2018 Black History Month Events in Vancouver

  1. Feb 1-28, 2018. Cheeky Proletariat Storefront Gallery, 320 Carrall Street (Vancouver). Art Installation: Artist Nanyamka Lewis will present an installation titled “The Feels”
  2. Feb 1, 2018. One Human Race Afrika Collective 2018 Album Preview Party, @ Calabash Bistro, 428 Carrall St, Vancouver
  3. Feb 2, 2018. Album Release: Khari Wendell McClelland’s Freedom Singer Album Release. 8:00 PM. The Cultch (Vancouver) 1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC
  4. Feb 2, 2018. 6:00 PM. Blind Tiger Comedy (Vancouver). Workshop: POC Night – Try Improv with Blind Tiger Comedy! Little Mountain Gallery 195 E 26th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
  5. Feb 2, 2018. Shirley: Visions of reality. Director Gustav Deutsch. (Canada, 2013, 92 min), Vancity Theater. 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.”We first meet Shirley (Canadian-born dancer and choreographer Stephanie Cumming) aboard a train reading a book of Emily Dickinson’s poems. The painting it re-creates is Hopper’s 1965 “Chair Car” and it introduces several motifs that Deutsch favors throughout the film: incredible colors, strong diagonals, bright lighting, huge empty windows promising a larger world outside the confines of one’s own life. The next scene is “Hotel Room” set in Paris in 1931, where our heroine contemplates her return to New York after a European holiday. Though the set ably captures the cramped atmosphere of the painting, in this case it is a less slavish imitation. The space is rationalized somewhat by shifting the window to another wall, and so on.The same film will be screened on the following days at Vancity Theater.
    Saturday, Feb 3, 2018. 5:15 PM
    Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, 8:15 PM
    Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 8:35 PM.
  6. Feb 3, 2018. 2:30 – 4:30 PM. Dance Workshop: African Dance Workshop with Merlin Nyakam. 2:30pm-4:30pm. The Wise Hall (Vancouver). 1882 Adanac Street @ Victoria Drive
  7. Feb 3, 2018. 5:00 – 8:00 PM. PAL Studio Theater. African Fashion & Arts Movement Vancouver 8th floor -581 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 3L3
  8. Feb 3, 2018. 7:30 – 10:30 PM. ISSAMBA: African ROOTS, The Ultimate Experience. The Wise Hall Lounge (Vancouver) 1882 Adanac Street, Victoria Drive.
  9. Feb 3, 2018. 7:30 PM. “7th Annual “Stayed on Freedom” – A Musical Celebration of Black History Month. St Andrews Wesley United Church, Vancouver. 1022 Nelson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4S7
  10. Feb 3rd to 10th, 2018. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Youth Workshop: Afro-Futurism Trading Card Workshop Series for Black Youth (aged 13-24) Vancouver Public Library, Britannia Branch, 1661 Napier St, Vancouver, BC V5L 4X4 )
  11. Feb 4, 2018. 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Dance Workshop: Dance Allsorts: African Stages with Comfort Ero. Waterfront Theatre (Vancouver) 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5.
  12. February 5 to Sunday, February 11, 2018. Film Screening: Whose Streets. 6:20 PM. Vancity Theater. 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8When unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouiri, August 2014, the predominantly African American residents of the town took to the streets in protests that were seen around the world. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis were right there with them, providing us with an impassioned account of the fury and frustration, the energy and inspiration of Black Lives Matter movement. 97% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes
  13. February 5, 2018. Film Screening: To Sleep with Anger. 8:30 PM. Director Charles Burnett, USA, 1990, 102 min). Vancity Theater. 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.A middle-class family are forced to confront long-buried secrets when a guest (Danny Glover) arrives from a past they thought was behind them. Noted for its unique and unconventional representation of African-Americans in South Central Los Angeles, this character-driven narrative received wide critical praise around the world upon its original release and its recent re-release in this stunning 4K restoration.
