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Two more belts for Shakeel The Jamaican Juggernaut Phinn

Contact Staff Shakeel The Jamaican Juggernaut Phinn wanted this bout really badly as a stepping-stone to the glory days ahead. So true to form, he trained hard remained focused and then went into the ring at Casino de Montreal on the evening of June 8, and “took care of business” against a tough opponent, Elio German Rafael of Mexico. But Phinn (21-2-1, 15 KOs) had to work for this one and needed 10 rounds to score a technical knockout over Rafael (15-3-0, 9 KOs). With that win, he takes home NABF and IBF North American Super-middleweight belts, to add to …

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Carifiesta Parade July 6. Kiddies Carnival June 29

Contact Staff Junior masqueraders will be in their glory on the streets of Cote des Neiges on Saturday, June 29, for Kiddies Carnival, the inaugural event of Carifiesta 2019. Dozens of young revelers in full regalia, will be part of the parade that starts at Nelson Mandela Park on Victoria Avenue and make its way up Plamondon Avenue to Kent Park. It gets underway at noon until 8pm. Then on June 8, the Carifiesta parade takes to the streets of downtown of Montreal for the annual spectacle. Seven bands are lined up so far, to bring the excitement to the …

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Montreal United Basketball Program keeps youth on the court

Fundraising evening on June 29 Contact Staff For well over a decade or so, Montreal United Basketball Program has been providing ball players in the city with opportunities to test their skills against other ballers here and in other cities across North America. Under the guidance of Hugh Scarlett and a few other community players from back in the day, United’s basketball program has been trying to fill the void left by the closing of the NDG Black Community Association in 2008, doing so without much support from neither public nor private funding sources. “Fundraising remains one of our biggest …

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Trini Day at Parc Jean Drapeau on July 7

Contact Staff On Sunday July 7, Parc Drapeau will be hot and it will be jumping figuratively and literally as thousand of Montrealers are expected to jam Zone De La Corinne (the site of the popular Osheaga Festival) for Trini Day, a day of music, exotic food and drinks and family fun. It will be a day of endless Soca, calypso, chutney and steelband music from 2 PM to 10 PM And two live bands together with a strong line-up of performers out of Montreal and Toronto will provide not stop music ending as usual at night time, in a …

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Dan Philip receives citizenship award

D’Arcy McGee National Assembly Citizenship Medals Contact Staff With more than 50 years on the frontlines in the fight for social justice and human rights in Canada and beyond, Dan Philip has earned his stripes and the accolades that have been heaped on him. Today, he continues to earn commendations as he carries on his lifetime of advocacy, through his work as the president of the Black Coalition of Quebec, an organization he helped found in 1979, and built into a vanguard in the on-going struggle for human rights, social justice and community empowerment. On Monday, June 3, Philip was …

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Rev. Gray making run for State Legislature in Jefferson City

Contact Staff Former Montrealer, Reverend Darryl Gray has stated his intentions to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination to serve as state representative of 77th Legislative House District in Jefferson City, Missouri. The high-profile spiritual leader and committed community advocate spent close to 20 years in Montreal, moving here in 1998 to serve as senior pastor at Union United Church before founding the Imani Family and Full Gospel Church in 2005. Over the past six or seven years, he has been back and forth between Montreal and St. Louis when he has deep political advocacy roots. This past December, he made …

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Celebrating 100 Years – UNIA

On August 1st, 1914, a young Jamaican named Marcus Garvey founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Kingston, Jamaica. Prior to that date, Garvey had spent his time travelling in the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe, and was appalled by the misery and suffering people of African descent had been enduring in the countries he visited. In speaking to people who had also travelled to and lived in other countries, they also reported that conditions in those areas were no better than those that Garvey had observed in his travels. It was based on his travels, observations and experiences that …

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Uncovering 100 Years of Black History, Culture and Heritage

BCRC’s Living History Project: Submitted by the Living History Team When we understand our history, we understand our place in the world. Our sense of self is reinforced through the stories we tell. Our children grow up with an understanding of who they are, based on the stories of where they came from. Therefore, losing one’s history can be akin to losing one’s sense of place in the world… it would mean losing one’s identity and confidence. Black immigrants have made significant cultural, artistic and social contributions to present-day Montreal. However, this history is often overlooked and rarely told. The …

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CONTINENT OF IRONY AND PARADOX

“Africa is the richest continent on the planet with the poorest people on the planet…” and is treated like the world’s bitch … In becoming South African president for the second time, South Africans were expecting much from Cyril Ramaphosa. His first stint as president was essentially an interim position of four years, 2014 to 2018, to which he was appointed when then President Jacob Zuma contracted that seemingly incurable African political virus: corruption and its inevitable social impact on the lives of those to whom it means most – not the least is living conditions: lack of infrastructure, running …

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What Is Your Mindset?

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” [Proverbs 23:7] Many times we think that life is just happening to us and we believe that we have no control over our lives. It’s true that there are many situations that we have no control over, but there are also many things that we absolutely do have total control over. One of those things is our mindset, the way that we think about life. Our mindset determines our destination in life; it determines our future. Ask yourself: do I have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? A fixed …

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