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WHAT COULD’VE BEEN?

Conversations about elevating the Black community are endless. Some are uplifting… others rife with hopelessness; absence of tangible evidence to the contrary only nourishes that sense of hopelessness. So each year at this time, many look in the rearview mirror and ponder… From her enviable vantage point, a place far outside Montreal called retirement, which she has been occupying now for a couple or three years, my dear friend of over four decades and counting can’t help thinking of a Black community she was born and raised in that begs the question: what could’ve been if…? So whenever Black History …

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Focus! Focus! Focus!

What you decide to focus on will determine your present reality. So, my questions are: What are you focusing on? Where are you placing all of your energy? Does your focus promote positivity or negativity in your life? Peter McWilliams said, “Our thoughts create our reality, where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.” When I think of the word “focus”, I think of driving a car. When you’re driving, you look straight ahead and you usually know where you’re going. You are aware that there may be a few obstacles along the way like stop …

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Black history: We’ve come this far by faith

All year-round and not just in this second month of the year, we should not forget to give thanks unto the Lord. February is Black History Month. This is the month that we’ve been given to commemorate, remember, share and educate ourselves and others about our heritage and our diverse culture. The Black race has a very rich history – from Africa to the America’s and the West Indies. We need to hear the stories and believe that God heard the prayers of the Black slaves. These slaves were without a doubt “prayer warriors” both day and night, crying out …

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Back in History – Reveals the true Black History

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana. The Life of Reason (1905-06) No matter how new and exclusive something may appear, it carries with it a legacy of the past, for everything that exists in the present has emerged from the past. Therefore, the more we understand about the past the more we will know about the present. For one month annually Canadians condescend 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 the Savior is. At …

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CRY-CRY BABIES… OR MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?

by Rasta KEITH Come to think of it, there seems to be nothing more racially offensive and culturally insensitive than a white person painting his or her face in black as a caricature of the African Race. And the same is true whether the individual perpetrating that kind of conduct is a private citizen like Megyn Kelley, or a public official like Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia. One may recall the haste with which NBC television network had shut down the “Megyn Kelly Today” show after the television host commented that she did not think it was such a big …

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IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY

Laughter Is Remedy/Anodyne for the pain in society’s heart and soul [So] watching CTV news the evening of Wednesday 16th, I was taken aback by a story about a white comedian, a man with a dreadlock hairstyle. His name is Zach Poitras. According to Zach he was banned from participating in a comedy event because of his hairstyle. My immediate thinking was, what! This is nonsense, ridiculous, can’t be serious… Seems like the organizers of the (laugh) event deemed his “do” culturally inappropriate; more to the point, “cultural appropriation… and racist.” In a Canadian Press story the “aspiring Montreal comedian” …

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Tidying Up Your Life!

There is freedom and peace in letting go. It’s time to simplify. It’s time to think about tidying up your life. It’s time to get rid of all of the excess baggage that’s been holding you back mentally, emotionally and physically. I know that I’ve previously talked about the importance of releasing those things that are not helping you to move forward and grow as a person; that’s because it’s important to remember excess baggage doesn’t just affect what’s going on around you, it also affects what’s going on inside of you. We surround ourselves with so much stuff and …

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Romans 8 tells us that there are two kinds of minds

One is the natural way of thinking and the other is a spiritual way of thinking. If we have a spiritual revelation of the power of our minds we would move from zero to hero. You can teach your mind to work for you. Learn to change the dial in your mind from negative to positive. Thoughts come from your mind, but unfortunately some minds are polluted with negative thoughts. God has given us a responsibility to train our minds, change our minds, renew our minds and  forgive those who have been controlling our minds for years. Take some time …

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Over five decades after Martin Luther’s Death Dream Realized or Fate Finalized

“Heaven is the word for Canada”, said M.L.K in a 1967 lecture. As we celebrate his birthday, does such a statement still hold true? An assassin’s bullet on April 4, 1968 fell Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, where he was planning to join a strike by sanitation workers the next day. The anniversary of his death as well as his birthday, January 15, have become important dates in the annals of both American and Canadian history, as well as in the long drawn out struggle for racial and economic justice. Montrealers will celebrate the …

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Did I have a nice holiday Christmas season, you ask?

Well… Yes, I did. But that’s old news right now. With a little more than eleven months to go before we do it all over again, that’s truly a long, long stretch to cover. But as the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” I can. It’s a new year new year, 2019, so here we go again. Let’s put Christmas behind us. It will come again to be enjoyed, so long as we do all the necessary things (whatever they may be) to stay healthy. That done we will make it to December 2019 and do the …

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