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I Am Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices

I Am Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices

By Donna Paris
Black Canadians from across Canada using their voices to tell their stories. Brought to you by In The Black:Canada and DeeP Visions Media and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. The host is Nova Scotia born Donna Paris and if you want to know more about her and the I Am Black History Project check out her web site at www.intheblackcanada.ca. Donna wants Black people to take their place in Canadian history and for all Canadians to hear their stories, so be sure to be in touch at intheblackcanada@gmail.com.
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Evelyn Myrie is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
Welcome to episode 13 of season two of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC) and DeeP Visions Media. Evelyn Myrie and her sisters left Jamaica and came to Canada to join their mother who was here as part of the Domestic Workers Program, one of the few ways Black women could emigrate to Canada. Evelyn's family settled in Windsor, On where they were welcomed into a rich Black Canadian environment. Listen as Evelyn shares her  journey from Jamaica, to Windsor and then Hamilton. 
32:47
May 02, 2022
Stella Sheppard is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
Welcome to episode 12 of season two of the of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC) and DeeP Visions Media. I met Stella Sheppard at Emancipation Day celebrations in Prince Edward Island in 2021. Stella invited me to her home where we had a conversation about her ancestors who were some of the first Black people.brought to PEI. She talked about growing up in Darkie's Hollow on Seven Mile Road and why knowing about her Black and Indigenous heritages is so important to her. Stella is a storyteller, journalist, and writer and has published one book called Ashes of My Dreams and has submitted a sequel titled Snatched at Birth. 
30:34
April 11, 2022
Christian Mbanza is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is episode 11 of season two of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC) and DeeP Visions Media where I got to sit down with Christian Mbanza a school teacher from Saskatchewan. Christian was born in South Africa just as Nelson Mandela was becoming the president and his family immigrated to Canada when he was nine years old. Christian says its quite an experience going from being surrounded by Black people to often being the only Black person in his class or school. Listen to Christian as he shares his passion for history and why he thinks it's important to tell our stories. 
32:16
March 21, 2022
Arnold Pinnock and The Porter are Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
Welcome to episode ten of season 2 and a special episode of I Am Black History brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada and DeeP Visions Media. In this episode you will get to hear my conversation with Arnold Pinnock, co-creator, executive producer, and writer of the new CBC original series, The Porter a collaboration between CBC and BET Plus. Arnold was generous with this time and his praise for everyone involved in bringing The Porter series to fruition and he encourages us all to tell our stories. Arnold says that The Porter is, "A love letter to those who don't have a voice anymore."
37:46
March 05, 2022
Laina Dawes is Black History - Part 2 (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
Welcome to episode nine of Season 2 of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC) and DeeP Visions Media. This is a continuation of my conversation with Laina Dawes. In this episode, Laine shares what it's been like to navigate the world of heavy metal as a Black women and in particular the stuggles she had when writing her book, What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Laina is currently completing her studies as a PHD candidate of Ethnomusicology at Columbia University.
25:32
February 28, 2022
Laina Dawes is Black History (ITBC) Part 1 - Our Stories, Our Voices
Welcome to episode eight of Season 2 of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC) and DeeP Visions Media. This episode is part 1 of my conversation with Laina Dawes. Laine was born in Toronto Ontario but grew up just outside of Kingston, Ontario. Laina is a music and cultural critic and is the author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Laina is currently completing her studies as a PHD candidate of Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. 
25:35
February 07, 2022
Gordon McNeilly is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the 7th episode of Season 2  of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. I was fortunate to travel to Prince Edward Island in 2021 to visit family and was there for an Emancipation Day celebration. In this episode, Gordon McNeilly shares how he worked with others to make that day happen and that he is committed to making it an official holiday for Islanders. Gordon was born in New Brunswick but now calls PEI home where, in 2019 he was the first Black person elected to PEI's Legislative Assembly. Gordon credits the example set by his Black Trinidadian born father and the love and support from his Scottish born mother for making it possible for him to be where he is today. 
29:34
January 17, 2022
Leslie McCurdy is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the 6th episode of Season 2  of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode you will meet, Leslie McCurdy who was born in Windsor, ON. Her mother was born in Ann Arbor Michigan and her father was born in London ON. Leslie is a writer, choreographer, producer, and actor and has performed in two - one women plays for the past 20 plus years - one title "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman" and the other "Things My Fore-Sisters Saw". Leslie talks to us about her ancestors, who she says are always with her just over her left shoulder, her father, Dr. Howard McCurdy, and her ongoing career as a writer, choreographer, producer, and actor. Leslie also shares her thoughts about why she thinks it's important that everyone's stories be told. 
