Time For Change?

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From time-to-time we often hear there is a need for change in the country. Someone calls in on a radio programme. Another person in your neighbourhood, maybe a friend, makes a comment about how the politicians are ‘wicked’ or ‘corrupt’. You know how it goes. Election time comes and the politicians begin campaigning with promises of ‘change’. Yet, somehow, after all of these calls and decisions made in hope of change things, today, seem so much like the same. 

From election cycle to election cycle in countries around the world the calls of change are made. Outside of election time, committees and organization, local, regional and international, are created with the purpose of making some change in some place in this world. Where is the change? 

I will list some questions for you. You can take the time to think about them when you have a chance. I have some responses but I will keep them to myself at least for now. Here they are:

  1. If the world is supposed to be such a loving place why is there so much poverty?
  2. If certain doctrines, religious and legal, label us all as created equal then why are we making a world that is not?
  3. Why is it that that in many parts of the world people have the right to live in poverty but are barred by lay from ending their lives?
  4. Is there really a way to end poverty?
  5. Is political correctness the way to conduct public discourse? Maybe there is room for the not-so-nice-talk.
  6. Are safe spaces necessary?
  7. Why is it important to have Black people represented at awards shows?
  8. Is atheism the answer? One may ask the answer to what?
  9. Do we need governments?
  10. What would the world look like without money?

It seems as though we have a lot of the wrong change in this world. People doing little things with little effect. Pocket change maybe?

5 Black Enjoyable Freestyles and Sessions

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RealTalk.BB Celebrating BLACK HERITAGE in EVERY WAY EVERY DAY!

NUMBER 5 – Sweet Irie, Tippa Irie and General Levy.

 

NUMBER 4 – Lady Saw, Wayne Wonder and Frisco.

NUMBER 3 – Akala on Fire In Da Booth

NUMBER 2 – Bunji Garlin The Frist Time!

NUMBER 1 – Bunji Garlin The Second Time!

 

HOW ABOUT ON EXTRA SESSION FOR THE ROAD?

JUST ONE MORE YES?

HUSH|HUSH

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HUSH/HUSH is an interview series where we ask bold questions to marginalized individuals and get bold answers.

 

How would you describe yourself?

Soft spoken and motivated.

What caused you to start using drugs? When did you start?

I wanted to try it out. Age 16

Is there a difference between drug abuse and drug use?

Yes

What drugs did / do you use?

Marijuana

How did/ do you consume your drugs?

Smoking

How does it feel when you are high?

Normal

Depending on the drug is the psychedelic feeling different?

Yes

Tell us your story. What was your life like before drug use ? What’s your life like after drug use?

Before my life was normal. After I was aware of the distinction that drugs cause.

Have you ever engaged in sexual acts for drugs?

No

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done while high?

Laugh

When you look back on all your life to date do you regret ever using drugs? Why?

No

Have you ever engaged in crime?

No

Would you say you are well educated? Tell us why.

Yes, because in a year I will be graduating from UWI Cave Hill

Describe you family situation. Does your family know about your drug use?

Single parent household. Yes they do

Would you describe yourself as a responsible person?

Yes

What’s your life philosophy?

Once you ask God for health, strength and wisdom, nothing is impossible

Have you ever encouraged anyone to use drugs? If yes, how do you do this? If no, why not?

No I have not

Please tell us your greatest inspiration(s).

-Unanswered-

Have you ever had a life changing experience?

No

What’s your message to other drug users?

Don’t use drugs

 

 

10 Caribbean Quotations Worth Pondering

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” The wounded are all around us and within us. Now, opening ourselves to all those recognize the brutal dialectics of underdevelopment, who acknowledge the cohesive powers of our common needs, our common dangers and our common possibilities, we can begin to stand in a newly grounded solidarity and reach out toward each other, facing the harsh but beautiful fact that we must either re-develop our selves and our world or be pushed together in some terrible, explosive closing of the light.”

– Dr. Walter Rodney ; How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

“What kind of mirror image do you have of yourself? Let me tell you what kind of mirror image I have of you. The Democratic Labour Party has an image that the people of Barbados would be able to run their own affairs, to pay for the cost of running their own country, to have an education system which is as good as what can be attained in any industrialised country, anywhere in the world.”

“If there are corrupt ministers in Barbados tonight, you have made them corrupt.”

– The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow; Mirror Image Speech

“We must inspire a literature and promulgate a doctrine of our own without any apologies to the powers that be. The right is ours and God’s. Let contrary sentiment and cross opinions go to the winds. Opposition to race independence is the weapon of the enemy to defeat the hopes of an unfortunate people. We are entitled to our own opinions and not obligated to or bound by the opinions of others.”

– Marcus Garvey National Hero of Jamaica;  African Fundamentalism

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”

– Dr. Frantz Fanon; Black Skin, White Mask

“Do not make me into that man of hatred for whom I feel only hatred.”

– Aimer Cesaire; Notebook of A Return To The Native Land  

“It grew increasingly hard to believe that this blindness and error were all my material fantasy rather than the flaw of a universal creation.”

– Sir Theodore Wilson Harris; The Palace of The Peacock

“I see education – and especially tertiary education in general and the university in particular – taking into the core of its remit, the preparation of people who can make sense of the new phenomenon and who are therefore equipped for textured, dynamic, imaginative, creative leadership. This kind of leadership requires at all levels of social existence now challenging our globalized world, from being able to function in civil society to participation in multilatteral fora designed to forge answers for the big questions of health, communication, poverty eradication, environmental integrity and human resource development and management through education and culture deepening.”

-Rex Nettleford; Selected Speeches

“Let us no more seem fearful!

Let us no more, timid, permit our enslavement”

– Lola Rodriguez de Tío; The Song Borinquen

“The prideful villager thinks his hometown contains the whole world, and as long as he can stay on as mayor or humiliate the rival who stole his sweetheart or watch his nest egg accumulitating in its strongbox he believes the universe to be in good order, unaware of the giants in seven-league boots who can crush him underfoot or the battling comets in the heavens that go through the air devouring the sleeping worlds.”

– José Martí; Our America

“An elusive cultural identity lies at the heart of our unwillingness to declare ourselves either a nation or state … Ironically, neither violent insurrection nor the democratic process seem able to solve that question.”

– Esmerelda Santiago; Island of Lost Causes

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