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“Pantoum for Ferguson: 20 Miles a Day” Poem by Angela Consolo Mankiewicz


Reblogged from the Rosaliene Bacchus Blog …. Thanks Rosaliene!

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

We Can't BreatheWe Can’t Breathe – Against Police Tyranny
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To mark the fiftieth anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 1965, my Poetry Corner March 2015 features the poem “Pantoum for Ferguson: 20 Miles a Day” by American poet Angela Consolo Mankiewicz.

The modern pantoum is composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and the third lines of the next stanza. As you’ll notice in Mankiewicz’ pantoum, the repeated lines take on a slightly different meaning and punctuation.

The pantoum’s pattern of rhyme and repetition is the perfect poetic form for giving us the sense of the four-step forward and two-step backward movement of race relations in America.

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Women in Black History – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Women in Black History  – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

  • [The well-known names surface in the media when special events are celebrated. But how about those who made their contributions and are not in the limelight? The purpose of this article is to highlight the activities of these lesser known women so that readers can appreciate their work and legacies. ]
Dorothy Height (1912-2010)

Dorothy Height (1912-2010)

Light drives out darkness and love conquers hate. If the times aren’t ripe, then you have to ripen the times, Dorothy Height reminds us.

When one looks at the contributions of black women in history it becomes clear that they were undeniable sources of light and love. The literature is filled with examples of the rich and royal roles that black women have filled and how they were able to inspire others. We find that the impact of black women is often overlooked in the literature. Black women have housed, fed, cared for their families and faced the brunt of wars and pestilences. They have played important roles in freedom movements and in so doing inspired others to face the future with confidence.  Continue reading

VINTAGE MUSIC from the Caribbean – 15 Music Videos

VINTAGE MUSIC from the Caribbean – 15 Music Videos

The Tradewinds, Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, Roaring Lion, Wau Wau, Lord Melody, Alton Ellis.

GUYANA- ANOINTED – By Dmitri Allicock



By Dmitri Allicock


I listened from the shores in the shade

To all the sounds that the forest made

The rhythm of Guyana speaking words

The echoes of life, the river & the birds


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Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 24 February 2015

Guyana – Capitol TV News Videos – 24 February 2015

  • Elections: Returning officers Sworn in
  • Still no word from the PPP’s Prime Ministerial candidate
  • AFC/APNU mash band a big hit on the road
  •  GT -Mash is over but bachannal over rental of spots continue
  • UG strike enters its 5th week
  • A Look at the Courts

Click links below to view the TV News videos:  
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Guyana: Thousands celebrate Republic Day and Mashramani

Thousands celebrate Republic Day

February 24, 2015 | By | Filed Under News
Spectators line the streets in their numbers to enjoy this year’s Mash activities.

Spectators line the streets in their numbers to enjoy this year’s Mash activities.

Thousands of Guyanese turned out yesterday to celebrate as Guyana observed its 45th Republic anniversary under the theme, “One People, One Culture, One Celebration.”

Though rain initially threatened to dampen the festivities, the traditional Mashramani weather of bright sunshine eventually prevailed and Guyanese faithfully trudged out of their homes to enjoy the day.  Continue reading

Crap Ideas — an example that was a success featuring Marvin Gaye – inc video

Originally posted on The Journal:

what a crap ideaMarvin Gaye wanted to move away from sweet innocent love songs and provide commentary on the turmoil happening in the inner cities of the USA in the 1970’s. Marvin_Gaye_in_1973Highly successful record company supremo Berry Gordy wasn’t feeling it.

He refused to back Marvin Gaye’s creative growth and Gaye had to go on strike for creative freedom.

Some of the songs that emerged were ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Mercy Mercy Me’ plus the album ‘What’s Going On.’

Gordy initially said ‘What’s Going On’ was the ‘Worst thing he had ever heard’, saying ‘Don’t be ridiculous Marvin, that’s taking things too far.’

Because the quality control team at Motown also gave the single the thumbs down the record had to be sneakily released where it became the fastest selling single at Motown at that time.

According to Wiki, the album ‘has been voted one of the landmark recordings in pop music…

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Cricket History Profile: Roy Fredericks of Guyana – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine + video

Cricket History Profile: Roy Fredericks of Guyana  [see video below]

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Roy Fredericks

Roy Fredericks

Who hits Dennis Lillee for a six and steps on his wicket in the process? The batsman is the incomparable Roy Clinton Fredericks and this happened in the finals of the World Cup in 1975 at Lords.

Fredericks was fearless, and his repertoire comprised a full range of strokes, including the famous hooks that put Australia to the sword in 1976. In the annals of West Indian cricket there was hardly an opening batsman that was more attacking and the partnership with Gordon Greenidge set the standard for stability in the top of the order. How did this son of Guyana rise to the top to open the batting for the West Indies, chosen as Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1974), played for Glamorgan and also become a Sports Minister in his native Guyana?

Roy Fredericks was born at Blairmont on the West Coast of Berbice in Guyana. He learned his cricket at primary school where he became a spin bowler and batted left-handed.   Continue reading

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in the USA – Book by Ai-jen Poo

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

February 6, 2015 – by Ai-jen Poo

The following is an excerpt from Ai-jen Poo’s new book,The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.


My father’s father, Liang Shao Pu, lived to the age of 93. A lifelong student and then teacher of tai chi and a die-hard Wheel of Fortune fan, he had a slow, deep‑throated laugh that never failed to infect my sister and me, sending us into spasms of giggles. After moving from Taiwan to the United States to be close to his children and grandchildren, my grandfather often picked us up from school, the silhouette of his baseball cap visible from down the block. He was never late.

My grandfather quietly sustained the heartbreaks of my parents’ divorce, the passing of most of his friends and then the loss of his wife of more than 40 years.  Continue reading

NO MORE RUM FOR ME! – By Dmitri Allicock

No more rum


By Dmitri Allicock

Slurred song of a high wine’s grin

A staggering drunk-man caroling

Words and echoes of a sadden tone

Sober ballad of those days known   

Eulogy to his dear friend of booze


Read more: Go to Dmitri Allicock’s blog to comment and share


- Guyanese Online Blog entry #4800


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