Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Django Unchained: "Who's That Nigga?"

Back on July 4th, 2011, I broke news about a movie called Django Unchained.  In that post I said: "A movie about a Freed slave killing plantation owners starring Jamie Foxx as the good guy, and Leonardo DiCaprio as the slave master and Samuel L. Jackson as his Uncle Tom, and directed by Quentin Tarantino?  My new favourite movie".

Fast forward nearly a year and half later to December 26th, 2012, and Django is officially my new favourite movie.

I don't want to throw out any spoilers, but I say watch it.  Not only watch it, but understand it.  Ya, they've got some bloody Tarantino-esque scenes, and some (White) people may be offended by people throwing around the word "nigga" and "nigger" - which by the way I don't know why (White) people would be offended since that's what y'all called us Blacks/Negroes/Coloureds/Niggers for a few  hundred years (and counting) - but the historical message is right there to be seen/scene.

I for one believe that Django is the new Shaft for my generation.  He is the Black superhero.  He is my superhero.

***Spoiler Alert***

I'm going to learn how to ride a horse.  Just give me a damn horse with a long mane.

Song from the opening scene of Django Unchained and clips from the old 1966 movie Django.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Machel Montano: The Fog

I'm not a fan of this song. Yet.  But I have a feeling it's going to be pretty big in the new year.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

Man. I love Amuurika. Only in Amuurika could the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association say some dumb ass shit like that.  Excuse the language, but that's the best way to describe when people say dumb shit.

But on the other hand, he did make a valid point when he said that violent video games and movies are a serious problem in Amuurika.

Here's the speech in the Toronto Star.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#FirstWorldProblems: Obesity is a Bigger Killer Than Malnutrition

I wish I could make this story up.  All jokes aside, why does society pour money into stopping people from gluttony and indolence?  Geeze if you can afford to eat so damn much and sit around playing with yourself all day, pay for your own damn healthcare.

Hey McGuinty!  Want to save some money?  How about you make all the overeating fatties pay for their own healthcare?  I guarantee you'll save more than what you're trying to cut from teachers.  I think the Ford brothers would save you a billion or two come 2020 when their gravy train bodies give out from riding the subway and driving with their bellies.

We live in a really messed up world, man.  Seriously.  More people are dying (except in Black Africa, of course) from eating too much. 

Happy medium solution: 

Clearly there's enough food in the world to go around, so how about every one gets as much as they need.  This has nothing to do with left-leaning socialist ideals, just straight common sense.  There may not be a limit  on how much money a human being "needs", but clearly there's a limit on how much we can eat.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

#WTF

There are so many things going on in the world that I could've commented on since I last posted nearly a week ago.  The most obvious being the school shooting in Newtown.

Then I thought to myself, the cyber-world has already blown up with people trying to explain why these kids were killed/gun laws/mental health awareness/etc.etc.etc.

And really and truly, imagine you are the parent of one of those kids.  When all the news cameras are gone, after Obama has shed his "man-tear", after CNN finds its next big news story, your child is still dead.  All the explanations in the world can't bring back those children.

That is all.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"Are Those Darn Teachers Still Complaining About Their Salaries?"

This has been circulating around Facebook for the last little while.  Can find the actual link at this blog.

Here it is.  Enjoy.  Comment.

Are Those Darn Teachers Still Complaining About Their Salaries?
by Karen Elizabeth on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 11:17pm ·
Are Those Darn Teachers Still Complaining About Their Salaries?
An opinion piece, by Karen Nancarrow, Ontario Certified Teacher

I’ve just read one too many teacher bashing posts on Facebook today.

As a teacher, I will of course, provide a slanted opinion, but here you are. Disagree with me if you’d like, but not until you read this entire article, start to finish.

I love my job. Period. I would do it for less money, fewer sick days, and less time off. I would do it if I had to be tested yearly by the government to show that I know my stuff, and even if extra-curriculars were forced on me. I would still do it. I love it.

I went into teaching because I love kids. Yes, there are many people who think we go into this profession for the money, but please consider this. A starting teacher’s salary in our school board is $39 000. And this is after an average of 5-7 years to get a contract. In order to move up on the pay grid, teachers must have years of experience (so our salary goes up a little every year up to a maximum of 10 years) and we must also take extra courses in order to be paid the maximum amount. So in order to reach the top of the pay scale, a teacher must have had a contract for 10 years and have taken several extra university credits (paid out of their own pockets AFTER two university degrees).

