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NIA CENTRE FOR THE ARTS invites Brandon Hay to Join Panellists for the Gathering discussion on Black men Mental health

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Join us for an empowering afternoon dedicated to the well-being of Black men.

The Gathering provides a safe space for Black men to build community, share experiences and strategies to redefine mental wellness for Black men.

The afternoon will be filled with interactive sessions, workshops and a thought provoking panel discussion designed to dismantle the harmful myths surrounding Black men’s wellness.

The Gathering is a retreat that you don’t want to miss out on. Light refreshments, open-mindedness and healing vibes will be provided for FREE.

Register at the eventbrite link below

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Registration is now Open for the First Sunday Dinner Conversation with Black Men for 2024

The Black Daddies Club co- presents Sunday Dinners, is a quarterly in-person conversation series  with Black men from Canada and around diaspora. The Black men who attend Sunday Dinners will represent various entry points into Blackness and masculinities, and we will speak about our hope as Black men and about where we are currently both emotionally and mentally.

The idea behind this in-person discussion series is the intersections of food, conversations, and healing amongst Black men. The importance of gathering as Black people for Sunday Dinners resonates with many African and Black people from across the diaspora. The purpose of the Sunday Dinner gatherings is for Black men to have conversations with other Black men from various entry points to explore our similarities and differences as Black men. This conversation series is for Black men who identify as cis-gendered, heterosexual, trans-men, gay, bi-sexual, mixed race, living with a disability or non-binary Black men; as long as you identify as a Black man the Sunday Dinner space is for you.

This initiative is a collaboration between Talk It Out Clinic (TIOC)- University of Toronto and The Black Daddies Club

This event is free, please register below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunday-dinners-conversation-with-black-men-tickets-850497590187?aff=oddtdtcreator

Announcing: The Black Daddies Club 2024 programming 

Sunday Dinner: Conversation with Black Men (March 2023)

Greetings and Salutations All,

As we ease into the second month of the new year, The Black Daddies Club (BDC) is excited to announce our programming schedule for the 2024 calendar year and also to make note of our various partnerships that make these initiatives possible. 

2024 will make 17 years that The Black Daddies Club has been doing work in the Greater Toronto Area and due to the fact that BDC is a volunteer led organization, each year we guide our programming based on themes to ensure that we are focusing on a particular area of interest. For 2024, our theme is Finding Home in Ourselves and Community and our programming will focus on Mental Health for Black families and Black men. We will be continuing programs such as Sunday Dinners: Conversations with Black men and The Black Families Un-Conference, and also introducing some exciting new programming with various community stakeholders.

As the founder of the Black Daddies Club, some of you reading this may be already aware, I am in my final year of training as a Gestalt therapist and the last 5 years of therapy training has informed my work and approach with the Black Daddies Club as we look at co-creating “community mental health interventions” that are relevant to various sub-sects of the Black communities that we work with. This year we are excited to deepen this work and to continue co-creating spaces for communal healing while doing so.

For agencies that are interested in contracting the Black Daddies Club for programming within your organization or companies who are interested in partnering with any of BDC 2024 programs that align with your work please contact us at info@theblackdaddiesclub.com.

Notable New BDC Partnerships for 2024

  • The McLean Foundation coming on as a funder for some of our mental health and Black families programming for 2024
  • Rainbow Railroad Charity becoming the financial trustee for the Black Daddies Club for the 2024 calendar year
  • Unison Community Health Centre will be contracting the Black Daddies Club to deliver the Sunday Dinners: Conversations with Black Men to their clients
  • Unison Community Health Centre will be partnering with the Black Daddies Club to offer mental health clinicians during the Black Families Unconference initiative and they will also offer mental supports to individuals post the event at no cost
  • Movember Canada partnering with the Black Daddies Club for some of our mental health programming for 2024
  • KingSun Law is partnering with the Black Daddies Club to offer free Legal Literacy for Black Families workshops series (Virtual)
  • Gravenhurst Minimum and Medium Correctional Facilities contracting the Black Daddies Club to deliver Fatherhood, Finances and Finding a Way Workshop to Black men and Black fathers in their institution (February 2024)
  • Evergreen Brick Works continues the partnership with the Black Daddies Club for Black Families and Friends Summer Hikes and other BDC programming 

