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Friday, February 3rd, 2012

 

Itah Sadu

Itah Sadu

To celebrate Black History Month, Harbourfront Centre will once again host Kuumba, a celebration of African-Canadian heritage and culture. This year, the 16th annual festival runs from February 3rd to 5th. Kuumba features performances, workshops, discussions and family-oriented activities spanning music, dance, film, comedy, fashion and visual arts.

One of Kuumba's biggest names for 2012 is reggae producer and dub pioneer, Clive Chin, who has worked with musicians such as The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Black Uhuru, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Dennis Brown.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Dr. Wykeham McNeill

Dr. Wykeham McNeill

TRELAWNY, Jamaica: Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says his ministry will be looking at ways to use events such as the recent Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival to draw visitors and increase tourism to the country during weak travel periods.

"One of the things we are going to have to focus on and look at seriously is how we are going to use events more effectively to fill the weaker areas in our tourism calendar...especially during September, October and November periods.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Wendell Adjetey and Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

Wendell Adjetey and Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

 

Wendell Adjetey and Akwasi Owusu-Bempah connected the first time they met on the Mississauga transit six years ago.

In addition to their Ghanaian heritage, they have a passion for working with underprivileged young people and they are committed advocates for equality and social justice.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Zanana Akande

Zanana Akande

From as far back as the American Revolution in the late 1770s to the Korean War that ended in 1953, Black soldiers have bled and died for Canada. Yet their war service that helped create this country is diminished and sometimes totally ignored.

Educator, activist and retired politician, Zanana Akande, attempted to set the record straight in her keynote address at a Black History Month launch last Sunday.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Orlando Bowen

Orlando Bowen

Former Toronto Argonauts linebacker, Orlando Bowen, was beaten by two Peel police officers in a Mississauga restaurant parking lot some eight years ago which left him with a concussion, a nasty gash on his forehead and blackened eyes.

Bowen alleged at the time that one of the officers planted drugs on him.

The cop was found guilty of seven criminal charges in June 2010, including charges related to the disappearance of fake cocaine that was being used in an RCMP sting and is currently serving a sentence of almost six years in a federal jail.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Jean Sheen

Jean Sheen

Jean Sheen's passion for dance began some five decades ago at the then Fyzabad Intermediate School (now Fyzabad Anglican Secondary) in her native Trinidad & Tobago and led her to the legendary Beryl McBurnie - one of the greatest influences on her country's modern popular culture - and the Little Carib Theatre where she danced and choreographed.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The JYT group in Toronto

The JYT group in Toronto

 

York University's Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC) launched a unique research partnership last summer utilizing the arts to explore violence among young people in Canada and Jamaica.

Black youth from the two countries confronted the systemic violence that marks their lives and initiated conversations about how they might interrupt those complex patterns of aggression and hostility.

The project title is "Youth and Community Development in Canada and Jamaica: A Transnational Approach to Youth Violence."

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

 

Africentric School students visit City Hall

Africentric School students visit City Hall

Students and teachers from the Africentric Alternative School were recognized during a recent visit to Toronto's City Hall. Councillors James Pasternak, Maria Augimeri and Michael Thompson greeted the students who were presented with scrolls celebrating their achievements and to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The students also watched Council debate the 2012 budget.

 

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