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Welcome to Black History Month…

February 3, 2014

Okay, so it’s Black History month again. (Man, where did January go already?)

Let’s see how that ole bug-a-boo called ‘black representation’ is going these days in Halifax. I picked up the Halifax Metro on the way back from the supermarket. Let’s get a random sampling of the zeitgeist.

Let’s see – there’s a black man on the upper right-hand corner of the front page. Not surprising, its Superbowl champion MVP Malcolm Smith.

Page two has an ad featuring the Porter Airlines’ racoon. Page three has Shubenacadie Sam, the groundhog who saw his shadow. Page four has a picture of a dog and a story about the cruelty of leaving your dog outside in the winter.

There’s a full page ad of Beckham in boxer shorts for H&M on page 7.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (heroin overdose), Woody Allen (alleged sex abuser), and the Dalai Lama (smiling, as usual) take up page 8.

Surely there are black people somewhere else in today’s newspaper! Someone who doesn’t play football.

There they are! Bruno Mars and Queen Latifa. Our Superbowl pre-game and half-time entertainers.

Page 18 has two more Black musicians. And page 19 has a full-page ad for TD Bank celebrating Black History Month with a painting of two almost faceless ‘Black folk’ from what looks like could be old Africville in the north-end of Halifax. Pretty gloomy environment. They look sad.

Ah, but then we get to the Sports section and there is a picture of Justine Colley from Saint Mary’s #2 nationally ranked female basketball team. she’s Black. And page 21 has a picture of Denver Bronco’s Knowshon Moreno (Black) being tackled by 5 or 6 black men from the Seattle Seahawks.

Well, there you have it folks. Athletes and singers and poor Black folk. Representing. Black History Month.

My how the times have changed.  



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