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2024 recurring BDC programs:

Sunday Dinners: Conversations for Black MenMarch 2024- (Quarterly event)

The Black Daddies Club co- presents Sunday Dinners, will be a quarterly in-person conversation series  with Black men from Canada. The Black men who attend Sunday Dinners will represent various entry points into Blackness and masculinities, and we will speak about our hope as Black men and about where we are currently both emotionally and mentally.

The idea behind this in-person discussion series is the intersections of food, conversations, and healing amongst Black men. The importance of gathering as Black people for Sunday Dinners resonates with many African and Black people from across the diaspora. The purpose of the Sunday Dinner gatherings is for Black men to have conversations with other Black men from various entry points to explore our similarities and differences as Black men. This conversation series is for Black men who identify as cis-gendered, heterosexual, trans-men, gay, bi-sexual, mixed race, living with a disability or non-binary Black men; as long as you identify as a Black man the Sunday Dinner space is for you.

This initiative is a collaboration between Talk It Out Clinic (TIOC)- University of Toronto and The Black Daddies Club

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Black Families  and Friends Summer HikesJune to August 2024

Black Daddies Club presents Black Families and Friends Summer hikes will be returning in 2024. The purpose of these Summer hikes are for Black and Racialized families as well as allies to gather at a green space in Toronto on the last Sunday of the summer months to take part in a group hike starting at 10AM, the series will also include activities for the family. Aligning with Black Daddies Club philosophy around spending time as a family in nature can promote well-being for the entire family, the Black Families and Friends Summer hikes is also about the importance of Black families taking up/ reclaiming green spaces unapologetically in Ontario.

These hikes will take place monthly starting June 2024 until August 2024, the venue of the hikes will be Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.

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The Black Families Un-ConferenceOctober and November 2024

The Black Daddies Club co-presents The Black Families Un-Conference is a three-day gathering for families who identify as Black or Racialized to take part in a camping experience for the entire family that will take place in one of Tim Hortons Camps in Ontario, at no cost to the families that attend.

The idea behind the Black Families Un-Conference is to create positive memories and experiences for these families (parents or guardians and their children) as a whole in a safe environment that they may not be able to afford. The Black Daddies Club (BDC) over the 16 years of operating in the Greater Toronto Area, has created programs which promote creating positive memorable memories within green spaces for Black families and their allies. 

This initiative is a collaboration between Justice Fund, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Tim Hortons Camp, BRI Counselling and The Black Daddies Club (BDC). The dates and location of the Black Families Un-Conference will be at a Tim Hortons Camp in Ontario which will be announced at a later date.

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The Journey to Black Journey Symposium and The Black Liberation Ball-

(This year’s theme is Finding Home in our Bodies)

(Precursor event)- Between May 2024 to July 2024)

The theme of this year’s Journey to Black Liberation Symposium and Black Liberation Ball is Finding Home in our Bodies , where we will be co-creating space for conversations around Black refugees (heterosexual and LGBTQ2S+) Finding home in Toronto and our second plenary will be entitled,  Am I Not A Black Woman- Conversations between Trans Black Women and Cis Heterosexual Black Women.

We are bringing back this one day symposium and Ballroom event that will focus on themes, discourses, strategies, and analysis  that are centered around the Black struggle for justice and liberation through a transnational dialogue. The plenaries will engage all the five senses, from movement workshops (i.e. vogueing) , discussions, art work gallery, film and food. The event is a cross-border conversation on what liberation in the Black community looks like. Black folks from across the diaspora will be a part of this event engaging in a global conversation on how Black liberation, as a movement, can be advanced.  

The event will conclude with The Black Liberation Ball, which will feature various houses from Canada and around the world who will be competing for the top house at this prestigious and international ballroom event.

This event is considered as a collaboration between the Black LGBTQ2S+ communities  and Black Heterosexual communities. The Curators for this initiative is Michael Maison Margelia (New York) , Twysted Miyake-Mugler (Toronto); Founder of Toronto Kiki Ball Alliance, and Brandon Hay (Toronto); Founder of the Black Daddies Club

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New BDC 2024 Programming:

Fatherhood, Finances and Finding a Way Workshop (in-person)

Gravenhurst Minimum and Medium Correctional Facilities has contracted the Black Daddies Club to deliver Fatherhood, Finances and Finding a Way Workshop to Black men and Black fathers in their institution. The purpose of this workshop is to co-create a space for Black men and Black fathers in prison to reimagine what fatherhood is, support with tips on financial and saving strategies and share community resources that these men can engage with when they are released from the institution.

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Free Legal Literacy workshop series for Black Families  (Virtual)

KingSun Law paralegal services and The Black Daddies Club will be collaborating with various community stakeholders to co-create a series of free virtual workshops focused on engaging the Black communities in the Greater Toronto Area on education, tips and strategies for legal services , estate planning, and more. our aim is to enhance legal literacy, promote access to justice, and enable community members to make informed decisions regarding their legal needs.

Dates and Time: 10am – 12pm, One Saturday per month

  • April: Community Legal Resources & Support Network/ Understanding Legal Needs in the Community/Access to Justice Initiatives
  • July: Legal Aid & Assistant Programs/Estate Planning 
  • September: Legal Education/Careers & Workshops/Legal Educators

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Sunday Dinners: Conversations with Black men with Unison Community Health Centre (in-person)

Unison Community Health Centre has contracted the Black Daddies Club to create a special Sunday Dinners: Conversation with Black Men at one of their sites in Toronto as a way to offer cultural and relevant programming for Black men in their catchment, this event will take place in fall 2024.

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We would like to give thanks and gratitude to the various community stakeholders, partners, Black families, Black men and Black fathers who continue to support the Black Daddies Club over these past 17 years, we are looking forward to continuing building with each of you for this upcoming year.

Follow us on social media @theblackdaddiesclub on Instagram 

Regards,

Brandon Hay (MES: Business)

Therapist- In-Training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto 

Founder of the Black Daddies Club

Between Blackness: Ball Culture’s Influence on Black Straight Men- New published writing by Black Daddies Club founder Brandon Hay

I am really excited to share that this article has been published by Arts everywhere Foundation, which speaks about the influence and learning’s from the Black LBGTQ2S communities on how The Black Daddies Club has approach community building in the past few years.

Read the full article here

Finding A Partner after 40: Thank you

I wanted to say a huge thank you to the event partners of The Black Daddies Club 16th year anniversary event, Finding a Partner after 40: A Conversation with Black Folks at Evergreen Brick Works this past Saturday, November 25th 2023

We had over 200 people that attended the event throughout the night and we wouldn’t have been able to do this event without your support and presence.

Thank you to the event partners, panellists, BDC volunteers, the audience who came out and much love to the Evergreen Brick Works and AV team, the audience who attended had nothing but great things about the venue and the overall production of the event.

The event proved that there is a need for more spaces for Black folks to congregate and share their experiences with each other in a way that is honest, sincere and without the mask wearing. The other takeaway for me (as the event producer) is that there is for the topic of  healing to be more centred in these dialogues as we talk about love and finding partnership. A lot of us have been hurt and we have not fully healed from these relationships and some of us have caused hurt to past love and we have not quite forgiven ourselves around causing these hurts.

Regards

Brandon Hay, MES

Therapist-in-training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto 

Founder of the Black Daddies Club

Is finding love an impossible game for Black singles in one of Canada’s ‘loneliest cities’? 

Black Daddies’ Club celebrates 16 years with special panel event focused on connection with community 

Finding a partner after the age of 40 can be challenging for anyone. however, for Black folks who navigate anti-black racism, internalized racism, disclosure of an STI or HIV when dating, traditional/outdated gender expectations, among other things, the process of dating can be quite difficult and scary, and it can leave one to wonder if they will ever find the right partner for them, especially in Toronto, recently dubbed one of Canada’s loneliest cities.  

The Black Daddies Club celebrates its 16th year anniversary with the event, Finding a Partner After 40: A Conversation with Black Folks. Happening November 25th at the scenic Evergreen Brick Works, his moderated conversation will feature Black therapists, Black sexual educators, Black Academics and everyday Black folks talking about their various experiences around dating and finding a partner after the age of 40. The evening aims to create a space for attendees to listen, learn, discuss — and decrease — the loneliness and isolation they might be feeling. 

The panel discussion will cover various topics, including:

  • dating after a divorce
  • the experiences of dating while having an STI and HIV
  • dating outside of your culture, race and also outside of your country
  • dating from the perspective of a recovering sex addict 
  • dating in a polyamorous relationship in Toronto

One the panellists, Dr. Tamari Kitossa from Brock University, author of Black Men, Sexual Tropes, Trauma and Resilience, will explain the impacts of erotic racism, stereotypes and sexual trauma on Black men in the dating world.

The event welcomes anyone who’s wondering how they’re going to find ‘their person’ in our increasingly complicated world,  including people of all genders who identify as Black, racialized and non-black [those who identify as white or European], people who are in relationships or single, and people above and under the age of 40.

The event partners include: The Neighborhood Group (TNG), Taibu Community Health Centre, Rainbow Railroad, Women’s Health in Women’s Hand, Riverdale Mediation, BRI Counselling, The Tech Effect, Evergreen Brick Works, Chic Peas Vegetarian, Christian Dior, Valley of Mother of God Gin, Toronto, Community Benefits Network, Alterna Savings, Local 27 and Black Men’s Therapy Fund.

Interviews with panellists and organisers are available upon request..

Read the full bios of panellists and moderators here

Panellists:

  • Dr. Tamari Kitossa | Professor – Brock University | Toronto, CA
  • Tomika Long | Founder of Zee-Zee’s World | Toronto, CA
  • Natasha Lawrence | Community Health Worker at WHIWH CHC | Toronto, CA
  • Micheal Lambie | Design Expert & Entrepreneur | Toronto, CA
  • Millie Boella |  Co-Founder of Decolonizing Love | Toronto, CA
  • Antonio J. Wheeler Jr. | Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor | Chicago, IL
  • Sean Mauricette | Laying Foundations Together Inc. (Founder & Director) | Toronto, CA
  • Mara Clarke | The Law Office of Mara Clarke | (Owner & Operator) | Toronto, CA
  • L.A. Wade | Author/ Director | Toronto, CA
  • Adex Lava | Artist/ writer/ Curator | Montreal, QC

Moderators

  •  Mawuli Chai | Social Entrepreneur | Toronto, CA 
  • Rachael-Lea Rickards | Real Talk Creative | (Owner & Founder)

Finding a Partner After 40: A Conversation with Black Folks

Evergreen Brick Works

550 Bayview Ave., Toronto

Saturday, November 25th 2023. Doors open at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $35 in advance and $40 at the door

The Black Daddies Club is a Toronto-based grassroots organization that focuses on co-creating spaces for Black fathers, Black men and the Black community in Toronto for various community-based education initiatives. 

For media inquiries: please contact Brandon Hay (Founder, the Black Daddies Club) 

Tel: 416-951-6075

email: brandon@theblackdaddiesclub.com

Who are the panellist for Finding a Partner after 40: conversation with Black folks discussion

The Black Daddies Club wanted to highlight the bios of Finding a Partner after 40: Conversation with Black Folks, we are excited at this diverse and panellists coming from Toronto, Montreal and Chicago.

