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Rhythm & Blues Presents: Black Girl Excellence Program (ages 9+): A Black History Month Event

February 13, 2021 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

YOU are a QUEEN! Join us for this program focusing on empowerment, self discovery and the journey through womanhood in a supportive environment with a professional facilitator. Together we’ll explore spoken word, music and more with our special surprise guests. This program is offered on zoom and comes with a free kit of supplies.

Registration is required. Please register for each attendee in your household so you receive the right number of supply kits. Kits can be picked up curbside at Idea Exchange, Queens Square location (1 North Square, Cambridge) between February 10-12 during regular service hours (10:00am-6:00pm). Please follow the instructions on the signage when you arrive for pick up.

See our other Rhythm & Blues Black History Month programs here.


Meet Our Facilitator:

My name is Neva Ezzat and I am a 23-year-old Egyptian Canadian who is a radical advocate for Feminism and Diversity. I am currently the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for Kinbridge by day and an Abstract artist and expressionist by night! I have been running programs and creating art centered around the mindfulness and wellbeing of female-identifying youth for three years now and have currently expanded my work to all ages and genders. My programming is always centered around long-term growth, representation, liberation, and social justice. 


Meet Our Special Guest!

Dwayne Morgan is a two-time Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion. He began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993.  In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists.

Dwayne has performed for the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, the former Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, the late leader of the NDP, Jack Layton, and has shared the stage with many of Canada’s top artists including Russell Peters while opening for international artists Alicia Keys, and recording with Canadian artists, including Drake. Morgan is the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Career Achievement in the Spoken Word. In 2016, Morgan was a finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2013, Morgan was inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame. Morgan has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2012, Morgan performed at Super Bowl 46, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 2005, Morgan was recognized as Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Vancouver, and in 2008 his contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster. In 2019, he founded and co-produced the inaugural Toronto Spoken Soul Festival.

Morgan has published thirteen books; Period & Other Lessons From My Daughter (2020), Fairytales (2018), No Apologies (2016), Before I Was Born (2015), Everyday Excellence (2013), Her Favourite Shoes (2011), The Sensual Musings of Dwayne Morgan (2010), The Making of A Man (2005), The Man Behind The Mic (2002), Long Overdue (1999), and chapbooks, The Revolution Starts Within (1996), and Straight From The Roots (1995). In 2009, Morgan’s work was translated into French, culminating in the book, Le Making of d’un Homme. His albums include, Another Level (1997), The Evolution (2001), Soul Searching (2003), A Decade in the Making (2004), Mellow Mood: The End of the Beginning (2007), Idle Hands (2011), Wet (2017), and Somewhere (2017). In 2008, Morgan released a commemorative DVD entitled, Dwayne Morgan The First Fifteen.

To further explore his creativity, Dwayne collaborated with Driftwood Studios to film, Three Knocks, a ten-minute film, which premiered in Toronto’s Reel World Film Festival. Morgan is the producer and host of two TV shows, Poetically Speaking, and Write in Toronto, on the Afroglobal Television Network, and Bell Fibe TV1 respectively, and his one-man play, Grade 8, now appears on the CBC’s PlayMe Podcast.

Dwayne’s work ethic has taken him across Canada, the United States, Jamaica, Turkey, Trinidad, Bermuda, Barbados, England, Scotland, Belgium, Budapest, Germany, France, Norway, Ghana, and Holland. His emphasis on quality has driven his success and has made him a well-respected component of Toronto’s urban music community, as well as the North American, and Global, spoken word scenes.


Online: Please register for this program through Eventbrite.




For more information, call 519.621.0460 or ask us online.

Black Girl Excellence Program poster

Dwayne Morgan stands in front of a bookshelf, wearing a blue button up and a black hat

Neva Ezzat against a nautral background, wearing a black shirt and glasses