Saturday, December 28, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Published Book Review

See this link for my published book review, "Moving beyond Multiculturalism: A Blueprint for Cultural Synergy," on Kamala E. Nayar's book The Punjabis in British Columbia: Location, Labour, First Nations, and Multiculturalism.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Dr. Taylor and "Embracing Diversity" at Western University's Faculty of Education

I would like to thank everyone at Western's Faculty of Education for the invitation to speak at their "Embracing Diversity" Professional Development Day today.  In particular I would like to thank Amani for the personal invite and believing that I had something worthwhile to say.  Thanks, Amani.  You're doing great work.

See the video below.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Interview on the Vibe Collective Radio Show

As a follow-up to my Rob Ford article, I was invited to speak on 89.5 FM' "The Vibe Collective" radio show. I want to thank everyone at the show for their hospitality and providing a forum to discuss this topic.

Scroll down to Saturday on this link and you'll see The Vibe Collective.  I start to discuss at 30mins in.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Michelle Obama on 106 and Park

I may be the only person on Earth that watches BET, but they had Michelle Obama on last night and it was some "real talk." (Some very inspiring words of wisdom)

I also need to give a shout to Keshia Chante as the new host with Bow Wow. That's a pretty big deal for a Canadian to host one of the most popular music shows in the US.

"Rob Ford Needs to Stop Using Black People as a Prop"

I actually prefer my pre-HuffPost edit-title: "Rob Ford's Real Addiction? His Fetish For Black People."

Another disclaimer:

If you noticed the inconsistencies in "Black" versus "black" in the article, it's the HuffPost edits. Black, when referring to Black people, should always be a proper noun. Why? Because Black people are people. The same way that you capitalize Jewish people or Chinese people.

And "In" should be "It."

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Drake's 2014 Toronto Mayoral Campaign Video

Honestly, considering what Ford is doing nowadays, Drake would have to say the F word a few more times to win.

And here's the longer and "more stupider "version.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Davido - Skelewu ( Official Video - Finally)

K, after multiple attempts, here is the "official" video for Skelewu from Davido's YouTube channel.  I like the old one much better.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Timaya - Ekoloma Demba [Official Video]

Or this?

Timaya - Ukwu [Official Video]

Or maybe this one?

Davido - Skelewu (Music Video)

Yowza.  A North American hit?

The NFL is Really the "No Female League"

This can also be found at HuffPost


After a good ol' (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend, eating good ol' (Canadian) turkey, and watching good ol" (Canadian and American) football, I paused for a reality check.

I watch a lot of football and I don't really like turkey.

As I sat in-front of my TV in a food induced state of football hypnosis and truly thankful that gluttony was not a punishable crime (at least in the Earthly sense), something flashed across my screen and into my consciousness (as a football fan, and more importantly as a man).

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Odd? I thought so too.

What appeared on my TV was a commercial of Rice describing why football is such an important part of her life.

Yes, (American) football.

For those that follow football in the United States, you would also be intrigued by Rice -- in her own words -- describing her passion for the game. Why? There has been some backlash of Rice's appointment on NCAA football's new playoff committee. Why?

Because supposedly as a women, she never played the game and subsequently doesn't "understand" football.

Then I started to put some pieces together.

Where are all the women in the NFL?

Where are all the women in (mainstream) professional sports?

No, I'm not saying where are all the 6'6, 330-pound women starting on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys. Or with a mullet and toothless grin skating through the blue line on a power play for the Maple Leafs.

The NFL -- one of the most popular and profitable leagues in North America -- recently came out with figures that women account for 45 per cent of its fan base.

For every Tom and Matt guzzling beer on a Sunday, there's also a Tina and Megan guzzling beer on a Sunday.

If the NFL is (nearly) equally represented in its fan base, where are the (45 per cent) women on the sidelines (that aren't wearing bras and panties and pompoms)? Where are the (45 per cent) women with the headsets and clipboards and the (4 per cent - yes, 4, not 45) women in thousand dollar suits facilitating million dollar contracts like Kimberly Miale? Where are all the women in the boardrooms? In the press boxes and locker rooms?

