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#MyNorth subway advertisement in Lawrence West station.

#MyNorth: Sportchek and the Raptors attempt to co-opt Toronto’s basketball culture

#MyNorth: Sportchek and the Raptors attempt to co-opt Toronto’s basketball culture

by Michael Romandel On October 29, 2014, Sportchek in a partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (the Raptors owners) launched an advertising and publicity campaign called #MyNorth asking Torontonians to share stories about local basketball culture in the various Toronto ‘hoods. The campaign builds off of Drake’s re-branding of the Toronto Raptors earlier this

For Ferguson, Missouri

By: Jeff Tanaka  He looks straight into the broken night sky and whispers almost silently “there are prophets on every corner. They come alive when flares light up the night. There are prophets in every suburb. They find their voice when police hurl death sentences into megaphones. There are prophets in every tragedy. They present themselves

Joel Zola

Street Voices Launch Poem

A Poem by Joel Zola Written for the founding of street voices magazine We live in the modern day world of cellphones, wikipedia, and social media Sexual messages are sexually transmitted like gonorrhoea to our subconscious The masses are asleep to reality like we’re unconscious The voices of the streets will be the alarm clock,

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Capitalism and the degeneration of Kanye West

by Hassan Reyes  While the jury is still out on Kanye West’s statement that he is the “most influential artist” around today, it goes without saying that he is one of the most talked about artist-celebrities out there and has been for sometime. Unfortunately however, the conversations provoked by his music and especially his statements,

I Hope Neil Young Will Remember: Don’t Play Apartheid Israel!

by Jordy Cummings In May 1970, National Guardsmen in the U.S. were called in to respond to a highly militant anti-war protests taking place at Kent State University in Ohio.  The protests were an immediate, emergency response to then President Richard Nixon “spreading the war” from Vietnam itself into Cambodia.  On May 4, these armed


‘Made You Die’ Can Make Us Live Again

by El Machetero Political music, at its absolute best, does more than just posture and appropriate militant imagery and rhetoric: it offers a revolutionary program and guides and directs the investment of energy born from a place of oppression and frustration. The song “Made You Die,” feat. Yasiin Bey, dead prez and Mikeflo, more than


Sobriety: Water not Fire Water

by Giibwanisi The way that a piece of machinery tears into the Earth causing destruction, is the same as how drugs and alcohol tears into your spirit. There is no distinction. Since the spread of European colonization in North America, Native peoples have faced an uphill battle to survive. Native peoples have weathered, direct warfare,