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Anti-Racism Directorate with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory at Daniel Spectrum July 14th 2016

So yesterday was the first of several community consultations on racism in Ontario which was held at Daniel Spectrum.  Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto’s Mayor John Tory were in attendance to hear what the community had to say.  It was a full house with over 350 people in the room with another few hundred in the overflow rooms and outside of Daniel Spectrum.  This community consultation was brought about by the the impeccable grassroots leadership of Black Lives Matter  Toronto (blmto) forcing the issue of anti-black racism needing to be addressed.  However this consultation was not the direct meeting blmto requested of government officials and pretty much was a slight farce to look as if the government was actually caring to do something.  The evidence of this would be the consistent look on Mayor John Tory’s face throughout the over 3hr consultation.

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Throughout the evening which was only supposed to be between 7pm-9pm but lasted longer due to the overwhelming turnout and line up for questions people demanded accountability and direct action from our Government officials.  At one point Mayor John Tory was asked to apologize for not having the decency to meet with blmto members outside the 14 day encampment outside of police headquarters during the winter.  He did so begrudgingly.

At any rate this is a first step in a long journey to overhaul systemic racism and practices that permeate this country specifically but is actually a global phenomenon.

If you weren’t able to attend or livestream you can see the majority of what transpired over on my Instagram @kalmplex https://www.instagram.com/kalmplex/

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Black Lives Matter Toronto during Pride parade 2016

So it’s been almost two weeks since Pride Toronto happened and I’m just now getting around to posting up my pics of the festivities.  I marched with and documented Black Lives Matter Toronto (blmto) during the trans march and pride parade (grant writing on Saturday prevented me from documenting the dyke march).  Anyhow so yesterday I got into an argument over the internet with a black male whom I’ve known for years not like a friend friend but I’ve bought artifacts and had many discussions on blackness with this person.  The cause of the argument was him going off on social media about blm/blmto being a false flag movement funded by zionists and how they weren’t really doing anything for the black community.  I saw his post and wrote for him to shut the fuck up and to respect the grassroots movements lead by these brilliant black queer women and trans people. Mind you I wrote the stfu part in capslocks and I also called him a hotep simpleminded nigga which clearly he didn’t take to kindly.   Which apparently according to him makes me a little child, bitch and a prostitute.  Needless to say I applied the block button because arguing with fools over the internet just isn’t a good look.   At any rate  it just makes me wonder how people can actually do nothing towards the advancement of black people yet wanna argue about others who are.  Have you staged a 14 day protest in front of the police headquarters during the winter feeding and clothing the commnity as well as homeless people? Have you fostered an environment where community building  and healing could commence amongst friends, strangers and people with the mindset of eradicating Anti-Black racism? No oh ok.  Have you started a school to invest in the future of black youth by teaching them empowering history lessons as well as self love practices for their survival? Nah I didn’t think so either.  But that booth you had selling jewellry at Afrofest which was reinstated to 2 days as opposed to 1 because of blmto made you money right. Of course it did but you can’t be thankful cuz well you’re a hotep nigga who doesn’t believe in transgender rights or black queer women and trans leadership cuz your homophobic and transphobic but don’t actually think you are.  It’s all good though because while you’re bitching about false flags etc there are actually people putting in work to galvanize the community in a positive way outside of their keyboards and smartphones.

Anyhow I just wanted to share some pics of what I witnessed during Pride this year and share the beauty, strength and resilience these amazing black people have been exhibiting.  Give thanks to them for standing up for our rights.

 

more videos and pics of the parade on my instagram account https://www.instagram.com/kalmplex/

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kalmplex interview on www.thatchannel.com

here I am discussing Blacklisted: artifacts by Malcolm-Emilio Yarde and myself currently up at D-Beatstro cafe (1292 bloor st w. toronto) up till May 4th.  As well I’m in a group show of Norman Felix Galleries presentation of Scotiabank Contact Photography festival the whole month of may.  Opening reception is May 26th 6pm-12 am at 600 Bay st. suite 510

Spike Lee at Cmw

 

 

 

 

 

 

So spike lee did a Keynote on Saturday May 9th for CMW.  I’ll have more footage of that later but the most important question in a few of the audience members opinions is right here where he’s asked about “Black Lives Matter”

 


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Laverne Cox in Toronto

Got to check out Laverne Cox speak at the Elgin Theatre last month.

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Bobby Seale and Angela Davis Speak at York University

happy african liberation month. so to celebrate gonna drop some knowledge from The Black Panther’s themselves Bobby Seale and Angela Davis.  I filmed this back in late 2014.

enjoy

Rob Ford campaigning & dancing at Eglinton Street Festival “14 more years” 2014

Of course he’s gonna hang with the Jamaicans and get down with the people…

 

 

they flocked to him like he was white jesus it was cray.  there were playing the Bee Gee’s Staying Alive as he marched down eglington from Oakwood down to the stage. The people’s champ apparently they feel is da Boss man…

He also busted a move as opposed to singin some Bob Marley.

