Friday, 27 April 2018

Nova Scotia’s George Dixon was what you call a trailblazer. First Black boxing champion, period. First champ to regain his title after losing it. First person to be champion of more than one weight class. We’re talking late 1800s, early 1900s, a time of relentless racism. Here’s a video of one of his fights, and a bonus link to a wonderful website with everything Africvile.

This weekend’s weekend video features an interview with Delvina Bernard, one of the founders of Four the Moment, the excellent and unabashedly political a capella band that appeared at many rallies and events in Nova Scotia throughout the eighties.

This weekend’s video is a short trailer for the documentary The water protectors’ journey. This film about the Alton Gas resistance documents a journey along the Sipekne’katik River, which leads to a sacred island known to the Mi’kmaq as the traditional campsite of Glooscap’s grandmother. The full film premieres in Halifax this Saturday March 31.

A video entiltled Africentric Math Cohort isn’t really clickbait, and I am not sure why I clicked it. But I am glad I did. We’ve heard a lot lately about the politics of education, and most of it pretty depressing really. It’s time for a little reminder of some of the great work happening at our schools right now.

Reeny Smith is a singer / songwriter from Preston, only 25 years old, and incredibly talented. You can see Smith, joined by other excellent songwriters live at the Gottingen Street Library this Thursday. Don’t miss it. It’s free!!!

Scotch Village, in Hants County, has a long history shaped by its original Mi’kmaq inhabitants, Acadians, African Nova Scotians, and Planters’ descendants.  In July 2017 people from these communities met to commemorate and celebrate their diverse but intersecting histories.The event makes for a fascinating Weekend Video, and a very appropriate one to ring in the new year. The event was organized by my beloved sister in law Carolyn van Gurp, and it features many inspiring people like Dorene Bernard and Dr. Afua Cooper, to name just a few.