Rosie Awori

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Ethics Committee rules that police racially profiled Kenrick McRae

After multiple stops and alleged harassment Rosie Awori “This time, the (justice) system worked. And it’s the best Christmas present I ever received.” After years of complaining of harassment by the Montreal police, Kenrick McRae has found vindication. It came In late December, in a 31-page ruling, the Quebec’s police ethics committee ruled that the Montreal police officers, Constables Christian Benoit and Philippe Bernard-Thomassin unlawfully arrested McRae, a Black man, and two years ago in what was a racially motivated intervention. Constables Benoit and Bernard-Thomassin were found guilty of 16 police ethics violations stemming from an interaction with Kenrick McRae …

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LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR OF THE RETURN IN AFRICA

Happy New Year readers! Thank you for supporting this column this past year. I am grateful for all the wonderful feedback I have received from all of you. By the way, how do you like our new graphic? Back on the continent, “the year of the return” just wrapped up, and it saw scores of Black people from the Diaspora go to Ghana to visit, and invest, while others decided to stay. It was inspired by the actions of former Benin president, Mathieu Kérékou who in 1999 made a pilgrimage to the Church of the Great Commission in Baltimore. While …

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NICOLE GEDDEs turning heads in BEAUTY INDUSTRY

Rosie Awori Montreal’s Stylist of The Year 2019 The hair and beauty business has been part of Natalie Nicole Geddes’ life for as long as she can remember, (her mom ran a hair-salon in NDG) and she was honing her skills since she was 13, and then working professionally by 18. From early, she never compromised when it came the work or service she offered her customers. “I push myself over the limit to prove to my people that I can do what others can do and do it well,” she says. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise …

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African Roundup Dec 19,2019

Obama visits Kenya and South Africa Former U.S. President Barack Obama visited Kenya, his father’s native country, on Sunday 15th July. It was his first visit to Africa since leaving office. His two-day visit was to support the launch of a sports and recreational community center pioneered by his half-sister, Dr. Auma Obama, under her foundation Sauti Kuu (Raised Voice in Swahili) at his father’s ancestral home, K’Ogelo. Mr. Obama praised his sister’s efforts in changing the narrative of the African story from asking for handouts, but moving towards empowerment and emancipation. He also made courtesy visits to President Uhuru …

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Musical Gift to Montreal

Line up of young stars to hit the stage at C’bean Paradise Rosie Awori On December 20, a line-up of young Montrealers headlined by Amdie Johnson and Jordon Benjamin will be taking the stage at Caribbean Paradise Lounge in a pre-holiday time show they call “Gift to You.” The group of up-and-coming young talents that include JX, Tebby J, Wan, Jess Malka, and Young FINXSSA all from the LaSalle area, are united in their love for music and have been honing their skills under the able guidance of their mentor Todd Smith. Although this is the first big outing for …

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African, Caribbean and Pacific Heads of State Meet in Kenya

The ninth summit of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) heads of state and government opened in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, December 9, with a call for the establishment of a robust multilateral system to promote fair trade practices and hasten inclusive growth, peace and stability in the global South. Seventeen heads of state and 70 of the 79 ACP Member States were in attendance. The Summit is themed “A Transformed ACP: Committed to Multilateralism.” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in his opening remarks that a rule-based world order should be strengthened in order to boost action on pressing challenges like …

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Exile Blues: A story of displacement and struggle

Book Launch on Friday November 29 Douglas Gary Freeman’s life has been colored by the many instances of forced movements and self-imposed exile, which he details with literary heft in his book, Exile Blues. The former civil rights activist’s life is framed by the extraordinary journey that has seen him run out of the US to Canada; taken from this country back to the US and then forcefully barred from Canada. Born Joseph Pannell in Washington D.C, he grew up in the 60’s in the south side of Chicago during the time of the Civil Rights movement and became a …

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Uganda Launches its First Mobile Phone Assembly and Manufacturing Plant

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni commissioned Uganda’s first ever-mobile phone and computer assembly plant on Friday November 22, in Uganda. This comes as the government takes strides to promote ICT manufacturing in the country, President Museveni said that the Chinese have been Africa’s development partners on the path for durable infrastructure development which are critical in the transformation of the economy. He said growing the industrial sector is a major bonus for the Chinese. The factory was built by ENGO Holdings Limited, which is Chinese-owned. The factory will start operating at full capacity in 2021. At this optimum level, it is …

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Local hip-hop artiste CJ Flemings: Something New

Newly signed with Warner Records, his sound is bold and exciting Rosie Awori Montreal songwriter, producer and rapper CJ Flemings has been steady on the musical grind for much of his young life, and it seems as if his dedication will eventually pay off and the world will get to know his music up close and personal. He recently achieved what so many other Montreal artistes have been striving for over the past several decades when he landed a record deal with Warner Music. Something he attributes to patience and practice, saying that he kept on releasing music and EPs …

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Thousands Continue to die in a bid to set foot on European soil

Nothing is more heart breaking for a parent than the inability to provide for, or protect their children. These are the main motivating factors for many African immigrants to go to Europe, by hook or crook. Increasing instability, poverty, insecurity and even drought are the main factors for many to leave Africa with the hope that Europe will be their saving grace. So when the option to squeeze on the back of an intercontinental ship or small boat presents itself, they take it. The Mediterranean crossing remains the deadliest mode of migration worldwide. People are four times more likely to …

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