Black Community and Metro Toronto Police

I recently wrote a 2000 word essay on the relationship between the black community and Metro Toronto police.  Don’t worry I’ll give you the short version of my argument.

Most people in North America are aware that black people and police aren’t the best of friends.  In my essay I address some of variables that influence the relationship between these two groups.

Variables such as the media and history of slavery tend to play a tremendous role in creating what I call a “defensive atmosphere”.  It is my opinion that the media doesn’t necessarily flatter black people.  Most of the blacks are covered for crime, at least this seems to be the opinion of black citizens of Toronto.  This in combination with the tragic history of slavery creates tension among the blacks and police.

That’s all i got today folks…its been pretty dry hah!


– Gardener

Pending Release Party March 28th, 2013

Pending Release Party March 28th, 2013

Now I have been on staged before, but I have never planned and performed at my own show.  This is first one and I tell you what, this is stressful as hell.  In between writing a 10 page paper, working full time and memorizing my lyrics (hey I barely listen to my own music by the way), it is very taxing.  Even as I write this now, in between editing my research paper, I struggle to keep my eyes open.

People always seem to say to me though “Dwayne you work hard and that’s admirable”.  I wish sometimes that I didn’t to do all that I am doing.  Life would sometimes be easier just having no drive, know what I mean?

But anywhoo this is about my performance.  I am pretty nervous,,,mainly due to the fact I have no idea who is going to show.  Obviously I rather not have to perform for my mother and my brother alone, I could do that at home.  Another reason is I want people to witness the work i have put into this record.  Numerous late nights, and $$$ have been spent on this entire project and isn’t always better to share the fruit of your work with the masses?

Your probably not going to even read this until after the show (that is where I will announce this website).  Wish me luck! Or rather nevermind because it’s already over huh?

– Gardener

Japanese Anime

It is a love I have had for a long time.  The first anime I watched was Dragonball.  Watching Goku on his adventures, I quickly developed a fondness for Japanese Anime.  I later grew up to watching Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT.

The first anime movie I watched was Ninja Scroll.  This movie is one of my all time favourites.  I’ve probably seen it over 50 times.  The animation is classic, along with the compelling storyline, which keeps the audience engaged at all times.

One of my favourite anime show as of right now is Naruto (2002).  I am pretty confident that this show is a big deal over in Japan.  There are over 400 episodes and I have seen them all, some episodes I’ve seen two, three or four times.  I think with anime its the plot and animation that gets me so engaged.  North American cartoons can be so tame, while the Japanese don’t water down their “cartoons”.  I think maybe that is why I liked them growing up.  They were raw and uncut, even though they are intend for a teen/adult audience.

If you have any suggestions for good animes drop a comment and let me know.  I am always discovering new ones.

Honourable Mentions: Inuyasha, Macross Plus, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, Bleach, Escaflowne, Afro Samurai (American, but influenced by Japanese Anime).