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Launch of San Salvador Urban Renewal Marching Band - May 27, 2015 - 11:42:15 AM

COCKBURN TOWN, San Salvador -- Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Works and Urban Development, and MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador the Hon. Philip Davis was the keynote speaker at the Official Launch of the San Salvador Urban Renewal Marching Band on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Idella Jones Community Centre, Cockburn Town, San Salvador.

Also in attendance were: Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville...
The Island House Cinema presents Caribbean Storytellers Film Series - May 22, 2015 - 1:35:26 PM

This summer, The Island House Cinema will host a series of creative presentations celebrating Caribbean storytellers who operate through a visual medium. These storytellers are not only filmmakers but are artists who also work in theatre, music videos, television and the theatre.

The series opens with the work of four directors – three Bahamian women directors: Gina Rodgers-Sealy, Marion Bethel and Maria Govan, and also Spanish director Miquel Galofré.

For this week’s column, we spoke with two Bahamian directors that are showing their films this week at the cinema. Gina Rodgers-Sealy directed the fabulous Gentle Giant and Marion Bethel directed the very important and enlightening Womanish Ways...

Bahamian song urges an end to street harassment - May 22, 2015 - 10:16:41 AM

Mr. J teams up with Canadian born singer, Sydney Bernknopf to present his new single, No Cat Calling. The duo delivers a message advocating on behalf of women worldwide, calling for an end of street harassment.

The song echos the emotions of fear, discomfort and annoyance that women feel when cat called, prompting for full walls of defense to be erected. Accompanied with a sense of aggression from cat callers, women feel that what seems to be fun and OK to a man, could quickly escalate into something more serious than just a man screaming out at them for their attention. Mr. J urges guilty parties worldwide to develop a sense of respect and humanity, to treat women as human beings and not a piece of meat to be sampled and handled in whatsoever manner.
Cannes: From the Inside-Out - May 21, 2015 - 6:33:00 AM

Cannes, France - Collaboration. Communication. The idea of operating as one unit has been a core theme in these essays from Cannes. Such a theme made watching Pixar’s new film Inside Out the most memorable experience I’ve had at the festival. Disney’s Pixar Studios is a studio consisting of several computer animation filmmakers. They’re famously collaborative, all operating as one unit. John Lassater, who’s been called as its “Creative Officer”, heads the studio. Mr. Lassater directed Toy Story, the first film unveiled from Pixar in 1995. Since then there have been two more Toy Story films (making it one of the best trilogies in the history of cinema) produced over a ten-year period and in between several classic titles from Pixar. These titles include Ratouille, and The Incredible, (directed by Brad Bird), Wall-E and Finding Nemo (directed by Andrew Stanton), and Up (directed by Pete Docter). Pete Docter returns to direct Inside-Out, Pixar’s fifteenth film, and while it is a bold and somewhat dubious declaration to proclaim this to be Pixar’s best (there are so many jewels in this crown) I’ll go out on a limb and say it anyway. This might be the best Pixar film ever. I’ll go a bit further and say that this might be the best film of 2015...
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Bel Canto 10th Anniversary Concert‏ set for May 23 - May 20, 2015 - 2:55:13 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Bel Canto Singers, 10th anniversary concert, May 23rd, 2015 at Christ Church Cathedral, George St. Nassau, New Providence.

Preparations for this milestone concert are well on their way and it promises to be a grand performance covering a wide genre of music. This event will be under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling.

The group commences its weekend of celebrations with a Champagne Dinner and Dance at the Balmoral Club on Thursday, May 21st at 7pm. There will be a raffle and door prizes. The guests will dance the night away to the tunes of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Pop Band...
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Grand Bahama Gospel Concert to Assist Pastor Lindy Russell - May 19, 2015 - 3:23:38 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville announced a gospel concert in aid of former Parliamentarian, Pastor Lindy Russell's medical expenses at a press conference on Monday at the Ministry of Grand Bahama. The concert is scheduled for June 7, 2015 at the Eight Mile Rock High School Gymnasium.

Dr. Darville said as a result of Pastor Russell’s dedicated work for the spiritual and civic development of the people of Grand Bahama, when he became ill, "the outpouring of love and support from almost every strata of this community was phenomenal...
‘Da Party Animal’ Stileet to represent Bahamas at Atlanta Caribbean Carnival - May 19, 2015 - 9:43:26 AM

Atlanta, Georgia - Fresh off a powerful performance at the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, culture keeper, music maker and self-professed “rake ‘n’ scrape general” Stileet is headed back to Atlanta for the city’s largest Caribbean heritage celebration.

