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    Luigi Fidelia, a.k.a City Fidelia is a young Canadian rap artist, studio owner, and radio program director.

    Wondering how to celebrate Black History Month 2021? Audible.ca has put together a compelling list of audio books, including some awesome Black Canadian authors. Feed your mind with the knowledge and wisdom of Black authors. Discover amazing stories about Black heritage, culture and its importance to the Canadian society. Listen, enjoy, learn and share!Happy Black History Month 2021!

    Black creatives in Canada are aware of the disparity in access for BIPOC support and representation across any creative outlet.

    “It needed to be a radical gesture that was amplifying Black voices.” With her aim squarely focused on empowering Black artists, Obsidian Theatre’s new artistic director, Mumbi Tindyembwa Otu, brings forth her first major project with the company. 21 Black Futures is a series of 21 monodramas created by Black creatives which will stream on CBC Gem beginning February 12. Otu was undaunted by the large scope and intent of the project.

    The question has haunted me for months: “what survives after this pandemic?”

    “I’ve been in this business for at least two decades and one of the things I’ve seen in other communities is that filmmakers would often bring their children in and shepherd them into the work. You would look at a young director working and wonder about their backstory. Oftentimes it’s their parents who shepherd them into the work. They have them around the cameras and other technology while ‘talking shop’ around their kids. I saw the opportunity, now that I’m a father, to do something in collaboration with my kids and also show them the ropes.” -Ryan Singh

    After more than 20 years of living in both New York and Toronto, I rep for both hard, but being born and raised in Montreal will, of course, give it a special place at the top of the list. 

    In Can You Hear Me Now?, former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes changes the conversation, stripping the label of MP and revealing the woman of the before and after. The memoir fills in the blank spaces and reveals that Caesar-Chavannes has always been fearless, stoic and bold in her actions. At every stage in her life, she seemingly broke through, balancing the pressure of her family, culture, and her gender’s high expectations with steely precision. Yet, the book can be described as a transitory note to the next moment in her life.

    Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming is the harrowing story of Antonio Michael Downing, who travels to Canada from Trinidad at the age of 11 after his grandmother passes.

    "We don’t want to knock on anyone’s door anymore. We want to build our own door and our own building so we can create our own opportunities and be self-sufficient. This is not something that’s going to be around for a month or two; this is something that’s going to be around for a very long time." -Stephan James  "The idea of putting Black voices on a national stage has been a goal of Stephan and I. We used this past year to refine and polish B.L.A.C.K., form our board of directors, and launch the Black Academy." -Shamier Anderson

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