Cleve DeSouza, Finance Expert

    Cleve DeSouza

    Cleve DeSouza, the man behind the brand CleveDoesMore, is an avid businessman, licensed engineer, project manager, mortgage agent and an astute real estate entrepreneur with the ability to see the "Big Picture".

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    Elesha Daley

    Elesha Daley is currently completing a Master of Education degree with a focus on themes, patterns, and impacts of race in education. She is a teacher with the York Region District School Board. Before teaching, Elesha completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and went on to work in the corporate environment. She realized that she wanted to do something that gave back to her community and positively impacted the experiences of racialized and marginalized students.  She then decided to pursue education. It is her hope that her professional journey will empower racialized children, youth and their families to live their potential.

    Erika Vanessa Alexander

    Erika Vanessa Alexander is the eldest granddaughter of the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, and on behalf of her grandparent’s legacy, she speaks as family spokesperson. Erika engages in public speaking and story-telling of her family’s past, Black history and anti-racism presentations, and annually promotes the celebration of Lincoln Alexander Day across Canada.

    Erika has acquired degrees from McMaster University of Hamilton, in Political Science and Religious Studies, and a diploma from the Institute of Traditional Medicine of Toronto for traditional Chinese acupuncture and medicine.

    Errol Whittle

    Errol Whittle founded Effectuation Optimum to help entrepreneurs profitably exit their business. His MBA from Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford England focused on exit strategies for entrepreneurs.

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    Gwenna Kadima

    Gwenna Kadima is a workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion writer, speaker, and consultant passionate about creating professional environments where employees can achieve their highest potential. She is a member of Accenture Canada’s Talent & Organization consulting practice and the Co-Founder and National Recruitment Programs Lead for BOLD, Accenture Canada’s Black Employee Resource Group.

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    Jean Boampong

    Jean Boampong is a freelance Communications Specialist based in Toronto. She has a background in curriculum design, media literacy and education technology. Her mission is to help organizations and companies in the education sector to build their platforms, enhance their presence and, ultimately, tell their stories. Find her at www.jeanboampong.com.

    Kevin Bourne

    Kevin Bourne is the Co-founder and Editor of SHIFT Magazine. Born and raised in Toronto, Kevin currently resides in Ottawa with his wife Koliah and their two children. He's a big fan of pop culture, urbanism and creative industry and spends most of his time keeping up with the Kardashians.

    Keziah Myers

    Keziah Myers is the Executive Director of ADVANCE - Canada’s Black Music Business Collective. Her main role is to advocate for the betterment, upliftment, and retention of Black Talent within the music industry.

    More info: www.advancemusic.org

    Facebook + Instagram: @keziahmyers
    ADVANCE Instagram: @advancemusicca

    Lucy Oneka

    Lucy Oneka is a playwright and journalist. She has covered many stories for Toronto-based newspapers such as the East York Observer, the Scarborough Observer, and the Toronto Observer.

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    Marci Ien

    Marci Ien is an award-winning journalist and Co-Host of CTV’s The Social. She believes that Albert Einstein was right when he said: “The important thing is never to stop questioning.”

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    Neil Armstrong

    Neil Armstrong is a Toronto-based journalist who freelances with ByBlacks.com, the Jamaican Weekly Gleaner and formerly with Pride News Magazine, and Caribbean Headline News on Rogers TV.

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    Nico Taylor

    Nicole “Nico” Taylor is a writer, scholar, dancer, cosplayer and activist who uses feminism and critical race theory to dissect social constructions surrounding race and representation, especially as they pertain to how we make sense of the images that surround us.

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    Nneka Allen

    Nneka Allen is a Black woman, a descendant of the Underground Railroad, an Ojibwa of Anderson Nation, a Mother and a sixth-generation Canadian. As a lover of justice, Nneka inspires philanthropy as a Fundraising Executive in the non-profit sector.

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    Nneka Elliott

    Nneka Elliott is an award-winning TV news personality turned actor and beauty influencer. She shares how hair, makeup and skincare helps her make power moves on and off-camera.

    Phillip Dwight Morgan

    Phillip Dwight Morgan is a Toronto-based journalist, poet and researcher. His essays, op-eds and interviews have been featured on macleans.ca, cbc.ca, rabble.ca and in Briarpatch and Spacing magazines. Phillip's research interests include housing policy, policing and anti-Black racism, and media criticism. Follow him on Twitter @philldmorgan.

    Rob Small

    Rob Small

    Rob Small is a Toronto based artist and community organizer, who produces the annual Legacy Poster featuring prominent Black Canadians.

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    Rosemary Akpan

    Rosemary Akpan is a Toronto-based journalist who graduated from Ryerson's School of Journalism in 2020. Her interests include lifestyle, beauty, culture and the arts. Rosemary has experience in video production, broadcast, multimedia and digital reporting. You can find her online @rosiekpn.

    Rosey Edeh

    Rosey Edeh spent a decade (2005-2015) bringing the latest entertainment and pop culture news to the masses as a senior reporter on Global TV’s ET Canada. Building on her vast experience as a news anchor and TV personality as seen on CNN, MSNBC and Global News, Rosey has founded an award-winning production company, Micha Muse Media Inc.

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    Roxanne Francis

    Roxanne Francis is a Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist, Consultant and Speaker, who has been helping people access tools to change their lives for over 10 years.

    She is the owner of Francis Psychotherapy & Consulting Services, where she provides individual Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision to other therapists, and Corporate Consultation, offering education and training on Mental Health in the Workplace, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Burnout, Children’s Mental Health, Parenting and Women’s Issues.

    Contact her at: www.francispsychotherapy.com

    FB & IG: @francispsychotherapy 

    TW: @FrancisTherapy 

    LI: @Roxanne Francis

    Sade Babatunde

    Sade Babatunde is the founder of Knit Me Up, a Calgary based fashion-forward personal styling & shopping service, as well as actionable fashion advice for all.

    Sandra Rosier

    Sandra Rosier is a lawyer licensed to practice in Ontario and Massachusetts. Although she is proud of her long career as a Tax professional, writing is her true calling. Sandra has published several articles focussed on race and career development and is currently working on her first novel. She is a mom of two who lives with her family in Toronto

    Stephanie Okoli

    Stephanie Okoli is a student writer, currently pursuing a double major in creative writing and film production at the University of British Columbia.

    Talia Leacock

    Talia Leacock

    Talia Leacock-Campbell is passionate about helping women tell their stories and speak their truth as a copywriter for small businesses and personal brands and ghostwriter to CEOs eager to establish their expertise through writing.

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    Tameika Gentles, Fitness Expert

    Tameika Gentles

    Since losing 90 pounds, 14 years ago, Tameika Gentles has devoted her time to helping others activate the inner strength and fulfillment she has found on her health journey. The Canadian-born certified personal trainer turned international wellness entrepreneur is the Co-Founder of The Whole Experience – a platform dedicated to helping women create a sustainable healthy lifestyle while building community.

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    Tanya Walker

    Tanya Walker obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University in 2005 and her Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in Economics from McMaster University in 2002.

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    Teneile Warren

    Teneile Warren is a proud queer mom, writer, chef and equity educator. Her writing has appeared in ByBlacks, Huffington Post and Barren Magazine. She is an editorial advisor and mentor for Textile Magazine. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her wife, son and three furbabies. She explores identity, social issues and community through words and food. Find her on Twitter @iamquagmire



    Thandi O'Grady

    Born in Malawi, Southern Africa, Thandi O'Grady is a student journalist at the College of North Atlantic in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. She has an interest in telling stories about fashion, lifestyle, and the Black community.   

    The Long And Short Of Style

    We are Gail and Leslie two sisters originally from Montreal who now call Toronto home! Thank you so much for following along with us as we navigate the fashion world bringing you looks that work for all bodies.

    Tiffany Mongu

    Tiffany Mongu is a multimedia Congolese/Canadian journalist, in the city of Toronto. She’s written news pieces for the Ryersonian, the Eyeopener, HeyBlackGirlTO & Blog TO. Tiffany was also a television reporter for RUtv News, a news anchor for both News in a Minute & the Ryersonian. 

    Twitter: @mongumnews

    Instagram: ms.mng

    Tomi Ajele

    Tomi Ajele is a writer based in Calgary, Alta., and is an editor at Afros In Tha City – a media collective dedicated to amplifying Black voices in Mohkínstsis/Calgary. Tomi writes about activism, intersectional justice and the Black experience. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @tomiajele

    Tremayne St.Kitts

    Tremayne St.Kitts is a Freelance Creative Writer, Barber, and Vocalist from Toronto, ON, Canada. 

    Find him on Twitter & Instagram: @TremayneCharlz

    True Daley

    True Daley was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and relocated to Toronto in the 90s where she was a fixture in the hip-hop journalism scene as a freelance writer for various urban publications.

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    Zainab Mahdi

    Zainab Mahdi is a writer and community organizer from Kitchener-Waterloo. She is the co-founder and operations coordinator of Project UP, a local initiative that provides young Black Muslim women with mentorship, fitness and art-based activities.

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