FOUR JAMAICANS UP FOR BEST REGGAE ALBUM GRAMMY—12/06/14
Four Jamaican musicians are competing for the 2015 Grammy award for best reggae album. They include Ziggy Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sean Paul and Sly & Robbie, and Spicy Chocolate. The nominations illustrate the dominance Jamaica has in the reggae space, which was invented on the island during the 1960s.
JAMAICAN SUPERMODEL OBTAINS CONTRACT OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS—12/08/14
Supermodel Jeneil Williams of Jamaica is set to make history when she participates in the new cosmetics advertising campaign for L’Oreal. She will be the first model from a Caribbean country to be featured in a global cosmetics campaign for a major cosmetics brand. Williams graduated from Vere Technical High School in Clarendon and has, during her modeling career, achieved one milestone after another.
ART BRINGS HOPE TO DOWNTOWN KINGSTON—12/09/14
While downtown Kingston has had a history of negative socio-economic issues and conditions, and although much of the area has been abandoned as violent gangs moved in, it is now experiencing a transformation as local government partners with businesses and the arts community. Restoration efforts for downtown Kingston have been furthered by Paint Jamaica, which began in July 2014, at the instigation of Marianna Farag of France. She joined with a group of Jamaican artists to bring art to the streets of the city and to revolutionize some unexpected inner city areas.
MONTEGO BAY THE NEW SITE OF KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL—12/10/14
The Korean Film Festival was held in The Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay, St. James. The two-day festival was held in late November 2014 to high praise from Korea’s ambassador to Jamaica, Jung Seon Lim. The new ambassador also hosted a reception for the festival at the Korean embassy in Kingston. The 2014 festival has been called the most successful event of its kind to date.