35:25
December 27, 2021
Debra Paris Perry is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the 5th episode of Season 2  of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. I keep saying that I could have called the podcast The Paris/Jacksons Are Black History since this is the 4th of my own relatives to be featured on the podcast. In this episode you will meet, Debra Ann Paris Perry whose grandmother - Nina Paris (nee Jackson) was one of my maternal grandfather's sisters. Deb is both Black and Cree and says even though she has a lot to be angry about, she realizes that carrying around all that anger hurts no one but herself.  Deb uses her experiences as a recovering addict and street kid through the work she does with  NSTAY, a program offered through the YWCA in Halifax, Nova Scotia. NSTAY helps trafficked youth - male, female, trans - with support and connects them with the services they need.
37:06
December 06, 2021
Karon Chester is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is episode 4 of Season 2 of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode meet Karon Chester who was born in Guyana, South America and immigrated to Canada when she was 11. Karon shares her family's journey to Alberta and what life was like for her parents and the strong foundation they gave her and her siblings to help them deal with the challenges of being Black in Canada. Karon talks about the shifting political landscape in Alberta and the many "first" for people of African, Caribbean, Black descent. Karon also shares the work that she, her husband, and her children do bringing Black History to their children's school.  
29:32
November 15, 2021
Marium Tolson-Murtty is Black History - Part 2 (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
Welcome to episode #3 of Season 2 of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. This is Part 2 of my conversation with Marium Tolson-Murtty. In this episode, Marium shared more about the Hour a Day Study Club and the paths of some of the recipients of the yearly scholarships that the club gives out. Marium also reflected on the work she does as the Strategic Planning Officer for Anti-Black Racism Initiatives at the University of Windsor and what her university and others are not just saying but doing in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. She also shares her views on the importance of teaching Black History - in fact all history starting at the elementary level. 
25:12
October 25, 2021
Marium Tolson-Murtty is Black History - Part 1 (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
Welcome to episode #2 of Season 2 of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode, meet Marium Tolson-Murtty. Marium was born in Windsor, ON and is the Strategic Planning Officer for Anti-Black Racism Initiatives in the office of the president at the University of Windsor. Marium has also been the president of the Hour a Day Study Club for the past 3 years. Marium had so much to share that we had to make two parts with the second coming out October 25th. In this first part, Marium shares some of the experiences she and her family faced being Black in Windsor. She also shares a unique piece of Black Canadian history as she talks about the Hour a Day Study Club which was started 87 years ago by a group of Black, female, underground railroad descendants and is still going strong.
32:47
October 04, 2021
Charles Jackson is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
Welcome to episode 1 of Season 2 of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode, meet Charles Jackson who was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and grew up in Regent Park in Toronto, Ontario. Charles shares an interesting story about his ancestors, how his own healing included forgiving his Dad, and his thoughts on how we are doing as Black people. Charles and I are related to Len Paris who was the guest on the very first episode of I Am Black History.
33:50
September 13, 2021
Donna Paris is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the ninth and final episode of Season One of the I Am Black History Podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode, the host, Donna Paris shares a piece she wrote which was published by Understory Magazine that reflects on her life and those who came before her and how those journeys were the catalyst for creating the podcast. Donna talks about what she has learned from doing the podcast and how grateful she is to have discovered more about her own family's history. We hear from her partner David about why he thinks she is the perfect candidate to be doing this project. Donna also gives a preview of what's coming up in the fall on Season Two. You can catch all the episodes from Season One wherever you get your podcasts and if you have a story to tell, be in touch with Donna at intheblackcanada@gmail.com.
18:42
July 05, 2021
Debbie Miller Brown is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the eighth episode of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode, meet Debbie Miller Brown who was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia but grew up in Brantford, Ontario. Debbie has been into running from as far back as she can remember and has great stories to tell about her time as a participant at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Debbie says her adopted mom and dad shielded her and her siblings from racism and it’s only now that she is learning about the history of Black people in this country and exploring her Nova Scotian roots.
