A dventures 2011 Feb—June Free WINTER Magic SPRING Fever Of Kat TRÉ ARMSTRONG In Smartland Interview
Lead Cast Co-Starring Co-Starring Guest Stars Guest Stars KAT—Editor-In Chief Smartland—Toronto Yorkville Austin Clarke Giller Prize Winner Christopher Archer—Creative Director The Regency Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor Michigan Chronicles Cherie Snow—Beauty Editor HSH Canada Clé Bennett Award Winning Actor Zack—Make-Up Sorrel Restaurant Denniston Ewan Roy Virtue-Photo Journalist Cumberland Ebonnie Rowe, Honey Jam Grant Martin—Photographer Obsessions Accessories Ian Peters, Dept of Media Ray Valentine—Photographer Carole‘s Cheesecake Iman Stewart, Iman Interiors Nigel Hamid—Photographer Sesso Boutique Jazma Hair Inc. Jason Jenkins—Photographer Hazelton Lanes Kathy Grant, Legacy Voices LaTanya Chase—Photographer W10 Colours Marie Mercurius, Make-Up Artist/Host Chris Green—VideographersStarring KAT Published by Avenue Couture Owen Rowe Paige Chambers, Sales Executive Kensington Analogy Global Communications Rahul Kamtam House of Moses Design by Ricky Neckles, CEO NGE Inc. Tribal Eye Analogy Global Communications Sonya Watson Ethiopian Spices Story Created by Tré Armstrong Actress KAT Beaches Wangari Muriuki, AFDSC Titika Sportswear I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will Cover and Inside Cover Credits: Photography never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Vaughan/Oakwood Grant Martin, Hair Christopher Archer, Location: Karl Anthony‘s John 8:12 The Regency Condominiums
And the beautiful Featuring Canada’s Best & Smartest Bands Tré Armstrong 47 53 8 Fashion in the City Profile of the Year Austin Clarke CONTENTS 2011 Pg. 50 The Inter view Adventures of Kat 4 Shop and Dine 40 “It’s about sharing and caring” The Long Road 8 Althea Prince 20 ―The pen is mightier than the sword.‖ I am King and I am Queen 26 Where to Find Canadas Best 29 Malcolm X The Legacy Voices Project 54 Beauty Tips 17 History 25 Black to the Future 62Photo Credits: Hair by Christopher Archer, Make-up Cherie Snow, Photography by Jason Jenkins
In the beginning of…. Adventures of Kat in Smartland, The Media Starlet prepares for an evening in the city. Presented by The Regency Condominiums SESSO Boutique in the Bloor Yorkville NeighborhoodPhoto Credits: Photography by Grant Martin, Hair by Christopher Archer, Dress by Avenue Couture, shoes by Sesso on location at The Regency Condomini-
However she is less than enthused about the nightahead.
I’m late, I’m late, don’t want to miss out on the best Canada has to offer to date! Bored & wondering… Now that we are in The International Year for People of African Descent; how long will it take the world to recognize Black cul- ture for it’s contributions and embrace our entry into the mar- ketplace of the future? Just then a pink rabbit runs along late for an important date. Curiouser, and curiouser she follows the rabbit.Photo Credits: Photography by Grant, Hair by Christopher Archer, Dress by Avenue Couture, shoes by Sesso on location at the Regency Condominiums
The Long Road by Awa rd W inning Author Austin Clarke King of Fiction Writing How was I to know this stranger, bearing my own colour, in apposi- tion to the snow which covered our heads with its white thickness, making us even more foreign? How was I to know that this railway porter on the Canadian National had prepared the soil for my intem- perate arrival? I, a student inflated with importance and devoid of any footing in the community. And how was I to react to that man, old as my grandfather, bearing my weight of my own colour, dressed in a white butler‘s jacket and in whose shoes I could see my disappointment and embarrassment? This manin this men‘s room, sparkling from its four walls of polished white tiles, standing with an ironical dignity handing out white towels to me.I rejected his kindness of cotton towel to obliterate the touch of this man and his status. And how should I write the history of the other manwhose colour I share? He worked and saved, and because he was industrious and saw the opportunity in this country of ―opportunity‖ had theaudacity to purchase a taxicab, and park it outside Union Station, waiting like his business colleagues, for the first visitor to hail, ―Taxi?‖ And like them he jumped when customers appeared – and had his arms broken, and his knees battered by men who resented his colour and hisambition measured against theirs, and sentenced him because he was uppity enough to enter their business.Blood was pouring down his face when he entered his kitchen, after he was discharged from the Toronto General Hospital, where the nursesand doctors were all white. He had to explain to his wife and terrified children, that he had failed. ―They would not let me,‖ he said. Cont.
Even though there are scant pages in history books to tell us about it, our imagination can draw a picture of brave attempts ofbrave men and women 100 years ago who had a clear understanding of this country‘s ―underground railroad‖ to freedomThese men and women had left a landscape of whips, murder and rape, and had chosen passage on that ―underground rail-road,‖ cramped in a series of safe stations, their bones stuffed in church benches and seats of carriages. These Americanslaves travelled close to the ground and to avoid detection, along routes taken today towards the Great Lakes that broughtthem to a destination free from the degradation they had suffered in the South. From Africa they were involuntary guests ofAmerica; here in the North, which came to mean (if not now) ―freedom,‖ their presence was voluntary.They were determined to adjust to a climate of disadvantage: to make friends of strangers, to become neighbours, and mostof all to appreciate the kindness of the hospitality of the community in which they found themselves.It is this determination to succeed and to fit into their strange environment that marked them as respectable men andwomen. Though poor, they appreciated the absence of physical horror, which in turn, marked them out as ―pioneers,‖ as hardworking, and as Canadians.These pages of history are not collected in one volume, but scattered as those freedom-seekers. They give the picture offounders of churches and founders of schools (in the sense they had turned part of the cold kitchen, or parlour into a schoolroom).William Hubbard, active in city politics from 1894 to 1908, served as chairman of the Board of Control and often acted asmayor. His son Frederick Hubbard, became chairman of the Toronto Transit Commission. Austin Clarke cont.
