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Fred Christie stood up against Racism in Montreal and Lost

Landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 1939 Today, those of us who are Black know that the struggle for basic rights as citizens can be as frustrating as it is demeaning for those living in a society in which almost all aspects of life is predicated on race and racism. As such, it’s not unusual for simple everyday interactions with police, other institutions of authority or even businesses can lead to unintended situations. So it was on the evening of on Saturday, July 11, 1936, when Fred Christie a 34 year old Jamaican born Canadian together with two friends …

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Trouble in the Evening

I begin this tale from Trinidad. My wife Adiylah and I had just returned to Canada from Trinidad in mid-January 2020. We were on an extended 7-week trip to Trinidad. My mother celebrated her 101st birthday on December 1st, 2019. It was also an opportunity to complete a few interviews for my dissertation. Michael Cooper of Pan Land (steelpan business entrepreneur); Rudy Moore, (lifelong pan advocate); Winston De Souza (relative an original member of Flamingoes of the 1950s). Since 2012, Adiylah and I had moved to Toronto from Montreal, where I began a pursuit of studies at York University. The …

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Wishing for Goodwill to our Community

DEAR SANTA I don’t want much this year—just a little bit of the community cohesiveness that is evident in the accomplishments of Black Nova Scotians. My travels to Nova Scotia in early November included one unforgettable evening. I was seated with seven powerful, stimulating, influential Black Women, gathered to absorb the insight, humor and gems of wisdom of President Barack Obama. Not only was Obama exceptional in his sharing of pearls of wisdom on climate change, the state of the union, and the future; he was human, humorous and humble—all with passion. He articulated our dreams as real possibilities. O …

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Swag City: Another Phase in the Journey

Egbert Gaye Every year as the holiday season rolls around, Moses Martin, the man they call Gedian Fyah Moses, feels compelled to tell his story… one of hard work and fighting adversity to find success in business and in life. Always, his story leads to Swag City, the store he built from nothing and Jah=One, the clothing line that started him on the road to self-reliance. “It’s a continuing journey,” he told the CONTACT in a recent sit-down. “A journey that has a lot of ups and downs, but one that I chose to make from as far back as …

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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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Oliver Jones celebrated

Annual tournament and birthday celebration coincide Contact Staff It was a rousing day on the course as dozens of players gathered at The Falcon Golf Club in Hudson on September 13th for the annual Dr. Oliver Jones Music and Community Outreach (MCO) Fund Golf tournament. The event was followed by a reception, which doubled as an 85th birthday celebration of Dr. Oliver Jones, allowing guests to share a scrumptious meal catered by Chef Peter Webster and his team and highlighted by a session on the piano by the legend himself. Also, prizes were handed out to those who excelled on …

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FOSTER HOME SOUGHT

Two Year-Old Jordan A foster home is being sought for Jordan, a two-year-old toddler with a good disposition. He is generally a happy, playful and sociable toddler who smiles a lot and is always excited to interact with children his age upon meeting them. Jordan has a good daily routine; he eats well and sleeps through the night. Born prematurely, Jordan lags in meeting his milestones in terms of speech and is on the waiting list for speech therapy services. Jordan needs the care and attention of any two-year-old. He can be a little stubborn with occasional temper tantrums, but …

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KILL THE MESSENGER

Sticks and Stones expressed his exhaustion with the mechanics of public shaming. Rosie AWORI As a comedian, Dave Chappelle has been one thing and that is consistent. The iconoclast, has consistently offended and in between laughs given commentary on the socio-political landscape in the world. His latest comedy special, Sticks and Stones is no different. What is different is the cultural climate. Presently, the cancel culture has steered dialogue in a more politically correct and safe way. But Dave won’t have it. He picked the most controversial topics and discussed them and as a comedian would, made jokes about them. …

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It’s a Good Time to Invest in Jamaica, says Banking Executive

Advertorial: The Jamaica National Group Speaking to a roomful of nationals and friends of Jamaica, Carlton Earl Samuels, chief development financing officer of The Jamaica National Group, says Jamaicans in the Diaspora should prepare to increase their investment in the country’s economy, noting that it is now experiencing steady growth. Pointing out that the fundamentals of the Jamaican economy are strengthening, Mr. Samuels said inflation is low, measuring 2.4 per cent in 2018, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, while the Consumer Price Index pegs inflation at 4.2 per cent for June 2019. He was one of the keynote …

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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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