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 ANOTHER COMING! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/ANOTHER-COMING-_17457528 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer JAMAICAN dancehall deejay Stylo G has teamed up with British electronic group Clean Bandit for the single Come Over.<br /> <br /> The track debuts at number 45 on the United Kingdom singles chart. It is also number 12 on the UK Dance chart and number 80 in Germany.<br /> <br /> Come Over is the second Top 50 hit in the UK for Stylo G. Last year, he peaked at number 18 on the chart with Soundbwoy which sold over 200,000 copies earning a silver certification in the UK.<br /> <br /> "Working with Clean Bandit was a great feeling. I'm a fan of their music and the link came through my label 3 Beats Records. We shot the video in Norway and Morocco and the song has turned out to be a hit," Stylo G told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> The Spanish Town-bred Stylo G, whose real name is Jason McDermott, migrated to the UK over 10 years ago. He followed up Soundbwoy with the hits Badd (featuring Sister Nancy) and Move Back.<br /> <br /> In an interview with the Official Charts Company in the UK, Clean Bandit member Neil Amin-Smith said the group had the idea of working with a Jamaican artiste since 2012 while they were in talks with other producers.<br /> <br /> "The instrumental for Come Over was created and the opportunity for to do something with Stylo G came about and fit right into place," Amin-Smith was quoted as saying.<br /> <br /> A video for Come Over was shot on location in Morocco. It was shot and directed by Jack Patterson.<br /> <br /> Clean Bandit's music has been described as 'fusion' music, mixing electronic music with classical and deep house elements. The four member group released its debut album New Eyes in May of this year.<br /> <br /> Among the group's hits are Mozart House (number 17 on the UK chart) and Rather Be (featuring Jess Glynne) which spent four weeks at number one on the UK chart.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11008473/Stylo-G_1_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 02, 2014 2:00 AM Rototom sunsplash wins new fans http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Rototom-sunsplash--wins-new-fans_17456897 BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Obsever senior writer ORGANISERS of the annual Rototom Sunsplash festival say the August 16-23 show in Benicassim, Spain achieved its objective of appealing to a new demographic.<br /> <br /> Katia Brollo, a Rototom spokesperson, credits the appearance of neo roots-reggae acts with attracting new fans to the festival which was first held in Gaio di Spilimbergo, Italy in 1991.<br /> <br /> "The main objective of this year's show was to increase the visibility of the reggae renaissance, giving the opportunity to the exponents of this movement to come to Rototom and porform on the main stage of the festival," Brollo told the Jamaica Observer. "Jah9, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal and Chronixx offered high-quality concerts."<br /> <br /> Brollo added: "We could become the bridge between the historic reggae performers like Jimmy Cliff, Luciano and Alpha Blondy and contemporary hip hop dance icons such as Sean Paul, Shaggy and Lauryn Hill."<br /> <br /> She noted that veterans such as Cliff, Luciano and Inner Circle helped the festival maintain its core demographic (ages 20 to 45).<br /> <br /> The Rototom Festival, which is the largest of Europe's summer reggae festivals, again comprised workshops looking at ways to improve the reggae product, as well as reflecting on the music's history.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11008471/Chronixx_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 02, 2014 2:00 AM Sandz Beach Party pulls crowd http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sandz-Beach-Party-pulls-crowd-_17457121 By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer IT was great vibes, non-stop partying and flossing at the monthly summer series Sandz Beach Party last Sunday afternoon.<br /> <br /> The event attracted a massive crowd at its grand finale held at the Boardwalk Beach in Portmore.<br /> <br /> The event has been held every last Sunday of the month during the summer since its inception in May of this year. It is promoted jointly by members of TNS (Team No Shirt), Envy Team and Yung Kingz Entertainment.<br /> <br /> According to Oneil Forbes of Envy Team, based on the demand by patrons, the event will return next year.<br /> <br /> "We plan to continue Sandz Beach party annually. The demand has been great and the venue here at the boardwalk is easily accessible to our patrons, hence the great turnout that we had," Forbes explained.<br /> <br /> The event was previously held in Bull Bay, and in Hellshire, Portmore. This was its second staging at Boardwalk Beach.<br /> <br /> "From the inception, we started this event as a chill and it just grew so extremely quick and we really appreciate the support," Forbes added.<br /> <br /> Dubbed the Sandz Farewell Summer edition, the party featured music from Code Red's DJ Lank, X Factor and DJ Zagga from Infusion. Each selector kept the crowd dancing non -stop during their respective sets.<br /> <br /> A number of entertainment personalities including Bounty Killer, dancehall artiste Masicka, Olympian Warren Weir, and dancehall artiste J Capri were among those spotted partying among the massive crowd.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11008470/Sandz_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 02, 2014 2:00 AM Everybody got Footloose http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Everybody-got-Footloose_17456744 By Rory Daley Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com FOOTLOOSE: Short Shorts edition proved that sticking to the essentials &mdash; that is, playing good music to dance to &mdash; still has value, as it was standing room only at the Mas Camp venue in St Andrew on Saturday night.<br /> <br /> Things got off to a late start as the threat of rain earlier made partygoers tentative. However, by midnight, the clear summer night sky had patrons filling the venue to dance up a storm to the best of the 80s and beyond.<br /> <br /> DJ Marvin was at the controls and brought the heat immediately to bring the party to a boil, spinning classic reggae tunes. He then moved quickly into a mix of 90s rap party tunes like Mark Morrison's Return of the Mack, and a slew of songs from Biggie Smalls, Wyclef Jean, and Ma$e. These had the packed audience singing along and 'raising their hands in the air, like they just didn't care'.<br /> <br /> As the night progressed, there was one genre everyone had been waiting on, soca. And when it hit, it hit hard, starting off with a classic, Byron Lee's Soca Butterfly. The music kept on flowing, with DJ Marvin throwing in some of current hits including Rolly Polly, allowing party fans to dance into the night.