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April 26, 2012
Claude Nicolas Fowler, 85

Funeral service for Claude Nicolas Fowler, age 85 years, of No. 9 Nassau East Blvd, formerly of Cap Haitien, will be held on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, East Shirley Street.  Officiating will be Fr. Mel Taylor, OSB.  Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, East Shirley Street.
Claude Nicolas will be sadly missed by his: wife: Eulie Archer-Fowler; two daughters: Claudette Fowler-Voigt and Nicole Fowler-Lominy; two sons: Cleguy Michel and Claude Fowler Jr.; two adopted children: Bruce and Linda LaFleur; grandchildren: Linda Fowler, Fabrice Laforest and Stephanie Fowler; great-granddaughter: Flerico; three nieces: Danielle, Raymond, and Cecile; other relatives and friends including: Agatha Cartwright and family; Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Grimes and family, The Sacred Heart Parish family and the Neighbours of Nassau East Blvd, South Side and many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Tuesday April 24th, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday April 25th, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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April 19, 2012
Levi Reginald Laramore, 70

Funeral Service for Levi Reginald Laramore age 70 of Annes Drive Winton Estates, who died at his residence April  5th, will be held on Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Christ The King Anglican Church Ridgeland Park West. Canon Curtis Robinson assisted by Arch-deacon I. Ranfurly Brown, Fr. Bradley Miller, Fr. Atma Budhu, Fr. Rodney Burrows and Fr. Joseph Mycklewhyte will  officiate and interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Soldier Road.
 
Left to cherish his memory are:
Wife: Margaret Olive Laramore
Children: Michael Laramore (Ellen); Sylvia Major (Malcolm); Shawn Laramore; Michelle Pinder; Lisa Pinder; Jackie Taylor (Scott); Natasha Cartwright (Roswell); Tameko Laramore (Raquel); Margo Bosfield (Antoine)
Grandchildren:   Michael Jr.; Jermaine; Melissa; Malconique; Melani; Shawn Jr; Ashanti; Devante'; Deangelo; Lakeria; Keron; Eudane; Laron; Shantese; Cheyanne; Rotaj; Triniti; Sereniti, Rashae.
Great Grandchildren: Kiera; Syniah; Keyanna; Kayshawn
Brother : Stafford ( & Doral) Laramore
Sister: Brenetta-Mae Johnson
In-Laws: Mary Laramore, John White (Grace), George Young, Marina (John) Young, Sybilene (Ronald) Taylor, Georgina (Walter "Rim") Curtis, Ronald (Ernestine) Young, Mildred Young.
Uncle in law: Charles (Anita) Mckinney
Nieces : Jo'ann White; Patricia ( & Berkley) Chisolm; Rose ( & Leo) Kirby; Maxcine ( & Brian) Stubbs; Beatrice ( & Nehemiah) Hield; Ruth Poitier; Anita ( & Craig) Knowles; Sherry Laramore (of New York) Marge, June, Wendy ( & Wayne) Rolle; Sharon ( & Leroy) Sturrup; Theresa, Sandra ( & Terrence) Taylor; Lillian ( & James) Smith; Maedon, Indiana ( & Albert) Darville; Charlotte, Linda, and Natalie White; Alicia, Blakely and Brie Young; Sheila and Janice Young; Billi-Charra Taylor; Chia Young and Rhonda Young.
 
Nephews: Pastor Michael ( & Patrice) Johnson; Richard ( & Odea) Johnson; Julian ( & Antoinette); Joseph and William ; Kendal ( & Kim); Charles ( & Tina); Randy; Rev. Samuel ( & Renee); Roger; David Jr.; John Jr. "Super", Calvin (Carla), Rudolph, Frankie, Louis "Boogie", Desiree, Christopher ; Gerrad (Margo), Glenn, Graham, Theodore, Braven and Lucas ; Marlin Young; Owen (Bekera), Justin, William, Valentino Taylor; Ronald Jr "Ron J", Ramon Young.
 