So given that it might take 10-15 years to make it to the top of the pay scale (which is still a modest amount), many people’s assertion that teachers are in this for the money really have no justification for their position. When you ask teachers to look at “how good we have it”, please realize that when we go into teaching, the reasons are NEVER about the money!  If I wanted to get rich, I definitely would not have chosen teaching as a career.

Pensions:  Yes, we have a good one.  Because we PAY into it!!  Every maternity leave that I’ve taken (3 in total), I have paid back my pension and paid $8000 plus each time to keep it updated.  Pulled it out of an RRSP.

So putting the money argument aside for a moment, this fight with the government actually has NOTHING to do with money. The bottom line for most teachers is that we have the RIGHT to negotiate with our employer. In fact, when this whole thing first got started, most teachers I know said “pay freeze for two years – yup, times are tough – we get it”. But it was only after more details evolved that we realized that the government wants to take away WAY more than two years of a pay increase.

Some say that we should be negotiating with our employers.

POINT OF CLARIFICATION here – the government is NOT our employer!!  The school boards are.   Imagine a third party coming in, going over your employer, who you have a good working relationship with, and telling you and them what you will be paid, how many sick days you will get, what days you will take off without pay, and that EVERYTHING you have negotiated with your employer in the last 20 years has now just been taken away in a heartbeat. No discussion. You have no say and your employer has NO say.  Not even 5 minutes of discussion were we given – thanks so much!

Wouldn’t you fight to at least have the discussion with your employer? Even if you ended up with the same thing the government wanted to impose, would you not fight to have the ability to try?
Here are the two biggest concerns that I have:
  1. Yes people not in unions dislike unions. But unions are the backbone of a lot of our working class people – whether they are in one or not.  If unions fall, we should ALL be very afraid!  What the government seems to be attempted to do is to get rid of unions.  This is not about an argument with teachers. This is about the government exerting unjustified power to wave their magic wand and do whatever the heck they want and this is NOT OK!!  Whether you are in a union or not, whether you support unions or not, remember that they are the ones who have fought for statutory holidays, minimum wage, overtime and good working conditions.  Whatever is negotiated, ALL workers benefit!  Get rid of the unions – you’ll also be getting rid of the middle class.  Less people have less money to spend = more people out of jobs.  Period.
  1. This fight is about protecting our democratic right to free collective bargaining with our employers. If Bill 115 is allowed to stand (which I doubt, because one very similar to it was just reversed in BC because it was considered unconstitutional and unlawful by the courts), then this allows governments free reign and places themselves ABOVE the Human Rights Act and ABOVE the Employment Standards Act!! We should ALL be very scared of this! They are putting themselves ABOVE the law.
That’s it. Top two concerns for sure. Not about money, sick days, pension or benefits.

The government could have easily said to the school boards (OUR EMPLOYERS) that they had a certain amount of money and then teachers would have (just like we do every 2-4 years) negotiated our contracts with our employers. But they didn’t.

Because of their excessive spending over the last 8 years, the Liberals panicked when it came time for the bi-election a few months ago. In order to get the Conservative vote, they acted hard-nosed to get a majority.   How’d that work for you McGuinty?

I get it. You’re upset.  When teacher’s contracts are splayed out in the papers for everyone to see every few years, people get pissed off at our “privilege” and our sick days, and our summers off. We all have that one teacher who was mean to us (or 2 or 3) and it’s time we give all teachers heck because of the very few bad apples.

AND on top of that, what we have always gets compared to what everyone else has.

Teachers work hard. No one is saying that you don’t.

Teachers deserve every penny they get. No one is saying that you don’t.

Teachers need sick days because we are around sick kids who wipe their boogers on us every day. And get lice, Fifths disease and pink eye. The flu, barf on our shoes, and sneezing in our face. Oh yes. Fun times.

Teachers get the summers off. Yup. And we don’t get paid either. We get paid for TEN months.

