Entertainment

Debbie Reynolds to be Honored with 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award
Debbie Reynolds to be Honored with 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award

August 18, 2014

51st Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 25, 2015...

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Aftern Seven Seasons and 80 episodes, The Vampires of HBO's TRUE BLOO say goodbye to the small screen
Aftern Seven Seasons and 80 episodes, The Vampires of HBO's TRUE BLOO say goodbye to the small screen

August 18, 2014

One of the most sensual, frightening and successful HBO series comes to an end August 24th...

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Education is key for new Miss World Bahamas

August 15, 2014

She's a beauty with a purpose -- who wants to raise awareness of the importance of obtaining an education -- and become the first Bahamian to capture the Miss World crown.Almost two weeks after capturing the Miss World Bahamas title in her first time entering a pageant of any sort, Rosetta Cartwright is already entrenched in training to represent The Bahamas at the Miss World Pageant in London on December 14. Rosetta, who had zero interest in beauty pageants, entered the Miss World Bahamas pageant at the urging of someone who saw her at a fashion show. Rosetta, who stands five feet, 10 inches went through the screening process. They told her about the pageant, and she did research on her own to find out what it was about. The humanitarian work contestants engage in, and the relatable girl-next-door beauty with a purpose pageant piqued her interest.Rosetta, 19, from Sweeting's Cay, off Grand Bahama, went from disinterested to stepping away with the ultimate prize on Sunday, August 3 -- Miss World Bahamas in her first pageant ever. The platform gives her the avenue to push her agenda to raise awareness about the importance of education."I said okay, I get the best of both worlds. I could do this pageant and bring awareness about education, something that's important to me, and letting children in The Bahamas know how important it is to have a good education," said Rosetta who has completed two years of her business management studies with a minor in tourism at The College of The Bahamas. "For me to see some children not take their education seriously ... and they can get free education through twelfth grade, and in some cases through college with scholarships, that really drove me. I had a message and wanted to tell my story."Rosetta's story is of being raised in a single parent home by her mother Joan Davis after her father went missing when she was seven years old, and a young girl who from an early age ascribed to the importance of her studies and earned her way onto the honor/distinction roll throughout primary school.It's of a young girl who skipped ninth grade after sitting six Bahamas Junior Certificates (BJCs) in eighth grade. She got A and B grades. She found herself a 13-year-old in tenth grade. She graduated high school with five Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) national exams.She also recalled on the morning of her high school graduation telling her mother, Joan Davis that she would never have to spend a dime on her education, except maybe for books. When Rosetta enrolled in COB, her mother did not have to spend a penny. Rosetta had gotten all of her scholarships herself, and she excelled at COB -- president's list the first year, dean's list the second year -- that she now has a $30,000 bursary to pay for her education. "Winning the Miss World Bahamas, and when I win Miss World would definitely open a door for me, to bring awareness to my platform that education is key. This will allow me to tell my story and spread the message, and if there is only one child I can help, I would look back at it and say I did it well," she said.Rosetta said she loves it when people tell her that she can't do something. She said that negativity pushes her to prove them wrong to achieve the goal."I plan on going abroad to college and everyone I know asks me how I'm going to do that, but I say don't worry about it. I may not see how it's going to happen now, but I guarantee you I'm going to be leaving -- I'm going to go, and it's going to fall into place. You just have that drive and determination to never give up until you accomplish your goals. "Coming from Sweeting's Cay, no one would ever dream that I would be Miss World Bahamas. People think that's impossible. My friends always tell me I have these huge dreams, and I always tell them I don't know how they're going to happen, but they're going to happen."Two things that the new Miss World Bahamas took away from the pageant were the friendships she made and lessons learnt during the pre-pageant sessions."The sessions surprised me, because me having the opinion that the only thing to pageants was having a pretty walk, a pretty dress and a nice smile, and then finding out that this was actually a program and you had to go to sessions that were about finding ourselves, building who we are and figuring out where we want to go in life. Even though the other contestants may not have won the crown, they still won something in the end, and those are lessons you can't get anywhere, and you can take with you for life. So if I had not won, in my mind and in my heart I knew I had won. I gave it my best and I walked away with those lessons."And she won despite so many things that were not in her favor. It seemed that everything that could do wrong did -- on the float parade her car stopped working, she had to ask someone to use their car; her dress arrived the day before the evening gown competition, she couldn't fit it and she literally had to get cut out of it and had to have a dress made in about six hours; the airline lost her bag that held her talent costume, she had to find a costume to replace the original which was found after the competition. Looking back, Rosetta said she remembered telling herself that God would not have allowed her to go through all that she had for nothing.And when she realized she had won, she said the only thing she did not want to do was cry.

