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Black Art & Liberation: A Panel Discussion

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Centre for Social Innovation - Regent Park

585 Dundas Street East

Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

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This panel discussion features four Black artists working in diverse mediums, panelists will explore how they pursue liberation and build inclusion in each of their respective disciplines.


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Dainty Smith, Ekow Nimako, Samson Brown and Rania El Mugammar

This event is organized in celebration of Black Liberation Month by Rania El Mugammar and the Centre for Social Innovation as a part of their joint "How to be An Ally" series. Please join our mailing list to learn more about the series!

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Dainty Smith

Dainty Smith is a Toronto based Actor, Burlesque Performer, Writer, Producer, and Speaker. Dainty completed a one year program for performing arts at George Brown College and is a powerful self taught storyteller, performer, and orator. She has acted in the acclaimed theatre group Les Blues and has starred in two short films: How To Stop A Revolution, and Red Lips (Cages for Black Girls). Her diverse array of stage performances include the Mayworks Festival, Rock. Paper. Sistahz, The Gladstone Hotel, The Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Artscape, and Daniels Spectrum Theatre. She co-produced the performance art collective Colour Me Dragg. She is the founder of Les Femme Fatales: Women of Colour burlesque troupe, the only burlesque troupe for women of colour in Canada.

In addition to producing and acting, Dainty is also an accomplished and engaging Emcee and an accomplished Speaker. Her speaking engagements have included workshops with women and youth on themes of empowerment, glamour, beauty, self love and self care as revolutionary acts. She has taught workshops at Ryerson University, University of Ottawa, and York University on radical body positivity, survival and thriving.

Dainty has written for Sway magazine, Lover Magazine, About magazine, Xtra! Newspaper, Sage Blog, Shameless Magazine and The Witness Journal.

www.daintysmith.com | Instagram | Twitter

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Ekow Nimako Sculptor | LEGO® Artist | Author

Ekow Nimako was born in Montreal and studied Fine Arts at York University. He began using LEGO® in his professional practice in 2013 and has since cultivated a unique approach to sculpting the iconic material. In 2015, he explored the theme of animal extinction with his monumental sculpture, "Silent Knight", commissioned by the City of Toronto for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The seven-and- a-half foot sculpture paid homage to one of Ontario’s most extirpated bird species, the barn owl, and further elevated Ekow’s ability to animate the inanimate. 2016’s "Grey Matters", commissioned by the Baycrest Foundation for the citywide fundraising campaign The Brain Project, featured a monochromatic, larger-than-life human brain as a public statement about brain functionality and health. Ekow’s most personal and expansive body of work, Building Black, explores black identity and existence as it occurs simultaneously in the past, present, and future, through an afrofuturistic lens. Ekow lives and works in Toronto, Canada.


www.ekownimako.com | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


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Samson Brown | My name is Samson Brown and Rhythm is my Biz |

Samson Brown is an Actor|Hoofer|Playwright|Stage Manager who believes that as long as you continue to show up in every moment authentically, the world will appreciate and feed off of your truth.

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Rania El Mugammar Artist | Anti-Oppression Educator | Equity + Inclusion Consultant | Placemaker

Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Canadian NPO Director, Artist, Arts Educator, Equity and Anti-oppression Educator & Consultant , performer, speaker and published writer. Her work interrogates notions of home, belonging, womxnhood, blackness, migration/exile as they intersect with the identities and places she identities with. Rania is an advocate for womxn's rights, racial justice/black liberation and youth. Social justice anchors Rania's work as she is deeply committed to anti-oppressive practices and inclusion.

Rania is interested in transformative arts and community spaces and place making as a practice that inspire collaboration, community building and innovation. Rania's work in cultivating Toronto's vibrant cultural landscape is deeply rooted in a commitment to equity and anti-oppression. She is the current co-chair of the Outburst Advisory Committee at the Barbara Schlifer Clinic, former curator of D’bi Young’s Watah School “Art(is)t Shaman” Series and a member of the Kandake Performance Collective. Rania is deeply passionate about gender/race justice and organizing locally and globally. She is the editor of SpeakSudan’s youth arts magazine and a contributor to a variety of blogs and publications.

​www.raniawrites.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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What is "How to be an Ally"?

As more and more of us confront the fact that the world is not equitable for all, it is crucial for us to understand what our role is in supporting one another and together, figure out the systems and society that work for everybody.

One step that we’re taking at the Centre for Social Innovation is partnering with educators who create safe spaces for us to ask questions, challenge assumptions, learn about what makes each individual unique and complex, and what makes us one. The kinds of questions we hope to ask include, but are not limited to: How do I check my privilege? How can we engage in a conversation around identity, oppression, and colonialism? How do we learn from each other? How do we support one another?

How can I be an ally?

We have asked leaders from the CSI community to speak about their lived experiences, their professional practice building bridges among communities and to share their thoughts on how someone could be their ally. This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.



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Will there be more “How to be an Ally” events?

To get on the mailing list for How to be an Ally series and provide feedback on topics, submit your contact information by clicking here.

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