Funding Arts Broward’s Black & White: A Night at the Museum– April 25

Posted on 13 April 2022 by JLusk

At the last Funding Arts Broward event in 2020, Bonnie Clearwater, museum curator, gave a tour of the exhibit. This piece was by Takashi Murikami. Photo by Rachel Galvin.

By Rachel Galvin

A FAB event is coming our way! If you are in Broward County and are a lover of the arts, you won’t want to miss this gem of an event. Yearly, Funding Arts Broward holds a special event filled with art and fellowship, music and culinary treats, and more.  This year is sure to be just as special.

To be held Monday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NSU Art Museum Ft. Lauderdale, the event is slated to include a performance by the Dillard High School Center for the Arts students. This elegant black and white themed cocktail party will also include light bites and a decadent dessert table. The best part about their event is seeing the art on display at the museum. This year, the exhibit is called “Lux et Veritas” and the private tour will be led by Bonnie Clearwater, the director and chief curator at the museum. Make sure to wear your black and white for this elegant affair.

 

Kehinde Wiley, Karl Spindler, 2017, Courtesy of S. Donald Sussman. © Kehinde Wiley

More about the exhibit:

According to the museum, “Lux et Veritas”  focuses on a generation of artists of color who attended Yale School of Art for graduate studies between 2000 and 2010. The exhibition’s title alludes to Yale University’s motto, “Lux et Veritas,” which translates from Latin to “Light and Truth.” In the context of this exhibition, the title references how these artists thought with critical complexity about their work and their movement through institutional structures. Featured artists include Mike Cloud, William Cordova, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Abigail DeVille, Torkwase Dyson, John Espinosa, Luis Gispert, Rashawn Griffin, Leslie Hewitt, Loren Holland, Titus Kaphar, Jamerry Kim, Eric N. Mack, Wardell Milan, Wangechi Mutu, Mamiko Otsubo, Ronny Qevedo,  Mickalene Thomas, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Shoshanna Weinberger and Kehinde Wiley.

As with similar programs, Yale School of Art, in New Haven, Connecticut, had not been historically diverse, which spurred these art students to form affiliations across the departments of painting, graphic design, sculpture, photography and art history. They filled gaps in the school’s curriculum and counteracted the lack of diversity among the faculty by inviting artists, curators and writers of color as advisors and guest speakers, developing an interdisciplinary forum, publishing art journals, organizing exhibitions and documenting their experiences in video and photography. The relationships they formed at school evolved into communities that networked and provided essential support and feedback for one another, often passing on these efforts beyond graduate study. Their reevaluation of the Western art canon, and commitment to the method and practice of teaching has contributed to a greater recognition of artists of color, challenged stereotypes and enriched the overall shared spaces of learning and thinking about art and the art praxis.

“Lux et Veritas” provides a public forum in which to address the directions these artists took based on the explorations that began in graduate school and were instilled thereafter in their practice. The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator, NSU Art Museum. Mike Cloud (Yale, MFA 2003), William Cordova (Yale, MFA 2004), Leslie Hewitt (Yale, MFA 2004) and Irene V. Small, associate professor, Contemporary Art & Criticism, Princeton University (Yale, Ph.D. 2008) are advisors on the exhibition. Oral histories with the artists who attended the School of Art provided significant insight into their experiences, relationships, and work.

The exhibit is currently on display until October 23. It is presented by S. Donald Sussman and sponsored by Funding Arts Broward.

This event is for FAB members, friends and public supporters of the arts. Tickets for “Black & White: A Night At The Museum” are $75 per person and are available at fundingartsbroward.org. For more information, please call 954-353-7673 or email fundingartsbroward@gmail.com.

 

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Boca Helping Hands

Posted on 16 March 2022 by JLusk

Volunteer Award Winners with BHH Staff Members (L to R): Greg Hazle (BHH Executive Director), Rusty Cobb, Lourdes Harman (BHH Food Center Manager), Charles Crowley, Denise Crowley, Sal Perla (BHH Distribution Coordinator), John Wyman, Richard Weinstein, June Freedman, Jason Cascio (BHH Distribution Coordinator), Joan Novellino, Bill Harper (BHH Director of Food & Warehouse Operations), Larry Cellon, Terry Blackman, Tom Groendyke, Jerry Schwartz, Gary Hildebrand, Tara Currier (BHH Volunteer Manager), Maria Puente (BHH Content Specialist). Submitted photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boca Helping Hands celebrated their committed and hardworking volunteers with a dinner and awards ceremony at The Addison of Boca Raton on Wednesday, March 9. Boca Helping Hands staff members recognized superstar volunteers for their relentless dedication to the organization and its mission to give a hand up to those who need it most in the community.