"I have like the worst cry -- beyond Kim Kardashian horrible cry," she said. But she immediately started crying anyway.When she travels to London for the Miss World pageant that would be the most exotic locale she would have visited so far in her life (if she doesn't travel to other countries beforehand). She says she's eager to experience new cultures and different cuisines. She's also now obsessed with Bamboo Shack, which she enjoyed for the first time when she came to New Providence about a month before the pageant. (As she's in training, she said she's put that new indulgence on hold.)Besides loving food, the new Miss World Bahamas describes herself as a nerd and says she could spend all day reading a book or watching fascinating historical documentaries on television. She also loves fashion and loves to dress. Rosetta plans to relocate to New Providence for her reign as she said it would make fulfilling her duties as queen easier.

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Made-over 'Turtles' not all that bad

August 15, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Rated B)

Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fitchner

Genre: Action Adventure

Dwight's Rating: 2.5 stars

Teenagers, mutants, ninjas and turtles; with the possible exception of turtles, one imagines that an assemblage of any of these individual groups could have the potential to get really annoying. So one would not be faulted for suspecting that if called upon to imagine a grouping of turtles that were not only teenagers but also mutant ninjas that it would end up being something in line with what the kids these days call "a hot mess". Add to that the fact that this bizarre premise is based on a comic book and popular TV cartoon series that peaked in popularity way back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and you would be well within reason to question the sanity of the person who decided to bring this franchise back from turtle purgatory.Yet, here we are, in 2014, with a new version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)". And bigger than the shock of its return to movie theaters, is that it's not all that bad. In this era of abundant comic book-based films mostly aimed at very adult audiences, and with astonishing levels of violence, "TMNT" takes a different track, aiming to create a new, much younger audience for the franchise.While the original comic book series and the original theatrical release in 1990 were much darker in tone, this new movie (a sequel is already in the works for summer 2016) more closely follows the lighter, more comedic fare we all remember from the TV series. New York City -- Hollywood's favorite punching bag, is overrun by criminal mastermind Shredder and his evil Foot Clan -- the only hope for the city and its citizens rests in the "hands?" of four turtles who happen to be human-like mutants with ninja skills.They acquired said skills from their fellow mutant trainer and master, a rat named Splinter. And as you may recall, the turtles are all named after Renaissance-era painters: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo and Donatello. Very early on, you realize this is not going to be "The Dark Knight". The emphasis is on whimsy. In addition to acting lightweight Megan Fox as news reporter April O'Neil, we have comic actors in the other major parts, including Will Arnett, and Whoopi Goldberg in a cameo. However, most of the humor comes from the wisecracking turtle, Michelangelo, who is blessed with some of the better one-liners and asides.Unlike the last few times we were treated with a "TMNT" movie (the original spawned sequels in 1991 and 1993), when the actors wore turtle suits from muppet master Jim Henson's workshop, advances like motion-capture technology allow for the reptiles to have a slightly less goofy appearance (Just slightly!) As is typical these days, this is a special effects feast, particularly during action sequences. A few of those scenes seem to drag on a bit longer than necessary -- never dull, just overly lengthy. Otherwise, the pacing is spirited.

While there's lots of fighting, it feels nowhere near as violent as most recent comic-based movies, with none of the decapitations, blood squirts or spurts that have become de rigeur.So for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, nostalgic for the days of their carefree youth, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" may possibly rekindle a few memories. But it's clear this once omnipresent entity is less for this crowd, and more for their own preteens and teens -- a group likely to enjoy it immensely.

o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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The Hook Up

August 15, 2014

New Providence

CONCERT: Jah Cure, Richie Spice, MDeez and Chevaughn will be in concert on Saturday, August 16 at Luna Night Club. Tickets are $35 general, $60 VIP and $100 platinum.

LIONFISH DERBY: A lionfish derby will be held Saturday, August 16 at Green Parrot on East Bay Street. Registration is $50 per boat. Weigh in is at 4 p.m. Categories to be contested included smallest fish, biggest fish and most fish. All proceeds go to Bahamas National Trust research. Lionfish samples will be available on the day. Demonstrations on lion fish cleaning and prepping will also take place.

GOSPEL THEATER: The Pond Productions presents Theater of The Gospel Jesus vs. Satan, a one-man show by Dorsey McPhee. The play takes place on Saturday, August 30 at the Dundas Center for the Performing Arts on Mackey Street at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts or St. Matthew's Anglican Church.

