The Black Liberation Ball was life…

A big shout out to the co-curators Icon Michael Roberson Maasai Milan and Twysted Miyake Mugler! of the Black Liberation Ball that was apart of the first Journey to Black Liberation Symposium  that Brandon Hay of Black Daddies Club curated on February 9th and 10th, 2018 at the Harbourfront Centre, in Toronto, Canada.

Thank you to the Harbourfront Centre for partnering with Black Daddies Club to make this historical event possible in Canada.

Now Magazine covers the Black Liberation Ball

https://nowtoronto.com/music/features/photos-black-liberation-ball-vitality-toronto-ballroom-scene/

Many thanks to the community partners and sponsors for making this event possible.

Sponsors and Community Partners for Kuumba and the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium // Black Liberation Ball 2018 

  • Government of Canada
  • City of Toronto
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Consulate General of the United States – Toronto, Canada
  • Musagetes, Guelph, Canada
  • Black CAP, Toronto
  • The University of Western Ontario, London
  • Union Theology, Columbia University, New York
  • Brock University – Hamilton Campus
  • City of Toronto
  • Glad Day Bookstore, Toronto
  • Inspirit Foundation, Toronto
  • OCAD University, Toronto
  • Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia
  • Queen West – Central Toronto Community Health Centre, Toronto
  • Sherbourne Health Centre (SOY, BQY), Toronto
  • University of Toronto
  • WeSpeak Research project, Toronto
  • Dr. Winston Husbands, Toronto
  • Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre, Toronto
  • York University (YUGSA + ACE + PHeSSA), Toronto

Harbourfront Centre and Black Daddies Club partner for Kuumba 2018

Greetings Community,

The Black Daddies Club (BDC) and Harbourfront Centre present the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium.  This symposium will take placeFebruary 9th-10th, 2018, in Toronto, Canada, at Harbourfront Centre, as part of its annual KuumbafestivalToronto’s longest-running celebration of Black History Month.

The Journey to Black Liberation Symposium is a follow-up as learnings from the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference at York University, co-developed by the Black Daddies Club, and an extension of the idea of cross-border conversations and community-building within Black communities globally (Brazil, USA, United Kingdom and Canada) dealing with various forms of oppression that affect our communities. The focus of the JTBL symposium is not to just bear witness to the oppression and injustice, but to also a cross-borders network of Black activists, academics and other stakeholders looking at sharing ideas, strategizing, educating each other and community-building in efforts to achieve Black liberation globally.

The two-day symposium will include a mix of plenaries, covering themes from Womanism and HIV addition to Black masculinity and issues around liberation for the Trans Black community.  There will also be a photography exhibit, film screening, vogue workshop and a House Ball event. More details about all Kuumba events can be found here.

The purpose of having such a mix of entry points into the dialogue around Black Liberation is,  as one elder puts it, “When our (Black) communities put on a symposium or conference, we must include the boring pieces (i.e. panel discussions) and fun pieces (i.e. House balls), because of the fact that some people will be interested in the panel discussions and some people will only be interested in attending the House ball, so why not include both pieces so that we can get more people apart of the dialogue?”. With the theme of Journey to Black Liberation, making the symposium accessible was important, so all the plenary discussions are free to the general community. Only The Black Liberation Ball is ticketed, at $10.

More details about the plenary discussions can be found here, below is the list of themes. Please note you can pre-register for many events.

  • The Trans Sounds of Black Liberation
  • Womanism, Black Feminism, And the Politics of Love: A conversation around liberation for Black women
  • Am I not A Black Man? Black Masculinity, Male Sexuality and Respectability Politics
  • HIV and Black people in the Americas, preceded by the Canadian debut screening of feature documentary parTy boi 
  • Self Care and healing space
  • Open Space Technology
  •  I Am For You Can Enjoy by UK-based artists Khalil West and Ajamu

The Black Liberation Ball with celebrity guest judges Pony Zion and the legendary Leiomy Maldonado. The ball is co-curated by Michael Roberson Maasai Milan (NYC) with commentator The Rocksocking Twysted Miyake Mugler (Toronto)

Come and be apart of the cross borders dialogues around Black Liberation, taking place at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, February 9th and 10th, 2018.

