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15 Feb 2020

10 Questions With Marci Ien: Kayla Grey

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Kayla Grey is small but mighty. The TSN Sportscentre anchor and reporter has seen her fair share of challenges through her 27 years but she has emerged stronger and wiser. I caught up with Kayla before she caught a plane to the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago. 

05 Feb 2020

Ontario's Black Legal Action Centre Is Finally Able To Get Down To Work

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Now that the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) has spent almost a year building its base, it is ready to reach out to the Black community. Ruth Goba, the executive director, says this is important because the legal clinic started from scratch with everything new -- space, bylaws, staff, board, and mandate.

28 Jan 2020

How Odeen Eccleston Turned Her Love For Real Estate Into A Thriving Business

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As a child, Odeen Eccleston enjoyed reading the New in Homes pages of the Toronto Star, which she admits was her favourite section. She would read the newspaper with her mom every weekend and became fascinated with the featured properties. Additionally, her parents would take her to see the model homes at open houses in their neighbourhood at every opportunity.

24 Jan 2020

Parenting Secrets From Canada's Favourite Hockey Dad: Karl Subban

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Karl Subban and his wife Maria have raised five successful children, three of which are NHL players. Subban is an educator, coach, leadership speaker, and author whose passion is to see young people fulfill their purpose. He has made it his goal to impact as many young people as he can with his many years of experience working as an educator.

24 Jan 2020

A Pop-up Mental Health Clinic For People Of Colour, By Therapists Of Colour

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Carole Sandy, a Toronto therapist, knew something had to change after she kept on getting phone calls week after week from people expressing the exact same need. I would get calls along the lines of, “I’m trying to find a visible minority therapist, a black therapist, someone who looks like me.”

22 Jan 2020

Revival: A Food and Beer Sermon By Chef Teneile Warren

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For Teneile Warren, good food has always been more than just what is served on the table.

15 Jan 2020

Aaron Francis: Documenting Black Families

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“Things are too easily captured and discarded, which I think takes something away from the community building aspect I experienced growing up.  We attended Caribbean picnics, listened to Calypso, and took trips together...so there was a sense of family and community. When I look at these photographs, they remind me of that era.” -Aaron Francis

14 Jan 2020

Creating Healing Spaces Through Digital Art

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Tanya Turton, 30, vividly remembers the painful moment that birthed what is now the Adornment Stories, a 24-week digital arts education program. After walking through the streets of downtown Toronto with her partner who was new to the city, her partner posed a question that would stick with Turton for years to come.

12 Jan 2020

10 Questions With Marci Ien: Dori Tunstall

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Dori Tunstall has work to do.  As the first Black and Black female Dean of a Faculty of Design (in the world), she is serious about driving transformation at OCAD--the Ontario College of Art and Design University. The design anthropologist, researcher, writer, and author took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with me.

08 Jan 2020

How Sena Ahohe Went From Pharmacist To Fashionista

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Kejeo, a word derived from the Mina language that’s spoken in the West African countries of Benin and Togo, means something that looks beautiful on you. In an industry where an inordinate amount of attention is focused on body image, Kejeo Designs is more interested in making African styles en vogue for the average woman.

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