Prominent Jamaican author, Belle Angel releases new book about Michael Jackson

Jamaican author, Dorcas Bennett aka Belle Angel has revealed a fascinating new book dedicated to former mentor, the late great Michael Jackson, dubbed 'Michael Jackson Seven Even'.

Jamaican author, Dorcas Bennett aka Belle Angel has revealed a fascinating new book dedicated to former mentor, the late great Michael Jackson, dubbed ‘Michael Jackson Seven Even’.

by Jodee Brown

Wholesomely proud and humbled to be under the tutelage of legendary singer, the late, great Michael Jackson,accomplished Jamaican author and actress Dorcas M. Bennett aka Belle Angel is dedicated to properly honoring the King of Pop by releasing an illustrated book documenting his spoken words in a letter and quotes.

Michael Jackson Seven Even is a book created to honor the iconic musician’s life, illustrated by Brazilian illustrator Queila De Aguiar, with the cover designed byChristina Meckel. The concept of this book came to Belle in a dream where Michael told her that she was not alone and he will guide her to compile this book from his personal voice to the world. While Jackson was alive, he had encouraged her to be bold and creative in her written art. He explained that bravery is needed as a creator and told her to never write about a perfect world but instead to speak of life as is and always tell the truth regardless.

In the book, Belle Angel shares a love letter, Michael Jackson wrote a few months before his untimely passing. However, she will never reveal whom the love letter was written nor its purpose as to protect the privacy of the recipient. According to Belle, this personal letter that is sentimental and truthful and doesn’t want the book to lead to a ‘media frenzy’ and sensationalism. “The inclusion is only being published as a part of Mr. Jackson’s legacy to be preserved and uphold respectfully,” she states. “MJ was a great man and father, he loved and cherished his fans, and he was extremely nice to all of us.”

Each illustration in Michael Jackson Seven Even tells a HIS and HER story. It reads like a Romeo and Juliet or a modern day version of Adam and Eve. The drawings and dialogue convey Love~Lives~Forever, which depicts Boy meets Girl, how they separate by time and distance, priorities and orders, highs and lows, then his “woe” that drives her to suicide.

Jackson was aware of Belle’s natural gift as a medium, where she possesses the innate spiritual ability to receive pertinent messages from the dead. In a way Michael Jackson: Seven Even allows people to see this gift play out as MJ’s passion and love for all plays out through her writings. She insists the storyline behind this book is not embedded with morbidity, intimating that it is, “actually a book about true love and devotion.”

This newly-released book is a must read for open-minded people who value love and self-worth at all costs and will surely do justice to a man who’s life’s work was based on such values. It’s sure to stir minds and gauge strong reaction.

Meanwhile, Belle continues to act and recently did a cameo on the TV Show, The Neighbors alongsidecelebrity talk show host,Wendy Williams. She also appeared on Criminal Minds as a Baltimore FBI Agent, The new TV show, Intelligence as an agent and will be seen on the ABC series, Pretty Little Liars as a police officer.

She also is starring in the commercial for Tecate, a Mexican beer, which will air in México and on the internet. She will also make a cameos in the 2014 flick, A Many Splintered Things with Chris Evans from the Avengers and is working on a cameo in the upcoming, Reese Witherspoon produced movie, Gone Girl featuring Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry.

She hopes to star in her own TV show and movie soon and will put her abilities as a medium to the test on the Psychic Phenomenal episode of The History Channel’s Numbers Game show.

Additionally, she will pilot a new beauty contest, The Miss Belle Angel Contest, which searches for a ‘Goddess’ possession a pretty face, strong work ethic, sparkling personality and a body to match. This contest is a makeup for the postponement of her Miss Caribbean USA beauty pageant due to the sudden passing of her grandmother, Doris Moody.

