Sunday, December 21, 2014

Boney M - Greatest Hits Non Stop (Full Album)

Tarrus Riley-123 I Love You (Official HD Video)

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Christmas Soca Party

Exco Levi - Woman Like This (produced by Silly Walks Discotheque)

Patrice - Mind Slaves (prod by Silly Walks Movement 2002)

Busy Signal & RC - Dreams Of Brighter Days (Official Video) - Prod. by S...

Christopher Martin - Steppin Razor [Official Album Audio]

"I'm like a walking razor"

Queen Ifrica - Love Is Not Blind [Official Album Audio]

Queen Ifrica - Make You Rock (prod by Silly Walks Discotheque)

Morgan Heritage - What You Believe (prod. by Silly Walks Discotheque)

Gentleman ft Tamika - Blossom and Prosper (Official Video) prod. by Sill...

Busy Signal & RC - Dreams Of Brighter Days (Brighter Days Riddim) prod. ...

Christopher Martin - Look On My Face (Official Video) prod. by Silly Wal...

Christopher Martin - Just Like You [Official Video 2014]

I posted this song a while ago, but finally here's the video.  With all that's going on, it's nice to have this kind of representation of Black men and Black fathers in the media.

Skinny Fabulous Feat. Lyrikal - Sober Overrated (No Stress Riddim) "2015...

Zan - Look So Sexy "2015 Trinidad Soca"

Machel Montano - Losing It (Bitter Riddim) "2015 Trinidad Soca" (Prod by...

Alison Hinds - Woman Is Bad "2015 Soca Music"

Shurwayne Winchester & Christopher Martin - Sugar Wine "2015 Soca Music"

Preedy - Away (Official Music Video) "2015 Soca Music"

Kes - General Don "2015 Trinidad Release"

King Bubba FM Feat. Ravi B & Karma - Who Drinking Rum "2015 Soca Music"

Kerwin Du Bois - No Apology "2015 Trinidad Soca"

Mr Killa - When We Reach (Official Lyric Video) "2015 Soca"

Joey B - Tonga (Feat. Sarkodie) Official Music Video


Flavour - Gollibe [Official Video]


Davido - OWO NI KOKO (Official Video)


Solidstar - My Body [Official Video] ft. Timaya


Password, Geoffrey, Tonye, Magnito, Shaydee - Merry Christmas Baby


FUSE ODG - Thinking About U ft. Killbeatz (Official Music Video)


Zoro - Usain Bolt


Uhuru ft. Wizkid, Donald & Speedy "Ungowami"


Browns' Andrew Hawkins explains why he wore a 'Justice for Tamir Rice an...


Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fuse ODG - Keep On Shining (ft. Wyclef Jean) (T.I.N.A - This Is New Africa)


2015 SOCA MIX PT 2 (2015 releases from Machel, Kerwin, Kes, Patrice, Bun...


2015 SOCA MIX PT 1 (2015 releases from Destra, Bunji, Farmer, FayAnn, Ra...


Fuse ODG - Ye Play (T.I.N.A - This Is New Africa)


Fuse ODG - This Girl (T.I.N.A - This Is New Africa)


Fuse ODG - Keep On Shining (ft. Wyclef Jean) (T.I.N.A - This Is New Africa)

Don't be surprised if you hear this song on repeat at Carnival/Crop Over/Caribana 2015.

Fuse ODG - Office Work (ft. Mr Hackett) (T.I.N.A This Is New Africa)


Fuse ODG - Thinking About You (ft. Killbeatz) (T.I.N.A - This Is New Afr...


Waje - Coco Baby [Official Video] ft. Diamond


Busy Signal - Jah love - Official Video


Busy Signal "Lonely" - Official Visual


The Black Experience Project - Please Share

This is the promo video for the Black Experience Project - a unique research project on the Black communities in the Greater Toronto Area.  Check it out here: www.environics.ca/bep-gta


Kerwin Du Bois - Love Up "2015 Trinidad Soca"


Iyanya - Finito [Official Video]


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Toofan - "OROBO" (CECI N'EST PAS UN CLIP)


PSquare - Shekini [Official Video]


Lil Rick - Bend Down (Suzuki 800 Riddim) "2015 Soca Music"


Who Drinking Rum / Come Out to Win (Official Music Video) - King Bubba FM


Flipo - Her Love (Kan Kan Riddim) "2015 Trinidad Soca"


Kerwin Du Bois - Magnetic "2015 Trinidad Soca"

That time of year, folks.


