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Q&A: Sean Paul Opens Up About Living With Asthma and Isolating for Five Months

Q&A: Sean Paul Opens Up About Living With Asthma and Isolating for Five Months Sean Paul — photo credit: Fernando Hevia Grammy-winning dancehall and reggae artist Sean Paul has suffered from asthma since age 14. The disease — which affects roughly 300 million worldwide, and increases its prevalence by 50% every decade — is a respiratory disease that…

Here Are 25 Black History Museums And Educational Centres In America and Six in Canada

Here Are 25 Black History Museums And Educational Centres In America and Six in Canada Field of Legends — photo credit: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc. February is Black History Month, which has origins dating back to the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926. Harvard University-educated African American historian Carter G. Woodson can be…

Brushes With Cancer Pairs Artists And Inspirations For Healing

Brushes With Cancer Pairs Artists And Inspirations For Healing Michelle Kellner's New Roots was inspired by Jamie Rappoport's story about her brother's battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and her own journey as a Twist Out Cancer is an international non-profit charitable organization that provides psychosocial support to individuals touched by cancer…

Q&A: MANifesto Founder R. Kelly Clipperton Talks Rainbow Railroad

Q&A: MANifesto Founder R. Kelly Clipperton Talks Rainbow Railroad (L to R) MANifesto's Brayo, Dionisio, Icarus, Kelly, Twaine — photo credit: Filipe PauloA fun and fabulous gay male vocal group MANifesto has released a covers album of classics by notable girl groups, such as the Supremes, Spice Girls, the Pointer Sisters and Bananarama, with an aim to…

Q&A: The Sheepdogs Bassist Goes Into Detail About $150K Charitable Pledge

Q&A: The Sheepdogs Bassist Goes Into Detail About $150K Charitable Pledge The Sheepdogs — photo credit: Mat Dunlap.Saskatoon rock band The Sheepdogs will donate a minimum of $15,000 annually over the next 10 years to help support and highlight various local charities, with a particular focus on organizations that benefit Indigenous people in the…

Q&A: The Strumbellas Frontman Simon Ward: Depression Is This Powerful Demon

Q&A: The Strumbellas Frontman Simon Ward: Depression Is This Powerful Demon The Strumbellas — photo credit: Matt Barnes. When the Strumbellas announced they were cancelling their already postponed tour dates in early 2020 supporting their Rattlesnake album, the “Spirits” hitmakers said in a press statement to fans that it was “a difficult time for…

Q&A: University Student and Photographer Isaiah Haber Talks Luxury Coffee Table Book Benefitting Frontline Workers

Q&A: University Student and Photographer Isaiah Haber Talks Luxury Coffee Table Book Benefitting Frontline Workers Isaiah Haber — photo provided by That PR Thing. Wilfred Laurier business student and professional photographer Isaiah Haber has used his downtime during the pandemic to create a beautiful keepsake that benefits frontline workers through…

International Women’s Day: A Look At Gender Parity Challenges Around The World

International Women’s Day: A Look At Gender Parity Challenges Around The World Olivia and Elin Mendola from Sweden — photo credit: International Women's Day galleryInternational Women’s Day was first held in 1911 and is held annually on March 8 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while also acting as a call to…

Q&A: Shawn Cuffie On Black Diamond Ball's 365 Day Initiatives

Q&A: Shawn Cuffie On Black Diamond Ball's 365 Day Initiatives Shawn Cuffie, founder, Black Diamond Ball, 2021 — photo credit: screenshot. The 6th Annual Black Diamond Ball raised money last weekend for The Black Youth Design Initiative [BYDI] but its initiatives carry on year-round.  Donations go toward #Safespace 365 and the Ontario College of…

Q&A: Command Sisters Talk Openly About Stories For Caregivers Song

Q&A: Command Sisters Talk Openly About Stories For Caregivers Song Charlotte Command of Command Sisters with co-writer D-Sisive — screenshot.Canadian fire-and-ice pop duo Command Sisters, Charlotte and Sarah, have teamed up with rap legend Michie Mee on a project called Stories For Caregivers, a series well underway by producers The Coup Company…

Black History Month: Here's A Sample of Events Across Canada To Honour It

Black History Month: Here's A Sample of Events Across Canada To Honour It Canada Post early communities honoured in 13th Black History Month Stamp, Amber Valley (CNW Group/Canada Post)February 2021 marks the 26th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada, and it presents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black…

RIP Larry King: Flashback To Our Interview about His Health Issues and Cardiac Foundation

RIP Larry King: Flashback To Our Interview about His Health Issues and Cardiac Foundation Larry King passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, 2021. He was 87. Photo credit: Larry King Cardiac Foundation. NB. This interview for Samaritanmag first ran in March 2014, and has been republished following his death Jan. 23, 2021…

Q&A: Andy Kim, Most Humble Man in Music, Finally Takes His Annual Christmas Show To Television

Q&A: Andy Kim, Most Humble Man in Music, Finally Takes His Annual Christmas Show To Television Andy Kim — photo provided.Andy Kim has put on his eponymous Christmas Special in Toronto for 15 years with dozens of notable guest singers, but tonight (Dec. 19) the "Rock Me Gently/Sugar Sugar" singer/songwriter will see a dream realized: his 16th annual…

Q&A: I Am Greta Director Nathan Grossman On His Unexpected Voyage With The Teen

Q&A: I Am Greta Director Nathan Grossman On His Unexpected Voyage With The Teen A scene from I Am Greta — photo provided by Mongrel Media. I Am Greta director Nathan Grossman could never have known that the pigtailed teenager he chose to film when she sat by the wall of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm that August of 2018,  holding a sign that…

Q&A: Easy Mondays Founder Offers Stylish Italian Cotton Masks with One For One Charity Model

Q&A: Easy Mondays Founder Offers Stylish Italian Cotton Masks with One For One Charity Model Easy Mondays' Jeremy Logan drops off face masks to the Yonge Street Miission — photo credit: Becca Logan.Jeremy Logan, one-time Canadian importer for Vespa scooters and founder of clothing brand reps Next Agency, was excited about the launch of his first…