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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — V.I. Council on the Arts has been named a recipient of the 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grant, one of 184 grantees selected in the United States. The grant is to be used to expand the Yacht Haven Public Arts Initiative. This initiative gave five local artists the opportunity to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — So you want to be the next Rashawn Ross. Ross is a native of St. Thomas who is in the rock n’ roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Dave Matthews Band. He went to grade school and high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands and

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SAN JUAN — Statues, street names, plazas and even the body of conquistador Juan Ponce de León himself: Spain left a nearly indelible legacy in Puerto Rico that attracts hordes of tourists every year, but some activists are trying to erase it as they join a U.S. movement to eradicate

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WASHINGTON — Because of COVID-19 concerns disrupting the production chain, 2020 Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve quarter dollars won’t be distributed into general circulation until late July or early August, according to U.S. Mint officials. Todd Martin, acting director of the Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Caribbean Writer (TCW) announces a call for submissions for Volume 35 under the 2020 theme: Diasporic Rhythms: Interrogating the Past, Imagining a Future.” Submissions that explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora are desired. The Caribbean Writer invites submissions “that explore this theme

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NASSAU — The Bahamas Supreme Court sentenced Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard to 90 days in prison and fined him $150,000 for contempt of court in a long-running legal dispute centered around an environmental group’s stolen emails. The pilfered emails belonged to Save the Bays (STB), a non-profit environmental group

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In Cadwell Turnbull’s sci-fi novel The Lesson, powerful aliens occupy the U.S. Virgin Islands. Turnbull, who grew up on St. Thomas, says he meets many people who have no idea that the territory even exists. “When I first went to Pittsburgh for my undergrad, I would talk to people about the

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SAN JUAN — The 1953 painting by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa features his mother with a red scarf on her head, a determined look on her face and heavy expression lines, a depiction of a working-class woman that broke from conventional portraits of the time that focused largely on wealthy men.

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — G-Clef Music Academy successfully launched its VI Youth String Orchestra earlier this year.  After the summer break, G-Clef has been eager to continue and expand the orchestra with new members, said G-Clef’s James Gumbs. G-Clef is opening up membership through a scholarship opportunity.  Interested youths, ages eight to 17,

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ATLANTA — “This is me giving you my true authentic self unapologetically,” said Yassin Hall as she stood before those attending her latest book launch before taking the spotlight off of herself to make attendees a part of the conversation. Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Day which falls on October

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