<br /> <br /> Everybody got Footloose<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11008469/_KWH2448_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11008468/_KWH2434-1_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11008467/_KWH2387_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11008466/_KWH2391_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11008465/_KWH2384_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, September 02, 2014 2:00 AM &rsquo;T Boots&rsquo; Harris... unforgettable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/-T-Boots--Harris----unforgettable Basil Walters AMID tributes at the thanksgiving service for veteran entertainment journalist Trevor &lsquo;T Boots&rsquo; Harris Saturday, his long-time friend and singer Boris Gardner captured the essence of the sombre occasion with his rendition of Nat King Cole&rsquo;s Unforgettable.<br /> <br /> It was a perfect summary that left a lasting impression on the congregation at the First Baptist Church on Sandringham Avenue in St Andrew. Family, journalists and entertainment figures turned out to pay respect to Harris, who died August 16 from a heart attack.<br /> <br /> Gospel artiste Sarah Walker, who said Harris left an indelible mark on her life, performed the inspirational Great is Thy Faithfulness. She recalled Harris once telling her: &ldquo;If I should pass away before you, I want you to do this song for me.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> There were other musical tributes from the vocal quartet Natty Baldhead, Oliver &lsquo;Alva&rsquo; Black, Karlene &lsquo;Nina Karle&rsquo; Levy, Bishop Delroy Willis, guitarist Junior Bailey (who did an instrumental version of Satta Massa Gana) and poet Fikre Selassie. A moving tribute came from Baldwin Howe, who said Harris helped steer him from substance abuse.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have to take this opportunity to speak about what &lsquo;T Boots&rsquo; had done for me. He was an inspiration and he encouraged me when I was on a path that was not good,&rdquo; said Howe. &ldquo;I was on drugs and he spoke to me about it, and I went to rehab and now I am out. Thanks to &lsquo;T Boots&rsquo;.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Fabulous Five&rsquo;s Frankie Campbell, who gave the remembrance, shared some amusing anecdotes about Harris who was once the band&rsquo;s road and public relations manager. Another Fab Five member, drummer Astley &lsquo;Grub&rsquo; Cooper, gave a splendid vocal performance of Jerusalem.<br /> <br /> Veteran music insider John Alexander, Harris&rsquo; children Che and Kari-Ann Harris-Rueben and grandchildren Nya Ramsay Brice Harris and Jonhoi Harris, also paid tribute.<br /> <br /> So too Harris&rsquo; former colleagues Milverton Wallace (read by Harris&rsquo; son Francisco), Demario McDowell and Rohan Powell who represented the Press Association of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Harris was a stalwart in entertainment journalism. He founded and operated the Roots News magazine and worked at the Jamaica Record newspaper, helping to produce its afternoon tabloid, the National Enquirer. At the time of his death at age 70, Harris worked at the Bess FM radio station. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11006470/T-boots_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 01, 2014 12:48 AM Kaci Fennell is Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Kaci-Fennell-is-Miss-Universe-Jamaica-2014 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer KACI Fennell won the Hyundai Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 title on Saturday at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College in St Andrew. A popular winner, the 21-year-old Mico University College student was selected over 18 other competitors.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been tiring but I put my all into this. I really worked hard towards this title and now I am completely elated,&rdquo; Fennell told the Jamaica Observer shortly after being crowned. She said the achievements of former Miss Jamaica and Miss Jamaica Universe Sandra Foster inspired her to enter the pageant.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I remember my mom was always talking about Sandra Foster and then I asked her to show me a photograph of her. Afterwards, I decided that I wanted to enter a pageant, but the time happened to be now,&rdquo; said Fennell.<br /> <br /> Nineteen-year-old Roshelle McKinley, niece of former Miss Jamaica World contestant, Bernadette McKinley, who finished third in the 1978 pageant finished second. Commercial pilot Kimar Muir was third with fourth and fifth places being taken by Saneta Kerr and Dianne Brown, respectively.<br /> <br /> Fennell won a cash prize of $250,000, a Hyundai i10 car courtesy of title sponsors Key Motors. She will represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled for later this year.<br /> <br /> Prior to a show-stopping performance from singer Gem Myers, the finalists appeared in swimwear, then evening wear, followed by a question-and-answer segment. Shanice Rerrie, Christine Suraj, Davia Lynch, Diedre McKenzie, and Zandrea Bailey also made the top 10.<br /> <br /> Sectional prizes went to: Most Photogenic &mdash; Shantana Folkes Congeniality &mdash; Saneta Kerr Essence Style Award &mdash; Kimar Muir Runaway &mdash; Saneta Kerr Best in Swimwear &mdash; Dianne Brown Best in Evening Gown &mdash; Kaci Fennell Most Aware &mdash; Kaci Fennell Alturism Charity Award &mdash; Princess Fraser.<br /> <br /> Special awards were presented to Maybelline representative Marlene Gray, businessman Desmond Panton and Triple Century Sports Bar owner Chris Gayle. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11006473/MISS-UNIVERSE_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 01, 2014 12:57 AM A family in mourning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-FAMILY-IN-MOURNING (From left) Keri-Ann Harris- Reuben (daughter), Francisco-Che Harris (son), Aghaneen Harris (daughter-in-law), Khalil Harris (son) and Tanya-Sue Harris (daughter-inlaw) were a picture of grief at the thanksgiving service on Saturday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11006472/T-boots-Daughter_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 01, 2014 12:53 AM Tom Laing salutes Gregory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tom-Laing-salutes-Gregory AS a budding entertainer in the 1990s, Tom Laing was influenced by several singers. One of them was Gregory Isaacs. The New York-based Laing salutes his hero by covering Front Door, which Isaacs did in the 1980s when he was riding high as the Cool Ruler.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m the biggest fan there is, I have known &lsquo;Toothache&rsquo; (his nickname for Isaacs) from I was 12 years of age. Front Door is my favourite Gregory,&rdquo; Laing said.<br /> <br /> Laing produced Front Door for his Top Tier label. It may be included on his debut album which he plans to release next year. He was in his early teens at the time Isaacs cut Front Door with the Roots Radics band in 1981. Isaacs died from cancer in 2010. It was not until 2006 that Laing began recording.<br /> <br /> He reckons he has done 60 songs since then, mainly released for the New York City market. He took a four-year sabbatical in 2008 to concentrate on improving productions from Top Tier, which has released songs by several artistes including Chuck Fenda and Luciano. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11006468/tom-laing_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 01, 2014 12:42 AM Eastern Pan champs decided http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Eastern-Pan-champs-decided_17409166 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer JERKED chicken and dancehall were a winning combination on Saturday, August 23rd, at the CB Pan Chicken Championship Eastern Regional Eliminations, at the UDC Car Park in Portmore.<br /> <br /> The winners were: Annie Simpson for the Grace Ketch Di Taste Sauce competition; Pauline Rainford (St Thomas); Denton Levers (St Mary); Delroy Thompson (Portland); Norman Chambers (Kingston & St Andrew); Carlos Thomas (St Catherine).<br /> <br /> The 26 booths manned by the competitors were a hit with patrons. According to CB Chicken Brand Manager Alicia Bogues, &ldquo;It was a wonderful day and we thank the people of Portmore who came out to support the event.&rdquo; The Western Regional Eliminations, scheduled for September 27 at Dump Up Beach in Montego Bay, is the competition's next phase. Eliminations for Central parishes took place last month in Manchester.<br /> <br /> I Octane, singjay Bryka, gospel singer Lubert Levy, and Magnum King of the Dancehall winner Krushal were part of the entertainment package. I Octane was in good form, delivering snippets of some of his hits including Bad Mind Dem a Pree, Lose a Friend and Wine and Jiggle.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11006465/ZZ798A0574_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, September 01, 2014 2:00 AM On the Boardwalk with Sandz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/On-the-Boardwalk-with-Sandz KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The latest in the Sandz Beach Party series takes place today (Sunday, August 31) at the Boardwalk Beach in Portmore, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> It is the conclusion to a debut season which began in May. According to Carlton Davy of promoters Yung Kingz Entertainment, "It will be a party centred on the theme of chilling on the plush beach line of Boardwalk while being treated to a premium entertainment package." <br /> <br /> Sandz is the brainchild of a group of event coordinators. They are members of TNS Entertainment Yung Kingz Entertainment and ENVY Team. <br /> <br /> Davy says the idea for the party came from "a regular beach flex with friends".<br /> <br /> "Members of the entities had a little get-together at a popular beach in Portmore occasionally to escape the summer heat with friends. The gathering became an inspiration to share the same flex with many who they felt would be appreciative of a similar environment," Davy recalled.<br /> <br /> A number of entertainment personalities have supported the event. Among them, disc jockey Supa Hype, and dancehall artistes Aidonia, Munga and Masicka.<br /> <br /> The Sandz Farewell Summer edition starts at noon and ends at 7:00 pm. There will be music from Code Red&rsquo;s DJ Lank, X Factor and DJ Zagga from Infusion.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Kevin Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11005432/SANDZ_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 31, 2014 11:34 AM Life after &lsquo;Sticky&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Life-after--Sticky- BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer IN a 2002 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Uzziah &lsquo;Sticky&rsquo; Thompson spoke about the lack of session work for percussionists in contemporary reggae.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Nuh whole heap a work nah gwaan, a computer ting a run the place now,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Only one an&rsquo; two man will gi&rsquo; yuh a call.&rdquo; Thompson, who died last Monday at age 78 in Florida, played on countless hit songs during a 50-year career.<br /> <br /> Those hits ranged from ska (Little Did You Know by the Techniques); rootsreggae (I Need a Roof by the Mighty Diamonds); pop (Genius of Love by the Tom Tom Club, Pull up To The Bumper by Grace Jones) and contemporary reggae (One Bright Day by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers).<br /> <br /> He was part of a long line of outstanding percussionists who served Jamaican pop music with distinction. Others include Denzil Laing (father of Tony); Noel &lsquo;Scully&rsquo; Sims; and Herman &lsquo;Bongo Herman&rsquo; Davis.<br /> <br /> Denver Smith, maybe the best known of the new wave of reggae percussionists, hailed Thompson as &ldquo;the mystical percussionist".<br /> <br /> According to Smith: &ldquo;He was just different and always made me want to listen, watch, and learn without him having to say much. He only gave me a smile here and there, until that day when we ended up in the same room to work on Mind Control, Stephen Marley&rsquo;s Grammy-winning acoustic album. It was then that he gave me his blessing as a real percussionist with a few words and a smile when he heard something he liked.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The percussionist and horn player had major roles in ska, rocksteady and roots-reggae. The advent of computer beats in the 1980s cut their time in modern Jamaican music as many producers looked to lower costs. Clive Hunt is not one of those producers. He still calls on percussionists.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I use percussion on every song I produce. Being a producer that produces live reggae music, the tracks are not complete without a percussionist,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Last week, for example, I used Bongo Herman and I played percussion on two new songs.&rdquo; Smith&rsquo;s first major gig was touring with Luciano in the late 1990s.<br /> <br /> Since then, he has worked with acts like Jimmy Cliff, Shaggy, Etana, Damian Marley, Christopher Martin, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, Jah Cure and Gentleman. He says not many producers are as open as Hunt whose own career began as a horn player.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Recording sessions are sometimes hard to get since the era of technology and gadgets. We are sometimes overlooked by producers who do most of their music with computers but we do get sessions,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When we do, we represent and show that we cannot be replaced because we have the sound to capture the soul of a song as the great ones did back when music was live.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11004061/Sticky_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11004059/Denver-D_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:41 AM Jessica Shaw: Born dancer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jessica-Shaw--Born-dancer BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer Senior Reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com DANCER and choreographer Jessica Shaw cannot remember a time when she was not dancing. Being the daughter of choreographer Paula Shaw allowed her to be exposed to the art from a very early age.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My mother sent me to study ballet with Elizabeth Samuda from about age three and I have not looked back since,&rdquo; the 23-year-old related to the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Twenty years after she was introduced to her first ballet class, Shaw is now the ballet mistress at L&rsquo;Acadco, one of Jamaica&rsquo;s foremost dance companies. The dreadlocked performer told the Sunday Observer that it is pointless to disregard her mother&rsquo;s influence in her chosen path.