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ONE19: JIREH and MONTREAL GOSPEL CHOIR celebrate Christmas

Egbert Gaye For thousands of Montrealers, it has become a signature of the holiday season in this city to spend an evening in the bliss with Jireh Gospel Choir and Montreal Gospel Choir. Last December, more than 2,000 packed the majestic sanctuary of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church at 309 rue Rachel East in downtown Montreal for a feast of music prepared by Carol Bernard, director of the two choirs: Jireh Gospel Choir, a long-standing institution in the city and the Montreal Gospel Choir, a 100-voice emerging musical force on the Gospel circuit. Bernard says both groups offer a combination of “authenticity …

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On The Horizon In Chateauguay

For three decades this community association has been an integral part of their city… Egbert Gaye About one-fifth of the 50,000 or so people that call Chateauguay home are identified as Black. They come from the Caribbean, Africa and other regions around the world and many have distinguished themselves by their achievements and their contributions to their community, their city and the province. For well over 30 years The Chateauguay Horizon Community Association has been striving to be a unifying force for the 9,000 or so Black people living in the region, many of who were there from quite early …

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Exile Blues: A story of displacement and struggle

Book Launch on Friday November 29 Douglas Gary Freeman’s life has been colored by the many instances of forced movements and self-imposed exile, which he details with literary heft in his book, Exile Blues. The former civil rights activist’s life is framed by the extraordinary journey that has seen him run out of the US to Canada; taken from this country back to the US and then forcefully barred from Canada. Born Joseph Pannell in Washington D.C, he grew up in the 60’s in the south side of Chicago during the time of the Civil Rights movement and became a …

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Youth Energized for Christ: Program to help youth across Montreal.

Contact Staff “I don’t like school and I don’t like French,” as a teacher by profession, Sandra Anderson was appalled to hear this from the many youth she interacted with in Montreal. She began racking her brain to think of what she can do to spark a change. She remembered a vision she had while on holiday in Jamaica where she saw scores of children looking desperate and desolate. After some time in prayer she knew what she needed to do. It was here that the Youth Energized for Christ was born. It is a wholistic educational program targeting young …

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Uganda Launches its First Mobile Phone Assembly and Manufacturing Plant

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni commissioned Uganda’s first ever-mobile phone and computer assembly plant on Friday November 22, in Uganda. This comes as the government takes strides to promote ICT manufacturing in the country, President Museveni said that the Chinese have been Africa’s development partners on the path for durable infrastructure development which are critical in the transformation of the economy. He said growing the industrial sector is a major bonus for the Chinese. The factory was built by ENGO Holdings Limited, which is Chinese-owned. The factory will start operating at full capacity in 2021. At this optimum level, it is …

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Gaining knowledge about your adversary

Prayer is the key… God is good. And just as God exists as a light in this world, there also exists a darkness. The ruler of this darkness is the father of lies, but the good God that I serve is the father of TRUTH. This ruler of darkness is the same one who tempted Adam and Eve to sin in the garden and through their sin brought evil into this world. An evil that is Governed by wickedness in high places. Wickedness is taking advantage of ignorant men and women. Of those who refuse to believe that there is …

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Calm In The Midst Of The Storm

If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today – T. Hanh We all go through stormy seasons in life and we wait expectantly for the storm to end. Life isn’t always an easy road to travel; it can be full of frustrations, heartbreaks, losses, disappointments and challenges. We know that rain helps things to grow; it nurtures and replenishes dry places, and we need water to live. But sometimes it feels like when it rains it pours; it seems like everything is going wrong in our lives and it begins to feel overwhelming, scary …

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Leaders, Choices and Voices

In Mis-Education of the Negro, Carter Woodson, the father of Black History asserts, “Blacks sometimes choose their own leaders but unfortunately they are too often the wrong kind. WE do not readily follow persons with constructive programs. Almost any sort of exciting appeal or trivial matter presented to them may receive immediate attention and liberal support. In many circles we have become so intellectually lazy that we will believe just about anything from anyone, that is, as long as we do not have to do anything except trumpet a Promised Land/ Eden message, and if we never have to sacrifice …

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DISAPPEARING US?

Just Conjuring Food For Thought…Novel Thomas There I was last weekend doing domestic, but necessary chores. And as normally is the case whenever I’m doing mundane stuff my mind was roaming and racing with thoughts from the trivial to serious matters of social import. In the process the perennially troubling one of policing in Montreal and how it impact the Black community, more specifically why the police continues to harass Black males in particular came to mind. I know… I know… It’s sounding like Christmas so there must be something pleasant to muse on. Nevertheless… We now know that there’s …

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Toronto author Ian Williams Wins Scotiabank Giller Prize

Contact Staff Acclaimed poet, born in Trinidad and Tobago, becomes third Black Canadian to win the prestigious literary award Ian Williams, born in Trinidad and Tobago, grew up in Toronto, and walked away with the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s top literary award at a gala ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on Monday November 18. The 40-year-old Williams snagged the $100,000 award for his debut novel, Reproduction, a fiction built on the complexities of a love story two people from different worlds, an island girl and a wealthy German heir who met at a hospital room …

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