It has taken a bit more time than we anticipated, but WORD Mag is back online at the request of many of our past readers. So here we are with some new and some familiar content. Much more will be added as we proceed.

Naturally, our first step begins with letting you know about the TD IRIE Music Festival 2015 which is produced by some of the same people that produces WORD. We consider it important information.

We hope you will join us this year at Fort York Garrison Common on August 1st and 2nd with international headliners: Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons – the Jay-Z and Beyonce of Soca; and the legendary Inner Circle – the Bad Boys of Reggae along with Junior “One Blood” Reid, former lead singer of Grammy Award-winning Black Uhuru and arguably the most sampled reggae artist in hip hop.

In case you missed TD IRIE Fest Mississauga at Celebration Square, July 11 & 12, people are still buzzing about memorable performances by Messenjah, the re-union show of 20th Century Rebels and the interactive performance of NYC-based Lyrical, backed by Toronto’s Moses Revolution.
Some fans are still on cloud 9.:)

Consider what you are reading as Phase one of the new and improved site. There are several phases to come. We’ll be adding featured blogs, podcasts and video for a deeper immersive experience.

We at WORD believe in connecting with and delivering stories, perspectives from across the Diaspora — from Africa, to the Caribbean, and all the interesting places you find us across the globe, including here at home in Canada and the US.

Many of our early contributors and subjects have gone on to becoming major players in their various fields: music, film, literature, theatre, dance and visual arts. We hope to reconnect with you and continue telling your stories, sharing your perspectives on life and your accomplishments.

We want WORD to be place in people’s minds, a way of, entertaining, enlightening and elevating people: making people better mentally, emotionally and physically. Our mission is to create a hub for discovery about black culture and where it intersects with other cultures to create a new fusion.

We look forward to you adding your suggestions and recommendations. After all we are living in a new sharing economy. Each one, reach one, teach one. And we welcome your contributions: blogs, photos, videos, opinions, stories, etc.

WORD will publish periodic print editions from time to time. It goes without saying that we also need your advertising support to make this a sustainable endeavour.

Another initiative that’s close to my heart as the Co-Publisher/Editor is the creation of an anthology of some of our best work from the past two decades. Tell us your favourite stories, photos, comics, etc. Our plan is to publish this next year.

In the meantime, thank you for your support over the years and we look forward to creating many new memories.

Peace, Love & Blessings!