By Shafniya Kanagaratnam
“The constant denial of these anti-Black conditions, means that Black people must take extraordinary risks just to expose the violence we experience.”
Desmond Cole is a journalist, radio host and activist originally, from Red Deer, Alberta, now based in Toronto, Ontario. The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power documents his journey and experiences through the year 2017 against anti-Black racism in Canada. He covers the story behind his departure as a columnist for the Toronto Star, the rise of Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO), his arrest during a police board meeting, his fight against Canada’s deportation and immigration policy, as well as his own personal experiences with anti-Black racism.
By Carolina Salinas
The Black Community makes up a total population of 1,198,540, according to Statistics Canada (2016). The community plays a pivotal role in the different economic, social and cultural aspects of Canada. Particularly, in the GTA, the Black community makes up roughly 600, 000 of the population, making it the biggest region home to this community.
By Aaron Zaretsky
If you’re looking for some new reads this Black History Month, you’ll find thousands of covers that honour the legacy of Black people; past and present. But if you seek handpicked titles exclusively penned down by Black Canadian authors, with stories that tackle several themes and issues, putting you on an emotional roller coaster – look no further. VIBE105 brings you FIVE books you need to dig into this February.