Tune in to the “CEBL Life Podcast”, a weekly series that will shed a light on the talented creators contributing to the exciting cultural movement of CEBL basketball both on and off the court. You’ll hear the stories of talented artists, musicians, poets, community builders, DJs, fashion designers, athletes, and other creators embedded in the world of Canada’s professional basketball league. The world of Our Game.
Pen Moodz - Lawyer, Poet and Wordsmith
Hamood Mbarak aka “Pen Moodz”, lawyer, poet and wordsmith, joins Kat on this episode of the CEBL Life. Literally an artist who pens moods, Mbarak has used his knowledge of the law, and the might of his pen to fight for social justice and work to create a more just world.
From the beginning living in the Complex in Richmond Hill, sport became not just a unifier and connection to community, but and inspiration for his art, something that still holds true today. Through that medium inspiration also came from those whom he met in the streets and on the courts and were the catalysts for future projects and pieces.
They look back on the past couple of years and how the pandemic created a silence and a stillness that allowed the world to see the injustices that happen to people of colour on a daily basis. They talk about how art and in particular spoken word can create a link to unify us whether we are physically or philosophically apart.
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Antwi Atuahene Leader
Kat is joined by Antwi Atuahene, Assistant General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations for the Niagara River Lions, a man who wears many different hats and has taken a passion and talent for basketball and turned it into many different opportunities.
Not only a career as a player, the love of the game opened up a many doors for Antwi. What culture means to him, how literature, physicality and philosophy have shaped him as a leader and have given him insights to the game that cannot be found on a court. What leadership means to him, how he defines it, and how it’s has transformed not only his life, but the lives of many.
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Award winning Canadian Film Maker, Kat Jayme
Award winning Canadian Film Maker, Kat Jayme joins our Kat to discuss her love for basketball and how it has inspired her journey as a filmmaker.
Using the backdrop of beautiful Vancouver from
its natural beauty to the beauty found in some of Jayme’s favourite basketball courts we learn the behind the scenes story of how much the love of the game has influenced her life.
As a Vancouver Grizzlies super fan, Kay’s film “Finding Big Country” goes in search of her favourite player, Grizzlies Big Man Bryant Reeves, and what happened after his short lived career in the NBA. We talk that project as well as her current project, “The Grizzlie Truth” which gets to the heart of the Vancouver Grizzlies and how quickly they came to be (and even more quick ended)
Kat speaks to the struggle she had as a young girl, being passionate about basketball and passionate about the arts, and the realization that you don’t have to choose between the two and that both and grow and blossom from each other.
Annie Larouche Vice-President Operations, Montreal Alliance
Professional basketball is coming to Montreal. The CEBL announced last week that the Montreal Alliance is being added as its ninth franchise and will play in 2022. Annie hasn’t had a chance to slowdown since the announcement and we hear about the months of preparation that lead to this point. Montreal, a city that’s vibrant, cultured, and basketball is thriving. The Alliance will be a source of inspiration for the youth of Montreal.
Amy Audibert Defying the Odds
From Niagara Falls to Miami to Toronto we learn about Amy's journey from humble beginnings to defying the odds with the first all-female Raptors broadcast.
How the CEBL has allowed professionals the chance to play in Canada and for her to see her country. The stories and the energy within the league and the amazing people that drive the CEBL forward.
Amy now takes a new step forward in her career working with Sportsnet to cover the Toronto Raptors as a courtside analyst and reporter.
Allan André Canadian multi-disciplinary artist
Influenced by his mother Allan André gravitated to art early. Nicknamed “Captain Paint” and “The Black Picasso”, André feels that both apply, it all depends on the vibe. The ultimate creative from visual art to music and writing, André is always pushing the creative boundaries. Chasing perfection within the art is a struggle when you’re afraid of doing the wrong thing, André says “constraints provide more freedom to create”. Tap in and follow the creative process.
love this podcast!! everything ties in andy oh just now they know what they’re talking about!