These first Black citizens of Toronto established the pattern for Black participation in politics, education, the law, the arts,sports and business.Because of the Hubbards and the Abbots, because of people like Harry Gairey, founder of the Negro Citizenship Association,civil rights activist Don Moore, Ontario‘s first Black MPP Leonard Braithwaite, journalist Bromley Armstrong, Daniel Hill direc-tor of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Lincoln Alexander, we are not surprised tosee a Black woman, Ann Cools sitting in the Senate.Or Judge Juanita Westmoreland-Traore, former Dean of Law at the University of Windsor, or Julius Isaac, former chief justice Harriett Tubmanof Canada.And a myriad of talented educators including school superintendents like Harold Braithwaite, and principals like North York‘sMadge Logan, and a host of skilful teachers who contributed a passion for learning and teaching to the Metro Toronto SchoolSystem.Where once there was the Coloured Literary Association of Toronto, we now have novelist Cecil Foster, poets Dionne Brandand George Elliot Clarke occupying their rightful places in the entire literary community of Toronto.Our city‘s most famous musician, Oscar Peterson, is one among many talented Black performers including Salome Bey, jazzmusicians Archie Alleyne & Wray Downes and reggae artist Leroy Sibbles.
Anderson Ruffin Abbot of Toronto graduated as a doctor in 1861. He fought discrimination wherever he foundit. Wilson Abbott, a self-taught fugitive American slave who arrived in Toronto in 1853, was another commu-nity leader.His son Anderson Ruffin Abbott, was the first native born Black doctor in Canada. He was honoured for hisservice in the United States army during the American Civil War, but returned to Toronto, where he died in1913. But in this enumeration of achievement there lies a danger which we ourselves are prey to: the implica-tion that there is a measurement of the successes of the entire community, by the outstanding prowess ofone or two. Anderson RuffinWe compound the danger if we ascribe messianic heroism to this individual success. It is our ingrained Abbotschizophrenia that we, living in a society such as Canada, with its peculiar racialism, cannot acceptprominence amongst ranks. It is as if we want to remain oppressed.Our Lieutenant-Governor possibly understood this as he was adorned in vice-regal raiment, when he in-sisted: ―Call me Linc‖ He understood the community‘s tendency to reject individual success, so he re-minded us of his mother‘s occupation as a domestic servant when she had first arrived, his dad was aporter. Austin Chesterfield Clarke was born in Barbados and arrived in Canada in 1955 to study at The University of Toronto. He taught at several universities including Yale. In 2002 He was awarded the Giller Prize for his 11 th novel The Polished Hoe In 2003 He had a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II in honour of his Commonwealth Prize for The Polished Hoe. (Pictured Above)
Down the rabbit hole goes Kat, into a whole new world.Photography by Grant Martin
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EROTIC EBONY BEAUTYPhoto & Model Credits: I Stock Photos. Image of Kat, photo byRay Valentine, Make-up Zack and Hair by Christopher Archer
BEAUTY TIPS Beauty tips, don’t want to be late.Photo Credits: Photo by LaTanya Chase, Make-up by Cherie Snow, Hair by Jazma Inc.
Eyes, Lips, Face Daytime to Nighttime Look for Women of For mascara you can apply it by starting at the base of the lash Colour line and gently moving side to side as well as in an upward motion is rFor day makeup, your skin should look like it has life but not look like you to get the best coverage on the lashes. in th u uty,are heading out on the town. Once you have applied your foundation, o r bea look bea ‘ me f to at LIPS: Nice lipstick earth tones are really pretty, but not everyone No ti nd need race. Thhere is a simple look for the day: rac e a e and g te . B may like deep colours. Another way to go can be a sheer gloss to st y l a has u with you‘re in ll give yoDAY enhance the lips and at the same time, giving the lips a bit of col- n whe Cherie w et you o iEYES: Note: Make sure you purchase good quality pigmented eye shad- our. Lip liner helps to keep the colour longer. It should blend into r g edito y tips andows or you will not be happy with the end result. the lipstick or gloss and not have a definite line around the lip be aut edge. w a y!Bronze/Gold colours are beautiful on dark skin. When applying your eyeshadow, a flat brush is best to work with. Apply it in a patting motion FACE: Note: Do not be afraid of colour.from eyelid to brow bone. One colour is fine for the day, but if you would FOR CHEEKS: Peach or a Peach/Pink is great forlike to add a second colour, then add it from the middle of the lid blend- dark skin. YES, this is true!! It does not come outing to the outer section of the eyelid. The second colour should be a bit looking too strong and gives the face life. Smil-deeper than the first. ing is the best way to make sure you are apply-For eyeliner, a dark brown or Black shadow with a sharp angle brush can ing it in the appropriate areas. It can be appliedbe brushed into the lash bed to give the illusion of fuller lashes. by making small circular and upward motion from the apples of the cheek to the temples.
Once you have this day look, let’s build on it to change LIPS: This may be the time to add a it into night….. deeper colour, like a berry. If you want to is rat l NIGHT in th u add a little fun, you can enhance the lips by be auty, k beautif k, If you are heading to an evening function straight from your adding a bronze colour to highlight the cen-e for d to loo hat‘s o e T y nd ne nd grace. e. Beaut daily activities, here are some quick add-ons to enhance your tre of the lips and then adding a gloss forst y le a n a hast look… i ou ‘re ive y ur an added punch.n you rie will g ou on yoor Che nd get y EYES: If you had already added the second colour to your FACE: The cheeks can have a bronze or ips a uty t eyes, then the next thing you would want to do it add in the gold highlight right on the cheekbone. Also, y! crease and the corners of the eyes. By adding a dark brown, if you would like to define the cheeks, you you would make a ‘V’ shape at the corner of the eyes and can use a dark brown with an angled blush sweep up into the crease. For more definition, an even darker brush to contour the hollow of the cheek by shadow can be added right in the corner without sweeping it brushing from the ear to just before the into the crease. For eyeliner, for more definition, either a liq- apple of the cheek. Always add lightly first uid or gel Black liner can be added to the lash line. Note: and if you need more, then add it. If you Once all colours have been applied, blend all colours together go too dark to begin with it is harder to re- to give an airbrushed look. move. Blend the highlighted cheekbone, Model Images IStock, Kat Make up by By Cherie Snow, Beauty Editor Zack and Hair by Christopher Archer. blush and contour for an airbrushed look.
