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Africa’s twenty-first century children are stepping up

ALWAYS PLAYING CATCH-UP   Are four young Africans on the cusp of a viable 21st century discovery, or will this one be like others I’ve heard about, but which quickly evaporate like steam? So, someone recently sent me a WhatsApp message with a bold message: “Share this! Let’s make them famous because the media won’t.” Below is the notation @BLACKBUSINESS. I consulted Google and a world of Black businesses exploded on the computer screen. Tapping into a few of them, I wasn’t seeing what I wanted. After trying a few other search phrases, a whole lot of phrases germane to …

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Dishonesty: a cultural epidemic

God wants to raise up honorable men and women. These are the days when dishonesty and dishonest people are at their highest peak…its like an epidemic. At every level in society we are seeing, hearing and encountering dishonest people. You can find them on a daily basis. There are so many dishonest people in our community not excluding the churches we attend. It’s about time we confront this terrible spirit that is destroying our generation. God wants to raise up honorable men and women. It’s a Godly character and every human being must desire to live an honest life. There’s …

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You’re So Brave!

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. [Nelson Mandela] What is courage? Courage is taking a chance, taking steps towards your goals and dreams even when you’re afraid and you don’t really know what your next step is going to be. Courage is stepping out in faith even if the task ahead may appear to be impossible. Courage also requires wisdom. It’s doing what you need to do even if you’re scared; it’s pushing past …

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Skilled trade workers, degrees and the economy

While millions of students rack up startling university debts and gain no skills, millions of high-paying trade jobs go unfulfilled I know for a fact that as I begin to indict that I may arouse the anger or the awe of some who sincerely think and feel that I should know better. There are many people on the left side of the spectrum who will tend to dismiss my opinion, deeming it biased and unfair. From their perspective, it appears that I am endeavoring to belittle their institutions wherein bright young students can receive diplomas in agenda-driven activism and victimhood. …

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PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

by Rasta KEITH It’s carnival time again. And on July 7, tens of thousands of Montrealers and their neighbors, friends and visitors from all over the world will converge on this city, which is so well identified by its seductive logo of those thick, red female lips, to revel in calypso and soca music as they dance and “chip” in the hot sun down the road. And as everyone already knows, there could be no real Caribbean-style street revelry without a good dose or overdose of rhythmic calypso or, for that matter, soca music. Sad to say, though, if one …

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RACIAL TERRORISM…

They stopped using guns to subjugate and placate, now its words to dehumanize… Each time I hear another story about the matter dealing with the issue of race and racism, ethnicity, the manifestations and ramifications all I can think of is here we go again. About a week-and-a half or so that I first heard about a group of First Nations kids in Quebec City for a hockey tournament. I refer to it as another ‘here-we-go-again’ incident. Then watching the news a day later I was able to see footage of the incident: First Nations kids were being subjected to …

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One Small Step

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” This is just a reminder to… Do something every day that will bring you a little closer to your goals and calling. Every purposeful step that you take moves you closer to your destiny. Yes, it may be a struggle and it may be challenging at times, but it will be worth it in the end. Progress is impossible without a decision and commitment to change. …

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Fathers Day? Every day— The Power of the Black Father

A father’s responsiveness to his children and his emotional availability are key characteristics of fathers that facilitate childrens development. Some fathers come home every day wearing a suit and a tie. Some arrive home wearing coveralls speckled with paint or dirt. Others arrive home wearing a blue-collar uniform. Yet there are others who come home clad in civvies after a long day of just looking for work. Regardless of the circumstances, if they arrive in the spirit of love, they bring a power to the home that cannot be substituted. Regrettably, our culture just does not honor fathers as was …

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THE CASE AGAINST REPARATIONS FOR SLAVERY

 by Rasta KEITH The recent exchange of nuptial vows between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be remembered for various reasons for the rest of their lives by the millions of Earthlings who took the time off to view the pomp and pageantry. But as strange as it might seem, the marriage of the prince and the commoner has opened up some long-festering wounds among a noticeable segment of the black community. For although it appeared at first glance that everyone was happy for the newlyweds, there are those who feel that the occasion should be viewed as a …

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About Harry and Meghan and History

But even in their insulated and carefully guarded and manicured existence, history cannot and shouldn’t stay hidden forever. Contact Staff For so many people around the world, the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle was as moving as it was memorable and groundbreaking. After all, here is a prince, the fifth in line to the British throne, bringing into the hallowed House of Windsor a woman who not only is not perceived to be of his ilk, but also is Black. It’s important to point out that the winsome Ms. Markle, a star of television and screen, now the …

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