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Mavis Darling presents her book to Bahamas Governor General - Oct 2, 2019 - 3:30:31 PM

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Mrs Mavis Darling, chairman of the Kingdor National Parkinson Foundation, presented His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General, with a copy of her book "The Invisible Companion" during a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday October 2, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
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Awards for 2018 Junior Junkanoo Competition Presented - Sep 14, 2019 - 7:51:01 PM

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The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC) recognized schools throughout The Bahamas for their accomplishments in the 2018 Junior Junkanoo Competition, Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at the National Training Agency, Gladstone Road.

Students and teachers, representing pre, primary, junior and senior high school divisions, accepted their prizes for their achievements in various categories during the 31stJunior Junkanoo Awards Presentation sponsored by the MOYSC, the NJC and Sol Petroleum Bahamas Ltd. The categories included: Best Banner, Best Music, Best Choreography, Best Overall, Best Off the Shoulder and Best Free Dancer...
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Bahamas Gov't Tribute to the Late John 'Chippie' Chipman - Sep 14, 2019 - 7:50:19 AM

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Bahamian ​Junkanoo Legend, John “Chippie” Chipman passed away on Monday September 9t​ h​, 2019 at 90 years of age. His career spanned more than six decades. The world knows Bahamian Culture due to the life and works of Mr. Chipman. He would have touched every continent with his goatskin drum, and has earned his reputation as a prolific Junkanooer, dancer and champion drummer.

“​Chippie​”, as he was affectionately called, received both national and international recognition for his outstanding contribution to nation building. He was honored and enlisted as a Member of the British Empire (M.B.E.), a recipient of The Bahamas Merit Award, Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award, The Junkanoo Legends Circle Award...
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Local playwright to give audiences another slice of Haven - Aug 26, 2019 - 11:07:38 AM

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Haven Creator - Shavanti Smith
A stage play that shines a hilarious spotlight on our everyday struggles is returning to the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts this fall.

In November, Shavanti Smith, a local playwright and producer brings Haven back to the stage. It’s a comedic play that could best be described as a hybrid of Ice Cube’s Barbershop and Tyler Perry’s Big Happy Family.

The faith-based production is set in a barbershop-salon where regulars come to enhance their outer appearance, but end up getting renewed...
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EAT Bahamas Food Tour Dishes Up Cuisine, Culture - Aug 23, 2019 - 2:00:15 PM

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Traveling food lovers are learning to embrace Bahamian cuisine and culture through a tour cooked up by a former television show host.
 
With her EAT Bahamas Food Tour Andrica “Dre” Smith-Munroe has picked up from where her TV series, A Mouth Full, left off.
 
“As a former host of a popular, local food show I was frequently asked for best of the best recommendations. It sparked the idea to curate foodie experiences that others can be a part of,” said Mrs Smith Munroe who for six seasons tantalized viewers with mouthwatering food from across the nation...
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Goombay Summer Festivities in San Salvador - Jul 22, 2019 - 3:50:40 PM

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Visitors and local residents enjoyed Bahamas Goombay Summer 2019 festivities in San Salvador, on Friday, July 19.  

BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs...
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Are we or are they in the Living Room - Jul 22, 2019 - 12:10:52 PM

Are

we or are they

in the Living Room

I’m a tourist too

who might leave and not return,

who might go and not come back

though I am living over the hill...
Arts & Culture
BDT Competition Team Wins STG International Competition - Jul 12, 2019 - 9:00:12 AM

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After strenuous months of training and practice, the Bahamas Dance Theatre’s (Freeport) competition team travelled to compete in the Shake the Ground nationals. The STG Nationals featured over 2,000 of the best dancers from various cities and states in the US. The caliber of judges included instructors from the world-renowned Alvin Ailey dance company, along with a host of others who would’ve performed on Broadway and hit shows such as “So you think you can dance”. Being the ONLY international and smallest dance school represented...

