Liberals implement plans to get rid of “systemic racism” – Whitby MP

Liberals implement plans to get rid of  “systemic racism”  – Whitby MP

Grenada-born Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby, Ontario and Parliamentary Secretary to the  Minister of International Development, vividly recalls a conversation she had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shortly after she attended  the black government leaders’ summit in Toronto last summer. “When I returned to Ottawa, I immediately called the prime minister and a […]

Two black actors shine at Canadian Screen Awards

Two black actors shine at Canadian Screen Awards

Two black actors -Stephan James and Adrian Holmes – were among the winners at the Canadian Screen Awards 2017 held on Sunday night at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. James won the “ Best Actor “ award for his role in the film Race, a biopic of the American Olympic champion Jesse Owens, […]

Archbishop Tutu to receive Luminary Award at UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

Archbishop Tutu to receive Luminary Award  at UWI Toronto Benefit Gala

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced that Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, will  be honoured at the eighth annual UWI Toronto benefit gala to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto on Saturday April 1. Archbishop Tutu, the first Black archbishop of  the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, […]

Book on music education launched at Northern Caribbean University

Book on music education launched  at Northern Caribbean University

MANDEVILLE, Jamaica — A book on music education in the Caribbean and Latin America was unveiled at the Northern Caribbean University  (NCU) campus here, recently. The book, Music Education in the Caribbean and Latin America: A Comprehensive Guide was formally launched by Dr Raymond Torres-Santos, Professor in the school of music at California State University […]

Online platform to raise awareness on gender-based violence DITORIAL

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed a regional online platform – ‘Break the Silence’ – aimed at raising awareness on gender-based violence. A soft launch was held during the International Day Women’s Concert last week  at Emancipation Park, Kingston, under the theme ‘Unite to End Gender-based Violence’. The online platform, […]

Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake to be celebrated annually

Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake to be celebrated annually

KINGSTON, Jamaica  – Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake was one of the awardees at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards, held  last Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston. His was not the only posthumous award, as Alton Ellis was also honoured, with Dr Rita Marley, GT Taylor, Half Pint, and Kevin Downswell among the […]

‘You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian’

‘You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian’

By Robyn Rihanna Fenty Grammy award-winning singer Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) received the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award last week from the Harvard Foundation  for Intercultural and Race Relations .She was honoured for her philanthropic work to improve cancer treatment in her native Barbados and in support of education programs. Here is what she […]

YWCA Toronto announces ‘Women of Distinction’

YWCA Toronto announces ‘Women of Distinction’

Three members of  the Caribbean community are among seven “Women of Distinction” whose achievements are being recognized by the YWCA  Toronto in celebration of International Women’s Day 2017. The YWCA Toronto, Canada’s largest multi-service women’s organization,  announced the names of this year’s  ” Women of Distinction ” on Tuesday. In making the announcement, YWCA Toronto […]

$47 million Black Youth Action Plan

$47 million Black Youth Action Plan

Coteau announces Black Youth Action plan An Ontario Black Youth Action Plan with a four -year funding commitment of $47 million, aimed at increasing access to supports and opportunities for Black children and youth , was announced on Tuesday by Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. The Action Plan is part of a broader three-year  […]

Rihanna receives Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award

Rihanna receives Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award

Grammy award-winning singer Rihanna ( Robyn Rihanna Fenty)has been honoured by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations for her philanthropic work to improve cancer treatment in her native Barbados and in support of education projects. Rihanna who has set up a college scholarship program to help students from the Caribbean further their studies […]

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