This Gemini-nominated computer show Binary Groove aired in 1995 on the Discovery Channel. It features Donna Kakonge in an early computer show.
Monthly Archives: August 2014
By Kirk Verner
When I graduated, with honours, from Seneca College’s broadcast journalism program in April of 2009, the world was my oyster, but unfortunately, I was the one who got shucked. Just prior to graduating, I flew to Saskatchewan to attend a few film-industry workshops being held at Yorkton’s Golden Sheaf Awards. The Golden Sheaf Awards is a well-known film festival, with some notable attendees, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to garner some knowledge, exposure, and to have a little fun while doing so. The workshops were great. Continue reading
February 22nd 2010
Dear DOC Members,
The ReBoot winning project has been chosen! DOC would like to congratulate The Guinea Pig Detectives pitched by the Montreal-based team of Patricia Bergeron and Magnus Isacsson.
Although it was a difficult decision, the jury felt that the The Guinea Pig Detectives had the most cross-platform potential and could succeed both as a traditional documentary and as a non-linear documentary experience online.
The winning project will receive further mentorship for a three month period by EyeSteelFilm, as well as a group of industry professionals specializing in various aspects of new media production.
We want to thank Rob Spence, Mandy Leith, Patricia Bergeron and Magnus Isacsson for sharing their projects and all of the presenters and participants of ReBoot for making it such a successful week!
By Alice Hoang
Simplistic, yet exquisite, nothing is quite as heart-warming as receiving a jar of homemade chilli sauce adorned with a shiny golden ribbon on a winter’s day. Continue reading
Buy The Politics of Black Hair: An Online Course – Check Out the Pages Section of this Magazine to Find out where you can buy it!
Canadian companies get creative with new products to keep menopausal women comfortable
Toronto, Ontario – Summer 2014 – With the number of Canadian women in their 40s and 50s hitting an all-time high, menopause is a current hot topic. In fact, studies show about two million Canadian women – and 25 million across North America – experience the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.
This reality has opened a new market of opportunity for Canadian businesses, which are coming up with creative solutions to this centuries-old problem as more Generation Xers edge towards middle-age. Continue reading
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Asquith Press at the Toronto Reference Library is the Latest in Library’s Innovative Services
TORONTO, June 9, 2014 Toronto Public Library’s newest offering is Asquith Press, a book printing service that enables customers to design and print bookstore-quality paperback books. The library is offering information sessionsand classes open to all: from authors and aspiring writers to anyone who would like to create a book for their own personal interest. Novels, cookbooks, family histories, memoirs and how-to guides are just a few examples of books that can now be printed at the library. Continue reading
Four lovely women, a fifth one coming later, volunteered their time on a January afternoon in 1998 to sit down at Salon Utopia and chat about hair. Here are the details of their chat which will hopefully stimulate your own discussions.
Naila (with locks): People ask me what is that…what you mean what is it…can you comb that out…I’ve had people from Jamaica asking me about my locks…what do you mean what is that?
Malene (with an afro): Have you forgotten what it’s like when you relax your hair? Continue reading
Donna Kakonge Doing Writing Workshops at the Toronto Public Library in 2014 at the Following Times and Dates
Join Donna Kakonge to Learn to Write Creative Non-fiction Workshop at the Maria. A. Shchuka Library.
This workshop features discussion and writing exercises that explore the powers of writing your own story. With Readings from How to Talk to Crazy People and How to Write Creative Non-fiction by Donna Kakonge.
Adult, Teen ,
Culture Arts & Entertainment, Hobbies Crafts & Games
Day: September 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 1745 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON , M6E 2H4
Toronto Police Service
Pedestrian Safety Awareness
Thursday, August 21, 2014 – 3:38 PM
Pedestrian safety initiatives, delivered by the Toronto Police Service, are designed to promote cooperative safety strategies, with members of our communities, using awareness, education and enforcement.
