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Becoming a Queen of Stage and Social Media

 No drama for Lettia McNickle Contact Staff In a world where some are made and others are broken by social media, 22-year-old Lettia McNickle is quickly mastering the many communication platforms such as Facebook and Internet TV, and using them to earn some short-term points and position herself for a future in the media. Today, she is the reigning Miss Black Beauty (Quebec), a crown she snagged in a mostly French environment at a show on April 1, at Plaza Antique, a feat that followed her winning the Miss Montreal Carnival Queen in June last year. Lettia, who is currently …

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She did her part to help domestics in Quebec

Beverly Deroy remembers the tough days Egbert Gaye Part of the foundation of our community rests on the shoulders of the thousands of women who made their way here to Montreal and other big Canadians cities as domestics from across the Caribbean. They came in large numbers in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and worked hard to pave the way for others to follow, many of them bringing husbands and relatives helping to shape the landscape of our community, many sometimes under abusive conditions. When Beverly Deroy left her native Jamaica in 1976 to come to Montreal, with the promise …

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Call her Miss Diva but Color her Passionate

Always shining in the spotlight   Egbert Gaye The thing about Alicia Anderson is that she has grown accustomed to winning and making things happen, especially on stage.  That’s why fans get a treat when she gets into her act, because for her it has always been all or nothing. As one of Montreal’s emerging reggae stars, the woman they call Miss Diva has placed herself on a fast track in getting to the top of her game. And says she’s doing it by “staying busy, staying true to myself and staying true to the music.” “I think the most …

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Audley Coley at Indigo Books

Contact Staff On Saturday, March 4, at Indigo bookstore in downtown Montreal, Audley Coley will be on hand for a re-launch of his book, Audley Enough. It chronicles how he has been able to live a “normal” life while suffering with bipolar illness, by managing his affliction over the years by maintaining a positive attitude. First published in 2013, the book is “a brief account” of Coley’s journey, and is both motivational and inspiring, especially for people who also may be suffering with the affliction and seeking help. His first crisis happened when he was 27. His core message then …

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Dayle King’s Next Chapter

Renowned dance instructor and choreographer active as ever now that she has turned 60. She will be recognized on Friday, February 17 Contact Staff There’s something intriguing about Dayle King: the way she looks … the way she moves. “Nothing special,” she says in a recent telephone interview. “Just a lot of self confidence and the way I choose to carry myself.” And she has decided to take it to another level now that that she has turned that magic number of 60. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to get to my 60th birthday and begin this …

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The Forgotten Angel of the Battle of the Bulge

Remembering Augusta Marie Chiwy By J. Leblanc Augusta Marie Chiwy was born in 1921 in Burundi. She was the daughter of a Belgian veterinarian and his Congolese wife. When she was 9 years old she moved to Bastogne, her father’s hometown located in Southeast Belgium. On May 10, 1940, Belgium was invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany. During the long occupation Augusta went to nursing school, and after graduating worked in a hospital in the city of Louvain, about 160 km from Bastogne. On June 6, 1944, allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in France and fought their …

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Warren Allmand was a good man

Novel Thomas Longtime Liberal MP Warren Allmand died on Wednesday, December 7. He was 84. For over 30 years, Allmand served at all political levels—federally, provincially and municipally. An indefatigable champion of human rights and other social justice issues he fought for the issues that were close to his heart uncompromisingly. Allmand’s commitment to social justice was seeded at a young age during the Great Depression; it was a period that helped to nurture his comprehension of humanity and served him in good stead in his adult life, and more specifically throughout his political life. A lawyer by profession, Allmand …

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Christmas with Zina Cantave

The holiday season is in full swing and marks the beginning of many celebrations, from office parties to family gatherings and several other events. On December 18th, pop/rnb singer artist Zina Cantave will be hosting a must-attend Christmas concert. We recently sat down with her to give our readers some details about the show. Community Contact: What motivated you to present this upcoming show? Zina: Other independent artists. Watching them work hard and going forward with what they love to do motivated me to work as hard and do something to let people know that singing is not just a …

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Sean Henry: taking his place on Montreal airwaves

After years on the small-market beat   Egbert Gaye Maybe because there’s a marked under-representation of Blacks and other minorities in newsrooms across Canada, there’s a tendency in our community to celebrate those who’ve made it and hold them up as role models. So it should be with Sean Henry. But there’s another reason why we have to be proud of the 38-year-old CBC radio and television weekend anchor and general reporter: he’s good at his job. Not surprisingly Henry, who returned home to Montreal only four years ago after first a three-year tenure with Global Television in Quebec City …

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Professor Adelle Blackett continues along her path of excellence

Named as a Canada Research Chair Contact Staff More evidence that McGill University Law professor,  Adelle Blackett is a global leader in her in her field of studies comes with her appointment as a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Transnational Labour Law and Development. The position as stated in  program’s website  is part of a Canadian government initiative that established 2000 research professorship at 76 universities across the country as part of a  national strategy “to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development.” The program invests about  $265 million per year “to attract and …

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