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  1. 1. 4th QUARTER December 2013 global eyes Manitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine Farewell Mandiba
  2. 2. Subscribe Today Name:_________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ Postal Code_______________ Phone:_______________________ Email address:_______________________ Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think we’re doing a good job. Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. I Would like to receive upcoming event notices from the Caribbean/ Black/larger community - by email or by phone (YES/NO) Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Global Eyes is an independent magazine quarterly publication devoted to promoting cultural awareness of the African and Caribbean communities of Manitoba and highlighting the issues and concerns of these communities. It also aims at promoting cultural diversity and appreciation. Its It features articles ranging from the achievements of local, national and international personalities and general information that are of interest to the African/Caribbean community. It offers editorials with African/ Caribbean sensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine is produced under a volunteer editorial committee that assists with proof-reading, publicity and IN THIS ISSUE Regulars: Briefs Letter to my children Global Counselor Finale of ZIZI’s Story Community Events Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 2 Black History Moth Events Monday, February 17, 2014 HISTORY LESSON & WORKSHOP Location: JAM, 1098 Winnipeg Ave. Time: 10:30am-3pm **FREE EVENT** Cooking, Music, Arts and Crafts… Lunch provided! Fun for all ages! Contact: Mavis @ 204.257.9665 Saturday, February 22, 2014 BHM GOSPEL CELEBRATION Featuring: Sheila Raye Charles (dtr of Ray Charles) Location: Immanuel Christian Fellowship, Time: 7:00pm Tickets: $10 (adults) $5 (youth) Contacts: Rhonda Thompson-Wilson @ 204.509.7726 **REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE** Saturday, March 1, 2014 BLACK HISTORY MONTH COMMUNITY AWARDS BANQUET Time: 6:30pm Location: Jamaican Cultural Centre, 1098 Winnipeg Ave Tickets $35 (adults) $20 (students w/ ID) $15 (child) Special Guest Speaker: Chief of Police Devon Clunis Contact: Mavis McLaren @ 204.257.9665 For more information: call Mavis 204 257-9665 or Nadia 204.798.7352 or email bhmwinnipeg@gmail. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. Martin Luther King, Jr
  3. 3. TAKE ONE- Editorial Reflection was jailed and condemned to house arrest several times she would not eternal rest. On the one hand I think be silenced. She suffered with the people of South Africa and the Mandela. It was her voice that world were prepared for his rose above the din and got the passing due to his lengthy illness attention of the world. Like but for the people in South Africa Mandela, Winnie was a human particularly those who grew up in being and she may have made some the shadows of Mandela’s name poor judgement and she was and aura, they could not imagine thoroughly chastised by the press the void his passing would create. and factions of her people in South He was their angel who looked out Africa. But did we give up on for them. He was one they could Winnie too quickly because of her appeal to in case of injustices but transgressions during a time of to whom would they now turn. war. Grandfather is no more. Will there In spite of all her ups and be another Mandela could there downs she remained strong with be? I believe so but not in this the fierceness of Harriet Tubman lifetime. who had threatened anyone There is the hope that South threatened anyone of her convoys Africa will honor Mandela’s with death if they did anything to precepts and not slip into a jeopardize the rest of the crew. In destructive path of greed, war as in love there is always corruption and indifference as so bloodshed in the mix. Winnie was many African Nations have. That a leader of her people in her own the path of peace that Mandela right and she had to balance her preached will be the path of the political advocacy with being a current and future governments, that mother and raising her children. Mandela’s legacy will be honored. My hope is that she picks up What about Winnie Mandela? the mantle of Mandela and run with Little was said about her during the it. She could be the voice of funeral procession. Many people conscience. She could use her came to know of Mandela through voice to reach out to the world Winnie Mandela. She was tireless when South Africa falters. Long in her advocacy to keep his name Life Winnie Mandela. May in people’s mouths even though she Mandela Rest in Peace. Mandela has gone home to his Nelson Mandela has raised the bar on leadership on the African continent but especially he has raised the bar for Black Africans and has redefined the measure of a good statesman. African is undergoing growing pains and it is painful to watch