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Fwd: Black History Month, Freedom to Read Week, OLA, contest and more…Inanna February news and updates

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Happy Black(People of African Ancestry) History (Herstory) Month to all.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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REMINDER!!!! Please circulate widely. Thanks, Accents Bookstore/Libreria Accents (1790 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto)


Sunday, February 17/2013 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm + Birthday Afterparty 

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Music Africa’s BHM FREE Concert Series 2012‏

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MUSIC AFRICA & Gladstone World celebrate Black History Month every Friday night throughout February with a series of FREE concerts. Featuring some of the top African artists living and working in the city. Music Africa, presenters of AFROFEST, is a community organization dedicated to promoting African music and culture. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto!

FREE at the Gladstone Melody Bar, every Friday from 9 to 11 p.m.

Fojeba – February 03, 2012.

Fojeba Afropop guitarist, video producer, bandleader and singer-songwriter, Fojeba has been playing the guitar ever since he was 13 years old. In Cameroon, he played with the group “Orchestre du College Jeanne d’Arc” in 1981. Currently based in Toronto, Fojeba has been in the Canadian music scene for about seven years and his musical repertoire is made up of various music styles including Makossa, Zouk, Ngwa and Pop and lyrics is written in Bamileke, French, Lingala, and English.

Fojeba has performed for Afrofest, Toronto African dance festival, Banayafrika festival, Canada Day, and many other high profile events. He is currently promoting his latest CD “A la queue leu leu” which appeals to both Canadian and American markets.

Sonia Aimy – February 10, 2012

With a velvety voice comparable to the greats, Nigerian-born songwriter, singer and actress Sonia Aimy is the quintessential virtuoso of world music. Her CD “Mother” brilliantly evokes highlife, afrobeat, jazz and the call-and-response of African griot tradition; her style is effortless “afro jazz”. Fluent in English, Italian, French and several African languages, Sonia relishes Toronto’s diversity, which, already knee-deep in African music, will be much richer when she takes the stage on Canada Day! The multi-talented Aimy has also starred in several Italian films. Aimy’s work in the media includes writing, directing and presenting multicultural programmes for radio. Aimy’s music career started when she was in her teens, singing at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benin City, Nigeria. She developed an interest in folk, traditional music, and storytelling. She later enrolled in the Esigie Cultural Group to pursue further education in traditional music and dance. When she came to Italy she studied jazz music and interpretation as well as theatre arts. This extra music education, as well as practice through performances, has allowed Aimy to craft a sound solely her own which is a beautiful amalgam of folk, afro-pop, and jazz.

Sonia Aimy will be backed by a lineup of some of Toronto’s foremost African players including guitarist Pa Joe, bassist Ebenezer Agyekum, keyboardist Suleiman Juma and Kwame on drums.

Kush Ensemble Feat. Daniel Nebiat – February 17, 2012

Waleed Abdulhamid is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer, educator, filmmaker and humanitarian. Since 1992, he has wowed Toronto audiences with his tremendous artistic versatility and social impact work, most recently taking home the 2011 New Pioneer Award for the Arts. A resident artist at the Young Center, Waleed also sits on several grant-reviewing juries for Canadian Art Councils, appears often in Canadian festivals and has played, toured and recorded with dozens of artists, composers, and bands in the areas of reggae, hip hop, R&B & jazz. He has taught at numerous schools throughout the GTA, including the University of Toronto. He has written, composed and produced music for several TV shows. His internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary Let’s Find Away has been used to raise funds for Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross, OXFAM, UNICEF, CIDA, & the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Waleed will be accompanied by Daniel Nebiat on February 17, 2012. Born and raised in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, Daniel Nebiat picked up the krar (a five or six-stringed instrument from Ethiopia and Eritrea) at an early age, performing traditional songs and singing in his language, Tigrigna.

n Canada since 1996, Nebiat’s career had been focused on community celebrations, weddings, festivals and nightclub performances of both popular and traditional Eritrean music. In 2006, Nebiat performed at the Glenn Gould Studio for CBC’s Onstage, at the “Horn of Africa ” concert. He has participated at Afrofest, Afrikadey, Eritrean Cultural Day and Bana y’ Afrique festivals. Nebiat opened for Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Harbourfront Centre in 2007. The same year, he earned the distinction of being the first African artist showcased in Wavelength, the legendary launchpad for Toronto’s indie music scene. Nebiat’s first CD “Hakimey” was released in August 2008; and features original and traditional Eritrean songs.

Young Stars Night – February 24, 2012

Yusra Khogali (Sudan) – Poet, Spoken word Artist
Run’s T (Nigeria) – Musician, Hip Life
Quabena Maphia (Ghana) – Afro Jazz
Concept Books(Toronto) – RapJae Baz (Nigeria) – Hip Life

The Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto (One block east of Dufferin): (416) 531-4635

Also at the Gladstone in February:

Wed. 22- presents Blue Black Music presents – OH SO BEAUTIFUL AUDITION showcase with a tribute to Curtis Mayfield –Melody bar 8pm- free

Thurs. 23- Gladstone World presents – NJACKO BACKO & Kalimba Kalimba- melody bar 9pm -free –

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.

For more information call 416-469-5336, reply to this e-mail, contact

In February 2011, TVO presents Genius Week, takes The Agenda with Steve Paikin back on the road, and marks Black History month

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 14, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Big-ticket event programming fills TVO’s February lineup all month long. To start, Genius Week, running February 21 to 27, takes smart viewing to new heights with a look at child prodigies, gifted painters, design dynamos and scientific trailblazers.

The Ontario election will be the biggest story in the province this year. What issues should shape this election? To find out what’s on the minds of Ontarians, The Agenda with Steve Paikin embarks on the third edition of its successful “On the Road” tour beginning February 27.

And in celebration of Black History month, TVO offers engaging programs providing wide-ranging perspectives on the black experience.
Genius Week – February 21 to 27, 2011

Child Genius 3 – North American premiere
Monday, February 21, 2011, at 10 pm ET
Encore Sunday, February 27 at 8 pm ET
50 minutes
Produced by Wall to Wall Media for Channel 4

At eight years old, Kieron Williamson is already one of the U.K.’s most successful living artists. Dubbed a “mini Monet” with a prodigious ability to paint, he sold £150,000 worth of paintings in half an hour at his third commercial art exhibition. How will Kieron’s parents handle his extraordinary talent and his unprecedented earnings?

In the third installment of an ongoing series that looks at the lives of gifted children and their families, Child Genius 3 introduces a new generation of gifted kids like Kieron and catches up with child prodigies from the previous series who are now teenagers. Are they still far ahead of their peers, and do they resent the “genius” tag? The children speak frankly about the mixed blessing of their talents and the opportunities and heartache they can bring. And as for the parents, is having a child labeled as gifted hugely rewarding, or is it a struggle to support their prodigy’s talents and their thirst for knowledge?

Genius of Design – Ontario premiere
Thursdays February 24 to March 24, 2011, at 9 pm ET
5 / 60 minutes
Produced by Wall to Wall Media for BBC

From toothbrushes to cell phones to cars, our lives are filled with objects that have been created for us by a group of specialists we call designers. But is the designer an artist or an engineer? How do designers balance form with function, and quality with affordability?

The five-part series Genius of Design takes viewers on a fascinating journey through the material world to explore the ways in which designers, over the past 250 years, have grappled with the machinery of industrialization and capitalism in order to deliver the products that we need and want. The journey takes us from the first factories created by pioneers of the Industrial Revolution to the studios and production lines of some of the today’s most powerful and influential corporations including Apple, IKEA, Ford, and Volkswagen. The genius of Design features interviews with some of the world’s leading designers, including Philippe Starck, Dieter Rams, Apple’s Jonathan Ive and Ford Motor Company’s global head of design, J. Mays.

Forgotten Genius – TVO premiere
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 9 pm ET
120 minutes
Produced by PBS NOVA

With discoveries that laid the groundwork for glaucoma drugs, cortisone, and the birth control pill, Percy Julian had a passion for chemistry that led to huge breakthroughs in medicine and improved the lives of millions. Julian was one of the first African-Americans to earn a doctorate in chemistry and would receive over 130 chemical patents and 18 honorary degrees by the end of his career. But as an African-American in the early 20th century, he had to overcome personal and professional racism at every step along the way. The feature-length documentary Forgotten Genius combines dramatic re-enactments with archival materials and commentary from Julian’s family and colleagues to tell the little-known story of a genius whose determination to succeed opened the door for countless black scientists who followed.

Also for Genius Week:

Allan Gregg in Conversation: Walter Isaacson – Friday, February 25, 2011, at 10 pm ET
The author of Einstein reveals new details about the life and genius of the renowned scientist, based on Isaacson’s unprecedented access to Einstein’s recently released personal letters.

Saturday Night at the Movies – Saturday, February 26, 2011, beginning at 8 pm ET
SNAM presents two films that look at the tumultuous life of the artistic genius, beginning with Vincent and Theo (1990), starring Tim Roth as the brilliant but tortured artist Vincent Van Gogh. The trials and passions of painter Frida Kahlo are revealed in Frida (2002), starring Salma Hayek.

Examined Life – Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 11 pm ET
TVO’s Genius Week concludes with an encore presentation of the documentary Examined Life. Filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of the today’s most influential thinkers as they visit the places and spaces that inspire them to reflect on purpose in life and our place in the world.
Current Affairs

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road
New tour begins February 27, 2011

Ontario Election 2011
Ottawa: February 27 and 28
Hamilton: March 27 and 28
Niagara Falls: April 17 and 18
Sudbury: May 15 and 16
GTA area: September (location and dates TBC)

Over the last two years, The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road tour has traveled to communities across Ontario to get first-hand, local perspectives on big economic issues. What began as an experiment in civic engagement turned into a community-building success story, with citizens, policymakers, and leaders coming together to exchange ideas on how to strengthen Ontario in the 21st century.

Starting February 2011, The Agenda takes its road show back out into the province, this time with the Ontario election as its theme. The Agenda will visit five towns in the lead-up to the election to take the pulse of Ontarians. Healthcare, childcare, green energy, public transit, education… What issues will be top-of-mind for citizens when they head to the polls next fall?

Three of the tour stops will be in the hometowns of our provincial party leaders: Ottawa (Liberal leader and Premier Dalton McGuinty); Hamilton (NDP leader Andrea Horwath); and Niagara Falls (PC leader Tim Hudak). Each two-day, interactive event features the AgendaCamp, a day-long, participant-led workshop which will inform the live, on-location broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin the following night at 8 pm.

The tour kicks off in Ottawa (venue to be announced). To participate in or propose a session idea for AgendaCamp, or for free tickets to be part of the live broadcast audience, please register at beginning mid-January.

Allan Gregg in Conversation: Salman Rushdie
Friday, February 4, 2011, at 10 pm ET
Produced by TVO

The renowned author, whose novel The Satanic Verses led to a fatwa calling for his death, talks about his new novel for young adults, Luka and the Fire of Life, as well as other topics in a wide-ranging interview.

Victorian Pharmacy – North American Premiere
Mondays February 28 to March 21, 2011, at 10 pm ET
4 / 60 minutes
Produced by Lion Television

A social revolution in consumer medicine brought healthcare within everyone’s reach and brought medical science, family remedies and traditional folklore to every main street. This four-part series reveals how the pharmacy emerged in just 50 years and how from humble beginnings the profession spawned a new medical industry. An English Victorian pharmacy was stocked with an enormous range of general household products, patent medicines, potions and skin preparations, optical and electrical equipment and over-the-counter remedies. The Victorian Farm’s historian Ruth Goodman, along with chemist Nick Barber and Ph.D. student Tom Quick immerse themselves in 19th-century main street medicine in this intriguing historical experiment.

Five Daughters – North American Premiere
Sundays February 13 to 27, 2011 at 10 pm ET
3 / 60 minutes
Produced by BBC

Based on a tragic, true story and made with the full co-operation of Suffolk police and other agencies involved in the case, this gripping drama follows the events surrounding the murder of five young women in December 2006, after drugs pulled them into the sex industry. Tania, Gemma, Anneli, Paula, and Annette were ordinary young women – friends, daughters, sisters, and mothers – full of potential, until one wrong turn, one chance meeting, led them into the world of heroin and crack. Their dependency on these drugs facilitated their easy exploitation and led them to prostitution.
Black History Month

TVO offers documentaries, current affairs, lectures and children’s programs that celebrate Black History Month. On Saturday, February 5 at 5 pm, TVO’s lecture series Big Ideas features University of Toronto professor Christian Campbell in a remarkable conversation with Nobel poet laureate, Derek Walcott.

On Friday, February 11 at 10 pm, Allan Gregg in Conversation welcomes economist Paul Collier who discusses how Africa’s natural resources are exploited, and Dambisa Moyn reveals how foreign aid has affected the continent. Also, be sure to visit Allan Gregg online at for the Africa series featuring interviews with authors and experts such as Romeo Dallaire, Ken Wiwa, Florence Wambugu and Ishmael Beah. Their discussions address African issues including culture, economics, child soldiers, and agriculture.

Documentaries during Black History Month include an encore of the four-part series The Lost Kingdoms of Africa Sundays at 7 pm beginning February 20, and The Little Black School House on Monday, February 14 at 10 pm.

And TVOKids relaunches Time Trackers series with the story of Harriet Tubman.
About TVO

Celebrating 40 years, TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit
Where to find TVO

Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580, Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.

Black History Month Great Events

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Northern Lights Black History Month Event

Zinzi De Silva - February 15, 2010

Black History Month Event

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Toronto Bathurst Lions Movie Night presentation – February 9, 2010

By Robert Payne

On the 18th of February, the Toronto Bathurst Lions Club (of which Robert Payne is a member) is presenting “movie night” featuring the documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi” as a Black History Month presentation. (see attached file) Paul Saltzman, the producer/director of this award-winning documentary will participate in a Q & A at the conclusion. I thought this might fit with some of the journalistic endeavors you’re involved in. Because the theatre is small (180 seats) even we Lions have to purchase a ticket (all of them go for $15).

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