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Spiritually satisfying while getting their jazz on

Priscilla Findlay and Guerschon Auguste: Gospel Meets Jazz Rosie Awori Fusing the sweet sounds of gospel and the groovy Jazz tunes can be expected in an extravaganza dubbed “Gospel meets Jazz.” It’s what two young Montrealers, Priscilla Findlay and Guerschon Auguste are promising to deliver in their upcoming show, what is expected to be an inspirational event in the city. The duo has been slowly making waves on the gospel circuit, locally and internationally. And with youth on their side they’re on course and moving in the right direction. Guerschon Auguste holds a degree in Jazz Interpretation from Université de …

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Jonathan Emile launches full length Reggae album

When we met Jonathan Emile in 2011 he was a recent cancer survivor who channeled the power of music to help him beat one of the most aggressive forms of the disease, and he made it his life’s mission to share his contagious passion for creative rhymes and rhythms with the world. Young, up-beat and entrepreneurial, Emile was determined to use his music to spread its healing and restorative powers, as much as to entertain. Not surprising for those who have come to know him that his debut EP, The Lover/Fighter Document, released on MindPeaceLove, his independent label, made it …

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BARKLEY Transport: Building on the strength of its employees

BARKLEY Transport, a trucking company established in 2014 by two young members of our community, Lance Clarke and Barkley Cineus Jr., offering commercial transport and residential moving services. It continues to define itself by the services it provides to social enterprises and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Montreal Area. Its clientele include Salvation Army, Logifem, Goodee World, and Garde Manger Pours Tous. The company also defines itself by having a workforce that’s made up almost in its entirety of young Black men. One of the goals of BARKLEY Transport is the empowerment of its workers, which triggered an initiative by …

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A TASTE OF TEA WITH SAMPLING OF MOTOWN

Six female doctors to be honoured with the Woman of Merit Award Contact Staff On Sunday, March 8, Quebec’s Health and Social Services minister, Dr. Lionel Carmant, will join other Montrealers at the Cote St. Luc Aquatic and Community Centre at an event “A Taste of Tea” that has become a massive celebration of women and their achievements and contributions. This year, as usual, the annual event will feature the presentation of the Woman of Merit Awards and six medical practitioners – Dr. Stephanee Omotayo Bakare, Dr. Penny-Jane Baylis, Dr. Anita Brown-Johnson, Dr. Nana Graves, Dr. Fadji Koffi and Dr. …

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#SheDidThat & Classic Man help students shine on their big night

You can be a sponsor or you can help a student enjoy a grand prom experience Contact Staff For the past seven years some well-deserving students in the community have been attending their prom in fine style thanks to the outreach efforts of three West Island go-getters, Katrina Nurse, Tamraa Greenidge and Tish Mclean. The trio is the force behind SheDidThatProm & The Classic Man initiative that offers two graduating high school students, female and male, all-expense paid prom experiences that go above and beyond. Winners are treated to a full makeover – hair, makeup, new prom dress or suit, …

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African News

Invaded by Locusts

Billions of desert locusts are swarming across eastern Africa—mainly affecting Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania and have now crossed over into South Sudan who is already reeling from widespread hunger and years of civil war. The swarms are massive: one of the largest in Kenya is about 37 miles long and 25 miles wide. For reference, that could cover more than half of NDG. The swarms, which are dense enough at times to block out sunlight, are the worst to hit Ethiopia and Somalia in 25 years, and the worst in Kenya in 70 years. Desert locusts can travel …

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Caribbean News

Dr. Kamau Braithwaite: A Caribbean man of letters

Remembered as titan of Caribbean Literature by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley Contact Staff With the passing of Dr. Kamau Brtaithwithe on February 4, the Caribbean lost one of its literary giants. The Barbados-born poet and academic distinguished himself with a body of work that includes over 50 books of poetry, plays, essays and novels. He also taught extensively in Ghana, the University of the West Indies and at New York University where he was professor of Comparative Literature. In a spectacularly gilded career, Dr. Braithwaite earned some of the most prestigious international awards for his contributions as a historian, …

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Remembering Tony “Tiger” Teemal

Contact Staff News of the passing of Raymond Tony Teemal spread across our community like a wildfire on the hills of the northern range in Trinidad and Tobago and ignited bursts of sadness and mourning. Tony Tiger as he’s known to some or Tony d’ Doubles-man he is known to others was a community favorite in the truest sense of the term. He died on Saturday, February 15 after an extended struggle with cardio-vascular issues. Originally from Morvant, a little bedroom community on the outskirts of Port of Spain, Trinidad, where his family owned the “little shop” on the corner. …

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HERE AND NOW

Rosie AWORI On January 29, a cross-section of Montrealers gathered at Salon Urbain, Place des Arts for the launch of Black History Month 2020. at the Place des Arts. It was organized by The Round Table on Black History Month and kicks off with events and activities showcasing the presence, contributions and achievements of Blacks in Montreal, across Canada and around the world. Those gathered for the launch heard messages from Michael Farkas, president of the Round Table and from Deputy Mayor of Montreal Sterling Downey on behalf of Mayor Valerie Plante. The theme of this year’s celebration is Here …

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Carla Beauvais turns advocacy and organizing into empowerment

Contact Staff The way Carla Beauvais sees it, Black History Month comes as a reminder for us as a community to get our act together: to reflect and figure out ways to build for the future. “I see it as a platform for us to take a moment to think creatively, and maybe organize ourselves for the rest of the year,” says Beauvais who has been the coordinator of the Round Table on Black History Month for the last 12 years. She says every time February rolls around, it should remind us of how much work Black people still have …

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