37:32
June 14, 2021
Kemba Mitchell is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the seventh episode of the I Am Black History podcast brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode, meet Kemba Mitchelle who was born in Montreal, Quebec. Kemba can trace family back to Alabama, Montserrat, the Bahamas, and Saint Vincent but shares her regret that she didn't get to know more about her family's history when her mother and grandparents were still alive. Kemba talks about the racism she faced in elementary and high school and how she wants White people to step up and do the work of eliminating racism. Kemba puts a lot of her attention into supporting Black youth and shares the powerful work that is being done by the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA).
34:45
May 24, 2021
Chantal Martineau is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the sixth episode of I Am Black History brought to you by In The Black:Canada, DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode, meet Chantal Martineau who was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia but grew up in Montreal, Quebec. Chantal is a journalist who has written about food, wine, spirits, and culture including two books about Mexico. Chantal shares her realization that although she has looked at other people’s culture, she has not put the spotlight on her own. Listen as Chantal talks about her family history, her experiences of growing up Black in Montreal, and her journey to the East Coast of Canada that got her thinking more about her own culture. Chantal's poem titled It's Not My Childhood was recently published by Understory Magazine and she is currently working on a novel set in Africville, Nova Scotia.
30:43
May 03, 2021
Elise Harding Davis is Black History - Part 2 (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the fifth episode of I Am Black History brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode we continue our conversation with Elise Harding-Davis as she shares more Black history and her journey of bringing Black history to all Canadians. Elise also talks about the work she has done around recovering Black cemeteries which she documented in her book, The Colours of Essex County. Elise also talks about her determination that things will be different for her grandchildren and her certainty that someday Canada will apologize for its role in slavery. 
29:59
April 12, 2021
Elise Harding-Davis is Black History - Part 1 (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the fourth episode of I Am Black History brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode meet a Canadian treasure - Elise Harding-Davis. Elise was born in Windsor Ontario and can trace both sides of her family back many generations. Elise says she was raised to be the griot for her people and can't imagine doing anything else. She was the first Black female curator of the Amherstburg Freedom Museum and for 32 years used that platform to tell the untold often hidden stories of Black Canadians. Elise says that without Black history, Canadian history is incomplete. Elise had so much to share that she will also be featured on episode 5 scheduled for publication on April 12th.
28:40
March 22, 2021
Chad Lucas is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the third episode of I Am Black History brought to you by InTheBlack:Canada (ITBC), DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode meet Chad Lucas who was born in Lucasville Nova Scotia and who can trace both sides of his mixed race family back many generations. Chad shares his thoughts about racism in Canada, the continued struggles of Black and Indigenous people in this country, and the importance of telling the whole story. Chad's novel for 10-14 year olds - Thanks A Lot Universe -  is due to be published in May 2021.
32:27
March 01, 2021
Dionne Joseph is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the second episode of I Am Black History brought to you by In The Black:Canada, DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode, meet Dionne Joseph who was born in Windsor, ON. Dionne can trace her heritage from an enslaved Black man from a Virginia plantation who married a White Scottish indentured servant  to her Great Grandfather owning the first hotel owned by Blacks in Windsor. She also talks about growing up in a family that celebrates blackness, how her experiences of being Black/Mixed Race changed as she moved to different parts of Canada, and her poem titled Whole she wrote in response to the racial tensions in the summer of 2020. 
33:40
February 08, 2021
Leonard Paris is Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices
This is the first episode of I Am Black History brought to you by In The Black:Canada, DeeP Visions Media, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In this episode meet Leonard Paris author of Jim Crow Also Lived Here a memoir of Len's life of growing up Black and poor in Priestville Nova Scotia just outside of New Glasgow. Len will share how he came to write the book, how memories of racism can affect you long after you have experienced them, and the intersectionality of race, poverty, and structural racism. 
33:52
January 18, 2021
I Am Black History (ITBC) - Our Stories, Our Voices - Trailer
This is the trailer for a new podcast starting in mid-January 2021 about Black Canadians from across Canada using their voices to tell their stories. Brought to you by In The Black:Canada and DeeP Visions Media and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. The host is Nova Scotia born Donna Paris and if you want to know more about her and the I Am Black History Project check out her web site at www.intheblackcanada.ca.  Donna wants Black people to take their place in Canadian history and for all Canadians to hear their stories so be sure to be in touch at intheblackcanada@gmail.com.
01:55
December 30, 2020