Black History

What's Behind Vogue's Booty Blackout?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Even if we can suspend the notion that body parts can be fashion accessories, this Vogue piece wreaks of 'columbusing': The art Of discovering something that is not new. Like J.Lo and Beyoncé's original (wider) noses, the curvy booty is a hereditary endowment of Africa. African features are as old as time.

Black Children Need Better Parents, Not Schools

Ike Awgu | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada
Ike Awgu

The Toronto Star and other publications have touted the success of Ontario's Africentric school system. The problem is, one would expect higher test scores and improved behaviour from students who attend such a school, as the program will self-select parents who care more about their children and are engaged in their education. The fact is, as confirmed in countless studies, that the collapse of the black family within a segment of the black community is the primary reason so many of our children fall through the cracks of society, to be broken against the hard, unbending steel of racism, prejudice, failure and depression. No amount of "specialty schools" can change that.

How Canadian Media Enforce a Black Male's Self-Hatred

Anthony Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Recently, the Guardian published an article titled "Why I hate being a black man" by a Canadian writer. No similarly prominent Canadian media outlets have provided a much-needed black male Canadian's reaction to the piece. The deafening silence is curious, telling and typically Canadian.

Blackface is a Black Eye to Canadian Values

Rachel Décoste | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

One day we will all be in stitches, laughing together at the symbols which have lost their racist tone of yesteryear. Today, we are not there yet. Mario Jean's minstrel portrayal of a black person hurt members of the larger Franco-Canadian family. No one, not even the privileged members of the dominant culture, can deny it.

What Miley Should Learn About Black Culture

Eternity E Martis | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Music
Eternity E Martis

My biggest concern with Miley's performance and behavior has only been that like the white feminists, she doesn't actually understand anything about black culture. You wanna twerk? Go ahead. You wanna sport grills and grab your crotch like your something special? Be my guest. You want your new single to "sound black"? Not a problem, but understand the culture in which you're taking from and the history behind it.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love (or At Least Live With) Black History Month

Dominique Riviere | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada
Dominique Riviere

2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg It's not that I think the achievements of historical Black Canadians are unimportant. It's just that, at this moment, I'd rather focus my energies on current struggles for liberation. That I am able to make this choice precisely because of those historical struggles is not lost on me. Indeed, it's kind of the point.

How My Brother Built a Beacon to All Black Canadians

Donald Oliver | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada
Donald Oliver

2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg My brother was a remarkable person -- a gifted preacher, a champion of education, and a powerful advocate for the rights of Blacks. If there was one event that angered my brother more than any other, it was the tragic demise of "Africville." No attempt was made to save that Halifax Black community.

Black History Is Everyone's History

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada
Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg I don't know how history was taught when you were in school, but in my school our teachers skipped over the chapter (yes, only a single chapter) on blacks in Canada and North America more generally. These omissions skew our view of the world and lead to erroneous assumptions.

This African-American Refugee Found Freedom In Canada

Anthony Morgan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg "Canadian Judge Frees North Carolina Negro." This is the title of a New York Times article published on March 3, 1922. The "North Carolina Negro" being referred to is Matthew Bullock. This is his story.

How a Black Man Saved Queen's University

Anthony Morgan | Posted 04.03.2013 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg This story is written in honour and recognition of a Canadian hero: Canada's first black university graduate and our country's first black lawyer, Robert Sutherland (1830-1878). Today, Mr. Robert Sutherland's legacy lives on through a memorial room at Queen's University and scholarships established in his name.

This Unsung Canadian Hero Deserves His Due

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The most influential man in the history of the province of British Columbia is James Douglas. Curiously overlooked by Ottawa, no statue of Sir James Douglas adorns the capital. Fact is, the capital region bestows no parks, no bridges, no street or stretch of highway to Douglas -- an honour reserved for the monarchy and Canadian heroes of European heritage.

Canada's First Black MP Leaves an Important Legacy

Anthony Morgan | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Our country now mourns the passing of a great Canadian hero, Lincoln Macauley Alexander. He died on Friday October 19th, 2012 at the age of 90. Reading the many tributes to this outstanding Canadian makes it clear that Alexander's exemplary life was lived as an emphatic declaration that blackness and Canadianness can seamlessly exist in synergetic harmony, and that there is a black experience that is inextricably and simultaneously a Canadian experience. Indeed the passing of this legendary black Canadian should encourage us all to live lives that would leave us similarly criticized for our expressed concerns for the lot of the average Canadian, black and otherwise.

Time to Get Rid of Black History Month

Martine St-Victor | Posted 04.09.2012 | Canada
Martine St-Victor

Everything about how we live today encourages the breakdown of all barriers. Sticking the colour of their skin to successful people is simply foolish. And that's exactly what Black History Month does. I look forward to the day when all great achievements will be celebrated all year long.