Jamaica

VIDEO: WOMAN TALKS ABOUT CHANGING THE LIVES OF JAMAICA’S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN

Annmarie Richards is a Jamaican woman who has raised 32 children, but not before she came from a broken home, in a struggling community herself. She experienced first-hand what it feels like to be a forgotten victim of Jamaica’s painful economic situation. She has since devoted her life to finding homeless children, raising them as her own, and giving them new opportunities. It’s her goal to take children off the streets and integrate them into school systems, giving them a foundation to []

UK THEATRE: PRODUCER GOLDIE AND FORMER EASTENDERS STAR CHARLES VENN TO STAR IN ‘KINGSTON 14’

Hit producer Goldie and former Eastenders star Charles Venn will star in the new theatre production KINGSTON 14, written by BAFTA award-winning and Olivier-nominated playwright Roy Williams (Offside – BBC, Suckerpunch) and directed by Clint Dyer (Olivier-nominated The Big Life, The Westbridge). The play also stars Brian Bovell, Ashley Chin, Gamba Cole, Derek Elroy, Trevor Laird and Tyson Oba. Story: Set in modern day Jamaica, KINGSTON 14 follows the story of James, a British police officer, who is sent to Kingston to investigate the murder of a UK tourist. James struggles to lead a proper investigation when []

VIDEO: COMMUNITY IN ACTION AGAINST EXORBITANT AIR FARES TO JAMAICA WITH LOVENA BROWN

Lovena Brown and members from the FFBJ (Facilitators For A better Jamaica (FFBJ) Sylbourne Sydial and Malik Muhammad discuss the international lobbying campaign aimed at British Airways and Virgin Atlantic regarding the exorbitant airfares from the United Kingdom to Jamaica. The aim is to work in conjunction with both airlines to achieve two major changes: 1. To see average airfares from the United Kingdom to Jamaica being reduced to around £500. 2 . To see an increase of baggage allowance from one(1) to two (2) []

JAMAICAN ANIMATION COMPANY TO PRODUCE DISNEY, NICKELODEON CARTOON

The Jamaica Gleaner reports that  Reel Rock GSW Animation Limited, a Jamaican animation company, has announced that it will be co-producing a cartoon series aired on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. Reel Rock has secured a contract with Imira Entertainment of Spain to co-produce 52 episodes for the second season of Lucky Fred. The cartoon series is currently distributed to more than 160 territories around the world, according to a news release. Reel Rock is part []

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT JAMAICAN HISTORICAL FIGURE AND FREEDOM FIGHTER NANNY OF THE MAROONS PLANNED

Via Shadow and Act Following in the footsteps of acclaimed filmmakers like Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese, movie stuntman turned director Roy T. Anderson has decided to go the crowdfunding route to help finance his latest project; a 1-hr documentary film on Queen Nanny, the indomitable leader of the Jamaican Maroons, and Jamaica’s only female National Hero. Anderson’s impressive debut film Akwantu: the Journey, on the history of the Jamaican Maroons, was a self-funded effort which has screened on three continents, even []

UK NEWS: COMMUNITY ACTION AGAINST EXORBITANT PLANE FARES TO JAMAICA

Via Change.Org For the last few years, many travellers to Jamaica have seen a massive increase in airfares and a further reduction of their baggage allowances. The major airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are the only two commercial airlines which fly to Jamaica from the UK, and as a result, they have certainly used this opportunity to their advantage, but in contrast, a major disadvantage to passengers. This is nothing short of exploitation it is argued. Background Destinations like the USA []

VIDEO: DANCEHALL LEGEND SHABBA RANKS TELLS US WHY HE DECLINED BET AWARDS PERFORMANCE

Lord have mercy Shabba Ranks has given me LIFE on this wet and gloomy Thursday morning. In the interview below Shabba talks about the recent BET Awards Reggae/Dancehall tribute performance featuring, Beanie Man, Elephant Man, Dawn Penn, Chaka Demus and Pliers, and why he declined their offer to appear also. [Thanks Keysha] Hahahahahaha. TELL DEM SHABBA!!! Over to you BET. *Looks over at Stephen Hill and Debra Lee – sips tea*

QUOTE OF THE DAY: SNOOP DOGG BLASTS REGGAE LEGEND BUNNY WAILER

Earlier this year legendary Reggae star Bunny Wailer publicly called out rapper Snoop Dogg’s “conversion” to Rastafari and his ridiculous “Snoop Lion” antics.  CLICK HERE to read all about it. Now in a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Snoop has hit back at Bunny. The people I visited at the Nyabinghi Temple aren’t speaking negative on me. They’re real Rastas. I went in there and filmed them, showed their whole get-down. Nobody did that before. If anyone, they should have complained – “He []

UK RADIO NEWS: DJ RODIGAN RESIGNS FROM KISS FM

The Independant reports that one of Britain’s best known Reggae deejay’s David Rodigan has resigned from Kiss FM, after 22 years of service at the station. In a statement Rodigan said: “I’ve been with the station for 22 years, shared some wonderful times with many fantastic artists and members of staff and it’s with great sadness that I’ve come to this decision. Due to their continued marginalisation of reggae music into the twilight zone of radio scheduling, it has left me no option []