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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Jamaica&rsquo;s OWN TAMEIKA DORMAN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaica-s-OWN-TAMEIKA-DORMAN_16483594 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com AFTER 10 years at Black Entertainment Television (BET), Jamaican Tameika Dorman decided last year it was time to move on.<br /> <br /> Her current job is at Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) as an associate producer on its highly touted series, Love In The City.<br /> <br /> The show, which surrounds four best friends who share "life, loss, friendship and sex" premiered April 12.<br /> <br /> Dorman, who grew up in Portmore, says Love In The City is not another 'hot girls' show in the mould of Sex In The City and Desperate Housewives.<br /> <br /> "It deals with issues on divorce, cancer, infertility -- issues that so many other women are dealing with on a daily basis," she told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Dorman assists the supervising producer and crew as well as help create storylines and schedules for cast members. Putting the show together, she stressed, was "exciting and exhausting".<br /> <br /> "Reality television consists of 12 to 14-hour work days six days a week. The hours were gruelling but working with the crew and cast was also fun," she said.<br /> <br /> Working for the queen of American media, Dorman added, makes the job even more fulfilling.<br /> <br /> "The thing that surprises me about Oprah is her humility and kindness. You would think she would be glamorous on a daily basis, but no, she is simple in her everyday appearance," she said.<br /> <br /> Dorman was born in Kingston "as a healthy triplet" (one of whom died at age four) and raised in Garveymeade, Portmore. She left Jamaica at age 11. Her career in television production began 13 years ago at Bronx Net, a public access station in New York City.<br /> <br /> She then moved to BET, working on hip shows like 106 and Park, BET Awards and Rip The Runway.<br /> <br /> Dorman says it is important to stay true to her roots.<br /> <br /> "It has shaped me as a strong, versatile Jamaican woman. Growing up in Jamaica my grandmother, Vera Bennett, who was vice-principal of Jones Town Primary and my Aunt Ingrid taught me that I should always put God first in everything I do and everything else will come after."<br /> <br /> Now in her "blooming 30s", Dorman hosts her own show, Dancehall NYC, an hour-long entertainment programme on Bronx Net showcasing the hottest parties in the Tri-state area, Jamaican music videos and artiste interviews.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606515/Oprah-Winfrey---Tammy_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606516/tammy-Dorman_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Operation Save Alpha http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Operation-Save-Alpha_16485045 A MAJOR thrust is in the works to assist the troubled Alpha Boys School in Kingston.<br /> <br /> The initiative is headed by Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records; Michael Thompson, conceptualiser of the International Reggae Poster Contest; and Joshua Chamberlain, special projects manager at Alpha.<br /> <br /> Chin was in Kingston last week to meet with administrators at the school, located at South Camp Road. She says a committee will be formed to raise funds to help improve aspects of the 134-year-old institution.<br /> <br /> "We're really looking at generating money from abroad to give back to the school. We're looking at approaching companies like Clarks who benefit so much from our people," she said in an interview with the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Jamaicans have a long 'love affair' with Clarks, a British shoe company. Dancehall/reggae entertainers have worn its products for decades.<br /> <br /> In 2011, deejays Vybz Kartel and Popcaan paid tribute to Clarks with their hit song of the same name.<br /> <br /> Although monetary contributions are critical, Chin says other donations will be accepted.<br /> <br /> "It can be shoes, clothes for the kids. Anything will do."<br /> <br /> The Alpha Boys School, which receives government funding, has been in the news recently. Last week, Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna announced that "predatory behaviour" by some students will result in its closure.<br /> <br /> Its music programme, which has nurtured some of Jamaica's great musicians, is intact.<br /> <br /> In the 1960s and 1970s, Patricia Chin and her husband Vincent, worked with many Alpha artistes and musicians through their Randy's record label and store. They formed VP Records in 1979 shortly after migrating to Queens, New York.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606517/Pat-Chin-cropped_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM All you need to know about GLENN JONES http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/All-you-need-to-know-about-GLENN-JONES_16483596 IN 1990, Don't Know Much, a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.<br /> <br /> Three years earlier, the original version (All I Need to Know) by American singer Glenn Jones appeared on his self-titled album, but there was little fanfare.<br /> <br /> "Mine was never released as a single but it's (the Ronstadt/Neville cut) not as nice as my own. Might have been bigger because they won a Grammy," Jones told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> Jones is among the performers for the May 11 To Mom With Love show at Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston.<br /> <br /> For the singer, who performs in mainly intimate venues throughout the United States, it will be his second show in Jamaica. Presently shopping his new album, he says the music business has transformed significantly since the late 1980s when he first visited.<br /> <br /> "The record industry has changed so much, I'm waiting to hook up with the right distributors and marketing to go with it," he said. "I put a lot of work into the album and I don't want to release it for the sake of releasing it. I want it to make an impact."<br /> <br /> Jones started his career as a gospel singer before making a successful transition to the secular field. In 1980, he was featured on singer/producer Norman Connors' song Melancholy Fire.<br /> <br /> He recorded other non-gospel songs such as I Am Somebody, Here I Go Again, Bring Back Your Love and We've Only Just Begun (The Romance Is All Over).