Celebrate Black History Month!

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

 

 

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 reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada - Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, Syrus Marcus Ware.

Until we are free: reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada - Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, Syrus Marcus Ware

The killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 by a white assailant inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, which quickly spread outside the borders of the United States. 

 

 

 

 


 a complicated memoir - Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali

Angry queer Somali boy: a complicated memoir - Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali

Kidnapped by his father on the eve of Somalia's societal implosion, Mohamed Ali was taken first to the Netherlands by his stepmother, and then later on to Canada. 

 

 

 

 

 


Book cover for Black writers matter - Whitney French

Black writers matter - Whitney French

This book tells stories of Black narratives that are close to the bone. This collection feels particular to the Black Canadian experience.

 

 

 

 

 


Book cover for Frying Plantain - Zalika Reid-Benta

Frying Plantain - Zalika Reid-Benta (paper copy only)

Set in the neighbourhood of “Little Jamaica”, Frying Plantain follows a girl from elementary school to high school graduation as she navigates the tensions between mothers and daughters. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Struggle for a community

Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community - Jennifer Hodge & Roger McTair

The Jane-Finch "Corridor" is an area of six square blocks in Toronto's North York. To the residents of Metro Toronto, the Corridor evokes images of vandalism, high-density subsidized housing, racial tension, despair and crime.

 


Film cover for Black Soul

Black Soul - Martine Chartrand

This beautifully poetic short film follows a young boy who learns about his ancestors and the history of Indigenous and African diasporic people through the stories of his grandmother.

 



Race - Stephen Hopkins

Movie based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest is to become the greatest track and field athlete in history.

 

 

 

 

 


Film cover for The Hate u Give
The Hate U Give - George Tillman Jr.

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

 

 

 

 


Film cover for Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures - Theodore Melfi

NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women. 

 

 

 

 

 


Film cover for Belle

Belle - Amma Asante

The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in English after meeting an idealistic young vicar's son.

 

 

 

 


 

Film cover for Ninth Floor

Ninth Floor - Mina Shum

It started quietly when a group of Caribbean students, strangers in a cold new land, began to suspect their professor of racism. It ended in the most explosive student uprising Canada had ever known.

 

 

 

 

 


 
Film still of Sòl
Sòl - Valérie Bah and Tatiana Zinga Botao

The backdrop is the long hours, the pandemic, the perilous and demanding care work. This movie recalls and confuses the institutional setting with a time of recollection. Implying the historical continuity of the violence of labour policies and their impact on Black women, Sòl evokes a prayer pronounced in the middle of the night shift, a meditation. 

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