Novel Thomas

About the Author Novel Thomas

Novel is a well-respected columnist and a foundation member of the CONTACT team. He graduated from Concordia University’s English department. His writing is insightful and thought-provoking.

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IN THE UNFORGETTABLE WORDS OF JOHN AND YOKO

All those two Korean men, and many people around the world were thinking, saying and singing…   I watched with great interest on CNN, a late Thursday night here, a couple weeks ago, 13 or so hours later on Friday in Northeast Asia. Another page was been added to the world history book as leaders of the two Koreas, President Kim Jong Un of the North and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in were preparing to meet for the first time at a concrete separation referred to as the demarcation line). Why did that so-called Breaking News story matter to me? Because …

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TRAINING SOME PEOPLE TO BE BETTER PEOPLE

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of “diversity training…” What exactly is the expected outcome for people with that certain affliction, which they continually use to afflict those they perceive to be socially vulnerable?   Each time there’s another egregious white-perpetrated, anti-Black [people, particularly male] incident in the news, words like “diversity… racial sensitivity… training… anti-bias” and other hackneyed terms along those lines get tossed around in the media, becoming the flavour of the moment—for a day or three—then evaporate. That recent racially tainted incident at that Starbucks store in Philadelphia was just another of those …

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THE KING IS DEAD BUT THE MESSAGE LIVES…

Celebrating a renowned global civil rights icon The spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was ubiquitous last Wednesday, April 4, as peace-loving people of various stripes converged on Union United Church to commemorate and celebrate his life and legacy. More profoundly it was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the internationally-renowned activist, advocate, anti-war critic, social justice and human rights advocate, Nobel Peace Prize recipient… He was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, that evening—perhaps for a respite from another hectic day of Civil Rights activity, just “doing God’s work” as he …

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Images Of The Real World

SOME GOODNESS, SADNESS, EVIL AND BADNESS Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou is still missing, but his parents and extended family and friends, other good parents and thousands of concerned citizens are keeping collective hopes alive. Whatever that nameless white woman wrote on social media that caused such consternation among so many people of goodwill who were listening to CJAD radio a few days after the story of the young boy’s disappearance hit the news was no surprise. It was another occasion for [some] people with questionable intentions and skewed thinking to crawl out of the crevices of anonymity and wallow in their …

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Rapprochement: Whiffs of Korean Reunification?

Last year I watched a PBS documentary about the Korean War, with heart-wrenching images of men killing other men on a battlefield in the dead of winter. Having seen other documentaries on the same subject over the years, this one provided more food for thought as far as war goes, and also nourished my permanent opposition to the madness of war and the wanton killing by both sides over [respective governments’] political, ideological and other differences that force them to face-off in the first place. What was especially painful to watch were men (on either side of that Korean conflict) …

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Exploring Biblical Roots of Black History

Novel Thomas Believe it, there are stories in the Bible to help us better understand our African history, and there’s much to be extracted as we continue in our individual and collective quest to extract our historic truth from Europe’s historical contrivance and distortion of [our African] history. Which is what, in keeping with the need to find out and learn more about our history, writer and recurring Montreal Community Contact contributor N’Oji Mzilikazi, delivered a mind-opening lecture, Blacks in the Bible, the evening of Friday, February 23, at the Council For Black Aging center in LaSalle. Weather conditions notwithstanding, …

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So yes, we do have a Black History

WE’RE HERE… I like history, especially Black history. Just because I am not yet satiated, my Black history quota still has not been met. Everyday, I mean everyday… my eyes and mind are open to (learning) something new; be it something I read, saw on television, social media, etc., or overheard in a conversation.  It’s all about purging myself of that glut of European history I imbibed (was indoctrinated with, subconsciously force-fed) beginning in elementary school and into high school. Post secondary offers some options. So last Thursday 1, I tuned in to CBC radio’s early morning show, and heard …

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LIFE OF THE SHITHOLE PEOPLE

AND SO THEY SEE US… AND OUR HISTORY […] U.S. Führer Donald Trump! Depending on the multiple talking heads bombarding TV audiences everyday with the political circus and goings-on that has been the Trump White House for a year and counting, it was a heated meeting that day, just a couple weeks ago, selected members of both political parties sat down to discuss that perennially contentious, divisive and polarizing issue, U.S. Immigration. It was about them [a bipartisan group] attempting to hammer out an agreement—a bipartisan immigration deal–in the ongoing immigration debate, including new stringent rules the Führer is attempting …

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Christmas is nice… but good health matters more

A few days before Santa Claus came to town, and amidst the ubiquitous chatter of Christmas holidays and whatnot, I had a colonoscopy. It was my second time; my first was in 2012 when my MD at the time suggested that I have the procedure done because of a wake-up call in my family [more importantly for my peace of mind]. My doctor at the time set up that first appointment, for what for me was the unfamiliar, with one of his colleagues. It was scheduled for a few months down the road, I guess to allow me some time …

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I Wish You A Merry, Merry Christmas…

Over the years, several Rap groups have come and gone, some even making their mark before disbanding. Notable among them was one out of Los Angeles (South Central LA), called NWA. The group came to prominence on the other side of the mid-1980s with a bang, only to disband a few years later when members went their separate ways to pursue various individual interests. But as a group they left legacy of conscious music, in my opinion – raw, unfiltered, urgent music that spoke to deep-rooted social issues and conditions of the day (including prejudice, racism, the paucity of opportunities …

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