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 NewsSpecial Features

Remembering Toni Morrison

She was a literary force that helped usher Black Literature to a higher plane Egbert Gaye & Rosie Awori Almost more than anyone else, Toni Morrison is credited with bringing Black literature to the mainstream. This she accomplished with her prolific and impactful contributions as a novelist and writer, which earned her global recognition and commendations such as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom; but just as vital was her promotion and championing of other Black writers and writings. Morrison died in New York on August 5 at the age of 88, leaving what …

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Community News

Business Sold

Emrith, Savi and family close a chapter at Caribbean Curry House. Egbert Gaye Over the past 39 years, there have been many moments of extreme joy at the Caribbean Curry House on Victoria Street in uptown Cote des Neiges for our community and other Montrealers, lots of eating, drinking, socializing and endless shyte talk and laughter. Who can forget all the occasions and reasons we have had to be there: The Friday Nite Lime; for the get-togethers with visiting artistes out of Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada and across the Caribbean; Uptown Street Festival, the Children’s Christmas Party; …

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Neo-Race Realities in the Obama Era…

Montrealer Dr. Heather Harris expands the conversation about Obama beyond the post-racial fantasy Egbert Gaye For a significant mass of Americans, expectations ran wild surrounding the presidency of Barack Obama. “Many people in the U.S. and around the world were happy to see Obama, a person of African descent, occupy the highest office in the land, and were looking forward to the coming of a post-race moment in America,” says Dr. Heather Harris, a former Montrealer, now a professor of Communication at Stevenson University in Baltimore County, Maryland. “Instead we got a full-court press on racism.” In her recently released …

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Community NewsLife & Style

Montrealer easing himself back into reggae consciousness

Rudy Mills’1968 hit John Jones became an anthem for skinheads and other counter groups in Europe Egbert Gaye Before 2019, the last time Montrealer Radee Beyah performed on stage he was in his early 20s and a rising star in Rock Steady music in his native Jamaica, with a string of hits to his name. Back then, he was known as Rudy Mills and burning music charts across the Caribbean with mega-hits such as A Long Story and John Jones, anthems for rock-steady lovers in the Caribbean and ska loving skinheads in the UK and across Europe, respectively. Fast forward …

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Community News

Politics beckon this woman of words

Ommu-Kulsoom J. Abdul-Rahman was valedictorian for McGill University’s Faculty of Arts Egbert Gaye It’s safe to say that Ommu-Kulsoom J. Abdul-Rahman’s lifelong passion for politics has been central to her academic success so far, and has helped her emerge as valedictorian for the graduating class of McGill University’s Faculty of Arts, one of the first women of color to earn that distinction. It also helped her secure a place, as one of only 12 students, among the 111 voting members on the university’s senate, the governing body that controls and supervises the academic matters of the university. “I’ve always been …

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Special Features

Who is the Guy: Kawhi Leonard

Quiet to the point of strange, humble to the point of un-assuming, and modest to the point of cheap Egbert Gaye For the on-and-off basketball fan, it’s difficult to be drawn into whatever fleeting excitement that today’s NBA offers, especially with everyone’s favorite, Lebron James, out of the playoffs. (Now here’s a guy…. that Lebron: born of a 16-year-old mother and a hardscrabble dad and growing up in the school of hard knocks in Akron, Ohio to become the face of basketball to many by winning three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals’ MVP Awards, …

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Fitzroy Gordon was a media pioneer

Founder of Toronto’s first Black owned and operated radio station By Egbert Gaye Fitzroy Gordon, founder and chief executive officer of Canada’s only Black-owned and operated radio station G98.7FM has died. According to a statement released by his wife Marvette Gordon, the Toronto based media pioneer died on Tuesday, April 30, but she offered little or no details on the cause of death. Gordon’s death triggered an out-pouring of tributes from the multitude of Canadians who were touched by his contributions first as a journalist then as the owner of the popular radio station. Canada’s Immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen twitted …

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Community News

Local boxer Diizon Belfon wants you to expect the Best

Call him the Kidd Wonder Egbert Gaye After only two professional fights, it might be a little early for predictions, but spend a little time with Diizon Belfon and you too might be tempted to say that the young Montrealer is destined for big things in the boxing ring. Maybe it’s the way he disposed of his high caliber opponents in those recent fights, or it might be his overwhelming self-confidence, which is driven by eagerness to learn and to grow. “I’m quite aware of what I’m involved in when I get into the ring. It’s to be the best …

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Commentaries

Montreal’s economy booms. Blacks continue to lag

We watch as the good times roll Montreal is booming. In fact, it was the top economic performer among all Canadian cities and at the same time out-performing almost every American city in 2018. It’s unlike anything seen in this city’s recent history as almost every sector of the economy fires in overdrive, bringing jobs, stimulating the real estate market and boosting arts and culture. And the progress parade is expected to continue as forecasters are projecting Montreal’s gross domestic product to rise by at least 4.2 per cent, while unemployment drops to 5.5 per cent, the lowest it has …

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Entertainment

Jennifer Meade: For the love of Gospel

JAM Vocal Performance School recital Egbert Gaye Even over the telephone, you can sense the excitement that seeps through her voice when Jennifer Meade speaks about not just her love for Gospel music, but helping her students give full expression of it. Over the past two decades, music lovers in Montreal have come to know her as a highly respected choir director, singer, composer and songwriter, Meade told the CONTACT that her greatest joy in her musical journey is the work she’s currently doing as a vocal coach. “My passion is to teach Voice as a way it could be …

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