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We've been ail kinds of . That sun revolves around the earth. That man is a wolf for man. That Christopher Columbus discovered America. That there is an old world and a new world. And even a third world, imaginatively called the "Third World".


We're told to believe in determinism and fatality. That not all truths should be spoken and that the plague was a curse from heaven. We've been told to believe in the history of art. In History. In stories. We were told that jazz had no future, that the madness of Van Gogh and Artaud was lethal, that Socrates killed himself, that Billie Hollyday was meant to die the way she did and that MacCarthy was a patriot.


We've been told to believe in races and colours. We've been told that generous ideas could kill, that the crusades were a rightful cause, that the inquisition was God's will, that slavery was inherent to all societies. We've been told to accept wars as a necessity.


We've been told that love is dead. And that money is the new God.


We've been told that Africa was a condemned continent. godforsaken, dead, struck off the map, that emotion was Negro and reason Hellenic, that all Arabs are terrorists, all Japs are kamikazes, that the Egyptians were Negroes then weren't any more and that the descendants of Cham were damned.


We've been told there were no people in America before the Europeans arrived.
Nobody asks a stone to determine its origins and explain its presence. And maybe this, and this alone, is the way stones could make us hear their laughter and tears.


And if a new world were to come about, it would be a world where we would once again be capable of hearing the laughter and tears of stones.



by Simon N'Jami

Co-founder/ Editor REVUE NOIRE




This issue has been coordinated by Ayanna Black & Simon Njami (Managing editors), Harold Head & Angela Lee (Senior Editors), Patricia Fouche, Marva Jackson, Glace Lawrence, Scott Marsden & Hazel Palmer (Associate Editors), Dawn Carter (Editorial Assistant), Marva Oliverrie (CELAFI General Manager/Acting Head of CAN:BAIA)

Our special Thanks to:  the staff of CAN:BAIA, George Anthony Aarons, Dawn Carter, Linda Dias, Orla Garriques, Pat Jeffers and Dawn Murray, Suzanne Anderson, Rhiannon Babineau, Iris Britan, Dario Busalino, Gavin Douglas, Lisa Littlefield, Nkiru Nzegwu, Cindy Siddhu, Faybene Manaecal and Julia Rosenberg; all artists and writers who have made CAN: BAIA and CELAFI possible, the CAN:BAIA Board of Directors, the Playwrights Union of canada, and all of our funders. 


ART / AFRICAN CANADA / Leslie Coleman, Hollis Baptiste, Chrystal Clements, Anthony Benoit, Gordon Christopher, Pedro Alderette, Roberta Huebener, Kineko, Jan Crick, Roland Jean, Paulette Hawkins, Jeffrey Austin Gisbson, Artis Lane, Lilison, Ormsby Ford, Khadejha McCall, Tony, Lloyd Pollard, David George Morgan, Yvon Villmarceaux, June Clark, Kim Mc Neilly, Jan Wade, Carlyle G. Williams, Winsom, Tim Whiten, Marjorie Jolly,  Ijose Chow

PHOTO / AFRICAN CANADA / 'Syntheses of Contradiction' Andrea Fatona. Photographers: Serge Emmanuel Jongué, Rose Ann Bailey, David Zapparoli, Michael Chambers, Buseje Bailey, Stan Douglas, Andrea Fatona, Stella Fakiyesi, Melinda Mollineaux

LITERATURE / AFRICAN CANADA / Joël Des Rosiers, George Elliott Clarke, Gérard Etienne, Rudolph Allen, Michelle Ann Bess, Rachel Hosten, Sharon M. Lewis, Angela Lee, Ijose Chow, Bernadette Dyer, Henry Saint Fleur, Sister Vision Press

DANCE  / AFRICAN CANADA / Poetry and Movement' Angela Lee:  Badu, Len Gibson, Maboungou, Nysta Nysta, John Alleyne, Learie Mc Nicolls, Coba, Ballet Creole

THEATRE / AFRICAN CANADA / 'The Play's the Thing' Colin Taylor: Performers & Companies:  ahdri Zhina Mandiela, Colin Taylor, Theatre WUM, Addena Sumter Freitag, Riot, Black Theatre West, Joujou Turenne, Whylah Falls, Pauline Peters, Caribana, George Bwanika Seremba, Gerry Atwell, Diane Roberts, Bonnie Beecher, Black Theatre Workshop, Henry Gomez, Vivine Scarlett, Karen Robinson, Louis Taylor, Ngozi, Catherine Bruhier, Andrew Mossie, Richard Yearwood,

CINEMA / AFRICAN CANADA /  'Introduction' Glace Lawrence; 'Displaced' Cameron Bailey; 'Gender, nation, African Canadian' Gabrielle Hezekiah; 'Syntheses of Contradiction' Andrea Fotona; Directors 1957-1998: William Greaves, D.Millar, Lenny Littlewhite, Roger McTair, Jennifer Hodge de Silva, Selwyn Jacob, Christine Browne, Clair Prieto, Silvia Hamilton, Errol Williams, Glace Lawrence, Donna James, Selina Williams, Michelle Mohabeer, D. Douglas, G. Micallef, D. Brand, G. Stikeman, Nicole Thompson, Julia Browne Figuero, Andrew Davis, Monik Dofen, Peter Karuna, Clement Virgo, V. Rankin, Alfons Adetuyi,, S. Weeeney, W. Cunningham, David Findlay, Buseje Bailey, Dionne Brand, A. Fatona, C. Wyngaarden, Clem Marshalll, L. Allen, G. Samprogna, Cilia Sawadogo, D. Roy, Stephen Williams, Colina Phillips, David Findlay, Zan Chandler, Anthony Browne, Terence Anthony, Dawn Wilkinson, Nadine Valcin, Lana Lovell, Jephte Bastien, Jason Romilly, Anthony Sherwood, Christine Browne,

MUSIC/ Almeta Speaks, Lorraine Klassen, Four The Moment, Jim Norman, Salome Bey, Dub Poetry, Malaika, Fréres Guisé, Djolof

TALKS MEMORY / CAN: BAIA, Marva Ollivierre, Lee, Harold Head, Adrienne Shadd, Glace W. Lawrence, Gabrielle Hezekiah, Anne Marie Hood, Zab Maboungou, Marva Jackson, Joanne Gairy, Claire Prieto

ART NEWS / Vilaire, Chéri Samba, Touré Béhan, Abdoulaye Konaté, Cecilia Paredes, Aqus Suwage, Ouattara



AFRICAN SUITES exhibition (to continue)


TRIBUTE to MOUSTAPHA DIMÉ by Mohammed Kacimi




The international renowned , Paris based African Contemporary Art Publication - and the Canadian Artists Network: Black Artists in Action  (CAN:BAIA), have produced a special issue on Canada and launched at CELAFI June 23, 1997. This comprehensive glimpse of African Canadian Art and Artists brilliantly features visual and media arts, dance, literature, music and theatre.


Launch Monday, June 23, 1997, 6:30 pm

Member's Lounge, Toronto City Hall 

 Host: Mayor Barbara  Hall

Revue Noire

Issue No 25 - African Canada
This special edition publication is available for order online both as a print and downloadable PDF.

To review and purchase visit

Revue Noire Website

Editors Simon Njami et CAN:BAIA

100 pages 33x23cm

Published in June 1997

In French and English

Preview the publication from CELAFI'25 archive - to >

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