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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.

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.”

29 Oct 2019

Pass Over Review : Systemic Racism, Police Brutality & The Promised Land

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ByBlacks Review: BBBB*

18 Oct 2019

100 Years Of Miss Lou Celebrated Internationally

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The work of Jamaican cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley -- known to many as Miss Lou -- is so seminal and far-reaching that commemorating the centenary of her birth requires 100 days of celebrations.

26 Jul 2019

Lots of Twists and Turns in 'A Little Black Lie'

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BYBLACKS RATING: BBB 1/2

09 Jul 2019

New Play Elbow Room Explores The Rivalries and Victories For Black Women In Acting

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“If you haven't seen Cleo, you haven't seen the chick who tops 'em all...She's 6'2" of Dynamite!” The tagline for the 1973 Blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones lets you know the important facts about the woman in charge — and Lana Lovell’s theatrical debut Elbow Room approaches the classic from a new angle.

13 May 2019

Explore Humanity's Sacred Bond To Mother Nature With Kira, The Path | La Voie At Luminato 2019

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KIRA celebrates humanity as one village, and its sacred bond to Mother Nature in this evocative work of dance, live percussion, and chants by renowned Guinean artist Fara Tolno.

03 May 2019

Buddies Closes Its 40th Anniversary Celebrations With Lilies

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When Lilies; Or, the Revival of a Romantic Drama opens at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre it will be the fulfillment of Ryan G. Hinds’ dream.

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

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.

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.

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