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30 Mar 2020

Emerging Black Filmmaker: Adrian Wallace

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Toronto-based filmmaker, Adrian Wallace, an award-winning director, screenwriter, and actor, has produced a documentary titled “Black Sun” that tells the story of two women anguished by acts of gun violence, and how they used their experiences to take a personal stand to help their affected communities. In addition to this film, Adrian is also developing his second documentary. It’s the second season of his YouTube series “Courtside”, which was his debut feature, as well as an upcoming TV show. I caught up with the busy thespian in Black History Month.

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.”

05 Mar 2020

The Negroes Are Congregating Is The Ultimate Clap Back Against Racism

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The Negroes Are Congregating is a relentless, in your face, mélange of sketch, vignette and spoken word that takes you to church and into the Black psyche living with anti-Black racism, all without missing a beat. The play is intricate, funny, contemplative, and incredibly fast-paced.

11 Feb 2020

Black Female Director and Lead Bring Fresh Perspective To Motherhood The Musical

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You don’t need to be a parent to appreciate the joy, frustration and superhuman traits shared by mothers from all walks of life. But when a tuner like Motherhood: The Musical comes along with parodies titled ‘Ode to Boobs’ and ‘Costco Queen’, the monotony of mommy life becomes a comedic celebration of pregnancy, empty nesting and everything in between.

05 Feb 2020

Pain, Fire And Truth: Jully Black Finds Connection In Caroline 

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A long-suffering Black maid living in 1963 Louisiana is stuck in a world she despises. Through a rainbow of musical genres, powerful life lessons and emotional evolution the musical Caroline, Or Change, offers universal resonance.

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…

15 Jan 2020

Dion Johnstone: Finding Yourself On Stage And Getting Out Of Your Own Way

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Montreal born, Edmonton raised actor Dion Johnstone has been preparing for his latest role since he was a child. “My first introduction to Shakespeare was through comic books. There were these series of comics produced in the ’60s, early ’70s called Classics Illustrated and funny enough, the first comic book I read, was Julius Caesar. I loved it because I was reading the language and able to connect with the visuals and the fear of the language was taken care of really early.”

07 Jan 2020

Justin Alliman Reveals His Story Before The Glory

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Justin Alliman is an international basketball development coach, with a coveted position as a mentor coach with the Toronto Raptors 905. He’s also the founder of Dream Chaserzzz Basketball Inc. which allows youth who lack support to get access to elite training. “I was one of those kids myself,” he says. Justin’s organization has since served over 100,000 athletes worldwide. Now at the peak of his success, he’s authored a book that reveals some of the heartbreaking details of his journey. It’s called “Before My Glory.”

22 Dec 2019

KNew Me - 10 Chapters of Unadulterated Black Male Vulnerability

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Jeff Martin is a police officer turned author and motivational speaker. For the last 15 years he's been working in various detective roles, investigating criminal offenses ranging from homicides to sexual assaults. Having done over 1000 forensic interviews with children, Jeff is a youth communication specialist, who now travels North America giving soul-stirring talks to high schoolers.

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…

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