FANTASTIC FRIDAYS: Visage will rock the house at the popular last Friday in the month event known as Fantastic Fridays at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. The happy hour social event kicks off at 5 p.m. with Visage taking to the stage at approximately 6:30 p.m. and playing through 10 p.m.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: The changing of the guard, a display of Bahamian music and military exercise, takes place each month on the last Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Government House. The changing of the guard has been a tradition since 1958. The ceremony features the world-renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force guards.

JAZZ AT THE HILTON: Jazz group Vice Versa, featuring vocalist Naomi Taylor, performs every Tuesday and Thursday at British Colonial Hilton at 6:30 p.m.

Grand Bahama

SEA FEST: High Rock's Sea Fest homecoming festival celebrates the bounties of the sea. Party the night away with live band performances, a Junkanoo rush-out and indulge in culinary delights. The venue is the High Rock Primary School grounds, in East Grand Bahama.

SWIM RACE: BASRA Bernie Butler Swim Race takes place on August 16 at Coral Beach in Lucaya. The annual swim race and beach party raises funds for the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association.

CULTURAL FEST: Great Harbour Cay's Cultural Fest takes place on Saturday, August 9. The event in its second year celebrates the island's diversity and culinary delights.

FESTIVAL: Forbes Hill Homecoming Festival takes place August 7-10 in Forbes Hill. The annual event includes a weekend of activities for people of all ages, with a souse-out on Thursday and a fair on Friday and Saturday. The weekend culminates with a church service and beach picnic on Sunday.

o To have your event listed in The Hook Up, email your information to shavaughn@nasguard.com.

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Choose your thoughts carefully

August 15, 2014

Whether we're aware of it or not, we are making choices all day and night long for everything is in fact about choice. As Dr. Myles Munroe once put it to me in an interview I conducted with him for my "Success Files" series, "Our life is a result of the sum choices we have made to date." This is indeed so very true. Now we all understand, I'm sure, that all actions are indeed preceded by thoughts. In other words, we think about what we intend to do, before we actually carry out the action, whatever it may be. So it therefore logically follows, that we need to do as today's title instructs us to do, and that is to choose our thought carefully.I read the following in Creative Thought Magazine a few days ago which is significant relative to our theme for today. "I know my thoughts, feelings and words create my life. As I keep the high watch on these forming elements of my experience, I create a life filled with joy, happiness, love, peace and success. I choose to think, feel and speak in alignment with the highest and best for all concerned. Whenever I recognize thoughts or hear my words that do not come from principle, I stop, reflect, and change my thinking and speaking. I state my intention to be clear about what I want, think and say. In this way, I know my life unfolds in perfect action."That short passage from Creative Thought Magazine is a wonderful, practical lesson for all of us today, including incidentally, yours truly, on how to choose our thoughts real well, for they are in fact what cause us to act in certain ways throughout each and every day.Let's face it -- no matter how positive a frame of mind we leave home in each morning, all sorts of negative people and events are going to inevitably cross our path. However, it's how we choose to react to these people and events that will actually determine in the end the ultimate outcome of our day. When someone is negative, we have a choice to act in kind and thus descend to that person's level, or we can choose to remain positive and upbeat in spite of all of the negativity permeating the atmosphere in which we have to operate.As Dr. Denis Waitley puts it, "It's not what happens that's important, it's how we react to what happens," and of course, that's a choice. So in conclusion, always choose your thoughts carefully, and you'll have a wonderful day, and a successful life. I guarantee it!

o Think about it!

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HBO Renews The Leftovers for a Second Season
HBO Renews "The Leftovers" for a Second Season

August 14, 2014

Created by Damon Lindelof, the original drama series stars Justin Theroux...

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TRIBUNE POLL: Readers say 'no' to carnival

August 12, 2014

THE majority of voters in The Tribune online poll say they are NOT in favour of the Government's controversial decision to host a Carnival in the Bahamas...

