Film Screening 2018

Join us on Thursday March 8th at Central Tech for a performance, film screening and panel to discuss the themes of uprising and anti-oppression (recognizing and resisting oppression).

Central Tech - 725 Bathurst St - Room 208

Please register for a free ticket as space is limited to 100 people!


Spoken Word by SPIN El Poeta and Yungstar Millz

Opening by Alexis DJ D'Boys

Film by Creature Films - Uprising Hip Hop and the LA Riots - (film depicts violent scenes and course language, we will debrief this in the panel, but please watch the trailer of the film to see if it is suitable

Panel Moderated by Sam Tecle Featuring SilviaArgentina and LeRoi Newbold

Doors open 6:30 PM with a prompt start at 7 PM


LeRoi Newbold is a parent, community organizer and educator. LeRoi’s biggest passion is creating transformative educational resources, tools, curriculum, and experiences for Black children. LeRoi is an inaugural staff of the Africentric Alternative School and has taught there for 9 years. They are a steering committee member of #BlackLivesMatter - Toronto and the founding director of #BlackLivesMatter - Toronto Freedom School. LeRoi is a political afro futurist.

SilviaArgentina Arauz is a Nicaraguan born Latina with African and Indigenous roots. During her years in Toronto, she directly and vicariously experiences the impacts of institutional racism and other forms of oppression. In order to eradicate systemic barriers, she has dedicated much of her youth and adult life to the incubation and amplification of pro-liberation models. As Director of Education and Programs for a national not-for-profit, she created the Youth Social Infrastructure Administrative and Mentorship Shared Platform model, providing over 100 youth from marginalized communities supports to secure funding for their ideas without compromising ownership of their intellectual property. Silvia-Argentina then worked as Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance of Black Educators (CABE) and presently works as Co-Chair of LAEN- The Latinx, Afro-Latin-America, Abya Yala Education Network. At LAEN, Silvia-Argentina coordinates large volunteer-led hubs of over 500 supporters and programs such as the Educators Knowledge-Exchange Series committed to sustained culturally responsive and reflective learning and teaching spaces for BIPOC communities. Silvia-Argentina has over 10 years of experience working as a Consultant developing, implementing and assessing resources for African / Caribbean /Indigenous/ Latinx diasporic perspectives. She sits on various committees such as the TDSB Equity, Policy Advisory Committee and Education Not Incarceration coalition.

Sam Tecle is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at York University. His areas of focus include: Black and Diaspora Studies, Urban Studies, and Sociology of Education. His dissertation, titled Black Grammars: On Difference and Belonging, focuses on the experiences and perspectives relating to blackness and Black identification of East African Diasporas across the UK, Canada and the US. Recent publications include: "Antiblackness in Canada" which appears in Canadian Dimension magazine in July 2016. Sam is also Co-Chair of York University’s Black Graduate Students Collective (BGSC) which works towards better experiences of Black graduate students at York University.

Alexis DJ D’Boys Cuban born and raised. As a pioneer in the Cuban Hip Hop movement he began as a BBoy who then began to organize Hip Hop events, concerts and festivals for the community. As a DJ, producer and organizer he continues to connect Hip Hop+community+social issues. Most recently (2017Aug) his project ‘The Bridge’ brought Toronto Artists to Cuba to perform and collaborate with local Havana artists.

Yungstar Millz - Bio coming soon

SPIN El Poeta - Poet. Arts Educator. Workshop Facilitator. Revolutionary. Youth Advocate. Keeper of the sacred Cholq’ij calendar of the Cosmovision Maya. SPIN was born in Guatemala in the midst of a brutal 36 year war. Politicized by the experience of becoming a refugee the day after his eleventh birthday. Raised with excellence by his mother. SPIN embarked on a journey to vindicate their suffering & learn his history and that of the country where his innocence was stolen by American intervention. SPIN's TRAJECTORY - To date SPIN has performed in 7 countries and over 20 cities including sovereign indigenous territories in the north. Currently SPIN delivers arts education workshops to young offenders and is part of the first ever Canadian Hip Hop curriculum. He is also a part of a capacity building project with teachers and the arts in the TDSB.

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