Author, Althea Prince reflects on the Politics of Black HARE, HERE, HAIR WE AREWomen’s Hair. The book doesn‘t make any judgment. It just explores how we are talking about our hair. It only taps into mainstream‘sI started out just looking at my own experience and journey view of our hair. I also talked about Michelle Obama and herwith hair. It looked as if Black women went back to straight- daughters and how we as African women are dealing aroundening their hair and remembered my youth. our hair.I never seen my hair as an issue, but after people began talk-ing about hair – I decided to interview a number of women My objective is that we develop and maintain; if we alreadyfrom different parts of the world. Five from the United have good relationships with our hair, and encourage ourStates, a couple from the UK, another five from Ontario plus a daughters the same so we do not ever believe we came out offew more. our mother‘s womb to hair that is not appropriate, especiallyI interviewed only mothers of Black girls and interviewed in the boardroom knowing we can be their without straightsome young Black women. Three Black women and three hair or extensions.mothers. So I gathered these voices together concerning their At the same time I am also making a case about this is some-journey and their mothers with hair. Just to see what we thing that we need to develop an Attitude for our hair.were telling each other about our hair. What’s Althea working on now?It seemed that….our hair was not acceptable!! That we came Currently she is working on a book called Race, Racism andout of the womb with hair not acceptable1?!? Caribbean peoples in Canada, the USA, and the UK. Cont. page 21
I‘m gathering voices of people speaking about their experience with race, racismand a person of Caribbean living in these places as mentioned. It includes lifewriting, academic essays and some poetry. It‘s not a mismatch, it‘s intended toacademia and general readership. I dont know which way to go …. Doesn’t matter which way you go….
Mad as a bat is what some will be, but what else to do— but let truth set you free. Riddle me this and riddle me that, says the Cheshire Cat. When faced with knowing true Black History; what will you do Kat? May the Grace of God that is within us all be sufficient to make His will known unto us, that the entire world may pray for the unity of Global Brotherhood and Sisterhood,We are all mad heredon‘t you know?Everybody‘s mad! I‘mnot all there myself!
Author Althea Prince‘s innate ability to capture and paint vividpictures of characters in her stories or bring to life social issuestruly stem from her collections on essay‘s, which she has writ-ten since her early years of writing. She has a collection of es-says which is focused on being Black in Toronto from the 1960‘s. Althea on COMMUNITY POLITICSAlthea‘s Caribbean-English accent is eloquent and proper with It focused on 3rd and 4th generation Blacks living here. Deal-the undertone of deep intelligence, knowledge and history. Her ing with the building of the community, the Black commu-reflections on the development of Black Canadians, particularly nity in Toronto.‖from Toronto pains a clear colourful picture. These essays were on the modern experience of living inAlthea on Short Stories Toronto as a Black person from the 60‘s when I first arrived.One of her magnificently written short stories is titled ―Lady of These are thoughts to some of the issues we deal with likethe Night‖. ―It is a fiction short story, set in Antigua and To- Caribana. Not from finance,‖ says Prince. ―But the cultureronto on the relationship between men, women and friends.‖ issues, the face and character of Caribana in terms of theAlthea on her Essays population involved with it,‖ shares Althea.―My essays focused on the business of the arrival and living in Althea‘s wealth of knowledge is a deep abyss with strongToronto. It focused on my feelings of myself, the issue of being tides and the big wave of information comes out regardingthe first Black from the Caribbean, the large growing, flowing the Writers Union of Canada as she recants the issues thatnumbers of Caribbean coming to Toronto. came up around Black writers and the Union.
Lyrics by Luciano “ “I Remember When” HISTORY nation without its roots is like a house without Now what we see today, our kingdom is disarray, and a foundation. we don‘t seem to love ourselves any more.To everything there was a beginning, and so it is A people without their history would be unable to for the African Nation. carve their own destiny.I remember when we were Kings and Queens; in This is my call for one another. the Motherland before slavery intervened. Let‘s stand tall and defend mama Africa – don‘t let her When they took us away; they gathered us far fall. beyond. Generations to generations, both young and old; The generations have strayed; we‘ve lost our Let‘s restore our heritage more precious than gold. true tradition. I remember when we were Kings and Queens in the I recall those former years living as one mighty Motherland. Not so long ago. nation.
Behanzin Hossu Bowelle "The King Shark" I AM KING (1841-1906) Behanzin Bowelle "The King Shark", was the most powerful of the West African Chaka "Zulu King and Warrior" (1786-1828) Kings in the last years of the 19th Century.Askia The Great (1538) Chaka is noted for revolutionizing l9th Century Bantu Cetewayo "Zulu King" (d. 1884) In 1879, the warfare. He was a man with great power and the heart British invaded Zululand. Cetewayo defeated Ahmed Baba (1556-1627) of a tiger. Chaka had no rifles, and different from Napo- the British, and killed Prince Napoleon, heir to leon, used hand-to-hand war tactics. the French throne.Imhotep (2980 B.C.)Imhotep Ahmadou Bamba (1850-1927)Father of Medicine" "Prince of Peace," and a "Type of Akhenaton (1375-1358 B.C.)Christ." He was worshipped as a god and healer from Hannibal of Carthage (247-183 B.C.)to 525 B.C., . Imhotep lived during the Third Dynasty Aesop (560 B.C.) Hannibal is said to be the greatest militaryat the court of King Zoser. Imhotep was a known leader and strategist of all time. Hannibal wasscribe, chief lector, priest, architect, astronomer and Ezana of Axum (330-356 C.E) born in 247 B.C., when Carthage, then the mari-magician (medicine and magic were used together.) Ezana of Axum (also spelled Aezana ), was time power, was beginning to decline. The Car-For 3000 years he was worshipped as a god in Greece ruler of the Axumite Kingdom (c. 330 - c. thaginians civilisation was a mix of African andand Rome. Early Christians worshipped him as the 356 ) located in present-day Eritrea , northern Phoenicians, who were great merchants. They"Prince of Peace."It is Imhotep says Sir William Osler, Ethiopia and Yemen. He was the first mon- traded with India and the people of the Mediter-who was the real Father of Medicine. arch of Axum to embrace Christianity. ranean, and the Scilly Isles.
