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Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop

BTW brings a modern-day masterpiece to the Segal. Re-imagining MLK Jr.’s last night alive    Contact Staff The Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) takes it to another level with their presentation of Olivier Award-winning “The Mountaintop” as it launches its 47th season on October 14 at the Segal Centre. The play by acclaimed playwright Katori Hall is a reimagining of the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life. The play derived its name from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech “I have been to the Mountaintop” delivered on April 3, 1968, that fateful day before he was assassinated. …

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Richardson and Thompson- Hall join Men’s Choir on stage

Union United Church 110th Anniversary. Men’s Gospel Choir 18th Anniversary Contact Staff It’s safe to say, in the 18 years that the Men Gospel Choir of Union United Church has been hosting their annual concert hardly anyone has ever left without the upliftment and joy that gospel music offers. Last October, in spite of the inclement weather, lovers of music and loyal fans and supporters jammed the sanctuary of the church on Delisle Street and enjoyed a laundry list of gospel favorites, some of the ole’ time standards mixed with a sprinkling of contemporary hits. In their almost two decades …

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Lyttle comes with legends for the ball

SVG’s Lyttle, Barbados’ Shirley Stuart, and Guyanese Aubrey Mann on one stage. One of the biggest dance events in the community in years Contact Staff Since he burst on the scene in 2004 with his mega hit, Turn Me On, Vincy superstar Kevin Lyttle continues to hold the attention of fans around the world with a steadily expanding repertoire of chart busters, all carrying his signature fusion of dancehall soca and R&B. In November last year, he released “Slow Motion,” which was written by Lyttle himself and produced by a California-based trio of musicians known as Bad Royale. The song …

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The sad state of Puerto Rico after Maria

Weeks after the hurricane no food, no water, no electricity, no medication, lots of BS from the president Egbert Gaye Two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the island remains in a bad state. Thirty-four people confirmed dead as a direct or indirect result of the category 4 Hurricane that struck on September 20. And experts agree that after clearing up the rubble and taking stock,   the number of dead will rise considerably, maybe into the hundreds. More than half of the population of 3.6 million remain without safe drinking water and 95% are without electricity, including almost all …

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One container off to Antigua-Barbuda. More help needed

Still collecting donations to help hurricane-ravaged islands Contact staff Montrealers have responded like champions to the call to assist Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm, that destroyed almost every standing structure on the island. Immediately after the catastrophe, members of the local Antigua and Barbuda Association kicked into action with their Hurricane Relief plan and began collecting supplies to ship home to assist the 1800 people who lost everything they owned. Organization president Juleen Barrington and executive member Erene Anthony, together with their team, were tireless in collecting stuff from Montreal at various points across …

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Taking a knee while taking a stand

Colin Kapernick’s place alongside other brave men such as Jackie Robinson, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, and Muhammad Ali Egbert Gaye When in August 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand by taking a knee during the playing of the American national anthem before the start of an NFL game, he joined the ranks of a select few high-profile athletes who dared to “call out” the United States on widespread racism and social injustice that continue to debilitate the lives of Blacks and other minorities. Kaepernick, then quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, began his protest by sitting during …

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Black candidates in the fray for Nov. 5 election

Contact Staff For decades, Blacks have been relatively absent from municipal politics in the city of Montreal. As such, Franz Benjamin representing Montreal North stands today as the only Black person at City Hall, among the 65 city councilors. This year, a few high profile members of our community representing the three major municipal parties will try to up that number from one after the November 5 elections. Tiffany Calender, long-serving executive director of the Cote des Neiges Black Community Association might be the most recognizable. She is running for Team Coderre in the Cote des Neiges district and is …

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Community Event Oct 5, 2017

BCQ honors stalwarts with Mathieu DaCosta Award Contact StafF As they have been doing for the decade or more the Black Coalition of Quebec will pay tribute to women and men who have contributed to the development of our community and to the betterment of society. On October 20, Ms. Nancy Mackenzie, Mme. Suze Youance, Mr. Jonathan Marleau, Mr Robert Ismaël, Mr. Jean Sauveur Jean Baptiste will receive the Mathieu Da Costa Award. These individuals have all distinguished themselves by their achievements and their decades of contributions to community, province and country. The event takes place at 6767 Cote-Des-Neiges and …

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Former Montrealer Rosey Edeh shines another spotlight on Jones

My goal is to present a living legacy to Canadians….” Egbert Gaye Montrealers and lovers of Jazz music the world over have come to know Oliver Jones as the exceptionally talented pianist who hauled himself up from his humble beginnings in the St. Henri-Little Burgundy district to become one of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians. And those who know him beyond the music know that he walks softly. But the way documentarian Rosey Edeh tells it, behind this quiet, unassuming musical genius is a man who for years has known his share of excruciating pain and discomfort, but never shared any …

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Montrealers are being asked to help Hurricane relief effort

On September 6, Barbuda was devastated by Hurricane Irma Contact Staff Members of the Antigua-Barbuda Association of Montreal are mobilizing the community and other Montrealers to assist in the relief and recovery efforts underway following Hurricane Irma’s devastation on September 6. Almost everything on the small island of Barbuda was destroyed when the 378 –miles-wide category 5 Hurricane with winds of 225 miles per hour slowly made it’s way across the length of the island, (which is only 62 square miles,) blowing engulfing anything in it’s path including hospital, schools and the airport. Such was the extent of the destruction …

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