New podcast to shine light on Black excellence

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is launching a new podcast that’s billed as the “first of its kind in Ontario” and promises to shine a light on Black excellence through conversations designed to inspire and challenge.

“This podcast isn’t just about celebrating what makes our community great. It’s also about unlearning, disrupting and relearning,” says Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategist Mawuli Chai, one of the hosts of SHINE, a Tune In YRDSB production. “This will be a space for true, honest conversation.”

The podcast will feature a wide range of topics related to education. “We have some exciting guests lined up,” says Principal of Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Darcie Sutherland. “We’re going to talk about identity, culture and lived experiences. We will be digging deep and exploring Black excellence in all its forms.”

The board launched SHINE with a conversation with Grammy award-winning recording artist Saeed Renaud. The Brooklyn, N.Y. entertainer won a Grammy in 2016 as a songwriter for Lalah Hathaway Live, which earned the Best R&B Album. Tune In YRDSB is available on all major podcast platforms.

The board will also celebrate Black excellence throughout Black History Month by sharing stories of students, alumni, staff, community members, community partners, board and the region. You can submit a nomination using this Celebrating Black Excellence form.

The Board is also sharing resources with schools and families and several events, including Virtual Evening Story Time for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 and Virtual Evening Drop-In for Grades 9 to 12 students, both on February 18. Also on the calendar is a Virtual Evening Drop-In with digital storytelling for students in Grades 4 to 8 on February 24, a Family Cookout on February 25 and a Black History Month Virtual Evening Event for students, family and community on February 28.

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