Boca Helping Hands is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs, as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency.

For more information, visit www.bocahelpinghands.org.

 

   
   
   

 

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Spring Forward: Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday

Posted on 11 March 2022 by JLusk

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13. That means you should turn your clocks forward an hour!

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Deerfield Beach man arrested for murder

Posted on 01 March 2022 by JLusk

 
Detectives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office have arrested Javier Bourego for stabbing a man to death in Deerfield Beach on Friday, Feb. 25.
 
Just before 3 p.m. that afternoon, Broward Regional Communications received a stabbing call near the 100 block of Ventnor East in Deerfield Beach. BSO deputies responded and located an adult male suffering from multiple stab wounds. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue also responded and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment. 
 
According to detectives, several witnesses identified Bourego as the assailant who stabbed the victim. Investigators immediately located Bourego at his apartment and took him into custody without incident.  
 
Later that evening, detectives were informed that the victim had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 5:39 p.m. 
 
Bourego faces one count of premeditated murder. 
 
The investigation continues.

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Delray Fashion Week begins

Posted on 22 February 2022 by JLusk

Photos from a previous year, taken by Rachel Galvin

By Rachel Galvin
Fashion lovers, are you ready?
 
The Delray Fashion Week begins Wednesday, Feb. 23 with a showcase of spring and summer styles on the runway at Old School Square. Bring your camera and wear something tropical to fit the decor if you would like.
 
There will be live entertainment, pop up retail, food tents, a cash bar and more. But that is just the beginning of the festivities. The tropical flair continues on Thursday with the Colors of the Tropics Fashion Show and Luncheon (which is now sold out). Friday brings the Sunsational Shop and Sip event so you can shop til you drop and uy the fashions you saw on the runway. Saturday is the time to wear white for a Sand and Sea event, complete with more runway action.
 
These are just a few of the fun activities happening this week. See below for details. Proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.
 

Delray Beach Fashion Week 2022 Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 | 6 – 10 PM
Opening Night: “Living in Paradise” Fashion Show Experience
“Living in Paradise” opening night runway show will feature over 30 retailers highlighting the “best of the best” that their stores have to offer.  Styles from upcoming spring and summer season will be showcased by over 70 models with hair and makeup done by local salons. Enjoy tropical décor, live musical entertainment, step and repeat photos, downtown merchant pop up retail and food tents, a cash bar offering wine, beer, champagne, and a lounge.
Location: Park at Old School Square, 44 NE 2nd Avenue, downtown Delray Beach
Ticket Price: $50 per person for opening reception, a seat for the show, 1 complimentary drink and a swag bag. All proceeds benefit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
 
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 | 11:30AM – 3:00PM 
“Colors of the Tropics” Fashion Show and Luncheon – SOLD OUT
Celebrate the Colors of the Tropics with a themed runway fashion show featuring more than 40 Spring and Summer resort looks from over 20 downtown Delray Beach shops and local designers.   The luncheon includes an opening reception, three-course lunch, silent auction, and entertainment at Meso Beach House. Each guest will also receive a welcome cocktail, swag bag and entry into a raffle package worth over $500.
Location: Meso Beach House
Ticket Price: $125 per person includes reserved seat luncheon, welcome cocktail, swag bag, silent auction, fashion show with over 40 looks, entertainment. All proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children & Families.
Parking: Complimentary valet parking will be available.
 
Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 | 10AM – 3PM  (CHECK-IN 10- 11:30AM)
Sunsational Shop and Sip Event
Join us for a Sunsational Shop & event throughout downtown Delray Beach. Check-in at Rosewater Rooftop at The Ray Hotel and receive a complimentary beverage, light brunch bites, and a goodie bag of shopping specials, then stroll downtown to shop the many retailers seen in Fashion Week. Passport provided to each attendee to be checked at every participating location, with all completed passports will be entered into a raffle for a Downtown package. Turn in the passports at the post-event reception at Johnnie Brown’s. Enjoy complimentary parking along Atlantic Avenue.
Location: throughout Downtown Delray Beach 
Ticket Price:  $25 per person available online in advance and on-site. Continental breakfast at check-in, Fashion Week Swag Bag (with coupons to shoppable stores), free parking certificate, access to Ride Freebee, & raffle prize opportunities at the post-event reception. All proceeds benefit Achievement Centers for Children and Families.
 