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Mara Clarke- Toronto

After exploring her interests in securities and corporate law during her summering and articles, upon being called to the Bar in 2008, Mrs. Mara Clarke returned to her social justice/public legal education roots when she joined the outreach team of Ontario Justice Education Network.  In her role as Director of Outreach, Mara was responsible for managing the team that created programs for vulnerable youth about the law.  In this role, Mara designed family law public legal education programs for some of Ontario’s most vulnerable parents, as a result of this challenging work, Mara found her passion: family law. Mara is a family law lawyer, owner and operator of The Law Office of Mara Clarke. Her resolution-focused, culturally sensitive approach to family law practice prioritizes her client’s interests and the parties’ relationship, helping them establish the “new normal” that will guide their interactions moving forward.  At times, the assistance of the court is required to settle matters, in those cases, Mara offers zealous advocacy, paired with a no-nonsense but reasonable, client-focused approach.  —

ADÉX LAVA Montreal

ADÉX LAVA is a multi hypenhate artist – he is a writer, visual artist, cultural raggamuffin, installation artist, events curator, and political activist. Drawing on his interest in the arts and law, ADÉX LAVA creates work that focuses on the savage beauty of life. He is the founder of the provocative art studio known as ATELIER (UN) REMARK (ABLE).

In 2022, ADÉX LAVA explored the intersections of violence, dancehall, memory, and same-sex love through an installation and exhibition at the stack market, Toronto. Murder Music: The Malice Afterthought: is an archival account of the Stop Murder Music (Canada) campaign which he founded in 2009. Stop Murder Music (Canada) was a campaign that opposed Caribbean artists who produced music with lyrics that glorified the murder of homosexuals.

His latest body of work – BODILY FLUIDS: CUM(PILATION): is a living mosaic documenting his HIV journey by using seminal fluid in his art to disrupt our preconceived notions about
procreation, beauty, sensuality, deviant expression, and going viral.


He lives, plays, and works on the island of Montréal. www.adexlava.com

L.A. Wade Toronto

Introducing L.A. Wade, a creative powerhouse whose remarkable journey continues to evolve. Not only an award-winning author and influential filmmaker, but she’s also the

visionary writer behind The Adventures of a Recovering Sex Addict: Vol.1 Married Men and F**k Boys and Vol.2: Friends with Benefits, but Mostly Liabilities. Her artistic repertoire now extends to the world of cinema, where she made her directorial debut with her first short film, Thirsty AF based on the anthology series.

L.A.’s is a dynamic and multifaceted artist who consistently pushes the boundaries of creativity and inspiration. Her illustrious career includes titles such as author, filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and a captivating podcast host. Her ability to ignite authentic conversations that challenge preconceived notions and broaden horizons is to be celebrated. A testament to her  profound impact on storytelling and personal growth.

L.A.’s numerous accolades and awards include the prestigious ByBlacks People’s Choice Award for Best Author, the Scotiabank African Canadian Achievement Award, The University of Toronto’s National Book and President’s Award, and the  esteemed Mark Riesman Literature Award. These accolades reflect her dedication to crafting compelling narratives and unearthing deep truths while defying conventional norms.

L.A. doesn’t seek to dictate thoughts but, rather, aspires to ignite minds and connect people to something greater than themselves. L.A. Wade is a visionary storyteller on a powerful mission to make a profound and meaningful impact. Her journey continues to inspire and uplift and bring fresh perspectives and genuine connections to the world of creative storytelling.

Dr. Tamari Kitossa- Brock University- Hamilton

Dr. Tamari Kitossa is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University since 2006. Research and instructional interests include: Blackness and anti-Blackness; Black masculinities; African Canadian leadership; anti-criminology and counter-colonial criminology; interracial unions; gender, sex and sexuality; race; the sociology of knowledge; and war and militarism. He is co-editor and contributor of Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy: Teaching, learning and researching while Black (University of Toronto Press, 2022). He is contributor and curator of Appealing Because He Is Appalling: Black masculinities, colonialism and erotic racism (University of Alberta Press, 2021). He is lead editor and contributor to African Canadian Leadership: Continuity, Transition, and Transformation (University of Toronto Press, 2019). 

