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M-city Solo Back Like he Never Left

His album shows his creative sounds. His single “Slow Wine” is contagious Rosie Awori – LJI REPORTER Montreal knows him as M-city SOLO (born Khalyil Rouse Bakel) has been on the local music scene for a little more than a decade before taking a brief hiatus. Now he says he is ready taken a deep dive back into the music industry, a place where his underlying passion lies. And he is coming back with some lifestyle changes. He says fatherhood has changed him and has refined his vision of the world and is the inspiration for his new body of …

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Toronto’s G-98-FM goes into receivership. Sale might mean end of Black owned and operated station

Petition launched to keep FM license in the hands of the Black community By Egbert Gaye Aubrey Clarke, remembers the day in 2001, when he strolled into the offices of Flow 93.5 Canada’s first Black-owned radio station to collect on a prize that he had won and meeting an executive who introduced him to the prospects of a career in media sales and marketing. “Flow, as a Black owned and operated radio station opened doors to the industry not only for me but to dozens of others in our community, providing opportunities for us to get involved at different capacities” …

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Prime Minister Trudeau makes landmark announcement of $121 million to assist Black businesses impacted by COVID-19

Black Entrepreneurship Program first of its kind in Canada Egbert Gaye Black businesses across Canada stand to benefit from an initiative recently announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau totaling about $221 million aimed at helping entrepreneurs access capital and support for new and existing companies. The prime minister heralds the Black Entrepreneurship Program as the first of its kind in Canada saying it will “help support Black entrepreneurs and create new opportunities for Black-owned businesses, so they are well-positioned for our economic recovery.” The program hinges on three pillars: • The National Ecosystem Fund, which will assist Black business owners …

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Quebec will issue fines for not wearing masks

COVID -19 numbers on the way back up across Canada Contact Staff As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continues increase almost by the day in the province, the Quebec government decreed that people not wearing masks in the public, where it’s mandatory to do so will face fines. At a recent daily briefing, Premier Francois Legault said that the vast majority of Quebec are following the government’s directives and wearing masks, but a small minority is putting in the danger the lives of others by refusing to comply with the law. According to the Premier, these people not …

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Ngadi Foundation memorializes life of exceptional youth

Emeka was an outstanding student and dedicated community volunteer. Scholarships offered in his name Contact Staff When Emeka Ngadi died on November 29, 2018, at the tender age of 21, relatives and friends were left trying to put meaning to a life that impacted so many in such meaningful ways in the relatively short time he was with us. The McGill University Engineering student will be remembered for his prowess as an athlete, his gift as a musician and dedication as a community volunteer but most importantly, Emeka’s legacy is one of companionship, with which he blessed his mom Ihedinma, …

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GEORDIE THEATRE’s new SEASON will be virtual and enhanced

Rosie Awori – LJI Reporter Even though their 39th season has been dampened by the dreaded coronavirus, Geordie theatre is getting ready for their 40th season dubbed When the Stars Come Together. This season Geordie is looking to honor the stories of young people who inspire and challenge the world every day. Each year Geordie develops two new works from emerging and established playwrights and produces two plays; one for elementary schools and one for high schools and CEGEPS. Together, they have become the highly anticipated annual 2Play Tour! But in light of the unusual times, Geordie has added a …

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Kenrick McRae disappointed by weak sanctioning of police

Officers suspended for 13 days without pay Rosie Awori (LJI) “That’s not justice, but I am not someone who gives up easily, but that’s not right,” Kenrick McRae’s voice is colored with disappointment as he talks to the CONTACT about the penalties issued to the two officers who were found guilty of arresting him illegally. In 2017, McRae was stopped by the police while parked in his white Mercedes Benz as he waited for his friend to finish an errand outside the bank in western NDG. He says the police car pulled up behind him and officers begun flooding him …

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Coach Ray can put your young, aspiring athlete on a path to college and probably pro football

Rosie Awori – LJI Reporter As fitness centres and gyms remain closed due restrictions brought on by the pandemic, program directors are forced to come up with innovative ways to stay relevant. For many the way forward is with online classes. One of those who has chosen that path is Raymond Ndjonok Tonye, or “Coach Ray” as he is famously known. Through his organisation, XC10 the former NCAA Division 1 player he is launching a new all-rounded coaching program for youngsters aged 12 and upwards aimed at putting them on a path to getting into college and maybe playing football …

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