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“Here to Stay, Here to stand” with Black History Month’s 26th edition

BY AMBRE SACHET / CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY MONTREAL CANADA | 22-Feb-2017
Faël François is one of the members of Four Brown Girls, both a network and a movement which has at heart the redefinition of the modern black woman. Brown Beauties Brunching comes as FBG’s annual event introduced as part of Black History Month’s special events. Brunch style canapés, cocktails, networking and conversations about culture, identity and career from a black female perspective will lead the event on February 12th. The main goal? To celebrate black women and fight the stigma surrounding them, according to François.
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“We come in all shapes and color, small, big, more or less rich in melanin, and we’re still beautiful in all of that diversity,” says François.

Young, black and beautiful could be one of the Four Brown Girls’s slogan. Black and young was actually one the main themes at the Black History Month’s launch event at Montreal City Hall yesterday. #Jeunesse375eMTL came as the opening exhibition whose emphasis on young talents willing to come together is a chance for them to develop theirs neighborhoods and communities on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Montreal.

After a colorful performance merging dance, song and percussion that couldn’t go unnoticed, Denis Coderre made an appearance by inaugurating the event. Montreal Mayor asked one minute of silence for the victims of the recent Quebec city’s attack whose funeral was being held on Friday.

If “Here to stay, here to stand” is not a straight answer to Donald Trump’s controversial speech on Black History Month, it is certainly the most political slogan of Black History Month in Montreal. Communications coordinator Clara Beauvais refers to this year’s slogan as an idea that is based on a more activist and conscious theme. “A movie such as “Hidden figures”, which shows the role played by three women in the NASA, allows the public to be more conscious about the role played by people from the Black communities.” “Despite the detractors, it will always be relevant as long as there is a need to know about those communities.”

Director Henri Bardo and R&B singer Shaharah Sinclair took the stage as spokespersons of this year’s Black History Month a few days after former spokesperson and rapper Webster condemned some private radio stations in Quebec city about their content, which according to Webster contributes to racism and exclusion.

With two confirmed artists as spokespersons, Black History Month kicks off with a committed and cultural programming christened by its president Michaël P. Farkas, honored to present this edition’s twelve laureates.