Famous Black Canadians and New Yorkers

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 24th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/40p0ltyo/
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We will look at two Black people in the media from Montreal and a Black writer from New York.

Rosey Edeh

Black history month is of particular importance to women who have known oppression all their lives. Black history is a celebration of triumph over diversity. It is a women’s issue to the highest degree.

Today we celebrate the Canadian and American celebrity Rosey Edeh

Rosie was born in England in 1966 and raised in Montreal. She attended University in Texas and then came back to complete her masters of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal. She began as a columnist and sports reporter on CBC Montreal radio. Rosie enjoyed sports and found amateur athletes in the community to interview. By 1999, she branched out into entertainment where she began as weather (CFCF Montreal) and entertainment reporter. Rosie Edeh is a meteorologist (university training). She then went to work for CNN in the USA.

She returned home to Canada to work again for CFCF TV and E-Talk Daily. She then went back to New York to be the weather anchor for NBC

Her diversity of talents is amazing. Rosie Edeh is an actress appearing in different productions. She is an Olympic winner. In her early university years, she won an athletic scholarship at Rice University in Texas. This spurred on her athletic career. She is still holds the Canadian record for world-class 400-meter hurdler. She was a three time Olympics winner: 1988, 1992 and 1996 when she was living in Montreal. Rosey Edeh is enshrined in the Rice University and the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame.

This renaissance woman loves sports (bronze, silver winner), entertainment, fashion and has a heart for her community. She has participated in the New York, Toronto and Montreal run for breast cancer, while raising thousands of dollars for this important cause. She has written books on fitness as well.

Haitain writer, Edwidge Danticat

The arm of women’s issues extents long and hard from family life to career and fighting for women and human rights for everyone. Montrealers, who are interested in women studies, can enroll in Concordia University for a degree in women studies or take some individual classes. The Simone de Beauvoir Institute is renowned.

The week in women’s issues, we are going to be looking at some very talented women artists around the world. Montreal is home to the second largest Haitian Community outside of Haiti in the World. Today we celebrate one of their own.

Edwidge Danticat

Danticat was raised in Haiti by her aunt and uncle after her parents had immigrated to New York. She started writing in Haiti and continued when she came to America. As a young immigrant girl her accent alienated her from the teenagers in her New York neighbourhood. The troubled young girl found her solace in her writing.

“Two years later she published her first writing, in English, “A Haitian-American Christmas: Cremace and Creole Theatre,” in New Youth Connections, a citywide magazine written by teenagers. She later wrote a story about her immigration experience for New Youth Connections, “A New World Full of Strangers.” In the introduction to Starting With I, an anthology of stories from the magazine, Danticat wrote, “When I was done with the piece, I felt that my story was unfinished, so I wrote a short story, which later became a book, my first novel: Breath, Eyes, Memory…. Writing for New Youth Connections had given me a voice. My silence was destroyed completely, indefinitely.”

Danticat graduated with a masters in French literature, teaches and continues to write in New York City. Her work is read all over the world in several languages including “French, Korean, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish.”

She is also an advocate for Haitian issues at home and abroad. New York Magazine names her one of the ““30 under 30″ people to watch, and she was called one of the “15 Gutsiest Women of the Year” by Jane Magazine.

Adrian Harewood Black media celebrity

Adrian was born in Ontario and came to Montreal to study at McGill University, therefore Montrealers consider him one of their own. Adrian started his career before moving to Montreal. He volunteered at CKCU-FM and CHUO-FM radio stations as a young man then went on to attain his political science degree at McGill. He returned to his former radio stations to be their programmer and station manager.

Adrian Harewood hosted SoulPerspective, a weekly program dedicated to Black Issues. He tackled such issues as homophobia within the Canadian Black community, which encompasses Montreal as well. Harewood advanced his career by joining CBC radio as a journalist and host for CBLA-FM. In 2006 he made the move to CBO-FM's All in a Day and finally onto CBC News: Late Night.

Harewood is a family man who gives advice to Black Youth pursuing a career in media. He says to be patient, but stick to your guns, read a lot and absorb everything. He advises young people to get out of their comfort zone and to learn all they can about history, politics and science. He also encourages them to study poetry and to develop their professional voice by reading poetry out loud. Harewoord advises Black youth to get to know their community. He says, “Write something every day. Try to become as versatile as you can as a media practitioner.”

All photos taken from the public domain

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Shamarie
25th Oct 2015 (#)

Great work, Carol!!!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Oct 2015 (#)

Lives inspirational and talented, thanks for the share - siva

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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