When I think of February, I think of two things: Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. The two have the potential to work harmoniously together. If we step away from the giant marketing tactic that is Valentine’s Day and focus on the sentiment behind it, we can spend this month spreading love, peace, acceptance, and equality. In a world that can be filled with so much hatred, let’s use this month to lend a helping hand, smile at a stranger, make a new friend, and tell your family, friends, and loved ones how much they mean to you.

In the photo above, we have Marcus and his friend Winnie. Marcus has always had a crush on Winnie. He thinks she’s the most intelligent and prettiest person ever. Read about “HerStory Dolls” and how one Hamilton mom is dedicated to showing that representation matters by making dolls that are reflective of the African Diaspora.

This issue is our love letter to Hamilton. We love supporting our community and showcasing everything that it has to offer. Learn about out how the YWCA is honouring the work of women leaders, or how Boudoir photographer Melissa Kelly is empowering women to feel beautiful in their own skin. And, of course, if you’re feeling particularly romantic this month, check out this month’s edition of The HamilTEN. It’s loaded with romantic ideas to do around the city.

Don’t forget to spread love and peace this month.