Melanistic Magazine Vol. 4 - Melanistic Styles

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melanistic L IFE I N B LA C K

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

THE

HISTORY OF KWANZAA

YOUR ALL-BLACK FASHION GUIDE

VOL.4 · FALL 2020

MELANISTIC STYLES



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M E L AN I S T IC MAG AZINE VOL .4 Publisher Greg Davis Editor Taneya Rogers Creative Director Nigel Williams Artistic Director JoAnne Pearce Marketing Director NiLo Public Relations Robert Tyndale C O N T R I B UT OR S Kyle Smith, Kyla Pascal, Merlin Uwalaka, Jayne Doe Cover Photo NiLo Special Thanks to Londonderry Mall, Kashan Persian Rugs, Afrodisiac Natural Shop CO NT ACT : melanisticmagazine@gmail.com www.melanisticmagazine.com


In the Know 2k20 Well, we made it! Protests, pandemics and black holes: we have just the thing to celebrate surviving 2020. Here is your quarterly dose of Black Excellence to help you Be in the Know.

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Melanistic Magazine became the first Blackpublished media accepted into AMPA - Alberta Magazine Publishing Association.

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Akon breaks ground on $6B real life Wakanda in Senegal.

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Nigerian-born MLA Kacey Madu becomes the first Black Justice Minister for the UCPs.

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MIT elects sophomore mechanical engineering major Danielle Geathers as first Black Student Body president in its 159 year history.

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Monica and Brandy become the highest watched Versuz yet.

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BE IN THE KNOW


EDI T OR ’S W E LC O ME

Taneya Rogers We are still here and we are literally closing off this year in style! This issue celebrates our local talents in the fashion industry but on a larger scale, it is a celebration of the Melanistic family and brand. Our team has grown tremendously throughout this year. Each issue has been a testament to our faith in the Melainstic vision and our faith in our community. Even more rewarding has been the faith that you, our readers, have had in us to deliver a quality product that accurately reflects the beauty and nuances of the Black experience in Alberta. We Thank You. RETRACTION: In our previous issue, we inadvertently misrepresented the credentials of Sholly Scarlett who contributed our Health and Wellness piece. Sholly Scarlett does not hold a Doctorate in Phycology but is a Registered Psychologist with a M.Sc. graduate degree.


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B OM YEG HOLIDAY MARKET

CARIWEST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

T h e We s t e r n C a r n i v a l Development A ss o ci a t i o n h o s t C a r i w e s t , a n n o u n ce d and invites everyone to attend our annual general meeting. This e v e n t p u l l s b a ck t h e cu r t a i n o n t h e a n n u a l fe st i v a l , p r o v i d e s y o u t he opportunity to provide fe e d b a ck a n d p a r t i ci p a t e i n t h e e l e ct i o n o f t he n e w b o a r d fo r t h e 2 0 2 1 ca r n i v a l s e a s o n . Date: Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 Time: 1pm – 4pm Location: To be announced cariwest.ca

BOM YEG is a pop-up s t yl e m a r k e t f o r B l a ck o w n e d b u si n e s s e s & cr e a t i v e s i n E d m o n t o n t o s h o w ca se t h e i r p r o d u ct s & s e r v i ce s t o t h e c o m m u n i t y. Date: Saturday Nov. 28 Time: 12 - 6 pm Location: Habesha African Market, 2nd Floor @bomyeg

AFRODISIAC MARKETPL ACE BUY BL ACK WEEKEND The Afrodisiac M a r k e t p l a ce r a l l i e s t o b u y B l a ck . A cu r a t e d l o ca l m a r k e t t o s u p p o r t B l a ck E n t e r p r i s e . C o m e a n d su p p o r t o u r co m m u n i t i e s , d e si g n e r s , artist and authors. Date: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 Time: 11am – 6pm Location: Alberta Aviation Museum afrodisiacmarket.com

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Kwanzaa AN EXPLORATION OF OUR HISTORY

What is it?