Collision analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 50% of yearly traffic fatalities in Toronto. To date, 14 pedestrians have lost their lives in Toronto this year. Continue reading
June 3, 2014 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released statistical and financial information on the 685 commercial radio stations operating in Canada for the broadcast year that ended on August 31, 2013. Revenues remained relatively stable from the previous year despite competition from satellite, online and mobile services. Total revenues for AM and FM stations increased by 0.26%, from $1.618 billion in 2012 to $1.623 billion in 2013. These revenues enable commercial radio stations to provide a variety of programming to Canadians, support established and emerging Canadian talent, and offer employment opportunities to over 10,200 people. Continue reading
I’m sitting outside on my car port on a sunny June afternoon when my neighbour Duncan and I strike up our first face-to-face conversation. Duncan works for Steam Whistle as a brewer – he makes beer.
Duncan started making beer at the age of 16 putting together orange juice and brewer’s yeast. “Rather than bother a homeless person on the street for beer, I started to make my own.”
Duncan graduated from just orange juice and brewer’s yeast into finding out what the true art of beer making was all about, so much so that he has won awards for his home-brewing, as well as professional awards for his brewing abilities. Continue reading
Notes for an address
by Raj Shoan, Regional Commissioner for Ontario, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
to the National Conference of the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada
May 22, 2014
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Thank you for inviting me to offer my perspective on the theme of your conference—“Producing Content Creators”—an area of great interest to the CRTC and intense debate in the audio and video content industries.
We all want Canadian creative industries to thrive and prosper within the broadcasting system, providing opportunities for talented and skilled Canadians. And the Commission recognizes the valuable role educators play in realizing this goal. So I welcome this chance to meet with you today.
While I am a lawyer by trade, and have focused mostly on the regulatory side of the broadcasting and telecommunications industries, I have served on the Board of Directors of FACTOR, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings. Continue reading
The first female president of Malawi in Southern Africa took office on April 7, 2012 (Wallace, 2012, May 22). Another monumental occurrence on this day is that Joyce Banda, the current female president of Malawi, wears her hair in its natural African texture (Wallace, 2012, May 22). Joyce Banda is displaying a look that is sometimes frowned upon in African culture, as expressed in the laws of the country that are ever-changing. Currently, foreigners who travel to Malawi are now allowed to wear trousers and have long hair unlike before (Laws and Local Etiquette in Malawi, 2011). This article will discuss the changes in laws around appearance in the Southern African country of Malawi, particularly the look of hair that could have a tremendous impact on the entire continent. As recently as early January of 2012, attacks happened on women wearing short skirts and trousers, as well as men who wore their hair too long (Irish Rule of Law Malawi: Pre-trials and Tribulations, 2012, January 26). As of April 7, 2012, when an announcement is made about the death of a Malawian doctor, USA Today notes Hastings Kamuzu Banda who ruled Malawi from 1963 to 1994 and banned short skirts and trousers on women, as well as long hair on men (Doctors: Malawi President has died after heart attack, 2012, April 7).
And if you are any woman of colour, this may be true for you too.
Written at the age of 17 and revised later in life, this novel is the story of Roxanne and Lance – an interracial couple who go through their ups and downs.
Being Healthy: Selected Works from the Internet
This book is a compilation of works from the Internet related to health that have been edited by Donna Kakonge.
Do Not Know
This book is a collection of literary explorations of madness. A young black woman experiences the challenges and adventures of mental illness. Continue reading
Everybody Does Something to Change Their Appearance for Advancement – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com
The politics of black hair shows in books like Tenderheaded to the Princess of Wales plays ‘Da Kink in My Hair and Hairspray to movies like Beauty Shop to songs played on Flow 93.5. Continue reading
The Spirit of Kasacba, a new novel about a black family in Canada by Donna Kakonge is set for publication for mid-November. Please be the first to pre-order it! Here is the link:
Robert Payne has Enjoyed a Life in the Limelight – Photo Courtesy of Robert Payne
Robert Payne has been a journalist for 40 years. He has worked in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, ON and gained notoriety in Toronto, Canada where he now lives. In the early days of his career, he coupled his work at radio stations with being employed at Dominion stores while in the province of Quebec. Continue reading
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Supporting the Future of Mental Health Studies
August 14, 2014
Ontario Celebrates Two Graduate Students with Hilary M. Weston Scholarship
Ontario is recognizing two graduate students with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for their outstanding efforts and commitment to the study of mental health.