Teachers negotiated banking sick days. This actually ended up being better for the government than paying us vacation pay, so we actually gave in and took the banked sick days over having vacation pay every year. Banking sick days means that we have a bit of a short term disability plan if we get really sick. It means that at the end if we haven’t used all of our days, we get a small retirement gratuity, which is then taxed and half taken away. This actually SAVES the government money in the long run – cheaper than the supply teachers they would have had to pay had we taken all of those days. (Let’s not mention that Dalton is getting paid right now for doing NOTHING (excuse me, I mean organizing the Liberal Leadership convention), and when he retires in a month will get a retirement gratuity of $315,000), but who notices that?

We get that we are well taken care of. But we help you RAISE your children. And for some, we provide a safe place, food for breakfast, a hug a day, love and support when they get that NO WHERE ELSE.

And we do a ton of extra-curriculars. The public loves us when we do them and they get outraged when we don’t. They are ALL VOLUNTEER!!  And we love doing them, but NO ONE has the right – not our employer, not the government, and not the public – to pressure us or to chastise us when we choose not to VOLUNTEER!

I had a student tell me yesterday that I have changed his life. Not because I do an after school activity with him, but because I listen to him, care for him, spend time with him and value him.

Yes, we’ve all had a crappy teacher or two. But please everyone… don’t make it about that. Teachers deserve your respect. You love us all year until it’s time to negotiate with our employers which we have every right to do.

Parents – you’re pissed off?  Good.  Because now you’re paying attention!  So how will you expend that frustration?  Posting more Facebook posts about how horrible and greedy teachers are?  I hope not.

Do better than that. Stand with us.

We are fighting for your children.  For our own children.
We are fighting for public education.
We are fighting for democracy.

And if we get taken down, I’d watch your back, because you might be next….

By Karen Nancarrow, 5th December, 2012.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Out Cold - Concussions Update

I have to thank a commentator from my The IPL: NFL Money Without the Concussions post for sending me the link to this graphic below on concussions.  Can find the original graphic, attribution, and other resources at Masters in Health Care

Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Independence Day, Barbados!

This is an excerpt from my dissertation dedicated to Barbadians all over the world on the Island's 46 years of independence.


Under the yoke of slavery, colonial domination, poverty, and racism, the pride and industry of a nation was born.  The epitome of human capitalist greed and disregard for human life – The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the institution of slavery – laid the foundation for the creation of the Black Barbadian.  Europeans perfected a system of ideological genocide; they destroyed the Self, the being, and the existence of the African and created his new being as property.  It was a legalized system needed, not for the survival and welfare of European societies, but to provide a luxury for those ignorant to its origins, and amass wealth for the few, shielded a continent away from the brutality they created.  The Slave Trade was designed to exploit, to profit.  It was not a symbiotic and mutually beneficial working relationship; Africans, now slaves in the Americas, did not enter into a binding employment contract with paid wages and benefits.  Phenotypic terrorists broke, castrated, and raped their bodies, and destroyed their existence.  The institution of slavery was a calculated act of terrorism against humanity and human dignity.  Seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth century Barbados and the West Indies was not the tourist paradise that it is now, but a theatre of war, where the enemy disguised itself under a cloak of lies, violence, and greed.  Laws were created that allowed human beings to buy and sell other humans as the insidious ideology of race was created to justify the unjustifiable.  To be of a darker skin tone meant enslavement; however, the masters perverted the binary colour stratification once the derivatives of sexual terror compelled them to enslave their own.  Fathers raped mothers, and whipped daughters.  Husbands emasculated, as wives raped and brutalized.  Mothers cried as their sons died slow painful deaths.  Welcome to Barbados.  This is where the story begins.
                 
The loyal sons and daughters of the Rock on the easternmost reaches of the Caribbean Sea fought hard and struggled to sow the seeds that created what Barbados is today.  Industrious perseverance is a true Barbadian characteristic.  Barbadian ancestors survived the Middle Passage; they overcame the brutality of chattel slavery; they recreated and retained their identity in the face of a well-calculated and deliberate ideological genocide; and they carved out a prosperous existence in the face of colonial domination.  In the face of generations of insurmountable odds, Black Barbadians did not suffer defeat, nor did they accept the negative codification of their ideological Blackness.  Black Barbadians pursued excellence and upward mobility as means to overcome the debilitating nature of poverty and the incendiary goals of racial discrimination as slaves, Free Blacks, British colonial subjects, and finally as proud and independent Barbadian citizens.  Hundreds of years of subjugation forged the yeomen characteristics that defined the early twentieth century Barbadian.  Whether coerced or voluntary, hard work lies at the foundation of Barbadian attitudes towards life.   Tens of thousands of Barbadian emigrants have embodied this spirit of dedication to self-improvement, and subsequently the collective uplifting of the Barbadian nation-state and a prosperous Diaspora abroad.  The Barbadian Emigrant Ambassadors – the autonomous Bajan – is at the heart of this study.   This dissertation attempts to capture, as accurately as possible, the spirit of the nurses, the domestics, the teachers, the bus conductors, and all of the young Barbadian emigrant trailblazers.  They left the sunny tropical paradise of Barbados for the cold abyss of the unknown, in search of a better life for themselves, their unborn children, and the Island. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Please Donate ASAP: Africa For Norway