Saturday, Feb. 26th, 2022 | 3pm                
Sand & Sea Fashion Event @ The Ray Plaza
Beach balls and surf boards are the theme! Join us for a runway event featuring swimwear from our Downtown Delray Beach retailers & designers. Swim show includes ticketed seats and complimentary cocktail & passed hors d’oeuvres concluding the event. White attire is encouraged. Limited seating available.
Tickets $40 (ticket price included in VIP Pass), includes fashion show, entertainment and luxury lounge.)
 
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 26-27, 2022 | 10AM – 5PM
Downtown Delray Beach Craft Show
Howard Alan Events and the DDA present this juried art show
Stroll NE 4th Ave and visit over 100 artists and vendors along with the new beachside businesses and hidden gems.
 
Sunday, Feb. 27th, 2022
Fashion and trunk shows at local retailers
Fashion trunk shows, in-store events, and shopping throughout downtown Delray Beach.
LocationThroughout downtown Delray Beach; Parking free downtown until noon and available at Old School Square Garage—95 NE 1st St (FREE until 4 PM; $5 Flat Rate after).
 

DELRAY BEACH FASHION WEEK TICKETS: 

Available through www.DelrayFashionWeek.com  All proceeds benefit local Delray Beach non-profit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families ( www.achievementcentersfl.org ). VIP Pass: $200 and includes: VIP access to all events, reserved front area seating, Amanda Perna bag (valued at $140). Individual tickets:  Opening Night- “Living in Paradise” Fashion Show Experience – $50, Colors of the Tropics Fashion Show and Luncheon – $125, Sunsational Shop and Sip – $25. For questions regarding tickets please call 561-266-0003

 

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The Cove Billfish Tournament has another successful year

Posted on 10 February 2022 by JLusk

Boats pulled up to The Cove Waterfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar with their catch in hand to the weigh-in over the weekend. They were all happy to participate in this year’s Billfish Tournament. It was held Feb. 3-5 and, after the weigh-in, there was an awards ceremony. Every year, participants enjoy dinner at the restaurant and participate in a silent auction. 
 
Winners:
1st Place: Native Son 
2nd Place: Florida Man 
3rd Place: Reel Synergy 
Top Female Angler: Rita Patten – Won Buy Land
Top Jr. Angler: James DeMarco Native Son
1st Place Angler: Chris Kriskern, Native Son
2nd Place Angler: Jim DeMarco, Native Son
3rd Place Angler: Timmy Maddock, Florida Man
Largest Wahoo: Patrick Thies 15.8lbs. High Life
Largest Kingfish: Robert Weisberg 22.8lbs. Kingfish Cartel
Largest Tuna: Jonah Bennett 14.2lbs. SkipJac
 
Sponsors this year included: Connected by Water, JM Family, Tito’s Vodka, Hypower, Pelagic, JR Dunn Jewelers, Chappel Group, Turbo Tint, Tigress and Hard Rock.

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JA World Uncorked Raises $300,000 for Junior Achievement

Posted on 05 February 2022 by JLusk

Dressed in Disco style, promoting Eve on the Water, a new Ft. Lauderdale restaurant.

By Rachel Galvin

The JA World Uncorked event this year seemed packed with lively guests, all excited to be back in the public eye. As usual, there were plenty of pours and delectable samples from wine and drink purveyors and local chefs. There was even live entertainment and people got up on the stage to get into the groove. People could also participate in the silent auction, raffles and more. A roaming photographer and a 360 photo booth captured the fun. 

The event, which brought in about 500 guests, raised more than $300,000 for Junior Achievement programs. The presenting sponsor was Breakthru Beverage Florida. The event was amplified by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. These were just a few of the many people and organizations involved in making this annual event shine.

If you missed it this year, make sure to look out for it next year when it is sure to be bigger and even better.

For more information, visit www.jasouthflorida.org.

Delicious pasta and meatballs from Cafe Vico in Ft. Lauderdale.

Funky Buddha offers candied bacon and craft beer.

Showing off Onda pineapple tequila seltzer.

silent auction.

Yot’s famous smoked fish dip.

The dance floor in Disco style.

Serving up Blue Ice Vodka.

Cuba Libre had several selections available.

Cafe Rumba mixed with root beer tastes like a root beer float!

The band rocked!

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New COVID Testing Walk-Up Site Now Open

Posted on 19 January 2022 by JLusk

 
 
The City of Deerfield Beach, in coordination with the Broward Department of Health, will open a COVID-19 walk-up testing site on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Oveta McKeithen Recreation Complex (OMRC), 445 SW 2 St.
 