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Tomii Culmer's destiny

August 07, 2014

Tomacina "Tomii" Culmer was destined to wear the Miss Universe Bahamas crown. She believes her destiny was already written and that it was just for her to carry it out and make the people that she loves proud. If you go with that theory, then it was already in the cards for this Grand Bahama native to wear the Miss Universe Bahamas crown and she simply had to make it happen. And she certainly did when she won.
Tomii, 22, as she likes to be called earned the right to represent The Bahamas on the Miss Universe stage after winning the title the second time she entered the pageant. She entered in 2011, but withdrew after the contestants were revealed. After going through the sessions and seeing how much work went into being a queen and the requirements, she realized a lot would be required of the winner and that she had to be willing to do them if she wanted to make a difference. At the time she realized that the pageant world was not for her. Three years later, a more mature Tomii said she had grown into herself and realized that she wanted to leave a legacy behind. She wanted people to be inspired by her years after she's gone, and that she wanted people to talk about her (in a good way of course).
"From 2011, I've really been digging deep and trying to add another layer," said the five-foot, 11-inch stunning beauty. "For me, entering the pageant again was more of 'I need confirmation to know that I'm on the right path to be a better-known ambassador'," said Tomii who also models. "I travel a lot and when I meet people I'm automatically an ambassador, but I wanted the support of everything that comes with Miss Universe Bahamas -- the national support of being the ambassador. I got it and now I'm ready to work with it."
As she was declared Miss Universe Bahamas, Tomii buried her face into the shoulder of Rokara Hepburn who went on to become the first runner-up. The only thing she could recall going through her mind at the time was that she told herself not to have an ugly cry. Tommi said if she had heard Rokara's name called as the winner, that she would have been okay with the result because as far as she was concerned it was all destiny.
"We told each other right before we got on [stage] that what's supposed to happen is going to happen," she recalled. "I tell people all the time that destiny has been written a very long time ago, it's now playing it out, so you don't really have to stress about anything because it makes no sense," she said. "Either way it went I was going to be happy because I'd built a relationship with Rokara, and I told her to not give up until they call her name and that even after that she can't give up because so many opportunities are going to come because she's tall and beautiful."
Sinking in
It's still less than a week since she was crowned, but Tomii says the realization that she is now her country's beauty ambassador sinks in a little more daily. She thinks it will really hit home for her when she starts her training for Miss Universe and when she gets on the plane to fly to the as yet to be determined host country.
"I took a selfie with my sash and told my brother (Alfred Anderson-Lewis, who is not blood related) that I almost feel like this doesn't belong to me, like someone's playing a joke on me." And of course her friends aren't letting up. These days her day gets started by them saying "Good morning your highness" which Tomii finds "lame," but laughs off. Her focus she says is on being an inspiration, especially to little girls.
"My personal mission statement in life is to inspire, nurture and encourage inner peace and self-worth because I feel that's the base of any successful being, the base of anyone who wants to be positive in life," said Tomii. She said she was someone who once did not have inner peace and didn't feel she was worthy of a lot of things.
In July she shaved her head and started on a journey of really loving herself to contradict society's dictates that you have to look a certain way to be considered beautiful and you feel pressured by it. She wants to help as many girls as she can to not feel that pressure. She currently mentors a Brownie troop at Freeport Primary School and encourages the girls to love themselves.
"Some of them don't focus because people tease them about their hair, or their size, the way they look ... their skin color. I showed them a series of my modeling photos -- from by shaved head to wearing an Afro puff, and a Brazilian Remy, and they were all like, 'Miss Tomii, I can't wait for my hair to look like that' -- the long, straight hair, and I had to sit down and talk to them. They are girls that are seven, eight years old, and they understand and you take it so lightly. When they're that young, that's when you instill the values that affects their character and the way they feel about themselves and the way they pay attention."
Tomii has talked to the Brownie members about ladies being seen and not heard, and she says when she now goes into the classroom she meets the little girls with crossed ankles. She also said there is less teasing and bullying among the girls because she told them that as sisters, they should not subject each other to demeaning behavior.
Her one-year reign is just starting out, but Tomii knows how she wants to be remembered -- and that is as someone who set a standard for other people to emulate or strive to better.
"I want to be that queen that gets the prestigious Miss Universe Bahamas title back to that place where everyone wants to be behind it and everyone wants to support not only the queen, but the [Mis Bahamas] Organization. People just see the final night and the preliminaries, but they don't see the amount of work that goes into sessions and etiquette classes and presenting yourself," she said. She would also like to see pageantry supported, not just for her, but, for every queen in the future.
She said in the future all women entering the pageant should go into it with an open mind and wanting to leave with more than just a crown.
Take away
"I went into the pageant wanting to be more than just Tomii the model, I wanted to be Tomii the role model, but a lot of people didn't know that. And someone sent me a Facebook message and said 'I'm inspired by you. I don't look at you any longer as just Tomii the model, I look at you as Tomii the role model' and I just sat back and said if I win, I win. But for somebody that did not know my goal to just blatantly say it straight out, I felt like I won a long time ago, and not the crown."
Tomii says she came out of the recent pageant more refined with a clearer sense of her purpose and the journey she must take.
While she has yet to find out what fabulous country she will step onto the world stage for Miss Universe, she knows that she will start physical training next week at MacFit 360 and with pageant coach Grace Fontecha in October.
And whatever the outcome on the world stage, Tomii said it's just the beginning of her legacy and that she intends to further her personal mission statement.
"Destiny has already been written, it's just now for me to carry it out and make everyone proud. I've already made my mom, Jackie Frazer extremely proud. I have brothers and sisters who are blood and I love my family, but there are people who have been brought into my life who are like brothers and sisters to me because we're so close. We're all going down a similar path so we inspire each other. I've been blessed to have such great friends and such great energy around me for the past few years and it just adds to my family."
While she's been in New Providence since her crowning, she has friends and family that are eager for her to return to Grand Bahama to wish her well, before she moves to the capital for her reign.
Tomii may be Miss Universe Bahamas, but she wants you to know that she's approachable. She loves food. She enjoys carpentry and joinery -- actually she loves to work with her hands because she loves to be creative. She describes herself as more of a practical learner. And of course she likes hanging with her Brownies. Tomii also sings and was in a band called B12 in Freeport.

