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Micheal Rice

Flip Couto is a member of the AMEM Collective in Brazil, an organization that creates events that serve as a gathering space for dialogue and exchange between black LGBT people, designed to give voice and visibility to the Black, female and LGBT communities. The collective’s priority is to provoke, instigate and rethink the world.

Micheal Rice is a New York City-based creative director, producer, actor and choreographer with over 10 years experience in digital film production, theatre and choreography. Rice has worked with several networks and production companies/agencies including BET, Logo, IMG, Lynch-Dyson entertainment, WME and Plaza 7 agency and in 2015 curated production house Rice Creative, a multi-service agency that specializes in digital film production, staging, art direction, choreography, content-development and creative consulting.

Shannon Ryan is the Executive Director of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), Canada’s largest Black specific AIDS service organization. Since 1989, Black CAP has worked to respond to the threat of HIV and AIDS in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. Our work is guided by our motto, Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important, which serves as a reminder of our commitment to the human rights and dignity of all Black people who are vulnerable to HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Wangari Tharao is the Director of Research and Programs at Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, a community health centre that provides primary healthcare services for African, Caribbean, Black, Latin American and South Asian women in Toronto and surrounding areas. She is also a community-based researcher, researching HIV issues relevant to women living in Canada who have migrated from countries with generalized HIV epidemics, mainly from Africa and the Caribbean. Her research bridges knowledge generation, programmatic and policy practice to support effective actions on HIV.

Wesley Oakes is a strategy worker under the provincial strategy on HIV for African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ontario and a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at York University. His research examines the ways in which anti-Black racism structures HIV vulnerability and stigma in the lives of Black men with, and at risk of HIV. He is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London and is a co-investigator on the weSpeak study that examines how Black men in Ontario understand and negotiate sexual and inter-personal HIV-related vulnerabilities.

“The Journey to Black Liberation Symposium is a follow-up as learnings from the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference at York University, co-developed by the Black Daddies Club, and an extension of the idea of cross-border conversations and community-building within Black communities globally dealing with various forms of oppression that affect our communities. The focus of the JTBL symposium is not to just bear witness to the oppression and injustice, but it is to create a cross-borders network of Black activists, academics and other stakeholders looking at sharing ideas, strategizing, educating each other and community-building in efforts to achieve Black liberation globally.” – Brandon Hay (2017), Founder of The Black Daddies Club

HIV and Black People in the Americas / parTy boi: black diamonds in ice castles

Everyone:FREE Pre-registration required


Part of the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium

parTy boi, black diamonds in ice castles focuses on methamphetamine addiction with the LGBTQ community of colour, and explores a drug epidemic that is affecting the lives of Black and Latino gay millennials at an alarming rate. Director Micheal Rice will be in attendance for the panel discussion.

Mature content – this documentary is not suitable for young audiences.

The screening will be followed by a cross-border conversation bringing together voices from the Black communities in Canada, the United States and Brazil around the levels that HIV is affecting Black communities across North and South America. The panel discussion will look at the work and strategies being done globally, asking the question: Why is the disease affecting Black people at disproportionate rates?

Flip Couto (Brazil)
Micheal Rice (USA)
Shannon Ryan (Canada)
Wangari Tharao (Canada)
Moderated by Wesley Oakes (Canada)

In partnership with
The Black Daddies Club

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