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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.

07 Oct 2019

Carl Cassell Makes Artistic Exit From Harlem Underground

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If you’re reading this, you were probably just as shocked as I was to hear that Harlem Underground was closing for good. The place has been known for the soul food and unforgettable Caesars, but it’s also been a hub for black culture in Toronto for the past ten years. It’s one of three restaurants successfully owned and operated by cultural icon, Carl Cassell, over the past 18 years. The decision to close didn’t come easily but, as Carl puts it, he’s “ready for something new.”

10 Oct 2019

Meet The Montrealer Behind This Multi Million Dollar Brand: Exclucity

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“I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” - Jay-Z (Diamonds From Sierra Leone Remix)

03 Oct 2019

Black, Queer and Making History - Meet Uzoma Asagwara

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Uzoma Asagwara is of Igbo-Nigerian heritage and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On Tuesday September 10 2019, Asagwara won the seat as MLA for Manitoba’s Union Station riding under the NDP. Asagwara is the first Black, and openly queer MLA to ever win in Manitoba’s 150-year-history. Asagwara goes by the pronoun they or them.

03 Oct 2019

Mitzie Hunter Found Her Voice at the Dinner Table

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Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s former minister of advanced education and skills development, and minister of education, found her voice at her family’s dinner table. That grounding has propelled the politician to represent her constituents of Scarborough-Guildwood, to serve the people of the province as a government minister, and now to seek the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in 2020.

24 Sep 2019

This Montreal Hairstylist Is Giving The Kind Of Workshop Every Curly Girl Needs In Her Life

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Nancy Falaise has over 18 years experience as a hairstylist, with a particular passion for curly hair. She’s on a mission to eradicate the stigma associated with the Afro/curly texture. It is a passion born out of hardship and loss. As a young Black Canadian girl she was constantly rejected for being biracial, with extra insult added because of her tight curls. It would take a life altering experience to make Falaise take a deeper look at herself and see the beauty of her natural curls.

12 Sep 2019

The Prince Family: Two Plus Ten Equals Extraordinary

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Monique and Eusi Prince are a Toronto couple who give a whole new meaning to the word efficient. With just 24 hours in a day, they manage to do it all. They are the proud parents of ten children ranging from two and a half to 23 years old, and the co-owners All My Son's Hair of Art Studio in Pickering, Ontario, mentors, as well as activists. We sat down with them as the second feature in our Black Canadian Couples In Business series.

10 Sep 2019

The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture 

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Drawn from the extraordinary holdings of The Walther Collection, The Way She Looks exhibition revisits the history of African photographic portraiture through the viewpoints of women, both as subjects and photographers.

05 Sep 2019

Getting To Know Michael Coteau As He Bids For Ontario Liberal Leadership

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Michael Coteau has been in provincial politics for almost a decade, holding multiple portfolios in the Liberal government. But he says it took a long time for him to put his name forward in the race for leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.

05 Sep 2019

10 Questions With Marci Ien: Raptors President Masai Ujiri

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Welcome to my new column. Each month I’ll shoot 10 questions at someone who is making waves in the Black Canadian community and beyond.

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