BTW – The Mountaintop

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“I have been to the mountaintop…”

And we’re off! Rehearsals are now underway for our first show of the season, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall. Produced in partnership with Neptune Theatre in Halifax, we are thrilled to bring this unique and compelling story inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to our audience!

Directed by ahdri zhina mandiela, the play will feature BTW favourites (and now a husband & wife duo) Tristan D. Lalla as Dr. King, and Letitia Brookes as Camae, a mysterious character that causes King to question his legacy as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, on the eve of his assassination. Following the Montreal presentation, the production will play at Neptune Theatre from February 27 to March 18, 2018.

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Flavour N’abania

Flavour N’abania comes From Africa via Toronto to Montreal With Love and the Truth. Support Pan-African and Pan-Black Music impresarios and entrepreneurship.

Chinedu Okoli (born 23 November 1983), better known by his stage name Flavour N’abania or simply Flavour. Flavour was born in Enugu State, His family is originally from Umunze in Orumba South LGA, Anambra State, Nigeria. Flavour began his music career at the age of 13 when he started playing the drums for his church choir in Enugu. Flavour signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with telecom Giant Glo in 2013. Flavour is a singer with multiple huge awards to his name few which includes: MTV Africa, The Headies, The Channel O Video awards, The NEA. He recently won the artist of the year 2016 in the third edition of the “Biggest African Music Awards” in “Diaspora African Muzik Magazine Awards ( AFRIMMA)” which took place in the city of Dallas on Sunday, October 15th, 2016.

There is a high life calypso and soca connection. Did he do an adaption of the Trini-Calypso with its Carib-Cuban tonality or is it that the Trini never forgot his West African roots. Come and judge for yourself, 6 October 2017, Theatre Berri. But check out some of the hits below if you don’t believe me.

HIT SONGS

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BTW 47th Season! End of Summer Updates & more! Summer is (almost) over!

Summer is (almost) over!

Welcome back! It has been an amazing and busy summer at BTW as we prepare for our 47th Season! We hope you are well rested, and ready to experience a dynamic and amazing line-up of plays coming to Montreal’s stages!

But first, we would like to introduce you to our Artist Mentorship Program ensemble for the 2017-2018 season. We are very pleased to announce that the program has expanded to included more artists which we believe is going to be an exciting adventure for all involved.

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Black Academic Scholarship Fund(BASF) – Award Luncheon 2017

Education is the Key to Success

The Black Studies Center takes great pride in congratulating the BASF in its service to the community for the last 23 years. But that service extends well beyond 40 years when viewed in terms of the individuals in BASF that support education and the initiatives of the BASF. In 23 years of its existence BASF has awarded over 330 scholarships (including Nursing, Medicine, the Sciences, the Arts and Humanities) at both the undergraduate and graduate level in accredited institutions. We applaud the fundamental tenet of the organization which states that education is the key to success. It is a view held by the BSC and the educators in the Black Community Forum: if we educate our youth they will find a way to navigate the cracks not fall into them.

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The 47th Season of BTW – “Mid-Summer BTW Dream”

A look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in…

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April 3, 1968: After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, “I Have Been to the Mountaintop”, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel amidst a raging storm. When a mysterious stranger arrives at his door, Dr. King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy as a leading figure in the American Civil Rights Movement.

This play is directed by ahdri zhina mandiela, whom we are very excited to have working with us this year. Pre-Production has begun on The Mountaintop which will run from October 14 to 29, 2017 at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts. This is a co-production with Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and travels there for a second run from February 27, to March 18, 2018.

We are looking forward to presenting this play! You will see some familiar faces performing, Tristan D. Lalla plays the esteemed Dr. King, and Letitia Brookes takes on the role of Camae, a maid that is not who you think she is, and has higher reasons for her encounter with Dr. King.

Find out more about The Mountaintop here.

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Call for an Examination and Reform of the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission

BCRC Rights and Freedom committee supports letter from CRARR with respect to absence of Anglophone and racialized persons in the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights commission.

These are the correspondences sent to The Honorable Phillipe Couillard, M.N.A.

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CRARR SOUNDS ALARM ON THE UNPRECEDENTED ABSENCE OF ANGLOPHONE AND RACIALIZED HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONERS

Montreal, August 31, 2016 – CRARR has asked Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard to act immediately regarding the fact that for the first time since its creation in June 1976, the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission has no Commissioners who are English – speaking, racialized or both.
In a letter addressed to Premier Couillard yesterday, CRARR points to the fact that with the
resignation of Commissioner Adelle Blackett, an English-speaking Black law professor at
McGill, and the passing of Commissioner Emerson Douyon, a criminologist of Haitian ancestry, in June 2016, the Commission no longer has any racialized or Anglophone among the 9 remaining commissioners (two of whom are Aboriginal).
This creates an unprecedented and critical situation that can negatively affect the Commission’s image and decision-making processes, including the handling of complaints of racism. Since 1976, the Commission always had racialized and Aboriginal members. It occasionally had an English-speaking member (except for the period between 2003 and 2009, when Professor Blackett was appointed).

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Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.) Divison #334 of Montreal

UNIA Garveyism 216

Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.) Divison #334 of Montreal
Will host a delegation from its parent body division #432 (Queens, NY & Harlem, NY)they will be speaking on:

“Garveyism & Economics: Then & New”

Speakers:
U.N.I.A.President General
Michael R. Duncan
Assistant Secretary General
Roschell Wright
U.N.I.A. High Chancellor; Treasurer
Raymond Dugue

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

U.N.I.A. Hall
2741 Notre Dame Street West
(metro Lionel Groulx)
3:00pm-6:00pm

For more information, please call : (514) 364-5409 or (514) 684-5338

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