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    “I could not have told this story in my 20’s. Now, I’m so sure of who I am. The strength and dignity of my mother, how incredible our family is, even though it’s messy and not perfect, I’m proud of that. I’d rather tell a story about our humanity and our truth, than ever give anyone a sanitized version that paints us to be something that we are not.” - Perdita Felicien, author of My Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph.

    “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…

    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!

    In Can You Hear Me Now?, former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes changes the conversation, stripping the label of MP and revealing the woman of the before and after. The memoir fills in the blank spaces and reveals that Caesar-Chavannes has always been fearless, stoic and bold in her actions. At every stage in her life, she seemingly broke through, balancing the pressure of her family, culture, and her gender’s high expectations with steely precision. Yet, the book can be described as a transitory note to the next moment in her life.

    Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming is the harrowing story of Antonio Michael Downing, who travels to Canada from Trinidad at the age of 11 after his grandmother passes.

    When the Black Medical Students Association (BMSA) started at the University of Toronto in 1999, founder Dr. Sean Wharton, was one of only three members.

    Given is the debut novel from Nandi Taylor, a Black Caribbean and Canadian writer and fantasy-enthusiast. Nandi Taylor first started weaving the tale about a young Yirba princess back in 2017 on Wattpad, an online storytelling platform.

    About a month ago on June 22nd, Whitney French and Alannah Johnson launched Hush Harbour Press. It couldn’t have come at a better time, with the initial launch date being the late Octavia Butler’s birthday. The Black, queer, feminist press aims to publish work from Black writers ‘in the spirit of building Black futures.’

    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.

    Justin Alliman is an international basketball development coach, with a coveted position as a mentor coach with the Toronto Raptors 905. He’s also the founder of Dream Chaserzzz Basketball Inc. which allows youth who lack support to get access to elite training. “I was one of those kids myself,” he says. Justin’s organization has since served over 100,000 athletes worldwide. Now at the peak of his success, he’s authored a book that reveals some of the heartbreaking details of his journey. It’s called “Before My Glory.”

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