Community News

A Young Hand Leading a Timeless Organization

Rachel Salmon takes the helm of Colored Women’s Club of Montreal, one of Canada’s longest standing organizations Egbert Gaye At 33-years-old, Rachel Salmon is mindful of the significance of the task handed to her when she assumed leadership of the Colored Women’s Club of Montreal (CWC), the oldest organization of its kind in Canada and a foundational one for our community. Founded in 1902 by seven American women, wives of railroad porters, the CWC was built on service to the community, providing much needed relief to those on the margins of society. The women, many of them Black Cross nurses …

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Community News

Achevers Celebrated for BHM 2K18

Contact Staff Sixteen Montrealers and a group of community activists are being recognized for their achievements and contributions as laureates in the 2018 Black History Month calendar. Among the 16 are several well-recognized names in the community, including Dr. Mryna Lashley, the first Black associate dean at John Abbott College and a professor in the department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She is also the Honorary Consul of Barbados at Montreal. Music maven, Duke Eatmon is also featured in the calendar recognizing the spectacular work sharing the history of Black music, as a commentator at CBC Radio, and as an …

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Special Features

J-Rich has a Plan for his Music

Toronto born up-and-coming star fuses Reggae Dancehall and Hip Hop Contact Staff It’s a long distance call from Jamaica, but it’s easy to feel the enthusiasm on the other end of the line as J-Rich talks about the adventure he’s on, exploring his passion for music will take him. One thing is for sure, the Toronto-born singer feels at home in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica where he is currently honing his musical skills as he works with, and is learning from, some of the best in the business. “It means something when your music is well-received in your home community, and …

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Special Features

The passing of a community champion Len Charles

Contact Staff The community is in mourning over the passing of Lennox Charles. The well-loved community worker and promoter of Black and Caribbean culture died on Thursday, February 1, two days after he was struck by a snow clearing tractor as he was returning home from church around 5:30 in the evening. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Charles migrated to Montreal in the 1960s and carved out a stable career at the Jewish general Hospital where he worked for several decades and helped many community members find jobs or accessed services. He was a dedicated and long-time member of …

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Community News

Documenting the effects of Systemic Racism in Quebec

BCQ’s brief to the Quebec government chronicles a long history of marginalization of Blacks and other cultural communities Egbert Gaye The Black Coalition of Quebec (BCQ) has completed a comprehensive overview of the situation faced by Blacks and other visible minorities in the province over the past three decades or so, and has determined that the provincial government has failed in its obligation to effectively deal with issues of discrimination, racism and integration. The Coalition submitted a 90-page document to the ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI), titled 30 Years of Recommendations and Studies for Non-Evidential Results: A Collective …

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Commentaries

So yes, we do have a Black History

WE’RE HERE… I like history, especially Black history. Just because I am not yet satiated, my Black history quota still has not been met. Everyday, I mean everyday… my eyes and mind are open to (learning) something new; be it something I read, saw on television, social media, etc., or overheard in a conversation.  It’s all about purging myself of that glut of European history I imbibed (was indoctrinated with, subconsciously force-fed) beginning in elementary school and into high school. Post secondary offers some options. So last Thursday 1, I tuned in to CBC radio’s early morning show, and heard …

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Commentaries

Shhhhh! I Am Trying To Listen

Listening can improve your relationships….. Effective communication requires active listening. Listening is the ability to receive and interpret information that you just heard but listening is not the same as hearing. Listening requires focus and concentration and you actually have to stop and pay attention to what the other person is saying. You want to validate what the other person is saying, you might have to agree to disagree, but that’s better than completely devaluing what the other person has communicated to you. And you always want to clarify to make sure that there are no misunderstandings. For example you …

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Events

A raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness Black Boys on stage

Rosie Awori When three friends united by color and sexual orientation came together, they begun to conceptualize a production that would clearly articulate their narrative. That is how the Black Boys, was birthed. The three artists, Stephen Jackman- Torkoff , Tawiah Ben-Eben M’Carthy and Thomas Olajide created the play and used it as a conduit to tackle issues on, race, sexuality and gender. Through intimate monologues and poetry they weave a passionate exploration of Blackness and masculinity from their eyes. The play is an extremely bold and poignant piece tackling their queer identities and their perspective of race. They each …

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Community News

Community Events Feb 7,2018

February Events at UNION UNITED CHURCH Nelson Mandela Worship Service The faith community is invited to UNION  UNITED CHURCH Worship Service to celebrate internationally acclaimed human rights leader, Nelson Mandela  on February 11 at 11 A.M. at 3007 Delisle Street un St. Henri NOSTALGIA FOOD FAIR The congregation of Union United is inviting all Montrealers to its annual food fest: The NOSTALGIA FOOD FAIR Featuring  a range of AFRICAN, CARRIBEAN AND CANADIAN CUISINE On Saturday February 24,  at the church hall, 3007 Delisle, Montreal QC (Metro: Lionel Groulx, corner Atwater). Free Admission. For more information: (514)932-8731 Youth in Arts Concert …

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Entertainment

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO TRANSFORMED INTO A SOCA KINGDOM

Soca, Chutney, Calypso, Steelband And Masquerade One of the biggest events in the Caribbean calendar will soon be upon us. Trinidad and Tobago carnival, with its usual display of costumes, fetes, music and energetic celebrations comes on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which falls this year on February 12 and 13. On those two days and the weeks leading up to them, the country is transformed into a boiling-pot of music and activities showcasing why it’s known as the land of steelpan, calypso and masquerades. And a highlight of the carnival is the crowning of the champions in …

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