If You Only Knew is the title of Sevana's new release. (Photos: Contributed)

From rummaging through Puma showrooms in Dubai to sourcing Ankara print trousers in farmer’s markets in Dakar, Senegal, reggae singer Sevana and director Yoram Savion brought an intercontinental fusion with the much-anticipated If You Only Knew (IYOK) music video. Black Love and undying commitment is the message behind this new release, shot in parts in Jamaica and Senegal. The 20-something crooner is among the acts championing the reggae revivalist movement and member of the Protoje-led In.Digg.Nation Collective. She is headstrong and going places – her name literally translates to ‘bright star’. LISTEN TO THE TRACK VIA YOUTUBE HERE IYOK is one of six tracks from Sevana’s sophomore EP Be Somebody, and, much like the first – a self-titled preview – IYOK is set to deliver another soulful performance. Loop Lifestyle checks in with Sevana to see just how far she’d go for the one she loves. FYI: Distance varies not her commitment. Where was the video shot? 90% in Senegal last December by director Yoram Savion, while on a work trip – filming for a short film. ‘The premise for the video was to show me using several methods of transport: walking, by car, on a bike, and a boat to emphasize the meaning of the song 'if you only knew how far I'd go for you,' she says. Who are the members of your glam squad? ‘There was no glam squad…no stylists, no make-up artist, no set director, just me and Savion’. ‘We wanted to show off Senegal. I did it all myself’. Her head wraps and printed pants were bought in the markets, and ‘we wrapped in literally a couple hours’. Puma is a recurring brand in IYOK, talk to us about that relationship... ‘It’s not a Puma ad,’ contrary to the belief of fans online. ‘Me and Puma great!’ The Magic crooner performed at Sole DXB (December 5-7) in Dubai with Protoje and Lila Iké last December and shot IYOK days later. ‘Puma [apparel] was literally all I had on me at the time’ she told Loop Lifestyle. Plus, having shot an ad campaign previously for the brand with filmmaker Nile Saulter, it’s, therefore, no surprise that the singer would have a lot of Puma merch on hand. Fun fact: Before visuals for IYOK were released, Sevana’s team informed the reps at Puma of the upcoming video and shared images. They loved it and agreed to provide full support with social media endorsements. What's one thing you hate about public transportation? ‘It’s unsafe, unreliable, and so many people get kidnapped…I don’t think we have a very functional [method of] public transportation,’ which, she believes, would make public transportation more appealing. What's your favourite look from the video? The firstlook: blue head-wrap then the look with the yellow head wrap. I tried to play it a bit monochromatic where the sports bra matched the head wrap and pants. ‘At one point, we were on the highway…I was on the back of the bike and Yo was literally hanging out of a moving car to get the shots.’ Any on/off cam or onstage performance rituals? ‘A lot of it is just mental preparation, knowing that I have to perform, making sure that I’m fed and hydrated.’ ‘My confidence is grounded in knowing that this a huge part of my purpose, keeping the energy light and positive. And, even if the energy is heavy, I try to channel into the performance.’ What’s your sign? I’m a Scorpio, born November 21. Who are two people you'd love to know better? After a brief pause… ‘that would be my mother and father’. Sevana’s reasons are simple, there’s a lot to learn from her mother, who she describes as ‘somewhat secretive’. And, her father would provide insight and a sense of self/understanding as she wasn’t raised by him – though the two have nurtured a stronger bond over the years. How far would you go for the one you love? To the ends of the earth, there is no limit…genuinely! What's one thing only a close friend/crew member would know about Sevana? ‘Mi nuh know…ask Shanice’ she said. Sevana’s assistant Shanice Mitchell described her boss as ‘extremely strong-willed…anything she can think of, whatever it is she wants, is exactly what’s gonna happen’. Relationship deal breakers? ‘Dishonesty. That’s it! Also, have a real sense of direction and how to manage yourself financially.’ A candidate who’s funny, tall, and has a ‘nice mouth’, she added, is less likely to be overlooked. Dating no-nos...? Don’t be distracted from me. I should be your focus, I should have your attention. Don’t be rude and be a gentleman. What's one thing readers/viewers should know about IYOK? It’s a really special and honest song [that] I wrote almost immediately when I heard the beat. Who's your biggest inspiration? I’m gonna give you two: Maya Angelou and Nina Simone. Especially Nina Simone because she was a dark-skinned woman [making waves] in a time when racism was so staunch. Sevana admires Simone for her personality and ‘her being herself’. ‘Mi love har! Mi love Nina Simone…it’s incredible to watch her perform and [exude] confidence.’

