Michael Roberson at Black Love Matters Unconference

Michael Roberson will be the guest lecturer for this week’s meeting of the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course in Toronto.  He will be exploring what the Black community (at large) can learn about love and resilience from the Black LGBTQI2S Ballroom community. Michael Roberson Maasai Milan (Ultrared) is the co-creator of the House of Blahnik, Maasai and Garçon based in New York. He is supported by Musagetes for this special discussion in Toronto.

The Planning in Toronto workshop series will focus on developing a symposium entitled “Blackness, Gender, Work, and Love” that will be the closing event of the yearlong initiative called Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference . This course investigates how urban planning is informed by and closely related to the overarching, infrastructural challenges faced by the African, Caribbean & Black Canadian community in the GTA. The workshop will provide insight into alternative, anti-racist planning strategies and projects that promote community development in the GTA. Students will learn about these strategies and projects, the methodologies around which they were designed and the various challenges that they aim to address. The course will also furnish students with an overview of anti-Black racism in Canada and how it intersects with other forms of discrimination. In addition, students will be introduced to the movements and organizations that seek to respond to the peculiar violence of Canadian-style, anti-Black racism. The students will be responsible of co-creating the Blackness, Love, Work, and Gender Symposium in December 2017; working with community members, community based organizations, government agencies, community based artists and activists to create a plenary apart of the symposium.

The Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course is taught by Brandon Hay, MES (Founder, The Black Daddies Club) and Nigel Barriffe, M.Ed. (President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations).

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