The site hours are as follows:
Tuesday – Saturday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
This testing site is open to everyone. There is no residency requirement.
 
For more information, call Community Events at 954-480-4429.

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Actor Malcolm Jamal Warner waxes poetic At Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival

Posted on 30 December 2021 by JLusk

Malcolm Jamal Warner

Pompano Beach welcomed poets from around the country Dec. 9 to 11 for the 4th annual Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival. The three-day event was held at several locations – Ali Cultural Arts Center, Blanche Ely House Museum and Pompano Beach Cultural Center. After showing their stuff, a winner was decided.

The overall winner was Black Chakra, who received $2500. Second place was Lady Brion, who won $1500. Third place was Blacqwildflowr, who won $1000. 

We had 14 poets,” said Eccentrich Richardson, the event’s founder, saying normally there are 15 people but one dropped out. They put out a call and people responded from all over. “We had people come from as far west as Los Angeles, as far east as Baltimore and everything in between– Detroit, Tampa…” she said.

Poets included Ali, Jonkel, Wayne Henry. Native Child, Mori Taiye, Black Chakra, Lady Brion, Ephraim Nehemiah, Charles Hines, Masaki Takahashi, Jahman Hill, Sun Luu, Genius Jones and Blacqwildflowr.

The participants, said Richardson, always participate in community outreach while they are here, selecting which event to participate in. They led workshops this year for young people up to seniors at places like Moreland Academy, Hopewell Preschool Academy, Palm Beach Middle School and E. Pat Larkins Community Center.

Last year was done virtually, so she said it was nice to do it in person.

This year, the focus is on being together again,” she said.

She added, “There are typically five judges each night. They give scores for each poet. We drop the high and low and average the three in the middle.”

What was exciting about this year’s competition is that they had actor Malcolm Jamal Warner as one of the judges. Warner is best known as playing Theo in “The Cosby Show.” 

On Friday, December 10 at Pompano Cultural Center, Warner gave a talk about his life and even did some poetry. Warner, who started working as an actor a young boy, is now working on the TV show “The Resident,” which shoots in Atlanta, says he misses life in Los Angeles. 

Warner was unsure where to begin with his talk. “One of the most nerve-wracking things for an actor is to get up in front of people and talk,” he explained (since actors are normally given lines). So, he started with reciting his own poetry but then managed to deliver an interesting and heartfelt discussion about his career.

My father named me after Malcolm X and  (Jazz pianist) Ahmad Jamal. My dad went to Lincoln University because Langston Hughes went. Poetry has always been a huge part of my life since I was a baby. I am not an actor who likes to do poetry. I am a poet. I have been doing it half my life. I started out in the early ’90s before slams. When slams came along, I noticed how they started changing how they were writing. They were writing for the judges. There was a certain honesty that got shifted because they were writing for competition,” he said, adding, “When it comes to judging, if it doesn’t appeal to me, it doesn’t mean it’s not good … I look for honesty in the writing.”

As poets, [we] have a wonderful access to words,” he said. “I see creating as this river that flows underneath all of us [but] not all of us have the tools to access it. I take it as a blessing and honor to be able to tap into that creativity.”

He continued, “As I look at my life and things that have been ‘put out into the universe,’ [the good and the bad, I say,] ‘I created that because of what I put into the universe.’”

He added, “A lot of times, we can be really hard on ourselves [and say things to ourselves] that we wouldn’t take from another human being.” He basically said that in order to not do that, it comes down to a “sense of constant mindfulness.”

I’ve always written poetry, even at the height of Cosby. It has always been an avenue of expression for me. It was most important to me when doing ‘Malcolm and Eddie.’ I had done eight years with Cosby. I came from a show where black people could be funny without being stereotypical. I watched how Cosby struggled. Cosby said it wasn’t [about a black upper middle class family but about ] an upper middle class family who happens to be black. He had to fight to keep the integrity of the show. UPN was the antithesis of where I came from. I was literally fighting every day because UPN had its own audience and programming. As far as they were concerned, it wasn’t broken and did not have to fix it. It became almost miserable for me,” said Warner, adding, “My experience probably was a little skewed.”

There are three main things you are going to see on black sitcoms,” said Warner, “– some version of ‘you so ugly,’ ‘I’m going to kick your butt’ or someone slapped in the back of the head. That’s what we except as the norm. But, there is another kind of way black people can also be funny.”