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Grand Bahamian queens win Miss Universe and Miss World Bahamas pageants

August 07, 2014

For the first time in the history of the Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO), two Grand Bahama queens won both the Miss Universe Bahamas and Miss World Bahamas crowns. Tomii Culmer and Rosetta Cartwright took home the Miss Universe Bahamas and Miss World Bahamas crowns, respectively, on Sunday, August 3, during the Miss Bahamas double header pageant at the Atlantis Resort.
Miss World Grand Bahama, Rosetta Cartwright, bested six other competitors to win the coveted Miss World Bahamas title. Cartwright also won awards for most photogenic, best talent, and the people's choice award.
Shanae Strachan, who also won awards for best national dress and best evening gown, was first runner up. Chantel O'Brian took home the BTC multi-media and beauty with a purpose awards, and was second runner up. Rontre Rolle was third runner up, and won the Miss Congeniality Award, as well as best swimsuit.
Miss Universe Grand Bahama, Tomii Culmer, was announced the winner of the Miss Universe Bahamas Pageant. Culmer bested five other contestants to win the pageant, in addition to awards for best evening gown, best costume, and best swimsuit.
Miss Congeniality and people's choice winner, Rokara Hepburn, was first runner up. Ominique Burrows was second runner up and the winner of the most photogenic award. Toni Bethel rounded out the top four, and won the BTC multi-media award.
"We are very pleased with the results," said MBO President Michelle Malcolm. "It was an extremely tight competition this year, but we are confident that Rosetta and Tomi will represent not only the Miss Bahamas Organization well, but also The Bahamas, and of course the Grand Bahama Community."
The newly crowned Cartwright said that she was "speechless and still in shock" but expressed her gratitude to her sponsor, Conch and Kalik Restaurant, as well as her district directors, the MBO, her fellow contestants, and her family and friends.
Culmer said that she was looking forward to sharing her Miss Universe Bahamas win with the little girls of the Brownies troop that she mentors.
"I promised them that I would bring home the crown, and I am ecstatic that I am able to do just that," said Culmer. "It is so important for little girls to love themselves. When I was younger, I didn't like what I saw in the mirror, but, thanks to a number of supportive people in my life, I grew to love myself, and I want to be that person who can help build young girls' confidence, and teach them to love every single aspect about themselves."
Model, entrepreneur and television star Nicole Murphy, was a judge for the Miss Bahamas Universe Pageant. She said it was a tough job to choose a winner, but Culmer's confidence set her apart from the other contestants.
"The way she spoke, her presence, what she spoke about, the way she answered her questions -- her gown was absolutely stunning! She just took over the stage," said Murphy.
Jerome Sawyer was the host for the evening, and was joined by model and former Miss Bahamas winner Braneka Bassett, for the Miss World Bahamas Pageant, as well as business woman and former beauty queen Leslia Miller-Brice for the Miss Universe Bahamas Pageant.
Bahamian singer, Jayne Doh, performed the official Miss Bahamas crowning song, Cover Girl, during both pageants, in addition to her single "Bounce" at the Miss Universe Bahamas Pageant. Angelique Sabrina performed in both competitions while Chase Fernander performed during the Miss Universe Bahamas Pageant.

