Opinion

Hip-hop, disco rap and curricula in Ontario

By Lennox Farrell 04.06.2014

By LENNOX FARRELL   Are there implications, for good and/or ill, regarding the formal inclusion of hip-hop into the curricula of the Ontario educational system? It is an inclusion recently reported on in a Share article, “New book uses hip-hop …

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Maya Angelou’s inspiring legacy of resilience

By Murphy Browne 04.06.2014

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset …

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Vote! Your life may depend on it

By Patrick Hunter 04.06.2014

By PATRICK HUNTER   A week from now, the people of Ontario will be called upon to elect a new government. That includes most of you. On June 12, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., that opportunity …

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Maya Angelou helped put me on the ‘write path’

By Pat Watson 04.06.2014

By PAT WATSON   When God asked the life entity that became known as Maya Angelou why she wanted to go back to Earth, her answer must have been, “So I can experience what it is like to be every …

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The importance of voting in the provincial election

By Dr. Chris J. Morgan 28.05.2014

By Dr. CHRISTOPHER J. MORGAN   A few weeks ago, the provincial political parties officially launched their campaigns in preparation for the June 12 provincial election. Each party is trying to distinguish itself as the best choice for Ontarians, the …

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Mayoral candidates gain support in wake of Ford absence

By Admin 28.05.2014

By TOM GODREY   One month can be an eternity in a fiercely-fought municipal election campaign.   It was about that long ago when Mayor Rob Ford checked himself into rehab and changed the electoral landscape of Toronto.   We …

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Black Music Month recognizes contributions to popular music

By Murphy Browne 28.05.2014

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) “A lot of people don’t realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the Black notes of the piano. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who …

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Grenade launched at Ontario’s NDP

By Patrick Hunter 28.05.2014

By PATRICK HUNTER   Andrea Horwath is in trouble. The leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party (ONDP) is facing considerable criticisms. The latest attack comes from members and long-time supporters of the NDP who sent a letter expressing their …

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Peer pressure and negative stereotypes

By Pat Watson 28.05.2014

By PAT WATSON   The poem delivered by 17-year-old Filmon Bereket at the recent African Heritage Educators’ Network (AHEN) awards ceremony for high achieving students spoke volumes about the particular nature of peer pressure among Black students. Those pressures are …

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