Labour Day is always a great time to enjoy the last weekend of the summer. But the purpose of this holiday celebration is to remember the hard work of people who have fought for workers’ rights that allow the next generation of workers benefits and protection under the law. Mark Brown from the COALITION OF BLACK TRADE UNIONISTS (CBTU) Ontario Chapter explains the history and struggles of black workers in Canada as well the purpose of the CBTU.

We got a chance to speak with Reggae Music Icon Marcia Griffiths about her long and illustrious career. Marcia Griffiths was born in West Kingston and started her career with the legendary Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires back in 1964. Her outstanding performances earned her a contract from Clement Dodd’s Studio One label. She recorded songs with Reggae Legends such as Bob Marley (“Oh My Darling”) and Bob Andy (“Always Together”). In 1983, she released her re-recording of the Bunny Wailer song “Electric Boogie.” It was a minor hit, but when it was remixed in 1989, it became a major hit as it made the Electric Slide, a line dance, an international dance craze. It reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it her most successful single.  To date, “Electric Boogie” is currently the highest-selling single by a female reggae singer of all time.

Our first trip to Ethiopia was an unforgettable experience!

From Addis Ababa, we flew to Bahir Dar to see Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Waterfalls.  We then made the journey to Gondar stopping at the Awramba community and Mercato Market. We also ate some authentic Ethiopian food at The Four Sisters Restaurant, spoke with Birhan Abate about travel to Africa on Ethiopian Airlines and we visited the Holy Trinity Cathedral,  the final resting place of Emperor Hailie Selassie.

We speak with Award-Winning Producer/Director Jennifer Holness from Hungry Eyes Media about her Subjects Of Desire Documentary, a film that examines the complexities behind Black Beauty standards. The film had its world premiere at SXSW and was awarded Top 10 Audience Favourite at Hot Docs. Jennifer Holness has worked as a documentary filmmaker for nearly 20 years.