Althea interviews prominent people in her community. Her show Island Tea With Althea airs mornings across Canada on O M N I TV . You can read more about her st o ry in 'I AM A B ri l li ant Woman(Volume 3) and her own book called Removing The Mask
Althea Clarke Powell is currently the Producer and TV Host of ‘’Island Tea With Althea’’ which airs weekly on Omni Rogers Network. Althea Clarke features interviews with prominent people in the community on her show, which is broadcast nationally throughout Canada. Recently Althea was recommended by the former Minister Ricardo Miranda of Culture and Tourism to run for MLA, MP in the Calgary Frost Lawn District. She was seen on CTV and Global news for her work on the red carpet of Calgary International Film Festival in Sept, 2019. Her family moved to Canada when she was 8 years old.
According to Althea moving to a new country was one of the hardest challenges that she has experience. She attending St. Martha elementary and Father Lacombe High School in Calgary Alberta. Althea has a certificate in business operations from DeVry Institute of Technology and a certificate in business operation from the Career Collage. While working at her salon, DifferenzTrenz , she obtain her Journeyman license in hairstyling. Althea operated her own Salon business for 15 years. In addition, she has Authored and publish a Biographical book, ‘’Removing The Mask’’ and Althea was a contributing author for another book, ”I Am A Brilliant Woman”, Volume 3. Her passion is to mend issue of separation and lack of compassion and unity within our communities and to promote self-love.
Althea with Leela Aheer the Minister of Culture and Multiculturalism and Status of Women
Q AND Q WITH ALTHEA
The Edge Magazine:
How did your experience moving to Canada at a young age shape you as an entrepreneur?
I believe that growing up, going through a lot of defeat, knowing that I want better than what I’ve seen around me and where I’m coming from, I wanted to do better, I just wanted to be better. I didn’t want to be left without; I didn’t want to just exist. It didn’t have anything to do with where I came from because I came here very young. I just knew I wanted to be remembered as a magnificent person.
In Grade 6 I ran track and field for the city, breaking records, and I was on my way to the Olympics. I was about to go run for Canada in the Olympics, but at 19 I got pregnant. I always knew that I wanted more and I just never ended up there, but coming to Canada didn’t really shape anything compared to the Caribbean, because I didn’t know the Caribbean; I’ve been here for 48 years of my life.
CALGARY MAYOR NENSHI
What are your long-term goals for the show?
My long-term goal for my TV show is to show unity, to show our community that we all can be successful, we all can be talented, and I’m hoping that I can bring us together by integrating the government with the community, by inspiring different interests in Afro-Caribbean people. I want them to know that they can be trustees, they can be doctors, they can be mothers if they choose – they can be a TV personality! We just have to work together.
The biggest thing for me is to learn respect and love for each other in our community. We don’t respect each other, and we don’t love each other, and I think that’s because we don’t love ourselves. Once we start to value ourselves, we are going to value people who look like us. For me, that’s the fight right now: to realize that we are important, we are loved, and we are special. The word is “unity.” I just want unity among black people because once we achieve that, we will be unstoppable. - The Edge Magazine in Chapters Canada.
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What is it like being a woman in today's world, in your eyes?
Being a woman in today's world is hard. Some days I feel like giving up. By the grace of God is why I don't give up. Being a woman means that you have to be able to wear many hats. You have to be a mother, a spouse, and a professional. We also know that we will not be put on the same level as our male counterparts which can be discouraging and feel unfair. So today's woman, you have to be mentally tough.
When was your first big break in entertainment?
I really have never had a "big break" in entertainment until right now, and I hope to make the best of it . My show is on OMNI TV and is national in Canada. I owned a salon for years before the show became my full time career and now being an author. Tell us what your new show is about? The show is called Island Tea. It's about island people getting together to discuss issues that affects the community and more.
What are some of the struggles you have had to face in your career?
I have faced racism within our community. It was difficult to handle! We are not taught at a young age that racism exists in our community, so when I faced it, it was hard to handle because I didn't have the appropriate tools to deal with it. I've dealt with it by educating myself about black history and black culture. With the knowledge I've gained I came to understand why this occurs and use it to motivate myself.
CCMA'S IN CALGARY ON THE CARPET INTERVIEWING BILLY RAY CYRUS
What drives you to host your show?
I wanted to provide a place where people can come together and talk about issues that they feel are important to them. I also wanted to allow our community to be educated about issues that we don't openly discuss within the community. For example we had a show about the LGBTQ community. It is important to have guests that reflect the community. I live in Calgary, AB.
What is your message you want to share with your fans?
I want people to really start loving themselves and each other. I want our community to come together and lift each other up and no matter what, especially women; we are really hard on each other. Together we are unstoppable.
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Atom Egoyan Director/Writer/Producer of exotica Movie
Watch @Islandteawithalthea on Omni Rogers which airs in Alberta Saturdays at 8:30 am, Sunday at 10:00 am, Wednesdays at 10:00 am, as well on Omni 1 Ontario on Saturday at 21:00 pm, Mondays at 8:30 am, Saturday at 4:30 am and airing on Omni BC Sundays at 9:30 am.
“Island Tea With Althea” is a specialty program aired weekly on OMNI Rogers Television. I interview politicians and Reggae Artist discuss current issues. I also interview entertainers and highlight cultural events, as well as, entrepreneurs and immigrants. I focus on multiculturalism people in Canada , causes and bringing communities together. My show explores the experiences of Caribbean people in Canada and Jamaican rich Culture I use it as a platform to showcase diverse cultures, success stories and much more. Each thirty minute episode brings various cultures into the home of everyday Canadians. The show premiered on September 2, 2017 and has been steadily receiving positive reviews. It is currently aired in all of the major cities across Canada – including Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver.
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CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - SONG OF NAMES
“Island Tea With Althea” has had a phenomenal debut season. With a lineup of past guests including; Rachel Notley – Premier of Alberta - Ricardo Miranda – Minister of Culture and Tourism - Jason Kenny – Current Leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta - Leela Aheer – Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Chestermere – Rocky View - Naheed Nenshi – Mayor of Calgary - Sandra Jansen minister of infrastructure - Sandip Lalli President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce - Coming up honourable David Eggen Minister of Education - Gyptian Jamaican reggae artist - Mr. Vegas Jamaican reggae artist - Khonshens Jamaican reggae artist - Kranium Jamaican reggae artist - Atom Egoyan Director/Writer/Producer of exotica Movie - Tifa Jamaican reggae artist - 2019's Calgary International Film Festival Red Carpets, CCMA Red Carpet, CFL Grey Cup Awards and much more.
@ 107 Grey Cup red Carpet Aka Black carpet wonderful experience.
The program has been well received country wide and continues to grow every month.
As another 52 episodes have recently been confirmed, we are in the process of planning for the upcoming season.
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