Saturday, November 28, 2009



an evening of young black female voices, films, photos, storytelling, music, healing, and dance.

In the information age, so many stories about young black women continue to be told by other people. 

On Saturday, December 12th, 2009 a collective of young black women from across the city will come together to reclaim their voices by sharing their stories throughfilm, photography, poetry, podcasts and art. This is a night celebrating theherstories of black female youth in our communities, followed by the Love Womb healing jam presented by Phoenix: a community of black women coming together to address and eradicate gender violence. 

Come out and enjoy womb-friendly tunes spun by Dee Jay L’Oqenz, affordable and delicious corn soup by Sister Asabi, and a look into the gaze of young black females in the city. 

Saturday, December 12th, 2009
Storytelling: 7pm
Jam: 10pm – 1am

anitAFRIKA! dub theatre
62 Fraser Avenue
(South/ East of Dufferin and King
in Liberty Village)

(donations for anitAFRIKA! dub theatre suggested)

Featured Films: 

“Eboni Girl” Produced By Eboni Morgan
Eboni Girl explores being a young black women in one of Toronto’s suburbs. 

“DE-SIRE” Produced by Kemba Byam, Rita Nketia, and Keisha Monique Simpson 
A film challenging the taboo of talking about black female sexuality, by talking about black female sexuality.

“Untitled” Produced by Felicia Mings
An experimental film exploring the aesthetics of race and the black female body.

“BWAMH! Black Women Against Male Harassment” Produced by Sedina Fiati
A series of spoof public service announcements that highlight the issue of street harassment by replacing the expected female victim with males. 

Bonus Videos:

“Mix-up and a Sister’s Pledge” Produced by Set It Off Ladies: Westview
The Set It Off ladies group from Westview Collegiate explore the issue of ‘mix-up’ in schools, and how we should treat each other as young women and sisters. 

Photo Exhibit Opening Night:

PICTURE DIS: A Look Through the Eyes of the Young Women of Lawrence Heights

Photographers: Alicia Alexander, Farhia Hirad, and Ladan Omar, Hanan Osman

Picture Dis is a collection of photographs that present a visual glimpse into the lives of a group of young women who live in Lawrence Heights. Led by photographer Debra Friedman and facilitated by Ashley McFarlane, the work reflects the photographic skills the group learned over several months of studying lighting, framing and composition, portraiture and documentary photography. These elements where used to merge the artistic with the expression of the photographers lives, families, friends, community, social realities, and stories. 

For more info:
call: 416-875-7179
or email: tygris (AT)  

Visit the site: to watch videos after the screening, check out what else we've been up to, and find out more about the project!

Special Thanks to the Support of:  The Ontario Women’s Directorate, The Urban Alliance on Race Relations, The City, The Trillium Foundation, The Dub Poets Collective, and Schools Without Borders

Ashley Alexis McFarlane

Freedom Youth Collective, Urban Alliance on Race Relations
UPenn Communications 08
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