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View Points Explores Kwanzaa's History and Worldwide Impact
Screening of The Black Candle Along With Director Talk By M.K. Asante Jr.
Saturday March 21, 2009 at Harbourfront Centre (1 pm - $5 admission)
Presented in partnership with

Director M.K Asante, Jr. discusses his inspirational film The Black Candle after its screening at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre on March 21 (1 pm, $5). Presented in partnership with as part of the View Points discussion series, this feature film on Kwanzaa uses the holiday’s seven principles as a medium to explore and celebrate the African-American experience. Narrated by Maya Angelou, the film has appearances from Chuck D and Amiri Baraka.

The Black Candle: Narrated by Maya Angelou and directed by award-winning author/filmmaker M.K. Asante, Jr., The Black Candle deflates misconceptions associated with the celebration of Kwanzaa and shows how this holiday (honoured by more than 40 million) has impacted Pan-Africanism and African Americans today. Filmed across the United States, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, this extraordinary story follows the holiday’s growth from its inception during the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality. Appearances from hip-hop artists Chuck D and Stic Man of Dead Prez to scholars Dr. Maulana Karenga and Amiri Baraka, shows how Kwanzaa reaches out to the diverse groups within the Pan-African community. Also visit

M. K. Asante, Jr.: A college professor and award-winning author and filmmaker whom the Philadelphia Inquirer calls "a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance." Asante studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, earned his BA from Lafayette College, and an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA's School of Film and Television. Asante has published the books It's Bigger than Hip Hop, Beautiful. And Ugly Too, and Like Water Running off My Back as well as writing and producing the award-winning film 500 Years Later.

View Points is a contemporary culture discussion series focusing on cultural issues and local, national and international current affairs. For tickets or info call 416-973-4000 or visit

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Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto, Ontario.

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