NEFERTITI DAHIA-AL KAHINA NEHANDAQUEEN OF KEMET QUEEN KAHINA MBUYA(Grandmother) OF ZIMBABWE I AM QUEEN YAA ASANTEWA AMINA NZINGHA NANDI Yaa Asantewa of the Ashanti Empire QUEEN Of ZARIA (1588-1589) AMAZON QUEEN OF QUEEN OF ZULULAND MATAMBA WEST AFRICA (Symbol of a woman of high esteem) (1778-1826) TIYE CANDACE NEFERTARI THE NUBIAN QUEEN OF KEMET EMPRESS OF ETHIOPIA (332 B.C.) QUEEN OF KEMET (Ancient Egypt) (1415-1340 B.C.) (the land of the Blacks) CLEOPATRA VII (1292-1225 B.C)HATSHEPSUT QUEEN OF KEMETQUEEN OF KEMET (Ancient Egypt the land of the Blacks)(Ancient Egypt the land of the Blacks) (69-30 B.C)(1503-1482 B.C.) MAKEDA QUEEN OF SHEBA (The symbol of Beauty) (960 B.C.)
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Ricky Neckles graduated from the University of Toronto CANADA’S RISING STARS: MEET THE A TEAMwhere he obtained his Bachelors of Applied Science in DEFINING & LIVING THE ESSENCE OF BLACK CULTUREMechanical Engineering. He began his professional career atAccenture, a leading management-consulting firm, after his WHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TO ME?scholastic achievements placed him at the top of recruit- Black History Month is a time of reflection on the progressions of Black men and women andment lists across Canada. the individual sacrifices they have made for the greater good of society. I have a strong sense of pride in the legacies that our ancestors have left for us. Black HistoryA year of working at Accenture as a Management Consultant Month is also a celebration of current trailblazers, whoAnalyst, Ricky parted from the company to pursue his dreams continue to pave the way for a better tomorrow, and I am extremely proud to part of thisof becoming an entrepreneur. In 2008, he became the co- community.founder of TNTech Canada, Canada‘s largest onsite paging EXCELLENCEservice company, and is currently the President of Neckles HOW DO I CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH?Global Enterprise Inc., his signature commercial real estate holding and In February, I allocate more time in my calendar to speaking at various events and sharing my his-investment company. tory as a member of the Black community.Ricky served two consecutive terms as the University of Toronto Chapter WHERE’S MY FAVOURITE PLACE TO SHOP AND DINE DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH?President for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and founded There are no particular restaurants I specifically dine at during Black History month, however Ithe Youth Legacy Program (YLP), which promotes and develops academic, support Black owned businesses on a regular basis.technical, and leadership skills for students in grades K-12. Having defiedthe odds, Ricky has set out to educate individuals on the importance of WHAT EVENT AM I LOOKING FORWARD TO ATTENDING THIS BLACK HISTORY MONTH?education and giving back, through workshops facilitations, speaking ap- I am looking forward to the Young Black & Gifted Black History Event at the Jamaican Canadianpearances, and volunteering. Centre on February 19th.
Greetings, I am Iman,a hard working determined individual who loves art, Iman Stewart, Interior Decorator design and culture. I have been in this field since I was 15 and known this to be my passion from 8. I would design homes for my Barbie‘s, toys,and TY‘s; everybody needed a home with custom furni- ture!! I aspire to be a great business owner who can help create magnificent spaces for all out there! My blog for NAMI INTERIORS is where I post history period styles and many more! He educated Black people in a time WHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN throughout art history of no belief and still continues. Angela Davis is a po- TO ME? It means the world to me as I grow along with design news/ litical activist, scholar, and author. She was a part of older because I am drawn to inspire people trends/ events and my DETERMINED especially the younger generation. It means own work. I have lots of the Civil Rights Movement and a Black Panther. Davis community, love, and education. But I must is a woman of strength and perseverance who is a experience and am great example of overcoming obstacles.say we need more months in the year, just not 28 days people!!!! looking forward to many DEFINE BLACK CULTURE? Black Culture is a cultureWHO ARE MY BLACK HISTORY MONTH INFLUENCERS? My Influ- more!encers include Paul Bogle; he died for the emancipation of Black of many faces, many backgrounds, and many lan- Never give up!movement and freedom from slavery. I respect people who die guages. To me there is still no specific definition of it Iman because of this, there needs to be a movement thatfor a cause and fight for their rights! Marcus Garvey, as I wouldlike to call a Renaissance Man, a man of many works! He was an embraces our differences to show a defined identityentrepreneur, journalist, Pan- Africanist, founded in order to unite us as a race. Black people areUniversal Negro Improvement Association and African Communi- IT IS TIME TO beautiful, loving, intelligent and strong.ties League (UNIA-ACL) HIGHLIGHT THESE ATTRIBUTES! It is time to highlight these attributes!
Sweet Marie MercuriusWHAT IS MY PROFESSION?Makeup artist, professional organizer, host of Loungin Da AfterParty on CKLN 88.1 fm.WHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TO ME? WHERE DO I LIKE TO SHOP DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH?Its a wonderful time to educate people about Black History I like H&M for their accessories but I also love hats and would love to pickthrough the sights and sounds, as well as, the art and entertain- one up from Big It Up.ment that are alive and well within cities and communities across WHERE DO I LIKE TO DINE FOR BLACK HISOTRY MONTH?the country. Harlem Restaurant - its good old fashioned southern comfort food whichWHAT BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS DO I PLAN ON warms your tummy on chilly days. Very CREATIVE,ATTENDING? Gingers on Church Street for tasty and wallet friend Thai food. Marie followed an artisFebruary 3rd, Lisa Michelles double EP release party at the Glad- WHAT MAKE UP TREND DO I RECOMMEND FOR BLACK HISTOYR MONTH? path.stone. Im also planning checking out the first Music Is The Answer Brighten things up with a punch of colour on the lip in a shade of red orof 2011 inside Harlem on February 16th and the Toronto Urban berry tone that compliments your skin tone and a neutral eye and wellMusic Festival later this month. groomed brows. You can also bring those brights to the eyes in shades ofWHAT EVENTS HAVE I ATTENDED IN THE PAST? purple and turquoise, just remember to keep the lips soft and neutral theSaw Eric Roberson perform at the Mod Club last year! colours dont compete with each other.
