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    Calgary’s first annual African Fashion Week event was a major success earlier this month in front of an upbeat audience of 200 people at the Highland Community Centre. 

    (PHOTO BY GWYN CHAPMAN) The Black community is celebrating a trio of naming honours bestowed on some of its most iconic members. 

    Over 100 years after his death, Abraham Beverly Walker has received the Order of New Brunswick. Walker was the first Canadian-born Black lawyer in the country, being called to the bar in 1882.

    PHOTO: MIGUEL CARLON | While Canada’s healthcare system is touted as a global standard of equity and fairness, mental health advocates say anti-black racism prevents many Black Canadians from accessing adequate services.

    A 24-year-old man who beat a GO bus driver in an unprovoked, racially motivated, senseless and violent attack has been sentenced to 15 months in jail. Rocco Vietri — who, as court heard, has 17 prior convictions for violent crimes — pleaded guilty Friday, Sept. 6 to assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with probation.

    In the 150 year history of Manitoba, no Black person has ever been elected to the legislature. Now, there are three, after Tuesday's historic election.

    Toronto's First-Ever and highly anticipated Black-owned Nail Pop Up Shop, NU AVE NAILS, is opening its doors on September 14th 2019. It's the brainchild of Founders, Sasha Ruddock, body activist and social media influencer, and Toni Francis, an award-winning television and cinema producer. Nu Ave Nails is Toronto's first touring nail salon that features all Black nail technicians.

    For Dewitt Lee, co-founder of Emancipation Month Canada, August is more than just a time to host city-wide events; it’s a time for change.

    The Shea Moisture Pop-up celebration was a jam packed 4 day mini festival, kicking off with a coral carpet and a Canadian celebrity reception, including thought-provoking panel discussions and masterclasses on how to recognize healthy hair.

    Emancipation Month will recognize the struggle for human rights made by Canadians of African descent and the legal abolishment of slavery in Canada, 185 years ago. The month presents itself as an opportunity to reflect on a dark past, educate others on the impacts of slavery and celebrate a path forward.

     

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