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.)


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.


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.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gangnam Style: West Indies World T20 Champs!

I gotta give a big shout out to the West Indies cricket team for beating Sri Lanka today in the World T20 final in Sri Lanka.

And I gotta give a shout out to globalization.  You've got West Indians playing an English sport in Sri Lanka dancing to a Korean musician's Euro-dance track.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012