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Blanche Ely Boys Basketball team wins the Class 7A state championship


By David Volz

The Blanche Ely High School Boys Basketball team won the Class 7A state championship. The Ely basketball team defeated Kissimmee Osceola 72-60 at the Lakeland Center and finished the season with a 28-0 record. The Ely Tigers basketball team is nationally ranked and has a strong reputation for basketball excellence. The photo taken above is after their win in a Christmas basketball tournament.

BaCA Explodes with Exciting New Events and Programming

Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) has quickly become Pompano’s epicenter for exciting events and innovative programming. This spring BaCA students get the opportunity to explore their inner Spielberg with film classes created for kids, and the community comes together at a benefit for Erace the Hate. In addition, BaCA has expanded their Paint & Sip classes, and participants at Lyrics Lab have the opportunity to perform at the BaCA stage for the Mess O’ Blues event on the grounds of The Amp (Pompano Beach Amphitheater).

“In less than a year, BaCA has become a creative force in the community,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Pompano Beach Arts. “And now with the street construction almost complete, we ready to make the venue explode with all sorts of interesting events and innovative programming.”

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A few of BaCA’s upcoming programs include:

Spring Break Camp- Director’s Cut Spring Film Camp

Sign up now for classes that will run from March 23-27th from 9am-3pm. Tuition $300, plus $25 materials.

Let’s make a movie! If you have budding movie directors at home, or just creative kids who want to do something amazing during spring break, enroll them in this original new class. They will learn stop motion animation with paper, Legos or clay. Students will create characters and scenes and bring them to life in their very own Hollywood-style stop motion film. We provide all the technology; they provide the imagination.

Tues, 3/3/15 7pm | ERACE the Hate | Special Event  

$10 online at $15 at door.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY with founder Lyndon Gray and DJ Reggie Dee, who is walking against racism from Dallas to Florida.

This special fundraiser for ERACE the Hate will unite the community through music and fashion.  Featured musical artists include: Eric Biddines, The Climax Band, Bria Zhanae, Shod, Tevin Tevin, G BourouGhs, and Gray Poupon. The event will also include inspiring videos showcasing the mission of the organization’s founder Lyndon Gray.

ERACE the Hate by ERACISM Clothing is inspired by the concept of Eracism, which revolutionizes peace with a defined focus on positivity and empowerment.  “Young generations segregate themselves primarily with fashion and innovation,” stated Gray. “We become segregated by hating on our ‘competition’ without realizing that we are our biggest competition.  We become blinded by the eagerness to be the new ‘cool’! Well, when we ERACE the Hate, we understand that there is plenty of ‘cool’ to go around.”

Another highlight of this event will be an appearance by Reggie Dee of x102.3 FM who is walking from Dallas to Florida to end racism. Reggie will make the final stop of his trek at BaCA.

“As I walk from Dallas to Florida, I’m walking through all these states. I have to be the magnet that walks through these communities and pulls all these people together,” said Reggie in a recent news story.

Wednesdays 8pm | Lyrics Lab | $10  | Plus Next Stage Contest

One of the most popular programs at BaCA is the high-energy Lyrics Lab which features spoken word artist, singers, and musicians who converge weekly to create a unique and dynamic mix of talent that is truly organic.

Each week, performers have the opportunity to showcase their new material in front of other artists and guests alike, providing an incredible atmosphere for expanded creativity.

Now through March 18th, bring your best performance to Lyrics Lab at and you could be showcased at the Mess O’ Blues Beer and BBQ Fest on the grounds of The Amp (Pompano Beach Amphitheater).  BaCA is looking for talent to perform onstage at the blues event taking place on Saturday, March 28th.  Say “Consider me for Mess O’ Blues!” before your performance at Lyrics Lab and you could make it to the next stage!

Wednesday 2/25/15 | 5:30-8pm | Limelight Street Festival | Free

Join us for our monthly free street festival featuring exciting musical artists, food, drinks, and fun. This month we welcome Drew Tucker & Street Sophistication, who will perform an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, soul, and hip hop. The group consists of Doug Carter on Rhodes, Bill Muter on bass, Claudens Louis on sax, and Nat Stolkes on drums and features talented poets and hip hop artists who deliver rich tracks of vocal dexterity.

Drew Tucker is a vibraphonist, studio drummer, and clinician. Educated at Berklee College of Music and Florida Atlantic University, he’s recorded and performed with artists, ranging from Grammy Award-winning stars such as Deana Martin, Engelbert Humperdink and Diana Krall to renowned classical and contemporary giants from around the globe including Nebojsa Zivkovic, Jonah Kim, Nancy Zeltsman, Mark Ford and more.

Paint & Sip Every Friday 7-9pm or by reservation

Ages 21 and up | $30/class 

Bring a bottle of your favorite, most artistically inspiring wine and create something uniquely your own. Led by Grace Gdaniec, this class is for all level of skill in painting. Grace will work through the process of creating a painting, step by step, and every artist will have a finished work to bring home by the end of class. This is a great environment to learn a few things about technique while also relaxing and creating a wonderful piece of art.

Paint & Sip is also the perfect environment for a girls’ night out, special event, company gathering or any occasion where you want to gather friends for a great time! Just call us to set up your party: 954-284-0141.

Sun, 4/12/15 | Save the date. More details to come. | Coaches’ Slam/Food for Thought

Building upon the amazing impact the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network has had on area youth since launching the program less than two years ago, football legend Jason Taylor and his Jason Taylor Foundation are now taking bluapple to new heights by bringing the “Super Bowl of Poetry” to Broward County!

The 2014-15 school year will mark the launch of Louder Than a Bomb Florida (LTAB Florida), empowering and uniting South Florida’s youth and community through the art of the spoken word. LTAB Florida will feature school-based poetry teams from within the bluapple Poetry Network, as well as from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and beyond, to showcase this art form through a friendly competition taking place in venues throughout South Florida, while providing teens from diverse backgrounds a platform to come together and find a common ground through sharing their stories.

At BaCA, the event will feature a competition between the coaches from Louder than a Bomb, in a fun filled family festival atmosphere that will entertain and inspire.