poor chris brown

November 17, 2009

Chris Brown is upset at Oprah for speaking out against violence against women. He even dared to bring up (on Larry King) that he performed for Oprah’s school in Africa as if she now owes him one (and should support him). We need people like Chris Brown in this world to remind us of how not to behave when we are wrong – his self-centred, faux-victim stance is so common in society yet so public this time that you can’t help but reflect on it.

This is the brand of person that we are raising today – too much ego, never wrong, never actually contrite or accountable. And it’s fascinating how much of society immediately feels sorry for the abuser, especially if they are a celebrity. Everyone requires time for discomfort and to reflect on what they have done – please give them that time. Good for Oprah for not backing down as she is apt to do to protect one of her own. Sometimes you stand up and call a fool a fool.


don’t bow to pressure

November 17, 2009

So, the conservatives in the U.S. don’t like that Obama showed cultural courtesy and bowed when meeting the Japanese emperor. They feel that Americans should bow to no one. It shows weakness. Stop being stupid conservative republicans – y’all are exactly the reason that Americans have such a bad name across the world. I guess it’s good to be consistent, though.

ghost trees

November 16, 2009

Angela Palmer had an idea for an art instalment as an environmental protest. Ghana has lost 90% of its rain-forest over the last 50 years. Ghost Forest is a stark reminder of the devastating effects of uncontrolled logging and the repercussions of unfettered greed.

floods in burkina faso

November 15, 2009

Burkina Faso on Africa’s west coast has experienced devastating floods in September with over 150,000 people homeless. In stark contrast, I recently attended a benefit concert organized by Amadou Kienou, a beautiful man and wonderful drummer from Burkina.

It was wonderful to see so many people that night and I expect a good sum was raised for flood relief. The dancing got started with Baro Dundunba who played a couple of beautifully melodic rhythms from Cuba and Haiti and of course Kon and Bada. Many strong people indeed. Amadou turned the heat up even higher with some incredible jembe and tama solos. It was fire time.


November 11, 2009

Today remember that war is wrong except in the most exceptional circumstances. Remember that war is horrific for its participants and for its victims but also for its victors who remember too well their unnatural acts.

Remember that most armies are made from civilians forced to fight. Remember that this is a sensitive and complex issue and both sides can be debated effectively. Remember our freedom from not being at war. Remember that veterans are often shunned by the very governments and armies that incited them to give everything to the cause.


November 10, 2009

You’ve been in our mind lately – especially last night. I hope you enjoyed our time together. I know we did.