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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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65th Anniversary of a tragedy that continues to haunt

On July 13, 1954, twelve children from the Negro Community Centre Day Camp drowned in boating accident Egbert Gaye On July 13, our community marks a sombre milestone: the 65th anniversary of a tragedy that continues to haunt a multitude of families across Montreal. Twelve children – eight girls and four boys, members of the Negro Community Centre Day Camp, drowned in a boating accident at Pointe aux Carriers Beach in Lake of Two Mountains in Ile Bizard. They are Denzil Alleyne, 9; Margo Fonseca, 7; Marilyn Fonseca, 8; Brenda Kelly, 8; Carol Leek, 6; Alan Leek, 7; Donna Lewis, …

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How the Toronto Raptors got to this point

Rosie Awori The Toronto Raptors have the unique distinction of being the only country outside America that is part of the NBA.. In 1995 the Franchise awarded to a group headed by Toronto businessmen John Bitove and Allan Slaight. On June 24 1995 , Chicago Bulls guard B. J. Armstrong becomes the first member of the Toronto Raptors after being selected in the expansion draft. He refused to report and was eventually dealt to the Golden State Warriors. Among the other notable Raptors selected that day were John Salley, Acie Earl, Zan Tabak and Ed Pinckney. The Raptors finished in …

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Shak The Jamaican Juggernaut goes after two belts on June 8

Contact Staff As the days draw closer to his June 8 bout at the Montreal Casino, it’s obviously difficult for local favorite Shakeel Phinn to corral his excitement and hyper enthusiasm. His overflow of emotion is not unexpected given the fact that this fight should mark the turning point in the budding ring-career of the man known as the Jamaican Juggernaut as he goes after two world belts, NABF and IBF Inter-Continental titles super middleweight (168 pounds). And as usual, when he steps in the ring with Elio German Rafael, he will be fueled by his highly contagious confidence. “You …

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Who is the Guy: Kawhi Leonard

Quiet to the point of strange, humble to the point of un-assuming, and modest to the point of cheap Egbert Gaye For the on-and-off basketball fan, it’s difficult to be drawn into whatever fleeting excitement that today’s NBA offers, especially with everyone’s favorite, Lebron James, out of the playoffs. (Now here’s a guy…. that Lebron: born of a 16-year-old mother and a hardscrabble dad and growing up in the school of hard knocks in Akron, Ohio to become the face of basketball to many by winning three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals’ MVP Awards, …

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Emile Spence Appointed Interim Head of JN Bank Canada Rep Office

Emile Spence has assumed leadership of JN Bank’s Canada Representative Office in Toronto. Mr Spence’s appointment became effective on Wednesday, February 20. He previously worked with the former Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) for more than 30 years in several senior capacities, ranging from branch manager, senior marketing executive, to the general manager of JN Money Services. The new representative officer also served as JN Group executive for New Business, Development and Research, conceptualising and implementing products and services, at the corporate and commercial levels. Mr Spence advised that during his interim capacity at the JN Bank Canada Representative Office, …

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Geordie brings the film Black Ballerina to Selwyn House

Rosie Awori On March 28, Geordie Theatre will  present a special screening of BLACK BALLERINA a film that “uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage audiences in a subject that reaches far outside the arts and compels viewers to think about larger issues of diversity, equality and inclusion.” The film will be showing as a precursor to Geordie theatre’s next play, REACHING FOR STARLIGHT. BLACK BALLERINA tells the story of several Black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, Joan Myers Brown, Dolores Browne and Raven Wilkinson faced racism in the pursuit of …

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SHARDS OF GLASS

Contact Staff From celebrated Montreal poet, N Oji Mzilikazi comes a revealing collection of poetry titled, Shards of Glass: Poetry for the Adventurous. This daring collection explores an array of societal issues such as love, relationships, spirituality, and social constructs. “I want my poems to not only be thought-provoking, but to ignite meaningful dialogue,” N Oji said in an interview with the CONTACT. True to form the different pieces take the reader on an adventure, keenly investigating and examining the various threads of our societal, moral and even spiritual fabric. Mzilikazi uses his voice to pose questions, answer them and …

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HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU

Black Theatre Workshop’s ‘How Black Mother’s Say I Love You’ opened at the Centaur theatre on February 28 at Centaur Theatre and will be playing until March 16. The play has a strong Caribbean influence but it will resonate with not only immigrants but also families who have dealt with separation. The play chronicles, Daphne a mother who has to start a life in Canada and ends up away from her two children for six years. This is a story of separation and reconciliation infused with a bold original score that blends gospel, reggae and R&B with classical music. Playwright …

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Julian Marley releases As I Am

The son of Bob showcases his extraordinary songwriting and musical talent with latest album Contact Staff As one of 11 children of one of the biggest names in the world of music, Julian Marley knows a thing or two about individuality and finding your own ground. “When it comes to music you must have your own identity,” is the way he tells it. “And it’s important to know that you can win by being yourself.” It’s not like he is on the music scene to win anything. The music he creates, he says, “is an inspiration from the Almighty,” that …

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