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BBC Empire Episode 2 – Making Ourselves at Home Documentary – Jeremy Paxman

BBC Empire Episode 2 – Making Ourselves at Home Documentary – Jeremy Paxman

Published on Aug 17, 2014

Jeremy Paxman traces the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known: the British Empire. He continues his personal account of Britain’s empire by looking at how traders, conquerors and settlers spread the British way of doing things around the world – in particular how they created a very British idea of home.

He begins in India, where early traders wore Indian costume and took Indian wives. Their descendants still cherish their mixed heritage. Victorian values put a stop to that as interracial mixing became taboo.    Continue reading

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

West Indies Federation Versus Confederation of Canada: Wha’ Happen? – By Clyde Duncan

Let’s Talk About West Indies Federation Versus Confederation of Canada: Wha’ Happen?

  • By Clyde Duncan – past President of Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of B.C.

This thing about the West Indies Federation and the reasons for the failure has been around for more than 50-years. All the finger-pointing: It was the Jamaican people – It was the egos of the West Indian leadership – Let us be blunt: It was British leadership that was the source of the West Indies Federation failure. Whoever said that the sun never set on the British Empire because God never trusted an Englishman in the dark is right.

Let me tell you about Guyana-born, Sir James Douglas and Barbados-born, Colonel Richard Moody. These men spent their formative years in British Guiana, Barbados and influenced by the English-speaking Caribbean, in general; and like most of the leaders in Guyana and the English-speaking Caribbean they went overseas to better their education. The leadership of a man from Guyana and a man from Barbados are some of the reasons Canada is the second largest country in the world.
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For a world in gloom, a new torchbearer – Canada’s Justin Trudeau

For a world in gloom, a new torchbearer

By the Monitor’s Editorial Board – January 21, 2016
Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

At a gathering of hand-wringing world leaders in Switzerland, Canada’s new prime minister Justin Trudeau was all palms up, offering advice on how openness and fearlessness can help solve global challenges.

Climate change: 2015 ‘shattered’ global temperature record by wide margin – BBC

Climate change: 2015 ‘shattered’ global temperature record by wide margin


Image captionGlobal temperature anomalies in 2015: Many parts of the world have experienced significantly higher temperatures than the average through 2015

Global temperatures in 2015 were the warmest on record, according to data published by meteorologists in the UK and US.

The Met Office figures show that 2015 was 0.75C warmer than the long-term average between 1961-1990.  Continue reading

New Book: CHILDREN of WATOOKA – A Story of British Guiana – By Steve Connolly

CHILDREN of  WATOOKA – A Story of British Guiana

Children of WatookaBy Steve Connolly

Step into an extraordinary and fascinating world … little known, but immensely remarkable and hollering for attention … formerly British Guiana, now Guyana. Learn about the country’s captivating history from before slavery/indenture through to modern times. Learn about some of its outstanding people both within/without the country.

Entwining history with people, the book is a ‘story of stories’. Over eighty-five people of five races have contributed to make fascinating reading. Five notable people have endorsed the content.

Follow the stories of Guyanese people, as well as of expatriates from Britain, Canada, Holland and the U.S., and, particularly those of the Canadian Connolly family, as the centre of the more general story focuses throughout the middle of the twentieth century in the village of Watooka nestled in the former rainforest area of Mackenzie, now known as Linden.   Continue reading

Do You Know What Martin Luther King Jr. Did? – by Hamden Rice – Daily Kos

Do You Know What Martin Luther King Jr. Did? – by Hamden RiceDaily Kos

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King

Reposted on the anniversary of the celebration of the birthday of Rev. King. MB

This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective. The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished.

What most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans. And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general. His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer. That’s why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not colour blind.

Here is what Martin Luther King, Jr. actually did:   Continue reading

London in 1927 & 2013 – 1927 film in Color by Claude Frisse-Greene – 2 videos

1927 London In Color

Take a look at 1927 London In Color in this amazing color film of London in the 1920s filmed by an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene. He made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William, who was a noted cinematographer, was experimenting with at the time. If you are familiar with London I’m willing to bet you’ll enjoy seeing how it looked almost a hundred years ago. Music in this interesting clip is by Jonquil and Yann Tiersen.

London in 1927 & 2013   – our second video   Continue reading



Guyana – 50th Independence Anniversary Symposia Series – Call for Participation

Guyana 50th Logo

Academic Grounding Working Group

Symposia Series

 May 23-24, 2016 (Arthur Chung International Conference Center, Georgetown, Guyana)

June 5, 2016 (York College, Queens, New York)

Call for Participation

Theme: Guyana at 50: Understanding Our Independence Journey


Academic Grounding Working Group, National Commemoration Commission, Guyana; Symposium Sub-Committee, 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations Committee, New York; and the Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc.

Introduction    Continue reading


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