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I Got Nominated For Gala Dynastie & Here’s How I Really Feel About It

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How My World View Changed Thanks To Gala Dynastie

If you’ve clicked this link to read an extensive article that would bash the Gala Dynastie and what it stands for, you’re definitely at the wrong place. Perhaps, little did you know, you’ve probably clicked on what will go down has the deepest open letter to the black community.

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Nothing compares to the feeling of seeing your name attached to ”Blogger Of The Year.

In my case, this year I got nominated for the second year in a row for Gala Dynastie.

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Being in this content business for almost 5 years, seeing people come and go while persevering through thick and thin with only a strong will and foresight. I felt honored.

Honored for what? Multiple reasons.

I felt validated by the most important group of people a black man will ever encounter, his own people.

This debate is a current thing in the US,: Why do black people put white validation on a pedestal (i.e the Grammy’s)?

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On my side of the border, things are not as clear cut.

I live in Montreal, Quebec to be exact. I don’t identify to nothing quote on quote Quebecois.

I was raised on B.E.THip HopMontreal-North street gangs and a slew of Haitian slurs my mom would yell at me whenever I was fucking up.

I was never with the marching and shouting for justice, I was more of the belief that nothing would be given to me but I would have to bust my ass to get it.

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Certain things go without saying, to me it was always

THEM and then it was US.

Cynicism for the world but that I used to my reality

I never once thought that something like Gala Dynastie would exist and better yet that I would be nominated.

What Gala Dynastie does, what Never Was Average does, what La Rue Inspire does is bigger than plaques, nice events or free shoes.

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It’s about empowering people. Not because we don’t have the power already but mostly because we need to be reminded that we have it

You think representation doesn’t really matter that much and then you realize how being celebrated by your community is a band-aid for the soul.

Even though things seem to paint me as an overnight success, this was quite a journey

Let me start by saying that, so many things changed ever since I started said journey.

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I’ve met people, I kinda did legendary things, made friends from New York, Toronto, Dubai and L.A but something was missing.

I was seeing success in multiple fronts but for some reason I felt like I wasn’t getting the love or respect I thought I was entitled to.

The keyword here is ”Entitled” because yes as a creator you may feel like you’re ahead of your time.

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You can also feel like you’re the best at what you do but once you put your ideas out you know who won’t lie to you?

Yes, you guessed it, THE WHOLE WORLD!

Once upon a time, I was a kid with a 300$ camera and a laptop wishing he could compete with Quebecor.

Once upon a time, I thought the world was in the palm of my hands and that I had access to ANYONE by the push of a send in an Instagram DM.

Kids do dream about things that don’t exist and then the man they become chase those things.

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The man I became was actually about to quit daydreaming and find the nearest ”Good job” he could find.

The man I became was bitter that the world wasn’t responding to what I thought was amazing.

The man I became had a lot to learn and he did.

I’ve learned that things come to you by way of patience.

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I’ve learned that hard work and dedication can’t beat faith and working with a purpose.

I’ve learned the value of relationships, helping people around me and making myself a part of the conversation.

I wish my younger self knew that one day he would be on TV & radio talking about what he went through.

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Sat down with Henry Ngaka for @icitelevision this week to talk about the new media space and running a black owned business at large. It feels good to have a voice and being able to tell the world how minorities feel in this climate. I have a profound understanding of the barriers that are set against my people and me by design. I was told to work twice as hard. I was told to compromise my nature to be accepted. Never ask for permission to be great and don't settle for a piece of the pie because deep inside you know you want it ALL. I want to live in a world where you don't need to emphacize that you're a BLACK entrepreneur just to let people know you've beat the odds, I want to build a place where you can be a great man with a great idea and where being black is just the extra sauce.

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I wish my younger self knew that one day there would be a celebration of black excellence that will recognize his work for what it’s worth.

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I guess not knowing these things in advance made the quest even better but life does work in mysterious ways.

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Cc: Napoleon Communication

Everybody I’ve met early in my career are now key players in the industry.

Everybody I used  to look up to consider me as a peer with the respect that comes with it.

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My people still can’t see why I’m not a lawyer but hey you can’t win every battle.

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It’s like my life did the perfect circle and I’ve yet to understand why.

I’m writing this as I’m scrolling through old pictures wondering if that fire that was in my eyes is just now all over my body for the world to see.

”You Did That”

I’m talking to my younger self at the moment but also to You, Him and Her.

Yes YOU, another creator waiting for recognition.

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The photographer who wants to be published in magazines.

The videographer who thinks his movie should be screened at Cannes.

The model who believes that the New York Fashion Week runway is missing out.

The  black kid who thought those things were not accessible because of his color.

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I’m not here to tell you that those things don’t come into play but I’m here to tell you that you decide if it does or not.

I’m here to tell you to take full advantage of the evolving times because as Drake once said ”What A Time To Be Alive”.

What a time to be proud, what a time to take on new journeys, what a time to be BLACK.

Gala Dynastie is a testament to that to me.

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It tells the world:’

”We Got Us”.

It tells creators, shakers and movers :

”We Believe In You”.

This year, my brother and close friend Steve Daniel brought home the trophy for ”Blogger Of The Year”.

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Working with him really taught me a lot about what this game of life is about.

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We used to see those things as far away and here we are.

My story could be your story.

Like that kid I used to be, you will never know until you try it and never look back.

Oh and if by any chance you want to celebrate this new chapter with us.

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Lobster Season Has Arrived And The Homard Gaspésien Is Still The Best You Can Find On The Planet

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The Homard Gaspésien Is What Your Plate Been Missing

2 weeks ago our good people at L’association Des Pêcheurs De Gaspésie sent us the email we’ve been waiting for all year long: The Homard Gaspésien Is Back!

