This is the fifth episode of the new, weekly entertainment review show, 876-411, which takes a look at all the hot topics in Jamaican music, entertainment and pop culture. Co-hosted by Jodee ‘Marc Parc’ Brown and Jodiann ‘Jodz’ Perry
This first episode for 2014 looks at highlights from Shaggy and Friends, Sizzla and D’Angel being banned from STING and much more.
Reigning Miss Jamaica World queen, Deanna Robins did her island proud as she earned a spot in the finals of Miss World 2012 in China, a pageant won by the host nation.
The highly regarded pageant took place in Ordos, Inner Mongolia early Saturday morning (Jamaican time), and featuring contestants representing 116 countries. Robins, seen by some as a dark horse heading into the event, continued her strong run of form that she exhibited during the fast-track and talent competitions earlier in the week; placing second in the aforementioned talent segment while earning significant points in several other categories including the Top Model and Beach Beauty competitions to score a place in the top 15.
Robins showcased her elegance and sex appeal, donning everything from swimsuits to traditional costumes as she copped one of seven spots in the finals of Miss World 2012. However, any hope that destiny would take its course given Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence would soon run its course as Robins, who aimed towards becoming the pageant’s first Jamaican winner since 1993 (Lisa Hanna), fell just shy of the top three as Jessica Kahawaty (Miss Australia), Sophie Moulds (Miss Wales) placed second and first runner-up respectively before crowd favorite, Yu Wenxia (Miss China) won the Miss World crown in front of her home fans.
With Jamaicans still relishing in their Olympic glory accomplished by their athletes, one of the island’s lead beauties seeks to build off that momentum in her quest to secure the coveted Miss World crown.
2012 Miss Jamaica World winner, Deanna Robins has consistently flourished since her victory in the local pageant in June; showcasing her talents in various events during the early stages of the Miss World pageant in China. According to reports, Robins has made it into the top 10 of the Top Model competition where she will face off against beauties from Australia, Mexico and China, amongst other nations.
Four years removed from the most controversial moment in her career, one of Jamaica’s most prominent media figures insists that she’s stronger in spite of the public fallout.
Amelia ‘Milk’ Sewell became one of Jamaica’s most regarded television hosts during her stint as the host of CVM Television’s E-Strip (The Hit List) as she instantly connected with fans of all sectors of Jamaica while becoming a face of Dancehall & Reggae music. However, Sewell’s career and life was forever altered while at its peak after a sex tape of her went viral in 2008, in whichshe was seen performing oral sex on her long-time boyfriend and prominent disc jockey turned deejay, Michael ‘ZJ Liquid’ Brissett.
Milk spoke out publicly about the fallout from said tape during a recent interview on the Lauren O Lauren (LOL) show, stating that originally found out about the tape leaking through her hairdresser who discovered the tape on a customer’s phone. Once she found out, Sewell first thought about her family and how she would explain such a thing to them, particularly her son.
“My son is old enough to understand. I just equipped him with the response to anything that anyone could ever say about the tape. He goes to Wolmer’s…believe u me, no one said anything to him, no teacher asked him about it…They saved him from going to school every day and being jeered.”
Shortly after the tape emerged, Sewell was axed by CVM and received public backlash as a result of the controversy. To this day, the prominent media personality believes that she didn’t receive a fair shake in the wake of the sex tape from the network; intimating that she never got the support that she hoped for from them at the time.
“I really, really wished and hoped that they stood behind me and made something of it…They didn’t work with me and I was very, very disappointed in how they reacted and how they treated the situation. They wanted me to stay out of the public eye when it happened…I didn’t feel like I didn’t need to hide away from the public because I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Now four years removed from the sex tape controversy, Milk says that she’s still being looked on negatively as a result and all that the fallout has affected her ability to rebound and make strong income.
“The way how Jamaica looks on it is very double standard. Four years later, it’s still affecting me. It affects my income and my earning, it affects the way I take care of my son. I have to be finding and inventing all different kinds of things to get by and make it,” she said.
Meanwhile, Milk conceded that she did lose friends following the controversy as they could not accept appearing with her in public given that she was caught in such a compromising position. However, she credits her dedicated fans for sticking by her while also revealing that internationally renowned disc jock turned deejay, Tony Matterhorn helped her get through the public scrutiny.
“I big up Tony Matterhorn every single time I tell this story because he made it ok for me to come into the dance and nobody don’t say anything to me. Every place I went, Matterhorn was there and he just made it ok,” she said.
Sewell also credited former Miss Jamaica World and Jamaica’s current Minister of Youth and Culture as one of many female public figures who supported and encouraged her during her toughest time.
As for her future prospects, Milk continues to work on the set of Dancehall megastar, Vybz Kartel’s reality show, Teacher’s Pet and also has been recording in recent times as she looks to score a major, mainstream hit as she tries to add to her already verse repertoire. Additionally, she says that she has advised young girls who’ve been through similar plights so that they can overcome such an experience, using the experience iconic media personality, Fae Ellington as a source of inspiration after Ellington overcame being raped over 30 years ago towards becoming one of the island’s most successful media figures.
“I really helped a lot of people, gave a lot of people advice on how to deal with it…The strongest woman I know is Fae Ellington who went through what she went through and is still ok. I drew from Fae Ellington’s experience and give what I go through and what I know what keeps me together to the young girls.”