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Global eyes magazine february 2011

  1. 1. FIRSTQUARTERFebruary 2011 global eyes Manitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly MagazineTake one - GuestEditorial by Nadia ThompsonLetters to mychildrenGlobal CounsellorShining ExamplesBlack HistoryMonth StoriesIn your backyardCommunity Eventsand more Louis Ifill Smitty’s Les Touch A Winnipeg Institution Louis Ifill explains about Toussaint L’Overture, Wade Kojo Williams Chair of Black History Month Committee and Dr. June James Guestspeaker at BHM Opening Ceremony, Alexander and Graham two Winnipeg youth reading to students in St. Lucia and Anasi Performing group entertains at CCOM Sweetheart Tea
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  3. 3. Reflection Beatrice WatsonFor children of African slaves, our past is on the auction traded like cards in the worst ways, trafficked acrossblock, being sold as animals on the market. continents by land and by sea and areOur future is what we make it. abused, exploited and discarded as anythingMany folks do not like to talk about slavery. that has lost its usefulness. “None of us is freeThere is a sense of shame with the word. until we all is free” wise words by HarrietWhose shame? And should there be any Tubman, an illiterate slave. It is true.shame. There is nothing shameful about There are no shortages or role models forcelebrating our freedom and success. And, Black youths. Blacks have come a long way.bring up the past is not about making anyone Black children have proven to the world thatfeel guilty or less than, it is about remembering given equality they can succeed and theyand moving forward. We remember because have. While we celebrate our successes, let uswe must be vigilant about our freedom, must look back to those who need help and give itnot take it for granted and wherever there is to them. It is our duty to break down barriers,slavery in the world our voices must be there. promote unity, equality and value diversityThere is slavery in the world as I write this wherever we are planted.note, where women, girls, young boys and even men are As Abdul Baha (Baha’i Faith) says like the Henry Burris, Calgary Stampeder’s Winnipeg’s Akoosua Quarterback named CFL ‘s most Matthews, Rhodes ScholarPresident of USA, Barack Obama, Michelle outstanding playerObama, First Lady and OPrrah Winfrey FirstLady of Daytime TV The universe is so vast and so ageless that the life of one man can only be justified by the measure of his Michaelle Jean, form,er Governor General of Canada who hails from one of the world’s sacrifice. V.A.Yisa Akinbolaji, Nigerian-born artist of first republic Haiti Roswarne distinctionGlobal Eyes Magazine March 2011 3
  4. 4. Congrats Jeremy Subscribe Today Name:_________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ Postal Code_______________ Phone:_______________________ Congratulations to Jeremy Zloty, (back row in the middle) Email address:_______________________ son of Antoinette and Dr. Richard Zloty who was one of 22 youths to win the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think The Silver Award Ceremony was hosted by the Lieutenant we’re doing a good job. Governor, The Honourable Philip S. Lee, at Government Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. House on Tuesday, November 2nd. I Would like to receive upcoming event notices The Award is granted to youths who have excelled in from the Caribbean/Black/larger community - volunteerism, sports, physical activity. This is a great by email or by phone (YES/NO) opportunity for youths. To find out how you could become involved check them out at 447 Portage Avenue or call 988-Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine 3016 or email The website is 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, Jeremy is the youth Ambassador for the Manitoba R3L 1G6 Caribbean Pavilion. So if you want to see this young man check out the Caribbean Pavilion this year.Global Eyes is an independent magazine devoted topromoting cultural awareness of the African andCaribbean communities of Manitoba and to highlight theissues and concerns of these communities. It also aimsand promoting cultural diversity and apprpeciation. Itsmandate is to be a quarterly publication featuring articles,book and achievements of local, national and internationalpersonalities that are of interest to the African/caribbeancommunity, promoting healthy living by providing healthtipsand recipes as well as editorials with African/Caribbeansensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine isproduced under a volunteer editorial committee thatassists with proof-reading, publicity and distribution. The mother and daughter would not let anything stopthem from celebrating Black History Month.4 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  5. 5. GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE Out and About Editor: Beatrice Watson Distributed to local businesses, and in Winnipeg and via email to individuals in Manitoba and former Manitobans in various parts of the world. To receive Global Eyes by mail please send a cheque for $15.00 to: Global Eyes Magazine Neil Pitamber, Caribbean Shield Neil Pitamber, a prolific writer, 671 Rathgar Avenue poet and owner, Caribbean Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Flosoul belting out some Shield Phone: 204-477-1588 jazzy tunes at the Fort,m Garry Hotel for the Multicultural Wellness All contents are (c) 2011 and may not be reprinted Centre’s 25th Anniversary celebrations without the express or written permission by the author of the article in question or the Editor. Published by Global Eyes Publishing since 1990 Robin Dwarka, Community Vibe Congratulations to Mavis McLaren Mavis McLlaren receiving the Badge of Maiko Watson at the Lara Badmus, LLB Honour in beautiful Pyramid with Moses Jamaica, from Jamaica’s Mayes Band Governor General, Sir Congratulations to Ernesto Films Patrick Allen, for her tremendous community Congratulations to Winston Moxam and work on behalf of Erensto Griffith of Wineston Films whose Jamaicans and for film Billy won the Best Natrative Feature keeping the Jamaican Film at this year’s Reel to Reel Festival. This culture alive in Winnipeg. is a significant accomplishment for Moxam the sole Black filmmaker in ManitobaGlobal Eyes Magazine March 2011 5
  6. 6. Local briefsPeople on the Move community under the leadership of Wade Kojo Williams toPresident - Council of Caribbean Organizations of MB have kept the spirit of Black History Month alive. Cde.Rupert Forde, member of the Barbados community and Williams presented the community with a historical accountformer Vice President of the Council of Caribbean of the evolution of the Black history month celebrations fromOrganizations was recently elected President succeeding its humble beginnigns to where it stands today.Margaret Strachan. Dr. June James, a Patron of the Committee was the Forde was well primed for the job since he, along withMargaret and their team of Board members and supporters guestspeaker. Dr. James speech “A Canadian Odyssey” whichhave seen the organizations hopefully through its worst days of will be highlighted in future issues of the Global Eyes Magazine.bringing it back from the brink of extinction. “Historians acknowledge that a Black man Matthieu Margaret is going no where as CCOM is more than a DaCosta accompanied the explorer Champlain when hebuilding to her, it’s a legacy to children of Caribbean heritage. came to North America. A settlement was established We wish CCOM and its new executive continued success named New France, a sizeable componet of which is nowin the coming years. Quebec. Da Costa is deemed a visitor but he must have visited President - Nigerian Association of MB more than once since he was the interprpeter for theCongratulations to Titi Tijani, who was elected discussions betweenPresident of the Nigerian Association of Manitoba, Inc. Champlain and the Mic MacTiti has held several positions within the organization and Indians. A black slave Olivierworks tirelessly to ensure that its programs and services Le Jeune was the first Black toare carried out as effectively as possible. settle in Canada in 1638. He Titi told Global Eyes she is prepared to do her best lived in Montreal.with the help and mentorship of Bose Agabayewa, one of The next instalment woulNAMI’s most successful Presidents. Good luck Titi, we look at the three migrationat Global Eyes know that you will do the work. waves of Blacks to Centra and eastern the nextCommunity Focus issue.Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba, Inc.held a meeting to present the State of the CaribbeanCommunity Centre in February and quelled the fears of Take time to smell the roses - It’s Valentinemany by giving a brighter financial picture than a year ago. “Love is a gift from God....butThe CCOM is on steadier ground, it is up to date with its measured by man”. Jean payments. The strategy now is to have an extramonth’s rent tucked away in a bank account just in casehard times revisit sooner than later, said MargaretStrachan The members could feel proud of their valiant efforts tokeep the Centre afloat in spite of the odds. It only takes afew committed individuals to make a differennce, saidMargaret Mead. Margaret said this does not mean that the communitycan relax but to work even harder at fundraising to ensurea future centre for the next generation. Black History Opening CelebrationThe Winnipeg community celebrated the 30th anniversaryof Black History Month celebrations in Winnipeg. Theplanning and executing of events for such celebrationstakes a lot of volunteer time and energy. It is a Why do the kisses of the one you lovetremendous achievement and a credit to the Winnipeg Linger heart like summer days? 6 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  7. 7. Editorial - Take One The shortest and coldest month of the thinking of our youths the better chance we have year…. When I was growing up that was connecting with them. what I thought of when I heard February This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the celebrations in is Black History Month. Growing up in Winnipeg and I congratulate all those people involved in Winnipeg’s north end, my parents did the success of this event both at the forefront and behind everything to keep my brother, sister and the scenes. Winnipeg is the multicultural capital of CanadaI involved in our community. I was barely a teenager when I and with out our respected leaders we would never havestarted dancing for the Jamaican Association, but my gotten there. There is still so much more that we need toexposure to our community lead me to understand more do as a people. The segregation of communities willabout where my family came from and what it meant to be continue to hinder the success of what we are capable ofborn and grow up in Canada. achieving. We can do so much better… we need to do soIt wasn’t until I was in high school that I realized what was much better. We need to lead by example, and thereally missing in my education and that was the history of my example we set today for our youth will establish thepeople, black people (whether that be Canadian blacks, transition that we are setting for the future.African, Caribbean, or American). In my grade 12 history I encourage everyone to continue to support the Blackbooks I recall there being 3 paragraphs regarding black History Month celebrations in Winnipeg as it continues tohistory (yes I said 3 paragraphs not pages) and at the time I grow. And to answer the question about black historydidn’t think anything of it until I became a parent and thought month being in February; originally Negro History Week,about what that will mean for my child. February was chosenWith the cell phones and text messages, IPhones and UTube because it marks the birthdayhow do we find something interesting about Black History of two men who greatlyMonth that would motivate the youth of today? The internet is influenced the blackfull of information, and most of the youth are on a computer American population,or have access to the internet everyday… but how many of Fredrick Douglass (whothem can answer the question “why is Black History Month established the Journal ofCelebrated in February?” I’m 33 years old and I just found Negro History in 1915) andout the answer to that question 3 years ago! Is it my fault that Abraham Lincoln.the schools don’t teach that information in school… no, butnow that I do know that will it be my fault if my daughter Nadia Thompson, Member of thedoesn’t know that information. We as parents have to instill Black History Month Committeethat kind of knowledge into our youth or who else will. provides this guest editorial forIn the last 4 years, the Black History Month Celebrations in Black History Month.Winnipeg have been expanding and I believe that has broughtout more youths then ever before and encouraged them to bemore involved. We have included youth oriented events such The film Billy,as Talent Showcases, Movie Night, Comedy Shows, FashionShows, and even expanded our traditional events such as the starring Ernestogospel concert to include a rap and hip hop element which Griffith is theresonates with today’s youth. Now some may think that weare threatening the authenticity of the original Black History Winner ofMonth Celebration by changing with the times; but the truth Winnipeg’s Reelis, if we don’t change with the times we get left behind. We to Real’shave to understand that change is inevitable. Some may saywe are ‘westernized’ in our thinking but that doesn’t need to Best Narrativebe looked upon as a negative. The closer we get to the feature Award 2011 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011 7
  8. 8. It’s a man’s world - Smitty’s Les Touch he was not turning a profit. He Barber shops held a special place in decided to enrol in Pollock’s Beautythe history of Blacks in the West. In School to become certified. Once heearly 20th century Black barbers were became certified he quit his job atmostly employed in the so called “white VIA Rail and became a fulltime hairtrade” exclusively cutting white men’s dresser in his own, by the mid to late 20th century during Smitty has admitted that he has donethe socio-cultural revolutionary well for himself through the businessmovement, which saw some and has also done well by theimprovements in the social conditions of community by providing a service thatBlacks there was a shift from the white they the black trade. Blacks began cutting Smitty says his customers areblack hair. Many of these barbers were intergenerational. Fathers introduceveterans of world wars and they became their sons to Les Touch and their sonspolitical activists and turned their barber introduce their sons as well. Amongshops into sanctuaries for African his customers are Whites and FirstAmerican men. These Black Barber Nations people.shops were used as public spaces where “It is because I want to serve theBlack men of all social classes interacted community that motivated me to openand shared information and developed a the salon I like making people happy. Isense of brotherhood. will continue to do this until someone Les Touch Salon seems like a else takes over this job.”throwback of those days. It is basic in Black migrant men especially fromfurnishing and ambiance. It is what you the continent of Africa find their waymight call a man’s place where the to Les Touch through word of mouthfemale touch is not apparent. or through community organizations. Les Touch is always full Located at the corner of Balmoral Street and Sargent of people happily waiting to be served.Avenue, Les Touche is more than a barber shop; it is a Speaking to several customers patiently waiting for theircommunity hub where Black men huddle to talk about turn to get their hair cut, they all agreed that Smitty is the best.sports, politics, about “back-home” in Africa and other They snuggle in his cozy Salon chatting together reading apertinent information. During the last world soccer games, magazine and relaxing as if there is no place better they wouldit became an offsite spectator field for African men to cheer like to be.on their teams with much bravado. For that occasion Les The busiest time is when there is a wedding. “I get lots ofTouch fprovided a big screen TV to accommodate its customers and even all the pastors come here,” he joked. Lescustomers that transformed his salon into a living room. His Touch is open from Monday to Saturday. At the momentcustomers are from cross cultural backgrounds, inter- Smitty is the sole hairdresser. The other hairdress is ongenerational and from across social standing. There is a maternity leave.levelling of people when they enter Smithy’s. It’s man to man. Smitty has a pleasant demeanour and treats his customers Originally from Ghana, Godwin Smith, fondly known as like friends but pay him his due or he may refuse your“Smitty” came to Canada in 1978 as a young man who had business in the future. His salon offers one of the mostset out on an adventure to see the world. He chose Canada affordable haircuts in the city and when someone tries to pull abecause it is part of the British Commonwealth of which fast one on him, he is not amused.Ghana is a member. He landed first in Montreal where he During the holiday season Smitty provides ample holidayattended university and graduated with a degree in Political cheer to his customers. He offers them the best. He is knownScience and International Relations. After graduation, he to be generous to a fault and his community support is stellar.could not find a job in Montreal but heard that VIA Rail was Most of his customers do not have to tell him what to dohiring in Winnipeg. He landed a job with VIA Rail as a chef with their hair “I know my customers and I always try toin that year. make them happy.” Around 1987 Gold Scissors, a salon owned by a Jamaican In addition to being an avid soccer fan Smitty is alsoimmigrant folded and Smithy and the rest of the Black men in politically astute. He has worked on several politicalWinnipeg did not have a place to go to cut their hair. “I saw a campaigns for the federal liberal candidate David Walker, butneed and bought the business,” he said. said he has lost interest since Jean Chretien retired. He has “I was not a barber then so I kept my job at VIA Rail and not ruled out being a candidate himself in the future.hired people to run the business. I gave my workers “I have not taken a holiday since 2000,” he said adding “thepermission to cut the hair of their family members free.” customers keep me busy.” Maybe this is why Smitty remainsSmitty conceded that may have been a mistake because he an eligible bachelor to this day. Some one has to keep up thekept paying the bills with no money in the till. He found that tradition.his employers were not doing what they were paid to do and 8 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  9. 9. BOMBAY and ABYSSINIAN ‘....Bombay and Abyssinian; chopping cane for England; Man; turn against each other; ‘advantage could go home in di evening, just behind di sun; dem try fi never done’; bring back Ramadin and Valentine; encourage di man; take a holiday, nuh man?; gi youself a di days of Brian Lara and Shivnarine; pray fi chance to cool off and sekkle down; ‘Ever since ahm Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham; Manning cutting, you been wuking hard’; di gift of freedom ent no and Panday shoulda come as one; ‘Fuhget about real reward; but go gi youself a rest nuh man; and we go recalicitrant minority!’; is ‘One Nation, One People, One do di rest nuh man; Bombay hustle home, front a Destiny’; left out ‘Wismar’, and ‘Carnival ‘48’; ‘Together Abyssinian; dey drink a rum in a friendship; ‘fuhget about We Aspire, Together We Achieve’; is Mississippi massala; di trenches!; plenty ting go deh fi do when di rain is done!’; and creole seasoning; milk tea in di morning; cocoa tea ina Abyss say, ‘ah might be a old black man; ah wan di right di evening; put away you afro; put away you indo; pull to die by me own black hand’; and Bombay say, ‘ah might youself together and make we live as ‘alyu’; put away you be a hindustan; who wi neva have di right to be my own ‘water-rice’; put away you ‘jigga toe’; nobody, today no man’; was it really back home?; was it really backdam?; cay whey black peppa a grow!; ‘Ever since ahm cutting, was it anything but tama-rind whip and a back hand?; ah been working hard’; divise a me people ent no real woman ina di rice field; man dem in di cane field; cutlish reward; time fi gi youself a rest nuh man; blessings to di cross you foot; you walk so much, you even ca’an feel; rastaman; greetings to di chinee, amerindian, and mussel- ent nothing no sweet, boy; and ent nothing no savory; wata man; di cotton is fuh all a we; di rice, too fuh all a we; and neva too nuff, man fi drink di sweat a slavery; ‘Di day every stalk a cane pon di plantation!; was not really back getting longa, and ahm slowing down’; ‘please tell all me home; wa-was it really back then?; was it anything not chilren, daddy going home...’; immovable object; an worth bringing to an end?; bring back Ramadin and irresistable force; unified together; raising corn down di Valentine; and put di conflict a yesterday behind; to Bombay same course; Bombay, Abyssinian; divided by di English and Abyssinian; we can learn a lot from di two feline...’ Workers of Colour Deliver the goods on History The Workers of Colour Support Network participated in Louis demonstrates Black History Month celebrations by hosting three video how the world was divided in early and discussion events at the Caribbean Cultural Centre. 20th Century The topics included Toussaint Le Overture, Malcolm X between the and Kwame Nkrumah. All the events were well attended colonials - Spain, and discussions lively and interesting. Louis Ifill facilitated England, the discussions GHollandrmany, Portugal and **** France The Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba Inc. held its second annual Connecting the past to the Margaret Strachan, former President of Present event for Black history. It was a fun filled event CCOM surprised the audience by boldly with some Black history facts, songs, dances and reciting from memory the entire long poem celebrating the achievements of Black in history. of Toussaint Le Overture which she said Cde Wade Kojo Williams did a presentation of she had learned since she was 14 years old. inventions created by Black inventors that are still making our lives today easier, inventions such as the light bulb, traffic light, storing penicillin, and many others. Mavis McClaren and Joy Bisson led the audience in some gospel spirituals. The Underground Railroad film was shown and discussed. Moderator was Diane Dwarka and Panelists were Leona Reimer, Reena Jolly, Nadia Thomson and Louis Ifill.Global Eyes Magazine March 2011 9
  10. 10. Valentine and Black History = LOVE Reem Jiolly (l) one of the panellists at CCOM’s Black History Month Event Connecting the past and Engaged Participants present Model Women in model dresses which are all for sale at Grenada Dancers CCOM’s Office, 1100 Fife Street. CCOM acquired thes formal dresses suitable for weddings, grads and formal balls, through donation.Call for details 783-8970. The prices are affordable. The male model (Tom The little girl who danced as if no Millington) outfit is one was watching not for sale. CCOM MODELS Anansi School of Performing Arts Dancers Caribbean Drummers led by Lennox Glasgow (Middle)10 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  11. 11. Regulars Letter to my children My dear children, At the dawn of another Black History Month, we tend willing to sell people. This transaction is inhumane and all to look at our history and where our people have been about money and greed and using other people to get it and what they have endured and then we look at and those who buy these services are sick and morally where we are today. We pat our shoulders and bankrupt. acknowledge we have come a long way and that we The difference with African slave trade and modern day have a long way to go which are all true. We raise the slavery is that the trafficked are so conditioned by their banner, give out awards to those whom we feel are jailers that they walk among us and you cannot tell they deserving of such recognition even though many of are being coerced. They walk with these men as partners, those who work quietly without much fanfare are no one would suspect until you get to know them or they never seen or recognized but such is life. But while tell someone. These people are put to work in strip clubs, that despicable African slave trade might be over bars and seedy restaurants – maybe it is hard to tell but there is something even as horrendous going on as we perhaps if we all pay a little more attention to the people celebrate - the million dollar trading in human flesh who tug at our hearts for some reason maybe we might be which is growing every day and seems unstoppable. able to help one. As Harriet Tubman, the illiterate slave At any given time in the day there are thousands of once said ‘none of us is free until we all is free“ and that‘s women, girls and little boys being traded on the the truth and we all have a part to play to eradicate this underground market being trafficked from country to moder day plague. country as sex slaves, domestic slaves, prostitutes, Love mom pornographic actors and drug caddies. It is estimated Quote that more than 20 million women and girls are being ‘Rise like Lions after slumber in unvanquishable trafficked in the world today. Trafficking exists number - Shake your chains to earth like dew which in because someone is willing to buy and someone is sleep had fallen on you - Ye are many - they are few.’ Percy Bysshe Shelley Global Counsellor Dear globalcounselor, I have been married for 25 years and have a great passionate, not that arousing kind of lusty love. I am marriage. I love my wife and children and they are the confused. I want to tell her what I have done but afraid most important part of my life. Without them I will be it might change our relationships even end our marriage nothing, there will be no joy in my life. My wife is my something I can’t even think about without tearing up high school sweetheart and she is my best friend. In inside. The woman I’ve been with is a colleague – we spite of all that I have done the unthinkable and it are on the same Board of a charitable foundation and weighs heavily on me. I don’t know where to turn. I one thing led to another. We were drawn to each other bumped into this website so I thought since I can by some unseen force and I like what I feel with her but maintain my anonymity I’d give it a shot. I am a it can’t continue. I have not been this alive in a long time confused man. How could it have happened? I have and that part feels good. It feels like springtime again, cheated on my wife more than once in the past couple love or lust is in the air and I am revelling in it as long as of months with a woman that I care about as well. I can put my marriage out of my mind in that moment. This woman, 10 years my junior, is like a breath of Sweet angst fresh air, she excites me and my manhood that I thought could never happen again because my wife Dear sweet angst, and I have slipped into that comfortable phase of our You need to call Oprah or Dr. Phil right away because lives and exist almost like room-mates. Our love for you’re in deep trouble. You sound as if you are going each other is that deep abiding love but not that through some kind of mid-life crisis on the one hand and cont’d on p18Global Eyes Magazine March 2011 11
  12. 12. In Your Back YardPhyllis Reid Jarvis Promotes her new bookPhyllis-reid Jarvis, Jamaican born Canadian, was seen at Phyllis Reid in action at the Congress of Black Women’sColes Bookstore in City Place promoting her book on Cultural Awaren ess Workshop demonstrating some simplewelness. A skim through the book indicates that there exercises to engergize and keep you healthy. Ms Jarvis wasare many tips on keeping your weight down, eating one of the presenters at the workshop on the topic of Helathhealthier and living well. This is a book that an entire within the context of Black and Caribbean may benefit from.go out and get one today. Second Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop Hope Mattus, Workshop Lisa Hackett, President, Emcee, Antoinette Zloty, ViceCOBW and Lynda Saelens, Chair, COBW, Hon. Flor Marcelino, Participant Minister of Culture, Demonstration of how slaves were heritage and Tourism packed like sardines on the brought greetings on transatlantic slaveships. behalf of the government More than 50 participants from Black history, Caribbean from government, Literature, Cross-cultural community and nonprofit communications and Health. The organizations participated Congress also premiered it’s L to r Lisa, Beatrice, Uche, Natalie, Dr. Sandiford in a day of learning about video on community involvement starred in the Congress video on community participation. Black and Caribbean of seniors and youths. culture. The topics ranged12 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  13. 13. ….…..FORGOTTEN OR UNKNOWN FACTS(The following article is not legal or professional advice) continues to be reasons why we should walk tall andFebruary is celebrated as Black history month in Canada, confident in our uniqueness and strength as a people. Thewhich got me pondering about historical facts about Africans/ African continent continues to experience positive, even ifpeople of Black heritage. In my quest for knowledge about our apparently minuscule changes in virtually all aspects of life.history or origins, I discovered (mostly through browsingWikipedia) In the past two decades, many of the West Africanthat the most likely continent for first occupation by humans is countries have finally wrestled the military regimes, andAfrica, specifically the northwest corner of the African continent. evolved as infant democracies, some even becomingThis is the scientific answer, well supported by fossil more stable economies, while others have embracedevidence. Humans, very much like today’s people, seem to human rights on a remarkable scale. In the last decade, anhave existed there up to 1.5 million years ago. The oldest African American became the president of the mosthuman remains were found in a site well known as Olduvai powerful nation in the world as we presently know it,Gorge found in the Northern part of Tanzania (East Africa)”. defeating the thesis/assumptions held by some, regarding Somewhere around 150,000 years ago they seem to have the alleged inherent genetic inferiority of the Black race.migrated beyond Africa into the Middle East, India, and Here in Canada, despite the absence or dearth ofChina, and the last continent (not counting Antarctica) to be information, and misconceptions about the role of Blackoccupied was South America. people in the development of Canada, Black Canadians I found the fact (assuming Wikipedia is accurate) that have contributed to many areas, enriching the landscapehuman life first appeared in Africa very surprising and of Canada, including the Canadian educational, political,somewhat saddening, when I considered the challenges of the business, religious, and cultural landscapes. Historically, inBlack race as a whole, particularly regarding development the Canadian military, Black people have consistentlyand advancement on the world scene. defended the interests of Canada from the time of the In the context of Black history in Africa, I am a very poor American revolutionary war, through to the Mackenziestudent of history, but vaguely recall the historical accounts of rebellions, to the present day. They volunteered in everycolonialism, slave-trade and apartheid to be land marks of cause for active duty, persisting even in an era when theyAfrican history. There is little doubt about the lingering effects were not wanted. In those bygone times, separate Blackof these events in defining the African experience on many units were created in order to help defend Canada, thefronts, although it does not excuse the many negative, first of such units created on the initiative of Africanregressive and self-serving choices and governance strategies Canadian Richard Pierpoint; (reference: Institutethe self-governing continent continues to make in today’s Historica Dominion website).world. That said, research has revealed that many of the on- More recently, many of the first visible minorities to holdgoing problems in the continent today are not unrelated to high public offices have been Black Canadians, openingpresent day world trade policies, which mostly benefit the the door for other minorities. Professionally, many alsodeveloped polities, and significantly undermine democracy continue to strive againstand justice in Africa. unimaginable barriers to The slave trade phenomena led to the birthing of many (if become successful,not all) of today’s self-governing polities or countries of contributing members ofpersons of Black heritage outside of Africa. Even these Canadian society. Thesecountries are not without their own share of governance/ are definitely reasons toeconomic challenges. celebrate our unique The majority of Black Canadians in Canada are Caribbean identity this month andCanadians, who have roots or origins in the Anglophone beyond!Caribbean and Haiti. The term African Canadian is alsoused by Black Canadians, many of whom trace their heritage Sarah Lugtig, winner of this year’s Manitoba Barto the first slaves brought by British and French colonialists to Association’s Equality Award and Lara Badmus whothe mainland of North America. A minority of the population attended the award ceremony.are of recent African origin. But it is not all “gloom” and “doom” regarding the African/ By Lara Badmus is currently an employee of the Law Society ofBlack existence, as some make it appear. Gladly, there Manitoba.Global Eyes Magazine March 2011 Congratulations to Sarah Lugtig who won the 13
  14. 14. Black History Month Awards Banquet It is a month upon which the Black community can Black History 2011 belongs to reflect with pride because of its longevity and the Cde Wade Kojo Williams and he determination of some sectors of the community to keep has received all the accolades of the spirit alive. It is the time when we see more of the his community service from all youth in the Black community eager to participate. This quarters of the community and a spirit of youth must be encouraged, nurtured and standing ovation at the Awards supported says community leaders in unison because they Banquet from guest speaker Alix are the future. Jean Paul. “Serving at the head of a community committee for 30 Dr. Taye consecutive years is not an easy Zegeye MC task. Especially when at periods, one is also actively involved in theexecutives of over ten other organisations at the sametime. But with the help of Almighty God and workingwith Black and people conscious colleagues sharing thesame vision for our immediate community and oursociety has made my service a labour of love. I survived.To God be the Glory” said Williams during his openingspeech at the Jamaica Hall. During the month of February Cde Williamscelebrated the contributions of members from theAfrican-Canadian, Black and Caribbean communities bydistributing their profiles by email. There were a variety of activities that kept the Blackstruggles and achievements in focus throughout themonth from praising the lord with a Gospel concert,learning about history from the Jamaican communityleaders and from the Workers of Colour SupportNetwork, to the Congress of Black Women’s CulturalAwareness Workshop, to celebrating Black History withValentines tea, by a forum to connect the past with thepresent and finally with the grand finale of celebrating themonth by awarding those who have been seen to havemade significant contributions to the Winnipegcommunity. (r to l) Highlights of the month includes the film series by the Poster David Edosa , religion,Workers of Colour Support Network which used the presenter: MLA Doug Martindale;medium of film to create current dialogue of events that Caretta Hibbert presentertook place in the past and how to chart a future Community Service (youth)successfully in spite of the odds of racism and Hon Flor Marcelino;discrimination that still plague people of African ancestry. Charlie Morgan (sports)Through these films the community was introduce to presenter Pastor Calvert Presentation of the Layneheroes like Toussaint Le Overture, Kwame Nhrumah Community Awards is theand Martin Luther King. The high turn out to these Ethlin Cunningham, highlight of the Blackevents points to the Black community’s hunger for History Month celebrations community service,information about their past. and here are your winners presenter: Dr. Jon Gerrard and presenters for 2011: cont’d on p 1514 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  15. 15. Black History Month Awards Banquet Poet, Banwill Bancroft deliverred Black History in a nutshell poetic rendering Rhonda Thompson Singer/songwriter Rev. Chambers and Alix Jean Paul (r) guestspeaker, at the 2011 Black History Month Awards Banquet In his speech Alix Jean Paul chose to highlight the achievement of two Black heros - Toussaint Le’Overture and Nelson Mandella. Toussaint born into slavery in Santo Domingo he was set free at 33 years old and with a rented piece of land he was able to amass a fortune He became the first black governor general of a French Dr. Brian and Lois’ Archer two Colony. And Toussaint, led his people to freedom. beautiful children. Jean Paul noted that in 1804 Haiti became the lst independent Black republic in the world. Jamaica Folk Ensemble Award cont’d from p15 And in like manner Nelson Mandela led by jailed he remained strong to the Hagere-Selam Zegeye, Youth, example of character and strength. end. Presente Mavis McLaren; Jean paul said he becomes upset at time when On February 11, 1990, Manella Julius Eugene (business) he hears in 2011 inspite of the irrefutable was released from Robben Island presenteer Cde. Wade Kojo evidence that we are people of strength and and elected led a free South Williams Sr character that we have to still fight for our rights. African from 1994 to 1999. accepted for Joyce Fogwell He’s also offended when he hears words like Mandela won the Nobel Peace (education) Lola Hibbert “remember you’re black and you have to work Prize in 1993 after he established presenter Hon. Jennifer three times harder than everyone else to the Truth and Reconciliation Howard. succeed” Commission. **** Jean Paul said “there is enough proof of who we are”. CONDOLENCES daughter Nicolette and the The significance of Black History Month is to Nigerian community who lost remind Blacks of who they are - people of While we celebrate others mourn Ohikhena David Ohiomah, character and strength. their dead. Global Eyes an International student who Nelson Mandela, he noted, opened the lst law Magazine offer condolences to slipped away suddenly in his practice in Black South Africa. In 1954 Mandela all who lost loved ones during the prime. Our hearts go out to year. lead an intense rebellion against those who those left behind. Nia Dechausay on the loss of her denied him is freedom. Even though he wasGlobal Eyes Magazine March 2011 15
  16. 16. BLACK ANGLOPHONE CARIBBEAN HEROES OF THE 20TH CENTURY - Keith A. P. Sandiford16 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
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  18. 18. HEALTHWISEOatmeal and banana blueberry pancakes1 cup rolled oats Sickle Cell Anemia Prevalent1/2 cup spelt flour among Blacks1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon sea salt Recently my 14 year old great nephew died of sickle cell2 teaspoon baking powder anaemia, a disease that appears to be prevalent among people1 1/2 cups rice or almond milk of African descent. When I worked in Guyana a couple co-1-2 tablespoon maple or coconut sugar workers succumbed to sickle cell anaemia. It was then I realized how deadly and painful this diseases can be. Many2 tablespoon ground sprouted flax, chia seeds people of African descent may be carrying the trait without1 tablespoon applesauce having the active diseases but when two people carrying the1 tablespoon coconut oil traits produce a child the child is more likely to develop the full blown disease. It is for this reason that thereDirections is the suggestion that before a couple decides to have children1. Mix the oats, spelt flour, cinnamon, salt and baking to have a genetic test to determine if either or both of them are carriers of this disease.powder in one bowl. Set aside. According to an article I read in New York Times, sickle cell2. Combine the rest of the ingredients and allow to sit for anaemia is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells toa moment while you heat a skillet. have a distinctive crescent like, or sickle, shape. These cells3. When the pan is hot, add your coconut oil. are unable to properly carry oxygen throughout the body, and4. Stir your pancake batter (add more water if necessary). they tend to clump together, blocking blood flow, damaging5. Pour a small amount of batter (about 3 inches in organs and causing severe pain.diameter) in the pan – you may be able to fit 2 circles in “With a sickle cell crisis, there’s a lot of pain, unbelievableone pan. pain. It’s like a jackhammer on your back, basically.6. Cook until bottom is brown and all sides are Imagine that kind of pain throughout your whole body.completely dry. Sometimes there’s pain in your joints, in the abdominal7. Serve with maple syrup, coconut flakes, fresh fruit, area, in your head, in your chest. Sometimes it’s all over atalmond butter, apple butter or all natural fruit preserve. one time.Makes 2 pancakes. Enjoy! I wish people in the medical field would take the diseaseMarni Wasserman is a culinary nutritionist in more seriously. I’ve had experiences where they’ve calledToronto whose philosophy is stemmed around whole me ‘drug seeker.’ It’s as if we’re going to the emergencyfoods. She is dedicated to providing balanced room once a month or once a week for our drug fix. Theylifestyle choices through natural foods. Using treat us atrociously, and I’m just tired of the wholepassion and experience, she strives to educate situation.” Sickle Cell Patient in Brooklyn NYindividuals on how everyday eating can be simpleand delicious. Community Resources (ACOMI)African Communities Association of Manitoba Inc. African backgrounds to learn the ropes and provide a safe(ACOMI) space for them to meet and engage with each other. The vision is to have a vibrant, engaged and sustainable Among the activities that ACOMI engages in is hosting theAfrican Canadian presence across Manitoba, contributing to African Pavilion during Folklorama which requires a lot ofa culturally rich and economically prosperous, socially coordination among the various member groups to pull off oneinclusive society. of the best shows of the festival.This is an umbrella organization for African Cultural ACOMI also acts as a resources centre for its constituents,Organizations and groups established to provide a cohesive offering computer courses, information about jobs and otherapproach to the development of the African communities in government programs to benefit the community. It assists withManitoba. The members are people/organizations that are the settlement and integration of African newcomer tofrom continental Africa. Winnipeg. Located at 101-421 Kennedy Street on the ground floor For more information about what the Centre Offers and howof the housing complex, ACOMI is a non-profit, non- you can benefit from it call 221-6696.sectarian organization whose aim is to assist people from 18 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  19. 19. Leg Up Laurel Wright, Monica Rhiney and Violet Clacken Looking for work can be a job of itself but events like the ACAM (Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba Inc. (ACAM) Job Fair and dedications as seen in the likes of Mr. Jim Ogunnoiki , Coordinator of the fairs for the past 12 years, makes it a little easier . Mr. Ogunnoiki says that finding a job is the key to integration “without a job you have nothing” and that is his motivation to help people find jobs in Winnipeg. “It is our way of reaching out to the wider community and providing a service to youths and adults looking for employment or career information, and for government and private corporations to look for potential employees,” Mr. Ogunnoiki said. “The strengths of collaboration with various government departments, The City of Winnipeg and the private sector have made Jim Ogunnoiki, ACAM President and Job Fair Coordinator poses with Winnipeg Police this program very successful. As a Officer Tamara Shurland. result, the impact of the fair has helped shape the lives of some of Can’t find a salon to do our youths and adults.” Without the help of the justice to your hair? volunteers seen each year Look no more! supporting the program by doing the background work such as cooking, serving and ensuring the program Les Touche Salon flows well, the event would not be as will send you satisfied everytime successful. Mr. Ogunnoiki 4-555 Balmoral Ave thanked all Hours: Mon. - Sat. the faithful 9 a.m - 7:00 p.m. volunteers Phone: 947-5830 who give of Blue Hodges and Sheren themselves Murray, ACAM Volunteers each year.Global Eyes Magazine March 2011 19
  20. 20. Zizi - The Continuting Story Zizi did not sit for long in Portage Place when a young “I’m too busy trying to get my next fix, that’s hard enough.”white woman sporting dread locks that looked like matted “Okay, I’ll take care of that... there’s a connection fee and apaddy bag strings but friendly and spaced out asked if she finder’s fee, just so you know.”could share a table with her. Zizi nodded in the affirmative. “How much we’re talking about?” Zizi pretended to be “You don’t look like you’re from around here,” the girl surprisedsaid settling into her seat. “For you I’ll take only $20.00". Got $20.00?” “Oh no, I’m from the Caribbean.” “Twenty dollars? That’s a lot of money.” “No, no “ the girl giggled, “I’m not talking about your “That’s nothing, we all got to live you know.”country; I’m talking about Winnipeg, downtown. I haven’t “Okay, after the introduction, I’ll give you your money.seen you before and I’m a downtown rat. I’m always Deal?”hanging around looking for dope,” she was matter of fact “Deal.”“or cooking up a storm in my friend’s apartment” “Meet me here tomorrow at around 1300 hours and I’ll“I’m new to this. Just moved from Toronto.” take you Johnny”“Where do you get your stash from?” “K, so what do I call you?”“No steady place. A friend loaned me a few joints.” “Boopy. I am a fan of Betty Boop, on the street that’s what“I can hook you up, my friend is looking for new I’m called, when I know you better I’ll give you my realcustomers since two of his girls vanished without a name. We all got to watch our backs, get the drift?”trace,”she giggled nervously “Yeah, right. We’ve got to watch our backs.” “Vanished? Probably gone West to Vancouver. It’s cool “And you, what’s your name on the street?”there, I hear, lots of happenings going down that way,” Zizi “Call me Zeebra,” Zizi said without even thinking.said trying to sound believable “Okay, Zeebra, I think you and Boopy going to be good “No man, don’t you read the papers?” the girl lowered friends. One of those missing girls was my side kick. Iher voice. don’t know what happened but I have my suspicions.“Sorry, can’t afford it, don’t have time.” Things can get pretty rough around here sometimes and“You have a job or something? what keeps you busy?” you’ve got to be smart. You’ve gotto know when to back continued on pglobal counselor - from p10on the other hand you sound like someone who needs some missing. You can fix it. Your marriage can be stronger andattention as a man from your wife that you are not getting. more exciting f you want to. What you did was wrong but itSometimes married couples stop behaving like partners and is not the end of the world, not if you use the lesson in it.more like parents or good friends instead of lovers. You areboth parents and partners and the partnership relationship Caribbean 55 Plus Horizon Clubmust always be number one. If you have the opportunity togo on a retreat with your wife at one of those encounter There is a new organization for the active seniors in town. Ifsessions that some churches organize I think that will be you want to get together and have fun, do things, go placesexcellent. I have heard of good things about those and enjoy life with like-minded folks after or nearencounter session where couples were able to connect with retirement, this might be the club for you. The brainchild of Rupert Forde and Ali Karim, this is athe story that brought them together in the first place. Caribbean focussed club but it is open to anyone who sharesOthers go on a cruise. Being on the ocean feeling carefree the vision of the club. There is a membership form to bedoes put a bit of spark in a dying relationship. I think your filled out but your age is not required just the date of birthrelationship is solid. You must confess your sins to your so that you can be included in the birthday wishes.wife in order to start on your new journey into your If you are interested in learning more about Caribbean 55marriage. Your wife will forgive you if you forgive yourself Horizon Club please call Rupert Forde at 326-2207; celland if you make it up to her in a big way. Sometimes these 770-2910 or email or Ali Karim at275-extramarital crazy relationships are a wakeup call to what’s 2954 , cell: 229-2885 or emal: 20 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  21. 21. SCHRODINGER BEER - By Neil Pitamber Have you ever heard of ‘Schrödinger’s Cat’? It is an Get up and get going. Tradesmen - where areexperiment of quantum mechanics that is commonly known you? What is an hour of your time worth to you,as a paradox. I will not go into particulars, but I will say the sacrifice of one Saturday in fifty-two? It meansthat if the principles are proven, there is hope that the world to us. You have a museum that caneverything we want for this world, through string theory, is house the titanic of triumphs; build it right and your legacynot only possible - but inevitable. That means somewhere, can last forever; it is known as the building of the Councilin some dimension of reality; one marries one’s first true of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba. Painters -love (for example). If you are as fortunate as I am, this ‘now’ is your time to brush up and meet the challenge; itsdimension suits you just fine. The interesting question to me walls are awaiting the tenderness of a professional, are you content with the possibility you have chosen Dress them right and they can represent you Are you content with the fact that you may be doing Engineers - lend us a hand to get things back to level,what you love somewhere else; that you are being help us breathe some fresh air into its rooms and halls;everything you can be but somewhere else, to someone check things right and you shall stand on solid groundelse? forever. Flooring specialists - here is a chance for you to I know some of you are much smarter than I am; and, if I lay down a REAL foundation, help to roll out a new dayknow our mammalian nature, competitive thinking will step for Caribbean peoples. Pave it right and you shall walkin somewhere to chastise or correct me. I have not always tall forever.been as comfortable or encouraged to express the things I The Punjabi and Pilipino cultures have managed to bringfeel. I have learned not to involve myself when ‘mom’ their ends full circle. Have we missed our own exit? It(polity) and ‘dad’ (society) are speaking. However, there appears that both shame and pride fail to stimulate ouris no way I could live down another ‘me’ doing more for innate patriotic duty, amongst the majority. Perhaps, thehis family and community, when I have at hand the same younger generation, too, is guilty of seeking ownership ofability and opportunity. If there is a way one can be both cultural movements; we all want to be separated from thealive and dead - I choose ‘life’. It takes the greatest of grit; to have our monuments coated with gold in a timecatalysts to move a mountain into the sea, or raise a that precedes the decay of flesh. Collaboration betweenvolcano from the depths of an ocean; how much greater generations has produced the Jamaican hall. Nothingare you that the event of culture is by ratio just as short of standing before the sun could blind you from theequivalent, and your view is yet displaced from the potential its sister building commands. So, builders ofperspective of your armchair? eternity I say this you: assign captains, lay out your tools, and take lead to share them out. 2011 INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN DIASPORA HERITAGE TRAILSeptember 22-24, 2011 CONFERENCEWorld Trade and Convention Centre identify, build, finance, promote and market culturalHalifax, Nova Scotia heritage destinations. For more info contactNova Scotia is thrilled to be hosting this prestigious Main Office ,5670 Spring Garden Road, Suite 604conference during 2011, the International Year for People PO Box 2691,Halifax, NS B3J 3P7of African Descent.The African Diaspora Heritage Trail General: (902) 424-5555 Facsimile: (902) 424-7189(ADHT) is an international cultural tourism initiative thatpromotes socially conscious travel to sites identified as Provincial Council of Womenrelevant and important to the global narrative of people and 5th Annual Celebrating Women Galaculture of African descent. It is designed to educate visitors Nominations are being accepted for a deserving womanand safeguard the core values and creativity of Africandescent, culture and history. who has contributed to the betterment of our community. The ADHT Foundation seeks to establish heritage trails The gala takes places on Tuesday July 12, 2011 at thelinking Diaspora traditions in Africa, North, South and Kartum shrine House, 1155 Wilkes Avenue.Central America, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Europe, and Deadline for nomination is April 15, 2011. FOrCanada by developing a network of collaborators who nomination forms email: Eyes Magazine March 2011 21
  22. 22. Black History to me... Bubba B the MCBeing a lst generation Canadian of Caribbean decent has History Month celebration. Black history Month becamegiven me a unique perspective on the world and how we one of our most important and highly anticipated series oftreat each other. Growing in Calgary I thought that I events. We continued to learn and discover more aboutwas the only one going through the challenges of a black our history..youth living in a predominantly white neighborhood. l I Today Black in Essence is a prominent organizationwas also always the only black child in a scholl of some within the growing Black community. The Black history900 students. month Committee, Carifest committee and new arrivals Fortunately I saw the mini-series “Roots” with my committees are all working and growing together. Thefamily as a youngster and even though I was sad and Carifest organization for the 1st time includes males in theangry at what I saw, I developed an increased Miss Carifest Pageant and the Mr. Carifest componentappreciation for Black History and its relevance in was born. I was selected from a handful of young mensociety. I had never been educated about the struggles from different Islands to be the 1st to represent theof my ancestors, the inhumanity of slavery and the way Caribbean Nation at special events and gatherings aroundthey were brought here. “Root” increased my the country, which historically were only attended by Missawareness and I developed a new respect for all my Carifest. I was crowned Mr. Carifest for twoelders and members of the Black African, Caribbean consecutive years. I had the privilege of educating andculture and for myself. inspiring our Caribbean youth and adults. My family moved to Calgary from Los Angeles where Having come to Winnipeg on a whim and not intending toI saw a complete disregard for human life. At the time I stay more than seven days, I am proud to say that I amwas in my teens and had reached a point in life where part of one of the largest black, Caribbean and Africanmy understanding of Black History and the greatness of populations in Canada. I am still excited when I driveit could no longer be contained. I, along with a few like- around town and see people of so many black people. Iminded Afro-Cari-Ameri-dians youths started weekly live close to people of different ethnicities which make mediscussions about issues facing Black youths from feel at home and that I belong. I feel like I belong and thiswhich Black in Essence was born. Our meetings is how it’s supposed to be. I also know that I wentevolved into community based initiatives e.g. meet and through all the segregation, discrimination, loneliness andgreets, block parties, community dances, bake sales, obscurity early in my life here in Canada so that I couldschool dances, Black history and theory classes, prayer truly appreciate it now.meetings and new Immigrant introduction gatherings. In Winnipeg during Black history month I check out theAround the same time our community elders were movies and exhibit at the Millennium Library where I’mbeginning the foundation for what would become Black still learning every time something new and really important about our ancestors. It’s important to point out that Black History Month is for George Hickes everyone. It is especially for the children who were MLA for Point Douglas teased because of their hair or made to feel isolated Constituency Office: 957 Main Street Phone: (204) 944-8379 Room 244 Legislative Building Phone: (204) 945-4323 Residence phone: (204) 255-432522 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011
  23. 23. PROUD TO BE WEST INDIAN - Neil Pitamber Apart from our local heroes, we have men and women Shaggy and Rayvon? Who gave them Peter that have been keeping the Caribbean on the map for years. Tosh, Bunny Livingston and Leroy Sibbles? By virtue of art or atrocity, act or antipathy, their stories have Who gave them Louie Rankin’, Shabba Ranks, made it across pearly oceans to ‘pristine’ shores; but they did Beenie Man and Sean Paul? Who gave them Oliver Samuels, not, and I dare say ‘could not’, get so far without the pontoon Learie Joseph, Louis Antoine, Trevor Eastman and Fatman of our Caribbean support. We have given the world the George? Who gave them Tommy Joseph and Sprangalang? greatest we have, and are in no short supply - even now. Has Who gave them Marvin Ishmael, Bello and Blacka and Jean their ever been a people more divided by land, currency and Paul? Who gave them Red Plastic Bag and Superblue? Who religion, but as unified by love of food and culture? What other gave the Merryman and the Tradewinds? part of the world could have produced such titans as Marcus Who stood up for equality, in the Sir George Williams Garvey, Eric Williams, Cheddi Jagan and Fidel Castro? Who Computer Riot against racism of 1969, but Roosevelt Douglas, gave them giants like Bob Marley and the Wailers, Byron Lee Anne Cools and Joey Jagan? Who gave them Michelle Jean, and the Dragonnaires and the Fab Five? Who gave them Jean Augustine and Colin Powell? Who gave them thunder Sparrow, who helped ‘Birdie’ to tame Jean and Dinah; to go and lightning in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but Usain Bolt? international? Who gave them Arrow, David Rudder, Tambu, Who showed England how far a coconut bat and a wind ball Poser and Calypso Rose? Who gave them the Invaders? (bowled until the fuzz burned off from the friction) could go, Who gave them Coxsone Sound and influenced the by bringing the empire to its knees in their 1950s tour; if not ‘De success of Studio One Records? Who gave them Prince spin twins’ Sunny Ramadin and Alfred Valentine? Who gave them Jammy, King Tubby and Lee ‘Sctarch’ Perry? Who gave them Clive Lloyd, Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, and Clyde Walcott? Nicodemus, Pan Head, Trinity, Early B, King Stitt, Brigadeir, Who gave them Lara, Hooper, Shivnarine and Chanderpaul? Who and the dub rock of U-Roy, I-Roy and Leroy? Who gave gave them Constantine? I know there are a lot of people I did not them Yellow Man, Fathead and Lovindeer? Who gave them mention; but if you have read any of my other columns, you will the dub poetry of Mutaburuka and Burning Spear? Who gave know they do not go without commendation. We have so much them Tanto Metro and Devonte, Chaka Demus and Pliers, to be proud of; so beat your chest like ‘you beating snake’, and remember who ‘brings the heat.’ Cont’d from p20 because of skin colour; it is for the old man who was ignorant, biased and simply “didn’t know any better”, who now wants to know better. Let us all reap the fruits of our lush, vibrant cultures and history and share its bounty with everyone and never be ashamed of all the horrors that happened in the past, just learn from them as to not allow them to happen in our future.Peace. By Bubba B Winnipeg local radio personality, Co-host of 2007/08 BHM Fashion Show Children Helping Children Alexander Bynski and Graham Boyd delivering their gift to the school Alexander and Graham, two grade 6 students at deliver their donation personally to the boys and girls at Riverview School took the initiative to raise funds to buy Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School. They raised school supplies for the school children in St. Lucia when more than $300.00 and bought paper, notebooks, they heard that the recent hurricane had badly damaged pencils, crayons and stickers, paints etc. and donated the the school. They wanted to help the children. remaining funds to the school. Fortunately, Graham’s folks had already booked a According to Graham’s mom, Paula, the boys and holiday to the Island which made it possible for the boys to continued on p24 -Global Eyes Magazine March 2011 23
  24. 24. ‘Hi” he said to Zizi suspiciously, looking her up and down. Are you new in town? “Yeah” “Where you from?” “ Came from Toronto but originally from the Caribbean” “Jamaica” he asked. “Close enough” Zizi said “Yeah, they’ve got the good stuff down there man – you should be bringing me stuff – you guys got the real goods. And no one make such a fuss about it as we do here in Canada – everything is a crime here man, it’s crazy – this stuff should be out on the open market man.” Johnny appeared to have relaxed as we waxed into a weird conversation.... Children.. cont’d from p23 Dame Pearlette Louisy P. School girls were more interested in their new friends from Canada than with the supplies. Zizi cont’d from p20 While Graham andoff; lie low but my friend used to think her beauty could tame a raging lion. I hope Alexander spent the timeit’s working for her. I pray for her because she is good people,” Boopy’s tone reading to their fellowchanged to sombre with a tinge of sadness. They sat at Portage place and finished students, the adults who tooktheir coffee and promised to meet the following day. them there, were helping with Zizi reported this to Leyroy and he equipped her with a secret tracking device some practical work ofplanted in the groove of the sole of her boot so that he could track her whereabouts stripping and painting desksZizi expressed her nervousness to Leyroy and he assured her that he’s got her back. that were damaged by theZizi trusted Leyroy with her life. hureicane. Zizi met Boopy at the appointed time and she took her to an apartment near Paula commented on howCumberland. She met a thin lanky guy with straight blond hair tied up in a pony tail well behaved the childrenlooking spaced out. were.24 Global Eyes Magazine March 2011