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Guardians of the Galaxy manages to surpass my expectations

August 07, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated T)
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista
Genre: Action Adventure
Dwight's Rating: 3.5
Sometimes having low expectations can be a very good thing!
The previews for "Guardians of the Galaxy" left me cold and uninterested in the film. Commercials made the characters look like laughable rejects from the "X-Men". And it seemed this would be another dud of a movie that only comic book fan boys familiar with these Marvel characters would even care about.
But after learning of its massive success in its opening weekend in the United States (it was the largest ever August release in history), my interest was peaked. And not only did it exceed box office expectations, but it managed to exceed mine as well -- and in a way as big as our galaxy is vast.
In the film, brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits: Gamora (Zoe Saldana); Drax the Destroyer (professional wrestler Dave Batista); Rocket, a genetically enhanced, gun-toting, talking raccoon; and Groot, a verbally challenged, tree-like humanoid. The galaxy's fate rests in the hands of this motley crew.
Yes, you read right. There's a talking raccoon, and a walking-talking tree, among many other oddities. Nevertheless, one can apply just about any and every positive superlative to this superlative movie. It is the funniest and most fun film so far this year!
No comic-based movie has felt this refreshingly humorous since the original "Iron Man". And the humor comes at unexpected times and in unexpected ways. The main sources of the laughs come from some of the characters that initially had me most skeptical about the film -- which greatly contributed to those low expectations. But Drax, Rocket the Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and the tree, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), are the life of the party, and at the center of the movie's snappy dialogue and overall spirited pacing.
And who knew Chris Pratt -- a supporting player on TV's "Parks and Recreations" -- had it in him to be the next great leading man? There have been little hints here and there, including with his small role in the film "Zero Dark Thirty". But it's certainly cemented here. He demonstrates extreme versatility, with a classic leading man combination of comic timing, action ability and capability, and romantic chemistry with Zoe Saldana.
She, too, is arguably better here than in pretty much anything in which I've ever seen her, including "Avatar" -- the last blockbuster in which she played an oddly colored alien (this time she's green instead of blue).
Lest one assume it's all fun and games, there are scenes of sensitivity and emotional depth. Each one of the core characters has a touching back-story and is overcoming some form of loss or pain in their lives. These elements could have easily derailed everything into one giant, cheesy mess. But in the deft hands of Director James Gunn, who co-wrote the screenplay along with Nicole Perlman, these moments are skillfully managed and not overdone or overbearing. Instead, we are treated to a clever and witty balance of exuberant humor and spectacular action.
All of this high praise and buzz might now lead you to have overly great expectations for the film. But "Guardians" is unlikely to disappoint. I was tempted to give it my top four star (excellent) rating, but I've settled on three-and-a-half (very, very good). It is not for everyone; I'm pretty sure my mom would not appreciate all the weird aliens, talking raccoon and fighting tree. But it is more accessible and palatable than many movies of this genre, even some regarded as classics.
This movie sets up a sequel (scheduled to be released in 2017), and possibly the next, long-running movie franchise. While that's an exciting proposition, it comes with a bit of trepidation too. As we've seen before with "Iron Man", often the bar is set so high with the original that it makes it exceptionally difficult for any subsequent movie in the franchise, or even in the genre, to fill the galaxy-sized shoes. Great expectations, indeed!
o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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'Sarah's Wedding' comes to a New Providence stage

August 07, 2014

"Sarah's Wedding", a unique romantic comedy filled with secrets, drama and laughter, is one of the most talked about shows in The Bahamas and has finally come to a New Providence stage.
The play, written and directed by Kerel Pinder, delivers a message that captures the importance of growth, and to show that no matter how messy your life gets, you are still someone worth rooting for. It will be held at The College of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre, August 8-10.
Pinder, a young, talented individual embodies what Maya Angelou referred to as a phenomenal woman. Though written during a very difficult time in her life, Pinder said God guided her through that process and as a result Sarah's Wedding was written. Pinder was mentored in "Sarah's Wedding" by Gloria McGlone who has Broadway experience and is passionate about the arts. McGlone also plays an instrumental role in the success of "Sarah's Wedding" along with the YARD (Young Adults Regency Drama) group and the Freeport Players' Guild.
The show's producer, Alfred Anderson, describes "Sarah's Wedding" as a new standard for Bahamian playwrights and a new era in quality performances for Bahamian audiences.
Some of Grand Bahamas' top actors have roles in the play -- Zia Lewis as Sarah, Autumn Joy-Dames as Kharin, Grier Munro playing Shavon and Erica Weir as Summer. Other cast members include Jonathan Miller, Imani Roberts, Antonio Guarro, Nina Laing, Evan Williams, Antonio Smith, Ramon Webb, Luke Ignace, and Remardo Russell. Each character brings a unique twist to the overall story and invite all wedding crashers to attend the performance, as Sarah's Wedding is definitely the wedding of the year.
Curtains go up on Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9 at 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 10. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door for general admission and $30 in advance for VIP and $35 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at Obsession Bahamas, Mackey Street; and Suntime, Marathon Mall.

