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Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

Firing-up a furnace in an igloo – The OAS

A new report has been produced on the Organization of American States (OAS), a body that began with ideals appropriate to the geo-politics of the 1940s.  Those old ideals were enshrined in a charter that now traps the organization and immobilizes it. Over time, the organization has become contentious, unconstructive and increasingly irrelevant to the peoples […]

Time to change

Time to change

This week I was doing some research in one of the Government departments they had the Parliamentary debate on, so I was forced to listen to some of it. I am really amazed at how much time is spent by members of the House going over the past and how much time is spent blaming the […]

An evening of love

An evening of love

A Barbadian New York Organization launches a grand appeal for donations and support for hospice and palliative care project in Barbados. This past Saturday, the Barbados Cancer Association USA (BACA) held a well-attended fundraiser, An Evening of Love, at the St Francis College Founders Hall, on Remsen Street in Brooklyn, New York. Truth be told, the New […]

Height stood tall in the civil rights fight

Height stood tall in the civil rights fight

Dorothy Height’s struggle was two-fold. As a black woman in racist America, she was both a civil rights and women’s rights activist focused primarily on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African-American women. Born on March 24, 1912, in Richmond, Virginia, Height spent her life fighting for civil rights and women’s rights. The daughter […]

Strive for excellence

Strive for excellence

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire, and it was one of the most memorable occasions in my recent lifetime.  As I stand at just under five feet tall without the assistance of heels, I was immediately impressed and at the same time almost intimidated by his height.  What was […]

The military state

The military state

We are discussing two issues in Barbados in an unrelated way that, when I think to bring them to the discussion table together, can assist in revealing the dangerous and hopeless direction in which our national security policies are heading. There is a chorus of concern currently about the changes to the powers of the […]

Hattie McDaniel – black trail blazer of the silver screen  

Hattie McDaniel – black trail blazer of the silver screen   

Actress Hattie McDaniel was  one of the first African-American women to perform on radio. In 1934, she landed her on-screen break in the film Judge Priest. She then became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind. In 1947, after her career took a downturn, […]

Dudley Thompson – the Burning Spear

Dudley Thompson – the Burning Spear

Dudley Joseph Thompson, OJ, QC, was born January 19, 1917 and would gain world renown as a Jamaican Pan-Africanist, politician and diplomat. He made an indelible contribution to jurisprudence and politics in the Caribbean, Africa and in other international spheres. Born in Panama to Daniel and Ruby Thompson, Thompson was raised in Westmoreland, Jamaica, where he was a student at The Mico (now Mico University […]

The importance of having vision

The importance of having vision

It may surprise many of you to know that Michael Jordan, one of the most successful and exhilarating professional sportspersons of all time, failed to make his high school basketball team on his very first attempt. Allow me to add some context. Here is this short (at that time), 15-year-old African American trying to make […]

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