I don't usually solicit attention for charities and causes on my blog, but this is one I truly truly truly believe in.  And after having worked for an NGO (in "Africa" to boot), I have serious issues with "charity".

But, please open up your wallets, and most importantly your minds, to Radi-Aid and Africa for Norway.  This is not a joke.  I repeat.  This is not a joke.

I'm trying to get in touch with the organizers so we can have an Africa for Canada - it gets pretty cold here too (and I'm not just talking about the weather).

Check out the site here.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Congrats Argos

Hats off to the Toronto Argonauts in their Grey Cup win last night.  Even though I like Calgary's QB Kevin Glenn and am reluctantly warming up to Chad Kackert (the Argos dropped Cory Boyd for him), I'm happy that the Argos won.  They have a great team and are well-coached.

For Toronto to repeat next year and dominate like Montreal over the next 5+ years, here are a few things they need to do:

They need to re-sign Cory Boyd and/or sign Avon Cobourne.  While Kackert is good, he's not durable and won't last a full 18-game (plus playoffs) CFL season.  Andre Durie is a good slot receiver, so they need a solid veteran - and durable - running back.

Ricky Ray is the man at QB, but just like how Montreal is going to fall to the pits of nothingness once Calvillo retires and they put in McPherson (they'll probably sign another QB anyway, same way that Toronto was grooming Michael Bishop for an eternity and he never was the next best thing), Toronto needs a young Travis Lulay-esque backup.  

And finally, they need to get out of those ugly ass portables that have been stinking up UTM's campus forever.  Either build something permanent or move out so UTM can put another big old building on their practice field.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Taylor Swift is a Fraud

***Foul Language and Rant Alert***

I'm no rocket scientist, but after watching some of the AMAs this past weekend, I've realized that Kanye West was right; Taylor Swift is a huge fraud.  She's that girl your mother warns you about.

Common folks, are you really buying this "I'm too cute for life" bullshit?  My girl is a ho.  A straight late 1990s video ho from BET's Uncut.  The kind of skeezer that would cheat on you with your father.  And grandfather. 

Shit, my girl has a wiki specifically listing off all her boyfriends.  Man, she's dated a gay dude - Jake Gyllenhaal, a racist and herpes carrier - John Mayer (who also dated Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Cameron Diaz - manwhore, anyone?), a pre-pubescent wolfboy - Taylor Lautner, a Jonas brother, and finally showed her true Marilyn Monroe homewrecker-self and dated a Kennedy.

She's 22 and she's racked up a list of exes that Britney "legs like a porch door" Spears would be proud of.  I lie, I put her in Kim Kardashian territory.  But at least Kim marries her men.

My issue is is that all her material comes from these breakups.  All of it.  All her hit songs.  So either she's a ho, or a fraud.  You pick your poison, Miss Swift.

I say Taylor steps up to the plate and starts dating some real men and see what kind of songs she writes.

Here are some title tracks for her new loves:

Rick Ross:  "Baby, I'm Lost (in your bellybutton) Without You"

Brad Pitt:  "I Hope Angie Doesn't Find Out"

Tim Tebow:  "I Took Yours Like Mayer Took Mine"

Eddie Murphy:  "Rob This Cradle"

Rihanna:  "Love is Colour-Blind"

(Rihanna ain't a man, but hey, Taylor Swift is probably a lesbian.  Why?  Romney says so.)

And after doing some investigative work, I found the real lyrics to her song, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".

