11 Jun 2019

Space Makers and Shakers in Toronto’s Black Trans and Queer Community

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For decades in Toronto, Black TLGBQ (trans, lesbian, gay, bi, queer) people have found it necessary to create spaces and events which represent and welcome Black TLGBQ people. 

02 Jun 2019

This Pride Month, I’m Rooting For Everybody Black

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There will be Pride celebrations held from the largest of cities to the smallest of towns across Canada during the month of June. I will be celebrating my first Pride in Waterloo Region this year. It already feels and looks different. To begin with, I have only met one other Black and LGBTQI2S+ identified person since moving here. I know there are more. I have seen them at small events and in Facebook groups, but I don’t know any of them personally.

31 May 2019

10 Things I've Learned From Being A Rideshare Driver

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A sunny day in July 2016 was the most meaningful time I’ve ever missed the bus in Toronto. Instead of waiting 40 minutes until the next one, I decided to order an Uber. A lovely middle-aged woman from Zimbabwe arrived within a few minutes. We had a long, in-depth conversation about rideshare driving, flexibility to choose her own hours and driving as a woman. I enjoy driving and was desperate to find a better replacement for my toxic job, working overnights at a restaurant. Our conversation convinced me to quit that job and one month later, I became an Uber…

26 May 2019

Dear Toronto, Do You Even Know Who Kawhi Leonard Really Is?

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If you woke up in remote proximity to the NBA and the Toronto Raptors, you know that history was made last night. The Toronto Raptors qualified for the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history. The NBA Finals will be played outside of the United States for the first time in history.

06 May 2019

Ancestry Ad Gets It Wrong: Canada Was Never Slave-free

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In April, Ancestry ran an ad that attracted a lot of negative attention as it aimed to target both white and Black consumers.

18 Apr 2019

How An NHL Street Party Caused A Social Media Storm About Racism

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As the city of Winnipeg was preparing to host a large celebration to mark the beginning of the National Hockey League playoffs for its team, the Jets, a storm broke out over social media over a headline about the hockey street party.

06 Mar 2019

Social Media Shaming Will Not Fix Our Children

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In his lecture on The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child, Dr. Amos Wilson suggests “the reason you have children will influence their development...it will indicate, then, that to a degree and in some way, the black community itself has been induced in helping to bring about inferiority in their children.”

27 Feb 2019

Black Canadian Activists Pressured To Be ‘Quiet’ Leaders

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In 1971, the Yale professor Robin Winks wrote that Black Canadians wanted “nothing more than to be accepted as quiet Canadians.”

22 Feb 2019

White People Need To Stop Asking Us This Question

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If there’s a single question that haunts all non-white people living in North America, it’s this one: “So, where are you from?”

18 Feb 2019

NAACP’s First Meeting Was Held In Canada But There Were No Canadians There

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The first meeting of what would later become the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) took place in 1905 in Fort Erie near Niagara Falls, Canada. Legendary thinkers such as W.E.B. Du Bois attended.

14 Feb 2019

Black Men Are Privileged — Just Ask Black Women

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“We are socialized to accept less.” This is part of a quote from my friend, Angelina, as we were having a discussion on relationships. She went on to say that as a black woman, she has to give allowances to black men for our bad behaviour. She made it clear that she isn’t the exception, either. That most black women share this mindset.

14 Feb 2019

Is There Room for Black Writers NOT Telling Black Stories?

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We have a responsibility as black writers to share our stories. That’s the new narrative for writers of colour.

14 Feb 2019

The Guilt And Shame That Comes With Being A Teen Parent

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These thoughts have been weighing on my heart and lately, I can’t escape them. As close as my daughter and I are now, as much as we’ve been through together and as much as I know she’s genuinely happy, there’s this constant feeling of guilt and shame that still haunts me.


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