NEW YORK (AP) - Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in Beloved, Song Of Solomon and other works transformed American letters by dramatising the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that Morrison died on Monday night (Aug 5) at Montefiore Medical Centre in New York. Morrison's family issued a statement through Knopf saying she died after a brief illness. "Toni Morrison passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends," the family announced. "The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing." Few authors rose in such rapid, spectacular style. She was nearly 40 when her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published. By her early 60s, after just six novels, she had become the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, praised … [Read more...] about World mourns the death of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison
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FLORIDA: A piece of paper in the backpack of Bob Marley's grandson.See, that's how this all began. One afternoon in 2014, Cedella Marley, Bob's eldest daughter with his wife Rita, was handed a flier by her son, Skip, after he came home from school. The flier was from Skip's football coach, and it asked parents to consider donating money to resurrect Jamaica's women's football team.Cedella was startled. She lives outside Miami but is still royalty in Jamaica, leading Tuff Gong, the record label her father started, as well as the foundation named for him. She made some calls. Turned out, the women's football team hadn't existed for much of the previous four years because the country's football federation cut the funding.There were still girls youth teams, sure, but no senior national team that could try to represent the country at the Olympics or the Women's World Cup.Cedella bristled. Was it a football thing? she asked. Nope. The men's team, known as the Reggae Boyz, had its funding … [Read more...] about How Bob Marley’s daughter saved Jamaican football
As the credits roll for the last time, realization sets in during that special “work leave” you set aside for viewing. You’ve spent almost a decade of your life raving, ranting, and obsessing over Game of Thrones. You probably also noticed that they finally included lyrics (ominous chanting counts) to the famous theme song composed by Ramin Djawadi. There may be several prequels and spin-offs in the pipeline but it won’t be the same. As you bid farewell to the main storyline and the characters you’ve invested in (well, not too much since the series is known for killing off your faves), you may start thinking about your new raison d'être. Don’t be that guy who wasted his time putting up a petty petition demanding the showrunners to rewrite the entirety of season eight. While discourse and criticism is always welcome to truly appreciate the source material without the blinders on, don’t go full toxic out of grief. You’re … [Read more...] about 11 ways to cope after the Game of Thrones finale
It was arguably the best Premier League season in history. The battle between Liverpool and Manchester City came down to the final Sunday of the campaign and required City to win their final 14 games of the season to hold on to their one-point lead and retain their crown. Liverpool finished second with the third-highest point total in Premier League history, while City held on for dear life and survived with one of the most impressive stretch runs you'll ever see.Jurgen Klopp & Co won't be too heartbroken if they win the Champions League on Jun 1, of course, but let's cheer them and the rest of the league by handing out arbitrary awards. Back in December, I went around the Premier League and gave out superlatives for everything from best substitute to most tired managerial storyline.Let's go back to the well and hand out awards for the full season. I've narrowed down the categories a bit, but with a full season of data to work with, I've expanded the results from … [Read more...] about Winners and losers from the Premier League’s best season
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?