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For as long as I can remember she has been choreographing for the JMTC [Jamaica Musical Theatre Company] and Father Ho Lung and I was always tagging along with her to rehearsals. At one point I was referred to as Paula&rsquo;s Little Shadow as I was not only holding on to her every move but was also giving instruction and correcting the actors and dancers when they weren&rsquo;t doing the choreography quite right.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> She however quickly grew out of her mother&rsquo;s shadow and stepped into her own spotlight. Five years ago a chance meeting with the L&rsquo;Antoinette Stines &mdash; the artistic director of L&rsquo;Acadco &mdash; reaped major rewards, as she was asked to join the company.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was performing at an event and afterwards she came up to me and complimented me... I was ecstatic. I had always admired her work so it was the best of both worlds colliding, I chose L&rsquo;Acadco and L&rsquo;Acadco chose me.&rdquo; Shaw describes the early days with the company as culture shock.<br /> <br /> As she now had to learn Stines&rsquo; signature technique L&rsquo;Antech, which she explained utilises every part of the body &mdash; quite different from the training she had received over the years. &ldquo;It was a little hard getting used to the technique, but over time I have gotten to appreciate it.&rdquo; And what&rsquo;s it like working with Stines?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;She is such a dynamic person that it takes some work on the part of dancers to keep up with her mind. She will walk into the studio and demonstrate something and we are like &lsquo;what is that?&rsquo; It challenges us to stay on our toes and I believe that is what makes L&rsquo;Acadco the dynamic company that it is today,&rdquo; explained Shaw.<br /> <br /> This young graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Performance and Choreography. She describes her personal dance style as being contemporary athletic.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The best way to describe it is swift movements in a free-flowing form, pretty much like water,&rdquo; Shaw stated. Of the local dance scene, Shaw has nothing but high praises.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The dance world is growing rapidly. We are heading in the right direction, and putting out good work.<br /> <br /> We must however be more exposed to what happening in the wider world. Bring the expertise to Jamaica so more local dancers can be exposed, as opposed to just a few having the opportunity to go overseas and experience.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11004058/Jessica-Shaw_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:42 AM National Gallery celebrates 40 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/National-Gallery-celebrates-40-years_17453324 THE National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) kicks off its 40th anniversary celebrations today with the opening of a retrospective exhibition.<br /> <br /> "The task we have set ourselves with In Retrospect: Forty Years of the National Gallery of Jamaica is to tell the story of that story, examining with a critical eye the role the NGJ has played in establishing how Jamaican art is understood," explained Dr Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the NGJ.<br /> <br /> "The exhibition consists mainly of key works from our collection and features artists as diverse as John Dunkley, Edna Manley, Ebony G Patterson, Isaac Mendez Belisario, Mallica 'Kapo' Reynolds, Albert Huie, Barrington Watson, Eugene Hyde, Karl Parboosingh, Leasho Johnson, Carl Abrahams, George Robertson, David Boxer, Laura Facey, Maria LaYacona, Petrona Morrison, Omari Ra, Cecil Baugh, Matthew McCarthy, Everald Brown, Norma Rodney Harrack, A Duperly and Sons, Osmond Watson, Renee Cox, Marlon James and Colin Garland."<br /> <br /> The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue publication with essays by Alissandra Cummins, Annie Paul and Veerle Poupeye.<br /> <br /> As it presently stands, the National Gallery is the oldest and largest national art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean and its reach was further expanded recently with the opening of National Gallery West at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.<br /> <br /> When the original 262 paintings and sculptures from the Institute of Jamaica collection arrived in 1974, the Gallery inherited a set of artworks but not a cohesive art history and thus it became part of the NGJ's mandate to articulate a Jamaican art history.<br /> <br /> Since then, the gallery has told the story about Jamaican art through several exhibitions and publications, through major donations and debates that have surrounded the National Gallery from its earliest years.<br /> <br /> Today's exhibition opening coincides with the Last Sundays programme for this month and the gallery will be open to the public from 1:00 am to 4:00 pm.<br /> <br /> The In Retrospect exhibition will continue until November 15, 2014.<br /> <br /> National Gallery celebrates 40 years<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11004055/albert-huie-the-vendor_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 31, 2014 2:00 AM Crown him king http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Crown-him-king_17403156 BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer AS a teenager, Kevin King had big dreams of being a basketball player. That all changed after he went through his father&rsquo;s stash of vinyl records and ended up playing them on a turntable.<br /> <br /> He has long given up hopes of shooting hoops. Today, he is known as Kevin Crown, one of the top disc jockeys in the tri-state area of the United States &mdash; New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I started as a DJ as a hobby but after listening to my father&rsquo;s records my interest in music developed. I was also a dancer and I would gravitate towards anything that had a beat including soca, dancehall, reggae and hip hop,&rdquo; Crown said in an interview with the Sunday Observer.<br /> <br /> The 30-odd year-old Crown was recently in Jamaica, playing two nights at the Fiction Fantasy club in Kingston to celebrate businessman David &lsquo;Squeeze&rsquo; Annakie&rsquo;s birthday. He hosts the Friday Night Madness programme on New York&rsquo;s WRTN 93.5 FM, which is owned by Annakie.<br /> <br /> Though he is immersed in Jamaican pop music culture, Crown was born in Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York to Grenadian parents. His ties to Jamaican dancehall are solid.<br /> <br /> He once operated a sound system and hosted a feature film called How Fi Dance Reggae, in which he interviewed the influential dancer Bogle. He has built an impressive r&eacute;sum&eacute; as a DJ, spinning discs at parties for celebrities such as Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and the Wayans brothers.<br /> <br /> Crown also has a small role in the low-budget drama Jamaican Mafia. Though the hip-hop/dancehall radio and club scene in New York has got increasingly competitive, Crown says he never looks over his shoulder.