Telling Black Canadian Stories: A Conversation with Clement Virgo

When and Where

Thursday, February 04, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm


Clement Virgo
HIS 389 Students


Join our class, HIS 389: Black Canadian Experiences, for a conversation about media representations and Black Canadian communities.

Clement Virgo is one of Canada’s foremost film directors. His TV directing credits include The Get Down (Netflix), Empire (Fox), The Wire (HBO), The L Word (HBO), American Crime (ABC), and the first three seasons of the OWN network drama series Greenleaf (2017), on which he is also serving as Director and Executive Producer with Oprah Winfrey.

In 2015 he directed and co-wrote a six-part miniseries adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes which debuted to record-breaking numbers on the CBC in Canada and on BET in the U.S. and won 12 Canadian Screen Awards and was nominated for two U.S. Critics Choice Television Awards for Best Limited Series and Best Actress in a Limited Series (Aunjanue Ellis). Additional accolades include the 2015 Cablefax Award and C21 International Drama Award for Best Miniseries and four 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominations including Best Miniseries, Best Actor (Cuba Gooding Jr.), Best Actress (Ellis), and Best Writing (Virgo, Hill).

We join him in conversation about some of his projects and the importance of telling Black Canadian stories.

PDF iconTelling Black Canadain Stories.pdf

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