For more details or to purchase Michael Jackson Seven Even, please visit the author’s website

Tessanne heading to live performance round on ‘The Voice’

Tessanne Chin once again established herself as a serious contender to win NBC's 'The Voice' with a strong performance to advance to the live show segment of the talent competition

Tessanne Chin once again established herself as a serious contender to win NBC’s ‘The Voice’ with a strong performance to advance to the live show segment of the talent competition

by Jodee Brown

The momentum garnered by accomplished Jamaican singer, Tessanne Chin continues to build as she advanced to the live performance round of the popularNBC talent show, The Voice Monday night.

Much like the battle round, Tessanne had to compete against a member of her own team, led by Adam Levine, to advance. This time, however, this would be a one-on-one matchup rather than a joint performance, like she had with veteran pop/jazz singerDonna Allen two weeks prior.

After a less-than-stellar practice session, Tessanne was determined to give her all and then some as she took on American singer/songwriter, Ashley DuBose in the knockout phase. After DuBose gave a very commendable rendition of Train’s hit song, Hey Soul SisterTessannewas left with the task of one-upping her formidable opponent with a rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s chart-topping hit, Stronger.

Any trepidations prior to her performance were immediately knocked down for the count as Tessanne’s strong vocal clarity, breathing ability and stage presence were on point throughout the nearly two-minute set.

The Jamaican singer’s ability to own the song in the moment and rise to such a challenge effortlessly made her stand out in the judges’ minds, with judge, Christina Aguilera particularly amazed, stating she ‘made it sound easy.’ In the end, Adam Levine decided to stick withTessanne, giving her clearance to advance to the live performance round, which kicks off in November.

As she prepares for this all-important stage of the competition, she is promoting her newly-released single,Anything’s Possibleone of the standout songs on theChimney Records-produced Rising Sun Riddim.

Tessanne Chin vs. Ashley DuBose (The Voice 2013 – Knockout Round)


Samantha J premieres ‘Tight Skirt’ video on BET (Video Included)

16-year-old singing sensation, Samantha J has premiered the official video for his hit single, 'Tight Skirt' on MTV and BET in the last month

16-year-old singing sensation, Samantha J has premiered the official video for his hit single, ‘Tight Skirt’ on MTV and BET in the last month

by Jodee Brown

Still within the midst of her teenage years, Jamaican music’s fast-rising young sensation, Samantha J has already accomplished more feats at the age of 16 than many established acts, the latest of which earned her a premiere on BET’s 106 & Park.

The artist and part-time model, whose real name isSamantha Goncalves was on the popular American countdown show on Friday night to premiere the official video for her hit single, Tight Skirt. Her rendition of Red Rat’s classic track has made her an overnight sensation in Jamaica since its debut this past summer.

Her popularity has skyrocketed as such that the video forTight Skirt landed her on MTV Buzzworthy earlier this month and she capitalized on her growing fanfare in the United States by unveiling Tight Up Skirt as 106 and Park’s ‘New Joint of the Day.’

This later success overwhelmed the Washroom Entertainment recording artiste, telling the Jamaica Observer“It was an overwhelming experience to see my video being premiered on BET. This is something I always dreamed of happening.”

According to Samantha J, she aims to bring a new sound to the music industry and admits her new found fame has been something to adjust to while pursuing her studies at the Heinz Simonitsch School in Rose Hall, Montego Bay.

“I am definitely surprised and very happy that it has been well received,” she told the Observer. Due to the overwhelming feedback, I have had to improve on my time management as it relates to my schoolwork.”

Samantha J will continue to promote the single, produced by Washroom Entertainment producer,Conroy Forte as well as Florida based recording label,Oceanic Tradewinds. The official video has already racked up close to 300,000 views on YouTube.

She plans to release a number of follow-ups to Tight Skirt, including singles such as Lollipop and Angel.



Elephant Man rape case pushed back until late November

Dancehall star, Oneil 'Elephant Man' Bryan will return to court in November to begin his pending rape trial..

Dancehall star, Oneil ‘Elephant Man’ Bryan will return to court in November to begin his pending rape trial..

by Jodee Brown

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Elephant Man faces another delay in his ongoing rape case as the case file in relation to the matter is reportedly missing.