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Cazna Hinds looks to take off

August 07, 2014

Cazna Hinds is an aspiring Bahamian artist who is looking to take off and make her dream of obtaining a college education a reality.
The singer, songwriter and producer will host "The Take Off" a fusing of acting and music on Saturday, August 9 to help defray her educational expenses.
The story line focuses on a young girl, much like Hinds, 26, who has turbulences and delays in her life and as a result has attitude problems, anger and bitterness. She drops the weight in the process to get to a better place in her life.
The two-hour musical written by Hinds, along with Radell Parks and Jaquay Adderley will be held at The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Shirley Street. The inspirational music will fuse jazz, hip hop, contemporary gospel and traditional hymns.
"There's something for everybody," said Hinds. The performance, she said, is for everyone with a heart. "It's not really religious... everybody with a heart should come, because we all want to laugh and get to a better place in our lives, not just practically, but spiritually as well."
The musical will also feature Cazna Hings/Mck/Halle, Najie Dunn, Jonathan Farrington, and Berturm Oh Bubbler. Music will be provided by All4One Band.
"I'm very excited for 'The Takeoff Concert',"said Hinds.
Hinds, who will fund her college education with funds raised from Saturday's performance said her love affair with music began through an encounter with a teacher in primary school as that teacher pushed her to discover that she had a powerful, amazing voice. She said God pushed her to follow a career in music.
From an early age she would lead songs at school, church and other events around town. She has worked with artists such a Sketch Carey, Sammi Starr, Halle' from Platinum Soldiers and her first single "Live for You" was produced by Souljah Shaddy. Hinds also had the opportunity to collaborate with producers such as Darryl Howell and Kyle Lovett who worked with Aaron Sledge, Kierra Sheard and Jessica Reed.
Her passion for music and her love for people birthed what she calls heart music, which she says is music that comes from the heart to mend the hearts of others and bring them closer to God. Hinds desires to help other young people with their dream of becoming singers, producers, musicians in the very near future as she knows that the road is difficult and someone to understand and push you is exactly what you need as you seek to go after success.
Tickets for "The Take Off" Concert are $20 general admission and $35 VIP. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Melissa Sears, Mall at Marathon and Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Village Road.

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Truth doesn't change

August 07, 2014

Firstly, let's get an accurate definition of the word "truth". Webster's Dictionary defines the word truth as that which is. So truth, real truth is in fact changeless. Truth does not change from time to time. And yet I so often find, that when I make a statement which I say is the truth, particularly when it relates to spiritual matters -- many, many people say the following -- "Well that's your truth, but it's not mine." My friend, let's get this straight right now, there's no my truth or your truth, there is only truth -- that which is for as the title of today's article simply and succinctly puts it, truth doesn't change.
So how come so many people throughout this great big world of ours seem to consistently disagree about what actually constitutes the truth? I'm sure glad you asked that question, and here's the answer. People's perceptions of what the truth is vary. However, let me repeat, truth doesn't change.
For example, in Christopher Columbus's time the perception of most people was that the earth was flat and that if one went too far they would fall over the edge. Thus many feared that when Columbus set sail to discover The New World his ship would indeed sail over the edge of the earth and be lost; that was their perception of the truth. But the truth is that the world is round and Christopher Columbus did indeed discover The New World he was seeking.
So, why is it that people so often perceive the truth differently, particularly as it relates to matters spiritual? Well, it's very important for all of us to become aware of and thus fully realize, that people are at different levels of awareness, and thus they perceive things differently. For example, what I believed as a young person growing up in a predominantly Catholic Ireland is totally different from what I believe and know to be the truth now, because I have simply evolved from a spiritual perspective.
So let's always bear this fact of life in mind -- truth doesn't change, however, one's perception of what constitutes the truth does indeed vary considerably, according to our level of consciousness.

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Bahamas Consul General's Office concludes Post-Indepence Events with Shaback

August 07, 2014

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas wrapped up post-independence celebrations in the city of Atlanta...

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Anthony M. Bertram keeps up the Bahamian Tradition by becoming the New Star on L.A. Entertainment Horizon

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K. Lee Graham-Miss Teen USA 2014

August 05, 2014

Miss South Carolina! 17-year-old K. Lee Graham walked away with the top prize at the 2014 Miss Teen USA ...

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CROWNING GLORY FOR BEAUTY QUEENS
CROWNING GLORY FOR BEAUTY QUEENS

August 05, 2014

GRAND Bahama is the home of the nation's beauty queens this year. For the first time in the history of the Miss Bahamas contest, Grand Bahama women claimed both the Miss Universe and Miss World crowns...

