25 Jun 2019

Kingston 11 May 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed deep concern about the reported maltreatment of Reggae artiste JahDore and his family by the police.

Minister Statement follows:

I am shocked and deeply concerned by the allegations against the police made by Rastafari Reggae artiste JahDore. The very serious allegations surround human rights abuses, including physical violence and the infringing of religious freedom involving the alleged feeding of meat which is forbidden by the family and the cutting of locks.

If these allegations are true, they are unacceptable and an affront to justice and the peaceful ‘livity’ that we all desire; they should be condemned in the strongest manner; and the perpetrators left to face the consequences.

Many Jamaicans, including members of the Ratafari community, share my concern about these allegations and are anxious for us to get to the bottom of what happened. I have been in touch with my colleague Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, on the matter and I welcome the quick intervention of the Commissioner of Police to order an immediate investigation.

I have also spoken with JahDore and assured him of the Government’s commitment to investigate and take appropriate action where necessary. I also assured him of my respect for and commitment to the Rastafari community and its beliefs and will fight any act to deprive Rastas of their rights.

 

25 Jun 2019

Kingston 9 April 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated the national team which competed in the Rally Trinidad on the weekend.

Minister Grange said:

“Last week I challenged you to come back home with more trophies than you did in Guyana a few months ago, and you have delivered. The entire team represented Jamaica very well, but I must say special congratulations to Kyle and Marcia who topped all competitors.”

Kyle ‘Speedy’ Gregg and Marcia Dawes emerged as overall winners of the rally.

Bobby Marshall and Michelle Laidlaw copped 2nd place in their group.

 

25 Jun 2019

Kingston 28 December 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says next January’s staging of Rebel Salute will be a celebration of “the role played historically by Reggae music in the liberation of oppressed people across the world.”

Minister Grange made the comment on Thursday (27 December) at the launch of the 2019 edition of Rebel Salute, which will be one of the first major Reggae music festivals in Jamaica since Reggae music was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the end of November. 

The Minister said “we had to fight” for this inscription, which is something that we must “never take for granted.”

Rebel Salute 2019, which will receive financial support from the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is one of Jamaica’s premier entertainment events.

According to Minister Grange: 

“Among the signature features of Rebel Salute is its unabashed presentation of our Jamaican and African heritage.  Tony Rebel and Rebel Salute understand the importance of presenting to our people the dignity and integrity of our African ancestry as represented by the Rastafari culture and ideology.  It is about inspiring our people to stand proud in promoting our heritage.”

Rebel Salute will be held on January 18 and 19, 2019 at Plantation Cove in St Ann.

Entertainment Minister, the Honourable Olivia Grange speaking at the launch of the 2019 edition of Rebel Salute
25 Jun 2019

Kingston, 1 November 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has released the following statement on the passing of the former Jamaican boxer, Bunny Grant. 

Minister’s Statement: 

“I have just received news of the passing of Bunny Grant, the Jamaican boxing pioneer.  Long before Lennox Lewis, before Mike McCallum, before Shrimpy Clarke, there was Bunny Grant.   

We will forever remember his victory over Dave Charnley, the Commonwealth Lightweight Champion, at the National Stadium on August 4, 1962 — just two days before Jamaica’s Independence Day.  The happy impact of that victory on the entire country is a feeling I can never forget. 

Bunny’s passion and humility endeared him to all.  We all followed and celebrated with him throughout his 19 year career.  Each of his victories was a victory for the Jamaican people. 

I am always proud to speak about Bunny Grant, and I was honoured as the Minister to ensure that he was able to spend his final days in comfort. 

We have lost a great champion. 

I offer condolences to his family and friends.” 

In October 2017, Minister Grange presented the former Jamaica boxing champion George ‘Bunny’ Grant with the keys to his newly refurbished home.  The refurbishing project was undertaken by the Sports Development Foundation as part of the Jamaica 55 celebrations.

 

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25 Jun 2019

Kingston, 1 November 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has paid tribute to Sam Clayton — the Griot or storyteller for the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari group of drummers — who has passed away.

"Brother Sam was a personal friend; I had a close relationship with him and I will miss him. I was pleased to nominate him in 2008 for the Order of Distinction in recognition of his stellar contribution to Jamaican culture,” said Minister Grange.

Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, led by Brother Sam, did several well-received tours of Europe throughout the 1990s and helped put Wareika Hills and nearby Rockfort on the map as a musical hot spot.

Minister Grange said:

“In recent weeks I arranged for his friend Sister Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah to visit him and see how he was doing. Though he was retired from performing and had been in failing health, he was still in good spirits.
The Jamaican music community has been enriched by the contribution of Brother Sam Clayton, and he will be remembered and respected as part of Jamaica’s music history.”

