World Poetry Celebrates Black History Month with BOOST!






*Peace song by Opoku Mensah and his band.*

Ariadne’s Notes: On February 15th, the World Poetry Cafe celebrated Black History Month with two amazing stars, in an upcoming movie called BOOST premiered at the Toronto Black Film Festival. 

Nabil Rajo known for Boost (2017), Suits (2011) and Muna (2015).nominated for best actor in a leading role, CSA and Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine , award winning actor with many credits . Due to a loud and persistent fire alarm  just as we were going on the air, we had to evacuate the radio station. When we were given permission to go back on everyone was calling in for their interviews. Thanks to the technician, Kerry and the gracious guests who called in, we were able to get everyone on the air for a short time. Also, great thanks to guest host  Diego Bastianutti who kept calm during all the excitement. Our apologies for the confusion.

Also on the show, Bruno A. Ribeiro  with his new book.The Book of All Lovers.

Special thanks to Jen Gorman for her publicity work. The film is confirmed March 2 for release in: 

  • Toronto: Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre

  • Vancouver: Cineplex

  • Kanata: Landmark

  • Whitby: Landmark


Notes on the film BOOST from the  Toronto Black Film Festival.

“You might also check out Boost (Thursday February 15, 6:30 pm at Jackman Hall). It’s an interesting spin on the teen-crime thriller, following two Montreal high-schoolers who steal a car for a joyride and wind up running from both the police and the mob.

Writer/director Darren Curtis, a decade after his seriocomic first feature Who Is KK Downey?, freshens up a familiar premise with interesting locations and distinctive characters, and his leads (relative newcomer Nabil Rajo and Degrassi’s Jahmil French) are entirely believable as kids trying to fake their way through a situation they have no idea how to handle. Source: Toronto Black Film Festival.






Nabil Rajo known for Boost (2017), Suits (2011) and Muna in(2015) is nominated for best actor in a leading role, CSA





Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine is a dual citizen of Uganda and America working in the mediums of photography, theatre, film and television.

Feature film acting credits include Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe” where he plays opposite Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, “Boost” from Oscar winning producers Kieran Crilly and Frederic Bohbot, “Blood Diamond” from Oscar winning director Ed Zwick where Ntare plays opposite Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio and the indie feature “40,” which Ntare starred in and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Ntare’s film directing credits include “Kuhani,” which won the main prize for Best Achievement in Directing at the International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Slamdance 2014. “Kuhani” also premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Palm Springs International ShortFest, the Institute of Contemporary Art London and the Film Society at Lincoln Center to name a few. His feature length documentary “Beware of Time,” won Best film on matters relating to Marginalized People at the Berlin Black International Cinema Festival.

TV acting credits include a series regular role on Emmy winner Lena Waithe’s Showtime series The Chi, recurring roles on the Oscar and Emmy winner Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax series “The Knick,” Emmy winner David Simon’s HBO series “Treme,” Emmy nominee Eric Overmyer’s Amazon series “Bosch,” and Emmy nominee Tim Kring’s NBC series “Heroes,” to name a few.

Ntare’s first effort as a playwright is Biro, a multi-media solo performance piece, which held its World Premiere at Uganda’s National Theatre and subsequently premiered in London, then in New York at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre where it made the “New York Times critics pick list.” The production also premiered in Los Angeles, Seattle, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Toronto. His second multi-media solo piece “A Missionary Position” held its World Premiere at RedCat Theatre in Los Angeles. Ntare’s other theater acting credits include leading roles at The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Lincoln Center, ACT, The Long Wharf Theatre. His first professional job was playing the lead role of Paul in the National Tour of Six Degrees of Separation for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actor.

Ntare’s photographic work has featured in Vanity Fair and exhibited at Mojo Gallery Dubai, Blue Sky Gallery, The United Nations, Rush Arts Gallery, the UCLA Fowler Museum, The Latino Art Museum, and has been featured on HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”

Ntare received his MFA in Acting from New York University and completed studies at The Moscow Arts Theatre in Russia, The Royal National Theatre in London and The University of Virginia. Ntare is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California (USC). He has also taught at Yale University and has taught theatre and film artists in more than a dozen countries in Africa.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: One love

Coming up: An article in the Afro News.

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