Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted 

Although racism and discrimination is rampant, I remain steadfast and confident that the best way to change the world is to change and grow yourself. I was moved by my cousin Cazhhmere’s newest project “Deeply Rooted”. It’s a documentary film that chronicles her perspective of growing up as an Indigenous African Canadian living and growing up in multi-cultural Toronto with deep Canadian family roots in Halifax. Although Cazhhmere made her mark as a hip-hop urban music video producer the future is bright for her film making career as well. I’ve never been more proud to be Canadian feel blessed and thankful to be born a citizen multi-generations deep.

(Left) Cazhhmere Downey, Direct or Die Creative (Right) Jerome  Downey, DMF Energy Inc. January 28th, 2017 (Toronto,ON)

February 1st, 2017 

Statement by Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada on Black History Month http://bit.ly/2kh7qhY

Thoughts On Canadian Values 

Canada is a sanctuary to the arts, we see the world through a different lens, we are the crown jewel of the Royal British Monarchy, it’s land vast, resources endless it is said that by the year 2100 there could be over 100 million Canadians. I think the most important Canadian value and document we have as citizens is encapsulated in the Constitution Act of 1982 and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As Canadians we should move beyond race, religion, class and gender.

Nationalism, regionalism and identity politics after 30+ years still dominate and divide us within the political narrative. I think collectively we need to remember Canada’s Progressive Conservative roots. As citizens we need to empower and protect our individual freedoms. The world needs Canada to be a strong leader and will never reach our true potential if we promote a culture of entitlement, dependence and mediocrity.This type of thinking is dangerous and should be thwarted. 

Halifax Citadel: Historic Site of Canada

With the outbreak of WW1, few blacks were serving in the Canadian military because of the racial attitudes prevalent at the time. Initially, some blacks attempted to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, but most were rejected. The Department of Militia and Defense’s policy towards recruitment was to defer to the judgement of the individual commanding officer, and since many held deeply ingrained beliefs about the inferiority of blacks, very few were accepted. 
 
 via Parks Canada. http://bit.ly/24LSVEF
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The Future of Personal Development

With every negative so comes a positive, this is the universal law of nature and can’t be thwarted. Coming to terms with this reality is extremely important and something that I’ve taken a great deal of time to research, understand and implement within my own life a system and lifestyle that embodies this sort of balance. 

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Having vision without purpose you are just a boat tossing in the sea however with Determination, Motivation and Focus you can create and cast your sail to discover wherever your heart leads. The case load of work I have is extensive and only recently have had the time to work through many of the files because of my travels the last 3-5 years  however with a more solid foundation and credibility behind me I’m looking forward to getting through and addressing each one. I’ve categorized my GTD (Get Things Done) list into 5 categories for simplicity (Legal, Business, Non-Profit, Personal, and Government). When these files are updated the real fun and adventure can start, however until then I’ll make my way through each one. Before you can explore the world, you must first build your wings with personal development so that you may fly safely to your destination.  


I really believe the following  Jim Rohn quote below embodies the future of Personal Development and Mental Health, it strikes a great balance between self-reliance and mutual co-operation something we surely could use a lot more of. 

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Supporting JaBig’s Journey

Since 2011 when I discovered DJ JaBig he’s been playing some of the soundtracks to my life. Mostly during the working hours of the day or deep into the evening his range of musical taste matches mine during the softer times when one’s imagination and writing flow needs space to grow. It wasn’t until recently that I learned just how cool and adventurous he really was. Currently he is riding his bike across Canada,  playing DJ gigs and sharing his love of music. Recently Shia LaBeouf made the news for standing in an elevator for 24 hours, although I think he’s a legit good actor his “stunt” is no match in terms of Art & Life than this journey and Guinness World Record being attempt by Canadian JaBig.  To learn more about him and his journey click map image below or visit www.jabigjourney.com.

Photo Credit: Magda M https://www.facebook.com/Magdalena.M.Photographer

Photo Credit: Magda M

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His  Youtube channel has well over 300,000 subscribers, and his classical/house mixes at times range from 50,000 views to well over 2,000,000  in today’s digital age where contributions and connections are made through the web just as easily as in person I think JaBig is a tremendous asset to the world, the fact we share a flag as fellow Canadians is a bonus and should give us all a sense of pride. #JaBigJourney

House of Cards

I like Suits, House of Lies, The Goodwife, eagerly anticipating my friends Sonja O’Hara & Jaspal Binning latest project Official: Doomsday and haven’t watched Blood & Oil  yet but it’s high on the list. However House of Cards  still remains my favorite show right now, next to Boss it is the best modern political drama of the last decade. 

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Great Thought Leader: Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c.February 1818[3] – February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist,orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory[4] and incisive antislavery writings. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.[5][6] Even many Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.[7]

Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879. George K. Warren. (National Archives Gift Collection) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #: 200-FL-22 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 113

Frederick Douglass was born in a slave cabin, in February, 1818, near the town of Easton, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Separated from his mother when only a few weeks old he was raised by his grandparents. At about the age of six, his grandmother took him to the plantation of his master and left him there. Not being told by her that she was going to leave him, Douglass never recovered from the betrayal of the abandonment. When he was about eight he was sent to Baltimore to live as a houseboy with Hugh and Sophia Auld, relatives of his master. It was shortly after his arrival that his new mistress taught him the alphabet. 8

Frederick Douglass embodied these three keys for success in life:

  • Believe in yourself.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity.
  • Use the power of spoken and written language to effect positive change for yourself and society.

 

 

Beyond The “Political Message”

Recently, “Barack Obama made reference to Kanye West best known album:  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy— Saying, that’s what’s known as being ‘”off-message”’ in politics, “you can’t say things like that. There are a lot of people who have lost their Congressional Caucus seats saying things like that.”  There is no doubt Obama is correct and his public response showed his legendary charm, tone and calm delivery and had everyone smiling. However beyond the obvious comedic element of the story there is a real question to ask,  where do we draw the line on what is politically and not politically correct in 2015. Donald Trumps current presidential run would make a great case study on the subject, when asked if he took exception to being compared to Hitler, his response was, he didn’t mind…..

 

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is good for you

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphin’s, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphin’s promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
  • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
  • For more Information on the benefits of laughter visit. www.helpguide.org

Mad Men: Healthy Relationship Lessons

Music, Life and Business Lessons From The 1950’s  

Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Intelligence this is the next frontier in Human Capitalplatters Training and Business Development. If you are going to have a strong team in the field, you must be able to work together safely.There needs to be a strong sense of purpose, respect, love and individual boundaries.

Ross Rosenberg has successfully built a business and value chain of service by explaining the impossible. His lessons, research and educational experience has made him a contemporary leader in in the psychology field regarding dynamic and powerful human connections. The following group The Platters song was played during one of his presentations explaining a subject on emotional intelligence, I suppose the the irony is topics that were important in the 1950’s remain just as important now in 2015. 

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