Here it is:

I remember when I dumped you the first time
Saying this is it, I wrote my song, 'cause like
That I've been working on for a month
When I, said I, was just using you, what?
Then you come around again and say
Baby, I miss you and I swear I'm gonna change
Trust me, I'm just trying to win another Grammy some day
I say, I hate you, we break up, you call me, I hang up

Oooh my publicist called it off again last night
But Oooh, this time I'm telling you, I'm telling you
I never ever ever liked you to being with
I only only only wanted to make you look stupid
You go talk to TMZ talk
To Oprah talk to me
You will never ever ever win this, cause I'm Taylor Swift

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fitness Isn't Gender Specific

Don't mind the caption, just watch the video.  Male or female, I know I'm impressed.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

One of Rihanna's Best Videos Yet - Diamonds

She's not naked, not doing drugs, not dry humping Chris Brown lookalikes or tanks, so I say this one is a winner.

I gotta give a shout out to Barbados.  A country of 300,000 people on a 166 square mile rock.


Friday, November 9, 2012

True Toronto Stories: Bedroom Bully

From time to time people tell me some pretty funny stories of real life encounters they've had just being normal people seeing abnormal things.  This story, told in her own words, is too funny to be true.

Enjoy!

So I'm sitting on the subway at Dundas stop, minding my own business. Having stayed up super late the night before watching the election, I was exhausted and ready to get home. As the doors were closing and we were ready to depart for the next stop, a man  (let's call him….idiot) sprints down the platform, with two other men chasing him and yelling at him. Obviously I'm like 'WTF is going on?' And what was perplexing is that I was sitting in the very first car…so the only place idiot had to run was onto the tracks. Well thats exactly what this idiot decides to do! The first guy who was chasing him starts yelling 'NO! STOP! DON'T GO THERE!' So then I was like 'Uh oh! What if this guy is trying to commit suicide!' It was starting to get scary. But no, thats not what he was doing. Idiot was running away cause he stole something. Well…tried to steal something. You see the two guys were able to retrieve the merchandise before he got away with it, but no such luck catching the idiot. He just jumped onto the tracks and started running. Who knows where to, probably the next subway stop. The subway got shut down. They turned off all the power, and the police showed up. But from what I gathered, the guy got away. After 15-20 minutes or so, the subway was up and running again.

But here's the best part! What was idiot trying to steal? A duvet and some bed sheets! Yup. A high speed chase, TTC in disarray, me missing my train and bus home…..all for a duvet and some bed sheets.

So moral of the story. Hide your duvet, hide your bed sheets, heck hide your pillows. Cause looks like some idiot is out there looking for the whole bedroom set.

The End.
Newsflash:
A TTC maintenance worker found the "idiot"'s iPod, turned it on and found out he was listening to this:


Shabba Ranks is now wanted for questioning as a possible accomplice in the robbery.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ke$sha - Die Young

I kinda thought her career was already dead, but hey, the gold tooth saved it.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Message For White Voters

I'm sorry I didn't find this video earlier.  Just the other day I was saying the same thing about Obama's dog.


All jokes aside, race and US politics is no laughing matter.  Obama took 93% of the Black vote, 71% of Hispanics and 73% of Asians (I didn't even know Psy, Shahrukh Kahn, and Kim Jong-un could vote in US elections).  While Romney took 59% of the White vote, which accounts for 72% of all US voters.

I'm no rocket scientist, but maybe, just maaaaaayybbeee the Republican Party should go back to their mid 19th century roots where it abolished slavery, supported Reconstruction, and pretty well was the "Black man's" party up until the Depression.

It's pretty well the same way people don't realize that it was the Conservative Party that de-racialized Canadian immigration in 1962, while the Liberals rode their coattails in 1967 with the Points System.

The ideologies of political parties and allegiance change, folks.  Just ask Ontario teachers, McGuinty, and the Liberal Party.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Post-Election 2012: What to Expect Tomorrow Morning

...the same damn thing you expected this morning.  Especially if you're Canadian.

If you've been living in the "free" world (how is it free when I gotta pay for everything?), you'll know that tomorrow will be exactly the same as today.  Listen folks, this ain't 1930s Germany.  When I wake up tomorrow, no one is gonna party like it's 2008 or pin a blackened star on my chest.  My landlord ain't gonna congratulate me on having my very own Black president (I was living in London, Ontario in 2008, so you do the math there).

