lawyer, in a statement released Sunday, criticised previous "decades-old, discredited allegations," stating that "the fact that they are being repeated does not make them true."<br /> <br /> Cosby made no mention of the allegations Thursday during a benefit performance in the Bahamas for a women's service organisation. He stuck to his routine, including stories about his childhood growing up in the projects of Philadelphia. There were few empty seats in the house and a few people gave him an ovation when he finished his set.<br /> <br /> Some in the audience said the allegations against Cosby remain unproven and they added that his performance was a benefit for what they felt was a good cause.<br /> <br /> Florida woman accuses Cosby <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269256/bill-cosby4_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269257/Therese_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 AM Swift to receive award for excellence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Swift-to-receive-award-for-excellence_17990243 NEW YORK, USA (AP) -- Taylor Swift is getting a special -- and new -- award from the American Music Awards (AMA).<br /> <br /> Dick Clark productions announced yesterday that Swift would receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at tomorrow's show.<br /> <br /> Swift is receiving the honour for her record-setting sales. Titled 1989, her fifth album, released last month, became the singer's third album to sell more than 1 million units in its debut week.<br /> <br /> Dick Clark's widow, Kari Clark, said in a statement that "the first time Dick saw Taylor perform, he knew she was something special."<br /> <br /> Swift will kick off the awards show with a performance of Blank Space, her new single which hit No 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart this week.<br /> <br /> The AMAs will air live on ABC. Iggy Azalea is the lead nominee with six.<br /> <br /> Swift to receive award for excellence<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269258/taylor-swift_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 AM Big Latin Grammy wins for Iglesias, Calle 13 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Big-Latin-Grammy-wins-for-Iglesias--Calle-13_17990220 ENRIQUE Iglesias picked up his first Latin Grammy in more than a decade on Thursday, winning three trophies including song of the year for his platinum hit, Bailando, while Calle 13 set a record for most Latin Grammy wins with 21.<br /> <br /> Iglesias accepted his awards from Paris, where he was on tour. Bailando also won best urban song and performance, beating out Latin Grammy favourites Calle 13. Iglesias won his first Latin Grammy -- and only one before Thursday -- in 2003 for best male pop vocal album for Quiz&aacute;s.<br /> <br /> Calle 13 walked into the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as the top competitors. Eduardo Cabra of duo was nominated for 10 awards, including producer of the year, while the group was up for nine, including album, song and record of the year -- all of which they lost.<br /> <br /> Instead, Paco de Lucia -- the celebrated Mexican guitarist who died earlier this year -- won album of the year for his final effort, Canci&oacute;n Andaluza. The album also won best flamenco album, an award de Lucia won twice throughout his career.<br /> <br /> Juanes, who was originally tied with Calle 13 with 19 Latin Grammys before Thursday, won best pop/rock album for Loco De Amor, giving him a career total of 20.<br /> <br /> Big Latin Grammy wins for Iglesias, Calle 13<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11269250/Enrique-Iglesias_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 AM &lsquo;Bad Boy Trevor&rsquo; pays tribute to &lsquo;Chu Chu&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-Bad-Boy-Trevor--pays-tribute-to--Chu-Chu- KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; The acting community is in shock as it mourns the passing of roots play thespian Cleve &lsquo;Chu Chu&rsquo; Warren.<br /> <br /> Warren, 46, is said to have died in the St Ann&rsquo;s Bay Hospital Thursday, November 20, after complaining of feeling dizzy. <br /> <br /> Fellow actor Garfield &lsquo;Bad Boy Trevor&rsquo; Reid remembers him as a great brother, co-worker and friend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The last time I saw him was two weeks ago. I was going into rehearsal for Bashment Granny 3. He came to watch us and he just brought an energy to the place. He was like that. He would come and watch a play that he was not in and give you a critique that was always helpful. The guy will be sadly missed.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Reid and Warren began working together in the 1990s. Their first production, Ghetto Slam, saw Warren as the actor and Reid being the director. Since then, they have appeared together on stage in many productions including Bad Mind and Passa Passa.<br /> <br /> Warren first stepped onto the commercial theatre stage in 1990, playing the role of Bwoy-Bwoy in Ralph Holness-produced Dead Lef&sbquo;. He created and would personify the role of &lsquo;Chu Chu&rsquo;, the fast-talking hot &lsquo;gyal&rsquo; from the production Bashment Granny. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11267711/chu-chu_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 2:24 PM The Voice from Duhaney Park http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/The-Voice-from-Duhaney-Park_17983230 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer RESIDENTS of Duhaney Park in Kingston are in a jubilant mood. One of their own, 24-year-old singer Anita Antoinette Fearon, is in the Top 10 of the popular American television talent show, The Voice.<br /> <br /> When Splash caught up with Fearon on Wednesday following Tuesday night's show, she was excited about her progress.<br /> <br /> "I feel honoured, grateful, inspired, and excited to show more of myself and my talents as an artiste. I can feel the love coming from my supporters worldwide and I am truly thankful for this," she said.<br /> <br /> According to Anita's cousin, Tameka Thorpe, her performances to date have been closely watched by Duhaney Park residents.<br /> <br /> "The love and support in Duhaney Park for Anita is very good. Her brother has been spreading the word about her involvement in The Voice and the support has grown significantly," she said.<br /> <br /> Fearon and Thorpe's mothers are sisters. Her success in The Voice does not surprise her.<br /> <br /> "I was around Anita up to the time when she left Jamaica for the United States. I remember her being a very jovial person, very observant though she didn't speak much. From an early age, around six, she displayed a natural love for music and singing," Thorpe recalled.<br /> <br /> Fearon and her family lived at Baldwin Avenue, near the foot of the hill in Duhaney Park, a working-class area that has produced a number of top artistes including Cham and Konshens.<br /> <br /> Moving to the US, Fearon settled in South Boston, then moved to New Britain, Connecticut, where she still lives. A singer and guitarist, she began writing music as a teenager, inspired both by her father Clinton Fearon and Bob Marley.<br /> <br /> Fearon graduated from the prestigious Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in 2008, and was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music.<br /> <br /> Thorpe says Fearon's background is like most persons who grew up in Duhaney Park.<br /> <br /> "Contrary to popular belief, Anita was not well off. She attended the George Headley Primary School and she lived in a board house with her mother and her two brothers and sister," she said. "When my aunt left for America, she left Anita and her brothers and sister in the care of relatives. She later filed for them but her father was always on the move because he was a musician."<br /> <br /> Clinton Fearon was co-founder, bass player and singer with revered roots-reggae band The Gladiators. After leaving them in 1987 he formed The Defenders, a short-lived outfit which disbanded in 1992.<br /> <br /> This is her second attempt at The Voice, Thorpe said.<br /> <br /> "I spoke to my aunt and she told me that Anita was going to enter The Voice again and we have been very supportive of her. I went to Connecticut to visit her and she had her band in the attic rehearsing quite often. The last time I spoke to her was about a month ago after the blind auditions."<br /> <br /> Fearon is coached by Gwen Stefani, lead singer of the Grammy-winning pop/ska group No Doubt, which has collaborated with Jamaican acts like Lady Saw and Bounty Killer.<br /> <br /> Anita Fearon is bidding to become the second Jamaican to win the NBC show. Tessanne Chin won last season. <br /> <br /> The Voice from Duhaney Park<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266443/Anita-Antoinette-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266445/Anita-Antoinette_6_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266446/Anita-Antoinette-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM Tony Rebel remembers Garnet Silk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tony-Rebel-remembers-Garnet-Silk_17982553 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer writer This is the third in the Jamaica Observer's daily 20-part series, 20 Days of Silk, which looks at the life of roots singer Garnet Silk. Next month marks 20 years since his death.<br /> <br /> THE Jamaican dancehall was mired in lewd and violent lyrics throughout the 1980s. That carried over into the 1990s until a group of Rastafarian artistes from south-central parishes brought their message of consciousness to a music that had lost its way.<br /> <br /> Heading the group was dub poet Yasus Afari, deejay Tony Rebel and singer Garnet Silk. Singers Everton Blender and Uton Green, and deejay Kulcha Knox were also part of the crew.<br /> <br /> Rebel, Silk and Blender enjoyed the most mainstream success. Silk and Rebel were from Manchester and knew each other since the early 1980s when they performed on sound systems in that parish.<br /> <br /> Rebel told Splash that they quickly developed a bond -- one that grew after both discovered Rastafari.<br /> <br /> "Dem time dey wi a search...wi read the Bible, reason every day," Rebel recalled.<br /> <br /> After moving to Kingston in 1987, Rebel says Silk followed. They lived in the same house while trying to get a break in the music businesss, working stage shows and hanging out at recording studios.<br /> <br /> Both entered the charts around 1992. Once they did, they never left for the next two years, often recording for the same producers, including Donovan Germain and Bobby 'Bobby Digital' Dixon.<br /> <br /> In fact, Germain produced Gave You Everything I've Got, one of Silk's biggest hits which was written by Rebel. The deejay also wrote another Silk hit, Love is Divine, produced by Digital.