  14. February 6, 2018. 7:00 PM. Community Event: Underneath the Harlem Moon feat. Krystle Dos Santos. Guilt & Co. (Vancouver)Guilt & Company. 1 Alexander Street, Downstairs, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1B
  15. February 6, 2018 to Sunday, February 11, 2018. 2:00 or 8:00 PM. Performance: Motown the Musical. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  16. February 7, 2018. Film Screening. 6:30 PM Killer of Sheep. 1978 Director: Charles Burnett 80 min 1978, USA. Film Screening 2: Bless Their Little Hearts. Director: Billy Woodberry (USA, 1984). Pacific Cinémathèque Theater, 1131 Howe St #200, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7.
  17. February 8, 2018. 7:00 PM. Film Screening: Abdullah Ibrahim: A Struggle for Love. Director: Ciro Cappellari (Germany, 2005), Pacific Cinémathèque Theater, 1131 Howe St #200, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7.
  18. February 9, 2018. 8:00 PM. Performance: Ndidi Onukwulu. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby. 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, V5G 2J3
  19. February 9, 2018. Film Screening 1. Killer of Sheep. 6:30 PM. 1978 Director: Charles Burnett 80 min (1978, USA). Pacific Cinémathèque Theater, 1131 Howe St #200, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7. Film Screening 2. 8:10 PM. Bless Their Little Hearts. Director: Billy Woodberry (USA, 1984). Pacific Cinémathèque Theater, 1131 Howe St #200, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7.
  20. February 9, 2018. 8:15 PM. Film Screening: Felicite. Director Alain Gomis. Senegal/France/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon (2017. 1:23). Language: In French, Lingala with English subtitles. Vancity Theater. 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.Kinshasa blues: this portrait of a single mother in the Congo is as raw and authentic as you might expect, but also, unexpectedly, energetic, vital and invigorating. Big credit goes to singer and debutante actor Véro Tshanda Beya, whose just an indomitable screen presence. The vivid urban cinematography and unflaggingly riveting score (provided by the Kasai Allstars) also play their part. “Sensual… unruly… rapturous.” Variety
  21. February 10, 2018. 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Cocoa Latte (OUR Story OUR Narrative). Community Event: The Untold Stories of Black Leadership, Ingenuity and Empowerment led by Njeri Watkins, Cocoa Latte Founder and Lead Instructor in partnership with the National Congress of Black Women. 302-4460 Beresford St. (Burnaby).
  22. February 10, 2018. 8:30 PM. Bob Marley’s 73 Birthday Bash. Grandview Legion Hall, 2205 Commercial Dr, upstairs (Vancouver).
  23. February 1, 2018. 12:00 PM. Emcee Vanessa Richards. Afro- Hair Savoir Faire – Waterfront Theatre. 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5
  24. Feb 12, 2018. 6:30-8:00 PM. Anita. Director Freida Lee Mock (USA, 2013, 95 min.) Vancity Theater, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.
    In 1991 the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Clarence Thomas were rocked by the testimony of Anita Hill, who claimed he has sexually harassed her. Her evidence was compelling but the all-white, all-male panel who questioned her wasn’t ready to listen. She was ignored, and Thomas was confirmed. But the impact of her courage continues to reverberate… “An important historical document about an event that prompted a larger cultural conversation about sexual harassment.” New York Times.This screening will be followed by a Vancity Impact Talk. Speakers include:Angela Marie MacDougall, Executive Director, Battered Women’s Support Services, was recognized on November 14, 2016 as one of Vancouver Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People. For almost thirty years, Angela’s work as an advocate, activist, and front-line worker has brought tangible transformation to service and program delivery as well as community development. Angela is strategic and proactive and continues to strengthen connections within the community and beyond. Her many years of steadfast commitment and tremendous work are what have raised Battered Women’s Support Services profile as an organization. She works tirelessly for the elimination of violence against women daily, in every aspect of her being.Mebrat Beyene, Executive Director, WISH. Mebrat has worked in social justice, and non-profit management and community development for close to twenty years. She has worked closely with women and women-serving organizations as a Programs Officer with Status of Women Canada; and served as Executive Director of PeerNetBC (formerly the Self-Help Resource Association of BC). In a volunteer capacity, Mebrat has served on a wide variety of Boards, committees, and roundtables over the years. As a private consultant, she was most recently the Vancouver Coordinator for the Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue’s (BAND’s) national Black History Month series, and has also been a popular early childhood music educator. In her spare time, Mebrat is an avid singer and performer.