Stileet, who rocked the stage with the indigenous Bahamian sound of “rake ‘n’ scrape”, had previously performed at the 2013 Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. The artist is excited to take what he considers a dying genre of music to the masses and he’ll be doing that to his hit song ‘Da Party Animal’.

“I am da party animal!” Stileet declares. “I am da party animal and I am coming to mash up the party and Atlanta Caribbean carnival! I’m very excited to come back and to bring this song to Atlanta and introduce rake ‘n’ scrape to those who haven’t heard it...
Boos and Cheers at Cannes - May 17, 2015 - 4:19:50 PM

CANNES, France - It is the best of times and the worst of times for me at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s the best of times because I’m here. Period. There’s nothing like this film festival.  It is an absolute must for every filmmaker, actor, production designer and everyone involved in the craft of filmmaking at some point in their creative lives.

Cannes is divided into two main facets. There are the films here that are in competition at the festival (for which you have to be invited) and the films that are here in the market of the festival (where anyone can go).

The festival itself exists somewhere between a film retreat and trade for all involved; and whether it’s the unending screenings in competition, the film screening in the market (Marche Du Cinema)...
Cannes: Myths and Legends - May 16, 2015 - 12:59:01 PM

CANNES, France - Myths. They are the stories and archetypes that shape the interior makeup of any people. These tales (fairytales and folktales) belong in every nation on earth, and they give glimpses into the collective story and journey of that particular region.

The main characters of the myth, its hero, and anti-heroes are whom we call ‘legends’. Historically, on the principle of myths and legends the art cinema storytelling was born. As the cinema evolved into industry (like the Hollywood industry in America) our myth and legends were marketed and categorized into genres and subgenres of film. In the Hollywood context you have the myths and legends of the West and John Wayne. These are movies we’ve come to call ‘Westerns’.
Searching for 'Cariwood' at Cannes Film Festival - May 15, 2015 - 12:26:01 PM

Cannes, France - As you’re probably aware by now, the Cannes Film Festival (or Festival De Cannes) opened yesterday, and unless you’re living under a rock, or have little interest in the world of cinema, you would know that Cannes, as Wikipedia states is “one of the most prestigious and publicized film festivals in the world”.

The passion and love here for the cinema is unparalleled: so is its love and passion for red carpet glamour and nightlife. No other region attracts filmmakers and markets from all around the globe like here in the south of France in May.

Of all the film festivals, Cannes is boss.

Haitian Flag Day Family Fun Day & Festival to be held in Nassau on May 16h - May 14, 2015 - 9:16:13 PM

The Haitian Flag Day Committee of The Bahamas, CAM/Omni and BTC present the Haitian Flag Day Family Fun Day & Festival to be held in Nassau on Saturday 16th May 2015.

The event will have performances by Haitian artist, Wanito, Fresh #1, Fresh Music Revolution, NuStarz and others.

The event starts at 12noon at the Botanical Gardens, Fort Chartotte, and runs until...
Bahamian production, The Cinemas on location at Cannes Film Festival - May 14, 2015 - 2:43:20 PM

The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival International du Film de Cannes) is underway and The Bahamas Weekly is excited to announce that Bahamas' very own, Travolta Cooper, filmmaker of BLACK MOSES and founder of #TheCinemas is on location and will be providing updates over the course of the festival!

One of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world, and held in Cannes, France, the event previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from around the world, and was founded in 1946. The 2015 festival poster features Hollywood star and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, photographed by David Seymour.
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's Mega Concert Photos with Baha Men and Machel Montano‏ - May 12, 2015 - 10:28:00 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival scenes at the Mega Stage at Clifford park that featured early in the evening on Friday, Visage and international artists; the Music Masters Competition Finals with Sammi Starr as the winner for his "Everybody Jump in Da Line"; and into the early hours of Saturday morning Baha Men and Machel Montano...
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Thousands Attend Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s Nassau Opening - May 9, 2015 - 6:05:15 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The opening night of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in New Providence was a colorful display of Bahamian art, music and dance as thousands gathered at Arawak Cay to participate in the inaugural celebrations.