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I really don&rsquo;t care what my competition is doing, I do me. I focus on the people who come out to have a good time. I never pay attention to other DJs; I love what I do and I focus on that. It&rsquo;s that simple http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11004064/Kevin-Crown-photo-3_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11004063/Kevin-Crown-photo-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 31, 2014 2:00 AM Carib folklore on demand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Carib-folklore-on-demand_17376929 By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com THE Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), an organisation based in Brooklyn, New York, is aiming to promote Caribbean folklore through its new Studio Anansi Films.<br /> <br /> Guyanese Romola Lucas, who co-founded CaFA in 2012, told the Sunday Observer that Studio Anansi Films will expose short and feature-length dramas as well as animated films and documentaries using the fledgling Video-On-Demand (VOD) medium.<br /> <br /> VOD is CaFA's latest venture. The company currently shows Caribbean productions on its CineCarib&eacute;s film blog and through its monthly CaFA Film Nights screenings in Brooklyn.<br /> <br /> "One of the organisation's goals is to provide exposure for film-makers and an outlet through which their work could be shared within the region as well as worldwide," Lucas said.<br /> <br /> Some of the films CaFA has shown to date are: Better Mus' Come (Jamaica), WAR Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney (Guyana), The Coming of Org (St Lucia), Hoghole (St Vincent), Auntie (Barbados) and Noka out of Trinidad and Tobago.<br /> <br /> Lucas said film interests from Dominica, St Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad, Carriacou, Guyana, and St Vincent and the Grenadines have signed on with Studio Anansi Films.<br /> <br /> She hopes the site will spur demand for Caribbean films and help make the region's industry financially viable.<br /> <br /> "With the growth of sites like Netflix, Hulu and the number of films on iTunes, it is evident people, including those in the Caribbean, are consuming more and more content online. We hope the platform will be a convenient way for viewers to access Caribbean film content while online," she said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11004066/ZZ68EFAD11_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Sunday, August 31, 2014 2:00 AM A woman's professional bias http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/A-woman-s-professional-bias_17453837 "This is my father's choice,<br /> <br /> O what a world of vile ill favour'd faults<br /> <br /> Looks handsome in three hundred pound a year!"<br /> <br /> Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, III, 4<br /> <br /> BACK in those days, three hundred pounds a year was more than a tidy sum, and a man, even with ill-favoured faults, looked really handsome if he was earning that amount. That woman's father chose a suitor for her, and she wasn't too pleased, but his monetary worth sort of smoothed things over.<br /> <br /> Money does have a way of equalising people. It makes ugly men handsome, <br /> <br /> big-belly men look slim, it makes smelly, boorish, uncouth men appear to be bathed in lilac and have the manners of proper gentlemen. Money makes short men seem tall, and ignorant men appear educated and smart. It even makes cruel men seem kind and benevolent.<br /> <br /> Money equalises people as it smoothes out the wrinkles of poverty and uplifts the lives of many. This fact is not lost on women, and that's why they have a professional bias when it comes to choosing men.<br /> <br /> Now, you're going to question what I have to say as, for some reason, women do not like to admit that they only want a certain type of man, not only for themselves, but for their daughters too.<br /> <br /> Outwardly they may not admit it, but secretly, every women has a professional bias when it comes to choosing a partner, and that's what we'll be exploring today -- right after these harassing, or admiring, responses to Harassment or Admiration.<br /> <br /> Hi Tony,<br /> <br /> As a young, attractive woman, I love to be admired and secretly enjoy it when men call to me on the street. I dread the day when I grow old, lose my looks and no one admires me anymore. There is a line however, and I can't ever appreciate the lewd, vulgar, sexual comments that some men make. I try to ignore most of them and put it down to ignorance on their part. But when even my educated co-workers make them, I find it doubly offensive, for I think that they should know better. I do enjoy being admired though.<br /> <br /> Alicia<br /> <br /> Hey Teerob,<br /> <br /> An admirer who compliments the opposite sex may not necessarily be a harasser if it is done in a quiet, respectful way. It becomes harassment when the action is continuous, boorish or disrespectful. If the admirer then touches the other without consent, it becomes a more serious charge of assault. It matters not that the woman dresses provocatively. One can always stare in admiration without resorting to harassment. My wife jokingly complains of me harassing her all the time, but does not resist or object. If I inform my doctor that I do not wish to be touched where the sun doesn't shine, and he does, that's assault in this neck of the woods.<br /> <br /> Tyrone<br /> <br /> London, UK<br /> <br /> Lawyer, doctor, Indian chief. That's whom every woman seeks as a partner, lover or husband. Mothers tell their daughters, "Make sure you marry somebody of substance and not any worthless man." That means a man of a certain profession, and thus began the genesis of the professional bias. Even schools used to have this bias, as they put more emphasis on the traditional grammar subjects as opposed to the technical subjects. Everybody wanted a bank or office job but shied away from woodwork or metalwork.<br /> <br /> Up to recently a lady friend of my wife asked me if I couldn't find a nice, decent man for her. "I want a man who will love me and most of all, be faithful," she said. She then asked if I didn't have any brothers, which I deduced to mean that I fit the bill, but since I was already taken, then my clone would do. I get that a lot.<br /> <br /> When I told her that I knew I nice taximan who would fulfil all her requirements, I saw her jaw drop and her countenance change. "Er, I was thinking of someone a bit more lofty, of a higher calling," she explained. And therein lies the problem, for in her eyes and mind, a taximan would not be suitable for her, even though he may be honourable, noble, faithful, and would love her forever. He wouldn't even get a foot in her door, wouldn't have a chance of a snowball in a sauna. Professional bias in full flight.<br /> <br /> I have heard of a man who was courting a young woman, only to be chased away by an irate mother who berated him for daring to darken her doorstep. "How dare you try to talk to my good, good teacher daughter, you look like a bullfrog, shoo, get away." That's a true story, folks. Professional bias brings out the beast in some women, and their purple prose speweth venom.