Grand Nieces  and Nephews: Nadia; Theo; Tenille; Jonathon; Abigail; Catherine; Trenae; Keiliah; Omar; Perez; Anecia; Juliet; Jade; Aisha; Joeliese; Jon-Michael; Jordan; Dion (Kenya); Kelly (Okellen);Prince; Kia (Ory), Rashad, Rashida, Rachel, Beth-Anne, Michael  Jr., John-Thomas III, Kent, Chiteria, Lashanda, Phylicia, Felicia, Anesha, Teddy Jr, Da'nai, Phillip Jr, Hilbert, Hildra, Tyrone, Travis, Stephonya, Tinika, Sasha, Indira, Allie, Jhade, Nivea, Rivere Young, Zantae and Savannah Pelletier, Owbeon Taylor.
Cousins: Sandra Sealy, Gwenn Forbes-Kelly, Robert Carter, Larry Thomas, Marion Forbes, Erin Knowles, Van and Cordell Thompson, Gigi Mackey and Family, Nathaniel Dorsett and Family, John and Marlene Dorsett, Cecil Dorsett and Family, Lillian  and Glenn McPhee and Family, Lavenia Dorsett and Family, Lekita  and Randy Chambers and Family, Luella McDonald and Family, Joyce, Hyacinth, Joan and Family, Joanna Armbrister and Family, Audrey Laramore-Forbes and Family, Jennifer, Derek, Sidney, Robbie Smith and Families, Carolyn, Peaches, Blondell, Sean, Raymond Laramore, Mary Basden, Rose Huyler and Family, Emerald  and  Lawrence Bethell and Family, Rosemary Capron-Thompson, Pat and  Bursil Gibson, Louise Gibson and Family, Gloria Sears, Melvin Seymour, The Forbes family, The Hamilton family, The Capron family, The Outten family, The Thurston family, and The Seymour family. The Fort-Lauderdale Family: George, David "Junior", James, Winston "Pop", Shirley, Evangeline "Vangie", Catherine Laramore, Bridget Ruffing, Geseta Smith, Bernice Laramore, Leslie and Chad Laramore.
God-Children:     Walter Curtis; Jeron Pratt; Bradley
Adopted Children:   Derek Whymms, Charlie, Andrea, Marie, Edith,
Special Friends and other Relatives: Fr. Joseph Mycklewhyte and family, Elgin (Olive) Rahming, Nathaniel Bosfield and family, Anthony Bosfield and Family, Fr. Rodney Burrows and family, Portia, Desiree, Anthia, and Ralph Williams Jr., Richard and Hazel Harden of Florida, The Parada family of Boston MA, Winifred (Michael) Thompson and family, Andrew McKinney, Janet (Derek) Davis and family, Anthony (Keva) McKinney and family, Edgar & Florence Symonette, Carol (E.R.) Hanna and family, Henry, Gennie and Willamae Dean, Valarie Sands, Ann Thompson, Danny & Ingrid Knowles, Ferlease Knowles and family, Cherry, Andy (Jan), Walter Gibson and families, Petrona Kemp and family, Judith, Rudolph, Willard, Kelsey and Roosevelt (Quella) Williams, Stephanie Rolle and family, Patty McKinney and family, Vianna Pinder and family; Allan Rolle Jr  and  family, Ozzie Moore and family, Dougal Small and family, Asa Ferguson and family, Anthony Craig and family, Bismark Coakley and family, Lesa Edwards and family, Delano Knowles and family, Euthalee Brown & family, Suzette Dean  and family, Archdeacon I Ranfurly Brown and family, Fr, Bradley Miller and family, Fr. Atma  Budhu and family, Fr. Andrew Toppin, Fr. Chester Burton and family, Fr. Ormond Wright and family, Bishop Laish Boyd Sr. and family.
Neighbours: Mark Fox and family, The Pratt Family, The Mingos, Anastacia Thompson and family, Georgette Dames and family, Pearline Whylly and family, Simon Miller and family, Jeffrey and Rose Pratt, Sean Edgecombe and family, Derek Knowles and family, Norma Allen & family; Beverly Taylor; The Staff of Moe's Road Building Construction Company, The Eneas Jumper Corner family, The Farm Road Community, Kelcine Johnson and family, Shavon Peet  and  family and Aisha Sweeting and  family,The Temple Christian High School family, , The Custom Computers family, Suntee family, First Caribbean Sandyport family, The Hilton family, Christ the King Anglican Church family, especially The March "Aquamarines" Birthday Club, The Winton Community, The South Eleuthera Community and The Cat Island Community.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at THE CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE on Friday from 11:00-7:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time.

