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Saxons Leader Says Carnival Will Improve Junkanoo - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:58:23 PM

Leader of the Shell Saxons Superstars Percy ‘Vola’ Francis said not only is he excited about Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, he is also hoping the event will be a springboard for other events that will drive tourists to The Bahamas.

“We need something for The Bahamas. We are tired of our visitors coming and saying when they come to The Bahamas there is nothing to do,” he said recently.

“What I would like to see on top of Junkanoo Carnival is that we have four major events per year. We have our Junkanoo parades, which is our yuletide traditional Bahamian festival. In spring, we would have our Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which is designed for this very slow and low period...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Announces Youth Culture Fest - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:10:46 PM

Chairman of the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Paul Major says the future of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is secured now that thousands of the nation’s youth are expected to participate in Youth Culture Fest.

The event, which is scheduled for May 1, will bring together 25 schools and youth community groups in a parade on Arawak Cay.

Each group will have a minimum of 50 school-aged children performing in the parade...
Arts & Culture : Books
Bahamian distance runner writes book on social emotional empowerment - Feb 26, 2015 - 5:38:17 PM

Dr. Marilyn
Simmons Bowe, PhD. Educator, Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Researcher, and Marathon Runner was born a child of poverty in Nassau, Bahamas, in an urban low socioeconomic area.  She was the sixth of eight children who were raised by a single divorcee. She and her siblings were raised in a shack, but were told that education would be their way out.

Defying the odds, Dr. Marilyn graduated from R. M. Bailey High School at the age of 15.  She attended College of The Bahamas and earned an AS in biochemistry at the age of 17. After an initial career as an industrial lab chemist, she earned a B.Sci. in premedical biology with minors in chemistry and education, from Barry University in Miami, Florida and graduated Magna cum laude...
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Grand Bahama Youth Choir congratulated by Director General of CARICOM - Feb 26, 2015 - 3:49:15 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Director General of CARICOM, HE Irwin LaRocque stopped by to pose with the group that won the hearts of the government heads and guests in attendance at the opening ceremony of the 26th Intersessional meetings of CARICOM government heads, the Grand Bahama Youth Choir. LaRocque along with Leader of the Opposition in the Bahamas Parliament, Hon. Hubert A. Minnis; President of the Bahamas Christian Council and the Minister for Financial Services, the Hon. Hope Strachan all congratulated the youngsters and offered words of encouragement.

The ceremony took place at the Melia Resort on Cable Beach, Nassau Bahamas on Thursday, 26th February 2015.
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Stepping Stone Quilters Guild Hold 25th Annual Exhibit - Feb 19, 2015 - 7:15:16 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Bahamians viewed new works of art and some pieces ended up in foreign lands, thanks to the 25th annual exhibition of the Stepping Stone Quilters Guild.

Anita Fountain, president of the guild, said the women who comprise the group committed in a tremendous amount of work to the show, but the effort is worth getting others to see their pieces – some large and some small. It also gets people to see quilts in a new, artistic light.

“It is quite eye opening because most people see quilts as traditional bed quilts,” Ms. Fountain said. “But I think looking through the quilts..."
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Bahamas Consul General Takes Junkanoo Carnival on U.S. Tour - Feb 15, 2015 - 8:54:53 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia - Americans are getting a taste of Junkanoo Carnival now that Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta, Randy E. Rolle and his office has exposed the cultural expression at various US events.

In recent weeks, models wearing costumes from Bahamas Masqueraders have accompanied the Consul General to several major events including tours of states such as Oklahoma where Junkanoo Carnival hit the airwaves while beauty queens lined up to pose with a masquerader. Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was also a favorite at this year’s Trumpet Awards where well known celebrities such as Cynthia Bailey, basketball great Dikembe Mutombo and child...
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C.R. Walker Knights Shine During Poetry and Spoken Word Performance - Feb 13, 2015 - 5:05:27 PM

From February 2-6, the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with American poet, author, and motivational speaker, Omekongo Dibinga of UPstander International, facilitated a five-day workshop focused on poetry and spoken word with over fifty students in grades 10-12 at C.R. Walker High School. Through his work, Mr. Dibinga inspires people, in particular youth populations, to take a stand when they witness an injustice. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has impacted more than 100,000 young people worldwide.