Diamond Platnumz - Mdogo Mdogo (Official Video)


Diamond Platnumz - Ntampata Wapi (Official Video HD)

I've got to give a big shout out to everyone in Mwanza, Arusha, and Dar.  Can't believe it's been almost 4 years. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tour 2 Garde - Makassa (Official Video HD)


TOOFAN - SE LAVER LES MAINS AU SAVON (OFFICIAL-UNICEF)

Great message for proper hygiene and hand-washing.  They need to get an English version  and have it playing in washrooms.  "Wash your hands with soap."




Toofan feat DJ Arafat - "APERO" (Official HD)


Jhené Aiko - The Pressure (Explicit)


Alaine "Better Than This" Official Video HD


Crop Over 2014 Mix


Christopher Martin - Let Her Go [Official Video 2014]





This remake is much better than the original.  I posted the audio a while back.  Here's the video.

Morgan Heritage - Put It On Me (Official HD Video)


Jah Cure - Life We Live


Hold Me Now (Official Music Video) | Official Timaya


Sanko (Official Music Video) - Timaya | Official Timaya


DJ Private Ryan Cropover Sampler 2014


Friday, September 5, 2014

How to Make (Cheap and Healthy) Dog Food

We haven't fed our dog kibble in a long time. I was always intrigued with natural or home-made dog foods (particularly BARF or raw diets). Health benefits aside, the thought of throwing my puppy a bleeding chicken carcass while I wiped the blood and guts from her mouth seemed pretty cool to me. 

Then one day she got salmonella poisoning from a well-known and popular kibble brand, and my mind was made up. 

Over the next little while I'll be posting about my adventures feeding raw (Queen Rhodesia is quite particular in what she eats, how she eats, the size of the pieces she eats, and even the temperature of her meat. Not to mention how finicky her digestive system is), but today I will throw out a simple (well not really all that simple) recipe that is her crack cocaine of dog food:

DDF: Doctor Dog Food

First off, every dog is different and I'm not all about measuring and grams and pounds and all that jazz. I learned how to feed Rhodee by guess and check. If she ate it that was the first step. Then I'd see how she poos (too hard, too soft, ice cream, dark, super smelly, boney, frequency, etc etc). Then I'd see how much she pees. Then I'd do the physical checks (boxer/bulldog mixes are the ultimate in instantaneous physical changes. If I saw too much rib, she needed more food. Or she needed more fat. Or needed less bone and more meat). Then I'd see her fur. If it was dull and flaky, she needed more fish. Or eggs. Or olive oil. Or a combination of all three. 

Feeding a dog isn't a science, it's an art. Just like how all humans react differently to different foods, it takes time, effort, and persistence in finding what works for your dog (not just the breed, but your individual dog).

Here's one of my DDF recipes. I feed Rhodee about one pound of this plus two raw chicken leg quarters a day. She is a 57 pound solid and very active dog-athlete. This will feed her for about two weeks. 

Ingredients:

8 or 9 cups of cooked rice: <$1
One beef liver (buy it from the butcher for cheaper than a grocery store): $2
Half a tub of plain yogurt (those 1L tubs): <$1
One can of tuna: $1
A bag of full-intact  sardines (about 8-9 fish): $3
7 cups (or more) of greens and other veggies (spinach and carrots): (use the stems etc. of what you don't eat: free)
4-5 tablespoons of ground flaxseed: pennies
One pound of ground beef: $5
3-4 pounds of chicken gizzards/hearts (these are pretty cheap since humans rarely eat chicken insides): $8
6 eggs: $1.50
Some olive oil: negligible 

Prep:

Everything ends up in one pot. Cook (or raw - depending on your preference) the chicken, and the ground beef. Cook the rice. 

Blend the fish with the yogurt and the veggies to a nice (and smelly) paste. 

With all the other ingredients, throw in one big tub/pot and stir. 

And there you have it: your very own DDF for fewer than 50 bucks a month. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

White People and Their DNA (Destroy Niggers Attitude)

 
I haven’t written a *viewer discretion is advised* blog post on here for a while, so excuse the rust if my curse words don’t have the desired effect.
 
