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JR’s HOPE: Thoughts On Improving From Up The Street

Donovan Watkis swept up four awards at the Northern Caribbean University’s Lignum Vitae Film Festival (2015), and a historical distribution partnership with the Bob Marley owned TUFF GONG/UMG label.

An Artist manager, Film director and record producer,  Donovan Watkis released his book JR’s HOPE: Thoughts On Improving From Up The Street a year ago on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles to much acclaim. Donovan will release the audible version of the book this year on Audible, iTunes, Amazon and other digital platforms.

The publication of JR’s Hope is about improving traditional beliefs and superstitions in communities and families so we can all become better citizens.

JR’s Hope is every young boy’s hope according to Dr. Sonjah Stanley Niaah author of “Dancehall From Slave Ship to Ghetto” l. The book offers insights into the author’s personal struggles and how he was able to overcome them through systematic improvement of his beliefs and mental attitude. The book is also a practical guide and “how to” for every man to find and become the hero of his life and family. 

JR speaks vulnerable

about his transition from humble upbringings with his single parent mother in Portland Jamaica to major career exploits in Hollywood. He explains the impression a meeting with Top Entertainment Moguls like P.Diddy and Mark Ecko on 150-foot Yacht parties in Miami affected his life and lead him to create cultural moments like the “No Violence In Love” campaign. Which is a part film, part PSA, and part music that is on every local Television and Cable station in the Caribbean including E!, Food Network, BET, TVJ, Flow1, and Flow Sports. The movement in currently running the all Palace Amusement Theaters across Jamaica before each movie showing. 

Donovan Said the “No Violence In Love Campaigned is an extension of his book JR’s Hope. The idea is to inspire a better culture through pieces of art.

Donovan has been teacher for over ten years. He further states that his aim is to get boys to read. He believes that if young boys are coached into reading habits for ten minutes a day, every day they will become life-long readers, and all readers are leaders. A bonfire expert in his friend Donovan, is also a member of the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal.  

Having worked to organize inner-city youths as President of the Liberty Hall Youth Organization over the years he has first-hand knowledge of the adverse ripples of violence that impacts children who have no heroic figures in their lives.

Donovan said he wrote this book as a guide for his sons who are on the cover of the book and for every reader who will be inspired to take life as they get it and convert it into better existence. He has a dedicated interest in publishing his next book tittle 7 irrefutable socials skills for girls and woman, which is self-help book for women. 

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