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Canadian student named first black valedictorian in Princeton University's history

12 May 2020

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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Source: CTV News

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Peel board review team finds ‘racism and discrimination’ and slams administrators for inaction

13 Mar 2020

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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Business as usual: I’m a CEO and ‘the only Black person in the room’

16 Feb 2020

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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Spike Lee to receive the TBFF’s 2020 lifetime achievement award

31 Jan 2020

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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