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It transcends February

AFRICAN… BLACK HISTORY Just like Black history has become the flavour of the month of February, I can’t separate the African history of the Caribbean, Latin America (especially Brazil), the nations of the South Pacific, North America and Europe from the continent of Africa. Diluted by time as Black history might’ve become in some places, the reality is always there to see… African history must therefore be addressed holistically. If what’s happening there, where it all began, does not resonate, then… That said, it truly is disheartening watching and reading the news coming out of a handful of African countries …

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Walking the Minefield

A social analysis and critical perspective on organizing in the Black communities of Montreal By Clarence S. Bayne A social activist and active local politician in frustration once said to me, ” Trying to work with the Black communities is like walking through a mine field.” Some of us might take exception to this statement and reach for a defensive weapon which Yvonne Sam has recently, and aptly, described in a Community Contact article as “denial.” But some of us who refuse to be ruled by fear live this experience constantly. The Black community of Montreal has developed a tradition …

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Who’s Taking Care Of You?

Are you tired, stressed out, beat down? Life can be extremely hectic. No doubt, the struggle is real. The question is: Have you been taking care of yourself? We only get one chance at this gift called life and we need to cherish it. So… when you’re weary take some time to rest, refresh and renew yourself, your body, mind and spirit. And then you’ll be able to move forward with strength and vitality. Take a little time to just relax and take it easy even if it’s only for a few minutes a day, and appreciate the little things. …

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Endeavouring to progress beyond the 28

From where will the help come for the Black community? We must keep it real. Or to coin the vernacular of the young people,” Let’s keep it 100. Maybe I have it all wrong, but the Black community in many respects has lost ground, and there is no existing evidence of a battle for betterment being waged. In fact, our community is more passive than ever before. Many of us romanticize great Black leaders, but very few are prepared to live up to what these individuals truly represented. Yes, there were great leaders who made tremendous sacrifices to maintain the …

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Black People: You Have No Birth Record!

Roger A. Muhammad We just finished our celebration of Black History Month in February. As I’ve stated in the short video I filmed as a laureate of the 2017 Black History Month calendar, the irony about this month is that it is the shortest month of the year to celebrate the longest history, in history. Moreover, the history being highlighted during this celebration tends to focus on very recent accomplishments of Black People within the narrow realm of North American and European civilization. In other words, the history being discussed deals with what we have accomplished inside the society of …

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Religion: A Blessing Or A Curse?

By Peter Bailey The New Life Poet From what I could ascertain from various sources of information, the meaning of “God” is as follows: Divine, a being to worship, a supreme being seen as an omnipotent (all powerful) creator and ruler of the universe. Nature created the universe and nature is all-powerful and it is everywhere. If one were to call nature God, then in my view they would be correct. Nature created life and destroys life; it does these things because that is the nature of the universe. It does not do those things intentionally. It is man who …

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Like shattered glass we must put our pieces together

A Fractured History A Fractious People In a global context, our history is not about little islands in the Caribbean, each with specific and unique customs and historical facts (like the region’s multi-racial, -ethnic composition, etc.). It’s not about the South Pacific’s or India’s Andaman Islands’ African peoples. It’s not about Europe’s peoples of African heritage, or North America’s African peoples, descendants of the slaves… Actually, our history is comprised of the totality – all those places along with (and most importantly) the primary source from which, centuries ago, our ancestors were forcibly extracted and stripped of those things that …

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Out Of Many One People*

Our Community and Possibilities        What if from within our own community we could… would see and realize these ideals? Our Youth: What if we choose four of our best bilingual minds from each of our wonderful Islands, say two older, experienced members, two young college or university students and/or corporate minds in training, male and female, young and old, together? What if our remaining organizations pooled all their assets, what power, how viable would that be? What if a community building was constructed, one that could meet our various needs? Unified, out of many one people. No matter where …

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Celebrate what?

So much money being thrown around By Peter Bailey — The New Life poet This year, Montrealers will be celebrating 375 years of history. Canada will be celebrating 150 years of history. And hundreds of millions of our tax dollars will be spent on nothing constructive. It will be squandered by falling into corrupt hands. What do Native people and Black Canadians have to celebrate, especially Black Nova Scotians who arrived in Nova Scotia 234 years ago? Historically speaking they were cheated, robed, lied to, enslaved, suffered racism and poverty, starved to death, exterminated… The Native people suffered worst then …

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A Call for Accountability

Lack of accountability is compromising what is left of us as a people and a community Permit me to preface this article by saying a few things. Firstly, this article is not about any personal feeling of superiority, or better-than-thou attitude. Secondly, it’s no hidden fact, but our ethnic group has the biggest denial problem when it comes to accountability–there’s always a counter reason for whatever we do. Thirdly, no ethnic group is perfect, and yes, other groups shun accountability as well. In fact a government, which we all know well, probably wrote the book on denial of accountability. But …

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