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Carving His Own Path

By Rosie Awori Julian McKenzie is carving his own path in the hardscrabble world of journalism “I had to learn and adapt to different things and do a number of things that would elevate my credibility,” Julian McKenzie said in a recent sit-down at the Montreal Community CONTACT, as he mused on his journey in Journalism. From doing research on CBC, to doing the weather and news reporting on CTV, writing for the Montreal Gazette, having his own podcast, among a number of other things, the up and coming newcomer and face in Montreal media has definitely made a big …

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Trio of High School ballers primed and ready

Sun Youth’s Malakai Williams-Whittaker, Devawn White and Philip Bou Khalil off to The Carmel School in Virginia Egbert Gaye Three young Montreal high school basket-ballers, Malakai Williams-Whittaker, Devawn White and Philip Bou Khalil are primed and ready to take their game to another level. The talented trio, alumni of the Sun Youth Basketball Program, have accepted scholarships to The Carmel School, a highly regarded preparatory program in Virginia, and are off to the US to pit their skills against some of the best players in the world, in their age group. And according to one of their long-standing coaches, Rodney …

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Remembering Toni Morrison

She was a literary force that helped usher Black Literature to a higher plane Egbert Gaye & Rosie Awori Almost more than anyone else, Toni Morrison is credited with bringing Black literature to the mainstream. This she accomplished with her prolific and impactful contributions as a novelist and writer, which earned her global recognition and commendations such as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom; but just as vital was her promotion and championing of other Black writers and writings. Morrison died in New York on August 5 at the age of 88, leaving what …

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Gospel Fusion goes Big Time on August 18

Carl Henry, Priscilla Taylor, Nola Gibbons, Will the Rapper and The Richard Family on stage at Caribbean Paradise Contact Staff For the past eight years, the Living Room Gospel Fusion has provided a stage for Montreal performers in all genres of music, allowing many to showcase and develop their talent and move on other platforms. On August 18, the Fusion is back at the Caribbean Paradise Restaurant for a mega summer celebration. And for this one, organizer Ray Johnston has rounded up some old and new friends to provide music loving Montrealers with an evening of entertainment, jam-packed with a …

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THE J.J-D.T EFFECT

Creating two socio-religious-political Frankensteins, with apologies to Mary Shelley One is described as a [pseudo] “civil rights preacher, faith healer, and cult leader (of the Peoples Temple).” In 1978, the charismatic cult leader “conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass suicide of [his] followers,” inducing them to consume ‘cyanide-laced’ fruit punch… at his jungle commune in Jonestown, Guyana. The other, a veritable political cult leader, among myriad descriptions and personal characteristics, is a real estate tycoon, (“filthy lucre” –type) multi-billionaire, former television celebrity cum novice politician (by happenstance), and, more shockingly, is now President of the United States. …

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Take Care!

Self-care means different things to different people. Are you feeling tired, overwhelmed or just stressed out? Life can be extremely busy and hectic at times. No doubt, the struggle is real. That’s why your mental, spiritual and physical health should always be a priority. The question is… Have you been taking care of yourself? Have you been taking the time to check in on how you’re doing? Remember: If your cup is empty you’ll have nothing to offer anyone. Give yourself permission to pause, reflect, and practice self-care. We only get one chance at this gift called life and we …

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Submission and humility are key words to your victory

In order for one to fulfill one’s destiny, it’s necessary to be better acquainted with submission and humility. Each of these two words, when defined, can put you on the road of greatness. God gives grace and greatness to humble people. We are living in times when people have become so proud and arrogant. These days it does not take much for people to become proud and isolated. Such people refuse to relate to their fellowman, simply because they may be homeless or poor. Pride in one’s heart can cause them to look down on, belittle, or think lesser of …

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THE NBA Goes TO AFRICA

Africa’s TURN TO EAT? Will new league bring economic benefits For long, the USA has been bastion of popular culture. And sports has been one of those pillars upon which that concept was built. In the recently-concluded National Basketball Association (NBA) finals, history was made when a little known Canadian franchise; the Toronto Raptors copped the title. That victory reinforced the NBA’s desire to set its sights further afield… much further indeed, In February 2019, the Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was launched. The new league will feature 12 …

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Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Contact Staff Although not the massive show of costumes and revelers that once drew a million visitors to the city, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival remains of the biggest outdoor events in North America. The festival, which took place over the weekend of August 1 to August 5, was a grand success starting with the King and Queen Show on Thursday, August 1 to its Pan Alive competition on August 2 and the grand street parade along the Lakeshore in downtown T.O on Saturday August 3. Under brilliant sunshine for most of the day, a steady flow of large costumed bands …

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The Vibes flowed in T.O

Here are the unofficial results for the Toronto 2019 Grand Parade. 1st – Louis Saldenah Mas – K Club 2nd – Toronto Revellers 3rd – Tribal Carnival 4th – Carnival Nationz 5th – Venom Carnival 6th – E.P.I.C. Canada 7th – Sunlime Canada 8th – Fantazia Canada 9th – Concept Costume Creators The 52nd annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival, formerly known as Caribana, is a celebration of all things Caribbean. It was full of music, cuisine and revelry that brought the city to life for a month throughout the summer. This year the Grand Parade was extended to eight kilometres along …

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