Twisted Styles at Dawson

Conrod’s celebrates Black History Month with hair braiding event

by Kalika Hastings

Last Wednesday, Conrod’s hosted a traditional hair braiding event courtesy of Trycky Styles hair salon as part of the Black History Month Celebrations.
“Hair braiding is a major part of our culture, that is why I think it is a good idea to share with other students at the CEGEP for Black History Month,” Marc Albert, Co-owner of Trycky Styles hair salon said.
The lively atmosphere of the drum workshop presented by The Kosa Academy of Performing Arts attracted diverse students to the event.
“I was wondering what all the loud music was about so I decided to come see for myself,” a fourth semester Cinema Video Communications student Adriana Ventura said.
The drum workshop essentially overshadowed the hair braiding, however it did bring a lot of attention.
“I think everyone’s really enjoying themselves; there’s a nice atmosphere in here,” Maha Haddad, Student Affairs said.
Although Student Affairs successfully promoted the event with multiple posters around the campus and web announcements on the Omnivox portal, the turnout was relatively low.
The event began at 11a.m. and only had only six participants by the end of the celebrations. A number of students in the Atrium just across from Conrod’s were completely oblivious to what was going on.
“I have no idea what’s going on in there, I see all kinds of flags,” James Birch, a Social Science student said.
Teachers and staff members were seen in the vicinity but did not participate in the hairbraiding event.  Half of the students who got their hair braided were not of African or Caribbean descent and for most it was their first time.
“I really like it, I want to do my whole head!” second semester Social Science student Yanna Rastegaeva said.
Patrick Robinson, a third year Business Administration student and Conrod’s chief entertainer believes that increased advertisement with a more public location is essential for attracting diverse students.
“Since Conrod’s is known to be the black cafeteria, most people feel intimidated to walk in and participate,” Robinson said.
Montreal’s Entraide Bénévole Kouzin Kouzin (EBKK) were also there to promote their Big Brother organization. They are looking for responsible CEGEP students who will be good role models to younger children in the Crémazie area.
“We are looking for serious volunteers who can make a difference in the lives of these children,” Joelle Mansuy, Coordinator of EBKK said.

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