Now Magazine publishes third annual ‘Black Futures Month’ issue

This week’s issue profiles five Torontonians working toward Black liberation

TORONTO, January 30 2020 – NOW Central Communications Inc. (“NOW” or “NOW Magazine”) a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Central Corporation (CSE:FLYY, FSE:3AT) has released its annual Black Futures Month issue this week, inspired by the growing movement to recognize February as Black Futures Month. Held in conjunction with Black History Month, the movement pushes for a world where Black people are liberated.

The issue, available online at nowtoronto.com from Jan 29 and across 800 news stands in Toronto from Jan 30, profiles five Torontonians making progressive change in the city. Working across different fields and contributing to a future free from racism oppression and discrimination, this issue envisions the future of urban farming, city planning, art, poetry and fashion design.

This year’s feature was written by Christine Clarke, Kelsey Adams, Neil Price and Chaka V. Grier. Subjects for the 2020 issue are:

  • Isaac Crosby: The lead hand in urban agriculture at Evergreen Brickworks who creates pathways for BIPOC futures on the land through gardening, land restoration and land-based healing programs
  • Ashley McKenzie-Barnes: This year’s curator of Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba 25, Toronto’s longest running Black History Month Festival now in its 25th year, which aims to strengthen Toronto’s Black community by connecting voices beyond borders
  • Canisia Lubrin: An award-nominated poet and writer originally from St Lucia. Her forthcoming poetry collection The Dyzgraphxst exploresmeanings of kinship through the reach of language across geographies and generations
  • Cheryll Case: The founder and principal urban planner of CP Planning, whose work concentrates on building inclusive conversations and addressing the structural conditions that affect access to affordable housing
  • Spencer Badu: A fashion designer who launched his streetwear line in 2015 and aims to break boundaries whilst challenging stereotypes and societal norms. His clothes have been worn by A$AP Rocky and Young Thug

NOW editor Kevin Ritchie says of the issue: “We conceived this feature three years ago with former staff writer Christine Clarke and it’s important for us to continue highlighting the creative and activist work of Black Torontonians – in February and every month. It’s one way for NOW to show our solidarity, report on and support the fight for an equal future.”

The Black Futures Month issue is available on newsstands until February 5.

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