d'bi Young

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d'bi Young
D'bi Young.jpg
D'bi Young, July 2010
Born Debbie Young
Nationality Canadian
Other names Debbie Young, d'bi.young anitafrika
Occupation actor, dub poet, playwright
Known for Founder of the Watah Theatre Institute
Notable work The sankofa trilogy: bloodclaat: one oomaan story, benu,and word!sound!powah!

D'bi Young Anitafrika is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist, and educator, as well as a 3 time Dora Award-winning actor and playwright. Raised Debbie Young in Jamaica, she moved to Canada in 1993.

As an actor, she has appeared in Trey Anthony's da kink in my hair, which garnered her a Dora nomination for best actress, and the television sitcom Lord Have Mercy!.[1] She won outstanding new play and outstanding performance by a female in a principal role in a play in the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her play blood.claat: one womban story.[2]

In 2007 she facilitated a summer dub theatre program for youth in Toronto, which led her to founding and artistic directing The Watah Theatre (formerly anitafrika dub theatre).[3][4] Young is the originator of the dubpoetry inspired intersectional anti-oppressive framework the Anitafrika Method using the Sorplusi Principles based on the seminal work of her mother Anita Stewart, a pioneer dub poet and member of Poets in Unity.

She was the curator of the Badilisha Poetry X-Change project created by the Africa Centre in 2011 and is currently the Editor of Sorplusi Publishing based in Toronto Canada. Young identifies as queer.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • debbie young - when the love is not enough 2000
  • debbie young - xperimentin dub with dub trinity reggae band 2001
  • debbie young - xperimentin dub in havana Cuba 2002
  • d'bi.young - dubbin.revolushun: blood demo 2003
  • d'bi.young - animal farm single 2005
  • d'bi.young - when sisters speak live 2007
  • d'bi.young - wombanifesto 2010
  • d'bi.young - 333 2012
  • D'BI. & THE 333 - #CivilRightsMixtape" 2016

Compilations[edit]

  • wordlife: tales of the underground griots 1998
  • la vache enragee 1998
  • ribsauce: a CD anthology of words by women 1999
  • lost tribes of the sun: renewal 2003
  • cbc national poetry slam compilation 2004

Plays[edit]

  • Selphine Loathing 2001
  • yagayah: two.womben.black.griots 2001
  • blood(claat): one oomaan story 2005 (sankofa trilogy part 1)
  • androgyne 2006
  • benu 2009 (sankofa trilogy part 3)
  • word! sound! powah 2010 (sankofa trilogy part 3)
  • she 2010
  • The Emancipation Of Ms. Lovely (director) 2015
  • Esu Crossing The Middle Passage 2016 (Orisha Trilogy Part One)
  • She Mami Wata and The Pussy WitchHunt 2016 (Orisha Trilogy Part Two)

Books[edit]

  • art on black (book of poetry) 2005
  • blood.claat (play) 2006
  • rivers and other blackness between us (book of poetry) 2007
  • Oya (Collection of Writings) 2015

Awards[edit]

  • Artstarts Emerging Artist Award 2002
  • Nourbese Philip Award 2002
  • Harold Theatre Award 2005
  • 2 Dora Awards - Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Female Lead - Bloodclaat 2006
  • NAACP Best Cast Ensemble Award - da kink in my hair 2007
  • RBC Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Award 2007
  • KM Hunter Theatre Award 2010
  • Women's Health in Women's Hands Resiliency Award 2011
  • Canadian Poet of Honor Award 2011
  • NOW Magazine - Toronto Best Poet Award 2013, 2015
  • YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction (Arts) 2015[6]
  • Dora Award - Outstanding Female Lead - She Mami Wata & The Pussy WitchHunt 2016
  • NOW Magazine - Summerworks Theatre Festival, Audience Choice Award - Bleeders 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daley, True. "Debbie Young: Dub-poet, actor, and playwright". Phem Phat. Retrieved 2009-01-16. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Past Winners". Dora Awards. Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  3. ^ Siad, Simona (2007-09-20). "Stories from our 'hoods". Toronto Star. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Jules (20 January 2016). "d'bi.young anitafrika". Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Being d'bi young". Xtra!, February 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "2015 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction". CNW. 2015-03-04. 

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