Yes, the NFL has a very popular and admirable "A Crucial Catch Pink Campaign" where the "manliest of men" wear pink as part of their uniforms for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Despite the issues with where the money is actually going, I commend the NFL for putting a disease in the limelight that affects each and every person (male and female) in some way.

And yes, the NFL actively markets merchandise specifically geared towards women.

But if 45 per cent of women contribute to the NFL's multi-billion dollar war chest, shouldn't we at least see 45 per cent actively involved (on the sidelines at least) on Any Given Sunday?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing and the End of White People

Watch as much of this video as you can.  The long and short of Welsing's theory is that White people - as the global minority - created White supremacy because of their fear of genetic annihilation.  White genes, you see, are recessive (i.e. when a White and a Black person have a baby, the child comes out darker than the White parent).  And the biggest threat to their genetics and "white" colour?  Black people.

That may not be new to a lot of people; however, the whole thing about billiards being attached to the sexualized nature of racism was something that I didn't even think of.

You knock all the coloured balls in a hole under the table, with a white ball.  And you save the most important ball - the black one - to the end.

I'm going to buy a pool table with a black cue ball and all white billiard balls.

Monday, September 30, 2013

YOBO (You Only Ball Once) - Drake and the Toronto Raptors

Hands up to all those 20 and 30 somethings out there that remember voting in school for the name of the new Toronto NBA team back in the early '90s.

Newsflash: You are old.

In 2016 the Huskies Terriers Towers Raptors will be celebrating their 20th anniversary.  Yes 20.

Two big pieces of news to come out of that.

One: Toronto will be hosting the 2016 All-Star game.

Two: Drake has just signed on to be their "Global Ambassador" and re-brand the team.

Whether you like him or not, you've gotta tip your hat to Drake.  First he was on arguably the most popular Canadian TV show ever (Degrassi) and now he's a part of the only basketball team in Canada (I kinda remember that Vancouver may have had a team.  Kinda).

So with this news, I have put together some suggestions for Drake and how he can tap into his network to make the Raptors "better" without having to sign LeBron James and slip some cash to Andrew Wiggins at Kansas.

1.  A new catch phrase:

YOBO - You Only Ball Once

2.  Tell every free agent that he'll sing/rap the hook on their song and promote their album.

3.  Show them that when you start from the bottom in Toronto, you actually start with a silver spoon in your flax cereal and organic milk.  

4.  The Maple Leafs pay the bills.  All you've got to do is play and not suck too too badly.

5.  Change the "Raptors" to the "Gremlins" and get the most popular mascot ever in sports history:

6.  Shoot, get Birdman and the whole of Cash Money to run the team.  If Master P and now Jay-Z can get into the business of sport, why not this guy?

(All jokes aside, Birdman is a serious business man.)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home ft. Majid Jordan (Official Video)

Is terriblist a word?  If not, I'm pulling rank and making it up for this video.  This is the terriblist video ever.  I thought Drake just came out with a song with Snoop Lion called "No Guns Allowed"?

Drake man.  The song had some real potential to build on "Find Your Love" and your Jimmy status from Degrassi.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wi-Fi in Cars? Humans and Stupid Ideas

I find it ironic that news came out today that Rogers wants to turn your car into a rolling XBox and I saw a guy filling out a crossword (with a pen and newspaper) as I drove down Bayview this morning.

I'm all about technology, but this is a pretty stupid (and dangerous) idea. 

I can't text while I'm driving, but I can order a pizza and have it delivered on the 401 at 5:44 on a Wednesday evening.  And eat it too.  And fill out a crossword for good measure.

I can't wait for the new law that'll come out against people watching porn and indecent exposure as they drive along in traffic.

