Tundè Balogun of the Objective News Agency on the Trudeau blackface revelations: “His latest scandal comes as no surprise for members of intelligent Black society, for we are all too familiar with anti-Black racism white supremacy. We understand that the white supremacist with a smile is just as dangerous as the one with a scowl. We understand, that racism is economic, and this latest scandal of Black/Brown face is the actions of a man with an iron grip on the institutions that choke the life out of us daily.”
Tundè Balogun: For anyone reading this article who is not familiar with Halifax and Mulgrave Park in particular, they would think it is a ghetto with graffiti everywhere, and residents that don’t take pride in where they live. Thus the community needs outside help to clean the mess they themselves have created. If CBC’s editorial staff allowed an artist outside that community to speak about budgets and people being left behind, it would also be fitting to speak about a community totally shut out of a $30 billion project.
Tundè Balogun started The Objective after seeing how the mainstream media portrays and stereotypes Black people and their communities, first while living in Toronto, and now in Halifax. We talked with Tundè about doing journalism differently.
This interview is the second in a series. There will be more interviews on journalism in Nova Scotia all through the summer.
Raw footage by the Objective News Agency of the press conference by two African Nova Scotian youths, part of a much larger group subjected to racist profiling while visiting Parliament Hill.
Another great trailer from the Objective News Agency’s documentary in the making on the school to prison pipeline. This one is about bad teachers.
Recent King’s journalism graduates Tundé Balogun and Sandra Hannebohm want to cover news that traditional media in Nova Scotia overlook. To do so, they have founded the Objective, an independent news agency that will cover Black news in Nova Scotia and beyond. Check out the trailer for their first project, a work in progress about the school-to-prison pipeline for Black kids here in Nova Scotia. Please support Tundé and Sandra and help them finish the documentary. It’s important.