Rosie Awori

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Blood in the Nile

The struggle continues in Sudan Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan’s président for thé past thirty years was ousted on April 11. Al-Bashir, is wanted by the international war crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur. He seized power in a bloodless coup back in 1989, and somehow managed his way through countless national crises. Initially the toppling of the 30 year reign raised hopes in the country that a more inclusive civilian rule may follow. However, the ruling military council that then took power has been in conflict with protesters demanding civilian rule. That transition has been halting and is fraught with risk, …

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African Roundup May 16, 2019

South Africans losing hope in their cornerstone, the ANC. For the past 25 years, democracy in South Africa has been synonymous with the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC came to power after bringing an end to white apartheid rule in 1994, under the leadership of the late Nelson Mandela. And in every election since, the ANC has always managed to win the majority vote. However, the past few years have seen the ANC lose popularity amongst its Black majority core. The recent elections on May 8, saw only about half of the total eligible population bother to register as …

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SHE DID THAT PROM

Fundraiser on Saturday May 18 at Le 3 Brasseurs in Pointe Claire Teenage girls and boys are now gearing up for an evening filled with glitz and glamour, their crowing moment, their prom. However, not all students can afford prom regalia and to ensure that deserving students get what they need for their night, the ladies at #SheDidThat, are committed to giving back to the black community in Montreal. Founded by Katrina Nurse, Tamraa Greenidge and Tish McLean the prom initiative is aimed at giving high school graduates the chance to win an experience of a lifetime; an all expense …

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African Roundup May 2, 2019

The 27th of April is commemorated with pomp and color across three different countries in Africa as they mark their independence. Siera Leonne, Togo, and South Africa have the unique distinction of having the same independence date. This edition of the African Round-Up will highlight just how far these countries have come since the colonial rule. Togo has a population of 7.6 million people and is bordered by Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso and has a 56-kilometer coastline that runs along the Gulf of Guinea. Togo and its surrounding regions were known as “the slave coast” between the 16th and …

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REACHING FOR STARLIGHT

Playwright Donna Michelle St. Bernard offers up a family show that’s a conversation starter Rosie Awori There has been a buzz of anticipation surrounding Geordie Theatre’s production of Reaching for Starlight. The play is ready to be launched on April 26 at Concordia University’s D. B. Clarke Theatre. Inspired by the film Black Ballerina, artistic director Mike Payette commissioned Donna-Michelle St. Bernard to write a play that would translate across the Canadian demographic. Reaching for Starlight has been three years in the making and is being touted as Geordie’s biggest production to date, featuring an illustrious cast of 12 performers. …

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African Roundup April 18, 2019

When the world looked away, 800,000 were slaughtered Remembering the Rwandan Genocide   The resilience of the African continent is a consistent wonder.  In spite of all the encumbering factors that have constantly plagued her, Africa stands and lives to fight another day. In this edition, we remember one of the most horrific massacres in Africa, The Rwandan Genocide. On the night of 6 April 1994 a plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi – both Hutus – was shot down, killing everyone on board. Hutu extremists blamed the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) consisting mostly …

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Juliano Gray: Victim of Abuse in Metro Speaks out

Diagnosed with PTSD Rosie Awori Recently  a video began circulating featuring a young Black man being brutally beaten by two STM inspectors at the Villa Maria metro platform. Juliano Gray, the man being beaten finally spoke out about his ordeal on  March 26, at a press conference at the Center for Research Action on Race Relations (CRARR). The incident began on the orange line metro where 22 year-old Gray was approached by inspectors for bouncing his basketball in the moving metro car. They then asked him to show his ticket as proof of payment for the ride. He did not …

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African Roundup April 8, 2019

    The Internet was on fire as a result of a statement made by Women’s rights activist and wife of former British Prime Minister, Cherie Blair. “Most African ladies’ first sexual experience is rape,” she is quoted as saying before a group of 100 students at a high school in London, UK. The reaction of Africans all around the world was one of outrage. Although rape is a serious problem many felt that the comment was irresponsible. Observers such as Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, a doctor and a sexual reproductive rights advocate in South Africa, say that a forced first …

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TAKING FLIGHT IN AFRICA, LESSONS FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Ethiopian Airlines has a safety record spanning 70 years and has been hailed as Africa’s best aviation carrier. Winning many awards to this effect. In spite of the recent crash of flight 302, confidence in the airline has not dwindled with passengers still flying at record numbers, a testament to how the carrier has distinguished itself in terms of safety. Ethiopian Airlines perhaps is one of the best representations of potential in African aviation. The carrier has been consistently adding hubs all around Africa as well as to Asia, the United States and Canada. Presently, there are 731 airports and …

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Geordie brings the film Black Ballerina to Selwyn House

Rosie Awori On March 28, Geordie Theatre will  present a special screening of BLACK BALLERINA a film that “uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage audiences in a subject that reaches far outside the arts and compels viewers to think about larger issues of diversity, equality and inclusion.” The film will be showing as a precursor to Geordie theatre’s next play, REACHING FOR STARLIGHT. BLACK BALLERINA tells the story of several Black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, Joan Myers Brown, Dolores Browne and Raven Wilkinson faced racism in the pursuit of …

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