Ottawa artist Wise Atangana released a new album called “Justice for Peace — Black Lives Matter” with a goal of raising $100,000 to help build an Afro-Black Cultural Centre in downtown Ottawa.

Atangana will be doing this by selling one thousand CD packages for $100 each. With that comes a CD, digital album and one ticket for an online concert.

“As a full-time artist, building this Afro-Black Cultural Centre is my priority. I am motivated and determined to make it happen for my community,” Atangana said.

The Centre will open in January 2021 and will feature a professional audio-video production studio and a collaborative workspace where young Black Canadians can “strengthen their cultural identity and develop creative, artistic and entrepreneurial skills,” a press release states.

“Racism is an economic problem and an educational problem,” Atangana said. “That’s why we need to invest in education and opportunities that benefit Black children and youth, and promote a culture of ownership in Black communities. Elsewhere, Black people succeed because they have a physical and visible space to work and collaborate with each other.”

The centre’ mission is to teach Black youth how to use art, creativity and technology to create opportunities and deconstruct stereotypes against anti-black racism in Canada and all over the world.

According to a statement, this will be done through the development of identity building, mentoring and entrepreneurial and artistic development programs.

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