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Dune is the MOVIE to watch

Dune Dune Dune, a franchise of epic proportions, finally revamped after 30 years since the original movie aired in 1984. The movie was a cinematic adaptation of the famous novels by Frank Herbert. (Interesting fact, Dune was one the best selling science-fiction novels of all time!) As such, it brings up this question: Does Dune 2021 directed by the Canadian legend Dennis Villeneuve live up to the hype? In short, yes it does. To find out why, continue reading this review!

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Coming 2 America was…disappointing at best

Guess what? Another sequel fails to live up to the original, who would have thought. This was not a good movie but for reasons you would not expect. Here is the good, the bad and the final take.

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Martin Luther King…and Ottawa?

Strange title….I know but let’s get into it. Today is Martin Luther King day and the Mayor of Ottawa released a statement about MLK day, I didn’t read it because Jim Watson has been inconsistent about MLK’s core message. Civil rights for oppressed black people, and as a black man in Ottawa, it feels disingenuous. But what is the real connection with MLK and Ottawa? As our city grows we have to recognize that Dr. King’s vision is becoming a reality, we are incredibly multi-cultural especially our young people. Ottawa is the nations capital and it makes me happy to see the rise of black people in such a powerful city. If King was alive he would be proud of the progress being achieved…but he also would be disappointed.

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Hub Shop is leading the way!

Ottawa is growing and has a lot of interesting industries that are popping up…one of the biggest is medical cannabis. Hub Shop is a start up that focuses on the medical benefits of cannabis, we were able to interview Ivan Hughes, the co-founder of this company. Here is his story:

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The Best Show In the City

Last night ByTown Blog presented our second music event, Da Bytown Blog Show, volume 1 at Avant-Guard Bar located at 135 Besserer Street. It was a packed sold out show full of fans, spectators, supporters, artists, journalists, photographers, video-graphers and everything in between. Yes, this blog post is bias because it was our show but here are some quick notes from what we can describe as the best show in the city!

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Police brutality is real in Gatineau

About a week ago,  @emglion on Instagram posted a video outlining his interaction with a Gatineau police officer. The police officer questioned him about his car then proceeded to beat him up. Because he was severely injured from the altercation, he was placed into an ambulance and taken to the hospital. The video itself was jarring and extremely upsetting because we (black people) understand exactly what he is going through. Bytown blog was created to be a positive space, however it is not an ignorant one. Police brutality is very real, and it is not solely an “American” problem. Police brutality is also a Canadian problem too, especially in cities such as Gatineau in Quebec. As @emglion said in his IG caption “A Black man with a nice car gets stopped for no reason in Gatineau”, and as a Black man writing this blogpost, I can remember several BAD interactions with the Gatineau Police Department. 

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