Lanae: Look at home too

Friday, September 27, 2019

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CHARITY begins at home, says on-the-rise singjay Lanae.

She believes Jamaicans with wherewithal, be it entertainers or celebrities, ought to focus greater efforts on tackling poverty and social issues in Jamaica, rather than seeking to solve problems abroad. She scoffs at such gestures as “a blatant publicity grab”.

“Jamaican celebrities need to help locals who are destitute in Jamaica before they seek to send help overseas just for publicity sake. I empathise with the people of The Bahamas at this time, and feel that as a country, we should help out, but celebrities should try to put Jamaica first. Why? On a daily basis, I see so much suffering and poverty in Jamaica, the homeless people, families struggling to send their kids to school, the destitute and the sick, and sometimes, I feel that these celebrity gestures of help to overseas people, with whom they have no connection, is just a way to gain followers on their IG pages,” she told the Jamaica Observer's Splash.

“Whenever, there is a major tragedy, there is an outpouring of support but what about the small kindnesses, the need to help our own. Our local celebrities need to do more, and I want to do my part. I don't want to do any publicity grab just to get followers online. I really want to help our own people who I see everyday,” she said.

On September 1 and 2, Hurricane Dorian pounded The Bahamas with winds of 185, leaving 53 people dead. More than 1,300 are still missing and property damage is estimated at US$7 billion.

The beauty queen-turned-artiste is promoting her second single, Hi School, released on the LGC Entertainment label on September 9.

“The response has been great so far. It is playing at weekly events in Portmore, and in the Corporate Area. The response to my live performances at the events has been overwhelming, and I am so grateful to my fans online. Save the music!” she said.

A graduate of the Montego Bay High School for Girls, Lanae (given name Lanae Gillette) tried her hand at modelling, doing several events at hotels in and around Montego Bay area.

Last year, she dabbled in the world of pageantry when she entered and won the regional Miss Universe Jamaica Northwest pageant, grabbing the Miss Congenial title.

Later that year, she also entered the Miss Jamaica Universe contest where she placed in the top 14, winning the Miss Congenial sectional prize again. She released her first single, Baddest Ish, two months ago.

Lanae is in her final year, reading for a management studies degree at The University of the West Indies, Mona campus in St Andrew.

— Aaliyah Cunningham


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