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Stories by Krysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Published:Tuesday | February 7, 2023 | 12:08 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

On January 1, 2022, Matthew Taffe decided that it was the year to give his relationship the upgrade it so rightfully deserved. With the traditional family gathering underway, he handed his girlfriend, Janelle McLean, a personalised calendar for the...

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2023 | 12:13 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Starting her green nursery two and a half years ago, Elsa Jarrett is grateful to be reaping the fruits of her labour. The growth and opportunity received has not been enlightening, but motivating for the entrepreneur, who made this cross-over from...

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2023 | 12:56 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

If cooking is love made visible...and edible, then Chef Ricardo Esson has found life’s recipe for happiness. Preparing simple yet tasty dishes from the tender age of eight, he knew from that point that the culinary arts would be his calling. Today...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2023 | 12:29 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Sydona Birmingham thrived on authenticity growing up, enjoying the sound of dirt under her shoes and the feeling of wind caressing her face. But as she got older, life happened and fitness took a back burner. That was until she grew ill in 2015,...

Published:Friday | January 27, 2023 | 1:08 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Entrepreneur and television host Paul C. Brunson took the JMMB Elevate 5.0 stage four years after his first appearance with renewed vigour. He started out his presentation in a reflective mood, sharing a speech that his uncle had shared with him on...

Published:Friday | January 27, 2023 | 12:47 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Olaf Blackwood has taken the world by storm, recording and producing mega hits for music lovers to enjoy. Born and raised in Jamaica, his unique sound seamlessly crossed over to EDM and along with his style, help him to stand out among the crowd...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2023 | 1:00 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Tre Sanderson had no doubt in his mind that he would outcook the competition and climb his way to the top to win season 10 of ‘Top Chef Canada’. Creating history as the first black man and chef of Jamaican heritage to achieve this magnificent...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2023 | 12:52 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Felicia Wong lived an active lifestyle as a youth and tackled fitness in her adult years with an open mind. She, however, obtained an injury in her lower back after lifting weights that were too heavy too quickly and had to recalibrate. Her own...

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2023 | 12:09 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Nothing beats a customer recommendation, and Duvaughn Dick always knew this. What he never saw coming was the stream of income leading him to the love of his life. In 2014, Daneilia Burton saw a young man, Deshawn, at the bus stop and asked about...

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2023 | 12:18 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

The more she travelled, the more liberated she became. What began as love at first ‘site’ for Ashley-Ann Dennis quickly progressed to several sweet getaways. But it was the curiosity of others that led this creative to document her life and...

Published:Friday | January 20, 2023 | 12:39 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Local creative Kevaun Merchant, who goes by the moniker ‘Merchii Don’, has been known to turn heads at events with his sensational looks. We recently spoke with the influencer and content creator about the inspiration behind his fashion. “I would...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2023 | 1:23 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Pole dancing is a fitness art form, while simultaneously being one of the most taboo. But gone are the days where these moves are solely expected to be performed by exotic dancers in clubs. As the movement continues to grow in the fitness world...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2023 | 12:05 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Troy-Ann McIntosh was busy going about her day when she received a notification from the social media platform Instagram. A handsome stranger, who went by the name Cory Archer, had slid into her direct messages, more commonly called DMs. Cory...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2023 | 12:05 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

“Be patient, get a moisture metre and research before you place your plants. Plants are an investment that keeps growing.” This is the advice of entrepreneur and plant-lover, Grace Hutchinson, who converted her love for buds into a growing business...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2023 | 1:19 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Children are often told never to play with their food or to focus on their plates. But Nadia Parkins has defied this concept as an adult, encouraging the young and the young at heart to eat and play at her establishment, Diced Cafe. The coffee bar-...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2023 | 11:02 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Christina Atland always dreamt of helping others. Her mission led her to become a nurse. But she soon realised that to care for her patients, she first had to look after herself. This inspired a lifestyle change that resulted in the professional...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2023 | 12:39 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Shantal Mendez, a young and fresh local talent, recalls being introduced to the exciting field of fashion from an early age. After leaving Mandeville to pursue her studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, she quickly...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2023 | 12:58 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Street Eatz lovers, there is a new food truck in town. And in the spirit of new year and new beginnings, the Food team made its way to 6 Balmoral Avenue to find out more about the fresh spin there are putting on local favourites. What we discovered...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2023 | 10:23 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

“When you don’t like what you’re seeing, it’s time to make a change.” They say every sunset is an opportunity to reset. And no one can attest to this more than Neisha Yen-Jones. The daytime LIVE! host spends a great deal of time in the spotlight,...

Published:Tuesday | January 3, 2023 | 12:06 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

They say you don’t find love; it finds you. And it did just that when Dwayne Manning rang Taralee McKenzie’s phone. The two were far from strangers. In fact, Dwayne was Taralee’s prefect back in the day. With his younger brother, who was also her...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2023 | 12:05 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

When one hears the phrase financial literacy, certain words like income, interest, budget, assets, credit, and debt come to mind. While the math may not be ‘mathing’ like it should for many, it’s good to have a grasp of these technical terms in...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2022 | 12:11 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

They say laughter is the best medicine. And while those who truly know this globetrotter can argue that it is certainly the case, Dr Daniel Thomas has found a way to diagnose and treat his life by incorporating a healthy dose of amusement with...

Published:Friday | December 30, 2022 | 12:43 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

A new year is on the horizon, and with people looking forward to shedding all the pounds gained from Christmas dinners, it’s game on in the wellness department. Here are a few fun activities you can start doing in and out of the gym for the new...

Published:Friday | December 30, 2022 | 12:27 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

What does ‘Chicken merry hawk deh near’ and ‘Sarri fi mawga dawg, ‘im tun roun bite yuh’ have in common? They’re both local proverbs, but they are also an active component of the old time Jamaica themed 2023 calendar designed by Samantha Hay. “I’ve...

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2022 | 12:05 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter

Jamaica is rich with diverse people; no one knows this more than Tiana Chung. Growing up, when she wasn’t embracing the culinary side of her father’s Chinese family culture, she was introduced to ‘outta many’ experiences by her mother via palate....

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