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SUMMER IN THE CITY 2017

Jerk Food galore outside Catalogna Lounge This festival of jerk food on Saturday, June 24, St. Jean Baptiste Day, promises to be one of the biggest outdoor events for the year, as Montrealers are expected to come from far and wide to enjoy the succulent flavors of the Caribbean and wash it all down with a non-stop flow of music. The event takes place outdoors at the Soccerplex in Lachine, 775 1st Avenue. So as the smoke fills the air, the scent of the jerk flavors will nice-up all of the surrounding areas. And some of the biggest names in …

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Community NewsSpecial Features

Contact Graduates

PhD in hand: She’s now Dr. Sabrina Jafralie Egbert Gaye That night, Saturday June 10, the hall was packed with relatives and friends, together with students, mentees and co-workers, all there to celebrate the achievements of a woman who chose education as a pathway to impact the lives of others and to build communities. It was a night of salutations to Dr. Sabrina Jafralie. And words of commendation were in free flow as one by one those who were touched by her contributions and impressed by her achievements and commitment acknowledged her. Included was a line-up of students who came …

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Education

Contact Education

LEAP reaches out to students Contact Staff Young-Alexander and Imani Bernard-Guerra were the recipients of the scholarship awards handed out by LEAP at their Mother’s Day Brunch on May 13. LEAP is a recently founded women’s organization involved in community outreach and charitable endeavours. Guerra is at Concordia University in the Urban Planning program, while Alexander is at Mariannapolis College in the Law program. Each received $250.   This year’s recipients are Rachelle Rose and Imani Bernard-Guerra   Pioneer Women continue to celebrate students Egbert Gaye As they have been doing for more than two and a half decades, the …

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Commentaries

Give thanks… Gratitude and Healing

Gratitude and pain, those two words don’t seem to go together, but I believe that gratitude is a key factor in the healing process. Gratitude assists in healing our wounds from our past and also assists us in moving towards a ‘hope-filled’ future. I love this quote that I heard a few years ago: “What you take for granted other people are praying for.” Doesn’t that make you think? I know; there are probably days when you don’t even want to get out of bed. I get it! And the last thing you may want to do is talk about …

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Community News

No Trini Day in The Park this Year

Work being carried out at venue on Parc Jean Drapeau For decades the annual Trini Day In The Park has been one of the biggest outdoor events in Montreal with tens of thousands coming to celebrate their heritage against a backdrop of soca, calypso, steelband, arts & crafts, and cuisine of T&T. This year, organizers say they are forced to cancel the popular event because of work being carried out on it usual venue at Parc Jean Drapeau. According to Cecil Alfred, head of the Federation of Organizations of Trinidad and Tobago (FOTTQ) authorities at Weekends Du Monde at Parc …

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Life & Style

Here’s Eloi SK Thomas

Contact Staff This summer look out for Eloi “SK” Thomas, Montreal’s newest Caribbean fusion artist on the scene. Of late he has been positioning himself to make a mark on the local music scene with his upbeat and fiery performing style which had the crowd moving at Trini Day in the Park 2016. He says he’s looking into dropping his first solo CD in 2018. Born in Montreal to Trini parents Eloi SK grew up surrounded by Soca, Reggae, and pop music  and  has been involved in the music scene  for almost  two decades. He says his parents created a …

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Special Features

A Taste of the Dream at Coronation Elementary

By: Shekela Mitchell Best “I have a dream.” Those were the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching to a society where diversity wasn’t embraced nor appreciated. Nowadays, it’s hard to honestly say his dream has truly become a reality; however, for those who attended Coronation Elementary School’s Multicultural Day on June 8th, perhaps we all received a delightful taste. This was far more than your typical multicultural celebration. It was an eclectic and captivating event celebrating a variety of cultures in a gratifying energy that was simply intoxicating. The event included lunch, entertainment, raffle tickets for …

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Commentaries

Common weight loss mistakes to avoid

According to research done at the University of Illinois, African American adults are nearly 1.5 times as likely to be obese compared with white adults. For many, weight loss success is measured by how quickly the weight comes off. The desire to reach the goal as soon as possible is understandable, but whether the weight is lost quickly or slowly, it should always be accomplished without compromising other aspects of one’s health. Losing weight in a healthy way and keeping it off can be quite challenging without proper guidance – hence the billion-dollar weight loss industry. The biggest mistake most …

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Commentaries

LAMENTATIONS (for A PEOPLE)

                These days with the Chinese, Caucasians and Indians manufacturing the widest range of bleach creams, the urgency of lamenting the plight of the African race cries out for even greater attention…. by Rasta Keith Let’s face it, no one should be told by any one else who they should or should not marry. Expressed differently, every person should feel free to fall in love with whomever they find the requisite chemical attraction and proceed to formalize their relationship in whatever manner they might wish. Even so, anyone concerned about the impoverishment of the Black race could hardly afford to ignore …

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Church News

Church Events June 15, 2017

Deliverance Church Community Outreach from July 22 Deliverance Church of God 7th Day Adventist continues their community outreach programs for 2017 with a line up of activities for Montrealers. Community Guest Day is July 22. Lunch will be served from 1pm-3:30pm. July 23 will be their annual Hot Dog Day, which will be followed by their Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner on August 26th at 7pm, for a small $10 donation. Then their big 4th Anniversary celebration takes place on October 21. All events take place at 4020 Grand Blvd. All are welcome. All proceeds go to the Old Brewery Mission and …

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