Looking for a new coffee table book? “O Canada! A Celebration of 150 Years” explores themes of diversity, culture and growth. The book includes contributions from major political figures such as ex-Gouverner General Michaëlle Jean and the Director of Ottawa's Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Allison Fisher. A portion of the book’s proceeds go towards the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which enables underserved youth to make personal and community-oriented changes by means of the arts.
Though Black History Month has come to an end, the conversation is just getting started. I reached out to several Black public figures to ask them to contribute "reminders" concerning issues that mattered to them, which I have compiled into a list. If you're white, much like me, all I ask of you is to listen and perhaps learn from the advice, experiences and perspectives of these influential figures.
On his way to catch a flight to New York City, Canadian-raised international supermodel Adonis Bosso calls me to chat about the release of his first independent single, “Jungle.” He describes the song as social commentary on life, as the 27-year-old has experienced it. “I feel like life is a jungle. It’s kind of about my time in New York, trying to make it, trying to make a name for myself,” says Bosso.
New York's novelty has yet to wear off. This city has it all: great food, pleasantly sassy people and breathtaking landscapes. Thanks to the humidity subsiding and allowing me to breathe when I step outside, I finally had the opportunity to spend my weekend doing what I love most – exploring the city with a coffee in hand and a penniless pocket. But that's a story for another day.