Nimo Bokore — a doctoral student at York University — will receive support for her research, which focuses on uncovering and recording the stories of Somali-Canadian women and the trauma they experienced while in Somalia and during the upheaval of their settlement in Canada. Continue reading
Paul Ng Addresses a Crowd with his Feng Shui and Geomancer Expertise
Paul Ng is a geomancer and feng shui expert that helps to improve the lives of others, as well as former corporate manager. He has worked with Ernst & Young that was the largest accounting firm in all of Canada at the time as a data processing manager. He has been vice-president manager of a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific called Marathon Realty. This was the largest company in Canada. He became a director at CIBC and then gradually owned his own company. Continue reading
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Gini Dickie is a Teacher and Activist who is Making a Difference
Gini Dickie is a teacher-librarian, as well as a political activist in her own right living in Toronto, Canada. She worked as a teacher in northern Nigeria with CUSO-VSO, she worked at Expo ‘ 67 and she has been active working with Chilean refugees. She has worked in the inner-city Regent Park area of Toronto, as well as with York University. She also owned her own typesetting business for a brief period of time and everything she has done has taught her about the world around her, as well as about herself. Continue reading
Here’s a story about a real-life situation. I am predominantly a non-fiction writer because I strive to deal with reality. It aids my health. I am putting this story into fiction though (keep it mind, it is real). Let’s call it: creative non-fiction. This, I know something about:
Donna Kakonge of Donna Magazine has a birthday today. I would like to thank my Mom, Yvette Kakonge for bringing me into this world and pray for her good health. I would like to thank my Dad, Dr. Sam Kakonge for helping to bring me into this world and pray for his continued good health.
Hyacinth Harewood Continues to Live a Full Life – Photo by Donna Kakonge
Hyacinth Harewood is a civil servant with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) working from home, former college professor, former businessperson, former volunteer and mother of five living in Toronto, Canada. She worked as a sessional lecturer with Carleton University in Ottawa, as a professor with Algonquin College in Ottawa for 16 years, has been working with CRA since the late 1980s, and once had her own sole-proprietorship business focusing on communications and written work. This consummate professional used to get up at 3:00 a.m. to work on her business, and then take care of five children to get them ready for school. She would continue working on her business while her children were at school and tend to their needs once they were home. She played the role of a superwoman well. This impressive woman who was educated at the University of Western Ontario where she studied French and Spanish, then received her master’s degree at the University of Ottawa in applied linguistics managed to juggle a life of work, family and children. She has been a terrific role model for her five children. Continue reading
Join Donna Kakonge at Indigo Yorkdale Mall on September 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
She will be selling and signing her books:
How to Write Creative Non-fiction
How To Talk To Crazy People
Look forward to seeing you there!
The Color Complex is a Book that Discovers Some Blacks Obsession with Colour – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert
Too many blackfolks are fools about color and hair.
-Mabel Lincloln, interviewee in Drylongso: A Self-Portrait of Black America, by John Langston Gwaltney (1)
The Color Complex mentions the references made to skin colour in Spike Lee’s movies such as School Daze and Jungle Fever. Is hair one of the factors that lures many Black men like Flipper (Wesley Snipes) in Jungle Fever to white women? Why is it that it seems like the more successful a black man is he will have a white woman as his wife or girlfriend? Do black men have more a complex about colour and hair than black women do? Is this evidenced in the fact that fewer black women marry outside of the race and MAY feel more comfortable marrying and dating men darker than they are? Continue reading
Jean Toomer is the Author of Cane
I came across this book for three dollars at a Lebanese restaurant in the McGill ghetto of Montreal. It was worth every penny, and proves that you can find good books for affordable prices.
