Fakiha Baig speaks to Toronto-based rapper Omari Parsons

Independent Arts Report: Listen now to New Now’s Fakiha Baig’s exclusive interview with Omari Parsons, an underground rapper from Toronto known for his diverse array of witty and intelligent lyrics.

Twitter: @FakihaBaig @NewBreedMC

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Fakiha Baig speaks with Donald Pratt about the wrongful extradition case of Hassan Diab

Feature Report: Donald Pratt from the Justice for Hassan Diab committee joined News Now’s very own Fakiha Baig on the phone to speak about the extradition case of Hassan Diab. Donald discussed the connection between Hassan’s middle eastern background and the decision to extradite him with little to no evidence. In light of a national security panic Canada has been going through, Donald provides us with insight on some possible links between Hassan’s middle eastern and arab background, and the supreme court’s decision. @FakihaBaig @friendsofhdiab #Diab #cdnpoli #Diabsupport

Fakiha Baig discussion with Dhruv Jain about the situation in India

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York Community Report: Dhruv Jain from the International Campaign Against War on the People of India – Toronto joined News Now’s Fakiha Baig to continue their discussion about the situation in India and how the current government has intensified its repression on thousands of people in India. Dhruv will also be discussing how York University is helping and providing support to India’s oppressive regime. For more info visit: http://icawpitoronto.wordpress.com

Tuesday February 4th, 2014-Toronto Urban Book Expo, No More Silence and From the Root Zine

Community Report: News Now contributor Mel Dubé speaks with Stacey Marie Robinson, the founder of Kya Publishing, about the first upcoming Toronto Urban Book Expo on Saturday February 8th at the Toronto Public Library. It is an annual exposition of contemporary urban Canadian writers who will have the opportunity to display, sell and communicate their projects while promoting support and recognition for urban literacy and literature. To find out more information you can check out http:/ /kyapublishing.com or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/488090967935428/.

Feature Report: News Now reporter Fakiha Baig speaks to Audrey Huntley who is one of the co-founders of No More Silence. They discuss her efforts to raise awareness and bring an end to the violence and abuse experienced by indigenous women through her work with No More Silence. For more information please visit their blog at http://nomoresilence-nomoresilence.blogspot.ca/

Independent Arts Report: News Now reporter Casandra London speaks with Whitney French about her zine titled From the Root. She is an activist, poet and community leader who is dedicating her zine to publishing stories, poetry, articles and testimony’s of women in Canada. She discusses her work as well as the issue of hair, which is the topic for her zine due out this year. If you would like more information about the zine, she encourages you to email her at fromtherootzine@gmail.com.

Line 9 Extension at York, ‘Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs?, & Shari-Ann Baker

Wednesday January 22nd:

York Community Report: Christian Deo is joined by Naila Laji of Environmental Justice at York to talk about community opposition to the Enbridge Line 9 extension proposal that would see increased Alberta tar sands oil flow through the York Community. If you want to learn more about Environmental Justice at York, you can visit: http://torontopipelines.wordpress.com.

Feature Report: Christian Deo speaks to Francis Dupuis-Deri, author of ‘Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs: Anarchy in Action Around the World’ published by Between the Lines. In the book, Dupuis-Deri seeks to give people a better understanding of the Black Bloc’s actions, motivations and history. Learn more at: http://btlbooks.com/book/whos-afraid-of-the-black-blocs

Independent Arts Report: Toronto Artist Series: Hailee Ingleton kicks off the series interviewing Shari-Ann Baker, a local under the radar poet, who uses poetry not only for self-expression but for woman empowerment and to speak out on social issues.

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