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Denouncing BLM Leader Made Me A Public Enemy. I'm OK With That

James Di Fiore | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

I wrote a blog calling for the resignation of the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, Yusra Khogali, citing her pattern of vitriol. I knew the piece would be a little controversial, but I did not predict such a firestorm of hate, punctuated by thousands of people labelling me a white supremacist or a racist.

Why Celebrity Activists Matter

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.11.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

From the moment Beyoncé walked off the Super Bowl stage, halftime show sticking out of her back pocket after broadcasting black power imagery and black pride lyrics to an audience of 112 million people, the backlash began. From boycotts to criticism from senators and pundits alike, the goal here is to intimidate the pop star into silence because she holds power. But here's the thing; celebrity activists matter. Being an artist does not mean that you cannot speak out about injustice, but critics push that agenda because having a following for your art does mean that people might actually listen when you do.

12 Prison Songs To Celebrate 'Orange Is The New Black'

The Huffington Post Canada | Anne T. Donahue | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Music

It's been nearly a year since we left Piper standing over the unconscious body of her victim-slash-fellow inmate Pennsatucky, but thanks to the premie...

Musician Vs. Journalist Feuds: On-Air Insults! Angry Lyrics! Death Threats!

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Music

Toronto Star music critic Ben Rayner reviewed Cher's Toronto concert last week by stating "nobody's drinking Cher's 'goodbye' Kool-Aid anymore." Hours...

Hip-Hop On The Horrors Of Crack Cocaine

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Music

UPDATE: The Toronto Police have just held a press conference confirming they have the infamous Rob Ford video and that it's "contents" are consistent ...

Rush Finally Makes It Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

CP | Nick Patch, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2013 | Canada Music

TORONTO - Over the years, the members of the Toronto rock trio Rush have remained steadfastly ambivalent about their inability to crack the Rock and R...

Maestro Fresh Wes Talks Drake, Rob Ford Rap, 'Backbone' and 'Black Tuxedo'

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan B. Patrick | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada Music

Even before we get into the discussing Maestro Fresh Wes' new Black Tuxedo EP, or the almost unimaginable point that we're fast approaching the 25th a...

Chuck D Talks Romney, Regrets And Why Public Enemy Are The 'Rolling Stones of Rap'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Music

By Renee Gold A quarter century years in the rap game is nothing to sneeze at. In an industry where hip-hop stars die young, disband, or simply 'di...

Public Enemy's Chuck D Says Hip-Hop A Public Service, 'Not A Hustle'

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Dart | Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Music

During Public Enemy's recent Toronto show, frontman Chuck D spoke out against the language of modern rap music, calling hip-hop "an art and a craft, n...