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Alyson Renaldo
Alyson Renaldo has been in the film and television industries since 2000. Her film acting credits include Paramount Pictures' Changing Lanes and The Manchurian Candidate. Alyson's professional passion is in being a hybrid artist, as such she has begun a production company Tache De Naissance Productions (TDN films). TDN is slated to begin production on it's first two feature films in 2011. In 2007 Alyson began The Cheryl's Daughter Foundation to initiate and sustain grassroots outreach campaigns. She now serves as President and Executive Director of the two organizations respectively. Alyson is a graduate of University of Southern California's Theatre School & Film School and holds a master's degree in history and anthropology from Columbia University.

Entries by Alyson Renaldo

Repair-ations Guyana: A Case Study

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 11:03 AM

History, my friends, is being made everyday: a phenomenal thing to truly grasp. Historic "shifts," impacting how we think, what we think and (hopefully) ever nudging the human race to forge new, more resilient paths to justice. Sometimes, however, those shifts are so rapid and so unassuming that their significance...

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America Fares Well, Through the Message of Jamaica, Farewell

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Debra Ehrhardt reminded me of something important the other day. Who is Debra Ehrhardt, you ask? Figuratively she is your neighbour, co-worker, a friend...and, at the moment, someone who provoked my reflection upon immigration reform.

Immigration law, illegal immigrants and the protection of American borders are undoubtedly some hot...

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Inked With Pink Victory

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 11:33 AM

We are days away from closing out October 2013, another pink month and official recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness.

The symbolic pink ribbons remind us of, not only the struggle, but also the ultimate goal of curing breast cancer. This author is among those fortunate to report that after...

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Understanding the Definitive Pink Victory

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 7:02 PM

October 2012. We've been glowing pink all month, celebrating victories and being mindful of the need to eradicate breast cancer.

This year's pink ribbon caused me to reflect upon my aunt's double mastectomy, because after ten years of remission, the cancer returned this year... in the exact same place, on...

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Discussing Haiti... With a Haitian

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 3:10 PM

Were you to hear the words "Need, Earthquake, Suffering, Charity" in conjunction with "News" and "Haiti," would that resonate? What about "Sovereign Nation, Civic-Minded, Engaged or Capable" -- still familiar?


Post-earthquake Haiti has been the site of much international concern and attention. Aid continues to be extended to...

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Acknowledging Pink Month, Celebrating Pinked People

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 4:54 PM

Do you remember where you were when you really understood the seriousness of breast cancer? I mean really understood it? I do. It was the day I saw the effects of the treatment on my aunt. The funny thing is that I had known for months, but it didn't register...

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Before and After 1492

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 2:04 PM

"Stop focusing on the past" "You've got a chip on your shoulder" "C'mon that was so long ago" (and my personal favourite) "Get over it"

We've heard these adages and know they sometimes have their place. They are most accurate when considering circumstances where the offender(s) has acknowledged and tried...

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Model Your Role

(9) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 3:13 PM

Were I able to convert the amount of times I've heard the phrase "He/she is such a good role model..." into dollars, Bill Gates and Lakshmi Mittal would be intimidated by my cash reserves, shutter at my financial statements and beg me for money management tips.

The term role model...

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Spending Time in the Way Back Machine

(6) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 8:41 AM

Toronto has changed quite a bit since I was a kid in the 80s. For one, the Eaton Centre used to have an Eaton's department store in it. I actually catch myself doing the 'when I was a kid' bit these days. For reasons of sheer vanity, this is frightening....

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Unspoken Declarations

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2011 | 5:00 PM

There is an engaging, educated and follicly challenged talk show host whose programme I've caught now and again; I've heard him emphasize on more than one occasion that, "we cannot change what we do not acknowledge." If by the end of a segment he's gotten his guest(s) to acknowledge their...

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A Shining Example, Lost: Remembering a Good Teacher

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 11:23 AM

"And they pay me to do this." I keep hearing him say that in my mind. A week ago, we lost Dr. Manning Marable, a prominent historian, a dedicated professor and on a personal note, my graduate thesis adviser. I enjoyed my classes with him. I appreciated his guidance.

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Condoms in the Foyer

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 4:03 PM

All right, it's time for me to set the record straight because I'm getting sick of feeling cheap and dirty. I mean just because a girl has 12,000 condoms in her foyer doesn't mean she's loose. It may however mean she has some explaining to do, so I think I'll...

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The Breaking Point

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 11:49 AM

Excellent! President Mubarak stepped down; another step to towards democracy. Not unlike so many of you, I've been watching things unfold in the nations of Egypt & Tunisia as its citizens continue to press for a government reflective of the people's sensibilities. It is a privilege to bear witness to...

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Show Them Your Keys!

(4) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 10:52 AM

Attention all you educated, integrity-based, responsible, hardworking, trailblazing professional people out there; please do this author a favor: if you're within proximity of a teenager or young person, show them your keys! Let them see you slowly raise your keys to remotely unlock your luxury sedan on the curb. Let...

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The First Day of Christmas: How a 3-Year-Old and I Exchanged Unconventional Gifts

(9) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 2:14 PM

I had my first gift exchange this year with a three-year-old child that I don't know. It was memorable, if a little uncomfortable.

I found myself in a long check-out line at the grocery store. There were patrons in front of me. Behind me were a mother...

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America's Got Talent

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 12:47 PM

It is the morning after, so to speak. The 2010 midterm election race is finished. An estimated 85.2 million Americans went to the polls and voted. Some went excited because their ideals of governance and that of their candidate's were deeply aligned. Others went with a measure of resentment, as...

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Guyana: A Small Nation with Great Concerns

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 8:08 AM

A few months ago, the honorable Dr. Desrey Fox, Minister of Education for Guyana and activist in the fight against HIV died from injuries sustained from a car collision. I couldn't believe it. My jaw dropped, as I listened to my mother articulate this news to me through the telephone...

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