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October 12, 2013
Amos Ferguson paintings stolen in house robbery

Two paintings by renowned Bahamian artist Amos Ferguson were stolen in a daytime robbery from the local residence of an elderly woman.
Gina Rodgers-Sealy said the paintings - one featuring a sailboat and the other a tree with red fruit - were stolen from her mother's house located in the western area of New Providence.
"She used to sell Bahamian art in her store on Bay Street some 20 years ago and after she retired she brought most of what was left back to the house," said Rodgers-Sealy.
"She is almost 80. She was home in the middle of the day when a black couple came to look at one of her apartments on her property. She took the lady to see the apartment and while she was showing the apartment, the man entered her home and took $700 cash, jewelry and these two paintings. When she went inside her home after they left, she immediately noticed that the paintings were gone."
The incident took place two weeks ago, but Rodgers-Sealy is hoping that the paintings can still be found.
She said they may turn up at a function she understands is being held this weekend where Amos Ferguson paintings are either being auctioned or given away.
The average price of an Amos Ferguson painting is around $7,000-$8,000, but may be much higher depending on the size and subject of the painting.
Ferguson, a folk artist, was known for his brilliantly colored Bible scenes and his depictions of the social rituals and the flora and fauna of The Bahamas.
By trade, he was a house painter and painted in virtual obscurity until he was discovered by art connoisseur Ute Stebich. He is one of the country's most famous artists.
Art critics described Ferguson as a phenomenal colorist and genius at simplifying complex shapes.
He died in 2009 at the age of 89.
Many local artists were shocked and saddened by the news. It is rare that art is stolen in a local robbery.
"I wasn't surprised about the crime, but I was surprised by what the thieves took," said John Cox, artist and chief curator at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
"In a way it's kind of interesting, not that someone's property was stolen, but that someone realized the value of the pieces and thought to take them, like they would a flat screen TV. I am astounded that art work would have been stolen."
"This is sad but also very interesting," said former NAGB Director Erica James in a Facebook post. "Art theft hasn't been very common to this point in The Bahamas. But these are Amos Ferguson pieces, and I hate to say it, but either the thieves understand they are now more valuable than probably all the electronics in a house combined, or they took them on behalf of someone known to the family who understands their value, coveted them and/or found it very difficult and expensive to get Ferguson paintings from this period and of this quality on the market. If anyone is offered the paintings for sale, please contact the police and if possible the owners."
Said artist Jeffrey Merris: "This is such sad news."
Rodgers-Sealy has posted an image of the paintings on Facebook, asking friends to re-post on their pages in hopes that someone may know something.
She is also urging anyone with information about the paintings to contact Sgt. Neymour or Corp. Dorsett at the Airport Police Station at 377-8931/2.
"Let's catch this thief," said Rodgers-Sealy. "Please be on the look out."

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September 21, 2013
Arts Calendar

Exhibitions
"Feel The Rhythm", new works by Nadine Seymour-Munroe, opens Thursday, September 26 at 6 p.m. at Hillside House. RSVP at 327-0287 or 445-5307 or email creativeml1@yahoo.com.

"Shakespeare in Paradise Celebrates five years of Poster Art: 2009-2013" opens Friday, September 27, 6:30-9 p.m. at Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts. For more information, visitwww.popopstudios.com or shakespeareinparadise.org.

"40 Years of Bahamian Art" continues at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"The Bahamian Collection", photographs by Duke Wells, continues at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB). The opening is free and open to the public. For more information, visitwww.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"Master Artists of The Bahamas" continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Featured artists are John Beadle, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis, Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith and Max Taylor. For more information visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

Theater

The 5th annual Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival opens Friday, October 4. This year's signature Shakespearean production is "The Shrew", an adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of The Shrew". The signature Bahamian production is E. Clement Bethel's folk opera, "The Legend of Sammie Swain". Also featured will be "Speak the Speech 2" as well as the annual Play Reading Series, a dub poetry and drama workshop and a 5th anniversary art exhibition. The festival runs until Saturday, October 12. Tickets can be purchased from the Dundas Box Office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, tel: 393-3728. For additional information on Shakespeare in Paradise, visit shakespeareinparadise.org or www.facebook.com/ShakespeareInParadise.