UMOJA Unity

UJAMAA

Cooperative Economics

UJIMA

KUJICHAGULIA

Collective Work & Responsibility

Self Determination

NIA

Purpose

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ome may have heard of Kwanzaa or may recognize the symbolic sevencandle holder seen from December 26 to January 1. Unfortunately, there is often a lack of knowledge and understanding of what Kwanzaa is meant to represent. Truth, over the years, has been replaced by myths and commercialization. NO, is it NOT an African religious holiday. Kwanzaa was started in 1966 by Maulana Karenga after the riots in Watts, Los Angeles. The intention was to create a holiday rooted in Black ancestry and to provide our community an alternative holiday to the “traditional” celebrations. The word Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili expression “matunda ya kwanza”, meaning “first fruits of the harvest” and is built around seven principles. Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith).

KUUMBA

Creativity

IMANI

Faith

These principles are accompanied by seven symbols - Mazao (The Crops), Mkeka (The Mat), Kinara (The Candle Holder), Muhindi (The Corn), Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup), Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles), Zawadi (The Gifts). Together these principles and symbols create a bridge to remembering our history, celebrating our Black culture and instilling a sense of generational pride in what it means to be Melanistic.

by: greg davis

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2020

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

It’s never too early to get a kick start on the your stocking stuffers and gifting ideas. Our Christmas gift guide offers a few, Black-owned, Alberta-based options with price points for any budget. Happy Shopping! BY: TANEYA ROGERS

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Designs By Arewami Designs By Arewami is a Calgary-based African fashion brand servicing a worldwide audience. Specializing in both ready to wear and custom-made African clothing via poisebyarewami, they find inspiration in the richness of the African culture. Instagram: @designsbyarewami Elizabeth@designsbyarewami

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Asili Kids Asili Kids is a children’s books publishing company founded by two sisters passionate about connecting Black children globally with their African heritage. Children discover the beauty of African culture and community through reading. Email: info@asilikids.com Instagram: @asilikids $

Ashabi Wears Ashabi Wears is a clothing brand that specializes in creating beautiful day to day wear that is soft and ecofriendly with a touch of cultural heritage for the family. Instagram: @ashabiwears Phone: 587 889 9851

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Oonsie Boutique

Oonsie Boutique is an Edmonton based women’s fashion brand that is size inclusive (XS - 3XL). The mission is to make every woman feel comfortable and empowered in her skin. Instagram: @oonsieboutique www.oonsie.com

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Waistbeads By Lisa

Waistbeads by Lisa celebrates the sensual Goddess within us with custom waistline adornments made with small, colorful glass and seed beads, crystals and semiprecious gemstones along with custom made bracelets using semi precious stones. Instagram: @lisa_me09, @WaistbeadsbyLisa

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Plant Medicines F O R

S U R V I V A L

Plants and herbs have served to keep major illness at bay for centuries over cultures. Many plants are the basis of what we know today as medicine. The great thing about natural remedies is that they can be used as preventative measures as well as treatments for existing discomfort. Here are some must have herbs and their uses. NOTE: This information is not meant to replace your medical professional. We always suggest checking with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or on medication.

1 MARSHMALLOW ROOT Long-existing as a throat coating and expectorant, marshmallow root has been mixed with honey and used as lozenges for sore throats. Preparation: Marshmallow root is best prepared as a cold infusion: add some to water and then leave in your fridge for 24-48 hours. Remember where there is water - there is life - this infusion has a

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refrigerated life of about 4-5 days. Marshmallow root can also be boiled and used as tea. Try using in soups to thicken the broth.


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Yes! We know camomile tea is great for sleepy time but did you know that camomile has over 50 medicinal uses? This herb can be used internally and topically for ailments such as heartburn, high blood pressure, soothing burns and eye irritations.

This herb is a member of the mint family and has many scientifically tested medical benefits including antiviral and antibacterial properties. Rich in antioxidants, this is great to add to meals and soups to maintain health.

Preparation: Prepare in hot water as a tea. Let cool before use on your eyes.

Preparation : Use in cooking, as a tea or use the more concentrated essential oils for when you’re feeling under the weather.

Remember when choosing your herbs, find an organic supplier who also centers on sustainability.

BY: NILO

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DATING WHILE BLACK

A’ SIDE

Story: Nigel Williams Art: Kyle Smith

I’ll pick you up at Three O’ clock.

