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Damien Sneed’s We Shall Overcome coming to Place des Arts

By Egbert Gaye As a young boy growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Damien Sneed felt a strong connection to Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who was born about two hours and 15 minutes away in Atlanta. “I’ve always seen Martin Luther King Jr., as a genius that was a global voice for justice,” says Sneed, who wrote more than his fair share of reports and features on his idol in the classroom and in churches as a young man. “I’m not sure that people value what he did for the world.” It’s not surprising then that Sneed—who …

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Our Literary Giant Nigel Thomas to receive MLK Jr. Award

Rosie Awori Kicking off this years Montreal’s Black History Month celebrations, will be Black Theatre Workshop’s vision 2020 gala which serves to pay homage to outstanding Black artists who have sought to bring growth and depth to the arts in Canada, while celebrating the vision of growth, solidarity and unity inspired by the great historical and contemporary figure, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and this year, H. Nigel Thomas will be awarded for his work in literature as an outstanding author, academic, and essayist: “A prophet is not without honor except in his own community, I must admit this feels …

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Ethics Committee rules that police racially profiled Kenrick McRae

After multiple stops and alleged harassment Rosie Awori “This time, the (justice) system worked. And it’s the best Christmas present I ever received.” After years of complaining of harassment by the Montreal police, Kenrick McRae has found vindication. It came In late December, in a 31-page ruling, the Quebec’s police ethics committee ruled that the Montreal police officers, Constables Christian Benoit and Philippe Bernard-Thomassin unlawfully arrested McRae, a Black man, and two years ago in what was a racially motivated intervention. Constables Benoit and Bernard-Thomassin were found guilty of 16 police ethics violations stemming from an interaction with Kenrick McRae …

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Recognizing Community Gems at Vision 2020

As it has in the past decade or more Black Theatre Workshop’s Visions Vision Celebration Gala will offer an opportunity to honour some of our community’s best and brightest. The prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award will be presented to Nigel H Thomas, for his significant contribution to the development of Black arts and cultural life. The evening will also see the presentation of the Dr. Clarence Bayne Community Service Award, to Leon Llewellyn for his significant volunteerism in arts and education within the Montreal Black community. Leon Llewellyn is a community driven arts educator and activist who …

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Todd Smith on balancing corporate and community life

Trip to Africa was an experience of a lifetime Rosie Awori and Egbert Gaye Standing with his bare feet planted in the earth and looking into the star- covered night in the savannah grasslands of Kenya, Todd Smith was undergoing a mental metamorphosis that would leave his life forever changed. The young Montrealer was at the Bogani Camp interacting with the Maasai, a community of pastoralists and nomads found in Kenya and Tanzania. For Todd, who has lived all his life in Canada, it was a spiritual moment, one that he knew he wanted to relive over and over again. …

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Reining in Airlines with new Air Passenger Regulations

Contact STAFF We all remember the days when airlines would over-book those much-needed flights heading to Trinidad and Tobago for carnival or to other hot Caribbean destinations popular with Montrealers frantically trying to “duck” the winter, then arbitrarily bump passengers, offering them vouchers or rebates that sometime expire before you realize it. Well no more. Under new government-enacted policies brought in by the Air Passenger Protection Regulations, airlines must now offer a stipulated monetary compensation or alternatives that are of a higher value. And passengers must be given the option to select what form of redress they prefer. The Air …

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Jamaica Assoc. elects new president and executive members

Egbert Gaye Mark Henry, renowned for his powerful voice in the city’s faith and Gospel music community, and as a mentor to displaced youth replaces Michael Smith as president of the Jamaica Association of Montreal, which held its Annual General Meeting and elections of officers on Saturday, December 14. In his transition speech, Smith says he’s walking away because of the time imposition on his life. “I’m going to look after me for now,” he told the AGM. Henry was acclaimed to the position. Sharon Nelson, who as secretary over the past four years has been a driving force in …

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NICOLE GEDDEs turning heads in BEAUTY INDUSTRY

Rosie Awori Montreal’s Stylist of The Year 2019 The hair and beauty business has been part of Natalie Nicole Geddes’ life for as long as she can remember, (her mom ran a hair-salon in NDG) and she was honing her skills since she was 13, and then working professionally by 18. From early, she never compromised when it came the work or service she offered her customers. “I push myself over the limit to prove to my people that I can do what others can do and do it well,” she says. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise …

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Emotions Overflow at Paradise Christmas Party Contact Staff This year the joyful celebration of the holidays came face to face with some of life’s harsh realities at the annual Caribbean Paradise Family Dinner and Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday December 15. So in the midst of the eating, drinking and frolicking with Santa, event organizers Dan and Babita Parsram used the opportunity to hand out two of their most meaningful awards since they have been recognizing people in the community. In paying tribute to Faddy Samlal and Randolph Marcano, both of whom are seriously ill with kidney failure and cancer …

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Musical Gift to Montreal

Line up of young stars to hit the stage at C’bean Paradise Rosie Awori On December 20, a line-up of young Montrealers headlined by Amdie Johnson and Jordon Benjamin will be taking the stage at Caribbean Paradise Lounge in a pre-holiday time show they call “Gift to You.” The group of up-and-coming young talents that include JX, Tebby J, Wan, Jess Malka, and Young FINXSSA all from the LaSalle area, are united in their love for music and have been honing their skills under the able guidance of their mentor Todd Smith. Although this is the first big outing for …

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