Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Remembering Rex

Today, Professor Ralston Milton "Rex", scholar and cultural icon, was given an official funeral at the University of the West Indies. He died on February 2, four hours before his 77th birthday.

He was outstanding as author, manager, lecturer, and trade unionist. Most compelling of all, for lovers of culture, was his performance as the Kumina King (seen in the video below.

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When the occasion arises, there is a proverb to suit it. (Proverb from Rwanda and Burundi)

Welcome to this space where we can talk about proverbs that we can relate to (or not), and proverbs that make sense to us (or not). Most of all we can discuss how proverbs make us think about life and living. We can also share experiences of proverbs that have provided us with lifelines or just the chance to reflect.

Some of the proverbs here may also be found in "Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs", published by Random House and authored by Askhari Johnson Hodari and me. The foreword is written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

One of the unique features of our book is that we arranged the proverbs according to life cycle, in sections including, Birth, Childhood, Love, Marriage, and Intimacy, Challenge, and Death.

For more proverbs and for information on Lifelines: the Black Book of Proverbs, please visit us at