@melanisticmagazine @inkfable

Sooo what’s he like?

Girl this man finishes my sentences.

He knows what I am thinking.

HEEEY...

SURPRISE!

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We connect on a deeper cosmic level. He... He just gets me.

NOPE!


M E L A N I S T I C E AT S The Club from Nowhere consisted of a group of Black women from Alabama during the 1950s who baked pies and pastries and sold them at church and around the city. The money raised from these sales helped fund a number of civil rights actions, most notably, the Montgomery Bus Boycott. When asked where the money came from, the women simply responded, “nowhere.” The organizer of this group, Georgia Gilmore, was a powerful activist and recognized the utility of food as a tool of resistance. As Gilmore demonstrated, food is powerful; it can help us build connections, support causes we care about, and help us build the communities we hope to live in. As we approach the giving season, the ways we gather and give are going to look more different from usual. Why not consider selling baked goods and

donating the money to important causes in the city such as BLM YEG or Pepper’d? Alternatively, cook a meal and donate it directly to Camp Pekiwewin. What about supporting community by spending your money at black-owned businesses such as Marvellous Tropical Food Market or Family Injera and Spices or purchasing Black-owned products like Token Bitters? In a time of uncertainty, where the realities of oppression are laid bare we can use this time to build the world we want to live in. Of course, food is understandably going to be a part of it. How do we gather over the holidays, virtually or physically, in a way that builds community and a sense of togetherness? What does your dream of freedom and liberation look like through the lens of food?

By: Kyla Pascal

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MY Christmas In North America, little consideration is given to the meaning of Christmas to those of us not born and raised here. White Christmas, Santa, chestnuts, and the likes are not readily associated with Christmas in other parts of the world. My Jamaican upbringing gave me a different set of fond holiday memories and traditions. Ham, sorrel, and star lights, all help to fashion these cheerful memories. Setting our Jamaican Christmas experience apart is our brand of music, which pokes fun at symbols like Santa. My personal favorite is “Santa ketch up inna mango tree” by Faith D’aguilar. We reached out to some of our readers and here are some of the traditions and memories they shared with us from their homelands.

By: Greg Davis Illustration By: Kyle Smith

Barbados

Some countries have Spring-cleaning, but in Barbados, it is all about the Christmas cleaning. Linens, doilies and cushion coverings all come off or down and get a thorough cleaning and starching. Drapes are usually replaced completely.

Mombasa, Kenya

Across Kenya the major cities are usually deserted as most people opt to head to their home villages for family time. Mombasa is a costal, beach city, so the idea of “white Christmas” does not register. Instead, barbeques on the beach is a more common practice.

Antigua

Santa does not come down chimneys, since they are absent in Antigua. Instead, on Christmas Eve all roads lead to St. Johns to buy Christmas gifts and to get the party started.

Ethiopia

Christmas in Ethiopia is not on the schedule as most other countries as they follow the Julian calendar. As a result, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th and kicks off with fasting and church services. Gift exchanges are not common in Ethiopia; however, celebrations tend to be more community centered.

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M E LANIS T IC ST YL E S BY: MERLIN UWALAKA Makeup by: Damilola Oladosu

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KWANZAA,

the theme of this issue, celebrates family, community and culture. The Black community can be identified by what they create and wear. The Fall / Winter 2020 editorial is a celebration of Blackness through fashion. Black fashion goes beyond our eclectic style; it’s also about wearing Black designers and creators. It is a great way to showcase our pride in and support of Black ideas, stories and enterprises. Wearing Black designers amplifies the everyday celebration of Blackness.

Model: Idara Effiom

We’ve curated a collection of pieces of local fashion designers, reflecting the beauty of the Black diaspora. Through fashion, Edmonton local designers are telling stories of celebration, resilience, culture, and creativity.

