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African Diaspora: Teach the Children the Truth
Dreadlocks
By Ras Tyehimba
November 23, 2006


Last week I had the pleasure of addressing the students of Princess Town Senior Comprehensive on the relevance of African History to mark the school's celebration of African History Month this November. It is my perspective that the secondary school curriculum needs to be re-examined carefully in order to incorporate broader perspectives that are necessary for us to understand the different cultures that comprise this country. Addressing the distortions and exclusions especially related to, but not limited to, African History is important if the country is to get to the root of the many pervasive social ills.

The school-hall was filled with many attentive African, Indian and mixed students. One of the first things I did was to explain how African history is relevant not only to Africans but also to other groups as well, such as East Indians and mixed persons. With human beings evolving the features and capabilities that are characteristic of modern human, they dispersed out of Africa in groups, and it is in inter-group mixing and adapting to climatic conditions and food choices, that different physical characteristics and different cultural orientations evolved over thousands of years.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 4.85)

Poetry: This Fire Must Burn
Dreadlocks
By Ras Tyehimba
April 21, 2003


The wind must blow
The river must flow
The pages of history must turn
The fire must burn
This fire must rage until it reaches of age
Where it mellows into a smoldering coal
Providing sparks through the wisdom of the old
Glowing so softly that fools think that it is out
But the spear of the nation is alive and burning
In the very few or us that are flying

(Read More... | Poetry | Score: 4.68)

Psychology: Refuting the Myth of Adam and Eve
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by Ras Tyehimba
November 07, 2006


There is a lot of important information that though cannot be reasonably disputed, is not incorporated fully into the mainstream body of information that comes from mainstream media and the formal education system. One area of subjugated information has to do with the earliest beginnings of humanity. The misinformation and confusion around these earliest beginnings can be attributed to the pervasiveness of Judeo-Christianity. If one is to follow the Bible the age of the earth and humanity are approximately 6000-9000 years old. Understanding historical realities is made even more difficult when attempts are made to reduce the billions of years of earth's life forms into a mere 7000 year span as articulated by the Bible.

(Read More... | Psychology | Score: 4.07)

World Focus: Male Arrogance, Abuse and Intimate Relationships
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by Ras Tyehimba
October 17, 2006


Recently, I read in the media of the incident involving Anita Lutchmepersad, who was forced to leave her home because of the threatening abuses of a 'close male relative'. After she left, he burnt down the house and drank detergent in an apparent suicide bid. According to one newspaper report, the male relative had seen a text message from one of Anita's co-workers and misinterpreted it, getting in to a fit of rage. Another newspaper report told of Devica Mahabir who survived being poisoned, beaten and burned but was left horribly disfigured by her husband who killed himself after murdering her lover. What are the factors at play in such scenarios? How do so many relationships which SEEM to start off so good and which are supposedly based on 'love' be filled with so much mistrust, pain and abuse?

(Read More... | World Focus | Score: 5)

Caribbean: Globalisation is as old as Colonialism
Dreadlocks
by Ras Tyehimba

The term 'globalisation' has its origins in the latter half of the 20th century, referring to, in a very general sense, the movement of the world's nations towards some sort of global village, characterized by advanced technology, and rapidly expanding economic and political interdependence. However, for the Caribbean, globalisation is nothing new (Brown, 2002; Sankatsing; Watson, 2003; Klak, 1998, Boodhoo, 2002; Singh, 2002, Girvan, 1999; Pantin, 2001; Sylvester, 2002). Despite the technology, and other unprecedented aspects of the present phase of 'globalisation', it is a process that can be traced to Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World in the latter 15th century and the subsequent 500 plus years of European conquest, colonization and exploitation of the Caribbean region. From a Caribbean perspective, the essential nature of globalisation translates into a continuation of Euro-American political, economic, intellectual and cultural imposition on the region, albeit more effectively via modern technology, and the activities of multinational corporations and international organizations such as the WTO, IMF and the World Bank. Despite the seemingly overwhelming global forces, these immense challenges do not negate the opportunities available for the Caribbean to navigate the turbulent geo-political economy to bring benefit to the region.

(Read More... | Caribbean | Score: 5)

Rasta Revolution: Rastafari and the WorkPlace
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PoeticEmpress writes

In the workplace many bosses who claim they accept persons with locks, are not so acceptant of their staff being Rastafarian after all and I am not necessarily referring to the wearing of locks part. Actually it seems many bosses are wolves in sheep clothing meaning they accept you with your locks since so many persons in the community have locks, some for convenience, some for style and those who are Rastafarian, but at the interview stage they can't say who is who. So they hire you and you work for them but then they start to ask you personal questions on different occasions when they run into you as they try to find out more about you and then what you start to realize is that they have a BIG problem with a Rastafarian person but by all means they hide it in a smart way.

(Read More... | Rasta Revolution | Score: 4.8)

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