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Caribana may have finished, but in Toronto, the celebration of Caribbean culture isn’t over. The city is home to CaribbeanTales, an organization devoted to sharing stories from people of the Caribbean diaspora. The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival begins in September, and runs from the 7th to the 17th of the month.

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A few days ago I spoke with its founder, Frances-Anne Solomon. Ms. Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker of Caribbean heritage. A writer, producer and director in film, TV, Radio and New Media, her career includes a 13-year tenure in England with the BBC as a Television Drama Producer and…


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You have a dream for your life that’s been with you since childhood. The thing is, though, fear always has you asking for permission instead of stepping forward.

I figure someone out there might need to hear what I’ve been grappling with. It’s a daily struggle — being willing to get out of my own way and do my work. But it’s gotta happen. There are signs everywhere. I have the feeling that only good things can happen.

Photo by Jordan Whitfield


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In this episode of Clalre.She.Goes, I spoke with Cassie McDaniel and Mark Staplehurst of Jane & Jury. We had an engaging discussion about the contemporary workplace, and small-town living.


In the past, I’ve been told it isn’t a good idea for me to write about about religion. But I can’t help it — I’m drawn to spirituality. It’s a huge part of people’s lives. Here in Canada, only 23.9 percent of the population claims to not have some sort of religious affiliation. Therefore, those who believe in (a) God are in the majority.

Whether it’s discussed or ignored, religion has tremendous cultural and personal power. Most people’s understanding of the divine likely colours the way they view themselves and others. …


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Here’s the latest episode of Claire.She.Goes. This time around, I talked to Paris, Ontario artist, Jennifer Budd.


If you missed the latest episode and don’t like spoilers, this isn’t the post for you.

Most shows that cover serious subjects avoid giving children a lot to do. Certainly, when I’ve seen programs depict slavery, the majority of screen time is given to adult actors, while the kids appear merely for minutes, if not seconds. However last Wednesday, Underground flipped this ratio. There are several young performers on the show. Each of the last episode’s acts focused on how one of them was affected by his or her circumstances.

James’ story grieved my spirit. No longer T.R.’s playmate, the…


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Dear Reader,

I thought I’d give you a bit of an update on one of my projects — the claire.she.goes podcast. I’ve been working at it sporadically over the past few years, and I’ve been thinking about taking things to the next level.

If you were at last month’s Paris Lectures event, you already know some of this story. If not, bear with me.

I’ve been thinking a great deal about my podcast. A little while ago I decided that I wanted to engage in dynamic storytelling. One way of doing that is to include interviews on my show…


If ever I needed proof that Hollywood doesn’t understand audiences, this is it.

This video has to be one of the most condescending things I’ve ever seen in my life. Every statement was…I don’t know.

What’s the word for the intersection between a lie and an excuse?

The title alone had me reeling.

“If You’re Mad About Ghost in the Shell You Don’t Know How the Movie Industry Works”

Au contraire, mon frère.

The reason I’m furious is because I know all too well how it works. I couldn’t believe my ears. I mean…

“We lost Lucy Liu…”

As I said on Twitter

What happened? Did she DIE?

I wrote a response to this video that I have since erased. The best revenge is not a lengthy rant. The best revenge is working on my own writing, so that one day it will be produced.


Log line: Innocence is lost when children are forced to face the harsh realities of the world.

My first impression? I love the kids on Underground. I can’t wait to see what’s revealed as this episode shows us more of their talent.

Also, I wanted to talk for a minute about the characters as a whole. I really love the fact that none of them seem to embody the tropes that you’d normally associate with a period slave drama. Whether it’s Rosalee’s ingenuity or Noah’s determination, the protagonists make me proud. (Don’t even get me started on Pearly Mae…

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Welcome to my world of words.

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