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Blacks in Montreal in the Early Days

“Back then, as Black people in Montreal we really valued each other… I remember the days when you would acknowledge every Black person you saw on the street. It was very important to nod at the person.In fact, we took pleasure in doing so.” Egbert Gaye Meet Raymond Moore and Ron Williams, two Montrealers who remember the day when Black folks acknowledged each other on the street. They know, because they grew up in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and they are proud to say that they came of age at a time when Black families in this city were …

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Community News

Senator Don Meredith steps down

After a two-year sexual relationship with a teenage girl, Jamaican-born senator was forced to resign Contact Staff The less-than-stellar tenure of Don Meredith in the Canadian Senate came to a closure on Tuesday, May 9 when he submitted his resignation following a report that he was in violation of the institution’s code of ethics and damaged its integrity and dignity because of a sexual relationship with a teenager. A week earlier, on May 2, a five-member Senate ethics committee recommended that the Toronto senator be expelled from the chamber and his seat declared vacant. The committee’s recommendation came after weeks …

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Life & Style

Becoming a Queen of Stage and Social Media

 No drama for Lettia McNickle Contact Staff In a world where some are made and others are broken by social media, 22-year-old Lettia McNickle is quickly mastering the many communication platforms such as Facebook and Internet TV, and using them to earn some short-term points and position herself for a future in the media. Today, she is the reigning Miss Black Beauty (Quebec), a crown she snagged in a mostly French environment at a show on April 1, at Plaza Antique, a feat that followed her winning the Miss Montreal Carnival Queen in June last year. Lettia, who is currently …

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Community News

Sixteen vie for Little Miss Tiara Titles

Contact Staff Young girls from across Montreal are lined up to participate in the first staging of the Little Miss Tiara pageant that will be held on May 14, at 6767 Cote de Neiges. About 16 of them in four age groups ranging from 4 to 15 will be vying for four crowns. They will be representing countries in the Caribbean, South America and Africa. The special Mother’s Day event promises to be a showcase of the young ladies talent, creativity and knowledge of current events. Organizer Dawn McNichols says that they have been preparing for the past four months …

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Trouble brewing at GREAVES ADVENTIST ACADEMY

Dear Editor GREAVES ADVENTIST ACADEMY is the only Adventist school in Montreal. The school has gone from being good to bad under the   new principal, since she took over the school in September 2016. On her arrival here the first thing she did was to change the cafeteria from vegetarian to vegan because she is vegan she has imposed her lifestyle on the children, most of the children at the school are not vegetarian but it was tolerated because they could have cheese and milk products but the sudden change to vegan without prior notice is unacceptable and now the …

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Kamila Hinkson cops regional RTDNA Award

Contact Staff Less than a year after joining CBC Montreal news team, former CONTACT staffer Kamila Hinkson won a regional award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the organization that represents broadcast journalists across Canada. The award was in the digital sports feature reporting category for a story about John Elias, a Côte Saint-Luc resident whose unassuming suburban bungalow is home to countless pieces of Montreal’s baseball history. Elias was a pitcher in his playing days who went on to work for the Expos and was friends with legends such as Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines. …

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Commentaries

Never out of sight, but always out of mind

OUR PARADOXICAL CIRCUMSTANCE Late last year, a half-hour preview of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, which runs throughout 2017, was televised on the local CTV outlet. It was a showcase of the city: “founding peoples” (in this case, French and English people, none of the ‘original’ peoples), places of interest and what to expect the duration of the 375th birthday celebration. One thing that I took away from the preview video was the absence of so-called “people of colour,” (“visible minorities…), or, to use another descriptive in modern Quebec parlance re. people who are neither French nor English, “Cultural Communities.” After …

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Commentaries

I Can and I Will

If you want something of value, you have to fight to get it. [Darren Hardy] It’s not about wishing that your circumstances will change, it’s about making a decision, creating a realistic plan with actionable steps and then implementing the plan in order for you to accomplish your desired goals. Occasionally, we need a little push to move forward in life. I’m here to give you that push. There are periods in our lives that we begin to just drift through life, living our lives on autopilot and not living our lives to the fullest potential. We’re sick and tired …

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Entertainment

On the record May 4, 2017

“The Party’s Over”  – Prophets Of Rage –  Caroline Records This writer, who is a die-hard socially-conscious hip-hop fan, has always contended that rap music at its core is not and does not have to be “political”. Rap music though, is at its “BEST” when it “IS” political. The conscious community at times, has been guilty of trying to re-write history which makes them no better than the machine they’re raging against. “Hip-Hop, you don’t stop” is essentially party music. But anything conceived by Black people in America by nature is political at its core because America for Black people …

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PAPA SAN WILL TAKE YOU ON A GOSPEL REGGAE JOURNEY

Contact STAFF In the world of Reggae music, Papa San was one of Jamaica’s fastest lyrical speaking DJs in the dancehall scene for. So when he decided it was time to explore another genre of music, it was a smooth transition from secular to Gospel Reggae. So much so, he is regarded by many not only as a trailblazer but a force in the growing popularity of Reggae Gospel music. And with a career spanning over twenty years, the name Papa San continues to become more deeply embedded in the psyche of Reggae music lovers on both sides of the …

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