Under the Poet-In-Residence Program with the motto, “Think before you speak. Write before you fight,” Mr. Dibinga’s workshop focused on building cultural and community pride through the use of poetry and the spoken word...
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Legends Junkanoo Group Performs at Royal Ontario Museum in Canada - Feb 13, 2015 - 2:50:30 PM

TORONTO, Canada - The group known as the Bahamian Junkanoo Legends was formed in Canada with the desire to give fellow Bahamians a taste of being back home through Junkanoo.

The group performed for Black History Month at the Royal Ontario Museum during an event called, Friday Night Live and happens a few times a year but this year and last they brought in February with an island theme.

The event program said, "Legends is a stellar group of renowned local and international dancers and musicians who have perfected hypnotic rhythms on a cacophony of goatskin drums, cowbells..."
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Governor's Harbor Primary, Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Winners - Feb 12, 2015 - 10:51:15 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - With the funding and support of its sponsor, Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), Governor’s Harbour Primary School has taken first place in the Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Primary School Division. The colorful bunch, who swept lead banner and choreography and came second in music, dazzled spectators on the Queen’s Highway with the theme “Treasures of the Sea.”

BTC Vice President of Marketing Eldri Ferguson-Mackey said the iVolunteers are very invested in the students of the primary school and are as ecstatic as anyone at the victory.

“We are elated for the children about their win!” said Mrs. Ferguson-Mackey. “We know that the students, their parents, and teachers put in a great amount of work to make the occasion truly spectacular...

Arts & Culture : Books
Dr. David Burrows releases new book, "Leadership Lessons for Youth" - Feb 5, 2015 - 4:04:45 PM

One Rib Publications and Dr. Dave Burrows are pleased to announce the release of Dr. Burrows latest book "Leadership Lessons for Youth". This latest work by Dr. Burrows focuses in on important lessons for youth that would enable them to become leaders capable of influencing their peers in a positive way. He outlines the traits of young leaders and uses examples past and present from his life and the lives of other leaders,  to show young people the key elements for success in life at an early age.

This book is the thirteenth book by Dr. Burrows who is known globally as a Youth and Family specialist, having lectured and consulted for youth organizations, churches, schools and corporate bodies  in many countries including, Africa, United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. The current publication follows his most recent book The Laws of Good Success...
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National Modern Languages Awareness Week Ends With 23rd Annual CULTURAMA - Feb 5, 2015 - 5:03:00 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - National Modern Languages Awareness Week ended with its 23rd annual CULTURAMA event on Friday January 30th 2015 at the National Centre for Performing Arts. Students from public and private schools showcased their appreciation for Spanish, French and Chinese language and culture through performances of dance, song, poetry and skit. In attendance were the Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Ernesto Soberon Guzman, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, Mr. Robert Jagger, Honorary Consul General for Costa Rica, Mr. David McGrath, Honorary Consul General of Panama, and Mr. Hu Shan, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China...
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Carnival: Symptom of a larger problem, says Fred Ferguson - Jan 30, 2015 - 12:24:51 PM

The Junkanoo Carnival issue has surely created a major discussion in our capital (won’t say in our country...‘cause dis whole ting, as is most tings, really is about Nassau).

Even though the majority of the points made, especially from the artists, are valid and well founded, I think we are still leaving out a lot of the pertinent things that need discussing.

Sadly, we will have to accept that if only for this one time, Junkanoo Carnival will happen and the designated streets in Nassau will have big trucks blaring Soca music with 'bands' dressed in Carnival costumes.
Arts & Culture : National Art Gallery (NAGB)
NAGB presents The Kinky Project - Jan 30, 2015 - 8:31:29 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - T. Glinton Photography is exhibiting for the first time in a show called The Kinky Project at the National Art Gallery highlighting the beauty of natural hair..

