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02 Jul 2020

LOUD.army Making Space Online For Black Canadian Joy

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(Photo: Kimani Peter captured by Latoya Powell/Ryersonian) A meeting of beats, hearts and minds is set to emerge online July 4 thanks to Kimani Peter, founder of LOUD.army, a music technology startup. The 27-year-old bespectacled Brampton, Ontario resident has spent most of his waking hours these past several weeks building a virtual stage for Black artists and Black activists to thrive and vibe during the third iteration of UP2SUMIN.

12 Jun 2020

Benny Bing: Celebrating The Natural Beauty of Black Women & Plowing A Path for Black Canadian Artists

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“The subject matter of my work is, and will always be Black, because that’s my experience and perspective. However, the theme of my work is humanity. I try to tell the story of the beauty and humanity in the Black body; something the visual culture of our society has long tried to distort or deny. BLOOM showcases the resiliency, power, and beauty of several amazingly talented black women excelling in their fields.”  -Benny Bing

14 May 2020

These Black Canadian Businesses Are Thriving Despite The COVID-19 Lockdown

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Businesses, big and small are closing at unprecedented rates globally, but that doesn’t mean some of us aren’t still thriving. In fact, some of us have mastered the pivot and are making serious bank!

06 May 2020

Carrie Mullings Walks Good, No Matter The Season

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The vast space between myself and Radio DJ, promoter, manager and entrepreneur Carrie Mullings does nothing to dampen her formidable presence. Even through our video call, her full, deep voice emanates with authority and fills the room.

06 May 2020

The Rhapsody of Winemaking: Nyarai Cellars

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Steve Byfield started off pursuing a career as a music educator, studying at York University and playing in a jazz band in Southern Ontario. After his first year in University, he started working part-time for a recently retired police officer who had his own beer and winemaking business in Concord, Ontario. 

24 Apr 2020

The Oven Fried Chicken Recipe You Need

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Who doesn’t love fried chicken? Fried chicken, rice and peas with coleslaw was a constant for me growing up. Yet, it can be too much work with a lot of wasted oil. Enter: oven-fried chicken. You can save time, oil and your commitment to healthy eating with this recipe. This recipe works whether you are gluten-friendly or gluten-free.

20 Apr 2020

Sarah Onyango's 22 Years In Community Radio

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Sarah Onyango is am Ottawa based translator by trade who has worked on high profile international translation projects and events. But she is well known in Black Canadian media circles as a trailblazer in community radio. A Kenyan native, she’s a tireless promoter of Black culture, both African and Caribbean. Sarah’s awards for community service include the United Way Community Builder Award (2008 & 2011) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). We spoke to Sarah about her 22-year journey in Canadian media.

20 Apr 2020

Chef Philman's Recipe For The Perfectly Seared Salmon

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Just in case you missed our Instagram Live with Chef Philman, and hosted by Ryan Hinkson (Eat Famous), here's the recipe straight from Chef's kitchen!

05 Apr 2020

Sasha Senior Is Paving The Way With Windsor's Only Skateboard Shop

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Sasha Senior never imagined her first business; Bliss Skateboard Shop, would be the only one of its kind to serve skaters in the border city of Windsor between Ontario and Michigan. After an inspiring conversation with the owner of the Wood Shed Skate Shop in Westland, Michigan - she jumped at the chance to secure the perfect space in a prime location.

27 Mar 2020

Career Advice From The Woman Leading One Of Toronto’s Most Popular Art Galleries

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For almost a century, a red brick edifice - with its smokestack looming tall - has sat at the southern edge of the downtown Toronto neighborhood now known as Harbourfront. Built in 1926, it first served as an equipment warehouse. In 1987, the empty warehouse became The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and has since featured the works of hundreds of world-renowned artists such as John Akomfrah and Steve McQueen.

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