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    The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, formerly known as Caribana, launched an interactive virtual timeline for Black History Month. The timeline project is said to be the first initiative for preserving and developing a permanent archive of Toronto’s Carnival history, a key chapter of Black history in Canada.

    Enuka Okuma has joined the cast of Netflix and CBC’s smash hit Workin’ Moms. She will play Sloane Mitchell. Okuma is a Nigerian-Canadian actress, writer, and producer. She was born and raised in Ladner, a suburb in Vancouver, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Simon Fraser University.

    “I am a proud Canadian of African Caribbean origin. I love to engage people, learn their stories, and be a part of the network of Canada, which is multiculturalism,” Valene Campbell introduces herself. Campbell is the author of the Amazing Zoe series, published by Zou Zou Media House Inc. She also has a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector. With Jamaican parents, Campbell grew up immersed in a Caribbean culture known for its storytelling, poetry, music, and art. As a child, she would write plays or skirts for the church. “Although I went into healthcare, storytelling was still very much a part of me. It’s creativity and also a way to carry forth Jamaican and Caribbean traditions.” She continues, “I still love physiotherapy, but there was always a side of me that knew I wanted to tell stories. Many immigrant families don't perceive art as something sustainable, and I want to change that.” Inspiration“I grew up in a predominantly white neighbourhood and went to a similar school. There was no person of colour in the books I read and the content I watched. I always felt out of place and questioned, who am I, and where do I belong?” Campbell recalls. The only thing that grounded her was her predominantly Caribbean church. “I don't know anyone here in Canada who was a person of colour and has not experienced some racism,” Campbell says. “It all starts at home. Are parents teaching and showing children to be tolerant and antiracist? How are they doing it? What are the children watching and reading?” She questions. She adds, “We shouldn't wait for an incident to happen to start initiating anti-racism and anti-bullying efforts,” she adds. “I'm thankful that we're starting to see change. Corporations…

    Luigi Fidelia, a.k.a City Fidelia is a young Canadian rap artist, studio owner, and radio program director.

    Dr. Paulin R. Polepole was trained as a medical doctor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He practiced general medicine in Rwanda for nearly a decade before moving to Canada as a refugee in 2013.

    Wondering how to celebrate Black History Month 2021? Audible.ca has put together a compelling list of audio books, including some awesome Black Canadian authors. Feed your mind with the knowledge and wisdom of Black authors. Discover amazing stories about Black heritage, culture and its importance to the Canadian society. Listen, enjoy, learn and share!Happy Black History Month 2021!

    “Our immediate priority is to ensure the businesses stay online, which is a key part of their viability and sustainability, and we're working hand-in-hand with local businesses to hear their concerns and address their needs." - Nadine Spencer (President of the Black Business and Professional Association)

    A growing body of research suggests that Black students are more likely to face harsher penalties, such as suspensions and disciplinary measures, within the Canadian school system. The sobering reality is made worse with the realization that Black youth are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, many of whom face charges for a wider range of offences than their white counterparts often do. Most charges are a result of altercations at school.

    “Black lives are so incredibly valuable and no effort must be lost to reduce the risk; you come from a culture where respect for others is a permanent value so protect your elderly because elders are encyclopedias for family and community and we have lost too many elders in the past year. The loss is immeasurable.” Dr. Akwatu Khenti, Chair of the Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity

    Founder of Girl Power’d Brittnee Habbib was born and raised in Canada after her parents immigrated from Jamaica.

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