MOTION TALKS BALDWIN & EALEY-RICHARDSON ON CBC’S THE NEXT CHAPTER w/ SHELAGH ROGERS

Motion talks about the similarities between James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain and Jael Ealey Richardson’s The Stone Thrower. (photo\Zahra Siddiqui)

The layers of Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (exerpt)

“What I love about this work, particularly, is that we go so deeply into their personal selves. We see how race and racism has affected them, we see how they are trying to break out of the chains of segregation. He even travels us to when the great-grandmother of John Grimes leaves the plantation to find a new life on the day when the emancipation proclamation is signed. We see not only these historical things going on, but also how deeply personal the struggles and the fight and the redemption of each character is taking place within them.”

LISTEN to the complete Review on The Next Chapter w/ Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio.

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50in50: WRITING WOMEN INTO EXISTENCE in NYC!

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Really EXCITED to join 50 Black Women Writers for the internationally curated 50in50: WRITING WOMEN INTO EXISTENCE!

This special event featuring an esteemed collective of women actors takes place on Sunday May 14th, 2017 in New York City, at the legendary Billie Holiday Theatre – 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY. Showtime: 3PM.

Curated by acclaimed playwright Dominique Morriseau

Fifty writers have had their say,  in response to the powerful statement shaped by curator Morriseau which partially reads, “As Black Women writers, we fulfill a unique and un-duplicated role in theatre. We are telling the stories that represent us with balance and complexity and illuminate our side of the human experience.” Join us for a groundbreaking event that places the diverse, rich and challenging perspectives of women and girls from all walks of life at the center. These stories will be read by an ensemble of women performers in an astounding 90-minute journey of truth, humor and strength.

Cast: Simone Missick ( Luke Cage), Pauletta Washington ( Beloved, NY Premiere of Autumn), Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Back), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Getting On, Orange is the New Black) and more.

And joining the 50 women writers, Toronto’s-own playwrights MOTION and Meghan Swaby!

A partnership with Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop and the Billie Holiday Theatre.

BUY NOW | Tickets: $15

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TORONTO HIP HOP CELEBRATES DJ RON NELSON!

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Walking on #CollegeStreet, bumped into #streetpromo for Thursday Nite’s #iwasthere event! Celebrating #Toronto #HipHop #radiohost #promoter and #pioneer DJ RON NELSON! Hosted by Theo3 & Motion >> See you there! #fantasticvoyage #CKLN881 #hiphopradio #ourstory

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YORK U. STUDENTS STUDY THE POWER OF SPOKEN WORD

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GRIOTS TO EMCEES: Spoken Word, Culture and Performance returns to York University this Spring, 2017. 

During the 6-week credit course, York U. students explore the form, function and content of Spoken Word through the Diaspora – from language to rhythm, historical developments, social-political contexts, as well as key artists of poetry, rap, dub, slam, lyricism and spoken word as live and direct purveyors of culture.

By examining performance as text and artist/creator narratives, commentaries and cultural discourse, students survey the continuum through African storytelling traditions to contemporary global evolutions of lyricism and spoken word. Students explore the varied modes of oral/aural dissemination – including the stage, the page, audio recording, theatre, film and digital media – and analyze orality and voice as tools of cultural affirmation and resistance. The course includes a writing/performance intensive component.

SPACE LIMITED – INFO & REGISTRATION for AP/HUMA 3165 3.00 Griots to Emcees: Examining Culture, Performance & Spoken Word HERE.

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WRITING THE WEB SERIES AT REGENT PARK FILM FESTIVAL!

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Are you a young emerging filmmaker looking to get your web series off the ground? Have a great idea that you need help developing into a web series? The Regent Park Film Festival is currently looking for 6 talented young filmmakers to join our Writing the Web Series Intensive!

Along with artist, writer and educator Motion, the Regent Park Film festival will be running Writing the Web Series Intensive which will take place over 7 months and will offer sessions to support emerging filmmakers in creating the best foundation for their web-series creation, and access to some of the best film festivals and conferences in Toronto.

Writing the Web Series Intensive will guide 6 emerging filmmakers to:

-Create character and story arcs over an entire season of their developing web series
-Work through issues of representations to create complex and rich characters and storyline
-Write a pilot episode
-Host a public reading of their pilot episode at the 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival
-Gain familiarity with and access to the web-series and filmmaking world by providing passes to film festivals and conferences in the city.

Timeline & Dates:

Every Thursday evening in May and June, from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Regent Park Film Festival offices (Exact dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
Writing Break: July & August
3 additional sessions in the fall (TBD)
The 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival will take place Nov 15-18.
Participants will attend the following festivals and conferences:

T.O WebFest – May 25 – 27
TIFF – Sept 7 – 14th
Reel World Film Festival – Oct 11 – 15

cropped-26-web.jpgMotion is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and storyteller. Her work has been screened at the ReelWorld Film Festival and Africa International Film Festival, and staged at Factory Theatre, Theatre Center, bcurrent’s Rock.Paper.Sistaz, Rhubarb Festival’s Black Lives, Black Words and Obsidian’s International Black Playwrights Festival. She is also an alumna of the Canadian Film Center. Motion is our lead facilitator, guiding participants through the process of developing their stories and scripts, and navigating new interactions and opportunities made available through the Intensive.

raniaphoto-e1490146075518-150x150Rania El Mugammar is a Writer, Arts Educator, Community Organizer and Equity,Anti-Oppression and Inclusion Educator, who will engage with participants in working through difficult questions of representations as they set out to write their scripts and create their arcs.

Photos by: Zahra Siddiqui

APPLY TODAY
This writing intensive is FREE for participants. To apply, participants must fill out the following application form and submit all related materials by 12am on April 9th, 2017.

If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process, or have any questions regarding appropriate/possible accommodations please contact us at info@regentparkfilmfestival.com

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A MAN’S STORY EUROPEAN PREMIER AT THE AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL!!

1A MAN’S STORY, directed by Fernando Arrioja and written by MOTION features in the 2017 AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL in Berlin. Starring Emmanuel Kobongo and produced by Jessica Adams, A Man’s Story makes it’s European premier April 21st through May 6th, amongst “an attractive programme of the best African films.”

Watch A Man’s Story Trailer HERE:

Gesproken: Frans/Engels. Ondertiteld: Engels. Tijdens een oefenwedstrijd boksen komen bij Kam plots traumatische jeugdherinneringen naar boven. Hij gaat de confrontatie aan met zijn vader…

  • Genre: Short Film
  • Runtime: 11min
  • Country: DR Congo, Canada
  • Cineast: Fernando Arrioja   Writer: Wendy MOTION Brathwaite
  • Cast: Emmanuel Kabongo, Kim Roberts, Pedro Miguel Arce
  • Producer: Jessica Adams
  • Editor: Simone Smith
  • Score: Ben Fox
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#HOWSHEHUSTLES Presents HERSTORY IN BLACK on CBC

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Black women making history

In celebration of Black History Month, HERstory in Black shares the experiences of 150 women who excel in their field, who push for greater diversity and who help build vibrant communities.

Emily Mills initiated the project as an extension of How She Hustles, a network of more than 5,000 women from diverse backgrounds. In a series of photo shoots, based in Toronto, she brought together these women to showcase their lives and expertise. The initiative comes in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary as a country.

“HERstory in Black is intended to shine the light on black women – right here and right now,” Mills said. “I know how critical it is honour pioneers of the past, but also how important it is that we continue to tell new stories and hear different voices.”

The participants range from the first black woman to become an elected Law Society of Upper Canada bencher for the Toronto region, to a dedicated volunteer who works with several not-for-profits. They come from the arts, media, science, engineering, law and many other fields. These women live in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of Ontario.

You can learn more about each participant by clicking on their photo below (headshots courtesy of Leilah Dhore) :

READ more about the 150 Black Women making Herstory HERE: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/multimedia/herstory-in-black-1.3988476http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/multimedia/herstory-in-black-1.3988476

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BLACK LIVES BLACK WORDS HITS TORONTO

 

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So EXCITED to join the artists, playwrights, actor, directors of the worldwide Theatre Movement! Chicago to UK to Toronto, and beyond…

Black Lives, Black Words
THE 38TH RHUBARB FESTIVAL
12 ALEXANDER STREET //
TORONTO M4Y 1B4
Phone: 416-975-8555

February 24 + 25, 2017 // 10:00PM // in the chamber

Local black playwrights write ten-minute plays responding to the theme “Do Black Lives Matter today?” The project that has explored the Black diaspora experience in Chicago, Minneapolis, and London, UK, gets its first Toronto iteration, in a partnership between Rhubarb, Obsidian Theatre, and the National Arts Centre.

THE ARTISTS

project creator Reginald Edmund
organizers Reginald Edmund + Luke Reece
writers Leelee Davis, Kanika Ambrose, Jordan Laffrenier, Tawiah Ben Eben M’Carthy, Motion, Luke Reece + Meghan Swaby
performers Akousa Amor-Adem, Shomari Downer, Virgillia Griffith, Cassandre Mentor + Nabo Nabea
directors Audrey Dwyer + Jamie Robinson

http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/the-38th-rhubarb-festival/#weektwoprogram
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In rehearsal for LIVING THE BLACK BODY by MOTION, at the Rhubarb Festival 2017.

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LADIES FIRST: BEFORE THE 6IX – #BHM2017 SERIES

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LADIES FIRST: BEFORE THE 6ix features influential women in the evolution of Canadian Hip Hop culture – G98.7 radio personality/poet Jemeni, playwright/emcee Motion, filmmaker Alison Duke and DJ/ producer L’Oqenz. The panel discussion visits the stories, events and musical contributions of hip hop artists Michie Mee, Fresh Arts and Honey Jam, and the critical  role women have played in the history of Toronto’s Hip-hop music scene. The Before the 6ix Black History Month Series is curated by editor/journalist Del Cowie.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT272645&R=EVT272645 Monday, February 13 at 7 PM – 8 PM EST
Toronto Public Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8

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NEW SE7ENS MIXTAPE ‘A SUH WE STAY’!

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So great to hear the new SE7ENs Mixtape ‘A Suh We Stay’ that just dropped this weekend. 21 tracks of lyrics, beats, muuuusik for the heads, body and soul! Features include Frankie Payne, Eklipz and NuBreed MC. And to get to join in on the mix on the “Time Machine” TO to JA collabo with SE7EVs (Kolor Brown & J Wyze), Kabaka Pyramid and Five Steez is bless! Big Up ((DTS)) -Deep to the Soul- SE7EVs and SpottMuzik! Cop it! https://soundcloud.com/…/a-suh-we-stay-se7ens-mixtape-201617

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