Monthly Archives: January, 2012

ZERO (for World AIDS Day 2012)

When is zero valuable? Numerically desirable? When is zero a prize On which to keep one’s eyes? To be sought after, savoured Fought for and favoured?   Zero, as in when there will be No new cases of HIV This journey will have begun When we get back to One Living in and as the …

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#10

I’m rebuilding my life and self….I am embracing new paradigms, affirming triumphant breakthroughs and am committed to spending more time with people I value and love…..

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I AM A V-MAN

Anybody who mouths the cliché that men are stronger sex simply has not been paying attention! Throughout my life I have been blessed, challenged and changed by the often numbing violence, aggression and attacks on their bodies and souls that women whose paths I have crossed have been subjected to, endured and survived. Case in …

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THE FAMILY THAT PREYS: Tyler Perry ‘s Triumphant Return to Fine Form

If you have ever been in a conversation with, or about artists, their art and sources of inspiration, you’ve probably heard the ubiquitous examples and anecdotes about the suffering artist and the powerful and unceasing catalyst of suffering, despair and hard times. If Tyler Perry is to be believed his latest production The Family That …

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A GRITTY ‘PRECIOUS’ GEM

Life is hard. Life is short. Life is painful. Life is rich. Life is….Precious. (approved tagline for Precious) I was curious and more than mildly excited about seeing the Lionsgate Films release Precious. My curiosity was piqued by the tendency of many Jamaicans to hunger for and support comedies more than any other genre. Jamaica …

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A DISAPPOINTING MEETING – Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

I’m a wavering fan and admirer of Tyler Perry. The story of his challenging journey and personal and professional struggles he had to overcome to reach where he is today, his disarming humility and his creation and enactment of the deliciously mischievous Madea resonate with a growing number of people all over the world, including me. …

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#9

after (a) major bump(s) in the road in 2011, this affirmation came to me: i am grateful to be recovering from a particularly difficult period, grateful that the sinking feeling of despair has gone, grateful for the lessons learnt, grateful for the folks who told me not to give up, grateful for Spirit reminding me …

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YELE

Mother Earth rumbled In response To the words Heaped upon you Epithets added As if part of your name ‘poorest nation’ ‘cursed by God’ ‘voodoo capital’ ‘satan worshippers’   She churned Remembering the forgotten Boukman and L’Ouverture 1st independent nation in Latin America Bondage repugnant Irritant to your spirit Toxin rejected by your blood You, …

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Noone Helped Him

The iron pipe swung downwards The boy’s head got in its way “batty bwoy!” A knife made its mark His flesh gave way “chi chi man” Timberlands lent a hand These boots are made for walking…on your face “homo!” No one helped him When the first insult was hurled his way “fish!!” When the first …

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Paper Cut

flapping furiously upwards the sheet of paper fluttered dangerously towards freedom he grabbed it quickly wound the source of animation shut then sucked where the spiteful sheet had cut him staring at the wound steering with one hand the road loomed up at him large and forbidding the sun was mercenary traffic like a knife …

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