In other news: Rogers is now getting into the car insurance business and names Andrea Horwath CEO.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Shad - Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)

Listen to the lyrics.  And people like to think you need a PhD to be an expert or have the authority to speak on an issue.

Tessanne Chin Ft. Busy Signal - Don't Wanna Fight - [Another Dollar Ridd...

Man.  That's all I've got to say.

Da'ville - Mirrors (Justin Timberlake Cover)

I'm sorry, but this is better than the original.  The only way it could be better is if JT himself jumped on this reggae remix as a duet with Alaine or Etana.

stromae & (major lazer) : "papamayé " (Leçon 27) (+playlist)

I'll say that if and when this remix is mastered, it has some serious potential.  Stromae doing a show in Jamaica?  Nuts.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Nearly 400 Years in the Making: 12 Years a Slave

Is it historically accurate?  Yes.

Does Chiwetel Ejiofor deliver a first class performance?  Yes.

Is it a good great film?  Yes.

Does Steve McQueen direct the history as representative of the past, present, and future?  Yes.

Will it win an Oscar?  Yes.  And here’s why.

I was lucky enough to get invited to the final screening of 12 Years a Slave at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend at the Elgin Theatre with 1,499 other moviegoers/film buffs/hot-to-trotters and at least one Django Unchained loyalist (moi).

I wasn’t disappointed.

I thought about doing a brief synopsis as is the custom for movie reviews, then I realized there’s no point.  The movie is about slavery.  This ain't fiction.  It's history.  Period.  Fullstop.  Next question.

Ok, that description may be a little too simplistic.  Yes, the movie is based on Free man kidnapped into slavery in 1841, Solomon Northup and his 1853 book, Twelve Years a Slave.  It’s a winding tale of how “(un)free” it was for all Blacks in the United States even in the “free” Northern States.  And this was well before the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the Dred Scott Decision in 1857.
Black equaled slave.  Period.  Fullstop.  Next question.

Unlike Django, this movie will win Best Picture because it doesn’t make White audiences uncomfortable.  Yes, the word “nigger” is used throughout, but there isn’t the Tarantino shoot ‘em up violence epitomized with a Black hero winning and effectually becoming the first true Black superhero of the 21st century.

12 Years is a perfect combination of Glory, Lincoln, The Color Purple, and Django.

White people don’t have to question their own historical existence, but (women especially) are emotionally intertwined with Lupita Nyong’o’s character Patsey.

While Solomon’s narrative is tragic and Ejiofor’s performance carries the movie, Patsey’s story is horrific and Nyong'o's performance is haunting.

If someone is to win an Oscar, it should be Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress.  The scene where she begs Solomon to kill her because she can’t escape the sexual, emotional, mental, and psychological brutality suffered by millions of enslaved Black women throughout the Americas makes you realize that the penis cut deeper than the whip.  And the wounds inflicted by the former have yet to heal.

The White-Black female dynamic in slavery should be explored further in another movie.  On one hand you had White women (in this case the slave owner’s wife, Mary Epps) who many would argue were victims of the institution themselves.  On the other hand, you had Black women who were sexually exploited, victimized, and brutalized by male slave owners.  These men profited from their sexual deviance as they owned the production and reproduction of their female slaves.  The Black women subsequently faced the wrath of the slave owning wife because “he loved his Black slave and he didn’t love her.”

I could go on and on for days about this, but go and watch the movie when it’s released in October and see for yourself.  Better yet, pick up a book and read for yourself.  A good start (and short, it’s only 143 pages) on Black female exploitation is Melton A. McLaurin’s true story, Celia, A Slave.

“The sexual politics of slavery in the antebellum South are perhaps most clearly revealed by the fact that recorded cases of rape of female slaves are virtually non-existent.”   (Page 113.)

Makes you wonder how they’ve got so many light-skinned Black and dark-skinned White people in the US, eh?  Maybe that’s how Thomas Jefferson defined “freedom.”