The exhibit will open on Thursday, February 5th at 7pm and feature photos from phase 1 and phase 2 of The Kinky Project.

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Kirkland Bodie: If standing up for Bahamian Culture is treasonous, then I am guilty - Jan 30, 2015 - 5:19:57 AM

Thank you, Mr. Leslie Miller.

My Lovely Bahamian people, I am as much a threat to my homeland as a fire under a nice pot of crab soup and dough boy. My loyalty is to my country and its culture.

No, this is not a political issue; this is a Bahamian Culture issue, an issue of us investing in us, instead of a foreign entity. The word treason is being bantered about, if standing up for Bahamian Culture is treasonous, then I am guilty. If holding on to what myself and countless others who have toiled and sacrificed to uphold is treasonous, then again I am guilty. But I don’t think I am. What I do think is treasonous, is taking nine million dollars of the taxpayer’s money and investing...
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Bahamas National Festival Commission Announces Youth Culture Fest - Feb 26, 2015 - 10:57:14 PM

Family event planned to tie nation’s youth closer to their heritage

The Bahamas National Festival Commission has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind Youth Culture Fest in Nassau this May 1, where hundreds of youngsters will showcase indigenous costumes for locals and visitors alike.

The Youth Culture Fest will bring together nearly 24 schools and community groups in a parade at Arawak Cay set for May 1st, 2015. Chief Executive Officer of the BNFC Secretariat Roscoe Dames said the event will bring the nation’s youth together to promote all things Bahamian...
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Bahamian physician Harold Munnings presents his books to the Prime Minister‏ - Feb 24, 2015 - 1:51:16 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Physician and author Dr. Harold Munnings presented Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie with copies of his books, including one on Healthcare in The Bahamas on Friday, February 20, at Office of the Prime Minister. 

Pictured from left: Dr. Munnings, Virginia Balance of the College of The Bahamas, and Prime Minister Christie...
Arts & Culture : Books
Guyanese Writer Honored at International Award Ceremony - Feb 11, 2015 - 1:27:06 PM

New Milford, New Jersey – Guyanese American author Christopher H.K. Persaud was recently honored in Miami, Florida at the 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award ceremony. The award was the author’s fifth international award.

Persaud’s book, The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Refutation of the Widespread, Sinister Lie (Xlibris Corporation, USA, 2013, Revised) earned top marks in the Non Fiction – Inspirational category of the 2014 READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK COMPETITION and was awarded a Silver medal. The Da Vinci Code Revisited also received a five-star rating via an official Readers’ Favorite organization book-reviewing process

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Competition is an annual worldwide event that accommodates publications dealing with various genres. There were more than 3,000 entries in the recently concluded 2014 contest...

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Bankie Banx among 42 writers, including prisoners, in new Anguilla poetry book - Feb 3, 2015 - 4:48:38 AM

GREAT BAY, St. Martin — If February is about the celebration of history, then Anguillian writers are about to make a splash with the upcoming poetry book that includes the works of Bankie Banx, the island’s legendary singer, said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

“The editorial committee has made its selections following the submission deadlines. Editor Lasana Sekou has put together the final manuscript, “Where I See The Sun – Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla.” It includes over 90 poems from about 42 promising writers and some very seasoned poets,” said Sample, whose foundation plans to publish the book in mid-2015. Over 50 writers had submitted over 100 poems...
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Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas Annual National Writing Awards - Feb 2, 2015 - 3:37:09 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, hosted the Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas 9th Annual National Writing Awards in the Ballroom of Government House, and brought remarks of affirmation and encouragement to the writers. 

Pictured are the literary artists who filled the ballroom.   In one photo, Dame Marguerite watches as a young girl adds expression to her composition, with movement.  
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Schedule‏ - Jan 27, 2015 - 11:31:13 AM

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudication venues and dates in New Providence and Grand Bahama are stated below.

Music and Dance in New Providence will take place at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Drama will take place at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapleton Gardens.
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