- My Blackness, My Truth: Poetic Justice Mon, May 14, 2018
Poetry is used to fight for social equity and to soothe the soul. As long as people have been communicating poetry has lived, starting from the throat and transitioning to the paper. No matter the method it’s power illuminates.
Host, Jayde Symone, opens the show with some of what she calls “pre-teen poetry”. Poems she wrote when she was 12-years-old and still has today. She is joined by dancer, and poet Abena Beloved Green. Who has recently published her first book of poetry titled “The Way We Hold On”. Her poems address cultural, social, and environmental issues, relationships, and reflect on everyday life as a small-town raised, semi-nomadic, first-generation African Nova Scotian.
- My Blackness, My Truth: This is my North End Fri, Apr 27, 2018Displacement is becoming a larger issue across the globe, areas that were previously considered undesirable are now being built up as more and more people move into urban cites. But, what happens to the people who lived there first, to the community they have built for themselves? Halifax Nova Scotia’s North End has a long and rich history that has created a unique identity but as the North End changes so does the distinct community.Host, Jayde Symone, opens the show with one of many stories she has about growing up in the North End. She is joined by educator, writer and artist Wendie Wilson Poitras. She shares how her community of the North End shaped her and how she fears the impending change my erase her history.
- My Blackness, My Truth: Artistic Oppression Thu, Apr 19, 2018
Artistic expression is present in those who self-identify as an artist and those who do not because art has been meticulously layered within African Nova Scotian culture for over 400 years. Through church, hair, language, and community gatherings many forms of artistic expression exist. But what happens when you desire to take that natural artistic expression and elevate it to a higher craft? What barriers stand in your way?
Host, Jayde Symone, shares her truth about succumbing to artistic oppression as a young black woman who wanted to dance and was stagnated by the Nova Scotian dance scene. She is joined by New Glasgow born, African Nova Scotian actor, poet and playwright Walter Borden. He shares his experiences with trying to develop his craft as a playwright and the ways in which systemic racism tries to hold African Nova Scotian artists back.
- Stereo Threads Episode #2: The Long, Long Distance Call Mon, Apr 09, 2018
An audio adventure over the telephone lines. Based on a true tall-tale: A Quebecois doctor, a new- deputy, and a switchboard operator, tangled in a web of half-truths, unravel the mystery of a mad trapper over the course of one fateful call.
- Stereo Threads Episode #1: The Saved Messages Project Mon, Apr 09, 2018
Over four months, I recorded the unsent voicemails that my friends, family members, and absolute strangers had been holding onto. These were messages that the sender never gave to the person who needed to hear them. Messages of loss, regret, and anger. This documentary features these messages and my experience collecting them.
- My Blackness, My Truth: Mental Health “The Bleakness of Black Representation” Tue, Mar 13, 2018
Cultural competence is being recognized as foundational knowledge for healthcare professionals. In 2005, Nova Scotia produced a Cultural Competence Guide for Primary Health Care Professionals. But for many African Nova Scotians this hasn’t translated to direct benefit. Many still struggle silently. With misunderstandings within the community around what mental illness means and barriers that prevent individuals from accessing help, dealing with depression, anxiety and other disorders becomes challenging and complicated. Compounding those issues is the difficulty of finding a therapist of color or an organization that specifically caters to one’s community. From stigma to lack of research, these all play into larger barriers for finding types of therapy or medication that fit African Nova Scotian needs.
Host, Jayde Symone, greats you with soundscape she created to share a deep truth, a look into her brain as she is asleep, what she calls her anxiety dream. She is joined by East Preston born, African Nova Scotian medical researcher and mental health advocate, Adena Cox. She shares her experience observing mental illness in her community, feeling helpless in the short term yet taking action for the future. Her truth; Black representation at all levels of Mental Health service is desperately needed.
- CKDU Interviews – Mary MacDonald (DSU Election 2018) Thu, Mar 08, 2018
CKDU Interview with Mary MacDonald. Mary is running for President in the DSU General Election 2018.
- CKDU Interviews – Evan Jeddore (DSU Election 2018) Thu, Mar 08, 2018
CKDU Interview with Evan Jeddore. Evan is running for Vice-President (Academic and External) in the DSU General Election 2018.
- CKDU Interviews – Samuel Eisner (DSU Election 2018) Thu, Mar 08, 2018
CKDU Interview with Samuel Eisner. Samuel is running for Vice-President (Internal) in the DSU General Election 2018.
- CKDU Interviews – Candyse Brisk (DSU Election 2018) Thu, Mar 08, 2018
CKDU Interview with Candyse Brisk. Candyse is running for Students with Disabilities Rep in the DSU General Election 2018.