We’re halfway through January, and before you know it February will be up close and personal and with it, all the stories of Black history we’ve waited a year to share.
Black History Month is Back Again!
That’s not entirely true—Black people are sharing their stories all the time, but is the world ready to listen? Our culture stretches to every corner of society—those flaunting their wealth on social media and in music videos. Or those seeking separation instead of assimilation as the best way to preserve ourselves. If you’re anything like me, that culture involves a little too much code-switching—trying to find our place by working with the rules of our non-Black environments instead of fighting against them and staying true to ourselves. The world gives us a number of ways to learn each others’ stories—I found The Hate U Give as a recent example, showing that no matter how much you try riding the line, the world will try its hardest to tell you who you are.
(The Hate U Give was released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Jan 22nd if you want to check it out for yourself!)
But that’s not the only story we have to share, and that’s why I work on Live from the 3.5 every February to tell even more.
Live from the 3.5 — Telling the Stories of Black Canadian Culture
If you’re unfamiliar with my work, I’ve been running month-long projects for Black History Month, usually either interviewing other Black Canadians to hear their stories or discussing topics that affect us all regardless of our heritage, language or beliefs. I wasn’t able to put it out last year due to some scheduling conflicts, so I’m doubling down this year to get it done right.
While past years have been almost entirely in written form, this year I want to do a better job of appreciating the oral tradition deeply rooted in our history and spend some time creating podcasts for the things I’ll be discussing this February. If you have a computer microphone or a landline phone and feel compelled to spend 10-15 minutes chatting on any of the topics below, do let me know. February’s around the corner, and I’d love to start locking the recordings in sooner than later. With anyone who participates, I’ll include a photo, mini-bio and the most relevant links that tell us what you do! If you have a computer mic or landline phone, we can make it work.
Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a stellar weekend! It’s a busy one over here, but when are they not, right?
So hey—I try to avoid asking y’all for things because my personal mission is to entertain and engage with as many different kinds of content as possible, but I need your help.
I’ve applied to an influencer mentorship program called the Fohr Freshman Class 2018, where they’ll fly a number of creators to NYC for a few days of learning, guidance and support from people who are completely crushing it in the game. I spent days carefully putting my application together, and I think it’s strong enough to warrant a careful look from the panel of judges.
But I need more than just an application—I need testimonials. They want to know they’re dealing with creators who actually mean something and wouldn’t squander an opportunity like this, so they’re reaching out to their audiences to see what makes them so worthwhile.
Many want to slow things down as they ease into the new year, but with Black History Month mere weeks away, we’re into full swing planning for the third annual Tales from the 2.9—Black Canadians Sharing Their Stories in a Digital Age.
After two years focusing on Black Canadian people, I’ve realised there’s a far bigger picture that needs exploring for the Black Canadian Experience, looking at the stories and ideas that shape our community in what promises to be the most thought-provoking series yet. If you’re interested in joining and giving your two cents, please check my ask out in the pitch below! Any questions, feel free to hit me up at email@example.com!
Hopefully, I’ll hear from you soon!
Tales from the 2.9, Year Three — The List
Thu Feb 1 — We Don’t Die; We Multiply — Tales from the 2.9, Year 3
Fri Feb 2 — How Did We Get Here? A Primer in Black Canadian History
Sat Feb 3 — “Where You From?” — Canada’s Cultural Mosaic and how Black Canadians REALLY Identify
Sun Feb 4 — Where We’re AT — Reality by the Numbers for Black Canadian People
Mon Feb 5 — Why We Still Need a Black History Month
Tue Feb 6 — African-American, We’re NOT — Defining Black Canadian Identity
Wed Feb 7 — Canada SEES Race; We Just Don’t TALK About It — Why Racism’s Still Alive and Well in the Frozen North
Thu Feb 8 — IS Black Beautiful? Our Skin Colour and How it’s Valued
Fri Feb 9 — Growing Up Black in a World That Ain’t — The Trouble with Tokenism
Sat Feb 10 — Working Twice as Hard to Get Half as Far — It’s Time to Change Our Narrative
Sun Feb 11 — Power in Numbers — Why Black Organisations and Associations EXIST
Mon Feb 12 — Buying Black — The Benefits and Barricades in Supporting Black Business
Tue Feb 13 — Black Rage for $ale — Why We Need More Black Faces at the Table
Wed Feb 14 — Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours — Modern Black Love and What it Looks Like
Thu Feb 15 — A Minority’s Minorities — Why it’s Important We Accept Our Own!
