Some ways of recognizing systemic racism

By Patrick Hunter 23.03.2016

By PATRICK HUNTER Nearly every day there are examples of systemic anti-Black racism (the UN developed a new term: Afrophobia) in our little village and around the world. Let’s go back a few years ago. Caribana, a festival that began …

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

By Lennox Farrell 23.03.2016

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 which I find useful working towards a prudent and …

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Caribana is Canada’s multiculturalism in masquerade

By Lennox Farrell 02.03.2016

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 received. Her contributions include her largesse that has enriched Toronto, Ontario and …

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Caribana still not accepted as a Canadian festival

By Lennox Farrell 24.02.2016

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 the latter, topping the list of negatives …

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Some thoughts on Caribana`s Fiftieth Anniversary

By Admin 13.01.2016

By ROMAIN PITT In 1967 I was 32, and even though I had left Grenada, my place of birth, 13 years earlier, the idea of Steelband, “Kaiso” and “Wining” in the streets was irresistible. I did not have to be …

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In memoriam: Peter Marcelline, Federation and Caribana

By Admin 21.10.2015

By LENNOX FARRELL Much can be said about Peter Marcelline, his times, and Caribana’s. As with other deceased stalwarts like Charlie Roach, Johnny Cayonne, the Liverpool brothers, Preston Sheppard, Elmore Daisy and so many more, Peter’s role as cultural founder …

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Caribana’s flaws and posible solutions, Part 2.

By Lennox Farrell 16.09.2015

Call it the third rung of a ladder on which Caribana has had to balance. Two of these were recently considered: (http://sharenews.com/caribanas-primary-error-and-required-changes-part-1/).

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Caribana’s primary error and required changes. Part 1

By Lennox Farrell 02.09.2015

By LENNOX FARRELL For all of its history there has been an Achilles heel in the Black community’s relationships with Caribana. This is because, for none of the years during which Caribana has been our community’s responsibility, has she been …

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Time for all to rally in support of Caribana

By Admin 27.08.2015

As one of the original founders of Caribana, my thoughts easily flow to what it was like then, what it is now, what will it look like in the future and finally how great a legacy will remain for future generations. To use a quote from Marcus Garvey: “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

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Stealing Caribana like taking land from First Nations

By Lennox Farrell 27.08.2015

Is it possible that a culture can become so inclusive, that control replaces ownership? Yes. For example, Caribana is like an African head with non-African appendages. Her cultural profile, African in spirit, is universal in appeal. But is this appeal a covetous poison-pill? It doesn’t have to be since Caribana’s welcoming of non-Africans is through an open door.

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