Let's Talk Solutions.
VIBE105 (105.5FM) has a valued legacy as the country’s longest operating broadcaster dedicated primarily to serving the Afro-Caribbean community. Dating back over 30 years (established in 1987 as CHRY-FM) the charitable agency which was rebranded in 2005 as the Canadian Centre for Civic Media and Arts Development Inc. (o/a VX3 Exchange) has existed as one of Canada’s few Black-operated media hubs and remains dedicated to developing healthy and professionally guided volunteer experiences in media for marginalized voices.
As a largely Afro-Caribbean representative and an identified leader in community engagement, VX3 Exchange strongly condemns any existing acts of white supremacy, systemic, institutionalized and everyday anti-Black racism targeting our Black communities.
It is a bitter fact, that Anti-Black racism has had detrimental impacts on the lives of Black people in our city of Toronto and across Canada. This has led to disproportionate violence, murder, death, over-policing, incarceration, under-employment, unemployment, misrepresentation and underrepresentation, and inequities suffered by Black people (and People of Colour) in Canada and the United States.
As such, this moment calls for a radical and immediate commitment toward actions that address identified necessary changes in organizations and agencies. Discussions around “equality”, “equity”, “diversity” and “inclusion” should be an on-going part of our everyday exchange to effectively denounce systemic and institutionalized racism.
As a media production agency, we continue to press on the need for more concrete actions to address the culture, policies and practices that accompany every discussion denouncing anti-Black racism.
VX3 Exchange and by extension VIBE105 FM promises to make positive differences in the lives, safety and well-being of our Black communities. Through our policies, everyday practices and our relationship with stakeholders, partners and community members, we strive to equip and empower our most vulnerable communities through trainings and provide varied multimedia platforms to amplify under/misrepresented voices.
We echo the sentiments of millions of voices and extend our support for calls to increase Black representation, establish accountability mechanisms in organizations to help dismantle systemic racism and invest in anti-racism literacy and practices.
Anti-racism realization exists not only in large protests but in the small choices we make every day as community leaders, individuals, broadcasters, audiences, contributors and participants in combatting anti-Black rhetoric.
Let’s Talk Solutions, together.
We want to hear your voices!