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Whitney Houston, best friend had ‘physical’ relationship

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The late Whitney Houston’s best friend has confirmed speculation she had a physical relationship with the singer. Robyn Crawford first met the I Will Always Love You hitmaker – who died seven years ago aged 48 – when she was 19 and Whitney was 17…

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We should freely explore masculine and feminine energies – Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys wants people to be free to express their “masculine and feminine energies”. The Empire State of Mind singer was left saddened when her four-year-old son Genesis decided he didn’t want the rainbow manicure he’d asked for because the…

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Female gospel artistes soar on flight GWAD 2019

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Gospel concerts are on the increase in Jamaica, especially in the Corporate Area. The producers seem to work from similar scripts; that is, bring in an international act and have a few local gospel artistes who engage mainly the younger members of…

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Piracy pulls millions from creatives’ coffers

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In a time when technology allows the layman access to high-end cameras and cell phones, playwrights, directors and their actors often suffer the pains of piracy. Bootlegging is a common ailment plaguing the theatre and film spaces, and has cost…

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Xodus enchants with 2020 designs

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Xodus Carnival is the second of three bands to launch for Jamaica’s 2020 carnival season, raising the bar even higher with its extravagant production held last Saturday. A rope dancer in silver, moving against the dark sky on a riser, was the first…

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Afrobeat has replaced dancehall – Rodigan

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British radio disc jockey and celebrated sound clash champion, David Rodigan has sounded off on an uncomfortable conversation, with an unsettling conclusion. As veterans and newcomers struggle to find ­common ground between the classic,…

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Drumming connects uptown and downtown

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The sounds of meditational chants and drums, beating like a healthy heart, echo from the suburban roadway of Hillcrest Avenue in St Andrew. It serves as an invitation to passers-by to follow the pounding to a circle of positive energy at the home…

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Tyler Perry talks politics and poverty

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Tyler Perry was “running from poverty” during the early years of his career. The 50-year-old star – who is now one of the best paid men in the entertainment industry – has admitted that his relentless worth ethic stems from his ­modest beginnings…

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Finally, the terminator is back

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It should come as no ­surprise that there is another Terminator film among us. Despite the last iteration being surmised as a failure by both ­critics and audiences, it was nevertheless saved by an enthusiastic international market that can’t get…

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Disunity, slackness assaulting dancehall – producer - Afrobeat happy, ­positive

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United Kingdom-based Afrobeat producer Benjybwoy says that dancehall’s overused themes of slackness and violence are becoming “stale”, whereas, Afrobeat, which borrows the best of dancehall, is seen as happy. Out of an abundance of concern, the…

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