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*This event is for BIPOC folk and allies only, with a prioritization of Black voices, please make sure to share space accordingly.*

Black Futures on Eglinton is a project led by CP Planning and Black Urbanism TO. Two Black led organizations concerned with how anti-Black racism is displacing Black residents and Black businesses from the Eglinton Avenue West neighbourhood (lovingly dubbed Little Jamaica).

We are partnered in delivering this event with Neil "Logik" Donaldson, founder of Stolen from Africa.

Join us in the premiere of the poetic lyric videos of the top five contributors to the community Epic Poem. The Epic Poem is a developing poem book of poems written by community members who love Eglinton Avenue West. These poets were chosen by a jury for their raw emotion and ability to communicate the thoughts and emotions of witnessing Black neighbourhoods fall apart due to gentrification. They explore themes of worry, but also of hope.

After the premiere of these poems, we will have a conversation to reflect on our own experiences, and then to imagine what our neighbourhoods would look like if anti-Black racism was eradicated. In this process of imagining, we will build our understanding of what systems would look like if Black lives were cherished. What kinds of jobs would we be doing? How would we spend our free time? What things would we worry about when we don't have to worry about survival?

***Are you a story teller that writes about Black liberation? Email Case.Cheryll@gmail.com for 1 of 3 free vouchers for a free writing workshop with Whitney French*** --> valued at $40+
Whitney French is a one-woman, heart-centred business providing workshops, and writing to the community. Always #WritingWhileBlack

SCHEDULE

5:30-5:35pm - Hellos and check ins

5:35-5:40pm - Motion introduces the poetic lyric videos

5:40-5:55pm - Lyric videos are screened

5:55-6:10pm - Reflecting on the themes of the poems

6:10-6:15 - Stretch

6:15-6:45 - Break out rooms where we imagine a future where we are free

6:45-7:00pm - Debrief on the free worlds we created

7:00pm - BONUS - afro-futurism read by

POEMS

BRICK BY BRICK - Hassan Abdallah

DARLING, YOU ARE MY SHINING STAR - Honey Novick

I AM - Kwame Newman-Bremang

LIKKLE JAMAICA'S AN EXPERIENCE - Ms Faith

STELLA & I - Shanice Francis

ORGANIZERS

CP Planning is a planning firm started by Cheryll Case. This firm practices a human rights approach to planning. Cheryll is a an urban planner, and really cares for folks to know that. She lives in Kingsview Village.

Black Urbanism TO is a community organization founded by Dane Williams and Romain Baker. Dane grew up in Eglinton Avenue West. He wears cool hats. Romain Baker moved to the neighbourhood from Jamaica because it reminded him of home. He's raising his family here, and makes really good soup.

Stolen from Africa is an arts education organization that began in 2004 to highlight social justice issues and stories of oppression. Neil "Logik" Donaldson is a "cool cat" (Cheryll's words), and an overall inspirational guy.

Motion is a poet, playwright, film & TV screen writer. She was a key guide in supporting the epicness of the epic poem's to be premeired at this event 🙂 She also is lover of community and a strong advocate for the arts as a tool for communication and healing.

Much of the inspiration for this event's layout come from conversations with Whitney French. An amazing creative writer and literary leader who's keen to remind us to read Octavia Butler.

POETS

Hassan Abdullah is a poet and writer, who's led community and youth workshops exploring poetry.

Honey Novick is a singer/songwriter/voice teacher/poet, director of the Creative Vocalization Studio and Voice Yoga program and a member of the International Society for the Creation of Value (SGI Canada). She really cares about people being happy.

Kwame Newman-Bremang is a digital media wiz and artists. Founder of MixitMedia and Symbolik360 Podcast.

Ms Faith is a multi-disciplinary creative who is a writer, poet, singer, and current resident of the Eglinton West community.

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Shanice Franice is growing into her own. She is a highschool student and we are so grateful that she contributed a poem to this project.

LYRIC VIDEO TECH

Khadijah Salawu is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, producer, writer, designer and community organizer.

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