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Stories by Dr Glenville Ashby

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

I was dazed for a moment, unable to make sense of the many scenes that just flashed before me. I was not dreaming nor was I delusional.Newspapers surrounded me. And again, I reflected on all that I read, stitching together the avalanche of...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

With assuredness and poise during live performances, when it matters most, Ariana Grande clearly emerges as the compelling female vocalist of today.Her performance of No Tears left to Cry at the Live Lounge could sway any naysayer.One of her songs,...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Much has been written about the unsurpassed accomplishments of Marcus Garvey.Historians, sociologists and cultural critics have all explored how one man was able to successfully navigate choppy waters and emerge bruised but triumphant. Little,...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The Transatlantic slave trade was unique, not because of the millions raped and killed, but because it served as the economic lifeline of every global power today.From the Americas to...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"In this era of political correctness, your very thoughts are vetted by self-appointed moral arbiters; but you need not worry if what you think and write is sanctioned by your sacred traditions."Glenville AshbyLike the proverbial chameleon, Western...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depressed, they would ask one of (these) questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"You have a strong attachment to the traditions handed on by your ancestors. It is legitimate to be grateful to your forebears who passed on this sense of the sacred, belief in a single God who is good, a sense of celebration, esteem for the moral...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"Without commerce and industry a people perish economically. The negro is perishing because he has no economic system."- Marcus GarveyToday, as it did in 1571, Africa is faced with an existential crisis, the likes that threatens to culturally and...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

A couple of years ago, I began psychoanalytic training and it required that I undergo personal analysis (therapy).This was a giant step for me, having spent my formative years in Trinidad where family therapy, marital counselling, and related...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

The Psychology of oppression - Why it is important to challenge the myths surrounding slavery (The Sunday Gleaner, July 8, 2018) stirred widespread interest among readers.Of the many emails I received, there was one that more than stood out, an...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Christian leader Pat Robertson insulted our ancestors when he blamed the 2010 Haitian earthquake on voodoo. Not a single black pastor responded. Shameful.Psychologists, sociologists, historians and students of slavery in the Americas must add Fred...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

This is the conclusion of an interview with educator and author Dr Fred Kennedy.In your book 'Daddy Sharpe' there is confusion among slaves, particularly those born in Africa. When presented with Christianity they resisted, while other slaves (...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Dr Kennedy, you have written extensively about 'Daddy Sharpe', what does that name mean to you?The Honourable Samuel Sharpe, deservedly one of Jamaica's seven national heroes, represents for us the greatness of our people. He exhibited the qualities...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Since time immemorial, death, an inexhaustible, implacable enemy, has stalked and devoured mankind. A sworn enemy,...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

As a critic, I have been fortunate to receive books from the boundless talent in the region.Recently, a young writer sent me material that while exemplary on many levels, included an assertion that, in my opinion, yearned for clarity. In fact, her...

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Religion has been criticised for its zealotry, unyielding orthodoxy and blindness to reason.Of religious sins, especially religion-fuelled wars, we are by now desensitised. But there is one religious intransigence, one dogma so insidious, that we...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

There is an originality and near indescribable authenticity to paganism. It reflects an instinctive and natural way of paying homage to the universal energy of which we are part, and echoes the wise words of Cicero: "Everything is alive; everything...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Good day, readers. This week, we respond to another reader's question.Hello, Mr Francis,I have been reading your articles in The Sunday Gleaner now for quite a while. I find it very informative and I have been able to learn a lot from it. Now I...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Most meditative postures are sourced from the East, the most popular being the lotus pose. The 'lotus', as it is popularly called, requires some degree of flexibility as the practitioner is required to sit on the...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:30 AMDr Glenville Ashby

“When you implore your God for help, be prepared to do the heavy lifting.” - Glenville Ashby The Lord’s Prayer is arguably the most recited supplication in Christianity. It is referred to by Marshall Connelly of Catholic Online...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

Psychiatrist Frantz Fanon explored the conscious and unconscious forces behind colonialism.In his seminal works, Black Skin White Masks and Wretched of the Earth, Fanon describes the psychic brutality that racism unleashes...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

You never know what the day brings. It is 7 a.m. and I am sharing a few photos with a trusted friend, photos I received from Ghana.He stared at them, intently. There was one photo that stood out, for good reason. It showed a white edifice...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

There is nothing to fear beyond death because there is nothing there to fear, not even the consciousness of nothingness.- LucretiusThe living at least know that they will die, but the dead know...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

"It is not only a matter of rooting out cruelty directed to those least able to defend themselves and most in need of compassion. It is a timely reminder that mass rallies and television and mail-order technology permit...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Glenville Ashby

While Christian apologists are busy defending the historical, theological and evidential bases of their faith, the Church continues to crumble from within.Its moral failures have impeded its ability to ably address social problems without sounding...

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