Shevaun Johnson

Now as a tenth-semester veterinary student at the Ross School of Veterinary Medicine, he believes he has unlocked the secrets that almost always guarantee ones success- hard work, commitment, and unwavering faith in God and sacrifice. Shevaun was recently awarded the MU Small Animal Surgery Award at the University of Missouri. He said this accomplishment has validated the years of sacrifice. “As a professional in a certain field, it is a refreshing feeling to be awarded for the work that you do. I used my knowledge obtained during my preclinical years at RUSVM in anatomy and surgical procedure not to just pass my small animal surgery exam, but to ace it and impress the surgery staff.” Shevaun said his pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine did not come as a surprise to his family and closest friends. “My mom started working at Veterinary Services at the Agriculture Department in 1995 and I was born in 1996. So I’ve been at the veterinary Office my entire life. I wanted to be a veterinarian most of my life but at one point I realized I’m terrified of large bovids (cows) So I had switched to culinary arts for a year or two but I talked to Dr Henry about it and he explained the method of restraining to me and then I went back to vet med.” The young Vet said one of the greatest challenges he's encountered to date, is his battle with low self-esteem and the fact that he really didn’t like to read. “Developing a sound and positive friend group really helped me develop my confidence and I feel like I had to start liking reading or else… Because of my own experiences, I am very passionate about youth empowerment and helping other young people realise that there’s no reason why they can’t be who and what they want to be.” Shevaun hopes to one day own a restaurant. As a child, he said this and other dreams seemed way beyond his reach, but he’s grateful to know that with consistent commitment its only a matter of time before all of his dreams are realised. “I think my passion is fuelled by remembering the days when I thought there was no way I could ever be a veterinarian. I doubted the possibility and plausibility of this ever happening because of my financial/family background. I’m grateful for my aunt Evelyn who saw greatness I didn’t see in myself. She definitely changed my life.” Shevaun hopes to return home in September where he will begin work as an Associate Veterinarian at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services Department. Considering the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic it remains to be seen if he would be allowed to return home on schedule, even so, Shevaun remains hopeful.


Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi, centre, takes the ball away from Norwich City's Emi Buendia during the English Premier League football match at Stamford Bridge in London, England, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Julian Finney, Pool).

The Premier League transfer window is set to be openfrom July 27 until October 5. The 10-week period was settled upon by Premier League shareholders on Wednesday but is subject to approval from FIFA. England's top-flight campaign, which resumed in June after being suspended for three months amid the coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled to be completed on July 26. Although international transfers must be completed by October 5, a domestic-only window will run until October 16. However, Premier League clubs will only be able to conduct deals with English Football League(EFL) teams and notwitheach other. A Premier League statement read: "Premier League shareholders have agreed on the dates for the summer 2020 transfer window. "The window will open for 10 weeks at the end of the current Premier League season, starting 27 July and ending October 5. "Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic-only window will be added from October 5, closing 5pm on October 16. During this window, Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs (either loans or permanent registrations). No transfers can take place between Premier League clubs in this period. "The transfer window is subject to the approval of FIFA." While Premier League clubs will be able make signingsbefore the Champions League and Europa League reach their respective conclusions next month, UEFA has already confirmed no new recruits will be able to compete. A date for the start of the 2020-21 Premier League season is yet to be confirmed, though it has been reportedit could commence on the final weekend of August. UEFA Nations League matches are scheduled to take place from September 3-8, meaning that if an August start is not possible the campaign may not begin until the weekend of September 12.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford takes the ball up field during the English Premier League footall match against Southampton at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Monday, July 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson,Pool).

