Rosie Awori

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HERE AND NOW

Rosie AWORI On January 29, a cross-section of Montrealers gathered at Salon Urbain, Place des Arts for the launch of Black History Month 2020. at the Place des Arts. It was organized by The Round Table on Black History Month and kicks off with events and activities showcasing the presence, contributions and achievements of Blacks in Montreal, across Canada and around the world. Those gathered for the launch heard messages from Michael Farkas, president of the Round Table and from Deputy Mayor of Montreal Sterling Downey on behalf of Mayor Valerie Plante. The theme of this year’s celebration is Here …

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African Roundup February 6, 2020

SWAHILI TO THE WORLD From modest beginnings as the speech of a small group of mixed farmers, Swahili has become the lingua franca of millions of people in East Africa and beyond. Swahili was originally spoken along the coast of Tanzania and Kenya. Arab traders from the coast then spread the language to nearby islands, and then traders from those islands spread it deeper into the continent. The origin of Swahili extends 1500 years since the arrival of Omani clove traders to the East African coast, absorbing a lot of Arabic words in the process. it played the most important …

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Here and Now: Black History and Identity issues

Round Table president says this year’s celebration focuses on youth Rosie Awori “In the past few years young people have been at the helm of change for various initiatives around the world and Montreal is no different, they are Here and Now,” says Michael Farkas, president of the Black History Month Round Table as he explains the theme of the 2020 celebration to the CONTACT. The theme of the 2020 edition of the Month (Here and Now) fits into a broader perspective to value the ideals of youth who are eager to take their place and to be part of …

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Angola wants it money back from former president daughter

Isabel Dos Santos allegedly plundered millions Angola wants Isabel Dos Santos to come back home and answer for her crimes. Dos Santos, daughter of former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who served from 1979 to 2017, is currently under scrutiny for having allegedly siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts, according to leaked documents. The alleged crime was uncovered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which collaborated with more than 120 journalists in 20 countries to comb through a trove of more than 700,000 leaked emails, contracts and other documents—collectively known as the …

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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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