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May 31, 2012
ELDER SHIRLEY JUDY PET BROWN, 53

Funeral Service for ELDER SHIRLEY JUDY "PET" BROWN aged 53 years of Faith Avenue who died on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 will be held on Sunday, June 3rd at 2:00pm at Kemp Road Ministries, Kemp Road.  Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Ivan Ford Butler, Jr. assisted by Other Ministers Of The Gospel.  Interment will be made in Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road.
Left to cherish her memories: Her beloved Sons: Tiko and Stevon and Adopted daughter: Italia "JJ";  Her Sisters: Modena McPhee, Maxine Newton, Ruth Williams, Patricia Brown, Zella Symonette and Hollyann Brown; Her Brothers: James Darville of Houston, Texas, Ralph "Dick", Ulis Jr., Gregory, Dexter, Eglerton, Michael and David Brown; Brothers-in-law: Bishop Robert A. McPhee, Rev. Alfred Williams and Kenneth Symonette Sr.; Sisters-in-law: Marva Brown, Carolyn Darville of Houston, Texas and Pandora Darville of The Bluff, Eleuthera; Nieces and Nephews: Michelle and E. W. Hayes of Charlotte, North Carolina, Yvette and Shawn Knowles, Moleka McPhee, Robyn and Bishop Denczil Rolle, Lynette and Edward Benoit Sr., Deuel and Daythan Newton, Yasmin and Kenneth Newbold, Vernita, Jocond and  Alfred Williams Jr., Veronique Knowles, Petra, Rasheed and Kenicka Brown, P.C. 2832 Kenneth Symonette, Jr. and Kenise Symonette, Kevon, Khasna, Kyle, Dijonaise, Diandrea, D'andrè and Marissa Brown, Chardell Gibson and Dexter Riley Jr., Numerous Grand Nieces and Nephews; (3) Uncles: Milton Saunders, George Brown and Ernest Munroe of Moss Town, Exuma; (3) Aunts: Mary Saunders, Corene Saunders of Orlando, Florida and Cora McKenzie of Barraterre, Exuma; Numerous Cousins including: Sheila and Ezra Curry, Maria, Marilyn, Vernita and Elrita Munroe, Esther James, Paulette Farrington, Germaine White, Kayla Rolle, Henry and James Saunders; Deanne, Autie and Vandlyn McKenzie, Alice Whymms, Elizabeth Kelly, Kori, Alexander, Albert, Gary, Alexandria, Dino, Otis and Brayden Darville, Ginger and Elvira Hamilton of Deerfield, Florida.  Sherman and Samuel Brown and Family, Francis Brown and Family of Black Point, Exuma, Beverley Robinson and Family, Ann Sweeting and Family and Annismae Smith; Adopted Mother: Louise Prosper; Godmother: Nellie Rolle; Godchildren: Emmanuel Butler, Giovanni Cargill, Ivana Deveaux, Jasmin Harper, Crystal Curtis, Gabriella Butler and Dwaniqua Collie; Other Relatives and Friends Including: The Rev. Dr. C.W. Saunders and Family, Rev. Dr. Ivan Ford and Dr. Joann Butler, Rev. Dr. Daisy and Barry Winder, Jennifer Sutherland, Deborah Bain, Francita and Ivan Deveaux, Deacon Gregory and Sherell Mortimer, Mother Ruth Flowers and Family, Dr. David & Rose Butler and Family, Magdeline Murphy and Family, Clarabell Charles and Family, Sherilyn Brown, Marion Taylor, Ennetta and John Sanford, Denise Saunders, Mahalia Bootle, Stephen Roberts and Family, Pamela Rolle and Family, Lydia Mckenzie and Family, Sandra Mortimer and Family, Vernie Rolle and Family, Everette Hart and Family, Ethlyn Rolle & Family, Hanna Brice and Family, Hazel Knowles and Family, Suzie Black & Family, Vanderlyn Moss, Gregory Coakley, Dorethea Rolle, Sharon Shea, Christine & Isamae Curtis and Family, Anastacia Ferguson, Shawn & Neka Mortimer, Shirley Cooper and Family, Ruth Delancy and Family, Amos and Cynthia Ferguson and Family, Sedika Elliott and Family, Kenneth and Stephanie Clarke and Family, Stella Major and Family, Nejara Farrington, Katrina Williams and Sylvia Daniels of Miami, Florida and SAC's Class of 1975.   Neighbours: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Claridge and Family, George Johnson and Family, Sandra Bain and Family, Jen Sweeting and Family, Blossie Smith and Family, Regina Albury and Family, Absolom Roach and Family, The Descendants of Henry and Rebecca Saunders, The Descendants of Mitchel and Albertha Brown of Black Point, Exuma,  The staff and patrons of STS Gift Center especially Wilfred Sergent, The Ministry of Finance and Revenue Section Staff, especially The Lunch Bunch, The Pastoral, Leadership Team and members of Kemp Road Ministries including the Senior Saints and others too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held at Clarke's Funeral Home #10 Tonique Williams-Darling Highway on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00am to 4:00pm and on Sunday, June 3rd from 12:00 Noon at the church until service time.