He said he used to watch sitcoms like “The Jeffersons” and “Sanford and Son,” but his favorite was “Benson” because he was “always the smartest person in the room,” speculating that maybe he should redo the sitcom.

The ‘Malcolm and Eddie’ show was so stressful,” he said, saying he was the only person who cared it seemed. It was then when he started playing bass, thinking he needed a hobby that would not turn into a career, but it did. He now has a Jazz funk spoken word band — combining his love of words with his love of music. It is called “Miles Long.”

I found a home in poetry … and music. It allowed me to express myself as an actor and director. So many people direct and act. I found an outlet. I could be as passionate and honest as I wanted to be … The level of expression and freedom to be creative is what’s priceless for me,” he said.

What has been his biggest accomplishment? “I look at having been a teenager on the No. 1 show in the world. South Africa was neck deep in apartheid and it was the No. 1 show [there too]. Then, being able to navigate everything that comes with the territory (being a child star). I was 14 when it first aired.”

Out of the gate,” he added, “No one was going to watch the show. They pronounced it dead. It was third against ‘Magnum PI,’ which was No.1. But, out-of-the-box, [it went] crazy [popular]. My mom sat me down and said [although it is a wonderful phenomenon], it could stop next year.”

With her help, he realized if he did not want to go back to bagging groceries, he had to come up with a plan for how his life would be after Cosby. “We lived each year as if it was the last show. She impressed upon me longevity.” Sometimes, an actor can be hot, sometimes not. If what’s you want have to figure out, he said – what to do when not making money so you can avoid desperate career choices. “That is why I directed early on, directed episodes of “Cosby,” “Fresh Prince,” did music videos…” 

He also said that “The Cosby Show” being shot in Brooklyn, New York, not in LA studios, helped him remain more grounded. Instead of eating in the commissary, they had to go out in the neighborhood and get lunch. “The experience gave us a real perspective, not the bubble of LA,” he said.

The show was successful,” he said, “It doesn’t mean I’m successful. It doens’t mean anything unless I’m working at 30, only when I am working consistently at 50, 60… At 51, I can embrace that I have had a successful career. I now can look in the mirror and like myself. I am at peace in my life. I have a wonderful wife, daughter. [My greatest accomplishment] is that I have gone through all that and have created such a beautiful life for myself.”

He had to make some tough choices along the way, but stuck with keeping his integrity. “I felt I would be working so much more If had not said no [so much]. I never wanted to look back and be embarrassed by [a project.]” He did not want to be in something that perpetuated b stereotypes. “I used to be judgmental of others who would take that kind of work,” but he later realized he had the privilege to be able to say no because of his position, they did not. They needed the income, etc.

Cosby used to say, ‘Remember this is a marathon. In the journey there’s going to be obstacles,’” he said, explaining how he not only is working full-time but working on staying present as a husband and father. In addition, he said that being a public figure is a 24 hour, seven day a week job that comes with the territory. He does not take that responsibility lightly either, saying when he meets people, “He wants to create an experience.”

He certainly did create an experience at Exit 36, one that the people in attendance surely will never forget.

For more information on upcoming artistic events in Pompano, visit www.pompanobeacharts.org.

 

Black Chakra

Lady Brion

Blacqwildflowr

Ephraim Nehemiah

Mori Taiye

JonKel

Sun Luu

Jahman Hill

Charles Hines

Wayne Henry

Native Child

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Detectives investigate highway homicide in Deerfield

Posted on 23 December 2021 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) homicide detectives are investigating the murder of a man on Interstate 95 in Deerfield Beach early Saturday morning.
Around 1:41 a.m. on Dec. 18, Broward Regional Communications received a call regarding a shooting northbound on I-95 between Sample Road and Southwest 10th Street. Florida Highway Patrol responded and located a white four-door Mercedes disabled in the right lane of I-95. FHP troopers immediately began CPR on the victim, Nathan Hillmon. BSO deputies and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded. BSFR pronounced Hillmon deceased on scene.
 
Three other occupants of the vehicle were transported to an area hospital for injuries that were not life threatening. BSO’s Homicide and Traffic Homicide detectives, as well as Crime Scene units, responded to the scene.
 
The preliminary investigation revealed that an individual inside a vehicle shot at individuals inside of the Mercedes as they were traveling northbound on I-95. The shooting caused the Mercedes to crash into the guardrail, coming to a stop. The suspect vehicle fled northbound. 
 
Detectives are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting or who has any information regarding the incident to contact BSO Homicide Detective Ryan Schnakenberg at 954-321-4247. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. 

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