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Black Tea

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Toronto is a multicultural hotspot. But the diversity that makes the city special isn’t often reflected in the stories we hear and the discussions we have. Black Tea will change that. Dalton Higgins and Melayna Williams are here to bring important and uncomfortable Black community conversations out in the open, and to have some laughs while doing it.

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Welcome to Season 3
14-09-2021
Welcome to Season 3
B(l)ack by popular demand, Melayna Williams and Dalton Higgins won't be holding back when they spill the tea. This season, we will get into Black art, creativity, politics, fashion and more. Prepare to learn, laugh, and get uncomfortable as Mel and Dalton guide you through necessary conversations surrounding race. Listen to season 3 on September 27th.
It's hard to say Goodbye
15-11-2021
It's hard to say Goodbye
Dalton and Mel speak to Ghanaian-Canadian animator Gyimah Gariba. Mel is convinced Big Sean has to unionize. Links from this episode:Huda Hassan CBC Arts article: How Gyimah Gariba is using caricature to push for a more empathetic worldMel on TwitterDalton on Twitter
Schooled by the Professor
08-11-2021
Schooled by the Professor
Mel and Dalton talk to professor, author and public intellectual Rinaldo Walcott about the state of Black life, history and how to imagine and create a better world.
Rollie Ain't Your Average Everyday Rapper
01-11-2021
Rollie Ain't Your Average Everyday Rapper
Dalton and Mel chat with 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner Cadence Weapon about politics, storytelling and social justice.Cadence Weapon on Instagram: Weapon on Twitter: on Twitter: on Twitter:
Bet on yourself
25-10-2021
Bet on yourself
Mel and Dalton talk to media trailblazer Brandon Gonez about doing media his way, real representation and connecting to communities through authentic storytelling.The Brandon Gonez Show: Gonez on Instagram: on Twitter: on Twitter:
Model Behaviour
18-10-2021
Model Behaviour
Jamaican-Canadian legend Stacey McKenzie spills tea on modelling, work ethic, diversifying her talent and how much has changed in the industry. Mel wishes Dave Chappelle would stop.Stacey McKenzie on Instagram: on Twitter: on Twitter:
Boss moves with Tracy Moore
12-10-2021
Boss moves with Tracy Moore
Mel and Dalton sit down with media maven Tracy Moore to talk about her daytime talk show, entrepreneurism, family life, social media and being a boss.Links from the show:Tracy Moore on Instagram: Moore's clothing line: on Twitter: on Twitter:
Africadia: When The East Is In The House
04-10-2021
Africadia: When The East Is In The House
Dalton and Mel speak to two people involved in CBC legal drama Diggstown: star of the series, Vinessa Antoine and journalist, playwright, film and theatre director, Juanita Peters–who is directing an episode of the show this season. They talk about how the show raises Black Canadian issues, its importance in the Canadian TV landscape, Nova Scotia, and even Diddy.Then Dalton has some hopeful words for the Fugees tour.Links from the show:Diggstown on CBC Gem: story of Africville: on Twitter: on Twitter:
Producer Princess Talks Real Housewives of Atlanta and Entrepreneurism
27-09-2021
Producer Princess Talks Real Housewives of Atlanta and Entrepreneurism
Dalton and Mel sit down with Jamaican/Canadian legend, Producer/ Development executive and author Princess Banton-Lofters, founder of the Bravo hit show The Real Housewives of Atlanta and CEO of Loft 22 Entertainment. They chat about all things career, strength, perseverance, and how to tell authentic  Black stories. Princess also spills the tea on what it was like to discover reality superstar Nene Leakes, and work with the infamous housewives.Links from the show:Dalton on Twitter: on Twitter: on Instagram:
Welcome to Season 3
14-09-2021
Welcome to Season 3
B(l)ack by popular demand, Melayna Williams and Dalton Higgins won't be holding back when they spill the tea. This season, we will get into Black art, creativity, politics, fashion and more. Prepare to learn, laugh, and get uncomfortable as Mel and Dalton guide you through necessary conversations surrounding race. Listen to season 3 on September 27th.
