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Black + Indian Ceremony Script – A biracial marriage

Our best wishes to you both for a successful and long marriage.

This entry is from the blog of one of our readers.

Fran 'N' Nelli

Hi everyone, a couple of people have asked me how I blended both cultures into one ceremony. A lot of fusion weddings have two different ceremonies on different days or the same day but as I touched on with previous posts, we decided to have one ceremony with our immediate family as the officiants.  Since we didn’t have the expertise of religious officiants to give us the scripts we made our own ceremony which made it even extra special.  We researched a lot of things on the internet and took SOME (keyword) advice from our close friends/family.  Thank you Google for allowing us to get married haha! And now to pay it forward for other engaged couples, we are happily giving you our ceremony online for you to hopefully enjoy along with some explanations, thought processes, challenges etc.

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We need to talk about an injustice | Bryan Stevenson – TED talk

We need to talk about an injustice | Bryan Stevenson – TED talk

In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER Bryan Stevenson · Public-interest lawyer. 
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

The “Terrorism of Money” and the Global War On Cash: Target India – Part I

The “Terrorism of Money” and the Global War On Cash: Target India – Part I

The big bankers of the world, who practice the terrorism of money, are more powerful than kings and field marshals, even more than the Pope of Rome himself. They never dirty their hands. They kill no-one: they limit themselves to applauding the show. Their officials, international technocrats, rule our countries: they are neither presidents nor ministers, they have not been elected, but they decide the level of salaries and public expenditure, investments and divestments, prices, taxes, interest rates, subsidies, when the sun rises and how frequently it rains.     Continue reading

Remembering Peter Tosh and the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre – By Ajamu Nangwaya

Resistance against South African Apartheid, Racism and Settler-Colonialism: Remembering Peter Tosh and the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre

 
la-marche-pour-l-egalite-et-contre-le-racismeMarch 21 was the 57th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre that was carried out by the South African apartheid regime against protesting Africans in 1960. This protest was organized by the liberation organization the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). It targeted the pass law of the settler-colonial regime that regulated the movement and residential pattern of the indigenous Africans. International opinion was so outraged by the murderous behaviour of the apartheid system that the United Nations’ General Assembly was inspired to declare March 21 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD).     Continue reading

Slavery – The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics – Robert M. Levine and John J. Crocitti, editors

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month 

The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics – (The Latin America Readers)

Author: Robert M. Levine and John J. Crocitti, editors (featured in www.delanceyplace.com) 

brazilThe Root – by Henry Louis Gates states that:

Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 

10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America. And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. That’s right: a tiny percentage. In fact, the overwhelming percentage of the African slaves were shipped directly to the Caribbean and South America; Brazil received 4.86 million Africans alone! Some scholars estimate that another 60,000 to 70,000 Africans ended up in the United States after touching down in the Caribbean first, so that would bring the total to approximately 450,000 Africans who arrived in the United States over the course of the slave trade.”

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Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora’

CIAD presents ‘Tartan: Its Journey Through the African Diaspora’

By ARC Magazine Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

 The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) presents its first major project titled ‘Tartan: Its Journey through the African Diaspora’, which tells the story of how tartan travelled around the world and through its influence led to aspects of material culture being developed  in certain parts of Africa and the Diaspora. The project looks at how these cultures adapted, adopted or absorbed this influence to bring significance to fabrics such as madras cloth. Madras cloth was created in India and then sold to people in the Caribbean, the fabric has been used in the development of many islands national dress.

Guyana: Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition

Guyana: Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition

The Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has launched a visual arts competition and exhibition. According to the organizers of the competition, the last time there was a visual arts competition like this was in 1994. The objectives of the competition according to the Ministry are to establish and recognize the creative work of Guyanese and provide a source of inspiration for Guyanese artists to come.

Moving forward, the competition will be held biennially with work produced within the last two-year span. However this year’s competition will only feature works produced in the last five years. Only Guyanese can enter the competition and the entrants must be at least 16 years of age. The application process begins Monday, September 3rd and applications can be picked up either at E.R. Burrowes School of Art on Carifesta Avenue or online.

An Ancient Soul – The Art of Philip Moore – documentary

Documentary by Errol Ross Brewster

An Ancient Soul – The Art of Philip Moore

In this 1995 feature Philip Moore speaks expansively of the Spirit taught philosophy that underpins his creations. Dr. Adeoloa James, a Nigerian residing and teaching in Guyana gives her insight into the atavistic connection Moore has to his heritage of African Spirituality and which is always at the heart of his art.

Dr. Denis Williams, then Director of Art, recognizes Moore’s status as a great Caribbean adaptation of a great African tradition and clarifies the technological and iconological aspects of his work. Errol Ross Brewster, a Guyanese multi-media artist, teacher and cultural activist, as director of this feature, points in the visual treatment to Moore’s transmogrification of ordinary everyday experience which enriches us all, and reveals him as the artist to best mirror a most magical apprehension of the world that as Caribbean people we all can relate to.

The East Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago 1845-1917 – six videos

Coolies- How Britain Re-invented Slavery

On September 2, 2010 the Guyanese Online Blog featured four videos on the Guyanese East Indian experience as Indentured labourers in British Guiana.  The tales in those four videos are similar to those featured here regarding East Indians in Trinidad and Tobago.

The four videos on Guyanese Online titled  Coolies- How Britain Re-invented Slavery are at:
https://guyaneseonline.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/indentureship-how-britain-re-invented-slavery-video/

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The East Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago 1845-1917

The Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago 1845 – 1917 – done by Premiere Video Productions.
If you’re interested in purchasing the full DVD please contact: qualitycreationsinfo@gmail.com or ktelevision@gmail.com

Legacy of our Ancestors Part 1 of 6 – videos

The other five videos follow this first video – click MORE to continue

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My Green School Dream – Video

Editor’s Note:  This is a very interesting video of a Canadian who moved to the island of Bali in the Pacific Ocean and opened a “Green School”, as he was concerned about the future of the world after viewing a film that painted a very bleak picture regarding our ability to sustain our ecosystems and economic systems in the future.

Maybe we should be looking at something like this in Guyana … OH!  OH!, I almost forgot,  we already have ecologically balanced environments.  The Amerindians are living like this daily…  we can learn from them!  .. ...Cyril Bryan, Editor

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My Green School Dream

About this talk

Join John Hardy on a tour of the Green School, his off-the-grid school in Bali that teaches kids how to build, garden, create (and get into college). The centerpiece of campus is the spiraling Heart of School, perhaps the world’s largest freestanding bamboo building.

About John Hardy

Jewelry designer John Hardy co-founded the extraordinary Green School in Bali, where kids get a holistic and green education.

After selling his jewelry company in 2007, John Hardy and his wife, Cynthia, endowed a thrilling new project: the Green School in Bali. At the Green School, kids learn in open-air classrooms surrounded by acres of gardens that they tend; they learn to build with bamboo; and meanwhile they’re being prepared for traditional British school exams. The school is international — 20 percent of students are Bali locals, some on scholarship. The centerpiece of the campus is the spiraling Heart of School, which may be called Asia’s largest bamboo building.

Hardy has long been an advocate of the use of bamboo as an alternative to timber for building and reforestation. When running his company, Hardy pioneered a program of sustainable advertising that offset the carbon emissions associated with the yearly corporate print advertising by planting bamboo on the island of Nusa Penida in a cooperative plantation.

“Green School Bali [is] one of the most amazing schools on earth.”  Stefan Sagmeister

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