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    “I have to walk the walk if I’m talking the talk,” says Ashley Alexis McFarlane on the transformation of OMI Woods into an eco-friendly, sustainable special occasion brand. In May 2017, owner and creative director McFarlane showcased her “Into The Woods” collection at Fashion Takes Action, Design Forward’s Canadian Sustainable Fashion Award show, and came away as one of three finalists for the finale showcase in October 2017. OMI Woods has been on the scene quite a bit this year. If you attended the AfroChic TO Reloaded cultural event, not only would you have seen Amanda Parris of CBC Arts,…

    If you asked Kadeem Kyle Faustin a decade ago what his number one life aspiration was, the 14-year-old Faustin would have said, “To be the greatest dancer known to man!”

    Ella Cooper is many things. She's an interdisciplinary artist and educator, working in both photography and video, as well as being the founder of Black Women Film! Canada.

    Bili Balogun knows that entrepreneurship is no walk in the park. “Entrepreneurship will definitely drag you through the dirt before your company takes off. Literally, the worst things that can happen will happen.”

    Djanet Sears is a woman who needs no introduction. The award-winning playwright, director, producer and actor made history in 1990 when her theatre anthology Afrika, Solo became the first published play by a Canadian woman of African descent.

    This week we visit Kanpai for Taiwanese fusion cuisine. We tried their signature dish, TFC, which is fried chicken and it was unbelievable.

    We experienced true inspiration during our visit to Jal Gua Cafe.

    We experienced true inspiration during our visit to Jal Gua Cafe.

    For millennials who choose the university route, most have their eye on the proverbial prize of a six-figure job. Most of them won’t get there, and those who do will hang on to it for dear life.

    Toronto's Caribana is near (yeah, we're still calling it that). Which means, it's time to pick your costume.

     

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