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If you want to understand my basic ambivalence toward the concept of a “Black History Month”, then just tap the word “consolation” into your Google browser. Within the span of one second, you will be treated to a dropdown definition along the lines of “the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment” or “a person or thing providing comfort to a person who has suffered.”

During the golden age of North American train travel, sleeping cars often came with porters who would carry your luggage and shine your shoes. Porters were smiling, courteous and unfailingly polite; for the better part of the last century, they were also Black, male, and sometimes referred to condescendingly as “George’s boys” — or, simply, “George.”

It’s the little program that grew - the roots of The Transitional Year Programme (TYP) at the University of Toronto began in the African Canadian community through two summer programs in 1969 and 1970, and since then, hundreds of graduates have gone onto successful careers in the last 50 years.

An Edmonton man is making sure awareness for black history isn’t confined to the 28 days that make up Black History Month.

Toronto public schools have major and rising student achievement gaps based on race and income, according to a recent landmark report. One of the biggest blocks to closing these gaps is educators’ understanding of why these gaps exist and the methods used to try and close them.

2019 has been named The Year Of The Return by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. During a September 2018 event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., he said the “time is right” for people of African descent to make the journey back, with Ghana leading the way with its open arms.

The York Eglinton neighbourhood of Oakwood isn’t letting the dust of construction dim it’s light. Instead, for its second annual Cityscapes Winter Exhibition, the local BIA has teamed up with the NIA Centre for the arts to re-invigorate many of the empty and abandoned storefronts with vivid art from a select group of Black artists. The theme is “New Perspectives of Home.”

We’ve come a long way when it comes to women in the workforce, but when it comes to the construction industry, we’ve still got a long way to go. Even though construction is one of Canada’s largest employers, women account for just 4.5 percent of those working in the skilled trades.

Diverse communities continue to face barriers in accessing lucrative entrepreneurship opportunities created by Canada’s burgeoning technology-driven innovation sector. Black entrepreneurs, in particular, encounter steep challenges when starting and growing a business, from accessing seed capital to fewer publicly recognized role models.

When Michelle de Lyon saw a poster for Black Pysicians of Tomorrow in the hallway at Durham College, she knew she had to join. That was in 2015 when she was pursuing fitness & health promotion studies. Not only did she get involved, she put her past grant writing skills to use and helped the organization achieve its goal to aquire funding to broaden its scope beyond post-secondary institutions.

Toronto, ON (December 17, 2018) - ByBlacks.com announced their first People’s Choice Awards with nominations beginning today in 50 categories, from Artists to Web Designers. Canadians will be able to nominate their favourite Black-owned businesses across the country via the ByBlacks.com/nominate web page.

A new multi media campaign called Crystals As Crowns recently launched in Toronto. It’s a groundbreaking black youth resilience media campaign seeking to reduce negative conceptions of self and low self-esteem among black and racialized youth. The campaign includes  empowering imagery of youth in control of their futures and rooted in a self-determined imagination, the “Crystal Mind.”

There are rare moments when you get to witness history in the making. Some of us only realize the importance of an experience years after it has been lived.

 

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