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“Team Overcome” Secures “Dancin’ Dynamites” Season 16 Win


They came. They Saw. They Conquered. Team Overcome secured the top prize of over $1 million dollars in cash and prizes and the bragging rights for winning the long-awaited Season 16 Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites 2020/2021 grand finale on Saturday.

The journey began for the Dynamites in January 2020 with the usual launch of the season. But everything since, has been anything but customary. Due to the pandemic, the Competition was paused to ensure the safety of the competitors and stakeholders. As the organisers geared up for the live grand finale, news came of Tropical Storm Elsa threatening Jamaica. As the trajectory for the system fluctuated, the production team was busy adjusting plans to accommodate a successful staging of the event, and that they did.

Fearless, the four finalists Team Overcome, A1 Family, Strike Team, and Team Ovadose, were ready to put their best foot forward for their chance to lift the winning trophy. The evening officially kicked off with each team’s opening performances that rocked the Excelsior Community College auditorium with high energy, and exhilarating screams from supporters who were present to witness the showdown.

When the dust cleared for the evening, and all the votes were counted, Team Overcome, which is comprised of three members – Marcel Pitter (21), Renardo Peart (26) and Paul McDermott (13), who all hail from May Pen, Clarendon emerged the winner of the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites 2020/2021 grand finale. In an interview, the team’s leader, Marcel Pitter said the journey to the championship had many challenges.

But for the group, overcoming the setbacks from the team and then COVID-19 is a part of what makes them special. “Even when the Competition was postponed, we stayed together and pushed each other by practicing daily and entering competitions on Instagram. We never doubted ourselves and knew from the beginning that we were going to win so we would campaign daily up in the communities in May Pen until about 7pm and then practice until about 1am,” he stated.

Pitter, who entered the Competition before, but was not successful, shared that the support of the community, family and friends went a long way in making his team’s victory a reality. “The community is proud of us and they always motivated us even when we were practicing because they were happy that we were representing them so well,” he added.

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We’re number 1! Team Overcome soaks up their victory after winning Season 16 of the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites Competition.

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.@DZLRecords Promotes Ganja Education & Upliftment With The “420/1” Project


Happy 420 everyone! This is for the “Weed Connoisseurs“, the “Ganja Gods“, the “Stoner” community, and lovers of the Herb. Kingston based Record Label DZL Records cooked up something special to commemorate the day, and everyday that we all light up some herb. Bringing together Music, Melodies, and Marijuana, we get the new “420/1” project!

With DZL Records founder Dale Virgo at the helm, we get a project that aims to entertain, educate, and uplift the masses. Whatever way you appreciate Marijuana, “420/1” has something for you. With features from Senita Mogul, Anguesomo, Delando Colley, Starr Dane, Keith Currency, Kim Nain, and many others, Dale Virgo has companied great lyrics with superb production for a project that will take you past the clouds. Get ready to fly, hold a vibe, and be in a 420 mood.

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The Purpose of Therapy: A Live Well Jamaica Feature & Campaign


As Jamaicans, we strive to achieve all things bright and beautiful. Our lifestyle is one that reflects livity and freedom; that is brand Jamaica. However, what has been severely affecting our liberating culture in recent times, is the stereotypical treatment of our men, ultimately enhancing an anti-climatic nature of not seeking help — therapy, in particular. This phenomenon has been a constant discourse as it continues to haunt men in our society from one generation to the next. In our daily activities, it is evident that a significant number of males in our society who face life-threatening experiences are more likely to cover up their emotions and repress their feelings.

For many of them, this repression tends to manifest in unpleasant ways such as violence and sometimes even imposter syndrome and depression. Yet, they are reluctant to seek professional help in an effort to release those burdens. What’s even more saddening, is that many persons aren’t aware that mental health facilities even exist. These are the reasons we are taking an in-depth approach to raising awareness.

Therefore, this campaign ‘(His) tory: Normalize Therapy for Young Men’, seeks to eradicate the barriers between therapy and the fear that men experience, and provide useful information for them to receive the help. The purpose of therapy for men, as explained by Dr. Wendy- Lou Greenidge, is to ‘reshape the thought process of Caribbean perspective from stereotyping therapy to seeking professional help’.

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“Uncrowned Queens” To Provide Entertainment During The Pandemic


Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley’s October 2020 announcement that, “Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in 2021 is not on” has not stopped local artistes and Carnival stakeholders from keeping the culture and festivities of the season alive. Among them stands Warrior Empress, who, in collaboration with Music Mill Studios will present Uncrowned QUEENS – a virtual musical concert featuring some of Trinidad and Tobago’s most promising Female Calypsonians; this event will be live streamed via YouTube from 8PM (AST) on Friday 5th February 2021.

No stranger to the Calypso arena herself, Warrior Empress (whose birth name is Allison Bernard) has been singing professionally for the past fourteen (14) years. She sang out of the Kalypso Revue from 2015 to 2019, was finalist in The NWAC Calypso Queen Monarch Competition from 2010 to 2019 – placing 2nd on two (2) occasions 3rd on another, and was also the First  Reserve at The National Calypso Monarch Finals in 2019 with her own composition ‘The You in You.”

