Tales from the 2.9 β€” The Black Canadians Sharing their Stories in a Digital Age β€” Vol. 2 #1 β€” Dwayne Morgan, Poet, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur

It’s a new day, one and all!

With 2017’s Tales from the 2.9, we’ll build off of the successes of last year’s entries with a deeper look into what it means to be a Black Canadian and some thoughts on our culture… whatever you might perceive it to be!

I could’ve done like last year and come out swinging with a piece of my own to share my thoughts about all the issues attached to this project like I was hosting Saturday Night Live… but Tales isn’t aboutΒ me.Β Tales is about the fact that youΒ can’t easily define what BlackΒ means, and I hope to share a month’s worth of stories to show youΒ just that.

I’ll still be here in my intros and asides, but I rather let my contributors do the talking until the end of the month, and when we get there,Β then we’ll have someΒ words.

This year’s Tales kicks off with a piece from Dwayne Morgan, a poet, speaker and social entrepreneur from Toronto, ON who hits us with some poignant thoughts on being Black Canadian and how to embrace a culture that’s fragmented by its very definition.

See you tomorrow!

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Tales from the 2.9 Vol. 2 #1 β€” Dwayne Morgan, Poet, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur β€” Dwayne Morgan

What does being Black Canadian mean to you?

I always struggle with this question. There isn’t a Black Canadian identity, in the same way that it may exist in the United States. For that matter, I’m not even sure how I would describe or explain Canadian identity, so I see myself as a Black man, with all that comes with that from history, who happens to be born, and living within Canadian borders. Maybe my CanadiannessΒ is my deep connection to my Jamaican heritage and African roots.

The 2017 100 | It’s Not WHAT You Do, It’s How You DO It.

Unless my life sees someΒ major changes this year, 2017 may mark the last list of 100!

It’s January 13thβ€”I’ve spent nearlyΒ two weeks of my new year agonising over 100 items thatΒ matter enough to hit a list of goals and aspirations for the year ahead. And that’s aΒ key difference from the lists that came before it.

Before it was a task listβ€”I’d look around at everything that needed doing andΒ jot it down, because my life wouldΒ obviously be better with them out of the way.

But task lists aren’tΒ inspiring. They’re notΒ motivational. As a creative, that’s like dropping a pile of 100 things I dread on my lap and nagging myself to get ’em done by the year’s end.

Once I realised what I was doing to myself, so much so that I just went through myΒ least successful yearΒ yet for my list, IΒ knew I needed to make a change for 2017.

The 2017 100 β€” It's Not WHAT You Do, It's How You DO It. β€” New Year, New Perspective

I’m particularly proud of the list I’ve put together for The 2017 100. I didn’t take any shortcutsβ€”I wrote out 100 things that’d help me live the life I’dΒ like to lead and prove instrumental along the path there. Rather than hurriedly scrawl out a list I’d likely ignore ’til December, I wrote one that I’dΒ happily check off, knowing that each accomplishment would take me a step closer to aΒ far better 2018. I feel like I’m finally getting itΒ right this time, and I hope that shines through as you give it a look for yourself!

But that’s enough of my chatterβ€”I’ve already made you wait longΒ enough. Here for your consideration is The 2017 100β€”because it’s notΒ what you do… it’s how youΒ do it!