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Meet Fatima Wilson: Hands-on Musically

Musician, teacher and expert pannist Egbert Gaye It’s not by chance that Fatima Wilson stands as the leading woman of steelpan music in Quebec. Thirty-one years ago, she came into the world, surrounded by the sound of the instrument, and as the child of iconic ‘pan-man’ Salah Wilson, she and her five siblings were immersed in it for all their lives. Today, with her father now based in Toronto, not only is Fatima one of the leading proponents of the steelband in the city, she is also a highly capable musical arranger, teacher, and of late an in-demand soloist. She …

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Boxers know exactly what they signed up for

Sometimes accidents happen in the ring but they take the bad with the good Egbert Gaye Boxers in Montreal are united in their support for Adonis Stevenson, who up to press time remained in an induced coma after being knocked out by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk in their light-heavyweight title fight at the Videotron Arena in Quebec City, on Saturday, December 1. The 41-year-old Montreal-based fighter who snatched the title from Chad Dawson in 2013 was well ahead on the score cards of two of the judges and tied on the third when the Ukrainian boxer over-powered him with several unanswered …

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Free Food and Fun on December 16

Contact Staff It that time of the year again when Montrealers in search of some seasonal warmth will gather at the Caribbean paradise Restaurant for the annual Toy and Dinner Giveaway. For the children, beginning at 11 AM on Sunday, December 16,  it will be a day of fun with face-painting, endless food and drink and a much anticipated appearance by the big guy with the white beard and red outfit. For the parents and the older set, they can look forward to an endless supply of food as well as non-stop music of every genre with appearances by the …

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Victory for Lettia McNickle: I am not my hair

Human Rights Commission awards her $14,500 Rosie Awori After three years, Lettia McNickle quest for justice has finally come to fruition. After she was harassed and fired unjustly in March 2015, The Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission recently awarded her $14,500 in her legal battle against Madisons. The young Montrealer was working as a host at Madisons New York Grill & Bar in October 2014 when she came to work with cornrows on one side and her hair neatly combed on the side. Her new hairstyle had patrons giving her compliments on how nice it was. However, her …

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Reggae declared a cultural gem

UNESCO: reggae music must be preserved and promoted as an international cultural treasure. Rosie Awori “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain…” Bob Marley On Friday November 30, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO) has moved that reggae music be preserved and promoted as an international cultural treasure. Announcing the decision, UNESCO said the music’s “contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual.” The term reggae originated from the term, “rege-rege’ which …

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Swag City: The story continues

“The reason why it’s important for me to tell my story around this time of the year, is for others in the community to know that they too have (the potential) to make it happen if they believe in themselves and are ready to work hard for what they want.” Egbert Gaye The story of Swag City, the little store that could, and its parent company JAH=ONE, tells of the struggles and the perseverance of a young Montrealer who believed in walking the path of self-employment. And from Day One, Moses Martin, known across the community as Gedian Fyah, knew …

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Study Shows Our youth are over-profiled and stressed out

#MtlSansProfilage Adds weight to a well-known fact on police-community relationship Contact STAFF With the release of a new research report on racial profiling in policing in Montreal, comes a bold call for the Montreal police department to apologize to the Black community for the harm that it has done to the community. “What this study has revealed to us is that racial profiling is profoundly detrimental to the mental health of the Blacks and (other racialized) youth and it impacts on their ability to strive and get to their potential as well as on their racial identity,” so says Dr. …

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Judging Justice Donald McLeod’s intentions

Judging Justice Donald McLeod’s intentions Contact Staff Ontario Court Justice Donald McLeod’s heart might have been in the right place when he offered himself to be of service to his community, but the move has landed him in trouble with the regulating body of his profession and could cost him his job. The judge is one of the founders and served as an interim chairperson of a steering committee for the Federation of Black Canadians (FBC), which set itself up as a pan-Canadian organization with a stated mandate to “advance the social, economic, political and cultural interests of Canadians of …

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African Roundup Dec 6, 2018

CANADA PLEDGES $50M TO SOUTH AFRICA’S EDUCATION FUND Canada will be donating $50 million to the late President Mandela’s Global legacy fund for children’s education and poverty alleviation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement via twitter to the host of the Global Citizen Festival, comedian Trevor Noah. “Hey @Trevornoah – thanks for everything you’re doing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the @GlblCtzn festival. Sorry I can’t be with you – but how about Canada pledges $50M to @EduCannotWait to support education for women & girls around the world? Work for you? Let’s do it,” Trudeau’s tweet read. The …

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Montreal Icon Releases a Masterpiece Album

Ladies and Gentlemen… Jah Cutta Egbert Gaye Never one to hold back on his emotions, Montreal reggae icon, Jah Cutta is offering a piece of his musical soul to music lovers in the city. It’s packaged in his soon-to-be released album: Ladies and Gentlemen… Jah Cutta. “To me, it’s a gift from God because I see it as a manifestation of what’s in me and the love I have for music,” is the way he describes it. “I think all the work I’ve done over the past 40-something years, have come together on this album.” Also, he says this project …

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