University of Ottawa

“I like that it’s a lot more than female impersonation now,” Queene said. “I think that if you have your heart committed to a song or a character it’s going to look good. You don’t need to do wig reveals or splits to get people going, you just need to have that energy and spark in you.”

University of Ottawa students filled the Sala San Marco Centre Conference Centre on Feb. 27 for a night showcasing cultural and artistic displays from the black community. This year’s theme, “Surviving Violence,” was punctuated by a keynote address by Keke Palmer on her experiences as a black woman.

Karolyne Pickett—actress, producer and University of Ottawa alumna—was there recently shooting her debut independent film Broken Waters/ Eaux Troublés. It tells the story of a young female psychiatrist in mid-1980s Ottawa, focusing on her struggle against the then-mainstream concept of chemical psychiatry with her own firm belief in humanistic psychotherapy.

The group, whose mission is focused on empowering women of colour and Canadian newcomers, provides skill workshops and leadership training to foster personal and professional success.

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