The ‘Energy God’ appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston Friday morning when the trial was expected to begin. However, the judge extended Elephant Man’s bail, ordering that he return to court on Nov. 29 after the prosecution conceded that the case fail against the deejay was nowhere to be found.

The matter has been postponed several times since it was originally due to commence in May of last year.

The charges of rape and grievous sexual assault againstElephant Man stems from an alleged incident at a St. Andrew residence in January 2012 involving a woman in her 30s.

The artist, whose real name is Oneil Bryan was arrested by detectives from the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) shortly after the woman reportedly filed a police report.

Sean Paul set to release new album in November, unveils tracklist

sean paul2by Jodee Brown

Grammy-winning Jamaican entertainer, Sean Paul has unveiled the official tracklist for his upcoming studio album, Full Frequency, which is set for a Nov. 4 release.

Marking his seventh album to date, Full Frequency is entrenched with a number of collaborations with local and international acts on a compilation featuring elements of Dancehall, Reggae and pop music. The most eye-catching amongst the international collaborations is the single, Entertainment 2.0, featuring popular American rap stars, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz and Juicy J.

The standout collaboration amongst his Jamaican compatriots is the hit single, Riot, featuring fellow Grammy-winning Reggae superstarDamian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley. The single has particularly garnered plaudits in Europe, hitting the top ten of singles charts in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Konshens also features on Full Frequency through the joint effort, Want Dem All while Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea also makes an appearance on the single,Wickedest Style.

Full Frequency is Sean Paul’s second album in as many years, having released Tomahawk Technique in January of last year. The album reached the top ten on digital charts in Japan, Germany and Austria, despite recording sub-par sales figures in the United States.

His highest selling album remains his sophomore effort, Dutty Rock, which went multi-platinum in the United States and earned him the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album in 2004.

Full Frequency will be released in stores as well as via iTunes and other digital music outlets and will be distributed via Atlantic Records.

Below is the full tracklist:

1. Riot (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)

2. Entertainment 2.0 (feat. Juicy J, 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj)

3. Pornstar (feat. Nyla)

4. Want Dem All (feat. Konshens)

5. Hey Baby

6. Wickedest Style (feat. Iggy Azalea)

7. Dangerous Ground (feat. Prince Royce)

8. It’s Your Life

9. Take It Low

10. Anyday

11. Lights On

12. Legacy

13. Other Side of Love

14. Turn It Up

Sean Paul wins second straight MOBO Reggae award

sean paul1by Jodee Brown

For the second year running and fifth time in his career,Sean Paul has won a Music of Black Origin (MOBO)award for Best Reggae Act.

The Grammy-winning Reggae artist, who was not present for the MOBO Awards ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland Saturday night, secured the award in a category which included nominees such as Mavado, Popcaan, Tarrus Riley and British-based singer, Stylo G.

Having copped the award in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2012 respectively, the Greatest Gallis singer copped the award thanks in large part to charting twice on the U.K. singles charts with hits such as The Other Side Of Lifeas well as What About Usa collaboration with British pop groupThe Saturdays.

Past winners of the Best Reggae Act award at MOBO, an award ceremony celebrating urban music in the U.K and worldwide, include GyptianAlborosie andShaggy, who hosted the show in London in 2007.

Mavado reportedly set to perform at STING 2013

Dancehall superstar, Mavado (left), who will soon be unveiling the video for his single, 'Give It All Me' featuring Nicki Minaj (right), is reportedly set to headline STING 2013

Dancehall superstar, Mavado (left), who will soon be unveiling the video for his single, ‘Give It All Me’ featuring Nicki Minaj (right), is reportedly set to headline STING 2013

by Jodee Brown

Organizers of Dancehall’s most popular and controversial event, STING are seemingly pulling out all the stops for their 30th anniversary show as Dancehall superstar,Mavado is reportedly leading the line to perform this December.

