THE SCOOP | New Awards Show Celebrating Black Artists To Air On CBC

By Michael Vincent on June 2, 2021

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Black Canadian artists are about to get their very own awards show on CBC next Fall.

The inaugural Black Academy Awards aims to honour anglophone and francophone Black achievement in film, television, music, sports and culture.

The show will be filmed in Toronto and produced, in part, by Insight Productions with funding support from Canada Media Fund, Cineplex, and Roots.

CBC has signed a three-year deal for exclusive rights for a national telecast with a live audience starting Fall 2022.

The initiative was launched as part of a not-for-profit group B.L.A.C.K. Canada (Building a Legacy in Acting, Cinema and Knowledge). The organization was founded by Toronto-based brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James, who are both actors.

The brothers wanted to challenge the government and corporations to be part of the commitment to racial diversity happening right now in Canada.

The Black Academy Awards will seek to hire Black-Canadians for senior positions, as well as support staff in production and technical roles in advance of pre-production.

Board members include Vanessa Craft (TikTok Canada), Alica Hall (Nia Centre for the Arts), Wes Hall (BlackNorth Initiative), Jennifer Holness (Black Screen Office), Divya Shahani (entertainment lawyer), and Tonya Williams (Reelworld Film Festival).

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