16 Apr 2018

The Voices Left Out Of The Pharmacare Discussion

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Recently, I participated in a pharmacare town hall in Hamilton, Ontario—one of 25 being held across the country—to discuss the implementation of a single-payer drug program that would ensure access to universal, comprehensive, evidence-based, and sustainable coverage for all Canadians. 

13 Apr 2018

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

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Hipster folks, I’m trying my best. It is very difficult to do when I feel like a foreigner on familiar soil almost anytime I step into one of your establishments.

09 Apr 2018

Federation of Black Canadians Speaks Out On "Disturbing Backlash"

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It has now been five months since the Federation of Black Canadians (FBC) officially launched, at the inaugural National Black Canadians Summit.

07 Apr 2018

Stephon Clark's Misogynoir Mattered

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The first time my husband was pulled over by police, he was on his way to pick me up from work. We had been talking on the phone when he said to me, “Babe, a cop just stopped me. I’ll call you back.”

04 Apr 2018

Take It to the Altar: Why I Spoke Up at Canada Reads

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It all started as a friendly competition. “There’s only room for one JB,” I joked with Tom Power on Q, the radio show he hosts on CBC.

30 Mar 2018

Back To Black: A Personal Journey

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Growing up black and “fitting out” for most of my life, I am a mosaic of my experiences. This personal journey connected me with inspirational black women.

08 Mar 2018

Association of Black Law Enforcers Defends FBC In Open Letter

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

04 Mar 2018

The Business Of Food; Why Black Restaurants Aren't Cashing In

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Over the past five years Toronto has undergone (and continues to undergo) one of the fastest restaurant booms of any North American city. Food is a big business.

01 Mar 2018

It's Time We Accepted Some Hard Truths About The Federation Of Black Canadians

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The first time I heard about the Federation of Black Canadians, an organization that purports to advance the “social, economic, political and cultural interests” of Black Canada, it was through a WhatsApp conversation with a friend.

19 Feb 2018

Reflections On Eric Garner And Why Anti Blackness is Borderless

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It was shortly after midnight: December 4, 2014.

09 Feb 2018

How Can Black History Ever Be Canadian History?

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A Black high school student in Ajax, Ontario walks into class one February morning and her white teacher is wearing a camouflage do-rag on his head, as a way to celebrate Black History Month.

29 Jan 2018

Dear Sisters: A Love Letter To Black Women

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Dear Sisters, I know that it has been a while since I spoke to you. I seem to have just popped on the scene. Over the last 20 or so years, I have been busy raising a family and growing a business, and we have lost touch.

12 Jan 2018

Black Pain - Why Do You Have To See It To Believe It?

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When I was in my teens, I went with my high school’s journalism club on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina for a conference. During our down-time, we visited the town’s sleepy locales, including the much-renowned Old Slave Mart and the nearby Charleston City Market.

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