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Film & TV
10 Mar 2020

Utopia Falls: The First Sci-fi Hip Hop Series

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“Utopia Falls, I call it my love letter to hip hop, to the hip hop culture. It takes a couple of my loves and smashes them together which is always a good thing. I’m kind of a sci-fi geek. I’m a comic book geek. I’m a genre geek. I love all that kind of stuff with mythology built in and then we obviously have our mythology with hip hop. I hadn’t really seen my culture portrayed in the future.”

18 Jan 2020

Romaine Waite: It's No Mystery That His Star is Rising

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Romaine Waite is an actor to watch; no pun intended. His supporting role on popular CBC television drama Frankie Drake Mysteries is just another in a long list of achievements on his way to inevitable stardom. As “Bill Peters” his character is often called upon by “Frankie Drake,” a fictional depiction of the first female private detective in 1920’s Toronto. Frankie Drake solves crimes with her partner “Trudy” (Chantel Riley); Trudy also being Bill Peter’s love interest. The show is a hit and is coming back this year for a third season. No small feat for a diverse, Canadian, female-led…

21 Dec 2019

The End Of An Era - CBC's Air Farce Takes Flight One Last Time

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Budgetary constraints have claimed another one. After 46 years on radio and television, the Royal Canadian Air Farce signs off with a farewell special on December 30, 2019. The show, known for political satire and comedic sketches, has managed to steer clear of controversy in its multi-decade run. Uniquely Canadian, eh. We had a chance to chat with Darryl Hinds, a Second City alum and ensemble member of the Air Farce since 2014. Hinds’s resume is littered with Canadian staples, such as Degrassi, The Beaverton, Murdoch Mysteries, Little Mosque on the Prairie, and The Ninth, situating him in a unique…

25 Nov 2019

A Little White Lie Moves from the Stage to the Screen

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What happens when you tell a little white lie and it snowballs into a cascade of unraveled secrets? That’s the leitmotif of the first film produced by Crossfield House Productions -- “A Little White Lie” – which will have its world premiere in Toronto on November 29 at the Regent Theatre.

08 Nov 2019

Hollywood’s “Harriet” Comes to Chatham After Community Backlash

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Given that so many places in southern Ontario played such a key role in Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad network, you’d think it would be a no-brainer for the newly released Harriet film to screen in a place like Chatham-Kent. A city where some of the first early Black settlers landed, that was once home to several thriving Black settlements and that now boasts three Black History museums. 

10 Oct 2019

Tonya Williams Marks 19 Years Celebrating Black Stories On Screen At ReelWorld Film Festival

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Since 2001, the ReelWorld Film Festival has been showcasing and connecting BIPOC (Black Indigenous People Of Colour) filmmakers as an antidote to the lack of diversity and representation in the film industry.

23 Sep 2019

Canada's First Family Of Reality TV Gets Greenlit For Second Season

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Jillian Danford’s unexpected path to social media stardom is almost unheard of. Danford was living a regular suburban life where she worked as a court registrar with Oshawa’s Superior Court of Justice. A co-worker suggested that she audition for The Shopping Channel where she landed a steady gig and figured she’d done pretty well for herself in the entertainment industry.

07 Sep 2019

A New Day For Ethnic Filmmakers at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival

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The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) kicked off this past Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto. Before the CTFF opening night, I had a chance to catch up with festival Co-Director Diana Webley. Webley shared what she is looking forward to this year at CTFF, and the growth of the festival over the fourteen years since it’s conception.

05 Sep 2019

Here Are The Top 5 Black Films You Need To See At TIFF This Year

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Black representation in film (and television) is making inroads in new ways this year. I’m not talking about the usual one dimensional tropes of blackness we’ve gotten used to being fed as “diversity” every award season. There are no affable butlers, matronly maids, or black characters in need of white saviours on anybody’s awards list this year.

04 Jul 2019

Why 'This Is North Preston' Doesn’t Do Justice to Canada’s Oldest Black Community

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Released on May 17, the documentary, “This is North Preston” follows the journey of R&B artist Just Chase and the community he grew up in. In the film, the singer leads us back to his hometown for a walk down memory lane. I met Chase for a sit down interview after watching the documentary.

15 Apr 2019

Why We Still Need To Talk About Hair

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A pitch for a new film came across our desk recently called ShoeGazer. But the film is about black hair, so the title left us wanting to learn more. ShoeGazer won the official selection for this year’s Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee’s Short Film Creation Lab. The all female team is using Indiegogo to raise $3,000 to finish production. The story follows Sydney, who, in the midst of a quarter-life-crisis, bumps into her perfect-on-paper ex-boyfriend. It's awkward. How could it not be, especially since Sydney still doesn't know what exactly went wrong between them. So she summons her ovaries and finds the…

20 Mar 2019

Diggstown Star Vinessa Antoine Is Flipping The Script On The 'Strong Black Lead'

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When news broke last year that CBC was looking for “Canada’s Kerry Washington” to star in the new crime show Diggstown, the excitement about this historic role was palpable.

26 Feb 2019

Adding Women Of Colour Changes Everything. Especially In The Film Industry

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A 2018 University of Southern California study found that less than 1% of directors were women of colour, based on statistics related to the top-grossing 1,100 films and 1,233 directors in America, 2007 to 2017. In Canada, those type of statistics don’t even exist. But we know that women of colour are woefully underrepresented and underpaid.

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