Big Cat's Corner | CARNIVAL SEASON
Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Big Cat's Corner Band launches have started. Prototypes are being constructed. Masqueraders are getting ready to select their costumes. As soon as the NBA season ends for me, another season begins: Carnival Season! Last week I let you know about the Children’s Breakfast Club and Second Chance Scholarships organizations; this week I’d like to tell you about my Toronto Revellers Cultural Association.

We are a non-profit organization that contributes to Canada’s multiculturalism through promoting and celebrating the traditions of the Caribbean. We first entered Toronto’s carnival competition back in 2005, and have since become one of the premier bands in the festival.

Big Cat's Corner | CREDIT HISTORY
Thursday, 12 April 2012

Big Cat's Corner When I didn’t have money, I didn’t understand the responsibility of having good credit, and the true value of a dollar. I remember back in the day, I would sign up for department store cards like the Bay, Eatons and Simpsons (yeah, you remember them stores?) and I didn’t think twice about it. I also didn’t realize those choices would come back and bite me in the long run. I learned quickly that it doesn’t matter how much money you eventually do have or make…your credit history is always a factor.

Big Cat's Corner | MEN OF HONOUR
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Big Cat's Corner I am still overwhelmed and humbled by my experience last night (March 27) with the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). Along with nine other men, I was given a “Distinguished Men of Honour” award in a ceremony at the Pantages Hotel.

It was a well-attended and well-organized night. The BBPA President Pauline Christian and the Chair of the Harry Jerome Awards Karlyn Percil, along with the rest of their team, did a great job welcoming us and presenting a classy event.

The other recipients were Kardinal Offishall, Al St. Louis, Mark Beckles, Marlon Reid, Nathan Downer, Lytton Barrett, Dwight Drummond, Julian Falconer, and Mark Cummings. It was nice to see that the work of these men has not gone unnoticed. It was something to feel proud of, knowing that even though at times our community is portrayed negatively (particular the men!), there I was standing amongst black Canadian leaders and legends and we all had a unique story to tell.

Big Cat's Corner | ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Big Cat's Corner We’re two-thirds of the way into the 66-game season. We usually have an 82-game season, but even though we’re playing lesser games, the frequency makes it seem like a full season…and then some! Normally we would play four games a week at the most—and that would only happen once or twice during the season—but now, sometimes we have five or six games a week and trust me boy, it’s starting to take its toll on this veteran’s body!

Traveling can be tiring! From the arenas, to the hotels, to practice, to the flights, and airports, and buses, and back to the arena, it is definitely exhausting. Thankfully, the Raptors have done their best to make our accommodations as comfortable as possible and Air Canada provides the team with a chartered plane.

Big Cat's Corner | MARCH BREAK
Thursday, 08 March 2012

Big Cat's Corner It’s been a nice winter. Decent weather. Not too cold for my first season back in Canada. It’s no Miami…but it’s definitely been refreshing. This is the time of year when spring is just around the corner, and everybody is ready to transition into a new mode. I think I can speak for most people when I say that I’m ready to shake off the winter and get ready for some sunshine!

I remember when I was young, March Break was always that sign that the school year was almost done…almost. It was so important to have that week off to relax and refresh. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we probably physically needed that rest before finishing off the school year. I didn’t do much during March Break as a child, but hang around and just enjoy my time off with my friends.

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