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Noel Clarke: Representation Matters
6 months ago

Noel Clarke: Representation Matters

For many of us, the last time we saw writer, director and actor Noel Clarke he was garbed in a navy blue hoodie beaten and bloody at the end of …
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The Taint of a Nation
6 months ago

The Taint of a Nation

One of the best and worst things about The Birth of a Nation may be that it’s a highly effective film for the message it wants to tell. The irony …
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The Check It: Streets to Runways
7 months ago

The Check It: Streets to Runways

Letting documentary filmmakers in on some of the most personal and intimate moments of his life did not come easy for Trayvon Warren. He wasn’t sure how it would impact …
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Remembering the Mixtape
7 months ago

Remembering the Mixtape

A hundred cassette cases in grid formation are suspended delicately from nails in the studio of Toronto’s Gallery 918. From afar the tape covers create one image: a young Black …
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BJ the Chicago Kid: Soul Brother
7 months ago

BJ the Chicago Kid: Soul Brother

The dark, intimate space of Toronto’s Velvet Underground fills rapidly as fans draped in their finest Topshop-esque, grunge-chic apparel arrive for a performance from BJ the Chicago Kid. From the minimalistic …
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EPMD: Still in Business
7 months ago

EPMD: Still in Business

1987 was a phenomenal year for hip-hop. While on the east coast Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions and Eric B. & Rakim were draining D batteries in boomboxes, N.W.A, Too …
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Tory Devon Smith: Breaking into Hollywood
8 months ago

Tory Devon Smith: Breaking into Hollywood

For actor Tory Devon Smith being in the entertainment industry isn’t about fame.

“Red carpet is not the goal, the goal is not awards . . . it’s about brilliant …
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Peter Jackson: The Will to Win
9 months ago

Peter Jackson: The Will to Win

No matter how you spin it, wearing multiple hats in the music industry can prove to be quite the test. The simultaneous duties as an artist and as a promoter …
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Hip-Hop/Soul Integral to NXNE
9 months ago

Hip-Hop/Soul Integral to NXNE

While to many outside the city, Toronto is akin to rapper/singer Drake and his international success, the 6ix has a lavish archive of artists making waves beyond the border. Rappers …
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Pooch Hall: Confidence Over Everything
9 months ago

Pooch Hall: Confidence Over Everything

American Actor Pooch Hall speaks with a vernacular stew that opposes anything feeble from the jump. “I’m not intimidated. Not to be cocky, I’m not cocky, but rather, I’m confident,” …
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