<br /> <br /> But what are the choice professions that ladies set their sights on? The number one, I'm told, is the doctor. It's every woman's dream to marry a doctor, and many medical practitioners can have their pick of women, I'm told. In fact, many women may not even care if he has bad bedside manners, as long as she's the wife of a doctor.<br /> <br /> Doctors have told me though, that they prefer to marry female doctors or nurses, as only they would understand and appreciate the rigours and time consumption of the medical field. So any woman who has that bias had better attend medical or nursing school.<br /> <br /> Pilots are also high on the list of professions that many women lean towards. Some just love the uniform, while others dream of the free trips as they fly away to far off places to go shopping. The prestige and glamour go hand in hand.<br /> <br /> But a woman has to be trusting if she marries a pilot, for they are often likened to modern-day sailors. And you know what they say about sailors and any port, or girl, in a storm. Plus there is a reason why where they work is called a cockpit. Still, there are pilots and there are pilots, and I know some decent, faithful ones.<br /> <br /> Somehow this professional bias does not lean towards members of the constabulary, and women have vocalised, "No sah, I don't want no policeman husband, me too fraid." I naturally assumed that they meant that it was the dangers of the job that turned them off.<br /> <br /> Now members of the clergy hold a special place for some women, and being the wife of a preacher does have a certain prestige. But even though some women seek such a man, others are turned off by the constant goodness and refusal to sin. Most women do like a little 'cowboy' in their men. Plus, a preacher is always catering to others, always giving advice, comfort and solace to strangers, much to the neglect of his own household. Even though they say, "Parson christen him pickney first", many wives feel neglected. It takes a special woman to be a preacher's wife.<br /> <br /> Some women have a bias towards schoolteachers, although not so much anymore as in the past, when that profession was more respected. He has to be at least a principal, though. It's the same for policemen, if they do choose one, he has to be at least a senior superintendent and not a corporal.<br /> <br /> So, because of this professional bias, thousands of men have a hard time getting a so-called quality woman. No taximan, no conductor, no bus driver, no prison warder, no cesspool emptier, no security guard, no garbageman has a chance with them. These women with this professional bias would rather be alone than change their ideals. It's only men at the top of the pyramid who they desire and all others will fall short.<br /> <br /> The lofty professions bring a certain prestige, money and power, and women are drawn to power, which they say is the greatest aphrodisiac. How a women can sleep with an old, portly, ugly man just because he's of a certain profession is a mystery to some people. Men of a certain profession have no problem getting choice women, and when I gave my theory why, and equated my findings to another type of woman, I was roundly admonished by some females who took great offence. "What are you equating us with?" I repeated my findings that no young, pretty woman marries an old, poor man, and I stick by it. Women are practical, but they do have a professional bias. Now what bias does a man have? More time.<br /> <br /> seido1@hotmail.com<br /> <br /> Footnote<br /> <br /> Did you know that this month of August has five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays? This will not occur again for the next eight hundred years, they say. If you're weekly paid, be happy. If you're weakly paid, it doesn't count.<br /> <br /> Once again I marvel at the numerous reports of people leaving their laptops in their vehicles and having them stolen. "They broke into my car and stole my laptop with all my class notes." Boo hoo. I have no sympathy. When will people learn? It's a constant cry on the radio call-in shows. A young lady suffered this fate, and when I asked her why she left her laptop in her car, she tersely explained that she couldn't very well lug it around with her. She was almost angry at me for asking. Clearly she prefers to have her car window broken and her laptop stolen. I don't get it. I must have been born on a different planet.<br /> <br /> A woman's professional bias<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11004054/T-ROB-SUN-31-AUG_w300.jpg Local News Sunday, August 31, 2014 2:00 AM U-Roy's new set http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/U-Roy-s-new-set_7726370 FOUNDATION artiste and toaster U-Roy is back in the island following a short stint in Europe where he performed at Reggae Ska as well as made a few more stops in that continent.<br /> <br /> The singer got the chance to sing some of his songs on his latest album released two years ago on the European market only Pray Fi Di People.<br /> <br /> Among the songs on the 13-track project are They Have No Love, Ebony Eyes, title track Pray Fi Di People and Border.<br /> <br /> The album came three years following his last album I Am The Originator on the Kingston Sounds label.<br /> <br /> Pray Fi Di People self- produced by U-Roy on Music Action label sees him in combinations with artistes such as Tarrus Riley and Horace Andy.<br /> <br /> "The album is a 'vibesy' one and comes with a good mixture -- you know my style," he said.<br /> <br /> "It can come to Jamaica any time now," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Born Ewart Beckford in Jones Town, Kingston, the singer now in his early 70s started out within a religious and musical family; his mother was an organist for the choir at a local Seventh Day Adventist Church.<br /> <br /> He got his break in 1970 when John Holt lead singer of the Paragons heard him toasting over a Duke Reid track at a dance.... the rest is now history.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> U-Roy's new set<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10999996/U-roy-album-cover_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 AM Dancehall Madness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Dancehall-Madness_17446800 BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com THERE has never been a shortage of the daring in the dancehall: be it lyrics, fashion, or dance.<br /> <br /> Trends in the latter, however, have been raising a few eyebrows over the years. Bottle sucking, the latest trend to emerge, sees females poking several glass bottles in their mouths and seductively sucking on them while dancing.<br /> <br /> Recently, a photograph of a female sucking on four beer bottles made the rounds on social media sparking rousing debates.<br /> <br /> General practioner Dr Orlando Thomas said that although the muscles of the mouth were made to stretch and return to its regular position, jawbone dislocation can result from such a practice.<br /> <br /> "As with the case of persons who participate in regular eating competitions, pain and jawbone dislocation can occur. There is also a possibility of the bottles breaking, which will result in injury to the mouth and throat," he said.<br /> <br /> The medical doctor also said that persons who are involved in such a practice are at risk of contracting hepatitis B and oral herpes.