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will become the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work campaigning against child poverty. The 22-year-old Rashford forced a government U-turn last month after he wrote an open letter to legislators asking for the reversal of a decision not to award free school meal vouchers to vulnerable children outside term. “We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country,” Rashford said, “but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot. Thank you to the University of Manchester.” The Manchester-born player said his family relied on free school meals when he was growing up. During the coronavirus pandemic, he has also linked up with poverty and food waste charity FareShare to help raise 20 million pounds ($25 million), which meant 3.9 million meals could be distributed to vulnerable people every week. “Marcus is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent and drive that stretches well beyond the football field," said Prof. Nancy Rothwell, president and vice chancellor of the University of Manchester. “His work for charity and his high-profile campaign will not only help countless young people across our own city, but across the entire country."


Sint Maartenisready to accepttravellersfrom Canada andhas made no further changes to the date for the entry of US flights. Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportationand Telecommunications Ludmila deWeeverprovidedtheseupdateson thecountry’sreopening to tourism. Minister deWeeversaysAugust 1 continues to remain thedate for the welcoming of US flights to Sint Maarten. She notes as of July 1,forallflights originating from the US, all passengerswill be required to have a PCR test, 72 hours prior to arrival. The test results along with ahealthquestionnairemust be uploaded towww.stmaartenentry.com. The passenger must have a copy of the test result and health questionnaire or face being denied entry into Sint Maarten. The Minister saysSint Maarten isalsoready to accepttravellersfromCanada whenever that country is prepared to resume flights. Currently, the government of Canada in its travel advisory for citizens has advised againstnon-essential travel outside of Canada, including cruise ship travel, due to COVID-19. In terms of the Caribbean,Barbados,Grenada and Jamaica will have to beadded toSint Maarten’sinformation hubasdestinationswherepassengersareallowedtoenter. Meanwhile, tourists visiting the island have been assuredattractions will be open along withrestaurants. However social distancing and the wearing of maskswill haveto be practiced to enjoy these services. Minister deWeeverwas speaking duringan online discussion with the Caribbean TourismOrganisation(CTO) on July 14.

Drake (FILE)

C H E F E T T E One word, eight letters and Drake caused a stir in Barbados as he promoted the island's fast-food restaurant chain- Chefette Restaurants Ltd. With Chefette itself being heavy in the public's eye over the past few months as it adjusted to the COVID-19 protocols and this month launched for the first time ever its own delivery service, this added endorsement is pure icing on the cake. The photo meme is a man and woman set in Shakespeare times and the man says: "Are you single?" And the woman replies: "I'm album". His caption was simply:😎 CHEFFETE View this post on Instagram 😎 CHEFFETE A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jul 13, 2020 at 5:26pm PDT The Social Media Manager for Chefette replied via Instagram with "Nuff respect". Meanwhile, in the comments, Rihanna's bestie Melissa @mdollas11 sent Drake her Chefette order: "A chicken n potato roti, a breast snack and a regular mauby plzzzzz 😢😢" And Rihanna's brother Rorrey Fenty @gallest commented:"@ilovechefettechef it up 👨🏽‍🍳👨🏽‍🍳👨🏽‍🍳" DJ Spade also commented: "😂😂😂😂😂 Cheffete real real ting food mash up" During COVID-19 lockdown DJ Spade broke the internet with his Instagram Live jam session and Rihanna and Drake were caught exchanging comments in the live feed. Drake's post on Instagram has garnered almost 1.5 million likes. Drake's plane was in Barbados on Sunday (July 12) when Barbados reopened to commercialize travel. He was also spotted Sunday night in St Lawrence Gap in Barbados.