According to reports Saturday, the ‘Gully Gaad’ will be headlining STING 2013, a year after failing to perform at the show due to a monetary dispute with STINGpromoters, Isaiah Laing and Joe Bogdanovich, the CEO of Downsound Records.

A person with knowledge of the STING lineup told Urban Islandz, “I can confirm that Mavado the Gully God will be taking the stage at Jamworld.”

Mavado, who will soon release the official video for his remix of Give It All To Me (feat. Nicki Minaj), will be joined by Reggae legend, Sizzla Kalonji as well as popular Dancehall stars, Aidonia and Tommy Lee Sparta.

These reported confirmations come just over a week after Dancehall legend, Supercat, who made his name in his clash with Ninja Man at STING 91was confirmed for the show, marking his first performance in Jamaica since 2001.

American rap star, 2 Chainz has also been confirmed as the show’s overseas headliner.

STING’s 30th anniversary show will take place on Dec. 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine. Nikki Zhas been confirmed as the show’s host.

Mr. Vegas prepares new reality show

Mr. Vegas is working on a new reality show looking into the life of a Dancehall queen, based on the idea of his chart-topping single, 'Bruk It Down

Mr. Vegas is working on a new reality show looking into the life of a Dancehall queen, based on the idea of his chart-topping single, ‘Bruk It Down

by Jodee Brown

Dancehall superstar, Mr. Vegas has been no stranger to drama throughout his illustrious career and now looks to stir some up in a brand new reality show he is set to unveil in the near future.

On Wednesday, the highly-acclaimed singjay confirmed he is in the early stages of planning the reality series,Bruk It Down in Reality, which takes a behind the scenes look into the life of a Dancehall queen. Auditions will be held as hundreds of women from across the world compete for 12 spots on the show.

The 12 women selected by Mr. Vegas will then be given the chance to live with him as well as selected judges in his home while he mentors each of the contestants.

Auditions from the show are set to commence in November across the United States, including in Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

“Since Bruk It Down come out, the idea has been on my mind. It’s going to be a dream project,” Mr. Vegas told the Jamaica STAR“I think it’s going to be a huge success. You have dancehall queens all over the world. I am trying to get the best crew. Just doing it the proper way so that it does not come off as a joke.”

Meanwhile, Vegas, who has been promoting his newly-released Bruk It Down 2.0 studio album, says he is working on a new remix album for VP Records. Additionally, he is working on a remix to his single, Party Tun Up, which will feature former nemesis Sean Paul, with whom he fell out with several years ago over their hit song, Hot Gal Today.

Tessanne seals spot in knockout round of ‘The Voice’ with stellar performance

Tessanne Chin has every reason to smile after advancing to the knockout round of 'The Voice' after edging out Donna Allen during their performance on Monday night.

Tessanne Chin has every reason to smile after advancing to the knockout round of ‘The Voice’ after edging out Donna Allen during their performance on Monday night.

by Jodee Brown

Versatile Jamaican songstress, Tessanne Chin is through to the knockout round of the popular American talent show, The Voice after winning a tightly-contested battle round against veteran American pop singer, Donna Allen Monday night.

Chin and Allen, both standouts on the show mentored by elite singers, Adam Levine and Ryan Tedder were surprisingly paired together during the battle round, in which they had to perform a rendition of Emeli Sande’s hit song, Next To Me together. As expected, they gave a rousing, emotional rendition of the song and made it extremely tough for Levine and fellow judges, Christina Aguilera, Cee’Lo Green and Blake Shelton to choose between them.

Allen’s powerful, raspy voice immediately stomped her authority on the song while Tessanne’s smooth, sultry vocals effectively added the balance and extra charisma necessary to make the rendition come off flawlessly. Following their two-minute rendition, tension arose as the judges lauded them on their performance.

While Shelton gave the edge to Allen, Aguilera and Green both cited Tessanne’s clarity in their decision to give her in the edge. Ultimately, it was the coaches’ decision, and Levine ended up choosing Tessanne to move on to the knockout round, where she will compete against another member or her team for the right to move on to the highly-anticipated live performance stage.

