IT’S REAL - THE UNTOLD STORIES
These are stories as old as time. Grab a coffee and listen to the great conversations about forgotten Black stories. It’s time for Black history to takes its place front and centre. The risk of digging up the graves, the history finally being told, the freedom from the silence. No time is more important than right now. This panel for you if you’re a film maker looking to be inspired, or if you just want to hear about Nova Scotia’s authentic stories that go beyond what’s being taught.
Moderator: Morgan Jessome (Television Producer & On Air Host, Eastlink Community TV)
Morgan Jessome was born and raised in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, she is a television producer and on air host working for Eastlink Community TV where she hosts the program Black Films that Teach. Morgan enjoys writing and is currently in the process of having her first book published.
Tony Ince (MLA for Cole Harbour)
I was elected in 2013, again in Oct 2017 and again in Aug 2021. I was Minister of CCH, Sport Nova scotia, African Nova Scotian Affairs, Public service commission, Communications Nova Scotia, Office of Equity and Anti Racism. Helped produce the documentary Black Ice and one of the founders of the SONAHHAR Black Sports Hall of Fame.
George Elliot Clark: E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature, University of Toronto
The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke has also taught at Duke, McGill, UBC, and Harvard. His recognitions include the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Fellowship (US), 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 Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and International Fellow Poet of the Year, Encyclopedic Poetry School  (China). His acclaimed titles include Whylah Falls (1990, translated into Chinese), Beatrice Chancy (1999, translated into Italian), Execution Poems (2001), Blues and Bliss (selected poems, 2009), I & I (2008), Illicit Sonnets (U.K., 2013), Traverse (2015), and Canticles II (MMXX) (2020).
Wanda Taylor (Author, Professor, Journalist)
Wanda Taylor is an award-winning Author, Professor, and Journalist. She is a former CBC Television Producer and independent filmmaker. Her essays and articles appear in magazines across Canada, the US, and the UK. Her eighth book is set for release in late 2022. Wanda teaches Journalism; Communications; and Story Writing for Media, and also serves as Mentor for Kings’ MFA Creative Non-Fiction program. Wanda has been recognized for her work, including as recipient of the Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture.