Jamaal Magloire Receives BBPA Distinguished Men of Honour Award
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

BBPATORONTO, ONT. (March 2012) – In recognition of his community initiatives, contributions to Canadian culture, and recent return to his hometown of Toronto as a player on the Toronto Raptors basketball team, Jamaal Magloire was presented with a Distinguished Men of Honour award by the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). At the BBPA Exchange ceremony on the evening of Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto, Magloire was one of ten men who were celebrated for their achievements in paving positive paths for others in the community.

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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.

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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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Big Cat's Corner | COHESION IN OUR COMMUNITY
Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Big Cat's Corner I love my community. I love my culture. I love my history. I love it all. But boy…I can’t stand the badmindedness! As much as there is greatness to celebrate and appreciate, I think we can improve in the area of cohesiveness.

It’s everywhere…not just in our community. I know every race and culture has their own qualms about one another, their own pet peeves and their own wish list of things they want for their people. At the top of my wish list: I wish our people would learn to support one another better.

A simple thing. But easier said than done.

So February comes, it’s Black History Month. It’s all about Martin Luther King’s dream and coming together and who invented such-and-such, and big speeches, and even bigger events and corporate recognition, holding hands, and all is good in the world and everyone is optimistic. And then March 1st comes and sometimes all of that positive thinking and community building disappears. The spotlight is off for another eleven months, and some of us seem to quickly forget about the bigger picture: the unity, the history, and the future of our community.

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