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A new network will support research excellence, mentorship and collaboration among Black scholars at U of T

For immigrants to Canada from Africa and the Caribbean who can’t get access to traditional loans, the answer to their financial needs is sometimes each other. A group of acquaintances will come together to create what is essentially an informal banking co-operative.

To academics, this practice is known as a “rotating savings and credit association” or ROSCA. The groups are little-known to most Canadians, but Caroline Shenaz Hossein, an associate professor of global development and political science at U of T Scarborough, has spoken with hundreds of members of these associations in Canada and the Caribbean for a book she’s writing. (In Jamaica, the associations are known as “pardnas” and, in Trinidad, “susus.”)

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Source: University of Toronto Magazine

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The next steps for the Black Canadian Creator Directory — what we created, what we've learned, and what you can all expect NEXT!

Black Canadians have spent far too many Black History Months feeling like we existed in the shadows of our southern cousins, not afforded an identity of our own or even the belief that we really exist. We have a very different situation up here, making up 3.5% of the Canadian population in 2016 as opposed to the 12.4% of the United States that Black people made up in 2020. That’s a whole 41.1 million Black Americans compared to a mere 1.2 million people Black Canadians up here in the Great White North, but that’s still 1.2 million stories of lives that while similar enough to the tale of the “African-American”, had plenty that made them uniquely Canadian.

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Source: caseypalmer.com

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An interview with Anthony Morgan, a molecular research scientist, entrepreneur and guest host of CBC's Chef Secrets: The Science of Cooking. The documentary is a real eye-opener about how science enhances cooking and helps us solve some fundamental food mysteries.

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Nnedi Okorafor has dropped two books in two months, and her work is being developed for new shows on Hulu and HBO.

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Source: Chicagomag.com

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Since last May, when TSN launched The Shift to capitalize on her growing following, Grey has regularly unloaded on professional sports associations and leagues, bolstering her reputation as a rare TV sports commentator in Canada who is unafraid to speak plain truth to power.

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Source: The Globe & Mail

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With fast-changing marketing trends, a variety of brand new job titles with diverse roles and responsibilities are evolving out. We can easily find people with various electronic devices and multiple accounts on different social media platforms in the digital boom. Technology advancement and the rise of the internet have made it possible for people to access probably every facility in this world with a click.

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The British photographer and author Johny Pitts has curated a series of images exploring Black identities in Europe for photography journal The Eyes Publishing. From Steve McQueen-inspired collage to a studio portrait with tomatoes, they explore feelings of displacement, community and belonging.

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Source: The Guardian

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Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, has died aged 69. Her niece Ebony Motley tweeted: “The family of @bellhooks is sad to announce the passing of our sister, aunt, great aunt and great great aunt.”

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Source: The Guardian

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For Black entrepreneur Andrews Baah, being approved for the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is a lifeline that allows his business to “spring forward and be successful.”

“This loan means a lot,” says Baah, CEO Of Apollo Staffing Solutions Inc. in Portage la Prairie in Manitoba. “We’re giving employment to numerous nurses and health care aids. And in this pandemic, there’s a need for health care professionals.”

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Companies are prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as never before, talking about it publicly, making strategic hires, and putting metrics in place to track progress. And yet, according to in-depth interviews and focus groups we conducted over the past several months, many are still struggling to create environments in which Black professionals feel they can thrive.

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Source: Harvard Business Review

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