<br /> <br /> "It is possible that some of the females are sucking on bottles that others drank from and hepatitis B can be transmitted by body fluids," he warned.<br /> <br /> Cultural analyst Dr Donna Hope Marquis sees these various explicit and almost pornographic acts by women as a direct response to the incursion of groups of men into the central spaces that were once solely reserved for them.<br /> <br /> "More and more men are taking over dancehall's limelight/videolight as dancers. Women have been pushed out of the limelight/videolight," Hope Marquis told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> She said male dancers are now reaping the intangible rewards which include status, hype, and recognition which translates into music video appearances, appearances in television ads and paid performances.<br /> <br /> "The response, quite unplanned and unconscious, is to up the ante with attention-grabbing activities that will resonate in dancehall's graphic and extreme spaces," she said.<br /> <br /> Hope Marquis said that one can expect these activities to increase and become more extreme as the women continue to be pushed out of these central spaces within the dancehall.<br /> <br /> Dancehall Madness<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11000005/DSC_0113_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:00 AM Artistes urged to be Ebola alert http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Artistes-urged-to-be-Ebola-alert_17446320 By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com ENTERTAINMENT industry publicist Olimatta Taal is advising local entertainers to make themselves aware of the presence of the Ebola virus in some sections of Africa before venturing on tours of the continent.<br /> <br /> Her call supports a warning issued by the local Ministry of Health to members of the entertainment fraternity, who frequent the African continent on tours to promote, particularly their music.<br /> <br /> Taal, who has roots in The Gambia and was raised in the United States, has served as a liaison between concert promoters and tour organisers to facilitate local reggae acts entering the African market.<br /> <br /> She notes that it is up to everyone to make themselves aware of what it happening in sections of Africa as it relates to Ebola.<br /> <br /> "Ebola is a very serious matter and something that everyone should make themselves aware of, it is not a matter to be taken lightly, it is a scary situation," she said.<br /> <br /> "I would say to all entertainers, give yourself the next six months to observe what is happening, do your own research and then make a move," she continued.<br /> <br /> Taal is, however, concerned about the timing of the latest outbreak of Ebola in Africa.<br /> <br /> "I don't want to be seen as a conspiracy theorist, but am concerned about how this latest Ebola outbreak comes at a time when significant strides are being made in building bridges between Africa and the Diaspora whether through music, trade or education. It is as thought there is a strategic attempt to destroy Africa... it feels like biological warfare, and that's why I encourage my music family to do their own research and see what's going on," said Taal.<br /> <br /> The World Health Organisation has declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern. Since its most recent outbreak in Guinea in December, more than 1,300 persons have died from the virus which is transmitted through direct contact with blood, other bodily fluids such as stool, saliva, urine and semen of infected persons.<br /> <br /> Artistes urged to be Ebola alert<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11000018/Olimatta-Taal_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:00 AM Samory-I upbeat about EP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Samory-I-upbeat-about-EP_17416618 ROOTS singer Samory-I is anticipating a favourable response to his five-track EP scheduled to be released next month.<br /> <br /> The EP is a precursor for his 15-track sophomore album Black Dub slated for 2015.<br /> <br /> "I write about everything that's around me. I am very passionate about what I do," he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Describing himself as a roots/lover's rock artiste, the <br /> <br /> 24-year-old Samaory-I (given name Samory-Tour Fraser) said he wants to leave a positive legacy in music.<br /> <br /> "All the songs on the EP will be on the album," he said.<br /> <br /> He said his album, which is being produced by Stone Love's Rory Gilligan, will be a mixture of lover's rock and roots reggae. Tracks include Take Me Oh Jah, Rasta Nuh Gangsta and Fear.<br /> <br /> Hailing from the Kencot community in the Corporate Area, the Norman Manley High School past student said he is pleased with the airplay Take Me Oh Jah has been receiving even though the single has not been officially released.<br /> <br /> According to the singer, his two previous releases -- Just Believe and Later With You on his Ajang Music Production label -- are doing well overseas.<br /> <br /> "These tracks have not been getting much rotation here in Jamaica, but are getting a fair amount of play in Europe and in the United Kingdom," he said.<br /> <br /> Samory-I is also known for the single Only Jah.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> Samory-I upbeat about EP<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10999995/Samory-I_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:00 AM Gospel act Ryan Mark starts his own church http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Gospel-act-Ryan-Mark-starts-his-own-church_17446574 COME Sunday, September 7, gospel artiste Ryan Mark will be conducting his first church service as a reverend of the Pure In Heart Ministries International at the Theatre Place in New Kingston. Service begins at 9:00 am.<br /> <br /> Ryan Mark &mdash; whose given name is Ryan Reynolds &mdash; was ordained as a reverend at the Potter's House International Ministries in New York, while on a promotional tour.<br /> <br /> Ryan Mark, along with his wife Chrissy D (Chrissy Doucette) &mdash; who is also an entertainer, formed the non-denominational Pure In Heart Ministries International.<br /> <br /> According to Ryan Mark, the move was not planned.<br /> <br /> "At the beginning of 2014, I decided to embark on a promotional church tour with my family in the United States. My intention was to visit a few churches, expose them to my music, and introduce them to my albums," Ryan Mark told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> "The ordination was somewhat of a surprise. Though I have heard about the great calling on my life from my earlier days, being ordained at this time was unexpected. Bishop Steve Dunkley followed the instruction given to him by God which has now led me into this new journey," he continued.<br /> <br /> For him, this unexpected twist of fate has since given him numerous opportunities to twin his two passions: sharing God's word through music and preaching and teaching.<br /> <br /> "I believe the time is right and the country needs more young men to step forward to help uplift this nation in a positive way," said the 29-year-old past student of Calabar High School.