Deon Simone Green has exhibited 25 pieces, selling 10 from since starting her art work in 2015.

Deon Simone Green is hoping to make a name for herself in the visual arts space. She specialises in portraiture, figurative and fine art through Deon Simone Art, a business she started in her final year at the University of Technology (UTech). Since launching her business in 2015, Green has exhibited 25 pieces, selling 10 from her collection. The Trelawny native is now looking to take her art off the canvas, and onto smaller items in a bid to diversify her revenue stream in an industry which doesn’t attract a wide-range of local buyers. “I’m looking to start printing my art on merchant items such as tote bags, purses and souvenirs for example, to keep it sustainable,” Green told Young People in Business. The artist has so far earned an income from showcasing her pieces at exhibits and from commissioned work. “Art is such a good investment, every year, every minute, every second, the price goes up,” Green said, reiterating a sales pitch she uses on potential customers who are interested but may not have a strong appreciation for the fine arts. She added: “I also tell them that art can serve as an excellent gift for a loved one.” The artist also recently began showcasing her online art gallery, Saatchi Art, which she hopes will attract an international clientele. In the meantime, Green continues to get her art showcased at local exhibits as a result of the strong networking and marketing skills she honed while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration at UTech. Check out the video by Ramon Lindsay to see Green’s work and hear more about her journey. For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Gender Minister Olivia Grange says the funding is a major component of the project and each year women-led businesses will be targeted for support.

Four female entrepreneurs were on Tuesday presented with cheques totalling $1 million as the Women’s Entrepreneurship Support Project was launched in Kingston. It forms part of activities to commemorate Global Entrepreneurship Week which is being observed locally under the theme ‘Minimising Barriers + Maximising Inclusion’. The Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, gave a commitment that another ten women will also receive funding by the end of the year. The launch was a collaboration between Shaw and the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange. Its primary aim is to encourage and assist women to start and run successful businesses.The project is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two ministries in November 2017. “We are certain that women can be a catalyst for large-scale economic growth and the creation of prosperity - if they get a little support,” said Grange as she addressed the launch. She said that although reports show that Jamaica has the highest proportion of women managers anywhere in the world, there are still too few women owners of businesses. “We need to change all of that and the MOU between both our ministries is strengthening and synchronising strategies that promote and encourage women’s involvement in entrepreneurship. We aim to increase the number of women owners in the local business sector. And we are providing tangible support through the Women’s Entrepreneurship Support Project,” Grange said. The project will be implemented over three years and will, among other things, build the technical capacity, financial literacy and social capital of women entrepreneurs operating micro or small enterprises. It will providewomen entrepreneurs with the knowledge and empowerment opportunities to scale up their businesses. According to Minister Grange, funding is a major component of the projectand each year women-led businesses will be targeted for support. For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


The legendary Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd (left) with King Stitt, known as ‘The Ugly One'.

