A Brief History

You can't be from the Caribbean and not know about Carnival. It’s one of our many cultural patents, celebrated across our region through different styles which all celebrate the spirit of liveliness, tradition and cultural expression. This week, Youthlink gives a brief summary on the development of Carnival in order to trace the significance of the festival to us as a region.

How it got to the Caribbean

Surprisingly to some, the Carnival we know today is a variation of European religious celebrations. The current festival has undergone centuries of... read more


IT IS an indisputable fact that young people, especially the current generation, shape all aspects of the world through their artistic, scientific, political, philosophical and social contributions. One may call more popular names like Zendaya, Yara Shahidi and Sasha Obama when listing today’s most influential young people; but our region, including our own country, also has passionate young people of equal intellectual stature, power and  influence.
One such person is 18-year-old Britney Gabbidon. As a fresh, poetic savant, Britney was shortlisted from more than 70 participants and... read more

Black Sheep entertains

Fabian Barracks never disappoints. High off the success of last year’s mega production, Wah Sweet Nanny Goat, the talented young writer and director is back with his newest project, Black Sheep, another fabulous highlight of social issues affecting our youth.

The plot

Black Sheep follows the story of Shane who has been the outcast child for most of his life. His mother, Cersey sees him as a failure and instead, embraces the prize child Chelsea who is pursuing studies abroad.

Shane has a love for music and is sometimes seen penning tunes and performing... read more


It is no coincidence that she grew up on a street called ‘Star of the East’ in Eight Miles, Bull Bay, because this 27-year-old is truly the rising star to look out for.

She calls herself the lyrical lioness and goes by the stage name Yeza. The songstress had previously had dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer after pursuing a history and criminology degree at The University of the West Indies. She says, however, that singing has always been her fondest passion from as early as age six.

“From then, I was humming songs all the time,” she said. “I always wanted to be a singer,... read more

Suzanne Parkins by day,  Zanni by night 

A nine-to -five will not slow down up-and-coming singer Zanni, who remains steadfast in the pursuit of taking her career to the next level. She told Youthlink, "That (my job) is really what funds the music, so I need to have something on the side. Every other time around that is dedicated to music. So after my nine-to-five, until before I go to bed, I can work on a song, I can go to the studio, I can record, and then I have the weekend. I also organise photo shoots, videos shoots and features around my nine-to-five times," she said. 

Born Suzanne Parkins, Zanni (a long time alias)... read more

Countdown: Jamaican Artistes Equivalent to International Artistes

Our local artistes are known to us for a variety of reason, the main one being their manipulation of our distinct Jamaican sound. Whether it be Dancehall or Reggae, DJ-ing or singing, we know a Jamaican artiste when we hear one. But have you ever thought of their other traits, traits that might prove them similar to other, international artistes? Similarities between local and international artistes can be found in their appearances, public personality, lyrics and musical style. Here are seven Jamaican artistes who share such similarities with what we could now call their international... read more

Recommended by the Stars; As said by Shanice

Social media has completely changed the way we do business, form relationships and share information and should continue to do so well into the future. Along that line, a strong social media presence has the potential to create a personal brand and make you a star. How big of a star? We’re talking 400,000 followers, a national Fashion Icon Award and enviable corporate endorsements. With these accolades, Shanice Allen needs no introduction as she is the beauty behind perhaps the most talked about local page, @shanzi.a on Instagram. 
Shanice in a nutshell:
Age: 21... read more

Black History Month through songs

This Black History month we wanted to highlight a few songs which incorporated certain aspects of Black History in Jamaica. With that being said we have prepared a selection of iconic music, where we will expound on how the lyrics would have impacted the lives of Jamaicans or blacks and also pin point the most relatable verse in each single.  
Get Up Stand Up- Bob Marley and the Wailers 
This single has impacted the lives of many in more than one way, particularly the lives of Jamaicans seeing that it is a local original. Within this song Bob emphasize... read more

The Road to Champs: Grace brings Flava With A Beat  to  Kingston College

In Jamaica, when we think about the month of March, we immediately begin thinking about one of greatest shows on this side of the hemisphere, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championship! This year, ISSA Boys and Girls Champs Title Sponsor, GraceKennedy, may be heading to a school near you on the Grace ‘Flava with a Beat’ Champs School Tour.

On the heels of launching their latest campaign, “Flava With A Beat” featuring dancehall entertainer Ding Dong, the Grace team under the theme “Positive Expressions,” will be making stops at several competing schools each week leading up to... read more

What would Bob say? Bob Marley

February celebrates the birthday of one of Jamaica’s most ionic musician, Bob Marley. We all know him as the king of reggae, some described him as an activist and also a true prophet, which most of us would agree on.We are currently being plagued by a few socio-economic issues,now more than ever his words are needed to provide guidance through this tumultuous terrorizing our country. So, what would bob say about…...?

1. Teen depression-is a serious mental health problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities. It affects an affectedteenager... read more


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