<br /> <br /> Interestingly, All I Need To Know (Don't Know Much) received steady airplay in Jamaica and introduced Jones to music fans here.<br /> <br /> With the widescale changes in the music industry, Jones counts himself lucky to be still working consistently. "I perform everywhere. Right now, I have upcoming dates in Texas, Atlantic City, and I have been blessed to be back and forth in Europe and Japan," he said.<br /> <br /> Having recorded over 12 albums and 130 songs, one song (In You) stands out for Jones.<br /> <br /> "I am proud of the lyrics, I wrote it sitting in a parking lot. I already had the music for the song but no lyrics," he said.<br /> <br /> Soul singer Dorothy Moore and country-pop band Dr Hook are also billed for To Mom With Love.<br /> <br /> -- Cecelia <br /> <br /> Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606518/Glenn-Jones2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Ja&rsquo;s homophobia on show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Ja-s-homophobia-on-show_16477223 TABOO Yardies, Jamaican film-maker Selena Blake's documentary about the indifferent treatment of gays in Jamaica, will be screened May 1-4 at the Firehouse Theater in Harlem, New York.<br /> <br /> Blake says Taboo Yardies has sparked healthy debate wherever it is shown.<br /> <br /> "We are having a dialogue that has been needed for a long time and I'm certain others are still talking about Taboo Yardies because of a two-week media campaign and screenings where the film screened at the Theological College of Jamaica, UNAIDS and the University of the West Indies," said Blake. "We are giving ourselves permission to see gay Jamaicans as human beings instead of aliens or crazy people who belong in the madhouse."<br /> <br /> Taboo Yardies contains interviews with members of the Jamaican gay community as well as legislators. It is the St Catherine-born Blake's second film, her first being Queensbride: The Other Side, which looked at the decline of a Long Island housing project.<br /> <br /> Taboo Yardies has done the promotional rounds since last year. It has been screened in London, South Africa, Ireland and Toronto.<br /> <br /> Looking ahead, Blake says she is mobilising a group of peacemakers/ministers/artistes to lead a 'United For Change Campaign' to Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "We are forming a group of affirming and supportive individuals and organisations to help create safe spaces in Jamaica. It is important that the film continues to inspire dialogue and personal growth," she said.<br /> <br /> -- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606522/Selena-Blake_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Boy, Oh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Boy--Oh_16486007 BEN Stockman, CEO of Boy London, is currently in the island to launch the British company's Boy Jamaica line.<br /> <br /> According to Stockman, the Boy Jamaica pieces, while casual, "can rock any red carpet event or underground party".<br /> <br /> The Boy brand was founded in 1976 by Stephane Raynor. After a lull, it made a comeback six years ago when pop superstars such as Madonna, Rihanna, Jay Z, Keri Hilson and Lady Gaga began rocking the designs.<br /> <br /> "The brand now seeks to reposition itself on this side of the globe and has chosen Jamaica as its prime location. We will be launching the brand in Brazil too," Stockman told the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> For an authentic feel, he says he and his team will hire local and international designers to work on the Boy Jamaica line.<br /> <br /> The campaign kicks off this week with photo shoots in different sections of the island.<br /> <br /> "A lot of local entertainers have shown interest in Boy Jamaica. Therefore, we will be shooting several music videos as a means of exposing the product," Stockman stated.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606520/wiz-kalifa_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606521/Ben-Stockman_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10606519/rihanna_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, April 20, 2014 2:00 AM Flood of support for Noah http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Flood-of-support-for-Noah_16461010 By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com THE St Andrew Parish Foundation hosted the premiere of the motion picture Noah, at Palace Amusement's Carib 5 cinema in Cross Roads, St Andrew, recently.<br /> <br /> The well-attended event was under the distinguished patronage of the Rt Rev Dr Howard Gregory, Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and Mrs Charmaine Gregory.<br /> <br /> "Oh behalf of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, it is indeed a pleasure to welcome supporters of the St Andrew Parish Foundation and the outreach projects of the St Andrew Parish Church," said Rev Gregory.<br /> <br /> The premiere was held to raise awareness for the foundation which seeks to raise $35 million dollars over the next three years for its various projects.<br /> <br /> The St Andrew Parish Foundation is the outreach arm of the St Andrew Parish Church. The projects offer a wide range of social, economic and spiritual services and include development work in health, education, skills training, job creation, and senior citizen care in three large inner-city communities including the St Andrew Settlement in Majesty Gardens. The foundation also workw with the street boys in the Half-Way-Tree Area.<br /> <br /> "The story of Noah tells of a good man in a corrupt world where rightful living had all but disappeared. It is a timely reminder of God's omnipotence and His redemptive plan, at a time when Jamaica is going through times of great danger and fear of the future," Rev Gregory said.<br /> <br /> Staring Russell Crowe, the movie Noah re-imagines the Biblical story. It looks at a world ravaged by sin, and Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.<br /> <br /> Flood of support for Noah<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602865/Archbishop-Gregory_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602863/Julia-Sutherland_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Sean Paul, Cure for Guyana's Easter Fest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sean-Paul--Cure-for-Guyana-s-Easter-Fest-_16486224 RECORDING artistes Sean Paul and Jah Cure are headliners for Guyana Easter Fest scheduled for Guyana National Stadium on Sunday.