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The evil alternatives to Site 52: Part five of a five-part series

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 28, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About Politicians in Comise County as Parody - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About Politicians in Comise County as Parody - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Zema Luncher

North Comise County politicians are disgusted with recent suggestions for the storage and use of garbage at Site 52. Protestors say a landfill is not the best option for the site and there are other methods that would be better for people and the environment.

“We could use one of those new-fangled methane things,” said protestor Shawn Ottens. “Yuh know, like they use over in Europe.”

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[TPS] – Doctor charged in Sexual Assault investigation, Stephen Strigler, 57, Photograph released

In Writing (all kinds) on June 27, 2017 at 2:15 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Doctor charged in Sexual Assault investigation, Stephen Strigler, 57, Photograph released

Tuesday, June 27, 20172:02 PM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in an ongoing Sexual Assault investigation.

It is alleged that:

– a patient was sexually assaulted by her doctor during treatment

– the doctor is a physician at 720 Spadina Avenue

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Dr. Stephen Strigler, 57, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1) Sexual Assault

He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Friday, August 4, 2017, 10 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Tara Whalley, 14 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

Stories in Red and Yellow to be Published This Week

In book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Education, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 27, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Potential Cover Art for Stories in Red and Yellow - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Potential Cover Art for Stories in Red and Yellow - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

I am currently working on a collection of stories that have been dug up from past work called Stories in Red and Yellow. It should be published this week. Look out for it! It’s going to be as fantastic as red and yellow. Look for the stories for free viewing on this website.  For my books, CD and audio stories, you can purchase them at:  http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. For the month of August there is a 10 per cent discount and the code to enter upon checkout is: README.

A Good Home

In Creative Writing, Culture, Entertainment, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 26, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About Finding a Good Home - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About Finding a Good Home - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

I don’t like cleaning because it’s not something where you use your head and when I don’t use my head, it wanders into things I’d rather forget. But I don’t like living in filth either. I’ve had enough dirt in my life as it is. So that’s why I’ve got my fingers down the bathtub drain and the smell of Vim burning the inside of my nose. I find the piece of hair and pull. It keeps coming and coming, a whole ponytail slimy with old shampoo.

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MANISH’S ZODIAC SIGNS PREDICTIONS ( 26th JUNE – 2nd JULY )

In Writing (all kinds) on June 26, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April )This is a good time for an awakening. This is your wake up call. Stop overindulging, and focus on what’s really important to you. Use this time wisely to stabilize your abundance. Focus on your journey of self-improvement and keep your eye on the prize. Give yourself a pat on the back along the way too, and take it easy on yourself. There are things you want to change in your life, so rather than going without thinking, carefully plan your next move. Don’t lose your energy in the planning, just choose your steps wisely. Favorable Dates : July 2 Favorable Colors : Red & Green

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – You will find cooperation and understanding in your relationships, no matter what kind. Dealings with lovers, friends and co-workers will be a breeze. You will experience the joy of working together and sharing. It is a  good time to lift your head up and look around you. There is a sea of possibility in front of you and though you are still where you were before, the future looks promising. There is an energy of abundance and material success and you are a force to be reckoned with and you will find great success in all aspects of your life. Favorable Dates : June 30 Favorable Colors : Red & White

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – A fresh perspective is what you need at this stage. If you are thinking of starting a new career or reorganizing something in your home, now is the time. You have made some major life adjustments, and you will be victorious this week. Know that you are on the right path. You will be a master of multitasking this week. Mundane tasks seem boring on the surface but you may find yourself having a bit of fun also while lightly juggling your priorities. It is good practice to focus on our goals, but it is the journey which enriches your lives. Favorable Dates : June 26 Favorable Colors : Red & Blue Read the rest of this entry »

The Fool

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 25, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Afro Almost Plays Dice With Her Life - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Afro Almost Plays Dice With Her Life - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

I was embarrassed to tell my boyfriend’s parents I was out of work again. It had been a year and I was on welfare, but at least I had love in my life. Richie, my boyfriend, just got a job as a public relations officer at the University of Toronto. He had been looking for a long time and was feeling lucky. When his parents came into town one mild January weekend for his birthday, we all decided to go down to Niagara Falls to the casinos. Gambling had never been my thing, but going was the only present I could afford for him.

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Channel Zero (Originally Published in the Queen’s Alumni Review)

In Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 25, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Stephen Marshall Traveled Around the World for a Video Magazine - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Stephen Marshall Traveled Around the World for a Video Magazine - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Mary Luz Mejia and Donna Kakonge

He’s been dubbed “guerrilla film maker,” “boy wonder” and “video artist” – titles he doesn’t seem to mind and takes in stride as he charges toward the goal: “to establish and alternative universe to that of broadcast television.”

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Donna Kakonge’s Books | Audio – Her Work For Sale

In Writing (all kinds) on June 24, 2017 at 2:42 PM

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Download the World Numerology App from Hans Decoz

In Writing (all kinds) on June 24, 2017 at 2:42 PM

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Varda

In Beauty, Business, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Music, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 24, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Varda Etienne is now a Host of a Radio Show in Quebec

Varda Etienne is now a Host of a Radio Show in Quebec

As she bops and moves looks real pretty and talks a fast game on Canada’s French music station, Musique Plus, Varda Etienne, 27 and a VJ, works on two shows: Bouge (the highest rated show on Musique Plus) and Groove. She does not like music that lacks movement, but, she has other things on her mind.

“What bothers me is how corrupted the world is today,” she says.

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[TPS] – Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In Writing (all kinds) on June 23, 2017 at 6:58 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.,

Friday, June 23, 20176:47 AM
Public Safety – Special Events
416-808-5048

On Saturday June 24, 2017, the annual Pride and Remembrance Run will take place at 10 a.m. The event will consist of a 5km road race and walk.

Road closures will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. as follows:

8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
Wellesley Street East from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
Wellesley Street East from Yonge Street to Queen’s Park Crescent East
Queen’s Park Crescent (East and West) from Bloor Street West to College Street

The TTC will experience minor disruptions to some surface routes.

Vehicles in the area may experience traffic delays.

This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Special Events

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The Inkwell

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 23, 2017 at 3:00 AM
The Inkwell is a Movie Where Hair Dynamics Play Out

The Inkwell is a Movie Where Hair Dynamics Play Out

Set in 1976, this movie features the staple afros, braids and other various styles of black hair at that time. The interesting thing of note is that the family of Drew Tate, the main character in the movie, is depicted as working class and activist. The father wears a Black Panther beret and his sister-in-law calls him “Black Panther”.

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Abandon

In Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Health, Living, Media Writing, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on June 22, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Struggling Schizoprenic Mother Tries to Make it on Her Own - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Struggling Schizoprenic Mother Tries to Make it on Her Own - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Uneven rows of umbrellas bobbed towards her. Their metal frames frightened her to the edge of the sidewalk and then back into the alley against the cold dumpster. The thin spokes reminded her too much of wing bones. Her fingers dug at the air around her knees. She looked down and jumped, shocked to find nothing there.

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Download the World Numerology App from Hans Decoz

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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After downloading to your computer and purchasing a subscription, you can also download to iPad or Android tablets at no extra charge.

Tablets and mobile coming soon!

The World Numerology App includes 18 different kinds of personal numerology reports and charts.

Donna Magazine Publishing Photos From Models All Over the World

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:08 AM

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Manish Kumar Arora is a renowned KP Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot Reader & Vastu Consultant

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:07 AM

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A Wonderful List of Hair Oils

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:07 AM

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My Books for Librarians to Purchase and for You to Borrow From the Library

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:07 AM

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Donna Magazine Writing Services

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:06 AM

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Juno-Nominated, Interior Designer and Renamed BITH (Back in the Hat) to AFRIFABDESIGNS – New Work

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:06 AM

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Celebrate the Sounds of Boomerbroadcast: Baby Boomer Reflects on the Journey from Living Life in the Sixties to Living Life in Her Sixties

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:06 AM

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Custom-Blended Hair Oils to Suit All Hair Types At Your Request For the Low Price of $10.00 with Free Consultation

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:05 AM

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Buy Girl Power: Chronicles of True Power of Female Friendships by Teresa Madaleno Today

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:05 AM

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Donna Kakonge’s Books | Audio – Her Work For Sale

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:05 AM

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Use Great Online Coupon Codes to Purchase Donna Kakonge’s Books

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:04 AM

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In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:04 AM

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[TPS] – TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Friday, June 23, 2017, to Monday, July 3, 2017, Road closures

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 7:03 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Friday, June 23, 2017, to Monday, July 3, 2017, Road closures

Wednesday, June 21, 20176:55 AM
53 Division
416-808-5300

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival will be taking place throughout the downtown core from Friday, June 23, 2017, to Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Most of the events are held indoors however, on Saturday, June 24, 2017, they will be moving their outdoor concerts to the Yorkville area until Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Road closures: Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m., until Monday, June 26, 2017, 6 a.m.:

– Yorkville Avenue, from Bellair Street to 101 Yorkville Avenue

– Bellair Street, from Yorkville Avenue to Cumberland Street

Yorkville Avenue, from 101 Yorkville Avenue to Avenue Road, will be converted to a two-way street during these times.

Additional road closure: Monday, June 26, 2017, 6 a.m., until Monday, July 3, 2017, 6 a.m.:

– Hazelton Avenue, from Scollard Street to Yorkville Avenue

The event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Kathleen Elliott, 53 Division

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Not to Be Boxed In Always Wanting to Try Something New

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Hyacinth Harewood Continues to Live a Full Life - Photo by Donna Kakonge

Hyacinth Harewood Continues to Live a Full Life - Photo by Donna Kakonge

Hyacinth Harewood is a civil servant with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) working from home, former college professor, former businessperson, former volunteer and mother of five living in Toronto, Canada. She worked as a sessional lecturer with Carleton University in Ottawa, as a professor with Algonquin College in Ottawa for 16 years, has been working with CRA since the late 1980s, and once had her own sole-proprietorship business focusing on communications and written work. This consummate professional used to get up at 3:00 a.m. to work on her business, and then take care of five children to get them ready for school. She would continue working on her business while her children were at school and tend to their needs once they were home. She played the role of a superwoman well. This impressive woman who was educated at the University of Western Ontario where she studied French and Spanish, then received her master’s degree at the University of Ottawa in applied linguistics managed to juggle a life of work, family and children. She has been a terrific role model for her five children.

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International Model Aarzu Gupta from India

In Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aarzu is an Indian stylist, and model who has been making her mark in fashion and modeling industry. She seeks to collaborate with other professionals to create interesting, artistic, and unique projects. An inborn inclination for the glamor and glitz of showbiz pushes her to go beyond the limits and deliver her best efforts for any assignment. She breaks all beauty stereotypes and embraces it in its most innate form. She is all set to spread her grace and beauty in the international arena with modeling assignments and photo-shoots.” She can be contacted not only for modeling but also for styling and art direction. She would be glad to collaborate with photographers to develop their ideas and themes in creative ways.” Her details:

 

Experience: She has done print shoots and catalogue shoots

Contact : +91-8130304060

Email: saanjh.ruchi@gmail.com

Photos below all courtesy of Manish Kumar Arora:

 

 

 

 

Continually Learning Aiming to Make a Better World

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Gini Dickie is a Teacher and Activist who is Making a Difference

Gini Dickie is a Teacher and Activist who is Making a Difference

Gini Dickie is a teacher-librarian, as well as a political activist in her own right living in Toronto, Canada. She worked as a teacher in northern Nigeria with CUSO-VSO, she worked at Expo ‘ 67 and she has been active working with Chilean refugees. She has worked in the inner-city Regent Park area of Toronto, as well as with York University. She also owned her own typesetting business for a brief period of time and everything she has done has taught her about the world around her, as well as about herself.

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Forging a Career in Journalism A Pioneer Voice in Radio (Originally Published with Impowerage.com)

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Radio Podcasts, Writing (all kinds) on June 20, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Robert Payne has Enjoyed a Life in the Limelight - Photo Courtesy of Robert Payne

Robert Payne has Enjoyed a Life in the Limelight - Photo Courtesy of Robert Payne

Robert Payne has been a journalist for 40 years. He has worked in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, ON and gained notoriety in Toronto, Canada where he now lives. In the early days of his career, he coupled his work at radio stations with being employed at Dominion stores while in the province of Quebec.

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What Happened to the Afro?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work on June 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

My hair obsession that has turned into a hair acceptance also turned into a book called What Happened to the Afro? Here is some video taken in Uganda in 1996 or 1997 of a braiding session going on in Kampala. You can buy the book at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.:

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MANISH’S ZODIAC SIGNS PREDICTIONS ( 19th JUNE – 25TH JUNE )

In Writing (all kinds) on June 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April )- You are going to reap the rewards from the seeds of actions and thoughts and ideas that you’ve been looking forward to seeing begin to manifest into your life. Much of your own future will depend upon being able to trust and rely on others that you know will come through and carry their share of the burdens and responsibilities. Love in abundance surrounds you! Focus more on what makes you happiest. This period desires to bring lots of opportunities into your life to creatively conceive ways to enhance your relationships with the children in your life and all those you love. Favorable Dates : June 20 Favorable Colors : Blue & Yellow

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – You’re going to be much more selective about who you do things for and who you share your time, energy and feelings with and those people who also value you, appreciate you, respect you and care about you. Stay focused on what is most important to you and don’t let anyone mislead you and take you off of your own successful path. It’s your precious energy towards the important people in your life that can and will, enhance your own life 10 fold. It’s time to focus on all of the good that is already happening in your life. Favorable Dates :June  23 Favorable Colors : Red & Purple

Gemini (21 May – 20 June) – Your creative energies are abundantly growing stronger each day. It’s time to move on, and it’s time to move forward with a much stronger sense of inner fortitude and independence within your life! Sharing your life experiences with others can enlighten them and help others to more compassionately, more spiritually, love themselves and get along better with others. This is a special week of reunions and better relationship situations for you. When you begin to trust in this fact then the relationships around you will become so much smoother. Favorable Dates : June 21 Favorable Colors : White & Yellow Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Father’s Day!

In Writing (all kinds) on June 18, 2017 at 3:40 AM

Happy Father’s Day Dr. Sam Kakonge

Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources – Free Download

In book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Cover Art for Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources

Cover Art for Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources

I have a new book out called Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources. It is meant as a study aid for students of media and a refresher for professionals of media. You can buy the paperback or download it for FREE at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Binary Groove – Gemini Nominated in 1995

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work on June 17, 2017 at 3:00 AM

This educational pilot computer show called “Binary Groove” aired in 1995 and was nominated for a Gemini Award. Enjoy the show and for more education stories, check out my book The Education Generation. As well, you would also be interested in Journalism Stories Collection. Both can be bought, plus many other books at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

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Donna Magazine Publishing Photos of Models from All Over the World

In Writing (all kinds) on June 16, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Models and upcoming models all over the world! Please send me your photos to donnamagazinewordpress.com to have your photos displayed on Donna Magazine!

The Discoveries of Columbus

In Beauty, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Pets on June 16, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes that Lorian Has a Deep Love for His Dog Columbus - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Rachel Muenz Writes that Lorian Has a Deep Love for His Dog Columbus - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

By Rachel Muenz

Lorian sat in the sand, his lap cold without the dog. He glared at the black and silver points of the waves. His father had no right to get rid of it. But Lorian figured he should have seen it coming because his father had never gone out of his way to make him happy.

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Donna’s Salon Utopia – Last Updated in 2010

In Writing (all kinds) on June 15, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Robbin Melton Making Hair Hot


I must share with you all about this wonderful product that I got from my friend/research participant Robbin Melton who is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a “cocoawhip” as she calls it and it is shea butter with cocoa butter added. It is absolutely wonderful! I highly recommend that you get some and you contact her at: robbin.melton@gmail.com. The shea butter has been a lifesaver to me. She whips it up within a day and sends it out to you really fast! She is great! She has also been an extremely valuable research participant for my politics of black hair online study.

I got a chance to strut my stuff (thanks to my former terrific professor Mr. Frajkor) at a National Ethnic Media Council of Canada function at the Cypriot Community Centre in Toronto with the shea in my hair. This picture I am including is not how I looked that night, however as you can see – the product really can improve the health of your hair.
I also wore Robbin’s product when I went to my niece Oshun’s Christmas Concert. My Mom said “this is the best I’ve ever seen your hair :-).” Well, so far, Robbin’s product is getting rave reviews and my mother’s opinion means the world to me. She is an extremely wise woman.
Also what you may notice from the picture is that from my declaration of going with dreads from my last posting…my hair is not locked :-(. I just keep finding it too hard and I have decided to give up. People who think having beautiful locks are easy really do not know! I do not even know because I have not been able to achieve them. My hair has been natural since 1993, 2011 makes 18 years – my hair is now an official virgin adult from chemicals :-). I’m alright with that. Things are good :-).
So many blessings to all of you beautiful people for the New Year. As my new friend Sarah says, may you have 1001 blessings as they say in Nepal apparently.

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Tomorrow is the Transformation Awards. SOLD OUT!

In Writing (all kinds) on June 15, 2017 at 4:42 PM

TOMORROW IS THE TRANSFORMATION AWARDS
A Celebration Like No Other!
The prestigious Transformation Awards gala is set to be on Friday, June 16th 2017, at Royal York Hotel. Presented by the Transformation Institute For Leadership & Innovation, Silvertrust Media and Diversity Magazine, it inspires present and future generations. Extraordinary Canadians on the Canada 150 Leadership and Innovation list will also be recognized to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The 150 high achievers will be featured in a world-class coffee table book and a multimedia presentation as a part of Envision Canada.
DISTINGUISHED 2017 RECIPIENTS
 
The 2017 Transformation Award recipients are: Leadership Award, Dr. Ajay Virmani, CEO of Cargojet; Lifetime Achievement, General Roméo Dallaire, Humanitarian & Retired Senator; Entertainment Award, Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival; Professional Excellence, Raj Kothari, Managing Partner, PwC; Development Award, Heather Yang, President, Anderson College.
The Public Service Award goes to Chief Eric Jolliffe, York Regional Police; Enterprise Award, Isaac Olowolafe Jr., CEO, Dream Maker Corporation; Harmony Award, Anita Bromberg, Race Relations & Human Rights Specialist; Innovation Award, Latiq Qureshi, CEO, QLogitek; Community Service, Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants; Media Award, Don Barraclough, President, NationTalk and Heritage Award, Isabel Cuellar, Executive Director, Canadian Latin Heritage Association.
ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION INSTITUTE AND PARTNERS
 
The awards are presented by the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation as well as Silvertrust Media, which publishes Diversity Magazine. 20,000 copies of Diversity are distributed via blue street boxes, transit stations, shopping centres, GM Dealerships and others in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. The Transformation Institute also runs the Crossover Mentorship program for youth. The mission is to equip Crossover Ambassadors with tools that change lives for good.
ENVISION AND THE CANADA 150 LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION LIST 
Recipients of the 2017 Transformation Awards are being automatically included on the Canada 150 Leadership and Innovation list. The list includes Indigenous success stories, other extraordinary Canadians and immigrants, to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. They will be highlighted in television biography specials, a documentary film and interstitials as a part of the Envision Canada television initiative, developed for broadcast on Canadian and other stations. A world-class coffee table book is also being developed and will profile the 150 leaders and innovators.
SPONSORS
This year’s sponsors are: RBC Insurance, Ryerson University, Jodal Health Care, TD Canada Trust, Diversity Magazine, OMNI Television, Skylink Group, KII Naturals, Afroglobal Television and Silvertrust Media
GALA HIGHLIGHTS
Date: Friday, June 16th, 2017
Awards: Reception 6:00 PM, Dinner & Awards 7.00 PM
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Address: 100 Front Street West, Toronto, Canada
Tickets: $200 each or $2000 for each corporate table of 10
Info: DiversityMagazine.ca, TransformationInstitute.ca
Contacts: Debra Noreiga or Simi Ikotun
THE DISTINGUISHED RECIPIENTS
LEADERSHIP AWARD
Dr. Ajay Virmani
President & CEO, Cargojet Corporation
 
Dr. Ajay Virmani is the President & CEO of Cargojet, Canada’s largest cargo airline. He came to Canada from India in 1975 and rose from cleaning windows to buying the company that employed him. A logistics and transportation industry leader with hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Deloitte has recognized Cargojet as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. It won Cargo Airline of the Year by Shippers Choice for thirteen consecutive years. It is the only Canadian cargo carrier full member of the International Air Transport Association and an ISO9001: 2008 Quality Certified company. Cargojet provides time-sensitive overnight services, carrying over 1,000,000 pounds across North America, utilizing a fleet of Boeing all-cargo aircraft.
 
In 2004, Dr. Virmani launched Starjet Canada, a luxurious VIP airline for corporate clients, professional sports teams and others. In June 2005, he launched an IPO with units trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He received honourary doctorate from Assumption University in Windsor. He holds MBA from the University of New York, and was the torchbearer for the 2010 Olympic Games. Dr. Virmani’s second love is film. His company Firsttake Entertainment Ltd., produced Dr. Cabbie and Breakaway, two of the highest grossing films in Canada. He produced Bollywood/Hollywood and Deepa Mehta’s Oscar nominated film Water, as well as Khiladi. Dr. Virmani is also a national and international philanthropist. He receives the 2017 Leadership Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation.
  
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Lieutenant General, Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire
O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q, M.S.C., C.D., (Rtd.)
Roméo Dallaire is a retired Lieutenant-General, former Senator, and is celebrated as a humanitarian worldwide. He ended his distinguished career in the Canadian military at the rank of Lieutenant-General and position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources-Military. His passion for child rights and protection led him to establish The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. This mission was inspired by his experience as the UN Force Commander leading the peacekeeping mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR). His account of the genocide became the subject of the book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, which was awarded the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004.
Since he le5 his appointment as a Canadian Senator in 2014, LGen Dallaire works as an author, and public speaker while continuing his research on conflict resolution and prevention, and the protectionon of child rights globally. In his most recent book, waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD, LGen Dallaire details his personal struggle with the condition, and his leadership as a mental health advocate who continuously o8ers support to other Canadian veterans who are also coping with traumatic injuries. He spends much of his time working with the Dallaire Initiative on innovative ways to assist militaries worldwide to understand the unique dynamics of the use of child soldiers. He receives the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation.
  
ENTERTAINMENT AWARD
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director
Toronto International Film Festival
Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. He is responsible for the execution of festival programming, as well as the maintaining of relationships with the Canadian and international film industries. Toronto Life has named him one of Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People four years in a row. Born in London, Bailey grew up in England and Barbados, before migrating to Canada. Prior to taking up his current position at TIFF, Bailey was a festival programmer for eleven years, and a writer as well as broadcaster dedicated to the art and business of film. He reviewed films for Toronto’s NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One and CTV’s Canada AM.
Bailey presented international cinema nightly on Showcase Television’s national program; The Showcase Revue, and has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, CineAction!, and Screen. He has curated film series for Cinematheque Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and Australia’s Sydney International Film Festival. Bailey currently sits on the Advisory Council for Western University’s School for Arts and Humanities and for Haiti’s Cine Institute film school. He is also a board member of Tourism Toronto, and he currently teaches a course in programming and curation at the University of Toronto. He receives the 2017 Entertainment Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation.

DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Heather Yang
President & CEO, Anderson College
Heather Yang is the President & CEO of Anderson College. She is also the President of Academy of Learning, located at Bay & Bloor streets in Toronto, Canada. Growing up in a family of educators, Heather always believed in the power of learning. Since the age of 10, she has witnessed and embraced entrepreneurship from her grandmother, who ran a tiny business in front of a city cinema. After arriving in Canada from China in 1999, she earned her MBA from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Heather believes that every educational institution must serve as a community where everyone inspires and gets inspired in turn.
In 2005, Heather combined her passion for education with the spirit of entrepreneurship and purchased a struggling college with only 3 students. She has since expanded to three campuses and served over 8000 students in the past 12 years. Her biggest inspiration comes from the students who change their own lives and touch their families, communities, nations and help make the world a better place. Her gratitude goes to the staff and faculty who train the students, not only for job skills, but for life skills as well. She stands on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote, which says, “Intelligence plus character; that is the goal of true education.” She receives the 2017 Development Award from the Transformation Institute For Leadership and Innovation.
  
PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE
Raj Kothari, FCPA, FCA, MBA
Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Raj Kothari is the Managing Partner for Greater Toronto at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Vice Chair of PwC Canada. He is also a member of PwC Canada’s Extended Leadership Team. Raj served as the Global Asset Management Assurance Leader as well as the National Asset and Wealth Management Leader. He is a former Board Member of PwC’s Global Service Delivery Centre in India. He graduated from the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School and obtained an MBA from CASS, (the City University Business School), London, England. He also qualified as a chartered accountant from the UK and from Canada.
Raj is very active in community advancement and has served as President of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Toronto General Western Hospital Foundation and the Toronto Region Board of Trade.  He is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Dean of the Schulich School of Business and a member of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) President’s Advisory Council. He has received many awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He receives the 2017 Transformation Award for Professional Excellence from the Transformation Institute For Leadership and Innovation.
  
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
CHIEF ERIC JOLLIFFE, O.O.M., BA, MA, CMM III
York Regional Police
Born and raised in York Region, Chief Eric Jolliffe began his career with the City of Edmonton Police Service in 1979. In 1981, he returned to York Region and joined York Regional Police. Over his 38 year career, Chief Jolliffe has served in a variety of functions. On December 13, 2010, he was appointed to Chief of Police for the department. The Chief is active in the community and under his leadership, York Regional Police has supported many community endeavours. One of the most important functions under his leadership is the International Day For the Elimination Of Racial Discrimination, which promotes harmony and diversity, while commemorating the 1960 Sharpville Massacre in South Africa.
Chief Jolliffe holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from York University.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, University of Toronto’s Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Police Leadership Program, and the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute. Chief Jolliffe also holds the designation of Certified Municipal Manager III with a Police Executive designation. In May of 2012 Chief Jolliffe received his Masters of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University. He was presented with the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police in 2015. He receives the 2017 Public Service Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation.
ENTERPRISE AWARD
ISAAC OLOWOLAFE, JR.
President & CEO, Dream Maker Corporation
 
Isaac Olowolafe, Jr., is the President & CEO of Dream Maker Corporation. A Broker of Record at the company’s real estate division, which his father, Isaac Olowolafe, Sr. founded, he established the present vertical integration, which includes Brokerage, Wealth Management, Property Management, Education, Development and Private Equity. Within the integration, Dream Maker Realty delivers buying and selling real estate; wealth creation for individuals, and wealth creation for institutions. Isaac has led over one billion dollars in real estate transactions over the years. Dream Residences at Yorkdale, his real estate development project is a $40 million project that has been completed. He has eight similar projects across the GTA, including a hotel in Brampton.
 
Top developers and brokerages such as Tridel, Milborne, Baker, Cresford, Phantom and Plaza Corporation have recognized Isaac. In 2010 he established the Dream Maker Realty and Olowolafe Scholarship at the University of Toronto. He received the Harry Jerome Business Award in 2011 and the Planet Africa Enterprise Award in 2012. In 2015, the Isaac Jr. Olowolafe Digital Media Centre was named after him, following a donation to Ryerson University. In 2016, he launched Dream Maker Ventures (DMV), a private equity firm to support businesses in all industries. Companies DMV has invested in include Hubba, SmoothPay, Client Desk, Right Blue Labs, AdHawk Microsystems and Windular. Isaac receives the 2017 Enterprise Award from the Transformation Institute For Leadership & Innovation.
 
HARMONY AWARD
ANITA BROMBERG, Executive Director
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
 
Anita Bromberg is the Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), a Crown agency that has become the leading organization dedicated to eliminating racism and maintaining harmonious relations across diverse communities. A $12 million contribution by the National Association of Japanese Canadians, matched equally by the Government of Canada, created a $24 million endowment fund, which enabled establishment of the CRFF. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Anita is a lawyer who was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1982. She is a spokesperson, lecturer, trainer and media representative on topical issues, particularly regarding racialized communities. A court expert on racism and extremism, she has also instituted and participated in intercultural outreach and educational initiatives.
 
Formerly, Anita was the National Director of Legal Affairs for B’nai Brith Canada and Human Rights Coordinator for the League of Human Rights, where she coordinated advocacy efforts and was responsible for the operation of the organization’s Anti-Hate Hotline as well as its annual report on racism. Anita is a member of the Cabinet of Canadians, an assembly of leading Canadians from industry, politics, religion, academia, and culture. A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Anita brings to her role as Executive Director at the CRRF, three decades of experience working on issues of racism and discrimination, as well as human rights, countering hate and intergroup relations. She receives the 2017 Harmony Award from the Transformation Institute For Leadership & Innovation.
 
INNOVATION AWARD
LATIQ QURESHI
President & CEO, QLogitek
Latiq Qureshi completed his post-secondary education in 1966 at Oxford University and at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. He went on to complete his education in Computer Software Sciences in 1969, specializing in computer programming, with the British Institute of Engineering Technology (B.I.E.T.), and the Queen Elizabeth College. He founded QLogitek, a company specialized in systems integration and professional services, with a staff of 200 business and technology professionals. In 2001, Microsoft Corporation recognized QLogitek as a thought leader and pioneer in delivering B2B cloud-based software as a service to a business community.
QLogitek was the sole recipient of Microsoft’s prestigious global DOT.NET award. In Canada, QLogitek revolutionized the retail and consumer packaged goods industries by connecting major retailers and their global trading partners in a way that had never been done before. As an Executive and Board Member of SEB, Mr. Qureshi is involved in the strategic direction and growth of a public Canadian company (TSXV: SEB), with a current employee base of approximately 900 and with annual revenues of over $100 million dollars. Qureshi is recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his commitment, perseverance and support for community leadership. He receives the 2017 Innovation Award from the Transformation Institute For Leadership And Innovation.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
DEBBIE DOUGLAS, , EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Debbie Douglas is the Executive Director of OCASI, the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Through her work in the NGO sector and particularly at OCASI, Ms. Douglas has highlighted issues of equity and inclusion including race, gender and others within the immigration system, and has promoted the creation of safe, welcoming spaces within the settlement and integration sector. She worked for many years in frontline, management and executive positions with community-based service agencies. As a management consultant, Ms. Douglas has worked both with Non-Governmental Organzations and public institutions on organizational development and change. A well-known face in Ontario and across Canada, She is often called upon by governments to share her expertise.
 
Ms. Douglas was a member of the provinces’ Expert Panel on Immigration, which published the report; Routes to Success, and led to the province’s first immigration legislation (2015); a member of the Income Security Reform Working Group in Ontario; Immigration and Refugee Advisory Committee of Legal Aid, and the National Settlement Council. She was the co-founder of Zami, a political and support group for LGBTI people in the early 1980’s. Douglas is the recipient of the Women of Distinction Award from YWCA Toronto; and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations Anti-Racism Award (2014), among others. She receives the 2017 Community Service Award from the Transformation Institute For Leadership & Innovation.
MEDIA AWARD
Don Barraclough
President & CEO, NationTalk Inc.
 
Don Barraclough, a proud member of the Peguis First Nation, is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of NationTalk Inc., an Indigenous economic information network. A serial social entrepreneur, he leads a dynamic group of Indigenous professionals to support the NationTalk network, which delivers much needed opportunity listings to Indigenous leaders and communities. These include employment, tenders, networking and educational events. NationTalk distributes the highly coveted Morning Brief to over 20,000 Indigenous contacts from its site, which hosts over 170,000 pages, created in over 11 years. He has implemented many programs under at the NationTalk brand, including Community Alert, Emergency Response, Community Voices, Indigenous Business and Finance Today.
 
Don and his team produced the highly successful iHope Benefit Concert in November 2016, which brought attention to suicide prevention. It featured First Nations, Inuit and Metis women, including Buffy St. Marie, Susan Aglukark and Andrea Menard. He has contributed hundreds of thousands in time and resources to regional and national marketing campaigns. He is a skilled facilitator in bridging mainstream and Indigenous sectors together. Don is a founding member of Canadians for a New Partnership, which includes former National Chiefs, Prime Ministers and other respected leaders, both Indigenous and others, working together to advance reconciliation efforts across Canada. Don receives the 2017 Media Award from the Transformation Institute For Leadership and Innovation. 
HERITAGE AWARD
Isabel Cuellar, Executive Director
Canadian Latin Heritage Association
 
Isabel Cuellar is the Executive Director of the Canadian Latin Heritage Association (CLHA). Formerly a lawyer, she was born and raised in Colombia. She created the CLHA as a non-profit organization aimed at building bridges of opportunities, furthering inclusion and promoting Latin American culture in Canada. Today, Isabel runs the largest Latin American festivalin Mississauga. The 3-day extravaganza features Latino contributions to the city’s heritage. The Mississauga Latin Festival entertains an average of 25,000 visitors. The CLHA was officially incorporated in 2014, though Isabel has served the community in Mississauga for about 10 years now, promoting festivals, Christmas celebrations, fundraising functions to support numerous causes and much more.
 

Isabel has served as the Chair of the Latin America Pavilion at Carassauga, the Festival of Cultures. She has also served as Director of the Colombia en Mississauga Festival, which is designed to celebrate the Colombian independence anniversary. She facilitated fundraising efforts regarding the 1994 and 2017 floods in Colombia. She was a member of the Latin Committee for the 2015 PanAm Games. Patient and endearing, her goal is to infuse Canadian heritage with the infectious energy of Latin American culture, engaging everyone, including children, youth and seniors with food, fun, dance, art and more. Her goal is to ensure a legacy of a brighterfutureforgenerations to come. Isabel receives the 2017 Heritage Award from the Transformation Institute For Leadership & Innovation.


PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS TRANSFORMATION AWARDS EVENTS 

 
Scott Haldane, President YMCA Canada receives the Lifetime Achievement Award
from Surjit Babra, Chariman, Skylink Group
(L-R) Guest, Dr. Steve Gupta, Innovation Award recipient and Pradeep Sood, Chairman, Highburry Canco
Justice Michael Tulloch, Recipient of the Public Service Award with Derek Luis, Former CEO, Canada National Screen Institute

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Roncy Rocks Saturday + Sale Season is Starting!

In Writing (all kinds) on June 15, 2017 at 4:41 PM
Join us for
Roncy RocksSaturday June 17 * 10 am – 8 pm
Music & Arts Fest West
The whole street of Roncesvalles Ave. will be a huge party all day Saturday!
There’ll be music, an art show, a dog show, a kids zone, a fashion show and more!

At Fresh Collective we’ll have special sale racks at our
401 Roncesvalles Ave. location
$10 – $29 – $39

Plus Toronto artist Yasmine Louis has brought in a special selection of
Roncy tanks and oversize unisex tees especially for Roncy Rocks.

The incomparable Salomé Cordeiro, the jewellery designer behind the line burfurtART will be bringing a special selection of sale jewellery from past seasons at
30 – 60 % off
just for Roncy Rocks.

And Salomé will be in the house to provide her
excellent styling advice all day long!

Saturday Roncy Rocks Special – Stock up and SAVE
on all Palette by Laura-Jean Tops!

Buy 2 get 1 FREE!*

Browse Palette tops here

* Free applies to the lowest priced item
* This is an in-store special only valid at 401 Roncesvalles and only for Saturday

In all our stores and online,
sale season is starting!

Browse a few of our latest markdowns below, and snap them up quick!
Quantities are very limited and they’ll sell out fast!

