Marci Ien: Trailblazing Woman In Media

I appreciate Marci Ien. I appreciate what she has done for women of colour in media, I appreciate what she represents, and lastly, I appreciate that she’s really nice. Seriously, she may be the most gracious person I’ve ever met!   Just in case you’re unaware of the fabulousness that is Marci Ien, let me…

#HerstoryinBlack: A Document Of 150 Phenomenal Black Women – Part 1

When Emily Mills – founder and CEO of #HowSheHustles, contacted me early on this year and asked if I would assist her with a project she was organizing…ummm, I didn’t really need to think twice about it. All I asked was, “when and where?”   When I received her email, Ms. Mills shared with me that she…

Black History Month Pop Up Market

Throughout the year, I like to attend events that are in support of black contributions, but I make an extra special effort to attend during Black History month.   It was suggested that I attend the Black Owned: Black History Month Pop Up Market by Justice Achampong – Founder of Ananse Clothing, and I took him…

Raoul Juneja: Social Activist & Anti-Bullying Advocate

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Raoul Juneja. Over the years, he has generously connected me with numerous talented people in and out of the city. To say thank you, I wanted to feature him on the blog and speak about the charitable work that he is involved in.   If Raoul…

Keith Hill Jr. Speaks About Fighting Fear & Doing Discipline

One of my favourite events of 2016 was attending the Author’s Coffee Meet Up hosted by Sheena Blake, Founder and CEO of Discovering Diversity Publishing. I shamelessly attended the event even though I haven’t written a book……(yet), but jumped at the chance to interact with other writers.   During the course of the night, I…

My Year in Review: 2016

  This blog entry isn’t necessarily a recap of all that has happened in the news, but just a brief summary of what 2016 was like for me.     Wow, what can I possibly say about 2016?   Without a doubt, it’s been a difficult year for me. I’ve had amazing highs (great friendships…

Eden Hagos: Celebrating Food Through The Eyes Of A Black Foodie

It was at the Taste of Regent Park this past summer that I first met Eden Hagos – a.k.a Black Foodie. We didn’t formally meet; I stumbled on the event – a community event she helped organize, while I, along with a few friends were set to attend a friend’s photo exhibit at Daniels Spectrum…

Karlyn Percil: Heals Through Sister Talk

A little over a month ago Karlyn Percil posted a very personal entry on her Instagram account. She wrote about the painful obstacles that she has endured, but through her courage and resilience, she has been able to heal herself by sharing her story.   No word of a lie, I was this close to…

Val Andrews: Following Her Path

While I was chatting with a few ladies at the #HowSheHustlesSocial in late July, Val Andrews walked right up to me, studied my face and then said that I looked familiar. I told her that we met many, many, years ago – I was a friend of one of her sisters, but we have since…

Anne-Marie Woods: Produces She Said/He Said

When I think of the Toronto arts scene, there are a bunch of names that pop into my head – but you better believe that Anne-Marie Woods’ name is right up there! She has been hitting the stage hard since she left Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 2000.   Anne-Marie or Amani as…