Black Foodies
29-09-2020
Black Foodies
We talk to one of Canada’s most popular food Influencers Ryan Hinkson (Eat Famous) about hot culinary trends, the relationship between food and race, food photography, and customer service stereotypes.
Afro-Indigenous Colombian Identity, Music and Art
22-09-2020
Afro-Indigenous Colombian Identity, Music and Art
We talk to Polaris Prize winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Lido Pimienta about her music and artistic process, Black and Indigenous identity in Colombia, motherhood and more. Version Française
Beats, Rhymes and Life
15-09-2020
Beats, Rhymes and Life
Art is supposed to reflect the times– so what is the responsibility of artists who document the Black community? We are always having an unending discussion on Black music and how much we own, can claim and who profits. Guest: Kardinal Offishall Version Française English Transcript
Influencer Culture
08-09-2020
Influencer Culture
Her journey into becoming one of the most visible Black influencers in Canada is such a fascinating one. Today we talk to Sasha Exeter about how her education, experiences with competitive sports and career shaped her into crafting a career from scratch, before the term “influencer” was at the tip of everyone’s tongue. And for those who don’t know, what does an Influencer do every day? During this wide- ranging discussion, we also talk about Sasha’s journey navigating how she uses your voice and influence to impact and empower others. Guest: Sasha Exeter English Transcript Version Française
Satire, Comedy and Politics: Roles, Responsibilities and Mishaps
01-09-2020
Satire, Comedy and Politics: Roles, Responsibilities and Mishaps
Comedy and satire continue to serve as excellent mediums for political discourse and critique. What responsibilities do the comedians have to the communities they joke about? If this is a form of allyship, and what role does representation have? Guest: Ryan McMahon English Trancript Version Française
Race, Gender & Canadian Politics
25-08-2020
Race, Gender & Canadian Politics
Our political landscape is missing a myriad of voices, including Black women. How has this impacted the news cycle, or affected the minds and ideologies of voters? GUEST: Celina Caesar-Chavannes English Transcript Version Française
The Politics of Sports
18-08-2020
The Politics of Sports
We are in an unprecedented moment and sports is not immune to the major shifts in consciousness occurring at this time. The theme of accountability is constantly being applied, and racism in sports has come to the forefront. The infrastructure around the business of sports continues to contain gatekeepers and barriers affected by racism. We want to discuss racism at all levels of the sports world. GUEST: Morgan Campbell Version Française English Transcript
Black Women in Media: Truth, Accountability
11-08-2020
Black Women in Media: Truth, Accountability
There has been a lot of whistleblowing about anti-Black racism in the workplace in almost every profession. Unspoken issues at work ranging from micro-aggressions to outright racism are being recounted, and countless companies are being held accountable. What is this moment going to produce? What kind of future are we building?GUEST: Kathleen Newman-Bremang
Welcome to Season 2
04-08-2020
Welcome to Season 2
B(l)ack by popular demand, Black Tea season 2 is bringing the same unapologetically Black content, unfiltered raw opinions and dope guests. We’ll be getting into all things Black, and much tea will get spilled. We are going to explore art, politics, pop culture, sports, economics and more beyond a single story or simple representation. English Transcript Version Française
Black Queer Visibility
20-12-2018
Black Queer Visibility
The Black community often replicates the harmful and oppressive structures of white supremacy on it’s queer members. What are some ways we can build stronger ties between the broader Black community and LGBTQ+ people?Guest: Kim Katrin Milan, Human Rights Educator and Writer
2018 Best in Blackness
13-12-2018
2018 Best in Blackness
This week, Melayna, Andray and A.Harmony break down this year’s best (and worst) moments in Blackness by spilling as much tea as possible.Guest: Writer and Hip-hop artist, A.Harmony