Celebrating Black History Month at Carleton

Black History Month (BHM) is underway around the world, and Carleton is hosting its own month of programming dedicated to recognition and remembrance. Officially recognized in Canada in 1995, the month of February is celebrated as Black History Month internationally. BHM: BLACK, Reborn is a month of events being held by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and three of its service centres: the Race, Ethnicity and Culture (REC) Hall, the Womyn’s Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. Alexis Oundo, CUSA’s vice-president (student services) said BHM is important for students. “BHM is always great for students both racialized and marginalized to celebrate their individuality. This is also a valuable opportunity for students at large to get involved and learn […]

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BLK SZN highlights importance of celebrating Blackness year round

Carleton’s Black History Month celebration, BLK SZN is about highlighting that blackness is always in season, according to Selali Ayitey Wallace, the volunteer co-ordinator. Ayitey Wallace said Black people often get to celebrate their blackness only in February, but added that it is something that should rather be celebrated all the time. “You shouldn’t only be celebrating the diversity in blackness in February,” she said.   BLK SZN, pronounced “black season,” is organized by the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) Race, Ethnicity and Culture (REC) Hall, in collaboration with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), The Womyn’s Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah said it’s important to celebrate Black History Month on campus. She said […]

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Vagina Monologues addresses modern issues

The Vagina Monologues was written in the ‘90s by Eve Ensler—an American playwright—based on interviews she conducted with 200 women. The monologues cover a variety of topics, from hilarious tales of dry tampons and shaving mishaps, to horrifying recollections of war rapes and childhood molestation. Vaginas Against Violence (VAV) has been putting on the play for more than 10 years, according to co-director and performer Renée Antoine, and all proceeds go towards the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC). The performances, however, do not stay the same. Former director and four-time performer Letycia Henriques said changes are made every year in terms of which monologues are performed and to the references included. A new addition this year was the inclusion of […]

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Editorial: Carleton’s Vagina Monologues improved upon the original

The Vagina Monologues is an institution with plenty of problems. The interviews they are based on were recorded in the 1990s, they present a definition of femininity rooted in the possession of a vagina (and by extent exclude trans women), and have drawn plenty of criticism from sex-positive feminists. They feature an increasingly dated form of feminism that demands updating. The presentation of the Vagina Monologues by Vaginas Against Violence at Carleton overcame these barriers in a night that allowed a diversity of voices to speak. The night began by acknowledging some of the Monologues’ shortcomings, as well as the fact they were being performed on unceded Algonquin land. The night included monologues and poetry that were original, and this […]

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George Elliot Clarke appointed Canada’s poet laureate

On Jan. 5, University of Toronto (U of T) professor and well-known Canadian poet George Elliot Clarke was appointed as Canada’s Parliamentary poet laureate. The celebrated poet has been the first for many things: the first African-Canadian parliamentary poet, first local laureate to become a national laureate, and the first professor at U of T to hold the position of Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature. The Charlatan spoke to him about what his new role entails, on being the first Black poet laureate for Canada, and celebrating Black History Month. The Charlatan (TC): How does it feel to be Canada’s poet laureate? George Elliot Clarke (GEL): It is a great honour—it’s very prestigious, and I hope I can add lustre […]

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