Workshops

Writing Workshop
Gaulin Project Online Writing Workshops will be offered by Helen Klonaris for Fall 2013. "Writing down the Body: A Creative Writing Workshop" runs September 6 - October 5; "Writing Down a Life: Beginning a Memoir" runs October 11 - November 29. Additionally, "Remembering Ourselves: Healing Our Colonial Legacy", a day-long retreat will run October 12, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. To register, email thegaulinproject@gmail.com.

Tours
Islandz, having acquired Downtown Art Tours, offers its Islandz Gallery Hop tours, examining art spaces downtown on Saturdays. Tickets are $20 per person for the two-hour tour. For more information or to book tickets, call 601-7592 or visit Islandz online at www.islandzmarket.com.

Tru Bahamian food tours offers a "Bites of Nassau" food tasting and cultural walking tour to connect people with authentic local food items, stories and traditions behind the food and the Bahamians that prepare and preserve them, through a hands-on, interactive, educational tour and culinary adventure. Tickets are $69 per person, $49 for children under 12. Tours are everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting at the British Colonial Hilton and ending at Tortuga Rum Cake Company. For more information visit www.trubahamianfoodtours.com.

Call for works
All artists interested in participating in the third biennial All Ceramics Exhibition, under the theme "My Beautiful Teacup and Bowl", can contact Jessica Colebrooke at 324-3533 or at email:jessicastileworks@gmail.com.

The 30th Annual Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition and Exhibition invites entries for its Open Category under the theme "The Independents", in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence, which is being celebrated this year. The objectives of the competition are to identify, recognize and encourage Bahamian visual artists. To qualify, participants must be citizens of The Bahamas, 18 or older (as of October 1, 2013) and not registered in secondary school. The Open/Senior Category Competition and Exhibition component will be held from Tuesday, October 1 to Friday, November 1. Artists under 30 are especially encouraged to embrace this opportunity of the theme of "The Independents" as a challenge in terms of material and/or the role and responsibilities of independent thinking in art in The Bahamas, as well as, thinking of the larger political symbolism of independence of the country.

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March 10, 2011
Vernell Ternique Phillipa Smith, 23

Final Rites and Burial for Vernell Ternique Phillipa Smith, 23 of Adelaide Village, will be held at St. James Anglican Church, Adelaide Village on Saturday 12th March, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Canon Samuel Sturrup assisted by Canon John Clarke and Canon Leo Cox and Interment will follow in Adelaide Cemetery, Adelaide Village.

Left to cherish her memories is her Two Children: Vernique Smith and Charles Benjamin Brown 111, Parents: Vernal and Teresita Smith, Grandmothers: Martha Higgs and Maude Sturrup, Grandfather: George Sturrup, Three Brothers: Vernal Jr., Valantino and Valceron Smith, Adopted Brother: Antonio Dean, Two Adopted-Sisters: Keveena Whymns and Petisa Hepburn, Three Ne ...

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January 13, 2012
Albert Ivan Shorty Humes, 85

Funeral service for Mr. Albert Ivan "Shorty" Humes, 85 yrs., a resident of Baldwin Avenue, & formerly of Ramsey, Exuma, who died on 7th January, 2012, will be held at The Salem Union Baptist Church, Taylor Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. C.W. Saunders. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his children: Edward Humes, Melinda Pratt, Keva & Bridgette Humes & Marva Humes-Scavella; grandchildren: Rovan & Marisha Humes, O'Glenn & Edreisa Johnson, Tamika, Edward & Edvardo Humes, Christopher & Cleopatra Deal, Christian Pratt, Jathorne Cox, Antonelle & Cordell Humes, Edisel Jr. & Evana Scavella; great-grandchildren: Rovan II & Keyanna Humes, Kyleo, Gabrielle & Geneal Johnson, Eden, Lauren & Christopher Deal, Abria Humes & Hayden Pratt; daughter-in-law: Dorsie Mae Humes; son-in-law: Edisel Scavella Sr.; sisters-in-law: Vivian Humes & Ivy Humes; nephews: James, Dwight, Rodney, Ricardo, Larry, George, Anthony, Brinton, Norman, David, Jeffery, Colin & Huden; nieces: Lorraine, Janet, Shranda, Clarice, Polly, Valleria, Janice, Jacqueline, Melinda & Jennifer; godchild: Joseph Dames; numerous relatives & friends including: Virginia Sturrup & family, Helen & Warren Rolle & family, Les Rolle & family, Harcourt Rolle & family, Nehemiah Rolle & family, Overseer Orthneil Humes & family, Paul & Anita Cooper & family, Ena Rolle & family, McQuay family, Susan & Maria Marshall & family, Sheila Johnson, Norma Adderley, Paula Theophilus, Sybil Glass & family, Agatha Delancy & family, the Mount Thompson & Ramsey family, the Baldwin Avenue family, Deacon McPhee & the Men's Fellowship of Salem Union Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. C.W. Saunders & the entire Salem Union Baptist Church.
Special thanks to Dr. Butch Bartlett.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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The Last House on the Left
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News Article

