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12 December, 2017

LET'S TAKE A DEEP BREATH . . . . . .

In turbulent and uncertain times and even in a world that seems to be operating from an "upside down" position, there is always space for a healthy debate --- a space within which an intelligent discourse abides, where words are measured, and the exercise of civility  --  which extinguishes the morbid flames of divisiveness

08 December, 2017

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) BRINGS IN EXPERTS TO EXPLORE MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES, THEIR ACCESS TO WEALTH AND HIGH QUALITY HEALTH RESOURCES AND BULLYING AND VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS ON 9 DECEMBER 2017




SAN FRANCISCO, CA (USA) – 8 December  2017 –  Does our access to high quality physical and mental resources and support services and the quality of health care  we receive from medical professionals and institutions based on our race, our zip code, our gender,    and whether we are rich or poor?   Do marginalized communities have it all wrong when it comes to creating and transferring wealth and estate planning?   We send our children to school to get an education not realizing we may be sending them into a war zone.  Reading, writing, and arithmetic are not the only things going on in school these days.  Bullying and violent attacks is a fact of life at school – and it cuts across ethnic and socio-economic lines.  How do we teach our children peace?





On Saturday, 9 December 2017, IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® (www.gumboforthesoulinternational.com), courtesy of the TRIBE Family Channel™ Network is bringing in a team of experts with answers, beginning at 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.):



·         Alan D. Brown, Ph.D., an award-winning sociologist and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut who is fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch and focuses on Medical Sociology and Population Determinants of Health, Social Inequalities and Conflict, Criminal Justice Policy, Community Building and Relationship Building.







·         Finance and Tax Guru Mr. Steven Hutchinson who also is the host of Financial Intelligence, a blog talk radio show which airs on the TRIBE Family Channel ™ Network (www.gumboforthesoulinternational.com).





·         Mr. Rize Lamont McGill, an educator and Psychosocial Rehabilitation worker who launched an Anti-Bullying and Teen Suicide Initiative, a component of which is a book he has authored entitled, “Can’t Stop Crying” which is available on Amazon.com.  He also focuses on professional development at Time To Teach, Inc. where he assists educators with classroom management.





So, grab your favorite beverage, relax in your favorite chair, and listen in to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® (www.gumboforthesoulinternational.com) on Saturday, 9 December 2017 from 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 4:30 P.M.   Audience participation is encouraged.  Questions and comments can be posed to Alan D. Brown, Ph.D., Mr. Steven Hutchinson, and Mr. Rize Lamont McGill by dialing 347-539-5825.



              The IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® blog talk radio show is produced and aired by The TRIBE Family Channel™ Network on the second Saturday of each month from 14 October 2016 through 10 March 2018.  It is hosted by Diane A. Sears, who is the Managing Editor of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Journal (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com) and the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day (www.internationalmensday.com).

07 December, 2017

SLAVERY CONTINUES: MR. LETHUKUTHULA NKOMO

As our young men run out of ideas and patience, feel dejected and rejected due to economic and political challenges in their respective countries there has been an option that has become almost a tradition especially in economically shaky and politically unstable countries in Africa, countries such as Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, Malawiv, Gambia, Senegal and others.

The young men and women are left with only this option of “jumping” over the borders for “greener pastures’ on the other side, into other neighboring countries that look promising and more caring for their citizens. Some further try their luck and look beyond the seas and oceans. Most of these young men walk for days and weeks and months through countries to reach seaports where the organized syndicates who make millions of US dollars out of this illicit human trafficking business await them like crocodiles in the dry last part of the winter where the thirsty animals have two options: drink quickly and leave or be a meal, depending on your luck. Most of these young men are paid for by their relatives who managed to cross over and settled in their new refuge countries, mainly in Europe.

The journey from their respective countries to the ports (which are transit points)or cities is a very dangerous and unpredictable one. They risk being mauled by the wild animals as they walk through the parks, risk being robbed by thugs, risk being arrested by authorities for illegally encroaching, risk being captured by the organized criminal syndicates who take advantage of their desperation, force them into slavery and work them for months if not years. Impoverished relatives back home would never know the fate of their children and relatives again. No contacts, no connections. These hopeless and hapless young men are stripped of their rights to liberties, right to protection, rights to dignity and rights to basic needs such as decent shelter, clean water and food. They are tortured, beaten up, work throughout days and nights without rest. Some shot dead for failing to adhere to the draconian syndicate rules. The sick are left in the deserts to die of hunger, heat, pain, exhaustion, wounds, starvation, stress and fatigue, having been tortured first and left dying. The notorious country known this far is Libya. Libya never stopped slave trade.


As recent as 1930 Libyans were selling slaves at five pounds each. Since the unrest that saw the toppling and the murder of the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi ,Libya has been on autopilot. Different portions of the country are controlled by different conflicting militia groups who had together fought the Gaddafi regime but later failed to reach mutual power sharing agreements. This resulted in a civil war that has caused chaos leading to a total collapse of the government. During Muammar Gaddafi era the economy was flourishing, many young men from far deeper inlands such as Nigeria, Somalia,Senegal,Gambia and others therefore used to immigrate into Libya and work for their families? When the Gaddafi regime fell, the chaos that ensued caught these helpless immigrants unawares and without a functional legal and justice system in place these immigrants became exposed to inhuman treatment, captured by the these military gangs and force-worked in the mines for no pay, exposed them to inhuman and barbaric conditions no one ever imagined. The lucky ones who make it to the shores are captured and packed into smuggling boats which are generally not so conducive for public transport, packed like sardines or “ like goats” as the Nigerian president describes it, these human beings face another pack of challenges: due to overloading these ships often capsize and many drown in the sea every year, these people risk infections as they are lumped together for days and weeks with those seeking medical attention. Unbearable high temperatures and humidity become a living hell.

According to the International Organization For Immigrants, about 3000 young men and women died on the way over the past 4 years. And those who make to the other side of the sea face yet another nightmare. They are handed over to yet other syndicates who contact the relatives of these young men for a ransom. If their demands are not met in the “ land of milk and honey.” These people are sold to brothels as sex slaves, raped and some sold as slaves. The untold suffering endured by the survivors leaves permanent psychological scars that traumatize them for the rest of their lives. Some opt never to return back home fearing for the same excruciating experience on their way back after visiting their home countries. Many family members involuntarily break away forever, some never to be heard about again. The unfortunate ones perish on the way, either killed or succumb to natural elements. Surely no sane individual would want to experience that again! The same experience is endured by young men mainly from Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe who are intercepted by the white farmers in South Africa on their way to major cities such as Johannesburg, Durban and Capetown ,who force them work on their farms for months and then hand them over to authorities, without having paid them, for deportation back to their respective countries.


I however want to thank South African government which is doing its best to curb this and we are getting less and less of such unfortunate cases. Slavery is silently happening on many African soils but due to poor policing systems and due to political turmoils in some regions its difficult to detect, identify and terminate and bring the perpetrators to book. We therefore kindly call upon international and regional associations and bodies such as African Union, Arab League, European Union, Commonwealth and United Nations to take swift and immediate actions to investigate Libya and like countries, arrest and dismantle all these syndicates and arrest everyone connected to these barbaric systems and set all young men and women who might be hidden in some farming and mining areas and detention camps around Africa free. The scope should not focus on Libya alone! In Libya alone its estimated that about 400 000 to 1000 000 immigrants are either in detention camps or somewhere doing slave work.

Our challenges in Africa has been lack of political zeal and will to act timeously on matters of human rights and abuse. We have witnessed a number genocides happening right in ours eyes, having received warnings at the right time but our authorities failing to make decisive swift actions at the right times. Investigations last for months if not years. Meanwhile innocent powerless people continue to be exposed to barbarism and atrocities by the greedy selfish powerful heartless ones.

I wish to thank the individuals who selected me for the International Men’s Day L.T. Henry Global Citizen Award which I dedicate to the three very special people in my life:

1) My mother who passed on a month and a week ago, she holds a special place in my life. May her dear soul rest in eternal peace.

2) L.T. Henry who made it possible for me to reach out and be able to communicate and be spiritually in touch with the whole world in a very simple but effective way I ever imagined. May his vision linger on in our hearts and the hearts of the generations to come.

3) Diane A. Sears who has been my mentor under whose wings I feel confident I know I wont fall no matter how tough it is to fly.

May the spirit of L.T.Henry hover all over the world and let it nourish us with peace, love, respect, tolerance, prosperity , hope and coexistence.

WISHING EVERYONE A PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS 2018!

PEACE AND LOVE FROM AFRICA.
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Mr. Lethukuhula Nkomo is an educator, free-lance journalist, and Chair - South Africa International Men's Day "Teach Us Peace" Children's Literacy Initiative, and Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R).

24 November, 2017

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE THOUGHT LEADER, SPIRITUAL MASTER, AUTHOR, AND LIFE COACH GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D. EXPLORES CREATING PATHWAYS TO HEALING AND WELL- BEING ON NOVEMBER 24 2017 USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY NATIONAL TELECONFERENCE

The USA International Men's Day Team played host to Glenville Ashby, Ph.D., the author of two powerfully transformative literary works: “The Mystical QiGong HandBook For Good Health” and "Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend And Bridge To Enlightenment And Creativity." , Spiritual Master, Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader, and Life Coach. Dr. Ashby holds a doctoral degree in Interreligious Dialogue and Diplomacy and has over three decades of experience in various spiritual disciplines. He is also a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, having received his certification from The American Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy. A syndicated columnist and professional member of the North American Studio Alliance), Dr. Ashby has traveled extensively gaining profound knowledge of spiritual disciplines and healing modalities.



So, what is an Anam Cara? How do we know when an “Anam Cara” has entered our life? What are the signs? What should we look for? Is an “Anam Cara” a reincarnation of a soul we knew and had a relationship with in a past life? What role does an “Anam Cara” play in helping us discover and fulfill our destiny – the reason we are here on Earth? And what is QiGong? How can QiGong help to bring physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological healing to individuals? Dr. Ashby served up profound answers to these questions during the teleconference. If you missed the USA International Men's Day National Teleconference with Dr. Ashby, you can listen to the recorded interview at the following link: https://fccdl.in/gqvsrmk9L.


"Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend An Bridge To Enlightenment And Creativity" penned by Dr. Ashby is available on Kindle at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MRDF1B0/ ref=mp_s_a_11?ie=UTF & qid=1486209247& sr=8&pi=AC_SX236_ SY34065&keywords=anam+cara+ glenville+ashby&dpPln =1& dpID= 51Y14utmKgL&ref=plSrch. It is also available in audio format at: http://www.audible.com/search/151-2006332-11589410?advsearchKeywords= anam+cara+by+glenville+ashby. You can also view the trailer for Dr. Ashby's dynamic literary work at: YouTube https://literarytitan.com/2017/11/24/anam-cara-your-soul-friend-and-bridge-to-enlightenment-and-creativity/.

"The Mystical QiGong HandBook For Good Health”, another dynamic literary work penned by Dr. Ashby, can be purchased is available at www.amazon.com/Mystical-Qigong- Handbook-Good Health/ dp/154487064.

Want to preview the literary work? Check out the book's trailer at:  https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=qigong+book+trailer& view=detail&mid=B228113B20AC9D217844B228113B20AC9D217844&FORM.

23 November, 2017

USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEAM ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF INAUGURAL 2017 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY L.T. HENRY AWARD






On 1 October 2017, the International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Award was inaugurated by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., the Founder of International Men's Day, a Gender Issues Thought Leader, faculty member in the History Department of the University of West Indies  in Trinidad and Tobago, prolific author, and poet.  The award is named after the late mentor of United States Coordinator for International Men's Day, Diane A Sears.   Mr. Henry was the architect of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which facilitates a Global Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Dialogue  (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com).   An author, photojournalist, classically trained musician who played briefly with the Philadelphia Orchestra  and  was a former drummer for internationally acclaimed songstress and film and television actress the late Ms. Della Reese, and a sales and success motivation trainer, Mr. Henry envisioned a world  in which Men from all Walks of Life would support each other, work together, and share information and solutions about their unique issues – issues which are directly and indirectly related to parenting from a male perspective. 



Accomplishments and contributions of Thought Leaders, organizations, and institutions from diverse disciplines which include, but are not limited, to Men’s Health, Arts And Culture, Education, Human Rights, Criminal Justice Reform/Restorative Justice and Men’s Studies will be honored by the International Men's Day L.T. Henry Award acknowledges.



The USA International Men's Day Team is pleased to announce that the following Thought Leaders have been selected as recipients of the inaugural 2017 International Men's Day L.T. Henry Award:




SOUTH AFRICA

GAUTENG, JOHANNESBURG
Mr. Lethukuthula Nkomo - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Global Citizen Award - Certificate of Recognition


UGANDA

KAMPALA
Hands Across. Org - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Mentorship Award - Certificate of Recognition

UNITED KINGDOM

LONDON
The Honorable Philip M. Davies MP - International Men's Day L.T.  HENRY Public Policy Award - Certificate of Recognition


UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Beverly Black - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Communications Award - Certificate of Recognition
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Men's Health Award - Certificate of Recognition
The Good Men Project - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY  Transcending Boundaries Award  - Certificate of Recognition

DETROIT 
Mr. Shaka Senghor - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Criminal Justice Award - Certificate of Recognition


HAWAII
Douglass Capogrossi, Ph.D. - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Men's Studies Award - Certificate of Recognition


NEW YORK
Glenville Ashby, Ph.D. - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Arts and Culture Award - Certificate of Recognition 
Mr. Carry Greaves - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Healing and Repatriation Award - Certificate of Recognition


PHILADELPHIA
The Honorable James M. Deleon - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Humanitarian Award - Certificate of Recognition
Mrs. Donna Frisby-Greenwood - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Education Award - Certificate of Recognition
Mr. James Kennedy - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Fatherhood Award - Certificate of Recognition
The Honorable Ronald G. Waters - International Men's Day L.T. HENRY Restorative Justice Award - Certificate of Recognition


19 November, 2017

AS WE CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY . . .

As we celebrate International Men's Day, let's take a moment to think about how the selfless contributions and sacrifices that Men we know . . . and Men whom we do not and will not have the honor of knowing for a variety of reasons . . . have positively impacted our personal lives, our communities, and our global village. At great risk, Men in our midst have worked and continue to work quietly and unceremoniously to create a world that gives all of us the freedom to dream dreams and to pursue them.  Men are co-architects of our bridge to the future and the glue that holds our families, our communities, and our global village together.  Let's utilize this day -- International Men's Day -- and every day going forward as a platform to express -- in words and in deeds -- to the 3.6 million souls who are males that we see them, that we love them, and that they matter very much to us.

09 November, 2017

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) SERVES UP A STRAIGHT NO CHASER DIALOGUE ON MEN'S ISSUES ON 11 NOVEMBER 2017 COURTESY OF THE TRIBE FAMILY CHANNEL(TM) NETWORK



SAN FRANCISCO, CA (USA) Are Men being negatively stereotyped in films, television dramas, commercials, and situation comedies, and in music videos? Is society, mainstream media, and the entertainment industry sending mixed signals to Men and Boys about masculinity, their roles and responsibilities as Men and Fathers in society, and the rules of engagement for courtship and marriage? What is International Men’s Day, why is it important, and what role is it playing in helping to resolve some of the key challenges which prevent Men and Boys from reaching their full potential? And what do Men really need and want?

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® (www.blogtalkradio.com/gumboforthesoul)) serves up a straight-no chaser dialogue on Men’s Issues with assistance from three key players in the Global Men’s Movement – Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought Leader and Founder of International Men’s Day from Trinidad and Tobago; Mr. Shane Ryan, the Chief Executive Officer for Working With Men and Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Thought Leader from London in the United Kingdom; and from the United States -- Mr. Boysen Hodgson, the Communications Director for the Mankind Project USA, on Saturday, 11 November 2017 from 3:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 4:30 P.M. (E.D.T.).

Audience participation is encouraged and listeners can pose questions and comments to the show’s guests by dialing 347-539-5825.

The IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® blog talk radio show is produced and aired by The TRIBE Family Channel™ Network on the second Saturday of each month from 14 October 2016 through 10 March 2018. It is hosted by Diane A. Sears, who is the Managing Editor of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men’s Issues Journal (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com) and the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day (www.internationalmensday.com).

LET'S TAKE A DEEP BREATH . . . . . .

In turbulent and uncertain times and even in a world that seems to be operating from an "upside down" position, there is always...