The Minister also recalled that Brother Sam participated in one of the most important acts in Rastafari history when he, along with Philmore Alvaranga and Douglas Mack, travelled on the 1961 Mission to Africa financed by the Jamaican Government to discuss the possibility of Jamaican Rastafari relocating to Ethiopia. The team had planned to stay for a few weeks, but ended up spending six months as guests of the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. When the Emperor made a visit to Jamaica in 1966, Brother Sam was one of 12 Rastafari to whom he presented gold medals.

 

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25 Jun 2019

Kingston, 17 October 2018The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has hailed the “historic achievement” of Jamaica’s team which qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this evening after defeating Panama on penalty kicks in Texas. 

Minister noted that “the Reggae Girls have become the first Caribbean team to qualify for the Women’s World Cup, an achievement that is well deserved and comes after overcoming several challenges and working very hard.”

Jamaica defeated Panama in a penalty-kick shootout in the third-place match of the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

The Reggae Girlz won the tie-breaker 4-2.

Minister Grange said: 

“This is a glorious day. Words cannot truly describe this historic achievement by this group of young ladies, who through sheer grit and determination in a game in which both teams went all out for victory, came out victorious. Dallas, USA may be miles away, but at my office, we followed every kick, every tackle, every goal until that final penalty kick landed in the back of the goal. 

“It was a total team effort. But special commendation to the goal scorers Khadija Shaw and 16 year old Jody Brown.

"The Reggae Girls have represented Jamaica well and we look forward to welcoming them home and to their performance in France in 2019.”

Minister Grange also congratulated the JFF as well as the coaching and support staff.

 

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25 Jun 2019

Paris, 12 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has committed J$5million towards the medical care of Jamaican footballer Luton Shelton.

Minister Statement follows:

"I've been made aware of Luton's illness through social media (no one has been directly in touch with me).  Based on what I've seen, I am concerned and I am committing five million dollars towards his medical expenses.  

I will ask the officers in the Ministry to reach out to his family so I can get further details." 

It's been reported that Shelton was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

 

 

25 Jun 2019

Paris, 9 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the statue of Jamaican Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce will be unveiled on Sunday, 14 October 2018.

The unveiling will take place at a special ceremony at Statue Park in the National Stadium, where the statue will be mounted.

Minister Grange said the unveiling of the statue "was timed to coincide with the commemoration of Heritage Week.” 

According to Minister Grange:

“Shelly-Ann is one of our modern day heroes whose accomplishments are an inspiration for the entire nation.  It is quite fitting that we should unveil Shelly Ann’s statue at this time when we celebrate and highlight Jamaica’s rich heritage in all areas, including sport.”

Minister Grange has invited the public to attend the ceremony and witness the unveiling of Shelly Ann’s statue.  “The statue is here in Jamaica; it has been installed and we’re all set for the unveiling on Sunday at the National Stadium. I look forward to welcoming members of the public as we celebrate this happy occasion with the outstanding pocket rocket,” said the Minister.

The Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, will unveil the statue in the ceremony which will begin at 4:00 pm.

The bronze statue — to the scale of one and quarter life size — was designed by renowned sculptor Basil Watson.

Watson has been engaged by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport to design statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.  The statue in honour of Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce is the second to be completed under the Programme.  The first statue (of Usain Bolt) was completed and installed last December.  The remaining statues — of Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell — are now in the design stage. 

 

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25 Jun 2019

Paris, 8 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has praised the Jamaican fashion pioneer Ivy Ralph who passed away today (Monday).

Minister Grange described Mrs Ralph, the inventor of the Kareeba, as "one of the most creative Jamaicans."

Minister Grange said:

"Ivy Ralph took Jamaican fashion to the world in the 1970s when she created the Kareeba, elegant men's attire, to give men an alternative to the traditional jacket and tie — and it was a tremendous success across the world.

"Mrs Ralph stands tall as a pioneer of the native Jamaican fashion industry.  Whenever and wherever there is talk of the Jamaican fashion industry, the name Ivy Ralph must be called. She laid the platform for the success of several of our fashion designers.

"Today, we salute her creative imagination that knew no boundaries.

"I also honour her as an outstanding mother who nurtured the talents of her children, supported them in their every endeavour and, in so doing, allowed them to take their rightful place in international arts and culture."

Minister Grange has expressed condolences to Mrs Ralph's family and friends.

 

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25 Jun 2019

Paris, 6 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Jamaica's Alia Atkinson who set a world record in the women's 50m Breaststroke at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Hungary today (Saturday).

Atkinson sped to victory in 28.56 seconds to better the old world record of 28.64 which she had established in 2016.

Minister Grange described Atkinson as a "phenomenal athlete who continues to do extraordinary things."

According to Minister Grange: 

"This is an extraordinary achievement for Alia.  I know she felt personal disappointment with her performance at the Commonwealth Games, but we were proud of her silver medal.  But now here she is five months later breaking her world record.  It goes to show, we must never give up.  Alia continues to be an inspiration for us all and we are all very proud of this latest achievement."

 

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