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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HERE AND NOW

Rosie AWORI On January 29, a cross-section of Montrealers gathered at Salon Urbain, Place des Arts for the launch of Black History Month 2020. at the Place des Arts. It was organized by The Round Table on Black History Month and kicks off with events and activities showcasing the presence, contributions and achievements of Blacks in Montreal, across Canada and around the world. Those gathered for the launch heard messages from Michael Farkas, president of the Round Table and from Deputy Mayor of Montreal Sterling Downey on behalf of Mayor Valerie Plante. The theme of this year’s celebration is Here …

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Carla Beauvais turns advocacy and organizing into empowerment

Contact Staff The way Carla Beauvais sees it, Black History Month comes as a reminder for us as a community to get our act together: to reflect and figure out ways to build for the future. “I see it as a platform for us to take a moment to think creatively, and maybe organize ourselves for the rest of the year,” says Beauvais who has been the coordinator of the Round Table on Black History Month for the last 12 years. She says every time February rolls around, it should remind us of how much work Black people still have …

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Koffee’s Blessings From on High

The youngest and the first female solo act to win the Grammy for the Best Reggae Album Contact Staff Probably it’s too much of a cliché but here goes: It’s safe to say that Koffee, is now the toast of Jamaica That love was cemented on January 26 ceremony when at the Staples Center in Los Angeles the 19-year-old singer out of Spanish Town, became the youngest and the first female solo act to win the Grammy for the Best Reggae Album. She did it with her debut EP Rapture , which carries five powerful tracks: “Blazing,” “Raggamuffin,” “Rapture,” “Throne” …

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Mamba Mentality Lives On

Rosie Awori Let’s remember Kobe Bryant. The 6 foot 6 inch scoring machine was the first guard to be drafted from high school into the NBA in 1996 as the 13th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. He went on to play 20 seasons, all of them with the Lakers, and scored 33,643 points, which ranks him fourth on the all-time NBA scoring list. On January 27, at 10am local time near Calabasas, Los Angeles, the NBA giant was among eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, killed in a helicopter crash In Montreal just like the world over, family, …

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Elysia Bryan-Baynes signs off at Global TV

Egbert Gaye After 17 years at Global Television in Montreal, it comes with some satisfaction for Elysia Bryan-Baynes in her decision to step away from a profession she loves and a job that she says was rewarding in so many ways. “I loved Global News Montreal and was fortunate to be able to do many different roles: researcher, reporter, National Assembly reporter and anchor.” When news of her retirement broke on Friday, January 31, it sent shock waves across the community, with many calls to the CONTACT wondering how “Lysie” as we know her can retire, “so young.” “I’m 38 …

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DISCOVERING HEMA QUEBEC: Give Blood, Save a Life

Gemma Raeburn-Baynes In 2020, Héma–Quebec, a strategic partner of the Quebec health system, is embarking on a marketing campaign to recruit 1,000 new blood donors from the Black community. A special visit to the facilities of Héma-Quebec was recently organized for members of Montreal’s Black community organizations to learn about the mission of Héma-Quebec, which meets the needs of the Quebec population for blood and other biological products of human origin. Nurse Naderge Ceneston, Héma-Quebec’s Cultural Community Development Councilor, was instrumental in getting together about 15 Black organizations to explore the facilities including the laboratories where the donors’ blood is …

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Help needed to get a fire truck to St. Lucia

Contact Staff The good men and women of the Saint Lucia fire services will be getting some new equipment to help them in their daily task of protecting citizens against loss of life and property, from the effects of fire, accidents, natural and man-made disasters and hazards. The country is the recipient of two fire trucks from Firefighters Without Borders (FWB), who made the donation through the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Toronto. Over the years the FWB has also donated other firefighting equipment, such as personal protective gear, PASS alarms, protective boots and clothing, and numerous other related …

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The tragic story of Angelique continues to hurt

Submitted by the family Angelique Corbett-Laville was born on November 9th, 1992 to mother Sonia Corbett & father Trevor Laville in Montreal Canada. She lived with her three siblings Elroy, Ashley and Sedona. She earned her diploma in Institutional and Home-care while maintaining her job as an employee at a grocery store downtown for over seven years. Qualities of this young woman were numerous: Angelique enjoyed poetry and was gifted with the voice of a true angel, she had an immense passion for music and singing. Angelique was blessed with a heart filled with compassion and love, and had a …

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30 Years in One Night: MIND SOUL & SPIRIT

Vincent Bohanan & Sound Of Victory and Barry Brewer Jr. headlines Contact Staff On Saturday February 8, Montrealers will experience sensory overload, as inspiration and comedy collide at the MIND SOUL & SPIRIT 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert. This dazzling night of music and humor will be highlighted by Brooklyn’s most charismatic recording choir today, Vincent Bohanan & Sound Of Victory, affectionately known as SOV. Recently nominated for Best Contemporary Choir in America at the 2020 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Vincent Bohanan and his 50-voice chorale have developed a well-deserved reputation for bringing an electrifying performance to every concert stage. The …

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Tribute to the Legends of Reggae 2020

Judy Mowatt, Professor Nuts, General Trees will join forces with two of Canada’s award-winning performers Exco Levi and Kaisha Lee for this annual reggae treat Egbert Gaye Three icons of cultural reggae, Judy Mowatt, Professor Nuts, General Trees will join forces with two of Canada’s award-winning performers Exco Levi and Kaisha Lee for the annual Tribute to the Legends of Reggae show that takes place on Sunday February 9 at the Belmont Lounge on St. Laurent Blv. in downtown Montreal. The event, described as a musical “rockumentary” that salutes the lives and music of reggae legends, has become an annual …

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