Famous Black Canadians

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The following is a tribute to three famous Black Canadians.

Black women in politics

Montreal Women in politics

Vivian Barbot[/
Vivian Barbot is a teacher, activist, and the former president of Fédération des femmes du Québec, a feminist organization binding individuals and groups in a common goal to "promote and defend the interests and the rights of women and to fight against all forms of violence, discrimination, marginalization and exclusion towards women" in Quebec, Canada. She was the vice president of the Bloc Québécois and a former Member of Parliament.

Vivian took over as the interim leader when the Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe resigned in May of 2011. Only 4 members of the Bloc were left after their mighty defeat.

Angèle Bassolé-Ouédraogo

Montreal Women in journalism and the arts

It is very difficult to find Montreal women on the Internet. For whatever reason not much has been published. Today we talk about an African born Montrealer who was educated at the Université de Montréal.

Not much is written about Angèle Bassolé-Ouédraogo, and what has been written has been written in French only. I tried to open up the French websites but they would not load. So here is the scant information that is available about this lady found on English websites.

Angèle Bassolé-Ouédraogo
was born in the Ivory Coast and lived in Burkina Faso. She did her PhD at the University of Ottawa and then a journalism degree from the Université de Montréal.

She is currently working for Éditions Malaïka though the site seems useless. Her claim to fame is winning the Trillium Book Award for French poetry for her book "Avec tes mots".

Black history month: Tyrone Benskin actor and politician

Tyrone Benson a very prominent Black man who is in a position to help the Montreal community on a whole.

Tyrone Benskin was born in England in 1958 but immigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal. Benskin went to CEGEP and University in Montreal and made his career in theater including music, film, and TV. He has played in ” Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the National Arts Centre and the Centaur Theatre in Montreal. His many acclaimed performances include Mr. M in the South African play My Children My Africa and the 71 year old Nelson Williams Johns in the Black Theatre Workshop/Centaur productions of Wade in the Water.” Of course he has appeared in other productions as well. Tyrone is also a, “songwriter, composer, director and writer.”

He is well known in Montreal and well loved.


Benskin is:

The Vice President of Canada’s national film and television actors union (ACTRA)
Artistic Director of Canada’s oldest Black theatre company called the Black Theatre Workshop.

Politics

Tyrone Benskin made a phenomenal career move in 2011 when he decided to run for the Jeanne-Le Ber (My electoral Montreal riding) and won by a landslide. He is a member of the Federal New Democratic Party (NDP) which was yron Benskin was born in England in 1958 but immigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal. Benskin went to CEGEP and University in Montreal and made his career in theater including music, film, and TV. He has played in ” Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the National Arts Centre and the Centaur Theatre in Montreal. His many acclaimed performances include Mr. M in the South African play My Children My Africa and the 71 year old Nelson Williams Johns in the Black Theatre Workshop/Centaur productions of Wade in the Water.” Of course he has appeared in other productions as well. Tyrone is also a, “songwriter, composer, director and writer.”

He is well known in Montreal and well loved.

Benskin is:

The Vice President of Canada’s national film and television actors union (ACTRA)
Artistic Director of Canada’s oldest Black theatre company called the Black Theatre Workshop.

Politics

Tyrone Benskin made a phenomenal career move in 2011 when he decided to run for the Jeanne-Le Ber (my electoral Montreal riding) and won by a landslide. He is a member of the Federal New Democratic Party (NDP) which was the National Opposition Party in Canada until October 19, 2015.

Tyrone Benskin is now the Official Opposition's critic for Canadian Heritage.until Oct 19, 2015

Tyrone Benskin was the Official Opposition's critic for Canadian Heritage. Unfortunately, he owed money to Revenue Quebec and did not run for the October 19, 2015 elections.

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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 Stella Mitchell
23rd Oct 2015 (#)

It is always good to hear about people who have achieved great things after having come from a background of terrible oppression .
God bless you Carol
Stella ><

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author avatar Shamarie
23rd Oct 2015 (#)

Great post, Carol, and thanks for sharing! Congrats on the star page!!!

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
26th Oct 2015 (#)

Indeed-Congrats! Very revealing.

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