Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Miss Universe Bahamas, Rake ‘n’ Scrape to be Featured at Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, Heritage Festivals, Savannah and Jacksonville for #Bahamas40Atl Reality Project

Miss Universe Bahamas 2012, Celeste Marshall is grand marshal
at Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

By #Bahamas40Atl Media Team

(Atlanta, Georgia) The sounds of rake ‘n’ scrape, the beauty of the islands and  the elegance of Miss Universe Bahamas,  will be captured this spring  when a group of young Bahamians joined by a representative from The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism tour Georgia and North Florida for #Bahamas40Atl.

The cultural  and educational campaign will also feature two American-based Bahamian professionals, crew for two reality project, a news team documenting  prominent spots at the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, Caribbean Unity Festival and African heritage festival with a Loyalist connection.

Highlights of #Bahamas40Atl reality project will include Miss Universe Bahamas 2012 Celeste Marshall featured Grand Marshal of the 25th Annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival as well as cast participation  in several major events. A “Bahama Fete” is planned for May 23rd, featuring  Da Lioness and Rake ‘n’ Scrape general Stilleet.  Guests will dine on traditional  cuisine prepared by Bahamian Chef Daron Wilson. The  Master of ceremony for the Bahamas  Atlanta Caribbean Carnival  kick off event Tino Caribbean of Freeport.

“After confirming that the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival was allowing Miss Universe Bahamas to be co-grand marshal in commemoration of our 40th year of Independence, I contacted Africa Allah who came up with the concept of #Bahamas40Atl” said Atlanta Caribbean Carnival media team member Arthia Nixon, formerly of Eleuthera. “It went from us [The Bahamas] having no representation during Carnival, to having a multi-city tour from Atlanta to Jacksonville. I was especially excited when I was allowed to expand my scheduled appearance as Georgia and Caribbean editor with The Florida and Georgia Star at the African Heritage Festival in South Georgia, to include the entire cast, plus a performance from Stilleet. I think that is going to be really important for us to attend that event, as the Gullah Geechees from Africa were brought to the area as slaves and sold in Georgia and the Carolinas, the latter of which ended up in The Bahamas via The Loyalists.  Attendees will be in for a treat to see the connections of our dialects, songs and other traditions just as I encountered when I first went there.”

“#Bahamas40ATL is a campaign created to promote the celebration of the Bahamas’ 40th Independence during the Atlanta 25th Annual Caribbean Carnival Memorial weekend, May 22-27, 2013,” explained Africa Allah, Co-Founder DistinctiveImpression Multimedia Group, Inc. “Shooting will begin May, 22, 2013, upon the arrival of Miss Universe Bahamas in Atlanta, GA, and end on June 5, 2013, upon her departure. The reality show will be produced by JEM Music Group and aired on various cable channels internationally.  The show will examine the relationship between Caribbean, Caribbean American and African-American culture. The central theme of the show will be the #Bahamas40ATL project as the Bahamian subjects, Miss Universe Bahamas, Celeste Marshall; Rake n Scrape Artist, Stileet; Freeport DJ, Da Lioness; and Campari Caribbean Poster Girl Search reality star, Tommi Culmer,   interact and experience both Caribbean American and African American festivities from Atlanta, GA to Jacksonville, FL.”

She added that DIRadioCast New Media will document the trip for new and social media outlets, allowing supporters to follow the action in real time. The project is supported by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and its Entertainment Department. Details on activities and events can be found on Bahamas.com, CelseteM242.com or DIRadioCast.com. For the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival visit www.atlantacarnival.org