Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FYI To Leaders and Wannabe Future Leaders Out There

This post may be irrelevant to the school of thought out there that believe that some people are just "natural born leaders." In any case this is a very interesting and informative read.

Check out the Forbes article here.

Ray J - I Hit It First

This is the definition of "putting someone on blast."

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Another Example of Why I Believe in Western's Migration and Ethnic Relations Program (MER)

It's definitely not a secret that I've had my (un)fair share of "issues" at Western over my graduate school career.  I guess "issues" is a nice way of putting it.

But I do unequivocally believe in what Vicki Esses, Belinda Dodson, Daniele Belanger, and all the faculty and students involved in the Migration and Ethnic Relations (MER) Centre and Collaborative Graduate Program at Western are doing in academia and the "real world."

Here's a perfect example:

We got the inside scoop during our colloquium series back on October 4th, 2012  on this story titled "Mitigate 'brain drain' by investing in diaspora-led development projects, study urges Canadian government," from Jonathan Crush himself.  Live and in colour.

The story itself is pretty interesting especially the idea of pressuring the Canadian Government to start seeing immigration policy as a form of international development/aid through diasporic networks.

What is more important than the story is that MER students are "on the ground" for real issues in Canadian policy.  We are engaged in what's happening outside of the academe.  We interact, and literally sit at the same table at our after talk dinners, with the movers and shakers in Canada.

How many students can say that they had an hours long conversation over dinner with a leader in international policy?  How many students can say that conversation was genuine and not about "getting a leg up" in their own careers?

Unless Crush is one of the selectors for the West Indies Cricket Board, I'm doing this whole academic networking thing completely wrong.  Or maybe I'm doing it the right way.  One with integrity.  The MER way.

For all those looking for a graduate programme, I fully endorse MER at Western.  If you want "real world" experience to add to your graduate degree, MER is the place to be.

And if by any chance Crush is reading this post, good luck to South Africa at the ICC Champions Trophy next month.  Gayle, Sammy, Pollard, Bravo (and Broad, Dhoni, and Kohli) are gunning for ya.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fire in Babylon (Documentary)

There are moments in life that make you pause for a second and think.  It might not be a moment.  It may be a song.  A headline.  A person.  Or maybe even a movie.

Tonight I just finished watching Fire in Babylon.  If you just watch the documentary for what it is, it's a great work on the rise and supremacy of West Indies cricket during the 1970s and 1980s.  Even for a non-cricket fan, you would enjoy the music, the cinematography, and the West Indian players' stories.

Then if you're Black, it represents a whole lot more.

I didn't grow up during the 1970s and 1980s, and my Dad isn't around for me to ask him what kind of pride he must of felt as a Black person, a Barbadian, an English immigrant, and a former cricketer when the West Indies cricket team was the best in the world.

Not only were they the best at their sport, but they were the best at a White man's game.  A White man's game that was the epitome of colonization and British (White) identity.

You can't draw parallels to it in the twenty-first century.  You just can't.

Bolt?  Blacks, West Indians, and Jamaicans have been dominating athletics and breaking records for decades before him.

LeBron?  Ya, he's the best basketball player in the world, but that's expected of a Black person.

Gayle?  For every Gayle there's a Watson or a Steyn.

Tiger?  I don't see him speaking out against racial discrimination even when it's directed straight at him.

And furthermore, does any Black modern day sportsmen/women openly challenge the establishment, White domination, exploitation, social injustice, and racism on a global scale?

I mean if there's an underlying message to this film, it is to be the best and beat them at their own game.  The only way you'll get their respect is if you come back stronger, harder, and better than who they are and what they throw at you.

Walk with a sense of pride, play within the rules, but change the game.  Bowl bouncers.  Hit batsmen.  Be aggressive.  Be better.  Be proud and hold your head up high.  Don't apologize.

Don't apologize.

Don't apologize if you are better than those that are trying to keep you down. 

Don't apologize for your greatness and for your oppressor's insecurities or failures.

Win.  And keep on winning.

Who you are and what you do in whatever field of play, whether it be in a sport or with a pen, is bigger than just you.  You represent a history, a present, and a future. 

Don't bow down to oppression.  Learn how to play the game.  Train hard.  And perform.

Enjoy the documentary.

James Sisnett - Oldest Man in the Western Hemisphere - Dead at 113

First off, I'm related to Sisnett, so I'm hoping I've got some of those longevity genes.  And hopefully doing this PhD hasn't shaved off a decade or two from my life span.  I wish I were kidding.

Second, what the hell has happened to journalism?  This article on Sisnett by CNN is a pile of garbage.

It's poorly written, not well researched, and quite frankly a bit patronizing.

