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Johny Pitts has won the Jhalak prize for his debut book Afropean, an examination of life in black communities across Europe.

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The two writers on media representation, anti-Black violence, and true liberation. I sat down with Desmond Cole at the Penguin Random House office in Toronto, where we talked about anti-Blackness, white supremacy, and what it means to be free.

Source: The Walrus

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Princeton University has named its first black valedictorian in the school's 274-year history.

Nicholas Johnson, a Canadian student majoring in operations research and financial engineering, has been named valedictorian of Princeton's Class of 2020, the university announced in a news release.

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Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus, his representatives have confirmed.

The 86-year-old Cameroonian, best known for the 1972 hit "Soul Makossa", is one of the first worldwide stars to die as a result of COVID-19.

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The reviewers detail how racism disproportionately impacts Black students, from lower enrollment in academic classes to higher suspension rates — and often for dubious reasons such as “wearing a hoodie,” do-rags or even hoop earrings, says the reviewers’ report, obtained by the Star.

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Source: TheStar.com

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Black-owned media helped shape the identity of CBC on-air personality Nana aba Duncan as a Black woman; it planted the early seeds for her foray into journalism.

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Source: TheStar.com

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There is a storyline in season two of the HBO series Insecure where Issa’s ex-boyfriend, Lawrence, leaves his entrepreneurial struggle behind to grow his career at a corporate technology company. In the ensuing scenes, director Melina Matsoukas makes it clear that Lawrence is “the only Black person in the room.”

It’s a compelling narrative because being “the only Black person in the room” is a nuanced experience for Black people working in a corporate environment. Even if you’ve never seen the show, Lawrence’s consciousness of being the only Black person at work is perhaps something you’ve experienced in your career. I know I have.

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Source: The-Message.ca

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The 8th annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, announces the official program and events lineup running February 12 – 17, 2020.

The Toronto Black Film Festival is honoured to present SPIKE LEE, Cannes Film Festival’s first Black Jury President, with the Toronto Black Film Festival’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award during an intimate evening where festivalgoers can watch a restored version of his film BAMBOOZLED and hear the Academy Award-winning director discuss his journey as a filmmaker as well as his views on today’s socio-economic environment.

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Source: Toronto Black Film Festival

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I was in the prime of my life, in the job of a lifetime, but I immediately started to get an uneasy feeling. — From 2005 to 2015, I owned a successful, award-winning research management firm. I read books on how to succeed and what strategies to use to get ahead. 

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Home to Halifax's Black community for generations, Grant wants readers to feel her love for the place.

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Source: CBC Arts

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