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FILM & TV
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.

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.

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.

13 Dec 2018

Netflix Gets It Right With Motown Magic

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Netflix and chilling is now part of our regular routines and the ever ready stream of entertainment has made it easy for 1 in 4 Canadians to cut the cord.

11 Oct 2018

This Six Minute Film Gave Me All The Feels!

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There may be slight variances in new film Maternal, but this is a tale as old as time.

17 Sep 2018

The Incursion Explores One Of The Deadliest Events In Jamaican History

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For her first film, emerging documentary filmmaker Sasha-Gay Lewis chose one of the most tumultuous moments in recent Jamaican history as her subject: The Tivoli Incursion. It is an official selection of this year’s staging of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Toronto.

18 Aug 2018

Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' -- A Deadly Serious Comedy

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Actors Laura Harrier and John David Washington humorously and believably drive home the film’s strong racial irony/Universal Pictures

02 Aug 2018

Second Jen Star Keeps Family Roots Alive Through New Show

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My dad came to Canada from Jamaica when he was 17 years old. Everything was new and interesting to him, and he made friends quickly because he is extremely personable (a trait that rubbed off on his kids).

02 Jul 2018

Jordan Oram On Being Okay With Not Being Normal

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Jordan Oram, is one of Toronto's most talented DOP's (director of photography).

12 Jun 2018

PICK: More Than Just A Hair Story

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This is the story of a black girl.

20 Feb 2018

Killmonger is Not a Revolutionary, Man.

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In 1974, after Huey P. Newton fled to Cuba for the alleged murder of Kathleen Smith, Elaine Brown was appointed the leader of the Black Panther Party.

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