Category Archives: Philosophy

GUYANA: Embracing Blackness — By Akola Thompson

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When I was a young child, I did not necessarily consider myself Black. Looking back, I recognize how odd of a thing it was because my immediate family members were all clearly African descendants. In my young mind though, I could not make sense of my differences when compared to the majority of the family I grew up with. I was lighter and had different features; so clearly, I had to be “different” from them, right?

With race not being something that was really discussed, I relied on knowledge I gained from studying history and popular culture to get an idea of who I was. I tried to find my face in books and screens but could not find myself represented in the images that stared back at me. I then began to take cues about my identity from the way people responded to me.          Continue reading

OPINION: Life … And Then It Is Winter  By Ed Meadows | The Reporter  + 2 Videos

By Ed Meadows | The Reporter 

Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday when I was young, just married and embarking on a new life with my mate. Yet, in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.

I know I lived them all. I have photos and glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.      Continue reading

VIDEO: Watch “Farrakhan visits Haiti to deliver powerful message!” – in 2011

VIDEO: Watch “Farrakhan visits Haiti to deliver powerful message!” – in 2011

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan visited the island of Haiti in 2011 to deliver a message to the people!

NEW BOOK: The Twisted Circle:– A Novel by Rosaliene Bacchus

Front Cover – Designed by Rosaliene Bacchus

Front Cover of The Twisted Circle: A Novel – by Rosaliene Bacchus

When I left the convent in December 1977, my career as an art and geography high school teacher smashed against the boulders defending Guyana’s coastline. Broken and lost, I was set adrift—without purpose or direction for my return to secular life. Inspiration for my creative artistic expression vanished with the prevailing winds. Never to return…until now.

On completion of my second novel, The Twisted Circle, I had contacted two artists I knew about designing my front cover. Both declined to take on the project. Book cover design was not part of their expertise.          Continue reading

Commentary: The Long View: Reimagining the Caribbean – By David Jessop

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Today a younger generation of Caribbean women and men have begun to challenge many of the assumptions that exist in and beyond the region. They are in government, business, academia, the social sector, and the media. They are becoming more assertive, independent of the outside world, seeking change in the region’s largely inherited post-independence establishment structures.

Unfortunately, the political process and the creaking machinery of most governments is unable to move at the speed and global connectivity of the open world that they inhabit.          Continue reading

Canada Appoints First Indigenous Governor General – A ‘Step Forward’ to Reconciliation

OTTAWA — Mary Simon, an Inuk leader and former diplomat, described her appointment as Canada’s next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role — as a “step forward on the long path to reconciliation.”   

GG Mary Simon – Inuk Leader

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Simon as the next person to serve in the viceregal role during a news conference Tuesday at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., in which the theme of healing long-standing divides figured prominently.

“It is only by building bridges, bringing between people in the North and South, just like in the East and West, that we can truly move forward,” Trudeau said during his opening remarks.        Continue reading

Mapped | The Happiest Countries in the World in 2021, by Region – Visual Capitalist

  • Mapped: Global Happiness Levels in 2021

“Are you happy?” is a deceptively complex question to both ask and answer.

It’s generally understood that having enough money to cover your needs and wants can help you live a relatively happy, comfortable life—and recent research shows this relationship may increase linearly as income levels grow, as well.

However, there’s much more to it than that. Happiness levels depend not just on financial security, but also broader perceptions of one’s social support, personal freedom, and more.          Continue reading

VIDEO: Dementia is preventable through lifestyle. Start now. | Max Lugavere | TEDxVeniceBeach

VIDEO: Dementia is preventable through lifestyle. Start now. | Max Lugavere | TEDxVeniceBeach

NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice. We’ve flagged this talk for falling outside TEDx’s curatorial guidelines. This talk represents the speaker’s personal views and experiences with nutrition, mental health, and human biology. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/t…    Continue reading

Ballerina Michaela DePrince’s Remarkable Journey | Megyn Kelly | NBC News

Ballerina Michaela DePrince’s Remarkable Journey | Megyn Kelly | NBC News

From war orphan in Sierra Leone to a soloist with the Dutch National Ballet, Michaela DePrince has beaten extraordinary odds to succeed in the cut-throat world of ballet.

BOOKS: Canada-based Guyanese children’s book now available in Guyana

Yolanda Marshall
Yolanda Marshall

The children’s book My Soca Birthday Party by Canada-based Guyanese Yolanda Marshall is available for sale at Jars Zero Waste Store and one will be donated to the National Library.

My Soca Birthday Party, which was published last year, by prominent children book publishers, Chalkboard, was among 16 children’s books that were deemed Best Canadian Picture Books of 2020.

The book is a blend of African and Caribbean culture and its heroine Anne, celebrates her birthday party with Soca music played on steel pans and West Africa’s jollof rice.        Continue reading