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DJ Ovadose is on a mission

August 01, 2014

To the teen community he's known as DJ Ovadose, but his parents named him Jasper Thomas. No matter what you choose to call him he's apparently one of the hottest deejays in the country today -- and he's only 13.
DJ Ovadose is a Rake n' Scrape/EDM (electronic dance music) deejay who is on a mission to take Bahamian Rake n' Scrape music -- music that he says he loves to the world -- Dubai and a four-city tour of North America (New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami) for which he will need to raise at least $85,000 to make his dream a reality.
On July 29, Jasper kicked off a quest to raise the funds to send him on his journey to take Bahamian music to the world.
The first stage of the project that is expected to take him to Dubai, has a target goal of $50,000 set which Jasper is hoping to raise in 45 days. The funding period opened on July 29 and will close out on September 12, with DJ Ovadose's Dubai tour taking place between October and November.
The second stage target goal is $35,000 for the January to February 2015 leg of the proposed North American tour dates.
If he doesn't raise the necessary funds he will have to forfeit the project. But he is confident Bahamians will support him in his quest.
"I would love for everybody to support me, and I promise to do my part once everybody does their part," said Jasper who has a strong teen following. "I think Bahamians are very proud of what I'm doing and will actually be behind this."
Jasper also describes himself as a lover of Bahamian music which he grew up listening to, the result of being around older people. He said the sound played a major role in his life.
"I'm a big fan of Rake n' Scrape and I try to impact others with that. Some teens don't really get it, but my interpretation of the infectious beat with the drums ... when you actually are in the zone, you're taken away from different emotions," he said.
The teen deejay mixes Bahamian sounds with every genre possible from rap to Reggae, electronic music and even house music.
"I throw it in with other catchy tunes to make others want to actually dance because you can't just stick to one genre of music because not everybody will want to dance to one genre of music, so if you switch it up, then everyone gets what they want."
DJ Ovadose has been mixing Bahamian music with hit songs for a little over two years. In that short space of time he's carved out a great reputation. He's one of the number one requested deejays for teen affairs, he has guest deejayed at Atlantis' teen party spot, Club Crush and deejayed on a number of local radio stations including Hot 91.7 FM.
Tony Williams, programming director at Hot 91.7 FM said the few weeks Jasper guest deejayed at the station was really good for his age, and that they got good feedback from the public after his stint.
Jasper is such a hit with the community that he said parents have even called him up to deejay as a surprise for their children's events.
Jasper's road to becoming one of the country's hottest teen deejays began with him just being a fan of music. He said he surrounded himself with it so much so that in 2011 an uncle introduced him to online software and he began to fool around with it. He is actually self-taught, but said some people gave him tips along with way.
The teen quickly mastered the virtual deejay software his uncle gave him before he got his first mixer. Since then he has gone through three mixers upgrading each time. He's now on his fourth mixer, which is at the professional level.
The deejay who is home-schooled at the Leadership Academy, said being homeschooled allows him the time he needs to practice his craft to become the most requested teen deejay that he is today.
"My grueling routine of practice has catapulted me into the most requested teen deejay in The Bahamas," he said. He can be found spinning tunes at gigs most weekends and says there really isn't a time when he's not deejaying.
"My life is pretty much music," he said, but added that he does make time to talk with his friends.
Jasper credits his love of music to his father, Ian, and grandfather. His stage name he credits to his brother who told him that he was always listening to music and that he overdoes on it.
Long term Jasper says he wants to be a music producer and venture into making beats, but still deejaying from time-to-time.
For now, his immediate goal is to make it to Dubai. As of Thursday, DJ Ovadose had one backer who had pledged $100 on www.kickstarter.com/projects to help him achieve his initial $50,000 goal. People wanting to help the teen deejay make it to Dubai can pledge as much as they want. Pledges as low as $1 are accepted.
He choose Dubai as his first stop because he figured after spinning at Atlantis, Paradise Island the connection would be easier for him to get into the Dubai resort.
The funds raised will go towards defraying DJ Ovadose's expenses for he and his team's travel including airline tickets, hotel accommodations, and paraphernalia such as T-shirts CDs and armbands.

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Miss Universe Grand Bahama wins top model competition

August 01, 2014

Tomacina Culmer, Miss Universe Grand Bahama, was named the winner of the Miss Bahamas Top Model Competition, and has won a contract and six-page spread with Profiles 98 Magazine in addition to international training in the United States and Jamaica.
Ominique Burrows, Miss Universe Long Island was first runner up during the competition that took place on July 25 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. Chantal O'Brien, Miss World Ocean Cay was the second runner up.
The Miss Bahamas double header pageant will take place on Sunday, August 3 at the Atlantis resort.

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