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Trio of High School ballers primed and ready

Sun Youth’s Malakai Williams-Whittaker, Devawn White and Philip Bou Khalil off to The Carmel School in Virginia Egbert Gaye Three young Montreal high school basket-ballers, Malakai Williams-Whittaker, Devawn White and Philip Bou Khalil are primed and ready to take their game to another level. The talented trio, alumni of the Sun Youth Basketball Program, have accepted scholarships to The Carmel School, a highly regarded preparatory program in Virginia, and are off to the US to pit their skills against some of the best players in the world, in their age group. And according to one of their long-standing coaches, Rodney …

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THE J.J-D.T EFFECT

Creating two socio-religious-political Frankensteins, with apologies to Mary Shelley One is described as a [pseudo] “civil rights preacher, faith healer, and cult leader (of the Peoples Temple).” In 1978, the charismatic cult leader “conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass suicide of [his] followers,” inducing them to consume ‘cyanide-laced’ fruit punch… at his jungle commune in Jonestown, Guyana. The other, a veritable political cult leader, among myriad descriptions and personal characteristics, is a real estate tycoon, (“filthy lucre” –type) multi-billionaire, former television celebrity cum novice politician (by happenstance), and, more shockingly, is now President of the United States. …

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Take Care!

Self-care means different things to different people. Are you feeling tired, overwhelmed or just stressed out? Life can be extremely busy and hectic at times. No doubt, the struggle is real. That’s why your mental, spiritual and physical health should always be a priority. The question is… Have you been taking care of yourself? Have you been taking the time to check in on how you’re doing? Remember: If your cup is empty you’ll have nothing to offer anyone. Give yourself permission to pause, reflect, and practice self-care. We only get one chance at this gift called life and we …

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Submission and humility are key words to your victory

In order for one to fulfill one’s destiny, it’s necessary to be better acquainted with submission and humility. Each of these two words, when defined, can put you on the road of greatness. God gives grace and greatness to humble people. We are living in times when people have become so proud and arrogant. These days it does not take much for people to become proud and isolated. Such people refuse to relate to their fellowman, simply because they may be homeless or poor. Pride in one’s heart can cause them to look down on, belittle, or think lesser of …

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IT’S A MOOT POINT

Watching that ongoing discussion on U.S. television networks with hopes of finally hearing some earth-shattering news about the man occupying the White House is a virtual waste of time. He’s unfazed. But is he racist? For years I heard of him and read about him and his [financial] exploits, especially about his wealth accrued from major real estate holdings around the world, but especially in New York City and other parts of the U.S. But something about the real estate magnate, his wealth, his arrogance, over-the-top ego, pompousness, bombast, and other questionable human traits never resonated with me. Not the …

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Show Me!

Don’t just tell me… Show me! Are your words lining up with your actions? I’ve had the privilege of speaking with many people who talk about wanting to see change in their lives, but then they’ll confess that they’re not willing or don’t think they are able to put in the actual work necessary for that change to occur. Talking about change doesn’t change anything. The thing about change is that it requires work and sometimes it takes hard work to get your desired outcome. You can talk about what you want to do all day long, but if you …

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IMPACT: Time

We must never lose sight of the importance of time. It’s amazing how time is swiftly passing by. And what’s noteworthy is that you are aging and getting older day by day. Luke 19:44 tells us: “They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize the time God visited you.” Please pay attention to your time because you will be visited by the one that created time. Please note that time is not in your hands, time will not stop to wait …

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Our Children Are Unable To Read

It’s a fact: learning to read is not as easy as learning to talk At the risk of sounding like the portender of doom, or having any similar moniker attached to my name, let it be known that our children are falling through educational “gulfs” not “cracks.” The question is why? The response to such a question lies fundamentally in dysfunctional home environments, and already overburdened teachers. Naturally, the dysfunctional nature of the instructional “curriculum” also bears a significant part of the responsibility for why children are not learning. Black children especially are falling through an educational gulf because of …

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IS UNION NOW UNITED?

Novel Thomas Sunday, July 7: A double celebration at church Last week Thursday 4, “she who must be obeyed” as a former local radio personality used to fondly describe his better half, announced in passing: “I’m going to church on Sunday.” Actually, she was in another room when she made the statement, but it was within earshot, probably a heads-up to me; there was no one else around to hear. I immediately thought I really don’t feel like church on Sunday, and began thinking of a few things on the home front that I could do while “She” was worshipping… …

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How Are You Coping?

Life isn’t static; it doesn’t just stand still for us. Life is ever changing and we have to learn how to adjust to those inevitable changes. We have to learn to accept what is, let go of how things used to be, and have faith in the future possibilities. You may not be able to change your circumstance, but you certainly can change how you respond to the circumstance and you can change what you have the power to change. Virginia Satir said, “Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with …

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