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5 Black Entrepreneurs From Montreal To Discover & Support This Black History Month

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Black Entrepreneurs From Montreal Are Making Their Presence Felt Like Never Before

As the black history month is coming to an end (which should be celebrated throughout the whole year if you ask me) , I felt like it was the right timing to show our black entrepreneurs from Montreal some love.

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The entrepreneurial spirit is at an all time high in Montreal. Opportunities that seemed pretty far-fetched just a decade ago are now attainable.

Thanks to the internet or the thousand times you’ve watched ”The Founder” on Netflix and told yourself : ”Damn, I can do this!’‘.

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We came a long way man. black entrepreneurs from Montreal struggling for recognition and equal opportunities and here we are today taking over.

Just think about it. A blogger like me with just a broken English, a laptop and dope ideas is actually nominated for a Gala Dynastie (at least my mom knew it from the start).

So today let’s make things right ”For Us By Us” style because if not who else will?

We will introduce ya’ll to 5 black entrepreneurs from Montreal you need to discover & support not only because they are successful or on their way to be.

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Simply because the only way for us to really get ourr just due is to empower each other!

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#1 Danielle Murell Cox

Founder of DMC MTL

 

In the black community representation is one of the main issues.

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Mainstream platforms don’t really showcase people of color that much and when they do, they often times miss the mark or use stereotypes.

Growing up as a kid I remember vividly telling my mom how strange it was to me to never see someone looking like me on TV.

Danielle Murell Cox knew two things; she’s a talented graphic designer AND she wants to make a change.

Combining her skills and a desire to impact the next generation, she released a coloring book with characters representing black boys and girls.

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Little did she know, this project would turn into a worldwide phenomenon with features in ”Now This”, Breakfast Television and library stores.

Expanding her soon to be empire, Danielle is now working on opening a creative studio and create more projects around her initial concepts.

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#2 Annie Louis

Founder of Amlea Avocats & Aimhigher

Some say it might takes you a whole lifetime to make your dream come true.

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Annie Louis perhaps made her dreams come true both professionally and business wise and  .

Indeed following up getting her law degree, this young entrepreneur made a risky yet rewarding choice to change the dynamic of career forever.

Instead of pursuing a slow and unsatisfying climb on the corporate ladder; she decided to create her own firm.

These days, Annie also delves into running a business school to help aspiring entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

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Between speaking engagements and running her businesses. Miss Louis really embodies what it is to make it as a person of color and then pay it forward.

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#3 Renzel F. Dashington

Founder of Cereale Killers Podcast & Manager at Les Bad Boys Du Rire

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Remember when we talked about representation earlier?

Entertainment & media plays a huge part in that. When you look around LCN, TVA and the Juste Pour Rires of the world; ain’t too much melanin-poppin going on right?!

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It leaves people of colour with 3 distinctive options : 1- sell out to be included, 2-become the best to the point where they have no choice to include you or 3-build your own platform.

Option 3 is what Renzel is all about.  He choose to BE a voice himself with his Cereale Killers Podcast and GIVE a voice to others by managing a platform called ”Les Bad Boys Du Rire’‘.

What’s amazing about ”Les Bad Boys Du Rire” is the fact that it provides a stage and an audience to up and coming humorists across the city.

From Aba & Preach. Jmj, Dolino El Africano just to name a few.

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This movement brings out Sold out crowds and a place filled with laughter, jokes and issues that you can actually  relate to.

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#4 Mactar Mbaye

Founder of Le Mac Immobilier

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The real estate market and its secrets can be a helluva roller coaster. Mactar Mbaye made it a career and he SHARES it with  the world.

Find something that nobody understands and break it down to a point where people can get it; you will win.

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From his Youtube channel and social media pages; he drops the gems on a daily basis.

I think that’s what Mactar embodies is a genuine will to inform people about something which often take years to comprehend.

The young entrepreneur is now a leader in this industry. You have a project in mind? You want to know how it works? He’s the go-to-guy.

From flipping houses to giving out keynotes about how to be a successful real estate investor; this is the journey of a mogul in the making.

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#5 Hanna Che & Harry Forbez (Never Was Average)

Founders of Never Was Average 

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Making changes to how society is built is a long process but the foundation of it all will always be one thing : discussion.

Hanna Che & Harry Forbez made it their mission to provide a platform for those voices of tomorrow.

