Friday November 15, 2013

When did you come face-to-face with race?

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Racism Featured

Photo by Luca Savettiere

The topic of race is a touchy one... but this week on DNTO, we're tackling it head-on. Because even though race differentiates us, and sometimes divides us, it can also bring us together.

So let's start the conversation!
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Artist Sherwin Tjia takes public transit every day. For him, it's a time to sit, reflect, and draw. 
But it was on a rainy afternoon, in a crowded streetcar, that one moment changed the way he saw his fellow passengers - and himself. 





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Ask A Slave is the web series brainchild of actor Azie Dungey. It's based on her experiences working as a living history actor at a plantation museum, where, every day, she stepped in to the role of a housemaid and answered questions in character - as a slave. She'll share some of the more ridiculous questions she was asked, and share what she learned about racism along the way. 

Nicholas Hune-Brown shares the story of how an awkward moment at a packed Toronto Raptors basketball game had him questioning his racial identity and embracing Lin-sanity

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Hockey Legend Willy O'Ree was born in 1935 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he developed his love for hockey - but lacing up his skates wasn't always easy to do. He'll explain what life was like as the first black player in the NHL.









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When you think of Captain America....you probably picture a muscle-y white guy holding a shield. So what happened when  Vishavjit Singha self-described "bearded, skinny Sikh guy", squeezed into that iconic unitard and wandered around New York City for a day? (Photo Courtesy Pablo Finkelstein)








Is it ever OK for a non-native person to wear a headdress? The controversy surrounding "redface" has heated up in recent months - with fashion designers choosing to incorporate Native American symbols in to their clothes. Blogger and academic  Adrienne Keene talks about what happened when she came face-to-face with racial appropriation. 

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DNTO producer  Kaj Hasselriis is a world traveller, always searching for his next adventure. So it took him by surprise when he found himself working in Ethiopia - faced with an awkward mix-up that had him wondering: am I accidentally racist? 








Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio's Q, grew up as one of the few Iranian kids in the mostly white suburb of Thornhill, Ontario. Same with Sook-Yin, who grew up in Lynn Valley, BC. But now that they're both successful broadcasters, do they still feel like outsiders? 

Nile200.jpg Nile Seguin is a comedian of French Canadian and Rwandan descent - known for his hilarious one-man-show Fear of a Brown Planet. But when he first got started on stage, he didn't do any race-related material in his act. He'll explain what changed. 










This week's playlist: 

Ndidi Onukwulu - On the Metro
Janelle Monae - Without a Fight
Ohbijou - Balikbayan
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
Sam Roberts Band - We're All in This Together
Mark Berube - nother Century
A Tribe Called Red - Electric Powwow Drum
Aqua Alta - Norwegian Jewel
David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things
Elvis Costello with The Roots - Refuse to Be Saved