 
Man, there’s some real bullshit going on.
 
I’m going to sway briefly into what’s going on in Ferguson.  No sense getting into a summary since anyone and everyone who has eyeballs (or thumbs) has heard about the White cop killing the innocent Black boy (and yes, I don’t care what comes out about what lead to his shooting, but no one deserves to be shot in the head – multiple times – by a police officer.  Please refresh your Toronto memories to a non-Black victim named Sammy Yatim).
 
Unlike a lot of Wal-Martians, I’m not all that surprised with what happened.
 
That may seem like a very cold thing to say, but why am I going to be surprised when it snows in February?  Why am I going to be surprised that my dog’s shit smells like dog shit?
 
Why am I going to be surprised that White (men) people kill Black (men, women, and children) people all willy-nilly like we’re cockroaches?
 
Why?
 
This shit is in White people DNA (Destroy Niggers Attitude).
 
Historically, White people in the Americas (and throughout the world) have been conditioned to believe that they are better – ahem privileged – and subsequently have inculcated the belief that their existence on this Earth is the only one that matters.
 
Examples:
 
Columbus
Aboriginal Genocide
Imperialism
Aboriginal Genocide
Slavery
Aboriginal Genocide
Colonialism
Aboriginal Genocide
Jim Crow
Aboriginal Genocide
The KKK
 
(History has shown a flew blips on the radar when White people decided to turn on themselves – WWI and WWII.  However, particularly from WWII and beyond, the White folks have managed to use non-Whiteys to kill other non-Whiteys on their behalf.)
 
White people have been systemically killing Blacks and other racialized groups for eons.  When they don’t use guns, they use laws, or housing, or loans, or mortgages, or food, or drugs, or disease. 
 
Shit, you don’t think there isn’t a connection between the spread of Ebola in West Africa and Mike Brown? 
 
It’s time for me to put on my hoodie (Trayvon Martin), put up my hands (Mike Brown), walk down the street and whistle at a White women (Emmett Till).  What’s the worst thing that could happen?
 
Health Canada should slap health warnings on Black baby butts like they do with cigarette packs - being Black is a danger to your health.
 
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Columbusing: Discovering Things For White People

Tiger Woods re-Columbused (Malcom Xed?) golf.  Seriously, how many people knew/cared about golf before Tiger came on the scene?  Ditto to female tennis and the Williams sisters.  Ditto to Black people and basketball (invented by a White Canadian).  Ditto to Nike.  Ditto to gold.

What If Google Was A Guy (Part 3)


"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

If and when I'm back in a classroom teaching, I will show this video on the first day.

Exclusive "Weird Al" Yankovic Music Video: FOIL (Parody of "Royals" by L...


"Weird Al" Yankovic's TACKY (Parody of Pharrell's "Happy") Official Musi...


Blake vs Drake Opening Skit For The 2014 ESPYs Awards Feat Chris Brown

If you never heard of the ESPYS (and I'm sure many people haven't), you missed one of the funniest sports entertainment skits that have been out in a while.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Article in the Journal of Black Studies

I should be able to post the full-text PDF shortly (hopefully).  In the meantime, here's the link to the abstract of "Education Is the Key to Prosperity: The Barbadian Education System and 20th-Century Black Barbadian Migrants in Canada."

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Congrats to Sunil Narine (again) and KKR for IPL 7 (2014)

Man, I watch a lot of sports from all over the world, but this IPL final was arguably one of the best finals I've watched in any sport.  High scoring, drama, competitive, stupid mistakes, great plays, the whole shibang.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Busy Signal "Here & Now" [Turf Music Ent] - Official Audio


Busy Signal "Never Gonna Give You Up" [Turf Music Ent] - Official Audio


PhDs That Don't Want to be Poor Forever, Listen Up

I'm going to give some advice.  Some free advice.  Some free advice that no one in academia either has, has any clue where to find it, or just doesn't give a shit.

This advice in particular is for those PhDs (especially those that have just started) in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Those ones that finally woke up after comps and realized they won't become a tenured prof unless they plan on killing their supervisor and taking their job.

Here goes:

Wake up and get your head out of academia.

Plain and simple.  Straight to the point.  No need for formulas or seminars on how to convert your ass-kissing skills (ahem - writing, researching, and communication skills) to the "real world."

