STARFest presents Desmond Cole


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Both Cole’s activism and journalism find vibrant expression in his first book, The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power. Puncturing the bubble of Canadian smugness and naive assumptions of a post-racial nation, Cole chronicles just one year—2017—in the struggle against racism in this country.

Desmond Cole will be in conversation with Jesse Lipscombe.

Sunday, October 25, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
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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 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.


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