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Anti-Black racism has permeated all spheres of Canadian society from police and civilian relationships, education, health care, housing, jobs, to getting loans from the bank. Black Physicians of Canada is working towards addressing anti-Black racism not only within the medical profession (both trainees and physicians), but also towards Black patients. Their advocacy work plans to focus on increasing Black representation in medicine and in scientific research. I spoke with Dr. Antonia Sappong about her own journey to becoming a doctor and facing anti-Blackness.

The vast space between myself and Radio DJ, promoter, manager and entrepreneur Carrie Mullings does nothing to dampen her formidable presence. Even through our video call, her full, deep voice emanates with authority and fills the room.

Sarah Onyango is am Ottawa based translator by trade who has worked on high profile international translation projects and events. But she is well known in Black Canadian media circles as a trailblazer in community radio. A Kenyan native, she’s a tireless promoter of Black culture, both African and Caribbean. Sarah’s awards for community service include the United Way Community Builder Award (2008 & 2011) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). We spoke to Sarah about her 22-year journey in Canadian media.

For almost a century, a red brick edifice - with its smokestack looming tall - has sat at the southern edge of the downtown Toronto neighborhood now known as Harbourfront. Built in 1926, it first served as an equipment warehouse. In 1987, the empty warehouse became The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and has since featured the works of hundreds of world-renowned artists such as John Akomfrah and Steve McQueen.

Vanessa Craft is a force, and this award-winning journalist and novelist has a lot to say. She knows the power she has and wants to use it wisely while blazing a trail as the first Black Editor-in-Chief of any ELLE magazine around the world. We chatted about her journey to the editor’s chair and how she’s moving the dial.

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. 

Born in Morocco and raised in Niger, Omayra Issa is a CBC news reporter based in Saskatchewan. In 2019, she was named one of Canada's top 100 Black women to watch.

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.

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.

Matt Galloway is set up for quite the epic start to the new year. Just a week before our sit-down, the 49-year old host had wrapped up a nearly decade-long stint as host of Metro Morning, Toronto’s #1 radio show.  His final show was part of a packed live broadcast that served as a holiday food bank fundraiser, as well as a goodbye party complete with crowds, concerts and fanfare to see him off.

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