Despite Allen’s exceptional performance in a losing effort, none of Levine’s rival coaches opted to use one of their two steals to take her on board to the next round, to the surprise of many. For his part, Green cited patches in Allen’s voice during her performance as a reason for not opting to take her on.

Battle Night 2 on The Voice will air live Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC and 7 p.m. (local time) on RETV in Jamaica, with TVJ showing a delayed broadcast at 9 p.m. local time.

WADA probes Jamaica’s drug testing agency over alleged gaps prior to London 2012

The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating alleged inconsistencies in Jamaica's anti-doping policy prior to the London 2012 games, which saw Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce retain their 100m titles.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating alleged inconsistencies in Jamaica’s anti-doping policy prior to the London 2012 games, which saw Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce retain their 100m titles.

by Jodee Brown

Jamaica’s drug-testing agency, the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) is now facing an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA) over alleged loopholes and a lack of policing of its athletes prior to the 2012 Olympics in London, according to reports Monday.

The Associated Press reports that WADA is conducting an audit of JADCO after data revealed to the Jamaica Gleaner by JADCO’s former director,Anne Shirley indicating that little to no out-of-competition testing of Jamaica’s athletes took place in the seven months prior to the summer games in July and August of last year. According to Shirley’s data, there were 96 tests administered during Jamaica’s national trials and a local invitational meet in May and June of that year. However, Shirley insisted that no testing took place for five of the seven months leading up to the London games.

Additionally, Shirley’s figures revealed that, aside from 10 out-of-competition test administered in February and one in April of 2012, JADCO’s out-of-competition program stopped. These figures were then published in a Sports Illustrated article this past summer, driving worldwide attention to the issue and triggering talk of a possible expulsion of Jamaica from the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro should any damning findings regarding Jamaica’s anti-doping policies be found.

WADA Director General, David Howman told the Associated Press that the agency was kept out of the loop regarding Jamaica’s alleged lapses in its drug-testing policy.

“There was a period of — and forgive me if I don’t have the number of months right — but maybe five to six months during the beginning part of 2012 where there was no effective operation,” he said. “There might have been one or two, but there was no testing. So we were worried about it, obviously.”

Howman admitted that this is an ‘extraordinary’ audit, with Jamaica being a ‘high priority’ because of these findings.

Shirley said the findings were alarming, telling the AP“It irritated me as a Jamaican: one test out of competition, for what, five months or four months? Given that it was an Olympic year, I felt that more could have been done.”

JADCO chairman, Herbert Elliott blasted Shirley in a response to the AP, branding her as a ‘Judas’ and ‘demented’ while rubbishing the data she collected. He admitted that JADCO could not accommodate auditors from WADA at a date they originally set and does not expect such a visit before the end of 2013.

Howman says that excuse hasn’t sit well with WADA.

“It doesn’t over-impress us,” he told the AP“If there’s going to be that sort of delay, you need to have a better reason.”

International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical officials also revealed that they weren’t made aware of these alleged gaps until Shirley’s data was revealed. Though they admit they would have ordered additional tests on Jamaican athletes had they known about this data sooner, IOC’s medical commission chairman, Arne Ljungvist intimated that it would be unfair to pinpoint Jamaica’s drug-testing issues given their high status and reputation within the track world.

“Jamaica is far from being alone, you know?” she said. “We know that out-of-competition testing in the proper way is not being conducted unfortunately in many parts of the world. One shouldn’t single out Jamaica.”

Jamaica’s high-level performances at the last two Olympics, including nine gold medals and three world records (all involving sprint legend, Usain Bolt) has garnered them worldwide attention, thus making WADA’s probe that much more critical as Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and others aim to defend their sprint titles at the 2016 summer games in Brazil.

“It’s almost abnormal, OK? Let’s face it. For a country of less than three million people,” she said.“What, you’re saying there’s something peculiar in the water in Jamaica?”