Vladimir Jean-Gilles is a writer, public speaker, radio host and a certified film critic stationed in Ottawa, Ontario. He currently hosts an IGTV series titled The Black Lenz where he conducts several discussions about the socio-cultural impact and relevancy of black cinema. You can tune in to his film reviews once a week on CBC All in a day every Thursday at 5:45 PM 91.5 FM.
Colette Chapman is a Clinical Social Worker in London, Ontario, where she has her own counseling practice. She has been working in the field of Child Welfare for the past 20 years, and now holds the position as a Supervisor within a child welfare organization. She is the past president of the Congress ofBlack Women, and the current President of the African Caribbean Soccer Club in London, Ontario.
Ms. Chapman is a member the Black London Network and a fierce advocate for the rights of Black children in the child welfare system. She operates from an Anti Black Racism perspective and engages in deliberate conversations about implicit biases and its impact on individuals mental health.
Jonathan Bynoe is an experienced web analyst by day who also leads lectures on data analytics, is a core member of his org’s Diversity and Inclusion committee and talks about racing on TSN’s racing podcast. JB is also an internet gif and a Harvey’s brand partner who is passionate about uplifting and empowering his community.
Neil “Logik” Donaldson
Neil “Logik” Donaldson is the founder and co-executive Director of Stolen From Africa. SFA is a non-profit arts education organization based in Toronto that promotes the cultural and historical awareness of the African Diaspora. Our work aims to reconnect youth to educational programs that positively enhance their educational experience and success through one-to-one mentorship, multi-media and creative arts-based skills development and cultural arts education programming and curricula.
Taigenz (pronounced Tayg-enz) is a Montreal born and based Hip-Hop recording artist/performer. His African heritage (Cameroonian parents) blended with the North American culture is the primary influence behind his artistic expressions. Sonically, he ranges from Trap to R&B to Afro-beat. His vocal tone is reminiscent of a young 50 Cent. Lyrically and visually, he is often compared to a Wale and a Burna Boy, respectively.
In fall 2019, he released the album, Life Ain’t Free, via a distribution deal with Slammin Media/Believe Distribution Services. “The message behind this project was that nothing in life happens for nothing,” he says. “All the work I put in will come back to me in some way, shape or form, I just need to recognize when it happens.”
Standout singles from the album such as “Lemme Ball” and “Speak The Truth” have allowed him to reach an international audience with over 100,000+ streams coming from countries like Brazil, Turkey and Spain. In 2019, he debuted on the iTunes Turkey Top 200 Hip-Hop charts (peak position #45) with “Satisfied”, which was originally released in May 2017.
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