July 13, 2013
'40 Years Later'

Many conversations have been sparked in the midst of the country's celebration of 40 years as an independent nation this year, and a new exhibition at Hillside House Gallery is using art to start its own dialogue.
In "40 Years Later", artists John Beadle, John Cox, Antonius Roberts and Heino Schmid each address individual issues from their unique perspectives, using their work to encourage viewers to engage in a larger conversation.
The idea for the exhibition came out of one of the regular coffee sessions at Roberts' Hillside House Gallery, where artists and others gather weekly to network and exchange ideas.
Roberts' contribution to the conversation is two-fold. It addresses how we treat our national symbols and the common social issues faced by Bahamian women, such as equal rights, standards of beauty and objectification.
"I still have a serious concern about the way we react to and deal with our national symbols," Roberts told Guardian Arts&Culture. "They should be respected, celebrated."
Roberts' sculpture are carved out of a lignum vitae tree -- the national tree of The Bahamas -- that was removed and replanted to make way for the Princess Margaret Hospital extension. The tree, which Roberts believes was originally planted to mark the country's independence, died after it was replanted so Roberts intervened and repurposed the tree, creating the powerful sculpture he has become so well known for.
"I couldn't understand how the government, the architects could bring themselves to move this tree," he said.
Out of the tree, Roberts has made a crucifix, which will eventually be re-gifted to the hospital's chapel, and two more pieces - "Lignum" and "Alpha".
"Alpha" is an untouched section of the tree's root system that twists upon itself, beautiful in its simplicity. "Lignum", a limb that holds the carving of a "lost and lonely" male figure.
"It is a way that the tree could serve its original purpose," said Roberts of giving the works back to the hospital.
His contribution also includes four paintings, of women, each speaking to a different social issue.
Beadle's contribution is a continuation of the themes seen in his "The John Beadle Project" at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
Beadle's work is already well known for its keen observation of social issues, and in "The John Beadle Project" he addresses issues of fear and security.
In "40 Years Later" Beadle is exhibiting the sculpture "So High I'll Fly Over It" from "The John Beadle Project" and two new paintings created specifically for the exhibition, based on the same overarching theme.
"I wanted to continue the body of work beyond the exhibition to see how far it would take me," he said.
Beadle's contribution to the conversation is a very personal one. It's a conversation about what is going on in his environment, but it is also about how he fits into that space.
Schmid's work focuses on domestic rituals, using traditional symbols, such as the church, a broom, a mop and boxing tape.
There are three mixed media on paper pieces and a small assemblage.
"The work is reflective of how living in a society that is celebrating this monumental event (independence) and how that translates into an individual environment," Schmid explained.
Schmid said that as the youngest in the group he does not have a memory of that early independence and what that represented. He said the biggest challenge for him was to identify with the history.
"I could comment on the here and now, but it was interesting to try and channel that excitement," he added.
Schmid noted that when designing the invitation for the show, he used an image of the crowd responding to the first time the Bahamian flag was raised that night on Clifford Park. "It's said that I can't identify with that excitement but I am trying, vicariously, to bring the work back to that point, of excitement and curiosity, that anything is possible."
For Cox, his contribution -- a large painting and two-part sculpture -- to the conversation focuses on creative community building.
"I wanted the works to map the development of visual culture over the 40 years (since independence)," Cox explained.
The execution is not illustrative in nature -- Cox's work is not typically illustrative -- but the spirit of the work embodies diminishing boundaries and strengthening the foundation.
Cox uses excavation as a metaphor to explain the 12ft x 7ft painting.
"It's excavating to reveal past developments, digging into surfaces, digging in to lay the foundation for new works," he explained.
Cox's sculpture -- two elevated chairs -- acts as a "contemplative space".
It's a reference to his 2008 "Contemplation and Action" installation that incorporated a bicycle and chair.
"In this sculpture, I am extending the thinking, using the chair as an icon of contemplation but elevating it as a mark of the critical evolution of the visual arts in the country," said Cox.
"We (artists) are so much more self aware and engaged and provocative in the works as a community. The chair mimics a high chair that a child would sit it. The high chair represents humility. We are evolving but still have a long way to go."