Officials estimate over 15,000 Bahamians and tourists came to event, which began May 7.

Prime Minister Perry Christie officially opened the event along with his wife Bernadette, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival gets underway in Nassau - May 8, 2015 - 2:29:44 PM

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival got underway last night in Nassau, as thousands turned out to the opening ceremony dubbed Junkamania. Performances were given by Visage with Alison Hinds, Skinny Fabulous and Julien Believe.

There were three other stages: Rake 'n Scrape; Bahamia; and Junkanoo

Tonight at 8pm the Music Masters top ten finalists will compete for the $20,000 cash prize at Clifford Park. Special performances by Baha Men and Machel Montano along with one of Haiti's top music groups.
Bahamian actor lands costar role on CBS series, "Extant" - May 1, 2015 - 9:08:56 PM

The Bahamas Weekly has been following the career of Bahamian Jamaal Hepburn for some time now, and each year the young LA-based actor lands more and more prominent roles.

We are pleased to share that he's just completed work as a costar on the CBS science fiction drama series "Extant." The show is produced by Steven Spielberg and has Halle Berry as its lead. Extant centers around astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission and attempts to reconnect with her family. A series of events unfold that will change the course of human history...
FREE Concert at The Marina Under the Stars with UPPERCUT May 30th, 2015 - Apr 30, 2015 - 6:44:16 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - UPPERCUT returns to the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant at UNEXSO Saturday, MAY 30th, 2015.

Our monthly 'Concerts at the Marina under the stars with Uppercut' are all about providing unique musical experiences for those bored of the same old sh... Couple authentic LIVE music of a FULL BAND of great musicians along with tasty waterside dining and cocktails at the Dive In, and you've one heck of an awesome night out!

JOIN US at The Dive In for an amazing evening with the band that everybody's talking about, Uppercut! Their eclectic blend of Classic Rock,Reggae, Rap, Contemporary, Disco, Blues, Calypsoca music is perfect to enjoy whilst sipping cocktails and enjoying succulent marina-side dining, overlooking the luxurious yachts at Port Lucaya. At the...

Parallax rides a "Bahama Blue" tide to World Oceans Day - Apr 24, 2015 - 3:23:25 PM

VANCOUVER, Canada  - World Oceans Day has taken on new meaning to the production team at Parallax Film Productions. After spending months filming their latest project called Bahama Blue, a bunker oil spill occurred in their hometown Vancouver, just as they were delivering the final episodes.

“We just have a new appreciation for how catastrophic an event like this can be. We know how vulnerable many species are to manmade pollution,” says Director and Executive Producer Ian Herring, “It’s a shame that we only truly appreciate wildlife when it’s threatened or gone.”

The team chose a different theme for their series, though, to capture the beauty and diversity of wildlife in the Bahamas. “
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Competition Finalists Announced - Apr 24, 2015 - 1:27:34 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas — Nine semi-finalists with ten songs will move on to the final round of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s first Music Masters competition to vie for the $20,000 grand prize on May 8th,, 2015 in Nassau, Bahamas

The first round of competition was held on April 17th and the second on April 18th in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The semifinalists are: Colyn McDonald- Carnival Is Here & Jump and Carry On, Ericka ‘Lady E’ Symonette – My Islands in the Sun, Sammi Starr – Everybody Jump in Da Line, Chris ‘Sketch’ Carey – Rushing Down the Road, Sonovia Pierre – Junkanoo Carnival Party, Bodine Johnson – All day All Night, Georgina Ward-Rigby – In the Carnival, Ian McQuay – Going Home, and Tyrone ‘Plati’ Dread – Junkanoo Rock...
(Video) Teddy Riley Pays Tribute to Johnny Kemp During Tom Joyner Cruise Performance - Apr 24, 2015 - 2:19:12 AM

After the sudden and mysterious death of the beloved Bahamian musical icon, Johnny Kemp in Jamaica last week, we have learned that he was supposed to join up with the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage which was at sea from April 11 - 19.
The cruise was said to host Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelley, Fantasia, Earth Wind and Fire, LL Cool, The Jacksons, and TLC. According to reports, Kemp's body was discovered floating off a beach on Thursday, April 16th. 

On that Tom Joyner Cruise, songwriter and producer, Teddy Riley paid tribute to the late Johnny Kemp.

"There’s one thing that I want to tell everybody," said Riley... 
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