Being Black In Canada


Halifax artist surprised to be featured on new season of HBO hit Euphoria

The music of a singer-songwriter from Halifax has officially been featured on the small screen — in the new season of the HBO hit Euphoria.

His influence was 'everything': Canadians mourn loss of fashion titan André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley, a vibrant presence in the American fashion scene and former editor-at-large of U.S. Vogue, has died at 73. Canadians from the arts and fashion worlds mourn the style icon and reflect on his legacy.

This retired DJ is Jamaica's 1st Olympic alpine skier — and he got his start in Canada

The first time Benjamin Alexander went to a ski resort, he was just there to party and play tunes. Now he’s heading to the Olympics to represent Jamaica on the slopes.

Willie O'Ree's number retired by Boston Bruins

A New Brunswick hockey legend was honoured once again Tuesday evening when his number was retired by the team with which he made history. Willie O'Ree was the first Black player in the National Hockey League.

Quebec musician Karim Ouellet, Juno award winner, dies at 37

Quebec City musician Karim Ouellet, a Juno award winner and Félix award nominee who broke through with his heartfelt 2012 hit song L’Amour, was found dead Monday in Quebec City. He was 37.

Student outlines icon's ties to Ontario on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day

An international student at the University of Windsor, who grew up in Africa and the Netherlands, says today is very special to her.

African Nova Scotian Affairs adding 3 regional offices

The province’s associate deputy minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs says the 3 new regional offices will better connect historic Black communities with government services.

Black communities plagued by high number of homicides, low support for loved ones, data shows

A new report and interactive map released by the University of Toronto finds that predominantly Black communities in the city are disproportionately impacted by homicides. Despite that, the research also shows that these are the communities with the least number of resources for survivors.

Former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis leaves behind B.C. basketball legacy

The basketball community in B.C. is reflecting on the influence of a former Harlem Globetrotter who ended up teaching thousands of youth in Vancouver about the game and how it could help them in their lives.

N.S. pays tribute to Black Loyalists who sailed to Sierra Leone in 1792

On Jan. 15, 1792, 15 ships carrying 1,196 Black Loyalists left Nova Scotia in search of dignity and self-governance in Sierra Leone. What these community leaders endured and fought for is just as relevant today as it was 230 years ago, say the people behind a new commemorative project.


Kensington's historic Plaza Theatre set to reopen after renovation

An iconic independent movie theatre in Calgary's Kensington district will finally reopen to the public on Friday after a long hiatus brought on by the pandemic.



Black Excellence Day aims to boost education, create unity in fight against racism

Organizer hopes Jan. 15 will highlight past and present struggles of Black and racialized Canadians

Canadian author Lawrence Hill on tackling big issues for little readers

Canadian author Lawrence Hill tells us about the joy and challenge of writing his new children's book, Beatrice and Croc Harry, and how he tackled big social issues for young readers.

'Exciting' to see UWindsor launch anti-Black racism course, professor says

The University of Windsor has launched a new course on race and anti-Black racism that is set to begin this February. 

Ontario schools dealing with swearing and racial slurs in virtual classrooms

During the short stint of remote learning in Ontario, some school boards are dealing with people entering virtual classrooms uninvited to swear, use racial slurs and share "disturbing and graphic images."

Black nurses' group hopes to promote inclusivity, fight racism within Quebec's health network

Black nurses in Quebec say sometimes racism is overt in the health-care system, such as a patient asking for a white nurse, and sometimes it is more subtle. But it wears them down and is adding to the fatigue created by the pandemic.

'Every hobby I turn into my life': Roger Mooking on his journey from Juno-winning emcee to celebrity chef

Roger Mooking joined Tom Power to reflect on how his love of cooking and music helped make him the artist he is today.

Feminist trailblazer Glenda Simms dead at 82

Glenda Simms, the pioneering feminist and academic whose advocacy and activism led to real change for women in both Canada and her native Jamaica, has died.