Category Archives: Philosophy

The Queens Book Fair and Literary Festival – Queens NY. – June 24. 2018

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Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health – By Yvonne Sam

Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health

By Yvonne Sam

The issue of mental health is not only taboo among Blacks, but also well hidden. Mental illness is looked upon as “White person’s disease;” Now the government of Canada is poised within range to bring about a cultural change.

I was recently invited to be part of one of several discussions—– the initial steps in the planning phase surrounding commitments made in the 2018 Government of Canada Budget on the health and well-being of Black Canadians. The Budget proposed the investment of $19 million over a 5year period, aimed at enhancing local community supports for youth at risk and to develop research in support of more culturally focused mental health programs in Black Canadian communities ($10 million administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and $9 million administered by Canadian Heritage).  Continue reading

School’s out! The verdict is in! – By Yvonne Sam

School’s out!  The verdict is in!

By Yvonne Sam

Even in summer learning must continue to flow, if our kids are to forward go. `

School will soon be over for the year.  Here comes Summer!–Days are becoming longer, and the sun is positioned higher in the sky.  our children’s thoughts are now turned  to video games, skateboarding, swimming, mall hopping and bike riding.

Yes, school is out and parents will be  looking for things to keep their children occupied. Unfortunately for far too many kids, summer vacation is a time for forgetting. The saying “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,’ is apt as kids who do not keep in touch with academics, especially reading over the summer regress. Their hard-earned reading skills decline.          Continue reading

It’s Not Our Job to Understand ‘Trump Voters’ – Dartagnan | Daily Kos

It’s Not Our Job to Understand ‘Trump Voters’

All of these objects of our concern are male, most often white male. But they are no longer the majority, and that’s the point. 

Dartagnan | Daily Kos  

Rebecca Solnit, whom the New York Times once tagged as the “Voice of the Resistance” is an American writer and contributing Editor at Harper’s magazine. I’m not sure the “Resistance” has a single, or even a particular “voice”, but be that as it may

This past month she wrote an essay for the Literary Hub which correctly flags one of the most persistent and pernicious myths propagated by the media and other cultural markers in this country: 

That there is a hardscrabble, homespun “Real America” out there that we as liberals need to be paying more attention to.
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Book: Aftermath of Empire: The Novels of Roy A.K. Heath – By Ameena Gafoor

Book: Aftermath of Empire: The Novels of Roy A.K. Heath – By Ameena Gafoor

Roy A.K. Heath (1926-2008) was born in British Guiana (now Guyana). He fled a stultifying colony in 1950 and headed to the United Kingdom where he became a teacher by profession, a lawyer by training, and a writer by conscience. Heath authored nine novels (the first published in 1974), all uncompromisingly grounded in the landscape and the sociopolitical and cultural reality of twentieth-century Guyana.

Coming after a long line of perceptive Guyanese and regional writers, Heath has practically refined the Guyanese and regional novel. With their psychological realism, his novels transcend politics and reach for man’s essential condition of existence. This is the first critical study on Heath’s entire body of work.      Continue reading

Are YOU Brainwashed? – By Uri Avnery

Are YOU Brainwashed? – By Uri Avnery – June 9. 2018

IT’S FRIGHTENING. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar.

The term “brainwashing” was born in 1950. It is a Chinese word (“xinao”, literally wash brain). Originally it served to describe a technique used – so it was claimed – by Chinese masterminds to manipulate the minds of American prisoners in the Korean War. They changed their unconscious mental processes and turned them into agents of sinister forces.

Many books and movies purported to show how this works. For example, the classic film “The Manchurian Candidate” shows how the communists take an American prisoner-of-war in the Korean war, an officer, manipulate his mind and give him an order to kill the US presidential candidate.  Continue reading

Fathers Day? Every day – The Power of the Black Father – By Yvonne Sam

Fathers Day? Every day – The Power of the Black Father

By Yvonne Sam

A father’s responsiveness to his children and his emotional availability are key characteristics of fathers that facilitate children’s development.

Some fathers come home every day wearing a suit and a tie. Some arrive home wearing coveralls speckled with paint or dirt. Others arrive home wearing a blue collar uniform. Yet there are others who come home clad in civvies after a long day of just looking for work.

Irregardless of the circumstances, if they arrive in the spirit of love, they bring a power to the home that cannot be substituted. Regrettably our culture just does not honor fathers as was formerly done. The focus now is on other groups. Yes, feminists groups did more than just secure equal rights for women, they have succeeded in pushing men out of the way as our society becomes more and more feminized, the role of man and father becomes less. No longer is the father a dominant or important figure as he once was in the traditional family structure.    Continue reading

Social Interaction and ‘Phubbing’ – and How smartphones change you – 2 videos

Video #1: Phubbing: A Word is Born

Smartphones: ‘Phubbing’ – A Word is Born

Published on Oct 7, 2013

Ever wondered how words come to be? Language is always changing. Update your dictionary.

Video #2: How Is Your Phone Changing You?

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Knowing when to retire -The great philosophical decision – by Freddie Kissoon

The great philosophical decision of Zinedine Zidine

Freddie Kissoon

Jun 02, 2018  Features / ColumnistsFreddie Kissoon

Days after winning one of the coveted football championships in the world as coach of Real Madrid, its iconic coach Zinedine Zidine has resigned. It will go on as the greatest irony in sports anywhere in the world in recent memory.
If you look at it from a sports angle, you may not understand his motive but if you use the philosophical approach, you may realize this was a sensible psychological decision that all humans should consider if they are in a similar position as Zidine.      Continue reading

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