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May 24, 2012
Dorene Ester-Mae Rolle, 51

Funeral Service for the Late Dorene Ester-Mae Rolle, 51 years of Claridge Dale Gardens, will be held on Saturday May 26th, 1:30 p.m. at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Independence Drive. Rev'd. Dr. Everett Brown, Rev'd. Helen McPhee and Rev'd. Dr. Marina P. Sands will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
She is survived by her Mother: Minister Irene King; Tw0 Daughters: Shantell Steed, Benkisha Rolle; Two Sons: Emmanuel Rolle, Edward Braithwaite; One Brother: Dr. Rudolph King; Two Aunts: Gracie King, Gwendolyn King; Cousins: Naomi Roberts, Granville, Perry, Terry And Rochelle King, Whitney, Terrance, Orson, And Brian Mortimer, Min. Dorian Cox, Dr. Lina Mortimer-Rayes; Kenneth King ,Apell King, Adrian King, Keysha King-Doziere Of Miami Florida, Otive Brice-King, Shervin King, James And Hiram Dawkins, Deloris Fernander, Hartman Dawkins, Rev'd. Christopher King, Joseph King, Harry King, Ezra King, Huey King, Samuel Hunter, Cordell King-Hunter, Redell King-Hubbard, Idel  King- Burrows, Christine King- Seymour, Elouise King, Maxine King, Minister Charlotte Brown, Michelle Sands, Sheila Sands , Rev'd. Michael, Charles and Sidney Sands, Derek Mackey, Jestina Rolle, David Rolle, Rev'd. Helen McPhee, Kim Hanna, Jackie Smith-McPhee, Shannon McPhee, Shantice McPhee, Ronnie Pratt, Sherry Pratt, Deidre Pratt, Rev'd. Garnet King, Ruth King-Outten, Dora King-Bethel, Paul King, Firstina King-Hepburn, Thelma Rolle, Derek Bowleg, Coral Bonamy, Leslie Bowleg, and Rev'd. Etienne Bowleg, Stephanie Bowleg-McKenzie, Vanria King-Davis, Paulette King-Nairn, Dorothy King-Miller, Ernestine King, Sandra King-Storr, Arthur King Jr. Bradley King , Nora King-Newbold, Etherly King-Gibson, Pearl King-Adderley, Alberta King- Hall, Cynthia King-Stubbs, John King, Rose King, Alverne King, Carol King- Ingraham, Celeste King, Rev'd Percy King, Alton McKenzie, Stephan McKenzie, Emily King-Osadebay , Jackie King-Micklewhite, Delores King-Saunders, Ingrid King, Eleanor King- Conliffe, Clement King, Lowell King, Kerlin King, Octavia King-Johnson, Gladys  King-Sands, David Seymour, Hartman Moncur And Family, Alice, Moncur; And a Host Of Other Relatives & Friends Including: Charles  Braithwaite Jr., Charles Braithwaite Jr., Laniccina Adderley, Christopher Adderley, Edwin Rolle, Percina Rolle, Beverley Rolle, Sharon Rolle, Esthermae Rolle, Princess Smith,  And  Vandmae Rolle-Albury, The King Foundation  Family, Salute To Greatness Awards Family, The King, Seymour Moncur Family, Bahamas Inflight Catering Staff, Ministry Of Education Faculty, Ministry Of Sports Faculty, Staff, Deep Creek Bar & Lounge (Fish Fry), Tims Air- Conditioning Staff, Yellow Strawberry Beauty Salon & Spa Staff, Ferg's Beauty Parlor (Bettyanne); and Many More Family And Friend's  Too Numerous To Me Mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 12:00 noon until service time.

