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 […]

Kerry Washington ‘proud’ of Jamaican roots

Kerry Washington ‘proud’ of Jamaican roots

Kerry Washington Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington was recently honoured with an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at Jamaica’s 57th Independence Black Tie Gala, held at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye, New York. In an emotional letter read by her Jamaican-born mother, Dr Valerie Washington, the actress, who received international recognition for her role […]

Two great plays at Summer Works Festival

Two great plays at Summer Works Festival

By Stephen Weir Twenty-nine years on, and the annual Summer Works festival is still presenting cutting edge theatre in downtown Toronto.  The environment, class discrimination, sexual orientation and yes, even the social impact of parking tickets are some of the themes of the 30 dances, plays and music that will be performed on the boards […]

CAG partners with TIFF to screen “Sprinter”

CAG partners with TIFF to screen “Sprinter”

– film about Jamaican running phenom CaribanaTM Arts Group, Members of the public are invited to join the CaribanaTM Arts Group, The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and writer-director Storm Saulter for an exclusive preview of Saulter’s coming-of-age drama, Sprinter — executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith — about a Jamaican track-and-field […]