Millie Boella- Toronto

Millie Boella (she/they) is of mixed Kenyan background, born in Kenya, and hailing from the Dorobo, Nandi, Kikuyu, and Maasai tribes, as well as having diverse ancestral roots in Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and Indigenous Mexican heritage. Growing up due to her father’s work with the United Nations, Millie’s childhood was a globetrotting journey, living in Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories, Cambodia, and Thailand. At the age of 12, she moved to the Netherlands to live with her mother and step-father. In 2006, she relocated to Toronto, Canada, to pursue studies in English literature. 

Millie’s unique experiences have shaped her identity, including her polyamorous outlook, influenced by her time in Kenya within a Maasai community that practiced polygamy. With over two decades of activism, she founded the Toronto Non-Monogamous BIPOC group (TNB) in 2017, creating a safe space for BIPOC polyamorous individuals and leading polyamory workshops tailored for BIPOC.  Millie is also a professional writer,  poet, social media consultant, organizer and actress.

As the co-founder of Decolonizing Love, Millie educates about polyamory from a decolonizing perspective, shedding light on how European colonization impacted relational structures, such as the formation of the nuclear family and community destruction. Decolonizing Love boasts a substantial following, with 160,000 followers and over 50 million views since its inception in November 2021. Her work on polyamory education has earned her features in prominent publications like Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Insider, Yahoo Business, and The Daily Mail, as well as inclusion in three books. She further offers workshops and coaching services on polyamory.

Antonio J. Wheeler Jr. – Chicago

Antonio J. Wheeler Jr., Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, is a humble servant facilitating the space for change and resilience.  Mr. Wheeler’s focus is to understand what has happened to you and empower individuals to reach self-actualization and sustain being anchored in wellness. Antonio is the founder of Anchored In Wellness Chicago which is a private practice that focuses on providing resilience focused therapy to Black men & youth.

Antonio J. Wheeler Jr., started his professional career over a decade ago in 2009 in the Mental Health field as a substance abuse counselor. Prior to this transition, Mr. Wheeler graduated from Chicago State University with his undergraduate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Mr. Wheeler later received his master’s degree in social work from The University of Chicago.  Mr. Wheeler is in his second year of his PhD program at UIC with a focus on social work. In addition to being a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor since, Mr. Wheeler has also provided counseling to perpetrators of domestic violence & anger management.  One of Mr. Wheeler’s most passionate work was providing resilience focused therapy to gunshot victims immediately following their injury.

Sean Mauricette – Toronto

Sean Mauricette has been an actor, musician, educator, and motivational speaker for more than a decade. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Sean has worked on various projects. Most notably, the Jane and Finch Centre for Green Change and as Head Architectural Designer for the Toronto Community Housing’s support centre for young fathers.

The recipient of more than 20 awards, Sean was presented with the 2012 Medal of Appreciation for his work with youth from the United Nations Association of Canada. In 2014 Sean caught the attention of the historic Southern Poverty Law Centre. The esteemed civil rights organization requested the use of two of his poems for their alternative-learning curriculum for teachers across the United States.


After spending years as a motivational speaker, Sean branched out and began presenting to corporations. His talk “Dismantling Racial Bias In The Workplace,” focuses on how to address anti-Black racism in the workplace and offers collaborative solutions on how to dismantle racial bias.

The Founder and Director of Laying Foundations Together inc. (LFT), Sean has helped several national and multinational companies take major strides in reaching their Diversity and Equity goals for a more inclusive workplace. Through performing, lecturing, and mentoring, Sean continues to cement his role as an active leader in the global community.

Tomika Long- Toronto

Tomika Long embodies resilience and determination. She’s the visionary behind Zee Zee’s World, a thriving Puzzle Company, with her puzzles gracing the shelves of renowned stores such as Indigo, Winners, and Marshalls. Her journey is a testament to her business acumen and her unwavering commitment to breaking down barriers.

As a devoted mother to seven children, juggling basketball practices and parent-teacher committee meetings, Tomika’s life is a whirlwind of activity. Yet, she found the time to seek love, venturing outside her comfort zone and embracing a long-distance relationship. Looking back,Tomika is amazed at the life she now leads.

With several years of marriage under her belt, she has become an inspiration to countless Black women who may have doubted the possibility of finding love, let alone a life partner. Tomika’s relationship caught fire when she decided to be open to love, regardless of geographic boundaries, and it continues to burn brightly to this day. Now, she’s ventured into the realm of long-distance love expertise, helping women in their quest for love and offering hope that their ideal partner is indeed out there, waiting to be found.

Mawuli Chai – Moderator – Toronto

Mawuli Chai is a gregarious human being who is a creative savant and social entrepreneur. He brings 10-plus years of progressive engagement in capacity building, stakeholder engagement, youth and community development, and media relations. He brings multi-sector experience that spans municipal, provincial and federal levels—leading major projects, initiatives that has had social impact on individuals, communities and organizations he has consulted and engaged with.

Mawuli is a consummate content creator, writer and publicist that brings an immersive repertoire of compelling celebrity interviews and encounters. A Carleton University alumnus with learnings in Sociology & Anthropology; with specialization in media, film and television. He has consulted with major entertainment conglomerates such as Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Def Jam Recordings. He has interviewed several celebrities including Chaka Khan, Queen Latifah, Maxwell, DeVon Franklin and Oprah Winfrey.

He has augmented his professional endeavours with his love for community by participating in youth mentorship, community development, advocacy and equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Simone Jennifer Smith- Moderator – Toronto

For over 15 years Simone Jennifer Smith has been a noteworthy leader in the written media, creative design/social media, mental health, and education/mentoring spaces. You may know her as the Columnist, Talk Show Host, Operations Manager and Chief Correspondent at Carib101 Media Group, but Simone can also be credited with contributions to the African-Caribbean community in her role as: Project Manager for Brothers Who Care, Clear Journey Inc. (located in Baltimore, United States), and Vice-Chair at Emmanuel Life Management Centre.

In addition to this, she is the founder of Hear 2 Help Inc., a Community Development Company with services ranging from; Tutoring to Adult Learning, Project Management, Life Coaching, Copywriting, Content Creation, Copyediting and Business Development.

Simone Jennifer aspires to influence future generations while supporting and enriching current ones. As Project Manager at Brother’s Who Care, she works alongside professionals in the financial and mental health sectors assisting in projects such as: Mental Health Hour, Financial Literacy, LegUp Mastermind Program, and the I AM Campaign.

As a testament to her desire for change, Simone is also Vice-Chair at Emmanuel Life Management Centre, a non-profit organization with a focus on holistic community building and youth empowerment. Tuning in the skills she obtained from being a Social Media Coordinator at INPM, Simone has created content for: The Beloved Project (Mark Stoddart), House of Sass and Magic, Matrix Mortgage, Black Feminist Fund, Workspot/Terravis Energy, Parents for Black Children, Chonilla Network, Love Story Coaching, and Dark Nubia Naturals.

Simone holds a M.A. in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology from The Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She expresses her love for fashion and self-expression through her work for Fiati Fashions, and passes on her knowledge and wisdom through her role as a mentor to young, emerging creatives across Canada.

Through her work, Simone strives to empower, enrich and embody the youth and families of her community.

Natasha Lawrence – Toronto

Natasha Lawrence (she/her/Natty) is a Community Health Worker at WHIWH CHC. She is passionate about all things sexual health, and incorporates that passion in her day to day work supporting African, Caribbean, and Black communities. She has several years of experience providing sexual health education to youth, parents, women, and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and applies Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression, Intersectional Feminist, and Queer Theoretical frameworks to support the communities she serves.”

