ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK , RALSTON ANTHONY PAIGE (STARR BLACKS) FROM JAMAICA – TALENTED PERFORMING ARTIST

 

Synopsis 

Starr Blacks, real name Ralston Anthony Paige, was born on 16 May 1977 in Kingston Jamaica to Linette Morris and Winston Paige. After graduating from High School at the ageof 18 Starr Blacks moved to South Korea, on a school scholarship where he was trained as a Manager and Supervisor for a worldwide shoe company.

At age 19, he moved back home to Kingston Jamaica to live with his mother and siblings. As a teenager, friends nicknamed him “Blacks”; because of his complexion. This later became his stage name “Mr Blacks”;. It was not long before his friends noticed that he had a star born talent and changed his nickname to “Starr Blacks”.

Early Life

After returning home from his scholarship in South Korea, Starr Blacks worked as a youth journalist with the Sunday Herald. From 1995 to 1999 he had various jobs as a waiter/bartender at the Golden Dragon Restaurant, Countryside Club, Courtleigh Hotel, and Shamrock Party Service.

In the year 2000 Starr Blacks came to the United Kingdom to find a better life for his family.

The first few years were difficult for him and being away from his family made it harder.

However, with the love and support of his family and friends; Starr Blacks enrolled on a computer course and was later able to find work. This was the starting point in his life in the United Kingdom.

In his spare time Starr Blacks wrote songs and would have free style entertainment sessions with his friends. Not long after performing freestyle with friends, Starr Blacks turned to performances at local parties.

Career

From a young age, music has always been close to Starr Blacks' heart and at 23 years he started writing his own songs. In 2006 Starr Black's hard work for writing and performing his songs were paid off when he got a recording contract for a year with Street Vibes Records.

Getting a contract with Street Vibes Records inspired him to venture out on his own. His first major performance was on a London Tour alongside one of Jamaica's biggest reggae superstar, Busy Signal. Starr Blacks has also done performances in London, including Lewisham People Day, East London Carnival, Jamaica National Yearly Concert in Brixton and Luton Carnival. Despite his performances, getting a big break as a reggae artist in the UK has proved to be a hard challenge due to reggae music not being main stream in the UK at the time.

As the years went by Starr Blacks was faced with hard challenges to maintain his family. With not making enough money in the music industry, Starr Blacks was forced to make hard a decision and this lead him to taking a break from his music career in order to get a fulltime job to raise his family. Between 2012 and 2014 he started to focus again on his music. He started to make an appearance in the reggae scene collaborating with other artists such as Towa World Orda, Chris Militant, Fashionlinx, Real Askel, Tiny Neferty and Bravess Family.

In 2014 Starr Blacks got his big break signing up with Golden Platinum Empire Recording Label, and he has already been receiving positive feedbacks from the release of his first song with the company  “Prayer”

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Look out for Starr Blacks because he has a lot more to come!!

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Eastern Europe and Nigeria and has visited over 18 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for three years in a row (2013,2014 and 2015). He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World On Wednesday the 30th of October 2013, Tony Tokunbo Fernandez organised his biggest event ever- The Black History Month Celebration at the House of Parliament. The Special Guest on the day was The Minister for Sports and Equalities MP Helen Grant and Key Community Ambassadors in The Black Community
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