<br /> <br /> "I have not been to Guyana in a long time, so I'm excited to perform with my new band there and play all my new songs from the Full Frequency album for my Guyanese fans," Sean Paul said.<br /> <br /> Released in February, Full Frequency is Sean Paul's sixth studio album.<br /> <br /> Jah Cure was equally upbeat about the Guyana gig.<br /> <br /> "Guyana is one of my favourite places to perform. I love the crowd reaction every time I go on stage and it's always good to do Jah works," Jah Cure said.<br /> <br /> Sean Paul, Cure for Guyana's Easter Fest <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602873/sean-paul_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Marijuana March http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Marijuana-March_16485133 BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com A NUMBER of local artistes are set to show their support for the legalisation of marijuana (ganja) during a march and mass rally set for the Corporate Area tomorrow.<br /> <br /> The march, organised by veteran reggae artiste Bunny Wailer's Solomonic Productions and the Rastafari Millennium Council, is aimed at furthering the debate on the legalisation of the weed which is considered a holy sacrament by followers of Rastafari.<br /> <br /> The march and motorcade is set to start at 10:00 am from the Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree to St William Grant Park in the heart of downtown Kingston, before moving on to the Trench Town Culture Park in western Kingston for the rally and presentations.<br /> <br /> Among the artistes down to lend their support to the call is Denroy Morgan.<br /> <br /> Morgan &mdash; best known for his 1981 I'll Do Anything for You and patriarch of sibling group Morgan Heritage &mdash; is an advocate for the legalisation.<br /> <br /> In 2011, Morgan was arrested and charged with possession of 25 pounds of ganja in the Bronx, New York.<br /> <br /> A year later Morgan walked out of a courtroom with a 90-day probation and US$25 court filing fee after successfully arguing that he had no intention of distributing the ganja for profit, but instead bought it for spiritual use.<br /> <br /> He told the Jamaica Observer that that experience leaves him no choice but to advocate for the legalisation of ganja.<br /> <br /> "I take it from a spiritual perspective. Herb is the most spiritual of all the plants out there and just as how they fight Jesus and Rasta, the herb gets its fair share of fight from the system," he said.<br /> <br /> Morgan further stated ganja was always being used for its medicinal and recreational properties and it is the authorities who place it in the category of a drug. He cites this as one of his main reasons for supporting Sunday's march and call for the legalisation of ganja.<br /> <br /> "I am not a scientist. But I can speak to the spiritual value, and the value of the herb as a sacrament, so I have no choice but to support this effort by Jah B [Bunny Wailer]. I have to defend it," says Morgan.<br /> <br /> He hopes that the march and rally will open the eyes of the Jamaican people and help them to unite behind a common goal.<br /> <br /> "I hope this event allows for persons to see that the people advocating for the legalisation of ganja are not drug addicts, but rather people with integrity who can see the positive benefits and come together for the common good," he said.<br /> <br /> Among the speakers at the rally will be Professor Charles Nesson from Harvard University, attorney Bert Samuels, Professor Rupert Lewis, as well as representatives of the Rastafari and business communities and the political directorate. The Institute of Cannabis in Brazil will also be represented at the event.<br /> <br /> The Ganja Commission, in 2001, recommended that marijuana be decriminalised for personal, medicinal and religious purposes. However, this recommendation is yet to be acted on.<br /> <br /> Earlier this year, the American state of Colorado took the bold step of legalising ganja for personal use.<br /> <br /> Marijuana March<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602968/Denroy-Morgan_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Busha Mark sings for the females http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Busha-Mark-sings-for-the-females_16473361 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter SINGJAY Busha Mark says he has high hopes for his latest single Gi Wi Di Gal Dem. Produced by House O Love and Anthony Moulton, the single was released yesterday.<br /> <br /> "This is a dance track which I believe will be a hit in the dancehalls and clubs. It is me basically expressing my love for the females worldwide. The riddim is contagious and the video is one that will have the viewer's undivided attention," Busha told Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Born in Kingston, Busha Mark (given name Lee Jay <br /> <br /> Scott) began developing his own musical style as youngster.<br /> <br /> At 41, Busha said he knows he is competing with some of the younger dancehall acts but said he doesn't feel threatened.<br /> <br /> "They are doing their thing and I am doing mine. Good music doesn't have an age limit and some of dancehall's finest artistes are in their 40s. The aim is to continue to do catchy tunes while getting the right publicity," he said.<br /> <br /> Influenced by his father, Desmond Scott, Ken Boothe and Gyptian, Busha Mark also known for other singles including Like Woman You Beautiful, Love I can feel and Sweet Love, a collaboration with Anthony Q.<br /> <br /> Busha Mark sings for the females<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602870/busha-Mark_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Role change for Father Ho Lung http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Role-change-for-Father-Ho-Lung_16485118 AFTER 33 years as head and founder of the Kingston-based Missionaries of the Poor, Father Richard Ho Lung has stepped down.<br /> <br /> Ho Lung, 74, is succeeded by Bro Augusto Silot, a naturalised Jamaican, who was born in the Philippines.<br /> <br /> The announcement was made at the Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street in Kingston on Wednesday evening.