GROUNDINGS WITH D’BI. – MEET NGOZI PAUL co-creator & star of da kink in my hair tv series & UPCOMING GUEST @ THE ART(IS)T SHAMAN SESSIONS – PRINCIPLE OF POLITICAL CONTENT & CONTENT


ngozi as oya

the art(is)t shaman project is an ongoing exploration of our sacred gatherings at the crossroads of the life, art, ritual, healing and magick.

TUESDAY APRIL 29 @ B CURRENT THEATRE

WYCHWOOD BARNES 601 CHRISTIE STUDIO 251

6pm-9pm suite $10 sliding scale

grounding with d’bi. – sorplusi principle – political content & context

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meet the fantastically wonderful, phenomenally talented, compassionately kind NGOZI PAUL and visit her website. ngozi did a one-on-one YEMOYA residency in cape town south africa in 2011, developing her solo show the emancipation of ms. lovely. next, ngozi participated in a collective YEMOYA residency 2013 in nassau bahamas, further developing her her. she is one of the most celebrated actor/producers in canada and will be featured in the FACES OF YEMOYA book.

BIOGRAPHY

Ngozi Paul is an award-winning Canadian producer of film, television and trans-media projects. Ngozi is best known for creating, producing and starring in the award winning television series ‘da Kink in My Hair. This top-rated sitcom has been broadcast in over a dozen countries and garnered multiple nominations and awards, including the Gold Medal Ribbon award for best scripted series and numerous Gemini awards. Ngozi was also a member of the original creative team behind Canada’s first black sitcom, Lord Have Mercy!, which was nominated for two Gemini Awards including best comedic series.

In addition to being a recent graduate of the prestigious Canadian Film Center Producers Lab, Ngozi was selected by Women in View as a Creative Leader for 2012-13.  This inaugural initiative is geared towards advancing accomplished women in television, film and the digital sector.  Ngozi is also an award-winning actress and a recent graduate of the world-renowned Stratford Festival Conservatory for Classical Theatre.

Ngozi has been called “a strong force, using her artistic voice to push boundaries,” (24 News). With a focus on creating stories that celebrate the diversity of the human experience and appeal to a global audience, she continues to raise the bar by seeking innovative ways to create, distribute and tell provocative stories that are commercially successful. Finding the sweet spot where artistic merit, passion and commercial viability intersect, Ngozika Productions is looking forward to new ways of reaching, entertaining and engaging audiences.

Current projects in development include The 1st Time Project, a multiplatform documentary which showcases women across several continents sharing intimate stories about their first sexual experiences.  Having directed and produced a BRAVOfact! short film on the subject in 2011, the next steps for the 1st Time Project include an interactive website, a one-off documentary film and live performances based on the compelling real life stories that were uncovered during production.  Ngozi is also developing The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, a feature film about a young black woman’s journey of self-discovery.  Already produced as a one-woman play, this project was developed in part through the Canadian Film Centre. The Truth About Ruth a comedic series deconstructing race and economics through the lens of entertainment talk show host Ruth Brown and On The Ground a dramatic television series about a young female international journalist who puts herself in extreme danger to get the story, while navigating the complex new rules of the digital age.

R.I.S.E MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE, I SAY THANK YOU FROM THE DEEP OCEANS OF MY HEART’ – D’BI.

d'bi. by anthony gebrehewot

for the R.I.S.E Movement collective

there is a little girl
curled up inside
she sits by her tree of life 
trying to decide
whether or not
to open up her eyes
and see the beauty
of what she has become

some time ago
fear became her closest friend
holding her hands in the light
and with her eyes closed
the monsters they won’t frighten her
what she can’t see
she won’t know

then one day
one hopeful day
the little girl grew up
what a creature to behold
but still with her eyes closed

little girl
come into our world
little girl
bring us into your world
little girl come into our world
we need you
we need you
we need you
we need you

there is a little boy
curled up inside
he sits by his tree of life
trying to decide
whether or not
to open up his eyes
and see the beauty of what he has become
some time ago

fear became his closest friend
holding his hands in the light
and with his eyes closed
the monsters they won’t frighten him
what he can’t see
he won’t know

then one day
one hopeful day
the little boy grew up
what a creature to behold
still with his eyes closed

little boy
come into our world
little boy
bring us into our world
little boy come into or world
we need you
we need you
we need you
we need you

open up your eyes
and see the beauty
of what you have become
open up your eyes and see the beauty
of what you have become
open up your eyes
and see the beauty
of what you have become
of what you have become
of what you have become
-d’bi.young anitafrika

JOY by Anthony Gebrehiwot

of the

R.I.S.E MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE