Author: Kevin Bourne

Kevin Bourne is the co-founder and editor of SHIFTER magazine. Born and raised in Toronto, Kevin currently resides in Ottawa with his wife Koliah and their three children. He's a big fan of hip-hop, pop culture, and urbanism and spends most of his time keeping up with the Kardashians.

Ahead of the film’s release, SHIFTER editor-in-chief, Kevin Bourne, talks to Creed III star Jonathan Majors about the pressures of joining a storied film franchise and why he decided to take the role. Kevin Bourne: Well, first congratulations Jonathan on the role. What emotions, if any, did you feel about being involved in such a storied franchise? Was there any trepidation or just excitement? Jonathan Majors: Growing up the way I grew up, there are very few things that make me nervous. You know, the emotions that really hit were…Whenever you fight, there’s nerves. You know, when you fight for…

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Founded in 2022, FILLTHEBLNK has quickly become the go-to source of community for those in Toronto’s growing hip-hop scene. I have a confession to make. As an Arts & Culture journalist, I’ve fallen out of love with writing about music. I’m not sure when it happened, or even how, but it has. For at least the past year, it’s been hard for me to write about music. If you’ve reached out to me to write an article about your latest single or music video, even submitted a press release, and I didn’t get back to you, I’m sorry. It may…

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Maurice is granted bail and Zatima are having issues as Fatima presses Zac about “the picture”. Here’s our Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 5 Episode 16 recap. Fatima see the picture The episode opens with Fatima being shown the picture of Zac and Karen supposedly kissing at the salon. Fatima must be maturing because she allows cooler heads to prevail and decides to wait it out to see if Zac will tell her (we’ll see how long that lasts). After Andi tries to reach Fatima, she asks what’s wrong. Eventually, Fatima shows Andi the picture of Zac and Karen supposedly kissing.…

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We know Cody Rhodes is returning, but there are still a lot of things we don’t know. Here are six 2023 Royal Rumble surprise entrant predictions. The Royal Rumble is going down tomorrow and the wrestling community is buzzing. There are some things that we do know. Cody Rhodes will be returning. I would’ve hoped that they would keep him as a surprise entrant since that’s the whole appeal of the Royal Rumble. Chelsea Green and possibly Matt Cardona will be making their entrance. Still, there are a lot of things we don’t know. Here are six somewhat crazy Royal…

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Pundits have labelled the National Arts Centre Black Out event as segregation, but SHIFTER’s Kevin Bourne says it’s about representation and providing well-needed infrastructure for Black creators. Canada’s National Arts Centre recently added a new event series to their programming calendar. Black Out night is a series of theatre productions geared towards Black audiences; a group that is underrepresented in Canadian theatre. It’s a rather bold vision for a Canadian institution that I’m sure is welcomed by many in the Black community. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with this move. The Ottawa Sun’s Brian Lilley recently wrote an article blasting the…

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Danni rejects Preston’s proposal and Sabrina and Calvin get even closer. Here’s our Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 5 Episode 15 recap. The Proposal “What the hell…Get up.” That’s how tonight’s episode of Sister started. Danni has a hard time accepting the proposal and ring because she thinks it’s is for another woman, but according to Preston says it’s her size (meaning he got it for her). He continues: “Danni, I’m willing to do anything for you.” To which she replies: “Thank you, but no…I’m sorry.” And just like that, Preston is rejected. Danni then goes to the bathroom and calls Sabrina…

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The Vortex and family celebrate Billy’s birthday as he continues to debate taking the GAU coaching job. Here’s our All American season 5 episode 8 recap. Preparations for Billy’s party The backdrop for this episode is Billy’s birthday. The episode opens with Spencer and Alicia putting their clothes on after spending some “quality time” together. Although going to family gatherings was apparently against the rules, they make plans for her to come to Billy’s birthday party. At the former Baker house turned bachelorette pad, Liv overhears Coop talking about Spencer bringing Alicia to the party. Awkward. Coop’s big mouth gets…

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Hundreds gathered to see It Will All Make Sense Soon, the debut photo exhibit from Toronto photographer Of The Saint. From Drake and the Weeknd, to Pressa, DVSN and Jessie Reyez, Toronto is in a Golden Era of hip-hop and R&B music. Among the creatives documenting it all is Toronto photographer Of The Saint. In the past 18 months, he has travelled to New York, Los Angeles and everywhere in between, working with major outlets like Billboard among others. He has photographed hip-hop heavyweights like Rick Ross and Nas, travelled on tour with Jessie Reyez, and was even reposted by…

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Zatima and Karen talk child support, Preston asks Danni an important question, and Maurice is growing impatient. Here’s our Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 5 Episode 14 recap. Zatima and Karen go head-to-head (to head) The episode opens at Zatima’s house as they talk with Karen about the baby and child support. Zac offers her $3000 per month, but she turned it out. Karen then drops the news that Zac is, in fact, the father. Zatima is trying to be cool with Karen, but she’s mad petty. She responds that the baby is going to have two fathers because Aaron will…

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Preston learns Danni’s secret, Maurice is having doubts, and Bayo returns. Here’s our Tyler Perry’s Sistas Season 5 Episode 13 recap. Maurice stands firm but for how long? The episode opens with a defiant, f-word slinging Maurice refusing to succumb to pressure from the prosecutor to make a statement against Sabrina. The prosecutor is trying to convince that Sabrina turned on him but fortunately he knows his friend. After the interrogation, Maurice calls Calvin from jail wanting to know if Sabrina ratted him out and why Sabrina is out. He’s having doubts. Calvin pays Sabrina a visit and tells her…

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“People On The Move” takes a look at people moving on to new and exciting roles in our community and culture. Today, we look at Canadian hip-hop legend and music executive, Kardinal Offishall who joins Def Jam as the new Global A&R. Nine months after being promoted to Universal Music Canada’s Senior Vice President, A&R, Canadian hip-hop legend, Kardinal Offishall is on the move again. Today, he announced he would be assuming a new role as Global A&R at Def Jam, the label responsible for the careers of Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, and more recently Rihanna, YG and Muni Long.…

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Terry is living the legit life, while Meech is trying to forge new alliances to grow his empire. Here’s our BMF season 2 episode 1 review. The season two premiere of Starz’s BMF is exactly what you would expect from a good season premiere. It does a good job of continuing where the season one finale left off, while raising the stakes and at times leaving you on the edge of your seat. Important secrets are revealed while Meech’s ambitions propel him and the crew to the next level. The episode asks a great question that summarizes the episode well―”Who’s…

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