ABEENA SAMM - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
SINGER / WRITER / POET / COMMUNITY ACTIVIST
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com )
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Depends on the Day, and the day's needs determine what I use for motivation
Tell us what many people may not know about you?
Right now what you should expect is a New Single (Song)...
What's your inspiration, how do you handle disappointments and get motivated?
Involvements with other organizations and peoples events have helped me to learn alongside them.
How did you get to where you are now and what more do you hope to achieve?
I have gotten to where I am now by continually honing in on my craft.
What would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for my works
How do you balance work, family, friends, and leisure?
I balance work, family, and leisure with daily application to them all
What's your favorite food, book, music, and movie?
My favorite books are Iyanla Vanzant, Value in the Valley, and I like biographies from people of all walks of life
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
My Experience as a Black person in Canada has been very interesting. I see that racism still exist.
Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models, influencers and institutions like Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, Oprah, BET, etc.
I Agree, we do have some amazing talent here in Canada
More to do at the community level:
I think the Black community needs to take more responsibility in honoring themselves and things that they are capable of doing and not just be willing to take the available version of who we should be.
Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
Should and do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?
Yes, I think Blacks Should support black music, businesses, and events. Although I don't think that they do as much as they could.
What's your understanding of Black History in Canada?
My understanding of Black History in Canada is that there isn't any.
We talk about the underground railroad for Black History Month, but that barely speaks volume for Black's contribution to Canada.