<br /> <br /> Ryan Mark's older brother, gospel act Goddy Goddy (Howard Reynolds) is also pastor of a church in Old Harbour, St Catherine.<br /> <br /> "I admire my brother and what he is doing in his ministry. Though our paths are somewhat similar, I believe this is my time to step into the office of the pastoral," he said.<br /> <br /> Ryan Mark said music will be an integral part of his ministry.<br /> <br /> "I have not neglected music and I don't believe I ever will. Actually, last Sunday, August 24, I released my new single titled Mi Papa on YouTube and social media," he said.<br /> <br /> "I have a passion for preaching and teaching God's Word, and I see how God may twin the two (music and preaching) in my ministry. Right now, I am more focused on what it is God wants me to do and be obedient to His leading."<br /> <br /> Ryan Mark's last album was Israel released in 2011.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Cecelia Campbell-Livingston<br /> <br /> Gospel act Ryan Mark starts his own church<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10999990/Ryan-Mark--Wife_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:00 AM Cee Lo enters no contest plea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Cee-Lo-enters-no-contest-plea LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) &mdash; Cee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.<br /> <br /> The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing yesterday. He also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case.<br /> <br /> Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced the 39-year-old singer to three years of formal probation. Young said Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, will be allowed to travel for work.<br /> <br /> Green entered the plea just before a preliminary hearing, which would have disclosed potential evidence against him, was scheduled to begin.<br /> <br /> Prosecutors rejected a rape charge against Green when he was charged with the felony drug charge in October 2013. His attorney Blair Berk has said Green had consensual sex with the woman he gave ecstasy to during the 2012 dinner.<br /> <br /> Hip-hop rallies for Michael Brown<br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11000091/cee-lo-green_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:53 AM Chelsea Clinton quits NBC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Chelsea-Clinton-quits-NBC NEW YORK, USA (AP) &mdash; Chelsea Clinton said yesterday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and imminent birth of her first child.<br /> <br /> Bill and Hillary Clinton's daughter had been working at the network since 2011, sporadically doing feature stories on people or organisations doing public-spirited work. Politico magazine reported earlier this year that NBC was paying her US$600,000 a year.<br /> <br /> "I loved watching the Making a Difference stories about remarkable people and organisations making a profound difference in our country and our world," Clinton said in a statement posted on her Facebook page. "I am grateful NBC gave me the opportunity to continue this important legacy."<br /> <br /> She was initially hired to do stories for Brian Williams' Rock Center newsmagazine, but that programme was canceled. Her work occasionally appeared on NBC's Nightly News.<br /> <br /> Two Clinton stories that aired in January were on education programmes targeting the underprivileged. She's done stories on a school programme for jailed teenagers named after Maya Angelou, an Arkansas tutoring program and a restaurant chain that donates leftover food to the needy. Her last story appeared on August 1.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11000089/Chelsea-Clinton_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:50 AM Hip-hop rallies for Michael Brown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Hip-hop-rallies-for-Michael-Brown_17443156 NEW YORK, USA (AP) &mdash; Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice.<br /> <br /> "It's really important to see hip-hop's role of being some grown-ups and doing some really stand-up, grown-up stuff," Public Enemy's Chuck D, one of rap's most powerful voices, said in a recent interview. "These people have actually stood up ... and that has to be saluted."<br /> <br /> The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said he's impressed with rappers such as J Cole, who released a heartaching, tearful song called Be Free inspired by Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by a Ferguson officer on August 9.<br /> <br /> Others in rap also have lifted their voices: Talib Kweli, like J Cole, marched in Ferguson and spoke out about injustice; David Banner appeared on CNN; Nelly started a scholarship for teens in honor of Brown; and Lauryn Hill dedicated her song Black Rage -- which uses some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things -- to the Ferguson community.<br /> <br /> The largest hip-hop gesture for Brown, who was an aspiring rapper, came Wednesday when the Game released the song Don't Shoot, in which he's joined by all-stars like Diddy, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz, among others. Sales from the song will benefit the Mike Brown Memorial Fund on GoFundMe, which has raised nearly US$300,000 in two weeks.<br /> <br /> Other black entertainers have spoken out including Kerry Washington, Jesse Williams and Spike Lee, who attended Brown's funeral on Monday. At a concert last week where he performed Marvin Gaye's seminal What's Going On? at the Hollywood Bowl, John Legend wore a shirt that said 'don't shoot'.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10999987/John-Legendjpg_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Saturday, August 30, 2014 1:00 AM Slim pickings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Slim-pickings-_17438067 Canadian pop band MAGIC! holds the top positions on Billboard's Digital Reggae Singles chart, based on latest figures from SoundScan.<br /> <br /> Their big hit, Rude, is still number one after several weeks. Let Your Hair Down occupies the number two position.<br /> <br /> Rude has sold over 2.4 million copies, while Let Your Hair Down (which entered the chart eight weeks ago) has sold over 48,000 copies.<br /> <br /> New York-based singjay Kranium and singer Jah Cure are the only Jamaicans with songs in the Top 50. Most of the songs by Jamaicans in the Top 100 were released over two years ago.<br /> <br /> Kranium's Nobody Has to Know was produced by Lamar Reynolds, another New York-based Jamaican. To date, it has sold over 17,835 copies and is number 32 on the chart. It is on Billboard's Next Big Sound and Twitter Emerging Artistes charts.<br /> <br /> Jah Cure is at number 45 with his cover of John Legend's All of Me which has sold 1,029 copies. Chronixx is number 60 with Here Comes Trouble which has sold over 15,462 copies. Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin is number 74 with Differentology, which has sold over 32,000 copies.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Kevin Jackson <br /> <br /> Slim pickings <br /> <br /> --> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10996672/Kranium-photo-3_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10996676/Chronixx_2092_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10996677/Jah-Cure-2_w300.jpg Local Entertainment Friday, August 29, 2014 2:00 AM