Monthly Archive

2009

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Music
Meres J. Weche

Saidah Baba Talibah: The Phone Demos

To describe Toronto’s own Saidah Baba Talibah as a mesmerizing singer and performer would be an understatement. This multi-faceted artist is actually an accomplished singer, dancer, actress and writ read more..

Arts
Meres J. Weche

Theatre Review: Yellowman

With Dael Orlandersmith’s Pulitzer-nominated tale, Yellowman, local director Weyni Mengesha adds to an already impressive list of works showcasing the powerful voices of black female playwrights fea read more..

Arts
Meres J. Weche

d'bi.young: the ultimate storyteller

Award-winning Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, storyteller and actor d'bi young is an overall performing arts phenomenon. She is known for such performances as her outstanding role in the 2005 production read more..

Music
Patricia Turnier

Interview with Quebec Soul/R&B Singer Gage

Pierre Gage, of both Jamaican and Haitian origins, was born on January 3rd 1977 in Montreal. In high school, he passed an audition for an amateur version of Starmania, where the acclaimed author of read more..

Commentaries
Staff Writer

The Texture of Good Hair

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of watching Chris Rock’s Good Hair at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The idea for this comedic documentary was borne out of a question posed by Rock’s d read more..

Movie Reviews
Meres J. Weche

AfroToronto's TIFF 2009 Picks - Part II

The Toronto International Film Festival ends this weekend. But it''s not tow late to enjoy the festival if you haven't yet. There are still two full days of screenings and the following picks are fi read more..

Movie Reviews
Meres J. Weche

A Precious Sapphire

Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square was mesmerized last Saturday (Sept. 12th) with a powerful reading by poet-novelist Sapphire from her book entitled Push. The book was originally published in 1997 and s read more..

Movie Reviews
Meres J. Weche

AfroToronto.com’s TIFF 2009 Picks - Part I

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) starts today. This year’s edition has been touted as one of the best line-ups in years. Much fanfare has been made with the announcement that none oth read more..

Movie Reviews
Kam Williams

DVD Review: Trouble the Water

Oscar-Nominated Documentary about Hurricane Katrina Comes to DVD On August 28, 2005, with Hurricane Katrina bearing down on the New Orleans , Scott and Kimberly Rivers Roberts made the fateful deci read more..

Books
Kam Williams

Book Review: The Bitch Switch

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth made her memorable entrance into the national spotlight as the villain viewers came to either love or hate on The Apprentice during the debut season of the hit NBC-TV re read more..

Movie Reviews
Kam Williams

Quentin Tarantino: The “Inglourious Basterds” Interview

Born in Knoxville , Tennessee on March 27, 1963 to an Italian father and a mother of Irish and Cherokee extraction, Quentin Jerome Tarantino took a most unorthodox approach to showbiz. He dropped out ... read more..

Community
Adele Ambrose

Selam Youth Festival: Community building at its best!

This summer represented the evolution of the Selam Youth Festival. Growing from a one day celebration to a three day affair, the festival started as an initiative by a group of young, Ethiopian and read more..

Commentaries
Staff Writer

The Lil Wayne Era

I don’t know when it officially began.  There was no ceremony, no bells or whistles, there was no parade and certainly no vote by the masses (but if there was, it was more rigged than Florida’s in read more..

Arts
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Delicious Picks for Summerworks 2009

This year’s Summerworks Festival gives us a most revealing look at new works by some of the city’s busiest performance personalities, all with something to say and really great lighting to say it un read more..

Community
Patricia Turnier

Exclusive Interview with Historian Dr Clayborne Carson - Part II

  P.T.: What do you think can be done to make sure that kids know more about MLK and Gandhi?Dr. C.C.: Well, I devoted my life to do this. I try to make sure that people know about their methods. read more..

Community
Patricia Turnier

Exclusive Interview with Historian Dr Clayborne Carson - Part I

Clayborne Carson spent his university years involved in the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam war protests. He earned his B.A. in 1967, M.A in 1971 and Ph.D in 1975 from University of Calif read more..

Entertainment
Meres J. Weche

Godfrey Takes Toronto

The Toronto Just For Laughs Festival will break down cultural barriers through laughter with The Ethnic Comedy Show. The event will take place at the Winter Garden Theatre on July 17 and 18, 2009. H read more..

Lifestyle
Staff Writer

Cooking out

Despite what the weather lately may indicate, summertime is almost upon us, and that means short shorts, summer festivals and of course, weekend Bar-B-Ques. I don''t just mean throwing some food on read more..

Commentaries
Staff Writer

A Look Back at Obama's Speech to the Muslim World

Obama made his long-awaited address to the “Muslim World” [last week]. He made a similar address to the Turkish parliament back in April, but this was THE speech that Obama promised to give eve read more..

Arts
Meres J. Weche

Raven Dauda Talks About Doubt and Getting Intimate Again

Raven Dauda has been dazzling Toronto’s theatre circuit since the original stage production of Da Kink In My Hair at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2003. The actress, named in Now Magazine’s top ten thea read more..

Arts
Staff Writer

Success Behind The Man - Spotlight on Dwayne Morgan

Dwayne Morgan is no longer lost in translation...at least amongst Francophones. The Spoken word artist is excited about his latest career accomplishment, his first bilingual book Le Making Of d’un hom... read more..

Music
Meres J. Weche

Wynton Marsalis: Of jazz and spoken word

Wynton Marsalis needs little introduction. He is considered as one of modern jazz’s most prominent composers and trumpeters. His music is a mix of jazz, swing and blues but he is also admired as a g read more..

Lifestyle
Staff Writer

The ten reasons I love rocking my fro…

My natural hair journey has not been without its obstacles, yet I feel empowered whenever I think about all the wonderful things that come along with rocking my fro. Disclaimer: These are my person read more..

Books
Meres J. Weche

Book Review: 40 Dayz of Motion

Few artists on either the local spoken word or hip hop scene can boast to have the skills to seamlessly navigate between both worlds. Toronto-born and bred artist Motion, a.k.a. Wendy Braithwaite, i read more..

Arts
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Last Days of Last Days of Judas

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.  Pontius Pilate, Jesus and a couple of soldiers walk into a fermenting cellar…Sound familiar?  Try this.  Fifteen phenomenal actors walk into a rehea read more..

Music
Meres J. Weche

CD Review: Cassandra Wilson Revisits Pop

Grammy-winning American jazz musician, vocalist a Cassandra Wilson released a new compilation album this week.  “Closer To You: The Pop Side” is entirely a cover album capturing some of pop and rock read more..

Movie Reviews
Meres J. Weche

The 9th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival - April 15-19, 2009

The ReelWorld Film Festival turns 9 in style this year with 47 films from 14 countries. Running from Wednesday, April 15h to Sunday, April 19th, the festival will feature 6 world premieres, 6 intern read more..

Books
Meres J. Weche

Emmanuel Jal: War Child

The annual Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children gets underway soon, from April 18th to 24th. As it is the case every year, the festival brings a vast array of engaging films th read more..

Travel
Staff Writer

Travelling on a budget

With the recession in full swing, it’s hard to cut all the things in your life that are considered “luxuries”. One of the first things to go is the travel income, even though many of us enjoy gettin read more..

Movie Reviews
Staff Writer

Sugar: The bittersweet of baseball politics

Sports in the US, much like Hollywood, presents itself as a celebration of star power and those who make it, while rarely pausing to examine the many more who are discarded, exploited, and very ofte read more..

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