With Karyl Walker I've been ruling dancehall since you were a child;so don't try to dictate to I about dancehall style - Bunny Wailer It is disappointingly amazing how little some of the persons who consider themselves ‘fans’ and artistes of modern dancehall music know about its history and origins. There is a tendency among the younger generation to sometimes treat the work of those who came before them with scant regard and downplay the struggles fought by their predecessors that have made things that much easier for them. To them, their stars and reality are the only things worthy of mention. So, for the purposes of educating those who claim to be ardent fans of the latest form of Jamaica’s popular music, those who choose to read at least, I will attempt to paint apicture of how dancehall music evolved to its present status. I am no musicologist and, as such, have drawn on the oral history passed down to me by the real musicologist, Garth White, my personal friend and entertainment griot, Charles Campbell – whose contribution to Jamaica’s popular music product has largely gone unheralded - and others including musician Herbie Harris. My information is drawn from informal conversations with these great men and others who lived through various stages of the struggles that brought Jamaica’s popular culture to be recognised by the world. I sat at their feet as they taught me about our history. General Echo As it is today, the stars of the music hailed from impoverished communities. It is the reality of life in these areas that somehow brings out an infectious sound that encapsulates the reality of the masses. The first known toaster (who is now referred to as a deejay) was Winston ‘Count Machuki’ Cooper. In those days, music was produced on vinyl and the instrumental part of the production was often placed on the flip side of the record. During dances of the time, some bright mind thought of playing the instrumental and eventually Count Machuki started toasting over the rhythm. Those were the 1950’s and the dancehall was a place where persons attended to get their fill of the music which was at the time frowned upon by those who thought themselves above the ‘Buggu Yaggas’ of the ghetto and their 'disgusting music'. Count Machuki developed his talent during dances where Tom the Sebastian and the Sir Coxsone sound systems played. Machuki passed the baton to King Stitt, known as ‘The Ugly One’, who took the toasting and introduction of popular singles to another level before U-Roy improved on the craft and heralded the beginning of the acceptance of the style into the mainstream of Jamaica’s entertainment psyche at the time. As U-Roy woke the town and told the people of the happenings inside the burgeoning Jamaican entertainment scene and, as his popularity grew, his style caught on. In the years that followed, several other proponents of the style emerged. There was I-Roy, Big Youth, Dillinger, Dennis Alcapone, Trinity, Rankin Trevor and others who all the while improved on the craft and grew in status. That was about the beginning of the 1970s when the popular music in Jamaica had evolved from ska to rocksteady and reggae was in its infancy. In those days, most of the deejays were featured on songs made popular by the singers who were the real stars. By the mid 1970’s the deejay style had grown, became accepted by most in the general population of Jamaica as a musical force to be reckoned with and led to the emergence of a new genre labelled rockers.It was about that time that a young man decided to record a slew of lewd lyrics which was for the most part frowned upon as Jamaica’s music throughout the decades was known as the music of the oppressed and was filled with messages of hope and liberation. His name was Earl Anthony Robinson, better known as General Echo and later Ranking Slackness. His monster hit, 'Arlene',is still a staple and he also had success with 'Drunken Master'. But then he veered into sexually explicit lyrics and his albums, 'The Slackest'and '12 Inches of Pleasure',heralded the start of the no holds barred utterances that so pervades the genre today. However, it must be pointed out that ‘slackness’ was not the norm and was still frowned upon by many as untoward and unacceptable by most in Jamaica. Shabba Ranks Echo’s career was cut short in 1980 when he was shot dead by police in the Corporate Area along withStereoPhonic sound system owner Leon 'Big John' Johnsand Selector Flux. Rankin Slackness aside, there were many others who emerged throughout the mid to late 1970s, includingMichigan and Smiley, Althea and Donna, Lone Ranger, Tappa Zukie, Welton Irie and others. It must be pointed out that, although the deejay idiom was gaining in popularity, the singers played an important role in dancehall and Sugar Minott, Leroy Smart, Barry Brown, Madoo, Derrick Lara, Barrington Levy, Edi Fitzroy, Michael Prophet and others were huge stars of the day. By the time the 1980s swung in, the role of the deejay became even more important and, perhaps for the first time In Jamaica’s history, their recordings became more important to the patron than those featuring singers. It was also about that time that deejays such as Brigadier Jerry, U