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Through art installations, panels and more recently an exposition at the Musée Des Beaux Arts, the collective understands the power of bringing people together.

From networking opportunities, promotion for local artists and through discussions to empower the community as a whole, Never Was Average is home to a multitude of creatives who want to make a change.

What really makes it work is their ability to spark their audience’s interests through art and creative projects.

For those out there who believe that art can cure the world, well these two entrepreneurs are making it happen event after event.

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This Year Malefycia Is Colliding Horror And The Bible To Make The Thrill Of Halloween Real Again

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Malefycia Is Restoring The Feeling, One Spooky Scream At A Time

Long are the days when I was cruising down the streets on October 31st either looking for candies to devour for 3 weeks straight or even as an adult looking for a popping club where I could tell people ”My costume is ME tonight”.

The truth is, I think Malefycia restored something that I thought was buried inside me. They reminded me that not only I liked Halloween but I just couldn’t find an alternative in my adult life to spark my curiosity on one side and get the thrill going on the other.

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Malefycia been around for a minute but this year they’re trying something different…I mean different.

You’re familiar with the 7 sins in the bible don’t you? You’re aware of what a haunted house is supposed to be don’t you? Well, something in their team had the genius and actually vicious idea to combine these two things who might have nothing to with each other on the outside looking in but in this new adventure/haunted house experience; it all make sense!

their show called V7CE is cross theatre performance, cross the most scary thing you’ve ever seen. The show includes different scenes and interactive plays putting on the forefront the 7 sins from the bible.

What always stand out to me when it comes to Malefycia, is there raw and authentic attention to details.

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Do yourself a favor and come immerse yourself in this universe and your inner child and your thrill-seeking inner adult have some fun.

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Myraï Lavoie Is Taking The Fashion World By Storm With The Glitch Fashion Show

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Myraï Lavoie Is Creating Her Own Universe And You’re Invited

What I appreciate the most about my work is the fact that I get to meet great minds & humans with a powerful story and this time around, I got to cross path with the talented Myraï Lavoie.

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The city has been quiet fashion wise over the years and as platform that mostly talked about fashion in its inception, we’ve felt it the most over here.

There would be sparks of hope here and there but besides Festival De Mode & Design, not a lot of things really stood out.

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When I heard about ”The Glitch” it’s like I knew what it was about without nothing what it was about.

I mean good branding is good branding but it was more so who’s behind the good branding this time around. I had the chance to work with Myraï Lavoie in the past and one thing I can is : there’s a method to her madness.

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Every artist has an eye and that eye is shaped by our views of the world and life experiences. Myraï had an interesting life.

One where being different is actually the move. One where if you don’t fit somewhere, you don’t try to get in the mold, you bend it.

For all the lack of support or misunderstand she got in Montreal, she found a place to be creative working or being in room with the likes of Paris Hilton & P. Diddy to name a few.

What she’s learned from coming out of her shell and experiencing the world she’s about the share it with us with her own fashion called ”The Glitch” tonight.

”The Glitch” is exactly what I thought it was going to be. A standout experience and experience and something you’ve never seen before just like its creator.

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The 50th Anniversary Of Les Grands Explorateurs Presents A Touching Documentary Exploring Africa And Its Wonders

An Amazing Story by Amazing Creators!

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Les Grands Explorateurs Is Celebrating Africa In A Real Way!

Curiosity has to be the most incredible human quality there is and Les Grands Explorateurs has been putting it on the forefront for the past 50 years!

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We are now entering an era where we want to know more about what is going on on the other side of the world.

How people are living, their culture and what is their reality compared to ours.

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Sometimes the depiction of such reality is either unfair or made to look down at somebody. Other times, filmmakers have the challenge to depict a reality in a way to uplift what other cultures are bringing to the table.

Milan Bihlmann and Muammer Yilmaz are two filmmakers who know where they stand when it comes to that.

Rêves D’Afrique” is the epidemy of that. The two filmmakers decided to go to 7 countries in Africa to not only paint the picture for the world but to give the good people out there something we forget to give one another : ”a piece of yourself’.

Armed with a backpack, film gear and true altruism, the duo spread love and good deeds wherever they could throughout their trip.

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Les Grands Explorateurs being this platform to uncover the world made the right choice by adding this beautiful piece to their program.

Up until November 1st, you still have the chance to see the beautiful piece in theater and then online starting November 2nd.

Tickets Here

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