Shit.  You guys are more than qualified to do XYZ.  You just need to get your head out of academia (literally and figuratively) and see what the world has to offer. 

Forget your theories, or your history, or whatever that defined you as a grad student/academic.  Go pick up a newspaper, see what's going on in the world, something that interests you, and find an industry where you think you would like to work in.  That pays real money bi-weekly and where you don't need to apply for it every fall.

Once you've done that, go and do some information interviews.

What is an information interview? 

It is you picking up the phone (yes, speaking to a human being that doesn't have the "Dr." prefix), and saying "Hi, I'm a hungry PhD student, I like your business.  When can I come in to ask you some questions about what you do.  Meanwhile I'll be selling the shit out of myself so you (or someone you know) can offer me one of those 'hidden jobs' you only tell your nieces and nephews about."

No, you won't be able to wear socks and sandals to work.  Or drink beer on a Thursday at 1pm.  But, you will be able to eat.  And pay rent.  Maybe get yourself an RRSP and start saving for retirement.

Am I saying give up on academia?

Hell no. 

There's something funny about life.  You need to work hard to get what you want.  And you also need to eat.  And once you eat and your belly is full, your brain works better and you can work harder.  So once your 9-5 is paying the bills, from 5-11 get on that grind and publish publish publish.  Get your book out.  Go to conferences on the weekend.

There's no guarantee that you'll be a tenured prof, but if all else fails, you've built yourself a career outside of academia. 

It's called hedging your bets. 

The shit works, so get on it.

Busy Signal - Hello - May 2014

All those John Legend wannabes, please sit down.  This is the love song for the "every man" out there.  The dude that can hold a note, but wouldn't get past episode 1 of American idol.



For the real singers out there:



Thursday, May 29, 2014

"Soca Music" Skinny Fabulous Feat. Kerwin Du Bois - Light Up Reloaed "20...


Skinny Fabulous Feat. Diplo - Party Hardcore "2014" (Prod. By Kubiyashi ...


Problem Child - Stiff Drink [Soca 2014]


We Are One (Ole Ola) [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song] (Olodum Mix)


Major Lazer - Come On To Me ft. Sean Paul (wow)

This song must be played hard (or "with the volume up" especially at 2:40).





Kes The Band - Endless Summer "2014 Release" (Produced By Ricky Blaze)


Red Plastic Bag: That is Why (Crop Over 2014)


Marzville & Mikey - Do Bad - #AzontoSoca Riddim (Crop Over 2014)



2014 CROP OVER - Scorpion Pepper Riddim Juggle by Dj Perkz(@POPAPERKZ)

That time of year again, folks.





Lil Rick - Cant Kill My Vibe "2014 Crop Over Release" (Scorpion Pepper R...


"Soca Music" Lil Rick - Last Man To Leave "2014 Barbados Crop Over" (All...


[Official Video] Love Again - Pentatonix


Big Red: Twerkie Twerkie Like Rihanna (Master Blaster Riddim)


"Soca Music" Biggie Irie - Pankatang "2014 Barbados Crop Over"


Friday, May 23, 2014

#DangerousLove #AfrobeatsVsDancehall Competition

This is big.  Check it out.  Upload your videos.  Spread the word.  Need a #AfrobeatsVsSoca competition too.





Friday, May 9, 2014

IPL Update

I'm here watching the RCB play King's XI, and I will say Maxwell and the Punjabi team are ligit.

I still have RCB getting their act together, especially because I don't see Gayle making single digits and Kohli getting ducks in every match.

And I have to tip my hat to Bajan batsmen Smith who is lighting up the IPL. Well done.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Donald Sterling Is No Anomaly

My HuffPost entry on the Donald Sterling saga.

Full-text is below.

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On one continent, we have the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers banned for life for making racist comments -- and a commissioner that doesn't support him.

On the same continent, but in a different league, we have an owner that refuses to change the racist name of his NFL franchise -- the Washington Redskins -- and a commissioner that does support him.

On another continent, we have an epidemic of racist actions in sport, most recently a fan throwing a banana at Barcelona soccer player Dani Alves. Hats off to Alves for his reaction. It takes a lot of guts to do what he did.

(For those non-soccer loving readers out there, Barcelona is one of the most popular teams in the world in all of sport. Not just in soccer. Period.)