  25. February 12, 2018. 9:00 PM Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba. Director Mika Kaurismaki. (Finland/Germany, 2011, 90 min). Vancity Theater, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.
    Miriam Makeba was one of the first African musicians who won international stardom and whose music was always anchored in her traditional South African roots. Miriam Makeba was forced into exile in 1959. She sang for John F. Kennedy, performed with Harry Belafonte and Nina Simone, was married to Hugh Masekela and also Stokely Carmichael. Her life was tumultuous. She always stood for truth and justice. She fought for the oppressed most importantly for black Africans, as a campaigner against apartheid. She died November 2008 after a concert in Italy.Mika Kaurismaki’s documentary traces fifty years of her music and her performing life. Through rare archive footage of her performances and through interviews with her contemporaries we discover the remarkable journey of Miriam Makeba.”Riveting subject matter, terrific music and engaging interviewees… As for the singer herself, the power of her voice and the rhythmic inventiveness of her phrasing emerge magnificently, as does the force of a seemingly generous and gregarious personality.” Jonathan Romney, Screen”This is a powerful presentation, full of music and insights into her life and work.” The Afro News
  26. February 13, 2018. 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Black History Month: Where are you REALLY From? On being black in Vancouver. Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch. 350 West Georgia St. Vancouver V6B 6B1.
    “Where are you from? No, where are you REALLY from?
    What does it mean to be asked questions like this? Being Black in Vancouver holds something different for many people who grew up and live in this diverse city. Join Chelene Knight, Juliane Okot Bitek, Wayde Compton, Chantal Gibson, and special guest Randy Clark for a unique mashup of stories on being Black in Vancouver.
  27. February 14, 2018. 6:00 PM Moonlight. Director Barry Jenkins, (USA, 2017, 1hr11min). Vancity Theater, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.
    Last year’s Academy Award-winner for Best Picture, Moonlight is many things – a portrait of a young black man coming of age in Miami in the 1980s, a film about fathers and sons, about mentorship and about the scourge of drugs – but it is also, with poignance and grace, one of the most piercing movie romances of the last decade.
    Alternating between tough and tender—and anchored by a breakout performance from newcomer Trevante Rhodes—the film follows young Chiron across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality.From his boyhood days, lived in the midst of a 1980s Miami crack epidemic, through to adulthood, the one constant in Chiron’s life has been the near-ubiquitous availability of drugs and the constant threat of violence. As a child, he was bullied at school and dealt with harshly at home by his father (Mahershala Ali, from House of Cards); as an adult (when he is so convincingly played by Rhodes), the battleground has become his own psyche. How can he come to terms with the love he feels for his best friend (The Knick’s André Holland)? Can he accept his own sexuality?Jenkins’ achievements here are both stylistic and thematic. His combination of impressionism and realism allows us to wholly enter Chiron’s life and to feel his triumphs and defeats on a visceral level. That Jenkins succeeds in doing so while shattering stereotypes along the way makes this a groundbreaking film and a sensual, intoxicating piece of cinema.
  28. Feb 17, 2018. Community Event: BIV Black Panther Movie Night – Feb 17, 2018 @7:30pm @ Cineplex Cinemas Marine Gateway and VIP (Vancouver)
  29. February 19, 2018. 6:30 PM. Film Screening. Black Cop. Director Cory Bowles. (Canada, 2017, 91 mins). Vancity Theater, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.In Black Cop, a police officer’s frustration with the status quo boils over. With tension growing between communities, and Black Lives Matter putting the heat on law enforcement, the title character is torn between his affinity for the badge and the colour of his skin—so he decides to take matters into his own hands. Changing the priority of his targets from black to white, he embarks on a spree of vengeance, starting with a fellow cop who is hassling black teens for no good reason. Will he take things too far? How long can he keep it up without being caught? Just where will his moral compass lead him?With its provocative incorporation of dash-cam and chest-cam footage as well as black-box theatre monologue, Cory Bowles’ debut feature is as stylistically bold as it is politically charged. Ronnie Rowe Jr. gives a powerfully magnetic lead performance, maintaining a palpable intensity and urgency throughout. Sure to spark conversation, the film stands pointedly between the satirical and the dead serious.”A nervy, queasy combination of jet-black satire and stylized psychodrama, Black Cop lands smack in the middle of the Black Lives Matter debate. The timing couldn’t be more opportune – and better still, the movie genuinely engages with the issue of racial profiling and police violence.” Norm Wilner, Now magazine
  30. February 19, 2018. 8:30 PM. Afro-Futurism. Brown Girl Begins + short film – The Forever Tree. Vancity Theater, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.
