“Here to Stay, Here to stand” with Black History Month’s 26th edition

Faël François is one of the members of Four Brown Girls, both a network and a movement which has at heart the redefinition of the modern black woman. Brown Beauties Brunching comes as FBG’s annual event introduced as part of Black History Month’s special events. Brunch style canapés, cocktails, networking and conversations about culture, identity and career from a black female perspective will lead the event on February 12th. The main goal? To celebrate black women and fight the stigma surrounding them, according to François.

“We come in all shapes and color, small, big, more or less rich in melanin, and we’re still beautiful in all of that diversity,” says François.

Young, black and beautiful could be one of the Four Brown Girls’s slogan. Black and young was actually one the main themes at the Black History Month’s launch event at Montreal City Hall yesterday. #Jeunesse375eMTL came as the opening exhibition whose emphasis on young talents willing to come together is a chance for them to develop theirs neighborhoods and communities on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of Montreal.

After a colorful performance merging dance, song and percussion that couldn’t go unnoticed, Denis Coderre made an appearance by inaugurating the event. Montreal Mayor asked one minute of silence for the victims of the recent Quebec city’s attack whose funeral was being held on Friday.

If “Here to stay, here to stand” is not a straight answer to Donald Trump’s controversial speech on Black History Month, it is certainly the most political slogan of Black History Month in Montreal. Communications coordinator Clara Beauvais refers to this year’s slogan as an idea that is based on a more activist and conscious theme. “A movie such as “Hidden figures”, which shows the role played by three women in the NASA, allows the public to be more conscious about the role played by people from the Black communities.” “Despite the detractors, it will always be relevant as long as there is a need to know about those communities.”

Director Henri Bardo and R&B singer Shaharah Sinclair took the stage as spokespersons of this year’s Black History Month a few days after former spokesperson and rapper Webster condemned some private radio stations in Quebec city about their content, which according to Webster contributes to racism and exclusion.

With two confirmed artists as spokespersons, Black History Month kicks off with a committed and cultural programming christened by its president Michaël P. Farkas, honored to present this edition’s twelve laureates.

To-do list for this 26th edition of Black History Month:

ALCOVE – a series of talk hosting diverse and talented personalities and business owners such as journalist Valérie-Micaela Bain.

AFROSCOTS – a series of films directed by three generations of Black artists who worked in Scotland in order to develop a conversation on arts diversity in this country.

BROWN BEAUTIES BRUNCHING – a brunch-talk hosted by the Four Brown Girls.

HIDDEN FIGURES – movie starring Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer as three women playing a determining role in the NASA.

AI-JE DU SANG DE DICTATEUR? – a play in which a presenter decides to go back to his country to make a documentary about his origins, with Didier Lucien.

HIPHOPOLITIQUE – screening of two documentaries including Snoop Dog’s Letter to the President Narration and talk with one of the director on hip-hop from a political and social point of view.

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING – the Fabienne Colas foundation presents as part of the Fade to Black Festival a talk and the screening of Stanley Nelson’s “Tell them we are rising” which is the follow-up to the director award-winning “Black Panthers: vanguards of the revolution”.

LA VIE MALGRE TOUT! VIES ET VUES DES MINORITÉS SEXUELLES AU BURUNDI – a 27 minutes documentary made by HUMURE, an association where LGBT people in Burundi can come together and talk about their daily problems. In April 2009, an article was voted in the Burundian penal code to condemn homosexual relations.

And so much more, including the movies KIKI on an artistic and activist LGBTQ sub-culture, PARIS IS VOGUING about a 70’s dance created by the gay community in Harlem, Amandine Gay’s OUVRIR LA VOIX on Black women from French-speaking countries in Europe coming from the Diaspora, and DIASPORA / SITUATIONS.

To know more about the Black History Month’s programming, go here.

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