Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the many contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada. The commemoration of Black History Month dates back to 1926 when Harvard-educated African American historian Carter G. Woodson proposed setting aside a time devoted to honour the accomplishments of African Americans and to heighten awareness of Black history in the United States. Celebrations of Black history began in Canada also shortly thereafter. During the early 1970s, Black History Week was celebrated, which was eventually expanded into Black History Month in 1976.

In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.
Today, we continue to commemorate Black History Month through festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians past and present.

Upcoming Events

Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Saturday, February 27th, 2021 on Zoom.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join the Toronto Black Covid-19 Taskforce and TAIBU Community Health Centre for a discussion that will contribute to an ongoing collective conversation on the convergence of multiple crises, including COVID-19.


The Ontario Black History Society – Speaker Series

February FEB 9th, 18th,  and 23rd, 2021

During February 2021 join The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) virtually for their speaker series that will include three evenings of dynamic conversations with a phenomenal range of speakers including film maker Cheryl Foggo, author Lawrence Hill, a panel with Black Heritage sites, and storyteller Sandra Whiting.


The Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment’s Annual Black History Month Celebration and Fundraiser.

Saturday, February 20th, 2021 on Zoom.

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

This event is celebrating the African Diaspora through live performances, an interactive shea butter workshop and a cooking class!


Equity-Based Health Promotion for Black Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities: Consideration for Practice and Policy during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
with Dr. Ulanda Niel and Nazilla Khanlou, RN, PhD 

February 10 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This Webinar will share the findings of a qualitative study of the challenges and strengths of black mothers of children with developmental disabilities. The speakers will also provide suggestions for improving diversity and inclusion within the places where we practice and receive care. They will conclude with recognizing the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic for racialized families of children and youth with developmental disabilities. Register HERE


Resources


Download this free Info and Activity Booklet


Taibu Community Health Centre – Clinic and Supports


Periodic Table of Canadian Black History

Check out this periodic table. click the image and explore!


News Release – January 26, 2021

Tools and resources advancing racial equity key to COVID-19 recovery
Ontario Working with Multi-Sector Leaders to Improve Diversity in the Workplace


Schools in Toronto will offer a course on anti-Black racism starting this year – January 26, 2021


TV Shows and Series

Black-ish 

(Rated PG 13) A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighbourhood. 

Grown-ish 

(Rated PG 13) A spinoff of ABC’s “Black-ish,” Zoey Johnson is off to college and must live outside the nest, dealing with drugs, sex, and relationships along the way. 

Power 

(Rated R) James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering to the city’s elite and dreaming big, lives a double life as a drug kingpin. 

Insecure 

(Rated TV-MA) Best friends Issa and Molly belong to the same social background and face similar experiences. They always strive to find solutions to their problems by facing them together. 

Pose – TV

(Rated TV-MA) In the New York of the late 80s and early 90s, this is a story of ball culture and the gay and trans community, the raging AIDS crisis and capitalism in the age of Trump. 

Greenleaf

(Rated TV-14) The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, dark secrets and lies. 

Self Made

(Rated TV-MA) A chronicle of the incredible story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire. 

All American

(Rated TV-14) Spencer James is a rising football player who makes the shift to an affluent Beverly Hills school on his coach’s advice. He struggles to find his footing as the new team is threatened by his arrival. 

Miss Virginia

(Rated TV-14) A struggling inner-city mother sacrifices everything to give her son a good education. Unwilling to allow her son to stay in a dangerous school, she launches a movement that could save his future – and that of thousands like him. 

Dear White People

(Rated TV-MA) At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination. 

Chewing Gum

(Rated TV-MA) The life of Tracey and the mishaps of her neighbourhood, friends and family, and of course, her boyfriend. 

Homecoming

(Rated TV-MA) An anthology series centered around the mysterious Geist Group, an unconventional wellness company and their equally unorthodox program, the Homecoming Initiative. 

Queen Sugar 

(Rated TV-14) Ava DuVernay’s contemporary drama Queen Sugar, set in Louisiana, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings: Nova, a worldly-wise journalist and activist; Charley, the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel, a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.

