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Bahamas PM Minnis Visits Vendors in Port Lucaya Marketplace

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 30, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis was welcomed with opened arms, tears of joy and tears of pain, hugs and with excitement into the Port Lucaya Marketplace by straw vendors, craft vendors and business owners within the famous marketplace.“I am so happy to see you, because this is the first time that a Prime Minister has taken the time to come through here and see us,” one female straw vendor told the Prime Minister, as he hugged her and offered her words of encouragement.On Friday, October 27, 2017, Prime Minister Minnis, accompanied by Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, took a few hours to tour most of the stores and business places in Port Lucaya Marketplace, speaking with vendors and business owners and listening to their concerns.It was obvious that many of the vendors and business owners were delightfully surprised to see the Prime Minister walking through the Marketplace, going from one stall to the next to chat with vendors.   For them, it was both an historic and touching moment.  Many hurried to grab their cellphones to take a photo with the country’s leader.The Prime Minister noted that what was most significant during his chats with a number of the vendors in the Marketplace was that while many of them were upfront about their economic and financial plights, all of them agreed on one thing – that the reopening of the hotel (Our Lucaya) would make a great impact and turn things around for them.Prime Minister Minnis said that was one of the reasons why his government made the decision to make an offer to purchase the hotel.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo captions:Header photo: Even visitors wanted to meet Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis during his walk through the Port Lucaya marketplace.1st insert: Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis shakes hands with one of the vendors in the straw market, during his walk through Port Lucaya Marketplace on Friday, October 27, 2017.2nd insert: A vendor gives Prime Minister Minnis a rundown on some of the items she sells in her stall at the Straw Market in Port Lucaya Marketplace, during a tour through the Market, along with Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, on Friday.BIS Photos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Pride Music The Soundtrack For The Black Panther Party