<br /> <br /> "I felt it was the right time. Younger men will have to step forward and lead the Missionaries of the Poor into the future. I will still help and be active," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Ho Lung, who had open-heart surgery 11 years ago, said most of his time will now be spent on teaching the brothers and establishing the missionaries' musical productions.<br /> <br /> "Now I want to pay a bit more attention to the productions. My involvement in this area will be to the very end. It is something of great value to the people," he said.<br /> <br /> Ho Lung has written over 20 productions including Acts of the Apostle, Jesus 2000, Candles in the Dark, Run Come, The Rock, and The Messiah.<br /> <br /> "A lot of music has been done. The music and productions are food for the souls. It stirs people to a spirit of hope and joy," Ho Lung said.<br /> <br /> Performing under the banner 'Father Richard Ho Lung and Friends', the proceeds from these events help to maintain homes for destitute persons, including abandoned, sick, disabled, or dying men, women, infants, and children.<br /> <br /> Ho Lung, who shows no sign of slowing down, said he has some overseas dates for The Messiah.<br /> <br /> "We'll be at the Napa Theatre in Trinidad on May 27 to June 1, and the Halton Theatre in North Carolina from August 8 to 10," he said.<br /> <br /> Other dates include: Praise Him in Pennsylvania on September 4-7; Ghetto Priest for Montego Bay in the latter part of October, and in Toronto, Canada on December 7.<br /> <br /> Started by Ho Lung in 1981, Missionaries of the Poor is an international Roman Catholic monastic religious institute of brothers dedicated to serving the poor. Chapters have been set up in The Philippines, Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Indonesia and the United States.<br /> <br /> Role change for Father Ho Lung<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602967/He-is-Risen_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602966/Ho-Lung_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Original Rising Star launch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Original-Rising-Star-launch_16485951 A STRONG cast of old school artistes are scheduled to perform at a live show marking the official launch of the Original Rising Star sound system on Easter Monday.<br /> <br /> The event takes place at South Camp Road and features singers Jimmy Riley, Carl Dawkins, Puddy Roots, Pad Anthony, Mikey General and deejay Little Twitch.<br /> <br /> The show is produced by deejay Bucky Ranks (Clive Buckley) whose son Marlon 'Bad Indian' Mitchell is selector for the London-based Original Rising Star.<br /> <br /> Studio Mix, a Waterhouse sound system which helped launch the careers of Half Pint and Junior Reid, will also provide recorded music.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Original Rising Star launch<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10602872/Buckey-Ranks_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Charley's JB Rum WataWar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Charley-s-JB-Rum-WataWar_16477228 THE popular party returns on Easter Monday for its third staging at Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> According to a spokesperson for sponsors Charley's JB Rum, WataWar gets bigger each year.<br /> <br /> "Our event has been growing immensely since we launched it in 2012. This is due largely to the high quality of entertainment we provide for our patrons," said the spokesperson. "This year the Hurricane Gilbert theme is sure to cause a lot of excitement. Those who experienced it will remember Hurricane Gilbert carried the most water to Jamaica."<br /> <br /> Charley's JB Rum WataWar<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10603039/DSC_0686_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:30 AM Miami hosts 'Caribbean: Crossroads of the World' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Miami-hosts--Caribbean--Crossroads-of-the-World- MIAMI (AP) &mdash; One of the opening images in &lsquo;Caribbean: Crossroads of the World&rsquo; features a massive nuclear submarine breaking the surface off what appears to be a cold northern coastline, with evergreens that would never thrive in tropical weather.<br /> <br /> The painting by Cuban-born Julio Larraz imagines the technological evolution of semi-submersibles already used in the tropics for drug smuggling. Curator Elvis Fuentes hung it next to three artworks depicting Haitians crowded onto crude boats, and together the images show a Caribbean on the move &mdash; still carrying the stains of slavery and smuggling, perhaps, but in no way restricted by geographical boundaries.<br /> <br /> "People think of just the islands. The islands have their own name, the Antilles. The Caribbean is the sea. One of the concepts we're developing in the show is wherever the water goes, we have to go," said Fuentes, guest curator at Perez Art Museum Miami.<br /> <br /> The survey of Caribbean art and history opening Friday includes more than 180 paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and art installations. Fifty works have been added to the exhibit since its debut at three New York City museums two years ago.<br /> <br /> It mixes historical artwork dating to Haiti's revolution at the turn of the 19th century with contemporary pieces by living artists from the islands and elsewhere.<br /> <br /> Fuentes organised the exhibit by theme: the Caribbean's fluid environment, its economic shift from plantations to oil and tourism, its relationship with Europe and the US, and its exoticism, a colonial legacy that its artists still face today.<br /> <br /> He highlights lost connections between the Caribbean and the rest of the world, such as Danish colonialism in the New World, a subject explored in a video installation by Jeannette Ehlers, whose parents are from Denmark and Trinidad and Tobago.<br /> <br /> Ehlers' reflection dances to a waltz across the mirrors that line an empty ballroom in the Government House of St Croix, a landmark of Danish colonial architecture that she fills with a haunted sense of history.<br /> <br /> "The centre of Copenhagen is built from money from this industry, the slave trade. It's amazing because when you come to St Croix you can tell that the Danes were there, but if you come to Copenhagen you don't know it. It's invisible," Ehlers said.<br /> <br /> When "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" debuted two years ago at El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, was heralded as "one of the largest Caribbean cities". In its perhaps more natural home in Miami, the exhibit is complemented by other installations highlighting this city's Caribbean connections.