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Movie
Dinner for Schmucks
  • Genre : Comedy
  • Rating : T - 15yrs and Older

Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who "succeeds" in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss's monthly event, a so-called "dinner for idiots," which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoo...


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May 03, 2012
Geta Gertrude Miller, 60

Funeral Service for Geta Gertrude Miller, age 60 of Iguana Way who died on April 26th 2012 will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Baptist Church, Bernard Road.  Officiating will be Rev. Dr. J. Carl Rahming assisted by Other Ministers.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

She is survived by: Husband: Jacob Miller; Siblings: Leona (Robert) Hall, Carolyn (James) Miller, Clarenda (John) Gordon Katrinka (Jason) Quashie, Carsene (Stephanie) Higgs, Basil Higgs, Edroy Higgs , Donald (Kenja) Higgs, Robert (Jasmar) Higgs, Terrance (Ericka) Higgs.
Father-In-Law: Melvin A. Miller; Step Children: Martin, Krystal and Jamal Miller; In-Laws: Dorothy Knowles, Lucille (Wesley) Flowers, Rosamond Wells, Daisy (Raymond) Knowles, Ashton (Sarah) Miller, George Miller, Brendalee Marshall, Jeffery (Jeanne) Miller, Tony Miller, Valerie (Sandy) Rolle, Cathrina (Michael) Braynen; Aunts and Uncles: Vera (James) Colebrooke, Nathan (Joyce) Rolle; Niece and Nephews: Earnest, Billy, Philip, Robert Jr. Jediah Roselyn, Pauline, Melissa, Mario, Kenva Christy, Jason Shonell, Nadia,Torry, Carsene Jr. Sheniqu Casiya, Carnisha, Zaria, Kwaughan, Terricita, Edroy Jr., Davaughn, Mario, Latoya, Kandice, Richa, Rashad, Kendrick, Antoinette, Dorinda, Stephon, Sheree, Pam, Phyron, Rochelle, Dewayne, Tamiko, Chauncey, Danielle, Mychaelle, Mia, Jarissa, Jacintha, Raven, Megan, and numerous grand nieces and nephews and Other Relatives and Friends Including: the Rolle, Heild, & McIntosh families in Abaco and Freeport and the Brown families in New Providence.
 
Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary, #36 Rosetta Street, Palmdale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and at the Church from 1 p.m. until service time.

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May 03, 2012
Wilton Alexander Capt. or Box Brown Sr., 73

Funeral service for Captain Wilton Alexander "Capt." or "Box" Brown Sr., 73 yrs., a resident of #73 Old Cedar Street, Yellow Elder & formerly of Bluff, Eleuthera, who died on 26th April, 2012, will be held at Prayer & Praise Assembly, Ragged Island Street, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, assisted by other Ministers. Cremation follows.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Feletta Brown; Seven daughters: Judy Brown, Evangelist Sandra Knowles, Cpl. 384 Deborah Brown, Elsie Adderley, Portia Farrington, Cheryl and Peaches Brown; Twelve Sons: Captain James, Elder Leslie, Wilton, Darren, Godfrey, Edward, Rickey, Tony, and Jeffrey Brown, Sgt. 2319 Ricardo Neely, Michael and Theadore, One Brother: Henry Michael Brown; Nephews: Doctor Conville Brown, Captain Troy, Lawrence, Kevin, Rudolph, Garnet, William, Michael Brown, Jamal, Robert, Tyrone, Andrew Taylor, Gary and John Bain; Twenty Four Neices: Patsy, Vanria, Eunice, Marsha, Stephanie, Linda, Angila, Natalie, Ann, Neicey, Shirley of New York, Popsie, Janet, Natasha, Sonia, Theresa, Catherine, Kathy, Pam, Pat, Sophia, Cindy, Dinel, Sharia; Seventy Grand Children too numerous to mention including: Sheneka, Omah, Tavares, Cpl. 1416 Deangelo Butler, Gerard, Tavarren, Wenderia, Sandino, PC. 983 Latorio Demeritte, Minister Rantica Knowles, Laron, Lavanda, Urie, Trav is, Randin, Sancheo, Randolph Jr, Keithera, Paige, Nathaniel, Calrino, Miguel, Shaqueii, Shavanti, Lavardo, Donavan, Dentry, Dentrina, Leandra, Nikita, Jamario, Renaldo, Rachea, Desiree, Enrico, Riquell, Alexis, Wilton Jr, Ashinique, Denia, Quinn, Alex, Britney; Great grand children, Grand nieces and grand nephews too numerous to mention; Uncle: Howard Neely of the Bluff, Eleuthera; Aunt: Aletha Hudson of the Bluff, Eleuthera; Daughters in law: Marcia, Jacquel yn, Portia and Andra Brown; Sons in law: Randolph Knowles and Gaylen Farrington; Sisters in law: Merlene and Valerie Taylor of New Jersey;Brother in law: Aswald Taylor of Jamaica; Other relatives and friends including: The Rt. Hon Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, Marilyn,Janet and family of the Bluff, Eleuthera, Doctor Coraine Brown, Hon. Glynnis Hanna Martin, Glass Bottom Boat Association, The Bluff and Lower Bouge Communities, Old Ceder Street, Yellow Elder Community, Staff of Male Medical #2 Princess MargaretHospital, The Neely, Hudson, Brown and Johnson Families, Luceille and Nellie Rolle of Bluff, Eleuthera and Ms. Albury and Family.
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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Movie
R.I.P.D.
  • Genre : Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him....


