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Who Dey? Who Dey? Manicou Dey

How many of you remember the "Pick - a - Box" show on Radio Trinidad? Ah catched the Point Encyclopedia off guard; ah stun Showboat... Pick - a- Box was a show that we heard every Monday night on Radio Trinidad. The person who was selected "was asked a number of questions of a general nature." If you answer all correctly, "your prize was a Bosch refrigerator, a return trip to Jamaica, a sewing machine, a cash prize or a "booby prize" (Shell Trinidad Topics Vol. II No. 57. February 8, 1957).

"Did you know about Lover’s Lane in the guava patch next to Techier Village? Man ah tell yuh, when we go to pick guava for we mother to make jam and guava cheese, we used to climb dem trees and before we could get back down, a car would pull up with a man and woman in it. Yuh know how much married man used to spend time in dey? Ah eh calling no names but dem know who dem is. Dem woman know, too" (Billy Singh  9/21/08).

"Boy ah was a birdman, too. I used to leave meh bird cage in the gallery; ah always set the trap before going to school. By the time ah returned home ah have a Venezuelan Pico in the trap... I followed Cockot and dem and go up to the Range because it had a lot of birds up dey. The guava patch in Techier was another good spot to catch birds. On the Range we caught Pico Platte, Black and White Shat, Vaymal, Tauday, Bull Finch... Every Sunday by the Senior Secondary School down there by Dunlop Highway, there is a Bull Finch competition.  In our days it was known as Point Fortin College. It is there you hear dem birds rattling down de cages fuh so. De competition is to find who bird can ramajay the best. It is a money making game. Dem people will pay you as much as $10,000 for your bird, oui...(Peter Lokai 2/24/13).

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How Much Do You Love Your... Dada, Mama, Nana?

So what’s up with the title of this book? I used to play a game with my daughter called “How much do you love your Dada?” The intent was to get her to say “one.” The reason being that “one” is infinite. As she played along, she would call out numbers such as “million zillionth hundredth” but never “one.” We would rumble and I would have her laughing and wrestling me until she finally gave up by saying “one.” The lesson here goes further than “wrestling /playing.” It shows the love and affection that exists between us and more importantly, the bond we share. We also established Trust -- which would be used in the future. You could play the same game whether you are the Mama, Nana, or foster parent.

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In Jah's Hands

Some non Rasta believe that Rastafari "has lost its light". There have been attempts to blind side we but Rasta have expectedly known that there will always be those who think they know us better than we know ourselves. Some have even attempted to create their own brand of Rastafari calling it Christafari resulting in confusion within some camps. For potential new wannabees to overstand (understand) the fundamentals of Rastafari, so called prophets of doom have bombarded the cyberspace and have published their cacophony rampantly adding to the mass confusion/hysteria. Nevertheless, from this invasion, Rasta will build a tower towards the heaven and in it spread their message as they overcome the evils and frustrations of Babylon. One thing in certain, they cannot drive us away anymore.... "The people themselves must come to realize their own difficulties in the development of their communities and try to solve them by collective participation, following an order of priority and taking their potentiality into account. It is well known to you all that recognizing one's problems and striving hard to challenge them is a mark of an attempt at self - sufficiency." The Conquering Lion of Judah Haile Selassie I, 1963.

 

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Limmin Under de La Junette Tree

I think the best of all is Ms. Rose and she grapefruits trees. Boy we eyeing dem grapefruits on she tree for a long time. But this woman nah want to sleep; it is like she is ah soucayant, oui. Well, Harry Lie come up with the idea that we should throw a chain on top of she house and drag it. While doing that, Errol would climb the grapefruit tree and pick all dem juicy grapefruits. You should hear the bawling by Ms. Rose... so she started to pray out loud for so,"Jumbie, Jumbie be gone. In the name of the Lord go away." Boy we wanted to laugh but we wanted the grapefruits more! That lady never knew that the grapefruits disappeared from she tree. She became a better Christian too.

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Why Dem Mosquitoes Bite Me So
A Proclamation for Change in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

... We must understand that camaraderie and shared experiences helps to foster a united bond and thwarts any attempts to exacerbate conflicts. We must seek to have wider representation in our local government which reflects the makeup of our Borough. We must end " the coolie nigger" syndrome which has plagued this country and our Borough for so long. Egypt and Icacos are a part of our Point Fortin community and we must embrace this reality accordingly.

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Ethiopia, the Bible & Rastafari

ISBN: 0-9662524-8-9 128 pgs

African / Caribbean / Religious / Rastafari Studies

"Since nobody can interfere in the realm of God we should tolerate and live side by side with those of other faiths. In the mystic tradition of the different religions we have a remarkable unity of spirit... While the different religions in their historic forms bind us to limited groups and militate against the development of loyalty to the world community, the mystics have already stood for the fellowship of humanity... No one should question the faith of others, for no human being can judge of the ways of God.”

Haile Selassie I

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Ethiopian Women of Power

ISBN: 0-9662524-6-2 104 pgs

"...We are indeed glad for this evening which has caused our voice to be heard by all women throughout the world. Regardless of the different countries and the different climates they live in, women in this world are connected and have the same desire in maintaining world peace and love .. . In spite of the differences of colour, race, creed and religion between the women of this world, they all hate war, because the fruit of war is nothing but disaster..."

Empress Menen on the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, 1935

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The Lion Roars: Selected Speeches and Letters of Haile Selassie

ISBN: 0-9662524-2-X 157 pgs

African / Caribbean Studies

"...that until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; that until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation; that until the colour of a man’s skin is of no significance than the color of his eyes; that until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; that until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained...; until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and goodwill; until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; until that day, the African will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil...”

—The Lion of Judah Haile Selassie I

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Visions of Rastafari: Facts on Haile Selassie I

ISBN: 0-9662524-5-4 79 pgs

"...But let us take pride in the fact that as free men we attack and abhor racial discrimination on principle, where-ever it is found and in whatever guise. We can, in addition, to the economic pressure of which we dispose, bring our moral weight to bear and rally world opinion to our cause by revealing the brutality, the inhumanity, the inherent viciousness, and evil represented by this policy...”

The Lion of Judah, Belgrade Conference, 1961

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Stories Meh Moddha Told Meh

ISBN: 0-9662524-0-3 80 pgs

What a delight! From start to finish, I felt the need (or beauty) of the pictures you paint.

--Karen Loughran, Teacher

Stories Meh Moddha Told Meh is a valuable document. The author has given these stories a colloquial texture... I am convinced that everyone exploring these pages will hear his/her own mother’s voice relating these stones.

--Rev. G. Modele Clarke

These stories are about Soucayant, Largablest, Papa Bois, Hosay, to name a few. Some are scary but juicy and fun to read. ENJOY!

--Imani - Publisher

 

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Pappi, Pappi, Please Read Me a Story

ISBN: 0-9662524-9-7

Professor Seunarine has weaved together several stories where politics, economics and social change are intermingled to bring us a family affair. His stories are like a pelau with excellent delights to whet our appetites for more. Brother Lance, as he is often called, has spun his cocoon and had entrapped us. He pokes fun at us knowing quite well that he hopes the reader will find the time to seek out another and do some good for the idren. He leave us asking for more, more and more.

Miss Imani


Ethiopia Speaks: The Italian Invasion 1935 - 1941

ISBN: 0-9662524-7-0 Available: July 2003

... It was at the time when the operations for the encircling of Makalle were taking place that the Italians fearing a rout, followed the procedure which is now my duty to denounce to the world. Special sprayers were installed on board aircrafts so that they could vaporize, over vast areas of territory, a fine death — dealing rain. Groups of nine, fifteen, eighteen aircrafts followed one another so that the fog issuing from them formed a continuous sheet. It was thus that, as from the end of January,1936, soldiers, women, children, cattle, rivers, lakes, and pastures were drenched continually with this deadly rain. In order to kill off systematically all living creatures, in order the more [move] surely poison waters, and pastures, the Italian command made the aircrafts pass over and over again. That was its chief method of warfare... The object was to scatter fear and death over a great part of the Ethiopian territory. These fearful tactics succeeded. Men and animals succumbed. The deadly rain that fell down from the aircraft made all those whom it touched fly shrieking with pain. All those who drank the poisoned water or ate the infected food also succumbed in dreadful suffering. In tens of thousands, the victims of the Italian mustard fell...

Selassie I at the League of Nations 1936


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