<br /> <br /> Rebel remembers speaking to Silk for the final time one day after he performed at The Mirage nightclub in St Andrew at singer Richie Stephens' birthday show. It was two days before he died.<br /> <br /> "Him sey him neva feel so hungry fi sing," said Rebel, who left for The Bahamas the following day. It was while there on a show with Diana King, Luther Vandross and Nancy Wilson that he got news that Silk and his mother, Etiga Gray, had died in a fire at her Manchester home.<br /> <br /> "Mi fly home the next day. (Promoter) Worrell King gi mi his space on the flight," Rebel said.<br /> <br /> Though Silk had a brief career, Rebel insists he changed the course of Jamaican music with his humility and spirituality.<br /> <br /> "Mi nuh question the fact dat him lef' so soon, a Jah works. Dat was one of the things 'bout Garnet, him did sincere wid him love for Jah."<br /> <br /> Tony Rebel remembers Garnet Silk<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266421/Tony-Rebel_0024_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM Ed Robinson updates John Holt's classics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ed-Robinson-updates-John-Holt-s-classics_17982623 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer SINGER Ed Robinson salutes rocksteady great John Holt on his new album Tribute to John Holt.<br /> <br /> Robinson told this column that the 10-track set was inspired by his love for Holt's music.<br /> <br /> "I had recorded the single Let Your Hair Down with Kemar McGregor, and while we were working on that recording, John Holt had passed away. Kemar suggested we do a song in tribute to John and we eventually decided to do a full album," he said. "The album is very emotional for me, because I've spent a lot of my time making songs that uphold the dignity of the veteran singers like John Holt, and making sure they get the respect they deserve."<br /> <br /> One of Jamaican popular music's great singers, Holt died on October 20 in London at age 69. He had an illustrious career that covered ska, rocksteady and reggae.<br /> <br /> Released on November 11, Tribute to John Holt is Robinson's seventh studio album. It was produced by McGregor, who has worked with a number of top dancehall/reggae acts as well as American rhythm and blues artistes.<br /> <br /> Some of the songs Robinson covered are Sweetie Come Brush Me, Stealing Stealing, The Tide is High, Police in Helicopter and I Want a Love I Can Feel.<br /> <br /> "It's a very modern record - a well-produced record in terms of the technology we used - achieving an acoustic sound in a computerised studio. But at the same time, it's a very emotional record. I meant this album from the bottom of my soul," Robinson said.<br /> <br /> Originally from St Elizabeth, the New York-based Robinson migrated to the United States 20 years ago. He is best known for his cover of Bob Dylan's Knocking on Heaven's Door, which topped several ethnic charts in the US.<br /> <br /> Robinson was once signed to MCA Records and Warner Bros Records.<br /> <br /> He plans to start promoting Tribute to John Holt in the Caribbean, South America, North America and Europe. A deluxe edition of the album with five bonus tracks is expected to be released shortly.<br /> <br /> Ed Robinson updates John Holt's classics<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266423/Ed-Robinson_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM Bullying under Raging Fyah http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Bullying-under-Raging-Fyah_17974482 ROOTS rock reggae band Raging Fyah has turned its social conscience to the issue of bullying.<br /> <br /> The single Brave, from the band's 2014 album Destiny, could become the soundtrack for the issue which affects many both locally and internationally.<br /> <br /> "Brave is a slightly different side to the band which is known for its roots reggae sound, but this is just another side the 'fyah'," noted band member Delroy 'Pele' Hamilton.<br /> <br /> "It's more a ballad, just piano and voices with gospel influences," he added.<br /> <br /> But it is the overall message of Brave which struck a chord with video director Kyle Chin, who introduced the anti-bullying theme to the band when it was time to shoot the video to accompany the single.<br /> <br /> "We were all for it. Most people in Jamaica see bullying as a simple thing. But we realise how this can lead to greater psychological effects in later years. It can also move from just bullying of children and grow to affect adults, and countries. So what we want to do is break the cycle of bullying," said Hamilton.<br /> <br /> Director Chin explained how a closer look at the lyrics to 'Brave' brought about the concept.<br /> <br /> "After thinking more about the meaning of the word 'Brave', along with Raging Fyah, we decided to speak about bullying and the cowardice behind that. We wanted to show how one can show courage by breaking the trend, by doing the right thing even when you have been wronged; 'Don't be stuck in your ways, just remember, you got to be brave," said Chin.<br /> <br /> The video has been catching on since it was released via the Internet four days ago. Hamilton reports that it has racked up as many as 10,000 views on YouTube, and www.nobullying.com has also picked up the track and video on their website.