the atrocities that are being committed on innocent citizens including women and children in the fight for power. Mandela like his neighbour President of Namibia could have held on to power until his 95th birthday feeling that he is entitled to the sweetness of power since he had endured so much for the nation but he chose a path less travelled. We do not have to look that far to see how power is used and abused in the hands of petite dictator-style governance. It is happening in Winnipeg amongst those who seek freedom and democracy. When they get the power they choose to walk the same path as those in the countries from which they ran. With little power to grab some seek to grab it in community organizations where they want to throw their weight around, to believe they know what is best for the community and no one else has the knowledge; there are those who feel “it’s my way or the highway.” How can we learn from Mandela? Mandela demonstrated that power comes to those who share it, those who respect it and those who are willingly walk away from it when it is time. Here are the leadership lessons from Mandela according to author Donna Rockwell: 1. Courage is not the absence of fear it is inspiring others to move beyond it 2. Lead from the front - but don’t leave your base behind 3. Lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front 4. Know your enemy - and learn about his or her favorite sport (be thorough) 5. Keep your friends close - and your rivals even closer 6. Appearance matters - and remembers to smile 7. Nothing is black or white 8. Quitting is leading too (knowing how to abandon a failed idea, task or relationship) 3 Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 3
  4. 4. Letter to my Children My dear children, The world almost came to a standstill upon hearing the death of the beloved Nelson Mandiba Mandela. A father and grandfather to his people in South Africa he was blessed with 95 years on this side of life after spending 27 years of hard labour. God must have charged Mandela with the purpose of becoming the iconic larger than life figure he rose to become. As, prophet founder of Baha’i faith wrote “with fire we test the gold and with gold we test our servants”. Mandela was true gold. He has completed the work he was called to do, to lead his people from oppression, hate and segregation to freedom and forgiveness. Through his life he demonstrated that two wrongs do not make a right. Sometimes we have give up our grudges for our own good and for the greater good of the world. Mandela would be remembered long after you and I have moved on. His name will be boldly whispered in the same breath as other iconic figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, and Socrates. Through his selfless act he has cast a bright light on all of Africa. One thing that stands out for me was to see the beauty and softness of the place Mandela grew up. It is not a surprise that Mandela emerged from such spiritual field. May his soul rest in peace and may his lesson be heeded by those who follow. Love, mom Global Counsellor Dear Global Counselor, I live next door to my brother and his wife and they are driving me to tears each day. My brother is was my best friend. I brought him to Canada and sent him to school. We got along well until he returned home and married a woman by arrangement. The woman has turned our lives upside down. My brother and I have not spoken in about five years. I do not get to interact with his children. He is quiet. He takes up for his wife and throws me away. I miss my brother. I am so hurt. What can I do? Sad Dear Sad, I am sorry to hear of your sibling woes. Sometimes when things change we cannot change and Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 4 expect things to be the same. Your brother might be just trying to keep the peace in his home. Is there an elder you can ask to speak to the three of you? If not, maybe one of you should move out from being so close to one another or try to accept the fact that even though your brother may love you, he has a wife and his first allegiance is to her. That’s just the way things are. Detach yourself, have no expectations of him and let him be and hope that one of these days he will realize how badly he has been treating you and ask you to forgive him. Until that time, busy yourself with other interests, other friends and other hobbies. Unity Dinner Big Success Kudos to Dr. June James and her team for pulling off another exciting scholarship fundraiser at the Canada Inn Dr. June James on Regent Avenue. This year they took audience for a thrilling space tour and as guest speaker Museum Animator.... who interactively delivered a brief history of astronomy. The evening was fun and entertaining. The highlight was the awarding of scholarship to three deserving women. Kenisha Calder performed splendidly as the evening’s emcee. Monies raised will go towards offering scholarship to Kenisha Calder, women in pursuit Emcee of their career or flanked by brother & mother academic goals. Kevin Mogk, Animator,Manitoba Museum Dr. Lois Stewart Archer (r) and Scholarship Winners
