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Bahamian FMU student writes about Michelle Obama in co-authored book - Sep 27, 2018 - 9:48:41 PM

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A former student of the Grand Bahama Catholic High School, Freeport, Grand Bahama, and now a senior at Florida Memorial University, Charleigha Knowles is certainly making her mark as her writings have been included in the book, "Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls."

The edited collection explores how First Lady Michelle Obama "gradually expanded and broadened her role by engaging in social, political and economic activities which directly and indirectly impacted the lives of the American people, especially young women and girls. The volume responds to the various representations of Michelle Obama ...
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Freeport Players’ Guild announces Lifetime Membership honouree - Sep 19, 2018 - 12:21:47 PM

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On Saturday, September 15, at the annual Freeport Players’ Guild President’s Cocktail Party which opens the theatre season Liselle Harris-Russell was conferred with Lifetime Membership. This prestigious honour places her in the company of such luminaries as Sir Jack Hayward and Gloria McGlone. It is a well-deserved honour.

Liselle Harris-Russell began her tenure at the Regency Theatre as a child while dancing for Lois Seiler. She performed many times on the stage in Pantomines and Christmas shows. After completing her high school education abroad...
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Creative works protection clarified at Legal Roundtable 2 - Sep 9, 2018 - 3:23:11 AM

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(Photos: David Mackey, Mackey Media Ltd)
Freeport Grand Bahama Island - Friday Sept 7, 2018 Bahamas Federation of Performing arts (BFPA) held it's second Legal Round Table discussion with a very engaged audience at the C.A. Smith Building Training Room. The presenter was their Legal Affairs Director, Jacy Whittaker who delved further into the legal steps one must take in order to protect their creative works via Copyright, Trademarks and patents. At times the audience was quite shocked by the realities pertaining to creative rights protection in The Bahamas and the limitations Vis-a-vis the United States.

The event was free for BFPA members and $5 for non members. The information attendees received would have cost several hundred dollars or more to have their questions answered as they were at the Legal Round Table...
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Dwight Laaden Ferguson prepares for his Exhibition “Hope & Grace” - Aug 27, 2018 - 12:01:17 PM

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Doongalik Studios is pleased to announce the Opening of Dwight Laaden Ferguson’s “Hope & Grace” Exhibition on Thursday, September 6th from 6-9pm.

Ferguson’s collection for this show is centered around a positive message of hope that was surprisingly triggered by an empty lot filled with sunflowers growing wild and unattended next to his home...
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Shell Saxon Superstars and Platinum Knights win Inagural NJC MobileAssist Viewers Choice Award - Jul 25, 2018 - 11:31:33 AM

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The National Junkanoo Committee (NJC) introduces the annual NJC-MobileAssist Viewers Choice Award, an award that is determined by allowing fans to vote for their favorite Junkanoo group in the MobileAssist app. Kishlane O’Brien and Dr. Dwight Marshall (Co-Chairpersons of the National Junkanoo Committee) wanted to find a way to give Junkanoo fans a voice and a chance to participate in their very own voting process and the MobileAssist App was the answer. MobileAssist and the National Junkanoo Committee joined forces, making the 2018 New Year’s Day parade its first MobileAssist Viewers Choice Award with the Shell Saxons Superstars (New Providence) and Platinum Knights (Grand Bahama) winning the inaugural award for their respective parades...
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Noella Smith’s Exhibition ‘Reflections’ opens on July 18 - Jul 4, 2018 - 4:05:31 PM

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Doongalik Studios announces the Wednesday, July 18 opening of a new exhibition entitled “Reflections” by Noella Smith consisting of almost 40 abstract paintings that the self-taught artist has been working on for a period of years which are a reflection of her past experiences.

“I find art to be an expressive, reflective activity which relaxes me and allows me to transfer my feelings onto paper,” stated the artist. “I began drawing and painting as a hobby for my own benefit, but since I have developed this body of work over the years...
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Emily Osadebay presents book to Bahamas Governor General - Jun 6, 2018 - 2:09:59 PM
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Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling was presented a book entitled, “The Journey” by Mrs. Emily Osadebay on June 4, 2018, in the Drawing Room of Government House.

(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)...
Community : Grand Bahama
The Holy Hook Up on full blast - Jun 5, 2018 - 12:04:11 PM
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One thing’s for certain, if you didn’t catch The Holy Hook Up when it landed on stage as a teaser last year, you’re bound to fall in love hook, line and sinker when it returns full blast at the Regency Theatre on Friday, June 8th.

When the play first debuted, it lasted all of 30 minutes and shared the stage with two others. This time around, Shauna Joseph Productions promises it’s returning with all the bells and whistles, additional cast members and a whole lot more laughs.

Best known for her vocal skills, the singer, songwriter, actor and now playwright Shauna Joseph is walking into her season and owning her place in the world of theatre...
Arts & Culture : Books
Fantasies – Love-making poems by Fabian Badejo, “a grown-up” book launching at St. Martin Book Fair 2018 - May 29, 2018 - 4:30:37 PM
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Fantasies – Love-making poems by Fabian Adekunle Badejo has just been published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), said the indie press president Jacqueline Sample.

