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    Tropicana Community Services is now in its 40th year of serving the Black community in the Greater Toronto Region in multiple ways. However, with the emergence of Covid19, Tropicana has had to not only rethink how it celebrates this milestone but figure out new ways to continue its programming during the lockdown. Despite all the challenges that have come with this, the organization seems to have emerged even stronger and better. I spoke with Raymund Guiste, Tropicana’s Executive Director.

    In December 2016, Dafonte Miller was assaulted by off-duty police officer Michael Theriault, and his civilian brother Christian. The altercation occurred over an alleged car break-in attempt. During the altercation, Miller was attacked with a metre-long metal pipe which led to him losing an eye. The Theriaults were charged with aggravated assault and attempted obstruction of justice. In June 2020, Constable Theriault was convicted of the lesser charge of assault, while his brother was acquitted.

    (PHOTO CREDIT: Jackie Becky Media) Sandra Adjou is a passionate advocate of African culture and identity. A native of Benin, when Sandra left her homeland to study abroad in Casablanca then Paris, she was dismayed by the negative perceptions about Black people. Disturbed by what she observed, she made it her mission to change the negative narrative around the Black community by creating the African Identity Culture Centre (AICC). I spoke with Sandra about AICC and the need for a strong identity within the Black Canadian community.

    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.

    11 Jun 2016

    A bike group that started out as a small youth group has grown into a full out marathon for global change.

    Brothas from the 6 is a group made up of black males born and raised in Toronto who aim to provide young men with positive images. Founder Jeff Martin teamed up with Kevin Johnson, David Wright, Haave Wright, Lorenzo Charlicombe, and Nicholas Barham. 

    Tamara Gordon is a young lady who has been making a difference, a difference which has not gone unnoticed.

    With racial tensions and police brutality dominating public conversation, many Black Canadian people have felt a renewed commitment to changing the narrative, but many of them don't have the resources do so. By voting!

    It began as a meeting of great minds and Women United Network was born. This annual event created by three friends, Makini Smith, a realtor and CEO, Angel Deen of Angel Fit & Healthy, and Monique Prince, founder of Beauty Seekrets empowers business women to reach their full potential. 

    Marcia Brown is an award-winning educator and executive director of the youth and community support group Trust 15.

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