Upside-Down, Speed Paintings by Jamaal Rolle raise US$21,000 for Rotary’s End Polio Now
- Jun 12, 2019 - 10:30:17 AM
At the invitation of Rotary International (R.I.) President Barry Rassin,
Celebrity Artist and Rotarian, Jamaal Rolle was asked to paint two “End
Polio Now” creations at 10 minutes each before a live audience. The
artist added a surprise twist by creating his work of art, upside-down
to the delight of everyone.
It was a race with the clock, it was
pure energy and fun of what materialized on stage that had the audience
of 25,000 persons from around the world in suspense which turned to
admiration of the artist’s charm and talent. Rolle started with a blank
canvas painting most of it upside-down...
BOOKING SUCCESS: Blair wins big with order from Education Ministry
- Jun 6, 2019 - 8:25:32 AM
Hailing a children’s book series as “culturally relevant,” the Ministry
of Education lent its backing to a student author, with a significant
order designed to make the new picture book available to every preschool
class in The Bahamas’ public school system.
“Due to the limited
age appropriate texts that are culturally available, the Ministry is
suggesting that the author(s) consider producing more books for the
series,” wrote Education Director Marcellus Taylor in a letter
congratulating 15-year-old Sierra Blair...
UB and NAGB Formalize Agreement for the Arts
- Jun 5, 2019 - 6:07:38 PM
University of The Bahamas (UB) and the National Art Gallery of The
Bahamas (NAGB) have solidified an agreement that will facilitate
academic and cultural interchange in arts education, research and
collaboration, thereby strengthening the relationship between the two
UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith and
Director of the NAGB Mrs. Amanda Coulson recently signed both an MOU and
an agreement to achieve these goals. The MOU provides for collaboration
on curriculum development; joint research activities and workshops...
BONA5D BITS to "Fueling Your Finance Fire" Let's Talk About Financial Literacy
- Jun 2, 2019 - 7:38:31 PM
Finances can be a taboo topic for some, but it is a necessity for all.
As I often say, “when you pull back the layers of any life circumstance,
you will typically find a $ sign at the bottom”. Just as the bottom in
the context of a house represents the foundation, in personal finance,
fundamental financial knowledge is the foundation. In both cases, if the
foundation is not solid, what is built upon it will not be sustainable.
So, though the BONA5D BITS I will share are not all encompassing or as comprehensive as would be covered in a BONA5DCC seminar...
Guest authors of Plastered in Pretty and St. Maarten Strong for St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019
- May 31, 2019 - 10:40:18 AM
When a group of young people make arrangements months ahead to secure
seats for a book presentation at the St. Martin Book Fair, you know
something exciting is coming.
That’s what happened when one of
the island’s largest book clubs contacted Shujah Reiph early in 2019
about the workshop for Plastered in Pretty by N.C Marks, said Reiph,
coordinator of the island-wide literary festival...
Julien 'Believe' and Bahamian Musicians Showcase Talent at Music Waves Festival
- May 30, 2019 - 10:21:25 PM
Julien "Believe" Thompson rocked the stage with Bahamian musicians at
the Music Waves, Midi and Strawberry Music Festival (Music Waves) 2019,
at The Rose Bud, Chaoyang International Cultural Exchange Center, 798
Art District, in Beijing, The People's Republic of China, on May 26,
Vocalists Freddie Munnings, Jr., and Angel Reckley joined
Julien "Believe" for the set with Brick City Band members Inspectors
Julian Darville and Jackson Jeffer, and Corporals Treco Johnson and
Primary School Student of the Year Booklet Presented to Ambassador C.A. Smith
- May 28, 2019 - 12:45:38 PM
His Excellency, Ambassador C.A. Smith (left) received the first copy of
this year’s Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year booklet,
presented to him on Monday, May 27, 2019 at his office in the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, by Ivan Deveaux, Senior Special Assistant and Chief
of Staff to the president of the Bahamas Primary School Student of the
In receiving the booklet, Ambassador Smith
congratulated the Board of Directors of the Primary School Student of
the Year program for excellent job they have done over the years in
presenting the program...
Bahamian Musicians Have International Audience Out of Their Seats
- May 28, 2019 - 12:09:00 PM
Bahamian musicians had the international audience out of their seats
for their entire performance, on May 23, 2019, during the opening set
at the Sixth Annual Latin American Arts Season and the First Latin
American and Caribbean Culture and Arts Carnival (LACC).
event held in the World Rose Theme Park, in Beijing, the People's
Republic of China, took place after the Opening Ceremony, and was part
of a cultural exchange. Among those present was Bahamas Ambassador to
the People's Republic of China His Excellency Sterling R.L. Quant...
Tamara Groeneveldt “literary ambassador” for St. Martin writers at St. Martin Book Fair 2019
- May 25, 2019 - 10:30:39 AM
Tamara Groeneveldt leads the list of St. Martin writers and workshop
leaders at the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 6 – 8, 2019, said
Shujah Reiph, the festival coordinator.
“Each year the book fair looks for a published writer from St. Martin to
represent the writers, aspiring writers, and authors of our whole
island,” said Reiph.
Earlier this year House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP) also accepted Groeneveldt’s manuscript of poems for publication.
“The idea now is to have Tamara’s first poetry book released at St.