<br /> <br /> A fleet of colourful boats and rafts by Guyana-raised artist Hew Locke greets visitors to the waterfront museum with a subtle nod to the migrants that routinely try to reach Florida by sea. A separate gallery currently is dedicated to large-scale, glittering landscapes by Haitian-born Edouard Duval-Carrie, whose studio is in the heart of Miami's Little Haiti.<br /> <br /> Duval-Carrie has a pink-tinged portrait of Haitian revolutionary hero Toussaint L'Ouverture in "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World", and he has explored themes similar to Fuentes' in a series of "Global Caribbean" exhibits at the Little Haiti Cultural Centre over the last five years. He hopes to see PAMM develop a specialty in Caribbean arts and complement Miami's growth as an international gateway.<br /> <br /> "New York might be the biggest Caribbean city, but it's also biggest, you know, whatever &mdash; the biggest European, the biggest Jewish, the biggest this, the biggest that. At least we have a particularity here," Duval-Carrie said. "Truly, the city has become a very important gathering point for all of the people in the Caribbean, to the point that even the airplanes, to travel from one island to the next, stop in Miami no matter how far it gets."<br /> <br /> "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" runs at PAMM through August 17. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10601294/caribbean-artist_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, April 18, 2014 1:15 PM Chris Brown trial set for Monday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chris-Brown-trial-set-for-Monday WASHINGTON (AP) &mdash; A judge has set Monday as the start date for the assault trial of singer Chris Brown in the nation's capital.<br /> <br /> During a brief court appearance Friday in which he wore a suit and tie, Brown turned to wave and salute supporters in the courtroom including his mother and the rapper Bow Wow.<br /> <br /> The case that begins Monday is significant for the Grammy winner not only because he faces up to six months in jail but also because if convicted he could face additional penalties, including jail time, as a result of an earlier case from California. At the time he was arrested in Washington, Brown was on probation in Los Angeles for an attack on his then-girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, in 2009.<br /> <br /> Brown entered anger management rehab at a California facility shortly after his Washington arrest, but he was dismissed from it in mid-March for violating its rules. He was then jailed and has been in custody since.<br /> <br /> Besides giving Brown a trial date Friday, DC Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn had been expected to rule in the assault trial of Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy. But Wynn delayed giving her verdict, saying she needed more time before ruling. That is expected Monday, followed by the start of Brown's trial.<br /> <br /> Both Brown and Hollosy are facing a misdemeanor assault charge in the same October skirmish in which a Maryland man accused them of punching him outside a Washington hotel.<br /> <br /> Hollosy told police he punched 20-year-old Parker Adams after the man tried to get on Brown's tour bus. Adams told police a different story. He said Brown and later Hollosy punched him after he tried to get in a photo the singer was taking and the men exchanged words. Brown has denied hitting Adams.<br /> <br /> Hollosy did not testify at his own trial, which began Thursday and ended Friday, but he is expected to testify at Brown's and say that he, not Brown, hit Adams. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10601618/chris-brown_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, April 18, 2014 4:20 PM More fun for Beach J'ouvert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/More-fun-for-Beach-J-ouvert_16477510 SOCA fans making the annual trek to Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, are to come prepared more.<br /> <br /> "The entertainment package will be more compared to previous years. There'll be two singers, a live band, and five disc jocks," said Michael Ammar, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica.<br /> <br /> "There'll be more paint, more fun, and an enchanced experience for both VIP and general patrons," he said.<br /> <br /> According to Ammar, more bars will be placed in the general area for easier access by patrons while the VIP section will be outfitted with a premium bar, more food, a no-paint zone, a raised observeration deck, and front of stage access.<br /> <br /> Soca's first couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons will be the event's headliners. The Trinidad and Tobago husband-and-wife team will be backed by the Asylum Vikings Band.<br /> <br /> Garlin made in roads in the lucrative American market with his recent remix of his hit track Differentology. The remix is produced by hot American producers Major Lazer whose collaborations with Jamaican artistes Vybz Kartel (on Pon Di Floor), Busy Signal (Watch Out Fi Dis) and Johnny Osbourne (Jah Nuh Partial) have fared well in the United States.<br /> <br /> Britain's Guardian newspaper hailed Differentology as "2013's essential summer jam".<br /> <br /> Three-time Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March champion, Lyons is expected to keep patrons dancing with her high-energy performances. Her hits include Miss Behave, We Doin This Owah, De Stage Open and F.<br /> <br /> DJ Nuphoric, DJ Bambino, Richie RAS, DJ Smoke and DJ Lee will keep patrons gyrating to the latest soca hits.<br /> <br /> "This is a unique event. You can't go anywhere else in world and find a fun, stage show and paint party like this one," said Ammar.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Brian Bonitto<br /> <br /> More fun for Beach J'ouvert<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10598298/Beach-Jouvert-1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:00 AM Supa Dups story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Supa-Dups-story_16479486 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer DWAYNE 'Supa Dups' Chin-Quee has had a decorated career as a producer. He has worked with a long list of heavyweights in dancehall, rhythm and Blues and hip hop.