 

African Liberation Month art exhibits in Toronto

well it’s february and we all know what that means… It’s African Liberation Month which marks the month where all the african artists get jobs to showcase there work or give talks on what it means to be an african etc.  Two artists that had work showcasing were Jon Black and Danillo McCallum.

Jon is showcasing his work at the Gladstone Hotel until feb 28th.

 

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some work and performances and Danillo’s show at Daniel Spectrum also on until feb 28th.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmIfZrWg9ms&feature=youtu.be Quentin VerCetty’s performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwAfX4ymLqg&feature=youtu.be  Samson Brown’s performance

 

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Rob Ford’s Jamaican Fiasco and Why it Offends me

By now you’ve probably seen the video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in another one of his drunken stupors speaking patois.

Patois is not Jamaican english.  Patois is it’s own language coming out of Jamaica.  Born out of when the slaves were communicating with each other without the slave masters knowing as the slaves were not permitted to speak. They developed their own language so that if the slave masters caught them they wouldn’t understand.  Now what is so perturbing is that the media is referencing it as “Jamaican english” or “rob for was speaking in a Jamaican accent” thanks Anderson Cooper but no it wasn’t a Jamaican accent but it’s own distinct language… what kind of journalist are you?

Now what is the crux of my disturbance is how everyone and their mother wants to be Jamaican until the cops show up.  I grew up in a time when Jamaicans were seriously stereotyped.  We were drug smoking gangster no good dutty thieves.  Even other black people would be like “i’m black but I’m not Jamaican”.  I remember when the Just Desserts shooting happened ( a white woman was gunned down by some robbers who happened to be Jamaicans).  Everyone in the media were vilifying us.  They wanted us all deported.  We couldn’t catch a break.

When I was going to school kids would come back from a Jamaican vacation and come up to me like “Eh man” etc… they’d quickly get punched in the face cuz i wasn’t about that shit.  I went to school with kids who’s only interactions with Jamaicans were their nannies otherwise we weren’t permitted in their homes.  My Great Grandmother cleaned their houses and took care of their kids but as a whole we weren’t invited to their parties.  But we were sure good enough to wipe their asses.

Canada only started letting black immigrants (specifically coming from the Caribbean) into the country in the 1960’s.  You could have had a nursing degree or be a doctor in your country but that didn’t mean shit here.  Nuff people were regulated to domestic work and treated like shit.

So here comes this monstrosity of a human named Rob Ford whom by the way is laughing his ass off for getting that black man killed for the crack tape that he denied so hard but then owned up too… ( i haven’t forgotten that white privilege is everything).  So he gets some jerk chicken and starts using words from our Jamaican language but he wasn’t making sense just making an ass of himself.  It’s problematic because people take we for joke but it’s no laughing matter.  Of course white people and non Jamaicans put on some Jafakin accent when their around their friends and pretend like they us.  It’s fucking offensive but do you think they see it that way. No, because they’re probably smoking a fatty and listening to Bob Marley and believe in this kumbaya shit.

He doesn’t get props for being exposed as someone who has been around Jamaicans and knows how to make fun of us.  People take this as a joke but it’s serious tings a gwannin here star.  He doesn’t get to be profiled or have social programs that benefit the non white community cut.  He doesn’t have people bad mouthing him on the basis of their country of origin (although he does get made fun of for being “fat” some will say. it ain’t the same thing).  He’s a rich white man who can literally get away with murder, smoke crack and still run the 4th largest city in North Amerikkka.  You think the same privilege would be alotted to someone who was a black Jamaican in the same instance?  Fuck no, even if they were born here but had Jamaican ancestry they’d find a way to deport them.  Cuz that’s always the solution for us.

Everyone wants to be us but don’t wanna deal with our struggle.  I’m tired of you Jafakins with ur dutty locs perpetrating like u rasta yet you don’t know what it means.  I’m appalled at everyone who sings along to Bob Marley but won’t take in the content of his message.  You don’t know what oppression is when all you do is travel to our island to smoke weed, fornicate with the youngsters on the beach and drink a red stripe.  Your not special and your not fooling anyone.  I’ma need you perpetrators to stop.

As for Rob Ford he’ll continue with his fuckery but he doesn’t get a bly cuz he can say the word bombaclaat.

Ernie Paniccioli in Toronto Dec 1, 2013

Last sunday Ernie Paniccioli graced a Toronto audience with his presence and shared some stories related to his book Who Shot Ya.  Here’s an excerpt of what Ernie had to say.

https://vimeo.com/81130215 pt. 2

 

 

 

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