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Carla Beauvais turns advocacy and organizing into empowerment

Contact Staff The way Carla Beauvais sees it, Black History Month comes as a reminder for us as a community to get our act together: to reflect and figure out ways to build for the future. “I see it as a platform for us to take a moment to think creatively, and maybe organize ourselves for the rest of the year,” says Beauvais who has been the coordinator of the Round Table on Black History Month for the last 12 years. She says every time February rolls around, it should remind us of how much work Black people still have …

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Koffee’s Blessings From on High

The youngest and the first female solo act to win the Grammy for the Best Reggae Album Contact Staff Probably it’s too much of a cliché but here goes: It’s safe to say that Koffee, is now the toast of Jamaica That love was cemented on January 26 ceremony when at the Staples Center in Los Angeles the 19-year-old singer out of Spanish Town, became the youngest and the first female solo act to win the Grammy for the Best Reggae Album. She did it with her debut EP Rapture , which carries five powerful tracks: “Blazing,” “Raggamuffin,” “Rapture,” “Throne” …

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Mamba Mentality Lives On

Rosie Awori Let’s remember Kobe Bryant. The 6 foot 6 inch scoring machine was the first guard to be drafted from high school into the NBA in 1996 as the 13th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. He went on to play 20 seasons, all of them with the Lakers, and scored 33,643 points, which ranks him fourth on the all-time NBA scoring list. On January 27, at 10am local time near Calabasas, Los Angeles, the NBA giant was among eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, killed in a helicopter crash In Montreal just like the world over, family, …

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Dr. Michael Baffoe marks his spot at the University of Manitoba

Former Black Star executive director named Chair of Ph.D. program in the Social Work Faculty Contact Staff Former Montrealer Dr. Michael Baffoe continues to scale the ladder of academia at the University of Manitoba, where last month he was named chairman of the Ph.D. candidates in the Faculty of Social Work. His appointment for a three-year term came less than a year after he became full professor last March. And according to the dean of the department, Dr. Michael Yellowbird, Dr. Baffoe is part of the university’s forward-looking positioning for the changing global reality. “With the need for a new …

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Trouble in the Evening

I begin this tale from Trinidad. My wife Adiylah and I had just returned to Canada from Trinidad in mid-January 2020. We were on an extended 7-week trip to Trinidad. My mother celebrated her 101st birthday on December 1st, 2019. It was also an opportunity to complete a few interviews for my dissertation. Michael Cooper of Pan Land (steelpan business entrepreneur); Rudy Moore, (lifelong pan advocate); Winston De Souza (relative an original member of Flamingoes of the 1950s). Since 2012, Adiylah and I had moved to Toronto from Montreal, where I began a pursuit of studies at York University. The …

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Remember the words of Dr. King Jr. and embrace your value

As we are in the second month of the year, the month that has been dedicated to Black history, we must talk about our story. As a Black race, we must make an effort to attack the racism within our own race. We must appreciate the colour(s) of our skin and the diversity of our race. Whether black-skinned, light-skinned, brown-skinned, dark-skinned, medium brown, light brown or yellow-skinned, we are all God’s creations. We are wonderfully made by the skilled master craftsman, God himself, therefore we must stop labeling skin color. Some will compliment the smooth, rich, even tone of the …

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DISCOVERING HEMA QUEBEC: Give Blood, Save a Life

Gemma Raeburn-Baynes In 2020, Héma–Quebec, a strategic partner of the Quebec health system, is embarking on a marketing campaign to recruit 1,000 new blood donors from the Black community. A special visit to the facilities of Héma-Quebec was recently organized for members of Montreal’s Black community organizations to learn about the mission of Héma-Quebec, which meets the needs of the Quebec population for blood and other biological products of human origin. Nurse Naderge Ceneston, Héma-Quebec’s Cultural Community Development Councilor, was instrumental in getting together about 15 Black organizations to explore the facilities including the laboratories where the donors’ blood is …

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Help needed to get a fire truck to St. Lucia

Contact Staff The good men and women of the Saint Lucia fire services will be getting some new equipment to help them in their daily task of protecting citizens against loss of life and property, from the effects of fire, accidents, natural and man-made disasters and hazards. The country is the recipient of two fire trucks from Firefighters Without Borders (FWB), who made the donation through the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Toronto. Over the years the FWB has also donated other firefighting equipment, such as personal protective gear, PASS alarms, protective boots and clothing, and numerous other related …

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The tragic story of Angelique continues to hurt

Submitted by the family Angelique Corbett-Laville was born on November 9th, 1992 to mother Sonia Corbett & father Trevor Laville in Montreal Canada. She lived with her three siblings Elroy, Ashley and Sedona. She earned her diploma in Institutional and Home-care while maintaining her job as an employee at a grocery store downtown for over seven years. Qualities of this young woman were numerous: Angelique enjoyed poetry and was gifted with the voice of a true angel, she had an immense passion for music and singing. Angelique was blessed with a heart filled with compassion and love, and had a …

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