And a little closer to home, we have a bigot wrapped in Medieval tapestry who spews discriminatory comments on a weekly basis. Who needs a private phone tap when you've got an archaic publicly-funded broadcaster that's giving you the pulpit you need to spread hate speech?

Donald Sterling is just indicative of the systemic and ominous racism embedded in all professional sports.

He is not an anomaly. He is not simply an old man trying to hold on to the good ol' days of Jim Crow. His "lifetime ban" -- what really is a lifetime ban for a person who has already lived their life? -- will not end racism in the United States, North America or the "world."

Obama's election was supposed to do that, remember?

Or was that Nelson Mandela's fight to end Apartheid and his election?

Or was that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech?

Or Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens?

Or was that Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation?

For all those people out there patting themselves on the back saying that with Sterling out of the NBA, we have once and for all solved racism, they need to wake up and smell the strange fruit.

Sterling is a microcosm of white supremacy, white privilege, and racism. And when it comes to professional sports, he is merely a cog in the machine.

Sport is supposed to be the one equalizing force in our global society. It's not (supposed to be) restricted by language, race, or class. It's about social mobility. It's the one area where kids from the "hood" can dream to be the next Michael Jordan or Pele or Sachin Tendulkar.

But people also seem to forget that professional sport is a business. It's a business run by racists, sexists and homophobes. It's a business run by people that beat their wives and neglect their children (instead of "KG Sucks," Raptors fans should chant "Kidd is a Wife Beater").

Just because you are rich, or successful, it doesn't make you a good person.

And this is where I have to pause for a second when I read some of the reactions of the Sterling ban from current NBA players. Sterling needed/needs to go; however, to say that the NBA commissioner's job on racism is done is completely forgetting who and what these black men are dealing with.

LeBron says Adam Silver is a "great leader," but forgets that this in the same commissioner that wants to raise the age limit that men can enter the league. Under Silver, LeBron would not have made millions and millions of dollars as a teenager. He could have gone to war and be killed, but not work in the NBA. That might not seem like a big deal, but once you peel back the layers of the exploitative NCAA system, and the fact that very few black male athletes graduate from college while they make universities (and TV networks and sports apparel companies and the list goes on) millions and millions of dollars (while not being paid), you start to see Silver and Sterling are cut from the same cloth.

Before we all join hands and sing Kumbaya, we need to remember one thing:

Money talks and silences racism.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My IPL 7 Predictions for 2014

With the IPL about to start tomorrow, it's time for some predictions. 

Chris Gayle is my favourite cricketer. Period. Add to the fact that Virat Kohli is my number one Indian cricketer, I have Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) winning the 7th edition of the IPL. 

That being said, I cheer on any team with West Indian players on them (which is pretty well all the teams). 

Please tell me in what other team sports that West Indians are superstars and making superstar athlete money (some IPL players are making 2 million plus USD for 8 weeks of work)?

Stayed tuned for other IPL updates. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

How the NFL is Perpetuating Racism

A HuffPost article.

I've got to say a big thanks to the editors for not changing my "Blacks" to "blacks."

Here it is:

In a league that is built on the backs of Blacks, where one of its biggest stars came out and compared the NFL to "modern day slavery," it is no surprised that the NFL is trying to police a Black cultural expression (albeit one that is very controversial and divisive within the Black community).

The NFL wants to penalize players for using the N-word on the field.

The NFL is looking at first penalizing a player 15 yards on the first offense, followed by an ejection for using the N-word.

(You can still call someone the F-word, or B-word, or C-word on the field.)

I find it appalling that the NFL who has a whole team -- I repeat a whole team -- that is named after a racial slur against First Nations peoples, the Washington Redskins, is all of a sudden in the business of "politically correctness."

In terms of the Redskins, the NFL finds all kinds of excuses on why they should keep the name.

Last month NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell once again supported the Redskins and stated that "nine out of ten Native Americans" support the nickname.

In the same report, he also said that the name represents a "positive meaning" and is a "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."

The Redskins name is big business and the team's owner, Dan Snyder, argued that the name is a "badge of honor" and refuses to change it.

It is not as if the Redskins controversy is old news that people have forgotten about because of Putin's Winter Olympics. This is an ongoing debate with new stories coming out this month, especially those surrounding Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito.

There is a whole lot of hypocrisy with the NFL and its policy towards "acceptable" racial slurs.