DRESS: Pastel, cold-shoulder HEADWRAP: Pink, beaded DESIGNER: NDIDI ACCESSORIES:Gold, ringed neckpiece DESIGNER: ILOTHANDO CREATIONS PERSIAN RUGS: Kashan Persian Rugs

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TOPS: Two-toned crop top and tee-shirt

Models: Chanece Curtis, Teni Ajayi

PANTS: Edgy printed denim pants DESIGNER: BURNING BOATS

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FOOTWEAR: Ezy Wear, Wellington black dress shoe DESIGNER: GIDI SOLE ACCESSORIES:Black x Black series, stainless steel watch DESIGNER: DAVINCI XXI WATCHES

Model: Mohammed Animashaun

PANTS: War will tear us apart printed pants DESIGNER: BURNING BOATS

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DRESSES: The Classic Bella Dress, & Circle Shift Dress (left and right) DESIGNER: MKcurvy Vibrant Printed Dress (centre) DESIGNER: NDIDI HEADWRAPS: Printed DESIGNER: NDIDI

Models: Melat Yigazu, Chanece Curtis, Teni Ajayi

ACCESSORIES: Southern African inspired beaded neckpieces DESIGNER: ILOTHANDO CREATIONS Turquoise Bracelet DESIGNER: MISCHANA

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DRESS: Yellow, long sleeved sweater dress DESIGNER: KAJ CLOTHING

Model: Damilola Oladosu

PERSIAN RUGS: Kashan Persian Rugs

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TOP & MATCHING HEADWRAP: Nayaa Africa print with brass & beaded accessories DESIGNER: OLUCHI NAYAA SKIRT: Embellished maxi skirt DESIGNER: MKCurvy

DRESS: The ‘Bims Batik’ (floral print) DESIGNER: MKCurvy

ACCESSORIES: Ankara Jewelry DESIGNER: MSICHANA

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Models: Sankofa, Hannah Sam, Orla Kayonga

JACKET: Tweed and wax print mix jacket DESIGNER: KYN Apparel



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t has been a summer of rallies and reflection as communities stood together against racism, inequality and injustice. Fifteen thousand Edmontonians gathered on June 12th, 2020 at the Alberta Legislature for the cause. While the event allowed us to focus on the issues, it did not automatically fix them. To have meaningful reform, we require strategy, education and innovative programs.

Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) responded swiftly and created the Anti-Racism Fund on June 17th, 2020. The fund represents a commitment to supporting and expanding the work of Black-led and Indigenous-led and serving programs and agencies. To date, more than $157,000 in grants have been provided to Edmonton innovators whose efforts build diversity in under-represented fields and challenge participants to begin their anti-racism journey.


Here’s what you need to know... Who Is Edmonton Community Foundation? Founded in 1989, ECF connects donors with local charities and causes that are working to build a stronger and more vibrant community. By fostering strong community relationships, ECF keeps a finger on the pulse of Edmonton. Their team of professional advisors work to channel financial support to innovators who are building a brighter, more equitable future for our city.

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Does ECF take control of my program? No. The grants support the work of people and organizations who have the expertise in serving their communities best. The recipient remains the lead on the structure and deliverables of each program with no external interference.

How are the Grants funded?

ECF Grants come from endowment funds that are established by ECF’s donors. As the endowments grow, so does the financial support. (Look out for more on Endowment Funds in the next issue of Melanistic Magazine)

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Centre for Race and Culture Support from ECF helped CFRAC produce a digital round table series to focus on solutions to various aspects of discrimination and exclusion. cfrac.com

Citadel Theatre The Anti-Racism Fund is aiding an ad hoc committee of theatre companies and artists to focus on addressing issues of accessibility in Edmonton’s theatre scene. citadeltheatre.com


MELANISTIC TRAVELER

Winter in your Backyard

by: greg davis

Summer is the one we live for, but winter is a way of life. While retreating from the cold and avoiding outdoor activities is most commonly the strategy, winter does offer some unique experiences and views worth exploring. Here are a few travel and activity ideas to help you make the most of the season.

Snowshoeing in the Edmonton River Valley

The Edmonton River Valley trials are still accessible in winter and stepping out with snowshoes allows you to see Edmonton from a different perspective. For your safety, we strongly suggest connecting with a guided tour company with an intimate knowledge of the trail systems.

Jasper National Park

If you have never been to Jasper in winter, you are missing a treat. The landscape is vastly different, with snow-capped mountains, frozen waterways and less tourists, making for a more relaxed mountain village experience. Marmot Basin is also calling you thrill seekers to her slopes with ski and snowboarding trails for all levels. Looking for something less heart pumping? Maligne Canyon Ice Walk or a Dog Sledding tour might be your preference.

Canmore, Alberta

One of the coziest mountain villages you’ll find anywhere with a scenic mountain backdrop, shopping, dining and entertainment. This is the place to rent a cabin and enjoy your favorite winter drink.

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Artist Spotlight

kyle smith

The Melanistic family has been fortunate to tap into the artistic talents of Kyle Smith. The Jamaican/ Canadian illustrator’s style is uniquely and deliberately AfroCaribbean and falls outside the traditional Japanese or American brand of comic.

Creators often aim to solidify their identity through their work and Kyle’s upbringing weaves deeply into his process. Being of mixed race, living in Canada he found himself a bit displaced but equally unable to fully identify with his Jamaican roots.

“What the Caribbean did for me as a whole was to answer the question, “Who am I?” While influenced by Sci-Fi novels, Japanese Anime and American comic, the islands gave him direction. The details in color, extravagant costuming or the subtlety of adding a more furrowed lip to an Afrocentric character immediately begs the reader to connect with African or Caribbean heritage. A simplistic childhood love for sketching cars preceded a formal education in visual communications. Intrigued by commercials and this ability to construct a design that would trigger a consumer to think about a particular product led to a career spanning over a decade in advertising. His work as an illustrator is led with passion.

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As Kyle describes, his art is like a drink of Rum (preferably Wray and Nephew Over-proof) and Ting, “Hard enough to get you tipsy but with a sweet bitterness leaving you with a lasting impression”

By: Taneya rogers


DATING WHILE BLACK

B’ SIDE

I’ll pick you up at Three O’ clock.

Story: Nigel Williams Art: Kyle Smith

@melanisticmagazine @inkfable

So how she stay?

Bruh, she finishes my sentences.

She knows what I’m thinking. We connect on a deeper cosmic level.

Fi Real?

She just gets me. ‘Dat sound NICE!

HEEEY...

SURPRISE! You ready to...

WHAT !?!!

Fin.

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FOR BY

and women empowerment, employment and skill development, as well as senior well-being and engagement.

The Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta, also known as the Africa Centre, is a non-profit that serves as a hub for communities of African descent through a wide range of programs and services.

Our society is rapidly shifting and COVID 19 has placed undue financial and mental stress on our communities. The Africa Centre has stepped in to help provide resources and services to support individuals and families through these trying times. The African Diaspora Covid-19 Response has established a food bank which consists of culturally sensitive food hampers to ensure dietary needs of the community are met, as well as mental health online workshops to support community wellbeing on all levels.

Founded in 2006, the centre is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and is proud to offer support to all ages and demographics of Albertans of African descent. Programs include affordable and accessible childcare, youth mentorship, mental health programs, gender equality

The Africa Centre is committed to empowering Black individuals through a strong African Indigenous cultural foundation incorporated across its programs and services. For more information, check out africacentre.ca and on social media @africacentreyeg.

THE AFRICA CENTRE BY: RIYAH LAKHANI

Image credit: The Africa Centre

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Sorrel: A taste of For every Jamaican, Christmas isn’t complete without the taste of two things; three depending on if you worship on Saturday or Sunday. Those three are ham, Christmas cake (Black cake) and sorrel. In my very biased opinion, sorrel is the most important of the three, as our seasonal comfort drink.

CHRISTMAS Just to be clear, so that all my nonJamaican readers can understand, sorrel without ginger is NOT sorrel; that is hibiscus tea. Now that we have established this universal truth, let’s look at what goes into making an authentictasting sorrel.

What makes Jamaican sorrel different from other countries? Addition of ginger in the brewing process. Yes, simply refreshing. Rice is used as a preservative, allowing the sorrel to be bottled and stored for an extended period Rum! For the record if the bottle doesn’t say Wray & Nephew, go to store this instant and get yourself sorted. Some also opt to add Red Label Wine to the mix. Either way, drink responsibly. The gentle tropical hibiscus flavor, blended with spirits and warming ginger-roots makes for the perfect holiday drink. I dare you to challenge me.

