Category Archives: Racial Conflict

CANADA: CBC offers special programming in honour of Emancipation Day- August 1. 2021

In recognition of Emancipation Day, CBC has special programming to celebrate, educate and reflect on what freedom means.

Emancipation Day commemorates the abolition of slavery across the British Empire on Aug. 1. On that historic day in 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act came into effect, freeing more than 800,000 people of African descent in Canada and throughout the British Empire.

This year, the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada.

To mark the day, Being Black in Canada, CBC Gem and CBC Arts will provide the following programming:



Today, August 1, Emancipation Day, is celebrated throughout the Caribbean including Guyana.

In 1833, the Emancipation Act was passed by the British Parliament freeing all slaves in the British Empire. But real freedom did not come until August 1, 1838, since the Emancipation Act specified a number of hours per day over several years which each slave had to serve before full freedom were finally accorded.

This period between 1833 and 1838 is known as the Apprenticeship (System) and accordingly, full freedom came only on August 1, 1838, at the end of Apprenticeship.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Embracing Blackness — By Akola Thompson

Stabroek News — By  

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


GUSDA: Guyana UK Sports Development Association. London UK

*Sunday 1 AUGUST 2021*
*7pm-10pm BST* 🇬🇧 
*(2pm-5pm* GY/Caribbean/North America
This rich cultural programme will include contributions from, among others:
*Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa
*Colin Bobb-Semple (FRSA)
*Arthur Torrington CBE
*Christopher Davis (Bahamas)
*Dr Pauline Baird (Japan)
*Charmaine Simpson of Black History Studies 
*Fonoko Singers (USA)
*with special storytelling features by:*
*Dion Glasgow-Douglas of ‘Awe Story Gat Melody’ (USA)
Musical entertainment by: *Mr Marlon & DJ Malachi (GY)*
(no password required)
‘all a we a one family’

GUSDA: Guyana UK Sports Development Association. London UK

CARIBBEAN: Mystery grows with key suspect in Haiti president killing – Commentary

New details that have emerged about a man considered a key player in the killing of Haiti‘s president deepened the mystery over the assassination that shocked this nation of more than 11 million people as it faces an uncertain future.

Local authorities identified the suspect as Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 62, a Haitian who once expressed a desire to lead his country in a YouTube video.          Continue reading

GUYANA HISTORY: A summary of the 1889 ‘Cent Bread’ riot in Georgetown – By Nigel Westmaas 

Stabroek Market: Location of the inciting incident

Georgetown: Stabroek Market: Location of the inciting incident

By Nigel Westmaas 

In 1889, there was massive riot in Georgetown that led to widespread unrest and the destruction of buildings, especially Portuguese shops. The incident that sparked the revolt was the occasion for the riot but the context was simmering for decades. It was symbolized and highlighted by the expressive ‘cent bread’ descriptive.        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

GUYANA: Nandlall and Ali assure New York-based Guyanese of “fair and inclusive” governance;

— opposition supporters restate discrimination

Attorney General, Anil Nandlall

As a small group of opposition supporters protested outside a restaurant in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York about the “installed” People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration, Attorney General Anil Nandlall was promising that government will be fair and inclusive as possible.

“We have a duty and we have a responsibility and we are committed to inclusive government,” Mr. Nandlall told party faithful.

The administration in recent days appears to be at pains to assure Guyanese and the international community that there is no discrimination against anyone, there will be inclusive governance and that Guyanese will benefit from the wealth, after two American Congressmen Albio Sires and Hank Johnson had publicly called for these steps to be taken.    Continue reading

Second US Congressman calls for wealth sharing and political inclusion in Guyana

Hank Johnson – US Congressman

United States (US) Democrats appear to be closely paying attention Guyana’s political landscape that has been historically split along race lines, just 10 months after a change of government in this South American nation.

Democratic Congressman, Hank Johnson on Wednesday became the second American congressman in recent days to have publicly issued a call for everyone to be included in decision-making. Pointedly, Mr. Johnson strongly suggested that all Guyanese must benefit from their country’s wealth.          Continue reading

BUSINESS: Freddie Figgers: The millionaire tech inventor who was ‘thrown away’ as a baby

By Lucy Wallis – BBC News

Freddie Figgers

Freddie Figgers was given his first computer at the age of nine. It was old and didn’t work but it was the start of a love affair with technology that turned him into an inventor, entrepreneur and telecoms millionaire – a future that few would have predicted after his tough start in life.

“Don’t let your circumstances define who you are.”

Just one piece of advice 31-year-old entrepreneur Freddie Figgers would like to pass on to others.

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