<br /> <br /> With three Grammy Awards to his credit and hits on the Billboard pop charts, he says there is still more to be accomplished.<br /> <br /> "Just like anything else success comes with hard work and making the right decisions. To be successful in music you have to love it before anything else. Wanting to be in music for any other reason than that you won't make it," Supa Dups told Splash.<br /> <br /> Many Jamaican music fans know Supa Dups as founding member and owner of the Miami-based Black Chiney sound system.<br /> <br /> Black Chiney started in 1999 with Supa Dups and colleagues Richard Flores and Bobby Chin producing 'mix CDs' for the Poison Dart sound system.<br /> <br /> "I continued to put out CDs and then started doing remixes for DJ Khaled until Black Chiney exceeded both Poison Dart's and DJ Khaled's popularity. It was Bounty Killer who convinced us to turn Black Chiney into a sound system and the rest is history," Supa Dups recalled.<br /> <br /> As demand for Black Chiney grew, Supa Dups brought in his cousin Willy Chin and Walshy Fire as members. The latter is still a member of Black Chiney but also works with the hot Major Lazer camp.<br /> <br /> Supa Dups was born in Kingston but has lived in the United States since his teens. He says his involvement in music was inevitable.<br /> <br /> "I grew up around music all my life. My older brothers were DJ/selectors and I got my influence from there. I started to DJ/select when I was 11 and at age 15 I started to get interested in how the music was made. My aunt who I lived with mortgaged her house and bought me an Akai MPC 3000 and I have been producing ever since," he said.<br /> <br /> Black Chiney has helped push Jamaican music into the US mainstream. Some of the songs the 'sound' is responsible for breaking on the Billboard charts are Turnin' Me On by Nina Sky and Father Elephant by Elephant Man, both produced by Supa Dups.<br /> <br /> His production credits include WTP by Enimem (from the album Recovery); Fast Lane by Eminem & Royce Da 5'9; Marvin's Room/Buried Alive by Drake featuring Kendrik Lamar; Our First Time and Liquor Store Blues by Bruno Mars and Damian Marley (co-produced by Supa Dups' cousin Mitchum 'Khan' Chin); Show Me by Bruno Mars; Each Tear by Mary J Blige; You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) by Rihanna and Vybz Kartel; Shake That Booty by rapper David Banner featuring Elephant Man; Blind to You and Tomorrow's Another Day by Collie Buddz; Come Over by Estelle featuring Sean Paul; and Can't Be My Lover by John Legend and Buju Banton.<br /> <br /> He has won three producer's Grammys for work on albums by Drake (Take Care, which won for Best Rap Album); Bruno Mars (Unorthodox Jukebox won for Best Pop Vocal Album); and Eminem (Recovery won a Grammy for Best Rap Album).<br /> <br /> Supa Dups recently produced a track for Tessanne Chin's upcoming album for Universal Republic.<br /> <br /> While much of his time is spent producing songs, he believes the sound system is still breaking records, even with the advent of accessible mediums like YouTube.<br /> <br /> "Sound system is what keeps reggae/dancehall music going worldwide. It is very important because I feel it not only preserves our music, but it also makes Jamaicans the coolest people on Earth," he reasoned. "Sound systems like Black Chiney, Renaissance, Stone Love and Tony Matterhorn help to popularise dancehall and also influences EDM (electronic dance music) 'sounds' like Major Lazer and Skrillex."<br /> <br /> Now in its 15th year, Black Chiney continues to play around the US and Europe, although Supa Dups says it is going through a "reinvention process".<br /> <br /> They are scheduled to play dates in China next month.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10598228/Supa-Dups-photo-1_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10598229/SUPADU-3_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:00 AM Kafinal salutes Dekker http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kafinal-salutes-Dekker-_16477878 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer SINGER Kafinal pays tribute to reggae pioneer Desmond Dekker with his latest song, Road Tonight. It is inspired by Israelites, Dekker's 1968 international hit.<br /> <br /> The Canada-based singer/actor is best known in Jamaica for the 2004 song Cooking Dat Pwile, on which he teamed with Sambo.<br /> <br /> Kafinal says he recorded Road Tonight to honour Dekker and help keep his legacy alive.<br /> <br /> "For the most part we wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Desmond Dekker, based on the familiarity in voice and it would have been a good treat to his fans. After going through his catalogue of songs, we decided that Israelites would be the perfect song," he explained.<br /> <br /> Among the musicians who worked on Road Tonight are famed drum and bass team of Sly and Robbie, and keyboardist Paul 'Wrong Move' Crossdale.<br /> <br /> Sing N Act Entertainment, Kafinal's label, will release the track.<br /> <br /> Dekker started his career in the early 1960s as a ska singer. With producer Leslie Kong, he had numerous hits including (007) Shantytown and Israelites.<br /> <br /> The latter made the Top 10 pop charts in Britain and the United States. Dekker died in 2006.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10598296/Kafinal_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:00 AM Tydal heads to the US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tydal-heads-to-the-US Following the February release of his EP, The Journey of a Young<br /> <br /> Warrior, singjay Tydal makes his American show debut this weekend.<br /> <br /> He is billed for three shows &mdash; on April 18 and 19 in Alabama and April 20 in Columbus, Ohio.<br /> <br /> "First impression lasts, so I am going to give a good account of<br /> <br /> myself, connect with the people with a great energy and represent my<br /> <br /> country, team Master One (his management) and my family in the best way<br /> <br /> possible," said Tydal, who is also promoting his latest single.<br /> <br /> Tydal's best known songs are Silent Warrior, Tell Dem Fi Farm and Ball Ground.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10444735/Tydal_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:23 AM High praises for local theatre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/High-praises-for-local-theatre_16479659 DESPITE the challenges, 2013 was a good year for the local theatre industry.