Black History Month Showcase 2020
Varsha Ramdihol, Writer, Radio FWD
Chetna Suri, Editor, Radio FWD
Dale Samuel, Video Editor, Radio FWD
In support of this year’s Black History Month at the University of Toronto Scarborough, a combination of Black artists and entertainers graced the stage at Rex’s Den for a night of celebration. With moving, inspiring and engaging performances, notable Black talents within the UTSC community and beyond shared their art in the form of song, dance, rap and poetry. Here’s more about each of those acts.
Kirk Diamond, the lead singer for his reggae band The Movement of Ahryel, fuses different musical genres to appeal to all types of listeners. “With Black History Month, a spotlight shines on the achievements, creations and inventions that we did. It’s more than just slavery, [which is just] a small piece of the actual history.”
Hailing from Ajax, Ontario, singer/songwriter Aaron Ridge’s music is a combination of old and new styles using traditional instruments and digital sound, according to Spotify. He says that “Black History Month is an opportunity for Black people to celebrate our culture, our heritage, [and] our history. And all the things we love about ourselves.”