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Real people telling real stories…

BORN TO RISE  on April 27 Contact Staff For four years Montrealers have been coming out to a grand event to hear people tell their stories of confronting and overcoming personal challenges of one kind or another. So in keeping with the spirit of “overcoming…” the much-anticipated event has now been cemented in the minds of those who have been participants or guests. To that end, Born To Rise is back for its 5th edition. As in previous years, this year’s event will be another occasion to hear Real people tell Real Stories, all the while moving emotions in a …

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REACHING FOR STARLIGHT

Playwright Donna Michelle St. Bernard offers up a family show that’s a conversation starter Rosie Awori There has been a buzz of anticipation surrounding Geordie Theatre’s production of Reaching for Starlight. The play is ready to be launched on April 26 at Concordia University’s D. B. Clarke Theatre. Inspired by the film Black Ballerina, artistic director Mike Payette commissioned Donna-Michelle St. Bernard to write a play that would translate across the Canadian demographic. Reaching for Starlight has been three years in the making and is being touted as Geordie’s biggest production to date, featuring an illustrious cast of 12 performers. …

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Local boxer Diizon Belfon wants you to expect the Best

Call him the Kidd Wonder Egbert Gaye After only two professional fights, it might be a little early for predictions, but spend a little time with Diizon Belfon and you too might be tempted to say that the young Montrealer is destined for big things in the boxing ring. Maybe it’s the way he disposed of his high caliber opponents in those recent fights, or it might be his overwhelming self-confidence, which is driven by eagerness to learn and to grow. “I’m quite aware of what I’m involved in when I get into the ring. It’s to be the best …

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POLITICAL WOMEN PLEASE

More women, international political leaders, are what the world needs. On the African continent it’s an urgency. Political men have outlived their useful… uselessness.   When I’m not in church on a Sunday morning, I use the time to partake of the religion of politics by watching and listening to the ideological ponderings of diverse characters that saturate network television. And there’re enough characters every channel espousing individual political and ideological perspectives to nourish and satiate viewers’ political bents. I especially like CNN’s Global Public Square (GPS) hosted by Fareed Zakaria, an award-winning journalist, political scientist, and author. And his …

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Montreal’s economy booms. Blacks continue to lag

We watch as the good times roll Montreal is booming. In fact, it was the top economic performer among all Canadian cities and at the same time out-performing almost every American city in 2018. It’s unlike anything seen in this city’s recent history as almost every sector of the economy fires in overdrive, bringing jobs, stimulating the real estate market and boosting arts and culture. And the progress parade is expected to continue as forecasters are projecting Montreal’s gross domestic product to rise by at least 4.2 per cent, while unemployment drops to 5.5 per cent, the lowest it has …

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Be The Change…

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself: [L. Tolstoy] It’s so easy to look at someone and decide that they need to change, but it’s not quite as easy to look within and realize that you might be the one that actually needs to make some adjustments. Mathew 7:3-5  tells us:  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the …

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Crimson love for the Black race: You are worth dying for

It is such a beautiful sight when one witnesses the diversity of our races in one setting. We are almost five months into the year but I am convinced that, together,this year 2019, we are going to change the perspective that, we the Black race has had  about ourselves. We have to learn to appreciate our race, our beauty, our intelligence, our worth and value; even the color of our skin. Your skin, no matter what it’s shade, is beautiful in the sight of God; because he created it that way. We are living canvases to display the creative and …

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Lighthouse Tabernacle Apostolic. Looking back, Reaching Forward

Testimonial In 2011 when God spoke to me to start Lighthouse Tabernacle Apostolic, I really didn’t know what lay ahead. In the early days of our ministry we went from home to home and at one point even had a service in a park during which I felt as if I was preaching to trees. Nevertheless, we continued forward and continued to build. We eventually found a location, and on May 4, 2014 we officially launched the ministry. So far it has been an exceptional journey. Over the years, people have come and gone. We’ve experienced good and bad, but …

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They Call Me George

Cecil Foster. They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada. Windsor, Ontario: Biblioasis. 2019. 295 pages. African Canadian History. Reviewed by H. Nigel Thomas Cecil Foster’s latest book, They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada, is nothing short of a panegyric to those Black men who fought White bigotry in Canada for three-quarters of a century. Foster credits them for the revamping of the Canadian immigration system that excluded non-Whites for a widening of employment opportunities for Blacks in Canada, and …

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Bun and Cheese: A delightfully tasty Easter tradition

I have a few questions…. Do you put up a Christmas tree in your home in December? Do you eat turkey on Thanksgiving? Do you buy chocolate and flowers for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day? I bet the majority will say: Yes! Then have you ever asked yourself, why? Regardless of what race, religion, culture or background we belong to we tend to follow traditions and adopt habits without truly the history behind them. I am willing to confess to doing the same. Just last week I remember telling my friends that Easter is around the corner, and I …

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