Former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, in giving the charge to the 2018 Westfield Prep graduating class, challenged students to reject prejudices that have almost become part of our culture.Westfield Prep produced Guyana’s top student at the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment.Manickchand told the graduants that they will be met daily with outdated views, sometimes from right at home, or from school, or from the community. These outdated views, she said, will insinuate that one ethnicity is superior to another, or people who worship in a particular way are strange, or that children from rich homes are better.She advised the students that at each and every time they encounter those anachronistic views, they must confront them and gently but firmly set the makers of those statements right.She told the students that they have a special responsibility to be educated, inform themselves about the issues affecting Guyana, and dedicate themselves to working to make our country better than it is now. She encouraged them to be fully involved in both the academic and extracurricular life of the high schools they would be attending.On March 28 and 29, grade six students from both public and private primary schools across the country wrote the NGSA examination so as to complete their primary education programme and gain entrance into the secondary education system. They were tested in the areas of Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science.Just one week ago, the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results were announced, with Nalia Rahaman of Westfield Prep securing a perfect score of 529 marks at the examination. According to the Education Ministry, this was the first time ever that a perfect score was achieved by a Guyanese student at the NGSA.Meanwhile, along with the good performance, a gender gap was observed, with females acquiring more spots in the top one percent when compared to males. This year’s examination also saw 14,145 students sitting the examination, with 104 females out of the 174 students being placed within the top one percent.Additionally, a performance gap has also been present between the coastal and hinterland schools.
The Metro DC LINKS will hold an awards presentation to introduce the winners of the Young Black Writers Contest. Three students from D.C. area schools will be honored and given monetary prizes. This awards presentation will take place at the WUSA 9 Broadcast house, located at 4100 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To attend, please contact Janet Terry at JTERRY@WUSA9.COM.
A modern twist on the 1997 classic Black film “Love Jones” hits the stage tonight at Baltimore’s Murphy Fine Arts Center. Nearly 20 years after people first fell in love with the film, the movie is being adapted into a musical play with a fresh mix of both ‘90s and modern music. The show features an all-star cast including Chrisette Michelle as Nina Mosely, Tony Grant as Darius Lovehall, and some fan favorites like MC Lyte, Musiq SoulChild, Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn and Dave Hollister.MC Lyte and Raheem DeVaughn (Photos Courtesy lovejonesthemusical.com)This Black post-college romance followed poet Darius Lovehall and photographer Nina Mosely as they navigated the ups and downs of their relationship. This timeless film grew a cult-like fandom because of its realistic characters and positive portrayal of Black love.“It was a very meaningful love story for our generation. People like a good love story,” hip-hop icon MC Lyte told the AFRO exclusively.Singer and co-star Raheem DeVaughn also sees why “Love Jones” is still loved today. “‘Love Jones’ is an influential Black film community-wise [and] I think that’s what makes it stand out. The fact that it was something positive… a light at the end of the tunnel,” DeVaughn added. “It captured love and relationships and spoken word. It maintained a consciousness throughout the film and I think that resonated.”This idea still sticks with many today, and producer Melvin Childs puts a modern and funky twist on a classic. While the plot remains the same, Love Jones: The Musical will feature additional characters, a cast, and an all new soundtrack that he co-produced with MC Lyte. The 10-track soundtrack will showcase original songs from the star-studded cast, and will be available for purchase after each show and online.“I want them to just be entertained,” MC Lyte said of the hoped-for impact on the audience. She added, “They can certainly learn a few things about love and relationships and communication.”DeVaughn is determined to put on a great show as well. “It’s modernized in a cool way. There’s definitely a lot of funny moments,” he said. “We want people to laugh, people to cry. We want people to look insides themselves and find themselves in one of these characters and to be entertained at the same time.”While the musical is entertaining, DeVaughn also appreciates the message the play is showing the audience. “The world is so chaotic right now. Love is something that is very important, and we’re in a generation where Black women and Black men can be shamed by one another,” said DeVaughn. “We tend to allow social media to dictate the culture and how we communicate with one another. That sense of being human, the reciprocation of love and understanding what it is that we’re put here to do and how we have to do a better job of taking care of another, it’s so important for that to be conveyed not only through Black theater but through music as well.”Love Jones: The Musical will be playing at the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University all weekend from Sept. 23-25. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster’s website. “Come be prepared to have a good time,” MC Lyte invited, “and we look forward to coming in to the city. We’re going to have some fun.”