<br /> <br /> "This week is also being observed at Anti-bullying Week in the UK so we are getting somewhere with the message." he stated.<br /> <br /> The video was shot in Jamaica at select locations, such as Room 13 at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts which was the location where the band practised in their formative years.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Raging Fyah is currently deep into plans for their 2015 tour schedule. The band plans to take Destiny and their other tracks to more markets.<br /> <br /> According to Hamilton, the Russian market has been really receptive to their music and their plans for next year include tapping into that interest as well as the wider European market. Raging Fyah also plans to head 'down under'. Hamilton explained that there is interest coming out of Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.<br /> <br /> "We would of course want to break into the North American market -- Canada and the US -- and we believe that Brave is the single that will help us to do so in 2015," said Hamilton.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> Bullying under Raging Fyah<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266435/Raging-Fyah_1016_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM DJ Chuckie all set for Heineken party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DJ-Chuckie-all-set-for-Heineken-party_17982360 SURINAMESE DJ and producer Chuckie is fired up for his debut performance at Heineken World Premiere at Fort Rocky in Port Royal, Kingston, on Saturday.<br /> <br /> "I've been looking forward to doing a show in Jamaica for a long time now! I was born in Suriname, so I'm a Caribbean kid. Electronic music became really popular in the Caribbean so I can imagine that people in Jamaica have started their own electronic music scene," he said.<br /> <br /> DJ Chuckie has played on almost every continent and is ready to give Jamaica a piece of his 'Dirty Dutch' concept.<br /> <br /> "You can imagine that I grew up with all kinds of music including reggae and dancehall. Jamaica has always been a very important source of inspiration for me. I can't wait to play my set in Jamaica. I'm ready!" he said.<br /> <br /> "I don't even think the world realises how much talent lives in this region. It's only a matter of time now. That's also the main reason why I started the Electric Festival in Aruba. Electronic music needs a solid home in the Caribbean," he continued.<br /> <br /> The disc jock said he has relaunched his Dirty Dutch label and is working on a new musical sound.<br /> <br /> "I'm working on this new crossover sound I call Traphall, a mix between trap and dancehall," he said.<br /> <br /> The Heineken Premiere event will also showcase renowned soca artiste Bunji Garlin and wife Fay-Ann Lyons, Spragga Benz, as well as DJ Nicco, Chromatic and DJ Kamal Bankay. <br /> <br /> DJ Chuckie all set for Heineken party<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266422/Fay-Ann-Lyons_7947_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM Maestro Don shoots video http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Maestro-Don-shoots-video_17982624 RISING dancehall artiste Maestro Don is upbeat about his new video You a My Gal, which was filmed in sections of Portmore. It was directed by Robin Chin of Enhanced Realizm.<br /> <br /> It is the sixth video for the 21-year-old deejay.<br /> <br /> "Working with the director was smooth and quite easy because we have already worked on a project before and, seeing that we are both professionals, everything was set," said Maestro Don. "The finished product is above average standard. Excellent quality and professional workmanship. It surpassed my expectation."<br /> <br /> The song was produced by Drumma Battalion.<br /> <br /> Maestro Don shoots video<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266413/Maestro-Don_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM TV Land pulls Cosby Show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/TV-Land-pulls-Cosby-Show_17984075 NEW YORK, United States (AP) &mdash; NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of The Cosby Show, moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her.<br /> <br /> NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the Cosby sitcom "is no longer under development." a TV Land representative said the reruns will stop airing immediately for an indefinite time. The Cosby Show also was to have been part of a Thanksgiving sitcom marathon.<br /> <br /> The NBC sitcom and Cosby Show reruns joined a Netflix Cosby stand-up comedy special, which was indefinitely postponed late Tuesday, as evidence mounted of Cosby's faltering career. They occurred a day after model Janice Dickinson, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she'd been assaulted by Cosby -- charges strongly denied by the comedian's lawyer.<br /> <br /> The developments, which involve allegations that were widely reported a decade ago as well as new accusations, have gravely damaged the 77-year-old comedian's reputation as America's TV dad at a time when he was launching a comeback.<br /> <br /> The NBC project was in the very early stages, without a script or commitment to production. But it would have brought Cosby back to the network where he had reigned in the 1980s with the top-rated The Cosby Show.