Tarragon Theatre’s new play, This Was the World

Tarragon Theatre’s new play, This Was the World

By Stephen Weir In 2020 teaching an adult dog new tricks means showing him the door. Kim Nelson – taking names, firing old White men and walking over Indigenous students For white men of a certain age, 2020 is a scary time when teaching an old man new tricks means putting him out to pasture.  […]

Just Mercy – powerful, thought provoking film

Just Mercy – powerful, thought provoking film

Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx who has been featured in such movies as “Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django and Unchained” alongside and Brie Larson of “Room,” “Short Term 12,” and “Captain Marvel” star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big […]

African-produced film on AIDS premiers in Toronto

African-produced film on AIDS premiers in Toronto

By Lincoln DePradine The world’s attention was riveted on the AIDS epidemic and the HIV virus in the 1980s. Further global spotlight was grabbed in 1991 when Earvin “Magic’’ John, the basketball superstar of the Los Angeles Lakers, retired abruptly after announcing that he had contracted HIV. It’s been 28 years since Johnson’s announcement and AIDS […]

The play Writing While Black opens at the Tarragon next week

The play Writing While Black opens at the Tarragon next week

By Stephen Weir Hey, most folks don’t care that cop shows don’t let the truth stand in the way of an action packed storyline when shown on prime time TV.  But, what happens when the Black writer of said police stories is censored when he tries to work in a true story of his own […]

Actor John Witherspoon dies aged 77

Actor John Witherspoon dies aged 77

  Actor John Witherspoon, who starred alongside rapper Ice Cube in the hit “Friday” comedy movie franchise, died last Tuesday at the age of 77, his family said. “We love you “POPS” always and forever,” his family said on his Twitter account, referring to another of his roles – John ‘Pops’ Williams on the long-running […]

Tobago actors in new TV roles

Tobago actors in new TV roles

Tobago-born actors Winston Duke and Dominique Jackson are raising their stock with new TV roles. Duke and Jackson will both be appearing in new shows on screens in the near future. Duke, who broke out with his role as M’baku in the ‘Black Panther’ and Avengers movies and in the Jordan Peele thriller ‘Us’, will […]

Farewell Regent to be screened at Reelworld on Friday

Farewell Regent to be screened at Reelworld on Friday

Reelworld Film Festival 2019 will open tonight at the Glen Gould studio in Toronto. The annual festival which presents the works of racially diverse filmmakers, will showcase Canadian narrative features, documentaries, shorts, music videos, animation, episodic content and VR/360 films. Screenings will take place October 18-21 at Famous Players Canada Square. One  documentary of special […]

CTFF: The lights are on. The seats are empty. The popcorn has been swept off the floor.

CTFF: The lights are on. The seats are empty. The popcorn has been swept off the floor.

By Stephen Weir  The 14th annual Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (CTFF) is over for another year.  After eight presentation nights and the screenings of some twenty films, CTFF wrapped up last week with the screening of “Sacred Water”, an odd 3-year old African documentary about Kunyaza (a technique which Rwandese women use to ejaculate). […]

Caribbean Tales Film Festival features Rattlesnakes for Gala Night

Caribbean Tales Film Festival features Rattlesnakes for Gala Night

By Stephen Weir When the Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF) opens in a couple weeks, the first film of the annual flickfest will have the audience thinking they have snakes on the brain when the theatre lights come back on.  Rattlesnakes is a full- length feature that has rattlers not just in the personalities of […]

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