Marie Mercurius was born in London, England, grew up in B.C. and spent time living in New York before moving to Toronto in 2002. Having always considered herself to be very creative, Marie followed an artistic path in her broad back- ground, holding diplomas in Fashion Design and Makeup Artistry, as well as Interior Decorating certifi- cates. Growing up, Marie was also involved in the arts whether it was singing, dance, acting or playing drums and flute. Though broadcasting was never a career aspiration, her love of music lead her to a hosting position at CKLN, where for the past 7 years, she‘s had the pleasure of interviewing both local and inter-CREATIVE, national artists as well as updating the listeners on upcoming events in arts and entertainment around the city.e followed an artistic In 2008, Marie ventured out into the entrepreneurial world and launched her own business, The Urban Organizer, a professional organizing and interior styling company that provides creative solutions for small spaces making them functional and stylish. After taking a break, Marie is getting back into makeup with lessons and consultations, bridal and beauty work. www.theurbanorganizer.ca email:email@example.com Marie Mercurius
WHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TO ME? To be honest, Ive never been a fan of calendar-prompted consciousness, where peoplethink theyve done their "bit" on that particular day or month and then can forget about it. I believe your history is who you are - you live it andbreathe it - you remember your history, you aim to make some history of your own. That being said, there is value to setting aside special con-centrated time to focus and promote Black History, especially for non-Blacks, but for us it should be constant. So to me Black History Month isanother month in the year where I remember upon whose shoulders I stand, and that I have the responsibility to strengthen and prepare myown shoulders to be worthy of being stood upon - to make my own history, contribution and legacy and encourage others to do so.WHO ARE YOUR BLACK HISTORY INFLUENCERS? The person who had the most impact on my life from the age of 12 to now is Malcolm X. Iadmired his straight talk, his insistence in standing his ground, his commitment to the upliftment of his people, his pride, his intel-ligence and wit, the sacrifices he willingly made for his community, his ability to grow and change and be open to thinking aboutthings in different ways, his refusal to be a victim and to take responsibility for his present and future. Queen of HonHOW DO I DEFIN BLACK CULTURE? - I dont. Black encompasses African, West Indian broken down by various islands, Cuban, Afri-can-American, etc.; all who have very specific cultures, traditions, foods, music, language based on their geographical region and Ebonnie Roweshared history. I have no reason to find a descriptive box to put my experience in - I just live it! Black History MWHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT HONEY JAM AND WHAT YOU DO? - Its all women and a wide variety of genres - not a competition butdevelopmental, supportive - its a passion project and people feel that they are valued and appreciated - those who perform andthose who attend - perhaps the nurturing vibe ascribed to women - its not a cash grab!WHERE IS YOUR FAVIOURITE PLACE TO SHOP BLACK HISTORY MONTH?- Not applicable - I dont go shopping during Black History Month theway people go shopping at Christmas - its not part of my ritual.
Ebonnie Rowe Throughout her illustrious career, Ebonnie has distinguished herself as someone dedicated to the growth of others and the support of charitable causes. In Canada, she founded and directed organizations that cater to the needs of some of society‘s overlooked groups: Each One, Teach One was a mentoring program for Black youth, while PhemPhat Entertainment Group which produces the Honey Jam showcase is a dynamic, all-female non-profit company that provides promotional and educational opportunities for upcoming fe- male artists, and supports and promotes women‘s charities. Ebonnie does this all in her "spare time", while juggling an event planning business; living and working in two countries.Queen of Honey Honey Jam celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010 (see www.honeyjam.com). The Honeybonnie Rowe on Jams are stellar, much anticipated showcases of talent, featuring a wide variety of local DJ‘s and artists representing hip hop, jazz, gospel, reggae, rock, pop, blues, r&b, dance,ck History Month and spoken word. Their most famous alumnus is Nelly Furtado. Ebonnie‘s passion to do something in her life that ―meant something‖, was fuelled by the suicides of three friends, the examples of her Barbadian parents Joan and Owen Rowe, and the teachings of Malcolm X who believed in looking first in the mirror for accountability and action to solve problems in our communities. Dedicated
Wangari Muriuki, African Queen At ACSDC, Black History Month offers us an opportunity to raise the issues most currently affecting our community. We take the opportunity during this month to hold information sessions about what has happened historically but more impor- tantly, how we can influence the future. In the past we have looked at the history of Black women leaders in the African Continent. This year, we plan to focus on Black Women Youth Leaders of the future both local and international. As an umbrella organization, our member agencies have a wide range of services they provide within the African Communi- ties. Our goal this year is to work with our Members to raise the wealth of their communities. Black History Month 2011 will be focusing on Wealth building both for individuals who participate in the programs but also wealth building within the agen-INFLUENCE cies themselves. Our Black History influencers are the unsung heroes. People within the African Communities who perform great acts of hero-ism without receiving recognition or accolades - the Grandparents who support our families so that we can go to work. The Aunties and Uncleswho provide youth with safe havens, the parents who leave their homelands in pursuit of a better life for their children, the youth who strugglethrough systemic barriers and succeed, the family for all its support and encouragement.The Council is unique in our capacity and ability to work with agencies that provide a wide range of services and thus accessing an extensiveknowledge base. President of the Board of Directors African Canadian Social Development Council