  31. Feb 19, 2018. Talk: The Congo Crisis 5:00pm @ SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver. Congolese Civil Rights Activist & Journalist, Luc Malembe, speaks on the importance of free-speech during times of conflict and war.

  32. Feb 19, 2018. 7:30 PM. Talk: A Conversation with Abdullah Ibrahim. A legend in modern jazz, South African pianist & composer Ibrahim talks w/CBC Music’s Michael Juk about his journey as an artist. Vancouver Community College Auditorium (1155 East Broadway at Glen Drive)

  33. Feb 22, 2018. 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Ninth Floor. Director: Mina Shum (NFB) Director: Mina Shum. Music by: Brent Belke. Screenplay: Mina Shum. Producer: Selwyn Jacob. (2015, Canada). Post-screening Q & A with Film Producer Selwyn Jacob. Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5.In 1969, students occupy a ninth-floor computer lab at Sir George Williams University (Now Concordia University) to protest the administration’s handling of racist accusations. Using interviews with survivors, news footage and audio recordings, Ninth Floor tells the story of how a peaceful student protest against racism escalated into the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969
  34. February 22, 2018. 6:30-8:30 PM. World Poetry Celebrates Black History Month. New Westminster Public Library. (Auditorium), 716 6th Street.
  35. Feb 22, 2018. Movie Screening: Black History Month in partnership with the Hogan’s Alley Society: Ninth Floor, Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch

  36. February 23, 2018. 7:30pm. Sweet Dreams. Documentary, drama, history. Directors: Lisa and Rob Fruchtman, (Rwanda, USA, 2012, 1hr29min). Screening will be followed by a drumming workshop led by Jacky Yenga Essombe. Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5Powerful sounds pierce the silence of the Rwandan countryside. Curious children gawk outside the gate. This is something new in Rwanda—a group of women, 60 strong, pounding out rhythms of power and joy. In 1994 Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide. Close to a million were killed by neighbors, friends, even family. Horror swept the land. And when it was over, those who remained were broken, dead inside. The country has made great strides in economic recovery, but “people are not like roads and buildings” says Kiki Katese, pioneering Rwandan theater director. “How do we rebuild a human being?”Kiki decided to start Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict. There was only one requirement: to leave the categories of the past at the gate. For the women—orphans, widows, wives and children of perpetrators—the group has been a place to begin to live again, to build new relationships, to heal the wounds of the past. Yet the struggle to survive and provide for their families still persists. So when Kiki came up with the idea to open Rwanda’s first and only ice cream shop, the women were intrigued … What was ice cream exactly and how would they do it? Kiki invited Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda to help the drummers open their shop, which they aptly named Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams). Sweet Dreams follows this remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a new future for themselves. “Because of our history, people know how to fight against, but not for,” Kiki says. “We want to change that equation.”
  37. February 26, 2018. 6:00 PM. Quest. Director Jonathan Olshefski. (USA. 2017, 104 min). Vancity Theater, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest” raise a family in North Philadelphia while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, Quest is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.
  38. February 26, 2018 at 8:05 PM. Tell them we are rising. Director Stanley Nelson. (USA, 2017, 85 min). Vancity Theater, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8.A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.
    Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had on American history, culture, and national identity.
  39. March 1, 2018. 7-9pm, Book Launch and community panel: hosted by Black Lives Matter Vancouver, No One Is Illegal Vancouver, BC Civil Liberties Association, SF PIRG, Social Justice Centre at UBC, Amnesty International. @ Simon Fraser Humanities Department Simon Fraser, Harbour Centre