See a link to the TIFF press conference here.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Eddie Murphy - Red Light ft. Snoop Lion

And I thought Eddie Murphy put out good music back when the only thing "smart" about mobile phones were that they were mobile.  I really like this song.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Recharge With Sun

I'll be back in a week or so with my (mental and physical) batteries charged and more posts.  This gives everyone time to read my dissertation.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Dr. Christopher Stuart Taylor (link to full-text dissertation included)

Yes, I agree, that "D-R" in front of my name looks quite odd.  Very odd.  But it's true.

On Wednesday (August 28th, 2013 at 3:15pm) I successfully defended my dissertation and completed all the requirements of my PhD.  Which means I am now a doctor that can't save your life on an airplane.  I could give you the ins and outs of racism in the flight industry, but don't ask me to give you a tracheotomy with a bic pen while delivering a breached baby.  It won't happen.

I've been poor to update my progress on my PhD as promised; however, here's the link to the final published copy of "Flying Fish in the Great White North: The 'Culture' of Black Barbadian Migration to 1967" for everyone to read and share.

Someone asked me in my PhD defense lecture how I can make "change" to a discriminatory/racist society, and I said "who knows."  After some thought, the first step is me sharing my work publicly for everyone to see/hate/like/critique/burn/praise/etc. etc. etc.  That might not be the academic way, but when I'm driving at night and the police pull me over with hands on their guns, they're not asking to see my dissertation or my credentials as a Dr.

All they (still) see is a Black man.

Friday, August 23, 2013

12 Years A Slave - Trailer

A Hollywood blockbuster on slavery in the US alone could come out every day.

Historians should have their own multi-billion dollar film studio. 

Here's the trailer for 12 Years A Slave

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lightning (Usain) Bolt Photo

If anyone is ever looking to get me a gift of some kind for Labour Day, please get this for me.  Blown-up and framed.  Want that hanging on my office wall next to a portrait of me killing a lion with my bare hands.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Christopher's Words of (Un)Wisdom

I've had a roller-coaster of a summer.  Here are a couple of life lessons I've learned:

"In the job market, just like in the animal kingdom, the youngest/prettiest/most-charming/most-cutthroat will survive.  And be your boss."

"Gentlemen (and ladies).  Do not let what's in between your legs drive you.  You'll only end up in a ditch with a broken leg."

"Being good at one thing is the same as being good at nothing: unless the people around you care, your achievements are irrelevant."

"The word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ"

Considering NCAA football season is right around the corner, I can name my kid "@Te'Second*insertcommonsense*Coming" but I can't name my child Messiah.  The US is messed up. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"The Afternoon I Decided to Leave Academe"

It's a quick read.  As a matter of fact, I will just post it below.

‘The Afternoon I Decided to Leave Academe’–and What Happened Next

August 8, 2013, 12:07 pm

Many Ph.D.’s who write about leaving academe knew it was not for them. I envy those people. I enjoyed being an academic, and I loved teaching. As a kid growing up, all I wanted to be was a teacher, and when I entered university, my career goal shifted to being a professor. When I decided to end my quest for a tenure-track job, I told a friend that, some day, I hoped I would enjoy whatever I ended up doing as much as I enjoyed teaching and being a historian.

I will never forget the afternoon I decided to leave academe. I had just learned that I was second in line for a visiting assistant professorship, with a three-year contract and a 3-3 teaching load. We were well into the summer, and this was my last hope of a job for the following year. The pay was less than $40,000 a year; the hiring committee admitted to me that the salary was probably not enough to cover living expenses in the area.

That afternoon I hit the brick wall. I had spent three years on the academic job market and felt further away than ever from my goal. Was I to work yet another year as an adjunct, scraping by, with no promise that the next year would be any better than the previous three?

I phoned my good friend who was facing the same reality. His dream was to be a professor, but, like me, he could not land a job. We had told each other the same piece of advice over and over again: It’s not you; it’s the system. The system is broken. You are not a failure; the system failed you. I told him that day, “I’m done, I can’t do this anymore.” He responded, “I don’t blame you.” The following year, he also left academe.

