This New Year, get carried away with new music, movies and books.
Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello makes her debut with the simply titled Camila. Silencing critics who expected her to fade into obscurity after her departure from the group, Cabello fired back with the Young Thug-assisted track “Havana,” a tropical pop cut that blends her Cuban musical background with hip-hop.
If you’re expecting Camila to be a diss-laden confessional addressing the rumours that she was kicked out of Fifth Harmony, you’ll be disappointed — or happy — to know Cabello takes the high road. Instead she sticks to pop tropes, like on “Never Be the Same,” which has her singing about her addiction to love: “You’re to blame/Just one hit of you, I knew I’ll never be the same.” There’s a good chance the world is starting to get hooked on Cabello, too.
Serving as a reboot for the Tomb Raider film franchise, which starred Angelina Jolie and is based on the action-adventure video game series, Alicia Vikander steps into the titular role with Norwegian director Roar Uthaug at the helm. Also starring in the film are Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, Lara’s deceased father.
Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac star in the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon, a satirical thriller comedy. The film focuses on Gardner Lodge (Damon), a mild-mannered man, who discovers there’s more to his quiet 1950’s suburban neighbourhood.
After losing his sight at age 20 due to glaucoma, Floyd Morris almost lost his hope as well. However, that wouldn’t stop him from going on to become Jamaica’s first blind senator in 1998. In his autobiography, Dr. Morris provides a moving account of the resilience of the human spirit and stirring account of his life story intertwined with a unique viewpoint from which to examine the modern political history of Jamaica. He went on to serve in the Upper House of Jamaica’s Parliament, was appointed President of the Senate and was appointed a Junior Minister in the government. By Faith, Not by Sight is a record for an admirable politician who worked hard to make sure there was a place for people with disabilities in Jamaican society.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Senator Floyd Morris, PhD, is the coordinator of the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. He holds a Master of Philosophy in government from UWI, a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and Doctor of Philosophy in government at the same institution. Morris continues to advocate for better conditions and conduct research in areas related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life, work and leisure.