Jennifer Hudson, Nas & Others Star In The New Netflix Movie “Monster” (@IAMJHUD @Nas)

On Friday, May 7th, Netflix will premiere the film Monster. This is a movie about a seventeen-year-old honor student whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with felony murder. The film follows his dramatic journey from a smart, likeable film student from Harlem, attending an elite high school, through a complex legal battle that could leave him spending the rest of his life in prison.

Monster stars Jennifer Hudson, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jeffrey Wright, Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer Ehle, Rakim Mayers, Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones, Tim Blake Nelson and John David Washington. The executive producers are John Legend, Nas and Jeffrey Wright.

Jamaica Implements Stricter Measures As Covid-19 Spikes Across The Island! (@AndrewHolnessJM @OPMJamaica)

In a press briefing held on Sunday, March 21st, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness announced changes to the curfew hours in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The new curfew hours are as follows:

Starting Tuesday, March 23rd to Friday, March 26th, the nightly curfew hours will remain at 8:00 pm to 5:00 am, ending at 5:00 am on Saturday, March 27th. On Saturday, March 27th, the curfew will begin at 12 noon and continue through the rest of Saturday and the entire day on Sunday, ending at 5:00 am on Monday, March 29th. The Prime Minister said that on Friday, March 26th, workplaces will be required to close at noon. This does not include essential services such as: medical establishments, supermarkets, wholesales, pharmacies, restaurants and other food establishments, which will remain open until the start of the curfew at 8:00 pm.

Regarding the Easter holiday period: from Monday, March 29th, to Wednesday, March 31st, the curfew will commence at 8:00 pm nightly to 5:00 am the following morning, ending at 5:00 am on Thursday, April 1st. On Holy Thursday, April 1st, workplaces will be required to close at noon, expect for essential services. The curfew will continue throughout the entire day on Good Friday and end on Saturday, April 3rd at 5:00 am.

On Saturday, April 3rd, the curfew will begin at noon and continue through the rest of Saturday, the entire Easter Sunday and the entire Easter Monday, and it will end at 5 am on Tuesday, April 6th. On Tuesday, April 6th, the curfew will commence at 8:00 pm nightly to 5:00 am the following morning ending at 5:00 am on Saturday, April 10th. Again on Saturday, April 10th, the curfew will begin at 12:00 noon and continue through the entire day on Sunday and end at 5:00 am on Monday, April 12th. On Friday, April 9th, workplaces will be required to close at 12:00 noon to allow people to conduct their shopping and prepare for the tighter weekend curfew.

Jamaica Implements New Covid-19 Measures Amid An Increase In Cases

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced new and stricter COVID-19 measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act, effective March 1. The Government has implemented these measures amid an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The new measures are as follows;

Effective March 1
1) The islandwide curfew remains at 8:00pm to 5:00am day to day and expires at 5:00am on March 23, 2021.
2) All places of worship, including churches will engage in only online services. However, a maximum of 10 persons are allowed inside the worship center to facilitate online broadcasting.
3) Zoos, Parks, Gyms, Attractions and Bars will close at 6:00pm until March 22.
4) Public Beaches and rivers will close until March 22.
5) Only students sitting exit exams (PEP, CSEC/CAPE) will be permitted to have face-to-face classes. This is applicable to both Public and Private institutions.
6) Persons 60 years and older must Stay-at-Home.
7) Public Sector entities must host all social events online, if at all

Effective March 4
1) Strict Work-From-Home arrangement for Public Sector. Permanent Secretaries are directed to have only persons who work in critical service delivery where the nature of the work requires them to be in the physical office.
2) All persons traveling to Jamaica, including Jamaicans, must present a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours prior to travel date. Business travelers must present a pre-test result and will incur the cost of a PCR test after arrival in Jamaica.

Effective March 8
1) All Funerals and Burials will be prohibited. Funerals already scheduled for March 1-7 are allowed once they are in compliance with the Disaster Risk Management Act.
2) Weddings are allowed with a maximum of 25 persons including the officiating pastor, witnesses and wedding party.

All other measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act will remain in effect for a further three weeks ending March 23, 2021.

WRITTEN BY: JAMAICA’S MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Watch Jamaica’s Two Biggest Comedians Oliver Samuels & Delcita In “Entanglement”

If you have not done so as yet, check out the new comedy – Entanglement – starring two of Jamaica’s biggest comedians: Oliver Samuels and Delcita. It is currently streaming via mytelefy dot tv, and it will be available until February 28th.

Stic From Dead Prez To Star In New Film “A Beautiful Run”

Stic – one half of the hip-hop duo Dead Prez – will be starring in a gripping short film titled “A Beautiful Run.” The movie, which is about the life of a runner played by Stic, is scheduled to be released on February 28th.

“A Beautiful Run” is musical story that takes the audience inside the life of a jogger whose routine morning jog becomes a run for his life. For additional information and to get advance tickets to see the film, click here.

Common, Chuck D & More For Harry Belafonte’s 94th Birthday Celebration

In celebration of legendary singer, songwriter, activist and actor Harry Belafonte‘s 94th birthday on March 1, a surprise live virtual party will be held on Sunday, February 28 at 7 PM ET.

The Gathering for Harry will feature performances & appearances from Common, Danny Glover, Chuck D, Bernie & Jane Sanders, Stacey Abrams, Aloe Blacc, Tamika D. Mallory, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jackie Cruz and more, benefitting nonprofit organization The Gathering for Justice, which Belafonte founded after witnessing a news report of a 5-year-old Black girl being handcuffed and arrested in her Florida classroom for “being unruly.”

The organization’s mission is to build a movement to end child incarceration while working to eliminate the racial inequities that permeate the justice system. Belafonte was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a prominent force in ending South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime and the release of his friend, Nelson Mandela. He’s also achieved EGOT status (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award) and his Calypso album was the 1st LP in history to sell more than one million copies

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Jamaica Tightens Curfew Hours As Covid-19 Continues To Spread (@AndrewHolnessJM @OPMJamaica)

See below a message from the office of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Andrew Holness, regarding new curfew hours.

“Effective today, February 10, 2021, the islandwide curfew will commence at 8 pm instead of 10 pm nightly and end at 5 am, the following morning, until on February 24, 2021.

The curfew helps to filter non-productive activities however, it does have an impact on productive activities that happen outside of curfew–such as factories that operate on double shifts, quick service industries, and restaurants.

If we do not act now, we could overwhelm the capacity of our healthcare system, which leads to even greater problems. We ask for the understanding of our friends in commerce, and ask the population, in general, to abide by the curfew hours.”