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Buxton-Friendship Newsletter – February 2015 and 175th Anni. Banquet- NYC May 16, 2015

From: Buxton-Friendship Express [mailto:buxtonexpress@aol.com]
Subject: BUXTON NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2015

Hello Villagers and Friends of Buxton.

We are pleased to share with you the Buxton-Friendship Express newsletter for the month of February 2015. We encourage you to share it with your family members and friends who may not be on our address list.

As you know, this year (2015), marks 175 years since our premier village was purchased by previously enslaved African labourers. We would like to encourage groups, particularly those in Buxton, to organize and promote events fitting this milestone. Let us show appreciation for the sacrifice, love and legacy from our ancestors!

In New York, we plan to have a 175th Anniversary Gala Banquet Celebration on May 16, 2015. Awards will be given to villagers for outstanding contributions and service to the community. There will be a keynote address, cultural presentations and a delicious assortment of traditional dishes. We would greatly appreciate your contribution and/or support. For more details, please click on the following links:   Continue reading

Bollywood Needs a Serious Makeover! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Bollywood Needs a Serious Makeover! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to clean up India. He will do well to start with Bollywood.

‘Jai Santoshi Ma’In recent times the Indian film industry has spread its influence to nearly every part of India, and even abroad, where its mindless and garish depictions have assaulted the intelligence in many living rooms. But this was not always the case.

One of the first superstars in the Indian cinema was Mahipal. He starred in over 100 movies and his last movie ‘Jai Santoshi Ma’ (1975) set records in the industry [read more].  In those days Bollywood idealized womanhood and the family and the epics left messages of the enduring values of love and devotion.

Bollywood today spends millions copying from Hollywood, converts the stories for the Indian audience and then remakes that after a few years. The copy and the remake of the copy, with eminently forgettable songs, weak story lines and sexual images have resulted in Bollywood sinking to a new low.  Continue reading

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

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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
Source: IFWEA

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

GUYANA- ANOINTED

Annointed 

By Dmitri Allicock

ANOINTED

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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Read more — Go to the Dmitri Allicock Blog to comment and share

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

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