Whether Obama or Romney win tomorrow, here are a few things that won't change:

- Obama will still be a Black Kenyan Muslim
- Romney will still be Ronald Reagan, 2012, and have perfect White man Just-For-Men hair
- The rich will continue to get richer (that's the basis of a liberal democratic capitalist society, folks.  Change the system, not the people who run it if you want real change.)
- China is still gonna make cheap shit
- The NHL will still be on a lockout
- Women will still make less money than men
- First Nations across North America will still be the true forgotten "other"
- Ontario still won't have a leader
- Justin will still be working on plans to renovate his old bedroom in Ottawa
- Haiti will still be struggling to recover
- Gas is still gonna cost more than a dollar a litre
- Smoking will still kill you
- Drinking and driving will still kill you (and others)
- Dalton McGuinty and Judas Broten will continue their illicit affair
- McGuinty's wife still won't say a damn thing in public

And finally:

The Middle Class will not rise up out of suburbia and take over the world one mini-van and big box store at a time.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Romney and Obama on Canada

...that's all I've got.  Watched the whole "foreign policy" debate and the only sense I got was that Romney wants the US to be "North American" energy dependent. 

Question:  Do you think Canada would elect a Black Prime Minister (well would a political party select a Black person as their leader is the technical question)?  Seeing from all the love Lincoln Alexander got, that seems like a no-brainer, so why hasn't it happened? 

Let's see if Ontario will accept an openly gay Premier first.

In other news, I think this should have been Obama's campaign theme song:


Friday, November 2, 2012

McGuinty: I wonder if he wants to reinvent the wheel next

How about we get kids to learn how to string a coherent sentence together first.  Just because you can create something, doesn't mean it's gooder.

McGuinty:

“Without being too academic, we’re going to move beyond the ingestion of knowledge to the construction of knowledge. What does that mean? We’re going to introduce into the curriculum more of the kinds of things that foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration,”

That sounds pretty academic to me.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Unemployed Trini? Your Voice is Your Meal Ticket

Well, if you wanna work for a phone-in sex line.

I wonder if TD is running to Trinidad to set up a call centre.  Check the story here.

Friday, October 26, 2012

When Vivaldi Meets Soca - New Alternative Quartet

This is to all those folks out there that think soca music is only all about "jumpjumpwavewavejukjuk" 160bpm "noise".

New Alternative Quartet: "I am Paradise"


And other songs on the Paradise riddim:


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Biggest Cheats in Sports

Well, now that one of the worst kept secrets has come out about Lance Armstrong being a "fraud" and having "no place in cycling", I think it's time for me to have a list of my biggest cheats in sports.  And for the record, I don't believe Armstrong is such a terrible person - the man raised over $500 million dollars for cancer research.  What good has Gretzky or Jordan done for humanity?  Exactly.

Gary Bettman:


NHL lockout anyone?

Carl Lewis:


If you watched the 9.79 documentary about the 1988 Olympic 100m final (one of the best documentaries ever made in my opinion), you'd realize that Carl Lewis is the biggest ass - and cheat - in sports.  Andre Jackson, anyone?  Oh, and I think Carl is lying about his sexuality too.  I've got keyhole vision when it comes to these things.

John Calipari:


He's the University of Kentucky men's basketball coach.  Ask him how many of his players actually graduate every year.

Italian Football Fans:


Damn racist xenophobes.  One of your best players is a Black immigrant.  Get over it.  (Feel free to add a caption to this photo.)

Every single East German Olympic Athlete:


I think this one is self-explanatory.  But if it isn't, the reason why Heidi is now Andreas is because East Germany pumped her full of testosterone that it turned her into a man.  (That's the Christopher-esque explanation for it.  Drugs had the opposite effect on Carl Lewis.  See the YouTube video.)

MLSE:


All your teams suck.  What else?  They keep on getting worse every year.  What else?  You're one of the richest conglomerates in all sports.

NFL:


Outside of the combat sports (boxing, mma, K1, etc.), I'm not sure how many other sports you are trained and encouraged to kill another human being.  I don't blame the players, I blame the NFL.  They say they're all about "player safety" and fine people for "dangerous" hits, but check it, that's like putting a filter on a cigarette and encouraging 10 year olds to take up smoking.  The NFL's solution?  Putting kevlar in helmets.  Screw tackling, let's just shoot these SOBs.  Go HAM cause YOLO!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lincoln Alexander Tribute by A. Morgan

A good friend of mine, and fellow Harvard "Reconsidering Caribbean Diaspora" panelist Mr. Anthony Morgan, has written a great article on Lincoln Alexander.  Check it out here.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Black Kids and School: Like Oil and Water

Sometimes I think I live in a parallel universe.  Sometimes I wake up, check my iPad, iPod, then my Blackberry, struggle over to my computer to check what's going on in my blogosphere, then realize I'm still in a dream and it's 1953 and I'm in Arkansas.  How can you not when you've got stories of what's going on in Florida and their education system?

