megadiversities.com

The WEB MAGAZINE, Mega Diversities/Méga Diversité was founded in January 2010 by Editress-in-Chief, Patricia Turnier, LL,M (Master's Degree in Law).  The trilingual Website (English/French/Spanish) focuses on people from diverse backgrounds and professions who are working in various domains.  The Web Magazine, Mega Diversities is read by Cybernauts living on the five continents of the global village.  Their ages range from 13-years-old to seniors.  Our Website aims to dismantle cultural and other barriers.  We want to build bridges.  In this respect, our Web Magazine seeks to eliminate borders between people.  Our ongoing portraits of famous people who are making a difference in the lives of others are one way of effecting that.

Our Website espouses and offers an inclusive vision, essentially a worldview.  We  believe human beings are not unidimensional but multidimensional, therefore, the personalities we interview – engaged in different domains, including Political, Legal, Health, Education, Sociological, Arts, Business, etc – as well as the issues we address, will be illuminated in all their complexity.

The Website Mega Diversities invites the world to celebrate difference.  Our Cybernauts will discover diverse talents (established and new) coming from different spheres and origins.  Many among them will reveal the secrets of their success and strategies applied to overcome hurdles.  The hope being that their stories will inspire others who wish to follow in their footsteps.  In this respect, we will present interviews of positive personalities (who will be in most cases philanthropists) coming from different milieux, for example:

  • Politics (the former American president Jimmy Carter, etc.)
  • Health (Dr.  Ben Carson, etc.)
  • Education
  • Arts (the singer/songwriter Dan Hill, etc.)

 The goals and mandates of Mega Diversities:

  • Inform the readership of different domains (political, literary, cinematic, musical, etc.)
  • Lay the foundation whereby our readers can reflect on issues of social import, particularly in relation to stereotypes and intolerance of what is perceived as different
  • Fight against those stereotypes and intolerance
  • Promote pluralism
  • Encourage the pursuit of education by involving our Cybernauts in our periodic reading contests by having them submit a critique (of one of our upcoming top 20 books) to the Editress.  Not only will the winning submission be published on Mega Diversities, he/she will also receive a book as a prize.

To sum up, the Web Magazine Mega Diversities is a different medium which aims to make a contribution in bringing about positive change in the way cultures interact; the objective being to foster a culture of equality and mutual respect. The readership will discover the excellent work of talented people coming from diverse origins and different domains.  Readers will not only gain new insights into the lives of our interviewees, but also learn about interesting people who embrace pluralism.  Mega Diversities was created for people who embrace diversity and have openness to the world.

To conclude, the following quote by the famous Maya Angelou, Oprah’s mentor (who received the highest civilian honor from Mr.  President Obama, the Presidential Medal of Freedom):  « We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike » is in keeping with the ideology of Mega Diversities.

 

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Black Pain: A Book Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kam Williams   
Friday, 11 May 2018 00:00

 

"How much does suffering from and living with addiction, incarceration, dirty neighborhoods, HIV, hypertension, violence, racism, and class discrimination make us vulnerable to depression in the Black community? How many of us are suffering from it and not able or willing to acknowledge it? Who is talking about it? What is our response? The silence is deafening.

Depression is a fact of Black life, but it doesn't have to be a curse. And we don't have to be ashamed to admit it. This book will speak openly about my own depression and share the experiences of other people, from celebrities to regular working folk, so that we can think in different ways about this condition and about our options as Black people for dealing with it. More than anything, I want to open a dialogue. I want to give a voice to our pain and name it so we can make a space for our healing."

--Excerpted from the Introduction (pages xxvi-xxvii)

African-American females are generally undervalued by this society, despite all the selfless sacrifices they routinely make at home, at work and in the community. Besides being overworked, they're expected to behave like ever-available, accommodating sex machines or else risk being dismissed as undesirable and unfeminine.

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The Top 20 Books for Mega Diversities for Spring 2015 PDF Print E-mail
 
 
These books are not ranked in any particular order.  Most of these books are available on www.amazon.ca or .com and www.barnesandnoble.com
 
Thoughts about the movie Wonder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Monday, 27 August 2018 20:52

Wonder released last year became a blockbuster. The movie raised more than $300 million worldwide and Oscar winner Julia Roberts is one of the main actresses. The story (based on the best-selling novel of the same title by R.J. Palacio) is about August Pullman, a young boy played by the amazing Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay. Pullman was raised in upper Manhattan, New York. He has a rare medical facial disease called Treacher Collins syndrome. 

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The biography of the heart and soul of the movie Concussion: Dr. Omalu M.D. PDF Print E-mail
Written by WRITTEN BY PATRICIA TURNIER LL.M AND LL.D CANDIDATE IN 2016   
Monday, 18 September 2017 03:50

Dr. Bennet Omalu was born in Nigeria (where he learned to speak Igbo and Pigeon English) during the Civil War. He is the sixth of seven siblings. His mother worked as a seamstress while his father occupied roles such as civil mining engineer, community leader in Enugu-Ukwu and deputy director of mines. Thus, the physician comes from a family that values higher education. For instance, his younger sister holds a PhD degree from Scotland in energy law.

Dr. Omalu started primary school at the age of three. He outperformed the older children in his class. He learned how to read at three like Oprah Winfrey, Johnnie Cochran and Toni Morrison. Being exposed to education so early definitely helped them to rise up. Later, the pathologist enrolled into the Federal Government College Enugu for secondary school. He began medical school at the age of sixteen at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka. In 1990, he obtained a MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) in Nigeria. He graduated from medical school in 1990. Albeit disappointed by the political situation of his country, he started to look for opportunities in America. He looked for scholarships. Hence, Dr. Omalu arrived first in Seattle, Washington in 1994 to finish an epidemiology fellowship at the University of Washington. In 1995, he enrolled in Columbia University’s Harlem Hospital Center for a residency training program in anatomic and clinical pathology.

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