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The Weeknd Just Made a Donation to the Scarborough Health Network’s COVID-19 Fund

Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, has donated $500,000 CAD to the Scarborough Health Network’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund through sales of his line of ‘XO’ face masks. Born in Toronto and raised in Scarborough, the Grammy-winning artist has been raising awareness and funds for COVID-19 relief since the …

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How Streetwear Brand Mobilize is Encouraging an Indigenous Movement Through Design

“Waskawêwin is the Cree word for movement,” says Dusty LeGrande, founder of the Edmonton-based streetwear brand Mobilize. Fitting, then, that it’s a name given to a collection of pieces created under the label. But, as he notes, the brand’s name and philosophy “encompass more things than clothes.” LeGrande’s presence in community activism has taken on …

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Global Citizen’s Global Goal Concert is Shining a Light On COVID-19’s Impact

After the #TogetherAtHome fundraising event in April, Global Citizen is back with another virtual concert—Global Goal—to raise awareness about the impact COVID-19 has had on marginalized communities around the world. Airing this Saturday, the “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” concert will be a globally televised and digitally streamed special featuring panel discussions, interviews, and …

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Michael Kors Releases Special Edition Tee to Support COVID-19 Relief

Michael Kors has unveiled a new design for his ‘Love’ T-shirt in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, specifically those being undertaken by the World Food Programme (WFP). All profits from the sale of each unisex shirt (which features the word love written in light blue on a white background) will be donated to the WFP …

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Texture Talk: Makeup Artist Tracy Peart on Embracing Her Natural Hair During Quarantine

The Covid lockdown and stay-at-home orders have no doubt effected our relationships with our go-to beauty routines. Here, Tracy Peart, a body positivity advocate and the resident makeup artist for CityTV’s Breakfast Television Toronto and Cityline, shares how months of quarantine life has shifted her hair routine from a long-standing love affair with protective braids …

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Aurora James Expands 15 Per Cent Pledge to Include Canada

In early June, Canadian designer Aurora James (who runs footwear brand Brother Vellies) introduced the 15 Per Cent Pledge to encourage some of America’s biggest retailers to commit to ensuring that 15 per cent of the products on their shelves were from Black-owned businesses. Now, the initiative is coming to Canada. Today, the Canadian website …

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Netflix is Celebrating Pride 2020 With a Virtual Party

In honour of Pride Month 2020, Netflix is hosting a digital event “for reflection and celebration” next week. Streaming live on June 30 at 7pm EST/4pm PST, the virtual party will celebrate queer artists and performers, and feature dialogue and moments of reflection that inspire change and action. Viewers can expect to see some of …

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Shopify Highlights Black-Owned Businesses on Shop App

Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify has updated its Shop app to feature a spotlight on Black-owned businesses. From today, when customers open the app and click on the ‘shops’ tab, they’ll see a clickable message box directing them to a list of Black-owned businesses they can shop then and there. It’s a win-win for both brands …

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This Film Festival Spotlighting Female, Non-Binary, and BIPOC Artists is Going Virtual

Breakthroughs Film Festival, the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films directed by emerging women and non-binary directors, is taking its 2020 lineup online this year. From June 25 to 28, the festival—now in its ninth year—will be presenting 17 short films screening at 7pm daily. This year’s festival features works of narrative …