Just past a week into Tales from the 2.9, and I’ve met so many amazing Black Canadians creating all sorts of content, reminding me that the stuff we consume online isn’t limited to bloggers — in 2016, we have creative souls out there putting together content that’ll suit just about any audience.
Today’s content creator for Tales is Brione Wishart of TREPFUEL, a filmmaker interviewing aspiring businesspeople to give the push needed for others to have enough confidence for the first step into entrepreneurship!
Check out his contribution below!
1) When you think of Black History Month, what are some of the stories and images that come to mind?
I think of all the positive contributions Black people have made to humanity. From Charles Richard Drew’s creation of the blood bank to Akon providing electricity through solar power for over 14 African countries.
2) The Black Experience we’re largely exposed to in the media is that of our southern neighbours and the struggles they’ve faced. What’s your experience been as a Black person in Canada, and what have you learned from it?
As far as I can remember, the one thing I can say I’ve learned being Black in Canada is that racism is real. Growing up a Black male I faced my fair share of racial profiling, illegal searches, employees following me around stores and bullying when I first arrived in Canada. Nevertheless, I love living in Canada and being a citizen of this great country.
3) In sharing your voice with the world, what impression do you hope to leave on the world with everything you do?
A positive and motivating impression. I love getting people pumped up about entrepreneurship and the freedom that comes with it. Nothing makes me feel better knowing that I had a role in helping someone find happiness.
4) We all benefit from good mentors who guide us along the way to make sure we reach our potential in life. Who was your mentor to teach you from a cultural standpoint, and what’s the greatest lesson you learned from them?
Malcolm X. After I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley I identified with him immediately. His ability to transition from a criminal to become one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history taught me a valuable lesson. “Anything is Possible.”
5) If you could say just one thing to the rest of the 2.9%, what would it be?
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
– Malcolm X
Tales from the 2.9 is an ongoing series on CaseyPalmer.com showcasing Black Canadian content creators and the experiences they’ve had growing up Black in Canada!