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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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Shhhhh! I Am Trying To Listen

Listening can improve your relationships….. Effective communication requires active listening. Listening is the ability to receive and interpret information that you just heard but listening is not the same as hearing. Listening requires focus and concentration and you actually have to stop and pay attention to what the other person is saying. You want to validate what the other person is saying, you might have to agree to disagree, but that’s better than completely devaluing what the other person has communicated to you. And you always want to clarify to make sure that there are no misunderstandings. For example you …

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Where goes BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS

Is it any longer relevant in Montreal? Clarence Bayne Mr. Egbert Gaye, the editor-in-chief of Community Contact (Volume 28, Number  02 Jan, 26, 2018) in an interview featuring Michael Farkas, the President of the Black History Month Round Table (BHMRT) posed the question: “Is the celebration of Black History Month any longer relevant in Montreal? Egbert, in the lead up to this question described the official opening event for Black History Month traditionally held at City Hall in a way that captures the feeling in the Black English speaking community. He said it is an event in which the Black …

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Back in History – Reveals the true Black History

Regardless of how new and unique something may seem to be, it carries with it a legacy of the past. For everything that exists in the present has come out of the past. Therefore, the more we understand about the past the more we will know about the present. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat It.” – George Santayana. The Life of Reason (1905-06). For one month each year Canadians deign to pay attention to Black History in the most perfunctory manner possible. For many, it is all about the Underground Railroad, and how progressive Canada …

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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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Please Release Me

There is so much enjoyment to be found in the here and now, letting go of the things in the past… is for you. Is it time to release all of the things that have held you captive and begin your healing process? Letting go of past circumstances, hurts, pain, expectations and disappointments is not always easy; but it’s necessary in order for you to begin to move towards a healthier you. I love the quote from Thich Hanh that says: “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer …

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IMPACT: An appetite for knowledge

If you’re going to make an impact in this world, you must be a reservoir of information. We are living in a generation that does not like to read. However, information is the currency of life’s activities. Job 8:8 instructs us to: “Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned.” Unfortunately, some of us of the Black race do not share our issues with our family to see how our parents or grandparents may have overcome such issues in their time. I believe what is even worse is that we do not even ask questions or inquire. …

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No Whitewashing of Martin Luther King’s legacy. Let’s celebrate the Day in the Right Way

The fact must be recognized and appreciated that King’s legacy is not about sentimentality and nostalgia but about action. Our job is to stand together and to create that community of love that Dr. King fought and died for. I recently honored an invitation from Mme. Valerie Plante the newly elected Mayor of Montreal, to attend a reception at City Hall on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The reception was held under the auspices of Brian Bronfman, president of Peace Grantmakers Network, a group of philanthropic foundations, individual donors, and corporate and institutional partners working together in …

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SPIRITUALITY – THE GATEWAY TO SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION?

by Rasta Keith With the spate of crimes committed in the Caribbean nations of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana and, to a lesser extent, even in Grenada during the past year, it comes as no surprise that every Tom, Dick and Harry is now stepping forward as having the panacea for the situation. One of the most interesting reactions to date has been expressed in the Grenadian weekly, NOW Grenada, in which a local religious leader postulates that all of the social evils plaguing such countries stem from an obvious cultural decadence gripping most of the world. And the gentleman …

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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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