<br /> <br /> That's the view of Tanya Batson-Savage, head of the panel of adjudicators for the Actor Boy Awards.<br /> <br /> Speaking at Monday's awards at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Batson-Savage noted that the year saw 30 productions taking to the stage representing a rich blend of themes and genres from tragedies to musicals, comedies and what she noted was a "growing breadth of plays for children".<br /> <br /> She, however, heaped her praise on the two theatre festivals to come out of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts.<br /> <br /> "Not all of the striking theatre throughout the year was among the plays eligible for adjudication. The 8x10 festival is a welcome addition to Jamaica's theatre calendar, providing space for experimentation and presenting some truly magical moments in theatre. Tallawah and 8x10 beg the question of why there is no large theatre festival in Jamaica?"<br /> <br /> The fine acting presented on stage during the year under review also received commendation from the judges, as well as the strong commitment to lighting and set design.<br /> <br /> This year, the Actor Boy Awards introduced an ensemble award.<br /> <br /> The inaugural Actor Boy Award for Best Ensemble was won by the cast of Jonkanoo Jamboree.<br /> <br /> -- Richard Johnson<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10598299/Actor-Boy_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:00 AM D'Midas touch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/D-Midas-touch_16477225 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com TRINIDADIAN costume designer and band leader Stephen Derek is excited about his appearance at this month's Bacchanal road march.<br /> <br /> The march, which concludes the season, will be held April 29 in the Corporate Area.<br /> <br /> Derek was part of the Jamaican carnival scene in the mid-1980s. He was invited by band leader Byron Lee to assist with the launch of his Jamaica Carnival.<br /> <br /> "It's been a while since I have been to Jamaica carnival so I am anxious to see what improvement it has made and where it is now," he told Splash.<br /> <br /> In addition to leading his D'Midas band, Derek designed costumes which will be displayed during the Road March. While his enthusiasm for designing is still high, he says his years of parading are over.<br /> <br /> "I have had my day in the sun so I am just passing it on to the younger generation," he said.<br /> <br /> Derek has fond memories of Jamaica's Carnival.<br /> <br /> "I remember when Byron Lee used to play at the back of the parade and persons from all walks of life would just come out and have a good time. Also, it was more of a mature audience that attended," he recalled.<br /> <br /> While he favours traditional Calypso music, Derek accepts the direction in which the more brash, soca sound is heading.<br /> <br /> "Soca is more for the younger generation, while Calypso is for the elder fans. The same can be said about dancehall and reggae music as I am more a lover of reggae, while the younger fans gravitate towards dancehall. I am glad for the change, though," he said.<br /> <br /> Stephen Derek has been a part of Trinidad Carnival for more than 40 years. D'Midas has won the event's Band of the Year award 14 times.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10598302/Stephen-Derek-costume_w300.jpghttp://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10598303/STEPHEN-DERICK_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:00 AM DJ Jigsy King bats for the girls http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/DJ-Jigsy-King-bats-for-the-girls_16478820 VETERAN dancehall artiste Jigsy King is appealing to women to set higher standards for themselves. He stated that low self-esteem on their part is a contributing factor to the breakdown of dancehall music.<br /> <br /> "Back in the days, we couldn't deejay anything derogatory about females as they would not support it; now some of them are dancing to anything. How can an artiste even think about writing a line like 'Upgrade you from germs tun yuh inna wifey'? This is unacceptable," he said.<br /> <br /> The entertainer also urges the up-and-coming acts to record more uplifting tracks.<br /> <br /> Jigsy King said although he kept a low profile for several years, music was still part of his daily life.<br /> <br /> "I still did a lot of writing. However, as with every job, one had to take a break. I took the time to focus on my family, as they are extremely important to me," he said.<br /> <br /> The deejay, whose real name is Mark Brown, recently made a comeback with Gal Ah Mad Ova Mi. The single, released earlier this month on iTunes, was recorded on the Cannon Ball Rhythm for the Masterbling Recording Company imprint. Among his other recent recordings are Sexy Girl and Best Weed Man, collaborations with long-time sidekick Tony Curtis.<br /> <br /> At age 42, Jigsy King said he still has what it takes to remain relevant in the music business since he emerged a little over two decades ago.<br /> <br /> "People still can't get over the 90s music and I am back to deejay for the ladies. There is no shortcut to music and it's not or will ever be a competition for me. So while I may make adjustments, I am still going to use the 90s strategies whenever I am writing my lyrics," he said.<br /> <br /> King scored international success with Work, a combination single with Barrington Levy. He topped the Jamaican singles chart in 1996 with Sweet Sensimella, a duet with British singer Jamie Irie. Among his other chart-topping hits were Butterfly (with Tony Curtis), Rail Up, and Haffi Get You Body.<br /> <br /> -- Simone Morgan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10598304/jigsy-king_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:00 AM Old-school artistes for Rising Star sound system launch Monday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Old-school-artistes-for-Rising-Star-sound-system-launch-Monday KINGSTON, Jamaica &mdash; A strong cast of old school artistes are scheduled to perform at a live show marking the official launch of the Original Rising Star sound system on Easter Monday.<br /> <br /> The event takes place at South Camp Road and features singers Jimmy Riley, Carl Dawkins, Puddy Roots, Pad Anthony, Mikey General and deejay Little Twitch.<br /> <br /> The show is produced by deejay Buckey Ranks (Clive Buckley) whose son Marlon 'Bad Indian' Mitchell is selector for the London-based Original Rising Star.