Mikayla ‘Koffee’ Simpson
Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson by Tina Sebàs
Oprah Winfrey by Tina Sebàs

While racism can simply be defined as the dislike and resentment of another human being, based on skin colour, and is often narrowed down to a black and white topic, the subject is a deeper and more colourful one, where various races loathe for the same vain reason of having a different pigmentation, and apparently, what was designed to be a splash of beauty on Earth became dissected in which people were classified into groups called ethnicities (an application of the human colour chart and birth of colourism).

This colourism is better known as racism.

And although the rainbow chart of humans has no mandate for which colour stays on the left or on the right of the versus in racism, the most dominant duel has always been marked up as Whites vs Blacks and as history proved time and time again, that the White race holds an unyielding first place in the ranking of being racist, I am pointing this topic of racism to the subject’s most dominant force (White People).

There are two types of White racist: A conscious racist and a sub-conscious racist.

A conscious racist is an “in your face” racist, bold, up font, no-shame-in-their-game racist, proud to be white type, who strongly believe in White Power and that all other races were ordained by God to be inferior to the Whites; especially those of the Black race.

The conscious racist has my admiration and a sprinkle of my respect, because he or she is not lost or confused; they are aware of their stance and beliefs and it is clearly outlined how someone of my colour is perceived and will be treated by them.

Then there are the sub-consciously racist White people, who are not aware that they are actually racist.

Commonly, sub-consciously racist Whites believe that they are in favour of equality for the Black race, but do not expect or accept Black people being more successful than them on any perceivable levels; furthermore, this same group embraces the concept of positive Black Achievements, but only as an allowed privilege, given by the White race, out of pity, for the offering sense of equality.

Ask them if they are racist and the answer is an alarming, scornful reaction and an instant “No!”

Simple disagreements which cause an immediate emerge of skin colour sighting over point of views is a typical behaviour of a sub-conscious racist, and having any level of comfort in knowing that being White is a qualification versus another race is a top attribute of sub-conscious racism, but the number one place of sub-conscious racism has to be given to the “weaponizing” of racism, where it is often holstered but used at advantage points before being retracted as a sign of being mutual again.

Now, if you are White, ask yourself if you are racist, sub-consciously racist or none.

©Ian T. Sebàs 2020

I recently bought the Apeman A79 action camera, after both my Rollei 425 and 415 action cameras gradually depleted their functionalities.

The Apeman A79 action camera boasted a whole lot of functions, including its most outstanding feature of 4K video recording, but upon my first real use of the camera’s video function, it was clear, or should I say “unclear; visual clarity was an immediate problem for me. In other words, if 20/20 vision is considered a score mark of 10; the Rollei 415 displays at a 7 and the 425 at an 8, but the Apeman A79 is showing at a disappointing 6.

Giving the Apeman A79 action camera more than one opportunity to perform its promise, I switched from 4K to 1080p, but still its capturing speed remains slow with some blur; further adjustments of its sharpness proved futile.

My primary use for the Apeman A79 action camera was to use as a dash cam, and the mere fact that street signs and license plates are hardly readable on playbacks, makes this camera half worthy.

However, it was just as cheap and affordable as the Rollei action cameras and is being considered as just okay, which is a fair reflection of its price.

The Apeman A79 action camera is ideal for first-time users of action cameras and will assist them to be familiar with the abilities of premium action cameras.

Keep in mind the notion of “Buy cheap, buy twice” if you are considering buying the Apeman A79 action camera; in my case, it has been ‘buy cheap, buy thrice’.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2020

May your demise be an emblem of finality and change to the history of black oppression and racial division in the United States of America, and one which will inspire human equality worldwide. – Ian T. Sebàs –

There’s a man who sits under a bridge
It seems, to me, that’s where he lives
Month after month, year after year
Without fail, he’s always there

Just sitting on his own
With a few belongings
Valued essential things

And every time I passes by
I’m tempted to stop and say hi
He seems sane
And I’d like to know his name

His story
Is it one of pain or tantalizing glory?
Is he lost or consciously on track?
Why is he under that bridge in Spreitenbach?
© Ian T. Sebàs 2020

Tormented by an invisible force
Taking souls as it takes its course
An unfortunate plague and tragedy
Nature’s rage v man’s conspiracy

Though frightening and apparently new
Its behavioral patterns mirror the flu
Targeting our respiratory tracts
With silent but lethal attacks

Causing us to cough and sneeze
Tightening chest, struggles to breathe
Gripping bodies with fever
Temperatures heightens with its lever

Human beings now share the same tasks
Daily routines turns to wearing face masks
Prioritizing the washing of hands
Plus a precautionary social distance

Enemy code name: Covid-19
Remedy: maintain a healthy hygiene

© Ian T. Sebàs 2020
Rapper, Jay-Z drawn by Artist Tina Sebàs

Spain has been on my bucket list of places to visit for the longest time, and after cancelling two previously planned trips to Barcelona, I must admit that Spain, though not forgotten, found its way low on my bucket list.

But in 2020, when a dear friend of mine, who often visits Tenerife, suggested that my wife and I should merge with her trip to Tenerife in February, I thought that it was not a bad idea; after all, Tenerife is technically Spain, being the largest of the Canary Islands and I’d always wanted to visit Spain.

So, suddenly Spain was next in line of my bucket list places to visit, and almost immediately I booked our flights and accommodation. We had quite a bit of wiggle room too, the comfort of three weeks before departure allowed us to create an itinerary of things to do, what to take with us and which souvenirs to buy.

Apart from the obvious souvenirs such as t-shirts, keychains and a pen, because I always buy a pen whenever I visit a new country, on our list of souvenirs this time were two fedora-styled straw hats, to cover my bald head and block the sun from our faces.

And just like that, hats were added to get from Tenerife.

But little did my wife and I know that the quest to find these two hats would propel into a negative experience.

We eventually arrived in Tenerife and it was as exciting to us as it would be for anyone who escaped the cold in Switzerland for some tropical warmth.

It was Summer in Springtime as our arrival day in Tenerife was on the last day of February.

The skies were lit with the sun, its rays radiantly sparked down on us as I showed my appreciation by taking a shirtless stroll outside of our rented apartment and by the pool, soaking up every second of heat.

But it was on Day 2 in Tenerife when all three of us decided to visit Los Cristianos, for the day, a more touristy side of the island; after all, when we had researched Tenerife via YouTube, it was there where we saw stalls selling the hats.

So, our plan was to rent a sun lounger for our friend, who wanted to sunbathe, then my wife and I would go sightseeing around the city, before meeting up with our friend again for lunch; souvenirs would be purchased wherever and whenever we happened to come across them.

We arrived into the city of Los Cristianos by the local bus and immediately, equipped with my Canon 80D, I began snapping away, capturing images of the city, my wife and our friend.

Within twelve minutes of our walk from the bus stop, we were in the buzzing section of tourists, bars, restaurants and of course, souvenir shops.

It was clear that my wife’s eyes caught the hats that we wanted, as she took lead and strutted headed into the direction of a storefront signposted “Souvenirs Portobello”, meanwhile I continued to capture her moments on camera. My snaps were from the moment my wife began to verge towards the shop, to her picking up the hat, looking on the tag and putting it on, then all of a sudden this happened…

Watch the video which led up to the actual moment.

It was an unforeseen incident, sparked from ridiculousness, fumed by a contrast of mental disorder, possibly racism, obviously illiteracy and clearly a lack of customer service.

Still, it was a minute measure against my time on the island, and although distasteful, it did not weigh on my overall view, and I would recommend others to visit Tenerife, whether or not it is on one’s bucket list.

© Ian T. Sebàs 2020