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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…

29 Mar 2019

"The story goes beyond race and really speaks to the human condition." Ordena Stephens-Thompson plays Rose in August Wilson's Fences.

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Photo by Dahlia Katz | Ordena Stephens-Thompson as Rose in Fences

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.

13 Mar 2019

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers: Holding a Safe Space for Black Bodies

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On the day Makambe K. Simamba was born in Zambia, Nelson Mandela was visiting the country for the first time since his release from prison. It was the voice of men like Mandela and Malcolm X that made up the soundtrack of her childhood. Born in Zambia and raised in Guyana, Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands, this 29 year old storyteller has been exposed to many cultures and people. After high school, Makambe left the islands for Canada and took up theatre at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.

11 Mar 2019

Collective Of Black Dancers Created Lasting Impressions In Canada

Skin symbolizes identity — its colour, shade and texture influences cultural currency and, by extension, self-identity. When we know who we are, we can honour where we come from and we can dance in our own skins with pride and passion.

05 Mar 2019

Bestselling Author, Angie Thomas, Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

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The brisk cold air and the light dusting of snow could not stop the over 400 people who came to see renowned two-time bestselling author Angie Thomas at the Rose Theatre last night in Toronto.  Though the room was filled with both young and old book lovers of all backgrounds and ethnicities, Thomas made one thing clear, Black voices and Black stories matter. 

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.

20 Feb 2019

Documentary: Mr. Jane and Finch Is All Of Us

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 A tall lean man of mahogany hue moves with ferocity of purpose, arms swinging with piston like precision belying a man of his 81 years. He propels his body forward, all swinging arms, contorted limbs and suspended frame. His steely eyes are locked on a hard won prize. The same prize that compatriots from the diaspora like Stephen Roach and Dudley Laws were severely punished for daring to reach.

19 Feb 2019

Bubble Trans Pride - The Personal Cost Of Activism

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Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual artist, community activist, researcher, youth advocate, and a key member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. Now he's adding playwright and actor to his resume, co-starring in 'Bubble Trans Pride' at this week’s Rhubarb Festival.

09 Feb 2019

Capitalism, Colonization and a Caribbean “HERO”

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Frances-Anne Solomon is an artistic force to be reckoned with. As the director of CaribbeanTales and the International Film festival of the same name, she has grown the entity into a globally recognized institution that gives voice to filmmakers throughout the Caribbean diaspora.

 

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