Category Archives: Arts / Culture

QC Alumni Association of Central Florida- Golf Tournament – April 9, 2016

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QC Alumni Association of Central Florida- Golf Tournament – April 9, 2016

Saint Stanislaus College – Pre-Registration for150th Anniversary Reunion 2016

Pre-Registration for Saints 150th Anniversary Reunion 2016

Posted by St Stanislaus Blog : 03 Feb 2016 02:41 AM PST

Philosophy for All Ages, especially in Old Age – by George Carlin… video

Philosophy for Old Age – by George Carlin… video

Uploaded on Jul 18, 2010 

Wise words attributed to the late George Carlin, one of America’s great comedians, on how to stay young. It should be called “Philosophy for All Ages.” Background music: “Godspeed” from the Time Machine soundtrack, composed by Klaus Badelt.

Frederick Douglass: America’s great abolitionist- African American History Month

Frederick Douglass: America’s great abolitionist –

  •  Google’s honoring of Frederick Douglass through a doodle on its search page Monday (February 1,2016) highlights one of America’s most prominent abolitionists.

Douglass’ life story and his oral and literary work still stand as defining items in the saga of slavery and racial injustice in the United States. Remembering his career is also a relevant way to observe the start of  African American History Month.

Read more –  Frederick Douglass: America’s great abolitionist

Profile: Larry Crandon- musician – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Profile: Larry Crandon- musician – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Larry Crandon, also known as Lawrence, is a quiet and unassuming man who chooses his words carefully. He is a thinker and a helper and many have benefi tted from his expertise as a construction engineer. But it’s in the world of music that Larry has found his niche and he takes great pride in sharing his music for all to enjoy.

Larry was born at Fyrish in Berbice, Guyana. His mom is Marina and his dad is Thomas. Larry is the third of nine children and he recalls that his parents were not only providers but that they worked hard to ensure that the family walked on the straight and narrow path. Larry attended Gibralter Primary School and later Fyrish Government School. He did well and was placed at the Comprehensive Secondary School in Port Mourant for further studies. Larry liked math and he remembers Ms. Baksh, Mr. Goberdhan and Mr. Farouk Juman as teachers who took an interest in him.   Continue reading

Guyana Cultural Association (GCA) – Online Magazine January 2016

GCA Jan 2016

Download – GCA – New York – JAN. 2016 e-MAGAZINE

IN THIS ISSUE       PAGE  3-9: NY 50th anniversary launch         PAGE 10: Journey to Jubilee         PAGE 11: Remembering Godfrey Chin        PAGE 12-17: GCA’s 15th anniversary        PAGE 18-19: Michael Khan        PAGE 20-27: The New Amsterdam I knew        PAGE 29-31: How I learned the waltz, king sailor and foxtrot

January Editor Edgar Henry     Cover Design Claire Goring & Ashton Franklin

“The Pedagogy of Steel” by Brazilian Poet Pedro Tierra

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Memorial of Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajas - 17 April 1996

Memorial of Massacre of Eldorado dos Carajás – Pará – Brazil
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My Poetry Corner February 2016 features the poem “The Pedagogy of Steel” (A Pedagogia dos Aços) by Brazilian poet Pedro Tierra, pen name of Hamilton Pereira da Silva, a politician and Secretary of Culture in the Federal District.

Born in 1948 in Porto Nacional (Tocantins), Pedro Tierra abandoned his studies to join the resistance movement to overthrow the military dictatorship (1964-1985). In 1972, he was arrested and tortured for his subversive activities. During the five years he spent in prison, he lost several of his companions.

To survive and maintain his sanity, he began writing poetry. Adapting a Spanish pen name deterred exposure. He smuggled his poems to friends outside the prison, keeping them informed of life in captivity.

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Diversity at the Oscars – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Diversity at the Oscars – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The keys on the piano may be black and white but sometimes they seem to be miles apart.

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Michael Caine has asked Black actors to be patient. If there were an Oscar for patience Black actors would have won it many times. Remember Hattie McDaniel? She was the first Black person to win an Academy Award. Hattie won it in 1939 for best Supporting Actress in the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ in which she played the role of Mammy.
On the night of the ceremony Hattie had to sit in a segregated area reserved for Blacks.
In her acceptance speech Hattie recognized the import of the moment and hoped that she was a ‘credit to her race.’ One of her greatest desires was to be buried in the Hollywood cemetery among he ‘showbiz types’ but even in death she found segregation.
The cemetery was for whites only. Hattie died in 1952, two years before Brown v the Board of Education.   Continue reading

Episodes in the life of Rory Westmaas – Letter by Nigel Westmaas

Episodes in the life of Rory Westmaas

My Uncle Rory passed away on January 24, 2016. He meant a lot to his family, to his many friends and to Guyana. As we offer our solidarity with Rory’s children Peta, Blaise, Storm and Wilde, I thought I would compose some brief quotes on episodes and vignettes from his often larger than life political contribution and experiences.

He was an independence movement titan and a passionate shooter from the hip against colonialism, classism and race. But he was also a fun uncle to have, always engaged in his legerdemain bag of tricks. He often made one or more of his fingers disappear in front of our eyes. I recall one time when he made a marble “disappear” from his hand and end up in a shoe across the hall. To this day I can’t figure out how he accomplished that feat.   Continue reading

The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up

The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up

Maclean’s – Cathy Gulli – 2016-01-07

Young girl shouting to camera. (Stuart McClymont/Getty Images)For modern families, the adage “food is love” might well be more true put another way: food is power. Not long ago, Dr. Leonard Sax was at a restaurant and overheard a father say to his daughter, “Honey, could you please do me a favour? Could you please just try one bite of your green peas?” To many people, this would have sounded like decent or maybe even sophisticated parenting—gentle coaxing formed as a question to get the child to co-operate without threatening her autonomy or creating a scene.

To Sax, a Pennsylvania family physician and psychologist famous for writing about children’s development, the situation epitomized something much worse: the recent collapse of parenting, which he says is at least partly to blame for kids becoming overweight, overmedicated, anxious and disrespectful of themselves and those around them.    Continue reading


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