Micheal Lambie Toronto

Micheal Lambie is a design expert, entrepreneur, public speaker and multi-faceted artist with experience in graphic design and visual arts from Toronto, Canada. 

Early in his career, as the Creative Director and Partner of an advertising agency, Micheal won awards developing television commercials, print ads and graphic layouts. But it was his love for decorating, designing and flipping homes, that helped him realize his passion for interior design. In 2011, he founded “Micheal Lambie Interiors”, which creates elegant and contemporary spaces for residential and commercial clients, and is now an award-winning interior design firm.

For the past three years, this Ontario College of Art and Design alumni, has been sharing his talents as a “Design Expert” on Canada’s top lifestyle television show, “CityLine”, and can now be seen as a judge on the CBC reality competition series “Best In Miniature”.

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Meet the Panelists and Moderators for Finding A Partner After 40: A Conversation with Black folks

We are excited to announce the panelists and moderators for the Black Daddies Club presents Finding a Partner After 40: Conversations with Black Folks panel discussion. Which will take place at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, on Saturday, November 25th 2023, doors open at 730pm. 

Get your early bird tickets until November 1st and special discounted tickets until November 15th on Eventbrite.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Tamari Kitossa | Professor – Brock University | Toronto, CA
  • Tomika Long | Founder of Zee-Zee’s World | Toronto, CA
  • Natasha Lawrence | Community Health Worker at WHIWH CHC | Toronto, CA
  • Micheal Lambie | Design Expert & Entrepreneur | Toronto, CA
  • Millie Boella |  Co-Founder of Decolonizing Love | Toronto, CA
  • Antonio J. Wheeler Jr. | Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor | Chicago, IL
  • Sean Mauricette | Laying Foundations Together Inc. (Founder & Director) | Toronto, CA
  • Mara Clarke | The Law Office of Mara Clarke | (Owner & Operator) | Toronto, CA
  • L.A. Wade | Author/ Director | Toronto, CA

Moderators

  •  Mawuli Chai | Social Entrepreneur | Toronto, CA 
  • Rachael-Lea Rickards | Real Talk Creative | (Owner & Founder)

Reminder

Get your early bird tickets until November 1st and special discounted tickets until November 15th on Eventbrite.

Black Daddies Club presents Finding a Partner after 40: A Conversation with Black Folks

Black Daddies Club is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our 16th anniversary event, entitled, Finding a Partner After 40: A Conversation with Black Folks

This moderated panel discussion event will feature Black therapists, Black sexual educators, Black Academics and Black folks talking about the various experiences of dating and finding a partner after the age of 40. 

The event will take place at Evergreen Brick works (Toronto) on Saturday, November 25th 2023, doors open at 8pm and the event will go until 12am. 

We are grateful and thankful to our event sponsors as this event would be possible without your support.

Please register at the Eventbrite link below and or share with your networks.

Finding a Partner registration info

Regards

BDC Admin

The 2nd Annual Black Families Un-Conference registration is now open

The Black Daddies Club co-presents The Black Families Un-Conference is a three-day gathering for families who identify as Black or Racialized to take part in a camping experience for the entire family that will take place in one of Tim Hortons Camps in Ontario, at no cost to the families that attend.

The idea behind the Black Families Un-Conference is to create positive memories and experiences for these families (parents or guardians and their children) as a whole in a safe environment that they may not be able to afford. The Black Daddies Club (BDC) over the 16 years of operating in the Greater Toronto Area, has created programs which promote creating positive memorable memories within green spaces for Black families and their allies. 

This initiative is a collaboration between Justice Fund, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Tim Hortons Camp and The Black Daddies Club (BDC). The dates and location of the Black Families Un-Conference will be at a Tim Hortons Camp in Ontario will take place on Friday, November 3rd 2023 to Sunday, November 5th, 2023

To register use the link below

https://www.cognitoforms.com/TorontoCommunityHousingCorp/_2023BlackFamiliesUnConferenceNovember3rd5th

We are looking forward to connecting, sharing and making new positive memories with you and your families.