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Philip Akin leaving Obsidian Theatre in 2020

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Pioneer of Black Theatre In Canada To Retire By Stephen Weir Philip Akin has announced that he will be stepping down after 14 seasons as the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre. In 2000, Akin, along with 12 other prominent Black artists came together with the vision for an organization by and for Black theatre creators. Obsidian Theatre was formed, after  a black volcanic glass that alluded to creation and breaking new ground. He served on the board of directors, and as the company’s administrative producer before becoming Artistic Director in 2006.  He will remain in his position until 2020; the search for new artistic leadership begins now. As an artistic leader Philip is known for speaking his mind, always in support of Black artists, even if it isn’t the popular opinion. In a release sent to the Caribbean Camera Akin talked about his willingness over the years to kick butt. "It was part of my DNA that walls should come down, and if it took smashing, then smashing it should be,” h…

Today a black community time capsule will be sunk at Honest Ed's

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Digging a hole and filling it with the memories of Bathurst and Bloor. By Stephen Weir By Thursday bookstore owner and neighbourhood activist Itah Sadu fully expects to have 1,000 messages and artifacts packed into a time capsule for a Bathurst community burial in what was once the Honest Ed Store.  The time capsule has been created to make sure the legacy of the Bathurst & Bloor Black community will be known for generations. The Honest Ed property has been cleared and the current construction company redeveloping the property – Westbank Development – is working with the community to have the lunchtime ceremony! “We have been asking people to write messages and put them in plastic bottles,” explained organizer Itah Sadu.  “We are putting the messages and some very important documents and artifacts into the time capsule!  They messages include thoughts from local folks, and city politicians including Councillors Layton and Michael Thompson. Folks who came from across the world and wrot…

Mrs. Money Baggs wants to be a billionaire.

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Cultural centre to house the Colin Rickards book collection

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Snake eyes and lizards on stage for Venom Mas' costume launch

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