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REACHING FOR STARLIGHT

Playwright Donna Michelle St. Bernard offers up a family show that’s a conversation starter Rosie Awori There has been a buzz of anticipation surrounding Geordie Theatre’s production of Reaching for Starlight. The play is ready to be launched on April 26 at Concordia University’s D. B. Clarke Theatre. Inspired by the film Black Ballerina, artistic director Mike Payette commissioned Donna-Michelle St. Bernard to write a play that would translate across the Canadian demographic. Reaching for Starlight has been three years in the making and is being touted as Geordie’s biggest production to date, featuring an illustrious cast of 12 performers. …

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African Roundup April 18, 2019

When the world looked away, 800,000 were slaughtered Remembering the Rwandan Genocide   The resilience of the African continent is a consistent wonder.  In spite of all the encumbering factors that have constantly plagued her, Africa stands and lives to fight another day. In this edition, we remember one of the most horrific massacres in Africa, The Rwandan Genocide. On the night of 6 April 1994 a plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi – both Hutus – was shot down, killing everyone on board. Hutu extremists blamed the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) consisting mostly …

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Juliano Gray: Victim of Abuse in Metro Speaks out

Diagnosed with PTSD Rosie Awori Recently  a video began circulating featuring a young Black man being brutally beaten by two STM inspectors at the Villa Maria metro platform. Juliano Gray, the man being beaten finally spoke out about his ordeal on  March 26, at a press conference at the Center for Research Action on Race Relations (CRARR). The incident began on the orange line metro where 22 year-old Gray was approached by inspectors for bouncing his basketball in the moving metro car. They then asked him to show his ticket as proof of payment for the ride. He did not …

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African Roundup April 8, 2019

    The Internet was on fire as a result of a statement made by Women’s rights activist and wife of former British Prime Minister, Cherie Blair. “Most African ladies’ first sexual experience is rape,” she is quoted as saying before a group of 100 students at a high school in London, UK. The reaction of Africans all around the world was one of outrage. Although rape is a serious problem many felt that the comment was irresponsible. Observers such as Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, a doctor and a sexual reproductive rights advocate in South Africa, say that a forced first …

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TAKING FLIGHT IN AFRICA, LESSONS FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Ethiopian Airlines has a safety record spanning 70 years and has been hailed as Africa’s best aviation carrier. Winning many awards to this effect. In spite of the recent crash of flight 302, confidence in the airline has not dwindled with passengers still flying at record numbers, a testament to how the carrier has distinguished itself in terms of safety. Ethiopian Airlines perhaps is one of the best representations of potential in African aviation. The carrier has been consistently adding hubs all around Africa as well as to Asia, the United States and Canada. Presently, there are 731 airports and …

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Geordie brings the film Black Ballerina to Selwyn House

Rosie Awori On March 28, Geordie Theatre will  present a special screening of BLACK BALLERINA a film that “uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage audiences in a subject that reaches far outside the arts and compels viewers to think about larger issues of diversity, equality and inclusion.” The film will be showing as a precursor to Geordie theatre’s next play, REACHING FOR STARLIGHT. BLACK BALLERINA tells the story of several Black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, Joan Myers Brown, Dolores Browne and Raven Wilkinson faced racism in the pursuit of …

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HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU

Black Theatre Workshop’s ‘How Black Mother’s Say I Love You’ opened at the Centaur theatre on February 28 at Centaur Theatre and will be playing until March 16. The play has a strong Caribbean influence but it will resonate with not only immigrants but also families who have dealt with separation. The play chronicles, Daphne a mother who has to start a life in Canada and ends up away from her two children for six years. This is a story of separation and reconciliation infused with a bold original score that blends gospel, reggae and R&B with classical music. Playwright …

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THE JUNGLE PERSPECTIVE WHEN REPORTING ABOUT AFRICA

On Sunday February 24, a dead man was raised to life in South Africa. At least that’s what Pastor Lukau wanted parishioners to believe. It was obviously a stage-managed miracle. In Africa, these kinds of stunts happen here and there, where some pastors will pretend to heal people from diseases they didn’t have or make them stand from wheel chairs they weren’t confined to. While this is a menace what is an even bigger problem is how petty one off nuisances from Africa are told with such grandeur in the western media. When the news of the resurrection broke, various …

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MARLON JAMES: BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF

Award winning Jamaican-born novelist spins a mesmerizing tale Rosie AWORI “The child is dead, and there is nothing left to be known,” Marlon James eerily pronounces in his highly anticipated book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Yet the Man-Booker prize winner displays the mastery of his craft by taking the reader on a 700-page journey showing and telling what should be known. James spins a lyrical, gripping and mesmerizing tale set in a fantastical African universe. The fantastical universe James has dreamed up is a testament to his keen and thorough research; he weaves African folklore filled with symbolism and fantasy …

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Haiti Erupts Again

Demonstrators on the streets protesting shortages and crumbling infrastructure Rosie Awori “Where is the Petrocabe money?” This is the question that protestors are asking as they take to the streets in Port au Prince, Haiti. The Petrocabe, was money from a Venezuelan sponsored oil assistance program in which the oil-rich country gave money to Haiti to improve public services and infrastructure. The protests, which started in 2018, have recently flared up again and have become increasingly violent with demonstrators  burning tyres on the roads and throwing stones demanding that President Jovenel  Moise, step down. So far six people, including an …

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