Showing her true warrior spirit, Bernard is not one to retreat when faced with challenges. In a statement to the media Bernard said she was inspired to produce this show “on the heels of one of the governing body for the Carnival stating that they would not be holding any [Carnival related] activities… not even virtually.” With three (3) successfully produced online events under her belt: With Women In Mind’ – a Mother’s Day Concert in May 2020, ‘Vocals and Steel’ – a Father’s Day Concert in June 2020, and ‘Rise Up’ – an Emancipation Concert in July 2020, in addition to an ongoing, online weekly talk show entitled “The Feminine Drive” Bernard saw this statement as an opportunity to innovate, and “keep the spirit of Carnival alive in a new way”.

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Simone Harris, Karl Williams & Webster McDonald To Appear On @AkibaAbakaArts & Raw Management Agency’s Weekly Talk Series!


“10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theatre Conversations from Jamaica to the World!” is a lively series of weekly discussions  with Jamaica’s leading theatre artists exploring the histories and memories of–and visions for–the Jamaican stage. Produced by Boston-based international theatre production company Akiba Abaka Arts, in partnership with Kingston, Jamaica-based talent agency and production company RAW Management, the series aims to connect Jamaican theatre artists with a global platform of theatre makers looking to gain new knowledge, share best practices around progressive theatre-making, and engage members of the greater Caribbean Diaspora longing for familiar stories of home.

“10 Weeks in Jamaica” weekly conversations can be streamed live each Sunday at 4 PM; previous episodes of the series featuring Oliver Samuels O.D., Dr. Brian Heap, Dr. Deborah Hickling-Gordon, and Fae Ellington are available for on-demand viewing on the Akiba Abaka Arts YouTube page here.

   The next conversation on Sunday, December 20 at 4 PM is Queer NARRATIVES FROM THE JAMAICAN STAGE and brings together a mix of theater practitioners, academicians and playwrights with Jamaican backgrounds including: Karl Williams, an award-winning actor, director and playwright who serves as Deputy Chair of the Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts Department at Borough of the Borough of Manhattan Community College/City University of New York; Webster McDonald, a Jamaican theatre practitioner and educator who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of Kansas; and Simone Harris, a Maroon activist, queer dance artist and business consultant. The conversation is moderated by Jamaican-American theater entrepreneur, actress and director Akiba Abaka.

Upcoming programs in the series include:

Sunday, December 27, 4PM EST

LEADERS OF A NEW STAGE

Speakers: Evone Walters, Andrew Barracks and Rayon McLean

Sunday, January 3, 4PM EST

AFRO-FUTURISM AND THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Tanya Batson Savage and Michael Holgate

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Orville “Xpressionz”, Neila Ebanks & More To Appear On @AkibaAbakaArts & Raw Management Agency’s Weekly Talk Series!


“10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theatre Conversations from Jamaica to the World!” is a lively series of weekly discussions  with Jamaica’s leading theatre artists exploring the histories and memories of–and visions for–the Jamaican stage. Produced by Boston-based international theatre production company Akiba Abaka Arts, in partnership with Kingston, Jamaica-based talent agency and production company RAW Management, the series aims to connect Jamaican theatre artists with a global platform of theatre makers looking to gain new knowledge, share best practices around progressive theatre-making, and engage members of the greater Caribbean Diaspora longing for familiar stories of home.

“10 Weeks in Jamaica” weekly conversations can be streamed live each Sunday at 4 PM; previous episodes of the series featuring Oliver Samuels O.D., Dr. Brian Heap, Dr. Deborah Hickling-Gordon, and Fae Ellington are available for on-demand viewing on the Akiba Abaka Arts YouTube page here.

The next conversation on Sunday, November 29 at 4 PM is titled Dancehall Reggae and the Nettleford Effect.  The sounds and movements of Dancehall Reggae music scores the landscape of Jamaica’s cultural identity. Rooted in the Afro-Jamaican Kumina and Mento traditions, this form of popular music is among the country’s largest exports. The Honorable Rex Nettleford, OM, FIJ, OCC – a Jamaican scholar and choreographer, and co-founder of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica – shared philosophies on the importance of contemporary Jamaican music and its linkage to pre-colonial African societies. He expressed these philosophies through dance theatre and a rigorous support for the arts in academia, as well as in the shaping of Jamaica’s national identity.

 Sunday’s conversation brings together three beneficiaries of Nettleford’s legacy for a conversation on how Dancehall Reggae shows up on the Jamaican stage: Orville “Xpressionz” Hall, artistic director for Theatre Xpressionz and chief judge for Jamaica’s number one dance program “Dancing Dynamite”; Marlon D. Simms, Dean of the School of Dance and Artistic Director for the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica; and Neila Ebanks, a dancer, choreographer and educator considered one of the Caribbean’s most innovative performing artists. The conversation is moderated by Jamaican-American theater entrepreneur, actress and director Akiba Abaka.

Upcoming programs in the series include:

Sunday, December 6, 4PM EST

JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 1)

Speakers: David Tulloch and Fabian Thomas

Sunday, December 13, 4PM EST

JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 2)

Speakers: Dahlia Harris and Amba Chevannes

Sunday, December 20, 4PM EST

QUEER NARRATIVES FROM THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Karl Williams and Webster McDonald

Sunday, December 27, 4PM EST

LEADERS OF A NEW STAGE

Speakers: Evone Walters, Andrew Barracks and Rayon McLean

Sunday, January 3, 4PM EST

AFRO-FUTURISM AND THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Tanya Batson Savage and Michael Holgate

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