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09 Dec 2019

NCAA's Woman Of The Year Is Now Focusing On Improving Women's Health

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At the age of 18, Angela Mercurio was training almost daily as a college athlete and was aiming for the Olympics. Now, at 23, she’s getting ready to start medical school with a focus on women’s health, and she’s not looking back. 

13 Nov 2019

This Artist is Redefining Black Representation And What Success Looks Like

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Gordon Shadrach is a portrait artist, Grade 2 teacher, and public speaker. His work has shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to name a few. As a self-taught painter, it’s even more impressive that he’s been selected by OCAD University as a lecturer at its How We Paint series. Prior to that engagement, ByBlacks spoke to the artist about the themes he explores through his art, the challenges of breaking through institutional barriers as an emerging artist at age 53, and what he most hopes to impart in…

13 Nov 2019

KK Emmay: This Small Business Owner Pushes Buttons With Big Ideas

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10-year-old CEO, Kayana Williams, raises money for charities through a family-run social enterprise.

13 Nov 2019

10 Questions With Marci Ien: Donté Colley

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Donté Colley is a force. He had no idea when he made some dance videos in his basement a couple of years ago and shared them online that people would take notice. Now, the 22-year-old Instagram star has danced with Ariana Grande, performed with The Chainsmokers and name-checked by Beyoncé. Based on the exuberance of his videos alone, you might want to call him the happiest man in Toronto. 828 thousand Instagram followers later (at the time of this writing) he made some time to chat with me.

11 Nov 2019

The 3Skills Every International Student Needs

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Tobi Oluwole’s Nigerian parents sent him to Canada at the age of 15, hoping to give him a chance at a “better life”. But the road to that bright future they envisioned for their young son, was not as easy as it seemed.

07 Nov 2019

Tray Arts: Repainting His Story on the Canvas of Life

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Trayon Baksh, aka Tray Arts’ journey to success was fraught with pitfalls, but what seemed like divine intervention nudged him in the right direction while courage and determination pushed him the rest of the way.

29 Oct 2019

The Hustle Is Real - The Risk And Reward Of Being Your Own Boss

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Photo: Leilah Dhore/How She Hustles In honour of Small Business Month, ByBlacks spoke with Emily Mills of How She Hustles about what it really takes to successfully build your own business. Mills is fresh off the launch of her latest project - the Startup & Slay Digital Series sponsored by CIBC, Futurpreneur Canada and Ryerson University.

27 Oct 2019

Soulful Image Magazine: Words That Change Lives

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Tracey-Acadia and Allister Thomas are the husband and wife team behind Soulful Image Magazine, with Tracey as the Editor-in-chief and Allister as the Creative Director. Soulful Image is a ministry magazine dedicated to encouraging, uplifting and inspiring people from all walks of life.

26 Oct 2019

From War Fields To World Stage - Emmanuel Jal Opens On What He Wants You To Know About Healing From Trauma

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Emmanuel Jal went from having a normal childhood to losing everything. Born in what is now Southern Sudan, Jal experienced the brutality of war at a tender age. He lost his mother, aunties and uncles along with the innocence of childhood. Recruited at the age of eight, Jal became a child soldier. Now a successful recording artist, motivational speaker, and activist, Jal never imagined that what began as complete destruction, would turn out to be an instrument to inspire many others.

14 Oct 2019

10 Questions With Marci Ien: Measha Brueggergosman

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Measha Brueggergosman is a Juno-award winning Canadian soprano who graces stages around the globe as an opera singer and concert artist. She is also an author, an actress and most importantly a mother of two boys. We caught up for a bite to eat at a hotel in downtown Toronto. Measha was in town to support an initiative with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. We first met years ago in Halifax when I was assigned to work on a profile of her for CTV National News. Full disclosure: she is one of my favourite people.

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