With the Miami Dolphins saga, you have a White man -- Incognito -- allegedly call his teammate, a Black man -- Martin -- the N-word and other derogatory terms in the locker room.

Moreover, back in November 2013, you had a Black NFL referee call a Black player the N-word (again, allegedly). In the end, the referee was suspended one game without pay. The irony of it all is that the athlete plays for the Redskins.

You think it would be acceptable if a First Nations or Native American athlete played for the Washington Redskins that a Black or White player or official called him a "redskin"?

Of course not.

Personally, I am not a fan of the N-word. I'm Black, but I'm not a n***a. Or a n****r. I don't see it as a term of endearment, nor would I call a fellow Black man or woman the N-word believing that it unites us in some form of racialized and oppressive kinship.

However, I do understand how Blacks use the word for those very same reasons. Furthermore, I will never stand on a pulpit and postulate that Blacks no longer have the right to co-opt a word that was used by Whites to ridicule, abuse, and confine those of a darker phenotype to a perpetual condition of mental and psychological slavery.

I will admit that using the N-word for Blacks and by Blacks, is a form of resistance.

So how does the NFL and its White commissioner have the right to tell Black people what they can and can't say when it comes to their race?

Has it ever stopped the many (White) music industry big wigs from selling artists (and making big money) like Trinidad James from using the N-word as a musical refrain? Or what about the pop culture cross-over star Nicki Minaj? Or half-Black/half-White Jewish Canadian rapper Drake?

(Drake uses the N-word the same way Canadians use the word "like.")

One answer is that the NFL is trying to cover its butt to avoid the (legal) ramifications of a White player calling a Black player a n***a. People love to sue, so why not put a rule in place that can avoid a potential future lawsuit.

The bigger issue is that this comes down to privilege.

White people have a privilege issue with the word:

They don't like that they can't say it.

They can't call a Black person the N-word, even though they hear it in the locker room day in and day out by their teammates, some of whom are good friends off the field. They press the mute button in their heads when their favourite Minaj song comes over the radio, while their Black teammates shout in unison that "they ain't no lookin' a** n***a." Unlike Riley Cooper, they bite their tongue when they have the urge to call a Black man that wronged them on the field the N-word.

Why?

Because they know better. They know you just can't use the word.

That being said, the NFL is like the kid at the playground who takes their ball home if they can't win, so that no other kid can play:

"If we White people can't call you the N-word because of centuries of slavery, colonialism, and racism, we're sure as hell going to stop you Blacks from saying it amongst yourselves."

It's funny how racism works in 2014, eh?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

P.K. Subban is our Black Canadian Saviour

This article is posted on HuffPost.

Again, the "blacks" should be "Blacks," with a capital "B."

Here's the post:

I have officially appointed P.K. Subban the (un)official representative for all black Canadians.

Not just black hockey players, or athletes, or men, but all blacks irrespective of race, class or gender.

No disrespect to Lincoln Alexander, Viola Desmond, Dudley Laws and the many black Canadian pioneers that have and continue to make vital contributions to Canadian society, but Subban has the potential to be the most important and influential black in Canadian history.

Ever.

Period.

And to boot, he can do it during Black History Month.

You're probably wondering if Subban twilights as a mad scientist on the brink of discovering a way to eliminate winter, all the while Canadians across the country can still enjoy a nice February evening
playing shinny on a frozen pond.

Or you're probably wondering if Subban has secretly solved the crisis of world hunger. You know, something that can change the lives of billions of people in the world.

No, he's doing something that's even more important (to Canadians at least):

He can be the man that scores the winning goal to make Canada win the gold medal in men's hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

At the Olympics, Subban has the (very real) potential of being the next Paul Henderson from 1972, Sidney Crosby from 2010, and a whole lot less like black (Jamaican-Canadian) Ben Johnson from 1988.

In recent Canadian sporting memory, both Donovan Bailey and Perdita Felicien captured the hearts of Canadians with their performances on the international stage.

The problem was, and is, that they did it in a sport that Canadians only care about for two weeks every four years, historically dominated by blacks and tainted by drug scandals.

Canadians are still trying to get over how black (Jamaican-Canadian) Johnson broke their hearts and their international image of peaceful integrity, in 1988.

Subban can remove those scars and change how everyday Canadians see, and treat, black people.

