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Monday, 10 August 2015

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Weekend WOW Factor - valuing diversity, multiculturalism and multi faith

There was an 'Islam Roadshow' in Dalston Yesterday.
A large banner stood out above the stall... It read... 'Islam is superior'.
I suspect it was designed to attract attention and get people talking. I didn't take a photo... ( unfortunately)

However, the 'roadshow' did succeed in attracting attention.. and there were a few discussions being had with passers by
Two stalls, one for the men, and one for the women
" Find out more about Islam?".. one woman suggested...
I'm accustomed to the nation of Islam being in that 'spot' but this was a different group altogether.

It dawned on me that Islam is experiencing its '15mins of fame' perhaps... so to speak.
Well...as with most things a counter narrative will always be needed.

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There is more to being a 'good citizen' than speaking English, for sure... but it helps [click]

We (Brits) often pride ourselves on being a multicultural country, or at least we used to. (post war)
However, multiculturalism continues to experience increased scrutiny.
British values, Britishness, and British culture requires not only (re) defining, but according to some.. protecting.



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Dr. Sid - Kabiyesi

Nice melody, nice beat, yep.. I really like this

Apparently in Yoruba Kabiyesi means.. 'the unquestionable', one whose word is The Law
Big word.
Any Yoruba speakers feel free to correct me if I'm wrong
I'm calling it my leaders anthem today.
Good morning x

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Chronixx - Rain Music

Happy Jamaica day ft Morgan Heritage - Protoje & Chronixx

53 years young. Happy Independence day!


For a brief history of Jamaica [click]





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Song for my mum

I tell you something.
My mum is hurt bad.
I can't tell you ( sufficiently) how hurt my mum is right now.
My mum called me early this morning which she never does. Just to tell me why she snapped at me yesterday.
I understand.

I wish I could change things. I wish I could make it so that her life hasn't been the struggle it has been
But I cant.
I cant do shit.

My mum would say she doesn't have a favourite child. maybe. But in my eyes mum lost her closest (if not favourite) son.
She reminded me again that I'm the last one.
Youngest.
Oh boy.

Good morning - D'Prince x Don Jazzy x Baby Fresh - #Bestie

Happy Thursday to ya x

The day before the day before yesterday - My favourite girl - Alaine - Suzanna & more



Urgh.
I have a temperature ( flu symptoms) so I sent Ti out for paracetamol. My darling is unwell, and my brother's day is only hours away.
So... I turn to my favourite girl
What else
Your up...
.. and you're right Alaine.. that's a sad tale you tell

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May the lord strengthen and guide us.
Love will see us through.



I'm off to Bedfordshire. Got to be an early night

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President Robert Mugabe apparently said Jamaican men just smoke dope and sing.. and some twist their hair.. whilst the university's are filled with women [click]
heehee.. ouch..
this is for you sir...



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and this.. heehee



erm..It's the paracetomol..! ..

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I'll save this one for Mr K

Ok.. that's it..night x



It's done

That morning
I felt as miserable as I looked. I hadn't slept, felt queezy. I had what I think was an anxiety attack in the night


But I managed a smile... even a tiny one
Well.. I tried at least..


It's done




Entebbe Sound on the day.. paying their respects



RIP brother

Pictures my own - and courtesy of Facebook

Sunday, 2 August 2015

President Obama at the African Union

My selection for lovers this Sunday - Jah Cure - Set me Free & Other Half of Me

Taken from his new album

Summary
'Jah Cure studio album "The Cure" (VP Records) marks the new beginning for the iconic artist. With his beguiling vocals and soulful conviction, one of Jamaica's greatest voices effortlessly blends street poetry and sufferer's tales with beautiful love ballads into one cohesive collection. The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover's rock with R&B and pop-fused elements.

Jah Cure co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher "Sketch" Carey, Clive Hunt, Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown, Justin "Jus Bus" Nation and Trevor "Baby G" James. The Cure features recent hits like his #1 reggae chart-topping John Legend cover "All of Me" (which received over 5 million YouTube views), "Rasta," "That Girl" and "Life We Live" as well as brand new singles including "No Friend of Mine" "Made In California," "I Surrender" and more. Jah Cure's multi-faceted story of struggle and love is intertwined into The Cure. "My struggles made me who I am today. That's why I sing with feelings, it comes from my heart cause I feel the pain. Who feels it knows it," he states'.






Jah Cure - Show Love

Interview with Julius Malema

Weekend WOW Factor - Let the people stay...

Why has the 'migrant crisis' taken a 'sour turn'
Our PM's 'so called' lack of compassion is not a recent phenomena.
Unfortunately.
But he is also playing to his audience..
Who?
Those who voted him in, and continue to support his government policies
Unfortunately.
The crisis of displaced people seeking solace in lands far far away is a human problem and a world problem.. if indeed , it is a 'problem'.
If it is a problem then the question is why?
Ultimately the discourse will boil down to one of economics.
But when the' far right' come out to 'demonstrate', it's debatable whether or not the agenda is simply one of economics, if at all

Perhaps the problem is that we see it as a problem

In reality it shouldn't be.
It is an opportunity
To revise our immigration and foreign policies, and the rest..and..
To be compassionate
There are simply far too many conflicts taking place across the globe,( many of which 'the West' have had, or have, a hand in) and those caught in the cross fire, will need and want to get away.
I am not suggesting that all those who want to come to the UK are doing so as a result of conflict, but for many that is the uncomfortable reality. The rest perhaps we can easily put down to neo colonialism, and the remainder? life, hopes dreams personal ambition love.. who knows.
I'm not the border police.
However... conflict is a major issue.

The number of IDP's in places such as South Sudan is reportedly over 1.5 million [click]
Here in the UK, the number of poorer people who are reportedly being relocated to places outside of London, to make room for those who can afford it, ( another form of IDP, or social cleansing) is increasingly alarming.

But who cares.

For some reason there are many people who honestly believe that migrants are living a great life, gaining 'freebies' on arrival into the UK

Today's Daily Mail headline will help to stoke the flames of that belief, and intolerance.

The so called migrant crisis highlights the intolerance many 'British' people have with people who look different, and sound different.

We 'the British' can go anywhere in the world 'we' please..
demand fish and chips over indigenous cuisine, buy land and set up shop.
Just don't try and come here huh...

Words matter.
I will always remember the association of the word cockroaches and the Rwandan genocide
When David Cameron speaks about a swarm of people, negative connotations are unavoidable.
In my humble and perhaps some would argue too soft opinion, Britain should be a safe haven for displaced people.
But in my opinion every land should be a safe haven, period.
It isn't.. because more often than not...we suck.
there is an unfair, unequal distribution of wealth and access to opportunities..
..and we fight too much

Good morning all.. Happy Sunday x