I cried at the end of the phone call and cried a lot more in the following months. I was angry—at myself, at the system, at the administrators who were cutting tenure-track jobs, at those who’d caused the 2008 economic crash. I kept looking at job boards, trying to find a reason my decision to leave was wrong. I spent days depressed, watching crap TV and drinking cheap wine.

Finally, when I started having success as a research consultant, I turned a corner. No, my consulting career is not the same as being an academic, but I have incorporated into my new profession things I enjoyed about academe: research and writing, leading workshops, and giving presentations. I still feel sad when I look at my history books, or when friends are creating their syllabi for the coming semester. But, over all, I enjoy my new life. People treat me with respect, they value my contributions, and my research is having an immediate impact.

Over the past few years, I have met many Ph.D.’s who are excellent teachers with exciting scholarship and impressive CVs. They, too, can’t find academic jobs. They, too, are looking for a way to move forward professionally, where they can make a living and have their contributions valued. Many, like me, have spent months consumed by grief over the loss of their dreams and fighting a sense of failure. But, as people who earned Ph.D.’s, they are hard-working and too ambitious to stay in a broken system. And they all eventually found new professions that bring them satisfaction.

L. Maren Wood earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the founder and lead researcher of Lilli Research Group, a small education-consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area. She will be blogging regularly for the Ph.D. Placement Project about nonacademic career issues for Ph.D.’s.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

MoBot vs. Bolt: What Sport (Should Be) All About

If you haven't heard this story it goes something like this:

The best 100m-200m sprinter of all time (Usain Bolt) will be racing the UK's distance king (Mo Farah) in a 600m race.

And here are my two cents on the outcome:

Anyone who has followed Bolt's career knows that first and foremost he is a 400m runner and has trained at that 600m distance.  Fullstop.  So ya, he can sprint 600m no problem.  And if there were a 600m event at the Olympics, he would prolly win that race too.  (Shoot if he trained for an 800m, I'd say he'd medal too.)

For those non-400m sprinters out there, there's a hell of a difference between sprinting 400m and 600m.  Shoot there's a hell of a difference between sprinting 400m and 402m.

And the problem?  Ya the lactic acid will be baking cakes in your hamstrings and quads, but the problem is much more psychological.

If they build a 600m track for this MoBolt showdown (I want a shirt that says that), Bolt will win.  There's something that happens to your mind when you cross the finish line and you have to keep on going.  Bolt only crosses the tape once.  Mo does it like he's changing train lines on the Tube at Victoria station during rush hour.

So my winner?

All genuine sports fan that want to see the best compete against the best.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Female and Black and West Indian (American): Congrats to Gabrielle Turnquest

Geezeon.  At 18 I thought law was the first word of a TV show.

Check the story out here.

CPL (Caribbean Premier League) Update: Tri(nida)dents Win

Well, I'm not in Barbados, but a few of my family members went to the opening match where the Barbados Tridents beat the St. Lucia Zouks at Kensington Oval in Barbados last night.

And guess what?  I'm one for one (after one match) in my prediction of a possible Jamaica-Barbados final.  Dwayne Smith scored a duck, but Malik and Pollard were match winners.  Pollard with bat and ball.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Christopher Martin - Just Like You (Daddy A Mi General) - [In Transit Riddim]

This song is pretty self-explanatory. Scroll to 4 minutes to get to Martin's song (don't mind that the title is incorrect on the video).

Monday, July 22, 2013

Email Is Down

My .uwo email addresses have been temporarily disabled.  I should be up and running in the next couple days.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

WS 3330G - Race, Gender & Migration: The History of Black Women in Canada

I'm teaching a course in January 2014 on Black women's history in Canada at Western in Women's Studies & Feminist Research.

If you're interested, check out the poster below.