Atlanta

(Rated TV-MA) Based in Atlanta, Earn and his cousin Alfred try to make their way in the world through the rap scene. Along the way they come face to face with social and economic issues touching on race, relationships, poverty, status, and parenthood. 

When They See Us

(TV-MA) Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story. 


Documentary

13th 

(Rated TV-MA) Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. 

Strong Island

(Rated TV-MA) When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker’s brother. 

A Kid from Coney Island

(Rated TV-MA) The life and career of former NBA basketball player Stephon Marbury. 

Becoming

(Rated PG) Former first lady Michelle Obama discusses her life, hopes and connections with others. 

Quincy 

(Rated TV-MA) An intimate look at the life of Quincy Jones, a music industry giant and winner of 27 Grammys. 


Films & Movies

BlacKkKlansman

(Rated R) Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. 

The Hate U Give

(Rated PG-13) Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. 

Uncorked

(TV-MA) Elijah must balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father’s expectations that he carry on the family’s Memphis BBQ joint. 

Sylvie’s Love 

(Rated PG 13) When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father’s record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success. 

She’s Gotta Have It 

 (Rated R) Beautiful Nola Darling can’t decide what kind of man she wants to date, so she decides to date three at the same time. The first is Greer Childs, a rich, handsome narcissist. Then there’s Jamie Overstreet, a stable, overprotective alpha male. Finally, there’s Mars Blackmon, a timid geek with a heart of gold. Unfortunately, while each suitor has his virtues, Darling just can’t seem to make up her mind. 

Soul

(Rated G) Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you… YOU? In 2020, Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions. 

I Am Not Your Negro

(Rated PG-13) Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. 

See You Yesterday

(TV-MA) Two teenage science prodigies spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. When one of their older brothers is killed, they put their unfinished project to the test to save him. 

Da 5 Bloods

(Rated R) Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune, he helped them hide. 

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

(Rated R) During a recording session, tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”. 

The Butler

(Rated PG-13) As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society. 

Fruitvale Station

(Rated R) The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. 

Mudbound

(Rated R) Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war. 

Malcolm X

(Rated PG-13) Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. 

Books

Radio

Podcasts

Black Tea

Toronto is a multicultural hotspot. But the diversity that makes the city special isn’t often reflected in the stories we hear and the discussions we have. Black Tea will change that. Dalton Higgins and Melayna Williams are here to bring important and uncomfortable Black community conversations out in the open, and to have some laughs while doing it.

Strange Fruit

Transitioning as a POC, providing insight, thought-discussion, empowerment dialogue, providing a safe space for all to share and praise. And most importantly a channel that exudes and exits merely based on universal love, mental well-being, life experiences and self education/discovery. May blessings be unto you and I as we navigate this life together.

Fit Black Queens

Fit Black Queens sharing the #blackgirl perspective of Health, Wellness, and Fitness. Check out our #Podcast and join the conversation.

The For Real For Real Podcast

Where keeping it real goes right–most of the time. Trevor, Sam and Jeff are three real friends having real, in-depth conversations. Join us every Monday to listen in on a slice of our reality as young Black men, as well as insight and perspective on current events in the world of pop culture, sports, relationships, society and much, much more.

Truths Table

“Midwives of culture for grace and truth.”

Welcome to Truth’s Table with Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan. We are Black Christian women who love truth and seek it out wherever it leads us. We will share our perspectives on race, politics, gender, current events, and pop culture that are filtered through our Christian faith. So pull up a chair and have a seat at the table with us

Saved Enough

Spoken word poet and storyteller, Joan ‘Lyric’ Leslie brings shares her take on a super liberal, very black Christianity and how that manifests itself today.

FriendsLikeUs

A Podcast featuring women of color with different views on hot topics

Snap Judgment

Mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, and dramatic radio. Hosted by Glynn Washington.

The Gifted Connection Podcast w/ Nathan McClinton

Nathan McClinton is a Millennial Inspirational Enthusiast committed to helping you shatter your untapped potential and live out your dreams!

The Gifted Connection is your safe place to live, learn, grow, and BECOME your best self! Join me, as I help you to live out your full potential through the expression of your God given Gift! Your Gift is about to Make ROOM for you. The question is…are you ready?

The Nod

Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life.