Browse all sale here

*Please note, the images below are screenshots, so the buttons and dropdown menus won’t work here.
Click on the image to shop that product in the online store.

If you’d like to shop in-store, please call 416 966 0123 to check on availability.
Not all brands are available in all locations.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend,
we hope it’s a wonderful one!

xoxox- with love from Laura-Jean, Jane, Rachel, Stef, Angela and the whole Fresh Collective family!

Please note:

After 13 wonderful years on Queen West,
that location moved to
The Beaches at 2116 A Queen Street East
as of January 2017.

Our phone number there remains the same: 416-594-1313.

Our mission statement: 

To create a fashion retail experience that is authentic, joyful, individualized, connected and empowering; providing women the best in independent designer fashion for a full and busy life.

[TPS] – Taste of Little Italy, Friday, June 16, 2017 to Sunday June 18, 2017, Road closures

In Writing (all kinds) on June 15, 2017 at 6:26 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Taste of Little Italy, Friday, June 16, 2017 to Sunday June 18, 2017, Road closures

Thursday, June 15, 20175:59 AM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The 18th annual Taste of Little Italy will be held from Friday, June 16, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017.

This three-day street festival is expected to draw approximately 250,000 people.

As a result, road closures will take place from Friday, June 16, 2017, at 6 p.m., to Monday, June 19, 2017, at 3 a.m.:

– College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street

Palmerston Boulevard, Clinton Street and Montrose Avenue, just north of College Street, will also be closed from Friday, June 16, 2017, at 3 p.m., to Monday, June 19, 2017, at 3 a.m.

This event will take place regardless of weather conditions.

TTC will not be operating within these boundaries during the road closures.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable David Shepard, 14 Division Planning/Training

There are no files attached to this release.

Reading Malcolm Gladwell

In book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Malcolm Gladwell is the Author of The Outliers - Photo Courtesy of Chapters.ca

Malcolm Gladwell is the Author of The Outliers - Photo Courtesy of Chapters.ca

I find I have been enjoying everything that Malcolm Gladwell writes. So far, I have read The Outliers, recommended to me by a former boss of mine. I have also read Blink and as I write this I’m listening to an audio ebook of The Tipping Point.

The information I have gained from Gladwell’s books has been phenomenal. His message of practice leads to perfect success in The Outliers is something that could inspire anyone. He backs up his arguments with terrific examples and it is these examples that is the key to his gift in storytelling and educating.

Whether you buy the books, whether you check the books out of the library as I have – read Malcolm Gladwell. I doubt you will be disappointed.

“Locs and Talk” – Offered at Kakonge Salon

In Writing (all kinds) on June 14, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Back in 2007, I had cut off all of my hair. This photo above is how I look today without my glasses as of Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 2:26 p.m. EDT. I used Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner and shampooed with Dr. Bronner’s peppermint shampoo, washed my skin with the citrus one, used Aveeno Intensive Care skin lotion after washing and that was it. Oh yes, I would also use during that time whatever conditioner I could find, but when I was in my 20s, I really loved Aveda products. Now I use the Rosemary Mint Aveda conditioner. The Aveda website also has a 20 percent discount going on recently for Canadian customers. I also use a selection of my oils in warmer weather and all of the oils in colder weather to deep condition my locs. My oils are featured on this site. I also recently started pre-conditioning my hair before washes with mayonnaise since Somali, Eritrean and Ethiopian people have sworn by it and told me about it for years. I also try to eat eggs at least three times a week. I have one loc in the back of my head that is past the middle of my back and I am rather tall. I walk 31 minutes at least seven days a week and I will be 45 this year.

I walk 31 minutes at least seven days a week and I will be 46 next year. Praying to be 120 – let’s hear it for medical technology! I do not colour my hair, but I do have some gray hairs. I do not plan to colour my hair. I’m not in a rush, but I actually love gray hair even on women so I plan to embrace mine.

So, the photo above is a selfie and this is a professional photo done by Caitlin Cronenberg back in 2007. This is how I looked then:

Photo Courtesy of Ben Barry Models – Caitlin Cronenberg

Now mind you, the makeup artist was a miracle worker. Literally, that beautiful makeup artist was a miracle worker.

I cannot do makeup even 0.00001% as good, however, what I can do is help you to loc (dreadlocks) and to listen to your talk. I do other things, so I am not looking to get rich from this, however, if you would be interested in locing and/or dreadlocing your hair – basically what I would be doing is getting to the spots that you cannot reach for yourself – then please email at donnamagazinewordpress@gmail.com. I will under no circumstances deal with men’s hair or anyone who has been a man. Just a policy. Sorry. Women only. Thank you. Does not matter your culture, I will do it for you and I can find a public space in order to do it as long as you book far enough in advance. I would need about one week’s notice at the minimum.

It’s a big decision. One should think about it. It is not a decision to be rushed. I did not loc until 2012 – it took five years after I cut my hair in 2007 after basically a failed locing attempt. I have been loced now for five years as well, going on six, and this is actually my third attempt at locing that worked out.

Again, if interested, please contact donnamagazinewordpress.com. Please see my page on this site for my books and audiobooks for a list of the number of items I have related to the politics of hair.

 

 

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