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A year ago I decided to volunteer at Toronto’s Pan American Games.
What are some of your fondest memories of childhood in a black household?

Beyond The Shave

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:39 Written by
I attended a father’s day event recently where the keynote speaker talked about learning how to get a close shave from a Youtube video because he didn’t have a father to teach him.

Things I Lost After Marrying A White Woman

Saturday, 27 June 2015 06:10 Written by
"You absorb the light; I reflect it." It's a joke my wife recently made after several failed attempts at taking an "usie" outdoors while the sun shined down on us.
The news of Senator Don Meredith's expulsion from the caucus of the ruling Conservative Party of Canada based on an allegation of sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl was greeted with shame, embarrassment and deep disappointment from some members of the Afrikan-Canadian* community, which they expressed on social media.

Black Fatherhood: Ending The Cycle Of Pain

Sunday, 21 June 2015 07:20 Written by
Today we celebrate the existence and contributions of our fathers.  But with all the presents, special dinners and the usual “Happy Father’s Day” greeting in the morning maybe we should think a little deeper.

Fatherhood: Daring To Do It Differently

Sunday, 21 June 2015 07:05 Written by
Some people think this video is about my daughter. Why? Because of my son’s “feminine” colour choices.
At tomorrow's police services board meeting, Toronto Mayor John Tory is expected to move to bring an end to police carding.

Toronto's Mayor Vows To End Carding - Now What?

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 07:15 Written by
With mass pressure from below and sections of Toronto’s petty bourgeois elements publicly calling for an end to carding, Mayor John Tory announced on June 7th that he will be calling for “the permanent cancellation of carding once and for all” at the June 18th meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board. 
On April 20, 2015, Deputy Chief Mark Saunders became the first Black man to lead the Toronto Police Service (TPS), the country’s largest police force.

I Avoid My People

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00 Written by
Two weekends ago, I celebrated my big brother’s birthday. It was the first time I felt completely comfortable in a room full of predominantly Black, Caribbean, and as far as I know, heterosexual people.

Get Woke!

Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:00 Written by
It’s always darkest before the dawn, or so the old saying goes. And for my fellow early birds who know – those pre-dawn hours in all their darkness, is also the time when the most work can and should be done – if and only if we’re awake at that crucial hour.
Despite not being a fan of Internet back-and-forths, I have recently found myself engaging, often online, a number of well-meaning people (including self-titled White allies and other Black folk) who are convinced that the collective upset in Black communities following the non-indictment of Darren Wilson is overdone, when in fact it is not.