Nelly Furtado returns this month with her sixth studio album, The Ride. Independently released through her own record label, Furtado paired up with producer John Congleton — who has previously worked with the likes of St. Vincent, Erykah Badu, the Roots and Brian Wilson — to create the 12-track album of pop gems. Lead single “Pipe Dreams” features Furtado’s signature vocals on a mellow melody that is anchored by a hypnotic pipe organ solo. The Ride is just another reminder of how strong of a songwriter Furtado has been since her breakthrough in 2000 with Whoa, Nelly!
Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature Beauty and the Beast comes to life thanks to director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Twilight series). The tale may be as old as time, but this time around Belle (Emma Watson) and the Beast (Dan Stevens) invite you to be their guests in gorgeous 3-D.
Moonlight chronicles the life of of Chiron — played by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes at different stages of his life — from childhood to adulthood while growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the film has been a critical darling since its release.
A former journalist in Florida, Tim W. Jackson has worked as a boat captain and scuba instructor on Little Cayman. Jackson earned his master’s degree in creative writing from Southern Methodist University. Blacktip Island is his second novel; his first, Mangrove Underground, was a USA Book News 2011 Book of the Year finalist for literary fiction. Blacktip Island is available for purchase at Books and Books.