By: Greg Davis Check out melanistic.com for our recipe! 35


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MELANISTIC FITNESS BY: JAYNE DOE (IG: alignedathletesinc)

With the Holiday season approaching, we can discover practical, everyday strategies one can employ to avoid overindulgence, subsequent guilt and a cycle of events that results in an expanding waistline. Let’s talk BALANCE As a Fitness Professional, I have always believed in the power in balance; a solution to our weight gain should never be complete deprivation or restriction. Here are 5 strategies you can apply this Holiday season to avoid the post-holiday weight gain blues:

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Practice Self Control, not Restriction

Complete restriction leads to binge eating. Practice self control by reducing quantity & managing your portion sizes.

Order of Indulgence matters

Fill up on nutrition dense foods first leaving you with less room to indulge in lower quality foods.

Practice Mindful Eating

Mindless eating leads to overeating. Are you hungry? Thirsty? Bored? Pay attention to your body’s natural cues.

Know when to stop

Be sensitive to your natural hunger cues. Stop eating once you are satiated to avoid feeling “stuffed.

Remain Active

Maintain a regular active routine to assist in burning off excess calories.

Let’s Talk balance.

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INVESTMEN T S T RAT E GI E S

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11 am - 6pm

November 29, 2020 Alberta Aviation Museum


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Blue Nile Authentic Ethiopian Restaurant 11019 107 Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5H 3G2 (780) 428-5139

Simply Irie Caribbean Cuisine 1510 6 St SW Calgary, AB T2R 0N2 (403) 454 - 7400 simplyirie.ca

Food N Vibes Caribbean Restaurant & Lounge 2316 27 Ave NE #6A Calgary, AB T2E 7A7 (403) 456 - 4149

The Tantalizers 2976 Ellwood Dr SW Edmonton, AB T6X 0W6 (587) 498 - 1028 thetantalizersca.com

Irie Foods 2807 Mill Woods Rd NW Edmonton, AB T6K 4A9 (780) 414-1341 iriefoods.ca

Tiramisu Bistro 10750 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H1 (780) 452 - 3393 www.tiramisubistro.ca

Island Grill 15203 Stony Plain Rd Edmonton, AB, T5P 3Y4 islandgrillalberta.com

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Krazy Jerk 1715 52 St SE Calgary, AB T2A 1V1 (403) 691 - 1040 krazyjerk.com Koultures AfroContinental Restaurant 8803 118 Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5B 0T3 (780) 244 - 3500 Langano Skies Ethiopian Restaurant 9920 82 Ave NW Edmonton, AB, T6E 1Y9 (780) 432 - 3334 langanoskies.com Mumbai Dakar Restaurant 4322 118 Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5W 1A6 (780) 474 - 0833 Safron’s Caribbean Delight 8155 112 Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5B 0G1 (780) 474 - 9005

Azurys Jewellers 10072 Jasper Ave Edmonton, AB T5J 1V8 (780) 271 - 7272 www.azurys.ca Bamboo Ballroom 8206 104 St NW Edmonton, AB, T6E 2A2 (780) 439 - 1363 bambooballroom.ca Island Beat 2316 27 Ave NE #8 Calgary, AB T2E 7A7 (403) 291 - 2440 islandbeat.ca Kasoa Tropical Food Market Ltd 9340 118 Avenue Edmonton, AB, T5G 0N6 (780) 328 - 1751 kasoatropicalfood.com KlassicKoutique 10709 105 St Edmonton, AB stanfordnicola@yahoo.com Kny Apperal info@kynapparel.ca kynapparel.ca