Fri Feb 16 — Living Outside the Box — The Pros and Cons of Travelling While Black
Sat Feb 17 — The Rise and Fall of Caribana — The Changing Landscape of Black Canadian Celebration
Sun Feb 18 — Praise — Faith and Why it Plays a Huge Role in the Black Canadian Community
Mon Feb 19 — The Ballad of the Black Dad — Why Yes, We DO Exist.
Tue Feb 20 — Of Mental Health and Melanin — Why We Can’t Keep Denying Our Problems
Wed Feb 21 — What’s Black and Right and Read All Over — A Literary Journey Through Black Canadian History
Thu Feb 22 — Don’t Disturb the Groove — Canada’s Love Affair with Urban Music
Fri Feb 23 — Get Up, Stand Up – Creating the World We Want to Live In
Sat Feb 24 — Yam It Up! — Black Canadian History as Told Through its Cuisine
Sun Feb 25 — Fix Up, Look Sharp — Why Fashion’s So Central to the Black Canadian Experience
Mon Feb 26 — Healing the Black Community — Why it’s Important for So Many of Us to Get Fitter FASTER.
Tue Feb 27 — Where Do We Go From Here?
Wed Feb 28 — We Deserve Success — The Quest for Black Excellence
Thu Mar 1 — February’s Over, But We’re STILL BLACK.
Tales from the 2.9, Year Three — The Ask
Pick one (or more) of the topics above and create a piece about could be written, audio or video — I’m just looking for content from more people than myself to really flesh this out
Send me a high-resolution photo of yourself and any for the topic you’re discussing to firstname.lastname@example.org for use in the post
Share it with your friends, peers and contacts! What makes this project grow each year is engagement, and after sending the finalized proposal out to everyone today, the next job is working on the press release and reaching out to my media contacts!
Tales from the 2.9, Year Three — The Original Pitch
Hello and Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 wrapped up on a positive note, and that you’re well into the work to build the 2018 you’re looking for. If you don’t know me, I’m Casey Palmer—a Dad Blogger who runs Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad, working hard to illustrate my journey as a Black father of two to a world that doesn’t always get it. With January upon us, February’s hot on our heels, and for me that means I’m sourcing for my third annual Tales from the 2.9 project—something I do for Black History Month, featuring stories from Black Canadians, and featured in Metro, on CBC and in talks across the city. I’m hoping to make its third year better than ever—but I need your help.
What I need are stories. In the past couple of years, I’d always start with a questionnaire and focus on the individual—Benny the Banker, Serena the Sculptor—the same questions across the board to show how diverse we can be as people.
But our story’s bigger than that—there are broader themes to explore that do us more justice. A generation breaking ground in fields entirely different from the opportunities available to the generation before. Growing up Black in a world that’s definitely not. My goal is to put out a month of content that let us speak our truths, and I hope you’ll be game to join me in building something we can all be proud of!
I’m looking for submissions. Interviews. Vlogs, speeches and ideas—whatever helps get the ideas across.
If interested, feel free to either drop me a message here or send a high-resolution photo and your idea/submission to email@example.com, and we’ll put something together.
I look forward to working with you!
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
As you may have heard, it’s Canada’s sesquicentennial this year—our nation’s turning 150 years old, and it’s kind of a big deal! Canada rarely sees an event that’s both this unifying and uniquely our own, so here at Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad, we’re looking to do something special to mark the occasion!
Which is why from February 1st through June 30th—the 150 days leading up to Canada Day—we’re putting #Chronicle150 together: 150 Truly Canadian Stories for its 150th Birthday! Over these 150 days, we’re looking to showcase a story per day that truly captures the multitude of ways we can spell out what it means to be Canadian! We want new immigrant stories. Multigenerational stories. Any story that truly defines the Canadian experience for you is one we’re looking to share! It’s a lofty, ambitious project, and we’d love for you to be part of an opportunity that doesn’t come ’round every year!
The project will lead in with Tales from the 2.9, celebrating the voices of Black Canadians from coast to coast, and then explore a diverse set of stories from March onward.
#Chronicle150 – What Do I Need?
If you’re interested in participating, we’ll need the following from you:
At least two high-resolution photos of yourself (preferably one landscape for the header image) and any other imagery you’d like to include
A short bio with any website or social media links you’d like to include with your submission
The answers to these questions:
Who are you and what are you all about?
What makes you so Canadian?
If you could distill your world to one story or moment that truly defines what being Canadian means to you, what would it be?
This is Canada today after 150 years. Where would you like to see it go from here on out?
Finally, what’s the one thing you think the rest of the world needs to know about Canada?
So here’s hoping we can all work together to create something memorable, and on Canada Day look back at a 150th birthday gift it can celebrate for 150 more!
Thanks for considering and I hope to hear back from you!