Hockey in this country is a religion. If Subban can do what Crosby did in Vancouver, he will rise to the status of a black Canadian demi-god. The most popular baby name in 2014 in this country will either be Pernell or Karl. For boys and girls.

More importantly, his recognition as an eternal Canadian hero will force mainstream Canadian society to re-evaluate how much black people can contribute, and have contributed, to this country's national identity.

Blacks will no longer be on the margins. And I, for one, would like to thank Subban for working hard to get to a place that can make more change than any black academic or activist could.

Pernell Karl Subban, we're right behind you.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Good Men Project

I'm featured on The Good Men Project site.  Check the link below:

http://bit.ly/1bQfqKV

Russia's Anti-Gay Stance is Only the Tip of the Iceberg of its Human Rights Violations

The big news coming out of Western (Canadian) media for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics hasn't been of the athletes, or the sports, or even the potential of a terrorist attack:

It's been Russia's stance against any and all things gay or the LGBT communities.

I applaud the Canadian Government for not sending Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Olympic opening ceremonies - although they stated the move was not politically motivated. I firmly believe that one must take a stand against injustice, even if the move may seem to be entirely symbolic.

I applaud the widespread media coverage being given to the global plight of any marginalized group(s).

I applaud the courage of gay athletes to attend the Games and compete to the best of their abilities. I understand the feeling of having to live and work in a space designed to exclude who you are as a person and what you believe in.

However, I think the media, and our politicians, have been blinded by Russia's anti-gay policies and have turned a blind eye to the country's rampant xenophobia, racism, and human rights violations.

The focus of most major media outlets, and discussions during the Opening Ceremonies, have been centered around gay rights. Yet, no one is mentioning the fact that there is a large - and growing - neo-Nazi movement in Russia.

There have been numerous attacks on foreigners and "Russia for Russians" and "White Power" movements sweeping across the country. In 2012, 19 people were killed and approximately 200 were injured in racially motivated hate crimes across Russia. The numbers stayed relatively the same in 2013. 

Many more acts of violence go unreported.

If you needed more proof than Vladimir Putin with his shirt off riding a shark down a mountain while delivering a baby, and the Opening Ceremonies montage to Russia's hardworking "yeoman" characteristics, there is a growing Russian nationalist sentiment fuelled by violence.

You would think that when a state turns a blind eye towards violence against marginalized groups that comprise of millions of people, it would get some kind of attention during the Olympics from the international media. Especially when said xenophobia has been well documented.

The attacks are against Muslims, Central Asians, and groups from the Caucasus.

Yes, Caucasians.  White people.

We have been so programmed in North America to see race relations in Black and White, literally and figuratively, that we can't fathom that the "Other" is a social construct. We can't fathom that "Whiteness" is not necessarily a "get out of jail free" card wherever one goes in the world.

We celebrate Black History Month with the belief that Blackness and Black identity are reified concepts, while not understanding that brave souls like Dudley Laws and Viola Desmond fought for human rights and social justice.

A while back on vacation in the Caribbean I met a Russian and in conversation she told me that in her home country she is considered Black.

She had dark hair, blue eyes, and was sporting a red corvette-coloured sunburn.

Injustice is colour-blind and while I applaud the West and the media for covering Russia's anti-gay policies, I think it's time to recognize and shed some light on the fact that human rights are human rights. 

If someone is being persecuted/violated/assaulted/killed for being different, it must be acted upon.  We can't pick and choose what group we believe has more of a "right" for recognition and protest.

Maybe Putin is doing a better job than we all thought:

He gives us in the West something to chat about for two weeks in February and he continues on with his "business-as-usual" nationalist movement. Without a shirt.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

African Geographical Review Publication

Find the book review I wrote on  Peter Thonning and Denmark's Guinea Commission: A Study in Nineteenth-Century African Colonial Geography at the link below.

Taylor & Francis Online :: Author Services

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Timaya feat. Machel Montano - Shake Yuh Bum Bum (Official Soca Remix) | ...

"You might sleep in Nigeria and wake up in London."

Finally a soca artist has decided to jump on the great African (Naija) music scene.  Next up someone's gotta do a song with Wizkid or P Square or Davido.

And if and when they release a video, let Timaya's camp handle it.  I'm highly disappointed in the quality of videos soca artists come out with.