CaribNews Round Up

Yardie’s action begins summer

PRODUCTION on Yardie, the directorial debut by British actor Idris Elba, is expected to commence this summer.At least three local actors are set to feature in this production. Actress-on-the-rise Shantol Jackson, who just wrapped on stage in Dahlia Harris’s Country Wedding, is one of the leading locals on this production. This work follows on her title role in Sugar, the film written by Sharon Leach and directed by Michelle Serieux. Sheldon Shepherd and Everald Creary, both of the performance group No-Maddz, are also tipped to be part of the cast. Shepherd’s film credits include the male lead in Storm Saulter’s 2010 project Better Mus’ Come.

Variety magazine is reporting that Yardie will be filmed in Jamaica and London for seven weeks. The film is adapted from the novel by Jamaican-born British writer Victor Headley, with the screenplay by Bronson writer Brock Norman Brock and Martin Stellman, who wrote and directed 1980s Denzel Washington thriller For Queen and Country.

“I am interested in making human stories with characters that are either full of grace or flawed,” said Elba, who has a supporting role in the film. “In Yardie, the audience will see a film that hopefully means something to the people. I’m honoured to able to shoot it in my hometown of London and as a guest in Jamaica,” he told the magazine.

According to Variety, British actor Aml Ameen ( Maze Runner, The Butler) stars as a young Jamaican named D, who arrives in London in the early 1980s and unexpectedly discovers the man who assassinated his revered brother in Jamaica a decade earlier. When his quest for justice explodes into a violent street war, he puts both himself and the lives of his loved ones in peril.

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Lady Shelly hair-care line

Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has proven herself as a phenomenon on the track, but has also become a very astute businesswoman.

She has added another feather in her business cap, with the launch of her hair-care line – Lady Shelly.

She told Outlook, “Lady Shelly is really a transition and evolution process for Chic Hair Ja, which was necessary to grow and elevate the business. Having been in the business of wearing hair extensions, I wanted to offer women the opportunity of a dual-care system using natural products.”


The Lady Shelly hair-care line consists of six products. The Stunning Start is the nourishing sulphate-free shampoo that hydrates, nourishes and replenish dry hair strands and roots, leaving the hair refreshed, soft and manageable.

Gold Rush is their conditioner that ensures that the hair stays healthy and strong. It is lightweight and absorbed rapidly into the hair while softening and detangling the hair.

Herbal Sensation is a leave-in conditioner that extends the conditioning experience for softer, longer, stronger hair. The Pure Glow is a hydrating mist that protects the hair with the moisture it needs, no matter how the hair is worn. Fraser-Pryce explained, “The hair can be in a bun, pin, straight etc, … Pure Glow mist is a lightweight formula which penetrates deep into the hair to deliver powerful herbal extracts, oils and more that hydrates every strand.”

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‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’ Trailer: Oprah Winfrey & Rose Byrne Dig For Truth In HBO Film

“What you don’t understand is we didn’t know nothin’ about nothin’!” HBO is giving us a first look at The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, its upcoming telepic featuring Oprah Winfrey in a rare starring turn. It’s the true story of the African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line after many other such efforts failed — and without her permission or knowledge.

Told through the eyes of Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah (Winfrey), the HBO Films project chronicles her search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented breakthroughs that changed the face of medicine forever. When the sheepishly smiling writer tells Deborah that she wants to pen a book about her mom’s experience, Deborah looks her up and down, then says, “Hope I don’t regret this.”

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