“The Prime Minister has a media availability for you tomorrow at 8:30 am,” said the voice on the other end of my phone. I was momentarily stunned into silence because no one on my team had requested an interview with Justin Trudeau.
This piece is in partnership with Toronto's Manifesto, an Instagram platform founded by Chelsea Martin and Imani Busby, dedicated to uplifting the Black and Indigenous communities across Canada while providing educational resources and ways to support these communities.
At 16 years old, Marcus McGowan is quickly becoming a serial entrepreneur with the launch of his third company, Glovely. It’s a PPE supply company that allows people to put their own safety kits together with high-quality gloves, face shields, masks, hand sanitizer. You can also create safety gift baskets for loved ones.
Two years ago we brought you the success story of Neale’s Sweet N' Nice Ice Cream when the company landed a major distribution deal at Sobeys grocery stores in Ontario. We’re excited to learn that the Caribbean flavoured ice cream brand is expanding to 53 stores from the Loblaw group including No Frills and Real Canadian Superstore and 44 stores in Metro starting in July. We checked in with one of the founders Andrew McBarnett.
Alexander Gallimore is a 17-year-old Jamaican Canadian actor and writer with an impressive trajectory. Represented by Fountainhead Talent he’s already made appearances in both theatre and film roles. He co-founded the first Black Students Union at his high school and he sits on the Toronto International Film Festival Next Wave Committee. Recently, he was accepted to New York University Tisch School of the Arts to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama beginning in fall 2021. But this actor and budding filmmaker can’t wait until next year to start making movies, he has a story he needs to get out now.
It’s hard to imagine the eye bugging, stage screaming, self-professed ‘grown little man’ Kevin Hart as a serious life coach. But 2020 Kevin Hart is not the same, and after some serious public setbacks, a few of them scandalous, Kevin Hart is on some Ted Talk vibes right now.
Businesses, big and small are closing at unprecedented rates globally, but that doesn’t mean some of us aren’t still thriving. In fact, some of us have mastered the pivot and are making serious bank!
Add this to the “racism is inescapable” files. Even when you are going out of your way volunteering your time, risking your health by being outdoors to give back to your community, racism is just waiting for you right around the corner where you least expect it. That’s what a group of five volunteers was faced with earlier this week when they received a hateful message from someone in the community who they had actually just helped.
Sarah Onyango is am Ottawa based translator by trade who has worked on high profile international translation projects and events. But she is well known in Black Canadian media circles as a trailblazer in community radio. A Kenyan native, she’s a tireless promoter of Black culture, both African and Caribbean. Sarah’s awards for community service include the United Way Community Builder Award (2008 & 2011) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). We spoke to Sarah about her 22-year journey in Canadian media.
ByBlacks.com chatted with the Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLM TO) Pascale Diverlus to find out about the COVID-19 Black Emergency Support Fund organized to support Black Canadians severely financially impacted by the global pandemic.