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Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop

BTW brings a modern-day masterpiece to the Segal. Re-imagining MLK Jr.’s last night alive    Contact Staff The Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) takes it to another level with their presentation of Olivier Award-winning “The Mountaintop” as it launches its 47th season on October 14 at the Segal Centre. The play by acclaimed playwright Katori Hall is a reimagining of the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life. The play derived its name from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech “I have been to the Mountaintop” delivered on April 3, 1968, that fateful day before he was assassinated. …

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Richardson and Thompson- Hall join Men’s Choir on stage

Union United Church 110th Anniversary. Men’s Gospel Choir 18th Anniversary Contact Staff It’s safe to say, in the 18 years that the Men Gospel Choir of Union United Church has been hosting their annual concert hardly anyone has ever left without the upliftment and joy that gospel music offers. Last October, in spite of the inclement weather, lovers of music and loyal fans and supporters jammed the sanctuary of the church on Delisle Street and enjoyed a laundry list of gospel favorites, some of the ole’ time standards mixed with a sprinkling of contemporary hits. In their almost two decades …

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Lyttle comes with legends for the ball

SVG’s Lyttle, Barbados’ Shirley Stuart, and Guyanese Aubrey Mann on one stage. One of the biggest dance events in the community in years Contact Staff Since he burst on the scene in 2004 with his mega hit, Turn Me On, Vincy superstar Kevin Lyttle continues to hold the attention of fans around the world with a steadily expanding repertoire of chart busters, all carrying his signature fusion of dancehall soca and R&B. In November last year, he released “Slow Motion,” which was written by Lyttle himself and produced by a California-based trio of musicians known as Bad Royale. The song …

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The sad state of Puerto Rico after Maria

Weeks after the hurricane no food, no water, no electricity, no medication, lots of BS from the president Egbert Gaye Two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the island remains in a bad state. Thirty-four people confirmed dead as a direct or indirect result of the category 4 Hurricane that struck on September 20. And experts agree that after clearing up the rubble and taking stock,   the number of dead will rise considerably, maybe into the hundreds. More than half of the population of 3.6 million remain without safe drinking water and 95% are without electricity, including almost all …

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One container off to Antigua-Barbuda. More help needed

Still collecting donations to help hurricane-ravaged islands Contact staff Montrealers have responded like champions to the call to assist Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm, that destroyed almost every standing structure on the island. Immediately after the catastrophe, members of the local Antigua and Barbuda Association kicked into action with their Hurricane Relief plan and began collecting supplies to ship home to assist the 1800 people who lost everything they owned. Organization president Juleen Barrington and executive member Erene Anthony, together with their team, were tireless in collecting stuff from Montreal at various points across …

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Taking a knee while taking a stand

Colin Kapernick’s place alongside other brave men such as Jackie Robinson, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, and Muhammad Ali Egbert Gaye When in August 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand by taking a knee during the playing of the American national anthem before the start of an NFL game, he joined the ranks of a select few high-profile athletes who dared to “call out” the United States on widespread racism and social injustice that continue to debilitate the lives of Blacks and other minorities. Kaepernick, then quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, began his protest by sitting during …

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Black candidates in the fray for Nov. 5 election

Contact Staff For decades, Blacks have been relatively absent from municipal politics in the city of Montreal. As such, Franz Benjamin representing Montreal North stands today as the only Black person at City Hall, among the 65 city councilors. This year, a few high profile members of our community representing the three major municipal parties will try to up that number from one after the November 5 elections. Tiffany Calender, long-serving executive director of the Cote des Neiges Black Community Association might be the most recognizable. She is running for Team Coderre in the Cote des Neiges district and is …

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And when the protesting and talking is over, what?

AFFLICTING THE COMFORTABLE, COMFORTING THE AFFLICTED   Many people think, are even convinced, that racism stops at the 49th parallel. That when it produces its passport and reasons for wanting to enter Canada there’s a swift rebuttal: entry denied. The difference between the USA and Canada is the old cliché, “their form of racism is blatant; in Canada it’s more subtle.” As if there are different ways of gauging the repugnant institutionalized practice and its manifestations. Furthermore, inasmuch as there weren’t any cultivation of Poplar trees, or establishment of a slave industry in Canada, it still engaged in “peonage léger.” …

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T&T in Mind. Miami jamming

As soon as fall season hits, I start searching  for cheap flights to Trinidad and  Tobago for the 2018 carnival. While I focus on  T&T, others are preparing for their final North American carnival fix in  Miami. Hurricane Irma was not enough to stop this year’s Miami Broward  One Carnival. The Carnival is set to take place on Sunday, October 8,  2017 and the weekend promises it’s usual treats of Caribbean food,  music and people. Miami Carnival is also the stepping-stone for many  Soca artists introducing their new music for 2018. After  the hurricane, anticipation is building and people are …

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Leadership: A Call to Action

The Black community is currently in need of a unique leadership group that is courageous enough to speak truth to power and work towards a socio-economic society protected by political might. Life’s experiences have forced me to adopt the level of thinking that I have, one which usurps mediocrity and regularly challenges me to avoid maintaining the status quo. This explains why I tackle critical and sometimes controversial key issues, which negatively impact the Black community every day. Ever so often someone in the Black community asks me the following questions: “Who is our leader?” “Where are our leaders?” Such …

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