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Stories by Glenville Ashby/Contributor

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 5:51 AMGlenville Ashby/Contributor

There is something heady, almost intoxicating about being called a spiritual healer. There are online courses on self-healing and healing others. In the pentecostal and charismatic movements, the faithful secretly and openly desire the many...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:18 AMGlenville Ashby/Contributor

I walked awkwardly around the circle. It was more challenging than imagined. Circle walking or Turning the Circle requires balance, concentration and impeccable footwork. Frustrated, I stopped and lowered my arms, calling a time-out. Tina Zhang, my...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:16 AMGlenville Ashby/Contributor

We could pretend it doesn’t exist or it’s in its last throes of relevance. We could marginalise it and chalk it up to mere ignorance. Of course, we would all like to believe in the idyll. Sadly, black self-loathing and disunity have more legs than...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:21 AMGlenville Ashby/Contributor

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition defines culture as shared patterns of behaviours and interactions, cognitive constructs and understanding that are learned by socialisation. According to Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:27 AMGlenville Ashby/Contributor

Every action, every programme or solution presented to a people must have an identifiable good on a collective level. Every action or behaviour is either constructive or destructive. If you can tell me the good that abortion brings to the black...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:26 AMGlenville Ashby/Contributor

Seeing our black boys posing and sauntering through in public with their underwear exposed might be ignored as just another passing fashion statement, offensive as it might be. And hearing the repeated use of the word ‘nigga’ in everyday colloquy (...

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