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    Donté Colley has become a Canadian gem and internet sensation over the past few years. You’ve probably seen his infamous dancing posts on Instagram, which include emojis and positive affirmations that give his followers motivation to conquer their day. Colley’s dancing and content creation has created many opportunities, including a recent stint for Vogue Magazine and the Met Gala. 

    “It's time for Canada to talk about climate refugees and lead by example. We need some consistency in terms of government rhetoric and action,” says Debbie Douglas, the Executive Director of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). The theme of World Humanitarian Day 2021 highlights the immediate human cost of the climate crisis and urges world leaders to take concrete action for the most vulnerable people in the world. People like Debbie Douglas are on the frontlines of that fight, and so ByBlacks has chosen to feature Douglas on this World Humanitarian Day. 

    How do you tell your dad you want to drop out of a university engineering program to live out your childhood dreams as a race car driver?  That's exactly what 23-year-old Toka Murphy, a semi-professional race car driver from Toronto did a few years ago, and he has no regrets. Originally hailing from South Africa, Murphy dreamt of becoming a racecar driver from an early age. After completing high school and studying engineering for a year, Murphy realized his true calling was driving race cars and decided to pursue his ambitions full-time.

    What does it mean to steer a ship? 

    What is beauty and who sets the universal standard for beauty?

    “I am excited to launch my campaign to be the Ontario Liberal candidate in Scarborough—Southwest. As a small-business owner, mother, wife, social worker and lawyer, I am ready to utilize my experiences to serve and improve our community.”

    You might know Denham Jolly as the pioneer who fought for and founded FLOW 93.5, Canada’s first Black-owned radio station or as the author of the 2017 Toronto Book Award-winning memoir, In the Black: My Life.

    “The most rewarding thing about politics is the excitement of making positive change, improving lives, and serving the people,” says Audrey Gordon, Minister of Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery.

    "Diversity our strength." It's the official motto of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and is meant to represent the myriad of voices housed within its metropolitan barriers.

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