Monthly Archive

2005

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Commentaries
Staff Writer

Stereotypes, a personal journey

Should we accept the stereotypes given to us by society or should we ignore them? As I sat in my Effective Persuasion class at Ryerson University last week, my professor said something that r read more..

Music
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas

Who is Joni NehRita?

If you have not heard of Joni NehRita Rodney yet, it will only be a matter of time. This charismatic and talented artist has been wowing Toronto audiences for years with her brand of uplifting read more..

Community
Meres J. Weche

Building a Creole Legacy in Toronto

An interview with the founders of Unleashed Legacies “We at Unleashed Legacies believe in making a difference. Basically what we’re doing is not really to make money, but to make history. … There’s c... read more..

Arts
Meres J. Weche

Giving Black Dance a Voice

An Interview with Patrick Parson, Artistic Director of Ballet Creole “We need to accept ourselves more in the community. Because you know we have this thing: “Oh I see ‘dem already”. But then a forei... read more..

Commentaries
Undercover Brother

From the Blog: Lust at work

When we think of places people get all dressed up for with the pre-meditated intent to grab the eye of the opposite sex, we often think of the club or bar scene. As one of this blog's commentators rig... read more..

Commentaries
Staff Writer

Five Percent Nation

“I fear for the 85 who don't got a clue” ---Method Man I was volunteering at a Seventh Day Adventist Church recently. As I chatted with some of the young members, the subject of Hip Hop came ... read more..

Music
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas

Jah Beng brings a river of healing

Toronto is a city with musicians galore and that makes it challenging for all of them to get mainstream recognition. Many times we seem to focus on musicians with notoriety; those with the gre read more..

Commentaries
Staff Writer

Is Love Overrated?

When in love are we not distracted human beings preoccupied in our thoughts of the other person? What they’re doing, what they’re thinking right now, how much we miss them, how great it is to spend ti... read more..

Music
Staff Writer

Being Zaki: An interview with Toronto-based singer Zaki Ibrahim

“That’s the one question that I don’t want to answer,” singer Zaki Ibrahim says as I ask her how she can be musically defined. Her music to the average ear accustomed to our traditional classi read more..

Music
Staff Writer

ON THE MOVE: An interview with Canadian Idol Judge, Farley Flex

Farley Flex is known to many as the “kinder, gentler, judge” on the hit show Canadian Idol. His keen eye for talent launched the career of Canada’s most successful solo rap artist, Maestro Fre read more..

Community
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas

Meet Britain's first black Archbishop

Another black person, another African has entered the annals of history. In a lavish ceremony that married the pomp of the established state church with the colourful energy of African dancers read more..

Music
Adele Ambrose

Recognizing Urban music

The 7th Annual CUMA (Canadian Urban Music Awards) ceremony was held at the Kool Haus this year with some of Canada’s biggest stars coming out to show their support for urban music. The two-day event p... read more..

Commentaries
Staff Writer

What Does it Mean to be a Canadian Citizen?

For many immigrants, Canada represents a chance for freedom; a country of new opportunities and for some, a place of refuge from violent and impoverished homelands. However, getting your Canad read more..

Arts
Staff Writer

Reflections: An interview with Jackie Richardson, Canada’s first lady of gospel, blues and jazz

No complaints, no regretsI still believe in chasing dreams, placing betsFor I have learned that all you give is all you getYou better give it all you’ve got.I have had my share, I drank my fil read more..

Community
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas

Meet Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf first African woman President

Africa has something that many other continents and countries cannot boast of and this time it’s not its natural resources, wild animals or beautiful landscape. It comes on the form of Ellen J read more..

Commentaries
Undercover Brother

From the Blog: The Picture on the Wall

I was watching one of my favourite flicks the other day, Love Jones (1997 by Theodore Witcher), and in one of the scenes, Darius invites Nina over to his place for the first time. In a rather funny mo... read more..

Music
Adele Ambrose

Welcome to Subliminal's world

You may have seen him as the featured MC for the Toronto Urban music festival this summer or perhaps caught one of his performances as Strawberry Luv at Yuk Yuk''s. But for those of you who stil read more..

Commentaries
Staff Writer

Time to change tactics?

I was recently devastated to hear that the teenage daughter of a friend of mine was beaten up at her high school. My first reaction was, “is she OK? Was she badly hurt? Did (name of mother) fi read more..

Arts
Staff Writer

Hats off for Crowns

Get ready to clap your hands and tap your feet to some good old gospel music. No, it’s not Sunday service at your local church. It’s the opening of Crowns, onstage at the Bluma Appel Theatre, pr read more..

Community
Jane Musoke-Nteyafas

Meet James Valitchka 10-years old and published author

“I am half Canadian and half American. I am half black and half white. All children; American, Canadian and from all heritages and races need strong role models who have integrity, passion and moral read more..

Music
Meres J. Weche

Jazz for the people

An interview with Graham Reid, Executive Producer of Jazz by Genre “We see breakjazz as an emerging front in jazz. The way we want to develop it with the turntablist is very much jazz-focused but als... read more..

Commentaries
Staff Writer

Paris is burning: Is Toronto next?

“Ground for revolution is always fertile in the presence of absolute destitution.” – South African activist Steve Biko. I always thought flames would engulf the City of Lights earlier than th... read more..

Music
Staff Writer

On my own terms

Former Canadian Idol finalist, Toya Alexis, chats with Afrotoronto.com on her album S.OB. story and her upcoming role in Crowns   For most of us, we first heard the name Toya Alexi... read more..

Arts
Meres J. Weche

Blood.claat - Herstory's bloodline: A talk with d.bi Young & Weyni Mengesha

"During ‘Da Kink, we were reminded by older women in the community that the wheel was not being re-invented ... there was a herstory long pre-dating ‘Da Kink of black woman theatre. Because of the rac read more..

Arts

Jamaica Man

A white Jamaican who wants no part of Babylon:A talk with John Blackwood "What you look like doesn’t matter anymore. It used to be a big thing because you could say well somebody looks like that then... read more..

Community
Staff Writer

Toronto's Echo

A month ago, AfroToronto.com was at the media launch party for ECHO, a new arts and entertainment television program. After mingling with the crème of the crème of Toronto’s who’s who, we were read more..

Music
Staff Writer

Talent, beauty and versatility: Former Popstar Andrea Henry talks to AfroToronto.com

We’ve all seen her before, though some may not recall exactly where. We’ve all heard her vocal talent on national television and in performances with the likes of Destiny’s Child. Over the p read more..

Arts
Staff Writer

3rd Quadrant Daryl: An interview with Daryl Collison, owner of 3rd Quadrant Comics

Walking along Queen Street West, one cannot miss the big sign featuring the Hulk smashing to the ground and pointing to the 3rd Quadrant comic book store. At the store entrance, your friendly ne read more..

Books
Staff Writer

The Prophet of Zongo Street

“I grew up in West Africa and I had a neighborhood full of characters. So I wanted to capture those characters to document the story of my people, so that thousands of years down the line they read more..

Music
Adele Ambrose

Being Shad K.

His style is reminiscent of The Pharcyde, Darius Rucker (yes! the guy from Hootie & the Blowfish) with a bit of Steelo. Shad embodies the sometimes goofy, sometimes gregarious, thinking emce read more..

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