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Community News

The Harassment Continues: That Friday night with the police

Kenrick McRae, former Guyanese Assistant Superintendent of Police tells of his continuing run-ins with the Montreal police department Contact Staff It has become a cliché about Black men driving expensive looking cars being harassed by the police, but for Kenrick McRae of NDG, it’s a reality he lives almost every day… yes he says: “almost every day.” That’s since he bought his Mercedes Benz ML500. McRae, a former assistant superintendent with the Guyana Police Constabulary, says the stops have become so routine that on every occasion before he gets into his vehicle, he would walk around and make sure everything …

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Community News

BTW’s Angelique at Segal Centre

History Continues Contact Staff With Black History Month 2017 behind us, Black Theatre Workshop continues the journey by bringing the story of Angelique, an enslaved Black Woman to the stage at the Segal Centre. The story which centers on Marie Josephe Angelique’s tumultuous life as a slave and showed that she was bought for companionship, sexually exploited, physically abused by a jealous wife, was a forced sexual partner with another slave, and involved in a love triangle which lead to accusations of arson and her eventual torture and death. The fire that Angelique was accused of setting destroyed much of …

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Community News

Festive Creations: Chocolates and other Delights:

The Oh-so-sweet dreams of Jackie Millington Egbert Gaye Jackie Millington’s long-standing love for making chocolates reaches back to her high school days when she would spend a lot of time in her mother’s kitchen concocting a variety of flavors and styles to give as gifts and treats. She can’t say where it came from, but it’s a passion that flavored much of her teenage years. She remembers being on a Caribbean cruise as a 16-year-old and rather than joining her friends on land excursions she spent much of her time in the kitchen learning how to master the fine art …

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Community News

Montreal United Mentors and Keep Basketball Dreams alive

Egbert Gaye Hugh Scarlett and Charles Boyce grew up in Montreal at a time when Black kids had a lot of activities to occupy their time, but central to it all was the time they spent on the basketball court. “Some of us were playing ball seven days a week,” says Scarlett who represented a number of semi-professional teams around the city. And it reflected in the quality of basketballers that were coming out of this part of the city.” He was referring to NDG, Little Burgundy and other areas in the western end of Montreal, which for many years …

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Events

Black Stars Glittered at Gala Dynastie

Duke Eatmon,  Maya Johnson,  Ayisha Issa  and Pat Dillon among the winners at awards evening Contact Staff It was a  glitzy  and glittering evening on Sunday March 5 at L’Olympia Halll downtown, as  Quebec Black community celebrated its best and brightest at the Gala Dynastie Award presentation. Several familiar faces, including our own Duke Eatmon, also of CBC Radio  together with CTV’s Maya Johnson, popular screen personality Ayisha Issa   and Pat Dillon of CKUT were among the big  winners for the evening.  They were chosen from the 95 nominees competing in 17 categories including  the media, culture, business and sports. …

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Entertainment

On The Record March 9, 2017

Miles Davis brought Jazz to the next level “Everything’s Beautiful” – Miles Davis & Robert Glasper – Columbia Records After emerging as a side-men with greats such as; Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, Davis began his career as a bandleader with mixed results from the critics. Davis, however was never one to be too concerned with critics or for anyone who didn’t care for his music for that matter. He was too busy getting ready to change the face of popular music, even through what was to soon become a niche genre in music at the time …

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Entertainment

The Carnival is over. Preparing for more

The 2017 Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago has come and gone and life is returning to normal for many. But for Soca artistes and international Djs as myself, we know that the task of spreading the love of carnival and the music has only just begun. And because Soca lovers are expecting real time information about 2017 Trinidad carnival every time they open the Montreal Community Contact newspaper, I’ve put together some results for the various competitions and events that colored the carnival season in Trinidad.    International Soca Monarch: 1.Aaron “Voice” St. Louis – “Far From Finished” 2. Orlando …

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Commentaries

It transcends February

AFRICAN… BLACK HISTORY Just like Black history has become the flavour of the month of February, I can’t separate the African history of the Caribbean, Latin America (especially Brazil), the nations of the South Pacific, North America and Europe from the continent of Africa. Diluted by time as Black history might’ve become in some places, the reality is always there to see… African history must therefore be addressed holistically. If what’s happening there, where it all began, does not resonate, then… That said, it truly is disheartening watching and reading the news coming out of a handful of African countries …

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Walking the Minefield

A social analysis and critical perspective on organizing in the Black communities of Montreal By Clarence S. Bayne A social activist and active local politician in frustration once said to me, ” Trying to work with the Black communities is like walking through a mine field.” Some of us might take exception to this statement and reach for a defensive weapon which Yvonne Sam has recently, and aptly, described in a Community Contact article as “denial.” But some of us who refuse to be ruled by fear live this experience constantly. The Black community of Montreal has developed a tradition …

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Who’s Taking Care Of You?

Are you tired, stressed out, beat down? Life can be extremely hectic. No doubt, the struggle is real. The question is: Have you been taking care of yourself? We only get one chance at this gift called life and we need to cherish it. So… when you’re weary take some time to rest, refresh and renew yourself, your body, mind and spirit. And then you’ll be able to move forward with strength and vitality. Take a little time to just relax and take it easy even if it’s only for a few minutes a day, and appreciate the little things. …

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