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let's talk about men GENDER AFFAIRS UNIT IS KEEPING MEN'S ISSUES IN FOCUS IN THE GENDER DEBATE. by Dr. Ronya Foy Connor

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YOUNG DRUMMER JAIDEN FLEMING SEEKS TO SHARE HIS KNOWLEDGE. by Orrett H. Wynter

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kay, with me now… tap, tap, tap-tap-tap…tap,” Jaiden Fleming sounds out the count for the students in his drum class, and they respond with a few off-beat rattat-tats, not quite sure how to replicate. The drummer from British Dependency as well as Parables has been sharing his love of drums for the past 9 months. Only 21, Jaiden has already been playing for 18 years. At 17, he was invited to audition for British Dependency. “I then realized how good these musicians were, so I literally started practicing 8 hours a day,” says Jaiden. Along the way, he received mentorship and coaching from talented musicians such as acclaimed jazz drummer Michael Carvin. Last year, British Dependency joined the Wailers (of Bob Marley fame) for their first U.S. tour, a multi-city adventure on the East and West coasts. Their success kindled interest in more than a few people. Jaiden’s classes, which cost $50 USD per month for 4 once-a-week sessions, have grown to 10 students, ages 3 to over 30, male and female. Students learn one on one until they’re proficient enough to move into group sessions. Jaiden uses a

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fun, relaxed atmosphere, where many students start playing drums before learning the theory side of things. “Everyone learns differently,” he explains. “I figure out if they learn by watching or by me telling them what to do.” This summer, Jaiden will run a workshop with visiting regional drummers. “Most of the kids will be on holiday and have little to do,” he says. “It’s a way to get them involved in something positive and keep them out of trouble.” Eventually, he envisions his classes transforming into a school, not just for drumming, but also for other performing arts. For now, though, he’s enjoying his small class and the progress they’re making. “It’s fun to see when they actually get it and how proud they are of themselves,” he says. “Eventually, they’ll get thrown out of the nest,” he laughs, “so I try to pass on all that I know, whether it’s music or just life.” The young drummer now has a newfound appreciation for teaching, though he’d have balked at the thought a few years ago. “I didn’t see it coming, but I realized I have a duty to pass on what I know.”

bout 30 years ago, at a time when women were seldom treated as equals, Gender Affairs in Anguilla opened with the Women’s Desk. Fast forward to 2015: although women and girls must still fight gendered obstacles, men and boys also face unique problems. We are surrounded by a media culture of violence, casual sex and ruthless power. Alarming numbers of black males are in the criminal justice system. Communities feel a lack of leadership and positive role modeling. In Anguilla, we care deeply about our fathers, sons, brothers, uncles and friends. Every June, around Father’s Day, the Gender Affairs Unit recognizes and supports exceptional men. During Men’s Week 2014, fifteen men—pioneers in sports and fitness, medicine, publishing and design, entertainment, government, community building, the arts, and faith leadership—spoke bluntly about their challenges and successes in order to encourage young people. This year, between June 21 and June 27, we launch a new initiative of community talks—gathering boys and men to go from neighborhood to neighborhood and build each other’s resolve, one person at a time. We know that men share a spirit of competition, but there is also love—men want to see broken relationships mended and communities coming together. Equipped with the right tools, they lead, build, create, and bring others into a bright future. As you look at the young men throughout this issue, I hope you are inspired by the innovation and commitment that is right here, living and breathing among us.

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Design Anguilla Issue 11 - The Men's Issue  

Issue 10 might have been our best received to date, so we simply had to follow up with the male counterpart. The needs of young men have bee...

Design Anguilla Issue 11 - The Men's Issue  

Issue 10 might have been our best received to date, so we simply had to follow up with the male counterpart. The needs of young men have bee...

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