HuffPost Canada partners with Black Love Matters Course

Greetings Community,

I am Super excited to announce that Black Daddies Club and HuffPost Canada, has partnered to make the Black Love Matters 2017 course at York University more accessible to community folks, by broadcasting some our classes on the HuffPost Canada platform.

The first class that this will be broadcasting will be Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, The BLM course will explore what the Black community (at large) can learn about love and resilience from the Black LGBTQI2S Ballroom community.

Our guest lecturer for this week will be Michael Roberson Maasai Milan (Ultrared), co-creator of the House of Blahnik, Maasai and Garcon based in New York. Michael will be supported by Musagetes for this special discussion in Toronto.

This class is free to the public, dinner will be provided while quantities last. You will have to RSVP for the class here

More details:

Date: October 24th. 2017

Title of Class: “What can we learn about love and Resilience from the Black LGBTQ House ball Community?

Venue: Sherbourne Health Centre in partnership with Supporting Our Youth (SOY)/ 333 Sherbourne St, Toronto, (Second floor, Great Room)

Time: 6pm to 9pm

About the Planning in Toronto: Black Love Matters Course at York University:


The Planning in Toronto workshop will focus on developing a symposium entitled “Blackness, Gender, Work, and Love” that will be the closing event of the yearlong initiative called Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference . This course investigates how urban planning is informed by and closely related to the overarching, infrastructural challenges faced by the African, Caribbean & Black Canadian community in the GTA. The workshop will provide insight into alternative, anti-racist planning strategies and projects that promote community development in the GTA. Students will learn about these strategies and projects, the methodologies around which they were designed and the various challenges that they aim to address. The course will also furnish students with an overview of anti-Black racism in Canada and how it intersects with other forms of discrimination. In addition, students will be introduced to the movements and organizations that seek to respond to the peculiar violence of Canadian-style, anti-Black racism. The students will be responsible of co-creating the Blackness, Love, Work, and Gender Symposium in December 2017; working with community members, community based organizations, government agencies, community based artists and activists to create a plenary apart of the symposium.

The Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course is taught by Brandon Hay, MES (Founder, The Black Daddies Club) and Nigel Barriffe, M.Ed. (President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations).


Brandon Hay, MES