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Living Black Genius is a program designed to illuminate the living Black Canadian geniuses of today. Created out of the necessity for adequate representations of Black Canadian role models beyond the minimal depiction in the media, Natasha, the founder of Living Black Genius, explained, “the stereotype would be a rapper, musician, entertainer, or athlete … when we asked the kids in our program who a Black Canadian role model (was), we got blank stares – and Drake.”
“When (we) think Canadian, (we) must think all Canadians. Especially if you’re a Black Canadian, you want to be represented in your country.”
With youths’ aspirations tied to these scarce representations, it was vital to the LBG team to fill in the narrative. Natasha told us, “When (we) think Canadian, (we) must think all Canadians. Especially if you’re a Black Canadian, you want to be represented in your country.” So, the team took on the task of broadening the spectrum. The program, which happens twice a week, has brought in a variety of professionals, “we wanted there to be a mixed bag (of professionals), because some are going to speak more to others than others”.