BLACKNESS YES! presents STILL WE RISE: BLOCKORAMA 16
In 1998, Blackness Yes! called out the need for a community-led space for black diasporic LGBTTI2QQ people and their loved ones at Pride Toronto. Together they created Blockorama, designed to affirm, celebrate and ensure visible Black and Caribbean LGBTTI2QQ communities within Pride; and to create a vehicle for HIV/AIDS information dissemination.
Since 1998, Blackness Yes! has worked year-round to celebrate Black LGBTTI2QQ history, creativity and resistance. We are thrilled to present STILL WE RISE: BLOCKORAMA 16, a day-long celebration commemorating our 16th year of soul-inspiring music, dance and arts programming and ringing in World pride 2014!
Participate in several art activities and interactive performances throughout the day, including Activist Love Letters, facilitated by artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware. performers throughout the day include: Ashley Bea,Troy Jackson, Theesatisfaction (Seattle), LAL (Toronto) plus fierce performances by dance icons Ill nana, Urbanesque and the House of Monroe.
Be sure to catch our special guest, dance music icon, Crystal Waters, helping us ring in our sweet 16 in style. Drag divas Vitality Black, Devine Darlin’,Michelle Ross and drag King Wesley Dykes Darling join an amazing roster of DJs including: Tameka, Roxanne, Pleasure, nik red, Carma, Craig Dominic, Blackcat and internationally acclaimed superstar jojoflores.
Our hosts, Akhaji Zakiya and Twysted Miyake will keep you entertained throughout the day!
Blackness Yes! is a committee made up of members of Toronto’s black queer and trans communities. They volunteer their time to put together the Blockorama stage every year at Toronto Pride.. We are happy to be working with members across of our communities to bring you a truly diasporic array of entertainment.
• Alcohol Service
• Present ID for alcohol service (19 years of age and over) • All ages welcome
• Free to attend event
• Accessible space
Check out a video from the 2013 event:
The WorldPride Blockorama lineup (alphabetical):
- Activist Love letters
- Akhaji Zakiya
- Ashley Bea
- Crystal Waters
- Devine Darlin'
- Diana King
- DJ Blackcat
- DJ Carma
- DJ Craig Dominic
- DJ nik red
- DJ Pleasure
- DJ Roxanne
- DJ Tamika
- House of Monroe
- ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company
- Michelle Ross
- Shi Wisdom
- Troy Jackson
- Vitality Black
- Wesley Dykes-Darling
- Write On! (Best of)
Questions? Contact the Blockorama 16 programming team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you hear the name Crystal Waters, you immediately think of a woman whose talent and brand has sustained her 20-year career, yet the breadth of her work continues to engage new fans.
Jamaican born and raised Diana King is a rare combination of unparalleled vocal power, passion, diverse style, edgy lyrics, sharp opinion, sex appeal and down to earth jeans and t-shirt charm with personality to spare. Her trademark blend of genres seasoned with Reggae showcase her vocal styling and highlight her skills as a lyrical storyteller.
THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. The pair live/laugh/love/dance and create in Seattle, WA. Producing and performing their own material--funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip--THEESatisfaction are the Queens Supreme. Bring yourself.