Daily Archives: 02/20/2022

SHORT STORIES: Remarkable Friends! – By Geoff Burrowes

– By Geoff Burrowes

If you are fortunate you will meet someone who impacts your life for the better. If you are really blessed you will meet more than one!   Today, Saturday, 5th February I am going to introduce you to two of the remarkable people who have impacted my life in Canada without claiming any credit for doing so and who probably never even realized they were changing my life for the better!

Both of them are no longer with us, so this story can’t be regarded as sucking up to gain their favour! Anyone who knew either will instantly recognize them as the story goes on.

The first was a Swiss German immigrant who turned  his thick  Swiss German accent into a significant advantage and a characteristic that made him unique and instantly recognizable.            Continue reading

USA: Black History Month – Black Churches in America – By: Dhanpaul Narine

  – By: Dhanpaul Narine

150+ yr Old Black Church

It is 1758 and a slave reports on the condition of Blacks. He says, ‘the white folks would come in when the colored people would have prayer meetings, and whip every one of them. Most of them thought that when colored people were praying it was against them.’ In 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina a weapon, deadlier than the whip was used, and it brought tragic results.

Black churches were a cause of concern to the White establishment, during and after slavery. A Black congregation was seen as a threat to White supremacy. The congregation was an example of faith, togetherness, and the ownership of property, and this did not sit well with Whites. When Whites in the South wanted excitement they would set fire to Black churches. The flames provided relief from boredom and sent a message to Blacks to mind their message and manners.            Continue reading

USA: New York: Senator Brian Benjamin. accepts nomination of lieutenant governor

New York Governor Kathy Hochul and New York Senator Brian Benjamin.
Office of the Governor of New York/File
Caribbean American New York State Lieutenant Governor, Brian Benjamin on Thursday accepted the nomination of the New York State Democratic Party for lieutenant governor.

The State Party voted unanimously at the New York State Democratic Convention, at the Sheridan Hotel in midtown Manhattan, to nominate Benjamin, 44, the son of a Guyanese mother and Jamaican father, as the party’s choice for lieutenant governor in this year’s election.        Continue reading

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