#BlackoutTuesday RECAP

Blackout Tuesday was a collective action to protest racism and police brutality. Taking place on June 2, 2020, it was an opportunity for reflection on racism and the effects of racism on society. As an act of solidarity, individuals and organizations around the world posted the black square image alongside the hashtag #blackouttuesday. This campaign grew from an initiative called #TheShowMustBePaused, created by “two Black women in the music industry in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard”.

According to the original statement released on theshowmustbepaused.com by Brianna Aygyemang and Jamila Thomas, “This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul. A plan of action will be announced”. This is only phase one of a multi-phase movement.
Source: theshowmustbepaused.com

Those participating in the Blackout Tuesday event, but not involving themselves in other forms of activism, such as protesting or donating, are being performative in their activism.

On June 2, 2020, ACNW Staff gathered for an important conversation about solidarity action and the intentions behind it. Many views were discussed and considered. We all agreed that action needed to back up our intention. In the end, an action plan was developed by Staff and implemented over the next thirteen weeks. Collectively, we agreed to use our social media platforms to showcase Black artists that we have worked with in the past, currently in our programming, and others that we admire. We did the additional work of contacting these artists seeking their permission to place them on this platform. We thank them for their willingness to work with us and we applaud their continued artistic efforts in our community.

The artists below were curated by ACNW Cultural Programmer, Demi Cheng

Additional Resources
Black Lives Matter – Global
Black Lives Matter – Canada
Black Lives Matter – Vancouver | Donation Page
Hogan’s Alley Society | Donation Page

Dominique Wakeland

Dominique Wakeland (they/them) was born on unceded Kwantlen territory and is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Theatre Performance program. Dom is a poet/ Drag artist/ and theatre creator. Full bio: http://bit.ly/2AVQKZO

Eddy van Wyk

Eddy van Wyk is a multidisciplinary artist from Namibia. She’s the winner of the TD Fringe Forward Award at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival for her solo show “tadpole: the last episode” Full bio: http://bit.ly/3dbXvEi

Sam Chimes

Sam Chimes is an Afro-Canadian jazzy hip hop music artist. He is an international street performer, producer, and DJ who has ventured around the world twice, supported by his music.
Twitter: @1Chimes

Lili Robinson

Lili Robinson (she/they) is a playwright, poet, actor and community organizer. She is passionate about centering voices at the intersections of queerness, Black diaspora, socio-economic diversity and femme identity.

CS Fergusson - Vaux

CS Fergusson-Vaux is a Theatrical and Visual Artist, Organizer and Researcher with a belief in decolonizing our community, encouraging and aiding in cultural endeavours, and constructing an ethical and inclusive artistic legacy. http://csfergusson.wixsite.com/website

Tajah Olsen

Tajah Olson was born and raised in Malawi. She has a Fashion Design Dipoloma from Pacific Design Academy, and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University. https://tajaholson.com https://aswesi.com

Efe Fruci

Founder of ODIHI, Career Coach, and International Speaker

Efe Fruci is a career coach teaching and building confidence in women to thrive confidently in their careers, businesses, professions, and education. She is also an international speaker, author, and scientist.

Learn more at www.efefruci.com or on Instagram @efefruci

Linda Adimora

Linda Adimora is the SOULpreneur & social entrepreneur behind BATIQUA! She is a proud Zimbabwean-born entrepreneur of amazing handmade textiles for home decor. Find her shop at http://batiqua.com

Olivia Mbabazi

Olivia Mbabazi is an Ugandan Canadian, and the founder of @SheraboOrganics. Her family-owned company offers handcrafted moisturizers using Fair-trade premium USDA-certified-organic Nilotica Ugandan Shea Butter. http://sheraboorganics-store.com


Boostani promotes a handmade lifestyle with items that are ecofriendly, fair traded and biodegradable. They work mainly with an underprivileged community of gifted artisans from the Akamba tribe in Kenya to keep their crafts alive http://boostani.ca

Pearl Low

Pearl Low is an Afro-Asian Oscar Winning Story Artist, Illustrator and Comics Artist based in Vancouver, BC. Most of her works are rooted in themes of self-love, acceptance and Chinese-Canadian and Caribbean-Canadian experiences.
Twitter: @Fumi_chun

Linnea Perry

Linnea Perry is a mixed race interdisciplinary theatre artist currently living and working on unceded Coast Salish territories. At her apprenticeship at Pacific Theatre, Linnea has had the honor of assistant stage managing Kim’s Convenience.

Vanessa Richards

Vanessa Richards is an artist with a foundation in music, performance, creative writing, and socially-engaged practices. She has been an active member of the City of Vancouver’s Black History Month Citizen’s Advisory Group.