Jean Toomer was a genius. Cane is part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. This book has influenced such writers as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Eric Walrond, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Rudolph Fisher and his other contemporaries of the 20s. When reading the book, there is no wonder that it had a tremendous impact, and should be revisted for some reasons I will point out now. Continue reading
Varda Etienne is now a Host of a Radio Show in Quebec
As she bops and moves looks real pretty and talks a fast game on Canada’s French music station, Musique Plus, Varda Etienne, 27 and a VJ, works on two shows: Bouge (the highest rated show on Musique Plus) and Groove. She does not like music that lacks movement, but, she has other things on her mind.
“What bothers me is how corrupted the world is today,” she says. Continue reading
Stephen Marshall Traveled Around the World for a Video Magazine – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com
By Mary Luz Mejia and Donna Kakonge
He’s been dubbed “guerrilla film maker,” “boy wonder” and “video artist” – titles he doesn’t seem to mind and takes in stride as he charges toward the goal: “to establish and alternative universe to that of broadcast television.” Continue reading
Afro Almost Plays Dice With Her Life – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com
I was embarrassed to tell my boyfriend’s parents I was out of work again. It had been a year and I was on welfare, but at least I had love in my life. Richie, my boyfriend, just got a job as a public relations officer at the University of Toronto. He had been looking for a long time and was feeling lucky. When his parents came into town one mild January weekend for his birthday, we all decided to go down to Niagara Falls to the casinos. Gambling had never been my thing, but going was the only present I could afford for him.
The line into the casino was long, even for January. With my laugh lines no longer coming out just when I laughed, I figured I would have no problem getting in. Continue reading
EPRI Did a Revealing Study on Electricity – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert
A study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has found the replacement of fossil fuels technology with electric ones would result in energy savings. The energy savings are as high as 71.7 quadrillion BTUs.
These savings would cut CO2 by 4,400 million tons between 2009 and 2030. Continue reading
When It Comes To AIDS, It Is Better to Light A Candle – Photo Courtesy of StockExpert
It was a Saturday afternoon and the radio was on. I was living in Uganda in the fall of 1996 and the winter of 1997. The radio was calling out a list of names. I could not understand why.
I asked my aunt why the radio was calling out so many names. She said they are calling out names of people who have funerals; most of those people had died from AIDS she had told me. Continue reading
Shea Butter Market is the Brainchild of Gifty Serbeh-Dunn
I CALLED GIFTY SERBEH-DUNN AS SHE WAS FEEDING HER CAT. HER BOYS WALKED BY THE CAT WITHOUT FEEDING HER. HER BIG BOY IS HER HUSBAND WAYNE DUNN WHO HAS A BUSINESS DEGREE FROM STANFORD. HER SMALL 7-YEAR-OLD BOY IS HER SON KABORÉ. SERBEH-DUNN HAS MANY THINGS TO DO SUCH AS FEEDING HER CAT AND RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS SHEA BUTTER MARKET.
“SHEA BUTTER MARKET WAS INSPIRED BY THE WOMEN IN MY COMMUNITY AND ENCOURAGED BY MY HUSBAND,” SAYS SERBEH-DUNN. Continue reading
Michael Lam, who did his undergraduate degree in engineering at McMaster University, is doing his master’s degree at the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice. This school is also affiliated with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His thesis is focusing on product design for people with disabilities.
“My project is revolving around designing art equipment for people with disabilities,” says Lam. “I’m still narrowing it down and interviewing people. Maybe I will be focusing on easels for painters, or photography or large cameras, like professional cameras.”
Lam started the program in September of 2008. Continue reading