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I joined The Spartan Health Club, in Kingston, Jamaica, over 5 years ago. A gym that opened its doors in 1976 and developed a rich history, associated with the Miss World Pageant, its many beauty queens, professional athletes, and many fitness enthusiasts like myself. This same history caused Spartan to develop a reputation for being a gym of the elite, ‘the weight-lifters gym’, ‘the place where the uptown, rich and corporate go’, which in some ways did bear some truth. In any single gym session, you could see the likes of a Usain Bolt or a Romain Virgo, and so many other prominent and notable Jamaicans. …


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Podcasting: How to start

On May 12, 2019, I decided to start my own podcast, ‘Talk Truth with Mario Evon’. Like most of my creative pursuits, it was quite an organic journey, which started from the discovery of my personal love of podcasts. I had been listening to them in all of my waking moments; ‘How I Built This with Guy Raz’, ‘Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations’, and the list goes on. My creative mind immediately kicked into gear as I thought about the paucity of Jamaican voices in the podcast arena and also the range of topics that as a culture we have failed to discuss candidly and honestly. ‘Talk truth’ is a popular slang in the streets of Jamaica, used to endorse the speaking of truth, or suggesting that you speak the truth. …


Every so many years The Lion King Broadway comes to Jamaica to scout out new talent in the form of dancers and singers for both lead and chorus roles. It is an exciting time for the Jamaican performer, as it presents an opportunity for an awesome paid job, in another country, for one of the most respected Broadway musicals of all time.

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The Lion King is dear to my heart because I had participated in a local production many years ago, that got me familiar with the joys of the theatre stage, and helped me to further unearth my love of the performing arts. Back then I was the understudy for Timon, but otherwise a chorus member. …


There is a time in your life when you never think about death. Life is filled with play; joy, self-manufactured from imaginary ingredients…the way it ought to be. This presumption that we will live for a long time; have children; achieve amazing milestones; travel the world; make lots of money; experience epic love; leave behind a legacy conjoined to your name; a legacy unmistakably yours, and never to be confused.

On January 4, 2019, I attended the funeral for my colleague, Dr. Nadia Morgan, who left behind her mother, a medical doctor, her father, an attorney, and her older sister, Dionne, also a medical doctor. Nadia died in a terrible hit and run car accident in December 2018. I am in my 30s and this would have been my 4th death of 2018. …


Over centuries I am certain that humans had many methods of initiating friendships. Maybe in the caveman days you threw a rock at someone to say “Hey, let’s be friends?!” Well, I have no idea what they did then, but I can surely speak a bit about what happens now. Technology and the current age of social media has truly thrown a hook in the realm of meeting new people, and personal space.

I was initially so excited about my initial title, ‘The Crowbar Phenomenon’ (TCP), as this post is about forcibly attempting to enter someone’s life. I thought I was being mad original, revolutionary, ground-breaking even; all the exciting spin-off words I could develop e.g. Crowbarring, and how I’d use them in different manners of speech. …


For my past two birthdays I started a tradition of writing a blog post called ‘Another Year’. For me it’s a public declaration of my gratitude for being given another year. I usually state whether I achieved the things I had hoped to, what I plan to achieve moving forward, and anything else that the year threw my way that I deemed important.

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Lunch on the birthday :)

Lemme kick this off by saying thank you. Thank you God for keeping me here. My understanding of this gift of life is that it means I still have work to do on this planet, and also more work needs to be done on me. Maturity is a great teacher, because you never know where it will lead you, or what you will learn from it. I have never been quieter as an individual, so much so that some persons wonder if I am alright. I am quite fine, but I have learned to step so far away from the world, in order to see it better; in order to see me better. Embracing stillness, and comfort in my own company has become a real part of me. My stillness sometimes is a silent place, yet it even occurs in the noisiest of rooms, but the silent place is where I can decompress easiest, which is important to me in my sometimes noisy world. In my silent place I don’t require validation from anyone or anything. …


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Jamaica Carnival 2019 Bands

The growth of the Jamaica Carnival brand is evidenced by the fact that last year was the first time ever that band launches happened in the year preceding carnival. The season typically kicked off in January of the carnival year, when Bacchanal Jamaica would have their band launch at Mas Camp. This year will mark the second year that the three major bands prepare to surprise us with their next year offerings.

Similar to last year, they will launch on three consecutive Saturdays in November. In 2017 the sequence was Xaymaca (11.11.17) followed by Xodus (18.11.17), then Bacchanal Jamaica (25.11.17). …


In my previous post I outlined the importance of taking time out to literally write down and articulate what love looks like for you. Making it tangible and present in your consciousness so that you can magnetize it. That post was my perspective on one possible way to exit your singledom. This post is kinda my perspective on why you may still be single.

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Pointing a finger.

Are you a fault-finder? Do you spend your time nitpicking at little things? Majoring in the minor? Most importantly, do you do these things to the point where they make you want to run for the hills? That point where you lose the beauty in the person you thought you loved or once loved? …


Disclaimer: This post may mainly appeal to anyone looking for love, or not quite sure of what it may look like. If you’ve already found love, I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments section.

Food…We eat it everyday. We need it to survive. I sometimes even laugh at myself because I know what I want to eat from the day before the meal. I can clearly see that lunch should be Oxtail with white rice, not rice and peas, but white rice. I know where the gravy is placed, and just how much needs to be added. My meal visions are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound. My food goals are SMART. My relationship and love goals on the other hand? I’m not sure how intelligent they are. …


Lent, March 2017, I decided to undertake a restricted social media fast, all the details of which are in my blog post, ‘#MEOnLife: My Social Media Fast’. I wrote the post on Day 12 of 40, with plans of giving an after-fast update, but I never did. In summary, all the feelings I had on Day 12 remained the same until day 40, and beyond. I felt present, unplugged and genuinely refreshed.

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Fast forward to 2018, and here I am once again off social media. This time it may have been driven by feeling unaligned with my true purpose, and often distracted by the lives of everyone else, in the real world and on social media. I called it a hiatus because it started at the turn of the new year in January of 2018 versus just for lent. It was again restricted, but this time even more intense. Like last year, I set some rules to ensure I had a clear idea of what I was doing.

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Mario Evon

Jamaican Reggae-Soul Singer|Songwriter|Music Biz entrepreneur|Photographer|Blogger|Medical Doc. Lover of life, working out, gr8 food, nice ppl n good music!

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