Females in entertainment to be honoured
Veteran entertainment personalities Sister Nancy and Dancehall Queen Carlene, along with government minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, are among several women who will be recognised and honoured for their years of service to the Jamaican music industry.
The women will be honoured at a brand-new honorary event, 'Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies' (QORIHC), which will have its first staging next month in Kingston.
Other female entertainment personnel to be recognised are video director Nordia Rose, TV broadcaster Elaine Wint, SunCity radio's Doreen 'Mama B' Billings, dancehall fashion designer Audrey Farquharson, and dancehall dancing instructors Latonya Styles and Dance Ja studios.
The event, staged by New York-based reggae artiste Mye Laurell, through her NyteNursePro Foundation, will see eight talented and hard-working females, who are experts in their various fields, getting recognition for their efforts and perseverance.
Laurell and her NyteNursePro Foundation decided to honour women specifically because activities to support women are fundamentally lacking in the Jamaican industry.
"I believe that women are the backbone of the Jamaican creative industry because we do so much to support it. My NyteNursepro organisation's mission is to inspire, nurture and entertain, so this event is perfect as it intends to motivate the current honourees to continue doing great work and to inspire other females to work hard ... eventually their work will also get recognised." Laurell shared.
The NyteNursePro Committee will be expanding the various categories next year when they meet to select the 2017 set of honourees; categories like TV producers, stylists and PR specialists will also be included.
The 2016 ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will see proceeds from the event going to support various charities under the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.
"It is important to note that this is not a competition to award the best, it's recognition to say we honour your roles that have influenced and supported so many throughout the years," Mye Laurell added.