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Real people telling real stories…

BORN TO RISE  on April 27 Contact Staff For four years Montrealers have been coming out to a grand event to hear people tell their stories of confronting and overcoming personal challenges of one kind or another. So in keeping with the spirit of “overcoming…” the much-anticipated event has now been cemented in the minds of those who have been participants or guests. To that end, Born To Rise is back for its 5th edition. As in previous years, this year’s event will be another occasion to hear Real people tell Real Stories, all the while moving emotions in a …

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REACHING FOR STARLIGHT

Playwright Donna Michelle St. Bernard offers up a family show that’s a conversation starter Rosie Awori There has been a buzz of anticipation surrounding Geordie Theatre’s production of Reaching for Starlight. The play is ready to be launched on April 26 at Concordia University’s D. B. Clarke Theatre. Inspired by the film Black Ballerina, artistic director Mike Payette commissioned Donna-Michelle St. Bernard to write a play that would translate across the Canadian demographic. Reaching for Starlight has been three years in the making and is being touted as Geordie’s biggest production to date, featuring an illustrious cast of 12 performers. …

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Local boxer Diizon Belfon wants you to expect the Best

Call him the Kidd Wonder Egbert Gaye After only two professional fights, it might be a little early for predictions, but spend a little time with Diizon Belfon and you too might be tempted to say that the young Montrealer is destined for big things in the boxing ring. Maybe it’s the way he disposed of his high caliber opponents in those recent fights, or it might be his overwhelming self-confidence, which is driven by eagerness to learn and to grow. “I’m quite aware of what I’m involved in when I get into the ring. It’s to be the best …

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Lighthouse Tabernacle Apostolic. Looking back, Reaching Forward

Testimonial In 2011 when God spoke to me to start Lighthouse Tabernacle Apostolic, I really didn’t know what lay ahead. In the early days of our ministry we went from home to home and at one point even had a service in a park during which I felt as if I was preaching to trees. Nevertheless, we continued forward and continued to build. We eventually found a location, and on May 4, 2014 we officially launched the ministry. So far it has been an exceptional journey. Over the years, people have come and gone. We’ve experienced good and bad, but …

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They Call Me George

Cecil Foster. They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada. Windsor, Ontario: Biblioasis. 2019. 295 pages. African Canadian History. Reviewed by H. Nigel Thomas Cecil Foster’s latest book, They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada, is nothing short of a panegyric to those Black men who fought White bigotry in Canada for three-quarters of a century. Foster credits them for the revamping of the Canadian immigration system that excluded non-Whites for a widening of employment opportunities for Blacks in Canada, and …

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African Roundup April 18, 2019

When the world looked away, 800,000 were slaughtered Remembering the Rwandan Genocide   The resilience of the African continent is a consistent wonder.  In spite of all the encumbering factors that have constantly plagued her, Africa stands and lives to fight another day. In this edition, we remember one of the most horrific massacres in Africa, The Rwandan Genocide. On the night of 6 April 1994 a plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi – both Hutus – was shot down, killing everyone on board. Hutu extremists blamed the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) consisting mostly …

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An Appeal for Help

Searching for a donor: Faddy’s urgent need of a kidney transplant A circle of friends and relatives are gathering around Samsubdar Samlal Dob as the devoted family man (a husband and father of three teenagers) faces his most urgent hour of need. The 49-year-old Trinidad-born, LaSalle resident known to many as “Faddy” was recently diagnosed with a degenerative kidney disease and is in desperate need of a transplant. Those around him say his quality of life has deteriorated significantly due to the ailment that has him on dialysis four days a week and unable to work, triggering an urgent appeal …

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A Delightful Evening with Aliah Guerra

Music lovers are witnessing a star in the making Submitted by Dr. Quentin Newhouse Jr. Phenomenal, talented, highly professional, genius, and composed with great stage presence are some of the terms I could apply to the performance I experienced last Saturday featuring Aliah Guerra. Aliah is quickly moving up the ladder in the music industry, with a CD, recognition from SOCAN and a growing following on social media. The 21-year-old budding local musician/artist performed with grace and style far beyond her years, even “scatting” during one of her self-written songs, which was well received by the highly appreciative audience at …

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Juliano Gray: Victim of Abuse in Metro Speaks out

Diagnosed with PTSD Rosie Awori Recently  a video began circulating featuring a young Black man being brutally beaten by two STM inspectors at the Villa Maria metro platform. Juliano Gray, the man being beaten finally spoke out about his ordeal on  March 26, at a press conference at the Center for Research Action on Race Relations (CRARR). The incident began on the orange line metro where 22 year-old Gray was approached by inspectors for bouncing his basketball in the moving metro car. They then asked him to show his ticket as proof of payment for the ride. He did not …

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Former Montrealer Michael Baffoe elevates to the top of academia

Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Manitoba Contact Staff Former Montrealer Michael Baffoe has reached the top echelon of the academic ranks at the University of Manitoba where he was recently promoted to full professor in the department of Social Works. An astute community organizer, during his time here, Professor Baffoe was he engaged in a number of community building initiatives. He is best remembered as the founder and former executive director of Black Star Big Brother Project, the popular mentoring program that provided positive role models for young Black boys growing up in female-headed single-parent families in …

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