Lennox Farrell



Lennox Farrell Lennox Farrell

Lennox Farrell was born in Laventille, that lofty cultural montane in Trinidad & Tobago where the historic steelpan was seeded, nurtured and flourished. Grown nearby in Morvant with his parents, Philippa and Medford Farrell, and eight blood, plus six adopted siblings, he was an early devotee of literature, drama and writing; his father having enticed him into loving philosophy, and his mother into the insights and power in drama, poetry and literature; thus becoming an active participant in the Better Village Programs. Migrating to Canada in 1969; graduating a professional teacher from the Univ. of Toronto, and decades later, having twinned high-schools with students annually travelling between Canada and Barbados, to better understand that the ‘world is more exciting than McDonalds’, he was honoured as an Ontario Teacher of the Year. A founding member of the Black Action Defence Committee, candidate for provincial NDP elections, a Chair of the Rally Against Apartheid, he has been an active member of Toronto’s magnificent Black community. A writer, he has published ‘Poetry Not Amnesia'; a musical drama: ‘Soul Brother Job'; several plays including ‘Warahoun’, and essays on race, education, culture and politics. A former Chairman of Caribana, he supervised and completed a 5-year Strategic Plan (1995). This was to try and make funding the corporation more predictable, independent, and more representative of the Emancipation ethos and Enslavement history from which Carnival, and the steelpan are cultural vignettes.

FAITH is what we practise … getting saved;
GRACE is what God practises … saving us.

One’s choices can overcome one’s circumstances

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By LENNOX FARRELL Which of the two has the more significant impact on your life: your choices or your circumstances? In exploring this maxim, I cite a YouTube video that include


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Donald Trump — as American as apple pie?

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By LENNOX FARRELL The Donald Trump Phenomenon is more like an outbreak than an awakening. More Zika than Zeitgeist. He is also the aw shucks! resurrection of Sarah Palin, two soulm


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‘After Messiah, woman is God’s blessing to humanity’

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By LENNOX FARRELL Someone familiarly close recently experienced the beginnings of a childbirth in which he had to temporarily stand-in for his son by the bedside of the mother. Thi


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An Easter of absent fathers and present mothers

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By LENNOX FARRELL So, our eldest granddaughter had been invited to attend this Easter service that would also include an Easter drama. Two: one on the Friday night; the other on th


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Caribana: our ugly duckling, and Toronto’s golden goose?

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By LENNOX FARRELL Caribana, surprising many who sought her burial, now rising instead from her bed of sorrows to prepare for her 50th anniversary in 2017, reminds me of two maxims


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Racism, from slave-block to cell-block

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By LENNOX FARRELL In North America today, which form of racism is the more difficult to address: the institutional or the personal? Let’s parse and analyze these questions by cre


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Caribana is Canada’s multiculturalism in masquerade

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By LENNOX FARRELL Caribana will celebrate her 50th anniversary in good health, and in 2017! Hallelujah! Amen! Like all great Black women, she has contributed more than she’s r


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Caribana still not accepted as a Canadian festival

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By LENNOX FARRELL Is it correct to assume that almost everyone you know already has an opinion about Caribana? If so, this is good news for sure. And possibly also bad news. For th


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Are the privileges of racism habit-forming?

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By LENNOX FARRELL Europeans, Aboriginal to ‘Western Civilization’ used the absurdity of racism to justify their enslavement of the Aboriginals of ‘the Dark Continent’. This


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Racism, the power of an absurdity

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By LENNOX FARRELL Let’s begin at ground zero. At the elemental. Racism is nurtured in, and born from the womb of, an absurdity. Period! This absurdity claims that one race of hum


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