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Carving His Own Path

By Rosie Awori Julian McKenzie is carving his own path in the hardscrabble world of journalism “I had to learn and adapt to different things and do a number of things that would elevate my credibility,” Julian McKenzie said in a recent sit-down at the Montreal Community CONTACT, as he mused on his journey in Journalism. From doing research on CBC, to doing the weather and news reporting on CTV, writing for the Montreal Gazette, having his own podcast, among a number of other things, the up and coming newcomer and face in Montreal media has definitely made a big …

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Remembering Toni Morrison

She was a literary force that helped usher Black Literature to a higher plane Egbert Gaye & Rosie Awori Almost more than anyone else, Toni Morrison is credited with bringing Black literature to the mainstream. This she accomplished with her prolific and impactful contributions as a novelist and writer, which earned her global recognition and commendations such as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom; but just as vital was her promotion and championing of other Black writers and writings. Morrison died in New York on August 5 at the age of 88, leaving what …

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Gospel Fusion goes Big Time on August 18

Carl Henry, Priscilla Taylor, Nola Gibbons, Will the Rapper and The Richard Family on stage at Caribbean Paradise Contact Staff For the past eight years, the Living Room Gospel Fusion has provided a stage for Montreal performers in all genres of music, allowing many to showcase and develop their talent and move on other platforms. On August 18, the Fusion is back at the Caribbean Paradise Restaurant for a mega summer celebration. And for this one, organizer Ray Johnston has rounded up some old and new friends to provide music loving Montrealers with an evening of entertainment, jam-packed with a …

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Salah Steelpan Academy had them jumping in T.O

Contact Staff The unexpectedly large number of Montrealers and former Montrealers that packed Lamport Stadium in downtown Toronto, on Friday, August 2, for the annual Pan Alive competition was in a buoyant mood following the performance of hometown favorites Salah And Family Steelpan Academy. The band, made up of mostly young musicians, was up against the best that Toronto had to offer, including the always-spectacular Pan Fantasy and the timeless Afro Pan Steel Orchestra. Playing in position number 6, their two songs of choice, Boz Scagg’s Lowdown and Farmer Nappy’s Hookin Meh arranged by Salah Wilson, won them favor with …

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Celebrating a foundation member

Sister Henrietta Gertrude Johnson is one of three original members of MWCOGOP Choir Contact Staff Sister Henrietta Gertrude Johnson was the center of attention at an event organized on her behalf by fellow members of the choir at the Montreal West Church Of God Of Prophecy on Sunday, July 28. The celebration was to recognize her dedication and extended service to the choir. Sister Johnson is one of three original members still with the group, which was formed in 1985 under the direction of Sister Bernice Gayle, who continues to serve as the director. As expected, the celebration was a …

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Parental Responsibility Revisited

Children to school with the latest electronic devices are being sent instead of being armed with the basic equipment As the return-to-school date draws closer, there remains an issue that, if allowed to continue, will ultimately serve as the educational knell of our children. I am not talking about large classrooms, inadequate-student-teacher ratio, or poor school funding. Nor is this article to be viewed as a name, blame or shame game. Straight to the point, I am putting a spotlight on the issue of responsibility for the negative classroom behaviors being displayed by children. Ill-discipline or a bad attitude not …

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Business Sold

Emrith, Savi and family close a chapter at Caribbean Curry House. Egbert Gaye Over the past 39 years, there have been many moments of extreme joy at the Caribbean Curry House on Victoria Street in uptown Cote des Neiges for our community and other Montrealers, lots of eating, drinking, socializing and endless shyte talk and laughter. Who can forget all the occasions and reasons we have had to be there: The Friday Nite Lime; for the get-togethers with visiting artistes out of Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada and across the Caribbean; Uptown Street Festival, the Children’s Christmas Party; …

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Neo-Race Realities in the Obama Era…

Montrealer Dr. Heather Harris expands the conversation about Obama beyond the post-racial fantasy Egbert Gaye For a significant mass of Americans, expectations ran wild surrounding the presidency of Barack Obama. “Many people in the U.S. and around the world were happy to see Obama, a person of African descent, occupy the highest office in the land, and were looking forward to the coming of a post-race moment in America,” says Dr. Heather Harris, a former Montrealer, now a professor of Communication at Stevenson University in Baltimore County, Maryland. “Instead we got a full-court press on racism.” In her recently released …

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Montrealer easing himself back into reggae consciousness

Rudy Mills’1968 hit John Jones became an anthem for skinheads and other counter groups in Europe Egbert Gaye Before 2019, the last time Montrealer Radee Beyah performed on stage he was in his early 20s and a rising star in Rock Steady music in his native Jamaica, with a string of hits to his name. Back then, he was known as Rudy Mills and burning music charts across the Caribbean with mega-hits such as A Long Story and John Jones, anthems for rock-steady lovers in the Caribbean and ska loving skinheads in the UK and across Europe, respectively. Fast forward …

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Beneath this Rock… Nigger Rock, slaves lie

Slave burial-ground remains unrecognized. BCQ pilgrimage on August 3. Contact Staff Almost every year the Black Coalition of Quebec leads a pilgrimage to the town of St. Armand, in the Eastern Township just outside the border with the United States of America. It’s always a bitter-sweet journey that takes Montrealers to a place of reverence to visit the monument known as Nigger Rock, where history tells is the final resting place of slaves who once lived in he area. Since it was determined to be a slave cemetery in the mid-1990s Nigger Rock has been a source of controversy, as …

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