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September 20, 2014
Art in your inbox

Dionne Benjamin-Smith has been dedicated to making the arts more accessible for nearly 20 years. A visual artist, graphic designer and illustrator, Benjamin-Smith is also the founder of one of the country's foremost arts and culture media - the weekly "Bahamian Art & Culture" e-magazine.
Founded in 1996 - long before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - "Bahamian Art & Culture" was an avant-garde concept preceding most forms of social media. It came at a time when the Internet and email had just begun their debut into mainstream society. Though it began as a primitive version of the one readers see today, its purpose was the same - to support local creatives by spreading the word about their events.
Working at former design firm, Time Design, Benjamin-Smith composed a mailing list of contacts made through her work. Though limited at the time, the list developed over the years as her cultural updates began to take effect.
"It kind of grew and it grew, and it really was something that came from the heart out of a love for the arts and really wanting to help my friends do well and be successful at their crafts," said Benjamin-Smith.
Like many other forms of social media, the e-newsletter slowly evolved into a business.
"It really took off, and a friend of mine...he gave me such good advice," said Benjamin-Smith. "He said, 'Dionne, why don't you start charging for what you do?' And it [had] never even occurred to me to charge."
She started out small, keeping her fees minimal and billing only for the time it took her to put the advertisements into the e-magazine. Her premise was and is still simple: she only charges advertising fees for profit-making ventures.
The effectiveness of the business has spoken for itself. With the help of account manager Stephanie Shivers and design assistant Don Adderley, "Bahamian Art & Culture" now has a following of over 5,000 subscribers in 45 countries.
Known for using her talents in printmaking as a platform for political and social commentary, Benjamin-Smith understands the potential in using art as a catalyst for starting dialogue on important social issues.
"I think the arts in general are an extremely important part of any community - and that involves the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, musical arts. These things speak of the culture of a community," she said. "It speaks of who they are, where they came from, what they sound like, how they speak, what they eat. These things define what a community is. It brings, for the most part, a general uplifting of the spirit and it brings joy and it brings beauty into a community. And it also speaks to where a community is going."
She finds inspiration in the fact that the e-magazine is the only one of its kind in the country that is exclusively devoted to promoting Bahamian art and culture and encouraging the preservation of a cultural identity. While she hopes that the public is able to enjoy and be entertained by the many events publicized by the e-newsletter, her objective is to "educate and uplift" the community.
"The artists, the musicians, the writers are extremely important in defining who a people are. It's always interesting to note that when there is a society that is undergoing a terrible change [such as] a dictatorship or persons who wish to control a society, they often target the musicians, the writers and the artists...So I think they're an incredibly important part of any society. And they're coming into their own in The Bahamas in recent years," she said.
She has emphasized the e-magazine's accessibility for those in search of a platform to promote their creative works and "a vehicle to help themselves to grow and become a better artists".
Those interested in finding out more about the Bahamian Art & Culture eMagazine are encouraged to contact Dionne Benjamin-Smith at dionne@smith-benjamin.com or visit the Bahamian Art & Culture Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bahamian-Art-Culture/177752425612038, where they can view past issues of the e-magazine and sign up to subscribe.

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Movie
Motherhood
  • Genre : Comedy
  • Rating : TBC - To Be Classified

In Manhattan, a mother of two preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event....