Blackness, Gender, Work and Love symposium (December 2nd)

 

Blackness, Gender, Work, and Love Symposium will be the closing event of the yearlong initiative called Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference. Apart of the Planning in Toronto: Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course at York University, this course investigated how urban planning is informed by and closely related to the overarching, infrastructural challenges faced by the African, Caribbean & Black Canadian community in the GTA.

This day long symposium taking place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, will be co-created by students of the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course, along with various community stakeholders.

The themes of Blackness, Gender, Work and Love will be sewn in throughout the symposium, The students will be responsible of co-creating the plenaries working with community members, community based organizations, government agencies, community based artists and activists to create a plenary apart of the symposium.

We look forward to sharing space with you all, December 2nd, 2017 at Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University for the of Blackness, Gender, Work and Love symposium, this will be a free event and lunch will be provided.

You can access your free tickets here.

Accessibility
This event will be held in an accessible space. To request accommodations, contact Nigel Barriffe by Monday, November 20, 2017: nigelbme@yorku.ca

HuffPost Canada partners with Black Love Matters Course

Greetings Community,

I am Super excited to announce that Black Daddies Club and HuffPost Canada, has partnered to make the Black Love Matters 2017 course at York University more accessible to community folks, by broadcasting some our classes on the HuffPost Canada platform.

The first class that this will be broadcasting will be Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, The BLM course will explore what the Black community (at large) can learn about love and resilience from the Black LGBTQI2S Ballroom community.

Our guest lecturer for this week will be Michael Roberson Maasai Milan (Ultrared), co-creator of the House of Blahnik, Maasai and Garcon based in New York. Michael will be supported by Musagetes for this special discussion in Toronto.

This class is free to the public, dinner will be provided while quantities last. You will have to RSVP for the class here

More details:

Date: October 24th. 2017

Title of Class: “What can we learn about love and Resilience from the Black LGBTQ House ball Community?

Venue: Sherbourne Health Centre in partnership with Supporting Our Youth (SOY)/ 333 Sherbourne St, Toronto, (Second floor, Great Room)

Time: 6pm to 9pm

About the Planning in Toronto: Black Love Matters Course at York University:

Description:

The Planning in Toronto workshop will focus on developing a symposium entitled “Blackness, Gender, Work, and Love” that will be the closing event of the yearlong initiative called Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference . This course investigates how urban planning is informed by and closely related to the overarching, infrastructural challenges faced by the African, Caribbean & Black Canadian community in the GTA. The workshop will provide insight into alternative, anti-racist planning strategies and projects that promote community development in the GTA. Students will learn about these strategies and projects, the methodologies around which they were designed and the various challenges that they aim to address. The course will also furnish students with an overview of anti-Black racism in Canada and how it intersects with other forms of discrimination. In addition, students will be introduced to the movements and organizations that seek to respond to the peculiar violence of Canadian-style, anti-Black racism. The students will be responsible of co-creating the Blackness, Love, Work, and Gender Symposium in December 2017; working with community members, community based organizations, government agencies, community based artists and activists to create a plenary apart of the symposium.

The Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course is taught by Brandon Hay, MES (Founder, The Black Daddies Club) and Nigel Barriffe, M.Ed. (President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations).

Regards,

Brandon Hay, MES

Planning in Toronto: Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course at York University is officially open for registration

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word love here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace–not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”

-James Baldwin, The First Next Time

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Greetings and Salutations,

We are super excited to announce that the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course at York University is now open for registration, there has been a lot of love, hard work and collaboration in curating this course over the past 12 months. The Black Daddies Club has partnered with a series of critical thinkers, educators, artists, agencies, institutions and many others to co-create a curriculum that is relevant to the Black and African Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area, this approach is not a traditional approach by academia standards, however this approach falls into the theory of an Un-Conference.

The purpose of the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course at York University, as I recognize that in many graduate classes there are a handful of Black students, even less with Black men occupying the space, our goal with this course is making education more accessible to the Black community in Toronto and to reimagine the idea of who are the educators and who are the learners, and to also interrogate the idea of what should be considered as knowledge production?

