SfMB's MONTHLY PLAYLIST 

February 28, 2022

Storefront Manitoba's Playlist is a monthly curated list of films, podcasts, and other resources that aim to entertain, inspire, enrich, and advance critical discussion. 

 

February is Black History Month. This month and every month, we celebrate and honour Black communities, including people, experiences, histories, and achievements. There’s a wealth of great content out there, so it was challenging to limit this month’s playlist to nine entries. We’ve compiled a varied sample, including a look at the origin story of Black History Month, recent conversations and panel discussions with Canadian Black designers and urbanists, as well as moving documentaries on the lives of legendary black creatives like Paul Williams and Maya Angelou. This playlist aims to celebrate, to inform, to inspire, and to reiterate that these conversations must become part of our everyday exploration and understanding.

Please note, some streaming services may require a free library or university card for access. 

 

FEATURE FILMS & VIDEOS 

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HOLLYWOOD'S ARCHITECT:

THE PAUL WILLIAMS STORY

Produced and Directed by Royal Kennedy Rodgers and Kathy MCampbell Vance

2020 | 56 Minutes

Nicknamed “Architect to the Stars,” African American architect Paul R. Williams was one of the most successful architects of his time. But at the height of his career he wasn’t always welcome in the buildings he designed because of his race. Hollywood’s Architect will tell the story of how he used talent, determination and even charm to defy the odds and create a celebrated body of work.

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MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

Directed by Bob Hercules & Rita Coburn Whack

2016| 114 Minutes 

The story of iconic writer, poet, actress and activist Dr. Maya Angelou, whose life intersected with some of the most defining moments in America's recent history.

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FRESH DRESSED:

THE EVOLUTION OF RAP FASHION

Directed by Sacha Jenkins

2015 | 90 Minutes

A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders.

Featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nas, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Damon Dash, Andre Leon Talley, A$AP Rocky, Marc Ecko, Big Daddy Kane, Kid 'N Play & many others.

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HOW DO WE RESPOND TO ANTI-BLACK RACISM IN URBANIST PRACTICES AND CONVERSATIONS

Canadian Urban Institute

2020 | 62 Minutes

Joining moderator Jay Pitter for this candid conversation – How do we respond to anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and conversations? – were Orlando Bailey, Director of Engagement, BridgeDetroit & Detroit Host, Urban Consulate; Tamika Butler, Director of Planning for California & Director of Equity and Inclusion, Toole Design; Anthonia Ogundele, Founder, Ethós Lab; and oand Will Prosper, Co-founder, Montréal-Nord Républik & Hoodstock.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH BAIDA

UofT Daniels

2021 | 93 Minutes

BAIDA, the Black Architects & Interior Designers Association, is a non profit organization of planners, interior designers, architects and students that aims to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession of architecture and interior design. One of the only organizations within Toronto connecting Architects and Interior Designers, BAIDA seeks to create opportunities for other minorities through advocacy, mentorship, networking and outreach.

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NARI WARD AND DAVID ADJAYE
IN CONVERSATION

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

2012 | 66 Minutes

 

PODCASTS 

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH ORIGIN STORY

United States of Anxiety

2021 | 50 Minutes 

We’ve got complicated relationships with this annual celebration -- from joy to frustration. The episode features a lively conversation from producer Veralyn Williams about annual Black History Month parties with some friends of the show, then Dr. Pero Dagbovie, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean at Michigan State University, introduces us to Dr. Carter G. Woodson - often called the “Father of Black History” - before explaining how a week-long celebration of Black Achievement at the turn of the 20th century evolved into the month-long observance that we know today.

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POC ARCHITECTURE

Architecture is Political

2020 | 37 Minutes

Janelle Brookes and Ethan Perrotte are a couple of black architecture students from Canada. They created POC Architecture to support architecture projects done by people of colour. During the course of their education, Janelle and Ethan noticed a lack of architecture projects from people of colour being taught. As a result, POC Architecture Instagram page was created to promote diversity in the field of architecture.

RESOURCES

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COUNTERMAP.LAND

Countermap.land is a crowd-sourced project which locates tangible spaces and objects within the territory known as “Canada”, represented by figures and events – be they political, social, economic, or otherwise – that have contributed to the dispossession of life, memory, territory, and resources of BIPOC communities, both past and present.

They recognize that maps and the associated technologies of cartography are inseparable from the colonial project; they describe and segment space, defining boundaries to movement, the exploitable resources of landscapes, and the reaches of imperial power. They hope through this work to appropriate these tools to define new collective histories.