Black Joy and Movement

28may4:00 pm5:00 pmBlack Joy and MovementWith Itah Sadu, Maya Ameyaw, and Perry King

Speakers for this event

  • Itah Sadu

    Itah Sadu


    Itah Sadu is an award-winning storyteller and children’s author. She is the co-owner of the iconic Toronto bookstore A Different Booklist, specializing in African and Caribbean Canadian literature. Itah is the Managing Director of the Blackhurst Cultural Centre – The People’s Residence. She is a founding member of the annual Toronto Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train Ride. Itah lives with her family in Toronto.


  • Maya Ameyaw

    Maya Ameyaw


    Maya Ameyaw is a Toronto based community arts writing instructor and a former bookselller. When It All Syncs Up, her contemporary YA debut about mental health and dance, will be published June 6th, with a follow up companion novel, Under All the Lights, coming spring 2024 from Annick Press.


  • Perry King

    Perry King


    Perry King is an author, freelance journalist, and communications strategist currently based in Toronto. With a literary focus on sports, education, history and urbanism, King has bylines with Sportsnet,  the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Spacing Magazine, and BBC among other works. His debut book, Rebound: Sports, Community and the Inclusive City, was published in 2021 by Coach House Press.


Event Details

Whether it’s through expressive arts like dance, or team sports like hockey, there’s freedom and joy to be found in moving our bodies. Join these authors as they present Blackness in motion through children and teens that flourish on the rink and on the stage. A conversation with Maya Ameyaw (When It All Syncs Up) and Itah Sadu (I Am BIG!), moderated by Perry King (Rebound: Sports, Community, and the Inclusive City)

When It All Syncs Up by Maya Ameyaw
Annick Press

Ballet is Aisha’s life. So when she’s denied yet another lead at her elite academy because she doesn’t “look” the part, she knows something has to change–the constant discrimination is harming her mental health. Switching to her best friend Neil’s art school seems like the perfect plan at first. But she soon discovers racism and bullying are entrenched in the ballet program here, too, and there’s a new, troubling distance between her and Neil. And as past traumas surface, pressure from friends and family, a new romance, and questions about her dance career threaten to overwhelm her. There’s no choreography to follow–for high school or for healing. Aisha will have to find the strength within herself–and place her trust in others–to make her next move.

I Am Big by Itah Sadu
Second Story Press

In the middle of the ice, a young Black hockey player finds joy in his talent and confidence in the cheers of his family, his coach, and the other players. Their support gives him the power to face down those who see him as a threat and to focus on the thrill of the game.

Rebound: Sports, Community, and the Inclusive City by Perry King
Coach House Books

For every kid who makes it to the NBA, thousands more seek out the pleasure and camaraderie of pick-up basketball in their local community centre or neighbourhood park. It’s a story that plays out in sport after sport – team and individual, youth and adult, men’s and women’s. While the dazzle of pro athletes may command our attention, grassroots sports build the bridges that link city-dwellers together in ways that go well beyond the physical benefits. In this closely reported exploration of the role of community sports in diverse cities, Toronto journalist Perry King makes an impassioned case for re-imagining neighbourhoods whose residents can be active, healthy, and connected.


Accessibility Sponsor: Annick Press



28 May 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm(GMT-04:00)

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