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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.

23 Mar 2020

Remembering Hodan Nalayeh: A Journalist With Purpose

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This essay was originally published on July 23, 2019, on TVO.org. In his 2005 essay “How to Write About Africa,” Binyavanga Wainaina says sardonically: “In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book.”

12 Mar 2020

Will The Real Toronto Please Stand Up?

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Twitter has been buzzing the past few days with the game of musical chairs being played at Flow 93.5FM in Toronto. First, we learned long-time Flow 93.5FM host, Mastermind, was let go, along with Alicia "Ace" West. Then, more news―Blake Carter and Peter Kash would be moving to Mastermind’s former afternoon slot to make room for the popular New York morning show The Breakfast Club, hosted by DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God.

10 Mar 2020

Why Are We Losing So Much Black Canadian Talent to The U.S.?

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“The Canadian Entertainment Industry Needs To Address Diversity" - CBC News “The lack of diversity in Canadian media is ‘hard to ignore’ — and the numbers prove it” - Global News “Canada's diversity not reflected on the silver screen, say, actors, screenwriters of colour” - CBC News “Why Is Canadian Television So White?” - Refinery29 Canada

06 Mar 2020

When will schools begin teaching students that Black history is way more than slavery?

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Raising a Black child in Canada can be quite a challenge. One of the things I’ve been struggling with is how do you teach a child to navigate a system that wasn’t designed for them.

27 Feb 2020

The Case of the Invisible, Visible Black Journalist

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Back in the “day” – early 1980’s – a group of Black journalists met at a Toronto restaurant to talk about forming a professional network and to encourage Canadian newspapers and broadcasters to hire more Black journalists. We hoped to create an actual organization.

03 Feb 2020

My Indigenous Black History

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I felt ill-equipped to answer her question satisfactorily. My daughter, Destiny, was on the phone scrutinizing our multi-racial, multi-ethnic identity. And the answers didn’t come easy to me. We have a long history of bi-racial and cross-cultural unions in my family. All of our ethnic and racial identities are hidden in our obvious Blackness.

 

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