Long story short.  Florida has decided that it wants,

90% of Asian students
88% of White students
81% of Hispanic students
74% of Black students

reading well by 2018.  Yes, it wants 74% of its Black students and 90% of its Asian students reading "well" by 2018.  Not above and beyond, but "well".  I'm no rocket scientist, but I think there's a tad bit - just a tad - of racism involved when you only expect three quartres of Black kids to be reading well.  This is R.E.A.D.I.N.G. people.  One 100 per cent of all students should be reading well. 

Reading in 2012 is like breathing.  And for all the historians out there, wasn't there a policy against slaves being able to read?  Why was that?

People talk about Obama coming in and the US living in a post-racial society?  Seriously?

What's even more troubling is that 40% of Black kids in Florida were at grade levels in math. 

Sidenote:  Why the hell is 40% the number of choice when it comes to Black kids and school?  Remember the 40% dropout rate for Blacks in schools in Ontario?

And please tell me that there isn't a direct correlation between these numbers and the kids that happen to go to university on these sports scholarships and don't end up graduating.

Case in point:

At Florida State (FSU), Arkansas, Texas A&M, USC, UCLA, North Carolina St., and Texas, less than 50% of its Black football players graduate.  Yes, less than 50%.  But check it, at Florida St. (at 44%) for example, 93% of its White players graduate.

That is a 49% difference. 

So let's say FSU is only recruiting kids out of Florida, and let's say they pick every single one of those 40% that graduate at grade levels in math (let's assume you need to be at grade level to graduate high school).  Less than half of those kids will end up getting a degree.

If we're working out of a number of 100, right off the bat, we only have 40 kids actually going to university (again, assuming every single one can play football), then less than half of those get degrees (in whatever the hell their degree is in), we're left with about 18 Black kids of 100 in Florida in a society that both Romney and Obama agree that you need a post-secondary education to survive.

Furthermore, the youth unemployment rate (16-24) in Florida was a 31.4% in 2011.  So let's cut a third from this 18 number, and we've got a rockin' 12 Black kids out of 100 that are in this "middle class" battle against China and binders full women (yes, I didn't take a gendered analysis, but this isn't a scholarly paper, it's a blog that one of my contributors is a talking dog).

What happens to the other 88%?

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy": Lincoln Alexander, 1922-2012

No truer words have been said about being a Black boy, or girl, in Canada.  No truer words.  Education is the key.

If you haven't read his biography, I have a copy and am willing to lend it to whomever would like to read it (just pay for the postage).


  • Alexander and Tolerance: “I hate the way the word tolerant is used.  It is not the proper way of accepting other races – being tolerant.  That means putting up with someone, and that is not acceptable…Tolerance is not respect.” (p.217). 
  • Alexander and Racism: “Racism is, simply, a product of ignorance, but I am an optimist and have seen great strides taken toward eradicating that evil.” (p.217).

Check the story here.


Major Lazer - Get Free

Check it out.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Robyn Rihanna Givens & Chris Tyson

While watching the Tyson documentary, I realized the odd - and ironic - similarities between Robyn Fenty (Rihanna) and Robin Givens.  Not only do they both look the same, but they were both in abusive relationships.

Mind you, Chris Brown is not "Iron" Mike Tyson - a dude whose profession was to beat the shit out of people.  And when they divorced, Givens never went running back to Tyson.



Freaky, eh?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I've Been Up To Lately

Yup, I haven't posted in a while, but I've been doing a few things the past week or so.

I spoke at a conference at Michigan State University (with Juli and Matt):


Exercised my rights as a (temporary) American citizen (half off assault rifles when you buy a pair of shoes):


Ran the Soctiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon:



Forced Mr. McGuinty to quit his job after telling him that no one wanted to play with him at recess anymore:


And went to New York to remind Obama that those two things dangling between his legs were his balls, and to slap Romney in the face with them.