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Vid of the Week: Lupita Nyong'o

You may have seen or heard about Lupita winning an Oscar this past Sunday and her great speech. What you may not have seen or heard about yet is her earlier speech when honoured by Black Women in Hollywood for Best Breakthrough Performance of 2013. Check it out!!

I Love You Man

One of the greatest things I get to do with The Dam is meet with youth one on one. When I am mentoring a youth I try to meet with them once a week for about an hour. It can take time for a teen to become comfortable with the arrangement.  I’m pretty used to getting stood up, particularly at the beginning, I think because many of us have some fear of getting close to someone and being vulnerable and honest, and mentoring at its best draws that out.

Honour Yourself

Last night I found out that a youth I’ve known for a while is one half Aboriginal Canadian.  His mother is from the Mi’kmaq First Nation people. I told him how cool I thought that was, but he was quick to joke, “But, I don’t huff gas or anything.” I knew he was ‘joking’ but I looked at him very seriously and said, “I never would have thought you did. That would never have crossed my mind. I want you to know that I honour the First People of Canada.” I wanted him to hear that...

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