Grammy-wining star handcuffed by police in ‘mistaken identity’

Grammy-wining star handcuffed by police in ‘mistaken identity’

LOS ANGELES – Wyclef Jean, the Grammy-winning ex-member of the Fugees, said he was “appalled” after being handcuffed and questioned by police in Los Angeles. Haiti-born Jean, 47, came to the United States as a child with his family and grew up largely in New Jersey. That is where the rapper-singer played with a group […]

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

VIEWS ON THE NEWS

This week’s question: At recent events in  Toronto to celebrate Black History Month, various speakers complained that not only were African Canadian children overrepresented in Ontario’s child welfare system but that African Canadians who come  in contact with the system are treated differently than their White counterparts. How do you feel about these claims?   […]

City launches ‘ Community Conversations’ to fight anti-Black racism

City launches ‘ Community Conversations’  to fight anti-Black racism

Toronto Mayor John Tory has called for action to deal with disproportionately higher rates of incarceration, unemployment and child protection cases in the Black community. He issued the call at the weekend at the launch of ” community conversations,” an initiative aimed at fighting anti-black racism. The launch took place at Ujima House, Canada’s first […]

Calypsonian Dick Lochan dies at 68

Calypsonian Dick Lochan dies at 68

By Oscar Walloo              Calypsonian Dick Lochan, popularly known onstage as D’Juiceman, died on Thursday  night at the Princess Margaret hospital in Toronto after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 68. The news of Lochan’s death shocked the local calypso fraternity as most were not aware that he had been seriously ill. Lochan […]

Trinidadian economist receives India’s PBS Award

Trinidadian economist receives India’s PBS Award

  Trinidad-born economist Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran  last week received the Prevasi Bharatiya  Samman Award  (PBSA) from Indian President Pranab Mukherjee for outstanding public service in the practice of development and diplomacy. Dookeran  who served in the former Trinidad and Tobago government of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as foreign minister and finance minister  and is a […]

Former refugee now minister of refugees

Former refugee now minister of refugees

Ahmed Hussen, the first Somali-Canadian elected to the House of Commons and MP for the  Toronto riding of York South-Weston, replaced  John McCallum as minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship in a cabinet shakeup  on Tuesday. McCallum, a former bank economist, leaves a 16-year political career as the MP for Markham-Thornhill to become Canada’s ambassador […]

First black-owned barber shop in Scarborough closing

First black-owned barber shop in Scarborough closing

Scarborough’s first black-owned  barber shop will close its  doors for the last time  on Saturday December 31. ” It’s   going to be a very sad day  for me and for so many of my loyal clients,”  sighed Worrell Molligan, in announcing the closing of Conrad’s Barber shop at 3601 Lawrence Avenue East. The Trinidad-born barber […]

Toronto’s first black police officer dies

Jamaica-born Lawrence Wilberforce  McLarty,  the first black uniformed officer in the Toronto Police service, died  in Oshawa on  Thursday after a lengthy illness He was 87. McLarty who joined the Toronto Police service in 1960, retired in 1992 as a staff sergeant in the Public Complaints’ Bureau. Toronto  Police Chief Mark Saunders said McLarty has […]

‘Tis the season of holiday stress

Dr. Adisa Azubuike No, you are not weird, or strange, or crazy. You are just like many other people who have trouble with this whole “holidays thing.” You don’t like the holidays because the holidays fill you with dread and stress. Around this time of year your disappointments, estrangements, losses, and loneliness, are exaggerated. You […]

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