The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our way of life and how we go about our daily routines. For many, kitchen and dining room tables have become the new office, classroom or social meeting place. Virtual is the new reality, and while it allows us to continue to work, learn and socialize safely, it comes with its own unique set of challenges and dangers.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” - Philippians 4:8
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.
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.
Two hundred and forty-four (244) years thus far into a journey set in motion when those original Thirteen (13) colonies transitioned into a new nation “born on the 4th of July,” the United States of America, whose name was first invoked in that historic Declaration of Independence, still remains a beacon of independence for the world.
NEW YORK – Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has strongly condemned United States President Donald J. Trump’s executive order directing the federal government not to count undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants when allocating congressional districts based on the 2020 Census.
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.
Today we mourn the passing of not one, but two Civil Rights heroes — the late Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and the late C.T. Vivian. I grieve these wonderful men and send my prayers and condolences to their families.