Aneesa is back on the board of the FMC

Aneesa is back on the board of the FMC

Aneesa Oumarally is back. The former CEO of the Festival Management Committee (FMC) which runs the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival, had “stepped down” last month. Now Omarally is returning to the FMC  – but as a member of the board, a position in which she had previously served. She joins four  new board members, most […]

Tomorrow is closing day for submission of ownership bids to acquire Toronto radio station CKFG (G98.7

Tomorrow is closing day for submission of ownership  bids to acquire Toronto  radio station CKFG (G98.7

By Lincoln DePradine Tomorrow  will be an important juncture in efforts by various parties to acquire ownership of  Toronto radio station  CKFG (G98.7), the FM radio station once owned by the late Jamaican-Canadian entrepreneur , Fitzroy Gordon. It will be the closing day for the submission of ownership bids to acquire the station, which some […]

Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst

Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worst

Editorial Let’s hope for the best  and prepare for the worst The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to mas’ makers in 2020 but as we face the prospect of a second wave of the deadly virus, the Festival Management Committee  (FMC) which runs the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, is looking forward to better days […]

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka visits Haiti, her father’s homeland

Tennis champion Naomi Osaka visits Haiti, her father’s homeland

Three-time Grand Slam singles  champion Naomi Osaka arrived in Haiti on Monday last for a “surprise and discreet visit.” An official from the Haitian Ministry of Sports said that Osaka, 22, was accompanied by a few members of her family and is expected to visit the famous Citadelle Laferrière, in Milot (North). The winner of […]

Emmy winners highlight push for social justice

Emmy winners highlight push for social justice

Regina King and Uzo Aduba used the come-as-you-are fashion edict for Sunday’s virtual Emmy Awards to highlight the national struggle for social justice. Both Black actresses wore T-shirts featuring Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT from Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot and killed by police in March. King’s T-shirt featured Taylor’s face. “The cops still haven’t […]

Ian Williams – Award winning poet now online literary star

Ian Williams – Award winning poet  now online literary star

By Stephen Weir Earlier this month, Trinidadian Canadian writer Ian Williams passed over from being a rising talent to literary star.  In September the award winning poet and author was made a spokesman for Canada’s richest fiction prize, was featured in an exclusive magazine for the country’s well-heeled authors and still found time to oversee […]

‘Akilla’s Escape’ shows cycle of violence hurting Black boys

‘Akilla’s Escape’ shows cycle of violence hurting Black boys

Toronto-raised filmmaker Charles Officer remembers returning to his home city after playing professional hockey in England around age 18 and his mother being upset over his dreadlocks. “The front cover of every newspaper was a Black boy criminalized with dreadlocks and my mother was freaking out,” Officer, now 44, recalled in an interview. “She wanted […]

664Connect to host the first virtual regional fashion Show

664Connect to host the first virtual regional fashion Show

  PETER’S, Montserrat – While major fashion houses and prominent retailers worldwide succumb to the pressure of a post COVID-19 reality, the online platform 664Connect will be hosting its first virtual regional fashion show on Saturday starting at 3. p.m.(. ECT.) A limited number of guests will experience the live events, which will take place […]

Calypso legend Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo dies

Calypso legend Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo dies

One of Antigua and Barbuda’s best-known calypsonians, Sir Rupert Philo, known widely as King Swallow, has died at the age of 78. King Swallow died last Friday at his home in Antigua after a prolonged illness. Philo was known for his social and political commentary, as well as his many hits which include Fire in […]

Caribbean Tales Film festival opens with ‘Trini in me’ theme

Caribbean Tales Film festival opens with ‘Trini in me’ theme

By Stephen Weir The 15th annual Toronto-based CaribbeanTales Film festival opened last night online.  “ In spite of what’s happening in the world right now, we have continued to forge ahead,” said festival founder and moviemaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “ In our new online programming we able to reach an even wider, global audience than the […]

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