Aneesa is back on the board of the FMC

Aneesa is back on the board of the FMC

Aneesa Oumarally is back. The former CEO of the Festival Management Committee (FMC) which runs the annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival, had “stepped down” last month. Now Omarally is returning to the FMC  – but as a member of the board, a position in which she had previously served. She joins four  new board members, most […]

Tomorrow is closing day for submission of ownership bids to acquire Toronto radio station CKFG (G98.7

Tomorrow is closing day for submission of ownership  bids to acquire Toronto  radio station CKFG (G98.7

By Lincoln DePradine Tomorrow  will be an important juncture in efforts by various parties to acquire ownership of  Toronto radio station  CKFG (G98.7), the FM radio station once owned by the late Jamaican-Canadian entrepreneur , Fitzroy Gordon. It will be the closing day for the submission of ownership bids to acquire the station, which some […]

Emmy winners highlight push for social justice

Emmy winners highlight push for social justice

Regina King and Uzo Aduba used the come-as-you-are fashion edict for Sunday’s virtual Emmy Awards to highlight the national struggle for social justice. Both Black actresses wore T-shirts featuring Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT from Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot and killed by police in March. King’s T-shirt featured Taylor’s face. “The cops still haven’t […]

‘Akilla’s Escape’ shows cycle of violence hurting Black boys

‘Akilla’s Escape’ shows cycle of violence hurting Black boys

Toronto-raised filmmaker Charles Officer remembers returning to his home city after playing professional hockey in England around age 18 and his mother being upset over his dreadlocks. “The front cover of every newspaper was a Black boy criminalized with dreadlocks and my mother was freaking out,” Officer, now 44, recalled in an interview. “She wanted […]

Toronto Radio Station G-98.7 will soon be sold

Toronto Radio Station G-98.7 will soon be sold

By Stephen Weir Radio Station CKFG-FM  (G-98.7) which was placed in receivership in June last year, is still up for sale. Deadline for interested parties to submit written letters of intent with respect to the purchase of the station was Friday, August 7, last. But A. Farber & Partners Inc., the court-appointed receiver of the […]

Calypso legend Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo dies

Calypso legend Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo dies

One of Antigua and Barbuda’s best-known calypsonians, Sir Rupert Philo, known widely as King Swallow, has died at the age of 78. King Swallow died last Friday at his home in Antigua after a prolonged illness. Philo was known for his social and political commentary, as well as his many hits which include Fire in […]

Caribbean Tales Film festival opens with ‘Trini in me’ theme

Caribbean Tales Film festival opens with ‘Trini in me’ theme

By Stephen Weir The 15th annual Toronto-based CaribbeanTales Film festival opened last night online.  “ In spite of what’s happening in the world right now, we have continued to forge ahead,” said festival founder and moviemaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “ In our new online programming we able to reach an even wider, global audience than the […]

Montreal International Black Film Festival goes online Sept. 23- Oct. 4

Montreal International Black Film Festival goes online  Sept. 23- Oct. 4

By Stephen Weir The  annual Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) will be held  online from September 23 to October 4. For 16 years,  the MIBFF has presented films from all over the world, providing a platform to thousands of Black artists who otherwise would not have been seen or heard. The  MIDFF usually alternates  […]

Buscabulla offers electro-Caribbean music for the pandemic

Buscabulla offers electro-Caribbean music for the pandemic

MEXICO CITY — Buscabulla, a Puerto Rican duo playing electro-Caribbean music, is promoting a “hymn of belonging” to lift spirits during the pandemic. The video of the group’s latest single, “Mío,” includes images of the Carnaval de Ponce and the Day of the Holy Innocents, also called the Fiesta de las Máscaras de Hatillo, known […]

Toronto film festival brings back Planet Africa program

Toronto film festival  brings back Planet Africa program

The Toronto International Film Festival which runs Sept. 10-19 with a mix of virtual and in-person screenings, is bringing back its Planet Africa program. First created in 1995 by Cameron Bailey, who is now TIFF’s co-head and artistic director, the program ran for 10 years with cinema from Africa and the African diaspora. This year’s […]

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