I go by the name of Asabagna Alatentou, "Asa" for short. I took this name as my African/Spiritual name when I went on a pilgrimage to West Africa in 1997. I visited Senegal, The Gambia and Ghana. "Asabagna" means "hunter" and I received that name during a naming ceremony when I visited a village in northern Ghana. "Alatentou" is Mandingo for "God is gracious" and I received that name from a village Griot in Senegal. I was born in England and my parents are of Jamaican heritage. I spent most of my formative years in Jamaica, but grew up primarily in Toronto Canada. I currently live in Ottawa, the national capital of Canada. I am professionally employed, married, 2 wonderful kids and regularly attend a Pentecostal church. I am a born-again Christian. I do not consider myself conservative or liberal, right-wing or left-wing, centrist etc., or any of the multiple categories that society likes to confine and define people by. However, I do have strong views, beliefs and opinions but I also consider myself open to listening and contemplating other viewpoints. I am a firm believer that "if you don't believe in something, you will fall for anything".
Asabanga…great to see you back! This video is so, so interesting. There are so many parallels to the US (as was your point, I’m sure). Mind if I use it for a post I’m working on? With attribution of course – because I probably never would have found it, if not for your post! 😀
I sat transfixed, waiting to find out if Ali won the regional elections or not! And while one constituent hoped he’d be France’s Obama, I’m cautiously optimistic that he will not be (given their different backgrounds, different life experiences and most importantly, it seems he, unlike Obama, seems to be “walking his talk” for the marginalized – and his supporters believe it). Obama, using his supposed, “community organizing” gambit, pretended to care about marginalized Black folk in Grove Parc. Most Black folk believed him (many still do!). But it was only “talking the talk,” political expediency for him.
I have too many comments on the video itself to post here! I’ll try to address each one as I compare and contrast in my post – whenever I get it done! Thanx again for posting this…
Hey Sis Deb! You can certainly use the video for your post. I claim no ownership of it as I found it on Aljazeera myself. Like you I found it fascinating. Black/African people all over the world face a struggle for dignity.
Please let me know when you finish your post. I’d love to read it!
“You can certainly use the video for your post. I claim no ownership of it as I found it on Aljazeera myself.”
I know, but I tell you, it feels like I’ve never got enough time to check out all there is – you saved me a few clicks!
Either that, or it was supposed to come to me for my post, cuz the exact fact that, no matter where I turn, “Black/African people all over the world face a struggle for dignity,” (something so easily accorded those who deserve it the least) – has been weighing mightily on my head and heart.
I will certainly let you know when it’s done (next in line, after another thing that I’ve been trying to wrap my head around! which unexpectedly blind-sided me). Shan’t be long! 😀
Please let me know when you finish your post. I’d love to read it!”
Part 1 is done my friend…