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Achevers Celebrated for BHM 2K18

Contact Staff Sixteen Montrealers and a group of community activists are being recognized for their achievements and contributions as laureates in the 2018 Black History Month calendar. Among the 16 are several well-recognized names in the community, including Dr. Mryna Lashley, the first Black associate dean at John Abbott College and a professor in the department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is also the Honorary Consul of Barbados at Montreal. Music maven, Duke Eatmon is also featured in the calendar recognizing the spectacular work sharing the history of Black music, as a commentator at CBC Radio, and as an …

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Special Features

J-Rich has a Plan for his Music

Toronto born up-and-coming star fuses Reggae Dancehall and Hip Hop Contact Staff It’s a long distance call from Jamaica, but it’s easy to feel the enthusiasm on the other end of the line as J-Rich talks about the adventure he’s on, exploring his passion for music will take him. One thing is for sure, the Toronto-born singer feels at home in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica where he is currently honing his musical skills as he works with, and is learning from, some of the best in the business. “It means something when your music is well-received in your home community, and …

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The passing of a community champion Len Charles

Contact Staff The community is in mourning over the passing of Lennox Charles. The well-loved community worker and promoter of Black and Caribbean culture died on Thursday, February 1, two days after he was struck by a snow clearing tractor as he was returning home from church around 5:30 in the evening. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Charles migrated to Montreal in the 1960s and carved out a stable career at the Jewish general Hospital where he worked for several decades and helped many community members find jobs or accessed services. He was a dedicated and long-time member of …

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Commentaries

Shhhhh! I Am Trying To Listen

Listening can improve your relationships….. Effective communication requires active listening. Listening is the ability to receive and interpret information that you just heard but listening is not the same as hearing. Listening requires focus and concentration and you actually have to stop and pay attention to what the other person is saying. You want to validate what the other person is saying, you might have to agree to disagree, but that’s better than completely devaluing what the other person has communicated to you. And you always want to clarify to make sure that there are no misunderstandings. For example you …

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Events

A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness Black Boys on stage

Rosie Awori When three friends united by color and sexual orientation came together, they begun to conceptualize a production that would clearly articulate their narrative. That is how the Black Boys, was birthed. The three artists, Stephen Jackman- Torkoff , Tawiah Ben-Eben M’Carthy and Thomas Olajide created the play and used it as a conduit to tackle issues on, race, sexuality and gender. Through intimate monologues and poetry they weave a passionate exploration of Blackness and masculinity from their eyes. The play is an extremely bold and poignant piece tackling their queer identities and their perspective of race. They each …

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Community News

Community Events Feb 7,2018

February Events at UNION UNITED CHURCH Nelson Mandela Worship Service The faith community is invited to UNION  UNITED CHURCH Worship Service to celebrate internationally acclaimed human rights leader, Nelson Mandela  on February 11 at 11 A.M. at 3007 Delisle Street un St. Henri NOSTALGIA FOOD FAIR The congregation of Union United is inviting all Montrealers to its annual food fest: The NOSTALGIA FOOD FAIR Featuring  a range of AFRICAN, CARRIBEAN AND CANADIAN CUISINE On Saturday February 24,  at the church hall, 3007 Delisle, Montreal QC (Metro: Lionel Groulx, corner Atwater). Free Admission. For more information: (514)932-8731 Youth in Arts Concert …

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Where goes BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS

Is it any longer relevant in Montreal? Clarence Bayne Mr. Egbert Gaye, the editor-in-chief of Community Contact (Volume 28, Number  02 Jan, 26, 2018) in an interview featuring Michael Farkas, the President of the Black History Month Round Table (BHMRT) posed the question: “Is the celebration of Black History Month any longer relevant in Montreal? Egbert, in the lead up to this question described the official opening event for Black History Month traditionally held at City Hall in a way that captures the feeling in the Black English speaking community. He said it is an event in which the Black …

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Special Features

Yasuke the African Samurai

‘’The Samurai warrior is one of the most enduring symbols of Japanese culture’’ by J. Leblanc In 1549 Jesuit Missionaries arrived in Japan hoping to propagate the Christian faith. They knew from past experiences that in order to avoid any suspicion, they would seek to influence the people in power before attempting to convert the masses. This strategy which was put in place was a great success. In the next 30 years they managed to convert to Christianity six powerful and influential warlords and approximately 100,000 of their subjects. In 1574, Alessandro Valignano, was sent to the Far East as …

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Community NewsLife & Style

Fitness for a Cause

      Bursary Boot Camp to assist Montreal area student Contact Staff Chastitie Greaves is settling nicely in her nursing career. For that, she says thanks for the help offered to her by the community in the form of bursaries and scholarships, and financial aid provided by various community organizations over the years. “I think I might have received two every year during college and university,” says Greaves, who earned her BA in Nursing from McGill University in 2017, following her studies at John Abbot College. “I think I’m extremely lucky to say that I graduated debt free.” Chastitie …

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