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Bahamas Culture and Cuisine to be on display as community celebrates Independence Day - Jul 10, 2019 - 2:30:41 PM

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Arts, culture, cuisine and of course Junkanoo will be on full display as the Bahamian community in Atlanta celebrate their nation’s 46th Independence. The Consul General’s Office of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Atlanta will be spearheading the events which commence on July 12 with a showing of the stage play ‘Election 2017: The Final Shuffle’ at First Christian Church of Atlanta on LaVista Road at 7:30 p.m. A Family Fun Day and Cultural Show will take place on Saturday, July 13 at the Fireside Pavilion in Stone Mountain Park. On Sunday, a worship service will take place at the New Life Church on Flat Shoals Road in Decatur at 11:30 a.m.

The Consul General, Astra Armbrister-Rolle who is excited for the upcoming celebrations has extended an invitation to all Bahamians.
Arts & Culture
SELF: PORTRAIT by WE Artists’ Collective - Jul 5, 2019 - 11:58:56 AM

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Doongalik Studios will open a new group show from 6-9pm on Thursday, July 18 entitled “Self: Portrait” featuring the work of four members of the newly formed WE Artists’ Collective of  Xan Xi, Amaani Hepburn, Edward Zemaye, and Thomas Hairston who “are a Caribbean based Artist’s Collective seeking to make sense of our lives, and fulfil our duty as artists in this space. WE are looking to understand ourselves and each other within the context of our shared history, and shared experiences- both traumas and triumphs.”...
Arts & Culture : Books
Bahamian Author’s Book Launch in aid of EARTHCARE PROGRAMS - Jun 28, 2019 - 10:15:33 AM

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On June 8th 2019, EARTHCARE volunteers joined with first time Book Author, Rudolph McKinney.  Stations were manned at Kelly’s in the morning and at Stop N Shop in the afternoon.  Mr. McKinney’s book entitled “Christ Centered Prayers in Rhyme” signed by the author were offered for sale.  Part proceeds for the sale of the books was generously donated to the Non-Profit Organization, EARTHCARE, an Environmental Education NGO (non-governmental organization) that works with youth on environmental issues affecting the country.  In addition, rosaries, bracelets and T-shirts were also available for purchase... 
Arts & Culture : Books
Doctor Tyrone Bartlett releases new metaphysical book - Jun 27, 2019 - 12:34:30 PM

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A new book called "The Key to Light", described as an “inner life guide on the road to enlightenment” will be revealed at a special book launch event at the Yoga Retreat.

Dr. Tyrone Bartlett, a family physician of 35 years, is also known outside of the medical field for his work as the recording artist "Plati Dread" with a collection of singles, an album, and numerous music videos to his credit. His practice incorporates a blend of eastern philosophy and traditional western medicine...
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Cassius Stuart presented a copy of his Book to the Governor General - Jun 20, 2019 - 11:02:43 AM

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Cassius Stuart presented a copy of his book 'A New Start in Business' to Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling during a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
Community
Upside-Down, Speed Paintings by Jamaal Rolle raise US$21,000 for Rotary’s End Polio Now - Jun 12, 2019 - 10:30:17 AM

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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...
Arts & Culture : Books
BOOKING SUCCESS: Blair wins big with order from Education Ministry - Jun 6, 2019 - 8:25:32 AM

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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...
Community
UB and NAGB Formalize Agreement for the Arts - Jun 5, 2019 - 6:07:38 PM

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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 national institutions.

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...
Arts & Culture : Books
BONA5D BITS to "Fueling Your Finance Fire" Let's Talk About Financial Literacy - Jun 2, 2019 - 7:38:31 PM

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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...
News : International : Caribbean News
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

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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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Julien 'Believe' and Bahamian Musicians Showcase Talent at Music Waves Festival - May 30, 2019 - 10:21:25 PM

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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, 2019.

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 Chineko Andrews.. 
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Primary School Student of the Year Booklet Presented to Ambassador C.A. Smith - May 28, 2019 - 12:45:38 PM

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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 Year Organization.

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...
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