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Local hip-hop artiste CJ Flemings: Something New

Newly signed with Warner Records, his sound is bold and exciting Rosie Awori Montreal songwriter, producer and rapper CJ Flemings has been steady on the musical grind for much of his young life, and it seems as if his dedication will eventually pay off and the world will get to know his music up close and personal. He recently achieved what so many other Montreal artistes have been striving for over the past several decades when he landed a record deal with Warner Music. Something he attributes to patience and practice, saying that he kept on releasing music and EPs …

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EMSB in Trusteship. Jennings in charge

Contact Staff Marlene Jennings, who in 1997 became the first Black woman elected to Parliament in Canada, was tasked by Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge to serve as administrator of the English Montreal School Board, which was placed under trusteeship by the Quebec government on November 6. Her appointment comes in the midst of a drawn-out conflict between the Coalition Avenir Quebec government and administrators of the school board, whom it accused of poor governance and irregularities in the awarding of contracts. The accusations stemmed from a report delivered to Roberge following an investigation he launched into the EMSB earlier this …

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BCQ wants M$171 in profiling case

Contact STAFF The Black Coalition of Quebec has attached a figure to its class-action lawsuit against the City of Montreal for racial profiling, abuse of authority and other injustices carried out by the police against visible minorities. Dan Philip, executive of the BCQ says the $171,000,000 that the organization is demanding is justifiable because of the high number of Montrealers who have been victimized by the police. “As we have seen from the recent report by those two researchers, more visible minorities than we anticipated have been victimized by the police and many of them are coming forward to be …

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COMMUNITY urged to reach out and touch THE CAREY FAMILY

Fund raising “baby shower” on Friday Nov. 22 Rosie Awori In the spirit of togetherness, several individuals and community groups are getting together to extend a hand to a family here, a refugees from the hurricane-stricken island of the Bahamas. The Carey Family–husband Howard, his eight-month pregnant wife Sonovia and their five children–was forced to abandon their home in the Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island in September. They lost everything they owned and some of their relatives were killed. Their story of survival was first published by the CONTACT two weeks ago and since then many members …

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They weathered THE STORM Now they are Here

Family of seven is seeking help Rosie Awori Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful storm on record to hit the Bahamas. Between September 1st and 3rd, it parked itself over part of the country for nearly two days as a Category 5 storm with wind gusts topping 320 kph (200 mph), pounding and pounding. According to the United Nations 76,000 people in Grand Bahama and the Abaco islands have been left homeless by the hurricane and are in need of help. Survivors describe the hard-hit Abaco Islands as unsafe and uninhabitable, tens of thousands forced to flee. “It seemed like …

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G’da born philosopher brings a powerful message of self-growth

Leading From Above The Line is a principle-grounded approach to leadership and personal development Contact Staff Grenadian philosopher and author Theodore U. Ferguson packs a powerful resume, behind a “unique and transformational philosophy” that has already positively impacted the lives of professionals across the Caribbean and beyond. His philosophy of Leading From Above The Line is a principle-grounded approach to leadership and personal development. He has worked with regional and international organizations, governments, state corporations, private and public sector organizations, professionals and most importantly, youth. He stated that his philosophy was developed specifically “to address the leadership challenges in rapidly …

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Ethiopian prime minister awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed’s mediation efforts were recognized globally when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 11. The award recognized Abiy’s “efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea,” the Norwegian Nobel committee’s chair, Berit Reiss-Andersen is quoted as saying. Ahmed, who is a former military officer specializing in cyber intelligence, came into power at the age of 41, making him one of the youngest African leaders after Joseph Kabila in Congo. After coming into power in April 2018, he signed a peace …

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Spotlight on Uncle Freddy Lalchan and Sister Tonya Julien

HOPFAN celebrates Impact and Excellence Tynesha Mullings Give honor to whom honor is due… this is a biblical statement that provides guidance to many. These days people are so quick to publicize scandals great and small or to broadcast the wrong that people do, but what about the good? Granted, no one is perfect and yes, even saints fall at times but by encouraging others we help one another get back up. We build each other up. Today’s society often overlooks the good in others and as a result, many of us have (even unintentionally ) neglected in showing our …

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Inter-generational growth at Black Aging community

New executive director charting new course at CBAC Egbert Gaye A year ago as Katrina Nurse prepared to take the helm of the Council for Black Aging Community of Montreal (CBAC) there was some trepidation for the 30-something-year-old, unsure of what to expect in the service of an organization of elderly Montrealers. After all, much of her work experience was at the other end of the life-cycle spectrum as director of a daycare. Much to her surprise, not only was the transition smooth, but also the experience so far has been mutually enriching for her and for the organization. “Personally, …

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Our Joel Anthony is looking at another phase in life

13 years of professional basketball. Still standing, still winning Egbert Gaye Joel Anthony looks back at a professional career that spans 13 years so far, 11 in the NBA, that included being a two-time World Champion with Miami Heat, playing legends such as Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, also representing Team Canada as well as winning back-to-back FIBA Americas League championship and Argentinean championships with San Lorenzo of the Argentine professional league (Liga Nacional de Basquet). Today, the 37-year-old sees the time fast approaching when he will put that illustrious basketball career away for good. And he’s comfortable with that. …

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