The newest book by Badejo, a well-known St. Martin writer, is “A grown-up literary confection that does what verse written by men seems to seldom do these days,” said author and journalist Sharon Leach of the Jamaica Observer newspaper...
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2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist announced - May 23, 2018 - 6:37:05 PM
Twenty-four outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel from 5182 entries from 48 Commonwealth countries. The writers come from 14 countries including, for the first time, Samoa and Ghana.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English from the Commonwealth. As well as being open to entries translated into English from any language...
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Bahamian artist commemorates Royal Wedding with "Mother's Blessing" - May 22, 2018 - 7:30:22 PM
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Premier Bahamian ‘celebrity artist’ Jamaal Rolle recently placed brush to canvas to commemorate the Royal Wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The painting entitled “Mother’s Blessing” depicts a heavenly image of the late Princess Diana as she smiles on the new union of her son Harry and Meghan embracing with a kiss on their wedding day.

Jamaal Rolle previously met Prince Harry during his visit to The Bahamas on March 4th, 2012, for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. During Prince Harry’s visit, Jamaal presented the young Prince with a portrait that he created...
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Jalan Harris’ Exhibition opens on May 31 - May 22, 2018 - 10:32:38 AM
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Jalan Harris’ Inaugural Exhibition entitled “Sankofa: The Madonna Diaries” will open at Doongalik Studios on Thursday, May 31 from 6-9pm.

'SANKOFA' is a word in the Twi language from the Akan tribe in Ghana which means, 'to go back and get it'. A bird most commonly represents Sankofa with its head turned backwards, carrying a previous egg in its mouth dropping it onto its back...
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World Famous Valley Boys Celebrate 60th Anniversary - May 17, 2018 - 8:01:46 PM
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The Valley Boys will celebrate this year 60 years as an organized Junkanoo Group having been founded in 1958.

To commemorate this milestone, we have planned a series of activities and events with the purpose of telling the rich Story of the Valley Boys, and to thank the many men and women who helped us to reach 60.

Today’s Courtesy Call on her Excellency Dame Marguerite is our official launch of these events... 
Arts & Culture
My Bahamas Sponge participates in International Trade Show in Atlanta - May 16, 2018 - 12:09:01 PM

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Bahamian Company, My Bahamas Sponge, made its inaugural international tradeshow day view On May 1-3 at the IDS Spring Show in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was a cash and carry event featuring exhibitors selling a variety of products including jewelry, clothing, and household items. The buyers at the show were mainly individuals and smaller boutique-type stores.

My Bahamas Sponge, whose motto is “100% Natural 100% Bahamian - we have a sponge for everything” was the only exhibitor selling sea sponges at this event, and showcased mainly bath and decorative sea sponges...
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Art for Sail to support Bahamas National Sailing School - Apr 19, 2018 - 2:57:19 PM

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Art for Sail 2018 1ER.CRU will take place this year at 1 Gladstone Road on Saturday, April 21st from 6 - 9pm. Admission is $25 (children under 16 free) and includes a complimentary glass of wine & hors d'oeuvres.

Many talented Bahamian and international artists will be featured.

Proceeds go to The Bahamas National Sailing School...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Sean McWeeney presents book to Bahamas Governor General - Apr 17, 2018 - 6:31:03 PM

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Sean McWeeney presented a copy of his book "Breaching the Gates" to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling during a courtesy call at Government House on Monday, April 16, 2018.

 (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
Arts & Culture
A poem for the late Winnie Mandela - Apr 10, 2018 - 6:35:25 PM

Shall I
compare thee
to a Summer’s Day
[For Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,
26 September 1936 – 2 April 2018]

did she fall
was she fallen

if she did,
when did she fall

did she fail,
was she tarnished...


Arts & Culture
Presidente Keeps the Carnival Party Going - Apr 6, 2018 - 2:34:46 AM

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With less than two months before the highly anticipated Bahamas Carnival Road March event, Presidente, is keeping the party going with its series of themed parties. After officially launching the start of the ‘Fete-ing Season’ with its Mardi Gras party which took over Pompey Square last month, President will host the next event this Saturday, April 7th.

“Thanks to the success of our previous events, fans and supporters of the Presidente brand have come to expect an amazing entertainment experience,” explained Manuel Bartolo, Presidente Marketing Manager for The Bahamas...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Artist Antonius Roberts unveils sculpture on Florida campus - Mar 26, 2018 - 2:01:37 PM

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MIAMI, Florida -- A dedication and unveiling ceremony of Artist Antonius Roberts' "Sacred Woman" bronze sculpture was held on the grounds of the historic Florida Memorial University (FMU) campus on March 16, 2018.

The bronze sculpture is cast from one of the original tapered-shaped sacred women carved from a Casuarina tree, rooted on Clifton Cay, Nassau, The Bahamas...
Arts & Culture
BTC ignites Abaco Love Rush - Mar 19, 2018 - 1:39:56 PM

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Annually, Abaconians look forward to their streets lighting up with the glitz, glamour and pulsating sounds from its Junkanoo Parade. BTC led the way again, as a sponsor for the parade. This year, the Abaco Love Rush parade was held in honor of Junkanoo enthusiast, Colon Curry. Vice President for Marketing & Sales, Marcian Cash said, “BTC continues to invest in community and in culture. Not only have we pledged our support in New Providence, but with great pride we have also backed other parades in Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and of course in Abaco...
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