After procrastinating for way too long I finally uploaded the footage from my session of In Conversation with…and now I am finally (after procrastinating again) sharing it with folks beyond the very few who are subscribed to my YouTube channel. It is a pretty long talk and so I broke it down into chapters with a short synopsis describing what I am talking about in each chapter. I have also put them into a playlist so you can watch from beginning to end if you so choose.
Just a re-cap on the event itself:
On Monday, September 15th, 2014 Manifesto in partnership with Cultural Hotspot: Next presented a session of “In Conversation with…” Featuring Amanda Parris and hosted by Tina Khan at R.I.S.E Poetry
Part 1 – In this section I discuss the start of my educational experience
Part 2 – In this segment, I discuss the creation of R.O.O.T.S. and Lost Lyrics
Part 3 – In this section I discuss my academic research and experiences as a Visiting Scholar at NYU.
Part 4 – In this section I discuss The Ride or Die Project.
Part 5 – In this section I discuss artivism, mentorship and Rhymes to Re-Education
Part 6 – In this section I discuss pop culture.
Part 7 – In this section, I respond to Q&A
Amanda Parris’ one-woman play 32C is being presented at Alameda Theatre’s De Colores Festival this Thursday, October 23rd. The reading marks the culmination of her one-year playwriting residency where she worked under the guidance and support of dramaturge Stephen Colella to develop the script she began back in 2008 while an artist-in-residence at d’bi young’s anitafrika dub theatre (now called Yemoya). The festival is also the final instalment by Alameda Theatre which will be closing at the end of this season. Alameda Theatre Company produces Canadian theatre with a distinct Latin American perspective. The De Colores Festival of New Works is a playwright’s unit and festival that exclusively features Latin American Canadian writers and exposes Canadian audiences to new theatrical works featuring Latin American actors and directors.
32C is a one-woman play by Amanda Parris that explores the baggage that three generations of women accumulate, carry and unpack through their intimate relationships. The play moves across time, borrowing from settings such as the Salem witch trials, the Grenada Revolution and toonie-Tuesday movie nights at Sheridan Mall in Toronto. The audience is invited to ride on the 32C Eglinton West bus as a triptych of stories reveal the ways masks are constructed, armour is tightened and baggage is carried and passed on.
Written by Amanda Parris
Starring: Bahia Watson
Directed by: Anita LaSelva
Dramaturgy by: Stephen Colella
When: October 23rd
Where: Wychwood Theatre at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street)
For more information, please visit: http://www.alamedatheatre.com/decolores2014.html
I have the immense pleasure of being one of the steering committee members and one of the writers that helped to make this new education resource possible – the first of its kind in Ontario. Through the support of the Ministry of Education, Toronto District School Board, Educational Attainment West and A Different Publisher we bring you Rhymes To Re-Education, a new curriculum resource.
This book includes:
– 23 lessons/activities featuring Hip Hop music/culture
– The exploration of various social justice themes
– Cross curricular possibilities
– Direct connection to Ontario Curriculum Expectations
– Links to hundreds of online and media sources
– An extensive list of additional Hip Hop Educational Material
The authors include (but is not limited to) myself, Brandon Zoras, Braxton Wignall (my former Lost Lyrics student! How amazing is that?), Chelsea Takalo, Dalton Higgins, Jelani “J-Wyze” Niasis, Joseph “J-Rebel” Hersco, Wendy “Motion” Braithwaite and was edited by Ramon “Rugged” San Vincente.
Come out to the book launch Tuesday, April 22nd, 6pm-7:30pm at Yorkwoods Library (1785 Finch Avenue West, Toronto) and get your copy!
For more info, please visit: http://www.rhymestoreeducation.com/
In 2012 the Grassroots Youth Collaborative invited me to share my thoughts on how issues of violence in the city of Toronto should be addressed as part of a series they were conducting. They caught me at a particularly critical and challenging time in my journey and much of that energy comes through in my answers. Shot by my broski Neil “Logik” Donaldson.