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J-Rich has a Plan for his Music

Toronto born up-and-coming star fuses Reggae Dancehall and Hip Hop Contact Staff It’s a long distance call from Jamaica, but it’s easy to feel the enthusiasm on the other end of the line as J-Rich talks about the adventure he’s on, exploring his passion for music will take him. One thing is for sure, the Toronto-born singer feels at home in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica where he is currently honing his musical skills as he works with, and is learning from, some of the best in the business. “It means something when your music is well-received in your home community, and …

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The passing of a community champion Len Charles

Contact Staff The community is in mourning over the passing of Lennox Charles. The well-loved community worker and promoter of Black and Caribbean culture died on Thursday, February 1, two days after he was struck by a snow clearing tractor as he was returning home from church around 5:30 in the evening. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Charles migrated to Montreal in the 1960s and carved out a stable career at the Jewish general Hospital where he worked for several decades and helped many community members find jobs or accessed services. He was a dedicated and long-time member of …

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Yasuke the African Samurai

‘’The Samurai warrior is one of the most enduring symbols of Japanese culture’’ by J. Leblanc In 1549 Jesuit Missionaries arrived in Japan hoping to propagate the Christian faith. They knew from past experiences that in order to avoid any suspicion, they would seek to influence the people in power before attempting to convert the masses. This strategy which was put in place was a great success. In the next 30 years they managed to convert to Christianity six powerful and influential warlords and approximately 100,000 of their subjects. In 1574, Alessandro Valignano, was sent to the Far East as …

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The Glory of Haiti

It is home to humanity’s most resilient people Egbert Gaye In response to US president Donald Trump’s degrading remarks about Haiti and other Black nations, many progressive voices around the world have been raised in defense of the first Black republic in the western hemisphere and what its struggle represents for all people of color, and others involved in the fight for human dignity and justice. Two hundred and fourteen years after beating back the forces of slavery and repression on the battlefields against the super powers of the day, including France, the United States, Spain and Britain, and planting …

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The Incident – My #MeToo Story

By: Elcho Stewart “I think the floodgates have opened for white women,” she told the Times. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence whose pain has been taken seriously. Whose pain we have showed historically and continued to show. Whose pain is tolerable and whose pain is intolerable. And whose pain needs to be addressed now.” Gabrielle Union The last time those lonely, painful, vulnerable, feelings and self-doubt, almost suffocated me was during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court/sexual misconduct hearing. I was glued to the television. I watched Anita Hill being put on the defensive and I cried while breastfeeding my …

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A Word of Blessing and Thanks

Contact Staff We at the Deliverance Church of God 7th Day want to thank all who have supported us throughout the year, 2017. Also Thank You to all the churches and pastors that supported me and my ministry. May God Richly Bless You All and Your Families and May He Continue to Bless Your Ministries And All That You Do. For those who are not saved: May God bring you into his kingdom. If you are saved: Hold on to your faith. Be mindful that the time is short and very soon you’ll reap your reward. I also want to …

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The Vault and ACAM: music and Art for the People

The DubScientist and Fatta Rex continue the sound engineering and music production project in Ville St. Pierre Egbert Gaye On the western edge of Montreal in the little town of Ville St. Pierre at 184 St. Jacques Street is where you’ll find Rasbagle, a highly skilled engineer, music producer and community worker building a vault meant not only to keep precious things, but to produce musical gems. “There’s a lot of talent in Montreal,” he told the CONTACT. “But they have to know that they can’t do it by themselves… so what I’m trying to do is to make the …

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Swag City: If you’re hip. It’s your store of choice

25% off until Black Friday Contact Staff Gidean Fyah built this business from nothing to something, starting on the streets of Montreal selling t-shirts, polo shirts and Rasta hats. It started as Jah=One. From walking the streets he rented booths at various community affairs such as Jamaica Day, Trini Day in the Park and Reggae Fest for several years. These days he has taken it to higher heights. Enter the mall from Cote-des-Neiges Road and there it is. Swag City is well stocked and beautifully laid-out as you walk in on the first floor. Five years ago entrepreneur Gidean Fyah …

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His Legacy will be forever remembered

Carl Whittaker was champion of the community We are deeply saddened by the loss of The Legendary Community Leader Carl Whittaker, who passed away on Friday, November 10, at his home in LaSalle surrounded by family. Throughout his lifetime, Carl has been an inspiration to people of all generations with his leadership and development skills, as he had one goal in mind: strengthen the Black community. He was the founded the Black Community Council of Quebec (BCCQ) and neighbourhood associations like the NDG, Cotes-Des-Neiges and LaSalle Black Community Centres. Carl Orton Whittaker was born on March 29, 1938 in Jackmans, …

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Shari Fraser’s outstanding soccer career lands her in McGill’s SPORTS Hall OF Fame

Egbert Gaye Early in her soccer career, Shari Fraser will tell you that “confidence” is all. Fortunately for her, she had parents and friends who helped to boost hers, which in turn led to a Hall Of Fame career on the field and on the path to a professional career in the pharmaceutical industry. Following an extended run on the soccer field that started when she was about eight years old, in various House Leagues in the West Island to five years as a standout player for McGill University, Fraser was inducted into the institution’s Hall of Fame at a …

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