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Reimagined Musicals are the new Black

Highly anticipated Jesus Christ Superstar production uses Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton’s story as lens Media coverage: CBC Fresh Air, CBC Black In Canada, CTV Barrie, SesaYArts Magazine, Barrie 360 Podcast, Barrie 360, Simcoe.com, Barrie Today A fresh take on the musical Jesus Christ Superstar begins performances in Barrie on Thursday, November 23, through …

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Innisfil’s first Black councillor, says ‘everybody needs to have a voice’

Michèle Newton, a speaker, expert and advocate on inclusion, told Simcoe.com that BIPOC representation in positions of power is crucial. “Getting diversity in positions where they have the opportunity to affect change, systemic change, is really important,” said Newton, who is also a founder and board member of Making Change. “It’s certainly wonderful to celebrate having …

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‘Why can’t you have sympathy?’ Simcoe public school board trustee accused of ignorance by anti-racism group

Michèle Newton, co-founder of the anti-racism group Making Change, encourages active listening. “It’s really important that they listen and reflect when people are sharing their lived experiences. Because whether that person is a child or an adult, they’re being very vulnerable in that moment. And they’re sharing an experience, even if it’s very descriptive,” she said. …

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Downtown Barrie nightclub called out over promotion of ‘naughty schoolgirl’ night

Local advocate questions why event would even be considered. Michèle Newton, a local public speaker and co-founder/chair of the advocacy group Making Change, posted a picture of the marquee on Instagram, and told Simcoe.com she had a few questions as soon as she saw the signage. “I immediately just thought, ‘Why are we sexualizing women and girls? Why …

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‘Education is the key’: To build inclusion, we must be aware of our biases and privileges

As a biracial person, I’ve spent my life navigating between two worlds and different cultures. Turns out, this is quite common. Meet Madelaine Khan. Like a growing number of people, Khan has a multi-racial and multi-ethnic background. Her heritage is East and West Indian — more specifically, Jamaican and Middle Eastern/Pakistani. Khan considers herself Canadian, …

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