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Raptors Toy with Emotions, Tackle Critics
2 years ago

Raptors Toy with Emotions, Tackle Critics

The dust has finally settled on the Toronto Raptors 2015/16 season. With everything said and done within this tumultuous campaign, the Raps remained relevant well into May. It’s the month usually relegated to pre-draft preparations, murmurs of firing the head coach and potential off-season free agent acquisitions. This spring, however, proved to be one of excitement and intrigue in the 6ix. Read More

Eastern Commerce Laid to Rest as The Best
2 years ago

Eastern Commerce Laid to Rest as The Best

By definition, the word gentrification describes the process of renewing and rebuilding by infusing the affluent, or middle-class, into a deteriorating urban area, thereby displacing its own residents. Such is the case of Toronto’s Regent Park, where, since 2005 residents have been slowly ushered out of their dwellings to make way for the “New Toronto” order, like Tory Lanez would say. Read More

Fear of an Urban Planet
2 years ago

Fear of an Urban Planet

The sweltering and unrelenting heat of the beautiful twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago juxtaposed itself as the backdrop of my Super Bowl weekend. The soundtrack: hard-driving, fast-paced Afro-Indo influenced soca music – the driving force of carnival season. Unlike hip-hop, soca is one genre seemingly oblivious to one of the most important sports weekends in North America. Read More

4 Things About 2015
2 years ago

4 Things About 2015

There are only a few rappers that motivate me. The list is fairly short. That’s not to say that rappers not mentioned aren’t in heavy rotation on my playlist. There’s more to it.

Nas, Jadakiss, Tupac, Jay Z and B.I.G. have an uncanny way of elevating my mind state, while removing me from the social confines that life’s daily nuances and mellow-dramatic subplots may provide.

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Soul Brothers
2 years ago

Soul Brothers

As the son of a first generation Trinidadian Canadian, born in the concrete suburbia of Toronto, I was raised in an era where the NHL’s hapless Toronto Maple Leafs struggled to maintain competitive relevance and where the Edmonton Oilers wielded insurmountable dominance. Read More

Dog Days, Blue Jays and Better Days …
2 years ago

Dog Days, Blue Jays and Better Days …

Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t.

That’s what Hov told us on “Reminder”.

Some things in life, we can easily depend on. Our dependence on the expected is a natural …
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Three Things This Summer
2 years ago

Three Things This Summer

First things first, my apologies to my readers – I know you have been yearning for the latest release of your favourite column. After being thrust into the abyss affectionately known to me as my summer, I’ve finally been able to sit back, reflect and collect my thoughts on a number of events that have transpired in the sports and entertainment industry. Read More

The CFL’s Newest Hustler
3 years ago

The CFL’s Newest Hustler

It’s great to be pleasantly surprised.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to cover the launch of the new CFL season. For those less inclined, and not aware of one of the oldest professional football league in North America, that acronym refers to the Canadian Football League.  Read More

5 Things About the 2015 NBA Playoffs
3 years ago

5 Things About the 2015 NBA Playoffs

Thank God for the Internet. It gives the average Joe a platform from which they can throw some words together in somewhat of a structured format to belittle, berate and bemuse the average professional athlete. Having been a former pro athlete myself, I tend to write from a different lens. But, through my lens I’m able to see the greatness and the beauty that is NBA basketball. Read More

Change Gonna Come
3 years ago

Change Gonna Come

Having been thrust full-throttle into this year’s first round of the NBA playoffs, it has become apparent that the youth movement has manifested itself in full-blossomed effect. The names of yesteryear are still under-whelmingly active and present, however a new breed of hungry superstars has hastily threatened to stake their claim as contenders to the proverbial throne.  Read More