  5. 5. Mark your Calendar Hello everyone, it’s Mimi. I wanted to inform you of my first published work as an author (in process) and its upcoming book launch. The book is entitled, “I’m an addict: In bits and pieces”. It is an autobiographical memoir that addresses my experience with drug addiction, sexual exploitation, childhood sexual trauma, domestic violence and the apprehension of my children by child and family services. It follows the first five years of my decision to move forward from these things (I plan to write two more books to follow). It includes a selfreflection/study guide in the back as well as a listing of suggested reading material. I have attached a picture of the cover page. I would be grateful if you would forward this email to any contacts that you feel would be interested in such a read. The book launch is set for April 2, 2014 at 7pm at McNally Robinson (1120 Grant Avenue). Thanks/ Megwetch.Mimi Shamin Brown BSW Student Are you looking for an exotic or unique shopping adventure? A one of a kind item to own to give? Check out the Forest People Crafts at The Forks’ Market. You can find necklaces, bracelets, earrings, wood carvings, batiks, clothing and other crafts individually hand made in Africa and the Americas by people living in forest communities. When you buy from Forest People Crafts you are helping forest people support their families. We’re on the 2nd Floor #226 of The Fork’s Market, One Forks Market Wanjoki Connection – Action Request Jambo/hello to all our friends and supporters! We have received news from Kenya of hard times for two of the women there who work with us in both Forest Peoples” Craft, our registered Fair Trade Shop in the Forks Market and in our poverty action group Wanjoki Connection. One of these women has recently been diagnosed with cancer. She has very expensive treatments facing her. The other one, also a single mom, lost her cow when it died giving birth. She depended on that cow to help feed her children and grandchildren. Both are in urgent need of small donations to get them through these crises and continue their productive lives. Please help with your contribution that you can take to Pauline in the shop on the 2nd Floor , Forks Market or mail to forest Peoples’ Crafts #226 One forks Market Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4L9. If you would like to receive up to date information about the project please include your email address.Asante Sana/thank you very 5 Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 5
  6. 6. Students Breaking Barriers The recent Gay-Strait Alliance Conference that was held at the Victoria Inn, more than 600 students of all orientations attended to make it a meaningful and fun day. The organizers ensured that all washrooms were gender-neutral and it appeared to work well. In June 2013 the Attorney General and Justice Minister amended the Human Rights Code to include Gender Identity as one of the protected grounds. More and more Manitoba youths are embracing youths of different orientations and offer support in Gay-straight alliances which are popping up in many schools. Students who fall outside of the male-female category are being considered and their issues and concerns taken seriously in forums like this. Of the more than 600 students who attended there was about one percent student from visible minority backgrounds. Poems by Neil Pitamber HISS AND HEARSE Lying in the shadow of wood and pea‘Sex more weeks to Spring?,’ she laughs “It doesn’t take much to get you going— ” ‘A lot less than it takes for you to last!’ We were like the jaws Of a bear trap, awkward pause—? “Where’s my Secretary Bird?,’ I ask “I have a snake in garters on my bed And she won’t unfurl at all!” ‘I was about to suggest to you She says, ‘yours barely has life to crawl!’ Dovetailed into the perfect crunch (Why couldn’t I have been ‘cloverleafed’?) ‘You look am-aging!!,’ I balked at her She stood quiet, in disbelief… Jared Starr, Conference Coordinator Manitoba Musician Making a Difference in the Congo Minister f Immigration and Multiculturalism Province of Manitoba held a reception at the Legislature for an information evening with Darcy Ataman, CEO and Founder k Make Music Matter and cofounder, Peter Frantz, adjunct profess of sculpture and drawing at Towson University in Baltimore and cofounder Panzi Foundation USA a non profit organization that addresses the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and assists Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Kibvu Province of DRC. Mr. Franz is the primary artist and curator of a continuing series of exhibitions entitled: Peace should not be this fragile – a Portrait of Panzi Darcy has been working with abused women in the eastern DRC to Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 6 PRIME ORDEAL New moon after midnight Dash from death by frost Under rule of new moon (years?)…yeah… Flowers haven’t woken as yet As silt croons for the salt tide World worse for wear And all I can hear Is the flit of my eyes… Have all the time I need now The only thing I can get down Won’t stay down tonight (or day) We were not built for wear Crichton’s words in my ears But will ‘life’ find a way?… Darcy Ataman (l) and Peter Franz (r) contd on p10
  7. 7. Human Rights Commitment Award Winners 2013 Joseph Durrant Olsen receives award for his mother from Robin Dwarka Betty Hopkins, LEAF Chair Congratulations to the winners of the Annual Human Rights Commitment and the Sybil Shack Awards which honors those who have promoted human rights within their community.Congratulations to the winners of the Annual Human Rights Commitment and the Sybil Shack Awards which honors those who have promoted human rights within their community. Each year the event is sponsored by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission (MHRC), Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) and the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties (MARL) Each year the event is sponsored by the Manitoba Human rights Commission, Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties (MARL). The 2013 winners of this prestigious Commitment award went to Manitoba League for Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) which was accepted by Jim Derksen Claire Simpson and Jim Derksen and Claire who are actively involved in the Simpson organization. As Mr. Derksen receives award recalled he was on the ground for MLPD floor in advocating for handitransit. Imagine where we would be without a handi-transit. Betty Hopkins, LEAF (Legal Education Action Fund) Chair for her commitment to human rights and in particular equality rights for women, Professor of Family Studies at the University of Manitoba Dr. Joan Durrant’s award was accepted by her son Jonah Durrant Olsen who read his Megan Fultz receives award from Yvonne mother’s acceptance speech in Peter, MHRC Chair which she said “the young man you see before you did not even exist when I began my work”. The Sybil Shack Award dedicated to youths in the promotion of human rights work went to The Gay Straight Alliance Group of Gray’s Academy and Megan Fulz an indomitable young woman of many talents and skills. Co-presidents of the Gay Straight William Pitch and Anne Binder accept award from Rebekah Enns Alliance Group William Pitch 7 Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 7
  8. 8. Tribute to Nelson Mandela by Godfrey Smith aka Smitty Wrong should not replace the Wrong And here you sit And here you stand and there in South Africa our Prime Ministers and notables went to pay homage! Wrong should not replace the wrong The lesson and the message of great personalities, in historical events is that “wrong should not replace the wrong” When Dr. Martin Luther King, in his fight for racial equality in America said “everyman has something to die for; and any man who wouldn’t die for something is not fit to life”, he meant and he means wrong should not replace the wrong. In the Holy Bible, the new testament – Jesus Christ of Nazareth in his “Sermon on the Mount”, said, if someone slaps you on your right cheek, give him also your left cheek, he meant and means wrong should not replace the wrong. And Mahatma Gandhi fought the British domination in India with his “peaceful disobedience” tactic said “the weak can never forgive.” “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong,” and again he cited that, “an eye or an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” He meant and means wrong should not replace the wrong. Mandela Mandiba Nelson was a man of wisdom and knowledge. Like his predecessors before him, Mandela knew that wrong should not replace the wrong. He did not entertain white domination and he did not entertain black domination. Wrong should not replace the wrong. Wrong should not replace the wrong is an empirical fact and South Africa under Mandela was an historical fact – that wrong should not replace the wrong. This is the lesson well learned and the message should be the sounding echoes we should whisper to the generations not yet born. Wrong should not replace the wrong. Well done Mandela, well done and history has already absorbed you. A Black History Month EventFebruary 16, 2013 Musac - Larry Stracha - Artistic A Black History Month Event</ strong>February 16, 2013 Musac - Larry Strachn - Artistic Director Crossroads Orchestral music by black Composer When: Sunday, February 16, 2014 Time: 7:00 p.m. Where? Shaw Performing Arts Centre - 2, Forks Market Road Tickets going cheap: $15 adults, $10.00 Students Available at McNally Robinson and at the door For Reservations call - 204-5042185 Please come out and support this event and our community talent ****************** Healthy Recipe Main Ingredients: Sweet potatoes: 3 cups, chopped Chicken stock: 6 cups Congraulations to LEAF Manitoba Stellar Volunteers Leek: 3, chopped Fresh ginger: 1 tbsp (optional) Mel and Maxine McCrae were Butter: 1 tbsp pleasantly surprised when they Salt were recognized at LEAF Directions: Manitoba’s Annual Person’s Day 1. Heat butter in a frying pan. Add Breakfast on October 18, 2013 sliced leeks to the pan and cook for a with a gift. couple of minutes. Maxine is still a member of 2. Add sweet potatoes and chicken LEAF’s Board and has been the broth to the pan. Season with salt. Breakfast Chair in the past. Mel 3. Reduce heat to low. Cover and has been volunteering for many simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally years on the Breakfast Committee until cooked. and working closely with LEAF 4. Let the soup cool for a while then Chair Betty Hopkins to raise funds process in a food processor until for the organizations. smooth. 5. Garnish with fresh ginger before serving. Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 8
  9. 9. CommunityLeaders paytheirtributetoMandela NigerianSingers Chanian singers 9 The Ethiopian hall on Selkirk Avenue was packed with diverse African nations and friends of the African community including Mayor Sam Katz, MLA for Logan and Minister of Multiculturalism and Literacy Ms Flor Marcelino, representative of the Liberal Party and many representatives of the African communities e.g. Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan, Congo, Sierra Leone, and Zambia . Nalinini Reddy gave a stirring rendition of the South African National Anthem while Strini Reddy’s tribute brought home the struggles that were launched in Winnipeg to free Mandela. Born and raised in South Africa and was himself a refugee of that country in the 60’s Reddy provide needed perspective of the numerous people who were involved in the Mandela freedom fight. Members of African community celebrated Mandela’s life African style with songs of praise and dance of the ancestors. Even though it was a sad time, Mandela received a hero’s send off to Youth Representative join those who have gone before. The evenings proceedings was adorned with pride of the legacy of an African son to whom all can look up to and speak of with respect, love, admiration and yes a man of peace and wisdom. Quote Don't find fault, find a remedy.Henry Ford Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 9
  10. 10. Artist Talk Yisa Akinbolaji, Winnipeg Artist of Nigerian descent often described as the African Picasso upped the ante at his last show wich was held at the Framing and Art Centre in St. Vital where he not only exhibited his new and exciting works but also presented an artist talk which absorbed the audience on Akinbolaji’s journey from a novice to the professional artist he is today. Akinbolaji was influenced by Pablo Picasso’s work. However at first glance at some of the Master’s work which to the untrained eyes appear to be childlike, made him think that he could draw better than Picasso. He soon realized that in order to manipulate one’s art one had to understand and abile to execute the principles of drawing and must have a feel for the art. Akinbolaji’spresentation was lively and speckled with humour throughout aided at times by his loving wife Catherine who prompted his memory on important details he might have overlooked. His new works are fresh and inviting with bold colours a feast for the eyes and Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 10 Exhibition PASSAGES CANADA GEARS UP FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH Manitoba Musiciancont’d from p6 ACOMI Pres Andre Dombe and Pres of Congolese Org presents gift to Mr. Ataman For Black History Month, Passages Canada will be connecting with over 150 school and community groups across Canada with their Black Canadian Volunteer speakers. They will share their stories of heritage, identity and achievement inspiring a younger generation to explore their own roots. In addition, Passages Canada’s beCOMING Canada Video series, the latest education tool, features 23 bilingual interviews, that are available online and as a DVD, underscoring Canada’s defining diversity, with stories from refugees arriving from war-torn countries to those of longstanding citizens who can trace their Canadian ancestry back many generations. The videos complement Passages Canada growing Story Archive which now counts over 200 profiles from around the world. help them reintegrate into society after disfiguring rape crimes against them leave them with conditions that make it difficult for the women to live normal lives. Since 2007 Make Music Matter has been using music to engage, education and foster leadership in communities affected by extreme poverty and conflict and tries to enrich the lives of women and youths with music. Many people, mostly of African countries and in particular DRC residents here in Manitoba attended the event and voiced their own concerns about the level of violence against women in that part of the world.
  11. 11. C E C Ca hr i M. r Dv al i O k li o w r Kamta Roy Singh Singh’s Journey Inspires Audience Kamta Roy Singh, Guyanese Canadian businessman was the guest speaker at the Citizen Equity and Diversity Annual Open House on December 4, 2013 at City Hall Council Building. Singh spoke about his journey to Canada and to where he is today and the lessons learned. He was candid and shared from the heart how went to a front counter serving personnel to the owner of more than four coveted Tim Horton’s franchises which could readily serve as a model for those who aspire to great things. First you have to be humble and trustworthy. Singh said when he landed in Canada “on August 26, 1989 I arrived with $ 27: 00 Canadian dollars. The taxi driver charges me $77:00 dollars. I was immediately broke.” The Taxi driver unloaded him on the highway but changed his mind since the only way he could be paid was by taking him to his destination. The following day thanks to the generosity of his uncle he boarded the Greyhound to Winnipeg and he has been here ever since. He gave the audience a brief geographic sketch of Guyana, South America neighbours to Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela and compared its multicultural mosaic to Cont’d on p15 11 Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 11
  12. 12. Gaffin wid Buddy A Community Champion Gone Too Soon Hassan Salah was one of earliest migrants from Ethiopian What happens now? Christmas is and was the prime movers and here again and I’ m not sticking around. I’m heading to warmer clime shakers of the Ethiopian community. He was a benevolent of the Caribbean shoes. I haven’t been leader, a generous contributor and home for years and I decided it’s time a great communicator. He is to experience a good ole fashion described by members of the Christmas. Jus tinking bout it mek me community as a good friend, a so excited - de hot sun, green grass, father, devoted husband and father people milling round de market wid to his own children. fresh, fresh fruits and vegetables wid Anyone fresh fruits and vegetables, de who knew hucksters by the market hustling dough Mr. Salah fuh family and fried from fuh dem knew he from ovasees, free smiles low class was a man Mon most of all I’m looking who could forward to drink wata in me mout to represent taste dat black cake, ginger beer, the interest chowmein curried chicken, roti, of his community chocolate tea on Christmas morning. and was I’m gonna have it all.’ not afraid Checking out de neighbours in the to speak front yard an ting, de rum punch the truth, competition and tasting which leave said his you feeling good and tipsy but I wife andastand people drink de stuff daily Zahra fuh breakfast so I gat to act Mr. responsibly – yeah man living de Salah fridge dis year – have a white was a Christmas. jovial, kind person and was personally known to me and with each encounter will be greeted with the Ethiopian style greetings of kissing both cheeks and the conversation would not end without a lot of laughter. Hussein - Youth Presenter at Nelson Mandel’s Memorial. Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 12 Global Eyes congratulates Helma Rogge-Rehders, a long time member of the Immigrant Women’s Association of Manitoba, Inc. who recently won the first Prize for in the Poetry category in the Winnipeg Free He was also known as the Falafel man. Together with his wife Zahra, they owned the Falafel Pyramid. In the summer months his Falafel van was stationed on Broadway and during festivals at the Forks and other locations he would be there selling the most delicious samosas. He was a businessman with a heart. Hassan passed away what seemed to many as suddenly as it was not common knowledge that he was ill. His passing shook the community in a big way. Hassan came to Canada in the 1960’s and helped to found the Ethiopian Society of Manitoba and was in fact its founding president. He was an avid advocate for the rights of this people, a person to whom community members could seek out to help them solve their problems. Like most leaders he had his admirers and those who did not agree with his point of view. He was proud of his Ethiopian heritage and was a hard worker. She said he worked at many jobs before finally opening his own business including being a Taylor. He is survived by his loving wife and children, Toffic, Ahmed, Mubarick, Muna and Melina. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Press Annual writing competition. Helma is also a prolific visual Artist.
  13. 13. Congress of Black Women Celebrates Annual Kwanzaa Many Winnipeggers especially Black folks have not tuned into this awesome celebration of Black Culture and history – Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a spiritual and cultural but non religious celebration which occurs each year between December 26, and January. This seven-day celebration honors seven distilled principles that ground Blacks in their African roots to sprout leaves of success and positive living. the seven principles of Kwanzaa are contemplated and discussed on each of the days: Day 1. Umoja means unity. Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination. Day 3. Ujima means working together. Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.Day 5. Nia means purpose. Day 6. Kuumba means creativity. Day 7. Imani means faith, especially faith in ourselves.Even though the celebration is afrocentric the principles can be applied to anyone from any culture as a way of life. The celebration was started by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chair of the Department of Black Studies at California State University, whose frustration with the lack of direction and hopelessness of Black youths in the heady days of the 60’s, came up with this brilliant idea of Kwanzaa - Swahili word for First fruits and encouraged blacks to get involved and honor the tried and true principles upon which their ancestors built their lives. Today millions celebrate Kwanzaa world-wide. Each year for the past 20 years the Congress of Black Women of Winnipeg have celebrated Kwanzaa to bring the community together for a common purpose or remembering. The each of However for logistical reasons the CBW compresses the seven days to one . This year’s event was held at the Caribbean Community Cultural Centre. More than 120 participated including lots of happy children who received gifts, food and drinks and music. 13 Can’t find a salon to do justice to your hair? Look no more! Les Touche Salon will send you satisfied everytime 4-555 Balmoral Ave Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Phone: 947-5830 Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 13
  14. 14. Culmination of the story of ZIZI so far. Zizi found out she was three months pregnant after bouts of unexplained unrelenting vomiting and nausea that she had to go and see her doctor. She thought it was one of those nasty flues that was going around but both she and Leyroy were pleasantly surprised at the news. “OMG” she had exclaimed “How can this be?” “That’s for you to figure out” her doctor had joked are we looking at another immaculate conception here? ”You know what this means?” Leyroy said grinning from ear to ear like the cat who stole the last piece of cheese. What? “We’re getting married asap. Don’t want my child to be born outside of the law besides you know we black men get a lot of bad press for being dead beat dad. I’m not going to be that statistics” “You’re such a dad already” “To the best mom in the world. We – you and me -” he pointed back to forth to him and Zizi “are going to make beautiful children and having a child with you makes me the happiest man alive” Later that evening Leyroy went down on his knees the old fashioned way and formally asked Zizi to be his wife. “Let me think..... YES” She said without skipping a beat “My heart was in my hand when you took that nano second to respond” They both laughed and hugged each other. “Not too tight Lee, a baby’s in here now” “I’ve got to tell my cousin Brenda, phone mom and dad and the rest of the gang. She sighed happily “I am so excited Leyroy, so happy to be a Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 14 mom” ”I know” he held her close. “Don’t want to reign on our parade but what about work?” “I’ve have to tell Sgt Daniels to put me on a desk job until my Mat Leave and ask for a few more years off to see how I feel.” “Sounds good.” A few days later Brenda, Leyroy and Zizi in Brenda’s living room laying out the draft of their wedding plans – social, invitations, shower, and venue dress the whole shebang. “Let’s keep this small and tasteful among close friends and family, please” Zizi said. “How small” Brenda asked? “Sixty Max. I think we can afford to feed that much people. I’m not in favour of social, maybe a shower but I don’t want to us to kill ourselves. I want us to have a good time.” “Okay, I can work with that but I think a social will be nice for those who are not going to be invited – people from the community, your work and so on” “I think that sounds reasonable Zi” Leyroy agreed. “Leave it to me and Leyroy to make the plans. You young lady take care of your belly” Zizi hugged and gave Brenda big kiss on the cheek “What would I do without my big cousin. Thank you so much” They had approximately six months to cover all the grounds. Brenda being a professional organizer pinned down dates and the clocked started ticking. Over the next few months Zizi and Brenda with the help of a couple other women put together a beautiful package, booked the Fort Garry Hotel for the Wedding reception, and planned a successful social in two and a half months which raised about $10,000 through silent auction and attendance. Brenda prepared an elaborate snack for the occasion and everything went unbelievable smoothly. People Zizi never knew showed up for the