Question 3 – “Is data collection necessary for hiring practices, or is it just bureaucracy that gets in the way?” moderator, Anjli Patel asked this of 11 panelists after the brutal police murder of #GeogeFloyd and before their incomprehensible shooting of #JacobBlake – 7 bullets in his back at point blank range, in front of his children.

“With my job, numbers don’t lie. I live by my numbers…we all know the lines about Black people don’t sell magazines or Black people don’t sell. I’m here to say Black people are good for business.” asserts ELLE Canada Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Craft. “Think of all the positions we can now defend because we have the data. Less than 2% of venture capital money goes to Black entrepreneurs, less than 3% goes to women, percentage of people who are assaulted by police when they’re Black…” says marketing expert, Wealthie Works Inc. founder, Sabaa Quao.

Hear what all 11 Canadian creative heavy hitters had to say in Part II of BLACK CANADIAN STYLE: HERE’S THE THING… A discourse on the importance of Black Canadian identities in #fashion, #design, #culture and #media – presented by MODECANADAROCKS x MELANI Beauty.

The panelists: FASHION Magazine Beauty Director, Natasha Bruno; Judy Inc. Fashion & Beauty Director, Campaign & Editorial, Richard Campbell; photographer and videomaker, Steve Carty; Elle Canada Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Craft; Creative Director; professor, author and Former Beauty Editor, Chatelaine Magazine, Charmaine Gooden; Delectant Media Inc. CEO & MODECANADAROCKS Founder, Len D. Henry; Supermodel and Lana Ogilvy Skincare Founder, Lana Ogilvie; Entrepreneur, Wealthie Works Daily Inc., Filminute, and Newsrooms Co-Founder, Sabaa Quao; Milan’s Show Division President, Celia Sears; Footwear Designer, Black Designers of Canada Principal, George Sully and model, Aleece Wilson.

This is the third of the 4-part series delivering the original 2-hour digital conversation in themes: Creative Identities; Black Lives Matter; Data Collection & Hiring Practices; and Content Creation – toward the end goal of identifying a positive way forward.