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Writing While Black

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Grace Kennedy’s Jamaican Birthright Program Back For 2020

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2017 Review Reposted After Amanda Parris Wins GG For Play

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It Isn’t A Game In The Other Side Of The GameToronto fervently wishes that the name Lester Donaldson would not be spoken and that 29 years after his death the city could return to being known as Toronto The Good.   But if wishes were kittens, Amanda Parris’s debut play, Other Side Of The Game, would still be a lion’s roar against Toronto’s treatment of the Black community – from police shootings in the last century to carding in the 2000s. Lester Donaldson is a name from way back.  He was a mentally disturbed Black man who was shot dead by police in a Toronto rooming house.  It was 1988 and the community rose up and marched, shouting Lester’s name at the police and City Hall. It was the spark that lit a roman candle under Dudley Laws who shortly thereafter formed the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC). There were more shootings of innocent Black men and BADC hit back with more  and larger demonstrations and finally a riot. In Other Side Of The Game, a BADC-like group is planning to de…

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards

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Two Children’s Books Win Big In Toronto Tuesday
Two children’s books written by prominent Black Canadian writers won big on Tuesday evening. Children’s books were celebrated with more than $100,000 in prizes given to authors and illustrators at the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards ceremony. Nova Scotia author Shauntay Grant won $20,000 on Tuesday night for her book Africville (illustrated by Eva Campbell).  It won in the Picture Book category.

Shauntay Grant is an award-winning Canadian poet and author with strong Jamaican Maroon roots. She tells the story of Africville, the vibrant Black community in Halifax which thrived for 150 years before being demolished by the government in the 1960s. The illustrated story is brought to life through the eyes of a young girl taking in the Africville Reunion Festival Also winning was Christopher Paul Curtis.His “The Journey of Little captured a $5,000 prize for the best historical fiction book for young readers. The Journey of Little Charlie i…

But leave your King and Queen costumes at home Saturday

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New show. New book. PAMA in Brampton celebrate the late George Paginton

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