Monthly Archives: November 2011

INTERVIEW WITH ALEC BUTLER

Alec Butler is a 2Spirit playwright and filmmaker. He was a nominee for the Governor General Award for English Drama in 1990 for his play Black Friday. Butler has also worked on artistic projects with the 519 Community Centre as … Continue reading

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MY FRIEND BRINDLEY

My Friend Brindley By Jorge Antonio Vallejos This story and photo originally appeared on xtra.ca on November 22, 2011 Toronto filmmaker Alec Butler met Kathleen Brindley in the 1990s while at a Village rally against racism and the white supremacist … Continue reading

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BLACK COFFEE POET INTERVIEWED ON INDIGENOUS WAVES RADIO

I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Indigenous Waves Radio this week.  Good times!   Lots of laughter, insightful questions, and a flow that lived true to the show’s name. I wrote about my time with Susan Blight and … Continue reading

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SURFING INDIGENOUS WAVES

Surfing Indigenous Waves By Jorge Antonio Vallejos Is radio dead?  Some think so.  Many say so.  I guess they haven’t listened to Indigenous Waves Radio on CIUT 89.5 FM. Even better would be for doubters to be on the show … Continue reading

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SHOWING UP PART 3: PUSHING THROUGH

Showing Up Part 3: Pushing Through By Jorge Antonio Vallejos I’m listening to Bro Hymn by Pennywise while sipping on a hot coffee, black coffee of course. Bro Hymn pumps me up and coffee is now a staple for me.  … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING REENA VIRK: PROSE AND REFLECTIONS BY GITANJALI LENA

This week we’ve been remembering Reena Virk on blackcoffeepoet.com.  Monday saw the 14 year anniversary of her murder. Reena was 14 and killed 14 years ago on November 14, 1997: 14, 14, 14. We had a very educational video roundtable and … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING REENA VIRK: INTERVIEW WITH DR. MYTHILI RAJIVA, CO-EDITOR OF “REENA VIRK: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON A CANADIAN MURDER”

Mythili Rajiva is associate professor of Sociology at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Her research focuses on girlhood, the Canadian South Asian diaspora, and racialized identities. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Canadian Review of Sociology, … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING REENA VIRK: VIDEO ROUNTABLE + REVIEW OF “REENA VIRK: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON A CANADIAN MURDER”

Reena Virk: Critical Perspectives on a Canadian Murder Edited by Mythili Rajiva and Sheila Batacharya Reviewed by Jorge Antonio Vallejos One Brown girl. Two killers with white privilege. Seven attackers. Twenty onlookers. This is the Reena Virk case. November 14, … Continue reading

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MOHWAK POET JANET MARIE ROGERS READS FROM HER NEW BOOK “UNEARTHED”

Janet Marie Rogers is a sweetheart! I remembering reviewing her CD Firewater last year, and interviewing her, as great experiences. Meeting her for the taping below were even greater!   Reading her book Unearthed blew me away. Janet is chill, … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH MOHAWK POET JANET MARIE ROGERS

Janet Marie Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. … Continue reading

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