Celebrating Black Futures Month with Amal Mohamud

By Amal Mohamud
Jan 31, 2024

Explore Edmonton acknowledges those who came here as settlers – as migrants either in this generation or in generations past – and those of who came here involuntarily, particularly those brought to these lands as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery. Explore Edmonton would like to pay tribute to those ancestors of African origin and descent, and acknowledge their contributions towards building Edmonton as a vibrant, inclusive. and diverse community.

Meet Amal Mohamud

Beyond her career achievements, Amal is known for her love of multiculturalism and diversity. She actively promotes unity through media, highlighting her commitment to inclusivity. Outside of work, she finds happiness in exploring different cultures through travel, enjoying diverse cuisines, and savoring the art of storytelling in movies. Amal's journey exemplifies her dedication to breaking barriers and fostering a more inclusive and globally aware media landscape.

Black Histories and Futures Month

Hey, everyone! I'm thrilled to guide you through various events happening in February to celebrate and acknowledge Black Histories and Futures Month, while shining a spotlight on some fantastic Black-owned businesses. Let's make this month a celebration of culture, and success.

Celebrate Black Excellence

There are many events taking place to acknowledge and celebrate Black Histories and Futures Month. Below are some amazing ways to celebrate and make an impact. For more inspiration, check out The National Black Coalition of Canada Society's list of events taking place this month.

5 Artists 1 Love

5 Artists 1 Love is one of the city's longest running Black Histories and Futures Month celebrations that honours the creative vibrancy within Edmonton’s Black communities, featuring some amazing events. Catch Joyful Noise: A Musical Showcase at Winspear Centre on February 3, and visit the Art Gallery of Alberta to discover the 5 Artists 1 Love Art Exhibition from January 20 - March 3.

Afro Kulture in West Edmonton Mall

Celebrate Afro Kulture at WEM! This event features a vibrant daytime artisan market, offering a unique and diverse array of products. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in the rhythm of live musical performances and DJs, including the dynamic beats of DJ Yung Jaah and Bangerz, blending the vibrant genres of Afrobeats, Amapiano, and Afrojazz. It's a fantastic opportunity to engage with the rich cultural tapestry and enjoy a day filled with art, music, and celebration.

February 10

Melanin Narratives by YEG the Come Up

Embark on a journey beyond the boundaries of time and imagination at Melanin Narratives VIII: Afrofuturism! Join us for an evening of performances, cultural celebration and knowledge exchange during Black Histories and Futures Month. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!

February 17

AfroQuiz at the Library

Stop in for AfroQuiz at the Stanley A. Milner Library! In celebration of Black Histories and Futures Month, this event empowers youth to learn about histories, advancements and contributions from the Black community.

February 24

Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out

Edmonton is home to many amazing and talented Black entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, and artists who are trailblazers in our city! Check out some of my favourite Edmonton owned and operated businesses, and keep in mind that there are many more Black-owned businesses that you can support. For year-round resources, you can check out Melanistic Magazine, Diversity Magazine, and Black Business Edmonton!


SocaFit stands as Edmonton's premier Caribbean dance, fitness, and entertainment company. Their mission is to impart knowledge through the dynamic fusion of movement and music from diverse Caribbean islands. Explore our inclusive range of classes suitable for all skill levels! It's the perfect blend of fun, energy, and vibrant vibes.

Bajan Chef

Bajan Chef offers authentic, multicultural cuisine! From catered personal dinners, to pre-packaged meals, to plated buffet barbeques for special events, there's so much to enjoy!

Munita Styles

If you're looking to get your hair done, make sure to check out Munita Styles. The talented hairdresser is skilled in dealing with and styling various hair types.


Atadel offers a swift, effective, and smooth online shopping experience for groceries, food, and more! Enjoy on-demand doorstep delivery within 1 hour or less, and explore a variety of ethnic and local stores all in one convenient platform.

Cakes by Ruby

For delectable cakes perfect for weddings, ceremonies, graduations, or any celebration, explore Cakes by Ruby. Indulge in beautifully designed cakes that not only taste exquisite but also add a touch of elegance to your special occasions.

Token Bitters

Handcrafted in Edmonton, Token Bitters creates handcrafted artisanal aromatic bitters, inspired by and made in Edmonton. Level up your cocktail game with a drop or two! Looking for a bit of inspiration? Check out their cocktail recipes!

Support Black Artists

Let's all come together to celebrate Black Histories and Futures Month! Join in on the fun events, and show some love to awesome Black-owned businesses buy shopping local and following their social accounts. There are many ways to support. Together, we honour the strength and important contributions of the Black community. Let's make this month a big shoutout to Black excellence!