27 May 2024

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We welcome feature articles, short stories, book reviews, movie and entertainment reviews, human interest stories, as well as reports on cultural and social events with pics (weddings, anniversaries, graduations, etc.). All guest articles and photos must be original and showcase people of African descent, or speak directly to the lived Black experience. We do not publish guest articles that are are linked to another publication.

Please note that Black Ottawa Scene is entirely volunteer-driven and volunteer-managed, and  contributors do so in a volunteer capacity.  We therefore, do not pay any financial remuneration to reporters, photographers, feature writers, or guest columnists. Contributors should also note that articles or reports should not be used to directly or indirectly, promote, endorse or advertise commercial businesses, goods or services. 

We request that you include a photo of yourself plus a short bio to go with your submission. We also recommend a max of 800 words per article; our experience is that readers tend to be turned off by lengthy postings.

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  1. Alan Webb

    I am a Black Iqaluit, Nunavut based citizen of Ottawa. I recently published my debut novel titled “Once Upon A Time In Zimbabwe: A Story Of Race And Inheritance”. Would your publication be interested in doing a book review and possibly an interview of the author?

    I look forward to your response.


    Alan Webb

    1. blackottawa

      Hello Alan
      Thank you for your mail. Re your inquiry, you may be aware that Black Ottawa Scene is entirely volunteer-driven and volunteer-run. As such we have limited capacity to do book reviews and interviews of news-making individuals. That said, I would ask for the following information from you:
      Your bio (education, career, lived Black experience)
      Name of the publisher of your book
      Book’s release date
      A summary description (synopsis) of the book
      Send the above to my editorial email address: [email protected]

      With that, I will review our resources to see if any of our volunteers would be available to review the book. At this time, our priority is a project to conduct video interviews of Ottawa’s earliest Black migrants, i.e. those who came from Africa and the Caribbean in the sixties and early seventies. They would all now be in their eighties and nineties, so it is a race against time. With that in mind, I cannot give you any assurance about the timing of a review of your book, or an interview with you.
      Wishing you all the very best.
      Godwin Ifedi

  2. Iris Maria Bautista

    Hello! I’m a volunteer for TEMBO, a Canadian charity (founded and based in Ottawa) that empowers young girls and women in Tanzania’s Longido District, to progress their education and micro-business opportunities.

    Next month we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary (exciting!) and we’re hosting a special event (Feb 27) with renowned photographer Michelle Valberg at Carleton University. Proceeds will go towards TEMBO’s mission.

    Would Black Ottawa Scene be willing to help promote TEMBO and the event? Here are links, if it helps!


    I’m part of their communications committee, so very happy to answer any questions. Hopefully we can work together!

    Thank you!

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