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Not only that but for this season, we were blessed not only with 1 but 2 dozens of lobsters from the region. I know what you’re thinking right now? Why would one person do with all those lobsters?

I will answer this question in a bit but while I have your attention, let me tell you all that I’ve learned about the Homard Gaspésien.

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First, this is probably one of the few lobsters in the world that you can trace where it was fished at.

Indeed, they add a little tag to their claw that traces the lobsters from Gaspésie to your home so by then you know the authenticity of lobsters at all time.

Gaspésie is also one of the main resource provider in Canada when it comes to lobsters and all kind of seafood. (and yes my taste buds do appreciate the fishermen that went out and got them).

Back to the business. Once I got the email, I felt the need to do something special this year. I wanted something challenging and something where I could share my love for those lobsters.

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Then I thought about my good people at Never Was Average and how they usually go about things. They bring people together in a meaningful way.

That’s when ”Meeting Of The Minds” came to me. I like to conversate with my fellow creatives, exchange ideas and compliment them on their artistry.

With the help of Never Was Average we were able to thank those same creatives for their contributions with a special dinner over lobsters and bubbles. Sophia Traiteurs Cathering came through with her magic touch and prepared us a seafood bowl in cajun style.

Since we like to give our audience a glimpse into our creative process, we made it a point to document this entire experience. Those moments that were shared and lived got captured and frozen in time by our collaborator Carl Apollo.

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This experience reminded me of two things: We should always take the time to build and celebrate each other more and of course doing it over lobsters is a plus.

As the lobster season is closing on us. Treat yourself and grab your loved ones for an experience you won’t regret.

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Renzel Dashington Creates The Line Between Social Commentary & Comedy And We Love It!

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Renzel Dashington’s Rise In The Comedy World Is A True Testament Of How Thunder Can Strike Twice

Renzel Dashington to me is a case study in itself when you really think about it. Most men get to be recognized for one specific claim to fame if ever. If you’re lucky enough, you go on to transition in something else in your field and for the most part that’s it.

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Renzel did the unheard, unseen, unbelievable and unorthodox all at the same time. First of all, he started off as a manager for arguably the most iconic and successful black singer this city has ever seen: Corneille.

I know some naysayers might hit me with ”Ouais mais Seul Au Monde was a long a time ago?!”. Technically yes but just like Michael Jordan. Some guys have accomplished things that have never been replicated since and therefore you have to respect it.

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That’s where it gets interesting if you ask me. Usually the typical story arch for the manager is this: he gets his or her client to the promise land, they get rich and then usually the artist severs ties due to ”creative differences” or simply for trying something new.

After 20 years of career, a major twist came In Renzel Dashington‘s story. The manager became yet again a sort of manager since he was more behind the scenes when he first founded Bad Boys Du Rire. It was a movement, it told the comedy scene in Quebec that black and brown people had something to say too.

In The process, Bad Boys Du Rire went on to sell over 20 000 tickets, 200 shows and 10 000 minutes were spent on stage by artists that the market initially rejected. I respect people who are able to spot those gaps and make the most out it.

Then a global pandemic hits and something made the artist in him come out of its shell once and for all!

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Maybe that’s why in the midst of George Flloyd’s death and the BLM movement, Renzel’s offering was different and needed. On one hand he would let you know what’s going on in society and on the other he would crack jokes about racism, racists, Covid measures and all those different things that were still sensitive and too serious at the time.

It was a relief from your day to day. You knew he would talk about it, make fun of it and you would have a good time. Renzel Dashington was transparent, honest, held no punches and even sparked some interesting debates or rivalry like whatever he got going on with Richard Martineau and Sophie Durocher these days.

Nonetheless it was only right that the comedian give us an official outlet to experiment live his new format that he introduced us to. His one man show ”Yo Les Bailles Sont F*cked Up” is exactly that.

Renzel being Renzel joking on stage about things, topics and people Renzel and the rest of world actually care about. Following the good response he had in Europe with 27 shows back to back shows in 14 days from his material, it was only right that we get some hometown love.

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Taking place May 26th at Ausgang Plaza, the one man show is a must if you’re truly a fan of stand up comedy that tackles the real, the crazy, the good, the bad and of course the fucked up.

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Patrice Bernier Is Playing Soccer With Your Favorite Celebs For A Good Cause This Weekend

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Patrice Bernier Et Ses Ami.e.s” Is Where Sports & Entertainment Collide To Change The World!

Patrice Bernier is a lot of things in life: a soccer legend, an entrepreneur, a TV personality, a dad and now over the years we have to look at him as a philanthropist. ”Patrice Bernier Et Ses Ami.e.s” became the outlet of this facet of the renowned athlete.

Sports historically bring people together. You join a team, build a bond through winning or losing and most of all it’s all about making sure every team member brings something to the game.

Organized in partnership with event planner extraordinaire Alex Kénol and Geak. The celebration is meant for everybody to enjoy and pay it forward.

With that in mind, Patrice is bringing together people from different parts of the world.

Different fields, different backgrounds, ideologies and all for two common goals : having a good time and changing the world while doing so.

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Personalities and celebrities like Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Maika Desnoyers, Sébastien Benoit, Andy Mailly-Pressoir, Kevin Raphaël, Hassoun Camara et Anne-Lovely Etienne.

Also your local favorites such as Ludivine Reding, Étienne Boulay, Adamo, Jean-Thomas Jobin, Preach, Maxim Lapierre, Stevens (OD) &  Tai Tl.

Open to the public. On April 24th, it’s your chance to play soccer for a good cause as the proceeds are going to Fondation Patrice Bernier.

Get your tickets here and come enjoy a day of fun, laughter and see if your ”stop and go” is still on point! 

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