<br /> <br /> Studio Mix, a Waterhouse sound system, which helped launch the careers of Half Pint and Junior Reid, will also provide recorded music. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10599532/Screen-shot-2014-04-17-at-4-38-35-PM--2-_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:55 PM Hapilos awards off http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/HAPILOS-AWARDS-OFF_16473932 SATURDAY'S 21st Hapilos Anniversary and Digital Awards has been postponed. The event was scheduled for the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica Centre in St Andrew.<br /> <br /> No reason was given for the postponement. Neither was a new date announced.<br /> <br /> In a statement yesterday, Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos's executive vice-president, apologised "for any inconvenience the postponement may have caused".<br /> <br /> "We at 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with the event; the Jamaican recording fraternity, our sponsors, fans, supporters and those who were slated to perform," said Wonder.<br /> <br /> The awards recognise achievements of artistes and producers in digital distribution as well as their contributions to the music industry.<br /> <br /> "Direct sales and streams are used to determine the winners," Wonder told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Categories include Top Selling Single of the Year, Lifetime Award and Producer Buzz Award. The awards were previously held in 2011 and 2012.<br /> <br /> According to the New York Post, Kevin Reynolds &mdash; CEO of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution &mdash; was arrested at the John F Kennedy International Airport last Sunday, after being on the run from United States law enforcement since 2002.<br /> <br /> The Post reported that Reynolds had been using the name Dennis Graham and travelled to Jamaica and the US under that identity.<br /> <br /> Reynolds was wanted for the alleged 2002 murder of Winston King, who was killed in front of his 11-year-old daughter in Silver Spring, Maryland.<br /> <br /> He was awaiting a flight to Jamaica when he was arrested.<br /> <br /> With headquarters in Kingston and New York, 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution, is the largest digital distributor of dancehall, reggae and Caribbean music.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10596054/Johnny-Wonder_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:00 AM Predictions spot on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Predictions-spot-on-_16472845 BY RICHARD JOHNSON THEY did it. The actors got it right.<br /> <br /> In a poll conducted by the Jamaica Observer which asked other actors to predict who would go home with the Actor Boy Awards in the various categories ahead of Monday's ceremony, was spot on.<br /> <br /> The poll r esults showed veteran actor Glen Campbell would take the trophy for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his work in If There's A Will There's a Wife; Nadean Rawlins would win best lead actress for Departure in the Dark; Christopher McFarlane would be the winner for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for To The Finish and Sakina Deer would top the supporting actress category for her performance in If There's A Will There's a Wife.<br /> <br /> The actors were again correct when they predicted that Jambiz International's Ladies of the Night would be named Best Production.<br /> <br /> Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, an excited Deer, who has been nominated on five previous occasions, indicated that her joy was somewhat bittersweet.<br /> <br /> "It's not for the show I expected to win for. It was a fight to get this character right... lots of tears and many sleepless nights as I knew I could do better. So I felt I had a better shot at the award with Ladies of the Night. But I am happy."<br /> <br /> An elated Nadean Rawlins said: "It feels so good... I am happy for everyone."<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10596043/_DSC0832_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:00 AM Dread and Terrible lie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dread-and-Terrible-lie_16473423 BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com ANTONIE Missir &mdash; producer of Chronixx's Dread and Terrible Tour French leg -- is dismissing rumours that the artiste was assaulted by security guards at La Cigale in Paris on Sunday, April 6.<br /> <br /> "I guarantee that there is no truth to the story," said Missir, in an email response to the Jamaica Observer yesterday.<br /> <br /> According to the producer, Chronixx and his team were on stage when a minor incident happened backstage between a security guard and an unauthorised person.<br /> <br /> "Chronixx and crew behaved very professionally and didn't clash with any security [personnel]. Nobody got injured, there were no weapons, no police," he said, adding that there are no longer any chateauxs in Paris.<br /> <br /> Missir said the event was a success and saw great performances from Chronixx as well as Dre Island, Kelissa, Barrington Levy, Cham and Patrice.<br /> <br /> According to a Platinum Camp email release, Chronixx and his party refused to wear the armbands and proceeded to rough up the security guards.<br /> <br /> "After his performance, a group of guards with high-powered weapons and baseball bats were waiting in the wings for them. It was reported that the beating that Chronixx and his posse suffered was horrendous, they ran for their lives and sought refuge in a chateau. The occupants of the chateau hid them and had to call for the French authorities in order to save them," the release continued.<br /> <br /> Chronixx Music Group, managers and booking agents for Chronixx dismissed the alleged altercation between the artiste's team and security providers.<br /> <br /> "There was also no incident involving Chronixx or any member of his team where anyone was beaten, nor was there any incident involving security personnel with high- powered weapons and baseball bats. The Dread & Terrible Tour has continued with successful performances by Chronixx, Dre Island and Kelissa in various cities around Europe every night since the April 6 date in Paris. There are four more dates remaining before the tour ends on April 20," the entertainer's management team release read.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10596049/Chronixx_0562_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:00 AM