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Saturday, March 28, 2020 — 2:30 PM EDT

Black And Free is a free, public, conversation about blackness, freedom, and art. The event begins with Professor Naila Keleta-Mae’s solo performance of her new album, Fire Woman, continues with a conversation about blackness and freedom with special guests Andrea Davis, Motion, and Victoria Rodney moderated by Keleta-Mae, and ends with a Q & A with the audience.  The audio of the event will be recorded as a live taping of Keleta-Mae’s upcoming podcast called Black And Free. She has also taught an undergraduate course called Black and Free in the Faculty of Arts since 2018. This event is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the University of Waterloo.

Doors open at 2pm - event starts at 2:30pm.

Naila Keleta-Mae with recording equipmentAbout Naila Keleta-Mae

Naila Keleta-Mae is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts. Her areas of expertise are race, gender, theatre, and performance. She has published articles in Canadian Review of American Studies, Girlhood Studies, and Theatre Research in Canada and performed as an artist (literature, theatre, and music) in Canada, France, Jamaica, and South Africa. She has appeared as a commentator for media outlets including the BBC, CBC, and The Canadian Press and written for The Globe and Mail, Noisey, and Today’s Parent. 

About the special guests

Andrea DavisDr. Andrea A. Davis is Associate Professor in Black Cultures of the Americas, Coordinator of the Black Canadian Studies Certificate, and Chair of the Department of Humanities at York University. She holds cross-appointments in the graduate programs in English; Interdisciplinary Studies; and Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. She is the author of the forthcoming bookHorizon, Sea, Sound: A Post-Diaspora Critique of the Nation (Northwestern UP) that theorizes Caribbean and African women’s re-articulation of imperial definitions of the nation. 

 

MOTIONMOTION is a playwright, screenwriter, poet, emcee.  Her work is published in Motion in Poetry, Everything Remains Raw and The Black Notes; on stage in Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape with DJ L’Oqenzon screen as writer of award-winning short film A Man’s Story; and experienced in the interdisciplinary Nightmare Dream (IFT). She currently a writer on CBC TV series Coroner,  co-writer of feature film Akilla’s Escape directed by Charles Officer, and course director of Griots to Emcees: Performance, Culture & Spoken Word at York University.

 

Victoria RodneyVictoria Rodney is a third year Health Studies and Management student (University of Waterloo) who works to enact meaningful change on campus and who is an advocate for students at the intersection of Black, queer and femme identities. Rodney co-wrote a syllabus about historical Black queer figures; created RAISE (Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity) on campus; was President of the Black Student Association (UWBASE); serves as the Equity Commissioner for the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association; and does community-building work for Toronto’s Black queer community.

Cost 
Free
Location 
ML - Modern Languages
Theatre of the Arts
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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