Mississauga DJ who performed for Barack Obama working to employ more Black youths


At a time when protests against anti-Black racism and discrimination are breaking out around the world, a Mississauga-based DJ is looking to create more employment opportunities for Black youths in the Greater Toronto Area. 

Dahlia Keisha Palmer, better known as DJ Rosegold, recently made headlines for DJing for beloved former Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama at his Future Skills: A Conversation with President Barack Obama event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in early 2020. The up and coming DJ has also played at sold-out festivals around the world, toured with Grammy-nominated artist Jessie Reyez and independently-curated 10 sold-out events in Toronto.

Now, Rosegold is looking to hire more Black youths to work at The Hungry Gyal, her newly-launched take-out/catering "restaurant" based in Mississauga.

Rosegold founded the company, which offers burgers, sandwiches, wings, pasta and more, in May of 2020. Now, she's hoping to raise $9,000 to hire more young workers from the Black community in the GTA. 

"Since opening, The Hungry Gyal has received a gracious outpour of support from The community within the Greater Toronto Area and the ultimate vision is to keep The Hungry Gyal running whilst creating avenues to better serve our Black community right here in Toronto," Rosegold wrote on her GoFundMe page. 

"We are honoured to share that at the moment, a percentage of proceeds from all meals sold are donated to Afri-Can Food Basket, an organization in Toronto providing food to Black families and individuals in need."

The GoFundMe page says that with The Hungry Gyal expanding, the company hopes to employ Black boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 20. 

"It is our hope that through this we will be able to give our youth the experience of working and building leadership within a Black-owned, positive working environment that sees them as human, cares about their economic growth/safety whilst also teaching them about hospitality, food and customer service as a whole," the page reads. 

According to the page, Rosegold is fundraising in order to provide equitable and fair wages to young employees. The company's stated goal is to employ as many youths as possible and teach them various skills for the workplace, including social media/digital marketing, digital content development, customer service, food service procedures, inventory management and more. 

The page says that raising $9,000 will allow the start-up to employ four or five youths who will be able to work four times a week for a maximum of five hours per day from July 2020 until August 2020.

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