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Maya Johnson becomes the face of CTV montreal News

Fifteen years after joining the station, she becomes its first Black news anchor Rosie Awori Maya Johnson continues to raise the bar even as she reaches extraordinary heights in her journalism career. Come March 2021 Johnson will take the mantle as CTV’s first Black female full-time news anchor on the 5 pm and 11:30 pm newscasts. The way she sees it this new role comes at a time where everyone has an interest in the news, and many are looking to credible sources to help them make sense of the news. So she takes the obligations that comes with being …

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We call him Hero. He says it was Divine intervention

Roderick Rodney risked his life to save the life of a stranger Egbert Gaye These days, going on two months after a life-changing moment, Roderick Rodney still walks around with the proverbial lump in his throat and never far from tears when he recounts the events of the morning of September 23. “I’m still mesmerized, still surprised, and still trying to decipher and understand what happened that morning,” is the way he describes his current state of mind. He had left work on 32nd Avenue in Lachine at 8:45 a.m. that Wednesday, heading home after a long and tiring night …

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The Mural: About A Young Artist and Nelson Mandela

26-year-old Franco Egalité wants his painting to provoke interest in the life of the iconic freedom fighter Egbert Gaye The mural on the eastern wall of Union United Church is there for all to observe: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former South African human rights advocate, anti-apartheid revolutionary and president standing tall with outstretched clenched fist reaching upwards, rallying the crowd. The mural’s dramatic impact is without question, capturing observers with its powerful imagery, captivating colors and a stimulating quote. But that’s only part of artist Franco Egalité’s intention. “I also want to rally people. I want to inspire them to learn …

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Taking to the streets to remember Sheffield Mathews

Contact Staff On Saturday, November 7, a wide cross-section of Montrealers came together to protest police violence and to commemorate the life of Sheffield Matthews who was shot by the police during the early morning of Thursday, October 29, near to the corner of Cote St Luc Road and West Hill Avenue in N.D.G. The event organized by Black Lives Matter Quebec, started at Trenholme Park in Notre Dame de Grace, where protestors gathered to hear a line-up of youthful speakers challenging society to reign in the powers of the police and to hold officers accountable for their action. Protestors …

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Marlene Jennings grabs the helm at the Quebec Community Groups Network

Contact Staff On Nov. 5, a few days after completing her tenure as trustee of the English Montreal School Board, Marlene Jennings took the mantle at the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) an umbrella organization of English-language groups across the province. The 69 year-old Jennings was elected president in an online annual general meeting, defeating the long serving Geoffrey Chambers. In a statement on the QCGN’s website, she talked about rebuilding ties among groups within the network following a fractious period when several organizations walked away from the Network for various reasons. “… (A) top priority for me as newly …

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Ranee Lee in a showcase of Montreal’s Black Musical Heritage (Livestream)

Contact Staff From Montreal to the Caribbean to Africa and beyond, Black music and the artistes that create it have found a home in this city. On November 28, the world will get a taste when a lineup of some of our community’s most exciting performers will be featured in a musical showcase that will be carried on BCRC’s Facebook Live page This massive musical extravaganza runs from 7 pm to 9:30 p.m. with highlight performances by jazz and blues legend, Ranee Lee as well as Congolese born dancer, choreographer, scholar, and teacher Zab Maboungou. Other performers include: Kim Sherwood …

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VINCENTIAN WRITER BRINGS HISTORY TO LIFE IN NEW NOVEL ‘SHAPE OF A WARRIOR

Story inspired by her deep desire to know what life was like for the indigenous people of her home country… Special to The CONTACT Caribbean literature has gained an exciting new addition with the release of a historical fiction novel by Vincentian writer, poet and journalist Peggy Carr. Set in the Caribbean in the pre-Columbian era, SHAPE OF A WARRIOR is a captivating tale about the indomitable spirit of a young adventurer and her unlikely friend in the battle-centered world of the indigenous Kalina people. Written for a young adult audience, the coming-of-age story is told in soaring language about …

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Photographer Asia Mason’s Art captures Family and History

Young Montrealer among a select group featured in Dawson College’s exhibition Egbert Gaye As a second-generation Canadian and a Black woman, Asia Mason’s life story intertwines between the daily realities of resistance and resilience in a society where her race and gender have her on the frontlines in the struggle for social justice. The 20-year-old Montrealer, a visual artist, and archivist, studying Photography at Dawson College uses her art to highlight her source of empowerment and to shine a light on the generational linkages that keeps her grounded. Her maternal grandmother, Roslyn Antoine has been a central link in Asia’s …

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