There are few black surfers in Nova Scotia This actress wants to

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: The opening scene of a black female character surfing is something Antoine, a former regular on the daytime soap opera General Hospital, said she’s never seen on TV or in film. And it’s disheartening to never see a black person surfing in Nova Scotia, she said. But the reasons run deep.“I think if we go back in history, from the time where there was segregation and this idea of having no blacks on the beach, no blacks in the pool,” she said in an interview.Even her mother, who grew up in the Caribbean, still to this day doesn’t know how to swim, said Antoine, who is Toronto born but now lives in California, where she’s taken surfing lessons.“The beach and the water were either a place to be scared of or a place where maybe it wasn’t for you. It was a tourist thing, it was a place that maybe you weren’t accepted.”Vinessa Antoine is the lead actress in the new CBC crime drama Diggstown, currently being filmed in Nova Scotia – Photo by Dana Patrick Photography Antoine wants to change that narrative. She’s talking with Beth Amiro, the president of the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia, about possibly getting a surfing program started for people from North Preston.The large black community on the outskirts of Dartmouth is not far from Lawrencetown Beach, which is one of Nova Scotia’s most popular surfing spots.“I think traditionally surfing has always catered to a very specific demographic,” Amiro said in an interview. “And so as long as I’ve been involved in this sport it’s been a real struggle to see any diversity at all.” The opening scene of Diggstown, the new CBC-TV crime drama set in Nova Scotia, shows corporate lawyer Marcie Diggs coming off a surf board at Martinique Beach on the province’s Eastern Shore.It’s rare to see black or brown people on boards here.So having lead actress Vinessa Antoine, who plays Diggs, take to the waves was a way for Diggstown executive producer Floyd Kane to defy the stereotype. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Actress Vinessa Antoine is shown in a surfing scene at Martinique Beach, N.S., for the new CBC crime drama Diggstown. (CBC) Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img