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08 Aug 2019

Black In Bronze - A Monument to Black "Ordinary Men"

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We are living through a time when monuments of revered white men are being questioned and removed from public spaces. We are asking ourselves, who is worthy of a monument, who is worthy of taking up space?

20 Jun 2019

Arcade Gaming Makes A Comeback With Denthreesixty

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Growing up black in the ’80s and ’90s, most of us can remember times of playing video games with our friends for hours on a Saturday afternoon (of course, only if our mom let us!). Back then, hours would pass like minutes. Deeper friendships were formed, and pacts were made to do it all again next weekend!

17 Jun 2019

Black, Queer, and Still Here: The Lived Experiences Of A Community Captured In Art

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“Rainbow capitalism.” This occurs once a year when corporate brands focus on LGBTQ representation in order to sell products to that community and its supporters.

12 Jun 2019

Carnival Entrepreneurs: Building Businesses Through Culture and Creativity

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For section leaders, artists, DJs, and promoters alike, carnival season is big business. Blood, sweat, and tears literally accompany each and every year of carnival preparations for the professionals that make it what it is, and you truly can’t imagine a carnival season without the pillars of music, mas, and fetes.

13 May 2019

The Real McCoy - One Of The Greatest Black Inventors Was Canadian

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It is not every engineer whose innovation has actually added a term to the English language, but so it was with African Canadian-born inventor Elijah McCoy. The automatic oiling device he invented in 1872 revolutionized steam train technology. It was much imitated, but his own version was so much more effective that for many railroads, only the “real McCoy” would do.

13 May 2019

Black Canadian Couples In Business: Moses and Patricia Mawa Are Changing Lives Through Media

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The Principals Of Silvertrust Media and Afroglobal Television Are Also Making A Difference Through The Transformation Institute For Leadership And Innovation.

30 Mar 2019

"We want to put our money where our mouth is. That's the point of the store really."

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Imagine walking into a store where everything on the shelves is made by a black person. Such a store is a reality, thanks to Michael and Mak, proud owners of Melanin MRKT in Pickering, Ontario.

11 Mar 2019

Christopher Sealy: A Glass Always Full

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Christopher Sealy is not a glass half full kind of guy. After diving head first into French language and literature, and spending 2 years as both a cultural observer and participant of Parisian life, he went back home to Toronto inspired to become a sommelier. 

10 Mar 2019

Ainka Jess - Designed To Dream

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Three years ago Ainka Jess was having a chat with some other women around the office. The topic was sports, and many of the women said they didn't feel comfortable either talking about sports or engaging in conversations about sports. Especially if they were around their male colleagues. “A lot of them said they kind of felt like they to ask for permission to just be a part of the conversation,” says Jess. With 12 years experience in media and communications, and being a huge sports fan herself, Jess thought she could do something to bridge this gap. She's4Sports was…

27 Feb 2019

It's Weyni's World Now

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In October 2018 Weyni Mengesha returned to Toronto as Soulpepper Theatre’s Artistic Director - making her the first woman and person of colour to sit at the helm of the city’s largest non-profit.

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