Martin Book Fair 2019. The new book will be a highlight of Tamara’s role
as a literary ambassador...
Multi-awarded Guyanese-american Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome
- May 25, 2019 - 9:30:02 AM
Readers’ Favorite International announces the Five Star***** review of
the recently published non-Fiction/General book “Israel Against All
Odds” (Volume One) by multi-awarded author Christopher H. K. Persaud.
The book is currently available at:
Favorite International is one of the largest book review and award
contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned
publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins...
Bahamian Vocalists and Brick City Band Give High Energy Performance at 2019 Beijing Expo
- May 23, 2019 - 12:10:44 PM
Hundreds of audience members cheered and
danced as Bahamian vocalists joined with the Brick City Band for an
high-energy performance on stage recently, at the Guirui Theatre, during the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 (Beijing Expo), Yanqing District, The People's Republic of China.
"Believe" Thompson, Freddie Munnings, Jr., and Angel Reckley got the crowd electrified with Brick City Band members
Julian Darville, Jackson Jeffer, Treco Johnson and
Chineko Andrews. The team of visiting musicians will be performing a number of live performances in Beijing, through May 27, 2019...
Campbell, House of Assembly Members celebrate Literary Author
- May 22, 2019 - 5:30:21 PM
Members of the House of Assembly Wednesday
joined Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon.
Frankie A. Campbell, in paying tribute to the country’s latest literary
work, “Revelations of a Silent Heart.”
Written by Mr. Kevin Eldon
Cartwright who lost his sight to glaucoma at the age of eight,
“Revelations of a Silent Heart” is a compilation of poems and prose
based on the life experiences of the author...
Alice Walker “reading” Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks
- May 22, 2019 - 6:45:42 AM
“I’m reading Pretty and I’m loving it. It’s fresh, you are writing for
these times. I also like the fact that you spoke in your language,” said
acclaimed USA author Alice Walker to Vincentian writer N.C. Marks about
her new novel, Plastered in Pretty.
One of the world’s noted authors reading and commenting on the new book
by a totally new novelist from the Caribbean? “Priceless. Graciously
generous comments from a revolutionary writer,” said Lasana M. Sekou,
projects director here at HNP, the book’s publisher.
The writers met last weekend at the Anguilla Literary Festival, where
the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet, Alice Walker, was the
keynote speaker on May 18, at Paradise Cove Resort. N.C. Marks was a
guest writer and panelist at the Lit Fest...
Bahamian Vocalists Shine at Beijing Expo
- May 21, 2019 - 2:35:14 PM
BEIJING, The People's Republic of China -- Bahamian vocalists shone
brightly on stage at the Guirui Theatre, on May 19, 2019, as Julien
"Believe" Thompson, Freddie Munnings, Jr., and Angel Reckley electrified
the audience at the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019
(Beijing Expo), in Yanqing District, The People's Republic of China.
The vocalists are three of the members of a team of visiting musicians,
who will be performing a number of live performances in Beijing.
Bahamas Ambassador to the People's Republic of China His Excellency
Sterling R.L. Quant brought Opening Remarks before the performance...
Talk Show Host Kirk ‘Mr. Matters of The Heart’ Johnson releases first book
- May 16, 2019 - 10:51:58 AM
Bahamian talk show host and university academic advisor, Kirk Johnson
has released his first book, My Heart Matters: Making a Comeback After
Love Breaks Your Heart. The publication debuts just as Johnson, “Mr.
Matters of the Heart,” revealed plans to relaunch his popular radio show
“Matters of the Heart” in 2019.
Johnson’s talk show was a hit in
The Bahamas, where he went live to moderate lively discussions on
family, relationships, grief, personal growth, and other human-interest
topics. He continues to inspire through his social media platforms as a
relationship educator and persistence coach.
Lower Deadman's Cay Primary brings Drama to the National Arts Festival
- May 14, 2019 - 4:20:36 PM
Lower Deadman's Cay students Sasha Fox and prefect Brianna Moore recited
their way into the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Long Island
Adjudications, as it made its first stop on the island, on May 13,
2019. Drama Adjudicator and Cultural Icon Philip Burrows gave the
students pointers and encouragement, while Senior Cultural Officer with
responsibility for the Festival, Sonovia Pierre, spoke to teachers of
different grade levels about what their students can do to enter more
disciplines next year.
(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)...
Junkanoo at New Orleans Jazz Festival
- May 8, 2019 - 4:15:15 PM
A Bahamas Junkanoo contingent performed at the 50th Anniversary New
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2019, on May 3 and 4. The group
comprised members of the Saxons Superstars, One Family, Roots, and the
Valley Boys. Minister of Tourism & Aviation the Hon. Dionisio
D'Aguilar, Ministry officials, and entertainment notables Ronald Simms
and Fred Munnings were also at the fest.
(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
Bahamian Musicians at 50th Anniversary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
- May 8, 2019 - 3:50:04 PM
Bahamian musicians performed at the recent 50th Anniversary New Orleans
Jazz and Heritage Festival, attended by Minister of Tourism and Aviation
the Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar and Ministry officials. Musicians Raphael
Munnings, Nehemiah Hield, Dyson and Wendy Knight, Patrick Carey, Raphael
"Raffe" Munnings, Jr., and the Bahamas Revue Band featured in the
(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...