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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.

    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.

    Celina Caesar-Chavannes does things on her terms. After seeing a pamphlet encouraging women to run federally she did--and as a rookie politician beat a long-time Conserative candidate. Starting in 2015, she served the riding of Whitby, Ontario in the House of Commons but chose not to seek re-election in 2019. During her tenure, the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister spoke out several times about her experiences of anti-black racism as a Member of Parliament. I caught up with her just after she was named one of Chatelaine Magazine’s Women Of The Year and before she hopped on a…

    At the age of 18, Angela Mercurio was training almost daily as a college athlete and was aiming for the Olympics. Now, at 23, she’s getting ready to start medical school with a focus on women’s health, and she’s not looking back. 

    Donté Colley is a force. He had no idea when he made some dance videos in his basement a couple of years ago and shared them online that people would take notice. Now, the 22-year-old Instagram star has danced with Ariana Grande, performed with The Chainsmokers and name-checked by Beyoncé. Based on the exuberance of his videos alone, you might want to call him the happiest man in Toronto. 828 thousand Instagram followers later (at the time of this writing) he made some time to chat with me.

    Emmanuel Jal went from having a normal childhood to losing everything. Born in what is now Southern Sudan, Jal experienced the brutality of war at a tender age. He lost his mother, aunties and uncles along with the innocence of childhood. Recruited at the age of eight, Jal became a child soldier. Now a successful recording artist, motivational speaker, and activist, Jal never imagined that what began as complete destruction, would turn out to be an instrument to inspire many others.

    Uzoma Asagwara is of Igbo-Nigerian heritage and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On Tuesday September 10 2019, Asagwara won the seat as MLA for Manitoba’s Union Station riding under the NDP. Asagwara is the first Black, and openly queer MLA to ever win in Manitoba’s 150-year-history. Asagwara goes by the pronoun they or them.

    Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s former minister of advanced education and skills development, and minister of education, found her voice at her family’s dinner table. That grounding has propelled the politician to represent her constituents of Scarborough-Guildwood, to serve the people of the province as a government minister, and now to seek the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party in 2020.

    Monique and Eusi Prince are a Toronto couple who give a whole new meaning to the word efficient. With just 24 hours in a day, they manage to do it all. They are the proud parents of ten children ranging from two and a half to 23 years old, and the co-owners All My Son's Hair of Art Studio in Pickering, Ontario, mentors, as well as activists. We sat down with them as the second feature in our Black Canadian Couples In Business series.

    Michael Coteau has been in provincial politics for almost a decade, holding multiple portfolios in the Liberal government. But he says it took a long time for him to put his name forward in the race for leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.

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