Johnathan Celestin’s “My Own Be-You-tiful” Anti-Bullying Campaign

Recording artiste Johnathan Celestin released a new song entitled ‘Be-You-tiful’ along with an anti-bullying campaign to help combat all of the “isms” that are permeating public and private spaces nowadays. Along with the video, the campaign consists of a series of video of different people stating the phrase “I am my own beautiful, and you are too”. An interview was conducted with JC to get more insight into his latest project. 

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#JaJazz Festival 2015

The 2015 staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival is set for January 29-31 and promises an A+mazing line up. Headlining the event this year is global superstar and best selling female artiste, Mariah Carey. It will be Mariah’s debut performance in the Caribbean and the Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival is the perfect platform for her to make such debut. Mariah will perform of Friday night (January 30th). She stated “I’m thrilled to be performing in Jamaica for the first time ever”, says Mariah. “I can’t wait to connect with my Jamaican fans and I am really looking forward to spending some time “pon de island” as well!”

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“Aquarius” – Tinashe

RCA recording artist Tinashe’s debut album “Aquarius” is finally released with much anticipation and she surely did not disappoint. “Aquarius” builds on Tinashe’s three previously released mixtapes “In Case We Die”, “Reverie” released in 2012 and “Black Water” released in 2013. The album features soft, sultry vocals, interludes, features and great production from Mike Will Made It, DJ Mustard, A$AP Rocky, Devonte Hynes among others. The entire album is centered around a storm theme which Tinashe has been promoting for some time now. The album has 20 tracks which features interludes that adds to the overall theme. Aquarius is the most cohesive Pop/Urban/R&B release for quite some time. It’s hard to place a specific genre on Tinashe’s music as she experiments with a multiplicity of sounds but predominantly Aquarius would appeal mostly to Urban/R&B listeners.

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Album Review: “Count On My Love” – Tessanne Chin

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Jamaican recording artiste and season 5 winner of the Voice USA, Tessanne Chin released her album “Count on My Love” on July 1 in America and the sales are rather disappointing. In fact, her album debuted at #41 on Billboard 200 charts, #6 on iTunes and sold approximately 7,000 copies the first week, and is the lowest first weeks sales by any winner of the Voice USA. 

Now, before we start playing the blame game and criticizing Tessanne, let us remember that not much promotion was done prior to the release of the album. I do not know why the label did not pump adequate money into marketing Tess’ album and film music videos for the debut singles “Tumbling Down” and “Everything Reminds Me Of You” which would’ve helped to boost album sales.  Also we do not know how her management and public relations team planned on marketing her to the American audience, if any at all.  Continue reading

Influential Caribbean People in Entertainment

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The Caribbean is quite a diverse region made up of people of different races, ethnicities, cultures, and music. West Indians, as they are affectionately called have been very influential on the international stage in music, film, fashion and sports. This blog entry is dedicated to the Caribbean individuals who have made an indelible impact on the international stage in their respective fields.  Continue reading

Toni Braxton:Behind The Music (The Resilience of a R&B Diva)

Toni Braxton, one of the most successful R&B divas of the 1990’s with the 2nd biggest selling single of all time “Un-break My Heart”, sat down with VH1: Behind the Music to talk about her successes, her bankruptcies, her son’s autism, divorce, family, her battle with lupus and the infamous 1998 interview with Oprah Winfrey where she felt completely humiliated. The documentary featured testimonials from legendary songwriter Diane Warren, her sisters, mother, L.A Reid and Babyface, who signed Toni to their then LaFace Records. Toni’s a true warrior, showing her resilience despite all the numerous obstacles she faced throughout her personal and professional life.

America’s Next Top Model: College Edition (Jamaica)

Supermodel & businesswoman  Tyra Banks visited “the Rock” this past summer in the month of June to film scenes for her hit reality show America’s Next Top Model Cycle 19 (College Edition). Jamaica was selected by Tyra and her team as the international destination for this cycle currently airing on the CW network. The six contestants : Nastasia, Victoria, Kiara, Kristen, Laura and the returning Leila all packed their bags and jetted off to the tropical paradise. Continue reading