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February 2023

Soft Cooking at Hart House

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online

Soft Cooking is about bringing more ease, joy and play into the kitchen, while developing a practice of care and reconciliation. Spending time around food has become a great past-time that brings together friends and family. This class is for anyone interested in exploring a new cuisine, creating connection and finding new friends. Founder and food savant, Aisha Lesley Bentham will be leading participants through new learning techniques on meal preparation, principles of FEMA, sustainable and economical practices and building…

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Designing Black Spaces with Community Accountability

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, 1 Spadina Crescent DA170 (Main Hall)
Toronto, ON, M5S 2J5 Canada
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Featuring Tura Cousins Wilson of SOCA, Jessica Kirk of the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism and Jessica Hines of Black Urbanism Toronto, this conversation about what it means to take accountability within the practice of design and focus on Black community engagement is the first in a series centred around Blackness in architecture and urban design within academia. As noted in the University Commitment in the Scarborough Charter, the work of Black flourishing and thriving should "be informed, shaped…

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Ghetto Fabulous: Black Y2K Party

February 1 @ 10:00 pm - February 2 @ 10:00 pm
Come See Me, 656 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1T1 Canada
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Join the Black Students' Association at U of T as we reclaim the world "Ghetto" and honor the Black subculture of the 90s and early 2000s "Ghetto Fabulous". Dress Code: Y2K, 90s Tickets will prioritize the black student body across all 3 UofT Campuses. However, tickets are open to all, including non-uoft and non-black students. PLEASE NOTE: Though tickets are open to non-uoft students, the purchaser of the ticket MUST be a UofT student and provide a valid T-Card or other verification that…

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Re/Viewing, Re/Visioning, and Re/Imagining Black Canada Symposium

February 2 @ 9:00 am - February 3 @ 5:00 pm
Cadario Conference Centre, 15 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7 Canada
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“Unsettling the Great White North” is a collaborative two-day symposium (February 2-3, 2023) jointly hosted by the University of Toronto and York University. It builds on the recent publication of the co-edited volume, Unsettling the Great White North: Black Canadian History (University of Toronto Press, 2022). Invited scholars from across both Canadian and American universities will present on themes highlighted in the collection to engage symposium participants and audiences in the latest debates, research and theories informing Black Canadian history/studies.…

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Poetry & Open Mic Night – Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU)

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1265 Bistro Stage

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana.  The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Looking for a space to share your thoughts? Looking for a stage to show your talents? Looking for a place to get to know new acts? Look no further because the RSC and RadioFWD are bringing back our popular open mic night!

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Black History Month Launch: Black Futures

February 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Highland Hall, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Tr.
Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4 Canada
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All are invited to help us Launch the BSE Black History Month "Black Futures" themed event. Join us for a day of African Drumming, dancing, fashion, prizes to be won and much more! 12:00p.m - Lunch and Learn with keynote speaker, Dub Poet D'Bi Young. D'bi is an African-Jamaican-Tkarontonian dubpoet, monodramatist and Black-queer-feminist decolonial scholar, who is committed to embodying liberatory art practices that ritualise acts-of-emancipation from oppressions inflicted upon the people and the planet. The three-time Dora-award winning Canadian Poet…

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Black Histories Wikipedia & Wikidata Edit-a-thon (2023)

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online

Representation matters: not just on our screens, but in the information and data we share. Join us for an online panel discussion and beginner-friendly editing sessions to help improve coverage of Black histories. Organized by library and archives staff and students at Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto Public Library, University of Toronto and York University — open to all!   Dates February 3 - Editing session #1 February 8 - Kick-off panel event February 10 - Editing session #2 February 17…

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Black Excellence Kiki Ball

February 4 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, 100 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S2C9 Canada
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Line up for the 3 pointer! Drop the puck! And meet you at the 50 yard line! THE GLOVES ARE OFF FOR THIS BALLROOM BATTLE! Our FREE sports-themed kiki ball will be centre court at the luxurious Kimmel Family Field House of U of T's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. The event will feature a special beginner friendly vogue dance workshop before the ball led by none other than THE Legendary House Mother Snoopy of the Kiki House of…

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Black History Month Symposium – What Has Changed: The Role of Attitudinal Barriers to Advancing Black Inclusion

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online

Event objectives: Understand attitudinal barriers that manifest in current and historical perceptions about Blackness and Black communities; Identify and discuss the role of post-secondary environments and attitudinal barriers that impact efforts to address systemic anti-Black racism; Identify and discuss the strategies, tools and resources to strengthen advocacy and EDI transformation efforts to address intersectional forms of anti-Black racism in post-secondary environments.

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Black Mental Health Workshop – Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU)

February 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UTSC Hub

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana.  The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Come join us in exploring our Mental Health within our Black Identities with the fight inside society. Facilitator: Shanique Victoria **This is a closed space for Black Students**

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