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.

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Community News

Josa Maule built her school in her likeness: strong and resilient

MSOPA celebrates 25 years Egbert Gaye You have to love the hardscrabble industry of theatre and film to stay excited after 25 years of ups and downs. Meet Josa Maule, who since 1992 has trained a generation of aspiring actors in Montreal while opening doors for many through her network with film and television production companies across North America. Over the years, through Josa Maule’s School of Performing Arts (MSOPA), she must have mentored over five thousand actors, hundreds of filmmakers and playwrights, encouraging them to have a good work ethic, build bridges and network. She is the first to …

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Call her Ms. Trish of all trades

This communication specialist is a bubbling cauldron of creativity Egbert Gaye Tricia Henry playfully refers to herself as Miss Trish, or better yet, Trish of All Trades, but she’s all business when talking about her intent to stamp her name on the entertainment landscape from Montreal and beyond. So whether she is writing a blog that touches on entertainment, social and personal issues working on documentaries or broadcasting her daily on-line radio show, Mornings With Miss Trish (Your Favorite Cup of T), she dabbles in it all. “Creativity is my passion,” she told The Contact recently in a late night …

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Community News

Montreal celebrates Black History Month

Calendar showcases achievers Egbert Gaye The 2017 Black History Month calendar features an impressive line-up of achievers, including entrepreneurs, educators, community workers, public servants and those who have excelled in the private sector, all of whom were celebrated at a launch in front of a wide cross-section of Quebecers at City hall on Friday, February 2. The event was coordinated by the Round Table On Black History Month, and mayor Denis Cordere, as well as Philipe Pichet Chief of the SPVM were among those who addressed the gathering. In his welcoming address Michael Farkas, president of the organizing committee said: …

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Community News

The State of Blackness

English speaking Blacks have had a presence in Quebec for hundreds of years. Theirs has been a turbulent history. These days community advocates say things don’t look too good, but there’s hope …. Egbert Gaye It’s a pivotal year for Montreal with the 375th celebration of its founding together with the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 and observance of Canada’s 150th birthday, all of which are contributing to an under-current of excitement among some cultural groups across the city. Not so much in the English-speaking sector of the Black community for whom there’s not too much to celebrate. Although it’s …

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Community News

In the Words of President Barack Obama

Egbert Gaye Seems like only yesterday when the fresh-faced Barack Obama came out of nowhere and imposed himself on the conscience of the entire world with a simple message that captured the exciting potential of the United States and the endless possibilities that hinged on two words: hope and change. Close to 70 million American voters bought into that message and in November 2008, elected Obama to be their 44th president, making him the first Black person to hold the most powerful office on Earth. At the time, the world was giddy with the expectation of what was to come …

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Winston Sutton: A community-minded giant of the stage

Egbert Gaye When he decided he was going to seek out a career in theatre, Winston Sutton was a guided by a little piece of advice from his brother: “Be as qualified as you can be in the field.” He did exactly that, honing his skills at the National Theatre School of Canada in the mid 1970s then at the famed Stratford Shakespearean Festival, before receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing at Boston University. In doing so, he earned acclaimed on the stage and film as an actor, instructor and director in theatre productions across Canada. Over …

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A life of artistic adventures and community involvement

Pat Dillon Moore earns BTW’s Dr. Clarence Bayne Community Service Award Egbert Gaye Pat Dillon-Moore drew from a childhood steeped in music, performance and community activities to mold a personality that speaks to the complexity and excitement of the Caribbean-Canadian experience in Quebec. Over the years, she hardly ever missed an opportunity to give voice to that experience, beginning with her starring role in a ground-breaking Canadian film, her administrative duties at Black Theatre Workshop, then as manager at CKUT 90.3 FM radio station followed by extended stint at the National Film Board of Canada. Whether in the performing arts …

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Eyes set on bigger things for 2017

Local boxer Shakeel Phinn has a New Gym and New title in hand Egbert Gaye As 2016 comes to a close, Canadian Super Middleweight champion Shakeel Phinn is looking back at an action-packed year that brought some big challenges and some hard-earned successes. This year he had six grueling fights, one of which earned him the title, and he saw a dream come true with the opening of his fitness gym in Ville Emard on the south- west edge of Montreal. Now he is hoping to take it to the next level in 2017. “Next year I’m looking forward to …

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Life & Style

Sean Henry: taking his place on Montreal airwaves

After years on the small-market beat   Egbert Gaye Maybe because there’s a marked under-representation of Blacks and other minorities in newsrooms across Canada, there’s a tendency in our community to celebrate those who’ve made it and hold them up as role models. So it should be with Sean Henry. But there’s another reason why we have to be proud of the 38-year-old CBC radio and television weekend anchor and general reporter: he’s good at his job. Not surprisingly Henry, who returned home to Montreal only four years ago after first a three-year tenure with Global Television in Quebec City …

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Blacks in Fidel Castro’s Cuba

By Egbert Gaye There is often talk of human rights, but it is also necessary to talk of the rights of humanity. Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars? Why should some live for thirty-five years, so that others can live for seventy years? Why should some be miserably poor, so that others can be hugely rich? I speak on behalf of the children in the world who do not have a piece of bread. I speak on the behalf of the sick who have no medicine, of those whose rights to life …

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