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The cornerstone of a Democracy is the ability to vote. Voting is every citizen’s voice, and is the civic responsibility of all eligible voters. Free and fair elections are the foundations of a healthy Democracy, and many have died for this right.

On behalf of the Consulate General of Jamaica, it is my distinct pleasure to extend warm Independence greetings to fellow Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica as we join in the spirit of goodwill to celebrate another milestone of our nation’s history, the 58th anniversary of Independence. 

Toronto: A few months ago, I wrote an article that spoke about racism within the entertainment business. Much to the chagrin of my publicist who thought I was committing career suicide by doing such a thing. Of course, now the world is fully engaged in the ‘systemic racism’ conversation, which exists in every sector, from housing, hiring practices and police brutality, because of the murder of George Floyd. In my first article, I insisted upon a change in the Canadian entertainment business. But it needs to go further than that. There needs to be a total overhaul of each sector, as the system was built to oppress others. Trying to ‘fix’ racism could be compared to putting a Band-Aid on a wound that is gushing buckets of blood. There can be no ‘fix’ of a system that still believes that there is nothing wrong, with only a few bad apples. Systemic racism also rears its ugly head in many other ways in the entertainment industry, often filling our own black minds with a feeling of not being good enough. Even worse, many of do not support our own, and this often comes from us unintentionally following the white man’s lead. We’ve been brainwashed to believe that we do not matter and that our stories are not good enough. Which leads to many of us being rejected by even our own supposed black counterparts.

There are 100 days before the election, and President Trump is behind in the polls. “We’ve been fooled by the polls before. Listen, Trump has got a number of tricks up his sleeve to suppress the vote, to try to postpone the election, blaming the coronavirus, to any of the number of things where he will try to weasel his way out of this,” says movie director –Michael Moore.

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