first_imgNews Inside Music & The Black Panther Party pride-music-soundtrack-black-panther-party Prev Next Photos: WireImage.com Twitter Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones More than a half-century later, the powerful influence of the Black Panther Party still resonates through musicBillyGRAMMYs Feb 23, 2018 – 12:51 pm Billy Johnson Jr.Music has played an integral role in communicating the message of the black power movement, specifically the works of the Black Panther Party.Just two years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act, in 1966 Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Calif., to enforce the end of discrimination against blacks and to advocate for better jobs, education, housing, and treatment from police.One of the most influential ways musicians helped the cause was by writing melodic, sing-along songs about the movement that were affirming to black power supporters while also making the message more palatable for music fans who may have shunned Newton and Seale’s rhetoric for being too extreme.Just a glimpse of James Brown’s impact in spreading the pride of black power can be witnessed during his 1969 appearance on Hugh Hefner’s “Playboy After Dark” television series. The Godfather of Soul is cheerfully embraced by the mostly white audience that claps and bobs to the music as he sings the repetitive in-your-face, pro-black chorus, “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud!” Even though only one woman is captured in the footage actually singing along to the very easy to follow call-and-response lyrics, there is no denying Brown’s influence in sharing the movement’s sentiments to the masses via this Top 10 pop hit.Brown was just one of many soul artists who used their platform to create Black Panther Party-influenced protest songs during the 1960s and beyond. Nina Simone, who already had a long history of singing about the need for social change, joined the movement by taking an even stronger stance for the issues.Author Rickey Vincent highlighted Simone’s musical shift in Party Music, his 2013 book about the music of the Black Panther Party.”As an entertainer, the classically trained prodigy had established herself as a musical tour de force as she played concert halls from her native North Carolina to Paris in the early 1960s,” he wrote about the “Mississippi Goddam” singer, who received a posthumous Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. “However, as events in the civil rights movement compelled a reorganization of her views, she developed a protest music repertoire and produced piercing commentary on the changes evolving at the time. In her concerts she openly defied and challenged her predominantly white audiences, often claiming from the stage, ‘This next song is only for the black people that are here.'””[Black power music was] an unbelievable soundtrack to our state of existence.” — Chuck DEven though Motown acts including Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and the Temptations released pro-black songs, label founder Berry Gordy created a subsidiary specifically for more militant works. The Black Forum imprint released eight albums and one single from 1970 to 1973. The roster included Black Panther Party members Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael), classically trained pianist and singer Elaine Brown, and funk band the Lumpen.Brown and the Lumpen sang powerful messages like “Until We’re Free” and “Free Bobby Now,” respectively. Music wasn’t their only role in the organization. Brown also served as the chair of the party from 1974 to 1977 and the members of Lumpen maintained regular party duties when they were not performing for a Panther event.The Last Prophets formed in 1968 and influenced Gil Scott-Heron with their political, spoken word that would serve as the precursors to hip-hop. Scott-Heron’s pivotal “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” song (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2014) was released in 1970. His works have been sampled by hip-hop’s biggest stars, including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Kanye West, Nas, and numerous others.Chuck D, frontman for the politically charged hip-hop group Public Enemy who debuted in 1987, cites Scott-Heron among his list of influences that also include the pro-black works of Mayfield, Brown, Sly And The Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelic, the Staple Singers, and Aretha Franklin.Chuck D recalls how the public rallied for radio stations to play message music.”The music that we all grew up on was on the radio and radio DJs had to play the music that the people wanted,” he says. “So the radio stations had to abide by that or be considered out,” adding that the era of black power music was “an unbelievable soundtrack to our state of existence.”The Black Panther Party influences were certainly felt in Public Enemy’s image and music. Instead of having background dancers a la other hip-hop acts, Chuck D & Co. were backed on stage by the S1W (Security Of The First World), who wore all black with berets or camouflage fatigues.”It was a combination of how the Panther Party had their gear and also how the nation of Islam had their drills,” Chuck D explains.Public Enemy’s anthems like “Fight The Power” and “By The Time I Get To Arizona” demanded equal rights for blacks, and the latter helped the Martin Luther Jr. holiday get reinstated in Arizona in 1992.The Black Panther Party had a personal impact on Chuck D as well.”I was a recipient of the Black Panther Party free lunch program when I visited my relatives in Manhattan,” he recalls. “And then on Long Island, when I was around 10 and 11, they had people in the Black Panther Party who would be on the college campuses for the summer programs and all of the kids from Roosevelt High School and Freeport High School in Hempstead were there for the Afro-American experience. We were well versed in the Panther Party when we were 10, 11 years old.” Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Photos: WireImage.com Photo: WireImage.com Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Photo: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones Photo: WireImage.com ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Beyoncé at the 60th GRAMMY AwardsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comIn hip-hop, the Black Panther theme often resurfaces. Tupac Shakur’s “Panther Power” was officially released posthumously in 2003; Common and Dead Prez teamed with the Last Poets for 2004’s “Panthers.”When Chuck D was asked if he felt Public Enemy’s work had achieved significance because the group managed to stay true to their sometimes controversial pro-black message and still managed to become one of the first hip-hop groups inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his reply was quick and poignant.”Well, honestly, it’s insignificant if we don’t do s*** with it.” Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Facebook Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans Black History Month 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans Photos: WireImage.com Ledisi Email Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Outside of soul music, the Black Panther Party’s reach extended to rock. The Grateful Dead and Santana played party benefit concerts. Frank Zappa and folk acts Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bob Dylan were among artists who also sang about the movement. While Dylan’s 1971 song “George Jackson” told the story of the Panther leader who was shot and killed while serving time in San Quentin Prison, it was his pre-Black Panther Party song “Ballad Of A Thin Man” that caught the attention of Newton, who is photographed holding the album cover of Dylan’s 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited, on which the song appears.According to Seale, Newton repeatedly replayed the song as they worked on the first edition of The Black Panther newspaper. In his 1996 book, Seize The Time: The Story Of The Black Panther Party And Huey P. Newton, Seale recalled Newton’s interpretation of “Ballad Of A Thin Man,” saying that he believed Dylan used a circus freak as a metaphor for an impoverished black man, who serves as entertainment for the middle and upper-class white people. Newton stressed that the spectators were, in fact, the real freaks and felt strongly that the song was “saying a hell of a lot about society.”As the Black Panther Party approaches its 52nd anniversary this October, the legacy continues to live on through music. Beyoncé made headlines at the 60th GRAMMY Awards in January for her Black Panther-inspired ensemble, a long, sleek black dress topped off with a hat that resembled, a flatted, oversized beret. In 2016 the “Formation” singer celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party when she performed during Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl set with a sea of background dancers wearing all black and berets over their afros. Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Photos: WireImage.com Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album Ledisi Photos: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Pride & Music: The Soundtrack For The Black Panther Party Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Ledisi 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Photos: WireImage.com (Billy Johnson Jr. is a Los Angeles-based freelance music journalist, content producer and former senior editor for Yahoo Music. You can follow him on Twitter at @BillyJohnsonJr.)Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Two US airlines drop Cuba route citing too much competition

first_imgTwo U.S. airlines drop Cuba route citing too much competition Tuesday, March 14, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cuba, Frontier Airlines, Silver Airways HAVANA — Frontier Airlines and Silver Airways are dropping air service to Cuba, saying other airlines are adding too many flights to the island nation and making the routes unprofitable.U.S. airlines rushed to begin flights to Cuba last year after the Obama administration allowed commercial service for the first time in more than half a century. More Americans are visiting Cuba, but the glut of new flights has exceeded demand, resulting in many empty seats.Florida-based Silver said Monday that it will end Cuba service on April 22, just six months after it started flying between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Cuban provincial capitals like Camaguey and Cienfuegos. Several of its Cuban destinations are also served by major carriers such as American Airlines.Silver spokeswoman Misty Pinson said the number of seats on planes between the U.S. and Cuba quadrupled because the airlines added so many flights, many of them with big planes. The glut of seats has made Cuban routes unprofitable for all carriers, she said.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongDenver-based Frontier Airlines will cancel its daily flight between Miami and Havana on June 4, said spokesman Jim Faulkner, because of heavy competition and higher-than-expected costs of providing service at the Havana airport.The bigger airlines have not been immune. American reduced daily flights to Cuba from 13 to 10 and switched to smaller planes on some flights. Changes were on flights to smaller Cuban cities; American has not downgraded service to Havana. JetBlue Airways took out about 300 seats a day by using smaller planes.Commercial air service helped fuel an historic, ongoing boom in U.S. travel to Cuba. About 285,000 tourists visited in 2016, up 76 per cent from 2015, and the Cuban government says U.S. visitors increased 125 per cent in January. Source: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

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