Macka Diamond fights for ‘Spotlight’ | Entertainment

On the weekend, dancehall artiste Spotlight may have got his moment to shine when after he was the centre of what appeared to be a love triangle on Instagram. The entertainer’s fiancÈe, who goes by the name ‘Ja Luxury Doll’ on social media, gave Macka Diamond a verbal lashing after a video surfaced with the female deejay and Spotlight sharing an ice cream cone. “Mi a come a Jamaica come tear off piece a yuh goddamn face. Spotlight don’t want you. Me hear say him spend US$2,200 pon clothes fi…

Noface Unknown calls for end to gun violence | Entertainment

  Dancehall artiste Noface Unknown is calling for an end to gun violence in his native parish of St James. He released a new single, Put Down the Gun, an appeal to the youth to denounce violence and choose life instead. “I come from Flankers, which is known as a hostile area in MoBay. Personally, I have seen a lot of violence growing up, and I still have family in the community, so I want to be an agent of change,” said the artiste, whose real name is Frantz Morris.…

Spice attacks int’l market with ‘Dancehop’ | Entertainment

Last year, Spice vowed that in 2018 she would shake things up by adding more hip-hop to her catalogue. Her first video and single of the year, ‘Duffle Bag’, was released on Friday, and pointed out that if international acts can use dancehall and reggae to their advantage, Jamaican entertainers are also free to use other genres to make hits. “I am trying to fuse dancehall with trap and hip-hop. The artistes overseas use our dancehall style all the time and capitalise on it, so I don’t see anything wrong…

Hollywood director seeks local celebs for new film | Entertainment

Shenseea, Konshens, Ding Dong, Chris Gayle, and Shaggy may soon be in a local movie. Along with the experienced Ky-Mani Marley, the five local celebrities are in talks with United States film director Joshua Coates for the production of the upcoming film So Enticing. Adapted from Colin Don Rose’s debut novel of the same name, Coates expects filming will begin in June, with a tentative wrap scheduled in August. Thorsten Kaye of the Bold and the Beautiful, and Torrei Hart (ex-wife of Kevin Hart) have also been in talks to…

Kibaki still hunting big break after 14 years | Entertainment

Dancehall artiste Kibaki believes that single mothers are the backbone of most communities in Jamaica and ought to be applauded for the work they do in shaping future generations. That is why he recorded and released his latest single, Mama. “A just the livity mi see a gwaan inna the community. I am a dedicated father, but when mi look around, mi realise is mostly the mothers are the glue a keep society together. So this song is not so much a tribute as a statement of fact. Mothers really…

Grounding, platform, attitude | Entertainment

From accustomed usage, the letters GPA would automatically represent grade point average, which measures a student’s overall academic standard. However, for Conroy Wilson and Michael Holgate, co-authors of Your Empowerment GPA, the letters stand for grounding, platform, attitude. Holgate said the book is “about how people can empower themselves using the tools we equip them with.” “When you understand what your GPA is, you can live in a more empowered way,” he said. There is a connection between grade point average and grounding, platform and attitude, as Holgate says in…

InPulse Art Exhibition opens – artistic opportunities for youth growing | Entertainment

In celebration of its three-year anniversary, the InPulse Art Project launched an exhibition on Saturday at Studio 174 in Downtown Kingston with live entertainment provided by The pH5 band. The visual art learning and creation platform for expression has approximately 20 young adults between the ages of 15-25 from the Dunoon Technical High School, Dunoon Park area, and the surrounding East Kingston communities. The classes are held three times weekly at the school with the project mentors, and features guest artists. Stanford Watson, an artist and one of the project…

Theatre informs ‘Your Empowerment GPA’ | Entertainment

Conroy Wilson and Michael Holgate have learnt much from ASHE and have used their 25 years each with the performing arts ensemble to also learn a lot more. Now ASHE’s executive and artistic director, have encapsulated much of that insight and practical experience from the stage as well as running numerous workshops across Jamaica and the Caribbean in the book, Your Empowerment GPA. It was officially presented to the public yesterday evening at the Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Mona. Among Holgate’s recent projects…

Beres Hammond calls dibs on performance with Buju | Entertainment

With Buju Banton set to be released from prison in the US by December this year, promoters are perhaps putting plans into motion to have the artiste perform on their stage in his first set since his incarceration in 2009. While it remains a mystery as to where and when the entertainer will make that historic appearance, at least one entertainer has come out to say he wants to share the stage with the ‘Gargamel’. Beres Hammond, who was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Gleaner, made…

Agent Sasco getting ready to drop new album | Entertainment

It has been one a year since the release of his last album, Theory of Reggaetivity, but Agent Sasco believes it’s time to release another. In an interview with The STAR following his performance at the recently concluded Rebel Salute, the entertainer said that a compilation is in the works and could be released as early as May. “Having the studio has facilitated the process a whole lot more,” said Sasco, who recently completed work on a recording studio at his home. “I wouldn’t’t say it has made it easier…