Brown, Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplain, Nicodemus, Early B, King Yellowman, Loui Lepke, Clint Eastwood, Sister Nancy, Tenor Saw and others held sway. By the mid 1980’s, the genre picked up even more speed and saw the emergence of perhaps the most accomplished deejay in the country’s history, Shabba Ranks. But there was also Ninjaman, Super Cat, Nitty Gritty, Tiger, Burru Banton, Cutty Ranks, Jonathan Wolfman, Major Worries, Professor Nuts, Peter Metro and later Papa San, Admiral Bailey, Lt Stitchie,Shinehead and a young upstart who turned heads as a student, Little Lenny. But the deejays did not have it all their own way as a slew of singers were on hand during that time. Michael Palmer, Tristan Palmer, Frankie Paul, Wayne Wonder, Screwdriver, Little John, Pad Anthony, Echo Minott and others ably represented. By the time the 1990’s came around, the dancehall genre was taken into another realm after the introduction at Sting inside the National Stadium of Buju Banton. The arrival of the 'Gargamel' saw the cementing of dancehall music as the most popular among Jamaica’s youth and led to the emergence of a slew of brash young entertainers who began the process of transforming the music into a culture and seeing the beginning of dancehall transforming from a venue into a lifestyle. Sanchez Soon, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Lady G, Flourgon, Clement Irie, Terry Ganzie and others, all the time complemented by the sweet vocals of singers such as Sanchez, Singing Melody, Pinchers, Courtney Melody, Spanner Banner et al carved out their niche. The rest, as they say, is history. Dancehall has grown to become a major income earner and has seen the emergence of world stars such as Shaggy, Sean Paul and Sean Kingston. Sadly, the one who has been ordained 'King' by the younger generation, Vybz Kartel, veered from his main calling of entertainment and is now languishing in prison - all the while, hoping along with his throng of fans, that a life sentence imposed on him for his role in a murder, will be overturned by the Court of Appeal. Even though he is hailed as a reggae artiste, dancehall heavily influences the music of multi Grammy Award winning son of the 'Reggae King', Bob Marley - Damien ‘Junior Gong’ Marley and is a staple in songs released by pop stars such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and more global stars. Interestingly, it was the deejay idiom of Jamaica which led to the birth of hip hop and rap music through the efforts of Clive Campbell, a Jamaican living in New York knownas Kool Herc. Using the same style of toasting over funk rhythms, Kool Herc inspired a culture which took the United States and later the world by storm. His style influenced rap pioneers Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash and later led to the first rap megahit, 'Rapper’s Delight'by the Sugar Hill Gang. Perhaps, younger dancehall fans and artistes can take note that it was Jamaica who inspired a US cultural phenomenon and not the reverse. Vybz Kartel The sound system was a very integral part of the growth of dancehall music as all the pioneers of the genre honed their skills night after night at venues around the country. Now it is a rarity to see an artiste chanting around a sound system. They mostly attend dances to party and ‘floss’ like their fans. Sadly, there is a dearth of singers in the dancehall genre at present. One has to search with a huge magnifying glass to identify a handful of young artistes who claim to be of the dancehall ilk, who are singers. Every and anybody is a deejay and sadly it seems that the art of singing is lost among the younger generation who claim dancehall as their own and take serious offence if ‘their’ music is criticised by those who have lived so much longer than them - those who have been there and done that before they were even born. Perhaps it needs to be driven in their heads that dancehall music predates their birth and the criticism they so loathe is as a result of its flagrant mistreatment by them. While caught up in the speed and exuberance of youth, it would be prudent of many of dancehall leading lights to study the origins of their craft and implore their sheep-like fans to honour the pioneers, many of whom died broke and did it for the love. Modern dancehall artistes have the luxury of looking back on the mistakes of their predecessors and have many more avenues to learn the business aspect of the industry in order to maximize their profits. Remember it began when those you view as old and ‘who don’t know nothing’ were as young as you are now. He who has lived longer must have seen more. As the Right Honourable Marcus Garvey said - If you know your history, then you would know where you are coming from - so take heed youngsters and learn of the wise and per-penned. That is my view from the outside. Karyl Walker is a multi-award-winning journalist who has worked for Loop Jamaica, the Jamaica Observer, the RJR Communications Group and Nationwide Radio among other media entities. He now resides in South Florida. For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Disc jockey and entertainment promoter, Christopher 'Crazy Chris' Samuels (left), and stylist Keshon Hawthorne.

