Lack of Oscar nominations for minorities prompts outrage

By Admin 20.01.2016

By TOM GODFREY One would never know that Black History Month or Martin Luther King Jr. Day is here by looking at a poster of the all-White Academy Award nominees that this year again excluded visible minorities. The mugshots of …

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Awards honour memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BBPA president Pauline Christian (left) with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship recipients Kahlia Picart, Shantal Small and Chrystal Pinnock.
By Admin 20.01.2016

As far back as elementary school, Shantal Small learned – particularly during Black History Month – about the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. Receiving a scholarship in his name was therefore quite gratifying for the teenager …

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Students honour role models in JNBS essay competition

JNBS scholarship winners
By Admin 01.04.2015

In preparing to write an essay for Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Black History Month competition about an individual who has inspired him, Jalen Fairclough didn’t have to go far to look for his subject.

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Blacks must learn about their history before enslavement

By Murphy Browne 11.03.2015

By MURPHY BROWNE (Abena Agbetu) We are in the second week of March and February, as Black History Month/African Heritage Month/African Liberation Month, is a dim memory for some people.   During February there is usually a rush by some …

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Don’t cheat Black youth out of their history

By Pat Watson 25.02.2015

By PAT WATSON As if to show by example why Black History Month matters so much, the CBC ran a feature recently in which teenagers inside a school gave some one-word descriptions to depict the narrow ideas that permeate our …

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Parents urged to emphasize importance of education

Dr. Sheldon Taylor
By Admin 25.02.2015

Far too many young Blacks are wasting their lives and the sacrifices made by trailblazers such as Donald Moore and Harry Gairey, who worked tirelessly to change Canada’s immigration policy, says historian and curator, Dr. Sheldon Taylor.

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BHM should be enshrined in Ontario education curriculum

By Admin 11.02.2015

By TOM GODFREY Many of us look forward to Black History Month to learn of interesting people or events that are taking place around the city or to reconnect with the past.   The month of February is a great …

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Our Canadian history

By Admin 05.02.2015

All across this great nation, our vibrant and diverse African Canadian population is now reveling in a full roster of events for Black History Month. Locally, the City of Toronto is marking its 36th official observance. However, beginning decades before, since at least the 1950s, organizations such as the Canadian Negro Women’s Association and less formal groups of railway porters had been honouring the history and lives of people of African descent in this country.

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