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A Tribute to Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park- R.I.P.

Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, dies of suspected suicide at age 41

Police say that the singer, who struggled with substance abuse, is suspected to have killed himself in a private residence in Los Angeles County    Chester Bennington: Linkin Park’s singer soothed the angst of millions

Police have confirmed that Chester Bennington, the lead singer of band Linkin Park, has died.

His death at his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County at approximately 9am Thursday morning was confirmed by the coroner and is being treated as a suspected suicide.

Bennington, who was 41 years old, joined the group in 1999 and became a household name the year after with the release of the band’s debut album Hybrid Theory, which was nominated for a Grammy award for best rock album. Their second album, Meteora, has sold over 27m units and the band collaborated with Jay-Z for 2004 EP Collision Course.     [VIDEOS BELOW] Continue reading

I Hope I Get Old Before I Die: Anti-ageism analysis- by Ashton Applewhite

I Hope I Get Old Before I Die – by Ashton Applewhite

Trying to stay young isn’t just futile: it’s also bad for you. Here’s how to think about aging in the era of ultra longevity.

In the 20th century, thanks largely to clean water and antibiotics, the American lifespan increased by 30 years. Who doesn’t want even more, if new technologies like gene editing and nanomedicine can safely put them within our grasp? As describes it, it’s the most important story today: “how biology and technology are coming together to help us all live healthier, happier, and longer lives.”

But the challenge for all of us, no matter our age, is to not frame it as an “anti-aging” story. Here’s a pro-aging take on each of those modifiers — healthier, happier, and longer lives — starting with life extension itself.

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Why Has The Conservative Class Become So Dependent on the Politics of Race? – Joumanah El Matrah | The Guardian

Why Has The Conservative Class Become So Dependent on the Politics of Race?

Joumanah El Matrah | The Guardian Australia Edition

Conservative ideology does not require racism and yet it is increasingly being viewed as part of its intellectual framework and its branding

There is a theory of race which argues that the concept is a myth, created to justify imperialism as it looted global resources and enslaved entire populations. People had to be categorised as less human and civilised to make the horror of colonisation possible.

The idea that race is a falsehood created to serve broader economic interests has never really entered mainstream political thought nor has it featured prominently in anti-racism work. I suspect this is partly due to the theory’s failure to adequately speak to the violence, harm and suffering that the construct of race has inflicted, and continues to inflict to this day.      Continue reading

Book: Red Coconut: Bridging the Racial Divide – by Habeeb Alli

Red Coconut: Bridging the Racial Divide

A Collection of Poems and Essays Surrounding Interfaith Relationships


I present to you my eighteenth book entitled Red Coconut: Bridging the Racial Divide. Bridging the racial divide is what I do every day, and my collection of poems and essays this year speaks precisely of this. A man who picked up a dying fish as he and his friend walked the seashore was asked, “Why do you do that? You cannot save all these dying fishes!” He replied, “But it made a world of difference to this one!” One heart at a time, one community a time, we can make a difference.

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Eating our way to disease – By Chris Hedges

Eating our way to disease – By Chris Hedges  

We need to stop believing the lie that we require animal products in our diet for protein, calcium, iron, omega-3s or any other nutrient.

In July 1976, the Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, chaired by Sen. George McGovern, held hearings titled “Diet Related to Killer Diseases.” The committee heard from physicians, scientists and nutritionists on the relationship between the American diet and diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Six months later, the committee released “The Dietary Goals for the United States,” which quickly came to be known as the McGovern Report. “Decrease consumption of meat,” the report urged Americans. “Decrease consumption of butterfat [dairy fat], eggs, and other high cholesterol sources.”    Continue reading

Triple Threat to Merkel’s G20 Bump: Putin, Erdoğan, Trump

Triple Threat to Merkel’s G20 Bump: Putin, Erdoğan, Trump

Angela Merkel

To make the summit a success, the German chancellor must find a way to stand up to the USA president while avoiding a collision.

By Janosch Delcker | Politico

BERLIN — For Angela Merkel, meetings like the G20 summit in Hamburg are usually an opportunity to shine. This one comes with a strong dose of trouble.

The long-time German leader is known as the “summit chancellor” — Gipfelkanzlerin— for her ability to turn powwows with world leaders into bumps in the polls. Repeating the feat this week will require a tricky balancing act.  Continue reading

Profile- Sharda: Playback Singer, Bollywood – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Sharda: Playback Singer, Bollywood – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Sharda is the lady with the golden voice. It is a rich velvet with frissons to stretch a summer’s evening into timeless rapture. The fame was wonderful while it lasted. But the bright lights faded, the stage became empty and we are left to ponder on what could have been.

Sharda made history in 1966. She failed to win the Filmfare Award and became famous. The Filmfare Award was one of India’s premier achievements. It was a keenly anticipated annual event. But Sharda lost and was catapulted into stardom. How did losing an award become an excelsior in one’s career?

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Ten Important Mantras for Aging Gracefully – opinion

Ten Important Mantras for Aging Gracefully – opinion

Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 or 70 or 80 years of age, believing a diminishing importance is given to them and their opinions. But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them.

Here are ten mantras to help you age gracefully, to make life after retirement more pleasant, to enjoy and treasure the elder years of wisdom and intelligence.    Continue reading

Behavioral Inconsistencies & Misplaced Priorities – By Yvonne Sam

Behavioral Inconsistencies & Misplaced Priorities

By Yvonne Sam

Permit me to express my concurrence with the views expressed by Freddie Kissoon, Kaieteur News, June 30, 2017 “Boom Out Baby you have a small mind.” (see below), regarding the blatant dereliction and abandonment of Guyanese social media as it relates to ongoing incidents of serious communal concern—– Incidents that have failed to arouse their conscious psyche or at best engage their cognition!   Incidents that have reflected behavioural inconsistency amidst misplaced priorities!    Continue reading

“Immigrant Song” – Poem by Korean-American Poet Sun Yung Shin – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Happy Fourth of July America

My Poetry Corner July 2017 features the poem “Immigrant Song” by Sun Yung Shin, a Korean-American poet, writer, and educator. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she was one year old when an American couple adopted her. Raised in Chicago, she later moved to Minneapolis where she earned a BA in English from Macalester College and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas. She teaches at Macalester College and lives with her husband and their two children. 

When asked about her relationship with the English language in an interview with Lightsey Darst for Minnesota Artists (January 2016), Sun Yung Shin said that strangers often question her ability to speak English without a “foreign” accent. Her fluency and sense of belonging as an Asian American offend them.

Shin’s opening verses in “Immigrant Song” from her poetry collection, Skirt Full of Black (winner of the 2007 Asian American…

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