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Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #16, Jackline K, Blogger, Sincerely Miss J (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #16, Jackline K, Blogger, Sincerely Miss J

If you’ve read the Tales from the 2.9 ’til now, you’ll have likely noticed some common themes that tie every narrative together: The need to overcome the negative portrayal of Black people as depicted in popular culture That all Black people aren’t the same but are the sum of […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #15, Lian -Reese- Wright, Blogger, Reese Speaks (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #15, Lian “Reese” Wright, Blogger, Reese Speaks

One point I’ve made a number of times while running this year’s Tales from the 2.9 is that I don’t wake up each morning with my Blackness at the forefront of my mind. Am I aware of it? Obviously—it’s an integral part of my identity of the beliefs, behaviours […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #14, Jael Richardson, Author & Founder, Artistic Director, Festival of Literary Diversity (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #14, Jael Richardson, Author & Founder, Artistic Director, Festival of Literary Diversity

As a Black Canadian man now living life in his 30s, I’m still very much piecing my story together. Black History Month or no, I didn’t learn much about the Black Canadians who came before me growing up. Sure, we finally designated February as our own in 1995, but […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #13, Karlyn Percil, Elephant Storyteller, Success Coach & Lifestyle Speaker (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #13, Karlyn Percil, Elephant Storyteller, Success Coach & Lifestyle Speaker

One thing I’m appreciating the more I work at these Tales from the 2.9 is there’s still so much work to do.  Karlyn’s post made it clear she’s in the business of bringing out the best in her fellow Black Canadians, but it’s not up to her to make […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #12, Cassandra Chambers, Blogger, Curvaceously Ambitious (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #12, Cassandra Chambers, Blogger, Curvaceously Ambitious

Unfortunately, we aren’t all one big happy family in the Black Canadian community—its fragmented nature and the disadvantaged origins of its people mean dealing not only with the conflict and stereotypes that come from outside the community but also dealing with it internally as well. Popular culture’s painted us as dangerous. Untrustworthy. As […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #11, Rhonda Thompson(-Wilson), Board Treasurer, Winnipeg Black History Month Celebration (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #11, Rhonda Thompson(-Wilson), Board Treasurer, Winnipeg Black History Month Celebration

An interesting part of Tales from the 2.9 is the interesting people my (potential) contributors introduce me to as we go. I’m not so ignorant to believe that Black Canadian narratives exist in Toronto alone—no matter HOW much we consider ourselves the centre of the universe—so I need the […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #10, Shelley Jarrett, Founder & Publisher SMJ Magazine

They say today’s Black youth have no leaders to look up to. Every time that comment’s made, the discussion invariably turns to the late Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X and what a shame they were gone before their time, et cetera. And yes—while it’s […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #9, Paul Okoye, Founder, MeBookz (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #9, Paul Okoye, Founder, MeBookz

Paul Okoye, the ninth contributor to 2017’s Tales from the 2.9, speaks often about something that’s the cornerstone of why I do the things I do— LEGACY. Before we had our boys, I feel my views were very different. Maybe most noticeable in 2011-2013 where Twitter became a huge part of […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #8, Makini Smith, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Mentor and Author of the -A Walk in My Stilettos- Series (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #8, Makini Smith, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Mentor and Author of the “A Walk in My Stilettos” Series

If you heard any of the interviews I did for Tales from the 2.9, you’ll know there’s one word that comes to mind when I think of my fellow Black Canadians— RESILIENCE. It’s rare that anything worthwhile happens overnight. In an age where overnight successes come and go daily, […]

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #7, Kevin David, BloggerIT Specialist, The IT Nerd (Featured Image)

Tales from the 2.9 — The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age — Vol. 2 #7, Kevin David, Blogger/IT Specialist, The IT Nerd

So let’s talk tokenism for a moment. I’ve had a book in the works for a while now—TOKEN: Living Life Black in a World Coloured Otherwise. You haven’t heard much about it because I’m already doing more than enough writing to keep me busy, and no number of things […]

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