Amanda Parris

Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts and is the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin's Room on CBC Radio. In her spare time, she writes plays, watches too many movies and defends Beyonce against all haters. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah.

Latest from Amanda Parris

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It can be tough to break into a youth-obsessed art world. But in her 60s, 'Auntie Gloria' is shining

Amanda Parris visits beloved Toronto artist Gloria Swain (and her cat Patches!) in studio.
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The Photograph (and 10 more Black love stories to watch this Valentine's Day)

Stella Meghie's latest feature film arrives in theatres Feb. 14.
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Why Canada's biggest R&B divas are doing musical theatre

It's more than just a gig. Jully Black, Janisa and Deborah Cox reveal why they love the stage.
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Black History Month 2020: The top events across Canada

From Whitehorse to Halifax, these are your must-see picks.
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Watching Hip-Hop Evolution...with my mother

"My mum is probably not the target audience," writes Amanda Parris. But they've bonded over the award-winning docuseries.
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These books by Black female authors are turning 20. Here's why they're worth revisiting

Haven't read them yet? Crawl out of your Y2K bunker and get on that.
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2020's must-see projects by Black artists

From Utopia Falls to Lovecraft Country, Amanda Parris shares her picks.
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You could've tried harder, Little Women. Why better representation is needed when adapting classics

Adaptations like Anne with an E have set a new standard, and Greta Gerwig's new film doesn't quite hit the bar.
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'We knew our worth': How Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas leveraged their power to make Queen & Slim

The duo's story is as captivating as the film. Watch their conversation with Amanda Parris.

Making Waves: How a bond between director and actor gave us one of the year's best films

Trey Edward Shults and Kelvin Harrison Jr. came together through shared pain, grief and healing to immerse you in their film's world.
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Take a tour of Africville with Amanda Parris and author Shauntay Grant

Home to Halifax's Black community for generations, Grant wants readers to feel her love for the place.

Remembering Little Jamaica: This new film pays tribute to a disappearing Toronto neighbourhood

Amanda Parris talks to Sharine Taylor about documenting a history that means a lot to both of them.

From Bed-Stuy to Scarborough: How Spike Lee influenced generations of Canadian filmmakers

Do the Right Thing turns 30 this year. 6 artists reflect on the impact of Lee's classic joint.
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The most valuable gift from the new Toni Morrison doc is time with the incomparable author herself

Amanda Parris shares four major takeaways from the revealing new documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am.
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What Toronto can learn from The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Sundance hit asks a crucial question: what happens when people can't afford to live in their own cities?