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02 Jun 2020

Step Your Game Up! How To Support Black Employees During This Time

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The alarm goes off, and the first thing I grab is my phone, a habit that I’ve tried to break so many times. These last few weeks, I often sift through Twitter and Instagram, looking for new developments about COVID-19 -- there is always something in the back of my mind that knows social media isn’t a safe place, as it’s often the place where I gain information about yet another Black person whose life was taken due to police brutality.

01 Jun 2020

What Can I Do To Become An Ally? One Black Canadian Woman Answers

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I don’t want to talk about how horrible the #GeorgeFloyd death is, because it goes without saying how unjust it is. Non-Blacks, you want to know how to be our allies? Let’s talk about tMake no mistake. This rebellion that’s happening, is not just about police brutality. It’s a culmination of the daily injustices and small indignities we endure, that white people turn a blind eye to on a daily basis that helped get things to this level of rage. This isn’t about ONE murder. This is about a lifetime of violence and being ignored in all facets of our…

30 May 2020

Relentless Grief: Black People Are Tired Of Being This Tired

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(PHOTO BY: Nicola Yardy) More and more it feels like to be Black is to be tired. To be living in a heightened sense of fight or flight. It is wholly unfair.  White supremacy is working overtime to break us down. George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis a few hours before Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell to her death in Toronto after police entered her apartment.

28 May 2020

George Floyd Remembered As Loving And Trusting Man

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“Breathe out, breathe in American oxygen Every breath I breathe Chasin' this American Dream”

27 May 2020

How Do I Protect My Son From The Amy Coopers Of The World?

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I did not expect to have this conversation in the middle of a pandemic. Somehow, I thought that COVID-19’s suspension of our ordinary lives would provide a reprieve. But then, Ahmaud Arbery was killed. The public outcry in response to the video of his killing became the catalyst for a long-overdue conversation with Sébastien, my 12-year-old son.

27 May 2020

Dear White People, I Can't Do Anything With Your Feelings

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Picture this. Over the course of several weeks, social media feeds are saturated with images and news of the murders and victimization of Black people. You bristle at the word of them being gunned down in their homes (Breonna Taylor). You watch videos of them being shot in the streets while running, literally, for their lives (Ahmaud Arbery). Closer to home, you read the trial of two off duty police officers who maimed a Black teenager (Dafonte Miller), with a lead pipe will begin, only to be tried in relative silence (the verdict now suspended due to Covid-19 closures).

12 May 2020

The Problem With Ontario's Public Schools

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In light of the scandal that erupted out of the Peel District School Board earlier this year, it is worth re-examining the interaction between the public education system in Ontario and black children. But it also begs the question, what is the point of publicly funded education? Is it to provide a base level of education or is it more so to correct for certain disparities already present in our society, disparities that children themselves are not responsible for?

05 May 2020

Race Based Data Is A Life Or Death Issue - Why Does The Government Keep Ignoring It?

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For the past few months, we have seen the world fall prey to the Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19. Today, there are over 3 million cases globally and over 200,000 deaths. In Canada, there are over 63,000 cases and over 4000 deaths. Since January, we watched China, Italy and the UK battle it with already differing outcomes, and we witnessed it spreading rampantly in the US, especially in “hotspot” coastal states like New York and California. Then in early March, we heard about cases in Canada, as our federal, provincial and regional governments used a seemingly never-ending news cycle to…

29 Apr 2020

Black And Indigenous: Our Truthfully Reconciled Identities

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Identity is who we are, the way we think about ourselves, the way we are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define us. Elements of our identity are not discovered simultaneously. And for some, searching for identity is challenged by cultural erasure, false narratives and colonization.

12 Apr 2020

Staying Socially Connected In Our New Physically Distanced World

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The world’s new normal is physical and social distancing, which means staying at home as much as possible. Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has overcome the world spreading viciously and faster than any virus or disease our modern world has experienced. Physical distancing is necessary right now, but it’s increased anxiety, social isolation, depression.

12 Apr 2020

Can We Talk About Canada's Racism Problem At Universities?

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To be able to eradicate racism from academia, we must first know its history. Canada’s very first university, the Universite de Laval in Quebec, was formed after an order from Queen Victoria, who was otherwise known as the Mother of the British Empire. This same empire amassed its wealth through the labour of enslaved African people, Indigenous genocide and the stealing of inhabited lands. In infrastructure alone, the current state of Canadian academia demands a closer look.

09 Apr 2020

Tributes Pour in For Canadian Entrepreneur Kike Lola Odusanya

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43-year-old Kike Lola Odusanya was an entrepreneur, business coach, motivational speaker and author. Her book “My Boss Is Me” was a true reflection of how she lived her life - giving heartfelt advice to any woman ready to listen, about how to find success through entrepreneurship.

08 Apr 2020

Your Home Is Not A School - But Here's What Black Parents Can Teach Their Kids During COVID19

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All across the world, millions of parents find themselves thrust into the role of ‘teacher’. Yet, let me state unequivocally that you are not your child’s substitute teacher. Your home is not a school and your focus shouldn’t be on ensuring your child doesn’t “fall behind”. This is not the time to compound uncertainty with learning anxiety.

 

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