Two popular figures from Jamaica's entertainment industry remain in custody in the United States following their arrest last week for alleged drug trafficking. Among those arrested is 37-year-old disc jockey and entertainment promoter, ‘Crazy Chris’, from Montego Bay. Chris, whose given name is Christopher Samuels, was arrested in North Carolina on cocaine charges on Tuesday, November 6 by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Also arrested is stylist, 25-year-old Keshon Hawthorne, who was booked on drug trafficking charges following his arrival at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, November 4. According to US media reports, Hawthorne arrived in Charlotte on a flight from Montego Bay. A white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine was discovered during an inspection of his luggage. The police said two days later, Samuels landed at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, also from Montego Bay, and was detained after it was determined that he used his luggage to smuggle cocaine. The total weight of the cocaine seized from the Jamaicans was more than six pounds. It had an estimated street value of US $90,000. Both men were arrested for importation of a controlled substance, and turned over to Home Security investigators. Samuels was subsequently slapped with charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and two counts of trafficking cocaine. The specific charges laid against Hawthorne are not immediately clear. For breaking news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


Digicel Regional Sponsorship Manager Andrew Brown (right) presents the Walker Cup to Hydel High following their 2-0 victory over Excelsior High in the final at the Stadium East field on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

Hydel High won their first major football title on Wednesday by defeating Excelsior High 2-0 in the final of the restructured Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Walker Cup knockout competition at the Stadium East field. TheWalker Cup has been downgraded to a controversial second-tier competition this season. Traditionally the Walker Cup has been schoolboy football’s premier knockout competition but has now gone through a major change in that the competition now comprises the eight losers of the Manning Cup Round of 16 home-and-away knockout. In former years the seven preliminary round group winners and the best second place team earned the right to contest that competition. [image_gallery] On Wednesday, goals by Fakibi Farquharson in the 74th and Deandre Walker, two minutes into second-half added time denied Excelsior High their eighth hold on the Walker Cup. The first half was fairly even until Excelsior High took charge towards the end and placed Hydel High under constant pressure. During the period, Excelsior created two good opportunities with the first going to Damoreny Hutchinson, whose header from a Rohan Beadle’s cross, just missed the crossbar from inside the six-yard box. The other chance went to Raewin Senior who failed to beat goalkeeper Shauqan Davis from inside the six-yard box. Early in the second half, Hutchinson created an opportunity when he picked up a ballin midfieldand dribbled by three opponents to the top of the 18-yard box. However, he unleashed a powerful shot to the left of the custodian, who went full stretch to tip the ball onto the crossbar. Walker then sealed the victory for Hydeland seconds before the final whistle tempers flared between the players, which resulted in the referee working hard get things under control.

Trainer Enos Brown's debutant, BRAETON GIGOLO, won Wednesday's Abbie Grannum Memorial in the stewards' room, at odds of 9-1, following an objection lodged by jockey Ruja Lahoe against Omar Walker aboard champion trainer Wayne DaCosta's RIDDIM UP. BRAETON GIGOLO was infringed when Walker cut across towards the rail two-and-half furlongs out with RIDDIM UP, who was mending quickly from the rear of the 10-horse field of maiden two-year-olds. RIDDIM UP's disqualification denied Walker a three-timer as he won aboard PRINCE SAMMO in the fourth and SHAUNA CRUISE in the seventh. New apprentice Raddesh Roman rode his first double, forcing a dead heat aboard LOLA GREY against Phillip Parchment-ridden SERIOUSMANIPULATOR in the third. He returned to close the programme with 5-1 shot FASHIONISTA, a close victory over 3-5 favourite, SERGEANT RECKLESS, with leading rider Anthony Thomas astride. FASHIONISTA handed title-chasing trainer Anthony Nunes a two-timer on the 10-race card, cutting his stakes deficit behind DaCosta to $3.5m. Nunes' 10-1 outsider, DADDY'S DILEMMA, partnered by Dick Cardenas, outbattled DaCosta's RICKY RICARDO by a neck at nine furlongs and 25 yards in the eighth race, a thrilling clash with Thomas, who continues to lead him by nine winners after winning the second race with COHETE DEL EXITO. Racing continues at Caymanas Park this Saturday with a 10-race card on United Racehorse Trainers Association of Jamaica Day.