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STARFest facts

Desmond Cole is an award-winning journalist, radio host, and activist in Toronto. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Toronto Life, The Walrus, NOW Magazine, Ethnic Aisle, Torontoist, BuzzFeed, and the Ottawa Citizen.

In his 2015 cover story for Toronto Life magazine, Desmond Cole exposed the racist actions of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times he had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national prominence, shaking the country to its core and catapulting its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis. Urgent, controversial, and unsparingly honest, The Skin We’re In is a vital text for anti-racist and social justice movements in Canada, as well as a potent antidote to the all-too-present complacency of many white Canadians.

Jesse Lipscombe is an actor, former athlete, activist, entrepreneur and producer. He is behind the FlowPower fitness program, as well as the co-owner of fitness studios, and restaurants. In 2016, Jesse launched the #MakeItAwkward campaign to combat racism, misogyny, homophobia and hatred of all kinds.

STARFest is pleased to have Timiro Mohamed join us on this evening. Timiro is a Somali spoken word poet and a former Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton; she will offer a brief performance of her work to introduce the Desmond Cole event. Timiro's performance is sponsored by the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

Order The Skin We're In from Audreys Books or Glass Bookshop.

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