Join us for a screening of Raoul Peck's evocative documentary I Am Not Your Negro, followed by a panel discussion moderated by TIFF Artistic Director, Cameron Bailey. The panel will feature Juno Award–Winning rapper and songwriter Shad Kabango, Canada’s Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, and journalist, cultural commentator, and PhD student Huda Hassan.
Shad (Shadrach Kabango) is a Juno Award winning rapper and songwriter born in Kenya and raised in London, Ontario. He has toured Canada, the US, and Europe extensively, and received praise from the likes of Pitchfork, the National Post, and the Village Voice. His peers in Canadian hip-hop recently voted him the "Second Greatest Rapper Ever in Canada" in a poll produced by the CBC. In addition to his career as a rapper, Shad has pursued a variety of interests both within and outside of music. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MA from Simon Fraser University. He participated in the CBC's Canada Reads debates in 2012, successfully defending Carmen Aguirre's memoir Something Fierce. Shad hosted CBC's flagship arts and culture show q (15-16), and also hosted HBO Canada’s Hip Hop Evolution, a four-part documentary on the history of hip-hop.
The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered poet. He is a noted artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato. His 16 th poetry work is Canticles I (MMXVI) (2016), the first half of the first book of a three-book epic, treating imperialism, slavery, and resistance to both.
Huda Hassan is a journalist, cultural commentator, and a PhD student in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds a MA in Humanities from York University and an HBA in African Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science from University of Toronto. Her research areas include critical race theory, black studies, cultural studies, media theory, and post-colonialism, with a focus on criminality, black masculinity, and mass-mediated inscriptions of Black and Muslim bodies in Canadian media. Her work has appeared in the National Post,NOW Magazine, The FADER, BuzzFeed, and Gawker, and she has also appeared on CBC's Metro Morning, CBC's The Current, and CTV News. As a public speaker, she has led workshops and conducted keynote speeches in various spaces, including York University, Women’s Health Centre - OISE at the University of Toronto, and more.
Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. He is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming, as well as maintaining relationships with the Canadian and international film industries. Toronto Life has named him one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People four years in a row. Born in London, Bailey grew up in England and Barbados before migrating to Canada. Before taking up his current position at TIFF, he was a Festival programmer for 11 years, and a writer and broadcaster on film. He has presented international cinema on Showcase Television's national programme The Showcase Revue, and has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, CineAction!, and Screen. Bailey has curated film series for Cinematheque Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival.