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An interview with the Spoken Soul Collective (Paulina O'Kieffe-Anthony, Randell Adjei and Dwayne Morgan) on their curation work on the ArtworkxTo-supported exhibition called Scarborough: The Backbone. The exhibition runs until October 2022 at Scarborough Town Centre.

We speak with the Spoken Soul Collective on this episode, comprising three members representing a powerhouse of Toronto's spoken word poetry scene. The three groundbreaking artists are Scarborough Walk of Fame Inductee, Dwayne Morgan, who needs no introduction given his three-decade-long career as a deeply entrenched builder and pioneer of the local and national spoken word scene, award-winning artist, arts educator and executive director at SKETCH Working Arts, Paulina O'Kieffe-Anthony, as well as Scarborough spoken word artist, founding director of R.I.S.E. Edutainment and Ontario's first Poet Laureate, Randell Adjei.

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An interview with Wanjiru Munene, communications specialist at the African and Caribbean Council of HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO). ACCHO is a provincial organization that provides strategic leadership in response to HIV/AIDS in the African, Caribbean, and Black (or ACB) communities in Ontario. 

Wanjiru Munene is a communications specialist at the African and Caribbean Council of HIV/AIDS in Ontario, or (ACCHO). ACCHO is a provincial organization that provides strategic leadership in response to HIV/AIDS in Ontario's African, Caribbean, and Black (or ACB) communities.

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A conversation with Craig Wellington, the Black Opportunity Fund's inaugural executive director, on the significance of a $10 million donation by the TD Bank Group to help address historic and systemic barriers faced by Black Canadian entrepreneurs and Black-led community organizations to access vital funding sources.

Craig Wellington, the Executive Director of the Black Opportunity Fund.

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An interview with Peter Toh, the Executive and Artistic Director of Music Africa Canada — the parent company of Afrofest, which is the largest free African Music Festival in North America. We speak about the history of the festival, its driving mission, and why Music Africa has an important role to play to support Pan-African artists and the community at large.

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Spearheaded by a coalition of black Canadian executives and established in 2020, the Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) is Canada's most ambitious investor fund dedicated to ​supporting Black community organizations, businesses ​and entrepreneurs. The fund's primary aim is to enable the black community to access a pool of long-term funds to help combat the impact of systemic anti-Black racism and promote social and economic empowerment across Canada. It represents a dynamic partnership involving businesses, philanthropists, foundations, and the Black community.

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Sobering statistics highlight that while African-Canadians make up 3% of the general population, they account for 10% of the federal prison population. Black Canadians represent the fastest-growing group in federal prisons and are vastly overrepresented behind bars. Sadly, the trends continue to head in the wrong direction, as a recent study revealed 70% more black Canadians in federal prisons today than there were ten years ago.

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