Nigel Hamid is the passionate creator and photographer of WHAT IS MY PROFESSION? R the street fashion blog TorontoVerve.org, which showcases I am a Registered Massage Therapist, O the undeniable style and energy of Torontonians. Unlike WHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TO ME? L other street style bloggers, Nigel doesnt focus on labels and A Black History Month is a good gift from price tags. Instead, he captures the spirit of the city and its people one picture at a time. society. It gives a healing nation the N WHAT IS MY PROFESSION? time to reflect on a dark period in its D PLUMMER past. PASSIONATE I manage a team in the Cash Management division HOW DO I DEFINE BLACK CULTURE? RIGHTEOUS of a major Financial Institution. Black culture is righteousness.WHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TO ME? WHAT BHM EVENT DO I LOOK FORWARD TO ATTENDING?Its a great opportunity to get reacquainted with the richness and achievements of Bob Marley Day celebration,our culture,but its also important to remember that this interest should not be WHAT BHM EVENTS HAVE I ATTENDED IN THE PAST?limited to just 28 days. 2010 First Friday Black History MonthHOW DO I DEFINE BLACK CULTURE? WHERE DO I SHOP FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH?Its hard to define Black Culture ina few sentences so Ill just summarizeby saying I always shop at wires variety.theres a lot about which to beproud. WHERE DO I DINE FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH? Moms and Pops restaurant, all the time.NIGEL HAMID
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WHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TO ME? WHAT EVENTS HAVE I ATTENDED IN FOCUSSince I dont limit my quest for the knowledge of the history of my people THE PAST?to one month, Id say that Black History Month is really a time for people A number of different plays, and speaking en-of other cultures to learn more about us and our contributions. gagements.HOW DO I DEFINE BLACK CULTURE? The Toronto Public Library always has greatI dont believe it can defined, so I wont even try. There are so many dif- speakers coming through.ferent flavours, if you will, that comprise the Black experience, that to WHERE DO I LIKE TO SHOP DURING BLACKattempt to define it would be an exercise in futility. HISOTRY MONTH?WHAT BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS DO I PLAN ON ATTENDING? My favourite place to shop all year round is CLE BENNETTOf course Ive gotta go and support my man Wes Williams when he speaks Kensington Market!at Centennial on the 10th! I also hope to catch Wynford Marsalis at the WHERE DO I LIKE TO DINE FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH?Lincoln Centre on the 1st. There are a few other events like the Evolution My favourite place to dine all year round is Sansimian restaurant!of Gospel Music stage show, that I may try to fit in, as my schedule per- Victoria Park just south of Eglinton. Best jerk chicken, rice-n-peas inmits. Photo Credit: Nathaniel Anderson the city! Even better than mom makes (sorry, Momz)!―I found one thing that I was passionate about,and focused on becoming so good at itthat one day someone would be willingto pay me to do it, even thoughI‘d gladly do it for free (don‘t tell my agent that!).‖
Tré on Her Grace TRÉ ARMSTRONG I am ready for the National Ballet School‘andI get it from my momma! (with a smile) I think that‘s the simplest I was told. ‗Look on my wall—look at all theway to say it. (Laughter.) In my family my parents are both Jamai- pretty ballerinas that are there – you don‘t fitcan but when we were growing up – it wasn‘t really about patois in in.‘ And I thought I don‘t care - I am still go-the community. It was more about ‗hey, we are in Canada‘ – let‘s ing to go and it was ‗no baby girl, you don‘tbe honest – in the 80‘s it was more white dominated. We were the fit in.‘minorities .. it was hey get your best little dress on – get those little So I dropped, it, I dropped ballet real quick. Ipigs tales in your hair with the bows – learn how to speak p-r-o-p-e- said I don‘t need it. I then picked up Jazz,- Gracefulr-l-y (she annunciates) to people because you are about to go to a But Hip Hop (with enthusiasm & thedinner where you need to know how to use what knife and fork. Canada’s A Team breath of life) – NO ONE could take me The Amazing 10Tré on Her Training away from hip hop – we didn‘t have hip Presented by AGCBallet was my number one dance. That was the dance form that I hop in the studios. You know what I‘mwas going to get known in. And it was really different for a young saying! We weren‘t fortunate to haveBlack, or ethnic girl to want ballet. And unfortunately when I was that. So we learned from Yes – Mr. Maestro Fresh Wes. Mr. Canadian at14, hmm... I encountered my first bought of discrimination or ra-cism. I said to my teacher I said, ‗I am so ready…. ooh my hair is the time with Conducting Thangs,, let your backbone slide, all of that - herelaxed but it‘s a little kinky right now I will push it all the way helped a whole generation learn hip hop on the side and we also listenedback.. I will put all the clips in my hair, I will get that bun. to our Americans as well. So Hip Hop is really, really a base of who I am.
Special Greetings from our dear friend Bankole Thompson , Senior Editor of the Michigan Chronicle Bankole Thompson is an award-winning journalist and senior editor of The Michigan Chronicle, the nation‘s oldest and revered African American publication, founded in 1936. Thompson also holds the distinction of being the first editor of a major African American newspaper to conduct a series of sit-down interviews with President Obama. WHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TO ME? Black History Month is a period of reflection on the struggles and achievements that allowed for Black journalists like myself to be able to disseminate information to our community in this age without fear. RESPECTED WHAT EVENTS DO I PLAN ON ATTENDING? I plan on attending events at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The museum is also thelargest museum of African American history in America.WHERE DO I LIKE TO SHOP?I like to shop at places I can find quality products that meet my needs. I try to patronize Black businesses as much as I can because they needthe support from our community. Too often we dont support businesses from our community.WHERE DO I LIKE TO DINE?I have a couple of dinning favourites. The Detroit Seafood Market in downtown Detroit, 1917 American Bistro in Detroit, Coach Insignia at theRenaissance Center to name a few. I try to celebrate Black history everyday.
