Egbert Gaye

About the Author Egbert Gaye

Egbert is a graduate of Concordia University (Journalism/Political Science (International Relations) . He is the founder/ managing editor of Montreal Community Contact.

Community News

Montrealer Khem Birch signs with Orlando Magic

“It took a while for me to get here, but I knew that it was just a matter of time. I always believed.” Egbert Gaye Khem Birch says he is a little nervous, as he is about to start his first season in the NBA. “That’s OK, “ he says. “Because I was just as nervous when I was about to start playing in the European League and in college. It’s a nervous kind of excitement that I feel when I’m about to start something big. But I’m ready to help the Orlando Magic get to the next level.” On …

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Former Lakeshore and John Rennie soccer star Osa Iyare wins scholarship to University of Memphis

Egbert Gaye Expressions of congratulations and joy were in free-flow at the Catalonga Lounge of the Soccerplexe in Lachine where friends and relatives gathered for the send-off party for Osamede Iyare on her way to the University of Memphis where she earned a full scholarship. Iyare was recruited out of John Rennie High School and Lakeshore Soccer Club where she had standout careers as a star midfield player. She also played for Quebec’s Regional team from 2014-16. Last year, the 17-year-old was part of the Lakeshore team that won the 2016 Canadian National Championship, scoring the two goals that earned …

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Communication expert offers a new way to see Jamaica

Egbert Gaye More so than any other island in the English-speaking Caribbean, Jamaica, which boasts among its nationals some of the world’s most illustrious names in music, sports, literature and entrepreneurship projects, has a powerful image across the international stage. And because of heavyweights such as Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, Rex Nettleford and Butch Stewart, its flag (the Cross, Black, Green and Gold) has become a highly recognizable symbol in every nook and cranny around the world. Jamaican born Dr. Hume Johnson, a US-based communication expert recognizes the potential power that resides within “Brand Jamaica,” and is striving to raise …

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Quebec gov’t targets systemic racism

Consultations will be launched in September Egbert Gaye When it comes to racism in Quebec, go to the facts for evidence, although much of it is anecdotal because in this province hardly any institution keeps numbers to trace the discrimination faced by Indigenous People, Blacks, Muslims, Latinos and other minorities in the province. However, stories are plentiful about the hurdles that are in the way of these groups as they try to access employment, proper housing, social services or deal with the police and other law enforcement agencies. In fact, Quebecers have been quite forthcoming about their attitude when it …

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Tiffany Callender and Gabriel Retta on Team Coderre

Two highly qualified Blacks running in the Cote-des-Neiges/NDG Borough on Nov. 5 Egbert Gaye Long-standing community worker, Tiffany Callender, is one of two Black candidates introduced by Russell Copeman, mayor of Cote-des-Neiges/Notre Dame des Grace Borough to be part of his team for the November 5 municipal elections running under the banner of Equipe Denis Coderre pour Montreal. Callender, executive director of the Cote-des-Neiges Black Community Association, will attempt to become the city councilor for the Cote-des-Neiges district, which is currently held by Magda Popeanu of Projet Montreal. Gabriel Retta, a seasoned backroom political operator is the other person of …

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The Earth Centre provides a philosophical framework for social activism

“It’s what colonized people who need to re-conquer their roots have been praying for centuries.” Egbert Gaye Here in Montreal and around the world, the call of Kemetic culture and African spirituality is still faint, but persistent, especially among many people of African descent who harbor an enduring quest to reconnect with source in these days of spiritual uncertainty. That search is leading a small but growing group of Blacks in cities around the world to look within the walls of an institution called The Earth Centre for the knowledge and guidance that will make their lives meaningful. The Centre …

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Commentaries

Carifiesta: going down the road

Commentary There have to be a few good people among us to take back Carifiesta and point it in the right direction as we jump up into the future. Egbert Gaye For decades Carifiesta, the annual parade of music and masquerade on the streets of Montreal, has been our attempt to showcase the artistry and creativity that define the cultural heritage of the Black and Caribbean community. For the most part, the bulk of the community could not give a flying hoot about the event and doesn’t know when it is, where it is, or even what it’s all about. …

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Brass 2 The World: Bringing back dancing in fetes

They will be in Montreal on Carifiesta Night Egbert Gaye With Carifiesta comes the laundry list of fetes that underline what is a big weekend for the Black and Caribbean community in Montreal. This year, more so than in recent times, some of Trinidad and Tobago top stars of Soca are expected to be in town to bring that special touch to the party scene. One of the most anticipated groups coming in for the big ‘carnival nite’ parties this year is Brass 2 The World. What makes them special is that they harken back to a time when people …

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Life & Style

The songs of Aliah

Up-and-coming singer/songwriter sees music and education as a way to create change Egbert Gaye A handful of the audience at the recent West Island Blues Festival stayed late into the night, long after the featured act, Freddie James, had left the stage to enjoy the musical offerings of what has been billed as an emerging act. They will not soon forget what Aliah Guerra had to offer. In fact, by the time she was done delivering her repertoire of seven songs, which included one or two of her own compositions and a few popular numbers such as George Benson’s Masquerade, …

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The problem with the St. Jean Baptiste parade and race in Quebec

News Analysis Egbert Gaye The united outburst of anger and disgust at the sight of four young Black men at the St. Jean Baptiste Day parade pushing a float with a white singer swaying on it and   surrounded by white people in flowing white dresses resounded across the city, province and country. Cries of racism reverberated and criticisms were hurled at the organizers, The St. Jean Baptiste Society (SSJB), the government and a society that showed no discomfort with the slave-like perceptions of Blacks. And because it was an Internet-driven controversy with the Facebook video drawing thousands of hits, a …

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