Please find the syllabus for the fall 2017 Planning in Toronto workshop here –> Black Love Matters 2017 Un-conference Syllabus

The workshop is taught by Brandon Hay (Founder, Black Daddies Club) and Nigel Barriffe (President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations).  This is a dynamic course and sessions will take place at a variety of locations around the GTA.  The course also incorporates a strong current of community-participation.  Here is a short description of the course:

The Planning in Toronto workshop will focus on developing a symposium entitled “Blackness, Gender, Work, and Love” that will be the closing event of the year long initiative called Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference. This course investigates how urban planning is informed by and closely related to the overarching, infrastructural challenges faced by the African, Caribbean & Black Canadian community in the GTA. The workshop will provide insight into alternative, anti-racist planning strategies and projects that promote community development in the GTA. Students will learn about these strategies and projects, the methodologies around which they were designed and the various challenges that they aim to address. The course will also furnish students with an overview of anti-Black racism in Canada and how it intersects with other forms of discrimination. In addition, students will be introduced to the movements and organizations that seek to respond to the peculiar violence of Canadian-style, anti-Black racism. The students will be responsible of co-creating the Blackness, Gender, Work, and Love Symposium in December 2017; working with community members, community based organizations, government agencies, community based artists and activists to create a plenary apart of the symposium.

This course will be held at York University, in the Faculty of Environmental Studies; however, we will also be visiting various locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area throughout the term. This course is open to graduate students at York University of all race, genders and nationality; the course is also open to community members that identify as Black or African Canadians. For community members, the course is free.

For community members who are interested in applying for the course, you are required to submit an application for the course, answering the following question:

What does Black love mean to you? And why is it relevant in 2017?

Your options for your response

–       Writing an essay (500-1000 words)

–       Video Blog (five minutes- 10 minutes)

–       Podcast (five minutes- 10 minutes)

Deadline for community member’s submissions is September 1st, 2017 at 4pm.

For more information please email Nigel Barriffe, nigel@urbanalliance.ca or Brandon Hay,brandon@theblackdaddiesclub.com

 

Regards,

 

Brandon Hay, MES (Business)

Founder, Black Daddies Club

 

Upcoming Black Daddies Club Initiatives

I Hope your summer is going awesome, just want to send you all a quick update regarding some upcoming Black Daddies Club initiatives.

Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference Summer Series:

Family and Friends Summer Hikes

Apart of the Black Daddies Club 10th year anniversary initiative Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference, the 2nd installment of the Family and Friends Summer Hikes will be taking place this Sunday, July 23rd at 10am to 2pm at Glen Rouge Camping grounds located at 7450 Kingston Road. The conversation themes for this upcoming hike will be grandparents, elders, courage and confidence. CBC came out to cover our hike in June, you can read more about it here.

The final hike of the year will be Sunday, August 13th, 2017. This will conclude the summer series component of the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference

Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference Fall/ Autumn Series:

Planning in Toronto: Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course at York University (September 2017 to December 2017)

This 12 week course is open to graduate students at York University of all race, genders and nationality, the course is also open to community members that identify as Black or African Canadians, for community members the course is free. If you are a community member and are interested applying for the course, please submit one of the following that answers the question: What does Black love mean to you and why is it relevant in 2017?

  • An essay (500 to 1000 words)
  • Video blog (5 to 10 minutes)
  • Podcast (5 to 10 minutes)
  • Deadline for community member submissions is Sept. 1st at 4 PM to brandon@theblackdaddiesclub.com

* Full course schedule will be a released on our website in a few weeks.

Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference & CaribbeanTales Film Festival (CTFF) (September 2017)

#BLACKLOVEMATTERS Short Film Challenge:

This challenge explores stories of black masculinity, fatherhood, and black love — romantic, familial, fraternal and otherwise. The deadline has been extended, for more info check CTFF website

LOOKING FOR BLACK LOVE IN TORONTO:

This latest documentary of British-Barbadian film legend Menelik Shabaaz discusses what it means to look for love in contemporary society and the difficulties black men and women face in their search. Featuring spoken word artists, therapists, comedians, journalists and activists, alongside real and raw discussions among Black people (young and old), Looking for Love tries to dig to the heart of why love appears to be.  You can purchase tickets here.

This event will be also apart of the Planning In Toronto:  Black Love Matters 2017 course at York University

For more information visit www.theblackdaddiesclub.com

A Movement Built on Love