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Thandiwe McCarthy, wrote this piece in response to the murder of George Floyd.

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I Am Black History

This was first published in 2017 in Understory Magazine for an issue about the lives of Black Nova Scotian Women. It was reissued in June 2020 because it highlights the often absent voices of Black people and because, as the editor Lindsay Ruck says, "Black women matter. Black artists matter. Black futures matter. Black dreams matter. Black lives matter."

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It's Not My Childhood

This poem, first published by Understory Magazine in 2020 was written by Chantal Martineau after a trip to Nova Scotia to explore her culture. Chantal's poetry looks at the intersections of memory and truth, identity and belonging

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Jim Crow Also Lived Here

Leonard Paris, uses his own voice to tell his own story of life growing up poor and black in rural Nova Scotia. Paste the link provided in your browser to check out Leonard's book.

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Street Level; A Search for Belonging

A book by street photographer, David Ofori Zapparoli. He shares some fascinating details about himself that informs the way that he photographs the people and world around him. It documents a 40 year journey that starts in Toronto and touches down in Paris, Playa del Carmen, Accra, Detroit, Berlin, Genoa, Prince Edward Island, and New Orleans--joyfully telling the story of so many which ultimately, becomes part of his own.

Over 100 pages that trace a journey of what he calls "very selective image making". Each photo receives commentary from the artist that details personal and photographic experience from the days of silver halides to the electronic pixels of today. Well placed poetry by Francisco Alexander Fwallah provides some highly perceptive analysis of selected photographs. Finally, it is all summed up with a sizzling back cover review by the Africadian bard extraordinaire, George Elliott Clarke.

Folks in Canada can order the book now by sending an e-transfer and leaving your vital info such as name and mailing address at:

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1) one book: $27.95 (includes taxes and $5 delivery)

2) two books: $45.90 (INCLUDES taxes and free delivery)

3) three books: $68.85 (includes taxes and free delivery)

4) add $22.95 for each additional copy

Ordering instructions for USA customers will be posted in the near future. Thanks for your patience.

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Dionne Joseph shares the challenges of being mixed race. Dionne is a writer, speaker, wife and mom of 5 who loves tending chickens and walking dogs. She’s an advocate known as Auntie-Mom to the children her family serves through a ministry of foster care. Follow her blog:

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