<br /> <br /> Cosby has continued working as a stand-up comic, and has at least 35 performances scheduled throughout the US and Canada through May 2015. None of the performances has been cancelled.<br /> <br /> National Artists Corporation, which is promoting part of the tour, said it will not be cancelling any shows.<br /> <br /> Just 'a few more' for Jolie<br /> <br /> SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) &mdash; Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie says she plans to give up acting after a "few more" films and switch her focus to directing.<br /> <br /> Jolie walked the red carpet in Sydney with husband Brad Pitt this week at the premiere of her new movie, World War II epic Unbroken, which was filmed in Australia.<br /> <br /> It was her second foray behind the camera after the critically acclaimed 2011 In the Land of Blood and Honey and she said directing was where she saw her future.<br /> <br /> "I'll do a few more, but I'll be happy to let that all go at some point," she told the Sydney Morning Herald of acting, in comments published online yesterday.<br /> <br /> "I love directing, I'm much happier directing," added the 39-year-old.<br /> <br /> "I like following a project all the way through. I like spending two years on something and learning about it... I like being pushed mentally to have to learn so much and be a part of every single aspect of a production."<br /> <br /> Jolie's new movie is based on the true story of a US Olympic athlete turned Japanese prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini, who competed in the 5,000m at the 1936 Games in Berlin before becoming a bombardier in World War II.<br /> <br /> "I love actors, I love watching actors work, and I like to shine a light on them. I actually prefer it when it's not me," she told the newspaper.<br /> <br /> Since wrapping up Unbroken, Jolie has directed both herself and Pitt in the yet to be released By the Sea.<br /> <br /> Director Mike Nichols dies at 83<br /> <br /> NEW YORK, United States (AP) &mdash; A legend of film, theatre and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that, on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence.<br /> <br /> Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several Emmys, and a Grammy. He made up the lanky half of his groundbreaking comic duo with Elaine May. As a director, he made countless performers - from Dustin Hoffman to Melanie Griffith -- into stars. To acclaim, he adapted Edward Albee, Neil Simon, Tony Kushner, and Arthur Miller.<br /> <br /> Nichols, who died Wednesday night in New York at 83, was a supreme orchestrator of material, talent and taste. In films like The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Carnal Knowledge, he left not only a firm stamp of authorship, but with a dry wit and a classical eye, he choreographed caustic social commentaries of couples drunk with bitterness, bored with regret, and apprehensive in flight.<br /> <br /> Meryl Streep, who starred in Nichols' Silkwood and Heartburn, recalled him as "a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can't imagine our world".<br /> <br /> Steven Spielberg called Nichols' passing a "seismic loss".<br /> <br /> "For me, The Graduate was life-altering &mdash; both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene," said Spielberg. "Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real."<br /> <br /> Nichols won the best-director Oscar for The Graduate, which co-starred Anne Bancroft as an aging temptress pursuing Hoffman. The film was radical for both its casting (Hoffman, then a little-known character actor, was far from the traditional leading man) and its hugely influential Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack.<br /> <br /> TV Land pulls Cosby Show <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266414/Bill-Cosby_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266416/Angelina-Jolie_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM General Trees for Different Strokes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/General-Trees-for-Different-Strokes_17982639 PROMOTER Sean Greenfield has staged some of the most innovative events in western Jamaica through his Seashli brand, including Soaking Wet, Girl's Time, Mas Vida and Different Strokes.<br /> <br /> Launched in 2009, the latter has grown into a popular retro party, attracting fans from across the country. So popular, it is now staged twice a year.<br /> <br /> "Since we launched Different Strokes it has been growing rapidly. It's now held in March and November. The fans love this event because of the high level of entertainment that it offers," said Greenfield.<br /> <br /> The latest Different Strokes takes place Saturday at Chances Negril, with deejay General Trees, one of the heavyweights of 1980s dancehall, as guest performer.<br /> <br /> "We are always looking to give our patrons more entertainment for their money, we want them to be fully satisfied when they leave our party. Therefore, I've decided to introduce a live performance segment and General Trees will be the first artiste to be featured," said Greenfield.<br /> <br /> Also on the Different Strokes line-up are DJ Marvin from FAME FM, Donovan Dacres from RJR 94 FM and DJ Krayzi from Negril.<br /> <br /> General Trees for Different Strokes<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11266437/General-Trees_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, November 21, 2014 1:00 AM