party and she had a great time dancing and meeting people. Zizi was a beautiful bride even with her belly which had become very visible. The happiness Leyroy and she shared was obvious in their faces. November 3, 2013 was the day she became Leyroy’s wife. A dream she had thought would have never been realized. Leyroy’s son was the ring bearer and Zizi felt motherly towards the beautiful boy. They were a family and he was part of it, she felt. “I have to keep pinching myself Zi. I thought my life was over when you were not in it. I thank God for leading us back together.” “I feel the same way Lee, this was meant to be. I promise the be the best wife ever and to keep our love fresh as long as I live” “And I promise to be the best husband and to thank my lucky stars day and night for you. I never want to mess this up. You are my life my wife” he had whispered to her as they took that first dance. “You will be my sweetheart forever” Zizi and Leyroy went on to have two more children in success and Zizi stayed off work. She loved being home and greeting Leyroy with freshly bake
  15. 15. Roti and curry with spinach stew or back at work and having to run here and there to pick up kids and eating left overs all the time. Zizi felt she wanted to keep her options open. Leyroy supported whatever made her happy but let it be known that he does not mind being the sole bread winner and he loved to be greeted by a relaxed wife when he returns from work not one who is as stressed as he is. “Let’s pray about it” Zizi had said to Leyroy since they had also joined a neighbourhood spiritual community. Canada’s multiculturalism. He acknowledge Nelson Mandela’s passing as the death of a mentor, role-model and others like him such as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa who fought for equality and peace. My first job was at 7-eleven “I also had two other jobs during the same time, one was a janitor and the other as a care taker. After working for three Months at seven eleven I was hired and start working at Tim Horton’s on Dec 6, 1989. Being Congratulations to President Michelle Bachelet on employed after a year I was promoted to a Manager. During her Second Big Win in Chile those days racism was a lot Michelle Bachelet, 62, the centremore prominent than today. For left candidate, smashed some records in being re-elected president of Chile with a example in my store there were new majority coalition comprising of 31 employees of which 29 were four parties on November 17, 2013 with Caucasian and the other more than more than 62% in the second vote, Vietnamese and myself. I the highest proportion of votes any quickly learn you as an presidential candidate has won since 1989. individual must accept racism as Daughter of an air force general who a challenge to be stronger, along with Michelle was tortured by wiser, and move on in life. General Augusto Pinochet’s regime, the paediatrician rose to political power in 2000 as Minister of Health and in 2002 she became the first woman to hold the port folio of Minister of Defence which led her up to being elected as Chile’s first female president in 2006. Bachelet is well loved and respected by the masses if the public approval of 84% is to be believed and her being the first woman to be reelected again after a mandatory leave of office. Chile’s constitution does not allow a second successive presidential term. Ms Bachelet, generally regarded as sabbatical, since Chile’s a warm and maternal figure, left office in constitution does not allow a January 2010 with the highest level of second successive presidential public approval of any Chilean president, term. 84%, and with both her international “Those of us who want stature and Chile’s considerably change are in the vast enhanced. She is the first president since majority,”said President Bachelet 1952 and the first woman to be re-elected in her victor speech – that is, elected again, after a mandatory 15 Instead of being a complainer he became a helper. “After I finished my shift, instead of going home, I offered to help in other areas e.g. clean the floor wash the dishes after having staff members train me to do these chores.” Over a six month period Singh had mastered every job at Tim Horton’s without a cost to his employer. He also helped the owners with office work and in so doing learned the administrative side of running the business. He had put himself in a category all by himself for no one else knew what knew. “When it was time for the owners to go on vacation and needed someone to look after the business, I was the one chosen because of 31 employees I was the only one with the required knowledge. Fast forward to 1992 when the owners Gordon and Lorraine Cave retired from Tim Horton’s they recommended Singh for the position of District Manager successfully managing more than 150 staff for the Head Office. Singh is the envy of many who want to be where – owner of four Tim Horton franchises and the only Caribbean national he is but may not want to travel the same path as him. “Racism still exists, and jealousy still is there, however you can make a difference instead of complaining of obstacles. Singh received a resounding applause for his story as many in the room appeared to resonate with his words. Global Eyes Magazine December 2013 15
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