The personality of Barack Obama: a case for the Black community in Quebec?
Written by Doudou Sow   
Friday, 10 March 2023 20:45



[This article was written shortly after Barack Obama's election. It is translated into English by the editress-in-Chief Patricia Turnier. This is one of the most read articles by Internet users of our Canadian trilingual webmag].

On the evening of Barack Obama's election as the 44th President of the United States of America, friends called me to congratulate me on the brilliant victory of this Harvard graduate who focused his campaign on the theme of change. More than a symbol, this victory became the beginning of a new era of awareness among young Blacks around the world: since a Black man was elected to lead a global superpower, in a predominantly White country with a non-glorious slavery past, everything is now possible for the Black community everywhere on the planet.

What made Oprah successful professionally
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Thursday, 09 March 2023 17:28





Given that Oprah became the richest Black woman on the planet (she is also the American who turned out to be the richest on her own), it is worth paying attention to the various factors that allowed her to achieve professional success:

- She knew how to keep a positive vision of her life despite great difficulties she experienced since childhood.

- Walter Bagehot stated that one of life's greatest pleasures is doing what people believe can't be done; it wouldn't be surprising if Oprah shares the same philosophy.

- Oprah has a great work ethic. She doesn't accomplish anything on a mediocre level; she strives for excellence in everything she undertakes.

Voting Rights For Blacks And Poor Whites In The Jim Crow South
Written by Dr. Russell Brooker PhD   
Friday, 29 January 2021 00:00

From about 1900 to 1965, most African Americans were not allowed to vote in the South. This was especially true in the Deep South: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

White people in power used many methods to keep African Americans from voting. Some of these methods also prevented poor white people from voting.

Eight Ways People Were Kept From Voting:

1) Violence: Blacks who tried to vote were threatened, beaten, and killed. Their families were also harmed. Sometimes their homes were burned down. Often, they lost their jobs or were thrown off their farms.

Whites used violence to intimidate blacks and prevent them from even thinking about voting. Still, some blacks passed the requirements to vote and took the risk. Some whites used violence to punish those “uppity” people and show other blacks what would happen to them if they voted.

2) Literacy tests: Today almost all adults can read. One hundred years ago, however, many people – black and white – were illiterate. Most illiterate people were not allowed to vote. A few were allowed if they could understand what was read to them. White officials usually claimed that whites could understand what was read. They said blacks could not understand it, even when they clearly could.

The Hate U Give: Film Review
Written by Kam Williams   
Monday, 22 October 2018 20:50


Amandla Stenberg Stars in Adaptation of Searing, Inner City Saga

16 year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) straddles two different worlds which never intersect, one, black and poor, the other, white and privileged. That's because she lives in the ghetto in Garden Heights, but her parents (Regina Hall and Russell Hornsby) have sent her to Williamson, an exclusive prep school located on the other side of the tracks.

They know that Williamson gives her a better chance of making it out of the 'hood than the local public high school which is only good for girls who want to get “high, pregnant or killed.” Consequently, Starr uses slang when hanging out with her friends on the block, although she always talks properly around her classmates.

Thoughts about the movie Wonder
Written by Patricia Turnier   
Monday, 27 August 2018 20:52

Wonder released last year became a blockbuster. The movie raised more than $300 million worldwide and Oscar winner Julia Roberts is one of the main actresses. The story (based on the best-selling novel of the same title by R.J. Palacio) is about August Pullman, a young boy played by the amazing Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay. Pullman was raised in upper Manhattan, New York. He has a rare medical facial disease called Treacher Collins syndrome. 

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