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Be Ahead of the CLASS E very Woman Needs to Have: SHOP BHM 2011 Miriam Binns is a proud mother, wife and designer. She has designed for the Governor General, Michaelle Jean; Executives; CEO‘s and Entrepre- neurs shares her Must Have look for 2011. Dresses, Dresses, Classic Dresses within their colour palette and made of breathable fabric cool and light weight.Dominate the Boardroom Conservative Chic What should every woman have in their closet? STYLE 1. A basic 6 piece suit in their basic colouring 2. Basic colours are black, navy, charcoal, brown and camel 3. Which consist of a jacket, skirt, pant, shirt, top and a dress 4. 3 pairs of bra – skin tone or nude, black and white 5. A great pair of black pumps 6. 1 stylish pair of jeans that fits and compliment your Night Out Chic body Miriam Style Tip: When starting to build your wardrobe always investBusiness Savvy: 3 Different Looks, 1 Classic first in classic pieces. Miriam Binns, Ownner of W10 Colours
30‘s, 40‘s Feminine &F abulous INESSE ACTOR 20‘s,As a CEO or Entrepreneur in your 30‘s or 40s looking serious, yet professional and stylishly your age is key.Kat wears a 3-piece suit by W10 Colours in checkered Black and white with breast belt, and crop blazerpaired with Nine West pumps accessorized in House of Moses natural bead necklace. Paige Chambers isdaring in red rocking her sister locks wrapped beautifully in a scarf with House of Moses black naturalbeads. Both ladies show how to dress in style for your 30s or 40s and look fabulous.On the right are outfits you can rock at any age but best when in your 20‘s or forvivacious women over 30.Miriam on Black History Month: It means a lot to me and it should mean a lot to all Black peo-ple. It‘s very important that we Black people know our history and where we come from,the accomplishments of Black people all over the world and our struggles and triumphs.Everyone should know their history and other cultures too; I think Black History Month is agood way for Black people and other nationalities to learn about Black history.
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KAT’s 2011 BHM NOVEL PICK Toronto was quite a different city a centuryProvidence ago. Rather than aBy Sonya Watson multicultural metropo- lis bustling with people from all parts of the world, it was a very British colonial city. In the spring of 2006, at the south end of Philosopher‘s Walk, a new ―gate‖ was constructed in honour of Avie Bennett, the owner of McClelland & Stewart.
THE LEGACY VOICES PROJECT –BLACK AND WEST INDIAN VETERANS Kathy Grant "I may be h ere fo r a sho rt wh ile, gon e tom o r-row in to o blivio n o r until th e days com e to The first phase focuses on Black and West In- Many returned from the war only to have to fighttake m e aw ay. Bu t, in wh atev er part you dian History in Canada with a strong emphasis against the racism that existed in our own Cana-play, be rem em bered as part o f a legacy.. .of on the men and women who donned the Cana- dian backyard. Retired Citizenship Judge Stanleysharin g dream s an d ch anging hum anity fo rth e better. It’s th at legacy th at n ev er dies ” dian Forces uniform in WWI, WWII through the Grizzle was one of these men. Progress wasNaomi Rhod e Cold War. made but there is still work to be done.The Legacy Project is an initiative of The Legacy Too many of us wonder “why remember at all?” The Legacy Voices Project through The Depart-Voices Institute, a not-for-profit corporation Why indeed? Canada is more than just an ad- ment of National Defence, Veterans Affairs Can-formed to document, digitize, and publish the dress, a passport, a flag. These men fought to ada, Library and Archives Canada, Libraries,stories and memories of Canadians and Cana- “gain” and “obtain” the rights and freedoms we Schools, Ancestry.ca and CWA Kevin Junor willdian immigrants and their contribution to Cana- possess today. ensure that the stories of these men are neverdian society. forgotten.
Legacy Voices Accomplishments to Date 2009 Obtained repository of 1500 WWI Black & West Indian Veterans who were part of the Canadian Forces.2005 Partnered with The New Canadian War Museum These men were not members of The No 2 Constructionto install a plaque to honour the WWII West Indians Battalion.Patriots who fought for Canada in the Second World 2010 Initiated Youth laying of wreath to honour BlackWar. Veterans at War Memorial..2006 Identified location of 2,000 WWI records, docu- 2011 Partnered with Concordia University to developments and photos relating to Black and West Indian Web Portal for Black History.soldiers. 2011 Partnered with the National Black Business sand2007 Co-ordinated Dept of National Defence Citizen- Professionals Association (BBPA) to engage studentsship presentation to Black Veterans from across Can- across the country.ada at the Fusiliers de Mont Royal in Montreal. February 1st, 2011 Black Canadians in Uniform-A Proud2008 Spearheaded Veterans Affairs video interviews of Tradition launched on the Federal Veterans Affairs Can-Black Veterans.2008 Organized Black Veterans on the Hill with Secre- WWII Veteran Owen Rowe 1942 ada Website http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/ The Legacy Voices Project through the sub.cfm?source=feature/Blackhistorytary of State Jason Kenney and , MP Marlene Jennings. Department of National Defence, Veterans 2011 Journey to the Battlefields of Europe to visit ourFilmed tribute to Black Veterans with Lt General Marc Affairs Canada, Library and Archives Veterans‘ Graves.Dumais. Canada, Libraries, Schools and Ances- 2012 Introduce The Lest We Forget Project-Black and try.ca will ensure that the stories of these Japanese Veterans to Schools and Libraries. Photo Courtesy: Legacy Voices men are never forgotten.
We invite you to visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Black Canadians in Uniform A Proud Tradition WWII Veteran Calvin Marshall http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm?source=collections/ hrp/alpha_results&people_id=551 WWII RCAF Veteran Kenneth Jacobs http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm? source=collections/hrp/alpha_results&people_id=552 Dieppe survivor WWII Veteran Jean Napoleon Korean War Veteran Gus Este http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm?source=collections/ Maurice photo courtesy of the Legacy Voices Project hrp/alpha_results&people_id=549 Aviator Dr Stephen Blizzard http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm?source=collections/ hrp/alpha_results&people_id=555 Stay tuned for the formal launch in November 2011!Photography by LaTanya Chase,Outfit by Sesso, Jewelry byObsessions Accessories Funeral of Private Mark Graham
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African Canadian students need to feel affirmed; to be aware of the contributions made by other Blacks in Canada; to have role models;understand the social forces which have shaped and influenced their community and their identities as a means of feeling connected to theeducational experience and their life experience in various regions in Canada. They need to feel empowered!The greater Canadian community needs to know a history of Canada that includes all of the founding and pioneering experiences in order towork from reality, rather than perception alone.As a people, with roots dating back to 1603, African-Canadians have defended, cleared, built and farmed this country; our presence is well Why have a Blackestablished, but not well-known. The celebration of Black History Month is an attempt to have the achievements of Black people recognized the first place andand told. bring positive vibWe need a Black History Month in order to help us to arrive at an understanding of ourselves as Canadians in the most accurate and completesocio-historical context that we can produce. As a nation with such diversity, all histories need to be known, all voices need to be expressed. youth?Black history provides the binary opposite to all traditional histories. One needs traditional history to engender a common culture; one needs By Rahul KamtamBlack history to engender a clearer and more complete culture.When the contributions of people of African descent are acknowledged, when the achievements of Black people are known, when Black peo-ple are routinely included or affirmed through our curriculum, our books and the media, and treated with equality, perhaps then - there willno longer be a need for Black History Month.Every year Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, pastand present.
