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Actor-Poet Malcolm-Jamal Warner Joins Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival as Celebrity Judge

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. /FLORIDA NEWSWIRE/ — Pompano Beach Arts is proud to announce that television icon Malcolm-Jamal Warner is joining the fourth annual “Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival” as a celebrity judge. The famed star of “The Cosby Show” and current hit “The Resident” will also be performing his poetry at the festival and sharing thoughts about his career during an Artist Talk. The three-day event attracts the premier spoken word artists in the country and will take place December 9-11, 2021 at the City’s cultural venues. Event details and tickets...

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Empire License says Get Ready for New Character for Advertising, TV and Toys: Black Friday

MIAMI, Fla. /FLORIDA NEWSWIRE/ — The day after the American Thanksgiving Day holiday has long been considered the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. Dubbed “Black Friday” for many reasons, shopping on that day (via brick and mortar or e-commerce) has become part of the holiday tradition for most consumers. Empire License, Inc. is now very excited to introduce to the world their very own version of Black Friday: “Black Friday” the character, in the formation of animation and plush dolls. As the preferences and habits of consumers change and evolve,...

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BREAKING NEWS: KEY WEST’S ROYAL KING & QUEEN CAMPAIGN CANCELED

There will be no king and queen fundraising campaign for Key West’s Fantasy Fest this year. The Royal Campaign, an annual eight-week fundraising campaign for A.H. Monroe leading up to the island’s Fantasy Fest celebration in October, has been canceled, the nonprofit’s board of directors announced Friday afternoon. “In an abundance of caution and recognizing its health services mission, the board of directors of A.H. of Monroe County, effective immediately, has canceled The Royal Campaign of Fantasy Fest 2021,” states a press release. “Our King and Queen candidates...

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MURDER MYSTER DINNER THEATER COMES TO MARATHON

As of presstime, only tickets for the dinner theater matinee are available. But don’t worry, Marathon Community Theatre is bringing back the second round of mystery dinner theater in September.  The evenings of laughter, intrigue and good food are the brainchild of Charla Garrison, an MCT member, actress and author. She owned the Detective Dinner Theatre in Clearwater for 16 years. In 2018, she sold her business, and her husband sold his surf shop, and the couple relocated to the Florida Keys.  Garrison has written more than a dozen murder mystery comedy plans, and sold several to...

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ADMISSIONS SCANDAL: BACK TO SCHOOL BOOKS WITH A TWIST

Admission By Julie Buxbaum Chloe Berringer is a senior at the most prestigious (and expensive) private high school in Los Angeles. The SAT pressure is in full force and her beautiful, celebrity mother and handsome, successful father are cast as the helicopter parents from hell. Chloe’s grades are mediocre at best and her mom hires “the” college consultant to get the job done. Chloe is more focused on her longtime crush and spending weekends with her best friend but figures that whatever makes her parents happy and gets them off her back is fine by her. The morning the FBI comes banging on...

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KING COTTON: FAREWELL TO A MUSIC LEGEND

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of music legend and Key Wester, Paul Cotton. Paul didn’t have fans in Key West, he had an extended family. After spending a life in the music business, his only real friends were the musicians he toured and recorded with, until he arrived on his new island home in 2004. He made some great friends, starting with the members of the Paul Cotton Band, and the people he met in his daily life in this One Human Family community.  Paul loved the vibrant and diverse Key West with its unusually large music scene and many performers playing original...

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Cancer survivor and author Tanya Wilson releases new book ‘Living The Mango-licious Life: Sips & Tips On Surviving & Thriving Beyond Seasons Of Adversity’

MIAMI, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — According to the American Cancer Society, about 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. Of that number of new cases, it is estimated that about 43,600 women will die. It is said that 1 in 10 babies are born before being considered full-term. Amidst those grim statistics, get ready for a powerful story about one woman, author Tanya Wilson, who beat the odds. Not only a cancer survivor, but also a preemie mother. Hear the story of how to take life’s sour and bitter moments and turn them into an experience of sweetness,...

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IN PICTURES: KEY WEST CELEBRATES HEMINGWAY WITH HISTORY & HUMOR

Fans of Ernest Hemingway’s literary greatness and vigorous life, including scores of bearded Hemingway look-alikes, converged on Key West July 20 to 25 for Hemingway Days 2021.  The annual celebration salutes the Nobel Prize-winning author’s writing achievements, sporting pursuits and enjoyment of the island’s lifestyle.  The festival’s highlight is the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St., which raises money for scholarships. Past winners of the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, including Chris Storm, right, judge this year’s contestants during the first of two preliminary...

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COMEDIAN PAULA POUNDSTONE RETURNS TO KEY WEST THEATER AUG. 21

As soon as comedian Paula Poundstone picks up the call, there’s a crackling energy on the other end of the line. She imparts a hearty, genuine greeting before launching into a conversation about masks that quickly leads her to wonder if it might be kind for society to start an “Awkward Chin Support Group” now that we’re all feeling so exposed. It’s easy to see how this woman has been charming her fans and relating to live audiences for 40 years. (I also begin to wonder if I should be self-conscious about my chin.) Poundstone’s upcoming Aug. 21 comedy show at Key West Theater couldn’t arrive...

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BRIAN KELLY OF FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE RECORDS 1ST SOLO ALBUM IN KEY WEST

A half became whole this summer. Country music superstar Brian “BK” Kelley, “the Florida half” of top-selling country duo Florida Georgia Line, released his first solo album, “Sunshine State of Mind,” in which he vows to be a “Florida boy forever.” Three or four of the songs were recorded in Key West at Jimmy Buffett’s Shrimp Boat Sound studio along Key West Harbor.  Kelley and friends had a big time while “working” in Key West: fishing, writing songs, drinking, recording songs, fishing, drinking. And there are plenty of recognizable Keys references in the songs, including Hemingway, Key...

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