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A Special Call to Community for a Special Show

JIREH WILL BE JOINED ON STAGE BY Audrey DuBois Harris FOR ONE17 at EGLISE Le-Saint-Jean-Baptiste       Egbert Gaye Standing in front of her two choirs, the last thing Carol Bernard wants to be thinking about is the demographic make-up of her audiences as she attempts to draw them into the always-spectacular performances delivered by her singers. But sometimes she just can’t help it and she is troubled by what she sees when she looks into the crowd. “Not enough Black people attending our shows,” she says, bluntly. “We are a Black choir and as much as we value …

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Making a difference and spreading awareness

Caren Mellow recognized as a Difference Maker. She stands among 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health Egbert Gaye Ten years as a psychiatric nurse and a health teacher at a school where students confront almost daily multiple socio-economic issues, Caren Mellow knows a thing or two about the precariousness of mental health. That’s why over the past four years she has been doing her part to heighten consciousness at her school, ACCESS Riverside, among students and co-workers and in the community. Her annual walk staged in May, aimed at “breaking down stigma and promoting mental health awareness,” is growing in …

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Seven mature beauties vie to be Miss Elegance

Contact STAFF There is beauty and poise at any age. And it will come to the fore when seven mature  Montrealers take to the stage on Dec 9,  for a Beauty Pageant at Le Manoir in NDG. The women will be judged on talent, walk, and a question and answer segment. Organizers at Caribbean Promotions say the event  will celebrate the diversity of mature women and will be a move away from the traditional beauty contests that have been based on  preserving youth. It has been long thought that pageants are all about promoting physical appearances and  unrealistic female attributes.  …

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So is there now renewed hope for Zimbabwe?

The End Of Rhodes, Rhodesia, and Robert Mugabe At a certain point in my existence I began to pay closer attention to the news… especially in relation to Black people (of the African Diaspora) vis-à-vis our place in the world…) our on the global stage and how our lives were being impacted by geopolitical events, especially those unfolding on the African continent. Listening to, reading about, or watching news coming out of Africa, the stories were almost predictable: drought, famine, starvation, and predictable multinational NGO appeals to the developed world for assistance…). And there were wars, recurring coups d’états… resulting …

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David Kalubi: Arrested then he dies

Family left confused after young Congolese man dies while in police custody Contact Staff Going on two months since David Kalubi died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody, family and friends are still waiting for official word from investigators. Dan Philip, head of the Black Coalition of Quebec, doesn’t expect much from Quebec’s Independent Investigations Bureau (BEI) that is looking into the case because of the usual veil of secrecy that surrounds the workings of the unit. “There is still so much that the family doesn’t know about why their son died, but sadly they may be able to …

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A demonized Robert Mugabe forced from office

Contact Staff The demonization of Robert Mugabe continues, even as the 93-year-old was ran out of office after 37 years as president of Zimbabwe, a country he helped to liberate in 1980 from the inhuman grip of minority rule and tyranny that kept his people subjugated and suffering for decades. Today, his people are besides themselves with jubilation after he was forced out of power by a limited military coup, followed by the threat of impeachment by the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, the ruling political party he help to found and a small uprising by frustrated Zimbabweans. Sadly, …

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Peace Be With You

John 14:27 says: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Peace. It doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or challenges. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. Many times we look outside of ourselves for things that will bring us peace, but in reality… peace comes from within us. Until you decide to change what’s happening on the …

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DJ Serius is all about good music

He will be at Lavish 2017 Contact Staff There are reasons why Dan Callender why has become a much sought-after disc jockey on the Montreal dance circuit, and they all hinge on his love of music and his consistently professional approach in delivering it to his audiences. Call him DJ Serius. It seems inevitable that Dj Serius would emerge as the top music man. He is having been nurtured into the business at an early age by his dad Handy Andy, a calypsonian and singer of worth; his older brother Don Smooth, a leading deejay and radio host, and his …

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Ninja Man Goes to jail. Destra engaged

We’re less than a month away from Christmas, the season of love, giving and sharing. So, let me give you a quick update on some of the most talked about subjects in the world of Soca in the Caribbean. The ‘Don Gorgon’, aka Ninja Man, was recently found guilty by a 7-member jury and convicted of murder in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaican artist Chronixx has been nominated for the first time for a Grammy Award. Laventille-born singer and Queen of Bacchanal, Destra Garcia is finally engaged to the love of her life. Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, and …

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Quebec in denial

Quebec needs to be aware – The issue of Racism will reappear. Cancellation is not equal to Annulation. Denying racism is the new racism (Bill Maher) Following the aftermath of a 2,662-signature petition tabled in the National Assembly by Québec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir, calling for “the creation of a consultation commission on systemic racism”, and voices calling for a legislative committee to look into the matter increased in volume, Premier Philippe Couillard’s government announced the immanency of measures for consulting the public on systemic racism in Quebec. On May 20, Kathleen Weil  then minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion …

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