We take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we are today. During Black History Month Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of Black Canadians and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history. Three main points that need to be highlighted for success: 1. With respect to succession planning, it is important to pass on corporate knowledge through acting positions, temporaryhave a Black History Month in assignments and student jobs. Potential retirees can give at least one year‘s notice in order to provide sufficient time forrst place and how can this new employees and those in acting or temporary assignments to be mentored. positive vibes amongst the 2. The engagement of community volunteers by the Canadian War Museum as members of interpretation programs hash? allowed ―history to come alive.‖ Visitors have been able to learn first-hand of important personalities and complex issues inul Kamtam Canadian history directly from volunteers with expert knowledge. This is an excellent museum outreach program, often with external financial support, which imparts historical information as well as enhancing public interest in the operations of the museum. 3. The ethnic experience in Canada is an important element of Canadian history and integral to Canadian identity forma ion. The panellists need to agree that it was crucial to collaborate early with the appropriate ethnic communities when preparing sensitive exhibits related to the ethnic experience in Canada. This cooperation should also be given official recognition.
Empower and equip youth with MY FAVOURITE EVENT DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTHthe right tools for action. African Diaspora: Kuumba Harbourfront Centre honours the act of bearing witness to the African Dias- Teach youth to value themselves, pora with the celebration of Kuumba, which includes Africa, the Caribbean, give them a sense of self-worth; Canada, South America, Europe, the US, and anywhere people of African Youth must feel that they are heard descent have made a significant contribution to the culture. and respected; I like when the participants and the crowd witnesses the historical foot- Youth must feel they are a part of prints in time by the Indigenous Black Canadian and American experience. the decision-making process; Following, Carnival on Mas, witnesses the celebration and fusion of art, Give them the power; history and the energy of Caribbean culture culminating with playing mass. Impart cultural perspectives; Empower the parents; I am looking forward to the many great events and learning more about this rich culture that is to be proud of.The entire education system must be involved: teachers, muse-ums, parents (trickle down); LISTEN, ASK and RESPECT. Rahul Kamtam B.Sc. (Comp.), M.B.A., Business Analyst. Rahul was a Candidate Campaign Manager for the 2010 MunicipalLet youth determine how they are to be taught or instructed. Election.
Where to go for Filmmaking and Videography? Chris GreenChris Green is a filmmaker, and Videographer from Mississauga, Ontario. He has produced several shortfilms including Arnie Juice, a comedy which played in four film festivals across Canada. Chris also works asa Videographer/Cinematographer, shooting everything from weddings to sports and corporate events, toshort films. He has also just completed his first feature length film, Zombie Werewolves Attack! a horror/comedy which is now being distributed by Troma Entertainment. Chris also recently was honored by beingselected as one of the Top 20 New Emerging Artists in the Canadian Film Industry by the Reel World FilmFestival‘s Indie Film Lounge, which was hosted during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Chrishas been in the industry for 5 years now, and prior to shooting his own film, worked as a Camera Assistant,Grip, Assistant Director, and everything in between on many different projects, with reputable organiza-tions and productions, including with the Canadian Film Centre as a volunteer, and with the DiscoveryChannel as a Production Assistant. His current projects include: a television commercial for 321-TeamMortgages, which will be seen soon on OMNI TV and SunTV in the greater Toronto area, a music video,starring a well known British actor named John Neville and a Horror Anthology film with 6 other directorsabout the last man on earth, titled The Last. Chris is also working on the development of his second fea-ture film, a Sci – Fi Thriller.
WHAT IS MY PROFESSION? Sher St. Kitts Being in a mixed mar-I am a promoter, developer, and event organizer. I also write for local riage, it become clear thatnews, support local artists/entertainers and charities. You can find me it is very important to edu-on the internet radio show Blogtalk Radio at cate and share culturalwww.blogtalkradio.com.sher-st-kitts, a show about Music Arts wisdom and achievementsMarketalk. I enjoy blogging for York Region Arts Council at between all races so thatwww.yorkscene.com and am proud to develop, sponsor and organize we eliminate prejudicialthe Aurora Jazz+Festival in York Region www.aurorajazzfest.com, the thinking at its roots. So IAurora Canada Parade & Promotional events, and the Aurora Christmas hope there will be more NO LIMITATIONSDream. education in the schoolsWHAT DOES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MEAN TO ME? because of Black HistoryA time when our diverse cultural heritage is acknowledged with honour Month.and pride. It is a chance to educate Canadians about contributions WHAT BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS DO I PLAN ON ATTENDING?made by Black Canadians and to rewrite our history books to reflect The York Region Police Black History Month Celebration where Georgethose contributions. Black History Month is a moment to unify all Cana- St. Kitts will be performing Showcasing the Love Train Review Show.dian in appreciating what makes this country strong- cultural diversity. The Ontario Black History Society Luncheon. George ST. Kitts will beIt is another year closer to never needing to have Black History Month - singing to honour the OBHS and the ON Saturday, February 12th, theas we are all aware of contributions; we accept one another equally Love Train Review with Spider Jones, Shannon Butcher, George St.and celebrate simply a diverse cultural matrix. Kitts and many others.