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SEEKING A HAVEN

Of Relevant Cultural Spiritual Food And Social Comfort There I was going about my business when Fate intervened, stopping me in my tracks for a brief conversation. Fate is a committed and involved member of Union United Church. And as conversations are wont to go, one subject invariably led to another, the church, and “your absence…” Well I haven’t been that absent I told Fate. My last two appearances were for the closing ceremony of Heritage Week, an annual weeklong Union celebration. It once was a well-attended cultural event at the church, both opening and closing Sundays. But times and …

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The power of sacrifice

Every great man and woman must know about the power of sacrifice. John 3:16 states: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son to the world.” This is the true meaning of sacrifice. Many are destroyed for the lack of knowledge concerning sacrifice and sacrificial giving. There are physical sacrifices and there are spiritual sacrifices and to become a great leader you need to know and understand the power of sacrifice. To become an outstanding worker or celebrity of any kind, you must be willing to pay the price. The poor and lazy do not like …

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Let the Children be Children

Today’s children are being systematically exposed to issues that parents never had to confront when raising children decades ago We can babble on and on about how much we care about the wee folk but they seem to be way down on the list after our jobs, homes and cars. Most of us can’t seem to put them into daycare soon enough so we can get on with our all-important careers. (The Culture of Narcissism, Christopher Lasch). We currently exist in an anti-child culture where the world of childhood should be about innocence, but as a culture today we scoff …

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Make way for the Jab-Jab community

Carifiesta: Are we up to it? The spectacle that was presented on the street on July 7, as Carifiesta 2018 should give us all pause. There is no doubt that the throngs of marauding young and not-so-young people on the streets in dirty clothes with their faces and bodies covered in mud and paint might be a reflection of the sub-culture mentality that defines our community in this society and our instinct to rebel. If that’s the road that Carifiesta has chosen to take, then Montreal, make way for the Jab-Jab community. But there’s a sneaking suspicion among those who …

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Africa Musings…

A CONTINENT OF PARADOX AND IRONIES For over a decade – actually it seems more like forever – the world has declined into a sort of chaotic state as primarily man-made conflict, natural disasters, drought, famine, starvation… continue to impact certain countries, which have people running away from all these crises. The visible result is thousands landing and/or washing up on Mediterranean seashores, with the fortunate ones trekking westward, crashing international borders. All of them seeking refuge and safe havens, to borrow that usual cliché, “start a new life.” The response to this ongoing human tsunami impacting western countries is …

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You do not define or validate me Robert

By Clarence Bayne I would like to comment on the le Page SLAV show and its cancellation. It is true that we can all be accused of appropriating something. So one has to be very careful about the instances in which one makes these claims. But we do have significant agreement in most human societies on what is theft, intellectual rights, and what is social space and when that space is invaded. We have reasonable agreement on what is public space and the individual rights to the use of that space and the sharing of that space. There are laws …

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The Choices We Make

Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you. John Maxwell We are the end result of the choices that we’ve made. We are faced with making choices every day; sometimes we go through the day making spontaneous choices and other times intentional and purposeful choices, but whatever choices we’ve made… we’ve made them, no one else. Remember… You are free to choose your actions, but you are not free to choose the consequences. It’s important to always consider the consequences of your choices. Think about it… If I choose to __________, the (positive or negative) …

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How parents can help to avert academic mishap

Bridging the educational gap We are frequently reminded of the three-year gap between Black and white students in the school system. There are many who love to believe that such is attributable to income, fatherlessness, academic background of the parent, and lack of parental involvement. But it is my personal belief that a major cause of this gap is that we continue to close schools for the summer thereby treating education like an agrarian economy. If you multiply three months by 12 years we will arrive at the reason for the three-year gap. We need to keep our youths academically …

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SAVE THE DATE FOR HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY

H.I.M. remains an exemplar to Rastafarians around the world. And no greater tribute could be paid to his memory than for everyone of all races and creeds to commemorate his impact on mankind on  July 23… by Rasta KEITH Come July 23, Rastafarians from the four corners of the earth will be celebrating the 126th birthday of His Imperial Majesty (H.I.M.) Emperor Haile Selassie. Come to think of it, though, such a commemoration should be observed not just by Rastafarians but by persons of all races and creeds. For no other modern leader, including the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin …

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THE INTRINSIC VALUE OF THE 21st CENTURY SLAVES

Call it what you will, “me too” will call it what it is: cultural appropriation. When I turned on the radio early one morning the beginning of last week and heard about a gathering at a downtown venue where people were protesting the staging of a special musical performance as part of this year’s Jazz Festival, the thought that immediately came to mind was “Oh boy, here we go again…” It was almost natural. Over the years I’ve heard of so many instances of [Black] cultural appropriation in its various forms. All to tacitly illustrate and/or demonstrate that in both …

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