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13 May 2019

The Real McCoy - One Of The Greatest Black Inventors Was Canadian

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It is not every engineer whose innovation has actually added a term to the English language, but so it was with African Canadian-born inventor Elijah McCoy. The automatic oiling device he invented in 1872 revolutionized steam train technology. It was much imitated, but his own version was so much more effective that for many railroads, only the “real McCoy” would do.

13 May 2019

Black Canadian Couples In Business: Moses and Patricia Mawa Are Changing Lives Through Media

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Given “power couple” status by CNN in 2013, Patricia and Moses Mawa know that two is better than one. With 4 regularly scheduled magazines, a 24-hour TV channel, and multiple television programs on 3 other major networks in Canada, with globally syndicated content, the Mawas are the founders and principals of Canada’s largest black-owned media organization.

30 Mar 2019

"We want to put our money where our mouth is. That's the point of the store really."

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Imagine walking into a store where everything on the shelves is made by a black person. Such a store is a reality, thanks to Michael and Mak, proud owners of Melanin MRKT in Pickering, Ontario.

11 Mar 2019

Christopher Sealy: A Glass Always Full

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Christopher Sealy is not a glass half full kind of guy. After diving head first into French language and literature, and spending 2 years as both a cultural observer and participant of Parisian life, he went back home to Toronto inspired to become a sommelier. 

10 Mar 2019

Ainka Jess - Designed To Dream

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Three years ago Ainka Jess was having a chat with some other women around the office. The topic was sports, and many of the women said they didn't feel comfortable either talking about sports or engaging in conversations about sports. Especially if they were around their male colleagues. “A lot of them said they kind of felt like they to ask for permission to just be a part of the conversation,” says Jess. With 12 years experience in media and communications, and being a huge sports fan herself, Jess thought she could do something to bridge this gap. She's4Sports was…

27 Feb 2019

It's Weyni's World Now

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In October 2018 Weyni Mengesha returned to Toronto as Soulpepper Theatre’s Artistic Director - making her the first woman and person of colour to sit at the helm of the city’s largest non-profit.

11 Feb 2019

Black Girl, White Coat: "Most people look at me like I don’t belong there."

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Neke Ibeh pronounced Neh-keh is a bioinformatician at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She was born in Bulgaria to Nigerian parents, and migrated to Canada at an early age. Growing up Neke recalls her mother asking only one favour. “Do well in school and represent God in all you do.”

05 Feb 2019

Young Animal Roars Onto Toronto Food Scene

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When you hear the name Young Animal, food is probably the last thing that comes to mind. But Adisa Glasgow - owner of this restaurant with a controversial name, is all about the food, serving up traditional Trini street fare with French and Italian twists.

31 Jan 2019

Kenneth Montague - Breaking Down Barriers With Black Art

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Dr. Kenneth Montague is a well known dentist, curator, and respected collector of works by local and International contemporary African artists. He works behind the scenes in Toronto's art world as one of the AGO's Board of Trustees, and as founding director of Wedge Curatorial Projects; a not-for-profit arts organization that supports Black emerging artists.

31 Jan 2019

Ren Navarro - The Black Beer Unicorn

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With a one-hundred-and-fifty-year head start in marketing beer to guys - as a guy’s product, Ren Navarro disrupts the white male-dominated Canadian beer industry, with diversity and inclusivity.

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