Like how hard is it to be a journalist nowadays?  Can I be a journalist?  Am I a journalist? 

Maybe I should ask Doug Ford what he thinks.

Congrats Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith, and the Mumbai Indians

Gotta send out congrats to Pollard (Trini), Smith (Bajan), and the Mumbai Indians for winning the sixth edition of the IPL today.

Next up: Caribbean Premier League

Let's hope the stars align so that I can catch a live match.

Friday, May 24, 2013

My Hangover Part III Movie Review

I watched it yesterday and I'll keep this short and sweet:

No where near as funny as the first or even the second one (which I didn't find all that funny), but this was a better movie with an actual plot.

I give it 2 crack pipes out of 5.

Why such a low rating?  The previews made it seem like it would be funnier.  Chow needs his own spinoff movie.  Chow (Dr. Ken Jeong), the monkey, and the surviving cocaine cocks.  I'd say Black Doug (Mike Epps) too but I don't think he'll be getting out of the pool.

My Top Five Drugs of Choice for Rob Ford (Ford: A Sexual Predator?)

I'll admit that I was never a real fan of Rob Ford.  Why?  Well one of the biggest reasons is because I'm from Mississauga and the last time I checked we had Hurricane Hazel running the show (who sends a 92 year old woman to court??).

So when this story about Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine story came out, I put my thinking cap on.  I put my PhD brain to work and thought to myself: "There's no way in hell he smoked crack cocaine.  That's not a White people drug.  Crack is just so Black."

Then it came to me that this story had to be fake.

Then it came to me that maybe he is an addict.

Then it came to me that the "crackstartergate" is a cover-up for what Rob Ford is actually getting high on.

Crystal Meth:

TV has taught me that White people love crystal meth like it's one of those sugar candies you can buy from Black Creek Pioneer Village.


It's the drug of choice nowadays, ain't it?


White people love cheese.  You could almost say it's an addiction like smoking crack cocaine.  I was once at a Wine & Cheese and overheard people in tweed jackets and birkenstocks say that cheese is a gateway drug to other addictions like golf, camping, skiing, and smoking crack cocaine.

Bacon grease:

Have you seen Rob Ford?  He is the B in a BLT.

Young Black boys:

Am I the only person that finds it a little bit strange that Rob Ford spends a hell of a lot of time with underage/teenage Black boys?  Seriously.  I find that really odd.  We've seen this situation play out at Penn State.  And read this article here.  It'll make you start seeing this Rob Ford story in a very different light.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Prince = Angela Davis?

Since when did Prince turn into Angela Davis??  Or, are they actually the same person?  Has Prince Davis mastered the art of time travel?

Dad Music (Love Songs for the Grown Folks)

Enjoy.  And watch your feet on the dance floor.

If I were to do a study on second-generation Barbadian-Canadian identity (more like if I did my study on second-generation Barbadian-Canadian identity), I would have a section on music.

Might as well just check out this mix here:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (Reggae Autotuned Remix)

Something about this remix that takes you back to a time when you were sleeping on a plastic chair in a church basement at one of your parents' functions.

And especially this one:

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Random Thought (Update)

Since I haven't posted in a while it means that I've been:

A) productively working on my dissertation (again)
B) golfing
C) plotting
D) all of the above

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Crop Over 2013: Edwin Yearwood - Last Man Standing

I'd like to be one of the last men/women standing in August in Barbados.  Yes, in Barbados and not in London, Ontario dealing with racists.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I love Black People: Charles Ramsey

Stick a microphone in a Black American's face and you will get some Dave Chapellian "keepin' it real" moments.  Charles' last point is oh so so so true:

"When a little pretty White girl ran into a Black man's arms, something is wrong here."

Monday, May 6, 2013

Life After 30K: Mississauga Marathon 2013

Yesterday I ran (jogged/power walked) my first marathon.  If I didn't feel as if I was dying when I neared the summit of Mt. Kill-A-Man-Jaro, I'd say the marathon was the hardest physical feat I've ever done/accomplished in my life.  Full stop. 

I'm not a marathon runner (last year during the summer I famously asked someone: "how do you run long distances?"), but my level of respect for the men and women of all ages that train and compete on a regular basis went through the roof once I hit the 30km mark.

I was given advice to not go hard for the first 30k and that once you hit the 30-35k mark something happens to your body.

Well for me it was cramps.  In my quads.  For 12.2kms.

If you've ever had muscle cramps, you know how they can do this to you:

So imagine that for 12.2kms.  Or better yet, for nearly two hours.  Yes, two hours of being barely able to pick up your legs cause you have little chainsaws tearing apart your muscle fibers.

Marathoners are a different breed of human being.  My hats off to you.

Check out some official race photos of here.