Host Simran Singh speaks with managing editor Kirti Vyas about how yoga, among other cultural practices, has been appropriated and removed from its religious and spiritual context. Later, she speaks with features editor Pia Araneta on the importance of cultural competence in mental health care.
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Special to Centre Scope: Racialized Communities Reclaim Spirituality
Managing editor Kirti Vyas, with podcast producer Meara Khanna, examines the cultural appropriation of different religious and spiritual practices that originated in Indigenous and South Asian cultures, such as yoga.
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Centre Scope – S1 E6 – A Queer Class
On this special edition episode of Centre Scope, Toronto-based activist and former incarcerated person and sex worker, Moka Dawkins, shares her experiences before and after jail as a Black trans woman. Researcher Alex V. Green discusses her research on how poverty affects certain LGBTQ2S+ people, especially trans Black women and sex workers. Manuela Vega hosts.
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Centre Scope – S1 E5 – Through the Lens of Black Photographers and Filmmakers
Opinion Editor Emma Buchanan takes over as a guest host, speaking with photojournalists and filmmakers about creating space for Black creatives in Toronto and beyond. This episode features photojournalist turned producer James Russell, Toronto and LA-based actress and filmmaker Tonya Williams and reporter Diane Liverpool, who had her first real gig at one of Toronto’s first Black newspapers.
On this episode of Centre Scope, we hear about trailblazers in Canada’s legal community, such as Lincoln Alexander, Charles Roach and Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré.