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    It was all so simple. A group of friends, happily leaving the Airbnb they had rented in California on their way back home to Toronto, when the situation quickly got out of hand. While loading their suitcases into their rental cars, several police cars had encircled them, with a helicopter overhead, and were immediately detained and questioned.

    Rap music was born in the 1980s as a response to the social, economic, and political exclusion of Black people, infused with the storytelling of the lived inequality of predominantly Black youth who have had enough of being poor, in projects, in danger, hungry, and seemingly without options.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to question how their lives will move forward and the process of adjusting to “the new norm”. Many people were hit hard, however, students have it especially difficult as they prepare to enter an ever-changing workforce due to the pandemic along with changes to their style of learning. Many programs have now transitioned to remote-only learning, introducing a new set of challenges.

    Whether you’ve heard the facts or felt the effects for yourself, it’s evident that change is on the horizon socially and economically for Black people.

    Jillian Danford is a wife, mom, boss, and visionary who has harnessed the star power of her charismatic clan to produce a social media phenomenon. The self-made YouTube sensation has enamoured millions with the daily antics of a typical Caribbean family living in the Canadian suburbs.  The outspoken mom and laid-back dad are proud parents of millennial and Gen Z children. 

    Louis Gossett Jr.’s film debut was in the 1961 classic movie "A Raisin in the Sun" with Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier.

    Skipping her summer trip to Toronto due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, songstress Lila Iké, like most of us, has had to acquaint herself with digital software apps to connect with the would-be audiences of the annual Grace JerkFest. Along with a set of other Reggae and Dancehall household names including Beenie Man (recently seen on the Verzuz soundclash series), Jah Cure, and some of Toronto’s local Caribbean-bred entertainers, Lila Iké’s online gig is set for this Saturday and Sunday evening.

    There’s an ambitious docu-series on YouTube titled ‘This Far’. The 30 episode project features successful Canadian immigrants and first-generation Canadians. Each episode runs about 10 minutes long and offers an in-depth- yet not overbearing- gaze into the subject’s trials, tribulations and triumphs of living and growing in Canada. It’s the exquisite, personal story told in 30 unique ways. The chilled background beat along with quick cuts and colloquial graphics perhaps offers a hint as to who’s behind the series.

    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.’

    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…

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