Saturday, May 24, 2014


The young people of 2014 seem bewitched by and beholden to the media. They live and die by celebrity-tweets, they worship "idols" and waste time watching "The Voice," "America's Got Talent," "Dancing With The Stare," etc. And that's during the time they manage to extricate themselves from their smartphones and other devices.

#TheVoiceKidsPhilippines is a top-trending topic worldwide on twitter. Harmless entertainment crafted by "big brother media" to pacify the masses, keep their minds occupied. Nonetheless, true talent, exceptional artistry and real creativity in raw form, un-embellished by the unblinking eye of teevee, still exist: the young poets and revolutionaries of this time, this moment in history are embracing modern media, and I want you to experience one!
Filmon Bereket, 17, a Grade 11 student at Monarch Park Collegiate in Toronto's east end, recites a poem he wrote for his school's Black History Month assembly after attending an inspiring conference for black youth at Ryerson University last winter. Full story ("African Heritage Educators Network celebrates young black achievers in a time of crisis")in The Toronto Star.

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