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Jekalyn Carr at Hellenic Center on August 11

Contact Staff Jekalyn Almonique Carr has been on the road to success and stardom the day she decided to dedicate her life inspiring others with her music and her ministry. By the time she was 11, she made the decision, and with the full support of her parents embarked on the journey that would become her life. At 15, she started to make her mark with her first Billboard top 5 single, Greater is Coming, from her debut studio album by the same name, which reached No. 3 on Billboard Gospel Albums. She went on to snag a Stellar Award, …

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Caribana 2018: Beautiful costumes, Salah Steelband Academy and Carnival Kingdom

Contact Staff   Thousands of revelers took over the Lakeshore in downtown Toronto on Saturday, August 4, in a spectacular showcase of the music, color and excitement of carnival, as the city celebrated   the 51st staging of Caribana. The celebration got underway early in the day with several dignitaries in attendance including newly elected Premier Doug Forde, and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. It attracted well over 250,000 spectators from across North America and beyond. About a dozen masquerade bands and four steelbands took to the Lakeshore before parading in front of the judges at Exhibition Center in Ontario Place. …

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Dan Philip still on the frontlines

“Every generation faces their own problems. I can’t say for certain that this generation is interested in confronting the problems we face today.”   Egbert Gaye On a hot summer day, Dan Philip, head of the Black Coalition of Quebec was sitting in his office on Decarie reading a recent article by Richard Martineau published in the Journal de Montreal. Of course, he and his organization came in for a lot of slag from Martineau who fancies himself a columnist and a commentator as he muses on the legitimacy of advocacy groups such the BCQ. “Dès qu’il y a un …

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Why Rue Delisle should become Rue Daisy Peterson-Sweeney

The hope is that when Montreal mayor Valerie Plante categorically dismissed the option of naming a street after beloved music teacher Daisy Peterson-Sweeney, she did not take the time to properly consider why the symbolic recognition is the right thing to do for an outstanding Montrealer and for our community. Ever since Plante’s predecessor, Denis Coderre, promised on August 16, following her death, that Peterson-Sweeney’s contributions to Montreal will not be forgotten, there has been an air of expectation among family members and many in the community. The hope was that Rue Delisle, where the historic Union United Church is …

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THIS ONE’S FOR RENO

Tribute to an ailing entertainer by Neville “Nato” Brown For much of the last two and a half decades, Reno Byer  emerged as  one of Montreal’s most versatile entertainers, thrilling audiences on his steelpan while belting out popular  calypsos and folk songs all punctuated by his unique comedy routine. Reno has a special gift; every word coming from his mouth has the tendency to make audiences listen, laugh and enjoy. Unfortunately, that special gift is being tested right now with news that sometime last year, Reno was diagnosed with Stage Four colon cancer. When Reno broke the news to me, …

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Emancipation Day 2018: Africa and the Caribbean still lag

Egbert Gaye On Wednesday August 1, countries across the Caribbean (many of them former colonies of Europe) and some in Africa will mark Emancipation Day as an observation of the abolition of slavery. When Emancipation Proclamation of 1833 was put into place, the practice of transporting human chattel across the Middle Passage from Africa to the west had lasted well over 400 years. And by the time the proclamation took hold a year later, on August 1, 1834, the Trans Atlantic slave trade had transformed the world as it was during the period that spanned the 16th century to the …

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Group collects 20,000 signatures for systemic racism consultations

Contact Staff Balarama Holness was beaming as he stood on the steps of City Hall on the morning of July 27 surrounded by a group of young Montrealers as they prepared to deliver the 20,000 signatures gathered to demand that the City hold public consultations on systemic racism and discrimination. The petition was delivered to the city clerk, who has 21 days to verify the signatures before municipal authorities issue a statement on the demands. The 20,000 collected far exceed the 15,000 threshold that is required to get City Hall to act on the demands of the group. Holness a …

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SPICE ISLAND DAY WAS A massive SUCCESS

Thousands revel in Vinet Park in Grenada celebration By:  Gemma Raeburn-Baynes The “Spice Island Cultural Day inaugural Extravaganza” staged on July 21 at Vinet Park in Little Burgundy was a celebration of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. And it was a massive success. . It was an amazing event. The more than 3,000 Montrealers who made it down to Vinet Park, the historical birthplace of Montreal’s Black community, to enjoy and celebrate the delights of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, was evidence of the grand success of the event, much to the satisfaction of our many sponsors, media partners and …

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Hanging Jacks and begging

Hundreds will gather in LaSalle for a weekend of All Fours Contact Staff It might be just a card game, but All Fours comes with a lot of over-blown emotion, so expect a lot of screaming and other expressions of joy, agony and defeat when hundreds of players gather at CEGEP Andre Laurendeau on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 for the 2018 Montreal Invitational All Fours Round Robin Tournament. According to organizer Henry Antoine, 20 teams from across North America, mostly Toronto, New York, Boston and Florida have already registered to compete in this year’s tournament. They will …

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Maude Fowles-Steele family raises $1700 for Alzimer’s

Contact Staff On Sunday, May 27, over 400 people walked together in Montreal’s Saint-Henri neighborhood to show their solidarity with people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The family of the late Maude Fowles-Steele participated in the annual walk for Alzheimer’s under the name Happy Choice. They managed to raise $1,700, which will allow regional Alzheimer Societies to continue to offer quality services to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Maude Fowles-Steele, a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend would have celebrated her 95th birthday on July 16 , if not for the dreadful disease that …

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