Londonderry Mall 1-Londonderry Mall NW Edmonton, AB, T5C 3C8 londonderrymall.com Mama Afro Beauty Supply 9323 118 Ave NW Edmonton, AB, T5G 0N3 (780) 477 - 8511 Nyla Beauty Supply Inc. Creates connections and cultural experiences through conscious fashion, travel and spiritual support www.nayaa.ca Oluchi Nayaa Creates connections and cultural experiences through conscious fashion, travel and spiritual support www.nayaa.ca Spice Island 10058 163 St NW Edmonton, AB T5P 3N4 (780) 489 - 2738 Token Bitters An Edmonton original brand uses organically sourced ingredients from local farmers and businesses, and bottled without chemicals or preservatives. Token Bitters’ handcrafted artisanal aromatic bitters, adds a layer of flavour complexity to cocktails, mocktails and coffee. A few drops are guaranteed to elevate your bartending game. www.tokenbitters.com info@TokenBitters.com

services A1 Freight Forwarding 1 (800) 280 - 0277 a1freightforwarding.com Africa Centre 6770 129 Ave NW #106 Edmonton, AB T5C 1V7 (780) 455 - 5423 africacentre.ca

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Afrodisiac Natural Shop 11445 124 St Unit 211 Edmonton, AB, T5M 0K4 (780) 964 - 7117 afrodisiacnaturals.com Allstate Insurance Richard Griffith - Agent Allstate Insurance is a leading home and auto insurer focused on providing its customers prevention and protection products and services for every stage of life. (587) 805 - 5359 agents.allstate.ca/ab/st-albert/2hebert-rd/richard-griffith.html On FB @RGriffithAllstate Asiri Beauty Inc (780) 860 - 3045 @asiriewarmakeup_pro Audrey French Photography audreynfrench@gmail.com

Dog Boarding Paradise Instagram: @dogboardingparadise Errol Scott Realty Group Full Time & Full-Service Real Estate Professional delivering world-class service and doing whatever it takes to make my clients’ Real Estate goals & dreams become a reality! Contact: Errol Scott (780) 271 - 1114 info@errolscott.com become a reality! Contact: Errol Scott Flawless Financial Services info@flawlessfinancial.ca (780) 860 - 0298

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Genesis Control Systems LTD. Smart home systems (780)983-9877 info@genesiscontrolsystems.com genesiscontrolsystems.com GMD Auto Werks 10508 11010 166a St NW Edmonton, AB T5P 4H6 (780) 758 - 2691 gmdautowerks.com Insecure Fitness Insta: @insecure_fitness insecurefitness@gmail.com

Socafit – Caribbean Dance and Fitness Classes If you want to learn some new moves, get a great workout in, or you just want to have a fun night out, Socafit is here to bring you an authentic experience. Classes are open level and catered to all ages. Private and group sessions are available. Currently offering online only sessions. info@socafit.ca socafit.ca

Inspira Academic Consulting inspiraconsulting.org info@inspiraconsulting.org

Smooth By Sugar Edmonton based hair removal studio (587) 783 - 9816 smoothbysugar.com christine@smoothbysugar.com

Lawrence & Tkachuk Barristers, Solicitors & Notaries Crystal Lawrence #620 Ledgeview Building 9707 - 110 St, Edmonton Alberta, T5K 2L9 (780) 428 - 0777 familyandcriminallaw.ca

SMRT Health Center 14256 23 Ave NW Edmonton, AB T6R 3B9 (780) 705 - 0450 smrthealth.com

Legacy Barbershop & Salon 8930 Jasper Ave Edmonton, AB, T5H 4E9 (587) 928 - 2840 Memoris Photography by Abi (780) 220 - 0590 www.memorisphotography.ca MP Cubed Media Photography/ Cinematography/ Certified Drone Pilot Insta: @mp_cubed_media (647) 471 - 7637

Synergy Health 5117-55 Ave Edmonton, AB T6B 3V1 info@synergy-health.ca (780) 450 – 0507 synergy-health.ca The Bar 6009 86 Street Edmonton, AB T6E-2X4 (780) 468 - 6560 thebarfitness.ca

N.T.P. Mechanical (780) 903 - 9905

Yves Salon 10340 134 St NW Edmonton, AB T5N 2B1 (780) 604 - 0301 yvessalon.com

Online Tutoring English, French, Social Studies Contact Elsa Robinson www.elsarobinson.com elas@elsarobinson.com

Zoë Medical Clinic 6572 170 Ave NW Edmonton, AB T5Y 3X6 (780) 475 - 9635 zoemedical.ca


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