o "40 Years Later" exhibition and discussion starts Wednesday, July 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Hillside House Studio and Gallery, Cumberland Street. The conversation continues on Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 322-7678 for more information.

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News Article

August 06, 2010
Edward Patrick Johnson, 66

Funeral Service for Edward Patrick Johnson, 66 of Washington Street will be held on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside, Old Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life Road. Officiating: Bro. Kemuel Cox & Other Ministers of the Gospel.

Left to cherish his profound memories are his 2 Children: Gena & Edward Johnson, Jr.; 2 Stepsons: Cecil Carey and Owen Woodside; 3 Stepdaughters: Roella, Anika & Tiffany Woodside; 1 Brother, Wellington Johnson of Chicago, Illinois; 3 Grandchildren: Diorshea Johnson, Lutera Moss and Kayjah Ferguson; 6 Nieces: Maria Johnson, Lynese Beneby, Michelle Sweeting, Gail Bonamy, Portia Henfield and Andrea Sweeting; 4 Nephews: Wellington Johnson, Jr. of Chicago, Paul & ...

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Imagine That
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A financial executive (Murphy) who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await...


News Article

June 29, 2013
Arts Calendar

Exhibitions
"40 Years of Bahamian Art" opens Thursday, July 11 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) at 6:30 p.m. The opening is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"The Bahamian collection", photographs by Duke Wells, opens Thursday, July 11 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) at 6:30 p.m. The opening is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

Popopstudios will host an Open Studio night on Friday, July 5 at 6 p.m. Gallerygoers can get a look into the private working spaces of John Cox, Heino Schmid, Jan Elliot, Kendal Hanna, Duke Wells, Dylan Rapillard, Dede Brown, Tyle Johnston, Lisa Wells, Katrina Cartwright, Nadia Campbell, Kachelle Knowles, Giovanna Swaby, Phoebe Luk and Marinah Janello.

"Home Sweet Home", an art exhibition featuring watercolor paintings and architectural models by Nastassia Pratt, continues at Popopstudios. For more information, visit www.popopstudios.com or call 322-7834 or 552-0412.

"Life on my island", original patterns and paintings by Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Competition Winner Attila Feszt, continues at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://www.doongalik.com/.

"Beg, Borrow, Steal", new work by Bahama Woodstarr, continues at Liquid Courage Gallery in Palmdale.

"The John Beadle Project", new work by John Beadle, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"Master Artists of The Bahamas" continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Featured Artists are John Beadle, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis, Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith and Max Taylor. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

Theater
James Catalyn and Friends (JCF) presents "A Weddin' Tale", written by Catalyn and directed by JCF veterans Chigozie Ijeoma and Dwain Wallace. "A Weddin' Tale" shows tonight and next week Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. nightly at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25 general admission and $30 reserved. For more information, visit jamescatalynfriends.com or email jamescatalynfriends@yahoo.com. The Dundas Box office (393-3728 & 394-7179) is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Music
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of independence, The College of The Bahamas (COB) hosts a Command Performance by The Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra on tonight at 8 p.m. at The Performing Arts Centre in the Keva M. Bethel Building. Dress: lounge suits/jackets or national dress. RSVP at 356-2100 or email at bahamas40@bahamas.gov.bs.

Under the patronage of The Right Rev'd Laish Boyd, Sr. and Mrs. Boyd and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of independence, The Anglican Chorale and Friends will present a variety concert: "A Celebration of Bahamian Composers and Musicians" at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street on Friday, July 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets at $20 are on sale at Logos Book Store, Harbour Bay (394-7040) and St. Agnes Church Office, Baillou Hill Road (325-5640) or from Anglican Chorale members. Part proceeds are in aid of the restoration of Family Island churches.

Lectures
The weekend will close out with "Reclaiming the Sovereignty of Our Imaginations" a discussion with writer Helen Klonaris takes place Sunday, June 30 at Unity Church at 11 a.m. This discussion is about the necessity of imagining and opening one's mind to tell the stories that are often suppressed. The event is free and open to the public. The event is part of Bahamas Writers Summer Institute's (BWSI) "Imagining the Nation".

Workshops and Summer Camps
"Remembering Ourselves: Healing Our Colonial Legacy", a Gaulin Project retreat presented by Helen Klonaris, takes place Saturday, June 29 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cancer Society of The Bahamas' Cancer Caring Centre. Participants can expect creative writing to explore their cultural and personal stories about our shared colonial legacy; silent contemplation to tap into challenging feelings; active imagining to touch into their wisdom; a safe and compassionate space in which to explore issues of race, colonization and community and sacred witness. To register, write to thegaulinproject@gmail.com. The suggested retreat fee is $75; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The event is part of Bahamas Writers Summer Institute's (BWSI) "Imagining the Nation".

Bahamas Music Conservatory will hold its Summer Music Camp from July 1 to July 26 at the Duke Errol Strachan Music Centre on Village Road. The camp is geared toward young musicians ages eight to 18 and offered instruments are piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, viola, cello and double bass. The cost of the workshop is $600. For more information, visit www.bahamasmusicconservatory.com.

Film
"Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy: The Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas 1948-1962", a film by Marion Bethel and Maria Govan, will be screened at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) tonight at 7 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public. The screening is part of Bahamas Writers Summer Institute's (BWSI) "Imagining the Nation".

Tours
Islandz, having acquired Downtown Art Tours, offers its Islandz Gallery Hop tours, examining art spaces downtown on Saturdays. Tickets are $20 per person for the two-hour tour. For more information or to book tickets, call 601-7592 or visit Islandz online at www.islandzmarket.com.

Tru Bahamian food tours offers a "Bites of Nassau" food tasting and cultural walking tour to connect people with authentic local food items, stories and traditions behind the foods and the Bahamians that prepare and preserve them, through a hands-on, interactive, educational tour and culinary adventure. Tickets are $69 per person, $49 for children under 12. Tours are everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting at the British Colonial Hilton and ending at Tortuga Rum Cake Company. For more information, visit www.trubahamianfoodtours.com.

Call for works
All artists interested in participating in the third biennial All Ceramics Exhibition, under the theme "My Beautiful Teacup and Bowl", can contact Jessica Colebrooke at telephone (242) 324-3533 or at email: jessicastileworks@gmail.com

Scotiabank invites all amateur photographers to participate in its Everything Bahamian Calendar Photo Contest. They are looking for candid representations of "Everything Bahamian" - outstanding and captivating, original digital images depicting the diversity, distinction and beauty of The Bahama Islands, its natural resources and the traditions, lifestyle and culture of its people. Images may be taken anywhere in The Bahamas. The official contest rules and entry forms are available at all Scotiabank locations or may be downloaded from www.bahamas.scotiabank.com/photocontest. Entry deadline is Friday, July 19.

The 10th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the worls to submit their narratives, documentaries, worls cinema, short films, animation and family films. This year's festival takes place December 5-13 on New Providence and Eleuthera. The deadline is July 17. For more information, visit http://bintlfilmfest.com.

The 30th Annual Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition and Exhibition invites entries for its Open Category under the theme "The Independents", in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence, which is being celebrated this year. The objectives of the competition are to identify, recognize and encourage Bahamian visual artists. To qualify, participants must be citizens of The Bahamas, aged 18 or older (as of October 1, 2013) and not registered in secondary school. The Open/Senior Category Competition and Exhibition component will be held from Tuesday, October 1 to Friday, November 1. Artists under 30 years are especially encouraged to embrace this opportunity of the theme of "The Independents" as a challenge in terms of material and/or the role and responsibilities of independent thinking in art in The Bahamas, as well as, thinking of the larger political symbolism of independence of the country.

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Movie
To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Genre : Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice....